Tag: Velvet Revolution

Look what just crawled out of the Sewer that is Leftism: Kimberlin-Rauhauser Axis Targets Romney Campaign Staffer Bill Murphy

 

So reports Stacy McCain

Brett Kimberlin’s non-profit 501(c)4 Velvet Revolution is part of an apparent effort to destroy Mitt Romney’s online rapid-response team by targeting Bill Murphy, a young Internet operative who has helped improve the campaign’s social-media presence.

In an item posted Saturday on the Democratic Underground site, Velvet Revolution promoted an article accusing Murphy of “fraud” for his role earlier this year in the National Bloggers Club.

Formed in February at the annual “Blog Bash” during the Conservative Political Action Conference, the club honored Andrew Breitbart with one of its first awards and has helped defend bloggers targeted by Kimberlin’s lawsuits and other harassment. During last week’s Republican National Convention, the club co-sponsored a “Blog Bash” that featured former RNC chairman Haley Barbour and a guest list that included Rep. Joe Wilson (R-S.C.), Michael Barone of the Washington Examiner, Amy Kremer of Tea Party Express, author Katie Pavlich and CNN contributor Dana Loesch.

Kimberlin, who spent 17 years in federal prison for his role in a weeklong bombing spree that terrorized an Indiapolis suburb, has gained renewed notoriety for his “lawfare” harassment of conservative bloggers. In May, Kimberlin and his associate Neal Rauhauser were among those identified by Patrick “Patterico” Frey as suspected of being involved in a “SWATting” hoax that sent police to Frey’s residence.

Lots more background on the Kimberlim/Rauhauser alliance and Stacy’s personal run-in with them at the link. Welcome to the war folks. Conservatives prefer to debate, and let things like facts, and results speak loudest. The Left, no so much, mainly because facts are not on the Lefts side. So, miscreants like Kimberlin, and Rauhauser turn to junk “lawfare” suits, harassment, threats, and on-line stalking to attempt to intimidate Conservatives into silence. Well, that will no longer work, we will NOT be silenced or intimidated. We will fight, and we will win, so, Kimberlin, Rauhauser and the rest might as well get used to this fact!

In another post McCain points out that Andrew Breitbart saw this coming, and vowed to fight

Back in February at CPAC, Andrew Breitbart gave a speech in which he called for unifying conservatives to defeat the Left:

Anyone that’s willing to stand next to me to fight the progressive left, I will be in that bunker, and if you’re not in that bunker ’cause you’re not satisfied with this candidate, more than shame on you — you’re on the other side!

Breitbart also forecast the tactics the media would use:

We’re watching you to play the race card MSNBC. We saw how you cynically placed the Reverend Sharpton in a position of absurdist power. This is Dadaism, I learned that in college, that they would allow for this guy to have a show. This is Dadaism. It’s freaky. It’s Andy Kaufman. It doesn’t make sense unless you understand what they’re doing.
This is going to be the dog whistle election cycle. They tested them in 2011, so he and his pal Toure and that punk Tim Jacob Wise and Ed and Maddow can sit there and call everyone who’s Caucasian racist. “I heard it. He used ‘is’ instead of ‘are.’ He’s a racist. That’s a dog whistle.’”
Ignore it when Congressman [Carson] does it against Allen West. No more. We’re going to go after you. I bought a dog whistle. I bought a dog whistle factory, and I’m giving you dog whistles. And we’re going to listen to every word that comes out of your mouth, and we’re going to hold you to the same standard that you hold us which is an impossible one, and you’re going to have a hell of a time in 2012 because America’s finally woken to your Saul Alinsky bullshit tactics, and we’re coming to get you.

Amen! Although, I must admit many other saw this coming a long time ago. And many of us saw the need to put our boots on and go to battle. Big blogs, small blogs, blogs in between, all of us are in a fight now. A fight we do not want, a fight we did not start, but by God a fight we damn well better intend to win! So, if you are a Conservative blogger, or active on Facebook, or Twitter, this is your fight! Now, let us resolve to win, and well shall win. No retreat, no surrender, nothing but absolute victory shall be enough!!

 

Neal Rauhauser’s cowardly tactics on display! UPDATED!

Intimidation is, perhaps the last, desperate act of the intellectually inferior. I turn, once again, to Stacy McCain, blogging about  the deplorable tactics of one Neal Rauhauser

Neal Rauhauser has attacked his enemies with a “lawfare” strategy similar to the methods his client, Brett Kimberlin, used to get blogger Aaron Walker arrested last month. Last year, Rauhauser filed a spurious criminal complaint against an Alabama man whom he accused of “inciting people to find and harm me.”

