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Sunday, June 2, 2013

A dubious example of "hitting the big time"

A reader alerted me to the fact that my photo -- my PHOTO!!! -- appeared in the Summer issue of the Southern Poverty Law Center's quarterly magazine The Intelligence Report. Huh? How on earth did they get my photo?

This reader was correct. A fast internet search pulled up this article discussing, of all things, The Citadel, and depicting MY headshot lifted from MY blog.


I had touched on the issue of The Citadel, a proposed fortified "patriot" compound to be built in this area of Idaho last February, with brief follow-up posts here and here. I believe I made it clear that I thought the whole idea was rather stoopid, and The Citadel certainly does not have any local support. To its credit, the SPLC did not misquote me in that regard. Then WHY does my photo appear directly below the photo of James L. Miller Jr of III Arms, who is intimately associated with The Citadel?



To me this implies a LOT of "guilt by association."

I don't know how the author of this SPLC piece, Bill Morlin, found my blog post (except perhaps through a simple Google search) but he seems surprised that I'm critical of The Citadel since I'm a "far-right" columnist for the "conspiracy-minded WorldNetDaily 'news' website" (Mr. Morlin's words, not mine).

Mr. Morlin also prominently mentions James Rawles of SurvivalBlog, untruthfully calling him an "antigovernment 'sovereign citizen' blogger" (which he isn't) and stating that Mr. Rawles is "promoting the idea of a fortified 'American Redoubt' community" (which he's not). James Rawles put up a post on this issue here.

Still, I suppose I can appreciate one thing, as my husband pointed out tongue-in-cheek: When I start getting mentioned by such attack groups as the Southern Poverty Law Center, I must be (cough) hitting the big time.

Now excuse me, I think I'll go commune with the calves for awhile. I need a calming dose of sweetness from critters who don't have a hateful thought in their heads.


UPDATE: As of 6/2/13, the SPLC has removed my photo from the article. However they have NOT corrected their misstatements about James Rawles.

60 comments:

  1. Hi Patrice,

    I'm assuming the SPLC did not ask for your permission to use your image...can you start some kind of legal action against the "writer" and the SPLC for endangering you? Remember what happened with the nutcase that used the SPLC as a guide against the Family Research Council.

    Bob H

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  2. I respect anyone who is called far right wing (aka terrorist) by the Southern Poverty Law Center. Its like being hated by the KKK. It shows you are on the right track.

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  3. *hugs*
    Annoying that they can do that without your knowledge or permission.
    If you slandered them, you'd have trouble.

    Thank goodness for hubbies and farm animals. :-)
    Have a wonderful week. ♥

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  4. One would think that your photo, being taken by your staff (hubby), and appearing on your website, would be copyright protected. Therefore, SPLC, a group that even lists "Law" in their name, would be guilty of copyright infringement, no?

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    1. It's possible the photo fits into the Fair Use policy of copyrights. Everyone in this country has been slandering each other through implications since FaceBook became a popular medium ... and as always, it takes the Law of the Land a decade to catch up.

      Tom Bair

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  5. It's almost a badge of honor to be smeared by the Southern Preposterous Liars Club, a.k.a., the PR arm of the Department of Homeland Security and the Obama administration, and consultant to the Socialist Democratic Party.

    Show's that you stand for God, truth, individual liberty and a return to the Constitution.

    Congratulations!

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  6. I'm a big fan of yours, Patrice, and have gifted many copies of your wonderful book "The Simplicity Primer". Regarding the SPLC, I think you're on the right track about "hitting the big time". On an occasion or two when I was verbally attacked for doing the right thing, my dear mother (who was very wise) would remind me to consider the source, and wear the insult as a badge of honor! Though you already know this truth, I thought I would reinforce the sentiment!

    Best wishes from the (relatively) free state of Texas!

    KE

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  7. It's not a badge of honor -- it's trying to take people who are expressing freedom of speech, and portray them as violent domestic terrorists. You should sue them for describing you as a "far right columnist." You are just a blogger -- that's all. This is smear tactics at it's worst.

