September 18, 2008

Hacker Exposed. Guilty Party Remains Running For President

David Kernell, a 20-year-old University of Tennessee-Knoxville student and son of Tennessee state representative (D-Memphis), has been contacted by the Secret Service and FBI as part of a formal investigation into the hacking of the private email account of Alaska Governor and Republican Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin.

We're sure to learn more about the case as it develops, but as it does, I think I'll largely echo Vanderleun's advice to cut the kid a little slack.

Certainly, he is an adult and is presumably intelligent enough to know what he did was both illegal and immoral, but it appears that he may also be a victim himself, of sorts. An entry on a blog alleged to be Kernell's speaks in the first person of having been institutionalized on several occasions for acute depression starting when he was just nine, and again when he was 14 or 15. In the tumultuous five years since his mid-teens until his current age of twenty, it would far from surprising to discover that this young man again needed inpatient medical care to deal with his personal demons. If he still is in such a state, I'll merely pray for him and hope that he can get the care that he needs.

What I am far less inclined to forgive is how we got to this point.

In less than a month, Sarah Palin has gone from the well-liked governor of a remote state to the most slurred and slandered politician in America today.

I'd like to be able to point a finger at an isolated source acting in bad faith as the culprit in the most vicious string of unfounded personal attacks I've seen against a politician and that politician's utterly blameless family in my lifetime. I'd like to be able to point my finger at Andrew Sullivan at The Atlantic for all the vicious smears he has pushed as a political Perez Hilton (minus the charm and influence, of course). But Sully is just an angry boil; a sign of infection, wishing he could be the cause.

In the concerted effort to destroy Sarah Palin, her husband, and her children, we've seen the progressive blogosphere and professional media adopt the no-holds barred, street-fight viciousness of a community organizer fighting for scraps. The petty brutality has trickled down from the man they idolize, a man cool enough to befriend and use aging terrorists and racist ministers as they can help him, and callous enough to discard friendships decades old if it suits him, without a backward glance.

For all his eloquence behind a teleprompter, Barack Obama is still at heart a thug, and his disciples learned well from their master.

In Wasilla, Alaska, two Democratic National Committee "opposition researchers" are scouring the archives of the Palin's hometown paper for any hint of a scandal.

It will never stop.

Until it stops working.

Posted by Confederate Yankee at September 18, 2008 10:37 PM

Putting aside the fact that the kid is a nutcase (medically), he'll get off just because he has a dad with a huge -D- behind his name.
It's not like the .gov is going to go after a big -D- like they would any -R-... because of the backlash from the unhinged.

Posted by: Kurt P at September 18, 2008 10:55 PM

I suggest a change of headline. The headline as you wrote it makes it sound like you're claiming the Obama campaign is guilty of the hacking. Which, as far as any reports I've ever seen, they weren't. They had no connection to the hacker.

Your point about the politics of personal destruction and the climate they create is well-taken, but the headline makes it sound like you're alleging a direct connection between the Obama campaign and the hacker, and is just begging to be deliberately misunderstood.

Posted by: Robin Munn at September 18, 2008 10:57 PM

There is a direct link between the State Legislator, his son and the Obama campaign.

Just like with all other Palin smear on the Daily Kos, Huffington Post, Move On, etc.

The Chicago taskforce of bloggers is run out of the campaign headquarters, this is a fact.

Barack is a thug, like Castro, like Mao, like Stalin.

Posted by: Carlos Echevarria at September 18, 2008 11:48 PM

Do not give this Obama thug a pass, he knew full well what he was doing because he even said he was looking for dirt, plus that the FBI would be coming for him.....his daddy is a Democratic hack.


Posted by: Carlos Echevarria at September 19, 2008 12:01 AM

No slack from me. The kid needs to do time in Club Fed. So do the people who put him up to it.

I'm tired of this $h!^.

