Team Kimberlin Post of the Day


One of Brett Kimberlin’s recurring bug-a-boos was Team Themis, a commercial intelligence operation run by some companies also engaged in government work. Kimberlin alleged in his Kimberlin v. Hunton & Williams LLP, et al. RICO 2: Electric Boogaloo LOLsuit that Team Themis had be conducting a defamatory dirty operation against him on behalf of the Ul. S. Chamber of Commerce—and that my blogging here at Hogewash! was somehow connected with that operation.

Kimberlin has been griping about Team Themis for years. In fact, when I searched Breitbart Unmasked for references to Team Themis, I found one posted on 20 March, 2012, when the site was only one month old.

The former blogger, Seth L. Allen, then set out on an internet smear campaign to destroy both Brad Friedman and his business partner Brett Kimberlin. I won’t go into detail about either of them in this post, suffice it to say though that there was a larger campaign against both parties started by The U.S. Chamber of Commerce which had been under attack by organizations involved with Mr. Kimberlin, and which ended up in the folding of the HBGary Security firm over planned social media destruction campaigns against both Brad Friedman and his business partner: which HBGary had been competing for in the security sector with Palantir Security and a number of other firms that called themselves Team Themis.

One of the ways that I have thumbed my nose at Kimberlin through the years has been with occasional posts about a NASA mission called THEMIS. Such a post six years ago today resulted in some odd comments to which I responded this way—

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THEMIS (Time History of Events and Macroscale Interactions during Substorms)  is a mission to investigate what causes auroras in the Earth’s atmosphere. The program is run by NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center and not by the agency just up the road that forgot to buy both vowels.

I have never had any connection to the program.

UPDATE—I found this attempted comment while taking my morning coffee break.TK201404041329ZOf course, the IP address doesn’t belong to Amazon.IPlookup20140404Not only that, it’s not actively assigned.NoMatch

Hi, Neal!

UPDATE—Ooooo! Struck a nerve, have we? This comment just came in attributed to my late mother.TK2014041542ZCan you say “desperation”?

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BTW, There are indications that the partnership between Brad Friedman and Brett Kimberlin has been dissolved. They were the co-incorporators of Velvet Revolution US, but since the corporate name was change to Protect Our Elections/EMPR in 2017, Friedman hasn’t appeared to have any connection to the organization. The last IRS filing I’ve found listing Friedman as a Director was for 2015.

Hmmmmm.

Team Kimberlin Post of the Day


In early September, I posted the Alexa ratings for several website. Here’s how those sites and a few others were doing at the end of October (i.e., mid afternoon ET yesterday)—AlexaRankings20151031Hogewash!, TMZ, JTMP, and VRUS have maintained more or less the same rankings, and the Cabin Boy’s™ latest effort is just barely registering (as usual). Bunny Boy Unread, OTOH, has moved down significantly in the rankings which may explain the hysterical nature of some of its recent post as 57F Osborne tries to attract some attention.

Oh, and here’s something else for Bunny Boy to consider: the Alexa ranking for breitbart.com as of yesterday afternoon was 1,026.

UPDATE—After I had put this post to bed, a commenter made me aware of a series of tweets including this one:i94radio201510311711ZI‘m not surprised that Democracy Now! might have over 400,000 followers on Twitter. Amy Goodman is one of the most talented media personalities on the far left. However, I’m shocked to learn that Brad Friedman has only 11.6k followers. After all, Aaron Walker, Stacy McCain, and I suddenly acquired over 100,000 new followers each on a single day back in the fall of 2013, right after Brett Kimberlin filed the Kimberlin v. Walker, et al. nuisance lawsuit. Twitter Support assumed that the sudden spike was an an attempt to get their automatic system to suspend our accounts. If a low-budget operation like Team Kimberlin can afford 300k spare followers, I’m surprised Brad Friedman doesn’t have more than 11.6k.

Meanwhile, The Bradcast appears to be the lowest-rated program in its time-slot in its market, a distinction I never had while working in radio in Nashville.

If there’s one theme common to all of Team Kimberlin’s media efforts, it’s their persistent abject failure in the marketplace of ideas.

Team Kimberlin Post of the Day


The two officer/key employees listed on the Justice Through Music Project IRS Form 990 are Jeffrey Cohen and Brett Kimberlin. Although he cofounded Velvet Revolution US with Brad Friedman, The Dread Pro-Se Kimberlin is not listed on that organization’s 990. Cohen and Friedman are, but not Kimberlin.

