More Laughs from the Illinois RLC

Tuesday, February 10th, 2009

Just received the following email from the Illinois Republican Liberty Caucus:

We have the evidence right here of your hacking. Cease and desist immediately. Hacking is a crime.

They’re referring of course to my replacing their hotlinked image of me with an Obama dildo.

MORE: “Puma” has erased the embarrassing errors (I saved screen caps, see below). But before doing so, whoever Puma is was dumb enough to cut and paste them at Free Republic.

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78 Responses to “More Laughs from the Illinois RLC”

  1. #1 |  ktc2 | 

    LOL. Retards. Shame on you for hacking your own website that they linked to!

  2. #2 |  Lee | 

    LOL- The Republicans really are becoming the party of the know-nothings.

    If they were not such authoritarians I would almost feel bad for them.

    As it is, I just point and laugh.

  3. #3 |  Nando | 

    Yeah, stop hacking their site by changing what they were hotlinking to!

  4. #4 |  Zuzu | 

    Oh lordy, it just keeps getting better and better.

    Are people that stupid really allowed to have a website?

  5. #5 |  Comrade Dread | 

    I think you were rather merciful, considering some of the other examples I’ve seen of the images webmasters have put up to teach others not to chew up their bandwidth.

  6. #6 |  Josh | 

    I’m sure you’ll be getting another threatening e-mail by posting their “cease & desist” message.

  7. #7 |  chuck | 

    “I cease from desisting that I insist that you cease to insist that I cease and desist.”

    Scan the news headlines for reports of head explosions.

  8. #8 |  Peter | 

    This is getting ridiculous. Awesomely ridiculous.

  9. #9 |  freedomfan | 

    I assume they refer to the image you swapped out. What a bunch of maroons. Somehow, they’ve ignored the netiquette issues of their bandwidth theft but are offended by you changing a file name on your own site. That’s like having some clown who steals wine out of my garage complaining because I’ve started storing vinegar in the wine bottles.

    BTW, I browsed their site a little and it really reeks of amateur hour. And, there is a depressingly low ratio of posts that are in support of genuine liberty issues versus those that are simple traditionalist moralizing. There are conservative sites that do a decent job of cataloging liberal foibles, but has “high school web project” written all over it.

  10. #10 |  patrick | 

    If switching an image hotlinked by an enemy is a crime (I’d have gone for Tubgirl), let me be guilty.

  11. #11 |  ZappaCrappa | 

    Repub;icans have become even stupider than I originally thought. How DARE you change the content of your own site Radley! And these people want to run the country…pardon me while I laugh up a testicle….

  12. #12 |  roy | 

    I’m tempted to send them a donation just to ensure they continue to put out such entertaining horseshit.

  13. #13 |  JR | 

    And furthermore, they are aware of all internet traditions!

  14. #14 |  MikeL | 

    Before, it was just funny.

    Now, it’s Epic.

  15. #15 |  Michael | 

    Being 56 yo and not extremely web savvy….. Isn’t hacking an attack on another website, stealing passwords, personal info, and such? [not, as in this case, on the site where they stole(hot linked?) the picture from?] I guess that is why you are all saying they are acting like high school web administrators?

  16. #16 |  Dave Krueger | 

    Maybe these guys are in training to for political office. Sounds like they have the integrity aspect down pat.

  17. #17 |  Lee | 

    Michael you are correct.

    High School web admins have accused students of hacking because they simply changed the URL in their webrowser to goto a page that they are not supposed to go to.

    For instance.

    typing in

    instead of

  18. #18 |  Andrew | 

    This is looking like it could be even more entertainment than I previously thought.

    Can’t wait to see the e-mail complaining about you posting this.
    And the e-mail complaining about you posting the first e-mail.
    And so on.

    I’m almost beginning to believe that’s a spoof site, because they cannot possibly be that stupid.

  19. #19 |  FreedomIsTheWay | 

    Nope – it’s real. The guy even had a thread at FreeRepublic:

  20. #20 |  BamBam | 

    Radley to RLCIL: “You’re just mad… ’cause tonight you suckas got served!”

  21. #21 |  Bronwyn | 


    Please, Radley. Don’t EVER cease and desist.


  22. #22 |  terrorific | 

    publish the email address! it’s your civic duty to enable us to flood their inboxes with dildoes representing ALL politicians.

