Tuesday, October 16, 2018

A Closer Look At What Caused the Edmonton Soldiers of Odin To Re-brand

Meet Tyson Hunt, formerly leader of the Edmonton chapter of the Soldiers of Odin:

Hunt had some pretty lofty goals for the SoO in Edmonton after he became leader as evidenced by the post from his own Facebook profile, even if he also managed to mangle the language:

I can't be too critical as I've been known to make some pretty careless spelling, punctuation, and grammatical errors myself. What I CAN be critical of though is despite the claims that the SoO wasn't a racist organization, the Hunt as leader really had no problem posting some pretty racist comments and allowing others to do the same:

Aside from an article detailing a rather clumsy (and ultimately failed) public relations attempt early in September, I haven't written much about the group despite it becoming more active. I chalk that up to being spread a little thin these days. That changed though when Progress Alberta published a story detailing a United Conservative Party event featuring three candidates which was attended by members of the Edmonton chapter of the SoO. Two of the three members disavowed the SoO and what they stood for claiming that they were unaware of who they were. The UCP claimed that the SoO had crashed the event in order to make them look bad despite claims by SoO members and supporters that the UCP were aware that they would be attending. The attempt at crafting a coherent message took a hit though when the third candidate, Lance Coulter, admitted that he knew who the SoO were, they didn't appear racist to him (that's sort of a paraphrase on my part), and that he was giving them the benefit of the doubt despite the SoO's long and documented connection to white supremacism and the fact the Finnish founder was an overt neo-Nazi. Coulter was subsequently removed as a candidate by the UCP which claimed they were unhappy he had expressed a "sympathetic assessment" of the SoO, though those more cynical amongst us might offer as an alternative reason that he had embarrassed the party by contradicting their earlier claim that they had no idea who the SoO were which isn't exactly without some admittedly biased evidence:

The Edmonton chapter of the Soldiers of Odin continued to act defiantly in the face of increased scrutiny posting this message only days ago:

Well, sometimes life comes at you fast:

Monday, October 15, 2018

Right Splits.... Again. This Time Over Radisson Arson

When I covered the Radisson arson incident I suspected that we would see other similar provocative actions by the likes of Massaad (who thinks he's edgy because he eats meat in front of vegans), Leigh Stuart, and Ronny Cameron. And right on cue....

The video is a trailer for what they purport to be another "shocking" exposé, though it looks primarily to be of an empty field containing generators and what might be the frames for emergency shelters.

But all is not happy in the world of the Islamophobes as Ronny Cameron felt the need to deny his, as well as that of Massaad and Stuart, involvement in the crime that occurred at the Radisson housing refugee claimants:

I'm not sure if anyone I know has said that the three of these jackasses are directly responsible for the attempted arson (and attempted murder). What I and others have suggested is that Cameron, Massaad, and Stuart, as well as people like Sue-Ann Levy, Faith Goldy, and the anti-refugee echo chamber posting mostly false and inflammatory claims that dehumanize refugees, Muslim-Canadians, have contributed to a toxic climate in which someone might be motivated to act out violently. It is lovely for Cameron to disavow acts of violence, but I'm afraid it rings all a bit hallow when one finds comments such as these posted under the very video and reference to the video he's speaking of above:

These are Ronny's fans and he has contributed to the toxic atmosphere that may have resulted in the arson attempt (I emphasis "may" because I don't yet know the motivation of the person who carried out the crime). It also doesn't help that Cameron continues to sensationalize the conditions of the hotel by suggesting that it is (1) "shocking" in any way and (2) the result of refugees because of some cultural deficiency. I begin with his graffiti claim that I find somewhat dubious:

Also, apparently garbage smells:

I watched the full video and there wasn't anything out of the ordinary in that hotel. Yep, it is a little more run down. Yep, having 500+ guests will likely result in some wear and tear if there's no downtime to make repairs. By comparison I used to work in the oil field putting myself through university in the late 80s and early 90s. I worked in rig crews that operated out of motels in south-western Manitoba and south-eastern Saskatchewan. You want to see what kind of things happen to motels when a rig crew is living there long term? And as for the noise they claimed, I've stayed in hotels and motels that wont allow peewee hockey teams because of the noise they make and have experienced such noise myself. By comparison, the hallways in this hotel were pretty quiet.

