Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Fall River Now and Then

Lizzie Borden Started It: The news today is bad all over. Abq Jew wrote that line in December 2013 (see A Song for the Right), and it's still true today. In fact, it may be truer today than it was then.


Nevertheless. It is the week of Purim, the Feast of Lots. The holiday upon which we Jews are commanded to rejoice. To excess. In happy, topsy-turvy remembrance of the Big Battle We Jews Won.

So here is a picture of -

Beto O'Rourke Does the Hokey-Pokey

There, now. Does that cheer you up a little bit? How about this -


April the Giraffe and Her New Baby

But Abq Jew digresses.

In addition to all the sad stuff - of which there was lots - there is also this story, which (some may claim) could only have happened in Fall River, MA.

Mayor Jasiel F. Correia II of Fall River, Mass., defended himself after
he was indicted last year on charges that he defrauded investors and filed
false tax returns.   
David Souza/The Herald News, via Associated Press

Mayor of Fall River Is Ousted and Re-elected at the Same Time

By Jacey Fortin       March 13, 2019 
In a special election on Tuesday, residents of Fall River, Mass., voted their mayor out of office. But they also voted him back in, by a small plurality — on the same ballot. 
It was an odd and somewhat confusing turn of events for Fall River, an old mill city in southeastern Massachusetts. 
Mayor Jasiel F. Correia II, 27, a Democrat serving his second two-year term, was charged last year with 13 criminal counts of wire fraud and filing false tax returns. He has denied the charges, but the City Council called for him to resign. He refused, setting the gears in motion for Tuesday’s recall election. 
On Tuesday, 7,829 residents voted to recall Mr. Correia, and 4,911 voted to keep him in office, according to the city’s Election Commission. 
But on the same ballot, voters were asked to choose among five people for the mayor’s job. Mr. Correia’s name was included. There, he won a plurality, with about 35 percent of voters voting for Mr. Correia.
“We’re going to keep trying to earn people’s votes — earn their trust, earn their votes by doing good things for our community like you’ve seen us do,” Mr. Correia said to reporters after the results were announced on Tuesday evening. 

Oh, ye of few years - do you think we, as a nation, have never gone through such trying times before? Well, Abq Jew assures you - we have.

Before France was divided by the Dreyfus Affair, America was divided by ... what was that other thing that happened in Fall River, MA? Oh yeah -

Lizzie Borden Took An Axe

Or (perhaps) not. In case you are unfamiliar with the legend, Wikipedia tells us:
Lizzie Andrew Borden (July 19, 1860 – June 1, 1927) was an American woman who garnered notoriety as the main suspect in the August 4, 1892 axe murders of her father and stepmother in Fall River, Massachusetts. Borden was tried and acquitted of the murders.

The case was a cause célèbre and received widespread newspaper coverage throughout the United States. Following her release from jail, where she was held during the trial, Borden chose to remain a resident of Fall River despite facing ostracism from the other residents. 
The Commonwealth of Massachusetts elected not to charge anyone else with the murder of Andrew and Abby Borden. 
Even though the crimes occurred 126 years ago, speculation about the crimes still continues. She spent the remainder of her life in Fall River before dying of pneumonia, aged 66, just days before the death of her sister, Emma.

Borden and her association with the murders has remained a topic in American popular culture mythology into the 21st century, and she has been depicted in various films, theatrical productions, literary works, and folk rhymes.
But the world will little note, nor long remember, what Abq Jew says here. While it can never forget what the Chad Mitchell Trio sings here.


Wikipedia tells us about the Chad Mitchell Trio:
The Chad Mitchell Trio - also known as the Mitchell Trio [when John Denver was a member] - were a North American vocal group who became known during the 1960s. 
They performed folk songs, some of which were traditionally passed down and some of their own compositions. Unlike many fellow folk music groups, none of the trio played instruments. 
They became popular in some quarters, and were particularly notable for performing satirical songs that criticized current events during the time of the cold war, the civil rights movement, and the Vietnam War, in a less subtle way than the typical folk music and singer-songwriter musicians of their time.
And here is, from the Trio's album Mighty Day on Campus - Lizzie Borden!


The delightfully biting lyrics were written by Michael Brown (who also wrote the lyrics to another Trio hit, The John Birch Society).

