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EYE ON HATE RADIO

Posted by nicolen on February 21, 2008

Eye On Hate Radio Network


Eye On Hate Radio LIVE Tonight Thursday Feb. 21 at 9pm est !


TOPICS:
Is Domestic Violence Ever Justified ?
( Meet Deborah Leshkevich: teacher, parent and wife.
Deborah Leshkevich  was beaten and killed by hate. 
This is her story )


Other Stories we will be talking about:


Gathering Storm in Roanoke,Virginia 
(DLJ from One Peoples Project will be joining us);


HateBriefs;


Why Eye On Hate Radio Took A Break For Two Months;
 

Nikki’s Thoughts.

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America – A Christian Country « the lost pirate

Posted by nicolen on February 12, 2008

Food for Thought….

America – A Christian Country « the lost pirate

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COLD SHOT TONIGHT AT 10:00 EST

Posted by nicolen on February 12, 2008

SO…YOU MISSED THE BROADCAST – NOT TO WORRY – YOU CAN DOWNLOAD IT HERE.

brrr21.jpgTONIGHT’S TOPICS…

*HATE IN THE NEWS

*LIMA, OH – THE NEXT TOLEDO?

*THE PRIMARIES AND THE REPUBLICAN PARTY

*THE RACISTS REACTION TO RON PAUL’S FAILURE

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GENDER IDENTITY AND THE SCHOOL…

Posted by nicolen on February 8, 2008

Being transgendered in our society can be tough on a child. In this article, we find that children as young as five are becoming aware are their gender indentity. It is, indeed, good to know that there are groups out there like TransYouthFamily Advocates to provide support and representation.

TO ORIGINAL SOURCE

Boy wants to return to school as a girl

written by: Nelson Garcia , Reporter created: 2/7/2008 6:14:17 PM
Last updated: 2/8/2008 11:19:29 AM

HIGHLANDS RANCH – The issue of being transgender usually pops up with students in high school. However, a 2nd grade boy wants to dress as a girl and be addressed with a girl’s name.

“As a public school system, our calling is to educate all kids no matter where they come from, what their background is, beliefs, values, it doesn’t matter,” said Whei Wong, Douglas County Schools spokesperson.

Wong says the staff at one of Douglas County’s schools is preparing to accommodate the student and answer questions other students might have. In order to protect the child as much as possible, 9NEWS has chosen not to reveal his school or other names that might identify the child.

“I see this as being a very difficult situation to explain to my daughter to explain why someone would not want to be the gender they were born with,” said Dave M.

His daughter will be in the same class as the student.

The student had attended this same school in years prior, but had left to go to classes in another district for about two years. The transgender student will be returning to what is the child’s home school. Dave M. thinks classmates will recognize the change.

“I do think that there’s going to be an acknowledgement that ‘Why are you in a dress this year when you were in pants last year?'” said Dave M.

Wong says teachers are planning to address the student by name instead of using he or she. The child will not use the regular boys or girls bathroom. Instead, two unisex bathrooms in the building will be made available. The school is handing out packets to parents who have questions. The packets contain information about people who are transgender.

“I think it is unusual,” said Wong. “It’s something we haven’t had discussions about before. It’s something that we haven’t maybe really had to think about before, but now we will.”

Family Therapist Larry Curry hopes the child and the child’s parents are seeing a counselor just to be safe.

“I am very concerned because with the guidelines in place, this is a very early age,” said Curry. “I don’t know too many parents who are equipped to answer that kind of question or deal with it without some other support.”

Kim Pearson says the family is getting support. She is the executive director of a national organization called TransYouth Family Advocates. The group has been working with the family and Douglas County Schools.

“Initially there was a lot of resistance,” said Pearson. “Now, their position is they want this child to be safe in their school.”

Pearson says their group is working with an increasing number of families nationwide who have elementary age transgender kids.

“We know that families are more comfortable talking about this,” she said. “There was no place for parents to go.”

Pearson says children as young as 5 years old are realizing their true gender identity and her group wants to help parents who may be resisting the acceptance of this.

“Parents are likely to think this it’s a phase, but how long do phases last?” said Pearson. “With these kids, it’s something that’s very consistent.”

That thought is not comforting to Dave M., who believes his daughter is not ready to think about the issue of being transgender.

“I don’t think a (2nd) grader does have the rationale to decide this life-altering choice,” said Dave M.

He is also unhappy with the way the school is handling this. The district has been preparing for the child’s return to this school for months. Dave M. thinks other parents should have been made aware of this sooner.

“I just find it ironic that they can dictate the dress style of children to make sure they don’t wear inappropriate clothing, but they have no controls in place for someone wearing transgender clothing,” said Dave M.

Curry says parents like Dave M. should not bring the issue up to their students until they ask. However, he says parents should be ready to answer tough questions from the student’s fellow third graders.

