About brobrubel

Retired journalist. I've reported and edited for newspaper in Florida, Kentucky, New York, Brussels and London. I also spent a few years as a government flack in Pennsylvania. This blog contains random thoughts on politics, world affairs and entertainment

A hard and Stormy night

Yes, things are this bad in America.


Nazis: a Red State love story

This has everything: Trailer parks, Nazis and lust in the heartland. It even has a tie in to a certain krafty, krimson krank:

The co-founders of an Indiana-based white nationalist party – Matthew Heimbach and David Parrott – got into a fight Tuesday at a Paoli trailer park after Parrott confronted his wife and Heimbach over an affair, according to a police report. 

Heimbach, the 26-year-old co-founder of the Traditionalist Worker Party, was arrested and charged with battery and domestic battery Tuesday by Paoli police. He was freed on $1,000 bond. 

The incident could have additional legal ramifications for Heimbach, who pled guilty in July to physically harassing a woman during a rally in Louisville for Donald Trump.

District Court Judge Stephanie Pearce Burke waived 90 days of jail time on the condition he not re-offend within two years.  

Heimbach is scheduled for a review of the Louisville case this year. He did not return a phone call to his cellphone or a text message seeking comment. 

David Parrott, the 35-year-old co-founder and spokesman of the white nationalist group, called Paoli police from a Walmart parking lot at 1 a.m. Tuesday and said he’d been assaulted by his wife, Jessica Parrott, 31, and Heimbach, according to a police report obtained by Courier Journal. 

David Parrott claims his wife and Heimbach were having an affair, according to a police report. So he and Heimbach’s wife — who is Parrott’s former stepdaughter from another marriage — went to Parrott’s trailer around midnight to see if a tryst was taking place.

They snuck up on the trailer, where Parrott climbed up on a box to peer through a window, police said. But the box broke, and Parrott ran to the front door to confront Heimbach. 

“I demanded that they leave my property and he refused,” David Parrott said.

The two men grappled and Heimbach choked Parrott several times, causing him to lose consciousness, according to the police report. When he came to, Parrott drove to Walmart to call police. 

When police arrived at the trailer, Heimbach told his wife to send the police away and “tell them everything was fine,” the report said.

“My husband asked me to dismiss the police at my door,” a signed statement from Heimbach’s wife said. “I refused, he kicked the wall, and then grabbed my cheeks making them bleed …”

The incident occurred in front of the Heimbachs’ two children, a 2-year-old and a 7-month-old, according to the police report.

Parrott said Heimbach’s wife was in “immediate danger” because she had a recording of Heimbach and Parrott’s wife, according to a police report. 

After the confrontation, Parrott resigned from the Traditionalist Worker Party, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center. 

“I’m done. I’m out,” Parrott told the Southern Poverty Law Center on Tuesday. “SPLC has won. Matt Parrott is out of the game. Y’all have a nice life.”  

Every person involved in the Paoli incident identified their professions as “White Nationalists” in the police report. 

No reference to guns and pickup trucks but you just know they had to be somewhere in this scenario. But at least we have Walmart.

Rex, we hardly knew ye

The circus continues:

President Trump said Tuesday he has ousted Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and plans to nominate CIA Director Mike Pompeo to replace him as the nation’s top diplomat, orchestrating a major change to his national security team amid delicate outreach that includes possible talks with North Korea.

Trump and Tillerson have had a fraught relationship for many months. Trump told reporters Tuesday that he ultimately decided to fire the secretary because they disagreed over strategy in key areas of foreign policy, such as the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, the approach to North Korea and the overall tone of U.S. diplomacy.

Tillerson said he received a call from Trump around noon Tuesday, more than three hours after his firing was first reported by The Washington Post and announced minutes later in a tweet from the president.

Tillerson was probably the worst secretary of state in my lifetime. But his boss is still a douche for not telling him he was fired until three hours after it was reported.

The New Yorker on Christopher Steele

Jane Mayer has a fascinating piece in The New Yorker on Christopher Steele, the former British spy who put together the dossier on the Russian interference in the 2016 election and the part babyman and his minions played in it.

Bottom line: The indictments can’t come fast enough. The entire Republican Party is complicit. And treason is not a strong enough word to describe what the crimson menace and his band of thugs have done to this country.

The link above connects you to the story and an audio reading. The reading takes an hour and 42 minutes. It is worth your time.