Now, did those marvelous lyrics just whiz by too fast for you? Have no fear - Abq Jew has you covered!
Ballad of Lizzie Borden
Yesterday in old Fall River
Mr. Andrew Borden died
And he got his daughter, Lizzie
On a charge of homicide
Some folks say she didn't do it
And others say of course she did
But they all agree, Miss Lizzie B
Was a problem kinda kid 
'Cause you can't chop your
Papa up in Massachusetts
Not even if it's planned
As a surprise (a surprise)
No, you can't chop your
Papa up in Massachusetts
You know how neighbors love to criticize 
Well, she got him on the sofa
Where he'd gone to take a snooze
And I hope he went to Heaven
'Cause he wasn't wearing shoes
Lizzie kinda rearranged him
With a hatchet so they say
Then she got her mother
In that same old fashioned way 
But you can't chop your
Mama up in Massachusetts
Not even if you're tired of
Her cuisine (her cuisine)
No can't chop your mama up in Massachusetts
You know it's almost sure to cause a scene 
Well, they really kept her
Hopping on that busy afternoon
With both down and upstairs chopping
While she hummed a ragtime tune
They really made her hustle
And when all was said and done
She'd removed her mother's bustle
When she wasn't wearing one 
Now can't chop your
Mama up in Massachusetts
And then blame all the damage
On the mice (on the mice)
No, you can't chop your
Mama up in Massachusetts
That sort of thing just isn't very nice 
Now it wasn't done for pleasure
And it wasn't done for spite
And it wasn't done because
The lady wasn't very bright
She'd always done the slightest thing
That mom and papa bid
They said, Lizzie, cut it out
So that's exactly what she did 
But you can't chop your
Papa up in Massachusetts
And then get dressed
And go out for a walk
No, you can't chop your
Papa up in Massachusetts
Massachusetts is a far cry
From New York 
You can't chop your
Papa up in Massachusetts
Shut the door and lock and latch it
Here comes Lizzie with a brand new hatchet 
You can't chop your
Papa up in Massachusetts
Such a snob I've heard it said
She met her pa and cut him dead 
You can't chop your
Papa up in Massachusetts
Jump like a fish
Jump like a porpoise
All join hands and habeas corpus 
You can't chop your
Papa up in Massachusetts
Massachusetts is a far cry
From New York 
Songwriter: M. Brown
Lizzie Borden lyrics © Hill & Range Songs
Michael Brown in New York City, 2012

Don't know much about Michael Brown? Neither did Abq Jew. So Wikipedia tells us:
Michael Brown (14 December 1920 – 11 June 2014) was an American composer, lyricist, writer, director, producer, and performer. 
He was born in Mexia, Texas. His musical career began in New York cabaret, performing first at Le Ruban Bleu. 
In the 1960s, he was a producer of industrial musicals for major American corporations such as J.C. Penney and DuPont. 
Several of his songs have entered the American repertoire, including "Lizzie Borden" and "The John Birch Society," which were popularized by the Chad Mitchell Trio. 
Children know him best as the author of three Christmas books about Santa’s helper, Santa Mouse.
Michael Brown in 1977. He and his wife, Joy, gave Harper Lee
financial support while she wrote “To Kill a Mockingbird.”

But here is Abq Jew's favorite Michael Brown story - and it will likely become yours, too. From the wonderful 2014 obituary that Margalit Fox wrote for The New York Times:
It was the modest windfall from ... an industrial show — a musical fashion show for Esquire magazine in the fall of 1956, Joy Brown recalled last week — that let Mr. Brown and his wife help usher “To Kill a Mockingbird” into being. 
The Browns had met Ms. [Harper] Lee through her friend Truman Capote. Mr. Brown had contributed lyrics to a song in the 1954 Broadway musical “House of Flowers,” with a book by Mr. Capote and music by Harold Arlen. 
By 1956, Ms. Lee, an Alabama native, was living in New York. Her longed-for career as a writer was stymied by the need to pay the rent, and she was toiling away as an airline reservations clerk. 
That Christmas, visiting the Browns, she spied an envelope with her name on it in the branches of their tree. 
I opened it and read: 
You have one year off from your job to write whatever you please. Merry Christmas.
Ms. Lee recalled in a 1961 essay in McCall’s magazine in which she did not identify the Browns by name. 
“It’s a fantastic gamble,” Ms. Lee, in the words of her essay, told Mr. Brown. “It’s such a great risk.”

