First Mate Neal Rauhauser also has legal proceedings pending. He is one of the defendants in suit filed by James McGibney of BullyVille.It was FMNR who first proposed the idea of pro se lawfare as a way to harass conservatives.
Karma is a bitch.
The big news today seems to have been the announcement of the Amended Complaint in BullyVille’s lawsuit that includes First Mate Neal Rauhauser as a defendant.
Several commenters have noted that the lawyer representing BullyVille is the same lawyer who initially represented Nadia Naffe in the Team-Kimberlin-related nuisance suit filed against Patterico. That lawyer withdrew from the Naffe suit. The Gentle Reader can make of that what he will.
There are more shoes about to drop, both civil and criminal, multistate and federal, on members of Team Kimberlin. Indeed, over the next six months or so it may look like a centipede removing his shoes. The next few days might be the last opportunity for some of Team Kimberlin’s associates to turn state’s evidence.
Meanwhile, The Dread Pro-Se Kimberlin’s vexatious Kimberlin v. Walker, et al. lawsuit against my codefendants (Aaron Walker, Stacy McCain, Ali Akbar, and Kimberlin Unmasked) and me is still going on. You can help us defend our First Amendment rights against TDPK’s assault. Go to Bomber Sues Bloggers to find out how.
First Mate Neal Rauhauser ran a blog hosted by WordPress.com called Conspiracy Broker for a while (No, I won’t link to it.). He put what he called his last post for that blog up on 2 January. It contains this paragraph:So, he thinks he will benefit from The Dread Pro-Se Kimberlin’s vexatious litigation, does he?
We shall see.
Xenophon the Troll is channeling the Amazingly Inaccurate Criswell again over at Breitbart Unmasked (No, I won’t link to it.) This time the nonsense has to do to with First Mate Neal Rauhauser’s attempt to gen up some sort of connection between the Kimberlin Unmasked identity and a real person.That’s an ambitious undertaking—foolhardy, because there’s nothing to find—but it’s ambitious. You see, Team Kimberlin has already run afoul of the GIGO principle: garbage in, garbage out.
OK, what do I mean by garbage in? Consider these bits of data:The account_id is the correct one for @Kimberlinunmask. However, the login time is on 24 December, 2013. The @Kimberlinumask account was suspended on that day, and it’s not possible to login to a gulaged account.
While it’s not quite as obviously stupid a submitting two versions of the same document to the same court in the same case or as mind-bogglingly crude as failing to remove a PACER legend and using the wrong typeface to create a do-it-yourself court summons, it is … well … it’s kinda amateurish.
It seems that Neal Rauhauser has been trolling for a pro bono lawyer for a friend.
IANAL, but the ones I’ve talked to say that anyone with a righteous libel claim against a defendant with deep pockets should have no trouble finding a lawyer willing to represent him on a fee-contingent basis. Pro bono representation is generally provided to defendants rather than plaintiffs. Of course, those observations come from many of the same lawyers who told me that the reason they suspect that The Dread Pro-Se Kimberlin is pro se is that he can’t find a lawyer willing to risk his law license by signing court papers making the unfounded allegations Kimberlin is bringing.
First Mate Neal Rauhauser has been taking a more public role in Team Kimberlin’s PR spin campaign associated with The Dread Pirate Kimberlin’s frivolous lawsuits against my codefendants and me. He’s shown a particular interest in Kimberlin Unmasked.There’s a very simple reason why FMNR can’t find what he’s looking for. It doesn’t exist. It never did. Aaron Walker has never had anything to do with running any of the Kimberlin Unmasked blogs or Twitter accounts.
I call the person who runs Kimberlin Unmasked “Elvis” for convenience. Believe it or not, I still don’t know who Elvis really is. But I do know that certain people are not Elvis. Aaron Walker falls into that category.
Perhaps the rumor is true, and Neal Rauhauser has been a contractor with Acme Investigations all along.
UPDATE—The Dread Pirate Kimberlin may have really overreached with his RICO suits, and I’m hoping that it will be nipped in the bud. My original four codefendants and I are still facing his state lawsuit as well. You can help us defend the First Amendment from TDPK’s lawfare. Go to BomberSuesBloggers to find out how.
