Bloggers protest bizarre court ruling in Walker case, SWATting

posted at 8:41 am on June 8, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

Today, a number of bloggers will observe a day of silence to protest the strange and unconstitutional ruling by a Maryland court that had Aaron Walker arrested for, essentially, writing about someone — in a non-threatening manner.  The court imposed a restraining order based on how others reacted to Walker’s posts, a clear violation of the First Amendment and existing precedent, and then threw him in jail for refusing to comply with that order.  Eugene Volokh wrote a dispassionate review of those events a little over a week ago, and agreed to consult on Walker’s appeal pro bono this week.

Ace proposed the protest:

The only post on Friday will be a bold-faced Open Letter to Congress, urging them to act and not attempt to pass the buck to others.

They are our representatives; we would like some representation.

They vowed to defend and protect the Constitution; they can honor that vow now.

I will post links of Congressmen’s and Senator’s email addresses and offices and phone numbers, and urge every concerned American citizen to let them know, in no uncertain terms, that a crime in progress against the First Amendment (and people’s safety) is occurring, and we humbly request they take this seriously.

They are literally going to get someone killed. That is their endgame here.

The Boss Emeritus concurs:

 In honor of the National Day of Blogger Silence called byAce of Spades, this blog is going dark. But far from shutting up, I’ll be spending the day calling, e-mailing, and tweeting members of Congress, GOP leaders, journalists, and influencers to ask them what they are doing to defend the First Amendment rights of bloggers. This is a day of action, not inaction. Below my column, I’ll list some contact info for elected officials who need to hear from you. …

On Wednesday, U.S. Senator Saxby Chambliss (R-GA) bravely stepped forward to press this vital issue. In a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder, Sen. Chambliss decried the “harassing and frightening actions” of Internet menaces who have recently gone after several conservative new media citizen journalists and activists. (VIDEO here.)

GOP Rep. Ken Marchant of Texas also added his voice, telling Holder in a statement that he is “very afraid of the potential chilling effects that these reported actions may have in silencing individuals who would otherwise be inclined to exercise their Constitutional right to free speech.” And the American Center for Law and Justice, a leading conservative free speech public interest law firm, announced it was providing legal representation to the National Bloggers Club – a new media association that has provided support and raised funds for targets of this coordinated harassment. (Full disclosure: I volunteer on the National Bloggers’ Club board of directors.)

The ACLJ described the importance of the case very simply: “Free speech is under attack.”

Sen. Chambliss and Rep. Marchant called specific attention to one terrifying tactic against these bloggers: SWAT-ting. These hoaxes occur “when a perpetrator contacts local police to report a violent incident at a target’s home.” Callers disguise their true identities and locations in order to provoke a potentially deadly SWAT/police response descending upon the targets’ homes.

As online conservatives and now ABC News have reported, recent SWAT-ting victims include New Jersey-based Mike Stack, a blogger and Twitter user targeted last summer after helping to expose disgraced former N.Y. Democratic Rep. Anthony Weiner’s shady social media activities; California blogger Patrick Frey, a deputy district attorney at Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office who recently posted a bone-chilling account and audio of his summer 2011 SWATting at his blog, Patterico.com; and CNN Contributor and RedState.com managing editor Erick Erickson, whose Georgia home was targeted by a faker claiming an “accidental shooting” there late last month.

At some point, there will probably be links to other blogs joining the protest; I’ll add them as I see them.   Instapundit and Hot Air will be conducting business as usual, but we hope to drive some traffic to the protests, too.  Those include:


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If he would have been liberal?

KOOLAID2 on June 8, 2012 at 8:44 AM

You know when the National Guard would be called out!

KOOLAID2 on June 8, 2012 at 8:45 AM

The judge who jailed Walker makes one of the best cases (along with prosecutrix Angela Corey) to bring back tar and feathering of corrupt public officials.

wildcat72 on June 8, 2012 at 8:47 AM

Not in a cypher sense…but didn’t the Nazi Party start out like this?

KOOLAID2 on June 8, 2012 at 8:47 AM

Not in a cypher sense…but didn’t the Nazi Party start out like this?

KOOLAID2 on June 8, 2012 at 8:47 AM

Yes. They rose to power by exploiting the bad economy and by terrorizing their “enemies”.

Although in this case it’s the democrats who own the bad economy…

wildcat72 on June 8, 2012 at 8:49 AM

Tweet for free speech. This is not a partisan issue. Aaron Walker came into the crossfire of Mr. Kimberlin by trying to assist a leftwing blogger who was the object of Mr. Kimberlin’s lawfare tactics.

kringeesmom on June 8, 2012 at 8:50 AM

Once the right to free speech is re-established, the ball of yarn will be unraveled quickly. Sunlight. Disinfectant.

a capella on June 8, 2012 at 8:51 AM

Wait till the golf ball sized drones start “gathering intelligence” on Americans on a regular basis.

