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Donald Trump Pauses Decision to Allow Import of Elephant Hunting Trophies from Africa

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President Donald Trump responded to the public outcry over his administration’s decision to reverse an Obama-era ban of elephant and big game hunting trophies from Africa. “Put big game trophy decision on hold until such time as I review all conservation facts,” Trump wrote on Friday night. “Under study for years. Will update soon with Secretary Zinke. Thank you!” Put big game trophy decision on hold until such time as I review all conservation facts. Under study for years. Will update soon with Secretary Zinke. Thank you! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 18, 2017 The United States Fish and Wildlife Service, under the Department of Interior, was scheduled to revoke the Obama-era ban on Friday, but Trump stepped in after conservative voices criticized the proposed move. “I don’t understand how this move by @realDonaldTrump Admin will not INCREASE the gruesome poaching of elephants,” Fox News Host Laura Ingraham wrote on Twitter in reaction to the news. I don't understand how this move by @realDonaldTrump Admin will not INCREASE the gruesome poaching of elephants. Stay tuned. https://t.co/KqizmlgaGg — Laura Ingraham (@IngrahamAngle) November 16, 2017 Conservative radio host Michel Savage also signaled his opposition to the idea. DO BRAVE MEN HUNT

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Trump Officials Signal Obamacare Individual Mandate Could Survive Tax Reform

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Top Trump administration officials indicated that while the president still backs repealing the Obamacare individual mandate, the administration would accept a tax reform package that left the mandate in place.

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Virgil — Populist Revolt Continues: Right and Left Join to Fight AT&T-Time Warner Deal


Why have activists on the right and left joined together to oppose the AT&T-Time Warner merger? After all, there have been plenty of big mergers in the last few decades, most of which have attracted little controversy. So what is it about this particular deal?

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‘P Is For Palestine’ Children’s Book Extolling Intifada Sparks Outrage in New York

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TEL AVIV – A children’s alphabet book titled “P is for Palestine” has had women from New York’s Upper East Side up in arms over what they say is nothing more than anti-Semitic propaganda.

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EXCLUSIVE: Lawmakers Hit Nikki Haley for Whitewashing Qatar’s Support for Hamas


WASHINGTON, DC. — A group of Republican and Democrat lawmakers has joined forces to pen a letter to United States Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley, asking her to clarify what appears to be implying that there is a distinction between “political” and military leaders of the Hamas terrorist organization.

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Irish Catholic Priest Tells Christians to Abandon the Word ‘Christmas’

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Father Desmond O’Donnell is urging Christians to give up the word “Christmas” and replace it with something else, saying that Christmas has been hijacked by “Santa and reindeer.”

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Cowboys Owner Jerry Jones Seeks Secret Ballot for Vote on Roger Goodell’s Contract


The clock is ticking and Jerry Jones is running out of options, but the Cowboys owner has one more card to play in his quest to delay/derail Roger Goodell’s contract extension.

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Newsweek relies on misleading SPLC labels in reports on Trump …

The Southern Poverty Law Center’s credibility as an objective assessor of hate has long been disputed by observers on both the Left and the Right, but that didn’t stop Newsweek from running misleading stories based on the organization’s labels this week.

“Donald Trump to speak at hate group’s annual event, a first for a president,” blared an Oct. 12 headline. “Trump tells hate group Americans ‘worship God,’ not government,” said another published Friday.

Both articles focused on President Trump’s address at the Family Research Council’s annual Values Voter Summit, a conference sponsored and attended by many mainstream conservative organizations and politicians.

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No other sitting president has ever taken the decision to address the summit, although Trump has spoken before the conference on three previous occasions even during his presidential election campaign.Speaking of the president’s decision to attend this year’s 12th annual event, SPLC President Richard Cohen told The Independent: “By appearing at the Values Voter Summit, President Trump is lending the legitimacy of his office to a hate group that relentlessly demonizes LGBTQ people and works to deny them of their equal rights.””His appearance puts the lie to his campaign promise to be a friend to the LGBTQ community. Bigotry is not an American value, and our president should speak out against it,” he added.

The second article also said: “Trump, the first sitting president to attend the event hosted by Family Research Council (FRC), a group that has been labeled a hate group by Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), also boasted that his administration was making rapid progress in protecting religious liberty.”

Neither story included any details about FRC’s vigorous disputing of the SPLC’s designation, nor a single mention of the pushback the SPLC has received from both conservatives and liberals for labeling right-leaning, pro-family organizations as hate groups.

