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By Peter Brimelow on 06/30/2022

VDARE v. STEIN: A Patriot Victory In Berkeley Springs WV

“American patriots have rights,” I said when introducing our Legal Defense Fund in early 2019. “They simply have not been organized to enforce them.”  But, quite frankly, the following three years of bitter struggle have caused me to question my optimism—and to wonder if the current communist coup has already ended Equal Justice in America. So I’m happy to announce one small but significant legal victory. It’s especially important because it took place in VDARE.com’s new home of Berkeley Springs, WV, where we are now headquartered in the Berkeley Springs Castle.

On August 21, 2000, at the height of the Black Lives Matter moral panic, some local Leftists held a BLM protest in Berkeley Springs. Perhaps unique in the country (but this is West Virginia), there was a massive counterprotest. The Leftists were totally swamped and humiliated. We posted two accounts with video, here and here.

This especially annoyed a local Leftist called Ted Stein, who had already emerged as a Twitter troll on my personal and VDARE.com’s Twitter accounts. (Stein’s Twitter handle is @tedstein. He’s got us blocked now, presumably for the reasons discussed below.)

Stein accused us of having “organized this violent counter protest to locals having a BLM vigil in the park. Biker gang. A militia. And hundreds of armed racists.”

In August 2020, the Brimelow family had not yet even moved to Berkeley Springs. (Although I came down from Connecticut to be present at the Castle, where at that time the late Martin Rojas [below right, with Brimelow daughter] was our castellan. I remember working in my tower office and hearing a chant erupt in the valley below: “USA! USA! USA!” I thought: “That’s not a typical BLM chant.”)

We knew absolutely nothing about the Mountaineer Warrior Alliance, the local motorcycle club that reportedly organized the counterprotest, although they certainly sound like fine people. And, of course, we had nothing to do with the counterprotest.

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By Peter Brimelow on 06/30/2022

VDARE v. STEIN: A Patriot Victory In Berkeley Springs WV

“American patriots have rights,” I said when introducing our Legal Defense Fund in early 2019. “They simply have not been organized to enforce them.”  But, quite frankly, the following three years of bitter struggle have caused me to question my optimism—and to wonder if the current communist coup has already ended Equal Justice in America. So I’m happy to announce one small but significant legal victory. It’s especially important because it took place in VDARE.com’s new home of Berkeley Springs, WV, where we are now headquartered in the Berkeley Springs Castle.

On August 21, 2000, at the height of the Black Lives Matter moral panic, some local Leftists held a BLM protest in Berkeley Springs. Perhaps unique in the country (but this is West Virginia), there was a massive counterprotest. The Leftists were totally swamped and humiliated. We posted two accounts with video, here and here.

This especially annoyed a local Leftist called Ted Stein, who had already emerged as a Twitter troll on my personal and VDARE.com’s Twitter accounts. (Stein’s Twitter handle is @tedstein. He’s got us blocked now, presumably for the reasons discussed below.)

Stein accused us of having “organized this violent counter protest to locals having a BLM vigil in the park. Biker gang. A militia. And hundreds of armed racists.”

In August 2020, the Brimelow family had not yet even moved to Berkeley Springs. (Although I came down from Connecticut to be present at the Castle, where at that time the late Martin Rojas [below right, with Brimelow daughter] was our castellan. I remember working in my tower office and hearing a chant erupt in the valley below: “USA! USA! USA!” I thought: “That’s not a typical BLM chant.”)

We knew absolutely nothing about the Mountaineer Warrior Alliance, the local motorcycle club that reportedly organized the counterprotest, although they certainly sound like fine people. And, of course, we had nothing to do with the counterprotest.

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By Martin C. Rojas on 06/29/2022

Earlier: Townsman of a Stiller Town—In Memoriam Martin Rojas

VDARE.com Editor Peter Brimelow writes: When I learned that Martin was working on this article, I begged him to let VDARE.com publish it, but he very honorably felt obligated by his agreement with Kevin MacDonald (whose tribute to Martin is here) and it was posted on Occidental Observer (where you can leave comments) on September 15, 2021. We reproduce it here by kind permission. Originally attributed to “Christopher Martin,” we have here substituted his real name, as far as I know the only time it has occurred as a byline, because of the freedom granted him by death after it was denied him in life by the country he loved. For the pseudonyms that America's ongoing communist coup forced him to use, see note at the end of this article.

