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The Tadpole Galaxy

Arp 188, aka the Tadpole Galaxy, is a disrupted barred spiral galaxy about 420 million light-years from Earth . Its most noticeable feature is a massive tail of stars about 280,000 light-years long. Astronomers believe that the tail was formed about 100 million years ago by a merger or near merger of two galaxies.

A more compact galaxy crossed in front of a larger one and was partially strung out behind the resulting Tadpole by the gravitational interactions.

Image Credit: NASA / ESA

Team Kimberlin Post of the Day

Brett Kimberlin’s PR outlet Breitbart Unmasked told some truly outrageous lies attempting to flack for its publisher, but the bio on his personal website was completely disconnected from reality. The TKPOTD for eight years ago dealt with one of the most stupid.

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There are some things that are so far out in the ozone that you couldn’t make ’em up if you tried. I found this in Brett Kimberlin’s bio on his personal website (No, I won’t link to it.).

Brett has also been passionate about protecting the rights of minorities by exposing bigots, hate groups, and bullies.

Exposing bigots, hate groups, and bullies, huh?

I don’t know about you, but I class anti-Semites as bigots. Brett Kimberlin’s anti-Semitism is well documented.

I don’t know about you, but I count those who have a history of cowardly attacks among the bullies.

And would you say that an organization (Koch Watch, NIWLTI) that promotes hatred based on a greedy desire to appropriate the fruits of the success of others might be a hate group?

Is Brett Kimberlin trying to expose himself?

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The Gentle Reader may determine for himself if the original post contains a double entendrw.

Team Kimberlin Post of the Day

Neal Rauhauser was the actual architect of Team Kimberlin’s strategy of using frivolous pro se litigation to harass their perceived enemies. I was on the receiving end of two of The Dread Deadbeat Pro-Se Kimberlin’s RICO LOLsuits, and I wasn’t surprised by the first RICO claim because Rauhauser had tipped their hand over a year in advance. This post about RICO and Patterico is from nine years ago today.

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Neal Rauhauser has a pattern of letting things slip through careless blogging, emails, or tweets. Patrick Frey believes he has picked up on plans for a RICO suit targeting him and other bloggers.

Mr. Rauhauser, once you sue, the discovery process will begin. It works both ways. Is that really what you want?

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Indeed, only two of the many cases brought by TDPK made it to the discovery phase, and discovery did not go well for Kimberlin in either.

Young Stars and Old Timers

Stars in SagittariusThe Hubble Space Telescope took this picture of a group of stars in the constellation of Sagittarius. Blue stars can be seen scattered across the frame, set against a backdrop of red companions. This blue stars are young, most likely formed at the same time from the same collapsing molecular cloud.

Red stars are much cooler than the sun, so they are either at the end of their lives or they are much less massive. These lower-mass stars are called red dwarfs and are thought to be the most common type of star in the Milky Way. The blue stars are hot. They are either young or very massive, many times the mass of the Sun.

A star’s mass decides its lifespan. Massive stars burn brightly over a short lifespan and die after only tens of millions of years. Yellow stars like the Sun typically live longer, burning for approximately ten billion years. Smaller stars, on the other hand, live life in the slow lane and may exist for trillions of years.

Image Credit: NASA

Team Kimberlin Post of the Day

I had to send a lot of correspondence, usually emails, related to the various court cases connected to Team Kimberlin. The letter referenced in the TKPOTD from four years ago today was one of the most satisfying to send.

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The Gentle Reader who has been following the twists and turns of the Hoge v. Kimberlin, et al. lawsuit may remember that defendants were not especially cooperative with my discovery requests and that they failed to seek any discovery from me before discovery closed. A few days ago, I received a belated request for production of documents and a deposition notice from the Kimberlins. I sent them this reply.

Everything is proceeding as I have foreseen.

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The Rules apply to everyone, especially the little people who think their big shots.

The Other Podcast

Stacy McCain, Dianna Deeley, and I will be at our mics at 7 pm ET for the next episode of the The Other Podcast Live. Join us on Podbean.

Likely topics include The Flag, Jealousy, and Crazy People Are Dangerous™.

 

44: The Flag, Jealousy, and Crazy People Are Dangerous™ The Other Podcast

Stacy McCain, John Hoge, and Dianna Deeley discuss the week's news.
  1. 44: The Flag, Jealousy, and Crazy People Are Dangerous™
  2. 43: Duck Season, Page Six, and Crazy People Are Dangerous™
  3. Episode 42: The Plague, Racism, The Narrative, and Crazy People Are Dangerous™
  4. Episode 41: Bugs, Features, Masks, and Crazy People Are Dangerous™
  5. Episode 40: The Narrative, The Real World, Culture, and Crazy People Are Dangerous™

Team Kimberlin Post of the Day

Pretty much everything the members of Team Kimberlin try fails or, at best, performs below their expectations. Their campaign of lawfare is the prime example, of course. The TKPOTD dealt with one of the many failures associated with The Dread Deadbeat Publisher Kimberlin’s flagship PR operation, Breitbart Unmasked Bunny Billy Boy Unread.

