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According to this NYTimes story, White House lawyers have written the satirical paper The Onion insisting they stop using the Presidential Seal on their web page featuring fake Presidential radio addresses.

It's simply baffling.  Not only does it beg the question of proper use of taxpayer resources, it shows an utter misunderstanding of free speech protections for satire, and it just opens the door for the The Onion to retaliate with even more satire.  While there has been no lack of material for them in recent weeks, they've got to be drooling over this.

One can only hope that Harriet Miers was somehow involved . . .

Originally posted to unencrypted on Tue Oct 25, 2005 at 08:58 AM PDT.

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  •  Tags are your friend (none)
    already diaried yesterday.

    "My job is to protect the American people." George W. Bush. Did he?

    by PAprogressive on Tue Oct 25, 2005 at 08:55:50 AM PDT

    •  do the diary police (none)
      have to be so strict? I missed it yesterday and was glad to read this diary. I don't have time to read every single headline of every single diary every single day.
      •  I wasn't trying to be rude. (none)
        Sorry if you took it that way.  I was simply reminding you that the tag system was designed to avoid duplicate diaries.  

        No one has time to peruse all the diaries these days, which is why the tags are useful.

        "My job is to protect the American people." George W. Bush. Did he?

        by PAprogressive on Tue Oct 25, 2005 at 09:17:48 AM PDT

        [ Parent ]

        •  I'm not the diarist (none)
          Just another reader. But thanks for your kind and tactful response.

          I can understand that we don't want a dozen, or even half a dozen, diaries all being posted within an hour of each other on the same subject. Or several on the Recent Diary list all at once. I hate that too. But when there's only a few diaries on the same subject a day or two apart, I think it's more of a benefit than a liability for most of us, who do miss quite a bit throughout the course of each day. It's not just your comment, and I didn't mean to attack you personally about this, but I'm noticing so many rigorous posters asking people to delete diaries in situations such as this one, and it's often something I've been glad to read about.

    •  twice yesterday! (none)
      :}

      Time to reboot this neocon infested government and restore the Constitution from the protected archive

      by shpilk on Tue Oct 25, 2005 at 09:26:27 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  Amazing (none)

       These boys and girls, so tight lipped, on message and disciplined in their first time, are unraveling so badly. It's a sight for sore eyes, let me tell you.
  •  There's (none)
    a joke in here somewhere about clubbing baby presdintial seals....

    Al Qeada is a faith-based initiative.

    by drewfromct on Tue Oct 25, 2005 at 08:59:46 AM PDT

  •  Being from The Onion's home state (none)
    and city of origin, I'm proud of them.

    I also hope they fight this all they got. I'll contribute to their legal defense fund if they go to the mat.

  •  Sigh... (none)
    As much as I detest being a member of the Diary Police, I once again feel the need to remind eveyone that this is not a headline news website. If you've got commentary to offer then post away. Otherwise, we can read the news just as well as you can, okay?
    •  Huh . . . (none)
      It's no lengthy essay, and I admit I missed the entry that was diaried about this yesterday, but I see a few lines of observations about the White House's misstep here that went beyond what the news reported.

      I'm new to this, please advise.

      •  You're right. (none)
        Perhaps I meant "significant commentary."

        The rub seems to be that with the explosion of DailyKos activity there's a flood of new diaries, and the number seems to grow every day. As far as I can tell, this sets the old guard (of which I should not leave the impression I am a member of) off a bit -- they would prefer that only "diaries of some substance" (the definition of such being highly subjective) be posted, and general short commentary be reserved for open threads.

        I've only been involved with DKos for about 18 months (I think...) but in that time I've seen it go from a place in which serious thinking in the form of short-to-medium essays could find an outlet, to a kind of free-form hit-and-run political bulletin board. There are other websites that serve as "breaking news" clearing houses. Kossaks of yore prefer that DKos retain its special character and depth.

        Please note that these are the observations of but one Kossak, and that I should not and cannot claim to speak for Kos nor the community at large.

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