Ali Akbar, Easily Irritated, Acutely Aggreived
Another thing in common... the don't like their stories being told.
In our last installment, we followed young Ali Akbar from his Texas jail cell to his ascension of the ladder of moderate right wing acclaim. We continue from my ebook. "Eating Breitbart."
It is now May 2008. Prominent Georgia conservative blogger, “The Peach Pundit” is whining
about the lack of decent candidates to run against incumbent Democratic congressman John
Barrow. In the blog's comment section, Akbar invites "the Peach Pundit" to meet with Georgia
congressional candidate Ray McKinney.
Now, one can wonder how young Akbar became acquainted with Mr. McKinney. It would seem
that a hot, young Republican on probation would cross paths with a Georgia conservative…
when that Georgia conservative waves some money in his face during the Texas Straw Poll in
Fort Worth in late 2007.
According to Wikipedia, McKinney won the Texas Straw Poll, surprising -- shocking, in fact --
the establishment candidates. This fame did not carry over to a win in the congressional primary,
so Akbar put aside his support for McKinney for the time being and began working for Tea Party
candidate Rob Hoffman in the special election in the New York 23rd Congressional District.
But where was he getting all the money to travel the nation like this? The Liberal Grouch
showed how Ali was evicted from his new home in Savannah, Georgia, for non-payment of rent
Oddly enough, here's where the young survivor's career begins to skyrocket.
Before his eviction in 2010, in October 2009 Akbar had the financial ability to travel to upstate
New York to work for the Tea Party candidate in the special election in the New York 23rd
district. We have a video of his confronting the Democratic candidate, Bill Owens.
Owens won that election handily.
With that disappointment behind him, Akbar was right back to work with McKinney on his
second attempt to win the GOP nomination for that congressional district in Georgia. McKinney
gets the nomination but gets his butt handed to him by the incumbent. Akbar drops McKinney
like he's hot. But still, with no place to live, with no visible means of support, what does an excon
with political ambitions do?
Perhaps... find a sugar daddy?
You catch the eye of Tea Party blogger R. Stacy McCain. Then, somehow, from someone,
somewhere, you get the money to fund a wide assortment of new ventures… including the Vice
and Victory agency.
Your organization works to support the losing candidate in the College Republican National
Committee race. And now, you're in the big time.
Your attempts to help bloggers with their legal fees in their fight against Brett Kimberlin have
caught the attention of other bloggers who do what your donors, your friends, your supporters all
failed to do, and that is vet you, Ali.
But, for now, you're a star. You rose very quickly. And, you are thankful.
But like a comet, there's a chance you will burn out just as quickly. Especially when the
Mainstream media starts reporting on the things these intrepid liberal bloggers have been
And there you are. Hopping from political event to political event. Attending both conventions
in 2012. No college education. No training. And the questions remain.
How does a skeezy ex-con with no visible means of support rise from the depths of poverty and
despair and only one semester of college and parlay that to being one of the most prominent
young Republicans in America?
I think I got my answer in July when KARL ROVE demanded to Zazzle that I remove an image
of Ali Akbar wearing a Barack Obama mask waving fistfuls of $20 bills. We have all heard the
rumors about Karl, all the way back to his Nixon years. We all know about the discreet gay clubs
in Austin and Washington. And Akbar’s orientation is no longer secret. We published a
screencap photo of him on the gay hookup site “Grindr.”
Now, where I come from (Iowa), 2+2 STILL =4. The fact that Karl Rove felt he had the standing
to demand that Zazzle remove an image that does not mention his full name, that contains no
image of Karl Rove, and he claims intellectual property, tells me one of several things.
1. To claim intellectual property, he must have taken the photo.
2. The photo seems to have been taken in a hotel room that nobody else can be seen in.
3. Karl and Ali were alone together in a hotel room.
4. Karl’s own people have been buzzing about Ali and how quickly he rose the totem pole.
It does lead one to wonder, does it not?
This is the photo that Karl Rove demanded that Zazzle remove from its product lineup. Karl
Rove & Co. claimed “intellectual property rights” on the image. Rove is not seen in the image.
Neither Ali Akbar nor Karl Rove has commented on the photo, despite several attempts to reach
them for comment.
A closer look at the photo raises more questions than it answers.
For one thing, the photo as shown on Ali Akbar's Facebook page was originally a mirror image.
There are two ways we are aware of to get a mirror image of a photo.
1. Take the photo into a mirror. But if that were the case here, the flash would have obliterated
2. Take a photo. Use photo software to flip the image and make it appear as if it were taken in a
mirror. Hope the people viewing the photo are not aware of the aforementioned "flash" issue.
It's impossible to tell where the photo was taken. At first, we believed it was a hotel room. But
after closer inspection, we see what looks like a home entertainment wireless satellite speaker in
the lower left corner. And our own experience with hotel rooms has led us to very few places
where overhead lighting is controlled with a pull cord.
The flash in the image raises many salacious questions. It is clear the flash originated from below
and close to Mr. Akbar. About belt level is our best guess. See how the undersides of Mr.
Akbar's fingers are illuminated while the upper sides are in shadow. See the angle of the flash
reflection on the plastic mask.
Again, we return to the image and to Mr. Rove's claim of “intellectual property rights.” We have
examined how a person can claim intellectual property rights to an image. Best we can
determine, generally speaking, according to American copyright law, intellectual property rights
go to the person taking the photo. Therefore, Karl Rove would have to have taken the photo to
claim such a right. And one could rightfully ask, why was Karl Rove so close and at belt level to
Ali Akbar while he was wearing an Obama mask waving $20 bills at him.
