June 10, 2002

Blacklists, EDP, and blogs

We've all heard of GIGO, right? Garbage in, garbage out? Apparently the FBI goes a step beyond that; good data in, no data out without looking in a dozen dumpsters. Speaking of computers, here's some pictures of the first one I ever worked on/with. Schism in 2002! "Warblogs" vs. other blogs? Methinks the NYT is making much of very little, or, as Gertrude Stein said, "There is no there there."

Many questionable (in my mind, anyway) behaviors can be found on both sides of the political divide in Washington. That being said, this one seems entirely beyond the pale. Apparently the Republican party faithful, led by Grover Nyquist (he who espouses, among other things, naming at least one public building in every county in America after Ronald Reagan), are compiling lists of lobbyists and their party affiliations with an eye toward pressuring trade associations into firing Democratic employees and replacing them with Republicans. Did I mention McCarthyism a few days ago? If it looks like a blacklist, smells like a blacklist. . .

On a lighter note, if you like political satire, go read Mr. Kurtz today; he's not aiming at anyone in particular, just the thought of consolidating all those departments in general.

Posted by Linkmeister at June 10, 2002 10:42 PM