Bristol Palin watch out… The AP has a crush on Levi Johnston

Yea, you read it right.

The Associated Press seems to have a crush on Levi Johnston, which is obviously odd considering the fact that the AP has been so very unfriendly and unprofessional towards the Palins.

On second thought though… I guess only one thing changed. Now instead of being unfriendly and unprofessional they are too friendly and unprofessional. I mean this article, while less deranged than their others, still fails the test of legitimacy for a professional news agency.

Just look at some of these quotes from the article (my emphasis added):

“Johnston, a Wasilla heartthrob, said he wanted to set the record straight.”

He’s dark haired, tall and muscular, sports a bit of stubble and drives a red Chevy Silverado truck.”

“He’d be the perfect cover for Field & Stream.

Seriously, I thought this was an article about Levi dispelling all the idiotic rumors swirling around him not a five dollar romance novel you’d buy from the corner drug store.

Don’t get me wrong though, I love that the AP suddenly decided to debunk some of the myths they surely helped to create but when I look at this article how am I supposed to take it seriously? Come on AP, being unprofessional in the other direction for once doesn’t make you balanced…

Don’t they get that image is… well, everything?


What was one of Sarah Palin’s aides thinking when they described her two day trip to Arizona in order to prepare for her upcoming showdown with Joe Biden as “Debate Camp”.

The same genius also referred to Sarah Palin as “SP”, I mean come on… what is this aide thinking?

Are they trying to make her look less ready to lead?

When you have a candidate whose biggest criticisms are that they are too young and inexperienced how can you refer to them in such an informal way when talking to the media? If you want to refute those criticisms you have to constantly refer to her as Governor Palin, constantly.


How can anybody think more highly of her after hearing that term? How can anybody see her as more presidential? How can anybody see her as more informed and intelligent?

Doesn’t this aide get that language and the way you use it is important? And who is letting this aide talk to the media… are you kidding me?

Image, people, its all about image.

Somebody please tell me this aide is unemployed by now…

(Hat tip: Hotair)

NewsBusters looks into my original Palin email scandal post. Here are their concerns and my response

Here’s the original post.

And here’s NewsBuster’s concerns:

  • I haven’t seen any evidence that the screenshot mentioned above was taken by “rubico.” It could be it was taken by the person who changed the password and informed Palin’s friend.
  • Even if it is, rubico was likely using a proxy when he/she came in to NewsBusters so all we’d have is rubico’s proxy’s IP.
  • We don’t know necessarily what time zone Palin had set on her Yahoo account. Could be she had set it for Alaska time which is 4 hours behind our server which is on Eastern time, could be she left it at the default which is Pacific Time as I remember.
  • We don’t know when the person who took the screenshot visited our NB page. Could be it was the 15th, could be it was the 16th. The screenshot in question could have been taken long after the email password was changed. We also don’t know when our NB visitor came in here in relation to the screenshot.

Let me go through these concerns one by one because they have all crossed my mind at one point or another:

1. I am absolutely positive that the screenshot NB is talking about IS from Rubico himself. I make this judgment based off of what Michelle Malkin (and others) have been reporting about what Rubico said on and what appears in the screenshot. You see, Rubico says while looking for an answer to one of the security questions he searched for the term “palin husband eloped” (which is what the search term is in the screenshot) on google and guess what the number two ranking site for that term is? Yup, Classless Alan Colmes: OMG the Palins Eloped! by NewsBusters (its the #1 result for palin eloped). And it seems really unlikely that anybody else other than Rubico would care to be doing the research that is evident in the screenshot i referenced. Also if you go through the other screen shots posted on Gawker you can easily tell which ones are from Rubico and which ones are from the so called “white knight”. All you need to do is look at the URL in each screen shot, the ones by the “white knight” are not sheilded by a proxy where as all of the Rubico screenshots are sheilded by’s proxy service.

2. I thought that for a second as evidenced by the first update. However, after some further observation I can now say confidently that he was NOT sheilded by a proxy when viewing the NewsBusters post, he only used the proxy on the yahoo site. There is a simple way to tell, all you have to do is look at the tabs in the screenshot. Unlike the yahoo, which shows the proxy url as the title of the tab, the Newsbusters tab shows the actual title of the story. Therefor he was NOT using a proxy to visit the NewsBusters post. Let me use some pictures to illustrate what I’m talking about:

Here is the close up of Rubico’s screenshot (Click on the pictures for their full size versions):

And here is what the tab looks like when you visit the NewsBusters post through the proxy Rubico used to hack Palin’s email:

And here is a comparison of Rubico’s non-proxy visit to NewsBusters and my proxied visit (Rubico is on top and my visit is on the bottom):

So as you can see through the pictures… he wasn’t using a proxy to visit NewsBusters. Which means they do have his actual IP address, somewhere.

