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Stormfront Gets Grounded

Hosting and promoting racist violence for years, the white supremacist oldest site on the Internet got shot down last night.

The invisible war against hate continues.

Expect the KKKChumph and Jefferson Davis Sessions to jump on their swaback white nags at any minute to ride to the rescue.

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Stormfront, the internet’s oldest major racist website, has domain suspended

Liberal activists have been filing complaints against hate websites — and they’ve been working

Stormfront, the oldest neo-Nazi and white nationalist website on the English-speaking internet, has now become the second far right website to be blocked by its web domain registrar, Network Solutions, from being accessed by the public.

The action appears to have been taken at the instigation of the left-leaning Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights under its Stop Hate Project which lodged a complaint about Stormfront to Network Solutions on Aug. 22.

According to the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, the organization which administers all web domains, Network Solutions blocked Stormfront’s domain on Friday at 1:00 a.m. Eastern Time. The site’s registration has been put on hold by the registrar. According to ICANN, this hold status is “uncommon” and “is usually enacted during legal disputes, non-payment, or when your domain is subject to deletion.”

In operation since 1990 as a bulletin board and 1995 as a web forum, Stormfront claimed to have over 300,000 registered members. The site’s owner, former Ku Klux Klan leader Don Black, is officially opposed to violence, but several of his members have been linked to various murders.

Stormfront has become the second major neo-Nazi website to find itself blocked from its web domain in recent weeks after a-fascist allegedly struck and killed a counter-protester at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. The Daily Stormer, the most popular neo-Nazi website, has found itself banned by multiple registrars including GoDaddy, Google, Namecheap as well as by the network security service Cloudflare.

Andrew Anglin, the owner of the Daily Stormer, expressed alarm on his site at what he said was a deliberate and large-scale effort to censor right-wing extremist websites via domain seizure:

We are under a full-on assault.

And there is an intelligence operation being run on us. We need to be aware of this, we need to act with knowledge of it, and we need to understand that the number one thing that they want to do is turn us against one another.

Sites are now going to start dropping like flies. And this is because there wasn’t a significant enough rally around Daily Stormer. I think people within the movement did rally around us, but others within the larger right-wing did not. . . .

I think some people are maybe in denial about what is happening right now. This is a huge move to simply silence us, completely. Hopefully, we can get enough attention that we can force the government to intervene, and begin regulating ICANN like they did before Obama gave it away in October of last year.

The practice of blocking white nationalist domain names has come under attack from some free speech advocates as well.

“Protecting free speech is not something we do because we agree with all of the speech that gets protected,” three executives with the Electronic Frontier Foundation wrote in an Aug. 17 essay. “We do it because we believe that no one — not the government and not private commercial enterprises — should decide who gets to speak and who doesn’t.”

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White Supremacist Gets Shut Down by BLM

In the late 90’s the white right took over the editorial pages of what had once been the most respected business periodical in the world. Now, their audience is largely limited to bigots and the white-right.

Heather McDonald is a white supremacists/nationalist who regulary publishes in this sewer, given scant cover by professional Lawn Jockey Jason Riley.

I really can’t see why any person of color would read this vile rag, or continue to support the advertisers therein.

A little history on Scientific racism and white-wing think tanks, and here relative to current conservative racist thinking.

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She wanted to criticize Black Lives Matter in a college speech. A protest shut her down.

The Facebook event invitation left little doubt about the protesters’ feelings toward pro-police speaker Heather Mac Donald.

They accused her of “neglecting the state sponsored genocide committed against black people” and said she represented “white supremacist and fascist ideologies.”

And just in case people didn’t get the point, organizers photo-shopped devil horns onto her picture.

The last words on the invite, which has since been deleted, offered instructions to like-minded Claremont McKenna College students and others: Show up wearing black and “bring your comrades, because we’re shutting this down.”

They were true to their word. On Thursday evening, about 250 protesters chanted “black lives matter” and other, more choice phrases at the entrance to the Athenaeum, a campus building where Mac Donald was slated to speak, according to a YouTube video of the demonstration. (Warning, it contains strong language.)

