Monday, April 30, 2018

III% Alberta Covered By CBC. Also, Angry III% Alberta Leader Doesn't Understand Meaning of Words

Full disclosure. I was among those who were contacted by the CBC to provide some of the background for this story as well as sharing some of the screen shots that have I've amassed, including some that have not yet been published. Mack Lamoureux of "Vice" should also be given credit for being perhaps the first journalist in Canada to cover the III% movement in detail close to a year ago:

Though brief, the story does a good job of showing that despite their claims the III% militia are the paranoid, Islamophobic, bigots this blog has proven them to be.

The Threepers also saw the news story and, well, they weren't happy that they were characterized by their own word and through their complaints and impotent threats pretty much prove every claim made about them in the story:

I really enjoy Beau Welling's reaction. First, both Douglas Calvert and in a later comment Beau himself, speak about the importance of "freedom of speech" but then Beau claims that he will sue because he doesn't like what is being said about his racist militia.

Such snowflakes.

Second, he claims that the CBC is focusing on them to distract Canadians from the "real story" about the van attack that occurred in Toronto last week. He and other Threepers are continuing to push a quickly debunked narrative on the fringe right that the man who murdered 10 people was a member of ISIS and has blamed Trudeau directly. These are some of the relevant screen shots:

This alone confirms much of what the CBC story stated concerning the Threepers.

Sunday, April 29, 2018

Well Here's Your Problem, "Patriots". You Engage In Infighting Because You're All Assholes

I know. Not exactly a dignified title, but the theme of the Islamophobic and bigoted "patriot" movement in Canada attacking each other has really become a cliché at this point. The latest is in regard to the Canadian Combat Coalition rally on Parliament Hill that is being planned for the summer which Dan Dubois claims will be the largest of it's kind in the history of the country.

That said, the Million Canadian March planned for last summer which attracted between 150 and 250 people was to have been the largest rally of it's kind in the history of the country, but we all sort of know how that went and I can't imagine Dubois will do much better with his efforts. In fact he's hit a bit of a snag himself as Sandra Solomon and Artur Pawlowski have taken to Facebook to attack Dubois and the CCC because they claim they were told that in an effort to maintain the secular nature of the event prayer would not be permitted. Of course there's a lot of arguing over exactly what was said, but suffice it to say.... I believe the word they would use would be that people have been "triggered."

Now there are quite literally hours of video that have been posted over the past few days which I may eventually post here should I find the time to remove the extraneous information, but really it mostly consists of these idiots sniping at each other. The screen caps are fun though:

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Bigots and Hate Groups Lie About Toronto Tragedy

On April 23, 2018, a van swerved onto the sidewalk in Toronto in what appears to have been an intentional act. When the carnage was over, 10 people were dead and more than a dozen injured. The people killed and injured were men and women, young people and old, people of different faiths, Canadian citizens and tourists.

Very little was known about the accused (for example, while Canadian law enforcement has said he was unknown to them, some have suggested American law enforcement was aware of him though I've come to consider this claim to be rather dubious), however as time went on we learned more about him. We learned his name was Alek Minassian, a 25 year old from Richmond Hill who had recently graduated from Seneca College having attended from 2011 to 2018. Accounts from those who knew him in high school and during his post-secondary studies paint a picture of a socially awkward individual who might have had special needs; in a 2009 article in the "Richmond Hill Liberal," his mother expressed concern that an unnamed son who was said to suffer from Asperger syndrome would no longer have access to a program called Helpmate:
“My son would spend afternoons working with Helpmate. They were sensitive to his needs and now he has a job at Compugen here in town,” she said, referring to an IT company in Richmond Hill. 
“He was able to take the experience provided by Helpmate and apply it. This kind of service for my son wasn’t available elsewhere. I am convinced that if we didn’t have Helpmate, my son would not have had such an opportunity.”
It was also reported that Minassian had tried to join the Canadian Armed Forces in August of 2017, however after 16 days of the 13 week basic training schedule, he asked for and received permission to leave.

