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Celebrity Feminist Emma Watson Says Something Really Stupid on Twitter

Posted on | August 19, 2014 | 26 Comments

Emma Watson (@EmWatson) is the actress most famous for her part in the Harry Potter movies. More recently, she has become “Goodwill Ambassador for UN Women,” a job that evidently requires her to say silly feminist stuff on Twitter, e.g.:

Gender equality not only liberates women but also men from prescribed gender stereotypes.

Ri-iiight. Because what guys really need is to be liberated from “prescribed gender stereotypes.” All the hot babes like Emma Watson are crazy for guys who don’t fit “prescribed gender stereotypes,” right? So you will probably be surprised to learn that Emma Watson is dating a bald scrawny impoverished poet the biggest jock at an elite university:

According to a multiple outlets, the 23-year-old former “Harry Potter” film star has recently begun dating a fellow Oxford University student named Matthew Janney. . . .
The UK’s Mirror reported . . . that Janney, 21, is not only a student at the prestigious institution, he is also a star rugby player for their varsity team. Despite his prized athletic skills, Janney has also been recognized for something else: his looks. According to the report, the college student was named “Oxford’s most eligible bachelor” and “best looking player” by the university’s rugby team’s official Twitter account.

In other words, an Alpha male, the epitome of “prescribed gender stereotypes” from which Emma Watson says we need to be liberated.

Smart young fellows figure out that listening to what women say is less important than watching what women do. Women are constantly saying they want sensitive Ashley Wilkes types, even while they’re actually going crazy for the Rhett Butler types. But women are hopelessly fickle and self-contradictory, anyway.

Women are one minute praising the “strong, silent type” of guy as an ideal, and the next minute complaining that their guy doesn’t talk enough about his feelings. If a man organizes his life around trying to do everything a woman says she wants, he’ll end up having a nervous breakdown from the impossibility of the task.

This is not to say that men should be rude and domineering. It is to say that being a spineless doormat isn’t sexy. And if a feminist says she hates “prescribed gender stereotypes,” you can bet that her actions will contradict her words. When all is said and done, the basic human sex instinct is still as simple as, “Me Tarzan, you Jane.” 

Advice to Emma Watson: Don’t piss down my back and tell me it’s raining.


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My Official #Ferguson Commentary

Posted on | August 18, 2014 | 88 Comments

Stop watching cable TV news.

If that commentary sounds familiar to regular readers, it’s because that’s what I said about the Trayvon Martin case. The 2012 Florida shooting controversy dominated headlines for weeks and months, and I don’t remember saying anything else about it until there was a verdict in the George Zimmerman trial: Not guilty.

Here’s the thing: Stories like this happen all the time.

People get shot to death on a daily basis in America, and if I was required to express an opinion every time somebody died in a shooting, I’d never have time to comment on anything else. The only reason that the Aug. 9 shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, has become The Biggest Story in History of the Whole Freaking World is that (a) Brown was black, and (b) the cop who shot him was white.

That’s it — the whole story.

Criminal suspects getting shot by cops isn’t really unusual. Brown was unarmed, but the policeman who shot him — identified as Darren Wilson — didn’t know that. There was a robbery, and Brown matched the description of a suspect. I don’t know the details of Brown’s encounter with Officer Wilson, and can’t say why he drew his gun and fired. If you forced me to speculate, I’d guess that Officer Wilson believed Brown might be armed, and that Brown made a sudden move that caused Officer Wilson to believe Brown might be reaching for a gun, at which point Officer Wilson made a split-second decision that turned out to be completely wrong. But that’s just speculation, as is nearly 100% of what idiots have been saying about this story.

It was widely claimed, for example, that Brown was shot in the back. Now, after days of rioting that led the governor of Missouri to call out the National Guard to keep the peace, we are told by the Washington Post that Brown was shot in the front — he was shot six times, which seems excessive, but he wasn’t shot in the back. Also, they say, an autopsy found marijuana in Brown’s system.

But that’s the Washington Post reporting that, and I make it a policy never to believe a damned word the Washington Post prints.

Some people seem to think that just because cable TV news is covering a story wall-to-wall, they are obliged to blog about it.

How many people got shot to death in Chicago this past weekend? I don’t know, but I’m going to guess it’s probably more people than the Ferguson, Missouri, police have shot to death in the past five years. (OK, I just Googled it: 7 dead, 29 wounded in Chicago last weekend, including 16-year-old Shaquise Buckner. For killing black kids, the Ferguson police can’t ever hope to rival Chicago.)

