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  • Vanity: articles with certain Keywords are regularly filtered out for no reason

    03/22/2009 12:59:10 PM PDT · by mainestategop · 11 replies · 941+ views
    I have noticed that a lot of times, certain articles are censored out by internet filters. keywords such as fascism, liberalnazis, stormfront and nambla are censored even though they are articles about nambla or describing fascism. To me it sounds like a good way to block the public from viewing the similarities of Liberal Democrat's and Hitler's Nazis. I think it might be a good idea to remove certain keywords so that there is no confusion between websites advocating fascism and those like this one that refute and expose it. the mods might want to do that and anyone here...
  • On Bloggers and Newspapers

    03/16/2009 3:02:53 PM PDT · by sswenviron · 3 replies · 282+ views
    Environmental Republican ^ | 3/16/09 | Scott
    To sum up this considerable rant, I don't want to see the local fishwrap go the way of the VCR. I want a vibrant, unbiased print media where every politician should fear for his seat. I want a media that will not blame the mortgage meltdown solely on industry but also on the Chris Dodd's and Barney Franks of the world who made the laws that allowed this to happen. I want to pick up the Inquirer and read a piece by Ed Rendell one day, Bill Kristol the next and Michael Smerconish the next. I want to read about...
  • Ross Douthat Tapped by 'NYT' for Kristol's Spot

    03/11/2009 3:06:56 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies · 616+ views
    Editor & Publisher ^ | March 11, 2009 | Greg Mitchell
    Ross Douthat, 29, a senior editor and conservative blogger for The Atlantic magazine, has been hired by The New York Times to write a regular column online and then fill the weekly Op-ed slot occupied by William Kristol during 2008. A New York Times spokeswoman confirmed the hiring to E&P this afternoon. Andrew Rosenthal, editorial page editor, asked by E&P's Joe Strupp why Douthat had been picked, cited his youth, Republican politics, "iconoclast" leanings and intelligence. He also said that he had interviewed several applicants after reading widely the work of many conservatives (see separate story). Rosenthal had sent around...
  • Activism Survey (Vanity)

    02/14/2009 12:06:59 PM PST · by Wuli · 1 replies · 325+ views
    02/14/2009 | Wuli
    I am doing a personal survey, wondering what others are doing, on and off the Internet, in terms of resources and organizations in the following areas: "Freedom's Monitors"; some examples are - The Federalist Society, ACLJ, FIRE, Christian Freedom International, etc. "Commentary and Analysis"; some examples are - National Review Online, Townhall, Front Page Magazine, etc. "News Watchers"; an example is - Newsbusters "Conservative Blogs and Activism Organizations" "Issue Groups" - groups whose activity is dedicated to primarily a single issue - like a "Right to Life" group might be considered "Economic Analysis" - for example - CATO, or The...
  • Chinese Bloggers Applaud Wen Shoe Thrower (Wen Forgives Thrower)

    02/10/2009 2:00:06 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 5 replies · 443+ views ^ | 02/09/2009
    In a careful message, prime minister Wen "forgives" the young man from Cambridge. Government sources say that the young man has apologized. But Chinese bloggers are praising the gesture as "freedom of expression," a symbol of what many Chinese would like to do.Prime minister Wen Jiabao is asking for "clemency" for the German student who threw a shoe at him (missing) on February 2, during his speech at the University of Cambridge (Great Britain). But while the Chinese government says that the young man has apologized, Chinese internet users are applauding his exemplary demonstration of "freedom of expression." The website...
  • Hackers take down ring of key progressive blogs (Astalavista)

    01/07/2009 9:18:44 PM PST · by Libloather · 14 replies · 1,043+ views
    Link only - Hackers take down ring of key progressive blogs
  • 2008 Weblog Awards

    01/05/2009 3:14:10 PM PST · by steve-b · 2 replies · 281+ views
    And the nominees are: Hot Air Daily Kos Huffington Post Gawker Ben Smith - Politico The Consumerist Andrew Sullivan - The Daily Dish Comment is free... Boing Boing Threat Level - Wired Blogs
  • Week of babies and lies [Mediascum Attack Sarah Palin Again]