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  8. "The Intelligence Report"? Sounds like a rather dubious title for a rag of the liberal left? Conservatives should gather at the river and each of us mail a bag of cow chips to these holier than thou organizational arms of the DNC.

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  9. Wowwie. Welcome to the big show.

    That Center for Southern Poverty place, or whatever it is, is probably watching your blog now. That's the only place they could have lifted your photo AND your quotes.

    There might be a marked increase in snarks, trolls and troublemakers in your comment section.

    We all know each other well enough to recognize a troublemaker. I'm not talking about the usual harmless naysayers that show up here now and then, with whom I have no beef, but an actual troll whose paid by someone to create mayhem.

    Shields up, everyone.

    Just Me

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  10. A second word about the "Peaceful Kingdom of Calves" photo...so overwhelmingly cute and adorable are they that I'm tempted to get a cow myself! This coming from a goat person! Oh, I just can't stand it - I wanna hug 'em!

    Just Me

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  11. In your case Patrice any mention by the SPLC is just outright petty and a hate filled attack. You have never done anything to warrant a mention by them except be on the wrong side of political ideology and not a favored shade of skin tone. Sad but true SPLC and their supporters are the true racist as I have been saying for years.

    In Mr. Rawles case, who has been a banner waving Multi-cultist himself every chance he got. Poetic justice.

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    1. banner waving multi cultist?

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    2. Really banner waving multi cultist? How about someone who beleives in having emergency plans for your family? Geez someone seems awfully judemental. And yes I have read Mr. Rawles blogs, never have I ever seen him say anything "banner waving multi cultist" Sounds like someone who works for liberals.

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    3. Have you read his books? Rawles very pointedly makes an effort to travel the same road the entertainment industry has been forcing on the American public for decades. Race mixing and race familiarization that attempts to down play actions that are clearly more statistically prevalent within different ethnic and cultural groups. While he does not attempt to make all the White men bumbling fools like most entertainment does these days he is still promoting a cover up of racial realism which has cost many a person their very lives over the years. People should be taught to recognize the dangers and differences that exist and then judge on an individual basis. Not taught that all is well and it is racist to even think you maybe in danger and therefore proceeding without caution.

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    4. I guess the "preppy" part of your moniker should have alerted us to your pov, as I've met VERY few preppies over the years who aren't lily-white. As a preppy we should expect you to be fearful of "others". It's too bad that your attitude is perpetuating the racism and hatred of which you're so afraid. Your characterization of Mr. Rawles' writing is shallow, at best. I've read his books and follow his blog. Teaching that, "all is well and it is racist to even think you maybe in danger and therefore proceeding without caution," is NOT a position he advocates. Ever. Perhaps you should get out and meet people, instead of just reading about them.

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    5. I think perhaps the way to sum up JWR's position is never to judge a book by its cover.
      Pioneer preppy seems to ignore the hard fact that most of the positions and laws he despises were passed into law by middle aged or old white guys looking to stay at the government trough by any means.

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  12. I have had my photos stolen and used in similar fashions. I now watermark all photos on my website I don't want used by anyone else.

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  13. I feel sorry for you and Wesley,Rawles being tarred with the same brush as Patriots...It always amazes me of how much infighting this community does...The powers that be never have to worry about us since were too busy cutting our own throats...You ever stop and think why the left has so much pull today because even though the different factions the a lot of time hate each other know if they band together long enough for us to be destroyed then they can start killing each other off afterwards...Will we wake up before its to late and remember that if we don't stand up to tyranny when it happens to our brothers no one will be there to stand up for us....Let me tell you it will always get to us....

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    1. The left bans together because they have only one real target. They attack "Patriots" "Christians" and "Constitutionalists" because in doing so they mainly strike at that one particular target. Being a race realist does not make someone a racist, being anti-feminist does not mean someone hates women and refusing to socialize with Muslims or allow Islam into your lives and neighborhoods does not make you a monster.

      Yet too many prominent people that fit into one of those three target categories (or claim they do) will continue to echo the Left's battle cries and perpetuate the myths they have created. When the snake they have courted turns and bites them I have to chuckle.

