Monthly Archives: May 2013

News Round-Up No. 8

Former UniteBlue Advisory Board Member Bill Talley Receives Prison Sentence

Mr. Talley used Twitter and UniteBlue to reinvent himself as a “progressive political activist” over the last several years. He was appointed to the “advisory board” of UniteBlue by the owners, for unknown reasons. When news of his *legal difficulties,* which included possession of illegal drugs and possession of child pornography became public, he was unceremoniously dumped. Nevertheless, he maintained his support of UniteBlue and had a vocal group of UniteBlue supporters who questioned the legal system and attacked anyone who dared to address Mr. Talley’s guilt.

Read about his sentencing here.

So why does a legion of UniteBlue trolls still defend felon Talley? What exactly was/is his role in the founding and operation of UniteBlue? Does he still have any say in the operation of Uniteblue? The world wonders.

The Truth About UniteBlue Video Surfaces on YouTube

The owners of UniteBlue took great pains to erase as much of their prior GOP work as possible. The producer of this video obviously took a lot of time to track down a series of tweets that illustrate conclusively their GOP affiliation. Tellingly, the producer added this interesting note “Sorry, I am disabling comments because I am tired of being called names by UniteBlue members. Also, they have been known to “dox” (release personal information on) anyone who disagrees with them — so even if you LIKE this video, it’s dangerous to comment, they’ll stalk and troll you everywhere.”

UniteBlue is in the business of marketing UniteBlue and little else. We continue to urge progressives to AVOID them, REMOVE the Twibbon if you have one and continue to PROMOTE progressive causes that are not attached to pyramid schemes designed to make former GOP operatives money.

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News Round-Up No. 7

UniteBlue Insider Exposed as a Divider

We found this recently-posted video that illustrates what many critics have suspected all along: the founders of UniteBlue aren’t interested in uniting the left, only telling it what to do so they can profit. And “beware those who disagree.” Read the tweets of potty-mouthed UniteBlue insider @EdieVP and ask yourself: are these folks uniters… or dividers?

From the beginning, critics were called trolls and questions were called “smears” by the founder of UniteBlue. His more vociferous followers, in a cult-member like way, carry on his mission with gusto– attack unbelievers and relentlessly proselytize liberals on Twitter. All so the Green$ can make a buck. Shameful, especially with 2014 around the corner.

Those Vicious UniteBlue Defenders: “The Cauldron Of Stupid”

Yet another Twitter user has parted ways with UniteBlue, after a series of encounters with their staunchest defenders, whom he/she calls “The Cauldron Of Stupid.” Check out this Twitlonger post for a dose of reality. Click here for a cached copy.

UniteBlue has been trying to portray themselves as a legitimate progressive movement, but looks more and more like the ridiculous right-wing #TGDN project as time goes by– “The only time I got suspended [in three years] was after being trolled by a member of #CauldronOfStupid.”

 

News Round-Up No. 6

UniteBlue Now Wants to Sue Critics and Non-Followers?

Honestly even we didn’t see this coming. The operators of UniteBlue, or someone closely allied to them, have created this Pastebin listing over 100 liberal and progressive Twitter users who, they purport, may be “sued” in a class action lawsuit merely for criticizing UniteBlue and the extended Green family and various supporters behind it. The author alleges that “We are going after those who planned and almost carried out the takedown of the UB website.” They don’t say what this “takedown” was, of course, and it’s the first we’ve heard of it. But like Fox News, these people have now resorted to just making stuff up almost every day.

Apparently dividing the left wasn’t enough for the Greens and their posse of true believers. Now they want to SUE those who haven’t joined their marketing campaign cleverly camouflaged as a “liberal movement.” Still unsure whether these folks are someone you want speaking for YOU?

We’ve Recovered UniteBlue’s Missing Web Pages (Again)

Two months ago, a blogger had published an annotated list of all the web pages that @140elect (Zach Green) had deleted.  They told a very interesting story of the ever-shifting story the Greens have told about their chameleon-like project that was first about making money, then it wasn’t, then it kinda was, then it was a nonprofit, and so on.  Sadly, that site was taken down by the blogger (who may have felt intimidated by the UniteBlue’s relentless efforts to harass its critics).  Our volunteers have found, restored and annotated these exhibits for you to see (once again).   We’ve also added the page to our collection of other deleted exhibits which you can see (and easily link to) here.

News Round-Up No. 5

Are UniteBlue Insiders Worried About Club Followback?

