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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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Vermont Secessionist Gubernatorial Candidate Emily Peyton Comes In Dead Last In Republican Primary

Although the results are still unofficial, it appears that the sometimes Vermont secesher candidate Emily Peyton finished in her usual last place dust up with another fringer, Steve Berry in the Republican primary. The current totals for Peyton and Berry are 941 or 6.55% and 991 or 6.9% respectively. An unknown write-in candidate, presumably Dan Feliciano beat their combined totals by 2014 or 14.3%. Republican scion Scott Milne coasted to an easy win with 10,410 or 72.51% of the votes cast.

So it appears that the albatross of secession once again holds true to its dragging its supporters down to a last place finish.

As a reminder of her true thoughts about secession, here is what Peyton said about it in August of 2010:
"We ought to do the groundwork before we secede. That is the basis of my platform, to prepare the foundation for economic survival and integrity, thus that we have legs to stand on when we wish to secede!"

"Of course we want to be an independent republic, what has being a member of the US done for us?
. Brought us the pride of being the terror of the world? The dignity of creating the worst pollution per capita ? The joy of having more prisons and prisoners per capita than anywhere else? The hope of being the place where our gross national product is dominated by things that kill other people?"

"With economic stability that my proposals bring, and the economic independence we could actually secede. Right now we would be scrambling for a way to do business as the FED places sanctions on us for doing so. Put the [public] banking proposals I name in place and the VUE, vermont unit of exchange, and we can do quite well all by ourselves. People! Hear this! Please."

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Monday, August 25, 2014

Public Banksters XVI - Montpelier 1, Hallsmith 0

Judge Helen M. Toor ruled last week that Gwen "The Hacker Baiter" Hallsmith is entitled to a new grievance hearing; Hallsmith is to remain fired in the meantime.

The Times-Argus has a story (paywall) but the gist of it is:
"In a ruling Wednesday, Superior Court Judge Helen M. Toor ordered Montpelier to hold a new hearing for Hallsmith that includes an “impartial adjudicator.”


"Hallsmith said she lost her job “because of my advocacy as a private citizen for public banking in a city where the mayor was a lobbyist for the big banks.”

"Mayor John Hollar, who responded via email Thursday, disagreed."

“The reasons for Ms. Hallsmith’s termination have been well-documented, and they had nothing to do with her public bank advocacy. Her lawsuit against the city doesn’t claim that it was due to my involvement or her work on public banking, so it seems odd that she continues to make that claim to the media.”

"Among other accusations, the city has accused Hallsmith of unprofessional behavior, insubordination and damaging key relationships. In the months after her dismissal, she challenged Hollar for the mayor’s seat. Hollar won by a wide margin in early March."
City officials maintain that the judge's ruling is "procedural" and that no decision has been taken yet to appeal Judge Toor's decision or to proceed with the Court's ordered re-do.

Oddly, Hallsmith continues to maintain a disinformative social media campaign, hardly a smart strategy going into a potential re-do where she seems intent on bringing up the public banking thing. She's used social media to solicit criminal hacking and to solicit a barrage of ultimately profane letters when one media outlet, Seven Days, did not report as she directed. City email records aside, I'm sure that Hallsmith will want to be completely transparent and forthcoming with the "impartial adjudicator" and will provide at least time stamps from private email accounts to prove that the Grand Poobah of Vermonters for a New Economy and the eventual Exucutive Director of the California based Public Banking Institute was not advocating and lobbying for public banking on City time. Heh.

So much drama for what appears to be essentially a solipsistic endeavor. Hallsmith should remember that she remains fired pending any procedural determination or appeal and in that sense the score would be Montpelier 1, Hallsmith 0.

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Friday, August 22, 2014

Perpetual Gubernatorial Wannabe Emily Peyton Backs Away From an Earlier Declared Position in Support of Vermont Seceding from the Union

In a stunning act of verbal and political legerdemain Republican primary candidate Emily Peyton seems to see the light, as in if you outright support Vermont seceding from the Union you are dooming your electoral campaign.

