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Team Kimberlin Post of the Day


Brett Kimberlin is more than a bit odd. He has all sorts of quirks such as wearing white socks with a business suit. The TKPOTD from eight years ago dealt with one of the early influences in his life. The post was titled Dread Pirate #BrettKimberlin, Randian.

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What were the influences on the young Brett Kimberlin that formed his character? Mark Singer records an unlikely one on page 62 of Citizen K.

The experience of reading Ayn Rand, especially Atlas Shrugged, “changed my life.” He admired the way Rand’s characters rigidly “stuck to their principles” and jealously guarded their independence.

I suppose that at least partially explains his lack of altruism.

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Howard Roark and John Galt unavailable for comment.

On Overreach


I suspect that the Democrats will have a brief but spectacular run at messing up the economy or getting us into some nasty foreign entanglement. In a burst of overreach not unlike the passing of Obamacare (“We have to pass the bill in order to find out what’s in it.”), they will quickly find themselves in a-bridge-too-far land. It’s inevitable because they simply cannot follow the wisdom in Oscar Wilde’s bon mot: “One should always play fairly when one has the winning cards.” They cheat even when they don’t have to.

The next couple of years are going to be brutal. The following two won’t be much better.

Team Kimberlin Post of the Day


Five years ago today, I ran a two-part episode of Yours Truly, Johnny Atsign. A year ago today, I reran Part Two. Here’s Part One.

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Johnny Atsign Logo 2ANNOUNCER: From Westminster, it’s time for—

SOUND: Landline phone rings once.

JOHNNY: Johnny Atsign.

LT. BRADSHAW: (Telephone Filter) Atsign, it’s Bradshaw.

JOHNNY: Why, Lieutenant, to what do I owe the honor?

LT. BRADSHAW: (Telephone Filter) Cut the sarcasm, Atsign. As much as I hate to admit it, I need some help.

JOHNNY: From me, Lieutenant?

LT. BRADSHAW: (Telephone Filter) Yeah. From you, Atsign.

JOHNNY: You must be in one helluva hole. Tell me more.

MUSIC: Theme up and under.

ANNOUNCER: The Lickspittle Broadcasting System presents W. J. J. Hoge in the transcribed adventures of the man with the action-packed Twitter account, America’s fabulous free-lance Internet investigator …

JOHNNY: Yours Truly, Johnny Atsign!

MUSIC: Theme up to music out. Continue reading

Quote of the Day


By the theory of our Government majorities rule, but this right is not an arbitrary or unlimited one. It is a right to be exercised in subordination to the Constitution and in conformity to it. One great object of the Constitution was to restrain majorities from oppressing minorities or encroaching upon their just rights. Minorities have a right to appeal to the Constitution as a shield against such oppression.

—James K. Polk

LARPing at Leadership


One on the most effective political cartoonists of the middle of the 20th century was Herbert Block who drew under the name of Herblock for the Washington Post. He always gave his caricature of Richard Nixon five o’clock shadow. Herblock clearly despised Nixon, but the day after the 1968 election, he published the cartoon on the left as a way of congratulating Nixon on winning the election. It wasn’t long before the five o’clock shadow reappeared.

Here at Hogewash!, I run every new president’s name through the spell checker for one post.

I’ve seen comments to the effect that Donald Trump was the most divisive president in history or at least in recent history, and that Joe Biden has an opportunity to bring the country back together again. Unity seems to be a big buzzword on the Left these days. I don’t have much hope for such healing.

First, trying to paint Trump as a particularly divisive president is counterfactual. Trump was elected as a response to the divisive politics of the Obama administration much as Nixon was elected in response to the divisive politics of the Johnson administration and Lincoln was elected in response to the divisive politics of the Buchanan administration. BTW, an argument can be made that while Lincoln was among our greatest presidents, he was THE most divisive. His election triggered the Civil War.

But back to 2021.

At least 74,000,000 Americans voted against Joe Biden, and many, perhaps the majority, of them don’t believe that Biden actually won. The Left’s making lists of Trump supporters and talking of reeducation camps isn’t going to help depolarize the country, and it’s up to the new president to show some leadership by engaging respectfully with his political opponents and insisting that his supporters do likewise. I don’t see any indication of such behavior.

