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Brett Kimberlin and the Future of Blogbursts

May 25 was "Everybody Blog about Brett Kimberlin" Day. But what was accomplished?

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Kathy Shaidle

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May 28, 2012 - 6:20 pm
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Regular PJ Media readers are all too familiar with Brett Kimberlin, the convicted felon and domestic terrorist turned left-wing sweetheart (not to mention chronic liar, shakedown artist, and serial SLAPP suit litigant).

If you aren’t, the video above is a brief primer on who he is, and why you should care.

The Blaze performed yeoman’s work, creating a digestible summary about this guy’s “career” that I’ll whittle down even further:

  • Brett Kimberlin is the convicted “Speedway Bomber” who terrorized Indiana in 1978. One of those injured by Kimberlin’s bombs later committed suicide.
  • He served 17 years of a 50 year sentence, passing the time becoming a jailhouse lawyer.
  • Upon release, Kimberlin started the non-profit Justice Through Music. It’s been funded by George Soros’ Tides Foundation since 2005.
  • Kimberlin’s other organization, Velvet Revolution, supports the Occupy movement.
  • He has filed over 100 lawsuits against individuals, left and right, who’ve written about him, or simply annoyed him; he “once sued a pornographer for selling him pornography that was not provocative enough.”
  • He attempts to get opponents fired and has, in one instance, succeeded.
  • Kimberlin or an associate allegedly filed a hoax police report that sent the SWAT team to the home of Los Angeles County Assistant District Attorney Patrick Frey (a.k.a. blogger “Patterico”).
  • Literally while I was typing this list, Erick Erickson of RedState was also being SWAT-ed — the victim of another spoofed “911″ call.
  • Most recently, his threats forced reporter R.S. McCain to relocate his family.

Now, there IS a whole book out about Brett Kimberlin, but it came out back in 1996. Other than that, the mainstream media hasn’t reported much on this bizarre saga.

(Liberal cartoonist Garry Trudeau was keen on raising Kimberlin’s profile when doing so made former Vice President Dan Quayle look like a pothead. These days? Not so much.)

It’s been left to alternative media to bring this story to light. After all, Kimberlin is targeting other bloggers. We have a duty to help defend our own, when they’re being harassed simply for asking questions and reporting the facts.

To that end, Lee Stranahan declared Friday May 25 “Everybody Blog About Brett Kimberlin Day.”

Normally, such blogbursts are designed to overwhelm Google, Twitter, and other major online venues. The topic becomes impossible for mainstream reporters to ignore. Then the public demands answers, and — one hopes — the authorities finally take action.

Michelle Malkin has tirelessly curated a list of everyone who participated in Friday’s blogburst. The number is impressive, especially considering how convoluted, infuriating, and depressing the Brett Kimberlin saga is.

Ultimately, “Everybody Blog About Brett Kimberlin Day” was what hippies called a “teach-in.” Now no one in the rightosphere is ignorant of the facts. We’re all on the same page, and that builds a sound foundation for future action.

But did the message break beyond the bounds of the right-wing blogosphere?

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