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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.


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.


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 creepycrawlies 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!


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,, 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.

Sunday, Linky Sunday

“Cleaning house” on my blog is easier than cleaning the really real house. 

Speaking of which, here is our new place on base post:

Home is where the Navy sends you

I’m learning the terrain and starting to get my bearings.  Leavenworth County has a home school service that I’m excited to stumble upon.  All Slabbed Up is the place to go for an entirely euphoric meat coma.  Folks at the Cushing Memorial Hospital ER are real nice, and while the application of dermabond does sting, it is still better than a shot (so saith the younger son). 

On to the links:
Donald Sensing has shared a slogan T-shirt that sums up my entire political philosophy.
Mayrant and Rave has another example of our President’s disdain for the rule of law.  Also, a pleasingly phonetic new acronym:  CWTSYGO.  (I can’t wait, either.)
PJMom reminds us how bad the education system has become, and she explains one of the reasons why:  Howard Zinn.
Daniel Hannan gave another great mini-speech in the European Parliament:  castles made of sand melt into the sea.
Via the Autonomous Mind, an amusing gun joke.
Via the comment section of The Conservative Hideout comes the discovery of another great blog.  Don’t let the name scare you off:  Hookers and Booze.  (Hmm.  Actually, a fair number of you will be attracted by the title, won’t you?)
Please be sure to read Samuel L. Jackson, You’re My Only Hope.  Comedic genius lies therein.  I’m almost jealous enough to buy a pet snake for my family, in the hope that similar humor will ensue.
This link is a bit old for blogospheric standards, but I don’t care.  If you are already aware of my weakness for trolls, then you know why I love Brian’s Story:  Portrait of a Liberal Troll.
Speaking of old, go help celebrate IMAO’s 9th Anniversary.  Wow.   I can only hope for such longevity.  (How old is that in blogospheric years?  Like, 108?)
I’ll end with some good news:  South Sudan achieves nation status.
That’s all I’ve got today.  So much other good stuff abounds.  Take a stroll thru my blogroll, ifn you’ve got the time. 

Digital Existential Angst

Via The Looking Spoon is the Bill Whittle video, “The End of The Beginning.”  This video is the best I’ve seen from Mr. Whittle since Iconography.

Basically, he argues that only been three meta-changes have occurred in civilization’s entire history.  He says that we are witnessing the third meta-change right now, and that’s why everything seems so crazy.

I needed to hear that today.  Lemme tell you why, and then I’ll get back to the meta-change thing. 

I am a stress monkey. 

Virtually anything, and sometimes even nothing at all, can provoke anxiety.  No posting for a few days:  stress.  Being unable to get everything done in a day:  stress.  I’ll stress over the way I stress if I think about it much longer.  Is it rational?  No.  But I’m old enough to recognize that it’s not magically going away just because we declare it silly.

Today, reading Da Tech Guy’s “Wonkette Incident” slightly horrified me.  The awful, awful comments.  What is wrong with people?   Then, I immediately walked into yet another awkward Facebook situation.

Facebook can be a minefield.  Frequent moving creates many long-distance friendships. Most of these people never heard boo from me on politics when we interacted face-to-face.  While no one has come out and said it, some of them probably think a body-snatcher now inhabits my body.  After all, one day–without explanation–I began vomiting political links and opinions onto the news feed.  Two years later, still vomiting.

The majority say nothing.  A few folks appreciate the links.  A few unfriended me.  Sometimes, there is sarcasm.  Worst of all:  the vague statements.  Was that sarcasm?  Do I respond?

I’m not trying to annoy all the people I’ve befriended over the course of my life.  I don’t want to upset anyone.   And I certainly don’t want digital swarms of angry leftists buzzing all over the ‘net about me and my blog, like they just did to Da Tech Guy.

What the hell am I doing this for?

Well, the video embedded below reminded me.  Oh, yeah.  This nation went totally crazy town while me and my family were overseas.  We get back home, turn on the radio, and I’m like, what?  The government owns GM?  Bailing out financial institutions?  Passing humongous bills without reading them?  Even crazier was the way no one seemed to notice.  They need to notice.  All the blogging, all the FB vomiting, started because no matter how much I hate the fray, I feel obliged to elbow my way into it. 

Thank goodness for the local Tea Party.  I am not the only one noticing the crazy train chugging to crazy town!  Whew! 

Back to Bill Whittle’s meta-change:

“We are now going from being ‘company men,’ to becoming dispersed, decentralized, independent, interconnected, free agents, because the industrial age is coming to a close, as the information age takes its place.  And all of our economic structure is once again going back to being horizontal, independent, light, fast, agile, decentralized, local, smaller, cheaper.  The old dinosaurs may totter for a while, but they will eventually fall.”

I sure hope he’s right.  If you’ve got the nine minutes, the whole thing is well worth it:

Thanks, Mr. Whittle.  I feel much better.  Now I remember the other reason to blog.  Essay writing is terrible fun.

