Thursday, January 11, 2007

"Ordo et Traditio" formerly "GreenMountainHardRight!" Pulls The Plug Again!


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e're reluctant to divert from our mission, that is, as an ongoing record of the antics of the Mickey Mouse Machiavelli of Vermont, Kevin W. Blier, but the scrubbing of a recent post over at Ordo et Traditio (scroll down to December 7's post - the cache will remain for a while) caught our eye.  Since the cache will disappear eventually, we've reproduced the deletion:
"Thursday, December 07, 2006

BlierWatch Not Keeping Good Enough Tabs on "Racist Anti-Gay Fascists"

One shouldn't ignore the inactivity of the girlie-men over at BlierWatch (the homosexual watchdog group who have a obsession with CFACR/Vermont Renewal, Kevin Blier, and any other "right-wing" group or person they imagine has tea with David Duke or members of the Westboro Baptist Church).

Apparently BlierWatch has been spending too much time reading fashion magazines and condemning the Pope's attire (not to mention proclaiming the end of GreenMountainHardRight! to notice a change in the face of the Vermont Right. Could it be that that they are lax in doing their research? Is it possible that in trying to squash all of us horrible "racist anti-gay fascist haters" (Christians, conservatives, and any others who generally find homosexuality to be sinful and immoral) they forgot to keep tabs on...well, why spoil it. I shouldn't have to do their work for them...after all, they are BlierWatch..."

Source:  http://ordoettraditio.blogspot.com/2006/12/blierwatch-not-keeping-good-enough.html
We'd read a post recently over at Green Mountain Daily by Jack McCullough titled An Honest Conservative (yeah, we laughed too!).  It got us to thinking about what had occurred and how the scrubbing of poorly considered thoughts was something that we'd noticed before. McCullough's piece had in part to do with conservatives actually acknowledging error in thought and position, and having the decency to admit it.  A rare trait indeed among the extremists who call themselves "paleocons" (read more on paleoconservatives in this article from the Southern Poverty Law Center Intelligence Report), like the "scribe" at Ordo et Traditio/GreenMountainHardRight!.

Since the blogger at GreenMountainHardRight!, now Ordo et Traditio , never quite gets around to denying his racist connections, we did a little further checking.  Seems he's getting encouragement from this secessionist blog.  And naturally we found that they too link to the Council of Conservative Citizens (formerly known as the White Citizens Council), the League of the South, and Christian Exodus (read more on these well-known hate groups in these Southern Poverty Law Center Intelligence Reports here, here, here and here).  They use a service provided by this secessionist site that likewise links to various known hate groups and Christian Identity organizations.  You won't find any references to "ha(ving) tea with David Duke" in the various Intelligence Reports but there's plenty on these groups selling Duke's books and discussing his ideas.

We understand that the writer over at Ordo et Traditio has said elsewhere that he has conviction in his moral and spiritual beliefs.  Does that conviction extend to his blogging?  Apparently not so much.  We again found that he'd shed yet another skin, but not for very long before shedding the next one too.  You can find him briefly in this Google cache of his new but now gone umpteenth blog at a winger blogging site called TownHall.  Apparently stung by our revelations about various links on his old blogs to racist organizations and ideologues, he's deleted his earlier links to sites like Sailer's and vdare.com, as well as his ode to the racist Samuel Francis, eulogized by none other than David Duke who has called Francis "a true brother in the Cause."  He neglected to delete however his link to the founder of the extremely racist (yeah, redundant but fits this particular group of racial separatists) League of the South, Thomas E. Woods, Jr.  Here's another one of his announcements of the move to the TownHall blogging site from the now closed Blogger site (Google cache):
Monday, January 01, 2007
SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: ORDO ET TRADITIO TO MOVE TO TOWNHALL.COM

DEAR READER,

ORDO ET TRADITIO IS MOVING TO WWW.TOWNHALL.COM AND AS OF JANUARY 15 WILL NO LONGER UP AND RUNNING THROUGH WWW.BLOGSPOT.COM. IN ADDITION TO THIS CHANGE I WILL NOT BE TRANSFERRING ALL OF MY OLD POSTS OVER TO THE NEW SITE--ONLY THOSE THAT HAVE BEEN MY FAVORITES SINCE I BEGAN BLOGGING IN JULY OF 2006.