Posted by: filbert at September 19, 2008 12:13 AM

I have to agree with the rest. This is war, not polite debate. All Dems need to be destroyed before they destroy the USA. Do we possibly want to be ruled by the likes of Kwame Kilpatrick, Chris Dodd, or Charlie Wrangel? Murdering crooks and liars who would betray anyone and anything for their own despicable self-aggrandizement.

If you can't fight in the streets, you deserve to lose. One of the biggest weapons the fascist left has against the (classically) liberal West is our sense of honor and fairness. That sense works for us most of the time. But when faced with an existential threat, we need to change from normally decent people to unforgiving executioners.

This fool is not a victim no matter how pathetic he seems. Crucify him, his father, his political affiliations, and anyone even moderately associated with him. You are right that he is just a foot soldier for Obama and the "progressive" filth, but destroying foot soldiers is required to win a war. Give as much quarter as the Democrats would give--absolutely none.

Posted by: iconoclast at September 19, 2008 01:45 AM

I agree with not cutting him any slack. He suffers from depression, not schizophrenia. I'm pretty sure that depression doesn't cause someone to be incapable of understanding right from wrong.

Posted by: Anna at September 19, 2008 02:07 AM

The "insanity defense" generally applies only in murder cases. A thief can't be be 'not guilty by reason of insanity' any more than you can get out of a parking ticket by 'pleading insanity'.

Posted by: ptg at September 19, 2008 07:35 AM

This punk is a criminal. Prosecute him to the full extent of the law. Depression is not a license to commit felonies.

Not only did he hack in but then he published these emails. He is a left-wing political operative and needs to be treated like the knowing criminal he is.

It never ceases to amaze me how the left garners sympathy for all the felons who are on their side yet prosecutes conservatives heartlessly.

i.e. Enron people go to jail. Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac people, run by Clinton cronnies who commited ten times the amount of fraud, money wise, get off with no jail.

Its time to send liberals to jail too.

Posted by: RA at September 19, 2008 07:39 AM

Democrats sure have learned a lot from Hitler and Fascism in general.

Posted by: Capitalist Infidel at September 19, 2008 07:55 AM

That reminds me: On election day in November 2004 five fine upstanding Milwaukee liberals (including the sons of two prominent Democratic Party officials) slashed the tires of two dozen get-out-the-vote vehicles rented by the local Republican Party.

Posted by: pst314 at September 19, 2008 08:22 AM

In the Iran-Iraq war, the Iranians sent children off to be 'martyrs' by having them march through minefields to set the mines off.

Obama campaign is doing the same thing with kids like this one.

Posted by: molon labe at September 19, 2008 08:50 AM

While I am sympathetic to depression and people with mental demons, he did know what he was doing. As for Sarah, I actually think this only boostered her popularity. I already liked her. This just makes me more determined to vote for her...wishing it was Palin/McCain.

Posted by: Terri at September 19, 2008 09:44 AM

This Obama thug (D-UT Knoxville) is not criminally insane. To be considered criminally insane, a perp can't exhibit manifest awareness that his actions are illegal or that there might be legal consequences for his actions. Merely by operating under the perceived cloak of anonymity to perform his (D-UT Knoxville) dirty trick, he (D-UT Knoxville) makes it obvious that he (D-UT Knoxville) was trying not to get caught.

You know, years ago, the Supreme Court got out its microscope and found a 'right to privacy' in the Constitution that was not only invisible to the naked eye, but also so sacred as to allow a woman to abort her unborn child. How much stronger, then, should the law's reaction be to this Obama thug's (D-UT Knoxville) violation of Governor Palin's privacy?

Posted by: U.T. Viles at September 19, 2008 09:59 AM

I agree with one and all that are sympathetic to the kid, but if this was right the reverse, and it was a Conservative kid that had done this, the Left would be out to ruin the kid and his family.

