Friday, March 30, 2018

Interstate 85 bridge collapse

Interstate 85 bridge collapse --- ===

March 30, 2017 Interstate 85 bridge collapse Bridge was not destroyed by terrorists but homeless malicious vandals.  day after the bridge collapse police arrested a homeless man, Basil Eleby. They said he set fire to a chair, which ignited the materials under the interstate.  Eleby was charged with first-degree arson and criminal damage to property.  In December, a judge agreed to let Eleby avoid prosecution if he completed an 18-month remain in a drug treatment program and stay out of jail.

Alternative theory: could a nation state recruit homeless people to destroy a bridge with a fire?

Interstate 85 bridge collapse - Wikipedia

Interstate 85 bridge collapse
I-85 bridge repairs over Piedmont Road, April 2017.jpg
Repair work being done at the collapse site on April 9
DateMarch 30, 2017
Timec. 6:15 p.m. EDT
Location I‑85 in Atlanta, Georgia, United States
Coordinates33.8136°N 84.3663°W 
TypeBridge collapse
CauseArson (suspected)[1]
OutcomeUnder investigation
Property damageThree sections of northbound I-85 and three sections of southbound I-85 were replaced
A bridge collapsed on Interstate 85 (I-85) in Atlanta, Georgia, after a massive fire on the evening of March 30, 2017. After the collapse of the 100-foot-long (30 m) section, I-85 was closed to traffic over approximately two miles (3.2 km) between its split with I-75 and the interchange with State Route 400 (SR 400). Three sections of northbound I-85 and three sections of southbound I-85 were replaced by May 13, 2017.
Three individuals were arrested for starting the blaze, which was described by a spokesman for the Atlanta Fire Department as having been "maliciously set". 3 Charged in 'Maliciously Set' Atlanta Highway Fire May Have Been Smoking Crack". 


On March 30, 2017, a massive fire underneath a freeway viaduct, I-85 in Atlanta, Georgia, resulted in the collapse of a portion of the viaduct, stranding motorists for miles during rush hour traffic. The fire was allegedly "maliciously set" by a group of three individuals.[2] The area of the collapse was along SR 237 (Piedmont Road) in the Piedmont Heightsneighborhood north of Midtown Atlanta. Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed described the situation as a "transportation crisis" that could take days or weeks to resolve, and Georgia Governor Nathan Deal declared a state of emergency.[3]
The fire started at approximately 6:15 p.m. in a state-owned storage area under the highway bridge which contained high-density polyethylene (HDPE) pipes.[4] The heat from the fire caused the collapse of a 100-foot (30 m) section of I-85 northbound at about 7:00 p.m.[3] Fire crews had the blaze under control by about 8:00 p.m.[5]

Immediate aftermath[edit]

The highway was closed for an extended period of time in the area.[5] No injuries were reported in the incident, and officials were credited with preventing casualties by stopping traffic and turning away onlookers.[2] Terrorism or foul play was not immediately suspected.[3] It was thought that other sections of the bridge may have been compromised from the heat of the fire.[6] Inspections of the bridge prior to the fire reveal that the deck and superstructure were in good condition. Traffic data shows that both directions of a nearby point in the highway carried nearly a quarter million vehicles a day in 2015.[7]
The closure of the highway put extra strain on surface roads and nearby highways until it was reopened.[3] The Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) announced an extension of service in response to the incident.[3] MARTA general manager Keith Parker reported ridership spiked by 25% the day following the collapse.[8] The southbound side of the bridge, which did not collapse, also had to be replaced. Three full sections of the bridge were removed, totalling 350 feet (110 m).[4][9] The incident had a devastating effect on many area businesses, one of which reported a 90% decrease in traffic, seeing only three to four customers for the remainder of the day of the fire and the day following.[10]
Two weeks after the bridge collapse, President Donald Trump met with the first responders from the incident, commending them for preventing casualties following the bridge collapse. Trump agreed to send $10 million dollars to the state of Georgia to assist in repairs and cleanup efforts.[11]

Arrests and prosecutions[edit]