PLEASE BE SURE TO VISIT THE NEW SITE AT: HTTP://OET.TOWNHALL.COM/

NOTICE THAT I HAVE SHORTENED THE WEB SITE ADDRESS FOR EASIER ACCESS.

I DO HOPE YOU ENJOY THE NEW FORMAT, THE ACCESS TO THE LATEST CONSERVATIVE NEWS AND OPINION THAT WWW.TOWNHALL.COM PROVIDES, AND ALL FUTURE POSTS I INTEND TO MAKE.

THANK YOU AND GOD BLESS,

CONSERVATEUR (FORMERLY VTPALEOCON, NYPALEOCON, AND NYKIRKIAN)
posted by NYKirkian at 9:44 PM
Well, it seems that's all over now too.  Perhaps he'll be back.  Or perhaps all this crap he's churned out might eventually turn into campaign blowback for a close family member's recurring political endeavours.  Too early to say, yet.  We'll see... "after all, we are BlierWatch."

   Isn't that right, Matt?



What do fellow GOP conservatives say about The Center for American Cultural Renewal? "...(A)n organization with no Washington presence and little clout with social conservatives outside Vermont where it is based."

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Thursday, January 04, 2007

NH GOP Jammin'    Part Four


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his one just keeps on givin'.

In a RawStory article on a possible Abramoff connection in the New Hampshire 2002 election cycle from last May, an early mention was made of dates that coincide with the NH Gop phone-jamming scandal and an apparently improper contribution from tribes that had been previously linked to Abramoff's illegal funneling of funds to GOP candidates.

This week we learn from a LostNationTV post titled "Did Abramoff Pay for NH Phone Jamming?" that ex-jailbird and former boss of Kevin Blier, Chuck McGee has said in an August deposition that funds were transfered from the Abramoff connected out-of-state tribes with gambling interests to the NH GOP just days before the phone-jamming scheme was put into action.  This political contribution was for the exact amount paid to the the firm, Republican Marketplace, that was hired to jam the Democrats phone banks.

From the Manchester Union Leader's John Distaso:
"SPECIAL DELIVERY

Former Republican State Committee executive director Charles McGee said under oath that a staffer for Sen. Judd Gregg delivered checks from two clients of now-jailed lobbyist Jack Abramoff to the party office about a week before the 2002 election.

The donations from the Mississippi Choctaw and Agua Calienti tribes totaled $15,000. That is about the same amount McGee then paid a consulting firm to hire the telemarketer that illegally jammed Democratic and union get-out-the-vote phone banks with hang-up calls.

While questioning McGee in an Aug. 30 deposition in the now-settled phone-jamming civil suit, Democratic attorney Paul Twomey said, "But you were aware that somebody working for Senator Gregg, either his office or his campaign, hand-delivered those checks to the Republican State Committee."

McGee responded, "I believe that's correct."

Former state GOP office manager Kristy Stuart gave similar testimony.

[snip]

Nearly a year ago, Gregg turned over to charity $12,000 in donations he had received in 2002 and 2004 from the two tribes."
Given McGee's earlier recollection that Blier was aware of the scheme before its implementation (see the FBI report on McGee's interview, pgs 4 & 6) and these revelations about a potential Abramoff connection to that scheme, it would now seem even more important than ever to know what degree of separation, if any, there is between Blier and the now exposed and discredited GOP culture of corruption.

What do fellow GOP conservatives say about The Center for American Cultural Renewal? "...(A)n organization with no Washington presence and little clout with social conservatives outside Vermont where it is based."


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Sunday, December 31, 2006

Kevin Blier, 2006:  Brandon Dodges A Bullet, and more...


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ecause of the months long dearth of Kevin Blier screeds it had been our intention to post one of those long "Year In Review" type posts.  Not really anything new to say but perhaps a few new insights or the disclosure of a previously unrevealed detail or two. You know the type thing - tediously long and really not worth the work or the read, but an obligation nonetheless.














        (Photo credit: Seven Days)

Then along comes Vermont's own doughy-faced conservative activist to the rescue with one of his extreme, partisan, take-no-prisoners tirades.  Like an unexpected Boxing Day gift he gives us this email of his to the equally right-wing Dwinell Political Report:
"DO SOMETHING!

