Team Kimberlin Post of the Day

Seven years ago, at least four bloggers who had written about Brett Kimberlin had been SWATted. They were Mike Stack, Patrick Frey (Patterico), Erick Erickson, and Aaron Walker. All of them, except Mike Stack, wound out as my codefendants in at least one of The Dread Deadbeat Pro-Se Kimberlin’s defamation LOLsuits. At the time, Erick Erickson was a contributor at CNN, so his SWATting got national coverage and prompted congressional interest in the crimes. Senator Saxby Chambliss (R-GA) too particular interest.

When Breitbart Unmasked tried to spin the story, I ran a post seven years ago today titled Brazen or Delusional? I Report. You Decide.

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Brietbart Unmasked (no, I won’t link to them), a web site believed to be affiliated with Brett Kimberlin, has posted it’s take on Senator Chambliss’ call for an investigation of the Swatting of conservative bloggers. In what appears to be either a brazen attempt to appear confident or a delusional disregard of reality, they say this:

Red State blogger and CNN contributor, Erick Erickson posted on his website that he and his family were victims of an attempted SWaT-ting. Another conservative blogger who said he was SWaT-ed was James [sic] Frey a blogger at the site Patterico’s Pontifications.

BU welcomes this investigation which will finally prove once and for all what liars these right wingers have been. The hope is that Eric Holder will find out that its all been a bunch of right wing bullshit aimed at destabilizing liberals, and that those responsible for spreading these malicious lies and falsehoods such as John [sic] “Patterico” Frey and others will finally pay the price for it. This field of nightmares has got to end badly for those responsible for spreading the hate as a revenge tactic by Aaron Justin Walker, Patterico, and others in the Breitbart orbit who have been guilty of spreading these seemingly never ending series of lies. I would recommend that they start with Patterico and then move on over to Robert Stacy McCain who has claimed he had to go into hiding over it; which one wonders if he is hiding because his handlers at the Bureau forced him to relocate due to some ongoing right wing hate investigation in which he is informing for them, or if he just left town so he could milk all the suckers out of their money to live rent free. Either way it is about time that someone seriously looked into these bullshit lies the right wing breitbots have been spreading around.

Uh, huh.

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Looking back over the past seven years, I’d answer the brazen v. delusion question by invoking the Power of AND.

I’m reasonably certain that Brett Kimberlin himself wrote that BU post just a few days after the unconstitutional gag order he had won against Aaron Walker was overturned. Aaron had been SWATted within hours of Kimberlin’s loss in court. And I find the bit about Stacy McCain’s imaginary FBI handlers especially ridiculous, bordering on hallucinatory.

Yet, in one sense Kimberlin got his wish about someone seriously looking to the bullshit lies surrounding his activities. He should have been more careful in what he wished for.

Team Kimberlin Post of the Day

One of the false narratives that The Dread Deadbeat Prevaricator Kimberlin spun in the aftermath of Everybody Blog About Brett Kimberlin Day was that he received “threats” as a result of the light shone on his lawfare and harassment of bloggers. This post titled Kimberlin Alleges Threats ran seven years ago today.

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Kevin Zeese, a lawyer representing Velvet Revolution (one of Brett Kimberlin’s not-for-profits), has sent letters to Ali Akbar and two other bloggers demanding that they “preserve all documents” relating to the recent blogburst. According The Examiner, Mr. Zeese alleged that Brett Kimberlin and his associates have received “countless death threats” as a result of the blogburst. The post states that Mr. Zeese was unwilling to describe what sort of threats were received or provide any documentation of any threats.

IANAL, but if I were, I’d be inclined to advise a client such as Mr. Kimberlin that filing a lawsuit opens up a discovery process that works both ways. There are folks hoping to be sued by Mr. Kimberlin so that they can get him answering questions under oath.

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Kevin Zeese is a lawyer licensed practice in DC only. He’s a failed Green Party candidate for Senator from Maryland and served in the Green Party’s shadow cabinet as Attorney General. His bio talks a lot about the cases he has litigated in support of progressive causes, but doesn’t seem to mention any that he’s won.

Team Kimberlin Post of the Day

Brett Kimberlin’s inept attempts to use lawfare as a form of brass knuckles reputation management has given the Internet one of its best examples of the Streisand Effect. First, he picked on a a leftwing blogger named Seth Allen. Then, he went after people who were trying to help Allen, especially a lawyer named Aaron Walker. When The Dread Deadbeat Pro-Se Kimberlin secured a patently unconstitutional gag order against Aaron as part of a peace order, the blogosphere replied with Everyone Blog About Brett Kimberlin Day.

