All posts by Cal Knight

Humanist, Leftist, Worker, Writer, Activist.

FBI and Local authorities Investigating Ohio Bombing As Potential Hate Crime

The home of an interracial Cleveland couple exploded last week, leaving rubble and the charred remains of their personal belongings and memories. Luckily residents Brad and Angela Frase were not injured in the explosion. The couple, who had lived in their now destroyed home for 23 years, discovered swastikas and racial slurs drawn on their garage door after the attack. Right-wing terror is upgrading from guns to bombs.

“There were some racial slurs and a swastika that was spray painted on (the garage),” said Sherriff Travis Hutchinson. “We’re not going to tolerate that type of activity and behavior here.”

This bombing follows the recent Dayton, Ohio mass shooting in which a young man killed 9 people. Ohioan residents are on edge as the normally quaint heartland state is rocked by the growing politically charged violence.

Missouri Man Claims He “Had Every Right” To Slam Little Boy Down For Not Removing Hat During Nat’l Anthem

“There was a little boy lying on the ground, he was bleeding out of his ears, seizing on the ground, just not coherent,” said Taylor Hennick, who saw the attack. “He said [the boy] was disrespecting the national anthem so he had every right to do that.”

39-year-old Curt Brockway stands accused of picking up a 13-year-old and slamming him to the ground by the throat, fracturing his skull so severely that the boy had to be airlifted to a nearby hospital. What did this young teen do to warrant such an assault? He failed to remove his hat during the National Anthem.

At this point you may be wondering why this story is on WriteLeft. Here it is: Brockway’s attorney claims that the man has brain damage from an injury he sustained while in the Army in 2000. That brain damage has, according to the attorney, impaired his client’s ability to not take Donald Trump seriously. Thus, Mr. Brockway believes that violence is necessary when children don’t respect the Anthem.

ABC News

“Jasper said he believes his client’s mental condition allowed him to be “exploited” by “animosity” expressed by Trump. The president is one of the leading critics of NFL players who refuse to stand for the national anthem in protest of police brutality against Americans of color.

“Trump never necessarily says ‘go hurt somebody,’ but the message is absolutely clear,” Jasper told the Missoulian. “I am certain of the fact that [Brockway] was doing what he believed he was told to do, essentially, by the president.”

Newsweek

There is currently a GoFundMe that has been circulated to help raise money for the victim’s medical bills.

Best of the Left Podcast #1295: How Fascism Uses White Supremacy to Delegitimize Non-Whites and Enrich the Wealthy

Today we take a look at the racist attacks by Trump and his supporters against “The Squad” and how those attacks are in line with a long tradition of working to delegitimize and silence the perspectives of non-whites in America

The Best of the Left is back with episode 1295, and this one couldn’t be more relevant. Less than a week ago, a white supremacist terrorist walked into an El Paso Walmart and murdered 21 people. His targets? Mexicans, according to his manifesto.

The President’s response to the weekend’s shootings (yes, plural) pinned the blame on mental illness and the radicalizing nature of online communities like 8chan, where both the El Paso shooter and the Christchurch shooter frequently posted. The former applauded the actions of the latter, and sought to replicate his attack. Despite this, Trump and other Republican lawmakers are only officially seeking to classify anti-fascists as terrorists, and not white supremacists, despite the FBI announcing that this latest attack is, in fact, domestic terrorism.

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U.S. State Department Official And Wife Unmasked As White Supremacist Organizers

Matthew Q. Gebert, a foreign affairs officer attached to the Bureau of Energy Resources has not only been outed as a white supremacist, but further investigation has revealed that he lead the D.C. chapter of The Right Stuff, named after the popular alt-right blog of the same name, even hosting fellow white supremacists for meetings at his home. In summary: the leader of an organized white supremacist group works in the heart of the U.S. government. He is likely one of many.

One reason this connection was made immediately apparent is that Gebert conducted his alt-right online business under a pseudonym, “Coach Finstock,” or sometimes just “Finstock.” He also tweeted support for Neo-Nazism and fascism under the now defunct Twitter handle @NeverCuck.

