Team Kimberlin Post of the Day

Why has Brett Kimberlin attracted such a bunch of losers to Team Kimberlin? Why would he hire such an incompetent as Bill Schmalfeldt as editor of Breitbart Unmasked, and do so more than once? My best guess is that Team Kimberlin is a real world example of the principle that first-rate managers hire first-rate employees while second-rate managers hire third-rate employees. Or maybe it’s an extension of that principle to fourth-rate managers and fifth-rate employees. It was as editorial mistake by Schmalfeldt that forced BU to move to an offshore server rather than give up the identity of its owner in order to file a DMCA counternotice.

Of course, the Dreadful Pro-Se Schmalfeldt has had a perfect record so far in copyright disputes. He’s consistently batted 0.000. This Prevarication Du Jour from five years ago today points out what happened in the Hoge v. Schmalfeldt copyright was.

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grouch356|201507141854ZThe Cabin Boy™ should be used to that kind of outcome. The settlement agreement for the Hoge v. Schmalfeldt copyright lawsuit granted him nothing of what he sought in his counterclaim, but I got the infringing material taken down—the most important item on my list.

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Past performance is no guarantee of future results, but in the Cabin Boy’s™ case, it’s the safe way to bet. I suspect he’ll be no more successful in his current copyright struggle than he has been in attracting subscribers to his latest waste of bandwidth on Youtube. As of 8:30 pm ET yesterday, he still had only 9 subscribers.


Words Have Meaning

Over at one of his blogs, the Cabin Boy™ is running off at the keyboard about how wrong Aaron Walker is for saying that Schmalfeldt had referred to him as “stupid” when the Cabin Boy™ says that he called Aaron “obtuse.” He asks if there is anyone who doesn’t know that the words have different meanings.

Do they? Let’s fact check that with a dictionary.

obtuse \äb-ˈtüs\ adj : 1. stupid or unintelligent.
2. lacking sharpness or quickness of intellect.
3. of an angle: exceeding 90 degrees but less than 180 degrees.
4. not pointed or acute.

Clearly, someone lacks sharpness or quickness of intellect to the point of being stupid.

UPDATE—I’m told that the Cabin Boy™ has a new post up at the St. Francis edition of правда in which explains that the word obtuse means what he chooses it to mean and not what those pesky dictionaries say.

‘I don’t know what you mean by “glory,”‘ Alice said.

Humpty Dumpty smiled contemptuously. ‘Of course you don’t—till I tell you. I meant “there’s a nice knock-down argument for you!”‘

‘But “glory” doesn’t mean “a nice knock-down argument,”‘ Alice objected.

‘When I use a word,’ Humpty Dumpty said in rather a scornful tone, ‘it means just what I choose it to mean—neither more nor less.’

‘The question is,’ said Alice, ‘whether you can make words mean so many different things.’

‘The question is,’ said Humpty Dumpty, ‘which is to be master—that’s all.’

All the king’s horses and all the king’s men won’t be able to put sense into the Cabin Boy’s™ argument again.