Who is Brad Friedman?

Friedman’s Wikipedia entry begins with this warning: This article may contain improper references to self-published sources. Friedman does have a documented history (Exhibits O and P) of shading the truth.

He’s a blogger. His blog is called BradBlog, and it’s a fairly minor league site with traffic roughly comparable to Hogewash! (but still much greater than the JTMP and VRUS sites combined). He has a one-hour-per-week radio show (The Bradcast) on KPFK, a station that routinely ties for dead last in the ratings in the LA market. He hosts a “nationally syndicated” (on five stations!) program called Green News Report. He’s Brett Kimberlin’s partner in VRUS.

Lee Stranahan has written about the significance of Kimberlin/Friedman/VRUS. You should read his piece.

Team Kimberlin Post of the Day


RICOMadnessHere’s some more nonsense from The Dread Pro-Se Kimberlin’s proposed second amended complaint for his Kimberlin v. The Universe, et al. RICO Madness.ECF 100-37Velvet Revolution US is the 501(c)(4) that TDPK cofounded with Brad Friedman. It operates a website called Indict Breitbart (No, I won’t link to it.) which, like all the VRUS sites, has a Donate button.IndictBrietbartdotorg

The domain was registered in September, 2010.
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Raising money off of false narratives …

Hmmmm.

Team Kimberlin Post of the Day


800-vote-tipBrett Kimberlin achieved his third wave of fame by being publicly upset about election integrity. Episode 1 was the Speedway Bombings, and episode 2 was the story about selling dope to Dan Quayle. Episode 4 has been his anti-First-Amendment lawfare.

During the 2008, Kimberlin and his Velvet Revolution US co-founder Brad Friedman set up an 800 number for tips about voter fraud. The number is still advertised on the Velvet Revolution US home page (No, I won’t link to it.)

I called the number yesterday and got a recorded message from the 800 number reseller who owns the line offering it for lease. Velvet Revolution hasn’t been using it for a while.

I wonder why their are still promoting an tip line that doesn’t exist?

Team Kimberlin Post of the Day


One of the subsidiary operations of Brett Kimberlin’s 501(c)4 Velvet Revolution US is called Chamber Watch. On Chamber Watch’s Action Items web page (No, I won’t link to it.), there’s a description of an alliance of organizations and individuals engaged in attacking the U. S. Chamber of Commerce.

Velvet Revolution and it [sic] staff, including journalist Brad Friedman, along with SEIU, reporter Glenn Greenwald, Change to Win and ChamberWatch

That’s an interesting bunch.

Brad Friedman is the co-founder with Brett Kimberlin of VRUS. He is the left coast anchor of the group and a “respectable” public face.

The SEIU is the Service Employees International Union which enhanced its reputation for violence by sending purple-shirted thugs to confront tea party rallies. SEIU founder Wade Rathke was a cofounder of ACORN.

Glenn Greenwald? Yep, that Glenn Greenwald. The one who writes for The Guardian.

Change to Win is a coalition of labor unions formed in 2005 as an alternative to the AFL-CIO; it consists The International Brotherhood of Teamsters, Service Employees International Union, United Farm Workers, and United Food and Commercial Workers. All of these unions have a history of violence and/or corruption.

Thugs partnering with left-wing “journalists” to attack big business, but to what purpose? Did I mention that there’s a Donate button on each webpage?

#BrettKimberlin’s Partner Says the IRS Scandal is Phony


No, really. Brad Friedman wrote that on his blog, The Brad Blog (No, I won’t link to it). (H/T, @rsmccain) Here’s his headline:

IRS ‘Scandal’ Appears Nearly as Phony as Shirley Sherrod, Van Jones, ACORN ‘Scandals’

BTW, Friedman also says that there’s no scandal about Benghazi either.

Of course, Mr. Friedman, who is a cofounder with Brett Kimberlin of Velvet Revolution US and who is listed in VRUS’s most recent IRS Form 990 as a Director of that organization, probably has no objection to strict analysis of right wing nut job outfits by the IRS. How would he feel about an audit of VRUS?

Stacy McCain has further comments on the broader issues of 501(c)4 tax exempt organizations here.

UPDATE—At 9 am ET, 19 May, The Brad Blog was unavailable.

UPDATE 2—At noon ET, 19 May, The Brad Blog was back up.

