Stacy McCain of The Other McCain must have looked like easy pickins to progressive activist, convicted felon, Brett Kimberlin, the Speedway Bomber. After all, Kimberlin had been able to use the skills he’d acquired as a jailhouse lawyer in harassment and intimidation against bloggers Patterico (Patrick Frey), Liberty Chick, Aaron Walker (who blogged as “Aaron Worthing”) because they reported honestly about his criminal record. On May 17, Stacy McCain picked up the story and ran with it, so Kimberlin focused his intimidation tactics on Stacy’s wife. Knowing Kimberlin’s history of violence, Stacy wisely packed up his family and left for an undisclosed location.
What Kimberlin didn’t realize is that Stacy is a Connector, as defined by Malcom Gladwell in his book, The Tipping Point, which is about social epidemics. As Stacy rose in the blogosphere, he graciously took a lot of smaller bloggers with him. So Kimberlin’s attack on Stacy forcibly focused the attention of every blogger Stacy knows — which is pretty much everyone in the Right blogosphere — on the following admonition by Benjamin Franklin at the signing of the Declaration of Independence, “We must all hang together, or assuredly we shall all hang separately.” That is why today conservative bloggers are uniting today to expose both the criminal history of Brett Kimberlin and the political intimidation and personal destruction campaigns being waged against bloggers by Timberlin, Neal Rauhauser and Ron Brynaert.
Stacy wrote on May 22 that Kimberlin’s intimidation tactics forced him to flee Maryland with his family. The same day Ace of Ace of Spades HQ joined the fray to explain the controversy to his readers and urge them to hit Stacy’s tip jar to help him meet the expenses of uprooting his entire household. I particularly recommend Ace’s post explaining why 36 more states need “vexatious litigant” laws to close this avenue of personal destruction — thank goodness, Maryland does have a “vexatious litigant” rule.*
On May 23, Michelle Malkin picked up the story and called for a “blog burst,” which is a coordinated group of bloggers posting on the same subject in order to bring it to public attention — I recommend reading her post. Hot Air followed and the floodgates opened. Lee Stranahan, who made the video embedded above, suggested May 25 for the blog burst, “Everyone blog about Brett Kimberlin” day. Today Patterico’s post, “Convicted Bomber Brett Kimberlin, Neal Rauhauser, Ron Brynaert, and Their Campaign of Political Terrorism,” is the top thread at Memeorandum.
(I am tardy due to second degree burns on my hand from a grease fire on May 15. I’ve been was too sleepy and foggy from Percocet to post. I’ll write about that later today or this weekend.)
The following is an incomplete round-up of posts on Brett Kimberlin:
- To donate to Stacy, click his post about the new site set up by the National Bloggers Club, “KimberlinFiles.org.” It gives you two options: Stacy’s own tip jar, and the fund set up by the National Bloggers Club.
- Breitbart.com re-posts Liberty Chick’s report from October 2010 on Kimberlin’s criminal past and intimidation tactics. Kimberlin co-founded an organization called Velvet Revolution, which filed lawsuits in Maryland against James O’Keefe, Hannah Giles and the late Andrew Breitbart.
