The Brett Kimberlin Saga:

Follow this link to my BLOCKBUSTER STORY of how Brett Kimberlin, a convicted terrorist and perjurer, attempted to frame me for a crime, and then got me arrested for blogging when I exposed that misconduct to the world. That sounds like an incredible claim, but I provide primary documents and video evidence proving that he did this. And if you are moved by this story to provide a little help to myself and other victims of Mr. Kimberlin’s intimidation, such as Robert Stacy McCain, you can donate at the PayPal buttons on the right. And I thank everyone who has done so, and will do so.

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Why Legalizing Prostitution Would Legalize Sexual Harassment:

A Response to Jazz Shaw and His Followers

 So, today Jazz Shaw (whom I generally respect) posted a tweet that suggested that he supports the legalization of prostitution, as follows:

Then in turn, I pointed out that there was a serious downside to it.  I won’t quote myself in the name of keeping this blog reasonably family friendly, but the gist of what I said was as follows: “Right now, if an employer says to a woman ‘sleep with me or you’re fired,’ it’s illegal and sexual harassment. You make prostitution legal, you make that demand legal.”

(And if you really want to know what I originally said, you can follow this link.)

After Shaw called my comment “stupid,” all hell broke in my mentions.  Well, respectfully, people are not thinking it through.

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

On Everybody Blog About Brett Kimberlin Day (II), Focus on His Falsification of Evidence

So, Lee Stranahan—my friend and occasional client—has declared today to be a second Everybody Blog About Brett Kimberlin Day.

The first time seemed to be about protecting me and others, and protecting free speech in general.  The whole idea was this: if Brett Kimberlin would do anything he could to silence anyone who talked about him—including suing people, getting bogus gag orders from courts, and even in my case attempting to frame me for a crime—then maybe one way to defeat it is to have so many people talking about him that he couldn’t retaliate against all of us.  Thus, because it was in part about protecting me, I said privately and publicly that I didn’t have the heart to ask anyone to do that.  I mean, how do you ask someone else to take a metaphorical bullet for you?

This time appears to have a different goal: to bring more attention to Kimberlin’s involvement in the investigation of 2016 election “interference” by the Russians.  Here’s a typical headline: “Former DNC Official Partnered With Convicted Bomb Maker To Investigate Trump.”

Thursday, August 8, 2019

Are Conservatives Engaged in Friendly Fire Against “The Hunt?”

So, there is a movie coming up called The Hunt.  The basic plot synopsis is liberal elites hunting people they hate that they see as "deplorables."  And in the wake of recent mass shootings, ads for the movie are being pulled sporadically, and the Hollywood Reporter is saying that behind the scenes they are talking about rethinking how they are going to market it and so on.  This is probably the first news that the movie existed for many people, so I am seeing a lot of conservative anger directed at it.  For instance, Twitchy has an article typical of this where conservatives are quoted as saying how terrible this movie is as an idea.  You can read for yourself, but the basic gist is “oh my God, they’re making a movie that revels in murdering conservatives.”

And I am here to persuade you that maybe that interpretation is wrong.

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

No, Donald Trump’s Tweets On Sunday Do Not Prove He is a Racist

So on Sunday, Donald Trump tweeted the following…

So interesting to see “Progressive” Democrat Congresswomen, who originally came from countries whose governments are a complete and total catastrophe, the worst, most corrupt and inept anywhere in the world (if they even have a functioning government at all), now loudly......
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 14, 2019

....and viciously telling the people of the United States, the greatest and most powerful Nation on earth, how our government is to be run. Why don’t they go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came. Then come back and show us how....
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 14, 2019 is done. These places need your help badly, you can’t leave fast enough. I’m sure that Nancy Pelosi would be very happy to quickly work out free travel arrangements!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 14, 2019

…and within minutes everyone was sure 1) who he was talking about and 2) it is racist.

For instance, Chris Cillizza of CNN wrote an entire piece at CNN making both claims on both points.  At the website, it gives the following headline “Donald Trump’s racist tweets show he doesn’t understand America,” while the preview on this tweet says “Donald Trump’s Vision of America isn’t American.”  Cillizza states that the tweets were definitely “directed at freshman Democratic Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (N.Y.), Ilhan Omar (Minn.), Rashida Tlaib (Mich.) and Ayanna Pressley (Mass.)” and then, says:

Thursday, August 16, 2018

The Savage Hypocrisy of the #FreePress Protest

Today and yesterday, a number of newspapers are putting forth editorials purporting to defend freedom of the press, using the hashtag #FreePress.  It all seemed to be kicked off by the Boston Globe, which made these kinds of statements.

