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”!


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.


SOUND: Footsteps in snow.

JOHN: After shoveling 8 to 10 inches of global warming off the front walk, I’m ready to come in out of the corn starch and warm up.

SOUND: Feet being wiped. Door opens and closes.

WILL: (Off mike) The coffee’s ready.

SOUND: Closet door slides. Coat hangers rustle.

JOHN: I’ll grab some in a minute. Thanks.

SOUND: Footsteps.

JOHN: This Internet Sheriff gig has been magnificently weird at times.

WILL: (Off mike) I put a cup by your chair.

JOHN: I see it. Thanks.

SOUND: Footsteps out.

WILL: (Off mike) I’m headed out to finish the driveway.

SOUND: Door opens and closes off mike.

JOHN: Ah. It’s good to sit for a bit. Where was I? Oh, yeah. The Internet Sheriff gig. You know, I got it thanks to a abortive attempt at humor by Bunny Boy over at Goodguys Unmasked. He was lamely trying to make fun of me and referred to me as the Internet Sherriff of Twitter Town and made a snarky remark about “Blogsmoke.” That was about a year-and-a-half ago.

That bit of snark spawned this feature. And Johnny Atsign. And Blognet. Anyone of them has a bigger following than anything that Bunny Boy has tried.


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JOHN: Bunny Boy has a significant editorial screw up fairly regularly. His latest goes beyond childish snark and gets into some pretty serious name calling. He put a post up this week that accuses me of stalking in its headline.

That’s nonsense, of course, but it’s mild compared to what he put in the body of the post. He says that I’ve suborned perjury. Also, he rants about a charging document that named his buddy The Bomber. He’s not very clear, so I’m not sure whether he’s lying about the contents of the actual document or claiming that I posted an altered version of it. Or both.

The post is clearly defamatory, but since Maryland repealed its criminal defamation statue, it’s a civil matter. As Internet Sheriff, I don’t have to worry about it. I can leave it for the lawyers.

Meanwhile, I’m tired after moving all that snow. I’m gonna take a nap.


ANNOUNCER: (VOICE OVER MUSIC) Even with a good imagination, we can’t come up with stories as strange as The Bomber and his buddies provide for episodes of “BLOGSMOKE”!


ANNOUNCER: The Legal Department wishes the following declaimer read: “‘BLOGSMOKE’ is a work of fiction. Anyone who feels it might be about him should read Proverbs 28:1.” Be sure to tune in on Monday at 6 pm Eastern Time for the next intriguing episode of “Yours Truly, Johnny Atsign,” and join us again every Friday at 6 for alternating episodes “BLOGSMOKE” and “Blognet.” This is LBS, the Lickspittle Broadcasting System.

26 thoughts on “Blogsmoke

    • You mean, like Bill?

      Isn’t it odd that he filed suit a few days ago protesting he barely knew BK, yet today he’s busy carrying his water, big time?

  1. More vexatious lawfare from Team Kimberlin? I’m sure they think they’re being cute, but this is more evidence for finding someone to be a vexatious litigant.

  2. Safe link to the oversized load blathering:

    I, for one, would be delighted to see Team Pedo bring Debbie Barton up in court. And for the record, Brett Kimberlin is a despicable sack of crap and I pray for the girls who have the sad misfortune of being his daughters. Any father worth the name protects his children. This one has been weaponizing them for some time now.

    • Isn’t Bill Schmalfeldt still facing a criminal charge for violating a peace order? You would think he would be focused on that rather than trying to further harass people online.

      Maybe Bill Schmalfeldt is still getting his orders from Acme Legal. Damn the torpedoes – full jail ahead.

    • If the IRS was doing it’s job–instead of auditing Walmart associates and harassing The Tea party–a couple of so call non-profits would no longer exist.

  3. Let’s see; isn’t a co-ordinated conspiracy called something …. I know – RICO.

    I have a suspicion that we’re going to see that term come up again in the near future and not in the way Team Kimberlin intended.

    • The same thought crossed my mind. If that happens, can we borrow the phrase, “RICO racketeers”? A member of the SPJ came up with it, so it must be ok.

  4. You know what would be really funny? If the Sheriff had anticipated certain moves by the criminal element of Twittertown, and, oh, let’s say that he allowed his computer to be monitored by his fellow boys in blue. You know, as a precautionary measure. Tee hee. Snicker.

  5. BREAKING: Family with two dogs finds dog poop. In a bag. Next to the trash. What next? Orange juice in the refrigerator? Laundry soap in the washing machine?

  6. Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for He hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.
    Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is He that is in you, than he that is in the world.

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