Tag Archives: romney

The New York Times is looking at Virgil Goode.

The only press coverage that Goode is getting for his wacky fourth-party presidential bid is for the possibility that he may be a spoiler for Romney in Virginia. This is another story in that vein. If Romney does lose Virginia by Goode’s Tuesday tally, a lot of people will be upset, but I’m pretty confident that Goode will not be among them. This is his fourth political party in the past decade—if need be, he’ll just join a new one. 

A conservative Virginia activist has been sending anti-Obama SMSes.

Jason Flanary, failed 2011 candidate for the Virginia Senate, had Twitter all a-flutter over the past few days after sending bajillions of really nasty anti-Obama SMS messages to mobile phones in total violation of federal election law. “VP Biden mocks a fallen Navy Seal during memorial. Our military deserves better” and “Obama believes killing children is a right until the umbilical cord is cut” were two of the messages. Flanary, a Republican, is on the board of the Fairfax Chamber of Commerce, and ran against Dave Marsden for Senate, garnering 46% of the vote. The Romney campaign says that they didn’t know the first thing about what Flanary was up to. Apparently Flanary’s company, ccAdvertising, is in the habit of sending out millions of illegal SMSes in the days before elections, in an effort to influence election outcomes. I’m pretty sure this story will have an unhappy ending for Flanary. 

Romney’s classmates recall his assault of a gay student.

A Washington Post reporter interviewed five prep-school classmates of Mitt Romney’s, all of whom independently recalled that, in Mitt Romney’s senior year, he attacked a gay classmate. They say Romney led a small posse to the kid’s dorm room, where he was held down while Romney forcibly cut the crying boy’s shaggy, bleached blond hair. Decades later, the victim recalled to a former classmate how terrifying and life-affecting that the incident was. There’s something about these white, conservative, male politicians who grew up in wealthy, powerful families in the 1950s and 1960s that led them to engage in what they probably regarded as pranks, but their victims recalled as terrible, traumatic experiences. 

Links for August 4th

  • journoterrorist: How to Build a Newsroom Time Machine
    This group of college journalism students were assigned the task of producing a publication using only thirty-year-old technology. They learned a lot.
  • MSNBC: Firm gives $1 million to pro-Romney group, dissolves
    W Spann LLC was formed in March, gave a million dollars to a pro-Romney super PAC, and then shut down in July, right before their first FEC filing was due. Who gave the money? Nobody knows. Who started the company? Can't say. This is why the court decision to allow corporate contributions to campaigns is a disaster. We've got a presidential campaign getting an enormous amount of money, but nobody knows who it's from, and I'm not sure anybody's going to find out.
  • Computerworld: eBay attacks server virtualization with 100TB of SSD storage
    To deal with I/O demands of virtual machines, eBay saved a bunch of money by moving to solid-state drives. They replaced 100TB with SSDs, dropping their storage rack space needs by 50%, cutting their power consumption by 78%, and increasing I/O performance by 500%. SSDs are awfully expensive when compared to traditional hard drive, but surely they'll quickly pay for themselves in this instance.