Monday, January 30, 2006
Usually within one lifetime we consider ourselves blessed if we have a couple of good friends and the love of our family. Also, we are fortunate that the kooks and misfits we run across are few and far between and often just kind of fade away into misfit heaven. I guess that means that there are a few of us wandering around out here who just aren't living right - or that part of heaven is full at the moment. The weirdoes just keep coming and coming and coming.
Bill White is always up to something - all of it no good. Between his battling Dr. Jaques Pluss, trying to discredit Daryl Davis, and posturing for a headline, Bill has racked up a couple more points towards his entry fee into kook utopia. In a classicly Bill White article, he has managed to stand the world of medical science on its head with his announcement that most white people don't get AIDS. History Mike has a great article concerning this, so I won't belabor the point. You can read that here: HISTORY MIKE'S
Now, that would be bad enough and could qualify White for the Crackpot Hall of Fame but I guess Bill likes to be heavily insured. Again, seeking headlines, in White's typical tabloid journalistic style, he has chosen to contact the Toledo media once again. This time he isn't announcing a return to the city, but offering solutions to what he perceives to be the biggest problem with North Toledo. Now, I am sure that the city officials will be hanging on his every word and thanking him profusely for his interest. After all, he did so much for them during his last two visits.
His recent letter, however, lacks much of the "polish" that most from the racist right attempt to couch their message in. It lacks the finesse and and the subtleties which sometimes catches the attention of a few readers. According to Bill, the problem is quite simple:
"The problem in North Toledo is the n*****s who live
there, plain and simple. As long as they continue to
reside there, the neighborhood will be poor and there
will be crime.
"The duty of the city should be to round up as many of
the n*****s as possible and place them in jail. The
city will not do that."
Now, we all are just going to step back for a minute and ask, why it is that the city would not round up all of the black folks and put them behind bars if they are presenting such a problem. After all, a genius is speaking. A genius is telling you precisely what the problem is and exactly how to fix it.
"Obviously, the n*****s living in North Toledo are
unable to see that they themselves are the problem.
This means that "listening" to them serves no purpose,
since one of the things about being a n*****r is being
too dim witted and too full of it to be able to have
any meaningful introspection."
With an IQ of, at least 168, and climbing, I am so certain that Mr. White would never utter such a statement unless he could validate such a claim. Therefore, we of the common garden variety intelligence must not being very perceptive when it comes to discerning the abilities of our fellow man. Additionally, it would probably behoove the city fathers of Toledo to relinquish the reins of government to the far wiser White. Surely, he could make quick work of ALL the problems faced on a day to day basis simply by bringing his troops into the arena.
In closing, he levels the powers that be in one fell swoop of virtuoso and wisdom:
"However, the City does not care about North Toledo,
and thus the area will continue to go downhill, no
matter how many bullshit articles you write demanding
vague "mores" from the government."
You have to admit, the man has a way with words - obviously Mensa quality!
Sunday, January 29, 2006
TO THE ORIGINAL ARTICLE
White off the scale
They're loud, proud and everywhere from East Germany to West Virginia. Neil Mackay spends six months getting to know the white supremacist practitioners of Nazi Hate Rock
Sunday January 22, 2006
Observer Music Monthly
Henrik Ostendorf is holed up in an attic room of a dilapidated hotel in a provincial town near Leipzig in the former East Germany. Riot police surround the floodlit building and attack dogs have closed off every exit. The hotel has been taken over by more than a thousand German neo-Nazis - 'musical terrorists' as they are classified by the German police - for the staging of an illegal gig. British white power band Whitelaw will headline the show and are about to take the stage. Lurking in the dark, Ostendorf is watching the scene outside as the police arrest several of his 'comrades' and bundle them into waiting vans.
Known to his friends as Ozzie, the crop-haired and bespectacled Ostendorf is one of the leaders of the youth wing of the rising NDP, Germany's main far-right party, and a key figure in Europe's white power scene. He eyes the police outside with an expression of pity and contempt on his face. From the attic, Whitelaw are audible on stage chanting 'Death to ZOG, death to ZOG' over their primitive punk rock. ZOG stands for 'Zionist Occupied Government' - the description the far right give the governments, police forces and media of the western world. It is one of their many totems of hate and conspiracy.
Ostendorf points down from the attic window and says: 'A few years ago, we were the poor, poor Nazis, and everybody was laughing about us, ja? But now, we have the power.' He starts to get a little maniacal as he watches his fellow neo- Nazis being chucked to the ground by riot cops and cuffed. 'Never give up!' he shouts. 'Always be optimistic, and who knows, maybe in five years - 10 years - we will give the orders to these ...' he pauses, sneers and points to the assembled ranks of the police ' ...soldiers.'
Neo-Nazis such as Ostendorf are on the rise across Europe and in the United States. In Britain, the British National Party won more than 800,000 votes at the last European elections. In Germany, they have seats in state parliaments and are doing better, electorally, than at any time since the Second World War. Italy is also seeing a marked upswing in votes for the far right. Increasingly central to the political success of parties such as the German NPD - the political grandchild of Hitler's National Socialist German Workers Party - and the BNP is white power music. Bands include Whitelaw, Strike force 28 and Grinded Nig (whose album Freezer Full of Nigger Heads features songs such as 'Jackhammered Nigger Pussy'). Their records are available from most neo-Nazi record distributors online.
Key players on the far-right scene in Britain include Chris Telford, a leading light in the BNP in and around Newcastle and a member of the white power group Nemesis. Likewise Steve Cartwright, a fat Scotsman and former member of the ultra-extremist group Combat 18 and also one of the organisers of Blood and Honour, the outfit which runs white power gigs in Britain. Cartwright is also partly responsible for bringing a concept called 'Project Schoolyard' to Britain, which involves activists handing out free CDs of white power music to children outside schools. In the USA, Project Schoolyard was kick-started by the white power record label Panzerfaust - named after the anti-tank bazooka used by the Wehrmacht in the Second World War. Panzerfaust's motto is: 'We don't just entertain racist kids, we help create them.'
In the course of six months investigating the white power music scene, it might have been easy to dismiss such unpleasant people as Ostendorf and Telford as pitiable fantasists, but the BNP itself, seeking mainstream respectability, has also been pushing its message through music.
At the studios of Great White Records, the BNP's own record label, in a run-down northern town, the 15-year-old daughter of a senior BNP figure (who cannot be named for ongoing legal reasons) is recording a song for Great White's debut album Dragonfield. The lyrics steer clear of inciting racial hatred; instead, an old folk tune about a Cornish mining disaster has been rewritten by the BNP man to describe a white man falling victim to a race attack. 'For your daddy's gone, left dead on the ground,' the teenager sings, 'because he did walk through the wrong part of town.'
The BNP man, dressed smartly in a pressed white shirt and suit trousers, is about to lay down his first track. He admits that he doesn't have a strong singing voice. 'With our swords and our cutlasses, we'll fight until we die!' he essays to an old military tune, before forgetting the lyrics and shouting 'Bollocks!' Later he talks about the type of music Great White Records will be releasing: 'I personally quite like reggae but I draw the line at reggae [being released on the label], obviously. We're not having any bhangra. Unless we turn it into a heavily Anglo-Saxon version, we're not having any rap either.'
It is hard to imagine that Great White Records will see much chart success, but the company's managing director, the outwardly affable David Hannam, sees potential. 'Any money raised by sales will go directly to the BNP and help them in their election funding and other projects that they have got going,' he says. 'It is solely aimed to help the BNP. Young people love anything that is seen as rebellious - so when the social workers and the teachers and the parents go " that's taboo", the hope is that young people always rebel, and in our opinion if they are going to rebel, we would like them to do it our way and to listen to our music.'
The senior BNP figure is right behind his music man Hannam. 'People will listen to a song over and over again,' he says, a can of Boddington s in his hand, 'and take all the words in, in a way that you would be very lucky to get one in 100 of them to listen to a speech. Music is a very effective way of getting our views across.'
At least 13 albums are to be released by Great White Records, together with a full merchandise range. The BNP is expecting a turnover of £100,000 in the first year.
While the BNP member goes out of his way to distance himself from the white power scene with the phrase ' we're about suits, not boots', the party's claim to have nothing to do with skinheads and hate rock is reveal ed as a sham over the course of six months. The party's deputy chairman Scott McLean is filmed giving Nazi salutes at a cross-burning ceremony where intensely racist songs are sung and jokes made about Auschwitz. Another senior member was once friends with the band Screwdriver - the godfathers of British white power music - and used to stage white power gigs at his parents' home when he was in his early twenties.
