Posted on | June 13, 2013 | 56 Comments
Readers will recall that the attorney for accused sex offender Kaitlyn Hunt called her client a “model citizen.” And readers may also recall the evidence that the term “model citizen” apparently has a very flexible definition for “Free Kate” supporters:
Bad causes attract bad people and yesterday I called attention to Gary M. Herndon of Charlotte, N.C., as exemplifying “The #FreeKate Criminal Caucus.” The aforesaid Herndon took exception to that characterization, claiming that the charges were dropped, yadda, yadda, yadda, and threatening legal action against me.
OK, would it surprise you to learn that Gary M. Herndon of Charlotte, N.C., was arrested at least four times between August 2009 and December 2011? The mug shots for each arrest:
There seems to be some error in the online records at Mugshots.com, as there are two different mug shots for arrests that the site records as occuring on the same day. But at any rate, so far as we know, Gary M. Herndon of Charlotte, N.C., was entirely innocent of all the crimes with which he was charged. Perhaps there was a conspiracy to frame him for stalking, trespassing, etc., and it may be that, except for this unfortunate two-year streak of arrests, Gary M. Herndon of Charlotte, N.C., has lived an entirely law-abiding life of unimpeachable rectitude.
His support for legalizing sex with 14-year-olds is therefore just what we can expect of such a model citizen, IYKWIMAITYD.
Hey, did I mention that Gary M. Herndon is an Obama supporter?
UPDATE: Readers will notice that Gary M. Herndon has decided that he has the right to comment at this blog, and that if any of his comments are deleted, this proves . . . he’s right!
Also, if I call attention to the arrest record of Gary M. Herndon, he implies, this proves that I am in the throes of an “obsession.”
When I began covering the Kaitlyn Hunt saga May 22, this story was all over the news; the Hunt family actually got interviewed on the Today show. With the able assistance of many others, I steadily dismantled the lies and sophistry from which liberals had assembled the bogus narrative that portrayed Kaitlyn Hunt as a victim. And those who had jumped aboard the “Free Kate” bandwagon then either (a) recognized that they had been bamboozled, or (b) rationalized the situation to defend their emotional investment in the cause.
OK, fine — huddle inside the fact-free No Logic Allowed Zone where the Hunt family and their sympathizers tell you that their sweet little Kate did nothing wrong and that their attempt to overturn Florida’s-age of-consent law is not dangerous. Yet the “Free Kate” crowd is not content with that, and so we see people like Gary M. Herndon engaging in online attacks against Matthew Mason, Jeanette Runyon and others who have been part of the pushback against the Hunt family’s misleading victimhood narrative.
Notice that Gary M. Herndon, who was accused of trespassing and stalking, seems to think that the proprietors of Web sites do not have the right to decide who can participate in the discussion of the comments field. This involves a concept I’ve called “troll rights” — that people who hate you have the right to use your own bandwidth to stalk and harass you. (Please see my April 7 post, “Bill Schmalfeldt, Violentacrez, Barrett Brown and the Scourge of ‘Troll Rights’.”)
A characteristic attribute of the online behavior of sociopathic personalities is that when their anti-social behaviors lead to conflict, the trolls react by demonizing anyone who objects to their disruptive and/or abusive behaviors. Unwilling (or perhaps unable) to accept the validity of criticism, or to tolerate the conflict as a simple disagreement, they cannot walk away from the fight. Incapable of coping with shame, they lash out at their critics, accusing them of bad motives (mala fides) that serve to justify the campaign of vengeance aimed at the person they feel has wronged them.
Live long enough and pay attention, and this pattern becomes sadly familiar. Ancient wisdom is vindicated: Fools despise instruction, the wicked hate virtue, and liars hate the truth.
Another ancient truth: Hit the freaking tip jar. Sometimes I feel guilty getting paid to have this much fun with trolls. But not too guilty.