Brett Kimberlin the Hal Chase of the Political World

by Datechguy | June 14th, 2012

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Brett Kimberlin the Hal Chase of the Political World

As the tan­gled web of Brett Kim­ber­lin & Co con­tin­ues to unravel thread by thread I’m already at the point where I’m won­der­ing how we got to this place, that is: How did peo­ple on the left, online or oth­er­wise reach the point where they are not only tied up with Brett Kim­ber­lin & Company’s Machi­avel­lian maneu­vers but how they man­aged to believe despite evi­dence from cred­i­ble sources that this was not a place to be?

Strangely enough the answer comes from a story with a lot of par­al­lels, the story of Hal Chase a solid defen­sive first base­man in the early 20th cen­tury whose will­ing­ness to earn a few extra dol­lars throw­ing games were a pre­cur­sor to the Black Sox scan­dal and Judge Kene­saw Moun­tain Lan­dis becom­ing com­mis­sioner of Baseball

(Note much of this infor­ma­tion that will fol­low comes from the Bill James His­tor­i­cal Base­ball Abstract 1985 edi­tion p329-​p333. This book has an incred­i­ble write up on the great­est play­ers, posi­tion by posi­tion of the 20th cen­tury. No base­ball fan should be with­out it and I highly rec­om­mend the spec­tac­u­lar write-​ups on Yogi Berra & the com­par­i­son between Ted Williams & Stan Musial as well.)

First Base­man Hal Chase reached the majors in 1905 and almost instantly was pro­claimed a star. As Bill James put it:

No one ever saw him play with­out being left gasp­ing for adjectives

Mag­a­zines, fans and writ­ers seemed all in agree­ment con­cern­ing his great­ness and he was the focus of story after story through­out his career (and even appeared on some the Hall of Fame bal­lots) but within 3 years of his debut charges that he was “lay­ing down” as it was called started to appear in print. These charges con­tinue through­out his time in base­ball and were made by such respected Base­ball names as Frank Chance, (of Tin­ker to Evers to Chance fame) and George Stallings both who man­aged him.

In Cincin­nati he was man­aged by Christy Math­ew­son THE most trusted and respected man in the game. A man so hon­est that umpires would ask his help on close plays. When such funny busi­ness arose with Chase Math­ew­son didn’t hes­i­tate or equiv­o­cate. He sus­pended him in August of 1918 for the rest of the sea­son and the case went before the National League.

Lucky for Chase by the time he came to trial before league WW 1 took Math­ew­son to France. With­out Math­ew­son whose live tes­ti­mony would have likely doomed him Chase was able to suc­cess­fully accuse play­ers who tes­ti­fied in sup­port of the charges of being part of a clique against him (sound famil­iar?) lied directly about past claims (sound famil­iar again?) and some­how man­aged to talk his way into acquit­tal. As Bill James put it on page 332 of his book:

He was free, then. It had all be brought out into the open, and he had got­ten by with it. This seems to have had a lib­er­at­ing effect on Chase’s activities”

The rest is as they say his­tory, look­ing at that his­tory that led to the facil­i­tat­ing the throw­ing of a world series James writes that Chase had…

“some­thing won­der­fully mas­cu­line and per­sua­sive drew men to him, and com­pelled them to believe not only that he was hon­est but that he was right, that he was some­thing more than ordinary”

and that Chase was

“…one of those people…to whom lies and truth were all the same and who even­tu­ally was not always cer­tain in his own mind when he was lying and when he was telling the truth. When it was alleged that he paid a team­mate $25 after the team­mate ha dlost a game he said it was just a gift. And me made peo­ple believe that.”

Take a close look at the Brett Kim­ber­lin case and tell me you do not see this same dynamic being played out. You have a per­son, who has been marked by the courts, marked in a book about him and even in Time Mag­a­zine can a con man yet he due to some appar­ently con­sid­er­able skills he has as a Lawyer or a talker, man­aged to:

And that’s not even touch­ing on his “inter­est­ing” tes­ti­mony dur­ing the Wor­thing case.

If you have been fol­low­ing this case at all get your hand on the book and read the full write-​up about Hal Chance. It will seem very timely and then mar­vel at this final thought:

All Chase did, he got away with in a World before Radio lets alone Tele­vi­sion and the Net. The doc­u­men­ta­tion on Kim­ber­lin is avail­able in an inter­net age and yet he and his asso­ciates are still get­ting away with it…

…so far

Update: Missed a pair of links, added.

Update 2: Stacy McCain notes that Kim­ber­lin might not be the only can­di­date (sans the defen­sive skill at first base) for Hal Chase sta­tus

This is an actual debate going on among those who have fol­lowed the Kim­ber­lin story. There are some who think that Rauhauser is entirely cyn­i­cal and that he keeps gin­ning up these crazy con­spir­acy the­o­ries in an effort to dis­tract and con­fuse sim­ple­minded peo­ple. There are oth­ers — and I am among them — who believe that Rauhauser is in the advanced stages of some degen­er­a­tive neu­ro­log­i­cal dis­or­der and that his deranged rant­i­ngs are symp­to­matic of his irre­versible descent into para­noid psychosis.

