31 March 2010
And........... then they canceled it and said they wouldn't be able to organize it in time.
Shocked! Shocked we were!
At the time, we had speculated that it was their own legal problems that had resulted in their inability to get the ball rolling. And, as it turns out, we were correct.
On Kat Hibler's Facebook profile, as she brags about, "standing up for the White Race" and junk like that, others noted that the bing, strong, virile males of the movement couldn't be bothered to show up (Bertsch, Besler and "Willis" not withstanding). That's when Dustin Johnson provided a justification:
No contact orders, eh?
And the legal woes don't yet appear to be over. As far as we know, Tyler Sturrup is still in jail, and Robert Reitmeier had a court appearance today as well:
The master race. We think you need to work a little harder on that because frankly, we don't see it.
25 March 2010
She later added, "Frankly, I'm not a big fan of the First Amendment."
So said the hero of Canadian speechies (and a woman we think Ed Kennedy would like to father children with given how he fawns over her) Ann Coulter during a speech in Gainesville, Florida in 2005. This quote, as well as others even more detestable, have been repeated ad nauseum during the last couple of days as Coulter engages in her speaking tour of Canadian universities.
As we write this article, Ms. Coulter is about to take the stage at the University of Calgary. Well, not the university itself. She's now speaking off-campus for security reasons based on claims that she felt threatened in Ottawa, resulting in the cancellation of her speech there; this cancellation has sent the speechies into an apoplectic rage as they demand heads roll.
We know we should care about Ms. Coulter. She writes and says things that are vile, hate-filled and disturb every sense of civil discourse. We should be frothing at the mouth in rage that "Coultergeist" has even been let into Canada.
But...... we're not.
Not even a little bit.
Now don't get us wrong. We believe that what Coulter writes and says is everything that people say it is and people have a right to exercise their freedom of speech to denounce and oppose her and her rhetoric.
Problem is, we're not entirely sure Coulter believes what she writes or says either.
We remember when Coulter was just one of a number of political talking heads making the rounds on t.v. news and talk shows in the late 1990s. We were first introduced to Coulter as a semi-regular on the Bill Mahr program, "Politically Incorrect." At the time, there was really little to distinguish Coulter from any of the other political talking heads on both the left and the right. She was, in retrospect, extraordinary by how absolutely ordinary she was. She was a generic conservative, often picked to "debate" a generic liberal. She acted the way other conservative pundits acted. Spoke from the same script. Really, the only time she actually stood out to any of us is when she was rocking the eye patch for a while.
Being a political pundit in the United States is a bit dog eat dog. If you want to have any staying power, you have to find some sort of gimmick (Tucker Carlson's bow tie as a somewhat nerdy case in point). Once you have your gimmick and you achieve a certain level of notoriety with the base you're appealing to, then that's when you get your own talk show on FOX (if you're a conservative) or MSNBC (if you're a liberal). Or, if you're aren't consistently capable of hosting a full hour of television, you write books. But these are relatively rare considering the number of talking heads that are out in the media trying to get their big break. Most end up back working as junior partners at small law firms, a fate that Coulter could easily have fallen into herself.
So, what is a generic conservative pundit to do if he or she doesn't want to start punching a regular clock? In Coulter's case, things didn't look very promising. He grasp of policy was (and still is) weak. She was moderately attractive, though not as much as she'd like to think, but there were a lot of other more attractive pundits so that gimmick wasn't exactly unique. But Coulter did come up with one that has turned out to be a gravy train that just won't stop.
Ms. Coulter decided the best way to gain a significant fan base was to write and say the most outrageous, shocking, intolerant, ignorant, insulting rhetoric she could think of. And it has worked, and continues to work, beautifully.
Coulter has been wildly successful by appealing to the ugliest parts of her fan base's intellect and emotion. This approach has made her an embarrassment to mainstream conservatives (she's been fired as a columnist for a number of conservative publications), but her admirers eat it up. She's made millions on books with simple titles (simple titles for simple minds perhaps): Treason. Godless. Slander. Guilty. All in an effort to manipulate the base emotions of her mostly male readers (right down to the slinky, formfitting dresses she models on the covers) who already are inclined to believe that Democrats, liberals and progressives are not people with whom they have they fundamentally disagree with on a variety of issues, but as a cancer in the body politic that needs to be destroyed with extreme prejudice. She's helped contribute to a polarized political environment in her own country in which civil discourse is not only rejected, but stomped into the mud.
