And in Montgomery County, Maryland …


The Hill reports that a couple of thugs assaulted a citizen who is a legal immigrant, apparently because he was wearing a MAGA hat. The attack occurred in Montgomery County, Maryland, which is a “sanctuary” county. The victim Astu Nable came from Togo in 2007. He has become a citizen and is a staunch supporter of President Trump.

“I like everything that he does. Like, I came here legally,” Nable said. “Why can’t all people come here legally then? I went through the right process, the proper channels and I’m here, so why can’t they do the same thing?”

Forget it Jake Astu. It’s Chinatown MoCo.

I’m Old Enough to Remember When …


… Democrats thought that government spying on political campaigns was a bad idea. Attorney General Barr is about my age, and he seems to have similar memories of the ’60s and ’70s. K. S. Bruce has a post at InsideHook about Barr’s answer to a senator’s question about why he thought he should investigate such spying.

“The generation I grew up in, which is the Vietnam War period, people were all concerned about spying on anti-war people and so forth by the government, and there were a lot of rules in place to make sure that there’s an adequate basis before our law enforcement agencies get involved in political surveillance.”

I remember COINTELPRO and Watergate.

The Vietnam War generation — the Woodstock generation — having seen J. Edgar Hoover and an out of control CIA, would have concerns over a J. Edgar Comey, a J. Edgar McCabe, a J. Edgar Brennan, a J. Edgar Strozk, if they carelessly or with bias began improper surveillance on election campaign teams of ANY party or cause.

J. Edgar Mueller?

We’ve Got a Little List


Roger Kimball has a piece over at American Greatness about the criminal referrals being made by Congressman Nunes to the Department of Justice. There are eight referrals which may involve upwards of twenty persons. Five are for specific crimes such as lying to Congress or leaking classified information. Three are more open-ended: Conspiracy to lie to the FISA court, manipulation of intelligence for partisan political ends, and what Nunes calls “global leaks” of highly sensitive information (such as the contents of telephone calls between President Trump and foreign leaders). Who had access to such information?
Who used it illegally?

But who do you think makes the list? Were I a modern-day Koko, my little list would include former CIA Director John Brennan, an implacable enemy of the president and a good candidate for the title of fons et origo of the Trump-Russia investigation.

It would include the FBI’s Peter Strzok, Andrew McCabe, and former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, former acting attorney general Sally Yates, Bruce Ohr and his wife Nellie who (unbelievably) actually worked for Fusion GPS.

That other James, the oleaginous James Comey, former Director of the FBI, would certainly be on the list, as would several people in the Obama Administration: the aforementioned Susan Rice, for example, and former U.N. Ambassador Samantha Power, who, like Rice, did a lot of unmasking in her final months in office.

There are others—quite a few others, in fact, as anyone who has been keeping up with the reporting on this unfolding scandal knows well.

Read the whole thing.

Sticking with allusions to The Mikado, let’s hope that Attorney General Barr channels the title character.

My object all sublime
I shall achieve in time—
To let the punishment fit the crime,
The punishment fit the crime …

Stay tuned.

BREAKING: CNN Reports Some Real News


CNN reports that lawyers representing

… Greg Craig, a prominent Democratic lawyer and former White House counsel in the Obama administration, said Wednesday evening that they expect him to be indicted by federal prosecutors in a case that stems from special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation.

Craig’s lawyers say that they expect him to be charged with making false statements relating to the work he did on behalf of the government of Viktor F. Yanukovych, the former pro-Russian president of Ukraine.

Befuddled airport patrons who happened to overhear the story while waiting in a TSA line wondered aloud if this was a significant event indicating a corner had been turned in the Justice Department’s handling of the investigations related to the 2016 election.

Team Kimberlin Post of the Day


Team Kimberlin is a bunch of liars and incompetent ones at that. They spin false narratives and then offer shoddy forged evidence which actually contradicts their claims. Two posts from four years ago described one such failure. The first was a TKPOTD. The second was an episode of Blogsmoke.

