Please Help Us Find Matt Osborne


John Hoge is having trouble locating Matt Osborne, who until recently wrote for the web site Breitbart Unmasked.  He’s also being sued for comments in an article about John Hoge. The title?

 William Hoge Stalking A Teenager For His Conspiracy Theory

You know, I’ve tried to be a better headline writer.  It just doesn’t seem to be in me.  He’s good!

Here’s a tidbit from Hoge’s complaint.  In fact, if you know nothing about John Hoge, Matt Osborne, Breitbart Unmasked or this whole years long affair, learn all you need here:

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Matt Osborne wrote an article which is still up at the BU site, which states “William Hoge of Maryland indicated that he pays entirely too much attention to [K.Kimberlin], the teenage daughter…”  I have it on good authority that Hoge didn’t really say that.

Wanna know something cool?  Osborne wasn’t at the hearing.  Hoge figures that his source was Brett Kimberlin, a convicted perjurer and father of the girl who was never stalked.  Wait?  His source was a convicted perjurer and dad of the alleged…

It’s so hard to cover things long distance.  I didn’t cover John Hoge’s hearing today because… Well, Nevermind.  

Now, there was an “update” to the article and I think he figures he ‘fixed’ the article. The headline is still there, and the quoted items above are still up.  

Which brings me back to the author of the article, Matt Osborne.  This is the last known photograph:

No, actually just the only photo I could find.

Unlike at least one other person being sued by Hoge, Matt Osborne looks larger in person than he does in this photo.  

If you see him, please do not approach him.  I mean, you could.  Sure, go ahead.

Tell him that John Hoge wants to get him some of the mail he left behind at the old apartment.

It seems a relative passed away, and has left Matt some money.  Or an el Camino.  

Or as John Hoge wrote today:

The motion for alternate service on Matt Osborne was denied, and Judge Hecker instructed me how to proceed with service of process against Osborne. I will follow his directions.




 

Religious Liberty is the Same as Discrimination?


Depends on who you ask.

Townhall:

Last week, the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights released a report entitled “Peaceful Coexistence: Reconciling Nondiscrimination Principles with Civil Liberties.”

It analyzed the balance struck by federal courts in considering claims for religious exemptions from nondiscrimination laws, the report reads. Yet, many freedom-loving Americans were none too pleased to find that the document claims the term “religious liberty” is sometimes code for discrimination. (It really hammers this point home because the word discrimination is used over 700 times).

The commission argues that religious freedom is being used as a “weapon” just like in the days of slavery and Jim Crow. Religious liberty, the report reads, is being used to “undermine” the rights of American minorities. 

The article goes on to quote Sen. Orin Hatch, who is no fan of the report.  

Hatch concluded that the commission get a better understanding of the meaning of religious liberty before filing any more reports.

The report comes out against the ‘religious freedom laws’ which are being written across the country. (The link is to the report — a big pdf file.)

Religious exemptions to the protections of civil rights based upon classifications such as race, color, national origin, sex, disability status, sexual orientation, and gender identity, when they are permissible, significantly infringe upon these civil rights. (page 5, Letter from the Chairman)

We will need to work out the balance between religious liberties and civil rights.  Can a Christian, Mormon or Muslim civil servant refuse to marry gay citizens?  Will people of faith be driven from civic life because of these issues?

If a court decides that gay marriage is a right, can local justices of the peace or judges effectively force gay couples to drive to another county or state for a marriage?

And am I the only person who thinks the federal government’s own commission should tread lightly as state legislatures write religious freedom laws?  

I’ve said before, these are dangerous times for the faithful.  I pray the answers come through mature debate.  Calling folks bigots is not the answer.

 

Lawsuits and Hearings


It’s wrong to think of a single hearing as a beginning and ending for a court case.  John Hoge has a hearing on motions set for this morning, and I have not heard the outcome. Bill Schmalfeldt and William Ferguson are set to appear by video.  (Must miss TV.)

Even if John Hoge prevails, there will be appeals.  If John doesn’t win by default, he’ll press on, I think.  It’s Maryland, so you can never tell.

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None of this changes some simple facts:

Team Kimberlin members have a twisted perspective on life.  The guy who blew up 8 bombs, and who sings about adult men wanting teenage girls for sex is someone to be admired.  The Yale educated lawyer who stands up for free speech, and the engineer who spends his senior years working to make the internet a better place…well those guys are brain-addled and foolish.

It takes a great deal of work for most individuals to be that stupid. Ferguson, Kimberlin and Schmalfeldt make it look easy.