Monday, December 10, 2018

The decline of western chauvinism - Proud Boys founder gets spanked again...and again

America's foremost Western Chauvinist Gavin McInnes keeps getting punked.

YouTube banned his channel and McInnes lost his last audience. That was an estimated 220,000 subscribers. 

The video service claims McInnes was stealing copyrighted material and posted a public urination video, which is not only against YouTube's TOS, but downright tacky.

He's already banned from Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook, so there's not much more than MySpace left for the No Longer Proud Boy. He might need to see if Tom is looking for a new friend.

The rooster has lost its strut and crow.
Just a week ago McInnes was strutting around like a Proud Rooster with the announcement he'd be on the roster of the newly merged Mark Levin's CRTV and Glenn Beck's The Blaze and headed towards online streaming stardom.

Blaze Media claimed, "The new company will have a monthly multiplatform reach of over 165 million, and will be the largest independent, traditionally conservative multiplatform media company in the United States."

That lasted a week and they decided he wasn't good enough to be in the same stream as Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson. So, he got the boot before ever doing a single show for them.

The Blaze choked that chicken pretty fast. 

McGinnes is claiming a vast conspiracy to deplatform him. The thing is the top place to discuss conspiracies is at The Blaze

There are no major social media platforms available to the former Proudest Boy. That means he'll either be down to the low-end Gab where he'll have to share a voice with the Nazis and the KKK or go over to a Russian social networking site like VK where he'll have to share a voice with the Nazis and the KKK except in Russian.

The rooster has been made into a hen.

Although McInnes left the Proud Boys a few weeks ago, he was their founder and before his recent string of embarrassing set backs was considered the big britches boy.

That group promotes Western Chauvinism, Western Civilization, male supremacy, and political violence.

However, they're quickly barreling to the alt-right bottom, so the Decline of Western Chauvinism appears to be inevitable.

By the way, if you ever wondered what's beneath Gavin's beard, here's an older pic of him. That's not a very good wattle.

Dylann Roof's prison penpal arrested by FBI before carrying out her own mass murder plot

Elizabeth “Bee” Ridge LeCron, 23, of Toledo, Ohio has been busy.

She's been writing to convicted mass murderer and death row inmate Dylann Roof since July.

Lecron and an associate traveled to Colorado to pay homage to the Columbine school shooters.

And she's been collecting explosive materials so she could commit her own mass murder by attacking an unidentified Toledo bar.

According to a USDOJ affidavit filed in the case:

Lecron came to the attention of law enforcement earlier this year after one of her associates expressed a desire to conduct a violent attack. Further investigation revealed Lecron frequently posted voluminous photographs and comments on social media glorifying mass murderers, including the Columbine shooters and Dylann Roof.

After her Tumblr account was shut down because of offensive content, Lecron started a new profile -- “CharlestonChurchMiracle,” -- where she continued to post photos and comments about mass casualty attacks.

Lecron and an associate flew to Denver in order to visit Columbine High School. Around this time, she also began corresponding with Roof and attempted to send him Nazis literature.

Earlier in August, undercover FBI agents and confidential sources communicated with Lecron. In August, she stated she and an associate 1 had devised a plan to commit an “upscale mass murder” at a Toledo bar. She stated she knew the bar only had two ways in or out, which could be a tactical advantage when police arrived.

Later that month, Lecron stated she wanted to meet other anarchists in order to form a team. She stated she wanted to damage a livestock farm to set livestock free. She later confirmed she was willing to sabotage anything that harms the environment.

A week later, on August 28, she reiterated she wanted to attack a farm that raises pigs or cows. The next day, Lecron stated she could not locate such a farm and was going to focus on something else.

In September, Lecron met with undercover FBI agents and stated she and an associate started to make a pipe bomb. She stated she “definitely want(ed) to make a statement up here” and thought the place where she worked could be a good target because she believed they were polluting the river behind the plant.

On December 4, Lecron has discussions with an undercover agent regarding a pipeline bombing. Lecron agreed to buy black powder needed to make a bomb.

On December 8, Lecron met with a source at a retail sporting good stores, where she entered the store by herself and purchased two pounds of Hodgson Triple Seven Muzzleloading Propellant. She then went to a larger retailer in Perrysburg, where she purchased 665 screws of various sizes, some as large as three inches.

