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Kavanaugh's Answers About the Obergefell Same-Sex Marriage Case and Discrimination Are Disturbing

Judge Brett Kavanaugh is refusing to say if he agrees the historic 2015 Obergefell Supreme Court ruling finding same-sex couples have a constitutional right to marriage was correctly decided. He also is refusing to say if he thinks the days of discriminating against LGBT people are over.

Late Thursday during his Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing (video below) the Trump nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court faced one of his greatest opponents, Democratic Senator Kamala Harris. Harris, her state's former Attorney General for six years, and the District Attorney of San Francisco for seven years prior, is possibly one of the most precise questioners any modern-day Supreme Court nominee has ever faced.

"My question is, was the Obergefell case correctly decided, in your opinion," Sen. Harris asked.

Judge Kavanaugh, clearly prepared for the question – and for ways to not answer it – found a multitude of ways around it. As several watching the hearing noted, he instead "mansplained" to the accomplished California Senator.

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When all was said and done, Kavanaugh refused to answer.

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When all is said, and done, it will be THIS case which will likely be one of the first to go. The rights of the LGBT community hang in the balance, and frankly, IMO, many people don't seem to be all that concerned.
Posted by Behind the Aegis | Tue Sep 11, 2018, 04:46 PM (13 replies)

'Jewtropolis': antisemitic hack hits map used by Snapchat and Citi Bike

On Thursday morning, some users of the maps functionality on Snapchat were shocked to see New York labelled “Jewtropolis”. Users of the bike-rental scheme Citi Bike, the real estate website StreetEasy and the Weather Channel website saw the same thing.

No one at any of those companies appears to be responsible. Instead the blame lies with Mapbox, a third-party company that provides maps for online brands. Mapbox relies partly on user-provided data, and while there are supposed to be checks in place to prevent abuse of the system, it seems a prankster had managed to get through them and give New York a new antisemitic moniker, albeit one that was changed within an hour once moderators had spotted it.

In a statement, Snap, the parent company of Snapchat, said the defacement was “deeply offensive”. Mapbox called it “malicious hate speech” and a “disgusting attack” and said they were reviewing how it could have happened. Yet this is far from the first shot to be fired in the war of the maps apps.

You could be forgiven for thinking that online maps are one of the least controversial parts of the internet. Yes, social media may be rife with abuse, bullying and fake news, but apps like Google Maps and Waze appear to be objective, useful services.

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Posted by Behind the Aegis | Sat Sep 1, 2018, 02:58 PM (3 replies)

League of the South Blames 'Mentally-Ill Young Jews With Guns' For Jacksonville Shooting

League of the South co-founder and president Michael Hill posted a statement on the organization’s website today blaming “mentally-ill young Jews with guns” for yesterday’s shooting at a video game tournament in Jacksonville, Florida.

A gunman killed two and injured 11 at a “Madden” football video game tournament yesterday before fatally shooting himself. When the gunman was identified as David Katz, 24, of Baltimore, white nationalists latched on to Katz’ last name as an indication that he practiced Judaism and that the shooting was further justification for their anti-Semitic conspiracy theories.

Mike “Enoch” Peinovich, the founder of the alt-right podcast network The Right Stuff, wrote that the shooting was “a small scale version of Israel’s Samson option.”

Failed anti-Semitic and white nationalist House candidate Paul Nehlen also engaged in rampant anti-Semitism after the shooting, accusing Jews of being over-representing in mass shootings.

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Can't say I am surprised. Happens every fucking time, and just as predictable, it is ignored.
Posted by Behind the Aegis | Tue Aug 28, 2018, 01:00 PM (9 replies)

Self-proclaimed Holocaust revisionist running for Hilton Head mayor

A self-proclaimed Holocaust revisionist is planning a run for mayor of Hilton Head, South Carolina, but says his beliefs will not impact his local anti-development platform.

Michael Santomauro, 59, filed papers to enter the race on Monday, according to the Island Packet.

Santomauro, who founded a roommate-matching service, made headlines in New York City in 2003 when subscribers to his service received a stream of emails spreading his beliefs denying historical accounts of the Holocaust.

In 2004, protesters surrounded his home and chanted “evict the Nazi.” He told the New York Post then that the Nazi label is “totally inaccurate.” He told the Island Packet this week that the protesters were “part of a domestic terrorism group.”

In 2011, Santomauro urged his child’s school on Manhattan’s Upper East Side to acquire the book “Debating the Holocaust: A New Look at Both Sides.” The book collects essays denying key aspects of Holocaust history, including the death toll, the accounts of survivors, the physical evidence found at death camps and the feasibility of the methods the Nazis used to carry out mass murder. Santomauro runs American operations for a publisher of e-books dedicated to Holocaust denial.

