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Monday, September 24, 2012

Breitbart blogger featured in "Occupy Unmasked" may be pulling PR stunt with liberal troll

Internet journalist Ron Brynaert was nice enough to give this exclusive to DFQ2. Please try to keep comments on topic.
Coming soon: More emails between former RAW STORY editor Ron Brynaert and Lee Stranahan directly related to SWATings, Neal Rauhauser, Liberty Chick, Patterico, Mike Stack, Brett Kimberlin and many of the characters in Weinergate, SWATgate and Scammerhangate.

See Brynaert's blog at and follow his twitter account at for more details regarding Weinergate, Twittergate, and SWATgate, three never-ending stories involving an absurd #WAR between liberals, conservatives and hackers related to #Anonymous 4chan and #OWS. The NSFW blog post referenced in the emails was written by Schmalfeldt and can be viewed here:

lee stranahan conservative firebrand award winning movie maker one time erotic artist or former pimp for his wife investigated by child protective services now being investigated for kiddy porn.

(Warning: If this story may seem confusing, it's because left and right bloggers are deliberately creating convolution for reasons we still can't completely figure out. Feel free to ask questions in the comments. Play nice, please. Thanks, Ron and Seth)

This article is also referenced: Stars of ‘Occupy Unmasked’ Threatened with ‘Legitimate Rape’ Ahead of RNC Premiere

For weeks, a left-leaning journalist named Bill Schmalfeldt, who deliberately got himself banned from Daily Kos multiple times this year, has been harassing Lee Stranahan, a reporter for Andrew Breitbart's empire. Or so it seems. He has been using the Twitter handles @LiberalGrouch and @BreitbartsBane to promote extremely vile blog posts attacking Lee Stranahan and his family, and it appears that this may have been to promote the anti-OWS movie "Occupy Unmasked", which was partly financed by Citizens United and has been marketed as Breitbart's last film.

Each has been claiming to call the police and file reports on the other. And it may just be a publicity stunt.

Ron Brynaert, the former executive editor for RAW STORY, has been menaced and smeared by liberal trolls working with Democratic operative Neal Rauhauser and assorted conservative bloggers connected to Breitbart and Tea Party SuperPAC lawyer Dan Backer, ever since he helped the New York Times break a story about Congressman Weiner:

NY Times: fake identities were used on twitter to get information on weiner

Brynaert sent the following emails to Schmalfeldt and Stranahan after the following tweets from @BreitbartsBane were sent to the wrong Twitter account on Sunday night. Referenced in the emails is an argument between Seth Allen (who blogs at DFQ2 and tweets as @Prepostericity) and @BrooksBayne who claims to be a Tea Party founder. Allen got Bayne - who has been accused of antisemitism by many conservatives and liberals - to make some outrageous statements on Twitter regarding the Holocaust, claiming that as few as 100,000 Jews were killed and that the Jews declared war on Germany first.

23h Bill Schmalfeldt ‏@BreitbartsBane See, @robryn, to be a "smear," it has to be "untrue." So, back on the meds and let's get lucid, say what? You can't be on both sides, kid.

23h Bill Schmalfeldt ‏@BreitbartsBane As you dismiss all @stranahan's critics as @NealRauhauser @Shoq and Holocaust denying trolls @robryn take a good look at whose ass you kiss.

23h Bill Schmalfeldt ‏@BreitbartsBane Pimped out his own wife, @robryn. Is that disgusting? Possible child pornographer. Disgusting? In spades. But if @stranahan is your type?

23h Bill Schmalfeldt ‏@BreitbartsBane This might explain why you are held in such low regard yourself, @robryn. Your attempt to cuddle up with @stranahan is duly noted.

23h Bill Schmalfeldt @BreitbartsBane If @Robryn and @stranahan want to hold hands, shivering in the night, hearing voices together, I'm down with that. But learn the truth.

From: Ron Brynaert
To: Lee Stranahan ; ""
Sent: Monday, September 24, 2012
Subject: Fw: learn how to spell my name

You have permission to publish this from me, if you want.


From: Ron Brynaert
Sunday, September 23, 2012
Subject: learn how to spell my name

Learn how to spell my name, vile troll. It's ronbryn on Twitter.

I'll send you an email tomorrow to respond to your smear article, provided you publish my emails in full. This one first.

It will be completely my opinion, with absolutely no direction from Lee Stranahan or anyone else. He has no clue I'm writing you, now, and he won't know until you gleefully tweet it.

Your timing is rather strange, since it seems like you want to distract me from tweeting about Patterico, and jam up my timeline with your filthy presence.

You are a vile, disgusting troll who makes me want to vomit.

