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The New Horrible Thing Liberals Are Responsible For: Some Bomber Dude

Look at this fucking liberalThis special Memorial Day evening post comes courtesy of Wonkette Operative Doktor StrangeZoom. That’s right: Doktor StrangeZoom has saved Memorial Day!

Just when you had finally figured out who the hell Saul Alinsky was, the right-wing blogosphere has found a brand new boogeyman to be terrified of: Brett Kimberlin, a convicted bomber, maybe murderer, and head of a liberal organization that no one’s ever heard of, the Justice Through Music Project, which has received funding from the Tides Foundation (George Soros!) and Barbra Streisand (Yentl!).

Apparently, in addition to saving the world through music and lying about having sold pot to Dan Quayle, Kimberlin’s other hobby is destroying Free Speech by suing, harassing, stalking, and maybe trying to kill right-wing bloggers, at least according to several right-wing bloggers, who decided that last Friday would be “Blog About Brett Kimberlin Day,” so that the entire right-wing blogosphere could have a collective freakout about how the Left is threatening America yet again. As part of the festivities, Glenn Beck’s Serious News Operation The Blaze contributed a sober, carefully sourced exposé titled MEET SOROS-FUNDED DOMESTIC TERRORIST BRETT KIMBERLIN WHOSE ‘JOB’ IS TERRORIZING BLOGGERS INTO SILENCE.

Let’s just get to the sexy part where a blogger had his life endangered! Patrick Frey, a Los Angeles County Assistant D.A. who blogs as “Patterico,” wrote some stuff about Kimberlin in 2010, and then Kimberlin started threatening to sue Frey, harrassing people in Frey’s office, and posting Frey’s address and Google satellite photos on websites. All nasty stuff, we agree! And Frey is pretty sure (on the basis of “circumstantial evidence”) that Kimberlin was behind an act of “SWATting,” which you will soon hear is something that liberals do all the time:

Essentially, a yet-to-be identified man (but one who sounds much like a Kimberlin associate, according to Frey) placed a call to law enforcement in the early morning hours of July 1, 2011, to announce that he had just shot his wife. The man then proceeded to give the operator Frey’s home address. Of course, the call was intended to make it look like Frey had just confessed to murdering his wife at his home. Just after midnight, a SWAT team descended on Frey’s doorstep, screaming at the top of their lungs for the attorney to place his hands behind his head. They arrested him and dragged him to the patrol car while simultaneously dragging his wife out of bed.

“I could have been killed,” Frey told The Blaze in an interview as he recalled the disturbing story. He explained that he was only “99% in shock” because a similar incident had happened to someone else just one week prior, and likely for similar reasons.

Leaving aside the question of what being “99% in shock” even IS (maybe a subtle dig at Occupy?), this is an awful thing for anyone to do, and whoever was responsible needs to face the appropriate consequences. Only for some reason, the police didn’t seem to share Frey’s certainty that Kimberlin was behind the incident, and eventually closed the investigation, possibly due to the overwhelming influence that George Soros and Barbra Streisand have on the LAPD.

We should probably expect to hear more about this “SWATting” stuff, which Erick Erickson described on May 25 as “a tactic used by left-wing activists and others these days.” And then just two days later, Mr. Erickson revealed that he was himself the target of an attempted SWATting:

Someone called 911 from my address claiming there had been an accidental shooting.

It wasn’t nearly the trauma that Patterico suffered, but I guess the Erickson household is on somebody’s radar.

Luckily it was two sheriffs deputies who knew me and I had already, last week, advised the Sheriff’s Department to be on the look out for something like this.

Happily for all, since they were sheriff’s deputies and not Census Takers, Erickson didn’t take his wife’s shotgun along with him to the door.

Will “SWATting” and “Brett Kimberlin” become right-wing memes to equal “ACORN,” “The Cloward-Piven Strategy,” and “Barack Obama Eats Puppies”? Hard to say. At least one right-blogger is ready to start shooting liberal vermin over it, which simply means that his internet connection is still working.

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    1. GemlikeFlame

      Well, to be fair, the term no longer has much relationship to what would have been considered the left in my salad days, which as much as anything were aligned with the Socialist and labor party movements. The fringe LaRouchies are all but gone. The right, however, seems to have largely resisted any move to the middle and went whooping off into the sunset after the tattered remains of the KKK and the Nazi Party. Why they think the Tea Party offers them any legitimacy is beyond me, it's a lot like strapping on a strait jacket while proclaiming your sanity in a loud voice.

      1. sullivanst

        Not a Pelosi problem. Don't forget, despite the Blue Dog caucus priding themselves on self-destructive opposition to her for its own sake, the House sent a Medicare-based public option over to the Senate, then sent a negotiated-rates public option back after it became clear the better version was a non-starter in the other chamber. She also got the House to vote for ENDA (albeit a non-trans-inclusive version).