Now, I’m not sure who Xenophon (the Troll) thinks is my flock. If the troll is thinking of the folks who follow me on Twitter and WordPress, it’s true that there are some things that I haven’t shared with you. Here’s what I did for the past 24 hours.
Most of yesterday afternoon was spent working on the layout for a printed circuit board for a prototype microphone preamplifier that I am designing for a client. As you can see by scrolling down on the Home page, I did get a bit of blogging done. Saturday evening, I read a bit, tweeted a bit, did some paperwork related to one of Brett Kimberlin’s frivolous and vexatious lawsuits, and, at 11 pm, I was on Becca Lower‘s Internet talk show with Aaron Walker. And so to bed.
I got up around 6 this morning and did a little blogging as well as preparation for church. I don’t have any pastoral responsibilities at church for now (so, strictly speaking, that isn’t “my flock”), but I did preside at communion. After church, I came home and found @x3n0ph0n’s nonsense in my Interactions on Twitter.
And that’s the last 24 hours, more or less. Yes, I do have a life in the real world off the Internet.
Team Kimberlin is entering a downward spiral. The recently filed lawsuits are poorly drawn attempts to intimidate their perceived enemies. The overreach is mind-boggling. The flailing attempts to find something, anything, with PR traction are a clear sign of fear that the tide has really turned. It has. So a deadbeat dad (who is hiding from arrest warrants) is throwing out all kinds of baseless nonsense, innuendos, and flat-out lies to a group of followers so small that he doesn’t have to take off both shoes to count them.
And he can’t even be sure that they really believe him.
UPDATE—Stacy McCain has something to say about Neal Rauhauser here.
We have been negligent in failing to credit Xenophon (the Troll) as a member of the Team Kimberlin’s crew. Xenophon appears to be taking a few days off, and the @x3n0ph0n Twitter account appears to be in the hands of First Mate Neal Rauhauser.
Of course, FMNR is dead wrong about the “Dread Pirate” riff. It is neither dead nor a joke.
So, Gentle Readers, welcome Full Service Companion Xenophon to the crew roster.
Since the Circuit Court issued the peace order against Bill Schmalfeldt, there has been a massive increase in the number of anonymous harassing comments that have come to this blog. The comments have been a mix of crass, puerile jabs at me, my family, and, occasionally, my colleagues. The comments have often been obscene. Given their content, it patently obvious that they have come from a members of Team Kimberlin and/or Kimberlin/Schmalfeldt enablers. There have been over 150 since mid June. That averages more than one per day.
They have come from a limited number of IP addresses. Here’s a sampling of the comments from 126.96.36.199.
This came in at 19:00 GMT on 17 July. It was made to a post about the Cabin Boy’s ravings that a picture of my son cleaning a field stripped pistol was a death threat.Schmalfeldt claimed, based on his Internet research of the laws of California, that he could charge William with making a threat. A.) That crime isn’t on the books in Maryland, and B.) nothing William did meets the elements of that crime (even in California). That comment is merely stupidly harassing.
OTOH, take a look at this one that came in at 23:19 GMT on 6 September as comment on one of my astronomy posts. It claims to be from Lee Stranahan, but that’s a forgery. It’s crudely obscene. So is this comment which came in one minute later. Of course, it isn’t from Lee Stranahan either.Although I’ve not let such comment through moderation, I did publish a few to see if the sender(s) had any sense of shame when they say their words posted. It’s pretty clear from the continued volume of this spam that whoever sends it has nothing resembling a normal sense of decency.
I publish these to give the Gentle Reader some sense of the filth I find in my inbox. Please note that it is sent by a person or persons too cowardly to use his (their) real name(s).That’s not surprising considering the prime suspects: someone who skulked about setting time bombs, a deadbeat dad fugitive, a crazed pseudonymous cyberstalker, …
Such thugs are cowards, but they can still be dangerous. I am cautious.
Fear of weekends. I wonder if Cabin Boy Bill Schmalfeldt has savvatokyriakophobia? His doomsday clocks have been timing out on the weekends.
