Without a doubt they are on the internet. Here's the proof.
(excerpt) USAF Blog ResponseAt Democratic Underground, a suspicious blogger has arrived to run interference for the Wikileaks story. His avatar is an Air Force star. This link will take you there, but here's a warning that there are a lot of images to upload. It could stall your computer. Here's one sequence where he got his ass kicked.
Air Force Releases 'Counter-Blog' Marching Orders
By Noah Shachtman
January 06, 2009
Bloggers: If you suddenly find Air Force officers leaving barbed comments after one of your posts, don't be surprised. They're just following the service's new "counter-blogging" flow chart. In a twelve-point plan, put together by the emerging technology division of the Air Force's public affairs arm, airmen are given guidance on how to handle "trolls," "ragers" -- and even well-informed online writers, too. It's all part of an Air Force push to "counter the people out there in the blogosphere who have negative opinions about the U.S. government and the Air Force," Captain David Faggard says....
Beckstcw has only made 36 posts. Strangely enough, he was at DU back in 2006. On a thread bemoaning that a news panel had two Republicans and one Democrat, this was his reaction.
Anyone who looks into the major whiteysphere forums will see that the moderating is unfair. This asshat, probably part of the Air Force Keyboard Commando Unit, gets to post anti-Democratic Party comments. I'm not allowed there, simply because I decided to put rude debunkers on ignore back in 2007 who were trolling my weather mitigation schtick. Do I think this guy is a paid fake? Yes I do!
I tried posting on the Wikileaks story over at Huffington. I haven't been blogging there too much since 2005-06. I didn't like the way Arianna treated Peter Rost, nor did I appreciate her taking various George Clooney interview segments and presenting it as an original post. Google Clooneygate probably, if you're interested in that one.
Anyway, when I signed into HuffPo a couple days ago and tried to make a comment, I was rudely welcomed with the following message.
A month or two ago, I had tried to make the following post on a Brad Friedman entry. It wasn't allowed. This is what got me banned.
It's no big loss. Huffington Post is very overrated. It takes too long for the advertisement filled pages to load. There is a lot of fluff. Stories are always getting backpaged too quickly. The moderating there is probably as bad as it is at DKos and DU. Arianna Huffington is a manipulative poser, period.
Tiger Woods is a Creep
I think Tiger is the sports version of the mentally ill, Hollywood child star stereotype. He's been an exceptional golfer since around the age of four. Most know of his appearance on the Mike Douglas Show.
That new Nike ad is clearly nuts. From Kevin Dupont of The Boston Globe.
(excerpt) They’re creepy and they’re kooky. Mysterious and spooky. They’re altogether ooky...
Wait. Before you snap your fingers twice and shout, “Hey, Morticia, it’s the Addams family!’’ we’re actually talking about the even kookier Woods family, whose infamous and prodigal son, Tiger, has a chance today to win the Masters. Win or lose, it has been one heck of a week for a guy who disappeared from golf to have his libido realigned and deal with a swing coach who prefers to tutor solely at golf courses and not mix-and-match Tupperware parties with hot babes in the ’burbs.
But just when it looked as if Tiger was taking his first baby steps toward image rehab, he went out and pulled the oldest trick in the book: He summoned his dead father to the rescue.
Again we ask, as we have a million times lately, what was Tiger thinking?
Yep, ol’ Earl Woods himself, who died from prostate cancer in 2006, teamed up posthumously with Nike last week — coincidentally, just as the Christian world was celebrating Easter. That’s a comeback. Woods the elder, no stranger to straying off-course in his own marital life, voiced over a 30-second Nike TV spot that is the oddest, creepiest, kookiest, altogether ookiest half-minute of advertising ever to ooze Bloblike out of the boob tube....
Olivia De Havilland is Hot Shit
I watched Lady in a Cage last night. It might seem to have been an exploitation flick based on the trailer below, but I disagree. One needs to see the movie to understand that it was way ahead of its time. It attacked the concept of me-first capitalism. It was about showcasing the morally, degrading direction our country was headed towards. The full movie is at present available at youtube. This was one where I thought it would be stupid, but it was the opposite. The beginning was excellent. The soundtrack was unnerving. There was a dead dog in the road that not one car stopped for to see what was up. A young girl was roller skating over a wino. Such imagery established the movie's central theme of a cold, selfish society on the downslide. The whole movie made me think of that one woman who was brutally attacked in NYC and no one lifted a finger to help her. Now I see we are committing war crimes in Iraq and innocent people are being murdered by the US Military, and few of us are speaking out against it.
Olivia De Havilland is definitely one of the greatest actresses of all time. I enjoyed her immensely in The Snake Pit, The Heiress, Hold Back the Dawn, and Hush Hush Sweet Charlotte. I speak of her in the present tense, because she's still alive! She's 93, a lifelong Democrat, and disgusted with the Iraq War.
Hollywood's sweetheart: Olivia de Havilland by Hermione Eyre 19.03.10 from the London Evening Standard
Olivia as Melanie in Gone With the Wind (1939)