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”!


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.


Concern Trolling Du Jour

I added up all of my out-of-pocket expenses in civil cases related to the Cabin Boy™. Over the past four-and-a-half years, they have added up to a bit less than two day’s billing at my current rate for NASA. The cost of doing business with The Dread Pro-Se Kimberlin has been significantly greater, but together the two sets of cases haven’t eaten up a month’s billing over the course of almost five years. If push came to shove, I could easily handle my legal expenses even if I were simply living on my income from Social Security. However, I’ve also been fortunate to receive hits on my Tip Jar that have defrayed the cost of running this blog and paid for a substantial portion of my legal costs. Thanks!

I’ve retired twice. I’m working with NASA again because I find it interesting and because the current income allows me to add to my retirement savings rather than begin to draw them down. (That will change next year when I turn 70-1/2 and have to begin taking minimum distributions from my IRAs and 401k). I had been planning to retire for a third time at the end of this year. Mrs. Hoge was scheduled graduate with her Master’s Degree in Landscape Architecture this December, and I was prepared to move if necessary because of her career. After her death, those plans changed. Now, there are interesting opportunities to do some leading edge engineering coming up at Goddard Space Flight Center, and I may decide to stick around for the fun.

Team Kimberlin Post of the Day

Here’s a post from five years ago today—

Dread Pirate #BrettKimberlin

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Team Kimberlin has a new website called Bloggers Offense Team. (No, I won’t link to it.) The site’s logo is shown on the left. The choice of the pirate-related logo is interesting. Pirates aren’t semi-sympathetic, comedic characters from a Johnny Depp movie. They are criminals.

It think a mask just slipped.

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And that’s how Brett Kimberlin came to be called The Dread Pirate Kimberlin. That nickname later expanded to include The Dread Performer Kimberlin, The Dread Pedo Kimberlin, and The Dread Pro-Se Kimberlin. A couple of days later, I published this further explanation—

The Dread Pirate Roberts, so the story goes, is a pirate of near-mythical reputation, someone feared across the seven seas for his ruthlessness and swordfighting prowess, and who is well known for taking no prisoners. Ships immediately surrender and give up their cargos rather than be captured, a fate they imagine to be certain death.

The Dread Pirate Kimberlin is more like a legend in his own mind, a pretender who wishes to be feared for his ruthlessness and legal ability and to be known for vanquishing all comers in court. Critics, he thinks, should immediately stop telling the truth about him and give up their First Amendment rights at his command.

It turns out that Dread Pirate Kimberlin’s legal acumen seems to be as fictional as Dread Pirate Roberts’ existence. And no one will surrender to Dread Pirate Kimberlin.

And that’s been pretty accurate thus far.