    01/04/2009 2:14:25 PM PST · by Enchante · 10 replies · 1,156+ views
    Yahoo Buzz ^ | 01/02/09 | Vera H-C Chan
    Week of babies and lies Sarah Palin talks about her daughter's baby, and a hoax that fooled Oprah Winfrey falls apart. Buzz Week in Review A collective exhale ushered the volatile 2008 out the door this week, although one baby who caused a political storm managed to quietly slip himself out before the end. Meanwhile, a long-time Oprah hoax and high-seas piracy stirred up the Buzz—and the searches—during this transition period. Mom, Do We Have to Do a Combo Celebration? Bristol Palin's boy emerged not as the grandson of the first female vice president, but as another December baby who...
  • Internet Tops Newspapers as a Source of News

    12/29/2008 12:47:39 PM PST · by Enchante · 14 replies · 621+ views
    Sci-Tech Today ^ | 12/29/08 | Barry Levine
    Just by reading this online story, you are part of a groundbreaking trend. According to a new study from the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press released last week, the Internet has passed newspapers as the most popular source for news. Only television surpassed the Net, with about 70 percent of Americans saying they get most of their national and international news from the ubiquitous box. About 40 percent say they get most of their news from the Net, an increase of 16 percent from September 2007. Newspapers are the main source for about 35 percent. This...
  • Obama Discussed Senate Vacancy With Indicted Gov

    12/10/2008 11:28:33 AM PST · by Sammy67 · 18 replies · 1,069+ views
    Barack Obama denies having contact with the indicted Illinois governor who tried to sell his old Senate seat yet the president elect’s top advisor revealed last month that the men, longtime political pals, had in fact spoken about a replacement. When a massive federal indictment charging Rod Blagojevich with multiple corruption counts was made public yesterday, Camp Obama suddenly diagnosed the second-term Democrat governor with political plague. The nation’s soon-to-be commander-in-chief claimed to barely know his close political ally. After all, who wants to be connected to a notoriously crooked politician who just got arrested and charged with selling the...
  • How an Italian judge made the internet illegal

    11/30/2008 12:53:22 PM PST · by BGHater · 4 replies · 514+ views
    The Register ^ | 26 Nov 2008 | John Ozimek
    New technology? It's all a mistake Italian bloggers are up in arms at a court ruling early this year that suggests almost all Italian blogs are illegal. This month, a senior Italian politician went one step further, warning that most web activity is likely to be against the law. The story begins back in May, when a judge in Modica (in Sicily) found local historian and author Carlo Ruta guilty of the crime of "stampa clandestina" – or publishing a "clandestine" newspaper – in respect of his blog. The judge ruled that since the blog had a headline, that made...
  • Mumbai Attacks Bring Citizen Journalism to the Fore (Twitter, Wikipedia, Flikr, Googlemaps)

    11/27/2008 8:45:57 AM PST · by angkor · 12 replies · 674+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | NOVEMBER 27, 2008, 6:00 A.M. ET | MEI FONG and LORETTA CHAO
    On Wednesday night, Mumbai resident Asfaq Tapia heard two blasts. Before turning in, he sleepily noted it on his Twitter account, a Web site that lets users broadcast short messages about what they are doing. "Later, I started receiving phone calls saying, 'Are you ok? Where are you?' At that point I realized something major has happened," said Tapia, 24 years old, who then started broadcasting on-the-ground updates, including from a hospital near one of the attacked hotels. The Mumbai attacks have unleashed a storm of live updates from its techie residents, swelling traffic and content on sites such as...
  • And Now the Government Comes After the Bloggers?

