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Tuesday, October 2, 2018

ProPublica: White Supremacists Arrested

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Four Men Arrested Over Unrest During 2017 “Unite the Right” Rally

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The four are members or associates of the Rise Above Movement, a white supremacist group based in Southern California, prosecutors say.

by Rahima Nasa
Oct. 2, 7:30 p.m. EDT

Federal prosecutors on Tuesday announced they had arrested four members or associates of the Rise Above Movement, a white supremacist group, over their alleged role in the infamous 2017 “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.

The four men were charged with having traveled to Charlottesville with the aim of inciting a riot and conspiracy to incite a riot, and prosecutors submitted an array of photographs and videos capturing the men pummeling and choking protesters over two days.

If convicted, the men — Benjamin Drake Daley, 25, of Redondo Beach, California; Thomas Walter Gillen, 34, of Redondo Beach; Michael Paul Miselis, 29, of Lawndale, California; and Cole Evan White, 24, of Clayton, California — could face five years in prison for each of two federal riot charges. White has been described as an associate of the group, not a member.

Most of the men charged on Tuesday have been the subject of reporting by ProPublica and Frontline over the last year. RAM, based in Southern California, claimed more than 50 members in 2017 and an overriding purpose: physically attacking its ideological foes. Its members spend weekends training in boxing and other martial arts, and they have boasted publicly of their violence during rallies — not just in Charlottesville, but in the California cities of Huntington Beach, San Bernardino and Berkeley, as well. Many of the altercations have been captured on video.

The charges announced Tuesday are among a number of prosecutions to stem from the notorious Charlottesville gathering that resulted in two days of mayhem and the death of a young anti-racism activist. The charges brought today are unrelated to the death.

Local prosecutors have also brought charges against a handful of other participants in the Charlottesville rally, successfully convicting several men, including activists on both sides of the clashes. And federal authorities have indicted neo-Nazi James Alex Fields, the man accused of killing counterprotester Heather Heyer and injuring more than two dozen others, on some 30 charges, including 28 counts of hate crime.

“This case should serve as another example of the Department of Justice’s commitment to protecting the life, liberty and civil rights of all our citizens,” U.S. Attorney Thomas T. Cullen said Tuesday. “Any individual who has or plans to travel to this district with the intent to engage in acts of violence will be prosecuted and held accountable for those actions.”

Cullen cited ProPublica and Frontline’s reporting during a news conference Tuesday.

“The news organization ProPublica did in my view a fantastic job in piecing together some of the organized activities that occurred on Aug. 11 and Aug. 12, and the work that they did was certainly reviewed by our office as a starting point to understand a little bit about this particular group,” he said.

One of those arrested, Miselis, was a doctoral student at UCLA with a U.S. government security clearance to work on sensitive research for a prominent defense contractor. He was let go by the contractor, Northrop Grumman, after ProPublica and Frontline identified him as a RAM member who had attacked people in Charlottesville. At the time, Miselis denied involvement in the violent weekend two summers ago.

RAM was founded in early 2017 by Robert Rundo, a Queens, New York, native who served an 18-month prison sentence for stabbing a rival gang member six times during a 2009 street fight. The group’s core membership is small — 15 to 20 young men, according to interviews and a review of court records. Before joining RAM, several members spent time in jail or state prison on serious felony charges including assault, robbery, and gun and knife offenses. Daley served seven days in jail for carrying a concealed snub-nosed revolver. Another RAM member served a prison term for stabbing a Latino man five times in a 2009 gang assault.

A RAM recruiting video posted to YouTube and Vimeo highlights the organization’s heavy emphasis on violence, cutting between choppy footage of RAM members brawling at public events and carefully shot scenes of them sharpening their boxing skills and doing push-ups during group workout sessions.

RAM members are frequently praised as heroes on some white supremacist media outlets

The group portrays itself as a defense force for a white Western civilization under assault by Jews, Muslims and brown-skinned immigrants from south of the Rio Grande. At rallies, members have waved red-and-white crusader flags and carried signs saying “Rapefugees Not Welcome” and “Da Goyim Know,” an anti-Semitic slogan meant to highlight a supposed conspiracy by Jews to control the globe and subjugate non-Jews. One RAM banner, which depicts knights on horseback chasing after Muslims, reads “Islamists Out!”

ProPublica interviewed one RAM leader last year on the condition of anonymity. He said the gang came together organically. It started when he encountered a few other guys with similar political beliefs, including two active-duty U.S. Marines, while exercising at different gyms in Southern California. They all liked President Donald Trump but didn’t think his agenda went far enough.

On social media channels, RAM members regularly espouse blatantly anti-Semitic and racist views. They have repeatedly been booted from Instagram and Twitter for offensive postings.

This year, four RAM members attended to a massive neo-Nazi rally in Germany, which was held on Hitler’s birthday, uploading photos and videos from the trip to social media.

A criminal complaint filed in federal court Tuesday cited the group’s racist and anti-Semitic postings online in support of the arrests.

Prosecutors said the four men will be brought to Virginia next week to be arraigned on the charges.

It was not clear on Tuesday whether the men had yet retained lawyers.

“This wasn’t in our view the lawful exercise of First Amendment rights,” Cullen said. “These guys came to Charlottesville to commit violent acts, and this wasn’t the first time they’ve done it.”

Cullen said that charging the men with inciting a riot and conspiracy to incite a riot was more appropriate and likely effective than arresting them on hate crime charges.

