…with John Hoge’s offer of a settlement in Hoge’s suit. John Hoge is suing Bill Schmalfeldt in part over Bill using copyrighted material from Hogewash!
Part of Bill’s response:
Mr. Schmalfeldt has also reprinted a picture of the late Connie Hoge with some insulting commentary. Find the document here on Thinking Man’s Zombie.
I like to use pictures when helping some folks understand, and if you’ve seen the classic film A Beautiful Mind, you will get this.
Bill Schmalfeldt imagines himself this way:
This is actually more appropriate:
He is not a misunderstood genius, he is an overwrought goof.
Bill Schmalfeldt imagines he will scrape every grievance off the walls of his bedroom and present them in court. Every post-it note filled with butt-hurt will become an exhibit. Every screen shot of a nasty gravatar featuring Bill’s wife, every Billy Sez poster dropped into the comments section of Hogewash!, and every single use of the phrase “Cabin Boy” will be labeled and numbered, ready for F. Lee Klemper to present to the attentive jury.
Four years of personal insult will soon be avenged by the mighty legal oratory of Mr. Schmalfeldt — who would be a leading attorney today if only for the educational requirements. And the butt stuff.
Opposing counsel will lower their heads and mutter — just like in the movies. The final hours will feature testimony about a forged letter, a jail costume, and forensic analysis into Eastern European manure.
The final arguments will begin with Bill in a wheelchair and on oxygen, but he will complete his oratory with a song about John Hoge to the Tune of “Can’t Help Lovin’ Dat Man” from Showboat, but with obscene words and a tap dancing sequence.
Which is just about as realistic as Schmalfeldt’s fantasy on the same subject.
Best advice all week: Bill, hire an attorney or write John a check. Best advice.