Law, life and the local spectator sport called politics.
The Brett Kimberlin Saga:
Follow this link to my BLOCKBUSTER STORY of how Brett Kimberlin, a convicted terrorist and perjurer, attempted to frame me for a crime, and then got me arrested for blogging when I exposed that misconduct to the world. That sounds like an incredible claim, but I provide primary documents and video evidence proving that he did this. And if you are moved by this story to provide a little help to myself and other victims of Mr. Kimberlin’s intimidation, such as Robert Stacy McCain, you can donate at the PayPal buttons on the right. And I thank everyone who has done so, and will do so.
Saturday, October 12, 2013
Dear Mr. Watterson...
Regular readers know that I have
a special place in my heart for Calvin and Hobbes. I don’t obsess, but I do use it as the wallpaper
on various things like my cell phone and I have some of the books. And yes, I made a point of sharing this
wonderful world with young people in my family who never heard of it. But there is no truth to the rumor
that I have Calvin and Hobbes Underoos...
So if you loved the comic strip,
too, then you might also enjoy this, a documentary about Calvin and Hobbes that
is coming (associated with this site):
I think in truth the comic is not
so much for the young as for adults remembering what it is like to be young, which
is also how I see the book Peter Pan. Peter Pan is on the surface a kid’s story,
but in reality it is a story for adults about being kids.
Anyway, if you never heard of it
and want an introduction, I suspect this documentary is not the way for you. I would suggest the simplest way is just to
go to the bookstore and pick up one of the collections. It is a testament to how great the comic is
that I can write with confidence that if you go there, it will be there. This how popular the comics still are, that
it makes economic sense for a bookstore to keep a few of their books in stock, even twenty years after the comic ended. Or for that matter, that it
still inspires fan art like this:
So far it doesn’t look like Bill Watterson
(the comic’s creator, pictured right) is involved very much. But I do remember about five years ago that
he did an emailed “interview” with a newspaper as I mentioned here. Reading the interview again, I was amused by
this smack at the old media:
How soon after the U.S. Postal Service issues the Calvin stamp will you
send a letter with one on the envelope?
going to get in my horse and buggy and snail-mail a check for my newspaper
So we will apparently see a Calvin and Hobbes movie. Of course some might think that if
we are going to get a Calvin and Hobbes movie, it should be more like this...
I have accused some people,
particularly Brett Kimberlin, of
reprehensible conduct. In some cases, the conduct is even
criminal. In all cases, the only justice I want is through the
appropriate legal process—such as the criminal justice system. I do not want to see vigilante violence
against any person or any threat of such violence. This kind of conduct is not only morally
wrong, but it is counter-productive.
In the particular case of Brett
Kimberlin, I do not want you to even contact him. Do not call him. Do not write him a letter. Do not write him an email. Do not text-message him. Do not engage in any kind of directed
communication. I say this in part
because under Maryland law, that can quickly become harassment and I don’t want
that to happen to him.
And for that matter, don’t go on
his property. Don’t sneak around and try
to photograph him. Frankly try not to
even be within his field of vision. Your
behavior could quickly cross the line into harassment in that way too (not to
mention trespass and other concerns).
And do not contact his
organizations, either. And most of all, leave his family alone.
The only exception to all that is
that if you are reporting on this, there is of course nothing wrong with
contacting him for things like his official response to any stories you might
report. And even then if he tells you to
stop contacting him, obey that request. That
this is a key element in making out a harassment claim under Maryland law—that
a person asks you to stop and you refuse.
And let me say something
else. In my heart of hearts, I don’t
believe that any person supporting me has done any of the above. But if any of you have, stop it, and if you
haven’t don’t start.