Thursday, January 8, 2015

Is This Any Way To Run A Republic's Gift Shop?

Occasionally on Rob Williams' hate blog he plugs a small assortment of geegaws selling for grossly inflated prices at his Vermont secessionist website. For instance, he has a collection of stale articles and commentaries from his defunct print journal that he'll sell ya for a cool $19.95; the only thing is that you can get it at Amazon for $6.35 where it's their 2,174,272nd best seller - ugh. Robbie-boy will also clip you for $30 for a half size replica of the Green Mountain Boys flag that he now claims is the flag of the non-existent Second Vermont Republic. The problem for Rob is that it's been the official battle flag of the Vermont Air and Army National Guard for decades before he and the Dixie singin' Thomas H. Naylor (who's still dead, btw) started fantasizing about ruling Vermont, and which in just the past decade or so alone has been carried into combat from Macedonia to Whatthefuckistan on numerous occasions.

Perhaps the most juvenile item that he has for sale is a "sovereign citizen" like Vermont Republic passport - "Use this commemorative parchment passport to gain access to VIP special events! Declare your support for decentralism at all border crossings!" - which is guaranteed to get you detained if you attempt to use it At a point of entry or as identification to board an aircraft.

Here's where Williams' internet savvy really got to shine in a not so good way recently. A mark, er, customer by the name of Gary W. Potter wrote on August 25, 2014 that,
I ordered a Republic of Vermont passport several weeks ago and never received it. I wondered if there was a problem.
Lightning fast - not - Williams' 2ndvtrepublic store shot Potter back a reply to his query on December 9, 2014,
Hi Gary – turns out, our Paypal link was broken. Email us at with your address, and we’ll get one in the mall to you right away – on the house. Sorry for the delay!
I'm sure that Gary gave up checking on a reply to his problem months ago and that's probably spared him a night in the lockup at Border Patrol's Highgate crossing in the meantime. Oh, and since it's obviously an Internet ripoff site I'm not providing a link.

If Williams were to run his empire or republic like he runs his gift shop we'd all be fucked.

#JeSuisCharlie #JeSuisAhmed #JeSuisPolicier #raiseyourpencilforfreedom

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Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Jacqueline Brook: Second Vermont Republic's World Class Anti-Semite

Late this past summer and into the early fall Jacqueline Brook published frothingly nasty and tendentious anti-Jew pieces in the letters section of the Keene (NH) Sentinel. One response to her screed got her panties firmly tied into a knot when the writer, Elliot Greenblott, nailed her thusly,
"In the 1920s and 1930s, Adolph Hitler and Joseph Goebbels used “the Big Lie” as a means of spreading venomous lies and hatred. It is clear Ms. Brook has studied this approach and revels in it. (Her) letter does not employ satire or irony to make a point. Nor does it use valid research or sources. It promotes hate and prejudice through lies, false insinuations and misinformation."
While precisely true, I can not agree with Mr. Greenblott's conclusion that the Brook letter should not have been published, though slander and "over-the-top anti-Israeli (ranting)" it certainly was.

Nor was this Brook's first foray into selectively presenting and altering the truth in service to her odious cause, the public exposition of anti-Semitic reasoning. Swinishly, she roots around for a fact or two that she can misrepresent or frame in such a way that someone will infer "facts" not in evidence. Such as when she sought to show that Jews "benefited" from the horror of 9/11 in a letter to the Brattleboro Reformer dated Dec. 8, 2012 here (scroll to second letter). She lied when she said that Larry Silverstein "benefited" from the attack on the twin towers "to the tune of billions" - an insurance settlement isn't a benefit, it is a compensation for loss for which premiums were paid and for which no tax liability incurs due to it being just compensation. She also partially and deceptively quoted Benjamin Netanyahu to have said that "Israel had benefited from 'the attack on the Twin Towers and Pentagon, and the American struggle in Iraq,'" based on a report from "the Israeli newspaper Ma’ariv." I checked her source and both the beginning and the conclusion of the quote that she left off was
"We are benefiting from one thing, and that is the attack on the Twin Towers and Pentagon, and the American struggle in Iraq." Ma'ariv further quoted the former prime minister as concluding by saying... "swung American public opinion in our favor." Something quite different from Brook's edited quote from Netanyahu.
Clearly, the Netanyahu quote points to a singular "benefit" having to do only with public opinion based on the heinous acts of America haters. Another quote of Netanyahu's that would have relevance here is,
"(I)f Israel were to put down its arms there would be no more Israel. If the Arabs were to put down their arms there would be no more war."
Unbelievably, Brook's bullshit has gotten me to the point where I, of all people, find myself quoting Bibi Netanyahu approvingly. Remarkable, really.

In the same paragraph Brook compounds her dishonesty by misstating a well debunked lie promoted by 9/11 Truthers like herself when she says,
"Witness the jubilant Israelis who recorded the demolition of the WTC towers... from a N.J. rooftop that morning."
She can't even get her lie straight. The FBI investigation of that incident reported that (1) the five young Israelis were on the roof of a van with hardly the room to dance, (2) that the person who reported the incident had animus toward the owner of the van, and that (3) the Israelis were engaged in the same thing that thousands of others did that morning, that is filming the aftermath of the attack. What did not make it into the "research" for Brook's letter was the fact that in the aftermath of the event that took 2,977 innocent lives on 9/11, at the hands of the 19 Saudi attackers, tens of thousands of Palestinian residents of the West Bank and Gaza took to the streets, and yes the rooftops, to dance and hand out celebratory sweets honoring that ghastly occasion. If we were to use Brook's thinking we might speculate on the real reason for her omission but that would be to be just like her.

Elliot Greenblott got it exactly right when he compared Brook to Hitler and Goebbels. Godwin's Rule notwithstanding, I don't believe that he lost the argument when he aptly compared Brook's reasoning method to Goebbels when he was framing the argument about using Judenrats to further anti-Semitic policies. Brook's is a natural at that sort of hate argument.

As I said, I disagree with Greenblott about whether the Brook's letter should have been printed. I only wish that the Keene Sentinel had labeled the letter as an example of the sort of "venomous lies and hatred" that lay at the foundation of Brook's vile brand of historic anti-Semitism.

So that we're clear here, I'm not accusing Brook of attempting to mainstream Jew hate at Rob Williams' Second Vermont Republic hate site. Anti-Semitism is a well established fact at SVR. Brook's method is no mere "dog-whistle" Jew bashing; oh, no, this is the the real deal, David Duke style modus operandi. Brook's "over-the-top" style of lying anti-Semitism and "anti-Israeli ranting" fits quite nicely in with the group of America hating slime balls at the SVR hate site.


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Thursday, December 25, 2014

Texas' Sam Houston on Secession

Andy Hall over at the Dead Confederates blog has posted an address made by then governor of Texas, Sam Houston, in 1860 on the topic of Texas' seceding - he wasn't for it. The observations that Houston made then have relevance for our time. Tiny, nearly non-existent groups like the anti-Semitic Second Vermont Republic and the white supremacist League of the South have been making a mighty noise for more than ten years, far out of proportion to their actual importance to the body politic. In Houston's time the discussion was of much more urgency then but, as I said, his remarks still hold true today, particularly when you factor in the absurd Lincoln historical revisionism of SVR's Rob Williams and the racist, would be goons at LoS. Just substitute the then empires of Great Britain and Spanish America for today's expansionist Greater Russian Empire and the growing Chinese Empire, and Houston's words become prescient for our time and argue just as convincingly against secession today.

Here's Andy's post in its entirety:
Houston: The Union Is Worth More Than Mr. Lincoln
Andy Hall, December 22, 2014

Everyone knows that Sam Houston, governor of Texas during the secession crisis of 1860-61, opposed secession and opposed Texas joining the Confederacy. He famously predicted a long and bloody war would follow, with disastrous consequences for the South regardless of the outcome.

But I recently came across this address he made in Austin, sometime during the 1860 presidential campaign, in which Houston laid out the pro-slavery argument against secession. It’s a very different take on an old dispute:
"[The seceded states] will soon whip themselves, and will not be worth whipping back [into the Union]. Deprived of the protection of the Union, of the aegis of the Constitution, they would soon dwindle into petty States, to be again rent in twain by dissensions or through the ambition of selfish chieftains, and would become a prey to foreign powers. They gravely talk of holding treaties with Great Britain and other foreign powers, and the great advantages which would arise to the South from separation are discussed. Treaties with Great Britain! Alliance with foreign powers! Have these men forgotten history? Look at Spanish America! Look at the condition of every petty State, which by alliance with Great Britain is subject to continual aggression."


