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Team Kimberlin Post of the Day


The TKPOTD for six years ago today dealt with several of the bogus claims Brett Kimberlin made against this blog in his RICO Madness LOLsuit.

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The Dread Pro-Se Kimberlin has alleged that the purposes of the reporting about his activities by the defendants in his Kimberlin v. The Universe, et al. has been to engage in money laundering and increase the value of our websites.ECF 135-200As to the money laundering allegation—he has never produced a single bit of evidence that any of the defendants have engaged in any illegal activities that would generate funds that require laundering. With no dirty money there is nothing to be laundered. Thus, he hasn’t properly alleged that activity.

As to building the value of our websites—Well, sure, folks like Stacy McCain who make their livings by blogging gear their coverage to generate readers who will hit their tip jars. (Stacy’s is here.) While this blog tries to make money (here’s my Tip Jar), it isn’t how I really earn my living. Selling engineering advice to outfits like NASA is much more lucrative. HSRWT

I think Brett is simply frustrated and jealous that his sites are unsuccessful even after a decade of full-time Internet presence. Hogwash! has vastly more traffic. If this blog is a bush league operation, Kimberlin’s sites are T-ball. Here’s the relative rankings per Alexa.alexa_rankingsBrett Kimberlin is a jealous loser.

timer-blackMeanwhile, the timer is ticking down. His omnibus opposition to all of those motions to dismiss the RICO Madness is due by close of business next Monday. Can he stitch together something from the “facts” he’s alleged that will support at least one of his claims? What cockamamie legal theories will he advance to try to save his case? I suppose we’ll know the answers in a few days.

Stay tuned.

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BTW, if spinning false narratives were a reliable way to increase the value of a media property, why hasn’t The Dread Deadbeat Publisher Kimberlin made a fortune off of breitbartunmasked dot com, and why is AT&T trying to sell CNN?

Golden Blasts From Out of the Past


Our basement cleaning project here at Stately Hoge Manor has uncovered a box of old DJ copy 45s leftover from my time as a radio announcer in Nashville. Everything in the box was at least 50 years old. Here are the four records that were on top of the stacks in the box.Click on the image to embiggen it. You can use your browser’s BACK button to return to this post.

The timings in red give the lengths of the instrumental intros which we routinely talked over back in the ’60s. The Xs identify the A-sides of the records. The small holes in label areas of a couple of the records identify them as not-for-sale DJ copies.

A Fading Nebula


Data from the Hubble Space Telescope reveal that the nebula Hen 3-1357 (aka the Stingray Nebula) has faded dramatically over the past two decades. These two strikingly different images of the nebula were captured 20 years apart. The image on the left was taken in March, 1996, and shows the nebula’s central star in the final stages of its life. The gas being puffed off by the dying star is much brighter than the gas photographed in January, 2016. It’s very rare to see a nebula change so quickly.

Image Credits: NASA / ESA / B. Balick (University of Washington), M. Guerrero (Instituto de Astrofísica de Andalucía), and G. Ramos-Larios (Universidad de Guadalajara)

Team Kimberlin Post of the Day


The TKPOTD from six years ago today debunks one of Brett Kimberlin’s more outlandish lies from this RICO Madness LOLsuit.

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The Dread Pro-Se Kimberlin finds it incredible that a group of bloggers would nominate someone for an award for coverage of TDPK’s attacks on bloggers and their First Amendment freedoms. This is from the second amended complaint for his Kimberlin v. The Universe, et al. RICO Madness.ECF 135-128That defendant would be me.

popcorn4bkI didn’t win. Stacy McCain won for his coverage of the Free Kate brouhaha. Now that I think about it, I wonder if TDPK is jealous because the coverage about him lost out to a story about the statutory rape of a 14-year old girl?

Hmmmmm.

UPDATE—The allegation that I have attacked Kimberlin’s family has no basis in fact, nor has TDPK ever produced any evidence of such an attack. To the contrary, a close reading of this blog will show that I have been supportive of his wife and have made an effort to keep her children and his mother and siblings out of the story as best I can.

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All I will say about Team Kimberlin’s attacks on my family is that many of them were so disgusting that I’ve never soiled this blog by writing about them.

Not the Suit You Were Expecting


The Department of Justice has filed suit against Facebook. It’s not some sort of antitrust action. It’s not about illegal in-kind campaign donations. It’s about illegal employment practices. Specifically, Facebook is accused of illegally discrimination in hiring against qualified American and of hiring temporary immigrants with H1B visas instead.

Commenting on the suit, Eric S Dreiband, the assistant attorney general for the DoJ’s Civil Rights Division said, “Our message to all employers—including those in the technology sector—is clear: You cannot illegally prefer to recruit, consider, or hire temporary visa holders over US workers.”

It’s rarely an obvious fault that finally trips up the self-important. The Gentle Reader may remember that Al Capone went to jail for tax evasion.

I’m Not Making This Up, You Know


She Guevara is espousing Capitalism to support her Socialism—If you’d rather support genuine Capitalism (and save a few bucks while you’re at it), you can buy the Hogewash! Team Lickspittle sweatshirt for only $35.99 at The Hogewash Store.

Buy one and increase this blog’s taxable profits!

Team Kimberlin Post of the Day


The Gentle Readers who are new to this blog may wonder what Team Kimberlin is. Simply put, it’s a group of supporters and enablers of Brett Kimberlin, a notorious criminal and anti-First-Amendment activist. Occasionally, I repost one of the guides to the various members of the Team. This early description, On Job Descriptions, is from seven years ago today.

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I’d like to explain to the new members of the Gentle Readership about the job descriptions given to some of the members of Team Kimberlin.

The Dread Pirate Kimberlin received his title after he put up a pirate-themed website called the Bloggers Offense Team. That site is now defunct.

The initial job descriptions of the crew included Neal Rauhauser as First Mate, given his apparent status at the time as TDPK’s righthand man; Ron Brynaert as a Crew Member; and Occupy Rebellion as an Imaginary Friend, given that there were multiple persons behind that identity. Note that these are job descriptions and not nicknames. Referring to Neal Rauhauser as “First Mate” doesn’t give him a nickname any more than calling Al Franken a “Senator” is using a nickname (as calling him “Stuart Smalley” might).

Thus far, only one member of Team Kimberlin has expressed any distress allegedly caused by his job description, one which I did not create. It was given to a crew member who seems to work as a flunky for TDPK and FMNR, and the realization of his place in the food chain probably conflicts with his delusions of adequacy.

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Of course, the noisiest member of that crew has been the Cabin Boy Bill Schmalfeldt™.

More Rule 5


My son brought another box of important papers up from the basement. This one contained a large stash of family photos. Here are some more pictures of Mrs. Hoge. The first pair are from 1979. Connie had been hired to run the sound system for the Sunday afternoon concerts at Centennial Park in Nashville.This is from 2002.And this is from 2010.

Cosmic Leftovers


This tangled web is an object known as SNR 0454-67.2. It’s a supernova remnant created after a massive star ended its life in a cataclysmic explosion and threw off its constituent material out into surrounding space. SNR 0454-67.2 lies in the Large Magellanic Cloud, a satellite galaxy of the Milky Way. The remnant is probably the leftovers from a Type Ia supernova explosion. A Type IA supernova is the death of a white dwarf star that grown by siphoning material from a stellar companion until it reached critical mass and exploded.

Image Credit: ESA / NASA