A Late Spring

Perhaps because of global warming, we’re having a late spring in Westminster this year. The crocus that usually come up in late February didn’t show up until mid March. Our cherry tree is finally blooming several weeks late.Cherry Tree

On Decorum

I was watching an interview of Gene Wilder, and he gave a thoughtful answer to the question of why he stopped doing much acting. Anyone who has seen Young Frankenstein knows that Wilder is no prude, but, he said he didn’t want to participate in the over-the-top violence and vulgarity he was finding in the scripts he was being sent. Similarly, I’ve tried to maintain a decent, but not prudish, level of decorum here at Hogewash!.

I am now going to make an exception. I’m going to begin letting comment of this sort through moderation. We’ll see how long Brett Kimberlin’s cyberthugs can sustain their targeted abuse when they have to do it in the open.

The light’s been turned on. Let’s see how the roaches scurry.

Team Kimberlin Channels Brave Sir Robin

Beginning last Sunday (when The Dread Pro-Se Kimberlin had probably put the finishing touches on his Kimberlin v. Team Themis, et al. RICO2 LOLsuit), I began receiving an unusually large number of obscene and/or threatening comments here at Hogewash!; most of them were poorly done photoshop jobs that used Mrs. Hoge’s face in an inappropriate manner.) The last one came in at 3:21 pm ET on Tuesday, 17 March.

sir robin shieldAt 3:56 pm on Tuesday, I posted Judge Hazel’s order dismissing all of TDPK’s Kimberlin v. The Universe, et al. RICO Madness claims against me. Since then,


Brave Sir Anonymous Coward has run away.

When Team Kimberlin thinks they are about to score a win, they are big on spiking the ball before they get it to the end zone. Where I learned the game, that’s called a fumble, and it often results in a turnover to the other team’s advantage.



I don’t like Starbucks’s coffee. Like so many west coast coffee purveyors, they use over-roasted beans. I don’t mind some of what I refer to as their “candy drinks” where the bad coffee is buffered by other flavors. Still, for the price of a few visits to Starbucks, I can buy a week’s supply of properly roasted Kona or Blue Mountain coffee and brew it properly at home.

Since I don’t frequent their stores, I haven’t been accosted by one of their baristas with a gratuitous discussion of race from a kid whose parents probably weren’t alive when I was covering the civil rights movement as a broadcaster in the South in the ’60s.

For that I’m thankful.

Bonus Prevarication Du Jour

The Cabin Boy™ isn’t even a good concern troll.SRN201503112246ZAs Team Kimberlin has been pointing out, I am 67 years old. I’ve been enrolled in Medicare for over two years.MedicareI use one of the low end insurance plans available at work as a “Medigap” policy. However, because Mrs. Hoge is several years younger than I am, she has been separately insured since I turned 65. My employment (including the income stream it provides) has no effect on her health insurance.

A Personal Note

Mrs. Hoge had her first session of chemotherapy today and is doing very well. She is very grateful for your prayers and good wishes.

Because of her illness, I am taking a pass on most of CPAC this year, but I will be attending BlogBash this evening. The press of the day’s events has cut into the time available for blogging. As a result, the three posts that would normally appear around midnight, Quote of the Day, TKPOD, and AYPWIP, will get tonight off. Normal blogging should resume with the Internet Astronomer post tomorrow morning.