In a serious free speech violation a volunteer for Barack Obama, a woman who has repeatedly smeared me because I won't support the Illinois Senator, has succeeded in shutting down The Pennsylvania Progressive. This elected public official, a Democratic Committeewoman from Pike Township, Berks County, filed a formal complaint against me and my blog for using her name without her permission. She told me she was blogging on January 26, 2008 along with two others, witnesses to that fact. She never expressed confidentiality and never said the information was off the record. Now she is claiming that two months after the fact. She freely and voluntarily offered this information and openly disclosed facts about herself on her blogs which anyone could use to determine her identity. In fact she made no attempts in her writings to conceal her identity. Now that she has publicly disgraced herself she is claiming confidentiality. Unfortunately that isn't a right an elected official can claim under the First Amendment.
Typepad informed me today of the following:
Dear Mr. Morgan,
If Ms. W---z did not give you permission to post her name on your blog, then it is still an invasion of her privacy to do so. I have consulted with Six Apart counsel and he does say that the full name must be removed. This is a valid complaint under our Terms of Service and is not criminal. Please comply with the request. Otherwise, we will need to edit the post and comments ourselves to remove the disputed content.
Six Apart, Ltd.
Because of this, we must ask that you remove the name from the above-mentioned content and not re-post it.
Please remove this material as soon as possible and contact us to let us know of your compliance. If we have not heard back from you within two business days, specifically by April 14, 2008, we will remove the disputed content.
Six Apart, Ltd.
Her harassment of me has been criminal and I intend to file charges against her to that effect. Since Typepad is now prohibiting me from using the names of public figures I do not see how I can continue writing The Pennsylvania Progressive at Typepad.com. As such I see no alternative but to suspend the blog pending relocation. Meanwhile I am referring these free speech violations to my attorney.
So this is what the Obama campaign represents: the stifling of voices which dare differ from theirs. This campaign has done nothing, absolutely nothing, to my knowledge to restrain this lunatic's sabotaging of their campaign. Interestingly she has a history of sabotaging Democratic candidates as I noted in my article about her.
I revealed the fact she is an elected official in one of my comments on this article. Typepad has ordered me to remove that information but I dare not since it is a critical issue in a civil rights case against them and Mrs. Carol Wentz.
I am not going to go about securing the written permission of everyone mentioned on this blog. That is nigh on impossible. As such I see no alternative to suspend the blog. Remember this when you vote on April 22nd. I know I will.
Update: I worked all afternoon backing up the blog in case Typepad suspends my account. I am moving it temporarily pending a new, permanent location with a host which believes in First Amendment rights. Meanwhile if you would like to comment to Six Apart, Ltd. about their free speech violations, especially if you are a member of the media, legislator, Governor, Senator, Member of Congress, staffer or presidential candidate you can contact them here:
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The hatred and vitriol being spewed by Obama supporters forced Tavis Smiley to quit his radio show this week. I am hardly the only person who has been targeted by these people. Meanwhile I suppose it goes without saying that I now endorse Hillary Rodham Clinton for President. I cannot support a man whose campaign tolerates hate speech.
Update: I've shut down the comments as part of shutting down the blog. If I'm successful transferring it to a new host I won't be able to move the comments so why bother adding more? They won't appear anyway.