How my site was taken down in a web-washing attempt by false “hate crime” victim Justin Zatkoff

    I apologize for the interruption in service yesterday, but my site was taken down without my consent, at the request of a man by the name of Justin Zatkoff. If the name sounds familiar, it’s because I wrote about Justin back in 2006, when he was severely beaten in Ann Arbor. The story went viral in conservative circles, as you may recall, as Zatkoff, a student at Oakland University, was, at the time, the executive director of the Michigan College Republicans. Furthermore, it was suggested to investigators that his beating was likely the work of his liberal enemies. Here, with more on that, is a clip from the conservative website The Truth Causus, which proclaimed the attack to be a “hate crime” perpetrated by “liberal thugs.”

    Justin Zatkoff, the executive director of the Michigan College Republicans, was brutally beaten after leaving a party in Ann Arbor on Saturday night. The Oakland University junior from Bloomfield Hills, Mich. was rumored to be targeted by militant leftist groups. Zatkoff, pictured above, did not know his attacker, and no money was stolen.

    A source close to Zatkoff reports:

    Justin may have been 1. randomly attacked (but not robbed??), 2. attacked by BAMN (well known for violence and strong in Ann Arbor), or 3. attacked by a homosexual rights group (Justin received an ‘odd/threatening’ email from a gay rights group about a day before the attack.)

    As hard as it may be to believe, however, that was not the case. Justin was not beaten by a menacing gang of homosexuals. His eye socket, nose and nasal cavity were not broken by the members of BAMN, who, to my knowledge, have never done anything more radical than march around campus with signs advocating for affirmative action and immigrant rights. No, he was beaten by a friend in Ann Arbor after drunkenly provoking said friend. The following comes by way of the October 1, 2006 issue of the Michigan Daily.

    …Last Thursday, Don Carlson, state chair of the Michigan College Republicans, issued a statement urging students to “Keep (Justin) in your prayers” during his surgery and to “Travel in groups when possible, especially until the elections are over.”

    Carlson also included a link to the post on truthcaucus.com alleging that it was liberals who had beaten Zatkoff.

    The police report tells a much different story.

    Police said Zatkoff received his puffy purple left eye during a fight with a high school friend.

    Zatkoff was at a friend’s party on the 1100 block of White Street on Sept. 23 when he engaged in what the police report called “horseplay” with a friend. Fueled by alcohol, Zatkoff was belligerent.

    “When Zatkoff drinks, he gets a little out of control,” the report quoted one of Zatkoff’s friends. “At this particular party Zatkoff was being obnoxious.”

    Another one of Zatkoff’s friends eventually admitted to police that it was he – not a gang of angry liberals – who punched Zatkoff.

    After learning of the friend’s confession, Carlson said his statement had not been politically motivated.

    “I wanted people to be warned of it and be careful,” he said. “That’s just good advice”…

    Well, according to LinkedIn, it would appear that Zatkoff is now studying law at University of Detroit Mercy. I’ve also heard from a friend that he’s been interning for a Republican federal judge appointed by Reagan, by the name of Lawrence Paul Zatkoff. (Judge Zatkoff, I’m told, is best known around these parts for accusing federal agents of entrapment in a discrimination case against Ypsilanti landlords known for refusing to rent to families with children.) Given that their shared last name isn’t terribly common, and that Lawrence is a graduate of Detroit Mercy School of Law, where Justin now attends, my guess is that the two men are related. I’m tempted to add something at this point about nepotism, and how this is just one more instance of Republican hypocrisy, given that Justin Zatkoff, from what I’m told, spent a great deal of time on the University of Michigan campus a half dozen years ago, protesting affirmative action, telling people that such policies gave students of color unfair advantage over their white counterparts, but I’ll save that rant for another day.

