27 October 2010
Hey, with all the focus on the civic election in Ontario this past Monday, we almost forgot that Terry Tremaine, who is pictured above (second from the left) with Paul Fromm (far left), Dave Ruud of the Northern Alliance (in the black, "Punisher" t-shirt) and Tomasz Winnicki (far right) would soon be tried on contempt charges:
This is all related to Tremaine's refusal to abide by a CHRT ruling, but he's also facing criminal charges for some of his writing as well.
November always seems to be an interesting month.
25 October 2010
In Toronto where Rob Ford has been declared the victor, Don Andrews has received 988 votes with 1831 of 1870 Polls Reporting. This represents 0.129% of the total vote.
Over in Mississauga, Paulie has received 889 votes with 226 of 231 polls reporting, representing 0.66% of the total vote.
Things seem to be a little slower in London, but with 425 of 900 polls reporting. Winnicki has received 38 total votes, or 0.2% of the total. If this continues, Winnicki should get between 75 and 85 votes by the end of the night.
The numbers aren't surprising in the least. We'll discuss the implications later.
UPDATE 1: The numbers are all in, at least in Mississauga.
The final unofficial tally for Paulie is 917 votes, or 0.65% of the total vote.
In Toronto, it looks like when all is said and done, Don Andrews will finish with a little over 1000 votes, perhaps reaching 1100, though that looks to be a long shot since he's currently at 1023 (0.127% of the vote with five polling stations left to report).
In London, Winnicki has 101 votes (0.2%) with 607 of 900 polling stations reporting. If he maintains these numbers, Winnicki will be looking at about 150 votes by the end of the night.
Civic elections are pretty notorious for their low voter turnout, so we expected the total number of voters would be low. While the voter turnout has still been abysmal, they are a bit higher than we had anticipated. We had certainly expected that Andrews, Fromm and Winnicki would finish with under 1% of the total vote each, which has turned out to be accurate. We actually expected Paulie's percentage of the vote to be a bit higher in the o.75% to 0.85% range, and for a while it looked like that would happen when Paulie was at 0.78% of the total vote count.
UPDATE 2: Winnicki finishes with 234 votes (0.2%) with all 900 polling stations reporting. It also looks like London had a higher than expected turnout as well, as did a number of other cities.
In Mississauga, the increase in voters was really quite marked. Last election in 2006 saw 107,531 people vote in the mayoral race. This year the number was 143,501. Even taking into account the fact the city has grown during the intervening years, this number is a big jump when compared to previous elections:
2006: 107,531 (24.72%)
2003: 81,533 (19.99%)
2000: 97,028 (25.60%)
1997: 69,617 (20.90%)
We don't know the current population of the city, but we would imagine that the 2010 is close to 30%.
Still, it really is disappointing to see how few people seem to give a damn about who is running their respective cities.
23 October 2010
All this isn't sitting well with people who oppose sec. 13, but are growing increasingly concerned that Paulie's shameless self-promotion is hurting their efforts:
Over in London, Ontario, Tomasz Winnicki continues his efforts, though in some ways he appears slightly more realistic about his chances of winning based on a note to his potential supporters on his website:
Do not worry about not winning or the temporary disappointment of voting for a candidate you know will not win. What is important are the tasks and work we undertake after the election in order to stop the civilization wreckers, the so-called 'liberals' and 'conservatives' who were wrecking our economy and social structure for decades.
Right. Because a balding, single man living with his parents is just the person who will turn the whole system around.
Recently, Winnicki was pictured standing proudly in front of one of his campaign signs:
Our first thought, somewhat snarky, is whether Winnicki has ever actually talked to a girl before. Our second thought was that we find it amusing that a man with such a low opinion of women would feature one on his campaign sign. Good enough to be eye candy, not good enough as a conversationalist, we guess.
Well, sadly, someone may have taken it upon him or herself to remove the signs or knock them over:
Winnicki posted an email he received from someone purporting to have committed that dastardly deed:
Okay, so it looks like "Caylen" has Winnicki pretty much pegged.
We COULD do what the boneheads do whenever White Supremacist and Nazi graffiti finds its way onto synagogues, community centers, and graveyards; claim that it was actually done by themselves to garner greater publicity and sympathy. But we'll give Winnicki the benefit of the doubt here.
We in ARC don't endorse the damaging and theft of campaign signs. In fact, especially in Winnicki's case, we really, really want those signs all over the place.