I'll get text up when it becomes available but in a direct question at the VPR gubernatorial primary debate from Vermont Republican Party scion Scott Milne, about whether she supported secession of Vermont, Peyton skated away from the question and eventual sorta answered by saying Vermonters could attain "financial independence" by signing onto her loopy monetary policies.

Here's what she did say, as reported by Seven Days in August of 2010, when the seceshers were in full but utterly fruitless campaign mode, and in her first run for governor she was trying to pander to every fringe voter demographic she could find that I covered in a post earlier this year here:
"We ought to do the groundwork before we secede. That is the basis of my platform, to prepare the foundation for economic survival and integrity, thus that we have legs to stand on when we wish to secede!"

"Of course we want to be an independent republic, what has being a member of the US done for us?
. Brought us the pride of being the terror of the world? The dignity of creating the worst pollution per capita ? The joy of having more prisons and prisoners per capita than anywhere else? The hope of being the place where our gross national product is dominated by things that kill other people?"

"With economic stability that my proposals bring, and the economic independence we could actually secede. Right now we would be scrambling for a way to do business as the FED places sanctions on us for doing so. Put the [public] banking proposals I name in place and the VUE, vermont unit of exchange, and we can do quite well all by ourselves. People! Hear this! Please."
Text Update at 3:30 PM: +++ Redacted text from the 45+ minute VPR 2014 GOP gubernatorial primary debate first aired in the noon hour of Friday, August 22 +++

In a cross question segment between the candidates, Scott Milne prefaced a question about secession by asking Emily Peyton if her campaign platform had changed over the years. Peyton responded with a definite, "No." Ruh-Roh!

Milne then asked Peyton very directly at the 32:36 minute mark:
Scott Milne: "Emily, in the past you, I believe, advocated that Vermont should secede from the Union. Do you still believe that?"

Emily Peyton: "What I have said, (garble)... we need to get financial independence, uh,...

[SNIP... Here Peyton does the verbal politcal teaberry shuffle while explaining word-saladly an economic "vision"]

... with appropriate monetary policy we'd have the financial independence right now that we do not now, so that's what I have advocated for always."
'Nuff said. Or as Emily herself says, "You have to play the game so to speak." (8/19/14 Essex Republicans debate)

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Another "Vermont Secession" Website Pick

Earlier this year this blog had the pleasure to point readers to an exciting site based in the Mason-Dixon area called spe-lunk-ing. Spe-lunk-ing has been doing great work on exposing the dirty underbelly of the racist League of the South and its ties to national socialism (read: Nazis), homophobia and its anti-immigration sentiments, as well as more recently the trials LoSer-GOP County Council candidate Michael Peroutka in Anne Arundel County, MD.

Today, I'd like to point you to a more recent find called The Liberty Lamp. Their Who We Are page reminds me of the early days here at VS; the intent had been to rock and shock Vermonters out of their dreamy, complacent view of the Vermont secession movement and by any measure - the media's, the seceshers, ours and the political establishment - this blog has more than succeeded in that regard. The exposure of the public banking issue as the number one priority for the Vermont seceshers in their effort to disengage Vermont from the national economy is but the most recent example of the kind of analysis available here. Likewise, The Liberty Lamp, itself a collective enterprise, offers up hard hitting observations and commentary on racism, homophobia, anti-fascism and, of course, the occasional League of the South and its allies tidbit.

I strongly recommend that you add The Liberty Lamp to your reading list.

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Sunday, August 17, 2014

Public Banksters - Part XV: Gwen Hallsmith's Claim of "Victory" This Spring Takes a Major Financial Hit This Past Week

*** Trigger Warning ***: The following content that may elicit symptoms of Post-Traumatic Public Banking Disorder!

For those of you following the state budget revenue shortfall here in Vermont, it'll come as no surprise that Governor Shumlin is proposing a 2.2% or $31 million dollar cut to the 2015 budget. Consensus is that untried and unproven programs take larger cuts so as to spare programs for elderly, children, the needy, and health related assistance programs. Recognizing this, the governor's office had at first recommended a cut of more than twice the 2.2 rate from the Vermont Enterprise Investment Fund. And if you're not familiar with the VEIF, it's an internal fund of the Vermont Treasurer Beth Pearce's office earmarked for business stimulus.