Indeed, his initial round of personnel appointments and some of his acts on his first day of the job lead me to believe that he’s the same Joe Biden who has spent almost fifty years as a hack pretending to be a political leader.

Because I want America to be successful, I wish Joe Biden and his administration success in doing well for the country. I wish I had more hope.

Team Kimberlin Post of the Day


If I hadn’t been a defendant in the Kimberlin v. The Universe, et al. RICO Madness LOLsuit, I probably would have found some of its insane claims more humorous. Still, I did try to poke fun at some of the more outrageous lies. Seven years ago today, I posted BREAKING: RICO Enterprise Revealed.

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Or, at least, The Dread Pro-Se Kimberlin’s imagined version:BKR2H&WMtDs31Dang! I thought I was more of a mover and shaker. Now I find out that I’m no more important to the operation than Glen Beck or Simon & Schuster.

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Alas, if we ever make a movie of The Saga Of The Dread Deadbeat Pro-Se Kimberlin, Robert Duval will be too old to play Patrick Frey.

Quote of the Day


We live in a time of transition, an uneasy era which is likely to endure for the rest of this century. During the period we may be tempted to abandon some of the time-honored principles and commitments which have been proven during the difficult times of past generations. We must never yield to this temptation. Our American values are not luxuries, but necessities— not the salt in our bread, but the bread itself.

—Jimmy Carter

Team Kimberlin Post of the Day


The TKPOTD for six years ago today dealt with the topic of Brett Kimberlin and Team Themis. At that time, I had no connection to that particular brouhaha, but that would change in a coupe of months. Several of the links below have been memory-holed.

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The most bizarre bit of nonsense in all of The Dread Pro-Se Kimberlin’s ranting in the Kimberlin v. The Universe, et al. RICO Madness is his spinning of a fable concerning Team Themis. The beginnings of the Team Themis non-story go back to before my time as a blogger, but Stacy Mc Cain has written some about it. This piece about Barrett Brown and ‘Team Themis’ provides a reasonable summary of what probably happened in a skirmish between the U. S. Chamber of Commerce and the nascent Team Kimberlin.

Here’s the money quote.

The reference is to U.S. Chamber Watch, a wholly owned project of Brett Kimberlin’s Velvet Revolution! Of course, at that point, I’d never heard of Brett Kimberlin or Velvet Revolution, but it’s kind of weird how, over the course of several months in 2011 and 2012, these divergent threads came together. In September 2011, Neal Rauhauser e-mailed Barrett Brown’s colleague Gregg Housh to coordinate “Occupy” activism on behalf of Velvet Revolution. And in September 2012, Rauhauser as “Carlito2000″ got Barrett Brown agitated about Jennifer Emick.

So while Barrett Brown is being celebrated as a journalistic hero by the New York Times and Rolling Stone, I’m being sued by the convicted bomber Brett Kimberlin for “DEFAMATION, MALICIOUS PROSECUTION, HARASSMENT, STALKING, CONSPIRACY, INVASION OF PRIVACY AND INTENTIONAL INFLICTION OF EMOTIONAL DISTRESS” and yet — checking my e-mail inbox again — no, neither David Carr of the New York Times nor Alexander Zaitchik of Rolling Stone seems to find that story interesting.

Just a coincidence, I’m sure . . .

Sure, Stacy. Just a coincidence.

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Kimberlin finally decided to file a LOLsuit specifically related to Team Themis, but he had waited too long, and the statute of limitation had run out. In order to have a continuing conspiracy with recent enough acts to allow for a suit, he added me as defendant in the RICO 2: Electric Boogaloo LOLsuit and claimed without any evidence that I was connected to Team Themis.

(Team Themis was supposedly a group of Intelligence Community contractors. I work as a contractor to NASA, so maybe he had NASA confused with the agency who didn’t buy both vowels.)

When Judge Hazel dismissed the RICO 2 LOLsuit, he did it for failure to state a claim upon which relief could be granted. That was a finding on the merits, so Kimberlin can’t refile the same claims again.

