Posted on | October 20, 2013 | 99 Comments
Neal Rauhauser at Netroots Nation 2010.
“The Mexican Mafia sought and received payments from gangs in Orange County in exchange for freely committing crimes . . . Those who refused were put on lists that often resulted in violent retribution.
“Even those who appeared to have significant roles in the gang found themselves in trouble. One defendant, Raul Gonzalez-Hernandez, was placed on a ‘hard candy‘ list, which meant he was targeted for death.”
— Associated Press, Sept. 25, 2013
“Throughout October , Anonymous waged a war against online child pornography under the name of OpDarkNet. The crusade pinned the hacktivists against the web servers and users of sites such as Lolita City and Hard Candy, where patrons trade graphic images of sexually exploited children.”
— Russia Today, Nov. 3, 2011
Brett Kimberlin’s war against conservative New Media — the federal lawsuit Kimberlin v. the Universe, et al. — would be impossible without the assistance of Neal Rauhauser, the disgraced Democrat campaign consultant whose “Weiner Truther” obsession with the 2011 Anthony Weiner scandal added new stains to his infamous reputation even before Rauhauser became Kimberlin’s self-described “associate.”
During last year’s controversy about Brett Kimberlin, I tried with little success to get people to focus on Rauhauser’s connection to Kimberlin, which was what originally interested me in Kimberlin’s story. Alas, Obama’s history with Bill Ayers had made the “progressive bomber” meme so irresistible to most conservatives that trying to get them to understand Rauhauser’s newsworthy role was difficult.
Another problem: Neal Rauhauser is incredibly weird. If you try to describe him, most people will look at you like you’re crazy.
“Facts don’t matter, that’s the perception of the situation, and the world is going to act on that basis.”
— Neal Rauhhauser, (“Gaped Crusader”), Nov. 26, 2011
What does it say about Rauhauser that, when he created a fake “persona” to cyberstalk Patrick “Patterico” Frey, he chose the “Gaped Crusader,” which is also the title of a porn movie about anal sex?
And while you’re letting that little clue sink in, take just a minute to ask yourself this: Where, how and why did Rauhauser develop his bizarre penchant for online secrecy, deception and impersonation?
There is no need to suggest any specific answer to such a question, when Rauhauser himself has offered us quite an obvious clue.
A week ago, Melissa Brewer abandoned her @catsrimportant Twitter account after victims of her harassment exposed Brewer’s 2006 prostitution conviction, which involved a 19-year-old sex offender who was arrested and charged with being her pimp. This was newsworthy because Brewer had been involved in the “Stop Rush” boycott against Rush Limbaugh, had put out a “hit list” against conservative bloggers including Sister Toldjah and Darleen Click and, in June 2012, had encouraged deranged cyberstalker Bill Schmalfeldt’s harassment of Kimberlin target Aaron Walker.
Brewer quit her Twitter account, and Neal Rauhauser evidently took it over, using it to smear, harass and threaten various of his enemies, including the defendants in Kimberlin’s lawsuits. Not only was the name of the account changed, but also the avatar and the profile art:
“Hard candy”? Isn’t that interesting? It’s prison slang for murder, especially used by Mexican gangs to describe an inmate targeted for death by stabbing with a shank, i.e., an improvised knife. Isn’t it interesting, as I say, that Neal Rauhauser chose the name “hard candy,” a term that would be very familiar to his own targeted enemy, Patrick “Patterico” Frey, whose day job involves prosecuting gangsters.
We could interpret “hard candy” as Rauhauser’s implied threat toward Frey, but the phrase also has other perverse connotations:
Oh, my, Neal. Oh, my, my.
Remember: Melissa Brewer says she is a sexual abuse survivor, yet Neal Rauhauser has taken over her Twitter account and renamed it “Hard Candy,” with associations of gang murder and child pornography. And why? To attack and threaten his personal enemies.
Rauhauser is Brett Kimberlin’s associate, and another Kimberlin associate, Craig Richard Gillette, was convicted of child pornography.
Probably just a coincidence, huh?