And she's laughing all the way to the bank because she's managed to fool the rubes who really think she believes what she writes and says.
Take the current controversy that has the speechies frothing at the mouth. Ms. Coulter cancelled her speech at the University of Ottawa because of the threat posed by protesters. As Kady O'Malley, Scott Tribe, and Dr. Dawg have pointed out, it seems just a bit contrived. Sort of like something a controversial speaker and writer would do to drum up controversy. And has it worked! As an example, by our last count, there was something like 15 threads on Free Dominion concerning the cancellation of the speech in Ottawa. And boy are they pissed! Hell, this beats the 7 threads they had created last month attacking us for a postering campaign started by a completely different group.
Add to this that Ms. Coulter plans to file a human rights complaint against François Houle who had the temerity to ask Ms. Coulter to please be respectful and show restraint. Only people who love Ann could view that mild mannered email as a hate crime, but such is the power of Coultergeist.
Anyone want to bet if she sells out her speaking engagement in Calgary given the free publicity she's getting?
Now in Calgary, Ms. Coulter isn't above continuing to use the cancellation of the event in Ottawa to create controversy and, thus, more publicity to put bums in the seats and people buying her books. Now she's clumsily attempts to use regional tensions to further her efforts:
"It's quite a country you have here," Coulter told Evan Solomon, host of Power & Politics, on CBC News Network on Thursday. "I'm more determined than ever to turn pretty much from Calgary through the west into the 51st state now. We got to save the good Canadians."
"Save us from what, Ann?" Solomon asked.
"From the crazy liberals. From the crybabies," Coulter answered, sporting sunglasses. "How did Canada go from being the country that sends us all our best comedians to a bunch of whining, crying babies that can't take a joke?"
And though most people, including conservatives, will reject this view, it will have it's support in the Canadian branch of the Coulter fan club.
Coulter went on to say this about freedom of speech in Canada:
"I have discovered that Canada's approach to free speech, and that is speech they like," Coulter said Thursday. "It's not free speech if they are going to say, 'Yes, you can have free speech as long as you don't say X, Y, Z.'"
When asked what her message to Canadians was, Coulter answered: "It's a lovely little country. I do recommend that you get free speech. It's a lot of fun."
From the sound of things, you're going to be in luck Ms. Coulter. It appears that there will be a number of people who will be exercising their freedoms as they protest your presence in Calgary. And we don't expect you or Ezra or Mark or the FreeDom crowd to complain because, well, it's just not free speech if you only allow the speech that you agree with. Right?
However, as far as we know, no one in the ARC Collective will be participating in the Calgary protests. We do support those who will peacefully voice their displeasure with Ms. Coulter and her views, but we think we'll sit this one out.
Instead, most of us are going to stay home and do what poor Ann and her empty, dusty womb will not be able to do tonight.
We're spending time with our wives, husbands, girlfriends, boyfriends and children. With people we love, and who on good days love us (and on bad days must love us more for putting up with our shit).
And with that, so ends our contribution to the plethora of blogs, forums and news sites that have managed to find themselves involved in the Coulter hysteria. And it does end because we've got better things to do.
24 March 2010
The boneheads, on the other hand, are just a little bit shell shocked. Only a handful even bothered to show up; these include one who was arrested for assault and one was removed from the scene by police in Calgary, and only one known racist showed up in Vancouver, though he seemingly made a point of not bringing attention to himself. Concerning the Vancouver march, this post pretty much sums up the reaction from the bonehead crowd:
Hell, it almost seems despondent. Perhaps someone needs to be placed on a suicide watch?
However, there were two interesting characters who showed up. In Calgary, one lone male was seen sitting near the anti-racists holding the following sign:
Ah, David Lane's 14 words, eh? And we like the part about pride not equaling racism. A nice touch. Too bad it's bs when coming from Mike, who posts as "Ich_verstehe" on the Aryan Guard forums:
A small, and rather tame, example of Mike's pride:
The other individual of interest was at the Vancouver anti-racist rally. When reading about the rally, we focused on this part of the article:
The Province also spoke to one anonymous man who conveyed white supremacist views and was seen videotaping anti-racist protesters, without making his views known to the anti-racists.
Now, who do we know who currently lives in Vancouver who, when residing in the United States, used to videotape anti-racist rallies or other similar events? And who is living in Vancouver because he had been expelled by the Lithuanian authorities during the summer?
