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ONCE A NAZI-NOT ALWAYS A NAZI

Posted by nicolen on June 6, 2008

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Christer Mattson, Swedish Holocaust educator, is seen during a visit to the Yad Vashem holocaust memorial in Jerusalem, Monday, June 2, 2008. They used to paint swastika graffiti, get into street fights with immigrants, distribute anti-Semitic propaganda. But after studying the cases of a few of the 6 million Jews killed by the Nazis during World War II, some former Swedish neo-Nazi teenagers came to the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial to underline their new attitudes. (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner)

Former neo-Nazis become Holocaust commemorators
By ARON HELLER – 2 days ago

JERUSALEM (AP) — They used to paint swastika graffiti, get into street fights with immigrants and distribute anti-Semitic propaganda.

But after studying the cases of a few of the 6 million Jews killed by the Nazis during World War II, some former Swedish neo-Nazi teenagers came to the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial with new attitudes.

The teens, some of whom were active members of neo-Nazi groups, visited the memorial Monday to present the findings of their research into the stories of 16 Holocaust victims from their hometown of Karlstad, and add pages of testimony for the previously unknown dead.

The project is the initiative of Swedish Holocaust educator Christer Mattsson. The concept is to take troubled youths off the street, confront their prejudices and ignorance and slowly convert them into Holocaust educators themselves.

“The first time I took a neo-Nazi to Auschwitz, I didn’t know what to expect,” he said. “But after seeing it, after seeing where Jews used to live, he said: ‘I can no longer deny it happened, or salute what happened.'”

The journey has been an arduous one. Of the 100 teenagers in his program, Mattsson said about five to eight are “hard-core neo-Nazis” — some completely reformed, others not. Those, some sporting Nazi tattoos, did not make the trip to Israel, either for fear of offending survivors or to remain anonymous for their own safety.

The only former active member who arrived, 17-year-old Joar, refused to be photographed and would be identified only by his first name for fear of retribution from his former friends.

The shy, blond Joar hid behind a baseball cap and a large pair of sunglasses. He would only say that he used to have “different opinions.”

“I didn’t know so much. I’ve learned a lot about the Holocaust,” he said, through a translator. “I have a different perspective on life now.”

Sweden remained neutral during World War II. It had a very small Jewish population and closed its gates to refugees. That policy began to change as the horrors of the Holocaust became apparent and Sweden began to lean toward the allies.

In 1944, Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenberg began handing out papers to save thousands of Hungarian Jews from the Nazi death camps. After the war, some 27,000 survivors arrived in Sweden.

In Karlstad, 16 Jewish women died shortly afterward, most from illness, and were buried in a Jewish cemetery. Mattsson took his students there to ask them if they still believed the Holocaust to be a myth. They, in turn, decided to investigate the women’s stories. The result is a 100-page book that details their stories.

On Monday, they presented their findings to Israel’s official Holocaust museum and memorial.

Yad Vashem spokeswoman Estee Yaari said it probably marked the first time it had ever dealt directly with neo-Nazis.

The teenagers toured the museum and met with Mirjam Akavia, a Holocaust survivor who fled to Sweden after the war.

She vividly described her childhood and how she was yanked out of school and sent to the camps, where only she and sister emerged while the rest of her family perished.

“When I was 12, it was the end of my beautiful childhood. It was the end of everything,” she said.

The Swedish teenagers were not much older when they encountered their own local brand of anti-Semitism.

“The headmaster of my former school, who is here today, was beaten up by people I knew three years ago,” said 17-year-old Jennifer Lindstrom, who said she joined Mattsson’s group so she could have the tools to battle her classmates’ rhetoric and actions.

“Maybe because I have been studying about the Holocaust and Nazism, maybe because I have been to Auschwitz and the empty shtetels (Jewish villages) in Poland or maybe because I got sick and fed up with racism and neo-Nazis — I could not remain silent.”

Lindstrom’s principal was assaulted because he tried to keep the neo-Nazi students out of his school. The two other teenagers in the group were Johanna Karlsson and Deken Izat, a Kurdish immigrant to Sweden who used to belong to a rival gang that battled with Joar’s.

Lindstrom said that finding out what happened in her own backyard proved to be the best way for her and her new friends to counter racism.

“It is slightly unreal to be here today and handing over material that we have worked with for so long, knowing that it will be here at Yad Vashem for always,” Lindstrom said.

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CREEPY PEOPLE

Posted by nicolen on January 21, 2008

“I deeply resent the way I’ve been characterized. I’m no more a white supremacist than the Dalai Lama is. I love my people just as he does.”(Kevin Alfred Strom, courtroom statement 1/14/08)

Kevin Alfred Strom was once the metaphorical backbone of the largest and most prolific hate group in America. Serving Dr. William Luther Pierce, and later taking his place as America’s Dissident Voice, Strom was considered one of the true intellectuals in the racist movement.

Revered by some and deeply criticized by others, Strom would later become the Director of National Vanguard, a splinter group which never really got off the ground.

Considered by many to be “too effeminate,” Kevin Strom had another onus to bear. He wasn’t the homosexual that many on the extreme right suspected – he liked girls – very young girls.

For years, Kevin maintained a website with an odd collection of art mixed in with virulently racist rhetoric. At he beginning of the 21st Century, his cyber presence was rife with pictures of young females, usually scantily clad, and often belonging to parents active in the National Alliance. Many of those pictures were, reportedly, presented without parental knowledge.

Even though Strom was suspected of being “sexually twisted” by many individuals on the racist right, his radio programs and scholarly essays continued to be disseminated and praised by those who would otherwise have considered him unfit for white nationalist circles.

When Strom was arrested in January of 2007, on a series if child pornography and intimidation charges, some were shocked, some were disbelieving and still others were in complete denial.

Don Black, founder and operator of the oldest and largest white nationalist website, Stormfront, admitted that he was not surprised and that “they” had been worried that this was going to happen. Yet there were those, and still are, who refused to believe the charges. Many believed that his wife Elisha set him up even after evidence surfaced and eventually, by Kevin’s own admission, it became clear that he had, in fact, not only received and possessed child pornography, but had actually stalked a 10-year-old female.

While some charges were dropped, on January 14th, 2008, Strom pled guilty to child pornography and will be sentenced in April. Out of concern, the Judge asked Kevin if he had been coerced or, in any way, intimidated into making such an admission to which Strom replied, “They’re trying to kill me because of the press coverage,” he said. “I deeply resent the way I’ve been characterized. I’m no more a white supremacist than the Dalai Lama is. I love my people just as he does.”

For most people, living within the realm of sanity, the very idea of child pornography and pedophilia is repulsive and being legally charged with such crimes is unthinkable. Yet Strom is more concerned about the media coverage labeling him a “white supremacist,” which he is.

Additionally, we all know that in jail or prison any inmate who has committed crimes against children are not going to fare well and are much more likely to be attacked or killed. Why then the concern over being called a white supremacist? Could it be that Mr. Strom knows that not even the Aryan Brotherhood will be on his side?

For years Strom has railed against African-Americans, Jews, and other minority groups. To now be concerned about his extremely racist views seems almost ridiculous. However, being called a white supremacist doesn’t sit well with his wife either.

In an interview after the court appearance, Elisha Strom was quick to correct reporter Lisa Provence from “The Hook”telling her that she isn’t a white supremacist either, but a white separatist who wants a white homeland.

There is very little to laugh at in this seedy and repulsive case, but watching the two racists strive to somehow ameliorate their racism is pretty damned funny. As the National Alliance has had their stated goals listed for years, to suddenly attempt to cast a more positive light on themselves in the midst of something most of the sane world has difficulty stomaching, is beyond the point of ridiculous.

Here are three of their stated objectives…

“We will do whatever is necessary to achieve this White living space and to keep it White. We will not be deterred by the difficulty or temporary unpleasantness involved, because we realize that it is absolutely necessary for our racial survival.”“The fact is that we need a strong, centralized government spanning several continents to coordinate many important tasks during the first few decades of a White world: the racial cleansing of the land, the rooting out of racially destructive institutions, and the reorganization of society on a new basis.”“The central task of a new government will be to reverse the racially devolutionary course of the last few millennia and keep it reversed: a long-term eugenics program involving at least the entire populations of Europe and America. Such a task is necessarily intrusive, and it will require large-scale organization.”While Elisha Strom apparently assisted the prosecution and testified against her husband it is unclear whether she did so willingly or to save herself from being indicted on charges, as well. There are several questions regarding her involvement.