    11/23/2008 9:12:31 AM PST · by Mobile Vulgus · 22 replies · 871+ views
    Publius' Forum ^ | 11/23/08 | Warner Todd Huston
    "Gubbmint isn't the solution," Ronald Reagan famously said. "Gubbmint is the problem!" Well, until Al Gore invented our wonderful Internet world, there were darn few ways we common citizens could highlight just what the "problem" of government was. But, happily, we bloggers have become the modern version of our Founders plying the pamphleteer's trade. Now, via the incredible world of blogging, we can spy a government abuse and cast the harsh light of public scrutiny upon it. And we can do it in the blink of an eye. All we need is our computers and a little Internet access. But,...
  • VIDEO: How Smart People Became ‘Morons’ On Election Day 2008, Because Of ‘Grave&#8

    Just How Did Obama Get Elected The 44th President Of The United States? On November 4th, 2008 millions of Americans were shocked that a man of Barack Obama’s limited experience, extreme liberal positions and radical political alliances could be elected President of the United States. For many of these Americans, the explanation was rather simple… the news media, completely enamored with Obama, simply refused to do their job. On Election day twelve Obama voters were interviewed extensively right after they voted to learn how the news media impacted their knowledge of what occurred during the campaign. These voters were chosen...
  • Ed Morrissey: Calm Down and Play Nice, ODS sufferers

    11/11/2008 6:31:38 PM PST · by pissant · 55 replies · 448+ views
    Protein wisdom ^ | 11/11/08 | Jeff G
    Really, people. Don’t act like those odious Democrats did. Describing Obama’s attempts to move the country far to the left should be undertaken in the measured and refined tones of a Bill Buckley fart. Because Republicans, why, they have more class. – Oh. And a few million less presidential votes, fewer House and Senate seats, and, soon, a diminished role in the judiciary. But still: they have more class! So, like, GO TEAM! **** update: for the strangely gleeful. update 2: Rather than develop an entire new post dedicated to answering Patterico, I’ll just point you here, here, and here....
  • Political Bloggers Re-Tool After Election

    11/06/2008 2:18:46 PM PST · by Bill Dupray · 2 replies · 335+ views
    The Patriot Room ^ | November 6, 2008 | Bill Dupray
    This sounds like the classic, "hey, we make a damn good toaster, why don't we sell Lo-Jack too" plans. My thought is that if you have a niche, say, politics, stick with the guy who brought you to the dance. Add and expand with issues that political-types want to read about, say cultural issues, that are integral to politics. Add in a little levity and wit to stand out from the crowd. Anybody can tell you that the Democrats passed a housing bill. But highlighting the bullshit shenanigans, payoffs, and back-stabbing adds some flair, and readers like a little zip...
  • Obama Win: Good For Rush and Conservative Blogs

    11/06/2008 7:15:39 AM PST · by Bill Dupray · 7 replies · 507+ views
    The Patriot Room ^ | November 6, 2008 | Bill Dupray
    At least that's what CNBC is saying. Rush always says he does well regardless who is in office, which is true. When Bush 43 won, the media said that Rush would become irrelevant, because Bill Clinton, his prime target, was gone. Rush has remained the king of talk radio, even without Clinton. Conservative blogs too will likely gain more prominence. Ours is now a back bench guerilla war. Conservatives are looking for new ideas and ways to reposition ourselves for 2010 and beyond. Much of that comes from investigating and exposing the liberals as they move forward, and then formulating...
  • The Obama Bubble Could Cost the Democrats

    11/01/2008 10:56:07 PM PDT · by RobinMasters · 49 replies · 1,945+ views
    American Thinker ^ | November 02, 2008 | James Lewis
    Obama's stealth campaign has now been exposed by the New Media as just another assault on power by the old-fashioned radical Left, beefed up with race-baiting demagoguery. As a result of constant New Media exposés, the Leftwing media are now discredited and widely distrusted, and teetering on the edge of a death spiral. The New York Times' debt securities now have junk bond status from S&P. The same ideological suicide could happen to the Democratic Party itself. The Obama campaign, with its many incestuous links to "small 'c' communists" and Islamic fascists, could end up discrediting the entire Democratic Party...
  • Watch For Moonbat Attempts to Silence GOP Blogs

