Love in the Time of Sockpuppets


First Amina Arraf, the supposed Syrian and alleged lesbian behind the blog A Gay Girl in Damascus, turned out to be a married guy from Georgia. Now we hear that they couldn't get a real lez to edit Lez Get Real, the lesbian news site where "Amina" started her rise to stardom. The Washington Post reports:

"I have many enemies, and I rarely go out unless l'm in disguise."

"Paula Brooks," editor of Lez Get Real since its founding in 2008, is actually Bill Graber, 58, a retired Ohio military man and construction worker who said he had adopted his wife's identity online. Graber said she was unaware he had been using her name on his site….

Over the weekend, as journalists, bloggers and fans of Amina hunted for clues to the identity behind the blog, Brooks came under review as a possible suspect. Liz Henry, a Web producer at, questioned Brooks's involvement with Amina, as Amina had started to write about the Syrian uprising on Lez Get Real before starting her own blog….

Brooks had told reporters at The Washington Post that she could only speak on the phone through her father because she was deaf. She provided a photograph of her license as proof of her identity, which showed a woman named Paula Brooks.

On Monday, we continued to question her identity. We spoke to the man who identified himself as her father, who finally admitted after numerous telephone conversations: "I am Paula Brooks." That man turned out to be Bill Graber….

He felt secure that no one would discover his true identity until the story of Amina started to unravel. He said his connection to Amina was purely coincidental and started when Amina commented on a post on the Lez Get Real site in February. It "was a major sock-puppet hoax crash into a major sock-puppet hoax."

The best part of the Post piece: "Amina often flirted with Brooks, neither of the men realizing the other was pretending to be a lesbian." Jeez. Are there any more real cowgirls in this land?

It's not news that the Internet is rife with role-playing. Take all the masquerades of real life, add anonymity, throw in some viral marketers and alternate reality games and lonelygirl15s for flavor, and you get a network that can't go a month without grabbing your shirt, slapping your face, and screaming DOUBT IS YOUR FRIEND. I like to think the long-term social effect will be a general increase in skepticism. In the short term, I feel like I tuned in to The L Word and got Mission:Impossible instead. Anyone else got a mask they'd like to peel off? Confess in the comment thread.

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  1. Just so you guys all know, I’m actually a hippie Communist.

    1. Really? Then let’s play a game. I’ll be the state, you’ll be the proletariat. I take all your money and send you to a concentration camp, you die. Sounds like fun, doesn’t it? 😉

      Ayn Rand on Money: Francisco’s Speech.…..peech.html

      1. What’s that? I don’t speak Mexican.

        1. Looks like they deleted my comment. COWARDS!

        2. Looks like they deleted my comment. COWARDS!

        3. Great, they deleted my comment and once again put me as a spammer.

          I am not a spammer. I simply like expression my opinion and promoting my blog.

          Am I selling crap? No. Am I forcing people to click on the link? No. Do I have pictures of Obama naked? No. So WTF?

          1. I meant “expressing” my opinion.”

          2. WTF?!?!

            Reason deleted a comment?!?!

            Wow that almost never happens.

            Did you accuse someone of having sex with a sheep?

            By the way if you want to advertise your blog simply fill in the blank labeled “WEBSITE:”

            Note: I have no idea if your comment was deleted because of your blog link or not.

      2. *coughag*

    2. You don’t think we didn’t already know that?

    3. I can forgive the communist part…

    4. ‘On the internet, no one knows you’re a pale straight male…’

      1. unless you tweet pix of your junk, that is.

  2. …And I am Sarah Palin.

  3. Next thing you’re gonna tell me is Feministing is run by Andrew “Dice” Clay.

    1. WIN

  4. I’m 6′ 2″, eyes of blue, body like Adonis and have a 10″ schlong.

    Any other descriptions are merely jealousy.

    1. That’s twice you mentioned the ten inches. Pic or STFU

    2. Yeah, but you’re a chick.

  5. I’m really a liberal plant, checking up on the Kochs vast and evil empire.

    1. Come on: how many of us aren’t?

      1. I’m a Koch plant shilling for whatever they pay me to shill. Although, these virtual sweatshop wages suck. Still its real money unlike the HuffPo contributors.