Among the people who rallied to Aaron’s defense was Ali Akbar, who was President of the National Bloggers Club. That put Ali in TDPK’s sights, and Breitbart Unmasked began putting up post clearly designed to intimidate Ali. Seven years ago today I ran, this post titled More Attempted Intimidation.

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Brietbart Unmasked, a web site associated with Brett Kimberlin and Company, has published what looks like an attempt to intimidate blogger Ali Akbar and his family. There are summaries of what’s happened so far at Twitchy and The Other McCain.

Ace of Spades is calling for a National Day of Blogging Silence on Friday. He is planning to go silent on that day except for the posting of an open letter to his congresscritter urging action to protect bloggers and their First Amendment rights. Other bloggers are hopping on that bandwagon. This blog will probably participate.

It was unwise of Mr. Kimberlin to begin picking on bloggers. It is even more foolish to try to go after Ali Akbar. I will repeat my advice, paraphrased from Rick Blaine’s advice to Major Strasser: Well, there are certain portions of the Internet, Mr. Kimberlin, that I would not advise you to invade. [See UPDATE 3.]

UPDATE—Datech Guy posts this:

Lets see Democrat operatives deciding they don’t like what a Black political activist is doing.
So they attempt to intimidate and threaten the activist’s family in order to make him stop.
… where is the NAACP? Where is the Wall to wall coverage in the MSM? Where is the congressional Black Caucus? Where is President Obama saying that if he had a son he would look like Ali? When will Eric Holder begin his investigation or is he waiting till Kimberlin & associates ask Ali & his family to show an ID to vote?
BTW, I’ve met Ali’s mother, she is a charming and intelligent woman. I suspect any attempt to intimidate her is going to fail spectacularly.

UPDATE 2–Stacy McCain adds this:

Does the phrase “Don’t mess with Texas” ring a bell? Maryland courts have been incredibly lenient with the Kimberlin/Rauhauser axis, but Ali assures me that Texas won’t take too kindly to the purposeful harassment of one of its law-abiding citizens. Ali’s mother has harmed no one, and whoever thought up this sick stunt might find themselves prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law—Texas law. IYKWIMAITYD.

UPDATE 3–The Datech Guy has another related post. If you don’t get my Casablanca allusion above, click on the video in his post.

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Aaron Walker, Ali Akbar, and Stacy McCain have been among my 40+ codefendants in the various LOLsuits Brett Kimberlin has filed (and lost) against me (and them). While we’ve certainly been harassed and inconvenienced by Team Kimberlin’s [expletive deleted], we haven’t been intimidated. Indeed, we’re all going strong in our chosen activities on the Internet and in the Real World.

Meanwhile, Breitbart Unmasked Bunny Billy Boy Unread has sort of petered out. The most recent thing there is a feeble jab at Ali that Bill Schmalfeldt wrote before he left for his winter vacation in Montana.

Thanks for the Links

A significant number of page views here at Hogewash! come from outside links. I’d like to thank those sites that have sent viewers this way during the past week. In addition to hits from search engines, Gab, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Facebook, Hogewash! has had visitors linked from:

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Allergic to Bull
Billy Sez
Da Tech Guy Blog

Thank you, fellow bloggers, for those links, and thanks to everyone clicked on them.

Team Kimberlin Post of the Day

Seven years ago today, 25 May, 2012, was Everybody Blog About Brett Kimberlin Day. This was one of my posts.

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In addition to my coverage below, known participants as of 6 am ET include:

Michelle Malkin (Thanks for the link, Ms. Malkin.)
Glenn Reynolds at Instapundit
The American Thinker
Walter Olson at Overlawyered
Blazing Cat Fur
Donald Douglas at American Power
The American Catholic
The Lonely Conservative
Kathy Shaidle at Five Feet of Fury
Nice Deb
Sundries Shack
PJMedia Tatler
Dan Riehl
Film Ladd
The Coalition of the Swilling
Richard Fernandez
Legal Insurrection
Daley Gator
The Camp of the Saints
Wake Up America
Darth Chipmunk
Zilla of the Resistance
Lady Liberty 1885
Goldfish and Clowns
Small Dead Animals
Yid with Lid
Evil Blogger Lady
Israel Matzav
Lisa Graas
Bob Owens asks a central question: Why are Maryland Democrats letting the “Speedway Bomber” get away with terrorism?
Erick Erickson, Red State
Maggie’s Farm
Noisy Room
Andrea Shea King
Trevor Loudon
Melissa Clouthier
Kim Priestap
Pirate’s Cove
Other Half of My Brain
POH Diaries
Wicca Pundit
An Ex Con’s View: Apathy or Courage?
Gulag Bound
Ask Marion (Thanks for the link, Marion.)
The Neosecularist
Knowledge Creates Power
The Lonely Conservative
Daily Thought Pad
Catholic Bandita
The Camp Of The Saints (A second post)
Fly Over Here
Political Junkie Mom
PL Birnam Wood
Granite Grok
The Sundries Shack
Capital Research Center
Day By Day Cartoon
Lady Liberty
That Mr. G. Guy
Evil Blogger Lady
Sister Toldjah
Ace of Spades
Reform a Liberal
Liberty Chick
Aaron Walker
Conservative Hideout
Bookworm Room (Thanks for the link.)
Gay Patriot

