Proof that sad old stalker joined Society of Professional Journalists just because he saw that I had joined

This is really, truly sad.  I had my suspicions when WJJ Hoge claimed membership at the Society of Professional Journalists after never writing a WORD about his membership.  Suddenly, I mention on Twitter that I’ve joined, and we are treated to this blog post on Hogewash.

Screen Shot 2013-09-27 at 8.24.01 PMWell sir, my suspicious nature was alerted by the fact that Hoge had redacted his “join date.” It just didn’t smell right. If he wanted to rub my face in the fact that he was a member for years and years, why not list the join date… unless…

His post continues…

Screen Shot 2013-09-27 at 8.25.35 PMAnd, oh! The Lickspittles! They were all CERTAIN that I would explode in a torrent of rage over the fact that Hoge had long been a member of the organization. (Notice the reference to “our website” in the first paragraph?)

Well, when someone has been doing this as long as I have, one learns to ignore one’s gut at one’s own peril.  So, last night I screencapped a membership search from the website.

Screen Shot 2013-09-26 at 7.58.13 PMThat’s fine.  My name didn’t show up, either last night.

Screen Shot 2013-09-26 at 8.04.37 PMStill, giving Hoge the benefit of the doubt, I decided that maybe… maybe he was a member and decided to not list his information.

So, tonight, I tried again.  First my name.

Screen Shot 2013-09-27 at 8.31.31 PMWhaddya know! There I am!  How about Hoge. No way, right? I mean… his name still won’t show up because he’s a long-time member who opted out of having his information shared…

Screen Shot 2013-09-27 at 8.13.35 PMNow, someone answer this question for me.  What kind of creepy, stalking, horse’s ass drops $37.50 on a retired membership, just to annoy me?  Hoge is a journalist like I’m a salamander. He did news for a college radio station 500 years ago.  I not only have a long career in journalism, thanks to Digitial Journal, I am actually being paid for the privilege.  Hoge admitted in February he was not a journalist.

Screen Shot 2013-09-27 at 11.33.18 AMBut yesterday, that all changed.

Screen Shot 2013-09-27 at 11.36.55 AMSo, again the question. What kind of sick, twisted, stalking FUCK STICK joins an organization he has NO BUSINESS JOINING on the exact same day I joined? What kind of sick, twisted, stalking ASSHOLE gets a peace order against me, and then requests to FOLLOW MY TWITTER ACCOUNT?

Screen Shot 2013-09-08 at 10.09.44 AMHe got his peace order on June 4. He tried to follow me on July 10.  Between July 4 and earlier this month, Hoge filed 8 charges with the Carrol County Court Commissioner that I had violated the peace order.  All charges were dropped.

On October 16, unless the Maryland Court of Appeals acts first, I will ask the Carroll County Circuit Court to amend — or drop — my peace order. I will use this evidence — and tons of other evidence — to prove that if there’s a stalker in the courtroom, his name ain’t Schmalfeldt.

If Hoge wants to save himself the humiliation, he knows his lawyer’s phone number.

Sick, twisted, sad, used-up old LIAR!

 

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WJJ Hoge: The man who was a journalist until he wasn’t, until I joined the SPJ at which time he was again

Far be it from me to cast aspersions on a fellow journalist.

(Pardon me. Had to pause for a moment. My wife made some tasty scrambled eggs and ham for lunch and some of it just shot through my nose and got on the computer screen. Had to wipe it off. Let’s continue.)

After being hired day before yesterday by the website Digital Journal as an independent contractor, freelance journalist

Screen Shot 2013-09-27 at 11.45.05 AMI decided it was about time that I joined the Society of Professional Journalists. Before filling out the application, I contacted the SPJ and asked if I was eligible to join as a retired member, even though I am not yet 62. I explained my circumstances, how I had been forced to retire by Parkinson’s disease but was staying active as a journalist as much as possible by my freelance work.  They wrote back and granted me an exemption to the age requirement. So, I joined as a retired member.

