The risk of Free Speech revisited:

by Datechguy | May 22nd, 2012

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The risk of Free Speech revisited:

Two days ago I wrote about the risks of Free Speech and it’s costs. I men­tioned Robert Stacy McCain’s multi-​part series on the sub­ject, ask­ing how a per­son con­victed of Bomb­ings can draw hun­dreds of thou­sands of dol­lars of sup­port from wealthy lib­eral orga­ni­za­tions to go after con­ser­v­a­tives, (strangely for Stacy he doesn’t ask why the con­ser­v­a­tives fight­ing their fight are not wor­thy of the same sup­port by con­ser­v­a­tive orga­ni­za­tions but I digress).

Today Stacy and his wife & chil­dren are in an undis­closed loca­tion stay­ing one step ahead of Mr. Kim­ber­lin. As he puts it:

To peo­ple try­ing to guess my des­ti­na­tion, good luck. Kim­ber­lin loves to sue peo­ple to shut them up, but first he has to find the appro­pri­ate jurisdiction.

That’s a brave face and almost jovial face, but any­one who knows Stacy under­stands the bombs Kim­ber­lin has set in the past and it is that knowl­edge more than any suit that is keep­ing him and his fam­ily moving.

To my friends on the left who are financ­ing this fel­low: Do you have any actual honor left? Have you become so sec­u­lar, so util­i­tar­ian that you have reached this point? I have no prob­lem with redemp­tion and for­give­ness, Chris­tian­ity demands it but the per­son in ques­tion is not behav­ing in an hon­or­able way, and if you are pay­ing a man so he can force a reporter/​blogger, his wife and chil­dren on the road to avoid him you have to ask your­self: Have you no decency? Have your total­i­tar­ian impulses becomes so strong that this is what its come to?

And Stacy, my sug­ges­tion is to re-​locate to a con­cealed carry state or per­haps to the home of some­one of Sicil­ian ances­try, for some odd rea­son such loca­tions tend to be safer. I can’t imag­ine why.

Update:
Ladd Ehlinger is a much more worldly man than I

This is crazy. Does Neal Rauhauser and all these other peo­ple really think they can asso­ciate with a guy like Kim­ber­lin and ever hope to work in pol­i­tics again? Not even a loopy Demo­c­rat would want to risk hir­ing some­one who hangs around with a con­victed domes­tic ter­ror­ist. What the hell are they think­ing? Sure you can do dirty tricks — but this is way beyond that.”

True, but this is not pol­i­tics as usual.

We like to think that in the U.S. of A., we can do pol­i­tics with­out degen­er­at­ing into third-​world may­hem. We have polit­i­cal con­sul­tants and talk­ing heads. It’s all about polls, the lat­est meme, mar­ket­ing. Why, it’s noth­ing more than Coke vs. Pepsi.

Peo­ple oper­ate on that com­fort­able assumption.

But I think this elec­tion year is going to be different.

What if the Soros camp knows Kimberlin’s past and present and aren’t both­ered by it? Look to the lat­est may­hem in Chicago; look to who funds the Occupy move­ment. I think you have your answer. I know I have mine.

Hard-​core pro­gres­sives believe that con­ser­v­a­tives are pure evil. Evil! Evil, and must be destroyed. Long-​winded intri­cate essays on Key­ne­sian eco­nom­ics in the Weekly Stan­dard is not going to change that.

And if your oppo­si­tion thinks and feels that you are evil incar­nate, then it will act that way, too.

I’m read­ing what Ladd has writ­ten think­ing what is being done to my church and to Stacy and all I can think of is the line from Sahara when Frenchy is shot in the back after talk­ing to the Ger­man com­man­der under a flag of truce:

Capt. Jason: Frenchy was right, we don’t know the Nazis

If the left chooses to ignore this and decides to let this stand then all bets are off.

Update 2: Stacy updates the story here:

Con­victed ter­ror­ist Brett Kim­ber­lin on Mon­day con­tin­ued his effort to silence those who write about his crim­i­nal past by con­tact­ing my wife’s employer, claim­ing that I was “harass­ing” him. The result­ing secu­rity con­cern required imme­di­ate relo­ca­tion if I was to be able to con­tinue writ­ing about the case of Kim­ber­lin, a vio­lent felon, per­jurer and admit­ted tax cheat who is employed as the direc­tor of a 501©3 non-​profit that has col­lected $1.8 mil­lion in con­tri­bu­tions since 2005.

Stacy Insists the story is not about him:

it is impor­tant to empha­size that this story is not about me.

This story is about Brett Kim­ber­lin, a crim­i­nal of infa­mous rep­u­ta­tion whose recent actions indi­cate that he fears wide­spread scrutiny. His attempts to sup­press the truth have only gen­er­ated more of the scrutiny Kim­ber­lin had hoped to pre­vent, so that Mon­day for the first time his story mer­ited a thread on the polit­i­cal news aggre­ga­tion site Memeorandum.