Rauhauser last year joined forces with Kimberlin’s 501(c) tax-exempt non-profit Velvet Revolution and has evidently been engaged in a relentless Internet-based effort aimed at critics of Kimberlin, a convicted felon notorious as Indiana’s “Speedway Bomber.”

In 2010, Rauhauser was involved in a scandal known as “TwitterGate.”Using a Twitter account called @WingNutWatch, Rauhauser was accused of having “organized a group of E-Thugs meant to harass, threaten, provoke, disparage, intimidate, verbally assault, berate & employ hate-speech against those not in agreement with his brand of politics,” to cite blogger Patrick Read’s September 2010 description.

One of the primary targets of the TwitterGate harassment — by a group of Twitter accounts Rauhauser called his ”beandog militia” — was an Alabama resident named Greg W. Howard. A Marine veteran and financial advisor who is also a political blogger, Howard is a popular Tea Party activist on Twitter, where his account has more than 20,000 followers. As part of an apparently orchestrated campaign of provocation, a series of vicious and obscene messages were directed at Howard in 2010. (Warning: Extremely graphic language.)

Several words come to mind upon reading this garbage. Cowardly is one, thuggish is another, as well as despicable, evil, and maybe most of all threatening. Rauhauser, not being as smart as he thought, was exposed, and, like  a true Leftist, immediately went into “victim mode”, as Stacy points out here

On Aug. 31, 2010, the same day he declared his intent to go after “right wing cells,” Rauhauser created a sock-puppet account he called “WingNutWatch,” which then acted as a sort of Twitter ringleader for the effort he described. It took less than a month, however, for Greg Howard, Patrick Read and @ZapEm to document the malicious actions of Rauhauser and his “beandogs,” resulting in the “WingNutWatch” account being shut down by Twitter.

Rather than acknowledging his responsibility for the episode that soon became known as TwitterGate, Rauhauser claimed to be the victim of a right-wing conspiracy, and began plotting revenge against those who had exposed his activities. In August 2011, shortly after Rauhauser moved to Washington, D.C., and joined forces with Kimberlin’s Velvet Revolution, he sent the following complaint against Greg W. Howard to the Alabama state attorney general’s office:

Dear Sirs,
Over the last eleven months, a man named Greg W. Howard, of Headland, Alabama, has constantly menaced me via the Internet. He has, in a verifiable fashion, done the following:
Published information to the effect that he knows where my ex-wife and children live, encouraging his tens of thousands of followers on Twitter to attack them in some fashion.
Published a list of my consulting customers, incited his followers to interfere with my business, and this has happened in a documented fashion on several occasions.
Appeared on a blogtalk radio show run by domestic extremist Sharon Meroni, in my home state of Illinois, inciting people to find and harm me, to interfere with my business, and so forth.
Published many sorts of libel about me, which are visible on http://scribd.com/nrauhauser, and this includes having incited Robert Stacy McCain, a man characterized by the Southern Poverty Law Center as an extremist and member of League of the South, to repeat his smears.
Incited Joe Ballard, a resident of Catawba, SC, to make a credible threat against me, which was investigated by the FBI hate crimes group in October of 2010.
He is careful that no individual crosses the line from menace to actual threat. I hope that the AG’s office will consider the frequency and duration of his conduct, as well as the fact that he successfully incited one well documented threat, and investigate more fully. There are literally dozens of victims with stories similar to mine.
Neal Rauhauser

This is a sick game only the lowest of the low would play. Again, this proves my warning to anyone who has a blog and intends to cover this type of thing. You can believe, with all your heart that when the left uses the term “by any means necessary”, they mean it! For Rauhauser and his ilk, it would seem that threatening people’s children is not beyond their sick minds. Nor is seeking to use “lawfare” to silence those they disagree with. So, be warned, if you are a Conservative blogger, or even a Liberal blogger be aware of what running afoul of these miscreants means. It means you might become a target of their wrath. Of course, if you, or I or any of us allow ourselves to be bullied into silence, well, then, the bullies will have won. To me, that is simply an unacceptable outcome.

Be sure to go read more of Stacy’s post

Update! Apparently Neal Rauhauser is either a SUPER SPY! Or he is just a paranoid douche nozzle. Stacy has the details, you make the call.

The latest on the Brett Kimberlin/Neal Rauhauser/blogger intimidation stories

The story gets longer, weirder, more compelling, and gets a few more twists every day.

