Tracking the Tracker ::: UPDATED
Sunday, April 30, 2006
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Liz has deleted her journal, clicking many of the links below will lead you to the following message, "Error. Journal has been deleted. If you are aisling_merrow, you have a period of 30 days to decide to undelete your journal."
Never fear folks, I have a .gif image of the entires between April 28, back through February 24th. Click here to view and read the actual blog.
It is nothing new to note that those who live in glass houses should never, I repeat, never throw stones.
Senator Allen hired one James Hunter Pickels of Richmond, Virginia to work as a tracker, stalking Jim Webb and videotaping his every move, including private conversations.
As you can read in previous posts, Pickels was not adverse to breaking the law.
It has now been reveled that Mr. Pickels lover has kept an online journal titled, "Her Royal Cuteness."
Before you comment that this type of post is unfair, remember, this is exactly the kind of work Mr. Pickels took on and was paid for doing. Politics is a contact sport, and when you hit, expect to be hit back.She has noted in two entries that her boyfriend was "famous." In that particular post, she laments,
"what i did was tell the people that he was only doing the job that he was paid to do, and that i felt they were acting very immature and unreasonable over something that in all honesty stemmed from a simple ideological difference of opinion. what a bunch of idiots."Interestingly enough, her story refutes Pickels claim that he is a volunteer. I cannot help but wonder if he is paid to stalk Jim Webb, is the person paying him also liable for his actions?
On the 25th of April, this young lady talks of Hunters new job,
"Hunter now has a JOB. he is tracking around democratic candidates and filming them and they are sending him all over the state. so that means that on his way into the recesses of southwest virginia, he stopped by to see me last night. we had sushi from Hibatchi. then promptly went atop Mill Mountain and had glorious sex out in the wildflower garden."Does Senator Allen condone this type of behavior? Mill Mountain is one of the most beloved spots in the Roanoke Valley. If his staff has no more respect for the families and law abiding citizens using this public space, then perhaps they should simply keep away.
As one reads this public journal, you begin to wonder about both Hunter Pickels and his girlfriend. You might also wonder about the traditional "Jeffersonian conservative values" they work for when you read that on April 16th, Liz wrote,
"the paycheck i will get on friday will be the first money that i have ever earned that has meant anything more than $ to blow on whatever i want. i'm excited, this should be a very liberating experience. i feel like i need to find a guy that's still a virgin and fuck his brains out. for some reason, i really think that would make me feel better. not entirely sure why but... hey."Just when you start to think "poor, old Hunter," you read Liz's April 13th entry where Hunter lays out his principles and fear of his parents. It seems Hunter thinks living with a girl is only immoral if his parents know about it.
"he said, "oh, we would live together then."That must be some new form of evangelicalism that I am not familiar with.
i said, "WHAT? WHAT ABOUT YOUR 'PRINCIPLES' that caused this whole fight?"
he said, "We can live together if its not in Richmond."
i really cried then. I was like, "Why is Richmond such a big damn deal? Why would your 'principles' apply at all in any sense if you won't live with me there, but you will if we stepped over the city limits?"
"Well, because my parents are there. People will look down on me for being immoral."
i said,"Well, ok then... let's move somewhere else together."
he said, "No. I am comfortable in Richmond. And I want you *here*."
That was the last straw. I finally just said, it was over. absolutely over. i deserved so much more in a partner than that. he kept hollering, no it's not. no it's not. i finally hung up."
Some of my favorite quotes in this little slice of GOP life are:
"I've never before had an experience where I was so busy and stressed out that I actually lost interest in making love. This happened, though. I've always had a really healthy sex drive but for some reason it was definetly lacking for a few days. I wonder if i'm going through "the change" at 24 lol.And
On Friday morning, though, I woke up with the worst menstrual cramps I've ever had. They were so bad that I was throwing up (thank god the throwing up coincided with the arrival of my period-- can you imagine? GAK!) and I had an appointment with my plastic surgeon in Knoxville that I absolutely couldn't miss."