Journalists are not the enemy

August 15, 2018

A central pillar of President Trump’s politics is a sustained assault on the free press. Journalists are not classified as fellow Americans, but rather “the enemy of the people.” This relentless assault on the free press has dangerous consequences. We asked editorial boards from around the country – liberal and conservative, large and small – to join us today to address this fundamental threat in their own words.

Let me start with something basic.  Of course, I support freedom of the press, as well as all forms of peaceful expression and not just in words.  My readers know that I have literally gone to jail for this and am fighting in several courts to protect that right, both as lawyer and citizen.  They know I have defended the right to speak of people who cheered when my freedom of expression was suppressed.  That’s not my problem with this #FreePress protest.  My problem is the incredible hypocrisy involved and general stupidity about what freedom of the press and freedom of expression means.

For starters, complaining that Trump is assaulting freedom of the press is so ignorant it makes my head hurt.  Does anyone in the press understand that freedom of expression includes the right to criticize what others say?  In other words, the First Amendment protects the right of CNN to say X and it also includes the right of someone else to say “CNN should not have said X.”

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

The Mueller “Russian” Indictment: The Prohibition on Foreign Participation in Elections is Unconstitutional (and a Mess)

So, previously I wrote a piece explaining how the Foreign Agents Registration Act is Unconstitutional, as part of a promised series on the Mueller indictment of thirteen Russian nationals and three Russian companies.  Once again, you can read the indictment, here, and you can search through its text, here, and, bluntly, you might want to read that prior piece on the Foreign Registration Act, because this piece is going to build off of that analysis.  In other words, you really might not get what I am trying to tell you unless you read that other piece.

And yes, this will be a long one.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Black Panther Review: Double Plus Secret Societies

So last night I took a break from work and writing my next post dealing with the Mueller indictment and saw Black Panther.  And I want to talk about it.  As per usual, I’ll keep things spoiler-free above the fold and warn you before I get spoilerific.  Without spoilers, I remember getting a very “Wonder Woman” vibe when reading the reviews.  Now, I liked Wonder Woman.  I own a copy of it and have watched and enjoyed it several times.  It is a legitimately good movie.  But it was much better reviewed than it deserved to be.  And you got the suspicion that people were worried about being called sexist if they dare to be insufficiently exuberant in their praise.

It took me a while to think of what this reminded me of, and then I remembered this video.  Watch it to the end.  It’s pretty amazing/horrifying:

Now, in this video, I am not sure there was any genuine enthusiasm for Stalin.  I mean, if they are that scared of him, how much can they really like him?  On the other hand, I absolutely believe that there is a lot that is genuinely good about Wonder Woman, so I presume that a large part of the praise it got was entirely genuine.  But there was also an element where I wondered if they were going massively over the top just because they were afraid of being “the first one to stop clapping.”  And I began to get the sense that the same thing was happening with Black Panther.

And I was right.  It was good.  I recommend it.  But the praise is waaaaaay over the top.  For instance, I saw reviews comparing Michael B. Jordan’s turn as Killmonger as being like Heath Ledger’s Joker in The Dark Knight.  If they mean he is as scary as that iconic character, no, he’s not even close and he’s not meant to be.  If they mean well-acted, yeah, Jordan did a pretty damn good job, but in a contest I think I’d still give the win to Ledger.  Although to be fair to Jordan, it’s a bit of comparing apples to oranges.  A good scary performance is much different than what Jordan was giving us.  Jordan’s Killmonger actually more resembles Michael Shannon’s depiction of Zod, in Man of Steel, in that he is shown to be a determined and ruthless follower of comprehensible ideology.  I’m not saying you necessarily agree with their ideology, but it was an ideology that seemed pretty logically consistent and worked out.

(Well, Zod’s ideology was consistent at least until Superman screwed up his plans so thoroughly that Zod completely flipped his sh*t and decided to go on a killing spree, but in that movie’s context it made sense that events would completely break his mind and drive him insane.)

That being said, Killmonger, despite having a silly name (that was surprisingly well-justified in the movie) was really one of the best villains in the Marvel Universe.  And Andy Sirkis is actually pretty awesome as secondary returning villain Klaw.

Also, toward the end, there is a character death that was surprisingly moving—really probably the most moving moment since the funeral at the end of Guardians of the Galaxy 2.

And finally, before we get really spoilerish, let me point out that you don’t need to stay for the final after credits scene.  As we all know, Marvel really loves to put in those mid- and post-credits scenes, sometimes setting up sequels, sometimes tying up a loose end, sometimes schmucking around (I’m looking at you, Guardians of the Galaxy 2, but with affection).  So there is a mid-credits scene that I won’t reveal, but I will say I think it should have just been part of the movie.  And then when all the credits are done, they have an after credits scene that you frankly didn’t need to see (although there are some kids who are pretty funny, so maybe it is worth seeing it for that).  Why you don’t need to see it is...

