WHATEVER HAPPENED TO ALI AKBAR?


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WatsonTheThird who runs the excellent blog, RebutBlogs4Victory asked an interesting question about whatever happened to Ali A Akbar who was trying to purchase Blogs4Victory back in October 2011 so here’s what happened.

Back in the late summer of 2011 when the staff was informed by Fred Schwartz that conservative political activist Ali Akbar was considering buying, for real money, Blogs4Victory, Diane Valencen asked for a little background investigation to be done on Akbar, Margolis, Noonan and Pusateri, the principles in this blogs sale deal. Two weeks later there was an announcement that changes were coming to B4V just as the research was being revealed to the The Consiliul, which is a group of the six editors, the Editor-in Chief and the legal counsel for The Dis Brimstone-Daily Pitchfork. To make a long story short there was little of interest about Noonan, Margolis and Pusateri that was not already known. Ali Akbar on the other hand was quite the treasure trove of unknown information including the fact that he was a convicted felon.

So like any honest group of journalists faced with a big story near to an upcoming Presidential election year we contacted both our attorneys at Pinchon Davies and a Magis in the Hellac Court of First Fruits and Tenths here in Dis. Now this is going to sound like a bit of Afterlife inside baseball for a moment but I promise you this will all make sense in the end. Matt Margolis, who actually owned and ran Blogs4Victory and its predecessor Blogs4Bush was arranging the sale to Ali Akbar’s limited liability company, Pundit Syndication. While there were several rumors about the size of the sale it is estimated by our investigators that the deal was in the $100,000 to $150,000 range, however, this has never been confirmed because the sale did not go through. Now a little more inside baseball. The post at Blogs4Victory announcing the Noonan retreat from blogging, which we covered in this post offers a rosy scenario where Margolis and his friend Akbar will trade places and that Matt hoped to become a sort of blogger emeritus at B4V:

So, you’re probably asking what this all means. Well, I’m not leaving this community behind. I’m not going anywhere. I’ve spoken with my friend Ali Akbar about all of this. Ali and I go way back. You may have tuned in to our once popular online radio show, The American Resolve. I am pleased to tell you that one of Ali’s companies, Pundit Syndication, will be acquiring Blogs For Victory in the near future. What does this mean? It means Blogs for Victory is about to get faster, better, and bigger. Over the next month, you’ll notice major changes in content and branding. I will be staying on, of course, as editor-in-chief emeritus, and working with Ali as he transforms Blogs for Victory into what I always hoped it could be.

Here’s where journalism and the understanding that conservative political pundits need a veneer of purity clash horribly. The leadership of this newspaper needed to make a decision on two topics. There was clear evidence that Akbar was a convicted felon and that few if any of his political friends knew out this conviction and we needed to decide if we were going to publish what we knew, pass it on to others in the living realm with more juice to work on the story or just sit on our hands and see what happened to Blogs4Vcitory when the news came out. Cavalor Epthith, the Editor-in-Chief of The Dis Brimstone-Daily Pitchfork chose the latter for reasons that might surprise many of the conservative bloggers that read us every day. Cavalor said, “I cannot see the merit in using the ideological puritanism of conservatives against Margolis and Noonan in this case. We have had big stories drop into our laps in the past and we will have big stories drop into our laps in the future. Let the living deal with this one; years from now this paper can write a very interesting eulogy.”

Pundit Syndication only exists as a shell on Facebook now. On 1 October 2011 there was a post:

We just bought Matt Margolis’ Blogs for Victory, formerly Blogs for Bush. This is a pioneer in the field of political blogging. We’re proud to adopt this legacy blog.

There is no verification we have found that the blog sold and there are very few signs that Akbar took any interest in the blog after 1 October 2011. But there was this post at Blogs4Victory of 27 September 2011 that as winter turned to spring and spring to summer that Fred Schwartz, Research Editor kept pointing to over and over again that made him believe we had missed the biggest story since The Dis Brimstone-Daily Pitchfork went digital on 31 August 2005:

Ali and I have been good friends for quite a few years now, and our backgrounds are very different. Even our politics, while at the conservative end of the spectrum, are different. I dare say that if we reviewed all of our positions he’d probably be more conservative than I am. However we got to where we are politically, our beliefs are genuinely our own. We both believe enough in our politics to have walked the walk and not just talked the talk. And it is a shame that celebrities like Morgan Freeman or Janeane Garofalo use their celebrity to stereotype roughly half of Americans and insult minorities just because they don’t conform to their close minded belief that black Americans are traitors to their race if they lean to the right, or that Republicans are inherently racist. Those attitudes do more to hurt race relations in this country than they realize.

