WSU Swastika

About that WSU Swastika

I posted about the Swastikas carved into wall at WSU residence hall.

One of my readers pointed out something significant.

That is not a Nazi swastika – it’s counterclockwise (left-handed) while Nazi swastikas are always right handed. Whatever idiot scratched this in the drywall was not a Nazi, nor a white supremacist, nor educated. The left-handed swastika (called a sauvastika) is associated with ancient Buddhism, Jainism, and other eastern religions.

I cannot speak to the sauvastika symbol, but he’s definitely right about the German swastika — it always breaks clockwise.

You would think that any Neo-Nazi / white supremacist would know better than to mix this up.

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CNN, MSNBC, The Atlantic publicize SPLC’s Left-biased and defamatory “hate group” map

Of course, Idaho is not left out of their map.

SPLC lists as hate sites “Jihad Watch” — which documents jihadi attacks in the US and the world — but doesn’t have a category for radical Islam or radical mosques. Funny how that works.

“CNN, MSNBC Air Misleading Liberal ‘Hate Map,’” by Trey Elmore, ChurchMilitant.com, August 17, 2017:

DETROIT (ChurchMilitant.com) – In the aftermath of the Charlottesville clashes between white supremacists and Antifa resulting in the death of 32-year-old Heather Hayer, mainstream news media has taken to referencing the far Left Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) as their authority on the prevalence of extremist groups in the United States.

CNN and MSNBC have both featured the SPLC’s “hate map” in their on-air discussions of extremism in the United States. An article published on CNN’s website Thursday also makes use of the SPLC hate map. On Wednesday, The Atlantic posted a video, featuring the director of the SPLC, Heidi Beirich, titled “Hate Groups Are Growing Under Trump.

The hate map lists every local chapter of groups like the KKK, skinhead groups, as well as the Nation of Islam. Also listed on the map are pro-traditional marriage and pro-life groups such as the Ruth Institute, headed up by past Mic’D Up guest Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse, the pro-religious freedom, legal non-profit Alliance Defending Freedom, as well as such pro-life and pro-family Christian organizations as the American Family Association and the Family Research Council. The SPLC made headlines when it named the FRC to its list in 2010. All of these are listed under the category “anti-LGBT.”

Each of the listed 22 chapters of the national security interest group ACT For America is listed under the category “anti-Muslim.” ACT For America’s policy statement, however, reads as follows regarding their mission and stance on Muslims:

ACT For America has never and will never tolerate any bias, discrimination or violence against anyone, based on their religion, gender, race or political persuasion.  Freedom to practice one’s religion in peace is afforded to each of us by the U.S. Constitution and we will defend it vigorously. Through our advocacy and activism, we will continue to address the threat presented by those who seek to destroy our Western way of life through advocating violence or radical religious discrimination through hate groups such as those represented by movements like radical Islam. We stand shoulder to shoulder with peaceful Western Muslims and peaceful Muslims worldwide, who recognize this threat and have taken bold actions to confront it.

The SPLC claims that there are 917 “active hate groups” in the United States. These include the 22 ACT For America groups belonging to the “anti-Muslim” category, which totals 101 organizations….

The SPLC lists the website JihadWatch.org, headed up by MIC’d Up guest and friend of Church Militant Robert Spencer, but doesn’t have a category for radical Islam or a listing of radical mosques in the United States. Such radical Islamic groups are tracked by the Clarion Project, which is also considered a hate group by the SPLC.

The Media Keeps Referring To Neo-Nazis And Fascism As “Right Wing:” They’re Not

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The media often refers to conservative politicians and pundits as “right-wing” giving the impression that Nazism, fascism, or white nationalism is somehow on the same side of the political spectrum.

“Back in the 1920s, however, when fascism was a new political development, it was widely — and correctly — regarded as being on the political left” writes economist Dr. Thomas Sowell. “Even Hitler, who adopted fascist ideas in the 1920s, was seen by some, including W.E.B. Du Bois, as a man of the left”

“What socialism, fascism and other ideologies of the left have in common is an assumption that some very wise people — like themselves — need to take decisions out of the hands of lesser people, like the rest of us, and impose those decisions by government fiat” he continued. Many in the American media at the time praised Hitler, and expressed optimism at his rise to power.

Part of the problem is that there are different dimensions being conflated here.