»» Kevin Blier, Rutland: Third straight election Republicans lose seats in Montpelier...if this was the "bad year" to be a Republican, what's the excuse for the previous two elections? This isn't the first election in the last 4 years they've lost at least 10 seats in the House.

You had another DPR reader observe that the Republicans didn't run on explaining the "Revolt and Repeal" and making the connection between property taxes, Democrats, and the expense of funding public education. Quite and astute observation. Republicans having a tax issue only other states could dream about and they couldn't capitalize. So, who was responsible for packaging that message? Why didn't candidates follow it?

I would start by making the argument that Republicans support "public" education, just not "NEA" education and contrast what those differences mean. As long as the NEA runs public education in this country, it will continue to be the bloated, bureaucratic, expensive, mob-like, status-quo defending monopoly it has been for more than 20 years. Return real power back to school boards, administrators, and parents and education will instantaneously improve. Start by telling the NEA to pound sand come re-up time during contract negotiations and go from there. This is why the Republican Party needs to invest in "non-partisan" school board elections. Believe me, the NEA does, and they are a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Democrat Party.

Act 60 and 68 are the gimmicks, a revolving mess of "who dunnit", wrapped in an enigma, allowing the egalitarian fundamentalists in Vermont the duck and cover of arguing that "equal spending" is an "equal education"…it is nothing of the sorts! No one is to blame, yet everyone is to blame, and the voters are confused as to who the blame belongs to, which is exactly where the liberals like to have the debate. As long as everyone is confused, frustrated, and uninformed, the liberals get their way and can collectivize to their heart's content. Can't you just hear the "don't worry, leave it to us" circulating through the halls of Montpelier and the Department of Education?

Like the great economist Milt Friedman once quipped..."Hell hath no fury like a bureaucrat scorned"! God forbid we should take that huge pool of power, the Education Fund, away from Montpelier. After all, centralized power and state control are exactly the way the socialists in Montpelier like it.

But enough of the liberals. In my view, there is only one thing more dysfunctional than the Republican Party in Vermont, and that's the conservative movement! As a "guest" in the movement over the last 2-1/2 years, I can tell you first hand that the reason why it gets no traction or has no clout is because of its own organically-grown need to self-destruct.

The one goal that all the "leaders" in the conservative movement share is the need to be "the one"! And so while the issues that social conservatives care about lose ground daily, like abortion-on-demand and state-sanctioned depravity, the "leaders" in the movement climb over each other's back on the way to the top of what, a failed effort to effectively defend traditional values. There's an intellectual argument to be made to defend moral and traditional values, there's just no leaders who seem willing or able to make them. And if they are, they don't have the ability to carve and package a message the media is willing to give air or print time to.

Say what you will about liberals, but they get it! They could care less who "gets the credit" as long as their issues win the day, and that's the secret of their success in Vermont. Despite what any of the liberal wing-nut media-types believe, Vermont cannot be the "most liberal state" in America with Republicans in the top two posts in state government. Conservatives are not out-manned or out-gunned... they are outsmarted and out-willed!

Conservatives don't have the heart to win because they're too busy going to "Conservatives Anonymous" meetings, aka, Republican Assemblies, and whining about the "RINO" Republicans or the liberals. If they would spend less time whining about their despair and more time actually doing something about it, things could change. There's no one willing to do the hard work and the patience to embark on long-term progress. It won't happen overnight, but the conservative mind wants immediate results. Conservatives need to fight this natural impulse.

Lastly, if there is one thing I would suggest that needs to happen to begin to turn things around here in Vermont, it would be this... Mr. Tarrant, make Mr. Mitchell an offer he can't refuse!"
Whew!  Kinda long-winded there, Kevin but we hear ya.  Scrap "non-partisanship" on Vermont school boards and bring on the sort of tactics that you and your pals brought to the 2002 New Hampshire election cycle, remember? According to the FBI report (see pgs 4 & 6 of the FBI interview docs) , you were "believed" to have known about plan to jam Democratic phone banks on election day.  Just the sort of insider know-how that any State party would want - not!  Since you've gone to such great pains to tell your less motived Vermont colleagues on the conservative right how extreme they need to become to meet your lofty goals, you might as well let them know also that that 2002 election plan you're alleged to have been aware of worked so well that the millions subsequently paid out in legal defense fees from the NH GOP coffers for you former team mates is being directly credited with having made possible this year's election sweep by the Democrats in the Granite State.  Not only that, but following this year's election, the New Hampshire GOP settled its lawsuit brought by the Democrats for six figures and, not surprisingly, within days of the settlement the NH GOP State Committee chairman Wayne Semprini resigned for "health reasons."  Nice plan, Kevin!  (Could Kevin really be some kind of Democratic mole, we wonder?)