Executive Director of the California based Public Banking Institute and local Grand Poobah of Vermonters For A New Economy, Gwen "The Hacker Baiter" Hallsmith, has claimed it as her "victory" on the little watched Laura Flanders Show back in April which I reported on here. It's the program where the public banksters finally managed to get their beaks wet in the public funds water. But not everyone shares the enthusiasm for an "unproven program" getting parity with assistance programs that are proven to be direly needed and getting just about the same cut as those for needy. Some, like Chris Curtis, an attorney with Vermont Legal Aid, suggested via one published report on Wednesday that,
"... Newer programs, such as the $4.5 million Vermont Enterprise Investment Fund to incentivize businesses to remain or locate in Vermont, should be more ripe for scrutiny than established programs with proven track records. The administration has proposed trimming the fund by $250,000 as part of the rescission."
According to numerous other published and broadcasted reports the committee charged with making the tough choices about what gets cut, the Vermont Legislative Joint Fiscal Office, didn't agree with the governor's 5+% cut to what some call his IBM Enterprise Investment Fund (hardly the fund envisioned by the public banksters when the scale of what they were proposing to capitalize a public bank - $70 million - shrank to a nearly $4.5 golden handshake to an existing Vermont employer). The VLJFO quadrupled the cut to the program to nearly 21% or close to a cool million dollars.

As noted on WCAX:
"'Some agencies have a lot of other places to go and some of the smaller agencies have less places to go,' Vt. Finance and Management Commissioner Jim Reardon said."

"Lawmakers vetoed the governor's proposal to reduce assistance for those aging out of foster care and other human service cuts one day after getting an earful from constituents."

"The governor ultimately agreed to quadruple his planned reduction to the newly created enterprise fund, bringing the $4.5 million potential incentive package to retain IBM or bring in a successor company down to $3.5 million."

"'We think that is an important fund, but in the spirit of cooperating... We will concur with your recommendation,' Reardon said."

So, after all the cutting of a program that people in and out of government are calling a fund for "IBM or... (it's) successor," me's a-wondering just what spin the public banksters primary spokesperson and unregistered lobbyist, Gwen Hallsmith, will put on the affair. Perhaps even more notably, the press is reporting that no Vermonter has applied for assistance from the fund.

Great work there, Gwen. All of that work resulted in fund primarily devoted to "assisting" one of the largest, most well healed employers in Vermont. I just can't wait to see what all your "work" gets for Vermonters in the next legislative session. Maybe a new, groundbreaking incentive program to fund Vermont Gas' 40% cost overrun and eminent domain claims that you could call the Vermont Farm & Residence Assistance Fund will get Vermonters closer to that anti-capitalist "new economy" you profess to so love too, eh Gwen? That seems like something that you and Gary "The Rocket Scientist" Flomenhoft" could pull off given your track record. Heh.

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Thursday, August 14, 2014

Did The Fringe Just Birth Another Secessionist for the 2014 Vermont Gubernatorial Election?

Two months ago I described the announced secession supporters in this year's gubernatorial race, Peter Diamondstone (Liberty Union Party) and Emily Peyton, here. On Tuesday of this week CCTV in Burlington held a primary debate for the Republican aspirants - Dan Feliciano, a kinda Libertarian ; Emily Peyton (Wingnut-Putney), a secession supporter; and, Steve Berry, who apparently thinks that a vague likeness to Mark Twain, with only half the wit, will propel him to the governor's office and, oh yeah, maybe secession.

When the Vermont secesher ship of state foundered on the rocks of its close association with racist and homophobic hate groups, its leadership desperately sought a new descriptor for the re-branding of their movement, eventually settling on the term "independence." At the debate, amongst other his incoherencies like governing by fiat, Steve Berry said,
"I would surround myself with like-minded people who have a goal to bring back independence."
Apparently, the moderator failed to ask the others about their secesher positions when this opening cropped up so we'll just have to wait for another debate go around to see if the any others in the group will make a grab for the crazy ring.

This could get interesting.

