Wednesday, August 16, 2017

An Idea

Good for him.  Some people see the issue clearly.
Some people cling to the belief that the Civil War was fought over states’ rights. But history is not on their side. We cannot continue to glorify a war against the United States of America fought in the defense of slavery. These monuments should come down,” Cooper wrote in a Medium post. “Our Civil War history is important, but it belongs in textbooks and museums — not a place of allegiance on our Capitol grounds.”

For those Southern states that have Confederate monuments on state land - all of which have been and are still unable to make a go of staying afloat without Federal assistance - have an auction.

...but hey, do what you will anyway.

Attorney for Trump Tries to Distance Self on the Race Issue

At this point, Michael, yes it does.  Anyone who supports that bigot is condoning racism, just as anyone who gives money to the Catholic church is condoning child abuse and sexual predation.  There's no question as to what he stands for, and you are supporting him.

And by the way, as "the son of a holocaust survivor" - have you considered what your support of him says about your alignment with Nazis?

...but hey, do what you will anyway.

A Smart Move in Baltimore

Confederate-era monuments have been taken down in the middle of the night in Baltimore.


The memorials in the city include the Confederate Soldiers and Sailors Monument on Mount Royal Avenue, the Confederate Women’s Monument on West University Parkway, the Roger B Taney Monument on Mount Vernon Place, and the Robert E Lee and Thomas J “Stonewall” Jackson Monument in the Wyman Park Dell.

I would say I'm surprised the alt-right didn't get there anyway, but that's not their real motivation. That's a cover.  Their real motivation is to unite all factions of white supremacists and increase their ranks.

...but hey, do what you will anyway.


More alt-right rallies are scheduled for the coming Saturday, in at least nine cities. These events will provide an important barometer for the future of this movement, depending on how many people turn out, who those people are, and how they conduct themselves. For the alt-right, the coming weekend represents a critical test—which may reveal it gathering force, dissipating, or changing in significant ways. By Saturday night, it may be clear where it’s headed.

  The Atlantic
Good Lord, has it ever been unclear where it's headed?
Some of these subgroups identify primarily as the alt-right, but many are affiliated with more specific strains of white-nationalist ideology—including the Ku Klux Klan, Odinists, Neo-Nazis, and more, many in full regalia lest anyone miss the point.

The prevalence of white nationalism within the alt-right has led to a deep internal split between its overtly racist wing and its less overtly racist wing.
And when empowered, a "less overtly racist" wing will become "more overtly racist".
White nationalists all generally agree white people should be in charge, but they have many different competing beliefs about why that is the case, and how white rule should be implemented. These differences are not trivial, and for decades they have prevented a broadly concerted campaign of action by white nationalists in America. Charlottesville was an example of how the alt-right umbrella community can muster numbers that Odinists or the KKK alone cannot.

The events scheduled for this coming Saturday—a “free speech” rally in Boston and marches scheduled in nine cities to protest Google’s firing of an employee who wrote a screed against diversity—will help clarify where all the chaotic elements that comprise the alt-right are headed in the near-term future. (The anti-Google protests are slated for Atlanta, Los Angeles, Pittsburgh, Seattle, New York, Washington, Austin, Boston, and Mountain View, California. On Sunday, organizers released a statement condemning violence and insisting that they are “in no way associated with any group who organized” in Charlottesville.)
But they are. They share an ideal of white supremacy and white rule. That's an association. A clear and dangerous one.
Prior to Fields’s attack, Charlottesville was on track to be a clear victory for the alt-right. While attendance of 500 people is a pittance compared to most mainstream political events, it represents a marked upswing from 2016. Simply turning out that many people in one place was an unqualified win.
The same is true post-Field's attack.
An aggressive showing by antifa groups looking to meet violence with violence [at Saturday's marches) could lead to further escalation.

There is one more wild card to consider: the president of the United States, who is scheduled to hold a press conference on Monday. Based on his past failures to repudiate white nationalism, there’s a good chance he will continue to hedge his language with weak equivocations. But the political pressure to say more is rapidly mounting, and the president may find himself backed into a corner.
Which is where things get really dangerous.


Tuesday, August 15, 2017

"Trump Mafia Connections"

This is no doubt in Mueller's file.

US President Donald Trump was denied the chance to operate in Sydney, Australia’s first casino in the eighties because a report by the New South Wales Police Board concluded he had “Mafia connections,” according to newly released documents obtained by The Australian newspaper on Tuesday.


But it also found fault in the Trump/Kern bid’s numbers, concluding that “projected casino revenue estimates” were “not soundly based” and that the tender was “not financially viable.”

Somebody said this is a Murdoch paper. I guess old Rupert (CEO of Fox) isn't too happy with The Rump since he hasn't fired Bannon yet like Murdoch told him to. This may be Murdoch's way of impressing upon The Rump that he might want to rethink that decision.

...but hey, do what you will anyway.

Psychology of the Alt-Right

Psychological study and survey of alt-righters.

...but hey, do what you will anyway.


Adding to the outrage that is several states proposing laws protecting motorists who run over protesters, there's this:
Months before a man allegedly turned his vehicle into a weapon and plowed through a group of protesters in Charlottesville, Virginia, an article that made the rounds in conservative media encouraged readers to do something similar.

Originally published by The Daily Caller and later syndicated or aggregated by several other websites, including Fox Nation, an offshoot of Fox News' website, it carried an unsubtle headline: "Here's A Reel Of Cars Plowing Through Protesters Trying To Block The Road." Embedded in the article was a minute-and-a-half long video showing one vehicle after another driving through demonstrations. The footage was set to a cover of Ludacris' "Move Bitch."


"Here's a compilation of liberal protesters getting pushed out of the way by cars and trucks. Study the technique; it may prove useful in the next four years," Raust wrote. "None of these clips are new, but that doesn't mean they're not still fresh."


The article was published in January, but it drew renewed attention on Tuesday following this weekend's deadly incident in Charlottesville. As the outrage grew on Twitter, Fox News took action, deleting the version Fox Nation had published.

"The item was inappropriate and we've taken it down. We regret posting it in January," Noah Kotch, the editor-in-chief of Fox News Digital, said in a statement provided to CNNMoney.

You couldn't see the possibilities? You regret it because you're afraid of lawsuits.

...but hey, do what you will anyway.

David Roberts Pretty Much Nails Trump

The whole thread is here. The only thing I disagree with is when Roberts says Trump isn't a white supremacist, because he's not with it enough to be any kind of "ist". Trump is very much a white supremacist, plus a sexist, a narcissist and a racist, to name a few. To wit: Trump properties charged with housing discrimination, Trump calling for death of the Central Park 5, Muslim ban, slurs on Mexicans, slurs on women, etc., etc. He does have a stable, persistent belief: that he and his are superior to all others and should have the right to do and say anything they want.

Bottom Line

The marchers alternated chants of, “You will not replace us!” with “Jews will not replace us!” They intimidated Jewish reporters and chanted the Nazi straight-outta-Nuremberg slogan “Blood and Soil!”


When counterprotesters came out to thwart them, things got ugly. Maybe it would have been cleaner had the counterprotesters stood by and waited for the wannabes to pass, but Jews tried that in the 1930s and it didn’t work out so well.


You don’t get rid of hate; you just have to be prepared, always, to fight it.

  Jewish Journal

When You Lose Fox

I hope this lady doesn't lose her job.

This is a nightmare, Kat.