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Messier 57

ring_nebulaThe Hubble Space Telescope took a look down a barrel of gas cast off by a dying star thousands of years ago. The resulting photo reveals elongated dark clumps of material embedded in the gas at the edge of the nebula and the dying central star floating in a blue haze of hot gas. This ring nebula (aka Messier 57) is about a light-year in diameter and around 2,000 light-years from Earth in the constellation Lyra. The colors shown in this image are roughly true colors. The image was assembled from three black-and-white photos taken through different color filters. Blue emissions come from very hot helium mostly located near the hot central star. Green is from ionized oxygen found farther out. Red comes from ionized nitrogen farthest from the star. The gases glow because it is excited ultraviolet radiation from the star whose surface temperature is estimated to be over 100,000 °C.

Image Credit: NASA / ESA

Team Kimberlin Post of the Day

It was Neal Rauhauser who floated the idea that pro se litigation could be used to harass and cower Brett Kimberlin’s perceived enemies.

[T]he potential for a pro se litigant to force them into expensive, long distance, lengthy, discovery laden litigation doesn’t seem to cross their minds. The reality of travel, or frightful expenses, or summary judgments needs to be made real. We probably need to make a very visible example of at least one of them before the rest understand.

—Neal Rauhauser

This idea appears to have stimulated The Dread Deadbeat Pro-Se Kimberlin’s delusions of adequacy, and he began to threaten bloggers.

I have filed over a hundred lawsuits and another one will be no sweat for me. On the other hand, it will cost you a lot of time and money.

—Brett Kimberlin

Both Brett Kimberlin and Bill Schmalfeldt tried their hands at pro se litigation. It took them a while, but they seemed to have learned the reality of travel, frightful expenses, and summary judgments. And Hogewash! has been a part of making a visible example of them.

I’m not done with them yet.

Mmmmm, Barbecue

My son and I are in Tennessee for a family reunion. Will did some exploring on the Interwebz and found a listing for J’s Hole in the Wall, a barbecue joint over the line in Bryant, Alabama.

Will had a pulled pork platter, and I had grilled chicken. The food was excellent and the service cheerful.

5 stars.

A Crowded Neighborhood

m60The densest galaxy in the nearby Universe may be this galaxy known as M60-UCD1. It is located near a massive elliptical galaxy called M60, about 54 million light years from Earth. Packed with an extraordinary number of stars, M60-UCD1 is an “ultra-compact dwarf galaxy”. It was discovered with the Hubble Space Telescope and follow-up observations were done with the Chandra X-ray Observatory and ground-based optical telescopes. It is the most luminous known galaxy of its type and one of the most massive, weighing 200 million times more than our Sun.

This composite image shows the region near M60. Data from the Chandra X-ray Observatory are pink and data from the Hubble Space Telescope are red, green and blue. The Chandra image shows hot gas and double stars containing black holes and neutron stars and the Hubble image reveals stars in M60 at the right edge of the frame.

Image Credit: NASA

Team Kimberlin Post of the Day

During their failed attempts at lawfare, Team Kimberlin often threaten their perceived enemies with the direst of dire direness. The I’m Not Making This Up, You Know post from seven years ago today was about one such foolish threat.

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The Cabin Boy™ claims to be a journalist, but his profound lack of understanding of the First Amendment is on full display here—@GrouchyOldLib201505220218Z

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Hogewash! is still up and running. OTOH, the (a)grouchyoldlib Twitter account and theliberalgrouch dot net have joined the dodo and passenger pigeon in extinction.

36 Galactic Mile Posts

These 36 galaxies are some of the 40+ that have been observed by astronomers using the Hubble Space Telescope because they contain both Cepheid variable stars and supernovae. These stars are used measure the distance and refine the measurement of the rate of the expansion of the universe. Pictured above (from left to right and top to bottom) are NGC 7541, NGC 3021, NGC 5643, NGC 3254, NGC 3147, NGC 105, NGC 2608, NGC 3583, NGC 3147, Mrk 1337, NGC 5861, NGC 2525, NGC 1015, UGC 9391, NGC 691, NGC 7678, NGC 2442, NGC 5468, NGC 5917, NGC 4639, NGC 3972, The Antennae Galaxies, NGC 5584, M106, NGC 7250, NGC 3370, NGC 5728, NGC 4424, NGC 1559, NGC 3982, NGC 1448, NGC 4680, M101, NGC 1365, NGC 7329, and NGC 3447.

Image Credits: NASA / ESA / STScI

Team Kimberlin Post of the Day

All of Team Kimberlin’s LOLsuit have had at least one obvious fatal error which was not noticed before it was filed. The TKPOTD for five years ago today noted one problem with Bill Schmalfeldt’s LOLsuit VIII: Avoiding Contact.

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Now that LOLsuit VIII: Avoiding Contact is out in the wild, I’m going to make some general comments over the next few days about how mind-bogglingly stupid the Cabin Boy’s™ Complaint is.

