April 29, 2005

The Hamster Goodbye

August 2001. That’s when I started this website. Back then I was a high school senior, all of 17 years old. I was the president of my high school speech and debate team, and competing in an event called ‘US Extemporaneous Speaking.’ I’d always been interested in US politics, and wanted a way to actively follow and engage in discussions about politics. So I started a website.

I’ve kept this blog through all my young adult life: graduating high school, working and schooling in Washington, and finally - final exams willing - graduating from college this May. Sometimes I’ve had trouble balancing time and updating this blog, but throughout the past 3.5 years, I’ve always had great fun doing this. However, the time has come to move on to new (and paid) things.

As I graduate this May, I’ve decided to stop this blog – but I won’t stop blogging. As some of you may know, I’ve been involved with “The Al Franken Show” and its website, AlFrankenShow.com, since Air America Radio started a little over a year ago. Recently, I was offered a full-time job as a show researcher and blogger. I’ve accepted, and will start on May 31.

To all those who helped me along the way - generous fellow bloggers, you the reader, and my parents - thanks. Hope to see you here.

Eric.

PS – If you have comments, suggestions, etc about the Franken blog, please let me know.

Posted by Eric at 06:17 AM | Comments (54)

April 28, 2005

The Hamster Note

I'll have a site and personal announcement tomorrow.

Posted by Eric at 09:11 AM | Comments (0)

April 10, 2005

Laptop Problem

The screen on my Dell laptop is broken. I think it's a bulb or light problem, as the screen only shows a faint picture. As a result, for the upcoming week, I'll likely only do a couple updates a day at a computer lab - I'll try to at least do a daily story update. Hopefully, I should get my computer back within 5 or so days.

Posted by Eric at 06:06 AM | Comments (4)

March 25, 2005

The Michael Schiavo Blogspot

It's not easy being the real Michael Schiavo. And it's also not easy being the not real Michael Schiavo; see michaelschiavo.blogspot.com:

I’ve received a wealth of e-mails sympathizing with the fact that some mental midgets out there still think I’m Michael Schiavo, rather than Michael Schiavo, and I thank those people. It’s nice to know that there are still some folks in the world with common sense.

Unfortunately, there seems to be a new kind of imbecile on the loose: people who know I’m not Michael Schiavo, but are still upset with me for being Michael Schiavo and not doing anything about it. I received an e-mail today from a self-proclaimed moron who reproached me for not running with the confusion about my name and creating a website to tell Michael Schiavo to give up his legal rights.

Apparently, I “really cannot comprehend all the moralistic issues attached to this case.” In addition, I “spout ignorance from the first line of [my] website by so carelessly classifying anyone that cares about this case, which evolves around human rights, as ‘morons’.” ... You say I’ve “ignorantly chosen to draw attention to myself.” How so? Because my name’s Michael Schiavo? Jesus Henry Christ, lady, I’m sorry my life got in your way.

Posted by Eric at 06:39 PM | Comments (2)

March 24, 2005

Site Software Down

As you may have noticed, there weren't any updates today, and yesterday I didn't update after the morning. I was updating the blogging software on this site (movabletype) and I screwed up a bit, so I had to reinstall a bunch of stuff. Anyway, things are back to normal (or should be).

Posted by Eric at 12:17 AM | Comments (0)

March 07, 2005

Program Note

Due to an obscene amount of school work for midterms (I am graduating this term), I will return posting on Friday. Also, the comments are apparently broken - yeah, I'll fix that soon ...

Posted by Eric at 05:26 AM | Comments (5)

February 24, 2005

2004 Koufax Award Winners

Congrats. I won for best non-existent blog post! And costume design.

Posted by Eric at 02:07 PM | Comments (6)

February 15, 2005

Blog Roundup, Tuesdayish

rogerailes. Libel Sources
juancole. Shiites, Kurds, win Big; Bush Loses Election in Iraq
tbogg. If he hadn't used a raviloi crimper on her suit, he'd still have a job today
digbysblog. Oops
nathannewman. More on Wal-Mart's Sweetheart Deal with the DOL
nathannewman. Wouldn't Raising the Minimum Wage Solve the Wal-Mart Problem?
liberaloasis. The Sunday Talkshow Breakdown
talkleft. Drudge Targets Chris Rock as Oscar Host
americablog. A man called Jeff
talkleft. Bush Resubmits List of Ultra-Conservative Judicial Picks
pandagon. What? Him Lie?
pandagon. Big Secret Revelations!
Amy Sullivan. THE FAITH-BASED CON....
Kevin Drum. CRISIS? WHAT CRISIS?....
thepoorman. Falling Reentlistment Rates Among Right Wing Pundits Threaten War on Terror
James Wolcott. From Some Lemons No Lemonade Can Be Made
wampum. 2004 Koufax Award Finalists
seetheforest. Moon Bush
digbysblog. Death In Life