Our suspicions were confirmed when several readers independently confirmed that Craig Cobb was at the event filming the anti-racists.
Interesting, don't you think? Also interesting that Cobb, who likes to antagonize the subjects of his films, chose to keep his mouth shut.
23 March 2010
By KEVIN MARTIN, Calgary Sun
Last Updated: March 22, 2010 4:41pm
The alleged white supremacist charged with assaulting a photographer at an anti-racism rally denied Monday he’s a skinhead.
William Kaiser Miettinen said the chest tattoo he displayed to demonstrators isn’t a white supremacist symbol, but simply a Celtic cross.
“I’m not a skinhead,” Miettinen told provincial court Judge Jim Ogle.
“I was not part of that (neo-Nazi) demonstration,” he said, of a planned white supremacist march the anti-racism crowd was rallying against.
Crown prosecutor Bev Bauer, who asked that Miettinen be held without bail, said the accused attacked photographer Jason Beers with his skateboard when his picture was taken.
“He ripped open his shirt displaying multiple tattoos in support of white supremacist groups,” Bauer said.
When Beers began shooting, Miettinen swung at him with his skateboard in what Bauer called “an unprovoked assault at a peaceful demonstration.”
But duty counsel Bob Haslam, who acted for Miettinen at his bail hearing, suggested Beers’ conduct may have contributed to the incident.
“I wouldn’t agree with my friend that it’s totally unprovoked, this is a photographer shoving a camera in his faced,” Haslam said.
Ogle agreed to release Miettinen, who is charged with assault with a weapon, on $500, no-cash bail, with a condition he stay away from Beers.
His case is back in court on April 13.
So, it's William Kaiser Miettinen, is it? And you're not a Nazi, eh?
You know, you might be able to convince more people of that if you didn't attend Nazi marches alongside the likes of John Marleau:
And put on a damn shirt! You're almost 30!
Another friend commented elsewhere on "Willis":
If you're 13 and hang out at the skate park you may recognize "Willis" as that creepy older guy who likes to buy cigarettes for underagers and "teach" them how to bare knuckle box. If you were at M21, you'll recognize him as the shirtless wonder who tried to assault a photographer with his skateboard...while 60 cops looked on.
Needless to say, Willis got his point across on M21 -- and that point was that he's both violent and dumb. He's been charged with assault with a weapon and released on a $500 no-cash bail. At his hearing on Monday morning, Willis pitched a sob story about how he's not really a Nazi or racist and it's all just been one big mistake. Someone should tell Willis that if you cover yourself with racist tattoos, throw around the "seig heil" salute and assault people at an anti-racist demo while yelling white power slogans, no one is going to believe you when you say you're not a Nazi.
22 March 2010
By Carlito Pablo
Except for the supposed neo-Nazis, practically everyone turned up today (March 21) at the Braid SkyTrain station.
Among the crowd was the Vancouver chapter of the Anti-Racist Action, a group that includes skinheads, leather-clad youth, and individuals with spiked and brightly coloured hair.
Activists of various types–from labour organizers to avowed communists, gays, migrant-rights advocates, and the now familiar hooded and masked protesters who were likely at the February 13 anti-Olympic riot–also showed up.
Even a choir appeared. Lingling Claver, a member of the Solidarity Notes Labour Choir, noted to the Georgia Straight that one song the group rendered was a version of the "Nkosi Sikelel' iAfrika", a popular protest song during the anti-apartheid struggle in South Africa.
Coquitlam Mayor Richard Stewart also came.
“I’m here because I received an e-mail that really offended me,” Stewart told the Straight. “It was an e-mail that suggested that there were some people who are going to be challenging the diversity that we have in our community. I knew that some folks were coming out here to protest that perspective, and I wanted to join them.”
There were cops from at least three law-enforcement organizations–the New Westminster police department, RCMP, and transit police.
The rally, which drew about 200 people, began and ended with no major incident. There was a minor altercation involving two young passersby and eventually, a cameraman with Global TV.
According to rally participant Maryana Payette, two men shoved their way through the demonstration after disembarking from the bus and were on their way to the SkyTrain platform.
One of the men allegedly spat on a banner and was shouted at. When the same fellow was at the SkyTrain station, according to Payette, “He was still like yelling things and then the guy said, ‘Well, I may not even be a racist but I hate gay people.’ ”
A number of rally participants came up the escalator to confront the two men, and so followed the police, as well as the Global TV cameraman and other media representatives.