    I’m here right now crafting a Dondero Dildo. It looks exactly like Eric Dondero! Unlike the real Dondero, however, this one actually has a chance of getting inside a woman.

  23. #23 |  Ken Kennedy | 

    Hahahaaa!! Oh man, this just keeps getting better, Radley. The Obama dildo screenshot made me snort coffee. Epic, indeed!

  24. #24 |  Stephen | 

    I was just reading about cross-site request forgery (CSRF) attacks and must agree with #4 | Comrade Dread |.

    Radley was very merciful.

    He could have probably done very nasty things to everyone that hit that page.

  25. #25 |  Edwin Sheldon | 


  26. #26 |  Laertes | 

    FUCK YES. This keeps getting more awesome.

  27. #27 |  Mike T | 

    We have the evidence right here of your hacking. Cease and desist immediately. Hacking is a crime.

    Radley has evidence of slander on the part of the IRLC. I wager 5 funny pictures that he has a much more legally actionable case than the IRLC.

  28. #28 |  Mike T | 

    ROFLOL!!!! Look at this from their blog:

    The Republican Liberty Caucus of Illinois (RLC-IL), is an affiliate of the Republican Liberty Caucus. Illinois has a strong history of liberty-minded Republicans — as this is the Land of Lincoln.

    Oh dear God, freedom truly must be slavery to some people…

  29. #29 |  Bill Cooke | 

    I’ve dealt with lunatics like this before. Be careful. They may be dangerous.

  30. #30 |  Stephen | 

    #20 | Mike T |

    I followed your funny pictures link and clicked next until I got to the flowchart one that just made me spill my beer. Oh well, at least I have more. :)

  31. #31 |  Mike T | 

    I should probably be careful. Considering what they did to the Liberty Dollar, the IRS might consider my funny picture collection to be unreported income. Damn Obama and his deficit spending!

  32. #32 |  Mike T | 

    I’ve dealt with lunatics like this before. Be careful. They may be dangerous.

    That’s one of the reasons why we have concealed carry permits.

  33. #33 |  Anonymo | 

    This would be even more hilarious if these retards weren’t supposed to be the opposition party keeping a check on the powers of the state for the next four years.

    Wait, with morons like these, it’ll probably be closer to the next 40 years.

  34. #34 |  lunchstealer | 

    A general once wrote:

    “I divide my officers into four classes; the clever, the lazy, the industrious, and the stupid. Each officer possesses at least two of these qualities. Those who are clever and industrious are fitted for the highest staff appointments. Use can be made of those who are stupid and lazy. The man who is clever and lazy however is for the very highest command; he has the temperament and nerves to deal with all situations. But whoever is stupid and industrious is a menace and must be removed immediately!”

    Puma clearly falls into the latter category, and the RLC would do well to be rid of him.

  35. #35 |  lunchstealer | 

    And the rest of their writers are little better.

  36. #36 |  Mike | 

    The posted a link to their “expose” on

  37. #37 |  KRV | 

    Followed a link from Balloon Juice and I must say I almost feel bad for laughing at these cretins.


    OK, nearly snorting a mouthful of linguine out of my nose didn’t feel too good, but other than that…

    Well, I’m off. I need to turn myself in for breaking into my house.

  38. #38 |  Nash | 

    I concur with MikeL. This is epic.

  39. #39 |  Gonzo | 

    Wow, these people are down-home, deep-fried stupid-crazy.

    Now that’s what I call Agitation. How can we gently prod this? You won’t just let it drop, will you, Balko? After Ryan Frederick and all the dead puppies and every other goddamn thing, I think we need a nice, long laugh.

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  41. #41 |  Mike T | 

    The guy doesn’t seem to be having much success at FreeRepublic either.

  42. #42 |  Aresen | 

    @#27 | lunchstealer | February 10th, 2009 at 10:20 pm:

    Love the quote, especially in light of the D’s posts on the earlier story.

    However, I think the D goes beyond the “stupid and industrious”.

    I wonder if the general had a comment for the “wacko and manic”?

  43. #43 |  Nick M. | 

    Of course he had a word for “wacko and manic.” It was…


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  45. #45 |  B | 

    Holy FUCK I am so sorry I missed this today while I was working.


