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.
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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
User ID: 543
Account Created: Thu, 09/28/2006 - 8:21am
User Name: shiva
User ID: 924
Account Created: Thu, 01/18/2007 - 5:40pm
User Name: heel_dem
User ID: 1012
Account Created: Tue, 02/06/2007 - 6:12pm
OrgName: North Carolina Research and Education Network