Monday, February 27, 2017

The Road to Elohim

Canadian Robert Millar, Elohim City's founder
Anyone who has read even the most basic literature on paramilitary, right-wing groups has inevitably stumbled upon references to the mysterious Elohim City. Elohim City first gained national notoriety in the wake of the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing, the largest domestic act of terrorism prior to September 11 attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, but it has long been the center of an underground movement involved in acts of terrorism, bank robberies, gun trafficking, drug trafficking, and other such endeavors. Despite its long-standing ties to crime and terrorism Elohim has long avoided any type of serious scrutiny, even after its links to Timothy McVeigh became public knowledge.

In the wake of the Oklahoma City bombing federal authorities would seemingly go to any lengths necessary to avoid bringing Elohim into the spotlight. This in turn has fueled any number of conspiracy theories concerning the true objective of Elohim, with some dismissing it as a ploy to discredit the grassroots right while others believing that it is at the heart of an ongoing campaign being waged by America's cryptocracy. Whatever the case, Elohim and its legacy are still having an effect on the American landscape, as the recent case of serial killer Israel Keyes illustrates. What's more, with right wing extremism and terrorism once again gripping the public consciousness Elohim is especially relevant as it was at the heart of the modern incarnation of such movements.

This series will be an examination of both Elohim and the birth of the modern right-wing paramilitary movement. Indeed, it is impossible to truly appreciate Elohim's legacy without putting it in the context of the broader wave that it was a part of.  (more...)

A commie in your crosshairs

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Single black mom battles school over calls to CAS

Lisa, a federal civil servant, is raising David, her 7-year-old son, on her own but with the involvement of his father and the support of family. She never had any reason to think the children’s aid society would show up at her north Toronto house.

But over the course of a school year, administrators at her son’s Toronto public school made, by Lisa’s count, five calls to the Children’s Aid Society of Toronto, alleging maltreatment.

Each time, the society found no protection concerns.

Lisa has filed an application with the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario alleging she was discriminated againstbecause she was a single black mother. Lisa claims unfounded allegations were passed to the CAS as payback for her advocacy over her son’s education plan and for questioning staff behaviour.

Last May, the school sent a 24-page cease-and-desist letter to Lisa chronicling contact between her and the school, describing her as having “unreasonable expectations,” and strongly recommending placing David in a special program usually reserved for suspended and expelled students.

Lisa, 41, alleges she was “coerced” into agreeing to place her son in the program. She also alleges the experience has caused pain and suffering and “lasting effects” on her son’s well-being. She is seeking $1 million in compensation.  (more...)


The quintessential Liberal Fascist isn't an SS storm trooper; it is a
female grade school teacher with an education degree
Toronto's closet Nazis defied

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Propaganda Due: A Strange and Terrible Journey Into the Heart of the Deep State

The so-called "Black Friars" of P2
The Internet is awash with a host of Byzantine conspiracy theories concerning Freemasonry. The legitimacy of these claims varies widely and an individual can easily dedicate a considerable amount of time (and money) researching claims that are utterly baseless. And the diligent research will come to find that many of these claims are baseless or at least highly embellished, be assured. An overview of the vast litany of material claiming to reveal the nefarious aims of Freemasonry is well beyond the scope of this blog --indeed, several books could be written on this subject.

While the subject at hand --the notorious Propaganda Due lodge (generally referred to as P2) of Italy --is certainly a staple of Masonic conspiracy literature, much of said literature is of little value in understanding the true aims and masters of P2. P2 was many things, but a conventional Masonic lodge it was not. It has been described as a parallel or shadow government of Italy and during its heyday there was much merit to this claim. But P2's activities were not restricted to Italy --it was an international organization with branches all across Europe and the Americas. And its contacts were impeccable --the intelligence services of the US, USSR and various other European governments as well as various politicians and organized crime figures spanning either Bloc.

During its peak years of activity --from roughly 1969 to 1982 --Propaganda Due's presence in a host of scandals that rocked both Italy and the international scene always seemed to be vaguely discernable like lipstick traces on a cigarette. In one form or another the organization has been linked to the notorious "Operation Gladio" ..., the Vatican banking scandal, the bizarre death of Pope John Paul I, the attempted assassination of Pope John Paul II, Italy's "Years of Lead" (a prolonged period of indiscriminate terrorism that destabilized the nation throughout the 1970s), various Latin American death squads and international drug trafficking.  (more...)