So here is the message for this Purim:

Who knows if you have not been placed
where you are now - wherever that may be -
simply to help others? 
Outside, snow was falling, an odd event for a New York Christmas. I went to the window, stunned by the day’s miracle. Christmas trees blurred softly across the street, and firelight made the children’s shadows dance on the wall beside me. 
A full, fair chance for a new life. Not given me by an act of generosity, but by an act of love. Our faith in you was really all I had heard them say. I would do my best not to fail them. 
Snow still fell on the pavement below. Brownstone roofs gradually whitened. Lights in distant skyscrapers shone with yellow symbols of a road’s lonely end, and as I stood at the window, looking at the lights and the snow, the ache of an old memory left me forever.

Alas, there is a postscript to the Fall River saga. 

Once again, the "Make It Here" city about 50 miles south of Boston is in the news. And not for a good reason. No news for more than a century, and then twice in one week?  CBS Boston (et al) reports that

59 Gravesites At Fall River Jewish Cemetery Hit By Anti-Semitic Vandals 
FALL RIVER (CBS) –  Widespread vandalism at a Jewish cemetery in Fall River is being treated as a hate crime, police said Tuesday. 
Fifty-nine gravesites were targeted at the Hebrew Cemetery on McMahon Street sometime over the weekend before the damage was discovered by a groundskeeper. 
Two headstones were pushed over and the rest were desecrated with anti-Semitic language in black marker. Some graffiti referenced Hitler. One of the messages read “This is MAGA country,” apparently referring to President Donald Trump’s campaign slogan.

And yet. It's Purim!


Here is a photo of Major Deegan. The calf, newly named, escaped from a slaughterhouse and was apprehended by the authorities on the Major Deegan Expressway (in the Bronx) on Tuesday. The calf is now at an Animal Care Centers facility in Harlem. Note: This is not Devin Nunes' cow.


Note: This is a photo of Devin Nunes' cow (@DevinCow). As Dana Milbank gleefully reports in The Washington Post:
Devin Nunes is having a cow 
It is rare that a leader takes the bull by the horns and corrals support for a cause in which all Americans have a steak. 
I’m not referring to Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang’s cutting-edge decision to oppose circumcision, though voters may reward his foresight in defense of foreskin. 
No, today I celebrate Rep. Devin Nunes of California, top Republican on the Intelligence Committee and close Trump ally, who has just shown the world that he has the chops to sue a cow
Not just any cow: Nunes’s defamation lawsuit names his own cow — “Devin Nunes’ cow” is its name on Twitter — and a couple of other Twitter users, as well as Twitter itself, seeking $250 million in compensation because mean things were said about him on Twitter. 
Nunes tells Sean Hannity this is “the first of many” lawsuits to come ....

There. That's better.



Friday, March 15, 2019

Urgent! Asylum Seekers Crisis!

How To Help: Mayor Tim Keller sent out the message below asking all of us to help with the ongoing Asylum Seekers Crisis.


This weekend, several hundred Asylum Seekers are being bussed to Albuquerque from ICE Detention Centers in El Paso.

Please see Mayor Keller's  list of
where to donate and some ways to volunteer.

Along with eleven other organizations in Albuquerque, Congregation Albert is accepting a bus of 50 people who will be arriving to the designated hotel in Albuquerque sometime on Sunday.

Please help Congregation Albert with this enormous task.

Please know that anyone who volunteers in any capacity MUST attend a training at the hotel at 1:30 pm. The time commitment on Sunday working with the Asylum Seekers should be about 2 hours post arrival at the hotel in addition to the 1-hour training.

Congregation Albert has an urgent need for 12 people to cook a hot dinner for Sunday night, as well as provide transportation on Monday and Tuesday.

THIS IS URGENT.
If you can volunteer, please contact the Social Justice committee
of Congregation Albert ASAP through Rabbi Rosenfeld at
rabbi@congregationalbert.org.

The Tikkun Olam Committee of Congregation Nahalat Shalom
is also helping in this crisis.

This is a very fluid situation, and we have some later updates:.
Latest News (Friday @ Noon):
We've got plenty of volunteers! Thank you!
Still Needed: Donations and phones!



Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh


Leviticus commands, "When a stranger resides with you in your land,
you shall not do them wrong. The stranger who resides with you
shall be to you as one of your citizens; you shall love them as yourself,
for you were strangers in the land of Egypt" [19:33-34]. 


Letter from Mayor Tim Keller

Dear Community Members,

Just under 300 migrants - folks who presented themselves at a point of entry and formally (and legally) requested asylum status - are currently moving through Albuquerque. More families and individuals are expected in the coming weeks.

As part of the asylum process, each person has a sponsor somewhere in the US who is responsible for their travel, helping them acclimate, and hosting them while they wait for their application to be reviewed. They are in Albuquerque while their sponsors arrange travel either by plane or bus to their destinations.

The city is primarily playing a coordination and support role for work being led by private and religious charities in the city. We are helping to organize volunteers and collect donations.

Currently, there has been an overwhelming response for physical donations, so at this time we are asking folks to make donations online to Catholic Charities or Annunciation House. If you are interested in mailing gift cards you can do so by sending them to Casa de las Comunidades.

We are also looking for volunteer coordinators and bi-lingual speakers who can help take down information. If you are interested, please contact Albuquerque Interfaith or email Catholic Charities at yapitac@ccasfnm.org. Organizations with vans are encouraged to volunteer transportation services.

If you would like to help provide meals, new or gently used clothes for children and petite adults, or toiletries please email donationsabq@gmail.com or drop donations off at St. Therese Catholic Church Parish Hall at 212 Mildred Ave NW, Albuquerque, NM 87107

Thank you, together we are One Albuquerque!

Mayor Tim Keller

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Hal Blaine, Drummer, Dies at 90

May He Rest Forever on 2 and 4: You may not have heard of Hal Blaine. But you have heard Hal Blaine playing drums plenty, as he contributed something immutable and inspirational to all our lives.

Hal Blaine, one of the most famous drummers in the history of pop music,
poses in front of an oil painting of himself in younger days at his home
in Palm Desert.   
Gina Ferazzi / LA Times via Getty Images file

NBC News (via The Associated Press) reported:
Hal Blaine, the Hall of Fame session drummer and virtual one-man soundtrack of the 1960s and '70s who played on the songs of Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley and the Beach Boys and laid down one of music's most memorable opening riffs on the Ronettes' "Be My Baby," died Monday. 
Blaine died of natural causes at his home in Palm Desert, California, his son-in-law, Andy Johnson, told The Associated Press. He was 90. 
On hearing of his death, the Beach Boys' Brian Wilson called him 
"the greatest drummer ever."
Hal Blaine in about 1970. He played drums on at least 40 singles that
reached No. 1 on the Billboard pop chart.
Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images

And Richard Sandomir of The New York Times reported:
Mr. Blaine, who played on at least 40 singles that reached No. 1 on the Billboard pop chart, was a reliable and adaptable musician, able to offer delicate brushwork on a ballad or a booming beat on records produced by Phil Spector, who was known for his so-called Wall of Sound
Mr. Blaine brought drama to a song’s transitions, often telegraphing a big moment with a flurry of strokes on a snare drum or tom-tom. 
If he had a signature moment on a record, it was on the Ronettes’ 1963 hit, “Be My Baby,” produced by Mr. Spector. The song opened cold, with Mr. Blaine playing — and repeating — the percussive earworm “Bum-ba-bum-BOOM!” But the riff came about accidentally. 
“I was supposed to play more of a boom-chicky-boom beat, but my stick got stuck and it came out boom, boom-boom chick,” he told The Wall Street Journal in 2011. “I just made sure to make the same mistake every few bars.”
Hal Blaine, who died at 90 this week, was the drummer behind the famous
"Be My Baby" beat and many others.
Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images

And then there was The Wrecking Crew.
Mr. Blaine was part of a loosely affiliated group of session musicians who in the early 1960s began dominating rock ’n’ roll recording in Los Angeles. 
Along with guitarists like Glen Campbell and Tommy Tedesco, bassists like Carol Kaye and Joe Osborn, and keyboardists like Leon Russell and Don Randi, Mr. Blaine played on thousands of recordings through the mid-1970s. 
He famously said he gave the group its name, the Wrecking Crew ...
Yes, it was Mr Blaine (not Dennis Wilson) who played drums for The Beach Boys' "Good Vibrations" - plus
Mr. Blaine’s other studio credits include Presley’s “Can’t Help Falling in Love,” Simon & Garfunkel’s “Mrs. Robinson,” the 5th Dimension’s “Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In,” the Byrds’ “Mr. Tambourine Man,” Ms. Streisand’s “The Way We Were,” the Crystals’ “Da Doo Ron Ron” and Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass’s “A Taste of Honey.”