It means nothing, really. But it is nice to belong to an organization of fellow journalists. One of the requirements for joining, either as active or retired, is:

You spend more than half your time working as a journalist or j-educator.

I spend nearly every waking hour here at the keyboard, either updating my Shoutcast News/Talk station, or writing stories for Digital Journal (which pays me for doing so.)

I was proud of landing this gig, especially since Aaron Walker, Ali Akbar, WJJ Hoge, R. Stacy McCain and their legion of trolls attacked the Examiner for hiring me back and caused them to rescind their invitation to write for them.

Well, slow and steady wins the race. I won this one.

Now, imagine my surprise to read yesterday that WJJ Hoge — a retired engineer of low accomplishment — is ALSO a member of the SPJ. He posted his online status.  Tell me what you notice here.

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Notice it? The “join date” is redacted. Why would the “join date” be redacted? You would think that if Hoge wanted to rub it my face about being a long-standing member of this organization, he would SHOW the “join date” to prove he was member in good standing. After all, he referred to the SPJ website as our website.”

Screen Shot 2013-09-27 at 11.56.45 AM(See, if Hoge mentions something as a matter of conversation or a point of information, that’s all it is. If I do the same, I am “bragging.”)

But this redacted “join date” stuck out like a sore thumb.  Could it be that WJJ Hoge “joined” the SPJ the same day I did? Could it be this was another attempt of Hoge’s to get me to violate the terms of his weak and unconstitutionally-granted peace order, to goad me into contacting him?

I just can’t make myself believe that he would drop $37.50 just to needle me. But then again, he has spent untold thousands of dollars in his 13 failed criminal charges against me and his defense against my motion and petition in the Maryland Court of Appeals isn’t free either. Zoa Barnes GOTTA git paid for her lies. (I don’t have Parkinson’s disease anymore because Zoa said so.)

But would someone actually be that sick, that twisted, that SLIMY as to join an organization he has no business joining in a vain attempt to get under my skin? Is Hoge a “journalist”?

It depends on which Hoge you believe.  The Hoge who posted this in February:

Screen Shot 2013-09-27 at 11.33.18 AMOr the Hoge who posted this yesterday?

Screen Shot 2013-09-27 at 11.36.55 AMSeems like the befuddled old fool can’t make up his mind.

Whatever.  We will meet in court on October 16 for my motion at the Carroll County Circuit Court to modify the peace order. Mr. Hoge will be under oath and we’ll ask him to tell the court when and why he joined the SPC, and if — in fact — the claimed victim of stalking has turned into the stalker.

Whatever Happens Next? Not My Fault!

I tried to walk away. Read my previous post. I have no further need for this. All the paperwork between myself and Hoge is filed and there’s nothing more either of us can do that will sway a decision one way or another. Now, we wait and see what the Maryland Court of Appeals decides.  I am not involved in Brett Kimberlin‘s case against Hoge and Aaron Walker and Ali Akbar and Robert Stacy McCain. As much as I will enjoy their suffering from a schadenfreude point of view, it’s Kimberlin’s case to prove. I am not involved.

So, I thought I would be safe to step away from Twitter, to reapply at Examiner.com and try to make a few extra bucks (which I desperately need to do) by writing about Maryland politics. I deactivated my usual Twitter accounts, I created a new e-mail address. I used that address to create a new Twitter account, since the Examiner accepted my application and approved me even though I CLEARLY STATED IN MY APPLICATION AND BIO ON THE SITE that I was using a pseudonym to keep the trolls off my back.  I wrote my initial review story and waited the weekend.

I used DM to invite some friends to follow my new Twitter account.

Apparently Aaron Walker or someone close to him is monitoring the follower lists of his perceived “enemies” because the next thing you knew Walker was crowing on Twitter about how I was trying to “sneak” back onto the Examiner. At first I denied it, but that did no good. Once Aaron Walker decides something is true, the lord God in heaven can’t change his mind.

