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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 Mean Tweets, Logistics, and Crazy People Are Dangerous™.

61: Mean Tweets, Logistics, and Crazy People Are Dangerous™ The Other Podcast

Stacy McCain, John Hoge, and Dianna Deeley discuss the week's news.
  1. 61: Mean Tweets, Logistics, and Crazy People Are Dangerous™
  2. 60: Safe Spaces, Trillions, and Crazy People Are Dangerous™
  3. 59: Tribes, Thermodynamics, and Crazy People Are Dangerous™
  4. 58: Math, Foreigners, and Crazy People Are Dangerous™
  5. 57: Collusion, Wu Flu, and Crazy People Are Dangerous™

Team Kimberlin Post of the Day

Over the years, I’ve lost count of the times Team Kimberlin has forecast the direst of dire direness would befall me in court. Eight years ago today, Bill Schmalfeldt’s motion to modify the peace order issued against him was denied, and I published this post about his False Prophecies.

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Bill Schmalfeldt is a false prophet, or perhaps I should say he has a rather poor record of predicting my future.prophecy1As Judge Stansfield told him, the things already decided by the Court weren’t up for review in a motions hearing. Res judicata and all that. And the 24 alleged perjuries in my lawyers answers to his motion were never discussed. My disagreement with his point of view did not constitute perjury, and, even if it did, it wasn’t relevant to his motion.prophecy2Schmalfeldt seems to be confused about the relationship between civil torts and crimes. There was essentially no chance of my being arrested today.prophecy3I pointed out in an earlier post that I already have a nice pair of Smith & Wesson Stainless handcuffs left over from previous employment. I really do. I found this old picture of them.cuffsUPDATE—To answer inquiries, it’s a Colt Detective Special (Third Model).

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BTW, that peace orders was the first of dozen restraining order the Cabin Boy™ collected in five states.

Team Kimberlin Post of the Day

Brett Kimberlin has another appeal in process at the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals seeking to have some of his Speedway Bombing convictions set aside. He has a reply brief due next week. Thus far, he’s maintained a perfect record of failure in the Seventh Circuit. The TKPOTD for eight years ago today dealt with his first appeal to that court.

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Brett Kimberlin is rarely at a loss for words, especially when he’s writing a court document. His complaint in the Kimberlin v. Walker, et. al. lawsuit is 27 pages long. That’s not close to the record. Mark Singer tells this story at the start of Chapter 23 in Citizen K:

In February 1984, a 273-page appellant’s brief in the matters of U.S. v. Kimberlin was delivered to the clerk of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. Several cases titled U.S. v. Kimberlin—all the convictions from the 1979 indictment in Indiana, as well as motions for new trials—had been consolidated into a single appeal, which sagged under the burden of the disparate factual and constitutional complexities the petitioner wished to address. This hernia-inducing brief grossly overshot the fifty-page maximum length permitted by the court, and it was rejected by the senior staff attorney of the Seventh Circuit without receiving even a cursory reading.

Brett Kimberlin is no stranger to poorly-written, technically deficient court paperwork.

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The pool calendar for the date the court denies Kimberlin’s appeal is posted in the break area.

Consequences of Overreach

I’ve been writing about the Democrats precarious situation caused by their underperformance in the 2020 elections. While they have nominal majorities in both houses of Congress, they don’t have a working majority because of the differing goals of various party factions. However, the inanely progressive wing has dug in their heels, overreaching, demanding more than the saner members of the party know is possible. Senators such as Manchin and Sinema understand they have to win elections in order to stay in office, and aren’t about to support legislation that will alienate their constituents. Nothing is getting done. Their agenda appears DOA. And lots of voters who lean Democrat are losing patience.

So we’re seeing an interesting struggle within the Inner Party, a struggle I suspect will lead the Democrats to disaster. Daniel Roman has a post over at AMAC about the Democrats disarray leading them to that disaster. He closes with these words—

… the real problem with this progressive clique of largely white, privileged, young college grads is not their views on specific policies, but their inability to listen or interact with anyone who is not part of their ideological in-group. That is on full display with the disputes that are currently tearing the Democratic Party apart, the left’s treatment of Sinema and Manchin, and the likely failure of Biden’s domestic agenda.

Read the whole thing.

The next year-and-a-half will be ugly.

Team Kimberlin Post of the Day

Brett Kimberlin clearly believes that he is special and that not only should he not be bound by any laws or rules but that everyone else should be required to comply with what thinks the rules should be. The TKPOTD from six years ago today published a court filing Kimberlin filed protesting an adverse party following the court’s direction on how to proceed with a pending lawsuit.

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Yesterday, I was running errands around Montgomery and PG Counties. One of my stops was the Circuit Courthouse in Rockville.

The Gentle Reader may remember that I had noted a few days ago that The Dread Pro-Se Kimberlin has filed a motion for a protective order in the Walker v. Kimberlin, et al. lawsuit. Here it is.

The only comment that I can make for now is: “Wow!”

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There were two case pending before Judge Mason that included Brett Kimberlin and Arron Walker as adverse parties. Even if one assumes that Kimberlin is confusing the tow suits, his filing is pure nonsense.

Weren’t We Supposed To Be Turning Things Over To The Experts?

I’m so old, I remember when the Xiden campaign was telling us that Joe would bring the competent adults back to the government to work for him. Putting Mayor Pete, who has no experience managing transportation networks, in charge of the Department of Transportation is another broken promise.

The oceans are full of container ships bound for America with no port facilities capable of receiving them. The FAA and some airlines suddenly have staffing issues. But the DoT has a newly-released Climate Adaptation and Resilience Plan.

Meanwhile, you may want to do your Christmas shopping while there’s still stuff in inventory.

Team Kimberlin Post of the Day

Paul Lemmen was my first follower on Twitter The TKPOTD for eight years ago today was about Paul, his involvement with Team Kimberlin, and his return to the Light Side.

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Paul Lemmen is an ex-con. He was a military impersonator, a fraudster, and a con man, and he went to federal prison for it. He’s now on supervised release. Paul is also a blogger. I became aware of him because he was the first person to follow me on Twitter, so I clicked over to check out his An Ex-Con’s View blog. That was in late May or early June of last year. Like so many of us, Paul was blogging about Brett Kimberlin and he seemed to be on the side of the good guys.

Then something happened. Paul’s supervised release was threatened, apparently because someone was accusing him of writing defamatory stuff (sound familiar?). The Popehat Signal went up, Paul got some pro bono legal help, and things settled down for a while.

Then Paul switched sides. He began aligning himself with Team Kimberlin. That alignment stayed intact until early this year, when Paul decided that he had had enough of the dark side. Since then, he has been assisting those of us on Team Lickspittle in finding information about Team Kimberlin.

Yesterday, Paul came out of the closet and publicly apologized to those he injured last year. Gentle Reader, I can’t tell you everything I know about his situation, but I am convinced that what Paul did last year was done under duress.

Paul has a lousy reputation because of his past, so it’s not surprising that people are cautious. They should be, but, thus far, he has been an invaluable source of inside information concerning much of Team Kimberlin’s activities in 2012.

UPDATE—I’m not surprised that there have been so many negative comments about Paul Lemmen. He’s done a lot of bad things. He has a great deal to make amends for.

He has also been an invaluable source of intelligence on the operation of Team Kimberlin, providing leads that have been backed up by other sources. I am thankful for his help.

UPDATE 2—One question being asked is why Paul Lemmen decided to come out of the closet now. Remember that he had be put under pressure of having his supervised release revoked. On 7 October, @BreitbartUnmasked tweeted this—BU201310071412ZzGiven that implied threat from Team Kimberlin, I can understand why Paul might want to come clean. You can’t blackmail someone by threatening to tell information that is already published.

UPDATE 3—I have known the identity of @RMNixonDeceased since January.

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I still haven’t exhausted all the leads I received from Paul.

Paul spend the last years of his life as an orthodox priest, quite a change from the middle years of his life.

Quote of the Day

There are various ways to call a man a liar. One way is just to scream it at him, which doesn’t prove anything. Another is to establish facts by long and patient investigation. Still another way is not to call him a liar at all—let him do it himself.

—Rex Stout

Discovering North America in Space

The North America Nebula (NGC 7000 or Caldwell 20) is an emission nebula in the constellation Cygnus. The shape of the nebula resembles that of the outline of North America, complete with a prominent Gulf of Mexico. This image was taken with a 100 mm telescope.

Image Credit: Azhikerdude (CC BY-SA 4.0)

Team Kimberlin Post of the Day

This Prevarication Du Jour dealt with one of the many false forecasts of the direst of dire direness looming ahead for the defendants on the first of Brett Kimberlin’s LOLsuits. It first ran eight years ago today.

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ftrrnews201310111937ZCutting my own deal am I? Well, Gentle Reader, I did offer Brett Kimberlin a cheap way out of his Kimberlin v. Walker, et al. lawsuit. He opted not to settle, so my lawyer has filed an answer to his complaint.

I have no intention of conducting my defense of the suit on the Internet, but items filed as part of the court docket become public documents unless they are sealed. Since anyone who goes to the courthouse can get a copy of a docket item for fifty cents per page and since the truth is on my side, I will, at least for the time being, post my filings to save folks the trip. I’ll delay the postings to allow time for any other party to receive service before anything appears online.

I do not plan to have any comments on filings when I post them. To do so could give away information on my counsel’s legal strategy which would be useful to the other side.

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He really should have taken my settlement offer.