“I think reassuring them and letting them know that they’ll be alright. Their classmate is alright,” said Curry. “This is something their classmate has chosen to do. It is not contagious.”

Pearson says the most important thing is to make sure the transgender student does not become the target of bullying or verbal abuse which can lead to suicide.

“These children are at high-risk,” said Pearson. “Our number one goal is to keep kids safe.”

Wong says mental health professionals will be available if students, staff, or parents have any concerns at all. She says the district views this as just another diversity issue and hopes everyone can accept and respect the student’s wishes.

“Our staff has been briefed and trained to look for concerns,” said Wong.

The family of the transgender student did not want to comment.

(Editor’s note: 9NEWS was orginially told, and reported the student was in 3rd grade. We have since been told the student is in 2nd grade.)

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A Beast of Apocalyptic Stature

Posted by nicolen on February 5, 2008

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cross3.jpg“In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth . . . and God saw everything that he had made, and, behold, it was very good.” So begins and ends the Christian antediluvian history of the earth—all 788 words of it.

It is this scant “history” that fundamentalist Christians, including members of Congress and the President, want taught in public schools in place of the 150 years of accumulated science embodied in the theory of evolution. This sliver of Christian history is the thin edge of the wedge they hope will split Jefferson’s wall separating church and state and allow fundamentalist dogma to pass for fact in science classrooms.

Now, if the founder of the Congressional Prayer Caucus, Rep. James Forbes (R-VA), and thirty-one other Representatives succeed in lodging their wedge by passing House Resolution 888, designating the first week in May as “American Religious History Week,” public school history classrooms will be opened to a fundamentalist version of the “rich spiritual and religious history of our Nation’s founding and subsequent history,” however scant or however fabricated.

House Resolution 888, introduced in December 2007, purports to be about nothing more than a recognition of America’s history of religious faith. In reality, it is an attempt by the Christian Right to rewrite the history of the United States along the same biblical slant as their revision of the history of life on earth.

“Those of us who watched Room 222, lived the moments and, quite possibly, made the history. The moments included; the Vietnam War, the 1968 King and Kennedy assassinations, Nixon’s election, Neil Armstrong’s walk on the moon, Woodstock, the Kent State killings, Earth Day, 18-year-old vote, the north tower of the World Trade Center completed, Equal Rights Amendment passed by Congress, the Watergate burglary, Ms. magazine, Nixon reelected, Roe v. Wade, the last U.S. troops withdraw from Vietnam, POWs return, first black mayor is elected in a major southern city, articles of impeachment voted against Nixon, Nixon resigns, President Ford pardons Nixon.”

According to Chris Rodda, author of “Liars for Jesus: The Religious Right’s Alternative Version of American History,” the seventy-five “Whereas” clauses of H. R. 888 that are meant to justify its passage are “packed with the same American history lies found on the Christian nationalist websites, and in the books of pseudo-historians . . . [used] to further the Christian nationalist agenda.”

Michael Weinstein, founder of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation and former White House counsel during the Reagan administration, said that “House Resolution 888 is perhaps the most disgraceful, shocking and tragic example yet of the pernicious and pervasive pattern and practice of unconstitutional rape of our bedrock American citizens’ religious freedom by the fundamentalist Christian right.”

Alerted to H. R. 888 by Weinstein’s MRFF, Chris Hedges, author of “American Fascists: The Christian Right and the War on America,” wrote in the Nation, “the resolution is staggering for its sheer volume of falsehoods about our history, our system of government and our democracy. Hedges believes that reading the resolution will help Americans better understand why the right-wing Christian populism of Mike Huckabee—who wants to amend the Constitution to God’s standards—is a serious danger to our secular democracy.

Viewed from the summit of forty years, we can now appreciate the iconic TV drama, Room 222, as a snapshot of American history from the show’s debut in1969 to its cancellation in1974. The setting for the drama was the American history classroom of Pete Dixon, a young, idealistic African-American teacher who helped his students—and the TV audience— navigate not only the tumultuous teen years, but also the turbulent swirl of events that defined their generation and became part of America’s history.

Those of us who watched Room 222, lived the moments and, quite possibly, made the history. The moments included; the Vietnam War, the 1968 King and Kennedy assassinations, Nixon’s election, Neil Armstrong’s walk on the moon, Woodstock, the Kent State killings, Earth Day, 18-year-old vote, the north tower of the World Trade Center completed, Equal Rights Amendment passed by Congress, the Watergate burglary, Ms. magazine, Nixon reelected, Roe v. Wade, the last U.S. troops withdraw from Vietnam, POWs return, first black mayor is elected in a major southern city, articles of impeachment voted against Nixon, Nixon resigns, President Ford pardons Nixon.