    So, it would appear that Justin Zatkoff, now in law school and working for a relative who happens to be a federal judge, is looking to clean up his online image. And, in hopes of seeing that accomplished, he sent out a slew of cease and desist letters citing the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) on October 31. (He maintained, in my case, that I didn’t have the rights to use the photo of him with a black eye, which accompanied my 2006 article.) Unfortunately, however, the company that hosts my site didn’t let me know until Thursday, and, when they did, I didn’t immediately read their email. So, on Friday, they pulled my site. It wasn’t a huge deal for me, seeing as how I don’t derive my income from the site, but the idea that someone like Zaktoff could have my site yanked from the internet, I guess you could say, kind of pissed me off. Not having the financial resources to fight him in court, and lacking a relative on the federal bench, I removed the offending image, and, within a day, my site was back up. As I said, it wasn’t a terrible ordeal, but, if I were dependent upon this site for an income, the interruption could have been devastating, and, because of that, I felt that I shouldn’t just let it go without doing something that could perhaps dissuade others in the future from following Zatkoff’s example. So, I sent word out to my artist friends that I was looking for drawings and paintings of Zatoff, to replace the one that I didn’t own the rights to… The results can be seen to the right. The first image is by Alexis Ford. The second is by Ann Schneider… And here’s the DMCA letter, minus Zatkoff’s contact information.

    Being a bleeding heart liberal, I’m somewhat conflicted about this. Zatkoff was likely about 20 when this original incident took place. Vaguely remembering what life was like at that age, I can imagine that he was confused, upset and embarrassed when he got his ass kicked by a friend for being… to quote the Michigan Daily… “obnoxious” and “out of control.” I can easily imagine how someone in that situation might tell police, as Zatkoff did, that he didn’t know his attackers. I cannot begin to fathom, however, how he could allow the “hate crime” lie to spread across the internet, knowing full well that it wasn’t the case. While it’s unclear to me as to whether or not the idea to blame the attack on “liberal thugs” actually originated with Zatkoff, it’s obvious that he didn’t do anything to stop that narrative from spreading prior to the 2006 election. And I find that to be absolutely despicable. Not only were our limited police resources being diverted unnecessarily from other vital tasks, but the student members of BAMN, and others, had to experience the indignity of being investigated as suspects, and confront the very real threat of serving time in jail for a violent crime that they didn’t commit.

    But, in spite of all this, I could perhaps have found it in my heart to be forgiving. And, if he’d written to me and explained that he’d learned from the experience, and was attempting to move forward with his life, I likely would have wished him well and removed the image without a second thought. Instead, however, he took legal action, forcing my site to be taken down. (Granted, some fault lies with my site’s host for not alerting me sooner of the DMCA notice.) That doesn’t, to me, show remorse. Quite the contrary, the image that it conjures for me is of a wealthy, entitled Republican law student from West Bloomfield, who thinks that he can bully people into assisting him in his quest to rewrite history, and scrub the internet clean relative to this shameful incident, so that he can continue to ascend through the ranks of the Michigan Republican Party apparatus. (Speaking of which, you can find a nice photo of Zatkoff at a University of Michigan football game with Governor Rick Snyder and Congressman Fred Upton here… It would seem that maybe I knew what I was talking about in 2006, when I wrote, “He’ll no doubt go very far in conservative politics.”)

    [note: According to a short update on the Michigan Liberal website in 2008, Zatkoff, in addition to filing a false police report, has also "faced allegations of illegal campaign finance activity, immoral behavior (including posing semi-naked for sexually explicit photos), (and) corruption." And, it would seem, this is not the first time that he's threatened to sue. "In a weird twist of events," According to the report by Michigan Liberal, "Zatkoff even threatened to sue Michigan Republican Party Chairman Saul Anuzis after scores of College Republicans were leaving the organization and pleading with Anuzis to remove Zatkoff as chairman."]

    And here’s the irony… Because of these recent threats of legal action over copyright, Zatkoff’s name is once again making its way around the internet. If I didn’t find his previous actions so loathsome, I’d feel bad for the guy. He clearly doesn’t understand how the internet works, and, now, as a result of his actions, he’s going to experience the full force of the Streisand effect (the phenomenon whereby an attempt to hide or remove a piece of information has the unintended consequence of publicizing the information more widely). Yes, a huge storm is forming off the coast, ready to blow inland. Memes are gathering on the horizon, and new articles are being written. Soon, a whole new generation of Americans will know about Zatkoff, and, this time, thanks to Facebook, it will spread like wildfire.