Well it was bound to happen. As more and more tweeps are finding out, UniteBlue is designed to look like a progressive movement to drive business to the Greens– an unnecessary middleman. Now some who are heavily invested (either out of misplaced enthusiasm or some other interest) are worried about the “slow up” (their words). Click here to see a UniteBlue insider contemplating a, get this, “follow-a-thon.”

Sorry guys, but the “follow-a-thon” already happened. That was back in January and February when Zach Green was hyping TGDN and his bogus solution to suspension– join his pyramid scheme and everybody must follow everyone!

Let The Doxing Continue

A UniteBlue insider “doxed” a UniteBlue critic several weeks ago in an effort to silence her. Zach Green publicly claimed he had no idea who did it. Now everyone’s in the doxing game– we found a website (since deleted) produced by unknown authors, with a bunch of apparently publicly available information about all the directors and officers of UniteBlue.

Why publish this? Of course we don’t condone such tactics– although it is hardly surprising that others would reply in kind to UniteBlue trolls who use GOP-style smear tactics to dox critics. Nevertheless, we categorically call for everyone to stop the doxing, which only serves to divide the left further.

UPDATED: June 6, 2013

News Round-Up No. 4

Why Is Zach Green Using Fear Tactics Swiped From TGDN?

Good question. And why won’t he remove the “best practices” he swiped from @PixSher, according to this post? The shenanigans didn’t start just this year:

“Folks, he’s just trying to pack his site with follows, and the only benefit you’re getting is a blog that he uses to aggrandize his site, to direct traffic to UniteBlue which is just a hashtag aggregation site. Ask me sometime why I think he’s so keen to do this. It, surprise surprise, involves generating income.”

We couldn’t have said it better.

So the question remains- why have any progressives jumped on this bandwagon, which is little more than a thinly veiled “pyramid scheme” set to make the Green$ money and give them some control over the left on Twitter? “Free tools” indeed.

UniteBlue Has A New Critic

As the number of UniteBlue critics multiply, more and more information about them and their henchmen accumulates. This site provides some revealing information about one of the more caustic of their brood.

As they say, we report, you decide.

News Round-Up No. 3

UniteBlue and Zach Green’s Bad Day with Anonymous

In the category of entities whose bad side you don’t want to get on, the Anonymous collective would be neck-in-neck with sleeping tigers. But Zach Green’s big on rushing in where wise men fear to tread. The result, an intriguing Pastebin from an Anon, should be making the Greens a little less sanguine about their own actions.

If that weren’t enough to get the Unite Blue founders’ pulses racing, the revved-up Anons’ surveillance of that bad penny known as Bill Talley won’t be supplying the calm they must be craving. Certainly not when there’s also a brand-new Anon YouTube vid on Toxic Talley. Anyone got a Xanax?

News Round-Up No. 2

Bill Talley’s Enablers vs The World

It looks like UniteBlue’s most vociferous Political_Bill defenders have managed to offend Anonymous. This won’t end well. Check out this page for a response to Mr. Talley’s admitted conduct. NOTE: Mr. Talley was a member of UniteBlue’s advisory board until a critic pointed out his legal, ahem, *difficulties* (spanning many years, charges, failed appeals and admissions), at which point he was unceremoniously dumped, at least publicly.

Why so many UniteBlue trolls still defend this serial liar is one of the great Twitter mysteries. So many supposed “good liberals” just shrugging off disgusting behavior, merely because the criminal has a computer full of progressive platitudes that he tweets ad nauseum?  Some pretty unsavory conservative bloggers have even noticed their ethical fail.  UniteBlue’s posse of noisy defenders claim that he’s off their board, yet he continues to act like their director of Twitter communications, and they continue to embrace him with ever more vicious attacks against their growing enemies list.

An Interesting Item

And speaking of the disaffected, we’ve learned of another Twitter user trying to explain the spectacle of Bill Talley’s UniteBlue defenders and the damage they are doing to Twitter Progressives on a daily basis.  Click here to read the Twitlonger post.

Of course, like anyone that criticizes this clever pyramid scheme, this user too will be attacked as a “smearer” and “divider.” That’s how UniteBlue enforcers work… you know, the vociferous trolls that usually turn out to be family members, sock puppets or friends of the officers and directors Adam and Zach Green.

@MiltShook’s Kiddie Porn Apologetics

Always eager to entertain Twitter with his commentary offered to no one listening. Mr. Milt— “I Only Tell The Truth”—Shook doesn’t seem to know what “guilty” means.

Shook had a delightful conversation with the now infamous former #Uniteblue advisory board member (and staunch defender), William Talley, aka @political_bill on Twitter. When confronted with Talley’s February guilty plea to possession of child pornography, Shook actually tried to deny it was real.

