June 30, 2008

Google is shutting down anti-Obama blogs
— Purple Avenger

Apparently hope and change doesn't include pesky things like free speech or dissent.

...It isn't just conservative sites that Google's Blogger platform is eliminating. For instance, www.comealongway.blogspot.com has been frozen and this one is a Hillary supporting site...
Hitler had Brownshirts and Stormtroopers, Stalin had Yezhov/Beria, Algore has Hansen, and now Obama has Google to do the nasty wet work silencing the opposition.

Its not just the VRWC that the Obamistas are electronically shooting in the head either -- the pogrom extends to Hillary supporters as well

More HERE and HERE.

Posted by: Purple Avenger at 04:22 AM | Comments (52)
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1 wow shocking If only privately held media companies could be somehow forced by the government to provide equality in service for all.

Posted by: John Ryan at June 30, 2008 04:54 AM (TcoRJ)


According to the update, it's actually a group of overzealous Obama supporters (possibly including, but not limited to the Downtown Minneapolis Starbucks Morning Mah Jong club, primarily: Biff Hussein Argyle, Muffy Hussein Silverstein, and Willow Blossom Hussein Skye, and also some assorted frequenters of sites run by Markos Hussein Moulitsas and Ariana Hussein Huffington) repeatedly pushing the "this site is spam" button at Blogger.Com, triggering the automatic lockout.


Posted by: notropis at June 30, 2008 04:56 AM (cP1DU)

3 Preferably at gunpoint, right JR?

Googles "motto" of "Don't Be Evil" is nothing more than an inside joke and has been for years.

They can do what they want, and we can call them shameless brownshirts for their troubles.

Posted by: Techie at June 30, 2008 05:04 AM (NsGcd)

4 When Lefty Talking Points Self-Implode
So much for dissent being patriotic.

Paints a real cheery picture of what life in (the former United States of) America would be like under a President Obama - a land where dissenters will either be silenced by force or publicly branded racists.

And, they wonder why we cling bitterly to our freedom.

Posted by: Bruce at June 30, 2008 05:42 AM (2aqWd)

5 Google is not in fact "shutting down anti-Obama blogs". Google is just shutting down blogs in general because some other people are taking advantage of a flaw in their service and would do the same thing if some pro-McCain people tried to shut down pro-Obama blogs. The bad guys here are not Google but the people who are using the system to shut down free speech.

Posted by: steve at June 30, 2008 06:17 AM (JfmPm)


 and would do the same thing if some pro-McCain people tried to shut down pro-Obama blogs.

Is that happening?  Are there no rabid Hillarites hitting the spam button?  Time will tell I guess

Posted by: toby928 at June 30, 2008 06:55 AM (evdj2)

7 I'm not sure if it's a flaw in the understanding of the methods used to shut down the blogs, or just an attempt to dramatize headlines, but the company Google isn't targeting and shutting down these blogs, individuals are flagging the blogs as containing spam, which in turn shuts down the blog until it can be reviewed.

If this continues I'm sure Google will put some method of fix into place.

Posted by: Wilkeson at June 30, 2008 07:02 AM (APBcM)

8 Hope and Fascism.

Posted by: mesablue at June 30, 2008 07:07 AM (5yNaE)

9 This is just an automatic thing with the Obamiacs taking advantage. Will Obama foes be able to do the same? No, as Google is now aware of it.
Problems like these are rampant on the net. Automatic controls will not work.
Anyone registering a  complaint about something should be required to supply a valid email address. Once software sends and gets a response, with an explanation of the problem, then things should proceed. The number of complaints would drop to a level that having humans deal with it would be feasible.

What if I don't want to provide me email address for a complaint? Tough shit then, it must not matter to you too much then. The site stays up.

Posted by: Rocks at June 30, 2008 07:08 AM (Q1lie)

10 The point is that it's the Obama cultists who are doing this, not the McCain supporters. They know they can't win a debate in an arena where information is freely exchanged. In the marketplace if ideas and rational discourse, they are penniless.