I’d like to see Morgan Freeman take up Ali’s offer to attend a Tea Party event in Tennessee. Perhaps a little open-mindedness can usher in a new era of civility.

It was the “more conservative than I am” part that caused a change in Fred Schwartz when in the late spring of 2012 as Mitt Romney was finally replacing the GOP flavors of the week as the Republican primary cycle was winding down. Another man with a criminal record Brett Kimberlin began a campaign against conservative bloggers that in a single word was relentless even compared to the efforts we have made here. Kimberlin and his allies known as Team Kimberlin allegedly began a campaign known as swatting an act of making a call to law enforcement and reporting a heavily armed person in the home of an adversary blogger. When the cops get there much mayhem and confusion is the result and such an act could get people because of their confusion killed. Here in Hell, the Laal Hethri has defined this as an act of terrorism for quite some time now.

Team Kimberlin had an axe to grind with Andrew Breitbart and made no effort to hide their joy when he died on 1 March 2012. Shortly after that Team Kimberlin members found the story about Ali Akbar’s felony conviction just as we had from the 2007 posting at a blog called Libertarian Republican. By the time this story made it to the core of the conservative blogosphere there was no need for Liberal bloggers to be involved. There was such a right wing absolutist feeding frenzy that realized they had someone non pure in their midst that within weeks all that Akbar had built up since his criminal past in 2006 had evaporated.

So to answer the blog posts title Ali Akbar can be found on Facebook to this day making short comments about how much he loathe the left and occasionally about what kind of music he likes.

Breitbart adhux autem mortju! [Breitbart is still dead!]
Qu’ul cuda praedex nihil!

Sarah Bloch, D.S.V.J., J.F., O.Q.H [Jur.]
Amici Bax Demvolu Comnu
Politics & Culture Wars Managing Editor
The Dis Brimstone-Daily Pitchfork
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2 Responses to “WHATEVER HAPPENED TO ALI AKBAR?”

  1. $100,000 to $150,000? That’s real money.

    • Fredrick Schwartz, D.S.V.J., O.Q.H. [Journ.] Says:

      That’s what I found Watson; and yes that is real money. The weird thing is that as I had done in my capacity to research some of the people on the periphery of the 2012 election campaign I found Akbar’s mugshot right out there in the open. Needless to say I was pissed off initially that the connection to a felon by Margolis was something that The Boss didn’t want to run with but as time has gone on I realize that this was the right thing to do. In this case the lawyers were right and I was wrong because the better story was the conservative cannibalism and general craziness that ensued once the slaves to purity realized they had a massive embarrassment in their midst. The funny thing is that Akbar could have used Blogs4Victory to become the next Breitbart if he hadn’t overreacted to something that was clearly in the public domain. He could have spun the story in his favor by coming clean but of course that cannot be allowed in the insular world of the Right. Had he taken over B4V the likes of Bill “I wanna be pissed on” Logan and Amazona would have been replaced by cooler more reasoned heads like [dare I say it?] Cluster. Mark Noonan certainly wouldn’t have had any place in a serious conservative blog with corporate backing as his absolutist shtick is as offensive to the establishment movers and shakers in the GOP as a turd in a punch bowl or the odd whiff of spoiled mackerel at a debutante ball. Noonan likely would have become the males absolutist version of the Anchoress and carved out a niche among people who have similar ideology and need to be propped up by something powerful and unseen. But that didn’t happen not because some liberal group [Team Kimberlin really doesn’t exist and you hear very little about “swatting” these days] sought to bring down Ali Akbar but conservatives and a Libertarian did that for them because being seen as “pure” is more important than compassion, love or even the Constitution. The Boss [Cavalor Epthith the Editor-in-Chief for those kids who don’t know] is working on an op ed about the whole “Hail Satan” chant thing in Texas that from what I’ve read will amuse and enlighten those who are rational and have a sense of humor. Also it will be a very good primer for those who want to understand how hell works.

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