He had one going that timed out at noon on Sunday, 15 September. His new one times out at noon on Saturday, 28 September. I didn’t go poking about his site to find out the alleged significance of the new date. (One can only spend so much time in a sewer without coming up for fresh air.) It could be that the 15th’s doom is now postponed. Or perhaps there’s a second calamity on the horizon. (The 28th is the day after his paperwork is due to the Court of Appeals.)
Or this countdown clock could be like all others put up by Team Kimberlin—a time fuze for a kookpacalyptic dud.
UPDATE—Today, is the Ides of September.
I haven’t had much to say about First Mate Neal Rauhauser of late, but he’s put up a post on his blog today (No, I won’t link to it.) that contains some nonsense related to Team Kimberlin’s harassment of me.
Only one of the peace orders was ever approved and it denies the right of a journalist to even mention someone by name on Twitter. The judge appeared to have confused the use of the @mention with the sending of a point to point communication, but the end result has been fantastic – the appellate court took one look at the case and promptly referred it to the Maryland Supreme Court.
Other happenings in Maryland include an assault outside a courtroom, threats to judges and prosecutors, a courthouse cleared with a bomb threat, and some other things which are not public, but which all add up to a textbook definition of hate group tactics. Law enforcement has cause to act at the state level in Maryland and I strongly suspect there is already something in the federal pipeline. The smear machine behind this derpy ‘war’ on the Obama administration is under fire from GOP strategist Karl Rove and it’s literally one indictment short of tearing itself to pieces.
<fisking>I assume the peace order FMNR is talking about is the one issued against Cabin Boy Bill Schmalfeldt. It does not deny anyone’s right to mention anyone else by name on Twitter. The order forbids the Cabin Boy from contacting, attempting to contact, or harassing me. It’s not rocket science to figure out how to write about someone without contacting or attempting to contact him. I’m doing that about Neal Rauhauser right now. And anyone who stayed awake in Journalism 101 should be able to write about someone else without engaging in harassment.
The judge was not confused about how an @ mention works on Twitter. He had the Twitter Rules and Best Practices in front of him, and he read that
[y]ou can direct a Tweet at a specific Twitter user using @replies and mentions.
He took that to mean what it says—including @username in a tweet directs it to the username account.
The Court of Special Appeals kicked the appeal upstairs to the Court of Appeals because that’s where it should have been filed in the first place. The Cabin Boy filed his appeal with the wrong court. I’ve been aware of that all along, but it’s not my place to help him.
An assault outside of a courtroom? When? Where? The only altercation I’m aware of occurred when Pedi Officer No-Class Gillette verbally harassed Tetyana Kimberlin after a protective order hearing. There was no physical contact, and a bailiff detained Craig Gillette so that Mrs. Kimberlin could leave the courthouse in peace.
Threats to judges and prosecutors? When? Where?
Oh, yeah, the bomb threat. It was on the day that several charges against members of Team Kimberlin were to be dropped in District Court. A Pennsylvania woman was arrested in connection with that bomb threat to the Carroll County Circuit Courthouse. After Carroll County Sheriff’s detectives learned who had made the call, she was located at her Littlestown, Pennsylvania, residence and was taken into custody by the Littlestown Police Department on an unrelated arrest warrant for failure to appear for trial in Carroll County. She had been scheduled to appear on charges of driving without a license. Although the threat was to the Circuit Courthouse, the District Courthouse was cleared as well.
And other things which are not public … Yeah. Right. I’m sure the public will be informed when something good enough has been cooked up.
The one thing FMNR does have right is the potential involvement of state and federal law enforcement. Some of the Maryland matters under investigation are typically handled by state agencies. And the feds are nosing about as well. For instance, failure of a federal sex offender to register is usually handled by the U. S. Marshals.
Oh, and I don’t particularly care for Karl Rove either.</fisking>
I’m sure First Mate Neal took great satisfaction in spinning his tale, but I doubt that the Cabin Boy would have take off one of his shoes to count the number of people who actually believe FMNR’s stuff.
