[This post is written in response to Michelle Malkin’s call-to-arms, Free Speech Blogburst: Show Solidarity for Targeted Conservative Bloggers ]
I’ve been reading all of the posts and articles concerning the convicted bomber and known con man, Brett Kimberlin, aka “The Speedway Bomber”, who has become since leaving prison a leftist activist/ blogger. (See: Progressives Embrace Convicted Terrorist) Now, it seems Kimberlin is abusing the justice system to harass his critics. (See these links: Summary/Preview of my Post “How Brett Kimberlin Tried to Frame Me for a Crime (And How You Can Help!)”, Convicted Bomber Brett Kimberlin, Neal Rauhauser, Ron Brynaert, and Their Campaign of Political Terrorism, and Domestic Terrorist Now Using ‘Lawfare’? Convicted Felon Kimberlin’s 501(c)3 Raised $1.8 Million in Six Years )
After reading all of these articles (and more) three questions came to my mind. The first was “If some idiot tried this crap with me, which lawyer would I call first?” The second was “If someone were foolish enough to threaten me or mine, which would I go for first, pistol or shotgun?” The third was “Don’t liberals have a better way to waste their money?”
In addition to being one nasty character, Kimberlin also seems to be screwing his generous donors, such as Barbara Streisand and the Tides Foundation. Kimberlin runs his “non-profit” organizations, Velvet Revolution and Justice Through Music, out of his mother’s home. The web sites of his organizations don’t seem to be very active. So, what are these donors getting for their money? It seems the only thing is an easy lifestyle for Kimberlin, who evades a court ordered payment for damages to the family of one of his victims. (See: Leftist Blogger’s Criminal Past Raises Questions About His Real Intent )
If the purpose of these donations is supposed to be leftist activism, then they may be disappointed. (Looks like the funds may have been misappropriated.) His donors have most definitely not been doing their due diligence. They might just want to change that. I know if I give money, I want results, or at least some evidence of actual activity.
So, if these donors don’t really care about political results, but still feel the need to continue giving away their money, may I make a suggestion? Instead of giving money to this criminal, to underwrite his life of leisure, why not give that money to the truly needy? I say give that money to a homeless shelter, a soup kitchen, a no-kill animal shelter or some other non-political charity. Any or all of these could most definitely use the money.
[Hey, Babs! If you want to give money to someone for political activity, I’ll be more than happy to take it. You’ll get results… just not the kind you like.]
Just a thought for the Mensa members out there who think they can counter every argument against their candidate by saying it has been covered in the past. That only works for the national media’s favored Democrat candidates. If it pertains to a Democrat, reporters will yawn when shown something which has previously been covered. “That’s old news.”
Unfortunately, the same standards do not apply for Republicans. For Republicans, there is no “old” news. When did they bring up G.W. Bush’s arrest for DWI? The weekend before the election. When did they bring up the fake AWOL papers? During the convention. Nothing ever goes away for Republicans, and when it is brought back up, reporters treat the story as if it has never been seen before.
So, the primary season is our only opportunity to completely vet our candidates. We need to go over every questionable action as if it happened today. For every one of those actions we need to demand satisfactory answers, and not settle for excuses. If we know about it, then so does the Democrat opposition, and their friends in the national media.
So, if not now, we know when. When it will do the most damage.
If you don’t like the answers, don’t ask the questions.
If you don’t like the questions, maybe it’s because your answers aren’t good enough.
If you don’t like your candidate being questioned, maybe you should get another candidate.
If your candidate doesn’t like being questioned, maybe he should get a new career.
When I ask a string of questions, they are all valid. You don’t get to answer one and go home. If you do so, you lose. One good point doesn’t make an argument.
If you can’t answer the question, better to not reply.
Just because you gave me AN answer, doesn’t make it THE answer.
Responding to my question by asking another question is not an answer. It is avoidance. You are not Jesus.
If you don’t like the free exchange of ideas, go hang out on your candidate’s site. It’s nice and pretty and no one ever disagrees. Just like in Castro’s Cuba.
“Thank you!” goes to everyone who has expressed an interest in my well being since I became absent from Twitter. No, I am not dead. I have just taken a hiatus from social networking (and NO, those are NOT the same thing). I truly do appreciate all of your tweets, from the immediate to as recently as a week ago, asking about me.
To be honest, I really didn’t think anyone would miss me, nor did I know I would be gone this long. Most tweeters follow, and are followed by, hundreds of others who probably post more frequently than did I. So, it would be understandable if my absence were to go undetected. However, it seems that wasn’t the case. I really do appreciate all of you.
Here’s what happened: I like to take off work at the end of the year. This last December was no exception. A few days before Christmas, my wife asked if I was going to “spend the entire day ‘twittering’… again?” Well, being very attentive to my spouse, as I am, I took the 101st time she had said this as a hint, and being passive-aggressive I told her “No, I will not.” I haven’t been back on since, until today.
After a while, I began to realize how much time I had been spending on Twitter. I began to be able to read all of my news sites and to get ahead on take-home work and to keep up with the “honey does” and to do all the stuff I should have been doing all along, but for “some reason” I never had enough time to do. There are only so many hours in the day.
Also, during this time, I had an attack of pancreatitis and had to go to the emergency room. I was in the hospital for almost a week before my enzyme levels were low enough for me to have my gall bladder removed. In the hospital, I realized the friends and family who came to see me and who sent flowers, cards and gifts were the same people I had, on many an occasion, grudgingly socialized with while tweeting on my phone. I selfishly wanted to talk about those things which interested me, and to not pay attention to those who love and care about me, regardless of my position on a given issue of the day.
While I was away, I found out that a couple I know almost ended their marriage. One of them had been on that MyFacePlace-whatever, and had become reacquainted with a person they had known twenty-plus years before. It had started out innocently enough. Unfortunately, it didn’t stay that way. They are still dealing with the repercussions of the emotional, and almost physical, infidelities which resulted. (Calm down! I’m not giving anything away. If you don’t know, this ain’t gonna tell you. If you do know, I thought you didn’t read my blog?)
During my couple of years on Twitter, I’ve usually kept my personal information “close to the vest”, so to speak. I’ve never said if I was married or not, gay or straight, or black or white (except for that picture). I’ve liked to keep it all about politics and issues. Because of this I may have attracted some followers who made their own guesses about my status on any of these, and may have made decisions based on them. I do tend to be polite, friendly, and sometimes “flirtatious”, but my page has always been open and my wife has my passcode. She could check it any time she wanted. I always thought this meant I was keeping it “above board”, as far as my marriage was concerned.
I’ve been gone from Twitter for a while now. I’ve seen improvements in my productivity and my relationships. I’ve seen how I’ve been selfish with my time and my interest. I’ve witnessed an example of what could go wrong, and it honestly scared me.
In case you’re wondering, I haven’t quit Twitter because my wife wanted me to quit. She never asked me to quit. As a matter of fact, she chuckled and shook her head when last she asked me about it. When you think about it, that only makes it all the better, she’s not checking up on me, and I’m doing it because it seems the right thing. Maybe I’m old-fashioned, but being trusted while you do the “right thing” just feels good.
Maybe that also means I can begin tweeting again. Everything’s good in moderation, right?
Thanks again, guys.