As I Was Saying Before I Was Interrupted …

I received this email from Twitter today.Twitter201507061813ZPreparationH96ctThe Gentle Reader may remember how The Dread Pro-Se Kimberlin and his buddies made much of the suspension of that account. It now appears that Twitter has come to the same conclusion as the Circuit Court for Montgomery County and the Montgomery County State’s Attorney’s Office concerning the truth of Kimberlin’s claims of harassment.

I’m sure this will come as a disappointment to TDPK and his fans. I can offer this deal from Amazon to help soothe their pain.

The Culture War

Benjamin Domenech and Robert Tracinski have a post over at The Federalist reviewing the history of America’s culture war over the past few decades and speculating on its future.

If history repeats itself, it is good news for traditional Americans and bad news for the Left, which has taken on the role of Grand Inquisitor so rapidly that overnight civil liberties have become a Republican issue. Slowly but surely, the American Right is adopting the role of the cultural insurgent standing up for the freedom of the little guy. They crowdfund the pizza shop, baker, and photographer; they rebel against the establishment in the gaming media and at sci-fi conventions; they buy their chicken sandwiches in droves. The latest acronym that came out of the Sad Puppies movement says it all. They describe their opponents as CHORFs: cliquish, holier-than-thou, obnoxious, reactionary, fascists. This is their description of the cultural Left.

Hogewash! has been engaged in a few of the minor skirmishes of the Culture War. I’m thankful for the support I’ve been receiving. Meanwhile, the Domenech and Tracinski piece helps put things in perspective. Read the whole thing.

Team Kimberlin Post of the Day

The Cabin Boy™ is becoming more immersed in Acme’s version of the law.@grouchcast365|201507052227Z

Here’s how the State of Maryland defines the crime of stalking:

MD Code, Criminal Law, § 3-802

“Stalking” defined

(a) In this section, “stalking” means a malicious course of conduct that includes approaching or pursuing another where the person intends to place or knows or reasonably should have known the conduct would place another in reasonable fear:

(1)(i) of serious bodily injury;
(ii) of an assault in any degree;
(iii) of rape or sexual offense as defined by §§ 3-303 through 3-308 of this title or attempted rape or sexual offense in any degree;
(iv) of false imprisonment; or
(v) of death; or
(2) that a third person likely will suffer any of the acts listed in item (1) of this subsection.

Does the Cabin Boy™ really believe that the posts at Billysez are malicious and that they are intended to place him in reasonable fear of bodily injury, assault, rape, false imprisonment, or death? His claim that the items shown in his tweet amount to stalking under Maryland law seems to be patently—and provably—false.

Elsewhere, the Cabin Boy™ has said that anything written about him that is not provably true is defamatory. That’s wrong. As Brett Kimberlin found when he tried to sue Aaron Walker, Stacy McCain, Ali Akbar, and me, the burden of proof is on the plaintiff in a Maryland defamation case, and that burden requires proof of falsity.

IANAL, but a provably false accusation that someone has committed a crime seems to be defamation per se.

It looks as if Bill Schmalfeldt is digging himself an ever deeper hole in a case in which I have no involvement. I think that I’ll enjoy the chance to sit back and watch.

Now, where did I put that popcorn?