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Ann Barnhardt at iOwnTheWorld put together a cautionary post about ex-convict Paul Lemmen and his role in the Kimberlin fight called Stop Drinking the LEMMENade. It's pretty tough on Lemmen. Read the whole thing, including the comments.
After she posted this article, Lemmen wrote up his own:
When I posted my thoughts in regards to Ali Akbar's role in the National Blogger's Club as a convicted felon, many people stepped forward to both defend and attack my position. Stated simply, my position was that Ali Akbar should step down and hand the reigns of the NBC over to someone else, given that his criminal convictions were kept secret from the general public, and served as a distraction to the main story on Brett Kimberlin.
While there are far too many countervailing views to detail in full, there is one that I found extremely important. It was a comment posted on an Anne Barnhardt article about me. The comment was by "Big Fur Hat":
It's not a personal vendetta against Lemmen. It's more of a wake-up call to a lot of people who are allowing him to insinuate himself into this very serious issue when he's hardly the guy who should be elevated to that important role. Garbage in - garbage out.
The SWATting is already so complicated that good people are going to tune out because it makes your head spin.
If Lemmen was a smart guy, a devoted guy, a Christian guy, etc. he would step aside knowing that his presence can only complicate this story.
Lemmen then takes this as a cue to basically step out of the story, as Big Fur Hat, Ann Barnhardt, and many iOwnTheWorld commenters suggested that he do.
We can argue over the merits of this in regards to the fight against Team Kimberlin (some people have argued this as a victory for the bad guys). Whatever your opinion, I think you'll agree that it changes the equation.
For instance, let's take this statement by iOwnTheWorld commenter "cfm990" on Ann Barnhardt's article:
Oh what a tangled web. If Mr Lemmin is a reformed con and a true conservative. He should bow out of the picture completely. Take the high road and take a hike. This infighting, can only serve to weaken our side. Is one man worth it? Could his continuing voice, possibly nullify the damage being done here and now? Again, is he worth it? I can see the left laughing their asses off over this. Is it worth it? When the enemy of my enemy is no longer my friend, my enemy wins.
Replace Lemmen's name with Ali Akbar's. Still works, I think.
At any rate, with Lemmen out of the way, I am now looking forward to Ann Barnhardt's articles on the other convicted felons that are wrapped up in this story.
Only one of them, as everyone knows, is the Speedway Bomber.
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