The Morris dance of outrage is still clattering away, down at Free Republic — which is as good a place to begin this tale as any:
Freep This Weblog Awards Poll for FUnniest Blog (DUmmie FUnnies Being Targeted by Leftwing Websites)
Posted on 11/04/2007 10:31:56 AM PST by PJ-Comix
The DUmmie FUnnies are under a bigtime attack by an organized campaign by the Leftwing Blogosphere to keep us from winning as FUnniest Blog in the 2007 Weblog Awards. Late yesterday afternoon the DUmmie FUnnies, thanx for the most part to Freeper Power, was leading in that poll by almost 700 votes. Then the Left got desperate. They just can’t tolerate a blog, dedicated to mocking and satirizing their many foibles to win that award. Therefore, led by Sadly No! and the Democrat Underground, a host of leftwing websites is now targetting us by urging their readers to vote for Sadly No! in the FUnniest Blog category.
This is all very affirming in a way, but any reasonable person would look at our oeuvre and see a bunch of characters who couldn’t organize breakfast with a waffle iron and a box of Bisquick.
…Although truly, by about 11 AM when the Left gets desperate, we just can’t tolerate a frozen burrito mocking and satirizing our hunger, and often one is targeted.
I know that Freeper Power can counteract this attack on us. Therefore I am asking for your vote for the DUmmie FUnnies as the FUnniest Blog by clicking HERE.
The first time you click the circle next to “DUmmie FUnnies” you should see it turn dark yellow. You need to click it again. When you see the vote stats Results page, you will know your vote has been registered. You can vote once every 24 hours until the contest closes on Thursday.
In any case, you’d think PJ would know what an ‘organized campaign’ looks like. The farther you delve into the Andy Stephenson affair, the more singularly nauseating it is — and there are some words, like ‘nauseating,’ that pretty much stand in reserve, only to be used when no other word will do.
PJ and a few other Freepers did some of that frenzied Internet research that right-blogs are so justly famous for, and decided that Stephenson had a lot of money (he didn’t), was faking pancreatic cancer (he wasn’t), and that donations toward his medical bills, via Democratic Underground, were actually a scam netting him hundreds of thousands of dollars (they were not). A narrative from From DU’s Elizabeth Ferrari:
What followed was a coordinated effort to block Andy [Stephenson]’s medical care or his benefit from the medical care we could secure for him. In specific, the Bush right had its agents make small donations so they could then call Paypal with allegations of fraud that froze Andy’s account. They also called Paypal, misrepresenting themselves as the hospital to “verify” that this effort was a scam.
And it got more vicious from there. Due to the frozen funds and the confusion it caused us all, Andy’s surgery date was cancelled by Johns Hopkins. It was with great difficulty that we were able to persuade the doctor to be put Andy back into the surgical rotation. That cost him two weeks while he suffered from the most aggressive, invasive form of cancer.
After Andy was admitted to the hospital, the rumors turned into threats. A bounty was offered by the Bush right for anyone who could sneak into his hospital room. It was said he was getting a face lift. A telegram was sent just to see if it could be successfully delivered. The harassment was nonstop. And we tried to shield Andy from it, with less success than we would have liked.
Andy left the hospital and spent two weeks recovering at a friend’s house, learning how to eat again, learning how to move, weaning himself from the morphine that he’d needed post surgery. During this time, one of his supporters in Baltimore had her car vandalized – a message was sent. Shortly after he left to return to Seattle, his second East Coast hostess was stalked to her home and watched as someone tried to open her front door. His supporters everywhere were systematically intimidated and all the while, they tried to keep it from Andy.
Andy then went back home to Seattle, looking forward to a medical course of chemotherapy and radiation. Once he arrived, he found that an anonymous tipster had managed to get his Medicaid shut down. It took us two weeks to get him back in the system. Andy had anaplastic pancreatic cancer and was again forced to wait weeks for follow up care.
By this time, Andy’s stalkers had set up a website. It purported to be concerned that the funds for his surgery were raised fraudulently. Thankfully by this time, Andy spent very time on line. But it wore on his core advocates who were repeatedly attacked, defamed and baited.
As late as week before Andy died, we couldn’t keep the poisonous campaign from him. He felt well enough to log into to his email and found a multipage denunciation, supposedly being filed with his state’s attorney general. He called me, not so much in a panic. Panic was no longer a speed Andy had. He called me in despair, because he could no longer fight the barrage of hatred being leveled at him. I don’t remember what I said to him but I hope it helped for a moment.
The attack from the Bush right never paused, not even through the agony of Andy’s last days. Not at all. Even the fact of his death is being disputed. Two days after his passing, his advocates are still being harassed, still receiving anonymous hate calls, “It was a scam.” The friend planning his service was visited by two men impersonating sheriffs on the morning after Andy passed. They were there to ask about fraud, they said.
Andy’s physical death has not stopped the attack, has not slowed the hatred, has not stemmed the steady stream of intimidation.
That’s our PJ, apparently. Also of note is that he and his Freeper cohort tried to obtain the autopsy report, for what purpose it’s difficult to imagine.
[Again, teh voting, in case you're of a mind to vote against PJ (and for us, Jon Swift, or any of the other entrants), is here. Everyone can vote once every 24 hours.]