Catherine Engelbrecht, of True the Vote, Testifies to Congress About Being Targeted by Government

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We’ve covered the activities of Catherine Engelbrecht and True the Vote before. They are an organization that exposed voting “irregularities” in various parts of the country.  Here are some links regarding their investigations…

True the Vote, Worked to Prevent or Expose Voter Fraud: Investigated by the IRS, OSHA, FBI, and ATF

Unions Promise to Defend Voter Fraud?

Voter Fraud: Unraveling the Progressive Puzzle

More Pre-election Quick Hits: Just in Case you are Still Undecided

True the Vote: Voter Fraud Revisited

Voter Fraud Alert: ACORN Members Plead Guilty, Funny Business in Texas

Here are some details about the targeting of True the Vote, as well as the harassment of Catherine Engelbrecht, from May of last year…

 Doug Ross (no relation) has the details…

• Valerie Jarrett: ‘After We Win This Election, It’s Our Turn Payback Time’ « :
Openly declared as “Obama’s Brain”, and the figure whose second story West Wing office has been described by political insiders as the true Oval Office of the Obama White House, Valerie Jarrett is letting it be known that if Barack Obama secures election victory next week, there may be, quite literally, hell to pay for those who opposed him… 
…The part that really stuck out to me was when I overheard the rep say that Jarrett told them, “After we win this election, it’s our turn. Payback time. Everyone not with us is against us and they better be ready because we don’t forget. The ones who helped us will be rewarded, the ones who opposed us will get what they deserve. There is going to be hell to pay. Congress won’t be a problem for us this time. No election to worry about after this is over and we have two judges ready to go.” She was talking directly to about three of them. Sr. staff. And she wasn’t trying to be quiet about it at all. And they were all listening and shaking their heads and smiling while she said it.

I think once we see what Doug Ross has regarding True the Vote, we’ll see that Jarrett’s warning has come to fruition…

Such is the story of the non-partisan voter integrity group True the Vote, founded by business owner Catherine Engelbrecht. For the last three years, Engelbrecht and her business have been systematically harassed and intimidated by the Obama administration.

[In] February [2012], True the Vote received a third request for information from the IRS, which also sent its first questionnaire to King Street Patriots. Catherine says the IRS had “hundreds of questions — hundreds and hundreds of questions.” The IRS requested every Facebook post and Tweet she had ever written. She received questions about her family, whether she’d ever run for political office, and which organizations she had spoken to.

“It’s no great secret that the IRS is considered to be one of the more serious [federal agencies],” Catherine says. “When you get a call from the IRS, you don’t take it lightly. So when you’re asked questions that seem to imply a sense of disapproval, it has a very chilling effect.”

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On the same day they received the questions from the IRS, Catherine says, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) launched an unscheduled audit of their machine shop, forcing the Engelbrechts to drop everything planned for that day. Though the Engelbrechts have a Class 7 license, which allows them to make component parts for guns, they do not manufacture firearms. Catherine said that while the ATF had a right to conduct the audit, “it was odd that they did it completely unannounced, and they took five, six hours. . . . It was so extensive. It just felt kind of weird.”

That was in February. In July, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration paid a visit to Engelbrecht Manufacturing while Bryan, Catherine, and their children were out of town. The OSHA inspector talked with the managerial staff and employees, inspecting the premises minutely. But Bryan says the agent found only “little Mickey Mouse stuff, like, ‘You have safety glasses on, but not the right kind; the forklift has a seatbelt, but not the right kind.’” Yet Catherine and Bryan said the OSHA inspector complimented them on their tightly run shop and said she didn’t know why she had been sent to examine it.

Not long after, the tab arrived. OSHA was imposing $25,000 in fines on Engelbrecht Manufacturing. They eventually worked it down to $17,500, and Bryan says they may have tried to contest the fines to drive them even lower, but “we didn’t want to make any more waves, because we don’t know [how much further] OSHA could reach.”

So, it’s pretty clear that True the Vote, as well as Catherine Engelbrecht, was targeted, by not only the IRS, but just about every alphabet agency under the sun.  And, it was a lot more than a “smidgen” of corruption.

Just recently, Catherine Engelbrecht testified before Congress regarding her abuse at the hand of government agencies…

Of course, regressives will lie and say that this didn’t happen.  They’ll say that its all and invention, and there still wasn’t a “smidgen” of corruption anywhere.

H/T:  Chicks on the Right

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#FreeKate Update: Stalkers Refuse to Stop Stalking

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As I have mentioned more times than I can count, I would really love the #FreeKate story to go away.  It’s become like a mosquito, buzzing in my ear, and I’m apparently all out of Off.   But, the #FreeKate supporters, like Thomas Mix, and @NicoleBonnet1, simply will not stop harassing those that have exposed the truth about the Kaitlyn Hunt.   I’m guessing that part of their effort to legalize sex between adults and minors is to punish and silence anyone who chooses to protect young teens from adults.  And, as we have seen in their persecution of Jeanette Runyon, what they cannot find, they will invent.

It was two days prior to Christmas, or Christmas Eve (at this point, I frankly forget), when Jeanette and I decided to stop making any public posts about Kaitlyn Hunt and the stalking #FreeKate supporters.  We wanted to see their reaction to silence.  The result was an impressive escalation of insults, stalking, and hate.  Just like the school-yard bully, the #FreeKate stalkers, when met with a target that refused to play along, decided to turn up the heat in order to regain their sense of control over the situation.

The Other McCain has screenshots and examples, so head over there to see more.

I have four basic points; the first is that these are typical bully tactics, and since bullies are cowards, they are claiming to be calling the FBI and having Child Protective Services investigate critics of Kaitlyn Hunt.  These are typical bully tactics, and should be noted as such.  Bullies attack and attack, and when exposed, claim to be the victim.  Then, they use their claimed victimhood as a justification to engage in even more attacks. After all, as Robert Stacy McCain has so aptly put;

“How dare you describe our efforts to intimidate you into silence!”

This has been a consistent theme.  Quoting them is hateful stalking worthy of a Nuremberg type trial.  However, doxing people, making false police reports, and generally harassing people is perfectly OK, and long as they are doing it. However, the #FreeKate stalkers should be advised that knowingly making false reports to these agencies, particularly the FBI, is illegal, and very ill advised.

My second point is that we are dealing with evil people, and evil people cheat.  These are people that want to make it legal for adults to have sex with minors (under the euphemism of an “exception”). Given that fact, ethical or moral behavior cannot be expected.  They have openly and willfully lied about Jeanette Runyon’s past.  They have openly plotted to use false reports to get Jeanette banned from Twitter, and have attempted the same on Facebook.  They have pretended to stalk her husband (who is a disabled veteran), her church, and community.  Essentially, they have no depths to which they will not go to smear and punish those that have thwarted their efforts to legalize adult minor sex, and have exposed their lies.