"I didn't even hate being in Wise when he was here and I always hate being in Wise. While we were waiting for the people to change my oil, I was out back finding flowers and playing with the owner's bassett hound while he lovingly watched me. And I had a thought... that if we married and lived in Wise and both taught school... I could be perfectly happy. Even here. Even with the entirity of nothing that Wise has to offer me. "And
"mama gives encouragement but discouragement at the same time... such as "you know it's blatantly obvious that you-know-who doesn't care anything about you at all because of his extreme self-centeredness. he doesn't care about you. you need to start accepting that." then she says, "have you been taking your medicine lately?" and i say, "i'm not on medicine." and she pauses and says, "Oh. Why not?" she used to keep extra bottles of prozac in her cabinet and give them to me like they were tylenol."And
"radford is full of nothing but little dumb twats i am convinced. cursing these little shitless brats into oblivion consumes my daily life. none. of. them. are. hollins. caliber. that's all i can think of when i see them."There are just so many gems here I cannot possibly list them all. No worries, if they are removed, I have made screengrabs for future reference. Particularly the parts about Hunter stalking political candidates. Who knows that may be needed for evidence.
posted by Libertas @ 1:05 PM,
- At 4:00 PM, said...
Hypocracy knows no bounds!! I wonder what will be said now..."My blog postings were private. You have no write to reprint them on your blog....?"
This is why I never liked people pulling out cameras "for fun" during questionable activities in college. You never know when they might come back o bite you....I guess the most likely scenereo is that those things come back to bite you right after you bite someone else.
What comes around goes around.. It is better to play nice.
- At 4:29 PM, said...
This is so awesome! This blog kicks ass. I am a Republican, die hard Republican- but when someone (this girl) is so damn dumb to put this kind of stuff on the internet- then by all means- let her have it!!!
- At 4:34 PM, said...
Hey- do you think if I leave my phone number on here her hornious will give me a buzz?
SWM- 32- Slim build. Loves wildflowers. I hope she's a non-smoker- at least cigarettes.
Don't worry, I'm kosher.
- At 6:20 PM, said...
Well well...A sex crazed exhibitionist and a voyeuristic film maker certainly are a match made in heaven. So Mr. Allen, what other hypocritical freaks are on your payroll in your bid to get reelected? Anybody who recently appeared on the Jerry Springer show?
- At 6:27 PM, said...
The party of family values. More like the party of absolute hypocrisy. Republicans are the worst hypocrites.
You were smart to get pic grabs. Awesome.
- At 7:00 PM, The Ghost of Tom Joad said...
I actually feel bad for her because he sounds like a guy who treats her like crap...but oh well.
- At 7:09 PM, Melissa said...
We WANT you at Wonkette. :) If you even just want a comment invite, send an email over to email@example.com
- At 9:29 PM, said...
Who's deleting comments that are in any way, shape, or form critical of this "story"?
- At 9:43 PM, said...
this is ridiculous...hunter is not on the payroll of allen and liz has never worked on a campaign..it's hypocritical to post things that are so cruel about people who aren't political, and then to delete peoples comments who criticize the 'journalism'
- At 10:14 PM, thegools said...
Last anon commentor,
Did you happen to notice that she put her comments on a BLOG. Then she goes and insults everyone who doesn't think like her, who are pissed at Mr. Pickels for BREAKING THE LAW. She even linked her blog to this. HMMMM. Sounds like she is asking for it.
She and her hubby threw punches first and were fool enough to think people wouldn't punch back.
I hate to break it to you but her actions on a public forum combined with all else makes her political.
She and her comments are fair game ...as fair as anything written on Raising Kaine, this site, Too Conservative or any Bill & Jane's blog...
- At 10:14 PM, said...
