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Overland Park shooting suspect had “a desperation for attention”

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Missouri Road

Today the LA Times reported:

“The killings of three people on the eve of Passover outside two Jewish facilities in a Kansas City suburb are being treated as hate crimes, law enforcement officials said Monday…

Frazier Glenn Cross, 73, is being held on a preliminary charge of first-degree murder after Sunday’s attacks in Overland Park, Kan. A doctor and his 14-year-old grandson were killed in the parking lot at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City and a woman was killed a short time later in a parking lot at Village Shalom, a nearby community for seniors, police said.

CBS News reports

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — The man accused of killing three people Sunday in attacks at a Jewish community center and Jewish retirement community near Kansas City is a well-known white supremacist and former Ku Klux Klan leader who was once the subject of a nationwide manhunt.

Frazier Glenn Cross, of Aurora, Mo., was booked into Johnson County jail on a preliminary charge of first-degree murder after the attacks in Overland Park.

At a news conference, Overland Park police Chief John Douglass declined to publicly identify the man suspected in the attacks. But CBS News confirmed Sunday that the suspect in custody is Frazier Glenn Cross, 73, of Aurora, Mo., also known as Frazier Glenn Miller.

Frazier Glenn Cross also goes by the name Fraiser Glenn Miller. Other sources refer to him as Glenn Miller.

Frazier Glenn Cross aka Frazier Glenn Miller was also known as the “Grand Dragon”. Jim Hoft of Gateway pundit writes:

He is the former leader of the defunct North Carolina-based White Patriot Party (formerly known as the Carolina Knights of the Ku Klux Klan). Convicted of criminal charges related to weapons and violation of an injunction against paramilitary activity, he is a perennial candidate for public office as both a Democrat and Republican.

Glenn Miller tried to run for Congress in 2006 but all the parties he tried to file with refused to accept his check (In Missouri, the receipt of the filing fee check is required to file).

Frazier Glenn Cross aka Frazier Glenn Miller aka Grand Dragon was also known as “Rounder” by his associates at the White Supremacist Website Vanguard News Network.

His former associates are now calling him a ‘self-detonating lone wolf’, but, like most self detonating lone wolves Grand-Dragon-aka-Frazier-Glenn-Cross-aka Fraiser-Glenn-Miller-aka-Rounder watched Russia Today (RT) News.

Like his associates at Vanguard News Network, he was a fervent Ron Paul supporter.

In April 2010, when he was running for US Senate in his home state of Missouri with the slogan “It’s the Jews, Stupid,” Miller had an interview with The David Pakman Show. In this interview, he displayed what Pakman called “a desperation for attention.”

Miller praised Ron Paul, Hitler and Pat Buchanan. He didn’t praise the Tea Party, the Republicans or the Democrats.

According to the Southern Poverty Law Center:

This isn’t the first time a VNN user has been arrested for violence. On January 17, 2011, less than 12 hours after posting on VNN, Kevin William Harpham placed an improvised explosive device concealed in a backpack along a Martin Luther King parade route in Spokane Washington. The lead sinkers in the radio-detonated IED were coated with Warfarin rat poison, evidently intended to increase bleeding.  Had the device functioned, dozens of men, women and children would have been killed or injured. Harpham also distributed The Aryan Alternative….

…Our research shows that racist killers are hiding among us in plain sight. A forthcoming two-year study by the SPLC will show that nearly 100 people in the last five years have been murdered by active users on another prominent racist website, Stormfront.org.

Apparently there are a lot of self-detonating lone wolves.

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April 14th, 2014 at 4:47 pm

Don’t lump Femen together with the Haters and the Murderers

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Femen protesting in Tunisia

Femen protesting in Tunisia

When David Wilkes and Chris Greenwood wrote in today’s Telegraph about the murder of Mohammed Saleem, a defenseless grandfather who was stabbed near a mosque, they also implied that this was part of a Ukrainian/right wing pattern:

They said:

The two suspects were on placements at software company Delcam on an industrial estate in Small Heath, Birmingham, one-and-a-half miles from Mr Saleem’s home.

