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Why Won’t @ThomasArzi_ Stop?

Posted on | July 7, 2016 | 33 Comments


The response of Thomas Mix to my coverage Wednesday of his Florida lawsuit against Jeanette Runyon has been shocking. He has repeatedly made statements on his Twitter account that would appear to be threats to do me harm. His online conversations with “Nicole Bonnet” were sufficiently alarming that I wrote an email to Mr. Mix’s attorney Wednesday, informing him that his client’s behavior could have legal consequences. Yet this did not prevent Mr. Mix and “Nicole Bonnet” from falsely claiming that I was engaged in “stalking” and “harassment,” all because (a) I had reported on Mix’s lawsuit against Jeanette, and (b) I had then taken notice of Mix’s apparent threats toward me. This is insane.

This morning, however, Mix decided to take it up a notch — threatening to deprive me of income — which is a whole new ballgame. This raises the question, what is going on inside Thomas Mix’s mind? In August 2015, Examiner columnist Joe Newby reported on how Jeanette Runyon’s Facebook post supporting traditional marriage was deleted, and Newby’s column indicates that Jeanette believes Thomas Mix is responsible for this pattern of online harassment against her. Why?

This kind of scorched-earth mentality, pursuing obsessions with “enemies,” is arguably symptomatic of mental illness. More importantly, however, if Thomas Mix attempts to harm me by wrongful interference with my financial arrangements, he has crossed a line he should be advised not to cross, so I wrote yet another email to Mr. Mix’s attorney:

Dear Mr. Rooney:
After I sent you an email Wednesday, informing you that your client Thomas Mix had been making statements about me on Twitter that could be construed as threats, Mr. Mix not only failed to cease this pattern of menacing behavior, but has now made new threats that could possibly put him in legal jeopardy. As I explained to you in Wednesday’s email, I had ceased paying attention to the conflict involving your client and Jeanette Runyon after the controversy over the Kailyn Hunt case ended. However, when it came to my attention that Ms. Runyon was being sued by Mr. Mix over their online arguments surrounding the Hunt case, this struck me as newsworthy, per se, and relevant to recent news about online harassment.
However, it seems that Mr. Mix believes that no one should be able to report about his lawsuit against Ms. Runyon, a matter of public record which is newsworthy as a matter of public interest. Mr. Mix claims that it is “harassment” for me to report on the case, and seems to actually believe it is “harassment” even for me to mention his apparent threats against me. He has now even gone so far as to suggest that he will endeavor to deprive me of the advertising revenue on my blog, simply because I have used my blog to report about his lawsuit against Ms. Runyon, and about his evidently malicious statements toward me.
It should not be necessary, Mr. Rooney, for me to explain that this behavior by your client Mr. Mix could be construed as tortious, an attempt to deprive me of my First Amendment rights as a journalist. Furthermore, Mr. Mix’s apparent threats toward me could be viewed in a very unfavorable light — as evidence of malicious intent — in regard to the current litigation between your client and Ms. Runyon.
Keep in mind, Mr. Rooney, that I had no intention of doing any further reporting on Mr. Mix’s activities after my Wednesday morning article about his lawsuit against Ms. Runyon. It is only because of Mr. Mix’s arguably threatening statements, in the wake of that article, that I have continued writing about this. It is apparent, from examining Mr. Mix’s communications on Twitter, that he is being incited by the person using the account “Nicole Bonnet.” This behavior is highly suspicious — who is “Nicole Bonnet” and what is that person’s interest in this case? — and I believe that your client Mr. Mix is being influenced to behave in a manner contrary to his own best interest. As you are his attorney, however, it would seem that you have an obligation to advise him of the potential legal consequences of his activities.
To reiterate, sir, I have no personal interest in your client Mr. Mix, and took notice of him Wednesday only because of his lawsuit against Ms. Runyon. This might have been the end of it, had Mr. Mix not begun publishing statements that seemed to threaten me in response to my coverage of that case. In all that I have written, I have reported only the facts and shared my opinions. Never have I defamed Mr. Mix, nor is it my intention to harass him. Rather, it appears quite the opposite, that Mr. Mix is attempting to harass me.
Based upon what I have seen in the past two days, Mr. Rooney, it is my belief that your client Mr. Mix is suffering from serious psychiatric problems that impair his judgment. Mr. Mix appears to be in the throes of some sort of paranoid obsession that is leading him to pursue an insane vendetta against me, based on his delusional belief that I have done him some wrongful injury. Mr. Mix’s apparent fixation on me, and the evidence that he harbors some kind of revenge fantasy against me, is of course deeply troubling to me. However, your client is probably a greater danger to himself than he is to me or any of the various other “enemies” with whom he seems to be obsessed.
You did not reply to my email yesterday, but I hope to hear from you soon, as it continues to be my sincere desire ever to remain
Your most humble and obedient servant,
Robert Stacy McCain

Playing around on Twitter or Facebook is one thing. Trying to destroy a successful online publication that has generated tens of millions of page-views since 2008? Well, that’s just plain crazy, and it might also be against the law. Let’s hope Thomas Mix’s lawyer can talk sense to him.

