Only a decade ago, as governor of Virginia, Allen personally initiated an association with the Council of Conservative Citizens, the successor organization to the segregationist White Citizens Council and among the largest white supremacist groups.
...After speaking with CCC founder and former White Citizens Council organizer Gordon Lee Baum and two of his cohorts, Allen suggested that they pose for a photograph with then-National Rifle Association spokesman and actor Charlton Heston. The photo appeared in the Summer 1996 issue of the CCC's newsletter, the Citizens Informer.
According to Baum, Allen had not naively stumbled into a chance meeting with unfamiliar people. He knew exactly who and what the CCC was about and, from Baum's point of view, was engaged in a straightforward political transaction. "It helped us as much as it helped him," Baum told me. "We got our bona fides." And so did Allen.
Descended from the White Citizens' Councils...the CCC is designated a "hate group" by the Southern Poverty Law Center. In its "Statement of Principles," the CCC declares, "We also oppose all efforts to mix the races of mankind, to promote non-white races over the European-American people through so-called "affirmative action" and similar measures, to destroy or denigrate the European-American heritage, including the heritage of the Southern people, and to force the integration of the races."
So how's Allen going to explain THIS one? What, he thought the "CCC" stood for "Civilian Conservation Corps" or something? And if you believe THAT one, I've got some good "caca" to sell you.
[UPDATE: Here are some classic quotes from the CCC...courtesy of Wikipedia.
*"Each of the three major races plays a distinct role in history. . . . The whites were the creators of civilization, the yellows its sustainers and copyists, the blacks its destroyers." (www.cofcc.org, 12/98)
*Abraham Lincoln was "surely the most evil American in history," and Martin Luther King was a "depraved miscreant.+óGé¼-¥ (www.cofcc.org, 12/98)
*"The Jews' motto is 'never forget, and never forgive.' One can't agree with the way they've turned spite into welfare billions for themselves, but the 'never forget' part is very sound." (Citizens Informer, Winter/97)
*"The presence [in Congress] of even one white person with our interests foremost in his mind is simply unacceptable to the issues-obsessed conservative race traitors. Texas Governor George Bush and his brother Jeb in Florida have manifested their self-hatred by embracing Hispanics ahead of whites. Somehow we must find a way to relieve whites of their self-hatred." ("Open Letter to White People,+óGé¼-¥ www.cofcc.org, 12/98)]
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"Oh them? Uhm, they're just part of my, uhm, old white guy collection."
Allen to Speak at GOP Rally for Ethnic Groups
Sen. George Allen (R-Va.) is scheduled to speak Sept. 9 at a rally for ethnic groups sponsored by the Fairfax County Republican Party, officials said yesterday.
Allen has been under fire for remarks to S.A. Sidarth, a Fairfax native of Indian descent and volunteer for Allen's foe, James Webb.
Sidarth recorded Allen on video calling him "macaca" and welcoming him "to America and the real world of Virginia." Macaca is the scientific name of a genus of monkeys, and it is a slur in some cultures.
Allen apologized to Sidarth. Fairfax GOP Chairman Eric Lundberg said Allen had been previously scheduled to speak at the rally. Link
I swear, they never run out of good ideas at Allen's campaign do they?
But if this is public info, which it is with the pic it needs to be on wikipedia.
Strike 1: He looks directly into a video camera held by someone who works for his opponent and uses a racist slur against that person as if he thought he could get away with it.
Strike 2: As governor, GOVERNOR, he associates with a racist group and allows his picture to be taken with that same group. This wasn't a high school indiscretion - he supposedly was representing all Virginians at this time.
Does he somehow think he is above the unwritten rules that govern public officials behavior? Or that he is so important that no one should bother about his personal choices? These are the sort of things that you just can't believe someone in his position would do.
BUT HE DOES THEM! IN FRONT OF CAMERAS NO LESS!
Stupidity? Arrogance? Ego? Uncontrollable Hatred?