But if Rove owns the rights to the image, hasn't Akbar violated those rights? After all, the picture
was not taken from a Karl Rove website. It was taken from Ali Akbar's Facebook page.
According to Facebook's " Statement of Rights and Responsibilities "
Paragraph 2: Sharing Your Information
Subparagraph 4: When you publish content or information using the Public setting, it means
that you are allowing everyone, including people off of Facebook, to access and use that
information, and to associate it with you (i.e., your name and profile picture).
Again, the fact that Ali Akbar posted the image on his Facebook Page in a Public setting negates
Karl Rove's intellectual property rights claim, does it not? Nowhere on the photo in its original
Facebook setting does Akbar claim "photo used with permission of Karl Rove & Co."
Again, these are simple questions that could be easily answered by either Ali Akbar or Karl
Rove, should they choose to answer the questions we have directed to them through their
websites and e-mail addresses. As of this writing, they have not responded.
So, folks are free to come to their own conclusions.
To this date, Akbar maintains his refusal to answer any direct questions about his alleged
connection with Karl Rove why Rove claimed “intellectual property rights” over an image on
Akbar's Facebook page, or any improprieties surrounding the formation of his latest effort to
separate his followers from their money -- the National Bloggers Club, Inc., which he at first
claimed was a 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization, a claim that was refuted by the IRS.
Now comes word that the IRS has officially begun its investigation into the activities of the
National Bloggers Club, Inc. A letter signed by Nanette M. Downing, IRS director of Exempt
Organization Examinations, says:
Thank you for the information you submitted regarding National Bloggers Club, Inc. The
Internal Revenue Service has an ongoing examination program to ensure that exempt
organizations comply with the applicable provisions of the Internal Revenue Code. The
information you submitted will be considered in this program.
In his Twitter stream Akbar reacted with outrage when a friend of his made casual mention to a
previous Examiner story.
At about 10pm ET on July 10, 2012 Dina Fraioli tweeted...
Well this can't be good for " @ ali " http://is.gd/SyBJC3
The story she linked to is the one about how Mr. Ali may have more explaining to do about his
denied connection to a PAC that he clearly was working with during the failed Ray McKinney
congressional campaign in the Georgia 12th district in 2010.
This tweet by Dina did not sit at all well with Mr. Akbar.
. @ DinaFraioli are you serious? Using a mentally ill liberal Blogger to attack me Dina?
"Mentally ill blogger?" This was not a blog Dina linked to. It was a legitimate news story at
@ ali I'm more amused than serious. Should have added a # eyeroll
But Akbar wasn't having it.
. @ DinaFraioli this crowd has used criminal harassment against me + several others. And that's funny? This dude is a Stalker and u encourage
Nixon probably thought Woodward and Bernstein were stalkers, too. Same with Edward R.
Murrow and Sen. Joe McCarthy. Dina continued to try to make light of the situation.
@ ali and come on, I'm not classless, I'm a bitch... at least get it right. :)
But Akbar's outrage would not be so easily charmed away.
Really disgusted by anyone trying to empower # BrettKimberlin 's trolls. Very real dangers.
This is part of Akbar's contention that anyone who would dare mention his name in anything less
than a glowing and fawning fashion must, in fact, be in the employ of Brett Kimberlin. More
about that in a moment, but first -- Dina tried again.
@ ali No, dear. I'm amused that he's gone through those lengths to attack you.
"Lengths?" Hardly. Publicly available information. Dina could have written the same series of
stories. But then she takes issue with a comment Akbar made about this reporter.
@ ali Also, "Mentally ill" when did that become something you use to attack someone? SO Tacky.
Akbar attempted to justify his characterization of this writer.
@ DinaFraioli he literally is. It's not an accusation, it's his condition And I'm not amused. Live my life for a quick minute.
Now, let's be clear. This writer does not have a mental illness. This writer has, and has been quite
public about, been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease since 2000. It is a movement disorder, not
a mental illness. More facts on the disease are available at The National Parkinson Foundation,
the organization this writer was trying to raise money for when Karl Rove claimed intellectual
property rights on an image of Akbar and forced its removal from the online gift store on Zazzle.
Now, "paranoia"? That is classified as a mental condition.
These attacks from Ali Akbar are typical of the group that once orbited around the gravitational
forces of the late Andrew Breitbart, the well-read conservative blogger who died suddenly on
March 1. Any criticism is immediately taken as an attack by the nefarious forces of convicted
Speedway Bomber turned liberal activist Brett Kimberlin (read Andrew Parnee's excellent
story in Salon about that subject). The "criminal attacks" Ali speaks of include the asking of
questions he does not want to answer, the publication of a picture of his mother's house
(explained by the fact that Akbar listed the address as his place of business in his filing for the
National Bloggers Club, as well as the address for all of his various websites created under the
"Vice & Victory" agency he created), and -- perhaps -- certain cloud formations that he somehow
determines were formed by Kimberlin and everyone who ever spoke his name in an effort to
somehow harm Akbar.
Mr. Akbar could clear all this up in an hour or so if he would agree to be questioned. But he
steadfastly refuses to answer hard questions from actual journalists and instead pretends that
everyone who wants to know the real story of how an ex-con sitting in a jail cell in 2007 could
rise so quickly to the rank of Young Republican Icon with no college, no visible means of
support, without someone in a position of power "taking care" of him in some fashion.
These are real questions that require real answers, and Mr. Akbar continues to do a disservice to
himself and his various right wing causes by continuing to duck and dodge reality.
Coming up? Lee Stranahan.