WTF? What is he talking about?

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First, I’m pointing out this specific tweet because, once again, I have never used any foul imagery when discussing Bill Schmalfeldt, but this is not the first time that he has used it with me.  I’ve told him to “Fuck Off,” especially when he was threatening my family and my kids with exposure.  But I never said I was going to “fuck” him.

And while I suppose I’m a “cunt-hair” away from fucking him, which is a mental image I don’t really want ever again, I’d really like to know what it is that I’ve done that is so “fuck” worthy?  He’s accused me of libel and harassment, then admitted to doing the two things I did to earn the accusation of libel and harassment.  So really, what exactly is Bill’s beef with me?  He keeps saying I’m so close to crossing some imaginary line in his mind, but really all I’ve done is ask some questions, be constantly willing to retract anything he can prove I got wrong (which hilariously so far, he’s rather quickly tweeted that I got it exactly right) and shine a light on his behaviors and actions.  Like “cunt-hair away.”  Maybe I should be thankful that it wasn’t an anus/ass/butt crack/poop flake reference.  I’m not sure I feel all that better about it.

So again, I ask Bill to stop with the grandstanding and get into specifics.  And remember, you posted a series of twits that exactly replicated what I accused you of in my question on Pornography, and you’ve now admitted to deleting twitter accounts, and by therefore doing so, deleting tweets.  Not to mention, I’ve at least two other, already put forth, examples of where you deleted tweets elsewhere.  Also, I add this.

So come clean, Bill.  I’ve offered numerous times the chance to get a retraction from me.  And do remember, that the opportunity to retract is a key component of the law.  I’ve given you more and more chances to convince me that I’m wrong.

And I’ve asked specific retractions from you a number of times, with specific reasons as to why your statements were incorrect and defaming.  So, again…  You’ve never asked for a retraction you’ve backed up with facts.  (I admit that’s a caveat, I don’t recall you ever asking me for a retraction, but could be wrong).  I’ve asked for several, with the reasoning behind them, and you’ve ignored them.  Plus I wonder how much potentially harassing communication I can pull from my little blog here.  How many times have you accused me of something vile and digesting with absolutely nothing to back it up.

So Bill, either point out how I’m “fucking you” or shut up.  Any other move is not in your best interest, I don’t care how straight shooting you say you are.  Or any other allusions to threats you want to throw at me.  But here’s one thing I do promise you, Bill.  I’m much much much farther away from fucking you than a “cunt-hair.”

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Space & Rocket Center refinances existing debt – WAFF-TV: News, Weather and Sports for Huntsville, AL

Space & Rocket Center refinances existing debt – WAFF-TV: News, Weather and Sports for Huntsville, AL.

 

This is really awesome news.  I think I’ve shown my love of the Space & Rocket Center lately, and the fact that they have managed to reduce the debt so much is awesome.  And that they’ve finally managed to zero their line of credit, also awesome.

I mentioned a past CEO that really screwed them over.  Included in that was the building of a Saturn V replica while a real Saturn V rotted in the back of the property, and he swore he had a corporation set up to put every kid in Madison County through Space Camp.  Except, he didn’t.  He was fired and ordered to repay $200,000 that he never did.  Later, he was arrested for unrelated dealings in Texas.  But ever since he was fired, the finances of the center have been shaky.  Good to see it bouncing back into shape.

 

I’ve hurt his little feelings.

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First of all, I don’t think so.  Truth is an absolute defense against Libel, and since I now have multiple examples of you deleting not only twits, but entire twitter accounts, I’m feeling very armored on that front.  But hey, you want to spend the $400, feel free.  I could use a vacation, and Maryland sounds grand.  Lots of things I could take pictures of up there, I’m sure.

As for the copyright violation, I’m fairly certain my use of any of your copyrighted works, which has been limited to less than two sentences off your blog page and twitter posts (twitter posts aren’t a copyright violation, btw.  Go read the terms of service.  Seems you enjoy doing that lately.)