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The Gentle Reader who has been following The Saga of Team Kimberlin for a few years may remember that in early 2017 Bill Schmalfeldt used his position as editor of Breitbart Unmasked Bunny Billy Boy Unread to publish a series of defamatory posts accusing me of plagiarism. He used without permission material from Hogewash! in one those posts, so I filed a DMCA notice with the ISP hosting BU which resulted in BU receiving an email which read in part:

For your information, I have received the following/attached notice of copyright infringement. The infringing materials must be removed from your site within 24 hours, or under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), we are required to block access to your site. Once we have had to do that, we cannot unblock it for a minimum of 10 days after you respond with the proper counter-notification under the DMCA or the individual submitting the notification advises us that the material has been removed.

Filing a counternotice would have required providing information concerning the actual ownership of BU and information for service of process on the owner and/or operator. Rather than give up that information, the site was moved offshore, first to Iceland and then to Holland. The Cabin Boy’s™ Breitbit News site moved to the same server at about the same time.

The other site hosted on that Dutch server is empr dot media, a Ukrainian “news” site. Of course, it could be purely coincidental, but I find it interesting that BU moved to a server hosting a Ukrainian PR website while Brett Kimberlin was working closely with a Ukrainian-American operative of the Democratic National Committee on a project to dig up dirt on the Trump Administration.

Hmmmmm.

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Although, the BU site hasn’t had any new material since Bill Schmalfeldt went off for a winter vacation in Montana in late 2018, the Cabin Boy™ still maintains a connection, having tweeted a link to one of his defamatory posts only a few months ago.

Florida v. Jones News

Rebekah Jones has filed a motion to dismiss the felony computer crime charge against her, and the State of Florida has filed an answer to her motion.

Everything is proceeding as I have foreseen.

UPDATE—My CPAC friend @GrizzlyJoeShow tweeted about the poor proofreading of the last complete sentence on page 5 of the Jones motion. I replied that the Left is more concerned with pronouns than prepositions.

The Need to Know

Most people with top level security clearances are not granted access to particular information because they don’t need to know every bit of classified information in order to do their jobs. This article over at RedState demonstrates why some information should be kept compartmentalized. When a high-ranking Chinese counterintelligence official defected to the Defense Intelligence Agency, the DIA kept the defection from the rest of the Intelligence Community until evidence of Chinese penetration of U. S. intelligence agencies could be verified.

It’s being reported that among the information the defector has provided were Chinese government copies of the contents of the hard drive on Hunter Biden’s laptop, showing the information the Chinese government has about Hunter’s pornography problem and about his (and the Big Guy’s) business dealings with Chinese entities.

There’s always been a presumption that the President should always have access to all classified information, that his job grants him a need to know. We may be seeing an exception to that rule.

Team Kimberlin Post of the Day

A big part of Brett Kimberlin’s litigation record as The Dread Deadbeat Pro-Se Kimberlin has been the filing of futile court motions. Just this week, his gimme-a-free-lawyer motion was rejected by the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals. The INMTUYK for six years ago today was about another failed request to a court.

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The Dread Pro-Se Kimberlin has sent this to the judge in the Kimberlin v. Frey remnant of the Kimberlin v. The Universe, et al. RICO Madness.

Bwahahahahahahahahaha!

UPDATE—There are an amazing number of errors in this filing, but I’ll point out just two for now.

First, TDPK says he wants to add the Los Angeles DA’s Office and the FBI as defendants. Does he mean the City of LA or the County of LA? However, that question is moot, because, second, the court has ordered that TDPK may not make any further amendments to his LOLsuit.

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It was an FBI Special Agent who busted Kimberlin in Indianapolis in the arrest that led to his car being impounded and searched and bomb making materials found in the trunk. Maybe he still got a grudge.

Victoria’s Secret and Rule 5

Stacy McCain’s Rule 5 states: Everybody loves a pretty girl. [Boldface in the original.]

After all the years that Victoria’s Secret has been in business, you’d think that they would have some grasp of that Rule, but it seems that they’ve gone woke. The company has announced they will switch from the models they have been employing in the past and begin being represented by a new sort. They refer to these new models as The VS Collective, and they have published headshots of seven “founding members.”

Tastes vary. From my perspective, two or three might pass my standard for pretty, and I suspect (but can’t tell from the headshots) that the athletes in the group probably have the sort of well-toned bodies that look good in a bathing suit. However, the group as a whole doesn’t strike me as the sort of women who can effectively model Victoria’s Secret’s products. The tone of the webpage announcing The VS Collective suggests that the “women” were selected more for their politics than their appearance. One of them has a Y-chromosome. They’re described as “trailblazing partners who share a common goal to drive positive change.” Perhaps, but will that positive change be in Victoria’s Secret’s bottom line?

Sarah Hoyt commented—

I’d say the new plan is to appeal to butch lesbians, but that’s silly. By calling their new models the “VS Collective” they clearly want to appeal to communist butch lesbians.  I don’t think they’ve thought this through, though. There’s no way to put a Mao collar on a pair of panties.

Exit question: What sort of person finds a group of people like The VS Collective to be attractive?