        Even the Senate isn't particularly a Reid problem. Yes, he's something of a centerist himself, but he's no Ben Nelson or Joe Lieberman. Without their threats to filibuster their own party, I'm pretty confident PPACA would've contained a public option (he did include it in the bill he introduced, after all). Even if you consider Reid part of the problem, he's more symptom than cause, since the majority leader must be voted for by a majority of the Senate and the right wing of the Democratic caucus has demonstrated willingness to vote against their party on almost anything.

        So yes, they're nominally leaders, but you can't take a caucus somewhere a significant minority of it's members is fundamentally unwilling to go.

        1. iburl

          "they're nominally leaders, but you can't take a caucus somewhere a significant minority of it's members is fundamentally unwilling to go."

          ^ as good a definition of "ineffectual" as I've ever seen.

          1. sullivanst

            Point is the caucus is unleadable, not that it has bad leaders.Somehow a sizeable chunk of the base appears incapable of laying blame at the feet of those who actively work against them, misplacing it on those trying to do the right thing but being overruled by a majority (or filibuster-capable minority). Viz. the failure to close Gitmo being regularly blamed on Obama despite his attempts to close it being opposed by 90% of Congress, or the death of the public option being blamed on Obama and/or Reid despite it being present in the version of ACA introduced in the Senate and removed only after the very public and unequivocal filibuster threats from Sens. Landrieu, Lieberman and Lincoln.

          2. iburl

            That's the funny thing about being the leader, you are supposed to take the initiative, rally your followers and lead, if you do not do so, or are unable to do so, the buck stops with you, and you are not considered to be an effectual leader.

          3. sullivanst

            Yes, if only Harry Reid understood that sprinkling some of that fairy dust in that bottle on the shelf over there would suddenly stop Ben Nelson being a monstrous douchebag.

    2. WunkRocker

      It's just like the Weathermen and the Black Panthers. Only with prank phone calls and some indie idiot kid giggling and strumming a uke.

  1. Barb

    He's 5 ft 5 inches tall. Shouldn't he be making cookies in a hallow tree instead?
    Dude has one huge goiter going on there.

    1. Wile E. Quixote

      So if he's 5 foot 5 that makes him what, about a foot taller than Tom Cruise?

      1. flamingpdog

        And an inch shorter than ME!

        OK, I'm actually only 12 inches long between nose and tip of tail, but I like to dream.

    2. tessiee

      "Dude has one huge goiter going on there."

      Oh, don't worry; the neckbeard totally covers it up.

  2. WorkTheSaxofone

    You know the Sheriff's Dept. loves getting advice about what to be on the lookout for from Citizen Erickson.

  3. Chichikovovich

    My grand-dad was a policeman for 40 years, and retired at the rank just below provincial police commissioner. We spoke extensively about policework over the years before his death. And I know exactly what he would say if he read this story: if making false reports about innocent people has become a way to create a genuine risk of death or serious bodily harm to those people, then you know the police must be doing something very, very wrong.

    1. memzilla

      Agreed. If we had really effective policework, we'd have enough SEC-CFTC evidence of pre-planned wrongdoing to convict the C-Suites of the top ten banks and top ten hedge funds in the country, and send them all to the hoosegow, penniless, for 25 years to life.

      Wait… what?

    2. Pseudonymously_Joe

      I don't mean to sound like I'm leaping to "Pattarico"'s defense here -his account is deeply fishy for a number of other reasons- but it would seem that the main take-away from that is that the police are often doing something very, very, very, very wrong, of late.

    1. memzilla

      Plus, if the NRA had just a little more influence in Congress, the alleged "victims" would have been armed and would have shot back at their attackers, and kilt 'em daid, or at least have given them pause to consider "What if my alleged 'victim' is armed, too?" and then they would have either reconsidered their attacks or been kilt daid. See, it's all Obama's fault for takin' 'way our freedomz and Second 'Mendment rights.

      /end Faux News viewer/blogger response

      1. flamingpdog

        "It appears that what brought him to this horrible event was his lack of being able to obtain a job, his frustration over that, and his stated hatred for the liberal movement,” Knoxville Police Chief Sterling Owen IV said at a press conference Monday.

        Pfft, I had a liberal movement myself, just a couple of minutes ago. When I turned around and looked, I found it looked a lot like Rush Limpballs.

    2. valthemus

      It's only the act of an extremist if a liberal does it. If someone on the right commits an act of violence, they were obviously driven to it by the injustices inherent in the insane policies of dictatorial left-wingers imposing their fascist will on *real* 'mericans!

  4. bumfug

    When you eat shit and bother people, they figure you must be a fly so they SWAT you.

  5. Mahousu

    This Kimberlin must be some kind of mad genius. After all, no crazy person has ever thought of annoying people over the Internet before.

    1. Wile E. Quixote

      Damnit! There goes my idea for a completely awesome business method patent. Damn you Brett Kimberlin!

  6. Dashboard Buddha

    I must be out of the loop here…what brought Kimberlin to the rightwing's bloggy attention in the first place?

    1. Doktor StrangeZoom

      He wanted Karl Rove arrested or something. And he doesn't like Diebold voting machines. And then when righties blogged about his criminal past, he apparently reacted like a complete shit.

