My father, his brothers and cousins and the guys with whom he graduated from high school — my mother’s brother and all the guys with whom she graduate from high school — they all marched off to kill Nazis.
Looks as though they didn’t kill enough of the sorry bastards. Maybe it’s time to finish the job.
SEATTLE — A notorious neo-Nazi whose antics have included organizing paramilitary exercises in the woods of western Washington state to prepare for a “race war” has discovered there are limits to organizing violent extremism. Using a so-called “red flag” law, Seattle Police have taken away all of his guns.
Kaleb J. Cole, the 24-year-old leader of the state’s chapter of the violent fascist group Atomwaffen Division (AWD), was ordered by the state’s civil courts to surrender his guns earlier this month, according to a report from Ali Winston of The Daily Beast. The order resulted from Seattle City Police filing an “Extreme Risk Protection” petition against Cole on the basis of his violent rhetoric and organizing.
Cole first came to national attention last year as one of the ringleaders of the neo-Nazi group Atomwaffen Division, exposed in a deep Pro Publica profile of the organization already associated with several murders. A video portrayed him leading a shooting exercise in the woods near the town of Concrete, in the western Cascades Range. He is formerly from the border town of Blaine in Whatcom County, but reportedly moved to Snohomish County near Arlington after the profile was published.
According to Winston’s report, Cole surrendered several firearms, including a pistol and an AK-47 variant with a high-capacity drum magazine. He was photographed with the weapons while participating in an Atomwaffen exercise in Nevada in 2018.
FBI agents greeted Cole at O’Hare International Airport in Chicago last year, according to a report from Mike Baker of The New York Times, upon his return from a trip to Europe in which he apparently hooked up with a number of other far-right extremists. An inspection of photos on his cell phone found he had visited the Auschwitz concentration camp site in Poland with other neo-Nazis, and there were photos showing him and others with the Atomwaffen banner, giving the Nazi salute.
“This was an individual who had access to firearms and was preparing for a race war,” Kimberly Wyatt, a King County prosecutor, told the Times.
Washington’s “red flag” law allows law enforcement or civilians to obtain a court order to confiscate weapons when there is evidence that people are at high risk of harming themselves or others. A similar law in Oregon was recently used to confiscate the weapons of another right-wing extremist, Marine Sgt. Michael Kohfield, who had announced his plan to hunt down and murder antifascists in their homes.
Western Washington has been plagued with the presence of a number of far-right extremists and their organizations the past several years, including street-brawling groups such as Joey Gibson’s Patriot Prayer and the Proud Boys, as well as more violent paramilitary organizations such as Atomwaffen Division and The Base, which recently began holding training exercises in the state’s northeastern corner.
There’s also a fair amount of crossover membership within these groups. A member of the Proud Boys from the Seattle neighborhood of Ballard, Sean-Michael Scott, was recently exposed by Puget Sound Anarchists as another participant in Atomwaffen exercises as well.
According to Winston, Cole liked to use the nom de plume Khimaere in his online exchanges with other Atomwaffen members. He is also a fan of neo-Nazi “black metal” music and was in a band called Opferblut, which means “sacrificial blood” in German; Cole apparently likes to mix Satanism with his fascist ideology.
Wyatt told the Times that the confiscation of Cole’s guns was part of an increased focus on the activities of white supremacist terrorists in the Pacific Northwest by regional law enforcement, noting that their threatening behavior and rhetoric posed a constitutional challenge that the use of “red flag” laws helps them overcome.
“What do you do when there’s a general threat versus one specific individual?” Wyatt observed.
The Big Dirty
By Josh Marshall
October 18, 2019 4:54 pm
And there it is, the other quid pro quo. Notorious Ukrainian oligarch Dmitry Firtash would help Rudy and DiGenova and Toensing cook up dirt on Joe Biden. In return, they’d work with Trump to get US corruption charges against Firtash tossed. Firtash has been fighting extradition to the US on federal corruption charges since 2014.
From Bloomberg …
Associates of a Ukrainian oligarch fighting extradition to the U.S. were working to dig up dirt on former Vice President Joe Biden last summer in an effort to get Rudy Giuliani’s help in the oligarch’s legal case, according to three people familiar with the exchanges.
