Tom Hagen: He never asks a second favor when he has been refused the first.
The Godfather 1972
Spock: It was far easier for you as civilized man to act as barbarians, than for them as barbarians to act like civilized men.
Star Trek Mirror,Mirror 1967
Col Mace: My God, they’re like trolls.
10th Doctor: Yeah, loving the diplomacy, thanks. So, tell me, General Staal, since when did you lot become cowards?
General Staal: How dare you!
Col Mace: Oh, that’s diplomacy?
Col Mace: Doctor, you impugn my honour.
10th Doctor: Yeah, I’m really glad you didn’t say belittle, because then I’d have a field day. But poison gas? That’s the weapon of a coward and you know it.
Doctor Who: The Poison Sky 2008
One of my favorite aliens “villains” from the entire Doctor Who series are the Sontarans.
Sontarans are a cloned warrior race, each “clone batch” looks identical and they live for battle. They feed off of pure energy and while there are several ways to kill them their primary weakness is the probic vent on the back of their necks which is where they take in energy.
Sontarans were introduced to Doctor Who in 1973 in the episode The Time Warrior. This was the first episode of Jon Pertwee’s final series as the Doctor and was also significant as it introduced the Character Sarah Jane Smith to the series. They Returned twice during Tom Baker’s run (The Sontaran Experiment & the Invasion of Time) and once during Colin Bakers run (The Two Doctors) not counting a Special episode of Jim’ll fix it (A fix with Sontarans)
Over the years Sontarans have also appeared in several Big Finish audio adventures, in the Doctor Who Comics and in assorted books on the series.
In the new series they were re-introduced in the two part story Sontaran Stratagem & the Poison Sky and have appeared, though not as a primary villain semi regularly in the Matt Smith Era. they returned The Episode “A Good Man Goes to War” introduced Commander Strax a Sontaran Nurse to the series. He proved such a popular character he was brought back despite being killed off in the Christmas Special The Snowmen and The Crimson Horror and The Name of the Doctor the Mix of Sontaran militarism and comedy keeps him one of the most popular characters in the series, particularly with young fans.
His popularity is such that I would not be surprised to see him remain with the series after the Doctor’s regeneration later this year.
One of the traits of Sontarans in general is honor. While militaristic and dedicated to victory, Sontarans have an honor based moral code that is a strong uniting force. Even when combating lesser species (which to a Sontaran means everyone else) they have a high respect for courage and conduct that fits in with their sense of honor even when such conduct comes in the field of battle against them.
and that in a very round about way that brings me to the Subject of Bill Schmalfeldt.
A few weeks ago I received an e-mail from a friend noting Mr. Schmalfeldt took an image from my interview with Bill Hoge to make a vulgar pornographic image of him.
It was suggested at the time that I put a copyright claim on the image with Mr. Schmalfeldt’s internet provider instead I choose to contact him directly asking him as one man to another to remove the image. Mr. Schmalfeldt declined noting his disputes with Mr. Hoge & Stacy McCain, I replied back noting those disputes had nothing to do with me and repeating my request, which he choose to grant and took the image down.
This caused some surprise and some suspicion at the time among friends. It was pointed out at the time the image re-appeared on Kimberlin controlled sites and it was further suggested that Mr. Schmalfeldt’s decision to honor my request was simply for the purpose of using me. While noting these facts as my goal was the removal of the image I found it irrelevant how Mr. Schmalfeldt decided to spin it if at all. There had not been anything unpleasant in our exchanges and I figured if a person constantly touts a single honorable act it tends to highlight the lack of other such examples to call upon but there is also the chance one such act can lead to others which is certainly a worthwhile goal.
Today I’ve been informed that Mr. Schmalfeldt has returned the image in question to his own site, Hogewash has written about it here.
Mr. Schmalfeldt’s decision to re-use the image disappoints me. Not because of the high regard I have for his judgement, after all the very fact that he uses such images to attack people speaks rather poorly of him besides there are more creative ways to poke fun at people. What disappoints me was the waste of the one honorable moment in the Kimberlin wars that I’m seen and a great example of how political foes could deal in a civil way. Such examples these days are important instead he choose to throw it away in the hope of producing shock or anger.
I’m afraid if the goal is to produce those emotions from me it is a futile hope. While I dislike the use of the image I’m not inclined to make a huge fuss about it. Mr. Schmalfeldt had no obligation to remove said image, he did it at my polite request. If he choose to re-use it, so be it.
Being Sicilian I don’t ask a second time for the same favor and frankly as a first amendment person I think if Mr. Schmalfeldt wants to publicly display his vulgarity in a way more consistent with Anthony Weiner’s internet history and his run for Mayor of NY well that’s on him. With his potential legal issues on his plate that image is a poor satisfaction.
Now it’s my opinion that permanently removing that image would be an honorable act and frankly the only person that image brings dishonor to is Mr. Schmalfeldt but that’s for him to recognize.
For myself I’ll simply thank him for an excuse to do a Doctor Who post as I enjoy any excuse to do so.
For no particular reason I’ll close with this video from the Dr. Who Monsters Day Out in Cardiff Wales
Update: In comments Mr. Schmalfeldt says the image is down, not due to my post or any request but because of a malware issue. Hopefully not a server wide one as those are a pain in the neck that I would wish on nobody.
But if he has chosen not to restore after resolving the malware issue I think it’s a good move forward and any such forward moves should be acknowledged.