    2. Wile E. Quixote

      Who the fuck knows? These people are crazy fucking dipshits and rabid sociopaths.

  7. Dashboard Buddha

    Also this…damn these hepped up fuckers want war, don't they? They paint themselves at innocent victims and dreamily wait for the day when "something pushes them over the edge" and they "defend" themselves.

    Fuck 'em. Sigh…time to buy a gun, I guess.

    1. Fukui-sanRadioBarb

      Do you know who else attempted the tactic of "They paint themselves at innocent victims and dreamily wait for the day when "something pushes them over the edge" and they "defend" themselves. "

        1. Fukui-sanRadioBarb

          Irony seems to be lost on these fools.

          Either that or they're diabolically smart. I'm going with unaware dipshits.

          1. Wile E. Quixote

            And the survey says….

            Unaware dipshits

            Congratulations, you've advanced to the bonus round.

    2. Wile E. Quixote

      No kidding. That's one of the more fucked up things about wingnut pathology, their incredible self pity and their desire to see themselves as victims, hence the fascination with false flag operations such as Jimmy O'Keefe's ACORN videos, Lila Rose's Planned Parenthood videos, the bimbo who carved a backwards 'B' in her face and claims that she was attacked by an Obama supporter for supporting McCain. Going further back in history we can see this self-pitying bullshit with Richard Nixon's "You won't have Dick Nixon to kick around any more speech" (we should have been so lucky) and Dick Nixon's "Checkers" speech.

      The fascination with false flag operations seems to be part and parcel of the authoritarian/totalitarian mindset. The Nazis used a false flag operation to provide a casus belli for the invasion of Poland in 1939 and the CIA and Joint Chiefs of Staff dreamed up Operation Northwoods back in the 1960s to provide a casus belli for a full scale invasion of Cuba.

      1. Fukui-sanRadioBarb


        We're all f'in Godwin experts here.

        The level of historical knowledge in this place constantly amazes me.

      2. tessiee

        Having stolen everything else, the ruling class and their right-wing stooges are now trying to steal victim status.

      3. Fare la Volpe

        Tricky Dick Nixon's "Checkers" speech appeared on the final of my Philosophy 201: Logic seminar my senior year. Basically we had to point out every logical fallacy contained therein, and ye God were there a lot of them.

          1. Fare la Volpe

            My prof was an awesome guy. I didn't know the answer for the last question (I finished the entire exam about half an hour before I could leave and knew everything except that), so with the time remaining I drew him a delightful holiday mosaic of Bartholemew the Christmas Beaver Otter and his best friend Mordechai the Hanukkah Clam dancing about the Kwanzaa feast.

            My prof spotted me five points for "creativity."

          2. Lascauxcaveman

            I was once singled out by a prof under similar circumstances. To answer a question I had no clue about, I wrote down "Barking at the moon."

            He liked it enough to share with the whole class, and gave me partial credit for the answer, enough to salvage an A on the test.

  8. noodlesalad

    I kept trying to prank conservatard bloggers by ordering them pizzas, and they just keep eating them. Then I started calling them up afterwards and telling them the pizza they just ate was certified halal and that finally got to them.

    Also, let me weep many crocodile tears for the idiot conservatives who have spent the last 10 years forcing us to accept a police state and now they figure out that the cops have too much power.

  9. Hera Sent Me

    How do random strangers make calls to 911 from your house? And if this is a problem you have, shouldn't you be more worried about them doing you more tangible harm, like buying Facebook stock on margin, or signing you up for a lifetime World Gym membership?

    1. BlueStateLibel

      I thought the same thing … as usual, nothing adds up right in the wingnut universe.

    2. Ryy

      These bloggers want to tie it into some OWS and other left wing activist attack. Instead of saying what really happened: They went after a criminal and a con man, said criminal got pissed they were coming after him, said criminal started to harass them back.

    3. BerkeleyBear

      My understanding is that you can't call from a landline and spoof the address (it would come up as somewhere else), but if you call from a cell phone or VOIP (Vonage) they don't rely on the GPS first to track you, instead asking for your location.

      Even so, normal protocol is to call back/investigate, not go from 1 call to storming the door with a SWAT team. So the guy is still probably full of shit.

    4. glamourdammerung

      Exactly. The police seem awfully complacent about the whole issue, which is more than a bit strange.

  10. Dashboard Buddha

    Oh, and another think. Would it be a total laugh riot if it turns out these fucktards were calling to cops on themselves?

    1. glamourdammerung

      Oh, and another think. Would it be a total laugh riot if it turns out these fucktards were calling to cops on themselves?

      Would it be a total laugh riot if the DoJ got involved since this is such an "epidemic"?

  11. rocktonsam

    I call bullshit.

    Tiffany Gabbay is not an Amerikkan name.

    Glenn Bleck doesn't work on Memorial Day?

  12. Doktor StrangeZoom

    Yay! I made a blog thingy! Rebecca liked my blog thingy! And now I am totally going for awesome Indian food to celebrate KidZoom's 15th birthday, which is actually tomorrow.