On March 31, officials arrested and charged three individuals in connection with the incident. Basil Eleby was charged with criminal trespassing and first-degree criminal damage to property for setting the fire, and two others were charged with criminal trespassing for being present when the fire was set.[12] All three were believed to be homeless, though it was unclear whether they lived underneath the highway. The three were interrogated and taken to Fulton County jail, with the possibility of additional or upgraded charges as more evidence is developed.[1] The charges against Eleby were later upgraded to first-degree arson, with his bail set at $200,000. An arrest affidavit indicated the three suspects went under the bridge to smoke crack. Eleby denied setting the fire, but one of the other suspects arrested said he watched Eleby put a chair on top of a shopping cart near some fiber optic wire, stored in PVC pipes under the bridge, and set the chair on fire.[2] Eleby appeared in court on August 14, 2017.[13]

Repairs and detours[edit]

GDOT officials announced on April 4, 2017, that repairs could be completed by mid-June 2017.[14] Traffic was diverted to I-285I-75 and SR 400.[15] In an effort to speed completion, up to $3 million in incentive payments were authorized for the contractor, which completed work by May 12, when the northbound lanes of the bridge reopened.[16] In August 2017, a fence was built around the underpass near where the bridge collapsed.[17]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Jump up to:a b Judd, Alan (March 31, 2017). "Breaking: 3 in Custody in Connection with I-85 Fire, Bridge Collapse". The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Archived from the original on April 1, 2017. Retrieved March 31, 2017.
  2. ^ Jump up to:a b c Wootson, Cleve R., Jr. (April 1, 2017). "3 Charged in 'Maliciously Set' Atlanta Highway Fire May Have Been Smoking Crack". The Washington Post. Archivedfrom the original on April 2, 2017. Retrieved April 2, 2017.
  3. ^ Jump up to:a b c d e Johnson, Alex (March 30, 2017). "Bridge Collapses in Atlanta Freeway Fire During Rush Hour". NBC News. Archived from the original on March 31, 2017. Retrieved March 30, 2017.
  4. ^ Jump up to:a b Hanna, Jason; Karimi, Faith; Almasy, Steve (April 1, 2017). "I-85 Collapse: Three Arrested After Major Fire Under Atlanta Highway". CNN. Archived from the original on April 1, 2017. Retrieved April 1, 2017.
  5. ^ Jump up to:a b Buchanan, Christopher (March 30, 2017). "Portion of I-85 Collapses in Massive Fire". Atlanta, GA: WXIA-TV. Retrieved March 30, 2017.
  6. Jump up^ Eldridge, Ellen; Habersham, Raisa (March 31, 2017). "I-85 Collapses After Massive Fire: 'The Entire Bridge Is Compromised'". The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Archived from the original on March 31, 2017. Retrieved March 31,2017.
  7. Jump up^ Peebles, Jennifer (March 31, 2017). "Last Inspection on I-85 Bridge that Collapsed Given Good Marks". Atlanta, GA: WSB-TV. Archived from the original on March 31, 2017. Retrieved March 31, 2017.
  8. Jump up^ Belcher, Richard (April 3, 2017). "MARTA Faces New Trial with I-85 Bridge Collapse". Atlanta, GA: WSB-TV. Archived from the original on April 8, 2017. Retrieved April 7, 2017.
  9. Jump up^ "Bridge Collapse: GDOT Says It Will Take 'Several Months' to Rebuild I-85". Atlanta, GA: WSB-TV. March 31, 2017. Archived from the original on March 31, 2017. Retrieved March 31, 2017.
  10. Jump up^ Carr, Nicole (April 1, 2017). "Business Owners Concerned About 'Devastating' Impact of I-85 Collapse". Atlanta, GA: WSB-TV. Archived from the original on April 2, 2017. Retrieved April 3, 2017.
  11. Jump up^ Hallerman, Tamar (April 13, 2017). "Trump Meets with First Responders from Atlanta's I-85 Bridge Collapse". Political Insider. The Atlanta Journal-Constition. Retrieved November 6, 2017.
  12. Jump up^ Winne, Mark (March 31, 2017). "Bridge Collapse: 3 Charged in Connection with I-85 Fire". Atlanta, GA: WSB-TV. Archived from the original on April 1, 2017. Retrieved March 31, 2017.
  13. Jump up^ "Man Charged in I-85 Bridge Collapse Appears in Court". Atlanta , GA: WAGA-TV. August 14, 2017. Retrieved September 5, 2017.
  14. Jump up^ Elliot, Richard (April 4, 2017). "Completion of Collapsed I-85 Could Be Completed by Mid-June". Atlanta, GA: WSB-TV. Archived from the original on April 4, 2017. Retrieved April 4, 2017.
  15. Jump up^ "One Day Later, We Still Don't Know What Caused Atlanta's I-85 Bridge Fire". USA Today. March 31, 2017. Archived from the original on April 4, 2017. Retrieved April 4, 2017.
  16. Jump up^ Wickert, David (May 12, 2017). "I-85 Northbound Lanes Reopen in Atlanta". The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Archived from the original on May 13, 2017. Retrieved May 13, 2017.
  17. Jump up^ Habersham, Raisa (August 18, 2017). "Fence built around I-85 bridge collapse site to prevent trespassing". Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Retrieved September 5,2017.