"When [the Union is] rent in twain, British Abolition, which in fanaticism and sacrificial spirit, far exceeds that of the North (for it has been willing to pay for its fanaticism, a thing the North never will do), will have none of the impediments in its path, now to be found. England will no longer fear the power of the mighty nation which twice has humbled her, and whose giant arm would, so long as we are united, be stretched forth to protect the weakest State, or the most obscure citizen. The State that secedes, when pressed by insidious arts of abolition emissaries, supported by foreign powers, when cursed by internal disorders and insurrections, can lay no claim to that national flag, which when now unfurled, ensures the respect of all nations and strikes terror to the hearts of those who would invade our rights."


"But if, through division in the ranks of those opposed to Mr. Lincoln, he should be elected, we have no excuse for dissolving the Union. The Union is worth more than Mr. Lincoln, and if the battle is to be fought for the Constitution, let us fight it in the Union and for the sake of the Union. With a majority of the people in favor of the Constitution, shall we desert the Government and leave it in the hands of the minority? A new obligation will be imposed upon us, to guard the Constitution and to see that no infraction of it is attempted or permitted. If Mr. Lincoln administers the Government in accordance with the Constitution, our rights must be respected. If he does not, the Constitution has provided a remedy."

"No tyrant or usurper can ever invade our rights so long as we are united. Let Mr. Lincoln attempt it, and his party will scatter like chaff before the storm of popular indignation which will burst forth from one end of the country to the other. Secession or revolution will not be justified until legal and constitutional means of redress have been tried, and I can not believe that the time will ever come when these will prove inadequate.​"
It’s interesting to see a prominent figure as that arguing against secession for the protection of the peculiar institution. But then again, Big Sam was never entirely conventional.
(h/t Andy Hall)

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Monday, December 22, 2014

False Flags in Boston, by Jacqueline Brook (RESEARCH)

"Jacqueline Brook is an occasional artist and writer, a perpetual student, a full-time wannabe spiritual seeker, and an enthusiastic killer of sacred cows (the metaphorical ones).
Jacqueline Brook's very own "2VR" bio
Ah, yes. Jacqueline Brook is a longtime contributor to the defunct secessionists rag, Vermont Commons, since at least 2005, on such hefty topics as mind control and the 9/11 insights of conspiracist nutter and widely debunked crackpot David Ray Griffin (Griffin is a favorite of Vermont Commons publisher Rob Williams, Second Vermont Republic guru Jim Hogue, etc.) and the U.S. Space Command mixing it up with ETs. Brook is no simple headcase, nuh uh. She's got real conspiracist cred and was a contributor to the conspiracist issue of Vermont Commons in September 2005 that was dedicated to 9/11 nutter theories.

So in the latest installment of Jacqueline Brook wingnuttery we learn that the Boston Marathon bombings were a Jew inspired false flag attack, not unlike the 9/11 Jew organized false flag attack against the Twin Towers. And no, I'm not going to link to the hate filled websites of Williams; it's easy enough to find and includes the ravings of Jim Hogue on 9/11. I'll just provide a little taste of the most recent mind droolings of Jacqueline Brook on the Boston Marathon Bombing thing.
"Then there’s the uncle’s connection with CIA agent Graham Fuller. Then there’s the fact that both brothers were transported all the way across town to Beth Israel Deaconess hospital. BID’s CEO is a Zionist, Kevin Tabb. Then there’s Dr. Schoenfeld’s [of BID, at the time] utterly bizarre interview with NPR. Then there’s Ron Dermer, saying that the bombings would be good for Israel. Then there’s the fact that the scenario was almost identical to the 2013 Boston Urban Shield Drill, run by Cytel Group, which is using the bombings as advertising on their website, and the fact that Urban Shield events have been supported by Israel in 3 different ways. Then there’s Cytel Group’s connection with Hollywood effects company Strategic Operations, run by Stu Segall, allegedlya former porn king with mob ties. They are also using the bombings as advertising on their website. [The Boston Urban Shield drill was subsequently cancelled because the Marathon bombings had just happened and because the bombings had unfolded in such a similar manner to the planned drill.]"

"I actually drove to the scene of the shootout, because I couldn’t reconcile 2 eyewitness statements and was surprised to see so many bullet holes in houses at 2nd floor level. [OK. Maybe they were shrapnel holes.] Then I was astonished when I saw the house where the boat was parked. I had listened to a young woman tell an Infowars reporter: “My friend on Franklin St., ummm, lived across the street, and the army people did a huge search in their garage, ummm, but the boat was directly across the street; they didn’t search the boat, not once. They didn’t even go around it.” Presumably they didn’t go near Dave Henneberry’s carriage house behind the boat either, or either of the detached garages in the neighbors’ backyards. Then, there’s Leah Flynn, who, according to online white pages, lives at 20 Franklin St., a block and a half past Henneberry’s house on the L-shaped street, who said that law enforcement officers were in her backyard. So, we’ve been lied to about the ‘perimeter’ and its relationship to the boat. I actually think the site was being guarded until that incredible experiment with martial law was over."

"Then there’s the HUGE omission in Dave Henneberry’s story with regards to the giant door that was built into the shrink wrapping on the boat. There’s a video online at in which you can watch a police vehicle/apparatus peel back the door – which I’m assuming is what Henneberry pantomimed rolling up, in his interview with WCVB’s Ed Harding. I think the whole boat story is fishy – including the note allegedly scrawled therein, which seems to get longer and longer and which we only first heard about a month after the bombings."

"That quickly summarizes much of my earlier research."
Ri-i-ight. Stitch together disparate "facts," know absolutely nothing about layered law enforcement search protocols, throw in a few handy, nearby Jewy operatives and ya gotch yerself a bonafide false flag op. Nevermind all the evidence of the lone wolfpack nature of the Tsarnaev brother's murderous plans; just lay it all on the Jews.

According to a report published this past week by The New Yorker's Masha Gessen, "both the defense and the prosecution have acknowledged not only that the first phase (trial over guilt or innocence of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev) will be short but also that its outcome is all but preordained." Obviously, using Brook's thinking the defense, prosecution and possibly Gessen are all in on the false flag operation.

And Williams, Brook, Hogue, William Boardman and virulently Jew loathing and segregationist hate blogger Carol "The Jew Loather" and Waco Whacko Moore, et al, all wonder why they get the rap for operating the most anti-Semitic, conspiracy addled hate site in Vermont.

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Friday, December 19, 2014

Hate Site Publisher Rob Williams Has Lost His Mind. More.

Lately the publisher of the defunct anti-Semitic and America hating site Vermont Commons/Second Vermont Republic, Rob Williams, has taken to fancying himself as a book and movie reviewer. And no matter what the book or movie, they're all about secession. That includes Hobbits, of whom Williams sees a resemblance to himself and his life. Seriously.

I try to not link to hate sites like Williams' or Stormfront or Occidental Dissent or Daily Stormer, so you'll find no link here. Each of those sites has promoted racism, anti-Semitism, homophobia and the like and are easy enough to locate if you feel the need.

Hobbits? Really, Rob?

Get help and get well.

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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Public Banksters - Part XI (DECEMBER UPDATE)


Eight months ago unregistered lobbyist for the Public Banking Instititute Gwendolyn Hallsmith boasted in a tweet that
"The Day of the Dollar is probably over. Hold on to your hats."
She based her insight on an article from the website, a site well known for its anti-Americanism, anti-Semitism and promotion of Holocaust denialism (and also, coincidentally, a site where Vermont secession flack Greg Guma publishes). Hallsmith wishes for the demise of the dollar in favor of the ruble. Well, that wasn't even remotely true when she promoted the idea then and it's even less true (if possible) today. Today, due to the free fall of the ruble, Russians are investing and converting their remaining, increasingly worthless rubles into imported refrigerators, XBoxes, Apple products, etc., all of which are not accepting rubles for purchases but are insisting on real currencies like dollars and euros only for the import purchase transactions. When Hallsmith was making her prediction of the imminent death of the dollar against the ruble via her Russian source, the ruble was trading at an all time high for the dollar of approximately 36 rubles per dollar (against a low of.93 rubles per dollar in 1993). This month the dollar doubled its value by grabbing 72.45 rubles per dollar. Hallsmith proved her incompetence to provide economic advice and observations to Vermonters eight months ago; her degree of stoopid is twice as true today.
Related posts:
Public Banksters - Part XI
Public Banksters - Part XI (UPDATE)
UPDATE DECEMBER 18, 5:30 PM General Motors, Audi, Land Rover and Apple have temporarily suspended sales inside Russia. Snork!

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Monday, December 15, 2014

Today Not Quite in Vermont History - December 15, 1814

200 years ago today the secret Hartford Convention called by Federalists of the New England states to discuss the possibility of those states seceding from Union began their three week meeting. The Vermont legislature sent no representatives to the meeting, although one Windham County resident paid his own way to attend; there is no record of what, if any, contributions he made since the proceeding records remained secret.