What better reminder of the kind of person Winnicki is and why people should not take him seriously than seeing this on your way to work in the morning:
We mean, who could really take Winnicki seriously after seeing this?
On Monday, the elections in Missisuagua, London and Toronto (we haven't forgotten about you, Don Andrews) will take place. We're currently taking bets within ARC on how many votes each candidate receives:
Fromm: The high number is currently at around 650 votes, while the low is 120.
Winnicki: We're looking at between 35 and 110 votes.
Andrews: Since Toronto is a wee bit larger than Mississauga and London, the high number in our pool is 3,500. The low is 330. Most of us think the high number will be way, way off.
It'll be interesting to see the results.
22 October 2010
In an extremely close finish, the following ad has won our childish little contest by a single vote over the next closest ad (27 to 26):
Congratulations. We will now donate $200.00 to the charity of the winner's choice.
We suspect that this might be one of the few times that the word "winner" has been associated with Paulie who will, with little doubt, be going down in flames when the votes in Mississauga begin rolling in.
Thank you everyone who contributed to the contest. We think we're going to have to do this again soon.
20 October 2010
By Valerie Fortney, Calgary Herald
We do have to take issue with the first part of the article in which Mr. Tarek Fatah insists that Islamophobia doesn't exist, at least to any significant degree, in Canada:
For his Tuesday morning interview on CBC Radio's The Current, Tarek Fatah was prepared to once again insist that "Islamophobia" in Canada simply doesn't exist.
But when host Anna Maria Tremonti posed it to him on this particular day of all days, the founder of the Muslim Canadian Congress answered with a whole new twist.
"I said, 'If there is indeed Islamophobia, then we wouldn't have elected Naheed Nenshi as the mayor of Calgary -- a first in North America.'"
For Fatah, currently on tour for his new book, The Jew Is Not My Enemy, Nenshi's historic moment has only further confirmed his long held but often challenged belief that "those who make the claim of Islamophobia being rampant in Canada should hang their heads in shame."To claim that the election of Mr. Nenshi as mayor in Calgary means that their is no such thing as Islamophobia would be like claiming the re-election of Mr. Mandel in Edmonton means Antisemitism in Canada no longer exists or that the election of Obama in 2008 means that racism has ceased to exist in the United States. These claims are sadly wishful thinking.
We point to a few examples of such Islamophobia now.
First, we find it in the expected places. A few of the comments that have been posted to Stormfront, including one of our favorites, John Marleau (bon89):
So in their minds, Mr. Nenshi is a, "foreigner" (though he was born and raised in Canada and had lived in Calgary longer than his two main opponents) who got in simply because of his religion and because minorities voted for him. Considering that visible minorities in Calgary comprised less than a quarter of Calgary's population as of the 2006 census, it seems pretty obvious that even is every person of color who voted in the election voted for Nenshi, that wouldn't be even close to putting him over the top (it also assumes all minorities will vote for a person just because of the color of his skin or the faith he professes; if we were to bet we would guess that conservative Muslims would have felt more comfortable voting for Mr. McIver than Mr. Nenshi).
Of course an added benefit for Calgary is that open invitation to other boneheads by the Aryan Guard to move to Calgary might be dead in the water now:
We're sure that the presence of, "AngryWhitGuy" will not be missed by most of the good people of Calgary.
But this is all low hanging fruit. Of course people posting on the largest, most infamous, hate website are going to be upset that a Brown-skinned Muslim with a non-Anglo name was elected to the highest office in Calgary civic politics. These people are, to put it mildly, on the fringes of political discourse, and if this was all that we would have to work with, then Mr. Fatah would be right to criticize us for claiming the posters of Stormfront represent the rest of Canada at large. However, we would point to other examples.
Currently there is a very interesting discussion on the Free Dominion boards regarding the election of Mr. Nenshi. While there are those who are more concerned about his political ideology than his religious background, there are more than a few who seem to believe that the election of a left 0f center academic is the harbinger of a future Alberta caliphate. We would post screenshots, however Blogger is acting funny right now so instead we'll direct our readers to the Free Dominion thread where the discussion is taking place.
Posters on Free Dominion run the gambit of political thinking, from moderate right wing to far right wing, however the site includes individuals who would be considered mainstream in their political thinking.
