Monday, July 18, 2011

Did One GOP Thug Reveal Too Much About Himself In a Recent Threat?

Bob Riley

Early on in the blogging game I realized that if you are going to present real journalism about legal and political corruption, you had better be prepared to receive threats.

Corrupt individuals and their allies don't much like it when you unmask them--or come close to unmasking them. So they resort to making threats, sent anonymously via e-mail or blog comments.

I've had messages that could be interpreted as physical threats. I had messages regarding my job, just a month or so before I was unlawfully fired at the  University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). I've even had numerous ugly messages regarding Murphy, the late beloved miniature schnauzer for whom this blog is named. In my book, it's hard to go much lower than that.

But one of the more intriguing threats I've received came a few days ago, in response to a post about former Governor Bob Riley and his motorcycle crash in Alaska. This threat is curious because the sender left so many clues about his identity that he might as well have signed his name to it. And the message indicates that, as I've suspected all along, this individual and his allies are responsible for me being screwed out of my job at UAB--and probably for my wife being cheated out of her job at Infinity Property and Casualty.

I've received so many ugly messages that one has to be pretty "out there" to even get my attention these days. In fact, threats have become so commonplace around here that I've written a number of posts about them. Here are just a few posts on the subject:

Unmasking Right-Wing Sickos (July 20, 2008)

Report on Anti-Obama E-Mail Generates Threats (February 18, 2009)

Threats Are a Common Tactic for Alabama GOP (November 30, 2009)

Is Alabama Being Run by a Bunch of Sociopaths (January 26, 2010)

I Know How Wisconsin Professor Feels as a Target of GOP Thugs (March 28, 2011)

How did the most recent threat jump out in that crowd? First, the sender seemed to take offense because I was not all broken up about Bob Riley's motorcycle crash--and I had noted that Riley used his venture to Alaska as an excuse to get out of testifying in the Alabama bingo trial. Second, the sender used some curious language. Here is what he said:

Anonymous said...
It is beyond any sense of humanity to write such a pathetic article. But you did get one thing right: PAYBACK IS HELL ....and yours is a "fait accompli".
June 28, 2011 2:43 PM

Note the use of classic sociopathic language. The sender takes me to task for lacking a "sense of humanity," then he proceeds to show that his own sense of humanity involves extracting "payback" on people who displease him. He doesn't say that my payback will be hell, he says it's a "fait accompli."

What an interesting choice of words. "Fait accompli" is a French term meaning "an accomplished, presumably irreversible deed or fact." In essence, it's a "done deal."

The use of this phrase indicates My Correspondent (MC) is fairly educated, especially since he spelled it correctly. It's the kind of term that someone in a certain profession, perhaps the law, might use. In fact, a source knows of a specific lawyer,  a regular villain in our Legal Schnauzer story, who uses this phrase quite often.

Given MC's ire over a post about Bob Riley, it appears that he is someone close to the former governor, perhaps someone very close, with a legal background. Hmmm.

And note that MC is not just threatening me with some future harm--the action already has been taken, it's a "done deal." Kind of sounds like someone is admitting to getting me fired at UAB, doesn't it?

MC, it seems, is a slippery sort. We've seen signs that he took several steps in an effort to digitally disguise himself. But he failed. And that reminds me of two things I've learned in recent years about elitist scumbags--the very people who tend to drive legal corruption in the US of A:

(1) They almost always think that regular folks are too stupid to figure out their scams;

(2) They almost always think that regular folks are too decent and kind--or intimidated--to strike back.

MC might be surprised at the things I've come to know about him. He also might be surprised at my capability for striking back.

Here's another thing I've learned about elitist thugs: They aren't always so smart about picking their targets.   MC should be having second thoughts about having messed with this target.


Hawkeye-X said...

Just wanted to let you know I linked you to in regards to stupid politicans :)

legalschnauzer said...


Thank you very much. I appreciate you bringing attention to this. In today's environment, it's probably not wise to shrug off threats of this nature.

Anonymous said...

Roger, Just DYING to know who MC is, theoretically, of course!!

Redeye said...

I pray to the God I serve for his protection for you and yours.

Say, have you seen my democracy?

James Greek said...

Nobody is forcing anybody to read this blog. They could have ignored it, my philosophy is is that if you are fighting online, then you are fighting in the special olympics.

James Greek said...

I will tell you now, that person who has been bullying you Roger, they decided to not have a backbone and not have the guts to simply ignore you. Instead, they decided to be a bully.

Robby Scott Hill said...

It's a "done deal." That's such mafia speak. Sounds like an individual who managed to cut himself in on an outsourced oil & gas lawsuit & several other lawsuits despite no previous experience in those fields of practice.

legalschnauzer said...


As usual, you are most insightful. That's exactly what it sounds like.

Andrew Kreig said...

Hang in there Roger. I tried to spread the word about your heroic efforts through the years in a column today. "Three Weddings (Sort of) -- and a Murdoch Funeral?"

You have friends and admirers all over the place!

Andrew Kreig

jeffrey spruill said...

1) They almost always think that regular folks are too stupid to figure out their scams.

18 U.S.C. ¤ 3006A (the "Hyde Amendment")

Isn't sociopath just another way of saying psychopath?

Anonymous said...

Schnauzer??? Are you gonna tease us or give us THE REST OF THE STORY? Or are you having fun making the perp squirm? Thank you for your COURAGE in the face of unstable and inhumane French-speaking foolish writers who can spell.

Anonymous said...

I hope you win and I hope there is real justice for all in the very near future.

Anonymous said...

Roger, I am a believer in lawsuits to ferret out the identities of electronic bullies because it is the only deterrent they respect. The sooner you file a lawsuit and unveil the identity of MC the sooner he will leave you alone.

The nice thing about identifying MC is that you can get money and get him arrested. It is well worth the trouble you have to go to locate and serve the POS.

Max Shelby said...

I tend to think that "MC" may not be a lawyer at all, but rather a former (using the term loosely) 'close associate' of Bob Riley.
The words he, and it is definitely a 'he,' used are familiar to some Twitter messages I have seen in the past.
Very interesting.
You know they aren't near as smart as they think they are really, but they're absolutely predictable.

legalschnauzer said...


Thanks for your insights. If you have more info you can share, feel free to send me a "private" e-mail (at least as private as e-mails get in these days of Murdoch, Rove, etc.) at


legalschnauzer said...


Your point about a lawsuit is a good one. I already have filed a lawsuit related to my unlawful termination at UAB--and I'm quite sure my friend MC knows all about that. That case is ongoing.

One challenge in filing a lawsuit: Our federal judiciary is so corrupt that judges can take steps to deny the discovery that is required to unearth sleazebags like MC. I'm experiencing that at this moment and will be writing about it soon. In fact, I have an 83-year-old Reagan appointee as a judge who has a history of protecting members of the Riley family. I will be writing about that, too.

jeffrey spruill said...

at least as private as e-mails get in these days of Murdoch, Rove, etc.

Mr. Schauzer, you forgot Ralph Reed...

This is not going to be your daddy’s Christian Coalition,” Reed said in an interview to describe his new venture, the Faith and Freedom Coalition. “It has to be younger, hipper, less strident, more inclusive and it has to harness the 21st century that will enable us to win in the future.”

Anonymous said...

Maybe you got to close to "The Family."

Enjoy your articles.

legalschnauzer said...


Excellent point. Who could forget Big Bob's threats about those who get "too close to the families."

These people use the language of organized crime. That's probably because they are organized criminals.