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    2. Yea but the time the snake turns to bite them you won't even be a memory..That's what I'm saying when will we band together to fight the true enemies of liberty and then when we have defeated them we can settle our difference's like reasonable men....

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    3. I don't disagree with you Lineman. I was merely expanding on your original point. Although in this case the snake did turn to bite one of them in my opinion.

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    4. Gotcha....I just wonder what its going to take to bring us all together or will it all come crashing down before we can...Oh and Anne Dinan you remind of the Jewish woman in Schindler's List when she said they won't kill us they need us....

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  14. The Southern Poverty Law Center is generally thought to be an arm of Mossad.

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    1. What this? The SPLC starting a smear campaign now? Grow up!

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    2. Back under your rock SPLC troll!

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    3. Generally, by whom?!? You.(?)

      It is stupid comments like this that get decent people like the author and the readers of this blog branding as whack jobs. Me thinks you know this and are a plant to further the meme. Either that or your skirt of ignorance is showing.

      Tim

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  15. http://www.thesocialcontract.com/answering_our_critics/southern_poverty_law_center_splc_info.html

    All we need to know...lol.

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  16. What makes "reports" like the SPLC's dangerous is that sloppy law enforcement departments and Federal Agencies use them as factual training documents. Officers may believe what they are told in briefings and during training and be more aggressive and violent than their usual soft-n-fuzzy handling of non-violent US citizens.

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  17. such bs and paranoa here. so sorry for you all

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  18. The SPLC is a bunch of radical, leftist rabble rousers supported by other radical leftists. I'm proud to see you're on the right side of that bunch. Nobody takes them seriously except other kooks.

    Huggs..

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  19. I don't like wasting time or air on the SPLC. Morlin was just 'trollin' for a rise from the online community. His numbers (hits) must have been down from last quarter. A desperate man writing crap for no good purpose 'cept to pay the bills. In my humble opinion, or course...

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  20. I don't like wasting time or air on the SPLC. Morlin was just 'trollin' for a rise from the online community. His numbers (hits) must have been down from last quarter. A desperate man writing crap for no good purpose 'cept to pay the bills. In my humble opinion, or course...

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  21. I don't know what to add to what has already been said except We love you and your family and wish you all the best in every way. JWR has said that they will be sued if they do not print a retraction in 30 days. Fire up the lawyers because they do not have the integrity to do what is right. Your friends are coming to your defence which is as it should be. Your blog will probably be trolled now that the idiots have raised your blogs status in the left. We will know which ones they are.

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  22. In years past I was indifferent towards the SPLC until they labeled a local Catholic Church/school/convent as an anti-Semite hate group. Now I see them for their strictly political agenda they really support.

    Now I have found one more thing they bash to support (your blog). I'll be reading more of your posts.

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  23. Patrice,
    Looks like the SPLC is backing down. Even though they still have the snarky remarks in the text of their article, they have removed your photo.

    Have a great day.

    Ralph

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    1. Thanks for letting me know! Whoo-hoo!

      - Patrice

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  24. I've posted this before on this blog, but it wasn't that long ago that if you announced you were moving to Idaho to raise your own cows and chickens and sell handcrafted mugs at Renaissance Faires you were a hippie-dippie granola flower child. Now it gets you on the radar of the Southern Poverty Law Center. That's genuinely frightening.

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    1. Hmmm..true. That is kinda wierd how that's turned around.

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    2. hmm..true. This is kinda weird how the perspective has turned around, isn't it?

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  25. I was just over on the SPLC site and Patrice's pic appears to be down.

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    1. Excellent news! Thank you!

      - Patrice

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    2. Hm, I'm wondering how many of us contacting them on the copyright infringement issue it took for them to remove the photo?

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  26. More and more of our voices are being heard because most Americans are fed up with their nonsense. People are turning to blogs like yours because they want values, truth and honesty. It has to be relearned. The road ahead is long, but the ones that are filled with hate will eventually fall by the wayside.

