Sidebar deceptions

Like most geeky libertarian policy guys, I had big plans for this Valentine’s Day: curling up on the couch with a cheap bottle of wine, a big bag full of Oreos, and the archives of the Libertarian Girl weblog. Alas, Catallarchy’s Micha Ghertner has ruined my night by revealing that LG’s photo was lifted from a Ukrainian mail order bride page. I’ve been officially had.

I’m not angry though. It was an excellent hoax and, as my flatmate and I discussed, taking model photos from Eastern European personal ads and posting them on one’s sidebar to increase traffic is an established practice in the blogging world. In fact, even one of D.C.’s most respected bloggers has resorted to this underhanded maneuver. I have uncovered incontrovertible proof that the supposed “Will Wilkinson” is none other than Vanko, a Ukrainian acrobat who’s looking for a little love (and a kidney):

Will Wilkinson, blogger

Vanko, Ukrainian mail order husband

Need further proof? Just examine Vanko’s complete profile:

I rest my case.


  1. Mike says:

    Does that qualify me to be a geeky Libertarian policy guy?

  2. Doug says:

    I was going to click on that link but I unfortunately the network Firewall guys at my job all know me and I would never ever live it down. I’ll forever be tagged as “Russian Manlover” or something more incidious.

    The fact that Bloggers are using fake pics is disturbing. I mean, what’s next? Those poor Nigerians that I send money to are fake?

  3. Jacob says:

    Mike, we’re a big tent philosophy. Consider yourself in. Just drop the capital “L”, ok?

    Doug, I agree that you should limit your Russian mail order husband hunting to when you’re not at work.

  4. vincent says:

    I am very intersted.
    Send me emails please.

  5. sandrar says:

    Hi! I was surfing and found your blog post… nice! I love your blog. :) Cheers! Sandra. R.


  1. The Agitator says:

    And is actually outsourced to an eigh-year old Vietmanamese girl.

    It seems increasingly likely that the much-ballyhooed “Libertarian Girl” is a hoax. More on that later. In the meantime, Jacob…

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  3. Ramble On. says:

    Happy Valentines Day.

    No, Virginia there’s no such thing as Libertarian Girl.

    Luckily, I can think of quite a few attractive, intelligent female libertarian bloggers who make the case. But, Jacobuncovers that a smart, handsome, libertarian man looking for love is too…

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    I am not now, nor have I ever been, an acrobat….

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    Thank yew Diggers’ Realm (our first Blogad on this site by the way) for the tip on a m…

  6. Tom Rants says:


    Libertarian Girl turned out to be an unemployed dude pretending to be mail order bride unmasked by Catallarchy, philosopher Will Wilkinson may be a Russian mail order acrobat. Is Tom Hanna a Pug Dog?

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