UPDATE 10:53 p.m.: The identification of "Gryphen" as Jesse Griffin, part-time kindergarten teacher at Trailside Elementary in Anchorage, is now confirmed. And let me add an overdue thanks to Dan Riehl, who got the same information and followed up with research and sources of his own.
Dan is one of the best document-research guys in the conservative blogosphere, and his standards of verification make Dennis Zaki look like a clown in floppy shoes. (Of course, Zaki doesn't need much help in that regard.) I've been a reporter for more than 20 years, the past 12 years in D.C. Dan is "just some blog dude" who only moved to the D.C. area two years ago, and in some respects, he's got better sources than I do.
Will update later with more below . . .
11:24 p.m.: LEAVE JESSE GRIFFIN ALONE!
ORIGINAL (6:39 p.m. ET): An anonymous e-mailer forwards to me this communication, which I post without editing, except for formatting purposes:
I cannot vouch for the information alleged by my anonymous correspondent, and convey this message with the links provided, as a public service so that anyone may examine the available evidence and make up their own minds.
I would like you to know that Gryphen of Immoral Minority (Palin divorce smear) is actually one Jesse Griffin. He must value his identity because he had his fellow Palin Hater, Dennis Zaki, black out his name in this document:
Zaki reveals that Gryphen is a kindergarten teacher of some kind:
Thomas Van Flein, Sarah Palin's lawyer, threatened Saturday to serve libel papers at a kindergarten to the owner of the highly trafficked "ImmoralMinority" blog for a divorce story on the Palins. The blog was given until 3pm Saturday to remove the story and post a retraction. The blogger stands by the story.
He also admitted in his most recent post that he is a teacher, but note that he won't post his name
Here is the evidence that he is one Jesse Griffin:
Gym forum page where Jesse Griffin's handle is "Gryphen:" (bottom of page)http://dailyburn.com/buddies/location?city=Anchorage&gym=Powerhouse+Gym&page=2&state=Alaska
Facebook page (friends with other Palin haters)
Donated to "Alaskans for Truth," a group created to smear the Palins:
Now here is the disturbing part, he is a teacher's aide to small children:
How this person can be allowed children is beyond me. He has written absolutely sick things about the Palins. He once posted a cartoon of Governor Palin holding a gun to her head. He once stated that he hoped that the "bitch would snap her ankle" walking off of a curb. This person is absolutely disgusting and should not be around children. At the most, his identity should be exposed in order for Alaskan parents to see who their children are around during the school day. If you look back through his website you will notice a disturbing obsession with the Palin family. He is also a Trig Truther person who thinks Palin's son Trig is not really hers.
These Palin Haters are liars who are trying to destroy a good conservative. I'm sick of this crap.
"Multiple sources"? Heh.
UPDATE 8:01 p.m. ET: The anonymous e-mailer also passes along examples of the kinds of NSFW things "Gryphen" has said about the Palins on his blog:
"So our trailer trash Barbie of a Governor is also a spoiled brat who blames her failings on the people around her? Nothing that I learn about this nasty bitch surprises me anymore."And, naturally, the obligatory Sully-style gynephobic Trig-Truther meme:
-- Nov. 6, 2008
"She kind of reminds of that girl who did not get invited to the prom so she dresses up in a low cut dress and high heels and tries to get all of the boys to pay attention to her instead of their dates. And later you find her in a parked car giving a hand job to the captain of the football team. Pure class."
-- June 9, 2009
"Wherever Trig came from he has proved to be a very valuable asset to Sarah Palin indeed. But just where did Trig Palin come from? As of today, as of this minute, and after over a month of searching I cannot tell you. I simply do not know for certain. I do know however where he did not come from. He did not issue forth from Sarah Palin. He may have been conceived inside her house (The jury is still out on that one), but he was not conceived in her uterus. On that one fact I have absolutely no doubt."Gym-buff guy obsessed with the uterus of a married woman you don't even know? NTTAWWT. IYKWIMAITYD.
-- June 6, 2009
Oh, yeah, Gryphen: The anonymous tipster sends along the screen-capture JPGs of all that crap, so the old "Memory Hole" trick won't help you.
Have a nice day, Gryphen :D