Category Archives: Terrorism

Blog About Brett Kimberlin Day #BrettKimberlin

It’s “post about Brett Kimberlinday.  Most of my posts are pulled rather spontaneously and inartfully from my nether regions and published on the same day.  This time, I actually started research the day before, thinking I’d get a fuller picture and maybe even a new nugget of info.

So I started with a Google list of Kimberlin court cases, which Bryan Preston provided via Lee Stranahan.  Then I did a Google search of my own, eliminating the last month in order to find older information on Mr. Kimberlin.

Yeaahh.

Uh, this situation is beyond convoluted.  Only one fact seems clear:  Brett Kimberlin is a Very Bad Actor.  This fact shines through the morass of mysterious internet “cloak-and-dagger,” “cat-and-mouse,” or “troll-and-billy-goat-gruff” activity that occurred before Patterico was ever involved.

Apparently, a connection may exist between Brett Kimberlin and the “swatting” of Mike Stack (one of the first folks to retweet the WeinerGate photo).  Also, Kimberlin may be tied to the website “Raw Story.”

And also a hippo.

Forgive my flippancy; this is serious stuff.  I’m only making light of my own confusion.  The way this guy likes to destroy lives is no laughing matter.

The details of how he came to be entangled with Patrick Frey (Patterico), Aaron Walker (Worthing), Mandy Nagy (Liberty Chick) and a dude named Socrates, well they are making my eyes swim.  And I haven’t even gotten to Walker’s megapost yet!

So I’m going to defer to these people at these links, if you would like to see a bigger picture.  I will stick to enumerating why I call Brett Kimberlin a Very Bad Actor.  Then I’ll sit back and see if he tries to sue me or some such.

1.  Bombing

2.  Lying

3.  Serial suing

4.  Threatening

5.  Making a living off progressive donations for bad music composition.  Or maybe I should thank him for that.

Finally, here’s some highlights from Brett Kimberlin’s legal career, as delineated in the Google scholar link above.

  1. A 1985 challenge to the withholding of records by the Department of the Treasury and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.  Mr. Kimberlin wanted information that included a list of telephone numbers.  The appellate court concluded that info would constitute “an unwarranted invasion of personal privacy.”  The court explained, “The record fails to reflect any benefit which would accrue to the public from disclosure of this document and Kimberlin’s self-serving assertions of government wrongdoing and coverup do not rise to the level of justifying disclosure.”
  2. A 1986 appeal of the dismissal of his Privacy Act violation claim.  Apparently, it was not okay for his prison case manager (Leddy) to tell his probation officer (Gahl) that Kimberlin was sending money outside the prison from his commissary account.  Okey-dokey.  The dismissal of the case was affirmed, and the court noted, “Kimberlin’s claim to a property interest is totally lacking in merit.”
  3. In 1993, Kimberlin appealed the district court’s dismissal of his second petition . . . alleging that “respondent, United States Parole Commission . . .  violated his due process rights by vindictively redetermining his parole release date . . . .”  In particular, the court found that “As for Kimberlin’s allegations about Vice President Quayle supposedly creating an appearance of political vindictiveness in the Commission’s decisions, the district court correctly concluded that Kimberlin, not the Commission, created this appearance. He has neither proven nor alleged that the Commission’s decisions were actually influenced in any way by his statements about the Vice President — indeed, Kimberlin’s counsel did not mention Quayle during oral argument. In the absence of proof or an allegation of actual vindictiveness, no lawful basis exists to set aside the Commission’s sentence . . . .” (emphasis mine)
  4. Also in 1993, Kimberlin alleged that “Quinlan and Miller, in their individual capacities, conspired to violate and in fact violated Kimberlin’s rights under the first and fifth amendments to the United States Constitution by denying him, respectively, access to the press and due process of law . . . .”  The court noted in this case, “In sum, Kimberlin relies only on inference and weak circumstantial evidence, notably the timing of events, to support his claim of unconstitutional detention by Quinlan and Miller; he has produced no direct evidence of unconstitutional motive for any of his detentions as required . . . .”
  5. In Kimberlin v. Dewalt, 12 F. Supp. 2d 487 (1998), Kimberlin challenged the revocation of his parole.  The court denied Kimberlin’s challenge, stating that “Clearly a ‘rational basis’ exists for requiring petitioner to pay a civil debt to his crime victim. Petitioner has a lengthy criminal history. Despite his high earnings, he failed to show any good faith by paying his crime victim.  To permit petitioner to profit from his crimes (by receiving royalties from book sales) without also requiring compensation to his victim would clearly promote public disrespect for the law . . . .”
  6. Finally, in 2003, Kimberlin challenged the prohibition of federal inmates from possessing electric or electronic musical instruments (other than for religious purposes).  The district court’s decision to dismiss the case was affirmed.