    1. FakaktaSouth

      Hey Yay! That was great! I am proud of you. These people are all terrible. How bout do the next one about something cheerful? – no one EVER does that.

      And tell your kid, Happy 15th Birthday Tomorrow KidZ, your dad is cool!

    2. Chichikovovich

      Wow! Are you ….. [looks around, whispers]… Wonkette Junior? Way to go, dude.

      Edit: Oh, and have a great time with the li'l shaver!

    3. Fukui-sanRadioBarb

      Happy Birthday KidZ! May you play computer games and pithily comment on your father's rants about politics for many happy years to come!

      1. Doktor StrangeZoom

        I was never a Wonkette Junior, or even a seconds cousin.

        What worries me? I've probably peaked now.

        1. CapnRadio

          "Peaked? Peaked, Doc? Let me tell you something. You haven’t even begun to peak. And when you do peak, we’ll know. Because you're gonna peak so hard that everybody on Wonkette's gonna feel it."

        2. Doktor StrangeZoom

          (Looks at top of page)

          Oh, OK, so I guess I am, at the moment, a Wonkette Junior, without even knowing it. It's still a bit short of my late mother's prediction, on seeing my grad school diploma, "Master of Arts in English? You'll probably just write a bunch of dirty novels," but by god, it's a start.

          Rebecca even called me "you magnificent bastard" in her email.

          1. CapnRadio

            Rebecca even called me "you magnificent bastard" in her email.

            I believe you've found the first line of your premier dirty novel.

            May I suggest the title Snark in the Time of Skullfuckery?

          2. imissopus

            Lucky for you, the big publishing houses are currently looking for dirty novels. It's the Fifty Shades of Grey effect. I'm personally thinking about pulling a bunch of old Penthouse Forum letters, gluing them together with the barest threads of a plot, and sending the whole mess off. I'll be rich, I tell you.

          3. Doktor StrangeZoom

            Maybe a science fiction story about multiple depressed ghosts of a deceased New York monologist: Fifty Shades of Spalding Gray

          4. CapnRadio

            I'm so unimaginative and breviloquent; all I can muster is a flip book of purple paint swatches. I call it Fifty Shades of Grape.

          5. Negropolis

            Mitt Romney is also looking to put out a Mormonized Harlequin novel titled: Fifty Shares of…Meh.

            The Duchess of Cornwall is following suit with Fifty Bales of Hay.

            Not to be outdone, Conan O'Brien will release a memoir titled That Motherfucker Jay

          6. C_R_Eature

            Congratulations Doc, You Magnificent Bastard! Thanks for so ably bringing these sad frightened people to our attention so that we can properly mock them. Good work.
            A suggestion for one of your Dirty Novels (possibly a series):

            Tr[REDACTED]onometry: The Forbidden Word

            Oh, and a very happy birthday to Kid Zoom, indeed!

  13. chascates

    Why do liberal, possible child molesting, bombers hate America? I know why they would hate Erick Erickson.

    1. iburl

      I'm really starting to loathe the Ghost of Brietbart.

      How many countless aeons must we endure his ectoplasmic venom?

  14. weejee

    So the police are pawns of the liberal establishment?

    / walks over to wall and starts pounding head against the bricks

    1. LetUsBray

      Seriously? If so, I have a list of people upon whom I'd like them to abuse their power in a petty fashion. You know, arrest them in their own house for disturbing the peace if they mouth off and that sort of thing.

    1. the_problem_child

      We were all SO impressed by his pipebomb, amirite? It was so much bigger than we expected.

  15. sbj1964

    This you have to blame on the parents.Rock music,and video games can't keep taking the fall.

  16. Ryy

    I see two things going on here:
    1) Righties have invested in a victim mentality (they're coming for us!) and recently have been lacking in victimizers, having recycled and wrung out their usual suspects…… so it was time for a new bogey man.
    2) Righties are bored, and have nothing to be outraged about. They nominated Romney, who is basically as progressive as Obama, certainly more so than Bush II. So they don't have a nominee they can get behind, support and post snarky/self-righteous defensives of. So they need something they could rally round to show how evil everyone else is and how awesome they are.

    And of course, on top of it all, they just want to be angry.

    1. Fare la Volpe

      I think their mentality can be summed up as this:

      They're looking for a reason to use their metal penises

      1. Doktor StrangeZoom

        Well, look, they've been consuming a fairly steady diet of paranoid rants about how the commies / socialists / environmentalists / feminists / UN / multiculturalists / uppity nears / muslins are going to try to take away their guns and impose a totalitarian state for so long (plus some of them are hoping to get started on covering a third of the earth in blood, like Revelations promises) that some of them just get tired of waiting. After all, the Tree of Liberty needs to be watered from time to time, so if it's inevitable, why not take out some of the traitorous commie libs and be done with it? (Someone else already linked to the story of the Knoxville UU church shootings…)

        1. Fukui-sanRadioBarb

          (Someone else already linked to the story of the Knoxville UU church shootings…)

          For the love of …

          I'd never heard about that one.

          Adkisson … says that he was motivated by hatred of Democrats, liberals, African Americans and homosexuals.