Cullen said there are other ongoing investigations, but he would not say more about them.

There’s a prosecutor in the U.S. Attorney’s Office who has done nothing else but look into these investigations since Aug. 12, according to Cullen.

“We’re not finished,” Cullen said. “We’re going to continue these investigations until we reach a point where we’re satisfied that our federal interests have been vindicated.”

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Wednesday, July 2, 2014

"U-S-A, U-S-A, U-S-A!" In San Diego? WOW! Ugly From Coast To Coast!

For the past six 
years the Right-wing "U-S-A , U-S-A, U-S-A" Chant has grown to rival the Confederate Army's "rebel yell."  The chant more often emanates from high-end baby boomers with the first inkling another is about to speak out against conservative ideology, or is about to step outside of GOP lockstep robotic-ism. The chanters are intolerant of dissent and they react with drowning-out any outside the paradigm acts.

Drowning out dissent has become an existential behavioral reality for American conservatives. They complain the Left is working to force progressive ideology into their "Apple Pie" and "Just hand the football to the referee" paradigm, yet we see far more forced ideology from conservative America and the Right's tailor-made and patented SCOTUS. 

"U-S-A, U-S-A, U-S-A!" 

If you need an illustration of my point, I offer a classic. Watch as the first Boomers rise to drown-out the town-hall hecklers. Cruz handled himself well and as civil as any professional speaker. Yet, he seemed to relish in the "U-S-A" chant reaped upon the dissenters. For me, he appeared as, "See you guys have unleashed my ravenous dogs." 

Heckling is the ultimate of rude, especially if one considers the preparation and practice associated with public speaking. However, I see a marked difference in tolerance of hecklers by progressive crowds than reception from conservative crowds (who are without exception white and older).

Published on Aug 21, 2013
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) was heckled during an anti-Obamacare event in Dallas, Texas, on Tuesday night. As the senator addressed the crowd, a pair of individuals began chanting: "You have health care, so can we!" 
However, Cruz didn't criticize them or ignore them. Instead, the Texas Republican thanked the men for "sharing" their views and noted the importance of the First Amendment. He later agreed with them -- sort of. 
The men were eventually drowned out by the crowd's chants of "USA!" 
Number one, I agree with them," Cruz went on to say of the two hecklers. "They should have health care, and Obamacare is causing more and more people struggling to climb the economic ladder to lose their health care."
The chant along with a disgusting exhibition of American conservatism manifest today as a organized protest against Border Patrol efforts to move border crashing immigrants from of detention centers. An effort to provide a more humane existence, albeit it temporary, for people who have voluntarily placed themselves into tenuous resettlement predicament was met with an ugly exhibition of Americanism.  While the community was not properly alerted of the immigrant movement (resettlement), resorting to what came across as a racist and nationalist exhibition was simply "ugly."  Before The Raw Story piece, I must ask..." What if the community was about to receive a bus load of Canadian?"  Of course, it is a false reality because no one form Canada is fighting to migrate to the United States, but the scenario stimuli conjurers images of "no formal protest."  I will comfortably assert the "U-S-A" Chant would not flow like the Confederate rebel yell. 
Some are saying this is scene not indicative of American values. This is American values! When do we accept that American values are regressing to times long past, and we rare doing nothing to reverse the slide.
The Raw Story

Protesters chant ‘U-S-A’ while blocking buses full of immigrant women and children

By Arturo Garcia Tuesday, July 1, 2014 22:12 EDT
Protesters block buses full of immigrants [KFMB-TV]
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More than 100 demonstrators forced buses full of immigrants to be rerouted from Murrieta, California nearly 70 miles south while hurling derisive chants toward them, KFMB-TV reported on Tuesday. 
The protesters chanted “U-S-A, U-S-A,” and “Go back home” at the caravan, which was originally headed to a U.S. Customs and Border Protection processing facility in Murrieta carrying 140 undocumented immigrants, many of them women and children, who had entered the country after journeying from Central America. Federal officials put them on the buses after they were flown into San Diego from Texas earlier in the day. 
“Send them back to their countries,” one unidentified male protester told KFMB. “Send them back to where they came from.” 
Video Link San Diego, California News Station - KFMB Channel 8 - StumbleUpon

Thursday, July 18, 2013

New York Affordable Care Act Exchange Rates!

There are times when major changes require a degree of initiative from those who stand to benefit most.  

"If we cannot help ourselves, do not expect others to help." The Pardu

The following  APRIL 2013 graphic shows 69% of a specific group of survey respondents felt the ACA was "Confusing and complicated." and only 22% felt they were "Pretty well informed."

Now, contrast that level of knowledge with the good healthcare exchange rates news from California and New York State.

According to CNN Money, we offer yet another example of how the ACA can work for the good of the people and insurance companies. Both New York State and California have realized true benefit from healthcare reform. While, I some states will not have the exact experience as New York and California reform has proven effective in the nation's two most populated states.  

CNN Money

New Yorkers to see 50% drop in health insurance costs in Obamacare exchange

  @Luhby July 17, 2013: 5:32 PM ET

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NEW YORK (CNNMoney)New York state residents will be able to get health insurance next year on the Obamacare exchange for half the average price available in the state today. 
The cost of a "silver" plan -- which covers at least 70% of medical costs, on average -- will drop to as little as $359 a month for a single adult Manhattan resident, for instance, according to a rate sheet released Wednesday by state officials. Currently, the cheapest plan a city resident can buy on the individual market is $1,001.
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