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Calling Cheney’s Bluff

Calling Cheney’s Bluff

With the news focused on Paris Hilton being released and then interviewed, I am surprised that this got any airplay, but a few places caught it (NBC and the NY Times to name a few) and it is an interesting catch.

Digg lead me to a blog/news site called The Nation. Basically the post is about how the vice president says that the office of the vice president isn’t part of the executive branch therefor doesn’t have to follow the rules of the national archives.

The twist is that one democratic (you now a republican would not say something against his own… then again democrats don’t do that either) basically says if your not part of the executive branch then why are you getting executive branch money? You should get president of congress money for your staff.

Digg is going crazy over this. I guess some of that spilled over to the blog because its got plenty of comments (84 total) on the subject.

Best comment:

So the same crowd that wouldn’t defund a FAILED WAR….are going to “step up” and defund Cheney’s office?!?!?!?

As for Cheney’s claim, though seemingly idiotic (How could a man a “heartbeat away” from the Presidency NOT be in the Executive Branch?)….he may be able to fight it out in the Supreme Court.

Consider…the Vice-President is ALSO Constitutionally…the President of the Senate, overseeing procedures and able to cast a tie-breaking vote. The President nor any other Executive Branch person has a vote in the Senate, therefore it opens up the possibility that the Veep has BOTH Executive and Legislative powers.

And the Bush/Cheney guys aren’t stupid. They can figure this as well AND figure that if it goes to the USSC (the US Supreme Court), that with Roberts, Alito, Scalia, and Thomas….ALL they need is one more Justice on their side to win.

Posted by MASK 06/25/2007 @ 08:59am

I hate to admit it, but Cheney might have a valid argument. I don’t think its too valid because he is obviously part of the executive branch and his seat as president of the Senate is only there for checks and balances… and can he even vote on anything unless it actually is a tie? In other words, when exactly does he vote on anything (other than voting on 50-50 tie decisions)???

June 26, 2007 Posted by | Blog Post Review, Digg, Government, Politics | Leave a comment

Why Michael Moore’s SiCKO is a health care documentary every American must

I you want people on Digg to comment, just bring up anything that has to do with tech, games, open source… and health care. 449 comments is quite allot for something that got 1800+ votes. Usually the comments for such an article with the range of 1800+ has 100 or so comments. I guess allot of people are wondering what is right (or wrong) with the medical system the US of A has that is basically bankrupting private companies, public agencies, small businesses, and even the doctors who have to pay high insurance (and pay back educational loans). Who is winning with this system is the real discussion on Digg.

Digg Link Pick Quote:
America’s disastrous health care system is heaving the country head-first into near-certain economic collapse. Just about everybody’s either financially strained or going broke due to spiraling health care costs: the people, the employers, state governments and even the federal government. Multinational corporations are fleeing the United States du…

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June 20, 2007 Posted by | Economy, Family, Government, Health, Politics, Social Bookmarking | 1 Comment

Top Comments on TMZ

Here are the most commented on TMZ, the gossip blog on AOL:

As you can see, Paris Hilton has taken over TMZ.

June 9, 2007 Posted by | Culture, Entertainment, Health, Politics, Top Comments | Leave a comment

Hilton Ordered Back to Jail! –

Hilton Ordered Back to Jail! –

This has clearly taken over the web. The comments on stories related to this are in the 200+ range on popular blog sites. TMZ got 1500+ comments on the situation.

And on Digg, in the comments I find out that the sheriff is a what???

By an0nymous 9 hours ago
Well looky here: Sheriff Baca is a scientologist.

“Baca even videotaped a birthday message for the dead founder of Scientology L. Ron Hubbard”

(Not sure how this fits in to Paris…) Interesting no??? The comment above got 206 positive votes.

On TMZ, you had some well wishers. A few get well and God will be with you sort of comments. Those were actually some of the few first comments on the blog post.

Other comments were not to favorable of Paris, including one comment that broke the page format saying, “Yes!!!” continuously in one line with no spacing.

One commenter has given you a way to write to Paris… not sure if that will work considering she went to medical probably as soon as she got there. Here is the link:

Yes… someone is trying to cash in. And yes there is more:

Is comment spam going to a new level, or is it just me?

