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August 18, 2017

Charlottesville Car Ramming Suspect Identified as James Alex Fields Jr.

 

The Charlottesville, Virginia protests and crash car ramming suspect has been identified as James Alex Fields Jr. Below we have a picture of him shown with the white supremacists holding one of their identifiable shields with others before the attack thanks to a Tweet by Nicole Hensley. The New York Daily News photographed Fields with the Vanguard America white nationalist group in the hours before the crash. This removes any doubt as to the orientation of the ramming suspect. The inserted mug shot was thanks to a tweet by Henry Graff‏. The attack injured nineteen and murdered a 32-year-old woman crossing the street who has been identified buy a GoFundMe site as Heather Heyer. James Alex Fields has been confirmed as a member of ‘alt right’ group as was initially suspected.

 

Charlottesville Car Ramming Suspect James Alex Fields Jr Shown with White Supremacists Before Attack

Charlottesville Car Ramming Suspect
James Alex Fields Jr Shown with
White Supremacists Before Attack

 

From what we can gather, he was attending a pro-Nazi – White Supremacist – Alt Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia and became infuriated at the opposition group which had opposed his side’s rally and it had broken out into a melee between the opposing groups of protesters. In his anger and rage and possibly with hate crime type motives, James Alex Fields used his vehicle to ram the counter protesters with intent of bodily harm and probable intent to murder as many as possible. The idea likely was a result of similar attacks in the past which have resulted in mass casualties, thus he had to know that at the least he was going to severely injure numerous people. There is absolutely no way this was an accident or an unintentional action. James Alex Fields should face the maximum charges and be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law possible. His crime should be charged as a series of hate crimes and his sentencing should be as heavy as the law allows. But these charges need not be the sole charges brought for actions that day of extreme hate and violence as the counter protesters arrived armed with rods, boards and other clubbing weapons and possibly knives and even firearms, though thus far the media has given scant accounts beyond the weapons which were obvious.

 

Further, had only one group had a permit to demonstrate, the other group was not a protest but a lynch gang and they should be prosecuted as such. It does not matter how much Americans may be revolted by white supremacists, Nazi sympathizers and neo-Nazis, not even with the alt right or how riled up they are over Hillary Clinton losing the election to President Trump. There is a First Amendment which provides that all people get to speak their minds as long as their words are not incitement to violence against others. The protections of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights are intended most for that which people disagree most as that is the kind of speech which most requires protection. That is also why groups such as the one which originally gathered in Charlottesville, Virginia had every right to protest and make vile speeches which the majority of the people in Charlottesville, Virginia and probably the United States, even Donald Trump supporters, not only disagree with but find particularly disgusting and revolting. They have that right until they threaten any other people or groups of people. That is their right and it is the right of people to in return get a permit and demonstrate against these people even right across the street from their rally. What nobody has the right to do is attack people assembling legally and peaceably. That is when law enforcement need intervene to keep the two groups separate and if one group did not have a permit, then they should have been dispersed and not permitted to gather, especially into a formation and then attack people with a legal right and permit to hold a demonstration.

 

The fact that these altercations even occurred and that it was raised to the point where lives were under threat on both sides begs a question; where were the Charlottesville, Virginia police force? From reports, they were stationed on side streets to contain the rally. This means they witnessed the attacking group arrive carrying weapons and remained in those side streets to keep everything from spreading outside the area where the original protest was held and where the counter protesters arrived armed and ready for a fight. There was no attempt to keep these two groups apart which would have prevented one death and numerous serious injuries, some requiring hospitalization. That should have been the assigned duty of the police and somebody up the chain of command, either on the sight or in the police department who defined the instructions given the officers, is criminally responsible partly for what occurred. Even if it was the Mayor of Charlottesville, Virginia who instructed the Police Chief that the officers were to remain in a containment configuration and ignore anything which was to occur on the protest field, then he need face charges and be removed from office as he failed to serve the public good. There were reports that the National Guard was also deployed at some location distant from the protest and were not deployed when the violence broke out.