    10/21/2008 1:43:17 PM PDT · by Bill Dupray · 7 replies · 484+ views
    The Patriot Room ^ | October 21, 2008 | Bill Dupray
    Got a heads-up cautionary warning from the PUMAs at HillBuzz via Diamond Tiger. During the primaries, Obama's online goon squads got a lot of Hillary sites shut down through various tactics. One popular method was to bombard Google, which owns Blogger, with complaints that certain sites contained adult material or other content violations of the Blogger user agreement. Google, whose top brass supports Obama, apparently played ball. During the primaries, anti-Obama blogs on disappeared left and right: Obama supporters systematically attacked them, reporting them as “adult content” or “spam” so Blogspt would shut them down. Blogspot is owned...
  • Join the Bloggers Coalition

    10/13/2008 12:32:20 PM PDT · by NetRight Nation · 10 replies · 807+ views ^ | 10/13/2008 | NetRight Nation
    We would like to invite everyone to join our bloggers coalition. If you are interested in joining, be sure to send me an email at I am working on putting the coalition page up on today. We will be linking out to all of our coalition members. If you have not signed the petition yet, be sure to do that as well. Again, if you want to join the coalition, contact me at
  • Is anyone blogging on (vanity)

    09/29/2008 12:39:23 AM PDT · by Brytani · 4 replies · 393+ views
    Me | Today | Brytani
    If anyone is blogging on blogs for John McCain could you please freepmail me. I need a FRiends Favor with a problem on the website. Thanks
  • And the Conservative Blogs Get "Conservative Tax Concerns" Astroturfing

    09/16/2008 4:50:56 AM PDT · by Renfield · 9 replies · 161+ views
    Ace of Spades Blog ^ | 9-16-08 | Ace
    The new legions of Concerned Christian Conservative Commenters who are -- inexplicably -- suddenly coming out of the woodwork to slam McCain/Palin despite the ticket now having the enthusiastic support of nearly 90% of Republicans are now infesting my blog, too. Which is doubly insulting -- because they're obviously not reading my blog. Or else they'd know that, having been alerted to this by Jim Treacher, I'm now as obsessive about Astroturfing as a Chicago abortionist is about caring for a born-alive aborted baby. Friends, I'm confused. While my heart is with my fellow conservatives I have been doing some...
  • MSNBC Bombs in (libs) Blogosphere (Yes! Pass on the beer please)

    09/09/2008 11:40:50 AM PDT · by PattRiot · 12 replies · 245+ views
    wp ^ | September, 2008
    <p>By Howard Kurtz The decision by MSNBC to yank Keith Olbermann and Chris Matthews from anchor duty during live political events did not exactly send a thrill up the leg of liberal bloggers. A number of them denounced the cable channel yesterday ...</p>
  • McCain to use the Democrat-supporting blogs against Obama

    09/03/2008 12:05:31 PM PDT · by Schnucki · 27 replies · 194+ views
    Spectator ^ | September 3, 2008 | Fraser Nelson
    The stature of the blogs is a striking feature of the American elections. There are more of them, and some of the best journalists now working exclusively online (which means there are several news cycles in a day, and newspapers are outdated by 9am). Sites like Politico have done a talent swoop; the Drudge Report is checked several times a day by most American journalists, used as a radar. Now there are attack dog sites: scores of them, eager to tear into the other side. The Daily Kos – described as “extreme left” by Fox – is one. But others,...
  • Lefty Bloggers Go After Palin's Daughter

    08/31/2008 7:56:38 PM PDT · by Delacon · 218 replies · 886+ views ^ | August 31, 2008 | Amanda Carpenter
    The lefty blogosphere hasn't stopped perpetuating the rumor Sarah Palin "faked" her last pregnancy and are now humiliating her daughter Bristol on the blatantly incorrect suspicion she is the real mother of baby Trig."Sarah Palin is NOT the Mother" is the title of this DailyKos blog that accuses Bristol, a completely fit looking adolescent teen, of having a "baby bump" in a photo they allege was taken March 9th of this year. "Sarah, I'm calling you a liar" wrote blogger ArcXIX. "And not even a good one. Trig Paxson Van Palin is not your son. He is your grandson. The...
  • Joe Biden: Adult Supervision