Monday, February 19, 2018

The Mueller Indictment: The Foreign Agents Registration Act is Unconstitutional

Update: For some reason a video didn't embed properly.  I am updating to fix.  If that doesn't work, I will cut it out for a picture.

So, after another long break, I am back with another post.  In fact, I am planning a series of posts dealing with different issues related to the indictment of thirteen Russian nationals and three Russian companies.  You can read the indictment, here, and you can search through its text, here.  But if you have been following me on twitter, you are seeing me suggest that I see some very serious First Amendment problems in this indictment.

Strap yourself in, dear reader, this is a long one.  We’re going to go very deep into some dense statutes.

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Cosmo’s Racial “Sensitivity” is Actually Super-Racist

Well, Halloween is around the corner again, and the killjoys on the left are busy fretting that someone might wear the wrong thing and this annoyed me enough to make me want to blog again.  Yep, it’s the fear of “cultural appropriation”—the idea that the only people who can enjoy another culture are people from the ethnic/racial group that was historically associated with it.  So, only Native Americans can wear native American headdresses, I guess only Italian Americans can eat Pizza, and so on.  It’s a unique topic where people claiming they are opposed to racism regularly prove that they are actually super racist.

See, the first problem is that for one to “appropriate” a culture—that is, commit theft—you have to believe it is the exclusive property of... some person or group of people.  Which then leads you down all kinds of racist rabbit holes.

Don’t believe me?  Well, let’s look at how Cosmo dealt with this.  I first became aware of their latest tripe, by seeing this tweet.

Hey Parents: Maybe Don't Dress Your Kid Up As Moana This Halloween
— Cosmopolitan (@Cosmopolitan) October 23, 2017

Yep, it’s an article worried about cultural appropriation.  As you probably know by now, Moana is based on Polynesian folklore and it’s a very good movie.  (Seriously, see it, if you haven’t.  You will thank me later.)  Anyway, the Cosmo article confirms that it is concerned primarily with white girls dressed up as the titular Disney Princess* with this passage:

Chances are, you have a child that is enamored with all things Disney and wants to be all of the princesses. All of them! Especially Moana.

The New York Post recently highlighted an article on about how that’s probably not a good choice if your kid is white, and revealed that “moms are freaking out” over the culturally appropriative costume.

Monday, June 27, 2016

Judge Vaughey Reprimanded, Freedom of Speech Vindicated

Another Setback to Brett Kimberlin’s Quest to Outlaw Criticism

This is the latest post in what I half-jokingly call The Kimberlin Saga®.  If you are new to the story, that’s okay! Not everyone reads my blog.  The short version is that convicted terrorist Brett Kimberlin has been harassing me for over four years, his worst conduct being when he attempted to frame me for a crime.  I recognize that this might sound like an incredible claim, but I provide video and documentary evidence of that fact; in other words, you don’t have to believe my word.  You only have to believe your eyes.  Indeed, he sued me for saying this and lost on the issue of truth.  And more recently when his wife came to us claiming that this convicted terrorist had threatened her harm, we tried to help her leave him, and for that, he sued myself, John Hoge, Robert Stacy McCain and Ali Akbar for helping his wife and for calling him a pedophile.  He lost on the issue of truth.  Has recently lost suits against also suing Hoge, Akbar, Dan Backer, DB Capital Strategies, Patrick “Patterico” Frey, Mandy Nagy (who is significantly incapacitated by a stroke), Lee Stranahan, the National Bloggers Club, and  others alleging that we are all in conspiracy to defame him because we reported factually about the spate of SWATtings committed against myself, Frey, Erickson and others.  And he sued two senators for not appointing Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court.  So, if you are new to the story, go to this page and you’ll be able to catch up on what has been happening.

Now regular readers will recognize that name, Judge Vaughey, but I honestly don’t know how many of my readers have been following this Kimberlin Saga since May of 2012, so let me take a moment to review.

I guess it is all fair to say that this segment of the story started when I wrote this piece, probably one of the longest blog posts (assuming you follow the links to the rest of it) written in blogdom, and definitely one of the most popular and influential posts I have written.  If you are new to the story, it is hard to describe how influential it was.  In it, I lay out documentary and video evidence showing how Brett Kimberlin attempted to frame me for a crime.  Seriously, if you haven’t go read it.  That got read by a lot of people, but more importantly it convinced a lot of people that this was a bad situation, that it was serious, and it needed attention.  So other people started writing about it, who frankly had more reach than I did, and it cascaded from there.