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Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Meet A PPC Candidate: People on Social Assistance Should Be Denied Voting Rights

So for a change of pace here's a story that isn't connected to a nihilistic racist death cult.... so far as I know at least.

PressProgress picked up ARC's story on the scuffle between white nationalist Derek Harrison who shoved the nearly 70 year old anti-Muslim conspiracy promoter Tarek Fatah who then proceeded to swat Harrison with his cane. It was an incident where no one came across looking good but I have to say that if you're a man in his later 30s or early 40s and you shove a septuagenarian in almost any context, you're really the asshole.

Derek doesn't seem to feel the same way as he responds to the PressProgress story by accusing Fatah of being a communist and suggesting he go back to his "shit hole country":


I included my own editorializing.

The incident occurred at the PPC meeting where Bernier unveiled his immigration platform such that it is. Harrison himself has become a rather big booster for the PPC and might even be credited with finding them a candidate.

With that in mind, meet Kelly Day:


Day claims to be a former leftist who "walked away" from the ideology. She has also been boosted by the likes of Ezra Levant's "Rebel Media":


Perhaps her most high profile engagement was performing in the UK for football hooligan Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, a man convicted of multiple crimes including numerous assaults, using a false passport (he was trying to enter the United States where he was banned for drug offenses), and mortgage fraud; he's currently serving time after being convicted for breach of the peace and contempt of court. He also has a history with the BNP:

But hey, he hates Muslims so Ezra and company are happy to overlook these character flaws. Here Harrison introduces a video in which Day performing what appears to be the song "Hallelujah" for Yaxley-Lennon but with the lyrics significantly changed:



Leonard Cohen would not approve.


She has also promoted the views of self-styled counter-terrorism Tom Quiggin whose expertise and credentials have been called into question; his primary claim to being an expert on the subject is that he appeared before a parliamentary committee along other "experts" on Islamic extremism as (ironically) Tarek Fatah:









So of course, Kelly Day is a perfect PPC candidate!



Accepted AND vetted, eh?

Soooo, are the folks in the PPC aware that she agrees people on social assistance shouldn't be allowed to vote?


Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Patrik Mathews: Once Again, Sometimes Life Comes At You Hard

And in  the case of Patrik Mathews, very hard.


UPDATE: People claiming to know Mathews (went through basic training or worked with him) occurring on Reddit.





Monday, August 19, 2019

Meet Cpl Patrik Mathews, Winnipeg Recruiter For Violent Hate Group The Base


Ryan Thorpe has published the name of the individual responsible for the posters found in Winnipeg recruiting people to join The Base, a secretive and violent hate group with links to Atomwaffen Division:


The individual discussed in the story has shut down his Facebook profile.... but he wasn't fast enough:





Meet Cpl. Patrik Mathews, working out of the Minto and McGregor armouries in Winnipeg:
Mathews is a trained combat engineer, which makes him an explosives expert, and is an active member of the army reserve. Combat engineers are responsible for conducting a number of construction and demolition tasks under battle conditions. 
As a master corporal, he is considered to be in a leadership position and oversees and instructs privates who work under him.
UPDATE: I'm guessing Patrik has had better days.



Before he shut it down ARC was able to do a bit of a deep dive into his Facebook profile finding a few interesting things.

For example, seems Mathews is a supporter of Donald Trump and Bernier's PPC:



He is also a fan of Fireforce Ventures, an online store glorifying the apartheid state of Rhodesia profiled by Ricochet which had active CF members engaged in racist banter (and which one Keean Bexte, now a "Rebel Media" personality was involved with):


We also found something that turned out to be rather ironic.

Two days ago we mentioned that Mathews had a number of Twitter accounts and discussed one of those accounts, The Sober Philosopher, in some detail. A second account, PunishedPhilosopher, was used also used to harass antifascists:








He also made similar threats of violence:





However it is this one that jumped out for me:


It jumped out because it seems that Mathews didn't always feel this way:


First, she could (and hopefully has) done better.

Second, I wonder if Mathews told other members of The Base that he was at one time romantically involved with a woman of colour?

I end this by noting that hate groups like Atomwaffen, The Base, and others like them like to believe they act in a cloak of anonymity. That they can plan, encourage, and (in some cases) commit acts of violence without being concerned about the consequences feeling they are untouchable while trying to create a climate of fear for those they deem as the enemy.

The anonymity of at least this member lasted a little over two weeks, and while we are still looking for the person putting up The Base posters in Saskatchewan who is also rumored to be a CF employee, that person should probably be very, very, worried right about now.

