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Like Many Other Liberal Activists, @Political_Bill Doesn’t Like Police

Posted on | May 5, 2013 | 28 Comments

Of course, if you had gotten busted for possession of drugs and child pornography, maybe you’d hate cops, too:

William “Bill” Talley aka @Political_Bill on Twitter … is a convicted sex offender who has managed to delay going to prison through evidentiary appeals. During that time, he has emerged as a progressive voice on Twitterand even briefly enjoyed board status in a prominent netroots startup. …
Talley was arrested for possession of drugs and hundreds of sexual images of children in August 2005. …
Questioned directly, Talley has denied the charges are true, even though he actually pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography. …

So, @Political_Bill denies being a pedophile dopehead, kind of the way Brett Kimberlin denies being a terrorist bomber — and really, why would anyone mention that little girl whose grandmother got shot to death? — in an effort to evade responsibility and reputation damage.

Also, like Kimberlin’s associate Neal Rauhauser, William “Bill” Talley reportedly has used multiple online identities:


And, like Neal Rauhauser’s personal hero, Anthony Weiner, William “Bill” Talley “has been communicating with teenagers on Twitter.”

Oh, and about @7serf7  — “the account does engage in pedophilia advocacy,” according to Matt Osborne, the liberal blogger who exposed Talley in an internecine feud among progressives:

When communities of interest form in cyberspace, it is all too easy for characters like Talley to obtain entry and rank without proper vetting simply by speaking to the interest of those communities. . . . .
William Talley didn’t think his upcoming guilty plea was “relevant” when he was approached about a place on the new Advisory Board of Unite Blue . . .
William Talley’s guilty plea on February 8th, when all his evidentiary appeals had finally been exhausted, was relevant enough to Unite Blue founder Zach Green that he removed Talley from the board the instant he found out about it in March. . . .
William Talley has outed himself as @7serf7, an account that is still wearing a Unite Blue twibbon (see slideshow below). @7serf7 has doxed and harassed Twitter users who exposed Talley or criticized Unite Blue over him. Despite being removed from the board, Talley apparently remains an active and even respected force in that community. He is also calling on his followers to aggressively spamblock the accounts of critics in hopes of getting them suspended by Twitter, which is ironic given how Unite Blue rose to prominence by deploring such tactics.

Using trolls and sockpuppet accounts to dox and harass people who expose your criminal activity? Gee, that seems so … familiar.

Big hat-tip to Dan Riehl, who has a copy of William “Bill” Talley’s appeal to the Tennessee State Supreme Court.

UPDATE: Some things are predictable. Attempts to suppress the truth will, in the Internet age, generally result in wider exposure of the truth — a principle known as “The Streisand Effect.”

What Talley was doing — publicly soliciting people to report his critics for “spam” in an effort to get their accounts suspended — is a Twitter terms of service violation and (predictably) resulted in Talley himself getting suspended from Twitter:

Equally predictable is that some liberals would rally to Talley’s defense on the basis of political solidarity, arguing that Talley must be an innocent victim simply because he was a popular liberal. One progressive, a former friend of Talley’s, was utterly dismayed by this:

I just can’t let certain things go.
The saddest, and most frightening, is related to a man many of us know and held in high regard for his particular brand of political acumen recently pleading guilty to possessing child pornography.
There is a considerable amount of information regarding this matter available via highly LEGITIMATE PUBLIC SOURCES – including his own lawyers’ website. The refusal by some to accept that these documents are legitimate, instead believing them to be fabricated as part of some elaborate doxing scheme is troubling.
Why would his own lawyers, The Tennessee Supreme Court, and the jurisdiction within which he is being prosecuted tolerate this? And the answer is they haven’t.
People capable of critical thinking(us), who are then so inclined to read these documents and form an opinion as to what it all means, including the fact that a guilty plea is legally considered a conviction, are then too often called, stupid, idiots, morons, and worse — part of a lynch mob. This is unacceptable.

