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Read of the Day: Neal Rauhauser, Brett Kimberlin, and a Right Wing Blueprint

How wingnuts abused positions of privilege to pursue political vendettas
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Here, my friends, is the fascinating tale of Neal Rauhauser, Brett Kimberlin, and a Right Wing Blueprint. With lots of details about some extremely sleazy and very real conspiracies to cause real harm to real people.

Starring Andrew Breitbart, and also featuring Los Angeles Deputy District Attorney Patrick Frey (aka “Patterico”) and his occasional co-blogger Aaron Worthing (real name: Aaron Walker), with whom you may be familiar if you’re an LGF reader — since they once posted an enchanting wingnut fantasy about chopping off my head, disemboweling me, and eating my innards.

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57 comments

1 Obdicut  Mon, Nov 19, 2012 2:43:09pm

What a bunch of freaks. They really approach it as some sort of game.

2 Charles Johnson  Mon, Nov 19, 2012 2:46:26pm

re: #1 Obdicut

They tried to suck me into this mess too - invented a whole conspiracy theory about Neal Rauhauser passing his secret sock puppet techniques on to me, so I could engineer the Twitter Gulag and suppress their freedoms.

3 Kragar  Mon, Nov 19, 2012 2:46:36pm

What a charming bunch.
/

4 Sophist is the VillageGreen Preservation Society  Mon, Nov 19, 2012 2:47:50pm
Charles Johnson, I will metaphorically crush you. I will metaphorically disembowel you and eat your innards.

What is best in life? To metaphorically crush your enemies, see them driven metaphorically before you, and to hear the metaphorical lamentation of their metaphorical women.

5 Kragar  Mon, Nov 19, 2012 2:49:44pm

Something to feel better about:

Allen West trails by even more votes after recount

The odds of Rep. Allen B. West (R-Fla.) prevailing in Florida’s 18th District race grew longer Sunday when a recount of early ballots yielded Democratic opponent Patrick Murphy a net gain of nearly 300 votes, expanding his lead over the incumbent to more than 2,000 votes.

A St. Lucie County recount resulted in Murphy gaining 274 votes, the Associated Press reported. Murphy’s campaign continued to claim victory, while West’s campaign refused to give in just yet, the AP also reported. But the Republican’s options appear to be limited. His deficit is outside the automatic recount threshold, and time is running out.

6 Charles Johnson  Mon, Nov 19, 2012 2:51:14pm

re: #5 Kragar

Something to feel better about:

Allen West trails by even more votes after recount

Should have quit while he was only a little behind. Now he's a big behind.

7 Sophist is the VillageGreen Preservation Society  Mon, Nov 19, 2012 2:51:38pm

re: #2 Charles Johnson

They tried to suck me into this mess too - invented a whole conspiracy theory about Neal Rauhauser passing his secret sock puppet techniques on to me, so I could engineer the Twitter Gulag and suppress their freedoms.

Yes, but where do the reverse vampires and the Rand corporation fit into it?

8 Kragar  Mon, Nov 19, 2012 2:52:38pm

re: #6 Charles Johnson

Should have quit while he was only a little behind. Now he's a big behind.

He's been a big behind for years.

9 DisturbedEma  Mon, Nov 19, 2012 2:53:31pm

Between this and the Israel situation it's getting hard to read the news hope you are all doing well, staying off the threads due to life stress and a general sense of depression

10 Charles Johnson  Mon, Nov 19, 2012 2:54:04pm

Hah! They're still going on and on about #TwitterGulag. I haven't looked at that hashtag in months, and it's still raging.

11 Dark_Falcon  Mon, Nov 19, 2012 2:54:43pm

I don't understand this one. What was the plot? The piece is too disjointed for me to follow it.

12 Kragar  Mon, Nov 19, 2012 2:55:19pm

Linda Harvey prepares to boycott everyone:

[Address of company]

Dear [name of company]:

I am writing to you as a [former or potential] customer, to tell you why I will not be doing business with you, purchasing your products or services, nor speaking well of you to my family and friends.

You are highly-rated by the "Human Rights Campaign" as a company supportive of many aspects of the homosexual activist agenda. I am hoping you have done this out of ignorance about the true nature of both homosexuality and the goals of aggressive homosexual advocacy, such as that promoted by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC).

The great things about form letters is they're easier to weed out as spam.

