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Sociopaths and Democrats

Posted on | September 4, 2012 | 27 Comments

But I repeat myself. A sudden change of plans requires me to leave soon for Charlotte to cover the Democratic National Convention.

After the car trouble that turned my trip home from Tampa into a three-day ordeal, I had hoped to spend a few days at home before going back out on the campaign trail, but . . . well, a sudden change of plans.

Meanwhile, it appears that the ever-amusing Barrett Brown has decided to throw in with Neal Rauhauser. Yesterday, Brown popped up on Twitter threatening to sue me, demanding I call him, etc. Readers may recall that Brown made himself the public spokesman for the international criminal conspiracy known as “Anonymous,” and was subsequently raided by the FBI at the time of the LulzSec arrests. Brown himself, however, was not arrested, which led to the obvious suspicion that he was one of the “unindicted co-conspirators” cited in the charges against the hackers. In case you’ve forgotten why this matters, I’ll remind you of the headlines:

Barrett Brown evidently considers it libelous to suggest that he would actually co-operate with law enforcement to help apprehend and prosecute criminal hackers. Therefore, I will state for the record that Barrett Brown hates cops and, in fact, Barrett Brown wishes violent death on all law enforcement officials. He is a dangerous outlaw, a menace to society and Public Enemy Number One.

This probably won’t be accepted as a “retraction,” however — it’s damned if it you, damned if you don’t with this guy — so whether I describe Brown as a violent radical anarchist, a gutless snitch, or a laughably pompous douchebag, he’ll still threaten to sue me, which was the subject of my e-mail to him last night:

First of all, spare me your lawsuit threats. Ever the publicity-seeking opportunist, you chose to make yourself the spokesman for an international criminal conspiracy, and if the consequences of that foolish decision did not cross your mind, that’s not my fault.
It was blindingly obvious to me, the minute I heard of this, that you could not speak for Anonymous unless you were in communications with its members and privy to their plans. The FBI seems to have reached the same conclusion.
The references to an “unindicted co-conspirator” in the LulzSec indictments? Well, who else could that possibly refer to? If not you, then it must have been Gregg Housh, with whom you announced a six-figure book deal shortly before the LulzSec raid went down.
While I am not aware of exactly how the FBI solved the case, I assume it was pretty easy once you announced yourself as the Anonymous spokesman: All they had to do was get a wiretap warrant to monitor your communications and, eventually, you would lead them to members of Anonymous. Once other members were identified, they would in turn be put under surveillance, and so on.
This was a typical narcissistic error, and a typical narcissistic response: You think you’re such a fucking intellectual giant that all your schemes will succeed, and when they fail, you start hunting around for scapegoats to blame, because it’s impossible for you to accept responsibility or admit to yourself that you’re not as smart as you think you are.
Your narcissism and your anti-social resentments are thus inextricably intertwined: You consider yourself superior to others and blame society for not recognizing your superiority. In the last e-mail I had from you, in March 2011, you wrote: “Why should the states hold a monopoly on violence? As long as it’s directed towards the state and those who act with it, violence is quite appropriate. … [I]t’s hard for me to get upset about my fellow anarchists attacking armed riot cops for any reason they choose.” This hatred of authority is symptomatic of an anti-social personality and yet, in typical narcissistic fashion, you think of such an attitude as evidence of your superiority: “All smart people think like me. I hate cops. Therefore, anyone who doesn’t hate cops is stupid.”
Or consider, for example, your use of YouTube: Arrogant lectures, the basic theme of which is your own superiority and contempt for anyone you dislike. You bounce from one embarrassing failure to another, yet none of your failures ever convinces you that you’re on the wrong path, or that you have overestimated your own abilities. You have no real friends because, knowing your own inner worthlessness, you have a special contempt for anyone who admires you. You serially alienate would-be friends until eventually your enemies list encompasses the entire world, but the root of your problem is not other people — it’s you, hiding your emotional weakness behind a fragile façade of bravado.
You don’t need a lawyer, Barrett. You need a psychiatrist, or perhaps a priest to exorcise your demons. You are traveling a road to destruction, as harmful to yourself as to any of your chosen enemies. Get help.

Arrogant sociopathic punks think they can go around threatening people and if you dare say a word back to them, you’re the bad guy.

Speaking of punks, an obscure talentless assclown named Bill Schmalfeldt is threatening to sue Aaron Walker.

Patterico has important background and urges readers to go contribute to Aaron’s legal defense fund.


  • Bob Belvedere

    Godspeed, Breeze.
    [Is the Kia Fixed???]