We’ve spilled much ink explaining why the SPLC’s strategy of lumping traditional conservative advocacy organizations into the same category as neo-Nazis and the KKK is reckless and dangerous. Just five years ago, a gunman opened fire at FRC’s Washington, D.C., headquarters, leaving a security guard injured. He later acknowledged that he had intended to kill dozens and chose his target after he saw the organization was listed as a hate group on the SPLC website.

Liberal journalist Ken Silverstein, who has reported extensively on the SPLC, wrote in 2010 that the nonprofit is “essentially a fraud” with “a habit of casually labeling organizations as ‘hate groups.'”

None of this stopped Newsweek.

Because society has long reserved the term “hate group” for neo-Nazi and KKK organizations, readers who come across these headlines could seriously believe the president was addressing a crowd of white supremacists, rather than Christian conservatives.

But, hey, as my colleague Becket Adams highlighted on Monday, Newsweek has been struggling lately.

Emily Jashinsky is a commentary writer for the Washington Examiner.

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SPLC 2: The Search for More Money – Taki’s Magazine

It was a bad week for the Southern Poverty Law Center, Americas self-appointed witch-sniffers-in-chief. For decades, the SPLC, despite its comic history of money-grubbing and out-of-control vilification, has been treated by the mainstream media as the unquestionable authority about who the Bad Guys are.

Finally, however, doubts have been allowed to surface about an organization that is in reality Americas richest hate group (with financial assets of $302,800,000).

Since the American people elected Donald Trump, the SPLC has been doing what the SPLC does bestwhipping up fear and loathing among both violence-prone young thugs and elderly, affluent, easily confused Jewish donors nervous that the Cossacks will soon be riding through the streets of Brookline.

But the SPLC stumbled into two embarrassments last week.

After months of promoting hysteria over anti-Semitic terror threats by supposed Trump supporters, the news that a black leftist journalist had been arrested for sending eight bomb threats to Jewish community centers was excused by the SPLC as not necessarily anti-Semitism as such.

Almost simultaneously, masked antiFirst Amendment vigilantes assaulted social scientist Charles Murray and professor Allison Stanger (who had offered to question him).

Murrays crime? Daring to try to give a speech at expensive Middlebury College in Vermonts ski country. A student group justified the assault by claiming, Professor Stangers hair was not intentionally pulled but was inadvertently caught

Obviously, Murray was exercising his White Male Privilege of being bald, so the Blackshirts had to send the female scholar to the hospital instead.

If it feels good, smear them has been the SPLCs de facto motto.

The reason there is so much rage and violence against Charles Murray is because, 23 years after The Bell Curve was published, its pretty obvious that Murray and his late coauthor Richard Herrnstein were largely right about how the world works. As I pointed out in Takis Magazine on the 20th anniversary of The Bell Curve, their predictions have largely panned out.

Theres nothing that elicits more hate than being right.

And nobody is more talented at stirring up hate than Morris Dees, cofounder of the SPLC.

The Associated Press and The Washington Post initially wrote up the Middlebury riot as the 74-year-old Murray getting what was coming to him:

The Southern Poverty Law Center considers him a white nationalist who uses racist pseudoscience and misleading statistics to argue that social inequality is caused by the genetic inferiority of the black and Latino communities, women and the poor.

But mainstream media types for once took issue with the SPLC being assumed to be an objective authority. Brit Hume, for instance, tweeted in response to the AP/WP article:

No way a claim by the leftist Southern Poverty Law center belongs in the lead of this story. Bias, pure & simple>

Perhaps the tide started to turn in February when even The New York Times treated skeptically the SPLC branding the genteel environmentalist organization Californians for Population Stabilization as a hate group:

Benjamin Zuckerman, the groups president, vehemently objected to the characterization. The organizations objectives, he said, are twofold: environmental conservation and fairness to working Americans who are harmed by over immigration. I consider us pretty much just ordinary people, said Dr. Zuckerman, who is also an astronomy professor at U.C.L.A.

Accusing a Jewish environmentalist astrophysicist of leading a hate group might seem a little implausible to you or me, but the SPLC doesnt worry much about credibility. If it feels good, smear them has been its de facto motto.

I dont feel all that sorry for the SPLC because its enjoyed a most remunerative last 46 years.

You may recall the SPLC backing its first president, Martin Luther King Jr., in its heroic civil rights battles of the 1950s.