The ostensible reason for the secession discussion was the inordinate losses being suffered by the shipping interests of the New England states as a result of the War of 1812. Vermont, having no significant shipping interests as well as maintaining good relations with its Canadian neighbors via smuggling, didn't really have a dog in the fight. In August of 1814 negotiations began between the U.S. and Britain to end the conflict which culminated with the signing of the Treaty of Ghent on December 24, 1814 rendering the purpose for the convention moot. The British ratified the treaty on December 27, 1814, while the U.S. did so on February 17, 1815.

The only lasting result of the Hartford Convention, in which Vermont took no active part, was the demise of the Federalist Party.

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Friday, December 12, 2014

Racist Writer for White Supremacist, neo-Confederate Website Outed by Southern Poverty Law Center

During the past few months there's been a back and forth of outing and doxing going on that's shaken the racist right to its jackboots. The racists at Occidental Dissent have been on an outing campaign of their own which has produced not very compelling results. Yesterday the SPLC dropped the latest bomb - a writer and moderator for the avowedly racist and virulently anti-Semitic mouthpiece for the neo-Confederate League of the South supporting website mentioned above, Occidental Dissent, who goes by the pseudonym "Jack Ryan" is in fact John V. Ellis of Hyde Park, Chicago. SPLC has the whole story here.

Tit for tat, eh Jack?

Speaking of the racist League of the South, we've been waiting for months for the current head of the so-called Second Vermont Republic, Rob Williams, to renounce and denounce SVR's past and present ties to the LoS and its militia. Well, one can always cling to the wistful hope that Williams will one day come to his senses.

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Monday, December 8, 2014

Ugh, It's Over... I Think.


Greg Guma's now "reporting" that Steve Goodkind gets the Progs nod and will run as an "Independent." "The Gume" is out... for now. Sadly for "The Gume" he was also unsuccessful in getting the Progs to ride his pet hobbyhorses in the next election cycle. Maybe it had something to do with their being woefully dated and no longer of much relevance.

Perhaps Guma will shortly seque smoothly to covering the mayoral race while ignoring his bloated conflict of interest in doing so. The problem will be finding a real news organization to ignore the conflict as well, otherwise it'll just be Facebook coverage.

He could always go back to writing his revisionist history of Vermont's dead secessionist movement and it's so-called Second Vermont Republic or expand on his 9/11 Truthiness. As Tommy "The Pathological Lair" Flanagan would say, "Yeah, That's The Ticket!"

"Greg Guma, who received one vote on Sunday, had expressed interest in running as a Prog; he attended the caucus but did not seek the endorsement."
Sad. Really sad.

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Friday, December 5, 2014

In and Out - Part II

UPDATE: Friday, Dec.5, 11:00 AM Okay, Greg's starting to give me whiplash. Here's the latest on his aching for relevance from his FB page yesterday:
"FYI, I posted a statement this a.m. saying no Independent run. Then a reporter calls & asks about accepting the Prog nod. I say well, uh, I'd be honored, thought surprised -- but only if it came after a real process / debate. Will that happen? Guess we'll find out Sunday when the Party caucuses. Feel like Pacino in Godfather III."
21 hours ago
I guess that Guma's heard my criticism of his not telling "the peeples" where TF he and his vast army of supporters are meeting so he tells us,
"Pick BTV candidates: Sunday, 5-7pm, Champlain Senior Ctr: potluck & caucuses for March candidates, including Mayor and City Council. Progressive Burlington residents are encouraged to attend."
Actually, the meeting is open to the public but what's a little caucus voter suppression if it's all for the cause. Guma supporters will caucus at the empty table.

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Thursday, December 4, 2014

In and Out

After a couple of weeks of offering "the peeples" to lead them to his vision for Burlington if asked nicely enough to do so, Greg Guma, faux journalist and all-around political crank, has given us his decision.

He'd gotten very little news buzz over his public political pondering of a potential political challenge to incumbent Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger. Fact is, most of the coverage came in the form of his own Facebook page and his blog. He'd said that he'd meet with "the peeples" on Tuesday, Dec.2 at what remained throughout his musings an undisclosed location. I would have gone for a look at his political fan dance just for the giggles but he never let "the peeples" know where the friggin' meeting was being held!

Accordingly, he found support to be insufficient for him to consider a run for office at this time. No doubt in his own mind he coulda been a contenda. With a position of opposition to virtually every development plan on the horizon and a call for an unrealistic back-to-the-past platform with no jobs plan or any appeal to present day Burlingtonians actual desires, Guma's bowing out seems to be the only realistic aspect to his candidacy.

I noted in his blog post that Guma seemed to rely most heavily on the counsel of Matt Cropp. That's a mistake that most Burlingtonians will get to breath a collective sigh of relief over. For those of you (and that's probably most of you) unfamiliar with Cropp, he's a political loser of the first order. Among, but certainly not all of Cropp's failures was his failed effort to gain a seat on the City Market board of directors; his failure to takeover a credit union's board; his failure to make a go of a provisional capital for his secessionist, so-called Second Vermont Republic in Hancock, VT in 2010; his failure to follow through on any of his promises made after his disastrous management of the 2010 secesher campaign of Connecticut native Dennis Steele's gubernatorial effort (99.24% of the voters gave their vote to someone other than Steele); and, perhaps most tragically, when Cropp was Thomas Naylor's secesher embed in the Burlington Occupy group, his group's advisory to the City of Burlington that they'd be assuming responsibility for the homeless in City Hall Park was followed within a day of their letter to the City by the suicide of one of the homeless (nice one there, Matt!).

Looks like everyone gets to dodge a bullet here. Imagine a Guma administration with a loser like Cropp in some position of importance. According to Guma, Cropp is now setting his sights on Burlington's neighborhoods. My advice to the residents of those neighborhoods - MOVE!!!

Buh-bye Greg.

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Friday, November 28, 2014

Is a Secession Supporter Running in the Burlington, VT Mayoral Race?

UPDATE: Wednesday, Dec. 3, 4:00 PM Secession flack and political drama queen Greg Guma to announce Burlington mayoral election bid on Thursday, Dec. 4. Yawn...

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Well, certainly stranger campaigns have occurred in Burlington's past. But this year's musing by longtime political wannabe and unsuccessful influence on the body politic, Greg Guma, deserve a look if not much more.

Guma's been on the edge of the Burlington political scene for what seems like forever. One news organization even made the mistake of using him for past Burlington political campaign coverage and learned that with Guma's "journalism" comes his inevitable slant.

Last week I learned of Guma's latest ploy in a post of his at the Second Vermont Republic hate site (and, no, I don't link to there). I then found a similar advisory on the all-Guma-all-the-time blog here. In a tired and typical pol style, Guma self flogs his importance to the political scene despite his abundant lack of real accomplishment; it's like he's made it notwithstanding his never having done so. His brief tenure at Pacifica was wracked with conflict that led inevitably to his departure with little to show for his time there. Hell, he once had a largely self written Wikipedia article that Wikipedia dropped due to his "lack of notability."

Guma gives himself a backslapping blurb in the announcement post from some other non-notable and even hints at his crucial role in the ascent of Vermont's star and possible presidential contender Bernie Sanders.

Guma goes on at some length about a December 2 meeting without providing a link or a place whereat some might ponder the importance and relevance of a Guma candidacy to the public weal.
"In short, the question I am now considering is whether to proceed anyway or, as I did 35 years ago when Bernie Sanders and I were both organizing mayoral campaigns, step aside for someone else. I'll be listening, watching closely, and thinking it over between now and Dec. 2. In the meantime, I have asked my current supporters to spread the word, invite others, and let me know what they think. If the prevailing sentiment is that Steve (Goodkind) is the right person and the only challenger needed, I need to hear why. The responses, along with discussion on Dec. 2, will be a significant factor in my choice."
Okay. We can probably agree that for such a non-player on the political scene Greg Guma has a pretty inflated sense of self-importance. But by this point one or two of you may be asking why-TF does Rowley give a shit about this loser? Well, Guma comes from a short list of flacks for the so-called "Second Vermont Republic." It's a really short list that includes basically Christopher Ketcham and Shay Totten. Ketcham's published a book on the topic that's gone nowhere, acknowledged that he snuck in a piece for Time that he later admitted was "a favor" for his Vermont Secesher friends and Totten now flacks books since Thomas Naylor is no longer his meal ticket - you'd of thought they might have gotten together on it but seceshers aren't exactly the brightest bulbs. In 2008 Guma wrote one piece that pushes what he thought were the strengths of secession without really telling the whole truth; some "muckraker," as he likes to characterize himself. Here's how he colored the controversy that sent SVR into its death spiral:
"... The controversy began when the Southern Poverty Law Center accused (Thomas) Naylor and the group of talking to an allegedly racist group, the League of the South. Critics pounced, and Seven Days, a liberal weekly in Vermont that was distributing Vermont Commons as an insert, decided to end the arrangement. Labor groups soon demanded the removal of offensive web links on Second Vermont Republic's website, disassociation from certain groups or individuals, and the release of a statement clearly opposing racism, fascism, bigotry, and discrimination. Although there is no evidence that Vermont secessionists condone such things, they've been pressured to prove it."
Actually, Greg, the"critics pounced" before the Southern Poverty Law Center took an interest in SVR and Naylor, and there's nothing "alleged" about the overt racism, misogyny, anti-Semitism and homophobia of the League of the South, in fact they're quite proud of their various hatreds. This blog and two others published extensively and were quite involved in petitioning the SPLC to take a look at Naylor and his flying monkeys. And there was plenty of evidence at the time that SVR condoned institutionalized homophobia, segregation, anti-Semitism and racism; all one had to do was read their publication, Vermont Commons, and Naylor's own website.

