Far be it from me to cast aspersions on a fellow journalist.
(Pardon me. Had to pause for a moment. My wife made some tasty scrambled eggs and ham for lunch and some of it just shot through my nose and got on the computer screen. Had to wipe it off. Let’s continue.)
I decided it was about time that I joined the Society of Professional Journalists. Before filling out the application, I contacted the SPJ and asked if I was eligible to join as a retired member, even though I am not yet 62. I explained my circumstances, how I had been forced to retire by Parkinson’s disease but was staying active as a journalist as much as possible by my freelance work. They wrote back and granted me an exemption to the age requirement. So, I joined as a retired member.
It means nothing, really. But it is nice to belong to an organization of fellow journalists. One of the requirements for joining, either as active or retired, is:
You spend more than half your time working as a journalist or j-educator.
I spend nearly every waking hour here at the keyboard, either updating my Shoutcast News/Talk station, or writing stories for Digital Journal (which pays me for doing so.)
I was proud of landing this gig, especially since, Ali Akbar, WJJ Hoge, R. Stacy McCain and their legion of trolls attacked the Examiner for hiring me back and caused them to rescind their invitation to write for them.
Well, slow and steady wins the race. I won this one.
Now, imagine my surprise to read yesterday that WJJ Hoge — a retired engineer of low accomplishment — is ALSO a member of the SPJ. He posted his online status. Tell me what you notice here.
Notice it? The “join date” is redacted. Why would the “join date” be redacted? You would think that if Hoge wanted to rub it my face about being a long-standing member of this organization, he would SHOW the “join date” to prove he was member in good standing. After all, he referred to the SPJ website as “our website.”
But this redacted “join date” stuck out like a sore thumb. Could it be that WJJ Hoge “joined” the SPJ the same day I did? Could it be this was another attempt of Hoge’s to get me to violate the terms of his weak and unconstitutionally-granted peace order, to goad me into contacting him?
I just can’t make myself believe that he would drop $37.50 just to needle me. But then again, he has spent untold thousands of dollars in his 13 failed criminal charges against me and his defense against my motion and petition in the Maryland Court of Appeals isn’t free either. Zoa Barnes GOTTA git paid for her lies. (I don’t have Parkinson’s disease anymore because Zoa said so.)
But would someone actually be that sick, that twisted, that SLIMY as to join an organization he has no business joining in a vain attempt to get under my skin? Is Hoge a “journalist”?
It depends on which Hoge you believe. The Hoge who posted this in February:
Whatever. We will meet in court on October 16 for my motion at the Carroll County Circuit Court to modify the peace order. Mr. Hoge will be under oath and we’ll ask him to tell the court when and why he joined the SPC, and if — in fact — the claimed victim of stalking has turned into the stalker.