In 2018, Coach Finstock spoke on an alt-right podcast entitled “The Fatherland,” where he said “[Whites] need a country of our own with nukes, and we will retake this thing lickety split … That’s all that we need. We need a country founded for white people with a nuclear deterrent. And you watch how the world trembles.”

Gebert’s wife, Anna Vuckovic, also participated in white supremacist activities and maintained a heavy online presence. She was identified by several anonymous sources as the user behind the Twitter handle @WolffieJames, also now suspended.

An episode of The Right Stuff, a White Supremacist podcast

The Southern Poverty Law Center, who’s ‘Hate Map’ is linked on our main menu under the tab ‘Tracking Hate’, has a well sourced write-up on how exactly it came to identify Gebert’s and Vuckovic’s heinous and potentially illegal online activities.

SPLC, A Tweet shared by another chapter of Gebert’s ‘organization’.

Twitter preserves old handles in conversations on that platform even after users change them. An open-source intelligence technique involves combing through conversations until older handles appear.

review of conversations by @TotalWarCoach indicates that the same account previously employed handles like @MQGeb, which uses Gebert’s initials and part of his last name, and also @MQGebert, which includes his first two initials and his full last name.

Gebert left other breadcrumbs as “Coach Finstock” on Twitter. For example, the “Coach Finstock”-linked handle @WeWonFam posted what appears to be a personal photograph of the reflecting pool in front of the Lincoln Memorial facing the Washington Monument on Nov. 17, 2016, a week after President Trump’s election into office. That post suggests the author’s location is in Washington, D.C. @WeWonFam listed Washington, D.C., as its location in the account’s Twitter bio.

SPLC

Despite right-wing violence being the leading cause of domestic terrorism in the United States, President Donald Trump and other Republican lawmakers are rallying to oppose anti-fascism. Trump, Ted Cruz, Bill Cassidy have all been outspoken about criminalizing ‘antifa’ or anti-fascists and making them vulnerable to RICO act investigations, similar to how the US effectively prosecutes the mafia and other organized criminal enterprises.

Anti-fascists show up to popular alt-right and white supremacist rallies to counter-protest. The anti-fascist movement gained significant traction following the murder of Heather Heyer by a white supremacist during the infamous Charlottesville Unite the Right rally. In 2019 multiple anti-fascist groups traveled to Stone Mountain, Georgia to protest a KKK rally in front of what some call “Confederate Mount Rushmore.” The anti-fascists protested peacefully, albeit armed to the teeth with semi-automatic rifles. The KKK ultimately canceled the rally.

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SPLC’s Hatewatch, the investigators and breakers of this story, reached out to the State Department for comment:

Hatewatch presented a brief summary of the information contained in this investigation to the State Department by email.

A State Department spokesperson replied to Hatewatch saying the department is “committed to providing a workplace that is free from discriminatory harassment and investigates alleged violations of laws, regulations, or Department policies, taking disciplinary action when appropriate.”

Right-wing terrorist “MAGA Bomber” sentenced to 20 years in prison, mailed pipe bombs to Democrats and publically left figures

The 57-year-old Right-Wing terrorist popularly known as the “MAGA bomber,” because of the van he drove around Aventura, Florida plastered with pro-trump, anti-left stickers is to be sentenced today following his arrest for mailing explosive devices to Democratic lawmakers and others.

The bomber was reportedly obsessed with Fox News and Donald Trump. He would wake up to “Fox and Friends” and settle down with Sean Hannity. He listened to books-on-tape by Trump, and adorned his van with stickers of Trump and other Republican officials. He also abused steroids, something that authorities believe pushed the unhinged man further toward violence.

“Sayoc quickly became consumed by the toxic political environment that the 2016 election had ushered in. “He believed outlandish reports in the news and on social media, which increasingly made him unhinged,” lawyers said. “He became obsessed with ‘attacks’ from those he perceived as Trump’s enemies.” It got worse. Lawyers said that his steroid consumption fueled obsessive, paranoid and angry thoughts. “He conflated his personal situation with the perceived struggled of Trump supporters across the country, and even the President himself,” lawyers wrote.”

