I think so, Brain … I wonder … do normal people make good pets?
Leftwing “Fact Checker” Politifact calls “If you like your health plan, you can keep it” the Lie of the Year.
Let it burn.
Titan is the only body in the Solar System other than the Earth with stable areas of liquid on its surface.
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I think so, Brain … in some cultures what we do would be considered normal.
Q Were you released and then sent back to prison for a parole violation, for failure to pay compensation to the, Ms. Delong (phonetic sp.), the wife of Carl Delong, who took his own life after those bombs –
Q — tore up half his body?
A No, I wasn’t.
Of course, TDPK did have the parole for his bombing and drug smuggling sentences revoked, and one of the reasons was his failure to make restitution to Mrs. DeLong.
In the same proceeding TDPK also testified as follows:
Q Okay. That, how many lawsuits have you filed over your lifetime?
A I have none.
Wow. Even after being reminded of the DeLongs, TDPK wasn’t able to remember suing the widow of Carl Delong, the victim of his eighth bomb, to keep her from attaching funds in his prison commissary account that were due to her as restitution. Of course, his memory isn’t always so faulty. From time to time, he brags of filing “over a hundred” lawsuits.
Speaking of judgments, Kimberlin didn’t win the Allen case on its merits. He secured a default judgment because Seth Allen didn’t respond in a timely manner. Kimberlin’s suit sought $2,250,000 in damages. After hearing about the “damages” TDPK had suffered after being “called a pedophile, a murderer, a fraudster, a con man, [and] a terrorist,” the judge awarded him a hundred bucks.
A default judgment is unlikely in TDPK’s Kimberlin v. The Universe, et al. RICO suit. I’m led to believe than none of the defendants who have been served are willing to settle and that they are busily filing or preparing to file Motions to Dismiss. If Kimberlin is lucky, the court will dismiss the case based on those motions. Otherwise, it is likely that several defendants will file counterclaims and be successful with Motions for Summary Judgment. That could be quite expensive for TDPK.
If you’re going to be crazy, you have to get paid for it or else you’re going to be locked up.
—Hunter S. Thompson
Breitbart Unmasked (No, I won’t link to it.) has an occasional feature in which Xenophon channels The Amazing Criswell while making predictions. It turns out to be an apt choice because the predictions are usually as spectacularly wrong as the real Criswell’s.
Last weekend’s forecast was for
Clouds of butthurt have limited visibility in the Carroll County, Maryland area. Expect drizzles of stupid all weekend, with sunny skies due to arrive by Monday afternoon.
It turned out that all the butthurt wound up centered on Elkridge, Maryland, which is in Howard County, although things were sunny here in Westminster.
I wonder if Criswell foresees the blizzard of paper about to descend on Bethesda, Maryland?
I think so, Brain … therapy is expensive. Popping bubble plastic is cheap. You’ll see.
During its recent flyby of Earth, the Jupiter-bound Juno spacecraft listened for a communication from amateur radio operators transmitting from locations around the world. This video depicts the results.
Video Credit: NASA
BTW, HI HI (di-di-di-dit/di-dit di-di-di-dit/di-dit) is Morse code slang for laughter.
73 DE W3JJH
Zort! Brain … I’ve given up taking placebos, but it doesn’t seem to have made any difference.
Pirate Pro-Se Kimberlin has filed a frivolous and vexatious RICO lawsuit against 20+ defendants, including me. I was given 60 days from 19 October to respond to his Amended Complaint. I have done so with a Motion to Dismiss. Under Local Rule 105, TDPK now has 14 days to file any opposition to my motion.
Here is a copy of my motion. I do not wish to make any further public comment on it until the judge has ruled on it.
The fundamental cause of the trouble is that in the modern world the stupid are cocksure while the intelligent are full of doubt.
I think so, Brain … on the other hand, having a great vocabulary didn’t save the Thesaurus from extinction/eradication/extirpation.
As a pilot, I can tell you that a spin is something to be avoided. It can be hard to recover from, and loss of control will result in a crash. Team Kimberlin and its fanboys and enablers seem to be spinning out of control in their reaction to the peace order extension issued last Monday against Bill Schmalfeldt.
The order simply requires Schmalfeldt to refrain from contacting, attempting to contact, or harassing me.
Most of the brouhaha is Team Kimberlin’s misrepresentation of Judge Stansfield’s findings with respect to Twitter and what constitutes contact under the terms of Maryland’s harassment statutes and the peace order he issued.
Notice that I wrote statutes. Plural. Maryland has two laws that are applicable. The first is the general harassment statute which deals with any intentional course of conduct that seriously annoys, alarms, or harasses the victim and that continues after the perpetrator has been told to stop. This is the statute that Schmalfeldt was found to have violated. The fact that his course of conduct involved tweets was incidental to that finding. It was his conduct and not the particular means of delivery that was the issue. In the context of Schmalfeldt’s behavior, the judge found that Schmalfeldt’s tweeting @mentions and @replies using @wjjhoge was a part of his method of harassing me. Harassing me. Not contacting me. But he was ordered to stop doing both.
Maryland also has a law aimed specifically at harassment via electronic communications. It allows for an enhanced criminal penalty when harassment is conducted by means of data (text, photos, whatever) sent to and received by a specific person. During the October hearing on Schmalfeldt’s motion to modify the order and during last Monday’s hearing on the extension, the judge found that using an @mention or @reply caused Twitter to deliver the tweet containing it to a particular account, the account of the user mentioned. That means that someone who was uses @mentions or @replies to engage in a course of harassing conduct could be charged under both laws, electronic harassment for a possible enhanced criminal penalty and harassment in general to enable a peace order to be issued. Specifically, Judge Stansfield found that Schmalfeldt’s 470 tweets containing @wjjhoge or @hogewash were contact that I should not have received under the terms of the peace order.