 

Why were they deployed in the first place, that is a question begging an answer. Somebody expected some serious violence and feared it might spread to the rest of the city, that is our guess. So, probably somebody most likely in elected position knew there was going to be a violent counter-protest and did nothing to prevent the violence and actually aided and abetted the violence by ordering city law enforcement and even a military contingent that they were merely a precaution to keep the violence located where the alt right people were most likely to be harmed as they were going to be the victims of a riotous assault by people without a permit gathering illegally with intent to injure people lawfully protesting. If the roles had been reversed and there had been a people’s rights rally and a legion of alt right anti-protesters gathered with weapons and then charged the lawful rally you can bet there would have been three quarters of the police force there with orders to use whatever force was required to prevent the alt right from disturbing the lawful protesters because that protest was one the general public agrees with to a larger part. That is not how the law is supposed to function in the United States of America. All people have a right to assemble and to do so without the fear of being assaulted, even if their message is vile and reprehensible.

 

There is a war brewing inside the United States and it is being initiated by the far left. Somewhere a decision has been reached that conservatives no longer have a place within American society and must be opposed at every turn. We wrote an article day before yesterday where we disagreed that the weapons of politics should be used to force the Silicon Valley corporations to offer politically free services and that it is their right to taint their service with any political filter they choose. We stated clearly that they should be competed against by companies which either offer the conservative equivalent or a fair and non-political service where the best ideas and best answers to queries are returned and all videos and all messages are posted or allow the people to choose. We stand by those principles and in this particular case desire to point out that it is the job of public servants such as the police, the Mayor, the City Council and other public officials to protect and serve all the people fairly and with equal zest and understanding whether they agree with them or not. It is understandable for elected officials to go that additional step to assist the people who support them when they need assistance like clearing up a problem with the water bill, but not when it comes to protecting their rights and lives. If an investigation shows that there was in place a plan to allow the violence to be brought against the legal rally by officials in the Charlottesville, Virginia government or the Virginia State government, then Federal charges should be brought against these officials and they also should be prosecuted to the full extent of the law and if their actions qualify as hate crimes, then that too should be part of their charges. Just as the actions of James Alex Fields are reprehensible and deserve the harshest prosecution and sentencing should he be found guilty, the public officials who ordered law enforcement and National Guard to stand by while such violence was being brought against a legally assembled group, no matter their politics as that is what was in play, they too should be forced to answer for their crimes in a court of law, and their crimes were against the constitution making them Federal crimes. This is one investigation from which United States Attorney General Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III should not recuse himself. Yes, we agree that there should be an investigation into the entire situation and everything which occurred from the planning and orders given the police, why the National Guard was called out, who ordered who and what they ordered, who decided that no intervention was required and who attacked who between the groups and all appropriate and necessary charges should be brought against every person who violated any statute, law, regulation, and especially any parts of the Constitution, Bill of Rights and all Federal Laws including Civil Rights laws. This should be a legal free-for-all.

 

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June 17, 2016

When Opportunists Meet

 

Moshe Ya’alon rode his wave of disruption and vitriol for all it was worth on his way out the door after turning a reprimand and offer of peace into a council for war, a war against his former friend, Bibi Netanyahu. The final fuselages fired from Ya’alon’s political muskets were easily deflected by a simple set of truths. There was the open defiance of his generals followed by the expressed displeasure of the serving Prime Minister, the same Prime Minister who had entrusted in Ya’alon with the position of Defense Minister not expecting a challenge to Netanyahu’s right and fitness to lead Likud, a position he was elected to hold by the membership of Likud. Ya’alon sided with his generals and then encouraged them to further make waves for him to ride roughshod over Netanyahu in a naked aggression challenging for the top spot. Even this was not sufficient for Bibi to declare war as he is secure in his position. The Prime Minister followed this insult with a soothing balm in the form of the position of Foreign Minister, a fine appointment most would all but kill for, yet insufficient for the hungry Ya’alon who sees now as his time. Slamming the door behind as he left the building, Ya’alon declared his intentions to replace Netanyahu as leader of Likud at the next opportunity, now he just needed wait for said opportunity. But political ambition is not a patience game and one strikes while the iron is hot.

