Special Counsel John Durham has released an email which tends to confirm that Michael Sussmann was lying when he told James Baker of the FBI he was not representing a client. The mail reads
Jim – it’s Michael Sussmann. I have something time-sensitive (and sensitive) I need to discuss, Do you have availibilty [sic] for a short meeting tomorrow? I’m coming on my own – not on behalf of a client or company – want to help the Bureau. Thanks.
If he didn’t lie when speaking to Baker, he lied in the email.
UPDATE—The message was a text rather than an email.
The TKPOTD for this date last year was about an article posted back in 2017 at protectourelections dot org. Here’s a screenshot of the article.Although a large number of posts have been taken down from the website, this one is still up. I suppose this could either mean that The Dread Deadbeat Protector Kimberlin is seriously concerned about election hacking by foreigners (Dominion Voting Systems is a Canadian company).
One of Brett Kimberlin’s online fund raising efforts has been to ask for support for his “election protection” activities. Meanwhile, his associate have been involved in fraudulent campaign activities. Two years ago today, Hogewash! was asking Is Matt Osborne Really a Russian Bot?
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Well, well, well, … Matt Osborne got his name in the papers, the New York Times, no less.
The Gentle Reader may have noticed a story running around the Internet recently about fake “Russian-style” Facebook campaigning that targeted an American election. That election was a recent Alabama senatorial election, and the victimized candidate was Roy Moore. One of the fake campaigns was called Dry Alabama, and it was run by Democrats.
The Dry Alabama Facebook page, which appeared to be run by teetotaler Baptists, had a blunt message: Alcohol is the devil’s work, and the state should ban it entirely. The related Twitter feed exhorted, “Pray for Roy Moore.” The actual purpose of the social media campaign was to paint Moore and his supporters as religious wackos.
Matt Osborne, a veteran progressive activist who worked on the project, said he hoped that such deceptive tactics would someday be banned from American politics. But in the meantime, he said, he believes that Republicans are using such trickery and that Democrats cannot unilaterally give it up.
“If you don’t do it, you’re fighting with one hand tied behind your back,” said Mr. Osborne, a writer and consultant who lives outside Florence, Ala. “You have a moral imperative to do this — to do whatever it takes.”
Osborne’s buddies at Protect Our Elections were unavailable for comment.
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Oh, and one of the things that Kimberlin consistently campaigned against was the use of electronic voting machine—until this election cycle.
The TKPOTD from six years ago today dealt with one of Brett Kimberlin’s vain attempts at having a noticeable impact on the public consciousness without the use of high explosives.
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Gentle Reader, do you ever wonder what the Dread Pro-Se Kimberlin does when he isn’t involved in vexatious lawsuit? He’s the Director of a not-for-profit called Justice Through Music Project. One of the sca … uh … activities run by JTMP is a web site called Protect Our Elections dot org. The site claims to be a “national collaboration of grassroots organizations that have joined together to reclaim our democracy, providing oversight to rescue our elections from partisan politics and privatization.” It has a DONATE button that appears to go straight to JTMP’s authorize dot net account.
Now, that’s a chilling thought: Brett Kimberlin providing “oversight to rescue our elections.”
Here’s what the top of the site’s home page looked like around 8 pm yesterday evening.And here are a couple of front page links to featured stories.The stories relate to a nuisance suit that Protect Our Elections has filed against the Federal Elections Commission. Take a close look at what I’ve circled in red. Those are the comment counts on the stories. As of 8 pm yesterday, there had been absolutely none. Zip. Zilch. Nada. Bupkis.
That shows you the relative impact of The Dread Pro-Se Kimberlin’s Internet operation vis-à-vis those of us who he is suing because we write truthful things about him. Indeed, the most recent comment on the POE site was made at 8:59 pm on 11 August. By way of comparison, Monday noon’s Are You Pondering What I’m Pondering? post generated six comments.
The Team Kimberlin theory of lawfare involves punishment of the victims by causing them to have to deal with the time and expense of a protracted legal ordeal run at relatively low cost to the pro se plaintiff. It’s backfired. TDPK is up against pro se defendants, one of whom is a lawyer, who are able to mount low-cost defenses; First Amendment activists with pro bono legal counsel; and media personalities and organizations whose best interests are served by fighting the suit.
