Judge: Tommy, you know the difference between telling the truth and telling a lie, don’t you?

Thomas Mara Jr.: Gosh, everybody knows you shouldn’t tell a lie, especially in court,”

Miracle on 34th Street 1947

Simple question if you had just filed a motion before a court would you want the judge to see you argue to your opponent in a public forum that motions before a court aren’t sworn?

I’d love to see the judge’s face when he or she does.

One of the first principles of free speech is two sides express what they what they think and they compete in the arena of ideas.

Ali Akbar has a regular show on Blog talk Radio, he invited Bill Schmalfeldt to come on and go head to head.

There is absolutely no question what side I’m on here but I think this is incredibly healthy and it says something positive about Ali that he is unafraid to share the platform with an enemy.

And in fairness to Mr. Schmalfeldt by going on faces public critique in a format he does not control

Good form Mr. Akbar, Good Form!

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. sontaranThis 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 strax 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.

Bill_SchmalfeldtIt 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.

I haven’t written much on the Kimberlin wars lately but there are two posts up that are worthy of note.

Stacy has a very long and detailed post concerning Bill Schmelfeidt while it speaks for itself in Stacy’s classic style there is one part that I find significant:

The advice my editors gave me long ago was simple: “If someone calls you to complain about a story, you should be polite, but the minute they mention ‘libel’ or otherwise threaten legal action, the conversation is over. Give them the name of our lawyers and tell them not to contact the newsroom again, as this is now a legal matter.”

Now, if the person is serious and the lawyers say “correct” or “retract,” you follow their legal advice — that’s what lawyers are for — but in nearly all cases, a threat of a lawsuit is merely that, a threat

Long before the days of WordPress, Blogger or twitter Stacy McCain was a reporter who reported for a living. So when he talks about legal standards on reporting he knows what he is talking about.

I also know that when Stacy smells a story he is a combination of Lt Data who remembers and files every detail for later use and a starving dog with a bone.

In other words if there are facts out there he is going to find them. If the facts favor Mr. Schmelfeidt I suspect Stacy will find that, if not he will find that too.

I’m sure Mr. Schmelfeidt will make his argument and readers can look at the words and evidence presented and come to conclusions.

Let’s be clear, Stacy McCain is a close friend, I flatter myself that Lee Stranahan is a friend, and the list of people who are currently clashing with Mr. Schmelfeidt are all associates of mine to some degree I’m on friendly terms most of them, have met personally many of them and have no reason to mistrust any of what they say.

Now it might surprise a few people that I’ve recently had contact with Mr. Schmelfeidt. At the request of a friend I made a request concerning some work of mine used in a photoshop of a vulgar nature and after a short but cordial exchange of e-mails Bill Schmelfeidt kindly acquiesced to my request.

He had no incentive to agree to my request, my associates and friends are his foes, so in my opinion it was proper to publicly thank him.  That shocked a few people.

What does this mean in terms of the veracity of all that has been written concerning him in the past by all those people I know and trust? Absolutely nothing, it means I made a polite request of Bill Schmelfeidt and he politely agreed.   If it means anything it’s an argument for civil discourse in general and the rewards of same.  I’m a big fan of that.

Politics isn’t beanbag, a lot is at stake.  Sharp elbows are likely to be thrown and on occasion lines are crossed,  that’s to be expected.  Some of these lines are of decorum and proper behavior, some are of legality and copyright and some are of personal safety.

With the instantaneous nature of the internet it is quite easy to cross such lines in anger, and the public nature of the net makes it harder to walk back without with embarrassment or a perception of weakness.

My response to the crossing of said lines varies:

My advice to anyone who crosses lines of proprietary or decorum in such a situation is pretty much the same, walk back and avoid doing so in the future. Remember in terms of morality there is no sin that Christ will not forgive if one asks for forgiveness and repents. As for men the instructions given to Christians are rather explicit about forgiveness.

Personal or family safety lines?   I’m an American of Sicilian ancestry, my advice, walk back REALLY fast and apologize, see the Christ entry above.

As for the lines of legality, those lines are brighter and there are specific procedures and remedies for such things. If someone believes they have been injured they may follow said procedures and let the law handle it.

And that brings us to the second post I saw today. It isn’t as long or as well written as Stacy’s post but it is infinitely more newsworthy.

