Team Kimberlin Post of the Day

The holidays are always a busy time, but some people often wind up with more on their schedule than they can comfortably manage. Consider the TKPOTD for seven years ago today.

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RICOMadnessAaron Walker points out that The Dread Pros-Se Kimberlin must not have been looking at a calendar when he filed various legal paperwork.

So to keep a tally, Brett has to respond to 1) a motion to dismiss the RICO suit by John Hoge, 2) a motion to require verified filings in the RICO suit by John Hoge, 3) a motion to dismiss the RICO suit by me, 4) a motion to require verified filings in the RICO suit by me, 5) a memorandum in support of Kimberlin Unmasked’s right to remain anonymous in state court, 6) a motion to dismiss the RICO suit by DB Capital Strategies, and 7) a motion to dismiss the RICO suit by the Franklin Center.  And he will have to work on all of it over Christmas—I mean, he doesn’t want to default on any of that, does he?

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The Hoge family had a lovely Christmas in 2013, and we’re looking forward to a quiet and peaceful holiday this year.

Christmas Traditions

I was talking with a newlywed couple while waiting for the Christmas Eve service to begin at church last night, and I asked them how they were enjoying their first Christmas together and what it was like trying to merge their two families’ Christmas traditions. So far this year, I’ve been able to enjoy most of mine.

One is ham. Not just any kind, but a proper country ham. While I didn’t buy a whole ham this year, my son William and I went out for supper after church last night to a Waffle House, and I ordered a slice.

Another is lox and bagels for breakfast, a tradition that Mrs. Hoge and I started with our first Christmas together.

And warm socks. About 20 years ago, William asked me what I wanted for Christmas, and I replied, “Warm socks.” Every year since, he’s given me a pair. This year I received two pairs. Their designs are related to a pair of characters from a SF story I enjoy.

And finally, a nap. I think I’ll go take one.

Merry Christmas, everyone!


Don’t Know Much About History

She Guevara tweeted this—I was going to write a post discussing her tweet, but Andrew Klavan has a tweet that sums up my views more succinctly.I’ll simply add that Joseph had to briefly take his family beyond Herod’s reach, but after Herod died, the family was able to quickly return to Judea for Mary’s purification sacrifice at the Temple (on the 40th day following the birth) and then go home to Nazareth. They were not immigrants seeking long-term refuge in a foreign land.

I’m Not Making This Up, You Know

Campus Reform (H/T, Daley Gator) has a report of a guidance memo circulated by the College of Food, Agricultural, and Natural Resource Sciences (CFANS) at the University of Minnesota which states that “bows/wrapped gifts” are “not appropriate for gatherings and displays at this time of year.” The memo encourages employees to “consider neutral-themed parties such as ‘winter celebration,’” even suggesting avoiding color combinations associated with Christmas or Hanukkah. No red/green or blue/white.

A media contact for CFANS stated that that guidelines were used for conversation among faculty and staff, claiming they are “not policy” and “not for distribution.” Still, what kind of grinch … ?

Hmmm … someone needs to find a lump of coal in his stocking.

Starbucks and Christmas

The latest tempest in a teapot is about coffee or, rather, coffee cups. Some folks are upset that Starbucks is using plain red cups during the holiday season this year.Starbucks_Red_Holiday_Cups_2015


If anyone is really bothered by a plain red cup, I suggest that he do what I do and buy his coffee from a shop that sells good coffee in the first place.

UPDATE—Speaking of coffee cups and Christmas, check out the selection available at The Hogewash Store.