It’s a Trap!
With a houseguest, my son’s graduation and Robert Stacy McCain I have been behind in my posts on Brett Kimberlin and friends.
The Profoundly Dishonest Brett Kimberlin
While researching further background material, I happened upon a November 2011 post at DFQ2 in which Seth Allen discussed Brett Kimberlin’s ties to the left-wing news site Raw Story. Allen was particularly interested in Larisa Alexandrovna, a former Raw Story reporter who is an indefatiguable defender — or perhaps we should say, idolator — of Kimberlin.
It’s amazing what you can find when you go into the archives of Democrat sites and it’s even more amazing how they duck when word gets out:
And of course he hasn’t confined himself to the star of the show
The ”TwitterGate” story was a brief blip in the blogospheric consciousness: An ugly online spat between Left and Right that seemed rather silly to those who did not grasp two key facts:
Rauhauser was a paid consultant with the Progressive PST firm, providing “social media” services to Democrat candidates; and
Rauhauser has described himself as a “hacker.”
Fact 2 could be dismissed as mere boasting — Rauhauser may have exaggerated his hacking skills — yet it is nonetheless relevant in light of Fact 1: Why would candidates for public office hire someone who bragged of his ability to engage in deceptive and potentially criminal activity? What services did Rauhauser’s clients expect him to deliver?
The full post goes deep, VERY deep, and as Ladd Ehlinger comments:
Exactly so. If you want clues as to what a liberal thug is up to, look to what he’s accused others of doing.
The accusations are long, varied, and frightening: criminal conspiracies! Libel! Slander! Smears! Stalking! Lies! Distortions! Racism! Fascism! Totalitarianism! Voter fraud! Denial of the Vote! Violence! Denial of free speech!
And anyone who isn’t a team-playing progressive thug is outright evil, and must be stopped no matter what the cost. And if you think of your opposition as pure evil, then there’s no tactic that’s out of bounds.
Because as Patterico reminds us we are the real villains if only the rest of the world was smart enough to see it:
Since Weinergate, we have learned that key Kimberlin associates and supporters Neal Rauhauser and OccupyRebellion have been absolutely obsessed with Weinergate since it happened — as has Ron Brynaert.
Shortly after Weiner sent out the Weinertweet, Rauhauser wrote an email to the FBI blaming Stack for having “hacked” Weiner. Three days after my swatting, in a post titled “Patterico’s Penalization,” Rauhauser tried to implicate me and a man named Seth Allen in the alleged plot to bring down Weiner. (Rauhauser also asked for pictures of my wife and suggested that private detectives should stake out Seth Allen’s residence.)
The inclusion of Seth Allen in the post was a red flag to people who had written about Kimberlin, since Seth Allen was a very low-traffic blogger whose principal claim to fame was that he had fought a one-man war to draw attention to Kimberlin’s past, as well as Kimberlin’s partnership with blogger and radio personality Brad Friedman.
Ever since then, Rauhauser and anonymous Kimberlin supporter OccupyRebellion, along with other anonymous Kimberlin supporters, have pushed a version of “Weiner Trutherism” that argued Weiner didn’t actually send out the Weinertweet. The people they have blamed have included Mike Stack and various enemies of Kimberlin, including myself.
The bottom line is this: Rauhauser and OccupyRebellion were early and vigorous advocates of Weiner Trutherism, and blamed two of the SWATting victims, me and Mike Stack, for being behind a plot against Anthony Weiner. Since then, Rauhauser’s close association with Brett Kimberlin has become quite clear — and a long-running campaign of cyberstalking and harassment of Kimberlin critics by Rauhauser, Kimberlin, Brynaert, and OccupyRebellion has been quite evident.
Given my involvement in the Weiner story I’m shocked I haven’t had any issue with them myself, then again perhaps they don’t like going after Sicilians.
As for all these weird moves I had a conversation with Ladd Ehlinger on the subject, I talked about how odd it was that the left was sticking with these people, he commented that we would see this and more as they got more and more desperate and on cue in Wisconsin we have this:
I obscured names and addresses, but be assured, this was a list of real names and addresses of people who live near me, with the information about whether they voted in the last 2 elections. This is an effort to shame and pressure people about voting, and it is truly despicable. Your vote is private, you have a right not to vote, and anyone who tries to shame and an harass you about it is violating your privacy, and the assumption that I will become active in shaming and pressuring my neighbors is repugnant.
The surveillance effect! It’s important for people to know when political organizations, like the Greater Wisconsin Political Fund, are deliberately using a psychological manipulation that has been tested and studied. Please, get out the word that mailers like this are trying to mobilize…
ADDED: In the Comments, The Drill SGT points to this article, from a couple days ago, in The Chronicle of Higher Education: “Hey, Here’s Who Your Neighbors Gave Money to. Sincerely, Harvard.”
and now this:
There’s a lot of desperation and maybe all the desperados went there at once. Well, this is the link, if it works. The article is called something like Legal Cloud Gathers Over Scott Walker, and it purports to have sources that say that Walker is the target of a criminal investigation.
When I tweeted the photo above of the “Teamster for Walker,” several people responded that they too were Teamsters who would vote for Walker. The out-of-state union bosses will leave Wisconsin after Tuesday, but the residents will be left to repair relationships with their neighbors. Showing that this is a battle for all Wisconsin and that the dividing line is one between operatives and citizens, and not against union members, is step one to making Wisconsin that light on the hill.