Well there you go.  That’s Brett Kimberlin, best I can tell.

Oh, and by the way.  I’ve learned something new about Stacy McCain:  he’s a white supremacist!  So sayeth some chick named Wendy Gittleson, because the Southern Poverty Law Center says so!

Amazing, how the smear machine just keeps plugging along . . . .

UPDATE:  That Innocuous Girl has featured a few of Brett Kimberlin’s Best Musical Hits, do go check it out.  I especially love this review she found:

“Indeed, Kimberlin is such a talented songwriter, both musically and lyrically, that he can pull off what so many other well-intentioned performers are unable to. His songs are creative, intelligent, witty, and poignant, while retaining the musical qualities that make great rock songs – energy, melody and power. Moreover, he has a Motzartian ability to write entire songs on the spot –”a gift from God,” he says . . . .”

Motzartian, snort.

UPDATE 2:  The Blaze has a great rundown of Brett Kimberlin’s lawless career.

UPDATE 3:  The additional info that Patrick Frey has released is spine-chilling.  Look at his analysis of the SWATter’s voice:

That voice sure sounds like Ron Brynaert’s.  I’ve got @ronbryn’s Twitter feed in another tab right now, and denial tweets are coming in fast and furious, even though his threatening tweets to @Patterico are right on the Blaze article.

Creepy.

UPDATE 4:  Wow! I got a link from Dana Loesch over at the Bigs.  Thanks so much.  Anyone wandering this way, don’t miss an epic Brett Kimberlin rant here.  The WORM’s got a way with words.

UPDATE 5:  Holy Mackerel, my blog is listed in the Memeorandum aggregation.  That’s never happened before.  I found out via this kind fellow.  Thanks!

This Week In Being No One

Hey all!

Been a crazy week in the blogosphere, hasn’t it?

The creepy-crawlies have squirmed out of the woodwork for a while, and as the boat continues to sink . . . they will continue to swarm into the light.

I’ll write more on this Friday, the inaugural “Everybody Blog About Brett Kimberlin Day.”

Meanwhile, I am still living the happy-go-lucky life of the not-yet-hunted-nor-harrassed conservative blogger.  I’ve even finally begun to try out this wild thing they call The Twitter.

Wee!  Twitter is kinda fun.  Older Son recently chose the movie “Not Evil Just Wrong” for his afternoon educational viewing.  When he ranted, with eyes aglow, about environmental politics at the dinner table, I joyfully tweeted about it, throwing in the movie creator’s twitter name.

And then?

I ended up in a little twitter convo with Phelim McAleer himself!

Cool.

I heartily recommend The Twitter to anyone else that is not yet tweeting.  I’m a reluctant convert, but a convert nevertheless.  A special “thanks” goes to His Royal Shamus for holding my hand as I wade into the scary, shark-infested Twitter waters.  You are a kind man.

