My Face, Unshocked


I’ve let the Google story broken by Project Veritas percolated through the Interwebz for a day before commenting. I wanted to see how some of the usual suspects reacted. There’s only been one real surprise so far, and that was how long it took YouTube, a sister company to Google, to send the Project Veritas video down the memory hole. (BTW, if you haven’t seen the video, it’s available here. Go watch it, and come back. I’ll wait …)

Today’s TKPOTD deals with an effort back in 2015 to silence me. As part of that effort, my business and personal Twitter accounts were shut down. Twitter claimed that it was because of “targeted abuse” but could not cite a single example. I believe I was being punished for not following their approved narrative. However, I was one of the earliest victims of Twitter’s “safety” system, and my permanent suspension was only temporary. When the false criminal charge failed for lack of evidence, Twitter seemed to realize their potential liability. My business account was reinstated, but the lessons learned from that failure were used to refine their tactics.

Facebook, Google, YouTube, Pinterest, … the list goes on. They all seem to have the same sort of definition of fairness, one that wouldn’t survive the old Fairness Doctrine I worked under as a broadcaster in the ’60s and ’70s. These companies’ users aren’t customers. The users are the product being sold to advertisers, and as product, they are something to be moulded and controlled.

So why am I still on Twitter if I view it as an unfair platform and untrustworthy business partner? I can use it to promote blog posts at no real cost to me. Beyond that, it has no real appeal. I got on Gab when it was brand new, and I’ve made a small investment in the company because it really seems dedicated to free speech.

Except for Maps and Scholar, I’ll pretty much given up on Google. DuckDuckGo has been my default search engine for over a year. I’ll still link to YouTube content, put if I wanted to post a video, I’d use BitChute. I’ve deleted my Pinterest account. I no longer post to Facebook.

And I’m not the only person who has grown tired of online services who despise me.

Twenty years ago, as the Internet Bubble was bursting, Google survived because it was a robust company infrastructure with a viable business model. Coincidentally twenty years ago, Venezuela was one of the wealthiest countries in the Western Hemisphere with thriving petroleum industry. While I’m saddened, I’m not shocked by what Marxism has done to Venezuela. If I’m still around in 2039, I suspect that I’ll feel more schadenfreude than sadness for what a post-modern, neo-Marxist business model is likely to do for Google. Or Twitter. Or the rest of ’em. I certainly don’t expect to have use my shocked face.

The Collusion Wasn’t With The Russians


And it didn’t involve the Trump campaign. It’s now becoming clear that the Russian Collusion story is failing because there are no facts to support it. Indeed, it appears to have been based on nothing more than shoddy opposition research from the 2016 campaign by members of the press, politicians, and elite bureaucrats to effect a coup against an elected president. Now that the coup is failing, Julie Kelly offers some questions in a post at American Greatness

So, what now? Who will pay the price for unleashing this ordeal on the American public? Which lawmaker will be rebuked and censured for pretending to have evidence of malfeasance that never happened? Which former high level official will be charged for abuse of power?

What journalist will be fired and permanently jettisoned from the industry for intentionally misleading readers and viewers? What editor or media owner will be held accountable for publishing illegally leaked information that exacted real harm on innocent people? When will NeverTrumperers who accused more astute observers of this scheme of being “conspiracy theorists” going to apologize?

How will people harassed by the media and investigators restore their professional standing, squandered savings and mental wellbeing? How can the president regain the time in his term that has been lost to this craven insurgency?

These are only a handful of the questions now arising from the wreckage of the failed Trump-Russia collusion gambit; the answers might be just as infuriating as the questions themselves.

My exit question for now is: How do you shame someone with no sense of shame?

Team Kimberlin Post of the Day


One of the scams that VelvetRevolution.US, the 501(c)4(4) not-for-profit Brett Kimberlin runs which is now known as Protect Our Elections/EMPR Inc., used to run involved offering a $100,000 reward for evidence of election fraud and to seek donations to fund said reward. Here’s an example from the 2016 election season.

