Post by spanishspy on May 24, 2016 21:09:59 GMT
TIM KANE LIVES:
Or, the Brotherhood's Commonwealth
Excerpt from the Washington Post, 2001
Tim Kane: the Old Dominion's Scorpion
"The race for Lieutenant Governor of Virginia has been quite heated recently, between the Republican candidate Jay Katzen and the Democratic candidate, Tim Kane, and the governor's race even more so. However, people here in the Washington region, and indeed nationwide, have been wondering about Tim Kane, the enigmatic Democratic mayor of Richmond.
Tim Kane in his official photograph as Mayor of Richmond as found on his website
Kane's tenure as the Mayor of Richmond has been a shining success story, with a ruthless efficiency that had him dubbed the "Scorpion of the Old Dominion." Under his administration, Kane has had the first new schools in the city in several years, curiously built with massive sculptures of hands grasping globes atop them. When enquired by the Richmond Times-Dispatch about their symbolism, Kane responded "these sculptures represent how all humanity must work together to build a new future, that the future is truly within our hands. We are going to have to act if we want to live in a different world."
Kane has presided over a major series of tax cuts in the city, helping local business. However, the most efficient, and indeed most controversial, aspect of his tenure was how he handled the city's violent crime, but none can deny it was effective.
Kane introduced a 'secret society' (for lack of a better term) to the service of the Richmond local government, the Black Hand. Apparently reporting only to Kane himself, the Black Hand violently stopped any instance of robbery, murder, rape, or other crimes of comparable magnitude. Under the city's police commissioner, Kane appointee Gideon Raveshaw, the Black Hand was credited with reducing the violent crime rate in Richmond by seventy-five percent.
This success has led the state Democratic Committee to nominate Kane as their candidate for Lieutenant Governor, running alongside gubernatorial candidate Mark Warner. However, Kane and the party have clashed over the ongoing war in Afghanistan. Kane has advocated a "Peace through Power" strategy in winning the conflict, something some members of his party have found distasteful.
Excerpt from the Washington Post, late November 2001:
Blue Streak: Warner, Kane, McEachin win Virginia Amid Controversy
The Virginia Democratic Committee, as well as many throughout the Old Dominion, are celebrating the election of a straight Democratic ticket to the state's high offices. Mark Warner won the Governorship, Kane won the Lieutenant Governorship, and A. Donald McEachin won the Attorney Generalship. However, these results are met amid accusations by the state Republican party of possibly violent voter intimidation in their favor, particularly in favor of the Attorney Generalship, Jerry Kilgore.
The Democratic ticket campaigned under the slogan of 'Brotherhood, Unity, Peace,' in which Kane in particular called upon the Commonwealth to "Ascend from its current state into a land of justice and liberty for all Virginians." The rhetorical motif of 'ascension' was repeated several times by Kane and used at times by Warner and McEachin. However, such a motif was possibly undermined by the current accusations.
Such accusations were first made in Henrico county by Lawrence Robertson, who claimed to be heckled and later assaulted by members of an organization calling themselves the Brotherhood of Nod, an organization which had previously made headlines as a lobbying group and political action committee, having donated substantial amounts of funds to Kane's campaign, as did they to the campaigns of Warner and McEachin. Brotherhood members in identity-concealing gear approached Robertson, an outspoken local Republican, and demanded he cease campaigning for the Republican nominees. After refusing, it is alleged that these members of the Brotherhood beat Robertson savagely.
Kane at the Brotherhood of Nod meeting, giving his acceptance speech (AP)
Robertson was found laying unconscious in an alleyway in Varina, a town in Henrico County, by his wife Sarah, who promptly rushed him to a hospital. Robertson is now suing the Brotherhood in state court on the charges of voter harassment and assault.
