TL;DR — when it comes to literal Nazis, always root for injuries.
First, there was this tragicomical story in the Daily Beast…
Prominent neo-Nazi website The Daily Stormer might have to reveal its funding, thanks to a new court filing in a lawsuit against the website’s founder, Andrew Anglin.
Anglin is currently on the run from two lawsuits. One of those lawsuits, by radio host and Daily Beast contributor Dean Obeidallah, accuses Anglin of defamation after The Daily Stormer accused Obeidallah of orchestrating a bombing at a 2017 Ariana Grande concert in England. In a new filing in the case, Obeidallah asked a judge to let him enter a discovery process for Moonbase Holdings, LLC, a shell company The Daily Stormer used to make its financial transactions look more legitimate.
If granted, the discovery process could reveal who funded Anglin’s hate site.
Anglin, who claims to be in Cambodia, has not responded to Obeidallah’s initial complaint, the Southern Poverty Law Center first reported. As a result, a clerk of court ruled declared Anglin to be in default, allowing Obeidallah to seek damages in Anglin’s absence. In his new filing, Obeidallah asks to investigate Moonbase Holdings before pursuing specific damages…
“At one point it appeared that Defendant Moonbase received approximately $3,405.70 per month in credit card donations through Hatreon,” the new filing in Obeidallah’s lawsuit reads. Hatreon is a crowdfunding platform beloved by hate groups, who are often banned from platforms like GoFundMe and Patreon.
Since February 9, 2017, the site has been down, its homepage displaying a notice that “pledging is currently disabled while we upgrade our systems.”
With Hatreon on hold, Anglin has claimed to be nearly broke…
Aaaand… here come the Nazi Rosencrantz & Guildenstern!
Have been reliably informed that Paul Nehlen just doxxed "Ricky Vaughn" over on Gab and if that statement makes no sense whatsoever to you, gentle reader, be grateful for your unfamiliarity with alt-right/anti-semite social media.
— Jeff B. (@EsotericCD) April 2, 2018
Paul Nehlen, a white nationalist congressional candidate from Wisconsin, took to https://t.co/UKYS4hYKxE yesterday to reveal one of the alt-right’s best-kept secrets: the identity of notorious Twitter troll @Ricky_Vaughn99. #OpDomesticTerrorism https://t.co/7CueRzaQF3
— Bella_ofA (@Bella_ofA) April 4, 2018
… The alleged dox appears to have grown out of a running spat between white supremacist Christopher Cantwell and infamous neo-Nazi troll Andrew “weev” Auernheimer. Weev has accused Cantwell of being a federal informant and Cantwell has responded by accusing weev of colluding with @Ricky_Vaughn99 to deliberately split the far-right movement between “vanguardists,” i.e. those who advocate for militant street action, and “mainstreamers,” embodied by Vaughn…
The dox comes at a pivotal moment for the alt-right, which has been embroiled in several publicity and legal scandals over the past few months. In February, Elliot Kline of Identity Evropa was revealed to have lied about his military service record. March saw the collapse of the Traditionalist Worker Party following Matthew Heimbach’s arrest for battery, domestic battery in the presence of a child, strangulation and intimidation during an affair with his benefactor and father-in-law’s wife…
The pseudonymous Ricky Vaughn Twitter account — named after a character from the 1989 film Major League — was highly influential in spreading the ideas of the racist alt-right in the run-up to the 2016 presidential election. Peaking at 62,000 followers and posting some 221,000 tweets, an MIT election study during the primaries ranked the Twitter account as more influential than the accounts of NBC News, Stephen Colbert, and the Democratic Party among many others.
Vaughn was one of the first alt-right users to fully seize the potential in strategic, mainstream social media use. His rapid ascension as an influencer earned him instant celebrity on the far right.
When Vaughn was banned from Twitter in October of 2016, he became even more of a cause célèbre among the far-right. Vaughn then took his act to Andrew Torba’s Gab — a Twitter alternative tailor-made for the racists rejected by the mainstream platform — where he quickly became a prominent presence with double the “Gab score” of neo-Nazi Andrew Anglin and other alt-right personalities….
One user on the white nationalist blog Occidental Dissent predicted in December of 2017 that “2018 will be the year that ‘Fake Right’ Alt Lite brands like Weird Mike Cernovich, Jack Proboscis, Laura Loomer, and Ricky Vaughn die out and are forgotten.”…
I'd say there's a 100% chance Douglass Mackey aka RickyVaughn99 is still reading Twitter.
Douglass, I want you to know yesterday wasn't the worst day.
Today isn't the worst day.
Every day is going to be your worst day, forever.https://t.co/UDHUHtAqSG
— Rick Wilson (@TheRickWilson) April 5, 2018
Given Paul Nehlen’s previous work, this is yet another situation where “rooting for injuries” is the only ethical stance…
It appears white nationalist Paul Nehlen has been suspended from Gab in response to his dox of alt-righter Ricky Vaughn/Doug Mackey. pic.twitter.com/ocZPJN18o5
— Hatewatch (@Hatewatch) April 5, 2018
My spidey sense is saying there’s another crying nazi video en route.