Chris Telford was at that recording session in the north of England. I later travelled with him and Nemesis to a huge white power concert in northern Italy near Verona to which they have been invited by the representative of local fascist organisations. Telford can talk for hours about 'the biological survival of the white race' and his desire to 'dismantle this dreadful multiracial, multicultural experiment that has been foisted upon us'. He is, he says, 'not afraid to hate', adding: 'The white race deserves to survive and prosper as much as any other biological entity in this world, whether it is a type of polar bear or the panda or the thousands of other endangered species. To my mind, the world's most endangered species is our people.'
One of the band's closest associates in Italy is a white power singer called Viking, a dark-haired woman in her twenties who is also known as Italy's first lady of fascist music. In a park in Milan, she sings her most popular song for me, 'Don't Go Round With the Jews': 'Don't go round with the Jews/ They use you and discard you/ And use you/ And kill you slowly.' Nearby, a wall is plastered with posters supporting Alessandra Mussolini's latest political campaign. Viking's parents, she says, consider her 'art' a 'perversion'. More than 17,000 Italians disagree with Viking's mother, judging by figures for the number of her songs downloaded in her native country.
Some white power websites list a 'Nazi Top Ten' - Viking is a regular chart-topper. Frequently appearing in the same hit parade is another racialist chanteuse called Saga - or the 'Swedish Madonna of the far right' as she's been nicknamed thanks to her stunning looks. Her philosophy, she told me simply, was: 'I just don't want people that are not like me around me.' We met in Stockholm, where she was feted in the streets by skinheads. She has deliberately concocted a 'mainstream' look - not for her the 'skin-girl' haircut and bovver boots - despite her celebrity status in the white power underground. She's immaculately coiffed and made up - and alludes to something terrible happening to her in her past, that she won't talk about explicitly, which turned her towards the politics of hate.
Saga flew secretly to the UK to play a white power concert in yet another run-down former mining town in the north of England. Most gigs are arranged surreptitiously through a series of mobile phone calls, like football hooligan rucks. Those in the know phone their mates, and then they phone their mates, and so on until everyone in the white power scene knows where and when the latest gig will be.
Saga's biggest thrill is giving the Nazi salute to her fans. I watch while a moshpit of smitten British skinheads salute her back - including a child aged about eight. 'Raising your right arm is like - we all do that, you know, to greet each other,' she says later. 'They greet me and I greet them. It is a victory salute. For me, it is a really honourable thing to do. There is a lot of honour in doing that.'
At gigs such as the one played by Saga in Britain, all profits from merchandising and ticket sales go to the BNP. 'You do something to make a difference,' she says. 'I sing because that's what I do. If I was any good at politics I would probably do that, but I am not so I am doing my bit the musical way.'
While the European scene is threatening and a cause for concern thanks to its growing influence, if you want to experience modern-day Nazism in all its unbridled glory, then you have to swing by West Virginia, USA, and the armed compound of the National Alliance - the world's leading exponent of white power music. The organisation is linked to the BNP and the Ku Klux Klan .
This is the commercial hub of white power music. They sell thousands of CDs, including discs by more than 30 British bands. If you want to buy a mouse mat with a picture of Hitler bearing the legend 'I was right', or a poster of a member of the Hitler Youth holding up a can of Zyklon B poison gas under the banner 'Got Jews?', or a pair of boots which leave a swastika footprint, then the National Alliance is the place to call. The organisation's founding father, Dr William Pierce, wrote the infamous book The Turner Diaries, which many see as a blueprint for white revolution.
Erich and Erika Gliebe of the National Alliance also run Resistance Records, the world's leading white power music label. Its warehouse is filled with stock worth around £1 m. Erich is a former boxer who fought under the name 'the Aryan Barbarian'. Erika, his wife and the T-shirt designer for Resistance Records, is a former 'High Priestess of the First United Church of Adolf Hitler' and also a one-time Playboy playmate.
'We want to use any medium that will help carry our message,' Erich tells me. 'The money that comes in from the sale of white power CDs will definitely be used for political projects.' Resistance Records' bestselling album is Klassic Klan Kompositions by Johnny Rebel. One song goes like this: 'Move them Niggers north/ Move them niggers north/ If they don't like our southern ways/ Then move them niggers north.' Erich says he finds it 'humorous' and that they want to exploit the country music genre more.
Resistance Records also sells the computer game Ethnic Cleansing. I watched a National Alliance member newly returned from a tour of duty in Iraq play the game, gunning down Jews, Mexicans and African-Americans.
'Damn those Jew motherfuckers fight better than the spics!' he yells when he is killed. He later takes me to his cabin in the woods to show off his machine guns, rifles and pistols. Erich and Erika say they thought of themselves as the 'perfect Aryan role model couple'. After lunch in a one-horse town where Erich worries about the black waitress spitting in his food, his wife tells me: 'I chose someone to mate with on their race - it's as simple as that - it is not really complicated.' They recently had a baby.
Resistance Records gets dozens of unsolicited demo tapes a day. One that I listened to by a band called Fatherland featured a recorded anti-gay hate call and then a sound like Slayer being shaken to death in a tin can. Eric is the world's leading A&R man for white power music. 'I can usually tell within a few minutes whether it's something I want to get involved with,' he says. 'Our main thing is to grab the listener's attention with the good music as well as a good message, lyrically.'
It might seem darkly comic, but there is a real concern about the influence this music has on the young and impressionable. Watchdog organisations cite the case of Benjamin Smith, a self-styled white supremacist who killed two people on a two-state killing spree - his own version of 'racial holy war' - before being caught and shooting himself.
Weapons, ammo, money and a big cache of white power CDs were found in his car. Shawn Sugg, the lead singer of Detroit-based band Max Resist, whose records are distributed through Resistance, is one of the leading American white power singers. Sugg got tear-gassed and arrested in Stockholm once for 'flipping the old S ieg Heil' - giving the Nazi salute - at a white power concert. He happily describes himself as a 'Nazi skinhead' and laughingly refers to his offence as 'hand crime'.
I first meet him in Italy with Chris Telford and Steve Cartwright - and he's sporting a big black eye courtesy of a brawl with 'some reds'. 'My lifestyle is an outlaw lifestyle,' he says, 'because it is not accepted by society or the mainstream. I like to drink and fight and stay out late. Maybe that is one of the reasons I am attracted to racial politics - because it is so extreme. I want to be extreme.'
Chatting with Telford and Cartwright, Sugg defends his predilection for 'hand crime', saying: 'Ozzy Osbourne bit the head off a bat! Now that is pretty crazy, right? Did he go to jail for that? No, but I tell you, if he saluted ... actually, Ozzy could probably get away with that.'
Some months later, driving down the famous Eight Mile Road in Detroit with Sugg, he explains how the so-called 14 words lie at the heart of his politics. The 14 words, written by David Lane, a US white supremacist currently serving 190 years in jail, read: 'We must secure the existence of our people and a future for White Children. ' Every white power player I spoke to held those words like an article of faith.
As he waxes philosophical, Sugg tells me: 'You know, I used to think about genocide. You know, we live on this crowded planet - our natural resources are being over taxed - and I just thought, "Wouldn't it be great if we got rid of some of the undesirables?"' Sugg later adds: 'I'm open-minded, I just have extremist views.'
One man who pays a lot of attention to guys such as Shawn Sugg is Devon Burghart of Turn It Down, an anti-white power music lobby group in the US. 'Hate rock is a growing problem,' he says. 'It is the single number one recruiting tool drawing young bigots into the white supremacist movement. It is also the single largest money generator for the movement as well.' Burghart's greatest fear is a white power band breaking into the mainstream and appearing on MTV or getting into the UK music charts.
In the UK and Europe, where race hate laws are more stringent, white power music bands have to be more circumspect than their brethren in the USA. Whitelaw have to practise in secret in friendly pubs and clubs in their home town of Heanor, near Nottingham. Lead singer Benny lays out his take on white power music: 'It's very diverse. Everybody just thinks, "Oh, a load of skinheads in a bar, jumping around, blah, blah, blah." And it is not at all. You have got all types of different bands, progressive rock bands, thrash metal bands, skinhead bands.
'I think a lot of writers in the bands on our music scene - they have adapted themselves to become very clever writers because they have had to make things with a double meaning where people can read something into it.
'We would never go mainstream because we are not working with the people who run that scene. And we are not mixing with those people who are in that scene, either. We don't mix with drug addicts, we don't play for drug addicts, and we don't play for homosexuals either.'
Whitelaw's bassist Steve has a guitar which features stickers with slogans such as 'My boss is an Austrian painter' and references to 'race-mixing sluts'.
