Our friend Robert Stacy McCain is obsessed with the notion that Bill Schmalfeldt is linked to Brett Kimberlin in some way. In fact, Schmalfeldt was never introduced to Mr. Kimberlin until Aaron Walker and William Hoge tried to get a peace order on both of them at the same time, and he has never been on Brett Kimberlin’s payroll. Quite simply, Bill was fascinated with the leftover remnants of the Breitbart empire, and blogged about them on his own long before he ever wrote a single post at this website. In fact, it was his yeomanlike work on that score that got him this volunteer gig. But McCain does not accept that explanation. As he reports the news that Maryland will not be prosecuting Schmalfeldt as a criminal cyberstalker, McCain demonstrates his mastery of meta-propaganda once again:
Bill Schmalfeldt started investigating Aaron Walker, Lee Stranahan, Ali Akbar, Patrick Frey, and Ken White on his own. He did it because he wondered why the Breitbots were so focused on Brett Kimberlin. He wrote many blog posts debunking their nonsense about Brett Kimberlin because he was interested in providing a corrective to their propaganda. We appreciate his work, because someone needed to keep a record of it all. Meta-propagandist R.S. McCain is now using that body of work as “evidence” that Schmalfeldt has done it all on Kimberlin’s behalf, which justifies everything his friends have done to Schmalfeldt. That is so inside-out that it approaches genius.
Admittedly, Schmalfeldt has been confrontational at times with the subjects of his blogging. They needed examination. Why does weirdo pornographer Lee Stranahan troll Twitter accusing liberals of being Kimberlin supporters? Why does Ali Akbar have McCain on the Kimberlin story? Why is Patrick Frey blaming Kimberlin for his SWATing? These are questions Bill fearlessly tackled. But William Hoge picked his own fight with Schmalfeldt, and offers no evidence that he was ever harassed by him. McCain’s claim of victimization is false on multiple counts. Remember what we reported, that Alex Pareene repeated at Salon?
According to sources close to the investigation, Brett Kimberlin, exercising his rights as a citizen of the United States of America, called the leaders of the church that Stacy attends, and in which Stacy lives at, to inquire why he was being targeted by McCain. He also asked them to inquire further what they could do to get Mr. McCain to end his attacks on Mr. Kimberlin. McCain of course tells a different story. According to my sources the church leaders claimed to Mr. Kimberlin after reading several Google entries about McCain’s racism and hatred, that this is NOT what the church was about in its teachings. The church leaders seemed shocked that they had someone of McCain’s background living at their compound and attacking an honest non-profit organization as well as other victims that McCain has attacked on his blog over a long period of time while living on church property: which I might add exposed the church to legal liability.
Pareene asked McCain for comment and apparently never got a reply. We say that McCain’s tin cup rings as hollow as Aaron Walker’s because his long history of hate speech, not his Kimberlin blogging, is what got him in trouble with his church landlords. Like Aaron Walker, whose employer fired him for having an office full of Brett Kimberlin-related material, McCain immediately began to claim victimhood. But this victimhood takes a strange turn with Mr. Schmalfeldt, because why are so many Breitbots so concerned by his blogs and tweets? Why cannot Hoge simply block and ignore Schmalfeldt, like any normal person does with a “cyberstalker”?
If everything Bill says is a horrible lie, why not simply ignore him?
Ultimately, is this story about right wingers silencing the free speech of a disabled man just because he asked them uncomfortable questions and blogged contrary opinions? We say it is more than that. We say that Aaron Walker and William Hoge have been forum shopping, and that their legal harassment campaign against Schmalfeldt has nothing to do with his tweets or his blog posts. It has everything to do with him living in Maryland. Just look at whom they choose to ignore. While McCain does mention other liberal bloggers who report on the Kimberlin story with the same amount of loathing, there is no long-term project to file criminal charges against them. And at least one of those bloggers has been very aggressive in his tweets with these same right wing characters. So why no lawfare against them, too?
We say it is because unlike Kimberlin and Schmalfeldt, they do not live in Maryland, a state that lets any person file a criminal charge. Hoge lives in Maryland, so he has been useful to the project of bankrupting a Parkinson’s patient with false criminal charges and nonsense peace orders in pursuit of the very conspiracy theory about Kimberlin that McCain expounds so succinctly in this post. The issues in the lawsuit that Kimberlin has filed against McCain and his blogging buddies include malicious prosecution and abuse of process because that is exactly what Hoge and Walker have been doing to both Kimberlin and Schmalfeldt.
McCain has not stopped to think on what the Maryland state’s attorney’s decision means in the context of Kimberlin’s suit, either. Maybe he should. Hoge reacted to the news with a post titled “Maybe Another Day,” which holds the problem in three words: he does not intend to quit his campaign. Neither does McCain. Maybe they should find a new squirrel to chase before they hurt themselves? As McCain said himself a few days ago:
Look: If you are ever in a situation where your stupidity makes you a target, the correct thing to do is . . . nothing.
Don’t react. Don’t try to defend yourself. Don’t lash out at your tormenters. Just ignore it until it is over. Learn your lesson, avoid repetition of the error, and be glad it wasn’t worse.
People who merely describe your stupidity — however mocking and sarcastic their descriptions — have done you no wrong.
Attempting to scapegoat others for your embarrassment, imagining that you have done nothing to deserve mockery or criticism, is never going to repair the damage you have done to yourself. God gives us the enemies we deserve, and we can learn lessons from such experiences, if we are willing to humbly accept chastisement.
Will McCain ever humbly accept chastisement? We doubt it.