After a lot of old-fashioned detective work using techniques including some modern signal processing methods, a member of the Vast Hogewash Research Organization has found images of Brett Kimberlin among the stills and videos taken at and around BlogBash in March of this year. There sure are a lot of surveillance cameras in that neighborhood.

Given the threats he is supposed to have made to the venue and other possible threats from a member of Team Kimberlin to individual bloggers who attend BlogBash, the photographs showing he was present at the event will probably be of interest to law enforcement agencies investigating the matter.

The threats concerning Blog Bash (which I attended) was the subject of multiple posts at this blog.

It’s one thing to have disputes on copyright, or images or insults and take down orders. It’s another thing after implied threats to a venue involving a convicted bomber where significant people in the political world were in attendance that might involve law enforcement.

Stacy’s long post and any reply by Bill Schmelfeidt might be more interesting reading and the twitter exchanges that will follow may certainly be more entertaining for the average reader.

But if you are looking for a story that actually has the potential to eventually break into the MSM. I’d bookmark Mr. Hoge’s post for future reference.

The wheels of the law turn slowly but they turn.

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Last week for the first time I remember I made my paycheck EXACTLY.

That’s an interesting factoid but exact or not the fact that I made it is a cause of thanks.

But a new week and on Thursday a new month with a new mortgage begins and my quest for the $305 paycheck continues.

Care to be part of it, hit DaTipJar below

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Sonny: Where’re you going?
Michael: To the City.
Sonny: Yeah? Well, send somebody with him.
Michael: No, I’m just gonna go see Pop.
Sonny: I don’t care, send some bodyguards with him.
Clemenza: He’ll be all right. Sollozzo knows he’s a civilian.

The Godfather 1972

Well it looks like last week a rather bright line was crossed in the Saga of Brett KImberlin and company and Aaron Walker Wife. Our story begins on March 1st.

The hearing was to take place in courtroom five and near the waiting area, there was a large wall of glass. The glass was darker on the outside than on the inside, so it was not quite one way, but it was much easier to see out than in. I was returning from the clerk’s office and my wife was sitting with her back to the glass wall, when I saw Kimberlin standing right behind her.

Just to remind you, Kimberlin is the Speedway Bomber who served 17 years of a fifty year sentence for blowing someone up.

Well it could just be a coincidence but Walker being a sensible man decided to get her out of there while he took care of his business so she went back to the car, but while he (Walker) was inside…

So as he came back towards his car, he decided to make a detour and started to approach my car as though to do… something. He came within a foot of it with his hand reached out. We are uncertain of what his intentions were, but given we are talking about a convicted bomber, you can draw your own conclusions. My wife watched this happen from the passenger seat and started emailing and calling me, trying to get my attention. But where I was sitting in the building—near the security station—had terrible reception. So I didn’t get the calls at all, and the emails didn’t come for a long time.

So Kimberlin approached the car as if to do something to it. Then he looked into the passenger side mirror and his eyes locked with my wife’s. He proceeded to go around the car in a rectangular pattern, sometimes approaching sometimes going away, looking into its interior and at my wife. Then he walked away back to his car, which you will remember was right behind ours.

He drove around and then parked in the space directly facing my wife. He then lifted his phone and started taking pictures or filming her. My wife took a picture of him doing so with her own camera. Then he retreated to another part of the parking lot to watch.

This is what we of the Sicilian race call “crossing a line”

A week later there was a second court date. Mr. Walker wife, shaken and now armed (much to the disappointment of Rep Schakowsky I’m sure) did not attend but John Hoge was there

Mr. Hoge observed Kimberlin coming into the parking lot and driving around it, and then leaving and called me to tell me he had done that. We arrived close to 1 p.m. and by then Kimberlin had arrived a second time. I saw his face and my friend who was driving found a place to kind of “hide in plain sight.” Kimberlin was apparently looking so hard for Virginia tags, he literally didn’t see us. He then left a few minutes later. Mr. Hoge captured him on video doing this and published a still from the video on the web.

And this is key. Kimberlin didn’t even get out of his car. So there was no question that he was only there to stalk me.

Personally I disagree, I suspect he was there to stalk his wife if she was present again. Just to remind you if you’ve forgotten:

on the morning of July 29, 1978, a man shot Julia Scyphers dead, in a crime that investigators believed was a murder for hire.

