Wednesday Open Thread

G’day you beautiful creatures 🙂

Oh look, a crafty project! Especially for your next beach trip, or any trip you can hot glue found treasures to a plastic flower pot. Have fun !

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Comparing Roadapples To Orange Man Supporters

These fellas don’t look like any Trump supporters I’ve ever seen

This turd from Neil MacFarquhar in the NY Slimes is some seriously unhappy horseshit:

They robbed an armored car outside a sprawling Seattle shopping mall.

They bombed a synagogue in Boise, Idaho, and within weeks assassinated a Jewish talk radio host in Denver.

Then a month later, they plundered another armored car on a California highway in a spectacular daylight heist that netted more than $3.6 million.

What initially seemed to F.B.I. agents like distant, disparate crimes turned out to be the opening salvos in a war against the federal government by members of a violent extremist group called the Order, who sought to establish a whites-only homeland out West.

Their crime spree played out in 1984. Fast forward to 2021. Federal agents and prosecutors who dismantled the Order see troubling echoes of its threat to democracy in the Capitol riot and the growing extremist activity across the country.

“When you see the country as politically and philosophically divided as it is today, that makes it more likely that somebody could take advantage of these times to bring about another revolutionary concept like the Order,” said Wayne F. Manis, the main F.B.I. agent on the case. “We stopped the Order. We did not stop the ideology.”

Those who tracked the group say the legacy of the Order can be seen in the prominent role that far-right organizations like the Proud Boys and the Oath Keepers played in storming the Capitol on Jan. 6.

“Many of the participants of these groups today come from the same sources as the Order,” said Gene Wilson, the lead prosecutor, who went on to become a U.S. magistrate judge in Seattle before switching to private practice. “I think they might be just as committed to totally changing democracy as we know it.”

The men who played central roles in disbanding the Order still consider it the most important case of their lives. Given the Order’s “potential for violence and destruction,” said Mr. Manis, no other domestic group posed a similar threat to the United States.

No other domestic group posed a similar threat to the United States? Seriously?
What about the Ku Klux Klan? The Weathermen? Black Panthers? The Obama administration? Antifa?

The Order collapsed after its charismatic leader, Robert Jay Mathews, died in a fiery shootout with scores of F.B.I. agents on Whidbey Island, Wash., in December 1984. His followers were rounded up in a nationwide manhunt and 23 of them faced trial on racketeering charges involving two murders, robberies that netted more than $4 million, counterfeiting, weapons violations and arson. Sentenced to lengthy terms ranging up to 252 years, most of the core members died in jail.

Far-right groups often express antigovernment ideology or espouse ideas about returning the United States to some imagined, idyllic form of constitutional rule. What made the Order so dangerous was that it set about achieving that goal, killing, robbing and planning spectacular terrorist acts in hopes of toppling the government.

Just before federal agents closed in, its members had been figuring out how to sabotage the power grid in Los Angeles, hoping to incite riots and looting. Men affiliated with the Order had also surveyed the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City as a target, which helped to inspire Timothy J. McVeigh to blow it up in April 1995, killing 168 people in the worst homegrown terrorist attack in American history.

Timothy J. McVeigh targeted the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in OKC because he was seeking to avenge The ATF raid on the Branch Davidian complex in Waco and that was where the raid was planned.

I can only think of one group that is committed to totally changing democracy as we know it. That group is the Democrat party.

38 years ago there was a group of white supremacists who called themselves “The Order.” They were dangerous criminals. Ronnie Raygun’s DOJ crushed them like bugs under a boot heel.

I remember when The Order robbed that armored car outside Ukiah. I was living in Santa Rosa back then, and Ukiah is just a little farther up the road. But was The Order a threat to our entire system of government? I kinda doubt it.

But The Order is deader than disco. The author does not provide one-half of one scintilla of evidence to link the Proud Boys and/or the Oath Keepers to The Order.

“Many of the participants of these groups today come from the same sources as the Order,” said Gene Wilson

What sources? The white working class? The PNW??

There was a time when racist white supremacists were openly racist and white supremacist. Today’s racist white supremacists are sneaky bastards who are often explicit in rejecting racist ideas and language that supports white supremacy. You need special training to spot racism and white supremacy. You can, however, rely on the expertise of others. As a public service, the Democrat party employs thousands of infallible racism spotters.

When in doubt, here is an easy-peasy way to tell if someone is a racist:

1. Look for an “R” after their name.


I just realized I left out an important point. When reading stories like this there are certain red flags to watch for. In this case, the red flag is something that is missing.

How big was The Order? The article only mentions 24 people – 1 dead leader and 23 imprisoned followers.

What about the Proud Boys and the Oathkeepers?

Whenever you see an article about white supremacy written by the Left you won’t see any hard data on how many (or how few) of them there are.

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Who Owns The Tree?

I found this at Twitchy, but it originated somewhere else. I’m not sure where.

Here is some of the text accompanying the graphic at GWU Online:

While the terms equity and equality may sound similar, the implementation of one versus the other can lead to dramatically different outcomes for marginalized people.

Equality means each individual or group of people is given the same resources or opportunities. Equity recognizes that each person has different circumstances and allocates the exact resources and opportunities needed to reach an equal outcome.

In the illustration below, two individuals have unequal access to a system — in this case, the tree that provides fruit. With equal support from evenly distributed tools, their access to the fruit still remains unequal. The equitable solution, however, allocates the exact resources that each person needs to access the fruit, leading to positive outcomes for both individuals.

While the tree appears to be a naturally occurring system, it’s critical to remember that social systems aren’t naturally inequitable — they’ve been intentionally designed to reward specific demographics for so long that the system’s outcomes may appear unintentional but are actually rooted discriminatory practices and beliefs.

Apples have long been a staple of American diets, thanks in part to the legendary efforts of John Chapman. You see, apples are not native to the American continents. They were introduced by the Oppressive European Colonizers. Apples therefore are a tool of white supremacy.

With a few exceptions, every single apple tree you have ever seen belonged to someone. Someone owned the land, prepared it, and planted one or more saplings on it. It might have been a single tree or part of an orchard. To be fully productive, apple trees must be cared for and tended. If you pick an apple off a tree you don’t own nor have the permission of the owner, you are literally stealing the fruit of someone else’s labor.

The unspoken premise of this cartoon is that government intervention in everything is desirable and good.

The equitable solution, however, allocates the exact resources that each person needs to access the fruit, leading to positive outcomes for both individuals.

Karl Marx said it better:

“From each according to his ability, to each according to his needs”

But he was wrong too.

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Weekend Thread

Happy May !

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Tuesday’s Thread

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Monday, Monday

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Happy Weekend !

Summer’s coming 🙂

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The Wednesday Thread

Oh look, a twofer 🙂

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Monday Open Thread

Let’s start the week with some happy little flowers 😀

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