For two years, Whitelaw tried to get into Germany to play - each time, they were banned. This time they have made it to the gig near Leipzig, along with thousands of young Nazis arriving in full white power regalia. Some wear sweat-tops with the words 'Fucking Racist' splattered across the back, others sport T-shirts celebrating the KKK. Inside, the moshpit looks like a scene from an Ultimate Fighting video with bear- like Nazi fans stomping around in a sea of beer and sweat and slamming each other to the ground.
One of the German singers that night is playing his farewell gig before heading to jail the next day to serve a three-year sentence for spreading race hate. Just before the gig begins, when I ask Ostendorf the NDP official about crimes linked to neo-Nazis, he tells me that 'we are the light - we are the sun. And after the dark, the cold night - the warm sun has to come again. Hail the new dawn!'
Later, just before Whitelaw start, the deputy leader of the regional NDP Klaus Jürgen Menzel arrives to negotiate with the police and ask them to leave the young skinheads alone. An elderly man who grew up during the war, he tells me that it is his role to help 'educate' the teenage neo-Nazis at the gig to be good, patriotic Germans. Presumably he approves of Whitelaw's set - which includes songs such as 'Fetch the Noose', directed at paedophiles - because he hugs them when they come off stage.
Back in Britain Steve, Whitelaw's bassist, takes me to his home near Cambridge. After shaving his head and polishing his ox blood DMs, he says: 'For things to get better, they have to get worse, and to me that means I'd let every asylum seeker into this country who wants to come in. I would. I'd let them all in 'cause that would cause enough unrest to give me my way.'
Neo-nazism the fresh face
The best-known act on the far-right label Resistance Records is Prussian Blue: 13- year-old twins Lamb and Lynx Gaede from Bakersfield, California. Looking like butter wouldn't melt in their mouths, they have been performing songs about Rudolf Hess et al to appreciative crowds of white neo-Nazis since they were nine.
'We're proud of being white,' Lynx has said. 'We want our people to stay white ... we don't want to just be, you know, a big muddle.'
Having been nursed in racist doctrine from the teat, can the burden of blame lie fully with them? Their mother, April, taught them the alphabet this way: 'A is for Aryan, B is blood ...' and so on. Grandfather Gaede brands his cattle with swastikas.
Documentary-maker Louis Theroux met Prussian Blue for a TV series and again when writing his recent book, The Call of the Weird (Macmillan). The scary news? Lamb and Lynx now have a sister - called Dresden in honour of the city firebombed by the Allies in the Second World War. 'Dresden's a name,' April insists to Theroux. 'What about Paris? Paris Hilton?' Plans for the girls to form a vocal trio have yet to be announced.
· Neil Mackay is the producer of 'Nazi Hate Rock: A MacIntyre Investigation', to be screened on Five on Wednesday 8 February, and the award-winning investigations editor of the Sunday Herald newspaper in Scotland
Friday, January 27, 2006
TO ORIGINAL REPORT
Police: Chemical Bomb In Mailbox Might Be Hate Crime
Reported by: Becky Freemal
Web produced by: Mark Sickmiller
Photographed by: 9News
First posted: 1/23/2006 2:49:31 PM
Last updated: 1/23/2006 5:45:14 PM
Police are investigating a possible hate crime in Warren County after finding a chemical bomb in a mailbox.
The mailbox belongs to an African American man who lives in the 10000 block of Grog Run Road in Hamilton Township.
At 3:19 a.m. Sunday, a neighbor called police after seeing three white males approach a mailbox on two occasions.
A fourth white male stayed behind inside a dark, four door vehicle, the witness said. All of the males were wearing dark, hooded sweatshirts.
When police showed up, the suspects were gone. But police noticed an open mailbox.
Inside: a large plastic bottle enclosed in duct tape, which was starting to foam as a chemical reaction took place, police said.
Officers believe it didn't explode as intended because of how it was put together, as well as the cooler temperatures.
"If somebody had been in the proximity when this device detonated they would have been hurt pretty bad from the caustic burns, the shrapnel it would have created and everything else," said Lt. Detective Jeff Braley of Hamilton Township Police.
The Butler County Bomb Squad was called in and blew up part of the device in order to vent it.
Police did not say what the chemical was, but the device was taken as evidence.
Hamilton Township Police say they're investigating this as a possible hate crime because of the circumstances surrounding it.
If you have any information about this crime, please call Crimestoppers at (513) 352-3040. You don't have to give your name and you may be eligible for a reward if your tips lead to an arrest.
Monday, January 23, 2006
Well, it is finally here! For all of you who have ever wondered about Nicole Nichols and Tony Willow, you will now get a chance to hear them as they discuss the movement and some of the racist "leaders" and members. This is a first for CAH - and won't be the last as they will be coming at you on a regular basis.
Be sure and hear the "shout-outs" at the end - there is something special for a lot of you!
Sunday, January 22, 2006
As we continue to delve into the ideology and mind-set of the racist, we are brought face-to-face with one of the most atavistic premises of the racist right - that of euthanasia and the determination of who is human and who isn't. The hideous notion of Eugenics and the creation of a master race did not die in 1940's Nazi Germany, but merely metamorphosed into the notion that intellect is superior among the Aryan race and that the gene pool must be protected at the expense of those who are deemed inferior.
Forced sterilization and euthanasia are two examples of how many on the racist right believe that the intellectually diminished should be dealt with. While the IQ figure is generally an arbitrary one when they are attempting to clarify their premise, it is generally believed that anything that falls within the range of mental retardation would be a candidate for one of the two "solutions," and that those falling below that range are not human because they lack the intelligence which sets us apart from animals.
The idea of eugenics has is roots in 19th Century social Darwinism, with all the inherent ideas of "survival of the fittest" and competition for survival. Today, it is perpetuated by racist pundits and funded by archaic institutions like the Pioneer Fund. The belief in eugenics is nothing foreign to the United States as researcher, Daniel Kevles, tells us in his 1999, article, "Eugenics and Human Rights:"
"By the late 1920s, sterilisation laws had been enacted in two dozen American states, largely in the middle Atlantic region, the Midwest, and California. By 1933, California had subjected more people to eugenic sterilisation than had all other states of the union combined. Similar measures were passed in Canada, in the provinces of British Columbia and Alberta. Almost everywhere they were passed, however, the laws reached only as far as the inmates of state institutions for the mentally handicapped or mentally ill. People in private care or in the care of their families escaped them. Thus, the laws tended to discriminate against poorer people and minority groups. In California, for example, the sterilisation rates of blacks and foreign immigrants were twice as high as would be expected from their representation in the general population."
Eventually, however, many medical people as well as scientists challenged the morality and ethics of such practices, and the world moved into a period that was much more humane and embracing of human rights.
Friday, January 20, 2006
Shortly after my initial report on the murder, I was contacted by Brian Moudry, leader of the Joliet Creators, claiming that this had nothing to do with race. That prompted this story:
NOT A RACIST MURDER
Daniel Judge, the skinhead Creator out of Joliet, has been found guilty of Murder in the First Degree as well as aggravated assault with a deadly weapon!
As Daniel's mother told us after the verdict, "We have JUSTICE FOR JOE!"
Last January, Daniel Judge and several of his friends decided to crash a party. Daniel was carrying a buck knife in his pants as they entered through a back door of the house where Joseph Karpen and others were enjoying themselves. One of Judge's buddies uttered a racial epithet and hit a party-goer with a case of beer. Violence erupted and Judge pulled the knife. He managed to stab Joseph Karpen repeatedly until he died as well as inflict serious wounds on Joseph's brother.
Regular readers may remember that Joliet leader of the Creativity Movement, Brian Moudry, posted a plea for funds to assist Judge and while doing so claimed that "This stemmed from a altercation one of our other brothers was having with a black, and some race traitors came to the blacks defense..." Upon our initial reporting of the crime and what we believed were racial overtones, Brian Moudry was quick to tell us that this had nothing to do with race. As testimony was given, it became more and more evident that Daniel Judge, who was sporting a sweat-shirt with a swastika, along with his buddies, had taken their racism too far.
Moudry was crowing in an email message to Tony Willow earlier today that it appeared Judge would walk on a self-defense acquittal:
"did you lame bastards actually read the updated article in the joliet herald today??? Things are
lookin good for Gonzo !!!!!!!!
The freakin headline was stabbing was self defense even! so much for that broad and her "peace
maker son " theory... try an make karpen a patron saint all you want... excuse us if we dont
shed any tears while me an Gonzo crack open some beers soon though !! AHAHAHAHAHAHA ! you sorry
P.S. ..AND MATT WILL BE FREE"
Well...Brian, how long is the shelf-life on a can of Bud? And how would you like that crow cooked? A man is dead because of your ideology. Joseph's children will never see their father because another man (barely more than a child himself) was indoctrinated into that web of hate you spin. How does it feel to have blood on your hands? As to your "hero" Matt Hale - he won't experience freedom until he is a very old man.
