Ollie Curme, Asshole of the year

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I would like to officially nominate Ollie Curme, 63, of Boston Massachusetts as Asshole of the year for his comments at a November 14th Back Bay zoning meeting concerning a proposed cannabis dispensary.

If you do not wish to watch the video or are unable to hear, he said the following verbatim.

“My name is Oliver Curme.  I live in the Burrage Mansion, right around the corner from this proposed dispensary, (gestured quotation marks sarcastically) and all my friends and I are against this because it will bring undesirable elements into the neighborhood.  And just so you know what I mean; there are Army vets with PTSD and we don’t want them in our neighborhood.  Just give me a break, they can get over it.  And the second thing is, people with wheelchairs, with MS or whatever. (shakes his right hand in a manner meant to make fun of individuals with MS) Women with breast cancer, you know they all have that cadaverous look and they wear those ridiculous turbans.  For goodness sake, Newbury Street is a high-end shopping district. We don’t want people like that scaring the clientele.”

Yes, he lives in the Burrage Mansion, which is the fourth most valuable home in Boston.

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Ollie is a graduate of Harvard Business School and holds a degree in Biochemistry from Brown University.  He made his fortune working as a venture capitalist with Battery Ventures.   Ollie is the founder and current chairman of TianDi, which is based in Shanghai and goes by the initials, T|D|G|C.   I found this executive profile on TianDi’s website.

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As you can see, he has also been involved with the following companies:

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HNC Software, which was acquired by Fair Isaac Corp.

InfoSeek, now defunct

Parallan

Pixelworks

Fingerhut Direct

Netezza, which was acquired by IBM

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Feel free to contact these companies and tell them how you feel about the prospect of ever doing business with Ollie Curme again.

He is personally obsessed with JFK assassination conspiracies and often discusses these ideas at The Education Forum.   Perhaps they should revoke Ollie’s membership?

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Yes, you read that correctly, “JFK was killed due to a UFO conspiracy?”.

This goes along with his founding and funding of The Mary Ferrell Foundation, which is purported to be a, “non-profit organization engaged in an ongoing effort to bring accessible and interactive history to a new generation of critical thinkers”.  It’s actually a conspiracy site devoted to misinforming the public concerning the assassinations of JFK, MLK, RFK and Watergate.

They can be reached by e-mail at the following address: info@maryferrell.org

Ollie, those veterans with PTSD are the reason you have a nice safe country to exploit and sell to China.  Everyone, regardless of income, will be struck down by disease or inevitably die of advanced age.  And yes, cannabis is a valid medication for many ailments including PTSD, MS and cancer.  People like yourself are the reason the guillotine was created and used readily against the French bourgeoisie during their revolution.  Unfortunately, today they won’t allow we proletariat to put your head in a basket.  What can be done about a man like yourself?  You have enough money for dozens of lifetimes and could have quit working decades ago.  You are primarily driven by social standing.  As you said, “Newbury Street is a high-end shopping district. We don’t want people like that scaring the clientele.”  Well, consider this a social decapitation.  May you be shunned and embarrassed to be Ollie Curme for the remainder of your days.  I truly hope there is a hell for you to spend eternity in.

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Nazis in Wolves Clothing, Part 2: I am Jack’s Borderline Personality Disorder

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Last year I penned an article about infamous church burner, and Wolves of Vinland member, Maurice Thompson Michaely.  The bizarre election of 2016 and the unfortunate events in Charlottesville last August have slowly pushed part one of Nazis in Wolves Clothing from obscurity to a piece that has been read thousands of times.  It was sourced in a Nashville Scene article by Cari Wade Gervin about Vengeance Strength Cult.  In the article, Gervin delves into detail about the gym’s founders Sky Lemyng and his connections to the Wolves, specifically Paul Waggener, co-founder of the Wolves of Vinland.  Her article makes an excellent association between Paul’s Schwarze Sonne (black sun) tattoo and it’s connection to Nazi symbolism.

Pictured below on the left is Paul Waggener displaying a prominent Schwarze Sonne on the left side of his chest.  To the right we see the same symbol enshrined on the first floor of the Obergruppenführersaal, the SS general’s hall in Wewelsburg Castle.  Heinrich Himmler often referred to the castle as, “the center of the world”.  At least that was his intent.

I mention this because I noticed something interesting about the gym’s merchandise.  One of their shirts bears the “death rune”.  The upward facing version of this symbol represents birth.  It was widely used on grave markers to indicate the birth and death dates of fallen SS soldiers.  I find it dubious that the Wolves, and other white nationalist groups, use such runes without the intended entanglement with corresponding Nazi symbolism.  Definitions of words and symbols are inextricably temporally intertwined.  For example, the swastika itself hails from Tibet where it is a symbol of well being and good fortune in Buddhism, but it no longer means such in the western world and neither do Odinism’s runes when used in such context.

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Rune symbolism has been intertwined with Nazism from its beginnings in 1930’s Germany.   The symbols’ original meanings had nothing to do with fascism.  In fact, Odinism, the belief system from whence these symbols hail, predates Abrhamic religions by roughly six-thousand years.  Odinism still influences our language and culture.  For example, the days of the week are named for their gods.  Wednesday was once, “Wodan’s (Odin’s) day” while Thursday was originally, “Thor’s day”.  American white nationalists’ widespread bastardization and misrepresentation of rune symbolism owes its roots to two men, David Lane (pictured below on the left) and Casper Crowell (pictured below on the right).