Lecron said to the source: “So I guess I’ll talk to you when the deed is done?” She later said: “I’m very excited...stick it to him man…be safe.”

The Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Joint Terrorism Task Force, which is comprised of members of the FBI, Homeland Security and Investigations, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Ohio State Highway Patrol and Toledo Police Department, is leading the ongoing investigation. They were assisted by the FBI’s office in Denver. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Freeman.

If convicted, the defendant’s sentence will be determined by the Court after review of factors unique to this case, including the defendant’s prior criminal record, if any, the defendant's role in the offense and the characteristics of the violation. In all cases, the sentence will not exceed the statutory maximum and in most cases it will be less than the maximum.

James Alex Fields Jr
Of note, Lecron hails from Maumee, Ohio, which is just south of Toledo. That town only has a population of around 14,000, and is also home to neo-Nazi killer James Alex Fields Jr., 22, who was just convicted last week in Charlottesville, VA for the first degree murder of activist Heather Heyer. Fields drove his car into a crowd during the 'Unite the Right' rally in August of last year. Juror return to deliberating his sentence tomorrow morning.

It's rather unusual that both Lecron and Fields, who are within a year of age, would both come out of the same small town. 

Dylann Roof
Mass murderer Dylann Roof, now 24, entered the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina on June 17, 2015. During the prayer service, he shot and killed nine people - all African Americans.

Roof was found guilty of a multitude of charges and on January 11, 2017 he was sententence to death by lethal injection. He awaits his execution at USP Terre Haute, which is where the federal death row for men is located.

It was later discovered during the aftermath of the shooting that Roof owned a website called The Last Rhodesian where he posted about his hatred for African-Americans and shared a number of neo-Nazi and white supremacist messages.

He, also, published a personal manifesto, which you can find in the Hate Trackers Library in its entirety.

Ohio man arrested and charged in federal court after planning an attack on a synagogue in the Toledo area


