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The #FreeKate Meltdown Continues

Posted on | May 31, 2013 | 26 Comments

Got some important work to do today, so there’s only time for a bit of quick aggregation right now. R.J. Reidhead continues to be disturbed and fascinated by what she sees as indicators that Kaitlyn Smith is a victim of something worse than homophobia.

Jeff Goldstein sarcastically invokes the Ghost of Victims Past. Is sarcasm appropriate? The alternative — taking seriously the reality that young people can be and often are victimized “consensually” —  is probably depressing enough to make you do drugs.

A blogger notes an obvious contrast:

Legally, the case is about an 18 year old seducing a 14 year old. In the media, it’s about whether the parents who are prosecuting the 18 year old are motivated by anti-homosexual sentiment.

But don’t you dare accuse the media of having an agenda — one that has nothing to do with the best interests of these teenagers, or the best interests of Indian River County, Florida — because only hateful bigots would ever call attention to the media agenda.

Da Tech Guy points out that the “Free Kate” agenda will have its own day Saturday at Disney World. IYKWIMAITYD.

Speaking of contrast, Christine Rousselle finds a nearly perfect one:

Let’s compare the two cases: both involved sex acts on school property (a locker room, and a bathroom stall), a “consenting” underage partner (who cannot legally consent to sex), statutory rape charges, and oral sex. Yet there was no outpouring of support for the members of Milton’s hockey team—or the girl.
The only difference between the two cases is that the Milton Academy scandal involved one 15-year-old girl and five 15-to-18 year-old males, and the Sebastian River High School scandal involved two female students. Apart from that, the two cases are essentially identical.

You should probably read the whole thing, and follow Christine Rousselle on Twitter, you sick freaks.

Kaitlyn and her mom get matching tattoos? You stay classy, Hunt family.

Speaking of classy, Matt Ross notices increasingly desperate attempts by #FreeKate fanatics to suppress negative information about Kaitlyn and her family, which is doomed predictably to fail. What is happening here is an attempt to decontextualize Kaitlyn’s crime: We are supposed to accept without question her mother’s testimony as to what a “model student” Kaitlyn is, and how this was just a harmless “romance” between two teenagers. But who is Kelley Hunt Smith to offer this testimony as a character witness?

Is Kate’s mother trustworthy? Is she a good judge of character?

As soon as you start asking questions like that — “Hater! Bigot!” — you’re going to start finding answers that weren’t what the Hunt family had in mind when they decided to make their daughter’s criminal case a nationwide crusade for “equality.” Your skepticism toward The Story Too Good to Be True, rather than being seen as an interest in knowing the full story before rendering judgment (which is what responsible people do), is to the #FreeKate mob evidence of your bad faith (mala fides), because True Believers must believe.

This exposes the real truth, namely that you are dealing with a religious phenomenon: Saint Kate of the Blessed Finger, whose rituals occur within the Shrine of the Sacred Toilet Stall.

Someone calls to our attention this heretical account describing the Hunt family as “horrendous people,” and the reader may also wish to examine Booking Number 2012-00001721 at the Indian River County Jail. (What is it with these people and tattoos, huh?)



26 Responses to “The #FreeKate Meltdown Continues”

  1. Finrod Felagund
    May 31st, 2013 @ 2:15 pm

    To liberals, truth libels fantasy.

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  3. Mm
    May 31st, 2013 @ 2:50 pm

    Reidhead says in her comment section that there is so much to this story that is just plain strange, and she’s right. Kate’s mom has been caught in multiple lies. There are just some things that to me don’t pass the smell test: the hiring of the PR firm, the t-shirts, bracelets, etc., come across more as attempts to cash in than to “free Kate.” The other thing that made my c*ap detectors go off were Mrs. Hunt’s repeated claims that Kate is a really good kid who never got in trouble, probably because Mrs. Hunt has now been caught in a series of lies. Somehow, that “good Kate” meme is the one that is nagging at me – juvenile records are sealed, but it is not a big stretch to suspect that there is, indeed, a juvenile record of some sort. And part of what informs that suspicion is the behavior of someone who appears to be Kate on the beach, egging on her sister who is engaged in a fight. There is something really wrong here.

  4. benning
    May 31st, 2013 @ 2:54 pm

    “Is Kate’s mother trustworthy? Is she a good judge of character?” – But … Kate’s mother has Absolute Moral Authority! You MUST believe her! … isn’t that the next level of play, here? 😉

  5. keyboard jockey
    May 31st, 2013 @ 2:59 pm

    This family wouldn’t sue anyone, because they don’t want to go through the discovery process (Imagine what that might uncover) and that requires sworn testimony, and depositions – documented and on the record. It’s one thing to spread rumors on the internet, it’s quite another to swear under oath in relation to sexual acts on a minor child. Not that the mother’s internet “utterances” can’t be used against her in a court of law. That’s why I keep wondering how the father could ever have been a cop when this family keeps digging it’s self deeper.

    If they the “Hunts” are going for ignorance of the law. It’s well known that ignorance of the law is no defense. A cop would know that.

