The Other McCain

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Speaking of Distractions …

Posted on | September 12, 2012 | 40 Comments

. . . the Obamaphiliac media has spent today trying to convince us that what Mitt Romney said about Obama’s self-inflicted foreign policy debacle is actually a worse disaster than the failed policy itself. Here is Mitt Romney’s statement:

“Americans woke up this morning with tragic news and felt heavy hearts as they considered that individuals who have served in our diplomatic corps were brutally murdered across the world. This attack on American individuals and embassies is outrageous, it’s disgusting. It breaks the hearts of all of us who think of these people who have served, during their lives, the cause of freedom, and justice and honor. We mourn their loss and join together in prayer that the spirit of the Almighty might comfort the families of those who have been so brutally slain.
“Four diplomats lost their life, including the U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens, in the attack on our embassy at Benghazi, Libya. And, of course, with these words, I extend my condolences to the grieving loved ones, who have left behind, as a result of these who have lost their lives in the service of our nation, and I know that the people across America are grateful for their service and we mourn their sacrifice.
“America will not tolerate attacks against our citizens and against our embassies. We will defend also our constitutional rights of speech and assembly and religion. We have confidence in our cause in America. We respect our Constitution. We stand for the principles our Constitution protects. We encourage other nations to understand and respect the principles of our Constitution because we recognize that these principles are the ultimate source of freedom for individuals around the world.
“I also believe the Administration was wrong to stand by a statement sympathizing with those who had breached our embassy in Egypt instead of condemning their actions. It’s never too early for the United States Government to condemn attacks on Americans, and to defend our values. The White House distanced itself last night from the statement, saying it wasn’t ‘cleared by Washington.’ That reflects the mixed signals they’re sending to the world.
“The attacks in Libya and Egypt underscore that the world remains a dangerous place and that American leadership is still sorely needed. In the face of this violence, America cannot shrink from the responsibility to lead. American leadership is necessary to ensure that events in the region don’t spin out of control. We cannot hesitate to use our influence in the region to support those who share our values and our interests. Over the last several years, we have stood witness to an Arab Spring that presents an opportunity for a more peaceful and prosperous region, but also poses the potential for peril, if the forces of extremism and violence are allowed to control the course of events.
“We must strive to ensure that the Arab Spring does not become an Arab Winter.”

Is there anything wrong with that? I see no problem, but there’s a lot of kvetching out there, some of it from Republicans.

Ed Morrissey noted that Romney took questions after his press conference, whereas President Gutsy Call did not.

Meanwhile, following on the theme established by the New York Times — “It’s that evil anti-Muslim movie to blame!” — an MSNBC host decides that the producer of the evil movie should be prosecuted, because obviously this obscure video (that nobody ever heard of before) is the only reason America is hated by the savage mobs whipped up by Muslim Brotherhood propagandists.

Why do they hate us? BECAUSE THEY HATE.

When you know that people are attempting to distract you, it’s a lot easier to pay attention to what they’re trying to distract you from.

This is also true, by the way, of Brett Kimberlin and his friends trying to distract us from their increasing legal jeopardy. Yesterday, I told you that Aaron Walker’s attorney has filed a motion to compel Kimberlin to stop delaying discovery in Walker’s Virginia lawsuit against Kimberlin, Neal Rauhauser and Ron Brynaert.

Predictably, in the past 24 hours we’ve seen a blitz of harassment and distraction from various pro-Kimberlin accounts on Twitter. Among the memes they’ve been pushing: Lee Stranahan once took pictures of naked women — shocked! shocked! — and Patterico once said bad stuff about people (including me and Jeff Goldstein) in chats with notorious douchebag Barrett Brown.


It’s all a familiar “accuse the accusers” ploy and, having watched for nearly four months as Team Kimberlin used these tactics used to foment animosity and suspicion among their targets, it doesn’t deceive or distract me for a minute. If these sockpuppets and trolls posted indisputably authentic video of Aaron Walker and Mandy Nagy having a three-way with a goat, I’d shrug it off as just another lame distraction attempt. As I told someone in a phone conversation this morning, these tactics can only deceive the weak-minded.

The details of their accusations are irrelevant to the purpose — i.e., to obstruct justice by attempting to discredit anyone who might possibly pose a threat to Kimberlin’s tax-exempt hustle.