  1. Personal liberty
  2. Economic liberty

Historically, the progressives have been all about personal liberty with little economic liberty; and the far right was all about economic liberty with little personal liberty. But those are not the only two choices.

Will Ricciardella finishes this up.

The establishment media’s coverage of Charlottesville describing neo-Nazi’s and fascism as “right-wing,” ignores the history and substance of the groups they are covering, and wrongly lumps them in with American conservatives.

“Fascism is the stage reached after communism has proved an illusion. And it has proved an illusion in Stalinist Russia as much as it has proved an illusion in pre-Hitler Germany” wrote Austrian born Peter Drucker in 1939  in a book exploring the origins of totalitarianism. The complete collapse “of freedom and equality through Marxism …has forced Russia to travel the same road toward a totalitarian, purely negative, noneconomic society, towards unfreedom and inequality that Germany has been following”

There was a time in American history where Benito Mussolini, the originator of fascism, was “lionized” by the American media and politicians. FDR, along with many New Dealers in the early 1930’s, lavished praise on Mussolini, whom FDR referred to as a “that admirable Italian gentleman” with a desire of bringing his programs to the U.S.

Fascism didn’t always carry with it the stain of genocide and virulent anti-semitism as it does today.

What separated Hitler’s Nazism from Mussolini’s fascism was the rise of identity politics through the promise of German euro-centrism, subsuming the individual into the state through racial identity. American conservatism preaches that anyone can assimilate into American culture, and seeks the preservation of the American founding documents, individualism, and the civil society. Group identities based on race are antithetical to all three.

Despite the strong central government, authoritarianism, and a planned economy required under fascism, many in the media still describe Nazism and fascism as “right-wing.” The New York Times described the neo-Nazis and other white supremacists as “far right” groups. The Washington Post followed suit along with many other media outlets referring to Charlottesville as “right-wing” violence.”

The entire article is well worth reading.

New Saint Andrews College Moves Forward In Expanding Campus Downtown

Moscow City Council denies two appeals to Board of Adjustment’s decision

From the very unhappy Moscow-Pullman Daily News:

New Saint Andrews College officials, students and supporters can now move toward expanding the college’s downtown campus into the former Cadillac Jack’s building on North Main Street.

The Moscow City Council denied two appeals Monday night to the Moscow Board of Adjustment’s July 18 decision, which was to approve a conditional use permit for the college’s expansion.

The meeting was intense at times as Mayor Bill Lambert called two separate five-minute recesses to bring back order.

The first was during the public comment period when Tina Hilding, a Moscow resident and appellant to the board’s first CUP approval, voiced her displeasure with how she was treated during the appeal process. Lambert asked Hilding to stop speaking since she had started to discuss a matter on the council’s Monday night agenda, which is not allowed during the public comment period.

The long process started when the board approved the CUP on April 25 and approved a relevant criteria and standards document for the CUP May 1.

The city received five appeals to the decision and the City Council sustained one of the five June 5. The council remanded the decision, with instructions, to the board, which then approved the CUP again July 18 with some changes.

One of the appeals to the board’s latest decision came from Ian von Lindern and Margrit von Braun.

City Attorney Rod Hall said the pair’s appeal stated they did not receive notice of the public hearings related to the NSAC CUP. Hall said the city provided notice to the proper addresses, including the business of von Lindern and von Braun.

Hall said the two also claimed the city should have provided 14 days to appeal the board’s decision instead of 10. However, Hall said city code says to provide a 10-day appeal window.

He also said the two should have no legal standing to appeal the board’s July 18 decision since they did not first appeal the April 25 board decision, which was to approve the CUP.

“Otherwise, you’d have a process where people could appeal at any time, and then decisions would never ultimately be made,” Hall said.

The councilors unanimously denied both appeals Monday night.

Councilwoman Kathryn Bonzo was not present.

“I can’t see where this has legal standing,” Councilman Jim Boland said of the von Lindern and von Braun appeal. “If they received proper notice according to the rules and did not appeal originally, then they don’t have standing to appeal the remand decision.”

Ryanne Pilgeram, the successful appellant of the five original appellants, was the other appellant to the board’s July 18 decision. She claimed the board’s decision was not supported by substantial evidence, the decision was arbitrary and capricious and it deviated from city code.

“There’s enough information in here to show that it wasn’t arbitrary and capricious,” Hall said. “It was based upon the substantial evidence that is in the record.”

Hall said every procedure was handled appropriately by the board and the council.