Category Archives: Somebody is Wrong on the Internet

Bravado: You’re Doing it Wrong


Consider the thoughts of Bill Schmalfeldt, an individual who has gone out of his way to soil his own reputation and attempts to get people fired.  

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Taking the ‘lame attempt’ Tweet at face value, I assume someone has informed Mr. Schmalfeldt’s employer of Peace Orders, previous urine-related writings, and some other whatnot. I’m on record as discouraging such things, but…turnabout is fair play. Bill’s public statements have made it clear that he has done the same.

I’m focused upon the statement “This is my town, people know me.”

It reminds me a bit of the “fed to fed” Tweet of a few years back in which Schmalfeldt assumed he’s have some common ground with a postal inspector, since he was once a writer for the federal government. The details are fading in my memory, but the tone was much the same. I know the special handshake. No pun intended.

A reminder: Knowing Bill Schmalfeldt is exactly the opposite of liking Bill Schmalfeldt. To know him is to loath him.

Bill Schmalfeldt should take no comfort that the anonymous, pseudonymous or non-Quad Cities individuals who are contacting his employer are strangers, while Bill is known to his employers. After a while, Bill’s personality will be known to his employers. Even without information from the Lickspittles, his employers will come to certain conclusions about him. Management might Google Bill Schmalfeldt. A few listeners might, too. This is a natural process, and one reason why folks generally avoid making strikingly odd statements in public.

As for the second Tweet at the top of this post, involving prosecution: Radio stations have notoriously weak prosecutorial powers. At one time, the phone police were fearsome, as explained by Dr. Johnny Fever:

My copy of the Communications Act of 1932 and its amendments show no actual police powers afforded to radio stations.

I would encourage those who dislike Bill Schmalfeldt to act within legal boundaries. Please don’t put yourselves in jeopardy by exaggerating, overstating or becoming a pest. 

Take the lead of the most wise Stacy McCain:

The best way to discredit Bill Schmalfeldt is to quote Bill Schmalfeldt. — RS McCain

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Can We Just Dial it Back Just a Bit?


Or as Sgt. Hulka said,”Lighten up, Francis.”

So now we have to keep an eye on anarchists, Islamists, Antifa and the black bloc. 

Members of the anti-fascist Antifa group at Cronulla on Saturday.

A 2015 anti-fascist protest in Australia by Antifa.  Photo credit: Alex Ellinghausen.

Sidney Morning Herald:

Antifa, or anti-fascists, are a loose collection of socialists and anarchists, anti-racists and small-l liberals. 

Apparently they’re anti-racist, which I figure is good, but they’re pro-intimidation and violence. 

From a  Washington Post story on the so-called black bloc protesters at Berkeley:

To be sure, the black bloc attackers don’t make prosecution simple. As the article notes, the term “black bloc” was first used to describe tight wedges of black-clad protesters in helmets and masks who appeared in street demonstrations in Germany in the 1970s, sometimes confounding efforts to single out, identify and prosecute individuals. But it is not clear to me how eager UC Berkeley is to apprehend those responsible for the attack.

Germany became Nazi Germany when the Sturmabteilung successfully intimidated others with violence.  With so many young people convinced they are right, and that violence is acceptable in the face of so-called fascism, (Trumpism, really) we need to keep an eye out for the new brownshirts. Hint: they are not operating from the ‘right.’  

Stay safe.

Strike? You’re Going to Strike?


In Douglas Adams’ Hitchiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, a great computer has been created to provide an answer to the question of life, the universe and everything…or to provide a question to the answer…I forget.
Philosophers burst into the room to protest the computer, as the computer would actually put them all out of work. From the radio script:
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Some folks should not threaten to strike.

Gus Bailey found this gem:
Dozens of artists, entertainers, and activists including the usual suspects like Rosie O’Donnell, Debra Messing, Ed Asner and Michael Shannon have attached their names to an effort calling for a month-long protest to stop President-elect Donald Trump. “No! In the Name of Humanity We Refuse to Accept a Fascist America!” reads a full-page ad placed in the New York Times last week by the group Refuse Racism. “Donald Trump, the President-elect, is assembling a regime of grave danger,” the ad says. 
I could actually do with less Rosie O’Donnell, Debra Messing and Ed Asner in my life.
“Simply put, Hollywood is the base of the entire modern American culture. It is the foundation of the country, so to speak, the glue that’s holding it together. And think about what happens when you destroy the foundation of a house. It comes crashing down, right? Well, that’s exactly what’s going to happen to America unless Donald Trump realizes how real the danger of that actually is, and chooses to step down as President of his own free will. And while we’re on the subject, between you and me – nobody wants Hollywood to stop doing its thing, but this is a necessary move.”
Please. Please.  Start with the terrible superhero movies.