Whether Neal Rauhauser is a schem­ing manip­u­la­tor or the vic­tim of a men­tal ill­ness, how­ever, there is no ques­tion that he is ped­dling false­hoods. One of the rea­sons I believe Rauhauser to be psy­chotic is because, if he were sane, he couldn’t pos­si­bly imag­ine that any­one would believe his lies.

Read the whole thing and for the record I also agree with this ending:

I agree with one thing that the “Not Brett Kim­ber­lin” site said: “[T]hose respon­si­ble for this anar­chy will likely serve long prison sen­tences.” And we know who they are.

Yup and that’s why they should be turn­ing States evi­dence as I’ve sug­gested STAT!

As the tangled web of Brett Kimberlin & Co continues to unravel thread by thread I’m already at the point where I’m wondering how we got to this place, that is: How did people on the left, online or otherwise reach the point where they are not only tied up with Brett Kimberlin & Company’s Machiavellian maneuvers but how they managed to believe despite evidence from credible sources that this was not a place to be?

Strangely enough the answer comes from a story with a lot of parallels, the story of Hal Chase a solid defensive first baseman in the early 20th century whose willingness to earn a few extra dollars throwing games were a precursor to the Black Sox scandal and Judge Kenesaw Mountain Landis becoming commissioner of Baseball

(Note much of this information that will follow comes from the Bill James Historical Baseball Abstract 1985 edition p329-p333.  This book has an incredible write up on the greatest players, position by position of the 20th century.  No baseball fan should be without it and I highly recommend  the spectacular write-ups on Yogi Berra & the comparison between Ted Williams & Stan Musial as well.)

First Baseman Hal Chase reached the majors in 1905 and almost instantly was proclaimed a star. As Bill James put it:

No one ever saw him play without being left gasping for adjectives

Magazines, fans and writers seemed all in agreement concerning his greatness and he was the focus of story after story throughout his career (and even appeared on some the Hall of Fame ballots)  but within 3 years of his debut charges that he was “laying down” as it was called started to appear in print.  These charges continue throughout his time in baseball and were made by such respected Baseball names as Frank Chance, (of Tinker to Evers to Chance fame) and George Stallings both who managed him.

In Cincinnati he was managed by Christy Mathewson THE most trusted and respected man in the game.   A man so honest that umpires would ask his help on close plays.  When such funny business arose with Chase Mathewson didn’t hesitate or equivocate.  He suspended him in August of 1918 for the rest of the season and the case went before the National League.

Lucky for Chase by the time he came to trial before  league WW 1 took  Mathewson to France.  Without Mathewson whose live testimony would have likely doomed him  Chase was able to successfully accuse players who testified in support of the charges of being part of a clique against him (sound familiar?) lied directly about past claims (sound familiar again?) and somehow managed to talk his way into acquittal. As Bill James put it on page 332 of his book:

He was free, then. It had all be brought out into the open, and he had gotten by with it. This seems to have had a liberating effect on Chase’s activities”

The rest is as they say history, looking at that history that led to the facilitating the throwing of a world series James writes that Chase had…

“something wonderfully masculine and persuasive drew men to him, and compelled them to believe not only that he was honest but that he was right, that he was something more than ordinary”

and that Chase was

“…one of those people…to whom lies and truth were all the same and who eventually was not always certain in his own mind when he was lying and when he was telling the truth. When it was alleged that he paid a teammate $25 after the teammate ha dlost a game he said it was just a gift. And me made people believe that.”

Take a close look at the Brett Kimberlin case and tell me you do not see this same dynamic being played out. You have a person, who has been marked by the courts, marked in a book about him and even in Time Magazine can a con man yet he due to some apparently considerable skills he has as a Lawyer or a talker, managed to:

And that’s not even touching on his “interesting” testimony during the Worthing case.

If you have been following this case at all get your hand on the book and read the full write-up about Hal Chance. It will seem very timely and then marvel at this final thought:

All Chase did, he got away with in a World before Radio lets alone Television and the Net.  The documentation on Kimberlin is available in an internet age and yet he and his associates are still getting away with it…

…so far

Update:  Missed a pair of links, added.

Update 2: Stacy McCain notes that Kimberlin might not be the only candidate (sans the defensive skill at first base) for Hal Chase status

This is an actual debate going on among those who have followed the Kimberlin story. There are some who think that Rauhauser is entirely cynical and that he keeps ginning up these crazy conspiracy theories in an effort to distract and confuse simpleminded people. There are others — and I am among them — who believe that Rauhauser is in the advanced stages of some degenerative neurological disorder and that his deranged rantings are symptomatic of his irreversible descent into paranoid psychosis.

Whether Neal Rauhauser is a scheming manipulator or the victim of a mental illness, however, there is no question that he is peddling falsehoods. One of the reasons I believe Rauhauser to be psychotic is because, if he were sane, he couldn’t possibly imagine that anyone would believe his lies.

Read the whole thing and for the record I also agree with this ending:

I agree with one thing that the “Not Brett Kimberlin” site said: “[T]hose responsible for this anarchy will likely serve long prison sentences.” And we know who they are.

Yup and that’s why they should be turning States evidence as I’ve suggested STAT!

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