    [update: I've just been alerted to the fact that Justin now has his own ArborWiki page.]

    It’s also worth noting, that some sites that have been threatened by Zatkoff aren’t removing their images. From what it looks like TMZ is among them. The image accompanying their 2008 article on Zatkoff, which is the same one that I’d used, is still up. (Their article was on Zatkoff having been fired from his position within the Republican National Committee’s “Victory ’08″ Campaign, “after he stole 300,000 pieces of campaign literature from Michigan campaign headquarters.”) Another site, by the name of Sadly No, is openly mocking his request, saying that the image that they’re using, which was taken by a Michigan Daily photographer, falls under fair use. (I’m glad to see that not everyone has buckled under the pressure, like I did.)

    Oh, and if I’m reading this correctly, he’s not only fighting to have people remove his image from their sites, but he’s petitioning Google to stop indexing pages that reference his sordid past.

    All of this has me wondering if perhaps the College Republicans offer a Web-washing 101 course at their annual convention. And, if not, I wonder if there might be a business in consulting with young, conservative political operatives who want to hide their campus activities before heading into the real world. I suspect it could be quite lucrative.

    The bottom line is that we can’t just let these things slide, regardless of how inconsequential they may seem to us today, more than half a decade later. People need to be held accountable for their actions, and college students need to learn that there will be consequences for this kind of behavior, regardless of whether or not they have powerful relatives who are able to pull strings on their behalf. And, while we’re at it, I think this is a good place to add that the College Republicans, like the rest of the Republican party, need to undergo a serious reformation. I’d argue that these actions of Justin Zatkoff’s did not take place in a vacuum, but were informed by the culture of the College Republicans, which has been poisoned since the early 1970s by the likes of Karl Rove and Lee Atwater. The “win at all costs” mentality that they’ve driven into young, impressionable conservatives may have served their cause well for a time, but I’d argue that it’s time for a change. And, judging from the last election cycle, a great number of Americans agree. We’ve had enough of lies and deceit. What we need to focus on now is reality and honesty. And not allowing Zatkoff to rewrite history in this case, I think, is a good first step.

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      59 Comments

      1. DrCherry
        Posted November 11, 2012 at 11:45 am | Permalink

        Look what I found today!
        http://www.quickmeme.com/meme/3rqgpy/

      2. Jennifer
        Posted November 11, 2012 at 11:59 am | Permalink

        Hot Cops… yessss!

      3. Jennifer
        Posted November 11, 2012 at 12:09 pm | Permalink

        He doesn’t seem to understand blogging either: http://justinzatkoff.wordpress.com/
        He just keeps posting the same images over and over, wtf.

      4. ypsijav
        Posted November 11, 2012 at 12:11 pm | Permalink

        it’s really funny that googling “Justin Zatkoff” brings up the daily article as the top hit, so trying to censor 10+ years of mm.com really has no potential positive effect on his reputation.

      5. Jennifer
        Posted November 11, 2012 at 12:11 pm | Permalink

        I’d like to grind him into the sidewalk for this alone:
        http://www.quickmeme.com/meme/3rqh0h/

      6. Steve Pickard
        Posted November 11, 2012 at 12:31 pm | Permalink

        Best revenge is living “right”. Well played Mark!

      7. Bob Krzewinski
        Posted November 11, 2012 at 12:41 pm | Permalink

        In the military, being beaten up (or worse) by one of your “own” is known as fragging, something that happened to more than one idealistic officer in Vietnam by the troops they were “leading”. Right now, when I think of Zatkoff, I think of Niedermeyer in Animal House. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Dy2fo6E_pI

      8. Posted November 11, 2012 at 12:44 pm | Permalink

        Jennifer, I think Mr. Zatkoff’s “blog” is his attempt to fix the Google image search on his name. Notice that all the posts were made on 10/31, the same day that he sent the above letter to Rackspace.