For anyone else considering joining groups like this, this should give you some pause for thought.

Sunday, August 18, 2019

Stephen Garvey Facing Criminal Charges

Garvey has been a figure we have been following since his time harassing students at a Red Deer high school along with members of the hate group World Wide Coalition Against Islam (thought they later had a falling out). He is also the leader of a far-right fringe political party which that focuses primarily on immigration:




Despite his rhetoric he doesn't like being called out as a racist:


Despite residing in Calgary, Garvey is running for a seat in Nova Scotia where he has made frequent trips and where he and supporters were caught assaulting a counter-protester:



He's also claims to be fighting against corruption!


I suppose that should read corruption he doesn't engage in:


The leader of a controversial political party is facing both criminal charges and charges under the Canada Elections Act. 
Stephen Garvey, the leader of the far-right National Citizens Alliance (formerly the National Advancement Part of Canada), was charged in June in the Provincial Court of Alberta in Calgary. 
Garvey is charged with circumventing election contribution limits by approximately $26,000. 
He's also charged with knowingly providing the chief electoral officer with false documents relating to his party's status, leading to two criminal code charges for forgery.
Yeah, life comes at you hard sometimes.

"Winnipeg Free Press" Journalist Uncovers Identity of Winnipeg Recruiter For Violent Hate Group

It has been hard to keep up with all the information coming out about the far-right in Canada and internationally, especially those related to the more underground and violent movements that have come into existence during the past few years. The tragedy in El Paso and the arrest of a man in Las Vegas who appears to have been planning a similar attack has made the danger posed by the far right much more clear.

The Las Vegas suspect, whose plans look to have been known of and perhaps assisted by the international members of the Atomwaffen-affiliated Feuerkrieg Division, also had a connection to a Barrie, ON man who was profiled on the blog. And earlier this month ARC and other groups became aware of another violent, and perhaps more dangerous, group in Canada:


The screen shot comes from the now deleted Gab profile for The Base, a secretive hate group that has been recruiting members in the United States, engaging in survivalist and combat training, and preparing to attack targets with the goal of helping to create conditions for a societal collapse from which their members and like minded individuals will emerge to create their vision of a whites only society. Those considered undesirable -- racial minorities, Jews, Muslims, LGBTQ -- as well as white who don't subscribe to the racist ideology and are thus deemed traitors, would be eliminated.

As journalists Mack Lamoureux and Ben Makuch noted in a Vice story published Friday morning The Base is also now active in Canada:


Those of us who keep an eye on hate groups were already aware that groups like The Base could be active in Canada and we had seen some indications of some level of paramilitary activity. It wasn't until the posters started showing up that it was confirmed however:



These posters started showing up in Winnipeg and Saskatchewan earlier this month. Myself and groups such as Yellow Vests Canada Exposed, FF1, and the Canadian Anti-Hate Network (among many others) have been trying to figure out who might be responsible. On Friday Ryan Thorpe of "The Winnipeg Free Press" published a story detailing how he was able to gain access to the group and learn the identity of the Winnipeg recruiter:


Online, he goes by the names Dave Arctorum and "coincidence detector" (a reference to a Google Chrome extension used by anti-Semites to identify Jewish-sounding names in news articles). 
He said his real first name was Patrick and that he was 26 years old. He said he grew up in the countryside and at some point lived in Winnipeg, but now resides in Beausejour. He later said his father owned land near Lundar.....Recently, he’s begun putting up flyers that attempt to intimidate and threaten local anti-fascist activists. 
He claimed to have joined the military out of high school, training as a combat engineer, but indicated he plans to leave the military soon because he feels he can no longer "serve the ZOG."....During his years in the military, he said he tried to turn other soldiers onto neo-Nazism and felt he had made progress with two individuals. 
Patrick also revealed that in addition to his social-media accounts, which promote his political views, he set up multiple other accounts to spread misinformation among local anti-fascist activists. 
At one point in the conversation, which lasted roughly an hour-and-a-half, he said in a well-ordered society such activists would be dragged out of their homes and "strung up." He also discussed plans to find the addresses and phone numbers of these people and post them publicly....."At this point it is the system that is fomenting armed (white nationalist) revolution, not us. We tried the peaceful route. The system closed it off at every turn. Now the system shall reap what it has sown. I’ll leave it at that," he wrote. 
"At this point it is the system that is fomenting armed (white nationalist) revolution, not us. We tried the peaceful route. The system closed it off at every turn. Now the system shall reap what it has sown. I’ll leave it at that," he wrote.
While we don't know Patrick's Patrik's last name, ARC and others did learn at least a few of Patrik's online identities including this one:


Saturday, August 17, 2019

Patrick Kuhn of Kelliher, Saskatchewan Arrested

So remember this past spring when Patrick Kuhn of Kelliher, Saskatchewan made the news for flying a Nazi flag (and the Stars and Bars of the Confederacy) outside the home he was living in? And remember how he was just described as someone as a kid who didn't grow up which minimized the damage he caused and infantalized him? Oh, and you remember that the police didn't investigate him, but DID investigate the FNMI man who took down the flag himself?