Damon M. Joseph, 21, of Holland, Ohio, was charged today in federal court with one count of attempting to provide material support to the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS), a designated foreign terrorist organization, for allegedly planning an attack on a synagogue in the Toledo, Ohio area.  Joseph was arrested Friday evening after he took possession of two semi-automatic rifles.
The announcement was made by Assistant Attorney General for National Security John C. Demers, U.S Attorney Justin E. Herdman for the Northern District of Ohio and Acting Special Agent in Charge Jeff Fortunato of the FBI’s Cleveland Division.
“Damon Joseph was allegedly inspired by ISIS’ call to violence and hate.  He planned to attack the victims, based on their religion, at a Toledo-area synagogue in the name of ISIS, and hoped that it would lead to the deaths of many and spread fear,” said Assistant Attorney General Demers.  “His alleged actions would be an assault on the liberties and respect for humanity we hold so dear.  We will continue to make every effort to prevent such attacks from occurring.  I commend the agents, analysts, and prosecutors who identified the threat posed by this defendant and took action to protect the public from his plans.”
 “This man spent months planning a violent terrorist attack on behalf of ISIS here in the United States, and eventually targeted a Jewish synagogue in the Toledo area,” said U.S. Attorney Herdman.  “The charges describe a calculated man fueled by an ideology of hatred and intent on killing innocent people. The FBI, our police and Justice Department employees are to be credited for working to stop the defendant before he could act.”
“In a matter of months, Damon Joseph progressed from radicalized, virtual jihadist to attack planner,” said Acting Special Agent in Charge Fortunato.  “He ultimately decided to target two Toledo-area synagogues for a mass-casualty attack in the name of ISIS. Joseph will now be accountable in a court of law for his pursuit of a violent act of terrorism upon our fellow citizens attending their desired house of worship.”
According to an affidavit filed in U.S. District Court in Toledo:
Earlier in 2018, Joseph drew the attention of law enforcement by posting photographs of weapons and various messages in support of ISIS on his social media accounts, as well as a photograph originally distributed by the media wing of ISIS.  This activity led to multiple interactions between Joseph and undercover FBI agents.
During his communication with undercover agents, Joseph stated his support for ISIS and produced propaganda in support of ISIS recruitment.  In September, Joseph made videos that he sent to the undercover agent, hoping they would be used to recruit people to ISIS.  He also complained that the mosque he attended was critical of ISIS.
Joseph stated his support for violent attacks and operations.  For example, on Oct. 21, Joseph expressed support for “martyrdom operations” and stated: “what must be done, must be done” and “there will always be casualties of war.”
On Oct. 30, Joseph and the undercover communicated regarding the mass shooting at a Jewish synagogue in Pittsburgh. Joseph stated: “I admire what the guy did with the shooting actually.”  He added: “I can see myself carrying out this type of operation inshallah. They wouldn’t even [an attack] expect in my area...”
Over the next few weeks, Joseph continued stating he wanted to participate in an attack on behalf of ISIS.  On Dec. 2 he forwarded a document that laid out his plans for an attack, using the name “Abdullah Ali Yusuf” for himself.  In the document, he described plans to attack where the greatest number of people are gathered, inflict the most casualties during the attack and make sure no one escaped.
Joseph then stated that he did not see this necessarily as “a martyrdom operation” as his plan accounted for an escape and potential combat with law enforcement.
On Dec. 4, Joseph stated he was deciding between two synagogues in the area to attack.  He stated the choice would depend on “Which one will have the most people, what time and what day. Go big or go home.”
The next day, Joseph met with an undercover FBI agent and discussed conducting a mass shooting at a synagogue.  Joseph identified two synagogues he viewed as targets in the greater Toledo area, and discussed the types of weapons he believed would be able to inflict mass casualties.
Joseph made written notes about the firearms he wanted and provided them to the undercover agent, stating he wanted AR 15s, AK 47, Glocks and ammunition.
On Dec. 6, Joseph met with an undercover in the Toledo area and stated it would be ideal to attack two synagogues, but that it was probably more realistic to only attack one.  Joseph also stated specifically that he wanted to kill a rabbi.
Also on Dec. 6, Joseph wrote the name and address of the synagogue where the attack was to occur.  Joseph stated he had conducted research to determine when the Jewish sabbath was so that more people would be present.  Joseph pulled up photographs of the inside of the synagogue and said he wanted the attack to begin in the sanctuary.  Joseph told the undercover agent that he would hide two semi-automatic rifles at his house once the undercover purchased them.
Later that day, the undercover agent told Joseph that he purchased rifles for the attack.  The two met on Dec. 7 at a predetermined location and Joseph took a black duffel bag containing two semi-automatic rifles, which had been rendered inoperable by law enforcement officers so that they posed no danger to the public.  Joseph was then arrested.
A charge is merely an allegation, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law. 
The FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force, which is comprised of members of the FBI, Homeland Security and Investigations, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Ohio State Highway Patrol and Toledo Police Department, is leading the ongoing investigation.  
The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Michelle Baeppler of the Northern District of Ohio, and Trial Attorneys Josh Champagne and Kyle Phillips of the National Security Division’s Counterterrorism Section.

Saturday, December 8, 2018

The Balkanization of America: White ethno-region Nazis and Klan spreading homeland into NE Oklahoma

At present, this is the ShieldWall. It's already entered Oklahoma.

White nationalists have for decades been building a European-style ethno-region under everyone's noses.

Code named ShieldWall the attempt at a Balkanization of America has already captured huge swathes of Northern Arkansas and Southern Missouri with 100 contiguous counties now having a 90%+ white population.

Now they're coming for a chunk of Oklahoma.

Members of The ShieldWall Network
The ShieldWall Network plans to keep pushing outward covering an even greater area. Right now the only path they think they can take is into Northeastern Oklahoma.

Some areas are abandoned to minorities; most notably Southern and eastern Arkansas, which have high rates of African-Americans. They want the whites living in those areas to move to the "Homeland" within the ShieldWall's borders. Part of their plan there is to relocate whites from their non-homeland into areas they wish to takeover.

Their current strategy has the white nationalist wall moving into the NE Oklahoma partial counties of Ottawa, Mayes, Wagoner, Muskogee, Adair, Sequoyah, Delaware, and all of Cherokee County.

However, that part of the state has a high concentration of Native Americans living on federal trust lands that will slow down their efforts to balkanize part of the Sooner State to where a handful of counties are hostile to the rest of the state.