3. Yea the time zone thing could be a minor problem. I guess it means that NewsBusters would have to check their logs for a visitor from the University of Tennesse, where David Kernell goes to school, at 4:23am EST and Pacific Time which I guess would be 8:23 am EST. But I would assume that’s possible? I don’t understand why it wouldn’t be?

But while I can’t be positive about the time zone for the email in the screenshot I think that we can safely guess that it is EST because, according to a report by Malkin, the original post by the hacker came around 4am EST ( shows times in EST) on Tuesday. If the email had referred to Pacific Time then the earliest Rubico could’ve posted something would’ve been 8:23 am EST.

4. Well, according to a tech-savvy guest over at Malkin:

Sarah Palin’s email account was hacked by one person. Not a group.

This person read her emails, then posted the username and password on /b/. This happened at about 4 in the morning on Tuesday.

Combine that with what Rubico said himself (again via Malkin):

THIS internet was serious business, yes I was behind a proxy, only one, if this s*** ever got to the FBI I was f*****, I panicked, i still wanted the stuff out there but I didn’t know how to rapids*** all that stuff, so I posted the pass on /b/, and then promptly deleted everything, and unplugged my internet and just sat there in a comatose state”.

Basically what he’s saying in this later post (from Wednesday) is that he almost immediately uploaded the info he had and then deleted everything because he got scared. That would mean that his screenshot must have come from sometime after 4:23 am EST and sometime before 5am EST. But since the visit to the NewsBusters website was for research on the answer to a Yahoo mail security question I would assume that it came sometime before 4:23 am EST and he probably only registered 1 pageview, since he would only have been interested in one piece of information from NewsBusters, where Todd and Sarah Palin met.

After all of this I really think there are several things we can learn about these screenshots. They are, in fact, from Rubico. They show he is on a NewsBusters post while hacking into Palin’s email. They show that he is NOT using a proxy to view the NewsBuster post. They give us a specific time frame that he was on the NewsBusters post. Those things are important because they mean that NewsBusters, most likely, can figure out if David Kernell (or rather someone from the University of Tennessee, who I would assume is David Kernell) was on that specific post durring that specific time frame. Is it evidence that you could use in court? Certainly not, but is it enough to get one step closer to convincing me and put a clearer focus on Kernell? Absolutely.

Also, on a side note, NewsBusters said: “We have the log files at our disposal should the feds come asking for more details. I’m not holding my breath for a request, however, based on the above reasons.”

Now, I still agree that the feds most likely will not be looking into this lead because of how circumstantial it is but I decided that I should submit my original post to the FBI. I figured it couldn’t hurt…

And shortly after I submitted my original post as a tip I got an interesting visitor to that post.

Here is a screenshot of that visit:

Yup… the Department of Justice. And they only looked at that site. And they looked at the full size versions of every picture.

Probably a coincidence…

But still Interesting, isn’t it?

UPDATE: Check out this hilarious tirade from the LA Times… they complain that the conservative blog-o-sphere is jumping to conclusions to fast and without enough evidence. Oh LAT, you’re ironic outrage makes me giggle. (but let’s not disregard their point completely, let’s all keep in mind that there is no hard proof against anyone, yet)(Allah made this point already)

BIG UPDATE: FBI searched David Kernell’s apartment?

Palin hacker, Rubico, was on NewsBusters while taking pictures of her E-Mail

So, I guess I’m the first to look really closely at some of those screen shots the hacker, Rubico, posted on the internet. Either that or I should have done a lot more digging before posting this…

Either way it seems that Rubico was looking at one of the biggest conservative blogs out there, NewsBusters. And he was looking at a specific post on NewsBusters none the less…

Seems plain as day to me but you guys can judge for yourselves, keep in mind that the Rubico pictures are most likely screen shots of screen shots since I got them off of who got it from posters on where Rubico posted the pictures. That would most likely account for why they are so blurry compared to my screen shots…

Here is the full screen shot from Rubico (click on the images to see them full size):

UPDATE: I have found a higher quality image of the screen capture that Rubio posted online. Click here to view it full screen.

Here is the same picture zoomed in and cropped:

Now, yes they are blurry but simply looking at the fourth tab made me think that it looked like a tab that was open to an article on NewsBusters. So I went and did a search for the words I could make out which where “Classless Alan Colmes” because that’s what it seemed like and because I remembered there being a recent NewsBusters article on some baseless attacks Alan Colmes had made recently. What did I find? A post called “Classless Alan Colmes: OMG, the Palins Eloped“.

