I’ve written about the North Minneapolis Blog Wars before, but one blog I haven’t mentioned before that’s tied into that mess is a site called the Jordan Hawkman Group. This site is, by far, the most ridiculous blog I’ve ever encountered in Minneapolis.
I’m not going to link to it, but you can surely find it if you search by the site’s name. (There are other examples below that I don’t link to for the same reason, so you can either trust that – as absurd as all of this sounds – it’s actually true. Or, just Google it.)
The site takes its name by a combination of the names of credible bloggers who are willing to put their name on the content they write, like John Hoff’s The Adventures of Johnny Northside, Jeff Skrenes’ (aka The Hawthorne Hawkman’s) North by Northside, and perhaps a tip of the hat to Jordan resident Eric Johnson of the Irving Inquisition. Regardless, the blog’s name piggyback’s on the hard blogging work done by people like Hoff, Skrenes, and Johnson to build blog brands from scratch based around criticizing slumlords and other North Minneapolis lampreys.
Speaking of identity, the JHG blog is written anonymously by a person or group of people that clearly do not like neighborhood activists who have the gall to shine a light on slumlords, foreclosure fiascos, sexual predators, and other nuggets of dysfunctional politics. Both of those guys are commonly criticized on the site.
I’ve received some virtual ink over there as well, primarily due to my association with Johnny Northside and the Irving Inquisition. The first time that site mentioned me, I left a comment stating that I’d be happy to get together to discuss North Minneapolis politics with them over coffee. I think it’s pretty clear that I find that sort of thing interesting. But, one thing that doesn’t interest me is debating issues with anonymous bloggers. So far, I haven’t been taken up on that offer.
Who is/are the Jordan Hawkman?
I thought it would be fun to try to identify the person or people behind that blog. There is no question that Johnny Northside has made some enemies over time. Slumlords like Keith Reitman, Danna D Investors III LLC, Mahmood Khan, and Bashir Moghul, along with sex offenders are probably not the biggest fans of his work. Jeff Skrenes and Eric Johnson have done their fair share of slumlord bashing as well, including Jeff’s work pointing out the disaster that is Paul Koenig’s PAMIKO properties. Coincidentally, Don Allen of Poopgate fame doesn’t seem to appreciate the work of those two, although it’s less clear to me what they’ve done to fall out of favor with Don. And, Terry Yzaguirre, who writes a Don Allen (of Poopgate fame) style psuedo online newspaper site called the Minneapolis Mirror tends to ramble on about the evils of community activists like Hoff and Skrenes.
Is Don Allen the Jordan Hawkman Group?
One theory I’d like to throw out is that the JHG (or one of the publishers to the JHG website) is Don Allen. Why?
The site has a black panther theme.
He uses a similar creepy staring large cat logo for his web based talk show.
JHG goes on unsubstantiated racist rants from time to time, which is kind of a Don Allen trademark. JHG also refers to a local blog called the Area Hawkman as the Aryan Hawkman. Seriously.
Don Allen has quoted content from JHG on his own blog (possibly written by himself?). You may remember that famous quote. That’s the one where Don Allen quoted the anonymous JHG’s praise of his work for the Minneapolis Public Schools where the JHG called it “Flawed by Design”. (Update: The Hawthorne Hawkman reminded me in the comments that Don quoted a “flawed by design” commenter on the StarTribune under the username “jordanhawk” who said:
MPLS Schools paid $15k and Mr. Allen figured out a way to find his ads onto the Minneapolis Star and Tribune with major coverage on a feature story. Anyone have a guess as to how much a full color ad like that would actually cost? Mr. Allen appears to have utilized an old marketing technique knows as flawed by design marketing to get enormous amountsattention for his client for very little costs. Just watch, Allen will make some extremely minor adjustments and his mission will be completed with the greatest of ease! Can you say owned? The schools win and that is what is important as the word is out as promissed!
posted by jordanhawk on Feb. 22, 11 at 3:15 AM |
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By the time that quote made it onto Don Allen’s blog, the quote was attributed to “Jordan Hawkman Group”. Weird, eh?
Additionally, Don Allen, on his On Point web based talk show recently talked to his 14 listeners (I was one of them) about research JHG did regarding the controversy surrounding Don Allen (of Poopgate fame’s) contract with the Minneapolis Public Schools. 24:40 into this, he states “the Jordan Hawkman Group did a lot of research on this, and they came back with some information that shows . . . “. The strange thing about Don’s statements, in this case, is that JHG never wrote a post about that topic. Don was quoting something that was never published, which makes me wonder if Don had planned to publish something on JHG, forgot, then quoted something he forgot to publish anonymously.
Don Allen’s web based talk show is also embedded onto the JHG website, and JHG is Don Allen’s web talk show’s only fan on the web talk show’s website.
The JHG site launched in July 2010. Coincidentally, articles from the JHG site started being submitted to Digg.com in July of 2010. As I follow the progression of article submissions on Digg, it went something like this:
On July 24th, 2010, a Digg user named GOVIRTUALMEDIA submitted a story from donny-allen.us (Don Allen’s blog) where Don Allen wrote about the Jordan Hawkman website. GOVIRTUALMEDIA happens to be Don Allen’s company, and the only follower of that account happens to be “vnewswire” which happens to be . . . Donald Allen.
On July 27th, 2010, a Digg user named . . . wait for it . . . GOVIRTUALMEDIA (remember now, this is Don Allen) submitted a story from the Jordan Hawkman blog talking about . . . wait for it . . . Don Allen writing about . . . wait for it . . . the Jordan Hawkman blog. Could it be that A is to B as B is to C as C is to A? It sure feels like that’s the case.
On Digg, Don Allen, (under his vnewswire username) lists five links to sites. These are sites he’s chosen to affiliate himself with through his Digg profile. Those sites are:
USA Radical Black (A Don Allen Production)
The Minneapolis Story (Don’s friend, Ron Edwards’ website)
Mpls Mirror (Don’t friend, Terry Yzaguirre’s website)
IBNN NEWS (A Don Allen Production)
The Jordan Hawkman Group (hmmm, interesting)
While this doesn’t show with absolute certainty that Don Allen is the writer or a writer for JHG, it seems pretty darn clear to me that Don Allen is affiliated with the website and likely writes at least some of the content on the site. He also has played some sort of extremely poor role in marketing the website. Although I can’t fault him for having a hard time marketing such a horrific waste of cyberspace.