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Googlebombing the elections?

Tuesday, October 24th, 2006

Chris Bowers has started an interesting project over at MyDD and has been accused of being unscrupulous for doing it. I’m not sure if it will work, but the part of me that understands how search engine optimization works thinks it will — that’s why I’m purposefully not linking to the posts from detractors. I also happen to believe this is a completely valid way to ensure citizens searching for information about their candidates will have easier access to all the facts they need.

–AZ-Sen: Jon Kyl
–AZ-01: Rick Renzi
–AZ-05: J.D. Hayworth
–CA-04: John Doolittle
–CA-11: Richard Pombo
–CA-50: Brian Bilbray
–CO-04: Marilyn Musgrave
–CO-05: Doug Lamborn
–CO-07: Rick O’Donnell
–CT-04: Christopher Shays
–FL-13: Vernon Buchanan
–FL-16: Joe Negron
–FL-22: Clay Shaw
–ID-01: Bill Sali
–IL-06: Peter Roskam
–IL-10: Mark Kirk
–IL-14: Dennis Hastert
–IN-02: Chris Chocola
–IN-08: John Hostettler
–IA-01: Mike Whalen
–KS-02: Jim Ryun
–KY-03: Anne Northup
–KY-04: Geoff Davis
–MD-Sen: Michael Steele
–MN-01: Gil Gutknecht
–MN-06: Michele Bachmann
–MO-Sen: Jim Talent
–MT-Sen: Conrad Burns
–NV-03: Jon Porter
–NH-02: Charlie Bass
–NJ-07: Mike Ferguson
–NM-01: Heather Wilson
–NY-03: Peter King
–NY-20: John Sweeney
–NY-26: Tom Reynolds
–NY-29: Randy Kuhl
–NC-08: Robin Hayes
–NC-11: Charles Taylor
–OH-01: Steve Chabot
–OH-02: Jean Schmidt
–OH-15: Deborah Pryce
–OH-18: Joy Padgett
–PA-04: Melissa Hart
–PA-07: Curt Weldon
–PA-08: Mike Fitzpatrick
–PA-10: Don Sherwood
–RI-Sen: Lincoln Chafee
–TN-Sen: Bob Corker
–VA-Sen: George Allen
–VA-10: Frank Wolf
–WA-Sen: Mike McGavick
–WA-08: Dave Reichert

New Sestak ad

Friday, October 20th, 2006

Jim Savage rocks! (He’s the first one in the ad.)

Kudos to Dem tech firms

Wednesday, August 23rd, 2006

There was some good news out of the progressive internet tech world today as we learned about Joementum’s difficulties finding a vendor to rebuild their website for the general election. (Strange that they wouldn’t just stick with their current vendors since they’ve claimed their site was “hacked” right before the primary, not that it simply went down due to total incompetence. I wonder how that FBI investigation is coming along…)

Thumbs-up go to Blue State Digital and Plus Three for rejecting the Lieberman campaign’s lucrative offer of a reported $300k to build the flagship site for the new Connecticut for Lieberman party. It’s even more embarassing that BSD was even approached for this project considering they are the ones responsible for the Ned Lamont website — anyone with even a little online savvy could’ve figured that part out.

Blue buy generic lexapro online State’s response to Joementum was short and sweet:

“Thank you for your inquiry generic lexapro by teva about Blue State Digital’s technology services. Unfortunately, we cannot be of service to the Lieberman campaign. We work exclusively with Democratic candidates.”

Sorry, Joe, there’s already a Democrat in this race.

Even more fun is this fantastic ad for Campaign Engine running on Swing State Project (top right corner). It reads:

If Joe Lieberman had used Campaign Engine, his site would still be up.

Good thing he didn’t.

Congrats to Ned Lamont!

Someone will take Joementum’s money — it’s an awful lot of money — and they’ll build a website which won’t buckle under heavy load like last time. But whoever builds that site won’t be someone progressives and Democrats should want to work with, and they’ll be showing they don’t get it any more than Team Joe does. And maybe, just maybe, they’ll toss and turn at night. One thing’s for sure, though: there are some progressive tech firms who are gonna sleep like babies tonight.


Saturday, July 1st, 2006

Jogo bonito

Friday, June 30th, 2006

Portugal jerseyTerrible, dark photo taken in a mirrored window.

I learned a valuable lesson today while walking around downtown with my direct-from-eBay Portugal jersey — people are going to expect you to know something about the game. An article I read somewhere said only 6% of Americans are following the World Cup at all, so at least I know I’m in that demographic somewhere. But judging by the number of jerseys I’ve seen today, that number must be significantly higher in metro D.C. And when people see you sporting a team’s jersey, they’re going to want to talk soccer with you.

While walking up 18th toward K St., I was a little startled when a passing England fan patted me on the shoulder and offered his condolences in his best British accent: “I’m going to feel bad when we beat you guys tomorrow.” Rather than showing off my command of the Portuguese language, I chose instead to laugh nervously. Thankfully, he was walking much faster than I was. Also, I don’t know any Portuguese.