Nobody ever said Kimberlin himself shot her, but his conflict with Mrs. Scyphers over the Barton girl made him the only person with a motive to wish her dead and he soon came under suspicion by detectives. A few weeks later, a weeklong series of bombings struck the small Indiana town and, when Kimberlin was apprehended for those otherwise unexplained explosions, police believed they understood the connection: The bombings had been a ill-conceived effort by Kimberlin to distract police whom he knew to be investigating the Scyphers murder.

Well I’m sure that story is a comfort to Aaron Walker.

What amazes me is that this fellow gets loyalty from people, even people like Rauhauser & Schmalfeldt. Stacy Again:

Attempts to suppress the truth tend to have the opposite effect in the New Media age.

What is the truth that Brett Kimberlin so desperately wants to suppress? Just read this: “When Jessica Was 10, 11, 12 . . .”

When the pro-Kimberlin trolls get up in my face on Twitter, I just start Tweeting out that link, and pretty soon, they get out of my face. Why? Because calling attention to someone who tells the truth about Kimberlin sort of defeats the purpose of the Kimberlin fanboy trolls.

And so, truth! truth! truth! What happened to Julia Scyphers?

People wonder why this story is so important, it’s simple. You have foundation of the family of the Secretary of State, a leading Hollywood liberal and the Tides foundation funding a convicted bomber as he stalks the wife of a political foe.  Somehow this sounds like something I just watched on TV Sunday….

AUSA Lawrence:  Come on!  You are a mother, I mean what if this happened to your kids?

Judge: OK, Intimidating witnesses is a disbariable offense, you know that.  It’s also illegal.  I’m not saying it happened, I’m not saying anything, other than.  If you have any knowledge of any such intimidation or if you so much as wink at it, you are subject to arrest!

Alicia Florick:  I do understand that.

Judge:  Good then everyone can go.

AUSA Lawrence:  (to Alicia)  When did you sell your soul?

The Good wife March 10th 2013

These men are simply evil, but just as evil if not more are the people who are funding them and enabling them and perhaps a media unwilling to cover their actions.

That Kimberlin, a criminal bomber with a history of stalking, acts like a criminal bomber with a history of stalking does not amaze. That anyone on the left is willing to defend and fund him, that does!

One final thought, with all due respect to Aaron Walker, he is a very small piece in the political puzzle. If Tides, Streisand, the Secretary of State of the United States wife and others who have funded Kimberlin and his crowd in the past and whoever is funding him now are willing to financially enable these actions against a man as insignificant as Aaron Walker, who is safe?

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Monday demonstrated that you can break a national story with a telephone and the willingness to ask a few questions. That’s one of the reasons why I can get by on only $300 and 15 people kicking in $20 every seven days.

Yesterday one of those 15 kicked in getting us to $20. Only 14 more to go this week!

Brett Kimberlin has the Tides Foundation, Barbara Streisand and the wife of the Secretary of State writing 5 figure checks, I have you, and hopefully 13 others willing to part with an Andrew Jackson.

Mind you I wouldn’t mind if a big foundation would write a four or five-figure check, but I don’t see it likely. After all I’m not willing to stalk the wives and families of people I disagree with.





Hawkeye:  I’ve known Chingachgook since we both were young. I knew Uncas’ mother. I’ve known Uncas since he was born. Major Heyward. I don’t know you. If we have to fight back to back, it’s possible that you might run. I don’t think you will, but you might. I’ve fought back to back with these Mohicans father and son, and they didn’t run

Last of the Mohicans BBC 1972

draw-mohammedIf you are a long term reader of this blog or a long term listener to my radio show you know the easiest way to get me angry is to get me talking about Molly Norris.

For those of you who don’t know Three years ago Molly Norris was a cartoonist in Seattle whose work appeared regularly in the Seattle Weekly. Her style is not really the type I go for

After the censoring of South Park Episodes by Comedy Central over the inclusion of Mohammad she proposed “Everybody Draw Mohammad Day” in solidarity with the artiest whose lives were in danger.

Oddly enough I was not a fan of Everybody Draws Mohammad day

I have unabashedly declared Islamic killers as barbarians, I will continue to do so. I have condemned the cowardice of Comedy Central. I don’t feel I have anything to prove. In addition I don’t like caricatures of Christ, Mary etc that are unflattering. I want respect for my religion therefore I need to show that same respect. Free speech has to also include freedom to not speak if you don’t want to.

