In Re RICO Madness


Judge Hazel granted The Dread Pro-Se Kimberlin permission to file a motion seeking to identify Ace of Spades in the Kimberlin v. The Universe, et al. RICO Madness. He has filed it.

UPDATE—I was amazed to find a package from TDPK in today’s mail. I contained a copy of the above motion and a copy of the letter published earlier asking for permission to file a sanctions motion against Patterico. If the Gentle Reader scrolls through the motion above to the Certificate of Service, he will see that TDPK told the court that he mailed the service to me on the 12th. The kiosk-purchased mailing label is postmarked on the 13th.

No surprise there.

In Re RICO Madness


I have not been served a copy of this letter, and it has not been posted to the Kimberlin v. The Universe, et al. RICO Madness case docket on PACER. (H/T @adamsteinbaugh) It’s a marvelous example of Brett Kimberlin’s gross misunderstanding of both the Case Management Order (on a point he has already been corrected by the judge) and the First Amendment. The idiocy it demonstrates is breathtaking.

BTW, I concur with Patterico’s opinion.

Listening and Freedom of Speech


Dominic Burbidge has an insightful essay What It Means to Listen: Free Speech from the Perspective of the Abrahamic Religions posted at the The Witherspoon Institute’s website. He makes the point that Judaism, Christianity, and Islam have a different view of reality from Secularism.

Free speech arguments in Western Europe or North America often demand that persons subject their beliefs to rational discourse and debate. This is supported in the traditions of Abrahamic religions but not through the separation of believer from belief that is characteristic of liberal individualism. For someone of an Abrahamic faith, beliefs are subject to rational evaluation as coherent wholes, which are therefore refuted by an alternative system of thought that is able to display greater unity, coherence, and breadth of application.

Also—

The liberal argument for free speech envisages a free exchange of ideas that exposes the irrationality in other systems of thought. What the person of Abrahamic faith resists is not this but the way in which the method of exposing irrationality solidifies a position of moral relativism through which traditions of thought are rejected en masse as forms of indoctrination, dismissing in turn people’s capacity to reason from within them.

From the point of view of a Christian, I’ll note that the Bible describes a God who seeks a personal relationship with each of us. He speaks to us about how we should live while in that relationship. He speaks of how we should relate to the rest of his creation, but in doing so he tells us how to exercise self-control rather than how to control others.

Thus, I believe that people should be generally free to express their ideas and take their own choices, even those I find wrongheaded, so long as they aren’t harmful to others. There is a strain of Progressivism/Modern Liberalism with intellectual roots in soil such as the Prohibition Movement. In many cases the Prohibitionist urge to control the behavior of others (for the others own good) came from what I see as a confused view of Christianity as viewed through the lens of Modern Liberalism. (There’s a long essay lurking in that thought.) That misunderstanding is a source of some of the intellectual tension between Secularists and Believers.

In any event, Burbidge’s essay is thought provoking. Read the whole thing.

Team Kimberlin Post of the Day


Latest FollowerIf there is anything that bothers Brett Kimberlin more than having the truth told about him, it’s being laughed at. The Kimberlin Unmasked website and @Kimberlinunmask Twitter account were enough of a burr under his saddle that he spent over a year and three lawsuits trying to shut them down. Within days of The Dread Pro-Se Kimberlin’s settling all three lawsuits, the original user of the Twitter account shut it down, and someone else quickly snagged it. I found out about it when that account followed me on Twitter.

The old kimberlinunmasked.com site is gone, but it seems that whoever took over the Twitter handle is running a site at kimberlinunmask.com. It shows some promise.

Disney Crocodile_350I’ve asked this question before, and it seems appropriate now: “How’s that brass knuckles reputation management workin’ for ya’?” Meanwhile, the new Kimberlin Unmasked may provide us with a few laughs while we wait for the clock to run out on TDPK’s due date for his omnibus opposition to all of our pesky motions to dismiss his Kimberlin v. The Universe, et al. RICO Madness. He’d better hurry. That tick tock sound may be a warning of something that might think he’s a pirate and bite him.

Stay tuned.

Your Truly, Johnny Atsign


Johnny Atsign Logo 2ANNOUNCER: From Westminster, it’s time for—

SOUND: Skype rings once.

JOHNNY: Johnny Atsign.

GRAYSON: (Telephone Filter) Johnny, you’re not gonna believe this. Or, on second thought, maybe you will.

JOHNNY: Try me.

GRAYSON: (Telephone Filter) The Grouch has filed a peace order petition against me.

MUSIC: Theme up and under.

ANNOUNCER: The Lickspittle Broadcasting System presents W. J. J. Hoge in the transcribed adventures of the man with the action-packed Twitter account, America’s fabulous free-lance Internet investigator …

JOHNNY: Yours Truly, Johnny Atsign!

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Blogsmoke


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MUSIC: UP AND UNDER—RECORDED—CUT 1

ANNOUNCER: (VOICE OVER MUSIC) Around Twitter Town and in the territory of the net—there’s just one way to handle the harassers and the stalkers—and that’s with an Internet Sheriff and the smell of “BLOGSMOKE”!

MUSIC: THEME HITS: FULL BROAD SWEEP AND UNDER—RECORDED—CUT 2

ANNOUNCER: “BLOGSMOKE” starring W. J. J. Hoge. The story of the trolling that moved into the young Internet—and the story of a man who moved against it. (MUSIC: OUT)

JOHN: I’m that man, John Hoge, Internet Sheriff—the first man they look for and the last they want to meet. It’s a chancy job—and it makes a man watchful … and a little lonely.

MUSIC: MAIN TITLE—RECORDED—CUT 3

JOHN: Hi, this is W. J. J. Hoge stepping out of character to offer my thanks and the thanks of Patrick Grady for everyone’s help in dealing with one particular harasser and cyberstalker. The donations from members of Team Lickspittle and others helped Mr. Grady pay for his travel and other expenses associated with the recent vexatious peace order filed agains him. Unfortunately, Patrick Grady is not the only blogger being victimize by lawfare. Others are being vexatiously sued too. You can help them also. Here’s our Announcer to explain how.

ANNOUNCER: One way to help is to donate funds to help pay bloggers’ legal expenses. There are other was too. If you’re a lawyer, you can provide pro bono counsel to a blogger being sued. Whether you’re a lawyer or not, you can help in other ways such as case research or transcription services. To learn more, go to Bomber Sues Bloggers.

MUSIC: CLOSING TITLE UP AND UNDER—RECORDED—CUT 6

ANNOUNCER: (VOICE OVER MUSIC) Who knows what drivel lurks in the hearts of men? Perhaps we will find out in a future episode of “BLOGSMOKE”!

MUSIC: SWELL AND CONTINUE TO MUSIC OUT

ANNOUNCER: Be sure to tune in on Monday at 6 pm Eastern Time for the next intriguing episode of “Yours Truly, Johnny Atsign.” This is LBS, the Lickspittle Broadcasting System.