Still, we have to consider the "real" victims here.... Massaad and Stuart who Cameron unironically suggests risked their personal safety by entering the hotel:

He later goes on to reference a clip from the video published by CTV.

But all this is sort of grist for the mill. What I am interested in what how he called out Kevin "the Poodle" Johnston for having the temerity to question him!

And he goes on....

Edmonton Soldiers of Odin "Rebrand" As Canadian Infidels; They Think This Is An Improvement

Well, this happened:

I'll add more another time because I don't doubt the research will be hilarious.

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Point A to Point B: Did A Series of Anti-Refugee Posts on Social Media From Far-Right Figures Result in Attempted Murder?

Back on September 28, Ronny Cameron, Georges Massaad, and Leigh Stuart posted a video of themselves in the Radisson Toronto East Hotel which has been temporarily housing refugee claimants. The trio purported to be there film an exposé of the conditions of the hotel, claiming that the building was being destroyed by ungrateful migrants. I watched the video at the time and despite their histrionics throughout, what they "exposed" was a generally run-down hotel in need of a face lift with a few smudges on the wall and garbage bins with, and this will come as a huge shock I'm sure, GARBAGE in them!!!!

I won't post the full video, but there are two clips which to me suggest that the trip might not have been entirely honest:

Those who can't see the offending phrase, Ms. Stuart kindly posted the following photo:

I would add that Cameron was alone when he "found" this on the wall and called the other two over to shoot the video.

Suffice it to say I'm somewhat skeptical, though it does tick off one of the paranoid beliefs of the anti-refugee crowd so they'll accept the claim without reservation:

I wasn't going to even discuss the video since I didn't want to give them any sort of oxygen, but subsequent events have made me rethink that decision.

Among the other social media slurs against this particular Radisson Hotel and the refugee claimants within was a concerted effort to post negative reviews. It is a phenomenon we've seen elsewhere as the far-right has tried to hurt businesses who are acting in ways that they oppose. Most of the fake reviews were incredibly transparent:

One however was so patently ridiculous that it is hard to believe anyone would take it seriously. A fake reviewer purporting to be from Virginia claimed that residents were slaughtering goats in the public bathrooms.

This all might have ended here, but then racist mayoral candidate Faith Goldy and Sue-Ann Levy of the "Toronto Sun" entered the picture, the former "liking" Stuart's Twitter post and the latter being included in the Twitter thread to make her aware of the content:

Being picked up by two bigoted Islamophobes, the results can't be regarded as surprising. Goldy chimed in repeating the lie about the goat slaughter, followed by a protest outside the Radisson Toronto East Hotel:

Sue-Ann Levy wrote an article for the "Toronto Sun" and published the erroneous claim:

Well, Levy might not have made it up, but it was made up and she doesn't seem to care that it was.

Other far-right "media" outlets picked up on the story and uncritically published stories confirming the worst prejudiced of their readers:

Ultimately, it appears that it was the Levy article that resulted in the goat slaughter lie going viral:

Friday, October 12, 2018

United Conservative Party Boots Member Who Knew Who The Soldiers of Odin Were

Been busy all day and didn't have time to write a proper article, however these folks provide a clear overview of the latest in the United Conservative Party's SoO problem:

In the meantime, the SoO have thanked Coulter for his continued support while continuing to post Islamophobic and anti-immigrant propaganda:

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Proud Boys vs Northern Guard

Okay, the title of this post might be a bit overblown.