When a story like Michael Brown’s death makes national news, it’s because the media decided there’s some kind of Social Justice angle. Matthew Shepard was a story like that, and it took years for people to admit it wasn’t really about “homophobia.”

Cops shooting unarmed suspects is bad. Looting is bad, too. The media, and certain bloggers, seems to have decided that this case deserves to be tried on cable TV news shows. Because we don’t have courts or anything like that in this country, I guess.

So there’s my Official Commentary: Stop watching cable TV news. But if you find a lesbian feminist angle to this story, let me know.


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Arkansas Teacher, 57, Gets Probation After Lesbian Molestation of Girl, 16

Posted on | August 18, 2014 | 21 Comments

Helen Banks molested teenage girl.

Monticello, Arkansas:

A 57-year-old school teacher that resigned after being arrested, accepted a plea bargain [Aug. 6], in Drew County Circuit Court.
Helen Banks, a former Drew Central High School teacher, agreed to a term of 8 years probation and will be required to register as a sex offender.
It had been alleged that during a 6-month period, prior to June 5, Banks had “twice engaged in sexual contact”, which was earlier described as “inappropriate contact and communication with a 16- year-old female student.”
Banks was arrested on June 11, and resigned her position on June 12.

(Hat-tip: Interested Participant.)


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Posted on | August 18, 2014 | 10 Comments

by Smitty

Mokita is the antonym of Political Correctness, that falsehood we all know but can’t seem to get the Progressive to quit humping like a sexbot.

I guess that’s the irony of the Information Age: we’re we seem to be buried in hooey, rather than elevated by truth. So the question remains whether we have reached Peak Hooey, or whether we need more Commie agitation like in Ferguson, MO to get us there.

via Instapundit

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When All Else Fails, Paul Ryan, Try Liberty

Posted on | August 18, 2014 | 63 Comments

by Smitty

there is an alternative: the Founders’ vision, which puts individuals, their families and their communities—not government—at the center of American life.

What does this vision look like in action? For starters, it favors choice and competition over government-run solutions.

It would make health care a true market with transparent prices and more choices. It would empower Americans to make their own health decisions. Instead of top-down price controls imposed by bureaucrats, we’d have bottom-up competition driven by millions of consumers. That won’t just lower health-care costs; it will improve the quality of care.

The vision also means promoting a foreign policy that rejects relativism and embraces exceptionalism, ensuring our prosperity and security.

It would promote pro-market policies that benefit consumers instead of pro-business policies that favor the wealthy and well connected. It would roll back regulations that serve no purpose except to stifle enterprises, big and small. That will encourage competition and innovation, and get our economy growing so that people can start working again.

And instead of managing poverty, we’d actually be fighting it. Today, we’re spending almost $800 billion on 92 federal antipoverty programs—and yet we have the highest poverty rate in a generation. That’s because the solution can’t be found in a federal bureaucracy; it lies within individual Americans and the community that surrounds and supports them.

As it stands, we’re not empowering people; we’re overseeing them. That’s got to change. We need to see an individual’s problems and potential. Our goal shouldn’t be to simply meet their needs; we should help them tap into their talent and achieve their goals.

That’s why I’ve proposed a plan that would reform our poverty programs by creating federal opportunity grants.

Real quick, Paul: the Founder’s vision is NOT another godforsaken Federal program. You want to restore prosperity? Allow people to opt out. To walk away from paying for entitlements. To just say: “Shag these bad investments, I know better what to do with my money.”

Calling your bluff here, Paul:

When you compare liberal progressivism’s promises with the future that conservatism can actually deliver, the choice is clear.

Conservative Progressivism is scant improvement. Liberty, Mon Frer: do you speak it?

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LIVE AT FIVE: 08.18.14

Posted on | August 18, 2014 | 2 Comments

– compiled by Wombat-socho

Ukraine Claims Control Of Lugansk City Center

Separatist rebels in Eastern Ukraine

Rebel discipline inside the city breaking down
Red Cross waits for guarantees as Ukraine truce discussed
Germany: Some progress in “difficult” Ukraine/Russia talks

Pope Francis Calls For “Fraternal Dialogue” With PRC, Norks
Pope gets rock-star treatment at Asian Youth Day

Curfew Reimposed In Ferguson, Mo.
Protests continue; unclear whether protesters are obeying the curfew

Texas Governor Perry Responds To Indictment: “I Stood Up For The Rule Of Law”

Governor Rick Perry (R-TX)