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Saturday, August 9, 2014

Public Bankster - Part XIV: Going Postal?

After a brief hiatus, Vermont public banking doyenne and secession movement ally, Gwendolyn Hallsmith, "executive director" of something that calls itself The Public Banking Institute, as well as a principal of a handful of other e-paper hat outlets that exist primarily to exalt its members extremist agenda, has begun posting again.

This time, it's not about public banks (although I'm sure that isn't far from Gwen's mind) but, rather, postal banks.

Hallsmith is promoting, in addition to state run banking facilities, that the post office offer banking services. She points to Sen. Elizabeth Warren's (D-MA) post office bank proposal as the model with a link to an extremist website (where you can also get nifty ideas on how to improve your activism outreach, à la Cosmo, like stenciling streets and sidewalks with your message while riding your bicycle). What Hallsmith doesn't do is any hard research on the topic. If she'd gone just a little mainstream, she might have learned from a publication that practices real journalism that not everyone is so enthusiastic about Warren's idea. She might also have learned that postal banks have been found to engage in the same predatory fee practices as commercial banks. France's La Banque Postal is just one example; in 2010 it shared with ten other banks a 384,900,000 Euros fine for "colluding to charge unjustified fees on check processing," putting the lie to the notion that because something is "public" it automatically becomes "pure."

Perhaps if Hallsmith had perused the Internet beyond her usual extremist feeding grounds, (and, yes, Forbes and the Wall Street Journal are legitimate sources of insights that aren't rubber stamp references of her particular prejudices) she'd have found, say, The Motley Fool's snarky take on the postal bank proposal:
"Somehow an institution that can't profitably deliver the mail will do a better job handling people's money."
But, no, that'd be too apt to disrupt Hallsmith's anti-capitalist meme. No, she'll more likely convene a meeting at, say, The Donella Institute, invite a coterie of supporters and propose a "study" be done by a promoter of her hobbyhorse - I'm looking at you Gary "The Rocket Scientist" Flomenhoft - who'll retire to his own "institute" and generate a fact biased "study" that'll be peer reviewed by no one and will confirm that Hallsmith's "idea" is the best thing since Ben & Jerry's. Yeah, that's the ticket!

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Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Public Bankster - Part XIII: Gwendolyn Hallsmith Solicits a Crime!

A friend of this blog forwarded disturbing Twitter posts by a would be public official, the Executive Director of the California based Public Banking Institute and unregistered lobbyist for a small group calling itself Vermonters for a New Economy, Gwen Hallsmith, who is also an erstwhile Montpelier, VT city employee who'd been fired from her previous public position over what has been loosely described as her inability to play well with others.

It seems that now she's soliciting openly, via Twitter and her Facebook page, for hackers. Exactly who it is that she'd want hacked isn't made entirely clear. During the past year she's tangled with Montpelier's mayor, city council, city clerk and the Finance Committee of the Vermont Senate, so there's no shortage of targets for her intended crime. Certainly I've been a critic of her loopy ideas and misrepresentations. And surely the targets of her lawsuit against various Montpelier city officials should take note of her proposed criminal enterprise since it goes to the whole character issue which seems to be the very heart of Hallsmith's shortcomings.

First she posted these two Tweets,
"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
Oh, my!

Doesn't the failed Montpelier 2014 mayoral candidate and inept architect of a supposed public banking scheme know that it's a crime to solicit, especially for hire, others to commit a crime at her behest? Hackers go to jail and do real time. So do those who hire them.

Vermont statutes pertaining to computer crimes are here:
Title 13: Crimes and Criminal Procedure
Chapter 87: COMPUTER CRIMES - 13 V.S.A. § 4102. Unauthorized access

"A person who knowingly and intentionally and without lawful authority, accesses any computer, computer system, computer network, computer software, computer program, or data contained in such computer, computer system, computer program, or computer network shall be imprisoned not more than six months or fined not more than $500.00, or both. (Added 1999, No. 35, § 1.)"
"Retrieving" information from a "hacked" computer may be punished as a felony. And it is a crime to solicit the commission of such a crime, should it occur.

