Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Ottawa Proud Boy Member Brandon Vaughan Indicted For Assault on Palestinian-American

Evan Balgord has tweeted about this story here:

Monday, April 16, 2018

Far-right Weaponizing the Humboldt Broncos Tragedy For Fun and Profit

The death of 16 members of the Humboldt Broncos Jr. A Hockey team, players, coaches, and staff, was a horrible tragedy. The loss of so many lives has deeply affected Canadians and has resulted in an outpouring of sympathy to the families of the victims not only from Canadians but the world as well. I was overseas when it occurred and received updates regularly on my iPhone. I was surprised to see that it was also covered on the local media.

The families deserve every bit of sympathy directed towards them and though I'm not religious as someone who has lost loved ones under tragic circumstances as well, my thoughts do go out to them too.

While the tragedy has brought out the best in people, it has also brought out the worst in some as well.

I've had the very good fortune of knowing Nora Loreto, who has often kindly translated French language articles and intel ARC has received, for a few years now. She is a fantastic journalist and someone with unfailing desire to stand up for those who are oppressed. Ms. Loreto was also moved by the tragedy and wrote as such on her Twitter account. In a brief aside when learning how much money had been raised for the victims' families, she asked whether their youth, gender, and ethnicity might have played a role in how this tragedy was perceived vs. other horrible tragedies in Canada that haven't received the same publicity. She further added that she didn't think that the Bronco's families didn't deserve the support, but that she wanted the victims of other tragedies to receive the same support as fellow human beings.

While this was not at all an unreasonable question, she has since been attacked mercilessly on Twitter and has been the subject of death and rape threats because, you know, that is the best way to honour the 15 men and one young woman who died. /sarc

"The Briarpatch" does an excellent job of providing the chronology of events that resulted from some online sites taking Ms. Loreto's tweet widely and purposely out of context. One of those sites, Era Levant's "Rebel Media" has used the faux controversy to make money by using both the ginned-up rage they've helped to direct toward Ms. Loreto as well as the death of the 16 Broncos members to make money; for some reason, this crass exploitation has not resulted in the same backlash Ms. Loreto has received for her observation or her wish that the victims of all tragedies be treated the same.

I think we could all guess as to what that reason may be.

One further criticism of Ms. Loreto is that she is accused of "injecting race" into the story. The claim is that this is not a racial issue and that anyone trying to make it so is wrong.

Well, perhaps those folks might want to talk to members of the Alberta Threepers and the Canadian Combat Coalition to let them know that this tragedy has nothing to do with race because they, and others, are sure hell-bent on making it so:

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Calgary Soldier of Odin Leader Posts Antisemitic Memes and Linked to Overt Racists

It's interesting what one finds when one turns over a few stone.

Now it isn't entirely surprising that members of the Calgary Soldiers of Odin would be present. Though the hate group no longer exists as a national organization, there are still remnants in some cities in the country including Calgary. Truth be told, I haven't been focusing on them all that much lately however one person who participated in both the Artur Pawlowski organized "conference" on April 13 and City Hall rally on April 14 did catch my attention:

Dale Caldwell is a leader in the Calgary Soldiers of Odin group. He both created and acts as one of the two administrators for the Calgary SoO Facebook group:

In the group, one can find the usual sort of posts one would expect to find in an anti-immigrant, anti-Muslim, and anti-government hate group:

"Elvis SoO" with Sandra Solomon and Jesse Wielenga in background
The Calgary SoO also has a pre-existing relationship with Sandra Solomon:

Caldwell has two Facebook profiles. The first is mostly closed down but does contain some interesting content:

Saturday, April 14, 2018

April 14, 2018 Calgary Counter-Protest At City Hall a Success

This was the day that Artur Pawlowski and his Street Church members as well as folks like Steven "Four Names" Myatt, Sandra Solomon, members of the Canadian Combat Coalition, Joey Deluca and Worldwide Coalition Against Islam members, Soldiers of Odin, Alberta Northern Guard members, Kevin Johnston, Bill Whatcott, Larry Heather, apparently Devon Mannix, and other anti-Muslim and anti-immigrant xenophobes were to protest at Calgary City Hall.