Alternate Title: Old Man Yelling At Cloud vs. Braying Jackass

I haven't written much about Robert Jones since he was booted from the Proud Boys and subsequently hooked up with the Northern Guard because of his seemingly desperate need to belong to something. That doesn't mean he hasn't been active in his own way. For example, here he is at the Goldy/Loomer publicity stunt this past weekend:

He's also as unhinged as ever online posting his murder fantasies....

.... and some of the more laughable historical revisionism I've come across in some time:

You know, I could go point by point what these two posts are batfuckinginsane, but really, I don't think I have the words.

That all being said, it does look like Jones has maintained a wee bit of a grudge against at least one chapter of the Proud Boys:

There was a time not so long ago when Tim Kelly and Robert Jones were practically joined at the hip. Such is no longer the case:

By the way, THIS might be as crazy as his racist and murder boner posts:

I count 11 here.

No one in their right mind owns THAT many Fred Perry polos. Christ, John Flynn doesn't own that many Fred Perry polos. When I see this, I have to wonder how many young men have been buried in a crawl space somewhere.

There were a number of comments that were left, though I will only post the more interesting ones:

Tuesday, October 09, 2018

More Fallout From Soldiers of Odin and United Conservative Party Event

Jason Kenney, leader of the UCP in Alberta is continuing to engage in damage control as questions continue to be raised about why the party has attracted so many far-right extremists. He has continued to suggest that the attendance of the SoO at the event was orchestrated by a fringe separatist party to embarrass the UCP.

Premier Notely correctly notes that this was not an isolated instance:

“Why are these folks showing up at these events and feeling as though they are welcomed?” Notley said at the legislature Tuesday. 
“If you use dog-whistle politics enough, eventually soon enough people are going to respond to the whistle.” 
She described such politics as a “subtle embracing of issues that are designed to attract people with fairly extreme opinions to your movement. That’s something that we’ve been seeing on the right more and more.”
Notley said what happened highlights a trend in right-wing politics and Kenney’s party. She noted that others running for candidacy in the UCP in recent months have either been rejected or allowed to run despite expressing bigoted comments.
“This is not an isolated incident,” said Notley. 
“We also look at this pattern that we see developing with respect to the proliferation of candidates with that (UCP) party that also appear to hold views that are rooted in hate.”
For his part Dave Bjorkman of the Alberta Independence Party claims that, despite UCP assertion that they were unaware of who the SoO were, that the party had been made aware of the group at least a week prior to the SoO's participation in the event. Bjorkman posted the following to support his claim of having a long-standing relationship with the UCP, though to be fair there appears to be no mention of the SoO in these exchanges:

FYI, I'm not sure if Bjorkman could orchestrate most simple tasks, never mind a scheme to embarrass the Alberta legislative assembly's Official Opposition.

In the meantime, they are planning an event in which Joey Deluca of the Worldwide Coalition Against Islam is being touted as a speaker:

I wonder if the UCP members have RSVP'd yet?

Monday, October 08, 2018

Guest Article: Faith Goldy -- Anti-Semite or Pro-Israel? Why not both?

By now it seems hard to deny that Faith Goldy is an anti-Semite:

However, some of the more dense among us have yet to catch on. They think her (ostensibly) being pro-Israel nullifies all of this.

Meir Weinstein is hardly a model of opposing Nazis given that he has repeatedly demonstrated having blind spots to right-wing anti-Semitism (Soldiers of Odin, Ronny Cameron, WCAI, etc.). But it is by no means just the JDL who is falling for this dumb argument. This brings up the question: what actually are Faith Goldy's views on Israel?

Long-time observers of nationalist, xenophobic movements in the West will know that there are a few positions these groups and figures can have on Israel. There is the traditional anti-Semitic one, which sees Israel as the world headquarters of the international Jewish conspiracy and as being parasitic on the white man. There is also the anti-Muslim "counter-jihad" one which sees Israel as the first line of defence against Islamic expansionism, often tempered with Christian Zionist or neoconservative themes. Lastly, there are positions that fall somewhere between, such as the alt-right figures who see Israel as a model ethno-state but take an isolationist position on Middle-Eastern affairs, perhaps while still pushing anti-Semitic conspiracy theories about Israel (such as that Israel supports ISIS against Bashir al-Assad).

