Team Kimberlin Post of the Day

The TKPOTD for nine years ago today dealt with birds of a feather flocking together.

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The Gentle Reader should not be surprised to learn that various people associated with Brett Kimberlin “charities” have common interests. Consider marijuana.

Brett Kimberlin pleaded guilty after being caught trying to receive a 5+ ton shipment of Columbian pot.

Kevin Zeese was with the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws as Chief Counsel from 1980 to 1983 (his first job after law school?) and as Executive Director from 1983 to 1986.

Hmmmm.

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Kimberlin and Zeese have something else in common. They were both losers. Kimberlin has been batting 0.000 in his LOLsuits and appeals, and every political campaign Zeese was associated with (including his own run for the US Senate from Maryland) was a failure.

Room for Only One Kind of Dope at the White House?

I see in the news that the White House is firing some staffers and placing others on remote work schedules because they admitted to prior use of marijuana, and that’s causing issues with their security clearances. Thus far, I’ve seen no reporting on the status of the security clearances for other admitted marijuana users, including the Vice President and at least one former President.

I’m Not Making This Up, You Know

The Guardian has a story up about a second memo that the FBI is allegedly evaluating that supposedly confirms some of the infamous Steele dossier of opposition research about Donald Trump paid for by the Hillary Clinton campaign. The source of the memo is said to be Cody Shearer. That’s the same Cody Shearer who promoted Brett Kimberlin’s false claim to have been Dan Quayle’s dope dealer.

Hmmmm

Why Do You Think They Call It Dope?

Brandon Keim has a post over at Anthropocene about the environmental costs of marijuana farming in California.

When thinking about agriculture’s environmental footprint, the usual suspects jump to mind: corn and cotton and soy, vast resource-intensive commodity crops. Marijuana isn’t high on the list. Yet perhaps it should be. “Despite its small current land-use footprint,” write the authors of a pot farming study published in Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, “if changes are not made in the spatial pattern of its expansion, the boom in cannabis agriculture will likely create substantial threats to the surrounding environment.”

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While other researchers have studied pot’s intensive water requirements and the often-heavy use of pesticides by its farmers, Wang’s team focused on the contribution of farms to deforestation and habitat fragmentation. They found that marijuana farms, which by law are not allowed to be larger than one acre, dot the region’s forests like a patchwork. Often crops are planted on land cleared deep in previously-intact groves. This arrangement disrupts the core forest’s ecology.

Read the whole thing. The requirement for using small fields may have been put in place to keep large commercial operators from putting existing pot growers out of business (or some other well-intended purpose), but think about trying to produce industrial quantities of hemp plants using the farming methods more suitable to hiding from the narcs than protecting the environment.

Team Kimberlin Post of the Day

The Dread Pro-Se Kimberlin managed to find a way to have some positive spin on last week’s electoral outcomes—jtmp-20161112a

And based on the comments generated by that post, it appears that TDPK still is having vanishingly small impact on the Interwebz—jtmp-201112bTPDK’s foolish attempts at brass knuckles reputation management have not simply failed—he has managed to tar everything with personal reputation. It’s been suggested that the Streisand Effect should be renamed for Brett Kimberlin, but his few flashes of infamy don’t added up to enough exposure.

Team Kimberlin Post of the Day

Here’s another installment in the Saga of The Dread Pirate Kimberlin detailing another of his accomplishments. It’s provided for those of you who are new to the story.

During his 20s, Brett Kimberlin was a very successful businessman. In addition to a heath food store and a restaurant, he operated an import business. He imported marijuana. In large wholesale quantities. By 1978, he was bringing it in by the ton.

In February, 1979, he was in Texas to receive a DC-4 load of dope at a makeshift airfield. However, the weather was such that the pilots couldn’t find the field. They were directed by air traffic controllers to a real airport. Rather than land with bales of marijuana on board, they began dumping their load over south Texas. Kimberlin and his crew wound up being busted by local cops in Kleberg County who turned Kimberlin over to the DEA.

Mark Singer’s book Citizen K records this conversation (p. 108) that supposedly occurred while Kimberlin was being driven to Corpus Christi by the narcs:

“What are we under arrest for?”

“Conspiracy with intent to possess and distribute marijuana,” one agent replied.

“What marijuana?” asked Kimberlin.

“We got your airplane,” said the other agent.

“What airplane?”

“Your pot was scattered all over south Texas.”

“What pot?’

Indeed, over 5 tons of Kimberlin’s dope in 45 pound bales were strewn across several counties. One bale landed in the main downtown intersection in Alice, Texas, and ranchers were joking about feeding the stuff to their livestock (a different kind of loco weed?).

Kimberlin wound up pleading guilty. He got 4 years.

But getting busted for smuggling dope was the least of Brett Kimberlin’s problems in the late ’70s and early ’80s. We’ll consider another of his legal difficulties in a later post.

Stay tuned.

Dread Pirate #BrettKimberlin’s Caribbean Adventures

Before he took up bombing, TDPK earned his living as a wholesale dope dealer and drug smuggler. In 1978, he was caught while trying to retrieve 50 lb bales of marijuana that had been jettisoned from a DC-4 flying in from Colombia. The plane had been carrying 5 tons of dope when it ran into trouble and found it would have to land at the wrong airstrip.

It seems that TDPK had been keeping his supply line running via air over the Caribbean.

BTW, 10,000 lb of dope is not the kind of buy made causally on the street. Back in the ’70s, that kind of quantity was cartel business, usually Cali. The other cartels had moved on to coke by then.

<mockery>Given TDPK’s history, please be careful in selecting snacks, especially brownies. Popcorn is always good.</mockery>

Stay tuned. There’s plenty of interesting stuff ahead.

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