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Posted by Behind the Aegis | Mon Aug 13, 2018, 04:02 PM (1 replies)

Ruth Bader Ginsburg action figures will ship this fall

Fans of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg can already buy a plethora of items with her face on it, including T-shirts, mugs and prayer candles. Soon they will be able to add another keepsake to their collections: an RBG action figure.

If the amount of money raised to produce the toys is any indication, they will be a success: Donations passed the $613,000 mark on a Kickstarter page dedicated to producing the figures, vastly exceeding the goal of $15,000.

Fctry, a Brooklyn-based product design company, is selling the figures; the first shipment will go out in October. The miniature version of the Jewish jurist costs $20 and sports her signature white collar, wire-rimmed glasses and hardwood gavel.

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Fctry is donating $1 for each Kickstarter donor to She’s The First, an organization that supports girls hoping to be the first in their family to graduate from high school.

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Posted by Behind the Aegis | Mon Aug 13, 2018, 03:59 PM (7 replies)

Not again

Posted by Behind the Aegis | Mon Aug 13, 2018, 05:45 AM (1 replies)

Colorado Republican Party calls Jewish, gay politician a 'Brownshirt' Nazi

In a recent social media post, Colorado Republicans called a gay, Jewish politician a Nazi.

In a post to Facebook on August 1, the Jefferson County, Colorado, Republican Party made a joke about Representative Jared Polis (D-CO) being a Brownshirt – an informal name for a member of the Nazi Party’s paramilitary, which was known for their violence against opposing parties and minorities, like Jews and gay men.

Polis is Jewish. And gay.

“Jared Polis has a new club ‘How to Be A Brown Shirt for Fun & Profit,” the post said, along with an image of Polis wearing a brown shirt.

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Posted by Behind the Aegis | Fri Aug 10, 2018, 05:35 AM (6 replies)

California neo-Nazi spams Idahoans with robocalls, plans 'regional capital' in Gem State

A California man who has called the Holocaust “a lie” and claims Jews conspired to stop him from winning a U.S. Senate race says he plans to establish a “regional capital” in North Idaho.

Sandpoint residents this week told The Spokesman-Review they had received a bizarre automated phone message from Patrick Little, a neo-Nazi who has called for a United States “free from Jews” and who recently mounted a failed campaign to unseat five-term Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein.

Two residents shared recordings of the minute-long robocall, in which Little speaks over an instrumental version of The Rembrandts’ 1995 song “I’ll Be There for You” – a tune best known as the theme for the sitcom “Friends.”

“America has a Jewish problem,” Little says at the start of the call. “To the people of Sandpoint, Bonner County, North Idaho: My name is Patrick Little, and I’ll be arriving shortly to make Sandpoint one of my new regional capitals throughout the country. This area has a reputation as a home to people with the moral courage to recognize the consequences of diversity.”

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Good luck, Idahoans!
Posted by Behind the Aegis | Thu Aug 9, 2018, 04:58 PM (2 replies)

Patrick Little's 'Name The Jew' Tour Spreading Anti-Semitism Nationwide

Before he moves to northern Idaho in mid-August with plans of establishing a “regional capital,” neo-Nazi former Senate candidate Patrick Little has embarked on a cross-country tour he calls “Name The Jew,” where he spews anti-Semitic propaganda at passers-by, according to the Anti-Defamation League.

An avowed anti-Semite, Little claims Jews conspired to stop him from winning a U.S. Senate race in California (Little received a little more than 1% of the vote in June’s primary).

Throughout his tour, which began in July, he has carried a sign that reads, “Jews Rape Kids.” Generally people ignored him, the ADL reported, but one person threw a soda can at his direction while another yelled, “F—- you.”

His tour will have had stops in at least 10 cities, including Portland, Seattle, Fargo and Minneapolis. He unsuccessfully attempted to enter Canada, and now he says he plans to visit New York City, or the “the vipers’ nest,” the ADL reported.

Little visited the North Dakota State Fair, Brown University in Rhode Island and the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center. He livestreamed most of his “J Walks” and encouraged viewers to fund his efforts.

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Posted by Behind the Aegis | Thu Aug 9, 2018, 04:47 PM (4 replies)

Russian Election Ad Maligns Gay People to Get Out the Vote

An advertisement for Russian regional elections this fall has sparked controversy by suggesting that not voting is for gay people, with a video showing two men arguing against voting before undressing each other.

A commercial ahead of the March 2018 presidential elections also played on prejudices against gay people to warn in graphic terms that not voting could lead to homosexuality. The video painted a dystopian future including a law that would force otherwise straight men to live with a “gay homestay.”

In the latest ad, two young men criticize elections as “an illusion of democracy” and vow not to vote as they are seen walking through a city, sitting in a park and riding a bus.

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“Let the others go and vote. We have more important things to do,” the man says as he unbuckles his belt and closes the door in front of the camera.

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Coming soon to a state near you! (I wouldn't be surprised.)
Posted by Behind the Aegis | Wed Aug 8, 2018, 05:03 PM (0 replies)
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