Guma has written other dishonest representations of the Vermont secesher movement but that could be the basis for a future post - who knows? Until then Guma will be consumed with his bloatedly self-important decision.
"This is an important moment for Burlington. In the next few years, decisions will be made that could transform the community for generations. If I do run, my goal will not be just to win, but to challenge complacency, provincialism, gentrification and the current redevelopment push, and to open up debate on crucial choices facing the city we love. What I find out in the next two weeks will determine whether that happens. I look forward to hearing what Burlington residents have to say and how they feel about a real independent voice in the race."
Yes, Greg. I'm sure that there are tens of Burlingtonians awaiting your decision.

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Saturday, November 8, 2014

"A Rose by Any Other Name..."

Followers of this blog know that the name that I use here, Thomas Rowley, is a pseudonym. Blogs that are singular efforts devoted to exposing racists, anti-Semites and the like often are posted anonymously for reasons that often have to do with safety. I learned that lesson early on when another blogger who was identifiable and assisted in exposing the deep ties of the Second Vermont Republic to the racist, white supremacist League of the South was attacked by the SVR chairman, Thomas H. Naylor, at his job. Naylor sought to end that blogger's employment and healthcare for his family.

As things heated up for the SVR crowd because of the exposure of their ties to bigots and for their having provided a platform at their various websites for the writings of racists, conspiracists, segregationists, anti-Semites, misogynists and homophobes, so did their anger come to a boil. One of the leaders urged that crimes be committed against those that exposed them. Another sought to normalize their group by demanding that they be debated at a venue of their choice and using a moderator who'd been secretly associated with their leadership for years. Despite those and other efforts, the SVR leadership never came close to successfully refuting a single fact presented here and at other blogs. Most of the links that I have provided to their posts no longer work because of a more than year long effort by the SVR leadership to purge their websites of the evidence. Thankfully, the screen caps all remain.

I mention the above to give some context to a recent incident regarding the efforts of racists and anti-Semites to reveal the identity of one similarly successful blogger who I've mentioned here a number of times. He/she goes by the name Spelunker. A New Yorker who uses the pseudonym BoyHowdy and is a sustaining member of the hate website mistakenly identified a supposedly Jewish journalist as being Spelunker. Stormfront posters have been tied to more than 100 murders so this is no little matter. Online haters like the website Occidental Dissent ran with the Stormfront misinformation that you can read about here. So consumed with the notion that they could "out" the identity of Spelunker the haters failed to notice that they lacked one element - facts. Apparently, thinking that a purportedly Jewish journalist looked as they would imagine that their nemesis Spelunker might look was all that the haters needed to dox him. Despite denials by Spelunker and others, the haters remained convinced that they had their man. I'd even pointed out to them that they lacked "incontrovertible evidence" but that didn't matter.

This week the story took a decidedly ironic turn. Stormfront's supposed outer of Spelunker, the pseudonymous BoyHowdy, was himself outed in a damning exposé published by the Southern Poverty Law Center. BoyHowdy is in fact a Manhattan Web designer named Robert H. DePasquale and his cyber target was erroneously identified as Jewish, although DePasquale's supporters could agree that the target looked Jewish, whatever the fuck that means. SPLC reports,
"His victim, who asked not to be identified, told the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) he is not Spelunker, just someone who is now caught up in the vindictive and racist underworld of Stormfront. Spelunker, who has not revealed his identity to the SPLC, also said that the journalist is not him."
It gets better. According to the respected anti-fascist website One People's Project, in 2013 DePasquale ran for the NJ U.S. Senate seat vacated by the death of Frank Lautenberg. Although he his a NY resident, DePasquale claimed NJ residency by using the Butler, NJ post office box of the racist American Freedom Party. You couldn't make shit like this up. Read the One People's Project report outing DePasquale here.

Spelunker has demanded that the racist nutters take down their erroneous information but I don't think we should be holding our collective breaths for that for long.

UPDATE: 4:30 PM I posted a comment at the Occidental Dissent hatesite today on their "Who Is Spelunker?" post suggesting that they update their post correcting the erroneous information about who Spelunker is and the comment wasn't approved, natch. And so the lie of the racist Brad Griffin, aka Wallace Hunter, and son-in-law to the racist founder of the Council of Conservative Citizens Gordon Baum lives on.

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Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Vermont Secessionists Lose Big In 2014 Gubernatorial Race

While the 2014 election cycle in Vermont produced little in the way of candidates from the secessionist camp, what is most notable is how little Vermonters are buying into the secesher message.

Self-declared secessionists Peter Diamondstone, a longtime serial loser (20+), and three time loser Emily Peyton vied for last with a knot of three other losers at the bottom of the percentile poll. According to unofficial results 98% of Vermonters voted for someone other than the seceshers. Those that did vote for Diamondstone and Peyton likely did so for reasons other than secession. In Diamondstone's case it probably had more to do with his longstanding Marxist message, while with Peyton it likely had to do with her promises to giveaway land and homes and to coddle child molesters and murderers.

One can only hope that these two secessionists will listen to the voters and retire their fruitless campaigns for good.

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Friday, October 31, 2014

October Surprise?

I'd thought that the on again, off again secession supporter Emily Peyton, a 2014 Vermont gubernatorial aspirant, couldn't top her tone deaf solicitation of campaign support from "child molesters, murderers, violent criminals and other convicted felons" that I posted about back in June here but, in what can only be described as a self-inflicted October Surprise this month, Peyton points to a "recent mention" about her and her campaign at an anti-Semitic hate website called Veteran's Today. She provides a link to the article on the home page of her campaign website with no warning about the article being contained at a website that promotes whacked out conspiracy theories and Jew hatred, thus putting the reader one click away from such loony filth.

The article published earlier this month at VT is written by Mia Feroleto who has also been mounting a largely unsuccessful letter writing campaign on behalf of Peyton to various Vermont newspaper's Letters to the Editor pages here, here and here. A fourth letter from Feroleto here prompted this comment:
Comment to Reformer Letter
"emilypeyton=smellysatan" • a month ago
"sorry Mia but you don't know emily peyton aka smelly satan... she's been arrested for her racist assault against John Hughes, a really talented artist and musician..documented, she's also a woman who's campaign's are funded by her dad in Boston... he should be taken to task for allowing this to go on year after year year after year and the assault on ALL of us that comes with each election cycle. NPR is doing real JUSTICE by not giving a platform to her redundant and false rhetoric. It's total bs from a serial narcissist."
The publisher of Feroleto's Peyton piece is Veteran's Today's senior editor and chairman of the board, Gordon Duff, an anti-Semitic conspiracy theorist, a 9/11 Truther, a promoter of Holocaust denialism and of the claim that Julian Assange's Wikileaks is an Israeli intelligence operation. The Southern Poverty Law Center has published an extensive report on Veteran's today that can be found here . Veteran's Today provides a publishing platform for a host of well known anti-Semites like Alan Sabrosky, Gilad Atzmon, Kevin Barrett, to name only a few. One VT contributor, J.B. Campbell, who believes that Jews control the Federal Reserve and the U.S. Army, wrote:
“Since Jews control every important aspect of our lives through banking, finance, law, war, food & drugs and entertainment, we are literally floating on a reservoir of truth blocked by a dam of lies… . The Jews have poisoned our minds for a long time, certainly for all the time that we’ve been alive.”
Peyton has indicated that this may be her last campaign but that she's willing to share her expertise incompetence with anyone stupid enough to buy into her platform. She'd even school that person on how to get campaign finance funding, something that she's been unable to do for her own campaign. Only a fool would take advice from her.

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Thursday, October 23, 2014

The United States of Reagan?