13 Dark_Falcon  Mon, Nov 19, 2012 2:57:03pm

re: #10 Charles Johnson

Hah! They're still going on and on about #TwitterGulag. I haven't looked at that hashtag in months, and it's still raging.

They still think you're the Lavrenti Beria of Twitter. What a bunch a' maroons.

14 Dark_Falcon  Mon, Nov 19, 2012 2:58:48pm

re: #12 Kragar

Linda Harvey prepares to boycott everyone:

The great things about form letters is they're easier to weed out as spam.

The first comment on JMG's blog is an excellent reply to such a letter:

b • 2 days ago

Dear [insert bigot name]:

We are in receipt of your recent letter, which we find contains some statements that are factually inaccurate. There is no evidence that people with same-sex attraction are harmful to society. If fact in our company's direct experience, many of our LGBT employees have been some of the most constructive and productive employees we have ever had. By bearing false witness, you yourself are doing harm to society, which depends on facts, truth and accuracy in building a good society.

You letter, frankly, is discredited by our company. Please do not contact us further. Of course, your business is not welcome.

Sincerely,

[insert Company name]

15 Kragar  Mon, Nov 19, 2012 2:59:51pm

re: #13 Dark_Falcon

They still think you're the Lavrenti Beria of Twitter. What a bunch a' maroons.

The great thing about conspiracies is that when bad things happen to you, its never because you've been a complete fucking idiot.

16 watching you tiny alien kittens are  Mon, Nov 19, 2012 2:59:58pm

re: #5 Kragar

Something to feel better about:

Allen West trails by even more votes after recount

Doesn't matter, they didn't complete the recount before the deadline so now the original count has to be certified. The recount was for nothing.

[Link: www.foxnews.com...]

17 Lidane  Mon, Nov 19, 2012 3:00:17pm

Kenneth the Page Bobby Jindal Confident Women Will Vote GOP if Republicans Just Stop Saying What They Actually Believe

Jindal's big solution to getting women to vote Republican? Don't tell women what Republicans actually believe! Piss on their legs and tell them it's raining, very politely.

What Jindal doesn't seem to understand is that what was the problem with statements like Mourdock's and Akin's wasn't the specific words those men chose — although the words were pretty shit-awful. What made women wretch were the ideas behind the words, the idea that the physical trauma of pregnancy that results from the physical trauma of rape should be enforced by the state (or, um, celebrated like a rapey blessing, as Mourdock suggested). Jindal's plan to keep doing everything the same, but more sneaky-like, isn't going to convince women to vote for GOP candidates. Just because Twilight sold fifty gazillion copies doesn't mean women are a bunch of idiots.

In fact, that might be a great GOP Women Awareness slogan— Women: We Aren't Stupid! Someone get Karl Rove on the horn.

18 Killgore Trout  Mon, Nov 19, 2012 3:01:58pm

re: #11 Dark_Falcon

I don't understand this one. What was the plot? The piece is too disjointed for me to follow it.

I looked into it earlier this summer. It's complicated, a bunch of obscure people most of us have never heard of before. In my (very unpopular opinion) there's nobody to like in the whole mess. It started when some wingnuts found out a progressive activist blogger (brett kimberlin) was involved in a series of bombings in the 80's. Also allegations of a murder and child molestation. It turned into a blogwar pissing match. lawsuits, stalking, harassment. Nasty stuff.

19 Lidane  Mon, Nov 19, 2012 3:02:01pm

Here's a new one:

20 Brother Holy Cruise Missile of Mild Acceptance  Mon, Nov 19, 2012 3:08:43pm
21 Lidane  Mon, Nov 19, 2012 3:12:21pm

re: #20 Brother Holy Cruise Missile of Mild Acceptance

ROFL

Image: Ar_Z9VMn_kyNcaSOXo_ryQ2.jpg

Ha! That's awesome.

22 Schadenfreude 'r' Us  Mon, Nov 19, 2012 3:14:08pm

No offense, Charles, but even a metaphorical meal of your innards sounds disgusting. I question their taste as well as their morals.

23 Obdicut  Mon, Nov 19, 2012 3:16:16pm

re: #18 Killgore Trout

Who is claiming there is anyone to like in the story, though?

24 makeitstop  Mon, Nov 19, 2012 3:16:37pm

That Patterico dude should lose his job over this. Talk about abuse of power.

But he won't. He's in the OC, right? They're more likely to give him a medal for this shit than they are to fire him.

