A Call To Action: Contact your Congressional reps NOW regarding #BrettKimberlin harassment

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Who is Brett Kimberlin?
 

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In response to the ongoing harassment/lawfare of (mostly) conservative bloggers and their supporters by convicted domestic terrorist Brett “Speedway Bomber” Kimberlin and his henchmen (latest detailed information/coverage here), blogger Ace of Spades has called for a “National Day of Blogger Silence” today. He explains:

On Friday, this site will be absolutely dead-silent, which is what Brett Kimberlin and his stalker crew seeks, and what the media and our supposed Representatives in Congress would permit.

The only post on Friday will be a bold-faced Open Letter to Congress, urging them to act and not attempt to pass the buck to others.

They are our representatives; we would like some representation.

They vowed to defend and protect the Constitution; they can honor that vow now.

I will post links of Congressmen’s and Senator’s email addresses and offices and phone numbers, and urge every concerned American citizen to let them know, in no uncertain terms, that a crime in progress against the First Amendment (and people’s safety) is occurring, and we humbly request they take this seriously.

They are literally going to get someone killed. That is their endgame here.

Will the media and Congress pretend “we didn’t know” when this happens?

ABCNews knows.

The Weekly Standard knows.

The Daily Caller knows.

And many, but not yet all, Congressmen and Senators know.

I encourage all bloggers and twitterers to essentially strike that day, or write nothing except your desire that you expect your Congressmen to take threats to your First Amendment rights seriously.

I fully support encouraging blog readers to contact their Congressional representation in both the House and the Senate to get them to put pressure on the DOJ to investigate the SWAT-ting that has taken place at the home of Patterico and Erick Erickson, among others. It’s imperative that the DOJ get involved in this blatant abuse of the 911 system, the harassment, and the attempts at squelching the First Amendment rights of American citizens, and the best way to get their attention is through your House Reps and Senators.  On that front, there is good news as Senator Saxby Chambliss (R-GA) is on board and has written a letter urging the DOJ to investigate. US House Rep. Ken Marchant (R-TX24) has done similarly.  These bold men are to be commended for stepping up to the plate and putting this on the Congressional radar.

Free Speech ZoneOn the legal front, the ACLJ has thrown their hat into the ring in announcing legal representation of the National Bloggers Club and the Club’s President Ali Akbar, who pledged support to targeted bloggers and who (along with his family) has since become a Kimberlin target himself.  Lawyer/legal blogger Eugene Volokh recently announced his pro bono consulting work for lawyer/blogger Aaron Walker aka “@AaronWorthing“, who had his 1st Amendment rights stripped from him by a judge who is seemingly ignorant of the Constitution.  Donations are continuing to come in in support of Walker, Stacy McCain, Liberty_Chick aka Mandy Nagy and others who have been targeted and harassed by KimberlinCo (if you haven’t donated yet, please do so – $5 or $10 a person goes a long way).

On the media front – Fox News and ABC News are the first mainstream media outlets to report on Brett Kimberlin’s attempts at intimidating conservatives into silence via SWAT-ting and “lawfare.”

The sunlight is starting to shine on Brett Kimberlin and for that we have to thank anyone and everyone willing to speak up and speak out about him and his associates, whether it was on a blog, in a comment section, on a vlog, on social media sites, or wherever. As they say, sunlight is the best disinfectant and with prominent attorneys, politicos, and media outlets getting involved, the light is only going to get stronger and brighter.

That being said, I’m taking a slightly different route today than Ace and some of the other bloggers participating in the National Day of Blogger Silence.  I don’t want to be silent. I don’t want to give the left a free 24 hours to spew their bile with no push-back.  I think about Aaron Worthing sitting at home wanting to speak freely, and he can’t due to an incompetent judge – and it makes me want to speak freely even more on his behalf (even though I can’t – only he can speak for himself).   I think calls to action can be just as effective without a blog going silent — perhaps more so than going silent.  But everyone has their own legal, non-violent method for getting their message out today, and I support all of them.  We all have the same goals.

CONTACT YOUR HOUSE REP / CONTACT YOUR SENATOR(S) / CONTACT THE DOJ—- NOW!

TWITTER ACCTS – US HOUSE / TWITTER ACCTS – US SENATE / @TheJusticeDept – USDOJ

Even if you don’t think they will act on your behalf by bringing this issue to the floor, to investigation, or to the mainstream media, PLEASE contact them. When all is said and done, it will be very important to note for the record who in Congress and the DOJ stood on the side of free speech and sunlight and who did not.  It’s imperative that the tactics waged by Kimberlin and his associates be stopped in a lawful, non-violent manner using the justice system, and it starts with Congress. Do your part now, please.

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Let there be sunlight! Charlotte, NC sunrise photo taken by ST 6-7-2012

“Only in America”

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**Posted by Phineas

Via the Telegraph’s James Delingpole, a list of things in America that make you say “WTF?” Here are the first five:

1) Only in America could the President talk about the greed of the rich at a $35,000 a plate campaign fund-raising event.

2) Only in America could people claim that the government still discriminates against black Americans when we have a black President, a black Attorney General, and roughly 18% of the federal work force is black while 12% of the population is black.

3) Only in America could we have had the two people most responsible for our tax code, Timothy Geithner, the head of the Treasury Department and Charles Rangel who once ran the Ways and Means Committee, BOTH turn out to be tax cheats who are in favor of higher taxes.

4) Only in America can we have terrorists kill people in the name of Allah and have the President and the media react by fretting that Muslims might be harmed by the backlash.

5) Only in America would we make people who want to legally become American citizens wait for years in their home countries and pay tens of thousands of dollars for the privilege while we discuss letting anyone who sneaks into the country illegally just become American citizens.

Be sure to read the rest. It’ll have your head nodding in rueful acknowledgement of the truth.

(Crossposted at Public Secrets)

Quote of the Day: President Obama says, “The private sector is doing fine” (VIDEO)

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From his presser on the economy earlier today:

Question: What about the Republicans saying that you’re blaming the Europeans for the failures of your own policies?

President Obama: The truth of the matter is that, as I said, we created 4.3 million jobs over the last 27 months, over 800,000 just this year alone.

The private sector is doing fine. Where we’re seeing weaknesses in our economy have to do with state and local government. Oftentimes cuts initiated by, you know, Governors or mayors who are not getting the kind of help that they have in the past from the federal government and who don’t have the same kind of flexibility as the federal government in dealing with fewer revenues coming in.

Video:

Expect that quote to be in the future RNC/Romney ads. As it should be.

Not sure which is worse – his belief that the private sector is “doing fine” or his belief that the government is where we need to see the most growth!  What’s really sad about this is – as I said on Twitter earlier – his private sector comments aren’t just White House spin: He really DOES believe the private sector is “doing fine.”

Sadly, Obama’s in a state of duhnial, much like many Democrats – including Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, who said in October 2011 that, “private sector jobs have been doing just fine”, and blamed Bush (of course) for the current unemployment/economic issues facing America.

I wish I could say this is laughable, but it’s not. These people DO NOT GET IT. It’s time for change … real change. Are you counting down the days til the November elections? I sure as heck am.