And for the third point, I’ll quote Robert Stacy McCain…

Evil never sleeps. Evil is active, shameless and persistent. The assault on virtue and truth continues every minute of every day, and anyone who fails to speak out against evil is thereby an accomplice.

Nothing should alarm the decent law-abiding citizen more than when the advocates of deviant criminality endeavor to silence the voices of their critics, as has happened recently in the case of “Free Kate” freaks getting @Jeanette_Runyon’s Twitter account suspended.

Do not be deceived: There is no safety in timid silence, because once these immoral monsters have silenced the strong and the brave, who will have courage to defend the timid and weak?

That is true.  There are no victims here, only combatants.  We are making a stand for the truth, and protecting children from those that molest them, as well as those that would legally facilitate that molestation.  No amount of lies, threats, fake reports, and stalking will prevent the truth from being told.

And for the fourth; the #FreeKate stalkers claim that we are “obsessed.”  Obsessed with the case, obsessed with them.   Because, apparently, we have nothing better to do with our lives.  But, they took the time (at least by their own claims) to track down people’s identities and locations, in order to (pretend or otherwise) file false claims and reports about us?  And, they did that while we were posting about other things, spending time with our families, and volunteering at our churches.  You know, because we are obsessed!

And once again, Kaitlyn Hunt is being discussed.  Sadly, she is only being discussed because her supporters refuse to stop lying and stalking people.  They are keeping the story going, and then complain when they bring more and more attention to themselves.  If only they would stop; they could move on with their lives.

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Brief #FreeKate Update: Support Honesty Site Updated

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Just a quick note to those of you that are following the #FreeKate story, the site, Support Honesty had a major site update earlier this week.  The owner updated the site with the latest information, including the full conversation in which Kaitlyn Hunt was warned by a member of the Smith family to end the relationship, and in which she acknowledged that the relationship was illegal.  Also in the update is the full supplemental report from Detective Jeremy Shepherd, in which there was no mention of anti-gay bias. 

Support Honesty remains the single best repository of actual facts about the #FreeKate criminal case.  The owner has offered to the Hunts and their legal team the ability  to submit any real evidence that disproves anything on that site.  Actual evidence would then be added to the site.    As of the time of this writing, no contradictory evidence has been offered.

In all honesty, I’d really like this to be the last #FreeKate post.  The only thing that will bring more are actual legal developments in the case, or if the supporters continue to harass truth tellers.

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The Strange Case of the Pretend #Freekate Stalkers

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Alleged Sex Offender Kaitlyn Hunt in Court

It’s been really interesting to observe the #FreeKate supporters that are stalking Jeanette Runyon.  They have been ruthlessly using false reports in getting her banned from Twitter multiple times, yet they continue to do to Jeanette what they claim she does to them.  I covered this a couple months ago.

Here is the most interesting section…

c) Feigning victimhood: in the unlikely event of denial and counter-attack being insufficient, the bully feigns victimhood or feigns persecution by manipulating people through their emotions, especially guilt. This commonly takes the form of bursting into tears, which most people cannot handle.

Variations include indulgent self-pity, feigning indignation, pretending to be “devastated”, claiming they’re the one being bullied or harassed, claiming to be “deeply offended”, melodrama, martyrdom (“If it wasn’t for me…”) and a poor-me drama (“You don’t know how hard it is for me … blah blah blah …” and “I’m the one who always has to…”, “You think you’re having a hard time …”, “I’m the one being bullied…”).

Other tactics include manipulating people’s perceptions to portray themselves as the injured party and the target as the villain of the piece. Or presenting as a false victim. Sometimes the bully will suddenly claim to be suffering “stress” and go off on long-term sick leave, although no-one can quite establish why. Alleged ill-health can also be a useful vehicle for gaining attention and sympathy.

You see, #FreeKate supporters have lied about the case-from day one.  When they were caught lying about almost every aspect of the case, and exposed in their open efforts to legalize sex between adults and minors, they went on to attack the people stating the truth.  Then, when the people stating the truth were not silenced, and exposed the “katers” attempts to silence them, the #FreeKate supporters switched gears again, claiming to be victims themselves.

The Other McCain summarized their reaction well…

How dare you describe my attempts to intimidate you into silence!

And, as we covered back in November, the #FreeKate stalkers are still busy making sure that Jeanette is never allowed to quote them on Twitter again…

gloating over their lies being effective

This is NOT stalking, right?

So, as you can see, they are the tolerant victims of Jeanette’s “hate,” right?

Here is some background…

@JanaEschbach Interviews Smith Family Regarding #FreeKate Revelations, Supporters Still Trying Silence Truth Tellers

#FreeKate Supporters Continue to Lie in Order to Ban Those That Expose Them, Display Anti-Christian Hatred

#FreeKate Update: Supporters Lie to Censor Those That Quote Them-Shutuppery in Action!

In other words, they really don’t want anyone spreading facts about Kaitlyn hunt and the #FreeKate supporters out there.

So, here’s where it get’s curious.  @NicoleBonnet1, a #FreeKate supporter, started to claim that she had gone to Jeanette’s home state to “have people monitor her…”

nicole lie 1nicole lie 1This is NOT stalking, right?

stalking jeanettes congreationThis is NOT stalking, right?

 

nicole lie 4

 

This is NOT stalking, right?

Now, as you can see, she’s stating that she went to North Carolina, and actually met with people that know Jeanette.  However, there is one problem with that…

No one in North Carolina seems to remember meeting her, or him, or whatever she claims to be.

(1) Ondrea Tye_s stalking - Jeanette Victoria Runyon - 2013-11-21_22.19.51Jeanette Victoria Runyon - 2013-11-18_03.32.23

priest calls nicole liarSo then, no one in her church or community has heard of anything that @NicoleBonnet1 has posted.  When the local PD was approached about “monitoring,” or even having heard of this, they laughed.  It’s also interesting to point out that @NicoleBonnet1‘s typo, “applaud,” seems to be the most true thing in any of these screencaps.  The people that have responded are most favorable of Jeanette.

But, they weren’t done there, Jeanette’s husband, a disabled veteran, was also targeted…

tracking hubbyOh, and by the way, no one seems to have received these mythical DVD’s either…

katie harassing hubAccording to Jeanette, her husband was never arrested. 

And, not only have they gone after Jeanette, for exposing their lies, and support for legalizing adult-minor sex, they even went after Jana Eschbach, a reporter for CBS 12 that interviewed the Smiths, and had obtained the same information that we had in our FOIA.