Brett Kimberlin has basically admitted this in court documents: He regarded Seth Allen’s blogging, and Mandy Nagy’s October 2010 article about his heinous criminal history, as endangering his support from liberal donors. Once the falsehood of his denials had been exposed — once his self-serving claims to have been framed and subsequently “secretly exonerated” were understood to be outright lies — it was understandably more difficult for Kimberlin to solicit big-money contributions to his “progressive” 501(c) empire, which collected more than a half-million dollars in 2008.

All the attacks Kimberlin and his friends have made against Seth Allen, Mandy Nagy, Patrick Frey, Aaron Walker, et al., must be understood in this context: These are defensive counter-attacks, an attempt by Kimberlin to protect himself from the ugly truth about what kind of monster he really is.

C’mon, Brett: Who killed Julia Scyphers, and why?

You don’t decieve me. You don’t distract me. You don’t scare me. And there is no statute of limitation on murder, Brett.

William J. Hoge has now posted the interrogatories in the case of Walker v. Kimberlin, et al., and there will be time later to discuss these very interesting questions.

Some of the sockpuppet trolls on Twitter were just now mocking my occasional references to prayer. Kimberlin has been an avowed athetist since childhood. So it would never occur to Brett that it was anything more than an unfortunate coincidence when his progressive buddies at the Justice Department had their jobs endangered because a bunch of jihadist savages in Libya went nuts about an obscure video. The FBI might be under new management come next January, and who knows what they’ll find if they start investigating Kimberlin’s racket?

God moves in mysterious ways.

And the prayers of the faithful are answered every day.


40 Responses to “Speaking of Distractions …”

  1. Bill54
    September 12th, 2012 @ 2:14 pm


  2. jlwellfonder
    September 12th, 2012 @ 2:14 pm

    And the prayers of the faithful are answered every day.” Amen.

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  4. richard mcenroe
    September 12th, 2012 @ 3:03 pm

    Excuse me, but two of those “diplomats” were US Marines, doing their job: standing between their charge and the animals Barack Obama hosted in the White House.

  5. richard mcenroe
    September 12th, 2012 @ 3:06 pm

    There are reasons the Third World keeps finishing third besides “Cheney took all the good parking spaces for Halliburton.” Islam is several of them.

  6. JLS
    September 12th, 2012 @ 3:07 pm

    Romney is going to lose.

  7. ThomasD
    September 12th, 2012 @ 3:25 pm

    ” Patterico once said bad stuff about people…”

    I’d just like to pause at this point and note that, just because you happen to be on the right side against Kimberlin does not by necessity mean that you are also not yourself a douchebag.

    That is all.

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  9. Adjoran
    September 12th, 2012 @ 4:23 pm

    ALL of the infighters are causing distraction. There will be plenty of time for intrigue, gossip, and backstabbing after the election.

  10. James Knauer
    September 12th, 2012 @ 5:30 pm


  11. ThomasD
    September 12th, 2012 @ 5:31 pm

    Naive is no way to go through life son.

  12. Alex Brant-Zawadzki
    September 12th, 2012 @ 5:34 pm

    Prepare thyselves – the infighting is about to get a LOT worse. (should be live by 4)

  13. jwallin
    September 12th, 2012 @ 5:36 pm

    It’s been discovered (and they have it on tape. see link at drudge or Weekly Standard that reporters were co ordinating their questions before so as to make sure Romney was put into a corner.

    Journolist is alive and in real time folks.

    The media is orchestrating a multi level multi discipline attack on Obama’s opponent.

    They should be called out on this behavior.

    The media is complicit in the failures of Obama as they have done everything in their power to lie, distort and omit anything that might make Obama look bad.

    And there’s plenty to find.

    the Media needs to pay for it’s treasonous acts.


  14. John W.
    September 12th, 2012 @ 6:21 pm

    You shouldn’t refer to them as “animals.”

    “Feral human” is much more accurate.

  15. Jum Jum
    September 12th, 2012 @ 6:31 pm

    It seems clear that at no time did Marines use deadly force to protect either the embassy or the embassy personnel. (Had they done so, at a minimum there would have been scores of new martyrs among the attackers; if the attack had gone forward at all once attackers began dying instead of US citizens.) .

