Bill Schmalfeldt is not simply a bad reporter. He is stupidly shoddy in his work. Consider this from a post he has put up on yet another new website, (No, I won’t link to it.) wmsradio1943 dot com. I have never claimed on this blog or in any other venue that I was reimbursed for the funds I advanced to pay for Mrs. Kimberlin’s legal expenses. In fact, I have pointed out that all the donors to that fund (other than me) received full refunds of their donations. That left the fund in the red, and I personally made up the difference. The Cabin Boy’s statement is false. Furthermore, it isn’t supported by my blog post that he quotes.
Bill Schmalfeldt is a liar, and not a very good one.
A responsible, ethical journalist would find it wise to publish a retraction and apology for this sort of error.
UPDATE—Bill Schmalfeldt has a post up at patriot-ombudsman dot com attempting to rebut this post. (No, I won’t link to it.)
He claims not to understand that if all of the money from the other donors was refunded, and that if I personally covered all of the fund’s expenses, then I not only contributed the amount I expected to give but everything else the fund paid out as well. Even a slow third-grader understands that, if there’s nothing left in the cash box and the bills still have to be paid, someone has to come up with the additional money.
If the Cabin Boy does not wish to be called a liar, he should stop telling provable lies.
Bill Schmalfeldt has been referring to Roger Shuler as an “attorney.” For example, here is the opening paragraph of a story he posted at Patriot-Ombudsman (No, I won’t link to it.): A check of the Alabama State Bar online directory does not show anyone with that name licensed to practice law in that state. Shuler’s bio does not claim that he has a law degree.
Perhaps our crack “journalist” has Roger Shuler confused with the “lawyer” RogerS who has been dispensing advice at Breitbart Unmasked.
Some editors are failed writers, but so are most writers.
—T. S. Eliot
Bill Schmalfeldt has a post up over at Patriot-Ombudsman (No, I won’t link to it.) called ‘Legal Schnauzer’ Roger Shuler Arrested, Beaten. He’s posted this notice at the head of the piece.While is true that the Cabin Boy originally published the entire piece at Digital Journal and that it is not all there any more, it is not true that the editor deleted a large part of the copy because of a misunderstanding of cause and effect. That editor clearly understands the legal effects caused by printing false, defamatory, and libelous writings.
Because of my investigation into the matter, I believe that to be a fact.
Of course, if I have my facts wrong, Schmalfeldt has only to publish the email he received from Digital Journal regarding their retraction to clear up my misunderstanding.
I won’t hold my breath.
… I do not think it means what you think it means. The header for BIG BROTHER, Bill Schmalfeldt’s latest Twitter handle, proclaims, “IGNORANCE IS STUPID.” (Have you noticed how often the Cabin Boy’s caps lock gets stuck?)
Ignorance is a lack of knowledge or information.
Stupidity is the quality of being unintelligent.
Ignorance usually responds to a dose of education, at least in the case of individuals of normal intelligence. Stupid, OTOH, is usually a permanent state.
I suppose it could be that ignorance is a consequence of the Cabin Boy’s natural condition. Stuck caps lock and stuck on stupid … it would explain a lot. Perhaps a diminished mental capacity defense will save him in the end.
rail \ˈrāl\ : to revile or scold in harsh, insolent, or abusive language.
Here’s the meaning of the English noun racketeer—
rack·e·teer \ˌra-kə-ˈtir\ : a person who makes money through illegal activities.
If the link in that tweet were live (it isn’t, at least not from this blog), it would take you to a post at the Cabin Boy’s patriot-ombudsman dot com website that claims to show how The Dread Pirate Kimberlin has the defendants in his Kimberlin v. The Universe, et al. RICO suit dead to rights. As usual, his presentation is the sort that would be shredded in a high school debate contest.
Now, as to whether Schmalfeldt should describe the various commentaries on his “coverage” of the suit as railing, let me admit that
some most of them do, in fact, revile the Cabin Boy. However, for that to be railing the comments would have to be harsh or insolent or abusive.
Harsh? While he might have found some comments jarring, they haven’t been cruel in so far as the truth isn’t cruel.
Insolent? While he might rightly think that most of the comments show little or no respect for him, that lack of respect stems not from the arrogance of the commenters but from the Cabin Boy’s truly inferior understanding of the facts and the law.
Abusive? Oh, come now. Certainly, it would be abusive to speak of most people as many commenters speak of Bill Schmalfeldt, but, in this case, telling the truth isn’t abuse. It’s earned.
