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October 2018 Bits and Bites: Elections, Being Fooled By Fake Images, and Celebrating Political Violence

Sat, 10/20/2018 - 20:25
As we wind down the municipal election season, I thought it would be instructive to remind ARC readers that both Mississauga mayoral candidate/hate crime chargee/ narcissistic attention seeker/habitual liar Kevin "the Poodle" Johnston and his election volunteer tag along Rick Boswick are both racists:

Stay classy you two.

A few provinces over to the west, the United Conservative Party of Alberta continues to have a problem in that they attract bigots as candidates:

UCP candidates keep saying racist and Islamophobic things. At this point you have to believe that this this is who they are. #ableg— Progress Alberta (@ProgressAlberta) October 20, 2018

Moving back west, we take a look at what the Northern Guard has been up to:

I don't why it continues to surprise me that the likes of Nick Gallant continue to be fooled by such obviously photoshopped; one can see the bar across the "N" in an sad attempt to make it look like an "A":

Even one of the Northern Guard members was able to figure it out:

What I find funny is the initial anger from one Northern Guard member who, when he believed the flag was authentic, defended the Nazis' reputation as soldiers as opposed to the "soy boys" of antifa:

Not defending fascism = TOTALLY defending fascism.

In fact, that sort of provides a great segue.

This past week between 20 and 30 members of the Proud Boys assaulted three individuals counter-protesting outside an event in which Gavin McInnes reenacted and celebrated the assassination of a socialist Japanese politician in 1960 by a member of the far right in Japan. Those who attacked the three did so with members of the NYPD looking on. Since then some Proud Boy members involved in the attacked have been identified....

.... and some have since been arrested. McInnes claims he's working on arranging the surrender of the remaining suspects. But none of this should at all be surprising given the two years McInnes has been agitating for increased political violence and enlisting a bunch of normally useless dude-bros to carry it out:

Gavin McInnes: "i cannot recommend violence enough. It is a really effective way to solve problems."— Media Matters (@mmfa) October 15, 2018

It also shouldn't be surprising that the far right in Canada loves this:
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Faith Goldy: The Female Misogynist

Wed, 10/17/2018 - 23:36
I never engaged with Faith Goldy in any way until a few months ago when this happened:

After Goldy began following me, I felt I would be rude if I didn't return the favor. It was then when I started commenting on her tweets providing some, shall we say alternative perspectives?
Wednesday morning as some far-right members of the Toronto Chinese-Canadian community (a small minority, mind you) were saying they were supporting Goldy in her quixotic candidacy for mayor, I innocently shared one of Ms. Goldy's previous comments regarding her views of non-European Canadians:

Seems I may have finally struck a nerve:

I was very sad, primarily because I hadn't time to share these as well....

.... and because I wasn't able to see this in real time:
- Jake Tapper points out Faith is a bigot
- Faith responds by saying he slut shamed Monica
- Monica says he didn’t
- Faith then slut shames Monica— Bmarsh (@BMARSHio) October 17, 2018
Honestly though, considering her rank hypocrisy on matters regarding women, can we be at all surprised?

Get To Know A Racist Candidate: Luigi Gino Del-Ciotto

Wed, 10/17/2018 - 17:54
Meet Luigi Gino Del-Ciotto, currently running for a council seat in Princeton, BC:

Mr. Del-Ciotto has a little bit of a past however in that he was a long time associate of Michele Tittler whose legal case is ongoing....

And her (essentially) one woman hate group targeting First Nations' peoples End Race Based Laws:

I'm not exactly breaking this story. Mr. Del-Ciotto's association with Tittler and ERBL was reported in the "Summerland Review" back on September 20 making mention of one particular screen shot  Del-Ciotto claimed that the accusations amounted to a smear campaign:“I have absolutely zero, zero dislike towards our First Nation people. My issues are with how things work. How our federal government handles things.”One screen shot mentioned in the article appears to be this one from 2015:

Mr. Del-Ciotto seems to think that invoking the attempted genocide of First Nations peoples by Americans and the Spanish, taken in the right context, isn't so bad.
For those who might be interested, here are some of the other screen shots starting in 2013 and continuing through 2016:Read more »

A Closer Look At What Caused the Edmonton Soldiers of Odin To Re-brand

Tue, 10/16/2018 - 20:09
Meet Tyson Hunt, formerly leader of the Edmonton chapter of the Soldiers of Odin:

Hunt had some pretty lofty goals for the SoO in Edmonton after he became leader as evidenced by the post from his own Facebook profile, even if he also managed to mangle the language:

I can't be too critical as I've been known to make some pretty careless spelling, punctuation, and grammatical errors myself. What I CAN be critical of though is despite the claims that the SoO wasn't a racist organization, the Hunt as leader really had no problem posting some pretty racist comments and allowing others to do the same:

Aside from an article detailing a rather clumsy (and ultimately failed) public relations attempt early in September, I haven't written much about the group despite it becoming more active. I chalk that up to being spread a little thin these days. That changed though when Progress Alberta published a story detailing a United Conservative Party event featuring three candidates which was attended by members of the Edmonton chapter of the SoO. Two of the three members disavowed the SoO and what they stood for claiming that they were unaware of who they were. The UCP claimed that the SoO had crashed the event in order to make them look bad despite claims by SoO members and supporters that the UCP were aware that they would be attending. The attempt at crafting a coherent message took a hit though when the third candidate, Lance Coulter, admitted that he knew who the SoO were, they didn't appear racist to him (that's sort of a paraphrase on my part), and that he was giving them the benefit of the doubt despite the SoO's long and documented connection to white supremacism and the fact the Finnish founder was an overt neo-Nazi. Coulter was subsequently removed as a candidate by the UCP which claimed they were unhappy he had expressed a "sympathetic assessment" of the SoO, though those more cynical amongst us might offer as an alternative reason that he had embarrassed the party by contradicting their earlier claim that they had no idea who the SoO were which isn't exactly without some admittedly biased evidence:

