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The Free State?


Some state nicknames make sense. Tennessee is called “The Volunteer State” because of its response to the call for troops during the War of 1812, and the state still provides more than its share of soldiers.

Other state nicknames make no sense these days. Consider Maryland—”The Free State.” Not only is the state among the most heavily over-regulated, it is among the least respectful of the rights on its residents. It is certainly unfriendly to the Bill of Rights. For example, the state’s highest court has ruled that the Second Amendment does not apply in Maryland outside of one’s home.

Jeffrey Goldberg has a piece at The Atlantic about an abuse of a “Free Stater’s” First Amendment rights. A middle school teacher has been ordered to undergo an emergency psych evaluation because he wrote a novel about a school shooting.

Read the whole thing.

Perhaps it’s time for a new nickname. How about “The Democratic Peoples’ Republic”?

Arp 148


arp 148Mayall’s Object is classified in the Atlas of Peculiar Galaxies as Arp 148. It is believed to be the result of two colliding galaxies located 500 million light years away within the constellation of Ursa Major. Astronomers believe that a pair of galaxies collided, resulting in a new object consisting of a ring-shaped galaxy with a tail emerging from it. It is thought that the original collision created a shockwave that initially drew matter into the center which then formed the ring.

Image Credit: NASA

Team Kimberlin Post of the Day


Let’s do a bit of fisking of a paragraph from The Dread Pro-Se Kimberlin’s second amended complaint in Kimberlin v. The Universe, et al. RICO Madness. Paragraph 265 begins,

Defendants, intentionally and willfully engaged in a concertedcampaign of online defamation, false light, …

<fisking>TDPK’s going to have a lot of trouble with those allegations given his catastrophic loss on his claims of defamation and false light in the Kimberlin v. Walker, et al. nuisance lawsuit. Collateral estoppel.</fisking>

false narratives, …

<fisking>He keeps using that phrase. I do not think it means what he thinks it means.</fisking>

battery, …

<fisking>Speaking of false narratives, TDPK’s claim that Aaron Walker assaulted him was thrown out by the District Court and Circuit Court in Montgomery County over two years ago. More collateral estoppel.</fisking>

intimidation, threats, …

<fisking>While Hogewash! has certainly never published a threat directed at TDPK, it is possible that he has been intimidated by some of the truthful reports of his activities published here.</fisking>

fraud, …

<fisking>It would be interesting to see TDPK explain how anything published here defrauded him.</fisking>

the filing of groundless civil suits and criminal charges, …

<fisking>TDPK’s identical claims in the state suit were thrown out before trial. Still more collateral estoppel.</fisking>

cyber bullying …

<fisking>He haz sad. Bloggers wrote truthful things about him.</fisking>

and acting unlawfully, …

<fisking>I think this is where the mopery with intent to lurk comes in.</fisking>

in order to cause damage to Plaintiff in his lawful businesses, both as an employee of Justice Trough Music …

<fisking>If JTMP has a beef against me, it should hire a lawyer and sue me. TDPK doesn’t have standing to sue on its behalf.</fisking>

and as a musician.

<fisking>He keeps using that word. I do not think it means what he thinks it means.</fisking>
res_judicata_tshirtIf TDPK’s vexatious suit does survives the motions to dismiss, imagine what it will be like when my fellow defendants and I conduct discovery and depose TDPK on such matters.

Stay tuned.

Quote of the Day


The military art is not an accomplishment, an art for dilettante, a sport. You do not make war without reason, without an object, as you would give yourself up to music, painting, hunting, lawn tennis, where there is no great harm done whether you stop altogether or go on, whether you do little or much. Everything in war is linked together, is mutually interdependent, mutually interpenetrating. When you are at war you have no power to act at random. Each operation has a raison d’etre, that is an object; that object, once determined, fixes the nature and the value of the means to be resorted to as well as the use which ought to be made of the forces.

—Ferdinand Foch