Activists repeatedly asked the Global TV videographer whether he would use a clip that supposedly caught one of the men saying he hates gays. The cameraman insisted that his equipment wasn’t on when the supposed comment was made.
Maitland Cassia of the Anti-Racist Action sported a newly shaved head at the rally, and he maintained that based on a now pulled-down Facebook event, 48 individuals declared they were going to attend a demonstration by the group Advocates for White Civil Rights.
“And if our presence forced them to cancel that, I consider that a victory for multiculturalism in Vancouver,” Cassia told the Straight.Well done ladies and gentlemen. And thank you Mayor Stewart for your support.
Pictures found here.
21 March 2010
I had to give a police statement about Willis hitting my camera from my hand with his skateboard but the article says that he hit me in the head which is a complete lie. I wish I had a way to contact the author to get the article changed... Two nazis showed up near the beginning and were peaceful and did some interviews. A Nazi girl showed up later and got arrested and taken away and I have her photo as ARA surrounded her and then there are pictures of her in city hall getting frisked. Later, Willis showed up and that is where he hit my hand with his skateboard and got arrested.
We also received a number of pictures taken by the photographer. We won't post all of them now, but we will post a few of the photos relevant to the statement that was made to us:
The two men, far left (Jonathan Besler) and far right (Leyton Bertsch) on the photo, are the individuals whom the photographer wrote were the two Nazis who were peaceful and did some interviews.
This is a photograph of Kat Hibler, a bonehead originally from Ontario with whom we've had some contact with in the past. She was "dating" Robert Reitmeier for a brief period until he apparently, and unceremoniously, tossed her aside.
Hibler being frisked after being taken away by the police.
Jesus, does Willis own a shirt? Yep, Willis again. He was the one who, after this photograph was taken, took a swing at the photographer with a skateboard, knocking the camera from his hand. Willis was arrested soon after this photo was taken because of the incident.
If you have pictures for us, you can send us your email and we will get in contact with you. Just post your email as a comment. We will not allow your email to be posted and when we contact you, we'll provide you with our contact information.
Yesterday, anti-racists spoke about the events that would be occurring today:
By DAVE DORMER, Calgary Sun
Even though a march by members of Calgary white supremacist groups appears to be cancelled, anti-racism activists vow they’ll still show up in force at a City Hall rally Sunday.
Members of the Aryan Guard and White European Bloodlines were expected to march through downtown for the third straight year Sunday, however organizers said through an Internet posting that it is now cancelled.
“If they don’t show up and they don’t march, then we’re not going to march,” said Jason Devine, spokesman for Anti-Racism Action Calgary.
“We’re still going to have the rally because that’s important, we want this to be a tradition in this city, but if they do show up we will be marching because they should not be getting a free ride.”
Held on the International Day for the Elimination of Racism, March 21 is also considered White Pride Day by supremacists.
“The immediate reason for calling the rally was to stop the Aryan Guard and Western European Bloodlines from freely being able to march through the streets,” said Devine, adding he’s hoping the rally will also spark discussion.
“Most times when people discuss racism, it happens at special events,” he said.
“This will be a great opportunity for people who don’t normally talk or meet to hang out and share their experiences, positive and negative.”
Small skirmishes broke out when the two groups clashed last year, injuring two people, and Devine said he’s hoping things will stay peaceful this time around.
“If we have enough people to completely and utterly block them then we will,” he said.
“Will tempers flare? Undoubtedly, but we’re not calling on people to pick up a bat and smash someone’s head in.
“We’re calling on people to stop them and block them and (Calgary Police) will be there so we’ll see, what happens, happens.”
The Mennonite Centre for Newcomers is also handing out 2,000 violet ribbons at church services Sunday as a non-violent way of recognizing International Day for the Elimination of Racism.
“We are deeply concerned about the spread of hate activity in the city and the rise in violence associated with it,” said Doug Klassen, chair of the Calgary Mennonite Inter-ministerial Association.
Sunday’s rally starts at 11 a.m.
The rally occurred earlier today in Calgary. One of our readers sent us some of the pictures she or he took of the event. Our reader noted that he saw one bonehead, a woman with a pink stripe, escorted away by the police.
The media did report that some violence did occur when a man attempted to assault one of the anti-racists at the rally:
By DAVE DORMER, Calgary Sun
One man was arrested following a minor scuffle at an anti-racism rally downtown Sunday.