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The Dreadful Pro-Se Schmalfeldt has finally figured out that he had a copy of my opposition to his motion to dismiss my contempt petition and that a copy of the envelope he mailed to me was included as part of an exhibit to my opposition. He now claims to have “proven” that he didn’t send the letter because it has a Baltimore postmark rather than one from Elkridge.

It is true that the envelope he mailed last January is postmarked Baltimore. See for yourself.Envelope1That’s the same postmark as found on the envelope of the letter he mailed to Judge Grimm when he sought to intervene in RICO Madness case in February, 2014. Note that the PACER caption appears on the left edge; this was downloaded from the U. S. District Court’s docket.Envelope2Schmalfeldt sent a second letter to Judge Grimm one week after the first. This zooms in on the postmark of the envelope for that letter (again, downloaded from the court’s docket).Envelope3

Given that the Cabin Boy™ has admitted that he sent the letters to Judge Grimm, this demonstrates that at least some of his mail is sent via Baltimore. Thus, having the Baltimore postmark on the letter he sent me in January doesn’t prove or disprove anything.

The Cabin Boy’s™ PACER fu is even worse than his google fu.

Tick, tock.

UPDATE—Commenter MJ wonders about the signatures on the various letters.SignaturesUPDATE 2—A Reader #1 wonders when the Cabin Boy™ made his claim of “proof.” Tune in to this evening’s episode of Blogsmoke to learn more.

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BlogsmokeSOUND: MODEM CONNECTING FADES UP TO FULL MIKE—SINGLE SHOT—RICHOCHET

MUSIC: UP AND UNDER—RECORDED—CUT 1

ANNOUNCER: (VOICE OVER MUSIC) Around Twitter Town and in the territory of the net—there’s just one way to handle the harassers and the stalkers—and that’s with an Internet Sheriff and the smell of “BLOGSMOKE”!

MUSIC: THEME HITS: FULL BROAD SWEEP AND UNDER—RECORDED—CUT 2

ANNOUNCER: “BLOGSMOKE” starring W. J. J. Hoge. The story of the trolling that moved into the young Internet—and the story of a man who moved against it. (MUSIC: OUT)

JOHN: I’m that man, John Hoge, Internet Sheriff—the first man they look for and the last they want to meet. It’s a chancy job—and it makes a man watchful … and a little lonely.

MUSIC: MAIN TITLE—RECORDED—CUT 3

JOHN: The Grouch has been charged by the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office with failure to comply with a peace order, and he’s been flailing around trying to come up with some sort of defense. That strikes me as rather foolish. After all, he’s sent an email to the State’s Attorney’s Office confessing. Still, logic has never been The Grouch’s long suit.

SOUND: Phone rings twice. Receiver picked up.

JOHN: John Hoge.

KAPLAN: Mr. Hoge, this is Detective Bob Kaplan with the Montgomery County Police. I’m sorry to call you this late in the evening, but you may be able to help us with something.

JOHN: No problem. What’s up?

KAPLAN: (Telephone filter) Are you familiar with someone known as The Grouch?

JOHN: Yes. Quite familiar.

KAPLAN: (Telephone filter) We’ve received a rather bizarre email from him about some sort of conspiracy to mail a forged letter.

JOHN: That would be the one he sent back in January, right?

KAPLAN: (Telephone filter) Uh, huh. Why do you say he sent it? He claims that the postmark proves that he didn’t.

JOHN: Really?

KAPLAN: (Telephone filter) Yes. He says that it’s postmarked Baltimore, and mail he sends from his residence in Elkridge shouldn’t have a Baltimore postmark.

JOHN: Can you forward that email to me? I’d like to see what he’s talking about. And can you give me a good call back number?

KAPLAN: (Telephone filter) (Fading out) Sure. What’s your email address …

MUSIC: SCENE BUMPER MUSIC—RECORDED—CUT 4

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MUSIC: SCENE BUMPER MUSIC—RECORDED—CUT 5

SOUND: Phone rings once. Receiver picked up

KAPLAN: CID, Detective Kaplan.

JOHN: (Telephone filter) John Hoge here. I just sent you an email. Can you pull it up?

KAPLAN: Hold on.

SOUND: Typing on keyboard. Mouse clicks.

KAPLAN: OK. I got it.

JOHN: (Telephone filter) Open the attached pdf.

KAPLAN: Uh, huh.

JOHN: (Telephone filter) There are three envelopes shown in the file. The first one is the envelope for the letter from January. The original is in the hands of the Circuit Court up here in Westminster, so there’s a no chain of custody issues.

KAPLAN: OK.

JOHN: (Telephone filter) The other two are from letters he mailed to the U. S. District Court. You’ll notice they show the PACER caption from the court docket, so they’re self-authenticating.

KAPLAN: Uh, huh.

JOHN: (Telephone filter) Compare the postmarks.

KAPLAN: Yeah, I see. They’re all Baltimore 212. So you’re saying that the record shows that The Grouch has sent mail with that postmark in the past.

JOHN: (Telephone filter) Which doesn’t prove or disprove who sent the January letter, but it does kill his claim that he couldn’t have sent it.

KAPLAN: So what about his forgery claim?

JOHN: (Telephone filter) Well, The Grouch began claiming that the letter was forged as soon as its existence was made public. He very quickly focused on the alleged similarity between the signature on the letter and his signature on a failed peace order petition he filed against one of the two people he’s claiming did the forgery.

KAPLAN: Which means what?

JOHN: (Telephone filter) Suppose The Grouch forged the letter himself.

KAPLAN: What?

JOHN: (Telephone filter) Suppose he wrote the letter, traced a copy of his signature on that peace order so that it would be “too similar,” and then mailed it from the same post office he had used for the letters to the federal court. He might think that would give him a means of claiming that he had been set up.

KAPLAN: That’s kind of farfetched, isn’t it?

JOHN: (Telephone filter) Does anything about this seem rational?

KAPLAN: Still …

JOHN: (Telephone filter) You’re dealing with a guy with multiple restraining order against him in at least three states, someone with a history of altering documents.

KAPLAN: It’s more than a little bit crazy.

JOHN: (Telephone filter) Read that first letter to federal judge that I forwarded to you. He admits to suffering from dementia. Look, the point is that his “forging” the letter makes as much or more sense that his explanation.

KAPLAN: OK, I’ll put all this in the case file.

JOHN: (Telephone filter) Good. Call me if you need anything else.

MUSIC: CLOSING TITLE UP AND UNDER—RECORDED—CUT 6

ANNOUNCER: (VOICE OVER MUSIC) Even with a good imagination, we can’t come up with stories as strange as The Bomber and his buddies provide for episodes of “BLOGSMOKE”!

MUSIC: SWELL AND CONTINUE TO MUSIC OUT

ANNOUNCER: The Legal Department wishes the following declaimer read: “‘BLOGSMOKE’ is a work of fiction. Anyone who feels it might be about him should read Proverbs 28:1.” This is LBS, the Lickspittle Broadcasting System.

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The Backstory: Bill Schmalfeldt sent me a letter while a peace order forbidding any contact with me was in force. He tried to claim that it was a forgery that had been created by the person he believed was “Paul Krendler,” and that it had been forwarded for mailing in Maryland by an accomplice who lived in Montgomery County.

Lying liars gotta lie, failing failures gotta fail, and everything proceeded as I had foreseen.

Team Kimberlin Post of the Day


It sorta/kinda looks as if Brett Kimberlin’s Protect Our Elections/EMPR 504(c) not-for-profit has dropped the ball. Recent news stories indicate there there may have been a significant effort by Ukrainian interest to interfere with the 2016 U. S. presidential election, but there doesn’t seem to be any mention of the developing story at either the protectourelections dot org or empr dot media websites. This screen cap was taken just after 8 pm ET Monday night.Curiouser and curiouser.