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1 year since Atlanta's infamous I-85 bridge collapse  Mar 30, 2018 - 4:45 PM

 day after the bridge collapse police arrested a homeless man, Basil Eleby. They said he set fire to a chair, which ignited the materials under the interstate.
Eleby was charged with first-degree arson and criminal damage to property.
In December, a judge agreed to let Eleby avoid prosecution if he completed an 18-month diversion program.

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Homeless man may never be tried for I-85 fire - Dec 8, 2017 - The once-homeless man accused of setting a fire that brought down a chunk of I-85 and threw commuters into chaos for weeks last spring will most likely never be tried for arson. On Friday, prosecutors agreed to transfer Basil Eleby's case to one of Fulton County's accountability courts — in this case the ...agreed to transfer Basil Eleby’s case to one of Fulton County’s accountability courts — in this case the Behavioral Health Treatment Court. If he completes the mental health court program, which will take about 18 months, all charges against him will be dropped and no one would likely face any criminal consequences for the highway collapse that snarled traffic and cost millions of dollars in damages.  “It’s in the best interest of both the defendant and the community,” Deputy District Attorney Fani Willis said after the brief court hearing ended.

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    • Sam Dickson - Attorney & Popular Speaker
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    • David Duke - Author and former Louisiana State Representative

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    • Jim and Tricia Feijo - Talk radio hosts
    • Darlene Fitzgerald - Author, Military Insider
    • William Flax - Legendary Conservative Writer
    • Richard Flowers - Curator, Beauvoir (Jefferson Davis Home & Presidential Library)
    • Ezola Foster - Author, Reform Party Candidate for Vice President 2000 (Buchanan)
    • John Francis - Spokesman, Clarion Call to Converge Committee
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    • - G -Michael Gaddy - Columnist for
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    • Hutton Gibson - Author and father of Mel Gibson
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    • Charles Goyette - Syndicated Radio Personality
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    • Bob Griswold - Owner, Ready Made Resources
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    • Dr. Kevin Gutzman - Author of The Politically Incorrect Guide to the Constitution

    • - H -Theresa Harmon - President, Tennesseans for Responsible Immigration Policies
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    • Stan Hess - European American Spokesman
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    • - M -Dr. Kevin MacDonald - Professor of Psychology, California State University (Long Beach)
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    • Officer Jack McLamb - Radio Personality, Most Highly Decorated Officer in the History of Phoenix, Arizona
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    • Linda Muller - Administrator of, Former Webmaster for Pat Buchanan
    • Eustace Mullins - Legendary conservative activist
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    • - N -Dr. Thomas Naylor - Professor, Duke University
    • Brent Nelson, Ph.D.
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    • Ted Nugent - Rock and Roll Icon; Conservative Activist

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    • Poker Face - Political Rock Protest Band
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    • - Q -Roan Garcia Quintana - Political strategist