UPDATE: Does anyone expect sane reactions from such people?

I’m a “stalker” and I’m “going down,” according to Thomas Mix, who is currently suing Jeanette Runyon over a Twitter flame-war dating to 2013. And notice that he has changed his Twitter handle yet again, evidently because it’s “harassment” for anyone to take notice of his online activity.




33 Responses to “Why Won’t @ThomasArzi_ Stop?”

  1. Evi L. Bloggerlady
    July 7th, 2016 @ 4:42 pm

    Is this some coordinated attack on you?


  2. Dianna Deeley
    July 7th, 2016 @ 4:52 pm

    Indeed, why won’t he? What is with all these people lately, turning flame wars into lawsuits that waste everyone’s time and substance? And why this need to hound, attack and destroy? Yes, it looks like some sort of mental disturbance, but maybe it’s just bad character?

    You are probably the calmest kook magnet I know, Stacy, but this is weird stuff.

  3. Steve Skubinna
    July 7th, 2016 @ 4:55 pm

    Nice blog you have here. Be a shame if something happened to it.

    Wonder if his lawyer is going to give him the “Knock it off or find another lawyer” talk?

  4. Steve Skubinna
    July 7th, 2016 @ 4:57 pm

    The process is the punishment. They count on people having too much on their hands to deal with this kind of harassment and to just drop out.

    On the other hand, many of these people are too stupid to see that they’re sawing away at the same limb they’re perched on.

  5. Frankie
    July 7th, 2016 @ 5:12 pm

    It’s a shame you don’t know a lawyer licensed to practice in VA who is used to dealing with DUMBFUCKS who need their asses legally kicked.

  6. Dianna Deeley
    July 7th, 2016 @ 5:22 pm

    I read the linked complaint against JR. I don’t quite grok law-talking (bad joke, sorry), but I found it passing strange.

  7. robertstacymccain
    July 7th, 2016 @ 5:31 pm

    It is about them.

    They ally themselves with a political cause, and become emotionally invested in the outcome.

    To some people, the “Free Kate” movement was supposed to be a gigantic triumph in the war against homophobia. When it did not turn out as they expected, they begin hunting for scapegoats.

    DARVO (Deny, Attack, and Reverse Victim and Offender) is a huge part of this behavior. These people always see themselves as victims, and this means that the scapegoated “enemy” must be accused of wrongdoing — you’re a racist, or you’re engaged in “harassment,” whatever — because these accusations are necessary to rationalize their belief in their own victimhood.

    It’s about them, as I say, and if you ever find yourself targeted this way, it’s important to keep this in mind. It’s not about you, it’s them.

  8. NeoWayland
    July 7th, 2016 @ 5:41 pm

    As a semi-disinterested observer, I think this guy crossed the line about two or three lines back.

  9. robertstacymccain
    July 7th, 2016 @ 5:52 pm

    What’s disturbing is the double-down reaction — this 30-year-old guy who, so far as I know, has no employment at all, just sits around his parents’ house playing video games. He decides he is a victim, and anyone who tries to tell him otherwise is an evil harasser and stalker. The more reality intrudes on his persecution fantasy, the more tightly he clings to his delusions of victimhood, and the greater the wrongdoing alleged against the “enemy.” So he can sue people, but anyone who tries to call attention to his litigation is “harassing.”

  10. NRPax
    July 7th, 2016 @ 5:53 pm

    I’m sure that Twitter will take immediate action against th……

    Sorry. I can’t even type that out without laughing.

  11. Evi L. Bloggerlady
    July 7th, 2016 @ 5:59 pm

    He’s make a hell of a feminist.

  12. NeoWayland
    July 7th, 2016 @ 6:00 pm


    I know the type. I’ve never had quite the issues you have, but I have had experiences.

    They only acknowledge the system so they can exploit it against other people.

    I know it’s not very libertarian of me, but there are times that I think certain people should have their heads thumped.

  13. Mm
    July 7th, 2016 @ 6:13 pm

    It’s entirely predictable, RSM.
    1. Always lie
    2. Always double down.
    3. Always project.
    The survival guide:

  14. Zilla of the Resistance
    July 7th, 2016 @ 7:33 pm

    Does Mr. Mix think it’s cute to refer to you as an “it”? Why, cuz “Stacy” can be a name for a male or a female? Isn’t that sexist? Seems to me like Mix may be, in addition to batshitfuckingcrazy, a gender biased bigot. It doesn’t matter how looneybooboo Mix is, because you can’t out-crazy Crazy Stacy McCain. I would not be at all surprised if it is later revealed that your new “friend” is buddy pals with a certain notorious leprechaun and said leprechaun’s kabal of krazy kooks. They sure seem to all use the same playbook.

