FBI has served a search warrant on David “The Popcorn” Kernell’s apartment in Knoxville. I eagerly await our local Baghdad Bob Roberta to declare no such thing has happened. (h/t Terry Frank)
Kernell, a Memphis Democrat, said his 20-year-old son David had been contacted by authorities investigating the hacking of Palin’s personal email account.
Kernell otherwise declined to comment, or discuss his son’s whereabouts and whether he was in custody.
Reports that Palin’s e-mail had been hacked bounced across blogs and into the news on Thursday.
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Agents of Karl Rove no doubt.
We now return you to The Spin Cycle as it originally aired.
Well aren’t you special?
If David does turn out to be involved in hacking, Mike Kernell had nothing to do with it. Anyone who knows Kernell, knows he doesn’t even email because he hates computers and is computer illiterate. That’s the irony. Everyone who knows Mike is chuckling because he hates computers.
There are very few people I would vouch for, but Mike Kernell is one of them, and if it turns out his son did something wrong, Mike had nothing to do with it.
And I reiterate, as of this moment, NO ONE has contacted Mike or his son from law enforcement and as of now it is an Internet rumor.
UPDATE: 7:27 PM. If you’re in the press and want Mike Kernell’s phone number, email me at MissSharonCobb@aol.com.
Ah, seasoned journalism at it’s finest. It’s not like state legislators don’t have their fucking telephone numbers published on their webpages.
Quick, Mike Kernell, a Government Official ™, is talking about government business with a local moron. Someone must eavesdrop on their conversations and e-mails in violation of all federal and state laws on the subject!
Tenn. Code Ann. § 39-13-601: A person who is a party to a wire, oral or electronic communication, or who has obtained the consent of at least one party, can lawfully record a communication and divulge the contents of the recorded communication unless he has a criminal or tortious purpose for doing so. Violations are punishable as felonies with jail sentences of between two and 12 years and fines not exceeding $5,000. Tenn. Code Ann. §§ 39-13-602, 40-35-111.
Anyone whose communications have been unlawfully intercepted can sue to recover the greater of actual damages, $100 per day of violation or $10,000, along with punitive damages, attorney fees and litigation costs. Tenn. Code Ann. § 39-13-603.
Recording or disseminating a communication carried out through a cellular or cordless telephone, or disseminating the contents with knowledge of their illegal origin, without the consent of at least one party, can be punished as a felony with a potential prison sentence of between one and six years and a fine not to exceed $3,000. Tenn. Code Ann. §§ 39-13-604, 40-35-111.
Taranto sums it up as only he can:
Let’s step back for a moment and consider what this says about the press’s attitude toward privacy. A few years ago, the New York Times revealed the existence of the Terrorist Surveillance Program, a theretofore-secret effort to prevent attacks by listening in on overseas terrorists’ phone conversations. In defense of the Times’s action, we heard a lot of pious proclamations about privacy: George Bush might want to snoop on your phone conversations or emails, and the press was merely being vigilant in protecting your privacy.
Yet the Sharon Cobb AP, in reporting on its own role in the current story, tells us that it refuses to cooperate with the Secret Service’s investigation of the privacy breach. Granted, the AP probably doesn’t have that much to contribute to the investigation. But the symbolism is telling, and surely deliberate. It suggests the press places a far lower premium on privacy than on its own privileges and its adversarial attitude toward government (or perhaps toward Republicans).
Especially telling in this regard is the AP’s reference to the emails as “leaked.” (The Boston Globe uses the verb leak in its headline for the AP report.) Usually this term refers to a government agency or other organization’s failure to keep a secret. A leaker is someone who is authorized to possess information but not to disclose it.
These emails were not leaked, they were stolen.
Lying hypocrite. Everyone can thank me for cutting this problem off early on. Attention whore. Read the comments.
- Oh! Oh! Pick me, Mr. Klanheider!
Kudos to the Arnold Horshack of Nashville’s Leftardium.
Terry Frank’s got the Facebook screenshots. I particularly like his membership in the “The Fastest Way To A Girl’s Heart Is Through Her Gay Best Friend “.
Asshole shields up! Sully man the rear! A new Ass Ensign is on the poop deck.
Not that there’s anything wrong with that you mangina-loving, felonious snoop.
It Came From Mempiss Update: An investigation is underway.
But News Channel 3 has confirmed the Anchorage division of the FBI has contacted the Memphis division and an investigation is underway.
Kernell wouldn’t comment on whether or not there’s any truth to what the bloggers are saying, but says he has talked to his son about the rumors.
He said, “Now, son. The most important thing is Honesty because I would never rob, rape, steal, run a red light or lie to a telemarketer*. Nor are your actions a reflection on my bad parenting like Sarah Palin’s pregnant (whore) daughter who she hid the first (whore, out of wedlock) baby as her own. The first thing we need to agree with our attorneys on is what the definition of Honesty is in this particular case.”