Stacy McCain and his family are still in an undisclosed location. I suspect it will be that way for a while. I have no idea if they’re in Timbuktu or Vanuatu, I only know they aren’t at home in Maryland. He did another post today that does a great job summarizing things to date. For telling the truth about a dangerous man he’s now in hiding. God bless America.
Lee Stranahan is calling on bloggers to write about Kimberlin on Friday, May 25.
This is no war of words; Kimberlin is a serial litigator who has filed over 100 lawsuits by his own account and he takes people to court, claiming they are harassing him. He calls their employers. I stand with all these people, some of whom are my friends. I’m launching a new effort on my own that I hope will help.
The only effective way I to fight Brett Kimberlin is for as many people to research and write about him as possible.
So I’m declaring this Friday, May 25th as Everybody Blog About Brett Kimberlin Day.
Here’s the video Stranahan put together introducing you to Brett Kimberlin, aka the Speedway Bomber.
Donald Douglas has a post with links to a number of bloggers who aren’t waiting for Friday. Dan Collins has been all over the story, and wrote about it again today. Conservative Hideout also picked up on it. Kimberlin’s “lawfare” harassment of Aaron Walker (formerly known online as Worthing) continues. On the bright side, as he pointed out:
As Glenn Reynolds noted earlier tonight: “If Kimberlin was trying to stop negative Internet attention, it’s not working.”
Da TechGuy has also been covering this, and notes that the exercise of free speech comes at a price, unfortunately. It shouldn’t. Which is why I have felt compelled to share this news with you, and call on other bloggers to do the same. It was the harassment of Aaron Walker (Worthing) that first caught my attention. I don’t know him, and was only familiar with him through Patterico’s site, who I also don’t know. But I’ve also been the target of some pretty nasty people from the left, who have tried to take things offline and into my personal life. It was nothing as bad as Kimberlin, and maybe I’m crazy for putting myself out there, but I won’t sit by and watch this happen and say nothing. Especially now that it’s happening to someone I consider a good friend, Stacy McCain. Patterico put it well in his post earlier today:
Kimberlin and his crew have relentlessly harassed Aaron, me, and others over the course of the last several months. It is not harassment for us to tell the world what happened to us. It could happen to any of you. His supporters have outed or threatened to out commenters to this very site. They talk about wives, children, and fathers of bloggers and commenters. They ceaselessly abuse everyone they can who speaks the truth about Kimberlin’s past.
Ultimately, this is a free speech issue. Kimberlin and his group of thugs have done their level best to attack everyone in the blogosphere who wrote anything negative about him. Now the blogosphere is starting to wake up, and there are so many critics he can’t possibly intimidate them all.
Also be sure to see the latest post from Paul Lemmen at An Ex-Con’s View. He seems like a man who is truly seeking redemption, so it must be especially disturbing to him to see a guy who got his sentence reduced by more than half go on to continue a life a crime.
Finally, Ladd Ehlinger reminds us that this goes beyond Kimberlin, who has ties to Democrat operatives and receives funding from the Tides Foundation, Teresa Heinz Kerry and Barbara Streisand.
As I said in my previous post, Social-Media Gate is the biggest story of the new century. Future historians will look back to this era as the beginning of the end of politics as usual, and the launch of the modern-day electronic equivalent of the Italian Borgias and Medicis. Rule by tribal political affiliations, with a dash of sword and social-media skulduggery.
And yes, I believe all of these roads lead to Obama, and yes, I think we’ll have a messy third-world-style election come November. With a lot of people being forced to flee their homes in terror.
Unless, of course, we turn the tide and shout loudly and from every rooftop: this is America! We don’t give money to thugs to intimidate our political opposition! We don’t force families to flee from their homes!
The larger conservative media interests out there – such as Brietbart.com, Daily Caller, and so forth – have been entirely remiss in reporting on this story for quite some time. Completely ignoring the swatting of Mike Stack and Patterico was beyond poor journalism, especially when you consider that Andrew Brietbart himself was talking about it before his untimely death.
I hope this is simply due to trying to “time” the story, or lack of understanding on the nature of it, and that they don’t think silence will protect them in this Politics Unusual Age. Silence is not the same as marking your door in the land of the Pharaohs. Every door will be opened, silent or not.
So speak now, or forever be damned to a shotgun marriage with the new Era of Politics Unusual.
I’m holding out hope for Breitbart.com, considering Stranahan’s latest post. Let’s hope those of us willing to speak up can attract enough attention to make a difference. It’s easy to sit back and say nothing. But is that what you want others to do if it happens to you?
Oh, one more thing, even if you are not a blogger, you can still help. You can respectfully contact the following agency and ask them to please do something about this public menace.
Attorney for Montgomery County
50 Maryland Avenue, 5th Floor
Rockville, Maryland 20850 firstname.lastname@example.org. 240-777-7300
Actually, there were two more things (via Stacy’s post also linked above)
The National Bloggers Club, Inc, a non-profit organization that organizes the annual Blog Bash event celebrating free-market bloggers, is making available a press contact for those interested in learning more about this story:
The folks at the National Bloggers Club are good people. I know first hand many of the people mentioned above are, too. Well, with the exception of Brett Kimberlin, aka The Speedway Bomber, AKA Citizen K. He is not a nice man, and his “non-profits” should not be receiving charitable tax status.
If I’ve missed anyone who linked to any of my posts on this subject, please leave a link in the comments and I’ll be sure to add it.
Update: I know I’ve missed a bunch of bloggers who have continued to follow this story. But here are a few that I just noticed.
Just to be perfectly clear, I’m happy to have my buddy Stacy’s back in this and hope many others will, too. But I said Brett Kimberlin failed to learn the lessons of Vietnam on Twitter for a reason. When he goes down – and he will – it’ll be by 1,000 cuts and blog posts from a guerrilla army, not one large enemy, God, or otherwise. That’s precisely what he wants and no one should give it to him.
That’s the point of this, bloggers. Speak out.
Update: Another thought: Kimberlin probably thought going after a guy like Aaron Walker was just small potatoes. What he didn’t realize is that he poked a beehive. He didn’t just anger one little bee, he angered a whole swarm. Bad move on his part.
Update: Others who are writing about this and/or linked to this post:
Zilla of the Resistance
PL Birnam Wood
Michelle Malkin – Yes, THE Michelle Malkin!
Wake Up America
The Sundries Shack
Capital Research Center
Day By Day Cartoon
Update: There’s also a memeorandum thread.
Update: Last night Ann Coulter tweeted the link to my earlier post calling on conservative bloggers to write about this.
Update: Bookworm Room linked to an earlier post, but I’m linking back here since this is still on the front page.
Update: Daley Gator has an updated list of all of the bloggers writing about Kimberlin. A few that I may have missed: Adrienne, The Pirate’s Cove, Political Junkie Mom, Sister Toldjah, and iOwnTheWorld.