UPDATE—I should point out that I wrote the post above from the point of view of an eyewitness. Neal Rauhauser wrote his piece based on hearsay. He never attended any of the court dates. Neal is a fugitive. If he had shown up at a courthouse, the bailiffs would have served the outstanding New Jersey arrest warrants on him.
I used a term in a post headline yesterday that I should define.
Kimberbots. The Kimberbots are not actual card-carrying members of Team Kimberlin in the same sense as First Mate Neal Rauhauser, Pedi Officer No-Class Gillette, or Cabin Boy Bill Schmalfeldt. The Kimberbots are the fanboys, cheerleaders, and enablers who tweet and blog their admiration and support for The Dread Pedo Kimberlin.
Neal Rauhauser has tipped his hand on his formerly sooooper seekrit plan to get a bunch nefarious right wing nut jobs (including me) off of Twitter. He’s been recording and archiving our “offending” tweets. He taken my name 1861 times so far which amounts to just over 1/3 of the total bad tweets he’s logged.
I feel like such a slacker.
Stacy McCain LOLs about Neal’s silliness here.
UPDATE—Neal’s list was supposed to inspire “panic” and cause “massive deletions.”
He panicked and deleted his list within a few hours.
I don’t really have much use for Anonymous. However, we sometimes wind up on the same side. Take Neal Rauhauser, for example.
Your right to be stupid does not change the fact that you are in fact . . . stupid. More importantly your right to be stupid does not subvert the rights of others to speak publicly or privately –whether you agree with them or not. It’s about a little thing called Free Speech. Perhaps you have heard of it.
Oh, and speaking of 501(c)(3) charities, there seems to be some question on how Neal is getting funded since he is apparently unemployed. Perhaps that money is coming from Brett Kimberlin’s 501(c)(3) charity “Justice Through Music” aka “Velvet Revolution”. Well Neal, you’ve now brought a spotlight to that organization. I’m sure the IRS and others will be most interested in the discrepancies we’ve already found and the implication that unlawful threats are potentially being funded through this organization.
Who know? Maybe Anonymous will wind up publishing some of the stuff that the Vast Hogewash Research Organization has turned up before we’re ready to run it. On the one hand, it would be disappointing to be scooped. On the other, the goal is to bring Team Kimberlin to justice.
Earlier today [i.e., last Friday] a Maryland court issued a decision on a peace order, which you would think would be a very minimal and pedestrian thing, but the precedent established has far reaching implications. Discussion of any resident of the state via Twitter provides a quick, easy path to criminalizing mention of their username. Long term I suspect this is going to end up with the ACLU or the EFF, and it will be reversed in a precedent setting fashion, but in the mean time this the law of the land, and I have adapted to it.
Long term I suspect this is going to end up with the ACLU or the EFF, and it will be reversed in a precedent setting fashion …
The Gentle Reader will notice that when Brett Kimberlin won a peace order (ultimately ruled unconstitutional) against Aaron Walker that prohibited Mr. Walker from even mentioning Kimberlin’s name, that was a great legal victory, but when I get a peace order that merely requires that Cabin Boy Bill refrain from contacting me, attempting to contact me, or harassing me, and places no other restrictions on Schmalfeldt’s speaking and writing, the sky is falling.
Well, it isn’t, but here’s what will really hit him on his head and bite him elsewhere—
The principle that harassment is not protected by the First Amendment is not a new idea, and the Maryland Court of Appeals (our highest court) has so ruled. Indeed, when Brett Kimberlin was attempting to silence Aaron Walker last year, he cited the Court of Appeals opinion in Galloway v. State [781 A.2d 851 (2001)]. The Court analyzed Maryland’s harassment law from both state and federal perspectives and found it constitutional. Given that Galloway was appealed to the U. S. Supreme Court and that the Supremes refused to hear it (535 U.S. 990, certiorari denied), I’d say a snowball in Hell as a better chance of survival than a Schmalfeldt appeal.
But if that’s how Kimberlin wants to spend his money …
First Mate Neal Rauhauser tweeted this on Saturday:
NealRauhauser I speak no history. I make no threats. I watch. I wait. At times I manipulate. In the game of Cat & Mouse, I am Cat, A Non-Mouse.