Therefore I am not going to draw Mohammed on May 20th. If you think less of me because of that, so be it…

Immediately afterwards a FATWA was put upon her and the reaction of the “free speech” crowd that was constantly complaining about Bush, was…silence.

It did not end pretty:

You may have noticed that Molly Norris’ comic is not in the paper this week. That’s because there is no more Molly

No she’s not dead

on the insistence of top security specialists at the FBI, she is, as they put it, “going ghost”: moving, changing her name, and essentially wiping away her identity. She will no longer be publishing cartoons in our paper or in City Arts magazine, where she has been a regular contributor. She is, in effect, being put into a witness-protection program—except, as she notes, without the government picking up the tab. It’s all because of the appalling fatwa issued against her this summer, following her infamous “Everybody Draw Mohammed Day” cartoon.

The anniversary of the fatwa on her passed and almost nobody noticed and three years later Morry Norris is still in hiding.

An American Cartoonist, forced in hiding for exercising her first amendment rights for nearly three years and nobody is objecting, no congressional resolutions, no speeches on the house floor and no stories in the MSM. In my opinion this is a national disgrace.

Which brings us to Brett Kimberlin & Co.

Lee Stranahan reports the following

A photo taken by Brett Kimberlin on Friday, March 1st and quickly posted to the site BreibartUnmasked is the latest in a long series of attempts by convicted felon Kimberlin to attempt to stir up Muslim hatred towards blogger Aaron Walker, apparently as revenge against Mr. Walker for helping another blogger Kimberlin has a long running grudge against.

Walker’s crime: Participating in Everyone Draw Mohammad day. Brett Kimberlin’s crew apparently takes a dim view of supporting the first amendment. Stranahan again:

The editor of BreitbartUnmasked is Kimberlin’s friend Bill Schmalfeldt, who has accusing Walker of hating Muslims more than “he loves his wife”. The site also published a photo of Mr. Walker’s wife.

Mr. Schmalfeldt has also written thinly veiled threats to Mr. Walker, such as this one from a post entitled “Aaron Walker: A Cautionary Tale”:

In the meantime, Aaron Walker sits in front of his spit-flecked computer screen and blogs and tweets about the injustice of it all. But everyone knows he’s a dead man blogging — metaphorically.

This latest photo post by Brett Kimberlin and Bill Schmalfeldt is transparently another further attempt to have free-speech hating lunatics to target Walker.

Mind you the Kimberlin crowd is not doing this because they object to some Muslims being critiqued as murderous barbarian bastards who would kill or threaten a person who objects to Islamic threats. They are doing this specifically because they BELIEVE Muslims to be murderous barbarian bastards who will threaten or harm those who critique them, in fact they’re counting on it!

One might call that racism. I call it a crime against the 1st amendment.

At the time the threats took place against Ms Norris I said the following:

I’m not big into insulting other people’s religions but this needs to be forcibly fought. As for a Fatwa, bring it on, We are AMERICANS! If you come for one of us you come for ALL OF US! You want to kill me? So what! Everybody dies, but I’m not surrendering my 1st Amendment rights that have been given to me as a gift by thousands who fought to preserve them for an extra few days.

Let’s double down. My name is Peter Ingemi. My ancestors came here from Sicily 100 years ago. I am an American and I defy you.

It’s a disgrace that America has forgotten Molly Norris, it’s a bigger disgrace that she is still in hiding for her life due to Islamic extremists.

But the idea that Americans would attempt to use the violence of Radical Islamists to suppress their political enemies 1st Amendment rights is in my mind one of the most loathsome things I’ve seen.

And consider, even the deluded Islamic murderer acts because they think they are serving God, Kimberlin & Co are simply serving their political ends and whatever masters are paying the bill.

Any person who would fight back to back with these men are fools.

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While groups like the tides foundation ($70,000) Barbara Streisand Foundation ($10,000) and Heinz Family Foundation ($20,000) whose CEO is wife of our secretary of state John Kerry provide funding for Kimberlin’s Nonprofit “Justice Through Music Project” I instead make my living on a weekly basis based on the concept of Fifteen people giving $20 each week to draw a $300 paycheck (before taxes as fees).

