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Overnight Video: Auto-Tuned Weezer

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An auto-tuned anthem, with guest appearance by Weezer.

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David Frum: ‘Racial Animus, Unconcealed and Unapologetic’

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David Frum calls out Newt Gingrich: Gingrich: Obama Wants Whitey’s Money.

As for the underlying D’Souza article that inspired Gingrich, what is there to be said? When last was there such a brazen outburst of race-baiting in the service of partisan politics at the national level? George Wallace took more care to sound race-neutral.

Here’s the question, though, for the rest of us: Why do Forbes (which presumably has many choices of cover material) and Gingrich imagine that such a message will resonate with their conservative audience? Nothing more offends conservatives than liberal accusations of racial animus. Yet here is racial animus, unconcealed and unapologetic, and it is seized by savvy editors and an ambitious politician as just the material to please a conservative audience. That’s an insult to every conservative in America.

Conservatives object to the Obama administration as too expensive, too regulatory, too intrusive, too beholden to Democratic special interest groups, and too apologetic about America’s role in the world. It’s a libel to claim that we object to the administration as too black or too alien. Bad enough when the libel is issued by liberals. Much worse when it is heard from our own writers, from magazines that speak to us, from political leaders who would speak for us.

Also see:
Newt Gingrich: Obama Has a ‘Kenyan Worldview’

Pamela Geller’s Fans, Part 3: Youth for Western Civilization

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Here’s another photo from Pamela Geller and Robert Spencer’s anti-Islam rally last weekend, showing one of their English Defense League allies standing with two representatives of “Youth for Western Civilization” — a thinly veiled white nationalist student group that often promotes alliances with Eurofascists such as the EDL.

Youth for Western Civilization has been classified as a “hate group” by the Southern Poverty Law Center; here’s a post at their Hatewatch blog, with more information on the people behind YWC: ‘Right-Wing Youth’ Group Debuts At CPAC.

One of the group’s founders, Marcus Epstein, is a frequent contributor to the white nationalist hate website vdare.com. (Editor’s Note: In Sept. 2009, Hatewatch was informed that Epstein now claims he was not a founder of the group, even though he had said so earlier.)

“Diversity can be good in moderation — if what is being brought in is desirable,” Epstein wrote in one vdare.com essay. “Most Americans don’t mind a little ethnic food, some Asian math whizzes, or a few Mariachi dancers — as long as these trends do not overwhelm the dominant culture.”

Epstein is also the head of the Robert A. Taft Club, a Washington, D.C., group whose events regularly feature prominent academic racists like Jared Taylor, the editor of the overtly white supremacist journal American Renaissance.

Another Youth for Western Civilization founder, Kevin DeAnna, has posted several times in recent years to the Spartan Spectator, the website of the Michigan State University chapter of Young Americans for Freedom, or MSU-YAF.

In 2007, the Southern Poverty Law Center identified MSU-YAF as a hate group after it organized a “Catch an Illegal Alien Day” game, sponsored a “Koran desecration contest,” jokingly threatened to distribute small-pox infected blankets to Native American students, posted “Gays spread AIDS” fliers, called Latino students and faculty members “savages,” and invited Nick Griffin, the chairman of the neofascist British National Party, to speak on the MSU campus.

“The point is that all Christians, and white Christians in particular, don’t owe any deference to the self-defined racial separatist customs of other people,” DeAnna posted to Spartan Spectator in July 2007.

DeAnna was supporting another Spartan Spectator blogger who attacked the African-American holiday Kwanzaa for being “Satanic,” because it’s “designed to lead black Americans from traditional Christian holidays like Christmas and replace it with paganism.”

Teabonics Sign of the Day

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From Pamela Geller and Robert Spencer’s hate rally last weekend, at which the audience ignored Geller’s edict against signs.

(Credit: Jens Schott Knudsen.)

The 21st Century Know Nothing Party

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Think Progress did a comprehensive survey of Republican candidates for the US Senate and found that nearly all of them are anti-science deniers of global warming.

