An Open Letter To My Most Excellent Friend

Date: August 28. 2014 9:05 AM PDT

To: My Most Excellent Friend Bill Schmalfeldt

From: William A. Ferguson

Subject: Who Loves Ya, Baby?


Dear Bill,

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.

Lesson learned.

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:

Two things.

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






7 thoughts on “An Open Letter To My Most Excellent Friend

    1. haradanohime says:

      I agree with this letter 110% Mr. Hoge has shown he cannot be trusted. That he fears you so much, you a man in a wheelchair, he had to con you into not defending yourself at the peace order hearing. But he doesn’t matter. Everything they are doing now is just to rattle you so you respond and make them play the “victim card” even though IMHO they are no victims. Don’t buy into it. They are trying to goad you into dancing to their tune. Don’t let them. Continue doing what you want to do. Enjoy your life and laugh as they fume over your lack of reaction.

  1. Mark in MD says:

    Also, Bill, take some satisfaction knowing that you’re the only reason he got any comments/traffic to his pointless blog this week. All was practically silent until he threw you out their for his trashy readers to rip apart. You = Traffic. Without you, he’s a witless, uninteresting, narcissistic old man. He needs you.

    1. Zero says:

      I was about to say something along those lines. I hindsight it’s so obvious, but so counter-intuitive that no wonder he was able to pull it. Hoggy doesn’t want the feud to be over. He doesn’t want anything resolved. As far as his web traffic is concerned he’s on a perpetual war economy. His feud with Bill drives about 65% of his traffic. Brett Kimberlin: 33%, everything else Hoggy talks about: 2%. And that’s being generous. Without perpetual conflict Hoggy might as well not even have a website, and without his website he’s just a boring old man. Bill and Brett are the ones who bring color into his grey little life. Bill and Brett make him feel like a rockstar. Although in Hoggy’s case, it’s more like a rock n’ roll fantasy camp than touring with Kiss…

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