Team Kimberlin Post of the Day


From time to time, I repost information about how Brett Kimberlin came to be known as The Dread Deadbeat Pro-Se Kimberlin. This is what I posted on the subject four years ago today.

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bot_logoSome of the newer followers of The Saga of The Dread Pro-Se Kimberlin may wonder why he is called that. The nickname descends from an earlier one—The Dread Pirate Kimberlin. That came about after he put up a spectacularly unsuccessful pirate-theme fundraising website called Bloggers Offense Team. I found Kimberlin’s choice of the pirate-related logo at left is interesting. Pirates aren’t semi-sympathetic, comedic characters from a Johnny Depp movie. They are criminals. Was the mask slipping?

That got me to thinking … While Brett Kimberlin’s unconstitutional peace order prohibiting Aaron Walker from blogging about him was in place, I had taken to referring to Kimberlin as Lord Voldemort (“He who must not be named”). Why not a piracy themed nickname? The Dread Pirate Kimberlin. I used it, and it stuck—not only with my readers, but other bloggers began using it occasionally too.

As fans of The Princess Bride know, The Dread Pirate Roberts is a pirate of near-mythical reputation, someone feared across the seven seas for his ruthlessness and swordfighting prowess and who is well known for taking no prisoners. Ships immediately surrender and give up their cargos rather than be captured, a fate they imagine to be certain death.

TDPKThe Dread Pirate Kimberlin is more like a legend in his own mind, a pretender who wishes to be feared for his ruthlessness and legal ability and to be known for vanquishing all comers in court. Critics, he thinks, should immediately stop telling the truth about him and give up their First Amendment rights at his command.

It turns out that The Dread Pirate Kimberlin’s legal acumen seems to be as fictional as The Dread Pirate Roberts’ existence. And no one is willing to surrender to The Dread Pirate Kimberlin.

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Kimberlin’s repeated failure to pay the judgments and sanctions he owes have led to Dread being struck through and replaced with Deadbeat. His failures at almost everything he’s tried have led to other words being used in place of Pirate and Pro-Se. As a musician, he’s The Dread Deadbeat Performer Kimberlin. Given his string of unread websites, he’s The Dread Deadbeat Publisher Kimberlin. As a result of all the false narratives he’s tired to spin against his enemies, he’s The Dread Deadbeat Prevaricator Kimberlin. And so it goes.

Failing failures gotta fail.

Team Kimberlin Post of the Day


Hogewash! and the other blogs that participated in Everybody Blog About Brett Kimberlin Day weren’t the first to take notice of The Dread Deadbeat Philosopher Kimberlin’s work as an activist. Mandy Nagy published material about him at Brietbart a couple of years earlier, and before that, he made it into Time. This post titled The Wizard of Odd from six years ago today reference the Time article. It calls TDPK as “Lord Voldemort,” as in “he who must not be named,” a reference to the then-current unconstitutional peace order prohibiting Aaron Walker from speaking or writing about Kimberlin.

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Massimo Calibresi published a profile of Brett Kimberlin Lord Voldemort in Time in 2007. (H/T, @rsmccain). Here’re the money quotes:

In e-mails and Web postings from Kimberlin’s two organizations, Justice Through Music and Velvet Revolution, he intersperses occasionally useful pieces of information about the problems of e-voting with a hefty portion of bunk, repeatedly asserting as fact things that are not true.

In Kimberlin’s mind, his successes are the product of special powers obtained through meditation. “I have evolved to where I can dip into the place of universal consciousness and tap into its very powerful forces to effect change in a positive way,” he wrote in an e-mail to me late in my reporting for this story. In reality, he’s just one moving part in a large, complex dynamic. But Kimberlin’s grandiosity is as representative of certain parts of the blogosphere as his lack of credibility, all of which makes him a good case study of how the wilder parts of the Web are affecting the most basic functions of our democracy.

Read the whole thing.

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It doesn’t look like his attempts to apply the principles of TM and so-called “Noetic Science” have met with much success.