A Genuine Person


Back in the early ’70’s, I was working in the music industry in Nashville. One of places I worked was small studio that a musician had set up in his garage. It was equipped with hand-me-down gear retired from other studios. The console was a pastiche of vacuum tube and early transistor modules in a rather tall wood enclosure. I sounded great, but I could just barely see over it when sitting down.

As I was setting up for a demo session one evening (A demo is a simple recording of a song used to pitch it to singers for them to record.), the songwriter walked into the control room. She wasn’t very tall, and seated at the console, all I could see of her was that she was a cute brunette with a short haircut. It wasn’t until she came around the console and stood next to me that I realized she was Dolly Parton.

I very much enjoyed that session. In an industry where too many stars and wannabe stars are legends in their own minds, Dolly Parton was a nice person, a pleasure to work with. And sensible.

I was reminded of her good sense when I read a post by Suzanne Venker titled Of Course Dolly’s Not a Feminist. She Loves Men. (The periods are in the title.). The post is based on an NPR podcast called Dolly Parton’s America, and the apparent inability of the podcast’s host to understand why Dolly Parton isn’t a feminist.

In Dolly Parton’s America, Parton proves in spades that there’s a much more positive and compassionate attitude to have toward men, women and relationships. But if you want to adopt it, you can’t simultaneously pay homage to a group that assumes the worst of half the population. And you can’t take life so seriously.

But you can work hard and use your talent. And be a pleasure to work with.

Team Kimberlin Post of the Day


This episode of Blogsmoke first ran two years ago today.

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SOUND: MODEM CONNECTING FADES UP TO FULL MIKE—SINGLE SHOT—RICOCHET

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 Continue reading

Team Kimberlin Post of the Day


Anyone who has had the misfortune of listening to one of Brett Kimberlin’s music videos will understand why it is so easy to make fun of them. The TKPOTD from five years ago today did just that.

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One of The Dread Pro-Se Kimberlin’s complaints in his Kimberlin v. The Universe, et al. RICO Madness is that telling the truth about him has hurt his efforts in the music business. OTOH, it has come to my attention that the publicity has suggested another possible market for his music videos.MST3K_BK

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I suppose another possible use for The Dread Deadbeat Performer Kimberlin’s music would be in Room 101.

Team Kimberlin Post of the Day


The Dread Deadbeat Pro-Se Kimberlin included me as a defendant in four of the many LOLsuits he filed over the past few years. The third suit that included me was his RICO Retread LOLsuit which tried to revive the state law claims from his first RICO case. The TKPOTD from four years ago was one of the early reports on the process of defeating that third lawsuit.

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During the motions hearing last week in the Kimberlin v. Most of the Universe, et al. RICO Retread LOLsuit, Judge Mason was well prepared. He said this to The Dread Pro-Se Kimberlin while dealing with my motion to dismiss for improper venue.

THE COURT: And I’ve looked through your 52-page complaint a couple of times and again just this morning before coming out on the bench because I wanted to make sure that I understood precisely what is being alleged here.

The judge then proceeded to explain to TDPK some of the deficiencies in his pleading concerning me. I’d share some of that with you, but I don’t want to refresh the midget’s memory. TDPK has this to say to the judge:

MR. KIMBERLIN: I wanted to limit this case to the swatting. That’s what I’ve done. You know, if I have to refile against Mr. Hoge in Carroll County or in this county, you know, it would be another massive lawsuit. I would like to keep him in this case, whether through an amendment or whatever and let a jury decide, you know, what he’s done with regard to the swatting. You know, part of what the whole Everybody Blog About Brett Kimberlin Day was to portray me as a criminal swatter to silence conservative bloggers, you know, which was not the case. I have nothing at all to do with any swattings at all.

movie popcornAnother massive LOLsuit? Really? I suppose that means that TDPK has not yet figured out that there are some people who aren’t soft targets for lawfare. If he has learned anything about tangling with me, he’ll wise up and fail to amend his LOLsuit by the 18th, or, if he really comes to his senses, he’ll dismiss the entire LOLsuit for all the remaining defendants.

I wouldn’t bet on his acting wisely, so the Gentle Reader may want to lay in a good stock of popcorn. Here’s a deal from Amazon.

Stay tuned.

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The Gentle Readers will note that I often suggest that they stay tuned. I’d offer the same suggestion to The Dread Deadbeat Performer Kimberlin’s guitar, but …

Team Kimberlin Post of the Day


Not every TKPOTD is about Brett Kimberlin or his Internet PR flack Bill Schmalfeldt. On occasion, we’ve taken a look and some of the bit players. For example, five years ago today, William Ferguson was the object of this site’s pointage, laughery, and mockification.

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There seems to be a certain lassitude among the members of Team Kimberlin. Take Very Ordinary Seaman Ferguson for example. I don’t generally concern myself with ankle-biters like VOSF, but I take a look at his The Mockery Continues blog (No, I won’t link to it.) every six weeks or so to see if they’ve finally got his meds adjusted.

I took a look yesterday evening and found that he hasn’t had anything to say about me for a couple of weeks now.

Hmmmmm.

Either he’s disappointed by having his fearless leader’s case thrown out or they’re finally giving him enough of the right stuff. Or perhaps both. It really is no concern of mine.

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I must confess that comparing Very Ordinary Seaman Ferguson to Peter Lorre is unfair. Lorre’s whistling is vastly better than anything VOSF has ever served up as alleged music.

The Mockery Continues.

Team Kimberlin Post of the Day


Today is the fifth anniversary of the start of the Kimberlin v. Walker, et al. trial, the first of four LOLsuits the Dread Deadbeat Pro-Se Kimberlin lost against me. My publication of the graphic shown in the TKPOTD from six years ago today was part of the bases for his claim that I had defamed him.

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DredPedoKmbrlnHere’s how Brett Kimberlin described his musical ambitions to his biographer Mark Singer as Kimberlin was being release from prison in 1994 (Citizen K, p. 354).

I’m doing this for the money. I’m doing it for fun and creativity too, but it’s mainly for the money. It’s like vengeance. I can go out there and say things and reach a huge audience, and it’s a kind of revenge on all the people who hate me. Can you imagine if I have a number-one hit and I’m all over the radio—every time [former U. S. Attorney] Jack Thar turns on the radio, there’s Brett Kimberlin? Success is the best revenge. These people who wished me ill, who lied about me, made up these stories, turned me into this monster, will just turn green with envy. Every quote from Thar over the years has been “God! How can you believe this guy!” All this publicity I’ve gotten will now be working for me. My lyrics are very potent, and they’ll touch a lot of people. I see myself as being in the Phil Collins mold more than, say, in the Michael Jackson mold. I can’t be fake that way. I have to be real.

Uh, huh.

It may be that more and more people are beginning to see a certain similarity to Michael Jackson after all.

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TDPK lost that LOLsuit because he presented no evidence (“Not one scintilla,” was the phrase Judge Johnson used.) that any thing I had said or written about him was false.

Team Kimberlin Post of the Day


One of the most persistent wastes of Internet bandwidth inflicted on the Universe by Team Kimberlin is the op-critical dot com website that allegedly promotes The Dread Deadbeat Performer Kimberlin’s band Op-Critical. Seven years ago, I posted #BrettKimberlin and Op-Critical which noted … oh, I’ll let it speak for itself.

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Tuesday night, I posted a review of the CD released by Brett Kimberlin’s previous band Epoxy. His most recent music group is called Op-Critical. The band has a website, a rather stale one that doesn’t appear to have been updated for several years.

While nosing about the site, I found these lyrics as part of a song called Fork

I am losing all control and I just don’t know what to do …

Yep, we are controlling transmission. If we wish to make it louder, we will bring up the volume. If we wish to make it softer, we will tune it to a whisper. We will control the horizontal. We will control the vertical. We can roll the image, make it flutter. We can change the focus to a soft blur or sharpen it to crystal clarity.

You have gone past the outer limit of what you might have been able to control, but the truth will bring clarity. But clarity may not be your friend.

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Yep. The result of The Dread Deadbeat Pro-Se Kimberli’s lawfare campaign of brass knuckles reputation management was that he lost control of his public persona.

Oh, and as for the op-critical dot com website, it doesn’t seem to have been updated since my post was published in 2012. Here’s a snapshot of it from yesterday evening.