To date we have heard nothing definitive from THE ONE MANCHILD COMMUNITY ORGANIZER about any of these attacks on Governor Palin, or her family. His "words, just words", ring hollow and sound much akin to his initial denouncements of Rev. J. Wright, Father Pflegger, Tony Rezko and all those like Raines and Johnson in his camp. Now I know those zombies on the Left are going to say he did come out against the media when he said children were off this list, but he did not scold the media for their actions and did not define those attacks on the Palin children as the vile, despicable attacks that they were and continue to be. And how easy for him to say stay off the kiddies when his are 9 and 6.

We have all read the stories about how he has released the hounds of the Dem 527s and if you think he is not okay with all this then you need to check yourself in somewhere where they give you a nicely pressed, with buckles, little white jacket. His "get in your neighbors face" mantra should serve as one indicator that he is going militant, and do not spare the innocent or running a clean campaign. He has even gone so far as to call John McCain dishonorable! I have called Senator McCain many a name, but dishonorable was not one of them. THE ONE MANCHILD COMMUNITY ORGANIZER is no longer pushing the envelope in decency, he has now gone totally postal in his race baiting statements, and not addressing the absolute outrageousness of incidences like this publishing of Governor Palin's emails, daughter's cell phone number, husband's personal info, Track's email address, (who is on his way to Iraq!), and all the personal pictures of the family. Sometimes silence speaks volumes, and "words, just words" are not necessary to know where a person stands.

And if you need "words, just words", all this racists doo-doo also reflects a deep misunderstanding of who those of us are that live between the parentheses. THE ONE MACHILD COMMUNITY ORGANIZER needs to sign up for a Dale Carnegie course, and read Frank Luntz's book about word usage. Dittos for his camp! The whole tone of this campaign has been to use "words, just words" to inflame kids like this, and others to sabotage, smear, or annihilate any GOP and in particular the McCain/Palin ticket and it does not matter how it gets done.

The DNC would be wise to back off and denounce these kinds of actions because I believe the Chicago style politics are not going to be something the American voters are going to cotton to.

Posted by: freeus at September 19, 2008 10:10 AM

Heck I lived in Chicago for 25 years, and during the time that I used to live there, I never cottoned to the Chicago style politics. Conservatism is a dirty word in that town.

Chicago is a fun town, food, night life and such. However the politics suck.

I'm glad to be living in NC now.

Posted by: gfchicago at September 19, 2008 10:30 AM

Sorry - I am not even remotely inclined to be forgiving. The reason this nonsense continues to happen is because we make excuses for "poor David" or "poor whoever" and don't insist that people start to take responsibility for their bad behavior. Dems already are blaming the victim for this unlawful act and even getting away with it! No. The nonsense stops here! Prosecute him and send him to jail very noisily and publicly. He has committed a crime and he knew he was doing it even as he was engaged in the act.

And while we're at it - let's start enforcing The Logan Act, starting with B. H. Obama's illegal negotiations with the Iraq prime minister!

Dems have been getting away with murder (in some cases literally) for years and it is high time for them to start being forced into accountability for their immoral, illegal, completely boneheaded and dangerous (to the nation) behavior!

We can start with young David.

Posted by: Gayle Miller at September 19, 2008 11:20 AM

gfchicago, me too, I grew up in Chicago, from 1970 to 2005. Moved to Monroe North Carolina in September 2005

Posted by: Capitalist Infidel at September 19, 2008 01:31 PM

If the young man did it he should be prosecuted to the full extent of the law. Cut him no slack and let everyone know it's against the law to hack into someone's personal and private email account. This goes for any conservative, liberal, republican or democrat. No one should be above the law. Leftards are the ones always screaming about privacy. Do leftards remind anyone else of the famed Stasi organization in East Germany? There were spies everywhere ready to turn each other in. This is what today's democrats remind me of, rats. They want to destroy anyone that gets in their way. This is a result of the Gore and Kerry loses. And I am quite confident that in the end McCain will win although it will be as close as the previous two elections. Trust me, I predicted back in February that McCain would pick Palin. No foolin!

