Jesse Griffin: Troubling Revelations
Despite claims of being an anonymous blogger at Immoral Minority, research suggests that, through possible misjudgment, Jesse Griffin appears to have created a situation in which he has been easily identifiable as the blogger Gryphen, particularly to children, perhaps for as long as two years. School-aged children who were PC literate apparently could have had access to information posted on his blog including questionable statements like this below – apparently posted by assistant kindergarten instructor Jesse Griffin himself when discussing a possible military draft. As of this minute, the content is still live.
Quick hide your children! They are getting ready to feed them into Vietraq's bottomless pit of death and destruction.
I am teaching my boys to wear dresses and swish when they walk because being ignorant or drug addicted is no longer a guarantee of being passed over. If your not willing to suck cock then pack up your going to Iraq! Posted by Gryphen at 7:34 AM 0 comments Links to this post
At issue is Griffin's MySpace page, apparently designed in a manner to make him easily discoverable as Jesse Griffin of Anchorage by searching on either location or name. Given the trend for young people to spend so much time on MySpace and similar social networking services, perhaps even looking for specific school instructors they knew, or liked, it seems plausible that any Anchorage school student could have ultimately been directed to Immoral Minority to read any of his more vulgar and outrageous postings and comments, while knowing full well who blogger Gryphen actually was. The URL for the MySpace page was actually blogger Gryphen's real name. The page includes multiple images also making Griffin easily identifiable.
Because of this portal between his MySpace real identity and his "Gryphen" alter-ego the allegedly anonymous Gryphen appears to have been out all along. It didn't take a letter from Sarah Palin's lawyer Thomas Van Flein, one which Griffin might have ignored in any event. But more on that in a later post.
In what might be an even more serious concern to some, the issue stems from Jesse Griffin's decision to take advantage of a MySpace feature allowing one to refer visitors to a blog.
Griffin opted to use the feature to steer readers directly to his political blog, Immoral Minority, which many would describe as vulgar, and worse.
The blog routinely displayed content such as describing then Governor and VP candidate Sarah Palin as wearing "fuck me pumps",or debating the acceptability of such concepts as referring to former Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice as a "cunt". That misogynistic and vile descriptor was often used by some commenters at Gryphen's blog in addressing Palin, as well.
Based upon one report from an Immoral Minority reader, it's been claimed that Griffin's comments are moderated and potentially approved. Also, initial research suggests much of the more disturbing content there has never been deleted, or removed. He did denounce the word "cunt" as an "unfortunate pejorative" when directed at Rice, though seeming to do nothing to clean up said remarks in any way.
In what appears to be a fairly consistent sexual theme, Griffin makes remarks such as, "if sex is not naughty then it is almost not worth doing", claim that he is "promoting self-pleasure", and instructing that, "Your penis will respond more readily if you take it out and put it through its paces more often".
It appears that someone who wanted to spend a large amount of time researching Griffiin's site for what many would consider as inappropriate content for children, the search could go on for quite some time. This seems to raise at least some initial questions people might want answered.
Is this appropriate content for a 49 year-old male kindergarten instructor in a somewhat smallish town to post under any circumstances?
And perhaps most troubling of all, given the apparent MySpace linkage, do any young Anchorage students know precisely what Jesse Griffin is all about, if nothing else, as regards his blogging presence on the Web?
I emailed Griffin as there are additional questions I may pose later, some regarding interpersonal interactions I have questions about. But I want to give him a chance to respond before posting more.
I'd also like to thank Joseph Culligan of Web of Deception, busy working on non-related issues, too, for his assistance with research. And be sure to check out story co-blogger Stacy McCain for more. Stacy has now written to Griffin, as well.