Once more, the system worked and Joseph Karpen has been vindicated. Our hearts and our prayers go out to Joe's family and friends. I have been told by many that Joe was a wonderful guy. What happened to Joe was a travesty - and one that won't be forgotten. Hopefully, we can make this a kinder and gentler world for his children.
Thursday, January 19, 2006
TO THE ORIGINAL ARTICLE
Center seeks damages for injured man
December 16, 2005 | LINDEN, Texas -- Center attorneys in September filed a lawsuit seeking damages for Billy Ray Johnson, a mentally disabled black man knocked unconscious and left on a roadside by four young white men.
Johnson, 42 at the time of the incident, had the mental capacity of a 12-year-old. On September 28, 2003, he was brought to a "pasture party" to serve as the night's entertainment. Pickups were backed up to a bonfire as partygoers taunted Johnson. They got him to dance a jig around the fire, and someone tried to get him to pick up a burning log, witnesses said.
One of the young men punched Johnson in the head and knocked him unconscious. Instead of taking Johnson to the hospital, the men dumped him into the back of a pickup truck and left him by the side of a remote rural road.
Johnson suffered serious brain injuries, and he'll never fully recover. But the Cass County, Texas, juries that heard the cases against two of the defendants, Christopher Colt Amox, who was 20 at the time of the assault, and James Cory Hicks, then 24, acquitted them of serious felony charges and instead handed down lesser convictions, with a recommended sentence of probation.
The two other defendants, Dallas Chadwick Stone, then 18, and John Wesley Owens, then 19, were allowed to plead guilty to an "injury to a disabled individual by omission" charge and testified against Amox and Hicks.
A judge in May sentenced Owens, Stone and Amox to 30-day terms in the county jail and Hicks to 60 days.
"It's hard to think what should make your blood boil more -- what happened to Billy Ray or what didn't happen to those who abused him," said Center chief trial counsel Morris Dees. "It's something we can't ignore."
The lawsuit, filed in Cass County District Court here, alleges that the four defendants, plus Lacy Dorgan, the girlfriend of one of them who was present during the party, are liable for assault and negligence, among other things, in the case.
Johnson, who had no criminal background or history of violence or trouble of any kind, lived with his mother and brother before the assault. Now he is in a Texarkana nursing home with permanent brain damage. He tells visitors that he wants to go home, but that's not possible without costly special assistance.
Owens was the host of the party, which was held on his father's property. He picked up Johnson at a nearby convenience store and drove him to the gathering.
Hicks was a Cass County jailer at the time of the incident. He encouraged others at the party to hit Johnson and later discouraged the others from getting the unconscious victim medical attention. Stone told Johnson to leave the party before the "KKK comes and gets you," according to court testimony.
Amox punched Johnson in the face, knocking him to the ground unconscious. Just before Amox slugged Johnson, Stone knocked a beer can out of Johnson's hand and urged Amox to hit him, witnesses said.
Rather than use their cell phones to call for an ambulance or take Johnson immediately to a hospital, the partygoers drank beer and debated what to do with him. After an hour or so, they put him in the back of a truck to keep from getting his blood on the cloth seats of a car and deposited his body on the side of the road.
"Rarely in my 45 years as a civil rights lawyer have I been so angry about an injustice as I am about what happened to Billy Ray Johnson," Dees said.
Wednesday, January 18, 2006
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His dream lives on
By Blaise Schweitzer , Freeman staff
Today is the anniversary of the birth of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., born 77 years ago in Atlanta, Ga. He was killed more than 37 years ago, but lives on in the works of some of those being honored Monday at a fund-raising event for the local, child-centered King's Kids program.
Last week the honorees met at the Pointe of Praise Family Life Center in Kingston, the future site of the program. They talked about current events that have been affected by King's enduring legacy.
The "Heroes in Our Backyard" are Elaine Fernandez, Sandy Hopgood, James B. Childs, Daniel Gartenstein, Dawn Defino, Tawana R. Washington and Denni Demosthenes.
"The biggest thing is just the message of peace and caring about your neighbor," said Fernandez, of Clermont. "Fighting and working together for what's important."
Fernandez is project director of Kingston Cares, a City of Kingston coalition that works with schools, parents, human services agencies, law enforcement, the faith community and others to address teen delinquency, substance use, school dropout and pregnancy. She edits and publishes The Citizen, a bi-monthly magazine serving Dutchess, Ulster, Columbia and Greene counties.
Hopgood, the community outreach coordinator of the Everette Hodge Midtown Community Center in Kingston, is being honored by King's Kids for her work with homeless families, putting together programs that have addressed drug use and Internet and bicycle safety through the City of Kingston-sponsored Hodge center.
Hopgood called poverty a disease that must be addressed. Just as the Rev. King progressed from civil-rights to labor and poverty issues in the years before his assassination, she said America needs to look at what the poor in this country must do to survive.
James B. Childs of Kingston, son of the Rev. James Childs, the Pointe of Praise patriarch, has done work on race issues through his position as director of Kingston's Commission on Human Rights and his JARA Consulting business, helping organizations recognize bias and respond to conflict. He said he also has found the response to Southern survivors of Hurricane Katrina overly focused on race.
"I think it was more to do with socio-economics than race. I'm not saying race had nothing to do it. I think socio-economically, if you're poor, you're poor before you're anything else," he said.
From there, though, he did say he has followed "code words" people used for black Americans in the South during the height of the crisis. He added that some of those same words are spoken in the North to similar effect.
"You start seeing it around affordable housing. (People say,) 'We don't want them.' Who are 'them'?" Childs asked. As voters object to affordable housing programs in their back yards, he said, they often get in the way of the people who most dearly need the assistance because of the crime problems voters associate with blacks. "Anytime something happens that has a negative spin on it, where someone's gotten hurt, we tend to look for someone to blame. (And some people say,) 'Let's blame them.'"
Childs said he would hope people in this region could use discussions such as those triggered by the white-supremacy rally in Kingston to move in a more positive, honest direction.
It was impossible to talk about King's legacy without talking about how some of his protest methods have been co-opted by members of the KKK and other white supremacists like Hal Turner, an Internet radio personality who organized the Nov. 19 rally on Broadway in Kingston.
Turner argued that his protest was peaceful and in the non-violent tradition of the 1960s civil rights movement marches. His words of anger directed towards black youths involved in fights eclipsed his purported non-violent intentions.
Kingston attorney Daniel Gartenstein, also among those being honored at the King's Kids event, said the beating of a white youth that was supposedly the triggering event of the rally was overblown.
"The only people who know exactly what happened on that street that day were the children," Gartenstein said. "The people from New Jersey, the people from other states who were driving to this community (for the rally) certainly, had no idea. I'm the president of the school board, and I can't tell you exactly what happened. But immediately the focus was on, 'It's a black child who punched a white child.'"
Hopgood shook her head at the accusations of racism directed at the black youth involved in the incident. "Here we are, 40 years after all the civil rights activity, and we still have to question whether something is a racial issue or not?" she asked, rethorically.
Childs said, "We weren't saying we don't have any issues around being different - whether talking about race or gender or whatever. What we were saying is that it certainly isn't what he (Turner) was saying, what he was trying to purvey was really absolute nonsense. But now we can take this opportunity to figure out what our issues are: How does it impact how we interact with people?"
Hopgood said she has found that Americans grudgingly accept necessary change and pat themselves on the back for their "tolerance" of others. They need to adopt new vocabulary words and new attitudes, she said.
"The word is not tolerance, it is acceptance," she said. "We have to be clear about that."
Dawn Defino said her parents taught her that her childhood friends were welcome in her home regardless of race. Other issues were more important.
"There was my friend who was a person of character and there was someone who was not allowed in my home because their character does not meet with my values," she said.
She was present at some of the more violent race-related disruptions Kingston suffered in the 1960s, and agreed with Hopgood that progress has been insufficient. A single parent, Defino has worked for the New York State Education Department, developong a program to assist students with disabilities during their transistions from high school to work our higher education. She has also been a respite coordinator for the KidsPeace Natioinal Center's Crisis Respite Program.
Defino raised her children in a poor neighborhood and has tried to pass on her parents' values of acceptance, she said.
The connections between the King's Kids Hero honorees are many. Defino's father, Joseph Defino, coached James B. Childs through his career as a basketball guard playing for Kingston High School.
Childs said Defino was tough but fair.
