On December 17, I made my last post on the site. It's still there, and it's rather simple:
The Tribe/Olson Memo
written by Loren, December 17, 2008
written by Jeff Williams, December 17, 2008
Here's an interesting article on the debate over McCain's eligibility: http://www.nytimes.com/2008/07...ccain.html
Laurence Tribe's memo has apparently never been released, which is too bad -- it would interesting to know what his actual analysis was and what weight they gave which factors.
Well, I found it, though it took a bit of effort.
Nothing special or inflammatory. The next day, December 18, I attempted to post a response to another post (one poster, 'Jimmy the C', even asked for me to post: "I wish Allison or Loren would check in. I need to freshen up my debate skills."), and I found that my account no longer worked. No one on the board reported that I had been banned, and I didn't receive an email or other notice saying I'd been banned, and frankly, I hadn't done anything to get banned. So I was a bit mystified.
A day or two later, I attempted to create a new account (the unsubtle 'LorenC'), and it worked. I didn't proceed to post anything, though, and by the time I attempted to post, I found that that account had been disabled too. I finally wrote the webmaster an email asking about my status, and I didn't hear back.
So presumably, I've been banned from Phil Berg's site. I don't know why. If I had to guess, I'd fathom that someone was unhappy with my series of posts just prior to the Tribe/Olson one, where I went through Berg's August Complaint and pointed out what evidence had and hadn't been publicly produced (I'll be reproducing those posts here soon).
But one big nagging aspect of this is that in the weeks since, as far as I can tell, it's never been announced that I was banned. When a frequent poster named 'greatkim' was banned, the board was informed of it. When a frequent poster named 'allison' was banned, it was not only announced, but the board was provided with an explanation of WHY she was banned. As far as I can tell, the board has never been informed why I was banned, or even informed that I was banned at all. I was, for lack of a better term, simply 'disappered,' and posters were permitted to assume that I'd voluntarily quit posting.
So, barring further evidence, it certainly seems that someone over at obamacrimes.us not only wanted to keep me from posting there anymore, but they didn't want anybody to know that they'd silenced me. And hey, it's their board...they're not obligated to allow me to post, and if they were troubled by my posts pointing out the gaping holes in Berg's claims, then they're certainly free to keep me from exposing him on their own site.
Fortunately, they can't silence me everywhere, so rather than make me shut up, they inspired me to create this blog, and hopefully reach even more people. In a roundabout way, perhaps I should thank them.
And if anyone who happens to read this also happens to still post over at Berg's site, I wouldn't complain if you shared what's become of me.