So in other words, you’re just threatening legal action just because you don’t like what has been said about you.  Just like you threatened harassment charges against me, even though you knew you had absolutely no case to do so.  Well, if I were you, I’d concentrate on good old Hoge for a while.  You’ve enough on your plate with him.  But if you really feel like you want to come after me for posting a post sent to me by someone else, that seems to pretty solidly make its case, fine.  Unlike you, I’ve always offered to make a retraction to anything that I get wrong.

So, what was wrong in that post, Bill?

UPDATE:

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So here is Bill, claiming he has not deleted any tweets, he’s just deleted accounts.  What does “go bye bye” mean in this situation? That they are, perhaps, deleted?  I mean, seriously, what does “go bye bye” to tweets mean?

Funny, I’ve had only one twitter account.  I’ve had two personal blogs, I moved to WordPress when Livejournal looked like it was closing.  I’ve never done more than change the theme on either blog.  I do have two Facebook accounts, one that I lost the password to back in 2007 so, and have had the same Facebook account since then.

Now I ask, how many different web pages has Bill had in the past three months.  I ask how many twitter accounts has he made “go bye bye” in the past year?  Then I have to wonder, why in the world anyone would think he hasn’t memory holed or hidden things.

UPDATE II

Bill has now admitted that when he deleted his twitter accounts he deleted all the twits associated with that twitter account.  So, it can’t be true that he never deleted a twit.  He’s admitted to deleting lots of twits.  Scores of twits.  Mountains of twits.  In a cycle.  Every time he changed his radio station.

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Except…  why did he delete so many radio stations, websites, and everything else?  Maybe it isn’t nefarious, but it is suspicious.  The rate that things come and go on the websites of his control is bizarre and confusing.  Keeping in mind that the DMCA takedown filled by Bill at WordPress was confusing enough that WordPress removed the wrong things, at least if his version is believed.  At the very least, like much of his writings and actions, confusion abounds.

Of course, that ignores twits that he made that ended up getting the account suspended for violating the ToS of Twitter.  Can’t forget those, can we?

What They Really Meant To Say…

What he meant to say“One of the major difficulties Trillian experienced in her relationship with Zaphood was learning to distinguish between him pretending to be stupid just to get people off their guard, pretending to be stupid because he couldn’t be bothered to think and wanted someone else to do it for him, pretending to be outrageously stupid to hide the fact that he actually didn’t understand what was going on, and really being genuinely stupid. He was renowned for being amazingly clever and quite clearly was so—but not all the time, which obviously worried him, hence, the act. He preferred people to be puzzled rather than contemptuous.”

-Douglas Adams, Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy

William M. Schmalfeldt of Elkridge, MD is a Liar.

This was sent to me anonymously.  I find it interesting and compelling.  I’m sure that a few tweets from Mr. Schmalfeldt could clear this up.  Again, neither I nor Patrick Grady wrote this, and it was sent to me anonymously, so I don’t know who the original writer is.  I have my ideas, though.  I’ll add that whoever wrote this was writing before Schmalfeldt left the WordPress platform for the WIX platform, and the page that is in question is no longer is available, because once again in less than a month, Schmalfeldt changed his website, making older posts disappear.  

Post title:  William M. Schmalfeldt of Elkridge, MD Is a Liar

That’s a damn provocative title, yeah?

July 10, 2014, William M. Schmalfeldt of Elkridge, MD published the following at his most recent pre-memory-holed blog (It may be memory holed now, – your host):

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He says “I haven’t deleted a thing from from Twitter. Sorry. But you’re just wrong.”

No. Not wrong.  Bill is a liar. A lying liar. Who lies. He sucks in fro yo (which almost rhymes with mayo, and is also creamy, gooey and delicious, or so I’ve been told) and vomits intentional falsehoods.  The damn liar.