It’s clear that he didn’t bother to do much research while he slapped his suit together. For example, Count II is based on the South Carolina criminal defamation statute S.C. Code Ann. § 16-7-150. The U. S. District Court for the District of South Carolina has ruled that law unconstitutional. Fitts v. Kolb, 779 F.Supp. 1502 (D.S.C. 1991).

The Cabin Boy™ is suing my codefendants and me in the U. S. District Court for the District of South Carolina.

Everything is proceeding as I have foreseen.

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Heh.

Truth and Disinformation

The reporting on the Disinformation Governance Board (ДГБ) here at Hogewash! began last February when it was still in the planning stage. The first post, Experts Recommend, was fairly brief.

The New York Times reports that experts recommend the Biden administration put together a cross-agency task force to tackle disinformation and domestic extremism, which would be led by something like a “reality czar.”

The Gestapo, Stasi, and KGB were run by experts.

So I was not surprised when the existence of the ДГБ (that’s DGB is the Russian alphabet) leaked last month. My 28 April posts noted It’s A Bad Idea, But Is It Also Illegal? and presented the official portrait of The Central Scrutinizer.It turned out that Congress has authorized the Department of Homeland Security to get involved in the analysis of certain kinds of propaganda attacks, but it’s my opinion the the agency vastly exceeded its authority in creating the ДГБ.

On 29 April, I posted a viral video Nina Jankowicz had created and posted online herself. I did not edit the video. It’s as she originally posted it to TikTok. It’s also cringeworthy, a self-inflicted wound to her credibility.

Also on the 29th and the 30th, I posted a pair of Are You Pondering What I’m Ponderings that took aim at the ДГБ and the reason for its creation.

There was a great deal of blowback concerning the anti-free speech and anti-free press overreach embedded in the very idea of the ДГБ, especially from the right side of the blogosphere. I posted the Quote of the Day for 2 May in support of that theme.

I would never want to see our executive branch have that sort of power.

—Nina Jankowicz

As more information turned up about Ms. Jankowicz’s background, it began to appear she had been more of source of disinformation than an opponent of it. On 5 May, I posted a portion of her resume on LinkedIn which suggested that when she claimed that Hunter Biden’s laptop was “Russian disinformation,” her point of view could have been through The Lens of Experience.

On 12 May, my post When THE Science Follows THE Narrative dealt with how the Biden Administration is itself spreading misinformation. The post quotes the head of the FDA as claiming that misinformation is “the leading cause of death in the US.”

On the 13th, I posted this Dictionary Update

Effective immediately, all agents, employees, and contractors of the Disinformation Governance Board (ДГБ) shall be referred to as checkists.

Indeed, it seems that those who would check our speech have real philosophical and spiritual connection to the original Chekists.

Yesterday’s post, Democracy Dies in Derpness™, was about Taylor Lorenz’s scoop about the “pausing” of the ДГБ and Ms. Jankowicz’s “resignation.” Part of the spin in Lorenz’s WaPo story is the false narrative—the disinformation—that Nina Jankowiicz was unfairly attacked. Now, it may be true that someone somewhere said something unfair about her, but the overwhelming balance of the coverage of her consisted of accurate reporting of her own statements, publications, and music videos, all reported in proper context. As noted above, her wounds were self-inflicted.

For now the ДГБ is “paused,” a victim of the Xiden Administration’s general incompetence. Its functions will have to move to some other part of the Deep State.

Team Kimberlin Post of the Day

Yesterday, Hogewash! reported that the Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit had denied Brett Kimberlin’s remaining Speedway Bombing appeal.

Speaking of failed appeals, the TKPOTD for seven years ago today dealt with another of The Dread Deadbeat Pro-Se Kimberlin’s appeals.

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The Dread Pro-Se Kimberlin mailed his informal brief in his appeal of the RICO Madness LOLsuit to the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals on the last day allowed for it to arrive in Richmond. The Court will probably accept his brief anyway.

Aaron Walker has a copy posted over at Allergic to Bull.

popcorn4bkI got a hold of a copy this afternoon and have managed to stop laughing long enough to write a first draft of my informal reply. I’ll review and edit it for a few days before filing it. Meanwhile, I don’t have any further comment on TDPK’s filing until after the Court decides whether or not to let the appeal go forward.

Stay tuned.

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Kimberlin has said he has a pro bono lawyer to represent him in a certiorari petition to the Supreme Court for a further appeal of the case the Seventh Circuit denied in March. There’s nothing on the Supreme Court’s docket yet, but he has several weeks before time to file runs out. I’ll keep watch.

Stay tuned.

Team Kimberlin Post of the Day

Almost 40 years after Brett Kimberlin’s convictions in the Speedway Bombing case, he moved for DNA testing of some hair samples presented at one of his trials. His motion was untimely, and the District Court denied his motion. Yesterday, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the District Court’s denial.

The money quotes—

We need not resolve the question how this interpretation of § 3600A interacts with § 3600(a)—both are part of the Innocence Protection Act of 2004—because another basis exists upon which this appeal may be decided—untimeliness.

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We have considered Kimberlin’s remaining arguments, and none has merit.

And so The Deadbeat Pro-Se Kimberlin maintains a perfect 0.000 batting average this century in the courts of appeal.