And so Kevin would now have school boards around the state enter contract negotiations with the teachers by telling the unions to "pound sand come re-up time."  Way to position the school districts for the arbitration that would most certainly follow such a combative proposal, Kevin.  Brandon's voters clearly made the right decision last March when they overwhelmingly rejected Kevin's bid for a seat on their school board.  Given his "we have to destroy the village in order to save it" approach to education matters, Brandon dodged a bullet last March.

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MILESTONE NOTE:  Earlier this year Blier Watch was added to the gazillions of footnotes in Wikipedia.  The notation was made in the Straight Pride article.  Not a first among Vermont blogs but rare indeed.



What do fellow GOP conservatives say about The Center for American Cultural Renewal? "...(A)n organization with no Washington presence and little clout with social conservatives outside Vermont where it is based."


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Thursday, October 26, 2006

GreenMountainHardRight! Goes Belly-Up


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ow!  That didn't take long!

The blog that seemed to radiate at the mention of Kevin Blier or his hate group, Vermont Renewal, has left the building.
"Green Mountain Hard Right! will now be known as "Ordo Et Traditio".  All future posts will be found at (that) web site..."
You can read his tortured reasoning for discarding his old skin here.

We'd sum it up this way:   He's moved to upstate New York; even though the blog name NewYorkHardRight! is available, it's racist origin is, umm, discomfiting and has proven troublesome; he's found a new, equally unappealing name, in a Gucci glasses, Prada red shoes, and old school Roman Catholic, fascist kinda way; and he discloses that Vermont's own Fred Phelps, Steve Cable, was a boss of him!

Perhaps our posturingly learned friend should have considered naming his blog "Absurdo Ab Inconvenienti".  It would seem more apt.

What do fellow GOP conservatives say about The Center for American Cultural Renewal? "...(A)n organization with no Washington presence and little clout with social conservatives outside Vermont where it is based."


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Sunday, October 22, 2006

Kevin Blier:  Flamer


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o, no, no.  Not that kind, this kind.

Late last week we learned that Kevin Blier is still trying to peddle the spin that he knew nothing about the New Hampshire GOP Phone Jamming scheme until after the fact and that everyone is either mistaken or slandering his good(?) name.

This time he's doing it in the form of a discussion board flamer.  If you've ever had the misfortune of coming across a flamer like Blier, you know the type.  Rational discussion is never the point.  Being pointlessly argumentative and insulting is the best that they offer in their posts to a discussion thread.  Even when they've clearly got something wrong, as Blier did when he said that the Lost Nation TV website was anonymously operated (not that there's anthing wrong with that!), the flamer never relents, they merely sidestep their error and reach for another insult.

You'll find Kevin flaming away here.

Read more about Troglodyte Flame Warriors like Kevin here.

What do fellow GOP conservatives say about The Center for American Cultural Renewal? "...(A)n organization with no Washington presence and little clout with social conservatives outside Vermont where it is based."


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Friday, October 06, 2006

Cashing In On Foley-gate


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aturally the websites of the Kevin Blier hate groups Vermont Renewal/Center for American Cultural Renewal are following the lead of other notorious hate groups such as Tony Perkins' Family Research Council.   Unsurprisingly, Perkins, to whom their piece refers, has longstanding ties to racist groups.

Blier's group has posted a tortured, outcome oriented, analysis of the latest Republican congressional scandal with the usual fund-raising "donation" buttons at the top and bottom of the post.   The Blier group piece deliberately and cynically blurs the lines between Pedophilia and Ephebophilia, as do other fundamentalist activists, seeking to inflame the matter as much as possible as a part of an attempt to divert attention from the makeup of the the group that has covered up this situation - conservative Christian Republicans.