And furthermore, when you open that post in Firefox (like Rubico) with five other tabs open (like Rubico) you get this (I edited out some stuff to be on the safe side):

Here it is upclose:

Now, here’s the two close ups on top of one another (My screen shot is on top and Rubico’s is on the bottom):


So then, why was Rubico on NewsBusters? And more specifically why that article?

Well, if what Malkin has been reporting is true, my best guess is that Rubico, since he said he was looking for dirt on Palin, was looking into Alan Colmes’ claim that the Palins eloped because Sarah was pregnant and not to save money.

Of course, its easy for us rational people to realize that, even if Colmes’ pathetic accusations were true, Sarah Palin probably wasn’t casually discussing the secret reason behind her wedding somewhere in her last 174 emails. But, hey, its also easy for us rational people to realize that hacking into the private email account of an elected official running for vice president is a terrible idea that entails drastic consequences… you know, like jail time.

But besides all of that, the reason I started looking so closely at those screen shots was to hopefully get some clues as to who this hacker was… Well, while it might not seem like it right away, this may help to do that.

How, you might ask? Well, in the screen shot where you can tell that the hacker is looking at NewsBusters there is a clue as to the general time when he was looking at the site. That time would be somewhere around 4:23 am based off of the last email received, which was undoubtedly recieved shortly after the hacker logged in since it is a password change notification. Now, that probably isn’t enough information to pinpoint who the person is.

But when you combine that information with the speculation that David Kernell may have been the one who hacked Palin’s email you can at least prove that theory right or wrong to a certain degree.

All NewsBusters would need to do, assuming they still have the visitor data for that post from two days ago, which is admittedly a big assumption, is check out their visitor logs for around 4:23 am EST and look for a visitor from the University of Tennessee who looked at “Classless Alan Colmes: OMG the Palins Eloped”.

If that visitor exists that would all but prove, for me at least, that it was David Kernell who hacked Sarah Palin’s email.

So what do you say NewsBusters? Will (can) you look for this visit? I would love to hear back from you guys on this one…

UPDATE: After some more thinking and some sleep I’ve refined a couple of things in my theory. After looking over Malkin’s story again I realized that Rubico was probably looking for an answer to one of the security questions in order to change the account’s password. And also Newsbusters may not be able to look for a visit from the University of Tennessee since the hacker used a proxy to visit the yahoo mail site. However, it is very possible that he only used that proxy to visit yahoo and not the other sites opened in the screenshot of his Firefox. So maybe my original theory stands, except that the visitor would have shown up sometime before 4:23 am EST since he was looking for answers to security questions.

UPDATE: Looks like Newsbusters has picked up my story. They seem to be a lot more skeptical about whether they can help Id the hacker. Here is a post with their concerns and my response.

Investigation UPDATE: Ongoing…

INDICTMENT UPDATE: Looks like the feds have caught Rubico, aka David Kernell

Campaign development of massive importance: Guy who makes Sarah Palin’s glasses likes Obama

It was important enough for CNN to spend a full web-article and a full 2 minute piece for TV.

Reading through the article it seems that they performed an Olympic-sprinter-warming-up type stretch to reach their point which is crystallized in their headline: Palin’s glasses designer likes Obama

Now, sure, according to their reporting that is true. But what the headline chooses to ignore, in order to seem like their is an actual story somewhere in this fluff, is that he likes Palin too. In fact he says that he is “quite right-wing”.

But anyway, I’m not saying that CNN is doing anything all that devious or that they were distorting Kawasaki words beyond recognition. Rather, I’m trying to point out CNN’s tabloid-like tactics in trying to make up a story where there clearly isn’t one. Well, that, and I just find these idiotic pseudo-gotcha fluff stories.

P.s. When will they FINALLY track down the designer of John McCain’s slacks and determine his political leanings? We are waiting CNN!

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Did Greg Gutfeld plagiarize Catherine McNicol Stock? I say, yes!

What else could explain the identical structure, basic claims, and ultimate conclusions of their two latest pieces? Clearly Gutfeld is a sick maniacal scum bag!

How dare he steal work from the beautiful (I’m assuming) and brilliant (this one is self-evident) Catherine McNicol Stock!

But don’t take my word for it, check out their two articles yourself.

Here is the insightful and poetic masterpiece by Ms. McNicol Stock: Intolerance thrives in Palin’s Pacific Northwest

Here is the trashy and lowbrow crap-fest by Gutfeld (here’s the video): Sarah Palin’s Murderous Web Of Death

I’m just glad that Gutfeld’s plagiarizing punditry is relegated to 3am on some channel I’ve never heard of and no one who plagiarizes like him is in or running for a position of importance in this country!

