Second Star to the Right …

tinkerbell_eso… and straight on ’til morning. Just follow Tinker Bell. This image from the ESO‘s Very Large Telescope shows a rare merger of three galaxies. The system, which bears a resemblance to Tinker Bell, is composed of two massive spiral galaxies and a third irregular galaxy.

The image is a multi-band composite of infrared data from the  VLT combined with archive images from Hubble. The VLT data allowed astronomers to not only see the two previously known galaxies, but to identify a third, an irregular, massive galaxy that seems to form stars at a frantic rate.

Image Credit: ESO

Team Kimberlin Pos of the Day

As the TKPOTD for seven years ago today noted, Brett Kimberlin often has had difficulty complying with deadlines for filing court papers.

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popcorn4bkThe docket on PACER does not show that any opposition to my motion to dismiss for failure to state a claim has been filed in the Kimberlin v. Team Themis, et al. RICO 2: Electric Boogaloo. Given that the deadline for filing any opposition was last Friday, it appears that the motion is now unopposed.

Stay tuned.

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I filed two motions to dismiss in that case. One was for improper venue; the other was for failure to state a claim. The court granted both motions, effectively ruling that Kimberlin’s LOLsuit was not only bogus, but filed in a court that didn’t have jurisdiction .

Incompetent is as incompetent does.

Team Kimberlin Post of the Day

All of Team Kimberlin’ LOLsuits failed because they were never able to put together a logically consistent narrative that alleged all the elements of a tort. The TKPOTD for seven years ago today examine one fatal error in one false narrative.

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The real caption of the RICO 2: Electric Boogaloo LOLsuit is Kimberlin v. Hunton & Williams LLP, et al. Hunter & Williams LLP is a large law firm, but they are not representing themselves. They have hired Williams & Connolly LLP to handle the suit.

This is footnote 9 in the H&W motion to dismiss,ECF 58-fn9

The Dread Pro-Se Kimberlin waited until after the statute of limitations had run before filing his complaint against the people and organization he imagines conspired against him. He didn’t allege that ManTech, PNNL, Bill Nickless, or I were part of that original conspiracy. He’s opportunistically dragged us into the case to try to have some sort of continuity to the supposed plot. Of course, if ManTech, PNNL, Mr. Nickless, and I were never part of the conspiracy, it doesn’t make sense that we acted on its behalf.

But logic has never been one of the strong points in TDPK’s LOLsuits.

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res_judicata_mugsAnd he dragged me in after having already lost an earlier case against me in which he could have alleged all of his claims against me in the RICO 2 case, but the doctrine of res judicata precluded litigation of those claims. Further, by including me in the alleged conspiracy, the res judicata shield I enjoyed also protected those alleged co-conspirators.

Incompetent is as incompetent does.

BTW, Res Judicata coffee mugs and other goodies are available at The Hogewash Store.

Those Gas Leaks

Gas is leaking into the Baltic Sea from two of Russia’s Nord Stream pipelines. Several sources, including officials in Denmark, Sweden, and Poland, have suggested (so far without citing any evidence) that the damage to the pipelines was deliberate.

It may be sabotage. Or it may be Russian incompetence. Given the country’s culture of corruption, were the welds in the pipeline all properly inspected? Were all the joints properly treated with anti-corrosion material?

Were they pipelines built with explosive charges to be used to cut them in time of war? If so, did they go off accidentally? Or on purpose?

And is the timing purely coincidental?

I believe in coincidences. Coincidences happen every day. But I don’t trust coincidences.

—Elim Garak

‘Tis a puzzlement.

Dimorphos

These are the final images of the asteroid moonlet Dimorphos taken by the DRACO camera about the DART spacecraft as it crashed into Dimorphos. The moonlet is only about 170 m (560 ft) in diameter, making it one of the smallest astronomical objects that has been given a permanent name. Early telemetry suggests that DART hit within 17 m of dead center.

 

Video Credit: NASA / APL

Team Kimberlin Post of the Day

Brett Kimberlin testified under oath in October, 2016, that he was working with the federal government on “election security.”

I’m working with the Department of Justice right now to protect the, this coming election. There’s been a lot of information about hacking by Russians.

There are also indications that he was involved with Ukrainian interests associated with the Democrats and the now-deposed Poroshenko regime. The TKPOTD for three years ago looked at one of Kimberlin’s Ukrainian connections.

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One of the Kimberlin-related websites that has recently disappeared was manafortwatch dot org. The site had an … um … interesting history. Here are the first few lines of the domain’s WHOIS data:

Domain Name: MANAFORTWATCH.ORG
Registry Domain ID: D189396510-LROR
Registrar WHOIS Server: whois.godaddy.com
Registrar URL: http://www.whois.godaddy.com
Updated Date: 2019-08-30T08:10:23Z
Creation Date: 2016-07-19T01:06:01Z
Registry Expiry Date: 2020-07-19T01:06:01Z

… and here is the site’s hosting history:

The domain was registered through GoDaddy on 10 August, 2016 and initially hosted on a GoDaddy server (50.63.202.34), but two days later, it was moved to the Fintel Associates server (209.188.0.218) that hosts the Justice Through Music Project and Protect Our Elections websites. On 10 August, 2019, the site was moved back to a GoDaddy server (184.168.221.90), and on 1 September, it was taken down well before the expiration date for the registration.

