Patterico's Pontifications

8/7/2013

Deranged Cyberstalker Bill Schmalfeldt Taken Apart by Ken White of Popehat in The First of a Series

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 4:21 am

In an excellent poat titled True Threats, True Incitement, Or Truly Crazy? The Rhetoric of Deranged Cyberstalker Bill Schmalfeldt, Ken White examines the violent rhetoric of Kimberlin and Rauhauser supporter (and deranged cyberstalker) Bill Schmalfeldt. Ken promises a multi-part series on Schmalfeldt’a rhetoric, and I plan to stay tuned for every installment.

Ken’s first entry focuses on a blog post wherein Schmalfeldt gleefully fantasized in loving detail about the death of Ken and myself. Ken quotes Schmalfeldt’s post at length, and I will do so here as well. Please note that the following passage was prefaced by Schmalfeldt providing detailed information about where Ken and I could be located.

I say that unless someone is dragging @Popehat……and Frey OUT OF THEIR OFFICES and BREAKING THEIR KNEES WITH BASEBALL BATS because of this, then there is nothing for them to worry about. Words are just words, and they cannot harm you. “Sticks and stones,” as they say.

Or, baseball bats.

And let it NOT be said that the Liberal Grouch advocates anyone using baseball bats to break the kneecaps of either Mr. White or Mr. Frey! Nothing could be further from the truth. In fact, if you have it in your mind that if Nadia Naffe were a friend of yours and some scumbag attorney used the powers of his office to dig up and use private information against her, whoever did it (or defends him) DESERVES to have their knees broken with baseball bats, let me dissuade you of that notion here and now.

That is not what baseball bats were made for.

For one thing, a wooden bat could break if it were used in such a reckless and lawless fashion. And if you think you can get around that by using an aluminum bat, guess again. An aluminum bat (unless it is reinforced with a lead center) would likely bend under such pressure. Now, I hear the crafty ones out there saying, “Yeah? Well, what if I drill out the center of a WOODEN baseball bat, fill IT with lead, cover the tip with Plastic Wood? Wouldn’t THAT do the job?”

Again, I say, you are wasting your time with all that effort. Tire irons are much more readily available.

And I am NOT saying that Patrick Frey and Kenneth White deserve to be dragged from their offices, out to the street in front of their offices, and thus have their knees broken by ANYTHING, be it a tire iron, or a lead pipe, or a lead-filled baseball bat. Nor should they be taken by a group of four or five strong men (or women) and thrown in front of a moving truck. You would have to consider the emotional damage that would be done to the innocent truck driver, unless the truck driver agrees to be part of your conspiracy in the first place. And a truck might swerve to miss Mr. Frey and/or Mr. White, the driver could lose control, jackknife his trailer and cause a lot of damage to people and property. And if it’s a truck with a hazardous payload, like sulfuric acid, I don’t think I need to tell YOU how severe the environmental damage would be.

So, NO! Do NOT hit Mr. Frey and/or Mr. White with baseball bats or lead pipes or tire irons on their knees, arms, elbows, shins, or any other parts of their bodies. It would be painful and degrading, moreso to you as an outraged, but otherwise law-abiding citizen. It would ruin your life. If the authorities caught you. And if they did, if they pressed charges. I understand in some communities, the authorities tend to turn a blind eye to bullies getting their deserved comeuppance. I don’t think Los Angeles is such a community.

So, let’s leave things as they are. Let Mr. Frey and Mr. White FEEL they are being retaliated against in a war of words they started and are being smeared with feces being hurled back at them after being first hurled BY them. Let yourself not be dragged down to the Neanderthal level of a Mr. Frey or a Mr. White (or a Mr. R. Stacy McCain or a Mr. Lee Stranahan or a Mr. Ali Akbar or a Mr. Aaron Worthing) and degrade yourself by using brute force to punish them for their many, many alleged (by me) crimes against nature and humanity.

Know that the sternest punishment one can legally employ against such blackguards is the sure and certain knowledge that when they awake in the morning, they will still be…

Them.

And let God deal with their sins. As He will. Probably with sores and painful boils. On their faces.

Ken explains what Schmalfeldt is up to here:

Schmalfeldt is engaged in apophasis, the rhetorical device of saying something by asserting you are not saying it. The disclaimer at the end is tepid, like most of his writing — the meat and heat of it is in his fervid imaginings of violence against us. It’s perfectly possible to frame a threat as a non-threat. What Schmalfeldt is doing is like me saying “I am not saying that you should go to the home of Political Enemy Paul at [address] and crouch in the hedge outside his front door and beat him with a pipe when he exits his house, because you could get your clothes dirty.”

I agree with Ken’s assessment that this little fantasy would not likely result in criminal sanctions, although Schmalfeldt’s clear intent is to threaten Ken and myself. Ken notes that Schmalfeldt treats even relatively mild criticism of himself as incitement to violence — meaning, of course, that Schmalfeldt clearly views his own far more violent speech as an even more serious incitement. Schmalfeldt’s clearly evil intent aside, Ken did not report this post to law enforcement and neither did I.

Indeed, I didn’t even bother writing about it at the time. Schmalfeldt’s post was published several months ago, and although I was aware of it, it was nothing new. Anyone who has ever criticized Brett Kimberlin tends to be the target of this kind of harassment, and I don’t generally react to it. Just because you don’t see me writing about it, don’t assume the harassment has stopped. It never does.

And don’t assume this is the worst, either. While I didn’t report this, I did report a comment by a member of this crew which was of a threatening nature directed towards my wife and children.

Read all of Ken’s post, and marvel at the depths that some people sink to. Ken really does a masterful job of sorting it all out.


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