They did.... but they had some company:

Based on accounts this writer has heard as well as video evidence, it seems that the counter-protesters outnumbered the xenophobes who were using the pretext of a "Christian love" rally to rail against the government, Muslims, and refugees. Estimates for the counter-protest run between 150 and 200 while  the xenophobes are estimated to have been around 75. The response to the xenophobes' presence was peaceful, though Pawlowski needed to continue to try to convince his people that they were being oppressed by horrible anti-Christian tyrants:

Yeah, the Raging Grannies certainly are a frightening group to behold.

Anti-homosexual, anti-Muslim, anti-immigrant, anti-First Nations, perennial candidate for office Larry Heather took some video in the other side:

The night prior, Pawlowski and other spoke at the "conference" he had organized:

I've cut together four of the speakers, Sandra Solomon (introduced by Joey Deluca of WCAI), Rob Anders, Kevin Johnston, and Bill Whatcott if anyone is interested:

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Part II: Racists, Homophobes, Misogynists, Islamophobes, and Sleep Rob Anders Heading To Calgary April 13 - 15

So today we learned more about the event planned for this weekend including all of the speakers as well as the venue:

The guest speakers are interesting to say the least:

Dear god.... I've heard Draper speak. If it is at all possible, I sort of feel sorry for those attending who will subjected to her barely coherent butchering of the English language.

Recently though, Artur Pawloski has been claiming that their event is being targeted by Muslims (because of course he is):

Problem with this claim is that it isn't true at all:

Word is that Ryan Dean might be responsible for the fake poster which is being used to gin up anger from the usual suspects. Of course the rage monkeys who see Muslim conspiracies everywhere didn't bother to investigate whether or not this was actually true since it confirms their biases:

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Part I: Racists, Homophobes, Misogynists, Islamophobes, and Sleep Rob Anders Heading To Calgary April 13 - 15

A who's who of racists, homophobes, and Islamophobes will be in Calgary this Friday through Sunday to participate in an event organized by the Calgary Street Church, a group with ties to the World Wide Coalition Against Islam, III% militia, and Soldiers of Odin; at least two of the Street Church's supporters have some connection with Kyle McKee of Blood & Honour.

Okay, "who's who" might be stretching it a wee bit. Basically they are mostly the same schlubs that ARC has been covering for years now:

Well if that isn't a ringing endorsement I don't know what is.

The head of the Street Church Artur Pawlowski is organizing the event and is touted as one of the "special guests." Other guests are included in a poster published by Pawlowski:

Oh, former Reform/Canadian Alliance/Conservative Member of Parliament Rob Anders.... are you really THIS desperate? You had more dignity as a plant for James Inhofe during his run for senate in 1994:

Yeah, Rob Anders, a man consistently named the worst MP by all parties during his time in Parliament and embarrassment personified, is one of the guests. So Is Kevin J. Johnston, a man currently up on hate crime charges and whom this blog recently profiled regarding one of the more ugly misogynistic rants this writer has witnessed in some time.

Sandra Solomon will also be speaking and while her stature amongst her fellow Islamophobes has taken a hit over the past several months given her divisiveness, stunts like what she pulled in late March as well as more recently would certainly make her a welcome guest in this particular crowd.

Regarding the first incident in which Solomon tore pages from a Koran (placing them on the windows of cars in a mosque parking lot) and then entered at least one mosque to berate worshipers, Solomon posted a video response which I won't publish because, dear god, she is long-winded:

But her video did bring up another person of interest who, while not a "special guest" also appears to be planning on attending the Calgary event this weekend:

Well doesn't he just ooze charm?

Rick Boswick is the current Vice-president of the ridiculously named Canadian Combat Coalition. Here he is with Solomon talking about the event in Calgary:

Rick is currently crashing at Solomon's place. Prior to the video above, he posted a profane, misogynistic, and unhinged rant in which he admits to having plead to charges related to a death threat and harassment because, you know, of course he did:

Have I mentioned that these are the same folks who think the government should permit people to carry concealed weapons?