Posted by: Dix Handley at September 19, 2008 02:03 PM

All these attacks from the Democrats are going to back fire on Election Day. Let there be no doubt.

Most voters are going to realize that the Democrats have a rookie, unaccomplished junior senator on the top of their ticket, and they are going to have an enlightenment.

Watch this video:

Posted by: AmericaForever at September 19, 2008 02:45 PM

I've been diagnosed as depressed before, nothing a little social interaction and Xanax won't fix. It never once gave me the urge to hack into a person's e-mail.
I say lock him up, he did the crime so he can do the time. Throw Obama in the cell next to him. That will surely cure my current depressed state :)

Posted by: southerngrace at September 19, 2008 02:46 PM

No mercy. What these commie bastards haven't yet realized is that when America DOES wake up, we are the meanest mothers on the block. They need to be made aware of this, and NOW. Before it's too late for it to matter. The election is a month and a half away. We have the truth on our side, and *ahem* "The truth shall set you free"!

Posted by: cmblake6 at September 19, 2008 05:58 PM

When Obama's campaign sends action "wire alerts" to his minions to cause mayhem (think Kurtz and Freddoso on Chicago AM radio)and tells people in rallies to "get in" people's "faces," he knows full well from his Alinsky agitator training, how half-baked, emotionally disturbed "ambassadors" might react. Obama certainly implicitly encouraged this kind of behavior. Obama is a Chicago-incubated thug who is complelety complicit when his people do thuggish things. Yes, I do blame Obama. If this kid had found anything compromising, who would benefit? Obama. As it is, Palin's email is innocent, boring family stuff. And Obamalinsky didn't have to pay a dime or risk any exposure for that data. The kid was a fool and a partisan tool. For his demented devotion as a minion of the Obamessiah, he will be publicly excoriated and may see federal time. Maybe Obama will pay for the Prozac?

Posted by: mrybel at September 19, 2008 08:10 PM
In Wasilla, Alaska, two Democratic National Committee "opposition researchers" are scouring the archives of the Palin's hometown paper for any hint of a scandal.

Cites please?

Posted by: skylark at September 20, 2008 04:45 PM

Cite? The publisher herself, responding to an email of mine.

It's that little thing called "research" the media won't do anymore.

Posted by: Confederate Yankee at September 20, 2008 04:55 PM

Well, when the media does "research" it usually cites its sources, which is always helpful, wouldn't you agree?

So this information came from the publisher of the Frontiersman herself? Care to give an exact quote?

And perhaps you can date it too, because in responding to the McCain ad claiming they "airdropped" 30 lawyers into Alaska, the Obama campaign and the DNC said this:

“I’m not sure how many times this question has to be answered, but hopefully this will be the last time,” Mr. Earnest said in response to a reporter’s question. “There are no Obama or D.N.C. staffers or researchers that were air dropped into Alaska.”

. . .

Michael Gehrke, research director of the Democratic National Committee, scoffed at all of this:

“Sadly, I don’t have 30 lawyers, researchers, investigators or even wolves at my disposal. We have sent a grand total of zero people to Alaska to research Governor Palin. We’ve got all these McCain houses to keep track of.

NY Times

However, I have read that at least one local Democratic researcher did approach the paper early on and was told that the McCain camp itself had made no effort to search the paper's archives while "vetting" their VP candidate.

Posted by: skylark at September 20, 2008 06:56 PM

How long ago was it that the Clintons were all over the airwaves attacking Rush Limbaugh for setting the tone for the right wing and blaminmg him for something much like this dirty work.

By the way - he's not just a kid. Three years earlier than his age, I was in Korea and had no choice but to act mature and responsible. We need to stop coddling wrong because a"kid" did it.

Posted by: Don L at September 21, 2008 03:02 PM

I am sooo sick of the attacks on Gov. Palin!!! It makes me soooo mad!! McCain did good by picking all this hatred of her has wakened the sleeping giant...the conservatives!!!

Posted by: Sandra Binder at September 21, 2008 06:27 PM