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The CNP Eligible For Official Party Status Part I: This Article is the Teaser. ;)

If you'd like to see what ARC and YVCE are planning for the next blog post and you don't mind spoilers, feel free to scroll to the end of this article. Then come back and read through the rest. I don't think you'll be disappointed.

By the end of August Travis Patron's efforts to have his far-right Canadian Nationalist Party recognized as an actual officially recognized party appears to have come to fruition:
Elections Canada sent party leader Travis Patron a letter on Thursday. It confirmed the party met the requirements for eligibility under the Canada Elections Act and can be registered for the upcoming election if the writs of election are issued on Sept. 9 or later. Even then, the party is still not actually registered. It must still endorse a candidate, whose candidacy then must be confirmed by a returning officer. Patron says he will run under the party banner in the southeast Saskatchewan riding of Souris—Moose Mountain. If readers click on the link they will note in the article there is mention of a plan to publicize the identities of those who supported the party’s Elections Canada application. Know that we WILL get back to this. In fact it will be the primary focus of the second article.

It shouldn't be a surprise to learn that Patron is very pleased:

Patron himself will be running in Souris-Moose Mountain in Saskatchewan (a Saskatchewan mountain???) and appears to be the only CNP candidate running in the 2019 federal election though this sad fact hasn't dampened his enthusiasm:

The fly in the ointment for Patron, as I've already alluded to, is that he and members of his newly minted official party are terrified of having their membership revealed:

I stress once again that we will absolutely be addressing this in the second article (if you AREN'T a CNP member or supporter, you are REALLY going to like it).
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Remembering the Birmingham church bombing

Southern Poverty Law Center - Sun, 09/15/2019 - 08:01
Fifty-six years ago today, four precious little girls were murdered in one of the most heinous acts of white supremacist terror of the civil rights era.

Weekend Read: Let us remember, let us reflect

Southern Poverty Law Center - Fri, 09/13/2019 - 11:54
Tomorrow marks 56 years since the murder of four young girls at the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama.

Trump’s Acting National Security Adviser Once Tied to Group Known for Anti-Muslim Stance

Southern Poverty Law Center - Wed, 09/11/2019 - 13:02
President Donald Trump’s new acting national security adviser once served on the board of directors for the Center for Security Policy, a group that started as a hawkish think tank and morphed into a leading anti-Muslim organization.

Far Right Infighting Part ∞ + 2: Chris Vanderweide Bites A Hand That Fed Him

Alternate title? "Everyone I Don't Like is a Libtard Antifa!"
For the remainder of his life, Chris Vanderweide will be known as the guy who sucker punched people attending a Pride event in Hamilton and wildly swinging a helmet while wearing what looked to be ill-fitting paint ball gear. This was followed up by his participation in a pre-meditated assault that took place after a poorly attended Pegida rally in a Toronto mall.

Now while this isn't the way I, or probably most others with a reasonable amount of self-respect and dignity would like to be remembered, Vanderweide doesn't seem to have had many affirming moments in his life and when the conspiracy theory-supporting anti-immigrant/Muslim/POC/LGBTQ crowd proclaimed him as their hero for carrying out the assaults they had dreamed about doing themselves online, he was all too willing to accept that praise while also engaging in a whole heap of shameless self-promotion and attempted monetization:

Now, fame amongst the fringe, far-right, Yellow Vesters and "patriot" hatriot crowd (I'm stealing that term from Yellow Vests Canada Exposed who were the first I heard coin it to describe these groups) is admittedly an extremely niche.... uhm.... honor? Is honor the right word to use?

In any case, despite still not being anyone actually important, Vanderweide soon began speaking of himself as bigger than the hatriot movement itself and quickly began to alienate former supporters and fans.
That alienation has continued.
This past Sunday Vanderweide decided to again brag about his importance and the insignificance of those groups that preceded him. Some didn't take especially kindly with him minimizing their efforts and, later, themselves personally. The following is a very, very, long group of (we'll say) discussions that occurred on his wall (four in total). Topics include the bail money that was raised, what he spent it on, his general lack of gratitude, allegations of fraud, criticism about the assault, and posturing over who is an alpha male and who is a beta cuck because.... you know.... these are grown men.