Friday, February 24, 2017

Sick and Twisted Toronto: Dramatizing the interrogation of Russell Williams an act of cold-blooded voyeurism

There is a new chapter in the ongoing saga of serial killer narratives and whether they amount to art or outright exploitation. The latest cruel piece of business is not a play, exactly, but a “staged transcript” of the interrogation of disgraced former Canadian Forces colonel Russell Williams, the one that made a household name of Det. Sgt. Jim Smyth of the Ontario Provincial Police.

One Little Goat Theatre Company’s production of Smyth-Williams is scheduled to open next week at Theatre Passe Muraille’s Backstage in Toronto. The public is virtually unanimous that murderers should never profit from their crimes, but reaction to the artistic community’s role in hocking tickets, or books, or made for television movies — and our role in consuming that output — is much more unsettled.

There is a very blurry line between what often begins with awareness-raising and too often ends with infamy-making. When the force and intensity of the public gaze turns away from the suffering of victims toward perpetrators, a secondary act of violence is committed: an act of cold-blooded voyeurism that leads to forgetting them and remembering him.  (more...)


In their salad days
I've frequently highlighted the many bizarre aspects of my city and my alma matter in this chronicle. The Williams/Bernardo bromance epitomizes, in a way, the underbelly of weirdness I've discovered about my neighbors and classmates. Funny how, just as it became part of our low culture, I discovered an in-depth exploration of the meaning of it all:


Rise of Canadian Nazism: A dark road beckons Canada’s Conservatives and the Manning Conference is speeding their way

Poorly formed Catholics fall for odious ideologies
During the Harper years, the annual Manning Conference — convened by the Manning Centre, founded by former Reform Party leader Preston Manning — served as a kind of Conservative party in exile: a haven for decency and thoughtfulness amid the brain-dead thuggery of the time. If the conference has grown increasingly partisan over the years, it has generally been an enlightened partisanship.

This year’s conference is particularly well timed. A number of coincident events have combined to put the party, and the movement, at something of a crossroads: Donald Trump’s election, and the rise of far-right populist parties elsewhere; the insurgent campaign by similar forces — anti-Muslim, anti-refugee, anti-elite, crudely nationalist — in Canada, culminating in the current hysteria over, of all things, a parliamentary motion; the rise and sudden fall of Milo Yiannopoulos, the leading voice of the nihilistic, say-anything “alt-right” in the United States; and of course, the federal Conservative leadership race, now entering its final months.

The campaign has featured some of the best and worst of the Conservative party. There are candidates championing exciting economic ideas to raise national productivity and make life more affordable for average people; candidates defending important principles with candour, even in the face of party orthodoxy; candidates representing, at the least, agreeability, pragmatism and outreach.

But there are also candidates appealing, with transparent calculation, to the worst sorts of fears and divisions; roving con men looking for their next takeover target; lost ex-diplomats looking for their souls; single-issue shills and self-promoting no-hopers and everything in between. The sight of four of them lining up to kiss Ezra (The Rebel Commander) Levant’s ring at his most recent fearapalooza was mortifying: one felt only shame and embarrassment for all of them.  (more...)

Canadian aversion to Nazism? Not really:

Poorly formed Quaker and Catholic

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Former Brampton hockey coach charged with historic sexual assaults

A former Brampton hockey coach has been accused of sexually assaulting two of his players in the early 1990s, Peel Regional Police report.

Douglas John Russell, 57, was charged Tuesday, Feb. 21 with two counts of sexual assault and two counts of sexual exploitation. He was held for a bail hearing.

Police allege two separate sexual assault occurred between 1992 and 1993 involving two players who were being coached by Russell at the time. Police said the boys, both 14 years old at the time of the alleged assaults, played in the Brampton Minor Hockey League where Russell was their coach. The assaults allegedly happened in Russell's Brampton home at a time when each boy was alone with him, according to police.  (more...)

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Dysfunction, incompetence plague York Region District School Board

Don't say the N-workd in York, the community north of Toronto. They don't want to hear it.

No, not that N-word. The other one.


Until last week, Nancy Elgie was a trustee with the York Region District School Board. She had to resign her position after she called a black parent the N-word.

No, not Nancy. The other N-word.

Elgie's resignation comes after weeks of public pressure from parents, teachers, trustees - even the provincial minister of Education - that she quit.

In her apology, Elgie, 82, blamed a recent head trauma for her foul moth - the concussion must have knocked that ugly word loose.

Now that Elgie has removed herself as an embarrassment and a distraction, the school board can move on to other embarrassments and distractions.

And York Region has plenty of them.  (more...)