Later, the other passenger in the elevator ride upstairs noticed my jersey. “Did you see the Argentina game?” he asked.

“Not the whole thing,” I lied.

“But did you see the end?”

Another nervous laugh from me and the conversation ended just as I reached my floor. Clearly I need to start paying more attention to the games or give up the jersey. Downtown D.C. is not safe for fair-weather fans.

Speaking of fair weather, I took advantage of the uncharacteristically dry D.C. weather to try out the improved camera on my Sidekick 3. Despite a few shipping mix-ups which were pretty much all my fault, I managed to pick up the phone at the UPS office in Landover, MD, last night and so far I’m pretty happy with it. The trackball seems like a big improvement over the scroll wheel, and I’ve already got the meager 64mb miniSD card loaded up with an assortment of MP3s. While I hunt down a flash card with a little more room, take a look at the shots I grabbed over on Flickr.

With your help, I know we can [insert goal here]

Tuesday, June 27th, 2006

Got an email from Bill Clinton today on behalf of the DCCC, and I think it contains some sort of logic puzzle like the one the websites are now requiring for sending email to representatives. Here’s the part where I get stuck:

The DCCC has set a goal to raise $500,000 by June 30th and thanks to everyone’s generous support the DCCC has already raised $X, but your immediate help is vital to them reaching this important goal.

It’s been a while since high school calculus, but I think we need to know the value of X to determine the difference between that number and the final goal. Maybe there are clues in the rest of the email, or maybe I need some sort of DaVinci Code-style cryptex to figure it out… I’ll keep looking and report back.


Monday, June 19th, 2006


A guy wearing a Pittsburgh Steelers hard hat passed me on the sidewalk a little while ago. His job must make him wear protective headgear, but I guess he figured out a way to comply while still showing support for his team.

I wonder if they make NFL-logoed motorcycle helmets — surely there’s a market for that type of thing.

DSCC: not just for Democrats anymore

Wednesday, June 14th, 2006

Sen. Chuck Schumer, chair of the DSCC, unveiled a new committee policy during a press briefing today — Schumer is apparently prepared to back an independent candidate in a race against a Democrat.

As Ned Lamont continues to surge in polls leading up to Connecticut’s primary in August, rumblings are that Joe Lieberman is seriously considering running as an independent. And just as Lieberman has repeatedly refused to rule out the possibility of abandoning the Democratic Party, Schumer also refused to rule out supporting an independent Joementum bid for re-election.

The bottom line is that if Democratic voters in Connecticut choose Lamont to be their Senate candidate, the head of the DSCC is on record saying the committee would support Lieberman’s independent candidacy — this despite the fact that the stated mission of the committee is “to elect more Democrats to the United States Senate.” (Note that it doesn’t say “to keep the same old, white guys in office no matter how cozy they get with the Republican president.”) Markos calls it a declaration of war on the grassroots, and I’m not so sure he’s off the mark.

As a recent transplant from Pennsylvania, I was frustrated to see the behind the scenes maneuvering that knocked Barbara Hafer out of the Senate race, ignored the candidates who wouldn’t step aside, and declared Bob Casey, Jr. the nominee before the state’s Democrats had cast a single vote. But this latest turn of events sort of signals the D.C. establishment is taking things to a whole new level. The DSCC has their candidate in Connecticut, and the process — not to mention the voters — will not be allowed to get in the way.

Hotline’s Chuck Todd points out it might not be all that easy for Schumer’s DSCC to back an independent over a Democrat, but something tells me they’ll figure out a way to get around any sort of rules or regulations that might complicate things. The real question after this latest move, though, is whether they’ll figure out a way to convince Democrats who are paying attention that they should continue to support a committee which seems to have gone so far off track. links

Tuesday, April 18th, 2006

Cilantro haters unite

Monday, April 17th, 2006

No Cilantro

It’s no surprise to my co-workers that I am not a fan of cilantro. Because of this aversion, I’ve derailed or demurred at many suggested trips to Baja Fresh. (Side note: if the service was faster or if all the other customers didn’t seem oblivious as they walk into me while I wait for the oh-so-fresh gobs of cilantro to be plunked onto my otherwise passable tacos, I might be able to let it slide.) In fact, one of the low points of my recent trip to St. John was coming upon a patch of coriander on a hiking trail — of all the herbs on all the trails to idyllic, secluded beaches, why cilantro?

But I’ve never acted on my passion the way the folks at do. Mark at BoingBoing just put up a post about this growing community of cilantro haters who describe themselves as rational people despite their obsession with ridding the world of cilantro:

In fact, we are the most rational people on earth. No normally functioning human being would ever in a lifetime consider cilantro edible.

I’m not sure I’d go that far, but I am glad to know I’m not alone in my hatred of cilantro. Just one more example of how the internets can help make really strange people with really strange obsessions feel like they’re not all that strange after all.
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