Wait a minute! Abq Jew hears you exclaim.
Where's the Jewish angle?

Funny you should mention it. 
Hal Blaine was born Harold Simon Belsky on Feb. 5, 1929, in Holyoke, Mass., to [Jewish immigrants] Meyer Belsky, who worked in a leather factory, and Rose (Silverman) Belsky. 
When he was 7 the family moved to Hartford, where he was inspired to learn drumming by watching the fife and drum corps of the Roman Catholic school across the street from his Hebrew school. 
“One of the priests noticed I was watching, and before long I was playing with these kids,” he told The Hartford Courant in 2000

So let's talk about Hal Blaine's signature hit "Be My Baby". Wikipedia tells us:
"Be My Baby" is a song written by Jeff Barry [Joel Adelberg], Ellie Greenwich, and Phil Spector. It was recorded on July 5, 1963 at Gold Star Studios Hollywood by American girl group the Ronettes and released as a single in August 1963 and later placed on their 1964 debut LP Presenting the Fabulous Ronettes featuring Veronica
Ronnie Spector is the only Ronette to appear on the single; her future husband Phil produced their elaborately layered recording in what is now considered a quintessential example of his Wall of Sound production formula. 
It is considered one of the best songs of the 1960s by NME, Time, and Pitchfork staff members. In 2004, the song was ranked 22 by Rolling Stone in its list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time ...

Want to hear more of Hal Blaine's work? 

Here's a guide by Christopher R Weingarten of The New York Times.
Hal Blaine: Listen to 12 Essential Songs
The drummer, who died at 90, was the beat behind Phil Spector innovations, Beach Boys experiments and easy listening hits.
Hal Blaine, who died on Monday at 90, was the greatest and most prolific session drummer during the turbulent Sixties crescendo from pop to psychedelia, keeping the nation’s heartbeat through dozens of No. 1 hits during the Kennedy, Johnson and Nixon administrations. 
His resume included ambitious art-rock totems, easy listening schmaltz, TV theme songs, incendiary folk-rock, Phil Spector’s “wall of sound” and Steely Dan’s smooth softscapes. 
His beats backed a hall of fame of mid-20th century icons, including Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley, the Beach Boys, the Supremes, Simon and Garfunkel, Sam Cooke, Barbra Streisand, Herb Alpert, John Denver and Leonard Cohen. 
But his most legendary beat is the primordial thump-thump-thump-crack heartbeat in the first four seconds of the Ronettes’ “Be My Baby.” 
Here’s just a fraction of what Blaine tapped into musical history.


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Monday, March 11, 2019

Marine Creature Attacks Japan!

Disaster Averted: You might have missed this. It's been a really tough week for us New MexiJews - indeed, for Jews all over the country - what with the "US Representative Ilhan Omar said this but US Representative Ilhan Omar meant that" controversy and the many repercussions thereof.

Which is not to mention the shocking (but not surprising) news of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's a) impending indictment; and b) cozying up to the Kahanists to get re-elected. And the attack on the Women of The Wall.

But Abq Jew digresses. CNN on Shabbat Pekudei reported:

Boat's collision with 'marine creature' leaves 87 injured
By Junko Ogura, CNN Updated 11:04 AM ET, Sat March 9, 2019 
Tokyo (CNN) More than 80 people were injured after a high-speed boat collided with a "marine creature" off the northwest coast of Japan, the country's Coast Guard told CNN. 
The boat was carrying 121 passengers during the collision, injuring 87 people traveling on the vessel, according to the Coast Guard from the Niigata prefecture. 
Five passengers had to be airlifted to hospital but they remained conscious. The crew of the high-speed vessel told officials that "it hit the object [which appeared] to be a marine creature." 
The Coast Guard dispatched vessels and helicopters to investigate the cause of the collision, but they have yet to find the alleged animal or any other cause of the crash. 
The incident occurred between Niigata and Sado Island, off Japan's northwest coast.