"His coaching style was from Bobby Knight. Not as a person, he would never throw a chair. He was mild-mannered, but he kicked our behinds in practice," Childs said.
Childs said some of what Defino's father taught him on the basketball court remains with him to this day.
That's in keeping with Hopgood's belief that everyone bears responsibilities for nurturing children.
"We have to stay focused on that. It takes a whole village to raise a child," she said. Hopgood has hope that as Americans remember the Rev. King and his message, more progress will be made.
"Lots of people have forgotten about it," Hopgood said. "They don't even know who Martin Luther King is, some of the younger generation."
The other honorees at the King luncheon are Washington, a native of Kingston who volunteers with King's Kids and works with the City of Kingston's Commission on Human Rights; and Denni Demosthenes, who has supported King's Kids with support from his family's Hillside Manor restaurant. Washington, once a King's Kid herself, has worked for the YMCA's City Slickers summer program for two years, was a teacher's aide at Beginning's and once became a second mother to a child whose birth mother was dealing with severe personal problems. She also has provided one-on-one care for a child who needed special and extra attention. An Ulster County Community College graduate, she also holds a diploma in Child Day Care from the Professional Career Development Institute.
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Man Tied to Okla. City Bombing to Be Freed
By SEAN MURPHY, Associated Press Writer
Michael Fortier, the prosecution's star witness in the Oklahoma City bombing trials, will be freed this week after serving less than 11 years of a 12-year sentence.
Survivors of the 1995 attack and relatives of the 168 victims received a one-page form letter from the Bureau of Prisons this week indicating Fortier's release date of Friday.
"He's the luckiest man in the world," said Paul Heath, who was on the fifth floor of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building when the bomb exploded outside. "Fortier, by being willing to do a plea bargain, won the Powerball lottery of the justice system."
Messages left with the Bureau of Prisons were not immediately returned.
As part of his deal with prosecutors, Fortier testified against bombing conspirators Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols at their federal trials and later at Nichols' state murder trial. He was sentenced to 12 years and ordered to pay $200,000 in fines.
Fortier's sentence likely was shortened because of good behavior and for time served before his formal sentence in 1998, said Irven Box, an attorney who covered the trial as a legal analyst for KWTV in Oklahoma City.
McVeigh was executed June 11, 2001. Nichols was convicted on both federal and state charges and is serving a life sentence without the possibility of parole.
Family members of some bombing victims say Fortier's role in the April 19, 1995, plot was peripheral and they believe justice was served.
"I think he's served enough time," said Bud Welch, whose daughter Julie was killed while she worked at the Social Security office in the building. "I hope he's in line to be a good citizen now."
Jim Denny, whose two children were seriously injured in the bombing, said he also believes Fortier should be released.
"McVeigh already got his punishment, and Nichols will be in prison for the rest of his life," Denny said. "Let this guy get out and get on with his life."
Fortier, 37, and his wife, Lori, both testified against McVeigh and Nichols and acknowledged assisting the two in their plan to blow up the building, said McVeigh's attorney, Stephen Jones.
"It's intellectually indefensible to say that they weren't conspirators, because they were. Their own testimony indicates that," Jones said. "They knew the date, time and place of the bombing and both of them assisted materially."
Jones said Lori Fortier testified that she helped make a false identification card that McVeigh used to rent the truck used in the bombing. Lori Fortier was granted complete immunity for her testimony and never served any prison time.
Monday, January 16, 2006
The show itself was pure boredom with the usual racist claptrap and people like Terrible Tommy and Bill "I'm a Millionaire" White. When Schoep arrived I couldn't help but wonder why he even bothered to show up. We all know that the NSM has become the Bill White organization incorporated in Virginia.
It looks like Vonbluvens thinks he is the great white hope of radio these days. Funny how all of this can go to their heads.
Sunday, January 15, 2006
Museum to stay open while bigots slam MLK
By Brian Ballou and O’Ryan Johnson
Friday, January 13, 2006 - Updated: 11:48 AM EST
A white supremacist group is planning to visit the Museum of Afro-American History on Beacon Hill tomorrow to protest MLK Day, the first such demonstration at the museum since it opened to the public 20 years ago.
“Our concern is to make the building accessible during the time they plan to protest,” said Tracy Gibbs, museum spokeswoman.
A representative of the group, North East White Pride, replied to the Herald yesterday in an e-mail message, saying its representatives will be joined tomorrow by several similar groups.
“We are entirely peaceful and seek only to alert the public to the truth behind the fraud known as Martin Luther King Jr.,” wrote Rob O’Donovan, who runs the group’s Web site.
“We have a history of working with the Boston Police Department, and respect all law enforcement,” he added.
The museum will be open from 10 to 4 tomorrow and the group has indicated it will protest from 1 to 4, creating a three-hour overlap during which visitors may come face-to-face with the hate group.
Boston police and other law enforcement agencies have been in contact with museum officials.
The people who post on the White Pride Web site talk about exterminating certain races. One member posted pictures of his MAC-10 submachine gun, as well as a picture of his toddler holding the gun. In general they oppose integration, immigration and interracial couples.
“Any white blood that is crossed with a lesser race becomes lesser blood and must be destroyed,” O’Donovan wrote in one posting.
Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday is Sunday and the holiday is recognized Monday. The museum is organizing an event Monday at the Old West Church at 131 Cambridge St.
Gibbs said the focus this weekend should be kept on the civil rights icon and the museum.
“A lot of people don’t know it’s here,” she said. “So the holiday is a great way to get the message out.”
Now, the "demonstration" never got off the ground. However, White's accounting runs on and on about "Jews" trying to attack and the police holding them back. Yet, coming from someone who was there, we get the following:
By "sbrocker8", North East White "Pride" Forum
The protest was a total joke. We weren't able to get any signs printed up cause evidently I'm the only person who ever keeps cash on him and Rob's wife decided to take his ATM card, we were an hour and a half late, and like, 5 minutes after showing up near the state house, the Boston cops crowded us into a paddy wagon saying they'd give us a ride wherever we wanted, Rob said "The museum" meaning the nigger history museum, so they dropped us off at the friggin Museum of Science which is a few miles away. After we got out, the cop driving was like "Free cab ride courtesy of the Boston Police Department" and they sped away. Bunch of friggin assholes, those god damn cops.
So we're all pretty pissed off. Seems like they just wanted us out of their hair. We DID run into a few pretty cool Transit Police who were in plain clothes, but the city pigs were total dicks and just wanted us out of their hair. What a friggin joke.
On a positive note now, the antis seem to get more and more degenerate looking and small every time we go into that shithole of a city...
So much for how this Northeast White Pride groups respects law enforcement. And, so much for their abilities to stage a demonstration. You have to hand it to them, though - they are talking about trying it all over again tomorrow. Maybe Rob can pry that ATM card loose and maybe this time the police will give them all a nice tour of the city as they drive them outside the city limits.
Trip teaches church members about racism and themselves
By Janet I. Tu
Seattle Times staff reporter
For some, the most powerful part of a recent bus trip through the South was seeing close up what they'd only read about in history books: the childhood home of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., a bombed out Freedom Ride bus, a Ku Klux Klan robe.
For others, it was making friends of a different race, and realizing why some people never have to think about race while others have it constantly on their minds.
In November, about 40 Pacific Northwest members of the Chicago-based Evangelical Covenant Church flew from Seattle to Atlanta for a bus tour of civil-rights sites in the South, including the Southern Poverty Law Center in Montgomery, Ala., and the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Ala., where a bombing in 1963 killed four black girls.
Called a Sankofa journey, from a West African word meaning "looking backward to move forward," the trips are designed to speak to a phenomenon King observed decades ago that remains largely true today: that Sunday-morning church services are the most segregated hour in the nation.
Saturday, January 14, 2006
Martin had a dream - I have a dream also as we celebrate the life of a man who left his footprints on our land and on our hearts.
My dream is quite simple, yet so difficult to achieve. As Dr. King envisioned children of all races together in a world of peace and acceptance, my dream is quite similar. I dream of the day that those who spend each waking moment filling their hearts with hate will begin to see that love is the way and that acceptance is the key. I dream of the day when we never have debates over the racism that so permeates our country because racism no longer exists. I dream of the day when people from all nations and all colors will feel safe in being who they are.
Thank you Dr. King for your vision and your courage.
Thursday, January 12, 2006
“Playing” on the internet appeals to a lot of people. The anonymity that the Web offers provides many with the opportunity to play out their fantasies, speak their minds without fear of repercussions, and generally have a good time. While there are those who frequent websites for just these kinds of experiences, there are others who have to take things just a little further. There are those who, realizing the potential, decide to become engaged in internet activities that are malicious and even venomous.