What seems clear, at least to us, is that in the minds of some Islamophobes, there is nothing any individual Muslim can do to dissuade people who irrationally believe that every Muslim is a secret extremist. By all accounts, Mr. Nenshi is a moderate, even liberal, Muslim who has fully integrated himself into the country in which he was born and who has loudly and frequently voiced his opposition to extremist views within his faith. In short, he is everything that critics of Islam claim they expect of Muslims and perhaps more.
And it still isn't enough.
The election of Mr. Nenshi (who, by the way, wasn't even our favored candidate) is absolutely a big step and shows that Calgary can not be stereotyped as a wholly intolerant community. However, there are still individuals in this country who continue to view Mr. Nenshi as suspect and not fully Canadian because of his religious background, so there's still work to be done.
19 October 2010
Yes, THAT Calgary. The one in Alberta.
No, that is not a typo.
We can sort of hardly wait for the crying and gnashing of teeth from the usual suspects:
CALGARY— Globe and Mail Update
If you don't know the name Naheed Nenshi, take note.
A grassroots campaign driven by volunteers has delivered Canada its first Muslim mayor – Mr. Nenshi, who scored a staggering win in Calgary’s mayor’s race Monday.
He defeated two better-funded candidates, including one backed by Stephen Harper’s campaign team, and saw his support surge in the final few weeks. To say Mr. Nenshi's campaign was austere is understatement – he delivered his speech in a basement that was donated by a supporter at the last second.
The 38-year-old Mr. Nenshi survived a smear campaign and a telephone failure in the crucial final days and hours, before running away with what was to be a close vote. His candidacy was branded the “Purple Revolution,” named for his campaign colour and driven by a broad demographic that included strong youth support. He achieved what many observers thought impossible – a wonkish, even dorky, academic and visible minority elected to the helm of what is often called Canada's most conservative city after a campaign driven by charisma and sheer determination.
“Today Calgary is a different place than it was yesterday. A better place,” Mr. Nenshi said in a speech to his supporters.
Shortly after 10 p.m. local time, CTV declared him the winner. Global News followed suit an hour later.
When returns finally showed him in the lead – one he would not relinquish – a bar where Mr. Nenshi was watching results erupted in a deafening cheer.
“The bar was amazing,” a grinning Mr. Nenshi told The Globe and Mail as he walked into his campaign office. “If you have never heard the sound of a city collectively losing its mind, you needed to be in that bar.”
He said his win “means we’ve got a lot of work to do, starting tomorrow [Tuesday],” and that he was “a little” surprised with how many votes he received.
“It means people heard my message,” he said.
His win also proves that the Internet is a key tool in politics and does indeed deliver support – Mr. Nenshi had far more
But Mr. Nenshi had 39 per cent of the vote with 229 of 241 polls reporting, followed closely by alderman Ric McIver with 32 per cent and former CTV anchor Barb Higgins with 26 per cent. Ms. Higgins raced to an early lead before her numbers collapsed, while Mr. Nenshi started slow and then spiked.
Mr. McIver, meanwhile, had campaigned essentially since the last election in 2007, preparing to challenge outgoing Mayor Dave Bronconnier, a bitter rival. When Mr. Bronconnier elected not to run, Mr. McIver became the race’s de facto front-runner, with a significant war-chest and plenty of backing among Calgary's conservatives.
Ms. Higgins entered the race late with little experience but significant name recognition, and tried to position herself as a moderate able to build consensus on city council, which has been bitterly divided for the past three-year term largely because of Mr. Bronconnier and Mr. McIver. Had Ms. Higgins won, she would have been Calgary's first female mayor. However, critics insisted that she didn’t have the experience to take the top job, unlike Mr. McIver the alderman and Mr. Nenshi, a veteran observer of city hall.
Voter turnout was high, with early returns suggesting it could reach 50 per cent, well higher than the 33 per cent turnout in 2007.
Elsewhere in the province, Edmonton Mayor Stephen Mandel easily clinched a third term. The mayors of Red Deer and Wood Buffalo, a municipality that includes Fort McMurray and the oil sands
In Wood Buffalo, incumbent Melissa Blake won by a landslide, with more than triple the vote of her closest rival, Councillor John Vyboh.
The race in Red Deer was closer than expected. Incumbent Morris Flewwelling appeared poised to win over his lone challenger, Hilary Penko.
