If a self-pitying attention whore that no one knows throws a pity party, will anyone come?

Likely not, as Stacy McCain explains about the little internet troll that couldn’t

“Let’s talk about R.S. McCain, as well — Robert Stacy McCain. Here he writes column after column after column about me, in which he refers to me in the most defamatory ways, about being deranged . . . and he takes that picture of me that was taken several days after surgery . . . crops it to make me look positively demonic, and then when I ask him to denounce this death threat, I get a ‘don’t contact me’ e-mail back. Where’s your humanity?”

– Bill Schmalfeldt, Feb. 20 podcast

“Stranahan would f–k you up the a– while picking your pocket, then wipe his d–k on your t-shirt.”
– Bill Schmalfeldt, Feb. 11 on Twitter

Perhaps there is no need to point out the contrast between Schmalfeldt in attack mode and Schmalfeldt in victim mode. Da Tech Guy isn’t buying Schmalfeldt’s fainting-couch act:

Really, you have a guy on twitter with under 150 followers who has his tweets “protected” and people are trying to silence him? Who is actually going to pay money to silence somebody that nobody hears?

The demonstrable insignificance of Bill Schmalfeldt certainly provokes the question, “Why does anybody even notice him?” And the answer is, because of his relentless harassment, he requires attention — preferably, the attention of qualified professionals in the field of forensic psychology, but until such time as the profilers at Quantico take an interest, he’ll just have to settle for whatever attention he gets.

Remember that kid that pestered everyone just to try and get attention? That little bastard grew up to be Bill Schmalfeldt. A man suffering from the dreaded malady Look-At-Me-Itis

 

Blogging can be fun but, the Internet Hemmoroids get you sometimes

There are some weird people out there. Some funny weird, some scary weird. Bill Schmalfeldt of Elk Ridge, Maryland, a.k.a. “Liberal Grouch”, is the scary kind of weird. Weird as in cyberstalking, which is sick, and pathetic. Stacy McCain, and others have had to deal with some of these miscreants, and Stacy has filed a report on Bill Schmalfeldt being charged for his dastardly deeds

The charge is “electronic harassment” (Md. Code Crim. Law §3-805) according to Aaron Walker. The complainant is Lee Stranahan:

For the better part of a year, my family and I have have been under contestant siege from a small group of people who have worked together in a relentless attempt to humiliate, embarrass and inflict emotional stress on us in a clear attempt destroy my professional reputation and to silence my voice. Much of this appears to be related to stories I have written about such as Weinergate, Occupy Wall Street, the media’s handling of the Steubenville rape case and projects I’ve launched like Everybody Blog About Brett Kimberlin Day.
These attacks, however, have gone far beyond the realm of impassioned debate and into the realm of illegal harassment that serves no legitimate legal purpose.

Good luck getting to LeeStranahan.com tonight. Bill Schmalfeldt is evidently part of a troll crew organized by Neal Rauhauser to harass various individuals Neal hates, so we can expect the usual hacking/DOS tactics to be deployed against Lee’s site.

Two weeks ago, after yet another manifestation of Schmalfeldt’s obsessive harassment, I wrote:

When will law enforcement start taking this problem seriously? Will we have to wait until one of these cyberstalkers finally kills somebody?

What these people are doing is not “free speech.” In fact, it is theopposite of free speech: Harassment intended to silence (or, at least, distract, annoy and/or smear) bloggers and journalists whose work the cyberstalkers wish to suppress. Unless and until you’ve been targeted by this menacing kook-swarm, it’s very difficult for you to understand what they do and how they do it.

Point One: It’s not really about Lee Stranahan. That is to say, it doesn’t matter whether you like Lee Stranahan or don’t like Lee Stranahan or have never heard of Lee Stranahan. What is involved here is a pattern of harassing behavior systematically employed by certain people who are either (a) crazy, (b) evil, or quite possibly (c) both crazy and evil.

Point Two: It’s not really about politics. That is to say, it doesn’t matter whether you’re liberal or conservative or utterly indifferent to politics, the type of online stalking and harassment involved here cannot be tolerated and is, in fact, illegal.

Go read the rest. Sad that some people are sick in the head, as my granddad used to say, and cannot conduct themselves any better than these stalkers do. And the scary part is you do not know IF they are dangerous or not, Something has to be done about this type of crime.

Let me make clear my statement that something has to be done. Commentator Scott pointed out how dangerous those words can be. He is dead on correct. What we would need is likely not new laws, but better enforcement, maybe harsher punitive measures.

I think what Stacy McCain is saying is, “your time will come Troll bitches!”

There are some nasty people on the net. People with deep issues. people that can make royal pains of themslves, people that like to harass and threaten. People like, well let The Other McCain explain

Sociopathic monsters like Bill Schmalfeldt think they’re doing a smart thing with their endless cyberstalking against people who have better things to do with their lives. But the targets have discretion over what to ignore, when to respond and how. And when the tables are turned — when Brett Kimberlin, Neal Rauhauser and their troll gang find themselves exposed by those whom they’ve tried so desperately to destroy — it ill behooves the monsters to cry, “No fair!”

Read the rest of Patterico’s post.