This ABC News piece takes a different view, exploring the Republicans own self-made closet issue, while pointing out:
Social conservatives... have seized on the story line that homosexuality leads directly to interest in underage partners, though it should be noted that there's as yet no evidence of any improper physical contact between Foley and the former pages.
Although the Blier group piece contains links to earlier Jack Tapper, Salon and ABC News articles, you won't find this more recent one on his websites.   After all, you can't raise as much money with the truth, can you?


What do fellow GOP conservatives say about The Center for American Cultural Renewal? "...(A)n organization with no Washington presence and little clout with social conservatives outside Vermont where it is based."


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Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Fisking Kevin Blier


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e've come across another one of those wickedly funny emails from Kevin Blier that he sent to a website that clearly has his number, LostNation.TV.   When he whigs out as he did here, Kevin's reading skill and power of observation seem to escape him. And when tied to the long-standing Republican precepts of misdirection, misinformation and minimization, along with his by now well known nasty, anger management issues, it can all make for some humorous reading:
"Re: Jamming - NH Phone Jamming Conspiracy Case Widens
I suppose, Mr. anonymous "Lost Nation TV webmaster", that I should have alerted the authorities of the "impending" felony after it had already happened? And since Kathy Sullivan was aware of the actual crime for 12 hours longer than I was, I suppose that makes the NH Democrat Chair a "co-conspirator" in the cover-up as well?"


If Kevin had bothered to look at the bottom of the piece or had troubled himself to examine the website's main page, he'd have been able to learn, as we did, that the "webmaster", editor and author's name were all in plain view and in numerous locations.   The charge that "Kathy Sullivan was aware of the crime for 12 hours longer than [he] was" is merely that, a charge.   Kevin offers us no evidence, unlike that of the orchestrator of the 2002 NH GOP Phone-jamming scandal who has told investigators repeatedly that it is his belief that he told his confidants, among who he counted Blier, before the criminal event that it was to occur.   Nor does he yet tell us why he kept this statement to him by the perpetrator of the felony his little secret for three and a half years until it all came out earlier this summer in the Union Leader.   Sadly, Kevin can't seem to resist the urge to further victimize the targets of the aborted scheme.

"Seems you could use an editor!"

See above, Kevin.

"I was always willing and available to talk to the FBI and Justice Department long after their initial inquiries, however, it seems I had little to offer their investigation."

This statement does nothing to clear up whether Kevin ever advised any of the investigators that he'd left New Hampshire or why he didn't come forward to tell them what he did know.   There has been no public assestment offered by the investigators of the value they might placed in what he could have told them, had he chosen to come forward. Would his story have remained the same?   Who can say? While it is a crime to lie to investigators, it isn't a crime to lie to a website or a newspaper, so we can't really say yet, given his previous obfuscations and minimization of the event, that we know the whole truth about what Kevin knew and when he knew it.

"I have never accused you liberals of being that bright...and low and behold...you've proven it once again!"

"Now, since logic doesn't seem to be a strong suit, and smearing people anonymously is how you seemingly fulfill your fantasies, there's a 9/11 conspiracy theory awaiting you and the rest of the left-wing kooks working to slander anyone who they disagree with."

Now, just who's smearing and slandering who here, eh Kevin?

"Once you become an honest journalist, and are able to check your facts, show your face, and stand behind your assertions with those whom you accuse, than maybe someone other than your minions, sleuthy wannabes, and Star Trek convention-goers would take seriously what you write."

"Sleuthy wannabes???" Really, Kevin.   The rest of what you said before that was just your usual substanceless posturing for effect, but we think the "sleuthy wannabes" crack might have been directed to us.   Frankly, you ain't seen nothing yet.   As for the "Star Trek convention-goers" jab, the funny thing about that is it seems the headliner for your recent exclusive, invitation only, bigot-fest was a... Trekkie!

"Get a life...  better yet...  get a job and become a contributing member of society." --

In all honesty Kevin, there aren't many who would consider your present position as the "Director" of a second-rate, secretive hate group, actively engaged in destroying one Vermont family as a part of a fund-raising scheme, to be much of a life, or much of a job, or much of a contribution to society.

"Kevin Blier"

Kevin Blier  -  What has become, by his leaving, New Hampshire's gain, is now Vermont's loss.


What do fellow GOP conservatives say about The Center for American Cultural Renewal? "...(A)n organization with no Washington presence and little clout with social conservatives outside Vermont where it is based."


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