Posted by Eric at 04:19 AM | Comments (0)

December 09, 2004

Google Referrals

Every now and then, you look at your web counter, and see some of the search terms that people use to get to your site. This recent one caught my attention:

09 Dec, Thu, 18:17:09 http://www.google.com/search?q=free+full+length+porn+movies+free+with+no+registration&hl=en&lr=&start=70&sa=N
In which case, hi Bill. Remember to enter your contest.

Posted by Eric at 05:55 PM | Comments (26)

December 02, 2004

Restart of Site: December 10

My computer came in, and looking at my schedule, I think December 10th is a realistic time for me to restart blogging. I intend to keep up the blog until I graduate (Spring, 2005), then we'll see what happens then. Obviously, sorry for the back and forth on this, but I feel the Nov - Dec time is a good period to sort things out.

On a separate note, some faka hacked into and destroyed my other site, AlFrankenWeb.com. Well, that's life for you. Obviously, not happy about that, but thankfully some great guy who helps me out with that site helped backup the site, so I didn't lose much.

Posted by Eric at 01:46 PM | Comments (86)

November 22, 2004

Happy Thanksgiving Week

Sooo ... My computer's broken (I guess I didn't fix the problem the first two times), so I'm sending it back to Dell this week and hopefully I'll get it back when I return from Thanksgiving vacation. When I return, though, it's finals / hell week, so I'm not sure on the status of blogging (yes, again ...). But I'll try to at least do the roundups, but we'll see. In the meantime, I'll still be doing blogging on the alfrankenshow.com. But anyway, Happy Thanksgiving.

Posted by Eric at 07:09 AM | Comments (40)

November 16, 2004

Computer Back

For now ... DUN Dun dun.

Posted by Eric at 09:39 AM | Comments (2)

November 12, 2004

Deader Than Dead

Well, instead of the system being corrupted, it's actually the hardware, so my hard drive is dead and I have to get a new one. I'll probably be back on Monday, at the earliest ...

Posted by Eric at 01:50 PM | Comments (2)

November 11, 2004

Computer Offline for Now

I'll resume regular posting tomorrow, as my computer is acting up and I have to reinstall the system.

Posted by Eric at 12:09 PM | Comments (10)

November 09, 2004

I get the impression that

I get the impression that this new format isn't working as well as before (I enjoyed this comment: "Are you trying deliberately to turn people off this site? The blog has been great, but the new changes just defy the fundamental conventions of typography. C'mon."), so I'm partially switching back to the old, blog format. I'm still playing around with things, and I might as well do it now since it's post-election, and heading toward the holiday season, i.e. less news-hungry readers. So expect some tweaks every now and then. Surprisingly, though, visits to this site haven't dropped off substantially (though there is a drop off). I think the 'roundups' work, and I'll probably do three a day: an online commentary, a morning news stories (from papers and wire), and an oped. Anyway, if you feel so inclined, use this thread as a way to comment on ways to improve the blog, etc. And please do comment, as it is always helpful.

Posted by Eric at 09:27 AM | Comments (90)

November 07, 2004

Thanks for all the positive

Thanks for all the positive comments and emails over the past few days. It's obviously nice to receive such feedback, and I'm grateful that people find this site of some use. As I said previously, I wasn't sure whether or not I was going to continue this site past the election. I wanted to take a couple days to think about what to do with this site, and I've ultimately decided to continue, though in a slightly different format. It's been my impression that people find the daily links the most beneficial, and thus I'm switching to a more link-emphasis format. The intent of the new format is to compile a couple dozen useful / amusing stories daily in a reader-friendly format. A note, every story won't be completely political. Please feel free to email me comments about the format, or how I can improve. Again, thanks for all the nice words. Eric.

Posted by Eric at 06:45 AM | Comments (26)

November 04, 2004

Site Note

I wasn't sure whether or not I was going to continue this site regardless of the election's outcome. Right now, instead, I'm tinkering with a possible format change that'll be more link-emphasis and less blog entry emphasis. Anyway, stay tuned.