 

Ya’alon must have welcomed the charging of the Retired Generals in their blistering reports titled Security First penned and presented by a group of retired generals and other security chiefs self-defined with the name “Commanders for Israel’s Security”. Their plans were just a rehash of their defeatist plans of surrender land and expect peace, a trade which despite numerous trials has yet to produce a true peace with any level of security. But when has failure ever altered the political path these other opportunists who have jostled their final military assignments so as to position themselves as the saviors of Israel from a problem many were complicit in forming. We can expect more from these gems in the rough as they polish their acts and each other to a lustrous shine, but diamonds these are not.

 

Former Prime Minister, Defense Minister and opportunist extraordinaire who had played friend, mentor, commander, and opponent all when it comes to his presumed friend for the expedience, an expediency which we can assume has now past, rides in Ehud Barak. One can only fear that Tzipi Livni cannot be far behind, though she would likely be seen and avoided as Kryptonite as every political entity she has touched withered and died unchosen on the vine. Speaking Thursday at the Herzliya Conference Ehud Barak called for a “popular protest” going into the next elections in order to bring Netanyahu down from power. One can only assume he sees himself as the answer as he often has previously. His claim was summed up in the quote, “A fanatical nucleus of radical ideology has taken over the Likud by taking advantages of loopholes in the party’s constitution regarding primaries, and ‘cleansed’ Likud’s leadership of all those who valued democratic values more than populism or a temporary accomplishment.” Why not just call his former boss and prior supporter as well as adversary an adversary again, the time seems right and the correct attacks from the right people appear thick in the atmosphere, but is this political fog one of change or just a low lying haze blinding small men’s sight? Attacking the entire Zionist branch of the populace as well as their representatives in power, Barak went on to restate previously disproven canards declaring where the current dreaded path would lead pronouncing as proven fact that, “Implementing the government’s current policy will necessarily lead to an ‘apartheid state’ or a ‘binational state’ with a Jewish minority within a generation or two, with a high likelihood of being engaged in an ongoing civil war between its two parts.” Population statistics and all other studies performed on any logical assessment of annexation of Judea and Samaria have shown both the apartheid state’ or a ‘binational state’ accusations of unavoidability to be as false as predictable trends can prove, but why let facts get in the way of another attack from the leftist peace through surrender camp. Their previous peace through surrender in Lebanon and Gaza have turned out so well, why not triple down and bet the house one last time, and it will be the last time as those who are fortunate might escape back into the Diaspora.

 

Ehud Barak then pointed out that should Prime Minister Netanyahu take Israel down the dangerous path of annexation, even of the main settlement blocks, it would bring ruin down upon Israel and that the only true path would be to start and start immediately dismantling the Settlements in occupied West Bank and bring them back within the Green Line as such would pacify Europe, the United Nations, President Obama, and, most of all, the Palestinians. There would be peace and flowers would grow on barren soil and there would be peace, blessed peace. There is absolutely no possibility that Mahmoud Abbas would rain rockets tipped with sarin gas down on Tel Aviv at the sight of three soldiers talking as he would claim Israel was massing troops to invade and had to be prevented. The world would then congratulate Abbas for keeping the peace as he destroyed the other settlements temporarily occupied by Israel, the settlements of Tel Aviv, Ashdod, Netanya, Ma’alot, Ashkelon, Beersheba, Dimona, Eilat, Jaffa, Haifa and the rest as they join in the desire with Mahmoud Abbas that Israel, the Jewish State, must be destroyed and destroyed utterly. These are the voices and sounds of the next Holocaust waiting for some fool to facilitate it in the name of Peace.

 

Quoting Jeremiah 6:14 as was so famously performed by Patrick Henry in his speech to the Virginia House of Burgesses on March 23, 1775, considering ratification of the Declaration of Independence he talked of Peace, peace, but there is no peace, the speech in its entirety, one of the most powerful of all speeches throughout history, he concluded stating (full text of speech can be found here)


Gentlemen may cry, ‘Peace! Peace!’ but there is no peace. The war is actually begun! The next gale that sweeps from the north will bring to our ears the clash of resounding arms! Our brethren are already in the field! Why stand we here idle? What is it that gentlemen wish? What would they have? Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty, or give me death!