Although I agree that Kim­ber­lin is a big story, the pri­mary story and addi­tion­ally the will­ing­ness of “main­stream” left foun­da­tions to fund him is a pretty inter­est­ing tale…

…but for my money a reporter in Amer­ica hav­ing to flee his home with his fam­ily for their safety because he dared to report on Mr. Kim­ber­lin and the main­stream foun­da­tions that fund him is a hell of a story in itself, and the dis­in­ter­est in the media in report­ing it is even bigger.

I see Molly Nor­ris all over again.

Update 4:
whole lot of folks on the Net have dis­cov­ered this, when will the MSM? Where is Fox? Where is Drudge?

Update 5: Remem­ber spell check is not your friend thanks Calvin

Two days ago I wrote about the risks of Free Speech and it’s costs. I mentioned Robert Stacy McCain’s multi-part series on the subject, asking how a person convicted of Bombings can draw hundreds of thousands of dollars of support from wealthy liberal organizations to go after conservatives, (strangely for Stacy he doesn’t ask why the conservatives fighting their fight are not worthy of the same support by conservative organizations but I digress).

Today Stacy and his wife & children are in an undisclosed location staying one step ahead of Mr. Kimberlin. As he puts it:

To people trying to guess my destination, good luck. Kimberlin loves to sue people to shut them up, but first he has to find the appropriate jurisdiction.

That’s a brave face and almost jovial face, but anyone who knows Stacy understands the bombs Kimberlin has set in the past and it is that knowledge more than any suit that is keeping him and his family moving.

To my friends on the left who are financing this fellow: Do you have any actual honor left? Have you become so secular, so utilitarian that you have reached this point? I have no problem with redemption and forgiveness, Christianity demands it but the person in question is not behaving in an honorable way, and if you are paying a man so he can force a reporter/blogger, his wife and children on the road to avoid him you have to ask yourself: Have you no decency? Have your totalitarian impulses becomes so strong that this is what its come to?

And Stacy, my suggestion is to re-locate to a concealed carry state or perhaps to the home of someone of Sicilian ancestry, for some odd reason such locations tend to be safer. I can’t imagine why.

Update:
Ladd Ehlinger is a much more worldly man than I

“This is crazy. Does Neal Rauhauser and all these other people really think they can associate with a guy like Kimberlin and ever hope to work in politics again? Not even a loopy Democrat would want to risk hiring someone who hangs around with a convicted domestic terrorist. What the hell are they thinking? Sure you can do dirty tricks – but this is way beyond that.”

True, but this is not politics as usual.

We like to think that in the U.S. of A., we can do politics without degenerating into third-world mayhem. We have political consultants and talking heads. It’s all about polls, the latest meme, marketing. Why, it’s nothing more than Coke vs. Pepsi.

People operate on that comfortable assumption.

But I think this election year is going to be different.

What if the Soros camp knows Kimberlin’s past and present and aren’t bothered by it? Look to the latest mayhem in Chicago; look to who funds the Occupy movement. I think you have your answer. I know I have mine.

Hard-core progressives believe that conservatives are pure evil. Evil! Evil, and must be destroyed. Long-winded intricate essays on Keynesian economics in the Weekly Standard is not going to change that.

And if your opposition thinks and feels that you are evil incarnate, then it will act that way, too.

I’m reading what Ladd has written thinking what is being done to my church and to Stacy and all I can think of is the line from Sahara when Frenchy is shot in the back after talking to the German commander under a flag of truce:

Capt. Jason: Frenchy was right, we don’t know the Nazis

If the left chooses to ignore this and decides to let this stand then all bets are off.

Update 2: Stacy updates the story here:

Convicted terrorist Brett Kimberlin on Monday continued his effort to silence those who write about his criminal past by contacting my wife’s employer, claiming that I was “harassing” him. The resulting security concern required immediate relocation if I was to be able to continue writing about the case of Kimberlin, a violent felon, perjurer and admitted tax cheat who is employed as the director of a 501(c)3 non-profit that has collected $1.8 million in contributions since 2005.

Stacy Insists the story is not about him:

it is important to emphasize that this story is not about me.

This story is about Brett Kimberlin, a criminal of infamous reputation whose recent actions indicate that he fears widespread scrutiny. His attempts to suppress the truth have only generated more of the scrutiny Kimberlin had hoped to prevent, so that Monday for the first time his story merited a thread on the political news aggregation site Memeorandum.

Although I agree that Kimberlin is a big story, the primary story and additionally the willingness of “mainstream” left foundations to fund him is a pretty interesting tale…

…but for my money a reporter in America having to flee his home with his family for their safety because he dared to report on Mr. Kimberlin and the mainstream foundations that fund him is a hell of a story in itself, and the disinterest in the media in reporting it is even bigger.

I see Molly Norris all over again.

Update 4:
A whole lot of folks on the Net have discovered this, when will the MSM? Where is Fox? Where is Drudge?

Update 5: Remember spell check is not your friend thanks Calvin

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