Throughout the last year, Elisha has attempted to rid herself of the cloud that still hangs over her head as far as her fellow racists are concerned. She has claimed that her relationship with Kevin has been a stormy one, especially since she caught him masturbating in front of the computer while viewing photos of the heads of the neo-Nazi singing duo of Prussian Blue, now 15, pasted on the naked bodies of younger female children.

During that time, Elisha claimed that she had made Kevin sign a contract to seek help for his problem and to continue in counseling until such time that he was “cured” from his pedophilia. She placed that notarized contract online as proof that she had taken some sort of action.

Later, an audio tape of Kevin speaking with his counselor surfaced. On the tape, he admitted to being attracted to children and to the fact that Elisha had caught him masturbating to images of “shockingly young girls.” Also on the tape, he chronicled how Elisha had set up what sounded to be an elaborate set of cameras in the house in order to catch him. This revelation only fed the hysteria of those who believed Elisha had been complicit in setting him up.

Elisha also spoke of an incident where he had walked the young child that he had been stalking to the car during a rain shower while leaving his own family behind without the benefit of an umbrella. Additionally, she recalled an incident where she, Kevin, and Prussian Blue were present at a David Duke event. She claimed that Keving wanted to take pictures of the young girls in their bathing suits while they were at the pool. According to Elisha, she headed him off and got someone else to take the pictures.

All of this, however, still begs the question, if she knew about Kevin’s penchant for children why didn’t she warn the parents of the children Kevin had access to? Additionally, why did she remain with Kevin throughout all of this?

We’ve all heard of the battered woman syndrome and how many women are afraid to leave or continue to return to the abusive relationship. But – this is different. This involved children who were being preyed upon and exploited – and she remained silent.

While all of this would, undoubtedly, make a really good movie for Lifetime, it really doesn’t play well to those of us who realize that the semantics of supremacist and separatist really doesn’t make a hill of beans or to those of us who, at the realization that our spouse was seriously twisted and deviant would have taken the high-road and left the bastard’s ass hanging out to dry while singing like a canary at the local precinct.

In fact, the only thing it does is solidify our belief that those involved in racist activities really are pretty creepy people.

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THE PRICE OF FREE SPEECH…

Posted by nicolen on January 17, 2008

Feedom of speech is cherished in this country, as it should be. Most people who are sane, rational, educated, and imbued with a modicum of integrity realize that with such rights there comes a certain degree of responsibility. However, when those who fall short in any of those areas decide to wave a banner and orate from a dais or tree stump we can expect there is a cost to the rest of us.

That cost may be extracted in the form of hurt feelings, civil or racial unrest, bruised psyches, and yes…even dollars. The following article appeared in the City Pulse in Lansing, Michigan and demonstrates the inherent dangers of racism and racist reasoning as well as the cost to others when administrators are hamstrung between the rock and a hard place. To read the article in it’s original form click here.

Black Hats on Campus E-mail
Written by David Holthouse   
Wednesday, 16 January 2008
Preston Wiginton is one busy neo-Nazi.

In October 2005, he won the “Strongest Skinhead” contest at Hammerfest, a racist skinhead festival in Draketown, Ga., where he announced that he was organizing secret paramilitary training in preparation for the coming race war. In the following days, Wiginton posted more than 300 messages to the white nationalist online forum Stormfront, writing in one that “beating down a mud,” or non-white, is a “righteous act of collective preservation.”

Since then, Wiginton has continued to appear at white supremacist events across the United States — and abroad, too. Just this Nov. 4, Wiginton spoke to a crowd of 5,000 Russian ultranationalists at a Moscow rally against non-white immigration that included calls for Serbian-style ethnic cleansing. Waving his black cowboy hat, the Victoria, Texas, resident said, “I’m taking my hat off as a sign of respect for your strong identity in ethnicity, nation and race.” The audience responded with Nazi salutes and chants of “White power!” in English.

But Wiginton, ever the activist, has not neglected smaller venues. A mere 10 days before the Moscow rally, Wiginton served as master of ceremonies at an appearance in East Lansing, by British Holocaust denier Nick Griffin, the national chairman of the white supremacist British National Party.

This time, Wiginton’s venue was not a skinhead keg party, backwoods cross burning or neo-Nazi rally on foreign soil. It was a lecture hall on the campus of Michigan State University.

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Kyle Bristow (far right) and four other members of YAF-MSU (who declined to be identified) protesting Sen. McCain’s appearance Sunday at the Kellogg Center over his position on illegal immigration (E.J. Jocque/City Pulse).

Wiginton, 43, is not a Michigan State University student. He’s not an alumnus or a faculty member, either. But he is chummy with MSU junior Kyle Bristow, the 21-year-old chairman of the Michigan State University chapter of Young Americans for Freedom, or MSU-YAF — the only university student organization in the country listed as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center.

Acting in collusion with elder white supremacists like Wiginton, and with the financial and logistical support of a major conservative foundation, Bristow and a handful of cronies have roiled their campus and the surrounding community by hosting speakers like Griffin, issuing vicious homophobic and racist insults, and staging publicity stunts masked as political demonstrations that seem inspired in equal parts by the movie “Animal House” and the Hitler Youth.

“He’s become a divisive force,” former MSU-YAF member Kari Lynn Jaksa, an MSU junior who describes herself as a Republican with strong libertarian leanings, says of Bristow. “Frankly, he’s embarrassing.”

A YAF a Minute
In November 2006, MSU-YAF organized a “Straight Power” demonstration in downtown Lansing to protest a proposed local civil rights ordinance (which passed unanimously) protecting gays, lesbians, bisexuals, and transgener individuals from discrimination on the basis of their sexual orientation. YAF members carried signs that read “End Faggotry” and “Go Back in the Closet.”

Also last year, Bristow and Wiginton co-administered two racist online groups — “True American Patriot” and “Jobs a White Man Won’t Do” — within the Facebook social network. (The pair also share a fondness for black cowboy hats. Bristow wore his while anti-racist protesters outside the MSU building where Griffin spoke on Oct. 26 beat a piñata effigy of Griffin with sticks.)

MSU-YAF has since cosponsored a “Catch an Illegal Immigrant Day” contest, held a “Koran Desecration” competition, jokingly threatened to distribute smallpox-infested blankets to Native American students, and posted “Gays Spread AIDS” fliers across campus.

Last spring, when the MSU leftist group Students for Economic Justice hosted a lecture by a Colombian labor organizer detailing allegations of union busting and murder by the owners of Coca-Cola bottling plants in South America, Bristow and his minions jeered, waved American flags and conspicuously guzzled from large bottles of Coke while the speaker tearfully described witnessing his best friend being gunned down by paramilitary thugs.

“YAF’s ridiculous tactics are making all conservatives at MSU look bad,” Jaksa, an international relations major, told the Intelligence Report. “It’s gotten to the point where I hate to even say I’m a conservative anymore in class discussions or private conversations, because people automatically assume that I’m with Kyle Bristow. It’s important to me that people know there are sane conservatives on this campus. We’re not all racists and fascists.”

Jaksa said that when she joined MSU-YAF her freshman year, “It was basically just the action wing of the College Republicans.” Now, according to Jaksa and other sources, the College Republicans at MSU have asked Bristow to stop attending their meetings.

“We protested in favor of fiscal and social conservatism. We held demonstrations against liberal senators who voted a way on a bill that we didn’t agree with. But our agenda was very much what I could categorize as mainstream Republican,” Jaksa said. “That was before Kyle took it over [in spring 2006] and YAF went off the deep end.”

Friends in High Places
Despite its notoriety, MSU-YAF is widely supported by mainstream conservative politicians and power brokers in Michigan. The group was influential enough in rallying support for the Michigan Civil Rights Initiative — the deceptively named affirmative action ban that Michigan voters approved in 2006 — that MCRI Executive Director Jennifer Granz thanked MSU-YAF by name in her election night victory speech.

Last May 2, a few days after the SPLC named MSU-YAF a hate group — a move that received a great deal of public attention in the state — Michigan Republican Party Chairman Saul Anuzis endorsed MSU-YAF and defended Bristow on a talk radio show. “This [Bristow] is exactly the type of young kid we want out there,” Anuzis said. “I’ve known Kyle for years, and I can tell you I have never heard him say a racist or bigoted or sexist thing, ever.”