Internet message boards have become wildly popular and attract people worldwide. Usually set up around specific interests messaging is a great way to communicate with others of like minds and to seek and provide information. A newer form of “messaging” that has taken the internet by storm is “blogging.” Journalists and wannabes, as well as special interest groups and everyday individuals, have taken to blogs as a method whereby they can speak out and get feedback.
The huge majority of people who set up a personal blog do so for fun and entertainment. Others, use them because they are easy and practical. But, there are a few individuals who are vengeful and malevolent who are not satisfied with allowing others their rights to freedom of expression or speech. There are those who only wish to create havoc and mayhem for those who oppose them or disagree with them. There are others who are nothing more than a vicious malignancy on the body of those who doing nothing more than enjoying the peaceful co-existence of bloggers merely expressing their views and the right to disagree.
Today, one (perhaps two) of those cancers stepped over the line into the realm of the illicit. The claims of Bill White that photographer Isis told him that journalist Michael Brooks was being reported to the University of Toledo for using a University computer to harass her, threaten her, and make sexually explicit comments to her reeks of vengeance for the many pointed articles that have been written about him and his neo-Nazi adventures. It appears that Bill couldn’t extract his pound of flesh through civil discourse and resorted to nothing more than character assassination and defamation.
Since Isis has been implicated as the person who made these accusations to Mr. White, it would be in her best interest to step forward and either call Bill White a liar or provide the evidence that White says she has. Anything less than that, at this juncture is unacceptable. As Michael Brooks has indicated on his blog that he has, in fact, retained an attorney, I am certain that “Isis” will want to clear her name in this mess and avoid any sort of legal action that may be forth-coming.
If, on the other hand, she fails to either nail the proverbial coffin shut on the nefarious White, and chooses not to offer the “proof” he says she has, then we can all rest assured that our suspicions about the true ideology and nature of Miss “Isis.”
For weeks now, Isis and Bill White have been playing “cutesie” with each other and cavorting around the blog world while giving each other one stroke after another. Michael Brooks, on the other hand, has borne the brunt of Isis’s scorn and ridicule and the maligning of Mr. White who has called his marriage into question as well as his ethnicity and professionalism.
It sickens me to see such malicious behaviors and actions that could prove professionally and personally devastating being carried out by people who lack common decency and morality. It pisses me off to see someone who could put all of this to rest – or could “prove” all that is alleged sitting back and doing nothing. We already know what Bill White is - and so does she. Of course, she thinks that Hal Turner is a nice person and Michael Blevins is just a “shy” kind of guy. So much for that “zoom” lens.
This is it, Isis - either show us the goods - or stand up and be counted. You can't have it both ways.
Tuesday, January 10, 2006
This sort of educating doesn’t always answer their question as to why I do what I do, but it does help to build a little more awareness about what hate groups and their members are all about. Certainly, we are all products of the past and our own personal experiences. We either trudge or dance through life molding and reworking our thoughts, opinions, values, politics, and ethics. Humans are in a constant state of flux, and are generally always searching and reaching for that which is just out of our grasp.
Like most people, my life experiences are what propel me. Yet, the more involved I become with all of this and the more I learn – the more I seem to be driven by the sheer irreverence of the “movement,” that and the knowledge that while many on the racist right strive to become more “mainstream” in their message, the underpinnings remain as reprehensible as ever.
Of course, as the hate movement continues spill it’s bilge on the internet and in our communities, it is understandable to most of us that this so-called movement mainly attracts those with little or nothing to lose. Generally speaking, those who are enticed to join a group whose ideology is hate, anti-Semitism, and anti-everything are pretty much those people who have no where else to go – no future – and filled with fear. While some of the self-appointed “leaders” are striving for a more “civilized” approach their presentation there are the detractors who will never let that happen. In many ways, those detractors help people like me a lot. However, it is those same detractors who pose the most immediate problems to both sides.
Something that has become patently clear with the emergence of these groups on the internet is that, almost to a man, those who are the “renegades” of this movement are inevitably crass, crude, uncouth and Philistine in their efforts to gain attention and to make what they believe is a point.
Those who speak out in direct opposition to the hate-filled ideology being proffered from the racist right, as well as those within the movement who dare to disagree, are well aware that they will be immediately labeled a “traitor” or a “Jew.” However, when among the dregs of the groups, you can pretty much bank on the gutter spewing over. Now, if we are all products of our life experiences, we might not even want to imagine what kind of life these pitiful people have led.
One example is Bill White, a marginal player in the grand scheme of things, and as I have been reminded on numerous occasions, not representative of all those furthering the racist agenda. White, while articulate most of the time, reverts to very primitive discourse and presentation when he becomes rattled or shaken – which seems to happen more and more frequently these days.
I am often reminded, when dealing with the likes of Bill White, of a racist who called himself “Stevo” and frequented anti-racist message boards for the sole purpose of posting black and white pornography – sometimes homosexual pornography. Stevo was problematic in that the stuff he posted was not for general consumption and the racist group would often try to stop him because he was a constant embarrassment.
Many, on both sides, have commented on Bill White’s penchant for sexual commentary and photo shopped pictures. We all remember the “Nationalist Enquirer” site that Bill claimed no affiliation with but had his fingerprints all over it. We also remember the ridiculous attempt by White to paint Daryle Lamont Jenkins as a homosexual.
When it comes to outcasts and misfits, we can’t forget Jeff Schoep the so-called “Commander” of the National Socialist Movement. When dealing with Schoep, a woman can first expect to be labeled a “race traitor” and then a “whore.” Of course, if there is any truth to the rumors about Schoep and his friendship with Anthony Pierpont we can see how his life experiences have led him in that direction.
Then there is Michael Blevins of VonBluvens notoriety. Blevins is almost a whole
other country all by himself. His latest diatribe, along with the returning Michael “Doc” Schnieder, has been leveled against myself. Hell, I even got a personal invitation to hear what they had to say about me. I must say that they really don’t seem to like me very much if you can imagine that.
Blevins and the Doc have been around for a few years and are well known for their “shock effects.” Their uncouth castigation of others is something that a handful of Nazi’s tune in to hear simply because it tickles their funny bones to hear someone saying the things that they are afraid to say. This recent volley of sewage, however, demonstrates precisely why they are considered pariahs to most of the racist right. In an attempt to insult and to demean me, they have done nothing other than to disparage themselves and to further prove that the racist right is still as atavistic as ever.
To be a product of your environment and you life experiences is also to be reflective of that from whence you came. To claim “white pride” while attempting to vilify another through using pejorative language replete with depictions of sexual encounters, ethnic genitalia, racial slurs, and suggestions of rape and torture is simply oxymoronic. If I wanted to persuade someone NOT to get involved in the movement that self-deprecating screed that was produced would be the first thing I would introduce them to.
Every organization and group has their own pariah. It just seems that the racist right has an abundance of people who serve no other purpose than to embarrass and to place them in their rightful place within a society that has little tolerance for them to begin with. We can generate a little solace from all of this, only if there is any truth to the old saying “Cream rises to the top,” because the antithesis of that would be “Shit rolls downhill.” And that is precisely where these people belong – at the bottom of the fecal matter pile.
Sunday, January 08, 2006
“You nigger beasts are going to get such a comeuppance this year, you have no fucking idea. We white people are going to come to city after city and take care of fucking business. Warning to liberals, left wingers and law enforcement that has dismally failed to reign in these animals for years: Stay out of our way or you can get it too. You can come in when its over to clean up the debris; we're gonna "clean house.".(Hal Turner, 2005)
Time is running out for Black Americans to reign-in the wild beasts they have loosed upon America. Your ancestors were brought to this country, against their will and in chains. YOU can leave the same way . . . . . and you WILL if you don't get your people to behave. (Hal Turner, 2005)
I have paid little attention to the little man with the big mouth known as Hal Turner for a couple of reasons; 1) Until recently he has never been anything more than a bit player in a B-movie; and 2) he has always appeared totally ineffectual when it comes to recruiting or attracting anyone to the racist right. While both of those things still stand, his recent thrust of himself into the racist limelight via Kingston, New York and Toledo, Ohio, has caused him to get on my last nerve.
Turner has always been the “shock-jock” of racist talk radio – even though Michael Blevins tries to best him every chance he gets. Like Bill White, Michael Blevins, and the whole of the National Socialist Movement, Turner is just another pariah among other Nazi’s. Lately, however, he seems to think that he is at the top of the heap. Admittedly, that “heap” is nothing more than a pile of compost composed of human detritus, but being on top of anything appeals to the base impulses of many on the racist right.
