Tragedy in Three Acts: The Unmasking

What do a Greek politician, a Hindu god and a heel have in common? Do you need a hint? I'm waiting.......... Man! You people are slow.

It's their IP address silly.

Allow me to introduce BlueNC users demosthenes, shiva and heel_dem. They also have a few other things in common. All three have posted only one diary at BlueNC and all three of those solo posts have been attacks on Lt. Governor Beverly Perdue and one on our very own Anglico.

Follow below the fold for the shocking story....

How do I know these things? Well, let's just say I'm a very curious person. After yesterday's diary by heel_dem I felt a sense of deja vu. Don't you think it's strange that we've had two recent diaries slamming Perdue that were posted by new users who didn't hang around to comment and who never showed up again? I didn't immediately connect shiva and heel_dem to demosthenes, but when I did a search of the site and found the diary from September by demo, I asked Lance to check out the userids to see if they shared anything other than their snippy attitude and a loathing of Bev Perdue.

Funny that. It seems they share an IP address.

Of course, I can't prove that it's a winger writing these diaries, but I would bet it isn't someone with Moore's campaign. It's out of character and simply not the modus operandi of someone who has no web presense. It's hard to imagine either of these Democrats having a sudden interest in the blogosphere and even harder to imagine that their presense would be made in such a devious manner. Like I said, out of character - for either of them.

Some of you might remember from your ancient history that Demosthenes was a Greek politician who worked to prevent Athens from being seized by Phillip II of Macedon. I imagine our mystery diarist fancies him or herself as a heroic Greek politician working to save his state from the leadership of Democrat Bev Perdue. Let's hope BlueNC's demosthenes doesn't take his/her fantasy too far. The real Demosthenes committed suicide to prevent his pending arrest. Ouch.

The Hindu God Shiva is also known as the destroyer, of course, not in such a literal sense. I didn't want to get into a long discussion of Hinduism. I'd rather concentrate on the fact that our mystery diarist fancies him or herself as either a God or a destroyer out to tarnish the career of Beverly Perdue. This person has quite the ego.

All of this leads to an obvious question. After identifying with a tragic Greek hero and a Hindu God, why would our diarist call himself/herself a heel? I figure demosthenes/shiva got tired of wasting all that creativity on us and the name is a bit of a dig at us - a way to call Democrats heels. It's either that, or a reference to Achilles and the shared IP address is his famous and proverbial heel.

Regardless of his or her reasons, this little web of deceit should stand as a reminder that we need to avoid knee-jerk reactions. (I stand guilty as charged!) I don't want the freepers dictating our dialogue. I don't care if the diaries are based on facts, facts taken out of context or whether they are a complete fabrication. The intent of the diarist is to smear Beverly Perdue. I might not be a Perdue fan, but if she's going to win or lose it will be on as level a playing field as we can provide here at BlueNC.

What to do with our mystery diarist? Hmmmm....I'm not really sure. A Whois search leads us to a network with many thousands of users. While I can't guarantee these three diarists are the exact same person, something tells me we're dealing with one person or a small group working together.

What do you think?

By the numbers:

Partial IP Address: 198.85.228.xxx

User Name: demosthenes
Email: lucylu2281@xxxxxxx
User ID: 543
Account Created: Thu, 09/28/2006 - 8:21am

User Name: shiva
Email: nanj7047@xxxxxxx
User ID: 924
Account Created: Thu, 01/18/2007 - 5:40pm

User Name: heel_dem
Email: wendyfitz22@xxxxxxx
User ID: 1012
Account Created: Tue, 02/06/2007 - 6:12pm

OrgName: North Carolina Research and Education Network

Comments

well aint that

an interesting coincidence.

didnt they hear about the press secretary for the republican running for us senate in new jersey. these things will always out.

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"Keep the Faith"

Oh no! Not them again?

It has also occurred to me that this could be the work of Party of Greed lurkers. Our old friend Sock Rats (Socrates) had a penchant for exotic names, and is certainly not above throwing bombs on behalf of the Puppetmaster. Some people believe Sock Rats is none other than Claudia Rodgers, one of the many Greeders who couldn't convince Liddy Dole to fight the Site C OLF. It's a strange world we live in, surrounded by so many cowards.* A

Bingo! If the Pope grove does fit, you must not aquit the hood and the puppets on the net.

Mom just called

she fell and broke her wrist last night. If I disappear for a while, you'll know I'm doing nurse duty. (No, she isn't that bad off, but why not let her milk it for a while, right?) She needs surgery and can't get it scheduled for three weeks. Now that stinks. Poor Mom.



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But I thought...

American healthcare was perfect and never had waiting times like Canada!

(On a serious note, I hope your mom heals quickly.)

Thanks.....

She needs a specialist, but she has a cast for now. Wait time for a specialist is three weeks. I guess she could go with a doctor who isn't covered under her insurance if she wanted to pay out of the nose.



