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AtomicMonkey responds: “Some of us work for the City…we proudly stand by description of Abercrombie as ‘flailing gasbag’”
By Letters to the Editor @ 11:22 AM :: 14200 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, Rail

Hawai’i Free Press is posting verbatim the response to the following email query sent to “Bob Wiesel” of

Aloha Bob Wiesel,

Is Keith Rollman working with you on AtomicMonkey or are you doing it solo?

Are you still working at Honolulu Hale?

What are you doing for The Hannemann Committee this year--besides Atomic Monkey?


Andrew Walden

The communication is related to this article: Mufi’s Atomic Monkey Exposed: Website calls Abercrombie a “flailing gasbag”, wife “a witch”

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Hello Andrew,

Bob Wiesel is a pseudonym that has a long history in Honolulu and been passed around quite a bit.  I am one of many Bob Wiesels...collectively we amount to a poor man's Publius. There are blog entries that go back to before 2001 still online from Robert D. Wiesel, BobW, BWiesel and every other variant that you can dream up.  Some of the "Bob's" work for, or had worked for both the city and state at some point. 

Blog participation at City Hall tapered off after Dave Shapiro started publishing IP addresses in an attempt to suppress his critics.  Several individuals at City Hall asked Charles Totto (ethics commission) for a reading on whether it was "against the rules" to participate during our lunch hour, breaks etc.  He recommended that we play it safe and just not do it at all from the city network and it pretty much stopped at that point.  Bob Wiesels live on, however, on their own time and own internet connections. 

Atomic Monkey is, as stated on the Web site, an independent effort that is not attached to city government or any campaign...including Hannemann's.  Your article today implying it is a "Mufi" site is incorrect.  We like Hannemann, but he has no input or control over the site and as far as I know has not even seen it. One other correction, while we proudly claim calling Neil a "flailing gasbag," and stand by the accuracy of that description, we did not call his wife a "witch."  We said, "According to Pat Robertson, Neil’s wife, Nancie Caraway, may actually be a witch."  This due to a rather vivid description of feminists delivered by Robertson and Nancie Caraway's self-avowed status as a feminist. 

Your comments on the Eric Ryan vs Keith Rollman dust up was interesting.  I know for a fact that the fake email's attributed to Rollman (claiming to take credit for "FirePanos") were traced to John Carroll's office, that he was sharing with Eric at the time.  So, I am always skeptical when Websites are attributed to him by others.  We see Keith from time to time, but while sympathetic and helpful, he doesn't have much time for us. Rollman blogs openly on Hawaii Reporter and CivilBeat under his own name.  We prefer anonymous's a personal choice.

We will continue to publish information that we deem important for people to assess the qualifications and intentions of Neil Abercrombie and package it as fun ridicule.  But, as the site states...if you find anything that is factually in error (that isn't an obvious parody) please point it out and we'll correct it.  Otherwise, long live the First Amendment and the power of the Internet!

Your faithful fellow blogger,

Bob Atomic Wiesel Monkey

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