As of today this weeks’ paycheck is only $33 dollars short of the $300 goal. Two readers kicking in $20 will assure me of a full paycheck this week as opposed to last weeks paycheck that totaled $104 dollars

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Last night I discovered the Movie Occupy Unmasked was available via streaming on Netflix.

While the film was no revelation for people who have paid attention, to the average person whose only source of news comes from Bill Maher or Comedy Central or the MSM it would be the equivalent of putting on the glasses in the cult movie They Live.

Although the “star” of the movie is undoubtedly Andrew Breitbart the most prominent person in the movie outside of Andrew is without question Lee Stranahan.

There are other prominent faces Brandon Darby, Many Nagy, David Horowitz but after Andrew, Lee is the face of the movie.

Why is this important? This isn’t the last picture that Citizen’s United will make, but it is the last one featuring Andrew Breitbart as the star. In order to get the attention of the larger public it is necessary for someone to elevate himself. The most obvious candidates are naturally the people in this film, folks like Nagy, Darby, Moncrief and of course Stranahan (I don’t count Horowitz due to age but 30 years ago it might have been him)

Lee would be a good choice for several reasons, the experience in this film, his familiarity with the left and it’s tactics, he has screen presence and the right look for the role, any attempt to paint him as part of the 1% elites is comical on its face.

If you are the left you remember the taxpayer money taken directly from the mouth of Acorn by Andrew Breitbart.

If you are the left and remember the fall of Anthony Weiner a story ignored by places like Morning Joe but featured by Breitbart until Weiner fell.

If you are the left you remember every time Andrew gave you fits.

Andrew Breitbart directly threatened the money and power of the left. The rise of a new Breitbart must be stopped, by any means necessary.

Some people might wonder why a Brett Kimberlin or a Bill Schmalfeldt or a Neal Rauhauser might go after a guy like Lee Stranahan.

I don’t

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.

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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.

Doyle Lonnegan: You see that fella in the red sweather over there? His name’s Donnie McCoy. Works a few of the protection rackets for Cunnaro when he’s waiting for something better to happen. Donnie and I have known each other since we were six. Take a good look at that face, Floyd. Because if he ever finds out I can be beat by one lousy grifter, I’ll have to kill him and every other hood who wants to muscle in on my Chicago operation.

The Sting 1973

“Being Notorious Is Not the Same as Being Famous, But It’s Better Than Being Anonymous.”

Robert Stacy McCain

This was a catch phrase of Robert Stacy McCain on his old blogspot site and today Stacy McCain is putting this phrase to the test with Mr. Bill Schmalfeldt as the test subject.

Having ignored the clear warnings signals of several months Mr. Schmalfeldt has decided to make an enemy of Robert Stacy McCain.

His initials are B.S., which is about all anyone would need to know about him, if he weren’t obsessively cyberstalking people, including my wife. But he has persisted — sending me more than 200 Twitter messages in a 48-hour period from Friday through Sunday afternoon — and his continuing career of harassment means that you’re likely to be hearing more about Bill Schmalfeldt in the near future.

One might question the wisdom of doing this. You have a veteran shoe leather reporter with decades of experience who dedicated an incredible amount of time and money covering the presidential election from Iowa to New Hampshire, from South Carolina to Florida (and that was during the primaries!) without the benefit of a major news organization picking up the tab. Such a person is clearly obsessive/compulsive when getting his hands on a story.

Having established the obsessive compulsive nature of said reporter when on a story you continue to annoy and harass him when he gives subtle but clear signals that this is a bad idea. Mr. Schmalfeldt continued to bait Stacy McCain and his family forgetting that post-election as he had already been informed…:

starting Nov. 7, I’ll have plenty of leisure to write about monstrous fools who vainly imagine they can distract me for more than a few minutes from my continuing coverage of this historic presidential campaign.

…said reporter would have plenty of extra time to concentrate on him.

Ever worse for the aforementioned Mr. Schmalfeldt, said reporter, having invested an inordinate amount of time effort covering a campaign that ended with a disappointing and demoralizing result, might find it cathartic to direct the resulting frustration of this result toward exposing and covering a person who has say; harassed or threatened to harass his wife and family for an extended period of time? Even if he wasn’t obsessive/compulsive when focusing on a story, this might generally be considered a bad thing if you are the focus of said attention.