          During the interview Adkisson stated that he had targeted the church because of its liberal teachings and his belief that all liberals should be killed because they were ruining the country

          Adkisson's manifesto also cited the inability to find a job, and that his food stamps were being cut.


          my brain hurts

          1. sewollef

            "Adkisson's manifesto also cited the inability to find a job, and that his food stamps were being cut. "

            Oh for jesus fucking H's sake…. how many morans do we need in this country? Seems like we've got more than our fair share.

  17. flamingpdog

    Thanks for the blob post, Dok. This story might make more sense to me if I had any desire whatsoever to link to authoritarian fuckhead websites, but I just can't do it, even for "the troops", on Memorial Day.

    Or any other day.

  18. mavenmaven

    The right wing needs less excuse than this to start killing "liberals". Just wait until after the next election.

  19. Beanball

    If this guy's job is "terrorizing bloggers into silence," he doesn't appear to be doing it very well.

  20. tessiee

    "sold pot to Dan Quayle"

    I kinda got sidetracked here.
    I'm still thinking about this.

    1. SorosBot

      Considering all the horrible monstrosities (particularly Hotel California) they've unleashed on the public – hell, only Desperado is tolerable – that should be justifiable.

      1. sewollef

        No, no, no. Take It To The Limit, sung not by The Eagles of course, but by the recently departed Etta James, is fucking amazing. Oh my god.

        She turns a mediocre, elevator musak tune into an enormously powerful blues megasong. Check out Etta James – Live From San Francisco and go weak at the knees.

    2. tessiee

      *giggling in the background*
      *muffled* Shut up, it's ringing!
      Dispatcher: 911, what is your emergency?
      Mojo Nixon: Hello, this is Glenn Frey, and I've just shot Don Henley.

    3. imissopus

      Coincidentally, Glenn Frey just played a show at a theater two blocks from my apartment the night before last. I was across the street waiting for a bus and watching all the oldz lining up waiting to get into the theater. Finally the doors opened and all the fans started shuffling forward. And I mean shuffling in almost the literal sense of the word.

  21. BarackMyWorld

    Brett Kimberlin's proven guilt invalidates all liberal ideas and organizations, ever.

  22. tessiee

    "a yet-to-be identified man […] placed a call to law enforcement in the early morning hours of July 1, 2011, to announce that he had just shot his wife. The man then proceeded to give the operator Frey’s home address. Of course, the call was intended to make it look like Frey had just confessed to murdering his wife at his home. […] the police didn’t seem to share Frey’s certainty that Kimberlin was behind the incident, and eventually closed the investigation"

    I call bullshit on this (or at least on the first part of it).
    Enhanced 911, where they know your location, has been a thing since around 2000 or so. Many places, and I'd be willing to guess a major metropolitan area like LA is among them, have enhanced 911 that includes the capability to track the location where the call is coming from, *including* cell phones. I don't think the LAPD would be inclined to dismiss the investigation of someone they had reason to believe was prank calling 911.

  23. Ryy

    The Klassy folk over at Frey's blog (patterico) are now commenting on Wonkette. In typical erudite an Klassy manner, they are telling each other how great they are and how evil Wonkette is. It's a goofy little crew over there, but one wonders if they have ever actually looked into their beloved leader?

    1. glamourdammerung

      You mean that Frey's blog is putting people up to stalk and harass folks online?

    2. Doktor StrangeZoom

      "Actually, the facts are right. The tone’s idiotic; one would rather hope the writer never has a similar experience to Patterico’s"

      Gosh…I'm touched. And frankly, I'd far rather be accused of an "idiotic tone" than of getting my copy-pasted factoids wrong.

      Still, credit where credit is due: Any one of us could have written this comment: "Ah, Wonkette. The reality KY Jelly based community."

      1. Ryy

        After developing loony conspiracy theories about Wikipedia they are now turning on Drudge! I kid you not. Quote from a typical loon over there:

        "Drudge links to The Examiner, and they are covering the story. Something just doesn’t pass my smell test. "

    3. wondering where i am

      Ha ha ha. It was a swatting with no swat. Patterico writes:

      "It was not technically a SWAT team at my front door, but rather several uniformed sheriff’s deputies. Nobody was in body armor; they had no battering ram; they had no rifles that I saw — none of the accoutrements of the typical SWAT raid. My memory is seeing several patrol deputies with handguns."

      1. Doktor StrangeZoom

        To be fair, a "Deputies knocking on your door-ing" would be hard to fit in a headline.

      2. George Skullfry

        It was not "technically" a SWAT team == It was some guys., essentiallly.

        Oh, and when was the last time you saw an on-duty deppity without a handgun? (Note absence of the word "drawn").

      3. glamourdammerung

        Backpedaling you can believe in. At least that seems like Frey's intent there. I think someone realizes they stepped in it rather deeply now their unlikely claim is part of Republican creed and must be parroted.

  24. Fukui-sanRadioBarb

    Love it!

    Who's the gent in the fourth panel? I thought it might be Goldwater for a moment, but I don't think it is.

