Up to 100 “attendees” expected to die of COVID 19 in Darwinian gambit
By Gordon Duff, Senior Editor
The Lansing “car riot” of April 2020, mostly an outing for bored and depressed (and stupid), in itself angered doctors and nurses whose patients were denied care as hospitals were blockaded by “nativists” or “white supremacists” flexing their fat stomachs and mail order military gear.
Michigan Trumper who was part of the protest group blocking the entrance to Sparrow Hospital in Lansing. pic.twitter.com/lBUZAlcgtv— Crandall Marsh (@crandall59) April 15, 2020
Note the Confederate flags:
The Confederate flags at the stay-at-home protest in Lansing are clearly about race. Otherwise why would Confederate sympathizers be siding with a President declaring "total authority" over lawful orders put in place by their state governor? pic.twitter.com/Gu4gwSTWxv— Andrew Wehrman (@ProfWehrman) April 15, 2020
It’s very simple:— Kassandra Seven (@KassandraSeven) April 15, 2020
I support Governor Whitmer.
I do not support the Confederate flag waving clowns who are busy blocking the path to Sparrow Hospital in Lansing because they are thugs.
This is an ambulance trying to get through Lansing. Their goal was to grid lock the capital which they succeeded – right down the street from Sparrow hospital. Health care professionals can’t even get to work. pic.twitter.com/e9qlMidIJQ— Deb Popilek (@D_Popi02) April 15, 2020
Funded and organized by the Republican National Committee, taking advantage of cheap gas and bored people, thousands showed up in Lansing, not so much to protest as to gawk.
Nazis protesting the stay at home order in Lansing, Michigan. They stopped ambulances from getting to the hospital.— StanceGrounded (@_SJPeace_) April 15, 2020
But because they aren't unarmed black men protesting racial injustices and police brutality, Trump won't say shit.
I HATE IT HEREpic.twitter.com/RNdEK9hkBQ
Right-wing protesters in Lansing, Michigan are out protesting the "Stay Home, Stay Safe" order.— Chad Loder (@chadloder) April 15, 2020
The protest is preventing ambulances from dropping off patients at Sparrow Hospital. pic.twitter.com/Lm0ViXnGVN
People in Michigan blocking the hospital entrance in Lansing to protest social distancing rules…hope none of your family members need medical care anytime soon pic.twitter.com/Y9SF0ASHoB— leslie 🐞 (@lesiiiiile) April 15, 2020
This reminds me of the fake anti-war protests at MSU (East Lansing) which always happened between classes in busy transit areas.
From the Lansing right-wing protest that blocked an ambulance and hospital entrances (specifically the PB grey jeep per @JPughMI). Here's Republican Congressional candidate Mike Detmer posing with at least one Proud Boy. pic.twitter.com/brDEMnnwMJ— Vigilant AFA (@AfaVigilant) April 15, 2020
From a Dr and a nurse trying to save people's lives at Sparrow Hospital in Lansing whilst the Trumpublicans are blocking ambulance access with their protest. pic.twitter.com/EDmD96IxQr— Kriste Kline (@KristeKline) April 15, 2020
This time, by blocking the roads, particularly in front of Sparrow Hospital, the region’s primary trauma center, they closed down access to emergency medical care for a hundred thousand people.
Worse still, for the bored and silly, the wannabee militia types with their dime store AR-15 rifles and Mattel holsters showed up, a few hundred at least, spewing their Jew and gay hating crap or “get rid of the Negroes and foreigners” riff. Think “Oklahoma City.”
Before being disbanded the first time, the Michigan Militia had more FBI agents “members” than Quantico.
The assertion, of many from rural areas, is that COVID should be allowed to “burn through” no matter how many deaths. This seems to have been Trump’s plan also, not on purpose but rather because he dropped the ball for 7 weeks playing politics.
What we do note is that there are millions who live in Michigan. Millions of cars, millions unemployed and about 700 cars showed up and blocked hospitals. There are 3 million or more gun owners in Michigan and two dozen “white nationalists” showed up and one lone African American who quickly skedaddled.
There is a long history here that goes back to the 1920s, the Black Legion, the link between Bronfman run organized crime (the Purple Gang, run through Bronfman agent Maxie Stern) and the state GOP and the then combined “posts” of the KKK and American Legion. From the Detroit News:
Eighty years ago this spring, the murder of Detroiter Charley Poole led to the exposure of the Black Legion, a Klan-like organization that flourished in southeast Michigan. The revelation that tens of thousands of men, including police and elected officials, belonged to a violent, hooded secret society spawned hysteria, demands for a federal investigation and, too, a Humphrey Bogart movie.
Legion members were prosecuted for two murders, but they were responsible for dozens more, as well as beatings, bombings and dire plots.
The legion’s reign of terror rates as one of Detroit’s darkest moments but it coincided with one of its most glorious. Between autumn 1935 and spring 1936, the Tigers, Lions and Red Wings all won championships as undefeated boxer Joe Louis became a national figure.