Blocking buildings on the California campus is an arrest-able offense, but seeing the sizable crowd, campus officials decided not to force the issue and instead live-streamed Mac Donald’s event.

“We jointly concluded that any forced interventions or arrests would have created unsafe conditions for students, faculty, staff, and guests,” Claremont McKenna College President Hiram E. Chodosh said Friday in a statement. “I take full responsibility for the decision to err on the side of these overriding safety considerations.”

The demonstration was the second time this year that a large-scale protest has targeted a conservative speaker on a college campus.

In February, a planned speech by conservative writer Milo Yiannopoulos was canceled at University of California at Berkeley because of virulent protests.

The protests at the two colleges illustrate a potent challenge for college administrators, who want to expose their students to a wide variety of opinions, but take heat when those efforts backfire.

“The breach of our freedoms to listen to views that challenge us and to engage in dialogue about matters of controversy is a serious, ongoing concern we must address effectively,” Chodosh said in the statement to students.

In an extensive interview with the campus newspaper, the Forum, Dean Peter Uvin said the university thought that a group of students might protest or even try to disrupt the speech, but campus police weren’t prepared for the hundreds that showed up. Video from the scene showed a heated but peaceful protest, and there were no reports of arrests.

As the nation has been entrenched in a heated conversation about whether officers are too quick to use fatal force on blacks and other minorities, Mac Donald has emerged as a strong conservative voice speaking against what she called “phantom police racism.”

In her book “The War on Cops” and in her live-streamed speech Thursday, she said black-on-black crime is a bigger threat to African Americans than police violence. A disproportionate amount of crime happens in black communities, she told students at Claremont McKenna, and modern policing is driven by data, not racism.

She also argues that an outsize focus on police brutality has caused police to back off on proactive policing measures that brought huge crime drops across the nation. “Criminals,” a synopsis of the book says, “are being emboldened.”

“There is no government agency more dedicated to the proposition that black lives matter than the police,” she said in a speech last year at Hillsdale College that has been viewed on YouTube nearly 25,000 times. “We have been talking obsessively about alleged police racism over the last 20 years in order to not talk about a far larger problem: black on black crime.”

Mac Donald didn’t respond to requests for comment made by The Washington Post.

 
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Posted by on April 10, 2017 in BlackLivesMatter

 

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Paypal Leaves North Carolina Over Anti-LGBT Law

Making bigotry (and stupidity) expensive…North Carolina just lost 400 jobs.

Now if Big Blue or some of the majors will pull out…

Now – if companies are willing to do this for LBGT people…Why not in states where minorities are persecuted? I mean…There are places I wouldn’t consider working because of economic or quality of life considerations. Quality of life also means the level of racism in a city. That impacts businesses ability to recruit and retain qualified and senior staff.

PayPal pulls plug on North Carolina unit to protest anti-gay law

Two weeks after unveiling plans to open a global operations center in Charlotte, North Carolina, that would employ more than 400 people, PayPal says it will instead look elsewhere due to a new state law that blocks anti-discrimination rules for gay and transgender people.

The legislation enacted by the state “invalidates protections of the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender citizens and denies these members of our community equal rights under the law,” PayPal said in a statement on Tuesday. “Becoming an employer in North Carolina, where members of our teams will not have equal rights under the law, is simply untenable.”

The law, approved by the state’s Republican-controlled legislature and Gov. Pat McCrory, came in response to a Charlotte City Council ordinance approved in February that would have extended protections to gays and lesbians, as well as bisexual and transgender people, at hotels, restaurants and stores. Charlotte also would have allowed transgender people to use restrooms aligned with their gender identity.

The law blocked Charlotte’s rules and prevented other local governments from approving similar ordinances.

The online payments company is joining a growing list of companies that oppose the law, with Apple (AAPL), Google (GOOGL), American Airlines (AAL) and Bank of America (BAC), as well as the state’s professional basketball team, among those calling for a repeal.

