Big news on the Internet! The anonymous PSEUDOnymous blogger “publius” of Obsidian Wings, who has been blogging under that name since forever, is, in real, human life, some law professor in South Texas named John Blevins. Has your afternoon been enriched, now that you know this fact? Then you should thank National Review‘s Ed Whelan, who “outed” Blevins because Blevins had been calling all of his writing miserable and pathetic and wrong about everything, which it is.

Here’s Ed Whelan trying, retardedly, not to sound petulant:

In the course of a typically confused post yesterday, publius embraces the idiotic charge (made by “Anonymous Liberal”) that I’m “essentially a legal hitman” who “pores over [a nominee’s] record, finds some trivial fact that, when distorted and taken totally out of context, makes that person look like some sort of extremist.” In other of his posts (including two which I discussed here and here), publius demonstrated such a dismal understanding of the legal matters he opined on—including, for example, not understanding what common law is—that it was apparent to me that he had never studied law.

Well, I’m amused to learn that I was wrong about publius’s lack of legal education. I’ve been reliably informed that publius is in fact the pseudonym of law professor John F. Blevins of the South Texas College of Law. I e-mailed Blevins to ask him to confirm or deny that he is publius, and I copied the e-mail to the separate e-mail address, under the pseudonym “Edward Winkleman,” that publius used to respond to my initial private complaints about his reckless blogging. In response, I received from “Edward Winkleman” an e-mail stating that he is “not commenting on [his] identity” and that he writes under a pseudonym “[f]or a variety of private, family, and professional reasons.” I’m guessing that those reasons include that friends, family members, and his professional colleagues would be surprised by the poor quality and substance of his blogging.

ZING. How awesome is “Ed Whelan.” Why even bother asking what those reasons were? “pooplius” responds:

As I told Ed (to no avail), I have blogged under a pseudonym largely for private and professional reasons. Professionally, I’ve heard that pre-tenure blogging (particularly on politics) can cause problems. And before that, I was a lawyer with real clients. I also believe that the classroom should be as nonpolitical as possible – and I don’t want conservative students to feel uncomfortable before they take a single class based on my posts. So I don’t tell them about this blog. Also, I write and research on telecom policy – and I consider blogging and academic research separate endeavors. This, frankly, is a hobby.

Privately, I don’t write under my own name for family reasons. I’m from a conservative Southern family – and there are certain family members who I’d prefer not to know about this blog (thanks Ed). Also, I have family members who are well known in my home state who have had political jobs with Republicans, and I don’t want my posts to jeopardize anything for them (thanks again).

All of these things I would have told Ed, if he had asked.

But he didn’t, so you are a loser, GET IT?

Obviously if you blog under a pseudonym, you should always prepare for some nut to expose you. But this doesn’t make Ed Whelan much of a hero, either. Besides, we all know that “Ed Whelan” is a pseudonym for Cummy Cumburger or whatever.

Exposing an Irresponsible Anonymous Blogger [National Review]
Stay Classy, Ed Whelan [Obsidian Wings]

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  • memzilla

    It is a mystery to me why people expect any privacy of any sort on the Intertubes.

    Especially that anyone connected with the law would say anything that they wouldn’t want to have repeated in court and printed in the Times.

    “Printed.” Geez, I *am* old.

  • The Cold Sea

    When did they haeve teh buttseks?

  • charlesdegoal

    For me, I always wondered who that Wonkette chick could be.

  • Johnny Zhivago

    Somehow, if this story involved Twitter, it would have more meaning to me.

  • SayItWithWookies

    Like it really helped Ed Whelan to know who this guy is, when publius publishes at one blog, where Ed responded to him. Thomas Paine would be proud.

  • zenferret

    Damn and all this time I thought it was Alexander Hamilton.

  • Yaybuls

    ZOMG…Siskel lives!!

  • Vegastard

    How DARE anonymous bloggers criticize Bushtard torture apologists! Why, the nerve. Pour me another martini, Lovey.

  • jagorev

    Great post, “Jim Newell”

  • slappypaddy

    is there any teacup too tiny to hold an overbrewed tempest of no note? what’s the common law say about that?

  • Joshua Norton

    He was losing an argument to someone to whom he felt superior. It just makes it harder for all of us who ARE superior to a right wing hack.

