Thanks so much for all your comments. Despite the requests - and in a couple of cases, demands - for details, we are not going to speak further on the nature of these threats, or allow a lot of speculation in the comments. Please remember, this is a person's life we're talking about and as much as your curiosity may be piqued, Audrey is smart to take the methodical, thoughtful approach she's taking. It's always been her way and it's been my experience that it always yields results for her. Those of you who respect her will respect her wishes. (I would like to point out here that those demanding details aren't regulars, which tells me something.)Heh. I'm glad that "Audrey" has evidently decided to retire from the field of online obstetric speculation, which I had suggested would be her wisest course of action. Her carelessness confronted me with a very difficult dilemma, and I hesitate to think what might have transpired had some unscrupulous, selfish, vindictive person been in my position.
As I stated, Audrey has retained excellent counsel and is following her attorney's advice as she considers her options and next steps. . . .
I appreciate everyone's patience in this matter. Please don't worry that evil will win out. It never does, no matter what the source.
This reference to "Audrey" having "retained excellent counsel" is interesting. As Dan Riehl and I discussed between ourselves, there is no reason to believe "Audrey" has been guilty of any legal wrongdoing, merely careless in her online choices.
As our research advanced, and sources provided further information, however, matters reached a point where I had to ask myself, "Do I really want to publish this?" This same research indicates that "Morgan" knows exactly what I'm talking about, and it is therefore rather shocking to see "Morgan" to use the word "evil" in apparent reference to Dan and me. Certainly, I do not consider wisdom and mercy to be "evil" qualities.
It would have been unnecessary cruelty on my part to have published without having first contacted "Audrey," which I did by means of a courteous and quite friendly e-mail message to her husband (whom she had referenced at Palin's Deceptions as a sort of in-house "expert").
Even if I had not been mindful that it was "a person's life we're talking about," to borrow a phrase from "Morgan," publication without notice would have earned me an unwelcome reputation as someone willing to engage in what Bill Clinton once famously denounced as "the politics of personal destruction."
There are certain means of attack which no political end can justify. I consider the baseless insinuations about Trig Palin's birth -- the politically motivated speculation that this infant is not actually Sarah Palin's own son -- to be such an unjustifiable means of attack.
The very last post by "Audrey" directly accused Sarah Palin of faking her fifth pregnancy, and it is on that same post that moderator "Morgan" pleads on behalf of "Audrey": "Please remember, this is a person's life we're talking about . . ." As if the lives of Sarah, Todd and Trig were nothing compared to the life of their anonymous enemy?
Hey, "Morgan": How about you grab yourself a nice hot cup of STFU, sweetheart? You're not doing "Audrey" or her family any favors with inflammatory rhetoric like that.
A wise concern for mercy ought not be taken for granted because, in case you haven't noticed, some of pir regular readers were intensely curious about the mysterious end of this investigation. And the content of certain comments (some of which I've had to reject as hinting too obviously) indicates to me that these commenters are also capable of research.
Some other research-savvy bloggers might not be as scrupulous as Dan and I have been, "Morgan." Your insulting comments could make those other bloggers angry, and who knows what might happen then?
Mmmm. The delicious flavor of fresh STFU . . .