Having a Life

Jon Gabriel has a post up at Ricochet called Red Team? Blue Team? Start Your Own Team. It deals with last weekend’s Twitter storm between multimillionaire politicians and multimillionaire sport celebrities—and how Gabriel opted out of caring and lived his own life instead.

Politicians are just temp employees we hire to do our bidding. If they suck, we fire them. They aren’t gods we bow to or team owners issuing orders. We’re Americans, dammit.

Celebrities are court jesters we pay to amuse us. When they get too mouthy, we kick them out of the dining hall. That’s the beauty of capitalism.

So, if any of our so-called elites want me to join their team, no thanks. I simply have better things to do. Today I saw one of my daughters dominate a cross-country race and my other daughter played me a song on her guitar. I took them out for lunch, listened to a cool podcast, then decided to write for a while.

In other words, I left the football stadium and started my own pick-up game. If the Twitter warriors want to join me, cool. If not, that’s cool as well. I just hope they consider setting down the phone for a while and starting their own thing.

Read the whole thing.

Team Kimberlin Post of the Day

Continuing with our series of Team Kimberlin’s failures to properly adhere to the Nine Principles of Warfare in its campaign of lawfare, let’s consider mass.

Mass – Concentrate the effects of combat power at the decisive place and time. Commanders select the method that best fits the circumstances. Massed effects overwhelm the entire enemy or adversary force before it can react effectively.

—U. S. Army FM 3-0

The closest that The Dread Pro-Se Kimberlin came to the proper application of mass was a series of actions he tried to take against me during the late winter and spring of 2015. Shortly after Mrs. Hoge’s health problems became publicly known, the attack opened with bogus emails to the Director of Goddard Space Flight Center and the Administrator of NASA about me. This was followed up with a false peace order petition, the second RICO LOLsuit, false complaints about my business and personal Twitter accounts, the second state LOLsuit, and a false criminal complaint against me. While there was an attempt to sorta/kinda synchronize the various activities, but the effort failed because of half-assed implementation. The power applied was not overwhelming, and it was not applied in a decisive or timely manner.

I can’t say anymore about the emails to NASA other than they backfired. The peace order petition was a bit of a hassle, but my lawyer dealt with it handily. The second RICO LOLsuit was a poorly drafted loser which required a trivial amount of my time to defend pro se compared to the first RICO case. I’m back on Twitter, and Twitter has apologized to me. My lawyer got the second state lawsuit dismissed based on res judicata, meaning that the court found that the case was an improper, redundant suit. That finding sets up several interesting possibilities for actions I might take in response. Best of all, the criminal charge was dropped for lack of evidence.

Thus, rather than massing his assets in a coordinated, effective way, TDPK wasted time and effort and wound up exposing himself to counter-action. The Gentle Reader should not be surprised if that counter-action comes from more than one direction at once, effectively coordinated in accordance with the principle of mass.


Team Kimberlin Post of the Day

One of the more amusing things about dealing with Team Kimberlin is the way that they continually make fools of themselves with their pronouncements about the course of their lawfare. Consider these golden oldie tweets from 2013.TK2013tweetsYeah, Matt, that pro bono lawyer did such a “half-assed” job that five of the seven counts of The Dread Pro-Se Kimberlin’s nuisance lawsuit were thrown out at summary judgment, and the two remaining counts never made it to the jury because they were thrown out on a directed verdict in my codefendants’ and my favor. Who lost badly?

Yeah, John V (as retweeted by Bunny Boy), I’m full of empty threats. Just ask the Cabin Boy™.

Yeah, Neal, Kimberlin should have had a lawyer, so why didn’t he get one? After all, two of his associates in JTMP/VRUS are lawyers. Perhaps it was because his case was nonsense, and no lawyer was willing to risk sanctions or his law license by signing on to the patently false claims in Kimberlin’s suit.

popcorn4bkTeam Kimberlin never seems to learn. Very Ordinary Seaman Ferguson and 57F Osborne have been blithering about recent events on Twitter. And getting things wrong. I wonder if they think that more than a handful of people believe anything they tweet?



A Slow Day

I spent most of today off in the real world and only got 16,658 of the spambot follower requests scrubbed from my Twitter account. There’s still an indeterminate number left to go. The total zapped so far is approaching 100,000.


22,539 Spambot Followers

That’s how many I purged from my follower requests backlog today. Over the past few days, I purged roughly 30,000 more.

There are still some left to go. Twitter doesn’t give any indication of the number remaining.

I am not amused.

I am also not convinced that it’s a coincidence that three of the defendants in a particular lawsuit were hit with spambots using the many of the same avatars. As Ian Fleming wrote in Goldfinger,

Once is an accident. Twice is coincidence. Three times is an enemy action.

UPDATE—I dumped another 11,559 follower requests between 10 and 11 pm this evening. That makes 34,098 for the day. And there’s still more to go.

Fake Followers

Over the last 24 hours, around 20,000 twitter account have tried to follow my @wjjhoge account. Exactly two of them were real.

This sort of deluge of spambot followers first hit Aaron Walker (@AaronWorthing) a few days ago. Stacy McCain (@rsmccain) was added to the party a few hours after I was.

Stacy was not amused.

Neither was I.

I doubt that we will ever find out who is responsible, but whoever is doing it should consider the potential civil and criminal liability.

UPDATE—One of the Team Kimberlin anonymous cowards has a comment.

TK201309122346ZUnless someone handed me the ID of the culprit on a silver platter, I doubt that I would bother going after him. OTOH, given that Twitter was beginning the filings for an IPO today … I think DaTechGuy sums things up nicely.datechguy201309122359ZHeh.