Back in November, 2013, a mouthy little website called Breitbart Unmasked was posting articles about how Brett Kimberlin was going to trounce my codefendants and me in his first state and federal LOLsuits against us. One of those posts prompted this Team Kimberlin Post of the Day on 18 November, 2013, the first BLOGSMOKE episode—
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Xenophon (the Troll) makes a lame attempt at ironic humor over at Breitbart Unmasked with a post (No, I won’t link to it) trying to cast me as the Internet Sheriff of Twitter Town. It has a sort of Blogsmoke theme.
Here’s how we would have done it back when I was working in radio—
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Dodge CityTwitter Town and in the territory out westof the net—there’s just one way to handle the killersharassers and the spoilersstalkers—and that’s with a U.S. Marshallan Internet Sheriff and the smell of “GUNSMOKE”“BLOGSMOKE”!
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“GUNSMOKE”“BLOGSMOKE” starring William ConradW. J. J. Hoge. The story of the violencetrolling that moved west with young Americainto the young Internet—and the story of a man who moved withagainst it. (MUSIC: OUT)
MATTJOHN: I’m that man, Matt Dillon, United States MarshallJohn 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.
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WILL: (OFF MIKE) Dad! Telephone.
JOHN: I’ll get it in here.
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LEE: (FILTERED) John, It’s Lee.
JOHN: Hey, Lee.
LEE: (FILTERED) I’m flying into BWI tomorrow evening to file charges against the Grouch. Can you give me a ride from the airport to the courthouse.
JOHN: Sure. When do you get in?
LEE: (FILTERED) Just after six.
JOHN: That works. BWI is on my way home from work. There’s a great place for crab cakes between the airport and where the District Court Commissioner’s night office is located. We’ll grab dinner on the way. Send me an email with the flight info.
LEE: (FILTERED) Thanks, John.
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PARKING GIRL: Three Dollars.
JOHN: Here you go.
PARKING GIRL: Need a receipt?
JOHN: No thanks.
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JOHN: So how do your wife and kids feel about this?
LEE: They’re tired of it. After a while, it became obvious that he wasn’t going to stop.
LEE: I can put up with a lot, but when he suggested that my wife be raped while I was away covering the convention …
JOHN: Uh, huh.
LEE: As if that weren’t enough … going on and on about the child we lost in childbirth … And saying that I was pimping my wife and daughter.
JOHN: Yeah. He’s scum. By the way, you see that trailer park on the right.
JOHN: He’s in Number 71.
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COMMISSIONER: Raise your right hand. Do you solemnly swear or affirm under penalty of perjury that statements contained herein are true to the best of your knowledge and belief.
LEE: I do.
COMMISSIONER: Sign and date all the pages please.
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COMMISSIONER: Thank you.
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COMMISSIONER: Here are your copies. Have a good evening.
LEE: Thanks. Good night.
JOHN: Well, that’s that. Let’s go.
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JOHN: You can crash on our couch tonight.
LEE: Thanks, John.
JOHN: No problem. We’ll see how Howard County deals with this.
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ANNOUNCER: (VOICE OVER MUSIC) You know, cyberstalkers like the Grouch do real harm. Over the next week, he began to expand his attacks on bloggers—as we will see in the next episode of “BLOGSMOKE”!
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Stay tuned for Episode 2.
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Amateurs indeed. And cowards. And liars.
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