At that point you’ll have more to worry about than Free Speech.

Oh wait, what was that….it just buzzed by.

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2012/jun/7/big-brothers-all-seeing-eye/

Having Americans, like Granny and the handicapped, and little girls with stuffed teddy bears being groped in airports is just to get Americans used to the coming era…….when we look back and remember what Free Speech was like, and when agencies like the TSA didn’t grope our young and bloggers could write without fear.

God help us.

PappyD61 on June 8, 2012 at 8:53 AM

Sinister lefties want to silence them and they protest . . . by remaining silent?

Silly.

KrebsCyclist on June 8, 2012 at 8:54 AM

God help us.

PappyD61 on June 8, 2012 at 8:53 AM

He will if we will call upon His name.

tom daschle concerned on June 8, 2012 at 8:54 AM

The court imposed a restraining order based on how others reacted to Walker’s posts, a clear violation of the First Amendment and existing precedent, and then threw him in jail for refusing to comply with that order.

This is bullsh!t.

ted c on June 8, 2012 at 8:55 AM

The Montgomery County judge must have gone to skipped the same law classes as Obama…

When the First Amendment goes down, at least we’ll still have the Second Amendment.

coldwarrior on June 8, 2012 at 8:55 AM

Disagree with the tactic.

To fight against those who would restrict free speech you need more speech not a day of silence.

I will not be silenced!

patch on June 8, 2012 at 8:56 AM

This is the perfect case for the ACLU, right?

Oh, wait, they only defend LIBERAL speech. Surely this guy is represented by someone and they are appealing this, right? I am astonished that this happened.

karenhasfreedom on June 8, 2012 at 8:59 AM

Not in a cypher sense…but didn’t the Nazi Party start out like this?

KOOLAID2 on June 8, 2012 at 8:47 AM

…..and didn’t they burn down their own Reichstag?

We forget America is the exception to the rule of tyranny against mankind, a light in the darkness of human history.

For thousands of years Empires have sought land and wealth and been filled with conquestlust. America is unique and unlike any other, because we didn’t want to build an Empire, but we must have those in leadership that understand and preach the goodness of America and it’s citizens, and not have been members of the Socialist party or dyed in the wool Progressives that believe in their hearts that people are just animals with two legs and self-awareness. We have had generational dependency and citizen inabilities preached to us (since FDR), and we’re reaping it’s benefits.

November 6th and primaries before then are our chance to right the ship. Let us not fail to do that. Mankind is waiting on our decision.

PappyD61 on June 8, 2012 at 8:59 AM

Looks like Day By Day has gone blank too.

atxcowgirl on June 8, 2012 at 9:05 AM

Today, a number of bloggers will observe a day of silence to protest the strange and unconstitutional ruling by a Maryland court that had Aaron Walker arrested for, essentially, writing about someone — in a non-threatening manner.

I disagree with this protest… everyone should do an absurd ammount of blogging today. Post something up every 5 minutes or so… and talk about every topic imaginable.

ninjapirate on June 8, 2012 at 9:05 AM

*amount

ninjapirate on June 8, 2012 at 9:06 AM

The court imposed a restraining order based on how others reacted to Walker’s posts, a clear violation of the First Amendment and existing precedent, and then threw him in jail for refusing to comply with that order.

This is bullsh!t.

ted c on June 8, 2012 at 8:55 AM

There needs to be SERIOUS reform of the judiciary and prosecutor’s offices. Both have enormous unchecked power because it was presumed that HONORABLE people would be judges and prosecutors.

Judges should not be able to imprison people for contempt just on their word alone. Prosecutors shouldn’t be allowed to charge people with felonies using one sided flawed affidavits consisting of lies and half truths. Grand jury proceedings need to be open and represent both sides. As long as people like this clown in Maryland are judges, and hacks like Mike Nifong and Angela Corey are prosecutors, they CANNOT be presumed honorable.

wildcat72 on June 8, 2012 at 9:06 AM

I tell you Maryland plain sucks.

And so does that villain, Holder.

Totally corrupt!

Sherman1864 on June 8, 2012 at 9:08 AM

Sorry, but these stunts are getting old. If you do it too often, they just seem like “oh wtf are they protesting now?” How the hell does going silent for a day help anything?