Jana Eschbach (JanaEschbach) on Twitter - 2013-11-27_23.11.11Twitter _ Truebie2013_ @JanaEschbach Maybe they want ... - 2013-12-01_10.11.09Half truths, like Kaitlyn Hunt’s own words?

Thomas (Periabo) on Twitter - 2013-12-16_12.25.35Actually, Thomas Mix is lying. I never communicated with Ms. Eschbach until after her report.  She simply obtained the same legal information that we did.  You know, when one person gets the information from a legal source, and another person get’s the the same information from the same legal source, they will say the exact same thing?  But, we can’t expect Thomas Mix to tell the truth, can we?

In other words, @NicoleBonnet1 is a liar.  And, the other @FreeKate supporters like Thomas Mix, Rachael Carson Zerbe, and others are already confirmed liars, or very foolish for believing @NicoleBonnet1.  But, then again, since they have lied about the case of Kaitlyn Hunt, and openly have the desire to make adult-minor sex legal and safe for sex offenders, I guess you can’t expect too much in terms of moral or ethical behavior.

Thomas Mix has an odd sense of “victory.”

mix reaction to being pointed out.Mr. Mix, there is no meltdown.  We’re not only calm, we’re laughing.  We’re just systematically pointing out to the world that you, and your associates, are liars.  The entire planet is now aware of that.  The internet is forever. All the lies, and the stalking, pretend or otherwise, cannot change that.

Remember this, Thomas Mix, regarding the false claim that Jeanette was a convicted felon?

they don't care if its true

“She must think I care if it’s true or not.”

Yeah, you’re the trusted source of information now, aren’t you Thomas Mix?  You haven’t cared about anything being true or not, have you?

So then, what’s the point of all of this?  There are several.

1.  The #FreeKate supporters, in their efforts to engage in shutuppery, are only drawing more attention to themselves.  They are blissfully unaware of the Streisand Effect.

2.  Since they are engaging in standard liberal intimidation tactics, a Conservative blogger is almost obligated to point it out.  The more these tactics are exposed, the less effective they are.

3.  Since we have exposed Kaitlyn Hunt as a liar, and Kelley Hunt Smith for opposing homosexuality before she was for it, and that Detective Shepherd found no anti-gay bias in his investigation, and that Kaitlyn Hunt used threats to control her victim, the #FreeKate supporters have to smear the woman that filled out the paperwork .  In other words, it’s a rousing game of Accuse the Accusers.  They can’t counter, or disprove a single fact that was included in the FOIA the we acquired regarding Kaitlyn Hunt.  So, they have to lie.  And guess what? They are going to continue lying-because that is what liars do.

4.  They are really poor liars.  And for IRL stalking, they failed miserably.

In the end, the only reason that I’m still covering this story is that the supporters keep lying and stalking people.  Or pretending to stalk people, or something like that.  Their lies and actions are keeping this story alive.  They make themselves newsworthy by harassing others, but then complain when that is pointed out.

And, we’ll be right here to continue displaying it for the world to see.

Oh, and how’s that bullying working out for you?

Note:  The Conservative Hideout and it’s contributors do not recommend contacting any of these people.  I condemn any attempt to harass, “dox,” or otherwise harm another human being.  We deal in truth here, we’ll leave the lies and harassment to the #FreeKate supporters.  That will not, however, prevent us from exposing their lies and bully tactics. 

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Arrest Warrant Issued for Cyber-Troll/Bully Bill Schmalfeldt

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William Hoge has the following image posted today…

schmaldfeldt attIt shows that an arrest warrant has been issued for persistent cyber-troll and bully Bill Schmalfeldt.  The Other McCain has more…

It’s all fun and games until somebody goes to jail.

UPDATE: What I wrote Sunday:

After John Hoge asked the Court to enforce its peace order against deranged cyberstalker Bill Schmalfeldt, the latter decided he had not yet shown sufficient contempt of court, as Hoge explains:

He began tweeting to me within an hour-and-a-half of the judge’s ruling on the 16th, and he’s kept it up. . . .
So how has the Cabin Boy responded? He’s begun tweeting to me at an even greater rate.

Potential penalties are mounting, and why? Most likely because Schmalfeldt believes no judge would actually order him arrested.

It would appear Schmalfeldt has miscalculated. 

He appears to have significantly miscalculated.  Since 2011 (at least), persons, in including Bill Schmalfeldt, thought to be linked to convicted bomber Brett Kimberlin, have been engaging in a campaign of harassment against several bloggers, including John Hoge, of Hogewash.  After being subjected to continuous harassment at the hands of Schmalfeldt, Hoge obtained a Peace Order (roughly equivalent to a restraining order in other states), compelling Schmalfeldt to cease contacting him.  Schmalfeldt persistently disregarded that order. Late last week, Hoge requested that the court enforce the order, prompting Schmalfeldt to double down on the stupid and escalate this contact (as described above).

Of course, if he follows character, Schmalfeldt will claim to be the victim.  Because…

How dare you describe, and attempt to thwart,  my efforts to harass you into silence!

(With apologies to Stacy McCain)

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#FreeKate Supporters Continue to Lie in Order to Ban Those That Expose Them, Display Anti-Christian Hatred

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hypocrite

If you want to see the extent to which people will lie to censor those that have exposed their own public comments, you have to look no farther than a small group of #FreeKate supporters.  You see, they are targeting Jeanette Runyon because she has tirelessly exposed their desire to legalize adult minor sex, as well as the fact that they were admittedly lying about Jeanette being convicted of “human trafficking,”  Both myself and Stacy McCain have covered this…

#FreeKate Update: Supporters Lie to Censor Those That Quote Them-Shutuppery in Action!

Relentless Perversity: #FreeKate Freaks Attempt to Silence Courageous Critics

To Tolerance of Intolerance, and Why Pointing That Out is a ‘Crime’

How Dare You Quote Me, Haters?!’

Well, like most people that lack morals or ethics, they haven’t thought to realize that untold numbers of people across the US and around the world are now aware of their activities, including Twitter Support.  And, they obviously haven’t realized that this runs counter of their efforts to silence Jeanette for pointing out their multitudes of lies and desire to legalize jail bait.  Nope, being would-be internet bullies, they never learn, and do what they know-they double-down on the stupid.  Here are some screen captures, because as well all know, quoting someone’s public statements is  “harassment and stalking,” right?

still reportedng JeanetteQuoting =harassment, proving that they lied, even worse!