Well, funny story....





He's a keeper alright....

Everyone else is talking about Talya Davidson, so I figured we should, too

On August 12th, 28-year-old Toronto resident, Talya Davidson, was videotaped hurling racist insults and spitting on a man in Nathan Phillips Square while holding a sign supporting CPC leader, Andrew Scheer. She was subsequently arrested and charged with one count of assault and 3 counts of assaulting a police officer.



The video, taken by her victim, Farhan Rana, quickly went viral and many people condemned the behaviour, including Scheer himself.


However, people quickly realized something wasn't right. When they dug into her history, it became clear she did not have the type of social media footprint one would expect of an overt racist. Davidson, who is originally from South Africa, seems to have an affinity for Latin American cultures. She claims to have studied at both the University of Guelph and UBC, worked as a journalist in Guadalajara, and has an interesting blog of stories based on her life and travels. She recently participated in a literary event hosted by Carolyn Bennet, and has a YouTube channel of her efforts to learn the guitar.




As eagerly reported by The Post Millennial, (more on them later), Davidson declares her political interests as being substantially left of centre on her couchsurfing profile.



Judging by Davidson's accomplishments, she is smart and driven. At the age of 25, she opened a Venezuelan restaurant called El Arepazo with her then boyfriend, Luis Vega, in Kensington Market. It did quite well for a while and even won a Now Magazine award in 2017.



Vega, however, was a bit of a hothead and got into the news for his own viral video of assaulting a graffiti artist outside his restaurant in 2015. Apparently he was attempting to make a citizen's arrest.


In addition to assault, he also decided to badmouth his suppliers online, and at one point used Talya's Now Magazine account to do so. This comment garnered a response claiming that Vega is homophobic and that anyone who is LGBTQ, or considers themselves an ally, should boycott El Arepazo. Davidson did not appreciate all of this and asked Now to remove Vega's comment.


The most controversial post I found of hers was another Now comment where she compares the hijab to a bra. My first take on it was admittedly not favourable, but upon reflection I can see that while it is awkward, it wasn't intended to cause harm.


So, how does a bright, driven, left-leaning person who is concerned with her social media footprint end up hurling racist insults and writing stuff like this on Facebook? 


As expected by many, Davidson was ordered by the court to have a psychiatric evaluation at CAMH, and for the moment, that is the extent of the answers the public has about the case.

Certain media outlets -- mainstream and otherwise -- and racist extremists jumped on this story between the video going viral and Davidson's transfer to CAMH. What follows are but a few screenshots of an avalanche of stomach-churning Tweets from people who were determined to mould the story to their liking.

First up is Paul Fromm. Before much was known about Davidson beyond the viral video, Fromm claimed that, despite all evidence to the contrary, there was no hate, no crime, and most certainly no hate crime here. It was just "bad manners," and, of course, it is really our diverse society that's at fault.




But once people started digging in, things got really out of hand, starting with supposedly mainstream publications, like The National Post, that ran a headline quoting Michelle Rempel saying the attack was staged.


The article does condemn Davidson's actions, but the headline fans the conspiracy theory flames that this was a hoax. Others went much farther, including The Post Millennial who blamed the mainstream press for falling for an elaborate trick.


Ezra Levant jumped on the hoax bandwagon too, because of course he did. This is apparently what passes for "telling the other side of the story."


And then there is Faith Goldy's fan club, I.D. Canada. Apparently, we need to "wake up."



The articles, Tweets and posts promoting the hoax narrative were unrelenting. They were nauseating to read because they added another layer of insult to Rana's experience by claiming he was either to blame, or in on the conspiracy with Davidson.


The racist attack Rana experienced was very real, and I cannot imagine how seeing Tweets like Bexte's made him feel. Davidson will be back in court on September 12th. Here's hoping the discussion around this case will become more productive and compassionate soon.