(Except, technically, that wasnt the SPLC, that was the SCLC: Southern Christian Leadership Conference.)

Or you may remember the brave black radicals of the SPLC, such as John Lewis, Stokely Carmichael, and H. Rap Brown, fighting bigoted Southern sheriffs in the 1960s. (Except that wasnt precisely the SPLC either, that was the SNCC: Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee.)

The oddly named Southern Poverty Law Center was actually founded in 1971, well after the great victories of the Civil Rights Era had been won, by two white guys, Joseph J. Levin Jr. and Morris Dees, the latter a member of the Direct Marketing (i.e., junk mail) Associations Hall of Fame.

Its not all that clear what the SPLC has to do with poverty, other than in helping to erase the last trace of it from Mr. Dees gaudy lifestyle. But it likely hasnt hurt fund-raising that the acronym SPLC is easily mistaken for the legendary SCLC and SNCC.

Perhaps the confusion is just a coincidence. On the other hand, its reminiscent of the movie Boiler Room, a predecessor of The Wolf of Wall Street, in which the penny-stock peddlers work for a firm named J.T. Marlin to get the readily perplexed to mistake it for J.P. Morgan.

For about three decades now, investigative journalists have looked into the SPLCs machinations and come away shaking their heads. I want to take this opportunity to make available in one place links to many years of research into the sainted SPLC.

For example, Jim Tharpe, the deputy metro editor of The Atlanta Constitution, remarked at a Harvard conference in 1999 about his experiences editing a Pulitzer-nominated series on the SPLC for the Montgomery Advertiser:

I had no idea how sophisticated they were, how much money they raised, and how little access you have to them as a reporter.

Our series was published in 1995 after three years of very brutal research under the threat of lawsuit the entire time.

The center was building up a huge surplus. A sampling of their donors showed that they had no idea of the centers wealth. The charity watchdog groups, the few that are in existence, had consistently criticized the center, even though nobody had reported that.

Ironically:

There was a problem with black employees at what was the nations richest civil rights organization; there were no blacks in the top management positions. Twelve out of the 13 black current and former employees we contacted cited racism at the center, which was a shocker to me.

In the end:

The story really didnt get out of Montgomery and thats a real problem. The centers donors are not in Montgomery; the centers donors are in the Northeast and on the West Coast.

Similarly, Ken Silverstein wrote in Harpers in 2000 in The Church of Morris Dees:

Cofounded in 1971 by civil rights lawyer cum direct-marketing millionaire Morris DeesHes the Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker of the civil rights movement, renowned anti-death-penalty lawyer Millard Farmer says of Dees, his former associate, though I dont mean to malign Jim and Tammy Faye.

Silverstein noted:

The Ku Klux Klan, the SPLCs most lucrative nemesis, has shrunk from 4 million members in the 1920s to an estimated 2,000 today, as many as 10 percent of whom are thought to be FBI informants. But news of a declining Klan does not make for inclining donations to Morris Dees and Co., which is why the SPLC honors nearly every nationally covered hate crime with direct-mail alarums full of nightmarish invocations of armed Klan paramilitary forces and violent neo-Nazi extremists

As Mencius Moldbug observed in 2013:

In a country where witch-hunting is a stable and lucrative career, and also an amateur pastime enjoyed by millions of hobbyists on the weekend, we know there are no real witches worth a damn.

Morris has dredged up so much money fighting the barely existent KKK that the SPLC has built in downtown Montgomery the Poverty Palace, which looks like a six-story trailer crossed with a secret police academy from the movie Brazil.

Yet the SPLC still goes out of its way to tar worthy scientists and conservationists, such as three-time Democratic governor of Colorado Richard Lamm. Dees gives the impression that he cant control his own urges to pander and slander no matter how obviously devious his actions seem to objective observers.

Now 80, Morris is, at last report, onto his fifth wife.

Perhaps the first large-scale article on the SPLC to capture just how funny it is that this junk-mail-monger is treated seriously by the press was Charlotte Allens King of Fearmongers in The Weekly Standard.

Morris lavishly funded operation has been out to ruin my career for more than a dozen years now, but I have to say that I find him a likable knave. Hes both a force of nature and a tasteless buffoon, as the 60-photo lifestyle spread on his luxury estate in the Montgomery Advertiser illustrated. Ironically, Dees makes Trump seem as careful as Charles Murray.

Over the years, Morris racket has come to resemble Mel Brooks title for a proposed sequel to his Star Wars parody, Spaceballs:

Spaceballs 2: The Search for More Money.