Posted by Eric at 09:15 PM | Comments (38)

October 18, 2004

Page Loading Problems?

Is this main index page loading incorrectly for you? It is not loading correctly for me, as the middle section and right bar are being cut off for some reason ... Anyway, checking.

Also, 'Daily Stories' updates will return on Thursday - I'm really swamped right now with school. But small updates every now and then when time permits.

EDIT: The great people at Hosting Matters have helped fix the problem. Yay.

Posted by Eric at 02:35 PM | Comments (69)

October 07, 2004

Programming Note and Activism Suggestions

Here's the programming note: between next week and November 2nd, I have 6 midterm exams, so postings may be at weird times or somewhat infrequent. That doesn't mean, though, I won't work hard to boot Bush from office. And neither should you.

John Kerry needs your help now more than ever. What can you do this month? Here are a few suggestions:

MichaelMoore.com's list.

Visit JohnKerry.com and look for stuff under the 'Take Action' section.

Donate to the DNC, which "is the only entity that can provide direct support to the Kerry/Edwards presidential campaign."

Look for events / action items in Democratic Underground's Activism section.

Volunteer / Contribute to America Coming Together.

Posted by Eric at 10:40 AM | Comments (9)

September 06, 2004

Happy Labor Day

From the Minn Star-Trib:

So today many Americans will observe Labor Day by asking why workers ever joined unions in the first place. For an answer they should turn to the latest Census Bureau report on employment and income for 2003. The number of Americans without health insurance rose to a record 45 million, and the share with employer-sponsored coverage fell to the lowest level in more than a decade. The share of workers with pensions fell again, continuing a slide that began in the 1980s. The earnings of low-wage workers lagged well behind inflation, widening the gap between rich and poor. In other words, the economic expansion that began three years ago is leaving millions of workers behind.

A weakened labor movement isn't the only cause of these trends, but a stronger labor movement would have buffered them. In the middle of the last century labor unions brought pensions, health insurance and job security to Middle America. They sat across the bargaining table from management and played tug of war for a share of American profits. They narrowed the gap between rich and poor, and provided a ticket from the humblest of neighborhoods to the prosperous middle class. Jared Bernstein, an economist with the Economic Policy Institute in Washington, D.C., estimates that 80 percent of the growth in corporate income went to worker compensation in most economic recoveries after World War II, while 20 percent went to corporate profits. In the current expansion, that ratio is almost exactly reversed.

We'll let historians decide whether the decline of labor ultimately made the United States a more or less prosperous nation. But free markets, for all their ingenuity and advantages, need mediating forces so that they don't utterly trample the least advantaged. Economic inequality in the United States now stands at its highest level since World War II, a trend that caused a task force of the American Political Science Association to observe recently: "Disparities of income, wealth and access to opportunity are growing more sharply in the United States than in many other nations. Progress toward realizing American ideals of democracy may have stalled, and in some arenas reversed."

It would be naive to think that organized labor will ever return to the era embodied by Walter Reuther and George Meany, union leaders who could intimidate presidents and bring the economy to a standstill. But it would be sad to think that the United States cannot devise other mediating institutions to guarantee that the nation's great prosperity is widely and fairly shared.

Posted by Eric at 01:40 AM | Comments (40)

August 27, 2004

Back to D.C.

I'm in the process of packing my things and heading back to The George Washington University for my final year of school. As a result, regular posting will be back on Tuesday. I didn't take a job this semester, so posting will probably be fairly regular. Alright, Tuesday then.

... Register to vote.

EDIT: I read my schedule wrong, so I'm actually arriving in DC a day later than I thought - so I'll be in DC around afternoon time, and probably get my internet connection up by Tuesday (not Monday as previously stated).

Posted by Eric at 12:43 PM | Comments (68)

August 26, 2004

Weird Characters

Anyone know what's up with the weird font characters on the blog (such as the ones in the blog entry below) and how to fix them?

Posted by Eric at 12:06 PM | Comments (67)

August 18, 2004

Lunarpages Hosting Problem

Not sure if this entry will stay up for long, but I'm having hosting problems with Lunarpages.com, my hosting company. Basically, I use the popular Movable Type system for this page. Previously, Lunarpages yanked my ability to post on the page. Though I am within my allocated space, they don't want their customers using Movable Type because it is "resource itensive (their spelling) and often abused." They haven't said how much resource I'm using, or whether I'm somehow abusing my webpace (which I am not).