And in Lethbridge, a city of 85,000 with a wide-open mayor's race, alderman Rajko Dodic eked out a narrow, 208-vote victory over Chris Spearman. Two other candidates finished close behind. The outcome had been impossible to predict, as the city's lone pollster had elected to run for council himself, leaving the community without a sense of the state of the race.
Hey, remember when the Aryan Guard (now C18 aligned Blood & Honour) were encouraging people to move to Calgary, promising to pay the damage deposit of those who came, because the city was more open to their views?
How's that working out for you there guys?
Of course, they could always run away to Edmonton...... where Stephen Mandel (who is Jewish) easily won another term in office.
Good times, dear readers. Good times.
18 October 2010
Windsor, N.S.— The Canadian Press
A Nova Scotia man charged after a cross was burned earlier this year on the lawn of an interracial couple has pleaded guilty to criminal harassment.
But Justin Rehberg proceeded with his trial Monday on the charge of inciting racial hatred. Two other charges — uttering threats and mischief — were dropped.
Crown lawyer Darrell Carmichael argued that setting a cross on fire on Feb. 21 just after midnight was terrifying and a clear incitement to racial hatred.
But defence lawyer Chris Manning said while his client's act was “contemptible,” it didn't have the effect of inciting others to racial hatred.
Instead, he noted the cross-burning prompted an anti-racism march.
Shayne Howe, who is black, and Michelle Lyon, who is white, said they awoke early in the pre-dawn darkness of Feb. 21 to find a two-metre cross burning in front of their rural home in Poplar Grove in central Nova Scotia. They said the cross had a noose attached.
They also told police they heard someone yelling racial slurs, but couldn't see them.
At the time, Ms. Lyon said the couple and their five children, aged two to 17, were terrified by the incident and considered moving from the Windsor area.
But they said they were encouraged to stay when the community rallied to support them. The family received phone calls, emails, cards and personal visits from people across the province offering their support and expressing shock.
Outside the Windsor court, Ms. Lyon said she is still concerned for her safety.
“I'm always afraid of what's going to happen,” she said.
“I don't go out usually after dark. I'm home, doors are locked, alarms set. I'm very diligent on safety in the home and safety when I'm outside the home, only because there is a lot of media coverage on this and there are a lot of supporters on their side.”
Provincial court Judge Claudine MacDonald adjourned Rehberg's case until Nov. 5. That's when she is expected to rule on his not guilty plea and set a date for sentencing on the guilty plea.
Mr. Rehberg's brother, Nathan, is also charged in the case. His trial is scheduled to begin Nov. 10.This here is our favorite part:
But defence lawyer Chris Manning said while his client's act was “contemptible,” it didn't have the effect of inciting others to racial hatred.
Instead, he noted the cross-burning prompted an anti-racism march.Right. Because that others were disgusted by Justin Rehberg's actions that they came together to publicly condemn the act, that should be a mitigating factor in the trial on hate charges. We can see how that could be argued to a jury:
"So you see ladies and gentlemen of the jury, Mr. Rehberg burning a cross on the lawn of an interracial couple actually brought the community together. Instead of prosecuting him, Mr. Rehberg should be given an award for promoting tolerance. Truly, Justin Rehberg is sort of a Gandhi... no.... he's a Christ-like figure. We should thank him for this great gift he's given our community."
Can you believe there are people who think we're sarcastic?
The defence attorney seems to have forgotten about the subsequent torching of the couples' car which then prompted their desire to leave their community (we don't know if they did ultimately move).
Seems like the cross burning could have played a role in prompting the follow-up act of harassment.
16 October 2010
Now then, there is a very good chance that the majority of our readers might be bored to tears should they decide to read the entirety of this particular blog post, however as some of us in the ARC Collective are closet history geeks, so we would ask you to indulge our guilty pleasure. Besides, we enjoy alternative avenues by which we can show how much "White Nationalist" are full of shit.
During one of our frequent forays onto Paulie's Facebook profile, we came across the following post:
Our friends in the Southern Poverty Law Center have a lot to say about Kyle Bristow, a past Michigan State University student (currently a University of Toledo College law student) and Young Americans for Freedom leader who in that capacity has invited Paulie to speak at a number of YAF gatherings. Bristow has now decided to add author to his dubious resume:
While we haven't read White Apocalypse, we do know that the premise of the novel is that Europeans crossing the Atlantic, not Asians crossing the Bering Straits land-bridge, were the real "First Americans." This claim is based on the interesting, though terribly flawed, Solutrean Hypothesis.