Introduction

For years, I’ve wanted to go to southern West Virginia and do original reporting on what’s alternatively called “the white death” and “the opioid crisis.” It is the greatest social malady of our time, and people who read this publication should care about its resolution more than anyone else. After more than a year of false starts, I secured private funding to go there, specifically, to McDowell County, the nation’s poorest and least healthy county, just east of Kentucky and abutting Virginia to the south in what used to be “coal country.” By way of disclaimer, I told everyone the truth: That this project was taken on as a freelance project and I wasn’t sure where it would be published. I did not advertise my more controversial views. For the sake of everyone’s privacy, each person I spoke to is described and quoted anonymously.

Finally, this essay is not the end result of a research project. I leave the task of documenting the sociological and economic origins of this crisis to historians and authors capable of obtaining grants and book deals. What I set out to do here was speak to actual residents of the area. I wanted to know what they had to say about it all and what they had seen over the course of their lives.

Photo of downtown Welch in 2004 when its population was around 2500

My drive into Welch (pop. 2406 in the 2010 census, estimated to be 1904 in 2019), McDowell County’s seat, is a long one, and what’s most striking is that the last two hours of it are nothing but turns on windy country roads surrounded by mountains covered in the lushest forests I’ve ever seen. I’d read a lot about this place, but nobody ever mentioned its natural beauty—or what a hassle it is to get to.

 

 

I arrive late on a Saturday and figure my best starting point is the bar I can walk to from where I’m staying. It’s small and largely unadorned. There’s a separate room full of slot machines, and everyone’s in there except me and

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By Allan Wall on 06/27/2022

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Now that the U.S. Supreme Court has jettisoned Roe v. Wade, maybe it can revisit another decision: McGirt v. Oklahoma and its companion, Sharp v. Murphy. Or maybe Congress might, you know, DO something? McGirt declared that the Sooner State cannot prosecute crimes in almost half its territory because they are committed on Indian reservations subject to tribal or federal jurisdiction. The state’s police and courts are paralyzed; violent felonies are going unpunished. Prison inmates of Indian extraction are trying to get criminal convictions overturned because they were imposed by state courts. Indians are even trying to evade state income taxes. It’s utter madness.

That madness was brought to us two years ago by Associate Justice Neil Gorsuch (always suspect in VDARE.com’s eyes) in alliance with the court’s Leftists: Stephen Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor, Elena Kagan, Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

The McGirt-Sharp decision arose from two criminal cases from the 1990s, involving child molester Jimcy McGirt (right, in orange shirt) and murderer Patrick Murphy (right, lower). They argued that their trials in state courts were illegitimate and unconstitutional because Congress did not abolish Oklahoma’s Indian reservations when the territory became a state in 1906. Only tribes and federal courts, remember, have jurisdiction on reservations.

Anyone familiar with Sooner history will tell you that what the court claimed in McGirt is nonsense.

In the 19th century, Oklahoma was indeed Indian territory, where tribes from various parts of the country had been relocated and admittedly placed on reservations. But in 1901, Oklahoma Indians were declared U.S. citizens, several decades before the Indian Citizenship Act of 1924. In 1907, statehood abolished reservations, then divided the land between Indian families and public sales. Indians participated in creating the new state and attended its constitutional conventions. Everyone understood that Oklahoma was to be a society for whites, Indians and black freedmen.

Even Wikipedia refers to the “Former Indian Reservations in Oklahoma.” And while at least one map purportedly shows one reservation, that of the Osage, what it shows is not a reservation. The Osage Reservation became Osage County, although the tribe retained all underground mineral rights.

The former reservations are also called Tribal Statistical or Jurisdiction Areas, within which a tribe has small properties that feature offices, police, courts, cemeteries, assembly halls, pow wow grounds, and for the paying paleface

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