Just Another Innocent Picture … Right?

Well, here’s the Virginia Flaggers’ Susan Hathaway with another good friend on the streets at Lexington this last weekend:

Long Hathaway

She’s with Shane Long. Wait, Shane Long … haven’t I heard that name before?

I guess so.

Here are Shane and Matthew Heimbach together in May 2013:

We await the newest round of excuse-making from the Virginia Flaggers and their on-again, off-again spokesperson.

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22 thoughts on “Just Another Innocent Picture … Right?

      • I they believe they can do whatever they want and with whoever they want and as long as they lie and deny it they can get away with it.

        • I understand that they are outraged. All I did was to post some pictures. Their reaction shows that they can connect the dots, and they know others can as well. Hathaway in particular (who responds to a blog she claims she does not read) doesn’t deny a thing … she’s just angry about it. I guess someone else will have to do her heavy hitting. She can’t find it within herself to do that … not after she botched the Rob Walker affair.

  1. There were several League members in Lexington.

    As for Shane, he’s at the same place he was at when I met him in 2012. Heimbach’s journey into the world of the NSM, Aryan Terror Brigade, the Klan and so on was his alone. No one else followed him in that direction.

    • Brad, the picture of Heimbach and Long was from May 2013.

      At some point the Virginia Flaggers are just going to have to come clean … or hire a better photographer. This isn’t about what Matthew Heimbach, Shane Long, or you believe … it’s that the Flaggers believe the same things. You may not want to associate with them because they are clowns, but that’s not at issue.

    • Come on, Brad, that’s like saying he’s a white supremacist but he doesn’t like Hitler…you really think that improves things?

    • I’m sure they are still friends.

      Heimbach was at the CofCC conference and League conference in June 2013. At the time, there was no indication that he was going to get involved in these other groups, which gradually began to happen after August. He wasn’t kicked out of the League until the beginning of October.

      • Brad- I think Heimbach’s “Rainbow Tour” was more about attention and an his young and idealistic quest to unify all the groups of hate.

        He is also planning on going to CPAC with Parrott, which ought to be interesting to see how long they last after acquiring all this media attention since the last CPAC.

        Deep down I really don’t think Hembach has changed much. I think he was much more extreme than he appeared when he was at Towson and I don’t think he is as extreme as he is being portrayed now. I think he was always a Nazi, we have photos of him wearing Aryan-wear t-shirts from his college years, but I don’t thin he has really become more of a Nazi since, just more open about it.

        The one thing that has change is his goofy obsession with the Eastern Orthodox religion, which he is taking to such an extreme that he wears it like a costume.

        • A number of the far-right, white supremacists folks have a recent embrace of the Eastern Orthodox church. I’m sure that has less to do with that denomination’s theology than its perception as holding firm on social/cultural issues while churches in the West have become less strident on some of those same issues. This trend conveniently goes hand-in-glove with their bromance with Vladimir Putin’s nationalist stand on immigration, new legislation intended to silence the LGBT community, and crackdown on anything that challenges or embarrasses the church.

          • Good call, Andy. I agree, there seems to be a growing Putin cadre amongst the American far right-paleocon-nationalists.

            Although, Heimbach’s fascinations seems to fall with the Romanian Iron Guard as well, along with his man-crush on Putin.

            There is some nasty stuff brewing in Russia these days.

            • Just look at all that liberty, justice, and freedom for all expressed in that far right extremist rhetoric these days. Nuts never fall very far from the tree and the far right is showing its true colors just like the KKK and the Nazis did.

  2. Uh oh. Shane had better steel himself for one of Connie’s “explanatory” analogies. I wouldn’t say that went too well for Mr. Heimbach.

  3. It’s important to note that Heimbach is but the most visible face in a crowd of all the same faces, seen over and over again in the same circles. The majority of the faces all have the same if not similar or even more extreme views, they are just either smarter, much better at hiding it, or consciously not painting themselves in dayglo orange so as not to attract much attention to what they’re saying. Take your pick. It really is no harder than a game of connect the dots. Certainly as individuals, the faces in the crowds views are not necessarily indicative of the crowds views as a whole. Efforts to link people together for whatever reason are demeaned as just being part of a larger effort by the SPLC or Antifa. What’s hilarious is that I have been accused of being part of a larger effort in this “linking game”. This is not true. People link themselves through their own choices. No one is making Matt Heimbach go stand in a crowd of people who like to burn crosses and swastikas. He made that choice for his own reasons. Somehow, some people want you to forget about episodes such as this and shrug it off as no big deal. Well it is a big deal. So is the silence of the Virginia Flaggers. A choice not to distance yourself is a choice of embrace. If people want to be mad because they are being associated with other people who make them look bad, maybe they should look in the mirror and point the finger at themselves.

    • Well, that’s why it’s interesting that the Flaggers themselves are quiet about Heimbach … when they have not actually been supportive.

      After all, Connie Chastain’s posts on this matter can be discounted. She now claims she’s not a spokesperson for the Flaggers, and that at best she’s a honorary member. So, if we take her at her word, what she says about Heimbach and the Flaggers can be dismissed as worthless.

      Kinda tough when the person you designate to do your “heavy hitting” admits she really doesn’t know what she’s talking about. The fact remains that Susan Hathaway’s silent about this … and we really can’t have a coward talking about restoring the honor, now, can we?

  4. Curious…
    “Paul Elam is a big kahuna in men’s rights blogging — founder and publisher of A Voice for Men. But beyond a brief, nominal internet acquaintanceship several years ago, I am not connected with him or his blog in any way. I don’t regularly read it, or any other men’s rights sites or blogs, anymore.” -Connie Chastain

    By not read it anymore she means as of January 13th 2014 when she quoted from it in a piece she called “A Thought to Ponder”

    http://www.the-spearhead.com/2010/07/20/end-game-the-beginning/

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