Tuesday, July 04, 2006

Jerome: Astro-Freeper

While I'm in Georgia enjoying Republican barbecue, pity poor Dan Riehl: Stuck in New Jersey with nothing better to do than to follow the amazing career of Jerome "Vis Numar" Armstrong, official astrologer/consultant to the Mark Warner '08 campaign and Free Republic troll.

Der Kommisar has a solid bust on the fact that the co-author of "Crashing the Gates" -- a veritable "icon of progressive politics" -- is one and the same as "Vis Numar," Democratic Underground activist. The sleuthing on this story was done by journalist Ron Brynaert, whose anti-war views don't stop him from asking some tough questions:

What are the odds that a frequent poster at Free Republic shares the same strange made-up nickname as a well-known Democratic blogger almost certainly appears to use?

What are the odds that a frequent poster at Free Republic would have mentioned attending a high school in the Los Angeles area not far from where a well-known Democratic blogger grew up?

What are the odds that a frequent poster at Free Republic would have mentioned going to see the Mariners play in Seattle at the same time a well-known Democratic blogger would have been living not too far from there?

What are the odds that a frequent poster at Free Republic and a well-known Democratic blogger would both be heavily addicted to political polling? ...

What are the odds that a frequent poster at Free Republic would write "Harris is the best, bar none, polling out fit out there, if they say it, I believe it, and your a fool to not" about a poll which puts Howard Dean only 5 points behind President Bush in January of 2004?

Jerome Armstrong wouldn't be the first person to get in trouble for posting at Free Republic, but you'd have thought -- with his mystical insights from the stars -- he would have seen this coming. Kind of like that BluePoint thing, I guess.

Brynaert observes:

And Donkey Cons has been relentless in his mocking attacks these last couple weeks, even if he he-thinks-ironically keeps on advertising a book that he wrote
in the process.
Hey, Ron: You don't know the half the irony I see in the JeromeGate/Kosola debacle, but I am absolutely unironic when I say: Buy DONKEY CONS! Buy TWO COPIES! You can even download a FREE CHAPTER.

DONKEY CONS is honest capitalism, you see? I see nothing wrong in writing for money, or blogging for money. But Kos has built an $832,000-a-year racket by hyping up his reputation as a "progressive" -- while various "diarists" pick most of the cotton on the Moulitsas plantation -- and DailyKos admirers don't seem to understand what's wrong with that picture.

-- McCAIN