The firm has a training centre in Lutsk, Ukraine, and close links with universities in the country – a known hotbed of anti-Islamic hatred.

Ultra-nationalist party, Svoboda (Freedom) was a shock winner in elections there last year, capturing 10 per cent of the vote.

Members of Ukrainian female protest group Femen demonstrated topless in London to draw attention to what they called ‘bloody Islamist regimes’ taking part in the 2012 Olympics.


Extremists include Terence Gavan, a former British National Party member, who was jailed for 11 years in 2010 after 50 explosive devices and more than 30 guns were found in his concealed room in Batley, West Yorkshire.

The most notorious far-right bomber in the UK was David Copeland, from Yateley, Hampshire, who targeted black people in Brixton, Asians in Brick Lane and gays in Soho with nail bombs. He killed three people and injured 139, including four who lost limbs.

Europe’s most notorious hard right extremist, Anders Breivik, bombed government buildings in Oslo, killing eight, and then shot dead 69 people, mostly teenage members of the Norwegian Labour Party, in July 2011.

This list diverted attention away from the actual atrocities committed. It also suggested that anyone who is to the right of the SWP is part of this malign trend.

When did Femen become one of the usual suspects?

Could it be when they burned a Salafist flag in front of a mosque in Paris? The British government relies on cash from their (and our) Salafist friends. It’s not surprising that the left and the right are no longer happy with Femen’s protests.

Gordon Brown, cap in hand

Gordon Brown, cap in hand

When Femen protested against ‘bloody Islamist regimes’ taking part in the 2012 Olympics”, they were criticizing the people who are actually responsible for the majority of terrorist violence taking place around the world.

Kleptocratic regimes like Iran, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Qatar support terrorism and do everything else under the sun to maintain their position as the primary oppressors of the Muslim world.

Saudi Arabia is the hub of worldwide terrorism. Qatar is the primary supporter of Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood. The UAE has a “mixed record” when it comes to support of terrorism, but when we look at their local laws, we see where they stand.

The Islamist regime in Turkey is driving their government like they stole it, brutally oppressing dissent.

Criticizing and protesting these terrorist regimes is not equivalent to murdering defenseless Muslim grandfathers.

Targeting defenseless Muslims is what regimes like Saudi Arabia and Qatar do. If Telegraph writers are determined to lump disparate groups together based on glib priorities, they should pay more attention to what people do, than to what they are.

Written by marypmadigan

July 22nd, 2013 at 11:58 am

Scene in Taksim, Turkey

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[link thanks to Benjamin Harvey]


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May 31st, 2013 at 4:13 pm

These are the people the Saudi government calls ‘terrorists’

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Via Advancing Human Rights

The president of the Saudi Civil and Political Rights Association, Fozan Al Harbi, https://twitter.com/fowzanm  was summoned today by Riyad’s Bureau of Investigation and Prosecution. Al Harbi was questioned, and will have to endure an official investigation on Saturday May 11th.

Fozan is one of Saudi’s preeminent human rights defenders, helping political prisoners and their families recognize their rights. Activists in Saudi Arabia believe that their government is targeting Fozan as a part of a campaign to systematically delegitimize his civil right’s association, which has become more active in recent months. Saudi authorities have arrested the majority of its members.

The Association was established in 2009 by eleven human rights activists, calling on Saudi authorities to adopt the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

The organization’s former president, Suleiman Ibrahim Al Rashoudi has a long history of activism, and was arrested a couple of times, most recently in December 2012, only a few weeks after he was elected president of the Association. Al Roshoudi is now serving a fifteen year prison term in Saudi’s Jaber prison.