In fact, Bristow and his minions frequently single out and ridicule individual MSU gay, lesbian, and non-white students online, posting their photos and calling them “freaks,” “scum” and “savages.” Last September, Bristow criticized MSU’s decision to establish a Chicano/Latino Studies doctoral program in a news release headlined, “MSU Offers Doctorate in Savagery.”

And last March 31, roughly one month before Anuzis defended Bristow against accusations of bigotry, Bristow posted this comment on the MSU-YAF Web site: “If Christopher Columbus didn’t bring civilization to the Americas, the Indians would still be running through forests in loincloths, scalping each other, shoving bones through their noses, worshipping pagan gods, and spreading syphilis. Thank God Christopher Columbus put an end to this backward culture.”

Bristow politely refused a request to be interviewed for this article, saying that his “legal counsel” had advised him against such an interview because he’s considering legal action against the SPLC, which publishes the Intelligence Report, for defamation.
But there are some clues to his personality.

In a recent online dating profile, Bristow wrote that he plans to enroll in law school after he graduates from MSU in the fall of 2008 with a degree in international relations. Among his hobbies are “conservative politics,” “watching the History or Court TV channels,” “shooting my pellet gun” and “looking at my coin collection.”
Several MSU students who’ve been in classes with Bristow described him as a classmate who participated infrequently in seminar discussions, rarely asked questions and generally kept his political views to himself.

Jaksa, the former MSU-YAF member, said that she and Bristow hung out together quite a bit during their first year at MSU. “He was just a relaxed, normal kid at the beginning of our freshman year,” Jaksa said. “But then he underwent this odd transition. You know how most people, when they get to college, either move to the center or become more liberal in terms of their political beliefs? Well, Kyle did the opposite. It was like he kept moving farther and farther to the right to counterbalance all the people around him he saw moving to the left.”

Ted Madsen, another MSU international relations major who’s now in his junior year, said that he first met Bristow a few days after their freshman year began in the fall of 2005. “He struck me as very driven and very strait-laced,” recalled Madsen. “He was quite vocal about the fact that he was against drinking and smoking but, all in all, he was a fairly likeable guy.”

Bristow in Power
In spring 2006, shortly after he assumed control of MSU-YAF, Bristow ran unopposed and was elected to represent James Madison College — the college attended by all international relations majors — on the Associated Students of Michigan State University, or ASMSU, the university’s student government body.

Just before the academic year ended, Bristow posted his 13-point agenda online. It included these goals: “Hunt down illegal immigrants in the Lansing area and have them deported”; “Eliminate funding for all non-heterosexual student organizations”; “Create a Caucasian Caucus and give them representation on the ASMSU”; and “Eliminate representation to ASMSU for all of the following groups: Alliance of LGBT [lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender] Students; the Arab Cultural Society; the Black Council; the International Students Association; the Women’s Council; the North American Indigenous Student Organization,” and practically every other non-white, non-heterosexual, or non-Christian student group at MSU.

“I was outraged when I saw it,” said Madsen. “I told him, ‘Your agenda of hate has got to stop, Kyle.’ He’s used that phrase repeatedly in a mocking fashion since.”

Madsen gave Bristow a choice: “Either resign and apologize to the James Madison community for fouling our name, or be removed from office.” Bristow did not resign and did not apologize. It took Madsen and his supporters only two days to gather enough signatures on a recall petition to force a vote, which took place in the fall of 2006, at the beginning of Bristow’s sophomore year. Ninety-six percent of the James Madison students who cast ballots voted to recall Bristow. He was forced to relinquish his seat on the ASMSU.

“I don’t regret it [leading the recall effort], although I do realize that his being recalled only further marginalized and radicalized Kyle to the point where he’s become a joke to many people,” said Madsen. “YAF is routinely ridiculed and mocked on campus, but what many people who refuse to take Kyle seriously may not realize is that Kyle believes all press coverage is good coverage, and while 10,000 people who read what he has to say will be disgusted, one or two will be intrigued. He’s using the media coverage to reach those one or two people at a time and that’s what concerns me about YAF, because what he’s articulating is dangerous.”

The University’s Role
Whatever its potential harm to society, MSU-YAF’s offensive antics have pinned university administrators between the rock of protecting free speech and the hard place of encouraging multiculturalism. For now MSU-YAF remains a registered and officially sanctioned student organization, meaning it’s entitled to certain benefits, including the free use of MSU facilities and university accounting services.

MSU also has to pay for security at YAF events, which invariably draw heated protests. Last April, for example, the university shelled out $3,780 to rent metal detectors for one night to place at every entrance to a YAF-sponsored lecture by nativist extremist leader Chris Simcox, founder of the Minuteman Civil Defense Corps, a border vigilante group.

Simcox was introduced to an unruly crowd by Jason Van Dyke, a neo-Confederate lawyer based in Denton, Texas. Van Dyke once attended MSU but did not graduate. By his own account, he was kicked out in 2000 after being arrested for domestic violence, possession of a banned weapon and firearm safety violations. (Van Dyke said he was merely transporting a rifle across campus on the first day of hunting season.) Also, according to Van Dyke, MSU police found extremist literature, including the race war fantasy novel The Turner Diaries and the anti-Semitic Protocols of the Elders of Zion, in his on-campus residence.

When he attended MSU, Van Dyke was a hotly controversial columnist for the State News, an MSU student newspaper. Now, like a former high school football star haunting his old campus, trying to relive the glory days, Van Dyke posts daily rah-rah messages on the MSU-YAF Web site and often travels to East Lansing for MSU-YAF happenings. He and Bristow often wear matching black cowboy hats.

When MSU-YAF held its “Koran Desecration” contest last August, Van Dyke offered this entry: “I would catch Osama Bin Laden and then take a power drill and hollow out a section of the Koran as he was forced to watch. After doing this, I would cut Osama Bin Laden’s genitals off with a rusty hacksaw, place them in the hollowed-out Koran, wrap it in an American flag infected with smallpox, and send the whole package directly to Mecca.”

Van Dyke was equally statesmanlike at the Simcox lecture, which was initially attended by about 40 Simcox supporters and about 100 anti-Simcox protesters, many if not most of them Latino MSU students. Addressing the protesters, Van Dyke said: “Remember, the First Amendment gives you the right to use four-letter words. So I have two more words for you: ‘work’ and ‘soap.’”

Already tense, the situation in the lecture hall erupted. Protesters banged on seats and shouted angrily, preventing Simcox from speaking. MSU police arrested five demonstrators and cleared the room of anyone they perceived to be anti-Simcox, which included virtually all Latinos. This in turn led to allegations of racial profiling, since the campus police officers allowed white protesters to stay.

One week after the Simcox event, a group of 11 students filed a formal complaint with the MSU Office for Inclusion and Intercultural Initiatives. They accused MSU-YAF of violating the university’s anti-discrimination policy, which prohibits the bias-motivated harassment of any “University community member” but includes this caveat: “These prohibitions are not intended to abridge University community members’ rights of free expression or other civil rights.”

The complaint filed against MSU-YAF accuses the group of “systematically — as a matter of regular organization practice — targeting groups and individuals for harassment, intimidation and public ridicule.”

University officials declined to discuss the complaint with the Intelligence Report, citing a pending investigation.

Behind the YAF Brand
Young Americans for Freedom was originally a centralized organization of rabidly anti-communist university student groups created in 1960 by National Review founder William F. Buckley. The original incarnation of YAF was also strictly opposed to the civil rights movement and, in 1962, gave its first annual Freedom Award to segregationist South Carolina Sen. Strom Thurmond.

YAF remained active nationwide through the 1980s, but is now essentially moribund. The YAF national headquarters Web page consists of a notice of sadness at the “recent news” of Ronald Reagan’s death, which occurred in June 2004. Now, Young Americans for Freedom is basically just a brand name for radical right-wing student activism, taking form as a loose and decentralized network of campus chapters, each one appearing to act independently.