Posted by: Bruce at June 30, 2008 08:20 AM (2aqWd)

11 Firstly, Obama's people are apparently worse at "reconciliation" than even "truth."  Secondly, I'm a little worried.  Frenzied partisans aren't above violence and destruction and when it looks as though their opponent has used a pawn to unfairly stifle dissent. An important safety valve is clamped off and that doesn't bode well for the Dems' convention.

Posted by: HokiePundit at June 30, 2008 08:37 AM (euaFa)

12 Sounds like the Obama Community is Organized the Chicago Way.

Posted by: Stinky Esposito at June 30, 2008 08:37 AM (XYFN7)

13 An important safety valve is clamped off and that doesn't bode well for the Dems' convention.

I dunno.  My hopes for Recreate '68 were based on Hilary getting the nomination at the last second and Obama's supporters rioting.  Somehow I don't think the opposite can happen.  The Obamatrons will riot in November if they don't keep this messianic fever in check.

Posted by: IreneFingIrene at June 30, 2008 08:49 AM (QcPNi)

14 So... all you concerned citizens aren't going to pass the popcorn? darn.

Posted by: Greg s at June 30, 2008 08:52 AM (+hPIb)

15 I was disappointed to find my blog didn't rate an automatic lockout.  Intellectual martyrdom is way easier than thinking up new things to write every day.

Posted by: ATNorth at June 30, 2008 09:09 AM (/HWA9)


 wow shocking If only privately held media companies could be somehow forced by the government to provide equality in service for all.

Continuing to plumb the depths of stupid.


Posted by: JackStraw at June 30, 2008 09:14 AM (VBon8)

17 wow shocking If only privately held media companies could be somehow forced by the government to provide equality in service for all.

Yeah, John, if it was a conservative company silencing doing this you'd be outraged. Since it's a liberal company silencing criticism of your beloved Messiah (PBUH), suddenly you're a free-market capitalist.

Posted by: Evil Otto at June 30, 2008 09:16 AM (tYvh+)

18 wow shocking If only privately held media companies could be somehow forced by the government to provide equality in service for all.

The kind of brilliant comment we've come to expect from John Hussein Chavez Ryan

Posted by: Ronald Wilson Socky at June 30, 2008 09:20 AM (PLvLS)


I saw where Barry renounced the Fairness Doctrine (for now). He may not need it if hordes of bongo drum players swarm and spam news agencies and websites on his behalf.

Posted by: eddiebear at June 30, 2008 09:21 AM (wnU1W)


wow shocking If only privately held media companies could be somehow forced by the government to provide equality in service for all.

Yes, if only we could put the same people responsible for silencing the opposition in charge of providing "equality in service".  Gobama! 

Off-topic: I recently acquired a henhouse.  Does anyone know where I can get a fox to guard it?

Posted by: dorkafork at June 30, 2008 09:41 AM (kErJj)


Why do you guys continue to respond to John Ryan?  He's a pathetic little troll.  All he does is leaves his one stinking turd of a comment on a post and he's off never to return.

Seriously the power that be should just replace his posts with "drive-by troll turd."  And even calling it that gives more substance to it than what he actually says.

Posted by: buzzion at June 30, 2008 09:50 AM (Lrsi6)


This isn't a free speech issue, as you're free to compete with Google.  Ha-ha, but really that's the truth.   

It does suggest 'liberal' fascist tendencies are alive and well, which isn't really news if you skim the headlines once in a while.

Bloggers scared the crap out of the authoritarians in power.  Now we're seeing payback in the form of arrests in places like Europe, or muzzling by fellow travelers here. 

I basically quit blogging at my a couple years ago seeing this on the horizon.  Anything you say can and will be used against you, even if you didn't say it (blog comments).  When certain thoughts are criminal anybody can be sucked into the legal system.  In the UK they've arrested retarded infants for the 'crime' of 'racism'.  

It makes sense that a new era of amazing freedom (Internet) would produce the most determined fascists.        

Posted by: Mohammed Chip Hussein Jihad Shahid Mohammed at June 30, 2008 09:56 AM (sOtz/)

23 Yeah like You Tube they are taking advantage of a convenient system for them: Google shuts down first and asks questions later.