An Ex-Con posts his email exchange with Neal Rauhauser, which makes for interesting reading, to say the least

Da Tech Guy notes the oddity of the imagined victim hood of some, and the real victimizing they engage in

This collected piece of work is continues to reveal the piece of work Kimberlin & Company are and continue to be. Take a look at Stacy McCain’s latest, for those who don’t want to go through 2414 works here is the meat and potatoes.

By now the astute reader understands – and I don’t really have to point this out do I? — that Kimberlin and Rauhauser’s belief in an imaginary conspiracy of their enemies led them into creating an actual conspiracy of their own.

It’s all right there, you see: Presenting himself as an agent of Velvet Revolution, Rauhauser elicited assistance from members of Anonymous in a conspiracy that “put Breitbart & Co. square in their gunsights.” What did Rauhauser mean by that expression? What manner of activity did Anonymous agree to conduct against the target “in their gunsights”? We don’t know.

What we do know is that, once more, Rauhauser’s compulsive bragging has led to the exposure of one of his schemes.

Of course, the Left has been doing that for a long time. They accuse Republicans of the very thing THEY, themselves do. Then they whine and play the victim. Stacy offers up more on the tactics of Neal Rauhauser

Neal Rauhauser is crazy and not nearly as smart as he thinks he is, and his boastful arrogance has been his downfall before. So it is again.

In a message posted in the comments of a blog in October 2011, Rauhauser explained that he and someone he describes as “a very big dog from the Anonymous pen” conspired to use Brett Kimberlin’s non-profit Velvet Revolution as a vehicle to exact vengeance on (a) his personal enemies, (b) the security firm HB Gary and (c) “Breitbart associates.”

The campaign of harassment and intimidatiion we have seen carried out in recent months apparently is the product of that game plan — and Rauhauser boastfully explained how he developed that plan quite publicly more than eight months ago.

Stacy goes on to lay out his case

Before I share that with you, however, let me preface it by explaining that the claim to victimhood that Rauhauser presents in this 970-word treatise is false. His exposure in the 2010 “TwitterGate” affair was the result of his open incitement of his s0-called “beandogs,” the gang of online thugs who obscenely harassed Tea Party activists on Twitter. His public Tweets to the “beandogs” were screen-capped and documented by Patrick Read, Michelle Lessick and others, and Rauhauser’s role was clearly evident.

Furthermore, exactly as with his current role in the Kimberlin case, Rauhauser had described – publicly and in advance – his plans for an online war against the Tea Party, in two posts at the forum Open Left:

 That was in August, not long after Rauhauser had been a speaker at the Netroots Nation conference. He was a consultant with the firm Progressive PST, which included several Democratic politicians (including Arizona Rep. Raul Grijalva) among its clients.

Neal’s own description of his specialty? “Solving problems in the social media work space for political campaigns and causes.” But once he was busted in TwitterGate and someone called it to my attention, I did a post on Oct. 7, 2010 (“BUSTED! Video Documents Role of Democrat Consultant Neal Rauhauser in Smear Campaign Against Tea Party“) that was linked by Lonely ConservativeHouse of Eratosthenes,Liberty PunditsRight KlikVerum SerumI Own the World,Memeorandum and The Blaze, to name a few. On Oct. 9, 2010, I did afollow-up post noting Rauhauser’s reaction to the exposure:

Rauhauser deleted [his “WingNutWatch” Twitter] account and protected [his personal Twitter account], the kind of gesture a detective might say was indicative of “consciousness of guilt.”
The obvious question: If Rauhauser has nothing to hide, why is he hiding? Let me suggest an obvious answer: Rauhauser is becoming an embarrassment to his Democratic clients, especially Arizona 7th District Rep. Raul Grijalva.
Rauhauser had boasted of his relationship with Grijalva — who sent the consultant a “thank you” note — and like so many other previously “safe” Democratic incumbents this year, Grijalva is in the toughest re-election battle of his career.

In late September 2010 — before I even noticed TwitterGate, but after Read, Lessick and others had begun exposing the “beandogs” operation – Rauhauser clearly realized his scheme was busted. Caught attempting to victimize others, Rauhauser declared himself the realvictim in a Daily Kos post entitled, “Tea Party Stalks Me & My Kids.”

This tendency toward self-pity, blaming others for problems that he himself caused, appears to be a deeply engrained personality trait with Rauhauser. Incapable of accepting responsibility for his own failures, Rauhauser psychologically projects responsibility onto scapegoats, whom he demonizes and accuses of malicious motives and actions, as a means of justifying his attacks on them, attacks that he encourages others to join.