In an effort to bring Turner back to the realm of reality and out of his delusional state where he believes himself to be important to the movement, I went back to see what others have to say about him. Once I checked it all out, I realized that I wouldn’t have to spend too much time on this little man – his “friends” seem to have done all of the abasing for me. Here is what they have to say:
“Hal Turner runs his mouth PLENTY... More than enough to get anyone else arrested and convicted and imprisoned for life.
How is it that Hal Turner avoids this? Simple. He a federal troll for uncle ZOG, he draws out the mentally ill from dark basements into the light for easy arrest.”
“Hal Turner is a federal informant. He's a ZOG Troll that spews insane BS on an
internet "radio" show, he make LOTS of death threats against federal judges, politicians and other people and never gets arrested for it.
He used to publish bomb making instructions on his website and was telling his listeners to make bombs and blow up SIN-a-gogs and assassinate political figures with guns and bombs.
No normal individual could ever spew such nonsense and stay out of jail. Matt Hale didn't even come remotely close to saying a fraction of what Hal Turner says and he's rotting away in a hell hole for the rest of his life.. “
“…permanently banned him. I can't afford obvious provocateurs anymore. Never could, actually.”
“I probably shouldn't be so hot. I'm just imagining that for now on SF, the NA, WNs will have to carry the Hal Turner albatross around our necks”
“Obviously, Hal and I aren't on good terms. He's a caricature. He's everything that we don't want to be. He should be shunned, ostracized, and ignored.
Do you think maybe he's just a little egomaniacal? Just a tad? He speaks for no one, represents no one, he's just another psychotic loser with a website. He's a pariah, a persona non grata, a leper, and he should be treated as such.
Hal who? To the supporters of Hal Turner...he has no supporters. According to recent revelations on another popular website even his own mother has disowned him! Avoid him like the plague that he is.”
“As far as Hal Turner goes, I've turned my back on him and will no longer give him the satisfaction of acknowledging his existence.
“Whatever Turner is doing he just alluded on Fox News and on his website three additional Federal Judges are to be targeted for "Pro-White Public Scorn over the Hale Case!" This is just unbelievable and has me reassessing my future public participation in Pro-White causes.”
“This man is a trainwreck.
Filtering through his rants, I think -- "Is he merely a dangerously self-absorbed sociopath, or is he veritably working to discredit us?" Perhaps he thinks he's helping; but on balance he's extremely destructive. He does not have the charisma, the communications skills nor the presence of mind to represent himself well. He will hurt us.”
LabRat (Tina Edwards)
I have met Hal in person. Like many other people who rise to become infamous among WNists I have no idea why or how he got that way.
The nicest way I can find to put my opinion of Hal is that he is flakey at best. Many other things spring to mind when I recall the time I spent around him and none of it is that I thought he was an upstanding guy or even a WN.
“Ahh yes, that was truly entertainment at its finest. I was hoping he would have stayed on a bit longer. I enjoyed those long, manic and practically incomprehensible tirades.
I recall that show where he started yelling at his wife, it was so surreal. After I picked my jaw off of the floor I could not stop laughing for nearly an hour.
I also enjoyed every new and exotic medical condition he allegedly would come down with from time to time. Whether it was him suffering from a horrible life threatening fever, severe nasal problems, rare allergies etc. there was always something new and exciting with Hal Turner.
And it always involved needing more money.”
Hal Turner ...
is obviously psychotic;
A more truer statement was never made.
But really for the "abuser"** he is, I'd call him surprisingly stable.
The man is a maniac.
And before anyone goes trying to attack me I have met him on more than one occasion and they were not public WN rendezvous. In public the man is - yes reasonably intelligent (not the kind of reasonably Reason(ref. definition 3.) has anythig to do with) and articulate and somewhat effectual considering the amount of Hal lovers that seem to be looming...
However he is a deep dark hipocrite in his choice of lifesytle... The life he doesn't publicise.
He is by no means what so ever a model white man... nor is he the kind of "psychotic" we need promoting our cause. Especially considering the publicity he gives himself.
Another lunitic making us all look bad. Without a doubt.
“Hal Turner is anything but retarded. He is actually a very bright and articulate man. The problem is that I and many others who met him have noted right off the bat that he is obviously psychotic; yet people, for whatever reason, continued to coddle him. Now, in one interview he has the potential to derail the great success we've made recently. When are we, as a cause, going to once and for all shun sensationalism and violence and build a serious movement? “
“I warned SF prior to the Liberty State Park rally not to have anything to do with this man.
I questioned his membership when he was in the NA the first time.
I resigned from that organization due, in part, to the renewal of his membership.
Now a man who has done nothing for the WNs cause except lie, cheat and call for violence claims to have an upcoming interview on Dateline NBC. God knows that this creep has no business representing our cause on a public forum and it it only because those of you who enabled him over the years that this is happening. You all ought to be ashamed of yourselves. I'm damn near done trying to promote this cause surrounded by so many stupid people. The question I have for Stormfront and WNs is do we intend to be a serious movement for qualified people or a bunch of hobbyist?”
“I am very angry. I just get angry when good decent people are subject to having to deal with "crap". Please excuse the word.
I have so called friends who have encouraged over the years to go to his website or listen to his show, I didn't go because I didn't want to deal with his drama. I finally went over there earlier tonight so that the next time they asked me if I had checked it out yet, I wouldn't hear a lecture. I saw his piece on SF and some good people here who I admire and respect, which really made me angry and confirmed I was right not to check out his website before this. I won't be back either as getting angry over this is not worth my time or energy when I can spend it on a more positive way in getting the truth out.
“Hal is a loose cannon and yes, Brian I agree there is no telling what Hal will say on the TV show. Saying that, we must never give up what we know is the truth for this loser. Our cause is bigger than Hal or anyone else!!!!! I believe that what people dish out comes back to them three fold and Hal will get it back in spades for his lies and slander that he has told about good decent people.
I am not going to waste anymore time on this loser, but am going to continue to work on what I need to work on. Hal does not represent us, but there are people who do and they and us can make a good impression and we can make a difference and bring our message to the people in a postive way. Our people need our message and we can't let Hal or anyone else stand in our way of doing what we know has to be done. We need you Brian to continue to work for our cause!!!!!”
“Hal Turner is a menace to decent white people.”
“Hal Turner is a complete menace. He is completely out of control. It's like Abe Foxman is writing his script for him.
“I agree, he is a freakin parasite and i'll hold him partially to blame for whatever sentance Hale gets, i hope he rots in hell!!!”
“That sounds like "Threatening" a Judge to me.
It doesn't fly. If Hal Turner doesn't get pulled in
and taken to task over
this stuff, he's an agent provacateur....”
“As I have mentioned before, I have heard the name Hal Turner for years, but did not know much about the guy.
“I now undersrtand why so many WNs, that I respect, talk out against him. After watching the Dateline segment, I have no doubts that Hal Turner is over the top, and will bring negative publicity and heat to our movement.”
“I last spoke with him in person about two years ago at a Klansman's house in Alabama. He was never another Jared Taylor that is for sure. But it seemed he wasn't quite as radical then as he has become since. We sat at a table and shared a few beers and good conversation that night. The guy seemed then just as he said he was, simply a pissed off white guy who is beginning to see the truth and the origin behind the destruction. But I agree with Jay, there are too many things that has evolved around him that I dislike. I would never support him as I feel he has become way more of a liability than an asset.
“My negative opinion of him started later that night when he failed to pass the Klan naturalization ceremony and he sped off saying he thought Morris Dees was right. I have been pissed at my fellow activist many times over the years. But would I ever even think, much less say out loud that Dees the Sleaze was ever right on anything? Not on your life.”
“Why would anyone want to snuff a fed-judge (or their familly)?? It just stirs up more heat and gives the FBI an excuse to cozy up with ADL and their ilk. Stuff like this will lead to revocation of free-speach in America, like it has around the world. Hal is not helping by saying stuff like that.
The party line for the lemmings is "You can't yell 'FIRE' in a movie theater, someone will get hurt. Preaching hatred gets people killed. Neither are free-speech issues", and Hal Turner is playing right into their hands. Not only is that stuff illegal and not smart, it scares off those who could have been an asset to the community.”
“This guy should be pulling a fat salary from ADL!”
“He is poison to the White racialist cause - here he is being quoted in today's newspaper:
"She was immediately vilified -- Hal Turner, an underground radio personality, said on his show that she was 'worthy of being killed,' adding that 'it wouldn't be legal, but in my opinion it wouldn't be wrong.'"
“I read that and was aghast. And he is upset that Stormfront has cancelled his posting ability. Also he talks about the coming SH.. STORM against American White Nationalists. Why is he using the word STORM?
