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East Coast Opium Kingpin Alex Pareene Writes About ‘Standard-Issue Right-Wing Character Assassination’ of Kimberlin

Posted on | July 10, 2012 | 42 Comments

Far be it from me to give credence to unsubstantiated (perhaps entirely satirical) allegations that Alex Pareene is the “East Coast kingpin of the Cambodian opium traffic,” but when I consider that Pareene credulously repeats assertions made by convicted perjurer Brett Kimberlin and the “Breitbart Unmasked” site while treating my own statements of fact as mere “claims” . . .

Well, if Alex Pareene would care to give me a phone call or send me an e-mail, perhaps we can discuss whether it is “character assassination” to suggest that the “unknown blogger” behind the “Breitbart Unmasked” site is notorious Internet menace Neal Rauhauser, who keeps showing up in Brett Kimberlin’s courtroom entourage and is almost certainly on Kimberlin’s (tax-exempt non-profit) payroll.

Pareene could call me to ask why the Kimberlin-Rauhuaser connection seemed to me newsworthy and relevant, and then I’d happily give Pareene the chance to deny that he’s a major opium distributor.

Of course, smuggling Cambodian opium isn’t nearly as a bad as blowing people up with bombs, but some folks might think it was worse than “standard-issue right-wing character assassination.”

Hat-tip to Patterico, who writes:

Pareene describes Kimberlin’s victim’s as people who “receive a great deal of joy from pretending to be the victims of unprovoked and terrible persecution.” Ask Aaron Walker how much joy he received when he and his wife lost their jobs, he was arrested, and spent money defending against frivolous actions from Kimberlin. It was not “joy” I experienced when Kimberlin’s site published photos of my house and my address; when he filed a state bar complaint against me; when he attempted to file frivolous criminal charges against me with the California Attorney General and the stalking unit of my office; or when he complained to my office numerous times about me.

Kimberlin has attempted to destroy his targeted enemies, and has apparently employed Neal Rauhauser to harass and smear anyone who attempts to defend Kimberlin’s enemies.

UPDATE: Dan Collins has been forced to publish a correction after erroneously calling Pareene an alleged heroin dealer. While this was almost certainly a simple mistake, some opium kingpins might consider it libelous. This is much like the unfortunately common mistake of saying that Matt Edelstein is a truck-stop prostitute, when we have no conclusive proof that he has followed in his mother’s footsteps.

UPDATE II: Dan Riehl points out that Pareene quotes the “unknown blogger” who cites unnamed “sources” for dubious assertions about me that Pareene never bothered to verify.

Robert Stacy McCain, Whereabouts Unknown


  • McGehee

    Does Pareene do the thing with ping pong balls?

  • robertstacymccain

    Actually, he does that thing with grapefruit, they say.

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  • Matthew Vadum

    You neglected to note that Alex Pareene is a longtime defender of ACORN whose employees were caught on video offering advice on setting up a brothel for pedophiles.

  • vermontaigne

     Lies! Pineapple!

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  • Mike G.

    Evidently, my letter from my Congressman didn’t sit well with Brteitbart Unmasked He has been pinging me on twitter. I should feel honored I guess…my first troll.

  • Jjefferson101

    But only organically grown Fair Trade pineapples, surely.

  • Bob Belvedere

    My souses, er, sources tell me that alleged major East Coast opium distributor Alex Pareene used to sell his product to ACORN via a shell corporation run by Furries in squirrel suits.

  • EarlScruggs

    But I thought this thing was non-partisan?  Yeah, so much for that.  

    RSM got it right the other day:

    Neal Rauhauser isn’t just some random crazy guy on the Internet. He is a well-connected Democrat operative who has worked for numerous candidates and campaigns, who was a featured speaker at the 2010 Netroots Nation conference, a consultant who represents a direct linkbetween his client, convicted terrorist Brett Kimberlin, and the official Democratic Party political apparatus. 