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I lifted this tribute photo of Lane directly from The Satanic Aryan Truth Activist Network.  Note their use of the life and death runes to memorialize Lane, the same as an SS soldier.  Both can also be seen wearing Thor’s hammer pendants.  David Lane was sentenced to one hundred ninety years for his part in the murder of outspoken Jewish talk show host Alan Berg in 1984.  Lane is perhaps best known for coining the so called, “fourteen words” which may be seen tattooed across the bodies of Nazis world wide, and is often referenced cryptically in the number, “1488”.  The the eighty-eight comes from a cipher which uses numbers to represent letters of the alphabet.  “H” is the eighth letter when recited in rote order.  The two, “H’s” represent the phrase, “Heil Hitler”.  The fourteen words are printed across Lane’s memorial photo, but the font makes it difficult to read.  They are as follows:

“We must secure the existence of our people and a future for white children.”

While in prison, Lane established a group known as, “Wotansvolk”.  “Wotan” is the Old German name for Odin and the, “volk” or “folk” essentially means, “a people” specifically white Europeans and their decedents.

Casper Crowell, whose given name is Fredrick Leslie Crowell, is a repeat felon essentially serving a life sentence for a 1995 murder.  While Crowell is technically eligible for parole in August of 2022, he is almost assuredly going to spend the rest of his days incarcerated.  Crowell is a former member of The Aryan Nation but left to form two groups of his own, The Holy Nation of Odin, whose flag can be seen in the bottom right hand corner of Crowell’s photo, and The Vinland Folk Resistence.   Their websites appear to be stagnant time capsules, but the organizations continue on quite healthily in prisons across the United States.  One might wonder, “Why use religion as a thinly veiled cover for white supremacy?”  Most gangs are born in prisons, and culture on the inside is quite divergent from our own.  Almost everything is racially self-segregated, but you can’t exactly have prison sanctioned meetings for your Aryan Nation chapter.  However, because the first amendment grants such broad rights for the practice of religion, prisons must abide gatherings and religious paraphernalia.  This explains why Lane and Crowell were allowed to wear Thor’s hammer pendants in their prison photos and otherwise.

It’s not a coincidence Crowell’s, The Vinland Folk Resistance and The Wolves of Vinland share the Vinland brand.  Many modern day white supremacists have attempted to shuffle off the supremacy label, preferring to refer to themselves as, “white separatists” meaning they wish to establish an ethnostate.  While American Nazis can no longer lay claim to their countries of ancestry, they’d very much like to establish such a regime on our side of the Atlantic.  There’s just one catch to their logic when claiming  North America as their rightful inheritance: Native Americans.  There were obviously human beings living on the island of Hispaniola when Columbus landed in 1492, but he readily laid claim and soon orchestrated their genocide.  But what if Columbus wasn’t the first European to set foot on the continent?  Wouldn’t that give their claim an inkling of validity?  As it happens, Icelander Leif Erikson, “discovered” what is now modern day Greenland and Newfoundland in the late tenth century, eventually establishing colonies he referred to as, “Vinland”.  Presto! Whites where magically here first, except that’s not remotely true.  The consensus among archaeologists and anthropologists is that humans arrived in North America at least 13,500 years ago, if not sooner.  Today, when Nazis say, “Vinland” they are referring to the whole of North America, of which they believe whites are the sole heirs.

This profound display of historical ignorance shouldn’t come as a surprise.  As stated in part one, the overwhelming majority of those who fetishize the idea of racial superiority are themselves miles from superior.  In the immortal words of Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, when describing Donald Trump, they are “fucking moron(s)”.  Paul Waggener admittedly has no formal education as he states in this Counter Currents interview.

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Self education is a valuable tool, but it comes with inherent flaws when it’s used to replace the basic foundations of primary and secondary schooling, as one does not become well rounded, or learn how to self-teach efficiently.  Without traditional schooling, the student is rarely exposed to subject matter in which there is no initial interest, despite the inherent value.  Ideas not fitting into this small world are rejected, despite pertinent evidence to their validity.  Interacting with those who are racially or culturally different than the learner is reduced to near zero in a religious homeschooling environment.  That would go a long way into explaining Paul’s biases.

But Paul, though founder in name, isn’t the true leader of the wolves.  That unofficial title belongs to Jack Donovan.  See, the thing about Jack is he’s smart, really fucking smart.  Not only that, but he makes reasonable arguments from time to time, especially about the realities of commerce as a control mechanism.  Jack exudes confidence because he has become adept at finding his way into a group or subculture, studying its social hierarchy, then exploiting it for his own pleasure.  The Wolves aren’t the first group he has done this to, yet this grift has been the most stable due to the confines of the Wolves’ own ignorance, as well as the relative newness and malleability of their organization.  Jack really isn’t Jack at all.  His given name is Sean Grady.  From what I can glean, Jack’s first foray into infiltration began in the early nineties via the gay night club scene in New York.  By his own admission, Jack worked directly for Michael Alig, often as a go-go dancer.