I don't normally spend much time commenting on out of state secesher douchebags but this has some relevance to the Rob Williams Vermont secession movement. Yes, I know, they're essentially nonexistent at this point but there is an element in this story that ties them somewhat to the other douchenozzle that I've found. Right Wing Watch posted this yesterday:
Author Wants Southern States To Secede Over Gay Rights, Name New Country 'Reagan'

SUBMITTED BY Brian Tashman on Wednesday, 10/22/2014 12:05 pm

Conservative columnist and former Reagan administration aide Douglas MacKinnon is out with a new book calling for Southern states to secede…again.

While speaking yesterday with Janet Mefferd about his book, “The Secessionist States of America: The Blueprint for Creating a Traditional Values Country…Now,” MacKinnon called for a movement of states, starting with South Carolina, Georgia and Florida, to establish a new country that will adhere to the Religious Right’s political agenda.

Texas, MacKinnon explained, was not included in his secessionist blueprint because “there have been a number of incursions into Texas and other places from some of the folks in Mexico.”

He added that the South had “seceded legally” and “peacefully” during the Civil War, but greedy Northerners like President Lincoln “waged an illegal war that was in fact not declared against the South after the South basically did what we’re talking about in this book now in terms of peacefully, legally and constitutionally leaving the union.”

After lamenting that “for whatever reason the leaders that we’re picking are deciding not to stand firmly for traditional values,” MacKinnon repeated his view that a new country should be formed, and even proposed an “interim name” for the ultraconservative breakaway nation: “Reagan.”

MacKinnon specifically cited advances in gay rights as a reason for Southern states to leave the U.S. and create a new country.

MacKinnon strongly defended the South for its role in what he called “The War Between The States,” saying that Religious Right activists should endorse the secessionist movement as a way to “protect our faith.”
Williams, a member of the adjunct faculty staff at Burlington, VT's Champlain College, shares much of MacKinnon's loony tunes historical revisionism regarding the Civil War and President Lincoln and, similarly, Williams' new iteration of the Second Vermont Republic shares MacKinnon's reservations over the possible constitutional settlement of same sex marriage issue.

Although the Vermont Supreme Court and Vermont's legislature had settled the issue, Williams' tiny clown car group still feels that an unconstitutional referendum is available to further the cause of discrimination against lesbian and gay families. This from his website:
"(T)he Second Vermont Republic takes no official position on such controversial issues as... gay marriage. (This is an issue) for the citizens of the independent republic to decide."
That's it, Rob? To Hell with Vermont's present constitution? Civil rights in the new Vermont Republic will be up to a popular vote? What else aren't you telling us? Given the its penchant to majority rule, are you possibly making plans to have Vermont join MacKinnon's United Klan States of Reagan?

Meanwhile, as Rob schemes to shred the Vermont Constitution, his co-conspirator in an secret, outlandish plan to reconstitute a disbanded arm of Vermont governance, the Vermont Council of Censors, the rocket scientist Gary Flomenhoft has once again floated over at Rob's hate blog (no, I won't link to it) his longstanding dream to nationalize everything in Vermont that isn't nailed to your home - that means your woodlot or sugar bush (Fact: Half of Vermont's forests are local family owned), your land, and even your air. Yes, he even has a plan for your air. No doubt there'll be a tax on the meter when you top up the air in your tires at the gas station.

Having failed at creating a state bank in the last legislative session, Flomenhoft has doubled downed and proposes Venezuela-like to seize vast expanses of private property while suggesting that every Vermonter would get a cut so it's okay to steal. Hear that flopping sound, Gary? That's the sound of your new plan is making even before it leaves the gate.

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Saturday, October 18, 2014

Vermont Secessionists and Their Naive Student Contributors Are Now Pretending That The 2010 and 2012 Elections Never Happened

The secessionists in Vermont have taken a lot of hits over the years, and not just from me. From outright critiques by bloggers and freelancers to tongue in cheek assessments by MSM, the only "press" that has treated their "movement" as serious are propaganda outlets like Fox News, RT (Russian Television) and Iran's Holocaust denying PressTV. Vermont's local press has all but ignored the secesher movement's presence in this election cycle even though two statewide candidates, Peter Diamondstone and Emily Peyton, are on record as supporting Vermont seceding from the Union.

First, their troubles began nearly eight years ago when their ties to racists and homophobes were exposed here as well as on other blogs; their founder Thomas H. Naylor's predilection for doing interviews with Fox News scaremongers and a number of racists and Holocaust deniers was then exposed here. I'd warned that when they announced a "slate of candidates" in 2010 that I'd be keeping an eye on the group and eventually exposed a secret listserv where they plotted to take over Vermont government including a secret seditious attempt to reconstitute a long ago disbanded arm of government by appointing themselves and not using the electoral process that had originally staffed it; spouted all kinds of crazy, misogynistic bullshit on the secret listserv and hid the fact that their their primary out of state contributor was a Stromfront, Jew hating, neo-Nazi poster whose hatred of gays, blacks and women was easily discerned in his listserv contributions.. 99.24% of Vermonters voted for someone other than the secesher gubernatorial candidate while their legislative candidates faired just as poorly. The 2012 election proved to be just as bad for the seceshers, only with fewer seceshers willing to put their names forward for a drubbing.

This year two of the looniest candidates in the gubernatorial race, Peter Diamondstone and Emily Peyton, are secessionists. Peyton has tried to weasel her way out of her earlier statements made when she thought that there might be a secesher electoral wave that she might be able to ride on. Such a wave has never materialized. Today even the crazies (Diamondstone excluded) are seeing the problem with attaching oneself to the secesher faction.

Now comes Joe Humes, a St. Michael's college student and Vermont Public Television intern and bottle washer to give his take on last week's VPT gubernatorial debate. In an often confusing, written harangue published on the Second Vermont Republic hate site (sorry, I don't link to this hateful site), Hume, who served in a production role at the VPT sponsored debate, attacks virtually all the participants in one way or another.

In the oddly edited piece (presumably by the website's apparently sole remaining editor, Rob Williams) Humes ostensibly and falsely claims via a link to Buzzfeed that Vermont seceshers are gaining "traction."
"Good to see "secession" get some traction"
But if you follow the link to the Buzzfeed post the only mention of secession is a thoroughly disparaging reference to Diamondstone's nuttiness as it being one of the "7 reasons" why the debate was "one of the strangest debates this year.
"2. There was the time Liberty Union candidate Pete Diamondstone quoted Karl Marx to say if taxing the rich doesn’t work then Vermont should secede from the Union."
It doesn't get better. The Hume post then opines,
"But seriously, folks – what if a serious independent-minded candidate or slate ran on a Vermont independence platform? Hmmm…"
Now I don't know if that quote arises from his recent arrival from Connecticut and perhaps thus Hume's ignorance of the 2010 & 2012 elections or from a dishonesty that is a fundamental aspect of the SVR hate site, but such misrepresentation is a hallmark of the Vermont secesher movement and its website.

I'm not going to spend a lot of time bashing the stupidity of Hume's piece or the questionable ethics of a member of the debate production staff publishing such a commentary but I will point out something tangential; the gasbag editor of the SVR website, Williams, is a middlebrow adjunct faculty staff member at Burlington, VT's Champlain College who has a history of grooming students ignorant of Vermont politics to publish in some form or another at his hate site. In today's world that's an Internet history that'll prove to be impossible for the unsuspecting student to shake in later life because of the anti-Semitism of the the majority of the past contributors to the site.

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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

EXCLUSIVE: Vermont Secessionist Pol Says "Vermont Independence Is Pretty Much A Joke"

No, even though I've been saying something similar about the Vermont secession movement for years, I didn't say it in quite those words and although I've heard it said by many non-secessionists over the years this is the first time I've heard that sentiment expressed by a secesher deadender. That honor goes to the Vermont secesher 2010 Washington County senatorial candidate who was also an invited member of the highly secret Free Vermont listserv. There he opined that errant legislators should suffer capital punishment for their legislative transgressions; that NASA was conspiring with aliens to receive advanced technology in exchange for raw materials on the dark side of the Moon; that chemtrails (contrails) are a secret concoction of gubmint mind control chemicals spread for maximum effect from aircraft at 30,000 ft. - no, really; and that he should be Minister of Agriculture or some such nonsense in the future Second Vermont Republic. That's right, the person who dissed the "VT independence" movement on the 2014 Vermont secesher Secretary of State candidate's Facebook page is none other than Gaelan Brown. And if anyone should know the true state of affairs with the "VT independence" movement it's certainly Brown, a lapdog of the remnants of the SVR leadership.
"Sadly, VT independence is pretty much a joke, just like (the) book Out(: The Vermont Secession Book) even though it's a fun thought."
Gaelan Brown, March 4, 2014 @ 7:01 AM
All of the mainstays of the 2010 campaign, including the ones who said that they'd run in 2014, have bailed and earlier this year one of them takes a big dump on the movement as a whole. So who does that leave in the movement, Rob Williams? He can't even find his way out the mess he's made by not renouncing and denouncing the newly invigorated, if ineffectual, racist League of the South. You can read more about the Vermont secesher losers "Trail of Broken Political Promises and Bullshit" here.

