Team Kimberlin Post of the Day


Occasionally, the TKPODs have had as much or more about me as they did about the member(s) of Team Kimberlin. Cabin Boy #BillSchmalfeldt, Journalist, from eight years ago today was such a post.

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Bill SchCBBS_HM3malfeldt claims to be a Journalist. He cites his training and experience. He learned how to proofread while training to be a PR flack an enlisted Journalist (JO rate) in the Navy (That’s CBBS on the right). He’s done talk radio in such major markets as Sheboygan. He’s won awards for his writing and editing of government documents.

OK, so he’s a Journalist. Big deal.

If he’s going to work in Maryland, he might want to download a copy of The Journalist’s Guide to the Maryland Court System. This handy reference was put out as a joint project of the Maryland Courts, the Maryland Bar Association, and the Society of Professional Journalists. He might find the sections on Knowing Your Limits (p. 14, ff.) and The Law of Libel and Invasion of Privacy (p. 75, ff.) to be instructive.

BTW, I am not a Journalist. I am just a blogger and a hobbyist blogger at that. I have a day job providing engineering consulting to various projects at NASA (But what I do isn’t rocket science; it’s applied quantum physics.). Once upon a time, I was a Journalist, but that was a long time ago, back when CBBS was in middle school and high school. One of the places I worked was the news department at WLAC, a 50,000 watt clear-channel station in Nashville. Back in ’60s, WLAC was the number one R&B station in the U. S. covering 28 states at night. I was the guy in the newsroom and on the air the night Martin Luther King was shot. I wonder if CBBS ever covered a story that big—or that sensitive. Given his modus operandi, I doubt it.

algore in Nam

UPDATE—Several prominent Journalists got their starts in the Armed Forces. Al Gore (at right), who worked at the Tennessean while I was in broadcasting in Nashville (We were both recently returned from Viet Nam), got his first reporting gig as a Public Affairs Specialist (46Q) in the Army. While he was in Viet Nam, he wrote for The Castle Courier, the newspaper of the 20th Engineer Brigade at Bien Hoa. I was stationed with the 12th Combat Aviation Group down the road at Plantation Army Airfield, but we weren’t in country at the same time.

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BTW, the picture above shows the Cabin Boy™ (who is a Viet Nam era veteran) wearing more decorations on his uniform that are listed on His DD214.

Team Kimberlin Post of the Day


Bill Schmalfeldt claims to be a Journalist. He cites his training and experience. He learned how to proofread while training to be a PR flack an enlisted Journalist (JO rate) in the Navy. He’s done talk radio in such major markets as Sheboygan. He’s won awards for his writing and editing of government documents.

If he wants to be a Journalist working in Maryland, he should download a copy of The Journalist’s Guide to the Maryland Court System. This handy reference was put out as a joint project of the Maryland Courts, the Maryland Bar Association, and the Society of Professional Journalists. He might find the sections on Knowing Your Limits (p. 14, ff.) and The Law of Libel and Invasion of Privacy (p. 75, ff.) to be instructive.

Cabin Boy #BillSchmalfeldt, Journalist


Bill SchCBBS_HM3malfeldt claims to be a Journalist. He cites his training and experience. He learned how to proofread while training to be a PR flack an enlisted Journalist (JO rate) in the Navy (That’s CBBS on the right). He’s done talk radio in such major markets as Sheboygan. He’s won awards for his writing and editing of government documents.

OK, so he’s a Journalist. Big deal.

If he’s going to work in Maryland, he might want to download a copy of The Journalist’s Guide to the Maryland Court System. This handy reference was put out as a joint project of the Maryland Courts, the Maryland Bar Association, and the Society of Professional Journalists. He might find the sections on Knowing Your Limits (p. 14, ff.) and The Law of Libel and Invasion of Privacy (p. 75, ff.) to be instructive.

BTW, I am not a Journalist. I am just a blogger and a hobbyist blogger at that. I have a day job providing engineering consulting to various projects at NASA (But what I do isn’t rocket science; it’s applied quantum physics.). Once upon a time, I was a Journalist, but that was a long time ago, back when CBBS was in middle school and high school. One of the places I worked was the news department at WLAC, a 50,000 watt clear-channel station in Nashville. Back in ’60s, WLAC was the number one R&B station in the U. S. covering 28 states at night. I was the guy in the newsroom and on the air the night Martin Luther King was shot. I wonder if CBBS ever covered a story that big—or that sensitive. Given his modus operandi, I doubt it.

algore in Nam

UPDATE—Several prominent Journalists got their starts in the Armed Forces. Al Gore (at right), who worked at the Tennessean while I was in broadcasting in Nashville (We were both recently returned from Viet Nam), got his first reporting gig as a Public Affairs Specialist (46Q) in the Army. While he was in Viet Nam, he wrote for The Castle Courier, the newspaper of the 20th Engineer Brigade at Bien Hoa. I was stationed with the 12th Combat Aviation Group down the road at Plantation Army Airfield, but we weren’t in country at the same time.

But He’s Our S.O.B.


Cordell Hull, FDR’s Secretary of State, once said of Dominican Republic dictator Raphael Trujillo. “He’s an S.O.B, but he’s our S.O.B.” One wonders if that isn’t the way the Main Stream Media feel about Barack Obama.

They can’t objectively look at the economic roadblocks his policies have put in the way of recovery and see success. They can’t objectively look at what is going on in places such as Iran, Syria, an Egypt and see success. They can’t do the math on the President’s budget proposals and see solvency. Yet, these allegedly objective journalists act as if they are on a mission to assure the President’s reelection, and some of them are aghast that right-wing trolls of the blogosphere dare to inject facts into the public discourse.

Uh, huh.

Let’s cut to the chase. It’s not about Truth. It’s about Power. It’s about who will be in charge. Will it be Progressives who see themselves as modern philosopher kings (“My IQ is probably higher than yours.”—Joe Biden)? Or will it be those troglodyte Conservatives who want to take us back to the 18th-century?

That’s an important choice. And if the truth gets too inconvenient …

UPDATE—Breitbart reports an Inconvenient Truth (H/T, Instapundit).

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