No Matter Who Fascists and Nazis Persecute First They Always Seem To Get Around To the Jews

Dear Readers,

I have been called an alarmist when I saw traces of Nazism in the speeches and politics of the Tea Party and the Right Wing republican conservatives.

When I pointed out how misogyny and the hatred of LGBT folks was a warning of something far more dangerous.

The worship of military might, a policy of National Socialism where the government supports the rich elites and enslaves the working people.

When I have pointed out the racism that treats African Americans as no more than bodies to be ground up by the prison industrial complex.

How the racists belittle the undocumented workers from Latin America who toil so hard for so little so Americans can live in nice houses, with manicured lawns and eat cheap food.

I have read the books warning of the concepts behind Dominionism, the dreams of Raptures, Apocalypses and Armageddons how in the end the Christo-Nazis will purge the world in preparation for the “Second Coming” how all but 50,000 Jews will perish in a pool of fire and blood with the final fifty thousand converting to Christianity. I have even been invited to join just such a church.

People laugh at the Republicans who actually come out and say such things, as though it isn’t a real threat.

As though it could never happen here even though the Germans thought the same thing.

But there is one thing people should know about the Nazis of the right wing and that is this:  They always get around to final solutions that involve murdering all the Jews.

Sic Semper Tyrannis

Never Again…

From Right Wing Watch:

Jews Must Be Converted: FRC Vice President

Submitted by Josh Glasstetter
on Thu, 09/13/2012 – 12:25pm

Bad news for Eric Cantor. He’s speaking tomorrow at the Values Voter Summit, but he’s apparently still going to hell. Let me explain.

Jerry Boykin is the Executive Vice President of the Family Research Council and Tony Perkins’ right-hand man. FRC is hosting the far right conference that the House Majority Leader, who is Jewish, plans to address tomorrow.

Boykin, much like Bryan Fischer, has a penchant for saying exactly what’s on his mind – things which others know not to say, even when they’re thinking the same thing. While you may know Boykin from his prolific Muslim-bashing, he also has some interesting things to say about Jews.

In a 2009 speech on “Why We Must Stand with Israel,” Boykin spoke out against pastors who say that “the Jews don’t have to come to know Jesus,” complaining that those pastors were “destroying the efforts” to lead Jews to Christ:

The Great Lie:  Hitler was not a leftist.  the First people he imprisoned and murdered were Socialists and Union leaders.  Hitler was a conservative Christion who was right in line with the militarism and racism that categorizes the modern Republican Party.

Last year, Boykin said that “one of the most disgusting things I hear is for people to call Hitler the extreme Right” because he was “an extraordinarily off the scale leftist.” He then lamented that “many Jews in America, for example, can’t identify with the Republican Party because they’re called the party of the Right, when in fact nothing could be further from the truth.”

Boykin also said that President Obama is creating a Hitler-sytle Brownshirt army to force Marxism on America. And in 2003, then-Lt. Gen. Boykin said that the U.S. was fighting a war “in the name of Jesus,” prompting a rebuke from the ADL and President Bush.

To be sure, the Religious Right hasn’t always had the best relations with American Jews. Jerry Falwell sparked a controversy in 1980 when he said that God “does not hear the prayers of unredeemed Gentiles or Jews.” He was speaking at a press conference in defense of the president of the Southern Baptist Convention, who had proclaimed that “God Almighty does not hear the prayer of a Jew.”

More recently, however, Religious Right leaders have been careful to stress Judeo-Christian values and avoid explicit attacks. Boykin, however, doesn’t have any use for such niceties.

Yet Boykin was able to meet recently with Mitt Romney, and he has three speaking slots during the conference. He’s even leading a panel on Israel with his good friend Kamal Saleem. Saleem, who is considered to be a fraud, describes himself as a former terrorist who “completed his first bloody terror mission into Israel for the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) at the age of seven.”

All of this makes me wonder if Cantor’s folks did their homework before agreeing to speak tomorrow. Perhaps something will come up, and he’ll have to decline FRC’s invitation, much like Ann Romney and Cardinal Dolan have done. We’ll find out tomorrow.

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NCTE Condemns Sensationalist Trans Segment on “Anderson Live”

From The NCTE:

Sept. 12, 2012

Exclusive Anderson Cooper Interview Airing Tomorrow, Sept. 13th, Features Dangerous and Sensational Claims About Trans People

Washington, D.C. – Tomorrow, Anderson Live will feature an exclusive interview with a person who claims an anti-baldness drug made them transgender. In response to the show’s decision to air the segment, National Center for Transgender Equality Executive Director Mara Keisling said:

All of us here at the National Center for Transgender Equality are surprised, saddened and disappointed that a respected show like Anderson Live would give credence to this type of sensationalism and misinformation. This segment is just another case of sensationalizing an already marginalized population plain and simple.

The segment, as described on the Anderson Live website, says “Mandi, who was born male, speaks out for the first time, claiming that a hair loss treatment caused him to become transgender. Mandi is joined by her ex-wife, Michelle, who opens up about how Mandi’s identity transformation has affected their son.”

Keisling added, “In the past, Anderson Cooper and his team have earned a great deal of respect from trans people for their coverage of our issues. Tomorrow, they’ll throw all of that away. Worst of all, they seem set on misinforming the public about the causality of trans identity.”

Anderson Cooper’s other show, AC360 on CNN, airs a segment called “Keeping Them Honest,” in which he addresses hypocrisy among public figures and elected officials on, among other things, critical lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender issues. NCTE urges transgender advocates and allies to keep Anderson Cooper honest about how this segment does real harm to real trans people.