    It is most definitely partisan.  And as with the interview with Brandon Darby, these guys aren’t being prosecuted because the guys at the top don’t want them prosecuted.  That Salon is lending its prestige (such as it is) to defense of Kimberlin says that the dogs are hot on the trail. 

  • Kevin T. Keith

    The best part of all this is that you people honestly seem to believe this increases your credibility.

    There’s a reason nobody takes you seriously, or cares about the incomprehensible crap you make up.

  • Finrod Felagund

    My unnamed ‘sources’ say that Alex Pareene blows goats.

  • Mike G.

     I have it on good authority that he has a harem of Sheep and they aint Ewes.

  • CallMeStormy

    Didn’t see you raising any red flags about credibility in the comments section to the Salon piece, yet for that long, patently biased and hopelessly addled article, author Alex Pareene quotes only one source he interviewed directly — Brett Kimberlin. Kevin T. Keith, I’d say you don’t just lean left, you’re a partisan hack and shill.

  • DonaldDouglas

    But remember, Robert, it’s all about free speech — nothing partisan about this fight, right? 

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  • Adjoran

     ROFL – you said “Salon” and “prestige” in the same sentence!

    Isn’t lying leftist whore Joan Walsh still there? 

  • jsn2

     Rams with butt hurt?

  • Adjoran

     Anyone with Amanda Marcotte in their Circle should report to their nearest public health clinic immediately. 

  • Zilla of the Resistance

    Damn, Mike, you’ve been at this blogging gig for a while now and you’re only getting your troll cherry popped JUST NOW? Wow! Well, welcome to the big time, man! 

  • Zilla of the Resistance

    Do people actually read the garbage that comes from that digital dish rag Salon? The creep who wrote that article isn’t just an ugly incompetent weenie, he has a history of being a racist misogynist too, so I guess defending a convicted perjurer terrorist bomber is the next logical step to further illustrate that famed “tolerance” and civility and whatnot that  the left is always blathering on about.

  • Red

    “He (Kimberlin) succeeded in getting a judge to prevent one guy from blogging about him, for a while, and this led to everyone deciding to blog about him extra hard. Meanwhile, some prominent bloggers were the victims of terrifying (and potentially dangerous) false 911 calls, which most of the bloggers claim — without a shred of evidence — to be related, somehow, to their brave decisions to blog about Kimberlin.”–a blurb from Alex Pareene’s Salon article

    Omit much?

  • PaulLemmen

    Coming late to the game due to personal issues. First time I fire up the ‘puter today and there are the hits from the dishrag Salon. Made me want to puke even more than normal. What a pathetic excuse for a journOlist that Pareene POS is …

  • PaulLemmen

    Only the verifiable facts and every bit of truth. You know, the usual for the progressive press, suborned and complicit in the collapse of American society …

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  • SDN

     A glutton for mutton.

  • PaulLemmen

    Nutria most likely.

  • Quartermaster

    There for a bit I thought you were writing with a Southern accent.

  • Quartermaster

    You, sir, have insulted dish rags. To call Salon “fish wrap” would also be defamatory as would “cage liner” another honorable, yet non-prestigious occupation. 

    Please refrain the future.

  • crosspatch

    Unconfirmed reports from unnamed sources of alleged activities are half the content of the newspaper these days so try not to be too hard on Pareene.   He’s just copying the big  boys.

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  • Bob Belvedere

    I am half-Southern.

  • Bob Belvedere

    And don’t touch anything around here until you do!

  • Bob Belvedere

    And willin’ for the shillin’.

  • Bob Belvedere

    Yeah, but he does it so badly.

  • Alamo City Pundit

    It HAD to be Ewes . . . It HAD to be Eeeeeewwwwweeeeessssss . . .

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  • PaulLemmen

    I truly do wish I could refrain the future.

  • MrBK

    “There’s a reason nobody takes you seriously, or cares about the incomprehensible crap you make up.”

    And yet here you are, commenting on said “crap”.

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