In fact, the YAF brand is being co-opted and promoted by the Leadership Institute, a hard-line conservative nonprofit organization based in Arlington, Va., that is dedicated, according to its mission statement, to “identifying, recruiting, training and placing conservatives within the public policy process in the U.S. and abroad.” Republican National Committee executive committee member Morton Blackwell — who orchestrated a campaign against Anita Hill at the University of Oklahoma after she came forward with sexual harassment allegations against then-Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas — founded the Leadership Institute in 1979 and is still its president. Major donors include the Coors Foundation and Rich DeVos, founder of the troubled Amway multilevel marketing firm.

Christian Coalition founder Ralph Reed and disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff were both trained by the Leadership Institute, as was Jeff Gannon, the fake White House news correspondent who lobbed softball questions for President Bush from 2003 until 2005. That’s when it was revealed that Gannon had been a gay prostitute before attending the Leadership Institute Broadcast School of Journalism, after which he somehow obtained White House press credentials as a reporter for “Talon News,” Gannon’s one-man operation.

Bristow and Van Dyke both interned at the Leadership Institute last summer. There are currently more than 20 YAF organizations on campuses across the country, most of them started in the past five years by Leadership Institute-trained activists. (The Campus Leadership Program division of the Leadership Institute, according to its Web site, “fosters permanent, effective, conservative student organizations on college campuses across America.”) MSU-YAF is by far the most radical. Its most recent event, the lecture by British National Party Chairman Nick Griffin, was promoted by overtly white supremacist organizations including the American Renaissance newsletter, the Council of Conservative Citizens, and Stormfront. Attending the Griffin lecture incognito were members of the European-American Unity and Rights Organization, a white nationalist group founded by former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke, as well as members of the Keystone State Skinheads and the National Alliance, both neo-Nazi organizations that promote violence against non-whites, non-heterosexuals and Jews.

The only violence surrounding the Griffin event, however, was directed at MSU-YAF when a handful of its members were chased by an angry mob of anti-racist activists afterward. Bristow claimed members of the mob were carrying baseball bats and pieces of lumber. No injuries were reported.

Demeaning MSU?
MSU President Lou Anna Simon has been fairly tight-lipped on the ongoing MSU-YAF controversy. Reacting to the MSU-YAF sponsored “Catch an Illegal Immigrant Day” back in September 2006, Simon chided MSU-YAF for sponsoring an event she described as “demeaning to individuals and to the values of Michigan State University.”
But Oct. 25, the day before Griffin’s lecture, Simon issued a statement making it clear that putting up with racist propaganda is the price that a university must pay if it is committed to free speech.

“A university should be an open marketplace for the free exchange of ideas,” Simon said. “There are individuals who speak at campus events whose rhetoric and ideas I find reprehensible, and although I may not appreciate their positions, I do respect their right to share their views. The more extreme the view, in either direction, the more it tests us.

“Although we may disagree with one another’s positions, we must respect the rights of individuals to express their positions without fear of intimidation or physical harm. … Acts intended to prohibit the free speech rights of any individual or group, such as destroying informational materials, preventing access to an event, or shouting down a speaker do not support this philosophy and undermine our efforts to encourage robust intellectual discourse.”

MSU student Claudia Gonzalez experienced Bristow’s favorite mode of discourse first-hand when she participated in a protest outside an MSU-YAF event featuring anti-immigration hardliner Tom Tancredo, a Republican congressman from Colorado. “He [Bristow] came up to me and told me, ‘The one thing I’m most proud of is that my granddaddy stole Aztlan from your granddaddy,’” Gonzalez said.

Shortly after that exchange, MSU-YAF named Gonzalez “Leftist Freak of the Year” and posted her photo online. A few days later, the San Bernardino, Calif.-based hate group Save Our State posted her home address, phone number and parents’ home address, along with the message, “Please go and express your views.”

“I don’t feel completely safe on campus or at my home anymore because of YAF,” Gonzalez said. “And neither do a lot of other students of color and GLBT students, because YAF is clearly networking with these other hate groups, and they’re basically issuing an open invitation to skinheads and [anti-immigration] vigilantes and Nazis to come to MSU, who otherwise would never step foot on campus. … If it weren’t for YAF, MSU wouldn’t be on the hate group radar. But now it is.”

 

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THE RON PAUL REVULSION PART II

Posted by nicolen on January 14, 2008

THE RON PAUL REVULSION – PART II

By Nicole Nichols

I’ve never been much of a fan of soap operas, people who try to put words in my mouth, or those who are incessantly trying to convert me to something that I would never be able to embrace. I don’t much care for superficial people or those who hide behind the label of “Christian” while beating their wives, lying to the public, and generally being all around assholes. What I really can’t stand, however, are wolves in sheep’s clothing – especially those seeking positions of power – enter Ron Paul.

Last November, I wrote the first “Ron Paul Revulsion” article which has been widely read and cited on the internet. In that article I exposed some of the close connections of Paul with the racist movement and promised another installment.

As I write, the Iowa Caucus and the New Hampshire Primary are over. Now, Ron Paul has a passel of bucks, and his supporters have become increasingly aggressive in furthering his campaign. Yet, the “Dr. No” of the House of Representatives has yet to break into double digits in the polls, and only pulled 10% of the vote out of the Hawkeye State and 8% of New Hampshire’s votes. Go figure.

A couple of nights ago, I watched the Republican debates out of South Carolina and could not help but laugh at the stammering and often off-topic answers given by Ron Paul. Several have raised the question, “Why is he even there?”

He’s there because his rabid supporters, with their gang-like mentality, throw such huge tantrums, and use mob tactics to insure his participation and because there are some very heavy hitters on the extreme right who are supporting him and throwing their weight around. And…because we happen to be a nation that believes in freedom of speech and equal opportunities for all no matter how whacked out they might be.

Now you may ask why I would even care about Paul who doesn’t appear to have a prayer of winning the Republican nomination for President of the United States. You may question why we, at Citizens Against Hate and Eye On Hate have devoted so much air and print time to a probable “also-ran.” So…I’m going to clear that up right now.

While Paul may not reach the brass ring, he is still a person in a position of power. He still has a constituency and he still has the ability to influence policy making in this country. Additionally, there are many young people who have been impacted by his campaign.

Under normal circumstances, I would be delighted to see our young voters getting involved with the process, but these are not “normal circumstances.” As a matter of fact, these are troubling times and Ron Paul and his handlers are attempting to capitalize on that. They are, in my opinion, trying to exploit the misery that this nation has felt for the last seven years. They are preying on the worries and fears of the American people while running their own heinous agenda in the background.

You see, if Ron Paul were to be elected President of the United States of America, the favors he would have to grant to those paving the way, might not be exactly what the American people have in mind for the future. Many of his supporters who are currently working so diligently behind the scenes are either unaware of his “ties,” or in complete denial. They are always quick to denounce such claims as “lies made up to smear a good man.” They deny any such thoughts as they blindly follow the man they really want to believe in…as their rose colored glasses hide the ugly truth.

This past Tuesday, James Kirchick, an assistant editor at The New Republic, dropped a bombshell on Ron Paul and his supporters. In an article written by Kirchick, even more ties to individuals and organizations on the extremist right were unveiled along with, not only quotes, but the complete articles straight from the elusive, early newsletters by Ron Paul. Those articles have cast a giant pall over the campaign of the presidential hopeful.

In wading through the documentation provided by Mr. Kirchick, it became very evident that Ron Paul is in bed with, and has been in bed with some very nasty extremists. These documents, along with information that is now forthcoming from libertarians themselves, who do not wish to see their party tarnished by and of this, clearly and solidly place Paul in a whole other realm of political craziness.

I have been tracking and monitoring extremists within American society for a good number of years. The very possibility, regardless of how remote, that someone with such ties just might hoodwink enough people to be voted into the highest office in the nation is truly chilling.

According to Kirchick:

“To understand Paul’s philosophy, the best place to start is probably the Ludwig von Mises Institute, a libertarian think tank based in Auburn, Alabama. The institute is named for a libertarian Austrian economist, but it was founded by a man named Lew Rockwell, who also served as Paul’s congressional chief of staff from 1978 to 1982. Paul has had a long and prominent association with the institute, teaching at its seminars and serving as a “distinguished counselor.” The institute has also published his books.