In a nutshell, the Solutrean Hypothesis posits that, based on the superficial similarity between Solutrean European and North American Clovis lithic (stone) technologies, that the Clovis Culture is an extension of the Solutrean Culture. This means that Europeans made a perilous journey across the Atlantic Ocean between 22,000 and 17,000 BCE. Proponents of this hypothesis point to additional support, such as the discovery of Kennewick Man in 1996 and the presence of Haplogroup X in modern Native Americans peoples as further evidence for their claim.
We should stress that in and of itself the Solutrean Hypothesis, while we believe terribly flawed and not especially rigorous scientifically, is not racist. To be certain the history of the peopling of the Americas is complex and there may be a chance, albeit unlikely, that paleolithic Europeans may have contributed to the genetic make-up of present Native Americans in the Americas. However, when the likes of Bristow, Fromm and other "White Nationalists" subscribe to the hypothesis, it is further twisted into something that wreaks of racism.
In his novel, Bristow further claims that that the Solutrean Culture was mercilessly wiped out by the invading "Beringians" who have in modern times been involved in a massive conspiracy to withhold that knowledge from the public. The underlying purpose of the novel appears to be to deny "aboriginal" status to First Nations peoples and claim that status for the much later European colonizers. Paulie himself echos this claim in his review of the novel which Bristow posts on his blog:
“Kyle Bristow’s novel dedicated to North America’s ‘real Native Americans’—Europeans who have been here for more than 15,000 years—is a soaring inspirational dramatization of our people taking our continent back from the Third World invaders. From the very first cathartic scene in which the protagonist dispatches a gang of Hispanic thugs seeking to murder his family, I felt I was reading the actualization of Rudyard Kipling’s insightful poem ‘The Wrath of the Awakened Saxon.’” Paul Fromm
Director, Canada First Immigration Reform Committee
Paulie isn't the only person to provide a favorable review of the novel. Other "White Nationalists," including Billy Roper of White Resistance and Kevin Alfred Strom, founder of National Vanguard (and convicted sex offender) have also offered their unequivocal praise for Bristow's writing and scholarship.
But exactly how rigorous is Bristow's scholarship? Does the Solutrean Hypothesis really have a leg to stand on when subjected to historical and scientific scrutiny?
Let's take a look at the hypothesis now to determine whether it is worth legitimate discussion or dismissed for lack of convincing evidence.
For years, the proponents of the Solutrean Hypothesis focused their attention on the lithic technology of the Clovis Culture. The Clovis Culture is named after the distinctive projectile points that were first discovered near Clovis, New Mexico in the 1920s but which were in fact wide spread throughout North America:
Clovis represents the earliest known culture in the Americas, dating back with accuracy to roughly 11,500 BCE (though this date might be pushed back with some recent discoveries). Some scholars have wondered how such an advanced lithic technology could have appeared so suddenly in the Americas with no seemingly apparent precursor technologies. Some of these scholars also noted that the Clovis point bares some similarities to the Solutrean Laurel Leaf points created between 22,000 and 17,000 BCE:
These points, which would have also taken hours of man hours and incredible skill to create, are often considered to be evidence that the Solutreans could have created the similar Clovis points found in the Americas. However, while both the Solutrean Laurel Leaf and the Clovis points might be the apex of lithic technology, they really are not as similar as proponents of the Solutrean Hypothesis might claim.
First, the size and utility of the points are very different. While most Clovis points are between 1 and 4 inches in length, Solutrean Laurel Leaf points are often a foot long. The thinness of the finest examples of the Solutrean Laurel Leaf also calls into question whether it had any utilitarian purpose at all; microscopic examination of the large blade wear patterns indicate that they were not used for utilitarian purposes -- hunting or cutting -- likely because they were far to fragile. Rather, these blades would have been ceremonial in nature and perhaps created as religious offerings. Clovis, on the other hand, was clearly a robust projectile point used for hunting. They have been associated with kill sites and have even been found associated with the bones of megafauna. Much larger points, such as those found in a cache in a Washington orchard, were created as ceremonial offerings, however the majority of those found were used to hunt the megafauna that roamed the Americas. Smaller, utilitarian Solutrean points and tools (some examples of which are found below) don't look much like Clovis points at all:
An even more significant difference between Solutrean and Clovis points is that Clovis points are fluted while Solutrean are unfluted:
Making a fluted projectile point is a very difficult and dangerous part of the stone working process. The flintknapper created the flute on both sides of the projectile point by placing a precise, single blow to the point on both sides using an antler. One misplaced blow could shatter the point, wasting dozens of hours of labor. Obviously, the knapper would need to be incredibly skilled. The reason for creating fluted points is that it likely allows the point to be hafted onto a spear easier and makes the spear a little more aerodynamic when thrown:
Clovis, and Paleo-Indians who followed Clovis such as Folsom, fluted their points. Solutreans didn't.