      9. anonymous
        Posted November 11, 2012 at 1:23 pm | Permalink

        Weird coincidence. I found a meme as well.

        http://imgur.com/gkIw5

      10. Posted November 11, 2012 at 1:25 pm | Permalink

        When I applied to be admitted to our State Bar (waaaay back in 1997!), we had about a 20 page long application. They could and would get all up in your grill for any minor problem in your life; to wit, I changed my middle name and they demanded to know why. They were seriously upset about it, like one frequently changes one’s middle name to avoid prosecution or debt. I wrote this beautiful two page long missive explaining why I did so and they apparently accepted it because here I am, still paying Bar Dues 15 years later (even though I haven’t practiced in seven blissful years). I have to wonder what young Justin’s application will look like. He is going to have to admit that he filed a false police report (if he doesn’t, they will find it). I *think* you have to also disclose if you were ever let go from a job involuntarily (I hadn’t been at that time, as I’d only worked at the school library & Meijer’s). I don’t know if these incidents would keep someone off the Bar or not though.

      11. anonymous
        Posted November 11, 2012 at 1:29 pm | Permalink

        Here the guy protested at UM, against the Civil Right Initiative, saying that it affirmative action gives an unfair advantage to black students, and then he gets a job working for a federal judge that he happens to be related to. And, on top of it, he starts attending the very law school this relative graduated from. (I’m guessing that the relative is his father, but it could be an uncle.) I think this bothers me more than his lying about being beaten by liberal thugs.

      12. anonymous
        Posted November 11, 2012 at 1:30 pm | Permalink

        Patti, you’re dad’s not a federal judge who’s friends with Rick Snyder.

      13. Brandon
        Posted November 11, 2012 at 1:48 pm | Permalink

        At least he bikes to work?

        https://twitter.com/jzatkoff

      14. bh
        Posted November 11, 2012 at 1:50 pm | Permalink

        Mark, you should crosspost this on dailykos.com.

      15. Elf
        Posted November 11, 2012 at 1:51 pm | Permalink

        Trying to think of a way to tie this into the Non-Local Banker campaign.

      16. Posted November 11, 2012 at 2:22 pm | Permalink

        Someone one Facebook just wrote and suggested that I post this on Reddit. Someone else said that I should post it on Daily Kos. I’m not adverse to the idea of having this read more, but I’ve got an issue when it comes to posting my own stuff to other sites. So, I guess what I’m saying is, I wouldn’t mind if someone else wanted to share it, but I won’t be doing it myself.

      17. Posted November 11, 2012 at 2:25 pm | Permalink

        Too easy, Elf…. “Non-Local Banker thinks that Justin Zatkoff is a hate crime victim.”

      18. Posted November 11, 2012 at 2:56 pm | Permalink

        http://www.reddit.com/r/AnnArbor/comments/130sx3/how_markmaynardcom_was_taken_down_in_a_webwashing/

        If people feel it should be elsewhere on reddit, well, I’ll leave that to them.

      19. DrCherry
        Posted November 11, 2012 at 3:40 pm | Permalink

        There’s a bit of thread on reddit

        http://www.reddit.com/r/AnnArbor/comments/130sx3/how_markmaynardcom_was_taken_down_in_a_webwashing/

      20. Posted November 11, 2012 at 4:00 pm | Permalink

        Not only is there now an ArborWiki page dedicated to Justin but he’s also got his own entry on the Streisand effect Wikipedia page. You guys are really impressing me.

      21. biscodo
        Posted November 11, 2012 at 4:06 pm | Permalink

        So… a lingering/nagging question: given that he “swear[s] under penalty of perjury” that he is the copyright owner (though it seems that the copyright would belong to the Michigan Dailiy) and it seems he sent sent takedown notices to multiple bloggers/hosting providers…

        … how is it that he’s not on the hook for multiple perjury charges?