The Edmonton chapter of the Soldiers of Odin continued to act defiantly in the face of increased scrutiny posting this message only days ago:

Well, sometimes life comes at you fast:

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Right Splits.... Again. This Time Over Radisson Arson

Mon, 10/15/2018 - 20:49
When I covered the Radisson arson incident I suspected that we would see other similar provocative actions by the likes of Massaad (who thinks he's edgy because he eats meat in front of vegans), Leigh Stuart, and Ronny Cameron. And right on cue....

The video is a trailer for what they purport to be another "shocking" exposé, though it looks primarily to be of an empty field containing generators and what might be the frames for emergency shelters.

But all is not happy in the world of the Islamophobes as Ronny Cameron felt the need to deny his, as well as that of Massaad and Stuart, involvement in the crime that occurred at the Radisson housing refugee claimants:

I'm not sure if anyone I know has said that the three of these jackasses are directly responsible for the attempted arson (and attempted murder). What I and others have suggested is that Cameron, Massaad, and Stuart, as well as people like Sue-Ann Levy, Faith Goldy, and the anti-refugee echo chamber posting mostly false and inflammatory claims that dehumanize refugees, Muslim-Canadians, have contributed to a toxic climate in which someone might be motivated to act out violently. It is lovely for Cameron to disavow acts of violence, but I'm afraid it rings all a bit hallow when one finds comments such as these posted under the very video and reference to the video he's speaking of above:

These are Ronny's fans and he has contributed to the toxic atmosphere that may have resulted in the arson attempt (I emphasis "may" because I don't yet know the motivation of the person who carried out the crime). It also doesn't help that Cameron continues to sensationalize the conditions of the hotel by suggesting that it is (1) "shocking" in any way and (2) the result of refugees because of some cultural deficiency. I begin with his graffiti claim that I find somewhat dubious:

Also, apparently garbage smells:

I watched the full video and there wasn't anything out of the ordinary in that hotel. Yep, it is a little more run down. Yep, having 500+ guests will likely result in some wear and tear if there's no downtime to make repairs. By comparison I used to work in the oil field putting myself through university in the late 80s and early 90s. I worked in rig crews that operated out of motels in south-western Manitoba and south-eastern Saskatchewan. You want to see what kind of things happen to motels when a rig crew is living there long term? And as for the noise they claimed, I've stayed in hotels and motels that wont allow peewee hockey teams because of the noise they make and have experienced such noise myself. By comparison, the hallways in this hotel were pretty quiet.

Still, we have to consider the "real" victims here.... Massaad and Stuart who Cameron unironically suggests risked their personal safety by entering the hotel:

He later goes on to reference a clip from the video published by CTV.

But all this is sort of grist for the mill. What I am interested in what how he called out Kevin "the Poodle" Johnston for having the temerity to question him!

And he goes on....

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Edmonton Soldiers of Odin "Rebrand" As Canadian Infidels; They Think This Is An Improvement

Mon, 10/15/2018 - 19:21
Well, this happened:

Two years ago I joined the Edmonton chapter of the Soldiers of Odin in an attempt to learn more about the group. Today that chapter was forced to disband by the other Canadian leaders after too much negative media attention.

They're rebranding.— Mack Lamoureux (@MackLamoureux) October 15, 2018

I'll add more another time because I don't doubt the research will be hilarious.

Point A to Point B: Did A Series of Anti-Refugee Posts on Social Media From Far-Right Figures Result in Attempted Murder?

Sun, 10/14/2018 - 13:31
Back on September 28, Ronny Cameron, Georges Massaad, and Leigh Stuart posted a video of themselves in the Radisson Toronto East Hotel which has been temporarily housing refugee claimants. The trio purported to be there film an exposé of the conditions of the hotel, claiming that the building was being destroyed by ungrateful migrants. I watched the video at the time and despite their histrionics throughout, what they "exposed" was a generally run-down hotel in need of a face lift with a few smudges on the wall and garbage bins with, and this will come as a huge shock I'm sure, GARBAGE in them!!!!

I won't post the full video, but there are two clips which to me suggest that the trip might not have been entirely honest:

Those who can't see the offending phrase, Ms. Stuart kindly posted the following photo:

I would add that Cameron was alone when he "found" this on the wall and called the other two over to shoot the video.

Suffice it to say I'm somewhat skeptical, though it does tick off one of the paranoid beliefs of the anti-refugee crowd so they'll accept the claim without reservation:

I wasn't going to even discuss the video since I didn't want to give them any sort of oxygen, but subsequent events have made me rethink that decision.

Among the other social media slurs against this particular Radisson Hotel and the refugee claimants within was a concerted effort to post negative reviews. It is a phenomenon we've seen elsewhere as the far-right has tried to hurt businesses who are acting in ways that they oppose. Most of the fake reviews were incredibly transparent:

One however was so patently ridiculous that it is hard to believe anyone would take it seriously. A fake reviewer purporting to be from Virginia claimed that residents were slaughtering goats in the public bathrooms.