If Hal Turner has ever helped our cause he is doing more to undo it! To ban him permanently from posting here was the only thing that could be done.”
And there are more – lots more. As one can readily see, Hal Turner is almost as
outcast as the infamous Bill White. Yet Turner operates under the assumption that he is, somehow, leading a movement and that his followers hang on his every word. In reality, Hal is just another whacko spawned by the racist right and bastardized by the same.
Hal Turner is the epitome of sleaze. He has no saving graces and he has become persona non gratis in all of the racist circles. Generally speaking, he is surrounded by the dregs of the movement and that might be what makes him so dangerous. The goons that frequent his message boards and listen to his broadcast are lacking in the area of cognizant abilities. They are easily influenced and manipulated. Turner’s calls for murder and mayhem are pointed right at those who seek his recognition. One mad-hatter may very well result in a bevy of violence.
TO THE ORIGINAL STORY
Rapist's Prison Sentence Triggers Outrage
Burlington, Vermont -- January 4, 2005
There was outrage Wednesday when a Vermont judge handed out a 60-day jail sentence to a man who raped a little girl many,many times over a four-year span starting when she was seven.
The judge said he no longer believes in punishment and is more concerned about rehabilitation.
Prosecutors argued that confessed child-rapist Mark Hulett, 34, of Williston deserved at least eight years behind bars for repeatedly raping a littler girl countless times starting when she was seven.
But Judge Edward Cashman disagreed explaining that he no longer believes that punishment works.
"The one message I want to get through is that anger doesn't solve anything. It just corrodes your soul," said Judge Edward Cashman speaking to a packed Burlington courtroom. Most of the on-lookers were related to a young girl who was repeatedly raped by Mark Hulett who was in court to be sentenced.
The sex abuse started when the girl was seven and ended when she was ten. Prosecutors were seeking a sentence of eight to twenty years in prison, in part, as punishment.
"Punishment is a valid purpose," Chittenden Deputy Prosecutor Nicole Andreson argued to Judge Edward Cashman.
"The state recognizes that the court may not agree or subscribe to that method of sentencing but the state does. The state thinks that it is a very important factor for the court to consider," Andreson added.
But Judge Cashman explained that he is more concerned that Hulett receive sex offender treatment as rehabilitation. But under Department of Corrections classification, Hulett is considered a low-risk for re-offense so he does not qualify for in-prison treatment.So the judge sentenced him to just 60 days in prison and then Hulett must complete sex treatment when he gets out or face a possible life sentence.
Judge Cashman also also revealed that he once handed down stiff sentences when he first got on the bench 25 years ago, but he no longer believes in punishment.
"I discovered it accomplishes nothing of value;it doesn't make anything better;it costs us a lot of money; we create a lot of expectation, and we feed on anger,"Cashman explained to the people in the court.
The sentence outraged the victim's family who asked not to be identified.
"I don't like it," the victim's mother,in tears, told Channel 3. "He should pay for what he did to my baby and stop it here. She's not even home with me and he can be home for all this time, and do what he did in my house," she added.
Hulett -- who had been out on bail-- was taken away to start his sentence immediately.
Brian Joyce - Channel 3 News
Now, the burning question is just who put up the initial investment for all of this, and just who is in charge?
I can't help but laugh when I think of the most likely answer to the two above questions. And, I can't help but anxiously await the outcry when the shopper's personal information is plastered all over the web. Then we will know for sure which ones are the dumbest of the dumb.
Saturday, January 07, 2006
I would love to see the same kind of breakdown for a few other states. And, this is why we still fight racism. A level playing field? Think again. We may have come a long way - but we still have a long way to go!
January 7 / 8, 2006
Poor, Young, Black and Victimized
Racism and Injustice in Alabama's Courts
By J.L. CHESTNUT, Jr.
All the self-serving, racist noise purporting to justify ridiculously high bail bonds primarily for black people together with all the surreal political nonsense about "locking people up and throwing away the key" gave me reason to take another look at Alabama's criminal justice system. Here is just some of the sickening, racist crap I fully expected and quickly found. Lord, please help us!
In 2006, Alabama has 19 appeal court judges, all white, not a single one is black. This state is 28% black, but white voters routinely refused to elect even one African-American to a statewide office. One wonders about some of our black callers who worry that we don't only want blacks in public offices. On the contrary, whites only elect blacks when they can't elect a white. Alabama has 42 prosecutors or District Attorneys elected from districts and only one is black. He is Michael Jackson, just elected and headquartered here in Selma. Michael must feel mighty welcome among his white prosecuting colleagues as the only elected black prosecutor in a state whose prison population is 63% black. Lord, please help us!
Now listen to this.
80% of all the people sentenced to death in Alabama were convicted of killing a white person, although 65% of the murder victims in Alabama are black. (Repeat) How racist can one state get? Well, maybe the answer can be found in the fact that in November of 2005, more than a century after Brown v. Board of Education, 51% of Alabama's white voters refused to remove outrageous language from the state constitution requiring unenforceable racial segregation in the public schools. That is about as low as a state can sink!
And as black people might expect, Alabama, per capita, has a larger number of people sentenced to death than any other state in the Union and that includes the death states of both Texas and Mississippi. 41 white prosecutors in Alabama achieved that racist result by systematically striking black jurors off the jury list. The prosecutors are helped by uninformed black jurors who dream up excuses to keep from serving in the jury box.
In Houston County (Dothan) several death sentences were reversed because of rank discrimination against black jurors. I will provide one quick example. Jerome Smith, young, black and mentally retarded was sentenced to death after the white prosecutor systematically excluded or struck 23 of the 24 blacks summoned for jury duty in the case, that is 96% of all the blacks on the list. Even an Alabama Appeal court couldn't swallow that sort of overt racism in a death case and reversed Smith's conviction.
Alabama has a larger percentage of juveniles on death row than any other state. In March 2005, the U.S. Supreme Court declared executing juveniles unconstitutional. Alabama courts are now slowly removing juveniles from death row and by the end of last week 13 children had been removed from death row and placed in the general prison population. I believe that some of Alabama's elected prosecutors and legislators should be on death row.
In this state we have one of the harshest and most backward habitual offender laws in the country. Believe it or not, this stupid law makes no distinction whatsoever between violent and nonviolent offenders. Thus, thousands of young men convicted of committing nonviolent property crimes or drug offenses are serving long life sentences and some are even serving life sentences without the possibility of parole. How backwards, how racist can one state be?
Five years ago, some officials began belatedly to listen to a few of us because a crisis loomed in the prison system by reason of both a rapidly growing elderly population and the fact that every prison in the system was severely overcrowded. The backward Alabama legislature, however, would do no more than amend the habitual offender law to the effect that nonviolent offenders serving a life sentence without parole would be now eligible for parole. I wondered if things could get any worse.
I was soon to learn the answer.
Enforcement of the new law was blocked for three long years by Alabama's inexperienced, know-nothing young Attorney General. This officious young man declared the new law unconstitutional. Lord, please help us! All of this in a state that was still jailing people for being poor. In black Birmingham, the black city court was sentencing black people to jail because there were too poor to pay fines. They had to be told that there is no way to reconcile fair and equal justice with jailing people because they are too poor to pay a fine. How about that from a black court?
Racism covers all kinds of injustices in our suspect judicial system. Third-rate professional plea bargainers masquerade as lawyers, along with imposing ridiculously high bail bonds on poor black people are just a few examples. That is why I left the mess almost 20 years ago. It is also the reason I may have to return to the fight.
J.L. Chestnut, Jr. is a civil rights attorney in Selma, Alabama. He is the founder of Chestnut, Sanders and Sanders which is the largest black law firm in Alabama. Born in Selma and, after graduating from Howard University Law School, he began practicing law in Selma in 1958. He started as the only black lawyer in the town and has been challenging the establishment since then. His law firm now owns two radio stations in Selma and Mr. Chestnut hosts a radio talk show three days a week touted as the most popular radio show in south and central Alabama. He is the author of "Black in Selma" with Julia Cass (1989 Farrar, Straus and Giroux), and writes a weekly column called the "Hard Cold Truth". He can be reached at email@example.com.
TO THE ORIGINAL STORY
Thursday, January 05, 2006
After yesterday's posting regarding other school records that he claims were turned over to his parents, I had some questions. While I know a lot about mental health - there are some aspects of school psychology that I needed clarification on - that is a whole different entity and one that plays by a totally different set of rules. Consequently, I made arrangements to have lunch today with some people who are in that field and gained some real insight into what might have been going on here. Naturally, I have some very pointed comments on this recent "revelation" of Bill White: CONTINUED...