      22. Jennifer
        Posted November 11, 2012 at 4:14 pm | Permalink

        What pisses me off more than anything is that it appears on Linked In he is claiming University of Michigan as part of his education: http://www.linkedin.com/pub/justin-zatkoff/59/85b/25a
        As someone who was actually accepted and graduated from this institution I find this utterly reprehensible.

      23. Eel
        Posted November 11, 2012 at 4:18 pm | Permalink

        I’m I the only one wondering if he shares an apartment with Andrew Shirvell?

        http://markmaynard.com/2010/09/shirvell-taint-extends-to-cox/

      24. Jennifer
        Posted November 11, 2012 at 4:21 pm | Permalink

        PS. I just discovered that on LinkedIn you can flag a profile as a misrepresentation. Please, if you are a UM alum (or just find this guy super gross) help me get LinkedIn to make him amend his profile. It is wrong that he should profit socially or politically by claiming affiliation to a college he did not attend.

      25. Jennifer
        Posted November 11, 2012 at 4:22 pm | Permalink

        PPS. to flag his profile open the pull-down menu on the ‘Connect’ button and select ‘Flag’. Thank you.

      26. Posted November 11, 2012 at 6:07 pm | Permalink

        Jennifer, I don’t know how long he was at U-M, but the impression that I get, having now read through everything publicly available, is that he attended for a year or so, before transferring out. He did not, however, graduate.

        Biscodo, some sites, like Sadly No, used the Michigan Daily photo. I, however, used a photo that I found elsewhere. (I believe I may have taken it from The Truth Caucus website, but, as that site no longer exists, I can’t say for sure.) TMZ used the same photo that I did. Judging from the background of the photo, my guess is that it was shot at the hone of Zatkoff’s parents. So, in my case, according to the law, he may have had a point. I suppose I could argue fair use, though. It’s also possible, if he submitted the photo in question to the police, that’s it’s part of the public record.

      27. ypsijav
        Posted November 11, 2012 at 6:24 pm | Permalink

        this is the Truth Caucus article from which the intellectual property that Mark is alleged to stolen came.
        http://web.archive.org/web/20061019005943/http://www.truthcaucus.com/2006/09/27/hate-crime

      28. ypsijav
        Posted November 11, 2012 at 7:08 pm | Permalink

        @Jennifer, you need to read more about this guy if you think misrepresenting his UM credentials on linkedon is the most disturbing thing. in his own words:

        Justin Zatkoff said…
        They elect me because I do whatever it takes to get the job done… electing republicans, recruiting new members, and retaining the ones we have.

        You’ll see that at UofM this year… it’s too bad people like you take some innocent fun at the CRNC convention out of context completely.

        Maybe that’s why the CRNC Chairman gets a pretty large paycheck each year and the CDA Chairman gets nothing. Don’t be bitter because the College Republicans are better than the Dems in every way possible.

        Go get off to the Michigan Daily, because anyone that reads that paper knows that writers like you, sir, are the noted idiots!

        And now this guy is filing DMCA takedown notices on behalf of the Daily staff members. Hmm…

      29. ypsijav
        Posted November 11, 2012 at 7:08 pm | Permalink

        http://fresard.blogspot.com/2007/07/great-moments-in-campus-conservatism.html

      30. ypsijav
        Posted November 11, 2012 at 7:12 pm | Permalink

        This is really interesting too. The other (as far as we know unrelated) Zatkoff thinks non-usury financial instruments are terrorism. http://www.thomasmore.org/news/trouble-brewing-aig-and-federal-government-challenge-aig-bailout-allowed-proceed

      31. the other Jennifer
        Posted November 11, 2012 at 7:59 pm | Permalink

        I just found my way back here after getting “site suspended” messages for a few days now.

        Mark, btw, maybe it’s just my browser but “markmaynard.com” is still coming up “site suspended”–I had to click some other link (“Ann Arbor,” maybe?) on the Google search results to find this page.

        Otherwise I have no comment except “seriously?” What a jerk–this guy, sad to say, probably has a future in Republican politics.

