I think so, Brain … but shouldn’t all green planning include something about whirled peas?
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Brett Kimberlin took up his anti-First-Amendment lawfare campaign as a means of brass knuckles reputation management. One way to evaluate the results of his efforts would be to see what sort of coverage is associated with his name on the Internet. Yesterday evening, I did a search on Google of the past week’s posts on brett kimberlin and got these results—Several years ago, I remarked that Brett Kimberlin’s worst mistake had been to sue me. It doesn’t look like suing Stacy McCain, Kimberlin Unmasked, or Patterico was such a good idea either.
Everything is proceeding as I have foreseen.
When free discussion is denied, hardening of the arteries of democracy has set in, free institutions are but a lifeless form, and the death of the republic is at hand.
—William Randolph Hearst
Newsweek (yes, it’s still around) reports that James Phillips, 57, of Cottonwood, Tennessee, was jailed and charged with wanton endangerment and making terroristic threats. Phillips had been flipping the bird at a couple wearing MAGA hats in a Bowling Green Sam’s Club. Apparently unsatisfied with their response, he upped the ante by threatening them with a .40 S&W Glock.
They told me that if we elected Trump, violence would follow MAGA hats, and they were right. Also, Nathan Phillips was unavailable for comment.
I think so, Brain … but is any of the free stuff worth waiting in line for?
There is crime in Chicago, plenty of it, so much that there’s no real need for fake crime for the cops to waste their time solving. However, that didn’t keep Jussie Smollet from his … what was it? … publicity stunt? … political theatre? I’ve stayed away from that story on the off-chance that it wasn’t a hoax, but it’s now fairly clear the only crime that may have been filing a false police report. Frankly, I’ve had more interesting things to deal with than yet another bit of poorly crafted fake news.
Stacy goes through the facts of the story, beginning with the temperature in Chicago (-4 F) when the imaginary assault was supposed to have happened and noting how flimsy the tale was from the start.
Common-sense skepticism is our best defense against the myths created by what Trump likes to call the “fake news” media. Maybe next time, they’ll get away with it, but this latest debacle, coming on the heels of the Left’s debunked smear of the Covington Catholic boys, has only further eroded the credibility of the president’s enemies. It’s gonna be four below zero in Hell before we trust them again.
Peter makes the interesting observation that the Democrats’ racism appears to have become inverted over the last century. He compares Jussie Smollet’s claims and the Left’s reaction to them to those of Mayella Ewell and the reaction of the all-white jury in To Kill a Mocking Bird.
He knew his community, the solid Democrat liberal/Hollywood/Media left. He knew their prejudices and counted on him backing up his story because it fit everything they believed. … The adjectives might have changed in 70-100 years but the Democrat playbook remains exactly the same.
Read both of them all the way through.