Who’s Next?

So Little Rocket Man may be giving up his nukes. We’ll see how that works out.

If it does, it will be an interesting precedent for other countries with weak economies that can’t carry the load of paying simultaneously for weapons development and economic development. Iran has a bigger economy than North Korea, but the mullahs have stunted their civil economies growth. Pakistan has lots of nukes and rampant poverty. The collapse of the Soviet Union was driven in large part by that country’s inability to pay for guns and butter. The Russians changed leaders, got a modestly improved economy, and kept their nukes. Will Kim preserve his hold on power by giving up his nukes for economic development? Will anyone else?

Stay tuned.

Cold War II?

Richard Fernandez has a post over at PJ Media taking a look a what could be the beginnings of a new cold war.

Without fanfare elements of a new cold war are being put into place by the Trump administration, the European Union and China. Although the disconnected components separately make headlines, the underlying pattern is evident despite the carnival-like distractions of the Mueller investigation and the reluctance to declare the old order dead.

The generation that ran the world in 1914 sent their sons to die in what came to be called “The Great War,” and then they mismanaged the peace. In 1939, the generation that fought The Great War sent their sons to World War II. The lessons they had learned didn’t keep us out of another war, but the resulting Cold War was in most ways less brutal than WWII.

The West won the Cold War, but our leaders have mismanaged the Cold Peace. Now, a new generation may be facing Cold War II. If we’re lucky.

Team Kimberlin Post of the Day

Decades before he became famous on the Internet for using lawfare to suppress the First Amendment rights of his enemies (i.e., those who wrote truthfully about him), Brett Kimberlin was infamous as The Speedway Bomber. The TKPOTD from three years ago today dealt with one of the consequences of his failure to pay a judgment won by one of his victims.

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The last couple of posts in this series dealt with some of The Dread Pro-Se Kimberlin’s court cases while he was back in the slammer after his parole was revoked. This is from Kimberlin v. Dewalt and deals with why his parole was revoked. (For those who haven’t been following The Saga for long, Sandra DeLong is the widow of the man who died as a result of one of the Speedway bombings. She received a 1.6 million dollar judgment for her injuries and the wrongful death of her husband.)

Next, petitioner denied any attempt to avoid the special condition and offered to settle with Mrs. DeLong for $30,000. He further contested Officer Ramsburg’s testimony concerning the sudden changes in his financial situation after the February 10, 1997 Notice of Action. The examiner found that petitioner used “deceitful maneuvers to hide his ability to pay” and that his “relatives and friends are obviously acting to help him by filing claims and liens to protect his money and property from being available to satisfy the victim’s judgment.” The examiner further found that the “evidence against [petitioner] was provided by the subject himself,” and that at no time did petitioner “indicate any concern or empathy for the victim.” Finally, the examiner found that petitioner’s settlement offers were not undertaken in good faith; concluded that petitioner had resisted parole supervision by Officer Ramsburg “in every way he can,” and recommended revocation of parole with a presumptive parole date of two years. Petitioner was taken into custody at the conclusion of the hearing. On June 27, 1997 the Commission adopted the examiner’s recommendation, revoking petitioner’s parole and continuing him to a presumptive parole date of June 5, 1999.

He stayed in prison until 2001.

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Rather than take any steps to pay down that debt, he spent four years in federal prison. He has an strange value system.

Team Kimberlin Post of the Day

Six years ago today was Everybody Blog About Brett Kimberlin Day. I participated with several posts here at Hogewash!, including this one titled In Re Kimberlin: One More Thing.

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Those of us of a certain age, who are old enough to have been young before nanny-statism began smothering the “dangers” of adolescence, remember the fun we had and havoc we caused with fireworks. The holy grail of that era was the dreaded M80, and it’s acolyte was the Cherry Bomb. (Hmmm, I’m mixing my metaphors.) We bragged of their explosive power.

The charge in a genuine M80 was 20 grains of black powder and 10 grains of flash powder, a total of 30 grains. The total charge in a Cherry Bomb was 20 grains.

A standard dynamite cartridge (aka, stick) typically weighs one pound or 7,000 grains. Our mighty M80s contained less than 1/2-of-one-percent by weight of explosive, and were essentially gunpowder. Dynamite was originally based on nitroglycerin. The Tovex used in the Speedway bombings is a more modern formulation.

The bomb which Brett Kimberlin was convicted of setting that maimed Mr. and Mrs. DeLong contained six sticks of dynamite some of which were wrapped in shot.

Imagine 1,400 M80s detonating simultaneously. That’s less force than what Mr. Kimberlin was convicted of inflicting on the DeLongs.

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The Dread Deadbeat Pro-Se Kimberlin sued Mrs. DeLong when she tried to collect the 1.6 million dollar judgment he owed her for her injuries and the wrongful death of her husband. His parole was revoked for failing to make payments to Mrs. DeLong and for lying about the debt on a mortgage application.

Yours Truly, Johnny Atsign

It’s amazing how the Real World gets in the way of the Interwebz! There isn’t a new Johnny Atsign script available because of the amount of work being required by my day job. OTOH, my liberal friends tell me that recycling is a good thing, so …

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

SOUND: Cell phone rings once.

JOHNNY: Johnny Atsign.

AARON: (Telephone Filter) Good morning, Johnny. It’s Aaron. I hope I didn’t wake you. You’re an hour behind us in Illinois.

JOHNNY: Good morning back to you. No, I’m running on East Coast time. I’ve got to drive back to Indiana to the other side of the time zone line later today.

AARON: (Telephone Filter) Oh?

JOHNNY: Yeah. I’ve found the records we wanted here, but I’ve also developed a lead on a related case.

AARON: (Telephone Filter) The Bomber?

JOHNNY: Uh, huh. I’m headed back to Bloomington.

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!

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