- Dan Collins at The Conservatory:
- What is SWATting?It’s something that Andrew Breitbart talked about in his last radio interview. A person calls an emergency line claiming to be the person that he’s targeting, alleging a shooting, and claiming he’s the shooter. A SWAT team arrives at the target’s home, guns drawn, and orders the target out of the house. From the malicious caller’s point of view, the optimal result is that that police have an itchy trigger finger and shoot the target, preferably to death. This actually happened to Patterico, and to another person who was, at the time of Wienergate, investigating the former Congressman’s tweeting. The person whom Patterico suspects actually made the call is . . . Ron Brynaert, who has threatened to sic the NYPD on me for supposedly leaking his email address to a person whom he characterizes as a ‘blackmailer’—most likely Kimberlin victim Aaron Walker, formerly Aaron Worthing of the Internet, who has named him in a complaint after having been fired, along with his wife, by their employer for having attracted the animus of Kimberlin, Rauhauser, Brynaert and Friedman for offering some free legal advice to one of their targets.That target, somewhat-less-obscure-than-before blogger Seth Allen, had committed the terrible crime of criticizing Kimberlin, in the wake of Mandy Nagy’s seminal account of the ongoing antics of convicted terrorist and perjurer Kimberlin, published by Breitbart. Patrick gives a brief outline of the ways in which Nagy, aka Liberty Chick, was harassed and threatened by Kimberlin and Associates. Among their many targets, these four, along with Rauhauser’s “beandog” army of moral midgets, Koslings (there is undoubtedly some overlap), and Anonymous hangers-on, have named Ace, whom they wish to ‘out.’When Aaron Walker broke the story of his punishment at the paws of these cowards, for providing free legal counsel to one of their victims, Stacy McCain was among the first to write about the atrocity. He called me up the morning that he published his first story on the subject, asking whether I’d seen it. I responded that I had, and that I was writing about it, too. Naturally, Stacy then himself became a target and hit the road for the safety of his family. If you are one of the people who believed that McCain was overreacting, or that it was some kind of publicity stunt, you need to rethink your position and apologize wherever you may have expressed that opinion online.
- Dan Riehl explains NPR reporter Nina Totenburg’s role in giving Kimberlin a national audience while he was still imprisoned for his phony charges against VP candidate Dan Quayle right before the 1988 presidential election.
- John Hawkins has an interview with Stacy McCain on how he became one of Kimberlin’s targets.
- A final irony. This Memorial Day weekend marks the anniversary of the breaking of the Anthony Weiner story, a story that Robert Stacy McCain immediately recognized as newsworthy but the mainstream media did not, instead along with the online left, they attempted to use it to attack Andrew Breitbart believing his lies right up until the point when he confessed them.
- Prof. Jacobson at Legal Insurrection has video of Glenn Beck interviewing Patrick Frey (Patterico) and Aaron Walker (blogging as Aaron Worthing).
- Villainous Company
- Mark Krikorian at National Review: “The outrage is not that there’s another leftist threatening violence against those who disagree with him, but that the authorities haven’t done anything about it. In the end, this is about the rule of law even more than free expression.”
- FilmLadd highlights the evidence of the “SWATting.”
- PJ Tatler has highlights from an October 2010 FoxNews.com story on Kimberlin’s Velvet Revolution and Justice Through Music organizations.
- Ace has a proposal for a federal law against SWATting, “What Can You Do?“
- Nice Deb, “Everyone Blog About Brett Kimberlin Link-Around“
- Dana Loesch at Big Journalism, “The Conservative Blogosphere Introduces Kimberlin 2012“
- Matthew Vadum at FrontPage Magazine, “Brett Kimberlin and the Hall of Fame of Leftist Terrorists“
- “Gateway Pundit Stands with Our Fellow Conservatives on ‘Everybody Blog About Brett Timberlin Day‘”
- Protein Wisdom, “I think I was meant to be intimidated“
- Bookworm is defiant:
- “When faced with this situation — a criminally vindictive vexatious litigant with a violent history, a full purse, and a legal system that refuses to act — there’s only one thing to do: make it practically and financially impossible for the bad guy to continue his damaging ways. If Kimberlin wants to go after bloggers, we’ll give him bloggers . . . hundreds of bloggers. Good luck to him trying to turn his efforts and energies, as well as his friends’ deep pockets, to the task of silencing every one of the individuals willing to re-print his record of lawlessness, imprisonment, harassment, and abuse of the civil justice system.”
- Stacy McCain has something you can do as soon as Maryland’s Montgomery county workers are back in their offices on Tuesday (after the Memorial Day holiday) — contact the district attorney who is refusing to file charges against Kimberlin (contact info provided at the link).
