An important clue in one Sherlock Holmes story was a dog that didn’t bark. Three years ago today, we had a Blogsmoke episode that didn’t post. Blogsmoke in Court was posted instead.
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Rather that post an episode today, I’ve decided to post this bit of my testimony from The Dread Pro-Se Kimberlin’s examination of me when he called me as his witness during the Walker v. Kimberlin, et al. trial. (I was called by both sides.)
MR. KIMBERLIN: Do you, on your blog, ah, do you have a character, an Internet sheriff? Blogsmoke?
MR. HOGE: Ah, yes. Um, a website that I believe is associated with you called Breitbart Unmasked, ah, did a satirical piece about me trying to cast me as somebody who was the Internet sheriff and, ah, used the term Blogsmoke, so I in return stated a feature that is a takeoff on the Gunsmoke radio program, uh, that was on in the ‘50s. And yes —
MR. KIMBERLIN: You kind of consider yourself an Internet sheriff.
MR. HOGE: No, I don’t. I consider that a way of poking fun at the people at Breitbart Unmasked by taking their idea and running with it and having a running gag that’s lasted for about two-and-a-half years now.
MR. KIMBERLIN: You also consider yourself a Star Wars hero.
MR. HOGE: (Laughing) Not in the least.
MR. KIMBERLIN: Have you ever posted graphics or photos of yourself as a Star Wars hero?
MR. HOGE: I have, people have sent me graphics of my face to replace, um, who’s the guy who played Obi-wan Kenobi, the older fellow, um, this is what happens when you’re old, um, Alec Guinness, Sir Alec Guinness, with my face instead of Alec Guinness’ as Obi-wan in various cartoons. I think they’re funny, and I’ve posted a few that were sent to me, and other people have picked up on that as well and sort of run with it. It’s, it’s something of a running gag in certain quarters of the Internet.
I couldn’t make that up no matter how hard I tried.
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It seems that I wasn’t the witness that Kimberlin was searching for. Or did I rely on some sort of Jedi mind trick?
Everything proceeded as I had foreseen.