Similar incidents, all involving the Brotherhood and outspoken local Republicans, have been reported in other parts of the state, mainly in major cities such as Lynchburg, Fredericksburg, and Norfolk, as well as more minor incidents in Suffolk, Isle of Wight, Tazewell, and Goochland counties. This has led to large public suspicion of the results of the election, with members of the state Republican party calling for a new election. One member, who opted to remain anonymous, said that "we are all afraid of the possible ramifications of this. Granted, since [outgoing governor Jim] Gilmore was a Republican, it seemed that the electorate wanted someone more liberal. However, we didn't expect this whole Brotherhood of Nod controversy to happen."
Kane's critics have not been silenced; indeed, they have begun to grow even more suspicious as Kane's official victory speech was given to an audience of the Brotherhood of Nod's membership in Virginia Beach.
Excerpt from the Virginia-Pilot, Norfolk, Virginia, August 2003
Brotherhood of Nod Influence in Commonwealth at All-Time High - State Government Denies Involvement
Recent revelations by whistleblowers formerly working for the Brotherhood of Nod allege that the Brotherhood serves as Lieutenant Governor Tim Kane's personal guard and intimidation force. Leaker Julia Ricketts has told members of the Washington Post, the Norfolk Virginia-Pilot, and other state newspapers in Fredericksburg, Lynchburg, and other major cities that the Brotherhood leadership had ordered her to engage in voter intimidation in Northern Virginia and the Hampton Roads area in the name of passing a series of sales tax hikes proposed by Governor Warner.
A call to Lieutenant Governor Kane's office in Richmond was answered by a press secretary calling himself Seth, who refused to identify himself further beyond saying he was originally from Loudoun County. Seth stated that he was a liaison from the Governor to the Lieutenant Governor and from there to the press, phrasing it thusly:
"From Warner, to Kane, to Seth."
Seth also stated he was highly ranked within the Brotherhood of Nod but such acts were being committed by radicals not endorsed by Kane. Seth stated that they were "getting in the way of ascension" and therefore in no way beneficial to the goals of Lieutenant Governor Kane.
Nod planes in Iraq (AP)
However, the Brotherhood's actions, mainly but not exclusively in the Commonwealth of Virginia, have become more noticeable in recent months, in many ways related to the ongoing War in Iraq. In the Commonwealth, specifically Northern Virginia and the Hampton Roads area have been assailed by large Brotherhood-sponsored advertising campaigns to vote in favor of the sales tax increase, measures approved in both regions by slim margins. These advertising campaigns have accompanied reports of violence; there have been several cases of anti-tax demonstrators being heckled or assaulted, in one case in Fairfax county one member of a local Republican-affiliated organization was killed in an accident. Nod graffiti was seen in the vicinity, but the local Brotherhood organization denies all involvement.
It is interesting to note that the Brotherhood of Nod has been found operating among the United States Armed Forces in Afghanistan and Iraq, with the organization's logo, a scorpion tail within a triangular design, being found painted as graffiti on building walls in major occupied cities. In accordance with the 'Peace Through Power' doctrine espoused by Kane, several troops working for the coalition forces in both countries have operated under their own insignia but under the command of American and international commanders. They are noted to have what appears to be their own command structure and equipment, with Brotherhood flags flying among flag displays of Coalition nations. When most of the Iraqi government was captured earlier this year, Kane remarked to the press that "power shifts more quickly than some people think."
Excerpt from the Washington Post, December 2003
Saddam Hussein Captured by Brotherhood of Nod Troops
Saddam Hussein, President of the deposed government of Iraq, has been captured by soldiers loyal to the Brotherhood of Nod in Ad-Dawr, near Tikrit, Saladin Governorate, at a time when the Brotherhood's influence has grown significantly both in its initial base in the Commonwealth of Virginia and in other states. The commander of the operation, who has gone nameless, has stated that Hussein will be turned in to the Coalition Provisional Authority, the current government in Iraq headquartered in Baghdad and led by L. Paul Bremer, an American diplomat.