This all might have ended here, but then racist mayoral candidate Faith Goldy and Sue-Ann Levy of the "Toronto Sun" entered the picture, the former "liking" Stuart's Twitter post and the latter being included in the Twitter thread to make her aware of the content:

Being picked up by two bigoted Islamophobes, the results can't be regarded as surprising. Goldy chimed in repeating the lie about the goat slaughter, followed by a protest outside the Radisson Toronto East Hotel:

Sue-Ann Levy wrote an article for the "Toronto Sun" and published the erroneous claim:

Well, Levy might not have made it up, but it was made up and she doesn't seem to care that it was.

Other far-right "media" outlets picked up on the story and uncritically published stories confirming the worst prejudiced of their readers:

Ultimately, it appears that it was the Levy article that resulted in the goat slaughter lie going viral:

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Paul Fromm, James Sears, and Faith Goldy

Sat, 10/13/2018 - 19:03
A play in three acts:— (((ARC COLLECTIVE))) (@ARCCollective) October 14, 2018

Just say'n....

United Conservative Party Boots Member Who Knew Who The Soldiers of Odin Were

Thu, 10/11/2018 - 23:29
Been busy all day and didn't have time to write a proper article, however these folks provide a clear overview of the latest in the United Conservative Party's SoO problem:

These quotes from UCP West Henday nomination candidate Lance Coulter directly contradict Jason Kenney’s flimsy excuse that no one knew who the Soldiers of Odin were. Coulter also frames the hate group as a misunderstood group of community organizers #ableg— Progress Alberta (@ProgressAlberta) October 11, 2018
This is outrageous and indefensible. The Soldiers of Odin are a hate group started by a neo-Nazi.

Please RT. Every Albertan needs to know about this. #ableg— Progress Alberta (@ProgressAlberta) October 11, 2018
So the Soldiers of Odin and Kenney's own vetted nomination candidate, Lance Coulter, have directly contradicted Kenney's excuse that no one knew who the Soldiers of Odin were when the UCP candidates took smiling pictures with them. Who do you believe? #ableg— Duncan Kinney (@duncankinney) October 11, 2018
Email from Janice Harrington, the executive director of the UCP, says Lance Coulter is no longer a candidate after his "seemingly sympathetic assessment of Soldiers of Odin"— Tyler Dawson (@tylerrdawson) October 11, 2018
UCP disqualifies candidate who spoke positively about Soldiers of Odin— CBC Calgary (@CBCCalgary) October 11, 2018
The UCP kicked out the candidate, but the odor of Odin lingers on. Column #ableg #yyc #yeg #abpoli #cdnpoli— Don Braid (@DonBraid) October 11, 2018In the meantime, the SoO have thanked Coulter for his continued support while continuing to post Islamophobic and anti-immigrant propaganda:

Proud Boys vs Northern Guard

Wed, 10/10/2018 - 22:57
Okay, the title of this post might be a bit overblown.

Alternate Title: Old Man Yelling At Cloud vs. Braying Jackass

I haven't written much about Robert Jones since he was booted from the Proud Boys and subsequently hooked up with the Northern Guard because of his seemingly desperate need to belong to something. That doesn't mean he hasn't been active in his own way. For example, here he is at the Goldy/Loomer publicity stunt this past weekend:

He's also as unhinged as ever online posting his murder fantasies....

.... and some of the more laughable historical revisionism I've come across in some time:

You know, I could go point by point what these two posts are batfuckinginsane, but really, I don't think I have the words.

That all being said, it does look like Jones has maintained a wee bit of a grudge against at least one chapter of the Proud Boys:

There was a time not so long ago when Tim Kelly and Robert Jones were practically joined at the hip. Such is no longer the case:

By the way, THIS might be as crazy as his racist and murder boner posts:

I count 11 here.

No one in their right mind owns THAT many Fred Perry polos. Christ, John Flynn doesn't own that many Fred Perry polos. When I see this, I have to wonder how many young men have been buried in a crawl space somewhere.

There were a number of comments that were left, though I will only post the more interesting ones:

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More Fallout From Soldiers of Odin and United Conservative Party Event

Tue, 10/09/2018 - 21:08
Jason Kenney, leader of the UCP in Alberta is continuing to engage in damage control as questions continue to be raised about why the party has attracted so many far-right extremists. He has continued to suggest that the attendance of the SoO at the event was orchestrated by a fringe separatist party to embarrass the UCP.

Premier Notely correctly notes that this was not an isolated instance:

“Why are these folks showing up at these events and feeling as though they are welcomed?” Notley said at the legislature Tuesday. “If you use dog-whistle politics enough, eventually soon enough people are going to respond to the whistle.” She described such politics as a “subtle embracing of issues that are designed to attract people with fairly extreme opinions to your movement. That’s something that we’ve been seeing on the right more and more.”
Notley said what happened highlights a trend in right-wing politics and Kenney’s party. She noted that others running for candidacy in the UCP in recent months have either been rejected or allowed to run despite expressing bigoted comments.
 “This is not an isolated incident,” said Notley. “We also look at this pattern that we see developing with respect to the proliferation of candidates with that (UCP) party that also appear to hold views that are rooted in hate.”For his part Dave Bjorkman of the Alberta Independence Party claims that, despite UCP assertion that they were unaware of who the SoO were, that the party had been made aware of the group at least a week prior to the SoO's participation in the event. Bjorkman posted the following to support his claim of having a long-standing relationship with the UCP, though to be fair there appears to be no mention of the SoO in these exchanges:

FYI, I'm not sure if Bjorkman could orchestrate most simple tasks, never mind a scheme to embarrass the Alberta legislative assembly's Official Opposition.

In the meantime, they are planning an event in which Joey Deluca of the Worldwide Coalition Against Islam is being touted as a speaker:

I wonder if the UCP members have RSVP'd yet?