Dmitry Firtash, charged with conspiracy by the U.S. and living in Vienna, shuffled lawyers in July to add Joe diGenova and Victoria Toensing, vocal supporters of President Donald Trump who had worked with Giuliani. Around that time, some of Firtash’s associates began to use his broad network of Ukraine contacts to get damaging information on Biden, the people said.
There is only one scandal. On broad terms, that scandal is how easily Donald Trump is manipulated by anyone appealing to either his ego or his pocketbook. In a more narrow sense, there’s only a single scandal because the same people behind the Russia scandal are also the ones that set up the Ukraine scandal.
In the spring of 2017, as the Russia scandal was just kicking into high gear, the name Dmytro Firtash began popping up in connection with onetime Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and a string of miraculous, highly-profitable business moves. Firtash has been long regarded as being in the top echelon of Russian organized crime, was under indictment in the United States, and had been fighting a lengthy battle to avoid extradition from his temporary home in Vienna. Then a funny thing happened: The effort to extradite Firtash went quiet. Even requests about his status from Republican senators stopped getting any response. Finally, June 2019, brought word that Firtash had raked in an astounding $1.5 billion just while sitting in place, fighting off what increasingly seemed like an nonexistent effort to bring him to justice.
With all that cash in the bank, it shouldn’t be surprising that Firtash had some money left over for projects: Projects like weaving together conspiracy theories with the express purpose of luring in Rudy Giuliani and Donald Trump. Projects like bribing a former Ukraine prosecutor to make up lies about Joe Biden.
When Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman were arrested at Dulles International Airport, it wasn’t surprising to find that they had one-way tickets to Vienna. They were going home to Firtash, and the recently indicted pair weren’t just funneling thousands of dollars to Trump’s campaign. As Bloomberg reports, Firtash’s bag men began working on making up Biden dirt over a year ago. To make the Giuliani-Trump connection, Firtash brought in Trump fans Joe diGenova and Victoria Toensing as his new attorneys. That move seems to coincide quite closely with the sudden silence over efforts to extradite Firtash from Vienna. Firtash also set up Lev Parnas to work with diGenova and Toensing, so that by the time Parnas began peddling the idea that he could produce “evidence” against Biden, Team Trump was also deeply interwoven with Team Firtash.
And no one was more willing to play for both sides than Rudy Giuliani. As it turns out, the whole basis of the “case” Giuliani has been selling, the “confession” from a Ukrainian prosecutor that Giuliani took to The New York Times and which the Times in turn made into page one news, was bought and paid for by Dmytro Firtash.
It’s easier to understand how the demands Trump and Giuliani were making on Ukrainian officials—including exonerating Manafort, calling the DNC hack an inside job, and absolving Russia of involvement—came about when everything that Giuliani has been pitching appears to have originated through an oligarch with close ties to Vladimir Putin.
The whole Russian scandal happened because Donald Trump and his associates were ready suckers for the idea that Russia had dirt on Hillary Clinton. With the Ukraine scandal, it seems that the very same people took the very same approach, and Trump was still ready to bite.
What did Firtash do to get on the bad side of U.S. officials in the first place? The Ukrainian oligarch was indicted in 2014 for bribing Indian officials to get control of titanium needed by airline manufacturers. He knows bribery. His bail was set at $174 million, but considering the rate at which he has continued to accumulate dollars, that seems almost like spare change.
Giuliani has claimed that he “never met” and “does not know” Firtash. But he certainly knows the oligarch’s lieutenants. And there remains the mystery of why Giuliani himself was planning to fly to Vienna just hours after having lunch with Parnas and Fruman. Giuliani has said the fact that he was planning to fly to Vienna less than a day after his cohorts were busted with Vienna tickets in hand is purely coincidence. But it’s one hell of a coincidence.
If Giuliani didn’t know Firtash, he certainly knew a lot of people who did know the Ukrainian oligarch in exile. In fact, he knew a lot of people who were being paid by Firtash, and those people seem to have worked long and hard to create the conspiracy theories that Giulani trotted out to the Times. That includes providing Giuliani with his one “witness” … who has since, rather inconveniently, retracted his story.
