Co-Blogger David Edgren added a paragraph to my recent essay on Bill Schmalfeldt and Brett Kimberlin. My paragraph comes first:
I have disagreed with the methods of the Lickspittles who are downright nasty to Schmalfeldt, but I know exactly where they are coming from. I choose not to call Schmalfeldt names, like Cabin Boy or Dumbfuck, or even Shakey. Those are the only ones I can think of now. Somebody will probably add more in the comments.
Well Dave, that confirms it. You are a nicer guy than I am. When I see his photo any more, “that’s Bill Schmalfeldt” isn’t the first thing that comes to my mind. I see Our Oaf, the Lardy Litigant, the Colossal Cyberstalker, that sort of thing. He’s finally succeeded in turning himself into a cartoon character in my mind. He’s no longer real to me and I no longer feel any sort of compassion for or empathy with him whatsoever –de
Apparently some explanation is necessary.
You know how people call him names, point out his weaknesses and dance on his metaphorical legal grave every time he loses in court? Or how some folks wish for his complete humiliation? I get that.
Murum Aries Attigit
Emotions run high, especially when personal attacks online spread into private lives.
Am I demonstrating compassion for Schmalfeldt when for instance, I ask for some decorum here? Not really.
He’s the guy who published my financial data (publicly available but embarrassing) online. He contacted my work through Twitter. He photoshopped my face on the butt of a dog. And he’s messed with my online friends.
I hold the view that all of you are responsible for your words, and that includes the ones you’ve made up to describe Brett Kimberlin and Bill Schmalfeldt.
That’s of course the legal view. Those words in the comment section are yours, and I don’t have to police the comments here.
In a moral sense also, you own your words. I hope for you that you can find a way to communicate here and elsewhere which matches the way you’d communicate face to face. If you’d call that guy a F-face on the street, well that’s you and maybe your way is best.
I support Thinking Man’s Zombie, though I’d never write what Krendler does. He does have a way, and it really ticks off Schmalfeldt. That’s a strategy.
Which reminds me. As I’ve said before, nothing worthwhile was ever accomplished without enthusiasm. Have fun.