This nearly-tragic occurrence immediately brought to what, after all these years, is left of Abq Jew's mind - the second tragic event that occurred on November 22, 1963.

The first event - we of a certain age will never forget.

The second event - we of a certain age may not even remember, since its tragedy was drowned in the tragedy of the first event.

Abq Jew speaks, of course, of


The Staten Island Ferry Octopus Disaster

About which Abq Jew blogged in November 2016 (see Another Disaster, Another Memorial). Don't remember? Here is the story:
It was close to 4am on the quiet morning of November 22, 1963 when the Steam Ferry Cornelius G. Kolff vanished without a trace. 
On its way with nearly 400 hundred people, mostly on their way to work, the disappearance of the Cornelius G. Kolff remains both one of New York’s most horrific maritime tragedies and perhaps its most intriguing mystery. 
Eye witness accounts describe “large tentacles” which “pulled” the ferry beneath the surface only a short distance from its destination at Whitehall Terminal in Lower Manhattan. Nobody on board survived and only small pieces of wreckage have been found … strangely, with large “suction cup-shaped” marks on them. 
The only logical conclusion scientists and officials could point to was that the boat had been attacked by a massive octopus, roughly half the size of the ship. 
Adding to the tragedy, is that this disaster went almost completely unnoticed by the public as later that day another, more “newsworthy” tragedy would befall the nation when beloved President John Fitzgerald Kennedy was assassinated. 
Artist Joe Reginella has taken it upon himself to spread awareness of this maritime tragedy - via a website, a Facebook page, a documentary, and the Staten Island Ferry Octopus Disaster Memorial Museum.


The Staten Island Ferry Disaster Museum
hopes to preserve the memory of those lost
in this tragedy, and to educate the public
about the only known giant octopus-ferry
attack in the NY-NJ-CT tri-state area.


You can learn more about the Staten Island Ferry Octopus Disaster here and here.

Let us never forget.


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Thursday, March 7, 2019

Hate in NM: March 2019

Great News! For our beloved Land of Enchantment, which regularly comes in last, next-to-last, or elsewhere near the bottom of state rankings for such things as education, poverty, and child well-being (as well as overall state rankings), there is (at last!) some truly great news:

New Mexico Has Hit Zero (0)!


It's true! On its latest Hate Map, the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) reports that

In 2018, SPLC tracked 0 hate groups in New Mexico.



Meanwhile, back in the [rest of the] US of A, the SPLC reports that

In 2018, SPLC tracked 1,020 hate groups across the US.


Now, Abq Jew (like anyone else who grew up in the '60s) always knew about Jew- and anybody else-hatred in general.


But he was not all that concerned about Jew- or anybody else-hatred coming up and biting him in the proverbial tuchus until that incident more than two(!) years ago, on Friday the 13th of January 2017 (see You've Got Hate Mail!).

Now, Abq Jew is a big fan of
the ADL, the SPLC, and the ACLU.


Abq Jew got the Hate Map numbers shown above from the Spring 2019 issue of the SPLC's Intelligence Report. Which also reported (in the entire US) -
  • 51 Ku Klux Klan groups
  • 112 Neo-Nazi groups
  • 148 White Nationalist groups
  • 63 Racist Skinhead groups
  • 36 Neo-Confederate groups
  • 17 Christian Identity groups
  • 17 Anti-Immigrant groups
  • 49 Anti-LGBT groups
  • 100 Anti-Muslim groups
  • 163 General Hate groups
None of them in New Mexico.


However -
The Intelligence Project identified 612 extreme
anti-government groups that were active in 2018.

Including four (4) in New Mexico (Google, if you must):
  1. American Patriots (Albuquerque)
  2. Constitution Party (Los Lunas)
  3. Reign of Heaven Society (Statewide)
  4. The Three Percenters - IIIers (Statewide)
And furthermore, in a letter to The New York Times, anthropologist Lyla Yastion states:

Members of the National Socialist Movement, one of the largest
neo-Nazi groups in the United States, lighted a swastika last year
in Draketown, Ga. Spencer Platt/Getty Images
Re “Rising Far-Right Extremism in America,” by Thomas T. Cullen (Op-Ed, Feb. 23), in which he cites statistics showing an alarming increase in hate crimes by far-right and white supremacist groups: 
Not enough attention has been paid to President Trump’s rallies as a breeding ground for inflaming the passions of such extremism. 
These rallies are dismissed as circus acts, but their power is insidious — dramas that agitate the hatred, anger and bigotry of a dictator’s followers. It is a parasitic relationship: Supporters of President Trump feed off his fame and wealth, which they know they will never have; he feeds off their adulation to validate the artifice of his presidency. 
Eric Hoffer, in his classic “The True Believer,” attributes mass movements to discontent fueled by frustration. The resurgence of overt white supremacist sympathies is evidence of deep-seated frustration released into action by a president whose only motive in life seems to be self-glorification.
And JTA just reported:

White supremacists exchange insults with counterprotesters as they
attempt to guard the entrance to Emancipation Park in
Charlottesville, Va., Aug. 12, 2017. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images
White supremacists targeting message to neighborhoods and campuses like never before, ADL says 
White supremacists dramatically stepped up their propaganda efforts targeting neighborhoods and campuses in 2018 to never-before seen levels. 
Such efforts increased by 182 percent, to 1,187 distributions across the U.S., up from 421 total incidents reported in 2017, the Anti-Defamation League reported Tuesday. 
The number of racist rallies and demonstrations also rose last year, with 91 white supremacist rallies or other public events attended by white supremacists held in 2018, up from 76 the previous year.  
In addition, hate groups increasingly used so-called “flash mob” tactics to avoid advance publicity and scrutiny. 
In most cases the identities of individual members were hidden, according to the ADL.


you think this whole hate business
happened long ago and far away

Please allow Abq Jew to introduce you to Simon Romero.

Simon Romero is a national correspondent for The New York Times, covering immigration and other issues.
Mr. Romero, born and raised in New Mexico, graduated cum laude with a degree in history and literature from Harvard College and studied history at the University of São Paulo. 
In 2000, he held a Ford Fellowship in business journalism at the University of Kansas at Lawrence. He is fluent in Spanish and Portuguese. 
He lives in Albuquerque with his wife and their two children. 
A historical marker to commemorate the massacre at Porvenir. Jessica Lutz

Mr Romero has just contributed an outstanding article to The Times. Which begins:
Lynch Mobs Killed Latinos Across the West. The Fight to Remember These Atrocities is Just Starting. 
Arlinda Valencia was at a funeral when an uncle told her a bewildering family secret: An Anglo lynch mob had killed her great-grandfather. 
“A mixture of grief and shock overwhelmed me since this was the first I heard of this,” said Ms. Valencia, 66, the leader of a teachers’ union in El Paso. “The more I looked into it, the more stunned I was at how many Mexicans were lynched in this country.” 
Ms. Valencia and other descendants of lynching victims are now casting attention on one of the grimmest campaigns of racist terror in the American West: the lynching of thousands of men, women and children of Mexican descent from the mid-19th century until well into the 20th century.
Much of the article deals with the Porvenir Massacre of 1918. Of which Abq Jew had never, ever, heard. And about which he intends (Billy Nader) to write in the future.

And then there was this historical nugget:

In Albuquerque’s Old Town Plaza, where gift shops and restaurants now cater to tourists, three men identified as Escolastico Perea, Miguel Barrera and California Joe were hanged by a mob of about 200 local residents in 1881 in connection with the murder of a geological surveyor, Col. Charles Potter. 
“Though lynching in general is to be condemned, yet to every case there is an exception,” The Santa Fe New Mexican reported at the time. “In the instance of the dastardly murder of Charles Potter, it is very doubtful whether justice can be too swiftly meted out.”

Abq Jew intends (Billy Nader) to write about this, too. Simon Romero's source?

Marc Simmons, who wrote a weekly Santa Fe New Mexican history column for more than 35 years. A few years ago, The New Mexican published reprints from among the more than 1,800 columns he produced during his career.
1880s murder in Sandias led to lynchings, shootout 
By Marc Simmons Apr 22, 2016 
In the fall of 1880, all of New Mexico was shocked to learn of the sudden disappearance of a prominent visitor, Col. Charles Potter. That he had become a victim of foul play, everyone believed.
A parade float at the Aalst Carnaval in Belgium featuring caricatures of
Orthodox Jews atop money bags, March 3, 2019. (Courtesy of FJO, via JTA)

All of which adds up to

More than enough hate to go around.


Let's try something different.