Guest Article: Faith Goldy -- Anti-Semite or Pro-Israel? Why not both?

Mon, 10/08/2018 - 22:50
By now it seems hard to deny that Faith Goldy is an anti-Semite:

However, some of the more dense among us have yet to catch on. They think her (ostensibly) being pro-Israel nullifies all of this.

Meir Weinstein is hardly a model of opposing Nazis given that he has repeatedly demonstrated having blind spots to right-wing anti-Semitism (Soldiers of Odin, Ronny Cameron, WCAI, etc.). But it is by no means just the JDL who is falling for this dumb argument. This brings up the question: what actually are Faith Goldy's views on Israel?
Long-time observers of nationalist, xenophobic movements in the West will know that there are a few positions these groups and figures can have on Israel. There is the traditional anti-Semitic one, which sees Israel as the world headquarters of the international Jewish conspiracy and as being parasitic on the white man. There is also the anti-Muslim "counter-jihad" one which sees Israel as the first line of defence against Islamic expansionism, often tempered with Christian Zionist or neoconservative themes. Lastly, there are positions that fall somewhere between, such as the alt-right figures who see Israel as a model ethno-state but take an isolationist position on Middle-Eastern affairs, perhaps while still pushing anti-Semitic conspiracy theories about Israel (such as that Israel supports ISIS against Bashir al-Assad).
So where does Faith Goldy stand? While it may seem long ago with all the hateful things she's said, she hates Palestinians and has called for a "crusade" against them. She has also advocated for a "one state solution" which presumably doesn't mean one state with equal rights for Arabs and Jews and right of return for Palestinians, like some pro-Palestine people support. No, she means Israel should annex the West Bank and expel all the Palestinians, (I believe that's what she would call "ethnocide") or at least have them under permanent Israeli occupation. She often touts this fact to try to dodge accusations of anti-Semitism. She can’t be an anti-Semite if she hates Arabs!
As abhorrent as all of this may be, none of this would be anything too outstanding among anti-Muslim circles, which typically reactively sides against the “Muslim” side in any conflict and will justify any actions taken against them. But as Faith started to become more open about her alt-right associations, her views on Israel started to take a slightly different tune. She started praising its ethnic demographic policy, portraying it as a model for the West, describing it as a “religious ethnostate” (her words, not ours):

But she also saw certain Israeli government policies as being antagonistic with her goals of a Canadian ethnostate. In April, she spoke out against an Israeli government plan to deport African asylum seekers to Canada.

“Open borders for Israel” is an alt-right meme. The neo-Nazi Daily Stormer appears to have been an early promoter of this phrase.
Later that April, Donald Trump fired some more missiles at Syrian government targets to respond to a chemical gas attack. Naturally, the pro-Assad alt-right jumped to Assad's defence and blamed an Israeli conspiracy to drag America into war. Faith was among them:

Faith also blamed "dual citizens" for America’s missile strikes on Syria. Jews, in other words....

If there's any doubt, let's just search to see where this parody of Michael Jackson's "Smooth Criminal" comes from:

That’s right, it's from "the Daily Shoah" podcast. And while this obscure reference may have went over the heads of some of her conservative fans, clearly some of her Twitter followers got where it was coming from. Note the many reference to the podcast hosts, Mike Enoch and Sven (AKA Seventh Son):

This is not the only time in that month alone that Faith Goldy used subtle anti-Semitic dog whistles to signal her support for the alt-right. One time she made a negative reference to a "culture of critique.”

Culture of Critique is the name of an anti-Semitic book by Kevin B. Macdonald, which tries to use evolutionary psychology to argue that "Jewish intellectual movements" in the 20th century were bent on subverting the cohesive social structures of WASP-dominated America. The author has worked for various white nationalist publications, and is very influential in alt-right circles. Evolutionary psychologists often ignored this work, dismissing it as pseudo-scientific. But over the past year it has come under more serious intellectual scrutiny in response to its role in popularizing the contemporary rise in anti-Semitism.
Again, her anti-Semitic fans heard what she meant loud and clear.

While writing this, Alheli Picazo in Canadaland notes that Faith Goldy had previously mentioned Kevin Macdonald as being important in her shift towards alt-right “ethno-nationalism.” So she’s definitely aware of his work.
Back to Israel and Syria. Back in this same month, Goldy also took umbrage over Israel’s airstrikes against a Syrian airbase.

She also opposed the Trump Administration’s attempt to rip up the Iranian nuclear deal:

While this in itself is not controversial, it is remarkable that the JDL, which picketed liberal politicians for supporting the nuclear deal, seems to take no issue with their right-wing anti-Semitic friends supporting it.
So, we see that Faith Goldy supports Israel’s demographic policies excluding Arabs and African refugees as a model for the West. She considers this to be an ethno-state, something she says she wants for Canada. At the same time however, she opposes Israel’s foreign policy and sees it as being in conflict with Canada and America. She also blames aspects of America’s foreign policy that she opposes on Jewish control.
In other words, she is an anti-Semite who "supports" Israel.

Soldiers of Odin Welcomed At United Conservative Party Event

Sun, 10/07/2018 - 15:49
There have been a number of stories in the news regarding candidates for the United Conservative Party of Alberta being caught echoing far-right talking points; some of those candidates were disqualified by the party but others remain.