After taking off his shirt to reveal white supremacist tattoos, the man swung a skateboard at an anti-racism protester who took his picture, hitting him in the head.
The man was not injured.
"I was standing behind a pole and I didn't want him to see who I was so I poked my camera out and took a picture," said Jason Beers, 29.
"He started swearing, slapped the camera out of my hand then the police took him away."
The incident was one of three minor skirmishes between about 100 anti-racism protesters gathered on the steps of City Hall and a handful of white supremacists who showed up as well during the International Day for the Elimination of Racism.
Police also removed a woman with a swastika tattooed on her cheek for her own safety after anti-racism members of the crowd began berating her.
If anyone has any other pictures or eye witness accounts of the day's events, we'd love to hear from you. This includes not only Calgary, but also the racist march that had been proposed for the Vancouver area.
19 March 2010
18 March 2010
Yesterday, the "Calgary Sun" which leans just a wee bit towards the conservative side of the political spectrum chimed in supporting the firing of Mr. Scherger:
Last Updated: March 17, 2010 10:18pm
He’s right, there is a conspiracy — a conspiracy to keep venomous bigots from being paid on the public dime.
And so a Parks Department foreman finds himself looking for work after being fired by the City of Calgary for planting seeds of a different sort in his spare time — namely the seeds of hate.
The 56-year-old foreman is accused by the city of running an anti-Jewish website and affiliating himself with other anti-Semitic sites, all while clearly identifying himself as a city employee.
A letter, purported to be the official letter of termination given to the foreman last month, reads “You were the owner and creator of an anti-Semitic website in the public domain.”
It goes on to say, “The content (including linked content) on these websites was abhorrent and contrary to the values the City promotes.”
City sources confirm the man was fired following an investigation by the city’s legal department into websites directly linked to the employee, which railed against Judaism and Zionism.
Officially, being a personnel matter, the city can only say an investigation of some sort took place and the matter was dealt with.
“An issue was brought to our attention that we took very seriously,” said Anne Charlton, director of parks.
“It was a matter of an employee-employer relationship and we have dealt with the issue.”
The termination letter offers more clues as to the city’s case against the foreman, which was put together under the guidance of the city’s top solicitor, Paul Tolley.
Tolley was placed on the case in January, after an anti-racist blog exposed the employee and his handiwork, describing him as the “Canadian Jew Hating Freak of the Day.”
It took a matter of weeks to decide the foreman must be fired.
The termination letter explains to the former employee, whom the Sun has chosen not to name, exactly why a pink slip was included with his final paycheque.
“Your conduct was harmful to interests of the City and incompatible with your duties as a City employee and public servant,” it reads.
“Amongst other things, the City has an obligation to provide a workplace and services to the public free of discrimination. It can not knowingly employ someone who has repeatedly published anti-Semitic material.”
The sites in question, once open to the public, are now restricted or shut down — suffice to say, they were filled with bile for all things Jewish, and their disappearance is a victory for all but a narrow-minded few.
Still, the Internet is rife with the kind of racist vitriol that would make a sewer feel dirty — the discovery of another stash of hatred is no big surprise.
Where the city foreman really messed up is to boast about his job in the public service, while promoting intolerance based on race and religion.
Obviously, it wasn’t a very bright thing to do. It’s a decision that cost the parks worker a career spanning more than three decades, and while he’s become something of a folk-hero among white power groups littering the Internet, that won’t pay his rent.
The former foreman wouldn’t speak to the Sun Wednesday, but has in the past denied ownership of at least one of the blogs written under his name.
He did have noted Caucasian-purist Paul Fromm call in his stead — an interesting choice, given Fromm’s association with the white power movement.
Fromm, the head of the Canadian Association for Free Expression, calls the firing by a blow to free speech.
“I think it’s atrocious — he expressed his views on his own time,” said Fromm.
“If he doesn’t have the right to his non-violent political views and at the same time have a job, I think a lot of people are in peril.”
If that means firing people who promote hatred while collecting a public paycheque, it’s the kind of peril the City of Calgary should promote.
We never took a position on whether we believed Scherger should have been fired, but we're not about to cry crocodile tears that he has been removed from his job.
UPDATE: It's the "Calgary Sun" and not the "Calgary Herald." Stupid and careless mistake.
17 March 2010
Today, the police have an unnamed suspect:
Unnamed man, 18, wanted for Calgary racial graffiti
CALGARY - Calgary police have issued a Canada-wide warrant for an 18-year-old man in relation to a number of racially motivated graffiti incidents last year.
