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Because… OF COURSE THEY ARE

The Daily Stormer is a Nazi (no neo-, just plain Nazi) website that helped coordinate the racist thugs who wrecked Charlottesville this past weekend, and then crowed when Pumpkin blamed the anti-fascists.

When you run a Nazi website, you really don’t want a lot of visibility from civilized folks.  In the past few days, they have been kicked out by Go-Daddy, then by Google.  Finally, today, CloudFlare pulled the plug.

Pretty awesome.  And Nordstrom’s didn’t even drop his daughter’s clothing line!

So where are they now?  Where have they found, to spew hate from?  The answer is… let me just say… as soon as you know it… you will exclaim what I did, and what I put at the top of this post:

BECAUSE, OF COURSE THEY ARE!

The answer is, Daily Stormer is no longer a .com domain… it’s now dailystormer.ru; they’re now registered and hosted in Russia!

BECAUSE, OF COURSE THEY ARE!

It makes perfect sense, after all.  The current crop of Nazis, pumpkin included, are so fond of Putin, it only makes sense that this is where their web presence should land.  I wonder if they could get a deal for hosting whitehouse.gov?  I also wonder if Putin knows who Molotov and Ribbentrop were, and what Barbarossa was?

* link to NYT coverage, not hate-filled site

 

Charlottesville Leaves No Doubt

The Charlottesville “Unite the Right” marchers? Republican racist Nazis.

Friday night they chanted “You will not replace us!”  Also, “Jew will not replace us!”  “Lügenpresse!” And my favorite, “One Nation, One People!” Hmm. What is it about “One Nation! One People!” that sounds wrong? Oh, I know!  It’s better in the original German.

And their Fuehrer is clearly the Pumpkin in the White House.  After one of the Nazis murdered a counter-protester and maimed 19 more, he knew he could no longer get away with just happily watching the proceedings on Faux News while squeezing pimples on his butt.  So he came out to make a statement in which he actually managed to stay on the script for one whole sentence… HAH!  No he didn’t!  He had to poison the already way-too-gentle condemnation by making it all about everyone who was there, not just the Nazis

We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence, on many sides. On many sides. It’s been going on for a long time in our country. Not Donald Trump, not Barack Obama. This has been going on for a long, long time. [Emphasis his — he thought that part so nice, he said it twice.]

On many sides?  What did he do, roll a D20?  What does that mean?  It means that opponents of fascism are (at least!) equally responsible.

When three Muslims carried out a vehicular attack in June on London Bridge, he was not so ecumenical with the blame.  He called for a revival of a ban on Muslims traveling to the US, and he called out the Mayor of London.  Who just happens to be Muslim.

He’s being widely condemned for this, so here’s how it will play out.  His staff will “explain” it.  Then in a day or two, he’ll tweet something outrageous about, oh, I don’t know, Chile, maybe?  And we’ll be off chasing our tails about the next stupidity.  While his Cabinet secretaries continue diligently destroying the departments they each head.

As for the alt-right fascist Nazi racists… you know, the Republicans… they loved Pumpkin’s remarks.  Yes, the dogs can hear the whistles, loud and clear!

Here’s a posting yesterday on The Daily Stormer  (link to Wikipedia, not to Nazis).  The Daily Stormer is an explicitly Nazi, explicitly Republican website.  Its slogan is “Preparing for the race war since 2013.”  Its namesake is Der Stürmer.

To be as clear as we can be about this: by not condemning Nazi racists, the Pumpkin supports Nazi racists.  

The Pumpkin supports Nazi racists.

(There: I said it twice.)

 

Democrats! No, Republicans!

Back before the 1960’s, the Democrats were the party of White Supremacy in the South.  They called themselves the Dixiecrats, to be distinguishable from the northern sort who were definitely more liberal and somewhat less racist.  Lester Maddox, George Wallace, Strom Thurmond and Jesse Helms were all Democrats until the mid-1960s.

With a Democratic administration in the White House (JFK, then LBJ) and with support for the Civil Rights movement gaining traction, the Republicans crafted the Southern Strategy.  Taking the opportunity offered by Johnson signing the Voting Rights and Civil Rights Acts, they painted the Democrats as a party of “n***er-lovers.”  Unsurprisingly, they reaped huge electoral rewards among scared and hateful whites.  That’s when the rogues’ gallery mentioned above and hundreds more Southern politicians switched party affiliation from D to R.

Some argue the Southern Strategy should be called the Suburban Strategy.  Either way, the GOP flipped the script and picked up support across the old Confederacy, and in lily-white suburbs everywhere, by taking over the mantle of that most reliable vote getter in those areas: fear- and hatred-driven racism.

Chris Seward cseward@newsobserver.com

Photo by Chris Seward cseward@newsobserver.com

So shall we expect any better of Republicans than to foment racism with both hands while denying it to the public when caught at it?  I think not.  A masterwork of denial is documented in this Charlotte News & Observer article last week about someone with the breathtakingly beautiful name of Dallas Woodhouse.  Dallas is, by the destiny assured when his parents named him, a North Carolina Republican party official.  He tweeted on August 6 blaming “@NCDemParty” for a Wilmington race riot, a massacre of blacks, and for publishing the “White Declaration of Independence.”  These events took place in 1898, when the party called Democrat was indeed the unified voice of Southern racism.  They also, apparently, had the first Twitter handle, decades before @Jack was even born.  Who knew? 

OK, I don’t think the NC Democratic party in 1898 really had a Twitter handle.  Still, it’s not hard to figure out which political party in 2017 would endorse a “White Declaration of Independence.”  But the Democrats of 1898 were the same lineage that gave rise to Democrats Maddox, Wallace, Thurmond and Helms… all of whom in the 1960s magically switched to Republican.  Their philosophical brethren and descendants have now put a Pumpkin in the White House, and Nazis on the streets of Charlottesville, VA.

So I will say this without fear of contradiction: in 1898, Dallas Woodhouse would have been a Democrat.

 

A Follow-Up to that Memo

The author of the now-infamous Google “gender roles” memo, James Damore, has been fired.

There will be a lot of right-wing pissing and moaning about “free speech.”  Well, until someone proposes that what Damore wrote was criminal and he should go to jail for it, not just idiotic and he is a less-valuable employee for proclaiming such a thing… those right-wingers are lying to you.  Some of them may even be aware that they are lying to you.

Randall Munro sums it up nicely:

And the hovertext is priceless:

I can’t remember where I heard this, but someone once said that defending a position by citing free speech is sort of the ultimate concession; you’re saying that the most compelling thing you can say for your position is that it’s not literally illegal to express.

Oh, by the way, Julian Assange has publicly offered Damore a job.  So you know where that particular turd floats.

totally normal

It’s all so normal.  This is how our country is run, from the top.  I remember LBJ’s White House and it was pretty much like this!

Normal!

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