It seems that is a feature, and not a bug, of the new conservative party:

The Soldiers of Odin, a white supremacist vigilante gang,  had a great night at the West Henday constituency association UCP pub night at Brown's Social House on Friday night.  They want to thank all those who came out and to the UCP candidates for their support. 1/x #ableg— Progress Alberta (@ProgressAlberta) October 7, 2018

The event was attended not only by members of the Soldiers of Odin, but also by the Onward Christian Soldiers pseudo-militia (leader Adam Stevenson is found in some of the photographs), Proud Boys, and other hate groups; last time we saw these groups together was last month when they attempted to claim to be working with the Mustard Seed. Leader of the fringe Alberta Independence Party touted the night as a sort of joint event with the UCP:

Progress Alberta has done a fantastic job of providing details about the evening's participants:

Here are Soldiers of Odin members, clearly marked with their patches, colours and hats posing for a photo with UCP West Henday nomination candidate @nbwilliams21 #ableg 2/x— Progress Alberta (@ProgressAlberta) October 7, 2018

Here are Soldiers of Odin members, in their hats and with their patches, with UCP West Henday nomination candidate Leila Houle. #ableg 3/x— Progress Alberta (@ProgressAlberta) October 7, 2018

And finally here is a Soldier of Odin member with UCP West Henday nomination candidate @LanceSCoulter. #ableg 4/x— Progress Alberta (@ProgressAlberta) October 7, 2018

The Soldiers of Odin posted about their warm welcome to the UCP pub night and posted these photos to their own Facebook page 5/x #ableg— Progress Alberta (@ProgressAlberta) October 7, 2018
The details on the UCP pub night at the West Henday Brown's Social House are here. Many of the Soldiers of Odin even RSVPed 6/x #ableg— Progress Alberta (@ProgressAlberta) October 7, 2018Multiple RSVPs from obvious Soldiers of Odin members to the explicitly UCP event are still visible on the Facebook event page for Leila Houle's event. (Take a look before the UCP delete the event page to hide the evidence!) #ableg— Progress Alberta (@ProgressAlberta) October 7, 2018
The UCP eventually disavowed members of the SoO:
UCP Edmonton-West Henday Constituency Association President responds to hateful group 'Soldiers of Odin' being present in a public venue in which the CA hosted an event. These hateful views have no place in our party. #ableg #abpoli #UCP— United Conservative Party (@Alberta_UCP) October 7, 2018
Dave Bjorkman of the Alberta Independence Party wasn't happy:

However, it seems that the UCP were well aware that the SoO would be attending:
Statement from UCP West Henday nomination contestant Leila Houle on 'Soldiers of Odin' being at pub event. #ableg #abpoli #UCP— Unite Alberta (@UniteAlberta) October 7, 2018

And the SoO were not there to attend an Alberta Independence Party event:
The Soldiers of Odin do not discuss being there for some "Alberta Independence Party" in their posts about the evening. They posted about the UCP. They RSVP'd to the UCP event. And they thanked the UCP for their support.

This statement from the party does not appear honest.— Progress Alberta (@ProgressAlberta) October 7, 2018Multiple RSVPs from obvious Soldiers of Odin members to the explicitly UCP event are still visible on the Facebook event page for Leila Houle's event. (Take a look before the UCP delete the event page to hide the evidence!) #ableg— Progress Alberta (@ProgressAlberta) October 7, 2018
Sooooo, could it be that the UCP message resonates with a certain segment of the population that is explicitly xenophobic? Maybe?
They SNUCK IN, past our ever-watchful eyes, through a subtle subterfuge of wearing clearly fascist imagery. You can't expect us to see through that level of complex cunning.#ableg— Vic L McConought ⚙️ (@VicForAlberta) October 7, 2018

Get To Know Your Racist Candidate: Conrad Peach

Sun, 10/07/2018 - 13:43

Conrad Peach, the Vancouver Island chapter leader of the Soldiers of Odin, was first discussed in some detail on the blog regarding the SoO's efforts to intimidate homeless people living in a tent city in Nanaimo, BC and subsequent threats to force the residents violently:

Well now Peach has taken the jump into municipal politics and is running for a Nanaimo council seat. It actually appears to be a dual candidacy of sorts as his running mate, Debi Corbett but who answers to the name Avel Turnip because of course she does, is an SoO supporter:

And by "make Nanaimo safe again" Peach, who in his election bio claims to be the head of a "registered charity" seems to mean "doxx people who are critical of me on social media" using said "registered charity":

The individual in the last screen shot has indicated that at least two SoO members have shown up at his home and threatened him and his family.
Sort of makes this post ring a bit hollow, doesn't it?

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Faith Goldy: "Champion" of *Women

Sat, 10/06/2018 - 12:05
*The right kind of women, that is.

As of the writing of this article, we seem to be a few hours away from Brett Kavanaugh, a man who has been accused of a number of credible allegations of sexual assault as well as committing perjury, being confirmed to the Supreme Court of the United States on a mostly party line vote. The partisan nature of this vote and how women are treated depending on their ideological purity (or at least the political party of the accused) might best be exemplified by this exchange during Faith Goldy's Reddit AMA from a couple of days ago:

The mostly male incel bottom feeders loved her response:

While hypocrisy isn't necessarily confined to any side of the political spectrum, it seems especially pronounced on the far-right.

This brings me to the point of this article.

On September 30, a man was caught on video kicking an anti-choice protester.

