Today Popehat once again put out a long and detailed post demolishing Brett Kimberlin, his tactics, his RICO suit, etc in some detail, a peek:

Brett Kimberlin doesn’t mention those careful qualifications in his complaint because they contradict his narrative and because Brett Kimberlin, a convicted perjurer, is a dishonest person.

I don’t know who swatted these people. I don’t know whether it was Kimberlin, or whether it was someone acting at Kimberlin’s behest, or whether it was an admirer or associate of Kimberlin acting with or without his knowledge. I do know that people who write about Brett Kimberlin have soon thereafter gotten swatted. And I know that the evidence amassed by people like Patrick Frey and Aaron Walker is more than sufficient for a reasonable person to suspect Kimberlin was involved. That’s an opinion. Like Walker’s and Frey’s opinions and the opinions of the other people he has sued, it’s protected by the First Amendment. As I explained in my post about Kimberlin’s state case, laying out facts and then drawing or inviting conclusions based on those disclosed facts is classic protected opinion. If Kimberlin wants to prove that’s defamation, he has to show that the facts, not the conclusion, are false — something he has conspicuously failed to do.

Stacy McCain expanded bluntly on the matter

That’s important to understanding why it is not defamation to call Brett Kimberlin “evil.” Having been convicted of federal crimes, Brett Kimberlin has spent more than three decades defaming the victims of his crimes, defaming the law enforcement officials who apprehended and prosecuted him for those crimes, and defaming the witnesses who testified against him. He is an infamous liar.

Stacy knows excellent writing and suggests you peruse Ken’s masterful missive but if you are busy, and have say only 10 seconds to comprehend the wrongness of Brett Kimberlin’s claims, here is a condensed argument that succinctly and accurately describes the merits of Kimberlin’s RICO case and arguments as only a Sicilian can.

Not as detailed as Ken, but it makes the point.

Update: Not as long as PopeHat or as short as Vinnie but Patterio explains it in three sentences:

That means that, according to convicted bomber and perjurer Brett Kimberlin, all of the defendants — Michelle Malkin, Erick Erickson, James O’Keefe, Glenn Beck, Patterico, and the others — are criminal racketeers.

Let that sink in. Brett Kimberlin is calling us criminals.

Sounds like I’m kidding, doesn’t it? Except I’m not.

Yup that’s about it.

…why are all those bloggers conspiring against me:

Convicted bomber Brett Kimberlin filed a federal lawsuit Wednesday that names as defendants syndicated columnist Michelle Malkin, Red State editor Erick Erickson, talk radio host Glenn Beck, investigative journalist James O’Keefe and others, claiming they are part of a “criminal racketeering enterprise” under federal R.I.C.O. statutes.

Stacy McCain:

When I first heard the news this morning, my initial reaction was, “You’re kidding me. This has got to be a hoax.”

That Brett Kimberlin is taken seriously by any court in the United States is the single biggest indictment of the system I can make

Dr. Evil:   One Million Dollars

Austin Powers Man of Mystery  1997

So when you are requested to pay up or be molested,
You will find it better policy to say: —

“We never pay any-one Dane-geld,
No matter how trifling the cost;
For the end of that game is oppression and shame,
And the nation that pays it is lost!”

Rudyard Kipling: DaneGeld

The Brett Kimberlin lawsuit against a variety of bloggers seems on paper to be a brilliant move. For Kimberlin there is little or no effort while the risks for the bloggers seem dire. As he himself put it:

“I have filed over a hundred lawsuits and another one will be no sweat for me. On the other hand, it will cost you a lot of time and money[.]”

Given that situation it would seem logical that the bloggers who Mr. Kimberlin is trying to silence might decide to back off.

They’re certainly not going to put up web sites saying things like this:

Who is Brett Kimberlin?

Drug Dealer, Bomber and Litigious Litigant

Kimberlin is the notorious “Speedway Bomber.” Born in 1954, he was 24 when he set off a string of daily bombs in the small town of Speedway, Indiana, terrorizing the town. However, his violent criminal behavior didn’t begin nor did it end with the bombings. Currently, on parole Kimberlin is using the court system to once again harass his victims.

or have websites up called

and they certainly aren’t going to be keeping much of an eye on Kimberlin allies

Yeah, $200 for “full service,” and you were advertising yourself on Craigslist under the name “Lisa,” but you’ve never been paid to write about politics and never written under a pseudonym?

We should trust you, because you’re mentally ill. And a prostitute.

Yeah this is going to work out perfect for Kimberlin, the bloggers are going to lay down in fear and their fellows won’t dare link or talk of it at all no chance of the Streisand effect here.

Why those bloggers are no more going to stand up and keep on fighting than a person can win a million bucks on the Price is Right.

Update: And nobody will link to this

Kimberlin’s progressive supporters have actually bragged online that anyone who writes about Kimberlin’s lawsuit against us might be sued, too. That’s right: Link my blog, quote my blog, and you could be added as a defendant in Kimberlin v. Walker, et al.

or this either

There is a divide in this country that once didn’t exist a divide that is being illustrated very strongly in action both getting lots of press and being ignored”


During the shutdown we’ve seen what US Park Rangers will tolerate. They’ll tolerate strong-arming tourists and locking them in hotels, they’ll eject WW 2 vets & Vietnam nets from their memorial and even impede access to roads and business to obey the shutdown order.

The Park Service is willing to forever have their reputation tarnished to watch the Back of Obama No matter what effect it has on them.

There was a time when that would have been unthinkable.


It’s been almost 2 years since Andrew Breitbart died but Shirley Sherrod (remember her) still wants blood.

In February 2011, Kirkland & Ellis sued Andrew Breitbart and others for defamation, false light and intentional infliction of emotional distress.

In February 2012, after weathering the pressure of the lawsuit for a year, Andrew Breitbart died of heart failure. He left a wife and four children.

One might have thought that would be the end of the matter.

Not content to have hounded Andrew for a year before he died, Shirley Sherrod’s lawyers are now seeking to add Susie Bean Breitbart as a defendant to Sherrod’s lawsuit. Andrew’s widow has been described as the nicest woman in Los Angeles. She had nothing to do with Andrew’s work at, save for perhaps putting up with his endless hours on the phone.

Breitbart was not a rich man but he had written about Pigford and Pigford and as Lee Stranahan reports Sherrod & her family had fingers in it. (emphasis mine)

I don’t think it’s a coincidence that this lawsuit comes just as things are starting to heat up in the Pigford investigation. Mrs. Sherrod is connected to Pigford. She’s the largest recipient of a Pigford claim; she, er husband Charles Sherrod and the New Communities farm won over thirteen million dollars while most other farmers only got $50,000. Mrs. Sherrod was hired by the USDA after this award. Prior to being hired, she worked to help keep angry black farmers from pulling out of the lawsuit after they objected to the terms of the consent decree. And despite her hero status with many, the farmers I have personally interviewed about Mrs. Sherrod have decidedly mixed feelings about her.

It’s worth noting while she is going after Breitbart’s widdow & children who she is NOT Suing:

Shirley Sherrod resigned. She is not suing Tom Vilsack, nor is Shirley Sherrod suing Vilsack’s boss, Barack Obama.

That’s because they were enabling $13 mil in government Andrew highlighted it.

There was a time when someone trying to sue a widow & 4 children would have been unthinkable. Not Anymore.


While it has not gotten a lot of press lately the IRS scandal still moves forward. the latest news is that the IRS apparently was sharing personal information:

Top Internal Revenue Service Obamacare official Sarah Hall Ingram discussed confidential taxpayer information with senior Obama White House officials, according to 2012 emails obtained by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee and provided to The Daily Caller.

Yes you read that right, the IRS, you know the people who went after the Tea Party because they opposed Obama and whose officials have taken the fifth, they are sharing taxpayer information with the White House. In fact it’s worse than it sounds:

“The data show that, had the Tea Party groups continued to grow at the pace seen in 2009 and 2010, and had their effect on the 2012 vote been similar to that seen in 2010, they would have brought the Republican Party as many as 5 to 8.5 million votes compared to Obama’s victory margin of 5 million.”

Given those numbers, it is reasonable to be suspicious of the IRS targeting, Veuger said.

And who came to those conclusions?

The AEI study was done by Veuger, Andreas Madestam of Stockholm University, and Daniel Shoag and David Yanagizawa-Drott, both from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard.

And it’s not just groups, individuals are worthy of investigation:

Carson said he had only his suspicions to go on, but this year was the first time his taxes had been audited by the IRS and he added that the agency had tarnished its reputation for trustworthiness in an earlier scandal.

“We are in a situation where a government agency has been used to harass opponents of the administration, which places everything that the IRS does in a light of suspicion,” Carson said in an interview Thursday. “So whether this is a massive coincidence or if I was targeted, it looks suspicious.”

There was a time when such behavior would not be tolerated where the people where the objections would be so strong they could not stand. As Glenn Reynolds put it:

If this were a Republican administration, there’d be impeachment talk on every nightly news program.

But it’s not, so it does not.


In my lifetime the country would have been united against such things now this is not the case and it’s brought this kind of reaction:

More and more I’m beginning to believe that there are very few people on the left who are decent.

To get that reaction from Karen the Lonely Conservative takes an effort. To get it from Stacy McCain, well that takes no effort at all:

The Culture of Victimhood encourages people to turn every grievance into a license to inflict harm on others. Flimsy accusations rooted in dishonesty or self-pity (or both) are applauded as “courageous,” and exploitation of the system is hailed as “social justice.” A sex offender turns her crime into a fable about homophobia, a notorious convicted felon claims to be a victim of “malicious prosecution, conspiracy to abuse process, defamation, false light invasion of privacy, harassment, intentional infliction of emotional distress, and stalking,” and we have become so accustomed to this evidence of pervasive moral decadence that we are not even outraged by it.

I’m past the point of being angry at the people who do this stuff.

I’m angry at everybody who is not as angry about it as I am.

One thing about anger, it comes from expectations. Stacy & I are old enough that we recall when such behavior would have been way beyond the pale and Stacy’s expectations have not decreased. The question is why has the behavior become acceptable against conservatives?

Ironically the answer comes from Jake Tapper on in a Q & A on Reddit: (emphasis mine)

“Do you believe there is bias in mainstream media?” a Reddit user asked. “If yes, which way does it slant and which networks?”

“Yes I do,” Tapper replied, “but I also think it’s more complicated than just liberal bias.”

“I think there are a lot of hard-working reporters in NYC and DC who have never fired a gun, or never worked a 9-5 manual labor job, or lived in the middle of the country, or worried about their next paycheck, or have anyone in their family who serves in the military and I think that creates a cultural bias,

That’s the secret. Since the rise of secular America there have been two cultures in America, one the Traditional Judeo-Christian culture that has been part of America forever and the other the new secular one which the media and the left has embraced.

Judeo Christian values have specific definitions of right and wrong. There are things things that cross the line and those lines are the boundaries of decent behavior. Thus the while it’s fair to say George Tiller was a killer, murdering him crosses the line and no pro-life group, no member of clergy & no member of the conservative movement celebrated his actions and his killer is not elevated to hero status.

However in a secular culture where right and wrong are flexible, where the ends justify the means, where the tactics are less important that the result things are different.

The Best illustration of this came during the Chick-Fil-A protests, I covered one of them and when the protesters were talking to the MSM they ignored me so I pressed them and something interesting happened:

I was generally surprised at the time they believed I would film their license plates implying I would attempt to trace them personally some way. I was offended at the time that they would think I would do such a thing, but I misread them.

They weren’t offended that I might use such a tactic, they assumed I would because it was a tactic they would use in my place because the ends would have justified the means.

Thus Brandon Darby can be pilloried for reporting an attempt to firebomb the GOP convention since the people who wanted to do it believed the right thing

Thus: Brett Kimberlin et/al can be funded and the tactics of his crowd can be embraced because his targets are conservatives who are impacting the debate against the president.

Thus: the left can decry the Catholic Church for its position on homosexual acts yet shy away from any critique of Islam to the point of siding with those who would censor TV & send Molly Norris into hiding.

Stacy McCain calls it evil and so it is, but the primary enabler of this are not the hard core left, the Sherrods, Kimberlin’s et/al who profit from it. If you talk to people who speak in their favor individually, you’ll get a lot of “Well nobody supports this…” because as CS Lewis pointed out they, like the rest of the Human Race are children of God with that spark of conscience inside.

However good requires courage and confronting evil has a cost.

Molly Norris paid it with her fleeing.

Ben Carson paid for it with an Audit

Andrew Breitbart paid for it with his derision

Stacy McCain Aaron Worthing John Hoge pay for it via a law suit.

It has a cost of comfort, it has a cost of acceptance and of retaliation. That’s where the rest of the sentence comes from “Well nobody supports XXX BUT…”

How many are wiling to pay that price? How many IRS agents were willing to resign? How many Rangers? How many people on the left are willing to make excuses rather than critique for all kinds of excesses for fear of the retaliation?

And how many journalists are willing to cross that line, even  a little and risk rejection.  The answer can be found by how quickly Wolf Blitzer ran away from this statement on an Obamacare delay

If that small a statement produces a need to run quickly away, how much higher is the price to speak the truth to power every single day.

That’s why I’m not as angry as Robert Stacy McCain would have me be, not because I don’t object as he does, but because I know the price and I don’t expect people without courage to pay it for people they don’t understand or agree with…


Olimometer 2.52

…I do ask you to pay part of that price. $305 per week. This week I’m a tad over 15% of the way.

Are there 13 people willing to kick in $20 to get me the rest of the way.

That’s your call, if you say “Yes” hit DaTipJar below:


It’s been suggested that the Brett Kimberlin suit against bloggers is about silencing people or at least making them think twice concerning writing about him. Being a person of limited means totally dependent on my readers for my personal income that thought does weigh on my mind.

After all yesterday Patterico reported this concerning Brett Kimberlin suit vs bloggers:


That sounds serious and other than the potential of discovery I doubt any of the people involved are happy about being sued.

So when I saw this link from Jeff Quinton yesterday and followed it to this post he wrote from last year that linked to this bit at Ace of Spades saying this:

While I, and Kimberlin’s other targets, are heartened by Congress’ letter to Eric Holder to look into the SWATting matter, what a reading of Citizen K demonstrates is that Congress itself needs to act in order to finally put an end to Brett Kimberlin’s ongoing digital (and real-life) terrorism.

Because not even prison stopped Brett Kimberlin’s crimes. While working as a prison clerk, Brett Kimberlin forged his own release order, forging all necessary signatures; he planned to release himself at 12:01 am on Memorial Day weekend. His plan is that no one would attempt to call the warden to confirm the release in the middle of the night on a holiday weekend; to make the process of confirming the strange midnight release, he also took the step of removing contact information from the office’s Rolodex. This scheme was ready to be executed, but for a lucky break for justice: Kimberlin was unexpectedly moved to another prison before Memorial Day, and his forged release form was now useless.

Another job he was assigned to in prison was doing quality control for military equipment. Rather than ensuring that equipment used by the men and women of the armed forces were in proper working order, Brett Kimberlin gave the equipment a positive rating — and then cut the wires himself.

This is not an allegation; this is an amusing anecdote he enjoys bragging about. From Citizen K, page 184, directly quoting Kimberlin from the many conversations the author had with him in preparing the book:

“I’d run the cables through quality control,” [Kimberlin] said. “I’d check them. I’d sign off on them. And then I’d cut some of the damn wires.”

I was very worried about what might happen to me for quoting it.

After all to Brett Kimberlin quoting his attempt at escape might constitute DEFAMATION as he didn’t actually execute this plan.