Predictably, history did not end with ABC’s decision to end Room 222. And other than maybe the opening in New York City of the rock opera, Jesus Christ Superstar, there was nothing particularly Christian about the history of the show’s six years, though Christians were certainly a part of it—as were we all—for good or ill.

Should this resolution be enacted, the history of Room 222, written in the blood and anger and hope and laughter of all Americans, will be co-opted and revised by H. R. 888, written by Rep. Forbes’ fundamentalist cabal at the behest of the Christian Right. The result of their revision will not be America’s history. But then, that is their aim.

Those familiar with the Christian numerology of end time prophecy can predict where this resolution will lead.

888-222 = 666 . . .The mark of the Beast.

The resolution’s singular purpose is securing the Christian Right’s claim to both our nation’s past and its present. If the wedge of the resolution is hammered deeply enough into the foundation of our nation’s history, a beast of apocalyptic stature may slither through the crack, portending the “end times” of our secular democracy . . . hyperbole notwithstanding.

Robert Weitzel, MWC NEWS editor, is an educator and freelance writer who lives in Madison, Wisconsin. His essays regularly appear in The Capital Times of Madison.
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COLD SHOT TONIGHT

Posted by nicolen on February 4, 2008

DOWNLOAD THE 2/4/08 COLDSHOT HERE


TONIGHT – COLD SHOT WILL BE COMING AT YOU AT 10:00 EASTERN TIME.

TOPICS WILL INCLUDE:

*The Desperate Racist Extremists

*Who Out-Shocks Hal Turner?

*Who Deserves Our Attention?

*Why Is Bill White Being Deluged With Subpoenas? (If you believe)

*My Wish For Super Tuesday

*A Message For Crocodile Dundee – AKA Jimbo.

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A TANGLED WEB OF MURDER

Posted by nicolen on February 1, 2008

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Tangled web of murder
An investigation of two brutal killings in Hingham in 2005 exposes a seamy underworld of crime, violence, and hatred stretching across the South Shore

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 A single cross marks the site near Hingham’s Bare Cove Park where two homeless men were bludgeoned to death in 2005 in an old military bunker. Inset are James Winquist (left) and Eric Snow at their arraignments in Hingham District Court. (Matthew J. Lee / Globe Staff; Inset: AP Photos)
Email|Print| Text size – + By Milton J. Valencia
Globe Staff / January 31, 2008
The scene was undeniably gruesome. Two homeless men had been bludgeoned to death in the old military bunker they shared near Bare Cove Park in Hingham. Blood was everywhere. One victim’s hand had been cut off. The crime, in the spring of 2005, was the worst the comfortable seaside town had seen in recent memory.

more stories like thisAs police have pursued the killers, they have encountered an equally violent local underworld reaching further across the South Shore. It is a world in which players go by nicknames such as “Twisted” and “Mental” and “Killa,” and the stories they have since told police have only helped confuse the prosecution’s case.

So sketchy is the list of witnesses, and so tangled the versions of events, that the confusion could undermine the trial against the two men eventually charged with the crime: James Winquist, 24, of Bridgewater and Eric Snow, 26, of Weymouth. Both have pleaded not guilty.

Defense attorneys have submitted a series of court requests, and one plans to seek dismissal of the case. While court motions are routine in criminal matters, the lawyers say in this case they’re based on questionable evidence and testimony gleaned from witnesses just as shady as the suspects.

“Every person who said they heard anything is being reported by the government as being a liar by everyone else,” said Gerald T. FitzGerald, a New Bedford lawyer who represents Snow.

“The bottom line here is, what is the quality of evidence here?”

Prosecutors would not discuss the case or the witnesses, saying it’s up to the courts to decide what happened.

“The appropriate place to deal with this is before a court of law,” said Bridget Norton Middleton, a spokeswoman for the Plymouth County district attorney’s office. “And that’s where we’ll do it.”

Nevertheless, the list of court requests and testimony is set to expose the backstory of the murders, and what happened that night in the dark woods just off a walking trail at the Back River in Hingham.

Court records show that prosecutors have been faced with contradictory testimony. A witness pointed to one man before blaming another. A man who witnesses said bragged about committing the murders in an apparent celebration of the killings is now himself a star witness.

These witnesses, meanwhile, have sought immunity and lenient sentences for a variety of crimes, some of which are just as shocking as the murders.

Violence and mental illness are very much part of the network of alleged killers, witnesses, and affiliates in the case, court records show. Many in the group are white supremacists. Some brag of earning their “bones,” a reference to taking a life, according to court documents.

As one police official put it, “It’s quite a crew.”

Chilling chronology

The bodies of William Chrapan, 44, and David Lyon, 46, were found May 9, 2005, in the military bunker closest to the Bare Cove Park trail. Medical examiners said they were killed sometime within 10 days before their bodies were discovered.

Two months after the killings, in July, a witness led police to a hand that was buried near power lines in Bridgewater, near Eric Snow’s home. Tests later showed it belonged to Chrapan.