It is unacceptable, and Talley’s unsuccessful attempt to get the evidence against him thrown out on an illegal-search claim, which delayed his conviction for nearly eight years, is a matter of public record. If you will take time to read Talley’s appeal, you will discover that he not only had child pornography on his home computer, but also on his office computer. That is to say, this wasn’t some random coincidence or the result of casual curiosity, and it wasn’t just a few illegal images, it was hundreds of illegal images.

Go read the newspaper account of  Talley’s arrest; He was in possession of more than 3,000 Xanax and other pills, cocaine, marijuana, as well as scales and baggies that constitute evidence he was dealing the stuff, which is what the anonymous tipster had told police.

William “Bill” Talley was a criminal menace.

Predictably, however, some people were fooled by Talley’s protestations of innocence (despite his guilty plea) and let arguments for political solidarity convince them that the “bad guys” were the people who exposed the truth about Talley’s criminality.

If Talley had been willing to quietly exit the digital stage, rather than rallying his allies in an attempt to suppress the facts, it’s possible this case never would have come to wide notice. Instead, the “Streisand Effect” guarantees it will receive more publicity.

Liberals should advise Bill to exercise his right to remain silent.



28 Responses to “Like Many Other Liberal Activists, @Political_Bill Doesn’t Like Police”

  1. Mike G.
    May 5th, 2013 @ 11:25 pm

    @Political-Bill doesn’t like the truth to come out.

    21st CENTURY | Bill @Political_Bill

    Getting attacked by a TGDN lynch mob, please report for spam >>> @thatMrGguy

  2. robertstacymccain
    May 5th, 2013 @ 11:48 pm

    Right: Anyone who exposes the truth about Bill is accused of harassing Bill.

    As I say, it seems so … familiar.

  3. Adjoran
    May 6th, 2013 @ 12:20 am

    The modus operandi is strikingly familiar.

    It’s almost as if someone were conducting Seminars For Miscreants, where for a modest fee you too can learn the professional criminal’s methods to silence those who mention his past.

    It might be a lucrative business.

  4. robertstacymccain
    May 6th, 2013 @ 12:38 am

    Well, if Bill Talley starts up the “accuse the accusers” tactic, then we’ll know.

  5. Dustin
    May 6th, 2013 @ 1:14 am

    Another one of these bozos? Funny that they all share a particular friend in common.

  6. robertstacymccain
    May 6th, 2013 @ 2:14 am

    It’s kind of interesting, isn’t it?

  7. Film Ladd
    May 6th, 2013 @ 7:53 am

    Good article. My only quibble has to do with the portrayal of those rallying to defend Talley and his illegalities online as being a symptom strictly endemic to the left.

    Rather, this is something that is part of the human condition. Members of tribes tend to defend their own, and have a tough time breaking out of the veil of illusion cast by the tribe…

    Sound familiar?

    IMO, a bit more credit should be given to OsborneInk (and others) in their efforts to step away from their tribe’s world view and see things for what they are, rather than what their tribe demands that they see. I think it’s a bit more than internecine progressive warfare, and should be encouraged.

  8. Bob Belvedere
    May 6th, 2013 @ 8:42 am

    Not really. All of this is just the low-cunning of the criminal mind.

  9. Bob Belvedere
    May 6th, 2013 @ 8:46 am

    Agreed. We should encourage them, as long as we don’t give-in to Right Wing Forgiveness Syndrome, which many of us do.

    Leftism is Evil. Anyone believing in it is a Servant Of Evil. These people can never be redeemed until they reject Leftism. But I certainly think we should encourage them in opening their eyes. Just as long as we treat them like we treat them released felons.