Kimberlin may consider it HARASSMENT to have my readers in 50 states & 170 countries reminded of his willful destruction of military equipment.

It’s not the first post I’ve written about Brett Kimberlin so this post might be construed as  STALKING.

I’m a known friend of Robert Stacy McCain, attended Blogbash and participated in “Everybody blog about Brett Kimberlin day.  Kimberlin will surely think that was proof of a CONSPIRACY.

While they appear on an A list blog (Ace’s site is in the top 25k worldwide & top 10k nationally) and in a book titled: Citizen K: The Deeply Weird American Journey of Brett Kimberlin by Mark Singer available at Amazon here  Kimberlin might consider it an INVASION OF PRIVACY to report on this events long forgotten..

Finally for Kimberlin it goes without saying that any mention of these events, even on my C list site constitutes an INTENTIONAL INFLICTION OF EMOTIONAL DISTRESS particularly if these statements are repeated on a Syndicated Radio Talk heard on three AM stations and nationally on FTR Radio.

At least I would be worried about such a thing if I didn’t realize that under that broad definition of DEFAMATION, HARASSMENT, STALKING, CONSPIRACY, INVASION OF PRIVACY AND INTENTIONAL INFLICTION OF EMOTIONAL DISTRESS that Mr. Kimberlin would be using to sue, Miley Cyrus would be in court after me in a second.

Followed closely by Barack Obama, Harry Reid, Mitt Romney, Gabriel Gomez, Hillary Clinton, Scott Brown,  Anthony Weiner, Nancy Pelosi, Richard Cohen, Andrew Sullivan, Matt Smith, Steven Moffat, Joe Scarborough and Arther S. Demoulas.

So I think, Mr. Kimberlin’s current suit not withstanding I think we’ll take the risk and hit Publish on this post and hope for the best confident that the hundreds of people who have hit my tip jar this year would help defend if a suit took place against me.

Closing thought:  Am I the only person who read that quote above and thought:  Who the hell decided: “Hey,  you know who would be the most reliable cost-effective choice to inspect the equipment that our volunteer army depends on the carry out their missions?  Members of the prison population!”?   Even the far left foundations that financed Kimberlin over the last few years could argue he was an EX con.  Seriously compared to that decision the Kimberlin lawsuit is almost rational.

I’d be really interested to find out if this type of thing is still going on.

What do you when threats, even threats in the company of convicted bombers fail to silence your political opponents? You sue!

Convicted felon Brett Kimberlin has filed a Maryland lawsuit naming bloggers Aaron Walker, W. J. J. Hoge, Robert Stacy McCain, National Bloggers Club President Ali A. Akbar and the anonymous blogger “Kimberlin Unmasked” as defendants.

The defendants believe that the suit is without merit and is part of Kimberlin’s continued effort to use lawfare to silence journalists and bloggers who have written about Kimberlin’s criminal past. The defendants will not be made available for comment until they have finished initial consultations their respective legal counsel.

Two thoughts. What should we make of the fact that Stranahan & Patterico are not included in this suit?

I don’t know what the SLAPP laws are in Maryland but I’m sure that discovery by the defendants should be a whole lot of fun.

I hit Stacy’s tip jar, you should too.

Update: It should be made clear my wondering concerning Stranahan & Patterico doesn’t imply anything. It just seemed odd that if Kimberlin is trying to slow people who have stood up to him they would not automatically be on the list. Not that it matters, as I suspect this suit has less legitimacy that Ed Markey’s “Present” vote on war in Syria, and believe me that’s a hard standard to get below.

Update 2: Patterico has done some research:

Until a complaint is made public, only limited comment can be made. A search of court records reveals the complaint is for “DEFAMATION, MALICIOUS PROSECUTION, HARASSMENT, STALKING, CONSPIRACY, INVASION OF PRIVACY AND INTENTIONAL INFLICTION OF EMOTIONAL DISTRESS.” It sounds like “accuse the accusers” on steroids, doesn’t it?

I submit and suggest that Stacy McCain being a journalist of long experience is much too canny to have crossed any lines and would be wise enough to advice Ali of the same. Unless I’m mistaken both Mr. Hoge & Walker have experience in law. Could this be all about outing Kimberlin Unmasked in order to allow his minions to attack?

Sheldon Cooper: I know what I said. I know what you said. I know what my mother said on March 5, 1992.

The Big Bang Theory The Staircase Implementation 2010

when Stacy smells a story he is a combination of Lt Data who remembers and files every detail for later use and a starving dog with a bone.

DaTechGuy on DaRadio Blog Immediately Recognized as Newsworthy: Advantage Hoge July 28th 2013

Are you one of those people who keep wondering where all this Brett Kimberlin stuff in the various Twitter Steams comes from?

Fear not while Matt Osbourne doesn’t seems to Stacy McCain does and continues to educate him with a variety of updates including this one (emphasis mine):

The damnable thing about what Matt Osborne did, in trying to make this about me — or Lee Stranahan or Aaron Walker, et. al. — is that Osborne was taking advantage of the vast ignorance about this story on the Left. Osborne and a handful of others on the Left have deliberately obfuscated the facts, which are complicated enough without having to refute Osborne’s false claims that Walker (or anyone else) “has relentlessly pursued a bizarre vendetta against Mr. Kimberlin for years” — the exact opposite of the truth!

This is the same point I made earlier today about the War on Women and where the Clinton/Weiner/Filner standard came from.

and then Stacy brings up a very important point that backs up my quote at the lead of this post:

Matt Osborne blithely accuses Aaron Walker and his friends of pursuing a “bizarre vendetta against Mr. Kimberlin for years,” but as for me, I never even heard the name “Brett Kimberlin” before May 17, 2012, when I saw Walker’s account of how he says Kimberlin tried to “frame” him for an assault charge. And all Walker had done to deserve that was to assist a left-wing blogger named Seth Allen, whom Kimberlin had sued.

What would the Kimberlin Crowd give to be able to go back in time and stop Stacy McCain’s initial interest in this story? What would Newsweek have given to go back in Time and run with the Lewinsky stuff that made Matt Drudge?

Vincent Gambini: Your Honor, may I have permission to treat Ms. Vito as a hostile witness?
Mona Lisa Vito: You think I’m hostile now, wait ’til you see me tonight.
Judge Chamberlain Haller: Do you two know each other?
Vincent Gambini: Yeah, she’s my fiancée.
Judge Chamberlain Haller: Well, that would certainly explain the hostility.

My Cousin Vinny 1992

Yesterday I put up a post noting the Newsworthyness of William Hoge’s revelation that Brett Kimberiln was in fact in some of the surveillance photos at Blogbash.

Given the implied threats and his history as a bomber that is significant and certainly newsworthy

today Bill has a post up that I don’t think meets that same standard:

Tetyana is opposed to Brett having custody of the children. She is concerned for her daughters’ safety. Tetyana says that she met Brett on the beach of the Sea of Azov when she was 14. She says that Brett brought her to America when she was 15 and married her just before her 17th birthday, while she was still 16, using fraudulent documents to obtain the marriage license. She also alleges that he had sex with her on multiple occasions while she was still 15, and that some instances occurred in Maryland. The common term for this behavior is statutory rape. In Maryland, it might be charged as sexual offense in the third degree.

He then quotes certain statements by Mrs. Kimberlin that I won’t repeat here.

While there is certainly some history along those lines and I don’t doubt that this is what Mrs. Kimberlin has said to Mr Hoge there is something that one must remember. This is a divorce and the custody of children are at stake.

Even in the most civil of divorces the subject of custody can be tricky in an acrimonious divorce watch out

To say this is an acrimonious divorce would be like saying that the Muslim Brother has a little problem with Jews (Andrew Weiner for some reason excepted). There is going to be a lot said by both sides and a judge is going to have to sort it all out.

Mind you Mrs. Kimberlin’s fears concerning the kids may be very real and I don’t dismiss her story out of hand, additionally Mr. Hoge has met Mrs. Kimberlin and talked to her, so he may have a better perspective on this than me.

But I can’t forget that I know many men with marriages less successful than mine who have told me about of things that were said at divorce proceedings that they couldn’t believe were being said by women they once shared a bed. These are men with backgrounds nothing like Brett Kimberlin who paid dearly for those words.

And frankly if you are a part of the anti-Kimberlin crowd this is just the type of story that fits too conveniently into our narrative.

So given that situation despite my natural inclination to believe the worst about Mr. Kimberlin and despite certain parts of his backstory that are suggestive in that direction I’m going to have to decline to jump on board with this particular accusation, at least for now, until I see evidence that supports them that I’m currently not aware of.

If I become aware of such evidence in the future I’ll take another look until then I’m not going there.

Update: It appears actual charges have been filed, while that increases the newsworthyness of the story I’ve seen that tactic used in divorces as well. While going on the official record increases credibility the charges itself isn’t evidence.

One of the pet peeves of my friend Robert Stacy McCain is sloppy journalism.

Having been a reporter for decades long before anyone knew what a blog was he knows how journalism is done, and has done it on the local and national level.

Now this month he has taken on two different journalists that are normally not on his radar. Ginger Gorman of the Australian Broadcasting Company and Monica Hesse of the Washington Post.  I find these two critiques interesting.  Let’s compare the two.  Let’s start with Ms. Gorman

Stacy McCain told us about Ms. Gorman’s piece concerning two men named Mark & Peter 3 years ago Sunday for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation called

Why two dads are better than one Becoming parents was hard work for gay couple … but they’d do it all over again if they had to

You might note the link above doesn’t go to that site, why? Well they took it down when the reason this couple would do it all again was published in the Sydney Morning Herald.

Police believe the pair had adopted the boy ‘‘for the sole purpose of exploitation’’. The abuse began just days after his birth and over six years the couple travelled the world, offering him up for sex with at least eight men, recording the abuse and uploading the footage to an international syndicate known as the Boy Lovers Network. …

When Stacy McCain became aware of the stories he had some tough questions: emphasis mine

By the time they were featured in that 2010 article by Ginger Gorman of the Australian Broadcasting Company, Truong and Newton had been molesting that boy on video — and pimping out the boy to their friends in the “Boy Lovers Network” — for five years. The fact that these two men were key figures in an international sex-trafficking ring . . . when did the Australian Broadcasting Company learn this information? And how long did they hide from their viewers the fact that these child pornographers were the men Ginger Gorman celebrated in her 2010 feature?

and objected to the promotion of a meme:

Journalists today cannot report about homosexuality, they must only advocate, endorse, praise and celebrate homosexuality. This paradigm reduces reporters to the role of propagandists, whose job is to parrot the publicity of radical gay-rights activists.

So far has this disastrous trend gone, that it never even occurred to Ginger Gorham that there was anything . . . odd about Truong and Newton’s extraordinary efforts to secure custody of an infant boy whom, we now know, they trained to perform as a gay sex toy:

But while Stacy McCain quite rightly takes the Australian Broadcasting Company for not noting they were the couple in their previous piece (I object to them pulling it, they should have updated it instead) and notes Ginger Gorman in the pushing of a meme, didn’t question the motives of these men, there is one thing he does not and indeed CAN not critique her for.

He can’t blame her for knowing they were trouble at the time of the piece,

Indeed he quotes Ms. Gorman directly saying the following:

I felt no sense anything was wrong. For all intents and purposes this appeared to be a loving family and a loving household, and I’ve gone over and over about it in my brain and I did not feel anything was wrong. … I’m profoundly shocked and disgusted by what’s happened. Since then, I just am revolted and I find myself quite despairing about the turn of events.”

Ms. Gorman was likely sent there to do a puff piece on a adopted gay couple.  She had no reason to have any inkling that she was in the midst of a major international crime ring.

It would not surprise me if Ms Gorman goes over her visit over and over again in her mind asking herself if there is anything she could have seen, anything that she might have missed that could have given her a clue, that could have started her on a story that might have broken instead of abetting these men and their ring in their crimes.  It must be a hard thing for her and I do sympathize.

Why, because when it comes down to it her mistakes were of perception and ignorance,  the fact that she was visiting a house of horror presided over by two evil men was not in evidence and she had absolutely no way to know otherwise when she did the piece highlighting the young child and his parents.

Monica Hesse that’s a different story:

Let’s start with the current news, Tetyana Kimberlin and her current boyfriend went to court to seek protective orders from her estranged husband Brett Kimberlin

The estranged wife of progressive activist Brett Kimberlin says he has been “mentally abusive” to her, claiming in a Maryland court that Kimberlin has been “threatening” her and trying to get her fired from her job at a Montgomery County daycare center.

Tetyana Kimberlin, 32, sought a domestic protective order this week, saying her husband had “been going by my work and telling my employer I am going to be arrested,” and that Kimberlin, 59, “had me arrested before on false charges.”

Now certainly a dispute between exes doesn’t come anywhere near the relevance of an international pedophilia ring but there is a bit of a reason why this came might be a tad more newsworthy:

Brett Kimberlin was convicted in 1981 for a weeklong series of Indiana bombings and sentenced to 50 years in federal prison, but served only 17 years.

Hmmm weeklong series of bombing?  That being the case when a woman says something like this

“He told me if I will try to take my kids with me he will hurt me and I will see what will happen to me,” Kimberlin’s Russian-born wife wrote in her petition for a protection order, a case that was heard Tuesday in Silver Spring, Maryland. “He tells my 14-year-old about his plans about me and what he is going to do with me.”

A person just might take notice.  Interestingly enough these seem to be the same tactics used against bloggers by the Kimberlin crowd

But the subject of this piece is about Monica Hesse not Brett Kinberlin and his alleged threats on his ex-wife (although Stacy has a different post on this subject) this is about Monica Hesse’s 2007 piece on Brett Kimberlin and his daughter in the post.  and Stacy McCain’s critique of her.

Let’s compare Ms. Hesse’s situation to Ginger Gorman:

Like Ginger Gorman, Monica Hesse was assigned a feel good story about a child, in this case Kelsie Kimberlin,

Bethesda’s Kelsie Kimberlin, 8, got the nod. The judges of Lego’s first annual Creativity Awards got more than they bargained for.

Like Ginger Gorman some of the newsworthiness of  Monica Hesse’s story comes from pushing a major liberal media meme of the time, namely “Bush Bad War Bad”:

So, a synopsis: “Happy Springtime (Bush Is Over)” is more than five minutes of John ‘n’ Yoko footage, of birds fluttering past a billboard reading “Imagine Peace” and of beautiful children singing, cherubically, “Buuush is ooover!” which, incidentally, is also what their T-shirts say. “Bush Is Over. If You Want It.”

and the promotion of a meme that liberalism loves is always king

there is even a tiny Russian connection in both stories, the child Ginger Gorman reported on was adopted from Russia and Monica’s mother Tetyana is from Russia although that fact about Kelsie’s mother is not a part of the piece.

Finally like Ginger Gorman. Monica Hesse has many positive things to say about this child’s dad, like this:

 The credit for “Springtime” goes to Kelsie’s dad, musician-activist Brett Kimberlin.

and this:

“Springtime” is not the Kimberlins’ only father-daughter collaboration. Brett also enlisted the Harmonic Angels to sing in an antiwar reworking of Pink Floyd’s “Another Brick in the Wall.” (Kelsie and the Angels do not appear in “Exile,” a music video in which Brett underwent waterboarding as an “it’s definitely torture” argument.)