If you are wondering what she did, here it is:

She pleaded no contest to reckless driving and was sentenced to 36 months’ probation, alcohol education and $1,500 in fines. In the months that followed she was stopped twice while driving on a suspended license. The second stop landed her in Sauer’s courtroom.

Is it something that many people from all walks of life get off for, or does Paris Hilton get special treatment because she never had to live in an environment like that in her entire life?

I have no answer to that. I haven’t seen any posts that speak to that issue either.

I another sentencing related event, digg posted about a 17 year old getting  a mandetory sentencing for consented oral sex… with a 15 year old. So this was obviouslt brought up against that in one comment:

By masonreloaded on 6/07/07

Like the Georgia guy who is serving a mandatory TEN YEARS for consensual oral sex with a 15 year old when he was 17??? And prosecutors/judges/governor are refusing to lessen his sentence, even though he has already served over 2 years in jail and the law has since been changed to a MAXIMUM one-year sentence because of his case…

If you wish to read through a few hundred comments on Digg (some of them are very explicit while others reallt go into detail about what is going on and where you can find more info) just give a click here.

Overall, I think in the world of the social net, this seemed to really hit a cord with people in a big way. I do wonder what the aftermath of this will be. Will my questions of “is this something that usually happens to inmates” be answered? What about what has been brought up by others that if it was a minority, they would have served the whole 45 days.

What does MADD think about this? How is this effecting other starlets?


June 9, 2007 Posted by | Blog Post Review, Celebrity, Culture, Government, Health, Lifestyle, Opinion, Politics | Leave a comment



This is amazing! Its so amazing to me that I am inspired to start my web log totally focusing on magazine covers and the stories inside. (I am actually surprised no one else has done this yet… some have come close with category tags, but not a whole blog on the subject of magazine covers and the stories inside. Maybe I’ll start a trend.)  Just look at the covers!!! I think they were all well done. Plus, it doesn’t seem like just a fashionable move on Vanity Fair part. The whole look really works, its not just a common idea that other magazines use to get people to buy 2+ magazines as a ‘collectible’.

As for what the web is saying about this, or more piticularly, on Concreteloop (where I saw the story about this originally) is quite interesting. While most comments on ConcreteLoop tend to be one liners or short quips, there are a few thoughtful comments made about the Vanity Fair issue: Continue reading

June 8, 2007 Posted by | Blog Post Review, Culture, Digg, Economy, Magazines, Photography, Politics, Social Bookmarking | 1 Comment

Hot Air » Blog Archive » Back-taxes requirement stripped from amnesty bill — at Bush’s urging

Hot Air » Blog Archive » Back-taxes requirement stripped from amnesty bill — at Bush’s urging

Just over 100 comments about this subject. It is an interesting subject to say the least. Would people who probably don’t earn very much in the first place, pay back taxes on money earned while they were illegal?

Here are some comments on the subject:


Uhm……I might owe some back taxes…where do I sign up to get in this immigrant line to get them all ignored? This sounds like one heck of a great deal for me!! 🙂

dustoffmom on May 19, 2007 at 5:35 PM

(A reply to the above comment)

Denounce your citizenship, leave the country, then sneak back in with false Id’s like all the illegals. You will be on EZ street from that point on.

Wade on May 19, 2007 at 5:41 PM



I can’t believe they think a majority of citizens are just going to sit back and let this nonsense happen without some sort of response. What are they smoking in D.C.? What do they think is going to happen when they reward lawlessness? Do they think lawlessness will decrease instead of increase? Think of all the unintended consequences that will happen after this legislation passes.

This is an enemy government, folks. It’s an illegal, illegitimate government that doesn’t deserve power anymore. This is a government that has willingly separated itself from the people in order to advance an anti-American agenda. I’m not calling for a civil war, but it won’t matter what I say or do if this legislation passes. Millions of others will eventually act. It might take awhile, but act they will.

jaleach on May 19, 2007 at 6:02 PM



It’s the end of the world as we know it.

pullingmyhairout on May 19, 2007 at 5:41 PM


It would seem mostly one sided in views on the comments. Feel free to register and make you opinion known to those who frequent the site (whether you agree with the slant of things or not). As usual, I learned a little something… in a democracy, any underdog can work with other underdogs of the same community and speak out (vote as well) and get what they want to a certain degree. I wish more people realised this. The pen is mightier than the sword.

May 20, 2007 Posted by | Blog Post Review, Economy, Family, Opinion, Politics | Leave a comment

When Will Al Sharpton & Jesse Jackson Apologize to Duke Lacrosse Players?

Moooooooo drama… 200+ comments. As you can imagine, considering the fact that many diggers went off on Al Sharpton in the Imus case, that they want apologies from Sharpton on the Duke Lacrosse case. But will it happen? If you want to see more about this, just look a few blog post down.

Digg link pick quote:

Now that they’ve gotten the Imus radio show successfully canceled for “racist” comments about black people, it’s time for Al Sharpton and the Rev. Jesse Jackson to apologize to the Duke lacrosse players. They were so quick to call for their arrests since the white players surely had to be guilty of raping a black stripper… BUT THEY WERE WRONG.

read more | digg story

April 13, 2007 Posted by | Digg Link Picks, Opinion, Politics, Social Bookmarking | Leave a comment

digg / IAmTroll / news / comments

digg / IAmTroll / news / comments

Apparently IAmTroll is a troll. What is a troll? On message forums, blogs and pretty much anywhere you can type up a responce in a comment section, thisis a person who basically annouys and says stuff that may or may not be on topic.

IAmTroll apparently gets dugg down in negative comments allot. but then again, he (or she) only has 6 comments on the entire site… so maybe IAmTroll can’t officially be called atroll but the comment made on Fox News: If not for Clinton, Americans would be afraid of Black president was pretty wack.

What was the comment?

By IAmTroll 22 hours ago:

America would be better if the black people didn’t vote.

1. On average, they are poorer than non-blacks; therefore, they vote in people who develop nanny states (welfare programs, food stamps), and steal from the rich/successful. We can see this today with all the Dems pandering to the poor minorities with “Universal Healthcare”.

2. Black culture is making America a stupider place; remember back in the 50’s during the Cold War when blacks didn’t have power–America was focused on science and engineering. Now all kids want to do is rap, and act/talk stupid.

3. Blacks are more violent than non-blacks, have far too many children beyond their means–further nurturing the nanny state because most don’t have good jobs. Blacks are less intelligent than non-blacks; they reproduce quickly, therefore are making stupider children–and now, intelligent kids’ schools are being dumbed down so the blacks don’t “feel bad”. (All established facts)

There you have it. Negative 64 digg. There are some very interesting answers that you might want to read includeing a point by point by another reader as to why IAmTroll has hit such a nerve.

April 12, 2007 Posted by | Digg, Featured Comment, Opinion, Politics, Social Bookmarking | Leave a comment

Why do U.S. presidential candidates need so much money?

78 comments – 497 diggs:
I thought about this but I guess the reality is that politicians throw so much grime at each other, you have to be able to throw it back. I also though this… cutkomp (78 positive comment diggs) said, “They need a lot of money because they have become little more than special interest shills. It costs money to slang more mud and buy more votes than the next douchebag.”

Digg link pick quote:

The recent fund raising totals by candidates point to what many expect will be the first-ever billion-dollar election. While the figures are astounding, the mostly private campaign finance system currently in place virtually demands that candidates raise vast amounts early and never let up.

read more | digg story

April 9, 2007 Posted by | Digg Link Picks, Government, Politics, Social Bookmarking | 1 Comment

Bill O’Reilly loses it going against Geraldo Rivera

Holy crap!!! I just heard about this when I was watching the news. I haven’t seen the video yet or anything… Diggers went off on this one cause they just love Bill O’Reilly. 450+ comments and over 2000 diggs.

Digg pick link quote:

“We’ve seen Bill lose it before, but I think this one is the wildest segments I’ve ever seen. I really thought Bill was going to haul off an upper cut to Geraldo’s jaw. Geraldo yelled at O’Reilly that the way he used this case was ” A SIN!””

read more | digg story

April 6, 2007 Posted by | Digg Link Picks, Entertainment, Politics, Social Bookmarking | Leave a comment