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I hope it isn't her eatin' wrist

I broke my right wrist and arm two years ago. I was in a cast to the tips of my fingers. I was so miserable. I couldn't write or anything. Be very kind to her.

Lovex7

Nope....left wrist

Aww...I will be. I'm going to take a ball so we can play catch. :)

Naaah....taking her some good movies/popcorn/ice tea so she can fire up her DVD player and relax.

Robin Hayes lied. Nobody died, but thousands of folks lost their jobs.



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Thanks for doing the work, SD

You've validated my own suspicions and given me pause. I hope to hell this isn't the Moore campaign, but given the outright hostility growing between the camps, nothing would surprise me anymore.

It has also occurred to me that this could be the work of Party of Greed lurkers. Our old friend Sock Rats (Socrates) had a penchant for exotic names, and is certainly not above throwing bombs on behalf of the Puppetmaster. Some people believe Sock Rats is none other than Claudia Rodgers, one of the many Greeders who couldn't convince Liddy Dole to fight the Site C OLF. It's a strange world we live in, surrounded by so many cowards.

The search showed that the IP address

was only associated with these three diaries. I don't think it's Socrates. I also don't think it's the Moore campaign. It's standard fright wing fare.

I knew you'd pulled the diary from the front page, but it was something someone said to me in a phone call that got me suspicious.

Notice the user numbers. One good thing to note is we've doubled in size since September. :)

Robin Hayes lied. Nobody died, but thousands of folks lost their jobs.



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<- The Facts Point Thataway ->

There's a fair argument to be made that this is exactly the kind of ham-handed astroturfing that would be ordered by a campaign with only a shallow understanding of how internet technology and internet communities work.

That's true

but I'm not going to require a denial by anyone. I think this will serve as notice to someone who thinks they can play these games that we aren't in the mood.

Robin Hayes lied. Nobody died, but thousands of folks lost their jobs.



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Screw being nice.

I want confirmation from the Moore campaign that they are not behind this. Now.

Where are the candidates?

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.
-me

Ahhh Playing into the hands of the freepers already

didn't I just warn you about that?

Killing two birds with one stone....the word about Perdue gets out and the raging left blogosphere immediately blames Moore. Win-win situation for the right wing.

Sigh........

Robin Hayes lied. Nobody died, but thousands of folks lost their jobs.



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I'm not blaming anyone.

I'm saying we should just ask them straight up, "Did someone in your office/campaign do this?" Get it over with, then move on to figure out who did it.

The IP addy COULD give some hints, like if it is a Smithfield address on the WHOIS listing or if it is a .gov address.

Where are the candidates?

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.
-me

RTP



Robin Hayes lied. Nobody died, but thousands of folks lost their jobs.



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I don't think it's at all shocking...

...it's the internet, and crap like this happens all the time. Internet communities are plagued with people who masquerade for their own purposes. They often will reply and comment on their own posts - set up their own straw-man and knock him down in front of your eyes. I've seen it happen from the early days of AOHell to now.

It says something that these folks think BlueNC is worth the effort of using in this manner. Getting this much Republican attention means that we must be causing some ripples.

"Be the change you wish to see in the world." - Gandhi

I have added the following

I spoke with Lance and have added the following to the top of each of those diaries.

[Note by SD - This diarist shares an IP address with two others who have posted inflammatory content without responding to the community or our questions. It appears to be part of a coordinated effort. Please see this post for further information.]

Without changing the diary entries in any way, this will at least warn the reader that the content should be read from a certain frame of mind.

What do you think?

Robin Hayes lied. Nobody died, but thousands of folks lost their jobs.



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I do so love it

when SD spies something worth investigating. Its like watching her walk over to the curtain, pull it back and expose the poser. Negative posts about specific Democrats kinda makes the hair stand up on my neck.

"They took all the trees and put them in a tree museum Then they charged the people a dollar 'n a half just to see 'em. Don't it always seem to go that you don't know what you've got till it's gone? They paved paradise and put up a parking lot."

Well.....we don't usually "check up" on our diarists

Hopefully, this will nip at least this person's attempts in the bud and we can keep our eyes out for someone else using Blue in this way.

If someone wants to write something attacking Perdue, Moore or me, that's fine. However, these/this diarist(s) never attempted to become part of this community. It's one thing to support a candidate and if a Moore supporter wanted to diary these things - just like I diaried for Kissell/against Hayes - that's fine. Just say...I support Moore and this is why, become a part of the community and our discussions and be prepared to defend your position.

Robin Hayes lied. Nobody died, but thousands of folks lost their jobs.



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ooh

we can diary about you now?
i am so calling wfc.

Draft Brad Miller -- NC Sen ActBlue :::Petition

"Keep the Faith"

Not like she's going to tell you anything

I'm sure she's saving it all up so she can flame me herself. heh heh

Robin Hayes lied. Nobody died, but thousands of folks lost their jobs.



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