  • gurukalehuru

    Ed “The Weasel” Whelan.

  • lizard scum

    I also believe that the classroom should be as nonpolitical as possible.

    How could that be a concern? It’s just the law, which is a hard science. Pretty soon, the libtard will admit that empathy factors in. And stop with this “the spirit of the law” thing. The Spirit of the Law is Jesus, who wrote the Constitution.

  • Cicada
  • NewSpence

    Ed Whelan was a clerk on the Supreme Court. Now he scribbles angry notes and exchanges Luther Burger recipes with Jonah Goldberg at The Corner. How’s that law degree working out, man?

  • Lionel Hutz Esq.

    So, you are better off pointing out that your opponent is actually well thought out and educated, instead of leaving him an anonymous voice on the web.

    Interesting strategy.

  • prizepig

    Seeing a liberal get”outed” is always less excited than seeing the same thing happen to a conservative.

    I want this to be about diapered furries molesting children in the airport bathroom. Instead, we find out that he’s a guy with a job and a family. BOOORING.

  • WadISay

    If I am ever outed, let the following be read at my discharge hearing:

    To Whom it May Concern: While I may appear to the casual observer to be a normal, functioning human, I have, in recent years, been dealing with a serious problem. I refer, of course, to my body being possessed by the spirit of a foul-mouthed, drunken sea captain, “Captain Woody”, obsessed with perverse forms of intercourse and self abuse. When this vile animus is upon me, he compels me to do unspeakably horrible, horrible things, including post, on this site, his reprehensible points of view. I disassociate myself entirely from these comments, and cherish the vision of a republic where each point of view is valued, each person treated with dignity.

  • norbizness

    The justification for this by most reactionary mouthbreathers I’ve seen on the intertubes is “WELL YOU SHOULDNA FUCKED WITH JOE THA PLUMBER”

  • norbizness

    P.S. Ed, the giant from Twin Peaks called and he wants his DNA back.

  • Lionel Hutz Esq.

    I’m publius!

  • Lascauxcaveman

    South Texas has law?

  • Dr. Spaceman

    What a shrimp-dick.

  • norbizness

    [re=334266]Lascauxcaveman[/re]: A bit of a misnomer, as it’s in Houston, not the anarchic lands controlled by Nuevo Laredan warlords.

  • Jamie Sommers

    I’m publius!!

  • ManchuCandidate

    [re=334262]Lionel Hutz Esq.[/re]:
    No, I’m publius!!

  • Naked Bunny with a Whip

    Wait. So I didn’t need to get my name legally changed to Naked Bunny with a Whip to post here?

  • ManchuCandidate

    What comes around goes around, Ed. Remember that next time when you dress up as Bullwinkle for our Bullwinkle/Rocky yiffing role play dates every other Thursday… oops!!

  • dijetlo

    What do you expect Ed to write about, conservative thinking?
    You realize that consists of “is the disk at the bottom of the urinal a mint or does it just smell like mint?”
    Anybody with any ideas about what it means to be a conservative, or even effective strategies to convince people you aren’t a pack of retards, send them along to Ed private email address at

  • Lionel Hutz Esq.

    [re=334290]Jamie Sommers[/re]: Wow, Jamie, long time. Good to see you around.

  • The Sea Farmer

    “Now who is the hitman, you coward and idiot.”



    (catches breath)

    “When Blevins sent me an e-mail refusing my request that he confirm or deny that he was publius, I responded with a private e-mail, which Blevins himself has made public, that bluntly called him a “coward and idiot.” I do believe that Blevins’s conduct was cowardly. I regret, however, that I was intemperate and hyperbolic in my disparagement of Blevins’s intellect, and I hereby apologize to him for that portion of my comment.”

    BWA HAHA HAHAHAHAHHAHHHAHHAHHAHA oh man, make this guy stop!

    bluntly! hyperbole! HAHAHAHAHAH excelsior!

    “But if the supposed ethics of the Internet treat a blogger’s smears and misrepresentations as par for the course yet condemn someone who accurately identifies a blogger who is using the cover of a pseudonym to engage in those smears and misrepresentations, then I don’t accept those rules.”

    ^not versed in all internet traditions.

    Ed Whelan is a coward and an idiot.

  • Sussemilch

    [re=334198]memzilla[/re]: That’s the fucking truth. Anything in writing will eventually be author-identified and read by the audience least intended. It’s a law of nature.

