Now that the frivolous peace order and false criminal charge related to harassing a minor child have both been disposed of, I want to encourage those who wrote and/or published defamatory articles or comments about me to retract their statements and apologize for them.
I think so, Brain … but who would have believed someone could be that stupidly crude?
I received a call this evening from a reader (my number’s in the phone book) about a post that Bill Schmalfeldt put up speculating on the identity of the person or person(s) behind Kimberlin Unmasked. I’m amused to find out that I am now a suspect. Apparently, Schmalfeldt goes on at some length about the IP addresses and locations from which tweets to the @Kimberlinumask Twitter account originated.
The Twitter API doesn’t make that information available. Law enforcement can get the information with a warrant, and it might be subpoenaed in a civil matter. Neither of those seem to be the source of Schmalfeldt’s information. Given that there are ways to hack that information, I suspect his “reliable” source obtained it illegally.
The reek of various bodily fluids is becoming quite strong as the panic sets in at Team Kimberlin.
UPDATE—I see from one of the comments that Schmalfeldt says that Twitter gives IP address information from its connection logs to anyone who asks.
UPDATE 2—I’ve heard all sorts of speculation about the identity of Kimberlin Unmasked. I don’t know who he/she/they is/are. I have no need to know, and it is to my advantage not to know. I can’t give up information that I don’t have. I am being willfully ignorant.
UPDATE 3—The Dread Pro-Se Kimberlin has had a subpoena issued against Twitter, but it is not for any IP address information. Twitter required to produce the following information by 27 December, 2013—As you can see, the subpoena demanded the name of the person who registered the Twitter account @Kimberlinunmask. The only name Twitter collects is the user name. And for that account the user name is … wait for it … Kimberlin Unmasked.
The Cabin Boy and the other members of Team Kimberlin are beginning to show clear signs of panicking, and they have a lot to worry about.
The Cabin Boy has written that the State’s Attorney’s Office is not answering his questions about dropping the harassment, electronic harassment, and failure to comply with a peace order charges. Given that Judge Stanfield found the tweets in question violated his order and that Schmalfeldt admitted on the record to having sent them, the State’s Attorney’s Office has a fairly straightforward case. Schmalfeldt has some serious worrying to do for the next few weeks.
Meanwhile, back at the RICO Madness, The Dread Pro-Se Kimberlin is busily serving the remaining defendants in the Kimberlin v. The Universe, et al. lawsuit. He’s named 22 defendants. He probably won’t be able to affect service on three of them because he doesn’t know where to serve them. Several of the other defendants may file joint responses, for example, Glen Beck might file a joint response with Mercury Radio Arts and The Blaze. My guess is that there will be a dozen or so additional motions to dismiss coming to the court before the end of January. That means that TDPK will have a dozen oppositions to file by mid February. If he was pressed by having to respond to four …
TDPK already has a bunch of legal work on his plate. On the 10th, he has a report due to Judge Grimm about who has been served (and how and when) in the RICO case. That report is also supposed to include an explanation of why anyone who hasn’t been served was missed and TDPK’s plan for completing service within 120 days of the date he filed his lawsuit.
On the 13th, there are hearings scheduled in the state Kimberlin v. Walker, et al. lawsuit, including several on motions to dismiss. If that case survives, the defendants will shortly file their answers to his complaint and their counterclaims. They will also begin their discovery. Since discovery is to be completed in March, TDPK will have to attend to that quickly. And, trust me, the defendants intend to make sure he complies with discovery in that lawsuit.
On the 16th, his answers to the first four motions to dismiss are due in the RICO Madness.
TDPK is in way over his head. He needs legal help, but he can’t seem to find a lawyer willing to represent him. Like the Cabin Boy, Brett Kimberlin has some serious worrying to do.
So how do I know they are panicking?
The obscene anonymous comments are back. So far today, I’ve received four such comments to this blog that are obviously from Team Kimberlin. They don’t usually bother to send them when things are going well for them, but they do send them when their blog posts and tweets have been rebutted with facts and ridicule and they simply have nothing left.
I’d like to explain to the new members of the Gentle Readership about the job descriptions given to some of the members of Team Kimberlin.
The Dread Pirate Kimberlin received his title after he put up a pirate-themed website called the Bloggers Offense Team. That site is now defunct.
The initial job descriptions of the crew included Neal Rauhauser as First Mate, given his apparent status at the time as TDPK’s righthand man; Ron Brynaert as a Crew Member; and Occupy Rebellion as an Imaginary Friend, given that there were multiple persons behind that identity. Note that these are job descriptions and not nicknames. Referring to Neal Rauhauser as “First Mate” doesn’t give him a nickname any more than calling Al Franken a “Senator” is using a nickname (as calling him “Stuart Smalley” might).
Thus far, only one member of Team Kimberlin has expressed any distress allegedly caused by his job description, one which I did not create. It was given to a crew member who seems to work as a flunky for TDPK and FMNR, and the realization of his place in the food chain probably conflicts with his delusions of adequacy.
Brett Kimberlin is suing four codefendants and me in a Maryland court for a million bucks for writing truthful things about him. He’s suing 20+ codefendants and me in federal court alleging that we formed a racketeering enterprise to spread lies about him. Back in 1996, Mark Singer published an authorized biography of The Dread Pirate Kimberlin called Citizen K. This passage is from page 78—
Eyebrows levitated. A drug-dealing colleague had memories of conversations with Kimberlin that struck him as odd: “We’d see a girl who was pubescent or prepubescent, and Brett would get this smile and say, ‘Hey, what do you think? Isn’t she great?’ It made me very uncomfortable.” Another recalled Kimberlin introducing Jessica as “my girlfriend,” and if irony was intended, it was too subtile to register. To a co-worker at IU-PUI, Sandi confided that Kimberlin was “grooming Jessica to be his wife.” To another, Sandi explained that though Kimberlin’s relationship with Jessica was chaste, he intended “to wait for her and would marry her.”
“Jessica” was a middle-school age girl at the time. Sandi was her mother.
It was one year ago today that I received the following comment to a post called Dread Pirate #BrettKimberlin’s Boss’ Day Job:Of course, the threat was not sent by Karen B. who blogs as The Lonely Conservative. She was receiving death threats herself that same day. (BTW, the $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of whoever made those threats against her still stands.)
The Sheriff’s Office sent a email alerting all deputies of the threat. I was working as an amateur radio operator providing backup communications at one of the storm shelters set up for persons displaced by Sandy. When several of the deputies at the shelter found out that I was the subject of that email, we decided that I would save Halloween candy for whoever responded.
The SWATting call never came.
On the morning of 1 November, after the SWATting threat proved hollow, I posted these words:
Was there something particular in that post that pushed a button? Or was it the accumulation of five months of blog posts that inspired the SWATting threat? I don’t know that I’ll ever find out, but I do know that by not following through, Team Kimberlin has proven themselves to be a cowardly lot. But they can be dangerous cowards. I understand that. I keep my eyes open. I take reasonable (and sometimes unreasonable) precautions. And my friends, including those in law enforcement, have my back.
As Harry Truman once remarked, “I’ve been shot at by experts.” I’ve dealt with my share of tough guys and tough guy wannabes during my life. They’ve been to jail, and I haven’t. I look forward to seeing TDPK and his thugs and enablers brought to justice, and I intend to have some small part in that. I may have just become his worst nightmare.
I stand by them.