“The politics of the organization are complicated–its philosophy derives largely from the work of the late Murray Rothbard, a Bronx-born son of Jewish immigrants from Poland and a self-described “anarcho-capitalist” who viewed the state as nothing more than “a criminal gang”–but one aspect of the institute’s worldview stands out as particularly disturbing: its attachment to the Confederacy. Thomas E. Woods Jr., a member of the institute’s senior faculty, is a founder of the League of the South, a secessionist group, and the author of The Politically Incorrect Guide to American History, a pro-Confederate, revisionist tract published in 2004. Paul enthusiastically blurbed Woods’s book, saying that it “heroically rescues real history from the politically correct memory hole.” Thomas DiLorenzo, another senior faculty member and author of The Real Lincoln: A New Look at Abraham Lincoln, His Agenda, and an Unnecessary War, refers to the Civil War as the “War for Southern Independence” and attacks “Lincoln cultists”; Paul endorsed the book on MSNBC last month in a debate over whether the Civil War was necessary (Paul thinks it was not). In April 1995, the institute hosted a conference on secession at which Paul spoke; previewing the event, Rockwell wrote to supporters, “We’ll explore what causes [secession] and how to promote it.” Paul’s newsletters have themselves repeatedly expressed sympathy for the general concept of secession. In 1992, for instance, the Survival Report argued that “the right of secession should be ingrained in a free society” and that “there is nothing wrong with loosely banding together small units of government. With the disintegration of the Soviet Union, we too should consider it.””

It is important to remember that Dr. Paul labels himself a “Strict Constitutionalist,” and as such maneuvers through all of the political ramblings in Congress to determine the Constitutionality of each bill proposed. Thus, Paul considers himself to be a patriotic American in the truest sense of the phrase. Yet, as late as 1995, Ron Paul supported the break-up of the nation governed by that same Constitution.

It is little wonder that Paul has garnered an endorsement from the League of the South, a nefarious neo-Confederate group whose members often embrace the Sons of Confederate Veterans, who also endorse Paul and in which Paul has been an honorary member for the past twelve years. The membership in both of these organizations also often overlap with the Council of Conservative Citizens, a hate group which is also behind Paul and on whose radio program, “Political Cesspool,” Paul has appeared.

The League of the South grew out of the Southern League and boasts about 10,000 members. Michael Hill is the President of the League of the South. After the September 11, attacks on this country Hill is reported to have called them “the natural fruits of a regime committed to multiculturalism and diversity.”

Hill claims that the League wants an “independent nation.” As a matter of fact, they have an ongoing petition for secession on their website. Additionally, when Hill was asked where black people might fit into this Southern Nation, his response was. “Southern culture under attack today is the Anglo-Celtic culture of the South . . . People should be free to socialize or not socialize within or without various ethnic groups with no government intervention.” That sounds a lot like some of Ron Paul’s answers.

Another close ally to the neo-Confederates is Charley Reese. Reese is a favorite at League events. He writes a column which is published in the Orlando Sentinel and at kingonline. Reese is a Christian Reconstructionist who made the following comments in one of his articles:

“The scriptural condemnation of homosexual behavior is explicit and unavoidable. The fact that the Rev. Gene Robinson paraded around the convention with his partner on his arm says about everything you would want to know about liberal Episcopalians.”

“Had the liberals been born in another time, they would have tripped over each other in a rush to kiss the rear end of the Roman emperor. No martyrs they.”

Thomas Fleming is President of the paleo-conservative “think tank” The Rockford Institute which has been highly supportive of Pat Buchannan in the past. The monthly magazine, edited by Fleming, “Chronicles: A Magazine of American Culture,” is written toward a more scholarly White Nationalist audience and until his death, featured articles by both Sam Francis as well as Fleming.

Thomas Fleming has gone so far as to characterize the 19th Century Ku Klux Klan as a “national liberation army.” Given his association with the likes of Pat Buchanan that comment isn’t too surprising. Fleming is also a favorite among the League of the South.

Kirk Lyons – an extremist with a law degree. In the past, Lyons has been directly involved with people like Adreas Strassmier, Timothy McVeigh, and Dennis Mahon, all complicit in the Oklahoma City Bombing case. He is a disciple of Louis Beam. Lyons has devoted his practice to representing those on the racist right.

A one-time member of the National Alliance, Lyons developed what is now called the Southern Legal Resource Center. His intention is for the SLRC to be be the racist right’s answer to the Southern Poverty Law Center.

Lyons frequents events held by the Council of Conservative Citizens, the League of the South and recently ran (unsuccessfully) for the leadership of the Sons of Confederate Veterans. In the past, Lyons has attempted to deny ties or membership with the National Alliance, but finally gave it up when documents started to surface proving him a complete and utter liar.

He, along with Neill Payne, were both married in a double wedding ceremony by none other than Richard Butler, now deceased leader of the Aryan Nations. They were married on the Aryan Nations compound in Idaho.

These are but a few examples of the neo-Confederates who currently contribute to the League of South and other neo-Confederate groups that are backing and supporting Dr. Paul and, make no mistake, Ron Paul supports them and favors them with his presence and his speeches.

Within that realm, there also resides a common thread which has even further reaches into militant extremism as well as deep pockets. The Christian Patriot Movement and the militia movement have much in common, and Ron Paul is friends of both.

Christian Patriots are generally Protestant fundamentalists, and are decidedly apocalyptic in either ascribing to the second coming of Christ, or believing in the revocation of the Constitution, the implementation of martial law, and the revoking of all liberties. Some adhere to the Christian Identity doctrine which considers itself to be a religion for white people who are superior and the true “chosen” people. Many are conspiracy theorist.

In general, Christian Patriots are strict constructionists, that is, they strictly interpret the Constitution of the United States, just like Ron Paul. They are closely associated with the tax protestors and hold to the same ideals, often encouraging others to stop paying taxes and providing legal authority on their belief that the Sixteenth Amendment is illegitimate. They hold the Federal Reserve in contempt and advocate for a return to the Gold Standard – just like Ron Paul.

Presidential hopeful, Ron Paul, caters to the Christian Patriots and to the militia-minded individuals and has done so for years. While during the debates in South Carolina on January 10th, Paul claimed to no longer hold to his previous conspiracy theory beliefs, he still maintains a strong support base from those who do hold those views. Among the tax-protestors, neo-Confederates, and Christian Patriots, Paul is revered for his stands on states rights, abolition of the IRS, return to the gold standard, individual liberties, and revocation of affirmative action.

Chuck Baldwin is a Christian Patriot and militia advocate out of Pensacola, Florida. As Pastor of the Crossroads Baptist Church, Baldwin hosts a weekly radio show and writes columns for his website and for the anti-immigration and racist website VDARE. Baldwin is a huge supporter of Ron Paul. Virulently supportive of gun owners rights, Baldwin recently told his congregation “…to help keep your family safe and your country free, go buy a gun.”

To put all of this in the proper perspective, Chuck Baldwin, in the early 1980’s was the Florida state chairman of the Moral Majority organized by Jerry Falwell. However, he considered George H. W. Bush “too liberal” and eventually left the Republican Party and joined the Constitution Party. In the 2004 U.S. presidential election, Baldwin was Michael Peroutka’s running mate and candidate for Vice President of the United States. The two ran on a platform of “God, Family, and Republic.” The Peroutka/Baldwin campaign publicly spoke out against abortion, women in the military, and the Iraq War.

Baldwin believes in a “global elite” which plans on bringing “the rebellious colonists under their power and control.” Railing against this “global elite,” Baldwin claims:

“2010 seems to be a banner year for these designers of despotism. That is the target year for the implementation of the North American Community, which will unite the United States with Canada and Mexico. The global elite suffered a minor set-back when the U.S. Senate failed to pass the Bush/McCain/Kennedy/Graham amnesty-for-illegal-aliens bill. But if you think that George W. Bush is going to let that bill lie on the floor of defeat, you don’t understand these people. President Bush will do everything he can to implement some kind of amnesty law before he leaves office. I would not be surprised if he attempted some sort of Executive Order or Presidential Directive in order to accomplish it. You see, it is absolutely essential to the designers of despotism that our southern border be eliminated. Absolutely essential.

“Yes, I am saying it: George W. Bush is part of the global elite that seeks America’s entrance into an international New World Order. In fact, all of the “top tier” presidential candidates from both major parties will offer zero resistance to this obstinate oligarchy. That is why it will not matter to a hoot in Hades if it is Hillary, Obama, Edwards, Giuliani, Romney, Gingrich, or Thompson who is elected. (Forget McCain; his presidential goose is cooked.)

