Today Meaghan Walker-Williams apparently lowered the curtain on one of the most elaborate productions of sock puppet theater I’ve seen. The link to her group blog [Warning: As of 8/25/05 MWW’s site has been replaced with a porn link site, which may not be work safe for you. ] Blank Out Times appears dead, though the blog can still be seen in Google’s cache.
Meaghan has posted comments here at No Treason under her own name and also as her sock puppet Edward T. Bear of Blank Out Times. When I asked her yesterday to confirm that Edward T. Bear was her sock puppet she responded here:
Anybody who wants to claim that anonymously blogging is inherently wrong, or that somebody who has a fucking nutcase white supremacists trailing them on the internet that is willing to make false allegations of sexual abuse against you in order to score points in discussion should just leave themselves OPEN for that kind of malignant and malicious behavior…
Well… that’s your choice.
Do you know where I live John? Do you know about the Florida Department of Children and Family Services? What do you expect will happen to me and my children, if some FREEPER asshole decides to take Kate McMillan’s criminal defamatory libel, and accusations of criminality against me to the next level? Would you look at the climate that we live in John. Take a good long look at this blog, and what’s happening to Cindy Sheehan and her children. These people have NO compunction whatsoever about reaching past their computer screens and making you *pay* for saying things that they don’t like.
And that’s exactly why I started to post Anonymously. Billy actually knows some of the reasons. And he might fill you in on them, if he’s still talking to you at this point.
I don’t have any objection to anonymous blogging. We have anonymous bloggers at No Treason. But Meaghan’s explanation doesn’t stand up to much scrutiny. Meaghan didn’t stop posting comments as herself when she started posting as Edward T. Bear; she posts as *both* – even in a single comment thread – to various sites, including No Treason. And what she posts as the bear isn’t noticeably more inflammatory than what she posts under her own name.
“They have tied me to a stake;
I cannot fly,
But, willy nilly silly ol’ bear-like, I must fight the course.
What’s he That was not born of woman?
Such a one Am I to fear, or none.” — MWWbeth
(8/20/05): Apparently finding the irony of blanking out her Blank Out Times insufficient, Meaghan Walker-Williams is now blogging as Meaghan Champion of Not Reason. You can’t make this stuff up.
(8/30/05) : Meaghan Walker-Williams has created a Wikipedia page for blogger Kate McMillan of Small Dead Animals, with whom Meaghan is obsessed. I doubt that Meaghan’s old usenet adviser Wikipedia founder Jimbo Wales intended Wikipedia to be used for such pursuit of personal vendettas.
Jimbo Wales to Meaghan Walker in 1996(!):
When you behave as you do, angry and yelling and cussing at people, _that’s all that innocent bystanders will remember of you_. And they are likely (and quite properly so) to conclude that your opponent must have had you on the ropes, logically speaking, so that all you could do was hurl insults. After all, if you knew what you were talking about and could prove it, why would you just go around insulting people?
Of course I looked for my own Wikipedia entry but Meaghan hasn’t gotten around to that yet. She does link to No Treason in her Wikipedia user page.
(4/30/06) : Here’s a feed for 16 blogs Meaghan currently has open for business. Let me know if you find any more, I’ll add them to the feed.