No such reward has been offered for information about elections fraud occurring during the 2017 Alabama special senatorial election or the 2018 elections. I find that interesting when considered along with the admission by Brett Kimberlin’s associate Matt Osborne that he was a part of the Alabama Dry fake Russian bot operation.

POE/EMPR is still has a $!00k reward posted, but it isn’t election related. The latest reward is offered for information that Brett Kavanaugh committed perjury during his confirmation hearings. I suppose that has the advantage of being a reward that will never have to be paid but that still might stir up a donation or two—and it doesn’t call attention to what Kimberlin’s associates have been doing under cover.

Team Kimberlin Post of the Day


One of the primary reasons for the Dread Deadbeat Pro-Se Kimberlin’s unblemished record of failure at lawfare is his inattention to important details. I took note of such a failure a couple of years ago today in a post titled The Fourth Circuit Makes Short Work of Brett Kimberlin.

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The Dread Pro-Se Kimberlin filed a motion for reconsideration of the dismissal of this appeal of the Kimberlin v. Hunton & Williams LLP, et al. RICO 2: Electric Boogaloo LOLsuit. He didn’t file on time.

Everything is proceeding as I have foreseen.

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Perhaps he was too busy working as The Dread Deadbeat Protector Kimberlin in the aftermath of protecting our 2016 election.

Team Kimberlin Post of the Day


As my podcasting partner Stacy McCain and I were saying on last night’s episode of The Other Podcast, there’s some interesting connections starting to pop up. The Creepy Porn Lawyer Michael Avenatti has tweeted out that he’s representing Democrat activist Alexandra Chalupa, citing a Vox story trying to tie recent reporting on Chalupa’s work for the DNC to a suggestion in the summer of 2017 by Paul Manafort to “target Alexandra Chalupa, a political strategist and consultant for the DNC, for allegedly working with Ukrainian officials to hurt Trump’s candidacy.”

News of Chalupa’s activities broke much earlier. The Daily Caller ran a story connecting her and her anti-Trump efforts with Brett Kimberlin in March, 2017. The Kimberlin-run Manafort Watch website was put up in August, 2016, when Chalupa was taking particular interest in Paul Manafort. The site is still live, although nothing new has been posted there since September, 2016.

Curiouser and curiouser.

Don’t Know Much About History


The Washington Free Beacon reports that She Guevara (AKA Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez) has compared her winning an election to the moon landing or establishment of civil rights. She’s quotes as saying:

We’ve done what we thought was impossible. We went to the moon. We electrified the nation. We established civil rights. We enfranchised the country. We dug deep and we did it. We did it, when no one else thought that we could. That’s what we did when so many of us won an election this year. That’s what so many of us did.

Neil Armstrong and Martin Luther King, Jr. were unavailable for comment. However, Sarah Hoyt has noted “WELL, MOON, MOONBAT….”

The good news is that She Guevara seems to be proving that her place in politics is to provide comic relief. The bad news is that her legislative proposals, if successful, would wind up increasing the federal budget much, much more than the Apollo program did during the ’60s. (NASA’s slice of the pie was a bit about 4 % then; it’s about 0.4 % now.)

Everything Is Proceeding As I Have Foreseen


One of the advantages the Democrat safe districts offer for Republicans is the high likelihood of an extremist wacko holding such a seat. She Guevara’s election to Congress from such a safe seat in New York is a strategic victory for Republican that is already paying dividends even before she takes office. Politico has a report up about her threatening to primary other Democrats who don’t get in line with her agenda.

“All Americans know money in politics is a huge problem, but unfortunately the way that we fix it is by demanding that our incumbents give it up or by running fierce campaigns ourselves,” Ocasio-Cortez added. “That’s really what we need to do to save this country. That’s just what it is.”

The incoming congresswoman’s chief of staff, Saikat Chakrabarti, a co-founder of Justice Democrats, was blunter.

“We need new leaders, period,” he said on the call. “We gotta primary folks.”

