UPDATE: Since the time of this posting Mr. Bouchillon has done a tremendous job of turning things around and his website has dramatically improved. I now visit and comment on his website fairly frequently, and am very pleased to have this unpleasantness behind us. Mr. Bouchillon is rare testament to the power of personal redemption, and a success story of the Virginia blogosphere.
Back on August 3rd, Judy Feder for Congress operative Mr. Bouchillon decided that because this blog was doing political parodies of Judy Feder using the unusual photographs he had posted on Judy Feder’s campaign website, he would attack my family by posting my home phone number, the email addresses of my relatives, my home phone number, and solicit his readers to harass my family. After several hours of this, he then posted a photograph of myself, my wife and my oldest daughter with the caption “2006 special needs family of the year”. Many BVBL readers are aware that our youngest daughter has a hearing disability, and it was only then that pressure from contributors at republitarian.com convinced him to change his tune from “he has a disabled kid? boo hoo!” to “oops!”. It was never explained in the aftermath of this incident why attacking non-disabled toddlers is qualitatively different than attacking disabled toddlers, but because my daughter is one of those few protected minorities from the liberal standpoint, the attacks were seen as indefensible and stopped.
Mr. Bouchillon’s activities encouraged another blogger at what I will refer to as “FTR.com” to take up the attacks the following day, this time saying that my daughter should be drowned (warning: indecent language) with an outrageous picture of my family. After complaining and demanding the content be removed, the anonymous individual in question toned down the post, but kept a picture of my family on his website with the caption “Virginia is for inbreeding“. Since then I have been working with my attorney and my friends to address this situation.
This weekend at the Bloggers United in Martinsville For Free Speech conference, I spoke about my efforts to halt the attacks against my family with a blogger who was close to Mr. Bouchillon to see if this might help move the issue. Those comments were immediately forwarded on to Mr. Bouchillon, who of all things decided to obtain ownership of “FTR.com” with the admitted intent (see comments) of perpetuating these attacks against my family. His actions also provide some degree of cover for this individual, making it potentially more difficult to obtain the identity of the original owner of “FTR.com” should I decide to continue action against him and determine just how closely this individual was linked to the Judy Feder for Congress campaign. Although I’m pleased my family is no longer being attacked, that reprieve will probably be very short if Mr. Bouchillon is to be taken at his word.
I have no doubt that Mr. Bouchillon is a campaign operative of Judy Feder, at least in the capacity of their campaign events photographer. I have been told that the Judy Feder for Congress campaign is rather unhappy with my parodies using their campaign photos, and would like nothing more than to have them disappear. Now it appears that the campaign thinks they’ve found a way to do this. That Judy Feder’s campaign personnel are engaging in or otherwise involved with personal attacks against voters in the 10th Congressional District and their families speaks volumes to her qualifications for office and the demonstrable danger of providing her with the powers commensurate with an elected member of the United States House of Representatives.
Judy Feder should personally explain why attacking voter’s families is a legitimate political maneuver. As for why the Feder campaign would use a domain name for their political activities which includes expletives, there is far less mystery. Beneath the thin veneer of the campaign’s public face, the underlying behavior of this campaign seems to clearly demonstrate the core of their moral character, such as it is.
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