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** BREAKING NEWS **

During a news conference tonight, authorities confirmed that a body found in the D&R canal during the search for Sarah Majoras is believed to be that of Sarah’s. Foul play is not suspected, but authorities are not ruling it out and will continue to investigate the circumstances surrounding the incident.  The public is asked to continue to contact authorities with information that can aid in the remaining investigation.

More information at ABC 6.

** ONGOING UPDATES APPENDED TO THE END OF THIS POST **

Family and friends of Sarah Majoras need your help.

The 39 year old resident of Lambertville, NJ went missing in the early hours of the morning of Saturday, January 26th.  She is a popular bartender of 16 years at the well-known John and Peter’s bar in New Hope, PA – a favorite spot for checking out local bands – just on the other side of the bridge that connects the two towns.  She was not working on Friday evening; she is said to have gone to John and Peter’s to hang with friends and listen to live music, then left at about 2:00am Saturday morning for the usual walk to her home from the bar.  She walked home alone and has not been seen since.  Authorities have said that video from closed circuit cameras on the bridge shows that Majoras successfully made it across the bridge.

As a former nearby resident of the area, I’ve spent much time in the bucolic sister towns of New Hope, PA and Lambertville, NJ.  And every year for the last several years, my mother and I have also spent time there exhibiting artwork at the Greater New Hope Chamber of Commerce’s annual New Hope Arts and Crafts Festival.  Walking alone in that area is not something that is typically considered very unsafe.  It’s a quiet, beautiful area, with a friendly tight-knit community, lined with historical colonial homes and charming village shops.

This morning, I received the following email from the Greater New Hope Chamber of Commerce:

Your help is urgently needed to help find our friend and local John and Peters bartender, Sarah Majoras.  She was last seen leaving John and Peters at approximately 2am on Jan 26th.  She did not make it home and did not report to work last night for her shift at 9pm.  If you have any information, heard anything strange, have surveillance video from your house or storefront, please call New Hope police (215) 862-3033 .  Someone must know something or have seen something that can help.  Please help to spread the word to the local community, press, social media, anyone.  See picture below on twitter…we are using #findsarah on twitter.

pic.twitter.com/IBjBvxwJ

Thank you!

I have also spent much time at John and Peter’s over the years, and while I did not know Sarah, I was shocked and saddened when I opened the email and recognized her young and vibrant face.

Merchants in the area are being urged to check any available surveillance video for potential information that could be helpful to the investigation.

The community is also urging those who wish to assist to please help spread the word in any way you can – blogs, social media, phone, and on foot if you’re nearby.  Again, if you’re tweeting, they are using #findsarah as the hashtag.

There is a Facebook page that has been set up to assist in helping to communicate information about the search for Sarah.  The group has recently added an Information Portal tab to the page that includes photos and downloadable posters, donation information and more.

The following flyer is also available to post online and to print and pass around in nearby areas.

Local and national media outlets have since picked up the story, you can read a few of them below.

NJ.com/Hunterdon County Democrat: Scuba divers search beneath canal ice for missing Lambertville woman

PhillyBurbs.com: 100 volunteers join officials in search for missing Lambertville woman

NBC News: Missing Bartender Made it Across Bridge: Investigators

Daily Mail: Scuba divers search under frozen canal for woman, 39, who went missing after walk home alone from nightclub

FOX News: Divers search Delaware River for missing bartender

Once again, if you have any information, or surveillance video that you think can assist in the investigation, please contact the New Hope Police at (215) 862-3033 or the Lambertville Police Department at (609) 397-3132.

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UPDATE on 1/30/2013 at 3:30pm EST:

The prosecutor’s office and investigators on the case are holding a live press conference today to begin sometime between 3:30 and 4:00 pm EST.  Livestream is available here at ABC-6.  Hunterdon County, NJ prosecutor to press: “You are our mouthpiece.”

I will add that the area of New Hope, PA and Lambertville, NJ  is a popular tourist area in NJ.  Visitors from out of town could have been in the area and seen or heard something before leaving the area without ever having known about Sarah having gone missing – this is why spreading this story outside of the immediate community is so important.

UPDATE on 1/30/2013 at 12:00pm EST:

No new leads; the search continues.