Posted by: Christopher Taylor at June 30, 2008 10:03 AM (0+Ggj)


Wow.  People were sure hatin on John Ryan here.



Posted by: Dave in Texas at June 30, 2008 10:06 AM (pzen5)

25 Dave -- If he stays true to form he'll run away crying to Tim Blair's site next...

Posted by: richard mcenroe at June 30, 2008 10:21 AM (l3IrE)

26 Surprised to find my blog is not yet flagged.  Of course, the only really political post I ever put on there was something like "Molly Ivins is an Idiot."

Posted by: otcconan at June 30, 2008 10:48 AM (VLRPD)

27 I can't believe you would stand for this.  What's this world coming to?

Posted by: Zorachus at June 30, 2008 10:51 AM (yJ5ul)


If the yahoo Microsoft buyout battle did not show you the clear divide among tech companies when it comes to political stands.   The the Google companies motto of "Do no evil"  should have tipped you off.

Google is an anti-american, anti capitlism company.   Google needs to be avoided.  Use MSN search instead.



Posted by: unseen at June 30, 2008 10:52 AM (aVGmX)


Google is an anti-american, anti capitlism company.   Google needs to be avoided.  Use MSN search instead.

Heh.  Sly humor, or ironic cluelessness?  I'm still trying to decide.

Posted by: Rocketeer at June 30, 2008 10:57 AM (GFaLW)

30 This should be consumed with a grain of salt. One of the main sources for the article is Larry Johnson.

The tell will be in how long it takes for the locked sites to be unlocked. PostSecret was locked out by the anti-spam filters a while back, and Google has even locked out its own custom search site as spam. It's an automated process that's poorly designed and badly implemented - and it's a good indicator that it's not something that you should, say, try to build a living on. It took PostSecret less than a day, on a Sunday no less, to get put back up, but there was quite a bit of community outrage, people posting on the help forums, etc.

(Yes, I have a blogspot blog. Yes, I'm an idiot.)

Posted by: Alice H at June 30, 2008 11:00 AM (jRtPb)

31 That's the Chicago way.

Posted by: Jim Malone at June 30, 2008 11:04 AM (TXp3z)

32 lol# 17 - dorkafork

Posted by: Carly at June 30, 2008 11:10 AM (s37k/)


Alice H,

Yeah it after looking it is possible its not an intentional Google attack against those blogs.  However it is an intentional attack against these blogs by Obama supporters.  They really are getting to be a scary bunch.  You think they picked up some of Professor Science's fan's playbooks?

Posted by: buzzion at June 30, 2008 11:11 AM (FL/94)


So far this has just been an abuse of Google's anti-spam system by presumably-pro-Obama people who flagged these blogs as spam blogs. Once Google's system gets a complaint (or maybe some number of complaints), it automatically locks the blog until a human can review it.

Now if after a few days, a Google employee doesn't unlock the blogs, then yes we can start accusing Google of political bias.

Posted by: Maetenloch at June 30, 2008 11:25 AM (D7Mah)

35 Obama supporters remind me of the line from the Yeats poem "Second Coming":

The best lack all conviction, while the worst

Are full of passionate intensity.

Posted by: Brad at June 30, 2008 11:26 AM (LZs5x)

36 Hey! Remember how all you guys said the Republican 527s would ride to McCain's rescue, and carry out the dirty work of taking down the Obamassiah? Guess what. It ain't happenin'

Posted by: Ronald Wilson Socky at June 30, 2008 11:30 AM (PLvLS)

37  Alice, yeah, I'm not sure why everyone is suddenly listening to Larry Johnson. You'd think his credibility would have been shot after the bogus Michelle Obama tape thing...or after he claimed that Karl Rove had been indicted...or after he shut down investigation of early 9/11 plotters.

Posted by: Gabriel Malor at June 30, 2008 11:34 AM (WIxQ1)

38 No Quarter is hilarious.  Sometimes I think they dislike Obama even more than we do.

Posted by: Dogstar at June 30, 2008 11:51 AM (FgxdU)

39 I am having discussions with Larry and Sergey about this matter, and feel confident we will achieve a speedy resolution.