I think that Lee Stranahan was justified in contacting the police about you. Even if you are on your death bed, it doesn't change the fact that you are scary and menacing. And anyone who feels menaced has a right to call the police. And the degree to which a person feels menaced is something that they only know. Just because he didn't let you disrupt his life and wreak havoc on his job to immediately rush back home doesn't mean he isn't feeling menaced or scared.

I'm not on anyone's side. I'm on the side of truth and journalism, as I've always been. I proudly go after both sides, and defend both sides when I think they are wronged, and I try to always show both sides, if it's possible and/or relevant. Hell, I even defended Neal Rauhauser when he was smeared by Momus aka Jay Batman, who I believe works with him to make him a Phantom Menace Darth Vader.

That said, there are many folks who play victim on the internet. The Breitbart article was completely wrong not to mention that the Occupy Unmasked email - which the most likely author Neal Rauhauser also sent to me - was referencing Akin's words, but I think using "rape" like that is out of line, anyway. Unless you're Louis C.K. or Sarah Silverman, rape jokes are generally frowned upon by normal people.

Do you agree that Brooks Bayne is wrong to call Jewish people "German" when they aren't German, just to piss them off? Do you agree that anyone who claims as few as 100,000 Jews were exterminated is too cowardly to deny the Holocaust so they are just playing the numbers game instead? Do you agree that Neal Rauhauser is wrong to constantly refer to his wife as a Jewish American Princess, which is a derogatory term? Why isn't the antisemitism by Brooks Bayne something that you care about?

To: Ron Brynaert;
Sent: Monday, September 24, 2012
Subject: Re: learn how to spell my name

Are you done vomiting yet?

If I send you a note that says… BOOM! This was a letter bomb… do you have a reasonable fear of being menaced? Or, are you merely mentally unbalanced?

I'm not focusing on Rauhauser. I'm not focusing on Bayne. I'm focusing on child pornography allegations against Stranahan and the recent revelation that he pimped out his own wife. Do you find it peculiar that you don't even waste a pixel on that concern.

Say what you will about me. Machts niches. I could care less about your "tweeting about Patterico." Again, despite what the voices are telling you, there's no conspiracy. There's just people trying to get to the truth.

If the facts are vile, they are vile. If the facts are disgusting, they are disgusting. But Stranahan sending YOU — a mentally suspect, unbalanced widget with anger issues — instead of answering for himself — says all that I need to know about him.

Now, go wipe your mouth and chin.

Boom. This was an e-mail bomb.

From: Ron Brynaert
Date: Monday, September 24, 2012
Subject: Re: learn how to spell my name

I told you I'd email you today to respond to your smear article.

Brooks Bayne's Holocaust denial is even more evil than your lies about Stranahan and his family.

Does this mean you're not going to publish my first email in full? And it must be in full and uninterrupted, you can smear me and mock after my words, not in between them, or you'll get no second email.

You have very thin skin, don't you, Mr. Brain Salad.

Lee Stranahan has no clue I contacted you, and you seriously have to be mentally unbalanced if you think I'd take directions from someone who has falsely smeared me and lied about me for 15 months. I just stand up for truth.

PS: If someone sends someone an email that says "BOOM! This was a letter bomb, it very well could be considered a crime in New York state: Aggravated harassment in the second degree.

~ ~ ~

§ 240.30 Aggravated harassment in the second degree.
A person is guilty of aggravated harassment in the second degree when, with intent to harass, annoy, threaten or alarm another person, he or she:

1. Either (a) communicates with a person, anonymously or otherwise, by telephone, by telegraph, or by mail, or by transmitting or delivering any other form of written communication, in a manner likely to cause annoyance or alarm; or (b) causes a communication to be initiated by mechanical or electronic means or otherwise with a person, anonymously or otherwise, by telephone, by telegraph, or by mail, or by transmitting or delivering any other form of written communication, in a manner likely to cause annoyance or alarm or

2. Makes a telephone call, whether or not a conversation ensues, with no purpose of legitimate communication; or

3. Strikes, shoves, kicks, or otherwise subjects another person to physical contact, or attempts or threatens to do the same because of a belief or perception regarding such person's race, color, national origin, ancestry, gender, religion, religious practice, age, disability or sexual orientation, regardless of whether the belief or perception is correct; or

4. Commits the crime of harassment in the first degree and has previously been convicted of the crime of harassment in the first degree as defined by section 240.25 of this article within the preceding ten years.

5. For the purposes of subdivision one of this section, "form of written communication" shall include, but not be limited to, a recording as defined in subdivision six of section 275.00 of this part.

Aggravated harassment in the second degree is a class A misdemeanor.

~ ~ ~

From: "Editor, the Liberal Grouch" To: Ron Brynaert
Sent: Monday, September 24, 2012
Subject: Re: learn how to spell my name

Like most editors, everywhere, I make no promises to publish ANYTHING in full. That's why they call us editors. Now, if you want to prove where I am wrong about Stranahan, send me a letter. I will consider your evidence.