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Alig plead guilty to first degree manslaughter in 1997 after murdering, dismembering and dumping the body of an associate into the Hudson River over a delinquent drug debt.  Alig remained incarcerated until his parole in 2014.  The movie Party Monster was based on Michael Alig’s life.  I’m certainly not linking Jack to Alig’s actions.  However, I’m saying this was the beginning of a pattern of behavior wherein Jack seeks out bizarrely bright flames of human attention, then hitches himself to them.

Jack shows up again in the late nineties, now sporting his first pseudonym Jack Malebranche, as a member of The Church of Satan.  His choice of the surname Malebranche wasn’t surprising.  Malebranche means, “evil claws” and is the title given to the demons of Dante’s Inferno.   Disappointingly, his self given first name, “Jack” was ripped directly from, Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk.  In the book, and movie, the abandoned house where Tyler Durden squats is filled with pamphlets explaining maladies by ascribing them to a fictional character named Jack.  For example, “I am Jack’s colon.” and so on.  Jack Donovan is quite fond of Chuck Palahniuk, mentioning him often as an influence on his own work.  Chuck’s idea of a male only club, where men can challenge themselves, physically fight and obtain a place in an insular tribal hierarchy plays heavily into Jack’s work.  None of these things are inherently bad, per se, but as time progressed Jack began weaving this idea into a wider philosophy of White Tribalism.

In the past year, Jack and Paul have taken their pseudo-fight club to the next level by implementing Operation Werewolf, which is obviously snatched directly from Fight Club’s,  “Operation Mayhem.”  The section of their web page entitled, “What is Operation Werewolf” even states the following,

“Mixing together equal parts Fight Club, strength regimen, motorcycle club and esoteric order,”  

The Fight Club worship is rather sad, as these adult men have taken a piece of fiction and attempted to turn it into reality.  However, the motorcycle gang reference is troubling.  Like a motorcycle gang their initiation is brutal and long.  Pledges must be sponsored, and it takes years of devotion to be granted access to the inner circle.  Criminal motorcycle gangs engage in this extreme hazing to insure they aren’t infiltrated by government agents because they are often major suppliers of drugs, gun running and human trafficking.  Are the Wolves involved in this?  Probably not.  But why all the secrecy?  Wide open Nazism is still taboo, despite a glut of, “red pilled” idiots anonymously pushing its ideas into the mainstream via, Twitter, 4 Chan and Reddit.  How does Chuck Palaniuk feel about Jack Donovan?  From what I can tell, down right chummy.  Chuck can be seen with Jack in the picture below from August 17, 2015.

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Jack’s Facebook name used to be, starttheworld.  Facebook has hence changed it’s policy, forcing users to represent themselves with their legal names.  The text states,

“So, Fight Club author Chuck Palahniuk stopped by my office today to talk about masculinity and choke me out.”

I’m assuming Jack supplements his writing career as a tattoo artist and uses it as ploy to further an image of badassery.  I don’t know about you, but I don’t typically keep flash artwork of a swastika (top left) on my office wall.  Just to demonstrate this photo isn’t a one-off, here’s Jack again at his, “office”.  Please note the same swastika and on the wall several runes, including those used to denote the birth and death of SS officers on tombstones.

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During his time at the Church of Satan, Jack dabbled in art of the non-tattoo kind.  He began creating fascinating, esoteric velvet paintings.  His subjects include; serial killersdictators, historical figures, and of course, this cum dripping penis.  While these works are obviously kitsch and heavily slathered with fourth-wall-breaking irony, Jack gained enough notoriety he was commissioned by HBO to produced three paintings used on the, “Fangtasia” set of True Blood in 2008.

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In HBO’s defense, Jack had not come out as a white nationalist at that point.  However, the seeds of his fascination with prominent figures of National Socialism are reflected in his artwork from this time period.  Jack began displaying his obsession with The Reich’s prominent members though less than ironic paintings.  On the left we have Heinrich Himmler and two portraits of Adolf Hitler, the center one of which is entitled, “You Make Hitler Sad”, showing a weeping Fuhrer.

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It’s interesting to look at Jack’s political progression.  During his time in the New York gay night club scene, Jack himself admits to his own liberal views.

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Jack’s shift to involvement with the Church of Satan shows a move toward a centrist, humanistic libertarian philosophy.  The church itself says this about it’s political philosophy,

“Essentially, Satanism is at base a rational philosophy of pragmatism, materialism and skepticism, generally promoting a libertarian point of social view with an emphasis on law and order to maintain the, “social contract.”

And of course we have the Jack Donovan of today, who is the ulta-right wing white nationalist who gives speeches at Richard Spencer’s National Policy Institute.  NPI’s lovely members can be seen in this video giving Nazi salutes, while celebrating Donald Trump’s electoral victory.

If you can’t stomach listening to Spencer’s swill, let me provide you with the key quotes from his speech.

“The mainstream media, or perhaps we should refer to them in the original German, “lugenpresse”. *

*Lugenpresse, literally means, “lying press”, a term Adolf Hitler used to describe the German media, prior to his ability shut down the free press after his ascent to Fuhrer.  For the modern version, look no further than Trump’s constant use of the term, “fake news”.  It’s an ad hominem attack meant to rile the ultra-conservative, based not on fact, but an innate hatred of those who present counter arguments and questions that expose the inherent logical flaws of alt-right philosophy.