The Schmalfledt Standard of Journalistic Ethics™ (don’t laugh) holds that one may not label someone as criminal until that person has been convicted of the crime in question. By that standard one may call Brett Kimberlin a perjurer, a drug smuggler, or a bomber but not a stalker or harasser, and that standard is so strict that even someone such as myself who is an eyewitness to his stalking and a victim of his harassment shouldn’t do so.
Fine. Then why is Schmalfeldt referring to my 20 codefendants and me in Kimberlin’s RICO suit as “racketeers”? Not only have none of us been convicted of racketeering or any related crime, none of us have been charged with racketeering or a related crime. Yes, TDPK has alleged that we formed an illegal conspiracy against him, but that’s a civil matter. It isn’t a criminal charge.
OTOH, Kimberlin has been convicted of making money through illegal activities. Thus, under The Schmalfeldt Standard of Journalistic Ethics™, I am in the clear if I refer to Brett Kimberlin as a convicted racketeer.
Of course, Kimberlin’s allegations don’t pass the laugh test. Does he really think that Glenn Beck takes orders from Patrick Frey? Does he really believe that I’ve been working with Simon & Schuster to oppress him? Is there any wonder why we’re laughing at his bogus suit?
We defendants will have to dot a few Is and cross a few Ts to get the suit thrown out of court, so we have to take it seriously to that extent, but, as a real legal threat, it’s bullshit.
So is all the PR flacking coming from Bill Schmalfeldt.
UPDATE—Ken White analyzes the fragility of Kimberlin’s lawsuits over at Popehat.
The Russian feminist punk rock group spells their band’s name in Latin letters “Pussy Riot.” It’s occasionally transliterated into Cyrillic as “Пусси Райот.” The “spelling” shown above is from the Justice Through Music Project donation page exploiting the band’s legal troubles. One would think that The Dread Pirate Kimberlin, who is alleged to speak and read Russian, would know better.
I know no such thing.
Indeed, I have seen many tweets and posts from the Cabin Boy in which he asserts that someone is running some sort of scam, but I’ve never seen him offer any concrete evidence of such behavior. Innuendo, yes. Shoddy guess work, yes. Proof, never.
Moreover, I have been the object of such a false charge from the Cabin Boy, and I am personally aware of several other such victims. Thus,
Schmalfeldt asserting people involved in “moneymaking scam” with no proof.
is something I know from personal experience to be true.
Here’s what Schmalfeldt actually wrote to the woman.Schmalfeldt maintains that he was behaving in an ethical manner as a journalist when he sent that message. The Cabin Boy also touts the Code of Ethics of the Society of Professional Journalists. Let’s examine how the tactic he used with this potential source fits within that Code. This item seem applicable.
— Show compassion for those who may be affected adversely by news coverage. Use special sensitivity when dealing with children and inexperienced sources or subjects.
As near as I can tell, nothing in the story he was “investigating” had anything to do with the woman’s children or whether or not they should be taken from her. It seems that he was simply using the threat as a bludgeon to get her to “play smart” and give him the information he wanted. It’s unclear that she was even a direct part of the story. IANAL, but that message seems very close to blackmail or extortion, and since it was sent via interstate communications, a violation of federal law.
And what compassion was he showing the children who would have been affected by his threats?
But the Cabin Boy says he’s ethical … because JOURNALIST!
UPDATE—Stacy McCain appears to question Schmalfeldt’s journalistic ethics also.
I’m kinda tired after a long weekend of outdoor activity combined with extended time behind a microphone, but before I take a nap I want explain the definition of a few words. They first two are prepositions.
about on the subject of; concerning: The article was about yellow fever.
to identifying the person or thing affected: He wrote a letter to his friend.
It is possible to talk or write about someone without speaking or writing to him. Bill Schmalfeldt writes a good bit about me. For a long time, he also addressed his writings to me. Those writings addressed to me were annoying and, in some instances, alarming. I asked him to stop directing his writings to me. He did not. A court has ruled that Bill Schmalfeldt was harassing me through those writings addressed to me and has ordered him to stop.
He still writes about me. That’s his right under the First Amendment so long as he steers clear of threats or defamation. Because I have an interest is some of the things he writes about other people, I read Bill Schmalfeldt’s blogs and tweets from time to time. During a lunch break today, I took a look at one of his sites, and as I was finishing, I went to click on a WordPress.com tab on my browser. I was a bit sloppy and clicked the Following button for his site.
I quickly unfollowed him, but he received an auto-generated message announcing me as a follower. I suppose the excitement of actually having a follower got to him because he immediately got out a post about it.
