Nothing to See Here. Move Along.

The Washington Free Beacon reports that Alex Padilla, who Governor Hairgel says he will appoint to fill out the remainder of Kamala Harris’ senate term, fought to pay out a $35 million state contract to a Biden-linked consulting firm. The no-bid contract was part of a “voter outreach” program run by Padilla as California’s Secretary of State. The state’s chief fiscal officer has refused to approve the contract because Padilla lacked the authority to grant it. Padilla has spent months lobbying to pay the firm, unsuccessfully thus far.

BTW, Harris still hasn’t resigned from the Senate, even though allowing her replacement to be appointed during this session of Congress would give him seniority over the newly elected members joining in January.

Team Kimberlin Post of the Day

One of the claims that the Dread Deadbeat Pro-Se Kimberlin made in his LOLsuits is that people had made money off of writing about him and his activities. Of course, people make money writing about other people all the time. Folks are willing to pay for interesting, informative, or entertain writing that tells stories about other people. Kimberlin was never able to connect a defendant’s writing about him to any injury he suffered. More important, he was never able to show that anyone’s reporting about him was false. The TKPOTD from six years ago today deals with one of his futile attempts to follow the money.

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The Dread Pro-Se Kimberlin seemed especially interested in this blog’s ability to raise money. Here’s part of his direct examination of me during the Kimberlin v. Walker, et al. nuisance lawsuit trial.

MR. KIMBERLIN: Right, so and every day you have a post called Team Kimberlin Post of the Day?

MR. HOGE: That’s one of the features of my blog.

MR. KIMBERLIN: Right, uh-huh. And you also have a donate button on your blog where you can raise money and ask people to donate to you, right?

MR. HOGE: Actually it’s called a tip jar, but yes.

MR. KIMBERLIN: Yeah, tip jar, uh-huh. Okay, and you started this campaign called Everybody Blog about the Howard County Prosecutors. Can you tell just why that was started?

MR. HOGE: Yes, the —

MR. OSTRONIC: Objection.

THE COURT: Overruled.

MR. HOGE: Yes, Mr. Walker and his wife showed me credible evidence that you had, in fact, stalked them in the parking lot of the Howard County District Courthouse in Ellicott City. And when Mr. Walker and his wife went to talk with the State’s Attorney’s Office they were told by Assistant State’s Attorney Brewer that if they didn’t want to be harassed they should stay out of Maryland. And that didn’t strike me as responsible way for a State’s Attorney’s Office whether they’re going to nolle pross the, and not follow-up on charge or not, that just struck me as a very unfortunate attitude for a State’s Attorney’s Office. And so I thought they should be held accountable for it.

MR. KIMBERLIN: So you started this campaign and had people calling. How did it work?

MR. HOGE: Well basically the idea was that people should ask the State’s Attorney himself if that was, in fact, his policy.

MR. KIMBERLIN: So that’s where all this Maryland is for Stalkers kind of —

MR. HOGE: I have no idea where exactly that came from. I have seen that there was a blogger who for a short time had on Zazzle which is one of these internet sales companies a bumper sticker that said that. I think it was probably a parody on Virginia being for Lovers.

He brought up the Maryland is for Stalkers bumper sticker while Aaron Walker was on the stand as well. I don’t believe that it has been a very big seller, but it sure got under his skin. Of course, it’s entirely possible that it generated more sales than any of the Team Kimberlin merchandise that was offered by Brietbart Unmasked.

I wonder … is fundraising so precarious at JTMP and VRUS that TDPK is now jealous of my minor league blog?

Oh … one more thing … it seems to annoy Brett Kimberlin for folks to hit my Tip Jar.

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I suspect that Kimberlin’s failure to generate traffic to online DONATE button may have made it more difficult to provide a smoke screen for funding from other sources.

For example, he seems to have vanishingly small traffic at the itstime2020 dot org site.

Team Kimberlin Post of the Day

The following is from the TKPOTD published six years ago today.

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res_judicata_mugsOf course, one of TDPK’s claims is that I’ve been using my reporting on his activities to raise money by defrauding the Gentle Readers who hit my Tip Jar. He has yet to explain how that injures him. In any event, I’m always thankful for reader support.

You can also support the blog by shopping at The Hogewash Store or shopping via the Amazon link on the Home page.

Whichever means you chose, your support helps keep this blog on the air.

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And your support is greatly appreciated!

Who Wants To Go To Work?

I don’t especially want to go to work. I’m doing just fine, sitting in my office at home and telecommuting. As long as I keep getting paid with money that has sufficient purchasing power in the economy, I’d just as soon not have to drive to someone else’s office to do what I can to across the hall from my kitchen. (And my coffee is better than the Folger’s junk that seems to infest so many workplace coffee pots.)

Looking around the neighborhood, I can see several other professionals who have moved their work into their homes and who are continuing to do well economically. Other neighbors aren’t doing so well. They normally engage in businesses, trades, and professions that require close one-on-one interactions with people. Some of them haven’t earned anything for weeks.

Gentle Reader, can you guess which group is more favorably disposed to reopening the economy quickly?

On the leading edge of the Wuhan virus pandemic, most Americans were willing to put up with some significant disruptions in their personal lives in order to protect the public health. There really was a sense of “we’re in this all together,” but that has dissipated as people who want to feed their families are told by a governor that they can’t buy seeds to plant in their gardens because of a virus lockdown. Another governor’s sending Covid19-infected patients to old folks’ homes has not increased the public’s trust in government’s competence either. Thus, we have a large group of Americans who are wanting to and are ready to go back to work—and who are losing or have lost patience with the “experts.”

Meanwhile, those of us doing “essential” work have been paid all along—at least so far—but now, the lack of tax revenue is eating away the ability of many states and localities to make payroll. Oh, and advertising is now down, resulting in media layoffs. It may be that some of the less protected members of the “essentials” may begin to favor reopening the economy as well.

So, who is still in favor of broad, non-targeted lockdowns? Cui bono?

That should be an interesting topic for research by a good investigative reporter.

You know, I once saw a movie about investigative reporters. The line in the film that helped them put their big story together was the advice, “Follow the money.” I’ll bet that would be good advice for this story.