So.  This.

Screen Shot 2013-09-23 at 1.25.43 PM Screen Shot 2013-09-23 at 1.25.19 PM Screen Shot 2013-09-23 at 1.25.03 PM Screen Shot 2013-09-23 at 1.24.53 PM Screen Shot 2013-09-23 at 1.24.39 PM Screen Shot 2013-09-23 at 1.24.25 PMThis is what waited for the Examiner staff when they arrived at work this morning. I got an e-mail telling me they were withdrawing their invitation to re-hire me. “Lester the Molester.” Really.

I tried to walk away.

When they said they were going to fuck with me, I asked them to refrain, to just let me go.

They kept at it.

I said, you’re not going to like what happens if you continue.

They continued.

Therefore, I am not responsible for what is going to happen next.

Aaron Walker? Ali Akbar? R. Stacy McCain? WJJ Hoge?

You won’t know when. You won’t know where. You won’t know how.

But you sure as FUCK will know why.

 

In Case You’re Wondering Why I Left Twitter

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I just don’t need it anymore. Twitter is becoming a haven for right wingers who use their collectivist mindset to crowd out anyone who disagrees with them or challenges them on a point of ideology.

I had been considering this move for a few days, and made up my mind earlier today that I was going to drop my Twitter accounts (except for the music station) once the Examiner gave me free rein to publish at will. But then I saw that the coward Aaron Walker, the lying coward who forces his mail order bride to check his car for IEDs before he’ll get in it… I saw that his Twitter handle @Aaronworthing was mistakenly telling people that I had occupied a new Twitter site, @HowardCoLiberal.

Well, whoever DID own it started getting spam trolled immediately from the looks of it. He tried changing the account’s name to @HoCoLiberal, but it was too late. The robots at Twitter had received enough “report this site for spam” complaints at the request of @Aaronworthing and Todd “Look at My Penis” Kincannon’s #TGDN trolls to automatically suspend it.  So some poor schmuck in Howard County, Maryland? Missouri? No idea. Some poor douchenozzle gets his Twitter account suspended and he doesn’t even know why.

The arrogant, cocksure coward, Aaron Walker — one of five defendants in Brett Kimberlin‘s lawsuit, charging harassment, stalking, intentional infliction of emotional distress among other things — decided that I was running the account, and THINKING it to be be true was good enough.

So, some poor schmuck loses his Twitter account, Aaron Walker, who should be spending his time and effort planning on how he’s gonna stop Kimberlin from taking everything he owns, is congratulating himself for this great victory — for ruining someone’s innocent enjoyment of Twitter… someone who has likely never heard of Aaron Walker.

So, seeing this, I wrote a few things on @teamschmalfeldt and cut the wires on it.  Twitter was handy when I wanted to discuss details of my case against WJJ Hoge (another defendant in the Kimberlin lawsuit), but now that all the papers are filed and we’re just waiting on the decisions, I really don’t need Twitter anymore.

Aaron Walker. Not an ugly person on the outside. But he doesn’t like people to see his face because of his “Everyone Draw Mohammed Day” blog. He’s the only person I personally know who has had a fatwa declared against him.  This is why he makes his wife check the car for bombs outside their lovely Manassas, Virginia house.

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Aaron Walker’s Lovely Manassas, Virginia House. Courtesy of Zillow.com.

Aaron Walker doesn’t like people to know what he looks like, which is why viewers to a recent episode of HuffPo Live got to see his chubby tummy and not his face during a recent interview.

"I'm vewy, vewy AFWAID!"

“I’m vewy, vewy AFWAID!”

Aaron was fired from his job as a compliance attorney at a Virginia Health Care company because his co-workers were in fear that Muslim Extremists, knowing who Aaron Walker is, might find his workplace and blow him up. Blow him up good.  That’s why he hides his face. But the problem with that is, Muslim Extremists might blow up the wrong person. Blow ’em up good. So, let’s clear up the confusion.