UPDATE, 5/26/12, Sat.:
- Little Miss Attila: “I Was Going to Celebrate Brett Kimberlin Day” and “The Ultimate Rant About Brett Kimberlin“
- Moe Lane, “Patterico Talks About the Attempt on His Life“
- Jimmy Bise at The Sundries Shack explains “Why This Brett Kimberlin Thing Matters“
- Richard McEnroe at Three Beers Later has an excellent post on Kimberlin’s non-profit organization and his websites.
- Lee Stranahan created the video above and put out the call to make May 25 “Everyone blog about Brett Kimberlin Day.”
- Duane Lester, All-American Blogger, has timeline listing and linking pretty much every post published online about Kimberlin, which is extremely useful.
- Instapundit has several useful posts on Brett Kimberlin (the link goes to a Google search that provides relevant links at Instapundit)
- Fausta: “Blog About #BrettKimberlin Day“
- Stephen Gutowski, of MRC TV (Media Research Center TV), has found music videos created by Kimberlin, including one showing him planting a bomb at the Metro stop in Washington, D.C., nearest to the hotels where CPAC has been held for many years (CPAC’s new location in Maryland starting in 2013 only has bus service): “Did the ‘Speedway Bomber’ Brett Kimberlin Write a Song About One of His Victims?“
- Popehat, who is a lawyer, uses his access to the Westlaw database to create a brief profile of Kimberlin by quoting judgments against him.
- Kathy Shaidle features Ezra Levant interviewing Matthew Vadum (video), who explains the non-profits Kimberlin has founded to obtain funding from the Left, including George Soros’s Tides Foundation and Barbra Streisand.
- Sister Toldjah, “Standing in support of conservative writers personally targeted by #BrettKimberlin“
- Warner Todd Huston at Publius Forum, “Liberals Embrace Convicted Criminal as Their Own“
- Jeffrey Dunetz, The Lid, “Brett Kimberlin: The Narcissistic Terrorist“
- The Camp of the Saints, “D-Day: OPERATION #BrettKimberlin Is Underway“
- HillBuzz, “Domestic Terrorism on the Internet: the Brett Kimberlin Saga“
UPDATED, 5/26/12, Sat.: One of the ways that Kimberlin is harassing Virginia attorney Aaron Walker is his filing for a “peace order” against him. Stacy has the details on the next hearing on Kimberlin’s bogus peace order request to be held at 8:30 am, Tuesday, May 29, in Maryland’s Montgomery County District Court in Rockville.
*For an example of Maryland’s Rule 1-341 on vexatious litigants, see this article on James Riffin v. Circuit Court for Baltimore County, et al. Fore more on Maryland’s Rule 1-341 against vexatious lawsuits — see 0.2:250 Sanctions in Judicial Proceedings:
The Court of Appeals fashioned Maryland Rule 1-341 to protect civil litigants from certain types of improper conduct by an opposing party or attorney. As reflected in the title of Maryland Rule 1-341, “Bad Faith — Unjustified Proceeding,” in any civil action, a court may require a party, that party’s attorney, or both to pay reasonable expenses, including attorney’s fees, incurred by the adverse party if a proceeding was maintained or defended in bad faith or without substantial justification. This Rule applies to all civil proceedings in all Maryland courts, including the appellate courts. Allnut v. Comptroller of the Treasury, 77 Md. App. 424 (1988), cert. denied, 315 Md. 307 (1989). It is applicable to all attorneys practicing in the Maryland courts, including out-of-state attorneys who are specially appearing pro hac vice. Id.; Watson v. Watson, 73 Md. App. 483 (1988). However, it is not applicable to attorneys who fail to appear for court-ordered mediation sessions, Tobin v. Marriott Hotels, Inc., 111 Md. App. 566 (1996), or to conduct in federal court proceedings, Major v. First Virginia Bank, 97 Md. App. 520, cert. denied, 331 Md. 480 (1993), or to proceedings before the Health Claims Arbitration Office, Newman v. Reilly, 314 Md. 364 (1988).