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Donald Trump Pauses Decision to Allow Import of Elephant Hunting Trophies from Africa

President Donald Trump responded to the public outcry over his administration’s decision to reverse an Obama-era ban of elephant and big game hunting trophies from Africa. “Put big game trophy decision on hold until such time as I review all conservation facts,” Trump wrote on Friday night. “Under study for years. Will update soon with Secretary Zinke. Thank you!” Put big game trophy decision on hold until such time as I review all conservation facts. Under study for years. Will update soon with Secretary Zinke. Thank you! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 18, 2017 The United States Fish and Wildlife Service, under the Department of Interior, was scheduled to revoke the Obama-era ban on Friday, but Trump stepped in after conservative voices criticized the proposed move. “I don’t understand how this move by @realDonaldTrump Admin will not INCREASE the gruesome poaching of elephants,” Fox News Host Laura Ingraham wrote on Twitter in reaction to the news. I don't understand how this move by @realDonaldTrump Admin will not INCREASE the gruesome poaching of elephants. Stay tuned. https://t.co/KqizmlgaGg — Laura Ingraham (@IngrahamAngle) November 16, 2017 Conservative radio host Michel Savage also signaled his opposition to the idea. DO BRAVE MEN HUNT

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Trump Officials Signal Obamacare Individual Mandate Could Survive Tax Reform

Top Trump administration officials indicated that while the president still backs repealing the Obamacare individual mandate, the administration would accept a tax reform package that left the mandate in place.

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Virgil — Populist Revolt Continues: Right and Left Join to Fight AT&T-Time Warner Deal

Why have activists on the right and left joined together to oppose the AT&T-Time Warner merger? After all, there have been plenty of big mergers in the last few decades, most of which have attracted little controversy. So what is it about this particular deal?

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‘P Is For Palestine’ Children’s Book Extolling Intifada Sparks Outrage in New York

TEL AVIV – A children’s alphabet book titled “P is for Palestine” has had women from New York’s Upper East Side up in arms over what they say is nothing more than anti-Semitic propaganda.

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EXCLUSIVE: Lawmakers Hit Nikki Haley for Whitewashing Qatar’s Support for Hamas

WASHINGTON, DC. — A group of Republican and Democrat lawmakers has joined forces to pen a letter to United States Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley, asking her to clarify what appears to be implying that there is a distinction between “political” and military leaders of the Hamas terrorist organization.

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Irish Catholic Priest Tells Christians to Abandon the Word ‘Christmas’

Father Desmond O’Donnell is urging Christians to give up the word “Christmas” and replace it with something else, saying that Christmas has been hijacked by “Santa and reindeer.”

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Cowboys Owner Jerry Jones Seeks Secret Ballot for Vote on Roger Goodell’s Contract

The clock is ticking and Jerry Jones is running out of options, but the Cowboys owner has one more card to play in his quest to delay/derail Roger Goodell’s contract extension.

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Newsweek relies on misleading SPLC labels in reports on Trump …

The Southern Poverty Law Center’s credibility as an objective assessor of hate has long been disputed by observers on both the Left and the Right, but that didn’t stop Newsweek from running misleading stories based on the organization’s labels this week. “Donald Trump to speak at hate group’s annual event, a first for a president,” blared an Oct. 12 headline. “Trump tells hate group Americans ‘worship God,’ not government,” said another published Friday. Both articles focused on President Trump’s address at the Family Research Council’s annual Values Voter Summit, a conference sponsored and attended by many mainstream conservative organizations and politicians. Here’s an excerpt from the first article: No other sitting president has ever taken the decision to address the summit, although Trump has spoken before the conference on three previous occasions even during his presidential election campaign.Speaking of the president’s decision to attend this year’s 12th annual event, SPLC President Richard Cohen told The Independent: “By appearing at the Values Voter Summit, President Trump is lending the legitimacy of his office to a hate group that relentlessly demonizes LGBTQ people and works to deny them of their equal rights.””His appearance puts the lie to his campaign promise to be a friend to the LGBTQ community. Bigotry is not an American value, and our president should speak out against it,” he added. The second article also said: “Trump, the first sitting president to attend the event hosted by Family Research Council (FRC), a group that has been labeled a hate group by Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), also boasted that his administration was making rapid progress in protecting religious liberty.” Neither story included any details about FRC’s vigorous disputing of the SPLC’s designation, nor a single mention of the pushback the SPLC has received from both conservatives and liberals for labeling right-leaning, pro-family organizations as hate groups. We’ve spilled much ink explaining why the SPLC’s strategy of lumping traditional conservative advocacy organizations into the same category as neo-Nazis and the KKK is reckless and dangerous. Just five years ago, a gunman opened fire at FRC’s Washington, D.C., headquarters, leaving a security guard injured. He later acknowledged that he had intended to kill dozens and chose his target after he saw the organization was listed as a hate group on the SPLC website. Liberal journalist Ken Silverstein, who has reported extensively on the SPLC, wrote in 2010 that the nonprofit is “essentially a fraud” with “a habit of casually labeling organizations as ‘hate groups.'” None of this stopped Newsweek. Because society has long reserved the term “hate group” for neo-Nazi and KKK organizations, readers who come across these headlines could seriously believe the president was addressing a crowd of white supremacists, rather than Christian conservatives. But, hey, as my colleague Becket Adams highlighted on Monday, Newsweek has been struggling lately. Emily Jashinsky is a commentary writer for the Washington Examiner.