      32. Mr. X
        Posted November 11, 2012 at 9:17 pm | Permalink

        This is now the number one story on the Ann Arbor sub-Reddit.

        http://www.reddit.com/r/AnnArbor/

      33. Joe
        Posted November 11, 2012 at 9:19 pm | Permalink

        I have a bunch of pictures of him from the 2007 MLK day affirmative action march at U-M. A couple of them might make pretty good meme fodder. I’ll post them on my facebook tomorrow.

      34. 734
        Posted November 11, 2012 at 11:11 pm | Permalink

        Speaking of scumbag memes.

        http://www.quickmeme.com/meme/3rqjyy/

      35. Posted November 11, 2012 at 11:16 pm | Permalink

        Sorry… if you showing me around all the cool technology on Friday kept you from noticing the email from your hosting company and responding to it. (And for the record, we went a lot of places in Ann Arbor Friday and I didn’t see one single roving band of menacing homosexuals looking for conservatives to rough up.)

      36. Meta
        Posted November 11, 2012 at 11:29 pm | Permalink

        It’s not just Rove and Atwater that came up through the College Republican ranks.

        The race for chairman, a paid position in Washington, D.C., is watched by the White House and the Republican National Committee (RNC), which have come to rely on the young Republicans as a piece of the capital’s conservative machinery.

        That the race has been hard-fought and a bit rough is no surprise given the College Republicans’ track record of turning out practitioners of bare-knuckle politics.

        They include Rove, President Bush’s top political adviser, the late Lee Atwater, anti-tax leader Grover Norquist and Jack Abramoff, the Republican lobbyist embroiled in an ethics scandal.

        It’s a veritable who’s who of scum.

        Read more:
        http://seattletimes.com/html/politics/2002346684_republicans24m.html

      37. Posted November 11, 2012 at 11:33 pm | Permalink

        I followed Jennifer’s link and realized that Justin, who likes posting pictures of himself with his tight shorts dipping seductively low, might have begun his obsession with Mark (or vice versa?) in their shared interest in, yes, ball shaving.

        You’ll note the “Zatkoff post” and the “ball shaving post,” coincidentally, occurred within a few short months of each other.

        I think it’s time for both Mark Maynard and Justin Zatkoff to “come clean” with the real source of this tension between them.

        As if they both haven’t cleared the runway enough already…

      38. Posted November 11, 2012 at 11:49 pm | Permalink

        I’m willing to give Zatkoff the benefit of the doubt because of these deeply wise words of his:

        “Winter is frustrating because you leave for work and it’s still dark outside.” -Justin Zatkoff

        That is so true it hurts! I, like Justin, am so frustrated! From now on when I’m frustrated with the still darkness I will remember what to do: Zatkoff!

        In a sense, I am Zatkoffing right now…to his wise words, his pictures…

        In years to come, whenever it’s dark or winter, I plan to share this wisdom on any website that welcomes sharing inspiration to those who just need to, well, Zatkoff.

        We would all do well to remember to Zatkoff when we feel … frustrated.

        Thank you Justin!

      39. Jennifer
        Posted November 12, 2012 at 12:17 am | Permalink

        @Mark, you may be right, perhaps he was enrolled at UofM for a bit- I can’t seem to find any info that confirms this one way or the other. I guess we should give the weenis the benefit of the doubt- Can you delete my previous comments about his LinkedIn profile? Thx.

      40. Jennifer
        Posted November 12, 2012 at 12:18 am | Permalink

        I just realized that I asked you do some micro-web-washing just now. Lulz.

      41. Anonymous 2
        Posted November 12, 2012 at 6:52 am | Permalink

        I think the issue of a Federal Judge, helping to cover up the lies of a likely relative and, in doing so, censor free speech on the Web, might be worthy of Rachel Maddow or whatever local news outlet is ready for a story…

        Like you said, Justin isn’t 20 anymore. And the Internet suggests there are precious few Zatkoffs without deep ties to our state. If a federal judge is helping to restrict freedom of anything … it should be news.

