Democrat Attorneys General: Are You Kidding Me?

From my email inbox this morning…a request from the Democratic Attorneys General Association:

A petition? To who? We have pretty much seen what each side is going to do in the vote for Judge Kavanaugh. Who exactly is going to give this petition any attention? This is the best use of our time and money to oppose this nomination at the eleventh hour?

Here’s the rest of the email:

Friends – Congress is racing to confirm Donald Trump’s extremist Supreme Court nominee, even as Senate Democrats expose Brett Kavanaugh for what he is, and no, he’s not a minivan-driving soccer dad.

Kavanaugh’s nomination has been dangerous from day one. During his confirmation hearing, he refused to say whether a president could be held accountable for crimes – no wonder he’s Trump’s pick! And his anti-choice record became crystal clear when Democrats released anti-Roe v. Wade documents that Trump and Mitch McConnell wanted to keep secret.

After last week’s testimony, it’s clearer than ever that Kavanaugh is unfit to serve on the Supreme Court. And the American people deserve to know the full truth behind recent assault allegations before his confirmation process can move any further.

But the final Senate vote is planned for TODAY. There’s still time to stop this, but it’s URGENT that we hear from 20,000 Democrats before midnight tonight. Add your name right away if you’re committed to protecting our democracy against attacks from Trump and his extremist SCOTUS pick:

(emphasis in the original)

Yesterday I was teasing the Trump/Pence 2020 Campaign for silliness in emails about the Kavanaugh vote. I’ll have to admit that the Democratic AGs here are just as clueless. The vote is scheduled for this afternoon, how exactly will having 20,000 signatures BEFORE MIDNIGHT TONIGHT, have any value whatsoever…even if anyone who cared was going to look at this. I am assuming this is just another fundraising come on or name and address collection effort hiding behind ‘doing something’.

But really ladies and gentlemen. Can we spend our time and limited resources on actual actions that may be meaningful? A feel good adding my name to a questionable petition doesn’t accomplish much of anything. Can we focus on actually returning to power in Washington and state houses across the nation?

And for full disclosure…this final footnote from the email:

So What Happens to Blogging Blue If We Lose Net Neutrality?

Obviously Blogging Blue doesn’t have the wherewithal to buy access to premium internet services if we lose net neutrality. So will you still be able to get your daily fix of skewed political commentary and sarcastic responses to commenters? Will the page load at a reasonable speed? Will it be found at all?

The loss of net neutrality is being sold as letting the market determine the winners and losers. But once again it seems like the haves will get to have some more…and the have nots may disappear into the ether. One of the pluses to net neutrality is Zach could start this site and I can keep it running without a lot of effort or financial risk. Essentially, though not literally, Blogging Blue’s voice is available as fully as the NY Times or Breitbart. Yes certainly we live or die on our content and marketing skills…and the amount of time and money we have to invest…but it feels that all things are being equal until now.

The FCC has a comments page going and it sounds like it’s being hacked and trolled in favor in eliminating net neutrality. So some are suggesting they put off their decision until they can sort out the chaff. Probably isn’t going to happen under the Trump regime. But once we lose it, there is very little chance we’ll ever get it back. Do we devolve our internet to being like China?

And the internet has allowed small entrepreneurs build new sites and new businesses that are worth billions and supply communication, products, and information around the world. Would Amazon, Google, Facebook exist if they were starting out in an internet without neutrality. Will the next round of inventors have the same opportunity?

And yes, big conglomerates have invested millions and billions of dollars to build the Internet’s infrastructure. But your tax dollars and government resources invented it and developed it. It really should still be ours!!!

From today’s Washington Post:

The Federal Communications Commission is expected later this month to repeal landmark regulations that aim to ensure that all websites, large and small, are treated equally by Internet service providers.

On the NFL, Flags, National Anthems and Racism…from the internet:

I stole this, it is not mine, but it makes a good point:

If your way of proving that black people in this country are not oppressed is by insisting that they lose their jobs (or worse) for not exercising their rights in a manner that is acceptable to you, you may want to work on a new argument.