Oprah pulls an “Us Weekly” and pisses off fans by dissing Palin UPDATE: (many) Others jump on the “Us Weekly” boat

Apparently Oprah Winfrey and Us Weekly (and now MTV) need to do a little more market research and figure out that their audience consists of more that Huffpo readers and Obamatons because today the Drudge Report broke a story which claimed that Oprah is ignoring fans and staff requests to book Republican Vice Presidential pick Sarah Palin.

And according to Oprah’s response Drudge was wrong. You see, Oprah didn’t block Palin from coming on the show… as Oprah tells it, she never even considered it. Way to tamp down the controversy, people were upset that you didn’t want to book Palin so you tell them “don’t worry, its not that I don’t want to book her, its that I never even considered booking her”.

Although, just judging from the statement Oprah released, it seems that she must have considered booking her since she explains why she isn’t going to book her…

And whats that explanation?

Well, apparently, Oprah doesn’t want to use her show as political platform… as Malkin would say “snort”.

So then… its time to see whether the Oprah fans are as pissed off as the Us Weekly subscribers are.

Yup. Looks like it. (I hope they don’t suffer the same comment “glitch” that Us Weekly happened to suffer)

P.s. Will Oprah follow in Us Weekly’s footprints and start begging people not to be mad at them? (The begging continues)(More Us Weekly free give aways… guess they aren’t gonna bother trying to sell them anymore)

UPDATE: Looks like MTV has pulled an “Us Weekly” and gone Palin bashing… the new sport of fancy on the left. Here’s what happened (here’s video of a Geico caveman bashing palin and her family) and here’s the reaction.

UPDATE: Us Weekly manages to out “Us Weekly” themselves…

UPDATE: Who will be the first major “news organization” to run with this story? (I’m betting on CNN)

SHOCKING UPDATE: Even the nut bags over at the Democratic Underground have experienced Palin Bashing Backlash from pulling an “Us Weekly”… wow

YET ANOTHER UPDATE: Will the “Us Weekly” moments never stop? Here’s a new one from an author who I can only assume was on crack at the time he penned this masterpiece over at… and of course, the reaction. (more mixed but still exceedingly negative for a site like salon)

WILL THE UPDATES EVER STOP?: Who’s turn is it this time? looks like its Perez Hilton… Here’s the post and the reaction all at once this time. (on a side note… compare the picture of Perez in this Malkin post to the cartoon of Perez on his site, then compare both to the picture of Palin)

A REAL BITCH OF AN UPDATE: (sorry for the profanity but wow is it appropriate) The Washington Post and Newsweek have apparently decided to pull a collaborative “Us Weekly” by letting a woman who can only be described as an absolute bitch post this pile of excrement on their shared website. Here’s the reaction which is all too predictable, yet somehow unseen by anyone at either publication. (Hotair plucked this passage so you don’t have to torture yourself and read the entire thing…)

SICK UPDATE: Looks like the Palin bashing has hit the streets…

IF YOU THINK RAPE IS FUNNY THEN THIS IS HILARIOUS UPDATE: This disgusting insert-four-letter-word-here finally suffers the consequences for here gang-rape related US Weekly moment.

EVEN FOX NEWS UPDATE: Yup… Even Fox News pulls an US Weekly.

ANYBODY SURPRISED? UPDATE: NBC puts Olbermann on Football Night in America. Olbermann manages to pull an Us Weekly.

INEVITABLE UPDATE: Inevitably some one was gonna make up some idiotic claim that Palin is a racist for some idiotic reason. Here is that Us Weekly moment.

US WEEKLY MOMENT OR NOT, YOU DECIDE UPDATE: Its borderline at least… Newsweek does an extreme close up on Palin with no retouching.

NEWSWEEK USES FASHION IDIOT TO TRY AND BASH PALIN UPDATE: This dolt proves that she isn’t qualified to write about anything beyond Jennifer Lopez’s wedgies.

IN MY OWN BACKYARD UPDATE: Not surprisingly some people in Philly want to stone Sarah Palin…

ROSEANNE IS APPARENTLY STILL ALIVE UPDATE: Oh yea, shes also a nut job who thinks Sarah Palin is trying to incite a race war.

VIEW IDIOTS BEING VIEW IDIOTS UPDATE: They’re still laying it on thick…

ANYBODY WHO GOES TO COLLEGE SURPRISED BY THIS UPDATE: I’m certainly not… Nut job professor let off with a warning after forcing students to write Us Weekly-ish essays.