“All of the kids in the choir are very liberal,” says Brett Kimberlin. “They wouldn’t do this if they weren’t in the cause.”

and even when she mentioned that Brett Kimberlin was convicted of a bombing that crippled a Vietnam vet, she spins it

His Quayle revelation came from the clink, where he was serving time for a series of Indiana bombings, one of which wounded a Vietnam veteran. Kimberlin always contended he wasn’t guilty of the bombings and would have been paroled earlier, except for the government machine trying to keep him quiet about Quayle, who said he never had met the man. Championed by “Doonesbury’s” Garry Trudeau and the New Yorker’s Mark Singer, who wrote a 22,000-word article on him, Kimberlin was released in 1993

Well YEAH he was convicted of some bombing but he says he’s innocent and look Doonsbury’s creator likes him so that’s OK

Seriously Monica, SERIOUSLY?

Unlike Ginger Gorman who could have googled Mark Newton & Peter Truong till the cows came home without result,  who, if she did a Lexis/Nexis search on Newton & Truong would have come up empty, if however Monica Hesse did the same search on Brett Kimberlin she have seen this from the Indianapolis Star?

“When Mrs. Scyphers went outside to the garage to show him the items, he slipped a .25-caliber pistol from his black briefcase and shot her once in the back of her head. . . .
“Speedway police were puzzled by the murder. ‘She had no enemies,’ they said.
“But she did. Investigators learned her daughter, Sandra Barton, was a close — very close — friend of Brett C. Kimberlin. The relationship between the pair was complicated by his strange affection for Mrs. Barton’s pre-teen daughter, Debbie.”

or this:

“Kimberlin seemed to be the only one with a possible motive — to distract police attention from the Scyphers murder and delay or halt their quiet investigation of him.”

And maybe she might have dug a little deeper inMark Singer book on Kimberlin

‘We’d see a girl, who was pubescent or prepubescent, and Brett would get this smile and say, “Hey, what do you think? Isn’t she great?” It made me very uncomfortable.’ Another recalled Kimberlin introducing Jessica as ‘my girlfriend,’ and if irony was intended, it was too subtle to register.

or perhaps the reviews of it:

 Reviewers of Singer’s book describe Kimberlin as “a top-flight con man” (Publisher’s Weekly), “a fairly typical hustler” (Library Journal) and “a man whose idea of the truth is utterly malleable . . . a dangerous smooth talker” (Kirkus Reviews).

Maybe she might have found this article that Stacy McCain did at the city paper

Not all the songs on his album … have political overtones … others, like “Waiting to Meet” and “Teen Dream” (both about having sex with teenage girls) are lacking in subtlety and tend to make one squirm. But this is exactly what Kimberlin wants.
“I say things a lot of people are afraid to say. Yeah, ‘Teen Dream’ is about f–king a teenage girl. Every guy who’s seen a good-looking teenage girl has thought about it. I’m talking about that lecherous quality that every man, though he won’t act on it, has.”

Stacy McCain Bottom lines it:

Brett Kimberlin was a 41-year-old convict on parole when he recorded those songs “about having sex with teenage girls.” But  Washington Post staff writer Monica Hesse evidently could not be bothered to read that, just like she apparently never read the Indianapolis Star account of Kimberlin’s crimes  or Mark Singer’s book about “a man whose idea of the truth is utterly malleable” or that 1999 Slate article that called Kimberlin an “all-around sociopath.”

And remember all of this doesn’t even include the stuff from the last few years that Stacy calls the Kimberlin files

Maybe it’s just me but considering that feature from the past wouldn’t the current stuff involving Kimberlin, his ex-wife, and what he did or did not say to his daughter be I don’t know, Newsworthy?

 Progressive Activist Brett Kimberlin‘Abusive … Threatening,’ Wife Claims

That headline today is not from the Washington Post, although these shocking claims against a famous activist were made in a Maryland court in the Montgomery County suburbs of our nation’s capital. Any reporter can click here to read the relevant document.   Two or three phone calls, an hour or two of background research — a 500-word story for the Metro section would be an easy day’s work. And yet Brett Kimberlin is now apparently so insignificant and obscure that this case doesn’t even merit a 150-word item in the briefs column.

But that shouldn’t be a surprise, if Brett Kimberlin’s past was not relevant to Ms. Hesse and the Washington Post in 2007 I can’t see why his present would be relevant to them in 2013.

Stacy McCain is a veteran reporter.  He likes to see journalism done right.  He has critiqued both Ginger Gorman and Monica Hesse’s reporting on those standards, but this piece, my piece, is titled:  Ginger Gorman, Mark Newton & Peter Truong vs Monica Hesse & Brett Kimberlin is about comparing the two.

I think there is no comparison.

Why, because I’d bet real money that if Ginger Gorman had done a cursory search of Newton & Truong and saw that kind of stuff, that Monica Hesse could have found on Kimberlin,  alarm bells would have been going off in her head and I get the feeling she might have said to her boss at the ABC:  Maybe we don’t want to use these guys for this piece on Gay Adoption. 

Hesse not only didn’t use the available info on Kimberlin’s past, she had alternatives available.

Could Hess have done a piece of the same length without talking Brett Kimberlin perhaps focusing more on the YouTube angle or on the contests to fill up that piece?  Yes, but she did not.

Could Hesse have done a small piece on young Kelsie Kimberlin’s contest win without the hagiography of her father?  Yes, but she did not.

Could Ms Hesse have done a smaller story to celebrate Kelsie’s accomplishment without spoiling her rightfully proud moment with events that she had absolutely no responsibility for?  Yes, but she did not.

Could Ms. Hesse’s had done a follow-up piece noting not only Mr. Kimberlin’s past but that his foundation just the year before,   had been given grants from such liberal giants as the Tides Foundation , the Heinz Family Foundation and the Barbara Streisand Foundation and others to the tune of over $150,000 dollarsYes, but she did not.

Ms Hesse did not, Ms Gorman could not and that makes all the difference.





Kirk:  Gentlemen, I have no great love for you, your planet, your culture. Despite that, Mr. Spock and I are going to go out there and quite probably die in an attempt to show you that there are some things worth dying for.

Star Trek Errand of Mercy 1967

I want to say one more thing about the Blogbash threats concerning Ali Akbar and the individual bloggers who will be at Blogbash.  First Ali:

There are a lot of ways to make a buck or two as a consultant in DC and outside in politics.  Very few involve bloggers.

You’re not going to get rich or even comfortable catering to bloggers.  They work part-time, or like me scratch out what living we can. While engaged we don’t’ have a long line of people with six and seven-figure bank accounts banging at our door.  If we did we would all be Tucker Carlson with our own startups.

It’s even less likely you’ll make your fortune with Conservative bloggers.  After all they are rarely picked up by mainstream magazines and almost never on the tube and when their stories make the tube, it’s to be attacked and belittled.

Then on top of that you have the Kimberlin Crowd.  Aaron Walker, Stacy McCain, Lee Stranahan and Patterico have all paid a price for opposing them, and if you think it’s just an “internet squabble” ask Aaron Walker’s wife

I’m in an odd place. I’m close to some people who don’t think much of Ali, to them I say this: Put aside any disagreements you have for a sec, isn’t it true it would have been easier for Ali to just ignore all of this Kimberlin stuff and worry about building connections to think tanks and congress-members?

The Kimberlin Crowd did not go after him, he wasn’t a primary target. Instead of worrying about a few bloggers getting grief from the Kimberlin he could have been working to build his brand.  Ignoring that stuff wouldn’t have hurt his bottom line one bit, in fact it might have helped it, every hour not spend dealing with this stuff could be an hour on the phone with a potential campaign or consulting client.

He jumped in anyway.

This week Ali could be all about connections and throwing  a kick-ass-party that’s hard enough.  Instead he has to worry about security and threats against him, the people who work for or with him and every person who attends his event AND try to be about his connections and throwing a kick-ass-party

That’s being Breitbart.

As the bloggers attending. There are people who think Aaron Walker not withstanding, the Kimberlin stuff is a little thing and the threat is small.  Some might pooh pooh it all saying Blogbash is a hell of a party and people want to be there so the minimal risk involved is no big deal for a kick-ass-party, an open bar and free food.

I suspect those people have never been to CPAC before.

Let me tell you something about CPAC, it’s all about networking. The reason a group or individual gets upset about being excluded is the access to thousands of potential supporters.  The young people coming are potential foot soldiers and the older people have the cash.

Every single one of these groups, think tanks and campaigns are looking for attention.  That’s why there are so many parties.

There are events, social and parties everywhere you look, all with people you want to connect with or meet.  It takes a real effort to avoid the social and the parties with movers and shakers particularly if you can be the source of anything resembling coverage to their causes.  If you are a writer of any sort these guys want you there to write about them and remember this year the MSM & bloggers have the same credentials so bloggers will have even more access than before.

You’ll find more parties, more free booze and more free food than you can shake a fork at and while blogbash has specific things going for it.  Every single other event, big and small has one huge advantage over it:

None of the others are drawing attention of a convicted Bomber who has actively blown up people nor are facing a Muslim protest including “a powerful Iman to stir up the crowd”.

For those who have forgotten such potential caused Comedy Central to censor one of their most popular shows and is the reason why for the last three years Cartoonist Molly Norris remains in hiding in her own country under an assumed name.

Don’t think for one second that every single person with an invite to Blogbash isn’t aware of this.

People might say the risk is small, to them I say two things:

1. There are plenty of fun alternatives available in DC where the risk of zero.

2. The risk always seems a lot smaller when you’re not the one taking it.

If you are a blogger going to Blogbash, you’re not just going to a CPAC party, you’re making a statement, and that statement is “I will not submit!”

That’s all.


Sonny: Where’re you going?
Michael: To the City.
Sonny: Yeah? Well, send somebody with him.
Michael: No, I’m just gonna go see Pop.
Sonny: I don’t care, send some bodyguards with him.
Clemenza: He’ll be all right. Sollozzo knows he’s a civilian.

The Godfather 1972

Well it looks like last week a rather bright line was crossed in the Saga of Brett KImberlin and company and Aaron Walker Wife. Our story begins on March 1st.

The hearing was to take place in courtroom five and near the waiting area, there was a large wall of glass. The glass was darker on the outside than on the inside, so it was not quite one way, but it was much easier to see out than in. I was returning from the clerk’s office and my wife was sitting with her back to the glass wall, when I saw Kimberlin standing right behind her.

Just to remind you, Kimberlin is the Speedway Bomber who served 17 years of a fifty year sentence for blowing someone up.

Well it could just be a coincidence but Walker being a sensible man decided to get her out of there while he took care of his business so she went back to the car, but while he (Walker) was inside…

So as he came back towards his car, he decided to make a detour and started to approach my car as though to do… something. He came within a foot of it with his hand reached out. We are uncertain of what his intentions were, but given we are talking about a convicted bomber, you can draw your own conclusions. My wife watched this happen from the passenger seat and started emailing and calling me, trying to get my attention. But where I was sitting in the building—near the security station—had terrible reception. So I didn’t get the calls at all, and the emails didn’t come for a long time.

So Kimberlin approached the car as if to do something to it. Then he looked into the passenger side mirror and his eyes locked with my wife’s. He proceeded to go around the car in a rectangular pattern, sometimes approaching sometimes going away, looking into its interior and at my wife. Then he walked away back to his car, which you will remember was right behind ours.

He drove around and then parked in the space directly facing my wife. He then lifted his phone and started taking pictures or filming her. My wife took a picture of him doing so with her own camera. Then he retreated to another part of the parking lot to watch.

This is what we of the Sicilian race call “crossing a line”

A week later there was a second court date. Mr. Walker wife, shaken and now armed (much to the disappointment of Rep Schakowsky I’m sure) did not attend but John Hoge was there

Mr. Hoge observed Kimberlin coming into the parking lot and driving around it, and then leaving and called me to tell me he had done that. We arrived close to 1 p.m. and by then Kimberlin had arrived a second time. I saw his face and my friend who was driving found a place to kind of “hide in plain sight.” Kimberlin was apparently looking so hard for Virginia tags, he literally didn’t see us. He then left a few minutes later. Mr. Hoge captured him on video doing this and published a still from the video on the web.

And this is key. Kimberlin didn’t even get out of his car. So there was no question that he was only there to stalk me.

Personally I disagree, I suspect he was there to stalk his wife if she was present again. Just to remind you if you’ve forgotten:

on the morning of July 29, 1978, a man shot Julia Scyphers dead, in a crime that investigators believed was a murder for hire.

Nobody ever said Kimberlin himself shot her, but his conflict with Mrs. Scyphers over the Barton girl made him the only person with a motive to wish her dead and he soon came under suspicion by detectives. A few weeks later, a weeklong series of bombings struck the small Indiana town and, when Kimberlin was apprehended for those otherwise unexplained explosions, police believed they understood the connection: The bombings had been a ill-conceived effort by Kimberlin to distract police whom he knew to be investigating the Scyphers murder.

Well I’m sure that story is a comfort to Aaron Walker.

What amazes me is that this fellow gets loyalty from people, even people like Rauhauser & Schmalfeldt. Stacy Again:

Attempts to suppress the truth tend to have the opposite effect in the New Media age.

What is the truth that Brett Kimberlin so desperately wants to suppress? Just read this: “When Jessica Was 10, 11, 12 . . .”

When the pro-Kimberlin trolls get up in my face on Twitter, I just start Tweeting out that link, and pretty soon, they get out of my face. Why? Because calling attention to someone who tells the truth about Kimberlin sort of defeats the purpose of the Kimberlin fanboy trolls.

And so, truth! truth! truth! What happened to Julia Scyphers?

People wonder why this story is so important, it’s simple. You have foundation of the family of the Secretary of State, a leading Hollywood liberal and the Tides foundation funding a convicted bomber as he stalks the wife of a political foe.  Somehow this sounds like something I just watched on TV Sunday….

AUSA Lawrence:  Come on!  You are a mother, I mean what if this happened to your kids?

Judge: OK, Intimidating witnesses is a disbariable offense, you know that.  It’s also illegal.  I’m not saying it happened, I’m not saying anything, other than.  If you have any knowledge of any such intimidation or if you so much as wink at it, you are subject to arrest!

Alicia Florick:  I do understand that.

Judge:  Good then everyone can go.

AUSA Lawrence:  (to Alicia)  When did you sell your soul?

The Good wife March 10th 2013

These men are simply evil, but just as evil if not more are the people who are funding them and enabling them and perhaps a media unwilling to cover their actions.

That Kimberlin, a criminal bomber with a history of stalking, acts like a criminal bomber with a history of stalking does not amaze. That anyone on the left is willing to defend and fund him, that does!

One final thought, with all due respect to Aaron Walker, he is a very small piece in the political puzzle. If Tides, Streisand, the Secretary of State of the United States wife and others who have funded Kimberlin and his crowd in the past and whoever is funding him now are willing to financially enable these actions against a man as insignificant as Aaron Walker, who is safe?

Olimometer 2.52

Monday demonstrated that you can break a national story with a telephone and the willingness to ask a few questions. That’s one of the reasons why I can get by on only $300 and 15 people kicking in $20 every seven days.

Yesterday one of those 15 kicked in getting us to $20. Only 14 more to go this week!

Brett Kimberlin has the Tides Foundation, Barbara Streisand and the wife of the Secretary of State writing 5 figure checks, I have you, and hopefully 13 others willing to part with an Andrew Jackson.

Mind you I wouldn’t mind if a big foundation would write a four or five-figure check, but I don’t see it likely. After all I’m not willing to stalk the wives and families of people I disagree with.

“I love it, God help me I love it so”

Patton 1970

Smitty: So many times every day you stop and give thanks, but mostly I don’t catch on what you’re thanking the Lord for. I mean, there’s nothing special.
Parson: I give thanks for the time and for the place.
Smitty: The time and the place, Parson?
Parson: The time to live and the place to die. That’s all any man gets. No more, no less.