On to the last topic of the week.  Short Timer has been kind enough to elaborate on the issue of women in combat.  His wisdom needs repeating, for this reason:

Even dyed-in-the-wool, military-loving conservatives often don’t understand what the big deal is about letting women try their hand at Ranger School or Marine Infantry School.  We’re all feminists now, in today’s culture, you know?  If you haven’t had the military experience, it’s hard to understand the real problems involved.

Short Timer thoroughly explains the problems here.  Should you be pressed for time, here are the cliffnotes:

“If the standards are kept as high, women won’t pass.  If there’s a 75% pass rate for men, and a 10% pass rate for women, the bureaucrat social-engineer leftist political[ly]-correct hack who came up with this idea will, as always, refuse to accept that men and women are different.  And the test will be changed.  . . .  The instructors will be viewed as sexist . . . good ol’ boys and face retribution at the hands of the social engineers.  The loss will be to the country, to security (one of the few legitimate functions of government), to the Marines and Rangers, to the men who pass, and to the women who actually could pass without the standard being lowered.”

“No one wants to teach a class of students that starts making EEO complaints.  . . .  It disrupts the class, and means the instructor has to walk on eggshells.  A good instructor won’t want to be there – he can’t make the course difficult enough to prepare the candidates for their careers as Rangers or Marine combat arms MOSes.  He can’t ask for the same level of performance when someone can’t give it – and washing someone out who has a (as a horribly politically incorrect coworker once said) “career enhancement device” – isn’t much of an option without facing retribution from higher-ups, bureaucrats, EEO, and harassment charges.  There are plenty of people when faced with difficulty who will take the easy way out, and claiming harassment or unfair treatment is an easy way to pass.  It’s hell for the instructors and dissuades good instructors from ever signing on.  The knowledge base there is lost.”

Please do read the whole thing.  To anyone who questions whether instructors might keep their mouths shut rather than breaching the Code of Political Correctness in order to criticize a female candidate, I give you Exhibit A:

Well, that’s all the news from this ‘lil nowhere section of the blogosphere.  Normally, I might say “Happy Blogging” to all you folks, but tonight I say, “Safe Blogging!  Night-night!  Don’t let the leftist bugs bite!”

Meet the .45%

A common theme heard in the No One household, as you can imagine, is how unbelievably, mind-bogglingly and stupendously spoiled some of “The 99%” sound when compared to the 1% who serve in the military.

Via my hubs, via his FB friend, via a random and completely adorable West Point cadet comes the must-buy fashion for the season:

The 0.45% T-Shirt.

The folks at that website, www.rangerup.com, included an anonymous essay that will knock your socks off.  I hope they don’t mind if I paste a large chunk here:

“I remember the day I found out I got into West Point.

My mom actually showed up in the hallway of my high school and waited for me to get out of class. She was bawling her eyes out and apologizing that she had opened up my admission letter. She wasn’t crying because it had been her dream for me to go there. She was crying because she knew how hard I’d worked to get in, how much I wanted to attend, and how much I wanted to be an infantry officer. I was going to get that opportunity.

That same day two of my teachers took me aside and essentially told me the following: ‘Nick, you’re a smart guy. You don’t have to join the military. You should go to college, instead.’

I could easily write a tome defending West Pont and the military as I did that day, explaining that USMA is an elite institution, that separate from that it is actually statistically much harder to enlist in the military than it is to get admitted to college, that serving the nation is a challenge that all able-bodied men should at least consider for a host of reasons, but I won’t.

What I will say is that when a 16 year-old kid is being told that attending West Point is going to be bad for his future then there is a dangerous disconnect in America, and entirely too many Americans have no idea what kind of burdens our military is bearing.”

The essay continues at length, so go read it.  And buy a shirt!  Looks like your ol’ blog bud Linda has just figured out half your Christmas shopping for you.

You’re welcome.

Oh, and read about the three guys behind Ranger Up–pretty awesome.  Internet searches did not reveal a prior source for the .45% essay.  Perhaps one of the three guys is the ‘Nick’ featured in it.

Oh, the internet searches did reveal that at least three other bloggers beat me to the punch, and they deserve a visit too, if’n you’ve got the time:

A Soldier’s Perspective, where blogger CJ speaks truth to power:  “You know, I get fed up with the Occupy Wall Street idiots. I’ve been going around and around with some of them on Twitter and am convinced that this has nothing to do with corporate greed and everything to do with individual greed.”

CJ is kindly and patiently suffering a fool in the comment section.  Anybody up for a game of whack-a-troll?

Eric at Threedonia will be proudly annoying liberal coworkers with this t-shirt on casual Fridays.  Ha.

And newish blog The World through the Eyes of a SheepDog scooped me too, dadgummit.  Good thing I like dogs now.

 Have a great weekend, everybody!

UPDATE:  They have it in women’s sizes too.

When ‘Yes’ ‘No’ or ‘Maybe’ Won’t Work: Mosaic!

Glenn Beck’s cohorts were joking about this on the radio, and it did make me laugh.

I’ll admit that I had not yet considered whether waterboarding helped us to find Osama Bin Laden.

Well, other people had.

And . . . other people hadn’t.

It seems that waterboarding had something to do with locating Bin Laden.

At the time of this Lawrence O’Donnell interview, perhaps Deputy National Security Advisor Denis McDonough had not yet been briefed on the definitive narrative.

Without the definitive narrative, he had no idea whether the correct answer was “yes,” “no,” or “maybe.”  Poor fella.  He tried for all three:

Lawrence O’Donnell:  “Candidate Obama spoke strongly against waterboarding, and Director Panetta has now confirmed . . . that some of the detainees who provided some of the information that created the chain of information that eventually led to the killing of Osama Bin Laden had been ‘waterboarded.’”

Denis McDonough:  “No, I don’t think that–I don’t think that’s right.  I just took a look at the transcript; I think that’s uh an overstatement.”

O’Donnell:  “Well clarify for us what you think Director Panetta has said.”

McDonough:  “Ah, I leave that to you, but uh, what I just looked at, he did not say that.”

O’Donnell:  “Alright lemme ask you one thing:  did any useful information, any usable information, that led to this mission, come from waterboarding?”

McDonough:  “I’d say a couple different things.  First of all it’s very uh clear that this is the result of an intense and very complex, very effective intelligence operation over the course of many, many years.  I’m not gonna stand here, uh, and tell you definitively or categorically what every piece of that information was, uh, that’s just not credible, of course, uh, because I just don’t have access to each of those pieces of information.  But what I do know is this:

is that, uh, this is a mosaic put together over the course of uh considerable amount of time, drawing on all sources of intelligence:  human intelligence of the sort that you are talking about, uh but also other pieces of intelligence.

This was a very effective interagency intelligence team, individuals from each of the sixteen intelligence agencies, and they drew on a whole big, uh, a whole collection of uh, intelligence capabilities and uh, intelligence itself, so, uh, I can’t rule anything out in terms of whether, uh, categorically, no such information exists, but what I can tell you is that this information was drawn uh from uh a series of efforts that started frankly before KSM uh was even arrested, so I think some of the reports that have been out there have been frankly a distraction from the bigger story, which is this is a very effective intelligence operation about which the President is very proud and frankly for which he is very thankful.”

Bolding was mine.  In case you didn’t pick up on the significance:  “human intelligence of the sort that you are talking about” = waterboarding.

Ha ha ha.

I’m not laughing about waterboarding.  I’m sure it stinks, if you are the recipent.

I’m laughing at the total narrative fail.

Guys.  Is it so hard to admit that sometimes a “Jack Bauer” gets sh^t done?

Bin Laden is Dead?

So folks are sayin’

http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/source-al-qaida-head-bin-laden-dead-us-in-possession-of-body-obama-to-speak-sunday-night/2011/05/01/AF1D5hVF_story.html

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 659 other followers