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


Brett Kimberlin began his campaign of lawfare against bloggers in a vain attempt at brass knuckles reputation management. In the process, he lost control of his online reputation. A few years ago, he had over a dozen active websites promoting his various … um … causes, many with active Donate buttons. Yesterday evening, I took a look at his remaining sites. His domain with the most traffic is breitbartunmasked dot com, a site that hasn’t had any new material for almost a year-and-a-halfe and which is clearly deteriorating from lack of maintenance.Here are the world popularity rankings for The Dread Deadbeat Publisher Kimberlin’s web domains—

brietbartunmasked dot com 2,867,675
protectourelections dot org 8,369,125
greencasamaryland dot org 10,082,735
empr dot media 10,818,661
jtmp dot org 11,183,078

All his web presence is receding as I have foreseen.

Team Kimberlin Post of the Day


One of the reasons that Brett Kimberlin’s brass knuckles reputation management LOLsuits have failed is that he’s consistently bitten off more than he can chew. The TKPOTD from five years ago today takes note of his choice of defendants in the RICO 2: Electric Boogaloo LOLsuit include folks with the resources to effectively crush his case.

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popcorn4bkSeveral people have pointed out that the lead defendant in The Dread Pro-Se Kimberlin’s RICO2 LOLsuit (Kimberlin v. Team Themis, et al.) is a law firm with 800 or so lawyers on staff.

The other interesting defendant is Pacific Northwest National Laboratories which is a part of the U. S. Department of Energy. TDPK has filed suit against the federal government.

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His grandiose claims not withstanding, The Dread Deadbeat Pro-Se Kimberlin’s problem hasn’t been delusions of grandeur so much as delusions of adequacy.

Team Kimberlin Post of the Day


Brett Kimberlin threatened the venue which hosted the National Bloggers Club BlogBash 2013 awards ceremony with a large demonstration led by a fiery imam, and just like almost everything he’s tried, the actual demonstration fizzles. In fact, it was so pathetic, I actually posted Some Pro Tips for Protestors. That post ran seven years ago today.

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Given the ludicrous results of Team Kimberlin’s attempted protest at Blog Bash, I thought I might share some tips that might help them with some of their more glaring errors.

Petitions. If you’re going to try to run a petition drive, make sure that there is sufficient real world interest that you can collect a respectable number of signatures. 50 signatures on a petition to a business to cancel a 500 person event normally makes a cause look weak, although I will grant that in the case of the Blog Bash protest it made a feeble protests look stronger than it was.

IMG_1334If you’ve threatened a big demonstration with a fiery leader, a complete cancellation will play better than sending a single individual masquerading as a photographer.

If your demonstrator(s) will engage in role playing make sure that he/they can play the part(s) and is/are properly costumed. For example, a professional photographer would not wear bulky gloves while operating a camera.

Also, what your demonstrator(s) will say should be carefully scripted. Things like “Warning! Right-wing CPAC maggots! Woot Woot!” don’t sound very serious. Indeed, that sounds like something that would come out of the mouth of Dennis the Constitutional Peasant.

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The Kilingon word that best describes that demonstration is tu’HomI’raH.

 

Team Kimberlin Post of the Day


As I’ve noted of late, March is full on anniversaries of the failure of Brett Kimberlin’s LOLsuits. Three years ago today this post ran In Re RICO Madness.

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Judge Hazel has issued his order ending the RICO Madness.

The case is now Kimberlin v. Frey, and the judge is moving it along to the next phase.

Although I am no longer a part of the lawsuit, the Gentle Reader should expect that Hogewash! will continue to provide close coverage of the case.

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It’s almost as if Brett Kimberlin has his own March Madness.

Team Kimberlin Post of the Day


I’ve recently been noting the anniversaries of various failures in Brett Kimberlin’s campaign of lawfare. It turns out that March has several such anniversaries—as I noted in the TKPOTD two years ago today.

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T. S. Eliot starts off The Wasteland with these words: “April is the cruelest month …” In The Dread Deadbeat Pro-Se Kimberlin’s wasteland the cruelest month is probably March.

On 13 March, 2015, his bogus peace order petition against me in the District Court of Maryland for Montgomery County was denied Judge Williams.

On 13 March, 2018, his Kimberlin v. Breitbart Holdings, et al. LOLsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland was dismissed sua sponte by Judge Hazel.

On 14 March, 2018, the Kimberlin v. Frey RICO Remnant LOLsuit appeal was dismissed by the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals. Per curiam. The dismissal wasn’t even worth an opinion.

On 17 March, 2015, the Kimberlin v. National Bloggers Club, et al. RICO Madness LOLsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland was dismissed by Judge Hazel.

On 30 March, 2016, the Kimberlin v. Hunton & Williams LLP, et al. RICO 2: Electric Boogaloo LOLsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland was dismissed by Judge Hazel.

OTOH, I’ve enjoyed March and its

… breeding
[Crocuses] out of the dead land, mixing
Memory and desire, stirring
Dull roots with [late winter] rain.

But that may be related to everything proceeding as I have foreseen.

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It must be difficult to see some much of what one attempts so often in failure.

Team Kimberlin Post of the Day


Brett Kimberlin started his campaign of lawfare against bloggers and certain news organizations because we were writing truthful things about him, and he wanted to shut up down. His efforts backfired in one on the most extreme examples of the Streisand Effect, resulting in even more people paying attention to him and his activities. This post about Brett Kimberlin and Fake News ran three years ago today.

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BuzzFeed has a story up about about some forged documents that appear to be a part of a hoax created to cause problems for the Trump administration. BuzzFeed reports that a guy called Yoni Ariel is involved in the scheme. So is Brett Kimberlin.

Ariel recalled that he contacted Kimberlin, who then arranged for him to travel to Washington. Ariel had been sounding alarm bells about Russia’s meddling in the presidential campaign so, he said, Kimberlin wanted him to meet people on Capitol Hill. Kimberlin covered the cost of the trip, according to Ariel.

Ariel had not yet seen the documents at that time, but what he did know about them seemed like exactly the sort of thing Kimberlin was interested in digging up. When told about them, Kimberlin quickly agreed to finance Ariel’s efforts to acquire them, according to Ariel and two people with knowledge of the arrangement.

Kimberlin ultimately covered the costs for Ariel to travel to Rome three times, Ariel said. On the first trip, just before Christmas, Pasetti showed him portions of the documents; on the second trip, a price was negotiated; and on the last one Ariel actually purchased the documents. The $9,000 payment was also covered by Kimberlin, according to Ariel and the two people familiar with the arrangement.

Reached Sunday evening at his home in Maryland, Kimberlin declined to discuss the documents or his relationship with Ariel.

Hmmmmm.

Read the whole thing.

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Now, who exactly was colluding with whom to do what?