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SPLC 2: The Search for More Money – Taki’s Magazine

It was a bad week for the Southern Poverty Law Center, Americas self-appointed witch-sniffers-in-chief. For decades, the SPLC, despite its comic history of money-grubbing and out-of-control vilification, has been treated by the mainstream media as the unquestionable authority about who the Bad Guys are. Finally, however, doubts have been allowed to surface about an organization that is in reality Americas richest hate group (with financial assets of $302,800,000). Since the American people elected Donald Trump, the SPLC has been doing what the SPLC does bestwhipping up fear and loathing among both violence-prone young thugs and elderly, affluent, easily confused Jewish donors nervous that the Cossacks will soon be riding through the streets of Brookline. But the SPLC stumbled into two embarrassments last week. After months of promoting hysteria over anti-Semitic terror threats by supposed Trump supporters, the news that a black leftist journalist had been arrested for sending eight bomb threats to Jewish community centers was excused by the SPLC as not necessarily anti-Semitism as such. Almost simultaneously, masked antiFirst Amendment vigilantes assaulted social scientist Charles Murray and professor Allison Stanger (who had offered to question him). Murrays crime? Daring to try to give a speech at expensive Middlebury College in Vermonts ski country. A student group justified the assault by claiming, Professor Stangers hair was not intentionally pulled but was inadvertently caught Obviously, Murray was exercising his White Male Privilege of being bald, so the Blackshirts had to send the female scholar to the hospital instead. If it feels good, smear them has been the SPLCs de facto motto. The reason there is so much rage and violence against Charles Murray is because, 23 years after The Bell Curve was published, its pretty obvious that Murray and his late coauthor Richard Herrnstein were largely right about how the world works. As I pointed out in Takis Magazine on the 20th anniversary of The Bell Curve, their predictions have largely panned out. Theres nothing that elicits more hate than being right. And nobody is more talented at stirring up hate than Morris Dees, cofounder of the SPLC. The Associated Press and The Washington Post initially wrote up the Middlebury riot as the 74-year-old Murray getting what was coming to him: The Southern Poverty Law Center considers him a white nationalist who uses racist pseudoscience and misleading statistics to argue that social inequality is caused by the genetic inferiority of the black and Latino communities, women and the poor. But mainstream media types for once took issue with the SPLC being assumed to be an objective authority. Brit Hume, for instance, tweeted in response to the AP/WP article: No way a claim by the leftist Southern Poverty Law center belongs in the lead of this story. Bias, pure & simple> Perhaps the tide started to turn in February when even The New York Times treated skeptically the SPLC branding the genteel environmentalist organization Californians for Population Stabilization as a hate group: Benjamin Zuckerman, the groups president, vehemently objected to the characterization. The organizations objectives, he said, are twofold: environmental conservation and fairness to working Americans who are harmed by over immigration. I consider us pretty much just ordinary people, said Dr. Zuckerman, who is also an astronomy professor at U.C.L.A. Accusing a Jewish environmentalist astrophysicist of leading a hate group might seem a little implausible to you or me, but the SPLC doesnt worry much about credibility. If it feels good, smear them has been its de facto motto. I dont feel all that sorry for the SPLC because its enjoyed a most remunerative last 46 years. You may recall the SPLC backing its first president, Martin Luther King Jr., in its heroic civil rights battles of the 1950s. (Except, technically, that wasnt the SPLC, that was the SCLC: Southern Christian Leadership Conference.) Or you may remember the brave black radicals of the SPLC, such as John Lewis, Stokely Carmichael, and H. Rap Brown, fighting bigoted Southern sheriffs in the 1960s. (Except that wasnt precisely the SPLC either, that was the SNCC: Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee.) The oddly named Southern Poverty Law Center was actually founded in 1971, well after the great victories of the Civil Rights Era had been won, by two white guys, Joseph J. Levin Jr. and Morris Dees, the