“Indeed, one wonders if these people are people at all, or instead soulless Golem* animated by some dark power.”

*Golem are part of Jewish literary history.  They are soulless creatures created from soil, sent to protect and avenge the Jewish people.

“We don’t exploit other groups, we don’t gain anything from their presence.  They need us and not the other way around.”

“We were not meant to beg for moral validation, from some of the most despicable creatures to ever populate the planet.”

“America was, until this past generation, a white country designed for ourselves and our posterity.”

Of course, both Richard Spencer and Jack Donovan claim not to be Nazis, but as Shakespeare said in Romeo and Juliet, “A rose by any other name would smell as sweet” or rather in their case, “A Nazi by any other name would still reek of amoral shit.”

Jack’s journey to his current version began with the publication of his first novel, Androphilia, in 2006, which means, “the love of maleness”.  Jack explains that to be a gay man, does not mean to fit into the stereotypical femme role.  This has more to do with Jack coming to grips with his own homosexuality and the false belief that gay men cannot be masculine.  To him, the label, “gay” is an affront to his own identity as a man.  But if you sleep with other men, you are by definition a homosexual or bi-sexual, and so what?  Jack has obviously dealt with a tinge of self-loathing concerning his own sexuality and I believe it is one of the driving motivations of his chameleon like existence.  Take a look at this video, where Jack explains the premise of Androphilia.  If it is compared to the video of Jack’s speech above, explaining white tribalism at Richard Spencer’s NPI, one can observe a dramatic transformation in physique, mannerisms and depth of voice.  The irony of The Wolves’ and Jack’s obsession with Odin and masculinity is, according to Brit Solli, Ph.D. the god himself was accused of, “ergi” or “unmanliness” for participating in, “Seid” a form of shamanism, a practice exclusively reserved for women.  For this, Odin was taunted and shunned for bringing shame to the gods.

Three years after the publication of Androphilia, Jack resigned on good terms from The Church of Satan with this letter.  From 2009 to 2014 Jack wrote, Blood Brothers, A Sky without Eagles and The way of Men, all of which extol the virtues of traditional masculinity.   What do all of these transitions have in common?  Controversy.  Jack was fine with being a gay go-go dancer in the nineties when doing such was shunned, he rode the coattails of The Church of Satan and when being a homosexual became passe’ he transitioned into an angry white nationalist.

Jack again changed his name in 2010 from Jack Malebranche to the current Jack Donovan.  The surname may be a reference to Donnuban Cathail, from whom the name Donovan originated.  Donnuban’s tribe was the first to be interconnected with the Norse in fourth century Ireland.  It was at this time Jack was introduced to The Wolves of Vinland.  Jack wrote an article entitled, A Time for Wolves in which he showcased their rituals and ethos.  A short time later he would join their ranks.  In this picture from part one you can see that Jack Donovan, “liked” Paul Waggener’s super important Facebook post about visiting convicted church burner, Maurice Thompson Michaely aka, “Hjalti”, in which he states, “Visiting with incarcerated Wolf.  Free Hjalti you fucking pricks.”

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If you look to the left of Jack’s name, you will see that the post was also, “liked” by a man named Devin Saucier.  Saucier, a fellow Wolf of Vinland, can be seen in this photo holding a sign at a Virginia Trump rally in October 2016 which states,

“Better to grab a p***y than to be one.”

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In June of 2015, Devin Saucier can also been seen in this photo seated next to Jared Taylor awaiting a speech to be given by Anne Coulter at The Council of Conservative Citizens.   Who exactly is Jared Taylor?  He’s the grandfather of the, “suit and tie” white nationalist movement.

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It was at this point the Wolves of Vinland really began to garner wider attention by national media.  It is Jack’s oratory skills and brilliance that have pushed them beyond their simple origins.  Looking at the intelligence gap between men like Jack Donovan, Richard Spencer, Jared Taylor and their followers, it behooves one to ask, “What could possibly drive men of their caliber to follow such obviously flawed ideologies?”  My best guess is a litany of personality disorders, specifically borderline personality disorder in Jack’s case.

The DSM-V describes borderline personality disorder as such,

“A pervasive pattern of instability of interpersonal relationships, self-image, and affects, and marked impulsivity, beginning by early adulthood and present in a variety of contexts.”

Often, those with borderline personality disorder fear abandonment and rejection, regularly morphing themselves into what they believe others may want.  Perhaps this could provide some explanation as to why the rune of irresistibility is tattooed on Jack’s left shoulder and his want of clinging to tight-knit groups?

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I can’t answer these questions, and I doubt neither could Jack.  Lack of reasonable objectivity is the devil in the detail of self meta-analysis.  As those with borderline personality disorder progress into their thirties and forties, their identity and interpersonal relationships tend to stabilize.  Unfortunately for Jack, now forty-two, this means he’ll be forever a Nazi.

If you are a conservative Christian who hates both the LBGT community and Islam, whose side do you take in Orlando?

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Conservative Christians find themselves in a cognitive quandary following the massacre at The Pulse nightclub in Orlando.  “How do I feel about someone who follows a religion I hate carrying out actions my God deems acceptable?”  And yes, both literal interpretations of Christianity and Islam would condone and encourage such murders.