To wit I give you the math:

According to Stacy McCain’s latest post, Mr. Schmalfeldt, a single person, sent Mr. McCain 200+ tweets in a 48 hour period. Assuming Mr. Schmalfeldt didn’t schedule said tweets this works out to a tweet every 14.4 minutes at Robert Stacy McCain over said period.  This is an impressive number.

Unfortunately for Mr. Schmalfeldt the positive math for him ends there.

Let me throw two numbers out there that are part of this equation: 661 & 16,956.

Those are the relative number of twitter followers Mr. Schmalfeldt & Mr McCain have respectively as of 7 a.m. EST 11/26/12.

That means, for example, if Mr. McCain writes a post as he did last night ending with the phrase: “Bill Schmalfeldt is a liar.” and chooses to tweet that out, it will have twenty-five times more views  than all of Mr. Schmalfeldt’s tweets directed toward Mr. McCain in the course of over 5 of those aforementioned 48 hours. Additionally due to the volume of followers it is almost certainly true that more individual people will see a single tweet by Mr. McCain than all of the tweets Mr. Schmalfeldt produced in that same 48 hours.

And that’s not all. If even a small percentage of Mr. McCain’s followers say 4% choose to re-tweet the phrase:  “Bill Schmalfeldt is a liar“, that would equal the effect of every single person who follows Mr. Schmalfeldt retweeting him.   This has the effect of moving the phrase: “Bill Schmalfeldt is a liar” relentlessly up the Google, Yahoo, Bing etc etc ladder in search engines faster than the phrase:  “Topless Miley Cyrus pics” adds hits to your web totals.

To put it bluntly as an FYI for Mr. Schmalfeldt:  When a person with more than 25 times your twitter followers, and likely 100 times your readership, who is in the top 75k websites worldwide & top 12k nationally with over 2100 sites linking into it (according to Alexa)  starts using the phrase:  Bill Schmalfeldt is a liar.” on a regular basis it generally has a bad effect on your online reputation and searches containing your name.

This effect tends to be magnified when smaller sites such as The Lonely conservative, Hogewash, Lee Stranahan and even this one links to the post with the phrase: “Bill Schmalfeldt is a liar”. While all of said sites are smaller than Mr. McCain’s in volume, these four sites alone add 2599 sites which link into them and an additional 37,045 twitter followers into the mix.

And that doesn’t even take into the account the effect when Mr. McCain is regularly picked up by a site that regularly ranks in the top 5000 worldwide and the top 1000 nationally (according to Alexa) with over 13k sites linking into it.  It may in fact be the case that more people in the next 24 hours will see the phrase “Bill Schmalfeldt is a liar” than read William Shakespeare phrase: “Can I compare thee to a summer’s day?” during his entire lifetime.

And this is only the 2nd of what will likely be a series of posts concerning Mr. Schmalfeldt that will likely contain the words: “Bill Schmalfeldt is a liar” subject to said web amplification.  And that’s assuming Mr. McCain doesn’t attempt to augment said amplification by including a phrase such as: “Anne Hathaway nude pics” to bump up the hits a tactic Mr. McCain has not been shy about using in the past although in fairness he tends to get in front of such google bombs rather than tagging onto existing ones.

Bottom line we can expect the post titled:  The Dishonesty of Bill Schmalfeldt and the phrase:  Bill Schmalfeldt is a liar to relentlessly move up the search engine results for Mr. Schmalfeldt over the coming days and weeks.

If the end result of all of this attention is what I think it will be then Mr. Schmalfeldt will be able to take some small consolation in proving Mr. McCain’s phrase: “Being Notorious Is Not the Same as Being Famous, But It’s Better Than Being Anonymous.” incorrect.

Perhaps it can be named the “‘Bill Schmalfeldt is a liar’ multiplier”?

Update:
Mr. Schmalfeldt takes offense at this post in comments. He asks why I did not contact for this story or my previous post. The answer is quite simple, this story as the one before it, is about the wisdom of tangling with Robert Stacy McCain given their relative voices on the internet. I am not a party to the dispute between him and Mr. McCain and it may interest him to know I did not contact Mr. McCain prior to writing of either story.

If Mr. Schmalfeldt takes exception to my analysis of the relative blog power of him v Stacy McCain in my post, and he certainly has the right to do so, he is more than welcome to express it at his blog, and then perhaps his friends and financial backers great and small will pick up said post and amplify his opinion as loudly as he sees fit. If he thinks I’m a “hack” he is certainly entitled to that opinion too. I trust the greater public can make any decision they wish to make based on said posts. Meanwhile I’ll simply thank him for the link with the hope that he and his had a pleasant thanksgiving and will have a Merry Christmas.