I don't know. Unbelievable? Yes. BUT IT HAPPENED. Again. Wow.
Lester Maddox was a charter member of the Council of Conservative Citizens, present at our founding meeting in Atlanta, Georgia.
For those of you who aren't familiar with Lester Maddox this is from his wikipedia entry:
In 1944, Maddox, along with his wife, Virginia Cox, used $400 they had saved to open up a combination grocery store/restaurant. Building on that success, the couple then bought property on Hemphill Avenue off the Georgia Tech campus to open up the "Pickrick" restaurant.
Maddox made the "Pickrick" a family affair with his wife and children working side-by-side with him. The restaurant became known for its simple, inexpensive food, including its specialty, skillet-fried chicken.
Championing that segregationist philosophy, The "Pickrick" soon became a thriving business. However, Maddox's refusal to adjust to changes following the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 manifested itself when he filed a lawsuit to continue his policies. He first prevented a trio of African-Americans from entering his restaurant by holding a gun at the entrance, then later defied a court order by proclaiming to another group of African-Americans, "If you live 100 years, you'll never get a piece of fried chicken here."
Unable to win his case, he became a martyr to segregationists by selling the restaurant to employees rather than integrating it. Many of his fellow citizens praised him for doing this.
This will help Webb, and for that I am happy. But it is a sad day for Virginia.
Kos links Lowell's post, so tidy up gang. We have visitors.
Damn everyone's on vacation too!!
Where's Keith Olbberman when you need him?
Thread at Democratic Underground:
"In May, after Arizona Republican Senator John McCain, the current frontrunner for the 2008 GOP presidential nomination, made his highly-publicized pilgrimage to the Rev. Jerry Falwell's Liberty University, Allen had bigger fish to fry.
According to The Hotline Allen was a featured speaker at the Council for National Policy's recent 25th anniversary celebration in Tyson's Corner, Virginia.
The Council for National Policy is a highly secretive group of top-shelf religious and secular conservative leaders who meet three times a year. Joining Allen was a host of major conservative leaders including Sandra Froman, president of the National Rifle Association (NRA), Pennsylvania Republican Sen. Rick Santorum, Michael Chertoff, the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Edwin Fuelner, Jr., the president of the Heritage Foundation, Phyllis Schlafly, Grover Norquist, the head of Americans for Tax Reform, and John Bolton, the US Ambassador to the United Nations.
The CNP has a history of keeping the press out of their affairs and insists that all speeches and conversations are "off the record," The Hotline reported. The secrecy policy was most in evidence when during the 2000 presidential campaign then-candidate George W. Bush spoke to the CNP and refused to release a transcript of his remarks to the press."
Allen is courting all the nut cases.
Another on concerning Ken Blackwell (R-OH) (running for Governor) and the CNP: (3-06)
A partial list of members as of 1998:
Right Wing Religious Leaders:
Dr. Tim LaHaye, Jerry Falwell, Pat Robertson, James Dobson (Focus on the Family), Howard Ahmanson (Christian Reconstructionist), Rev. Donald Wildmon (American Family Association), David W. Breese (Christian Identity), William R. Bright (International Christian Leadership University), Robert P. Dugan Jr. (National Association of Evangelicals), Robert Grant (Christian Voice), Haldeman "Hal" W. Guffey (International Ministries Fellowship), Sara DiVito Hardman (Christian Coalition of California), Seamus Hasson (Becket Fund for Religious Liberty), Donald Paul Hodel (Christian Coalition), James B. Jacobson (Christian Solidarity International), Bob Jones III (Bob Jones University), Ed McAteer (Religious Roundtable, Inc.), Dal Shealy (Fellowship of Christian Athletes), John A. Stormer (I Chronicles 12:32 Ministries and authour of None Dare Call it Treason famous McCarthyite anti-communist screed), Jay Strack (Christian motivational speaker, former appointee to "Just say no" drug task force).
