Kill LGBTQ people, Texas Republican politician says


This video from the USA says about itself:

21 May 2012

Mississippi conservative Republican State Representative Andy Gipson posted a message on his Facebook page which calls for putting to death gays and lesbians.

That was over five years ago. And now …

By David Edwards in the USA:

Texas GOP candidate cites ‘Biblical law’ on homosexuals and vows to ‘gladly execute a convicted sodomite

24 December 2017

A Texas Republican candidate for governor cited what he said was “Biblical law” last week and vowed to “gladly execute” convicted LGBT people.

Out Smart magazine first reported that Larry Kilgore made the remarks about homosexuals on Twitter.

“I’d gladly execute a convicted adulterer, sodomite or bestialiter,” he wrote. “Biblical law is a blessin.”

Kilgore told Lone Star Q in 2014 that he believes LGBT people deserve to be put to death.

OKLAHOMA CITY — The vice chair of the University of Oklahoma Board of Regents announced Thursday, December 21, he would resign after an uproar over a comment on public affairs television that appeared to liken gay people to pedophiles: here.

Republican Candidate Goes Full Nazi: Jews “Pretend” to be White to Undermine the White Race. Paul Nehlen is openly spewing white nationalist hate speech: here.

Pro-Trump Moore loses Alabama Senate election


This 13 December 2017 video from the USA says about itself:

Roy Moore Loses!!!

Cenk Uygur of The Young Turks reports in on the Alabama senate race between Roy Moore and Doug Jones.

By Barry Grey in the USA:

Corporate Democrat Doug Jones defeats far-right evangelical Roy Moore in Alabama Senate race

13 December 2017

In a special election Wednesday to fill the US Senate seat from Alabama vacated by President Trump’s attorney general Jeff Sessions, conservative Democrat Doug Jones defeated ultra-right former state Supreme Court chief judge Roy Moore.

It was the first time a Democrat won a US Senate election in Alabama since the election in 1992 of Richard Shelby, who subsequently became a Republican and remains today the state’s senior senator.

The vote count as of this writing was 49.9 percent for Jones to 48.4 percent for Moore, a narrow but comfortable margin. Despite the fact that state law triggers an automatic recount only if the margin of difference is 0.5 percent or below, Moore refused to concede the election following Jones’ victory speech and indicated that he would contest the outcome.

The Democratic victory was the result of a higher-than expected turnout of about 37 percent, with turnout particularly high, compared to previous elections, among African Americans and young people. Voter turnout was especially heavy in the major urban centers of Birmingham, Mobile, Huntsville and Montgomery. Moore won, as expected, in the rural largely white parts of the state, but he lost in the black rural areas, where turnout was much higher.

Jones had a big advantage among younger voters and won overwhelming majorities among African Americans.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:

In addition, in Alabama there are also many areas where black voters live who had stayed at home disillusioned at the presidential election last year. [NOS correspondent] Zwart: “They have now gone to the polls en masse and have issued a statement by almost all voting for Moore’s opponent”.

So, apparently, these black voters, though opposing Donald Trump, thought Hillary Clinton was not an inspiring alternative to Trump. Now, however, they saw an opportunity to hinder Trump’s right-wing policies. Things may have worked similarly for younger voters who did not vote in the Trump-Clinton election but who did vote this time.

The Barry Grey article continues:

He also won the independent vote by 9 points, an indication that Moore was abandoned by sections of affluent white voters who traditionally vote Republican. Some 22,000 voters cast write-in ballots, a higher number than Jones’ margin of victory. On Sunday, Senator Shelby had told CNN that he would not vote for Moore and he urged Alabama Republicans to write in the names of other Republicans.

The result is a serious blow to Trump, who intervened strongly in favor of Moore after the Senate Republican leadership withdrew its support following allegations that the 70-year-old former judge had made improper sexual advances to teenage girls when he was a deputy district attorney in his 30s.

Jones’ admission to the Senate will cut the Republicans’ majority to one, 51 to 49.

The election campaign itself was a spectacle of political reaction and mud-slinging. Moore is a fascistic evangelical who advocates the establishment of a theocracy in the United States. He supports making homosexuality a crime, glorifies the pre-Civil War South, has called for the deployment of US troops on the border with Mexico and promotes xenophobia as part of a pseudo-populist crusade against the “Eastern establishment.”