    • - R -Candy Rabbitt - Lead Singer of "Chesapeake Wind," Pro-South Musical Group
    • Jon Rawl - Publisher of Y'all Magazine
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    • Rick Revel - Southern Heritage Musician
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    • Kyle Rogers - Webmaster, Council of Conservative Citizens
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    • Elizabeth "Ashley" Russell - South Carolina Correspondent

    • - S -David Saied - Former Head of National Public Policy, Government of Panama
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    • - T -John Tait - Author, Plain Truth
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    • Dr. Mark Thornton - Auburn University
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    • - V -Joan Veon - Columnist for World Net Daily and News With Views
    • Dr. Edwin Viera

    • - W -George Wallace, Jr. - Candidate for Alabama Lt. Governor
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    • - Y -Dr. David "Bad Eagle" Yeagley
    Joe York - President, National Teachers Hall of Fame


    The Political Cesspool

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    Political Cesspool
    Black silhouette of a man wearing a white-and-red striped hat, then a vertical bar, then "POLITICAL CESSPOOL"
    GenreTalk show
    Running timeThree hours
    Country of originUnited States
    Home stationWLRM
    SyndicatesLiberty News Radio Network and Accent Radio Network[1]
    StarringJames Edwards, Keith Alexander, Bill Rolen, Winston Smith, Eddie "The Bombardier" Miller[2][3]
    Created byJames Edwards, Austin Farley[2]
    Produced byArt Frith
    Recording studioMillington, Tennessee
    Original releaseOctober 26, 2004 – present
    No. of episodesOne per week
    The Political Cesspool is a weekly far-right talk radio show founded by Tennessean political activist James Edwards and syndicated by the organizations Liberty News Radio Network and Accent Radio Network in the United States. First broadcast in October 2004 twice a week from radio station WMQM, per Edwards it has been simulcast on Stormfront Radio, a service of the white nationalist Stormfront website[4] and as of 2011 is broadcast on Saturday nights on WLRM, a Christian radio station in Millington, Tennessee. Its sponsors include the white separatist Council of Conservative Citizensand the Institute for Historical Review, a Holocaust denial group.[5]
    According to its statement of principles, the show stands for the "Dispossessed Majority" and represents "a philosophy that is pro-White."[6] It has attracted criticism—including from The NationThe New Republic, the Stephen Roth Institute, the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), and the Anti-Defamation League—for its promotion of anti-semiticwhite nationalist and white supremacist views.[7][8] According to the SPLC, the show has featured a "Who's Who of the radical right", including members of the Ku Klux Klan; they say Edwards has probably done more than anyone in America to promote neo-Nazis, Holocaust deniers and other extremists.[9]
    The show features Edwards and his co-hosts Keith Alexander, Bill Rolen, Winston Smith, and Eddie Miller, as well as producer Art Frith. Former staffers include Geoff Melton, Jess Bonds and co-founder Austin Farley. Its guests have included author Jerome CorsiMinuteman Project leader Jim Gilchrist, former Constitution Party presidential candidate Michael Peroutka, actor Sonny LandhamBritish National Party leader Nick GriffinVermont secessionist Thomas Naylor, and paleoconservative activist Pat Buchanan. It is carried by at least three licensed terrestrial radio stations in the United States and on network feeds on the Galaxy 19 communications satellite.