Anyway, hopefully things will be resolved soon. If not, I will have to make the costly move to a new server.

Posted by Eric at 07:22 AM | Comments (126)

Lunarpages Hosting Problem

Not sure if this entry will stay up for long, but I'm having hosting problems with Lunarpages.com, my hosting company. Basically, I use the popular Movable Type system for this page. Previously, Lunarpages yanked my ability to post on the page. Though I am within my allocated space, they don't want their customers using Movable Type because it is "resource itensive (their spelling) and often abused." They haven't said how much resource I'm using, or whether I'm somehow abusing my webpace (which I am not).

Anyway, hopefully things will be resolved soon. If not, I will have to make the costly move to a new server.

Posted by Eric at 07:22 AM | Comments (14)

July 26, 2004

Convention Note

Wage-slaving obligations (I don't work near a computer) on Monday and Wednesday will prevent me from doing 'real time' blogging here in Hawaii. Regardless, big bloggers like Talk Left, Kos and Atrios, among others (click for convention blog feeds), have that covered. I'll do posts mostly during the night / early mornings.

Posted by Eric at 05:41 AM | Comments (24)

Convention Note

Wage-slaving obligations (I don't work near a computer) on Monday and Wednesday will prevent me from doing 'real time' blogging here in Hawaii. Regardless, big bloggers like Talk Left, Kos and Atrios, among others (click for convention blog feeds), have that covered. I'll do posts mostly during the night / early mornings.

Posted by Eric at 05:41 AM | Comments (0)

July 15, 2004

Be Back Monday

Taking a short vacation. Be back Monday with regular updates! Thaaank you.

Posted by Eric at 09:03 AM | Comments (75)

Be Back Monday

Taking a short vacation. Be back Monday with regular updates! Thaaank you.

Posted by Eric at 09:03 AM | Comments (10)

July 07, 2004

Programming Note

Next week, I'll be the guest blogger for the OFrankenFactor.com as Team O'Franken takes a well-deserved vacation. As a result, blog production on this site will go down as I update the O'Franken Factor's blog.

THREAD BUMPED.

Posted by Eric at 09:04 AM | Comments (37)

Programming Note

Next week, I'll be the guest blogger for the OFrankenFactor.com as Team O'Franken takes a well-deserved vacation. As a result, blog production on this site will go down as I update the O'Franken Factor's blog.

THREAD BUMPED.

Posted by Eric at 09:04 AM | Comments (18)

June 15, 2004

I Get Letters

I haven't received a good hate mail in a while, so I thought I'd post this one since ... well, it's amusing:

From: Bellcarolynj@aol.com
To: Eric@the-hamster.com

SUBJECT:i n case you missed my drift scum bag yea i know your mommy says its ok

can only hope that you come to a most painful death as soon as possible . every thing evil in the world is backed by you . i wish i had thw nerve and the ways of eliminatating you waste of sperm fucks , fortunatly fate has a way of moving human waste like you. i only wish the silver spoon u were born with would have choked the useless life out of you. i really hate you guys . long live white america and george w bush . you havn t a chance in hell of surviving did u really fuck diane rheems

Who's Diane Rheems? And why did I fuck her?

EDIT: And I get another email:

hey eric ever worked a day in your silver spooned born pussy life. i hope you suffer and die the worst possible end fortunately nature has a way of washing human shit away. remember this email when you r sucking your thumb at mommy s house .your demise is near and u know it . desperate people do desperate things . you r no better than the english before our independance . start looking over your shoulder cause the enemies here u let in and they will get u first due to the ignorance you display rumor has it you fucked both your mother and diaqne rheems . see u in hell cocksucker
Amusing, and yes I have worked / am working (and I wish those jobs paid/pay more than $6.50/hour) - that's besides the point, however. Though I don't understand the "diaqne rheems" obsession.

Posted by Eric at 04:45 PM | Comments (32)

I Get Letters

I haven't received a good hate mail in a while, so I thought I'd post this one since ... well, it's amusing:

From: Bellcarolynj@aol.com
To: Eric@the-hamster.com

SUBJECT:i n case you missed my drift scum bag yea i know your mommy says its ok

can only hope that you come to a most painful death as soon as possible . every thing evil in the world is backed by you . i wish i had thw nerve and the ways of eliminatating you waste of sperm fucks , fortunatly fate has a way of moving human waste like you. i only wish the silver spoon u were born with would have choked the useless life out of you. i really hate you guys . long live white america and george w bush . you havn t a chance in hell of surviving did u really fuck diane rheems

Who's Diane Rheems? And why did I fuck her?