      42. Meta
        Posted November 12, 2012 at 9:33 am | Permalink

        I find this part intriguing. Does anyone have additional information?

        …..Zatkoff having been fired from his position within the Republican National Committee’s “Victory ’08″ Campaign, “after he stole 300,000 pieces of campaign literature from Michigan campaign headquarters.”

        Did he steal this literature from the Republicans or the Democrats? And, if he stole it from the Republicans, what was his objective?

      43. Lynne
        Posted November 12, 2012 at 12:04 pm | Permalink

        Aw….someone already took this down as an example of the Streisand effect on wikipedia. :(

      44. anonymous
        Posted November 12, 2012 at 1:17 pm | Permalink

        Did anyone get a Wikipedia screenshot? If so, could we post it here? All of these things should be a part of the public record.

      45. anonymous
        Posted November 12, 2012 at 1:46 pm | Permalink

        He’s also rewriting the ArborWiki entry.

        http://arborwiki.org/Justin_Zatkoff/_history/

      46. josh
        Posted November 12, 2012 at 2:00 pm | Permalink

        It’s a Michigan Daily photo right? Filing a false DMCA is serious business, and potentially lucrative for you Mark.

        “I swear, under penalty of perjury, that the information in the notification is accurate and that I am the copyright owner or am authorized to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed. ”

        Uh oh

      47. KKT
        Posted November 12, 2012 at 2:19 pm | Permalink

        As mentioned above, Josh, the photo Mark used was not from the Michigan Daily. It does look as though Sadly No, however, was using a photo from the Michigan Daily, so, in that instance, you could be right. Their DCMA could have been fraudulent.

      48. ypsijav
        Posted November 12, 2012 at 6:14 pm | Permalink

        this was kind of hard to find as it is mysteriously absent from the Michigan Review website, so in the interest of fighting censorship: http://issuu.com/michiganreview/docs/vol_26_no_13 contains an extensive article dated April 2008 from the UM conservative opinion paper heavily criticizing Mr. Zatkoff’s tenure as head of the Michigan Federation of College Republicans.

        The October campaign theft thing was concerning Republican literature after McCain abandoned Michigan. Not nearly as scandalous as the other activities earlier in the year. http://www.michiganreview.com/archives/404

        here is the wikipedia entry as it existed two 3-hour stretches of glory: http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Streisand_effect&oldid=522521187

        no need to screenshot that non-profit encyclopedia of general knowledge! Just look at the history to see the interesting stuff.

      49. Gene
        Posted November 12, 2012 at 6:18 pm | Permalink

        i keep going to google when i think of it, google “justin zatkoff”, and then click on the 7th link – mr. maynard. i’ve also clicked on the daily article a lot. he picked the wrong scab, it’s gonna turn into a scar, try to erase that…

      50. franky
        Posted November 13, 2012 at 1:04 am | Permalink

        for posterity sake I do not think Justin Zatkoff should have his history on the web be washed away by his federal bench support and legal maneuvering.

        this is from a site image that was cached by google but is no longer available. some more gems on this Justin Zatkoff’s behavior.

        http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:30hrYIFn-jMJ:miconservative.wordpress.com/2007/11/03/justin-zatkoff-accuses-saul-anuzis-of-being-corrupt/+&cd=2&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=us&client=firefox-a
        ————–
        Earlier this afternoon, Justin Zatkoff was at the MSU v UofM Romney tailgate in East Lansing. Why would a staunch McCain hack be at this event? To root for Romney? Or MSU? Neither are likely.

        To pass out flyer’s saying that Michigan Republican Party Chairman Saul Anuzis is corrupt. Along with slinging mud on Anuzis he also made corruption accusations against MRP officer, Gerry Mason.

        He didn’t even have the backbone to pass out the flyer, so he set them on a table, and they were promptly thrown away.

        The flyer claims that there is some sort of grand Romney conspiracy to get Dave Drwencke elected College Republican Chair. Currently Dave is involved in some legal proceedings stemming from inappropriate internet posts in regards to his former girlfriend two years ago. When they broke up, the girlfriend went after him.

