Update: Added “Hypnowald” for humor.
Here’s today’s massive wall of text from a dedicated follower who’s been emailing similar crazy rants for about two years now. Based on “her” previous communications, “Linda Jo” is actually a right wing religious fanatic, but you wouldn’t know it from “her” latest deranged screed:
May we have some more spying, please, says Little Moldy Green Football! any country, any state, any household, any individual, any baby, any disabled person, any prisoner, any teacher, any senator, any blogger, anyone online, anyone with a phone, anyone with a credit card,anyone with transcripts, anyone who buys a plane ticket or a book from amazon, anyone with traffic tickets or a record, there should be no limits whatsoever! Why? Because ONE of them just MIGHT be a fucking oggedy boogedy TERRORIST! Lets screw every individual in the entire country from having any right of privacy or rob them of the right to avoid government invasiveness becase CHARLES fucking JOHNSON thinks its ok to spy on anyone the government wants to, for however long they want to, without cause or reason, because it MIGHT KEEP us safe ??? EVERYone needs to be tracked and watched and we need to be paranoid and delusional and live in fear instead of being free to live our lives without being scrutinized and watched, is that your philosophy? why dont you market please spy on me gov tshirts on amazon to promote your insaneagenda, at least that way you could profit from your delusional utopian vision for America. You are fucking insane if you really believe this crap. what is this bitter envy you have over Glenn Greenwald anyway, jealous that his and Snowdens spying expose was more important than your long forgotten Dan Rather document fraud and you decided to ridicule it as if it was nothing? It is a VIOLATION of our right to privacy, and you dont think that right is important? If thats the case, the “terrorists” have won.
Thanks for sharing, Linda Jo!
I’ll just let Jamie Kirchick tell the story: Defending Putin’s Propagandists.
Over the past week, I have been the recipient of a deluge of attacks on Twitter from RT fans alleging that I was somehow behind Wahl’s resignation. This afternoon, a gentleman identifying himself as Kevin Gosztola, who writes for the left-wing website FireDogLake, left a message on my cell phone. He claimed to be working on a project for First Look Media — the high-profile investigative journalism start-up that employs, among others, Glenn Greenwald. (First Look’s top editor says the Gosztola has nothing to do with the outlet. More on that in a second.) I post Gosztola’s missive verbatim:
“So you don’t deny that you encouraged Liz Wahl to resign. We are going to be publishing a story at First Look Media and I know that you’re going to be losing control of the narrative that you’ve managed to create around Liz Wahl’s resignation. We have multiple sources.
“It’s fairly obvious that you have orchestrated this as part of some Foreign Policy Initiative [the think tank where I work] agenda. And this is what we’re going to be putting out there. So your fun little charade, public stunt that you’ve been putting on which the media has completely eaten up here in the United States, is hopefully over.
“If you have any comment and if you’d like to respond to me and prove that this is not how it is, you let me know. But otherwise we are ready to go. And, you know, you like to ‘fuck with the Russians’ and we’re going to respond to that and let people know where you’re coming from as you have worked with Liz Wahl to expose what you call a propaganda network.”
“When did you stop beating your wife,” does not begin to do justice to the nature [of] this rant. The call’s threatening tone is appropriate, though, for someone determined to defend the reputation of the Kremlin. What’s less understandable is why First Look Media—a new journalism venture that’s supposedly dedicated to investigating the excesses of government and corporate power—would join in.
That’s because First Look is not, in fact, involved. “Kevin [Gosztola] doesn’t work for First Look Media. He apparently spoke to Glenn [Greenwald] about the possibility of doing a story for [First Look], but Glenn hasn’t given him an assignment or a contract,” Eric Bates, executive editor of First Look Media, told The Daily Beast in an email. “Glenn let Kevin know that he shouldn’t be representing himself as acting on behalf of First Look.”
Greenwald isn’t exactly a RT critic, it should be noted.
In Which Glenn Greenwald’s Friend Mona Holland Equates Me to a Neo-Nazi in Prison for Trying to Murder a Judge
It would seem that this post from yesterday found its mark: If You Read Down to Paragraph 18, You Discover That Glenn Greenwald’s Latest Article Has No Evidence.
The festivities were kicked off this morning by the Mighty Greenwald himself, who called out his legions to attack with a couple of provocative tweets:
Interesting history of one the most devoted online Democratic partisans & US Govt loyalists in the Obama era http://t.co/TdVy7Oev68
@LailaLalami Now he's a leading online Democratic booster. Quite revealing.
He’s linking to one of Gawker’s typical smear jobs (complete with crappy low res video screen grab) — written five years ago. BREAKING NEWS! For some odd reason that I’m pretty sure is related to my article, Greenwald went out of his way to find something vicious to post about me. It’s a pretty sleazy way to dodge out of dealing with the substantive criticisms in my post, but there you have it.
These tweets led to a predictable chorus of Greenwald personality cultists who are mostly in my TweetDeck global filter now (some people there’s just no point in even reading), so I thankfully missed most of the wharrgarbl until Greenwald’s long-time defender and sometime associate Mona Holland decided to directly equate me to Matthew Hale, the neo-Nazi who was once defended (pro bono) by Glenn Greenwald, and is now serving a 40-year prison term for conspiring to murder a federal judge.
So, that happened today.
Since Matt Hale has been brought up, we should mention that as Hale’s lawyer, Glenn Greenwald’s conduct was found to be unethical and deceitful after he recorded conversations with witnesses without telling them. Savor the irony of that, given Greenwald’s current crusade against intelligence services.
Here’s the judge’s opinion: ANDERSON v. HALE | Leagle.com.
Defendants’ counsel recorded telephone conversations with various third party witnesses, without disclosing to those witnesses that they were being recorded. Counsel and his tape-recorder were both in New York. The witnesses, at least some of them, called from Illinois. Plaintiff moved to compel disclosure of these tapes, arguing that this conduct was unethical and therefore vitiated any attorney workproduct privilege that may have attached to these recordings, and sought a protective order prohibiting any further recordings. The magistrate judge granted both motions, finding defense counsel’s conduct unethical under two separate rules: Local Rule 83.58.4(a)(4), prohibiting “dishonesty, fraud, deceit or misrepresentation;” and Local Rule 83.54.4, stating “a lawyer shall not … use methods of obtaining evidence that violate the legal rights of [another] person.”
A summit of Islamic nations in Indonesia had nothing to say about Iran’s Manhattan Project.
NUSA DUA, Indonesia (Reuters) - A summit of eight Muslim-majority nations did not specifically discuss the dispute over Iran’s nuclear programme, Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said on Saturday.
The Developing Eight’s final declaration did not refer to the matter, but Yudhoyono said he told his Iranian counterpart directly “that a continued cooperation should be made between Iran and the IAEA to have a peaceful, just solution.”
Iranian madman Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is developing quite a cult following; his cronies claimed they saw him surrounded by white light in his UN speech, and now the mullahs are saying his letter to President Bush was inspired by Allah. (Hat tip: right wing zephyr.)
Substitute Friday Prayers Leader of Tehran Ayatollah Ahamd Jannati said in his second sermon this week that Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s letter to his US counterpart had been divinely inspired.
Addressing hundreds of worshipers at Tehran University, Jannati reiterated, “The letter is spectacular, and when I say it is an inspiration from God, I really believe in it.”
The Friday preacher of Tehran added, “This was a historically unprecedented move, save for the late Imam Khomeini’s letter to (the former USSR President Mikhail) Gorbachev, which stunned everyone.” Describing Ahmadinejad’s letter to Bush as “astonishing and odd”, Jannati said, “I suggest everyone to read this letter. It should be read at schools and universities, and repeatedly broadcast from the country’s radio and TV networks.”
The Secretary of the Guardians Council also proposed that the letter’s text be included in text books, adding, “The messages in that letter are welcomed by the world nations, and yet no one else would have dared to write such a letter to the US President.”
The mullahs understand this letter much better than our own mainstream media: An Islamic Declaration of War.