EDIT: And I get another email:

hey eric ever worked a day in your silver spooned born pussy life. i hope you suffer and die the worst possible end fortunately nature has a way of washing human shit away. remember this email when you r sucking your thumb at mommy s house .your demise is near and u know it . desperate people do desperate things . you r no better than the english before our independance . start looking over your shoulder cause the enemies here u let in and they will get u first due to the ignorance you display rumor has it you fucked both your mother and diaqne rheems . see u in hell cocksucker
Amusing, and yes I have worked / am working (and I wish those jobs paid/pay more than $6.50/hour) - that's besides the point, however. Though I don't understand the "diaqne rheems" obsession.

Posted by Eric at 04:45 PM | Comments (14)

May 31, 2004

Happy Memorial Day

Best wishes. Taking the day off.

Posted by Eric at 12:00 AM | Comments (14)

Happy Memorial Day

Best wishes. Taking the day off.

Posted by Eric at 12:00 AM | Comments (1)

May 21, 2004

Say Hi

To new Hamster supporter "Coalition For America," which aims to take the pulse of America by "conducting this survey to determine where you stand on key campaign issues, whether John Kerry represents your views, and if not, how he could refine his positions on the issues to gain your support." Give them your input today.

Posted by Eric at 10:19 AM | Comments (15)

Say Hi

To new Hamster supporter "Coalition For America," which aims to take the pulse of America by "conducting this survey to determine where you stand on key campaign issues, whether John Kerry represents your views, and if not, how he could refine his positions on the issues to gain your support." Give them your input today.

Posted by Eric at 10:19 AM | Comments (4)

May 15, 2004

New Hamster Supporter

Show your liberalism!

"T-shirts, political buttons, bumper stickers, window decals and more." From Idiots4Bush.com.

Posted by Eric at 07:19 PM | Comments (485)

New Hamster Supporter

Show your liberalism!

"T-shirts, political buttons, bumper stickers, window decals and more." From Idiots4Bush.com.

Posted by Eric at 07:19 PM | Comments (1)

May 10, 2004

Hamster Out

Going back home. Be back Wednesday.

Posted by Eric at 12:00 AM | Comments (65)

Hamster Out

Going back home. Be back Wednesday.

Posted by Eric at 12:00 AM | Comments (13)

May 02, 2004

Say Hi

New Hamster supporters,

Robbyn Tumey for Arkansas State Representative.

Flogging the Simian, a new international weblog.

Posted by Eric at 05:46 AM | Comments (12)

Say Hi

New Hamster supporters,

Robbyn Tumey for Arkansas State Representative.

Flogging the Simian, a new international weblog.

Posted by Eric at 05:46 AM | Comments (3)

April 22, 2004

HD Dead

My hard drive has passed away, and gone to a better place - probably Hawaii.

Anyway, the Dell people are shipping me a new one under warranty, and I'll probably go to a data recovery place to get my lost stuff. Giving the shipping, setting up the files, etc, I'll probably be posting irregularly until Monday.

In the meantime, feel free to post anything of interest you like.

Posted by Eric at 11:09 AM | Comments (74)

HD Dead

My hard drive has passed away, and gone to a better place - probably Hawaii.

Anyway, the Dell people are shipping me a new one under warranty, and I'll probably go to a data recovery place to get my lost stuff. Giving the shipping, setting up the files, etc, I'll probably be posting irregularly until Monday.

In the meantime, feel free to post anything of interest you like.

Posted by Eric at 11:09 AM | Comments (10)

March 30, 2004

Programming Note

Not failing school is going to take priority for the next couple days, so posting will be light. If you feel like posting your own stuff, feel free to do it in this thread. ----Eric

Posted by Eric at 10:01 AM | Comments (41)

Programming Note

Not failing school is going to take priority for the next couple days, so posting will be light. If you feel like posting your own stuff, feel free to do it in this thread. ----Eric

Posted by Eric at 10:01 AM | Comments (11)

March 19, 2004

Hamster Out

I'll be in New York and maybe Boston (Hah-verd) for the weekend, so probably no updates until Monday. Later skater!