 

Ya’alon, for his part, has changed his tune now referring to Iran as a minor nuisance and not an existential threat as he had previously claimed when serving as Defense Minister, something we can simply assure ourselves he was ordered to claim that by the warmonger Bibi in order to frighten the masses into continuing to keep him and his Zionist crazies in power. Never mind that Abbas has said so in just so many words, unfortunately in that coded language which none appear capable of translating or even reading other sources who have translated them for the lazy such as us, there can be no peace as long as even a millimeter of Palestinian Land is occupied. Here is part of a press conference from 2015 where Mahmoud Abbas speaks his truth on occupation, sixty-seven years, since 1948 and the founding of Israel.

 

 

The maps used by Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinian and UNRWA (United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East) schools all show the truth according to the Arab Palestinians teach their reality which has no room for an Israel and especially an Israel as the homeland for the Jewish People. It is the totality demands that resistance of the occupation has been claimed to remain even after any two state settlement may be reached as for the Arabs the only result they will accept is the ‘liberation’ of all of Israel and the eradication of all Jews.

 

Palestinian Textbook Maps depicting Palestine as replacing Israel, not sharing the land in peace and security as the Europeans and the rest of the West insist to misrepresent

 

Abbas Accepting Map Depicting Palestine Replacing all of Israel and Looking Extremely Pleased

 

The evidence of the real Palestinian agenda is often laid bare for all to see but most just ignore the evidence and instead believe fairy-tales they have heard repeated by Western diplomats and politicians who want a Nobel Peace Prize which comes along with even a long handshake between Arabs and Israelis. When Soda Stream moved its Judea factory within the Green Line in the northern Negev, they were met by BDS (Boycott Divestment and Sanction of Israel) claiming a victory and then made known their new program against Soda Stream. The BDS claim was Soda Stream buckled under their pressure and then they immediately claimed that the new Soda Stream factory was built on ‘occupied, stolen’ land from the Bedouin town of Rahat, Israel. This is simply a case that the only thing acceptable to the BDS campaign is the eradication of Israel and every Jew residing there after which they would likely turn their sights on all other Jews. There is a reason their chant goes as it does other than to rhyme but to express their true goals when they proclaim, From the (Jordan) River to the (Mediterranean) Sea; Palestine Must Be Free!

 

 

These small and inconvenient facts do not bother the likes as the Retired Generals and Security Chiefs nor does it bother Moshe Ya’alon or Ehud Barak as any weapon in a fight is to be utilized and the war against Bibi Netanyahu must proceed despite any dangers which might arise. In this case not only does reality bite, but these opportunists chomp and chomp again at the bit just salivating for their chance to take home the prize. That is the reality that these opportunists live for and what they would be willing to allow all Israel to die for as a result. Just as long as they get to sit in the big chair in the big office being sought by small and petty men, that any consequence be damned as they demand their rightful prize. Further, it is tough out there but before jumping ship, and trust that we have our misgivings about Bibi and would love another choice of a viable and true Zionist, how much tougher will it be when the economic heart and soul of Israel lie smoldering with the acrid stench of death and chemicals fills the air? What is the use of new leadership at the helm steering the ship of state through coral shoals and waters if the mutineers have no true map, just this crazed notion that the sweet song from the shores is irresistible and they must draw nigh ignoring the jagged and sharp rocks and the broken timbers from previous ships who too ignored the warnings and answered the sweet Siren’s song. The sweet song of peace in our time has been tried countless times but there is a way which guarantees that Israel will live, that Am Yisroel Chai, and it comes from the Spartan phrase, the words of King Leonidas,

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Molon Labe

 