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  27. Here we are again.(sigh) Once again, the agenda is demonize and put you on the defensive . Just maybe if you'd been more cautious, a little more nice, used better words, etc.. blah, blah, blah.
    Then let's act like the Pro 2nd amendment crowd.They get smeared, accused for different things ? Then they rush en mass to defend themselves and recoil in horror at the very thought intimated or leveled directly at them ! Then they begin to argue among themselves and throw their considered less pure brethren to the wolves instead of all bringing the heaviest hammer available down on top of these clown's heads till they stop moving ?
    These monster's are part of the enemy apparatus destroying your nation and laughing at your ignorance.If you trace down to the very root where these clowns evolved from, you'll then find horror ? Orgs. like this are brought in as agents of good and then become a structural evil like many an alphabet brainchild.
    Research thoroughly the roots of SPLC and their brotherhood as well as DHS and other's, you'll see the same root structure and soil conditions but different plants each with their own planned use in the control module. And friend's, they don't give one rat's behind in benevolence to you and yours.
    Now, let's shut up the vain arguments, point/counter point, and turn together to face this enemy with more heads than the Hydra. Let's call them WHO they are and WHAT they are, quit feeding them , and be damned public about it.
    Good day.

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  28. LOL. No longer - WANTED! You were in some good company there, Patrice. Kind of sad to see you leaving their radar. Sadly enough, those who are AWAKE know all about the SPLC. Those that are still sheeping? They'll be coming around.

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  29. The SPLC is, in my opinion, lower than whale feces.

    A few years ago they targeted my church. They accused us of racism and other foul things, and then sent people 'under cover' with hidden cameras to our largest annual gathering at Passover.

    They were very disappointed to find a deeply integrated gathering of various races and a message of brotherly love and virtue. They as much as said so in the article they went ahead and published, and said that even though they were surprised, we should still probably be watched nonetheless.

    Just as anonymous 11:38 said above, these people are dangerous. They bear false witness against good people and they mislead law enforcement.

    They're nothing more than a hate group. I'd love to see them sued out of existence.

    Lower. Than. Whale. Poop.

    A.McSp

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    1. There is an answer to lazy cops buying the SPLC's BS. Call the badge punks on it. Any ossifer involved in using SLPC material should be the first laid off in the next round of budget cuts. Remember, people, cops pull the BS they pull because no one holds them accountable where they'll notice-in their wallets!

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  30. It's crazy how many people consider the SLPC a "reputable source".

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  31. It's horrifying that supporting our Constitution makes us a target by Leftist groups.

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  32. It's horrifying that supporting our Constitution makes us a target by Leftist groups.

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  33. (Though we've never met)Because of your enemies, I am proud to think of you as my friend.


    Steve Davis
    Anchorage, Alaska

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    1. Right on Steve. As the snarky comments, defamation of character & slander continues, so does the loyal fan base!

      I am a proud reader/supporter of RR, where it gets told like it is, whether you like it or not.

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  34. Speaking of a "fortified white redoubt," most people are unaware that NOT ONE of the Southern Poverty Law Center's top executives is a minority.

    In fact, despite being located LITERALLY in the backyard of Dr. King's own Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Montgomery, the SPLC has NEVER hired a person of color to a highly paid position of authority in its entire 42-year history.

    http://wp.me/pCLYZ-i3

    Even the SPLC's laughably named "Teaching Tolerance" program, which purports to promote diversity in the K-12 classroom, has been led by "whites only" for more than 21 of its 22 years. The one African American to head the program was only allowed to do so in an interim position for a few months until her white successor could be recruited.

    http://wp.me/pCLYZ-fB

    Except for one or two token mid-level managers, the leadership of the SPLC is as white today as it was when Morris Dees opened the doors in 1971. Dees even wrote in his 1991 autobiography that he only offered Julian Bond what he called "the largely honorary title" of President of the SPLC so that Dees could use Bond's name in fundraising letters.

    The SPLC's "hate group" brand name is hugely lucrative. Last year they gulled thousands of gullible donors into sending them more than $40 million dollars in tax-free donations by claiming that "hate groups" were everwhere. That works out to more than $109,000 each and every day, or just over $4,500 donor-dollars every hour.