The Streisand Effect will be cranked up to 11 until all TDPK’s vexatious lawsuits are completely dealt with. Brett Kimberlin won’t disappear from public scrutiny until he’s either given up or been beaten. Given his poor choices to date, I suspect we’ll have to whip him in court.
Oh, one more thing … evil hates the truth, but it hates mockery even more.
UPDATE—I just reread POE’s description of itself. The stated goal is to rescue our elections from partisan politics.
I thought the whole purpose of an election was partisan politics, as in, choosing between two or more candidates representing differing views. Whigs v. Tories. Democrats v. Republicans. That sort of thing.
Of course, JTMP’s politics are avowedly progressive. Perhaps the statement is simply an honest description of a desire for one-party rule.
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Through the years, Kimberlin has given up any pretense of non-partisanship, openly working with Democrat and Ukrainian interests since the 2016 election cycle. His attempt at affecting this year’s election seems to have fizzled. Both his It’s Time 2020 and EMPR websites have gone silent, and the Justice Through Music Project site isn’t accessible.
The TKPOTD from five years ago today examined one of the claims Brett Kimberlin made in his second federal RICO LOLsuit against me.
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Here’s an interesting bit of information from The Dread Pro-Se Kimberlin’s opposition to the motions to dismiss his Kimberlin v. Team Themis, et al. RICO 2: Electric Boogaloo LOLsuit.A loss in his earnings? Hmmmmm. That loss must have been relatively recent. The IRS Form 990s for Justice Through Music show him making $19,500 a year in 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013. (2014’s form doesn’t appear to have been filed yet.) Of course, TDPK’s claim about lost earnings will be easily checked if the suit gets into discovery.
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Indeed, Kimberlin was lying. The Justice Through Music Project Form 990s through 2018 all show his compensation as $19,500 per year.
They also show an interesting trend in the not-for-profit’s income.
Of course, it could be purely coincidental that JTMP’s income spiked upward during election years. After all, as a 501(c)(3) entity, it isn’t supposed to engage in partisan political activity, and Kimberlin created the now defunct Velvet Revolution US as a 501(c)(4) which could engage in political advocacy.
Meanwhile, all to the Kimberlin-related websites, including jtmp dot org as of the time this post is being drafted, hosted in the U. S. have gone dark.
It appears that the Hunter Biden’s hard drive is the real McCoy. Neither Joe nor Hunter Biden deny it. It’s clear from the emails and other files on the drive that Hunter Biden was the family bag man and that Ukrainians were paying him for access to his father while Joe Biden was Vice President. It also appears that individuals—and possibly governments—from other countries were paying for similar access.
The Democrats impeached Donald Trump for asking the President of the Ukraine to pursue an investigation related to the bribery verified by the evidence on Hunter’s hard drive.
Let that sink in for a moment.
The Bidens acted as they did believing that they had an airtight level of protection. As the bribes rolled in, it seems they became increasingly arrogant. Hunter Biden’s arrogance compounded with his addictions and other character defects led him to be careless. He never should have let someone who wasn’t fully vetted to have access to any of his electronic devices, but he did.
I don’t know who paid the bribe that convinced Hunter Biden that he and his scams were immune from detection, but whoever he was, we’re indebted to him for inadvertently lighting the fuze on Biden’s self-destruction.
Someone connected with Kimberlin’s It’s Time 2020 operation woke up and decided to post something to the itstime2020 dot org website on 2 October. With all of the stories available, the best thing that the poster could find to write about was Brad Parscale’s mental breakdown. Really? That’s the big news of the election since the last post on 28 August?
BTW, Kimberlin wound up losing all of his defamation lawsuits because what had been written and said about him was true, so you’d think that he’d understand that it’s false statements that can be defamatory. Yet, the itstime2020 dot org post ends with these words about Brad Parscale: “… and he worked with Russia and Cambridge Analytica that year  to manipulate the presidential election.” Given the thorough debunking of the Russian Collusion Hoax, unless there’s some evidence to back that statement up, it looks as if it’s being made with a reckless disregard for the truth. Gentle Reader, do you suppose a convicted perjurer would do such a thing?
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DEEP VOTE: (Telephone Filter) I have some more information for you. Meet me at the usual place and time.
SOUND: (Called Party’s POV) Line hung up. Dial tone.
MUSIC: Theme up and under.
