I stopped looking at the Weinergate players a while back, leaving that joyful duty to a set of automated tools.
Today one of the other intent watchers sent me a note saying there was some trouble brewing, and I scooted over to collect the goodies in a presentable form before they vanished into being just text files recorded on one of our servers somewhere.
Something is up with that group, law enforcement is apparently involved, and Patterico has banned Stranahan from posting on his blog.
Given all the attention being paid to media hackers and the obvious funny business in the whole Weinergate affair I’ve got my fingers crossed one of them is about to snap and start talking out of self defense.
I’ve settled on Shared Minds as a client since Twitter finalized the Facebook like debacle that is the New Twitter interface. I’ve talked about this one before a few times – as an autistic adult I prefer it because it isn’t as visually ‘busy’ as Tweetdeck. As someone who collects and stores conversations in PDF form for later reference the output from Shared Minds is dramatically better than anything else I’ve used.
You just create a list of the folks you want to see talking …
And then you get a tidy table of tweets, suitable for printing. This isn’t legible, I realize, but you can see the full Patterico Stranahan Meltdown over on Scribd.
So for those just joining the chase, @Patterico, in real life Los Angeles County Deputy D.A. John Patrick Frey, clings to the theory that the fake teen girl, Nikki Reid, is actually a real person, her mom is real, and that the husband of the family @JohnReid9 gives interviews that conveniently absolve Breitbart’s toadies of wrongdoing in this matter. These journalistic marvels appear on his eponymous blog, Patterico. I pondered using the word ‘delusion’ instead of theory, but that’s not quite right, as my theory of this whole thing involves Frey being the handler behind the group that stalked and set up Congressman Weiner. I covered my views at length in Patterico’s Penalization.
@Stranahan, as best I can tell, prefers to think that all of the various entities involved in stalking Weiner are the creations of a single disturbed film school students named Jennifer George. This would require a big, roomy mind to accept, and given that Frey has a history with some sort of professional (or deeply compulsive) troll named Seth Allen, who just happens to live near the unfortunate Ms. George, I’m not buying it. Lee's ideas of how the smear was done require ignoring too many seemingly solid trails and pursuing a person who seems nothing but annoyed and disinterested in the situation.
The third wheel here is @ronbryn, who was once a journalist of some note, but he seems to have fallen on hard times. He has some, errr, unique theories about Weinergate, and hackers taking an interest in his landlady’s dog. I’m having trouble following it all, but he was quite active in the discussion with Patterico for a period of time.
I don’t know where this is all going, but I truly hope that Andrew Breitbart’s Hacking & Wiretaps drew some eyes and got people thinking.
Given the epic meltdown of News Corp in the U.K., the spread of their intrusion and wire tapping scandal to the United States, and the clear cut history of James O’Keefe violating wire tap laws … well … would it be too much to envision Maryland Attorney General Doug Gansler finally being the one to say “Enough!” to the Breitbart crime wave?
Patterico's petulant banning of Stranahan makes me think the end may be drawing near.