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August 06, 2010

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Freedom to hear all opinions has been really enhanced by the internet and the emergence of the Tea Party. We must figtht the moves to suppress by those who oppose having the people informed.

L.N. Smithee? Very close to Allan Smithee, "an official pseudonym used by film directors who wish to disown a project".

Sissy-
I wanted to thank you, and thanks to Glenn I've found where you live. You're now part of my daily beat!
Many thanks,
Saxon-American

Sweet titty-fucking Christ, who wrote this post? This kind of breezy, written like a blind-item-but-it's-not-a-blind-item, gossipy voice went out of style with Spy magazine. It's stupid and annoying and *awful*. It shouldn't take a fucking flow chart to follow who you are quoting and when.

In response to Nate Whilk: Here's how I came upon the nom de net L.N. Smithee twelve years ago:

I was on DrudgeReport.com when the then barely-known Matt Drudge posted the immortal headline about Newsweek spiking the Monica Lewinsky story hours before press time, eventually forcing the news rag to acknowledge the story existed. Shortly thereafter, Drudge's site was frequently overwhelmed and crashed several times a day.

Matt also attempted to create his own bulletin board via a link on Drudge Report, which I joined under the nickname "Al N. Smithee." Having tired of the vulgar, disgusting content of the troll-infested alt.fan.rush-limbaugh USENET newsgroup, I intended to post something on the Drudge board I had written about Gloria Steinem's March 22, 1998 New York Times Op-ed, "Feminists and the Clinton Question." Steinem claimed that even if the allegations of Paula Jones and Kathleen Willey were true, each incident fell short of having created a "hostile work environment." Why? Because after groping Willey in the Oval Office and exposing himself to Jones in a hotel room years before, Clinton took “no” for an answer. Subsequently, Steinem's essay became known as the "One Free Grope" editorial.

When I finished writing my critique of Steinem, I tried to post it on the Drudge board, but the site crashed again. I tried a second time and my nick "Al N. Smithee" was not acknowledged, so I re-registered again with the nick "L.N. Smithee" and tried again. Yet another crash. When Drudge Report came back up again, the link to the board was gone. Apparently, Matt thought it was more trouble than it was worth.

Having spent a lot of time writing that piece and nowhere to post it, I hit Drudge's link to Free Republic, registered there as L.N. Smithee, and posted it on March 26, 1998. I spent most of the next ten years commenting and posting on FR, but I rarely visit any more due to 1) rules that minimize exposure of original opinion pieces vs. excerpts from news articles, and 2) devolving terms of debate. I finally got tired of telling people not to fall for the tall tales of career criminal Larry Sinclair, who claims to have personal (carnal) knowledge that Obama's on "the down low."

Finally, Nate, here's what's funny about your remark about people "who wish to disown a project" - you know that Gloria Steinem op-ed that was published in the New York Times on March 22, 1998? Try to search for it on NYTimes.com, and you WON'T find it. THEY SPIKED IT, presumably at Steinem's request! You're supposed to be able to search what was in the Times going back to 1851, but Gloria's "One Free Grope" editorial was selectively flushed down the memory hole! Can I prove it ever existed, then? Yes I can, in two ways. First: It was cut-and-pasted in its entirety on an educrat newsgroup here:

http://www2.edc.org/WomensEquity/edequity98/0561.html

Secondly, while the Times got rid of the original piece, a Letter to the Editor criticizing it remains here:

http://tiny.cc/1FreeGropeLetter

LNSmithee. That's quite a tale. NYT did same thing with Sunday Magazine cover story "Saint Hillary," as blogged here.

That's quite a tale. NYT did same thing with Sunday Magazine cover story "Saint Hillary," as blogged here: http://sisu.typepad.com/sisu/saint_hillary/

Sissy

In case my comments on Dave Weigel's 9 August Tea Party piece (http://www.slate.com/id/2263422/) are "disappeared", I thought I'd share them with you.

Deconstructing Dave Weigel - read it before the Stalinesque Slate editors erase it.

"Billy Bob Thornton cleaned up for a job interview" = ignrint peckerwood
"Unfortunately, meet-and-greet coincided with Ken Vogel's latest Politico write-up " = "off the record" message coordination scores again!
"floundering campaign ...... happens to be experience that FreedomWorks can use" = because, of course, they're floundering, too
"burn their own time" = waste their own time
"gallery" = peanut gallery
"It's not clear that FreedomWorks has anything at all to fear from the MSM." = all MSM coverage of the Tea Party movement exhibits the impartiality of a Solomon
"a pledge for contenders to make to prove their Tea Party bona fides" = propensity of conservative persons to be “closed-minded” or “dogmatically rigid”; systemic closure

Before this post is sent to Siberia for rehabilitation, this apposite lyric from Lewis Carroll:

“His form is ungainly — his intellect small —”
 (So the Bellman would often remark)
“But his courage is perfect! And that, after all,
 Is the thing that one needs with a Snark.”

Saxon-American: It looks like your latest comments were, indeed, removed by Slate editor, despite Dave Weigel's having assured me via twitter that said ed had agreed NOT to remove comments following removal of your earlier remarks.

Well, we know we can't trust "these" people -- Slate editors, WaPo editors, Journolist types -- who think we're too stupid to notice, I guess.

Anyway, don't know whether you've seen, thought you would enjoy, Dan Riehl's thoughts on the subject:

Smug David "White Boy" Weigel Angers Slate Readers

http://bit.ly/9MuGTV


Saxon-American: It looks like your latest comments were, indeed,
removed by Slate editor, despite Dave Weigel's having assured me via
twitter that said ed had agreed NOT to remove comments following removal
of your earlier remarks.Well, we know we can't trust "these" people -- Slate editors, WaPo
editors, Journolist types -- who think we're too stupid to notice, I
guess.Anyway, don't know whether you've seen, thought you would enjoy, Dan Riehl's thoughts on the subject:Smug David "White Boy" Weigel Angers Slate Readershttp://bit.ly/9MuGTV

Sissy

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