Right Wing Media and Communications:
L. Brent Bozell III (Media Research Center), Stuart W. Epperson (Salem Communications Corporation), Tracy Freeny (AmeriVision Communications, Inc.),Reed Irvine (Accuracy in Media), Mark Maddoux (USA Radio Network), Pat Matrisciana (Jeremiah Films), James D. McCotter (Media Management Group, Inc.), Liz McCotter (Channel 26 Orlando), Patrick B. McGuigan (The Daily Oklahoman), Sam Moore (Thomas Nelson Publishers), Thomas L. Phillips (Phillips Publishing International), Larry W. Poland (Mastermedia International, Inc.) , Gerry Snyder (member of editorial board, Valley Views, a conservative weekly newspaper), Bill Tierney (Capital Communications, Inc.), George Uribe II (Uribe Communications and former political director of Alan Keyes for President).
Businessmen, Lobbyists, Lawyers and Political Consultants:
Gary Jarmin (Jar-Mon Consultants), David Keene (American Conservative Union), Larry Klayman (Judicial Watch), Mark R. Levin (Landmark Legal Foundation), Christopher Long (Friess Assoc.), Edward A. Lozick (Nerts, Inc.), Edith D. Hakola (National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation), Carolyn Malenick (Triad Management Services, Inc.), Thomas E. McCabe (Killion McCabe & Associates), Dana Meese (Deloitte & Tousche Consulting Group), Eugene Meyer(Federalist Society), Ralph Reed (Century Strategies), William Bradford Reynolds, Jay A. Sekulow (American Center for Law and Justice), Kyle Stallings (Permian Basin Acquisition Fund), Allen Stevens (Capital Insurance Services of Mississippi), Christine Vollmer (Aragua Services - K Street lobbyist), Jack Webb (Jack Webb & Assoc.), Somers White (Somers White Co.).
Funders of Conservative Causes:
Nelson Bunker Hunt (of the famed Texas based family of oil tycoons), Various members of the Coors' family (Beer Barons), Richard DeVos (Amway founder), Pierre S. duPont IV.
Former Sen. Jesse Helms; Dick Armey and Tom Delay (GOP Congressional leaders); Gary Bauer, Ed Meese, William G. Batchelder III (Congressman), Dan Burton (Congressman), John Doolittle (Congressman), Robert K. Dornan, Sen. D. M. "Lauch" Faircloth, Ernest J. Istook (Congressman), Sen. Jon Kyl, Sen. Trent Lott, Sen. Don Nickles, Tom Patterson (AZ State Sen.), Tony Perkins (La. State Rep.), H. L. Richardson (CA State Sen.), David C. Schultheis (CO State Rep.), Gov. John H. Sununu, Gov. Tommy G. Thompson.
Paul Weyrich (Free Congress Foundation, etc.), Howard Phillip (Conservative Caucus), Larry Pratt (Gun Owners of America ); Oliver North; Richard Viguerie (direct mail wizard), Morton C. Blackwell (Leadership Institute), Henry F. Cooper (High Frontier), Edwin J. Feulner Jr. (Heritage Foundation), Peter Flaherty (National Legal and Policy Center), Stephen Goodrick (National Right to Work Committee), Lon Mabon (U.S. Citizen's Alliance), Raymond Moore (Moore Foundation), Henry M. Morris (Institute for Creation Science), Grover Norquist, Phillip Olsen (Family Research Council), Phyllis Schlafly (Eagle Forum), John K. Singlaub, LaNeil Wright Spivy (Eagle Forum), Lt. General Gordon Sumner Jr. (Connected to various org. associated with Rev. Moon).(my emphasis)
The connections between all these people and Allen is undeniable. I highly recommend someone go over this and find something else that will stick to Allen. The CNP is everything of the worst; in other words, the GoOPer's finest.
"Don't say you're involved with us," Baum said [to David Duke]. "The politicians won't show up. We use these politicians. The main reason people won't become involved, they're afraid. But if they see important people, they'll become involved because they think the water's safe and there's no sharks out there."