May 25, 2013
How unusual! The cat normally isn’t the one who hides. Mice hide from cats.
So what do cats hide from?
[T]he potential for a pro se litigant to force them into expensive, long distance, lengthy, discovery laden litigation doesn’t seem to cross their minds. The reality of travel, or frightful expenses, or summary judgments needs to be made real. We probably need to make a very visible example of at least one of them before the rest understand.
I wonder how the various members of Team Kimberlin feel that strategy is working for them.
Here’s a status update on some of the members of Team Kimberlin.
Dread Pirate Brett Kimberlin is considering what happens when the consequences of one’s old lies catch up with one.
First Mate Neal Rauhauser is being kept away from any navigation duties until he can tell the difference between Norway and Sweden on a map.
Crew Member Ron Brynaert is keeping a low profile.
Cabin Boy Bill Schmalfeldt is still trying to achieve journeyman status as a Twitter troll with his new handle @KUeatsboogers.
Imaginary Friend Occupy Rebellion admits to being a troll but not to being a real person.
And a new person has joined the crew—
If you want to know what First Mate Neal Rauhauser is up to these days (aside from ducking service on legal processes), don’t bother looking at his LinkedIn profile:
Principle (sic) Investigator
The Intenet (sic)
December 2012 – Present (6 months) | Trollhättan, Norway
I no longer share information about what I do for a living, except in the very broad sense of what one could learn by observing my WordPress blog and my activity on LinkedIn.
I wonder what principle of the Intenet he’s investigating. (He’s certainly not one of the Principal Investigators of the Internet.)
BTW, there is no city, town, or village in Norway named Trollhättan. There is a city of that name is Sweden. It was the principal manufacturing center for Saab automobiles. See the sticker at left.
Of course, the association with trolls …
Yesterday, I explained the origin of the title The Dread Pirate Kimberlin. Here’s a repost of the original listing of his crew from last November—Brett Kimberlin’s Ship of Fools. Note that the relative importance of some characters has changed.
The Dread Pirate Kimberlin—(AKA Brett Kimberlin, The Speedway Bomber, John Doe 1, Breitbart Unmasked) A Director of and sole full-time employee of Justice Through Music Project and unpaid employee of Velvet Revolution US. Convicted felon with a rap sheet too long for this space. Apparently not a registered voter. [A correction about Kimberlin's status as a registered voter was published after he doxed himself in a court filing and I was able to determine his date of birth. I regret the original error.]
First Mate Neal Rauhauser—Tragically-failed wind-powered ammonia plant entrepreneur. Hacker wannabe. Democratic Party operative. Deadbeat dad. [And he may already be a Weiner.]
Crew Member Ron Brynaert—Erstwhile reporter. Possible SWATting suspect. Potential mutineer.
Cabin Boy Bill Schmalfeldt—(AKA Liberal Grouch) Minor, if somewhat grandiose, Twitter troll and selective blogger of sealed court papers. [Recently promoted to major nuisance.]
Imaginary Friend Occupy Rebellion—(AKA Sheridan) Twitter sock puppet.
Jeffrey R. Cohen, Esq.—Intellectual property lawyer and Executive Director of JTMP and VRUS. His signature is on their IRS Form 990s.
Brad Friedman—A Director of Velvet Revolution US.
Myra Lowenthal, CPA—Accountant who prepared the IRS Form 990s for JTMP and VRUS.
Assorted fanboys, wannabes, third- and fourth-rate musicians, trolls, useful idiots, and fools.
Just because I’m not discussing some things doesn’t mean that I won’t discuss any thing.
There is a hearing scheduled for 1:15 pm today in the District Court for Howard County, Maryland, on the Walker v. Schmalfeldt Peace Order Petition. I plan to be there for the hearing and to post a report afterwards. Because Bill Schmalfeldt has gone to Milwaukee to be with his ailing mother, it is possible that the judge will grant a continuance.
I expect there may be more developments in the matter of the Kimberlin/Rauhauser threats against Blog Bash as well. It could be a busy day.