The Alamo 1960

Looking at Stacy McCain’s latest on Blog Bash, everybody’s favorite Domestic terrorist convicted Bomber seems to be taking an active role in attempting to intimidate the potential attendees to Blogbash .

While you ponder that assertion of prescient knowledge, look at what “Texas Tim” wrote on Thursday morning:

“So here are a few suggestions: call [the venue] and tell them about Ali and about who BlogBash has nominated for awards. . . .
“Call Muslim organizations and urge them to weigh in by calling [the venue] and joining the protest at annd boycott of [the venue]. . . .
“Let’s put [the venue] of business for hosting anti-American Islamophobes, felons, pimps and pornographers. . . . [The venue’s] assault on women and Islam will not be tolerated.”

Well, this is fascinating, isn’t it? On the same two days that the BlogBash venue is contacted by Rauhauser and Kimberlin, “Texas Tim” first predicts Muslim groups will contact the venue, and then urges readers to encourage such groups to contact the venue. And the threat to put a certain nightclub “out of business” is the exact same language used by Brett Kimberlin in his phone call to the venue manager.

Hmmmm meanwhile Lee Stranahan writes the following:

This started weeks ago, however. BreitbartUnmasked writer “Texas Tim”–a fake persona and probably Brett Kimberlin himself made the threat about ‘a throng of Muslims’ back on February 25th.

Oh and BTW, my wife said that a throng of Muslims is going to do a massive protest at CPAC against Walker. She is going to make sure that everyone of them has your picture so they can tell you what they think of you support a virulent Islamophobe. And a very powerful Imam will be there two to stir up the crowd. Good luck with all of that.

I have to admit it, seeing this makes me grin from ear to ear.

“But DaTechGuy”, you might ask, “What the hell are you thinking? At best this means a major protest against you and your friends during Blogbash, at worst it dangerous, a combination of Islamic extremists and a Bomber who has already blown people up.  If it happens you’re going to be there to be blown up!”

Well yes, that’s a possibility but dear reader you are forgetting several things:

1. Eyes on the Prize


There have been quite a few people for quite a long time trying to achieve this goal that Andrew called for.

The action against a public building in the nation’s capital attended by hundreds of not only bloggers and writers, but movers and shakers at the Nation’s Capital tends to be noticed.  A public attempt to intimidate them is the perfect vehicle to not only expose these guys to the public, but perhaps expose those who might be financing their move or using them as muscle.

It will be fun to find out.

2. CPAC,  Norquist & Islam

As I’ve already written Pam Geller has been kept from holding her event at CPAC and Robert Spencer has refused the People’s Choice Award over restrictions on speech over the subject.

Now you have a CPAC related event with the presence of a large chunk of CPAC accredited press (this year there is no differential between bloggers and MSM in credentialing) being threatened by a convicted Bomber who is apparently associating with a “very powerful Imam”

I suspect at least a few of those 500+ bloggers with their flip phones might find the chance to ask some of the assembled GOP powerhouses at CPAC 2013 about this, and I daresay that their answers might make news. In fact unless I’m very much mistaken J. Christian Adams and Former Congressman Allen West are both going to be at CPAC, Congressman West will be speaking, and they have been signed on as commentators for PJ Media. Perhaps they might even ask the questions themselves

I would be shocked if one of those 500 bloggers did NOT find the time to ask the question to CPAC in general and Grover Norquist in particular about the threats to blogbash and the association between them an a “powerful Iman to stir up the crowd”. It would be rather delicious if Col West asked a question like:

“Mr Norquist given the exclusion of certain Anti-Jihad bloggers/writers to you have any comment to make on the attempts to reports of attempts to intimidate the Blogbash event by muslims led by a “powerful Iman to stir up the crowd” in association with Convicted Speedway Bomber Brett Kimberlin and how do you reconcile this with your previous cries of Islamophobia?”

“Mr Norquist will you condemn the attempts of convicted Speedway Bomber Brett Kimberlin and his associates to intimidate credentialed journalists of CPAC at their event and will you urge Muslims including the aforementioned “powerful Iman” to not associate in any way with any attempt to intimidate said credentialed CPAC journalists?

I’d love to hear the answer to those questions.  Wouldn’t you?

3. Remember Denver

Let’s say an Islamic Group led by a “powerful Iman to stir up the crowd” shows up outside the Venue of Blogbash. What do you think will happen? Well a clue can be drawn from Denver when the Occupods attempted to storm one of our events and marched on our hotel.

Cameras, Cameras Cameras and questions questions questions.

An Islamic group led by a “powerful Iman to stir up the crowd” is what people in our business refer to as “News” and you have 500 bloggers with recording devices. Unless this Iman has a crowd of 100 or more this protest is going to be absolutely swamped and outnumbers with blogger with recording devices all over them asking questions and shouting back. This isn’t Egypt, These guys don’t have the police or the Army to beat us into line. This isn’t Dearborn where an Islamic mob felt safe to stone Christians. Unless the rent a mob (and lets not pretend these guys will NOT be using rent a mobs to swell their numbers) is huge they are going to find a situations not to their liking and I suspect police will take notice of such a mob, without a permit doing such a thing

4. Can’t wait to ask the questions.

Let’s say an Islamic mob does show up with a “powerful Iman to stir up the crowd” chanting whatever they want to chant and lets say only a couple of bloggers leave the party to film them.  The interviews will be delicious.

“You are claiming the bloggers here are islamophobic, given the association of the convicted speedway bomber Brett Kimberlin and his associates with this protest how does that dovetail with your claims of Peaceful Islam?

“The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community claims Mirza Ghulam Ahmad is the Mujaddid are they Apostates or Kafir (non believers)?”

“Death to Apostates from Islam”  “Thumbs up or thumbs down?”

I have several more questions in the bank that I won’t play in public now but I think the answers to these questions will be illuminating and I simply can’t wait to ask the “Powerful Iman” about his contacts with the Kimberlin Crowd, I’m sure the association with a convicted Bomber is just the image American Muslims are dying to have publicized.

5.  Be Breitbart

Think for a moment.  Imagine if Andrew Breitbart was alive and these threats were going on, what would he be doing?  imagine further that this event takes place and with Kimberlin’s lackeys filming (which you know they will) a Muslim crowd led by a “powerful Iman to stir up the crowd” turns up.

What do you think Andrew would do?  How do you think Andrew would do it?

Now imagine that you had 500 people who all admire and miss Andrew Breitbart, who all want to “be Breitbart”

This event, this provocation and this attempt to bully is precisely the opportunity for people to step up, to create a visible leader or maybe several of them.

as Andrew would say:  BRING IT ON!

6.  It’s News

As people who have seen me at prior Blog Bashes know I invariably grab some food, park myself close to an electrical outlet, take out my Laptop and spend my time at the party working.  (with the occasional Pinball break if a machine is nearby)  It’s my understanding that this year due to space concerns, Laptops are not allowed.

Parties are nice and it’s always a pleasure to see friends but I’m going to see those friends in the media area and open bars not withstanding I’m not a drinker (Personally I question the wisdom of drinking in a room full of folks carrying video phones with instant internet access).

My entire take home pay is whatever my readers send me weekly, my goal is $300 a week.  The people who give those $2 $10 $20 or occasional $100 as my paycheck expect me to earn that money.  Hotel and Air going to CPAC will cost me $862.72 and that doesn’t count cabs, food or any other expenses.  If I’m going to spend that money to go to CPAC , it’s to cover news, if I see friends and occasionally relax after hours, fine, but if I’m there it’s to WORK.

Looking at the events I’ve descried above I,  to steal a line from R.S. McCain “Immediately recognized them as Newsworthy”

Given that I’m there to cover stories, It’s very nice of the Kimberlin crowd and their Islamic friends to provide me with one and the opportunity to do up close and personal.

Hey my wife’s 50th birthday and my 25th anniversary are both coming up in the next 30 days If I’m going to spend $1000 dollars on something other than her it damn well better be worth it.

“But DaTechGuy”, you insist, “What good is any of that if you get blown up?”

Well, I’m Catholic, I figure you’ve got to die of something, I’ve got life insurance for the family and I always get confession and absolution before I get on a plane.  What more does a person need?

Update:  Fixed a few typos

March Goal

Olimometer 2.52

My thanks to all who kicked in to provide me a full paycheck this week and advanced me well on the way to the monthly goal for March.  Because of this  tomorrow’s posts will be completely free of any fundraising pitch.

In my last post I suggested the Kimberlin crowd was trying to create another Molly Norris perhaps instead they have another key event they want to copy

The venue received a call from a man yesterday. Guess what his name is? “Neal.”

He called to gather information about Blog Bash, knowing that all of us will be in one room for the first time ever. He tried scaring them. This is harassment and nothing short of a threat.

So they’re calling Blog Bash, normally a venue would not get over worried about a bunch of left wing stooges making a fuss. Perhaps Ali is just over-reacting, well lets tell the same story with a slightly different perspective:

Guests and sponsors of the fourth annual “Blog Bash” have been harassed by associates of convicted bomber Brett Kimberlin, the event’s organizer said Thursday.

and let not forget one important fact about said convicted bomber

In 1981, Kimberlin was sentenced to 50 years in federal prison for his crimes,

I submit and suggest that an event where “all of us will be in one room for the first time” drawing the interest of associates of a convicted Bomber is something of significance.

I think this is a huge mistake on their part, if you try to go after the odd blogger here and there online it’s pretty easy to convince a judge that it’s just some internet squabble.

However when you are harassing the organizers and venue of an event that draws significant guests from the political world and said event is held at a DC venue with some gravitas that’s a different story. Said venues tend to have security staffs, lawyers and resources that they can draw on and are not likely to let something like this just go.

Hawkeye:  I’ve known Chingachgook since we both were young. I knew Uncas’ mother. I’ve known Uncas since he was born. Major Heyward. I don’t know you. If we have to fight back to back, it’s possible that you might run. I don’t think you will, but you might. I’ve fought back to back with these Mohicans father and son, and they didn’t run

Last of the Mohicans BBC 1972

draw-mohammedIf you are a long term reader of this blog or a long term listener to my radio show you know the easiest way to get me angry is to get me talking about Molly Norris.

For those of you who don’t know Three years ago Molly Norris was a cartoonist in Seattle whose work appeared regularly in the Seattle Weekly. Her style is not really the type I go for

After the censoring of South Park Episodes by Comedy Central over the inclusion of Mohammad she proposed “Everybody Draw Mohammad Day” in solidarity with the artiest whose lives were in danger.

Oddly enough I was not a fan of Everybody Draws Mohammad day

I have unabashedly declared Islamic killers as barbarians, I will continue to do so. I have condemned the cowardice of Comedy Central. I don’t feel I have anything to prove. In addition I don’t like caricatures of Christ, Mary etc that are unflattering. I want respect for my religion therefore I need to show that same respect. Free speech has to also include freedom to not speak if you don’t want to.

Therefore I am not going to draw Mohammed on May 20th. If you think less of me because of that, so be it…

Immediately afterwards a FATWA was put upon her and the reaction of the “free speech” crowd that was constantly complaining about Bush, was…silence.

It did not end pretty:

You may have noticed that Molly Norris’ comic is not in the paper this week. That’s because there is no more Molly

No she’s not dead

on the insistence of top security specialists at the FBI, she is, as they put it, “going ghost”: moving, changing her name, and essentially wiping away her identity. She will no longer be publishing cartoons in our paper or in City Arts magazine, where she has been a regular contributor. She is, in effect, being put into a witness-protection program—except, as she notes, without the government picking up the tab. It’s all because of the appalling fatwa issued against her this summer, following her infamous “Everybody Draw Mohammed Day” cartoon.

The anniversary of the fatwa on her passed and almost nobody noticed and three years later Morry Norris is still in hiding.

An American Cartoonist, forced in hiding for exercising her first amendment rights for nearly three years and nobody is objecting, no congressional resolutions, no speeches on the house floor and no stories in the MSM. In my opinion this is a national disgrace.

Which brings us to Brett Kimberlin & Co.

Lee Stranahan reports the following

A photo taken by Brett Kimberlin on Friday, March 1st and quickly posted to the site BreibartUnmasked is the latest in a long series of attempts by convicted felon Kimberlin to attempt to stir up Muslim hatred towards blogger Aaron Walker, apparently as revenge against Mr. Walker for helping another blogger Kimberlin has a long running grudge against.

Walker’s crime: Participating in Everyone Draw Mohammad day. Brett Kimberlin’s crew apparently takes a dim view of supporting the first amendment. Stranahan again:

The editor of BreitbartUnmasked is Kimberlin’s friend Bill Schmalfeldt, who has accusing Walker of hating Muslims more than “he loves his wife”. The site also published a photo of Mr. Walker’s wife.

Mr. Schmalfeldt has also written thinly veiled threats to Mr. Walker, such as this one from a post entitled “Aaron Walker: A Cautionary Tale”:

In the meantime, Aaron Walker sits in front of his spit-flecked computer screen and blogs and tweets about the injustice of it all. But everyone knows he’s a dead man blogging — metaphorically.

This latest photo post by Brett Kimberlin and Bill Schmalfeldt is transparently another further attempt to have free-speech hating lunatics to target Walker.

Mind you the Kimberlin crowd is not doing this because they object to some Muslims being critiqued as murderous barbarian bastards who would kill or threaten a person who objects to Islamic threats. They are doing this specifically because they BELIEVE Muslims to be murderous barbarian bastards who will threaten or harm those who critique them, in fact they’re counting on it!

One might call that racism. I call it a crime against the 1st amendment.

At the time the threats took place against Ms Norris I said the following:

I’m not big into insulting other people’s religions but this needs to be forcibly fought. As for a Fatwa, bring it on, We are AMERICANS! If you come for one of us you come for ALL OF US! You want to kill me? So what! Everybody dies, but I’m not surrendering my 1st Amendment rights that have been given to me as a gift by thousands who fought to preserve them for an extra few days.

Let’s double down. My name is Peter Ingemi. My ancestors came here from Sicily 100 years ago. I am an American and I defy you.

It’s a disgrace that America has forgotten Molly Norris, it’s a bigger disgrace that she is still in hiding for her life due to Islamic extremists.

But the idea that Americans would attempt to use the violence of Radical Islamists to suppress their political enemies 1st Amendment rights is in my mind one of the most loathsome things I’ve seen.

And consider, even the deluded Islamic murderer acts because they think they are serving God, Kimberlin & Co are simply serving their political ends and whatever masters are paying the bill.

Any person who would fight back to back with these men are fools.

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While groups like the tides foundation ($70,000) Barbara Streisand Foundation ($10,000) and Heinz Family Foundation ($20,000) whose CEO is wife of our secretary of state John Kerry provide funding for Kimberlin’s Nonprofit “Justice Through Music Project” I instead make my living on a weekly basis based on the concept of Fifteen people giving $20 each week to draw a $300 paycheck (before taxes as fees).

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Last night I discovered the Movie Occupy Unmasked was available via streaming on Netflix.

While the film was no revelation for people who have paid attention, to the average person whose only source of news comes from Bill Maher or Comedy Central or the MSM it would be the equivalent of putting on the glasses in the cult movie They Live.

Although the “star” of the movie is undoubtedly Andrew Breitbart the most prominent person in the movie outside of Andrew is without question Lee Stranahan.

There are other prominent faces Brandon Darby, Many Nagy, David Horowitz but after Andrew, Lee is the face of the movie.