It’s not clear if Shook even bothered to read the widely published court documents that everyone else has seen that were hiding in plain site… all over the Internet… but whatever.

Of course, some of us remember Milt Shook from his riotously embarrassing Usenet days, so we are not a bit surprised by any of his latest judgment fail. 

We suspect Talley’s sentencing, now scheduled for the end of May, will force one of Shook’s amusing mea culpas. The ones he makes a lot of. He thinks they make him look great as he defers to his ultra-ethical nature which compels his almost unheard of ability to admit when he’s wrong.  (Which is fairly often.)  The last one of these found him apologizing for insisting that the Boston marathon bombers would prove to be right-wing extremists. Nailed it again, Milt!  

Milt should get a jump on Talley’s sentencing date and start making his excuses right now. Then he can move on from defending this pedophile creep and feel totally free to seek some new Twitter drama to glom onto for his daily fix of attention for himself and his several roommates.

Osborneink has the complete story:  Cancer Truthers Become Kiddie Porn Defenders

What Part of Pleading Guilty does @MiltShook Not Understand?

What part of pleading guilty does Milt Shook not understand?

In a blog post eloquently titled “In Praise of Evidence,” Milt Shook argued that his new BFF Bill Talley did not deserve to be called a pedophile because a “court log, showing him pleading guilty to a couple of charges of ‘sexual exploitation of a minor’” was unimportant due to the lack of details given out.

Update (5/29/2013): Milt Shook is famous for deleting posts that later embarrass him, so we took the liberty of saving a copy of his magnificently absurd work in case folks like you might want to review it after Bill Talley was sentenced—which he just was.  Read the Tennessean’s reporting on the sentencing, and the horrific details discussed in court, and then check out Shook’s screed here.  (Try and contain your laughter. It won’t be easy.)

For some strange reason, Shook says we know nothing about any evidence. Which part of hundreds of child pornography photos does he consider non-evidentiary? Oh, right, those bothersome photos escape his mention.

Instead, he moans about the presumption of innocence until proven guilty, and cries that “there has been no trial, and all anyone has seen to date is the prosecution’s case.” While he does admit that Talley “agreed to a plea deal, which is sealed,” he does so as casually as if Talley had just agreed to buy the next round in a bar.

Is a plea bargain all that negligible? In a word, no. In a plea bargain, a prosecutor and someone facing trial for criminal charges reach a mutually agreeable solution to avoiding a trial. In Bill Talley’s case, that meant pleading guilty to one of four drug possession with intent and two of five sexual exploitation of a minor charges. Plea bargains save the courts time and money and allow a criminal the opportunity to plead guilty to lesser or partial charges for a shorter sentence.

Generally a judge will authorize a plea bargain if the defendant makes a knowing and voluntary waiver of his or her right to a trial, understands the possible maximum sentence that might be handed down after pleading guilty, and makes a voluntary confession, in court, to the alleged crime.

This is the fact Mr. Shook ignores: Mr. Talley obtained a plea bargain by pleading guilty to three out of nine charges and making a voluntary confession in court. He was not victimized by the prosecutor with whom he forged “a mutual agreement,” nor was he demanding a trial in which to establish his innocence.

Regardless of what Talley and Shook say on Twitter, Tally admitted guilt to sexual exploitation of a minor:

A person commits sexual exploitation of a minor by knowingly recording, filming, photographing, developing or duplicating any visual depiction in which a minor is engaged in exploitive exhibition or other sexual conduct; or by distributing, transporting, exhibiting, receiving, selling, purchasing, electronically transmitting, possessing or exchanging any visual depiction in which a minor is engaged in exploitive exhibition or other sexual conduct.

If any visual depiction of sexual exploitation of a minor is admitted into evidence, the court seals that evidence at the conclusion of the hearing or trial—so we will, none of us, learn details of that evidence now.

Shook concludes his article by shrugging off the plea with an absolutely absurd speculation, even for his blithely arrogant style of blogging: “One reason he probably pled guilty was because of the emotion surrounding the issue.”

So are we to imagine that prisons are full of gentle souls who copped pleas because of the emotion surrounding an issue rather than culpability and the wish to evade punishment for all of their crimes? Is it really only “a lynch mob” that would look at guilty pleas as an indication of, well, guilt?  Should thousands of pedophiles and rapists spare themselves all the inconvenience of a lengthy prison term and all that personal shame and humiliation by just agreeing to a plea bargain and then try to say “There, you see! I’m innocent!“?

We hope someone or some group is reimbursing Mr. Shook for his fervent support.  Shook would do well to learn how to research something before penning a blog that asks others to “Please cut the crap.“


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