MUCH more at The Other McCain, go read it all. Stacy McCain is in his element here. Also check out these other posts Stacy has done

Neal Rauhauser’s Online Slander Factory

‘Real Reporter’ @NYT_JenPreston vs. Blogger @Prepostericity (Seth Allen)

You also should read The Lonely Conservative on the “Real Velvet Revolution”

The name of one Convicted Speedway Bomber Brett Kimberlin’s “non-profit” groups is Velvet Revolution. His Wikipedia page and the website of his bogus tax-exempt charitable organization are at the top of Google.

Now someone is trying to do something about that.

On November 19, 1989, the people of Prague, in the former state of Czechoslovakia, gathered to commemorate a massacre of Czech students by Nazi Germany fifty years earlier. By the end of the day, the gathering turned into a demonstration against a ruling  Communist government that had begun massacring Czechs and Slovaks from virtually the moment the Nazis were booted out. By December 29, 1989, without a shot fired, the protesters had driven out their Communist masters, electing poet, playwright, and political prisoner Vaclav Havel as interim President. This peaceful revolt by a peaceful people against their Stalinist puppet government became known as the “Velvet Revolution”.

[…]

Brett Kimberlin, and his associate Brad Friedman, do not own the name “Velvet Revolution”. They do not, and cannot, claim trademark or copyright protection in the term, because in the realm of politics, where Kimberlin and Friedman seek to meddle, the term “Velvet Revolution” is more generic than “Jell-O”.

Likewise, we do not own the name “Velvet Revolution”. No one owns the term. The Czechs and Slovaks who put their lives on the line in 1989 have a pretty strong moral claim, but they’re all in MittelEuropa. The Czechs and Slovaks have bigger problems than one terrorist moonbat making a mockery of a First Amendment that they don’t have anyway.

So we’re taking the name back, for them.

Help them out by linking to them if you have a blog, tweeting their links, posting it on facebook or whatever social networking tool you may use.

This is the real Velvet Revolution.

There is a ton more out there. More and more of Congress is taking notice, but much of the media has been silent. Maybe because they do not see ratings in this story, maybe because they see it as just those “bloggers” going at one another. But, rest assured this story is important to anyone who values their right to freedom of speech. And also to anyone who truly wants to stamp out cyber bullying, which certainly seems to describe what is going on here.

More attacks against the Kimberlin “enemies” list

Stacy McCain rightly points out that anyone who criticizes Brett Kimberlin is likely to be targeted, in one way or another for harassment by a website McCain refers to as “Not Brett Kimberlin”. Patterico has an example of the despicable attacks on Mandy Nagy It is very nasty, demeaning stuff you might expect to hear from some crazed stalker in a bad horror flick. No doubt a coward wrote that crap, but, this is one of the tactics the Left is using now to bully, intimidate, and demean those that stand up to them. This group, or person, is attempting to shut all of us up. So, who is behind this? Who is funding them? Stacy takes a look at some evidence that might help clue us in

We know that Brett Kimberlin’s tax-exempt non-profit organizations have raised hundreds of thousands of dollars, and we furthermore know that Kimberlin is now a client of Neal Rauhauser, who in 2010 was accused of organizing a gang of foul-mouthed thugs to harass Tea Party activists on Twitter.

Is the “Not Brett Kimberlin” site part of Rauhauser’s operation? Whatever the strategic wisdom of this “brass knuckles reputation management” — as Professor Glenn Reynolds has called Kimberlin’s campaign of harassment and intimidation — one thing should be clear: Such activities are clearly not legitimate uses of tax-exempt funds. Here are the most recent available IRS 990 forms for Kimberlin’s outfits:

People experienced in the management of non-profit organizations who have examined those 990s describe them as “thinly documented.” The phrase “red flag” occurs when discussing these IRS forms with such experts, who marvel that anyone would contribute to groups that exhibit such an astonishing lack of tranparency about exactly how they spend the money they collect.

All very good questions that need answers. Go read the whole post Stacy has up, and contact your Congressman and tell them to keep looking into this.

Also check out Stacy’s post that asks the question What DID Brett Kimberlin know, and when did he know it?

Sometimes, bad folks have Meltdowns

Stacy McCain continues to be the source for “Team Kimberlin” updates, and, today, the mental stability of Neal Rauhauser is the subject. Stacy rightly points out that liars hate being exposed

Liars hate nothing worse than to be exposed as liars — exposure makes it hard for them to get away with their lies — and three weeks of public attention to lying felon Brett Kimberlin and his associates have put them under extraordinary psychological pressure.