Why is this important? This isn’t the last picture that Citizen’s United will make, but it is the last one featuring Andrew Breitbart as the star. In order to get the attention of the larger public it is necessary for someone to elevate himself. The most obvious candidates are naturally the people in this film, folks like Nagy, Darby, Moncrief and of course Stranahan (I don’t count Horowitz due to age but 30 years ago it might have been him)

Lee would be a good choice for several reasons, the experience in this film, his familiarity with the left and it’s tactics, he has screen presence and the right look for the role, any attempt to paint him as part of the 1% elites is comical on its face.

If you are the left you remember the taxpayer money taken directly from the mouth of Acorn by Andrew Breitbart.

If you are the left and remember the fall of Anthony Weiner a story ignored by places like Morning Joe but featured by Breitbart until Weiner fell.

If you are the left you remember every time Andrew gave you fits.

Andrew Breitbart directly threatened the money and power of the left. The rise of a new Breitbart must be stopped, by any means necessary.

Some people might wonder why a Brett Kimberlin or a Bill Schmalfeldt or a Neal Rauhauser might go after a guy like Lee Stranahan.

I don’t

I alluded to last week’s show which was about the Kimberlin case earlier today.

It’s slightly late but Saturday’s show with Dan Backer Will Hoge of Hogewash and Stacy McCain is now available here.

Today of DaTechGuy on DaRadio we talk to attorney Dan Backer about the latest developments in the Brett Kimberlin Saga

We’ll talk about the federal and VA rulings, appeal plans and what’s next.

We’ll be doing all this today at 10 AM EST on WCRN AM 830 Worcester. Feel free to join the conversation at 508-438-0965 or 888-9-FEDORA anywhere in the country.

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No matter how you listen, make sure you do.

17 days to Christmas.

There are no details yet, but the Walker v Kimberlin case has been dismissed.

Back in June I wrote about how Kimberlin resembled the story Hal Chase who when finally brought before authorities concerning his reputation for throwing games thanks to his manager Christy Mathewson. The result:

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,

I wasn’t in the court room, I don’t know how or why the judge did what he did, but the end result will certainly encourage Kimberlin & co to soldier on with even more impunity.

Eventually Chase was banned after his involvement in fixing the 1919 World Series. Apparently it will take something much worse than what has already happened for the law to scream: enough!

It’s not going to be pretty.

Update: Stacy McCain promises updates, but the big story is not so much the details but the emboldening of some very bad characters.

Update 2: I’d like to thank the Ray Kroc Memorial Media Center for giving Stacy and Hoegwash the ability to update us in a timely manner.

Update 3 Stacy notes two important things we see:

It’s actually worse than that: It’s not just bad characters, but bad behavior that have been emboldened. Why shouldn’t everyone with a grudge resort to the methods Kimberlin & Co. employed against Walker?

The targeting of political bloggers, the cyberstalking and harassment, are now all now acceptable tactics for which there is evidently no legal discourse. Thanks, Judge Potter.

And Dan Backer notes the following

“The precedent set here is just terrible,” Backer said, talking about how Judge Potter ignored Kimberlin’s violation of court orders to seal the discovery materials. “Why should anyone comply with discovery?”

Walker is penalized for obeying the Judges rulings while Kimberlin is rewarded for flouting them, sounds like the left on gun control.

As Glenn Reynolds says you get more of behavior you reward, more is coming.

Update 3: Hogewash has a long post, two bits of it:

6. Now that I’ve had a chance to size up Stacy McCain, I’d like to echo the warning that Glen Reynolds made about not trying to out-crazy Mr. McCain. Team Kimberlin should not expect to be able to divert him from relentlessly blogging about their mischief.

Stacy with a story is like a dog with a bone and this is Stacy’s story. He’s not going to let it go, as for Mr. Hoge

7. Similarly, they should not expect Hogewash! to let go either. While I consider myself simply to be pigheaded, I have been described as having weapons-grade persistence. I have turned the Vast Hogewash Research Organization loose on Team Kimberlin. The data is rolling in, and, as it becomes useful in bringing the truth to light, it will be published. You can also expect that I won’t tell everything as soon as I know it. Somethings need to wait until the time is ripe.

I still don’t think this will end well for Kimberlin & Company but regardless one can’t forget they have a win in the bank right now and will act accordingly.

Update 4: More from Stacy.

Tomorrow is December 4th the date scheduled for rules on the plethora of motions concerning Kimberlin v Walker are to be ruled on.

The Courts being what they are, it would not be a huge surprise if for whatever reason a continuance takes place to delay it, but lets work under the assumption for a moment that this is not the case.

With the election I have given a lot less attention to this story, except for noting the foolishness of tangling with Robert Stacy McCain.

But there have been several other developments worth noting.

1. Web Sites web sites where are the web sites?

You can’t have an argument on the internet if one side suddenly runs away:

Mike Stack informs us that Neal Rauhauser’s blog has disappeared, after two months of cranking out smears and conspiracy theories about the alleged evils of various enemies of Rauhauser and his client Brett Kimberlin. Meanwhile, Rauhauser’s pet Twitter troll, “Occupy Rebellion,” has switched her account to “private” setting.

It’s hard to amplify a voice that isn’t there and since there is no chance whatsoever that Rauhauser’s posts were not copied and archived by his foes I’m not sure how effective this will be in terms of hiding things from the court.

or as some have speculated it could be because of a law enforcement issue. Either way it’s not what someone who is winning the argument does.

2.  Attacking Lee Stranahan

There was a specific attack on Lee Stranahan in an attempt to gain access to his site as Patterico reports:

Lee Stranahan got this message from his web host:


While monitoring the servers, it was brought to our attention that your domain,, was undergoing a brute force attack. The purpose of the attack was meant to gain access to your wp-admin area, allowing an authorized person to have complete control of your site.

The email lists URLs of specific posts that have been attacked.

This isn’t a “bring him down” thing which is what you do to silence someone, this is a “take him over” thing.  That’s what happens when someone wants to erase or change the record.

That’s not an act of strength, it’s an act of despair, but the bottom line is while Neil’s site is gone Lee’s is still here.

  and of course there now that there is no longer an election to cover

3.  Stacy McCain on a roll:

While Stacy McCain notes the MSM is starting to discover the story, Stacy immediately recognized it as newsworthy a while back and explains why:

And, if all of that is not enough to make the story sufficiently interesting:

And we haven’t even talked about the first amendment implication of this story which are considerable as a reporter who had to move his family for their own safety can attest to.


So tomorrow we find out if the story ends, continues, gets weirder or some combination thereof.

If you want to keep track of the legal filings make sure you go to Hogewash who has them.  If you want to hear from one of the lawyers involved then listen to DaTechGuy on DaRadio this Saturday when I interview Dan Backer, Aaron Walker’s lawyer 10 AM EST on WCRN

But if you’ve been tied up in the election and need to catch up on the entire thing from there start, here is Stacy’s entire Kimberlin collection

If you want to catch the entire story Here are Stacy’s Links from the start



That’s 93 stories over six months, most of them before the election that he covered extensively.  Can you imagine where this would be if this had not been an election year?

So get reading, unless you want to just focus on the Prince William Kate Middleton baby story instead

Update: Lee Stranahan forced to re-locate site thanks to free speech advocates his new/temp site Stranahan in Exile is here.

He (Joe Morgan) said once you picked up one thing you’d start looking for the others, and you’d see them too. I used to play cards with a guy like that. He’d read your eyes and know what you had. Drive you crazy

Bill James Historical Baseball Abstract pp349 1985 on Joe Morgan and pitch-outs.

Michael Corleone if you don’t listen to me — and marry this man — you’ll disappoint me

The Godfather Part 2 1974

Anyone who has hung out with Robert Stacy McCain notes certain traits he has.

He enjoys his beer, he alternates between coffee and cigarettes in an unending loop, he is never short of an opinion, he doesn’t like to be interrupted when on “deadline” and he is the life of the party, and doesn’t take insults well.

He is a consummate showman, shameless self promoter, and if you have free pads, pencils or items that he might find useful within his reach, he will get them.

He is always at the tip of the spear on a story and has absolutely no problem tweaking the rules when it comes to getting access to get the story, he has tenacity.

But there is something else that, actually two somethings, I’ve seen in him that perhaps others have not. The first reminds me of a story my mother once told me.

She told me the story of a Sicilian in the old country who had a clash with a local Don in the mid 1800. It didn’t end well and he barely made it to America. But she wouldn’t give the names for the safety of their descendents. I scoffed saying: “C’mon Mom it’s over 150 years ago, you think that “family” is still looking for revenge after all these years?”

The look she gave me is the type of look only a full-blooded Sicilian can give and I felt like an idiot asking the question, of COURSE they would, that’s the whole point. It’s the same principle the Islamist uses to terrorize generations how have left the old country to come to America and Europe.

Stacy McCain is not a Sicilian, but he has the memory of a Sicilian. He doesn’t mind you messing with him, but messing with his family is generally a bad idea and while he is in full coverage mode he might not get to you right away, but he WILL get to you.

The second is his mind, Stacy’s library makes mine look small, only Mike Rogers of Granite Grok (who has an actual Library in his house, it’s incredibly cool btw) has more real life hard cover books. His mind is a steel trap, he will remember something he read in one of those book that he hasn’t touched in years and he will draw the connections from them. I remember his great debates with Little Miss Attila. He would quote volumes long past and hold those who wrote them to their words they wrote back when they thought nobody who would oppose them would read them.

Because he goes to so many obscure events people often assume that he simply made his luck by showing up. There is some truth to this but there is something more. What people don’t realize is Stacy is usually thinking four or five steps ahead of the story to make sure he is where the story is when he needs to be. The story is a chessboard and Stacy makes sure his pieces are where he wants them when it is time to move.

Sometimes, if you pay attention, he will telegraph his moves, for example in his current piece concerning Bill Schmalfeldt he says the following hidden in plain site in his 2500 plus words are the following facts:

it goes on all the time, and it’s wrong to blame Internet crime on the Internet. The problem is the criminals and the bullying viciousness that emerges from depraved souls who imagine they will never suffer real-life consequences for their online evil.

This sounds like a rhetorical flourish but this actually contains two important words Internet crime.

The Merriam Webster online dictionary defines “crime” as following:

1: an act or the commission of an act that is forbidden or the omission of a duty that is commanded by a public law and that makes the offender liable to punishment by that law; especially : a gross violation of law

Much later on in his story we have the following paragraph:

Schmalfeldt began attacking me in June, after the end of his “Baltimore” tenure at the Examiner and then, following his brief tenure as “Bill Matthews,” came after me again in late August while I was covering the Republican National Convention in Tampa.

The Key words in this paragraph being “June” and “August“. It has been 3-5 months since this has been going on yet as Stacy reveals he didn’t even mention this fellow until September 4th where he linked to this post at Allergic to Bull. This is a significant link because the the story there has the following passage:

So you got that? You defended Occupyrebellion by saying, “she doesn’t TELL anyone where your wife is.” And then you go and do precisely that: you tell everyone where his wife is and even suggest that people visit Stranahan’s house.

and later on this:

If this lawyer is straight with you, s/he will tell you that your online activities have put you in serious peril and that perhaps you should cool off for a while.

This was not a coincidence. This notice, a subtle notice, that a line, a legal actionable line had been crossed by Mr. Schmalfeldt.

Apparently Mr. Schmalfeldt didn’t take the hint and on Nov 4th he gives a less subtle second warning this time using his own words rather than Aaron Walker’s:

Barrett Brown is in federal custody, y’know. I blame Neal Rauhauser. And starting Nov. 7, I’ll have plenty of leisure to write about monstrous fools who vainly imagine they can distract me for more than a few minutes from my continuing coverage of this historic presidential campaign.

The key words in this post being “Barrett Brown is in federal custody” but apparently Mr. Schmalfeldt still did not appreciate the warning.

Now perhaps post election Mr. Kimberlin, Mr. Rauhauser and Mr. Schmalfeldt assumed that with a friendly justice department they would be protected but the Obama administration has not been shy about throwing people of much more consequence under the bus.

The motions for default judgements against the Kimberlin crowd should have been the final clue but Stacy being Stacy gave one final warning and while he didn’t name Mr. Schmalfeldt directly, he made this warning a lot less subtle than all the others:

Maybe Barrett Brown should have consulted Sue Basko before he began making threats to against an FBI agent and the agent’s family, and conspiring with “another person known to the grand jury” to publish “restricted information” about them. It’s against the law to “dox” a federal employee, that is, to publish their private information — home address, etc. — in order to expose the employee to harassment or intimidation. Furthermore — and some of the script-kiddies are going to be shocked by this — “doxing” is illegal no matter who the target is empahsis mine

and in case Mr. Schmalfeldt doesn’t believe him, he quotes Sue Basko who’s goal is to keep people like Mr. Schalfeldt out of jail.

Misinformation was spread that doxing is legal. I am not sure how or why anyone fell for that misinformation. Surely, people must understand instinctively, even if they were misled about the law, that if they are threatening someone or putting them at risk, or tormenting or harassing the other on the internet, that this must be illegal.

and in case Mr. Schmalfeldt doesn’t get the hit he being the Christian gentleman that he is, gives him one final out:

Within troll world, the people who engaged in “doxing” did so in the belief that their identities would never become known, and so this clearly illegal form of harassment — publishing people’s addresses, workplace phone numbers, etc., in order to intimidate them and expose them to harm — became an accustomed behavior that seemed to them entirely right and legal. (emphasis in original)

This is what we would call a last warning, five days before yesterday’s post. It was a warning that you are over your head, you have violated the law and if I come after you it will not end well. It’s the equivalent of a Sicilian putting his arm around your shoulder saying: “If you do this thing, I will be very disappointed

Yet on Nov 23rd Mr. Schmalfeldt had not gotten the hint and Stacy was tweeting the following:

The key tweet being this one

This was the final statement that the last line had been crossed and it was now too late, thus yesterday’s post. “But DaTechGuy”, you say, “too late for what? Stacy McCain just wrote a post, big deal.” I’ll tell you what, Stacy McCain has over the last month established the following:

1.. Mr. Schmalfeldt has been harassing him for at least 3-6 months

2. That said harassment was illegal

3. That others had warned him it was illegal directly

4. That a liberal lawyer who would be delighted to keep liberal trolls like Mr. Schmalfeldt out of trouble has publicly stated that these actions are illegal.

And Stacy McCain established all of these things publicly… yet Mr. Schmalfeldt kept doing them anyway.


And the Pièce de résistance he leads with a screenshot by Mr. Schmalfeldt And he doesn’t even point out this tweet:


before he wrote his 2589 word line in the sand.

I’m sure a judge or jury seeing the photo of Mr. Schmalfeldt opposite a photo of Mrs. The Other McCain will find themselves totally in sympathy with Mr. Schmalfeldt even before they see the evidence of Doxing and Mr. Schmalfeldt’s nearly 700 followers on twitter will be amazed and surprised at how this ends.

I won’t be.

Tangling with Stacy is messing with a person with the Mindset of a Sicilian combined with the gameplay of a chessmaster as I suspect Mr. Schmalfeldt will discover.

Update: An Instalanche on a slow hit week is like finding a fountain in the Sahara. Thanks Glenn.

Update 2: The full power of internet math is about to go to work on the phrase “Bill Schmalfeldt is a liar.”

The Sicilian word you are looking for is “Vendetta”

For a man who has filed “hundreds of lawsuits” Brett Kimberlin doesn’t answer them very well.