    It would be interesting indeed to learn what orders the Marines were under. Not that we’ll ever learn the truth: the Secretary of State, who would be the most likely figure to have issued a “Do Not Fire” order, is an old hand at throwing an underling under the bus to save herself or her team. So watch for it to magically become the call of the Marine commander on the ground at the embassy who somehow made the decision to let people die rather than open fire. And the first he’ll learn of it will be about the time he’s burying two of his Marines.

  16. jdkchem
    September 12th, 2012 @ 6:36 pm

    Reading is fundamental. Try again, son.

  17. jdkchem
    September 12th, 2012 @ 6:36 pm

    Feral humanoid.

  18. jdkchem
    September 12th, 2012 @ 6:42 pm

    It’s a little bit difficult for 2 Marines let alone a dozen of you mall ninjas to mount a better defense under what was heavy fire and being moved to a crappy position not of your choosing.
    Even more difficult to arm chair general when you know nothing else about the engagement.
    As you obviously know nothing STFU especially when it comes to bad mouth a brother Marine.

  19. Wombat_socho
    September 12th, 2012 @ 6:44 pm

    Allahpundit’s blog is that way =====>

  20. Serr8d
    September 12th, 2012 @ 7:02 pm

    Then, we can #AbandonTheGOP. What needed to be done after McCain. Hell, after Dole.

  21. Finrod Felagund
    September 12th, 2012 @ 7:28 pm

    Do us all a favor and go stick your head under a pillow for the next two months. Meanwhile, the rest of us will fight like hell.

  22. Evi L. Bloggerlady
    September 12th, 2012 @ 7:57 pm

    President Obama does not want blame for his failed Arab Spring. The crowd in Cairo was chanting: “Obama, Obama, there are still a billion Osamas!” If the President is so concerned with the feelings of the middle east, why spike the football so much over killing Osama bin Laden? It was not some obscure film that caused this.

    Mitt Romney also did not cause this mess, it was murderous Islamic thugs that perceive Barack Obama as being weak and feckless.

  23. richard mcenroe
    September 12th, 2012 @ 8:03 pm

    NOBODY badmouthed the Marines.

  24. richard mcenroe
    September 12th, 2012 @ 8:04 pm

    I take exception to your indicating Allahpundit is to the right of Stacy. *g*

  25. SDN
    September 12th, 2012 @ 8:20 pm

    Especially if they are obeying stupid ROE’s imposed by politicians who sympathize with Muslims.

  26. David Pittelli
    September 12th, 2012 @ 8:22 pm

    I don’t think he was bad-mouthing any Marines. He was bad-mouthing the Obama Administration. That said, I agree with you that Jum Jum’s comment was speculative, and pretty silly re Libya, where the attackers had RPGs.

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  28. Bob Belvedere
    September 12th, 2012 @ 8:33 pm

    But Wombat lives inside TOM, so therefore his left is our right.

  29. Bob Belvedere
    September 12th, 2012 @ 8:35 pm

    Patterico is a jerk, but he’s our jerk.

  30. Bob Belvedere
    September 12th, 2012 @ 8:35 pm

    And the man and his family’s lives were threatened.

  31. M_Becker
    September 12th, 2012 @ 11:03 pm

    As it turns out, there were no Marines there. Obama sent Marines in today. Of course, too late.

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  33. hedge
    September 13th, 2012 @ 12:42 am

    Because he is weak and feckless…his foreign policy of lead from behind and apologize as you go is what caused them to perceive as such.

  34. Adjoran
    September 13th, 2012 @ 1:55 am

    Yes, this was at a consulate, not the embassy in Tripoli, and there was apparently only one security officer and it is still unclear if he was armed. He was among those murdered.

  35. Wombat_socho
    September 13th, 2012 @ 3:48 am

    No, it just looks dumb when you have the arrow pointing back at the text.

  36. Bob Belvedere
    September 13th, 2012 @ 8:29 am

    Sometimes the Truth hurts and sometimes it looks dumb. –Confusedious

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  38. richard mcenroe
    September 13th, 2012 @ 11:58 am

    And sometimes you can put the arrow before the text pointing the other way. #OldTimersFormattingTrick *g*

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  40. Alex Brant-Zawadzki
    September 13th, 2012 @ 4:14 pm

    Glad to see you’re so biased against alternative points of view that you won’t even LINK to crooks&liars.