Today is the Award Winning Ace of Spades‘ suggested National Day of Blogger Silence in solidarity with Aaron Worthing, et/all.
For those of who you get all their information from the MSM and are now only hearing about it via Yahoo News and/or ABC all of this stems from attempts by a fellow named Brett Kimberlin and his allies to shut down conservative bloggers (part of this crusade comes seemingly from their belief in a vast conspiracy to frame Anthony Weiner, his confession not withstanding).
Tactics used against have included lawfare, harassment and something called SWATTING which involves calling the local police while posing as the blogger in question and pretending a violent crime has taken place in the hopes of drawing a SWAT team to the locations.
Ironically Kimberlin insists that it is HE that is being harassed, presumably over his past as the “Speedway Bomber” when he terrorized parts of Indiana with a series of bombings during his drug dealer days.
When the National organization of bloggers became involved in the defense of Aaron Worthing who incredibly was jailed for his blogging about Kimberlin (yes you read that right) Kimberlin’s allies responded first with attempt to intimidate his family and then through their site Breitbart Unmasked went Ali Akbar’s past.
Now Ali’s past is no less fair game than Kimberlin’s but these guys are missing an important point. His past (although violent ) is not the issue, remember Moses:
On one occasion, after Moses had grown up, when he visited his kinsmen and witnessed their forced labor, he saw an Egyptian striking a Hebrew, one of his own kinsmen. Looking about and seeing no one, he slew the Egyptian and hid him in the sand. The next day he went out again, and now two Hebrews were fighting! So he asked the culprit, “Why are you striking your fellow Hebrew?” But he replied, “Who has appointed you ruler and judge over us? Are you thinking of killing me as you killed the Egyptian?” Then Moses became afraid and thought, “The affair must certainly be known.” Exodus 2:11-14
Yet when the time came who was picked
“Come, now! I will send you to Pharaoh to lead my people, the Israelites, out of Egypt.” But Moses said to God, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and lead the Israelites out of Egypt?” He answered, “I will be with you; Exodus 3:10-12a
Likewise Paul (Then known as Saul) had a history but that didn’t matter to the Lord:
The Lord said to him, “Get up and go to the street called Straight and ask at the house of Judas for a man from Tarsus named Saul. He is there praying, and (in a vision) he has seen a man named Ananias come in and lay (his) hands on him, that he may regain his sight.” But Ananias replied, “Lord, I have heard from many sources about this man, what evil things he has done to your holy ones in Jerusalem. And here he has authority from the chief priests to imprison all who call upon your name. “But the Lord said to him, “Go, for this man is a chosen instrument of mine to carry my name before Gentiles, kings, and Israelites, and I will show him what he will have to suffer for my name.” Acts 9:11-16
Second chances and repentance is an integral part of Christianity. Kimberlin’s story could have been one of redemption and renewal, instead as documented in his book Citizen K Mark Singer shows that wasn’t the case. Publishes Weekly put it this way:
the New Yorker’s Mark Singer was possibly the most prominent journalist to sympathetically report allegations that convict Brett Kimberlin had sold marijuana to Dan Quayle when the Vice-President was a law student. Indeed, Singer signed a contract with Kimberlin to write a book, but Kimberlin turns out to be a top-flight con man?as the author reveals with dismay and near admiration. So this picaresque detective story has a mea culpa at its heart, an effort to explain how certain things?such as former Harvard Law dean Erwin Griswold’s support for Kimberlin’s court appeal and Kimberlin’s muzzling by federal officials?helped build an edifice of sand. Singer conscientiously reconstructs Kimberlin’s history of crime?he was a drug smuggler and, mostly likely, the man behind some vicious bombings in Indianapolis. Some of this narrative gets tedious, yet it’s part of Singer’s effort to contrast facts with Kimberlin’s confident but “apparitional” explanations.
And this was written before the lawfare and intimidation of bloggers.
Now however the lid is coming off the pot, Members of Congress have spoken out concerning it, ABC and FOX have covered it and the endgeme is coming, and if the Swatter takes my advice and turns state evidence the endgame will come even faster.
One of the real questions that has been asked: “Why are such prominent names on the left funding this guy?” I think the answer is easier than people think
It’s my opinion that the reason why Kimberlin is being enabled, defended and financed by the left is not because they believe he’s changed, it’s because they believe he hasn’t.
The idea is to have someone who can do the dirty work that they don’t want to soil their hands on. The left would LOVE to bring right leaning blogs down, but they don’t want to acknowledge them while doing so. Kimberlin is the perfect choice for such a task. He has the history cunning and willingness to use tactics that the more prominent folks on the left can’t risk. His 501(c)3 gives them plausible deniability in terms of actions and most importantly if something goes wrong he can be discarded with denials all around. A prospect is becoming more likely day by day.