  46. #46 |  Kieffer | 

    If anyone wonders how Illinois Democrats can be so corrupt and incompetent and STILL manage to have a near unbreakable stronghold on state government, it’s because people like this are their challengers.

  47. #47 |  old | 

    I, too, am aware of all internet traditions.

  48. #48 |  supercat | 

    If trying to embarrass cross-site linkers, why not try to figure out what machines the people posting the links are using (the first machines to use a particular Referer: domain) and keep serving the ‘original’ picture to those while serving alternate pictures elsewhere? Or would that be too devious?

  49. #49 |  Greg C | 

    Whenever I read/heard RLC I always immediately had a bad opinion because I associated them with Eric Dondero. As much as I disagree with him on foreign policy and his love of Republicans, at least he is libertarian on social issues.

    These RLC people almost make Dondero seem like a decent libertarian.

  50. #50 |  Thomas Sewell | 

    These blog posts on the RLC IL site are the personal opinions of the authors and are not the policy or positions of the National RLC or even the IL RLC. They have been asked by the National RLC to include that in their posts. At this point, Puma should probably be asked to stop posting at all on the RLC IL site, at least in my opinion.

    I’m curious where the email referenced above actually came from. You stated that it was “from the Illinois Republican Liberty Caucus”. Somehow I doubt it was from an official representative of the RLC. Please share the email author’s name so that the National RLC can be sure they get appropriately smacked down for being an idiot in making such an accusation. Alternately, you could send it privately to the National RLC.

    Also, please don’t associate the RLC in your mind with “Puma” or with Dondero.

  51. #51 |  Qlik | 

    After reading the comments from the FreeRepublic article cited above, it looks like they have a misunderstanding of the word “biweekly.” Biweekly means every other week, not twice a week.

    Well, that’s according to Wikipedia, but according to the dictionary, it could mean either twice weekly or every other week. It appears that Radley writes an article for Fox every other week, which is how I’ve always used the word ‘biweekly.’

  52. #52 |  lunchstealer | 

    Oh, I missed the cross-posting to Freeperland. The lulz never stop, do they?

  53. #53 |  anon | 

    I really don’t know what’s up with the IL RLC. I’m active in the RLC in my state, and my views are virtually indistinguishable from your own. The RLC is meant to be the libertarian wing of the GOP. We do not necessarily endorse the views up Ron Paul, as he runs a seperate organization (although many of us voted for him, considering him the “least of many evils.”) The RLC, for example, is neutral on the issue of abortion. We support legalization of drugs, as well as a pull-out from Iraq. I don’t understand the reason for hostilities with the organization, other than the fact that we have the name “Republican” in our titles. In a de facto two party system, if you want to bring about change, you have to pick one of the parties, so we picked the Republicans. It doesn’t mean that we endorse most of the party’s “usual views,” any more than it means that we endorese the Democrat’s views. We’re just Goldwater Republicans. I don’t see why you find that so loathsome, although, to be fair, I really don’t know the background of this apparent long-standing fight with the IL RLC.

  54. #54 |  Bill | 

    So that is their excuse. The excuse is “We never screwed up…you must of hacked our site and changed the information.” Nothing like taking responsibilities for your actions.

    Pathetic. These people are just pathetic.

  55. #55 |  Bill | 


    Don’t waste your time in a pissing match with a moronic troll. The person that hides behind the name “Puma” is to cowardly to even release his or her name. Instead, the person publishing false information in an attempt to defame you and cause you professional harm. If I was you, I would send a cease and desist letter to this group demanding an immediate public retraction of their article that was full of lies and baseless.

    People such as Puma need to be held accountable for their actions.

  56. #56 |  thomasblair | 

    It’s ironic to note that the RLCIL’s blogroll contains links to both Cato and Reason, Radley’s former and current employers. Those damned liberals!

  57. #57 |  UCrawford | 


    Any organization’s ideals are only as sound as those of the people running it. Your area of the RLC might be very libertarian. The Illinois RLC apparently isn’t. Neither have been the RLC groups I’ve seen publish stuff on the net…they’re virtually indistinguishable from the neoconservative wing of the Republican party and some of them openly look down on libertarian ideals (and freely admit that they do so).