“Underwater searches are focused on the canal and are no longer taking place in the Delaware River, since authorities determined Majoras made it into Lambertville.”
More at LehighValleyLive.

UPDATE on 1/29/2013 at 2:30pm EST:

Planet Princeton reports that the prosecutor’s office has released an update, as well as footage of Sarah Majoras crossing the bridge from New Hope, PA into Lambertville, NJ in the hopes that “it may trigger someone’s memory if they saw her that night.”  View their article to see still photos of the footage.

ABC / Action News has also posted a complete set of photos of the search activities, including additional photos of the surveillance footage.

It’s usually not my style to prompt people to hit the Tip Jar (my Donate page).  However, this month has been an extraordinary one for me.  So, after a good deal of prompting from friends, I finally decided to post this message.

Some of my friends are aware that I’ve suffered with Lupus since being diagnosed 15 years ago.  Creating awareness of the disease is a public advocacy effort of mine.

While usually manageable, once every few years or so, it can get extremely difficult. Unfortunately, that’s where I’ve been for a few months now.  It’s been quite a roller coaster ride.

Recently, I had an unexpected ambulance trip to the hospital and some significant additional unexpected medical expenses … with still more to come.  As most of you who are bloggers know, health insurance is hard to come by in this profession.  I usually do just fine paying my own way, but as I’ve noted, these have been unusual circumstances of late.

I’ll continue to fight through the rough patches and carry on with my work no matter what. I always do.  But as much of the “paid” work in the movement is only part-time and has been spotty lately, I really could use a hand right now. A good portion of my activism is done on my own time and at my own cost.  It’s difficult for me to ask for help, and it’s rare that I do so.  But at this time, I ask that if you enjoy my work and you find it useful, please consider hitting the tip jar.

I’ve come to make many friends in this movement over the years, and I remain always grateful for your support and encouragement – from old friends and new ones alike.

Thank you.

PS – Please also consider spreading awareness of this disease – there are 1.5 million other Americans with Lupus, and the Lupus Foundation of America reports that “awareness of the disease lags behind many other illnesses.”

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Posted: September 8, 2012 in Announcement, Politics, Special, Uncategorized

My regular blog posts are written at Breitbart News, now at The Conversation, where I publish a daily column entitled Cyber Beat Daily that covers a variety of social media, hacking, technology and gamer stories – many of which are often crime-focused.  Please visit my contributor page there for my current posts at The Conversation and an archives of my previous articles at Big Government, Big Journalism, Big Hollywood and Big Peace.

You can also visit my author page at Legal Insurrection, where I post as well on a wide variety of topics.

The remainder of this blog exists to provide resources to citizen journalists who are interested in investigative writing.

Thank you for visiting!

Dear Brett Kimberlin,

I learned about you in 2010, and I wrote this article about you on October 11, 2010.

Flashback: Progressives Embrace Convicted Terrorist

You wanted me to shut up then, and you threatened to sue me.

Liberty Chick Threatened With Lawsuit

I did not go quiet.  And when you hit the radar again, as did you and your friends’ tactics, I didn’t shut up then, either.

As Hacked ChamberLeaks Emails Break, Left Scrambles to Hide Ties to Domestic Terrorist

Since then, you’ve done everything you could to try and shut me up, including falsely accusing me of crimes and inserting me into lawsuits.  And threatening even more lawsuits, based on more false accusations.  Your associates have bragged for a year that their relentless harassment of me, my family and those friends close to me has been all for your benefit. They have hounded people that I work with, trying to get me fired. They have defamed me repeatedly with false accusations of everything from drug use to murder.  They know every detail of my private life and they share it with the world.  They have terrorized me and others and tried to make us fear for our lives.  They, and you, have terrorized us long enough.

Convicted Bomber Brett Kimberlin, Neal Rauhauser, Ron Brynaert, and Their Campaign of Political Terrorism

Today, I go silent.  But that does not mean that I do not act. I take action.  And you should, too:

Going dark to urge congressional action: Who will protect the freedom to blog?

Mr. Kimberlin, Mr. Rauhauser and friends – when I am silent, I am strong.  It means that I am busy working.  And I assure you, I am anything but weak.  Count on it.  Always.

