Team Kimberlin Post of the Day


Normally, it’s a defendant who seeks to have a court record sealed, but someone else filed a petition to seal the case file in State v. Hoge, the case resulting from an Application for Statement of Charges filed against me for allegedly engaging in online harassment of a a minor. Because the State dropped the case for lack of evidence, I never sought to have the record sealed. The TKPOTD for four years ago today was about who did.

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I received service of the following order from the District Court of Maryland is yesterday’s mail.

I was never served by the petitioner who, on the face of the document, appears to be Tetyana Kimberlin. It was fortunate that Judge Wolfe denied the petition. I assume that the petition was filed in order make it more difficult to use the District Court’s records in support of my malicious prosecution claims in the Hoge v. Kimberlin, et al. lawsuit.

The document represents itself as being filed by Tetyana Kimberlin. I find it interesting that the notice of service information for the State’s Attorney (which is handwritten in the wrong spaces) is in Brett Kimberlin’s handwriting. Also, the following items are interesting to compare—

This is Tetyana Kimberlin’s signature from the Protective Order Petition she filed seeking protection from her husband on 7 July, 2013.20130707This is her signature on the Application for Statement of Charges she filed against me on 18 May, 2015.20150518Here is the signature on the Motion to Seal.Mot to SealHmmmmm.

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BTW, Brett Kimberlin is still on unsupervised parole until 2030 for his multiple convictions related to dope smuggling and the Speedway bombings. IIRC, his arrest that led to those convictions occurred when he was caught trying to forge government documents (DoD driver’s licenses).

Team Kimberlin Post of the Day


One of the tools that Team Kimberlin has tried to use in their campaigns of lawfare is fraudulent copyright claims. Five years ago today, Hogewash! was the target of such an attack which I reported in a post titled #BillSchmalfeldt Files Fraudulent DMCA Takedown Notice. As the Gentle Reader can see below, the Cabin Boy™ falsely claimed to be either the owner of or authorized agent for works in the public domain. While some of the posts were taken down automatically, it didn’t take WordPress long to correct those errors. The post begins with the email I received from WordPress.

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Hi there,

We’ve received the DMCA notice (http://chillingeffects.org/dmca512/faq.cgi#QID130) below regarding material published on your WordPress.com site, which means the complainant is asserting ownership of this material and claiming that your use of it is not permitted by him/her or the law. As required by the DMCA, we have disabled public access to the material. Please note that republishing the material without permission from the copyright holder will result in the permanent suspension of your WordPress.com site and/or account.

Repeated incidents of copyright infringement will also lead to the permanent suspension of your WordPress.com site. We certainly don’t want that to happen, so please delete any other material you may have uploaded for which you don’t have the necessary rights and and refrain from uploading additional material that you do not have permission to upload. Although we can’t provide legal advice, we’re happy to point you to copyright law resources that might help you make this determination.

Alternatively, if you believe that this notice was received in error, or if you believe your usage of this material falls under the Fair Use provision of US Copyright Law, it’s important that you submit a formal DMCA counter-notice to ensure that your WordPress.com site remains operational. A valid counter-notice will result in the material being returned to your site in 10 business days if the complainant does not reply with legal action.

Please refer to the following pages for more information:
http://en.support.wordpress.com/counter-notice/
Digital Millenium Copyright Act – Counter Notice

After the notice, there is a list of the material claimed to be in breach of copyright, with the action that we have taken on this occasion. This is the response that we have sent the complainant.

Thank you.
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Dear Designated Agent:

This will probably be a bit more personal than the usual DMCA Takedown Request you receive. I am in the midst of a Copyright Infringement Suit filed by William John Joseph Hoge III, who operates a WordPress.com blog called “Hogewash.com”.

Before I detail the nature of this takedown, I have a question. Who owns the “copyright” on material published on a WordPress.com blog? Your Terms of Service make it appear that WordPress.com owns the ultimate copyright. Am I correct in that assumption? Or can a user of a WordPress.com blog write up his own Terms of Service that seem to contradict the WordPress.com ToS. As you peruse this Takedown request, I invite you to review Mr. Hoge’s terms at https://hogewash.com/the-fine-print/

My name is William M. Schmalfeldt, [redacted], Elkridge, Maryland, USA, 21075

410-[redacted]

bschmalfeldt@[redacted]

I have a good faith belief that use of the copyrighted materials described above as allegedly infringing is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law.