Palin: Everything’s big in Texas, even this BS

Congressional Democrats Criticize Obama On ISIS Efforts

Miller Expresses Confidence Ahead Of Alaska Primary

Vulnerable Senate Dems Wary Of Obama Using Executive Powers On Immigration

Obama Interrupts His Vacation To Deal With Crises

MT Democrats Pick State Legislator To Replace John Walsh In Senate Race

LA Weighs Cash Incentive To Boost Election Turnout

Asian Crude Mixed Amid Signs Of Waning Supply Threats: WTI $96.81, Brent $102.81
Shanghai Composite Index Extends Gains To Sixth Week As Shippers Rally
PRC Property Prices Skid Further In July
Bourbon Production Reaches Highest Point Since 1970s
Sultan Of Brunei Bids For Sahara’s Hotels In New York, London
Gold Declines For Second Day As Silver Drops To Two-Month Low
Internet Explorer For Android Or iOS? Not In Microsoft’s Plans
Jetpac To Withdraw Apps After Google Acquisition
Facebook Messenger Users Gripe And Grumble In Online Reviews
Don’t Touch That Update! Microsoft Pulls Latest Windows 8.1 Patch
Facebook Testing “Satire” Tags For Sites Like The Onion

Jeff Gordon Finally Gets Another Win At Michigan International

Celebrates winning the pole position

Thirteen years since last win – which was also the year he won the Sprint Cup

Lucroy Leads Brewers To Sweep Of Dodgers In 7-2 Win

Cubs Edge Mets 2-1

Fish Whip Snakes 10-3

Giants Top Phillies 5-2

A’s Skid Reaches Five As They Fall To Braves 4-3

Bombs Away For Astros In 8-1 Shelling Of BoSox

Soriano Blows Save, Nats Win Anyway With Sac Fly In 11th

Lindsay Lohan Responds To James Franco’s Claim They Didn’t Have Sex

“When I started working we didn’t have Twitter, we didn’t have any of this s–t, it’s a different world now. We didn’t have Instagram, we didn’t have camera phones for God’s sake. It’s really different now.”

Still upset over theft of list she compiled as part of Betty Ford rehab

Kid Rock’s Going To Be A Grandpa

Christina Aguilera – It’s A Girl!

Justin Bieber Attends Bible Study With Selena Gomez

Jennifer Lawrence And Chris Martin Are Seeing Each Other

Paul Giamatti To Star In “Straight Outta Compton” As NWA’s Manager

Kendra Wilkinson And Hank Bassett – Happily Together?

Denzel Washington Detoxes After A Month Of Hard Partying

Jessica Simpson Snuggles With Her Kids

Beyonce Preparing To Divorce Jay-Z?

War Machine Captured By Cops Outside LA

US-Backed Kurdish Forces Retake Mosul Dam
UNSC Blacklists Jihadis In Iraq, Syria
Netanyahu: No Deal With Gaza If Israeli Security Needs Not Met
Fifteen Missing After Indonesian Tourist Boat Sinks
Brazil Mourns Eduardo Campos
UK’s Military Role In Iraq To Expand
Monsoon Flooding Hits Uttar Pradesh, 1500 Villages Underwater
Momentum Grows For Scottish Independence Despite Failed Debate
Afghan Sikh Stowaways Found In Tilbury Container Included Thirteen Children
Japanese National Reportedly Captured In Syria

American Power: Black Panthers Chant “We Want Warren Wilson Dead” In Ferguson
American Thinker: College Board Erases The Founding Fathers
BLACKFIVE: Priorities For The President
Blackmailers Don’t Shoot: Los Angeles Is Officially A Third World City
Conservatives4Palin: Obama’s Docu-Drama
Don Surber: Political Scoreboard, August 15
Jammie Wearing Fools: High Fashion, Expense For Hillary’s Travels
Joe For America: Rick Perry Indicted – All You Need To Know
JustOneMinute: Salt – The Science Was Settled!
Protein Wisdom: Texas Democrats And Criminal Drunkard Rosemary Lehmburg Use Lawfare Against Gov. Rick Perry
Shot In The Dark: All That DFL Happy Talk About The Economy…
STUMP: Obamacare (And Government Corruption, BIRM) Watch – Amateur Hour With E-Mail
The Gateway Pundit: Eyewitness At Crime Scene Vindicates Officer Wilson In Michael Brown Shooting
The Jawa Report: Yezidis Commit Suicide Rather Than Bear ISIS Children After Rape Jihad
The Lonely Conservative: Here’s Another Rich Democrat Donor Nancy Pelosi Subsidized With Our Tax Dollars
This Ain’t Hell: The Militarized Police Discussion
Weasel Zippers: Alan Dershowitz Outraged By Perry Indictment – “Everyone Should Stand Against It”
Megan McArdle: Old Debts, Shady Collectors, And Your Rights