You see, back on April 27, 2014, Karoli Kuns posted a profile of professional victim (and damn liar) William M. Schmalfeldt of Elkridge, MD at Crooks and Liars (WARNING: this is an INDIRECT link to it).  A friend of mine engaged in a one way Twitter conversation with Karoli later that same day, and he noted, and wondered if Karoli had bothered to note as well, that the Twitter timeline of professional victim and damn liar William M. Schmalfeldt of Elkridge, MD (who was then using the handle @PatOmbudsman, which has itself been deleted from Twitter – can you imagine?) was blank between January 30, 2014 and April 19, 2014:

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My “excellent friend” found this to be more than strange, this two and a half month gap in the now-deleted timeline (wait – deleted? Hmph. That is strange.) of @PatOmbudsman, a/k/a professional lying victim William M. Schmalfeldt of Elkridge, MD, one of the most prolific Twitter users around.  He found it very strange because he remembered some quite extraordinary activity taking place during that verified and documented “dead period.”  He even had screen caps of the day in February 2014 when the documented liar William M. Schmalfeldt of Elkridge, MD doxed him and publicized it on Twitter (where his handle at that time was @2014Radio – another handle that no longer exists):

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And he had screen caps of the day in March 2014 when adjudicated harasser and documented liar William M. Schmalfeldt of Elkridge, MD contacted his employer in an obvious and misguided attempt to get him fired:

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That didn’t work out so well for adjudicated serial harasser, documented, proven liar, serial faildoxer and EPIC practical joke victim William M. Schmalfeldt of Elkridge, MD.

So I wonder…if he “[hasn’t] deleted a thing on Twitter,” and his timeline (for an account which has been, um, well, this is kind of awkward…DELETED) was blank from January 30, 2014 to April 19, 2014, then how can Palatine Pundit have all this documented evidence of tweets authored by adjudicated harasser, documented liar and serial faildoxer William M. Schmalfeldt of Elkridge, MD, concerning things that adjudicated harasser, proven liar and he admits having done (though to be honest he does quibble – merely a lesser form of lying – about his motives), tweets that, according to William M. Schmalfeldt of Elkridge, MD, who has “never deleted a thing on Twitter. Sorry. But you’re wrong,” CANNOT EVER HAVE EXISTED?

Either William M. Schmalfeldt of Elkridge, MD is a liar, or he must provide an explanation.

Now, where did I leave that doom clock?

 

Fever

I am not oblivious to yesterday’s kerfuffle.  I’ve been fighting an illness that finally won for a while yesterday.  High fever and was pretty weak, so I limited myself to just reading.  I got many chuckles.  Also, I luckily avoided the doom clock of 8pm last night, since I didn’t participate in any way yesterday.  Feeling slightly better today.

I will say that I think some pretty creative truth twisting occurred, and I wish a I could see the entire email sent to WordPress.  I suspect there is good reason why that hasn’t been provided.  Based on what has been provided, I’m not as convinced as certain people would like me to be that the NASA pictures where not asked to be removed.  From the four part twit that was sent, starting with the screen page of Copyright.gov site, it would seem that the argument being made was those post violated federal law and the demand that his blog, in its entirety, be taken down.  Since WordPress is a free speech fighter, I think that it is clear that WordPress wouldn’t do that.  In fact, I suspect that WordPress will now fight any attempt to get information on any user from this fellow.  Oh I’m sure they were sweetness and light to him while corresponding with him, but I doubt they are pleased with him at all.

 

Why isn’t Buffalo Police Officer Robert Eloff not in jail?

When it comes to police misconduct, few do it better than Robert Eloff.  The fact that he’s still employed by Buffalo is astonishing, but that may finally be changing.  Currently Eloff is on unpaid leave pending the investigation into an incident at Molly’s Bar in Buffalo.  Bar manager, and Eloff’s off duty employer, Jeffrey Basil is currently facing 1st Degree Assult charges over an altercation that occurred in Molly’s on May 11th.  Little is known about the event, since police are actively investigating, but what is known is not looking good for Eloff.

Witnesses claim that Basil pushed William Sager, Jr. down a flight of stairs.  Sager’s family reports that the doctors believe he was already unconscious before he was pushed, since there is no evidence that Sager tried to protect himself in any way.  It is clear that Sager was unconscious and bleeding from his nose and ears when he landed at the bottom of the staircase.  That’s when Eloff got involved.

