Archive for September, 2017

SPLC — White “Hate Groups” Declining

September 26, 2017

Did some number crunching today, using the impeccably accurate data produced by the Southern Poverty Law Center.

According to the “experts,” white “hate groups” have declined an average of 44% since 2011.

Black and Black Muslim “hate groups,” on the other hand, have increased by 44% since 2011.

SPLC Hate Groups 2011-2016

As we noted a few months ago, Black and Black Muslim groups are the largest single category on the SPLC’s lucrative “Hate Map” fundraising tool.

Odd that you don’t read more about that statistic in the media, no?

When you subtract the 191 “Statewide” phantom groups the SPLC added to this year’s map, those “groups” that the company cannot provide a known city or town location for (they’re out there, friends. The SPLC says so), the numbers become even more ludicrous:

Christian Identity — 1 phantom = 20
KKK – 30 phantoms = 100
Neo-Confederates — 7 phantoms = 36
Neo-Nazis — 45 phantoms = 44
Racisct Skinheads — 61 phantoms = 17 (Seriously?)
White Nationalists — 30 phantoms = 70

Black and Black Muslims — 5 phantoms = 196

These are the SPLC’s numbers, folks. They come right from the SPLC’s own website. That they are utter garbage, do not blame us.

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Mr. Trump, Tear down those Fascist Statues!

September 24, 2017

We at Watching the Watchdogs do our best to follow developing trends in American culture, and in light of recent events surrounding the removal of Confederate statues and other symbols around the country, we believe that half-measures are not enough. The time is ripe for pulling down hate-filled iconography wherever it rears its ugly head.

Thanks to an informative Wikipedia entry, our eyes have been opened to a haunting menace that, when examined closely, explains so much of the strife that is tearing our great nation apart. The root of the problem is the fascis.

Merriam-Webster defines the fascis as “a bundle of rods and among them an ax with projecting blade borne before ancient Roman magistrates as a badge of authority.” One need look no further than the Roman Empire to trace back to the origins of many of the evils that plague the world to this day and fasces were the symbol of that power.

Americans of a certain age will remember that the fascis was the symbol of Benito Mussolini’s thuggish dictatorship and is the root of the very word fascism itself!

Here we see the arch-fiend himself, while Mrs. Mussolini schleps his personal fascis like some pitiful propagandistic caddie. She assumes her rightful place, three paces behind her husband, while fanning the Duce with a palm frond. Love. Honor. Obey.

Mussolini poster

Below are the Mussolini’s personal flag, on the left and the flag of his Blackshirt goons on the right.

Mussolini came to power in Italy in 1922 and was Hitler’s idol and mentor. When Hitler became the German Chancellor a decade later it wasn’t long before the Italian fascis and the Nazi swastika were paraded through the streets, side-by-side. Fascism and Nazism have been linked in infamy ever since.

With the exception of a relatively tiny group of cognitive troglodytes, there are few thinking people who would walk about sporting a swastika today, and certainly no government organizations would openly align themselves with Hitler’s evil hakenkreuz.

And yet, unbelievably, Mussolini’s icon of hate sneeringly flaunts its presence from within the most sacred cathedrals of American freedom.

Ensconced within the phallocentric obelisk in the District of Columbia that is the Washington Monument, we find the former slave owner himself, leaning on a fascis for support, as the symbol of his alleged moral superiority and privilege.

An identical effigy stands in the Virginia Capitol in Richmond, the very capital of the hated Confederacy to which the arch-criminal-traitors Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson pledged their undying allegiance! Coincidence??

Washington Monument statue

Perched high atop the dome of the United States Capitol building is a cynically named statue of Freedom, literally surrounded by Fascist iconography. Somewhere in darkest depths of Hell, Il Duce is having hearty laugh.

Freedom

And gazing gleefully down the National Mall at this mockery of all we hold dear, is the Stalin-esque statue of Abraham Lincoln, resting each hand on a fascis, skulking within the confines of the memorial that bears his name.

Think people! This Fascist imagery is on our very money! IT MUST GO…

Think of the children.

1024px-Lincoln_Memorial_(Lincoln_contrasty)

Behold! The seals of the United States Tax Court AND the National Guard Bureau! Fascism’s dark shadow has even polluted our much-beloved tax system and tainted the honor of our modern-day Minutepersons.

Was the suffering and sacrifice at Lexington and Concord all for this?

And while the Mile-High potheads of Colorado pretend to a progressiveness they obviously clandestinely despise,  they show their true nature at the highest levels.

Don’t even get us started on the satanic All-Seeing-Eye. Where Fascists roam with impunity, can Shriners lurk far behind, with their smirking little cars, their RED fezzes and Illuminati-funded children’s hospitals?

Even the great Borough of Brooklyn, in which one-in-four citizens are Jewish, lies under the yoke of Mussolini’s malignant tumor.

Seal_of_Brooklyn_NY

Perhaps most shocking of all, the lintel above the door to the Oval Office is besmirched by Fascism’s blood-stained bludgeon. Is nothing sacred?