Author Tom Stanton, an associate professor of journalism at the University of Detroit Mercy, delves into the legion’s activities in his new book, “Terror in the City of Champions.” This adapted excerpt details the 1936 Poole killing.
and, from renowned author Richard Bak:
“Despite its similarities with the Ku Klux Klan (KKK), the Black Legion wasn’t a direct descendant of that right-wing organization, but more like a sinister stepbrother. Many Legionnaires were former or concurrent members of the Klan, originally a vigilante group active in the former Confederacy for several years following the Civil War. In 1915, the Klan was jolted out of its decades-long dormancy by D. W. Griffith’s controversial film, The Birth of a Nation. Hollywood’s first blockbuster sentimentalized the KKK and provided a new generation of extremists with a template for ritualistic terrorism, right down to the cross-burnings and standardized white costumes — dramatic devices Griffith had invented for the movie. The flood of immigrants and Southern blacks to America’s big cities brought made-to-order targets, allowing the resurgent Klan to expand from its rural Southern roots and become a truly national political movement, agitating for such reforms as immigration control. The “Invisible Empire” soon controlled state governments in Indiana, Colorado, and Oregon.
During the 1920s, the KKK’s heyday, Michigan reportedly had more Klansmen than any state in the country — as many as 800,000, according to some estimates, though historians today believe a figure in the range of 80,000 to 120,000 is more plausible. Roughly half lived in metro Detroit. Prospective members — many of whom were white factory workers originally from the South — had to swear to be a “native born, true, and loyal citizen … a white male Gentile person … a believer in the tenets of the Christian religion, the maintenance of White Supremacy, and principles of pure Americanism.”
In 1925, the Klan movement was stopped dead in its tracks by a sensational sex scandal involving its most prominent leader. David Curtis Stephenson, the Grand Wizard of Indiana and 22 other states, including Michigan, was convicted of rape and murder in the case of a woman whose body bore so many bite marks she was described by a witness as looking as if she had been “chewed by a cannibal.” Upset over not receiving clemency or a commutation of his life sentence from the Klan-backed governor of Indiana, the vengeful Stephenson took several public officials down with him. The series of exposés caused a meltdown in membership, from an estimated peak of 6 million in the mid-1920s to about 30,000 a few years later.
During this period, a small-town physician in Bellaire, Ohio, named William Shepard — a former Grand Cyclops in the Klan — fiddled with the Klan’s formula and came up with his own version of hooded Americanism. He called the secret fraternity the Black Legion. (An alternative account says the Legion was originally formed as the Black Guards in about 1925 to provide security for officers of the Ohio KKK.) Shepard’s followers wore black-silk robes sporting a skull-and-crossbones insignia; a black hood topped by a high-horned headpiece also bearing the “Jolly Roger” completed the ensemble.
As Protestant nativists who were convinced that “their” country was slowly being taken over by “aliens,” the Legion’s professed enemies were the same as the Klan’s: Catholics, Jews, immigrants, blacks, Communists, and labor activists. Unlike the Klan, however, the Legion eschewed publicity. They operated in deep secrecy, with any member foolish enough to mention the Legion’s existence to an outsider subject to a bullwhipping. During the day “Dr. Billy” made house calls with a .45-caliber pistol packed inside his satchel; at night, he presided over elaborate initiation ceremonies and the occasional tar-and-feathering of a local deemed to be “un-American.”
The Black Legion expanded and grew lethal after another ex-Klansman, Virgil Effinger, an electrician from Lima, Ohio, assumed leadership in the early 1930s. Effinger, described as a “dour, humorless fanatic,” helped recruit large numbers of members in Michigan. He was capably assisted by an ex-Detroit cop named Isaac “Peg Leg” White. Ultimately, there were tens of thousands of members in the state. While many regarded the Legion as a secret lodge and an outlet for mild adventure, a fanatical few used it as an excuse for night riding that often was more personal than ideological in nature. Their victims may have included the father of a future famous black-nationalist leader.
One evening in 1931, Earl Little was run over by a streetcar in Lansing. Local authorities considered the preacher’s death either an accident or, improbably, a suicide. However, Little’s young son, Malcolm, grew up believing that it had been an execution — a chilling message delivered by the Black Legion to intimidate “uppity” blacks. Malcolm Little, who later would change his name to Malcolm X as he rose to prominence with the Nation of Islam, doubted that his father could “bash himself in the head, then get down across the streetcar tracks to be run over.”
Other beatings, bombings, and murders involving left-wing political and labor organizations occurred over the years. Authorities never seemed able to solve them. Then came the killing of Charley Poole.”
The battle, real or imaginary, no longer targets Catholics. The “enemy” is still the “Jewish conspiracy” and the longtime support for racial equality and Michigan’s Middle Eastern community, which is the primary financial backer of the Republican Party in that state.
Michigan’s Arab population is larger than the entire population of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula (480,000 compared to 260,000 and falling).
Michigan’s Arabs are financially powerful and extremely conservative and make very strange bedfellows when inadvertently teamed up with horn blowing militia types with MAGA hats.
The key to understanding today is knowing yesterday, that the racial violence of 1945 and 1967 was closely related to the anti-labor violence of the precursors to today’s gun toting “floating fat men.”
What we are seeing, as we have for so long, are the “lumpenproletariat,” who during union times made up the strike breaking scabs, always marginally or totally uneducated, steeped in generations of hatred and quick to blame others for, in this case, the sins of a corrupt and incompetent president who has thus far killed nearly 31,000 Americans.
Duff has traveled extensively, is published around the world and is a regular guest on TV and radio in more than “several” countries. He is also a trained chef, wine enthusiast, avid motorcyclist and gunsmith specializing in historical weapons and restoration. Business experience and interests are in energy and defense technology.
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