    08/23/2008 7:00:56 AM PDT · by foutsc · 28 replies · 405+ views
    Nietzsche is Dead ^ | 23 Aug 08 | foutsc
    Every presidential ticket needs at least one credible candidate, and the Democratic ticket has finally accomplished that. Joe Biden is a man of substance and stature. Love him or hate him, he's always got an opinion and it is usually well-informed, if not sometimes indiscreet. He's that rare politician who can be bitingly funny, warm, distinguished, and average Joe all at once. I have a grudging admiration for Biden. I don't agree with him often, but his positions are always well thought out and well-reasoned. I like him because unlike most oily politicians, he comes off real and sincere. There's...
  • Conservatism Today's Top 24 Conservative Blogs

    08/07/2008 5:33:34 AM PDT · by Bill Dupray · 5 replies · 128+ views
    The Patriot Room ^ | August 7, 2008 | Bill Dupray
    Scott Martin at Conservatism Today has done an analysis of the conservative blogosphere and put out a list of his ranking of the Top 24 conservative blogs. It is a pretty in-depth analysis using ten different criteria. I think he missed a few, but with all the good bloggers out there, even a Top 50 list would leave some great sites out.
  • [Media says] You'll miss us when we're gone (compares bloggers to trolls)

    08/06/2008 2:39:53 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 86 replies · 248+ views
    The National Post ^ | August 06, 2008 | Jonathan Kay
    With media stocks plummeting, a noisy army of pundits is predicting the imminent extinction of print newspapers and magazines. I hope they're wrong--for two reasons. The obvious reason is self-interest: If freebie blogs and news aggregators kill off the National Post and its ilk, then I'm going to have to go back to my high school job, manning the drive-thru at McDonald's. But I have a more noble reason, too: a genuine, altruistic desire for an educated citizenry. Not to be old-fashioned, but there are certain kinds of important stories that simply cannot be covered, except by deep-pocketed traditional media...
  • Blogs shut down by Obama supporters returning online

    08/05/2008 12:07:04 PM PDT · by mainestategop · 15 replies · 152+ views
    As some of you may know, Obama supporters have been going around censoring blogs critical of Obama by marking them as Spam. Several blog hosts have recieved a slew of complaints from Bloggers and their supporters over the shut downs and have begun to investigate. I got word from the host of my blog that they have been correcting problems concerning blogs shut down due to being incorrectly marked as spam. I haven't had that problem since most of my blog has to do with Maine and exposing liberal corruption but they're getting the message. People need to continue to...
  • Obama’s Birth Certificate and the Suppression of Free Speech (Important)

    08/04/2008 2:21:13 AM PDT · by pissant · 20 replies · 606+ views
    The Democracy Project ^ | 8/3/08 | Phil Orenstein
    Blogger and Brooklyn College Professor of Business Mitchell Langbert has been doing a yeoman’s job investigating the records of Senator Obama’s birth certificate. Despite the pleas from many quarters of the blogosphere, thus far his birth certificate has not been made public, except for a proven forgery on the Daily Kos site and his own campaign site Fight the Smears. At this time, there is no proof that Barack Obama is a natural born citizen of the United States, and therefore no proof of his eligibility to be president. What should be a simple matter of producing a paper document...

    08/03/2008 5:37:45 PM PDT · by HungarianGypsy · 27 replies · 103+ views
    I wondered if there was a list of Freeper blogs somewhere. If not, perhaps we could start one.
  • Blog Shutdowns: Attack from IPs Assigned to

    08/03/2008 6:31:25 AM PDT · by mondoreb · 30 replies · 244+ views
    DBKP ^ | August 3, 2008 | Mondoreb
    Were There More? Did DBKP@Blogger's Shutdown Come from Same IPs? Click on image to enlarge. At least one of the attacks in the latest wave of blog shutdowns this past week came from IPs assigned to We have reported twice in the last two weeks about the attacks on anti-Obama websites. ["Google, Blogger, Obama: Obamanation Shut Down My Blog!"]] & [BabbaZee's "Anti-Obama Blogs Shut Down by Google, Obamabots"] Speculation on who was behind the attacks has ranged from "Obama supporters" to "it's no one, just a glitch" "to "it's a browser problem". [Site Meter causing Internet Explorer failure ]....
  • Google, Blogger, Obama: Obamanation Ate My Blog!