Read the whole thing. Contemplate how well her scheme will go over with her new colleagues.

And buy popcorn futures.

Team Kimberlin Post of the Day


As of when I checked the Protect Our Elections/EMPR Inc and Breitbart Unmasked Bunny Billy Boy Unread websites last night, The Dread Deadbeat Protector Kimberlin has not yet published any information about he and his hackers contributed to protecting the gubernatorial elections in Georgia or Florida or the senate race in Florida from Russian influence. In fact, he’s been completely silent on the topic of protecting our elections for the past 30 days.

Inquiring minds want to know.

Let’s Make a Deal


F. H. Buckley has a post at the NY Post on how President Trump and the incoming Democrat-led House could work together for their mutual benefit. He points out that the last two Democrats in the White House faced Republican-led Houses. Clinton worked cooperatively and got results such as welfare reform. Obama didn’t and got gridlock.

Those are deals to be made, and the question is whether Democrats in Congress will go along. If they do, they’ll give voters a reason to re-elect both them and Trump in 2020.

If they don’t — if they, say, rush to impeach instead — they’ll prove that they’re not to be taken seriously and will give voters a reason to re-elect Trump in 2020. For Trump, it’s win-win.

I’m betting on gridlock—with comic relief from the likes of She Guevara.

Fasten your seat belts.

Democrats Win Control Of The House As #MeToo Loses


She Guevara will be going to the House of Representatives to provide comic relief, and as of 6:30 am ET, the Democrats have flipped at least one more seat than they need to take control of the House. They’ll use the coming two years of divided government to be as disruptive as possible.

Meanwhile, the #MeToo movement has suffered two serious setbacks.

First, as Jim Geraghty put it, “Once again, Keith Ellison beat someone.” Over a million Democrats voted for him to be the Attorney General of Minnesota, refusing to believe a woman whose claims of abuse were backed up by evidence.

Second, as of 6:30 am ET, the only Democrat senator who faced a serious challenge to reelection and who has won was Manchin—who was the only one who voted for the Kavanaugh nomination. Donnelly, Heitkamp, McCaskill, and Nelson have bitten the dust in Indiana, North Dakota, Missouri, and Florida, and Tester is behind in Montana. Political movements that can’t deliver votes have little clout. Those that are a liability on election day have none.

Team Kimberlin Post of the Day


The Dread Deadbeat Protector Kimberlin claims that he and a group of hackers were working with the Departments of Justice and of Homeland Security on protecting the integrity of the 2016 elections. In a 25 September post on the protectourelections dot org webseite, he made a similar claim about his not-for-profit Protect Our Elections/EMPR Inc.: “Since March of 2016, we have also provided significant information about this to the Department of Justice.”

As the TKPOTD from two years ago today shows, Kimberlin was blogging at the older velvetrevolution dot us site up until just before the election. This year, the POE site went quiet after 20 October.

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Wow! The times they are a changin’! During the last couple of elections, The Dread Pro-Se Kimberlin was offering a reward of “up to” $100,000 for evidence of vote fraud. Now, it seems that we no longer need to worry.vrus20161106Kimberlin must believe that his crack team of hackerz has got things covered this year.

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TDPK must have thought that his gang of hackers had got the elections properly secured because this year’s “$100k” reward wasn’t for information about electron fraud. This year, TDPK was trying to buy evidence against Brett Kavanaugh.

Election Day


Here’s my fearless forecast for the election results: Other than Larry Hogan being reelected as Governor of Maryland, your guess is as good as mine on any of the races attracting national attention. That includes the balance of power in the House of Representatives.

Go vote.

UPDATE—All the cool kids get a sticker.

Team Kimberlin Post of the Day


It’s been reported to me that Bill Schmalfeldt has lost his Wisconsin reporting gig and will be remaining on “retired” status, so it appears that the Cabin Boy™ will be applying all of his GS-13 editorial skills to Breitbart Unmasked Bunny Billy Boy Unread for the time being. He’s written another hit piece on Lee Stranahan in response to Lee’s reporting on The Dread Deadbeat Publisher Kimberlin’s claims of working with the Department of Justice (through a hacker organization known as “The Protectors”) to “protect” the integrity of elections in 2016 and possibly this year.Of course, the Cabin Boy’s™ piece has the look of a shoddy bit of creative writing with only limited connection to the Real World.

Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose.

Team Kimberlin Post of the Day


The Dread Deadbeat Protector Kimberlin says that he’s been working with the Department of Justice to protect the integrity of our elections. He’s says that hacking has been involved. Some folks have suggested to me that Kimberlin has been blowing smoke, that he’s just trying to inflate his importance and attract hits on the Donate buttons on his websites. Lee Stranahan has been looking into Kimberlin’s activities, and Lee presented some of the information that he’s found on Periscope yesterday.The Periscope video can be viewed here. It has an … um …. interesting … yeah, that’s the word … interesting cast of characters.

On Bullies


There were three attempts to physically bully me when I was a kid. None were successful because I responded by beating up the bullies. That kind of response is always considered unfair by a bully and his supporter/enablers, but it works. It seems to me that President Trump is using a similar approach to dealing with politically correct attacks, and Keith Koffler has a piece over at the Washington Examiner that examines Trump’s tactics.

With the midterm elections less than a week away, a handy, reliable, and vicious ally of Democrats has reared its head and is taking no prisoners. It seeks to roll through the opposition, ending debate before it can even begin and stigmatizing Republicans for even trying to make an argument.

Trump glories in controversy and criticism. It gives him some kind of peculiar satisfaction and plenty of publicity. Few conservatives can be Trump. But they should applaud and follow him as he disarms their enemies of one of their most fearsome weapons.

Read the whole thing.

I should note that one difference that I hope exists between Donald Trump and me is that I hit bullies back whereas he often strikes a likely bully preemptively.

UPDATE—Meanwhile, WaPo reports Tree of Life rabbi says he saw a ‘warm and personal side’ to Trump that surprised him.

The Blue Wave Blues


The Democrats started into this election season full of assurance that the midterms would be a wave election and flip control of both houses of Congress. Well, maybe not the Senate, but the House for sure. OK, so the House isn’t in the bag, but we’re way ahead. They also thought that the 2016 election would be a slam dunk.

All the Democrats should have had to do this year was to appear to be reasonable, to not look too crazy, and they haven’t been able to do that. Many voters aren’t thrilled with certain aspects of Donald Trump, but many feel they are better off now than they were two years ago. As Conrad Black points out in a post over at NRO,

[w]hatever the polls or the anti-Trump media say, the country knows that unless the local candidate is a person of outstanding merit, and there are many in the Democratic party, a vote for the Democrats is an affirmation of sociopathic conduct, unlimited illegal immigration, failed public policy, the resumption of a flat-lined economy, and a diffident and ineffectual pacifism in the world, where allies lapse and vacuums are filled by terrorists; and China steps confidently toward the headship of the world’s nations.

We’ll soon know how whether the Democrats’ behavior has nationalized the election in ways that override local issues and local talent, leaving the Republicans in control of Congress. The next week-and-a-half is going to be interesting.

Fasten your seat belts.

This Seems Pretty One-Sided


At the election draws near and folks become more … um … excited, tempers appear to be fraying and violence erupting. For example, The Washington Free Beacon reports that two candidates in Minnesota have been assaulted. State representative Sarah Anderson was punched in the arm after spotting a man destroying yard signs. She said the attack left her scared, and her attacker only desisted when she fled to her car and threw it in reverse. First-time candidate Shane Mekeland suffered a concussion after getting sucker punched while speaking with constituents at a restaurant. Anderson and Mekeland are Republicans.

Meanwhile, my podcasting partner Stacy McCain reports that a Democratic operative was arrested Tuesday after the female campaign manager for Nevada GOP gubernatorial nominee Adam Laxalt accused the operative of grabbing and yanking her arm and refusing to let go.

There appears to be a pattern here.