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Posted: 8/23/2006 11:10:09 AM EDT
This lunatic made threats of sexually assaulting the child of some blogger she disagreed with politically, posted his personal information and harrassed him with phone calls.  This is where Bush Derangement Syndrome finally leads, and it's not just a little disturbing.

The saga of Deborah Frisch, long-time comment troll and all-around kook, took another troubling, but not exactly unforeseeable turn in the last 48 hours. As far as we know, she is now the first troll of the political blogosphere to face criminal charges relating to such activity. On August 21 she was arraigned in an Oregon courtroom on charges of stalking and telephone harassment (PDF). The docket can be found at the link preceding, but is captured below for your viewing pleasure:

Deb Frisch's Lane County Docket

According to Don’t Hire Deb, a blog devoted to documenting Frisch’s outrageous behavior while depriving her own site of traffic, Frisch posted either $4,000 bail or $400 to a bondsman and must reappear in court on September 25th. As is speculated in DHD comments and elsewhere, this likely stems not from Frisch’s well-publicized Jeff Goldstein-related misadventures (to the best of our knowledge she’s never called him) but rather, similar interactions with former colleagues at University of Oregon (where she was denied tenure in 1994 and served as an adjunct until July 2001) including calling, emailing, and a quickly-removed post to her blog.

Just a few months ago, Frisch was an obscurity known only to the blogs she trolled, such as Eugene’s Oregon Commentator and Steve Verdon’s Deinonychus Antirrhopus. But at this point, she is undergoing the most severe public self-destruction we’ve seen yet. And when you consider that includes Jason Leopold and other, better known individuals, that’s saying something. Academic John Lott and attorney Glen Greenwald may be guilty of sock-puppeting, but that’s bush-league compared to Deb’s prolonged breakdown. Michael A. Bellesiles? A liar, and a hack, but so far as we know never ended up in jail for his antics. And, no, having his Bancroft Prize revoked is not the same thing. Hell, Jayson Blair managed to spin his utter fecklessness into a book deal, as did “fabulist” Stephen Glass. Frisch, though, is in a class of her own: a vitriolic sociopath whose delusion knows almost no bounds.

For those of you just tuning in, Deb made a name for herself in the rightosphere by making altogether disturbing, one might say John Mark Karr-esque comments about Goldstein’s family. Within hours of Goldstein having publicized her identity, Frisch resigned from a Univ. of Ariz. teaching job, thereby pre-empting a probable termination. The story got some press play in the Tucson Citizen, Eugene Register-Guard and Inside Higher Ed. Goldstein sought and obtained a restraining order against her, and that might have been the end of it.

Instead, her online behavior became even more erratic: Posting fake suicide notes, angering colleagues on an academic listserv, claiming to pursue legal action against Goldstein, Ace of Spades HQ and Matthew Heidt of Blackfive. And most strangely, attacking the folks at lefty satire blog Sadly, No!, well known for its disdain of Goldstein, and which had previously belittled the Frisch controversy. More recently she has gone so far as to heckle Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden (whom she has claimed an interest in working for) and, apparently, now managed to stalk and harass former colleagues in Oregon.

Commenters at DHD, Patterico’s Pontifications and Ace of Spades HQ have posited that the cyclical nature of Deb’s “teh crazy” implies a drinking problem. Whether a joke or conventional wisdom, the notion has has gotten so much play that after the first of Deb’s bizarre attacks, the SN! regulars mention her drinking whilst tearing her a new one:

Three days later, Frisch was in a Lane County courthouse.

Over the course of a few short weeks Frisch has gone from employed University adjunct to an unemployable Internet sociopath with a rap sheet. It’s one thing to troll a few right-wing sites for fun and attention, but another matter entirely to make thinly veiled threats about a man’s child, imply that he’s a pedophile, and then proceed to alienate essentially everyone in the blogosphere and more than a few in what we might call “meatspace.”

If we didn’t know any better, we’d call the whole unbelievable. But having followed the unfolding Frisch fiasco, it’s more than believable. It was an inevitability.

Link Posted: 8/23/2006 11:17:55 AM EDT
This woman was a university professor?
Link Posted: 8/23/2006 11:18:51 AM EDT

This woman was a university professor?

Are you really that surprised?
Link Posted: 8/23/2006 11:58:09 AM EDT



Link Posted: 8/23/2006 12:02:01 PM EDT
5 to 1 she posted on DU.
Link Posted: 8/23/2006 1:05:09 PM EDT

This woman was a university professor?

Is it really that hard to believe?
I mean, all you have to do to become a professor is read "Sara has two mommies" and put a condom on a cucumber. For that, they hand you a master’s degree.
Link Posted: 8/23/2006 1:09:37 PM EDT

5 to 1 she posted on DU.

Probably one of their moderators..  
Link Posted: 8/23/2006 1:12:32 PM EDT
Or, was she one of the posters on dating sites which Gonzo posted a while back.
Link Posted: 8/23/2006 1:24:38 PM EDT

Who is this Goldstein character she hates so much?

Link Posted: 8/23/2006 1:31:06 PM EDT
wonder what she looks like.  sometimes crazy women do all sorts of wonderful things!
Link Posted: 8/23/2006 1:31:27 PM EDT


5 to 1 she posted on DU.

Probably one of their moderators..  

I'm not taking that bet.

Folks, these are the sort of lunatics indoctrinating our children every day. Remember that. This psycho bitch, Cindy Sheman, and others are all examples of the mental and emotional issues the left suffers from.

Link Posted: 8/23/2006 1:41:56 PM EDT



5 to 1 she posted on DU.

Probably one of their moderators..  

I'm not taking that bet.

Folks, these are the sort of lunatics indoctrinating our children every day. Remember that. This psycho bitch, Cindy Sheman, and others are all examples of the mental and emotional issues the left suffers from.

Do you mean Cindy Sheehan?

Yeah, she's obsessive/controlling nuts.

Link Posted: 8/23/2006 1:44:54 PM EDT
Terminal PMS
Link Posted: 8/23/2006 1:52:12 PM EDT
Crazy bitch, but that shits so good when im on top of it
Link Posted: 8/23/2006 1:59:55 PM EDT
Freakish, very freakish.

Thanks for the link to BDS syndrome.  That article was pretty funny.
Link Posted: 8/24/2006 9:19:33 AM EDT
Apprently she's being prosecuted for harrassing someone other than Goldstein. (Goldstein runs a somewhat rightish blog, Protein Wisdom.) Apparently it's some people at the University of Oregon that she's going after now. It sure looks as if she has a history of abuse towards almost everyone, including her putative allies.
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