Punishing people for exercising their rights means that those rights are conditional, and apparently subject to the approval of other citizens. I’m pretty sure that it is the definition of oppression when I can only exercise my rights when and how you say I can.

I wish I had thought of this…and could be this eloquent.

Governor Mike Pence Used A Personal Email Account for Indiana State Business

This really shouldn’t come as much of a surprise since it seems to be pretty much standard operating procedure for government in the US at all levels…but considering the continual harassment of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton by the members of the GOP in Congress over her personal email server…you’d think they’d vet their vice-presidential candidate just a bit…I mean wouldn’t you?

But from a techie’s point of view, to me the biggest surprise is: He was using AOL! That’s even still a thing?

Vice President Mike Pence routinely used a private email account to conduct public business as governor of Indiana, at times discussing sensitive matters and homeland security issues.

Emails released to The Indianapolis Star in response to a public records request show Pence communicated via his personal AOL account with top advisers on topics ranging from security gates at the governor’s residence to the state’s response to terror attacks across the globe. In one email, Pence’s top state homeland security adviser relayed an update from the FBI regarding the arrests of several men on federal terror-related charges.

Pence’s office in Washington said in a written statement Thursday: “Similar to previous governors, during his time as Governor of Indiana, Mike Pence maintained a state email account and a personal email account. As Governor, Mr. Pence fully complied with Indiana law regarding email use and retention. Government emails involving his state and personal accounts are being archived by the state consistent with Indiana law, and are being managed according to Indiana’s Access to Public Records Act.”

And normally I wouldn’t make a very big deal out of this except for:

Pence fiercely criticized Clinton throughout the 2016 presidential campaign, accusing her of trying to keep her emails out of public reach and exposing classified information to potential hackers.

And then this yeah but:

Indiana law requires all records dealing with state business to be retained and available for public information requests. Emails exchanged on state accounts are captured on state servers, which can be searched in response to such requests. But any emails Pence sent from his AOL account to another private account likely would have been hidden from public record searches unless he took steps to make them available.

Indiana Public Access Counselor Luke Britt, who was appointed by Pence in 2013, said he advises state officials to copy or forward their emails involving state business to their government accounts to ensure the record is preserved on state servers.

But there is no indication that Pence took any such steps to preserve his AOL emails until he was leaving the governor’s office.

So can we stop persecuting Ms. Clinton now? And if this is actually as big an issue as we all feel it is (myself included) can we get actual law outlawing the use of private emails and private servers and define how electronic media is used in the pursuit of the public’s business?

Bernie Sanders Says We Don’t Want That Crap

Last week Zach posted a number articles about the bad behavior on the Democratic campaign trail: The bad behavior of Bernie supporters and I #feelthebern, but that doesn’t mean I won’t support Hillary if she’s the Democratic nominee .

And apparently that bad behavior has caught the attention of one of the candidates. On CNN, Bernie Sanders very directly said how he feels:

Sen. Bernie Sanders had a terse message for any of his supporters who engage in online harassment “we don’t want that crap.” He told CNN on Sunday that the so-called “Berniebro” phenomenon is “disgusting” and that “anybody who is supporting me that is doing the sexist things — we don’t want them.”

And his campaign is being proactive in getting exactly that message out:

Meanwhile, the Sanders campaign has engaged in an escalating series of tactics trying to convince the Berniebros to cut it out. Sanders rapid response director asked the senator’s supporters to chill on Twitter:

Bernie Crap Response


Similarly, the campaign’s digital media director Héctor Sigala wrote on the online forum Reddit that “we love our supporters and we know we wouldn’t be here without you all, but it does add a layer of complexity when we have to track what you all do during some moments when we are shaping our messaging.” He added a warning to the senator’s most obnoxious supporters: “just know you represent our movement and be respectful with those who disagree with you.”

to wrap this all up, here’s something that I totally agree with:

It’s not every day that a candidate labels activities that are ostensibly done to bolster his or her candidacy “crap.”

Full disclosure: I am not in either camp yet…my candidate dropped out after Iowa.