We’ve seen evidence of Neal Rauhauser’s spiraling descent into madness, outlined by Dan Collins at The Conservatory:

In the email, Rauhauser concedes that the SWATting of Stack was likely performed by one of his “beandog” followers, but that he believes the culprit will get off because the call was untraceable. In Rauhauser’s demented mind, Patterico, Stacy and others were actually the cause of the SWATting, according to some as-yet-to-be-invoked legal theory. . . .
Sometime Kimberlin operative Ron Brynaert has been trying to play a double game, quarrelling with Rauhauser on the one hand and threatening Kimberlin critics who associate him with Rauhauser and Kimberlin on the other, and is likelier than Rauhauser to flip, IMO, but this revelation changes the playing field quite a bit. I wouldn’t be surprised to find Rauhauser turning state’s evidence against Kimberlin at the sane advice of legal counsel. Whether he still has the functioning neurons to try to pull his ass out of the fire, though, is an open question.

There is now a Memeorandum thread, and more and more people are beginning to see the connections between the various dots in the bizarre pattern surrounding Kimberlin’s tax-exempt 501(c) operations at Velvet Revolution and Justice Through Music Project. Investigative journalist Matthew Vadum assures me that lying is not considered a charitable activity by the IRS, and one wonders what the authorities would discover in a thorough forensic audit of Kimberlin’s lucrative (although “non-profit”) enterprises.

Lots more at the link, go read the whole thing

Matthew Vadum Talks Brett Kimberlin : The Other McCain

Via The Other McCain, this is a must watch folks Stacy provides a bit of bacxkground

One of the very valuable advantages I’ve had in reporting on Brett Kimberlin’s activities is that I’ve got Matthew Vadum’s phone number in my speed-dial. An investigative reporter and author of Subversion, Inc.: How Obama’s ACORN Red Shirts are Still Terrorizing and Ripping Off American Taxpayers, Vadum is a leading expert on non-profit organizations. He has provided me with valuable information, including the IRS 990 forms for Kimberlin’s Justice Through Music Project (2010 form PDF2009 form PDF) and Velvet Revolution (2010 form PDF2008 form PDF).

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Brett Kimberlin being bankrolled by his wealthy aunt? UPDATED! Did Erick Erickson get swatted?

Stacy McCain is all over it

FROM AN UNDISCLOSED LOCATION
Convicted felon Brett Kimberlin is the nephew of a wealthy Maryland woman who has contributed to a foundation that helped fund a 501(c)3 organization of which Kimberlin is the director. Kimberlin’s activities have recently attracted widespread attention because of his attempts to intimidate and harass bloggers who wrote about his criminal history.

Harriet Crosby, 66, reportedly an heiress to the General Mills fortune, was one of the original donors to the Threshold Foundation, which contributed $20,000 to Kimberlin’s Justice Through Music Project in 2008, according to database research I reported May 19.

The Threshold Foundation was started by a group of wealthy devotees of environmentalism and trancendental meditation. The foundation’s “very liberal” view, researcher Ron Arnold has written, “saw American society as rife with injustice and in need of radical transformation.” Threshold has been affiliated with the Tides Foundation, linked to left-wing billionaire George Soros.

A 2009 profile of Crosby in the alumni magazine of the elite Putney School — a private academy in Vermont, where the annual tuition is $46,900 for boarding students — described her as “active” in the tax-exempt non-profit group Velvet Revolution, which Kimberlin helped start in association with liberal blogger Brad Friedman.

Wow, who would have guessed? Another Leftist who supports far Left extremism is supporting Kimberlin’s harassment and lawsuit intimidation racket. And, another shocker, Kimberlin is a liar! NO!

Velvet Revolution gained notoriety by making unsubstantiated claims that Republicans stole the 2004 presidential election through vote fraud. A 2007 Time magazine profile of Kimberlin described how he ”found a home in the blogosphere” by “repeatedly asserting as fact things that are not true.” At one point, Kimberlin offered a $100,000 reward for proof of his assertion that President George W. Bush’s re-election was obtained through vote fraud, a reward that was never paid. Velvet Revolution has also unsuccessfully sought criminal prosecution of various public figures including GOP strategist Karl Rove, the head of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the late New Media entrepreneur Andrew Breitbart.

Isn’t it amazing how so many of these anti-American zealots are connected? And they all seem to have one goal, bringing some form of Marxist reformation to this nation.

UPDATE! Erick Erickson at Red State posts this today

Last week we spent a lot of time writing about Brett Kimberlin and the incident involving blogger Patterico where someone spoofed his phone number and told 911 he had shot his wife.

Tonight, my family was sitting around the kitchen table eating dinner when sheriffs deputies pulled up in the driveway.

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.

Well, what do you know. Bob Belvedere is not afraid of swatting, in fact ladies, I think he enjoys that sort of thing