Ace is a rank self-promoter. I notice how everyone talking about this mentions how he thought it up (wow, what a brainstorm). I think this is as much about him as it is about the event.

The whole thing is stupid. Congress isn’t going to intervene just to protect _conservative_ bloggers. Anything they might do is going to be restrictive and vindictive and could well backfire as any aggressive investigation into internet “misconduct” could be directed at conservatives as well as leftists.

Frankly, while I don’t condone Kimberlin (who seems to be the instigator in all this) harassing people. the focus on the guy _does_ smack of harassment. Both sides have been extreme here. This ‘day of silence’ is just childish peevishness. Grow up.

babygiraffe on June 8, 2012 at 9:08 AM

This is the perfect case for the ACLU, right?

Oh, wait, they only defend LIBERAL speech. Surely this guy is represented by someone and they are appealing this, right? I am astonished that this happened.

karenhasfreedom on June 8, 2012 at 8:59 AM

The Antiamerican Communist Liberal Union is probably aiding convicted terrorist bomber Kimberlin.

wildcat72 on June 8, 2012 at 9:09 AM

It’s not just bloggers having their first amendment rights taken away. Obama Brownshirts Chicago Police are telling the local NBC news media that their first amendment rights can be terminated as well.

CTSherman on June 8, 2012 at 9:11 AM

Sinister lefties want to silence them and they protest . . . by remaining silent?

Silly.

KrebsCyclist on June 8, 2012 at 8:54 AM

That was my first thought also. But they did have the “everybody blog about #BrettKimberlin” day 2 weeks ago after which several more bloggers came under attack.

IIRC that was when Erick Erickson got SWATted. At least today they are asking their readers to take action by contacting their Congress critters.

Flora Duh on June 8, 2012 at 9:12 AM

Oh, wait, they only defend LIBERAL speech. Surely this guy is represented by someone and they are appealing this, right? I am astonished that this happened.

karenhasfreedom on June 8, 2012 at 8:59 AM

Here.

a capella on June 8, 2012 at 9:12 AM

I don’t understand the silence…fight attacks on free speech by more speech not silence.

d1carter on June 8, 2012 at 9:12 AM

It’s not just bloggers having their first amendment rights taken away. Obama Brownshirts Chicago Police are telling the local NBC news media that their first amendment rights can be terminated as well.

CTSherman on June 8, 2012 at 9:11 AM

That’s what the second amendment is for, to protect the first amendment and the rest of the Constitution.

wildcat72 on June 8, 2012 at 9:13 AM

The more attention the better. Thank you Ed for posting this!

Mr. Joe on June 8, 2012 at 9:15 AM

wildcat72 on June 8, 2012 at 9:13 AM

You’re darn tootin’. Problem is in cities like Chicago and New York, they want to limit that right as well.

CTSherman on June 8, 2012 at 9:16 AM

wildcat72 on June 8, 2012 at 9:13 AM

You’re darn tootin’. Problem is in cities like Chicago and New York, they want to limit that right as well.

CTSherman on June 8, 2012 at 9:16 AM

Our Constitution and Declaration of Independence are unique amongst all such documents because they establish these principles:

1. All rights are endowed upon us by God (and thus can’t be taken away by men).
2. The DEFAULT position is that the power rests with the People and not the State, unless explicitly indicated.

No union thug Chicago cop can take ANYONE’s right to free speech away. Nor can any tin-plate judge in Maryland. Neither can Obama, though he does seem to consider “Himself” to be some sort of god…

wildcat72 on June 8, 2012 at 9:22 AM

Protest of silence?! What kind of ass-headed idiocy is that? No wonder the so-called progressive walk all over the conservative with utmost impunity. They are despicable, immoral, and abhorrent but their methods work, so start learning to use them.

This judge is obviously either deeply politicized, totally without scruples, in the prime of his senility, or all of the above. Therefore, his past should have plenty of juicy bits that the bloggers and their audience should have fun with. Publish everything that can be legally published. Give him the vetting that would make your proctologist proud. Saturate the discourse with details of his personal life, quirks, and past mistakes. Then, and only then, the next retarded douchebag in a black robe may think twice before messing with the still-free part of the press.

Rule #3: “Whenever possible, go outside the expertise of the enemy.”
Rule #5: “Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon.”
Rule #6: “A good tactic is one your people enjoy.”
Rule #13: “Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it.”

Archivarix on June 8, 2012 at 9:24 AM

wildcat72 on June 8, 2012 at 9:22 AM

I agree with you whole heatedly, but it doesn’t stop the thugs from trying to limit those rights.

CTSherman on June 8, 2012 at 9:26 AM

From Twitchy.