    1. BarackMyWorld

      Romney Sr., but I decided to simplify it (see below) and take the dads out since it wasn't crucial to the narrative.

    1. glamourdammerung

      But there is a huge difference between Bush and Romney.

      Bush could defeat McCain in a primary.

  25. Sharkey

    Thanks Strangezoom, that is so cool! So many of us fantasize about being promoted to "contributor" status. That sounds sarcastic, doesn't it? I didn't really mean it that way.

    1. Doktor StrangeZoom

      Actually, I think I was promoted to "sent a tip at the right moment when the editor was short on content and got invited to try to write a blog post on a slow day" status, but thanks!

  26. tessiee

    "He explained that he was only “99% in shock” because a similar incident had happened to someone else just one week prior, and likely for similar reasons."

    And he knows this how?
    Do the people who mistakenly had police come to their house all belong to a club or something?

      1. JustPixelz

        As in "Someone called 911 from my address…" I know how to call 911, but I don't know how to do it from inside someone else's house without a little of the old in-out.

        1. Generation[redacted]

          I know how.

          1) Become a rabid right wing blogger
          2) Get invited to this guy's house
          3) Make the call and leave quickly
          4) Suggest it's time to start shooting lefty "vermin" in retaliation YEE HAW!

      1. MosesInvests

        That's hippie Barney, before his girlfriend shacked up with a businessman, prompting him to cut his hair, shave his goatee and "suit up!"

  27. Ryy

    Looking through the looney blogs I am seeing that they are also working themselves into a froth over Wikipedia. Apparently Wikipedia didn't take well to their narrative of the story, and all these folk trying to edit the Wikipedia page on the subject, but nothing else. In other words, clearly lots of folks with an agenda bombing the article. So Wikipedia took it down and told them that they had an agenda and had to settle down first, and then Wikipedia might look into it, but not exactly at this moment the way righties want it to, cause you know, Wikipedia is not just for them and their agenda. This has set them off, and now Wikipedia joins the long list of entities stealing America from them.

    Personally I am just waiting for the rants about fluoride at this point…..

    1. glamourdammerung

      Personally I am just waiting for the rants about fluoride at this point…..

      I know one that not only goes on about that, but whines about how President Obama is making it illegal to collect rainwater in Western states. Then they get whiny whenever I point out that such laws were done in the mid-1800s. Then a week or two later, they make the exact same claim again.

  28. M. Bouffant

    Pretty obvious to me that right-wing bloggers who haven't had this happen to them will lose all credibility, so expect a rash of this shit as soon as they figure out how to use their MagicJacks to spoof 'phone nos.

    The only question is which will happen first: One of them being too dumb to do it right & getting caught, or a self-inflicted tragedy.

  29. Beowoof

    Left wing stalkers? Well now I know that the right has some, O'Reilly's producer, James O'Keefe, Andrew Brietfart (Rot in Hell), are just a few the of the stalkers on the right. Let alone the Fox News operation (LOL).

  30. Veritas78

    Let's show some sympathy here, Wonkistas. Their candidate is Mitt Romney. Their base is even more bored than ours, and there are five months to go. It's not like they're asking us to make Hillary abort Karzai's love-child.

  31. glamourdammerung

    So even if this is true, it basically boils down to how horrible this one guy is for doing all the things posters on Free Republic and Big Failure, Fox News staff, Operation Rescue and other anti-abortion groups, etc. do on a regular basis.

    I also note that it seems that Deputy District Attorney Patrick Frey seems to have no problems abusing his authority to protect James O'Keefe while crying about being stalked out the other side of his lying mouth.

    Sounds like someone is trying to preempt getting fired and possible fines/jail time for inappropriate behavior by crying about imaginary "leftist" terrorism.

    1. Dr_pangloss

      Seriously what the fuck is wrong with these people. How do they get anything done (in their real jobs) when all they seem to do is try to screw each other over on the internet and in the courts. I wish I had half that energy.

  32. tessiee

    I would like to lodge an informal protest against all guys named Brett, Brent, Brant, Brendon, Brandon, Bryan, and Byron.
    Objections withdrawn if I am allowed to get their names wrong at least 51% of the time.

    1. GemlikeFlame

      Well, to tell you the truth, from the last two semesters my biggest underachievers were three or four Brandons, a Bryan, and a Brendon (who I may be confusing with one of the Brandons.) Oddly, most of them insisted on being called Tyler, which made the one or two legitimate Tylers in my class (who largely did good, if uninspired work) highly uncomfortable. Either way, gents, if that athletic scholarship depends on my inflating your grade to compensate for completely failing the general education requirements, have fun sitting on the bench. Stay hydrated.

  33. Chow Yun Flat

    Right wing idiot sez: Until I see solid evidence that a lefty has faced equal harassment with as much studied disinterest from authorities, I will consider this an official Democrat tactic.

    As if anyone with more than two functioning brain cells could give a shit about what he "considers".

    1. Fukui-sanRadioBarb

      "Until I see solid evidence that a lefty has faced equal harassment with as much studied disinterest from authorities"

      Trayvon Martin.

