Coming Out of the Closet

 

I just took a pretty big step, did something I’ve never done before. I clicked “like” on a YouTube video.

Yeah, I know. But that’s not all. Then I clicked on the Subscribe button. I know, I know… but I didn’t stop there. I even clicked the notification bell.

I’ve never done anything like this before, believe me. Back in the nineties, I did create a Blogspot blog… spot. But I never posted anything there. I’ve never been on Twitter, Facebook, or any other kind of social media. In fact, until I joined Ricochet, I never posted a single thing anywhere on the Internet. My only presence was to have worked on building some websites, but that was completely anonymous.

I won’t shop online. I won’t use store cards. I won’t even use a debit card; I pay cash for everything, so that I can be totally anonymous both online and in the meat world. My goal has been that when someone looks for me online, the closest they can come to finding me is to locate an empty space where someone should be. I’m the Invisible Man.

I know what you’re thinking … Judge, you’ve opened yourself up to all of the horrible things that happen to people on the Internet; doxxing, identity theft, grooming gangs. I know. I’ve put myself in the position of being in very real danger of all those things. Which is why I thought long and hard before I clicked.

But I feel like we’ve reached to point in this country where it’s time to take a stand. It’s time for the ordinary, everyday people to be ready to put themselves on the line for the good of the country. It’s something that I felt just had to be done, and I’m ready to deal with all the consequences that might result.

It’s time to come out of the closet, stand up and have the courage to be counted.


Oh yeah… you’re probably wondering what the video was. It was a Whiskey Politics podcast, with an interview of Sebastian Gorka. That @davesussman guy does a pretty good interview.

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  1. Arahant Member
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    Don’t you have to have a youtube account to click on like or subscribe?

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  2. Judge Mental Member
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    Arahant (View Comment):

    Don’t you have to have a youtube account to click on like or subscribe?

    Remember the Blogspot thing?  Turns out I had one all along and didn’t know it.

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  3. RightAngles Member
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    Just wait till They find out you Liked a conservative thing. Then you’ll be sorry, as they drag you from your bed in the middle of the night.

    I’ve actually been afraid of that.

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  4. Judge Mental Member
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    RightAngles (View Comment):

    Just wait till They find out you Liked a conservative thing. Then you’ll be sorry, as they drag you from your bed in the middle of the night.

    I’ve actually been afraid of that.

    Yeah, they’ve been trying to rehabilitate the idea of gulags for a reason.

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  5. Percival Thatcher
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    You’re a wild man, JM.

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  6. Judge Mental Member
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    Percival (View Comment):

    You’re a wild man, JM.

    What can I say?  I like to live on the edge.

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  7. Arahant Member
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    Judge Mental (View Comment):

    Arahant (View Comment):

    Don’t you have to have a youtube account to click on like or subscribe?

    Remember the Blogspot thing? Turns out I had one all along and didn’t know it.

    Well, I don’t, so I can’t like or subscribe.

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  8. Judge Mental Member
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    Arahant (View Comment):

    Judge Mental (View Comment):

    Arahant (View Comment):

    Don’t you have to have a youtube account to click on like or subscribe?

    Remember the Blogspot thing? Turns out I had one all along and didn’t know it.

    Well, I don’t, so I can’t like or subscribe.

    Sooner or later, you’re going to have to take a stand.

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  9. Nanda Panjandrum Member
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    Great choice for your ‘coming-out party’, JM!

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  10. Judge Mental Member
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    Nanda Panjandrum (View Comment):

    Great choice for your ‘coming-out party’, JM!

    A man’s gotta do what a man’s gotta do.

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  11. RightAngles Member
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    On one of my photographer forums, this  guy was complaining about all the popup ads for porn that constantly appear in the margins of his email, and someone commented “You just told everyone on this site about which websites you frequent.”  Awkward

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  12. Hoyacon Member
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    Looking at that picture, have Dave Sussman and Sebastian Gorka ever been seen in the same place at the same time?

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  13. Columbo Member
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    Shout out to @davesussman 

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  14. Judge Mental Member
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    RightAngles (View Comment):

    On one of my photographer forums, this guy was complaining about all the popup ads for porn that constantly appear in the margins of his email, and someone commented “You just told everyone on this site about which websites you frequent.” Awkward

    I rarely even do look ups for products or services.  (I mostly use Google to look up actors and actresses, trying to figure out where I’ve seen them before.)  But when I do look up something, that means I get deluged with ads for it, because they finally have a piece of data for their algorithms to grab onto.

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  15. Judge Mental Member
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    Hoyacon (View Comment):

    Looking at that picture, have Dave Sussman and Sebastian Gorka ever been seen in the same place at the same time?

    Excellent question.

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  16. Judge Mental Member
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    Columbo (View Comment):

    Shout out to @davesussman

    I put one in the post body.  I expect he’ll wander by eventually.  Probably busy interviewing someone famous.

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  17. RightAngles Member
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    Judge Mental (View Comment):

    RightAngles (View Comment):

    On one of my photographer forums, this guy was complaining about all the popup ads for porn that constantly appear in the margins of his email, and someone commented “You just told everyone on this site about which websites you frequent.” Awkward

    I rarely even do look ups for products or services. (I mostly use Google to look up actors and actresses, trying to figure out where I’ve seen them before.) But when I do look up something, that means I get deluded with ads for it, because they finally have a piece of data for their algorithms to grab onto.

    I hate how exposed I feel just trying to use my own personal computer these days. There have been things I’d have liked to Google, but I’m afraid to. I  have DuckDuck Go too, but it isn’t as comprehensive. I use Brave and even Tor sometimes, but even then, who knows who is keeping track? I’ve refrained from Liking YouTube videos since Google took over, too. Why should I have to feel this way in America.