Team Kimberlin Post of the Day


Let’s take another peak at the IRS Form 990 for the Brett Kimberlin not-for-profit, Velvet Revolution US.DPK20130415A

As noted in an earlier post, The Dread Pirate Kimberlin is not listed in the leadership of the organization—not even as a key employee.

The organization’s books are shown as being kept in the care of either Cohen or Friedman. However, they are as being located at the main address for VRUS which is TDPK’s residence address.DPK20130415B

Mr. Cohen is also the Executive Director of the other Kimberlin not-for-profit, Justice Through Music Project. JTMP’s Form 990 shows that he possesses the books and records of that organization and that they are kept at Mr. Cohen’s residence address.

Hmmmm.

Dread Pirate #BrettKimberlin: Year in Review 7


As 2012 has been winding down, we’ve been looking at how the year has gone in TDPK legal cases that reached closure. The summary is a batting average of .000.

TDPK has had help with his shenanigans, first, from his crew, the members of Team Kimberlin, and, second, from a group of enablers. His crew have been a particular help on the Internet. First Mate Neal Rauhauser fancies himself a master of Internet skullduggery. Actually, he’s merely a hacker wannabe who seems to engage mostly in sock puppetry and crude identity theft. He is pretty good at social engineering with some kinds of people. Barrett Brown, for example. FMNR is one of the codefendants in the Virginia Walker v. Kimberlin, et al. lawsuit. He spent the year dodging service on the suit while writing blog posts about it. The only time I saw him in court was when he accompanied TDPK to the 5 July peace order trial. My esteemed colleague Stacy McCain believes that FMNR was the writer of the Breitbart Unmasked blog until Cabin Boy Bill Schmalfeldt took over.

Crew Member Ron Brynaert is the other et al. defendant in that Virginia lawsuit. He has kept a relatively low profile through the year, at times, trying to disassociate himself with other crew members. One wonders if he might be the first mutineer.

Cabin Boy Bill Schmalfeldt, OTOH, has become a gung ho member. Since taking over Breitbart Unmasked, he has become Team Kimberlin’s public, um, … I guess mouthpiece is the best word, although that seems to be the wrong bodily orifice. He has childishly tried to bait those of us who have written about TDPK and, occasionally, stepped over the line to really threatening behavior. Aaron Walker, Stacy McCain, and Lee Stranahan have all been on the receiving in of his cyberstalking. I have merely been the target of obnoxious and obscene tweets on Twitter. While he reminds some folks of a Jabba the Hutt wannabe, I see CBBS as more like Signor Ugarte in Casablanca.

Ugarte: You despise me, don’t you?
Rick Blaine: I probably would if I gave you any thought.

Imaginary Friend Occupy Rebellion (aka Sheridan) is the Twitter account of an allegedly female TDPK groupie. I believe that the account is a sock puppet and blocked it as soon as I began receiving obscene tweets. As of this posting, the account’s tweets are private.

In addition to the members of his crew, TDPK has a group of enablers.

Jeffery R. Cohen, Esq., is the Executive Director the two Kimberlin “charities.” I note with some interest that the SWATting threat I received came as a comment to a post about Mr. Cohen and his relationship to TDPK via the “charities.”

Brad Friedman is listed as one of the Directors of Velvet Revolution US, the 501(c)4 “charity.”

Kevin Zeese, Esq., is listed on several pages of the VRUS website as a Director of the organization. He is not listed as such on any of their legal filings. Mr. Zeese has filed several frivolous bar complaints against such individuals as Associate Justice Clarence Thomas on behalf of VRUS. During 2012, he sent a letter on behalf of VRUS to the National Bloggers Club demanding that they preserve certain documents. He is also a former Green Party candidate for U. S. Senator in Maryland.

Myra Lowenthal, CPA, is the accountant who prepared and signed the IRS Form 990 submitted through 2010 for Justice Through Music Project and Velvet Revolution US.

I’ve been writing about TDPK since late May. Like  PattericoStacy McCain, and others, I’m committed to writing true things about the activities of Team Kimberlin. As Patrick Frey says, unlike those bozos, I have a life apart from the Internet. Cyberstalking won’t deflect me. Childish tweets won’t deter me. During 2013, you can expect me to continue posting . One day, when I choose to do so, when I feel the time is ripe, I will begin posting some of the more, shall we say, “interesting,” information that the Vast Hogewash Research Organization has uncovered.

It won’t be pretty, but it will be true.

Meanwhile, we have one more day left in 2012. On New Year’s Eve, I’ll present an updated version of the most popular TDPK post of the year. Stay tuned.