  • JeffS

    Just hit Aaron’s tip jar. The sociopaths, they just don’t know when to quit, huh?

  • Ferd Biffle

    Stacy – just hit your freakin’ tip jar to say thanks for all of your work as well as this well executed beat-down of Mr. Brown!

  • yestradamous

    I wanna hear the Kia story.
    I’ve checked in here many times over the last few days just to see if you got home safe. Apoarently you did. Ya bastard.

  • Adjoran

    Barrett really needs to speak with an attorney. He may feel “judgement proof” because he has no assets to attach right now, unless he wants to be like Rauhauser and be a permanent deadbeat bum, he might aspire to apply for a mortgage or business loan sometime in the next ten years, or apply for a job where they run credit and/or background checks.

    Those he may believe are his friends will advise him to act in their own best interests, not his. But kids like him tend to have to run into a brick wall or a well bottom before they recognize reality can’t be manipulated for long.

  • Adjoran

    I really hope Aaron doesn’t lose any sleep over Schmalfeldt’s threats. It would be like worrying about farting outside in a hurricane.

  • payleryder45

    Unsolicited legal advice – in order to be actionable you would have had to say or write something both false and defamatory – I don’t know of any legal authorities which would support the proposition that being said to have helped in the apprehension of criminals is defamatory. Secondly, if BB did sue you, we would have great fun requesting information probative of your defense of truth. Ergo, BB will not sue you, but (selfish, I know) I almost hope he would be that foolhardy.

  • Evi L. Bloggerlady

    Maybe Barrett Brown is being sent in undercover to bust open the Kimberlin Rauhauser conspiracy! Or maybe they are three narcissistic losers who like fondling each other in a daisy chain.

    It’s a mystery.

  • Evi L. Bloggerlady

    Did you remember Planes, Trains and Automobiles?

  • Background N015e

    I can understand why Barrett writes like shit. He doesn’t care about his audience. What is your excuse? You lost me the second you reposted your diatribe to him about the legal pissing match. Drama. Now that would be nice. You know– with dialogue. Keep it moving. Develop some conflict and work the plot line. If you are at a loss for how to do this, read Elmore Leonard. He’s great. Notice when they redo his books for film, there is almost no rewrite?

    Hoping you will do better in future.
    Henry Porter

  • JeffS

    Don’t give up your day job, Henry. You are years away from getting that top editorial slot at your local fish wrap. Or even Hustler magazine.

  • Sanguinarious

    That is the best description of Barrett Brown ever placed in words, you are an artist.

  • Bob Belvedere

    PS: Will you write all my letters for me?

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  • ru3d

    Oh god. Barrett Brown is a pathetic excuse for a human being.

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  • Alex Brant-Zawadzki

    Lights, camera, ACTIONABILITY!
    Stacy wrote something false and defamatory about me, so he’s not out of the woods just yet.

    Unless you don’t find it defamatory to falsely claim that someone repeatedly referred to Tea Party members as Nazis.

    I certainly find it defamatory.

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  • Rob Crawford

    BB has admitted to being involved in an international criminal conspiracy — he’s never going to get a security clearance. Or, likely, any sort of professional license except possibly to practice law.

  • Rob Crawford

    Tedious, tiresome, and full of yourself.

  • Alex Brant-Zawadzki

    “Who is Robert Stacy McCain?”

    Sorry. I thought this was jeapordy.

  • payleryder45

    You may find it “defamatory” for the limited purposes of arguing with Stacy, but I’m not sure how it diminishes your reputation? Kind of like blaming Stacy for getting your manure dirty.

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  • Alex Brant-Zawadzki

    I’m a journalist. I write about politics. RSM claims I REPEATEDLY call Tea Partiers Nazis and teabaggers.
    Not only do I consider it defamatory to allege that someone repeatedly called ANYone Nazis…
    …but it is professionally damaging as well. As a reporter my credibility is paramount. I took GREAT pains to never EVER call Tea Partiers Nazis – or even teabaggers!
    (though remember even Tea Partiers initially referred to themslves as teabaggers.)
    In fact I “repeatedly” say Tea Partiers are NOT Nazis. I told my readers to treat them with respect and not to underestimate them or just laugh them off.
    I can’t afford to have my work so lightly discarded and being passed off as just another lib-tard hack.
    P.S. I appreciate your thoughtful and not-utterly-dismissive reply. Always a nice surprise.

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    P.S. I appreciate your thoughtful and not-utterly-dismissive reply. Always a nice surprise.

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