    As far as twitter goes, and free kate nutballs, those people are hoping beyond desperate hope that someone would take them serious. Because if you think about it, they are strangers to the Hunts, and they don’t even know the people involved. So they are just the misfits lookin for attention.

  6. keyboard jockey
    May 31st, 2013 @ 3:17 pm

    If you are law enforcement, you don’t want the mother to stop – you want to give her enough rope to hang herself.

    She’s doing a fine job. The prosecutor is going to have a field day. They should have taken the plea deal.

  7. Adjoran
    May 31st, 2013 @ 3:22 pm

    Media-savvy attorney – check! PR firm – check! Media charm offensive – check!

    BUT – have they trademarked Kaitlyn’s image? Signed a licensing agreement? And above all, why haven’t we seen Al “Showboat” Sharptongue holding press conferences for her?

    They need to get in touch with Trayvon’s family – Mama needs to gets PAID!

  8. Adjoran
    May 31st, 2013 @ 3:24 pm

    Liberals are like lemmings: once they get started stampeding in a direction, any deliberative process is over and it’s just “Follow-The-Leader” from then on.

  9. Mm
    May 31st, 2013 @ 3:26 pm

    The victim is black, thus the absence of The Usual Suspects like Sharpton.

  10. rick v
    May 31st, 2013 @ 3:26 pm

    I have advocated for truth and her supporters covertly flagged my posts in numbers to Facebook, and I’m not even on the real free kate page there is another page that allows free speech and debate on this subject but when exposing there lies and stating facts to them the only reply back is homophobe these people are riding Kate’s coat tails to pursue a bigger agenda under the guise of gender equality and that is pedophilia . we must stand against this and protect parental rights to protect our children.

  11. ajpwriter
    May 31st, 2013 @ 3:35 pm

    That’s what I keep wondering. What’s the plan here? Muddying the jury pool?

  12. keyboard jockey
    May 31st, 2013 @ 4:07 pm

    It’s not a thang to move it to another jurisdiction.

    The mother doesn’t strike me as intelligent just devious, and that’s not something new to the courts.

  13. keyboard jockey
    May 31st, 2013 @ 4:14 pm

    I don’t know if they are liberals or just low lifes with free Obama phones so they can post to twitter whenever they feel like it. LOL!

    Who empathizes with the perpetrator and not the victim? Answer: low lifes. Anyone with an ounce of empathy or class, wouldn’t be rooting for a 14 year old to be sexually assaulted or molested.

  14. K-Bob
    May 31st, 2013 @ 5:00 pm

    O/T (so don’t reply to this comment): go look at twitchy, under things “Rubio.”


  15. Evi L. Bloggerlady
    May 31st, 2013 @ 6:12 pm

    When I first heard this story my reaction was “so what.” Not to say it did not matter (to the 14 year old and her parents it matters very much). Because the whole 18 to 14 year old thing happens, seemed like a local issue (and BTW boys get convicted of this criminally all the time) and the only angle that was interesting was same gender getting different treatment. I would think the appropriate penalty would be some sort of criminal sanction depending on the circumstances.

    But as I got more and more into this (thanks to RSM’s Jack Russel frenzy on all the memes thrown out by the #FreeKate side) my response became–OMG, this is becoming a big deal!

    So Kudos to RSM for pursuing this!

  16. Evi L. Bloggerlady
    May 31st, 2013 @ 6:13 pm

    Sheep have two speeds: graze and stampede.

  17. robertstacymccain
    May 31st, 2013 @ 8:01 pm

    I think that’s exactly what they’re doing: If they can get just one person into the jury who is 100% against conviction, they can get an “O.J. jury” situation. And if they can push a publicity campaign about how wrong it is to punish “consensual” sex between two teenagers, they can hope for what would be, in effect, jury nullification.

    It’s a high-risk strategy and KJ is right: They should have taken the plea deal.

  18. ChandlersGhost
    May 31st, 2013 @ 8:11 pm

    Yeah, I know a lot of lefties and I haven’t seen a thing on Facebook in Kate Hunt’s defense. Though it does kind of look like what liberals do when they realize that they’re looking up from the bottom of a ditch.

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  23. Rachael Carson Zerbe
    June 2nd, 2013 @ 7:42 am

    FYI this video you all are passing around… Not Kate! No she has no juvenile record or other past behavior problems. She is an honors student voted Miss School Spirit at SRHS. She is not a sexual abuser, pedophile, or any of the other LIBELOUS labels you are sticking on her. Pedophiles and sexual predators are full grown adults attracted to prebubescent children who go looking for much younger kids. This is a 3 1/2 year age difference. So lets lock up every high school couple over 2 years apart???? REALLY?! Go pick on someone YOUR own size. (Extra small, hateful and full of bull!)

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  25. Kathyx228
    June 6th, 2013 @ 5:53 pm

    It’s the perp Kate who needs to pick on someone her own size….you are a truly sick individual if you are condoning sexual contact between adults and minor children…stp drinking the Kate koolaid and read the actual facts

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