These are the people the Saudi government sends to luxury spas


The cushy and luxurious-sounding Riyadh center — which sounds suspiciously like a desert-centered Club Med — reportedly sprawls over an area equivalent to approximately 10 soccer fields. There, AFP reports, prisoners pass their days huddling with counselors and attending seminars on religious affairs aimed at convincing them of the evils of waging murderous jihad.
AFP writes that in between such sessions, prisoners may relax at the center’s Olympic-size, indoor swimming pool, go for a turn in one of its saunas, exercise in the gymnasium, or take in a leisurely showing of their favorite shows in the complex’s television hall.

Written by marypmadigan

May 28th, 2013 at 11:57 am

Outline for the traditional “blame the victim” essay

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How do millionaires like Michael Moore and Glenn Beck turn human misery and despair into piles of cash? By never letting a crisis go to waste. Before the blood is washed from the streets, they’re hard at work, spinning crushed bone into gold.

Want to get in on the action? Here’s an outline any aspiring misery vulture can use.

Introduction: Be polite - Make a perfunctory condemnation of the crime

First subtopic: Never let a crisis go to waste – The crime confirms the theories that you’ve been ranting about for years. That’s why you ‘understand’ it and the motives behind the attack. Tell your readers that you know what the criminals want. Make it clear that if they don’t listen to you, they’ll be sorry.

Second subtopic: Tu quoque or “I’m rubber, you’re glue” - Appeal to hypocrisy. Discredit the opponent by showing their failure to act consistently in accordance with their position. Present proof that victim and his tribe/country/religion are just as bad/misguided/wrong as the perpetrator. Make a short but succinct list of all of the crimes and misdemeanors committed by the victims & related citizens throughout history. Exaggerate their faults,

Third subtopic: Fertilize your ideological fever swamp - Imply that their anger and outrage are pathetic and misguided. The only way they will ever be able to save themselves is to heed your advice (and the advice of those who are politically affiliated with you). If no one is on your side, use sockpuppets. If you can’t even manage that, use this quote from Mahatma Ghandi “First they ignore you, then they ridicule you, then they fight you, and then you win.”

Final summary: Re-state the perfunctory condemnation of attack, followed by a summary of the faults of the victim(s) and all related to them. Follow it up with veiled or not so veiled threats of further crime if your advice goes unheeded.

Written by marypmadigan

May 24th, 2013 at 1:07 pm

Moaz al Khatib, Syrian Opposition leader, quits

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Syrian Opposition Leader Quits Post

Mr. Khatib projected an earnest, unpolished persona and never fit the profile of a politician, sometimes failing to build support for controversial moves before announcing them and then posting mournful statements on Facebook about how he had been misunderstood. Some coalition members and anti-government activists in Syria said they wished he had stayed in office to push back against the foreign interference he spoke of, rather than resigning abruptly and emotionally.

A coalition member familiar with Mr. Khatib’s thinking, who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss politically sensitive matters, said Mr. Khatib resigned over interference from Saudi Arabia, a key backer of the Syrian uprising.

The member said that Saudi Arabia threatened to cut off funding and split the coalition if it did not select its favored candidate for prime minister, Assad Mustafa, who had promised to appoint a Saudi favorite as defense minister. That, the member said, enraged members, who then hastily settled on Mr. Hitto, who was backed by Qatar and the Syrian Muslim Brotherhood.

Another member, Mustafa Sabagh, who is close to the Saudi government, denied the Saudis had interfered and said he believed Mr. Khatib resigned over the many conditions Western countries had placed on aid to the uprising…

…“We in the Free Syrian Army do not recognize Ghassan Hitto as prime minister because the National Coalition did not reach a consensus,” Louay Mekdad, the Free Syrian Army’s media and political coordinator, said, raising further questions about the interim government’s ability to establish authority.

Mr. Khatib promised to keep working for Syria outside official channels. “The door to freedom has opened and won’t close,” he said, “not just in the face of Syrians but in the face of all peoples.”

Some read that remark as a possible dig at Gulf monarchies like Saudi Arabia and Qatar that support the Syrian uprising but keep a tight political clampdown on their own citizens – but given Mr. Khatib’s oblique style, it was hard to tell.

More about Moaz al Khatib

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March 24th, 2013 at 2:38 pm