He was twice removed from the state Supreme Court for defying federal court rulings against his agenda of religious bigotry. The first occasion was his refusal to abide by a ruling that he take down a three-ton monument to the Ten Commandments which he had installed outside the Supreme Court building. The second was his issuing of instructions to probate court judges to continue enforcing a state law banning same-sex marriage that had been overturned by the federal courts.

In one campaign appearance, Moore was asked when he believed America was last “great.” He said one would have to go back to the period before the Civil War, i.e., during the period of slavery in the South. In 2011, he told a right-wing talk show host that getting rid of every amendment to the US Constitution after the 10th would “eliminate many problems.” That would mean overturning the amendments that freed the slaves, guaranteed the democratic rights of freedmen and granted them the right to vote.

In 2009 and 2010, Moore’s Foundation for Moral law hosted pro-Confederate Alabama “Secession Day” celebrations.

Jones and the Democratic Party virtually ignored Moore’s ultra-right policies and instead based their campaign almost entirely on playing up accusations of sexual misconduct against the Republican candidate. As Election Day approached, the national Democratic Party and its allied media sought to leverage the Moore allegations to revive charges of sexual harassment against Donald Trump that had first been raised by the media and the Hillary Clinton presidential campaign in 2016. This will undoubtedly be intensified following Jones’ victory.

Indeed, USA Today published an editorial Wednesday night that cited a Trump tweet with sexual innuendos directed against Democratic Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, who had called for his resignation over sexual allegations against him. The newspaper declared that Trump was unfit to remain president.

Apart from this sexual mud-slinging, Jones stressed his independence from the national Democratic Party, his support for increased military spending, his commitment to fiscal austerity and his backing for tax cuts to improve the business climate for corporations wishing to exploit the deeply impoverished working class in Alabama. He combined an appeal to black voters with an effort to win over disaffected Republicans.

Jones made no class appeal whatsoever in a state that is a byword for crushing poverty and exploitation, and offered no serious proposals to address unemployment, poverty wages or lack of decent education, housing and health care.

Nevertheless, he benefited from growing opposition to Trump and his administration’s attacks on health care and democratic rights, its push for a $1.5 trillion tax windfall for the rich and threats to unleash a nuclear war against North Korea. According to exit polls, Trump’s disapproval rating of 48 percent equaled his approval rating. This is in a state that he won last year by a margin of 63 percent to 35 percent.

In his victory speech, Jones reiterated his campaign themes of “unity” and bipartisan cooperation with the Republicans, declaring, “We tried to make sure this campaign was about finding common ground.” He said nothing about the pervasive poverty in Alabama, the fourth poorest state in the country, where household median income is nearly $11,000 less than the national figure. Nor did he mention, let alone criticize, Moore’s fascistic politics.

The Democratic victory, which clearly came as a shock to Jones himself, revealed the fragility of the hold of right-wing populist and nativist politics on states that have long been conceded by the Democrats to the Republicans. Alabama itself has undergone a significant development in recent years, with the entry of major firms such as Airbus, Mercedes Benz, Honda and Hyundai and the rapid growth of an industrial working class.

Manufacturing workers made up between 13 and 16 percent of the total workforce in 2015. That is the fifth highest concentration of all states, according to the National Association of Manufacturers, and a substantial increase from a decade ago.

Neither of the right-wing parties of US big business offers any policies to defend the interests of workers in Alabama or any other state. Nor was Wednesday’s election an indication of a surge in support for the Democrats. Exit polls showed that the majority of workers disapproved of both parties, and by similar margins.

Nearly three-quarters of Millennials in the US want a new party: here.

A United Nation team’s tour of Alabama last week exposed what many Alabama residents have known for decades: residents of the state’s Black Belt region are suffering in social conditions most frequently encountered in Sub-Saharan Africa and Southeast Asia. Notably, Lowndes County, the home of Attorney General Jeff Sessions, suffers from poor sewage disposal and resultant hookworm infection otherwise unknown in the United States: here.

LAST Wednesday night the Trump administration declared war on America’s public sector unions: here.

The Trump White House Monday issued a so-called “War Powers” letter addressed to Speaker of the House Paul Ryan and the president pro tempore of the Senate, Orin Hatch, to “keep the Congress informed about deployments of United States Armed Forces equipped for combat”: here.

