Team Kimberlin Post of the Day


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

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

SOUND: Skype rings once

JOHNNY: Johnny Atsign.

DD: (Telephone Filter) Good morning, Mr. Atsign, it’s Dinah Daley again.

JOHNNY: Good morning to you. You’re up early out on the Left Coast.

DD: (Telephone Filter) It’s the nature of the job some days. Sometimes we have to talk to you Easterners.

JOHNNY: What can I do for you this morning?

DD: (Telephone Filter) Not much. I called mostly to thank you for that report. My lawyer has found it very useful.

JOHNNY: Good.

DD: (Telephone Filter) There’s just one more thing …

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

NGC 2481


ngc-2841NGC 2841 lies 46 million light-years away in the constellation of Ursa Major. It currently has a relatively low star formation rate compared to other spirals that are ablaze with emission nebulae. Notably missing are pinkish emission nebulae that accompany new star birth. It is likely that the radiation and supersonic winds from fiery, super-hot, young blue stars cleared out the remaining gas, and  shut down further nearby star formation. MGC 2481 is prime example of a flocculent spiral galaxy, one whose arms are patchy and discontinuous. It has no grand design structure apparent when seen in visible light as in this Hubble image, although some inner spiral arms can be seen in the near infrared.

Image Credit: NASA / ESA

Team Kimberlin Post of the Day


Seven years ago today was a busy day here at Hogewash! which resulted in the posting of Team Kimberlin Bonus Post of the Day.

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RICOMadnessThe Dread Pro-Se Kimberlin has filed a combined response to the motions to dismiss from Aaron Walker and me in the Kimberlin v. The Universe, et al. RICO Madness.BK_ECF29-14As the Gentle Reader might suspect, that mischaracterizes our arguments. I’ve argued that Brett Kimberlin, a convicted serial bomber, has been convicted of multiple infamous crimes and is, therefore, a public figure in the same sense as other convicted bombers such as Ted Kaczynski or Timothy McVeigh. I believe his reputation (as a perjurer, drug smuggler/wholesaler/dealer, bomber, murder suspect, etc.) is so bad as to render him defamation proof.

Even Bill Schmalfeldt understood that TDPK has a lousy reputation.

Sat Jun 16 22:27:31 +0000 2012, liberalgrouch, 214122056504184832, @Prepostericity If your point is that Kimberlin is a scumbag, I’m way ahead of you on that.  Said so in my blog weeks ago.  I could do

Sat Jun 16 22:28:26 +0000 2012, liberalgrouch, 214122288910577664, @Prepostericity without the condescending bullshit from a fellow blogger, if you don’t mind.  …

#Fail

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Eventually, Judge Mason concurred with my argument that Kimberlin was defamation proof when he found that to be one of the reasons why The Dread Deadbeat Pro-Se Kimberlin had failed to state a claim upon which relief could be granted and dismissed the RICO Retread LOLsuit in state court.

The Other Podcast


Stacy McCain, Dianna Deeley, and I will be at our mics at 7 pm ET for the next episode of the The Other Podcast Live. Join us on Podbean.

Likely topics include Football, Healing, Math, and Crazy People Are Dangerous™.

Episode25: Football, Healing, Math, and Crazy People Are Dangerous™ The Other Podcast

Stacy McCain, John Hoge, and Dianna Deeley discuss the week's news.
  1. Episode25: Football, Healing, Math, and Crazy People Are Dangerous™
  2. Episode 24: Rioters, Censorship, Eschatology, and Crazy People Are Dangerous™
  3. Episode 23: The Blues, Georgia, DC, and Crazy People Are Dangerous™
  4. Episode 22: The Holidays, 2021, Progress, and Crazy People Are Dangerous™
  5. Episode 21: Nashville, Resets, the Senate, and Crazy People Are Dangerous™

Team Kimberlin Post of the Day


Brett Kimberlin is more than a bit odd. He has all sorts of quirks such as wearing white socks with a business suit. The TKPOTD from eight years ago dealt with one of the early influences in his life. The post was titled Dread Pirate #BrettKimberlin, Randian.

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What were the influences on the young Brett Kimberlin that formed his character? Mark Singer records an unlikely one on page 62 of Citizen K.

The experience of reading Ayn Rand, especially Atlas Shrugged, “changed my life.” He admired the way Rand’s characters rigidly “stuck to their principles” and jealously guarded their independence.

I suppose that at least partially explains his lack of altruism.

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Howard Roark and John Galt unavailable for comment.