Then one, “Katie” Murphy, took the lying to Facebook, because the only solution to being caught lying is to remove the evidence, right?

katie complained about thisBecause her own quotes are, “graphic violence,” right?

katie complained

You see, there are no lengths to which they will go in order to lie.  They want Jeannette to STFU, and they’ll pretty much say anything to make it happen, including harassing her husband, who is a disabled vet, and is not even on social media.

katie harassing hubIf you recall, instead of stating their case, #FreeKate admins dug up “dirt” on the victim’s mother, and the detective investigating the case.  Here, rather than simply stop lying, these supporters are doing the same thing to Jeanette’s husband, who is a retired, disabled veteran.  And, Jeanette has informed me that her husband was never arrested.  So, it is clear that what they cannot find, they will invent.

Here is more…

tracking hubbyWe’ll discuss the DVD’s at a later time, it will be interesting, and fun.   Note the indications that they are going to harass Jeanette’s husband in every potential setting that they can find?  But we’re the stalkers for quoting them, right?

Now, when these people aren’t supporting the effort to legalize jailbait, lying about Jeanette, and their effort to silence her by harassing her retired, disabled veteran husband, they engage in some religious hatred as well.

chrsitians are molesters“In with the molesters?”

Interestingly enough, it is far more statistically likely for a child to be molested in a school  than a church.  Just like the victim of Kaitlyn Hunt!  Make no sudden moves, and allow the irony to sweep over you.  It doesn’t get much more powerful than that.

As usual, we are dealing with people that completely lack morals.  When their public statements are brought to light, they engage in the usual leftist tactics of “digging up dirt,’ and inventing it when they cannot find it.  Then, they proclaim their detractors to be “stalkers,” and  engage in a pattern of lies and harassment against them.  In other words, they engage in projection, doing all the things that they accuse their critics of, and more.

Sadly for them, their ongoing efforts only draw more and more attention to themselves, limiting their effectiveness.

In the end, liars hate the truth, and when confronted with it, they attack those that present that truth.

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#FreeKate Update: Death Threat Against the Smith Family

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One hidden aspect of the #FreeKate case has been the Smith family.  Other than a TV interview early in the summer (which has since been deleted), the Smiths have been silent.  Sources close to the family suggest that they have been under considerable harassment for some time.  However, #FreeKate supporters have denied such claims…

Rachael (MRC_43) on Twitter - 2013-09-30_14.49.53

Of course, reality blows a significant hole in that story.  Here is one small example, sent to the publisher of Support Honesty…

Click for full version at Support Honesty
Click for full version at Support Honesty

Of course, there was no comment from the supporter.

We are dealing with highly unethical people that will resort to lies, deception, threats, and even death threats to silence their opposition.  Please remember that.  And also, please remember that the best way to counter them is to make a stand.  That reminds me of this, for The Other McCain, in a recent post on “Shutuppery.”

They have done nothing wrong, they believe, because they are liberals and anything they do is acceptable, because . . . shut up!

#ShutUppery and the Drums of #WAR
Lady Liberty

Why The Doxing of LadyLiberty1885 and
Other Conservative Female Bloggers Matters

The Jawa Report

Noted douche nozzle @GregFlynn wants
Conservative blogger to “shut up”

– Daley Gator

Being described as a “noted douche nozzle” is just one immediate consequence of failed “shutuppery.” Secondary consequences include:

Democrats like Greg Flynn, Jeanne Bonds and John Burns evidently believe that no one should be permitted to criticize them. So when they try to “dox” bloggers and get caught, the people who expose them are then alleged to be engaged in wrongdoing: “How dare you describe my attempt to intimidate you into silence?”

You see, people all over the US are aware of the tactics used by #FreeKate.  As I have said before, sunlight is the best disinfectant for these tactics.  And, since liars lie, cheaters cheat, and thugs engage in thuggery, the mere knowledge of it is disarming.  For example, when a demonstrable liar lies, people see it and say, “Oh, another lie from that liar.”  Truth disarms lies, and the liars that tell them.  It also exposes bullies and thugs.  In the end, truth always wins.  Whether it is about ObamaCare, “If you like your plan you can keep it,” or Global Warming the big lie, the truth wins in the end.  It takes time and persistence, because a lie is always easier to swallow.  However, when good people make a stand based on truth, they will win-even if the have to endure some nonsense along the way.

Have you made a stand today?  Have you stood against lies, whether its from #FreeKate, the government, or some local slimeball?

Updated to add direct link to Support Honesty.

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Classic Conservative Hideout: This is the Tolerance of the Left: Intimidation, Harassment, and Threats (Brett Kimberlin and #FreeKate Edition)

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I republish this post, with some edits, every year.  I think it’s wise to review leftist tactics, as well as honor those that have endured much in the cause of human freedom.  There are people our own country that put their safety and livelihoods on the line to promote the teachings of Jesus Christ, as well as the concepts of freedom laid out by our own Founding Fathers. Given that people are placed in physical and legal jeopardy by convicted bombers, or by those that want to legalize sex between adults and minors, it’s wise to expose and discuss the tactics of the left-Matt 

This is a story that I’ve known about for some time now.  It is the story of Ruth Malhotra.  As a student at Georgia Tech, she endured verbal abuse from professors, death threats, threats to be raped, and an otherwise sickening pattern of harassment from the university administration and “community.”  The following is from a Front Page article, by Peter Collier.

A committed Christian, she was personally conservative but not particularly political when she arrived at Tech in 2002. But in the perfervid post 9/11 atmosphere on campus, she found herself gradually pulled into the orbit of the College Republicans and soon galvanized not only by questions of war and peace but also by issues such as race preferences and abortion. And on all of these issues, she found, conservative students faced a tilted playing field. She recalls: “The more I got involved, the more I saw the obstacles conservative students face in expressing themselves. The administration put so many more challenges in our way. We didn’t have the same resources and opportunities that leftist students had. I expected an open forum for ideas, but the administration was clearly biased.”

So were some of her teachers. Malhotra’s first open conflict with the Tech administration came in the spring of 2004, when she enrolled in a course called Foundations of Public Policy. The first day class she told the professor, a woman named Georgia Persons, that she would have to miss one class session because of a conference she was attending in Washington. Persons asked who was holding the conference. When Malhotra told her it was the Conservative Political Action Committee, the teacher warned her that she would fail the course. Malhotra thought this might be more of the in-class hyperbole she’d heard from other liberal professors. But she did indeed fail the first test. Otherwise a 4.0 student, she complained about the grade to the Dean’s Office, also claiming that the professor had made snide remarks in class about Christians and conservatives that were obviously directed at her. After filing a grievance, Malhotra brokered a deal in which she was allowed to withdraw from the class without penalty and the professor would not be allowed to teach it again.

So, the professor attempted to punish a Conservative student?  This has happened many times before, but for Ms. Malhotra, it was only the beginning.