The National Day of Blogger Silence isn’t about less speech; it’s about more speech, more action, and more focus on this vicious assault on First Amendment rights. This isn’t a silly, inconsequential blogger spat. Lives have been endangered and it will only get worse unless Congress takes action to stop the thuggery of K*mberlin and his supporters.

Flora Duh on June 8, 2012 at 9:29 AM

Nothing posted on Ace’s blog.

ctmom on June 8, 2012 at 9:31 AM

wildcat72 on June 8, 2012 at 9:22 AM

I agree with you whole heatedly, but it doesn’t stop the thugs from trying to limit those rights.

CTSherman on June 8, 2012 at 9:26 AM

There needs to be criminal penalties and prosecution of police officers and other government workers (including judges) who violate the Constitutional rights of citizens.

Uniformed servicemen can be prosecuted under the UCMJ for obeying an unlawful order. Police should be similarly obliged to disobey unlawful orders as well.

wildcat72 on June 8, 2012 at 9:33 AM

I have a different opinion than Ace or Michelle Malkin on this who silence idea. To Blog, or not to Blog. That is the question.

SWalker on June 8, 2012 at 9:33 AM

Nothing posted on Ace’s blog.

ctmom on June 8, 2012 at 9:31 AM

And nothing will be, as per Ace’s promise.

Protest of silence?! What kind of ass-headed idiocy is that? No wonder the so-called progressive walk all over the conservative with utmost impunity. They are despicable, immoral, and abhorrent but their methods work, so start learning to use them.

This judge is obviously either deeply politicized, totally without scruples, in the prime of his senility, or all of the above. Therefore, his past should have plenty of juicy bits that the bloggers and their audience should have fun with. Publish everything that can be legally published. Give him the vetting that would make your proctologist proud. Saturate the discourse with details of his personal life, quirks, and past mistakes. Then, and only then, the next retarded douchebag in a black robe may think twice before messing with the still-free part of the press.

Rule #3: “Whenever possible, go outside the expertise of the enemy.”
Rule #5: “Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon.”
Rule #6: “A good tactic is one your people enjoy.”
Rule #13: “Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it.”

Archivarix on June 8, 2012 at 9:24 AM

Did you miss the part where they tried that? And got SWATted? And thrown in jail? Lives are literally at stake here. And I’m not talking about just destroying lives, I’m talking about taking lives and using government institutions (police forces and/or SWAT teams) to do it. The worst thing the Left is doing to the culture is desensitizing us to the seriousness of their crimes.

gryphon202 on June 8, 2012 at 9:35 AM

Freaggin Progressive/Socialist Goon Troopers!
(sarc)

canopfor on June 8, 2012 at 9:37 AM

KOOLAID2 on June 8, 2012 at 8:44 AM

Conservatives believe in free speech. Period. Full Stop. End Of Story.

Liberals believe in free speech, with qualifiers.

BigGator5 on June 8, 2012 at 9:55 AM

It is not like bloggers are ging along with efforts to shut them up if they observe a single day of silence during which other actions are encouraged. I think the point is more to get the attention of conservatives who visit the blogs than of the MSM etc. Ace is creative he will think of lots of different things to do which is good.

cheetah2 on June 8, 2012 at 9:55 AM

OT: BHO to hold presser at 10:15 am to tell us how he needs four more years…

d1carter on June 8, 2012 at 9:57 AM

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Kenosha Kid on June 8, 2012 at 9:59 AM

Hey, it’s Maryland. Montgomery County, Maryland, to be exact. Now you see what I have to live with.

Attila (Pillage Idiot) on June 8, 2012 at 10:00 AM

Conservatives believe in free speech. Period. Full Stop. End Of Story.

Liberals believe in free speech, with qualifiers.

BigGator5 on June 8, 2012 at 9:55 AM

Libs believe in the kind of “free speech” that’s even allowed in Cuba. You are allowed to praise the Regime in public anywhere.

wildcat72 on June 8, 2012 at 10:00 AM

Hey, it’s Maryland. Montgomery County, Maryland, to be exact. Now you see what I have to live with.

Attila (Pillage Idiot) on June 8, 2012 at 10:00 AM

Isn’t that where Chief Moose was from?

(ie: in the Beltway sniper case)

wildcat72 on June 8, 2012 at 10:01 AM

I can’t believe what this country is coming too. Reagan would have never called domestic terrorist Brett Kimberlin a domestic terrorist you wingnuts.