(Cast not the first stone… your candidates passed through this unholy portal every day of their administrations too.)

Oval Office

Naturally, there will be hate-filled trolls who will leap to the defense of the fasces. “Culture, not calumny!” is their rallying cry, and some will be duped by their litanies of revisionist histories and junk science. “Even the Boy Scouts of America once embraced the swastika, and they’re not Nazis.”

BSA Swastika

And the even more laughable, “You cannot judge historical beliefs by today’s standards!”

The hell you can’t. A hate sign sign is a hate sign is a hate sign. They knew what they meant.

Besides, this is the same BSA that openly declared that “all avowed homosexuals” lacked the morals to be Scouts or Scout Leaders and actively banned them from the paramilitary organization for a decade-and-a-half.

The Boy Scouts looked toward the swastika and the swastika looked toward the fascis.

Boy scout poster

“Seig Heil, Kamerad!”

And so, we at Watching the Watchdogs have determined that the blight of Fascism must be blotted from America’s public spaces and institutions once and for all. Let the haters remove their hate-filled iconography to some hateful Museum of Hate, if they must, but removed they shall be!

We will be creating an online petition at Change.org and other important vectors of social change forthwith, as well as a GoFundMe site to allow for the transportation of Antifascist warriors to-and-from critical rallies and protests.

Other funds will be set aside as prizes for a “Best Chant” and “Pithiest Placard Platitude” contest. Details to follow.

We also firmly believe that the National Agents of Truth at the Southern Poverty Law Center will soon turn their litigious wrath and enormous cash reserves toward the eradication of this unspeakable horror, just as they have with their lucrative anti-Confederate campaign.

President Trump, some claim that you must be a faithful Watching the Watchdogs reader. We beseech you to dip deeply into your pool of righteous rightness and lead the charge to cleanse our nation of the hateful images that have brought so much suffering to so many for so long.

Mr. Trump, tear down these hate-filled statues!

Challenge Your Area’s SPLC “Hate Group” Designation

September 11, 2017

Two recent news events have brilliantly demonstrated just how unreliable and deceptive the Southern Poverty Law Center’s lucrative “Hate Map” really is. The SPLC releases this annual fundraising tool every February or March, to enormous media fanfare and the donor-dollars flow faster than the company can spend them.

Two small towns that were falsely smeared with “hate group” designations, Amana, Iowa, and Gurnee, Illinois, recently fought back and got the SPLC to rescind its spurious claims, though with very different results.

In the Amana case, the “town” is actually a collection of seven small villages known as the Amana Colonies. These villages were settled by German farmers in the 19th century and today the Colonies are on the National Park Service’s National Register of Historic Places. People take their families there to see the old farms, blacksmith shop and grist mill. Think: Colonial Williamsburg or Plimoth Plantation.

So how does a tourist destination like Amana get listed on the “Hate Map”? Simplicity itself. Someone at the SPLC found a single troll posting on the Daily Stormer website saying that several neo-Nazis got together on a single afternoon in an Amana coffee shop as a “book club” and they haven’t been back since.

There’s no indication of how many people actually showed up at the coffee shop, but the SPLC’s definition of “group” can mean one or fewer individuals.

Amana officials fought back, demanding that the SPLC’s new PR Guru, Ryan Lenz, remove the phony “hate group” designation from their town. Lenz, who replaces veteran SPLC “Former Employee” Mark Potok, initially refused. A local TV news team, KCRG out of Cedar Rapids, did the unthinkable and followed up on Amana’s complaint. You can see the report here (after a 30-second ad spot). On August 28, Lenz and the SPLC eventually relented and agreed to remove the hate group designation… sort of.

What Lenz did was to simply relocate the alleged Daily Stormer site from Amana to “Statewide.” “Statewide” is where the SPLC puts “groups” they cannot locate on any map, including their own. There are currently 191 “Statewide” groups on the most recent “Hate Map,” or nearly one-in-four. The SPLC provides no information whatsoever about the alleged groups and the media say “sounds good to us.”

Iowa still has four “hate groups,” (three of which are now “Statewide”), and the national “hate group” count remains at 917 for 2016.

In 2011, long before he was unthinkably kicked to the curb, we had the opportunity to ask Mark Potok directly about these phantom “groups.” At that time, Potok could not account for 262 of his 1,002 alleged groups, and though a small number of them were marked “Statewide” on the map, the vast majority were simply empty slots with no location whatsoever, other than a particular state.

After acknowledging that the question “was not illegitimate,” Mr. Potok sputtered along, making several astounding admissions, such as the “Hate Map” was based largely on anecdotal reports, was “… a very rough measure,” and “an imperfect process,” which is hardly the impression the SPLC gives in its annual “Hate Map” press releases.

In the end, Potok stated, “What those basically are, those are state-wide units… that’s what those groups are…” And with that, the interview was pretty much ended, but it confirmed Potok’s high standards for inclusion on the lucrative “Hate Map.”