Tess Owen, Vice News
Inside Edition

The bomber plead guilty to over 65 counts including but not limited to “use of a weapon of mass destruction and illegal mailing of explosives with intent to kill.” The defense is recommending a sentence of only 10 years, citing a troubled past, but it appears likely he will receive a life sentence.

The MAGA Bomber’s attempted attacks are only one in the rising trend in Right-Wing terrorism, including an attack yesterday in El Paso, Texas that left 20 dead.

Update: the MAGA Bomber has been sentenced to 20 years in prison, with five years’ supervised release.

Be Afraid, Very Afraid: Greenland Ice Sheets Cascading into Ocean 50 Years Ahead of Schedule — olddogthoughts

She also points to this recent science paper that finds a feedback loop. The white fluffy snow that used to cover Greenland reflects sunlight and keeps things cool. When the snow melts, the rock or ice underneath is duller and reflects less light, allowing for greater surface warmth. And more warmth means more snow melt, […]

Be Afraid, Very Afraid: Greenland Ice Sheets Cascading into Ocean 50 Years Ahead of Schedule — olddogthoughts

21 Dead in El Paso, Texas Domestic Terror Attack

Preface: this article will not name the shooter. We believe this only glorifies the killings in the shooter’s own mind, and the minds of others like him. Instead, we wish to celebrate the lives of the victims, and leave the murderer to be forgotten by history.

“We’re going to do what we do to terrorists in this country, which is to deliver swift and certain justice,”

U.S. Attorney John Bash

At least 20 are dead and dozens more are injured following the latest in America’s long trend of mass shootings. Saturday, 3 August, a 21-year-old man walked into a Walmart in the Cielo Vista area of El Paso, Texas with an AK-pattern rifle and murdered 20 people in cold blood before being captured alive by authorities. The shooter released a manifesto on a public forum shortly before the shooting, which cited racist and xenophobic motivations for the attack. He claims that his actions are a direct response “to the Hispanic invasion of Texas.” He continues, “They are the instigators, not me,” it says. “I am simply defending my country from cultural and ethnic replacement brought on by an invasion.”

In a press conference Saturday, law enforcement officials said they were exploring whether a four-page manifesto titled “[REDACTED]” posted to the extremist online forum [REDACTED] shortly before the shooting, was written by suspect [REDACTED], a 21-year-old white man from a town near Dallas.

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[REDACTED] allegedly walked into a Walmart in El Paso late Saturday morning and opened fire on shoppers and employees. Security footage of the scene shows a man entering the building and holding a long firearm.

The manifesto describes a mass attack as a response “to the Hispanic invasion of Texas.”

“They are the instigators, not me,” it says. “I am simply defending my country from cultural and ethnic replacement brought on by an invasion.”

The manifesto includes overwhelmingly racist, xenophobic and anti-immigrant rhetoric. HuffPost has reviewed the manifesto but will not provide a link to it. 

Carla Herreria, Huffington Post
The Telegraph

John Bash, the U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Texas says the suspect will likely be charged with “domestic terrorism,” and “coercing and intimidating a civilian population.” Additional charges like hate crimes are also on the table, given the release of the manifesto the shooter posted on a public forum before the attack. Bash says these charges may carry the death penalty. “We’re going to do what we do to terrorists in this country, which is to deliver swift and certain justice,” comments Bash.

This attack is one of two that happened this weekend. Another attack in Dayton, Ohio left 9 people dead around 1 a.m. this morning. Currently the second attack is not known to be right-wing motivated. Despite legislative inaction on gun control proposals, Americans are growing more and more weary of the attacks.

This latest attack is just one in a string of attacks connected by one thing: radical right-wing extremism. Recently, the FBI released a report warning the US about the growing threat of right-wing extremism. Instead of heeding the agency’s warning, President Trump and other conservative lawmakers have instead targeted anti-fascists, the main opponents to right-wing extremism, drawing criticism domestically and abroad.

Update: as of Monday, 5 August, a 21st victim has died in the hospital.