Judging by the Memeorandum compilation, if nothing else, yesterday’s Everybody Blog About Brett Kimberlin Day was an enormous success. A number of writers have noted that Mr. Kimberlin has received the coverage he so richly deserves, finding it reflected in Google searches. Here at The Conservatory, the place we really stand out in Google search isn’t so much the “everything” search, where you’re likely to find a lot of blogs with much greater readership displayed above ours, but in the “images” search, where among other things you will find site ad images from our sponsors, who probably aren’t too thrilled about having them pop up when people search for Brett Kimberlin. I will take Stacy’s view that any publicity is (at least potentially) good publicity, as long as it’s not in the Irish Sports Section.
Among the materials hunted down by the People of the ‘Sphere yesterday, The College Politico posted a couple of music videos posted by Kimberlin back in his rock ‘n roll days. The music’s all right. The videos are as pompous as you would expect. Steve draws attention to the cognitive dissonance of a bomber railing against what he regards as paranoia, even as he acts out dropping a bag in a subway, among other things. I’m imagining that the microscope-view images in the first of the two videos is supposed to show us anthrax.
I’ll just observe that the convergence with Manson gets more pronounced every time I learn something new about our diminutive so-called revolutionary punk. They stuck a fork in her. Far out.
When Kimberlin first made his bones with the left, lying about supplying Dan Quayle with pot, the New York Times made him a First Amendment martyr. Carl Levin jumped in to denounce prisoner Kimberlin’s treatment by the prison system. In both cases, the rhetorical tactic is identical: this, ladies and gentlemen, is not about whether Kimberlin told the truth about Quayle. No. It is about the abuse of custodial services for criminals, who have rights, after all.
If you wonder where Kimberlin got his grandiose sense of entitlement, you need look no further than the fervor with which such sponsors as the NYT and Carl Levin defended Kimberlin—on the floor of the US Senate. Make no mistake: if Kimberlin was thrown into solitary to shut him up, that was an abuse of power. At the same time, the NYT‘s inability to bring itself to understand that Dan Quayle, though obviously a public figure, had the right not to be libeled by a felon, then that displays their myopathy. Nothing is ever about the facts of the case, on the left, when PRINCIPLES are concerned, and those principles are always reserved for sympathetic people, who are sympathetic because they forward the narrative of the moment. Mark Singer, who wrote Citizen K, first wrote a long piece for the New Yorker, representing Kimberlin as a sympathetic figure who’d been abused by The Man. In Citizen K, he makes all the right noises about having been led down the garden path by our notorious domestic terrorist and lefty philanthropist, but as others have observed, he was a willing dupe.
To this point, neither the NYT nor Carl Levin has, to my knowledge, written about Kimberlin’s latest performances for the left.
Over the past couple of days, Ace has made some excellent suggestions on what can be done about the Kimberlin Menace:
If you are interested in seeing justice and Free Speech prevail, please write or call your Congressman (or a nearby Congressman, or a Congressman known to be responsive to abuses by the left, if you think your own Congressman won’t act).
Write to him and ask him or her for the following tangible steps, or any other steps he might think prudent:
In addition to reading his record into the Congressional Record, to finally end this absurd contention that it is now apparently illegal to mention the facts laid out in US federal court records, there is tangible legislative action that can be requested:
* That a 501(c) “charity” must certify its principals and employees are not engaging in harassment, intimidation, or attempts to punish free speech, on pain of perjury if this is false.
Will Brett Kimberlin’s business partners and co-principals sign such a certification?
* That a 501(c) principal conducts his legal affairs through a licensed lawyer and not pro se (on his own behalf) unless he can demonstrate that he is indigent.
See, 99% of lawyers would not put their license at risk for frivolous crap like this. Kimberlin can because he has no law license to lose. He represents himself, as as is his right as a citizen… but then, he has no right to run a 501(c). I think a 501(c)’s principals can be slightly burdened to have their suits signed off by a real lawyer, who can face sanctions for false or vexatious litigation against Free Speech.
* That they urge the FBI and DoJ and IRS investigate this matter, as well as possibly-related crimes of intimidation of Free Speech, such as Patterico’s and Mike Stack’s SWATting.
Are those related? We don’t know. It would be nice to know, however.
* That the Government Oversight Committee (or whichever committee is proper) hold hearings on the possible abuse of 501(c) charities for uses against the public interest.
* That Congress stiffen penalties (or add them) such a punitive damages and possibly inductive relief against anyone attempting to use harassment and intimidation to suppress Free Speech. And that they add a law which permits a judge to rule that a litigant bringing vexatious lawsuits with the purpose of chilling free speech be henceforth required to post a large bond before suing, and to have his lawsuits signed off by a lawyer or judge before filing.
I am no expert in this area. Quite frankly, I don’t know what, specifically, can be done. These steps seem reasonable to me, and accomplishable; but perhaps they are unworkable.
Our Congressmen are, however, experts in these things (or have staffers who are experts).
One of the Congressmen who has been alerted to Kimberlin’s recent doings is Orrin Hatch, who has had unhappy contact with Kimberlin in the past.
Yesterday evening, United Liberty pointed out that one of Kimberlin’s bogus 501(c)s has been invited to participate in State Department-sponsored international programs. These don’t involve money going directly to those organizations, but clearly lend a patina of respectability to the organizations from with this criminal loser makes his daily bread. Breitbart.com spoke with a couple of the charities that fund Kimberlin’s 501(c) operations, who claimed not to have much control over where their money went in these instances, because that money was directed to Kimberlin via anonymous donors who undoubtedly think that Obama should be able to find out the names and addresses of everyone who’s ever pitched a dime Mitt Romney’s way. That might seem at first blush to be a good place to focus some of the tactics Ace advocates for, but it’s not, for the reason that government already has our privacy under assault. Fuller disclosure would have the adverse effect of giving regulators with political agendas (and it’s always everyone but one who has one) even greater power to do mischief by applying the law with the kind of perverse bias for which Eric Holder and company are already so notorious.
There are many other oddities and promising leads to which I could call your attention, but I’d rather call it to this post, memorializing Carl David DeLong, the victim of a Kimberlin bomb who had his leg and some fingers torn off, underwent numerous surgeries, found he could not get his life back on track and suicided.
If any of you have received recent postcards from Stacy, pass them along. I haven’t heard from him for several days. In case you’re wondering, Joy did participate in Blog About Brett Kimberlin Day; she just did it from her solo site.