So, they plan to use force and terror to run people out.

Whereas the rest of the ShieldWall encompasses 90%+ white populations the demographics in NE Oklahoma are different, which is why some of those counties are only going to be partially incorporated with the areas containing a higher density of whites being brought inside the wall.

If successful, they'll drive out African-Americans, Indigenous Peoples, and Hispanics, by making living within the borders of the ShieldWall dangerous.

They are planning on scaring non-whites out of NE Oklahoma with help from their Missouri and Arkansas forces.

Friday, December 7, 2018

Bama fans and group admins cross red line in trash talking Oklahoma

Football comes with a lot of trash talking. It's a given fans are going to talk smack to each other, especially in the run up towards a National Championship.

However, one fan of the Alabama Crimson Tide named Michael Stivender  crossed a line that deserves a serious reckoning after he posted a photo of Oklahoma City's darkest hour - April 19, 1995.

Along with the photo of the exploded building Stivender used the rallying cry "Roll Tide" to imply the college football program in Alabama should roll over Oklahoma like a terrorist did.

On that day domestic terrorist Timothy McVeigh detonated a Ryder truck bomb in front of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in downtown Oklahoma City.

  • 168 people died in the explosion
  • 15 of them were children in a daycare center
  • 4 other children died elsewhere in the building
  • 680 people were injured
  • 3 pregnant women died
  • The dead were ages three months to 73 years 
  • The front third of the building was blown away 
  • 108 worked for the United States government
  • 6 of the victims were U.S. military personnel
  • Oklahomans spent days digging for the bodies of their fallen and lost loved ones
Michael Stivender lacks class, sense, and decency.

So does whoever is running a Facebook page called College Football Trash Talk Nation, who believes this is acceptable. 


They've now closed their group and it appears more than Stivender was sharing the offensive meme. That's their group page though. Their Facebook business page is public HERE.

 College Football Trash Talk Nation also had this to say to Oklahomans:

That Facebook page doesn't want Sooners - or anyone with an ounce of decency for that matter - trying to get the Stivender creep fired, so here's their info.

Administering the page and protecting Stivender are:

Christopher L. Inabnit
Matthew Faulkner
Wayne Sutter
Amy L Johnson
April Langley
Philip Joseph
Philip J Lefebvre III
Chris Jefferson
Toby Pilk
Jason Stalfort
Sean Samko

Then there's one guy named Imamoe Lester, who probably is, so doesn't want to use his real name.

Moderating the page are (If also an admin or using multiple ID's, they're not listed twice.):

Robert C Fashbaugh
Daniel Pogue
Bobby Barrett
Joseph Bryant
DeBryan Davidson
Chris Perez
Amy Lynn

There is talking smack and being smacked for talking, which is a just punishment for this cretin Michael Stivender and his supporters.

Alabama is set to play Oklahoma on Dec. 29th. Hopefully, by then Stivender will have been fully censured by his family, friends, and fellow Alabamans - so should those running defense for the creep.

Oklahoma is as proud of its college football traditions, as Alabama is. But this is taking being a fan to a whole lower level - a level which most football fans are not going to tolerate. Even Texas will ride with the Sooners on this one.

Even Bama fans are upset at this.

Donald Key said, "I saw that post from an OU friend of mine and it made me mad. Some people have no class at all. I love Bama, but this display of stupidity makes me feel ashamed and for what it is worth on behalf of the sane Bama nation I apologize."

NSM Nazi leader Commander Jeff Schoep spanks Sgt. Kynan Dutton in public statement

There's some new Nazi drama to report.

Let's get started with Commander Jeff Schoep's reaction to his officer squealing to the public about internal affairs.

Hit it, Jeffie!  

Commander Jeff Schoep
Public Statement in regards to former NSM Director of Community Outreach Matthew Heimbach 

It was the hope of the NSM to do this quietly and more discretely. However, a public post was made on social media regarding the expulsion of Matthew Heimbach calling him a traitor. I never approved or endorsed labeling our former Director of Community Outreach as a traitor. 