“About the only presidential contenders who seem to have a spirit of resistance to these scheming scoundrels are men such as Ron Paul, Duncan Hunter, and Tom Tancredo. Forgive me for saying it, but while Mike Huckabee and Sam Brownback seem to be nice guys and may not be directly involved in this collection of crafty clowns, they appear to be either too naïve to understand their subterfuge or too weak to oppose it. The result is the same either way.

Baldwin’s public advocacy for militia groups is long-standing. In a 1995, state-by-state report furnished by the Anti-Defamation League, it was stated:

“In Pensacola, militias are promoted by Chuck Baldwin, the pastor of Crossroads Baptist Church. Baldwin hosts a radio show on the Christian Patriot Network and invites listeners to call in: “We’re talking about citizens’ militias, federal government’s encroachment on individual rights, New World Order, United Nations, gun control, it’s all related.” Militias are also promoted on the public access channel in Alachua County, which airs a pro-militia video produced by the North Florida Patriot Association.”

While Baldwin may seem a little extreme, especially for a man of the cloth, Clay Douglas embodies the real extreme of the militant and extremist, whacked-out, head-case of the militia-minded set. And…guess what? He supports Ron Paul.

Clay Douglas publishes a militia magazine entitled “Free American,” and has been under the close scrutiny of law-enforcement for years. The magazine pretty well speaks for Douglas with it’s survivalist tips and it’s anti-Semitic rantings. Douglas is a paranoid conspiracy theorist who rails against the “New World Order,” and claims that drugs are all part of a government plot. He served seven years in prison back in the 1970’s for possession.

Douglas airs an early morning radio show where he touts the virtues of Ron Paul while speaking about a UN takeover, the New World Order, and other, often anti-Semitic, conspiracy theories.

A few years ago, Clay Douglas made it to the Southern Poverty Law Center’s “40 To Watch” list. This was not too surprising since Douglas had been blasting the SPLC and its’ founder, Morris Dees, for years. According to the Center, “He sold tracts of the anti-Semitic Christian Identity theology at his November 2002 expo in Georgia and, this May, blamed Jews for the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks while attending a conference put on by Media Bypass, another anti-Semitic magazine.”

In his own defense, Douglas states the following on his website:

“He [Douglas] believes that all Americans of all races and religion should stand together, be proud of their race and practice their religion without fear, harassment, or discrimination.

“To prevent this message from reaching and striking a chord among the majority of Americans, these foreign controlled organizations and their corporate backers have tried to demonize, denounce and silence him by slandering him, intimidation of advertisers and distributors with false charges of Racism and anti-Semitism. It is not anti-Semitic to expose and try to stop a criminal organization trying to seize control of your nations resources, currency, manpower, with the intent of using those resources to dominate and enslave other countries. This is the stated goals expressed in the Protocols of the Learned Elders Of Zion and being carried out by the plans such as the Project of the New American Century and the North American Community in the US, implemented and staffed by the NeoCons in Washington, just as the Bolsheviks infiltrated Russia, killed the Czar and his family, formed the Soviet Union and subsequently killed more than 50 million Russians before joining two other Communist dominated countries to go after the German people. Who Killed the Jews in Germany? Hitler? The Nazis? Or the Zionists?”

In support of Ron Paul, Douglas claims, “IF AN ORGANIZATION REFUSES TO SUPPORT RON PAUL OR THE FREE AMERICAN, THEY ARE PART OF THE PROBLEM AND SHOULD BE CONSIDERED A FALSE FLAG FRONT OR A SUBVERSIVE OPERATION!”

All wrapped up in this militia and Christian Patriot movement are the anti-tax people. In order to see the big picture, it is imperative that we understand that membership and support overlaps between all of these groups. The League of the South, the Sons of Confederate Veterans, the Council of Conservative Citizens, Christian Patriots, Christian Reconstructionists, Christian Identity, the Militia Movement, and the Anti-Tax Movement all mesh pretty well together when it comes to political ideology. All of these groups comprise a very large part of Ron Paul’s support.

Robert Clarkson is a tax protestor out of South Carolina. Six years after graduating from law school, Clarkson was brought up on charges of preparing fraudulent tax returns and presenting false claims to the U.S. Department of the Treasury. Two years after that, Clarkson was disbarred.

After being convicted of several felonies, Clarkson was given five years probation which he violated and was then sent to federal prison. Shortly after being paroled, he was sent back to prison for violations of that parole. It just seemed that Robert Clarkson could not stay out of trouble.

In 1994, he started a group called the Carolina Patriots and taught classes on how to evade taxes. It wasn’t long until he was caught and sent up on conspiracy charges and served almost five more years in prison.

Once released, Clarkson set up the “Patriot Network” where he held tax protestor meetings and sold books on how to avoid paying taxes.

Clarkson is still active today and is the subject of several court injunctions under which he is required to abide by certain requirements.

Featured prominently on the Patriotic Network website is the picture of Clarkson and Ron Paul together along with the following endorsement:

” AS many of you know, Congressman Ron Paul from Texas is one of the most conservative members of Congress and very sympathetic to the patriot’s cause. Here we find Dr Robert Clarkson with Congressman Ron Paul in Columbia, SC at Libertarian-Patriot Banquet on April 2, 2004.

“If we stuck to the Constitution as written, we would have: no federal meddling in our schools; no Federal Reserve; no U.S. membership in the UN; no gun control; and no foreign aid. We would have no welfare for big corporations, or the “poor”; no American troops in 100 foreign countries; no NAFTA, GATT, or “fast-track”; no arrogant federal judges usurping states rights; no attacks on private property; no income tax . We could get rid of most of the cabinet departments, most of the agencies, and most of the budget. The government would be small, frugal, and limited.” Congressman Ron Paul (1998)

Racists, neo-Nazi’s, white-nationalists, neo-Confederates, secessionists, anti-government groups, anti-tax groups, Christian extremists and militias have all lined up behind presidential hopeful Ron Paul and the burning question has always been, and remains, “why?”

For the last few months we have had glimpses at the despicable comments that were printed in earlier Ron Paul newsletters. These comments were largely disparaging to African-American’s and Jews. When questioned, Ron Paul always managed to side-step and, generally sweep them under the rug. Until, of course, James Kirchick made those documents and others public. Now, Ron Paul is forced into having to speak up and explain himself. The problem with that, as I see it, is that he can’t.

Ron Paul is running as a “Libertarian-Republican” on the Republican ticket. He has long considered himself a Libertarian as he ran for President in 1988 for that party. Yet, I and others, have pointed out repeatedly that Ron Paul isn’t a Libertarian. He does not meet that criteria. As a matter of fact, many libertarian leaders have been watching all of this unfold and cringing at the very thought that the unsavory writings in the newsletters and the equally unsavory characters being drawn to the Paul campaign might, somehow, taint the party. The Kirchik article sent them into damage control mode.

Paul brings his brand of libertarianism to voters from the Ludwig von Mesis Institute as noted above. The head of that Institute is Lew Rockwell who happens to be a very close friend of Paul’s.

For the past several years, Rockwell has been publishing the works of those who can only be considered bigoted and often even racist. Branded a “paleolibertarian” by those active in the libertarian movement, Rockwell has been a loose cannon, to say the least. As testament to this, Steven Horwitz wrote the following on History News Network:

“What has surprised me, I must admit, is the fact that so many fairly prominent libertarian commenters are surprised by all of this. First of all, these newsletters have been brought up before, though perhaps not as many examples, nor as many really offensive ones. But more important, those of us who have been paying attention to the libertarian movement for the last 15 years knew that the paleo element was growing and was associated with all kinds of unsavory views from the ugly segment of the hard right. Did all of these supposed observers of the libertarian scene not pay attention to the appearances that Paul has made at all kinds of fringe events? Did they not pay attention to the links between people associated with Lew Rockwell and the Mises Institute (Paul’s intellectual home) and racists, anti-Semites, Holocaust skeptics, homophobes, Confederacy praisers, and conspiracy theorists of all types, all of which have been ably discussed and documented by Right Watch and Tom Palmer, among others? Perhaps the under 35 crowd doesn’t have the longer-run history that those of us in our 40s do.