I don't know of all the circumstances behind the incident but even at my most charitable, based on what I did see, I can't describe it in any other way than as a profoundly stupid thing to do regardless of any provocation. That's me though and I don't pretend to speak for anyone else on this matter.
It then shouldn't be a surprise that the anti-choice zealots jumped on this particular propaganda gift right away. Among those trying to score points is Faith Goldy:

However it seems Ms. Goldy, as well as the far-right LifeSite, were fooled by this particular Twitter account:

The fact that this was a parody account notwithstanding, Goldy's decision to champion this particular issue is.... interesting:

It is interesting because while she's hoping that the woman in this case is okay and demanding swift justice, I can't help but wonder if her outrage might be situational and ideologically driven:

Nathan Damigo was the founder of the pompously named Identiy Evropa, an "identitarian" hate group similar to that of ID Canada (formerly Generation Identity Canada) and at least as, if not more, antisemitic:
Your application form asks for people of “non-Semitic heritage.” What does that mean? Ashkenazi, or sephardic. Things like that. This is an identitarian movement. There are some people from some Semitic groups who perhaps would identify as white. However we would not identify them as white. We identify people of European heritage as white, not of Semitic heritage. So what’s the big deal with Jews? I think they are a Semitic people. I do not think they are a white people. I think they have an ethno-state in Israel, and I think that’s a great thing. And how do you think Jews fit into America? Well that’s a pretty interesting story, some aspects of that history get focused on so much that you miss the other aspects of it. One of the other aspects that’s been really missed is Jewish power, Jewish influence. It’s been extraordinarily negative for people of European heritage, for our foreign policy, for our domestic policy. And there has been a lot that’s happened that’s been pretty hurtful that the Jewish community has advocated for that has been very anti-white.Damigo has a fairly extensive criminal record which includes a five year sentence for robbing a can driver he assumed was Arab. He was also one of the organizers of the Charlottesville event that resulted in numerous assaults by "white nationalists" and the murder of Heather Heyer:

What made Nathan Damigo a hero among members of the far-right however was this incident in April 2017 in Berkeley:

During the protest that grew into a riot in which members of the far-right attacked counter-protesters, Damigo sucker punched a woman.... twice. Having assaulted a 95 lbs woman, he was lauded for his bravery by his fellow travelers.

Sympathetic media soon joined the fray and attempted to justify the assault. Among those who did so were Lauren Southern then formerly of Ezra Levant's "Rebel Media"....

.... and Faith Goldy who was then working for Ezra Levant's "Rebel Media":

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Faith Goldy: "Really It [sic] Publicity For Her YouTube Channel"

Tue, 10/02/2018 - 22:12
It has been a little over a week since Faith Goldy and her dude-bro sycophants took their selfie with Ontario Premier Doug Ford:

One of those in the photo, "Jack Tyler" is a member of both ID Canada and Students For Western Civilization and can be found in these other past articles:

Where you won't find "Jack" anymore, at least for the time being, is on Twitter as Ms. Goldy laments:

I've mentioned this before, but "Jack" was a frequent guest of the racist podcast "This Hour Has 88 Minutes" and was one of the hosts of the successor "Ensign Hour" which was also de-platformed by Twitter:
ARC's friend Evan Balgord of the Canadian Anti-Hate Network was keeping an eye on this group as wellOthers were also upset and exhibited a fundamental lack of understanding of what and what does not constitute a constitutional right:

No it's not.
I suspect that "Jack" was deleted for continuously flouting Twitter's terms of service with posts such as this:
 There were others like this. many worse, but this should be enough to provide some indication of the boy's character.
Sadly, I never did receive the flowers he promised to send me when he was being especially smug:
Now at the time I had requested lilacs and lavender, but truth be told I'm currently far more interested in an orchid:

The Discord chat logs that were leaked and published by Unicorn Riot have been especially useful in a number of articles published on this blog, including an article that connected a neo-Nazi to Ms. Goldy's Roxham Road protest in Quebec:However there has been another set of Discord chats that have been leaked that I am currently going through that are even larger than those published by Unicorn Riot and which provide some insight into Goldy's campaign. 
The user going by the name "Orchid" claimed to be working on Goldy's campaign despite being an American:

"Orchid" may very well have Canadian citizenship as well, but I haven't yet gone through all of the 6000+ of his posts. In his latter posts, he speaks of working on Goldy's mayoral campaign. There has been a great deal of speculation, which I personally agree with, that Goldy's efforts have been a publicity stunt aimed at raising her profile and perhaps further monetizing her online presence. While it will surprise few people, "Orchid" appears to confirm this view:
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Alberta Canadian Combat Coalition vs. Ryan Dean: Threats of Gun Violence and Targeted Hits

Sun, 09/30/2018 - 14:53
One of the claims that the far-right groups make to deny their bigotry is the presence of the odd person of color in their ranks. For example in Washington State, Tusitala “Tiny” Toese acts as an enforcer for the far-right and neo-fascist Patriot Prayer group and is a member of the Proud Boys:

At a "Free Alex Jones" demonstration in Austin they claimed was all about free speech, Patriot Prayer and the Proud Boys fell back on their typical playbook: threats and physical intimidation.— Hatewatch (@Hatewatch) September 30, 2018

In Canada, there are a few people that fit this category. Ron Banerjee, Sandra Solomon, and the Ontario Proud Boy member named Lawrence in Ontario are among those individuals who fit into this category:

The three of them are Islamophobic and racists in their own right, but they serve the roll of being the "POC friend" that groups like the Proud Boys, Northern Guard, Soldiers of Odin, and others can point to to claim they aren't racists in spite of the language they use to describe POC when they think their conversations are between members only.

In sort, these people are tokens.

Token is an ugly word to describe another human being and not one that I trot out casually. But when you are a POC who continually supports people who malign other POC, I'm not sure how else to describe you.