  15. Jeanette Victoria ?????????
    July 7th, 2016 @ 7:40 pm

    Mix has been calling me “it” for sometime I assume to get around Twitter searches.

  16. Grace
    July 7th, 2016 @ 7:49 pm

    Thomas Mix will not stop because he is a no-life, obsessed, little punk who believes he must avenge the butthurt that was duly inflicted upon him when he opted to loudly and proudly attempt to excuse/defend the sociopathic behavior of the criminal pervert Kaitlyn Hunt.

    He was rightly called out for his perverted stance by good-and-decent folks who believe, unlike Mix, that protecting children is important.

    He’s one of those speshul, speshul snowflakes who truly believes his little fee-fees should never be allowed to be hurt — and he, too, believes that he should be able to act like a stalking, harassing, abusive jackhole on social media sans others taking notice, calling him out, and holding him accountable.

  17. Pelosi Schmelosi
    July 7th, 2016 @ 8:05 pm

    I read your blog nearly every day.
    While I don’t quite think that makes us “buddies”, if this twisted individual thinks he’s “taking me down”, he’s sorely confused and extremely gutless.
    I don’t respond well to threats…thankfully I don’t have a Twitter account, though there are days/stories like this when I wish I did.

  18. robcrawford2
    July 7th, 2016 @ 8:12 pm

    Reminds me of “It puts the lotion on its skin or else it gets the hose again” — dehumanizing the target in his own mind.

  19. Jeanette Victoria ?????????
    July 7th, 2016 @ 9:35 pm

    To be fair, I believe the “it” remark is directed at me. Mix has been calling me a stalker since 2013. However he has some more choice tweets aimed at Stacy

  20. Rachel
    July 7th, 2016 @ 10:10 pm

    RSM, is my memory wrong or was not the Nicole Bonnett twitter account involved in the Weiner debacle?

  21. 0Zen
    July 8th, 2016 @ 12:44 am

    Mix’s latest threat coupled with his previous remarks shows that he does at least harbor the idea of causing Stacy McCain harm. Mix’s violent tweets toward politicans he doesn’t like goes to show that he probably has a volatile nature which further proves the point. It also would not surprise me that Mix is frequently medicated.This would explain some of his incoherent tweeting and threatening behavior. With that said, a phrase from a Popehat post comes to mind ” disturbed freak, a twisted personification of narcissistic fury.”

  22. Quartermaster
    July 8th, 2016 @ 6:58 am

    Frankly, any lawyer that took his case should be disbarred for incompetence.

  23. Quartermaster
    July 8th, 2016 @ 7:00 am

    The only real problem is that he might like the abuse and ask for more.

  24. Quartermaster
    July 8th, 2016 @ 7:04 am

    It’s at least their attempt at one.

  25. Jeanette Victoria ?????????
    July 8th, 2016 @ 7:20 am

    I agree, Mix’s lawyer is doing his a severe disservice. It is almost criminal. His pleadings are rote and canned and embarrassing bad and even I as a non lawyer (but as someone who has done research for military lawyers) can do better.

    FYI in FL a client can sue his lawyer if the lawyer took his case will full knowledge that case had no merit and could never be won.

  26. Jeanette Victoria ?????????
    July 8th, 2016 @ 7:34 am

    You are going to be shocked but I feel sorry for Mix he is being manipulated to do this by pseudonymous troll @NicoleBonnet1 who is WAY smarter than him. Mix is clearly not very bright an in my opinion he is borderline normal intellectually and has some sort of mental illness. What his lawyer is doing is almost criminal.

    Look how easily @NicoleBonnet1 got Mix worked up. What she posted was a lie, I had not liked the Vero Beach page and never been to it. And what if I had? That is not “stalking” in anyone’s book.

  27. Jeanette Victoria ?????????
    July 8th, 2016 @ 8:49 am

    You know it would better if Mix repented and found the peace that he so clearly needs in the Lord.

  28. Paul Krendler
    July 8th, 2016 @ 11:20 am

    Wait, wait, wait…

    Thomas Mix seems poised to try to…

    out-crazy Stacy McCain?

    Time to dip into the emergency popcorn stash!

  29. DeadMessenger
    July 8th, 2016 @ 7:36 pm

    Oooo, burn! Wonder how long it took him to come up with that?

  30. DeadMessenger
    July 8th, 2016 @ 7:38 pm

    I wanted to reply, but decided that this comment can stand on its own.

  31. Jeanette Victoria ?????????
    July 9th, 2016 @ 2:53 pm
  32. DeadMessenger
    July 9th, 2016 @ 3:38 pm

    I’m shocked. Shocked, I tell you!*

    * No, I’m not at all shocked.

  33. Jeanette Victoria ?????????
    July 14th, 2016 @ 2:39 pm

    Apparently this is the best thing EVAH that has happened to Mix he gets to pretend he’s a victim because someone wrote the TRUTH about him.