  10. ReaganiteRepublican
    May 6th, 2013 @ 8:53 am

    Good stuff, linked-

    Hot Links~

  11. Dana
    May 6th, 2013 @ 10:26 am

    Unsurprising, to say the least. Julian Assange is charged with rape, denies all of the charges, but takes refuge in the Equadorian embassy rather than face the charges in open court in Sweden, and our good friends on the left instantly leap to his defense, claiming that he just couldn’t be guilty, and it must all be a set-up by the wicked United States . . . even though the liberal Barack Hussein Obama has been our President throughout the whole deal.

    Bill Clinton? The feministi immediately leapt to his defense, even though that things that Paula Jones accused him of were precisely the things that the feminists had long complained about as being part of the good old boy network and were holding women back.

    Yet, when Republicans like Mark Foley and Larry Craig were accused of sexual violations, we Republicans effectively disowned them.

  12. Dana
    May 6th, 2013 @ 10:27 am

    At least from the few sources I saw, it seems that the esteemed Mr Talley pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography, but, amazingly enough, I couldn’t find any references as to whether they were images of boys or girls or both.

    Anyone want to bet that they were primarily images of boys?

  13. RantMan
    May 6th, 2013 @ 11:23 am

    Charming fellow. NOT!

  14. Dana
    May 6th, 2013 @ 11:35 am

    I’d also note that our esteemed host disowned, as much as he could, Republican Mark Sanford, for abandoning his post to take up with an Argentinian hottie.

  15. ProgressivKnightmare
    May 6th, 2013 @ 11:52 am

    I agree with almost all of what you say. But as a true lefty, I have to point out that the pushback I get is almost exclusively from self-described Liberals. Of course, 90%+ think he’s a scum and some want in jailed (or worse) right now. But, there is a fringe on the left that seems pre-disposed to defending or otherwise enabling him. Think it will do us all some good to get our RWNJ on once in awhile. 🙂

  16. Sirius U. Guise
    May 6th, 2013 @ 12:33 pm

    Hey, Pedobear Bill!

  17. Adjoran
    May 6th, 2013 @ 3:49 pm

    Yes, he was quite courageous in denouncing Sanford – FOUR YEARS later when Sanford was running against Stacy’s preferred big-spending establishment shill.

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  19. Rob Crawford
    May 6th, 2013 @ 5:23 pm

    This is what they do. This is who they are.

  20. Rob Crawford
    May 6th, 2013 @ 5:23 pm

    A “fringe” that runs the movement.

  21. richard mcenroe
    May 6th, 2013 @ 8:04 pm

    Not just him. I’ve actually had “moral” liberals and progressives defend Bob Menendez using underage hookers. There is NO principle they will not throw aside for a short-term poilitical advantage. Oh, hi, Karl…

  22. richard mcenroe
    May 6th, 2013 @ 8:06 pm

    Adjoran, that’s just not true. Stacy was ragging on Sanford back when the walkabout story first came out.

    Of course, he was tickled that our Mistresses are WAY hotter than the lefties, but that was just a lagniappe.

  23. Quartermaster
    May 6th, 2013 @ 8:49 pm

    You whine too much. Sanford has no shame and should be hiding, not coming out in the open to poison us all over again.

  24. K-Bob
    May 7th, 2013 @ 12:45 am

    “He was in possession of more than 3,000 Xanax and other pills, cocaine,
    marijuana, as well as scales and baggies that constitute evidence he was
    dealing the stuff”

    It’s getting to the point where even this amount of evidence doesn’t seem to make it possible to protect our kids from any criminal who bangs the drum for progressivism, and publicly hangs a (D) after their name.

  25. Bob Belvedere
    May 7th, 2013 @ 7:43 am

    All restraints are off for the Left In America. They believe this is their Moment, where Destiny has called them.

  26. Quartermaster
    May 7th, 2013 @ 8:04 am

    This conservative doesn’t like the Police either. You can’t trust them as far as you can spit. They are some of our biggest scoff laws, right up there with Judges and Prosecutors.
    My reasons, however, are different from hte moonbats.

  27. K-Bob
    May 7th, 2013 @ 8:12 am

    Heh. Yep. One might even say they believe it to be manifest.

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