There are times when silence has the loudest voice.  ~Leroy Brownlow

Also, be sure to tell these attorneys the story of Aaron Walker.  And demand action.

John McCarthy
State’s Attorney for Montgomery County
50 Maryland Avenue, 5th Floor
Rockville, Maryland  20850
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Assistant United States Attorney Robert Dugdale
The United States Attorney’s Office
Central District of California
Criminal Division
312 North Spring Street
Los Angeles, California 90012
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For some background on the harassment of me, read the summary I wrote months ago, before the incidents reached the peak level at which they are now.  For a larger picture of the long-term harassment and attempts to silence us, read Patterico’s summary.  I am named as a third party in one lawsuit in an obvious attempt to subpoena my emails, and Brett Kimberlin and his crew have crafted a false narrative to try and add me to another lawsuit, directly (read their wild conspiracy theories online that I was a “paid hatchet person” for the Chamber of Commerce and HB Gary (I was not), which they craftily weaved around the fact that HB Gary’s CEO knew how to Google).

WHAT: The #DJBreitbart Project, a musical tribute to Andrew Breitbart, is an online event.  24 friends will each tweet-DJ an hour of song selections.

WHEN: Begins March 11th at Midnight PST/3am EST and goes straight through until Midnight PST/3am EST on March 12th.  I will be hosting the 10pm PST/1am EST time slot.

WHERE:  Simply go to Twitter and follow along at the #DJBreitbart hashtag.

The schedule of DJs and their real-time playlists & tweets follows the introduction below, followed by my planned playlist.


Introduction:

We’re all missing Andrew Breitbart since his sudden, untimely passing last week.  He was my boss and my mentor, but most of all, he was my friend.

Andrew was a master at Twitter.  He truly grasped the importance of social media as a tool in networking, activism, mining for and disseminating information, spotting trends and at crafting and driving a story.  Most of all, Andrew recognized its importance as a weapon in the arsenal of this battle of media narratives today.  One of his trademark moves was to retweet all the hate directed at him – there is no better way to illustrate the intolerance of the militant left than to simply allow them to expose themselves.

But Andrew wasn’t just a warrior.  He was a funny, bright, interesting guy who charmed even his opponents once they met him.  He was fiercely loyal and painfully human.  The caricature of Andrew Breitbart created by so many on the left was nothing like the real Andrew Breitbart.  It provided those who really knew him with an endless source of amusement.

Every so often, for those who followed Andrew on Twitter, we were treated to Andrew Breitbart, the DJ.  His love of retro and 70′s/80′s Brit Synth-Pop music was an undeniable trait of Andrew’s persona.  And he’d occasionally take a break from taunting his adversaries on Twitter or retweeting hate tweets to share some of his favorite music tracks with tweeps, hash-tagging them #DJBreitbart.

In keeping with that tradition, some wonderful friends have organized a tribute in Andrew’s honor this weekend:  The #DJBreitbart Project.

For 24 hours beginning this Sunday, March 11th, 24 bloggers & personalities will take to Twitter to spend one hour each to DJ a selection of 10 tracks, tweeting the title and link to each song and adding their own commentary.  Simply go to Twitter and follow the hashtag #DJBreitbart to listen along.  I’ll be spinning for the 10pm PST/1am EST hour.

It’s a fitting tribute that I know Andrew himself would have loved.  I suspect he’ll be up there in heaven on Sunday, retweeting every song.

Thanks to @EvanPokroy for organizing this grooooovy event, and to @PruPaine, @HLawver, @texicalirose, @rdbrewer4, @rpetty, @juleslalaland and the rest of the gang.

Rest easy, my friend, we’ll carry your sword.  I miss you.

The event begins at Midnight on March 11th, on Twitter at the #DJBreitbart hashtag .  The schedule of DJs and real-time playlist and tweets is below, followed by my planned playlist for 10pm PST/1am/EST.