Eloff and another officer allegedly dragged Sager out of the bar.  This is a violation of every medical text and concept about what to do for someone with a traumatic head injury.  Eloff should have known better than to move Sager at all.  But it gets worse.  It is reported that Eloff propped him against a wall quite a distance from the bar and then handcuffed him.  Eloff called 911, but didn’t give the bar’s name or location, instead a nearby cross street.  It is important to note that Eloff was under the employment of the bar at the time.  When medical personal arrived, Eloff removed the handcuffs and Sager was rushed to the hospital, where he remains unconscious today.  At some point after Eloff and his partner, also off duty and working for the bar, moved Sager, the video system inside the bar stopped working.  The tapes (reports differ, but it seems to have been some sort of electronic device, and not tapes) were found in the dumpster of a nearby convenience store.

As a result of this incident, Eloff was put on unpaid leave, and cops in Buffalo no longer are allowed to work directly for bars.  The fact that New York state law banned them from working directly for bars, and has for decades, is irrelevant.  Buffalo had allowed off duty officers to work for the bars as long as they stayed outside to handle crowds.  At the time of the assault, both off duty officers were inside the bar.

Being so directly involved with such an assault is bad enough, the fact that Eloff, to the medical detriment of Sager, attempt to cover it up is repulsive.  Eloff also arrested one of Sager’s friends who came to check on him for trespassing, a charge that didn’t stick.  The goal would seem to be clear, Eloff was trying to protect Basil, his employer, by getting Sager as far from the bar as he could before calling for help.  Instead of acting like an officer and preserving the scene of the crime and securing the evidence from the video system, Eloff conspired to try and hide the crime.  There really is no other way to view it.

Christopher Kozac after his run in with Officer Eloff.

Had this been Eloff’s first brush with police misconduct, it might be understandable.  But it isn’t.  Since Eloff’s been on leave, at least four more have come forward with testimony that he used excessive force with them.  Just this week, a man filed notice that he is suing the city of Buffalo over Eloff’s unprovoked attack outside of the Bottom’s Up Bar, where Eloff was again working as security.  This event was back in March 11, 2014.  Video from the event shows Eloff tackling Christopher Kozak right after he left the bar after witnessing an altercation inside.  Eloff and other officers tackled Kozak to the ground, leaving Kozak bloodied and bruised.  And what was this level of force used for?  Absolutely nothing, Kozak was not charged with any crime.  This is how his attorney put it:

“Assault and excessive force, assault battery and excessive force against my client. I can not charge them with false arrest and malicious prosecution because they didn’t even charge my client,” said Cercone.

– Ronald Cercone as reported on WIVB’s Website

Video of the attack can be found here.

On St. Patrick’s Day, just a few days after the beating Kozac suffered, Eloff was implicated in another incident.  A woman was filming police breaking up an altercation during the St. Patrick’s Day Parade.  She has video of Eloff walking up to her and knocking her phone out of her hand.

Eloff has also been implicated in a double incident from January 2013.  In this incident, Devin Rooney was at one of two bars that are side by side on Elmwood in Buffalo.  He noticed a young black man handcuffed sitting in the entrance to Toros Tapas Bar, the bar next door to the one he was in.  Rooney stepped out on the sidewalk and snapped a photograph of the man, because he suspected that he was being mistreated.  After snapping the picture, Rooney returned to the bar next door, but off duty and again working for the owner of both bars, Eloff followed Rooney into the bar, demanding that he turn over his phone.  When Rooney didn’t comply, Eloff reportedly slammed Rooney’s head into the wall of the bar three times, handcuffed him, and forced him out of the bar and back to Toros.

With all of these incidents, and more coming forward since the assault at Molly’s, the question isn’t why Eloff isn’t working, but why he isn’t in jail.

