Team Kimberlin Post of the Day

From time to time, I check of the websites and social media accounts of the various members of Team Kimberlin. Yesterday evening was Bill Schmalfeldt’s turn. Given his recent brief period of unretirement, I found the Promoted Tweet served up by Twitter when I check his @ThePortlyPundit account mildly amusing.

Schmalfeldt is 66 now.

Team Kimberlin Post of the Day

I’m informed that Bill Schmalfeldt has “retired” for the eleventy-fourth (or thereabouts) time. In fact, I’m told that he quit his recent job ahead of his scheduled retirement date because he felt he was being dissed by the management of the radio station where he worked. It seems that he posted something to the station’s Facebook page that the station management then removed.

I’m also told that the Cabin Boy™ has a channel wasting bandwidth at YouTube where he had been posting bootleg clips from his radio program and that his now former employer has had the clips removed via DMCA takedown notices. It’s been reported to me that Schmalfeldt says he’s filed counter notices, claiming that he owns the material because he wrote it. IANAL, but I’ll bet the broadcasting company will claim ownership under the work-for-hire doctrine. Unless Schmalfeldt has a written agreement specifically exempting work written for use on his program from being work-for-hire, a court might find that the material is “work prepared by an employee within the scope of his or her employment[.]” (17 USC § 101) So I’ll also bet that he’ll lose. Again.

The French Are On Strike

The AP reports that

French union activists cut electricity to nearly 100,000 homes or offices. Eiffel Tower staff walked off the job. Even Paris opera workers joined in Tuesday’s nationwide protests across France, singing an aria of anger as workers rallied against the government’s plan to raise the retirement age to 64.

I’ve retired twice. Once, when I was 65-1/2 and my wife was going back to school. That lasted six months. Again, when she was diagnosed with cancer to help with her initial care. That lasted six months also. I’ll be 72 on New Year’s Eve, and I’m still working and intend to do so as long as I have interesting things to do.

Team Kimberlin Post of the Day

The TKPOTD from a year ago today is worth recycling.

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Is the Cabin Boy™ already bored with retirement?Eric Holder wasn’t available for comment about Fast and Furious subpoenas, but the DC area does have plenty of people who while likely be served over the next year or so.

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Gentle Reader, let me add two further observations—

First, it seems that Bill Schmalfeldt has had a great deal of experience retiring and unretiring over the past year. Indeed, it was eleven months ago today that he left Breitbart Unmasked Bunny Billy Boy Unread (and it’s been without any new content ever since.).

Second, while it’s highly likely that there soon will be a large number of subpoenas to be served in the DC area, the likely nature of the related legal actions means that most will be served by the U. S. Marshals Service rather than private process servers.

Nothing is proceeding as the Cabin Boy™ has hallucinated.

Team Kimberlin Post of the Day

Almost every activity undertaken by the members of Team Kimberlin has been unsuccessful. I’m not just referring to their lawfare campaigns. I mean almost everything. I ran this post, Concern Trolling Du Jour, a couple of years ago today.

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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.

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I’m still working at Goddard; I just started on the design a a portion of the electronics that will control a robot arm which will be used to refuel satellites on orbit.

Meanwhile, the Cabin Boy™ has even failed at retirement.

Everything is proceeding as I have foreseen.

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.

My Last Day of Full-Time Work

Yesterday, I turned 65-1/2 years old. Today, I’m going in for my last day as a full-time employee. There’s a bunch of paperwork to be finished, so blogging will probably be light today.

Of course, now that I’m no longer working full-time, my income is reduced, so I’ll take this opportunity to rattle my Tip Jar. I’m thankful for the first month’s response from the Gentle Readers. After expenses, I actually came out a few bucks ahead. Thank you. BTW, there’s also an Amazon link on the Home page. If you buy via that link, you pay the same price, and I get a commission.