With the stalwarts walking away and/or pissing on the notion of Vermont secession, it's safe to say that the show is over and the only one who doesn't seem to get that is Williams, the onetime co-chairman with the now quite dead Thomas H. Naylor and who with Naylor convened a meeting at which he invited out of state racist and homophobic hate groups to Burlingtoon, VT, and who is the current self annointed new baas of the remains of the Second Vermont Republic and the unchallenged Minister of Second Vermont Republic Secessionist Fuckweaselry.

Brown is right; what a joke.

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Friday, October 10, 2014

"I Am A Secessionist"

These words were spoken by the Liberty Union Vermont gubernatorial candidate Peter Diamondstone, a decades long serial electoral failure, at last night's Vermont Public Television cattle-call debate during his opening remarks. Apparently, according to Diamondstone, communistic, anti-capitalistic economic principles are the cure for what ails Vermont. How'd secessionism or communism work last time around, Pete?

VPT's debate, which hasn't been posted online yet, has come to be known as the one where the lunatic fringe gets to strut their stuff. Last night did not disappoint; it included a Duck Dynasty impersonator, another who claims disability status based on her STD and another secessionist by the name of Emily Peyton.

Must see TV, not.

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Saturday, October 4, 2014

The Banality of Treason

For years I've written about the Vermont secession movement and its unbroken string of failures; from its multiple, miserably failed political campaigns (there are two secession supporters in this year's Vermont gubernatorial race, Peter Diamondstone and Emily Peyton, who are perpetual also rans who poll in the single or fractional digits); to its repeated attempts to infuse a virulent form of anti-Semitism into Vermont's political discussion; to seditious plans to go around Vermont's constitutionally mandated form of governance; to promoting crackpot electoral schemes to "vote out" all 30 sitting members of the Vermont Senate and replace them with seceshers - result: 0 of "The Thirty" voted out; to maintaining open alliances with racist and homophobic secessionist groups around the country; to spreading conspiracy theory loopiness, like the 9/11 Truther/inside job crap and speculation about contrails and NASA engaged in mineral exchanges on the dark side of the Moon with aliens for their technology (yeah, ya read that right); to outright lies about Vermont history such as the claim that Vermont was a participant in the seditious Hartford Convention organized by New England's then 1% (the Vermont legislature sent no representatives and the only Windham County Vermonter to attend paid his own way and left no record of whatever his "participation" might have been at the secret convention); or, perhaps most significantly, that the "independent state" of Vermont, which just happened to be the term used by each of the thirteen original colonies to describe themselves, ever functioned as a "republic" in any real way - the only act that even remotely mimicked that of a free and "independent" republic was the secret Haldimand Affair negotiations, which was nothing more than an treasonous attempt, and so considered by the Vermont state legislature, by the Allen brothers, Joseph Fay and Thomas Chittenden to extend their land holdings and which immediately fell apart with the outbreak of peace and the initial creation of the Union. Maybe that's where Rob Williams Gary "The Rocket Scientist" Flomenhoft and their troop of dullards got the idea to set up a shadow governmental agency that no one was suppose to know about, anymore than the Continental Congress was ever aware in any relevant way of a so-called First Vermont Republic. Also, illicitly declaring a "provisional" capital at a B&B in the hamlet of Hancock, VT after their disastrous showing at the polls in the 2010 election. This is just a short list of the crazy that permeates the sesechers treasonous bent.

Treason has always had a special place in the minds of desperate, power driven types. It's what drove the crackpot, anti-Semite who founded the Second Vermont Republic, the Dixie singin' Thomas H. Naylor, to establish alliances with racists at the League of the South, an alliance that the present day baas of SVR, Rob Williams, has yet to renounce or denounce, as well as with a viciously homophobic South Carolina based evangelical hate group that called itself Christian Exodus. Naylor's shared dream with Canadian racist, anti-Semite and fascist Sebastian Ernst Ronin was the creation of a white homeland comprised of northern New England and the Canadian Maritime provinces that they proposed be called Novacadia.

Treason of a sort unpermitted by the U.S. Constitution is what drives present day secessionists, just as it did the traitors of the old Confederacy.

An anonymous post (not that there's anything wrong with that) at Burlington , VT's Champlain College adjunct faculty member Rob Williams' recently reactivated hate blog, the second coming of Naylor's SVR website, touts the results of the Reuters poll without mentioning that more than 53.3% of Americans oppose secession of any type, period.

Secession is not an legal option available to any and all who desire it. The White House has itself put the kibosh on the notion of any state seceding from the Union, as has the Supreme Court in Texas v. White. One need only look at a recent poll of suspect methodology that alleges that 23.9% of Americans " were strongly or provisionally inclined to leave the United States, and take their states with them."

Significantly, the Reuters poll also reports that of racist, hate motivated Tea Party types, 53% of their conservative ilk want secession. What Williams' secesher website also doesn't report is that the least amount of support in America, 19%, is what is found in New England. But we already knew that in Vermont since when Vermonters last had a chance to vote for a secesher gubernatorial candidate, the Brawny Towel guy reënactor and Connecticut native Dennis Steele, 99.24% of Vermonters voted in the only poll that really counts, an election, for someone other than the secesher candidate, which comes as no surprise since Williams got maybe 10 people to vote for the secesh candidate in his hometown of Waitsfield, VT (a number which probably doesn't include his wife Kate since she has publicly stated that she doesn't support his secesher plan).

Secession is not legal, therefore a secesher plan is treasonous even if you slap the lipstick of "peaceful" on it as Williams so often does.

The short observation is that Williams and his nutjob pals are traitors, plain and simple.

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Sunday, September 21, 2014

Public Banksters Part XVII - Hacking Karma?

After soliciting online for someone, anyone to criminally hack this blog this summer,
"Hackers wanted for troll expedition. Cash bounty for documentation. Secure contact only - send details. It's a race!
10:57pm - 29 Jul 14

And, shortly followed by...

"Hackers wanted for troll expedition. Cash reward paid for documentation. Secure contact only - send details. It's a …"
11:02pm - 29 Jul 14
we learn that Gwen "The Hacker Baiter" Hallsmith's anti-capitalist website has been reduced to an error message.
VNE (Vermonters for a New Economy) Web Page Lost
"In addition to the tragedy that struck this summer, where our webmaster Gary Murphy died after an accident at his home, our web page has subsequently disappeared. Clicking on the url gets you to a lost page message - I have no idea why or where it went.

If there are web experts out there who can help solve the mystery of the missing web page, please let me know."

How's that for some karma, eh Gwen?

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Thursday, September 18, 2014


Things looked bad from the very first results that came in from Clackmannanshire
Yes 16,350 46.2%
No 19,036 53.8%
At 9:04 PM (Eastern Time) more badder news for the seceshers has come in from the Orkney Islands
Yes 4,883 32.8%
No 10,004 67.2%
9:43 PM Shetland Islands delivers another blow and completes the hat trick for the No vote to the Yesers
Yes 5,669 36.3%
No 9,951 63.7%
After 10:00 PM
Comhairle nan Eilean Siar drops another hit on the Yesers
Yes 9,195 46.6%
No 10,544 53.4%
Yes 27,243 49.9%
No 27,329 50.1%
It's just past midnight and the trend is for "No." Aberdeen, a big one has just voted Yes but it may not be enough with so much of the country voting No.

BBC calls it for the No vote for independence and secession at 1:11 AM. Not even close - 55% No to 45% Yes. The Guardian gave the the final tally as No 55.3% to the Yeser's 44.7%. The Scottish Cupcake Poll had called this for the Nos hours before the voting had ended.

Too bad Vermont secession's own Grand Poobah, Rob Williams, didn't go to Edinburgh as he'd suggested that he so wanted to since he has vast experience in failure at secession and independence. He could have counseled the Yesers on what it's like to lose and lose and lose and lose. Looks like Robbie's plan to wear a kilt today and to go regimental on us is a bust.

Another day; another loss for the secessionists.