H/T To Scott Greenfield

Deathtrap…

This is another in a series of post concerning plays I have been involved in at Theatre Huntsville.  This week’s play is Deathtrap, by Ira Levin.  The play is about a mystery writer planning the perfect murder.  It is quite funny, and in 1982 Christopher Reeve and Michael Cain starred in the movie version.  

Deathtrap was a great play to be the Technical Director on.  The set was massive, and fun to build.  I had a fabulous set dresser, so the end result was amazing.  The set was two stories, with a full staircase and a massive amount of room.  It also had one special effect that I was scared to death to build, but I managed to pull it off.

In a climatic scene, one actor shoots another with a crossbow.  Crossbows are incredibly dangerous machines, and the thought of an actor firing one at another scared me to death.  Since the loading of the crossbow was a vital scene, it couldn’t be easily faked by not putting a bolt into the crossbow.  I was in quite the conundrum.

Keep in mind, I had never fired a crossbow much less built one.  And now I had to build one that worked.  I learned a few things from that build, the most important one is that it is easier to build a crossbow than you might think.  It is easier to build one that really fires, and fires accurately than you might think.  And the hard part is building one you can load, fire, but the bolt never leaves.  Also, triggers are tricky, and you need to keep them as simple as you can.

Since I had absolutely no idea how I was going to manage that, I decided to show my success or failure on YouTube.  For your viewing pleasure, and my humiliation, here is the four video blogs I put together of the build of the crossbow.  I now know that if the Zombie Apocalypse occurs, I’ll be ready for it.  After all, I can build a crossbow.

As I mentioned in my last post about theatre, we did a trailer for this play as well.  Actually, we toyed with several trailers, but this is my favorite.

Never deleting twits.

So in the past week, Bill Schmalfeldt claimed he has never, ever, deleted twits.  To the well informed, we know that’s crap.  He’s deleted more twitter accounts that anyone else has ever had.  So after reading his bullshit, I had to go and check if it had ever happened before.  And I found it.  Wanna see that Bill has deleted twits?  Go read Lee.

If anyone else has evidence of Bill deleting twits, I’d love to hear about it.

The Breakdown of the Meltdown

Bill Schmalfeldt, playing the part of the brick wall, had a meltdown here at Running Wolf Blog, and now it is time to dissect it.

Schmalfeldt was in rare form on twitter ranting on and on about how WJJ Hoge was destined for a orange jumpsuit for copyrighting NASA photographs.  It is important to note that Schmalfeldt had been harping for days about the NASA photographs, and how the attribution Hoge gives isn’t proper.  But this was more than his regular harping, this was a Feldtdown.

To illustrate his nuttiness, Running Wolf Blog posted a simple little post that show’d just how nutty his opinion was.  And from there, it went into overdrive.  Schmalfeldt was vindicated by the LAW, even though no one ever questioned the law.  He was vindicated by NASA, even though there is plenty of reason to doubt he ever called.  He was vindicated by THE PHOTO EDITOR OF NASA, but since he admitted to lying to her I’m not sure how important that is.  Or any of his other lies that accidentally escaped during his rants.

The simple facts are these.  It is illegal to copyright NASA photos as your own work.  No one, at no time in the comment discussion disagreed with that simple fact.  Schmalfeldt quoted law after law after agonizingly pointless law that backed up the very idea everyone in the comment thread already agreed with.  You can not copyright NASA photos as your own.  Period.  Stop.  The end.

But despite his claims to the contrary, Bill seems to have serious reading comprehension problems.  Either that, or he is smart enough to know his limitations and therefore purposefully ignores people who ask inconvenient questions.  Evidence suggests that it is the second, since Schmalfeldt only ignores specific questions that he can’t quickly refute.  Or at least he thinks he can refute.  That thinking got him into a bit of trouble in the thread.

First off, I used a book from DK Publishing that is a common core approved textbook about space.  It uses hundreds if not thousands of NASA images and the book is copyrighted.  The question was simple, how come DK Publishing gets to do this, but Hoge doesn’t?  The answer is the same for both, they both credit the photos to NASA and neither DK Publishing nor Hoge exerts copyright claims for the work.  Publishers do it all the time.  Newspapers do it every day.  When a PAO at the Army or NASA or anywhere in the government releases a photograph to the public, they aren’t expecting that they will get anything more than credit.