    James Edwards

    Edwards is a far-right political activist from Memphis, Tennessee, described by the Southern Poverty Law Center as a rising star of the modern white-nationalist movement. They write that he is articulate, charming, and at ease in front of the public, as well as in television and radio studios. He attended Briarcrest Christian School, a private school in Memphis, and in ninth grade transferred into a Christian-nationalist homeschooling program, a decision that he said led him into political activism. In 2000 he volunteered for Pat Buchanan's presidential campaign, and in 2002 ran unsuccessfully for the Tennessee House of Representatives. It was during this campaign that he met fellow activist Austin Farley, who was on the ballot against him.[5] In October of that year, he and Farley established The Political Cesspool.[10]
    In 2007, Edwards was part of a panel that appeared on CNN's Paula Zahn Now, along with Roland S. Martin and Jesse Lee Peterson. The purpose was to discuss racial segregation in American cities. He told Zahn that white children should seek out those who share "the same values and traditions and heroes," and that "forced integration" was a "march toward totalitarianism." He said: "Crime and violence follow African-Americans wherever they go, and if you think that is racist, then spend some time on the mean streets of south Memphis."[5] Martin described his remarks as unfit for national television.[11] Edwards made a second appearance on Paula Zahn Now in 2009, during which he said: "Whites are in for the fight of their lives. America is becoming balkanized. We are being robbed of having a future in the very nation our ancestors carved from the wilderness."[5]
    In 2010, he became involved with a new party, the American Freedom Party, which advocates white nationalism and a form of economic nationalism known as the Third Position.[12] Also in 2010 he self-published a book, Racism, Schmacism: How Liberals use the "R" Word to Push the Obama Agenda, distributed by CreateSpace, a self-publishing printer.[13]

    Staff and show history

    Other staff at The Political Cesspool include Bill Rolen, Eddie "The Bombardier" Miller, Keith Alexander,[3] and Winston Smith. According to the show's website, most of the staff claim descent from Confederate soldiers.[2][14] The show was initially broadcast on AM 1600 WMQM, a Memphis-based radio station, on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Edwards and Farley invited friends Bill Rolen, a board member of the Council of Conservative Citizens,[14] and Jess Bonds as guest hosts, as well as radio technician Art Frith. Frith had previously worked for a number of other radio stations including American Forces Radio and Television Service (AFRTS) (in Keflavik, IcelandAnchorage, Alaska; and Nea Makri, Greece), KFQD (in Anchorage), and WBCK (in Battle Creek, Michigan).[14]
    In 2005 the group moved to WMQM's Millington-based sister station, AM 1380 WLRM, and switched to a nightly schedule, Monday through Friday. Farley left the program in November of that year.[5][15] Two years later, Geoff Melton, a former co-host, joined to help set up the show's website and the show entered syndication with Dixie Broadcasting Radio Network. The program went on hiatus on February 15, 2008, because staff members said they needed a break,[2] but returned to the airwaves in June 2008 on WLRM on Saturday nights. One year later, it switched from Republic Broadcasting Network to Liberty News Radio Network.[16] As of August 2009, Bonds and Melton are no longer affiliated with the program.[2] Frith now lives in Nashville, Michigan, but remains a part of the show's staff.[14] Since WLRM is not audited by Arbitron, the show's ratings are unknown.[5][17] The show is listener-supported and, according to Edwards, receives more donations from Florida than from any other state.[18]

    Statement of principles

    The Political Cesspool describes its philosophy as "pro-White" and "against political centralization". Its statement of principles, with material borrowed from the Council of Conservative Citizens,[19] reads:
    The Political Cesspool Radio Program stands for The Dispossessed Majority. We represent a philosophy that is pro-White and are against political centralization. You can trust The Political Cesspool to give you the "other side of the news"—to report on events which are vital to your welfare but which would otherwise be hushed up or distorted by the controlled press.
    We make no attempt to give you "both sides." We'll leave the establishment side to your daily newspaper, television and other radio shows. We will bring to you some of the most renowned thinkers, writers, pundits, activists, entertainers and elected officials each broadcast as our guests. Furthermore, we pledge that The Political Cesspool will correct any meaningful error or fact. Make up your own mind who is being honest with you: the establishment media or The Political Cesspool Radio Program.
    1. The United States government should be independent of any international organization of governments and American law should not be imposed by organizations such as the United Nations.
    2. America would not be as prosperous, ruggedly individualistic, and a land of opportunity if the founding stock were not Europeans.
    3. Since family is the foundation of any strong society, we are against feminism, abortion, and primitivism.
    4. Private property rights are inviolable. They come from our God-given right to life.
    5. We wish to revive the White birthrate above replacement level fertility and beyond to grow the percentage of Whites in the world relative to other races.
    6. Issues such as education, environmental law, and police should be decentralized down to the lowest level to insure natural rights and efficiency.
    7. Secession is a right of all people and individuals. It was successful in 1776 and this show honors those who tried to make it successful in 1865.
    8. We are cultural conservatives because we have certain morals to which we adhere. We are against homosexuality, vulgarity, loveless sex, and masochism.
    9. We wish for American government to stop interfering politically, militarily, and socially outside of the borders of the United States of America. We want non-interventionism.[6]


