Saturday, July 28, 2012

Publishers Weekly Gets It Right

Harold Thomas has written a book. Yawn.

For those of you who don't know Harold (which I expect is virtually everyone) he belongs to that branch of wobbly, somtimes-in, sometimes-not secessionists who live in a Ruritanian fantasy world pining for something that'll never come to be - a regulation free society of oh-so-noble libertarians who will kinda but not so kindly rule, probably with Penn Teller or some other similarly deluded asshole in charge of whatever's left. Harold is a longtime Goldwater-Nixon Repuglican, pro-Vietnam War (before Nixon broke his heart) apparatchik turned Teabagger. When he isn't enjoying his masochist relationship with secesher bigwigs like Kirkpatrick Sale, he's falling all over himself being a League of the South sycophant. Harold calls his tiny nation-of-one the Ohio Republic.

Harold's print-on-demand (read: couldn't find anyone who'd publish even a handful of copies or offer an advance) book that he titled "Governing Ourselves: How Americans Can Restore Their Freedom" got trashed reviewed by Publishers Weekly and for that Harold should be eternally grateful. PW dissed it for the poorly crafted polemic that it is and so Harold is miffed and calls the reviewer's unwillingness to lap up the libertarian flavored Kool-Aid in Harold's contentious and riddled with constitutionally nonsensensical bull to have occurred because the reviewer's own views are, in Harold's opinion, "politically tainted" :
"This reviewer clearly has little patience for reading contrary political views..."

"I have no problem with a negative review. A reviewer has the right and duty to give an honest evaluation of what they read. However, except for the complaint that my book is more opinion than research, I have to wonder what objective standards the reviewer used. Nowhere did they address the clarity of my writing, logical flow of ideas, originality, or any other characteristic of literary criticism we learned about in high school and college English classes."
No, the reviewer had a problem with a book that's short on facts or believable assumptions and that proposes a completely unlikely post-apocalyptic future where libertarian oompa-loompas like Harold provide beneficent guidance.

It isn't that the reviewer "has little patience for reading contrary political views" so much as the reviewer quite likely was incapable of the massive suspension of disbelief required to give Harold's goofy notions about the constitution, such as his fascination with fraudulent proposals like "nullification," to follow Harold down the rabbit hole. The reviewer was more likely so blinded by the idiocy being proposed by Harold that he failed to see any use in pursuing Harold's desired Henry Higgins-like examination for his useless book:
"The French don't care what they do actually, as long as they pronounce it properly."
High schools churn out mountains of well written junk that'll never see the light of day; PW's raison d'être isn't to hand out attaboys for spelling, punctuation, grammar and form.

Harold's book has yet to be ranked at Amazon but when it is I'm sure it'll hover somewhere in the multi-millionth percentile. Amazon, however, had this to say about Harold's book:
"The book is easy to read and requires no previous knowledge of history, politics, or economics..."
Indeed. In fact it's just such a lack of foundational knowledge that is necessary to buy into the junk that Harold's peddling, like his delusional "dismiss(al) of global climate change."

So dream on, Harold, dream on, but look on the bright side - you're not going to get remaindered, ever.

You can find the Publishers Weekly review here. If you're feeling sorry for the sad sack, you can buy a pity copy of Harold's book here.

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Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Second Vermont Republic Honcho Thomas H. Naylor Issues a "Call For Action" to the Southern Poverty Law Center

Or as the Dixie singin' Thomas H. Naylor, one of the best known anti-Semitic leaders of the white secessionist movement calls it,
the "Southern Policy Law Center":
"Since 1971 the Southern Policy Law Center (SPLC) has fought racism and hate crimes in America..."

"Forty years later the SPLC has evolved into the cash cow of the civil rights movement and behaves as though it were the left-wing equivalent of the John Birch Society..."

"Today anyone with whom the SPLC happens to disagree is assumed to be either a racist or guilty of a hate crime."

- from Naylor's essay in the July 13-15 weekend edition at the anti-Semitic website
Now, Naylor has been spouting inane, useless crap for years but I think his comparison of the Southern Poverty Law Center, a civil rights organization that has litigated at no charge in civil rights cases, for which it receives no part of any of the millions that have been awarded, for decades to a hateful Patriot organization, not so dissimilar to Naylor's own Second Vermont Republic, the John Birch Society, is at the very least laughable.

Naylor's SVR and the JBS are much more similar than would first appear; Naylor runs his group in much the same iron-fisted manner that Robert W. Welch Jr. ran the JBS when he was alive; Naylor and Welch both have railed incessantly against the U.S. government by invoking constitutional nonsense; much like Welch's JBS, Naylor has called for the removal of a litany of government elected and appointed officials for no other reason than they are not adherents to his screwy secesher dictums and beliefs. In short, Thomas H. Naylor and his SVR are the moral equivalent of the constitutionally deranged John Birch Society and his comparison to a reputable, community oriented, civil rights advocacy group like the SPLC is intellectually dishonest and specious. (Full disclosure: Naylor's supporters have claimed that I am a SPLC operative, as though a little know outside of Vermont blog could do better to expose Naylor and his bigoted troupe than merely writing in the pages of the much, much better known and trafficked SPLC Intelligence Report. Ha!)

Naylor's claim that a disagreement with the SPLC leads to the assumption that one is "a racist or guilty of a hate crime" is an absurd slur of an order that Naylor customarily makes about the vast majority of Vermonters .

In Naylor's piece at the anti-Semitic website CounterPunch he maligns the Vermont National Guard, the President, all of Vermont's congressional delegation with a double-dose for U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) who'd turned down Naylor's entreaties years ago to run as his handpicked secesher gubernatorial candidate (Tommy Boy never forgives a snub), Hillary Clinton, the Secretary of Defense, the CIA Director, all of Wall Street and "Corporate America", as well as every military academy and the R.O.T.C. He concludes by saying,
"Lastly, the SPLC could initiate impeachment proceedings against some of our fearless leaders."
Never mind that the SPLC is constitutionally precluded from initiating impeachment proceedings since that isn't what really's got the hair across Naylor's ass.

You see, last month the SPLC revealed more on the blatant racism of Naylor's longtime asshole buddy, Michael Hill, founder and baas of the League of the South from this recent racist essay of his with much of the truly inane ecclesiastic junk redacted to a few choice quotes:
"Michael Hill, we hardly knew ye.

"Sure, we remember how, as early as 2000, you already were denigrating your black former students at Stillman College in Tuscaloosa, Ala., to your friends, mocking their “humorous” names and offering up sensitive jokes like this one: “A quote from a recent affirmative action hire: ‘Yesta-day I could not spell secretary.’ Today I is one.’” Ha! We know all about your 2007 essay, aimed at members of the League of the South hate group you started in 1994, saying that they should quit being afraid of being called “racist” and other, as you put it, “meaningless epithets.”

"But, heck, we were still thinking you were just a garden-variety bigot, a rude jerk who’s too dumb to keep his diarrhea-spouting mouth shut."

"But now here you come, Mike, and make it all plain for us. We just read the essay you published Tuesday, and we see you’re finally displaying the courage of your convictions. You’re an intellectual, and you’ve got an entire system of thought that explains the failings of black people. By gum, you’re not afraid to tell it like it is!"

"White people are endowed with a “God-ordained superiority.” Whites of “honor, genius and principle” left us with a “glorious heritage,” while black people “have never created anything approximating a civilization.” It’s a “monumental lie” that all men are created equal. The very word “racism” was “coined by the Communists.” Slavery was “successfully defended from a Biblical standpoint” until “the institution’s legitimacy was systematically undermined in the name of ‘equality’ and misappropriated ‘Christian ethics’” by the Civil War and all that followed. Emancipating the slaves was “a disaster for whites and blacks alike.” “[I]nstead of whites owing black reparations for slavery and its alleged attendant ills … blacks in reality owe white America (especially the South) a debt that likely will be neither acknowledged nor paid.” After all, slaves had “cradle to grave security.”

"All great points, Mike! We can see how you were once a college professor."

"And then there’s your cool take on Reconstruction. “During the period from 1865-77, whites in the South had seen enough of Negro rule to understand that their (i.e., white) civilization would perish should blacks be given the vote and thus be permitted to control the political system. … Therefore, postbellum Southern blacks were disenfranchised and ‘Jim Crow’ law resulted in a segregated South (today, ‘Jim Crow’ has been replaced by what might be called ‘Jim Snow’ policies that discriminate against whites).” And, as you point out, freed blacks suffered from problems like “family disintegration.” Good point, no matter what those Yankee multiculturalists claim about slavery really tearing apart black families."

Michael Hill's racism has been a well known fact since the 90s but that didn't prevent Naylor and his then co-chair at SVR, Rob Williams, from hopping into the sack with this dirt bag nearly ten years ago and using similarly racist LoS board members as advisory board members to SVR.

Naylor's flagrantly defensive attack on the SPLC a month after they'd exposed Hill's most recent racist crap should be an embarrassment to every Vermont secesher but don't look for that. The "new" Vermont secesher leaders like Juliet Buck and Jennifer Stella are too busy attacking their Vermont neighbors and churning out phony "medical" garbage to pay much attention to the continuing racist associations and ball carrying of their Great White Father, Thomas H. Naylor. No doubt Buck and Stella have been inspired by Naylor's hateful, noxious attacks and the toadying over the years by Williams. There's very little surprise then that Naylor's, Williams', Buck's, 2010 secesher gubernatorial candidate Dennis Steele's whacky worldview, as well as those of other ardent Vermont seceshers, coincides with that of those at the new League of the South website "Get Us Off of the U.S.S. Titanic.". Will someone please tell these idiots that there's never been a time in all of history when it didn't seem as though the world might be going to hell in some kind of a Titanic hand basket?

Naylor's greasy form of racism was exquisitely dissected here more than five years ago.

Yesterday, the racialist ideologue, "President" Michael Hill, wrote at the Southern Nationalist Network a similarly blatant racist essay, doubling down on his kith-and-kin horse shit:
"The League of the South wants to see a South where our borders are sealed against massive immigration; a South where the interests of the Southern people (read: White folks) are protected from the ravages of multiculturalism and so-called diversity; a South where a prosperous, self-confident, and distinct people—our people–can welcome into its ranks by its own choice and on its own terms productive and sympathetic immigrants; a South that will be a beacon to those nations that wish to defend a traditional way of life against the purveyors of abstract ideologies and a new world order..."
Ah, a racist slimeball laying down terms for people willing to sign on to second class status in a new slaver society. Let me know how many takers you get for that one, Mikey.

Oh, and for extra fun credit, try this Google search:
racist vermont secessionists

"Southern Policy Law Center" - what a moron. Some loving family member needs to get this aging, hateful, idiotic fool to cap his famed green felt tipped pens before he loses what little remains of his respectability. Oh, wait, too late.

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Sunday, July 22, 2012

Another Anti-Semite Bites the Dust

In the post below this one I wrote about the sleazy relationship that Thomas H. Naylor has with a website once operated by Alexander Cockburn that is a haven for anti-Semitic bile that passes for "thought" called CounterPunch.

Yesterday, Cockburn died and good riddance. In the various obits that appeared today, including The New York Times, one common thread emerged: Cockburn was fired from the Village Voice in 1984 over a conflict of interest, that is, accepting a payment from the Institute of Arab Studies in 1982 while writing at the Voice about Arab-Israeli issues where he was described as "an often-fierce critic" of Israeli policies. He claimed that the $10,000 payment was for a book but then Voice editor, David Schneiderman, didn't buy it and fired the scumbag. Despite his having been a prolific writer, no such book was ever published by Cockburn.


Cockburn mocked the condemnation of his quite apparent anti-Semitism and his numerous critics for such in much the same fashion that the white separatist secessionist allies of Thomas Naylor's like the League of the South dismiss the condemnation of their overt racism as being a conspiratorial plot to silence them, yet Cockburn had no problem writing one essay that he titled My Life as an "Anti-Semite", a polemic which, although I'm sure that it wasn't Cockburn's intention, offers much to underscore the obvious anti-Jew bias that Cockburn seems to have spent much of his life wallowing in.

Cockburn's writing was infused with his anti-Semitism, for which he was so dishonest it comes as little surprise that he was such an unethical writer that it led to his firing from such a prestigious publication as the Village Voice. His various grudges against a host of Jews only intensified after his firing.

The world will be a better place without him.

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Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Thomas Naylor Continues to Take Heat From Occupy Movement Supporters

Given the extreme breadth of the groups, organizations and people that Thomas H. Naylor loves to hate, including but not limited to all of Vermont's congressional delegation (except for when Naylor's wooing them, like Bernie Sanders, who Naylor had wanted once to quit Congress and then to run for the governorship as a declared secessionist); "prominent state environmentalists, the churches ("No group is more loyal to the American Empire than are the Vermont clergy")", statewide office holders, the entire Vermont General Assembly, educational institutions, as well as many (if not all) of Vermont's many revered nonprofits, Vermont's National Guard (who he's called "essentially teams of trained killers on call" and "mercenaries"), "he's likened the Vermont left to the "White Citizen Council" (sic) and the KGB" and, perhaps not so surprisingly, virtually all of Vermont's voters of which 99.24% rejected his handpicked gubernatorial candidate in 2010.

Fact is, when you look at who Naylor actually likes you only find his tiny, or as his compatriot Ian Baldwin has called, "small community" of secessionists. A select, ineffectual group indeed. Like his failed attempt to recruit Bernie Sanders to his lost cause, Naylor has spent years seeking to enlist others at the margins. One success has been Juliet Buck, a South Burlington anti-F-35 sham radical who now serves as a web and content editor at the flailing secesher website that houses what remains of Vermont Commons; its publisher, Rob Williams, has been reduced to repeating trite catchphrases and shibboleths as part of his useless movie reviews, a far cry from his days as a master blogger when he opined on all things secesher. Strangely, although Buck has received extensive coverage from Vermont media, such the Burlington Free Press (which used Buck's husband's graphics on an F-35 piece without noting his relationship to Juliet Buck) and the alternative weekly Seven Days, no mention is ever made of her ardent secessionism and calls for violence (while complaining about the pay for her husband's full time professorship at Burlington's Champlain College) like "burn this shit down!" Apparently things are looking up at Casa Buck since she's just returned from a weeks long road trip to the Deep South, perhaps to commune with her soulmates at the Florida League of the South.

But one effort by Naylor to recruit anybody to his dying secession "movement" in Vermont, a deeply flawed and false solution to an existential crisis of his, continues to backfire on him. Back in February when I revealed that he'd unleashed his spiteful rhetoric on the Occupy movement he managed to cause a brief stir. He utilized his ties to a web nest of anti-Semites, Holocaust deniers and self-loathing Jews like Alexander Cockburn, Jeffrey St. Clair, Paul Craig Roberts, the promoter of synagogue-burning Gilad Atzmon, Mary Rizzo, Norman Finkelstein, as well as Israel’s Lord Haw-Haw Uri Avnery, to name just few, at CounterPunch, a supposedly "liberal" website where he posted his anti-Occupy screed in March.

Louis Proyect, a Marxist writer and Occupy supporter, rips Naylor and his pal, Alexander Cockburn, at CounterPunch a new one over their collective ire at not succeeding to co-opt the Occupy movement. Proyect notes Cockburn's initial support, friendliness and enthusiasm for the occupiers, not at all unlike Naylor's own but worries over the recent "spitball" that Cockburn had flung in the Occupy movement's direction. Proyect writes in his own spitball thrown at Naylor, Cockburn and Naylor's pet nostrum,
"Most of Alexander’s hostility to the Occupy movement is based on an article by Thomas Naylor that appeared on Counterpunch on March 27th, 2012. Titled “Occupy Wall Street Revisited, Who is Occupying Whom?“, it poses the interesting question (without a question mark unfortunately):"
“Is it possible that the real purpose of Occupy Wall Street has little to do with either the 99 percent or the 1 percent but rather everything to do with keeping the political left in America decentralized, widely dispersed, very busy, and completely impotent to deal with the collapse of the American Empire”.
"Well, at least Naylor does not blame the CIA (Editor: this time) or other nefarious state agencies for this turn of events, as the ineffable Michel Chossudovsky did."

"Naylor also objects to the appearance of the protestors, reminding me of Al Capp and George Jessel’s fulminations against hippie protestors on the Tonight Show during the Vietnam War:"
"Although Bill O’Reilly’s mean-spirited portrayal of OWS is grossly unfair, some of the TV images of OWS protestors do not instill confidence in their ability to change the world. Many of them come across as stereotypical radical, disgruntled, hippie malcontents. The problem lies when they become the defining image of a fledgling political movement."
"Alexander had another beef with the Occupy movement: “Where the hell’s the plan?” I wonder if his endorsement of Naylor’s critique includes an endorsement of the plan that he has long been associated with, namely Vermont seceding from the United States. Naylor is founder of the Second Vermont Republic, a group described on its website as follows:"
"The Second Vermont Republic is a nonviolent citizens’ network and think tank committed to: (1) the peaceful breakup of meganations such as the United States, Russia, and China; (2) the political independence of breakaway states such as Quebec, Scotland, and Vermont; and (3) a strategic alliance with other small, democratic, nonviolent, affluent, socially responsible, cooperative, egalitarian, sustainable, ecofriendly nations such as Austria, Finland, Sweden, and Switzerland which share a high degree of environmental integrity and a strong sense of community."
"All I can say is that the young people who occupied Wall Street were vindicated by provoking the wrath of this 76 year old Professor Emeritus from Duke University, for this “plan” is about as batty as they come. I got a big kick out of the description of Austria as being “democratic” and “nonviolent”. Does Naylor read a newspaper?"
"Now I am not trying to connect Thomas Naylor with someone like (neo-Nazi Jörg) Haider but there are worrisome signs that the Vermont secessionists have been a bit undiscriminating in their relations with Americans who are. In trying to build a nationwide network, Naylor approached an outfit called The League of the South that describes itself as “distinct from, and in opposition to, the corrupt mainstream American culture.” They “stand for our own sublime cultural inheritance and seek to separate ourselves from the cultural rot that is American culture.”

"Under pressure from the Vermont left, Naylor broke with the racists. The Green Mountain Daily, a liberal Vermont website, questioned Naylor’s motivations:"

"The famous Thomas “Don’t Call Me a Racist” Naylor has published a letter called (I’m not making this up)"

"To The League of the South From Vermont With Love"

"Yes, you read that right: “With Love”. That’s only the first reason to question the sincerity of this “break”, however. If you read the letter, you will see that, far from acknowledging the racism of the League of the South, Naylor treats it as no more than a PR problem."

"Naylor thinks racism is no more than a problem of perception. Naylor covers some history, and then begins with the racist aroma surrounding secession movements: “Secession is often equated with Southern, redneck, Christian fundamentalist racism. Anyone who is a secessionist is considered a likely racist, but a Southern secessionist is a racist a priori. Since the LOS is a Southern secessionist group, it’s hardly surprising that there is a widespread perception that it is racist”. Get it? There’s nothing racist about LOS, but for some bizarre reason, people think that southern secessionists have some racist ideas. According to Naylor, this idea is no more than a “knee-jerk reaction” on the part of most Americans. It’s not that there actually is any racism involved in secessionists, it’s just “equated with” southern racism. The problem isn’t the racist ideas, it’s that people can’t stop thinking about them. There’s nothing wrong with it except those unfortunate associations with “images of the Civil War, slavery, racism, violence, and preservation of the Southern way of life.”

"This unfortunate perception even infects the cultural symbols of the South. For instance, here’s Naylor on the Confederate flag: Whether justifiably or not, most Southern blacks view the Confederate flag as an overt racist symbol aimed at rubbing salt in their 400-year wounds."
Granted, Proyect's essay misses a lot: that the source for the initial information on Naylor's and his group's strong ties to the League of the South written about first by John Odum at Green Mountain Daily and then a year and a half later by Jack McCullough in the GMD piece cited by Proyect were disclosed first on this blog here and then here; Naylor's continuing support for the blatantly racist League of the South even after his seeming dismissal of the LoS members on his SVR advisory board; his own admission of "Dixie" singin' at one LoS event; Naylor's virulent anti-Semitism, phony anti-war posing and his manor house in Vermont's second wealthiest community where he'd retired to after selling off quite handsomely his international software business - truly one of Vermont's 1%. Not many people know that.

All in all, Proyect pretty much nails Naylor, the Magnolia Vermonter , for the fraud that Vermonters know him to be. You can read Proyect's piece in its entirety here
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Saturday, July 14, 2012

Media Notes

Congrats to the Burlington Free Press for receiving a breaking news coverage award from the Society of Professional Journalists regarding the shooting in the Occupy Burlington camp last fall that I posted about here and here.

At first the Dixie singin' baas of the Vermont secessionists, Thomas H. Naylor, bragged about his having embedded secesher leadership into the Vermont Occupy movement but then as Occupiers other than his embeds failed to surrender to his siren call for Occupiers to become secessionists , a miffed Naylor soured on the group and made his dissatisfaction known.

More on Naylor's mixing it up with the Occupy movement in the future.
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Monday, July 9, 2012

Dennis Morrisseau Continues To Affirm That He Is Truly An Anti-Semitic Pig

Dennis Morrisseau, a one time Rutland County Vermont senate candidate and the disgraced Vietnam War conflict evader who likes to call himself "2LT USArmy [Armor] ret" but who bailed on his comrades
when it came time to fish or cut bait has posted more anti-Semitic disinformation this past Saturday in his completely unhinged "Morrisseau World News" on July 7 at 1:38 AM thus assuring his status as the Vermont secession movement's premier paste eater:
"U.S. Jewish NGOs to get 97% of Homeland Security's defense grant in 2012..."


"Jewish non-profit organizations in the United States will receive 97 percent of the funds granted by the Department of Homeland Security for the fiscal year 2012, money which is aimed at dealing with security threats those institutions face."
To which Daffy Denny added in his spam blast to Vermont news organizations,
"Do you clowns have any sort of innocent explanation for this? Any sort of explanation at all?"

"Will you ask (Senator) Bernie (Sanders) how come this is happening?"
I'll take a stab at an answer. It's due to the growing number of Jew baiting nutjobs at David Duke's website, the very active Stormfront website, Paul Craig Robert's website and even Denny's own little trafficked website. Denny's call on Paul Craig Roberts' anti-Semitic messageboard for a list of Jews "so that nature can begin taking it's(sic) course" is a pretty dramatic example of the sort of anti-Semitic murderous activism to be found on secessionist, America hating websites. The part that Dopey Denny snipped out of what little he reproduced from Haaretz here in his shitty little hit piece was,
"While the budget has shrunk in recent years, the threat to Jewish institutions has not changed; as a result, Jewish non-profits will receive a record percentage of the funds."
If I might join Deranged Denny's rhetorical question fest, why didn't Dirtbag Denny's "World News" service include that? Probably because he also didn't want to include,
"While the budget has shrunk in recent years, the threat to Jewish institutions has not changed; as a result, Jewish non-profits will receive a record percentage of the funds." "Jewish non-profit organizations in the United States will receive 97% of the funds granted by the Department of Homeland Security for the fiscal year 2013, money which is aimed at dealing with security threats those institutions face."

"In 2013, Jewish institutions in the U.S. will receive $9.7 million, or 97% of the funds intended for dealing with security threats, as part of the Vital Nonprofit Security Grants distributed by the Department of Homeland Security."

"In 2009, when the white supremacist James W. von Brunn opened fire at the Washington Holocaust Museum, killing a guard, Jewish NGOs received over $9 million out of $15 million allocated to 227 non-profit organizations, aimed to "bolster the security of nonprofit institutions deemed by the Department of Homeland Security to be vulnerable to terrorist attacks."

"In 2010, Jewish institutions received $15 million of the total sum of $19 million distributed by Homeland Security."

"However, in recent years the budget has been shrinking, while the threat level has not changed, resulting in Jewish non-profits - community centers, schools, hospitals, synagogues and charities – primed to receive a record percentage of next year's non-profit funding."

"I'd gladly trade out threat level not to qualify for these grants," William Daroff, vice president for Public Policy of The Jewish Federations of North America told Haaretz."
Dennis Morrisseau: still a misogynistic, Jew hating, conspiracy addled, homeless people despising, 'nucking futs', paste eating scumbag after all these years. Jeezum crow, I so hope he decides to run for the Senate one last time, after saying in 2010 that that run was his "last hurrah." I very much want to write what is the whole truth about this decades long low-life loser and anti-Semitic pig.

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Wednesday, July 4, 2012

It's Independents Day!

No, that's not a typo although I make my fair share. Sometimes it takes years to notice and correct them but the point here is to mention a few, if not all, of the independents running for congressional, statewide and legislative offices in the 2012 election cycle.

First though, as many of the regular readers of this blog know, I've been poking fun at the wouldbe "Senator" Robert "Needed Killin' " Wagner's boast that he had 6 people lined up to run for the Vermont Senate (although he could only name 5) and that he was seeking 24 more to replace the whole Senate with secessionists for the past year. Wagner never got around to naming his sixth person but he has spent a lot of bandwidth spouting off about topics where he clearly has nailed down the fringe position, such as his Marxist-Lenist-Stalinist-lite economic pablum called Georgism. But more on that at another time.

The Vermont Secretary of State's Office has just released its draft list of independent candidates here containing the typical 30+ names of many well intended sorts who'd like to make a difference but who are for the most part clueless as to how to go about doing so. True, there's the occasional political tiger like Bernie Sanders but he's very much the exception to the rule.

This year's slate contains a mother and son congressional duo; a few candidates seeking multiple seats, one of whom favors acronym encrusted solutions while another claims disability from an STD; others are bona fide independents who have contributed to their community and serve in the legislature; and then there are others who'd just like to get to play politician too but haven't figured out the system is geared to Duverger's Law.
"In political science, Duverger's law is a principle which asserts that a plurality rule election system tends to favor a two-party system."
The only secesher that I can find thus far in addition to Wagner is his pal Peter Moss. I've gone over the Secretary of State's draft list here and can't seem to find the three other names that Wagner had listed for the past year as being part of his "The Vermont 30" scheme - the murderously anti-Semitic Dennis Morrisseau, the very angry Peter Garritano
"My name is Peter Garritano. I am constanly pissed off but don't show it. I bite my tongue quite often and vent by writing and screaming at other drivers while alone in my car..."

and the nobody Michael Patno who is a longtime pal of the baas of the Second Vermont Republic, the Dixie singin' Thomas H. Naylor.

From Wagner's website:

I'd thought that I'd be spending the next four months introducing Vermonters to "The 30" secesher wannabes with facts that they'd rather Vermonters not know about them but I guess that's not to be. Looks like I'm left with one befuddled old man and Wagner's raging id - he's announced that he's targeting Addison County's senator who has an impressive personal history of contributing to her community and county, Claire Ayer (D-Weybridge) with what he's promised will be one of the most negative campaigns in recent memory. It'll do.

Meanwhile, in another matter related to Wagner's conflicting positions, there's been no word yet about whether Wagner will be returning the $288.30 Federal subsidy he received while flying out of the airport in Rutland, VT, which is exactly the kind of subsidy that he "is strongly opposed to" and has argued harms Vermonters that I revealed he'd hypocritically availed himself of (as in sticking his snout in the federal money trough) here. Wagner must publicly give back that Federal subsidy money or he'll be exposed for the hypocritical fraud that many of us Vermonters know him to be.

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Monday, July 2, 2012

It's Official! Thomas Naylor Has Lost His Last Marble

I'd thought that with all the lunacy that the baas of the Second Vermont Republic, Thomas H. Naylor, had recommended Vermonters
to consider that there wasn't really much left in the way of full blown wingnuttery for Naylor to tap into. He's pretty much confined his present writing to repetitions of his earlier screeds on who he hates in Vermont - just about everyone - and championing the work of fellow anti-Semites and gold speculators, so I thought he was winding down the secessionist invective because he was a worn out old man who recognized that his time is past.

Surprise! Our self-professed peacenik who embraces the violence laced imagery of the murderer Che Guevara has recommended that Vermont impose a "no fly zone"(sic) on the Vermont Air National Guard. That's right. Naylor has proposed what his fellow libertarians, like Ron Paul, call an act of war.

Setting aside for the moment the contradiction of a purported peace lover recommending what most (except for the severely deluded) would agree is a very warlike, very hostile, very belligerent and always a very militaristic act, would such an act be either legal or doable? It would be neither.

A "no-fly zone" or, as it called in the United States when created by the Federal Aviation Administration, a "Prohibited Area" can only be declared in the U.S. by the FAA. The State of Vermont possesses no administrative control over its airspace, nor can it legally assert control. That whole pesky federal preemption thing flyin' right at ya there, Tommy Boy.

Similarly, the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) based in Montréal would likewise preclude such "unlawful interference" with air traffic.

Kind of like a boneheaded, illegal twofer and all because Naylor didn't do his homework before shooting his mouth off again. Or maybe he figured as much when he wrote:
"Obviously the U.S. government will challenge the Vermont military aircraft ban, but the Vermont Attorney General should doggedly pursue the case until the U.S. Supreme Court rules against the ban."
Great! Another multi-million dollar case in the Supreme Court for the Attorney General to lose all because Tommy Boy wants to send someone a message. Since Naylor's a bona fide member of the 1% perhaps he'll put his money where his mouth is this time and back his own play. I doubt he'll find anyone outside of his own "small community" of secessionists that would consider his plan non-delusional.

As for doable, how would he enforce his no-fly zone if not through the
courts? Naylor's managed to personally offend every member of Vermont's Army & Air National Guard by labeling them as "mercenaries," including the gratuitous insults that he's repeatedly heaped on its highly respected commander, Vermont's former Adjutant General, now Deputy Commander of the United States Northern Command, Lieutenant General Michael Dubie.

Clearly, Naylor's lost whatever marbles he had left. What an ignorant buffoon.

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