He produces these videos over at Declaration Entertainment.  Support ’em if ya can.


This is probably not worth posting, but one never knows.  It could be the beginning of a new hobby.

Spotted:  an elusive, statistic-quoting troll named “Tom.”

Here, here, and here.  (P.S. At the Lonely Conservative, there were two Toms so don’t confuse them!)

Here is the basic message:

The bottom 80% of our population has taken a big hit since the 70s to the benefit of the top 1% of earners. Facts don’t lie:

Distribution of income in the United States, 1982-2006

Top 1 percent /Next 19 percent /Bottom 80 percent
1982 12.8%/ 39.1%/ 48.1%
1988 16.6%/ 38.9%/ 44.5%
1991 15.7%/ 40.7%/ 43.7%
1994 14.4%/ 40.8%/ 44.9%
1997 16.6%/ 39.6%/ 43.8%
2000 20.0%/ 38.7%/ 41.4%
2003 17.0%/ 40.8%/ 42.2%
2006 21.3%/ 40.1%/ 38.6%

Tom’s comments were specifically tailored for relevance to each particular post, and I only found three, so it’s not a total hatchet job.  Still, it is . . . annoying.  Why do folks cut and paste the same thing in multiple places?  Do any of them really get paid to do this, as I’ve heard?

In two of the comments, Tom provided a reference for the stats:  “Wolff, E. N. (2010). Recent trends in household wealth in the United States: Rising debt and the middle-class squeeze – an update to 2007. Working Paper No. 589. Annandale-on-Hudson, NY: The Levy Economics Institute of Bard College.”

A recent HuffPo piece cites the same source for the same statistics, while arguing that tax cuts for the rich don’t work because those evil rich people sleep on big bags of money no matter what we do, or something like that.

The only reason I mention the HuffPo piece is to point out the comment that pretty much sinks the whole “tax the rich more!” argument with one shot:

“Your logic is flawed. The Laffer curve is basic calculus that follows the law of diminishin­g returns. There is an optimum level of taxation that will maximize revenues at some tax rate. As rates go lower, actual revenue goes up.

Taxes influence behavior. Higher taxes force people to re examine opportunit­y costs of work/leisu­re.

You also talk about ‘fairness.’  That is casting a value judgement on the tax code. You are imposing your values-aga­inst the values of other individual­s. Things like ‘fairness’ are the domain of political scientists and not economists­. Positive vs normative economics.

There is a litany of research and mathematic­al foundation proving Laffer was correct. There is also Hauser’s Law, which states no matter what tax rates are, people end up paying about 19%. Once they get above that level. they begin to use the undergroun­d economy, and hide income.”

The name of this commenter is pointsnfigures.  I wonder if this person is a contributor over at that totally clickworthy Points and Figures?

The commenters over at the blogprof also deal with the troll’s argument nicely.

G’night all.

A Focused, Non-Terminal Repeating Troll

One of my dearest blog buddies, Fleece Me, has an infestation of sorts.  His post on this problem is lengthy, but I can solve the problem post-haste:

“Sir, what you had there was what we refer
 to as a focused, non-terminal repeating
 troll, or a Class Five Full Roaming Vapor Leftist . . . . A real nasty one, too.”

Apparently, a certain James McPherson made an identical comment to both Fleece Me and King Shamus.  I googled the key phrase from this dubious commenter:

“True, Olbermann shouldn’t have done it, because of the policy. But it’s accepted practice at Fox News.”

 Here are the results:

Nov 5th , 3:47pm at The Snow Report:    “True, Olbermann shouldn’t have done it. But it’s accepted practice at Fox News:

Nov 5th, 6:28pm at From The Left:  “True, Olbermann shouldn’t have done it. But it’s accepted practice at Fox News:

Nov 5th, 6:42pm at Nice Deb’s:  “True, Olbermann shouldn’t have done it. But it’s accepted practice at Fox News:

Nov 5th, 7:40pm at The Swash:  “True, Olbermann shouldn’t have done it. But it’s accepted practice at Fox News:

Nov 5th, 7:43pm at Jonathan Turley’s blog:  “True, Olbermann shouldn’t have done it. But it’s accepted practice at Fox News:

Nov 5th, 7:59pm at the Swampland blog:  “True, Olbermann shouldn’t have done it. But it’s accepted practice at Fox News:”

Nov 5th, 8:20pm at King Shamus’ realm:  “True, Olbermann shouldn’t have done it. But it’s accepted practice at Fox News:

Nov 5th, 8:22pm at Fleece Me’s abode:  “True, Olbermann shouldn’t have done it, because of the policy.  But it’s accepted practice at Fox News: — sad for an organization with “News” in its name.”

Hey, Fleecy.  At least he added a bit of commentary just for you!

Ah, trolls.  I have a weakness for feeding them.  Especially when they spout the same thing over and over and over . . . and over, hoping for a bite.