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Via TPM:

Carney and Todd exchanged jabs at the White House daily press briefing, beginning when Todd asked who "misled" President Obama into thinking that the rollout and website launch would be smooth.

Carney said Obama was "frustrated" with the problems, which he suggested were a byproduct of higher-than-expected web traffic.

"There's no question," Carney said, "that the volumes exceeded substantially the expectations and that the testing that was done was based on —"

"If this were a volume issue," Todd interrupted, "adding a server would have fixed it in a heartbeat. That isn't the issue, right?"

"Well, I'm pretty confident ... you haven't written code in your day," Carney shot back.

Todd acknowledged that he's not a "computer science guy" but still wondered why, if the administration were dealing with "simply a traffic issue," it would be so difficult to fix.


Thu Jul 04, 2013 at 12:13 PM PDT

France is Doing it Too.

by VelvetElvis

Who wants to guess which first world country will be next revealed to have a comprehensive domestic surveillance program?

France's external intelligence agency spies on the French public's phone calls, emails and social media activity in France and abroad, the daily Le Monde said on Thursday.

It said the DGSE intercepted signals from computers and telephones in France, and between France and other countries, although not the content of phone calls, to create a map of "who is talking to whom". It said the activity was illegal.

"All of our communications are spied on," wrote Le Monde, which based its report on unnamed intelligence sources as well as remarks made publicly by intelligence officials.

"Emails, text messages, telephone records, access to Facebook and Twitter are then stored for years," it said.

The activities described are similar to those carried out by the U.S. National Security Agency, as described in documents leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden.

Welcome to the future.  This is how the world works and nothing is going to change.


The following is a comment I just made in another diary.  I've dabbled for years with writing science fiction so that's my perspective here.  A lot of this is, I admit, based on speculation.  It still explains more of the reaction we've seen from the federal government and BP than anything else I've heard so far.  Like anything else I might post after midnight, this was written partially under the influence and I apologize for not being as coherent as I might otherwise be.

Let's look at the facts on the ground (or underground), and try and figure out what the fuck is going on, shall we?

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You know, Andrew Breitbart, the dude who sponsored the heavily edited ACORN "pimp" videos by James O'Keefe which eventually brought down the organization?

The guy who introduced keynote speaker Sara Palin at the Tea Party convention in Nashville TN?

The Matt Drudge protégé who has brought us such illustrious sleezy conservative websites as,, and

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Fri Sep 05, 2008 at 04:10 PM PDT

More Important People Who Died

by VelvetElvis

I thought I'd take the time to commemorate the deaths of some people who, though they were not famous or married to anyone famous, were all important to someone.

According to the AP,five of the named storms this past Atlantic hurricane season have resulted in fatalities.

  • Arthur: 5 in Belize; 2 in Honduras
  • Dolly: 1 in Mexico; 1 in Florida
  • Fay: 15 in Florida; 9 in Haiti; 3 in Dominican Republic.
  • Gustav: 76 in Haiti; 26 in the U.S. (19 in Louisiana, 4 in Georgia, 3 in Mississippi); 12 in Jamaica; 8 in Dominican Republic
  • Hanna: 137 in Haiti; 2 in Puerto Rico.

2 Goodwill Workers were shot to death in San Fransisco's Mission District, bringing the area's total number of violent deaths in the past two weeks to seven.

In Chatham Mass., a man drowned trying to rescue his ten year old daughter from treacherous ocean currents at a public beach.

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Mon Sep 01, 2008 at 09:11 AM PDT

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by VelvetElvis

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Mister Full deck himself, Ace of Spades.

The fiscal conservatives are cracking up over Huckabee.  I figured they would, but here's what I didn't expect.

Not that what one blogger thinks matters that much, but if Huckabee gets the nomination, I'm voting Democratic. It's not just an idle threat; I just won't vote for him and in fact won't even vote third party or stay home. I'll vote for the Democratic candidate, even Hillary. I won't be a party to selling out everything the party is supposed to stand for to a liberal ideology. If we're going to have eight years of liberal rule, I'd rather the Democratic Party be governing, so at least they can take the blame.