But police added they cannot name the man, since the crimes were committed while the suspect was 17, thus putting him under the Youth Criminal Justice Act.
Police say they issued the warrants after a thorough investigation on the vandalism at various locations in Woodbine and Pump Hill. Targets, including the Calgary Jewish Centre and the Holocaust memorial, were marked with anti-Semetic slogans and signs last November.
Police say the suspect is facing charges of mischief and hate-related offences.
© Copyright (c) The Calgary Herald
We were provided with the name of a suspect a few weeks after the incident took place. This individual was also 17 when the vandalism took place, but turned 18 soon after the new year. If it is that person, he's the one we believe was with Kyle McKee when he was on the run from the police. If tht's the case, that individual may still be in Winnipeg, or he could be back in Calgary. He's also in a leadership position within the Aryan Guard (and is a administrator on the groups web forum) as a result of the older members being in jail, starting the splinter gang W.E.B., or having moved on with their lives.
The other suspect is the youth who was originally arrested with McKee and charged with attempted murder. That youth would also have been 17 when the incident occurred, turning 18 in December of the same year. Because of the publication ban, we can't write anything else.
We suspect the former suspect rather than the later based on information provided to us. We also believe that there was a female involved too. Finally, as a truck was seen in the video stills, we can speculate on the posibility of Kyle McKee's involvement.
16 March 2010
An answer of sorts was provided by someone who appears to have links to the Aryan Guard, the rival of W.E.B.:
"Murder.Squad" then goes on to expand on his earlier response:
Now, it's not a surprise that a person with ties to the Aryan Guard would be dismissive of anything W.E.B. tries to pull off. Also not surprising is that John Marleau is echoing these sentiments on the Blood & Honour forums:
Uhm, neither Jason nor Bonnie have anything to do with this blog, Johnny. If they did, don't you think they'd admit as such? It's not as if they're delicate flowers who are too shy to be public. But we know how frustrating it is that you've no idea who is behind the blog. It's okay. We understand.
And you're making fun of anyone's appearance or weight John? You know what they say about people who live in glass houses, Johnny......
In reality, Marleau is full of it. Word is that he won't confront anyone unless he has at least a couple of other people with him, and even then he's the last to enter the fray. But that's hardly the point here. Marleau tries to take the high road and say that they need to stop infighting. How long does he take the high road? Not very long.
Doesn't seem confident that W.E.B. will be very successful. Also seems a bit bitter that not many people took the Aryan Guard up on their offer. And you're telling us that Paulie didn't pay his own way? We guess we know why he was willing to support the Aryan Guard while he was being paid.
Curious to see how that goes down.
Awwwww! Does Johnny have a broken heart?
Well, speculation time seems to be over. Reitmeier posted the following on his Facebook page today:
Pretty short notice and quite abrupt. Seems all is not well in W.E.B. land:
Sounds pretty bleak. Perhaps this has something to do with Robby's emo attitude:
UPDATE: Regardless of whether the boneheads plan on marching or not, anti-racists are still planning on meeting and commemorating March 21 in the way that it was originally intended:
The International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination is observed annually on 21 March. On that day, in 1960, police opened fire and killed 69 people at a peaceful demonstration in Sharpeville, South Africa, against the apartheid "pass laws". Proclaiming the Day in 1966, the General Assembly called on the international community to redouble its efforts to eliminate all forms of racial discrimination (resolution 2142 (XXI)).
Links to UN and UN System sites:
International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (Cyberschoolbus)
World Conference Against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance (2001 : Durban, South Africa)
The additional resources links on this page are provided for information purposes only and do not necessarily represent an endorsement by the United Nations.
European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (Council of Europe)
Racism and Human Rights (Human Rights Watch)
14 March 2010
Or maybe Noble is an idiot?
In fact, Dave Burns was convicted of manslaughter back in 1974:
Last Updated: Sunday, March 14, 2010
The alleged gunman in an apparent murder-suicide at an Edmonton car dealership Friday was convicted of killing a teenager in the 1970s.
According to the Winnipeg Free Press, Dave Burns pleaded guilty to manslaughter after the fatal stabbing of Garvin Dale Inglis, 18, at a party in Winnipeg in 1974.
The report says the two fought over a spilled drink. Burns, 19 at the time, was sentenced to four years in prison.