    08/02/2008 9:29:20 AM PDT · by mondoreb · 10 replies · 419+ views
    DBKP ^ | August 2, 2008 | mondoreb
    Last week, we published Babba Zee's Anti-Obama Blogs Shut Down by Google, Obamabots. Thurday, Blogger locked our original (and still quite robust) site, DBKP at Blogger for being a spam blog. One would think Blogger would have a system in place before shutting down blogs with any kind of Google Page Rank. After all, your average spam site doesn't acquire much of a page rank. But, apparently, one would be wrong. Our original site is PR-5. Were Obama supporters behind this latest round of blog shutdowns, as they were last month? In Obama's Netroots Supporters Continue "Blog Burning", Confederate Yankee...
  • Blog Shut Down by 'Christian' Apologist's Threat (RICK WARREN, RICHARD ABANES, KEN SILVA)

    07/28/2008 5:49:39 PM PDT · by Terriergal · 100 replies · 513+ views
    Christian NewsWire ^ | 7-28-08 | pastor dustin segers
    Blog Shut Down by 'Christian' Apologist's Threat Contact: Pastor Dustin Segers, Coalition of Concerned Bloggers,, 336-848-7197 MEDIA ADVISORY, July 28 /Christian Newswire/ -- Pastor Dustin Segers submits the following and is available for comment: How safe are our blogs? That question was raised again when on the evening of July 26, 2008, a popular religious blog was shut down by an Internet service provider. A complaint filed by Christian author and apologist, Richard Abanes, claiming that one article on the religious opinion site,, had slandered him, caused the web host, IPower, to send its publisher, Ken Silva, a...
  • Blogging’s Glass Ceiling

    07/27/2008 3:25:11 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 12 replies · 162+ views
    New York Times ^ | July 27, 2008 | Kara Jesella
    For two days last week, many of the men’s bathrooms at the Westin St. Francis Hotel here were turned into women’s bathrooms. The stalls on the second floor were lined with note cards featuring nurturing messages like “You are perfect.” Nearby, women were being dusted with blush and eye shadow, or having the kinks in their necks massaged. ... Other prominent female bloggers who did not attend the BlogHer conference agreed that there are unique challenges that women in the blogosphere face. “Women get dismissed in ways that men don’t,” said Megan McArdle, an associate editor at The Atlantic Monthly...
  • The New York Times Tries to Help McCain But Drudge Intervenes To Help Obama

    07/22/2008 8:38:07 AM PDT · by Paige · 15 replies · 195+ views
    Reuters ^ | July 21, 2008
    Maybe those Bar-B-Q’s for the press really do work. It looks like the media really is trying to help McCain out, but Matt Drudge seems to really like Obama and isn’t going to let McCain get off easy...
  • Welcome to My Blog, Please See My Lawyer to Post Here

    07/17/2008 9:44:09 PM PDT · by Mobile Vulgus · 5 replies · 196+ views
    Publius' Forum ^ | 07/17/08 | Warner Todd Huston
    What is the ages old misconstruction of Shakespeare? "First kill all the lawyers." Well, one might excuse bloggers if they might wish to add the officers of the courts to that death sentence, at least if the experience of the bloggers at New York's "Room 8" blog are concerned. For Ben Smith and his fellow "Room 8" bloggers, the world got a bit topsy-turvey not long ago when he was served with a grand jury subpoena by state prosecutors demanding that the identities of anonymous posters on his website be revealed. Worse, the court wouldn't inform Mr. Smith exactly why...
  • Thousands of liberal bloggers linking up in Austin