Here’s the interesting thing about that timeline. The domain was registered one week before the New York Times broke the story of the Ukrainian ledger detailing payments made to Manafort. It seems that someone with insider knowledge of the Ukrainian National Anti-Corruption Bureau’s claims about the ledger was involved in registering the domain.

We know that Alexandra Chalupa was working through her Ukrainian contacts to dig up dirt on Manafort. We know that she was working with Kimberlin through that time period.

Hmmmmm.

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Yeah, hmmmmm.

Team Kimberlin Post of the Day

I have no Idea how much revenue Brett Kimberlin generated from the DONATE buttons on his websites. However, based on his multiple LOLsuit claims that I’ve used Hogewash! to trick the Gentle Readers in to giving me vast sums of money, I do know that it really gets under Kimberlin’s skin if you hit my Tip Jar. I’m also sure he feels the same way when folks click on my podcasting partner Stacy McCain’s Big Yellow Button.

LMC in IR and Radio

The Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC) is a satellite of the Milky Way containing about 30 billion stars. In this combined radio and near infrared view the LMC’s cool and warm dust are shown in green and blue, respectively, and hydrogen gas in red. The image is composed of data from the European Space Agency Herschel and Planck missions; two retired NASA missions, the Infrared Astronomy Survey and Cosmic Background Explorer; and the ground-based Parkes, ATCA, and Mopra radio telescopes.

Image Credits: ESA / NASA / NASA-JPL / Caltech ; Christopher Clark (STScI) / S. Kim (Sejong University) / T. Wong (UIUC)

Team Kimberlin Post of the Day

This episode of Blognet first ran seven years ago today.

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BlognetTitleCardMUSIC: Theme. Intro and fade under.

NARRATOR: Ladies and gentlemen, the story you are about to hear is true. The names have been changed to protect the innocent.

MUSIC: Up, then under …

NARRATOR: You’re a Detective Sergeant. You’re assigned to Internet Detail. A cyberstalker is threatening individuals with a copyright lawsuit. Your job … get the facts.

MUSIC: Up then under …

ANNOUNCER: Blognet … the documented drama of an actual case. For the next few minutes, in cooperation with the Twitter Town Sheriff’s Department, you will travel step by step on the side of the good guys through an actual case transcribed from official files. From beginning to end, from crime to punishment, Blognet is the story of the good guys in action.

MUSIC: Up and out.

SOUND: Footsteps in hallway.

FRIDAY: It was Tuesday, September 1st. It was a pleasant late summer day in Maryland. We were working the day watch out of Internet Detail. My partner’s Liz Smith. The Boss is Twitter Town Sheriff W. J. J. Hoge. My name’s Friday. It was 7:24 am when I entered Room S-121. Internet Detail. Continue reading

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Team Kimberlin Post of the Day

The Circuit Court in Montgomery County let the Kimberlin v. Walker, et. al. LOLsuit get all the way to a trial, but most of his later state and federal cases failed to survive motions to dismiss. One did make it as far as a summary judgment in the defendant’s favor, but two were killed off via sua sponte dismissals by a judge who had learned his lesson about Kimberlin in previous cases. The TKPOTD for seven years ago today looked at one of the fatal flaws in the RICO 2: Electric Boogaloo LOLsuit.

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Here’s another example of The Dread Pro-Se Kimberlin’s inability to keep his lies straight. First, take a look at this paragraph from his opposition to the U. S. Chamber of Commerce’s motion to dismiss the Kimberlin v. Team Themis, et al. RICO 2: Electric Boogaloo LOLsuit.ECF 67-p17Now, take a look at paragraphs 57 and 58 in his Complaint.ECF 1-57-58

Those two paragraphs describe things that I allegedly did, and that paragraph from the opposition says that those supposed acts were done for the advancement of the mythical RICO conspiracy. That would make me a member. However, according to the Complaint, I’m not.ECF 1-C-VI

“[W]hen a complaint contains inconsistent and self-contradictory statements, it fails to state a claim.”  Hosack v. Utopian Wireless Corp., Case No. 11-CV-00420-DKC, ECF No. 15 (D.Md. 2011) at 12.

popcorn4bkTDPK is lucky that his nonsense about paragraphs 57 and 58 is in that opposition. Since it isn’t within the four corners of the Complaint itself, the Court can ignore it and the resulting contradiction. Of course, there are still plenty of fatal defects in the Complaint, but I don’t need to educate the midget about all of them. At least, not yet.

Stay tuned.

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The biggest flaw in the RICO 2 case was including me at all. Because he could have made all the new claims against me as part of the first LOLsuit that he lost, he was barred from raising them against me by the legal principle of res judicata. Further, by claiming that I was a member of a conspiracy, that bar extended not only to me but also to my alleged co-conspirators.

Game over.

BTW, Res Judicata coffee mugs, t-shirts, and other fine swag are available at The Hogewash Store.