What a Maroon

This is rich. I’ve not once left him a comment on any of his blogs–not here at either of his WordPress accounts, not at his Blogspot, not at his LiveJournal, and not at his MySapce.

“I want to know how you can delete another user for harassment. I am being harassed by a mebmer who goes on as http://therustynail.wordpress.com

He posted that to the support forum here at WordPress. The responses he got were rather apathetic. It would seem that the forum volunteers are level-headed about content issues. This one’s my personal favorite:

“This is a technical support forum. We do get into issues of content – and this type of self righteous winging is very unwelcome.”

As many people have pointed out over the years, there is no libel if it’s the truth. Kody Boye leveled the accusation on his Live Journal that he was being cyber-stalked by Mr. Pacione. I merely linked to that journal entry, which is public.

This journal merely reports the facts, links back to the source material, and tries to make sense of the phenomenon that is Pacione. I consider it a public service. If I’m unsure of something, I say as much.

There is no libel. Further, I do not consider the use of Google alerts and newsreader feeds to be stalking. My attitude runs along the lines of “If you don’t want people reading a feed from your blog, don’t publish one.” Blogspot certainly allows that feature to be disabled, yet Mr. Pacione has never disabled it.

Soliciting Bribes

I believe Mr. Pacione has outdone himself.  He’s now actively soliciting bribes.  Too bad he forgot to include his account information, so we can pay him off and make him go away.  I’m sure that account would have thousands in it by now, if only we knew how to pay him.

“If you want to stop me from writing this book I am taking bribes. They can be sent to me via paypal and it has to be a high enough bribe to do it — none of these $10 bribes either.”

Dagstine got a mention in Pacione’s Blogspot entry from this morning, but I’m not sure why.  He’s been lying low, from what I can tell.

The other news is that Pacione’s been cyber-stalking Kody Boye.  Poor kid.  I’m afraid he’ll just have to get used to it.  Pacione has a habit of hounding his escapees.

Pigeons

His love of wildlife compels him to take pictures of more than beheaded pigeons.

“Why I am drawn to photography? It gives me outlets for the writing where I normally wouldn’t have them – doing more surreal photos too also draw for darker fiction works.”

People love pictures of pigeons with their heads lopped off. Mr. Pacione should work on those to get them more in focus.

How’s that $79 camera working for you?

The Power of the Press

Not content with singling out Mr. Freeman, Ms. Koehler, and Ms. Hawkes for abuse, Mr. Pacione has decided to take on an entire forum community. His masterpiece 499 word paragraph can be found here.

There are a number of issues I have with Pacione’s understanding of the publishing industry and his rights as a U.S. citizen.

“Being published is a right. Not a fucking privilege, and sabotaging publications of stories is unconstitutional.”

The constitution guarantees no such right. He is not a card-carrying member of the press. It’s obvious he confuses freedom of the press with freedom of speech. They are related, but are two different things. Regardless, neither one guarantees the right to libel others.

“I will take everything to the press and you will all be done in this business. Freedom of press mother fucker, and you’re violating my right to freedom of press.”

Considering that even the Joliet Herald-News has a M-F circulation average of less than 42,000, less than one-tenth of the Chicago Tribune’s, and probably wouldn’t touch the story with a 10′ pole, Pacione would be stuck begging local weekly community newspapers to cover it. He might as well stand on a street corner with a megaphone, and speechify about his rights being violated.

“Denying a mentally ill man a chance at having a story published is discrimination.”

No, it is not. Mr. Pacione has no more right to be published than I. It’s the quality and clarity of his writing that account for his rejections, not how sound his mind is (or isn’t). Mental illness is not a free pass; it does not serve as a de facto license to be published.

“Stealing people’s anthology as a .pdf is the same as book burning in the 21st Century.”

No. Stealing is stealing. “Book burning” is what some high school students do at the end of the school year to their old notebooks. E-piracy has nothing to do with book burning.