Aaron Walker

Aaron Walker

NOT Aaron Walker

NOT Aaron Walker

Oh well. I’m done with Twitter. Friends can follow me here. Haters can fuck themselves.

A Closer Look at My Petition for a Writ of Certiorari with the Maryland Court of Appeals and Zoa Barnes’ Quarter-Assed Reply

"Because you SAY so? Really? You're gonna STICK with that, Ms. Barnes?"

“Because you SAY so? Really? You’re gonna STICK with that, Ms. Barnes?”

Moving on to my petition for a writ of certiorari with the Maryland Court of Appeals, our version of a “Supreme Court.”

My brief lays out what I think is a very carefully researched, documented, case law-cited reason for the CofA to take the appeal under consideration.

My copy of the Answer filed by Zoa Barnes, the Westminster, Md., Family Law and Education lawyer that WJJ Hoge III retained (for some reason) to defend his, IMHO, unconstitutionally-granted peace order seems like a quarter-assed, “well, I have to file a response, so here goes” sort of reply.

In my brief, five questions are raised.  I will ask them one at a time, give you the rationale behind how I want the Court to answer the question, then I will give you Barnes’ reply.

QUESTION 1: WHETHER A PEACE ORDER PROHIBITING A JOURNALIST FROM USING TWITTER TO INFORM CITIZENS ABOUT A PUBLIC FIGURE CONFLICTS WITH AND VIOLATES THE FIRST AMENDMENT RIGHT TO FREE SPEECH.

I argue that it does conflict with and violate my First Amendment right to free speech. Since receiving his Peace Order, Hoge has repeatedly threatened me with arrest, imprisonment and more criminal charges if I inadvertently or intentionally use the @wjjhoge “at mention” in a Twitter comment about him, in a direct tweet, a reply to someone else’s tweet that already contains the @wjjhoge mention, or otherwise.  I point to several examples of how the First Amendment bars efforts to criminalize free speech. I cite the case of Texas v. Johnson and Republican Party of Minn. v. White, two Supreme Court cases. In Texas v. Johnson, SCOTUS decided that conduct FAR more egregious than my tweets to Hoge — the burning of an American flag — was protected by the First Amendment. In Republican Party of Minn. v. White, SCOTUS decided that a Minnesota rule saying candidates for judicial office could not discuss their views on disputed legal issues was unconstitutional.  I argued that the content of my tweets was protected by the First Amendment, citing Hustler v. Falwell, in which SCOTUS decided that the First Amendment’s free-speech guarantee prohibits awarding damages to public figures to compensate for emotional distress intentionally inflicted upon them. I cited New York Times v. Sullivan, in which SCOTUS established the “actual malice” standard, which requires that the plaintiff in a defamation or libel case prove that the publisher of the statement in question knew that the statement was false or acted in reckless disregard of its truth or falsity. Because of the extremely high burden of proof on the plaintiff, and the difficulty in proving essentially what is inside a person’s head, such cases—when they involve public figures—rarely prevail. I cited Boos v. Barry, in which SCOTUS stood by its longstanding refusal to punish speech because the speech in question may have an adverse emotional impact on the audience. I cited Ashcroft v. the Free Speech Coalition, in which SCOTUS struck down two overbroad provisions of the Child Pornography Prevention Act of 1996 because they abridged “the freedom to engage in a substantial amount of lawful speech.” Finally, I brought out the big gun and cited US v. Cassidy, in which a Federal District Judge ruled that “tweets” and “blogs” by their very nature can not be sources of “harassment” or cause “extreme emotional distress.”