So where does Faith Goldy stand? While it may seem long ago with all the hateful things she's said, she hates Palestinians and has called for a "crusade" against them. She has also advocated for a "one state solution" which presumably doesn't mean one state with equal rights for Arabs and Jews and right of return for Palestinians, like some pro-Palestine people support. No, she means Israel should annex the West Bank and expel all the Palestinians, (I believe that's what she would call "ethnocide") or at least have them under permanent Israeli occupation. She often touts this fact to try to dodge accusations of anti-Semitism. She can’t be an anti-Semite if she hates Arabs!

As abhorrent as all of this may be, none of this would be anything too outstanding among anti-Muslim circles, which typically reactively sides against the “Muslim” side in any conflict and will justify any actions taken against them. But as Faith started to become more open about her alt-right associations, her views on Israel started to take a slightly different tune. She started praising its ethnic demographic policy, portraying it as a model for the West, describing it as a “religious ethnostate” (her words, not ours):

But she also saw certain Israeli government policies as being antagonistic with her goals of a Canadian ethnostate. In April, she spoke out against an Israeli government plan to deport African asylum seekers to Canada.

“Open borders for Israel” is an alt-right meme. The neo-Nazi Daily Stormer appears to have been an early promoter of this phrase.

Later that April, Donald Trump fired some more missiles at Syrian government targets to respond to a chemical gas attack. Naturally, the pro-Assad alt-right jumped to Assad's defence and blamed an Israeli conspiracy to drag America into war. Faith was among them:

Faith also blamed "dual citizens" for America’s missile strikes on Syria. Jews, in other words....

If there's any doubt, let's just search to see where this parody of Michael Jackson's "Smooth Criminal" comes from:

That’s right, it's from "the Daily Shoah" podcast. And while this obscure reference may have went over the heads of some of her conservative fans, clearly some of her Twitter followers got where it was coming from. Note the many reference to the podcast hosts, Mike Enoch and Sven (AKA Seventh Son):

This is not the only time in that month alone that Faith Goldy used subtle anti-Semitic dog whistles to signal her support for the alt-right. One time she made a negative reference to a "culture of critique.”

Culture of Critique is the name of an anti-Semitic book by Kevin B. Macdonald, which tries to use evolutionary psychology to argue that "Jewish intellectual movements" in the 20th century were bent on subverting the cohesive social structures of WASP-dominated America. The author has worked for various white nationalist publications, and is very influential in alt-right circles. Evolutionary psychologists often ignored this work, dismissing it as pseudo-scientific. But over the past year it has come under more serious intellectual scrutiny in response to its role in popularizing the contemporary rise in anti-Semitism.

Again, her anti-Semitic fans heard what she meant loud and clear.

While writing this, Alheli Picazo in Canadaland notes that Faith Goldy had previously mentioned Kevin Macdonald as being important in her shift towards alt-right “ethno-nationalism.” So she’s definitely aware of his work.

Back to Israel and Syria. Back in this same month, Goldy also took umbrage over Israel’s airstrikes against a Syrian airbase.

She also opposed the Trump Administration’s attempt to rip up the Iranian nuclear deal:

While this in itself is not controversial, it is remarkable that the JDL, which picketed liberal politicians for supporting the nuclear deal, seems to take no issue with their right-wing anti-Semitic friends supporting it.

So, we see that Faith Goldy supports Israel’s demographic policies excluding Arabs and African refugees as a model for the West. She considers this to be an ethno-state, something she says she wants for Canada. At the same time however, she opposes Israel’s foreign policy and sees it as being in conflict with Canada and America. She also blames aspects of America’s foreign policy that she opposes on Jewish control.

In other words, she is an anti-Semite who "supports" Israel.