How the Grinch Stole a Birthday

Theodor Giesel’s birthday to be precise. Giesel’s pen name was Dr. Seuss.

It seems that Dr. Seuss’ caricatures of “people of color” are too raaaaacist for an outfit called Learning for Justice, and they’re demanding that schools avoid reading Dr. Seuss because his books allegedly have “racial undertones.” BTW, Learning for Justice is the education arm of the Southern Poverty Law Center.

Since before the turn of the century, 2 March has been Read Across America Day in honor of Dr. Seuss’s birthday. The reading recognition day was founded by the National Education Association, but schools in some of the usual-suspect jurisdictions are removing any connection between Dr. Suess and Read Across America Day this year.

Neither the red fish nor the blue fish was available for comment.

It All Depends On What You Mean By “Equality”

The House has passed a legislative nightmare called the “Equality Act.” If it passes the Senate and becomes law, it would amend federal statutes to prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity, and it explicitly will destroy religious freedom protections related to sexual and gender identity. The bill explicitly states: “The Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993 (42 U.S.C. 2000bb et seq.) shall not provide a claim concerning, or a defense to a claim under, a covered title, or provide a basis for challenging the application or enforcement of a covered title.”

Stephen Kruiser has suggested that the Equality Act is proof that the Democrats are clinically insane. OTOH, The Party may need the words “equal” and “equality” to have different meanings. Sometimes  two plus two equals four. But not always.

Sometimes they are five. Sometimes they are three. Sometimes they are all of them at once. You must try harder. It is not easy to become sane.

Team Kimberlin Post of the Day

This episode of Yours Truly, Johnny Atsign first ran three years ago today.

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ANNOUNCER: From Westminster, it’s time for —

SOUND: Skype rings once. Receiver picked up.

JOHNNY: Johnny Atsign.

CLIENT: (Telephone Filter) Hi, Johnny. I just called to say “Thanks” for that report.

JOHNNY: You’re welcome. I hope it’s useful.

CLIENT: (Telephone Filter) Things haven’t finished timing out yet, but it won’t be long.

JOHNNY: OK. Let me know if you need anything else.

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!

MUSIC: Theme up to music out. Continue reading

Elections Have Consequences

The election of 1856 put James Buchanan in the White House. He is generally viewed as one of the worst presidents in the nation’s history. Buchanan won the election by carrying every slave state except Maryland while the rest of the country split their votes between Republican John Fremont and Know-Nothing Millard Fillmore. Buchanan understood who elected him.

Buchanan intervened in the Supreme Court to gather majority support of the pro-slavery decision in the Dred Scott case. He supported the Southern attempt to bring Kansas into the Union as a slave state, angering both the Republicans and also many Northern Democrats. Finally, he failed to take action to stop Southern states from seceding during the last months of his administration.

That’s the sort of thing that happens when the Democrats win an election and come to believe that their grasp on the reins of power is so absolute they can act with impunity.

History doesn’t repeat itself in the sense of actual do-overs. Indeed, it does a very poor job of rhyming. But certain themes do reoccur, and one of them in impatient overreach by wannabe elitists.

The next couple of years may be quite ugly.

Team Kimberlin Post of the Day

Sometimes truth is stranger than fiction. The TKPOTD for five years ago today dealt with the time I partially supported a motion The Dread Deadbeat Pro-Se Kimberlin filed in the RICO 2: Electric Boogaloo LOLsuit.

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Dogs and cats living together! Yesterday, I filed this response to The Dread Pro-Se Kimberlin’s latest nonsense in the Kimberlin v. Team Themis, et al. RICO 2: Electric Boogaloo LOLsuit wherein I partially support his motion.

Truth really is stranger than fiction.

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The whole thing became moot when the suit was dismissed with prejudice.

District Court Enjoins Deportation Ban

The temporary injunction on Joe Xiden’s 100-day pause in deportations of criminal aliens was set to expire yesterday, but U.S. District Judge Drew Tipton issued the preliminary injunction sought by Texas, indefinitely extending the injunction. This isn’t the first time a district judge has issued a nationwide injunction relating to immigration policy. The Democrats went forum shopping to Hawaii to find a judge willing to put a monkey wrench in the ban travel from seven hostile and terror ridden countries.

