Category Archives: Hate groups

Latino Victory Fund Scares Elephants

Latino Victory Fund

A moderate Democrat beat a moderate Republican to win the governor’s race in Virginia last week.

Latino Victory Fund

But a campaign ad by the Latino Victory Fund was anything but moderate. It featured an Ed Gillespie stand-in chasing minority children in a pickup truck. The ad only ran once but the Latino Viciory Fund president, Cristóbal Alex, says he’d do it again.

Some Republicans fear this could be a trend that will cost them their Senate majority.

Nothing really changed in Virginia though. A new Democrat simply replaced an old Democrat in the governor’s house.

Stephen Paddock Face of Evil

Stephen Paddockface of evilStephen Paddock was a 64 year old retired accountant reportedly worth 2 million dollars. He owned rental properties, was a certified pilot and owned two  airplanes. Not exactly my idea of the face of evil. But he had 23 firearms in his hotel room and shot nearly 600 people, killing 59 of them.

Face of Evil

He was also a casino gambler. He held the “highest status” at Caesars Entertainment. Does “highest status” go to people who win a lot of Caesars’ money? Did he blow his 2 million dollar fortune?

Whatever happened, it doesn’t seem like he suddenly went haywire. His killing spree was meticulously planned.

David French in National Review thinks the case is very very strange.

Hate Group Members

hate group

The extremist hate group thing seems a little trumped up to me.

The Southern Poverty Law Center says there are between 5,000 and 8,000 Klan members. The SLPC is the media’s go-to choice for hate stats. They even publish this helpful hate map.

But their definition of hate seems broad. They label some Christian groups that don’t share their views on LGBT issues, like the Family Research Council, as hate groups. Then again, I suppose the Klan also considers itself a Christian group not big on the LGBT agenda.

Anyway, I found the FBI figure of 2,200 Klan members quoted in Newsweek archives. So I went with it.