Suspect nazi criminal, US Republican party sponsor


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Karkoc extradition to Poland

15 March 2017

Poland Seeks Extradition of a Ukrainian Nazi

From the Daily Beast in the USA:

Accused Nazi War Criminal Is a ‘Lifelong Republican’ Who Gave Thousands to GOP

Michael Karkoc is wanted in Poland for ‘liquidating’ a village while he was an SS commander. His son says he gave to the RNC simply because he loves the party.

Ken Klippenstein

11.22.17 2:40 PM ET

A Minnesota man accused of committing war crimes when he commanded a Nazi-led unit during World War II contributed thousands of dollars to the Republican National Committee, a Daily Beast review of federal campaign records found.

Michael Karkoc is wanted for arrest in Poland after the country’s war crimes prosecutors said they are “100 percent” certain that Karkoc commanded a SS company and that there was “no doubt” that his men razed two Polish villages, killing 40 civilians. In July, Poland requested Karkoc’s extradition from the U.S. and is waiting for a decision. (The Justice Department said it does not comment on extradition requests).

In June 2013, the Associated Press reported Karkoc was a SS officer and that one of his men told Soviet investigators that his unit had been ordered to “liquidate all the residents” of the village of Chlaniow, Poland, resulting in the deaths of men, women and children.

After the AP published its exposé, Karkoc made three separate contributions to the Republican National Committee totaling $3,850 between September 2013 and May 2014. These are the only federal campaign contributions he has made, according to available records.

The RNC did not respond to a request for comment.

Karkoc’s son, Andriy Karkos, told The Daily Beast the contributions were made only because Karkoc has been a “lifelong Republican.”

“He has a picture of Ronald and Nancy Reagan in his bedroom,” Karkos said.

Asked to explain his father’s affinity for the GOP, Karkos replied: “Republicans oppose communists…Under FDR, the White House was penetrated by Soviet agents of influence.”

“I’m assuming he voted Republican [in the 2016 presidential election],” Karkos added, remarking that he sees no reason for his father to have changed his support for the GOP.

“The fact that he donated in 2014 has nothing to do with the lies and slanders about my father…the Associated Press said in the third paragraph of their original scandalous story slandering my father that the records do not show that [he] had a direct role in war crimes.”

However, the AP cited a Nazi payroll sheet signed by an SS officer in 1945 showing Karkoc collected his salary as a member of the Ukrainian Self Defense Legion, an SS unit of Ukranian nationalists. There is Karkoc’s own memoir in which he says he helped found the USDL with the help of the SS and that he served as a company commander until the end of the war.

Multiple statements from men in Karkoc’s unit “confirm the Ukrainian company he commanded massacred civilians,” the AP wrote, “and suggest that Karkoc was at the scene of these atrocities as the company leader.”

The report also cites Nazi SS files stating Karkoc and his unit were involved in suppressing the Warsaw Uprising, an operation by the Polish underground to liberate the city from German control, which ended with more than 150,000 civilians killed by Germans.

Additionally, the Associated Press obtained Karkoc’s U.S. Army intelligence file under the Freedom of Information Act, showing that Karkoc lied to US immigration officials in 1949, having claimed that he did not engage in any military service during World War II.

Karkoc became a naturalized citizen ten years later and listed his occupation on federal campaign contribution records as a carpenter. Karkoc, 98, now lives in a nursing home. Polish prosecutors said “age is not a factor when it comes to bringing anyone to justice.”

Republican, other sexual abuse scandals in the USA


This video from the USA says about itself:

9 November 2017

Republican candidate for the US Senate Roy Moore has been accused of sexually assaulting a 14-year-old in 1979. John Iadarola, Jayar Jackson, and Mark Thompson, the hosts of The Young Turks, discuss.

“Leigh Corfman says she was 14 years old when an older man approached her outside a courtroom in Etowah County, Ala. She was sitting on a wooden bench with her mother, they both recall, when the man introduced himself as Roy Moore.

It was early 1979 and Moore — now the Republican nominee in Alabama for a U.S. Senate seat — was a 32-year-old assistant district attorney. He struck up a conversation, Corfman and her mother say, and offered to watch the girl while her mother went inside for a child custody hearing.

“He said, ‘Oh, you don’t want her to go in there and hear all that. I’ll stay out here with her,’ ” says Corfman’s mother, Nancy Wells, 71. “I thought, how nice for him to want to take care of my little girl.”