Matthew Heimbach has been a friend and comrade of mine for many years, however, his political ideology does not coincide with the views of the NSM. Matthew is a strong believer in Strasserism. Strasserism is an obscure faction that exists to the left of National Socialism but slightly to the right of Communism. The Strasser brothers opposed Hitler’s anti-Semitism and were considered traitors. Gregor Strasser was executed on the Night of the Long Knives for his left-wing views and direct opposition to Hitler. Otto Strasser tried to split the national socialist party and was exiled. The political ideology of Strasserism is not directly compatible with true national socialism or the NSM. 

Matthew repeatedly made social media posts commemorating leftist Fidel Castro, Kim Il Sung and Gregor Strasser. The National Socialist Movement has spent too many years fighting the far left in the streets to get into bickering matches over social media. Ultimately it was decided by all parties that Matthew was not a correct fit for the NSM, and that we would all go our separate ways. There is no hard feelings, and no dirt for the press to throw at us, or at Matthew regarding this matter. 

The National Socialist Movement wishes Matthew the best in his future endeavors. He is a bright, intelligent, well spoken young man who still has a lot to learn. It is the hope of the NSM that Matthew will shrug off the leftist yoke of Strasserism and find his way back to true National Socialism. 

Commander Jeff Schoep 
National Socialist Movement

Although his name is not mentioned the person who leaked the dismissal of Matthew Heimbach was Kynan Dutton. Hate Trackers saw that VK social media post and immediately reported on it making the internal NSM drama even more public.

Okay, Sgt. Kynan Dutton two things:
  1. "I never approved or endorsed labeling our former Director of Community Outreach as a traitor." - Nazi Big Boss
  2. Kynan Boy, you just got SPANKED by your daddy for being a tattletail and name caller!

Sgt. Kynan Dutton
Dutton has since removed the post, but we'd already revealed what it said.

Between one Nazi's dismissal, one Nazi running to tattle (that's you Kynan!, and one Nazi being pissed off that the other Nazi tattled on his better friend than Kynan Nazi

It's kinda like a shift manager getting fired at Wendy's, another shift manager squealing to the lesser employees, and the frustrated manager getting peeved about all the gossip.

During the middle of all this drama, Matthew Heimbach set the Nazi world on fire with a scathing rebuke of the NSM.

Below is Heimbach's full and unedited letter.

Unemployed Nazi
Matthew Heimbach
Dear comrades,

I am resigning my position within the National Socialist Movement as of today. I cannot continue to be a member of an organization that claims to be National Socialist and spits upon the ideology by perverting it with reactionary, capitalist, imperialist, and supremacist rhetoric and actions.

This is not a question of optics or other petty debates, this is about the very definition of what National Socialism is. Being opposed to White supremacy, racial hatred, imperialism, and capitalism aren't just talking points for the media, it's what I actually believe. 

Savitri Devi said "I'm for a multi-racial world in which each race keeps to itself, in harmony with the other races. Like in a garden, you have flowerbeds of roses and flowerbeds of carnations and irises and different other flowers. 

They don't intermarry. They stay separate, and each one has its beauty."

National Socialism is not:

In support of capitalism
In support of conservatism 
In support of republican forms of government
In support of imperialism and aggression/hatred towards other peoples 
In contradiction with the principles of Natural Law
Opposed to social justice and Green policies

I have found all of these things within the ranks of the National Socialist Movement to the point I cannot call it a cancer within the organization, but nearly the entire organization. 

Many of the members of the NSM in their public posts, official organizational media, and in private, are not National Socialists in any meaningful way. 

This is a problem throughout the post-Rockwell movement, but the problem has grown to the point that any ideological connection with the NSDAP or National Socialist philosophers or sister movements and the NSM is truly non-existent. 

To the NSM, wearing a swastika or giving a salute is giving a middle finger to POC or Jews, not sacred symbols of the Aryan people that deserve respect. 

To the NSM, politics is holding two rallies a year and going home, instead of working to organize communities and give voice to the voiceless. 

To the NSM, the NSDAP is what they see on the History Channel between episodes of Pawn Stars, Ancient Aliens, and Swamp People, a stylized and commercialized farce of enemy propaganda which is the absolute opposition of the truth. 

The education level on the ideology is miniscule, with few every reading essential texts and the organization providing no instruction for members on these topics. This allows previously held notions of conservatism and reactionary race hatred to continue into the organization.

