Team Kimberlin Post of the Day


Brett Kimberlin was tagged with the nickname “The Dread Pirate Kimberlin” back in 2012 when he created a pirate-themed website for his Bloggers Offense Fund. He’s since been referred to as The Dread Performer/Publisher/Prevaricator/Protestor/etc. Kimberlin, and after he failed to pay court sanctions and fees that he owes for the frivolous LOLsuits and appeals he’s waged, “Dread” became “Deadbeat.”

For the past year or so, the Dread Deadbeat [insert word beginning with P] Kimberlin appears to have been trying to keep a lower public profile since losing every one of the LOLsuits he filed between 2012 and 2016. He may have learned that pro se litigation is an ineffective method of intimidation against a defendant determined to stand up for his First Amendment rights.

Just because he’s been trying to fly below the radar doesn’t mean that he hasn’t been observed. Interesting things may unfold this year.

Meanwhile, here’s an image that has appeared from time to time at Hogewash! to illustrate the results of Team Kimberlin’s activities. It sums up TDPK’s career—

Stay tuned.

Team Kimberlin Post of the Day


One of the reasons that I have ridiculed The Dread Deadbeat Pro-Se Kimberlin is that his behavior has been ridiculous. It has been all along as was described in this post from six years ago today titled The Unique Criminal History of Dread Pirate #BrettKimberlin.

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brett-kimberlin-terrorist-in-security-guard-uniform1TDPK was busted by the FBI and U. S. Army CID for impersonating a Department of Defense police officer when he tried to have some documents copied at an Indianapolis print shop. It was that arrest that led to a search of the car that he was driving. That search turned up the bomb making materials that led to his being charged as the Speedway Bomber.

Mark Singer adds this on page 94 of his book Citizen K:

Halloween was still a few weeks away, but Brett was already in costume. He had on navy-blue trousers, a medium-blue short-sleeved shirt with a sew-on cloth Department of Defense Police shoulder patch, and a gray wide-brimmed felt hat. The overall effect—especially the Smokey the Bear flourish of the hat—bordered on slapstick. The eventual charges against Kimberlin were impersonating a Department of Defense officer, illegal possession of military insignia, and illegal possession of a facsimile of the Great Seal of the President of the United States. The latter two offenses were so obscure that Kimberlin said his later search of case law turned up no other criminal prosecutions under the relevant statutes—a statistic that seems to fit the novel circumstances under which he got himself busted.

Others have been convicted of terrorist crimes such as bombing, others have been convicted of impersonating government officers, but to be the first, and only, one convicted of illegal possession of the Presidential seal … Now, that’s a unique place in the annals of crime!

UPDATE—Mark Singer notes the “slapstick” appearance of TDPK in his getup. I note that his beard is a sufficiently gross violation of the grooming standards in place at the time that no DoD personnel, military or civilian, would have believed he was for real.

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That silly costume fooled no one except The Dread Deadbeat Prevaricator Kimberlin himself.

Team Kimberlin Post of the Day


Early on in this blog’s coverage of The Saga of The Dread Deadbeat Pirate (Pro-Se) Kimberlin, I warned him about the public mockery that would result fit he continued a campaign of lawfare against the First Amendment rights of his critic. This post from six years ago is just one example.

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I’m gonna cut to the chase. Here is Defendant Kimberlin’s Response to Plaintiff’s Motion to Deny Motion to Dismiss and Motion for Protective Order for Failure to Follow Rules 4:15 [sic] in the Virginia Walker v. Kimberlin, et al. case. Scroll down to paragraph 8.

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Incredibly, …

What’s so incredible that a blogger who has been covering this lawsuit would continue to do so? The hearings are public events. The court documents not under seal are public documents.

… Plaintiff’s associate, William Hoge, …

I suppose that I am associated with Aaron Walker in that I have come to see him as a friend over the past few months. However, I have no interest in his lawsuit with TDPK other than my support for a friend’s First Amendment and other legal rights.

… who was at the hearing with Plaintiff, …

Well, yes, I was at the hearing, and after schlepping all the way from Westminster, MD, to Manassas, VA, I went to lunch with him that day also. I plan to be at the hearing this Friday too.

… has since posted more than a dozen blog posts about this case, …

Sure have. More on the way.

… including many that discuss Defendant’s discovery filings, his response to that discovery and how dire the Defendant’s legal problems are due to his failure to understand or follow the rules.

I have not, however, disclosed the contents of any of the discovery. I don’t have access to any of those sealed documents, and even if I did, I would respect Judge Potter’s order to keep discovery confidential. TDPK is the one who has included material from sealed documents in open filings.<fisking>

<mockery>Dear Dread Pirate Kimberlin:

If you wish me to stop using your motions as a grist for the mill of Internet mockery, I suggest you stop creating the source material.

Also, I’ve worked hard at trying to have a neat and clean appearance here at Hogewash! While I understand that your use of my blog posts as exhibits in your motions is “fair use,” I ask that you at least use good quality screen captures or printouts of my posts. If you can’t get decent versions with your equipment, let me know what you need, and I will be pleased to provide high-resolution electronic copies of any of my material.

Laughingly yours,
W. J. J. Hoge</mockery>

Gentle Readers, I’ll be fisking more of this filing a bit later. Also, I’ll be commenting on TDPK’s reply to the sanctions motion after I’ve redacted the improperly included materials that should have remained under seal.

You’ll need a large bag of popcorn for what’s coming. Stay tuned.

Tick, tock, tick, tock, …

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As it says in the banner at the top of this blog, “Never pick a fight with a man who buys pixels by the terabyte.” The pointage, laughery, and mockification continues.

Team Kimberlin Post of the Day


Brett Kimberlin has tried to paint his enemies as racists (especially Stacy McCain) and Islamophobes (especially Aaron Walker). The following is from a piece that ran six years ago today titled Dread Pirate #BrettKimberlin and Muslim Hurt Feelings.

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In an earlier episode of our series, we saw that TDPK seems to have a special sensitivity for the feelings of Muslims who have been hurt by depictions of their Prophet. Indeed, in his most recent court filing TDPK asserts that the whole brouhaha between him and Aaron Walker relates to disrespectful treatment of Mohammed in pictures posted on one of Mr. Walker’s websites.

<mockery>One of the claims that TDPK has made all along is that he has been concerned that Mr. Walker would be the victim of violence at the hands of Islamic extremists. As a result of that fear, he needed to out the Aaron Worthing nom de cyber. Clearly, TDPK has been taking lesson from the same strategist who had to burn villages in order to save them.

If it were honest, TDPK’s concern for Mr. Walker’s safety would be touching.

What would make more sense would be for TDPK to be concerned for his own safety should he fall into the hands of those same Islamic extremists. TDPK is an avowed atheist, and avowing atheism is consider telling a lie about Allah by the Koran. Furthermore, sura 4:89 says:

They desire that you should disbelieve as they have disbelieved, so that you might be (all) alike; therefore take not from among them friends until they fly (their homes) in Allah’s way; but if they turn back, then seize them and kill them wherever you find them, and take not from among them a friend or a helper.

TDPK may be even less wise in his selection of friends than in his selection of enemies.</mockery>

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Here’s an interesting factoid about the Justice Through Music Project website. It still has a couple of posts up from 2011 and 2012 about working with activists from moslem countries as part of a State Department program. (Claims in some of The Dread Deadbeat Pro-Se Kimberlin’s LOLsuits have related to losing that work with the State Department.) While the texts of the posts are still online, all of the pictures have been taken down.

Hmmmm.

Team Kimberlin Post of the Day


It’s Talk Like a Pirate Day, and six years ago today, I ran this post about Talking Like Dread Pirate #Brett Kimberlin.

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Arrrrgh! None of the rest of his crew were available for comment.

Team Kimberlin Post of the Day


Back in 2012, a legal fund called the Bloggers Defense Fund was set up to support Aaron Walker in his court cases involving Brett Kimberlin. Kimberlin responded by setting up the Bloggers Offense Fund with a pirate-themed website. It’s because of that fund and website that he became laughingly referred to as The Dread Pirate Kimberlin. This post from six years ago today contrasted Kimberlin with Dread Pirate Roberts.

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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.

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And defendant loses to The Dread Deadbeat Pro-Se Kimberlin. And no one listens to The Dread Deadbeat Performer Kimberlin, And no one reads the websites fo the Dread Deadbeat Publisher Kimberlin. And no one …