What an incredibly sad picture of the Republican Party this paints. I’d like to see a similar survey of Republican politicians who favor teaching creationism as science, because I’ll bet it’s just as pervasive. The GOP has become the Know Nothing Party of the 21st century.

New Feature: Ad-Free Subscriptions to LGF

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I’m excited to announce a new feature; starting today, if you subscribe to LGF through Paypal for $10 a month, all of the advertisements on all LGF pages will be turned off.

This isn’t just a cosmetic improvement; to display those ads from Google Adsense and Amazon, we have to make several calls to external web servers, which take quite a bit of time. And if those servers are slow or offline, it can cause the entire LGF page to load more slowly or even time out on rare occasions.

When you view our site with advertisements turned off, every page loads more quickly; it’s a very noticeable speed boost. (And as the designer of this mess, I have to say it looks a lot nicer too without the visual clutter.)

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English Defense League Leader Refused Entry to US - Update: FBI Searched EDL’s Rooms

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One of the English Defense League thugs who was planning to attend Pamela Geller and Robert Spencer’s hate rally last weekend was refused entry into the US.

I’ve picked up a rumour this morning that EDL leader ‘Tommy Robinson’ has been refused entry into the United States where he was due to attend an anti-Islam rally at Ground Zero in New York. Robinson was travelling with a number of other EDL leaders when he was turned away at the Immigration desk for apparent entry form irregularities. He was taken into custody and almost immediately put on a plane back to London. His fellow EDL members were allowed to go through.

The name “Tommy Robinson” is in quotes above because this guy is apparently hiding his real identity — which might explain why he was taken into custody and returned to the UK.

Here’s more information about “Tommy Robinson.”

UPDATE at 9/13/10 10:50:21 am:

And in another revealing bit of news, the EDL skinheads who did manage to make it into the US had a close encounter with the FBI.

It’s been a disastrous weekend all round for the English Defence League, who had promised it would be so momentous for their rapidly declining movement.

First, leader ‘Tommy Robinson’ was ejected from the USA, citing paperwork issues; we suspect the real story is more likely to be linked to his criminal record. Then, the ‘28,000 members’ the EDL brag about failed to materialise at the myriad 9/11 events they have tried to co-ordinate, managing to amass about 400 demonstrators in total, UK-wide, including those who turned out for an inpromptu ‘flash demo’ in Oldham.

Yesterday’s sojourn into Nuneaton to disrupt a British Army homecoming parade descended into farce when EDL members ventured into a popular Asian community in the city chanting racist sings, and were forced to hide in the Crew public house, as crowds of disgusted locals – Muslim and non-Muslim – turned out to confront them. You can view some excellent video footage from Nyquist Media here. …

This morning news reaches us that those who DID manage to make it into the USA have been swooped on in their hotel rooms by FBI agents, and had their belongings extensively searched; among them was prominent and well known thug, Ronnie Burgess.

(Hat tip: Killgore Trout.)

Also see:
Pamela Geller and Robert Spencer Stand With The English Defense League

I’ve Been Caught Correcting a Mistake

Wingnuts • Views: 2,633

I always love waking up and seeing another stupid fecal storm created by the right wing blogosphere over something I wrote.

This time they’ve caught me red-handed! editing an old post about Imam Feisal Rauf to remove the description “Islamic supremacist.” Apparently this proves I was trying to “hide” something, or that I’m a hypocrite, or that I’m being paid by secret forces, or something. (It must be nice to have so much free time that you can hunt through every word of years-old LGF posts, looking for a gotcha.)

Well, it’s true. Gasp. I did remove the words “Islamic supremacist” from this post.

And the reason I removed those words is simple — because I was mistaken. I jumped to conclusions, based on bad information from untrustworthy sources like Robert Spencer, and when I came across that post recently, I corrected it so that it wouldn’t be used as some kind of bogus ammunition in this controversy. As far as I’ve been able to tell, after reading quite a few articles he’s written, Imam Feisal Rauf is not an Islamic supremacist. I didn’t want anyone to get that impression from something I wrote, so I fixed my mistake.

And of course, they attack me for that. (These people are idiots.)

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