I swear, under penalty of perjury, that the information in the notification is accurate and that I am the copyright owner or am authorized to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed.

I acknowledge that a copy of this infringement notice, including any contact information I provided above (address, telephone number, and email address), will be forwarded to the user who uploaded the content at issue.

I electronically sign below.

William M. Schmalfeldt
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1. https://hogewash.com/2014/05/31/orion-in-3d/

In accordance with the requirements set forth by the DMCA, we have disabled access to the material identified as infringing. Please note that we have notified the user who uploaded the material to provide them an opportunity to formally challenge this removal. If the user decides to submit a counter-notice you will be notified immediately.

2. https://hogewash.com/2014/05/30/serpens-cloud-core/

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3. https://hogewash.com/2014/05/29/astro-proam/

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4. https://hogewash.com/2014/05/28/galactic-magnetism/

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5. https://hogewash.com/2014/05/26/in-the-eagle-nebula/

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6. https://hogewash.com/2014/05/25/thats-no-space-station-its-a-moon/

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7. https://hogewash.com/2014/05/23/a-new-crater-on-mars/

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8. https://hogewash.com/2014/05/21/m60-ucd1/

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9. https://hogewash.com/2014/05/20/cygnus-ob2-9/

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10. https://hogewash.com/2014/05/19/the-giant-red-spot/

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11. https://hogewash.com/2014/05/18/the-not-so-giant-red-spot/

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12. https://hogewash.com/2014/05/16/neptune-triton-rings-and-stars/

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13. https://hogewash.com/2014/05/15/inside-the-flame-nebula-2/

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14. https://hogewash.com/2014/05/14/pan-and-zoom/

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15. https://hogewash.com/2014/05/13/a-stellar-survivor/

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16. https://hogewash.com/2014/05/12/the-grand-canyon-of-mars/

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17. https://hogewash.com/2014/05/11/infrared-andromeda/

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18. https://hogewash.com/2014/05/10/coronal-hole-squared/

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19. https://hogewash.com/2014/05/09/b-and-c-in-uv/

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20. https://hogewash.com/2014/05/08/inside-the-flame-nebula/

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21. https://hogewash.com/2014/05/07/outbound/

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22. https://hogewash.com/2014/05/06/53-years-ago-yesterday/

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23. https://hogewash.com/2014/05/05/thats-no-moon-its-a-space-station/

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24. https://hogewash.com/2014/05/04/whats-up-for-may/

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25. https://hogewash.com/2014/05/03/m61-2/

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26. https://hogewash.com/2014/05/02/26749/

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27. https://hogewash.com/2014/05/01/the-pleiades-2/

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28. https://hogewash.com/2014/04/30/rings-and-shadows/

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29. https://hogewash.com/2014/04/29/missed-it-by-that-much-2/

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30. https://hogewash.com/2014/04/27/asteroids-3/

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31. https://hogewash.com/2014/04/26/brown-dwarf/

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32. https://hogewash.com/2014/04/25/m5/

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33. https://hogewash.com/2014/04/24/arp-81/

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34. https://hogewash.com/2014/04/23/m101-in-ir/

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35. https://hogewash.com/2014/04/21/just-a-bit-blurry/

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36. https://hogewash.com/2014/04/20/mariner-4-and-mars/

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37. https://hogewash.com/2014/04/19/the-tadpole/

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38, https://hogewash.com/2014/04/18/surveyor-3-and-apollo-12/

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39. https://hogewash.com/2014/04/16/new-moon-2/

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40. https://hogewash.com/2014/04/15/a-horsehead-of-a-different-color-2/

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41. https://hogewash.com/2014/04/12/mergers-and-acquisitions-2/

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42. https://hogewash.com/2014/04/11/el-gordo-2/

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43. https://hogewash.com/2014/04/09/get-ready-for-the-eclipse/

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44. https://hogewash.com/2014/04/05/a-solar-flare-2/

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45. https://hogewash.com/2014/04/04/themis/

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46. https://hogewash.com/2014/04/03/mars-in-opposition/

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47. https://hogewash.com/2014/04/01/encountering-hyperion/

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48. https://hogewash.com/2014/03/31/ios-true-colors/

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49. https://hogewash.com/2014/03/30/hollows-on-mercury/

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50. https://hogewash.com/2014/03/29/1000-km-closer-to-mars/

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51. https://hogewash.com/2014/03/27/you-cant-see-it-from-here/

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52. https://hogewash.com/2014/03/25/breaking-up-is-hard-to-do/

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53. https://hogewash.com/2014/03/24/confused-hubble/

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54. https://hogewash.com/2014/03/22/a-seyfert-galaxy/

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55. https://hogewash.com/2014/03/21/coming-attractions-lunar-eclipses/

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56. https://hogewash.com/2014/03/20/measuring-a-black-holes-spin/

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57. https://hogewash.com/2014/03/19/the-moons-north-pole/

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58. https://hogewash.com/2014/03/18/the-monkey-head-nebula/

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59. https://hogewash.com/2014/03/17/hubble-nets-a-butterfly/

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60. https://hogewash.com/2014/03/16/missed-it-by-that-much/

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61. https://hogewash.com/2014/03/15/preview-of-coming-attractions-3/

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62. https://hogewash.com/2014/03/12/the-sun-in-january/

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63. https://hogewash.com/2014/03/11/a-swift-tour-of-andromeda/

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64. https://hogewash.com/2014/03/10/wimpy-x-rays/

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65. https://hogewash.com/2014/03/09/exoplanets-and-exocomets/

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66. https://hogewash.com/2014/03/08/a-telescope-larger-than-a-galaxy/

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67. https://hogewash.com/2014/03/07/the-sand-dunes-of-mars/

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68. https://hogewash.com/2014/03/06/a-day-on-mercury/

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69. https://hogewash.com/2014/03/03/martian-sunset/

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70. https://hogewash.com/2014/03/02/surveyor-1/

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The Cabin Boy™ huffed and puffed, but his claim failed.

Team Kimberlin Post of the Day


Essentially all of Team Kimberlin’s attempts to use lawfare to punish their enemies have backfired since the beginning of 2012. However, some of the pushback against them have been successful. One of the earliest successes was the granting of a peace order against Bill Schmalfeldt as a result of his online harassment of me. That success led to yet another failure of Team Kimberlin’s lawfare. Rather than quietly accept his lose in court, Bill Schmalfeldt appealed that first peace order. Six years ago today, I ran this post titled #BillSchmalfeldt Thinks He’s Appealing.

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The question to be decided is whether or not the Maryland Court of Appeals will agree.

I received a Notice of Appeal from Bill Schmalfeldt in the Hoge v. Schmalfeldt peace order case.  I note that it was sent by Schmalfeldt himself and not a lawyer, so I suppose that means that he is proceeding pro se. I will be interested to see how well he does drafting his Petition for Writ of Certiorari to the Court of Appeals. My lawyer will, of course, be filing a Response, and we’ll see if the Court takes the case.

I doubt that Schmalfeldt has any real grounds for appeal. OTOH, the Court of Appeals might take the case in order to specifically clarify that electronic harassment is covered by the peace order statute.

Meanwhile, the Circuit Court’s order remains in effect.

UPDATE—Assuming the Court of Appeals takes the case, by the time certiorari is granted, briefs filed, and oral arguments heard, the Peace Order may have expired—making the case moot.

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As the Gentle Reader who has been following The Saga of Team Kimberlin for a while may remember, Schmalfeldt failed to obey that peace order. As a result, it was extended, so it was in force longe enough for the Court of Appeals to reject his appeal—not for mootness but for lack of merit.

Everything proceeded as I had foreseen.

Team Kimberlin Post of the Day


Of course, the principal response to Team Kimberlin’s various forays into lawfare has been to aggressively defend against their LOLsuits and other bogus legal filings. However, it has also been important to put the members of Team Kimberlin in their places through the use of derision. This Prevarication Du Jour post from four years ago today is an example of such pointage, laughery, and mockification.

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I see that the Cabin Boy™ says that he’s filed another DMCA complaint. This one is against TMZ for posting a link to one of his podcasts.grouch365|201507121347ZAs usual, it’s a false one. If one looks at the html code for the TMZ post, one does not find any of the audio for the podcast. Instead, one finds an embedded link to YouTube.grouchpodcastOf course, YouTube’s Terms of Service permit such linking, so by posting his podcast to YouTube the Cabin Boy™ granted blanket permission for TMZ or any other website to link to his podcast.

The Cabin Boy may wish to meditate upon the meaning of these words:

(f) Misrepresentations. – Any person who knowingly materially misrepresents under this section —

(1) that material or activity is infringing, or

(2) that material or activity was removed or disabled by mistake or misidentification,

shall be liable for any damages, including costs and attorneys’ fees, incurred by the alleged infringer, by any copyright owner or copyright owner’s authorized licensee, or by a service provider, who is injured by such misrepresentation, as the result of the service provider relying upon such misrepresentation in removing or disabling access to the material or activity claimed to be infringing, or in replacing the removed material or ceasing to disable access to it.

—17 U.S.C. § 512(f)

UPDATE—Spoliation?spoliation

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Indeed, the Cabin Boy’s™ carelessness for copyright resulted on his being on there receiving of a DMCA notice that took down the Breitbart Unmasked Bunny Bill Boy Unread website and forced it on to an off-shore server to avoid giving up the ownership information necessary to file a DMCA counterclaim.

Karma’s a bitch, and she keeps leaving her puppies on the Cabin Boy’s doorstep.

Team Kimberlin Post of the Day


Three years ago, we were still slogging through the appeals process in several of The Dread Deadbeat Pro-Se Kimberlin’s LOLsuits. The TKPOTD three years ago today dealt with the inept reply brief he filed with the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals in the Kimberlin v. Hunton & Williams, et al. RICO 2: Electric Boogaloo LOLsuit.

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The Dread Pro-Se Kimberlin has filed his informal reply brief in his Kimberlin v. Hunton & Williams LLP, et al. RICO 2: Electric Boogaloo LOLsuit Appeal. I found footnote 1 interesting.

Kimberlin was warned not to include me in his appeal before he filed it because there were no federal issues in any of his claims against me in the RICO 2 LOLsuit. However, he didn’t take any timely steps to remove me from the list of appellees.AppelleesI believe TDPK has filed a frivolous and vexatious appeal against me which caused my lawyer for have to file an unnecessary informal opposition brief. Therefore, I have instructed my lawyer to seek sanctions and fees.

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And as I foresaw, Kimberlin not only lost that appeal, but also he was sanctioned for frivolously including me as an appellee.

Trump Wins One in the Fourth Circuit


The District of Columbia and the State of Maryland filed a LOLsuit against Donald Trump in both his official and personal capacities claiming that Trump was violating the Emoluments Clause of Article II of the Constitution. The U. S. District Court of Maryland ruled against the President’s official and personal motions to dismiss, and the judge refused to certify an interlocutory appeal of his rulings. Trump took the unusual steps (official and personal) of seeking writs of mandamus from the Fourth Circuit ordering the certification of the appeal. Yesterday, the Court of Appeals took the even more unusual action of granting the writs of mandamus Trump sought.

The TL:DR is this: The Court of Appeals ruled that the district judge was wrong on the law, so the case has been remanded with instructions that it be dismissed with prejudice.

Money quote—

The District and Maryland’s interest in enforcing the Emoluments Clauses is so attenuated and abstract that their prosecution of this case readily provokes the question of whether this action against the President is an appropriate use of the courts, which were created to resolve real cases and controversies between the parties. In any event, for the reasons given, we grant the President’s petition for a writ of mandamus and, taking jurisdiction under 28 U.S.C. § 1292(b), hold that the District and Maryland do not have Article III standing to pursue their claims against the President. Accordingly, we reverse the district court’s orders denying the President’s motion to dismiss filed in his official capacity, and, in light of our related decision in No. 18-2488, we remand with instructions that the court dismiss the District and Maryland’s complaint with prejudice.

Trump Derangement Syndrome doesn’t seem to be a valid cause of action.

Team Kimberlin Post of the Day


The similarities between the plots in some fictional stories and the activities of certain cyberthugs sure are interesting coincidences, aren’t they? This episode of Yours Truly, Johnny Atsign first ran a couple of years ago today.

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ANNOUNCER: From Westminster, it’s time for—

SOUND: Phone rings once. Telephone handset picked up.

JOHNNY: Johnny Atsign.

PRO BONO 2: (Telephone Filter) Good morning, Mr. Atsign. Did I wake you?

JOHNNY: No, I’ve been up for a while and was just going down to breakfast.

PRO BONO 2: (Telephone Filter) The coffee shop in your hotel is pretty good. May I join you?

JOHNNY: Sure.

PRO BONO 2: (Telephone Filter) You’re just around the corner from my office. I’ll walk over. Would ten minutes be OK?

JOHNNY: I’ll meet you there.

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