NotCoach on June 8, 2012 at 10:01 AM

gryphon202 on June 8, 2012 at 9:48 AM

Point taken, although I don’t think that’s a fair read of my comment opposing the law enforcement community’s tolerance of and participation in a concerted terrorist effort against free speech. Sort of ironic.

Clarification: Swatting is terrorism and bad and uses the worst abuses of both the leftist judiciary and the police to endanger and silence citizens.

Jaibones on June 8, 2012 at 10:09 AM

On Wednesday, U.S. Senator Saxby Chambliss (R-GA) bravely stepped forward to press this vital issue. In a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder, Sen. Chambliss decried the “harassing and frightening actions” of Internet menaces who have recently gone after several conservative new media citizen journalists and activists.

What the f*ck for? All he’s gonna do is have it framed and hang it on the wall in his trophy room next to a couple of F&F photos. Scrue the Feds, they’re part of the problem.

antipc on June 8, 2012 at 10:13 AM

I listened to the audio of the entire hearing. Honestly, the judge doesn’t seem corrupt or agenda driven. But it’s obvious that he is excessively clueless about google, twitter, email, and the internet as a whole – to the point that he shouldn’t be allowed to hear cases anymore (too many cases have some sort of internet issues).

And his cluelessness about Brandenburg v Ohio is inexcusable for a judge that is claiming that certain actions are incitement.

Overall, this judge has probably always been incompetent.

blink on June 8, 2012 at 10:01 AM

That’s still not a valid excuse. The judge is OBLIGED to not be ignorant of any issue that comes before him or he’s committing malfeasance in attempting to HEAR it.

Any judge who doesn’t keep up with the times shouldn’t be a judge anymore.

wildcat72 on June 8, 2012 at 10:15 AM

Forgot to add: malfeasance in office IS corruption.

wildcat72 on June 8, 2012 at 10:16 AM

I am among those not blogging today in protest.

But I don’t mind Hot Air continuing to blog. What will I read if you don’t? ;) And I appreciate your support.

WannabeAnglican on June 8, 2012 at 10:16 AM

The Definitive Blog Posts About Convicted Felon, Brett Kimberlin – I

Summary/Preview of my Post “How Brett Kimberlin Tried to Frame Me for a Crime (And How You Can Help!)”

http://allergic2bull.blogspot.com/2012/05/summarypreview-of-my-post-how-brett.html

Resist We Much on June 8, 2012 at 10:20 AM

It’s not just bloggers having their first amendment rights taken away. Obama Brownshirts Chicago Police are telling the local NBC news media that their first amendment rights can be terminated as well.

CTSherman on June 8, 2012 at 9:11 AM

This is from Ed yesterday…

While we’re on the subject of reporting on Department of Labor numbers, many readers may be unaware that the DoL has changed its rules. From now on, the government agency will forbid media outlets from bringing their own computers to the BLS “lockups” where the data is under embargo, due to concerns over market vulnerability. Instead, the government will force them to use the BLS’ own computer systems to report on government data, which raises all sorts of questions about government intrusion on free speech and the free press:

KOOLAID2 on June 8, 2012 at 10:20 AM

Attila (Pillage Idiot) on June 8, 2012 at 10:00 AM

Fool. I was born and raised there and got out as soon as I could; I go back once a year to visit my parents (whom I just about have convinced to clear out as well)…

affenhauer on June 8, 2012 at 10:26 AM

The court imposed a restraining order based on how others reacted to Walker’s posts, a clear violation of the First Amendment and existing precedent, and then threw him in jail for refusing to comply with that order.

Why in the world would the judge do that? Is Kimerlin Muslim?

sockpuppetpolitic on June 8, 2012 at 10:27 AM

…And I’m not talking about just destroying lives, I’m talking about taking lives and using government institutions (police forces and/or SWAT teams) to do it…

gryphon202 on June 8, 2012 at 9:35 AM

A couple of weeks ago, as I’ve mentioned on other sites, someone “spoofed” the main phone number of the pro-life ministry at which I help out.

The local “911″ agency received the spoofed call; although it was just a hang-up call — no words — two police officers were sent to investigate.

I arrived at the ministry’s front door at the same time those cops did, and was able to let them in so they could look around and see that everything was okay.

The next time, the spoofer might make a threatening comment, or who knows what.

A few days earlier, someone spoofed that same phone number and sent about 900 text messages a nice man on the other side of the country. He phoned us to ask why were were sending him the name of the ministry over and over again.

If people will do this kind of thing to a four-person, storefront ministry, what might they do to more prominent targets?

I guess we’re finding out.

KyMouse on June 8, 2012 at 10:27 AM

d1carter on June 8, 2012 at 9:57 AM

Late again. It must be hard to get away from that joystick.

