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Congratulations to Power Line Blog on its 10th Anniversary.  Scott Johnson writes:

It was ten years ago this weekend — ten years ago today, I think, but maybe tomorrow — that John Hinderaker went to Blogger and set up Power Line. On Memorial Day that weekend he gave me a call and invited me to contribute. Once one of my kids helped me get into the publishing platform, we were off and running. Looking back, I thought I might take the occasion to offer a few random thoughts that I hope might be of interest to readers….

3. I think our first significant link came from Eugene Volokh at the Volokh Conspiracy. Thank you, Professor Volokh.

I think the first serious notice anyone took of us was Hugh Hewitt … The encouragement of Michelle Malkin also gave us a timely boost …. It wasn’t long before Glenn Reynolds began to find items worthy of notice on the site and to send us the horde of readers who look to InstaPundit to direct traffic. Thank you, Glenn.

John adds:  The best thing about writing on the internet has been the many great people we have gotten to know. I don’t want to start naming them because there is no way to name them all, but our lives have been immeasurably enriched by the friendships we have made and the fascinating and sometimes powerful people we have met as a result of this web site.

Erick Erickson has received a SWATting similar to Patterico, although less threatening because Erickson already had alerted his local police department to the possibility when he started writing about Brett Kimberlin:

Last week we spent a lot of time writing about Brett Kimberlin and the incident involving blogger Patterico where someone spoofed his phone number and told 911 he had shot his wife.

Tonight, my family was sitting around the kitchen table eating dinner when sheriffs deputies pulled up in the driveway.

Someone called 911 from my address claiming there had been an accidental shooting.

It wasn’t nearly the trauma that Patterico suffered, but I guess the Erickson household is on somebody’s radar.

Luckily it was two sheriffs deputies who knew me and I had already, last week, advised the Sheriff’s Department to be on the look out for something like this.

Patterico has more, including this tidbit:

It was reported by Joe Gelarden that, when Kimberlin was incarcerated, he tried to have someone set off bombs with similar components to those set off in Speedway, to show that there was another perpetrator and that he therefore could not be guilty.

Stacy McCain has more on the sources of funding for Kimberlin’s non-profit.

Reader Brian e-mails:

In light of the naked agression and hatred that has been directed at you and other conservatives this  week, i just wanted to offer my thanks for standing tall and not backing down. You have become an exemplary example of what it is to perform an act of courage. Thank you and my God continue to fill you with courage, strength, and fortitude in these days ahead. I will pray for you and your family and blogosphere brothers in arms. You have stepped out of the shadow of Brietbart and now cast forth your own sunlight and it shows in the quality of your words that you put forth daily. Thank you for picking up the standard. Most sincere thanks.

No aggression has been directed at me this week, but I will be contacting the local Police Chief to let him know of SWATting.


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DINORightMarie | May 27, 2012 at 10:01 pm

This is just too much like an Eastern bloc European nightmare.

How can this be happening so openly, and with information to indicate the likely suspects, nothing is seemingly being done to catch these terrorists?!

I wonder…….

yellow rose of texas | May 27, 2012 at 11:34 pm

I visit this site multiple times a day. Love your style and organization of what you are presenting. You are brave and I commend that. You speak for so many of us and I pray for safety for you and your family. Our fight continues. We are united… and the truth is on our side. May we never tire of this battle. Freedom is what we are fighting for.

these leftist turds actions are quite predictable, they’re weak and respond emotionally … seems what needs to be done besides standing on a wall and trying to become the linkiest, is to marshal talents and craft a ruse, a sting culminating in a grand take down.

    Browndog in reply to OcTEApi. | May 28, 2012 at 1:07 am


    A few good men

      OcTEApi in reply to Browndog. | May 28, 2012 at 6:09 am

      …and women.

      Never was a big fan of Stacy McCain’s style of blogging, thought he shot the wad on “thigh-gate”, then he was unappreciated and quit cuz he blogs for money and now he’s blogger on the run.

      … and for those on the front lines, who’ve actually been hacked, banned, harassed, cloned, had their friends bullied and in case you’re unaware its almost a year to date since the petition was created to bully Gannett Company, Inc’s advertisers into permanently silence certain individuals.

      a/k/a still not convinced that blogging from an unknown location is an effort to inject themselves into internet drama and garner a million hits to your blog.

        onecent in reply to OcTEApi. | May 28, 2012 at 11:37 am

        What? A strange and incongruent comment, my friend.

        You wouldn’t be one of Kimberlin’s operatives inserting yourself into a comment thread would you?

          OcTEApi in reply to onecent. | May 28, 2012 at 1:12 pm

          not strange at all, its all there on his site and the sentiments are from his site as well…

          hit the freakin tip jar is his 1st priority, how to get a million hits through xlinking is rule 2

          been there done that -personally experienced all the leftists tactics … these third tier bloggers are self-engrandizing.

          -don’t buy into “if you’re not on twitter you need to be” because when its your azz/livelihood is on the line, nobody cares.

Prayers for you and your family, and for all the other bloggers.
Since the MSM will not want to cover this, and the info needs to get out, I think talk radio may be a vehicle. I read that Beck covered it, but others need to also.

On this Memorial Day, my prayers go to you, Professor Jacobson in your courageous efforts to defend our nation from its enemies.

Why no prosecutions or tort actions, considering attorneys and law enforcement personnel are invovled?

LukeHandCool | May 28, 2012 at 4:25 am

Where’s the MSM on this story?

None of these “professional” journalists read political blogs?

[…] a relief fund as a show of support.”– Robert Stacy McCain, Whereabouts UnknownUPDATE: Linked by Legal Insurrection, Da Tech Guy and Daley Gator – thanks! — and welcome, Instapundit readers!THE […]

A small gesture of solidarity from yours truly: on Friday I mentioned the situation in my online commonplace book.

I had not heard of this, is this person a blogger? I’d like to send this link out to everyone on my email list, but I was hoping to find some history of this whole thing. If anyone has one, it will be appreciated so people can read up on it first and see how its progressed to this point where this “man” is now going after anyone who shines a spotlight on what he’s doing. Thanks in advance for any background info links.

NC Mountain Girl | May 28, 2012 at 10:21 am

The advice to inform your police department or sheriff’s office in advance that you may be the target of “swatting” is a good one.

Remember when big sis warned us of terrorism from Right Wing Extremists and veterans?

As usual, MSM is no where to be found. They must be busy photoshopping another halo.

@alex, it’s a long twisty story. I would recommend putting on a pot of coffee or tea and turning off the phone ringer. These links provide a huge amount of information over some pretty nasty terrain. Keep in mind that 1) He’s supported by progressive/leftists and 2) His lawfare is a free-speech issue that affects everyone.

Where this current mess started:

Stacy McCain’s involvement:

Patterico’s story (he wasn’t the first victim of SWATing):

Marezilla has a good round up.

Patterico last night:

[…] blogger Eric Erickson has also been SWATTED. (More here.) Other bloggers like Glenn Reynolds and William A. Jacobson have already contacted their local law enforcement authorities ahead of time  to let them know […]

[…] Patterico, Erick Erickson, and a host of others who may be targeted in the future (and are making plans accordingly) — become victims of grossly improper police conduct. Police should not […]