It was about this time that she was called into by a dean who told her that the College Republicans were a “joke” and should cease their activities. Pointing out that her group was merely expressing its opinions the way that the preponderant leftwing groups did, Malhotra was then sent to Tech’s Vice President, who passed her on to President Wayne Clough, who made it clear to her that he found her actions distasteful and not in accord with the “atmosphere of civility” he sought for the campus. When Malhotra pointed out that this atmosphere included—indeed, was defined by—leftist groups violently and often obscenely condemning the President and the war in Iraq, and, for that matter, attacking the faith of conservative Christians like herself—she received a brush off.

This is very typical.  The left accuses others of doing what they do.  They then use power in an attempt to silence any dissent.

Already a controversial figure on campus, Malhotra, now chief plaintiff in the suit filed with fellow student leader Orit Sklar, became Public Enemy number one for the Georgia Tech left. An ad hoc group called CLAM (Conservatives and Liberals Against Malhotra) formed on campus with the sole raison d’etre of harassing her. An anti Malhotra website appeared calling her “christo-fascist” and showing an unflattering shot of her face stippled with digitized swastikas.

Again, this is standard operating procedure for the left.  Demonize the person, so the message will be ignored.

Malhotra was accepted by Tech for graduate school in the fall of 2006. A few months earlier, a judge had heard the first point of French’s four point suit—the one regarding the speech code—and ordered mediation between the parties. The university agreed to change the policy, but almost immediately reneged on its promise. In August, a few weeks before classes began, the judge heard arguments on the speech code and then struck it down.

Never acknowledging the constitutional reason for the court decision, Tech reacted by appropriating $100,000 to bring in speakers (among them, Maya Angelou at a fee of $22,500) and hold “meaningful discussions” as part of a campus-wide initiative called “Common Ground” meant to reaffirm the commitment to “civility” (which the court hearing had shown was nothing more than officially sanctioned politically correct speech) in spite of the legal setback it had suffered.

So, their speech code was struck down, and they acted as if it hadn’t happened.

It was during this kuybaya moment that threats against Malhotra reached a crescendo. “So your not dead yet Ruth Malhotra,” one of them began with uncertain grammar but unmistakable enmity. “But you will be soon.” Another one warned, “Don’t even try to protest National Coming Out Day. If you do, you will regret it, and don’t say you were not warned. You are hated on this campus and you should fear for your life.” Yet another said, “For every time a student is called Nigger on campus—you will receive a bullet to the head.”

The campus police defined the threats as “terroristic.” But although some of the letters were brazenly signed by persons on and off campus, no arrests have been made. And the administration itself, ignoring the opportunity to strike a blow in behalf of the civility it claims to prize, has remained mute about the invisible outrage taking place on its campus. (A public information officer replies to questions about the case by reading a statement which says that Georgia Tech cannot comment because of its commitment to protecting its students’ privacy; when it is pointed out to him that the only student with a privacy issue in this case, Malhotra herself, is willing to waive this privilege, he says that he will consult the school’s legal counsel and is never heard from again.)

When they couldn’t silence her by threatening her with failing grades, they harassed and insulted her.  When the campus denies her free speech, and they lose the lawsuit, they continue as if nothing happened.  When she would not submit to the left, they went where the left always goes-to threats of violence.  Then, when these threats are reported, they are ignored.  From top to bottom, the leftists at Georgia Tech decided to persecute this woman.

In the end,  the left is totally entrenched at the universities.  Given their tactics, they seem intent on staying on the indoctrination reservation.

I think Ms. Malhotra’s lawyer summed it up best.

David French, her lawyer in this case and a longtime litigator in matters of free speech and student rights, is also stunned by what has happened to Malhotra: “I’ve never seen anything quite like this. The tolerant left at Georgia Tech seems to have decided that Ruth must be destroyed to protect `tolerance.’ The administration sees one of its own threatened by death and rape and they just sit there. I’ve seen conservative students suffer a lot of abuse for their beliefs. But I’ve never seen abuse cross over into threats. And I’ve never seen an administration sit on its hands while one of its students is threatened by death and rape. It makes you wonder: have we gone past simple intimidation to death threats now? Is this sort of thing going to become a standard part of left’s playbook in intimidating conservative students? How far will they go?”

I think we’ve all seem where it’s gone in the three years since this article was written.  Just ask Kenneth Gladney, and the 14-year-old kid that the SEIU intimidated.  Also, please remember the people that were harassed and lost their livelihoods for contributing to support Prop 8 in California.  For that matter, think of how the Democrats & MSM has treated the Tea Parties since they decided to stop ignoring them.  They have consistently used the most demeaning of terms and accusations to describe patriots, yet ignores real violence and terror used by the left.

The only thing that stops bullying is a large number of people standing up to it.  Leftist tactics work well against individuals, or small groups.  But what if thousands, or even millions stood up and said, “NO MORE!”  That, my friends, is when the bullies stop cold.  They don’t know how to handle resistance on that level.  Remember that bullies are, at their core, cowards that desperately try to control situations with force, threats, and dirty tactics.  Cause the tactics to not work, and all you are left with is a coward.  -Matt

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True the Vote, Worked to Prevent or Expose Voter Fraud: Investigeted by the IRS, OSHA, FBI, and ATF

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Frankly, they must have run out of alphabet agencies with available staff.  We have mentioned True the Vote before.  They are a group that did much to expose fake voter registrations, and massive flaws in voter registration rolls…

Unions Promise to Defend Voter Fraud?

Voter Fraud: Unraveling the Progressive Puzzle

More Pre-election Quick Hits: Just in Case you are Still Undecided

True the Vote: Voter Fraud Revisited

Voter Fraud Alert: ACORN Members Plead Guilty, Funny Business in Texas

This group became a thorn in the side of the Democratic Party, their allies, and the Obama administration by working to expose the voter fraud machine.

Now, consider the words of Valerie Jarrett, Obama advisor and friend….

 

Apparently, Obama ally Valerie Jarrett has declared vengeance against anyone that opposed them in the first term or election.  Doug Ross (no relation) has the details…

 

• Valerie Jarrett: ‘After We Win This Election, It’s Our Turn Payback Time’ « :
Openly declared as “Obama’s Brain”, and the figure whose second story West Wing office has been described by political insiders as the true Oval Office of the Obama White House, Valerie Jarrett is letting it be known that if Barack Obama secures election victory next week, there may be, quite literally, hell to pay for those who opposed him… 
…The part that really stuck out to me was when I overheard the rep say that Jarrett told them, “After we win this election, it’s our turn. Payback time. Everyone not with us is against us and they better be ready because we don’t forget. The ones who helped us will be rewarded, the ones who opposed us will get what they deserve. There is going to be hell to pay. Congress won’t be a problem for us this time. No election to worry about after this is over and we have two judges ready to go.” She was talking directly to about three of them. Sr. staff. And she wasn’t trying to be quiet about it at all. And they were all listening and shaking their heads and smiling while she said it.