"radford is full of nothing but little dumb twats i am convinced. cursing these little shitless brats into oblivion consumes my daily life. none. of. them. are. hollins. caliber. that's all i can think of when i see them."
I take strong exception with that comment.
I went to Radford and even made a few road trips up I-81 to Hollins....sorry babe, Radford girls gotcha beat!
- At 10:30 PM, said...
If Hunter isn't an employee then either he or Liz is lying. I guess we will see if he is an employee once Allen's finance records come out.
If she linked to this site, then she was asking for the owner to blast her.
All is fair in politics, didn't Allen's Mary Matalin write book called that?
From where I stand, this could have been a lot worse.
- At 10:53 PM, thegools said...
Did you get the comments (hers and her friends) that went with her blogs. She added some tasty morsals in there. I saw them this afternoon.
- At 12:16 AM, said...
Hi there liberals... glad to see you actually doing research and work for once. In case you didn't pick up on it, I'm rather conservative... not Falwell conservative, but pretty straight-laced if you will. I happen to personally know "mr. pickles lover" and allow me to fill you in. This girl barely graduated from college (shows how deep daddy's pockets are) and then dicked around Radford for a whole semester and a half before getting "released." She truly truly truly has the worst taste in men... ever... and Hunter Pickles was given that lame "job" (if you even call it a job) because of HER family's connections. You see, HER ROYAL CUTENESS comes from good ole money and the only reason he was even offered the job was so he'd do something stupid and never be able to work respectfully in politics again. And please, don't get up on your high horses and play like the left never has a few embarrassing members who just can't quite be entirely ignored. SHE however, is very much an idiot. Despite the fact that her blog was deemed private (someone must have slipped it to the press, very Paris and Nicole if you ask me), she was asking for it by posting that sort of brainless idiocy on the web where anyone can read it. Second, her life is by no means to be generalized to the GOP. She and Hunter are both very embarrassing to VA politics. Instead of devoting themselves to their constituents, their only priorities in life are drama and, well, something Jerry Falwell definitely wouldn't approve of as often as they do it. In conclusion, please continue the roast of Hunter Pickles and if you must, pity the poor girl who was stupid enough to fall for a man who habitually cheats and has stated on multiple occasions that his only real interest in her is her family's name and wealth. She deserves pity because really, its what her attention begging is all about. However, please don't mistake them for the rest of the conservatives in the Commonwealth.
- At 12:36 AM, thegools said...
Last Anonymous commenter,
Funny how we have no clues as to whether your are telling the truth.
By the way I don't think that Liz's web-log was leaked. She linked it to this web site. She mentioned Hunter by name and gave plenty of key words that could lead one right back to her with a little Google searching.
Oh one other thing. Hunter and his lover may be idiots and not represent the GOP, but also, we are not all "liberal" nor even democrat. I for one am neither, though I have a particular distaste for the Fascist tendencies running through the Neo Con bunch.
- At 1:54 AM, The Richmond Democrat said...
I still can't tell what to make of this; one moment I'm laughing and then next I'm shaking my head in self-reproach.
What "Liz" and the Anonymous commentator two comments above me may, or may not, know is that when someone links to you there are services, technorati for one, that will tell you that you have been liinked to.
If "Liz" linked to Perseverando on her blog as an example of her boyfriend's fame, then she did wave a red flag under Perseverando's nose (never a safe thing to do, IMHO).
Still, it's hard not to draw some underlying conclusions about the beliefs of a certain kind Republican in power and privilege, as well as their hypocrisy in believing that the rules they would promulgate for the rest of us don't really apply to them. I don't mean to apply this generally, because there clearly are Republicans who believe what they believe and "walk the walk," but clearly these two are not of that sort.
What will our regular readers think when they come back to work this morning and discover that we have our own little "Washingtonienne" scandal?
I guess they'll laugh, and then shake their heads . . .
- At 10:54 AM, said...