        1. If they pay you in Bitcoin, you can always use it to buy drugs, which are real money.

    2. Hit and Run is like the KKK only instead of being on the FBI payroll we are all informing for Soros.

  6. I’m shocked, shocked to find that lying is going on in here!

  7. My IRL name is not Hugh Akston, but Balph Eubank.

    1. There is no reality for your “real” life to be in!

  8. Testing my memory here–that’s a picture of J. Edgar Hoover, right?

    1. That makes you a subversive motha’.

  9. My question is thus: Who fucking cares?

    FYI: I am an anti-christ, I am an anarchist, don’t know what I want but I know how to get it…

  10. The only “Amina” headline I ever saw in a newsfeed was a Paul Simon pun.

    Paul. The fuck. Simon.

    Being white isn’t as conclusive evidence of being white as a Paul Simon pun is.

  11. Pleased to meet all of you. I’m Paul Krugman.

    1. ‘Sup Paul! It’s me! Ezra Klein! Isn’t my face the most punchable thing EVAR?

      1. You’ve got NOTHING on me.

  12. I’m really Dave Weigel.

  13. Take all the masquerades of real life and add anonymity

    Paul Weiner does not understand this “internet anonymity” concept.

    1. I assume you mean Tony Weiner, unless there’s something you want to tell us.

      1. Maybe Tony Weiner is our Tony and all of the sexting to women was just overcompensation for his internalized homophobia. If true, my take away is this: At least he felt safe enough here at H&R to open up and be himself.

        1. Please never say “open up” when talking about Tony ever again.

          1. How about gape? Is gape a better term?

            1. No. No, it isn’t.

              By the way, an asshole queef is not the same thing as a fart.

      2. He means Michael Weiner, who starts screaming every time you call him Michael Weiner.

  14. I am Hercule.

    1. No, I’m Hercules!

      1. Herman Cain is Hercule.

        1. Ross is Hercule.

          Poirot, that is.

  15. Allow myself to introduce myself……My name is Richie Cunningham and this is my wife Oprah.

    1. I was thinking Humpty, pronounced with an Umpty

  16. I posted the first 12 comments in this thread under different identities. By my records, 32% of all Reason posts are me.

    1. Yeah, and you’re a real schmuck.

    2. And me.

  17. I am Sudden’s complete lack of surprise

  18. I dont cause combustion, or Global Warming….

    1. you fucking sockpuppet.

  19. It’s all me.

  20. All obvious and delicious jokes aside, this just goes to show you how fragile identity politics is.

    Here you’ve got a situation where someone wrote or has been writing all the ‘right’ things, and have even built up a serious following, only to later find out their identity is a complete fraud.

    These groups often form up with such monolithic views, that these types of shenanigans are bound to happen.

    Yet, for all their false identity, they wrote the right things.

    1. It was all so, so, truthy.

    2. There was a modernist poet who was an invention of two other poets who thought modernism was crap. Yet the invented poet gets more critical acclaim, even now, than the real poets. I’d give you names, but it’s been so long I’ve forgotten.

        1. That’s the one. I knew one of you erudite reprobates would fill in the blank for me.

        2. The Sokal Affair is also a good example.

    3. Collectivism is a sign of mental laziness.

      From collectivism, trolling is born.

      1. I may just quote that.

    4. It’s like that great scene in PCU, the one with everyone arguing why they should get into the party based on historical victimization. When you give people more credence for being the bigger victim, people will pretend to be those same victims.

    5. VAT!!? Vat did you say?

  21. Call me Ishmael.

  22. I’ve never actually stolen any lunches.

  23. I’m just some schmuck, but you knew that already.

  24. “Amina often flirted with Brooks, neither of the men realizing the other was pretending to be a lesbian.”

    This will be a horrible Adam Sandler/Kevin James movie in 18 months.