We mentioned that Clovis is the earliest Paleo-Indian culture for which we have strong evidence, however there have been some sites that might represent a pre-Clovis culture. The earliest in North America which can be reasonably dated (though much controversy remains) is Cactus Hill. However, if our proponents of the Solutrean Hypothesis want to point to the lithic technologies of Cactus Hill, they're going to run into problems explaining what appears to be a regression in lithic technology. A side by side comparison of the lithic technologies seems appropriate here:
Supporters of the Solutrean Hypothesis will need to explain how the advanced lithic technology
of the Solutrean culture appears to have regressed, only to advance once again in order to justify any effort to claim pre-Clovis cultures as Solutrean.
Still on the issue of culture, perhaps our Solutrean supporters could explain why Clovis culture does not produce cave art, even though cave art during the Solutrean culture is one of the most significant indicators of the culture:
Finally, proponents of the Solutrean Hypothesis need to reconcile wildly different dates. The Solutrean Culture of Western Europe existed between 22,000 and 17,000 BCE while the Clovis Culture definitively emerged around 11,500 BCE. That leaves a gap between Solutrean and the Clovis of 5,500 years.
However there was a recent discovery that might push Clovis back to 13,500 BCE. Even if we were to grant a date of 13,500 BCE as the beginning of Clovis (and that really is up in the air) that still means that supporters of the Solutrean Hypothesis must explain a gap of 3,500 years.
To put that space of time in perspective, human advancements in technology have gone from the building of Queen Hatshepsut's beautiful mortuary temple near the Valley of the Kings in Egypt to the building of the International Space Station:
Supporters of the Solutrean Hypothesis have yet to adequately explain the gap between the end of the Solutrean in Europe and the emergence of Clovis in the Americas.
Supporters of the Solutrean Hypothesis seemed to get a bit of a boost back in 1996. In Kennewick Washington, the nearly completely intact skeletal remains of a human were found. One of the first physical anthropologists who examined the bones, James Chatters, initially believed that the remains were those of a European settler from the late 1800s based on morphological features that appeared Caucasoid. However, radio carbon dating placed the age of the remains at more than 9,000 BCE, indicating he was a Paleo-Indian.
News of a pre-historic European found in Washington state made international news (in reality there are other ancient human remains that have been found in North America with similar features). A number of articles have also stated that the reconstructed face bares a striking similarity to that of Patrick Stewart.
Local Native American groups claimed Kennewick Man as an ancestor and demanded the return of the remains, in accordance with the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA), setting off a decade long fight over control of the remains. Scientists wanted to study them. Native Americans wanted to bury them with dignity. "White Nationalists" seem to believe this is a cover-up to prevent knowledge of European antiquity in the Americas from being disseminated to the public and, thus, the true "Native Americans" are White Europeans.
Simplistic would be a charitable way to describe the "White Nationalist" perspective here.
The reality is that, while Kennewick Man, as well as other ancient remains (such as the Spirit Cave mummy) do not appear to look like modern First Nations peoples, they really don't look like modern Europeans either. In fact, they don't look like any modern human ethnic group, though further study and comparison does indicate that the Kennewick Man skull is the closest to that of the Ainu of Japan:
The Ainu are the indigenous peoples of Japan and are believed to be linked to the Jōmon period. While we don't pretend to be experts in human osteology, he do notice the similarity between the Kennewick Man skull and Jōmon period skulls. Here we have the Kennewick Skull followed by two Jōmon period skulls:
We aren't going to claim that Kennewick Man's origins is found among the Ainu of Japan, but the fact is that no contemporary population looks like populations from the ancient past. The sharing of genetic information between populations changes those populations over time. In reality, had the remains of Kennewick Man looked exactly like modern Europeans, scientists would be at a loss to explain it, however they would be equally confused if they found a 9,000 year old skeleton of a modern looking European in Europe as well.
