So maybe it’s not a surprise that nothing has divided the Holocaust denial ‘movement’ more than money: racial supremacists are a cantankerous and quarrelsome bunch by nature, so if you throw lucre into the ring, they will scrap like angry dogs for years at a time. There are few better examples of that phenomenon than Weber’s career leading the Institute for Historical Review (IHR), a period consumed by a war with its founder, Mr. Carto. The once-prominent pseudo-academic organization has greatly declined during their feud, which goes back nearly two decades.
The reason I bring all this up now is that a breitbartunmasked.com review of Weber’s 2013 IRS 990 filing for the ‘Legion for the Survival of Freedom, Inc.,’ a non-profit organization which controls the IHR, shows a sudden tenfold jump in income. Whereas the Legion normally takes in a little over $100,000 per average annum, Weber’s anti-Semitic, authoritarian, and racist organization was the recipient of more than $1 million during the 2013 calendar year. Sure, it’s possible that Charles and David Koch have slipped Weber a pile of scratch, but it’s much more likely that Weber finally received some part of a legal judgment related to a years-long dispute between the Holocaust deniers over control of a large bequest.
And all of that comes before the surprising, mysterious plot twist.
Racists, Nazis transition from ‘old school’ to ‘new school’
Willis Carto has been a fixture on the fringe of the radical right since the 1950s, when he emerged in the nation’s capital as the leader of the anti-Semitic ‘Liberty Lobby.’ By the time he founded ‘Youth for Wallace’ in 1968 to support the racial supremacist platform of Alabama Governor George Wallace, Carto had already lost or burned most of his bridges into the respectable world of DC lobbyists thanks to his extremism; in fact, he was disavowed by the John Birch Society. Yet by the early 1970s, Carto is also credited with swinging Lyndon LaRouche and his cult away from their Marxist origins and into the world of paranoid right wing extremist politics.
Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) invited Family Research Council President Tony Perkins to Minneapolis last week after Perkins said that Muslims had established “no-go zones,” in the Minnesotan city.
In response to a caller on Perkin’s show, “Washington Watch,” on Friday, who claimed that the “Muslim community” had established “no-go zones” in France, Perkins said that while he could not verify the “military-type training,” he did accept that Europe — and some American cities — had these so-called “no-go zones.” (The no-go zones in France are a debunked conservative myth.)
“I mean, we saw the effect of that in France, where they have like 700 no-go zones, where authorities have allowed basically Sharia law to be imposed,” Perkins said, according to audio posted by Right Wing Watch. “There are some areas in this country that, in effect, that has occurred. Dearborn, Michigan, is one of the places. There are some places in Minneapolis. I don’t think it’s as clear-cut as what we’ve seen in Europe. It’s been more by the effect that that’s occurred.”
Power was being restored Sunday to tens of thousands of people who lost electricity in Southern California after fierce Santa Ana winds gusting as much as 89 mph toppled trees and power poles.
The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power said Saturday’s outages affected more than 54,000 customers — mostly in the San Fernando Valley area of Los Angeles.
The Santa Ana winds downed numerous trees and power poles across the region. The damage included a large billboard that blew down in Burbank, while a big tree fell into the kitchen of a house in Van Nuys.
President Obama began a three-day visit to India on Sunday, where he is expected to spend much of the day holding talks on climate change, defense and economic ties with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Modi, wearing a gold kurta, broke protocol to personally welcome Obama with a hug as he disembarked from Air Force One in New Delhi with his wife Michelle.
The president’s arrival in New Delhi marked the first time an American leader has visited India twice during his presidency - Obama visited the country in Nov. 2010. Obama is also the first to be invited to attend India’s Republic Day festivities, which start Monday and mark the 65th anniversary of the enactment of India’s constitution.
Of all the wacky ways to make money, I chose perhaps the wackiest. I transported dead bodies from point-of-death to the morgue for autopsies (and perhaps an inappropriate puppet show or two). Rich or poor, famous or anonymous, all were equal when slumming it in the back of my corpse wagon. I lasted two weeks — not long enough to encounter any dormant Highlanders or angry zombies, but long enough to be considered a crusty old veteran. The average body transporter quits that fast. Here’s why …
Read all about what some people put themselves through for $9/h. Do you know anybody who thinks government regulations are evil, that the free-market works, etc? Then staple, stitch, glue, and cement their butts to a chair, and make them read this link all the way through to the end.
In a blatant example of exactly how Republicans feel about civil rights and human rights, the GOP has deleted those words from the name of a Senate subcommittee that is responsible for issues including voting rights, hate crimes, racial, religious, ethnic, gender, gender identity, and sexual orientation discrimination.
U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa (photo) is now the Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, after Republicans took over the Senate in the November elections. Responsible for subcommittee assignments, Grassley, along with the subcommittee’s new Chair, Sen. John Cornyn of Texas, have changed the name of the Senate Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil and Human Rights to the Senate Subcommittee on the Constitution.
It’s a clear reminder and example of exactly what Republicans hold dear, and what they have contempt for.
( Should have known this would get missed as a comment, so lets make a page and see if I can get some thoughts :D )
Middle aged old fart wants to start playing electric guitar. Minimal budget but I don’t want to buy absolute trash either.
How does this package look?
I’ve seen it on Amazon for about $250. Thoughts?
LAST week, President Obama signed a memorandum that would allow employees at federal agencies to take up to six weeks of paid parental leave, and he has made it clear that he thinks Congress should extend paid leave to employees in the private sector, too.
No one expects the Republicans who control Congress to take him up on his invitation. Any attempts to thicken the social safety net through government spending are philosophically inimical to the G.O.P. point of view. Yet here’s the irony: In their own offices, Republicans are often very generous with federal money, giving their staffs plenty of compensated time off to care for a child.
Last week, I wrote to all 100 Senate offices and asked how they individually handled parental leave. While only 26 replied (not surprising, really; it meant voluntarily laying bare their private policies, always a touchy subject), it’s worth noting that virtually all of the respondents — 15 Democrats, two independents and nine Republicans — said they provided paid leave of some kind. What this means, practically speaking, is that all of them go above and beyond what the Family and Medical Leave Act requires — (12 weeks of unpaid leave, assuming both employee and employer meet the requirements).
Federal investigators are cracking down on what they say are sham universities that exploit the visa system for foreign students.
At least half a dozen schools have been shut down or raided by federal authorities in recent years over allegations of immigration fraud. Like Tri-Valley University in Pleasanton, California, they had obtained permission from immigration officials to admit foreign students.
But investigators say most offered little or no instruction or didn’t require all students to attend classes, instead taking advantage of the visa system for profit.