Saturday, February 9, 2013

Must Reads

Steve Benen: Boehner's bewildering bombast

The Rude Pundit: You Can Hate Obama for Drone Strikes and Support Him on Other Things

Charles Pierce: Down The Pipeline

Katla McGlynn: Bill Maher Tells Donald Trump To 'Suck It Up,' Dismisses $5 Million 'Orangutan' Lawsuit

Imani Gandy: Racist White Rabbit at Disneyland Refuses to Dirty Paws on Black Kid’s Skin

NJ Star Ledger: Christie wrong to slam report about AshBritt cleanup contract with N.J. towns: Editorial

Jim Wright: Open the Pod Bay Doors, HAL

Steve Benen: This Week In God

President Obama's Weekly Address - February 9, 2013

Averting the Sequester and Finding a Balanced Approach to Deficit Reduction

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

DesertCroneNM Pushes Back on UniteBlue

For those of you who follow me on twitter, you may have noticed I'm concerned about this onslaught of new followers I'm getting through something called Unite Blue. But I first  need to set the stage for this little drama.

When someone follows me, it's generally after we've chatted or one of us has RTed the other's tweet. Before Unite Blue I had about 1750 followers, but in about a week, that number has jumped to 1960 without my having interaction with the the new followers.  I can't keep up with them. When I get a new follow, I check her/his followers list to see if we have any common ones. Then I begin reading tweets. So this process takes some time, but if new followers pass my background check, I'll follow back.

I've just had a bad feeling about Unite Blue, which I've discussed with @jhw2212 (Jennifer on the this blog) during numerous phone calls. Today she called & told me to check if I was following Unite Blue. Well, I didn't need to check because I knew I wasn't. After much explanation, Jen finally convinced me that I was probably following Unite Blue and told me how to check. I'll be damned if I wasn't following Unite Blue.

I was completely astounded and began tweeting about my experience to warn others. I'm not casting aspersions  on UB.  Maybe it is what it claims to be. However, I like to choose who I follow, not have someone else choose for me.

Here's my theory. I think that somehow UB has taken over Connect the Left's twitter account, maybe by hacking into it or by some other less nefarious scheme. So when  the name on the Connect the Left account was changed  to Unite Blue, everyone following CTL became a follower of Unite Blue.

I don't like the way this was done. I think it was dishonest. And if this kind of deception becomes commonplace on Twitter, then I have no use for it.

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Must Reads

Charles Pierce: An Anniversary You Won't See On Television

Joy-Ann Reid: Four things that are true (even if Republicans don’t want them to be)

Mark Leccese: Scott Brown's Twitter trouble

Steve Benen: 'Ardent fans of the U.S. military'

Chez Pazienza: Stay Classy, Assholes

Alex Seitz-Wald: Memo to Mamet: Stick to plays

The Rude Pundit: Hispanic Republicans to White Republicans: You Can Still Be Jerks, Just Not Such Big Jerks

President Obama's Weekly Address - February 2, 2013

A Balanced Approach to Growing the Economy in 2013