News of the capture comes at a time when the Brotherhood of Nod has cemented its influence in Virginia and has since expanded to the District of Columbia, Maryland, New York, Illinois, and California. These organizations have conducted charities and other public services, but also have committed violence against their opponents. Such violence has been decried by Brotherhood leaders, claiming that such acts have been committed by radicals not loyal to the organization. "There is a reason why our slogan is 'Brotherhood, Unity, Peace," said Lieutenant Governor Kane. "We do not espouse such wanton aggression against our opponents."
Brotherhood organizations have tried to associate themselves with local Democratic organizations, with mixed success. Recent polling of members of the Democratic party in those areas show that the Brotherhood only has a forty percent approval rating among them, showing their arrival as part of the Democratic coalition has been tentative. Indeed, certain major Democratic figures have denounced the Brotherhood. Chairman of the Democratic National Committee Terry McAuliffe has said that the Brotherhood must 'cease all violent activities if it wants to be accepted as part of the national liberal mainstream. I do not want my home state of Virginia to have the reputation of a land of violent cronyism." Senate minority whip Harry Reid has warned that the Brotherhood "seems to be very close in mentality to the terrorists that threaten the well-being of the United States."
Calls to Brotherhood organizations have been answered with cryptic statements. A call to Lieutenant Governor Kane, increasingly the apparent national spokesman for the organization, has said, regarding the capture of Hussein, that "the rivers show flow with the blood of the enemies of the Brotherhood and of the United States." Local organizations have only said typical celebratory statements and nothing of any substance.
Nod-affiliated tanks outside Baghdad (Reuters).
Administrator of the Coalition Provisional Authority, L. Paul Bremer, has thanked the Brotherhood for handing over Hussein to Coalition authorities. "Without the Brotherhood," Bremer said in a statement, "we would have not ended the invasion as quickly as we did." This statement has added to the fires of conspiracy that have alleged that the Brotherhood has infiltrated the highest echelons of the Coalition forces. Nod flags flying alongside the flags of nations within the Coalition started these rumors, and such remarks do not help assuaging their fears.
Excerpt from the New York Times, 2005
Hero or Madman?
No Middle Ground, the Riddle of Kane, and the Brotherhood of Nod
Any American paying close attention to the political landscape of the nation nowadays must take note of the new political organization rising up to influence federal and state politics: the Brotherhood of Nod, the organization which has been perplexing the national news and analysts since their debut in the government of Virginia in 2001. Their policies have been in many senses liberal, but their penchant for violence is something unseen for many years in this country, rivaling the almost surreal stories of politics in the 19th century predating our nation's civil war, such as the caning of Charles Sumner in the Senate chamber.
In Virginia, the state of inception of the Brotherhood's political activity, the organization polarizes many, especially since their apparent leader, Tim Kane, is Lieutenant Governor. In Loudoun County in the north of the state, local store owner Maria Harris does not find the Brotherhood's activities appealing. Harris said that the Brotherhood has been sponsoring violence in her hometown of Waterford, against those who are not seen as sufficiently charitable. "The Brotherhood places quite the emphasis on charity, which is a noble thing, but coercing people to do so by beating them in the streets is simply not the way to do it." Harris emphasized that Brotherhood-affiliated thugs have been using a house near her store as a base of operations, and thusly are killing her business.
In the affluent Northern parts of the state near Washington D.C., such as Loudoun County, Fairfax County, Arlington County, and the City of Alexandria, the Brotherhood is reviled, with many clashes with local police have been reported. In Springfield, Fairfax County, several high school students were arrested for spraying a house, owned by a local family of high income, with Brotherhood symbolism (mainly a scorpion tail within a peculiarly-shaped triangular design), and later setting fire to the family's car, a Ferrari.
However, in poorer parts of the state, the Brotherhood has been received as a bringer of charity to places once morally bankrupt. John D. Spraggins, a cashier of a low income in Richmond, the state capital, has openly supported the Brotherhood. "Lieutenant Governor Kane has shown he really does care for the poor. The Brotherhood has helped with public works, fighting crime and unemployment, and just generally being a good influence down here. Yes, there are thugs, but they're radicals. Kane doesn't approve of them."