But Schmalfeldt insists that everyone else who has ever published a copyrighted work that contains NASA images has a “special arrangement” with NASA.  And they do.  That Special Arrangement is this.

NASA still images; audio files; video; and computer files used in the rendition of 3-dimensional models, such as texture maps and polygon data in any format, generally are not copyrighted. You may use NASA imagery, video, audio, and data files used for the rendition of 3-dimensional models for educational or informational purposes, including photo collections, textbooks, public exhibits, computer graphical simulations and Internet Web pages. This general permission extends to personal Web pages.

A quote on images from NASA’s website

It doesn’t get more black and white than that.  Notice that almost all of the examples cited are copyrighted things.  Textbooks and Newspapers really stand out.  That’s the “special arrangement” NASA has with the entire world.  It isn’t limited to U.S. Citizens, NASA’s charter orders them to benefit all mankind.

So, if NASA is giving permission to use their imagery, which themselves aren’t copyrighted, to textbooks and newspapers which are copyrighted, how do these copyright holders keep from infringing on the NASA photos?  There must be some standard, common method to keep Newspapers from being felonious bastards, shouldn’t there?  And there is, it’s called attribution.

This isn’t hard to grasp, and most people have never had any trouble understanding it.  Why do you think that movies list all the music they used at the end of the movie?  Because they are acknowledging they used someone else’s intellectual property and did so with permission.  The whole point is to show that they are not claiming the copyright to that song, because to do so would be illegally infringing on that song.  Newspapers do it all the time, but tend to do it shorthand.  “Photo Credit:NASA”  Or if it makes sense “Photo Credit:JPL/NASA”  Hoge does it the same way.  He clearly labels that the NASA photographs are not his.

Even the Copyright Office recognizes this is a normal behavior in the world today.  Take a look at Circular 62A from the Copyright Office.

H/T Stephen Sheiko

See that important little phrase up there?  The Registration does not include any independently authored contributions in which all rights have not been transferred to the claimant.  Why not?  Because that’s how the system is supposed to work, whether it is a newspaper, or blog, or textbook.  You don’t steal other peoples things, you attribute them properly and get permission to use them.  But when it comes to NASA, we already have permission.  NASA gave it to the world.

Schmalfeldt ignored all of this simple to find information, because it didn’t make Hoge a felonious blogger.  But despite what some critics will say, Bill didn’t ignore every question thrown at him.  Instead, he did the same thing he always does.  Ignore the comments that hurt his case, scream louder about the comments that really hurt his case, and belittle the comments that he thinks he can just toss away and quickly prove wrong.  Often with hilarious circumstance.

For instance, during the feldtdown, Schmalfeldt was asked to explain the special relationship between a book by a couple of Moon Hoax Conspiracy Theory and NASA.  The book in questions was Dark Moon and it claimed to tell the story of how the moon landing was hoaxed.  Schmalfeldt took a look and immediately saw something he could use to make the poster look bad.  The version of Dark Moon linked to was the UK versions.  So Schmalfeldt felt safe ridiculing it.

None. The book was printed in England and therefore not subject to US Copyright Laws.

– Bill Schmalfeldt in an approved comment on this site.

Here is the surprising thing, Bill Schmalfeldt has spent weeks crowing about being so much smarter on matters of copyright than the rest of the world, in all his intensive copyright study, failed to ever hear of the Berne Convention?  A book printed in England absolutely has to follow US Copyright Laws, because both the United States and the UK belong to the Berne Convention.  And that’s because, a member countries, the UK and the US have such strongly similar copyright laws, and being a citizen of a member country is enough to enforce your copyright in the country that an infringement occurs.  So NASA could walk into a UK courtroom and sue the pants off the suckers who stole their stuff.

All that is moot, since the exact same book was available from an American publisher as well.  That was ignored, and was probably the better option after that gaff.