Co-workers have identified Burns, 55, as the gunman in a fatal shooting at the Great West Chrysler dealership near Stony Plain Road and 178th Street on Friday.
Police have not identified the shooter or the victims, but they do say a man with a gun walked into the dealership at about 7:50 a.m. MT and opened fire.
He shot two people, killing one and wounding another, before turning the gun on himself.
Garth Inglis, the cousin of Garvin Dale Inglis, told CBC News Burns should not have been walking the street.
"It just upset us all that the guy got away with [killing my cousin] and didn't get punished for it. Like, to get a couple of years for going home, getting a knife coming back and killing another person and you only serve about two years in jail, like, there was no justice," he said.
"If they hadda punished him the way he should have been punished he wouldn't have been able to do it again. That guy in Edmonton, that more than likely didn't do anything wrong, would still be alive."
The second victim is in critical condition in hospital.
Co-workers say Burns was recently suspended for making racial comments.
The dealership was to remain closed over the weekend. It was expected to reopen Monday.
Autopsies on the victim and the suspect are scheduled for Monday.
13 March 2010
If any of our readers could shed some light on this incident, please contact us.
Co-workers say the alleged gunman in a fatal shooting at an Edmonton car dealership on Friday was recently suspended for making racial comments.
Police say a man with a gun walked into Great West Chrysler near Stony Plain Road and 178th Street at about 7:50 a.m. MT and started shooting.
It's believed he shot and killed one man, shot and injured another man and then turned the gun on himself.
Sources have identified the shooter as Dave Burns, an employee who was recently suspended for making racial comments.
Co-workers say he didn't get along well with visible minorities, and some went as far as to describe him as a white supremacist.
They also tell CBC News that Burns had a swastika tattooed on his body and had a very hot temper.
Sources have identified the dealership's parts manager, Garth Radon, as the man pronounced dead at the scene. His wife was one of the first police officers on scene and it's believed she found his body.
A third employee is in hospital with life-threatening injuries.
A Facebook memorial page set up in honour of the victims had more than 200 members and dozens of posts by Saturday afternoon.
One person described Radon as "the sweetest guy ever" whose "smile lit up every one around him."
UPDATE: The accused shooter is, as has been reported on numerous news sites, appears to be a man by the name of Dave Burns. Burns was suspended for two weeks for having posted sexually explicit pictures on a staff bulletin board. He appears to have been in his mid 50s. Some reports state that he had a Jekyll and Hyde personality and was quick to be offended, though it was also reported that he "had a good side" as well. He was active in the Alberta 4X4 scene, serving as president of the ECO Four Wheeling Society he co-founded (link takes you to an archived website):
Online, he appears to have posted under the username, "MastaFace":
Burns may have also been a member of a website newsvine.com. Given what Mr. Burns is accused of having done (and if this is the same MastaFace), this entry about his job is especially eerie:
9 March 2010
Well, Paulie just dropped in to Stormfront to let people know there was yet another martyr for the cause:
Now, we aren't the "anti-racists" Paulie is referring to in this particular case. As we mentioned before, we were beaten to the punch by Jay Currie (who, as it turns out, seems to actually be a pretty decent photographer), Blazing Cat Fur (or Mr. Kathy Shaidle), and Sassy Wire. And what does Paulie think of these three radicals?
8 March 2010
6 March 2010
With the likes of McKee, Sturrup, Reitmeir, Marleau and others either in jail or under house arrest, we can't imagine anything organized will be much more than an utter failure. We could be wrong though which is why we hear that counter demonstrations are already being organized.
Still, it is the march season it appears, and there appear to be two marches planed on March 20 and 21 in British Columbia.
The first is one we covered here a few weeks ago. UPDATE: We had originally included the names of the two individuals who set up the website promoting the event, as well as the event notice on Facebook which was associated with the Facebook group, "Advocates For White Civil Rights," when we wrote about this event some weeks ago. Not long after, a woman, claiming to be the husband of one of the subjects of the article started complaining and threatening criminal proceedings if we didn't remove his name. On March 27, 2010, she sent us a section of the criminal code in an effort to intimidate us. After we stopped laughing (as the part of the criminal code she cited had absolutely nothing to do with this issue, and we were well within our rights to publish the information as her husband and his friend had their names publicly associated with both the march and the group, making it public domain), we decided, what the hell! We'll grant her wish. Instead, we'll post pictures of the now strangely missing website for Advocates of White Civil Rights. If names happen to appear on the picture, well, we could hardly be blamed for that:
Any other requests? We've also screen shots of the Facebook group and event, with names associated with each. And other very useful pictures.
