Date: August 28. 2014 9:05 AM PDT
To: My Most Excellent Friend Bill Schmalfeldt
From: William A. Ferguson
Subject: Who Loves Ya, Baby?
Hey, buddy, how they hanging today? I sincerely hope this letter finds you and yours well this fine August day.
So I see Hoge went behind your back to the courts and got another peace order – this time for a year – after he shook your hand and told you that he wasn’t going to pursue that avenue against you and I also see that this treachery has angered you something fierce.
I don’t blame you for feeling the way you do. There have been times in my life where people have lied to my face and it never fails to piss me off so I completely understand the level of betrayal you feel right now for believing in the goodness of your fellow man only to have that faith shattered.
I hope I’m not presuming too much when I say that I speak not only for myself but for the people who also love and care about you as much as I do when I say this:
You have got to let this go.
Yes, Hoge is a liar. Yes, he’s a piece of shit. Yes, he’s a vexatious snake but you want to know something? You already knew this and now you’ve been given a stark reminder that he is never to be trusted.
I write this letter to you today not to scold you, not to call you a sap, not to chastise you in any way but to remind you of the bigger picture – the one you don’t seem to be looking at right now.
And here it is:
First, Hoge has tried to throw you in jail 367 times. He failed as he couldn’t see the forest for the trees by thinking that the folks in authority would take him seriously…and didn’t.
Secondly, Hoge has tried to bankrupt you by suing you on a bullshit copyright infringement case to the tune of $620,000. Even the judge who first reviewed the case let it be known to the world that he had nothing so – predictably – he failed that, too.
These two items are no small potatoes, Bill. Hoge has tried to take away both your freedom and put you and your wife out on the street yet you’re not sitting in jail nor are you and Gail homeless today.
I say this to remind you that Hoge has done his worst and couldn’t touch you and all he can do is file his little peace order against you.
That’s right – for all his huff-and-puff-blow-your-house-down-fire-breathing-chest-beating posturing, the only thing he’s got is to get a judge to tell you to leave him alone.
Yes, you can still Tweet and blog about him. This is still the United States Of America and you still have a First Amendment right to write whatever you want and (as an added bonus) you still have the doctrine of Fair Use on your side as his infringement suit was dismissed with prejudice – so you go right ahead; quote and mock him to your heart’s content.
There’s nothing else he can do to you anymore.
As for this peace order, let’s call it what it really is: Hoge has told the world he’s a grown-ass man who fears a 59 year old with Stage IV Parkinson’s Disease. This is the shame he has to live with – not you.
It doesn’t get any more pathetic than that.
So let him file his peace orders. Let him file five, ten, a hundred, a thousand more. You know the old saw about a fool and his money, right?
In conclusion – on behalf of those of us who love and care about you, please let this go. Hoge has done his worst and it is found sorely lacking.
Go on and enjoy the rest of your life. The best revenge is to live well.
William A. Ferguson
The Mockery Continues