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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Click here to read part 2.

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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