It’s not your bank account at risk, but maybe your good reputation as a conservative values commenter around the Internet. This has been going on for awhile all over the InterTubes in various forms, but it started at Maggie’s Notebook in earnest when I wrote about the DNC Vote on the God v Godless Democrat platform. I received two comments that ranted on NeoCons and Jews (and eventually more), and particularly attacked my friend, fellow blogger, artist, Master of Bronze sculptor and all-round great America patriot, David Lemon. I didn’t delete the comments. I clarified who David is and asked for an apology, which didn’t appear. Then on September 12th, comments about David were posted under the name of another friend and blogger, Jim at Conservatives on Fire – also denigrating David. It showed the correct email address for Jim, but commenters cannot see email addresses at my site, so they had to go to Jim’s and find it on his ‘About’ page. I knew immediately he would never say the things he said. I contacted David Lemon and told him these were bogus comments, and then contacted Jim.
I found the IP addresses of the commenters, whom I call uglies, which were not Jim’s IP, and banned them, finding numerous comments under the same IP but under different names. It wasn’t until they attacked my friends that I took notice.
This could have have caused David Lemon some real grief, but he is so tough (lives in Montana and wears boots and cowboy hat – does that tell you something?) …he laughed at the uglies.
The real problem has been for Jim at Conservatives on Fire. He had to change his WordPress.com password, then had to log back in to all of the WP blogs where he comments. He also has to worry about other comments left around the blogosphere under his name, and who might be too timid or polite to inquire about a statement out-of-character for him, or maybe ban him and be done with it.
Now, problems like this and worse are not new for many of my friends. Various forms of hacking and theft identity are rife. Karen at The Lonely Conservative has had vile comments in her name left all over the Internet. She and her children have been threatened. I can’t begin to tell the story, but I can give you an overview to read here. Trust me, you will be appalled. Here’s a preview:
“Karen began having problems not long after she won the No. 1 spot in the Top 25 Political Moms contest. Don’t you know that ticked-off those Liberal women big-time? Other great conservative bloggers: Stacy McCain, Patrick Frey at Patterico’s Pontifications and Aaron Walker at Allergic to Bull have been beseiged with very serious attacks. So I want to give you a flavor of what’s happening and I’ll begin with Karen, right after the Top 25 Political Moms win:” Read it all here.
In addition to the above about Karen, read more here.
A few months ago, similar comments were left here under another conservative bloggers name, whom I didn’t know well, but knew the remarks were over-the-top. When I went to her site, I could see that the uglies were using her blog name and linking to it, but had set up a fake email address for her.
In all the instances of uglies in my little blogging world, anti-semitism is generally the focus, Jews and conservatives the target, and Muslim interests praised.
There’s no end how far some people are willing to go, so be aware, as Jim said in his post, that when you see something out-of-character, assume that it is, and contact the person. If you have the ability to ban IP addresses, it is your best weapon against uglies. IP providers generally don’t give a fig. We’re on our own out here. And then there’s the time I was hacked by Muslims in Kurdistan…which prompted me to get my own domain. That ended up being a really good thing.
Here’s to good blogging and as hubby just said, really pissing them off big time. We only have 53 days, 1273 hours and counting until November 6.