    07/16/2008 12:56:40 PM PDT · by Bubba_Leroy · 24 replies · 548+ views
    Austin American-Statesman ^ | July 16, 2008 | Mark Lisheron
    When Netroots Nation organizers were considering New Orleans as the host site of their convention devoted to the Internet as an instrument of the political left, Texas Netroots members made a convincing case that Texas is at the center of the blogging culture driving the political discussion for liberals. In an online vote conducted by Netroots Nation, a Web site for liberal bloggers to exchange ideas, the nation overwhelmingly chose Austin for this year's conference, said Vince Leibowitz, a blogger from Tyler. So on Thursday, more than 3,000 bloggers are expected to fill the Austin Convention Center for the four-day...
  • Out of the Closet

    07/11/2008 7:50:13 PM PDT · by Islaminaction · 12 replies · 81+ views
    Islam in Action ^ | July 11 2008 | Christopher Logan aka Exposing Islam
    I would like to inform the readers that I now will be using my real name Christopher Logan instead of Exposing Islam. When I first started researching and speaking about the problems that Islam brings to the world, I used Exposing Islam just as an Internet nickname. Most of you know, but not all, that I was an administrator and moderator at Jihad Chat since the board was opened. For more....
  • Blocked anti-Obama blogs spur Google probe

    07/06/2008 8:44:29 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies · 155+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | July 7, 2008 | Kara Rowland.
    Does Google Inc. violate the same "neutrality" principles that it wants mandated for Internet providers like Comcast Corp.? That's the argument being made by some who accuse the search behemoth of hypocrisy when it comes to free speech on the Internet. Here's the deal: Mountain View, Calif.-based Google recently drew the ire of several authors of anti-Obama blogs, hosted on the company's Blogger platform, whose posting rights were temporarily suspended after Google identified as them "potential spam blogs." "You will not be able to publish posts to your blog until we review your site and confirm that it is not...
  • Web could get you killed

    07/05/2008 1:29:21 PM PDT · by Schnucki · 10 replies · 227+ views
    AFP via Iafrica ^ | July 3, 2008 | Staff
    Iran's parliament is set to debate a draft bill which could see the death penalty used for those deemed to promote corruption, prostitution and apostasy on the internet, reports said on Wednesday. MPs on Wednesday voted to discuss as a priority the draft bill which seeks to "toughen punishment for harming mental security in society," the ISNA news agency said. The text lists a wide range of crimes such rape and armed robbery for which the death penalty is already applicable. The crime of apostasy (the act of leaving a religion, in this case Islam) is also already punishable by...
  • Nobama blogs kerfuffle (Google shuts down Nobama blogs)

    06/29/2008 3:49:28 AM PDT · by abb · 65 replies · 370+ views
    Buzz Machine ^ | June 28, 2008 | Jeff Jarvis
    A bunch of anti-Obama blogs were apparently shut down on Google’s Blogspot as suspected spam. They say that Obama fans reported them as spam to get rid of them. I have no idea what the truth is. The fear online has been that false information could be spread. It’s another fear that speech can be silenced. (I suppose I should make clear that I don’t think any official Obama campaign effort is remotely behind this if it’s true. The point, instead, is that rogues can cause trouble. This would seem to be a variation on Swiftboating but rather than try...
  • Attack on the American Spectator web site?

    06/24/2008 11:03:26 AM PDT · by andy58-in-nh · 25 replies · 345+ views
    The American Spectator | 6/24/08 | andy58-in-nh
    Is anyone aware of an attack on the American Spectator web site? Upon attempting to access the site (using Windows 2000NT with a Firefox 3 browser) I received the following warning: Looking up the site in Google, I found the following at the top of the entry list: I have sent an email to the editor's attention, but was curious as to whether anyone else has had the same problem. I wonder whether the Kos Kids or the MoveOn Morons have been at work here....
  • Blogger arrests hit record high

    06/18/2008 12:47:12 PM PDT · by GauchoUSA · 17 replies · 155+ views
    bbc ^ | June 16, 2008
    More bloggers than ever face arrest for exposing human rights abuses or criticising governments, says a report. Since 2003, 64 people have been arrested for publishing their views on a blog, says the University of Washington annual report.
  • The Associated Press to Set Guidelines for Using Its Articles in Blogs