Conservative Christians hate Islam and have no qualms in saying so.  Donald Trump, the orange siren of their current political movement, has garnered epic levels of praise for his stance on the subject.  Islam holds up an unflattering mirror to conservative Christian faces by its shared texts, codes of conduct and antique bronze age laws.  Islam is seen as a false and perverse religion because, “My God said so.” and visa versa.

It infuriates me when either cites their own religion’s texts or a personal faith as providing validity to their, “one true way”.  Where’s the endgame when there is zero evidence to bolster competing philosophies?  Answer: There isn’t one.  Truly frightening is the level of access these ignorants have to technological means of weaponry they did not earn, but rather paid others to develop, namely nuclear. The two true endgame options are, the deletion of our species by our own hand or advancement through logic, leading us into a future as a space faring species who spreads their sentient nature across the galaxy.  There is no in-between.

If your religion or philosophy encourages you to harm others who are not like you through implementing laws to restrict rights or outright violence, it is obviously weak and flawed as it cannot repel the simplest of challenges, which is to exist in a reality where the mere disagreeance of others is an imposition that must be squelched.  Do us a a favor, please drop off your ignorance where it belongs, history.

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Dear little rapist.

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Dear Little Rapist,

Don’t worry Brock, you’re safe now, hidden behind the high gates of your father’s money, a member of an insular community that praises your transgressions with a wink and a pat on the back.  In private, Daddy and the guys call your victim a, “slut” and a”whore” or whatever unclever epithets they can hobble together.  Certainly, they blame her for your recent distress.

That same father, Dan Turner, whose livelihood revolves around creating weapons of mass destruction (military contractor) and palling around with Senators, writes to the judge, that you Brock, are “totally committed to educating other college age students about the dangers of alcohol consumption and sexual promiscuity.”

To me, it seems like cheap, off-the-mark pandering.  It’s not the judge he’s appealing to but the public, for whom the letter automatically becomes a civil record.  Daddy Dan doesn’t need to kiss Judge Aaron Persky’s ass, as he’s one of you, a former lacrosse player for, and alumni of, Stanford.  Your father would like that we see alcohol as the catalyst causing your behavior and that you were somehow under the voodoo powers of, “promiscuity”.  The purpose of the selected vocabulary is to implant the subliminal idea that this devil word could act as an autonomous force, thrusting itself upon the unsuspecting, making good boys like you mad with unquenchable lust.  Promiscuity is a mean-spirited and inherently judgmental word that serves the secondary purpose of calling into question your rape victim’s character.

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I don’t write this as an outsider, wanting to punish you for the luck of your birth and the opportunities it has afforded you.  I too, am the product of a private secondary school and a four year stint at a prestigious university.  During my time there, I to went to parties where goers found themselves similarly, crawling-on-all-fours drunk.  However, never once did I decide, “This evening would be an appropriate time for rape.”  I’m certainly not patting myself on the back by stating that I’ve never raped someone.  Not doing so should be a part of your default programming, the same kind that tells a person to breath or eat and should still function when you’re hammered.

You, little rapist, are just as capable of blacking-out drunk. What if on January 17th, 2015, Brock were the one who lost consciousness, only to wake up pinned face down behind a dumpster, with a man inside of you and there was nothing you could do to stop it, except pray for him to be a two-pump-chump and not a marathoner?  Later, a nurse would administer a rape kit. They’ll collect the cum that’s bloodily oozing from your anus and say that they’ll have it analyzed but never do because of, “budget cuts”.  Would six months in county lock up seem sufficient for your rapist, especially if you knew he would spend three years of probation coddled by a doting mother and permissive father, surrounded by comfortable opulence and affluence?  No, you’d want to see his ass rot in prison for the maximum, life if you could.  Perhaps you’d find some schadenfreude in the idea that while there, he too, would experience rape.  Why then shouldn’t your victim feel these same emotions or expect a different outcome?  What’s that?, “”It’s worse because that’s, “gay stuff”.””  But you see, rape isn’t about sex, it’s about power gained through violence and getting what you want no matter the pleas to stop.  Dear ole’ Dad made it clear in his letter that, “He (Brock) has no prior criminal history and has never been violent to anyone including his actions on the night of January 17th, 2015.”  Despite the weakness of your father’s prose and exposition, he certainly knows violence, as it’s what he creates for a living.  I doubt this is wobbly-minded cognitive dissonance.  Instead, to him the metrics of what constitutes violence are clearly skewed by the victim’s finances, social affiliations and gender, rather than universal objectivity.

The thing is Brock, if the time ever comes where you’re the victim, you don’t get to select a rapist, he chooses you.

In Sincere disgust,

Robert Creekmore

 

 

The, “War” on police

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A hate crime, as originally intended, is understood to be a purposeful, detrimental act toward an individual based on immutable states of being, like race or disability.  However, last week the state of Louisiana felt it necessary to codify into law, that being a police officer is among such static traits, even though officers may retire, get fired or quit, thus becoming non-police.  No other category of hate crime protection has this fluidity.  Lack of fluidity, and the bias toward it, was the point of hate crime legislation in the first place. The murder of a police officer in Louisiana is often accompanied by capital punishment. What worse consequence could there be?  So, what gives with this illogical and literal judicial overkill?