UPDATE–Others seen through the day:

Jim Geraghty at NRO
Mark Tapscott at The Examiner
Tiffany Gabbay at The Blaze
Right Wing News interviews Stacy McCain
David Weigel at Slate
Nick Gillespe at Reason
John Hayward at Human Events
Dana Loesch at Big Government
The Right Sphere
Matthew Vadum at frontpagemag
Kerry Picket at The Washington Times about Orin Hatch’s run in with Brett Kimberlin
Kevin Boyd at United Libery wonders why the State Dept. is partnering with Mr. Kimberlin
Ezra Lvant interviews Michael Vadum at Sun News Canada (video)
Mark Krikorian at The Corner
Allahpundit at HotAir

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He chose to react by amping up his aggressive brass knuckles reputation management via lawfare.

He chose poorly.

Team Kimberlin Post of the Day

This I’m Not Making This Up, You Know post ran six years ago today.

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There’s a new website on the Internet—brettkimberlin dot org (No, I won’t link to it). Here’s some of the WHOIS info for it.

Created On:23-May-2013 01:24:08 UTC
Registrant Name:Brett Kimberlin
Registrant Organization:VelvetRevolution
Registrant Street1:POB 9576
Registrant City:Washington
Registrant State/Province:District of Columbia
Registrant Postal Code:20016
Registrant Country:US

This header appears on all the pages of the site. Mr. Kimberlin seemed older when I confronted him in court last week.BKorgHeader

The site’s description of his career has some holes in it. For example:

Brett Kimberlin is an entrepreneur, progressive activist, social media practitioner, environmentalist, non-profit director, musician, songwriter, legal beagle, and political expert. He has worked for and with many progressive organizations, and currently is Director of Justice Through Music, a 501c3 non-profit that works with famous bands, musicians and artists to inspire and motivate young people to engage in civic participation. In 2004, Justice Through Music co-founded the progressive activist organization Velvet Revolution, which speaks truth to power and takes on corporate and government corruption. Prior to that, Brett was the CEO of LADA International, a company involved in international trade with new countries in Eastern Europe, particularly Ukraine. At age 16, Brett co-founded Good Earth Natural Foods Company and four years later Independent Energy Systems, the latter being one of the first companies in the country focused on Green housing.

There’s no mention of his lucrative business importing and wholesaling marijuana, his experience using explosives, or the 17 years he spent living in government housing.

Brett has also been passionate about protecting the rights of minorities by exposing bigots, hate groups, and bullies.

The principal bully he’s exposed through his shenanigans is himself.

In his work over the past decade, Brett has registered tens of thousands of young people to vote, participated in dozens of election protection seminars and conferences, worked with Congress Members on progressive legislation and oversight hearings, met with government agencies investigating illegal activity, and provided support to many advocacy organizations. His non-profit has generated many petitions that have gathered hundreds of thousands of signatures to focus attention on important issues.

From the point of view of a scientist or engineer, it is possible to waste energy without doing any work. A force is said to do work when it moves a mass through a distance. Brett Kimberlin has expended a great deal of energy, but what has he really changed? What real work has he done. (Say, that bit about “meeting with government agencies investigating illegal activity” is something with which he should have plenty of experience.)

Shameless self-promotion. And definitely not the whole truth.

UPDATE–These domains were registered at the same time:

The dot com registration belongs to another person who happens to share the name Brett Kimberlin.

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The Dread Deadbeat Pro-Se Kimberlin must have been dissatisfied with his legal career, because he’s let the registration lapse on the brettkimberlin dot org domain and has done nothing to protect it. As of a 11:30 pm ET last night (less than an hour before this post went live), the domain was available for registration.