Team Kimberlin Post of the Day


Team Kimberlin’s lawfare campaigns were generally waged on two front, one associated with The Dread Deadbeat Pro-Se Kimberlin, the other with The Dreadful Pro-Se Bill Schmalfeldt. The TKPOTD from five years ago today was a summary of Schmalfeldt’s failures as of that date.

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The Dreadful Pro-Se Schmalfeldt has spent quite a bit of time explaining to his reader about how he was going to drag various out-of-state defendants into court, first in Maryland and now in Wisconsin. How’s that worked out for him?

Not so well.

He wasn’t able to drag Stacy McCain, Nancy Gilly, Paul Lemmen, Bettina Haper, Chris Heather, Kyle Kieran, Kimberly Dykes, Stephen Shekio, or Paul Krendler into Maryland for LOLsuit I. He couldn’t even get me, a Maryland resident, into court for that one because he threw in the towel after only two days.

I was able to get him into court and and an alternate dispute resolution meeting for LOLsuit II. That case settled with my giving him nothing of the $3,000,000 counterclaim he filed and his agreeing to take down his material that infringed my copyrights.

He didn’t get to drag Eric Johnson, Paul Krendler, or Howard Earl into Maryland for LOLsuit III after the case was dismissed because he filed it in the wrong court.

He didn’t get to drag the same three out-of-state defendants into Maryland for LOLsuit IV because he failed to establish personal jurisdiction over them. That resulted in the case being thrown out against me because he had brought it in the wrong court again.

He didn’t get to drag Patrick Grady, Scott Hinckley, David Edgren, Roy Schmalfeldt, “Grace,” “Ashterah,” or Howard Earl into Maryland with LOLsuit V. He ran away rather than press his case.

Now, he thinks he’s going to drag folks to Wisconsin for LOLsuit VI. I seriously doubt that Patrick Grady, Eric Johnson, Sarah Palmer, Dianna Deely, the William G. Irwin Charitable Foundation, Nancy Gilly, Techno Jinxx, MJ, Roy Schmalfeldt, Vigilant Vindex, Pablo, Neal. N. Bob, The Other Latin F*cker, Perry Mason, Howard Earl, A.B., Tao, Jane, Grace, Dr_Mike, Katie Scarlet, Rob Crawford, the 13th Duke of Wymborne, Kobyashi [sic] Maru, AJ Fornicarious Hoc, JeffM, Gus Bailey, or Colonel Victor Trollpoker will ever have to see the inside of a Wisconsin courtroom on the Cabin Boy’s™ terms.

popcorn4bkOTOH, the Cabin Boy’s™ presence has been required by Scott Hinckley in Massachusetts and Lynn Thomas in Illinois, and his failures to appear resulted in courts ruling against him. He’s making noises about going to North Carolina next week, but I wouldn’t bet on it. Cowardly cowards gotta cower.

Meanwhile, he has his pro se fantasies to indulge. It will be interesting to see how he reacts when [redacted].

Stay tuned.

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The Cabin Boy™ also filed LOLsuits VII and VIII.

In VII he was unable to drag a defendant from Illinois into an Illinois courtroom—although he did have to drag himself to a court imposed conference with a lawyer appointed by the court. After a quick review the lawyer filed to dismiss that case.

In LOLsuit VIII the Cabin Boy was unable to drag me and my out-of-state codefendant to South Carolina when that case was dismissed for improper venue.

All in all, a perfect record—he’s batting 0.000.

Hunter, Burisma, and Corruption


I’ve got twenty bucks that says no main stream media reporter will ever ask His Fraudulency about this report.

The records acquired by the Committees show that Hunter Biden and his family were involved in a vast financial network that connected them to foreign nationals and foreign governments across the globe. …

The records acquired by the Committees show consistent, significant and extensive financial connections among and between Hunter Biden, James Biden, Sara Biden, Devon Archer, and Chinese nationals connected to the Communist regime and PLA as well as other foreign nationals with questionable backgrounds. These connections and the vast amount of money transferred among and between them don’t just raise conflicts of interest concerns, they raise criminal financial, counterintelligence and extortion concerns. The Committees will continue to evaluate the evidence in their possession.

And in other news, criminals steal things.