Posted by Eric at 12:00 AM | Comments (51)

Hamster Out

I'll be in New York and maybe Boston (Hah-verd) for the weekend, so probably no updates until Monday. Later skater!

Posted by Eric at 12:00 AM | Comments (11)

February 10, 2004

Chandler Brings in Blog Bling

From Roll Call, via Daily Kos:

With an investment of only $2,000, and in less than two weeks, the campaign has raked in between $45,000 and $50,000 in contributions from blog readers, and that number is growing every day, said Chandler campaign manager Mark Nickolas.

Chandler -- a former state auditor and former state attorney general -- is facing off against GOP state Sen. Alice Forgy Kerr in the Feb. 17 special election for the Lexington-area House seat. But while Kerr has outraised Chandler by several hundred thousand dollars -- as of late last week, Kerr had raised about $1.2 million and Chandler was estimating his fundraising total at about $650,000 -- Chandler's campaign says its fundraising pace is picking up and at least part of the surge has come from the Web.

"It has been phenomenal," Nickolas said. "I get an e-mail every time there's a contribution -- and we know from the e-mail the source is a blog when they come through that avenue. Since the morning of Jan. 29, the FEC [filing] cut-off, I've put all those e-mails in a separate file. So far there are 711."

You can help send a message to Bush by donating to his campaign and electing a Democrat in the South. Remember the .04 add-on.

Posted by Eric at 12:53 PM | Comments (80)

Chandler Brings in Blog Bling

From Roll Call, via Daily Kos:

With an investment of only $2,000, and in less than two weeks, the campaign has raked in between $45,000 and $50,000 in contributions from blog readers, and that number is growing every day, said Chandler campaign manager Mark Nickolas.

Chandler -- a former state auditor and former state attorney general -- is facing off against GOP state Sen. Alice Forgy Kerr in the Feb. 17 special election for the Lexington-area House seat. But while Kerr has outraised Chandler by several hundred thousand dollars -- as of late last week, Kerr had raised about $1.2 million and Chandler was estimating his fundraising total at about $650,000 -- Chandler's campaign says its fundraising pace is picking up and at least part of the surge has come from the Web.

"It has been phenomenal," Nickolas said. "I get an e-mail every time there's a contribution -- and we know from the e-mail the source is a blog when they come through that avenue. Since the morning of Jan. 29, the FEC [filing] cut-off, I've put all those e-mails in a separate file. So far there are 711."

You can help send a message to Bush by donating to his campaign and electing a Democrat in the South. Remember the .04 add-on.

Posted by Eric at 12:53 PM | Comments (1)

February 08, 2004

Say Hi

Two new Hamster sponsors:

The Auction Board.com. "Find auction tools to help you with your business, an auction newsletter that's not ezine junk, and a newly designed auction discussion forum that will help drive your sales."

sisterstalk.tblog.com. "No one is immune to our rantings. SistersTalk.com: Give us a look."

Posted by Eric at 01:56 PM | Comments (94)

Say Hi

Two new Hamster sponsors:

The Auction Board.com. "Find auction tools to help you with your business, an auction newsletter that's not ezine junk, and a newly designed auction discussion forum that will help drive your sales."

sisterstalk.tblog.com. "No one is immune to our rantings. SistersTalk.com: Give us a look."

Posted by Eric at 01:56 PM | Comments (0)

February 05, 2004

New Sponsor

Say hi to The Columbia-Union, a typepad blog from the New York / Hudson Valley area.

Posted by Eric at 12:23 PM | Comments (118)

New Sponsor

Say hi to The Columbia-Union, a typepad blog from the New York / Hudson Valley area.

Posted by Eric at 12:23 PM | Comments (8)

January 31, 2004

Chandler Ads

The always fantastic Political Wire notes this about Ben Chandler and his recent ad buys on several blogs, including The Hamster:

Ben Chandler's congressional campaign has started advertising on Political Wire and several other blogs via BlogAds. In less than a day, online campaign donations covered the cost of the entire ad buy.
Nice. Blogs, of course, have helped fundraising. Just look at the funds the DNC has raised through its blog. And don't forget about the presidential campaign sites.

Also, help support The Hamster and click on these other good folks:

OpenMinds: "Switch to openminds.us for reliable, accelerated dialup access with the latest "Open Source" technology and US-based support
for the maximum online security, safety, and privacy."

