The Schmalfeldt Delusion

by Datechguy | February 20th, 2013

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The Schmalfeldt Delusion

The 4th Doc­tor : “You know the very pow­er­ful and the very stu­pid have one thing in com­mon. They don’t alter their views to fit the facts. They alter the facts to fit the views. Which can be uncom­fort­able if you hap­pen to be one of the facts that needs altering.”

Doc­tor Who: The Face of Evil Episode Four

I remem­ber a great post at the old Eject-​Eject-​Eject when he talked to a guy who was big into con­spir­acy the­o­ries. He shot down every piece of “evi­dence” that was brought for­ward but the guy kept com­ing:

Every time I would iden­tify one of these great mys­ter­ies, Joe had the same response: okay, but what about this! No fight, no defense – noth­ing. And then we’d be on to some new blur or smudge that proved, incon­tro­vert­ibly, that this “real­ity” we live in is a giant lie, and that we are all vic­tims of Dark Forces mov­ing beyond our con­trol or even our awareness… and that while the sleep­walk­ing sheeple go on with their corporate-​controlled lives, the mys­te­ri­ous wheels of the Shadow Gov­ern­ment turn inex­orably onward, crush­ing those brave few indi­vid­u­als who are on to the whole hor­rid plot like so many ants. There is a word for this dis­eased men­tal state.

The key part was the “no defense” busi­ness. It didn’t mat­ter what the evi­dence was, it didn’t mat­ter that he was able to shoot down each bit of non­sense. There was always a dif­fer­ent piece of non­sense that proved we lived in some sort of par­al­lel world that only the very few mys­tery men knew existed.

That’s what I though of when I saw this:

Because some­body, in my opin­ion, is pay­ing Lee Strana­han to file these charges against me, in the hopes that I will either break or die.

Seri­ously Bill Seri­ously?

Lee Strana­han explained the sit­u­a­tion rather clearly:

I have one and only one rela­tion­ship with Bill Schmalfeldt ; I am a per­son that he decided to tar­get. I am a vic­tim of his harass­ment, as are my wife and children.

That’s it. He is the harasser and I am the harassed.

I have said noth­ing about Bill Schmalfeldt in the past few days except as it relates to his base­less and relent­less attacks on me and my family.

If that is even the slight­est bit true it would not require any­one to pay Mr. Strana­han to take legal action against you. In fact it would be his duty as a hus­band and father.

Let’s point out some­thing: As I’m typ­ing this I have a bunch of things to do, I have to upload my radio show, write this week’s under the fedora col­umn, fin­ish my series on George Wash­ing­ton, call cus­tomers and take care of some fam­ily stuff.

Instead I’m writ­ing a post about a man I’ve never met, who, sans beard, could be used as the model for Son­tar­i­ans with­out any makeup. (If he is 53″ or less the BBC would hire him on the spot and save on makeup) because he’s mak­ing trou­ble for a friend of mine, thus invit­ing the same kind of grief that Sicil­ians like myself gen­er­ally are spared (for what­ever reason).

But as I’m writ­ing this, it begs the ques­tion, why is Mr. Schmalfeldt’s asser­tion non­sense squared? There are two sim­ple answers and I’ll take them in order;:

First the idea of ego :

When I say “Bill Schmalfeldt” my read­ers will first reac­tion is likely: “Who?” What the hell has he ever done? Who actu­ally knows who what he is doing? Who actu­ally cares? Well one easy mea­sure of his pop­u­lar­ity is twit­ter followers.

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Really, you have a guy on twit­ter with under 150 fol­low­ers who has his tweets “pro­tected” and peo­ple are try­ing to silence him? Who is actu­ally going to pay money to silence some­body that nobody hears? He doesn’t even qual­ify as a tree falling in the for­est. As Stacy McCain put it:

There’s also Schmalfeldt’s mega­lo­manic per­se­cu­tion com­plex, as evi­denced by his claim that the harass­ment charges were filed “in the hopes that I will either break or die.”

No, Bill: You were charged with harass­ment because — wait for it – you were engaged in harassment.

