Later-Night Open Thread: Speaking of Low-Rent Grifters…

On the one hand, it’s the New York Post; on the other hand, it sounds like exactly the sort of kack-handed stunt for which James O’Keefe III is notorious…

A controversial conservative activist is being accused of trying to incite anti-police protesters by saying, “I wish I could kill some of these cops,” to provoke them into making outrageous statements.

A former top staffer with Project Veritas, Richard Valdes, said the incident occurred in January, when an undercover operative assigned to infiltrate the protest groups was given a script that included the startling comment.

Valdes said he was fired by the group’s founder, James O’Keefe, for not following through on the bizarre assignment.

Valdes said Veritas assigned a Muslim undercover agent pretending to be anti-cop to attend protest meetings and utter the following statement: “Sometimes, I wish I could just kill some of these cops. Don’t you just wish we could have one of the cops right here in the middle of our group?”…

Valdes claims O’Keefe, known for hidden-camera tactics against liberal groups, fired him “because he was unhappy with me for being unwilling to strong-arm the guy to do his dirty work.”…

“Project Veritas would never do anything that we believe would incite violence against police officers. Anyone suggesting otherwise is clearly unfamiliar with our body of work,” Veritas spokesman Dan Pollack said.

Anyone familiar with Project Veritas’ “body of work” would suspect them of any variety of ratfvckery that didn’t actually involve putting themselves in harm’s way, and trying to gin up violence with badly-written scripts for a sockpuppet at two removes would qualify. If it turns out Jimmy and his bhoyos didn’t take the hint back in January, I suppose we may yet be treated to the edifying spectacle of one or another Ferguson-related authority figure pursuing the scrimy bastid in connection with last week’s shooting.






15 replies
  1. 1
    Tissue Thin Pseudonym says:

    Wow. Nuwan Kulasekara walked in a World Cup quarterfinal. I didn’t think I would ever see that in a big match again. Give him a big shout out for sportsmanship.

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    Tissue Thin Pseudonym says:

    I’m feeling lonely.

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    Eric S. says:

    I’m in and out. Normally I’m a 9 to 5er but my company is making major server changes tonight and a bunch of us are on line hoping to get our system running again. We are 2.5 hours past when we thought we’d be back running. We’ve been down for a total of 5.5 hours. As far as I can tell no one had a contingency for this.

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    Botsplainer says:

    The insomnia has kicked in big this week, what with wife away (she went to Cambodia with our youngest daughter for Spring Break).

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    BillinGlendaleCA says:

    @Eric S.: Been there, bet a few people have ground down their teeth.

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    Eric S. says:

    @BillinGlendaleCA: Our nighly batch schedule is now 6.5 hours behind. Lots of tired, short-tempered people right now.

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    tybee says:

    generally, i’ve done major server changes over a weekend rather than during the week…but that scheduling does depend on a voluntary change rather than something letting the magic smoke out during the week.

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    Eric S. says:

    @tybee: The details were not related to me but we had a SAN disc failure and the powers that be decreed that It Will Be Corrected Immediately. I agree with you though.

    Late night / early morning pet pic. Ozzie and I working the overnight shift. I think I might bill double. My time and his.
    https://www.flickr.com/photos/chicagoschraders/16645186287/

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    Another Holocene Human says:

    @Tissue Thin Pseudonym: I’m feeling depressed.

    Looks like a sadistic narcissist and liar is in place to win a local election and I am going to have to work with this asshole. Fuck.

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    Another Holocene Human says:

    oh, and turnout was abysmal. that is all part of the plan.

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    Another Holocene Human says:

    @Eric S.: Does anything good or positive ever follow the string “SAN disk”?

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    Another Holocene Human says:

    Fuck, something I have open in Chrome is absolutely tearing my battery UP. Wish I knew what it was.

    Good morning, y’all. I’m going to sleep.

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    Eric S. says:

    @Another Holocene Human: not as far as a I can tell but I’m just an application programmer.

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    tybee says:

    @Eric S.:
    must have been worse than just a disk failure. on a “normal” disk failure, you pull the offending disk, slam in the new one and it rebuilds. however, multiple disk or controller failures make life much more entertaining in the wee hours (spin up the tapes!).

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    Bobby Thomson says:

    Saw the headline and thought this would be a Trump post.

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