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State Department writes anti-leak memo, which promptly leaks

The State Department legal office prepared a four-page memo for Secretary of State Rex Tillerson warning of the dangers of leaking by State Department employees. It promptly leaked, to me. That’s only the latest sign that the relationship between the Trump administration political appointees and the State Department professional workforce is still very much a work in progress.

Hope it was worth it. You all got a slightly different version.*

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*Not really, but that’s how I would have played it.

A Brutal and True Depiction


Update: Krendler adds this wisdom:

Bill Schmalfeldt is a liar.  Bill Schmalfeldt cannot be trusted.  Bill Schmalfeldt is a worthless pig.  Bill Schmalfeldt is due for a lesson in manners and consequences.

For what it’s worth, I once tried to impress upon this fat piece of shit that our CHOICES determine our ACTIONS, our ACTIONS lead to CONSEQUENCES, and the RESPONSIBILITY for the CONSEQUENCES lies squarely with the person who made the CHOICES in the first place.

Here’s a shock:  it didn’t take.

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John Hoge reports that a motion to compel discovery from Bill Schmalfeldt has been filed with the court overseeing Hoge v. Kimberlin, et al.  It also appears that Schmalfeldt’s offer to settlethe case has been rejected by John Hoge. I have not read the offer. Since part of John Hoge’s issue with Schmalfeldt has to do with a previous agreement which was not honored, we can all see why Hoge might wish to let a judge decide who is right.

By the way, in this dispute John Hoge has the facts on his side, in my opinion. 

After years of Peace Orders and harassment, this lawsuit might hold Brett Kimberlin and Bill Schmalfeldt to task for their internet activities. Oddly enough, Schmalfeldt might be undone by one simple comment among thousands of more vile comments he has posted online. 

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Nope. Not that one.

Bill Schmalfeldt’s own words:

I agreed with a blog entry on someone else’s blog that called Hoge out for stalking Kimberlin’s daughter. NO JUDGE IN THE WORLD IS GOING TO FIND ME GUILTY OF DEFAMATION FOR THAT EXPRESSION OF MY FIRST AMENDMENT RIGHTS.

The text of this now-deleted post has been archived and is available should someone claim these are not the words of Bill Schmalfeldt. I am not linking to the document, but it is available.

He did much more than agree, he endorsed the truthfulness of the article.

From John Hoge’s complaint:

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Paragraph 43 includes a correct quotation of the comment in question. I saw it the week it was posted, and have seen it on BU since.

In general, I think the author should be responsible for their own words. On the other hand, if you endorse the truth of another person’s writing, you have an obligation to back that up. Every fact in the article must be correct, and the tone of the article should match the event described.

Again, Bill Schmalfeldt:

I am also being sued for being part of a conspiracy to defame Hoge. He has no proof of this, nor was there anything even resembling the legal definition of conspiracy going on here.

It is my understanding that discovery isn’t going smoothly in this case. Please reread the Bart Simpson style comment above. “I didn’t do it and you can’t prove it,” is not a solid legal foundation.

Emails between conspirators might help prove John’s point.

Mr. Hoge might have a very hard time proving a conspiracy between a handful of actors in Team Kimberlin, if the participants refuse to cooperate. On the other hand, a judge might just figure that attempts to hide evidence of conspiracy is in fact a data point proving a conspiracy.

 

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Help Us Find a Cure


While this a serious situation, it reminded me of something:

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Fakinsons, malingering and illnesses of convenience are all on the rise. Millions of people suffer (or enjoy) diseases which seem to defy actual medical science. For years on end, they are nearly crippled by symptoms which force them to rely on spouses to perform routine tasks, like walking the dogs or mailing unintentionally humorous court pleadings. Some of the symptoms include impulsiveness, poor hygiene and obsessive behavior. Later, the spouses can no longer help, these poor souls are forced to buy cars, drink liquor and carry on as if they had never been ill.

Help us, won’t you, to stamp out the phony maladies and the fakers? 

Then, medical science can find resources to investigate real, actual illnesses. 

You Could Write “Nunna yer Damned Bidness” on the Whole Thing


Or, you could write “Get a warrant.” 

The Rutherford Institute — which also tracks violence by police — is keeping an eye on Census Bureau. Like all federal agencies, it seems to have mission creep.

Unlike the traditional census, which is limited to a simple head count every ten years for the purpose of establishing representation in Congress, the ACS is sent on an ongoing basis to about 3 million homes every year at a reported cost of hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars. Individuals who receive the ACS must complete it or be subject to potentially significant monetary penalties. At 28 pages (with an additional 16-page instruction packet), the ACS contains some of the most detailed and intrusive questions ever put forth in a census questionnaire. These concern matters that the government simply has no business knowing, including questions relating to respondents’ bathing habits, home utility costs, fertility, marital history, work commute, mortgage, and health insurance, among others. As Rutherford Institute attorneys point out, the real danger with the ACS is in not knowing why the information is needed, how it will be used by the government or with whom it will be shared.

There might actually be great reasons for the government to compile data on communities — like to determine where resources should go, or what programs are successful. We really should look at the War on Poverty, and the related War on Drugs, as well as other programs.

On the other hand, get off my lawn. Data-based lawn, I mean.

Guess What Endangers the Water at Standing Rock?


 

Protesters who will not leave.

The governor of North Dakota signed an emergency evacuation order Wednesday reaffirming the Feb. 22 deadline for protesters to leave the Oceti Sakowin camp, insisting that people’s safety is now in danger. – snip –

“One of the biggest environmental threats to clean water in the Missouri right now is the camp itself,” [ND Governor] Burgum said. “Because we’ve got five or six months of human waste, debris.”

Burgum said waste is a more imminent threat to the water supply of the Standing Rock Sioux than anything else.

These are the Golden Days of Environmental Irony.

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.

Lots of Other Questions


The Washington Post:

With Flynn’s departure, the intrigue only deepens. Many questions still need to be answered: Why did Trump, who apparently was aware of Flynn’s dissembling for weeks, wait so long to force his adviser out? What did Trump himself know directly about Flynn’s conversations with Russian officials? Did Flynn potentially make false claims to the FBI, who quizzed him in the first days of the administration? Could Flynn face prosecution?

Where are the leaks coming from? If there were phone calls between Trump advisers and spooks for the Kremlin, were they recorded, and if so will they also be leaked? Will Democrats find other people whose malfeasance is tiny compared to Bill and Hillary Clinton’s, and destroy them?  

How many ways can the press remind us about Russia tampering with the election, without pointing out that at worst, the Russians leaked private email, which is a shadow of the leaks involved here? If the worst tampering they did was to show what schmucks the Democrats are, is that really a big deal?

I don’t like this crap from any angle. Flynn screwed up, and I don’t want somebody that careless advising the president. It’s not as if he lost thousands of emails, or deleted them from a server stored in the bathroom.

I really don’t like the fact that in Washington, taking someone’s scalp is a partisan blood sport. And I really didn’t like seeing Wolf Blitzer with that sanctimonious smirk on his face.