The obses­sion, the fix­a­tion, the inabil­ity to step back from the sit­u­a­tion and view it with any­thing like objec­tiv­ity — these are symp­to­matic of a deranged mind, and why Schmalfeldt focused his mad­ness on Lee Strana­han is some­what mys­te­ri­ous. Schmalfeldt started cyber­stalk­ing Aaron Walker in June, and peri­patet­i­cally hop­scotched around to attack var­i­ous other ene­mies of Brett Kim­ber­lin over the course of ensu­ing months. In Novem­ber, Schmalfeldt’s stalk­ing of me esca­lated to the point that he threat­ened to con­tact my wife and sent me more than 200 harass­ing Twit­ter mes­sages in the span of 48 hours. And through it all, Schmalfeldt has insisted that his tar­gets deserve his mali­cious atten­tion, that they are guilty of some heinous wrong­do­ing that Schmalfeldt is oblig­ated to “inves­ti­gate” and “expose.”

It seems noth­ing can dis­suade Schmalfeldt from his per­sis­tent delu­sions of grandeur adequacy.

Now by his very exis­tence Mr. Schmalfeldt is loved by God. On a per­sonal level he might be a good father/​grandfather and a fine hus­band and a good neigh­bor to the peo­ple on his street. But that while impor­tant on a per­sonal level means lit­tle in the arena of ideas. The truth is nobody would bother to pay money to silence him. In fact the only rea­son why any­one (includ­ing me) is cur­rently writ­ing about him or car­ing about him is the treats to our friend and colleague.

Of course this doesn’t pre­clude him some­day becom­ing a force for the left. Good writ­ing and hard work can make it hap­pen, but, and per­haps it’s just me but, if you have such a goal in mind, phrases like this might just be counterproductive:

I got some f – king news for you, Stranny — Walker, Hoge, Frey — beware the Ides of March.”

Because noth­ing says: I’m not harass­ing any­one nor a threat to peo­ple, then quot­ing a phrase asso­ci­ated with assas­si­na­tion since before the nation formed.

Because we all know Bill Schmalfeldt is a fanat­i­cal fan of William Shakespeare.

Sec­ond the Red Herring.

Con­sider Robert Stacy McCain and Lee Strana­han who have spent a fair amount of time writ­ing about Kim­ber­lin, Rauhauser, are nation­ally known as reporters, they have built up con­nec­tion net­works far and wide and have spent time doing first hand report­ing bring­ing to light sub­ject that the left would rather see left alone.

For a rea­son totally inde­pen­dent of this post I needed to go to Stranahan’s site today. I was rather amazed that 18 of his last 20 posts con­cerned Bill Schmalfeldt’s actions vis a vis Lee’s fam­ily and the suit. The latest:

Bill Schmalfeldt shows no signs what­so­ever of stop­ping pub­lic dis­cus­sion of his sex­ual obses­sion with me and my fam­ily. He’s been writ­ing about my wife Lau­ren for months, in insult­ing and pruri­ent terms that have includ­ing fan­ta­siz­ing about hav­ing her per­form sex­u­als acts on him and then do menial labor before dis­cussing the death of our daugh­ter Collette

Mean­while Robert Stacy McCain has his third post in six days, his 4th this month on Mr. Schmalfeldt, from the latest:

No, Bill, that is what you thought you were doing to Strana­han: You believed Lee was par­tic­u­larly vul­ner­a­ble to your per­sis­tent harass­ment, and so you kept pil­ing up the attacks, the threats, the smears in expec­ta­tion of destroy­ing him. And now that Strana­han feels com­pelled to file crim­i­nal charges to end your harasss­ment, you are pro­ject­ing your own sadis­tic motives onto Lee.

Pro­jec­tion is the right word here along with a tad bit of Latin “Cui bono”?

Who ben­e­fits from tak­ing two nation­ally known reporters who have been known to drive sto­ries the MSM has ignored off of what­ever they are cov­er­ing to write about a vir­tual unknown or bet­ter yet, given Lee Stranahan’s read­er­ship on twitter:

lee

and Stacy’s

mccain

Some­one might not pay to have a guy with 150 fol­low­ers with pro­tected tweets silenced, but I sus­pect some­one might kick in a buck or two to get two guys with a com­bined twit­ter fol­low­ers off of national sto­ries for a bit. Ignor­ing the mul­ti­plic­ity effect of tweets that would amplify the value of dis­trac­tion basic math would sug­gest it is 300 times more likely that some­one would pay for some­one to keep peo­ple like Stacy & Lee busy.

