#rsrh Patterico talks about the attempt on his life.

It is, indeed, ‘bone-chilling’ reading.

It’s a phone call that could have gotten me killed.

In this post you will hear that audio clip. You will also read about a months-long campaign of harassment carried out by at least three individuals: Ron Brynaert, Neal Rauhauser, and Brett Kimberlin — much of it directed at critics of Brett Kimberlin. This harassment includes repeated references to critics’ family members, workplace complaints, publication of personal information such as home addresses and pictures of residences, bogus allegations of criminal activity, whisper campaigns, frivolous legal actions, and frivolous State Bar complaints.

And finally, you will hear a comparison of one of those men’s voices to that of the man who made the call that sent police to my home. And you’ll read a declaration from a forensic audio expert comparing those two voices.

Charming people we have out there, huh? – Also: if you want more details about this story, just do the rounds of your favorite right-blogs today. Trust me; you’ll get an eyeful.

[email protected]:’ operative, or nut?

Background: Patterico’s Pontifications and Ace of Spades were blessed, if that’s the right word (it’s not), with an email from ‘Alicia Pain’ that could either be read as a warning to lay off digging in further on the Antony Weiner / Betty / Veronica direct messages story*, or a threat if either continued to do so.  Ace got more out of the author of the email than Patterico did, mostly by responding and using bad language until s/he slipped up and claimed to be working for a client.

Anyway, speaking as a professional, more or less (and for a change)… absent further data, hard to tell.  The email address is throwaway and both Patterico and Ace make their email available but not easily accessible (they’re both Old School), which argues against the ‘random lunatic spouting off’ theory; however, the Internet is full of people who like to make grandiose claims about what they do for a living, what shadowy networks of powerful people they belong to**, and how other people should listen to them when they’re only trying to help.  None of the people really associated with that name on the Internet already seem to be a good fit for either possibility, so I suggest waiting for more info.

Moe Lane

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Michelle Sullivan (of Perpetual Motion Films) tugs on Patterico’s cape.

With utterly predictable – and funny – results. To those rushed for time: Michelle Sullivan (of Perpetual Motion Films) was an associate producer of the recent attempt to whitewash the reputation of the infamous child-rapist Roman Polanski; and she apparently felt the need to engage in ‘anonymous’ comments on Patterico’s site that attacked him personally.

So Patterico went, as they say, to town. I’ll add that the IP is consistent with an LA email; and that all of this certainly looks like an attempt at libel. But I’m not a lawyer. There’s probably a reason why they can’t prosecute Michelle Sullivan (of Perpetual Motion Films) for that.

(Via Jim Treacher’s Twitter)

Moe Lane

Crossposted to RedState.

Patterico to Perez Hilton: Bring it.

He’s responding to Hilton’s attempt to sanitize away his bad behavior towards Carrie PreJean via the use of bogus copyright infringement claims against a YouTube video that featured his comments. Patterico’s response? he’s rehosted the video on his own channel and is now daring Hilton to come after him, too: he’s even ready to contemplate a lawsuit.

Speaking as a supporter of same-sex marriage, my response is: good.  Perez Hilton hurts the SSM cause every time he opens his mouth.  I couldn’t find a worse public spokesman for this debate if I tried for a week.  More to the point, he’s guilty of precisely the same kind of bigotry that he accused Ms. PreJean of having, and I’d like him to go back doing… whatever it is that he does.  If he really wants to help, he needs to SHUT UP and APOLOGIZE.

Crossposted to RedState.

Just a reminder: Democrats wanted Bush to fail in 2006.

Links via Hot Air. Here’s the first question, exactly as it was offered:

Contra Ed, though, the Sister Toldja post actually indicates that a bare majority of Democrats were pro-victory in 2007. Which is nothing to be proud of, considering that we were right and they were wrong, but expect the shouting to start over that. Besides, it’ll keep them from admitting to this:

21. Do you think most Democrats want the Iraq plan President Bush announced last week to succeed and lead to a stable Iraq or do they want it to fail and for him to have to withdraw U.S. troops in defeat?
SCALE: 1. Most Democrats want Bush plan to succeed 2. Most Democrats want Bush
plan to fail 3. (Some want one thing, some another) 4. (Don’t know)
(Some one,
Success Failure some another) (DK)
16-17 Jan 07 32% 48 8 11
Democrats 42% 38 7 12
Republicans 21% 67 7 5
Independents 30% 42 11 17

…translation: even the Democrats were at best evenly divided over whether their party wanted Bush to succeed. The rest of the country was under no such illusions.

Crossposted at RedState.

Murdoch rumored to be after the New York Times.

He might settle for the LA Times, though.

(Via Patterico) Not at all likely, but definitely funny:

Murdoch on the prowl for print sales

NEW YORK — Rupert Murdoch’s counterintuitive quest to invest in print media helped drive away longtime lieutenant Peter Chernin.

And now that Chernin can’t intercede, does Murdoch want to follow News Corp.’s $5 billion buyout of Dow Jones by gobbling up the struggling New York Times Co.?

The answer appears to be yes, as impossible as present economic conditions make it for most deals of any kind to get done.

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