In Alberta, Win Nay would best described in this manner:

Win Nay is a Burmese-Canadian who has been present at most far-right events in the Edmonton area during the past year or so. He associates with the Soldiers of Odin:

The virulently Islamophobic, quasi-militia, Onward Christian Soldiers:

The III% militia, here in an image that he has photoshoped to include himself and the Threeper logo:

Two groups I've never heard of, the Minuteman Alliance and Human Rights Defenders of Canada (the later image also photoshoped to include disgraced Burmese leader Aung San Suu Kyi; last week Parliament unanimously voted to strip her of her honorary Canadian citizenship):

Northern Guard, Worldwide Coalition Against Islam, Proud Boys. All of these are groups that consider Win Nay to serve their purposes and he is all too willing to play the roll they have given him:

If were cynical one might suggest that there are so few POC willing to debase themselves by associating with these hate groups that they have decided to share him.

Win is now part of yet another group, the ridiculously named Canadian Combat Coalition:

In this case and unlike the other instances however, he's not on the periphery but has been given some authority within the group having been names the Alberta chapter leader:

I still get a kick out of how they all believe that becoming a chapter head of a hate group that other fringe groups consider to be fringe is somehow a prestigious honor.

But there is a fly in the ointment here as Ryan Dean, the founder of the (ugh) Canadian Combat Coalition is a resident of Alberta. He was kicked out of his own group about two years back and there's been no love lost between him and Dan Dubois because of it. Dean is currently (as far as I know) still under house arrest after his conviction for domestic abuse, but he hasn't taken well to learning the CCC will be operating in the province again and contacted Win making veiled threats.

Win's response might not be as helpful as he might believe:

Win posted a screen shot of part of this exchange. Another individual, "Greg Huck", who is almost certainly Ryan Dean posting under a false name as he does (badly) so often, provided another part of the exchange to counter Win:

Neither of these scree shots make either of the two men look good:

Yeah.... they are threatening a gun battle because that certainly doesn't make them both look like violent criminals.

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Faith Goldy Display's Her Understanding of Gun Safety At Roger Stone's and Milo Yiannopoulos' Discount "Eyes Wide Shut" Party

Mon, 09/24/2018 - 22:54
So on Monday Doug Ford was forced to comment on his encounter at Ford Fest with Faith Goldy and her entourage of neo-fascists.... er.... fine, upstanding, totally having loads of sex with ALL the women, young men.

And in totally not shocking news, Ford seems okay with it all:

Asked by the NDP to distance himself from Faith Goldy and an indignant Premier Doug Ford declines to do so. #onpoli  #topoli— Robert Benzie (@robertbenzie) September 24, 2018Tellingly, there was no standing ovation for Premier Doug Ford from the normally enthusiastic PC benches after he refused to denounce Faith Goldy. Many Tory MPPs looked uncomfortable with the premier's response. #onpoli #topoli— Robert Benzie (@robertbenzie) September 24, 2018
Considering how the PCO approval rating is currently tanking after only a few months in office, I'm not so sure I would want to be saddled with a reputation of refusing denounce someone on the far-right who is comfortable associating with neo-Nazis, but what do I know?

However, I thought I'd share something that came my way via some genuinely very fine people (passed on to moi by a friend of a mutual friend) that, while having little to do with the Toronto mayoral campaign, does shed a bit of light on the "alt-right" web of connections of which Ms. Goldy is a part of.

Back in May 2017, Cassandra Fairbanks, a Trump supporter who runs in alt-right circles, was present at Roger Stone's home (at least that is how it was described to me) in Miami where he was hosting a party for pedophile apologist Milo Yiannopoulos that was being called Cinco de Milo.

Get it? Huh? HUH?!?

It's funny because they're all assholes.

Fairbanks was present in part because she was scheduled to interview Stone the next day, though given how soused she appeared in the video as she narrates, she seems to have imbibed a fair amount so she might not be asking any hardball questions.... I can't say she wouldn't ask for a highball though.

I'm here all week folks! Try the veal and please remember to tip your server!

How can I describe the setting to establish the mood?

Well, there is a definite "ick" factor. I mean, I'm not sure I would have attended unless all my vaccinations were up to date and even then I wouldn't touch anything. At one point Fairbanks says she wasn't wearing her shoes. I hope that she had a whole lot of penicillin the next day or, hell, just burnt off her feet to be safe.

Really, the whole ambiance reminded me of a stereotypical nightclub in Russia frequented by members of the mafia, but not one of the good clubs. More like one frequented by forth tier mobsters who run a blue jeans smuggling ring and who head into Uryupinsk for a good time.

I also had the unnerving feeling that there was a porn movie being shot upstairs. Perhaps several.

If you think I'm exaggerating about any of this, here is the host on the night of the party:

I don't care who you are, the dude is creepy af.

The video begins with a seemingly inebriated Yiannopoulos speaking profanely with three members of the Miami Police Department. It seems that the police officers are big fans and joke around with him and tell him why they were called and who made the noise complaint. Later Jack Posobiec repeats what the police said early in the video; that they had been called on a noise complaint. Posobiec, who described the police as "based" further repeated that the police told Yiannopoulos who had made the complaint (Bill Maher) and that there would likely be more, though these particular cops didn't appear to plan on doing anything about any future noise complaints because screw the man!

.... even if you are "the man."

Nice to see though that the Miami Police Department have officers who will pick and choose what laws to enforce depending upon if they like the subject of the complaint and then further potentially endanger the person making the complaint by identifying him. Nicely done!

And damn it, you made me sympathize with Bill Maher! That alone is unforgivable!

But I digress.

