Friday, December 31, 2010

SecessionLeaks and the Mossad?

Who knew?

I've been patiently biding my time waiting for one of the nitwit paranoidiacs in the Vermont secession movement to connect the non-existent dots and claim that Julian Assange's WikiLeaks may somehow be connected to my revelation this fall of the seceshers Free Vermont listserv. None other than the founding father of a non-existent second Vermont republic, Thomas H. Naylor, took the plunge.
"(A)s much as I would like to believe that the aim of WikiLeaks is the destabilization of the U.S. Government, there is another possible scenario that has been given little attention by pundits and Internet junkies. Assange could be an agent of either the CIA or the Israeli Mossad."

"Was it by chance alone that one of the first recent WikiLeaks disclosures was a series of attacks by Arab leaders against Iran and its nuclear program?"

"...Both the Second Vermont Republic and the Texas Nationalist Movement, the two most high-profile secession movements in the United States, have recently been the object of WikiLeaks-like cyber attacks."

"For over a year twenty Vermont Internet cowboys engaged in an intense Internet debate about secession on a private network known as the Free Vermont Framework. All participants thought the network was confidential and secure. They were mistaken. Six weeks before the November 2nd election the content of the network, including all Internet conversations over the past year, was released to three Vermont Technofascist Truth Squad websites which were hostile to the Second Vermont Republic and its election candidates. The leaked information was then used to wage a vitriolic CIA-like smear campaign against SVR and its candidates."
Not so fast, Tom. You got the "Truth" part right but then very little else.

As reported here on October 6, the "leaks" came from a rather benign source,
"While researching the backgrounds on the out-of-state contributors by using keywords associated with the Free Vermont group and the contributors names, one Google search caused the listserv for the Free Vermont Framework to show and, voilà, a more detailed look into the crazy of a Vermont fringe group that considers itself poised to assume leadership for all Vermonters.

The listserv, the Pipermail, is known to be an insecure archive. It's sort of The InterTubes version of walking around in public in your underwear, with you seemingly being the only one not aware."
Come on, Tom, but weren't the rocket scientist or media expert who created the listserv savvy enough to use a private site rather than a public, searchable site that I could then find using Google?

And just when you'd think that the Second Vermont Republic's baas, Thomas Naylor, couldn't dig that "Israeli Lobby" hole any deeper than he already has, he offered this old canard in his December 28 Internet rant:
"... Wall Street, Corporate America, the Pentagon, and the Israeli Lobby control American radio and television networks and most major newspapers"
Naylor wasn't alone recently in the world of anti-Semitic assertions that Jews control the media. CNN's Rick Sanchez was fired in October for making just such an absurd claim. Naylor's claim is not unlike "Ralph Nader's statement in 2004 that the 'Israeli puppeteer travels to Washington, meets with the puppet in the White House and goes down Pennsylvania Avenue and meets with the puppets in Congress.'"

In fact, Naylor's Israeli Mafia/Lobby obsession so concerned the listserv fools that they communicated extensively about it here. They didn't disagree with him, they just, as was so sensitively articulated by former SVR co-chairman, Rob Williams, thought:
"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?"

"... the thing is I agree with Thomas re Israel."
"The thing is" the stench of anti-Semitism that's attached to SVR and the Free Vermont crowd is of their own making, as is the stench of the uncontested homophobia and racism expressed on the listserv by the Dennis Steele campaign's largest out-of-state contributor, a contribution that the campaign chose to keep even when confronted with the unabashed bigotry of the source.

Watch for more here in 2011 on the Vermont seceshers ongoing reset for their now moribund movement.

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Monday, December 20, 2010

Today In Secession History

"South Carolina is too small to be a Republic,
and too large to be an insane asylum."
South Carolinian anti-secessionist and Attorney General,
James L. Petigru (1789-1863)
150 years ago today, on December 20, 1860, South Carolina
became the first state to formally secede from the United States in the South's War to Preserve Slavery.

Similarly desirous of creating safe harbors for dominant cultures, "Vermont Commons" blogger, Carol Moore, has advocated for secession as a mode to provide for "homogeneous (Read: segregated) communities":
"Those "identity groups" of whatever identity who desire separation to preserve their culture or live out a vision or lifestyle should not have to waste time and resources in defending or fighting discrimination lawsuits and onerous zoning laws and can focus it on building community."
Just this past year the Lost Cause Northern neo-Confederates at VTCommons and the Second Vermont Republic gubernatorial candidate accepted and refused to return a contribution from an out-of-state contributor and member of the highly secret (until exposed on this blog) Free Vermont listserv. The contributor, James Duncan, has reservations about lesbians generally and race mixing in particular, and he looks forward to putting members of Vermont's law enforcement community on trial for as yet unspecified charges after the seceshers takeover.

In an often seemingly unhinged campaign that was laced with innuendo, invective and middle finger waving giddiness, Steele and his campaign staff sought to tap into baser emotions.

Since that campaign I've received an email from one secesher that, while toggling back and forth from apology to aggression, revealed the new strategy of the small Vermont secesher community for the coming year. It seems that "old times there are (to be) forgotten," while new lows in fact churning are to be employed so that up will become down, hot will become cold and white will become black - well, maybe not that last one so much. Gone are to be all recollections and rememberances of ties to League of the South advisors; or of former SVR co-chairman and current VTCommons honcho Rob Williams' infamous "Don't Ask, Don't Care" policy regarding the possible racism of contributors to his rag:
"(S)ome of our secession scholars - Don Livingston, for example - happen to be southerners. Anyone who has met and talked with Don knows the man is thoughtful and well-studied. Is he a racist? I don’t know. And frankly, it is none of my damn business, at a personal level."
Or of Thomas Naylor's revealing essay, "Minority States NOT Minority Rights".

And. of course, let's not forget while not forgetting, the early VTCommons white supremacist, racist, anti-Semitic, neo-Nazi contributor, UVM prof Robert S. Griffin, that I first reported on in February, 2007. Griffin, like Williams, had written a fawning review of Thomas J. DiLorenzo's anti-Lincoln, revisionist history. Vermont's press caught onto Griffin two years later, here, here and here (Sadly, the Times-Argus story that began the media hubbub more than two years after I first wrote about Griffin lies entombed behind their paywall.). Griffin's original VTCommons piece, although erased there, can be found at secesher and Council of Censors member Susan Ohanion's "education" website.

No doubt they'll call their upcoming reset for the Vermont secesher movement in 2011 a "Look Away" strategy. More on their re-branding effort in a future post.

Here's The Daily Show on "The South's Secession Commemoration":

UPDATE 12.21.10 12:00 PM: As if to confirm the
deranged turns that the argument for secession can take, Carol Moore has posted at the VTCommons blog that segregation and discrimination is okay if it's secessionists that are doing it.

Truly bizarre.

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