Initially there wasn't any information regarding a motive for the Minassian's actions, however eventually his Facebook page was discovered and though it has since been removed by Facebook administrators Minassian posted the following status update just prior to the horrible events that were soon to take place:

Initially this post was met with skepticism as it had not been verified when the media started reporting on it, however Facebook acknowledged the authenticity of the profile:

Fun fact: Ezra Levant had to roll back his mockery of the "fake news":

If this is true, it seems that Minassian may have been inspired by Elliot Rodger:
Elliot Rodger, of course, refers to the 22-year-old who, motivated by his self-professed hatred for women and frustrated by his status as a virgin, murdered six and injured over a dozen before killing himself in Isla Vista, California, in May 2014. The “incel rebellion” refers to the involuntarily celibate community—people, though almost exclusively men, distraught with their lack of sexual experiences, and often expressing this disappointment as anger towards women writ large. For violent-minded incels, Rodger is thought of as a hero, and it’s believed Nikolas Cruz—the shooter responsible for the massacre in Parkland, Florida—also idolized Rodger. 
“Chad,” for those unaccustomed to the Neanderthalic corners of the internet, is a reference to a meme that contrasts the qualities of a “virgin” with his confident, well-endowed opposite, Chad Thundercock. The opposing, poorly drawn men of the meme are applied to everything from character picks in Overwatch to astronomy; but true to the meme’s origin’s on 4chan—another radicalizing force Minassian mentions—the subject matter tends to veer towards subjects of traditionalism, ethno-centrism, and misogyny. 
00010 is the trade number for the Canadian infantry, and C23249161 appears to be a military service number. Minassian joined the CAF for approximately 2 months, and requested a voluntary discharge without completing his recruit training, Vice reports.

There are still a lot of unknowns. One thing that doesn't matter at all is the religion of the accused. Since his name is of Armenian origin, it suggests that he MAY be a Christian, but really it doesn't matter if he's a Christian, Jew, Muslim, atheist, or other.

But damn if some people really, REALLY, want him to be a Muslim:

Almost all of what Myatt posted here is not true. The accused appears to have been in the country for close to a decade at least and may have been born in Canada. He did not arrive from Aleppo six months ago and his Facebook profile never made that claim. No where is there any evidence of his religion and the there is no indication that Trudeau has ever said or written any of the statements that are attributed to him in the picture Myatt provided.

Steven Myatt is a liar, and I believe he know's he's a liar because he has since removed this post and the accompanying comments. He has not acknowledged that he was wrong and continues to stoke religious and ethnic hatred however. This post was also shared hundreds of times and resulted in whipping his fans into a frenzied rage that is potentially very dangerous:

There were some who did question the accuracy of Myatt's claims:

Myatt's response then was to both double-down and to state something incredibly stupid:

"Armenia doesn't exist anymore"

Yeah, he actually wrote that:

Steven Myatt is an idiot.

But he's a dangerous idiot with a fairly large following of increasingly radicalized anti-government racist and Islamophobes whose violent rhetoric is reaching a fevered pitch and seems ready to explode.

He of course isn't alone:

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Calgary and Vancouver Island Northern Guard Members' Ties To Racists and Antisemites

Looking through the photos taken of the anti-Muslim "Christian freedom" protest at Calgary City Hall from last Saturday, I couldn't help noticing some familiar patches on some of the participants. For example, this one comes from fundamentalist nutbar Larry Heather's Twitter account:

Yep, those would be Northern Guard members.

Truth be told, I can't say that I'm especially surprised. The Northern Guard had expanded westward with a chapter in Saskatchewan, however that chapter was shut down by the folks in New Brunswick who also took over the Facebook group, kicking off every member because the vice-president of the Saskatchewan chapter was a neo-Nazi with links to the KKK. At the time the founder and head of the Northern Guard denied any responsibility for the situation and tried to wash his hands of the whole mess and denied the accusations that the Northern Guard was a racist gang, though given his subsequent support of white nationalism one has to question his sincerity.

In any case, it looks like they have decided to give the west another crack and have named an Alberta provincial president.... at least I think that is the title awarded to one Jeremy Clarke:

As noted, Clarke and company participated in Artur Pawlowski's protest outside City Hall in Calgary alongside such luminaries as Bill Whatcott, Sandra Solomon, the Calgary Soldiers of Odin, and Joey Deluca's Worldwide Coalition Against Islam:

Clarke was, and perhaps still is, a member of the Alberta III% militia:

But getting back to the April 14 protest at City Hall, it looks like a familiar face has hitched his wagon to the Northern Guard in Alberta:

Devon Mannix has been a little more quiet than he was when he was hanging out with the WCAI, though he doesn't seem to be big fans of them any longer since they aren't quite racist or antisemitic enough for him:

Still, it might be instructive to read a little bit about what this guy is all about if you are a new reader:

And then there is some of his more recent wit and wisdom to contend with:

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

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

Evan Balgord has tweeted about this story here: