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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