But why in God's name should I make a promise to anyone who has such a mistaken and low opinion of me and my three decades of journalistic experience? If you can point to a single thing I've written that is not truth, and you can prove it's not truth, put the cards on the table, Ronnie.

In the meantime, you know what they say about opinions.

Again, for it to be a "smear article," it has to be untrue.

Your friend,



On Mon, Sep 24, 2012, Ron Brynaert wrote:


Please get back to me within the next two hours on whether or not you plan to publish these emails or I'm going to send them to someone else to publish.

I wonder if Patterico took shots at me last night, because you forwarded emails I sent to you.

None of this makes any rational sense. I've now spoken to Dallas and NY FBI offices about the SWATings, Barrett Brown, Patterico, Neal Rauhauser and Tom Ryan, but I can never actually speak to an agent.

Since, duh, we're dealing with hackers, fraudsters and VOIP experts, it's possible that they are intercepting calls, emails, and impersonating people.

And I'm extremely tired of your evasion of questions and the way your posse leaks shit to each other, plays games on the Internet, threatens lawfare....but no law enforcement agency officials ever seem to actually be involved in any investigations.

But I'm going to keep contacting law enforcement agencies until I find someone who will care...and I'm going to make my phone calls from random payphones from now on, just in case hackers are fucking with me.

From: Lee Stranahan
To: Ron Brynaert
Sent: Monday, September 24, 2012
Subject: Re: learn how to spell my name

I'm not dealing with Bill publicly. I've been advised not to.

I appreciate your support on the factual stuff -- I know it's not because you like me or anything, so it means a lot.

This has all been difficult for my family. They don't deserve it.

On Mon, Sep 24, 2012, Ron Brynaert wrote:

You completely ducked many parts of my email, yet again.

You are obviously playing games to draw publicity for your movie and your sketchy journalism.

From: Lee Stranahan
To: Ron Brynaert
Sent: Monday, September 24, 2012
Subject: Re: learn how to spell my name

No, I'm working on a video, Ron. And I have articles to write. I'm not trying to duck anything.

From: Ron Brynaert
To: Lee Stranahan
Sent: Monday, September 24, 2012
Subject: Re: learn how to spell my name

How can you seriously claim you are not trying to duck anything?

I'm not only going to publish these emails, I'm going to publish all of our emails from yesterday, as well.

All you ever do is duck questions and play games. You are obviously a fraudster playing games with Neal Rauhauser and Patterico. You even ignored questions about nutty ZAPEM.

From: Lee Stranahan
To: Ron Brynaert
Sent: Monday, September 24, 2012
Subject: Re: learn how to spell my name


I'm busy. I'm working on a video with a two year old running around.

Attached screenshot of video.

I'm not ducking anything. I'm trying to deal with a lot of stuff, including your emails.

From: Ron Brynaert
To: Lee Stranahan; Brandon Darby
Sent: Monday, September 24, 2012
Subject: Re: learn how to spell my name

You've been ducking the same questions for 15 months, Lee.

I don't care about your stupid work for Breitbart....duh...of course you're not voting for Obama.

Stop making the fucking video and make calls to get to the bottom of Weinergate threats and SWATgate, or answer my questions about your pals Patterico and Mandy Nagy, and her pals Zapem and Doug Matthew Stewart. And Mike Stack.

Anyway, I already forwarded the last exchange and that's getting published...and all of our convos from yesterday will be published the day after.

Call Boston now and get the god damned police report regarding Jennifer George. Put in writing what Jennifer Preston told you. Answer one question related to Patterico and Nagy and D Matthew Stewart.

All you ever do is duck questions, and give horseshit answers...because you're obviously part of these hoaxes.

Did you or did you not forward any of my emails to Patterico or Nagy last night. That's one question you can definitively answer.

I'm including Brandon Darby on this reply, since he may be the only person that is honest that you're linked to and actively work with.

1 comment:

socrates said...

First thought, and it's off-topic. I know, sue me. Brandon Darby = honest? Give me a break.

Obviously Liberal Grouch cannot be trusted. I saw somewhere in blog comments he vouches for Neal Rauhauser.

I've got to say though, it does look like Stranahan might have been involved in the escort business. Unless the stuff gets deleted, sex was implied.

Now that being said, who cares? Stranahan is a marketing whore. Tell us something new. Both of them calling the police on each other is ridiculous. There's a pox on both houses.

Sure I hate Brett Kimberlin. But I was never malicious. Ok, maybe once or twice (see scum, personification of).

Liberal Grouch is spastic. I wouldn't be surprised if he is a paid astroturfer working these hoaxes, or whether he's just a randon jackass on early retirement who used to work for small town rags.