(I note that the three pornographic images entered into evidence were found to be harassment but not contact, and also good cause to extend the peace order. Although they were tweeted, the versions entered into evidence were from websites. Schmalfeldt’s harassment of me has not been limited just to Twitter.)
This doesn’t cause any real change in how the First Amendment relates to harassment. Harassment isn’t protected speech. What it does is to make it clear that Twitter is not a safe harbor for harassers under Maryland law. Twitter users will be held to the same standard in that forum that would they be writing in a newspaper or speaking on a street corner.
Is that so bad?
On 9 October, the Juno spacecraft flew by the Earth in a slingshot maneuver to pick up added speed for its trip to Jupiter. Juno has a camera system called a “star tracker” that is used for navigation and spacecraft orientation. Here’s what the star tracker saw during the flyby—
Video Credit: NASA
I think so, Brain … but in a few million years won’t Barney be in a can of 10W-30?
“Knowing what the outcome would be …” My, my, my … that’s almost an admission by Bill Schmalfeldt that the charges filed were knowingly false. Still, you have to admire the chutzpah of Team Kimberlin that allowed them to so brazenly attempt to put one of the defendants in The Dread Pirate Kimberlin’s vexatious Kimberlin v. Walker, et al. under the same disability to offer testimony as TDPK.
(For those of you just beginning to follow the Saga of The Dread Pirate Kimberlin, Brett Kimberlin is a convicted perjurer, and Maryland has a law that prohibits convicted perjurers from testifying in any court proceeding.)
Brett Kimberlin is suing four other bloggers and me for writing truthful things about him. You can help us defend ourselves and the First Amendment from his lawfare. Go to Bomber Sues Bloggers to find out how.
Talent hits a target no one else can hit; genius hits a target no one else can see.
I’m told that Bill Schmalfeldt has been whining about my “dirty victory” in court yesterday.
It’s true that my lawyer had a secret strategy that she used against him, and it worked: She let him talk.
Schmalfeldt repeated arguments that previously had been shot down. He asked irrelevant questions. He ranted. He yelled. He pounded the table. He convinced the judge that he intended to continue to disobey the peace order. In short, he made my case for me.
Bill Schmalfeldt can think that was a dirty trick if he wishes. I call it good lawyering.
Now, if Schmalfeldt will simply obey the peace order, I will have no reason to take any particular notice of him. We’ll see how that goes.
When asked to cite a case where the Supremes had so ruled, the response was …
The reason is quite simple. There is no such ruling; the question hasn’t been considered by the Supreme Court. Meanwhile, the applicable case law says the opposite, including Hoge v. Schmalfeldt (Md. Cir.Ct. Carr.Co. 2013) Case No. 06-C-063359 (cert. denied). Schmalfeldt raised the “@mention isn’t contact” argument in paragraph 2 of his Supplement to Petition for a Writ of Certiorari during his appeal in that case. The Court of Appeals didn’t buy it, finding “there is no showing that review by certiorari is desirable or in the public interest.”
A large part of the hopeful confusion among the pro-harassment crowd relied on their focusing on the fact that Internet harassment is specifically covered by a Maryland statute, but the missed the fact that it violates another Maryland law as well, one that can be a trigger for a peace order. That law, the statute dealing with harassment generally, is the one which the Circuit Court found Schmalfeldt transgressed.
There is no safe harbor in Maryland law for harassment via the Internet.
UPDATE—After referring to those questioning his legal scholarship as “lickspittles,” @LibtardMedia has taken his account private. Now, who would call his opponents “lickspittles”?
Troz! Brain … well, speaking scientifically, it seems that for every action there is an equal but opposite government program.
That’s the First Law of Thermodynamics—There Ain’t No Such Thing As A Free Lunch!
Of late, I’m seeing more references to the Obama Administration as “lawless,” and it certainly has a record of disobeying its own signature law as it tries to implement Obamacare. But no matter how hard they try to bend or break the fundamental Laws of Nature, there ain’t no such thing as free healthcare either.
Someone has to pay: hence, the various redistributive schemes to try to finance the program. Jonathan Cohn has a piece over at TNR titled Yes, Obamacare is Redistribution—But Republicans Are Wrong About Who Pays. He tries to show how the money to fund the scheme (more than $2 trillion over the next decade) will be raised. Most of the sources make little real-world economic sense. For example, Medicare providers will summarily be short-changed $415 billion on their compensation for the goods and service they provide. The logic behind this is that it gives providers with an incentive to become more efficient by being paid less rather than deciding to get a better paying job or start a more profitable business. Yeah, that’ll work.
The truly stupid ideas in the Obamacare financing scheme are the fees to be imposed on the healthcare industry such as the medical device tax. This adds a violation of Second Law of Thermodynamics which says that every system operates with some increase in entropy. The $165 billion dollars of increased cost to the system will never be recovered when the real world results of the program are viewed as a whole. Even an economy as large as ours won’t be able to hide the loss.
If your think healthcare is expensive now, just wait till it’s “free.”
Let it burn.
And I was complaining about a little snow and freezing rain yesterday …
Video Credit: NASA
I think so, Brain … it’s amazing how some people go out of their way to humiliate themselves in public.