The Gentle Reader should not be surprised if the usual suspects on the Left suddenly begin a bit more suspicious of judicial activism.

BTW, Marvin was unavailable for comment.

Team Kimberlin Post of the Day

It seems clear to me that Brett Kimberlin desperately wanted to be able to use material he had received via discovery in his various lawsuits as fuel for smear campaigns against his enemies. He did leak sealed documents from a couple of cases. He became obviously frustrated when Judge Hazel would not relax the protective order granted in the Kimberlin v. Frey RICO Remnant LOLsuit. He also became peeved with me when I didn’t provide him with a bonanza of information when he tried to subpoena me in the Frey case.

He never properly served that subpoena on me, but I voluntarily gave him all the responsive documents I had. First, because nothing I had was useful to hm, and second, I figured letting him have them would avoid a round of filings in court. I was wrong. Five years ago today, I posted this Kimberlin v. Frey News.

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The Dread Pro-Se Kimberlin filed a motion for contempt or sanctions against me in the Kimberlin v. Frey RICO Remnant LOLsuit. Last week, he finally got around to serving a copy of the motion on me. I have now filed a response. Because I had to discuss confidential discovery material from the case in my filing, I have filed it partially under seal.

Here is the redacted version that is publicly available on PACER.

The motions speak for themselves. I do not wish to make any further comment on the matter until the court has ruled.

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As a result of bing sucked into that round of motion, I became privy to some of the discovery documents and now am bound by the terms of the protective order. I can’t discuss the contents of the documents related to Kimberlin’s sanctions motion. However, I will say that no reasonable person looking at them in the context of Kimberlin’s LOLsuit would believe they helped his case. Indeed, if I had unfettered access to them and hadn’t been bound by the Frey protective order, I would have used at least some of them in my lawsuit against Kimberlin.

Kimberlin loses in court because he never has either the facts or the law on his side, but even if he did, he’d still lose. He just doesn’t seem to understand how to tie a coherent argument together with facts and logic to make a case.

Transferring Money From Red States to Blue

The fifty states have functioned as laboratories of democracy in their varied responses to the Wuhan Virus Pandemic. For the most part, it’s been the blue states who have done the most damage to their economies, and it’s these states that the Democrats in Congress want to bail out.

It might be wise for Congress to review some basic principles of planning and economics before they act. I’m providing a link to a basic economics text at Amazon that should be simple enough for most of the members of the House and Senate to understand.

The Capitol Bombing?

This is from the conformation hearing for Merrick Garland, Joe Xiden’s nominee for Attorney General.

There’s a joke that can be teased out of that about it not being over after the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor, but the real good news about Garland is that Cocaine Mitch kept him off the Supreme Court back in 2016.


Team Kimberlin Post of the Day

At one point during the Hoge v. Kimberlin, et al. lawsuit, Bill Schmalfeldt made me a rather unattractive settlement offer. My public response four years ago today was Go Ahead. Make My Day.

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Last December, the Cabin Boy™ asked me to make him a confidential settlement offer in the Hoge v. Kimberlin, et al. lawsuit. After due consideration, I made him an offer in January which 1) he published on one of his now defunct blogs and 2) he rather rudely declined. Yesterday, he made me a settlement offer.fmp201702230511zThe offer I made in January was my best and final offer, and it has expired. That offer represented the only terms under which I would have been willing to settle the lawsuit with the Cabin Boy™, but I am no longer willing to settle. Schmalfeldt’s rejected my offer, and it was his last chance to avoid going through discovery and trial.

He can publish whatever offers he wishes. But his time probably would be better spent meeting his obligations in discovery.

Murum aries attigit.

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Because the Cabin Boy™ threaten to publish his offer, he shouldn’t have any objections to it coming to light now.

Rule 5 and Trees

Over at The Other McCain, Wombat has a Rule 5 link to a post at A View from the Beach about the trees the Maryland Forest Service will give to homeowner to plant for erosion control. Mrs. Hoge was involved in the Backyard Buffers program through her work with the Maryland Forestry Foundation and as president of our county’s Forestry Board.

Speaking of Mrs. Hoge and the forest, here’s a picture of her taken on a hike in the Catoctin Mountain Park, not far from Camp David.