Atlanta’s mayor has reportedly banned taxpayer-funded travel to North Carolina over the law, following similar actions by officials in states including New York, Connecticut, Minnesota and Washington.

 

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DC Metro May Shut Down Major Lines for 6 Months

The nation’s second busiest subway system may have to shut down service for 6 months in what could be a catastrophic outage for a system which carries 800,000 passengers a day. Once the nation’s crown jewel system, the problems that have brought Metro’ Subway System low are an accumulation of problems over years. About half of the blame rests with how the system is funded, the other half is based on gross incompetence at the middle and senior management level of the Authority.

Metro or the Washington Metropolitan Transit Authority is an odd duck in terms of organization due to the fact that a significant portion of it’s budget comes from the Government. Which means Congressional oversight and piddling in the affairs of the company. The Company’s ownership is spread across the 7 jurisdictions it serves in the Washington Metropolitan area, including the Federal Government. The Federal Government is a player here because 53% of the passengers on the system are Federal Employees. As everything from fares to which communities are served is regulated, the company is designed never to make a profit (or even break even), and each served municipality pays a proportional part of the actual operating budget each year.

In function, the Transit Agency works like a Federal Government entity – meaning there is no motivation of the employees to either improve service, to make systems operate more efficiently, or to cut costs…Ergo the old $10,000 Toilet Seat issue. Massive cost overruns are the norm. Massive project failures are the norm. The recent Silver Line expansion ballooned from $1 billion to $3 billion, in large part due to project being managed by the corrupt Metropolitan Washington Airport Authority – a situation created because of lack of faith that Metro could manage such a large project. I mean when the Federal Government is going o take over your local transit authority – not only are things truly f’d up… But they are going to get a lot worse.

While, like any big dollar enterprise, there are incidents of corruption – even to the highest levels of the management structure, there is no evidence of any major corruption issue, or that corruption is the reason behind the Authority’s failure. It really boils down to incompetence within almost the entire senior management structure at the company’s headquarters. As such, confusion, lack of vision, lack of will, turf fights, nepotism, and duplicate organizational functions are the order of the day. And to clarify a point, very little of “the problem” has to do with the rank and file customer facing employees who in general believe in the mission of serving the community and often will go above board to make things right.

Accepting Federal money means the involvement of Congress. It also means Federal Agency Oversight, which in typical form tries to solve problems at the weed level instead of systemic. It means getting whipsawed by political trade winds in Congress, being victim to corruption at the Congressional Level, and dealing with Congressional fingers in the pie at any time. Ergo the Republicans want the system to operate without tax dollars or a fare hike (It’s the same magic which destroyed some of their own states), and the Democrats want the system to operate as a social good vehicle.

A major shutdown of the system could entail putting 500,000 cars onto the Washington area’s already gridlocked streets. It will cost the Federal Government and private businesses Billions of dollars in lost work and revenue. As a Management Consultant who has done rescues, turnarounds and restructurings of companies, and a former employee of Metro, I have a pretty good idea about what needs to be done…And it isn’t initially going to be pretty.

Lengthy Shutdowns in Washington, D.C., Metro System Are Possible

Repairs to Washington’s aging subway could require the closure of entire rail lines for months at a time, the system’s chairman, Jack Evans, said Wednesday. At the very least, Mr. Evans said, riders should expect the closure of segments of individual lines for extended periods.

His remarks were the latest indication that the system, known as Metro, will be facing significant service disruptions as its management confronts financial and safety problems.

“If we are going to fix the infrastructure, we can’t do it three hours at night,” Mr. Evans, who is also a member of the D.C. Council, said at a symposium marking Metro’s 40th anniversary.

“There may be decisions where we have to close down whole lines and repair them, which are going to be very unpopular,” Mr. Evans added. “But the only way that we are going to get this system fixed is to make unpopular decisions.”

Metro officials already closed the system for a day earlier this month for an emergency safety inspection.