Giuliani’s associations with Firtash go way past happenstance, and miles beyond coincidence. What comes next is enemy action.
WATCH: President Trump on Turkey attacking the Kurds: “Sometimes you have to let them fight, like two kids in a lot. You have to let them fight, and then you pull them apart!”
This is an obscene and ignorant statement. 200,000 innocent people displaced. Hundreds dead. Credible reports of war crimes. ISIS prisoners escaping. US evacuating and bombing its own positions or handing them to Russia. Two kids in a lot?
Remember: Over 80% of Republicans love this asshole. Which tells us all we need to know about Republicans and their Tea Party allies.
Trump supporters left stranded by bus company — credit cards declined, buses don’t run without cash
Hundreds of Trump supporters this week were left stranded by bus company U.S. Coachways after the organizers for a “March for Trump” rally in Washington D.C. failed to pay them.
The Daily Beast’s Will Sommer reports that the Trump supporters had expected U.S. Coachways to pick them up and bring them to D.C. where they were set to rally against House Democrats’ impeachment inquiry. After the buses never showed up, however, Trump supporters claimed that the bus company was part of a “deep state” conspiracy aimed at silencing their voices.
In reality, U.S. Coachways’ chief marketing officer Joseph Heap tells Sommer, the company withheld the buses because multiple credit card payments made by Trump rally organizers were declined.
“We want to get people down there,” he said. “But unfortunately, payment is required.”
This did not stop Trump supporters from claiming that the company was part of a sinister plot to silence them, however.
“We are incredibly disappointed at US Coachways, their actions prevented hundreds of Americans from exercising their first amendment rights and to have their voices heard,” Women for America First, the organized behind the anti-impeachment rally, said in a statement.
Sommer reports that some Trump supporters took to social media to accuse U.S. Coachways of being part of a diabolical plot to overthrow in American government.
“Guess what, you lefty, soy-drinking latte pieces of sh*t: You’re not taking this country,” said one Trump supporter in a YouTube video posted this week. “It ain’t going to happen.”
GOP Representative decides Trump should be impeached — the “Ukraine server” conspiracy is horseshit.
Rep. Francis Rooney (R-OK) on Friday signaled that he was taking House Democrats’ impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump far more seriously than many of his Republican colleagues.
During an interview with CNN’s Poppy Harlow, Rooney said he was very disturbed at the president’s efforts to prove a debunked conspiracy theory about Ukraine purportedly being behind the hack of the Democratic National Committee in 2016, despite the fact that all evidence that has been uncovered points directly to Russia as the true culprit.
Harlow then asked him what he made about House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-CA) comment that “all roads” in the Ukraine scandal lead back to Russian President Vladimir Putin.
“I was skeptical of it, like most Republicans, but I have to say this business about the Ukraine server, which no one heard about until it was mentioned recently, tells me what are we trying to do, exculpate Russia?” he asked. “All of our trained intelligence officials have consistently corroborated that Russia was behind the election meddling, not Ukraine!”
Turkish foreign minister laughs his ass off at Trump’s tweets
Speaking to the BBC’s HARDtalk this Friday, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu scoffed at the Trump administration’s threat of sanctions over his country’s military operation in northeast Syria, saying that the threat is the result of erratic confused messaging that’s not doing anything to help the situation.
Cavusoglu laughed and mocked Trump for his constant tweeting about various issues, including Turkey.
“Different voices, different positions are coming from the United States, because of the differences between the administration, the State Department, Pentagon, and this and that,” he said.
According to Cavusoglu, there was never a “green light” from the US for the invasion, claiming that the invasion was only launched after the US and the Kurds did not “honor their commitments,” leaving his country with no choice but to invade.
He also said that Trump’s sanctions were meaningless and Turkey has “taken enough measures” to ensure they have no effect on its economy.
Listen to the full interview at HARDtalk.
By now we all have heard that Trump will hold the G7 economic summit next year at his failing Doral (Florida) Golf Club and Resort. The delegations who attend the summit will pay somewhere between $5 and $7 million for accommodations, food, etc., all of which will go into Trump’s pocket. Remember — he DID NOT divest himself of any of his property holdings — he merely said, well, my sons and daughter will run the business. And let’s not overlook the likelihood that we taxpayers probably will spend millions and millions of $$$ to “improve security” at Doral before the summit.
