You Jerks!!

You remember that skit on Saturday Night Live, “Ruining it for Everyone”? It was a talk show where they interviewed the first guy to put razor blades in candy, the first guy to pick up a hitchhiker and kill them, etc. “Next week: we’ll interview Patient Zero!” It was really funny.

I think we can safely say that spammers have joined their ranks.

Email spam sucked. Comment spam in blogs also sucked (trust me on that). Trackback spam in blogs sucks even more. It forced the blogging software developers to design anti-spam packages. Yuck.

Well, now it’s gone one further. Some blog-savvy folks know that the Washington Post has partnered with Technorati to provide links to bloggers who are talking about their articles. It’s a smart move, opening up their pages to bloggers just as the New York Times is circling the wagons with their new TimesSelect service.

Until now, that is. Looks like the spammers have figured out that they can get free advertising on the WaPo’s site by creating a fake blog and linking to a WaPo article. See this WaPo article for an example. Click here to see the page of referring blogs, both of which are spam.

My real web-geek question is why are they using Drupal, and not something easy to set up like Blogspot?

Drudge on DeLay

I’m on a roll here, folks. (I’ll be out of town for 4 days next week, so maybe I’m just overcompensating)

So how to I judge how freaked out the GOP is about this DeLay thing going down? As I explained earlier, I see how their first-responders (the conservative news organs) are handling the story. Earlier today I looked Fox’s reaction, which was spin, spin, spin. Now we look at Drudge. As of this afternoon, Drudge has nada, zip, not a thing on the DeLay indictment. Just stone cold silence. Though he does have links to Madonna’s new song and Google’s plans to build a new office building. This is truly the stuff of scandal!

What to make of Drudge’s silence? You’d think there’s something he could say about it. Like, “Dems send out fundraiser cashing in on DeLay indictment…” or “DeLay indictment is not NEARLY as bad as that one thing that Clinton did 10 years ago that everyone’s forgotten about…”

You know, something.

But instead it’s total silence. What to make of that? Is he trying to shift the news cycle to the California wildfires and the supreme court nomination? Probably. Will it work? I doubt it.

Update 7:50 pm PDT: Drudge is now linking to this Byron York article which simply states that Prosecutor Ronnie Earle is having a film made about him. Big whoop. Careful, Dems — this could be a trap, like what happened with Dan Rather. Let the Dems go on the attack, and then when it comes to nothing, accuse them of a witch hunt.

Tread light on this one. As the Post said today, this might just be a lot of sound and fury. Am I being paranoid? Just ask Larry David.


The vote on Roberts came down pretty much how I expected, 78-22.

The Slant wonders (happy birthday, man!!) why Hillary would vote no:

Is puzzling. Kerry’s a no-brainer. He’s obviously sticking left. But I don’t get Hillary here– she has her liberal bona fides. She doesn’t need liberal cred. She needs centrist cred. And by most accounts, Roberts is a pretty good match for Rhenquist’s seat.

I think the simple answer is that, while Hillary does indeed have generalized “liberal bona fides,” she’s going to need 110% of the support of women’s groups for the rest of her political life. And that means “no” on any pro-life judges. She has little to lose with her “no” vote. It’s not like her opponents (either in ’06 or ’08 are going to use her vote against her, really. They already have enough anti-Hillary ammo that’s much more lethal than, “she voted against a guy you’ve never even heard of, and on the off chance that you did hear of him, you probably have no idea where he stands! But remember, Hillary voted against him!” Not exactly the kind of stuff you can put on a bumper sticker.

Taken like that, it’s a no-brainer as well.

Take It Out Back and Shoot It

That’s my take on what’s going on with this latest monorail re-vote. We’ve planned and planned and planned. Seven years of planning and voting and more planning and yet more voting. And just when we’re about to start construction, someone finally pipes up and says, “wait a sec… we don’t have the money to pay for this thing!”

Now you tell us.

And so, with unknown anti-monorail activists leading in the polls for monorail board, it seems a foregone conclusion that the public’s sentiment has turned anti-monorail. This comes less than a year after the monorail beat out a “recall” campaign with 63% of the vote. And so, after all that planning, we’re now going to rush a fifth vote to the November ballot, and do it so quickly and haphazardly that there’s barely enough time to write the “pro” and “con” statements for the voters’ guide.

How much will the new, shortened line cost? Are there still plans to build the other 4 lines? What is Sound Transit planning for the West-Seattle-to-Ballard corridor? Do we have answers to any of these questions? Beats me.

7 years of planning. $200 million spent. And now we’re so embarrassed that we’re going to rush it on to the November ballot, where it will probably fail and die.

Take it out back and shoot it. Tell little Jimmy it went to go live on a farm in the country. It’s better that way.

Leftward Tilt??

Stanley Kurtz writes on the corner:

continue to get plenty of responses to my posts from earlier this morning and yesterday about the increasingly leftward tilt of Country Music Television (CMT). So far it’s unanimous. Everyone who’s seen both prefers Great American Country (GAC) to the more left-leaning CMT. As best I can tell, though, GAC is newer and poorer. Their production values aren’t as high as they could be, no doubt because they don’t yet have the resources of Viacom. (Lot’s of anger at the presumed politics of Viacom from readers, by the way.)

Good God, if CMT is too leftie (what, because they play a Willie Nelson tune every once in a while?), I can’t imagine what GAC is like. CMT videos are basically GOP talking points sung in rhyme. Montgomery Gentry is my personal fave (PS, pop quiz: whose videos are more “literal”, i.e. devoid of any subtlety or metaphor: country music or karaoke? I say country music!).

Finally, let’s just set the record straight about “liberal” Viacom. This is the same Viacom that owns CBS, yes? The Same CBS that refused to air’s ads during the SuperBowl? The same CBS that scrapped the movie, The Reagans? The same CBS that bowed to FCC pressure not to air Saving Private Ryan unedited, after it had shown it twice before?? Yeah, buncha commies over there, for sure.

DeLay on Fox

After hearing news of Tom DeLay’s indictment yesterday, I turned on Fox News, to get a feel for how the GOP establishment was going to try and spin this. And Neil Cavuto didn’t disappoint. He rounded up a few wall street analysts to discuss how much this would be bad for Wall Street (and by proxy, the economy, and by proxy, your job! bwa-ha-ha!). One of the analysts actually said, “well, it’s true Wall Street is scared that Hillary’s going to get elected and your taxes are going to go through the roof!”

Lord, these dudes are pathetic. On the positive side, they know they’re in a Code Red mess because they’re trying to counter-spin. Had this been a Code Yellow, they would have simply sent Geraldo and Greta to Aruba and gotten on with the day.

But as it was, they had this expert panel, who basically insinuated, “that’s right, Neil. If Tom DeLay goes to jail, then within hours your marginal tax rate will go to 90%, your retirement savings will vanish, your bible and flags will be confiscated and burned, and your children will be indoctrinated as homosexuals. Good Luck, Folks!!!”

Heh. and they talk of a “partisan witchhunt.” What a load of B.S.