CTSherman on June 8, 2012 at 10:28 AM

History of Democracies:

bondage -> Spiritual Faith -> Courage -> Liberty -> Abundance -> Complacency -> Apathy -> Dependence -> BONDAGE

Free Aaron Walker!

Political Correctness is the for close minded progressive liberals.

kirkill on June 8, 2012 at 10:32 AM

Isn’t that where Chief Moose was from?

(ie: in the Beltway sniper case)

wildcat72 on June 8, 2012 at 10:01 AM

Yes, you got that right.

We also used to have Doug Gansler as our local prosecutor. He was so incompetent that he eventually was elected Maryland Attorney General.

I wrote about him in 2005.

Attila (Pillage Idiot) on June 8, 2012 at 10:34 AM

Fool. I was born and raised there and got out as soon as I could; I go back once a year to visit my parents (whom I just about have convinced to clear out as well)…

affenhauer on June 8, 2012 at 10:26 AM

I have my reasons for staying. Where did you live?

Attila (Pillage Idiot) on June 8, 2012 at 10:36 AM

Sort of weird to protest for First Amendment rights by being silent.

I don’t think silence is going to get anyone’s attention.

Speaking loudly is the answer.

ButterflyDragon on June 8, 2012 at 10:38 AM

Attila (Pillage Idiot) on June 8, 2012 at 10:36 AM

I could walk to the Shady Grove Metro station from my house – went to Magruder HS…

affenhauer on June 8, 2012 at 10:40 AM

I agree with those who think silence is an inappropriate response to these crude attempts at intimidation. You still have the right to free speech, bloggers! Use it! Let us start with a continuously loud, frank, and open denunciation of our opinions of the tactics and character of young Adolf Kimberlin and his allies and supporters.

Scriptor on June 8, 2012 at 10:56 AM

Frankly, while I don’t condone Kimberlin (who seems to be the instigator in all this) harassing people. the focus on the guy _does_ smack of harassment. Both sides have been extreme here.

babygiraffe on June 8, 2012 at 9:08 AM

Perhaps you’d feel differently if you lost your job or were almost killed because you blogged about Kimberlin being a conficted bomber and he didn’t like it. Kimberlin and his associates make it their business to completely destroy anyone who dares mention he’s a convicted bobmer.

You seem painfully ignorant of the facts here.

Start with this.

BadgerHawk on June 8, 2012 at 10:57 AM

Test.

BadgerHawk on June 8, 2012 at 10:59 AM

SILENCE is stupid! That’s exactly what they want!

GarandFan on June 8, 2012 at 11:01 AM

Blog silence and willingness to be intimidated by B.K. is not the way to go, folks. That’s what they want.

Scriptor on June 8, 2012 at 11:02 AM

Protest of silence?! What kind of ass-headed idiocy is that?

Exactly! A day of silence sounds like the whiny, touchy-feely nonsense I would expect from left-wingers who chain themselves to railings in state capitol buildings. I wonder whether Malkin, Ace, and the rest think Kimberlin is bothered more by another day where they all blog about him–or by a day where they all foolishly pretend that giving him the silence he wants is somehow a sign of strength.

Farragut Jones on June 8, 2012 at 11:08 AM

Thanks for greatly undermining the effectiveness of the protest, Hot Air.

/sarc

You could have made a huge difference.

Mitchell Heisman on June 8, 2012 at 11:21 AM

Blog silence and willingness to be intimidated by B.K. is not the way to go, folks. That’s what they want.

Scriptor on June 8, 2012 at 11:02 AM

It isn’t total silence. It’s a day of calling for the authorities to investigate.

Mitchell Heisman on June 8, 2012 at 11:22 AM

Also to shut of the media’s access to conservative blogs — the big ones are read by them to look for ideas for stories — for a day, and so attract (force) the media’s attention.

Hot Air could have made a real difference here.

Mitchell Heisman on June 8, 2012 at 11:23 AM

Weird protest. Seems like the best way to protest threats to free speech is tons and tons of speech that will be found disagreeable by those making the threats. Why not Blog about Brett Kimberlin Month?

stvnscott on June 8, 2012 at 11:30 AM

Also to shut of the media’s access to conservative blogs — the big ones are read by them to look for ideas for stories — for a day, and so attract (force) the media’s attention.

Mitchell Heisman on June 8, 2012 at 11:23 AM

Unfortunately, it’s more accurate to say that the media looks to Media Matters and other left-wing blogs for story ideas. If it were otherwise, there wouldn’t have been so many blank looks at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner when Kimmel made a crack about Fast & Furious.