    06/16/2008 7:02:06 AM PDT · by mathprof · 38 replies · 422+ views
    new york times ^ | 6/16/08 | SAUL HANSELL
    The Associated Press, one of the nation’s largest news organizations, said that it will, for the first time, attempt to define clear standards as to how much of its articles and broadcasts bloggers and Web sites can excerpt without infringing on The A.P.’s copyright. The A.P.’s effort to impose some guidelines on the free-wheeling blogosphere, where extensive quoting and even copying of entire news articles is common, may offer a prominent definition of the important but vague doctrine of “fair use,” which holds that copyright owners cannot ban others from using small bits of their works under some circumstances. For...
  • Obama on the Nile [Obama Lovers]

    06/11/2008 12:49:00 PM PDT · by Enchante · 19 replies · 66+ views
    New York Times ^ | June 11, 2008 | Thomas Friedman
    This column will probably get Barack Obama in trouble, but that’s not my problem. I cannot tell a lie: Many Egyptians and other Arab Muslims really like him and hope that he wins the presidency. I have had a chance to observe several U.S. elections from abroad, but it has been unusually revealing to be in Egypt as Barack Hussein Obama became the Democrats’ nominee for president of the United States. While Obama, who was raised a Christian, is constantly assuring Americans that he is not a Muslim, Egyptians are amazed, excited and agog that America might elect a black...
  • SPECIAL REPORT: Using Words as Weapons on the Blogosphere

    06/07/2008 6:36:35 AM PDT · by tcg · 2 replies · 146+ views
    Catholic Online ^ | 6/07/08 | Fr. Michael P. Orsi
    There are bloggers who present their calumny under the guise of “allegations,” applying evasive constructs like “some people are saying” or “it has been alleged.” Such writers are often well educated (sometimes with a law background), skilled at parsing words in order to avoid culpability for legal defamation. In this they rely for protection on the high standard of proof required to bring a libel action. Others recognize the evil in calumny, but see it as a compromise that must be made for the sake of a noble cause. They hope that by destroying an opponent’s reputation they will de-legitimize...
  • The Battle of the [Nutroots] Blogs (Daily Kos vs MyDD)

    06/02/2008 12:08:29 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies · 261+ views
    The New Republic ^ | May 30, 2008 | Dana Goldstein
    As anybody with high-speed Internet knows, MyDD and Daily Kos sit at the top of the liberal Netroots movement, which over the last five years has made astonishing strides in its campaign to transform the Democratic Party into a hard-fighting, proudly liberal, and, most importantly, victorious entity. Though their websites offer distinct communities and commentaries, and though they have very different personalities, MyDD founder Jerome Armstrong (a former astrologer) and Kos's Markos Moulitsas (a former Army man) have always gotten along--the two co-authored a 2006 book, Crashing the Gate, about the rise of their movement. Their bond has been rooted...
  • McCain incentivizing supporters to comment on blogs

    05/21/2008 11:40:52 AM PDT · by Dawnsblood · 118 replies · 587+ views
    Politico ^ | 5/21/08 | Jonathon Martin
    John McCain's campaign is using their campaign website to encourage supporters to post supportive comments on political blogs, including the most well-known liberal site in the blogosphere. And to make things easier, they're including talking points with which sympathizers can use to get out the McCain message. "Select from the numerous web, blog and news sites listed here, go there, and make your opinions supporting John McCain known," instructs the page. McCain supporters are asked to send the details of their comment to the campaign, which in turn will verify it and then reward the supporter with "points" (assumedly to...
  • McCain widens dialogue on blogs

    05/16/2008 3:50:01 PM PDT · by Signalman · 15 replies · 83+ views
    Washington Times ^ | May 16, 2008 | Stephen Dinan
    Sen. John McCain's presidential campaign is trying to tap a new audience of potential voters by taking his campaign message straight to liberal and nonpolitical issues-based blogs, which reach millions of readers but don't often delve into conservative politics. The strategy was in full swing yesterday when Mr. McCain invited non-conservative bloggers to join his regular blogger conference call, just hours after he delivered a major speech previewing his war strategy and other priorities for a first presidential term. It already has started a war among liberal bloggers over how to react to Mr. McCain's overture. In answering the first...