BY KEITH ROLLMAN – The AtomicMonkey.WordPress site was my personal blog. It was not, as stated by Neil Abercrombie’s recent press release, a Mufi Hannemann campaign strategy.

Several weeks ago the PR agency for Mufi Hannemann expressed their concern that others might try to associate it with the Mayor so I took it down (over two weeks ago).

As far as I know Mayor Hannemann never even saw it and certainly didn’t have anything to do with it. Assertions to the contrary by Abercrombie are simply speculation.

Blogging is today’s choice for the expression of first amendment rights. I have been writing commentary and drawing political cartoons for some time (about 40 years).

One cartoon depicting the demise of Neil Abercrombie’s pony tail, and comparing it to a gecko snapping off it’s tail to get away, ran in the Honolulu Star-Bulletin in 1997.

I have known and disliked Neil Abercrombie since before Mayor Hannemann was out of High School.

Now I face the problem of having to defend my work, now that it is no longer available for people to judge it for themselves.

I must rebut what Neil Abercrombie says it was rather than what it really was.

Why didn’t Neil Abercrombie complain while it was up and running?

Atomic Monkey was parody, plain and simple. You might not like my style of humor, but blogs are not intrusive media…you have to seek them out.

I remember Neil Abercrombie when he HAD a sense of humor and dressed up as superman to run for the U.S. Senate…in fact it was in AtomicMonkey.

Almost everyone BUT Neil Abercrombie thought AtomicMonkey was pretty funny.

It was certainly tame and tasteful by today’s internet standards…no obscenity or profanity, and contained a invitation to correct anything that was factually in error.

Abercrombie never accepted that invitation or disputed a single fact for over three months, chosing only now to complain and try to exploit this as an issue.

Why not talk about his offshore drilling votes or same-sex marriage instead?

We all know the answer to that. It isn’t Neil’s thin-skined and oportunistic response that bothers me the most, it’s the reactionary mob mentality that he is trying to incite in this loyal followers about this horrible idea of a average citizen using his first ammendment rights to express his opinions.

One person, who obviously is operating without any facts, recently sent me an email accusing me of spreading “vicious rumors.”

Really, posting commentary on a political candidates public record is “spreading vicious rumors?”

Making fun of politicans is a time honored American tradition that’s been around as long as we have, and so far the U.S. Supreme Court has defended us from the Neil Abercrombie’s of the world, and our constitution right to depict them as we really see them.