We here really don't expect much out of this march either. We envision the two gentlemen who may be mentioned on the screen shots above, with whomever they manage to convince to come with them, darting in and out of sight on the trains and giving the occassional seig heil to show how scary they are. But, as with the Aryan Guard/W.E.B. we could be out to lunch, which is why there are counter protesters getting ready for them as well.
The second B.C. march, scheduled to take place on Vancouver Island, is of far more interest to us here in the Collective:
To be clear, this is NOT the same Blood and Honour that is associated with Combat 18. A brief, wholly inadequate explanation is that there is a Blood and Honour movement associated with one group of boneheads, of which Combat 18 is the most prominent, and another Blood and Honour movement associated with such groups as Volksfront (we are referring to the latter of the two movements). To say there's a bit of enmity between the C18 Blood and Honour and the Volksfront Blood and Honour would be a gross understatement.
Anyways, the reason why we're interested in this march and "mead tasting" is because of the people planning it. In the case of Alberta's Aryan Guard and W.E.B. and the Advocates For White Civil Rights in British Columbia, we have mostly teens and people in their 20s who act like teens. They do and say stupid things online and do things like try to blow up their rivals or attack city transit workers. In other words, they're complete, total fuck-ups and an embarrassment to the movement that they claim membership in.
The Blood and Honour organizing the march on Vancouver island differ from these other groups in a number of respects. First, they're far more quiet about what they do and rarely appear to solicit media scrutiny. Second, they're older and less inclined to act like jackasses online. Finally, they appear to have the revenue, either through donations or the ability to actually maintain steady employment (unlike the other groups mentioned) to be able to travel to the event being planned.
All this doesn't mean they're any better; they too should be confronted.
So, who are Blood and Honour Canada? Basically take a look at the Volksfront membership which overlaps:
|UPDATE 1: Received information that two of the people pictured |
are minors. Changed made to reflect that possibility
Jan and Shawn again.
An as yet unknown (though we have a name we suspect might be him), Shawn and Victoria.
We also know that Volksfront Canada leader Brad Galloway - Shawn was a groomsman at his wedding - plans on attending as well:
While we're interested in a number of these individuals, Vicky Cahill is of particular interest. Vicky is an Irish national currently living in the United States and who frequently visits the Blood and Honour crew in BC. On Stormfront, she posts as "WarMaiden" and was one of the people who commented on Reitmeier's picture with the South Asian woman (she was the one who originated the thread).
She also somewhat infamous for being the niece of Martin "The General" Cahill:
Niece of crime boss Cahill using Net to promote Irish racial hate
On this side of the pond, Vicky Cahill is known for her involvement with Women for Aryan Unity. Among the activities of the WAU are included raising money for "Prisoners of War" like Chester Doles and members of The Order, a hate group associated with the Aryan Nations which, in the early to mid 1980s, engaged in amored car robberies and the murder of a Jewish radio talk show host. To the right we see Vicky standing beside the body of one of those criminals she and the rest of the movement considers a hero. Who's the stiff? None other than David Lane who died back in 2007.
Actually, this creepy photo of Lane is actually sort of funny if you know a little about what has happened since the photo was taken. Lane had wanted to be cremated and his ashes put into the capstone of a pyramid that would be his memorial (good thing he didn't have an ego). When he died his corpse was released to Nazi stage mom and now Nazi matchmaker (hehe) April Gaede as per earlier arrangements made by Lane who was dying of cancer. Surprisingly, the gals Gaede and Calhill discovered that pyramids weren't cheap (no doubt affected by the housing bubble), so rather than build a grand pyramid to honor the "great man" of the movement, they instead decided it would be a great idea to put his ashes into 14 smaller pyramids, like paper weights, and send said paper weights to 14 Aryan women around the world.
The photo, which has been circulating around the Net for a few years now, set off a bit of a feud between Cahill and Gaede (so much for the "unity" part of Women for Aryan Unity we guess). Later, there was a fight over some of Lane's ashes, as Cahill accused Combat 18 in Australia of having stolen the ashes and demanding they be returned.
Guess who'd planning on coming to Canada this month?
UPDATE: Well isn't that a disappointment? Looks like Vicky won't be coming, at least according to this most recent Stormfront update: