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February 2019 Bits and Bites

You know, the reactionary Yellow Vesters really are doing a poor job of vetting their supporters.... unless the presence of neo-Nazis is a feature and not a bug (spoiler: it is a feature):


Pictured here is Brian Ruhe, friend and supporter of Paul Fromm, Holocaust denier, antisemite, and a quite literal Hitler worshiper:




ARC has of course profiled Ruhe a few times on the blog already:

Then again, Ruhe does really fit in to the reactionary Yellow Vester crowd given what ARC and especially Yellow Vests Canada Exposed have dug up. In fact others have decided to document the hatred and vitriol the supporters of this vitriolic movement has promoted, including on their own personal Facebook profiles:
@ARCCollective pic.twitter.com/HxIxJzOej8— ClydeGronk (@clydegronk) February 6, 2019

But then the violent Islamophobic rhetoric isn't confined to the reactionary Yellow Vesters. As the sentencing for the 2017 Quebec City mosque murderer is imminent, members and supporters of the Canadian Combat Coalition have some things to say.... all of which are absolutely disgusting:

With all this in mind and considering the numerous threats made by reactionary Yellow Vesters, I'm just going to leave this here to do with as you please:
Here is a list of hotels for the #YellowVestsCanada convoy to Ottawa. Please contact the hotels and mention that they are giving group rates to a hate group. @ARCCollective @YYCantiracist

If they question this, please direct them to the information that we have provided. pic.twitter.com/pdjmbiESe6— Yellow Vests Canada Exposed (@VestsCanada) February 6, 2019
Back in Alberta, a mosque received a threatening note demanding Muslims leave the province:
We are alarmed to find that another mosque in #yeg has been targeted by what appears to be the work of the clann.@jkenney should know that this is what antisemitism looked like ~100 years ago when antisemitic literature had been floating around freely. It didn't end well. https://t.co/QpXwjZNdfW— Calgary Anti-Racist Action (@YYCantiracist) February 6, 2019
It appears that the note comes from the Clann of which Ryan Dean and Tyson Hunt are members. The note, as well as the subsequent denial by Dean on the Clann Twitter account, seems to be another example of Dean trying to create his own false flag straw man in an effort to blame others:Read more »

This Lawsuit Hopes To Stop Identity Evropa's Founder From Hiding Behind Bankruptcy

Southern Poverty Law Center - Wed, 02/06/2019 - 10:16
A group of Charlottesville, Virginia, residents is asking a federal judge to block white nationalist and founder of Identity Evropa Nathan Damigo from protecting his assets by filing for bankruptcy.

We’ll be paying close attention to the State of the Union address

Southern Poverty Law Center - Tue, 02/05/2019 - 16:00
As President Trump has been talking about building his wall and preparing for the State of the Union address, the SPLC’s Mary Bauer has been at the border.

Historical marker alongside Alabama highway will honor civil rights martyr William Lewis Moore

Southern Poverty Law Center - Tue, 02/05/2019 - 14:58
Jerry Smith was humming along U.S. Highway 11 in his light-green, 1961 Chevrolet Corvair, when he came upon something unusual.

The Clann Agreement to Speak to Members of Al Rashid Mosque Made in Bad Faith

Last week the Clann which is an amalgam of the Wolves of Odin (which was formerly the Soldiers of Odin), Patriot Pride Canada, Canadian Infidels, Odin's Heathens, and a partridge in a pear tree harassed members of an Edmonton mosque. They claimed to be innocent lambs there only to ask questions and to use the toilet, though it seems rather odd that someone would preemptively broadcast his visit to said toilet and dare the media to report on it.... almost as if it was all a ruse to create both controversy and plausible deniability:

It is also hard to believe that they were the open-minded fellas they claimed to have been who simply wanted to discuss a holy book when one of the photos they proudly posted included this one....


.... as well as posting images such as this on your Twitter account three days later....


.... and posting a map of Edmonton-area mosques three days prior to the visit....


.... and finally a call to recruit "surveillance units and "gray men" to support the cause:

Ryan Dean really wants to play at being a soldier, though he would
never pass the physical or any of the psychological tests. 

The video that Tyson Hunt posted of the encounter outside Al Rashid Mosque was rather interesting. Both Hunt and Dean appear to believe that the video made them look reasonable and the two men speaking to them appear like fanatics:





Alternate title for screen shot: "Muslim Wearing Pants Is Scary"


In fact, the video posted by Hunt indicates a spectacular amount of patience on the part of the two men who spoke to Hunt and Dean:


Of course, Ryan Dean (who operates the Clann Twitter account) considers that they are the REAL victims because they are white.... all the while accusing the people they harassed at Al Rashid Mosque of playing the victim card:



And of course, they are also angry at the media for reporting on the story in a way that didn't make them appear as if they were the heroes of the story:
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Weekend Read: SPLC rallies on Super Bowl weekend to take down Confederate symbols

Southern Poverty Law Center - Fri, 02/01/2019 - 11:50
More than 100 million people will tune in to the Super Bowl in Atlanta tomorrow. We’ll be in Atlanta this weekend, too — but not for football.

Extremists Go Knocking on Dems' Doors - Police Are Returning the Favor

Southern Poverty Law Center - Thu, 01/31/2019 - 12:30
The staff for an Arizona congressman asked the U.S. Capitol Police on Wednesday to look into the extremist group Patriot Movement AZ (PMAZ) after its leaders posted photos and video of the congressman’s house and information about security measures for the property.

Extremists Go Knocking on Dems' Doors — Police Are Returning the Favor

Southern Poverty Law Center - Thu, 01/31/2019 - 12:30
The staff for an Arizona congressman asked the U.S. Capitol Police on Wednesday to look into the extremist group Patriot Movement AZ (PMAZ) after its leaders posted photos and video of the congressman’s house and information about security measures for the property.

Mark Krikorian Among Nativist, Anti-Muslim Figures Who Conferred With Trump During White House Meeting

Southern Poverty Law Center - Thu, 01/31/2019 - 09:18
A closed-door meeting between a far-right group and President Donald Trump took place at the Roosevelt Room on Jan. 17, a report last week by The New York Times revealed.

Feds File Hate Crime Charges in Tree of Life Shooting, Cite Antisemitic Posts on Gab

Southern Poverty Law Center - Wed, 01/30/2019 - 10:41
Federal prosecutors are saying overtly for the first time that the man charged with killing 11 people at the Tree of Life Synagogue did so because he’s antisemitic and his intended victims were Jewish.

Feds File Hate Crime Charges in Tree of Life Shooting, Cite Antisemitic Posts on Gab

Southern Poverty Law Center - Wed, 01/30/2019 - 10:41
Federal prosecutors are saying overtly for the first time that the man charged with killing 11 people at the Tree of Life Synagogue did so because he’s antisemitic and his intended victims were Jewish.

Anti-LGBT Church Splits Amidst Turmoil Following Resignation of Pastor, Reveals Fault Lines in New Anti-LGBT Church Network

Southern Poverty Law Center - Wed, 01/30/2019 - 10:10
Anti-LGBT hate group Stedfast Baptist Church (SBC) has split after pastor Donnie Romero resigned from the main SBC church in Fort Worth, Texas, in early January amidst revelations that he hired prostitutes and was involved in gambling and marijuana.

Yellow Jackets Canada Facebook Group Founder/Administrator Marc "Tyler" Malenfant: A Lying Liar Who Lies

I don't know why I continue to be both surprised and amused by Marc "Tyler" Malenfant's repeted claims that the racist and antisemitic posts he made to two news article back in 2015 are fake. For example when the "StarMetro Edmonton" confronted him, this happened:
The Yellow Vests Canada Facebook page lists a “Tyler Malenfant” as its administrator. The same Facebook profile was used to post comments on an Al Jazeera news article about a Jewish conspiracy to “destroy” Christianity and replace North America’s white majority through a concerted effort of mass migration. When asked about his comments on the news article, the user of the profile deleted the comments and denied they ever existed. The user said the screenshots StarMetro took were fake.This claim that the screenshots were "fake" or "fraudulent" were also made to CANADALAND which published an article this past Monday:
Malenfant has a history of racist, anti-Semitic, and bigoted comments online, as painstakingly documented by Anti-Racist Canada, a long-running project tracking the country’s far right. Asked by CANADALAND about these statements, Malenfant claims that Anti-Racist Canada’s screenshots are “fake” and “a fabrication”; he previously said the same thing to StarMetro Edmonton about screenshots they themselves took.Of course as CANADALAND noted, ARC had documented all of this three years prior to the existance of the Yellow Vests movement, the reactionary Canadian co-opting of the movement, and Malenfant's involvement in said co-opted movement. In other words, I had to know three years in advance that Marc "Tyler" Malenfant would be a player in a future far-right protest movement and preemptively fake screenshots to discredit him in the future. Not only me, but one other blogger as well.

I mean, I'm good, but I'm not fucking Nostradamus.

Malenfant, just off a forced Facebook vacation, posted the following missive denouncing the claims made against him:


While I can't say anything about this....


.... I sure as hell have more to say about this:


Yeah.... let's explore that, shall we?

Now Malenfant has deleted all of the screen shots from the Al-Jazeera article (and it looks like "Vice" removed all of the comments) though one can still see replies to Malenfant. That said I did take screen shots of all of them which can be found in the article from 2015. This one was among them:


Dmitri Balitsky was also a subject in that 2015 article. Based on Malenfant's invitation to participate in the discussion it is clear that he had a friendly relationship with Balitsky as well which we will be exploring. In the meantime it might be instructive to reacquaint readers with Balitsky.

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Racist Website Faith And Heritage Is Closing Up Shop

Southern Poverty Law Center - Mon, 01/28/2019 - 11:49
Faith and Heritage, a website launched in 2011 espousing the racist “Kinist” interpretation of Christian theology, announced on Jan. 13 that it would stop publishing articles.

Weekend Read: 'I’m going to be paying it down until I die.'

Southern Poverty Law Center - Fri, 01/25/2019 - 13:12
The women incarcerated in Corinth, Mississippi, have a phrase for it: “sitting it out.” We have another name for it: “debtors’ prison.”

SPLC statement on Trump administration policy that forces asylum seekers to wait in Mexico

Southern Poverty Law Center - Fri, 01/25/2019 - 10:20
The Trump administration’s war on asylum seekers sank to a new low with a policy that – beginning today – will force migrants to wait in Mexico while their cases wind through U.S. courts.

Proud Boy Threatens Portland Mayor: 'I'm Coming For You'

Southern Poverty Law Center - Fri, 01/25/2019 - 10:16
Proud Boy and Patriot Prayer collaborator Reggie Axtell threatened Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler, saying that his days are “fucking numbered.” His threats come amidst a mounting campaign by far-right reactionaries in the Pacific Northwest to harass and dox their political rivals.

James Sears and LeRoy St. Germaine of Racist Rag Your Ward News Convicted

I'm actually out of town but I figured that this was news worth publishing:

BREAKING: James Sears, editor of neo-Nazi paper Your Ward News, found guilty of hate crimes against women and Jews under S319(2) of the Criminal Code. Judge calls it "unrelenting hate" that more than meets the test for hate speech. #topoli— Canadian Anti-Hate Network (@antihateca) January 24, 2019
VICE: James Sears, Editor of Canada’s Most Racist Paper, Guilty Of Hate Charges https://t.co/xjpMrlpeee— Canadian Anti-Hate Network (@antihateca) January 24, 2019Judge rules that James Sears and LeRoy St. Germaine are guilty of two counts of wilfully promoting hate towards women and Jews. For the full ruling (pdf) against James Sears and LeRoy St. Germaine, visit: https://t.co/IRu8xgnK3b— Canadian Anti-Hate Network (@antihateca) January 24, 2019
ARC was also sent some photos of the aftermath by a supporter.





Apparently Sears compared himself to Jesus being crucified because of course he did.