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  18. Arahant Member
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    Judge Mental (View Comment):
    Sooner or later, you’re going to have to take a stand.

    I stand for not having an account.

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  19. Judge Mental Member
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    Arahant (View Comment):

    Judge Mental (View Comment):
    Sooner or later, you’re going to have to take a stand.

    I stand for not having an account.

    “You and your Pennsylvania proprietors. Oh, you cool, considerate men. You hang to the rear on every issue so that if we should go under, you’ll still remain afloat!”

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  20. Hank Rhody, Red Hunter Contributor
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    Judge Mental: I won’t shop online. I won’t use store cards. I won’t even use a debit card; I pay cash for everything, so that I can be totally anonymous both online and in the meat world. My goal has been that when someone looks for me online, the closest they can come to finding my is to locate an empty space where someone should be. I’m the Invisible Man.

    That’s a step beyond what I do. I use a debit card to acquire cash at one of a set of local cash machines. Then I pay cash for everything.

    The ideal I’m striving for is that when they look for me they’ll find the most boring possible person and lose interest.

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  21. Judge Mental Member
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    Hank Rhody, Red Hunter (View Comment):

    Judge Mental: I won’t shop online. I won’t use store cards. I won’t even use a debit card; I pay cash for everything, so that I can be totally anonymous both online and in the meat world. My goal has been that when someone looks for me online, the closest they can come to finding my is to locate an empty space where someone should be. I’m the Invisible Man.

    That’s a step beyond what I do. I use a debit card to acquire cash at one of a set of local cash machines. Then I pay cash for everything.

    The ideal I’m striving for is that when they look for me they’ll find the most boring possible person and lose interest.

    I have an ATM card, that I always use at the same place.  At 4am, so no one can see me.

    • #21
  22. Matt Balzer, Straw Bootlegger Member
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    Hank Rhody, Red Hunter (View Comment):

    Judge Mental: I won’t shop online. I won’t use store cards. I won’t even use a debit card; I pay cash for everything, so that I can be totally anonymous both online and in the meat world. My goal has been that when someone looks for me online, the closest they can come to finding my is to locate an empty space where someone should be. I’m the Invisible Man.

    That’s a step beyond what I do. I use a debit card to acquire cash at one of a set of local cash machines. Then I pay cash for everything.

    The ideal I’m striving for is that when they look for me they’ll find the most boring possible person and lose interest.

    Too late.

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  23. Matt Balzer, Straw Bootlegger Member
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    Judge Mental: Back in the nineties, I did create a Blogspot blog… spot.

    Nice.

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  24. Matt Balzer, Straw Bootlegger Member
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    Judge Mental (View Comment):

    Hank Rhody, Red Hunter (View Comment):

    Judge Mental: I won’t shop online. I won’t use store cards. I won’t even use a debit card; I pay cash for everything, so that I can be totally anonymous both online and in the meat world. My goal has been that when someone looks for me online, the closest they can come to finding my is to locate an empty space where someone should be. I’m the Invisible Man.

    That’s a step beyond what I do. I use a debit card to acquire cash at one of a set of local cash machines. Then I pay cash for everything.

    The ideal I’m striving for is that when they look for me they’ll find the most boring possible person and lose interest.

    I have an ATM card, that I always use at the same place. At 4am, so no one can see me.

    Yeah, because the ATM isn’t in the system. I’d say go to the teller, but they record that too.

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  25. Matt Balzer, Straw Bootlegger Member
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    @MattBalzer

    Also, you jerks are establishing patterns. That just makes it easier on them too.

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  26. Judge Mental Member
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    Matt Balzer, Straw Bootlegger (View Comment):

    Also, you jerks are establishing patterns. That just makes it easier on them too.

    I’ve made clear to the bank that if they try anything, I’ll withdraw all my money and cause them to collapse.

    I’ve got J. P. Morgan Chase right where I want them.

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  27. GLDIII Reagan
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    RightAngles (View Comment):

    Just wait till They find out you Liked a conservative thing. Then you’ll be sorry, as they drag you from your bed in the middle of the night.

    I’ve actually been afraid of that.

    Get a bigger, meaner sounding dog than that cute little fuzzy one you have…

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  28. Arahant Member
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    Judge Mental (View Comment):
    I’ve made clear to the bank that if they try anything, I’ll withdraw all my money and cause them to collapse.

    My grandmother died in 1978. She had a fair amount of money as my grandfather had been a railroad executive. A few years before she died, her bank transitioned from the old passbook system for savings accounts. She wasn’t having any of that. When they told her she couldn’t have a passbook anymore, she put her purse on the counter and said, “In that case I’d like to withdraw all my money. Just put it right in my pocket book. I’ll take it to a bank that still uses passbooks.” And, she did.

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  29. Judge Mental Member
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    Arahant (View Comment):

    Judge Mental (View Comment):
    I’ve made clear to the bank that if they try anything, I’ll withdraw all my money and cause them to collapse.

    My grandmother died in 1978. She had a fair amount of money as my grandfather had been a railroad executive. A few years before she died, her bank transitioned from the old passbook system for savings accounts. She wasn’t having any of that. When they told her she couldn’t have a passbook anymore, she put her purse on the counter and said, “In that case I’d like to withdraw all my money. Just put it right in my pocket book. I’ll take it to a bank that still uses passbooks.” And, she did.

    I had one of the first ATM cards in the country.  It was for a passbook savings account, but you could opt for a passcard.  It only worked in the machine on the front of their handful of branches, but it was still the coolest idea ever.

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  30. Dave Sussman Contributor
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    Honored Judge! Much appreciated you came out the bunker for this. Seb’s a really great guy and we actually grew up a few minutes from each other in 70’s West London. I know a few folks here may not care for him, but you cannot ignore his dedication to getting Republicans and the President re-elected.

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