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Saturday, September 13, 2014

McSecession - National Journal Pairs Second Vermont Republic With the League of the South in Scottish Independence Article

Update At Bottom

With less than a week to go to the Scottish independence election, the usual spate of articles about nothing begin to appear. National Journal, a DC insider publication that like many others is straining for eyeballs on the web in a post print era has produced another in a series of articles that treat the tiny Vermont secession movement as a contender. The NJ highlights, as though they're relevant to the Scottish situation, three largely unsuccessful U.S. secesher outfits

I'll start with the second featured first: Cascadianow! From their About page,
"CascadiaNow! is working to become a grassroots, umbrella non-profit organization that provides resources and direct services to groups, projects, and community partners to raise awareness of Cascadia, celebrate our distinct regional identity and culture, and increase the independence of the Cascadia bioregion."
They've been on the web for 8 years and they're just now "working to become" a tax free 501c3 and nothing more than an "umbrella" thing. This is just the sort of e-group that secesher maven, Southern National Congress delegate and all around crank, Kirkpatrick Sale, has complained for years about, calling such groups little more than a website address. And the NJ writer Kaveh Waddell moused his way to their website and "interviewed" the leader of the group.

Third up for NJ's Waddell was the loudest, if not the largest secesher organization in the U.S., the notoriously ludicrous and hateful League of the South. Waddell's interview elicits the fact that the LoSers racist leader, Michael Hill, has virtually no insight into the Scottish independence effort and goal. Hill ignorantly states that a successful "Yes" vote for Scottish independence will be,
"a brick out of the wall of centralization and the old idea of empire-building"
News Flash!: A primary goal of the the Scottish independentistas would be accession (as opposed to secession) in 18 months to the European Union with its more than 200,000 pages of laws and regulations that make it arguably the most centralized union on the planet, as well as one of the largest economic empires to have ever existed. Hill must be smoking too much kudzu.

Nowhere in his fawning outline of the LoS's past and present does NJ's Waddell reveal that the collection of aging felons, Klansmen and racists is being replaced by a new generation of racists, Klansmen, neo-Nazis and potential felons. I say potential because they've formed a militia called "The Indomitables" who intend to target for guerrilla war type action journalists (pay attention Waddell), politicians and "elites." Waddell completely missed the racism and new radicalism that permeates today's LoS. As for Waddell's repeating LoS's claim "at one point recently to have 25,000 members," Waddell offers no explanation whatsoever as to why at repeated LoS demos over this past summer the average turnout was only 10 of the racists.

First up, though, was my favorite; an interview of the Second Vermont Republic's new baas and a member of Champlain College's adjunct staff, as well as a self-described historian, Rob Williams wherein Williams is positively wet-his-panties giddy over the upcoming Scottish independence vote and what he wrongly conjures it to mean to the essentially non-existent Vermont secesher movement. Williams unjustifiably effuses that,
"'I think the Scots have done a fantastic job of really making secession sexy,' Williams told (Waddell). 'If you look at the way the secession conversation has unfolded in the past several years, they've really tapped into what makes Scotland Scotland. That's something we've been trying to do in Vermont.' Williams thinks Vermont should follow suit, playing up the symbols, culture, and history that make the state unique."
Williams' muddled understanding of history causes him to conflate Scotland's centuries long struggle to re-assert independence from a United Kingdom created from the threat of force of arms with his boutique style secesher clown show. While there has always been a large segment of the Scottish body politic, including the present leader of the Scottish House of Parliament, supporting the independence line, under Williams' leadership the Vermont seceshers have disastrously fielded candidates that polled in the low or fractional digits of the electorate (99.24% of votes for governor in 2010 were for someone other than the secesher candidate).

Williams prattles on to misstate historical fact.
"The Vermont independence movement has already taken some of these lessons to heart. The movement has its own flag—borrowed from Ethan Allen's Green Mountain Boys militia—and a "reasonably robust network" of activists. What they're missing, Williams said, is the grassroots power of the Scottish campaign. "The Scots have proved that with a lot of time and effort and energy, you can build a political and economic conversation around independence," he said.

Williams said the success of the Scottish movement has had a positive effect on the Vermont independence movement, no matter the outcome of Scotland's referendum. Williams could hardly conceal his excitement for what's happening overseas. "If I didn't have to teach," he told me, "I'd be in Edinburgh right now!"
First off, Williams and his "reasonably robust network" of misfits, who now probably number somewhere under ten, stole the battle flag of the successors to the Green Mountain Boys, the Vermont Army & Air National Guard, and dishonor it by having done so. He also in saying that "the Scots have proved that with a lot of time and effort and energy, you can build a political and economic conversation around independence," leaves out the fact that there's is a valid, lawful claim made for hundreds of years, unlike the threadbare, historically perverted claim of the Vermont seceshers. The comparison of the two movements is typical of the hubris upon which Williams' leadership style is based, just like the spirit of sacrifice shown in his statement that if he didn't have to work he'd be right there with the Scots. What an empty, unself aware, blowhard Rob regularly shows himself to be.

As long as Williams' "activism" amounts to social media, a defunct hate blog, an occasional Statehouse stunt that can only attract 20 or so mostly out of staters and alliances with out of state hate groups like the League of the South, the Union is very, very secure.

What Waddell's article fails to disclose (beyond the seething anti-Semitism of the Vermont seceshers and the race hatred of the LoSers) is that most economists agree that Scottish independence will lead to a serious recession for Scotland that would probably extend to England itself, but that at least the "golfing in Scotland will be a lot cheaper.

(h/t Spelunker)

UPDATE September 17: Days have passed since in his first post in months at his Second Vermont Republic website Williams sought to conflate some meaning for his dead movement from events in Scotland. An opportunity (again) was missed by Williams to renounce and denounce the racism and calls from violence now eminating from his allies at the League of the South in crowing about Waddell's throwaway e-piece about U.S. seceshers to put some or any distance between his group and the LoS; stupid is as stupid doesn't.

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Sunday, September 7, 2014

"The Cheese Stands Alone" Part IV - The League of the South Establishes A Militia Unit

At its annual meeting in June this year, Michael Hill, president of the League of the South announced the creation of a paramilitary group called "The Indomitables." No, really. The Southern Poverty Law Center has an exclusive report here.

On July 15 Hill posted on his blog an e-call to arms entitled "A Bazooka in Every Pot." Since then he's continued to ramp up the rhetoric that includes an outline of intended targets for his strike group,
"the primary targets will not be enemy soldiers; instead, they will be political leaders, members of the hostile media, cultural icons, bureaucrats, and other of the managerial elite..."
Michael Hill, League of the South führer and lunatic-in-chief
Hill has established a General Staff packed with KKKers, neo-Nazis and white supremacists. He's even created some Nazi style iconography for the outfit.

In a twelve point manifesto from his group, #1 is,
" The mantra “Violence [or the serious threat thereof] never settles anything” is patently false. History shows that it indeed does settle many things. Please don’t forget this—your enemy hasn’t."
My question to the new baas of the Second Vermont Republic, Rob Williams, remains when will he renounce and denounce his racist, neo-Nazi, KKKer allies at the League of the South" for the climate of hate and danger that they are creating in the nut bar pursuit of secession? Other than to take down a letter written by Thomas H. Naylor that once called for the League to renounce racism from his hate blog called Vermont Commons, Williams, a member of the adjunct faculty at Champlain College in Burlington, VT, has done nothing to put any distance between himself and the other conspiracy obsessed hate group, LoS.

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Thursday, September 4, 2014

"The Cheese Stands Alone" - Part IIIish

Thus far the Second Vermont Republic's legacy baas, Rob Williams, has remained silent regarding he and his group's continued unwillingness to denounce and renounce his longtime allies and friends at the KKK and neo-Nazi affiliated League of the South's. With yesterday's revelation that the League supports the discrimination of the past in hiring for good ol' young white guys - you know, the natural-borne "heads of households" and the real "breadwinners of the Southron nation - I renewed my call to Williams to once and for all call it quits with the LoSers.

Now, it seems, so has spe-lunk-ing.
UPDATED!!! September 3, 2014 5:50 pm Vermont Secession has updated the original post. I am going to join Vermont Secession in calling on Dr. Rob Williams to denounce the despicable and vile League of the South.
You'll note that spe-lunk-ing links directly to "Herr Doktor" Rob Williams Facebook page. Funny place, that. Up until two months ago you couldn't shut him up there on the subject of Vermont secession, except for when he was posting photos of himself, of trees and of mountains, all of which we could use so much more of in Vermont. Whassup with that? Is the Robster throwing in the secesher towel? Have his adjunct faculty gig and chaperoning responsibilities at Burlington's Champlain College become so demanding as to come at the sacrifice of his secesher leadership role? Time may tell.

In the meantime, Robbie, you really need to get out in front of this whole League of the South mess before it takes you down like it did the Dixie singin' and still dead Thomas Naylor.

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Wednesday, September 3, 2014

UPDATE: "The Cheese Stands Alone"

At the same time that I put up the previous post, "The Cheese Stands Alone," which called on the new Second Vermont Republic baas, Rob Williams, to finally "renounce and denounce" the racist League of the South, the LoSers were posting their own bigoted Labor Day message at their hate website titled, "A Labor Day Message: Support Young White Southern Workingmen." Truly an amazing message that embraces ageism, racism, regionalism and sexism all in one header. Despite the known disparity in employment opportunity based on one's race, age or gender in this country, LoS lunatic-in-chief Michael Hill finds a rationale to place the white thumb just a bit more on the employment scale in his rambling Labor Day message.