      1. Doktor StrangeZoom

        I'm sorry, being shot to death does not count. It was over and done with remarkably fast.

        1. Negropolis

          Did you miss the whole "faced equal harassment with as much studied disinterest from authorities." Really? That snarkful reply nothing to do about the actual act, but the reaction by authories. That snark was spot on.

          1. Doktor StrangeZoom

            True, true–that snark was rushed into production with insufficient attention to quality control.

            I need a tax cut to keep snark-creating jobs in America.

    2. JustPixelz

      "… I will consider this an official Democrat tactic."

      HA HA. As if Democrats have "tactics" except to stand around while Repubicans accuse them of hating America, hating the troops, hating religion, hating women, hating capitalism.

      Until Mitt Romney has the balls to say "birthers" are too stupid to vote, I will consider birtherism an official Repubican tactic.

      Also, BTW, there's no "solid evidence" that Mr Kimberlin made the alleged 911 call and no "solid evidence" whatsoever about who called 911 from inside Mr. Erickson's house. But "solid evidence" is a slippery term in right-wing circles. There was no such evidence of WMDs in Iraq, but Dubya went to war anyway. And there's tons of evidence about global warming, but they think that's a big hoax.

  34. Ryy

    So this seems to have started, or at least partially started, with right wing blogger and Los Angeles deputy DA Pat Frey and his site "patterico". As is noted by a link on his site, he lives in a 1.3 million dollar home in one of the wealthiest neighborhoods in Los Angeles, and indeed the world. Yet he is a deputy DA? With a rudimentary website that begs for $9 donations? And how is he getting all his DA work done and raking in all this money for swank houses, when he seems to be spending most of his time angering criminals from out of state, and then blogging extensively on it.

    Very strange. Perhaps the DA's office might want to shine a little light on Mr. Frey for a moment or two? Something smells.

    1. Fukui-sanRadioBarb

      "Los Angeles deputy DA Pat Frey… he lives in a 1.3 million dollar home in one of the wealthiest neighborhoods in Los Angeles"

      I'm liking the cut of your jib. Stay and post more, Ryy. You'll like it here.

    2. Negropolis

      These are the questions. People in $1.3 million dollar glass houses shouldn't throw stones…

  35. imissopus

    Bah, a $1.3-million-dollar-house in this town is practically a fixer-upper. It's unfortunate this douchebag's salary is being theoretically paid for with my tax dollars though, while our public schools are in nightmarish shape funding-wise. On the other hand, if you are a conservative deputy D.A. in Los Angeles and even the LAPD isn't too interested in your well-being, you must be a world-class asshole, or lousy at your job, or dumb as a stump, or AOTK. Where was I going with this? Oh yeah, fuck Patrick Frey sideways with a chainsaw.

    1. Ryy

      Whether 1.3 million is a lot for a house in RPV is not the point. the point is you still need a lot of money to buy said house. Where'd he get the money, I'd just like to know.

      1. imissopus

        Given how easy it was for a few years for people to buy well outside their means with down payments of five percent, the dude could be deeper underwater than the Marianas Trench.

  36. barto

    "claiming there had been an accidental shooting"

    "Haha, we saw through that ruse immediately, as any shootig by Erick would certainly be premeditated" said the bemused deputy.

  37. Negropolis

    …and eventually closed the investigation, possibly due to the overwhelming influence that George Soros and Barbra Streisand have on the LAPD.

    I just LOL'ed up one full lung after reading that.

  38. Ryy

    Update: The Klassy folk at Frey's blog are now intensively investigating the Wikipedia editor of the Speedway Bombings. They are assaulting his character, equating him with domestic terrorism (note, he is not American nor does he live here), and delving into hundreds of pages of Wikipedia forums for snips of conversation between editors about him. Don't make these patterico bloggers angry or they will harass and intimidate you to tears.

    Oh, and they are angry about a guy for harassing and intimidating Mr. Frey.

  39. glamourdammerung

    Apparently, Patrick Frey really seems to like to gloat about how he can still see people's Twitter stuff after they block him for harassment. Yeah, that is totally not acting like a psycho there.

  40. Negropolis

    OT: Thaddeus McCotter, the congressman for Michigan's 11th congressional district and erstwhile presidential candidate for the Republican nomination, failed to get on the Republican primary ballot in his district to run for reelection because he didn't have the 1,000 valid signatures required. He is now being investigated by our hack GOP SoS for possible election fraud. Word is that his people may have literally cut-and-pasted old signatures from his previous runs. This is hilarious for a whole number of reasons. The guy that got on the ballot is some crazy-ass tea partier, which gives the likely Democratic nominee, a Muslim from India, a shot at this seat that McCotter was likely to hold.


    1. Fukui-sanRadioBarb

      gives the likely Democratic nominee, a Muslim from India, a shot at this seat

      That would be a beautiful thing, if only for the meltdowns.

      1. Negropolis

        Honestly, if the DCCC got behind this guy, he has a very real shot given that the district has mostly been voting on name recognition. It's otherwise a swing district.