I was a special education teacher (Autism Specialist/Severe Profound) for twelve years and have had plenty of contact with wonderful SRO’s.  On the flip-side, I have also had the occasion once, to stand between an officer and a teenager who had autism for the protection of the student.  That probably wasn’t a smart thing to do, but being a school teacher provides one with a bit more deference.  I was able to calm the situation without physical violence, which is what this particularly arrogant officer was raring to impart upon my student.  I know this because it wouldn’t have been his first joyful slamming of a student (not mine), face-first, into the ground.  Regardless of this experience, I’ll go on the record and state I believe that most police officers are simply doing their best when acting as individuals.

The key word in that last sentence is, “individuals.”  Anyone familiar with the Stanford Prison Experiment understands the effects unfettered authoritarianism can have on small, tight-nit units when faced with, what they perceive to be the enemy.  Unfortunately, those “enemies” in question aren’t the soldiers of a fascist dictator on a far away battlefield, they are the very citizens whose lives they’re constitutionally obligated to protect.  But instead, a half-century of drug war has hardened the resolve of the most affected communities, who now see law enforcement as an invading force.  Sadly, in these same enclaves reside those who need addiction assistance the most but instead, on average, receive harsher punishments for the crime of harming their own bodies.  To me, addiction in itself, is certainly penalty enough.

Drug cartels and drug companies have become almost indistinguishable, as they sell the same products, all the while, seeking a greater profit margin.  Therein lies the absurdity of mixing capitalism with medical care.  Investors put in the capital and want a return, who cares how.  I have no doubt, if pharmaceutical CEO’s were allowed, some would act in the same manner as their cartel cousins.  Why not off your competitors?  There’s no competing based on product quality, just access to customers. That’s why drug lords call it, “territory” and drug reps call it a, “sales territory”.

To paraphrase the, cops-are-always-right crowd, “They, could never understand the risks officers face, or the worry that they won’t come home at the end of their shift.  Any day now, some, “thug”(see also; “nigger”, in modern, latent racist speak) is going to kill my husband/father, etc.”  Only, that’s statistically so far fetched it borders on a macabre’ fantasy.  In 2015, 128 officers died in the line of duty in the United States.  However, less than half of those deaths were murder.  Many were accidental.  Out of those deaths, 3 officers were killed by assault, 6 by a bomb, 39 by gunfire and 8 by vehicular homicide, for a total of 56 cop murders.  In 2016, thus far, there have been 39 US police officers killed in the line of duty.  However, only 23 of those deaths were murder.  Those include, 19 deaths by gunfire and 4 vehicular homicides.  The previous years were not much different and the trend of police murders has dropped precipitously throughout the end of the twentieth, into the beginning of the twenty-first century.  I don’t deny that there are some hellbent on murdering and assaulting officers, and they should be rightfully punished.  However, by definition, there is absolutely no concerted, “war on police”.  If there were a full scale war, in a country with enough firearms for every citizen to have one, there would be multitudes more casualties.  Distressingly, it is nearly impossible to ascertain a discrete total number of citizens killed by the police, as many, but not all, individual departments are not so forthcoming with the data. From what I can gather, it was around 1,100 in 2015.

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The graph above represents the total number of officer deaths in the United States from the 1870’s to today.  Of course, our ridiculous attempts at curbing substance use has cost many a life, both officer and civilian, but that’s inherently axiomatic and not what I find telling.  Our country’s line of duty deaths have begun to approach those of the 1880’s. That in itself is wonderful, but it’s even more amazing if you consider that there were only 50 million citizens in the United States during the 1880’s, compared to the 320 million of today.  That means there are less murders per capita of police now than in 1880. Currently, there are between 700,000 to 1.2 million police in the US, depending on what you consider an officer of the law.  Let’s take the more conservative estimate of 700,000, that includes only local and state police.  Out of those 700,000, only 56 were murdered in 2015, meaning that any beat cop last year had a mere .00008% chance of being purposefully killed. Where then is the war?

The war on cops is simply a cover for the frustration with the ubiquity of cameras.  For generations, police became accustomed to acting with almost complete impunity, their statements seemingly always commensurated by other officers.  Those who don’t back up their brothers in blue, oft find themselves the target of ridicule, harassment, assault, demotion and termination, even if they’re doing the right thing in exposing dirty cops. Cameras in the hands of the public means the thin blue line doesn’t have to be crossed as evidence is blatant for all to view millions of times a day.  As politically middle-of-the-road, suburban whites become more aware of the biases police present toward those of color or poverty, the outrage grows.  The same thing happened during the Vietnam War and civil rights movement of the 1960’s as news cameras became mobile.  When citizens want answers and those in charge simply want compliance something is bound to give.  I hope what gives is a path to a more egalitarian means of policing, with the drug war and racial profiling a distant memory.  I honestly doubt it.

* My stats, as well as those used to generate the graph, come from the very pro-police, Officer Down Memorial Page.  