25 Hercules Grytpype-Thynne  Mon, Nov 19, 2012 3:17:01pm

re: #22 Schadenfreude 'r' Us

No offense, Charles, but even a metaphorical meal of your innards sounds disgusting. I question their taste as well as their morals.

Fortunately they'll be doing their tasting using a metaphorical tongue.

26 RadicalModerate  Mon, Nov 19, 2012 3:17:39pm

re: #20 Brother Holy Cruise Missile of Mild Acceptance

ROFL

Image: Ar_Z9VMn_kyNcaSOXo_ryQ2.jpg

Since they're doing this at a Waffle House, they should have included some video as part of the agenda to honor the company's Chairman.

Waffle House Chairman Sex Tapes Impounded by Court

27 aagcobb  Mon, Nov 19, 2012 3:18:27pm

re: #19 Lidane

Here's a new one:

[Embedded content]

Mitt Romney can now conveniently be blamed for every problem the GOP has, at least until the next election.

28 Randall Gross  Mon, Nov 19, 2012 3:23:01pm

Interesting - Bain fangs closing, or Limbaugh sponsor defections having effect?

[Link: www.toledoblade.com...]

29 Brother Holy Cruise Missile of Mild Acceptance  Mon, Nov 19, 2012 3:25:31pm

re: #24 makeitstop

he's an L.A. county ADA.

30 makeitstop  Mon, Nov 19, 2012 3:28:02pm

re: #29 Brother Holy Cruise Missile of Mild Acceptance

he's an L.A. county ADA.

Ah. Thanks.

31 Douchecanoe and Ryan Too  Mon, Nov 19, 2012 3:38:48pm

Evening Lizardim.

32 RadicalModerate  Mon, Nov 19, 2012 3:45:37pm

re: #28 Randall Gross

Interesting - Bain fangs closing, or Limbaugh sponsor defections having effect?

[Link: www.toledoblade.com...]

Check my comment on the page you did on this story, as to my thoughts behind their impending failure.

33 Dark_Falcon  Mon, Nov 19, 2012 3:47:09pm

re: #28 Randall Gross

Interesting - Bain fangs closing, or Limbaugh sponsor defections having effect?

[Link: www.toledoblade.com...]

Both perhaps. Whatever else is true, Mitt Romney still has friends in high places. If he were to mastermind the downfall of Rush Limbaugh, then he truly would have done his nation a great service.

34 Dark_Falcon  Mon, Nov 19, 2012 3:49:17pm

re: #31 Douchecanoe and Ryan Too

Evening Lizardim.

Good evening. We've got a story here with a rather full douche canoe. So full that the main characters are trying to throw each other overboard, hoping that the loser's stupidity will attract any nearby dopefish.

/Just good clear fun.

35 wrenchwench  Mon, Nov 19, 2012 3:50:26pm
36 Gus  Mon, Nov 19, 2012 3:50:44pm

**Twilight Zone Music**

37 Gus  Mon, Nov 19, 2012 3:51:02pm

re: #35 wrenchwench

Two great pics from Facebook today:

Image: 63742_492510807447263_1894110328_n.jpg

Image: 395008_432937463422889_669553617_n.jpg

I like the turkeys.

38 Douchecanoe and Ryan Too  Mon, Nov 19, 2012 3:51:31pm

re: #35 wrenchwench

Two great pics from Facebook today:

Image: 63742_492510807447263_1894110328_n.jpg

Image: 395008_432937463422889_669553617_n.jpg

The optimist says the glass is half full; the pessimist, that it is half empty. An engineer says that the glass is 50% over-engineered.

39 Targetpractice  Mon, Nov 19, 2012 3:52:05pm

re: #38 Douchecanoe and Ryan Too

The optimist says the glass is half full; the pessimist, that it is half empty. An engineer says that the glass is 50% over-engineered.

And the realist says "Hand me the damned glass, I'm thirsty."

40 The Mountain That Blogs  Mon, Nov 19, 2012 3:53:18pm

re: #38 Douchecanoe and Ryan Too

The optimist says the glass is half full; the pessimist, that it is half empty. An engineer says that the glass is 50% over-engineered.

And the physicist ducks.

41 wrenchwench  Mon, Nov 19, 2012 4:02:51pm

re: #40 The Mountain That Blogs

And the physicist ducks.

You might like this thing one of my scientist brothers posted last week: [Link: www.stat.columbia.edu...] . (It's a .pdf, for those (like myself) who need that sort of warning.) Too geeky for me.