Glenn Reynolds once observed that in a promised lawsuit by Brandon Darby against Neal Rauhauser that “the discovery process should be productive.” Well, apparently that is precisely what Kimberlin doesn’t want in this case: productive discovery. The deadline has passed and Kimberlin has refused to comply, to any degree, with legally mandated discovery requests. He hasn’t produced one relevant document, answered a single interrogatory, and so on.

What is going to happen will resemble an eviction notice, next the party will go to court to compel, the lawyers on the other side will try to delay and/or negotiate until a judge signs an order to compel compliance, and even at that point he might be willing to risk contempt for a time if the documents in question are explosive enough.

Why do I have a feeling that all that is possible will be done to make sure the discovery process is not completed before November 7th

Although Stacy McCain hasn’t been on the Neal Rauhauser / Brett Kimberlin kick exclusively anymore his large body of work has had an effect.

We have a letter signed by over 80 members of congress, other candidates on both sides of the aisle questioned on the issue, federal suits in the works etc etc etc.

This is bad news for the Kimberlin/Rauhauser crowd, tactics that might work when done under the radar are not as effective when done in the light of day. It leads to mistakes and as Robert Stacy McCain reports Neal Rauhauser has made a doozy:

In a thousand-word document sent to government officials, Kimberlin associate Neal Rauhauser accuses Darby of conspiring with a number of others — including employees of Republican consulting firm Hynes Communications — in an elaborate criminal scheme involving illegal so-called “SWATting” incidents aimed at four conservative bloggers: Mike Stack, Patrick “Patterico” Frey, Erick Erickson of Red State and Aaron Walker. The document (see full text below) describes Rauhauser’s accusations that the SWATting calls are “tied to an extortion attempt by Mike Grimm, Congressman from NY-13, an obstruction of justice attempt intended to deflect attention from James O’Keefe, and the whole thing is being wrapped up by Hynes Communications in an attempt to create another ‘Bill Ayers’ for the 2012 election.”

Furthermore, Rauhauser forwarded to an associate of Darby copies of e-mails he sent to a Republican member of Congress. In the e-mails he sent to the office of Rep. Sandy Adams (R-Fla.) in June and July, Rauhauser charges that Darby and others were engaged in a “conspiracy to obstruct justice.”

Rauhauser by making these statement to government officials now makes a possible suit more likely and as Glenn Reynolds put it:

the discovery process should be productive. . . .

This might be under the radar as the election gets closer but post election, I suspect there will be some nasty consequences.


DaTechGuy fundraiser is still in progress, but for a change instead of pushing my own tip jar let me highlight three other people who could use a hand right now.

Joe Fein runs Valley of the shadow, he is down a few hundred. You can give a hand here.

Things are a bit tight for my pal Cynthia Yockey at a Conservative Lesbian. She spends a lot of time taking care of her sick father, she could use a hand too.

And Chris Muir is holding his annual Day by Day Fundraiser. Help pay for the best conservative stip out there and get some fun extras.

And as always Remember RS McCain who not only brings you the Rauhauser coverage but the classic line “Hit the freaking tip jar.”

…and all the others in the Brett Kimberlin Crowd that I’ve ignored during the past week.

While they might be advancing one particular goal this election cycle:

The thing I hate the most about my stalkers is that every moment I spend dealing with them is a moment I’m not spending on the upcoming election. It’s not just the presidential election that’s important, we need conservatives in the Senate and House if we’re going to roll back the destructive policies implemented in the past few years. I haven’t had time to write about the rematch between Rep. Ann Marie Buerkle and her uber-statist opponent Dan Maffei, or any other race, for that matter. I guess that’s all by design

which suggests a financed and deliberate strategy let me remind them of several things.

#1. There are a lot more of us then there are of them, the only reason Zilla’s list isn’t longer is it hasn’t become more known. If we can’t cover events believe me we can link to people who do.

#2. As you might have already noticed over 80 congressmen have signed a letter asking for the AG to investigate the Swattings and other members of congress have been asked about it. As bloggers continue to cover events be sure that we will continue to ask these questions of candidates. The moment someone manages to get this question asked to Mitt Romney and Answered on Camera the heat is going to be on.

#3 Although he spent a few days covering other news. Robert Stacy McCain one of the great pure reporters has devoted an incredible amount of time to this story and that information like a public fart on youtube is out there forever.

#4 This is already in the courts via this suit by Aaron Walker and others on a federal level and these suits will continue forward. They will not likely be resolved before the election but they WILL be resolved.

#5 Unless you are fast forwarding through ads as Obama has requested you might have figured out in January there is going to be a different AG and a different administration. What do you think the odds are that they will ignore the request of 80+ members of congress on this particularly since the targets of this harassment are their political allies?

And THAT’s the big point. It’s going to happen. The full force of the US legal system is going to come and it’s not going to be pretty.

That gives you three choices:

1. Stop now and hope that once this stops it is forgotten. (Unlikely if nobody else pushes it, Stacy will and the current court cases will continue).

2. Go all in figuring that your own hope is to somehow take Obama over the finish line. (Even less likely)

3. States EVIDENCE NOW! Your best chance is to do this NOW! while there is still a friendly AG in office, but it still can be done in January but I suspect you will have a harder hand against you.

You must choose, but choose wisely.


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I haven’t done a lot on the Kimberlin story lately preferring to rely on Robert Stacy McCain to continue digging deeply and waiting for the other lawsuits to weave their way through the courts to their ultimate conclusion: the defeat and emasculation of the Kimberlin Machine’s attempt to silence conservatives.

There has, however been one question that I have been most interested in seeing answered but have not the time to dig into myself, namely: Does Kimberlin et/al have serious connections to higher-ups in the Democrat party and are they financing the actions in order to restrain our side during election 2012 and beyond?

I suspect that the appearance of this article at Salon might help answer that question

But most importantly, even if you don’t believe a single word Kimberlin says, no one has ever presented any evidence, at all, that Kimberlin is behind the “SWAT-ing” — at this point, they mainly insinuate it really hard. Or they claim that one of his allies is responsible. Or something. (Erick Erickson said he suspected it was a member of Kimberlin’s “fan club.”) Patterico accused two Kimberlin “associates” of being responsible, though he doesn’t even have evidence that they’re “associates.”

Now before we get to my question lets note some reactions to this piece by people who have done more than play stenographer for Kimberlin.

From Patterico post I suspect jaw is currently laying down on the floor somewhere after falling off in disbelief:

Actually, I have accused nobody. I have presented evidence. And the idea that Neal Rauhauser is not an associate of Brett Kimberlin’s is hard to square with Brett Kimberlin calling Rauhauser an “associate” in court, or Rauhauser showing up to numerous different court proceedings involving Kimberlin, handing him documents during the hearings, and such.

Is there any mention of Rauhauser’s obsession with Mike Stack, myself, and Weinergate? Any mention of the fact that Rauhauser wrote Stack at the same wrong address used by the SWATter? Any mention of the connections between Rauhauser and the “Gaped Crusader,” who threatened to “out” Aaron’s identity before it happened, published my home address, published a picture of a nude man claiming it was me, and cyberstalked several of us in other ways?

No. And Pareene never asked me about any of it.

Thus Patterico. How about Robert Stacy McCain? He not only replies with snark of a quality befitting a man who writes for money:

Well, if Alex Pareene would care to give me a phone call or send me an e-mail, perhaps we can discuss whether it is “character assassination” to suggest that the “unknown blogger” behind the “Breitbart Unmasked” site is notorious Internet menace Neal Rauhauser, who keeps showing up in Brett Kimberlin’s courtroom entourage and is almost certainly on Kimberlin’s (tax-exempt non-profit) payroll.

Pareene could call me to ask why the Kimberlin-Rauhuaser connection seemed to me newsworthy and relevant, and then I’d happily give Pareene the chance to deny that he’s a major opium distributor.

but notes that unlike Salon he manages to make an ( albeit small) living without losing millions:

No one knows how much money Salon has lost since 1995, although it was estimated last year that its annual operating loss was $1.5 million. So, cumulative losses by now are probably somewhere between $20 million and a metric buttload.

In 2009, Salon laid off six staffers out of a total editorial staff of about 30. Its marquee bylines nowadays are the execrable Joan Walsh and the keening hysteric Glenn Greenwald. At about the time Arianna was palming off HuffPo to AOL for $315 million and Tina Brown was buying Newsweek for $1, there was some talk of selling Salon to Michael Wolff’s Newser, but negotiations reportedly broke down because nobody could figure out what Salon was worth, if anything.

As for myself, while I would enjoy noting that the idea that Neal Rauhauser is not an associate of Brett Kimberlin is like implying I dislike hats, there is a much more significant point to note:

There is, in fact, no real plus side to defending Brett Kimberlin. At best he is a small player in the big game and even if he were more, Kimberlin & co are only effective if there is no attention to their activities.

With federal suits, the attention of bloggers around the nation, nearly 90 members of congress either signing documents against Swatting or asked about the same and Robert Stacy McCain not only continuing his revelations but getting so many instalanches it’s a wonder Charles Johnson hasn’t climbed onto a ledge, And argument for Kimberlin’s potential value and effectiveness for the left would be less plausable than the success of a national letter writing campaign in behalf of The Secret Life of Desmond Pfeiffer.

So if this is the case why on earth would Salon bring up the name of Kimberlin, let along defend him? Why would the left invest an asset that has existed for so long in such a losing endeavor? Why even if the MSM is doing their best to ignore developments even bother making the argument from the left in defense of the speedway bomber a figure that a party might not want to associate with in an election year?

There are clues to the answer.

The first being Salon has the same earning potential as the Secret life of Desmond Pfeiffer:

No one knows how much money Salon has lost since 1995, although it was estimated last year that its annual operating loss was $1.5 million. So, cumulative losses by now are probably somewhere between $20 million and a metric buttload.

In 2009, Salon laid off six staffers out of a total editorial staff of about 30. Its marquee bylines nowadays are the execrable Joan Walsh and the keening hysteric Glenn Greenwald. At about the time Arianna was palming off HuffPo to AOL for $315 million and Tina Brown was buying Newsweek for $1, there was some talk of selling Salon to Michael Wolff’s Newser, but negotiations reportedly broke down because nobody could figure out what Salon was worth, if anything.

So if Salon is not only a money loser but one that is so bad that people who were able to price Newsweek as slightly more valuable than a Wendy’s 5 piece spicy chicken nuggets couldn’t work out if it was worth as much as a Mounds Bar how does it stay alive, or perhaps the better question might be WHY does it stay alive:

it’s entirely possible that “investors” in such an enterprise don’t care how much money they lose, but are simply taking a tax write-off to support left-wing journalism. At some point, then, the calculation is more about political utility than about revenue potential.

We’ve talked the left bankrolling this kind of stuff before but the calculation assumes political utility and as I’ve noted Brett Kimberlin & Co’s values to the left is dropping in value like a Greek government bond. It’s one thing to sink millions into fighting the online battle and damn the losses, but if you are going to finance such assets why would you ever use that money to defend goods as damaged as Kimberlin & co? What is the value of such a defense?

Might it be that the connections that Stacy McCain has written about have more validity that what has already be revealed? Might it be that my speculation that Kimberlin & Company’s is funded by the left not because they were unaware of his background and tactics but because they WERE and wanted to use those tactics as a weapon in this election cycle and beyond more than mere speculation?

If such speculation was correct then it would be imperative that any evidence that would support it be inhibited at least during this critical election cycle.

I submit suggest and speculate that the left understands there is more information coming out along these lines. I submit suggest and speculate they’re trying to create a different narrative to counter it before it happens, and I further suggest that the use of Salon, an online magazine quoted by their friends and allies on MSNBC is being utilized in order to create that narrative in the MSM before an alternate one can bleed through.

I further suggest that if this Kimberlin business was just a question of a couple of minor players getting in trouble the left wouldn’t waste it’s time or an asset that it funds on it. They would just let it happen, concentrate on the election and be pleased we are writing about this rather than making fun of Obama.

What Alex Pareene and Salon are saying about Kimberlin is laughable to anyone who has actually followed this story. That they are saying it suggests there is a bigger story to tell and somebody not only doesn’t want it told but more importantly needs to preempt any possibility of it being believed or suspected by the true believers on the left or in the MSM.


The DaTechGuy Fundraiser is in progress, our goal is $3000. As we were just talking about liberals throwing money around let’s quote one more bit from Stacy McCain:

Look at the expenditures for four Republican presidential campaigns:

Tim Pawlenty ………….. $5.0 million — Quit: Aug. 14, 2011
Herman Cain ………….. $16.2 million — Quit: Dec. 3, 2011
Michele Bachmann …… $9.0 million — Quit: Jan. 4, 2012
Rick Perry ……………… $19.3 million — Quit: Jan. 19, 2012

Four candidates, two of whom quit before the first votes were cast, and two others who quit before the South Carolina primary, who between them raised and spent a total of $49.5 million.

Ask yourself, “How much journalism would $49.5 million buy?”

I don’t know about $49.5 mil but $3,000-$20K would keep thing rolling around here for 1-6 months for sure

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Today along with several other bloggers I was on a conference call with three congressional candidates in Massachusetts

Jon Golnik who is running in the 3rd district (my new district) Jeff Semon running in the 5th district (who appeared on my radio show a few weeks ago) and Chris Sheldon running in the 9th district.

They answered questions on Multiple Subjects on Obamacare, on their primary opponents, on Term limits (Interesting contrast there Jeff Semon is for them, Jon Golnik is against not liking to fiddle with the constitution and Chris Sheldon saying he would vote for such a bill but won’t unilaterally term limit himself without a law)

When the time for my question came I mentioned the Aaron Walker Swatting asking if they would sign onto senator Chambliss’ letter if elected and would support a new such letter assuming a president Romney won. Their answers were notable in several ways.

Firstly they all knew about the issue. That might not seem odd but in the last 48 hours I’ve talked to more than a dozen offices of house and senate members for comment and the majority of the offices I spoke to had no idea what SWATTING was, yet all three of these potential congressmen knew about the issue and spoke forcibly on the subject

Mr Semon not only said he would sign but declared it “sad” that it would be necessary to press the Attorney General to investigate such lawbreaking. Mr. Sheldon agreed saying ” the question but strongly objected Mr. Golnik saying he would sign, Mr. Sheldon called the SWATTINGS “outrageous” objecting to any attempt to intimidate members of the press including bloggers. Mr. Golnik agreed with both of his compatriots.

How is it that these three men knew about this issue without prompting when in office after office senator’s staff’s needed the situation explained?

Perhaps that’s one of the reasons why the GOP is feeling its oats in Massachusetts. The National GOP is putting 2.2 million dollars into ads for house races on Massachusetts TV.

Run that through your head a second in a year when Democrats can’t even pay for their own convention, a year when the president is reduced to begging newly weds for a share of their dowry and birthday money the GOP finds their prospects good enough to put 2.2 mill into the pot in Massachusetts.

As Chris Sheldon put it: “It’s telling, Obama recognizes he is in trouble and they are doubling down” and Jeff Semon noted that this is not their fathers or grandfathers democratic party and Jon Golnik says that with 55% unenrolled in his district it will be jobs jobs jobs.

If this is where we are today then the Democrats have a nasty surprise in store for them.

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One of the things that differentiates this week’s Swatting of Aaron Walker(Worthing) is that it has come after Senator Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga) sent this letter to Attorney General Eric Holder asking him to investigate if any Federals laws were violated in these Swatting Incidents. This letter was signed by over eighty members of Congress.

Now that we have had a new incident this week this gives an excuse to seek comment from members who have not signed this letter to see if they will and from all members of congress for comment on this issue.