    The Political Cesspool has over the years featured many guest appearances, including political activists, Holocaust deniers,[20][21] economists, and musicians.[22]Former Tennessee gubernatorial candidate Carl "Twofeathers" Whitaker, who claims partial Native-American ancestry and is known for his strong support of the Minuteman movement,[10] has appeared on the show, as has conservative Native-American activist David Yeagley.[22] Filmmakers Merlin Miller (A Place to GrowJericho), who is the 2012 presidential nominee of the American Freedom Party, and Craig Bodeker (A Conversation about Race)[23] have featured.[22]
    Author Jerome Corsi was interviewed in July 2008. During the discussion he spoke about his financial newsletter, and promoted his book The Obama Nation, which includes several statements that have been widely described as racist; for example, he opined that US President Barack Obama identifies more with his "African blood" than his American roots[24] and that the President "rejects everyone white, including his mother and his grandparents".[25] Corsi scheduled another promotional appearance on The Political Cesspool, but one month later he canceled this appearance, citing "travel plans that changed".[26] Edwards said that he believed the incident "just goes to show what incredible pressure everyone in public life is under to never have anything to do with anyone who speaks up for the interests of white people."[27][28] Fellow authors John Derbyshire[29] and Steve Sailer[22] have also been guests. In July 2011, WorldNetDaily columnist Ilana Mercer appeared on the show.[30]
    Constitution Party nominee Michael Peroutka used his appearance in 2004 to promote his presidential campaign. Party member Michael Goza described the show as "Christian/Constitutionalist", and "a great blessing to our cause".[31] Thomas Naylor, of the Vermont secessionist organization Second Vermont Republic, appeared on the show to celebrate Confederate History Month in April 2007,[32] while American Freedom Party Chairman Bill Johnson appeared to promote his party.[12]
    On May 8, 2006, Minuteman Project leader Jim Gilchrist spoke on the program. Co-host Bill Rolen agreed with Gilchrist's view that illegal immigrants' intentions are to "just squat here and plunder whatever social benefits our programs provide them". However, Rolen disagreed with Gilchrist's claim that illegal immigration was "the 21st century slave trade".[33] Gilchrist's colleague in the Minuteman movement, Chris Simcox, has also been a guest of the show.[34]
    Paul Babeu, the sheriff of Pinal County, Arizona, appeared on The Political Cesspool on July 10, 2010 to discuss illegal immigration; during the interview, he referred to James Edwards as a "great American".[35] Less than two weeks later, Babeu's spokesman issued an apology, saying that he had not researched the show thoroughly enough before scheduling the interview and that Babeu has a policy of not conducting interviews with hate groups. Babeu himself said that he was "hoodwinked" into appearing on the show and that he rejects "any hate or bigotry".[36] Prior to the interview, cohost Eddie Miller said that "Of all the people we’ve interviewed on this radio show, I would say the only people that came close to getting me this excited was Dr. David Duke."[37][38] Following Babeu's spokesman's apology, Edwards alleged that Babeu was aware of the show's true ideology prior to appearing on the show, saying: "For Sheriff Babeu to change his mind and now regret coming on our show, for whatever reason, is his right. For him to act as though he had no idea of our ideology is a lie."[36][37][39] As a result of the controversy surrounding Babeu's appearance on the show, Arizona U.S. Senate candidate J. D. Hayworth asked his primary opponent, John McCain, to drop several campaign ads featuring McCain and Babeu.[35]In 2011, another sheriff, Dennis Spruell of Montezuma County, Colorado, also apologized after appearing on the show without knowing its actual agenda.[40]
    American "racial realist" Jared Taylor and British far-right politician Nick Griffin have both been repeat guests on the show; both have argued for forms of racial segregation in order to protect the Caucasian race from what they see as the negative influences of other racial groups.
    Paleoconservative activist and former presidential candidate Pat Buchanan has appeared twice as of 2011.[41] In a June 2008 interview initiated and arranged by his publicist, he promoted his book Churchill, Hitler and the Unnecessary War. During the broadcast, Buchanan defended Charles Lindbergh against charges of antisemitism, stating that his reputation "has been blackened because of a single speech he gave and a couple of paragraphs in it where he said that ... the Jewish community is beating the drums for war but frankly, no one has said what he said was palpably untrue." At the end of the interview, James Edwards said, "Mr. Buchanan, thank you so much for coming back on our program, for fighting for our people." Previously, in September 2006, Buchanan had made an appearance to promote his book State of Emergency; during this interview, he said that "we are being invaded by people of different cultures" and argued that Americans "cannot survive a bifurcated culture or a heavily Hispanicized culture, tilted towards Mexico ... I think that's the beginning of the end of the United States." [42][43]
    Self-proclaimed "racial realistJared Taylor, whom James Edwards considers to be a close friend,[2] has appeared on at least ten occasions.[44] In an article he wrote for VDARE, Taylor described the program as "racially oriented".[45] Although describing itself as "America First",[46] the show has also hosted foreign guests, including Croatian white nationalist Tomislav Sunić, Australian white nationalist Drew Fraser, Russian Austrian School economist Yuri N. Maltsev, British lawyer Adrian Davies, Canadian white supremacist Paul Fromm, Canadian conservative blogger Kathy Shaidle, and British National Party (BNP) leaders Simon Darby and Nick Griffin; Griffin appeared as a guest before and after his election to the European Parliament. During his post-election appearance, Griffin attributed the BNP's electoral successes to a fear of "creeping process of Islamification".[22][47]
    Actor Mel Gibson's father, Hutton Gibson, has also appeared on the show. During his appearance, he referred to Pope Benedict XVI as a "homosexual" and claimed that "half the people in the Vatican are queer."[48]