So sit back, grab a drink, and enjoy the program:

UPDATE: Holy hell, there's more. This time featuring such players as Worldwide Coalition Against Islam founder Joey Deluca, Kyle Puchalski of the Alberta Northern Guard, Onward Christian Soldier's Adam Stevenson, Bryan Trottier protegee (as if that is something to be proud to tell people) Shawn White, and a brief cameo by former Solders of Odin, now leader of his own hatriot group Urban Infidels (sigh.... the names are just the worst) and embarrassing facial hair aficionado "Heathen Steven." The mental force of their combined intellect, if harnessed to generate energy, might warm a piece of bread slightly though certainly not actually toast it.

Let the dumpster fire continue:

Jeff Schoep Sheds Neo-Nazi Past but Stays Loyal With Lawyer’s Maneuvers

Southern Poverty Law Center - Tue, 09/10/2019 - 15:03
The longtime leader of the neo-Nazi group the National Socialist Movement (NSM) has renounced his antisemitic past, but court records indicate he remains loyal to the organization.

Brief Update on ARC's Skyler François Article

I've been taking a bit of a mental health break from both the blog and researching the groups and individuals who have found their way here by generally being awful. Believe it or not I've been spending much of it gardening. Today I completed a field stone circle ring around one of my trees in which, after the winter, I'll plant some Irish Moss and English Ivy and hope the two plants get along better than the Irish and English have historicall (or because, of Brexit, currently). Next weekend will be spent dehydrating my chili peppers and herbs; basil, oregano, thyme, and rosemary. Then it will be time to winterize the yard and get ready for the first snowfall which I really hope won't occur until December at the earliest because as I get older I'm less inclined to enjoy shoveling snow while my feet and ears freeze.

After almost 12 years I thought I'd include a little slice of life element.
But I haven't been completely out of the loop.

The last article on the blog concerning the radicalization of a young man in British Columbia received a great deal of praise for which I'm very appreciative. My hope was that it might serve as a means to understand the process that takes place using this particular individual as a typical case.

Skyler François, the subject of the article, however didn't seem especially happy as he deleted both Twitter accounts and his Gab profile:

It isn't a surprise that he would have attempted to erase his online history despite it being a futile effort. He isn't the first to have done this after an ARC article and he won't be the last. He's also not the first to threaten ARC with legal action which he did as well:

This is that letter:


I almost never respond to these messages because, well, you all can see why. In this case however I decided to reply. This is the content of the email I sent to François (I'll also include some screen shots that I didn't send to him to further illustrate the point I'm making):
I wrestled a bit over whether or not to respond to this email. In the end I decided that I would since I believe there are things that need to be said. Let's start with the "cease and desist" letter. This document is one of the worst attempts at legal intimidation I've seen in years and trust me when I tell you that I have been provided numerous laughable examples for more than a decade. Let's break it down, shall we?
  1. A real document would include a letterhead stating the name of the law firm as well as the firm's address, phone number, website, and email address.
  2. The document would be signed by the attorney taking on the case whose name would be stated clearly in the document; it would NOT state that it is coming from some vague and nameless, "legal team."
  3. The person crafting the document would be sure to capitalize the name of his or her client. The use of the word "clients" at one point should contain an apostrophe since it denotes possession (ie: "client's rights" rather than "clients rights"). Also, "uptowards" is not an actual word in the English language.... or any other language than I'm currently aware of.
There are more issues with the mechanics of the letter and your attempt at using legal jargon, but I feel I've made my point. Now let's discuss the faulty logic behind the fake legal threat. Everything I wrote about you was based on information that you posted online yourself. If I could find it anyone, including future prospective employers who now make a habit of checking online for information about potential employees, can find it as well. Once it is online, your posts are for all intents and purposes public domain. I would further note that you claimed to be the head of a political party. While we might argue about the veracity of said claim, if it were to be accepted then that claim would make you a public figure which would also make you someone for whom a political critique would be warranted.

Regarding the suggestion that ARC is engaged in a "pattern of harassment" by pointing to a single, though incredibly well sourced, blog article featuring public statements made by the subject of the article and analysis of said statements, well.... none of this would be considered to be harassment in any way, shape, or form by any court in the country. The beauty of Canadian tort law is that the person who loses the case pays costs for both the parties especially if it is perceived as vexatious and without merit. Being made uncomfortable by your own words is not grounds to sue and you would not like the outcome of such a case should it be pursued. More important to me than the threat to ARC implied by your letter however is the rank hypocrisy in your letter. You complain about emotional distress and that you should "remain free from harassment." I would note that at no time do I suggest that anyone harass or harm you, however based on your own posts on Twitter you were very happy harassing others, celebrating violence committed against others, and creating fear in others when you thought you could do so with impunity.

