False Flags and Cheap Shots

February 25th, 2012

I was having a good day. I was rocking out to Hilary Hahn's phenomenal recording of Ives' violin sonatas, until I got word that a profile had been established for me at this site.

That's odd. I've never heard of that site, and I found that "claiming" my profile would require a paid membership. Well, that's pretty dishonest and underhanded.

So, who are these people? They don't seem too keen on making friends. In fact, they spend a great sum of pixels lambasting other established gun bloggers, and they've trolled more than a few gun forums. A whois query shows that the ownership and hosting details are obfuscated, and the only contact information is a phone number out of Denmark. I can tell from the grammar on the site that there are no Danes running it.

Then someone found a bit of a serendipitous wrinkle in their WordPress code.  Type in some garbage after the URL, and Smoke and Mirrors directs to the website of the Violence Policy Center.

We call those oopsies.

I was wondering where Josh Sugarmann was spending all that money he gets from the Joyce Foundation, since it's not as if his little group is very active in politics these days. I guess he's got to do something to keep busy, but this is just pathetic.

And frankly, it's encouraging to see that the opposition has to stoop to things like this.

  1. BeerHunter wrote, running Mozilla Firefox 10.0.2 on Ubuntu Linux

    I don't know what is worse: The blatant false flag, or the bumbling ineptitude of the perpetrators.
    I hereby resign from all of my left-leaning tendencies, and will crawl back under my rock. Only, you understand, to make sure that nobody confuses me with this kind of ass- hattery.

    Comment on February 27, 2012 @ 1:16 am

  2. WhoIS wrote, running Internet Explorer 9.0 on Windows 7

    Apparently, Smoke and Thunder has been hacked…

    Comment on February 27, 2012 @ 12:26 pm

  3. Linoge wrote, running Internet Explorer 9.0 on Windows Vista

    I really am at something of a loss regarding this entire situation… The guy was a dick, the guy's actions did not match up against his words, and now the guy has scampered off with his pathetic little tail between his legs.

    Bizarre. Vaguely disturbing. But just plain whack.

    Comment on February 28, 2012 @ 12:08 am

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