On Overreach


I suspect that the Democrats will have a brief but spectacular run at messing up the economy or getting us into some nasty foreign entanglement. In a burst of overreach not unlike the passing of Obamacare (“We have to pass the bill in order to find out what’s in it.”), they will quickly find themselves in a-bridge-too-far land. It’s inevitable because they simply cannot follow the wisdom in Oscar Wilde’s bon mot: “One should always play fairly when one has the winning cards.” They cheat even when they don’t have to.

The next couple of years are going to be brutal. The following two won’t be much better.

Team Kimberlin Post of the Day


Five years ago today, I ran a two-part episode of Yours Truly, Johnny Atsign. A year ago today, I reran Part Two. Here’s Part One.

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

SOUND: Landline phone rings once.

JOHNNY: Johnny Atsign.

LT. BRADSHAW: (Telephone Filter) Atsign, it’s Bradshaw.

JOHNNY: Why, Lieutenant, to what do I owe the honor?

LT. BRADSHAW: (Telephone Filter) Cut the sarcasm, Atsign. As much as I hate to admit it, I need some help.

JOHNNY: From me, Lieutenant?

LT. BRADSHAW: (Telephone Filter) Yeah. From you, Atsign.

JOHNNY: You must be in one helluva hole. Tell me more.

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

Quote of the Day


By the theory of our Government majorities rule, but this right is not an arbitrary or unlimited one. It is a right to be exercised in subordination to the Constitution and in conformity to it. One great object of the Constitution was to restrain majorities from oppressing minorities or encroaching upon their just rights. Minorities have a right to appeal to the Constitution as a shield against such oppression.

—James K. Polk

LARPing at Leadership


One on the most effective political cartoonists of the middle of the 20th century was Herbert Block who drew under the name of Herblock for the Washington Post. He always gave his caricature of Richard Nixon five o’clock shadow. Herblock clearly despised Nixon, but the day after the 1968 election, he published the cartoon on the left as a way of congratulating Nixon on winning the election. It wasn’t long before the five o’clock shadow reappeared.

Here at Hogewash!, I run every new president’s name through the spell checker for one post.

I’ve seen comments to the effect that Donald Trump was the most divisive president in history or at least in recent history, and that Joe Biden has an opportunity to bring the country back together again. Unity seems to be a big buzzword on the Left these days. I don’t have much hope for such healing.

First, trying to paint Trump as a particularly divisive president is counterfactual. Trump was elected as a response to the divisive politics of the Obama administration much as Nixon was elected in response to the divisive politics of the Johnson administration and Lincoln was elected in response to the divisive politics of the Buchanan administration. BTW, an argument can be made that while Lincoln was among our greatest presidents, he was THE most divisive. His election triggered the Civil War.

But back to 2021.

At least 74,000,000 Americans voted against Joe Biden, and many, perhaps the majority, of them don’t believe that Biden actually won. The Left’s making lists of Trump supporters and talking of reeducation camps isn’t going to help depolarize the country, and it’s up to the new president to show some leadership by engaging respectfully with his political opponents and insisting that his supporters do likewise. I don’t see any indication of such behavior.

Indeed, his initial round of personnel appointments and some of his acts on his first day of the job lead me to believe that he’s the same Joe Biden who has spent almost fifty years as a hack pretending to be a political leader.

Because I want America to be successful, I wish Joe Biden and his administration success in doing well for the country. I wish I had more hope.

Team Kimberlin Post of the Day


If I hadn’t been a defendant in the Kimberlin v. The Universe, et al. RICO Madness LOLsuit, I probably would have found some of its insane claims more humorous. Still, I did try to poke fun at some of the more outrageous lies. Seven years ago today, I posted BREAKING: RICO Enterprise Revealed.

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Or, at least, The Dread Pro-Se Kimberlin’s imagined version:BKR2H&WMtDs31Dang! I thought I was more of a mover and shaker. Now I find out that I’m no more important to the operation than Glen Beck or Simon & Schuster.

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Alas, if we ever make a movie of The Saga Of The Dread Deadbeat Pro-Se Kimberlin, Robert Duval will be too old to play Patrick Frey.

Quote of the Day


We live in a time of transition, an uneasy era which is likely to endure for the rest of this century. During the period we may be tempted to abandon some of the time-honored principles and commitments which have been proven during the difficult times of past generations. We must never yield to this temptation. Our American values are not luxuries, but necessities— not the salt in our bread, but the bread itself.

—Jimmy Carter