Farragut Jones on June 8, 2012 at 11:37 AM

Almost as effective as “A Day Without A Gay”

Jeddite on June 8, 2012 at 11:51 AM

The court imposed a restraining order based on how others reacted to Walker’s posts,

Another judge that lost his marbles… but would someone haul Jackson and Sharpton in front of him while he’s still presiding. Last time they had a microphone, they incited…shall we say… less than positive reactions/actions as well. No?
Silly protest too. Let’s give them what they want…that’ll show ‘em. (eyeroll)

stvnscott on June 8, 2012 at 11:30 AM

Much better idea.

lynncgb on June 8, 2012 at 12:02 PM

It started with “hate speech” laws. Until the Supreme Court strikes those down, the chilling will continue. Liberals have invented a new right – a right not to be offended. They only apply the right to their identity groups, but it’s real.

In Canada pastors have been locked up for what they said on the pulpit. San Francisco has a resolution against it, but know they can’t legally arrest pastors for speaking against homosexuality, yet.

The left’s beliefs have become a strong, dangerous, cult-like religion to them and they will become ever more fanatical about protecting them from even the most rational arguments, especially if we, please God, get the WH and both houses of Congress again.

PastorJon on June 8, 2012 at 12:07 PM

i’m not going silent but doing what I can in my own small way to let people know
http://www.davemacleod.net/forums/blog/1/entry-111-a-person-that-deserves-research-kimberlin-the-terrorist/

dmacleo on June 8, 2012 at 12:15 PM

stvnscott on June 8, 2012 at 11:30 AM

There was already an ‘everyone blog about Kimberlin’ day.

Today is meant to get the attention of elected officials, who can actually do something regarding his lawfare and harrassment.

BadgerHawk on June 8, 2012 at 12:27 PM

The court imposed a restraining order based on how others reacted to Walker’s posts, a clear violation of the First Amendment and existing precedent, and then threw him in jail for refusing to comply with that order.

Well, no. That isn’t what happened. What did happen was described here on the very day, while law profs and law bloggers ran around in a tizzy and posted nonsense.

It took me two phone calls to get to the bottom of it, one to the clerk’s office, and one to the Sheriff’s department. I did have the advantages of familiarity with the protective order process, and an understanding of how Kimberlin rolls. I posted an explanation of the events and the cause number of the new case Walker was arrested on here. (Also some other places, including Volokh’s blog. Unsurprisingly, the ivory tower guys took several days to get the picture, and some of them still don’t get it.)

What did happen? Kimberlin is a serial filer of pro se petitions for restraining orders, using procedures designed to get a protective order out fast in domestic violence cases. Unfortunately, in order to get those orders out fast, theoretically to protect the (mostly female) victims of domestic violence, the process deteriorates into a rubber stamp procedure lacking in proper review and concern for the rights of the accused.

Kimberlin was on his second restraining order petition. The first had been dismissed. Filing the second got him a temporary protective order, and the hearing for the issuance of a final order was Tuesday, May 29, the first day back to work after a holiday. Over the weekend, Kimberlin went in and filed another complaint, alleging that Walker had violated the temporary order then in effect. Kimberlin knows these proceedings are every bit as abbreviated and lacking in due process as the original petitions, if not worse. Some commissioner who would rather be at the barbeque sees temporary order was issued, the “victim” now says the subject of the restraining order has violated the order, and lickety-split a new warrrant is issued for violating the temporary order.

All this is done without notice to the defendant. Kimberlin of course knows that the warrant has issued, so he just informs the Sheriff that the subject of an active warrant for violating a restraining order will be in court, and the Sheriff obligingly sends deputies over to do their duty after the hearing on the final order is concluded.

Judge Vaughey is apparently an arrogant old fart with delusions of competency, but he didn’t pu Walker in jail. He just made a fool of himself, a travesty of a court proceeding, and issued an unlawful and unconstitutional order. But he didn’t put Walker in jail.

That was all Kimberlin.

novaculus on June 8, 2012 at 12:37 PM

In Canada pastors have been locked up for what they said on the pulpit. San Francisco has a resolution against it, but know they can’t legally arrest pastors for speaking against homosexuality, yet.

The left’s beliefs have become a strong, dangerous, cult-like religion to them and they will become ever more fanatical about protecting them from even the most rational arguments, especially if we, please God, get the WH and both houses of Congress again.