Naturally, this bigoted LoS missive is one that Williams can continue to support since his reply to my call has produced crickets from him but not so on the web. Despite Williams' now four year old boast that he had,
"spent 4 years defusing the SVR/LOS nonsense and it is finally done, even in the blogosphere."
anti-racist websites like Spe-lunk-ing and The Liberty Lamp have rebloggged the call to Williams here and here. Way to "defuse" there, Robster.

So let me add to my call that you now renounce and denounce the most recent ageist, racist, regionalist and sexist screed of crap from your friends at the League of the South, Robbie.

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Monday, September 1, 2014

"The Cheese Stands Alone"

Some say that over the years I've been a tad tough on the publisher of the Vermont secessionist's hate blog, Rob Williams or as I came to call him because he so richly deserved to be, Rob "Baghdad Rob" Williams, that's gone by a few names - Vermont Commons; 2VR; or now a supposed E-Zine, also called 2VR, which is nothing more than a pretentious descriptor of the scattered remains of a barely publishing (last post was two months ago) hate blog . But that's always been the right thing to do.

Rob and the Vermont secessionist movement's strategy has always been to step through the side door of Vermont politics, whether by the founder, Thomas H. Naylor's far-fetched schemes to 1) draft then U.S. Representative Bernie Sanders as the secesh gubernatorial candidate: or 2) when that failed, Naylor's handpicked choice for Vermont guv was a marionette Connecticut native by the name of Dennis Steele who's qualifications seem to come down to that he and Naylor's shared an equal distaste for the Jews and his resemblance to the Brawny Towel Guy (Steele managed to garner a fraction of one percent of the vote, or as he liked to call it, third.); or 3) the wildly unlikely plot to get every Vermont town meeting in the mid-teens of the 21st century to have a secession article on their warrants and for the Vermont legislature to vote by a two-thirds margin for articles of secession to be submitted to the Feds. At one of Naylor's meaningless scheduling of a "meeting" in the Vermont Statehouse General Assembly chambers (a venue available to all Vermonters, not just the seceshers), Steele attended as el commandante of the Green Mountain Brigade who then later morphed himself into the Vermont seceshers "peace" candidate. Steele's Green Mountain Brigade (a "brigade" of one?) argued that Vermont's constitution required that all "freemen" own a weapon and were subject to service requirements of the State militia. As a "peace" candidate, Steele eventually took down his website but photos (and screencaps) still remain of his standing at a Green Mountain Brigade identified lectern; an image of the "peaceful" Che Guevara adorned the Steele campaign website and literature throughout his campaign; a link to his copyright challenged web radio station still remains at the pseudo-sovereign citizen website for Rogers' Rangers Twin State Militia.

As I've noted in several earlier posts, all the political wannabes of the Vermont seceshers have pretty much given up on the entering Vermont's body politic via the side door - Gaelan "There's a NASA & Aliens Conspiracy to Extract Minerals From the Dark Side of the Moon" Brown, Jim "Revolutionary Era Cross-Dresser" Hogue, Gus Jaccaci, Terry Jeroloman, James Merriman, Dennis "Hit List" Morrisseau, and would be "Senator" Robert "Needed Killin' " Wagner, to name much of the crew.

The new thrust of the remaining tiny group is primarily that in order to start the ball rolling for secession Vermont must first establish a public bank, so as to begin extracting itself from the larger Federal economy. This effort is being led by Hogue and the creator of a seditious plot to usurp the authority of the Supreme Court by secretly "re-constituting" the Vermont Council of Censors whose membership would be limited to committed seceshers, Gary "The Rocket Scientist" Flomenhoft. A new ally in the effort, although not completely convinced that secession is attainable is, Gwen "The Hacker Baiter" Hallsmith, whose other e-paper hat is as "Executive Director" of the California based Public Banking Institute. This group calls itself Vermonters for a New Economy and their primary function is to lobby the Vermont legislature with methodologically challenged "studies" that garble the true facts.

What remains as unfinished business is why I write today.

Eight years ago the dead founder of the equally dead secesher movement, Second Vermont Republic, the Dixie singin' Thomas H. Naylor and his Renfield-like then co-chairman, Rob Williams convened a convention in Burlington, VT to which they invited various racists and homophobes like the Hawaiian Independence Movement, the Alaska Independence Party, Exodus and, perhaps most notably, the openly racist League of the South. Laughably, Williams sat next to LoSer convicted felon and Board member Franklin Sanders and they agreed that "Secession is not a racist plot."

A few years later when the stink of LoSer racism became so overpowering that it resulted in a piece written by the Southern Poverty Law Center ( based largely on material developed on this and two other Vermont blogs), Naylor wrote a disingenuous plea for the LoS to renounce racism. The SPLC wrote about that here
"So long as the albatross of racism hangs around its neck, the LOS can never be a truly effective partner for SVR," Naylor wrote in July. He also suggested that the league renounce racism, recruit black members, bring in black speakers and promote Southern racial unity. "The Confederate flag," he added, "has got to go!"
but apparently Naylor and Rob had second thoughts, so they disappeared the letter from their websites. Portions of the letter can still be found at the crypto-Fascist website run by Keith Preston called AttackTheSystem here. And, as if to underscore their change of heart, Naylor, Williams and their flack, Christopher Ketcham, attended a conference sponsored by an LoS founder, Donald Livingston. The racist bonafides of the all white session can be found in the fact that it was held at Livingston's conference venue, his own "Abbeville Institute," is so named for the plantation of slaver champion John Calhoun who once lectured Congress about the good things of slavery.

When I challenged Williams about his support of the racist founder of the League of the South, Williams responded cavalierly,
""Is (Livingston) a racist? I don't know. And frankly, it is none of my damn business, at a personal level."
SOURCE (don't bother, Williams has killed the link)
Gary "The Rocket Scientist" Flomenhoft has whined in a frothingly long-winded comment on their hate blog,
"Rob Williams made one thoughtless comment and you have crucified him for the next three years."
Actually, it's been seven years but who's counting? In fact, today is the fourth anniversary of this profoundly dumb boast on his supposedly "top secret" Free Vermont listserv that reeks of hubris,
"Since most Americans have been conditioned by years of corporate media training to associate anti-Israeli sentiment with Anti Semitism, talking about the Israeli Mafia smacks of antiSemitism blah blah. Holocaust, SVR are racists, etc ad nauseum. I have spent 4 years defusing the SVR/LOS nonsense and it is finally done, even in the blogosphere. Why go there again?"
Happy anniversary, Rob!

Yet, despite the Vermont seceshers own inability to get notice or traction for the fantasy of an independent Vermont, secession has been much in the news of late, although you wouldn't know it if you've been reading Rob's hate blog for the past few months.

Rather than abide or observe Naylor's admonitions six years ago that "the league renounce racism, recruit black members, bring in black speakers and promote Southern racial unity. "The Confederate flag,"... has got to go," the League of the South's racism is now front and center, no black members have been recruited (imagine that), no black speakers, and, by choice, attacks on diversity, rather than promotions of unity, are the theme of the present LoS plan. The LoS did take up Naylor on the flag thing and has a new one reminiscent of the Confederate battle flag except that that they've adopted a more Al Qaeda/ISIL-like black and white color scheme. Along with the new flag is a new, more blatantly aggressive and, yes, terroristic tone. The LoS now "openly fantasizes" about waging war against the Feds and the media,
"In 4Gen Warfare the lines between the military and the political, economic, cultural, and social are blurred past the point of recognition. To oversimplify, the primary targets will not be enemy soldiers; instead, they will be political leaders, members of the hostile media, cultural icons, bureaucrats, and other of the managerial elite without whom the engines of tyranny don’t run."
SOURCE - "LoS - A Bazooka In Every Pot"
You can read much, much more on this coming insurrection in the Salon piece here.

The time is long past due for Rob Williams, one of the last remaining figures of authority in the Vermont secesher movement, to set aside, if only for a moment, his improbable and contrived scheme for an "emerging" Vermont "independence movement" and to address the truly crazy turn of events at the League of the South. This seven year slow dance with felons and racists and neo-Nazis must come to an end. Williams has no choice but to join the swelling ranks of Americans who renounce and denounce the League's call to arms and assassination or he will forever be associated with the scum that once sat so proudly on his advisory board.

It's time, Rob. Put up or shut up. It's the right thing to do.

UPDATE 4:00 PM: Spe-lunk-er has a pretty good example of the new, neo-Nazi Hitler LoSer Youth types that now typify the recruit demographic of the present day League of the South here.

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