Sears and St. Germaine also had supporters who attended:


The woman was a frequent attendee at the Ernst Zundel trials. In the bottom photo the individual on the right appears to be Bahman Yazdanfar (not sure who the neckbeard dude is).

Lawrence McCurry and Arthur Smitherman were present.... they seem upset:


This is my favorite post left on Smitherman's video:


Gotta love the lack of curiosity or willingness to investigate the claim.

Full time Islamophobes Sandra Soloman and Eric Brazau could be seen (and shrilly heard) outside the court house:


UPDATE: Seems that the video Smitherman posted isn't accurate (it might actually be from 2017). Also, ore information from a friend:
Sorry...but there’s an error on the blog. Solomon and Brazau were not outside the courthouse. They were outside the Eaton’s Centre at the south/west corner of Yonge/Dundas. They were protesting against a Muslim organization that sets up shop there everyday (well, they’re always there when I go by, at least) to hand out free copies of the Quran. That particular corner attracts a lot of proselytizers of various sorts. Quran dude (possibly multiple dudes) was always one of the laid back ones in my experience. Brazau and Solomon showing up there with a poster with the Quran dude’s table on it, to protest him/his org directly on the street with their hateful bullshit is incredibly hostile! I’m shocked they weren’t charged with harassment or intimidation or similar.No word if Paul Fromm was also present, but we're sure to hear from him about this, as well as I'm sure an earnest request to donate money for an appeal; whether or not said money reaches James Sears and LeRoy St. Germaine is a very interesting question.

James Sears and LeRoy St. Germaine of Racist Rag Your Ward News Convicted

I'm actually out of town but I figured that this was news worth publishing:

BREAKING: James Sears, editor of neo-Nazi paper Your Ward News, found guilty of hate crimes against women and Jews under S319(2) of the Criminal Code. Judge calls it "unrelenting hate" that more than meets the test for hate speech. #topoli— Canadian Anti-Hate Network (@antihateca) January 24, 2019
VICE: James Sears, Editor of Canada’s Most Racist Paper, Guilty Of Hate Charges https://t.co/xjpMrlpeee— Canadian Anti-Hate Network (@antihateca) January 24, 2019Judge rules that James Sears and LeRoy St. Germaine are guilty of two counts of wilfully promoting hate towards women and Jews. For the full ruling (pdf) against James Sears and LeRoy St. Germaine, visit: https://t.co/IRu8xgnK3b— Canadian Anti-Hate Network (@antihateca) January 24, 2019
ARC was also sent some photos of the aftermath by a supporter.





Apparently Sears compared himself to Jesus being crucified because of course he did.

Sears and St. Germaine also had supporters who attended:


The woman was a frequent attendee at the Ernst Zundel trials. In the bottom photo the individual on the right appears to be Bahman Yazdanfar (not sure who the neckbeard dude is).

Lawrence McCurry and Arthur Smitherman were present.... they seem upset:


This is my favorite post left on Smitherman's video:


Gotta love the lack of curiosity or willingness to investigate the claim.

Full time Islamophobes Sandra Soloman and Eric Brazau could be seen (and shrilly heard) outside the court house:


UPDATE: Seems that the video Smitherman posted isn't accurate (it might actually be from 2017). Also, ore information from a friend:
Sorry...but there’s an error on the blog. Solomon and Brazau were not outside the courthouse. They were outside the Eaton’s Centre at the south/west corner of Yonge/Dundas. They were protesting against a Muslim organization that sets up shop there everyday (well, they’re always there when I go by, at least) to hand out free copies of the Quran. That particular corner attracts a lot of proselytizers of various sorts. Quran dude (possibly multiple dudes) was always one of the laid back ones in my experience. Brazau and Solomon showing up there with a poster with the Quran dude’s table on it, to protest him/his org directly on the street with their hateful bullshit is incredibly hostile! I’m shocked they weren’t charged with harassment or intimidation or similar.No word if Paul Fromm was also present, but we're sure to hear from him about this, as well as I'm sure an earnest request to donate money for an appeal; whether or not said money reaches James Sears and LeRoy St. Germaine is a very interesting question.

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