Don’t Know Much About History


Erick Erickson has a post over at The Resurgent fact checking The New York Times‘ 1619 Project, a potentially worthwhile endeavor designed to educate Americans about slavery and the role it has played in the new world. However, the newspaper has turned the project over to a group of opinion writers who appear more interested in stoking and fueling racial grievances than truthfully exploring the nation’s history.

The essay Erickson fact checks begins by getting key details of 17th-century history wrong.

The Times has set about inserting race into everything and demanding we all see race in everything. 1619 is our “true founding.” No, actually, historically that is not true in any way shape or form.

In fact, the House of Burgesses convened in Jamestown, Virginia on July 30, 1619, before any African had set foot on the North American continent. The Mayflower pilgrims landed in New England in 1620, completely separated from those in Jamestown, with different goals, views, values, and priorities. It is also worth noting that white indentured servants outnumbered slaves and arrived before slaves. Quibble all you want with the distinctions, but in 1619 they were roughly treated the same — terribly on all counts.

To make it all about slavery is to ignore that there were already Europeans in North America before the first slave arrived and there were Europeans arriving in America in different locations quite apart from where slavery was. For a project that claims truth for itself, it is deeply untrue to truth and reality. The pilgrims in Massachusetts in 1620 were not exactly a group of slave holders as they were setting up shop, forming modes of government, and adopting private property and capitalist meta-structures to avoid failures from collective farming.

In fact, in 1623, still well before slavery made it into pilgrim settlements, the Plymouth Plantation abandoned communal property rights in favor of private property rights and a system of free enterprise.

The Times‘ essay’s misrepresentation of history continues to the present era, falsely claiming, for example, that the Republicans took control of the Senate in 2010.

Americans, particularly white Americans, need to learn more about slavery in the United States. But doing so on the premise that the United States itself is flawed and illegitimate is not the way to do it. Sadly, that’s what so much of the Times’ coverage amounts to.

If the nation is founded on slavery and slavery is woven into the very fabric of our society, then our society is illegitimate. The only way to overcome it is to overturn it. That would take revolution. This is the path the New York Times goes down. Once it lights this fire, it will not be able to control it. But it wants to strike the match anyway.

Read the whole thing.

Team Kimberlin Post of the Day


Five years ago, The Saga of Team Kimberlin had taken a decisive turn away from The Dread Deadbeat Pro-Se Kimberlin’s version of the narrative after his loss in the Kimberlin v. Walker, et al. trial. That was the first of many LOLsuit he would lose over the next couple of years. The TKPOTD from five years ago today dealt with TDPK’s futile attempt to get a preliminary injunction against several of my codefendants and me in the RICO Madness LOLsuit.

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The Dread Pro-Se Kimberlin is so disturbed and so desperately injured by the terrible things that Aaron Walker, Stacy McCain, Ali Akbar, Lynn Thomas, and I are publishing about him that he has gone on vacation to Hawaii when his motion for a preliminary injunction against us in the Kimberlin v. The Universe, et al. RICO Madness is due to Judge Hazel on the 28th.

The judge has imposed some specific limits on what TDPK can file.

First, Plaintiff’s motion must be limited to the specific defendants identified in his request i.e., defendants Walker, Hoge, McCain, Thomas, and Akbar. …

 

Second, Plaintiff’s motion must be limited to specific conduct that has occurred since the filing of his SAC on June 24, 2014 and must describe with sufficient detail the exact harm caused by each specific defendant and the irreparable harm sought to be prevented by way of immediate injunctive relief.

 

Third, Plaintiff’s motion and accompanying memorandum may not exceed fifteen (15) pages, double spaced. See ECF No. 97 at 3. Plaintiff must file his motion by August 28, 2014. …

 

Fourth, Plaintiff’s motion must strictly comply with the requirements of Fed. R. Civ. P. 11, including the requirements for signatures and other identifying information contained in Rule 11(a), as well as the requirements of 11(b). Failure to comply with Rule 11(b) could result in sanctions issued by the Court sua sponte. See Fed. R. Civ. P. 11(c)(3).

Perhaps, TDPK has figured out that he can’t come up with anything that can be filed within those limitations. We’ll see. Meanwhile, Judge Hazel noted when TDPK asked for more time to file his motion that

[a] preliminary injunction is either needed or it is not. If a preliminary injunction is needed, as Plaintiff contends …, it ought to be pursued with the degree of diligence and urgency for which it was intended to serve i.e. the prevention of irreparable harm. Because Plaintiff’s proposed “wait-and-see” approach is antithetical to that purpose, the Court DENIES Plaintiff’s Request. Plaintiff must file his Motion for Preliminary Injunction no later than August 28, 2014 and in strict accordance with the requirements set forth in the Court’s July 28, 2014 Letter Order, or notify the Court that he is withdrawing his request for leave to file the motion.

Stay tuned.

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I suppose that Kimberlin would have found a way to file his motion for a preliminary injunction if he had wanted it badly enough. I didn’t think he would file, and everything proceeded as I had foreseen.

A Star and a Nebula


A cosmic coupleThat’s the star Hen 2-427 (aka WR 124) at the center of this picture. It’s surrounded by the nebula M1-67. They’re found in the constellation of Sagittarius about 15,000 light-years away. The star shines brightly at the very center of these hot clumps of surrounding gas that it’s ejecting into space at over 150,000 km per hour.

Hen 2-427 is a Wolf–Rayet star. Named after the astronomers Charles Wolf and Georges Rayet, Wolf–Rayet stars are super-hot and characterized by a fierce ejection of mass. In this case, that results in the nebula M1-67 which is estimated to be less than 10,000 years old, a newbie in astronomical terms,

Image Credit: ESA

Team Kimberlin Post of the Day


Brett Kimberlin’s use lawfare to try to suppress the free speech rights of his critics was a vain attempt at brass knuckles reputation management on the Internet. As with almost everything he’s tried in his life, he failed when he tried to do more than he was capable of and when he tried to outsmart people who were experts in fields where he lacked talent and/or experience. The TKPOTD from a year ago today took note of The Dread Deadbeat Publisher Kimberlin’s collapsing Internet presence.

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One of the ways that The Dread Deadbeat Protester Kimberlin has tried to raise money off the Internet was via a website called Pussy Riot Defense Fund. Reading the fine print on the website carefully told one that the donations raised wouldn’t go to the direct support of the Russian female rock band but would be used to help defray the cost of Justice Through Music Project’s publicizing the band’s legal hassles.

The Justice Through Music Project home page still has a link to the pussyriotdefensefund.org website. I’ve left the link live so that the Gentle Reader can click on it for himself to see that the site is gone. Indeed, the registration for the domain expired a year ago today.

It’s beginning to look as if The Dread Deadbeat Protestor Kimberlin has pretty much given up on maintaining an effective presence on the Internet. His websites are not being well maintained, and his web presence is shrinking.

Everything is proceeding as I have foreseen.

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And things continue to proceed downhill at jtmp dot org. As the Gentle Reader can see in the screenshot on the left, there hasn’t been anything new posted at this website allegedly dedicated to music and politics for over six months. In fact, there’s been very little posted at the site for over two years.

However, the most striking change at the Justice Through Music Project website is that it now lacks any visible buttons, widgets, or links allowing one to make a donation. (I was able to use a URL from a backed up version of the site to find a donate button on a page that’s still on their server and tied to JTMP’s PayPal account, but there are no live links to that page.)

Follow the money? It would appear that the money isn’t streaming into Justice Through Music Project via online donations. If it ever did.