The Europeans of the Solutrean Culture were the Cro-Magnon. The Cro-Magnon were fully modern humans in all senses of the word; physically and intellectually. If you were to somehow transport a Cro-Magnon man (or woman) to the present, dress in in jeans and a t-shirt, and set him down in any modern, multi-ethnic city in Europe, no one would even notice him. However, there are some significant morphological differences between modern Europeans and Cro-Magnon. Cro-Magnon had a slightly larger cranial capacity than modern Europeans (this is not an indicator of a greater intelligence, by the way). Their cranium was more rounded and the eye sockets more rectangular-shaped. Below we have first the skull of a modern European and then that of two Cro-Magnon skulls:
In other words, just as we wouldn't expect modern European populations to look like their ancient counterparts, we should also not expect ancient Native Americans to look like their ancient counterparts.
The "White Nationalists" who have grasped onto the Solutrean Hypothesis claim that Native Americans who came later wiped out the pre-existing European peoples of the Americas. These White Nationalists write in such a way as to express the pathos of the alleged tragedy. They picture the last of the Solutreans, no doubt a double for Conan himself, fighting to his dying breathe the hordes of brown-skinned beast-humans who poured over the Bering landbridge overwhelming the Solutrean population. In a blog post from the online radio show, "The Right Perspective," which claims to offer more proof of the Solutrean Hypothesis, one of the program's hosts, Frank of Queens, wrote the following in the comments section:
You can thank TRP for carrying this article! We've been telling you this for years and have done so unapologetically. It is not America, but Nothern Great Solutrea. Southern Great Solutrea is the correct name for South America. Our people were here FIRST, and were murdered in a horrific act of genocide by the invading Beringians. We were here first, and those who don't like it, well, get over it!
Our great White Solutrean Ancestors came here, not 1,000 years ago, but more like 30,000 years ago! Meadcroft Rock Shelter in Pa. proves this overwhelmingly! The reason that the incredibly savage Meso-Amerikan Maya pressed and elongated the skull of the royalty was because of the race memory of the Great White Gods who we now know to be our Great White Solutrean Ancestors! Think of it. How many tens of thousands of years were our people here? It took thousands for them to traverse the continent and come to the Columbian river in Kennewick Washington State. There were no horses to carry them. They walked! Our ancestor, the Kennewick Man was brutally slaughtered by the Beringians and his people also! They found a spear point in his hip. Please tune into The Right Perspective on the week of April 20 for World Solutrean Day! Please, tell your children that Our Great White Solutrean Ancestors settled this land and were destroyed! Ours were a peaceful people, who welcomed the Beringians in peace, and were paid back in DEATH! They left little trace, because they honoured nature and lived lightly on the land. Their great cities were organic entities that blended with nature, not against it! They had no word for WAR, but were a kind, peaceful, gentle, loving people. Our elders teach us this, and you must teach others! One People, One Culture, One Race!
Remember, the Berigians teach of "Great White Gods" who taught the arts of civilization to them. These are the history of Solutrean Ancestors told in myth. The proof is here as it always was, but is being suppressed. Mexico will find more Solutrean proof, and the proof won't be buried as it is happening here! They aren't P.C. idiots who are afraid to "offend" the Beringians. Civilizations build upon the older ones. Thus, as ever, it is proved. So therefore, I predict that deep with the Mexico valley where Mexico City is, they will one day find the remains of a vast Solutrean City! Our ancestors have slept for tens of thousands of years, but their voices won't be stilled!
The "Myth of Atlantis" and the story of "The Garden of Eden" are right beneath your feet! Those who returned to Europe, told of the wonderous land beyond the Pillars of Hercules, our Solutrea! It was a paradise, "The Garden of Eden". No war, no famine, no hatred, a land of incredible peace and plenty of all! Hail Solutera! It is the REAL Atlantis!
There are two problems with this believe (besides the lack of any physical proof to verify their claim of an ancient ethnically-based genocide). The first problem has to do with the mythology created by White Nationalists themselves.
Many White Nationalists claim that their ancestors, Aryans, were a superior warrior race. These same White Nationalists ascribe this characterization to the Solutreans as well. But if the Aryan/Solutreans really were a superior warrior race, and one which had close to 5,500 years to settle the continent (and the accompanying increase in population that goes with that), then how could this superior people be exterminated by relatively few bands of less technologically advanced, "Beringians"? Wouldn't the Solutreans be able to wipe out these small, isolated groups as soon as it looked like they were going to become significant competitors for resources?