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“Keep our state straight.”-Buck Newton, recycling Jesse Helm’s fear

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I have the dubious pleasure of hailing from the same community as Republican candidate for North Carolina Attorney General, Buck Newton.  In a now notorious speech, Mr. Newton suggested that we, “keep our state straight”.  Prior to those closing words he states,

“We all have sympathy for those who are having a difficult time because we all know folks who’ve had a difficult time.  Whether folks are struggling with drugs, struggling with their marriages, figuring what they’re supposed to be doing in life.  We can all have sympathy for that but that does not mean we should expose our wives, our sisters and our children to the sexual predators in the bathrooms.”

 

I find the comparison between drug addiction and being born transgender supremely misinformed. Mirroring the removal of homosexuality from the DSM (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental disorders) in 1973, transgenderism was removed as a disorder in the recent fifth edition.  Instead, today it is referred to as Gender Identity Dysphoria, which essentially states that one’s gender does not align with their biological sex.

What many, who insist on thinking in a polar manner about gender and sex do not realize is, in addition to Gender Identity Dysphoria, 1.7% of humans are born intersexed, i.e., born with a variation of both male and female anatomy.  Even today, due to our generalized discomfort with ambiguity of all types, intersexed infants quickly have their sex arbitrarily chosen by physicians and parents prior to irreversible surgical alteration of their genitalia. While 1.7% is a small number, persons with Aspergers, like myself, make up a scant 0.71% of the population.  At a full percentage point lower, those born with Aspergers are still looked upon with less shame than those born intersexed, even though, unlike Aspergers, there is immediate physical evidence.

Combine the bias against those with overt physical symptoms with widespread rejection of overwhelming data suggesting being born transgender is simply an inevitable variance in the expression of human genetics and you get the mess we find ourselves in today. Drug abuse is an illness as well and should be treated as such.  However, a person can make an effort to curb and treat their symptoms, as drug abuse is unnecessary for continued life.  In contrast, gender is an essential part of the human experience.

At the end of his speech, Buck made his now infamous statement, “keep our state straight.”  What surprises me is that no one has made the connection between this statement and Buck’s first foray into politics, as an aide to NC Senator Jesse Helms in the early 1980’s.  Mr. Helms was an unabashed segregationist and all around awful human being.  I mention this because the play Buck Newton is mounting is a repackaged oldie.  In 1950, Mr. Helms stated during a speech,

“White people, wake up before it is too late. Do you want Negroes working beside you, your wife and your daughters, in your mills and factories? Frank Graham favors mingling of the races.”

Buck has done nothing more than change the sexual boogeyman man from, “Negroes” to the transgender community.  While you weren’t looking, the true intent of HB2 has gone unnoticed. It removes the ability of individual communities from extending employment protections to the LGBT community.  Even though gay people now have the right to marry, simply publishing marriage announcements or sharing photos of a honeymoon could result in economic destitution.  Essentially, it’s a move to keep those still in the closet, firmly in place.  In addition, the law prevents local governments from raising their minimum wage.  With this, the economic elite get the continued benefit of generalized ignorance because if you’re working eighty hours a week to afford a studio apartment in Charlotte or Raleigh you won’t have the time to invest in educating yourself about, or opposing, the very laws that keep you in your economic station.

Truthfully, transgendered individuals have been using the bathroom next to our female family members for decades, you just didn’t realize it as many pass, combined with the fact that females use individual stalls. With all the hemming and hawing about the presumed weakness of females, the truth of restroom sexual assault has been ignored. Boys are the ones who are most often violated in public restrooms by men. Those men are already in there with your sons but not a peep has been made about keeping them apart. HB2, which is practically unenforceable, does not reduce the risk of sexual assault or physical violence, in fact, it increases it.  How?; by the diversion of attention from the risk posed to boys and the encouragement of vigilantism against individuals presenting as female who are now forced to relieve themselves in an incongruent facility.

Buck, I would have assumed that politicians in the south would have learned a lesson or two about bathroom policing during the civil right era, but alas, I was overly generous when it comes to you and your bases’ capacity for historical awareness.  Move over George Wallace, you’re getting company.

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The Original Motto Project

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A few days ago I had the opportunity to interview someone I have a lot of respect for, concerning an initiative I wholeheartedly support, Robert Ray of The Original Motto Project. The Original Motto Project is a movement to restore the motto our founding fathers penned in 1782, “E Pluribus Unum” (Out of Many One), from the divisive, 1956 McCarthy era version, “In God We Trust”. Let’s face it, “Out of Many One”, better describes our republic and does not exclude citizens of differing faiths or those with none whatsoever. Please take a moment to listen to the podcast and help us get back to our enlightenment roots.

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Nazis in Wolves Clothing, Part 1

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As a student of psychology, it has become a hobby of mine to read up on obscure hate groups and serial killers.  Both offer a glimpse into very polar, yet, equally abnormal personality types.  The serial killer, almost exclusively seeks his prey alone, while organized hate groups take advantage of marginalized youth.  A serial killer’s directive, will power and restraint come from within.  A hate group’s power relies on compliance and an illusion of power in the hands of the otherwise powerless.  The stereotype of most white supremacists is that they are none-to-bright.  Not many in possession of an I.Q. containing three digits would purposefully seek out an organization with such flawed logic.  However, creating and maintaining a hierarchy over long periods of time, planning and recruiting require intellect and insight, that if paired with the right predilections, can be the spark that ignites a movement.  Contemporary groups tend to have one or two clever demagogues, who initially rely on a soft form of bigotry, sweetened with the lure of ancient avant-garde religious practices, misogynistic men’s rights ideologies and a brotherhood most could not find in the wider world.  The Wolves of Vinland are one such group.