    1. Practically a remake of “You’ve Got Mail”.

      1. I love that movie:-)

      2. Male, you mean.

    2. It could possibly be good.

    3. “horrible Adam Sandler movie” is redundant.

      ok, “50 first dates was OK”, but otherwise …

    4. My bet is for the inevitable movie to be called “The Gay Deceivers.”

  25. I want to know who Andrew Sullivan actually is.

      1. things are starting to make sense now.

      2. That makes sense. The mask slips once in a while when Sullivan starts making sense.

  26. I am joe’s sockpuppet. There, I said it. Don’t hate the player, hate the game.

    [sobs, throws down monocle and top hat, runs off.]

  27. I am Nick’s former mustache. Like Azazel, I travel from face to face corrupting all that the mouth speaks. I was created by Koch.

  28. Unfortunately, I am who I say I am. 🙁

    1. I have it on good authority that SugarFree has never even seen a vagina. Not without crying anyway.

      1. That was just your vagina, and I cried because it looked like wadded-up pasta salad.

        1. Hopefully without the red sauce.

          1. I was struck colorblind. I walked around in black and white for nearly a week.

        2. Speaking of vaginas, I saw the film Thumbsucker yesterday and the main character’s younger brother asks, “What does a pussy feel like? I heard it’s the softest thing there is.”

          Anyway, it was a rather good film.

  29. It’s middle aged american male lesbian bloggers all the way down.

  30. Paula Brooks,” editor of Lez Get Real since its founding in 2008, is actually Bill Graber, 58, a retired Ohio military man and construction worker

    The only thing that could really improve on this story is if He/She ended up falling in love with a lesbian posing as a retired middle-aged military dude…

    1. Jeez, where ya been, Homer? The whole steel industry’s gay.

    2. May we speak for a moment that the site is called Lez Get Real.


      That is hilarious.

  31. My name is really Scheissvogel, and I rarely pretend to be a lesbian.

  32. I must say I’m shocked.

  33. Confess in the comment thread.

    I am really joe boyle

    1. I’m joe boyle

      1. No, I’m Spartacus!

        1. Actually Spartacus is my sock puppet I invented for recruitment propaganda during the Third Servile War.

  34. I’m actually a 23 year old Hispanic lesbian masquerading as a 41 year old white guy.

    Won’t my wife be surprised when she finds out.

  35. I’m really Episiarch.

  36. I am Spartacus

  37. I am Spartacus

  38. Confess in the comment thread.

    I am Spartacus.

  39. The 4 inch spear tip embedded in my hip says i am just a weird looking Indian and I am of no relation to Jean-Luc Picard.

    It also tells me that Rather has a penis.

    1. Hmm, I had one last night but he left with it after breakfast.

      1. That’s gotta hurt.

        1. Time for another raid on the sewing supply store and the funeral home.

  40. Confess in the comment thread.

    I am Spartacus.

    1. I too am Spartacus.

  41. “Paula Brooks,” editor of Lez Get Real since its founding in 2008, is actually Bill Graber, 58, a retired Ohio military man and construction worker who said he had adopted his wife’s identity online.<?I>

    Hey isn’t PBrooks former military and from the Midwest?

    1. Does Lez Get Real have threaded comments?

  42. We should have a general confession thread.

    1. I confess…to CARING too MUCH.

    2. We should have a general confession thread.

      In 1988 I voted for a republican for president.

      1. I supported Bush both times and McCain.

        It still kinda shames me.

        1. Do you still touch hot stoves to see if it will burn THIS time?

          1. No.

            I don’t support Republicans (other than RP and GJ types) anymore, either.

            1. Just wondering since it took you 3 cycles to figure it out.

              1. Ignorance is a powerful thing, let me tell you.

                1. Repeat the words “President Gore”, and be not ashamed.

                  1. I don’t entirely understand that, but I wouldn’t vote for Gore over Bush. Nor would I vote for Bush or Gore, give the chance.

                    1. I don’t entirely understand that, but I wouldn’t vote for Gore over Bush. Nor would I vote for Bush or Gore, give the chance.

                      I just meant that your support of Bush II helped keep both Gore and Kerry out of the White House. I’m pretty sure the growth of the nanny state would have been even worse under either of those two.

                      I registered Republican in 2000 specifically to vote against W in the primary, then turned around and voted for him in the general election.

                      Despite the foreign wars, I’m still not ashamed of it. Gotta play the cards you’re dealt.

                    2. I dont know what state DK was in, but unless it was decided by one vote and not via courts, his vote for Bush instead of, say, Browne, did nothing.

                    3. Leave me my illusions.

      2. In 92′ I voted for Clinton.

        In 96′ I voted for Dole.

      3. I voted for Bush the first time, but in my defense, I was 18 at the time.

    3. Often, after a particularly spectacular dump, I hear faint applause in the distance.

      1. They’re just clapping because it’s over.

        1. I’ll take applause where I can get it.

    4. Do I devolve into Chunk from The Goonies, or Tyrion from GoT….

    5. I once took a picture of a crap because it was so big, I didn’t think anyone would believe me unless I had evidence. I then sent it to some poop-photo rating website, where I did not get a very high rating (sad face).

      1. I have never photographed a turd. Unless you count my stepfather.

      2. I hold the world record and you’ll never beat it.

      3. I think I sent one to that site once. It crashed the internet.

    6. I am really Walter Sobchak.

      1. Shut the fuck up Donnny! You’re out of your element!

        1. Mark it zero.

          1. Nobody ever pretends to be me.

            1. I am the Walrus.

    7. I nearly voted for Bush* the first time, but a series of hilarious misadventures caused me to miss voting.

      *In fairness to my younger self, I wasn’t as cynical at the time, and was mainly intending to vote against Waco, Elian, Clipper Chip, Yugoslavia, Fannie Mae, etc. It was pretty much the same sort of anti-vote that led Obama to victory, but with the parties reversed. Of course, Mr. “Humble Foreign Policy” turned out to be a turd, so it’s been either an L (in the case of Badnarik) or a nonvote (in the case of Barr) since.

  43. Bill Graber, 58, a retired Ohio military man and construction worker who said he had adopted his wife’s identity online

    And I heard ex-military were having trouble finding work 😉

    1. Wait…

      So his wife is a lesbian?

      1. Apparently…

        1. Not really.

  44. Doesn’t every man have a lesbian in him just begging to get out?

    1. I think what you meant to say is “doesn’t every lesbian have a man outside of her just begging to get in?”

      1. Not the lesbians I’ve known.

  45. I actually can read and understand the US constitution…

    I just don’t like what it says.

  46. My real name isn’t Jim. But it does start with a J. When I go on a massive crime spree, all the crimes will involve aliases using the initials “J.P.”, because it will be fun to taunt the cops. All truly great criminals set themselves up for failure in this way.

  47. IN all seriousness, if the relationship is virtual, why doesn’t it matter who is actually on the other end? If the guy claimed to be a “lesbian from Syria” in one sense he kind of was.

    1. Whoa, dude.

      You’re blowing my mind.

      1. This sorta reminds me of that exchange from Altman’s Short Cuts =

        So, what were you saying
        about, um, the virt –

        – What is it? The virtual –
        – Virtual reality.

        – Yeah.
        – Okay, you know what “virtual” means?

        Uh, sort of.

        Okay, it’s like really real.

        So, virtual reality…

        is practically, totally real…

        – but not.
        – Mm-hmm.

    2. I think it matters to real LGBTQXYZ in Syria.

      They may be actually trying to influence public opinion to be more accepting–rather than stoning them…

      And when the Syrian people find out that it’s actually an American trying to make Syrians more accepting, I think that is very likely to be used by people who are intolerant–to justify more intolerance.

  48. I’ve got an ad for Russian Love Match after the article. Nine gets you ten that at least one of their Russian beauties is a gay Israeli internet predator or something equally ridiculous

    1. . Proper punctuation is always nice.

    2. I get a Wealthy Men site ad, which means that some poor bastard is wasting his banner ad budget chasing down all the lies of Hit and Run posters.

      1. I think there was some course for business excecutives (or something along those lines) on here awhile back. I don’t think most MBAs are on, by any means.

        1. Now I’m getting filipinocupid and One gets you into the US, the other get you lies.

          1. Holy ****! Now I’m seeing Military Cupid? What’s with all the dating sites?

            1. LatinAmericanCupid, ThaiLoveLinks, it’s like an invasion! Maybe I’m just noticing now, but it seems like they’ve gone to town with online dating here.

            2. ThaiLoveLinks and Latinamericancupid are now what I see. It seems like there’s an invasion going on! Maybe just because I’m paying attention.

              1. And they keep coming! Planetlovematch is here, advertising Russian dating.

                I suspect that our references to the ads may be causing the website to show more of them. Interesting hypothesis, at any rate.

                1. Okay, I’ll admit I see Zoosk ads here a lot. But still, it’s getting obnoxious.

                  I’m fairly certain my constant updates are also getting obnoxious, so this is the final one.

                  1. WTF! I don’t ever get dating ads. Right now I have Buick and AT&T.

                    1. Darn you, lucky person!!!!1 I keep getting weird **** like meet Persian girls or 8 pictures of ugly guys.

        2. Hey! I’m here, and as far as you know, I have an MBA.

          It’s the catfish of graduate degrees, so don’t be too impressed.

          1. PhDBA. Does that fix it?

            What I should have said was something more like people who work in upper management. I don’t think we have a whole ton of those.

          2. “It’s the catfish of graduate degrees, so don’t be too impressed.

            I always thought that was a MSEd or and EdD.

        3. We probably have a few masterful bullshit artists, but not many.

  49. The best part of the Post piece: “Amina often flirted with Brooks, neither of the men realizing the other was pretending to be a lesbian.” Jeez. Are there any more real cowgirls in this land?

    I cannot stop laughing about this. It’s the classic Internet cybersex problem, transplanted to the political realm.

    1. It is just too bad Weinder never sent “her” a pic. That would be just too perfect I guess.

      1. How do you know he didn’t?

  50. I am an attractive, smart, sane, size 4 woman.

    1. Size 4?

      Hit the gym.

      1. I am an attractive, smart, sane, size 4 woman.

        What a coincidence!!

        So am I!!!

        1. There can’t be two, so at least one you is fibbing.

    2. Well, if you are going to lie, you might as well go big.

    3. If you’re going to spoof me, at least try to be believable.

      1. fuck off

  51. I am actually an orange magazine.

  52. I’m a stupid moron with an ugly face and a big butt and my butt smells and I like to sniff my own butt.

    1. “I’ve got you now, my rumpy doppelg?nger!”

    2. So what you’re saying is that you’re Miss Nice Gams’ sock puppet?

    3. Stop pretending to be rather

    4. “You’re like the atomic bomb; everyone’s laughing, having a good time then you come along and BOOM…everything’s dead!”

  53. I once farted and blamed it on the dog.

  54. I am really the letter “a.”

  55. I don’t think it’s surprising that people fall for this sort of thing, but I do think it’s kinda amazing how quickly we’ve gone from chastising professional journalists for falling for it–to chastising each other for falling for it.

    This sort of reminds me of the monkeyfishing incident.…..ng_scandal

    The shock at the time was that editors and people in journalism could fall for this sort of thing…

    It wasn’t that long ago that fact checking something wasn’t as easy as a Google search, and we depended on what other people told us–because we had to.

    Nobody had the time to go look things up, and people who knew a lot about something and could talk about it intelligently and on the spot were respected.

    That monkeyfishing thing was less than five years ago!

    1. Monkeyfishing is fake, but squirrel fishing is real.

      1. Noodling is real.

        I clicked the link and was disappointed. I was hoping people were using the vile rodents as bait.

    2. Well the acutal “Monkeyfishing” story was in 2001.

      But you’d think that by the early 2000’s editors would have been more skeptical of such sensational stories considering how soon it was after the Stephen Glass fiasco at TNR.

