What Your Twitter Will Soon Look Like (and What Mine Looks Like Now)

Well my mother always told me I was special… and now there is proof! Behold my special Twitter List Beta awesomeness (click to enlarge):

Twitter Lists

Yup. I’m in a very exclusive beta for Twitter’s much talked about new feature lists. How exclusive you ask? Well… I have no idea actually but it seems pretty exclusive given that only 311 of the 3,867,501 who follow Ashton Kutcher have made a list that includes him (click to enlarge): Continue reading “What Your Twitter Will Soon Look Like (and What Mine Looks Like Now)”

Extend the Bush Tax Cuts

On 1 January 2011, the Bush Tax Cuts are set to expire and there is fierce debate whether or not to extend them. These tax cuts, despite what the liberals say, are not solely focused on “the rich”. The reduction in tax rates brought us out of the 2001 recession and contributed to the economic growth, starting in 2003. However, due to the media’s amazing work (sarcasm), people really don’t know what the 2001 and 2003 tax cuts actually did. But, that’s why I’m here.

Many people on the Left wrongly blame the current recession on the Bush Tax Cuts. They say our budget problem came from these tax cuts “for the rich”. However, as seen in this chart , the immense deficits we are facing come from excessive amounts of government spending, mainly in entitlement programs like Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid. Meanwhile, instead of reeling in this out of control spending, in the past year, our federal government has increased the budget deficit four times the amount it was in the last fiscal year. Continue reading “Extend the Bush Tax Cuts”

The Truth About the “Military Kidnapping” Video From the G-20

By now the video which apparently shows military personnel “kidnapping” a protester right off the streets of Pittsburgh yesterday has already made the internet rounds. It even made it on to the Drudge report this morning. Thus, not surprisingly the complete lack of facts surrounding what is happening in the video and its brevity have lead to wild speculation about what is really happening.

In case you missed it here it is:

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Live Tweeting President Obama’s Speech to the UN

Since I was recently randomly granted press credentials by the white house I figured I’d give covering the President a shot. So I now present, in chronological order, my live tweeting of President Obama’s speech to the United Nations as I heard it:

Obama: “bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla *head swivel* bla bla bla *head swivel* bla bla bla bla”

Obama: “bla bla bla bla cleavage bla bla bla in this body bla bla bla” Continue reading “Live Tweeting President Obama’s Speech to the UN”

A Few Notes On the POLITICO Situation

There’s a couple more things I think I should say about this whole nightmare…

First, I want to take this time to thank everybody for the outpouring of support that I’ve received up until now. I can’t say thank you enough.

Second, I think it’s important to note, as Ed Morrissey and Instapundit do, that POLITICO easily could have taken a much more civil and decent approach to this if they were really concerned about people confusing my site with theirs… I most certainly would have been open to working with them to figure something out. Now, instead, I’m going to have to wait for legal council to advise me how to go forward.

Third, there are some people saying that they want to buy up something + politico domains to stick it to POLITICO. Obviously I can’t control what you do but personally I don’t think its a great idea. They may very well come after you legally as well… Plus there already are many sites which use something + politico that prove the point anyway.

Fourth, there is a growing call to boycott POLITICO. I just want to make sure that everyone knows I didn’t come up with or push that idea. In my view I just want to put out the facts of what’s going on and let people react as they see fit… and I certainly don’t feel that anybody owes me anything or ought to react in any particular way to what’s happening to me.

Five, given that I don’t believe anybody owes me anything I feel like I should thank everybody again for caring about what’s happening to me and showing their support for me in whatever way they can. It has been extremely heartening.

Six, there have been some people who have expressed interest in donating money to help me defend myself against POLITICO. Again I really appreciate the support but right now I’m looking into pro bono representation (which I have some leads on right now) so I don’t feel right taking donations that might not go toward my defense. If I can’t get pro bono representation I will check out prices from other lawyers and give you guys a number to work towards.

I’ll bring you guys more updates on this situation as soon as they happen… again, thank you so much for your support

POLITICO Threatens to Sue Me

Today I received a cease and desist letter from Dow Lohnes PLLC on behalf of Capitol News Company LLC which is theĀ bullypublisher of POLITICO. They claim that my domain name “thecollegepolitico.com” and its contents are “confusingly similar” to their trademarks. They then make absurd unfounded claims that I somehow specifically choose to use the term “politico” in my name to steal their readers and confuse them into thinking that POLITICO is a tiny conservative college opinion blog run by a single person.

They replay this same argument several times and then “demand” that I, within 10 days, stop all use of the label “The College Politico”, literally give them control of my domain name “thecollegepolitico.com”, and write them a letter declaring I will permanently cease and refrain from all future use of “The College Politico” or anything similar to POLITICO. Continue reading “POLITICO Threatens to Sue Me”