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Last year, at the neo-Nazi jamboree in Charlottesville, an unknown member of the violent white supremacist group Rise Above Movement (RAM) in a "Make America Great Again" hat was caught on tape as he "pushed an African-American protester to the ground and began pounding on him." Several months before that, the man was filmed with the same group, beating up protesters at a Trump rally in Berkeley. A year later, thanks to an investigation by Frontline and Pro-Publica, we now know who this man is and -- perhaps more importantly -- where he works.


His name is Michael Miselis. He is a 29-year-old man working on his doctorate in aerospace engineering at UCLA, and has a side gig with United States defense contractor Northrop Grumman in Redondo Beach, California. This side gig means that he has a security clearance. Not only that, but according to current and former employees of Northrup Grumman, the company is well aware of his activities in Charlottesville and with RAM, and -- judging by the fact that he continues to be employed there -- is ok with that.

Northrop Grumman did not respond to several requests for comment. However, interviews with current and former Northrop employees, as well as an internal email, make clear the company knows of Miselis' actions in Charlottesville and involvement with RAM. Miselis informed his superiors about his contact with reporters from ProPublica and Frontline, as is required by any individual who holds a higher-level security clearance, the people said.

This seems like a pretty bad idea given the inclinations of this particular group.

You see, RAM isn't just a bunch of angry white dudes whining on 4chan about "white genocide." I mean ... it would be bad enough if it were that and he had security clearance, but this group is a lot scarier, more active and more violent than that. Formed last spring by Nazi ex-con and MMA enthusiast Robert Rundo, RAM is dedicated to violent street fighting as a way of addressing what they see as a "destructive culture" brought about by Jewish people and non-Europeans. In other words, they are racists who go around beating people up. Several of the 20 or so core members of the group have already been in jail for hate crimes and other crimes like robbery and assault.

Behold, two of RAM's mission statements, via the ADL:

"We want to rise above all of today's destructive culture and see the rebirth of our people, strong in mental and physical capacities as our forefathers were. In a time when you can be harmed for your political beliefs or shamed for your heritage, we are here to defend our identity and shared goals." Rise Above Movement, Instagram, June 12, 2017

"The Rise Above Movement is the premier MMA club of the Alt-Right, representing the United States. Their dedication is to promote an active lifestyle and common values among young people and a future for European people. This is achieved through training, creative thinking and activism. The main task of The Rise Above Movement is to revive the spirit of a warrior and to see the rebirth of values of Western Civilization's forefathers." Rise Above Movement, GAB.ai, December 18, 2017


And here is their training montage video, which features clips of them beating up protesters and holding up racist and anti-Semitic signs.

Given that you can be disqualified from having a DoD security clearance for something like having a bunch of debt, it sure seems odd that belonging to a group that exists exclusively to promote the use of violence in order to secure a white ethnostate would not be a disqualifier. It seems extra odd that actual video of you and your friends beating people up in furtherance of your extreme beliefs would not be a disqualifier either.

This security clearance means that Miselis has access to sensitive information regarding national security. How can the DoD be sure that this ass would not use the access he has in order to do something extremely fucked up? I think it is fair to say that someone who is literally training for a race war is probably a little bit dangerous in this capacity.

According to ClearanceJobs.com, involvement in an extremist group or a hate group can be a disqualifying factor -- so I think it is fair to say that Northrup Grumman and the DoD owe America an explanation as to why they found belonging to a Neo-Nazi fight club to be a thing they can overlook.

[ProPublica]

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Once upon a time... about ten years ago, a group of entirely ridiculous men burst onto the scene wearing stupid hats and telling men that wearing stupid hats and telling men that walking up to women in bars and insulting ("negging") them would get them laid. This did not last long, as women also had televisions and computers and were completely aware of these tricks as well, so when some ass came up to us in a bar and said "Hey, nice nails, are they real?" we would laugh and laugh and loudly announce "Oh my god, this guy just tried to neg me! Can you believe that shit? HEY EVERYONE, THIS GUY JUST TRIED TO NEG ME!" and then refer to him as "Mystery" the whole night.