I think once we see what Doug Ross has regarding True the Vote, we’ll see that Jarrett’s warning has come to fruition…

Such is the story of the non-partisan voter integrity group True the Vote, founded by business owner Catherine Engelbrecht. For the last three years, Engelbrecht and her business have been systematically harassed and intimidated by the Obama administration.

[In] February [2012], True the Vote received a third request for information from the IRS, which also sent its first questionnaire to King Street Patriots. Catherine says the IRS had “hundreds of questions — hundreds and hundreds of questions.” The IRS requested every Facebook post and Tweet she had ever written. She received questions about her family, whether she’d ever run for political office, and which organizations she had spoken to.

“It’s no great secret that the IRS is considered to be one of the more serious [federal agencies],” Catherine says. “When you get a call from the IRS, you don’t take it lightly. So when you’re asked questions that seem to imply a sense of disapproval, it has a very chilling effect.”

On the same day they received the questions from the IRS, Catherine says, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) launched an unscheduled audit of their machine shop, forcing the Engelbrechts to drop everything planned for that day. Though the Engelbrechts have a Class 7 license, which allows them to make component parts for guns, they do not manufacture firearms. Catherine said that while the ATF had a right to conduct the audit, “it was odd that they did it completely unannounced, and they took five, six hours. . . . It was so extensive. It just felt kind of weird.”

That was in February. In July, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration paid a visit to Engelbrecht Manufacturing while Bryan, Catherine, and their children were out of town. The OSHA inspector talked with the managerial staff and employees, inspecting the premises minutely. But Bryan says the agent found only “little Mickey Mouse stuff, like, ‘You have safety glasses on, but not the right kind; the forklift has a seatbelt, but not the right kind.’” Yet Catherine and Bryan said the OSHA inspector complimented them on their tightly run shop and said she didn’t know why she had been sent to examine it.

Not long after, the tab arrived. OSHA was imposing $25,000 in fines on Engelbrecht Manufacturing. They eventually worked it down to $17,500, and Bryan says they may have tried to contest the fines to drive them even lower, but “we didn’t want to make any more waves, because we don’t know [how much further] OSHA could reach.”

So, in other words, this woman dared to organize legal and non-violence resistance to the voter fraud machine, and as a result, the Obama Administration turned the full force of the government against her.  Also, Jarrett’s comments after the election become even more interesting.  Most of this harassment occurred BEFORE  the election.  How much worse will it be now?

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Romney Donor, Frank VanderSloot, and his Children, Harassed by Obama Supporters, IRS and Labor Department

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I guess it’s not a great idea to donate large amounts of money to a political opponent of the President.  Frank VanderSloot earned a place on the Obama campaign’s, “enemy list,” after donating $1,000,000 to Mitt Romney’s campaign.  What happened after that was the pure, left wing thuggery that we have come to expect from the POTUS and his goons.  Gateway Pundit has more…

Romney donor Frank VanderSloot was one of the eight Republicans placed on Barack Obama’s enemies list in 2012. The Idaho businessman was singled out by the Obama campaign for giving $1 million in support of Mitt Romney. Because of this he was the focus of audits from both the IRS and Labor Department. He said that he went through “living hell” as a result.

And it just so happened that the IRS and the Labor department got involved too, right?

Sadly, this is the pattern of abuse that is common to the left.  In the land of “tolerance and diversity,” there can be no departure from the regressive line, and any attempt to do so will not be tolerated.

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Lonely Conservative Subjected to Campaign of Harrassment

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I what seems to be a continuation of a long campaign of harassment against Conservative bloggers, Karen, who blogs as the Lonely Conservative, has been the subject of more if the same.  Karen has more…

Since then I’ve amassed nearly one hundred pages of disgusting, hateful and threatening messages. They’ve said that I (and all of you conservative readers) have no place in this world. They’ve told me to slit my own throat. They’ve called me every foul name you can think of. They’ve insulted my husband, accused me of molesting my children and threatened to report me to my local school board. They impersonated my husband and contacted a local divorce attorney. They tried to have pornographic sex toys catalogues sent to my home. They have sent emails on my behalf to my elected representatives advocating for policies I disagree with completely. They’ve signed me up for more email spam than anyone could possibly do in his or her spare time. (As of this moment I have 1630 emails in my spam folder.) They’ve called my home using Caller ID spoofing software or websites. They’ve let me know they know where I live. There isn’t time to list everything, but you get the gist of it.

Well, that sadly makes Karen the latest in a long line of harassed bloggers.  However, Karen has been at this for a while, and I have no fear that she’s going to pack it in due any level of harassment.  However, we have to realize that as long as people speak out, and point out inconvenient truths, there will be those who try to silence them.  It is way of all things totalitarian, some will always seek to silence those that disagree with them.  But, if we stick together, we have a much better chance of success.

Sunlight always has, and always will be the best disinfectant.  By banding together, we’ll let that shine.  Or, as Franklin put it, so many years ago…

We must, indeed, all hang together or, most assuredly, we shall all hang separately.

 Zilla has a related post, check it out, and count me in.  

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Brett Kimberlin Update: Ali Akbar Targeted

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If you recall, Ali Akbar is an activist that runs the National Bloggers Club, an organization that defends bloggers from those who would harass and silence them.  I covered this during Everyone Blog About Brett Kimberlin Day.  

The Other McCain has a link to a site devoted to defending bloggers hit with harassing, frivolous legal actions…


The National Bloggers Club has been a valuable ally in supporting and defending bloggers targeted by harassment and intimidation. Today is “Everybody Blog Brett Kimberlin Day.” I join with National Bloggers Club president Ali Akbar in sincerely requesting that readers concerned about defending First Amendment rights online visit the club’s special site, KimberlinFiles.org, and please give generously. Fellow bloggers can help by including the image and link in their coverage of the Kimberlin case.

– Robert Stacy McCain, Whereabouts Unknown

However, Da Tech Guy is reporting that Mr. Akbar has  been targeted by a site allegedly linked to Brett Kimberlin.  

Lets see Democrat operatives deciding they don’t like what a Black political activist is doing.

So they attempt to intimidate and threaten the activist’s family in order to make him stop

So, we see the targeting spreading out to others.  This is Alinsky, pure and simple.  People are targeted, and threatened until they stop speaking out.

The Daley Gator has additional information…

Smitty at The Other McCain has more as does Ace, who has a plan, and some sage advice

On Friday, this site will be absolutely dead-silent, which is what Brett Kimberlin and his stalker crew seeks, and what the media and our supposed Representatives in Congress would permit.

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.

Will the media and Congress pretend “we didn’t know” when this happens?

ABCNews knows.

The Weekly Standard knows.