In their efforts to make Europeans into the victims of an ancient race war, "White Nationalists" inadvertently provide evidence that they aren't exactly on the top of the human hierarchy.
Still, claiming to be the victims of genocide by a less advanced, fewer in number and genetically inferior (their claims) population is actually preferable to the alternative.
Perhaps the best evidence that ancient Europeans might have made their way across the Atlantic at one time (and the evidence is still flimsy at best) is found not in material remains, but in genetics. Among the five main genetic markers found in modern First Nations peoples, four are clearly Asian in origin. However there is a fifth known as Haplogroup X which, in addition to being found in the Americas, is found in Western Asia and in Europe. This marker is found in all Native American groups in North and South America, but it is most pronounced among the Algonquian peoples.
Even though this is perhaps the best evidence for the Solutrean Hypothesis, one will rarely hear a "White Nationalist" proponent of the hypothesis discuss it. Of course, our readers can guess the reason why.
Rather than wiping out the Solutrean peoples of the Americas, the "Beringians" and Solutreans shared their genetics. In other words, they regularly knocked boots... or moccasins if you will.
Based on the genetics, the Solutreans would still be here in the genetics of their decendants who intermarried with those nasty "Beringians." In other words, and using the rhetoric of the "White Nationalists" the Solutreans would be the first race traitors of the Americas.
See why they would rather claim to have been wiped out?
Luckily for the "White Nationalists," it appears that the genetic markers, like the material remains (projectile points, human skeletal remains, etc) looks to be a dead end as well since evidence now indicates that all five haplogroups, including x, are from Asia and represent a single founding population. So we suppose they can rest a little easier with that knowledge.
Now we've gone on long enough here, but to sum up, even when you have a racist who tries to couch his or her racism in scientific language, it really doesn't take much to punch holes in their arguments. "White Nationalism" really is based on a very weak foundation of myth and twisted truths.
UPDATE: Turns out Mr. Bristow has graduated from Michigan State and is now enrolled in the University of Toledo College law program; he isn't an MSU law student. Changes have been made as appropriate.
15 October 2010
Not long ago we challenged our readers to come up with the best modification of Paulie's campaign ad. We received a number of great entries, however the following are among those we considered to be most worthy for consideration:
Voting begins now and will continue until next Friday.
And as we stated when we began the contest, the winner will have $200.00 donated to her's or his' charity of choice.
OCTOBER 22 UPDATE: Contest has ended. Winner is #3.
13 October 2010
10 October 2010
This evening, on a whim, one of our writers took a look at the Facebook group "Fuck Aryan Guard!!!!" created by Tyler Sturrup and administered by himself and Dustyn Johnson. At first, there's not much to really talk about, but then we noticed something that at least we found to be interesting. Let's see if our dear readers can spot it as well:
See it? No, not the pictures that Reitmeier took from this blog and posted to the group. Look for a name. See it? If not, here's a hint:
This is a picture from the March 21, 2008 Aryan Guard march in Calgary. We see McKee of course, but who is the rotund fellow with his arm wrapped around McKee's skinny shoulders? Why, it's none other than the Grand Dragon of the Saskatchewan Ku Klux Klan, Mr. Christopher Waters.
A few years back, Waters made the claim that there were over 200 Klan members in Saskatchewan and almost 3500 across Canada. He also stated they would soon be holding a major Klan event in Saskatchewan, however it never ultimately came to fruition. He, along with at least two other Saskatchewan-based Klan members, did attend the first Aryan Guard march in 2008, as pictured above, as well as attending the after party in full Klan Klown Kostume.
So how does Waters feel about McKee and the Aryan Guard now?
We suppose that Waters will not be attending the planned Aryan Guard March in 2011 then? Then again, since Reitmeier claims that W.E.B. is affiliated with the Klan and Aryan Nations, we might see them heading to Calgary anyways:
Also interesting, though not at all surprising, is that this blog is used by boneheads to keep tabs on each other as well:
The screenshot they took is of this one below, which was underlined (we presume by Johnson) to emphasis that Marleau and McKee shopped information on one of the targets of the pipe bomb to both us and to the spokesperson for the Calgary ARA (Marleau's denial is posted on the Facebook group by Reitmeier):
Gee, we wonder how pissed off when we drop a real bombshell eventually?