Oh, Calpernia is a good egg. I like her.
She made the mistake of hooking up with first Orly and then Phil, but she learned her lesson. She, unlike either of those idiots, actually does work for a living, in a competitive field that requires genuine intelligence, and she doesn't shirk or whine or cheat or think the world owes her anything.
And she kicked Orly's ass in a way that I thought was excellent. Orly was using a domain name that Calpernia owned, but she started squealing about her blog being hacked (it wasn't hacked; she was, as always, just being a stupid bitch). Calpernia was a webmaster
webmistress who was providing security for the blog, and saying it was hacked was like casting aspersions on Calpernia's ability. Unfairly.
So Calpernia kicked her ass out. She moved to a new site, but I told the owner of that one that she would turn on him, so he also threw her out and she finally started her own site, which she still uses today. But she was very, very, very upset about Calpernia kicking her out. She was in agony for weeks.
First, she thought she owned the domain name (defendourfreedoms.us), and she was outraged that Calpernia kept the site going for a while but wouldn't let Orly use it. Orly told everybody many times that she owned the domain name, but she didn't and she couldn't do anything about it.
Second, Calpernia changed the destination of the PayPal button so any donations went to her and not Orly. She was very open about it, and anybody who was paying attention understood that donations would go to Calpernia, but that was the basis for Orly's claim that Calpernia was "stealing" money from her, and Orly was furious for years, even though the amount of donations probably wasn't very high.
Third, when Calpernia took over the site and kicked Orly out, she did a few posts to explain what was happening and why she had the right to do it, and she opened up the comments
. Orly had always rigorously moderated (censored) the comments to make sure that none of her stupid vicious lies were exposed, and it was really frustrating for us annoying Obots because we could never post the truth about anything on her blog. But Calpernia didn't do moderation, and we had a real free-for-all on her site for a few days. That was the time I impersonated the Pope on Easter Sunday, for which I am surely going to the Bad Place when I die.
So Orly claimed that Calpernia stole money from her, which is unfortunate but frankly unavoidable. But Calpernia stuck it to Orly in a way that we as a group were never able to do. Orly was more pissed about losing access to that blog than she was when I banned her from Fogbow. It took her weeks to rebuild her audience, and she probably did lose some money - not much, and not due to theft, but enough to make her freak out about it for years afterward.
Calpernia doesn't break any rules here, she doesn't try to annoy us with a lot of lies about Obama, she has her reasons for pursuing this case and she's still a thorn in Orly's butt to the point that when Orly thinks about her, her blood pressure goes up.
She's a good egg.