And, quite frankly, Hillary is to the right of Huckabee on most issues, if only because she's politically afraid to do the kind of crap Huckabee does and dream of doing at night. She couldn't afford to be as soft as Iran as Huckabee would.

And I don't think I'm alone on this.

Ain't that freaky?

Greatest hits from the comment thread after the jump.

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Wed Nov 28, 2007 at 12:30 PM PST

With all due respect Ms. Clinton

by VelvetElvis

are you fucking kidding me?

Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton has been talking for some time now about how, if she is elected president, she will ask both Democratic and Republican statesmen to hit the road on her behalf to declare that "bipartisan foreign policy is back" in post-George W. Bush America.

While Mrs. Clinton has pointed to her husband as an emissary, it has been unclear for some time which Republicans she had in mind. But in South Carolina today, speaking to a group of black ministers, Mrs. Clinton dropped a name publicly that she has hinted at privately before.

"I won’t even wait until I’m inaugurated, but as soon as I’m elected I’m going to be asking distinguished Americans of both parties — people like Colin Powell, for example, and others — who can represent our country well, including someone I know very well," Mrs. Clinton said, according to a Fox News Web report. "Because I want to send a message heard across the world. The era of cowboy diplomacy is over."

What's next?  Jayson Blair for press secretary?

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There.  I said it.

I will not vote for Hillary Clinton in the general election. No matter what. I'm trying the idea on for size anyway and really it feels pretty good.

Those who have not skipped directly to troll rating my tip jar may be wondering why I would take such a seemingly destructive position, one that is contrary to my own self-interest.

Click to keep reading (or troll rate my tip jar.)

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This was just posted on slashdot:

According to this AP story posted in the Houston Chronicle:

ATHENS, ALA.  The Tennessee Valley Authority shut down one of three units at the Browns Ferry nuclear plant Thursday because water drawn from a river to cool the reactor was too hot, a spokesman said.

The nation's largest public utility shut down Unit 2 about 5:42 p.m. CDT because water drawn from the Tennessee River was exceeding a 90-degree average over 24 hours, amid a blistering heat wave across the Southeast.

"We don't believe we've ever shut down a nuclear unit because of river temperature," said John Moulton, spokesman for the Knoxville, Tenn.-based utility.

Isn't the future something?

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Thu May 24, 2007 at 11:41 PM PDT

Dear Senator

by VelvetElvis

Dear Senator.

I'm really pissed off.

Regardless of the fact that I am not one of your constituents, I raised money for your 2006 campaign by selling my cats into slavery.  Your state is one of the square ones right?  The sacrifice was painful, but it was one I was willing to make having read on DailyKos that you support perpetual motion and perpetual motion is a goal that we on DailyKos all agree must happen right now, no matter what.  

Senator, I don't know what to say.  It's now seven months into your term and we have no perpetual motion machine.  I am so distressed.  I will never vote for another democrat again.  

Honestly, the Greens look like a much better option than the democrats anyway.  According to someone on My Left Wing, the Green Party platform promises both perpetual motion and flight for pigs.

I'm so thankful for the blogs.  Without them I'd never know the truth of American political reality.

Somebody Else's Constituent


This is unexpected

Filmmaker Michael Moore's brilliant and uplifting new documentary, "Sicko," deals with the failings of the U.S. healthcare system, both real and perceived. But this time around, the controversial documentarian seems to be letting the subject matter do the talking, and in the process shows a new maturity.

Unlike many of his previous films ("Roger and Me," "Bowling for Columbine," "Fahrenheit 9-11"), "Sicko" works because in this one there are no confrontations. Moore smartly lets very articulate average Americans tell their personal horror stories at the hands of insurance companies. The film never talks down or baits the audience.

Outtakes from a few more early reviews below:

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