Twitter DJ Pacific Time Mountain Time Central Time Eastern Time
@Stranahan Midnight – 1AM 1AM – 2AM 2AM-3AM 3AM-4AM
@TheKellieJane 1AM – 2AM 2AM-3AM 3AM-4AM 4AM-5AM
@Killpundit 2AM-3AM 3AM-4AM 4AM-5AM 5AM-6AM
@KatiePavlich 3AM-4AM 4AM-5AM 5AM-6AM 6AM-7AM
@EvanPokroy 4AM-5AM 5AM-6AM 6AM-7AM 7AM-8AM
@MaryChastain 5AM-6AM 6AM-7AM 7AM-8AM 8AM-9AM
@Kurt_Loder 6AM-7AM 7AM-8AM 8AM-9AM 9AM-10AM
@MichelleMalkin 7AM-8AM 8AM-9AM 9AM-10AM 10AM-11AM
@KurtSchlichter 8AM-9AM 9AM-10AM 10AM-11AM 11AM-Noon
@VodkaPundit 9AM-10AM 10AM-11AM 11AM-Noon Noon-1PM
@ThadMcCotter 10AM-11AM 11AM-Noon Noon-1PM 1PM-2PM
@GaltsGirl 11AM-Noon Noon-1PM 1PM-2PM 2PM-3PM
@RobGeorge Noon-1PM 1PM-2PM 2PM-3PM 3PM-4PM
@DerekAHunter 1PM-2PM 2PM-3PM 3PM-4PM 4PM-5PM
@ExJon 2PM-3PM 3PM-4PM 4PM-5PM 5PM-6PM
@BradThor 3PM-4PM 4PM-5PM 5PM-6PM 6PM-7PM
@Flynn1176 4PM-5PM 5PM-6PM 6PM-7PM 7PM-8PM
@dloesch 5PM-6PM 6PM-7PM 7PM-8PM 8PM-9PM
@jtLOL 6PM-7PM 7PM-8PM 8PM-9PM 9PM-10PM
@Ben_Howe 7PM-8PM 8PM-9PM 9PM-10PM 10PM-11PM
@ChrisLoesch 8PM-9PM 9PM-10PM 10PM-11PM 11PM-Midnight
@StephenKruiser 9PM-10PM 10PM-11PM 11PM-Midnight Midnight – 1AM
@Liberty_Chick 10PM-11PM 11PM-Midnight Midnight – 1AM 1AM – 2AM
@CnservativePunk 11PM-Midnight Midnight – 1AM 1AM – 2AM 2AM-3AM

Twitter DJ Playlist Page
@Stranahan http://djbreitbart.in/post/19107037090/stranahans-playlist
@TheKellieJane http://djbreitbart.in/post/19109954650/thekelliejanes-playlist
@KatiePavlich http://djbreitbart.in/post/19111673075/katiepavlichs-playlist
@EvanPokroy http://djbreitbart.in/post/19112463186/evanpokroys-playlist
@MaryChastain http://djbreitbart.in/post/19114200002/marychastains-playlist
@Kurt_Loder http://djbreitbart.in/post/19115286951/kurt-loders-playlist
@MichelleMalkin http://djbreitbart.in/post/19117166315/michellemalkins-playlist
@KurtSchlichter http://djbreitbart.in/post/19119229516/kurtschlichters-playlist
@VodkaPundit http://djbreitbart.in/post/19122014637/vodkapundits-playlist
@ThadMcCotter http://djbreitbart.in/post/19124510001/thadmccotters-playlist
@GaltsGirl http://djbreitbart.in/post/19127868602/galtsgirls-playlist
@RobGeorge http://djbreitbart.in/post/19131212056/robgeorges-playlist
@DerekAHunter http://djbreitbart.in/post/19136263388/derekahunters-playlist
@ExJon http://djbreitbart.in/post/19139539406/exjons-playlist
@BradThor http://djbreitbart.in/post/19142700802/bradthors-playlist
@Flynn1176 http://djbreitbart.in/post/19146733329/flynn1776s-playlist
@dloesch http://djbreitbart.in/post/19150337371/dloeschs-playlist
@jtLOL http://djbreitbart.in/post/19153682158/jtlols-playlist
@Ben_Howe http://djbreitbart.in/post/19158202303/ben-howes-playlist
@ChrisLoesch http://djbreitbart.in/post/19161798611/chrisloeschs-playlist
@StephenKruiser http://djbreitbart.in/post/19165003568/stephenkruisers-playlist
@Liberty_Chick http://djbreitbart.in/post/19167488167/liberty-chicks-playlist
@CnservativePunk http://djbreitbart.in/post/19169563938/cnservativepunks-playlist