    That figure does not include the $18 million in tax-free interest generated by the SPLC's quarter-BILLION dollar cash reserves.

    If the SPLC is going to make big bucks off the use of your likeness, you ought to at least get a cut of the loot. Call a REAL law firm.

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  35. If we prepare for emergencies we are deemed anti-government extremists, etc. Why?

    IMHO, "they" can't control us when we don't need them for survival. That fact scares the crap out of "them."

    We rock! They suck...

    WhtWolff

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  36. To continue on what Riohard Keefe started, those who are forever "promoting diversity" inevitably live in the whitest section of town. I'll bet the SPLC staff are sucking down moakalottafropacheenos at the fair trade coffee shop, grocery shopping at Whole Foods, and meditating vinyasa at the yoga studio. For them living the multicultural lifestyle means going to that great new Ethiopian restaurant.

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  37. Patrice--This is FYI. Anita
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    Dear Editor:

    I am constrained by the 400 word limit to expose the libelous character of the Southern Poverty Law Center and the utterly unprofessional reporting by this newspaper in last week's issue--but here goes.

    I have never met Tim Folke---the victim of the front page, headline article--but I do know about the. Southern Poverty Law Center . That the SPLC would be described as, “fighting hate and bigotry; and seeking justice...” is a complete perversion of language. They spread lies and hate. For example, the assassin who went to the Family Research Council headquarters last August to murder as many strangers as he could was inspired by the SPLC's “hate map” and inaccurate description of the Family Research Council. For proof, here is just one of many links: http://news.yahoo.com/fbi-video-family-research-council-shooter-admits-used-141041463.html

    The SPLC is well known as an extreme left wing hate group. If I were allowed more words I could give numerous examples. However, getting publicity from them is obviously dangerous.

    Last Sunday my favorite blogger, a “rural north Idaho housewife”, was alerted by another fan that her photo was in the SPLC's Summer Issue Intelligence Report (http://www.rural-revolution.com/ and scroll down to June 2). Patrice and another north Idaho writer were scandalously misquoted and/or disparagingly characterized in that Report. And all of it was provably false.

    Then I read the front page, headline story in our local newspaper about Tim Folke. The article's writer, in the first two paragraphs, details Mr. Folke's long term relationship with Adams County but then he NEVER bothers to interview any local sources for their impression of Mr. Folke's character or the quality of his professional work. The entire article is based on the SPLC Report From the South—somewhere? As true? In my opinion, this is the height of irresponsible reporting and the depths of dishonesty.

    I am the victim of another front page, headline story of this newspaper—where my opinions were reported AND I WAS EVEN QUOTED—when I was not even at the meeting!--and the following week's apology/retraction was buried in the Legal Notices. I have never met Tim Folke but I sympathize with him. That article borders on libel. I hope he is as forgiving and will be as supportive of our local newspaper as I have tried to be.

    Anita VanGrunsven

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  38. I knew Tim Folke for many years. He was soft spoken with a quick quiet sense of humor. He LOVED loved loved and lived lived lived to hunt game, which is the reason he moved to Idaho in the first place. He was a simple man and he would much rather have lived off the land than drive a fancy car or live in a fancy house. His wife was sweet and worked right beside him in the office. He LOVED his children and wanted them to have a good life. I had many long conversations with Tim over the years, and never did he leave me with the impression that he was anything but a decent man living his off the grid dreams! When you come from the Bay Area, as Tim and I both did, you try to relax and take life more in stride living small town Idaho life.

    Tim disappeared after this story came out. His wife divorced him and his kids disowned him. He never knew that he actually had people who cared about him here in our small town. All he knew was that everyone around him believed the SPLC's stories.

    I hope he has found peace since this article broke. I don't understand why he would write those things, as I have never been able to get a grasp on racism in the first place, but I do know that if he was delving into the abyss of antisemitism for the soul purpose of seeking knowledge and answers, the SPLC has made sure that no one will ever believe it.

    Terrie

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