“Those of us who have been paying attention knew of Ron Paul’s first or second-hand association with all of these groups and we knew their odious ideas. We knew that people like Lew Rockwell were long-time associates of Ron Paul’s and thus the recent speculation that his pen is prominent in those nasty newsletters comes as no surprise as well. (And, if true, explains why Ron Paul isn’t naming names, as Rockwell is not just a “former aide” but a current advisor.) In my much commented-upon posts from last month, I tried to raise this warning flag in a more subtle way. My closing comment suggesting that the Paul campaign was not clearly a net benefit to libertarianism was my way of expressing precisely the fear that has now come home to roost and is so nicely captured by Balko: libertarians are going to have to spend more energy than ever explaining why we’re not racists, etc. as we get linked to the nastiness in those newsletters. (Glen Whitman explains how a small sample problem can create this burden for libertarians. I think he’s right, and these newsletters now make more people’s “first contact” with libertarianism the sort that will make us have to climb uphill even more often.)

“Is there now any doubt about why Stormfront and KKK folks are supporting the Paul campaign? This is not an “accident” – his name has been used to cultivate their support, as these newsletters demonstrate. This is not guilt by association – it’s reaping what was sown 15 years ago and since.”

I agree that this is “not an accident.” As the question continues to be put to Ron Paul, things seem to get even more unbelievable. When presented with the text and the quotes from the newsletters which contain homophobic, racist, sexist, and anti-Semitic remarks, Ron Paul denies not only writing them but of ever knowing about them. However, the evidence is mounting and it would say otherwise.

In a newsletter dated October 15, 1992, the following appeared…

“Car jacking is the hip-hop thing to do among urban youth who play unsuspecting whites like pianos.”

That is followed by advise from others on how to avoid car-jacking. Then…

“I, frankly, don’t know what to make of such advise, but even in my little town of Lake Jackson, Texas, I’ve urged everyone in my family to learn how to use a gun in self defense. For the animals are coming.”

It is important to note that Ron Paul lives in Lake Jackson, Texas and has for years.

In the same interview, Ron Paul claims that all of this is only “coming up now for political reasons,” and that libertarians are incapable of being racist.

When asked how it was possible that this kind of thing could go on for so many years, in Ron Paul’s name, his response was quite disjointed but transcribes as follows:

“Well…well…I have no idea. Have you ever heard of a publisher of a magazine not knowing every single thing…the editor is responsible for the daily activities…and people came and gone and there were some people who were hired and I don’t know any of their names. I do not, absolutely honestly, I do not know who wrote those things.

“But I do know there was a transition…there were changes around and…uh…to me, it’s…it’s been rehashed it’s the politics of it all. If it were important enough why didn’t the people in my district who’ve heard about them for at least 10 years or so it came up – and people believed me. Why don’t you believe me and just say look it’s in there, it’s bad, I recognize that, I had a moral responsibility but it doesn’t mean that you can, you know, indirectly charge me as being a racist. And that is being done, and yet I am the most anti-racist because I don’t see people in collective groups because I practice…and you know…right know, even before this thing broke.
“Guess what is our next fund-raising day…our next super day…we raised 4 million one day – six on the next – the next one is on Martin Luther King holiday! I mean this is it! Martin Luther King, Rosa Parks, and Gandhi…they’re the heroes of mine in their practice of civil disobedience to try to get the burden of government off our backs.”

Watching the video almost made me feel sorry for Dr. Paul – almost. It’s never easy to have your skeletons unleashed from the closet – but to have it done so publicly has to be extremely painful.

If we are to believe the flailing and faltering Paul, he never wrote the articles, and he never read his newsletters. For years…Ron Paul would have us believe, racist, homophobic, and anti-Semitic rhetoric was published under his name, in his newsletter, with his banner heading – but he didn’t know.

Initially, Ron Paul had made the assertion that the articles were written by a ghost writer and he didn’t know what was being published. For the last couple of days, libertarians have been pointing their fingers at Lew Rockwell as the “ghost-writer” which would explain Paul’s not wanting to spill the beans. To add validity to such a claim, Eric Dondero, former Senior Aide to Ron Paul, stepped forward and published the following:

American Libertarian

Published by Matt Monroe
Editor Michael Holmes

November 1988

Paul campaign ends on Down note

(Page 6)

“The first clue that something was afoot was missed by everyone. Paul campaign chair Burt Blumert and Paul campaign ghostwriter and direct mail fundraiser Lew Rockwell, Jr. arrived along with Ron Paul in Houston for a pre-election Saturday rally unannounced and unexpected by the Houston Paul campaign office…”

Certainly, it matters greatly to the libertarian party who wrote the egregiously disgusting things in these newsletters and they are trying to distance themselves from the tarnish that all of this might bring to those associated with Paul and friends. However, I am not going to be quick to believe the claims of Paul’s innocence in all of this.

In the December, 1990, newsletter – the one accusing Dr. Martin Luther King of seducing underage girls and boys – Dr. Ron Paul sends a holiday greeting which reads…

“My wife Carol, and our children and grandchildren, join me in wishing you and your family a wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year. May we start to confound the plans of Trilateralists and other big government types, making America freer, and thus truer to her own heritage in 1991.”

In an undated solicitation letter written to his constituents and signed by him, (which demands a whole lot more scrutiny and discussion), Ron Paul writes:

“I’ve been told not to talk, but these stooges do not scare me. Threats or no threats, I’ve laid bare the coming race war in our big cities. The federal-homosexual cover-up on AIDS (my training as a physician helps me see through this one). The Bohemian Grove–perverted, pagan playground of the powerful. Skull & Bones: the demonic fraternity that includes George Bush and leftist Senator John Kerry, Congress’s Mr. New Money. The Israeli Lobby, which plays Congress like a cheap harmonica. And the Soviet-style “smartcard” the Justice Department has in mind for you.”

So, according to those who believe Paul did not write these articles, the phrases “urban youth who play unsuspecting whites like pianos” and “who play Congress like a cheap harmonica” are not written by the same people? Additionally, we are to believe that references to an impending race-war and an AIDS cover-up do not represent Dr. Paul’s views. Forgive me if I don’t buy it.

Paul claims that he has taken “moral responsibility” for the articles. What the hell does that mean? Does it mean that his “morals” won’t allow him to take real responsibility? Does it mean that he has prayed about it, confessed his sin and has nothing more to do with it? Or does it just make for a good sound-bite.

James Kirhcick has provided the articles in context for all to read – yet there are still those who question their authenticity as well as their authorship. Alas…there will always be those who are so blind they cannot see.

Ron Paul has been exposed – period. His supporters can spin it any way they want to, but their ride to Paulhalla is over. While having a candidate as repugnant as Paul is a real challenge to the Libertarian Party, and extremely unsettling to those of us who are searching for a leader, the real tragedy in all of this is that so many young people who have been awakened by the promise of real freedom have been awakened to something else altogether.

The youth in the Paul campaign have been energetically involved in the process. They have tirelessly worked on behalf of something that they really believed in only to learn that it was just a ruse…a lie. It is imperative that we, all of us, strive to keep them involved. Politics are dirty and frequently lay bare that which we would rather not see. But seeing is better than the alternative.

The very fact that Ron Paul and friends are planning a march and fund-raiser to commemorate that day should fly in the face of all those who see this for what it really is – an exploitation. But then, if you are Ron Paul and you have claimed Martin Luther King, Jr. as your hero – then no one will be the wiser, eh?

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Ron Paul, Don Black, and Stormfront…

Posted by nicolen on December 22, 2007

paul-and-don-black2.jpgGood friends are worth keeping. Earlier this week, mainstream media went a little nuts when, after all this time, they realized that Don Black, owner/operator of the largest White Nationalist forum in the world, had contributed $500 to the Paul campaign. What, I guess, they don’t know is that Black has apparently contributed another $1000 this quarter. And, if there is any doubt about what circles Paul really moves in, I have received this picture from 5 different sources – left to right, Ron Paul, Don Black, Derrick Black (Don’s son).

Additionally, Bill White – the Roanoke Nazi and self-appointed “Commander” of the American National Socialist Party, continues to name those within Paul’s inner circle with affiliations to the hate movement. In his latest missive White states:

“Ron Paul and / or his staff, including Norman Kirk Singleton, whose name I’ve been trying to remember, and Daniel McAdams, his legislative aide, have apparently told the New Republic that they did know me, but it was “in the early 90s” when I was a “paleo-libertarian”.

He further explains that he would have only been a young teen at that time and that they actually met him in 2002 and 2003, at which time he was a “full-blown anti-Semite.” At any rate…Ron Paul has a lot of splainen’ to do.