The Cheating Culture: "The collapse of Enron in late 2001 began a wave of corporate scandals unparalleled in U.S. history. Corporate cheating has cost many Americans their retirement savings, undermined investor confidence in the stock market, and highlighted the need for much stronger government regulation of big business. Today, it is far from clear whether real reform will occur or whether many of the executives responsible for the recent scandals will ever be brought to justice."

Or support this site through cheap ads here.

Posted by Eric at 04:25 PM | Comments (25)

Chandler Ads

The always fantastic Political Wire notes this about Ben Chandler and his recent ad buys on several blogs, including The Hamster:

Ben Chandler's congressional campaign has started advertising on Political Wire and several other blogs via BlogAds. In less than a day, online campaign donations covered the cost of the entire ad buy.
Nice. Blogs, of course, have helped fundraising. Just look at the funds the DNC has raised through its blog. And don't forget about the presidential campaign sites.

Also, help support The Hamster and click on these other good folks:

OpenMinds: "Switch to openminds.us for reliable, accelerated dialup access with the latest "Open Source" technology and US-based support
for the maximum online security, safety, and privacy."

The Cheating Culture: "The collapse of Enron in late 2001 began a wave of corporate scandals unparalleled in U.S. history. Corporate cheating has cost many Americans their retirement savings, undermined investor confidence in the stock market, and highlighted the need for much stronger government regulation of big business. Today, it is far from clear whether real reform will occur or whether many of the executives responsible for the recent scandals will ever be brought to justice."

Or support this site through cheap ads here.

Posted by Eric at 04:25 PM | Comments (3)

Funny Comments

I was reading through the comments in the comment-popular Al Franken Attacks People! entry. Here was an exchange:

And Limbaugh isn't equal time. You name for me one person in the media who blatantly extolls the vitrues of the left and tells his audience to vote democratic the way that hannity, rush, miller, o'reilly, scarborough, kudlow, cramer, savage, ingraham, and the rest of the folks with their own editorially slanted shows do.

Liberal media, my ass!

Posted by: pop at January 30, 2004 02:43 PM

So then someone responds:

pop-

Since you asked, the liberal media is known as CBS, NBC, ABC, CNN, NPR, PBS (read the Bernard Goldberg book) along with a majority of the entertainment industry with the content they produce and publicity they generate. I am making the point that now there alternatives and liberals are crying foul because of the huge success these alternatives are enjoying.

You want names? Ok, Dan Rather, Tom Brokaw, Peter Jennings, Katie Couric, Matt Lauer, Bill Moyers, Ted Turner, Christine Amanpour, Andy Rooney, Aaron McGruder, Paul Begala, James Carville, Chris Matthews, Janeane Garofalo, Susan Sarandon, George Clooney, Michael Moore, Martin Sheen, Danny Glover, Sean Penn, Alec Baldwin, Tim Robbins, Julia Roberts, Mike Farrell, Jennifer Aniston, Ed harris, Woody Harrelson, Richard Gere, Dustin Hoffman, Robert Redford, Jessica Lange, Woody Allen, Johnny Depp, Kate Hudson, Harrison Ford, Al Franken, Ed Asner, Dixie Chicks, Barbara Streisand, Bruce Springsteen, Madonna, Michael Stipe, Chris Martin, Chrissy Hynde, Sheryl Crowe, Neil Young, Dave Matthews, Bono, John Cougar, Willie Nelson, Moby,Norman Mailer, Hans Blix.

All these outspoken fools have a huge impact on the people who formulate their judgement on sound-bites.

Liberal media is not just broadcast news or a talk radio show personality, it's a conspiracy!

Posted by: gjaz at January 30, 2004 04:44 PM

Fear the liberal juggernaut that is Kate Kudson.

I mean, I know when I saw "Alex and Emma," I was like, "You know, tax cuts that disproportionately affect the wealthiest 1% of Americans will do nothing to stimulate the US economy, as conservatives have put forth in Reaganesque trickle-down economic theory." But maybe I was reading too much into Kate Hudson's acting.

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Funny Comments

I was reading through the comments in the comment-popular Al Franken Attacks People! entry. Here was an exchange:

And Limbaugh isn't equal time. You name for me one person in the media who blatantly extolls the vitrues of the left and tells his audience to vote democratic the way that hannity, rush, miller, o'reilly, scarborough, kudlow, cramer, savage, ingraham, and the rest of the folks with their own editorially slanted shows do.