    Personally, I’ve come to the conclusion that the only way the Republican party is ever going to become more libertarian isn’t by opening a Libertarian wing…it’s by letting them get their clocks cleaned in a few more elections. The leadership of the Republican party now is a special shade of stupid and they’re apparently too thick to understand just how worthless their big government ideology is. When they start doing things like putting Jeff Flake on Appropriations, then I’ll start believing that there’s hope for the Republican party.

  58. #58 |  David | 

    Biweekly means every other week, not twice a week.

    Bah. Using the actual definitions of words is an elitist, latte-sipping, liberal(librulz!) tactic.

  59. #59 |  B | 

    I don’t understand the reason for hostilities with the organization…

    I’m pretty sure that posting my mug in such a way as to imply I support pedophilia would be sufficient reason for hostility. But hey, that’s just me.

  60. #60 |  blocky McBlocked | 

    I thought Bi-Weekly meant twice, whereas semi-weekly would be every-other.

    Just when I thought I had it figured out, I’m thrown into a tailspin!

  61. #61 |  Kristen | 

    Exactly the opposite, blocky!

  62. #62 |  scarshapedstar | 

    I saw Acid Burn and Zero Cool plugging their laptops into a phone booth, officer, and then that dildo appeared!

  63. #63 |  PersonFromPorlock | 

    …whoever Puma is was dumb enough to cut and paste [the errors] at Free Republic.

    Where, be it noted, the vast majority of Freepers are having great fun being unkind to him.

  64. #64 |  Dakota | 

    As far as Bi-weekly goes, I’ve noticed this and had an argument or two about it. The resolution basically there are two different definitions deepening on industries. Publishing uses bi-monthly to mean every other month. But bi-monthly to banks and accountants means twice a month. IE I’m paid bi-monthly (twice a month), but the IEEE is published twice a month.

  65. #65 |  Kristen | 

    Huh. I’m paid semi-monthly (twice a month), officially.

  66. #66 |  Raidsmith | 

    I LOVE that they wrote the words “Cease and Desist” when they notified you that you had changed the image on your own site. Like that makes them sound all lawyery or something. I love it.

    Speak loudly and carry a small brain.

  67. #67 |  Raidsmith | 

    I’m still laughing. “Hacking is a crime.” This is gold, I love it. I only wish they had used more faux law jargon. “Cease and desist” was the best they could come up with? C’mon, they couldn’t have dropped “permanent injunction”, or “prior restraint”? It’s probably better they didn’t, my side hurts enough as it is.

  68. #68 |  Andrew Williams | 

    Epic, Epic, EPIC fail!

  69. #69 |  Andrew Williams | 

    MY sig other’s cat is named Puma. I suspect he’s even smarter than the human who calls him/herself that.

  70. #70 |  heretic | 

    Wow. I didn’t know Radley was a “liberal”. I’m not coming here anymore.

  71. #71 |  Mike | 

    Puma returns (he also posted this at

  72. #72 |  Eric the .5b | 

    Your area of the RLC might be very libertarian. The Illinois RLC apparently isn’t. Neither have been the RLC groups I’ve seen publish stuff on the net…they’re virtually indistinguishable from the neoconservative wing of the Republican party and some of them openly look down on libertarian ideals (and freely admit that they do so).

    There’s no room for libertarians in Team Red. There’s plenty of room for homophobes, bluenoses, and theocrats who call themselves libertarian with a semi-straight face.

  73. #73 |  Mike | 

    Radley, someone posted earlier that you’d be getting an apology from the national RLC. did that ever come?

  74. #74 |  Raidsmith | 

    Mike, I think the RLC decided not to apologize about the time Radley presented them with the Obama Dildo Award. That’s just my guess.

  75. #75 |  Rick Caldwell | 

    Radley, it looks as if the adults have taken over at the RLC IL blog.

  76. #76 |  Rick Caldwell | 

    I’m thinking the change at the blog probably had something to do with them losing their charter as a RLC state chapter. They were listed as chartered and linked to by the national RLC earlier this week. I know I wrote an email to someone at the national party about the debacle with you and Puma. I don’t have any idea how many others did. But the RLC IL has actually removed all the previous posts from Puma and others. I suspect someone with the national caucus took some time to read the neo-con rantings, and must have puked over their brand being used that way.

  77. #77 |  catastrophile | 

    Looks like the website is gone altogether.

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