There, the investigation began. It led detectives from Hingham to Bridgewater to Weymouth, and eventually to Snow, Winquist, and their friends – a group of men who have served time, espouse white supremacy, and call themselves the Brothers of Blood.

Winquist and Snow met in 2003 in jail, where both were introduced to a loose network of local white supremacists. When he returned home, Winquist hung a Nazi flag in the basement of his home in Hingham. Snow has tattoos that promote the white supremacist movement.

Whether the suspects’ white supremacy views are relevant in this case is a matter of dispute. The victims were white, and friends of the suspects and a witness in the case, according to court records, describe Brothers of Blood as “a joke crew” that may advocate white supremacy but did not follow the discipline of established gangs such as the Aryan Brotherhood. Snow had a black friend, for instance.

A defense attorney says prosecutors’ mention of white supremacy is a ploy. But police say the white supremacy network the two young men discovered while behind bars eventually drew them to a dark world that celebrates murder.

Winquist, known as “Twisted,” had a history of breaking into cars, homes, and boats on the Hingham and Weymouth waterfront. In 2003, the year he met Snow in jail, Winquist was charged with stabbing a man in Harvard Square. He was later acquitted in that attack.

Snow, who has “Killa” tattooed on his neck, has been charged with such crimes as assault with a hand gun, and assault and battery. In one case, after the murders, authorities say he took part in a home invasion, and was armed. He served two years in jail for home invasion and armed assault with a gun.

William Sylvestre, a 28-year-old who dated Snow’s sister, served two years in jail for his role in that home invasion. According to court records, Sylvestre had earlier told police that Snow had told him that he and Winquist killed people.

Mike Alfano, 27, known as “Mental,” spent time in jail for nearly killing a man with a sledgehammer in 2003. He then cooperated with the FBI as an informant in hopes of getting a favorable sentence, according to records.

Alfano, described in court records as the leader of the Brotherhood of Blood, is a key witness against Snow and Winquist, according to court records. He sought leniency from prosecutors for his testimony in this case, and a detective said “we would assist him in any way we could if the information he provided to us was beneficial,” according to a defense attorney in the case, citing police reports.

Alfano originally told police that another member of their network, David Courage, claimed he committed the killings, according to court records. Now, Alfano says Snow and Winquist did it.

Courage, 18, of Hingham, bragged about the killings, according to court records that cite witness testimony. He was initially at the center of the murder investigation, according to investigators. He later testified against Snow and Winquist with the promise that he would not be prosecuted for what he said, and he is now a key witness, court records show.

Courage could not be reached for comment, but a prosecutor said in court that he denies testimony by defense witnesses that he waved the severed hand around at a party.

Ryan Bois, 20, of Weymouth, was arrested in August on charges he kidnapped, raped, and murdered his 6-year-old cousin. Just before he was arrested, Bois called Winquist eight times on his cellphone, according to prosecutors. Prosecutors never explained why the calls were made, and friends of Winquist said he did not answer the calls.

But within days after Bois was arrested, police started knocking on Winquist’s door, asking about the calls. A month later, Winquist and Snow were arrested and charged with the Hingham murders.

They were indicted in October. Bois, in a mental institution pending his murder case, is now a witness against Snow and Winquist.

Court records describe testimony from witnesses who name Winquist and Snow as the killers. One witness told police she was passed out on a couch in the basement of Winquist’s home and let the two men borrow her car. An hour later, Snow and Winquist came back laughing, saying they “beat up some bums up the street.” The witness said Winquist and Snow took off their clothes and put them and bats into a black trash bag.

The same witness said she drove Snow to his home in Bridgewater that night and watched him bury a bag near the power lines behind his home. The witness told police she used her car to light the scene for Snow.

Police also describe a visit they made to that same scene in July 2005, based on a tip by a confidential witness. There, they found Chrapan’s hand, apparently slit at the wrist. Another witness describes a party at Winquist’s home, located a half-mile from the military bunker where the murders occurred. The witness told police that Snow and Winquist had kept the hand in a plastic bag and cooler, and passed it around while they ridiculed the victims.

The two imitated the homeless men’s pleas for mercy, and the gurgling sound they made as they died, witness later told police.

It was after that, according to court records, that Snow and Winquist told their friends they “made their bones.”

Epilogue

All that remains at the murder site now is a mound of dirt, with a cross that somebody placed on top. Hingham officials demolished the military bunker after the bodies were discovered.

Two and a half years later, the court case is inching forward. Winquist is due in court next week. Both men are being held without bail – Snow in Plymouth County and Winquist in Norfolk County.

Winquist’s lawyer has requested more information from prosecutors about the investigation. Snow’s lawyer plans a motion to have the case dismissed, and has sought the criminal histories of witnesses in the case, seeking information that “might be used to impeach a witness.”

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