latter a member of the Direct Marketing (i.e., junk mail) Associations Hall of Fame. Its not all that clear what the SPLC has to do with poverty, other than in helping to erase the last trace of it from Mr. Dees gaudy lifestyle. But it likely hasnt hurt fund-raising that the acronym SPLC is easily mistaken for the legendary SCLC and SNCC. Perhaps the confusion is just a coincidence. On the other hand, its reminiscent of the movie Boiler Room, a predecessor of The Wolf of Wall Street, in which the penny-stock peddlers work for a firm named J.T. Marlin to get the readily perplexed to mistake it for J.P. Morgan. For about three decades now, investigative journalists have looked into the SPLCs machinations and come away shaking their heads. I want to take this opportunity to make available in one place links to many years of research into the sainted SPLC. For example, Jim Tharpe, the deputy metro editor of The Atlanta Constitution, remarked at a Harvard conference in 1999 about his experiences editing a Pulitzer-nominated series on the SPLC for the Montgomery Advertiser: I had no idea how sophisticated they were, how much money they raised, and how little access you have to them as a reporter. Our series was published in 1995 after three years of very brutal research under the threat of lawsuit the entire time. The center was building up a huge surplus. A sampling of their donors showed that they had no idea of the centers wealth. The charity watchdog groups, the few that are in existence, had consistently criticized the center, even though nobody had reported that. Ironically: There was a problem with black employees at what was the nations richest civil rights organization; there were no blacks in the top management positions. Twelve out of the 13 black current and former employees we contacted cited racism at the center, which was a shocker to me. In the end: The story really didnt get out of Montgomery and thats a real problem. The centers donors are not in Montgomery; the centers donors are in the Northeast and on the West Coast. Similarly, Ken Silverstein wrote in Harpers in 2000 in The Church of Morris Dees: Cofounded in 1971 by civil rights lawyer cum direct-marketing millionaire Morris DeesHes the Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker of the civil rights movement, renowned anti-death-penalty lawyer Millard Farmer says of Dees, his former associate, though I dont mean to malign Jim and Tammy Faye. Silverstein noted: The Ku Klux Klan, the SPLCs most lucrative nemesis, has shrunk from 4 million members in the 1920s to an estimated 2,000 today, as many as 10 percent of whom are thought to be FBI informants. But news of a declining Klan does not make for inclining donations to Morris Dees and Co., which is why the SPLC honors nearly every nationally covered hate crime with direct-mail alarums full of nightmarish invocations of armed Klan paramilitary forces and violent neo-Nazi extremists As Mencius Moldbug observed in 2013: In a country where witch-hunting is a stable and lucrative career, and also an amateur pastime enjoyed by millions of hobbyists on the weekend, we know there are no real witches worth a damn. Morris has dredged up so much money fighting the barely existent KKK that the SPLC has built in downtown Montgomery the Poverty Palace, which looks like a six-story trailer crossed with a secret police academy from the movie Brazil. Yet the SPLC still goes out of its way to tar worthy scientists and conservationists, such as three-time Democratic governor of Colorado Richard Lamm. Dees gives the impression that he cant control his own urges to pander and slander no matter how obviously devious his actions seem to objective observers. Now 80, Morris is, at last report, onto his fifth wife. Perhaps the first large-scale article on the SPLC to capture just how funny it is that this junk-mail-monger is treated seriously by the press was Charlotte Allens King of Fearmongers in The Weekly Standard. Morris lavishly funded operation has been out to ruin my career for more than a dozen years now, but I have to say that I find him a likable knave. Hes both a force of nature and a tasteless buffoon, as the 60-photo lifestyle spread on his luxury estate in the Montgomery Advertiser illustrated. Ironically, Dees makes Trump seem as careful as Charles Murray. Over the years, Morris racket has come to resemble Mel Brooks title for a proposed sequel to his Star Wars parody, Spaceballs: Spaceballs 2: The Search for More Money. SIGN UPDaily updates with TMs latest

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