PastorJon on June 8, 2012 at 12:07 PM

Yet it is ok and within the first ammendment right to protest at military funerals and use those vile words and hate speech…. i am not talking about here, in the US…how come those dudes never get arrested and Aaron WAl
Is arrested and thrown in jail for blogging and writing the truth aout a convicted felon…the absurdity of this all is humongous…as for the day of silence,equally as absurd, they should blog the left into oblivion on this matter, not observe a day of silence…the likes of moulitsas are already rejoicing, as you could see from his imbecilic tweets..

jimver on June 8, 2012 at 12:38 PM

Ups,I meant ‘i am talking about here,in the US, not Canada’….

jimver on June 8, 2012 at 12:39 PM

The judge who jailed Walker makes one of the best cases (along with prosecutrix Angela Corey) to bring back tar and feathering of corrupt public officials.

wildcat72 on June 8, 2012 at 8:47 AM

In Vaughey’s case I suspect it’s more about senility than corruption.

slickwillie2001 on June 8, 2012 at 12:43 PM

In Vaughey’s case I suspect it’s more about senility than corruption.

slickwillie2001 on June 8, 2012 at 12:43 PM

Senility and arrogance. He has been on the bench too long, and thinks he has seen it all and therefore knows it all. He can no longer conceive the possibility that there might actually be extraordinary facts and legal issues involved in one of these hearings. Instead, he views it as just another dispute between two peons who can’t get along and are wasting his time and court resources with their squabbles. He knew what he was going to do five minutes into that hearing, and Walker was only aggravating him by arguing his case and providing legal precedent (Supreme Court precedent!) that would have interfered with his decision.

I fault Walker for not arranging to be represented by local counsel, skilled and familiar with those courts and judges. He got railroaded by a con man and a fool in black robes. I don’t think it would have happened if he had been there with a lawyer the judge respected, not that his failure to retain counsel excuses the judge’s injudicious misconduct.

As for the Day of Silence, I think there are better ways to draw attention. Better another day devoted to blogging about Kimberlin’s latest exploits, with a special focus on the idiots like Streisand who have funded the domestic terrorist Kimberlin.

novaculus on June 8, 2012 at 12:58 PM

novaculus on June 8, 2012 at 12:37 PM

Very nice overview.

BadgerHawk on June 8, 2012 at 1:09 PM

As for the Day of Silence, I think there are better ways to draw attention. Better another day devoted to blogging about Kimberlin’s latest exploits, with a special focus on the idiots like Streisand who have funded the domestic terrorist Kimberlin.

novaculus on June 8, 2012 at 12:58 PM

Yes, and as Instapundit noted, they should not be doing this again on a Friday.

slickwillie2001 on June 8, 2012 at 1:32 PM

As for the Day of Silence, I think there are better ways to draw attention. Better another day devoted to blogging about Kimberlin’s latest exploits, with a special focus on the idiots like Streisand who have funded the domestic terrorist Kimberlin.

novaculus on June 8, 2012 at 12:58 PM

Perhaps the day of silence is not directed at regular posters or even infrequent posters but at those who just go read the blogs. The idea that the right to speak (or blog) can be removed in such a careless, lawless and capricious manner should be chilling to everyone. Some folks need to experience what this violation of the 1st Amendment will mean. If that Judge’s order is upheld there won’t be a need for a “Day of Silence”.

Write your congresscritters.

batterup on June 8, 2012 at 1:38 PM

Sorry, but these stunts are getting old. If you do it too often, they just seem like “oh wtf are they protesting now?” How the hell does going silent for a day help anything?
Ace is a rank self-promoter. I notice how everyone talking about this mentions how he thought it up (wow, what a brainstorm). I think this is as much about him as it is about the event.
The whole thing is stupid. Congress isn’t going to intervene just to protect _conservative_ bloggers. Anything they might do is going to be restrictive and vindictive and could well backfire as any aggressive investigation into internet “misconduct” could be directed at conservatives as well as leftists.
Frankly, while I don’t condone Kimberlin (who seems to be the instigator in all this) harassing people. the focus on the guy _does_ smack of harassment. Both sides have been extreme here. This ‘day of silence’ is just childish peevishness. Grow up.

babygiraffe on June 8, 2012 at 9:08 AM

Nice cut and paste from another site, babygiraffe…

Ace is in no way a self-promoter. The idea was to take the day to contact Congress and fight back.

Some in Congress, have become engaged (in case you don’t follow the actual news), and evidently do not even read the post that explains that for which you comment on.

Both sides have been extreme? You truly are a lost soul, or actually advocating for the thuggery of those perpetrating the attacks.

so-notbuyingit on June 8, 2012 at 1:50 PM

There’s just gotta be a legal way to bring these people to uter ruin…

avgjo on June 8, 2012 at 2:01 PM

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