Republicans in the state legislature have drafted bills severely curtailing the organization, with backing of several Democrats as well. The Brotherhood, affiliated to some degree with the Democratic Party, have drawn controversy due to the mass violence committed by followers. State Democrats, including Senator Richard L. Saslaw, have denounced the Brotherhood, calling them "radicals. I agree with what Chairman McAuliffe and Senator Reid have said about them: they're tarnishing the name of liberalism everywhere."
Such allegations are becoming more heated as Lieutenant Governor Kane is seriously contemplating running for Governor. The Brotherhood's actions in the invasion of Iraq have led to serious questions regarding the exact role of the Brotherhood in Virginian and American politics - the organization has spread along the Eastern seaboard and is making headway in Illinois, California, and in certain parts of Texas and Florida. In response to bills proposing the banning of the Brotherhood, followers have repeated the phrase "you can't outlaw the Messiah," apparently referring to the Lieutenant Governor.
Excerpt from the Richmond Times-Dispatch, 2005
Lieutenant Governor Kane Nominated as Democratic Nominee for Governor
In a nomination process racked by allegations of corruption and cronyism, Lieutenant Governor Tim Kane has been nominated for this year's Democratic candidate for governor in the elections in November. The Brotherhood of Nod, led by Kane and his acolyte Seth, among other major leaders such as Gideon Raveshaw (now a senator for the Richmond area), has erupted in celebration that their leader would be nominated for the highest office in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Kane was nominated as there was no official Democratic challenger that was willing to stand against him. However, more orthodox Democrats have accused the Brotherhood of intimidating potential challengers to the gubernatorial nomination.
In the buildup to the gubernatorial primaries, Richard L. Saslaw, a Senator from the 35th district, representing parts of northeastern Fairfax County and the city of Alexandria near Washington, D.C., was mentioned as a potential opponent to Kane. Saslaw has accused the Brotherhood of Nod of being 'corrupt cronies of the level of Boss Tweed.' Such a sentiment has been echoed by several other anti-Nod Democrats in the state and nationwide.
However, Saslaw never filled out the paperwork necessary to run for governor with either the state or the Democratic Party. It is known that several Nod-affiliated members of the state Senate and General Assembly brought him into a secluded room in the State Capitol in Richmond and talked with him quite frequently and in often angry tones. Later, Saslaw's home in Fairfax County was vandalized by unknown individuals, with slogans such as 'heretic' and 'charlatan' painted on his house. Local police have searched the area but have not been able to find the perpetrators.
Kane's nomination was met with celebration among Brotherhood members. Daniel McLaughlin, a mechanic from Lynchburg, said to the press that 'you just can't not nominate the Messiah. He's just too good not to put up as governor.' Indeed, the habit of deeming Kane a Messiah is now quite common. Records indicate such a practice was started during Kane's tenure as the mayor of Richmond.
However, Kane has been very modest about his popularity. His speeches, known to be ostentatious and strident, are nevertheless not bragging. He is perceived as a man of the people of the Commonwealth, loved for the programs that he has enacted to help poorer Virginians both urban and rural. In response to a young Brotherhood member hailing him as a quasi-deity, Kane responded thusly:
"If I am cut, do I not bleed? Of course I do. I bleed the same red blood that you do. That is why the Brotherhood flag is red. The blood of all people, no matter their skin tone, is the same. A state with a history such as ours must never forget that. Brotherhood, Unity, Peace."
Excerpt from the News and Advance, Lynchburg, Virginia, 2005
Kane to Debate Kilgore, Potts at UVA
In an extremely controversial move, Democratic nominee for Governor and current Lieutenant Governor Tim Kane insisted on letting independent candidate Russ Potts to join in the debates with Republican nominee Jerry Kilgore. This can be seen as incredibly out-of-character for Kane, as he has been previously dismissive of his opposition.