Mr. Evans called the system “maybe safe, somewhat unreliable, and being complained about by everybody,” and said that its health long-term requires increased — and a permanent — source of financing, like a regional sales tax and annual federal contributions.

Paul J. Wiedefeld, Metro’s general manager, will announce a systemwide maintenance plan in four to six weeks, a Metro spokesman, Dan Stessel, said Wednesday.

Mr. Wiedefeld, in his own remarks at the Wednesday meeting, said the scale of the transit agency’s woes required drastic measures.

“What we have been doing has not been working,” he said. “We cannot Band-Aid, we cannot paper over some of these issues.”

Both men’s remarks were first reported by The Washington Post.

 

 
 

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Trump Finds Racist Rhetoric Don’t Play Outside the South

Spurred on by racist rhetoric, and calls for vicious attacks on lone protesters at Trump campaign rallies – the folks in Chicago decided to push back in what may well be the first of a series of major counter protests.

This ain’t America of the 1920’s. or 1950’s anymore where going after Minorities was a safe bet because they as a group were less than 20% of the population. Blacks, Hispanics, Asians, Muslims, and other minority groups now make up 40% of the population. And I have tried to explain to some of my recalcitrant friends and associates – there is no shortage of “brass cajones” on the side of folks who oppose Trump’s racism.

Donald Trump Rally In Chicago Canceled After Protesters Turn Out In Droves

Chaos broke out after the event was called off.

• Thousands of protesters show up with tickets to rally
• At least two officers, two attendees injured
• Several fights, heated arguments, Nazi salutes, five arrests
• Trump still insists: ‘I’m a unifier’

A Donald Trump rally that attracted thousands to the University of Illinois at Chicago was abruptly canceled Friday night amid his campaign’s security fears, sparking shouting and scuffling between the candidate’s fans and anti-Trump protesters.

Chicago police said two officers were hurt, including one who was struck on the head with a bottle. At least two other people were taken to a hospital with minor injuries, according to news reports. Five people were arrested.

The rally was called off about a half-hour after the scheduled 6 p.m. start time, after thousands of Trump fans and anti-Trump protesters packed into the free event, which required online registration. Thousands more gathered outside, surrounded by a police perimeter, and people became more vocal as the starting time approached.

Chaos broke out when the cancelation was announced, according to media reports from inside the pavilion. CBS News said reporter Sopan Deb, who covers the Trump campaign, was detained by authorities.

“I have never seen anything like it. It’s amazing,” CNN’s Jim Acosta said. The network said approximately 8,500 people were at the rally.

Violence has become a recurring theme at Trump events, with protesters beingbeaten, shoved, kicked and verbally abused. Trump has encouraged supporters to attack protesters, saying they should “hit back” more often, and has offered to pay legal fees if they do.

Clashes between protesters and Trump supporters at a St. Louis rally earlier on Friday led to at least one injury and 32 arrests. On Wednesday, a Trump supporter at a North Carolina rally sucker-punched a protester and was charged with assault and battery.

Trump said later Friday on CNN he had “no regrets” about his tough talk, including a remark that protesters, in the old days, would be “carried out on stretchers.”

“You can’t even have a rally anymore in this country,” Trump complained on MSNBC shortly after the Chicago cancelation. He added: “There’s a lot of anger in the country, and it’s very sad to see.” 

In a subsequent appearance on Fox News, Trump told Greta Van Susteren it was “a good decision” to cancel the rally.

“I am a unifier,” he said, even though thousands had gathered at the event to protest him.

 

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Al Jazeera America to Close

Dang – I guess battling the cable news nitwits is harder than I thought…

Al Jazeera America To Shut Down By End Of April

Al Jazeera America is shutting down its operations in the United States by the end of April, the company told employees in a meeting Wednesday.

The cable channel launched in 2013 after Al Jazeera purchased Current TV, the progressive news channel co-founded by Al Gore.

