As you all know, this blog and its author have been under anonymous assault for a few months now from operatives of the Clark County R3publican Party. The party posting the endless series of assault labeled himself “I. Tinker,” and said of the choice of anonymity,
“When we first started LWW, there was discussion of whether we should be up front with who we are or whether we should stay anonymous. It was a difficult decision, but we went the way we did because Lew’s prime weapon in his arsenal is to identify his critics, and then silence or marginalize them with heated ad hominem attacks. Basically he uses his position as The Clark County Conservative to just bury his detractors in mud. So we made a tactical decision to not give him the target on which to use his favorite – and it turns out his only – weapon.”
I. Tinker even boasted,
“Word of advice from an experienced troll to another: quit fishing, and quit flailing trying to identify who your ‘attacker’ is. You won’t do it, you can’t do it, and all you will do is alienate everyone around you in your paranoia.”
In spite of this blatantly false allegation, the shroud of anonymity has been pulled back by I. Tinker himself to reveal his identity.
Over the weeks I have been contacted by several local professionals and even a few elected officials “confirming” others involved in this effort, but all were mistaken as to just who I. Tinker actually is, although I strongly believe the other R3publican names floated to be involved.
The latest bout of hate resumed when I wrote within my post, 28.38% Voter Turnout? Shame on You Clark County , listing among the many reasons I feel voter turnout is so low in our county,
“And we see it when a strong Republican candidate is undermined behind the scenes by party operatives in favor of an inexperienced novice because someone carries a personal grudge against the stronger candidate. Waving pom poms to a High School cheer isn’t what is needed to stand up and defeat special interests.”
That prompted a comment to be left by an “Indy Thinker” of;
I deleted the link included back to his hate site, that elicited a strange comment of “He deleted the link to this site, which I guess made him feel like he was sort of in control.”
Does this guy actually believe that he has any control of this blog, what I write or how I conduct my business, in complete opposition to what the very Liberty this so-called R3publican Liberty Caucus claims to promote?
Note that when a comment is left on the blog, as in the first screen shot, Word Press provides the commenters IP address.
We also see in the lower screen shot that this “I Tinker” freely admits to Indy Thinker’s comment being his comment.
From there it is a relatively easy effort on my part to search through comments by the IP address I was supplied and lo and behold, I found a match from the past;
I now know that I Tinker, Indy Thinker and Scruffy Sirocco are one and the same, by IP address, an open admission and as well as style of writing.
While I may be getting up in years, my memory is not entirely defunct yet and I recalled a comment concerning this Scruffy Sirocco, went looking and found;
I Tinker is not half as slick as he thinks as even though a different IP, we have from two years ago an open admission of the true identity of Scruffy Sirocco that later shares the exact IP of Indy Thinker, and I Tinker.
Emerson has made it very evident that he and likely his RLC cohorts disapprove of my calling myself a conservative, even to naming this blog as conservative, years before they even entered the political scene.
That is just too damned bad!
Contrary to what they may think, they neither own rights to conservatism nor do they sit in any position of authority to define or dictate who is and is not conservative by their narrow, disillusioned views.
Since these people proclaim they are the true defenders of liberty, where do they get off establishing a smear site aimed at one person that disagrees with their “in your face” tactics and refuses to support their hand-picked candidates?
They are fond of throwing out the invective “establishment” in a pejorative manner, parroting the 1960’s long haired, dope smoking Liberal Hippies, unaware that now that they have seized control of the local party, they are “the establishment.”
Especially disturbing is that this latest flare-up seems to be on behalf of RLC candidate Lisa Ross and my not supporting her. CCGOP Operations Director (whatever in the hell that is) Christian Berrigan chimed in with a call to “defend” Ms. Ross, even though her name was not mentioned in the post. In a screed I assume he penned, “Of Bullies, Butt-Kissers and Boot-Lickers” posting along with it “Anyone following the Lew Waters / I. Tinker battle, please read.”
Also included was an image asking “have you backstabbed today?”
Asked within the screed is,
“Will you defend your friends or feed the bully more of the fawning pseudo-respect which is his sole reason for being? Will you feed a vampire more blood in the naïve hope he will be satiated?”
Asked by some what it was about, Dan Poletti, husband of the CCGOP vice-chair responded,
“Essentially, it’s about a few folks who have the exact same political views as Lisa Ross, but are somehow unable to see their way clear to support her, or even, to stop attacking her, despite the fact that their candidate is now out of the running and Lisa is the only option against Moeller.”
Obviously, some do not “have the exact same political views as Lisa Ross” if they are unwilling to support her. But, it is somehow expected, no, DEMANDED all support her, even though not members of the R3publican Party.
Lisa Ross has remained completely silent throughout the entire smear / attack campaign on her behalf which indicates to me she is even more unqualified to hold public office than previously believed.
How silly that not supporting her is considered “attacking” her.
Yet, it is reported that this same group of R3publicans, at their latest Central Committee Meeting, endorsing incumbent Republican 3rd Congressional District Representative, Jaime Herrera Beutler was “spurned,” nearly exactly how incumbent 49th legislative district Democrat Jim Moeller led the effort to not endorse fellow Democrat Jon Haugen for the 3rd C.D. in 2012.
Where is their action any different than those they have labeled “the enemy?” Yet, it is DEMANDED of Independent voters to get behind Lisa Ross? And if you have a public voice, as I do, face the wrath of Sean Emerson and his cohorts for exercising your free will?
I fully expect Emerson and the rest of his ilk will deny the above, claim no connection, accuse me of being senile, out of touch, a traitor and whatever else he can think of.
But the truth stands there for all to see.
The smears and attacks will no doubt resume and let them. Few people visit that hate site and I will not succumb to their attacks.
He does not pay me any salary nor does he pay any of my bills, not even the cost of this blog. He has no authority to make any demands of me or this blog other than what he fabricates within his own overly inflated self worth and ego.
He may even issue another call for me to be visited to be “spoken to in no uncertain terms.” That would not be very wise, but would be par. Any additional threats will also be reported to the Sheriff’s Department.
This blog will continue to exercise its freedom and liberty to support or oppose any candidate it chooses, be they Democrat, Republican or Independent as the author sees fit. It will do the same in regards to any Initiative or policy as it sees fit.
Sean Emerson and the so called R3publican Liberty Caucus will not call the shots here, no matter what smears and attacks they launch or by whom they come from.
Posts will likely not be daily, may not even be weekly as frankly, the silence of many throughout this period amounts to tacit approval of the tactics used in the futile effort to force this blog and its author to “toe the line” as demanded by this fringe group, leaving the blog with few to support.
Quite frankly Sean, I no longer give a damn what you or your fringe element does.
You’re irrelevant, the lot of you!
UPDATE: I have long suspected that Mark Engleman also posts under the I Tinker handle and he too has confirmed that he posts as I Tinker.