— Donny Disco (@IamDonnyDisco) April 5, 2018
(Twitter complainant Christopher Cantwell is the original crying Nazi.)
This can only be settled by fisticuffs.
Paul Nehlen vs. Ricky Vaughn, live in the Breitbart Death To The Rootless Cosmopolitans Sportatorium, brought to you by Dragon of Budapest Productions.
— Rick Wilson (@TheRickWilson) April 3, 2018
I blame both sides.
Wait. There’s a difference between a white nationalist and an alt-righter? I thought this was like a “eating their own.”
Gin & Tonic
Wondering if I should follow Steve in the wherever’s lead and become G&T in th ORD. But hopefully I’ll be out of here soon.
That goes far deeper than I ever want to wade into that cesspool.
While we are rooting for injuries, remember that all of these guys will come out to vote for the GOP.
Why didn’t Ricky use his real name? Was he afraid his parents would find out what he was doing and cut him off, forcing him to go out and find a real job, a job where he might have to rub elbows with Jews and, heaven forbid, Negroes? Someone start a GoFundMe so that he can fly to Cambodia and be with Stormer Boy.
@Baud: The REAL question is about how Hillary actually caused all this racism and anti-semitism.
It’s the difference between the Judean People’s Front and the People’s Front of Judea.
And Obama. He was the real racist who forced all of these fine upstanding young white men to become Nazis. They had no other choice, the poor dears. //
The SPLC bankrupted the kkklan by winning a major award in a lawsuit.
Then our only plan should be to get out of the way.
@debbie: Opponent. Making a mistake. Let them.
Adam L Silverman
Anglin is actually in Columbus, OH. He is attempting to elude the process servers and his attorney is committing a fraud against the court.
If you live in the area and see this man:
Or a beat up, late model black Toyota Camry wagon, contact Teresa Ploesser at Encore Process Server.
Night of the Long
@Uncle Omar: Apparently he’s had a real job before. The reporter called both his mom and dad and both of them had no comment and one said it was “difficult time for our family.” I’ll bet. Maybe they already knew, but if not, finding out their son was an influential white supremacist Twitter troll must be kind of a shock.
@Adam L Silverman:
Too chicken to click on any of the Google links, but it appears he lives in Dublin. Northwest suburb of Columbus and relatively affluent.
It is amazing the original KKK held together as long as it did, given the dominant personality traits that these groupings cater to.
@Baud: So root for casualties instead?
I want them to fist fight on a board over a giant meat grinder and both fall into the meat grinder after beating each other to a pulp.
I’d wager that data mining operations like Facebook and Twitter and Google have had the capability to de-anonymize people like Vaughn for a long time now. There is just no profit in spilling that kind of information and scaring the *bleep* out of all the rest of us, since they can de-anonymize pretty much everyone.
Too many superhero movies? ;-)
@Yutsano: Or, in another classic formulation, “Please proceed, Governor”.
@debbie: Simpsons Tree House of Horror.
@ruemara: Too quick and merciful.
trump really got the sh!t to come crawling out of the woodwork – if only the US had a free media that investigated such things.
So, will he be fielding multiple media offers from the Sunday shows or a guest columnist slot first?
Also, who’s his daddy fund-wise?
Finally, I need moar popcorn.
@Uncle Omar: He isn’t actually in Cambodia, He has been photographed in his home town more than once.
GOPNazis in disarray!
The real problem with tiny violins is that they are so easy to misplace. Looking under the sofa cushions now.
As the French might say:
“A La Lanterne!”
Adam L Silverman
@debbie: Correct. His attorney has been claiming he’s fled to Lagos, Nigeria. Which is, of course, where I’d flee to if I was a white supremacist.
Adam L Silverman
@Uncle Omar: @Yarrow: According to the reporting he lost his job in 2016. Then he moved into an apartment in Manhattan. So here’s the question: who is paying him or paying his bills?
@feebog: Thoughts and prayers.
/never said what was in them, now did I?
@Adam L Silverman: Mercers or Russians or someone connected to one or both of those options.
Cue DK’s Holiday in Cambodia
As noted, it’s the funding that’s of interest here. I could make hypotheses but… the actual truth is the only thing that might not be a per se libel. And, IANAL, so even the mere facts could be libelous.
@Adam L Silverman:
It’s all a ruse. He’s really in Floriduh.
I’d missed this, via Rick Wilson. Blake Farenthold has resigned from Congress.
It’d be funnier if this era didn’t teach me there are many more racists in this country than I had figured. I guess we were pretty good at shaming them quiet and I didn’t see them before. Yea…rooting for civil war among ’em and hope no one else gets hurt.
Smedley Darlington Prunebanks (formerly Mumphrey, et al.)
Well, I guess this explains Donald Tяump’s fondness for nazis. They really came through for him in 2016.
@ruemara: Come over here and sit by me.
Celebrating National State The Obvious Day here.