In the end, Baum allowed Duke to sell his literature, but only until the politicians were to show up the next day. Duke on his own was not the problem. It was the bad press.
Despite Baum's protestations, the CCC's ties to Duke are longstanding. During Duke's run for Louisiana governor in the early 1990s, Baum and two other leaders wrote to council members to urge them to vote for Duke, according to The Riverfront Times, a St. Louis newspaper.
The links between the CCA [Citizens Councils of America, aka White Citizens Councils] and the CCC are not tenuous. In addition to Patterson, Baum was for years during the 1960s the White Citizens Councils' midwest field organizer. Bill Lord, the CCC's current Mississippi leader, was a regional CCA organizer. Baum and other CCC leaders have acknowledged that they built their group on the basis of the mailing lists of the old White Citizens Councils.
While the presence and degree of racism in the CCC varies from chapter to chapter, the Report found a significant number of members have been linked to unabashedly racist groups including the Invisible Empire Knights of the Ku Klux Klan; the Carolina Knights of the Ku Klux Klan; the National Association for the Advancement of White People; the America First Party; and the neo-Nazi National Alliance.
In early 1995, Baum invited Vince Reed, who Baum knew as the head of security for the openly neo-Nazi Aryan Nations organization, into his St. Louis home. Taking Reed into a basement office and locking the door, Baum tried to recruit him to join the CCC's national board.
Unbeknownst to Baum, Reed was a law enforcement informant who has testified in state and federal courts, most recently against a group of Illinois terrorists.
"He wanted to talk about me coming over to his side," recalls Reed. "He says, 'I know you're an ambassador for [Aryan Nations leader] Richard Butler, but I can really use a person like you.' He told me his organization was really going forward.
"He was very serious, saying, 'Vince, the Jews are going to fall from the inside, not from the outside, and the niggers will be a puppet on a string for us.' And I said, 'Well, I see you're on the same side we're on.' And he said, 'Oh, yeah.'
He said, 'The power is not out there in the gun, it is inside Congress. You can battle for the rest of your life with guns and explosives, and you aren't going anywhere. We've got to do it from the inside.'"
Baum, while conceding he knew Reed, described his story as a "total lie."
I've read a lot of Blumenthal and he's a careful, good journalist in my opinion.
On the bright side, they do take a strong stand in favor of the environment and don't mention offshore drilling, so maybe if Felix would just follow all of their advice he wouldn't be so bad ;)
Please look at this racist quote from fugitive Warren Jeffs who was captured on Tuesday and then ask yourself if there is much of a difference in the racist attitudes from Jeffs and from the people (the CCC) who George Allen likes to keep company with:
ANDERSON COOPER 360 DEGREES
Katrina: One Year Later; Fugitive Polygamist Leader Captured
Aired August 29, 2006 - 22:00 Ã‚Â ET
(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)
JEFFS: You see some classes of the human family that are black, uncouth or rude and filthy, uncomely, disagreeable and low in their habits, wild and seemingly deprived of nearly all the blessings of the intelligence that is generally bestowed upon mankind.
(END OF VIDEO CLIP)
COOPER: Some of the words there from a sermon by Warren Jeffs. You can add a racist to the list of things that Warren Jeffs is now known for.
Look at the picture of Allen with the CCC, read about Allen's association with the CCC, and then ask yourself if "you can add a racist to the list of things that George Allen is now known for" by the same standards that Anderson Cooper is using to describe Warren Jeffs from his racist quote above?
No, I doubt this makes the news.
This story has a photo. Not bad, but not nearly as good. And the meaning behind the photo can be called into question - as it has on NLS.
Given Allen's behavior when it comes to racism he should provide an explanation. But I'm also not going to hold my breath on that one, because if he does address the matter he would risk turning it into a news item himself.
Then again, given how well they handled the macaca incident, it wouldn't surprise me if they did shoot themselves in the foot. Certainly hope so.