I for one think the truly amusing thing is not the live journal rants of a wanna-be employee of allen and his girlfriend, but the anonymous posters whose lives are so terribly devoid of meaning that they get of by posting anonymous digs at 22 years on blogs...i have an idea, GET A REAL JOB, lazy liberals
- At 2:05 PM, said...
While I am hopeful that this comment will be permitted to stay on the wall of this site, if the removal of previous comments supporting this poor girl and condemning Perseverando's unscrupulous actions in this instance are any indication, I doubt that this post will remain long.
Even in politics, there are standards of decency and morality to be maintained. There is a certain amount of professionalism which should be expected from both sides. This is not a partisan matter. Perseverando has gone too far by bringing a girl who is not even a part of the political process into this sort of forum.
It seems to me that her online journal is reflective of nothing more than a girl seeking her place in the world and trying to support her man. Whether you agree with what he does for another campaign or not is irrelevant, you are making the issue about someone who is, for all intents and purposes, an innocent, and seemingly has no personal affiliation with either party.
One wonders what George Allen might think of the actions you describe, and by the same token, I would be curious to know what Jim Webb would think of Perseverando's aggressive over-the-line tactics. I think it is safe to say that neither candidate would endorse any of the things discussed on this particular posting.
I would like to ask that Perseverando remove this shameless posting and leave the poor girl alone. Additionally, I would hope that other readers of this blog would encourage Perseverando to do the same.
There are great issues to be discussed with regards to this election; harrassing this girl is does not serve the interests of anyone well.
- At 3:09 PM, Libertas said...
I have no intention of removing this post any more than I intend to remove your comment.
This so called innocent bystander was gleeful in her posts regarding Hunter Pickels and his job of tracking Webb. She also referred to all democrats as idiots. She linked to this web site and made her own musings public.
If nothing else perhaps she will take this as a valuable lesson.
This is not about kids, they may be immature and act like children but they are adults doing adult things.
As I said in the first part of the original post, this is a contact sport--hit, and you will be hit back.
- At 3:38 PM, said...
These are college graduates. Do they think they are playing games?
- At 6:19 PM, Virginia Centrist said...
"a true virginia centrist"
Is that some sort of dig on me?
- At 9:28 PM, said...
Hunter doesn't work for Allen
- At 10:34 PM, The Ghost of Tom Joad said...
"Hunter doesn't work for Allen"
So Hunter stalks people for his own amusement?
- At 12:22 AM, said...
As for the comment on "a girl finding her way"... That is TOTAL and I repeat TOTAL crap. Having read her public online diary, I feel ZERO sympathies for this person. Whats wrong with living on your own? whats wrong with working to pay the bills? And it seems clear that while the original issue was stalkerpickles, it is now this blog. It saddens me to think that we have worked so hard to have equality for women just so this girl can say what she wants.
And why should Perservando remove anything from the blog? She put it out for the public. Hopefully this will be a learning experience for her and help her to become a strong woman in her own right.
- At 11:09 AM, Stomp Allen said...
And may she learn the lesson that a true lady never kisses (or deflowers the flowers) and tells.
- At 1:09 PM, said...
A quick check of finance reports or the Virginia Public Access Project shows that Pickles in fact, is not employed by Allen nor has he ever been. Check for yourself
Question is, why would he lie to his girlfriend? How pathetic
- At 2:59 PM, Virginia Centrist said...
VPAP doesn't show federal races
- At 4:04 PM, said...
He also started work last Monday for George Allen. Prior to that, Hunter Pickels worked for Jerry Kilgore. Check SBE on that one.
I would imagine that if he ever did work for Allen he doesn't anymore. I wonder if Allen will pay him for the three days he did work. Will Allen pay his legal bills too?
- At 12:43 AM, thegools said...
Hey isn't that Pickels standing behind Webb in the picture on this website?
- At 3:45 AM, said...
It sure does look like stalkerpickles. Is there a picture out that has Webb without Pickles?