ANNOUNCER: From Westminster, it’s time for—
SOUND: Skype rings once.
JOHNNY: Johnny Atsign.
BOB BAILEY: (Telephone Filter) Hey, Johnny, it’s Bob Bailey. How ya’ doin’?
JOHNNY: Pretty well. It’s good to hear from you again. What’s up?
BOB BAILEY: (Telephone Filter) I see that you’ve been working on that matter dealing with The Grouch. Have you seen his latest court filing?
JOHNNY: It’s just popped up in my email. I haven’t opened it yet.
BOB BAILEY: (Telephone Filter) Read it, and after you stop laughing, give me a call. I may have an intriguing lead for you.
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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!
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JOHNNY: The following is partial extract of the tweets sent and received during my extended investigation of The Fed to Fed Matter.
JOHNNY TWEETS: (SYNTH VOICE) @MrGumby And you think your brain hurts!
SOUND: (Deep in echo) Monty Python Gumby yelling, “My brain hurts! My brain hurts! Ohhhhh!”
JOHNNY: After reading The Grouch’s opposition to a motion to dismiss his latest LOLsuit, I need a heavy dose of brain bleach. I got down my bottle of single malt. When I had mellowed out a bit, I gave Bob Bailey a call.
SOUND: Telephone rings twice, caller’s POV. Line picks up.
BOB BAILEY: (Telephone Filter) Bob Bailey.
JOHNNY: It’s Johnny Atsign.
BOB BAILEY: (Telephone Filter) So did you enjoy your reading assignment?
JOHNNY: It was amazing. Which side of the case is he on?
BOB BAILEY: (Telephone Filter) What did you think about that section on conspiracy beginning on page 19?
JOHNNY: It’s typical Grouchian nonsense. I mean that bit about having a private website being proof of a conspiracy is bullshit. Lots of groups have private websites. If that’s his standard for conspiracy, he should be suing the Freemasons, the Rosicrucians, and … oh … I don’t know … probably Hillary Clinton as well.
BOB BAILEY: (Telephone Filter) (Chuckles) Yeah, and I’ve got another group that he could add to the list. I just sent you an email. Take a look.
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SOUND: Mouse clicks and typing on keyboard.
JOHNNY: Yeah, I remember seeing that before.
BOB BAILEY: (Telephone Filter) It’s the addressee and subject lines of an email The Grouch published on Twitter. It’s from the confession email he sent the prosecutors when he was charged with violating a peace order in 2013.
JOHNNY: Uh, huh.
BOB BAILEY: (Telephone Filter) Look at the BCC line.
JOHNNY: Ah, hah … pdasleepgang dot org. That was the domain used as the name server for a bunch of The Bomber’s websites. He and his buddies were also using it host a private email system.
BOB BAILEY: (Telephone Filter) Do you remember any of the other domains associated with pdasleepgang?
JOHNNY: I’m a bit rusty, but let’s see. There was Velvet Revulsion and Equity Through Muzak and …
BOB BAILEY: (Telephone Filter) … and Global Pharmacy, that unlicensed business selling Schedule IV drugs.
JOHNNY: Oh, yeah.
BOB BAILEY: (Telephone Filter) And The Grouch had access to that private email system. He was a part of that hidden group that included Global Pharmacy. So by his own logic, …
JOHNNY: Got it. If his reasoning is valid in this court filing, then he’s just proven that he was a member of a criminal conspiracy.
JOHNNY TWEETS: (SYNTH VOICE) @TheGrouch Don’t worry. They say confession is good for the soul.
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ANNOUNCER: Now, here’s our star to tell you about next week’s intriguing episode of our story.
JOHNNY: Next time? If your wondering if this is a game of chance, the answer is “No, not the way I play it.” Join us, won’t you?
Yours Truly, Johnny Atsign!
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ANNOUNCER: Yours Truly, Johnny Atsign, starring W. J. J. Hoge, is transcribed in Westminster. Be sure to join us next Monday, same time and URL, for the next exciting episode of Yours Truly, Johnny Atsign.
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ANNOUNCER: Johnny Atsign is a work of fiction. If anyone thinks it’s about him, he should read Proverbs 28:1.
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