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Rule 5 Sunday: Dirty Denim

Posted on | August 17, 2014 | 13 Comments

– compiled by Wombat-socho

The band formerly known as the Electrocutes

Can’t remember where I first heard the Donnas; probably in 2002 when they were having their 15 minutes of fame from “Take It Off”. Anyway, for reasons only a psychiatrist would be able to unravel, I’ve always liked the band and its songs, and both seem to fit what we do here at the weekly Rule 5 roundups pretty well. As usual, refrain from making with the clicky on the links where others might get bent out of shape and/or accuse you of being a Giant Patriarchal Tool, with unpleasant consequences for your relationships and/or work.

Goodstuff leads off this week with a megablog featuring (among other things) Grace Parks and nanoboobs. Ninety Miles from Tyranny chipped in with Hot Pick of the Late Night, Girls with Guns, and Morning Mistress; Animal Magnetism contributes Rule 5 Friday and the Saturday Gingermageddon, Blackmailers Don’t Shoot adds Rule 5 Linkfest with Katy Perry, and First Street Journal is as usual all about our women in uniform; this week he spotlights The Big Red One.

EBL’s herd this week includes Radical Lesbian Feminists, Lauren Bacall, two hot girls in a hot car, Fountains of Wayne’s “A Summer Place”, and Joni Ernst.

Postaldog returns with Jessica Alba, vintage see-through hotness, Courtney Stodden, Sally Charles, and Carrie Coon from “The Leftovers”.

A View from the Beach makes up for lost links last week with Lana Del Rey – Enough to Sing a Gay Girl Straight“Everything’s Gonna Be Alright”It Took a Brave Woman to Tame the CowSilly Brits Think Gardening is Racist“Thunderstruck”Actress a Bad Judge of SchlockCNN Anchor Accused of Drunken Biting“Sonnentanz”, and Desert Pete’s Vision.

At Soylent Refuge, it’s the breakfast spread, Sweater Puppy Interferometry, Evening Awesome Ahoy Matey!, your Monday Motivationer, French Black Panther comics, The Only Reason I’d See Another Batman, Tuesday Titillation Sideboob Sonata, Overnighty – Another Future Ex-Mrs. Soylent, Humpday Hawtness Leanna, Falconsword Fursday Vintage, Fursday Overnighty Awesome, Corset Cornucopiainator, T-GIF Friday Milkshake, Evening Awesome Wild Flower, Weekender Tiffany, and Bath Night Bamboo.

Proof Positive’s Friday Night Babe is Kat Torres, his vintage babe is Teri Garr, Sex in Advertising is Fashionable, and with the return of the NFL, here’s The Power of the Cheerleader. At Dustbury, it’s Electra and Elise Avellan, Lauren Bacall, and Kesha, while Three Beers Later checks in with Rule 5 – Village Girls!

Thanks to everyone for your linkagery! Deadline to submit links to the Rule 5 Wombat mailbox is midnight on Saturday, August 23.

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Kimberlin Trial: The ‘Yuck’ Factor

Posted on | August 17, 2014 | 11 Comments

“Brett Kimberlin is a pedophile.”
Ali A. Akbar, Aug. 11, 2014

Aaron Walker is transcribing (Part I, Part II, Part III) this past week’s trial in the Maryland case Kimberlin v. Walker, et al., in which John Hoge, Ali Akbar and myself were co-defendants. Of all that he alleged in his original complaint — stalking, harassment, etc. — Brett Kimberlin seems to have decided that his case in court would focus almost exclusively on the use of the word “pedophile” to describe him.