He (Joe Morgan) said once you picked up one thing you’d start looking for the others, and you’d see them too. I used to play cards with a guy like that. He’d read your eyes and know what you had. Drive you crazy

Bill James Historical Baseball Abstract pp349 1985 on Joe Morgan and pitch-outs.

Michael Corleone if you don’t listen to me — and marry this man — you’ll disappoint me

The Godfather Part 2 1974

Anyone who has hung out with Robert Stacy McCain notes certain traits he has.

He enjoys his beer, he alternates between coffee and cigarettes in an unending loop, he is never short of an opinion, he doesn’t like to be interrupted when on “deadline” and he is the life of the party, and doesn’t take insults well.

He is a consummate showman, shameless self promoter, and if you have free pads, pencils or items that he might find useful within his reach, he will get them.

He is always at the tip of the spear on a story and has absolutely no problem tweaking the rules when it comes to getting access to get the story, he has tenacity.

But there is something else that, actually two somethings, I’ve seen in him that perhaps others have not. The first reminds me of a story my mother once told me.

She told me the story of a Sicilian in the old country who had a clash with a local Don in the mid 1800. It didn’t end well and he barely made it to America. But she wouldn’t give the names for the safety of their descendents. I scoffed saying: “C’mon Mom it’s over 150 years ago, you think that “family” is still looking for revenge after all these years?”

The look she gave me is the type of look only a full-blooded Sicilian can give and I felt like an idiot asking the question, of COURSE they would, that’s the whole point. It’s the same principle the Islamist uses to terrorize generations how have left the old country to come to America and Europe.

Stacy McCain is not a Sicilian, but he has the memory of a Sicilian. He doesn’t mind you messing with him, but messing with his family is generally a bad idea and while he is in full coverage mode he might not get to you right away, but he WILL get to you.

The second is his mind, Stacy’s library makes mine look small, only Mike Rogers of Granite Grok (who has an actual Library in his house, it’s incredibly cool btw) has more real life hard cover books. His mind is a steel trap, he will remember something he read in one of those book that he hasn’t touched in years and he will draw the connections from them. I remember his great debates with Little Miss Attila. He would quote volumes long past and hold those who wrote them to their words they wrote back when they thought nobody who would oppose them would read them.

Because he goes to so many obscure events people often assume that he simply made his luck by showing up. There is some truth to this but there is something more. What people don’t realize is Stacy is usually thinking four or five steps ahead of the story to make sure he is where the story is when he needs to be. The story is a chessboard and Stacy makes sure his pieces are where he wants them when it is time to move.

Sometimes, if you pay attention, he will telegraph his moves, for example in his current piece concerning Bill Schmalfeldt he says the following hidden in plain site in his 2500 plus words are the following facts:

it goes on all the time, and it’s wrong to blame Internet crime on the Internet. The problem is the criminals and the bullying viciousness that emerges from depraved souls who imagine they will never suffer real-life consequences for their online evil.

This sounds like a rhetorical flourish but this actually contains two important words Internet crime.

The Merriam Webster online dictionary defines “crime” as following:

1: an act or the commission of an act that is forbidden or the omission of a duty that is commanded by a public law and that makes the offender liable to punishment by that law; especially : a gross violation of law

Much later on in his story we have the following paragraph:

Schmalfeldt began attacking me in June, after the end of his “Baltimore” tenure at the Examiner and then, following his brief tenure as “Bill Matthews,” came after me again in late August while I was covering the Republican National Convention in Tampa.

The Key words in this paragraph being “June” and “August“. It has been 3-5 months since this has been going on yet as Stacy reveals he didn’t even mention this fellow until September 4th where he linked to this post at Allergic to Bull. This is a significant link because the the story there has the following passage:

So you got that? You defended Occupyrebellion by saying, “she doesn’t TELL anyone where your wife is.” And then you go and do precisely that: you tell everyone where his wife is and even suggest that people visit Stranahan’s house.

and later on this:

If this lawyer is straight with you, s/he will tell you that your online activities have put you in serious peril and that perhaps you should cool off for a while.