Now, I don’t want anyone to think I am paraphrasing Zoa Barnes’ answer to any of these questions. So I will copy and paste her actual reply to the very complicated, well-cited question posed above.  This is from her actual answer that I got in the mail yesterday, that the CofA will receive Monday,

Screen Shot 2013-09-22 at 9.49.20 AMThat’s it. That’s the answer. No case law. No reason given. No citations. No proof. Not even a rebuttal about the applicability of any of the cited SCOTUS or Federal District Court cases.

Just “Because I Said So.”

QUESTION 2: WHETHER THE PEACE ORDER IN THIS CASE CONFLICTS WITH THE PLAIN LANGUAGE OF THE PEACE ORDER STATUTE BY PROHIBITING ONLINE CONTACT.

I argued that the Peace Order statute lists a series of nine acts that justify the issuance of a peace order. Bodily harm, fear of bodily harm, assault, rape, stalking, false imprisonment, harassment, trespass and malicious destruction of property. I have been charged with harassment. All charges have been dropped. I have never been convicted of harassment. And nowhere in the Peace Order statute is there a mention of online communication as being a source of harassment. In fact, I take you back to US. v. Cassidy which says Tweets can NOT be considered harassment.  However, the Carroll County Circuit Court decided, on appeal from Hoge, that despite the lack of a conviction, despite the settled law of US v. Cassidy, that tweets DO constitute harassment, and issued the peace order. Since the legislature did not see fit to include electronic communication as “harassment” in the Peace Order statute, the CCCC erred in expanding the peace order statute to INCLUDE electronic communication.

Once again, Ms. Barnes responds.

Screen Shot 2013-09-22 at 9.56.22 AMThat’s it. That’s her answer to the argument. “It does, because I say it does.”

QUESTION 3: WHETHER THE WORK OF A JOURNALIST FALLS UNDER THE “PEACEABLE ACTIVITY” AND “LEGAL PURPOSE” EXCEPTIONS OF THE PEACE ORDER STATUTE.

I argued that since I am a freelance journalist, even though I officially retired due to Parkinson’s disease, I can still call myself a journalist according to “The News Manual: A professional resource for journalists and the media.”

Screen Shot 2013-09-22 at 9.59.54 AMI argue in my supplement that the “peaceable activity” and “legal purpose” and “intended to express a political view or provide information to others” carveouts in the two state harassment laws are met.  And they are met WHETHER OR NOT I am a journalist. But in asking uncomfortable questions, as a journalist, I am engaging in my first amendment right to free expression — a “legal purpose.” If the subject of my questioning on Twitter doesn’t like the questions, they can ignore me, block me, tell me to piss up a rope, or any combination thereof.

Zoa’s answer? In it’s entirety?

Screen Shot 2013-09-22 at 10.06.24 AMSo, it is Zoa Barnes who decides who is or is not a journalist. Not the above mentioned reference and dozens of others. ZOA says I am not a journalist, therefore I am NOT a journalist. How can the CofA argue with THAT logic? No citations. Nothing to prove against the overwhelming evidence that I am and have been a journalist in some form or another for over 30 years. Just like she did with my Parkinson’s disease in her answer to my motion to reconsider the CofA’s denial of my motion to stay the peace order pending appeal, Zoa Barnes has ERASED 30-plus years of history. Astounding.

QUESTION 4: WHETHER A PEACE ORDER PROHIBITING A JOURNALIST FROM CONTACTING THE SUBJECT OF A STORY CONFLICTS WITH THE RULES OF ETHICS PERTAINING TO JOURNALISTS.

The Society for Professional Journalists has an official code of ethics.

There are a lot of them. Here’s the second one listed.

Screen Shot 2013-09-22 at 10.11.53 AMNow, how does a journalist — encumbered by a peace order, “diligently seek out subject of news stories to give them the opportunity to respond to allegations of wrong doing” when the subject of a news story can PUT YOUR ASS IN JAIL FOR ATTEMPTING TO CONTACT HIM?  Imagine this scenario.