I have received the following comment from Congresswoman Renne Ellmers of North Carolina:

“Any intimidation or threats to Americans exercising their rights to free speech is disgraceful and should be investigated fully by our justice system.”

“I applaud Senator Chambliss’ letter on this calling for an investigation by the Justice Department.”

Meanwhile clues continue to be uncovered by Patterico, Aaron Worthing and of course Stacy McCain and Aaron will be on the Lars Larson show tonight at 8 p.m. EST.

If Brett Kimberlin doesn’t like people talking about him, then might I suggest to any friend or cult follower of him that Swattings which produce appearances on national radio shows and comments from sitting members of congress is a bad idea

But that’s just me.

Like many bloggers I have an e-mail list and once or twice a week I send out a series of links to readers and a more frequent e-mail to fellow bloggers in obedience to rule 1

Today’s e-mail reads like a pretty good post on its own but before I share it with you, the stupidity list has grown:

A convicted perjurer and bomber, obsessed with his enemies, sees evidence of a threat by one of those long-time enemies. The threat is made on a blog post about the bomber, 9 days after the post is published. The bomber sees that threat 1-8 minutes after the threat is made. This occurs around midnight.

The threat is deleted, minutes later. But the perjurer already has the threat on his Internet browser.

Despite the evident importance of the threat, however, he waits at least 32 minutes to capture the screenshot.

Then the perjurer and bomber never refreshes the thread again in the next 19 days.

The perjurer and bomber says he’s not the guy who left the threat. And he doesn’t know who did. He just happened to see it, coincidentally, during that 8-minute window, 9 days after the post was published. And that was the last time he ever hit “refresh” on the post about himself.

Does this scenario make any sense at all?

And lets not just make that mistake, lets submit evident to a court that can be disproved by a blogger who knows enough to save the IP addresses of the comments.

Meanwhile Facebook on the heels of its disappointing IPO has followed up with their own stupid mistake:

Facebook just removed everyone’s email address from their profile and replaced it with an email address without asking you.

It’s easily fixed but when you have PR issues you don’t upset your customer base:

A Facebook spokesperson has responded to everyone’s questions on the subject, but they don’t have much to say—except that yes, they have given everyone a Facebook email address and rolled out a “new setting that gives people the choice to decide which addresses they want to show on their timelines.” They did not explain why (or even acknowledge) that all of these addresses were made default on people’s profiles.

Yeah nothing says, “have faith in us” then pushing your customers somewhere they don’t want to do.

If you interested in the other stupidity that you might have missed the e-mail I sent this morning is below the jump: Continue reading “Let’s review the stupidity outbreak of the week”

I just walked though my door 10 minutes ago after 4 whole hours of being off the net, had a call from a local candidate looking for info on a bill and when I opened the browser I on Instapundit that Aaron has been swatted not 12 hours after a stay had been granted to the gag order against him.

I hate to admit it but, my first thought wasn’t, “Is Aaron and his family OK?” My first thought in my mind was, “Are these people REALLY THIS STUPID?

You have had a letter sent to the Attorney General concerning SWATTING signed by over 80 member of congress. One week ago today I asked Congressman Charlie Bass and Senator Kelly Ayotte about SWATTING at a public forum. The MSM has finally given it a little coverage so there is attention and now not even 24 hours after Walker has won a preliminary injunction these guys SWATT HIM?

I’m sorry this is unbelievably stupid, so mindbogglingly idiotic that I can’t wrap my head around it. Is there really a follower of Brett Kimberlin & Co that is foolish enough to do this?

There is now a reason for each of the conservatives who signed that letter to be called for comment, there is also a reason for every other member of congress who DIDN’T sign it to be called for comment. I am going to be very busy tomorrow.

I’m no longer advising the SWATTER to turn states evidence, there is apparently no point in wasting good advice on such a dunderhead. Assuming the SWATTER isn’t Kimberlin himself or Rauhauser this person has to be a cult follower of the Nth degree.

I suspect anyone with connections to these idiots are doing what Nixon should have done to the tapes, and if they haven’t done it yet you’d better be sure they are going to because as of this moment the idiots are no longer useful.

Update: At Breitbart Stranahan gives some details:

Walker told Breitbart News that he was home with his wife this evening at approximately 6:00pm when there was a “pretty insistent” knock at his door. Walker answered to find about six police cars in the street and two officers taking positions against the wall with M4 rifles. Since he was aware of the previous swattings of Patrick “Patterico” Frey, Erick Erickson, and Mike Stack, Mr. Walker asked the police if someone had called and claimed he had killed his wife, and police confirmed that that was the case.

In a statement to Breitbart News, Walker said, “This is obviously very upsetting but my wife and I are fine. Whoever did this had the intent to put our lives in danger.”

Update 2: Aaron Walker/Worthing gives his first hand report here and note the reaction of his wife:

My wife came out a bit later and she appeared to be okay and I gave her a hug. She later told me when the officer woke her up, she said, the same phrase, “let me guess, someone called and said my husband shot me…” She says the cop was surprised that she wasn’t surprised.

The Key Line:

This was an act of desperation; this was not the act of people who feel they are winning.

So my reaction is naturally this:

Ride Right Through them, they’re demoralized as Hell!

Kimberlin and the left, same demoralization and I think we should have the same reaction.

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Stacy McCain, Aaron Worthing and many others report that Judge Nelson W Rupp Jr. has granted a temporary stay to the gag order on Aaron Worthing from speaking/writing about Brett Kimberlin till the full hearing on July 5th.

Worthing and Patterico promise big updates and until that comes it’s all just feel good stuff, with one exception:

In a brief telephone interview, Walker said that Kimberlin filed a counter-motion that did not address the First Amendment legal issues at stake, but rather “made a bunch of new accusations” against Walker.

There is no word on how the judge approached that counter motion, but if the standard Kimberlin tactics are no longer effective, then Brett Kimberlin instantly becomes of no use to those who are funding him.

and THAT would be the big news of the day.

Update: Just got off the phone with Dan Backer from DB Capitol Strategies and RightSolutions. He commented that as the Maryland court has granted temporary relief that temporary request on the federal level will be dropped but the case will continue in order.

However “While we are happy” with Today’s ruling since that temporary relief doesn’t preclude Kimberlin from filing new such requests or using these tactics in other states. The federal case shall go on to protect bloggers from attempt to suppress their free speech rights.

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One of the things that I’ve been suggesting the “Swatter” needs to turn states evidence NOW because the higher ups in Kimberlin & Co will drop him like a wet blanket when the heat gets turned up. Well guess what, somebody is turning on the stoves:

Item: Follow the Connections:

One of the things that people have been wondering have been why Democrats have been so willing to back people like Kimberlin. It doesn’t seem to make sense, well as Stacy McCain continues to peel the onion looks what turns up:

In attempting to discover the identity of “Randy Hahn,” the #StopRush boycott leader Shoq sought the services of Democrat consultant Neal Rauhauser, the e-mails obtained by The Trenches show. Rauhauser provided the group with extensive documentation about a Houston man named Jason, whose surname was redacted in the version posted by Bayne. Rauhauser then mused about exposing the man to harassment by sending his personal information to online groups.

“I have been sorely tempted to point him out to various actors — a guy like this, he could really produce some high quality entertainment for 4chan, Something Awful, Encyclopedia Dramatica, etc.,” Rauhauser wrote in his e-mail reply to Shoq.

Note we are talking an MSNBC host, and the Stop Rush movement (which Media Matters has been highly involved with this). Stacy continues to find connections higher and higher up the food chain and as things go on, the question becomes, how high can you go?

Item: Habit forming.

In a previous article Stacy McCain quoted a 2000 word scrubbed piece by Neal Rauhauser. That piece in addition to being all about hiding themselves from the law had some rather solid insights on how one identifies a person hiding behind an online identity

You have habits that include:
The time(s) of day you are active
The language you speak
The situational knowledge you have when interacting with a certain group
The software you prefer to use

I thought of this when I saw this post at Patterico:

The Gaped Crusader published a picture of a naked man and said it was me; wrote posts about my wife; published my home address; and generally made it explicitly clear that Kimberlin and Rauhauser were out to intimidate and harass folks like SWATting victim Mike Stack, me (another SWAtting victim), and Kimberlin critics Aaron Walker, Seth Allen, and Mandy Nagy.

The Gaped Crusader is a critical link between the harassment SWATting victims and an associate of Kimberlin’s.

And the Gaped Crusader is tied to Neal Rauhauser through far more than the indentation quirk above. He is also tied through subject matter obsession; quirks of language; admissions regardings recent trips . . . and an IP address.

These habits along with some odder ones are making it easier and easier to actually identify what these people have been doing and that becomes important when you consider this:

Item: The Bloggers Counterattack!

The Kimberlin guys have (among other tactics) been using lawfare to go after bloggers well turnabout is fair play:

Our first salvo in that effort has been to file a federal lawsuit today against Brett Kimberlin, seeking, in part, an injunction to prevent the state from ever again arresting Mr. Aaron Walker, an American citizen, for exercising his right to free speech, and to release him from any prior censorship restrictions imposed by unlawful judgements.

This is only the first step in what we call the “Bloggers Defense Team.” We are firmly committed to exposing and combating the efforts of Brett Kimberlin, otherwise known as the Speedway Bomber, and his well-funded allies on the left (like George Soros and Barabara Streisand) who will use any means of harassment to silence political opposition.

and the group that is doing it DB Capitol Strategies and RightSolutions are doing it well

-We plan on spending less than twenty percent of contributions on administration costs. The remainder will be spent on legal fees, lawyers, researchers, and investigators.
-In the coming days, we will create a website dedicated specifically to the effort to provide important news and information, copies of filings, and more.
-Provide monthly statements on expenditures and contributions on that website.
-Form a publicly disclosed “advisory panel” of bloggers, and disclose the methods and reasonings for that panel and those that have been included (we will also welcome suggestions).

This effort has gotten a lot of attention on the net. Combine with the efforts of the NBC on Walkers behalf and the story becoming known to Senators and Congressmen this is going to end up bad news for the left, particularly during an election year when these guys are going to be throwing anything that might weigh the down off their deflating Obama balloon.

This is not going to end well legally for Kimberlin & Co.

Update: Stacy includes two updates that are very significant, the first being a denial from attorney Imani Gandy that tells an interesting story:

How do we know that the story was legit? The proof is in the statement issued this week to The Trenches by attorney Imani Gandy.

Gandy was eager to disavow having been closely involved with the “Stop Rush” leadership, and similarly eager to deny having anything to do with the recorded phone call. Why this eagerness? Because if Shoq was in Florida when he recorded that call, the recording would be illegal under Florida law and, as Gandy is a lawyer, it would be a clear-cut ethics violation for her to be complicit in such a crime.

Yet in the process of making those denials, Gandy ended up confirming the authenticity of both the recording and the e-mails published by The Trenches — and this is important why?

Because (a) it confirms that my reporting is accurate, (b) this has the collateral effect of confirming Rauhauser’s involvement with the “Stop Rush” boycotters

That in itself is huge as it suggests the “distancing” has already begun in his second post he linked to a piece I first saw via the Lonely Conservative at Screed of Momus titled: A Conversation with Nancy. Nancy is the ex wife of Neal Rauhauser which includes this significant tidbit:

And when Neal and Nancy divorced, Neal’s antics were sufficiently disturbing enough to result in a court-ordered psychiatric evaluation. What the psychiatrist found was a man who was deeply disturbed, possessed of the worst narcissism he’d ever seen. Neal had reactive attachment disorder. He was sociopathic, and his behavior resulted in Neal facing various difficulties socially and professionally. Today, from what we’ve seen of Neal and his behavior online, the pathologies fit. The grandiosity, the unlimited ambition, the delusional sense of self-importance, and the inability to tolerate or endure any personal criticism as an individual, or any personal criticism directed at those whom Neal considers to be allies, all fit with Neal’s current and past idiopathic behavior. Only it really isn’t idiopathic, because Neal has acted like this for some time.

Hmmm this would seem to fit with what Stacy McCain has been saying right along who hypothetically asks:

Suppose there was a certain person (we’ll call him “UnSub”) who knew himself to be implicated in serious crimes. Suppose that UnSub displayed an obsessive interest in secrecy and deception. Furthermore, suppose that UnSub believed himself to be under investigation.

How would such a person behave? Is it possible — and I’m just throwing this out there, as a hypothetical possibility — that UnSub would attempt to deflect attention from himself by making accusations of wrongdoing against others? Would UnSub try to destroy or conceal potential evidence? Could we, perhaps, expect UnSub to taunt his victims or send veiled threats to potential witnesses against him?

Just kind of thinking out loud here, you understand. Purely a matter of abstract speculation, perhaps of interest to the BSU analysts at Quantico only as an exercise in psychological theory.

Maybe the BSU analysts could factor in some other variables. Say, for instance, if UnSub liked to brag about his connection to law enforcement officials, or exhibited the kind of sadistic personality that would brag about using martial arts to inflict pain on a woman.

Do you think FBI criminal profiling specialists would be interested to learn that UnSub had previously engaged in behavior “disturbing enough to result in a court-ordered psychiatric evaluation“?

The web is starting to close, to those associated I say again: States evidence NOW!

In my last post I noted the MSM is a year behind bloggers on Fast and Furious. On the Brett Kimberlin, Neal Rauhauser et/al story it looks like they will have to play catch-up as well.  Only instead of being behind the young beautiful and talented Katie Pavlich they are lagging behind the less beautiful but completely unrelenting Robert Stacy McCain

Brett Kimberlin became a “client” of Neal Rauhauser in 2011. Rauhauser has described his specialty as “solving problems in the social media work space for political campaigns and causes,” and Kimberlin had distinct “problems in the social media work space,” namely how to stop bloggers from writing about Kimberlin’s criminal past.

One should not that this “problem in the social media work space” didn’t and apparently still doesn’t apply to the MSM but unfortunately for Brett, Neal et/al Stacy McCain seems to be doing the work of 20 journalists all by his lonesome. He excerpts a 2000 word document from Rauhauser (that he scrubbed from the net) that to a techie would be worth reading for the excellent technical insights concerning online identities alone but for the purposes of this story these two bits jump out at me all emphasis mine:

The whole idea is to encapsulate an online persona in a safe environment. The VM is the container for the personality, but what if your laptop is stolen, or if you’re arrested and questioned? We run http://truecrypt.comsoftware to make encrypted file containers. Our first test involved creating a 4 gig space, binding it to drive W:, and installing Windows in a VM there. The persona in the VM is now perfectly safe if the machine is lost or stolen, so long as a strong password is used. . . .

and this

This cannot be stressed strongly enough: we have only protected against the following threats. Disclosure due to loss/theft/seizure of host computer

Hmmmm maybe it’s the Sicilian in me but am I to understand Mr. Rauhauser is giving advice to people creating false identities on how to stymie law enforcement?

Lets put this all into context:

1. You have Conservative writers and bloggers who have been Swatted because they have written about Brett Kimberlin et/al.

2. You have a Journalist who has been forced to relocate his family for their own safety for exercising his first amendment rights concerning this story.

3. You have one of the principals of this story giving advice in writing on how to keep ones activities and identities concealed from law enforcement, and then after writing these 2,000 words scrubbing them from the net.

4. You even have a possible connection to the Stop Rush Limbaugh Movement where its head Mr. Eddlestein worries:

“that someone had discovered “one of my plant names that I use on the web to confuse the Right.”

Exactly the type of thing that Mr. Rauhauser was giving advice on.