This was rather unwise. Most of his claims had been disallowed in preliminary proceedings, so that the case as it went to court was simply defamation and so-called “false light invasion of privacy.” For Kimberlin to prevail at trial, he would have had to prove that allegations of pedophilia were false. And, as everyone who has read the Indianapolis Star‘s coverage of his Speedway bombing spree knows, the suspicions regarding Kimberlin’s involvement with Debbie Barton — granddaughter of Julia Scyphers, who was the victim of an unsolved murder — were quite disturbing. Nor was this all the available evidence on this subject. In his 1996 biography of Kimberlin, Citizen K, journalist Mark Singer used the pseudonym “Jessica” for Debbie Barton, as he recounted Kimberlin’s relationship with the girl:

From the beginning of his friendship with Sandi [Barton], Kimberlin said, her younger daughter developed an attachment to him. Sandi would come to Eagle Creek, to tend his horses and ride her own; Jessica would tag along, and “she used to hang on me, she didn’t want to let me go.” Jessica was ten years old and Kimberlin was twenty. . . .
For three consecutive summers, 1974 through 1976, they took vacations of a week or longer in Disney World, Mexico, and Hawaii. Sandi couldn’t get time off from work, so on these summer trips it was just the two of them — Brett and Jessica.
Eyebrows levitated. A drug-dealing colleague had memories of conversations with Kimberlin that struck him as odd: “We’d see a girl, who was pubescent or prepubescent, and Brett would get this smile and say, ‘Hey, what do you think? Isn’t she great?’ It made me very uncomfortable.” Another recalled Kimberlin introducing Jessica as “my girlfriend,” and if irony was intended, it was too subtle to register. To a coworker . . . Sandi confided that Kimberlin was “grooming Jessica to be his wife.” . . .

You can buy Citizen K via Amazon and read the whole thing for yourself, and you will find that Debbie Barton was not the only young girl in whom Brett Kimberlin expressed interest. There was another girl — 15 at the time of her “romance” with Kimberlin, then 24 — who figured in Kimberlin’s alibi for his whereabouts on the day in 1978 that Julia Scyphers was shot to death in an apparent contract killing. However, Debbie Barton was very important to the story of Kimberlin’s bombing spree because, as the Indianapolis Star’s Joe Gelarden reported at the time, after bombs began exploding around the Indianapolis suburb of Speedway, police eventually concluded that this was an attempt to distract them from their investigation of the Scyphers murder. Because she had reportedly intervened to prevent Kimberlin from having access to her granddaughter, Debbie Barton, Kimberlin was a suspect, as Gelarden wrote: “Kimberlin seemed to be the only one with a possible motive — to distract police attention from the Scyphers murder and delay or halt their quiet investigation of him.”

It is impossible for any journalist to report accurately on Kimberlin’s criminal career and ignore this aspect of the case, nor can any honest reporter ignore evidence suggesting that Kimberlin’s interest in underage girls was a persistent pattern. Toward the end of Citizen K, Mark Singer describes how, while in federal prison, Kimberlin met a fellow inmate who was a Ukrainian immigrant. This inmate had in his cell a photo of his teenage niece, Juliya. According to Singer, Kimberlin pestered this man for his niece’s mail address and, when he obtained it, Kimberlin then began a three-year pen-pal correspondence with the girl. After he was released from prison in 1994, Kimberlin brought this Ukrainian girl (by then in her early 20s) to America, where they had a relationship that broke up after a few months.

Think about this: Here was a federal convict whose crimes were reportedly believed by investigators to have been related to his interest in a young girl. While serving time in prison, now in his late 30s and early 40s, Kimberlin then begins writing love letters to a teenage girl he’s never met. Indeed, as Mark Singer reported, Kimberlin composed a song for this girl called “Waiting to Meet.” Furthermore, in a 1996 interview with Washington City Paper, when he was futilely pursuing a rock music career, Kimberlin seemed quite unapologetic about his sexual enthusiasm for young girls:

Not all the songs on his album — which Mahern characterizes as minimally produced and “pretty much Brett” — have political overtones, which in some respects may be unfortunate: While tracks like “Life’s a Bitch (For a Government Snitch)” and “Who’s Next” (a song about unfounded sex crime accusations) have a definite edge to them, others, like “Waiting to Meet” and “Teen Dream” (both about having sex with teenage girls) are lacking in subtlety and tend to make one squirm. But this is exactly what Kimberlin wants.
“I say things a lot of people are afraid to say. Yeah, ‘Teen Dream’ is about fucking a teenage girl. Every guy who’s seen a good-looking teenage girl has thought about it. I’m talking about that lecherous quality that every man, though he won’t act on it, has.”