On the face of it, The Wolves, seem like a silly group of men who have watched Fight Club one too many times.  There’s a lot of disappointing irony in that assumption.  We’ll get to that in part 2.  Their collective, which The Southern Poverty Law Center, considers a hate group has tentacles in Virginia, Wyoming, Indiana and Colorado of all places.  From what I can gather, their Lynchburg, VA chapter seems to be the spearhead.  The Wolves of Vinland appear to be unincorporated, woven loosely together by similar ideas and rituals. However, nothing could be further from the truth. This image is a ruse, much like the the Neo-Odinism the group uses as a thin veil to hide their true nature.  They were, “founded”, so to speak, by two brothers, Paul and Matthias Waggener, sometime in the early 2000’s.  From what I can ascertain their activities began benignly enough as an occasional boy’s retreat in the surrounding National Forrests of Virginia.

The open boil that fully exposed the nature of The Wolves goes by the nickname Hjalti but his real name is Maurice Thompson Michaely of Haymarket, VA.  According to this (pg. 2) January 23, 2013 ATF news release Michaely was charged with the arson of Mount Pleasant Baptist Church.  Mount Pleasant is a predominantly African American church whose building was erected in 1877.  The ATF, left the “p” out of Michaely’s middle name.  It’s the federal government, are you surprised?  Here’s a corroborating news article where the name is correctly spelled.  Below is the court information directly from Prince William County. That too, contains misspellings, though his name is spelled correctly four out of six times in this instance.

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Mugshot anyone?

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Obviously, Paul Waggener, The Wolves co-founder, was none to pleased with his fellow Nazi’s incarceration.

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Here’s Paul giving a through the glass, man pound to “Hjalti” .

After 2 1/2 years on the inside, thanks to a plea deal, Maurice Thompson Michaely was freed and is seen here in a September 27th, 2015  Ulfheim Facebook  post, assisting in the erection of The Wolves’s new hall.

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Paradoxically, their Facebook page lists the group as a Religious Organization.  Ironically, their current cover image is of a structure burning to the ground.

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(Ulfheim means, “wolf home” in Norse.)

 

In Michaely, we have an individual who burned down one communities’ church only to go on to build his own upon release.  It is apparent that Michaely acted as a proxy for The Wolves of Vinland and it’s remarkable the entire organization has not been prosecuted under the RICO act.  Tellingly, the Wolves’ new hall was almost entirely funded by Counter Currents, a white supremacist publishing outfit.  Their two newest titles, as of the writing of this piece, are Truth, Justice & a Nice White Country and The Color of Crime.  The cost of the new hall?  $3,000.  In my opinion, that money should go right into the pockets of Mount Pleasant Baptist Church.  In fact, if Mt. Pleasant wanted, they might, through civil action, have a chance of stripping the group of the entirety of its holdings, like Beulah Mae Donald did to the United Klans in 1987 following the 1981 lynching of her nineteen year old son.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

North Carolina’s Governor touts surplus to deflect criticism over anti-LGBT bill

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Five days after signing the right to discriminate against the LGBT community into law via HB2, North Carolina Governor, Pat McCrory, deflected outcry from the business community by promising a one percent reduction in corporate income tax, to be established retroactively from January first, 2016 onward.  According to the governor’s website, the 2013 tax reform plan allows for this due to a $445 million dollar surplus for the 2016 fiscal year.  The resulting tax rate would sit at four percent, making it the lowest in the U.S.

Sadly, most of this surplus was bolstered on the backs of the state’s public school teachers.  While his cabinet has made a very public attempt to recruit new teachers by raising a first year teacher’s salary to thirty-five thousand dollars, up from a scant thirty thousand,  McCrory has done little to retain veteran teachers.   What his administration won’t publicly announce is that a new teacher will receive that same rate of pay, according to the state’s salary schedule, for the next four years.  Subsequent raises come at an average of every four years, some at five.  While you’re waiting half a decade for a pay raise, perhaps pursuing a M.A. Ed. to make yourself more valuable to the school system would help offset the rising cost of consumer goods?  Nope.  The only reward a M.A Ed. will garner you, as a teacher in North Carolina, is student loan debt, which you’ll have to pay with an already stagnant salary.  That’s right, in 2013 McCrory’s administration made the insulting play to remove the pay bump teachers receive for advanced degrees.

According to WalletHub.com, North Carolina is ranked next to last, as the worst state in which to teach, right above West Virginia.  The disconnect between the state’s K-12 system and the rigors of the UNC system are unfathomable.  How can a state with such poorly funded public schools expect to fill its colleges?  Even when qualified students make it into the UNC system, what incentive would there be to nudge a freshman toward a career in education, especially if the student is LGBT?  Not only can a newly minted teacher expect little pay, she can expect to be subjected to draconian laws that could have her dismissed simply for marrying someone of the same sex.

Corporations tempted by a four percent tax burden need to consider the consequences of doing business with the likes of McCrory.  That rate won’t matter if the income of a company plummets, as a result of an ongoing nationwide backlash against the bigoted agenda of North Carolina’s Republican party.

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