Many of the members view themselves as a crew or a gang, and have no desire to be a politically effective organization, certainly not a revolutionary National Socialist vanguard that is needed. 

Terms like "probate", "fresh cut", "patched" are used often, not denoting how effective someone is in an organization, but a more crew environment vs anything political. 

Jeff Schoep is a good man, surrounded for decades by retards and misfits of the 1.0 movement. Jeff could have gotten a lot farther if he had a better team around him. In this case, myself and several former TWP comrades tried to help, but the membership of the NSM didn't want to evolve, change, and truly become National Socialists, they wanted to stay a stagnant and dying hate group, and that's on them.

I'm not going to clap along to more neo-imperialist drivel, praise of capitalism or the Masonic founders, or recycled loser points from a movement that has had only decades of failure to show for its work. 

I'd rather be correct than have a group, my kids future depends on me working towards a better world, not compromising.

I have nothing but respect for Commander Jeff Schoep, his sacrifices, and his leadership contribution to this movement. Harry Hughes is also a man of the highest character who I truly respect, same goes for Brandon Lashbrook and several others who are beacons of light in an otherwise dark place. 
The NSM is dying, and has been dying for a long time. 

Attendance at rallies has been on a steady decline for half a decade now, with basically every other nationalist group able to out organize them and turn out more people, without a thirty year head start. 

Former projects like highway cleanup, food banks, etc are all dead, gone, and buried. 

None of the regional organizers have a desire or ability seemingly to actually *do anything*, like hold a basic meeting once a month. My local group of NS families have more frequent, and more well attended, meetings than any NSM region throughout the year. 

Everything is atrophying and dying, and the organization won't make it much longer. I thought I could make a difference, take my experience to give a helping hand to the NSM to get them on the right track towards leaving the White Supremacist scene, and become political advocates for our people.

The truth is however, you can't teach an old dog new tricks, and you can't turn a bunch of Hollywood Nazis into National Socialists. 

The struggle continues my dear comrades, forward to victory!. -Matthew Heimbach  

Sorry, Kynan, it appears Jeff has love for Matthew and Matthew has love for Jeff, but no one has love for you. Sorry.

Big oops! Top NSM Nazi doesn't care as much about James Fields as he's been pretending

NSM Lt. Burt Colucci, 42, of the Lakeland and Kissimmee, Florida areas is the chief of staff for the neo-Nazi group known as the National Socialist Movement.

He's also been a major supporter of James Fields Jr., who was convicted of first degree murder today in the death of Heather Heyer during the 'Unite the Right' rally in Charlottesville last year.

He's spent over a year chest thumping and talking about how Fields is innocent and trying to convince others that he is the expert in this case.

As it turns out, tonight he made one little slip up that shows Burt Colucci knows nothing about Fields' legal case.  

"James Alex Fields (white) found guilty of 30 hate crimes in death of Heather Heyer (white). Let’s discuss it live, NOW!! Call +1(516) 453-6058 option 1 to speak to the host. 2 hour show"

The thing is Fields was not on trial for 30 hate crimes this week. He was on trial in the Commonwealth of Virginia for one count of first degree murder, five counts of aggravated malicious wounding, three counts of malicious wounding, and one count of felony hit and run.

Fields was found guilty of all ten charges in Virginia today after jurors deliberated for seven hours.
The 30 hate crimes Colucci mentions are from a totally separate federal case that's been brought by the United States District Court. That case hasn't even gone to trial yet - though a hearing is scheduled for Monday.  

In federal court Fields faces a total of 30 charges: one count of a hate crime act resulting in the death of 32-year-old Heather Heyer, one count of racially motivated violent interference with a federally protected activity, and 28 counts of hate crime acts causing bodily injury and involving an attempt to kill.

Despite being a self-professed expert on Fields and a sympathetic supporter, Colucci turned out to not know enough about the case to even get a fundamental fact across about it. 

The Nazi clearly hasn't followed the case, nor truly cares about his fellow Nazi enough to get the basics correct.

Now he wants to talk about the case on BlogTalkRadio.

Lt. Burt Colucci or his little "buddy" Kynan Dutton a call at 1(516) 453-6058 option 1 and help the buffoon get things straight.