Alone with Corfman, Moore chatted with her and asked for her phone number, she says. Days later, she says, he picked her up around the corner from her house in Gadsden, drove her about 30 minutes to his home in the woods, told her how pretty she was and kissed her. On a second visit, she says, he took off her shirt and pants and removed his clothes. He touched her over her bra and underpants, she says, and guided her hand to touch him over his underwear.”

Read more here.

ALABAMA GOP SENATE CANDIDATE USED HIS SEXUAL MISCONDUCT ALLEGATIONS IN FUNDRAISING EMAIL Judge Roy Moore not only denied accusations of sexual misconduct with minors, but used the reports as fodder for a fundraising email. A number of Alabama election officials dismissed the reports, and one even used the Bible to justify his support of Moore. White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders also weighed in, saying the president believes that if the accusations are true, Moore would “do the right thing and step aside.” Here’s what could happen for Moore on the Alabama ballot. [HuffPost]

RNC RETURNS TO ROY MOORE CAMPAIGN, DESPITE SEXUAL MISCONDUCT CLAIMS The RNC plans to reinstate its financial support of the Alabama candidate for Senate following Trump’s ringing endorsement. This decision came as one of his alleged victims produced a graduation card written by Moore. And an ex-RNC chair is finding it hard to believe that the RNC is unable to find a “backbone” on this issue.[HuffPost]

Roy Moore: Trump-endorsed Senate nominee says US was last ‘great’ during period of slavery. Comments resurface amid accusations former judge sexually abused teenage girls: here.

This 9 November 2017 video from the USA is called Five Women Accuse Louis C.K. Of Masturbating In Front Of Them.

COMEDIAN LOUIS C.K. ACCUSED OF SEXUAL MISCONDUCT Five women detailed allegations against the comedian, which mirror the rumors that had swirled around him for years. His latest film release is now under review. [HuffPost]

This 9 November 2017 video from the USA is called Terry Crews Reports Alleged Hollywood Groper To Police.

IT’S NOT JUST ALLEGATIONS AGAINST LOUIS C.K. Matthew Weiner, the creator of “Mad Men,” has been accused of sexual harassment by a former assistant and writer. Charlie Sheen denies he reportedly sexually assaulted the late child actor Corey Haim. Actor Ed Westwick says sexual assault accusations against him are “provably untrue.” A grad student levied claims of sexual harassment against a Princeton professor. Terry Crews has filed a police report against a Hollywood executive, claiming he was sexually assaulted. Another woman has come forward to say actor Jeremy Piven sexually assaulted her. Nicki Minaj’s brother has been convicted of predatory sexual assault on a minor. Restauranteur Eddie Huang spoke out about being sexually assaulted as a teen on a Baptist ski trip. And legendary swimmer Diana Nyad opened up about her sexual assault at 14. [HuffPost]

Britain: Tory MP says female journalists are fuelling Westminster sex scandal and behaving like ‘wilting flowers’: here.

United States Republican advocates lynching for paint on Confederate statue


This video from the USA says about itself:

Politician Goes On Racist Rant After Confederate Monument Vandalized

2 September 2017

Hey Rep. Warren Love THIS is why it’s NOT OKAY to say what you said. Cenk Uygur of The Young Turks, breaks it down.

“A Missouri legislator on Wednesday called for a vandal who defaced a Confederate statue to be lynched. State Rep. Warren Love (R[epublican]) was responding on Facebook to a story about an unidentified vandal who threw paint on a Confederate memorial in Springfield National Cemetery, the Riverfront Times reported. The paper published a screenshot of Love’s Facebook post above the article, which he quickly deleted. “This is totally against the law,” Love wrote. “I hope they are found & hung from a tall tree with a long rope. National Veterans Cemetery in Springfield, Mo.”

Read more here.

The family of an 8-year-old biracial boy in New Hampshire say teens hung him from a tree with a rope.

New Film “Graven Image” Shows How Georgia Racists Created a Confederate Myth: here.

United States nazi terrorists not terrorists?


This video from the USA says about itself:

Neo-Nazis explain why they like Donald Trump

8 November 2016

Four days before the US presidential election, white supremacists gathered for a rally in Pennsylvania.