Once Again, Really Slowly


There remains one guy who pretends not to understand things, so I’m taking one more try at this. I have cropped off the photos which appeared with this Tweet by Bill Schmalfeldt:

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Please notice the wording of the first sentence.  Passive voice “…as posted on hogewash.” He didn’t say,”John Hoge posted…”  

John Hoge has never, ever actually posted an altered photo on Bill’s late wife on the website Hogewash!   I don’t actually think John Hoge has posted any photos of Bill’s wife, at all.

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I think I had this avatar for an afternoon.

If you read comments on a WordPress site,  you know that individual users can use photographs as their avatars.  Mine is a small picture of myself.  Someone used the altered picture of Bill’s wife as their avatar, and that was published online…but not by John Hoge.

Bill Schmalfeldt wants you to believe that John Hoge caused something to be posted on his website which was an ugly, zombified photo of the late Mrs. Schmalfeldt.  John Hoge is no more in charge of avatars in the comments section, than I am over here.

Bill Schmalfeldt desperately wants to be the victim in all this.  This must be so frustrating for him.  He can’t reach the ones who have insulted him, and the one guy whose contact information he has, and who seems to be a’big cheese,’ simply refuses to fight dirty.   

While I discourage the use of ugly avatars of adversary’s family…I am not in charge of those things.   

 

Let Me Explain


From Facebook: (And no, I did not respond this way on Facebook.)

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Actually, your Facebook post is based upon a faulty premise.  No one actually thinks the world would end if the minimum wage were $15 an hour.  The price of a meal might rise, and some restaurants would cut back hours and install automation…

Poor people would become poorer, since they would have less work,  and people of moderate means might eat out less. Some products produced in America would become more expensive, but there’s always Chinese made stuff.  Oh, the employees would be hurt.  Those folks who used to earn the lower minimum wage.

People do object to the government mandating the wages of anybody, as the government has no business doing this.

Also, I think the boards of directors of major corporations set the pay for the CEO’s. There’s a limited supply of people with the skills to run a major corporation.  I can’t do it.  Can you?

If the boards pay too much to the CEO, the stockholders would object, and the situation would be fixed. Not being a stockholder, I don’t really care what they pay the CEO, as long as I can get a quality product at a reasonable price. Oh, and if they pay the ground-level workers too much, the price will go up.  That I’ll notice.  

 

For more information, see this article.

Let’s do the math: A typical franchisee sells about $2.6 million worth of burgers, fries, shakes and Happy Meals each year, leaving them with $156,000 in profit. If that franchisee has 15 part-time employees on staff earning minimum wage, a $15 hourly pay requirement eats up three-quarters of their profitability. (In reality, the costs will be much higher, as the company will have to fund raises further up the pay scale.) For some locations, a $15 minimum wage wipes out their entire profit.

Recouping those costs isn’t as simple as raising prices. If it were easy to add big price increases to a meal, it would have already been done without a wage hike to trigger it. In the real world, our industry customers are notoriously sensitive to price increases. (If you’re a McDonald’s regular, there’s a reason you gravitate towards an extra-value meal or the dollar menu.) Instead, franchisees can absorb the cost with a change that customers don’t mind: The substitution of a self-service computer kiosk for a a full-service employee.

 

Thanks, I Missed the Birthers and the Truthers


From Facebook:

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Russia hacked into our government in order to get Trump elected.

Let that bit of simplicity sink in.  Elections are run by 50 states plus Guam etc.  Each national election is overseen by state boards, and there are county observers also.  

But Russia hacked into our government.  

The other theory is that Hillary was such a lousy candidate that the Republicans ran a game show host against her and won.  

There are people so dim that they’d rather think that Russia hacked our government than to look in the mirror and conclude that millions of people in this country do not support the progressive agenda.  Millions.  

Must be an awful scary thought, knowing that with all of the universities, public schools and newspapers in your pocket, come January, you will control none of legislative and executive offices in America. A few months later, the 4-4 deadlock on the Supreme Court will be broken.  Unless Russia hacks the Supreme Court.  Snort!

I actually didn’t support the guy, but the Trump victory has been entertaining. 

 

Thanks Facebook.  Let me know when you get around to UFOs and Bigfoot.

Update: The New York Times has the story of how they Russians hacked the DNC, and some email servers…but not the election part of our government.