“Woodward? Bernstein? Just got a call from Nixon. He says you are harassing him, so he’s slapped you with a peace order. If you contact him about Watergate OR ANYTHING ELSE, FOR ANY REASON, he can put you in jail. Got it?”

Well, not THAT’S a frightening scenario, is it not? Journalists being forbidden from contacting news sources under threat of arrest? I think so, too!

Zoa says it’s irrelevant.

Screen Shot 2013-09-22 at 10.15.12 AMThat’s it. There’s her answer to the question. It’s irrelevant. The right of a reporter to legally contact a source, in accordance with the rules of ethics of the Society for Professional Journalists. Irrelevant. Wow.

QUESTION 5: WHETHER THE PEACE ORDER ISSUED BY A STATE CIRCUIT JUDGE AGAINST A DISABLED PERSON UNDER THE THREAT OF IMPRISONMENT CONFLICTS WITH THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT.

I argue in my petition that it does so by limiting my ability to engage in my employment, limited as it is. My neurologist and any competent Parkinson’s doctor will tell you that keeping a Parky’s mind engaged and working is therapeutic. I have the right, under the ADA, to engage in my employment up to the level of my ability to do so and the government is required to accommodate my disability. I’m not seeking any special accommodations. But the Peace Order does exactly the OPPOSITE by restricting and limiting my ability to work, to engage in my employment, to supplement my meager retirement income with freelance work if the subject of a story can slap a peace order on me preventing me from doing what the Code of Ethics DEMANDS of me.

No biggie, Zoa says.

Screen Shot 2013-09-22 at 10.20.44 AMBecause… say it with me… SHE SAYS SO!

Now, to be absolutely fair, she does take a whole page to argue her case for her sniffing dismissal of my questions.

Screen Shot 2013-09-21 at 6.17.27 PMAnd the final insult comes on the signature page.

Screen Shot 2013-09-21 at 6.24.46 PMA friend of mine lobbied real hard for me to make another filing, an affidavit perhaps, proving that I am and have been a journalist. But I declined. The CofA has all the info it needs to make a decision. And at any rate, I don’t expect a decision on the petition for a writ for awhile.  They don’t seem to have a “set in concrete” standard for when they consider petitions, but a check of their website shows they tend to accept petitions on the third Thursday or Friday of the month, and reject petitions the following Monday.  There are instances where a single petition is granted on a single day that is not the third Thursday of the month. But I don’t expect that will happen here. I would think the earliest they will decide on my petition for cert would be Oct. 18.

And despite Hoge’s contention that the CofA will almost CERTAINLY call for briefs (and for his sake, he’d better hope he’s wrong because Zoa won’t do that for free), there is a much broader list of what the CofA could do when and if they accept the petition.

According to Maryland Rule 8-303(f)

If the petition is granted, the Court shall:

(1)  direct further proceedings in the Court of Appeals;

(2)  dismiss the appeal pursuant to Rule 8-602;

(3)  affirm the judgment of the lower court;

(4)  vacate or reverse the judgment of the lower court;

(5)  modify the judgment of the lower court;

(6)  remand the action to the lower court for further proceedings pursuant to Rule 8-604 (d); or

(7)  an appropriate combination of the above.

Personally? I hope they DO direct further proceedings. I would LOVE to get a hotshot free speech attorney interested in this case and watch him go up against Family Law and Education Attorney Zoa Barnes in front of the Court of Appeals.  But I suppose it’s just as likely that, if they grant my petition, they could go with what they’ve got already and vacate or reverse the Circuit Court decision re: the Peace Order, send it back to the CC to look at it again (unlikely since the CC has already set a date to consider modifying the PO).

You never know what a court is going to do until they do it.  I believe this next week will be very telling. If they deny my motion to reconsider their denial of my motion to stay the peace order pending appeal, I will see that as a setback but not a fatal one. If they deny cert? Oh well. We go on as before, Hoge continues to harass and goad me, and I just have to take it.

We shall see.