    Controversy and criticism

    The show has frequently been criticised by anti-racist groups and individuals (such as the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), Anti-Defamation League (ADL),[49]Stephen Roth Institute, and journalist Max Blumenthal) over its stated ideology. The Political Cesspool was added to the Southern Poverty Law Center's hate groupwatch list in 2006. James Edwards was "ecstatic", saying "I don't think you've arrived in the conservative movement until you've made it to the Southern Poverty Law Center's Hate Watch". Edwards describes the SPLC as a group composed of "communists and civil rights hustlers".[15][19] The SPLC's Hatewatch has referred to The Political Cesspool as "an overtly racist, anti-Semitic radio show hosted by [a] self-avowed white nationalist"[50] and as "the nexus of hate in America".[21] The Anti-Defamation League has also criticized the show; Edwards has attacked the ADL as "America's most powerful hate group" and has claimed that its definition of a "neo-Nazi [is] any white person who disagrees with a Jew".[21][51]
    Author John Avlon, a former speechwriter for Rudy Giuliani, has described The Political Cesspool as "avowedly white supremacist".[41] Investigative journalist Max Blumenthal, who reported on an attempt by one of the show's staff to advertise at a rally for Republican vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin, described The Political Cesspool as having a "racist ideology", and highlighted anti-Semitic, racist, and homophobic comments that Edwards had made on his blog.[52][53] The Stephen Roth Institute has also commented on the show, noting that "[James] Edwards openly espoused many of his guests' views and during speeches to extremist audiences, including members of the white supremacist Council of Conservative Citizens and the racist League of the South, he gained the support of a wide array of extremists." In an article about antisemitism in Belgium, the Institute commented on the show's interview with Filip Dewinter, a member of the Belgian Parliament and a leader of the extremist Vlaams Belang movement.[54]
    Newsweek used one of Winston Smith's statements to argue that the rise in popularity of white nationalism and supremacy is due to the combination of the late-2000s recession and the election of a black president. Many such groups have been attempting to gain new recruits and increase their political influence by rebranding themselves as defenders of "white heritage" while de-emphasizing their dislike of minorities and Jews. Smith states, "[t]he emphasis is different now. We don't talk as much about what blacks have done to us; we're more focused on ourselves and our own culture."[55]