I preferred the next post with an xkcd comic. Image: frequentists_vs_bayesians.png

42 Kragar  Mon, Nov 19, 2012 4:11:05pm

Sent by a friend:

"Despite historical evidence to the contrary, Lincoln is doing quite well in the theater."

/groan

43 The Mountain That Blogs  Mon, Nov 19, 2012 4:13:42pm

re: #41 wrenchwench

wow, this is pretty geeky. Don't have the time to go through it now, but will definitely bookmark for later. Thanks.

44 Four More Tears  Mon, Nov 19, 2012 4:15:03pm

re: #42 Kragar

Sent by a friend:

"Despite historical evidence to the contrary, Lincoln is doing quite well in the theater."

/groan

Eh, It's being beat by James Bond and glittery vampires.

45 Killgore Trout  Mon, Nov 19, 2012 4:16:46pm
46 Romantic Heretic  Mon, Nov 19, 2012 4:22:17pm

re: #4 Sophist is the VillageGreen Preservation Society

What is best in life? To metaphorically crush your enemies, see them driven metaphorically before you, and to hear the metaphorical lamentation of their metaphorical women.

Which is probably the only type of women they know.

47 Four More Tears  Mon, Nov 19, 2012 4:22:41pm

This is repulsive.

48 Kragar  Mon, Nov 19, 2012 4:27:10pm

re: #47 Four More Tears

This is repulsive.

[Embedded content]

Bloody fucking hell.

49 Mentis Fugit  Mon, Nov 19, 2012 4:35:48pm

re: #38 Douchecanoe and Ryan Too

The optimist says the glass is half full; the pessimist, that it is half empty. An engineer says that the glass is 50% over-engineered.

The marketer says MidFill™.

The pervert says the glass was full until he dipped his balls in it.

50 Dark_Falcon  Mon, Nov 19, 2012 4:36:02pm

re: #44 Four More Tears

Eh, It's being beat by James Bond and glittery vampires.

Understandably, but not forgivably so. Vampires ought not to sparkle!

51 ProGunLiberal  Mon, Nov 19, 2012 4:37:44pm

re: #50 Dark_Falcon

James Bond I can tolerate being ahead of Lincoln. Not so much for Breaking Dawn II.

52 Targetpractice  Mon, Nov 19, 2012 4:37:56pm

re: #47 Four More Tears

This is repulsive.

[Embedded content]

"We just want to foster critical thinking skills! We want to propose an alternative!"

Yeah, by basically saying that evolutionists are idiots who can't understand something that's "obvious" to creationists.

Glad to know we can just ignore this stuff, because it's so unimportant.///

53 Ghost of Tom Joad  Mon, Nov 19, 2012 4:57:47pm

re: #47 Four More Tears

This is repulsive.

[Embedded content]

Fifth graders in some state-sponsored schools in Louisiana study both creationism and evolution as competing theories.

Look....the Flintstones is not a fucking documentary. Adult people can believe whatever they want to believe. I got no problem with that. But this shit is child abuse.

54 Dancing along the light of day  Mon, Nov 19, 2012 5:15:39pm

re: #42 Kragar

As my Grandpa used to say
"So, other than that, how did you like the play, Mrs. Lincoln?"

55 Amory Blaine  Mon, Nov 19, 2012 7:02:30pm

I like Karoli. She is a good blogger.

56 OsborneInk  Mon, Nov 19, 2012 8:14:37pm

Thank you for linking to Karoli's post. An unbelievable amount of right wing blogstupid is coming undone at the moment, and she's done a great job of establishing this part of that story.

57 wrenchwench  Tue, Nov 20, 2012 10:24:34am

re: #56 OsborneInk

From what I've seen, you also have been involved in some blog-stupid, and tweet-stupid. Not good.


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 Frank says:

I feel it's better to sing about these things ourselves and perform them with the people who it happened to than to have some journalist one day say 'then in 1971, one time when they were at the mudshark hotel...' But people have problems with things of a glandular nature in connection with things of a musical nature. They say why, music is way up here, and glands are way down there and they can't get 'em together, but then they are hypocritical because they take a band that doesn't sing about such things directly and couches their language a little and does it with a little choreography and say that that's great and that's real rock and roll. I maintain that there's no difference, we're just honest enough to get up and say 'this is this and that's that and here you are and respond to it' and the response is 'why... I'm hip, but of course I am offended'.