    2. Chichikovovich

      Thanks for this information. What great news to begin the day! It's interesting to see all the GOP officials backing away from the guy who did get on the ballot, and predicting write-in candidates. Including this guy: "Some party leaders are already expecting several write-in campaigns, including David Trott, a prominent Oakland County GOP donor. Trott's law firm specializes in foreclosure and debt collection work." There's nothing the voters like more than debt collectors, especially in times like these.

      1. Negropolis

        McCotter announced this morning in the News that he's running as a write-in in the GOP primary, totally conceding that he didn't file enough valid signatures. The kicker is that he's totally throwing his staff under the bus by saying that he hopes that whatever happened is investigated to the fullest and that he was "surprised."

        This is going to get good.

  41. smokefilledroommate

    Hey, I get Bev Harris's emails.. tl;dr — read a few key words but didn't feel like getting into thirteen levels of emotive blog crap. Sorry. (because drunk? prolly. Memorial Day.)

  42. lulzmonger

    If there were no Brett Kimberlin these baaaaaawing WATBs would have to grow one in a vat.

    Huh. So am I supposed to idolize this grubby hipster fucknozzle now the same way wingnuts & skinheads did with Breivik? One rain-check to go, please.

    Today, we are all Evil Spock Beck.

  43. StealthMuslin

    Say what you will about the whack-job right, at least they do their own shootin' and murderin' and clinic-bombin' stuff themselves. They don't rely on big gummint socialist SWAT teams who don't even kill their targets/patriots. It's called a work ethic, hippies!

  44. BaldarTFlagass

    What really pissed Frey off, though, was when this Kimberlin guy called him up and asked him if he had Prince Albert in a can. And if his refrigerator was running.

    1. Doktor StrangeZoom

      Also worth noting: Decoration Day was celebrated on different days in the North and South. Defenders of the Lost Cause decorated Confederate soldiers' graves on a number of different days, but not on May 30, since that was the "Yankee holiday." World War I provided sufficient bodies from both regions to start shifting the tradition to a unitary date.

  45. Arken

    "Someone called 911 from my address"


  46. An_Outhouse

    The dude's not black? Is this the beginning of culturally diverse poutrage by the rightards?

  47. Quayle2012_KNOT

    Why is Mike Nesmith after the lunatic fringe right, and where is his watch cap?

  48. wondering where i am

    Red State is now a'nattering on about it.

    The comments are hilarious. This phone prank shows Obama's strategy for reelection:

    Street organizers that I have seen know and like to use fear and intimidation. They are normally punks themselves, and think it is “brave” of them to get the crowd to do their dirty work. I really believe that “Barack Hussein Obama, hmmm, hmmm, hmmm” meant for this, and every other form of intimidation, to be part of his 2012 campaign. He got elected in 2008 by pretending to be the Hopey, Changey dude. That will not work in 2012, so I believe that this type of intimidation is the sort of “gun” he has been planning all along"

    1. Ryy

      Apparently it's all Obama's doing and the righties are going to start doing the same thing, according to the comments.

  49. timbo71351

    I don't know how I should feel about this. I'm against murder and child molestation, but I'm all for anything that ruins Erick Erickson's life.

  50. Slim_Pickins

    So Erick called the sheriff to tell him a fake 911 call would come from inside his house in the near future, and the next week one did. A very strange coincidence!

  51. RavenRant

    Shades of Ashley Todd. At the very least, police can get the phone number of the caller. The 'victim' is a deputy District Attorney. There will be an investigation.

    The story has already begun to morph, first it's a SWAT Team, then it's not a SWAT Team… What else will develop?

  52. Qritiq

    This post just scratches the surface – the crux of the matter is about Kimberlin's non-profit Velvet Revolution working on voting rights policy and warring with James O'Keefe's non-profit Project Veritas over same. The upshot is, Patrick Frey is working to keep probationee O'Keefe out of the clink; more of the nitty-gritty in this wordpress post rightchere:

  53. Ryy

    Interesting point as Erikson went to the police and told them he expected to be SWATed, then **magic** it happened. And in his case the caller just said there was an accidental shooting, no "I just killed someone". So the caller wasn't really trying to mess with him too bad.

    Maybe he did it to himself? Good media attention. And honestly, he has motive.

  54. Fukui-sanRadioBarb

    and the call came from his number.

    This isn't 1985. You can't spoof/box numbers with a couple of capacitors and resistors.

    Nope, this is bullshit back to front.

  55. sewollef

    Or civil rights marchers, including families, forcing British paratroopers to fire live rounds and killing 13.

    Why were some of the UK's elite military units in N. Ireland at all? 'Cause they were forced to by someone of the 'wrong' religion asking to vote in free and fair elections, godamn it.

  56. weejee

    Erin go braless Bragh. Did you every read Roddy Doyle's the Last Roundup trilogy and his take on the Dúchrónaigh?

  57. sewollef

    No. Sounds like I should tho'.

    I only really know his more popular work [The Commitments, Paddy Clarke, The Van, etc — some of the Barrytown Trilogy I think?].

    But as a fellow atheist… and a republican [in UK terms], I like his stuff.

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