“Anderson Cooper knows better than this. Anderson’s team is better than this,” said Keisling.

To learn more or to speak with Mara Keisling, please contact Vincent Paolo Villano at / (o) 202-903-0112, (c) 202-631-9640.

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Woman charged in fatal butt-injection case

From WAPT:

Police say Karma Gordon died after receiving fake silicone shot

 Sep 12, 2012

JACKSON, Miss. —A woman faces charges in what police called a buttocks-injection that turned deadly.

Police said transgender suspect Tracey Lynn Garner, whose birth name is Morris Garner, injected a woman with “fake silicone.”

A judge denied bond for Garner on Tuesday after a 6-month investigation.

Attorney General Jim Hood said Garner offered an illegal injection to a woman named Karma Gordon after Gordon found Garner on the Internet.

“It’s just reckless disregard for human life. This beautiful woman, who was a veteran, traveled here, was somewhat suspicious when she did not go to a clinic and it was this individual’s home,” Garner said.

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The Ten Most Innovative Companies and the LGBTs Who Got Them to the Top

From The Advocate:

Our annual list of innovative companies shows the many ways LGBT people are making a difference to business.

BY Advocate Contributors
September 12 2012

In her commencement speech to Harvard Business School’s class of 2012, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg quoted past Google CEO Eric Schmidt, who once told her, “If you’re offered a seat on a rocket ship, don’t ask what seat. Just get on.”

That’s how Dana Contreras, 31, says she felt about starting work at Twitter in San Francisco two and a half years ago. A senior systems engineer who has always worked in programming and IT, she says the diversity, innovation, and engineering challenges at Twitter were “irresistible.”

“I’m amazed by how engaged everyone is,” Contreras says. “We all bring something unique to Twitter, and we tie it together with a shared belief that we’re building something great, something that’s a force for good.”

Twitter’s significance in the new media landscape is indisputable, and the company knows it. As a sphere for inciting revolutions, a platform for sharing breaking news, or a space for documenting thoughts and feelings, however poignant or obscure, Twitter is all about the freedom of speech — as long as it can fit in 140 characters.

“The 140-character limit started as a way to fit tweets into a single text message, and as the service grew we found that it had a lot of positive side effects,” Contreras says. “It forces you to get your point across quickly and succinctly, and it prevents any one person from monopolizing your attention.”

That openness lends itself well to supporting the diversity of voices behind Twitter. As a transgender woman, Contreras says she’s found the company to be as LGBT-friendly as they come. Twitter has had antidiscrimination policies and domestic-partner benefits “since the very beginning,” on top of an active LGBT employees group and a strong contingent of LGBT and allied employees.

Contreras married her wife, Melissa, in Indiana five years ago, just before she transitioned. Their marriage is still legally recognized, though they couldn’t be newly married today. Contreras says she knows her family, including Melissa’s four children, is considered equal to other families at work.

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U.S. Poverty: Census Finds 46.2 Million Impoverished As Median Income Drops

From Huffington Post:

Associated Press
Posted: 09/12/2012

WASHINGTON (AP) — The ranks of America’s poor remained stuck at record levels, although dwindling unemployment benefits and modest job gains helped stave off what experts had predicted would be the fourth rise in a row in the poverty rate.

With joblessness persistently high, the gap between rich and poor increased in the last year, according to two major census measures. Also, the median, or midpoint, household income was $50,054, 1.5 percent lower than 2010 and a second straight decline.

A Census Bureau report released Wednesday provides a mixed picture of the economic well-being of U.S. households for 2011, when the unemployment rate improved to 8.9 percent from 9.6 percent in the previous year. The numbers are coming out not long before the Nov. 6 election in which the economy is the No. 1 issue and President Barack Obama is trying to make the case that the labor market, while not fully healed, is on the right track.

The overall poverty rate stood at 15 percent, statistically unchanged from the 15.1 percent in the previous year. The rate was better than a consensus estimate of demographers who had predicted, based on weak wage growth, a gain of up to half a percentage point, to levels not seen since 1965.

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GOP Rep. Appears on White Nationalist Radio Show

From Mother Jones:

By Mon Sep. 10, 2012

A North Carolina Republican congressman appeared on a notorious white nationalist radio program on Saturday to talk up legislation he coauthored accusing President Barack Obama of committing impeachable offenses. Rep. Walter Jones, a fiercely anti-war congressman who often breaks with his party on key votes, appeared on the Political Cesspool, a Memphis-based program hosted by ardent white nationalists James Edwards and Eddie Miller. The show has been condemned by groups like the Anti-Defamation League and Southern Poverty Law Center for promoting racist, homophobic, and anti-Semitic beliefs. Jones is the first member of Congress to appear on the program.

An avowed white nationalist who says David Duke is “above reproach,” Edwards has referred to African Americans as “heathen savages” and “subhuman” and suggested that slavery was “the greatest thing that ever happened” to blacks. The show’s mission statement is blunt: “We represent a philosophy that is pro-White and are against political centralization,” it declares. It then outlines a series of issues the show exists to promote. “We wish to revive the White birthrate above replacement level fertility and beyond to grow the percentage of Whites in the world relative to other races,” reads one plank. Another bullet point endorses the Confederacy: “Secession is a right of all people and individuals. It was successful in 1776 and this show honors those who tried to make it successful in 1865.”

Edwards’ rhetoric has caught the attention of the Southern Poverty Law Center, which argues that he has “probably done more than any of his contemporaries on the American radical right to publicly promote neo-Nazis, Holocaust deniers, raging anti-Semites and other extremists.” As the SPLC notes:

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