Given his quick reaction time to posts I’ve made, I assume that one of my 443 followers on WordPress is one of the Cabin Boy’s sock puppets.
And now for an adverb.
away conceptually to one side, so as no longer to be the focus of attention: I wish Bill Schmalfeldt would go away.
And now to catch up on some sleep.
One is led to wonder whether Breitbart Unmasked is now being written by the room full of monkeys who were supposed be typing the complete works of Shakespeare.
Qui sunt hae simiae, qui strepitus inanis scribunt?
Well, there’s a probability of anything. Statistically speaking, if you gave typewriters to a treeful of monkeys, they’d eventually produce the works of William Shakespeare. Of course, you and I both know that at the end of a millennium they’d still be tapping out gibberish.
—The Fifth Doctor
Or lying by euphemism. Stacy McCain calls out the President and his flacks in the press for the use of the term “new revenues.”
A business can generate “new revenues” by expanding sales. A government doesn’t have that opportunity, and it won’t find “new revenues” some magical, super-secret hiding place. They’re taxed out of our wallets.
In his essay, Politics and the English Language, George Orwell wrote that
one ought to recognise that the present political chaos is connected with the decay of language, and that one can probably bring about some improvement by starting at the verbal end.
He wrote that in 1946, but it’s also true today. Indeed, the time has come when we need to stop allowing the use of nonsense terms in our government’s financial planning. Not collecting a tax is not an “expenditure.” Spending more this year than last is not a cut just because you were planning an even larger increase. Etc.
Actually, there is a way that government can get new revenues. Over the long haul since WWII, the federal government has been able to take in about 19% of GDP as taxes. That’s been true regardless of how high or low the tax rates have been. When government gets out of the way of the economy so that it can grow, that 19% share grows with increasing GDP.
You don’t write because you want to say something, you write because you have something to say.
—F. Scott Fitzgerald
I always have a quotation for everything—it saves original thinking.
—Dorothy L. Sayers
As near as I can tell, he’s spent the weekend in Steubenville, Ohio, where he’s been doing a first-rate job of debunking the outrageous lies being told about a rape case, the people involved, and the whole town.
As Mr. Stranahan has noted, there seems to be some sort of tie between the Anonymoids harassing Steubenville and Team Kimberlin. Cabin Boy Bill Schmalfeldt’s fascination with Lee Stranahan has led him to make all sorts of unsupported claims—the most recent being that Mr. Stranahan was not, in fact, in Steubenville this weekend.
Now, I don’t know of my own personal eyewitness knowledge that Mr. Stranahan went to Ohio this weekend. However, I’ve had a communication from a trustworthy person claiming to have paid for Mr. Stranahan’s airline ticket. Moreover, I’ve found Lee Stranahan to be truthful. CBBS, OTOH, is routinely found to be factually challenged.
CBBS and his followers and sock puppets are all over Twitter demanding that someone prove where Lee Stranahan was today. That’s nonsense. They are claiming that he wasn’t where he said he was. They are making an accusation. They are obliged to prove it.
Either offer proof, not innuendo, but proof, that Lee Stranahan was not in Steubenville, or shut up.
Ace of Spades HQ has caught the Chicago Tribune is a rather silly error about bayonet lugs on M16s. See if you can correctly identify the mystery rifle part.
Stacy McCain has another post up about the University of Rhode Island professor who has made a fool of himself with his comments concerning Wayne LaPierre and the NRA.
You know, I really am glad that he’s working this story so that I don’t have to.
Ending a sentence with a preposition is something up with which I will not put.
I agree with Stacy McCain in the importance of proper grammar and punctuation. In a short piece posted today he writes:
There’s probably no connection. On the other hand, maybe my insistence on proper spelling, punctuation and grammar — even in such informal contexts as Twitter and text-messaging — is evidence of a traditionalist predisposition.
Bravo! But I would make one change. My tradition-bound punctuation propensity would have included the so-called Harvard comma in
… proper spelling, punctuation, and grammar …
The Liberal Grouch briefly published and then withdrew pictures of a woman who he identified as Lee Stranahan’s ex-wife. She was not.
There’s a reason why one is supposed to rely on verifiable information when one publishes. A real Shoe Leather Reporter explains the potential problems of not doing one’s homework.
Simple and to the point is always the best way to get your point across.
But, of course, the got something wrong.
Designed in 1945 by former Russian tank gunner Mikhail Kalashnikov, the AK-47 was the first gun to bridge the gap between submachine guns and long, heavy rifles.
Nope, not hardly. The first assault rifle was the German StG44 from WWII. Here’s a picture of a German soldier using one during the Battle of the Bulge.