      1. Point is…it wasn’t that long ago.

        Don’t ask me why, but I was havin’ a hard time trying to explain to people how funny it was to listen to Accept’s “Balls to the Wall” over the radio back in the day…

        You can’t understand half the words–and there was no way to get the lyrics! …and I got about halfway through my second comment to explain that, when somebody linked the lyrics in seconds…completely killed the effect of what I was trying to show them.

        Being able to double-check stuff has made everybody a whole hell of a lot smarter–and within a really short period of time. And it’s interesting, damn it!

        We don’t respect journalists like we used to–we don’t hold them up as paragons of truth, justice and Edward R. Murrow anymore…

        …but we hold each other to something like those standards. But there’s no shame in being fooled once.

  56. Sometimes, when the wife’s out of town,I get drunk and take advantage of myself.

    1. You wait until she’s out of town? I do it when she goes grocery shopping. The thrill of being caught makes it more exciting.

  57. Just yesterday (Mon. Jun. 13, 2011) the literati who run OTB put their feet down and “effective immediatly” banned posters who “…repeatedly hijack the discussion thread to detract from the topic at hand…” and “trolls” (are they the same thing?).
    Apparently there are 5 or 6 of these slugs that infect the site. When you consider they have maybe 15 or 20 regular gadflys who want to share their wisdom with an audience that has to be in the hundreds I can see how this is a real problem.
    I’ve got to believe Messers. Taylor and Joyner know that they can not really control who posts what to their site as structured.
    Of course they could outsource that mission to me and for a monthly fee I would be glad to cleanse their threads.

  58. I am not clich?d nor a bandit.

    or am I?

  59. Apparently Hugh Hefner’s wedding was called off. And here I thought those two crazy kids would make it.

    1. And here I thought those two crazy kids would make it.

      So all your doubts were about Hef?

  60. I actually hate pants.

    1. This just really made me laugh.

  61. I’m entirely too cool to ever post a comment on Reason.

  62. I am actually an Undead hunter.

  63. This proves once again there are no women on the Internet.


      1. It’s true. It’s built into the foundation of TCP/IP. Without it, it all collapses.

        1. I thought the internet was made of cats?

          1. NOOO!!! It’s made of TUBES! TUBES damn you!

  64. This proves once again there are no real men on the Internet.

    1. I am a real man….

      It says so in my name.

  65. An once again we learn the oldest lesson of the internet:

    Any woman encountered online can be safely assumed to actually be a middle aged man.

  66. “Honey, I don’t know what you are. I mean, for all I know, you could be some big, fat dude sitting in his stim chair with his dick hanging out.”

  67. Honestly, my favorite thing is the jezzies flipping a shit over this, because it took “advantage” of them.

    Um, isn’t your site the same one where “Woman=More valid opinion on all topics, especially sex, body image, and abortion”?

    Fucking Identity politics.

    1. No one chimps out like the Jezbians.

    2. Honestly, my favorite thing is the jezzies flipping a shit over this,

      Dude, who gives a shit what a bunch of middle-aged white American men thinks?

      1. They threw my wife to the dogs. The dogs threw her back. I don’t get no respect.

  68. I am an actual banjo.

  69. I am Jack’s complete lack of surprise.

  70. I am shocked and appalled

  71. At least we know that Matt Welch is a lesbian.

    We have photographic evidence, no?…..133802.jpg

    1. Try dragging that photo into Google image search. It showed up on the cover of a book about Sentimental Heartbroken Rednecks

  72. I am Shocked. But I’m not shocked by this. So maybe I’m not really Shocked. I think I need a drink.

  73. I like to have long, boring and utterly pointless arguments with myself under the pseudonyms of MNG and John. Does that make me a bad person?

    1. Nope. All you have to do is just be who you are, spuss.

  74. The best part of the Post piece: “Amina often flirted with Brooks, neither of the men realizing the other was pretending to be a lesbian.” Jeez. Are there any more real cowgirls in this land?

    Nerds, particularly adult ones, tend to be homophiles–check out the Something Awful forum threads to see this in action–because they think that gays will somehow be more accepting of them due to supposedly having the whole “I was beaten up and shoved in lockers by VAPID JOCKS UGH” experience in common.

