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Mark Levin: Black Lives Matter Wants To Topple Confederate Statues Just Like Confederacy ... Huh?

Yeah, that doesn’t make any sense.

Conservatives lately love to compare Black Lives Matter protesters to the Confederacy. That's as ahistorical and gross as comparing the Jewish George Soros to the Nazis, which conservatives have also done, a lot. Tuesday, enemy of the site Mark Levin complained on his radio show about people trying to overthrow the government. Horrors! He didn't mean the officials within the Trump administration who are actively stripping our democracy for parts. No, the true threat to Mom and her frozen apple pie is people vandalizing statues of American traitors.

LEVIN: It's an amazing thing, as I keep saying. Early on during this you might recall the — the mostly peaceful protesters who were pulling down statues [...] Indiscriminately. It didn't matter they were abolitionists, Abraham Lincoln, Ulysses S. Grant — as well as Confederate generals, as well as Catholic icons.

No memorial to Abraham Lincoln was vandalized this summer. Protesters have demanded the removal of two statues in Washington DC and Boston that feature a freed, formerly enslaved person kneeling at Lincoln's feet. It isn't the best demonstration of the American concept that we are all born with inalienable rights. They aren't granted to us by generous white men who deserve a thank-you shoe shine.

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Confederate Treason Statue Escorted Off Premises Of Charlottesville County Court House

Also this is your open thread!

Today, a Confederate statue in Charlottesville, Virginia — the site of the 2017 Unite The Right rally that led to the brutal murder of counterprotester Heather Heyer — was taken down. The statue, titled "At Ready," featured a Confederate soldier complete with cannon and cannonball accessories, "ready" to murder some damn yankees in hopes of preserving the ability of people who were very likely quite a bit richer than he was to own human beings.

It was previously in front of the Charlottesville county courthouse, and will now be somewhere else. We don't really care where, because fuck that statue.

There was a live Facebook feed of the de-statuing, which is apparently still going and which you can watch here.

The "At Ready" statue was not one of the statues at the center of the Unite The Right rally — those statutes, one of Robert E. Lee and another of Stonewall Jackson, are unfortunately still up. The city has voted to remove them, but they are at the center of a lawsuit filed by some fans of the Confederacy who would like to keep them up, so that will take some time.

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History Facts

Ex-Colonel Involved In 1989 El Salvador Jesuit Murders Finally Going To Prison

The murderers were a US-trained death squad.

Former El Salvadoran army colonel Inocente Orlando Montano, 77, was convicted in a Spanish court this week and sentenced to 133 years in prison, for the "the decision, design and execution" of the murder of five Spanish Jesuit priests in El Salvador in 1989, who were killed along with one Salvadoran Jesuit priest, a housekeeper and her 16-year-old daughter. The Spanish government was unable to charge him for the murders of the Salvadorans.

Montano, who was extradited from the US to stand trial for the murders, was the Vice-Minister for Public Security at the time of the murders, and had claimed that the priests were "fully identified with subversive movements" during the El Salvadoran Civil War. They had, in reality, been advocating for a peaceful settlement between the El Salvadoran government and the Farabundo Martí National Liberation Front. While the FMLN is now one of the two major political parties in El Salvador, they were, at the time a coalition of left-wing guerrilla organizations fighting against the military junta government of El Salvador, which was responsible for all kinds of human rights violations, recruitment of child soldiers and priest murdering.

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Crime

Rightwing Twitter So Mad Facebook Cancelled Richard Jewell, 8 Years Before Facebook Existed

Perhaps this is proof that we really are in the wrong timeline?

Attorney Lin Wood made his name by representing Richard Jewell in his defamation cases against the media and the US government. If you knew who Wood was before last week, it's either because of that or because he also represented JonBenet Ramsey's parents and brother in their respective defamation cases. If that is all you ever knew him from, you probably assumed he was a relatively normal human person.

He is not.

These days, he is a QAnon weirdo who is primarily representing rightwing lunatics like Dr. Simone Gold of the "America's Frontline Doctors" videos; Patty and Mark McCloskey, the couple who got famous for brandishing guns at protesters walking by their St. Louis mansion; and Kyle Rittenhouse, who shot and killed two people and injured one during a Black Lives Matter protest in Kenosha, Wisconsin.

Earlier this week, Wood was blocked from attempting to raise money for Rittenhouse's defense on Twitter. Both Facebook and Twitter banned praise of Rittenhouse's actions last week (though that hasn't exactly worked out), and Discover has prohibited users from donating to his defense fund.

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