This was not a coincidence. This notice, a subtle notice, that a line, a legal actionable line had been crossed by Mr. Schmalfeldt.

Apparently Mr. Schmalfeldt didn’t take the hint and on Nov 4th he gives a less subtle second warning this time using his own words rather than Aaron Walker’s:

Barrett Brown is in federal custody, y’know. I blame Neal Rauhauser. And starting Nov. 7, I’ll have plenty of leisure to write about monstrous fools who vainly imagine they can distract me for more than a few minutes from my continuing coverage of this historic presidential campaign.

The key words in this post being “Barrett Brown is in federal custody” but apparently Mr. Schmalfeldt still did not appreciate the warning.

Now perhaps post election Mr. Kimberlin, Mr. Rauhauser and Mr. Schmalfeldt assumed that with a friendly justice department they would be protected but the Obama administration has not been shy about throwing people of much more consequence under the bus.

The motions for default judgements against the Kimberlin crowd should have been the final clue but Stacy being Stacy gave one final warning and while he didn’t name Mr. Schmalfeldt directly, he made this warning a lot less subtle than all the others:

Maybe Barrett Brown should have consulted Sue Basko before he began making threats to against an FBI agent and the agent’s family, and conspiring with “another person known to the grand jury” to publish “restricted information” about them. It’s against the law to “dox” a federal employee, that is, to publish their private information — home address, etc. — in order to expose the employee to harassment or intimidation. Furthermore — and some of the script-kiddies are going to be shocked by this — “doxing” is illegal no matter who the target is empahsis mine

and in case Mr. Schmalfeldt doesn’t believe him, he quotes Sue Basko who’s goal is to keep people like Mr. Schalfeldt out of jail.

Misinformation was spread that doxing is legal. I am not sure how or why anyone fell for that misinformation. Surely, people must understand instinctively, even if they were misled about the law, that if they are threatening someone or putting them at risk, or tormenting or harassing the other on the internet, that this must be illegal.

and in case Mr. Schmalfeldt doesn’t get the hit he being the Christian gentleman that he is, gives him one final out:

Within troll world, the people who engaged in “doxing” did so in the belief that their identities would never become known, and so this clearly illegal form of harassment — publishing people’s addresses, workplace phone numbers, etc., in order to intimidate them and expose them to harm — became an accustomed behavior that seemed to them entirely right and legal. (emphasis in original)

This is what we would call a last warning, five days before yesterday’s post. It was a warning that you are over your head, you have violated the law and if I come after you it will not end well. It’s the equivalent of a Sicilian putting his arm around your shoulder saying: “If you do this thing, I will be very disappointed

Yet on Nov 23rd Mr. Schmalfeldt had not gotten the hint and Stacy was tweeting the following:

The key tweet being this one

This was the final statement that the last line had been crossed and it was now too late, thus yesterday’s post. “But DaTechGuy”, you say, “too late for what? Stacy McCain just wrote a post, big deal.” I’ll tell you what, Stacy McCain has over the last month established the following:

1.. Mr. Schmalfeldt has been harassing him for at least 3-6 months

2. That said harassment was illegal

3. That others had warned him it was illegal directly

4. That a liberal lawyer who would be delighted to keep liberal trolls like Mr. Schmalfeldt out of trouble has publicly stated that these actions are illegal.

And Stacy McCain established all of these things publicly… yet Mr. Schmalfeldt kept doing them anyway.

 

And the Pièce de résistance he leads with a screenshot by Mr. Schmalfeldt And he doesn’t even point out this tweet:

 

before he wrote his 2589 word line in the sand.

I’m sure a judge or jury seeing the photo of Mr. Schmalfeldt opposite a photo of Mrs. The Other McCain will find themselves totally in sympathy with Mr. Schmalfeldt even before they see the evidence of Doxing and Mr. Schmalfeldt’s nearly 700 followers on twitter will be amazed and surprised at how this ends.

I won’t be.

Tangling with Stacy is messing with a person with the Mindset of a Sicilian combined with the gameplay of a chessmaster as I suspect Mr. Schmalfeldt will discover.

Update: An Instalanche on a slow hit week is like finding a fountain in the Sahara. Thanks Glenn.

Update 2: The full power of internet math is about to go to work on the phrase “Bill Schmalfeldt is a liar.”

The Sicilian word you are looking for is “Vendetta”