Most of the men who tried that shit only did so a few times before realizing that it wasn't going to work, and thus moved on to other things. Perhaps things that did not involve furry hats and coming off as a huge creep. We may never know, because I would assume that those who tried it are now extremely embarrassed and would never, ever admit to this to us.

Still, there were a few men willing to eat that shit up, as well as some grifters willing to take advantage of that. Said grifters tended to be extremely misogynistic and seemed more like they were teaching men how to be as despised by women as they were than teaching them how to actually be liked by women.

Some of them, like Roosh V, a creepy weirdo who actually does live in his mom's basement, actively encouraged men to rape women who were intoxicated to the point of being obviously unable to consent.

However, even that branch of the PUA tree is wilting away. Many "self-help" style PUA forums like Nextasf and RSDnation are shutting down or have already shut down. In March, Chateau Heartiste, a batshit crazy PUA turned White Nationalist/Alt-Right blog was shut down by Wordpress. This week, rape advocate Roosh V (whom you may recall once called yours truly a "Wonkette typist/clown face, would not bang") announced that he was renouncing his PUA ways and devoting himself to Jesus. He explained to the forum he manages that he would no longer be allowing anyone to discuss premarital "fornication."

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'Baby Geniuses' star Jon Voight took to Twitter early this morning to proclaim his undying love for Donald Trump, probably because there is no one left in his life who will listen to him talk about this, or anything else, in person. In this video rant, Voight encouraged members of the Republican Party, whom he apparently thinks are the only real citizens of the United States, to stand by Donald Trump and "acknowledge the truth" that he is the best President since Abraham Lincoln.


Part ONE:

People of the Republican Party, I know you will agree with me when I say our president has our utmost respect and our love. This job is not easy. For he's battling the left and their absurd words of destruction. I've said this once and I'll say this again. That our nation has been built on the solid ground from our forefathers, and there is a moral code of duty that has been passed on from President Lincoln. I'm here today to acknowledge the truth, and I'm here today to tell you my fellow Americans that our country…

Oh no, not our absurd words of destruction!

Part DEUX:

is stronger, safer, and with more jobs because our President has made his every move correct. Don't be fooled by the political left, because we are the people of this nation that is witnessing triumph. So let us stand with our president. Let us stand up for this truth, that President Trump is the greatest president since President Lincoln.

Does Jon Voight not know there have been... other presidents? Can he name them? Because really, it does not sound like it. Does he also not know that a very big chunk of the Republican Party actually does not care very much for Abraham Lincoln? Namely those defenders of Confederate statues that Trump called "very fine people?" Also, did he intentionally diss their beloved Ronald Reagan?

Who can know? Who can even tell what he is trying to say or why he is trying to say it. He doesn't appear to have tweeted much since 2016, so I'm guessing whoever's job it was to keep him from tanking his career quit. Either that... or after filming the seventh season of Ray Donovan, he found out it's going to be canceled or his character is getting killed off or something and he is now free to be a jackass? I don't know, I haven't watched the show, although my parents are very into it and mad that I haven't watched it. Literally all I know about it is that it has something to do with Boston, because they keep mentioning that to me like it's a selling point.

It seems useless at this point to note that the people who scream their faces off about how bad it is for Hollywood celebs to support liberal causes, and how they should keep their politics to themselves, etc. etc. make a way bigger deal than normal people do whenever a Big Time Hollywood Celebrity like Jon Voight or, uh, Scott Baio, supports their cause. Mostly because they're the only ones who have elected a reality TV star and the star of Bedtime for Bonzo (who by the way, also once practically ruined a perfectly good Bette Davis movie with his bad acting. Which is not to say that Dark Victory is not fantastic and probably the best thing to watch if you want to sob your face off, but he was very bad in it.) to run the country.

But we might as well do that anyway, because it actually never stops being funny.

[Jon Voight Twitter]

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