Hello friends my sister sent my mother a very disturbing e-mail today. This is the information I pulled from the FWD:
Today, Washington DC PD conducted an investigative traffic stop on the subject that I placed on your chairs. Officers were called to the Congressional gym in reference to a suspicious person (that’s what 10-37 means). The subject was accused of poking a man in the chest in the shower room. Officers’ followed the subject’s vehicle through several area neighborhoods at slow speeds. The subject drove past several schools, but did not make any stops or stopping actions when driving past the schools.
The subject was pulled over in a parking lot. He said he was here from Chicago and he was tracing his family tree. Officers conducted a search of the subject’s vehicle. They uncovered a ski mask, black gloves, tape, rope, and a hammer. The subject’s camera was also searched. There were several pictures of different Congressmen throughout town and several businesses. The subject committed no crime, and therefore was set free with the order not to grope in the showers again.
According to Chicago PD, the subject was a prime suspect of a child abduction/molestation case out of that city in 2002. For some reason the charges were dropped. Not sure the full extent of it. He has some traffic arrests on his criminal record, but nothing serious. He is not listed as a sex offender. I just want you to be aware and on the look out for this guy. If you should notice him or have any contact with him, call 9-1-1 ASAP!
If you see this person call 911 right away!
He is actually on Facebook!
OK, so it should be pretty obvious to everyone that the above is a parody of recent allegations of the White House Chief of Staff. However, I am not here to discuss whether or not Rahm was poking Massa in the shower room. Quite the contrary, I have used the humor to highlight how dangerous the activist mindset is, and the ramifications of allowing this mindset to drive policy and law.
The text in the parody above is nearly copy-paste of an actual email and Facebook warning about a friend of mine. I have changed the names and locations to keep from giving it any more print than it deserves, as well as having my laugh at the most ethical White House evah. The photo of the mugshot and MSPaint text is pretty much on par with what was done to my friend as well. This completely libelous garbage was emailed and Facebooked, and immediately gained traction.
My friend, one of more than two decades, is a good and honest man. He is a successful businessman and active in his local politics. In the process of writing his memoirs, he visited a shithole small town in which he once spent time to chronicle the community. That community thanked him by having the police stop him, question him, search him, and release him (due to the fact that he was breaking no laws by visiting a town of his youth in the land of the free and the home of the brave). The small town shithole police with nothing better to do felt it their duty – regardless of the lack of laws being violated and lack of anything better to do – to disperse information to the schools that they stopped someone who didn’t actually choose to live in their particular crapshack of a town. Voila! Life is breathed into a non-story.
I noticed a strange event in my statcounter for this site. Usually, I see my regular three or four readers check in along with the obligatory views from various images I have uploaded over the years. There is the regular spike in viewership when the popular site written by Doug Ross links an article, but other than that my readership is fairly predictable. All of the sudden, I noticed a major influx of hits from Google searches on my friend’s name, as I named him in an article long ago. At first, I thought he might be testing the waters for a new employment opportunity, or had possibly entered into a new foray in politics. Then, I saw the Facebook link.
I will not hide the perpetrators. The text, which I copied and altered for humor above, was being posted and emailed by Benjamin L Palzer of Bourbonnais, Illinois (the aforementioned shithole crapshack). Additionally, this text was also posted as a comment to this site. As anyone who knows me understands, if you involve me – I WILL BE INVOLVED.
I researched Palzer and found him to be an activist for gay and lesbian rights. His Facebook page appears to show a swinging single gay man who promotes gay and lesbian parties. This is the fellow smearing the good name of my friend. I sent him a message on Facebook:
“March 4 at 10:19pmThe response:
Benjamin: ***** is a successful businessman and active political figure in *****. I noticed your posting falsely accusing him of some nasty stuff. Be advised that your information is (a) false and (b) libel. I strongly suggest you post a retraction and apologize to *****. In the future, you may want to consider researching accusations against people you don't know before publishing them to the internet.”
“March 5 at 5:01amYes, the ever-present “concerned citizens”, which to the best of my knowledge consists of someone who sent something to his sister, who then sent it to his mother, who then sent it to him. Thank the Lord Almighty that his shithole crapshack has a gay activist watching out for the children in the area.
Like I am going to listen to a Football fan and a smoker. Get bent! I posted only what was in the police report and what was given to me by other concerned citizens. Don't bother responding you are going on the blocked list.”
With the concerted efforts of the falsely accused and his friends, the police and media immediately realized the turd in which they had stepped and corrected their errors publicly. That didn’t stop activist Patti McKenna, a self-proclaimed “Professional Writer and Editor” who reproduced this libel on her website. Unfortunately, I did not have the foresight to screen-capture the nonsense on her site before she also realized the turd in which her high heel resided, but I will never forget her initial rebuttal to being told she was libeling an innocent man:
“Innocent until proven guilty is fine in a court of law, but …”There you have it, folks. In that one little “but”, we throw our United States Constitution to the wind. But we have to protect our children, so it’s OK to smear a perfect stranger based on absolutely no research whatsoever. While Benjamin Palzer is a jerkass tool, Patti McKenna portends to be a professional. This begs a question for the professional with all of the accolades on her website:
I ask all my several readers (perhaps two at this point, as I find myself in yet another lengthy rant) to consider how they would feel if their personal information from a routine traffic stop was used to portray them as a sexual predator. I would further ask that the next time you receive an email from someone like this to consider verifying the validity before passing it along to your friends. You never know, but one of them might be an activist – and we know their ends always justify their means.