On November 4, 2016, the National Socialist Movement gathered for a rally in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. The event was four days before the US presidential election and featured speeches given by NSM commander Jeff Schoep and National commander of the America First Committee, Arthur J. Jones Jr. At the rally, leaders discussed how Donald Trump’s presidential campaign has brought white supremacism into the mainstream and legitimized their beliefs. Mark Potok from the Southern Poverty Law Center contextualizes the event with his discussion of how Trump has created political space for extremists by courting the support and validating the beliefs of groups on the alt-right. The rally closed with discussion of how the neo-Nazi groups plan to organize a show of force on Election Day.

By Mehdi Hasan in The Intercept:

The Numbers Don’t Lie: White Far-Right Terrorists Pose a Clear Danger to Us All

May 31 2017, 7:34 p.m.

O Sean Duffy, where art thou?

Back in February, the Republican congressman from Wisconsin told CNN’s Alysyn Camerota that white terrorists of the far-right variety did not pose the same level of danger to Americans as so-called “Islamist” or “jihadist” terrorists. Why? “I don’t know, but I would just tell you there’s a difference,” proclaimed Duffy, who went on to dismiss as a “one-off” the attack on a mosque in Quebec by a Trump-supporting white nationalist, in which six Muslim worshippers were killed.

This problem is hardly just one Republican Congressman. It is Donald Trump’s Republican administration.

One-off? Seriously? Has Duffy been reading the news in recent days? On May 20, Richard Collins III, a black, 23-year-old U.S. Army second lieutenant, was murdered while visiting the University of Maryland by a member of a Facebook group called “Alt-Reich: Nation.” According to University of Maryland police chief David Mitchell, the group promotes “despicable” prejudice against minorities “and especially African-Americans.”

On May 26, 53-year-old U.S. Army veteran Rick Best and 23-year-old recent university graduate Taliesin Myrddin Namkai-Meche were murdered, while 21-year-old poet Micah David-Cole Fletcher was severely injured, by a knife-wielding white supremacist when the three of them tried to prevent him from harassing a Muslim woman in a headscarf on their commuter train in Portland, Oregon.

Why isn’t Duffy back on CNN decrying the threat posed by such vile domestic terrorists? Why aren’t the Republican political and media establishments loudly alerting voters to the white-skinned far-right menace in their midst?

Can you imagine the tweetstorm from President Donald Trump if two U.S. soldiers — one serving, one a veteran — had been killed on U.S. soil by Islamist terrorists in the space of a single week? Can you imagine the rolling coverage on Fox News if it had been a ranting Muslim man who had slashed the throats of three Good Samaritans trying to protect two women on a train in Portland?

For far too long, those of us who have warned of the threat from far-right, white supremacist terrorists have been accused of trying to shift attention away from the threat of ISIS and Al Qaeda — of acting as Muslim apologists.

For far too long, a veritable industry of politicians, pundits, and self-styled security “experts” have strived to minimize the domestic terror threat from far-right groups while inflating the threat from foreign jihadists.

Compare and contrast: Islamist terrorists are depicted as wild-eyed fanatics driven to kill by their religious faith or ideology, while far-right terrorists — be it the shooter of two Hindus in a bar in Kansas in February, or the killer of nine black worshippers in a church in Charleston, South Carolina, in 2015, or the murderer of six Sikh worshippers in a temple in Duffy’s own state of Wisconsin in 2012 — are almost always “mentally ill.” After the recent double murder in Oregon, it didn’t take long for Portland police spokesperson Pete Simpson to announce: “We don’t know if [the suspect] has mental health issues.” (Isn’t it weird how we Muslims seem somehow immune to “mental health issues”? Mashallah.)

‘ONE OFFICIAL TRIED TO WARN US ABOUT THE ATTACKS LIKE PORTLAND. HE WAS PUSHED OUT.’ “Eight years ago, working in the department’s now-defunct Extremism and Radicalization Branch, Daryl Johnson authored a memo intended to warn law enforcement about the threat posed by right-wing extremists… Under political pressure, the administration backed away from the memo. They dismantled Johnson’s team. He left the government.” [HuffPost]

NOOSE FOUND IN D.C. AFRICAN-AMERICAN HISTORY MUSEUM EXHIBIT It’s the second time in a week that a noose has been found on the grounds of a Smithsonian museum. [HuffPost]

5 People Were Just Shot To Death In Florida. But Don’t Worry, It Wasn’t Terrorism. One of the deadliest mass shootings of 2017 happened on Monday, and you might not have even heard about it: here.