Patterico's Pontifications

7/16/2012

That Outrageous Comment/Email/Whatever From “Patterico” or “Patrick Frey”…

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 11:36 pm



… probably really isn’t from me.

I’m hearing that part of the Bad Guys’ whisper campaign is sending emails posing as Kimberlin/Rauhauser critics, and saying outrageous things while posing in those phony disguises. See here and here, for example.

I still remember how, in June 2011, there was a Twitter account called “Andrew Breibart” that looked just like Andrew Breitbart’s account. It went around tweeting nasty things to famous people — and I remember that more than one person got upset at Andrew himself as a result.

It actually occurred to me one night — suggested, as I recall, by Dan Wolfe! — that the supposed threat against Jennifer George by “Lee Stranahan” wasn’t necessarily made up by Jennifer George, as Lee thought at the time. Perhaps someone had posed as Lee Stranahan and had actually threatened Jennifer George. (Whoever that “Jennifer George” was.)

See the common thread? The Bad Guy poses as the good guy, and says something outrageous, thus getting the good guy in trouble. Maybe it’s “AndrewBreibart” posing as “AndrewBreitbart” — or maybe it’s someone who isn’t Lee Stranahan, posing as Lee Stranahan.

I posted that theory, said: “Hi, Neal!” — and got SWATted within a couple of hours.

Someone who wasn’t really Patrick Frey, posing as Patrick Frey.

Weird, huh?

Anyway. Trickery works. People don’t expect every comment left as “Patterico” on a random website to be a trick by a Rauhauser-style scumbag dirty trickster.

But these are the times we live in. If you can’t believe Patterico really wrote that comment, that email, or whatever . . . ask me.

Maybe I didn’t.

32 Responses to “That Outrageous Comment/Email/Whatever From “Patterico” or “Patrick Frey”…”

  1. Hi, Neal!

    Patterico (feda6b)

  2. By the way, by my calculations, I got 3765 comments in that thread for 85 words. That’s 44 comments per word.

    I assume that is the best word-to-comment ratio in the history of the site. Correct me if I am wrong.

    Patterico (feda6b)

  3. “I assume that is the best word-to-comment ratio in the history of the site. Correct me if I am wrong.”

    Patterico – Ask Sammy to work on the gazintas. He’s been practicing on the 20,000,000 visitor post.

    daleyrocks (bf33e9)

  4. Vile cretin … despicable piece of cowardly human debris … six of one, half dozen of the other.

    SPQR (26be8b)

  5. I guess that sockpuppet weekends aren’t coming back any time soon.

    Kevin M (bf8ad7)

  6. It seems to me that I am poking a very vile cretin.
    But then, vile cretins sometimes poke others and assume they will not be poked back.
    Comment by Patterico — 7/16/2012 @ 11:41 pm

    Yep, and double yep. They’re always completely shocked when they get back 1/10 of what they dished out. Sometimes they even cry.

    I guess that sockpuppet weekends aren’t coming back any time soon.

    Comment by Kevin M — 7/17/2012 @ 1:50 am

    Those were a lot of fun, esp in the early days before people took them (IMO) just a bit too seriously. Miss them. A lot.

    no one you know (1b481d)


  7. By the way, by my calculations, I got 3765 comments in that thread for 85 words. That’s 44 comments per word.

    I assume that is the best word-to-comment ratio in the history of the site. Correct me if I am wrong.

    Comment by Patterico — 7/16/2012 @ 11:45 pm

    That’s amazing. They don’t even get near that at Hot Air, not even with Palin/GOP-race-fights/atheism-vs.-Christianity threads. 😉

    no one you know (1b481d)

  8. Years ago, somebody put on my doorstep a flyer that made vile and obviously false accusations against the Democratic Congressional candidate from my district. It was “approved” by the Republican candidate. Since the Republican was a neighbor of mine, I walked to her house to complain. She bitterly complained back to me that she had had nothing to do with the flyer; the whole thing was a hoax intended to defame her.

    She lost the race.

    Just Some Guy (3b087f)

  9. A couple of years ago, somebody put on my doorstep a flyer that made vile and obviously false accusations against the Republican Congressional candidate from my district. It was “approved” by the Democrat candidate. I called her office to complain. Her office bitterly complained back to me that she had had nothing to do with the flyer; the whole thing was a hoax intended to defame her.

    She won the race.

    daleyrocks (bf33e9)

  10. Not bad, daleyrocks!

    Just Some Guy (3b087f)

  11. Hmmm, maybe Charles Johnson is tied up in his own basement. It would explain a few things, right?

    Joe Miller (00407a)

  12. Joe, there was a time when I wondered

    Sarahw (b0e533)

  13. Les lapins cretins have left comments under P’s name on his own blog and tried to get away with it, stale posting,

    Sarahw (b0e533)

  14. Can’t wait for the requirement for online, biometric verification to post anything, anywhere.

    Save those discarded eyeballs.

    AD-RtR/OS! (b8ab92)

  15. Scumbags always win.

    mike (27f28b)

  16. Yeah, that’s called “Joe Job”. Ran into it back in the lead up to the 94 gun control act, and it was supposed to be old then.

    Phillep Harding (1b8b26)

  17. Hmmm, maybe Charles Johnson is tied up in his own basement. It would explain a few things, right?

    Has anyone checked for pods?