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EYE ON HATE RADIO TO DISCUSS LATEST RON PAUL-NAZI LINK

Posted by nicolen on December 20, 2007

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December 20th at 9pm est.
as Eye On Hate Reports on the growing media attention to the connections between Ron Paul and Organizied Racism.
Also we will comment on the recent announcement from Neo Nazi Bill White that he has lunch with Ron Paul and is ask to help with policy.

Shows Archived in mp3 Format, Shortly After Live Broadcast

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ROANOKE NAZI CLAIMS RON PAUL MEETS WITH THE “STORMFRONT SET”

Posted by nicolen on December 19, 2007

updated2.jpgOh…I am just loving this! Welcome to the world of Bill White! He has made me laugh in the past, but not quite as much as he has today!!!!

With his recent, so-called “outing” of Presidential hopeful, Ron Paul, Bill White has demonstrated precisely and inarguably why we claim that he is a “fraudulent white-nationalist.” As I said on Cold Shot, Bill White is a manipulator and a conniver. He is a charlatan and his only reason for breathing is to get attention.

Bill has been lacking in attention lately – has entered one of his manic phases – and has pushed all the right buttons. If there is a modicum of truth in what he said about Ron Paul – we thank him for helping us prove our point. If there is no truth in what he wrote, we thank him for putting himself in a position where he might have to put up or shut up. Either way, we thank him for making our point about himslef.

He made the holidays merry!

9f9c.jpgFirst, let me preface this by saying that Bill White is not always truthful or accurate. I am not posting this article as “truth” or “fact.” However, if true, we really need validation of this – and if false, then those in Ron Paul’s camp need to engage in some damage control here.

(CAUTION: THE LINK IS TO A HATE SITE – BE FORE-WARNED.

http://vnnforum.com/showthread.php?t=63682

 Comrades:

I have kept quiet about the Ron Paul campaign for a
while, because I didn’t see any need to say anything
that would cause any trouble. However, reading the
latest release from his campaign spokesman, I am
compelled to tell the truth about Ron Paul’s extensive
involvement in white nationalism.

Both Congressman Paul and his aides regularly meet
with members of the Stormfront set, American
Renaissance, the Institute for Historic Review, and
others at the Tara Thai restaurant in Arlington,
Virginia, usually on Wednesdays. This is part of a
dinner that was originally organized by Pat Buchanan,
Sam Francis and Joe Sobran, and has since been mostly
taken over by the Council of Conservative Citizens.

I have attended these dinners, seen Paul and his aides
there, and been invited to his offices in Washington
to discuss policy.

For his spokesman to call white racialism a “small
ideology” and claim white activists are “wasting their
money” trying to influence Paul is ridiculous. Paul
is a white nationalist of the Stormfront type who has
always kept his racial views and his views about world
Judaism quiet because of his political position.

I don’t know that it is necessarily good for Paul to
“expose” this. However, he really is someone with
extensive ties to white nationalism and for him to
deny that in the belief he will be more respectable by
denying it is outrageous — and I hate seeing people
in the press who denounce racialism merely because
they think it is not fashionable.

Bill White, Commander
American National Socialist Workers Party

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COMANCHE WHITE SUPREMACIST HUMILIATED

Posted by nicolen on December 19, 2007

Racial Justice

White Supremacist Suffers Humiliating Defeat in Run for Comanche Nation Vice President

by Dr. Al Carroll ( educatedindio [at] yahoo.com )
Monday Dec 17th, 2007 12:05 PM

White Supremacist Suffers Humiliating Defeat in Run for Comanche Nation Vice President

White Supremacist Suffers Humiliating Defeat in Run for Comanche Nation Vice President

David Yeagley, a white supremacist who has made a career out of posing as both a mainstream conservative and part-Comanche, fared extremely poorly in a special election for Comanche Nation Vice President, coming in a very distant fourth place out of four candidates.

Yeagley only got 102 votes, or slightly over 10%, in an election that also had an extremely low turnout of only 10%. That means that the number of eligible Comanche voters who cast their ballot for Yeagley was about 1%. Already Yeagley’s loss has earned him a new nickname in Indian Country, “”1% Yeagley.”

Yeagley and his supporters, in a rather bizarre denial of reality, claimed victory since he expected to only get “about five votes.” Yet elsewhere in Indian Country, Natives that are familiar with Yeagley’s chequered career are celebrating his getting his head handed to him.

Yeagley became enrolled with the Comanche Nation by accident, because his stepmother was Comanche. Kiowa disabled rights activist Cinda Hughes investigated and uncovered that it is a fairly open “secret” among Comanches that Yeagley was adopted. Comanche traditions do not allow for banishing anyone, no matter how contemptible their actions or beliefs.

Yeagley is a member of the white supremacist One Nation, which works against American Indians, especially on the issue of tribal sovereignty. He also is a speaker for the notoriously anti Semitic John Birch Society, best known for its bizarre conspiracy theories. Yeagley also is a supporter and associates with members of the National Alliance, the neo-Nazi skinhead group Storm Front (a Storm Front member moderated a section of Yeagley’s message board on Jews), the eugenics website Gene Expression, and self described white nationalists and anti immigrant vigilantes the Minutemen.

Yeagley has long been a notorious character in Indian Country. He routinely refers to nonwhites (including American Indians) as “darkies.” He has called for the mass murder of illegal immigrants and the mass deportation of all Arabs and Muslims. He frequently describes his admiration for Hitler, Columbus, and the Shah of Iran. Yeagley once compared Janet Jackson to an ape and called Martin Luther King “a blight on history.” Yeagley received the strongest criticism when he attacked the Virginia Tech University shooting victims as “cowards.”

Yeagley tried various tactics to boost his vote count in the campaign. According to one source in the Comanche Nation, literally every last vote for Yeagley was an absentee ballot. This suggests that Yeagley pushed his backers to vote early, before anyone could discover his unsavory past and beliefs.

Yeagley’s campaign was marked by almost comical mistakes on his part. He gave a speech discussing Comanche clans. The problem is, the Comanche do not have clans. Yeagley was asked during a debate about the Indian Child Welfare Act, one of the most controversial issues in Indian Country. Yeagley was forced to admit he had never heard of it. Perhaps the most amusing fumble in his campaign came when Yeagley went to the Comanche courthouse, only to hide out from a group of Comanche women asking why he had lied about his stepmother being elected to a tribal post.

Such mistakes in Yeagley’s attempt to pass himself off as Comanche are not new, and have long made him the butt of jokes in both the Comanche Nation and across Indian Country. Yeagley has often become an unwitting source of amusement at tribal council meetings, where anyone enrolled may speak. He once argued for the Comanche Nation to be the first to set up a tribally run bank. The first American Indian tribally run bank was begun more than twenty years ago, and more than two dozen exist today. His attempts to “look more Indian” also make him hard for many to take him seriously. Yeagley straightened his curly brown hair and dyed it black, and is fond of pancake makeup and turtleneck sweaters. Rumors swirl that he has had plastic surgery and have earned him another nickname, “Michael Jackson.”

Yet his attempts to use dubious claims of American Indian ancestry to promote his white supremacy beliefs are no joke. Sometimes hardline conservatives find him useful to use as a token, and quote him as though he had a serious following within Indian Country. In this he follows in a long tradition of others claiming to be American Indian being used by the right wing such as ‘Princess Pale Moon” and “Chief AJ.”

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COLD SHOT AIRS TONIGHT AT NINE

Posted by nicolen on December 17, 2007

DOWNLOAD ARCHIVE FOR DECEMBER 17TH SHOW HERE

December 17th 2007…Cold Shot will air tonight at 9:00 Eastern Time – and you don’t want to miss this one.

TOPICS INCLUDE:

*Why we are going after the Roanoke Nazi Bill White
(You might have noticed that he is making a feeble attempt to intimidate us today)

*Playing Politics With Justice

*Megan Williams case is victim of political pissing contest

*Racist & anti-Semitic politicans hide in plain sight

*Illinois congressional candidate Arthur Jones

*I’m an independent woman

*About Fear & Intimidation

HEAR THE PROGRAM HERE – JUST CLICK ON THE WINAMP BUTTON.

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The United States of Jamerica

Posted by nicolen on December 13, 2007

“Tis the Season…”

The United States of Jamerica

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