And this isn’t even counting the arrest of a lone protester to protect a small crowd from pro-walker opinions.
Normally a national party like the Democrat party would restrain things so far over the top that they threaten the brand but the big red wave of 2010 frightened them. When the folks went nuts in Madison last year the party and their friends in the media embraced it. When the occupod movement (a movement as organic as meat glue) raised their colors the Democrats and the Media were at their sides figuring this would be the thing that changed the equation.
With Wisconsin looking horrible and the National election starting to show signs of the cracks that have been obvious for a year the party has to go all in to keep 2012 from being a rout that shatters them on both a national and a state level.
The problem You can’t go “all in ” without the activists, and with the party as far left as it now is the activists are the people doing the very things that make the democrats unelectable.
I keep expecting some elder statesman of the left to play Admiral Akbar, and shout to the Democrats who are jumping on the Occupy bandwagon: “It’s a trap!” But it looks like there aren’t any adults left to do so.
Now begs the question: Will the democrats be forced to stand by the side of the Kimberlins by the occupods? by the desperate folks at the Wisconsin Citizens media group, and how will they react if thrown under the bus?
A smart party would boot them soon and begin the rebuilding process but with a party built from different parts all wanting different things one can’t simply dump one part or another.
Normally I’d enjoy their trouble, but the more I see the more I’m convinced that Ladd Ehlinger is right, we haven’t seen anything near just how far these people will go in a last ditch effort to keep power.
I suspect it won’t be pretty or clean but it will be better then them actually keeping power.
Update: Patterico gives us the latest example of what the left does when …it thinks it’s winning:
After Aaron Walker went to court to get a peace order based on the site, Rauhauser sent me and others an email titled “Aaron Walker murder/suicide risk” that said, among other things:
Given Walker’s state of mind I would say his wife might find him hanging in the garage tonight when she gets home from work. Another possible outcome would be a two digit body count from some mosque in Virginia after Aaron goes full tilt Jared Loughner on the congregation. Someone who knows his wife or real world associates in Virginia should take steps to get him hospitalized before something grim happens.
My emphasis. Note the reference to Aaron’s wife. Bringing spouses into the harassment is a common tactic with this crowd.
and Stacy follows up:
Rauhauser (who has boasted of being armed with a Glock 9-mm pistol) was making ominous threats online, Kimberlin was pursuing a ruthlessly vindictive strategy of legal and workplace harassment against Walker, and when Walker tried to put a stop to it, Rauhauser suggested that Walker was contemplating some act of desperate violence.
“This is an example of how incredibly desperate the opposition is,” Walker said. “It is sickening… I think this will backfire, and I think there are a lot of Democrats across the state that will say that this is what is exactly what is fundamentally wrong about politics in America today.”
“They are so desperate, they can’t stand by their record, they cannot stand by the issues , they have to make crap up that is fundamentally untrue, and I think this is why it’s going to turn,” Walker said. He added that because of the types of personal attacks he is receiving, voters are “not only likely to see us win, they’re likely to see us win by a large margin, because I think voters have had it — they’re disgusted and they’re ready to move on.” emphasis mine
This is the exact situation as the national election so expect this squared as the true scale of the Democrat party’s upcoming disaster becomes clear.
it’s fair to say that Washington insiders are reading the tea leaves and increasingly preparing for a Romney victory — especially following Friday’s bad economic news. The danger for Obama is that in political campaigns perception can quickly become reality. If influential liberals such as Dowd suddenly have no problem saying Obama appears to be in over his head, pretty soon everyone will be pointing out the obvious. Thus far, Obama’s meteoric rise has been largely dependent on a press that went straight from beat sweeteners to beatification. If the press turns on the president, the Obama campaign may not know what to do.
I don’t think these people are just figuring it out, I think, they just figured they can’t hide it anymore.
Walker has surfed a controversy of his own making to the center of the national stage. Fellow governors have flocked to Wisconsin to campaign alongside him, lashing their reputations to his. Mitt Romney called him a “hero.” In the final days before the June 5 recall election, he has shattered fundraising records, befuddled his opponents and pulled ahead in the polls. The referendum has transformed a rookie governor into a conservative superstar….
Meanwhile according to Time, Madison continues as it was
Every weekday since the bill was signed, opponents have gathered at the capitol at high noon for an hour-long protest. “No matter what happens, this doesn’t end here,” says Chris Reeder, 41.
But Walkers fans are unimpressed
“They can protest,” Wisconsin GOP spokesman Ben Sparks says of Walker’s opponents. “They’ve got us beat on that. But that’s about all they’ve got us beat on.”
Even as Time acknowledges what already exists the question comes: What do they mean by “it doesn’t end here” and will the Democrats go along for the: all protest (or worse) all the time.
Update 4: Stacy gives even more backstory on the Weinergate connection
There is widespread suspicion that Brett Kimberlin is behind the “BreitbartUnmasked” site, which has access to information that could only have come from Kimberlin, and which is fixated on Kimberlin’s enemies to the exclusion of nearly everything else.
As Stacy continues to channel his inner Donkey I suspect Kimberlin & Company are thinking of that famous line from Shrek:
Yeah, it’s getting him to shut up that’s the trick!
Stacy McCain ain’t shutting up anytime soon.
Update 5: Michelle is still fighting mad