    Kevin M (bf8ad7)

  18. Save those discarded eyeballs.

    In Chicago, the dead will blog.

    Kevin M (bf8ad7)

  19. So that email you sent me (from a hotmail account) calling me a “fuckin’ traitor” wasn’t from you?

    SEK (74bb56)

  20. I still remember how, in June 2011, there was a Twitter account called “Andrew Breibart” that looked just like Andrew Breitbart’s account

    Except for the missing letter T. They couldn’t use AndrewBreitbart because it was taken. So they did AndrewBreibart.

    In rereading the long thread I missed that too, till somebody pointed it out.

    One message from AndrewBreibart claimed they knew that Ron Brynaert was Dan Wolfe, although if you didn’t read it carefully it could seem to say it was saying that NEAL RAUHAUSER was DAN WOLFE.

    Sammy Finkelman (d22d64)

  21. Comment by daleyrocks — 7/17/2012 @ 6:38 am

    A couple of years ago, somebody put on my doorstep a flyer that made vile and obviously false accusations against the Republican Congressional candidate from my district. It was “approved” by the Democrat candidate. I called her office to complain. Her office bitterly complained back to me that she had had nothing to do with the flyer; the whole thing was a hoax intended to defame her.

    She won the race.

    Now that’s gutter Chicago politics.

    Tis has also happened in other places from time to time.

    Comment by Just Some Guy — 7/17/2012 @ 6:19 am

    Years ago, somebody put on my doorstep a flyer that made vile and obviously false accusations against the Democratic Congressional candidate from my district. It was “approved” by the Republican candidate. Since the Republican was a neighbor of mine, I walked to her house to complain. She bitterly complained back to me that she had had nothing to do with the flyer; the whole thing was a hoax intended to defame her.

    She lost the race.

    This was not in Chicago I presume.

    It all depends on whether the charges would really help the candidate who the flyers appear to favor, or not.

    Where were they distributed, in each case?

    Now which candidare really had done what?

    Sammy Finkelman (d22d64)

  22. Comment by Patterico — 7/16/2012 @ 11:45 pm

    By the way, by my calculations, I got 3765 comments in that thread for 85 words. That’s 44 comments per word.

    I assume that is the best word-to-comment ratio in the history of the site. Correct me if I am wrong.

    To get to 85 you have to count the Updates, and the first comments were left before the updates.

    On the other hand:

    1) you are not counting the 11 words (more than the average) in the headerr:

    Weinergate: Someone Smarter Than Me: Explain Why This Is Not Possible

    And

    2) You also asked for more comments within the post.

    And most important:

    3) You redirected people to that post from other posts you posted later.

    So more than 85 words went into getting those number of comments. You’ve got to count all the other posts too where you said go here.

    Sammy Finkelman (d22d64)

  23. The individual posting as ‘occupy rebellion’ on twitter is touched in the head. At a certain point my inclination for Christian charity kicks in. I hope he/she finds some form of relief.

    MrPaulRevere (88ec98)

  24. Years ago, we all had a saying: “Pics, or it didn’t happen.”

    Then, an endless supply of noobs showed up.

    IdowhatIwant (2664fd)

  25. So more than 85 words went into getting those number of comments. You’ve got to count all the other posts too where you said go here.

    All those comments from 85 words. Really something, huh?

    Patterico (feda6b)

  26. Teh Apprenticeship of Sammy Finkelman…

    Colonel Haiku (908978)

  27. An innocent man was killed today by deputies that declined to identify themselves as the police and shot a man that opened the door with a gun in his hand in Florida i believe.

    dunce (15d7dc)

  28. i can count the number of times I’ve opened the door with a gun in my hand on, like, one hand (when it doesn’t have a gun in it)

    Pro-Tip: if you feel you should have a gun in your hand when you open your door, DON’T OPEN THE DOOR

    happyfeet (3c92a1)

  29. It’s called agitprop, a time-honored tactic of the Bolsheviks and later USSR. Used it to disgrace or justify penalizing political opponents. Of course leftists would know of and adopt it.

    Sam (ca48b3)

  30. People don’t expect every comment left as “Patterico” on a random website to be a trick by a Rauhauser-style scumbag dirty trickster.

    But these are the times we live in. If you can’t believe Patterico really wrote that comment, that email, or whatever . . . ask me.

    What kind of idiot can’t grasp the idea of Faque Puppets? (Yeah, I just made that up… sounds about right).

    I would never assume that just because I just saw a post by “ElleMacPherson” that it was actually THE Elle. As a matter of fact, I’d pretty much presume it wasn’t.

    So once someone has gained a small measure of celebrity (and yeah, you qualify), they’re potential game for that, especially when it comes to making some kind of denigrating remark that besmirches the individual in question.

    You’d have to be an utter and complete moron to presume that any post in any location that claimed to be a blogger (other than the blogger’s “home blog”) WAS that blogger without some reasonably reliable confirmation…

    IGotBupkis, Serial AGW Denier and Bon Vivant (aacc3d)

  31. The Apprenticeship of Sammy Finkelman…

    Not what I’d call a funny Duddy, for sure.

    IGotBupkis, Serial AGW Denier and Bon Vivant (aacc3d)


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