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I’ve been sued for defamation by people who didn’t like what I wrote about them here at Hogewash!, and I’ve won all eight such lawsuits. Some were won on technical issues, but I won the ones that were decided on their merits because I had told the truth in my reporting.
Because there are enough wrong/evil/stupid things that the bad guys do, there is no need to make up lies about them. Because there are enough real conspiracies in the world to be investigated and reported on, there is no need to invent fake conspiracy theories. Indeed, outrage over shoddy or outright fake reporting can wind up being used by the bad guys as a smoke screen to keep the public from seeing truthful adverse reporting.
Kevin Clinesmith’s guilty plea to making a false statement related to an application for a FISA warrant renewal against Carter Page reveals some of the truth behind the Russia Collusion Hoax and a part of the Deep State’s involvement therein. Reporting about the actual facts supported by actual hard evidence in the Clinesmith case helps the public understand some of what it needs to know about the Deep State.
OTOH, the recently released Shawdowgate video appears to be poorly sourced. It presents allegations from a couple of individuals with murky backgrounds that are unsupported by hard evidence. In theory, the allegations, or some at least, might be true, but the lack of journalistic rigor leaves the story it reports open to attack. From what I have seen so far, such attacks are probably justified.
I believe that the Deep State is real, that it contains some bad actors, that they interfered in the 2016 election, and that some of them will be caught and held to account. Truthful, fact-based reports about that situation will help the public hold politicians and bureaucrats accountable. Spinning tales of fanciful conspiracy theories or knowingly false narratives plays into the Deep State’s hands.
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.
Congresscritter David Nunes (R-CA) is suing Twitter and several Twitter account holders alleging negligence, defamation per se, insulting words, and common law conspiracy. He’s asking for $250,000,000 in actual damages and $350,000 in punitive damages. Here’s a copy of his complaint. (H/T, Fox News’ Scribd account)
I’ve read the whole complaint. It describes disgusting tweets of the sort that are far too common on Twitter. I think that it presents a case that Twitter does not fairly apply its Terms of Service, but I don’t understand how it alleges behavior by Twitter that gets around the protection it enjoys under federal law (47 U.S.C. § 230) as an interactive computer service. He seems to have a much better case against the Twitter users than against the service itself.
IANAL, but Canadian feminist Meghan Murphy’s suit in California alleging that Twitter’s unfair treatment of her amounted to a breach of contract seems to make more sense to me.
From my point of view as a Twitter user who was permanently banned based on false and malicious complaints and whose account was suddenly restored when the civil and criminal complaints against me failed, it seems that the only way to get Twitter to live up to its promise “to give everyone the power to create and share ideas and information, and to express their opinions and beliefs without barriers” is the realistic possibility of legal liability. The Murphy case appears to have a basis in law, Nunes’ suit not so much.
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?
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.
The Daily Caller has a post up providing details of two fake ad campaigns on Facebook that were designed to suppress Republican turnout during the 2018 elections.
Democratic operatives funded by left-wing tech billionaire Reid Hoffman ran a widespread campaign using misleading Facebook pages in the run-up to the 2018 midterm elections, The Daily Caller News Foundation has found.
American Engagement Technologies (AET), which was founded by former Obama administration official Mikey Dickerson, bought ads for two Facebook pages, “The Daily Real” and “Today’s Nation,” encouraging Republican voters to stay home in the midterm elections, Facebook’s ad archives show.
AET provided funding for the Alabama Dry fake Facebook campaign that targeted Republican candidate Roy Moore during a 2017 special senatorial election. It’s beginning to appear that Alabama Dry was a dry run of a larger election interference scheme.
On Monday, WaPo reported that another Hoffman-funded operation called News for Democracy was running an anti-Trump campaign of Facebook. News for Democracy’s violations included coordinated efforts to mislead people about the origin of their ad content.
No one from Protect Our Elections/EMPR Inc. has been available for comment.
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.
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.
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.)
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.
As of when I checked the Protect Our Elections/EMPR Inc and Breitbart UnmaskedBunny 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.
Perhaps, The Dread Deadbeat Protector Kimberlin has been too busy dealing with stolen votes to report on Protect Our Elections/EMPR Inc’s efforts to secure the recent election, but nothing has been posted on that organization’s web site for over three weeks.
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.