        This is where Justin Zatkoff comes into the picture. Seizing on the concept of the politics of personal destruction he decided to spin this big elaborate story. In it he says that Gerry Mason is somehow involved in a conspiracy, because Dave has retained him as counsel in his case.

        He goes even further to say that Saul is backing Dave… and they link them all together through Mitt Romney. They call it the “Triangle of Corruption,” between Dave Drwencke, Gerry Mason, and Saul Anuzis.

        What is the purpose of this flyer?
        1) To get the beaten down McCain minority to help maintain Justin Zatkoff’s position?
        2) To embarrass Dave.

        What this will actually do:
        1) Piss off the people that they are accusing of being corrupt.
        2) Delay the inevitable Zatkoff departure.

        When Zatkoff was confronted about the flyer, he made a half hearted attempt at denial saying that “it must have been those crazy Ron Paul supporters.”

        Matt Hall was also spotted with Zatkoff for most of the tailgating. Hall adamantly denies any knowledge of the flyer and condemned it’s use to me earlier this afternoon via phone.

        This flyer has Justin Zatkoffs fingerprints all over it. Not only has he threatened to sue Saul Anuzis in the past, he has attacked Republican legislators calling them “Republicans in Name Only” on the College Republican website, and his Executive Director has actually filed the paperwork to recall Republican State Senator Gerald VanWoerkom.

        Can’t someone shut this child up?
        ——————————

      51. franky
        Posted November 13, 2012 at 1:06 am | Permalink

        additionally there is this image of Justin Zatkoff fondling a woman’s breasts

        http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_O50uHkIPbno/RqJwAuDkPZI/AAAAAAAAAA0/W3dtigAlcZE/s1600/zatkoff2.jpg

      52. koosh
        Posted November 13, 2012 at 10:23 am | Permalink

        this web site could use more pictures of people fondling breasts.

      53. Eel
        Posted November 13, 2012 at 10:25 am | Permalink

        Are you volunteering, Koosh? If so, I have a camera.

      54. js
        Posted November 13, 2012 at 12:28 pm | Permalink

        Hey Mark, did you contact him? This story could use some quotes from Zatkoff.

      55. K2
        Posted November 13, 2012 at 1:41 pm | Permalink

        If you do talk with him, ask how he intends to pass the bar having lied to the police. Also, I’d like to know how he reconciles boob grabbing with family values. And, while you’re at it, could you also ask why he got kicked out of the University of Michigan?

      56. DrCherry
        Posted November 14, 2012 at 5:07 pm | Permalink

        Looks like he’s scrubbing the quickmeme meme. Can’t find them anymore.

      57. DrCherry
        Posted November 14, 2012 at 5:22 pm | Permalink

        I little war going on here too: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Streisand_effect

      58. Stephen H.
        Posted November 19, 2012 at 2:18 pm | Permalink

        Zoominfo shows the following work history.

        Consulatant
        Rick Snyder for Governor

        Consultant
        Strategic National Campaign Management

        Consultant
        Bill Schuette for Attorney General

        National Field Director
        College Republican National Committee

        Consultant
        Ken Blackwell for RNC Chair

      59. Mr. Y
        Posted April 10, 2013 at 1:32 pm | Permalink

        I think I found the perfect woman for Justin, the guy who made a name for himself protesting the unfairness of affirmative action at U-M, and now works for his grandfather, the federal judge. It’s Suzy Lee Weiss, the young woman who recently wrote an op-ed for the WSJ about how she didn’t get into the college of her choice because she wasn’t a disadvantaged minority. Interestingly, her story about how the system is rigged against the white and affluent, was put in the Wall Street Journal by her sister, who works for the paper. I love when white people rail against the unfair advantages of the poor and downtrodden, clearly not recognizing all the cards stacked in their favor.

        http://www.clutchmagonline.com/2013/04/for-middle-class-white-girls-when-being-privileged-isnt-enough/

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