Yours Truly, Johnny Atsign

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

SOUND: Skype phone rings once.

JOHNNY: Johnny Atsign.

RULE 5 GIRL: (Telephone Filter) Good morning, Johnny.

JOHNNY: Hello! How ya’ doin’?

RULE 5 GIRL: (Telephone Filter) I’m OK. Did you follow up on that copyright thing with The Grouch?

JOHNNY: Oh, yeah. Things got interesting.

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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 investigation of Is This Thing On Matter.

JOHNNY TWEETS: (SYNTH VOICE) @TheGrouch Maybe you should take the Fifth instead of drinking one.

JOHNNY: The Grouch was going crazy with threats of charges and prosecution because one of his books had been dropped by BigRiver because of copyright issues. When it turned out that it was claimed that the infringement was against a blog post by one my clients, I decided to get in touch with BigRiver to see how they viewed the matter. BigRiver agreed to stop selling the book and drop it from their print-to-order service CreativeSpaces. My client thought the matter was settled.

THE GROUCH TWEETS: (SYNTH VOICE) @JohnnyAtsign If you’re having trouble finding my book, look here [URL redacted]

JOHNNY: Sure enough, while the book wasn’t back for sale by BigRiver, it was relisted and available for sale by CreativeSpaces.

COPYRIGHT AGENT: (Telephone Filter) (Fading in) … he got in touch with us earlier today. He claimed that he had registered the copyright for the book.

JOHNNY: Yes, but that has nothing to do with whether or not he lifted material from an earlier work without permission.

COPYRIGHT AGENT: (Telephone Filter) I see. We can [redacted]

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JOHNNY: Since my client had filed for registration on the copyright on the blog post The Grouch infringed, certain evidence needed to be gathered. My first stop was the shop of a guy does a lot of lab work for me.

NERD: (Fading in) … can do it, but it’ll take a couple of days. I got a backlog. I’ll need you to send over [redacted]

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JOHNNY TWEETS: (SYNTH VOICE) @TheGrouch Thou shalt not steal applies to copyrights, too.

ANNOUNCER: Now, here’s our star to tell you about next week’s intriguing episode of our story.

JOHNNY: Next time? Three’s company. 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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14 thoughts on “Yours Truly, Johnny Atsign


  1. He is on to his one hundred and ELENTYth twitter handle it appears. I would think that would violate the twitter TOS. But IANAL, not even a mayo slurping, faildoxing, pile of blubber


    • Bill would be well advised to pull his head out of his ass and realize he has no clue who is sending the messages. It could be his Pedo Pal screwing with him. Could be anyone Bill has threatened in the past (I want it all Doug or else!). All Bill is doing is assuming things. And we know how well that’s worked out for him in the past.


    • I thought Eric had a no contact order against Bill. As for contacting the management, it is still a free country isn’t it?


    • I have a suggestion for you, Bill. Why don’t you ask the nice nuns to come here and answer any concerns we may have? IANALTG, but, by my reckoning, each person you have harassed has the opportunity to call those nuns and express their concerns at least once. Inasmuch as there might be hundreds, if not thousands, of people with legitimate grievances, that might be a very time consuming process for the nuns.

      I’m sure there might be substantial overlap among the various complaints. For instance, my basic concern is that the facility may be providing you with Wi-Fi gratis. If that is the case, any potential criminal use of their Wi-Fi system should be addressed. If informed of any potential criminal actions occurring over their Wi-Fi system the facility would no longer be able to plead ignorance as an excuse. It is not about kicking Bill Schmalfeldt to the curb, it is about shutting off the free Wi-Fi.

      I’m sure this complaint might occur to a large percentage of folks calling to express their concerns. The nuns could come here and explain that they don’t provide you with free Wi-Fi. Or, explain why they believe that they are not liable if you do. Rather than answer the same questions hundreds of times, potentially, they could answer it here at Hogewash once.

      They might consider doing the same for Knot Wisconsin.

      On the bright side, you have been banned sufficiently long from the daily KOS to negate the need to repeat the procedure there.


      • Bill is paying or his own Internet and WI-fi. Of course like a fool he is using a wifi router suppled by his ISP. I would give you a link to his blog where he posted about his Internet and wifi, but it is down the old memory sewer.


  2. Since I didn’t take root the first time, I’ll repeat:

    If the Nuns and/or management want no further contact, it would be a simple thing for them to send a do not contact request. Only a sick, twisted, monster would to continue making contact after such a request.

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