    Nerds don’t seem to realize that gays actually find them as repulsive and unlikeable as does the rest of society.

  75. All joking aside, I have occasionally posted here using different names, but it has always been either:

    A) For comic effect (e.g Ezra Klein, Barney Frank), or

    B) To present an argument that someone far more famous than I (and usually far more deceased) had previously made. Especially when an entire comment is a direct quote from, let’s say, Thomas Jefferson, for example.

    Other than those two circumstances I have engaged in no sockpuppeteering, I have never used any other commenter’s handle, and my name is not a false represetation.

    1. I don’t trust anyone without an email attached to their handle, and I certainly don’t trust anyone who does have an email either.

      There is no honor among republicans, democrats, libertarians, men

      1. My email address contains my real name, which I don’t wish to share on here. I suppose I could set up a dummy email address, but what would be the point?

      2. Considering you’ve decided to put out the locations of people who visit your blog, why should anyone trust you? Self-awareness is so low and even dropping even lower.

        1. I don’t know who visits my blog, and locations mean nothing. It shows traffic patterns. For example:
          1 Guangdong June 13, 2011 20.00% 2
          2 Hubei Apr 27, 2011 20.00% 2
          3 Tianjin June 12, 2011 20.00% 2
          4 Gansu June 9, 2011 10.00% 1
          5 Sichuan June 4, 2011 10.00% 1
          6 Beijing May 17, 2011 10.00% 1
          7 Shanghai June 2, 2011 10.00% 1

          I only play a bitch on TV, and I have never ‘outed’ anyone who emails me but for an unfortunate incident with _____ who tortured me for over a year. If fact, a regular would mention his comments when I did not post for months

          You’d be amazed how many people I email with, and discuss stories on Reason.

          I’ve only mentioned one sci-fi novelist who I correspond with, and he told me I could. He reads H&R but never comments.

          I think Joshua outed himself when I posted Washington stats. I was furious when ___ was outed, and I would never deliberately do so.

  76. I think taking pot is cool…not

  77. I’m surprised no one has mentioned (former?) H&R commenter Suki in this context. Was she (?) a sockpuppet?

    1. What happened to Suki?

      1. There are dangers in time travel, rather. It’s hard to say whether she ran afoul of a paradox, or simply went too far and was killed by same ancient megafauna or primordial cataclysm.

        1. Funny, I liked her but not the other ego. I hope she comes back 🙂

  78. I really am a cigar-smoking libertarian puppet controlled by Robert Smigel.

  79. But the real question is…did Wiener send these “lesbians” his crotch shot?

  80. I posed as a white male to get the sympathy of the WSJ by stating I had perfect excellent SAT scores, was valedictorian, started a company, and was published, but didn’t get in to Harvard while low income Whites and Blacks did.

    But I’m actually Asian.

  81. I’m not Tyrone Slothrop.

  82. I’m really a dog.


    Please forgive me if someone has already made the above lame joke. I came late and haven’t the time to read all 234 comments.

    We now return you to your regularly scheduled libertarian highjinks…

  84. In these guys’ defense, it is pretty clear that both do pee sitting down.

  85. I just post anonymously or with pseudonyms in the comments of political/environmental articles because I don’t want to be harassed or murdered by all of the violent, radical leftists out there, especially those who work in our government. You think I’m kidding? It’s happened.

  86. I’m really very sweet.

  87. I’m a romance novelist who Twitters under my pen name. I follow and am followed by a couple of the Reason writers. So there.

    Years ago I started commenting on political websites under “stubby” because I didn’t want my law firm employers to read my political musings/rants/whatever, even if I wasn’t commenting from work. It just didn’t seem like something they needed to know about, and I felt the same way once I got published – didn’t figure my readers needed to know my political leanings.

    I used to enjoy poking the idiots at Gawker, but nowadays Reason’s the only place where I participate in the comments and I’m rather more vocal on Twitter about my politics.

    I should probably retire the stubby persona so that I’m down to just two identities.

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