On March 25, 2009, Potok had told the San Luis Obispo (CA) Tribune that “…inclusion on the [hate group] list might come from a minor presence, such as a post office box.”

On July 6, 2009, Potok told the Appleton (WI) Post-Crescent that, “…the [hate group] report relies on media, citizen and law enforcement reports, and does not include original reporting by SPLC staff.”

With such high standards and scrupulous research methods as that, it is a wonder that any “hate group” could wind up on the “Hate Map” in error, but this year it happened, twice. Or not.

The second location to fight back against the “hate group” smear was the village of Gurnee, Illinois. On September 8, 2017, the local paper, the Lake County News-Sun reported that:

“Gurnee police and village officials said they have been told by the law center that the village was included after the center found that someone who listed his address as Gurnee had registered on a KKK website.

Gurnee police said an investigation into the name concluded there is no record of anyone by that name having been a Gurnee resident.”

Once again we see how the SPLC spins any microscopic link it can scrape up into a full-fledged “group.” And despite being contacted by the mayor and local police on the scene, the SPLC made the demonstrably false claim that:

“Nonetheless, officials said they were told by a representative of the Law Center that they only review and revise the map once a year, and it will be reviewed again in January.”

It was less than two weeks earlier that the SPLC actually DID revise it’s “Hate Map” tool for Amana, sort of, so why won’t the company do the same for Gurnee? The simple fact of the matter is that they can’t.

The annual “Hate Map” is a fundraising tool, and, as shown above, has very little connection with reality (Mr. Potok’s “very rough measure”). Each winter the six-digit-salary executives at the SPLC come up with a “hate group” count upon which they will build all media and fundraising claims for the following year. Once a number is fixed, someone like Mark Potok or Ryan Lenz will get busy finding enough “groups” to match the prescribed quantity.

As we have noted in the past, the SPLC’s “Hate Map” tool is static. You can move a few deckchairs around, as they did with Amana, but you cannot change the magic number. As we pointed out in August, 2016, even though the SPLC announced that the rag-tag group “White Lives Matter” posed an immediate existential threat, they would not add them to the “Hate Map” for another six months.

(The company eventually conjured up three “White Lives Matters” “groups” for the 2017 map, all of which are… “Statewide.”)

In an age where any elementary school child can update a website in seconds, this makes no sense whatsoever, unless the “Hate Map” is a sham.

While Mr. Lenz can hide nearly 200 “groups” under the “Statewide” label, in the Gurnee case, he assigned a chapter of the Ku Klos Knights of the KKK to that location in addition to a second, “Statewide” iteration of the group to Illinois overall.

Even by SPLC standards, having two “Statewide” entries for the same “group” in the same state stretches credulity. Therefore, the village of Gurnee is stuck with it’s “hate group” until next year.

This brings us back to the point of of this post. The mayor of Gurnee is rightfully dissatisfied with the SPLC’s “tough luck” reply: “We’re going to continue to pursue it,” Gurnee Mayor Kristina Kovarik said. “There is no reason to shame a whole community like that for no reason.”

Mayor Kovarik is completely in the right. There is no reason why any community or state should have to suffer the SPLC’s spurious “hate group” fundraising label. It unfairly smears the entire community based on nothing tangible whatsoever. The elected officials of Gurnee, Amana and every other locality falsely smeared have the reputation of their towns to protect and need to stand up against these unsubstantiated claims.

“Statewide,” governors, state and federal Senate and House members have the same, if not greater obligation to call out the SPLC and demand evidence. Serious claims require serious proof.

In 2015 the SPLC assigned 40 “hate groups” to New Jersey, (a state that doesn’t get enough negative publicity as it is…), giving that state the fourth highest total in the land and causing Mark Pitcavage of the Anti-Defamation League to publicly denounce the SPLC’s bogus counts.

“According to Mark Pitcavage, director of investigative research at the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), the SPLC has a habit of counting single individuals as groups or chapters, which can give a skewed impression of hate groups in any given state.”

“The Southern Poverty Law Center’s list is wildly inflated,” said Pitcavage. “They list skinhead groups in places where there are no organized groups, but instead it’s just a couple of individuals.”

After being publicly outed by the ADL, the SPLC slashed New Jersey’s count from 40 to 21 on the next “Hate Map,” which was not issued until a full fundraising year later.

If the ADL can call the SPLC out for its “wildly inflated” “Hate Map,” so can local, state and federal representatives. Millions of people swallow the SPLC’s annual “hate group” numbers each year and few in the media will challenge the claims.

Huge corporations like Apple and Google are already making business decisions based on these bogus numbers. What legitimate company would build a new plant in a state with record numbers of “hate groups”? Why would skilled workers move their families to such “hate-ridden” states to work there?

While the SPLC rakes in tens of millions of dollars each year from its fraudulent “Hate Map,” the consequences for local and state economies could run into the billions.

Hold the SPLC responsible for its claims. Demand to see the proof.

 


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