Posted by: fulldroolcup at June 30, 2008 12:40 PM (CU7SK)

40 Yeah, its nice that lefties are able to take advantage of these "flaws" while righties can't, and the affected sites stay down for an indeterminate period of time (the elections are over). Convienent.

Posted by: Iblis at June 30, 2008 01:08 PM (9221z)

41 Johnson may be is a tool, but his post, list of affected blogs, and the manner of attack looks to be all spot on. 

The lockouts for some are in their fourth and fifth day now.  So much for Google resolving this in a speedy manner.  Undoubtedly it has been on their radar for several days already.

Posted by: Purple Avenger at June 30, 2008 01:46 PM (dcqty)

42 A search of Google News using "obama blogs google" shows a ton of stories about this.  If this were a Google plot they'd probably not want their news search to publicize it.

Posted by: Arthur at June 30, 2008 02:11 PM (n6Ts1)

43 I think I'm safe, but only because nobody reads my blog.


Posted by: Hal at June 30, 2008 02:56 PM (e+Dqr)

44 I was just reading Michelle Malkin and when I clicked on a link to American Spectator with my New FireFox 3 I received a spam site warning. There is a link to ignore the message, but I though it worthy of comment given the current topic.

Posted by: mgnmfrc1 at June 30, 2008 03:30 PM (jEcDD)

45 Google has delisted PrestoPundit from Google search. Type in "Obama's father" or "Obama father socialism" at Yahoo and PrestoPundit pops up on the first page. Try the same thing at Google and PrestoPundit is nowhere to be found. In fact, type in "PrestoPundit" and all you will get are some very old links to other web sites -- PrestoPundit has been vanished from Google. What is up with that? Every effort to get relisted has been ignored.

Posted by: PrestoPundit at June 30, 2008 10:23 PM (yKV7p)

46 I've been getting the same "Reported Attack Site" message from The American Spectator site for a while. If you hit the "Why is this site blocked?" button, you'll see Google is providing this unasked for service and claims:

Of the 91 pages we tested on the site over the past 90 days, 1 page(s) resulted in malicious software being downloaded and installed without user consent. The last time Google visited this site was on 06/29/2008, and the last time suspicious content was found on this site was on 04/05/2008. Malicious software is hosted on 2 domain(s), including h25.6600.org, dns5.8866.org.

I'm less than convinced.

Posted by: VRWC Agent at July 01, 2008 12:38 AM (Z3AmO)

47 BTW, you can shut off the feature in Firefox 3 by selecting "Options" from the "Tools" menu and unclicking "Tell me if the site I'm visiting is a suspected attack site" on the "Security" tab.

Posted by: VRWC Agent at July 01, 2008 12:50 AM (Z3AmO)

48 If this were a Google plot they'd probably not want their news search to publicize it.

You presume too much about one hand talking to the other.  Corporations usually don't work that way.

Posted by: Purple Avenger at July 01, 2008 08:17 AM (dcqty)


Google needs to be avoided. Use MSN search instead.

Talk about frying pan into the fire.

Posted by: The Band at July 01, 2008 11:46 AM (H2ikU)

50 The barackobamajokes.googlepages.com page is still up.

Posted by: Hillary Kitten at July 04, 2008 03:09 PM (lb43l)

51 I suspect that many online dirty tricks have been used by Obama supporters, for in addition to the never ending avalanche of nasty sarcastic posts from pro Obama bloggers ... the unprecedented online fund raising by the Obama camp ... the online dominance by several pro Obama websites, like Huffington ... and, this recent blocking of anti-Obama bloggers, several times, when I posted anti-Obama, Pro Clinton, pro McCain posts to sites who guranteed the aminitiy of my email address ... I ended up getting hundreds and hundreds of pieces of spam in my mail box shortly after each time I posted.

Posted by: Howard at July 15, 2008 09:19 AM (1Bik+)

52 Whenever I post a pro McCain blog on CNN's 'Ask Jack Cafferty' blog, not only do they moderate my blog and reject publishing it ... I immediately get 300 to 600 pieces of spam in my mail box.

Posted by: Lee at July 29, 2008 02:16 PM (VUlvt)

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