The Brett Kimberlin saga is both distressing and depressing, in that he has targeted a number of conservative bloggers who have spoken out against him. Kimberlin is a felon who was sentenced to 50 years in prison for setting eight bombs in Speedway, Indiana in 1978, costing one man his leg and later his life (the man committed suicide due to the pain and depression resulting from Kimberlin's bomb).
To get a handle on this story, start with Patterico's Pontifications, here: Convicted Bomber Brett Kimberlin, Neal Rauhauser, Ron Brynaert, and Their Campaign of Political Terrorism.
There is a growing opposition to Kimberlin and his pals, going as high as Michelle Malkin, a Fox News Analyst and very high profile blogger. A legal fund has been set up to provide legal assistance to victims of Kimberlin's vexatious litigation. (Donate here.)
Normally, I wouldn't give two hoots in hell about a criminal turned liberal (the two groups have so much in common). Kimberlin would have been smart to answer criticism with contrite humility, assuring everyone that he has learned from his mistakes, and is now on a lifelong quest to bring peace, harmony and love to the world. Of course, he would have been lying through his teeth, but it would have defused the opposition and kept his sordid past somewhat under the radar.
However, a chief characteristic of ardent "progressives" is irrational anger and a desire for revenge. Like suicide bombers, they will gladly destroy themselves in order to punish their enemies.
Brett Kimberlin should have tiptoed past the sleeping bear. What he did instead was to smack the sleeping bear in the nose. Okay, a few hundred sleeping bears, and they are angry and hungry for Kimberlin's hide.
That's a metaphor, Brett, not an actual description. It means that you have single-handedly created an army of ardent, motivated enemies who will seek retribution, who will organize, fund-raise, obtain legal and congressional representation. What they will do, I surmise, is give you some legal action of your own...as a defendant...and maybe sue your nonprofits too and possibly get your tax exempt status revoked. Find out who the Board of Directors are and sue them. That will really make you popular among the progressive set, I'll wager. Then I suppose they will spread the word about your violent, criminal past far and wide. Maybe they will even get your parole revoked. I don't know for sure, but it seems to me that you have a lot to lose in pressing this fight.
Yes, Brett, you have made yet another bad choice in a lifetime of bad choices. Now you will deal with the aftermath...again. Ever hear of the saying "actions have consequences"?
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