When Jimmy Carter was elected, he gave up his peanut farm — a few thousand acres of peanuts and a couple of warehouses. He GAVE IT UP — DID NOT TELL HIS BROTHER BILLY TO OPERATE THE FARM, did not turn it over to his daughter, sister or mother. Gave it up.
Also — remember that Russia was tossed out of the G8 (thereby making it the G7) because of their invasion and annexation of Crimea. Trump has argued that Russia should be back in the G7/G8. Watch for Trump to invite Putin to Doral.
As Speaker Pelosi told Trump Wednesday: “With you, all roads lead to Putin.”
As we all know by now, yesterday Trump referred to General James Mattis as “the most overrated general I’ve ever met.”
Mattis decided to respond. It was beautiful.
“I’m not just an overrated general. I’m the most overrated general,” Mattis says.
“I’m honored to be considered that by Donald Trump because he also called Meryl Streep an overrated actress. So I guess I’m the Meryl Streep of generals, and frankly that sounds pretty good to me.”
“I earned my spurs on the battlefield… and Donald Trump earned his in a letter from a doctor.”
No kidding. These are REAL photos from tonight’s Trump rally in Texas.
The White House says it has chosen President Donald Trump’s golf resort in Miami as the site for next year’s Group of Seven summit.
The announcement Thursday comes at the same that the president has accused Joe Biden’s family of profiting from public office because of Hunter Biden’s business activities in Ukraine when his father was vice president.
The G-7 summit will be held June 10 to 12. The idea of holding the event at Trump National Doral Miami has been criticized by government ethics watchdogs.
Trump has touted his resort, saying it’s close to the airport, has plenty of hotel rooms and offers separate buildings for every delegation.
When the United States has hosted the summit before, it has been held in Puerto Rico; Williamsburg, Virginia; Houston; Denver; Sea Island, Georgia; and Camp David, the presidential retreat in Maryland.
Turkey has agreed to a five-day ceasefire in northeast Syria to allow for withdrawal of Kurdish forces, U.S. Vice President Mike Pence said on Thursday after talks with Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan.
“Today the United States and Turkey have agreed to a ceasefire in Syria,” Pence told a news conference after more than four hours of talks at the presidential palace in Ankara.
Pence had flown to Turkey to call for a halt in Turkey’s cross-border military operation, called Operation Peace Spring, under which Turkey has aimed to clear YPG Syrian Kurdish fighters from a 20 mile (32 km) deep “safe zone” along the border.
“The Turkish side will pause Operation Peace Spring in order to allow for the withdrawal of YPG forces from the safe zone for 120 hours,” Pence said.
“All military operations under Operation Peace Spring will be paused, and Operation Peace Spring will be halted entirely on completion of the withdrawal,” he said.
So — Turkey has, for years, wanted the Kurds removed from their homeland. We agreed to do it for them.
This should not surprise anyone. Trump is a coward and a crook. In the first place, Trump has business interests in Turkey — two “Trump Towers” in Istanbul. Trump has appeased Erdogan — a thug, a brutal dictator. Let’s count what Trump has done.
- Trump has given the okay to genocide.
- The Kurds — who are now fleeing for their lives — were hold over 10,000 ISIS terrorists in prison . . . all of whom are now free to do as they wish to us and to our allies (if we have any allies left).
- We have abandoned the Kurds, whom we supported for 20 years. Will anyone else ever again trust us? Of course not.
- We have turned over the Middle East to Turkey, Syria and Russia. Our influence is gone.
- Trump has demonstrated — again — that he is a fool and a coward.
Neville Chamberlain would be proud.
UPDATE: OCT 17, 4:57 PM EDST
Turkey’s foreign minister just announced that they will not honor a cease fire with the Kurds as they consider them terrorists and will continue their military operations against them until all of the Kurds have left the safe zone. I knew Turkey wouldn’t honor the cease fire but I thought they’d at least wait twenty four hours before they broke it.