Faith Goldy was also at the party. Though most of the participants were deep into their cups, she appears to be relatively more lucid by comparison. Still, for a woman who claims that part of her mayoral campaigns' platform focuses on safety and gun violence, they are all hella unsafe when handling the AR15 that they are passing around and pointing at people (around the 8:00ish minute or so):

Now I'm no big city lawyer, but I can't help thinking that a group of people who are intoxicated passing around a potentially deadly weapon isn't a very good idea.

Oh, but she does look so happy though!

Doug Ford, Faith Goldy, and the Company They Keep

Sun, 09/23/2018 - 18:24
Last night was Ford Fest in Toronto, an event that used to be organized by the late Rob Ford and his brother Doug, however as Doug Ford is now the premier it seems that the event is now a Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario sponsored event; the party claims that no tax dollars paid for the event. Ford Fest has always brought out.... er.... the best of the Ford family base of supporters, including one a few years ago in which Ron Banerjee shouted homophobic slurs prior to assaulting a gay rights protester.

You know, as one would do at an event touting conservative family values.

Truth be told, Doug Ford has attracted quite a significant following among members of the far right who count themselves as his staunchest supporters and at last night's Ford Fest saw a few of those supporters turn out:

Kevin "Poodle" Johnston arriving with Faith Goldy and her incel alpha-male entourage (including the Proud Boy member shooting the video above) wasn't exactly surprising. Goldy has been rather desperate to garner media attention for her fringe mayoral campaign and I'm probably falling into that trap myself by giving her even a little bit of oxygen:

Per tweets like the below, there's a pretty good chance that Goldy posed with Ford specifically for the purpose of sparking this kind of controversy:— Jonathan Goldsbie (@goldsbie) September 23, 2018

Then again I sort of think of Goldy and her ilk as being more akin to anaerobic bacterium such as Clostridium botulinum where exposure to the air ultimately proves to be lethal.

Now regarding Goldy's presence, the big news being covered by most journalists is the fact that she and her boi toys had a selfie moment with the premier:

Here is a video of Premier Doug Ford posing for a photo with white supremacist Faith Goldy:— Jonathan Goldsbie (@goldsbie) September 23, 2018

There have been calls on Ford to condemn Goldy by the NDP, but really, despite suggestions from insiders that Ford was unaware of Ms. Goldy's rather sordid history....
.... I'm personally somewhat dubious about that claim myself:
Still, what interests me now are those who have decided to work on Goldy's campaign:

Readers have met "Jack Tyler" before on the blog. He participated in the ID Canada (formerly Generation Identity Canada) banner drop that occurred on August 11 in Toronto and which Goldy herself promoted afterwards:

In addition to being an ID Canada member, "Jack" is also a member of Students For Western Civilization, another hate group that Goldy also has strong ties to:

ARC has already offered ample evidence that both ID Canada and Students For Western Civilization are in large part behind Goldy's campaign:

The presence of "Jack" at Ford Fest with Goldy, who also participated in the defunct far-right podcast "This Hour Has 88 Minutes" as Cracker Jack (as well as another similar and more recent podcast) is further confirmation:

Interestingly, "Jack" isn't all that much of a fan of Ford as evidenced by a video that he posted not long after Ford won the PCO leadership race:

The part at the end of the second clip was some not-so-subtle antisemitism in case ya'll didn't catch it.

So why support Ford now? Well, he actually said that people should vote for Ford at the end of the video as he is a means to an ultimate end:

I'm especially interested in "Jack's" suggestion that they need to act "crypto" in the political sphere until such time as they take power to implement their white supremacist policies.

"Jack" isn't the only one who has rather ambivalent views about Doug Ford:

I don't think the Proud Goys like me much
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Man Who Founded Short-Lived Hate Group Running For Mayor in Manitoba Town

Sat, 09/22/2018 - 17:44
We have the fine folks in Winnipeg with FF1 to thank for this tip.

So far we've seen a number of examples of far-right individuals running for mayor in major cities in Ontario. Toronto has Faith Goldy, James "ew!" Sears, and Chris Brosky (who has the added distinction of spending time in an American prison for a racially-based killing). In Mississauga and Hamilton yapping poodle Kevin Johnston and Paulie Fromm are running respectively. However we also suspected there might be a few who were running in smaller communities that we had yet to come across.

That brings us to Ryan Brady who is running for mayor in the town of Thompson, Manitoba:

Second mayoral hopeful, second incumbent councillor registered as municipal election candidatesWith less than 24 hours to go before the nomination period ends, Thompson has a race for the mayor’s position for the time being, with Ryan Brady having put his name forward to run against current councillor Penny Byer, who announced her intention to run back in May.and
Bumper crop of 35 candidates for 2018 municipal election, including four wannabe mayors It will be a four-way race for mayor in the Oct. 24 election, with three of the current councillors – Penny Byer, Colleen Smook and Ron Matechuk – seeking to become the head of council, with Ryan Brady also in the running.As it turns out, Brady had come to ARC's attention back in 2009 when he attempted to help fill the vacuum left by the temporary absence of the Aryan Guard while it's founder Kyle McKee was awaiting trial for attempted murder; he eventually pleaded to lesser charges and upon release the Aryan Guard "patched over" to Blood & Honour.

The identity that the Ryan Brady running for mayor in Thompson is Ryan Brady who posted on Stormfront under the username "honoryourlife" is confirmed here:
Top photo posted to Stormfront by Brady in 2009; bottom two posted to Facebook by Brady in 2018Now it has been a number of years since Brady was active on Stormfront. For example, this is his last post:

As such he may not hold the same views that he once held. However, considering he was a sustaining member of Stormfront while active (meaning that he financially supported them) and his posts include the following, I think that as a candidate for public office Ryan Brady needs to explain himself: