Watchful Nonsense


The Cabin Boy™ keeps trying to evade detection as he lurks about here at Hogewash!, and he seems quite peeved when he’s noticed.MU201607201520ZHe still seems mathematically challenged too. Central Daylight Time is only 5 hours behind UTC, so the times he shows in red in his tweet are off by an hour.

Apple Watch Sleep AppOne interesting thing in his tweet is the image of that sleep app for an Apple Watch. I suppose that he’s trying to claim that the date shown in his tweet was taken using the Apple Watch shown on his wrist in a picture he posted earlier. If the Cabin Boy™ were to trade that watch back in on a Sport model, he’d have enough of a refund coming back that he could afford to pay the filing fee on LOLsuit VII: Degenerations and not have to pretend to be poor to get in forma pauperis status.

MM WatchBTW, if the Gentle Reader is in the market for a new watch, I can recommend the Mickey Mouse watch that I’ve been using recently. It’s not expensive, looks pretty good, and keeps excellent time. Click on the image on the left to get a good deal on one from Amazon.

And as Steve Jobs used to say, one more thing … I happened to be taking a coffee break while the Cabin Boy™ was downloading some of the stuff he ripped off from Hogewash! this morning. I watched him connect to the site, move around, and download things. You can see when he connected here.

UPDATE—Wow! Seventeen people have clicked on the watch link to Amazon so far. In answer to several emails–yes, I really do wear that Mickey Mouse watch.My Watch

Amending the Bill of Rights


Over at WaPo, Dave Weigel has a piece about Hillary Clinton’s promise to seek to “amend” the First Amendment in order to eliminate the Citizens United Supreme Court Decision. That’s an important personal goal for her because what that decision actually did was tell the Federal Election Commission that it could not prevent Citizens United from showing a video that told inconvenient truths about Hillary Clinton within 60 days of an election. She views that as a severe flaw in the First Amendment.

Of course, that’s not the only part of the pesky Bill of Rights that she feels needs … um … modernizing … yeah, that’s the sort of word she’d use … modernizing. Clearly, the Second Amendment will have to go entirely, and the Fourth and Fifth will need work as well, except as they might apply to certain charitable foundations.

Yours Truly, Johnny Atsign


With rumors of new LOLsuits wafting on the summer breezes, it seems like a good time to recycle this episode from last year—

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

SOUND: Cell phone rings three times.

JOHNNY: Johnny Atsign.

EDWIN: (Telephone Filter) Mr. Atsign, my name’s Don Edwin. I need to have some investigative work done.

JOHNNY: That’s what I do for a living, but I’m on vacation at the moment. I’m fishing in Alaska and won’t be back at my office until next Monday.

EDWIN: (Telephone Filter) I’m calling from Alaska.

JOHNNY: Really? Well, it’s a big state. We could still be hundreds of miles apart, but I might be able to stop by on my to the airport in Anchorage this weekend.

EDWIN: (Telephone Filter) That might work out. I’m not too far north of there. Have you ever heard of a guy on the Internet called The Grouch?

JOHNNY: Yes, I have. Are you free on Saturday afternoon?

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

That Pesky Bill of Rights


I’m old enough to remember (now, there’s a line that getting a lot of work these days) when folks on the Left were all for the Bill of Rights. The narrative back then was that it was the Right that opposed free speech or due process. Today, many of the generation that marched in the streets in the ’60s have risen to become part of the Establishment. It seems that many a former “revolutionary” no longer want to stick it to the Man now that he has become the Man. So we have recently had a bunch of geezers sitting in the well of the House of Representatives demonstrating in favor of a bill to suppress the Fifth Amendment right to due process and the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms. Somehow, they seemed braver when they were sitting at lunch counters five decades ago.

The First, Second, and Fifth Amendments are now under overt attack. The Fourth Amendment is a target as well. Those of us who still think that the Bill of Rights is worth keeping need to keep hitting back. I suggest that we do not limit ourselves to only twice as hard.

One more thing … why are they going on about rifles now? Fifty years ago, it was all about “Saturday Night Specials,” inexpensive handguns that the wrong people could afford for self-protection. Now, it’s rifles: “Military-style” “weapons of war.” It’s almost as if someone is afraid of an armed populace that would be able to resist …