Liberal media, my ass!

Posted by: pop at January 30, 2004 02:43 PM

So then someone responds:

pop-

Since you asked, the liberal media is known as CBS, NBC, ABC, CNN, NPR, PBS (read the Bernard Goldberg book) along with a majority of the entertainment industry with the content they produce and publicity they generate. I am making the point that now there alternatives and liberals are crying foul because of the huge success these alternatives are enjoying.

You want names? Ok, Dan Rather, Tom Brokaw, Peter Jennings, Katie Couric, Matt Lauer, Bill Moyers, Ted Turner, Christine Amanpour, Andy Rooney, Aaron McGruder, Paul Begala, James Carville, Chris Matthews, Janeane Garofalo, Susan Sarandon, George Clooney, Michael Moore, Martin Sheen, Danny Glover, Sean Penn, Alec Baldwin, Tim Robbins, Julia Roberts, Mike Farrell, Jennifer Aniston, Ed harris, Woody Harrelson, Richard Gere, Dustin Hoffman, Robert Redford, Jessica Lange, Woody Allen, Johnny Depp, Kate Hudson, Harrison Ford, Al Franken, Ed Asner, Dixie Chicks, Barbara Streisand, Bruce Springsteen, Madonna, Michael Stipe, Chris Martin, Chrissy Hynde, Sheryl Crowe, Neil Young, Dave Matthews, Bono, John Cougar, Willie Nelson, Moby,Norman Mailer, Hans Blix.

All these outspoken fools have a huge impact on the people who formulate their judgement on sound-bites.

Liberal media is not just broadcast news or a talk radio show personality, it's a conspiracy!

Posted by: gjaz at January 30, 2004 04:44 PM

Fear the liberal juggernaut that is Kate Kudson.

I mean, I know when I saw "Alex and Emma," I was like, "You know, tax cuts that disproportionately affect the wealthiest 1% of Americans will do nothing to stimulate the US economy, as conservatives have put forth in Reaganesque trickle-down economic theory." But maybe I was reading too much into Kate Hudson's acting.

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January 30, 2004

New Ad on The Hamster

Help elect a Democrat in Kentucky. Ben Chandler.

Democrats, of course, need to pick up seats in the south, and it looks like Chandler has a very good chance of winning. The latest Survey USA Poll has Chandler defeating Alice Kerr (R) 54-44.

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New Ad on The Hamster

Help elect a Democrat in Kentucky. Ben Chandler.

Democrats, of course, need to pick up seats in the south, and it looks like Chandler has a very good chance of winning. The latest Survey USA Poll has Chandler defeating Alice Kerr (R) 54-44.

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January 26, 2004

Thanks for Visiting

A blogging note, thanks for visiting the site. This last week's traffic - about 92,000 - was the largest in the site's history. A lot of this was from Google searches, but there's still a good number from daily / regular visits Hope you'll continue to come back, and if you have suggestions on improving the site, let me know.

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Thanks for Visiting

A blogging note, thanks for visiting the site. This last week's traffic - about 92,000 - was the largest in the site's history. A lot of this was from Google searches, but there's still a good number from daily / regular visits Hope you'll continue to come back, and if you have suggestions on improving the site, let me know.

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January 16, 2004

Catherine Bosley = Link Gold

I did a post on Catherine Bosley, the wet-t-shirt news anchor, a couple days ago. Apparently, people likey ...

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Catherine Bosley = Link Gold

I did a post on Catherine Bosley, the wet-t-shirt news anchor, a couple days ago. Apparently, people likey ...

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January 12, 2004

Send in Blog Entries

I'm going to start doing the blog section again under the 'stories' portion. So, if you have something, send me an email.

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Send in Blog Entries

I'm going to start doing the blog section again under the 'stories' portion. So, if you have something, send me an email.

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January 03, 2004

Can You See Me Now? Good.

Hi there. I moved part of the blog to moveabletype. You need to know some HTML work and, since it's been raining for the past week, I thought I might as well stay in and update the site. If you are having compatability problems with the site, let me know ... Otherwise, I think it should be working. So the site is back.

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Can You See Me Now? Good.

Hi there. I moved part of the blog to moveabletype. You need to know some HTML work and, since it's been raining for the past week, I thought I might as well stay in and update the site. If you are having compatability problems with the site, let me know ... Otherwise, I think it should be working. So the site is back.

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