The Daily Caller knows.

And many, but not yet all, Congressmen and Senators know.

I encourage all bloggers and twitterers to essentially strike that day, or write nothing except your desire that you expect your Congressmen to take threats to your First Amendment rights seriously.

However, I don’t entirely agree with a day of silence, Bob Belvedere has some other options…

-Richard McEnroe makes a damn good point:

I’m not sure I see the point of silent Friday. Remember the Great Gay Strike of, what was it, 2009, 2010? Remember the devastating effect it didn’t have?

I think I might spend the day posting the addresses and contact information of every organization that allegedy roosts under Velvet Revolution’s umbrella, instead… at least those of them that aren’t empty letterheads.

-Adjoran reponds to Richard:

I think your idea makes more sense. Ace is a bit thick sometimes. If the old media hasn’t picked up this story yet, who is naive enough to believe a day of silence is going to mean anything.

I seem to recall a day a year or two back when illegal immigrants were going on “strike,” and no one noticed?  Frankly, that is what the bad guys want anyway.  While a day of silence has some nice symbolism, there is no real positive impact for it.   I think some more positive (and non-violent) action that builds on our strengths, not our silence.  More posts are better than no posts, so if people have some ideas, or likes Mr. McEnroe’s, drop a comment and let’s see what can be done.  In the end, constructive action is better than no action.

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The Other McCain Forced Into Hiding by Convicted Bomber? It’s More Likely Than You Think

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Sometimes, blogging takes a dark turn-namely when a blogger encounters someone who does not like being a topic of attention.  Enter then, the strange case of Brett Kimberlin, the convicted terrorist that has not reacted kindly to being under the careful examination of Stacey McCain.  Rather than rehashing the entire  situation, here is a quote from Stacey himself…

FROM AN UNDISCLOSED LOCATION
Convicted terrorist Brett Kimberlin on Monday continued his effort to silence those who write about his criminal past by contacting my wife’s employer, claiming that I was “harassing” him. The resulting security concern required immediate relocation if I was to be able to continue writing about the case of Kimberlin, a violent felon, perjurer and admitted tax cheat who is employed as the director of a 501(c)3 non-profit that has collected $1.8 million in contributions since 2005.

Kimberlin was convicted of multiple federal felonies in 1981 and sentenced to 50 years in prison after he terrorized a small Indiana town in a brutal crime weeklong bombing spree. Law enforcement officials told the Indianapolis Star they believed the bombings were committed in an attempt to distract authorities investigating the 1978 murder of a 65-year-old grandmother, a crime in which Kimberlin was a suspect.

He goes on to chronicle some of Kimberlin’s history, which consists of a bombing, and alleged tax evasion, all while he is involved with at least two non-profit, tax exempt organizations.  And, as you might guess, he is associated with liberal causes.

On Monday, Stacey had written…

FROM AN UNDISCLOSED LOCATION
Law enforcement officials have been made aware that convicted terrorist Brett Kimberlin appears to be engaged in an attempt to intimidate me into being silent about his sordid criminal history.

Appropriate precautions have been taken to ensure the safety of my family and others who might be endangered if Kimberlin resorts to violence to accomplish his malicious purposes. At the urging of concerned friends, we have vacated our former residence and I am now blogging from a secret location which Kimberlin will be unable to discover or reach. Nevertheless, we sincerely ask for intercessory prayer, that God will send angels to guard us in this grave crisis.

In fact, this crisis is an answer to prayer: My wife and I had been contemplating whether to leave Maryland, and had asked that God would give us a sign. Guess we got what we prayed for — unexpectedly!

Nevertheless, my sudden relocation — The Mother of All Road Trips, as it were — will involve large expenses.  We will have to rent a new house, pay people to pack up the belongings at our former residence, and move everything to the new location.

Remember that this is still a Shameless Capitalist Blog, and keep in mind The Five Most Important Words in the English Language . . .

HIT THE FREAKING TIP JAR!

Well, you have your orders, so get over there and hit the tip jar!

Here are some links about Kimberlin, and his long history of nasty stuff.

The Lonely Conservative wrote a great post about this, calling on an “Army of Davids” to make sure the Kimberline’s history is thoroughly exposed.  She also wrote about Stacey’s “bug out,” and  has some more information on Kimberline.  

TCOTS also has coverage.  

I have always subscribed to the notion that the best predictor of future behavior is past behavior.  Considering Kimberlin’s past, as well as his current tendency to harass and threaten anyone that discusses his well documented past, he ought to be considered dangerous.  Is there risk in even mentioning this?  Probably, but when this happens, I always think that if we let people be silenced one by one, it’s only a matter of time before we are all silenced.  However, if we band together, not only is it much harder to force us into silence, but we stand a better chance of preventing people like Kimberlin for victimizing others. So, I’m taking my place on the line.

Won’t you join us, and make this viral?

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Thanks to you all!

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Media Matters and the Alinsky Method: Leftist Tactics on Display

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Over the last three years, we’ve tried to illustrate how the political left deals with those that disagree with them.  What we usually see is a display of intimidation, disinformation, and outright lies.  Rather than argue facts, and use reason, they all too often resort to the dark art of the smear.  The idea is not to disprove the arguments of their critics, or to convince others of their own merits.  Instead, they seek to destroy their crititcs, making the argument personal rather than factual.

As many of you know, The Daily Caller is publishing a series of articles on Media Matters.  From what has been released thusfar, we can see that Media Matters is as dark and twisted as their primary benefactor.  In their activities, they display the leftitst tactics, generated by Saul Alinsky, for all to see.  

Simply put,” Frisch wrote, “the progressive movement is in need of an enemy. George W. Bush is gone. We really don’t have John McCain to kick around any more. Filling the lack of leadership on the right, Fox News has emerged as the central enemy and antagonist of the Obama administration, our Congressional majorities and the progressive movement as a whole.”

“We must take Fox News head-on in a well funded, presidential-style campaign to discredit and embarrass the network, making it illegitimate in the eyes of news consumers.”

What Frisch proceeded to suggest, however, went well beyond what legitimate presidential campaigns attempt. “We should hire private investigators to look into the personal lives of Fox News anchors, hosts, reporters, prominent contributors, senior network and corporate staff,” he wrote.

Again, notice that nothing in Media Matters’ strategy has a thing to do with disproving FOX, showing that anything that they report isn’t true-it’s about attacking FOX, via the people that work there, in order to discredit the network. It isn’t about truth- it’s about creating a false perception.

I would encourage you to read the rest of the article, that highlights some of the other strategies that Media Matters Planned for FOX, like filing frivolous lawsuits, harassing stockholders and the use of social media to smear FOX personalities.