  • Come here a minute

    I am publius!

  • Birdcrash

    Ed’s always been a snitch. It’s just who he is.

  • The Sea Farmer

    I apologize to Ed for laughing at him. To call him an idiot is unfair (to idiots HA! zing!). He is however, cowardly.

  • azw88

    [re=334266]Lascauxcaveman[/re]: Yes they do, you’ve heard of Judge Roy Bean, haven’t you?

  • gjdodger

    [re=334357]Come here a minute[/re]: Today, we are all publius. Which will make it that much more satisfying when publius kicks Ed “the festering bucket of secreted monkey pus” Whelan right in his Volkswagen Nuts.

  • Tra

    The Department of Labor really needs to investigate the National Review for its practice of only hiring six-year-olds. The only thing missing from Ed’s eloquent missive is “I know you are, but what am I?”

  • TeddyS

    Ich bin ein Edward Winkleman.

  • JSDC007

    If this rag is the “intellectual force” of the “conservative movement,” is it no wonder that some Alaskan bimbo with feathered hair who graduated by the skin of her teeth (6 years, 4 Christian madrassas and many D+s later) is the spokesperson for American conservatives.

    Between Lopez and Whelan, this rag sounds like facebook for really mean and silly valley girls.

  • GreenHalo

    Ed, you poor simple bastard, I very nearly feel sorry for you.

    That ragegasm felt great for about three seconds, am I right? Then it ended, and you felt the much more intense sensation of clong — the sudden rush of shit to your heart when you recognize how badly you fucked up — like the Fist of Doom squeezing your soul into a tiny dot, am I right?

    “There goes Weasel Whelan, semen dripping off his chin. A lawyer in the influence-peddling biz, known worldwide as a pissy little drama queen who squeals secrets into a megaphone when he feels unhappy. Stay classy, you Hobo King!”

    Think about it. At least Publius can still teach. I mean, Jesus Christ.

  • 19kevin8

    Ed Whelan, pot, calls out Blevins, kettle.

  • Guppy06

    I’m guessing Ed Whelan’s fancy legal education didn’t include any obscure Latin phrases, like “ad hominem.”

  • Pop Socket

    Us Pseudonym-Americans need to stand up for our rights.

  • Morbo the Annihilator

    Anyone else think it’s funny that for once it’s a conservative doing the outing?

  • the problem child

    [re=334426]GreenHalo[/re]: Exactly. He is not just a laughingstock among lawyers, but in the blogsphere. Today, we are all publius.

  • jetjaguar

    Oh noes! Will little Eddy out all of us too???! Nobody puts baby in a corner!

  • Mr Blifil

    This is bullshit. Someone post Ed Whelan’s home address, credit card numbers and social security information, and be done with it. Punk will shut it toute suite.

  • J

    +scare the horses and children.
    Holy shit, NRO may seriously have the ugliest-looking group of contributors on the Internets. This Whelan character (hellloooo, fivehead) is a major fugly human – but he fits right in with that crew. Ok, Wonkette, suggestion: do a rogue’s picture gallery of the whole NRO crowd and their collective repulsiveness: sad spinster K-Lo with her multiple chins but only one eyebrow; sad pudgy asswipe Jonah Goldberg; sad pedo The Derb; sad, slightly effeminate Indian (dot not woowoo) Ramanesshababganush Ponamanjaro; sad (former editor, but still worth a good laugh) The Pod.
    You can maybe even make it a contest and see if anyone can come up with another online publication staffed by as many disturbing-looking people? I’m guessing no, but who knows what the peeps at Salon look like.

  • hobospacejunkie

    [re=334222]Cicada[/re]: I wrote to this pigfucker last night. I used naughty words. I did not threaten him, though, not really.

    Also, I’d say it’s pretty obvious from looking at his photo that if this Whelan person wants to have sex with women he has yet to be successful. Not being gay, I can’t really say if the same would be true were he to want to have sex with men. But I’m thinking he’d be unsuccessful there, too. Mr. Snitches should be his pseudonym. Combines the scritches from yiffy furries with the tattletail tendencies of a douchebag who sucked on his mommy’s tits ’til he was 10-years-old. Yeah, I’d like to take a big swing at you, Sarge.

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