 
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Posted by on January 13, 2016 in News

 

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More of that Persecution and Ignorance By christians in Virginia

This is the Statement of Faith in Islam in Arabic, called the Shahada, and is the first of the “Five Pillars” of the Islamic Faith –

It says –

“There is no God but Allah, and Muhammad is the messenger of Allah.” In the Middle East you will find this statement at the entry to every Mosque, as well as displayed in the homes and businesses of the faithful.

It also is quite possibly the most recognized piece of Calligraphy in the world, even among those not of the Islamic faith.

So what happens when American christian bigots confront the world’s most known calligraphy? You betcha. For a religion supposedly founded on the blood of martyrs who were fed to the Lions and tortured but stood firm in their faith…These modern “christians” sure have some weak faith. So weak in fact, it is no faith at all.

“You may be 38 years old, as I happen to be. And one day, some great opportunity stands before you and calls you to stand up for some great principle, some great issue, some great cause. And you refuse to do it because you are afraid…. You refuse to do it because you want to live longer…. You’re afraid that you will lose your job, or you are afraid that you will be criticized or that you will lose your popularity, or you’re afraid that somebody will stab you, or shoot at you or bomb your house; so you refuse to take the stand.

Well, you may go on and live until you are 90, but you’re just as dead at 38 as you would be at 90. And the cessation of breathing in your life is but the belated announcement of an earlier death of the spirit.”
Martin Luther King Jr.

Virginia Schools Close After Uproar Over Arabic Calligraphy Lesson

“It is outrageous to believe she is trying to convert anyone to Islam.”

A Virginia school district closed all of its schools and offices after an outcry over a high school geography lesson that included an example of Arabic religious calligraphy.

The lesson, which was part of a world geography class at Riverheads High School, asked the students to copy the Arabic letters that translate to: “There is no god but Allah, and Muhammad is the messenger of Allah.”

The school said the lesson wasn’t to promote Islam but to study “the artistic complexity of the calligraphy,” superintendent Eric Bond said in a news release cited by the News Leader newspaper.

In addition, the Virginia Department of Education confirmed to the Daily Progress that the lesson met state geography standards, which require learning the language and religion of each region under study.

But some parents were outraged.

“I will not have my children sit under a woman who indoctrinates them with the Islam religion when I am a Christian, and I’m going to stand behind Christ,” Kimberly Herndon, an Augusta County parent, told CBS 6.

Herndon also organized a community meeting at a local church.

On Facebook, Herndon said the geography teacher, Cheryl LaPorte, should lose her job.

“She should be FIRED for that,” Herndon wrote. “She should be fired because she had them write an abomination to their faith and causes a little girl to cry herself to sleep because she was worried she had denounced her God.”

Some students said the lesson made them uncomfortable.

A lot of people got really upset and I refused to do the paper,” Laurel Truxell, a ninth grader, told NBC 29. “I just felt uncomfortable learning about it in a world geography class, you shouldn’t teach religion in school unless you’re in a religious class.”

A Facebook page set up to protest the school was quickly overwhelmed by posts in support of the teacher. It was eventually taken offline, according to the News Leader.

“I love this school, and Mrs. LaPorte is a wonderful teacher,” the paper quoted Kari Watson as saying. “It is outrageous to believe she is trying to convert anyone to Islam. Please, choose your media outlets wisely and be aware of what you’re spreading.”

“The thing is, she wasn’t forcing Islam on anyone,” Anna Arneson, a sophomore who took LaPorte’s class last year, told the Daily Progress. “As a Christian, I didn’t find it oppressing at all.”

Arneson said the class taught her to understand people of different cultures and faiths.

“I feel that’s a part of growing up is learning acceptance,” she said.

“I was hoping that we’ve come further along in our community to be more open-minded,” Riverheads alumni Grace Zimmerman told ABC station WHSV.

Despite support from students, the district has been receiving numerous complaint calls and emails, many of which were sent from people outside of the area.

The Augusta County Public Schools said the sheriff’s department recommended the closure of schools due to “concerns regarding the tone and content” of the communications, according to a statement from the school board posted online by NBC 29.

 
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