Besides the obvious points about the dishonesty of  Media Matters, this series shows us the tactics that we will see if we have a GOP POTUS and Congress next year.  There will be smears, lawsuits, personal attacks, intimidation, and likely even violence.  The left believes that the  ends justifies the means, and no means are left off the table.

Get ready for it.

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More Verizon Strike Quick Hits: Alleged Vandalism, Striking at Private Homes, and Union "Civil Discourse"

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As I have mentioned many times, the progressive playbook packs an impressive punch, but is paper thin.  And, when confronted with the fact that their activities are being exposed by the alternative media, and millions of people are seeing them for what they are, they respond by doubling down.  Instead of changing tactics from those that offend and alienate the public, they are staying on their typical thug course.  Frankly, that’s all the better.  It certainly makes our job a lot easier.

Here is the latest lowlights from the union goons.

Too bad if you needed to reach the Uniontown (PA) State Police:

State police in Uniontown, Pennsylvania experienced a 29-hour loss of landline phone service when someone shut off the power in underground Verizon vaults around 9:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Police are trying to determine whether or not the act of criminal mischief is related to the ongoing strike by Verizon landline workers.

Trooper Timothy Kirsch said that there was no forced entry at the sites on Main Street and on Route 119 in Lemont Furnace, near the Penn State Fayette campus. The lack of forced entry has lead police to believe that the person responsible for shutting down the power had a set of keys.

Striking Verizon Workers Picket House of 64 year-old woman:

A Quincy mom has disconnected her support for striking Verizon workers yesterday after a group of mouthy picketers surrounded non-union repairmen and turned a phone-line fix at her home into what she is calling a “ridiculous” protest scene.

“I looked in the street and there are picketers, 10 of them or more, doing a circle around the Verizon truck,” said Karen Austin, 64, a mother of five who lives on Forest Avenue. “Every time (the repairmen) would walk up to my house they would follow them. I couldn’t believe my eyes. This is ridiculous. Why are they picketing my house?”

Striking Workers Apparently Have a Waiver for “Civil Discourse,” and the “New Tone”

They certainly arrive and behave as advertised, don’t they?  Harassing people, allegedly vandalizing equipment, picketing on private property, and they like.  For those of you that might be seeing this for the first time, I have to ask, would you support this behavior?  And, isn’t the “scab hunter” graphic with the cross hairs exactly what the left said caused the shooting of a member of Congress earlier this year?  Is that OK now, or was it only bad when Sarah Palin (or the Daily Kos) used similar graphics, albeit in a non-threatening way?

At any rate, they guys are a well spring of blog posts.  It’s liking shooting fish in a barrel.  They just can’t help themselves, and with each act of thuggery, we’ll help expose them to the world.

H/T:  Labor Union Report

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SEIU Alinsky Styled Guide Revealed: Thug Tactics Abound

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Back in March, we discussed the fact the SEIU was being sued by Sodexo under the RICO statute.  

 It seems that the SEIU has had a RICO suit filed against them by Sodexo, a service company that the union wanted to “organize.”  Take a look at what happens to you when you resist the SEIU…

Sodexo USA recognizes the value of union activity and has built positive relationships with more than 30 different unions.  Over 15 percent of Sodexo USA’s workforce is unionized, which is more than twice the national average for the private sector, and the Company has more than 300 collective bargaining agreements.  Despite this positive record, the SEIU has engaged in a vicious campaign to force the Company into broadly recognizing the SEIU to the exclusion of other unions without allowing its employees in the U.S. to exercise their right to vote for or against the SEIU in a federally supervised secret ballot election.

The complaint alleges that the SEIU, in face to face meetings, threatened Sodexo USA’s executives that it would harm Sodexo USA’s business unless they gave in to the union, and then carried out its threats through egregious behavior, including:

    • throwing plastic roaches onto food being served by Sodexo USA at a high profile event;
    • scaring hospital patients by insinuating that Sodexo USA food contained bugs, rat droppings, mold and flies;
    • lying to interfere with Sodexo USA business and sneaking into elementary schools to avoid security;
    • violating lobbying laws to steer business away from Sodexo USA, even at the risk of costing Sodexo USA employees their jobs; and
    • harassing Sodexo USA employees by threatening to accuse them of wrongdoing.

Well, we’ve all heard of this before.  If  Sodexo can prove this, and get witnesses to come forward…life will get very interesting for the purple people beaters. And, if they win, then perhaps other victims of the SEIU would be willing to come forward with their own claims.

At any rate, this might just get interesting.

Well, it got VERY interesting.  

As part of the public inquiry undergone with the lawsuit, the SEIU was forced to release , a “Contract Campaign Manual” destined for internal use. Machiaveli fans, this is your next read. The manual is a proper A, B, C of union campaigns and how to put pressure on corporations as well as generate and exploit media attention. It provides an unprecedented peek into the union’s own policy regarding corporate campaigns.

I would strongly encourage you to download this document and give it a good review.  It is a guide to how the SEIU operates.  Essentially, they no longer focus solely on organizing workers.  I would guess that too many of them decline to participate.  Instead, they try to organize the target company’s leadership.  That way, it is possible to bypass secret ballot elections (that they might lose).

As for the tactics involved, they read as case examples from Rules for Radicals...

The new union tactic is to use pressure on corporate boardrooms as a means of organizing entire companies nationwide rather than recruiting workers on a site-by-site basis; in short, to organize employers rather than employees. To create this pressure, unions attempt to push businesses to the edge of bankruptcy, with little regard for the welfare of employer and employee. They attempt to strong-arm businesses into agreeing to take away the secret ballot for employees in union-organizing elections via card check. They also try to force employers to restrict their own speech on union issues so that workers will not get both sides of the story on unionization. Among the SEIU’s demands is that employers agree to bargain only with it, to the exclusion of all other unions, regardless of what workers want.

SEIU’s manual details how “outside pressure can involve jeopardizing relationships between the employer and lenders, investors, stockholders, customers, clients, patients, tenants, politicians, or others on whom the employer depends for funds.” The union advises using legal and regulatory pressure to “threaten the employer with costly action by government agencies or the courts.”

It details the use of community groups to “damage an employer’s public image and ties with community leaders and organizations.” SEIUrecommends going after company officials personally. Not mincing words,SEIU states, “It may be a violation of blackmail and extortion laws to threaten management officials with release of ‘dirt’ about them if they don’t settle a contract. But there is no law against union members who are angry at their employer deciding to uncover and publicize factual information about individual managers.

And that, my friends, is just the tip of the iceberg.  For some reason, I missed this story when it first broke, but it is still worthy of discussion.  I would recommend sharing the link for the manual with as many people as possible.  It isn’t like the MSM is going to say a peep about it, and the more people that know about union thug tactics, the better.

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