Does that mean some­one is pay­ing Mr. Schmalfeldt to make trou­ble for Lee and/​or Stacy? No, there is no evi­dence I’m aware of and even if some­one IS pay­ing Mr. Schmalfeldt, he has as much right to shake his tip jar as any­one else. If some­one thinks keep­ing Stacy & Lee busy is worth pay­ing Mr. Schmalfeldt a few dol­lars that’s capitalism.

How­ever assum­ing such a pay­ment is tak­ing place, pre­sump­tion of inno­cence not with­stand­ing, given the pre­lim­i­nary hear­ing on crim­i­nal charges against Mr. Schmalfeldt (and oth­ers) the ques­tion becomes: “Is this a wise investment?”

As any Sicil­ian can tell you, as long as Mr. Schmalfeldt keeps his mouth shut under oath on the sub­ject, the answer may be yes.

Now I don’t claim to be unbi­ased here. I’m a friend of both Stacy McCain and Lee Strana­han so feel free to judge my piece accord­ingly but in terms of the law­suits being filed in Mary­land whether you dis­trust what I’ve writ­ten or accept it as Gospel one thing is for sure. It won’t be boring.

The 4th  Doctor : “You know the very powerful and the very stupid have one thing in common. They don’t alter their views to fit the facts. They alter the facts to fit the views. Which can be uncomfortable if you happen to be one of the facts that needs altering.”

Doctor Who:  The Face of Evil Episode Four

I remember a great post at the old Eject-Eject-Eject when he talked to a guy who was big into conspiracy theories.  He shot down every piece of “evidence” that was brought forward but the guy kept coming:

Every time I would identify one of these great mysteries, Joe had the same response: okay, but what about this! No fight, no defense – nothing. And then we’d be on to some new blur or smudge that proved, incontrovertibly, that this “reality” we live in is a giant lie, and that we are all victims of Dark Forces moving beyond our control or even our awareness… and that while the sleepwalking sheeple go on with their corporate-controlled lives, the mysterious wheels of the Shadow Government turn inexorably onward, crushing those brave few individuals who are on to the whole horrid plot like so many ants. There is a word for this diseased mental state.

The key part was the “no defense” business.  It didn’t matter what the evidence was, it didn’t matter that he was able to shoot down each bit of nonsense.  There was always a different piece of nonsense that proved we lived in some sort of parallel world that only the very few mystery men knew existed.

That’s what I though of when I saw this:

Because somebody, in my opinion, is paying Lee Stranahan to file these charges against me, in the hopes that I will either break or die.

Seriously Bill Seriously?

Lee Stranahan explained the situation rather clearly:

I have one and only one relationship with Bill Schmalfeldt ; I am a person that he decided to target. I am a victim of his harassment, as are my wife and children.

That’s it. He is the harasser and I am the harassed.

I have said nothing about Bill Schmalfeldt in the past few days except as it relates to his baseless and relentless attacks on me and my family.

If that is even the slightest bit true it would not require anyone to pay Mr. Stranahan to take legal action against you. In fact it would be his duty as a husband and father.

Let’s point out something: As I’m typing this I have a bunch of things to do, I have to upload my radio show, write this week’s under the fedora column, finish my series on George Washington, call customers and take care of some family stuff.

Instead I’m writing a post about a man I’ve never met, who, sans beard, could be used as the model for Sontarians without any makeup. (If he is 5′ 3″ or less the BBC would hire him on the spot and save on makeup) because he’s making trouble for a friend of mine, thus inviting the same kind of grief that Sicilians like myself generally are spared (for whatever reason).

But as I’m writing this, it begs the question, why is Mr. Schmalfeldt’s assertion nonsense squared? There are two simple answers and I’ll take them in order;:

First the idea of ego :

When I say “Bill Schmalfeldt” my readers will first reaction is likely: “Who?” What the hell has he ever done? Who actually knows who what he is doing? Who actually cares? Well one easy measure of his popularity is twitter followers.

sf

Really, you have a guy on twitter with under 150 followers who has his tweets “protected” and people are trying to silence him? Who is actually going to pay money to silence somebody that nobody hears? He doesn’t even qualify as a tree falling in the forest. As Stacy McCain put it:

There’s also Schmalfeldt’s megalomanic persecution complex, as evidenced by his claim that the harassment charges were filed “in the hopes that I will either break or die.”

No, Bill: You were charged with harassment because — wait for it – you were engaged in harassment.