Your attempt now to hide all of this by deleting the two Twitter accounts that I am aware of as well as your Gab profile is now sort of like closing the barn door once the horses have escaped. You may be young but at 22 but you are an adult and fully responsible for your words and actions. You need to live with the consequences of what you have written now and no amount of trying to escape from those consequences will change that fact. I always hold out hope for people like you though. You are young and it certainly isn't too late for you to go down a different path than the one you are on now. At the start of the article I posted a number of resources for those whose loved ones are being radicalized. I would urge you to contact someone who might be able to get you off this path because it never leads anywhere good. Yours, Anti-Racist Canada

I'm not sure if François will respond to my reply, but if he does and if it contains anything relevant I'll update this post.

Three Percent Security Force’s Split Highlights Plague of Infighting

Southern Poverty Law Center - Thu, 09/05/2019 - 12:57
The incessant power struggles that plague militia groups prompted defections in the Three Percent Security Force, robbed its leader of control and delivered the well-known antigovernment militia to the man who defied his commander.

Three Percent Security Force’s Split Highlights Plague of Infighting

Southern Poverty Law Center - Thu, 09/05/2019 - 12:57
The incessant power struggles that plague militia groups prompted defections in the Three Percent Security Force, robbed its leader of control and delivered the well-known antigovernment militia to the man who defied his commander.

Judge blocks ICE from denying parole to asylum-seekers

Southern Poverty Law Center - Thu, 09/05/2019 - 12:05
A federal judge ordered the Trump administration today to change its blanket policy of locking up people lawfully seeking asylum in the United States as a lawsuit filed by the SPLC and the American Civil Liberties Union of Louisiana makes its way through the federal courts.

Rift Exposed: A Desertion Robbed League of the South of Its Longtime Headquarters and Hints that a Member Chose His Real Estate Holdings over Southern Culture

Southern Poverty Law Center - Wed, 09/04/2019 - 09:42
League of the South (LOS), a neo-Confederate organization that advocates for Southern secession, has been roiled by a key defection that resulted in the group losing its headquarters in Wetumpka, Alabama, about 20 miles north of Montgomery.

New Human Rights Watch report highlights dangers in industry SPLC seeks to reform

Southern Poverty Law Center - Wed, 09/04/2019 - 07:10
A new report released by Human Rights Watch today highlights the increasingly dangerous conditions facing meatpacking workers across the United States – underscoring dangers the SPLC uncovered within an industry it has long sought to reform.

Hatewatch: Brave in the Dark

Southern Poverty Law Center - Tue, 09/03/2019 - 20:11
Using fake names and fictional avatars, wannabe killers and hatemongers exude courage and commitment to their hateful causes.

The Last Word: When Dollars Matter 
More Than Decency

Southern Poverty Law Center - Tue, 09/03/2019 - 19:51
As America’s technology and financial giants struggle, or refuse, to curb hate on their platforms, far-right extremists leverage them to build war chests that promote bigotry and violence.

Identity Unmasked: Meet the Proprietors of the Internet's Largest Neo-Confederate Propaganda Machine

Southern Poverty Law Center - Tue, 09/03/2019 - 19:47
A small Facebook campaign predicated on keeping Confederate monuments in place has morphed into a group of more than 200 ardent, secretive separatists planning to make the South a separate nation.

Spurned & Burned: Anti-Muslim Extremists Rebuff Prominent Chapter Leader

Southern Poverty Law Center - Tue, 09/03/2019 - 19:41
Images of the World Trade Center in flames exposed a schism between a notable hate group’s activists and its aspirations, leading to a prominent member’s resignation.

Out of the Darkness: Conversion Therapist Quits ‘Ex-Gay’ Movement

Southern Poverty Law Center - Tue, 09/03/2019 - 19:27
According to Truth Wins Out, Matheson’s fellow ex-gay leader Rich Wyler announced his exit in a post to a private Facebook group. TWO “goes undercover to expose ‘ex-gay’ conversion leaders as hypocritical frauds that have not actually changed their sexual orientation,” its website states.