There are others who I expect to attend. Evidently Steven Myatt will be in Calgary to speak to "legal experts" concerning his efforts to charge Trudeau with treason, or sue him, or something. Really, Myatt is becoming increasingly unclear as to what his motives are. And Ryan Dean may very well show up.

In short, we'll see what happens

Monday, April 09, 2018

Vacation Over. Time to Get to Work

I'm back and have learned two things:

1. Nepal is awesome. The landscape is breathtaking and the people among the friendliest I've encountered in all of my travels.
2. Kathmandu less so. The air quality is such that one needs to quickly evolve gills in order to breathe.

I returned earlier today and am very sore from trekking. Still, I thought I'd post a quick reminder of why the Northern Guard aren't very nice people:

Lee Down is, or at least was, the vp of the Northern Guard's branch in Toronto. He may still be, though he hasn't done much Northern Guard related for some time.

Further, middle age Proud Boy Rober "Arrested Development" Jones, III% militia supporter Shawn McBeath (aka "Bain Scott") and friend through their fetishization of the glock pistol accidentally provide a compelling rationale FOR gun control:

"I'd kill for a nice Glock." sort of suggest a reason why
you should never be allowed to have one.

In any case, and on a mostly unrelated note, I'm working on an article concerning a planned event for Calgary this weekend. In the meantime I'm going to soak in a tub filled with hot water and epson salt for about 4 hours.

Monday, April 02, 2018

"I For One Welcome Our New Redneck Overlords"

Okay I've sort of broken my promise not to schedule updates while I'm away, however I had to include at least one on this day since today the government of Canada will have resigned and replaced due to the efforts of a few angry white people holding up poorly spelled signs.

At least, I assume this has happened. I mean, Trev England has promised this would be the case:

The screen shots above were all posted on March 27 and 28, but Trev has been posting the same messages for the better part of three months over and over and over again.... because that isn't at all unhinged.

He's also posted at least two videos on the subject on March 13 and 14:

Now one has to take Trev England's claims that he wants to peacefully overthrow the Canadian government and specifically remove Trudeau with a grain of salt since these were the messages that one could find on his Facebook profile not so long ago:

Saturday, March 31, 2018

I'm heading on vacation!

Where am I going you ask?

Okay, you didn't ask and don't care but I'm telling you anyways.

No beaches for me this time, thank God!

Going to Nepal!

My sister has expressed precisely zero interest in traveling to anywhere they don't serve slushy fruit drinks at pool bars so I'm going solo on this one. Days of trekking, limited shower opportunities, immersion in the culture, and not a cabana boy in sight!

Excited? Yep!

I fly out in a few hours but unlike past times I've been away I'm not getting a substitute writer or doing a whole lot of articles to self-publish while I'm away.

So, with that said, गुडबाइ and....

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Dan Dubois of Canadian Combat Coalition (An Objectively Stupid Name) Unloads on "White Nationalist" Ronny Cameron

Last Saturday ARC published an article featuring Ronny Cameron chatting it up with convicted domestic abuse jackass Ryan Dean and the antisemitic vice-president of the Worldwide Coalition Against Islam (which isn't so much worldwide as it is in Joey Deluca's apartment) Jesse Wielenga (see here, here, here, here, and here).

Suffice it to say, a lot of people were not at all pleased.

In the third video in which featured Wielenga which in and of itself drew the ire of the JDL's Meir Weinstein, Cameron spent the first half of the video complaining about infighting. He then goes on to attack Dan Dubois and the Canadian Combat Coalition specifically.

Despite being banned from Facebook for violating the terms of service, Dubois was able to get a video out using his girlfriend's phone and vice-president's Facebook account. The following is that video which has been edited for length (holy hell is Duke Willis long winded!) and contains som editorializing. Among those who Dubois calls to be on his video are Ron Banerjee (Rise Canada and Canadian Hindu Advocacy), Duke Willis who is the literal embodiment of "old man yells at cloud", Steven Alexander Schettino Avranas Ismay McCall Gregory Myatt who is associated with the Northern Guard, and a few others.

ARC even gets a number of shout outs.

It is a long video, but it is compelling in it's own car-wreck-that-you-can't-look-away sort of manner:

The comments made by those viewing the video were interesting as well in their own sort of way: