Monthly Archives: May 2016

Trump Rolls!

I’m not as convinced of the outcome, in part because I can’t predict Trump. I also can’t predict a loaded canon rolling on the deck of a wayward ship.
While I have not come up with a good reason to want Trump as president, I do know a great reason to want him as the Republican nominee. I don’t know of anybody so unafraid of Hillary Clinton. Pop the popcorn, and enjoy the debates. – Dave

‘Virginia Man’ Indicted for Conspiracy

Here’s the Justice Department release, or a part of it:


As far as I know, the article is correct, but it seems to leave out a fact or two.  I don’t blame the Justice Dept.  Gosh, not everybody can use Google to access the Washington Post Archives:

Elhassan, a citizen of Sudan with a U.S. green card, was charged this month with aiding and abetting what authorities said was a plot to have an acquaintance join the Islamic State. That person, 28-year-old Joseph Hassan Farrokh, intended to fly to Syria, and Elhassan was aware of his plans and drove him to Richmond for the first leg of his journey, authorities have alleged.

This ‘Virginia man” actually is a citizen of Sudan.  But I’m sure this is just a quibble.

The Weekly Standard quibbled in 2015:

If you get your news from the headlines, you can be excused for thinking that “Minnesota men” pose a special risk of taking up the terrorist jihad at home and abroad. As the Wall Street Journal reported this past April, for example, “U.S. charges six Minnesota men with trying to join ISIS.” The “Minnesota men” featured in such headlines are almost invariably drawn from Minnesota’s swelling population of Somali Muslim immigrants.

Lots of blogs note when the news reporters forget the political party of an indicted politician.  I think there should be a standard policy: Mention the party in the first paragraph.

In this case, is it asking too much to find some policy which could identify an individual’s country of origin, if they are charged with terrorism?  Especially if we are instead led to believe by the headline that the guy is a ‘Virginia man’?

I don’t expect anyone to make such a distinction for American born men or women with parents from another country.   I do think it matters to those who right now are figuring out if Somali men should be offered refuge here.

Things I Want a Judge to Say

John Hoge of Hogewash expects a substantially interesting week in the various Team Knucklehead lawsuits.  I have been imagining what might be coming:

Judge: Mr. Kimberlin, a little while ago you stopped listing your address on your filings, and this Sheriff’s Department affidavit says someone claims you no longer live at your old address.  Could you tell me your new address, and why you did not inform the court that you moved?

Judge: What precisely did you mean by “Good luck finding me…?”

Judge: Mr. Schmalfeldt.  Can you tell me the substantive difference between Mr. Johnson writing a note the manager of your apartment complex, and you trying to get this fellow Grady fired?  In one case there’s a protection order in place.

Judge: Mr. Kimberlin, you could not actually prove that it was defamation to call you a “pedophile.”  How do you think that you can prove a multi-pronged conspiracy over several states involving a quantum mechanic, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and a law firm with hundreds of lawyers?

Judge: So, you operate a non-profit which collects hundreds of thousands of dollars.  Still, the U.S. Postal Service confuses you?

Judge: So this website quotes your words, and in doing so makes you look foolish.  OK. I’ll bite.  Would you mind showing me any writing you’ve produced during this period of time which does not make you look foolish?

Judge: The last time we were together you indicated that no matter the outcome of the case, the plaintiff would never collect anything from you…  I think the phrase was “never collect a penny…”  I could be wrong on the wording.  Mr. Kimberlin, mindful of the fact that the bailiff is standing at your right shoulder, how much extra cash did you bring today?

Judge: It’s funny, Mr. Kimberlin.  This document which declares [redacted] is a sexual predator…  I’m going to give you about 30 seconds to give me one specific reason why you think that is objectively true.  One tiny fact that hasn’t already been proven to be false. Failing that, consider the entire document to be stricken.  Lie to me, and it’s contempt of court.  Thirty seconds.  Twenty nine.

Judge: Mr. Ferguson.  The audio you keep posting to your website.  Were you aware that the court demands that the audio preserved as a method of documenting testimony is not to be broadcast, even on the internet?  No, I understand that you can’t find a prohibition in state law.  I can, and I’m a judge.  Did you know that going against the rules of the court is called “contempt?”

Judge: Mr. Kimberlin, you mention nearly 400 legal actions against the defendants and “associates.”  Since you are now lumping all of Mr. Schmalfeldt’s troubles along with your own, can Mr. Hoge assume you’ve all been in cahoots?

Judge: Mr. Schmalfeldt, I’m about to issue an order which covers your behavior.  Prior to doing so, I’d like to hear from someone who has a no contact order against you.  The court calls [redacted. could be any number of people]

Judge: Mr. Schmalfeldt, you seem interested in continuing this suit against Ms. Palmer. Oddly, I have been informed of some communication byyou on the internet which seems to say all you really wanted of this lawsuit was the identity  of a Mr. Krendler.  Are you really using my court to do a fact-finding mission?

Judge: I’m sorry, Mr. Ferguson but I’ve just plain forgotten which one you are.  Are you the cockroach or the bunny rabbit?

None of these things really will happen.  But it’s fun to imagine.

Memorial Day, too

Cross-posted from my facebook page…

It’s Memorial Day- I think about my grandfather Dewey Steffen, my dad Jack Edgren, my uncle Don Edgren, my cousin (Don’s son) Denis Edgren, my nephew Jack Kidder Sr., and my son Jonathan Edgren, all of whom served in various branches of the military dating back to World War I. I served too, and managed to never hit the wrong button.

I do have a gripe. I keep hearing about “Fort This or That” having been renamed to “Joint Base This or That.” The military spent a bunch of time in the 1980s renaming U.S. Army places in particular “Forts” to reflect a proud warrior heritage. Now that isn’t important, I guess. I suppose “soldiers, sailors, airmen (and women) and marines” will all revert to being “service members” again.

Serving in the military needs to mean something, if that’s what you choose to do. It’s not the same thing as joining an athletic club. It is most assuredly not a 9 to 5 job, or even a job at all. It’s a selfless calling (I know I’ll catch hell from a few of my friends for saying that, but it is- so there). None of the family members I named above had to give their all, but that could have happened to any of them. It could have happened to me. On Memorial Day we should think about everyone who has served, yes, but we should all reserve special thanks for those who did make the ultimate sacrifice. They gave up their lives in service to this country- whatever you think of our military and the policies of our government you should never, ever forget that.

Memorial Day

The Internet isn’t cooperating today I actually don’t have anyway to post except to use my phone. I would repost some wonderful pictures about Memorial Day but that’s just not possible. I was thinking of reprinting the Gettysburg address. If you can find a better statement of gratitude and honour toward fallen soldiers let me know about it.   Lincoln understood what they did and appreciated it.  For all who served and for all who didn’t come home this is more than just another day.