Kimberlin was a 41-year-old recently released federal convict in 1996 when he proclaimed his desire to have sex with teenage girls. Insofar as he sued us for $1 million, claiming among other things that it was defamation to apply the word “pedophile” to him, any juror could have looked at this evidence — had the trial proceeded to the point where the defense presented its case — and decided whether such a label was appropriate. However, the law regarding defamation is quite clear that it is the plaintiff’s burden to show that a statement of fact by defendants is false; the defense need not prove any such statement true. It can be (and probably would have been) argued that someone who said “Brett Kimberlin is a pedophile” was merely expressing an opinion based on available facts. As a matter of law, then, it was impossible for Brett Kimberlin to prevail at trial. Once Kimberlin concluded his two-day courtroom presentation, the defense made a motion for a judgment in their favor, which Judge Johnson was obliged to grant.

Yet during the trial, which concluded before the defense could present the case I have just briefly summarized, the testimony and questioning during Kimberlin’s presentation brought up an important point: Kimberlin presented no evidence that any of the defendants had used the word “pedophile” to describe him prior to July 2013, when his estranged wife filed third-degree sexual assault charges against him.

Charges State v Kimberlin (Redacted) by himself2462

Kimberlin’s wife told John Hoge and Aaron Walker that Kimberlin met her on a beach in Ukraine when she was 14, shortly after his release from prison. As she later explained, Kimberlin brought her to the United States in September 1996, a few weeks before her 16th birthday. Kimberlin also brought over some of her family members from Ukraine, his wife said. As she said in her sworn affidavit, Kimberlin began having sex with her when she was still 15, before he subsequently married her when she was 16 and he was 42. Because the legal age of consent in Maryland is 16, the claim by Kimberlin’s wife that they had premarital sex when she was still 15 gave grounds for a charge of third-degree sexual assault. His wife also said in her affidavit that she had once seen Kimberlin make sexual advances toward her 12-year-old cousin.

This was made a matter of public record by Kimberlin’s estranged wife a few weeks after her split from him became public when Kimberlin filed for a domestic protective order against her, and also sought to have criminal charges filed against her boyfriend, Jay Elliott. This courtroom battle, which Kimberlin himself initiated, became the basis of my coverage, which was both newsworthy in its own right (given Kimberlin’s notoriety) and relevant to his prior criminal history. Furthermore, Kimberlin’s wife said he had threatened her, and had falsely claimed that she was mentally ill, so this story was a matter of public interest, insofar as the safety of a woman and her children might be at stake.

T. Kimberlin v. B. Kimberlin Petition for Protective Order 7.9.13 (OCR) by AaronWorthing

After an August 2013 hearing in Maryland in the Kimberlin v. Kimberlin proceedings, Mrs. Kimberlin was apparently discouraged. She reportedly decided against pressing the sexual assault charges, which were then dropped by the State’s Attorney. The last I heard — and this was hearsay, which would have been inadmissable at trial — Mrs. Kimberlin and her boyfriend Jay Elliott had left Maryland; some said she went to Illinois; others say she is now in Utah. During the trial, Kimberlin claimed his wife had returned home, although he produced no evidence of this, and even the judge asked why Kimberlin didn’t bring his wife to testify at the trial:

THE COURT: You know the witness you really need?
THE COURT: Is your wife here?
KIMBERLIN: She’s, she’s packing. We’re leaving on vacation tomorrow—
THE COURT: Is she gonna testify? See, that’s — if she were going to testify, that would be one thing, but a 15 year old?

None of the defendants ever expected that Brett Kimberlin would make this the basis of a $1 million lawsuit, and we were all shocked that this lawsuit — which seemed bogus from the start — was allowed to proceed all the way to trial after 11 months of preliminaries. The most shocking thing of all was that, during the trial, Kimberlin insisted on putting his own 15-year-old daughter on the witness stand. Aaron Walker transcribes the courtroom discussion:

Court: You… she’s not a party in this case.
Kimberlin: She’s not a party, she’s a witness.
Court: To what that they did?
Kimberlin: That they harmed me and my family and she’s, you know, I ask you to give me a chance to make that [unintelligible]
Court: But she can’t testify what? Her school and all? That is not relevant.
Kimberlin: She can testify that I’m not a pedophile. She can testify that…
Court: How can…? She can testify that you never did anything to her.
Kimberlin: Or anyone she knows.
Court: Or anyone that she knows.
[Defense attorney Patrick] Ostronic: I will stipulate that he never did anything to her. We’ll stipulate to that.
Kimberlin: No. I want her… I want the harm, there’s harm . . . these people . . . this jury needs to know the harm that this has caused my family.

Every decent person in the courtroom, I believe, was disgusted by Kimberlin’s insistence on compelling his daughter’s testimony. This was his choice, and not ours, and entirely his responsibility.

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