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March 7, 2012

Super Tuesday and My Opinion for What it’s Worth

We are looking at a night where the presumed authorities all said that the only primary which counted was Ohio as all the others were preordained by early predictions. So, what does the virtual tie which will split the delegates almost right down the middle mean in the long look at the race? We learned that you can buy a victory, something I am personally very familiar with from my one dip in the wading pool of national politics. My third party candidacy for the House of Representatives, the one in Washington DC, I lost in the vote count but won if you determined number of votes per dollar spent on the campaign. My friends tell me even getting on the ballot was a victory which is more comforting today than back then. But after comparing that my two opponents spent a combined amount in excess of $5,000,000.00 against my huge outlay of $33,000 you find my spending was a less than 0.75% of what was spent. Somehow I received just over 3% of the vote, kind of embarrassing but I can still claim to have gotten more votes for my dollar. Granted, Mitt Romney is outspending Rick Santorum and the rest of the candidates by somewhat less than my opponents outspent my campaign, but over 10 to 1 is a significant difference for such a minor victory. Romney does not have much to crow about.

 

The real story so far in this primary campaign season has been the coverage of the race more than the races themselves and the trial of using proportional representation in many states in assigning their delegates. The proportional delegate assignments is going to be a real plus should this be continued as it will force closer races to actually be represented as such instead of the race being done on super Tuesday. Tonight the talking heads are trying to make the slight Romney win as a sign of the end of the race making him the odds on favorite if not already nominated Republican candidate. The delegate count is nowhere near at a point where anybody is even within sight of the needed count to win the nomination on the first ballot. Yet, I keep listening to these talking heads telling me to go to bed and not bother with the election until November. The only thing I can relate is it is not over and the fat lady has not even been out on the stage as of yet. Should Romney continue and actually win the nomination solely dependent on his deep pockets and disproportional spending and still only manage squeakers splitting the delegates almost sown the middle, how can he expect to beat President Obama who will easily outspend the Republican candidate similarly to Romney’s primary strategy. Considering the investment one would expect Mitt Romney to easily be winning 65% or even 75% of the votes and thus winning entire delegate counts from these states, not sharing evenly with a candidate that was all but unheard from just a few weeks ago. The talk at the front end of these primaries generated questions as to why Rick Santorum had not simply taken the hint and gone home, yet now we are discussing Rick Santorum as making a race out of these primaries and there may still be a few more surprises in store for the talking heads. Much may depend on whether or not Newt Gingrich continues on through to the very end. To be fair, the other way to stop Mitt Romney might be for Santorum to drop out giving his delegates to Newt Gingrich, or they could both drop out and give their delegates to Ron Paul. I think we all know that Ron Paul is in the race to the very bitter end. My hope is that the race soon becomes a three candidate race though I will not hold my breath.

 

The most important singular item is the proportional assignment of delegates which is going to prolong this race well beyond this week. Without this change we would not even be discussing the Republican primaries as it really would be just about all over. By going to a more representative delegate system the Republicans have very likely stretch out the campaign and will thus achieve exactly what was the aim, more people having their say count and the race going much deeper into the primaries. The talk about a bartered Republican Convention was all the talk early on and predicted to be a definite possibility. This prediction was assessed back before even the Iowa caucuses and has proven to have been a premature fear that is no longer likely. The assignment of delegates has run fairly even between Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum with Newt Gingrich holding a small share of delegates. Well, guess now all we can do is wait and watch. With any luck it will continue to be, if nothing else, informative and anything but boring. So far it has been anything but predictable as we have watched a parade in which we went through every candidate as the non-Romney and only time will tell if any more grand changes in the tides of battle are in the future.

 

The last item from Super Tuesday came from the caucus in North Dakota. Mitt Romney was predicted to take that caucus by many due to his greater sized organization. Something went horribly wrong according to the reports I heard and Rick Santorum was chosen in the North Dakota caucus. The race continues and sooner or later we will know who will be chosen to be the Republican candidate to run against President Obama this fall. The final win count for Super Tuesday was Romney with 5, Santorum with 3, and Gingrich with 1. As close as those numbers are, the delegate counts will, once all has settled out and been computed, be even closer between the two leaders, Santorum and Romney. At least it has not been a clean sweep as last primary cycle otherwise I would have one less subject to write about.

 

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