I think so, Brain … but the online fantasy bridge forum was full of trolls.
The use of the term “anonymous coward” to describe someone who posts a comment without using his real name or a known nom de cyber goes back to the early days of Usenet. If Samuel Clemens were to comment here as Mark Twain, he would not be considered an anonymous coward. (Note: Someone using a known nom de cyber (i.e., @BreitbartUnmask) may be a coward but doesn’t really meet the definition of anonymous coward.)
OTOH, these “commenters” are clearly anonymous cowards:The abusive, often obscene, content of the comments submitted under these names compounds the cowardice of the sender(s). He (they) doesn’t (don’t) have the courage to speak openly.
I’ve received around a hundred such “comments” over the past few months. I’ve posted a few of them. Most have been so juvenile that my reaction has been to shake my head and file them away. Some, however, have contained seriously perverted messages that raise concerns about the stability of the sender. They have caused my family to take some additional measures to assure our safety.
There are some really sick weirdo trolls on the Internet.
A member of Team Kimberlin that I’ve taken to calling “Coleman” is publishing a hate website called Aaron Justin Walker’s House of Horrors (No, I won’t link to it.) He has a new post up. The main post and the comments contains some interesting details.
The first is a collection of cartoons from the Everybody Draw Mohammed website that Aaron Walker cofounded.
Now, let me get this straight. It was wrong for Aaron Walker and his colleagues to publish those cartoons, but it’s OK for Coleman to do so. On what grounds? Why would one publication be a hurtful, blasphemous act and the other not?
The second is the vocabulary used by Coleman, especially “narrative” and “false narrative.” These come straight out of Brett Kimberlin’s dictionary, and the narrative Coleman is spinning reads as if he’s taking dictation from Kimberlin.
The third is a claim made by Coleman that Brett Kimberlin never published Aaron Walker’s home or work addresses. That is, of course, provably wrong. Kimberlin included that information in a court motion which would have been a public record if the judge had not sealed it. He then filed an unredacted copy of the sealed motion in another unsealed document with another court. Here’s a redacted version.
Putting information in a public document constitutes publication.
BTW, Coleman’s home address is [redacted], and he works for [redacted] located at [redacted].
I don’t have a problem per se with Coleman blogging anonymously or using a nom de cyber. (I’ve written geek humor using the pen name R. M. S. Watts, B.S.) I do have a problem with someone hiding behind anonymity to tell lies and make bogus accusations of cowardice.
UPDATE AND CORRECTION—I am informed that Aaron Walker was not the cofounder of the Everyone Draw Mohammed website. He was the sole founder. I regret my error.
Team Kimberlin keeps those insults coming.takingyourhouse.com? Oh, please! That would require a civil suit which would open you up to discovery. A plaintiff’s refusal to cooperate with discovery invariably results in dismissal with prejudice. You’re going to sue me? Go ahead. Make my day.
And if the comment is supposed to be a real response to A Zombie Finds a Brain, it should at least address one of the points made in that post. Did I misquote the harassment statute? Did I misrepresent any of Schmalfeldt’s tweets or posts? Did mischaracterize anything the judges told Schmalfeldt? Did I get any of the citations of Maryland law wrong? Or is this attempted comment simply more whining harassment?
The desperation in the mudslinging is palpable. There are no facts. The cowardice is obvious. They don’t have the guts to use their real identities.
Pathetic. Simply pathetic.
Oh, one more thing … People submitting or attempting to submit comments to Hogewash! should read The Fine Print, especially the part about wordpress.com’s Terms of Service. The sixth bullet point of item 2 of the WordPress ToS is particularly important.
UPDATE—Ooooh, I’m so intimidated. Not.UPDATE 2—Let’s pretend for the sake of the argument that Pro Verb is correct in his description of me. Does that invalidate anything that I’ve posted? Or is Pro Verb’s use of an ad hominem attack in his comment a demonstration of Team Kimberlin’s desperation?
The easiest way to discredit Bill Schmalfeldt is to quote Bill Schmalfeldt.
UPDATE—You know, “Larry’s” question deserves an answer, and the answer is, “Yes.”
And, “Larry,” I’m quite proud of my son. He’s not an idiot, not in either the medical/psychological or the colloquial sense. The medical definition of idiocy is a very low IQ that ranks in the bottom 1%. Will’s IQ is actually in the upper range of the upper 1%. Like many young men, he doesn’t have all the experience that brings wisdom with age, but he’s no fool either.
So, yes, he’s my best shot.
Even though my offer to allow down twinkle comments on to the site has expired, I’m going to publish the one I finally received. It came with a thumbs down to the A New Member for Team Kmberlin? post.
