Team Kimberlin Post of the Day


A year ago, I was still a defendant in The Dreadful Pro-Se Schmalfeldt’s LOLsuit VIII: Avoiding Contact. While the Cabin Boy’s™ LOLsuits have been inconvenient, his incompetence in pursuing them has been a magnificent source of pointage, laughery, and mockification. This originally ran as the TKPOTD a year ago today.

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Rather than file a proper response to my lawyer’s motion for a more definite statement in LOLsuit VIII: Avoiding Contact, the Cabin Boy™ appears to using the Twitterz to clarify one of his allegations against me.If his tweet is truthful, then the only allegedly defamatory remark in the paragraph the Cabin Boy™ cites is my reference to him as a deranged cyberstalker. If that’s the case, then he is admitting that the rest of the paragraph is not defamatory.

If his tweet is truthful, then Bill Schmalfeldt believes that it is not defamatory to say he is a liar. Or that he is untrustworthy. Or that he fails to live up to his agreements. Or that he fled Maryland.

Paradoxically, if his tweet is truthful, then its author is a liar.

If his tweet is truthful.

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Even liars sometimes tell the truth.

HD 184738


HD 184738This is HD 184738, also known as Campbell’s hydrogen star. It is surrounded by plumes of reddish gas—the red and orange are the glow of surrounding gases such as hydrogen and nitrogen. The star is at the center of a small planetary nebula, and very bright in the infrared part of the spectrum. The surrounding dust is probably very similar to the material from which the Earth formed. The origin of this dust is uncertain.

Image Credit: NASA

On the Use of Anonymity


Brett Kavanaugh faced an anonymous accuser until it became obvious that the attack on his nomination to the Supreme Court would not be derailed that way. As Victor Davis Hanson notes in a post over at American Greatness, the selective use of anonymous sources has become a favorite method of the Left.

Anonymity has also become the impediment to ending the entire Russia-Trump collusion mythology. Almost every document that is so painstakingly obtained from a Justice Department or FBI archive appears so heavily redacted as to be worthless. Miscreants are not identified by name, but instead by letters or numbers. The point of redaction is to disconnect the deep-state messenger from the incriminating message.

How strange, then, that some government leaks to the press are replete with names, and so damn the innocent like Carter Page. Yet at other times official government documents use redaction to protect the identity of the culpable. So the final irony of the new cult of anonymity is that not all anonymity is equal.

The Obama National Security Council and others did their best to unmask and, quite illegally, leak the names of those caught up in surveillance. Either officials in the Justice Department or the FBI or both fed the toady press the names of a number of surveilled Trump campaign personnel.

If an official is willing to offer dirt on the current president, then journalists peddle the gossip and innuendo through the use of anonymity to “protect” a valuable source.

Yet if a name is legally protected from disclosure, but its release might fuel an anti-Trump narrative, then it is usually leaked.

Noble progressive ends justify any means necessary to obtain them—and increasingly anonymity is the preferred method.

Read the whole thing.

Yesterday, President Trump directed the DoJ, FBI, and DNI to release certain information related to the Russian collusion investigation in unredacted form. This has resulted in a round of pearl clutching by some reporters who had previously trafficked in anonymous leaks. You’d think that journalists would be in favor of such transparency, but when it interferes with the narrative, …

Not a Solar Eclipse


titanbusy_cassini_960No, it’s not a solar eclipse. It’s a picture of the rings and a couple of the moons of Saturn. The large object near the center is Titan, Saturn’s largest moon and one of the most interesting objects in the entire Solar System. The central dark spot is the body of the moon. The bright halo is atmospheric haze above Titan. The gases of the atmosphere scatter sunlight. Saturn’s rings are shown nearly edge on. Enceladus, a small moon, is at about 4 or 5 o’clock at the edge of Titan.

This image was taken with the Cassini spacecraft’s camera pointing almost directly at the Sun, so the surfaces of Titan and Enceladus appear in silhouette, and the rings of Saturn look like a photographic negative.

Image Credit: NASA

Team Kimberlin Post of the Day


I’m #JustABlogger, but Bill Schmalfeldt has claimed to be a responsible journalist. As the DKPOTD from two years ago today shows, he was lying.

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Bill Schmalfeldt claims to be a responsible journalist, but he apparently does not subscribe to these points from the Society of Professional Journalists Code of Ethics—

Journalists should:
• Balance the public’s need for information against potential harm or discomfort. Pursuit of the news is not a license for arrogance or undue intrusiveness.
• Show compassion for those who may be affected by news coverage. Use heightened sensitivity when dealing with juveniles, victims of sex crimes, and sources or subjects who are inexperienced or unable to give consent.
• Recognize that legal access to information differs from an ethical justification to publish or broadcast.
• Realize that private people have a greater right to control information about themselves than public figures and others who seek power, influence or attention. Weigh the consequences of publishing or broadcasting personal information.

Let’s look at these in relation to his writings about the Walker v. Kimberlin, et al. lawsuit and the Kimberlins’ motion for a deposition subpoena for Mrs. Walker. Any decent person who reads the unredacted version of the that motion will see that it contains an allegation against Mrs. Walker that is impertinent, immaterial, and scandalous. (And as an eyewitness to the conversation upon which it is based, I’ll add that it’s a lie.) It is inconceivable (and that word means what I think it means) that there could be any other motivation for publishing that lie other than to cause harm and discomfort to Mrs. Walker.

Of course, the Cabin Boy™ is not known for his compassion toward juveniles or victims of sex crimes. He is currently subject to a restraining order that protects a three-year-old child. The article published by Breitbart Unmasked when he was editor alleging that Tetyana Kimberlin was mentally ill when she accused Brett Kimberlin of what would commonly be called statutory rape certainly showed no compassion for her as the victim of a sex crime. Breitbart Unmasked Bunny Boy Unread has taken that post down, but it has been preserved in multiple locations on the Internet.

(OTOH, Hogewash! has tried to redact children’s names to the greatest extent possible. This blog has also redacted the names of third parties mentioned in court filings such as the name of a young woman mentioned in the Walker interrogatories to the Kimberlins.)

In its most general sense, the word ethics means a system of systematizing, defending, and recommending concepts of right and wrong conduct. The Cabin Boy™ is behaving ethically based on his understanding of right and wrong when he publishes these hurtful tweets and posts. What I find most appalling about his behavior is not the acts themselves but his apparent belief that they are virtuous.

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To refer to the members of Team Kimberlin as scum would be defamatory—to the algae that make up pond scum.