The obsession, the fixation, the inability to step back from the situation and view it with anything like objectivity — these are symptomatic of a deranged mind, and why Schmalfeldt focused his madness on Lee Stranahan is somewhat mysterious. Schmalfeldt started cyberstalking Aaron Walker in June, and peripatetically hopscotched around to attack various other enemies of Brett Kimberlin over the course of ensuing months. In November, Schmalfeldt’s stalking of me escalated to the point that he threatened to contact my wife and sent me more than 200 harassing Twitter messages in the span of 48 hours. And through it all, Schmalfeldt has insisted that his targets deserve his malicious attention, that they are guilty of some heinous wrongdoing that Schmalfeldt is obligated to “investigate” and “expose.”

It seems nothing can dissuade Schmalfeldt from his persistent delusions of grandeur adequacy.

Now by his very existence Mr. Schmalfeldt is loved by God. On a personal level he might be a good father/grandfather and a fine husband and a good neighbor to the people on his street. But that while important on a personal level means little in the arena of ideas. The truth is nobody would bother to pay money to silence him. In fact the only reason why anyone (including me) is currently writing about him or caring about him is the treats to our friend and colleague.

Of course this doesn’t preclude him someday becoming a force for the left. Good writing and hard work can make it happen, but, and perhaps it’s just me but, if you have such a goal in mind, phrases like this might just be counterproductive:

I got some f–king news for you, Stranny — Walker, Hoge, Frey — beware the Ides of March.”

Because nothing says: I’m not harassing anyone nor a threat to people, then quoting a phrase associated with assassination since before the nation formed.

Because we all know Bill Schmalfeldt is a fanatical fan of William Shakespeare.

Second the Red Herring.

Consider Robert Stacy McCain and Lee Stranahan who have spent a fair amount of time writing about Kimberlin, Rauhauser, are nationally known as reporters, they have built up connection networks far and wide and have spent time doing first hand reporting bringing to light subject that the left would rather see left alone.

For a reason totally independent of this post I needed to go to Stranahan’s site today. I was rather amazed that 18 of his last 20 posts concerned Bill Schmalfeldt’s actions vis a vis Lee’s family and the suit. The latest:

Bill Schmalfeldt shows no signs whatsoever of stopping public discussion of his sexual obsession with me and my family. He’s been writing about my wife Lauren for months, in insulting and prurient terms that have including fantasizing about having her perform sexuals acts on him and then do menial labor before discussing the death of our daughter Collette

Meanwhile Robert Stacy McCain has his third post in six days, his 4th this month on Mr. Schmalfeldt, from the latest:

No, Bill, that is what you thought you were doing to Stranahan: You believed Lee was particularly vulnerable to your persistent harassment, and so you kept piling up the attacks, the threats, the smears in expectation of destroying him. And now that Stranahan feels compelled to file criminal charges to end your harasssment, you are projecting your own sadistic motives onto Lee.

Projection is the right word here along with a tad bit of Latin “Cui bono“?

Who benefits from taking two nationally known reporters who have been known to drive stories the MSM has ignored off of whatever they are covering to write about a virtual unknown or better yet, given Lee Stranahan’s readership on twitter:

lee

and Stacy’s

mccain

Someone might not pay to have a guy with 150 followers with protected tweets silenced, but I suspect someone might kick in a buck or two to get two guys with a combined twitter followers off of national stories for a bit. Ignoring the multiplicity effect of tweets that would amplify the value of distraction basic math would suggest it is 300 times more likely that someone would pay for someone to keep people like Stacy & Lee busy.

Does that mean someone is paying Mr. Schmalfeldt to make trouble for Lee and/or Stacy? No, there is no evidence I’m aware of and even if someone IS paying Mr. Schmalfeldt, he has as much right to shake his tip jar as anyone else. If someone thinks keeping Stacy & Lee busy is worth paying Mr. Schmalfeldt a few dollars that’s capitalism.

However assuming such a payment is taking place, presumption of innocence not withstanding, given the preliminary hearing on criminal charges against Mr. Schmalfeldt (and others) the question becomes: “Is this a wise investment?”

As any Sicilian can tell you, as long as Mr. Schmalfeldt keeps his mouth shut under oath on the subject, the answer may be yes.

Now I don’t claim to be unbiased here. I’m a friend of both Stacy McCain and Lee Stranahan so feel free to judge my piece accordingly but in terms of the lawsuits being filed in Maryland whether you distrust what I’ve written or accept it as Gospel one thing is for sure. It won’t be boring.

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