Playlist for @Liberty_Chick at 10pm PST/1am EST:

Frankie Goes to Hollywood – Relax
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7WZ33w3B8Hw

Simple Minds – Don’t You Forget About Me
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DfIcZtjAch8

Talking Heads – Burning Down the House
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xNnAvTTaJjM

the The – Love Is Stronger Than Death
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A2RtUv_PgGA

Duran Duran – Girls On Film
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gudEttJlw3s

Crowded House – Mean To Me
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Vv9iQ1TZZI

Split Enz – I See Red
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vKj4upY1VYI

Devo –  Human Rocket
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OZQhu1J4mtI

The Tubes- Mondo Bondage
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nibDtxm4u4g

The Army You Have – Admin Eff  (Gary & Shelli Eaton’s tribute to the MSM)
http://www.thearmyyouhave.com/The_Army_You_Have/Admin_Eff.html

Echo & the Bunnymen – Nothing Lasts Forever
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xLX_6WwXFUI

Nick Drake – Northern Sky  * (I’ll explain why this one on Twitter…)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fAgPPoPBXQg

Dropkick Murphys -Amazing Grace
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t4Af_TEN7Yc

For Andrew.

Until the June 23rd deadline, when the 8 hour Troopathon show begins, these blogs will battle it out – competing to see who can raise the most sponsorships for care packages that will go to our brave troops serving overseas.  Packages start as low as $24.99.

Liberty Chick is part of the competition and is raising awareness of this event as a member of the COINS team (yes, as in counter insurgency…how appropriate?).  Anytime you donate a care package from this link, team COINS will receive points for that purchase.  Just a little friendly competition amongst bloggers.  The special URL for the COINS page is http://www.thecampaignstore.com/store/default.asp?parentid=448&rname=teamcoins2011.

Here are some of the other teams with which we’re competing:

Why Donate?  Here’s Troopathon’s goal:

The goal of Troopathon is simple: Send care packages to our troops, as many as we can get sponsored in a single 8-hour show. In our first year (2008) our inaugural program brought in over $1.5 million for care packages for our troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. It was the single largest shipment of care packages ever recorded. Over the succeeding two years, our innovative webcasts have raised over $2 Million for our troops. Since our organization began sending care packages in 2006, we’ve sent over 168 TONS of high quality beef jerky, Gatorade, Oreo cookies and gourmet coffee to our troops, and that’s just the beginning!

A little more about the Troopathon event:

Troopathon is groundbreaking and innovative in that we bring together famous celebrities from radio, television, the movie, musicians, journalists, and more to create a one-of-a-kind event with one purpose – to support our troops on the front lines in the war on terror and honor their service and sacrifice for our nation. It’s like a “Jerry Lewis-style” telethon but on the web for a most worthy cause.

So please, donate a care package to the troops today, and do it with team COINS!  Packages start as low as $24.99.

If you want to help me spread the word with my team, pass along this page or the URL below:

http://www.thecampaignstore.com/store/default.asp?parentid=448&rname=teamcoins2011

View all the hosts and personalities on the Troopathon program here.

LIVE WEBCAST on June 23rd, 4pm EST to 12 Midnight EST.

THANK A SERVICE MEMBER TODAY!

And thanks to you!

– Mandy


If you’re a regular Liberty Chick reader, you may have noticed something different when you arrived at my blog today…very different, indeed.  That’s because the site’s not only got a whole new look and feel, but the content has been completely streamlined as well.

I’d been working with several grassroots activist groups over the last two years.  Given that it was a growing period for so many, my previous blog was doing double duty as a portal of resources to help these groups to organize and grow.  I’m delighted to say that most have grown beyond anyone’s wildest expectations and it is exciting to see where so many of these grassroots activists are today.  Some have even moved on to become leaders in a fast growing and now largely self-sustaining movement.

That said, it was finally time to redesign my website to focus again on my own writing and research, where my attention will be in 2011.  Allow me to give you a quick summary of the new site:

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