Of course, there is no domain registered as oinky.net, so the email address “Willy” gave is bogus. Oh, and the WHOIS on the IP address is a real hoot. It’s assigned to an organization called Desiav located at 111 Kimpity colony, Secundrabad, AP 500007, US.
Come on, guys, is that the best you can do?
Some folks blog under a nom de cyber. There’s an old tradition of such pen names—Publius, Poor Richard, etc. Although I have used a nom de plume writing humor for audio industry publications (R. M. S. Watts, B.S.), I blog under my own name.
When I took that decision, I knew that it would have an effect on my privacy. You see, there are only two people alive in the United States named William John Joseph Hoge. I’m WJJH III (Yes, W3JJH, my amateur radio call sign, is a vanity call sign), and my son is serial number IV. It takes very little google-fu to find all sorts of information about me given my two decade long presence on the web. That’s why my address and one of my phone numbers is on the DMCA Contact page. Given the ease of finding my contact info, why not direct people for my convenience?
I knew that trolls would try to spam me, but they’re easily dealt with. What’s amusing is how clever some of them think they are. One used my ham radio call sign shown on the About page to find my address when he could have simply clicked on the DMCA Contact page. Go figure.
If the phrase In the Hall of the Mountain King means anything to most people, it’s as the title to one of the parts of Edvard Grieg’s Peer Gynt Suite. Cinema buffs may also associate that tune with the movie M, as the music played just as the serial killer played by Peter Lorre strikes.
I was reminded of the phrase while reading this post about Neal Rauhauser over at The Other McCain. Stacy McCain wonders whether Mr. Rauhauser is evil or crazy or both. (My guess is that both is the correct answer.)
Rauhauser thinks of his evil acts as heroic, avenging the wrongs he alleges have been done by the dehumanized scapegoats whom he alternately diminishes (as insignificant “trolls,” etc.) and magnifies as dangerous enemies, as suits his selfish purposes.
I would argue, and this where the Hall of the Mountain King comes in, that what Neal Rauhauser wants to be is King of the Trolls like the character in Act II of the Ibsen play Peer Gynt. After Peer Gynt meets the Troll King’s daughter, the Troll King offers him the opportunity to become a troll—if Peer marries the daughter. Peer declines in the end. An important plot point that is crucial to understanding the play is a question asked by the Troll King: “What is the difference between troll and man?” The answer given is: “Out there, where sky shines, humans say, ‘To thyself be true.’ In here, trolls say, ‘Be true to yourself and to hell with the world.'” Egoism is a defining trait of the trolls in the play.
So it is with Mr. Rauahauser. His seeming lack of empathy might allow him to believe that he is merely following Polonius’ advice (and the Troll Motto)—To Thine Own Self Be True—while ignoring “And it must follow, as the night the day, Thou canst not then be false to any man.”
Neal Rauhauser, wannabe King of the Trolls. That might explain a lot.
Oh, and one more thing … Stacy McCain describes Neal Rauhauser as Patient Zero in the Weinergate nonsense. A better description might be the virus.
Yet one more thing … You can tell that I didn’t go to Harvard. I referred to M as a movie instead of a film.
It has been suggested to me that I am being foolish by continuing to follow up on what I am now calling the continuing saga of Dread Pirate Kimberlin. I admit that possibility.
OTOH, I view him and his clown posse as a menace and wish to see him and them brought to justice. To that end, I try to share some of the information that I have with the Gentle Readers of this blog. Here are some things I’d like you to know.
1. I can’t always publish everything I know. I get some information off-the-record. While that information helps me put things in perspective and develop other leads, I can’t use it directly. Gentle Reader, you can also assume that I am cooperating with various people and agencies with an interest in Team Kimberlin. Thus, some information may need to be delayed or kept confidential in order to prevent evasive action by the bad guys.
2. I don’t feed trolls. I have received troll tweets and blog comments. If you’re trolling, save your breath. I’ll block your comments here and ignore you on Twitter.
Oh, one more thing … I used to refer to Brett Kimberlin as Lord Voldemort (He Who Must Not Be Named Under Penalty of Peace Order) and his followers as the Death Eater Wannbes. He and they got demoted in July when Judge Rupp denied the Peace Order being sought against Aaron Walker. The only thing Mr. Kimberlin really has in common with the Dark Lord is that they are both losers. I’m now calling him Dread Pirate Kimberlin in reference to his piracy-themed Bloggers Offense Team website. (No, I won’t link to it.) Brett Kimberlin deserves to be made a laughingstock. At the same time, I recognize that, though he is a coward, he can be a dangerous coward. I keep my eyes open.
Whether you agree with Mr. McCain on the particular issue, you should read the whole thing.