It is considered to be a move by Kane to both distance himself politically from the incredibly confrontational Brotherhood of Nod that backs him, as its tendency towards violence has been detrimental to the Lieutenant Governor's image, and to destroy Potts' arguments decisively. Potts' popularity has been growing in both Northern Virginia, with the steadfastly important Fairfax County, and in the heavily populated southeastern portion of the state, with major cities such as Hampton, Virginia Beach, and Norfolk. The Virginia Republican Party has been targeted by Nod-affiliated gangsters who have attacked their offices; this has led to a loss in state Republican Party power, on the rise since the 1980s.
The Republican Nominee, Jerry Kilgore, was the nominee for state Attorney General in 2001, losing to A. Donald MacEachin. Kilgore has led the state party in a call to 'show Virginia is truly for lovers, not for hoodlums of the Brotherhood's kind." Kilgore has seen increased spending on advertisements this election, intending to fight harder than the party had in 2001. Virginia, a very conservative state, would normally be the natural place for the Republican Party; however, the populist rhetoric of 'ascension' of the Brotherhood of Nod has swayed many over to the Democratic Party.
The independent candidate, Russ Potts, an independent from Winchester, has shown himself to be an interesting third party candidate, unlikely to win but likely to have a significant effect on the election results. Potts considers himself a moderate Republican, comparatively liberal in comparison to Kilgore on abortion and taxes among other issues. Potts has promised Virginia to 'rid Richmond of its cronyism and violence,' in a subtle insult to both Kane and Kilgore.
Kane has promised party faithful that he will campaign stronger than his run for Lieutenant Governor; Governor Mark Warner has refused to endorse Kane, also refusing to comment to the press about such issues (it is interesting to note that Warner's home in Alexandria was vandalized shortly thereafter). Brotherhood sources have already committed vast sums of money to the Kane campaign and to the state Democratic committee, and more is forthcoming. When asked about the gubernatorial run, Kane said "I have spent years working towards this. He who controls the past commands the future; He who commands the future, conquers the past. I have controlled the past to command the future, and the future is now. It is time to show that Virginia can truly ascend to glory, that our beloved Old Dominion can rise above its history and become truly great." Shortly thereafter, he yelled to the crowd of onlookers 'Sic Semper Tyrannis," and was met with cheers.
Excerpt from the Richmond Times-Dispatch, November 2005
Richmond's Own Victorious: Kane Wins Governorship
Today, the city of Richmond, the state capital and the hub of Brotherhood of Nod activity, has erupted in celebration. The city's own former mayor and current Lieutenant Governor Tim Kane has won the gubernatorial race. The entire Commonwealth is bursting with joy, and Kilgore and Potts have made their concession speeches.
Kane has already given a victory speech here in Richmond, with governor Mark Warner in attendance, looking quite shaken by some event, but overall satisfied. Despite his refusal to endorse his Lieutenant Governor, he has come in to support him. In Kane's speech, he gave a stinging criticism to his opposition whom he had defeated:
"Rule of thumb, Kilgore: You can't beat the Messiah in an election."
Kane went on to praise his followers, saying that they were the reason the Commonwealth of Virginia would ascend to a state of equality for all of its citizens, rich or poor, black or white or any other origin, immigrant or native-born. Using a Biblical allusion, he quite eloquently summarized his gratitude for their service:
"And he cried in a loud voice, 'Lazarus, come forth!' and Lazarus did, arise from the grave... I have always believed that faith was measured in deeds, not words, and did you all commit the greatest of deeds, saving this commonwealth from the forces of corrupt capitalism!"
Kane in an official Brotherhood portrait.
Kane has campaigned under the promises of restricting corruption in the state government (to the scoffs of Republicans who criticize his ability to electioneer), providing better services to the poor of the state, especially in urban areas. Thusly, his support of lower-income voters, especially immigrants in Northern Virginia, have won him favor in the form of an election won by an even higher margin than outgoing governor Mark Warner did.