Hallsmith would not be the first secessionist fellow traveler to call on hackers to commit offenses against the websites of critics. Gary "The Rocket Scientist" Flomenhoft, who was Hallsmith's partner in this year's ill-fated and contrived public banking proposition, did so in the comments section of Rob Williams' hate blog years ago, as noted in the "What Secessionists and Their Supporters Say About This Blog" section of the column to the right of this post.

I probably wouldn't have even brought this up since Hallsmith's record of successful completion of much of any of her pet desires is one of such failure but her very next Tweet eleven hours later was of a poem written centuries ago by one Thomas Rowley, um, perchance? Anyways, here is the twit's tweet:
"On Intolerance
It was the case in former times,
That men were punish'd for their crimes,
For lying, stealing,..."
10:02am - 30 Jul 14
The complete poem, along with other Rowley poems, may be found here.

So, in the way of a back'atcha, Gwen, I offer, with apologies to Baroness Emma Orczy, Julia Neilson and Fred Terry:
"Thet seek him here, they seek him there,
Those Seceshies seek him everywhere!
Is he in heaven? Is he in hell?
Where is that damn elusive Pimpernel
(er, Rowley)!
He gives the Seceshies nothing but frustration
Popping in and out each week!
... LA! What cheek!"
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Friday, August 1, 2014

Vermont Secessionist Losers and Their Trail of Broken Political Promises and Bullshit

"Never give up, Never give in, Never surrender"
"Senator" Robert "Needed Killin' " Wagner, November 13, 2012
With those words, two time loser for an Addison county Vermont state senate seat, closed his 2012 campaign, seemingly promising to rise again from its ashes to wage another fruitless campaign. He even immediately renamed his Facebook page, "Robert Wagner for Vermont Senate 2014" where on March 13, 2013 he wrote,
"I remain your candidate..."
Well, maybe not so much. That was the last thing he's posted on the matter. More than a year later, June's 2014 filing date for independent Senate candidates came and went with no petition submitted by Wagner. Even his "Senator Wagner" website has gone dark.

Likewise, Wagner's self-described "friend," the proudly misogynist and the inveterate anti-Semite at Rob Williams' hate blog, Dennis "Hit List" Morrisseau, also failed to register for an independent run for a Rutland county Vermont Senate seat but he still has a 2014 campaign website. Go figure.

Morrisseau was the architect of plan to replace each and every one of Vermont's senate incumbents with secesher Kool-Aid drinkers. I guess that's now on hold too.

In a fashion similar to Wagner's, Vermont's 2010 secesher gubernatorial candidate Dennis Steele, while acknowledging that more than 99% of Vermonters voted for someone else, pledged,
"Today represents a beginning, not an end. When I agreed to take on the difficult and exhausting task of running for Governor as an independent this year, I did so with the hopes that my actions would serve to help lay the foundations for a robust, grass-roots movement that will carry the message of a Free Vermont forward. Towards that end, I’ve been collaborating with several supporters to found a democratic, state-wide organization. Dedicated to spreading the ideas of Vermont Independence, providing support for Independence-minded candidates for public office, and organizing volunteer activities that both serve our neighbors and help lessen our communities’ dependence on the Federal Government, it will serve as our movement’s new center and engine of growth. It will be organized by county, and I encourage anyone who supported my campaign to get involved in their county committee."
And since then no one has heard shit from Dennis Steele. According to one published report, it indicates that he's presently engaged in peddling an addictive and possibly carcinogenic substance in the NEK. So much for "serv(ing)... neighbors" and reducing "dependence," eh?

After their miserable showing in 2010, the seceshers declared their "independence" and established a provisional capital in the sparsely populated central Vermont town of Hancock. Most of the VT secesher movement's luminaries attended the convening session of their, uh, congress - their hate blog publisher, Rob; Gary "The Rocket Scientist and Public Bankster" Flomenhoft; Matt "Never Won An Election Yet" Cropp; you know, the usual suspects.

A promised run by a Fairfax, VT secesher insider has also failed to materialize. Secesher outliers like "Terry" Jeroloman, Gus Jaccaci, James Merriman and Gaelan "Aliens-NASA Conspiracy on the Dark Side of the Moon" Brown are again sitting this election cycle out.