    City Park demonstration

    Photograph of a crumbling brick wall running up and then alongside a grassy hill which has trees and a lamppost at the top. Brick buildings are visible in the background to the left.
    Confederate Park in downtown Memphis, the site of a demonstration organized in 2005 by James Edwards and the staff of The Political Cesspool.
    In 2005, the staff of The Political Cesspool organized a rally at the Tennessee area known as Confederate Park, which, along with two other Confederacy-themed parks in downtown Memphis, has been the subject of a longtime controversy for honoring Confederate soldiers and ideals.[10] The park had been criticized earlier by a black Shelby County official, which attracted the notice of New York-based activist Al Sharpton, who was invited by the Reverend LaSimba Gray to hold a demonstration in Memphis. Sharpton planned a march called the Rally for Dignity[56] from downtown Memphis to another park honoring Confederate Lieutenant General Nathan Bedford Forrest who was involved early in the organization of the Ku Klux Klan.[57]Sharpton canceled the march after Edwards and The Political Cesspool staff obtained a permit to demonstrate in Confederate Park, located along Sharpton's planned march route.[5]
    Sharpton settled for a protest at Forrest Park. At the demonstration, he argued that "We need to show the rest of the world that the day for honoring people like this is over", and said in an interview that his objections were not related to race but to Forrest's Civil War-era (1861–1865) actions against the United States.[56] Estimates of attendance at the rallies vary; according to the Southern Poverty Law Center, James Edwards attracted about 200 white counter-demonstrators to the Confederate Park vigil, while Sharpton's protest at Forrest Park attracted a few dozen black demonstrators, whom Edwards referred to as "rabble".[5] The Memphis Flyer estimated that Sharpton attracted about 250 supporters.[56] In the aftermath of the city park controversy, show affiliates Edwards, Farley, Bonds, and Rolen received the "Dixie Defender Award" from the Sons of Confederate Veterans.[2]
    Later that year, Memphis city councilman E. C. Jones awarded Edwards and Farley with a certificate "in appreciation of outstanding contributions to the community". Edwards and Farley also received an honorary city council membership from Jones, who had previously appeared on The Political Cesspool. According to The Commercial Appeal, Jones had not listened to the show before the incident, and was unaware of its ideology. After a reporter informed him of the program's agenda, Jones initially refused to apologize. However, after another reporter confronted him with more details about the show's ideology, he changed his view, saying that he probably would not appear again.[19] Carol Chumney, another member of the Memphis City Council, was also invited to appear on The Political Cesspool, but ultimately declined the invitation after listening to an episode of the show; Chumney said, "what I heard was about advocating for prostitution ... So I told them I had other commitments."[19]

    Le Journal du Dimanche interview

    In an interview with the French newspaper Le Journal du Dimanche, cohost Eddie "Bombardier" Miller described the United Nations as "Satan on Earth".[58][59]

    Donald Trump Jr. interview

    In 2016, Edwards co-hosted a Super Tuesday broadcast that interviewed Donald Trump Jr., the son of Republican party presidential candidate Donald Trump. Edwards praised the elder Trump and encouraged his supporters to vote for him.[60]

    Radio stations that air the show

    As of 2011, The Political Cesspool airs on WLRM in Memphis, Tennessee,[61] KHQN in Spanish Fork, Utah;[62] and the Florida-based Accent Radio Network.[63] The Accent Radio Network and KHQN air a shortened two-hour version of the show,[62][63] in contrast to the three-hour Liberty News Radio Network (WLRM) version.[64][65]
    ARN and Liberty News Radio Network broadcasts their feeds on separate channels on the Galaxy 19 communications satellite.[66]

    See also


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