Any one of these items individually would be we call a STORY. A newsworthy story. and as I said in this week’s under the fedora column at the Conservatory, the Minority Report and Conservatively Speaking

There are now, thousands to tens of thousands of people who had no idea who Brett Kimberlin & Neal Rauhauser et/al were 60 days ago. They do today due to the now nomadic Robert Stacy McCain.

It’s said that one needs to hit rock bottom before recovery can begin, the MSM still has a way to go. The question remains if they will decide to cover this story before they are forced to by events beyond their control?

If they do then once again we will have the spectacle of their remaining viewership looking on in amazement as people go to jail for something they never heard of…

… and wondering why?

Update: Stacy Links on his fast and furious story and I’ll repeat the question I asked in the previous post, it was made concerning Fast and Furious but could apply here:

Are we seeing today, what Watergate would have been if the president had been a Democrat beloved by the MSM?

and since to our knowledge there is no White House connection to the Kimberlin & Co story (yet)

Are we seeing today how the Watergate burglars etc would have been treated if they were on the same political side as the MSM?

I think the answer to both is yes, but the fact both questions can be credibly asked is a disgrace in itself.

It’s a double dose of DaTechGuy this week.

Saturday’s show with Donna Cahill & Jeff Semon is now available, you can listen to it live here.

and I’ve just been notified that last week’s show thought as lost as a Patrick Troughton Dr. Who episode has also been found! This is our big Brett Kimberlin & Co Episode with Ali Akbar and Robert Stacy McCain. That is available here.

Yesterday evening just after I finished talking to the IRS  I noted I had missed a call from Ali Akbar and gave him a ring.

Ali expressed concern about Ladd Ehlinger Post that I had retweeted late last night concerning him and Paul Lemmen.

Some background. I’ve known Ali since the Scott Brown race and he has treated me well, the very first press credential I had, came from Ali. I think Ali is a talented young man who has a future and I have a very high opinion of his mother who I met at the last Blogcon. Blogbash at CPAC.

We Sicilians tend to remember that kind of thing so when Ali asked me if I would interview him on this matter, although I frankly thing this entire post is ill advised, I agreed.

Before we began I told Ali about my own relationships with the others involved in this conversation. Paul Lemmen & Ladd Ehlinger.

I have regularly linked to Paul Lemmen (although we’ve never met or spoke) I became aware of him through Zilla. Our exchanges have been unexciting but have really been just about posts.

As for Ladd Ehlinger with the exception of Stacy McCain there is nobody I’m closer to on the net. We talk regularly on issues and what is going down. He has been particularly good to me and mine. Ladd has my unequivocal friendship and trust.

Ladd does not have a high opinion of Ali. I have friends such as Sunshine State Sarah who share Ladd’s view while Stacy McCain on the other end likes Ali a lot.

Anyways Ali & I talked for a while and he made the following points concerning this dispute which is now getting some pixels:
Continue reading “And now by request…I jump into the middle of it”

Yesterday I posted a bunch of photos and videos of the Nashua (NH) Federated Republican Women’s Club. The Keynote Speaker was Senator and potential VP nominee Kelly Ayotte.

At the end of her speech she spontaneously offered to take questions from the audience. I asked her one on Swatting

“I don’t agree with any effort to silence conservative bloggers or any bloggers.”

That sounds like a pretty straightforward defense of the 1st Amendment to me.

I also interviewed Congressman Charlie Bass after the event and during the interview asked him about the letter to the AG and asked him if he had seen the letter and if he was open to signing it.

“I have not seen that letter I’m certainly open to signing it. I certainly would condemn any law enforcement action of that nature as Senator Ayotte said when addressing that issue I don’t support that kind of effort to infringe upon individuals 1st Amendment rights”

I submit and suggest that every time this issue is brought before a sitting member of congress it brings it closer to the general public, and when the general public becomes informed on these events, things will start happening fast.

Again my message to the Swatter: STATES EVIDENCE NOW! Every day you wait increases the chances your allies will kick you to the curb while covering themselves.

I’m sure we will shortly see Mr. Kimberlin & Co getting Democrats on record about Swatting. After all it is natural to assume a man with the support of groups like Tides and Kerry’s foundation will have the ear of some in congress and if Mr. Kimberlin claims of being a Swatting victim are to be believed we should expect to see Democrats signing on to object to this kind of thing. Shouldn’t we?

This morning as I tip toed around a house full of sleeping teenagers post graduation party I noticed this post up at Fox News:

Conservative bloggers are on heightened alert following a string of so-called “SWAT-ing” incidents and are taking precautionary measures to ensure they don’t fall victim to the potentially dangerous prank as the political blogosphere prepares for a heated election season.

Didn’t think much of it, after all I had contacted my local police May 28th, the day after we did our WCRN morning drive show concerning the SWATTINGS interviewing Stacy McCain and later that week met with them to give them details including the voice recordings of the previous swatting so they would be prepared. So the FOX piece was kinda late and no big deal.

Then I looked at the Memeorandm thread and noticed most of the links were from the left. Intrigued I took a peek at this one from the Impolitic, it started well,.

Goddess forgive me for my cynicism, because if it’s real, it’s dangerous and unacceptable

but rapidly went down hill from there.

It’s ridiculous to claim extremist left wing activists are doing this. If they’re not manufacturing these incidents themselves, then it seems more likely to me it’s some crazy fan of these fauxrage blogging specialists who was tipped over the edge by the their relentless hate mongering.

Now being a charitable person I assume that the author is almost completely ignorant of the story.

Of Aaron Worthing mega post that told of his accounts of his encounters with Brett Kimberlin.

Of Robert Stacy McCain’s plethora of posts on the subject, (his latest here), of the call to his wife’s employer that necessitated his leaving his home and his state. (all linked below btw)

Of Patrick Frey’s Swatting and the fallout from them.

Of Crying Wolf blog’s swatting (that for some reason gets ignored a lot)

Of the recordings of the 911 calls themselves (here is one of them)

Of the legal risks people took writing about the story

The personal toll this story has taken on many:

My family is apparently a justifiable target. And other people have faced worse than I have on this. Mandy’s been attacked for being raped. Literally. These attacks get ugly because The Ugly is actually the whole point. Nothing (and I mean No Thing) is off limits to the cowardly anonymous attack dogs because the whole goal is to create an atmosphere of crazy scattershot gunfire designed to make sane people want to run and hide.

So, Mandy and I and the other people writing about the story get tired sometimes. The entire process is flat out exhausting. Ask Patterico or Aaron Walker or Stacy McCain or Erick Erickson or Ali Akbar or Seth Allen or Mike Stack or Ace of Spades or Michelle Malkin or Brandon Darby or Dana Loesch or anyone else targeted by Team Kimberlin. Those bastards want to wear us down to shut us up.

Let’s not forget Seth Allen the very first target of Kimberlin & Co is a liberal who tried to warn his side this guy was bad news.

and of the coincidence that reported swattings and harassment all took place after the writers choose to write about Kimberlin & Co and the left’s ties to them.

Ironically the only “SWATTING” that there is legitimate doubt is Kimberlin’s tardy claim of same, as the local authorities claimed no such call.

Libby I would invite you to read through Stacy McCain’s posts on the subject and catch up.
For the sake of your convenience here is the link to the lot:


I would also suggest Lee Stranahan’s site just keep scrolling.

Now I don’t expect any better from Tbogg at firedoglake or Hart Williams but you are new to me, so I’ll be happy to give you the benefit of the doubt.

Take a look at the story through those links and if you still think it’s BS, feel free to shout it out loudly and call BS on all involved including me.

But if you check out these post and people, if like me after studying it you like me conclude:

These stories are all newsworthy but none of them in my mind surpass what I am about to type:

At the start of the Memorial day weekend, when we celebrate and remember those who have died to protect our constitutional freedoms as elaborated in the Bill of Rights, an American Journalist and his family are in hiding for their own safety for daring to exercising those rights the men and women we honor died for.

That’s the bottom line.

and are outraged because like the Molly Norris story that the MSM ignored it’s an attack on all of our free speech rights, then I invite you to get involved.

The best bet would be simply to e-mail Stranaham, or McCain and see if they will be interviewed by you.

BTW if I didn’t make it clear, take your time, a week even two, digest all the info and then see what you think.

Poor Brett Kimberlin even more attention via Right Online and the Sarah Palin clip played over an over on my show today, (not to mention another 1307 words from Robert Stacy McCain ed).

Ah but I suspect Kimberlin & Co are smiling not frowning over Sarah Palin’s mention. Why? I’ll explain.

Sarah Palin is the red cape to the left’s bull, the Jerry Mouse to their Tom, the Spy to Their spy and the Wil Wheaton to their Sheldon Cooper.

The invocation of an attack by on Brett Kimberlin by Palin will bring both money to their tip jar and people on the left to defend him. Palin says it the left reacts in the other direction.

And that is the trap.

As Stacy McCain points out the ball keeps moving forward on this story:

Every day, we grab hold of some piece of the Kimberlin saga — some previously unreported fact or overlooked detail, some development on the legal or political front — and we push it as hard as we can, making the story new and fresh every day. One month into this epic battle of informational warfare, there is now a nationwide readership of thousands following this story with fascinated interest, and I am keenly aware of the need to keep moving the ball down the field, like a football team driving toward a touchdown.

This story is going to march forward no matter what comes next. And if I’m right when it finally ends up in before a proper authority there are going to be people in the Kimberlin & co crowd who will be very VERY unhappy.

Palin’s involvement in an invitation for the “mainline left” to get involved. If they are sucked into helping Kimberlin & Co (and I’m sure that crowd will do all they can to play up the “Stop Sarah Palin” angle to be sure they do) then when this comes to a head, they will be involved, in a way that will at best be painful in terms of PR and at worst painful in legality.

Let’s see how stupid these people really are!

…continues with the same remarkable success as it has for weeks as today Stacy Devotes 2414 words to Mr. Rauhauser.

Neal Rauhauser is crazy and not nearly as smart as he thinks he is, and his boastful arrogance has been his downfall before. So it is again.

This combined with the 477 words late last night, 1165 words yesterday afternoon and 1593 words yesterday morning adds up to a further 5649 devoted to Brett Kimberlin & Co in slightly over 24 hours, not to mention tweets, re-tweets and re-re-tweets of various material.

And that’s just Stacy it doesn’t include the 1743 words on June 11th, 482 words on June 12th and 1041 words I tossed in yesterday. Nor the words that continue to come from Lee Stranaham, Patterico, Dan Collins, Paul Lemmen (who has a long & rather interesting e-mail exchange with Rauhauser prompted by his decision not to back Ali Akbar) and more other bloggers than I can name.

This collected piece of work is continues to reveal the piece of work Kimberlin & Company are and continue to be. Take a look at Stacy McCain’s latest, for those who don’t want to go through 2414 works here is the meat and potatoes.

By now the astute reader understands – and I don’t really have to point this out do I? — that Kimberlin and Rauhauser’s belief in an imaginary conspiracy of their enemies led them into creating an actual conspiracy of their own.

It’s all right there, you see: Presenting himself as an agent of Velvet Revolution, Rauhauser elicited assistance from members of Anonymous in a conspiracy that “put Breitbart & Co. square in their gunsights.” What did Rauhauser mean by that expression? What manner of activity did Anonymous agree to conduct against the target “in their gunsights”? We don’t know.

What we do know is that, once more, Rauhauser’s compulsive bragging has led to the exposure of one of his schemes.

And this is coming out sooner rather than later so to the Swatter I say again State’s evidence NOW!

Update (sort of): Technically this is not a “update” since I’m typing this before the post goes live but as I’m adding this to my scheduled post I’ll label it as such.

Ladd Ehliner noted the echance between Lemmen and Rauhauser and commented on two particular entries, one where Rauhauser asserted Weiner was framed by a congressman trying to extort Jews. Ladd’s reaction to these “bombshells“:

Worst. Detective. Evah. This is almost as bad as Brietbart Unmasked’s amazing discovery that Ace of Spades is actually a woman in disguise, or some such.

He is even more amused with Neal’s take on Kimberlin:

And then there is this, in regards to Brett Kimberlin, the Speedway Bomber:

More on Brett – locked up for bombing, freed early, received a massive false imprisonment settlement, details are sealed. The only evidence it was him was collected under hypnosis – not a valid source of evidence. They wanted it off the books and quickly, he was a convenient target.

No mention that you’re friends with Kimberlin and he’s your client, Neal? False imprisonment settlement with details sealed? In what bizzarro universe does this happen?

I’ve heard that when the Soviet Union fell apart, some writers for Pravda were totally clueless that their beloved communism was such a miserable failure. They wandered the streets, dazed zombies with no more brains to feed upon…

The danger for any propagandist is to fall prey to their own bullshit (don’t get high on your own supply). To do otherwise is to risk becoming both liar and lied-to. Yes, while the devil may indeed sprinkle bits of truth across the meals he prepares for potential victims, the arsenic renders the entire meal ultimately unpalatable.

The question becomes does Rauhauser actually believe this stuff or is he trying to play Paul or create a paper trail of deniability when this eventually gets to a court.

It will be fun to find out and trust me Stacy McCain will.

Update (sort of) 2: The Criminal case against Aaron Walker has been dropped in Maryland, waiting on the disposition of the peace order.

Dying to find out from Rauhauser how the Bavarian Illuminati managed that one.

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!

Usually by new we have Saturday’s show up for download.

Unfortunately I received word that due to a data error at the station last weeks show has been lost.

If I didn’t know the people at the station I’d find it an odd coincidence considering the subject matter but that’s the only lucky break Kimberlin & Co have had in a since the Worthing hearing..

If somehow the show is recovered I’ll be sure to let you know.

What did I say yesterday about “Bringing on the heat“. Stacy via the Trenches talks about some new e-mails from Neal Rauhauser

Liars hate nothing worse than to be exposed as liars — exposure makes it hard for them to get away with their lies — and three weeks of public attention to lying felon Brett Kimberlin and his associates have put them under extraordinary psychological pressure.

He links to Dan Collins who has the same advice to these guys that I’ve been giving:

I hope neither of them, much less both of them, cuts a deal with investigators, but if I were advising them legally (which I am not equipped to do) I would probably say, “Run, do not walk, to the responsible authority as soon as you know who it is.”

and more importantly he says what I’ve been thinking but few are willing to say aloud.

Congressional pressure on the DoJ to make the FBI investigate Kimberlin’s activities makes it likely that at least one of Brynaert and Rauhauser will be given a chance to co-operate in exchange for leniency. If the DoJ drags its feet, that makes it appear as though there are protected political interests high up who are complicit in Kimberlin’s activities, or who have at least more or less explicitly condoned them emphasis mine , and the DoJ has its hands full with Issa moving ahead with a contempt vote in 8 days over Fast and Furious.

That’s the $64,000 question, or perhaps the $1.8 million dollar question? If there are higher ups in the party involved then it is in their interest for no deal to be made period and especially not before the election.

And lets take this a step further. If there is a higher up connection it is likely only with one of the Kimberlin & Co crowd. That being the case such a person would be have a vested interest in keeping the others quiet no matter what the legal risks.

Rauhauser’s previous attempts to scrub this kind of stuff from the net have not met with success and the deeper connections are constantly being exposed. The moment any of these e-mails give a connection to someone higher up in the actual Democrat party things the fur will fly.

I’d like to address our swatter one more time. Assuming you are not Kimberlin and/or a person with direct contact with someone with the Democrat party you have to come out NOW before the others with more to lose come up with “some sort of agreement” that hangs you out to dry.

I might be wrong about my hunch but if I’m not and there are people with something big to lose involved in this case the moment they find themselves in any legal danger the first thing they will decide they can safely lose is YOU.

Think about it, but remember the clock is ticking.