Trump’s Politics Of Hatred Has A Death Toll

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Hatred, resentment, white supremacy and victimhood are deadly political tools. President Trump wields them with no thought to the consequences — and people die. The latest is Lori Gilbert Kaye, 60, shot and killed Saturday at the Chabad of Poway synagogue near San Diego. The shooter, a 19-year-old gunman armed with a military-style assault rifle, wounded three others. The assailant, who reportedly … Read More

Trump Doubles Down On Charlottesville “Both Sides” Comment

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Trump tries to defend his Charlottesville response by praising Robert E. Lee. He claims the 'very fine people' remark was about people who "felt very strongly about the monument to Robert E. Lee. A great general, whether you like it or not."Via Politico pic.twitter.com/01W4IwGx8y — Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) April 26, 2019 Joe Biden’s presidential launch has again cast a spotlight … Read More

DHS Disbands Its Domestic Terrorism Unit

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This is very bad: The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has disbanded an Intelligence and Analysis unit whose members had focused on domestic terrorism, including white supremacist violence. Betsy Woodruff at the Daily Beast reports: Numerous current and former DHS officials say they find the development concerning, as the threat of homegrown terrorism — including white supremacist terrorism — is growing. … Read More

Christchurch Mosque Massacre

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New Zealand Herald: KEY POINTS:• 49 confirmed dead in ‘terrorist’ shootings at two Christchurch mosques• Seven died at Linwood, 41 at mosque near Hagley Park• Four people initially arrested, including one woman• Man, 28 due in court tomorrow charged with murder• One of the gunmen livestreamed shooting at Al Noor Mosque in chilling 17-min videoForty-nine people have been killed and … Read More

“I am dreaming of a way to kill almost every last person on earth.”

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From the Washington Post: A U.S. Coast Guard lieutenant and self-identified white nationalist was arrested after federal investigators uncovered a cache of weapons and ammunition in his Maryland home that authorities say he stockpiled to launch a massive domestic terror attack targeting politicians and journalists. Christopher Paul Hasson called for “focused violence” to “establish a white homeland” and dreamed of ways … Read More

Goodbye, Gab

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CNN: Gab has been taken offline following revelations that the suspected Pittsburgh synagogue gunman used the social network to threaten Jews. A statement on the platform’s website Monday said it would be “inaccessible for a period of time” after several web hosting services declined its business. Gab said it has also been removed from app stores and refused service by payment … Read More

Max Boot: Fox And Right Wing Media Is Reponsible

Ken AshfordImmigration and Xenophobia, Right Wing and Inept Media, Right Wing Punditry/Idiocy, Rightwing Extremism/ViolenceLeave a Comment

Boy, I am old enough to remember when Max Boot was a staple of the right wing media, at least in print. Back in the aughts, he famously wrote this bizarre defense of the War in Iraq: Yes, folks. The fact that we had bad intelligence relating to WMDs is a GOOD (not a BAD) pretext for starting a war … Read More

The Squirrel Hill Massacre And The Abhorrent White House Response

Ken AshfordCrime, Godstuff, Immigration and Xenophobia, Racial Homicides, Rightwing Extremism/Violence, Trump & AdministrationLeave a Comment

WaPo: Conspiracy theories are flourishing in America, from the Oval Office to the fever swamps of the Internet. They include the viral notion that the liberal 88-year-old billionaire George Soros, a Hungarian American Holocaust survivor, is funding the migrant caravan slowly making its way from Central America in the direction of the United States. It’s not true, but it has … Read More

Breaking: Bomber of 12 Trump Critics In Custody

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal authorities have detained a person in connection with the mail-bomb scare that widened to 12 suspicious packages, a Justice Department official said Friday. Department spokeswoman Sarah Isgur Flores said authorities planned to announce more information at a press conference. Earlier Friday, authorities said suspicious packages addressed to New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker and former National Intelligence … Read More

Fox Prime Time Not Even Trying To Hide Racism Now

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Ingraham basically blamed brown people for ruining the country she once loved.  Her remarks bear more than a passing resemblance to the notorious white supremacist “14 Words” slogan about how “we must secure the existence of our people and a future for white children.” But Former KKK Grandwizard David Duke liked it, so…. But Ingraham’s blatantly racist sentiment has been expressed … Read More

Outing The Nazis

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Pro Publica and Frontline (the PBS show) are doing some great work outing members of the extremist right who take part in rallies.  Good for them.  Today, they report on the discovery of another scum: For months, ProPublica and FRONTLINE have been working to identify the white supremacists at the center of violent demonstrations across the country, including the infamous Unite the Right rally … Read More

Abhorrent Actor Dropped By Agency

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Fox News reports: James Woods has been dropped by his talent agent, and received the announcement in an email sent during the Fourth of July holiday. The Oscar-nominated actor shared a screenshot of the email with the subject line “Well…” on his personal Twitter account. The agent, Ken Kaplan, said that he’d come to the decision to no longer represent the … Read More