Even if that is the case and Kimberlin is abandoned by his allies has the heat turns up, he has the intelligence and the ability to still choose a different path, after all as long as one is alive there is time for repentance.
Meanwhile until that day comes bloggers like myself will continue to fight, as part of that fight many blogs on the right will be silent except for a post on this subject.
This blog will NOT be one of them.
It’s my opinion that our silence is what our foes want, I see no logic in giving them what they want even for a day, as protest, but I have no problem if others think differently.
Things being how they are I might not have time for a lot of other posts, but with new polls showing Obama behind in Michigan, Florida, Colorado & Minnesota that deserves attention is only to laugh out loud at the left’s panic.
If that’s not worth a post today I’d like to know what is?
Update: Is it just me or does the Black color scheme on Michelle Malkin’s blog look better than the regular one?
Update 2: Stacy McCain still in hiding due to his writing on Kimberlin points out bottom line of all this:
On the morning of Thursday, May 17, I was planning to go to Camp David, 15 miles from my Maryland home, to cover the G8 Summit.
I had never even heard of Brett Kimberlin.
Then Aaron Walker published his 28,000-word post, “How Brett Kimberlin Tried to Frame Me for a Crime” and, after skimming over it, I made an executive decision: “Screw the G8.”
This story was more important. A convicted terrorist using lawsuits and other forms of harassment to intimidate bloggers into silence about his criminal history? Not on my watch, Mister.
It wasn’t the harassment of Aaron Worthing that got the ball rolling, it was his breaking his silence and letting the world know what was going on that did it.
Update 3: With Radio Patriot with me, how can we fail?
Update 4: Just got off the phone with Stacy, who strongly disagrees with me and supports the “blogger silence” day. That’s OK part of what we’ve fighting for is doing things as we see fit, unlike others.
Update 5: John Hawkins isn’t silent either but has a great summery of what has gone on and asks the $64,000 question
There are still a lot of questions about these allegations that are impossible to answer without information that only law enforcement can gather. For example, where is the money for these lawsuits coming from?
I don’t think that’s a question at all.
Update 6: Camp of the Saints Pirate Cove, the Lonely Conservative, Evil Blogger Lady Protein Wisdom chime in and a memorandum thread builds.
Update 7: Nathan Martin joins the fray (or Frey perhaps) and did you know Kimberlin made the front page of Yahoo News yesterday?
Update 8: Film Ladd finds a video so brilliant that you MUST go to his site to watch it, even with the bit of vulgarity within it.
Update 9: As Jimmie Bise and others continue to climb onboard Stacy’s Spectator Column notes that the first target of this nonsense was a man of the left:
Velvet Revolution, made headlines by offering rewards for evidence of wrongdoing by public figures including GOP strategist Karl Rove and U.S. Chamber of Commerce president Tom Donohue. And then a left-winger who used the alias “Socrates” began to speak out on a number of Internet forums, expressing his suspicion that Kimberlin and his Velvet Revolution partner, prominent liberal blogger Brad Friedman, were running a dishonest scam.
“Socrates,” it turned out, was an eccentric young Massachusetts resident named Seth Allen. Believing that Velvet Revolution’s frequent accusations of Republican election fraud and other right-wing crimes were a bogus fundraising gimmick, Allen started doing online research, discovered Kimberlin’s infamous history and persistently wrote about it, getting himself banned from several progressive websites in the process. In October 2010, Kimberlin sued Allen for more than $2 million, charging him with “defamation, libel, cyberstalking, and tortuous interference with business.”
Well I can understand the anger, if you have a sweet fundraising deal and playing people for suckers and someone attempts to blow it up, naturally they become a target.
Now guys like me we don’t have the Koch brothers financing us I make my living off of my tip jar, so feel free to give it a hit.
and if perchance you work for the Koch brothers or any large conservative group and care to kick in enough money to support me for a year, say $28-40K I certainly won’t say no.
Update 10: Pundit & Pundette & New Neocon are aboard, and as you might guess the usual suspects on the left are mocking. This is not surprising, the children always whine as long as they know the adults will do the heavy lifting for them, but consider, if you decide these tactics are proper and correct to be used against us, you’d better hope we don’t change our tune if they are ever used against you.
Update 11: When Ladd Ehlinger linked to the “Thank you Hater” video it had about 400 views, 24 hours later it is now at 197,950.
The Lesson: Always check out content linked by Ladd Ehlinger.