The fact is that the only secession supporters left running are kooks like Ben Eastwood, Emily Peyton and Peter Diamondstone (who raised secession in a debate with Bernie Sanders in 2012), and there isn't a snowball's chance in hell that any one of them will eke out more than a low single or fractional digit electoral result.

It's beginning to look more and more like Thomas Naylor's dream of an independent white homeland called the Second Vermont Republic or Novacadia or some such nonsense, is nearly as dead as he is.

"Ex nihilo, in nihilum"

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Sunday, July 27, 2014

Secesher Proponent Candidate for Vermont Secretary of State Doubles Down on Irrelevancy to His Campaign Issue of the Palestianian Right to Wage War on His Anti-Semitic Facebook Page

Ben Eastwood, a political wannabe and sometimes libertaritard who yesterday started a scrap on his Facebook page directed at Green Mountain Daily front pager, Jack McCollough, and then at former GMD publisher John Odum, has an odd idea of how to campaign for the office of Vermont Secretary of State. Well, maybe not so odd for someone who from time to time spouts secessionist rhetoric about "independence" and "Empire."

Eastwood's FB page is largely devoted to the Gazan conflict. He'd have us believe that he's an honest broker, an unbiased observer of the truth of the situation. What the fuck, exactly, has that to do with being Vermont's Sec'y of State? Has he gotten his wanted post confused with that of U.S. Sec'y of State? For crissakes, the only time he's really talked about being the VT SoS is when he orchestrated a cheap, last minute petition effort for a place on the Progressive Party ballot that came outta nowhere in the second week of June and gave the party little time before the June 12 petition due date to present a credible candidate before he snagged an unopposed slot on the primary ballot. Professional environmental scold and nag, Annette Smith, pulled pretty much the same thing two years ago on the Progs - you'd think they'd have learned their lesson then about the need for placeholders so the crazies don't get to swoop in on their ticket. Significantly, the Vermont Progressive Party makes no mention about Eastwood's ambush campaign for VT Sec'y of State on their own FB page.

The GMD kerfuffle can be found here.

It seems that when Eastwood found himself being taken to the woodshed by a wide range of commenters, his response was to go back to his Palestinian booster page and repost for the second time in as many days a piece by serial liar and anti-Semite, Christopher Hedges, that argues that Gazan Palestinians now have a right to wage war on Israel. What part of firing thousands of rockets into Israel and diverting 600,000 tons of cement from humanitarian purposes to construct armament and invasion tunnels for years hasn't been waging war, Ben? If you don't speak out about the lies and anti-Semitism of Jewish critics, like the demonstrations in Europe in front of synagogues rather than the Israeli embassies, doesn't that make you, according to your standard, "complicit" in the anti-Semitism, Ben?

It's beginning to look like Vermont seceshers will have another candidate to add to their burgeoning list of electoral losers over the years.

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As so often happens at this time of year, very little is happening on the VT secesher front - their campaigns are in sleep mode, their website is closed except for Rob Williams'' inane reviews and Thomas Naylor is still dead. Meanwhile, over at the spe-lunk-ing blog the author is doing great work documenting the VT seceshers allies at the League of the South's decent into Holocaust denial, the LoSer's embrace of neo-Nazis, their wardrobe makeover from hoods and sheets to polo shirts and khakis (can hush puppies by far behind?), the debacle associated with their Anne Arundel, MD candidate for County Executive and their summer demonstration campaign where tens of Southern White Nationalists picket about the "invasion" of brown immigrants, and rifes about "marryin' cousins." Hmmm, meaty... maybe Rob Williams will do a favorable critique of their white separatist secesher Summer of Hate.
"So, it is not allowed to mention the obvious traits, habits, or likes of a protected minority. Hell, anyone who's spent more than 1 day around negroes KNOWS that they love fried chicken & watermelon.... and chitlins, greens, carp, buffalo, etc. This is much ado about nothing, and these people need to get over themselves. Good grief. No good deed goes unpunished when it comes to the always complaining, always offended negroes."
Mark Thomey, Board of Directors, League of the South

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