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Quote of the Day

Posted by GayPatriotWest at 8:12 pm - November 16, 2005.
Filed under: National Politics,War On Terror

“The President and I cannot prevent certain politicians from losing their memory, or their backbone – but we’re not going to sit by and let them rewrite history.”

–Vice President Cheney (Via Polipundit)

Sen. John Cornyn Joins OSM Launch Live From DC

Posted by Bruce Carroll at 2:04 pm - November 16, 2005.
Filed under: Blogging

Republican US Senator John Cornyn from Texas is now speaking live on the big screen from Washington, DC. He’s speaking about legislation to open up Federal government to more “sunshine.”

2:07PM – Sen. Cornyn followed up his “Sunshine Law” discussion with very strong and supportive comments of bloggers and treating them the same as mainstream media outlets in any Federal legislation. “I support keeping the blogosphere free of government regulation.”

-Bruce (GayPatriot)

OSM Launch Lunch with Judith Miller

Posted by Bruce Carroll at 1:31 pm - November 16, 2005.
Filed under: Blogging

Chicken, potatoes and mixed vegetables. That’s what you wanted to know, right?

Instapundit Glenn Reynolds kicked off the lunch presentation with some comments about journalists have formed their own “guild” versus the more grassroots free-wheeling spirit of earlier newspapers and today’s bloggers.

Judith Miller is now addressing the group (did you know she has a blog?) and the impact that bloggers had on her case. She says she had no choice but to go to jail, not only to protect her most famous source, Scooter Libby, but also other (still unnamed sources). And much of the news she received in jail came from visitors who many times brought printed-out blogger accounts.

1:34PM – I just noticed that there is an important new update in the Libby indictment out today via Bob Woodward’s testimony Monday to the Special Prosecutor. Bob Woodward – The Grinch Who Stole Fitzmas – Decision ’08.

Washington Post Assistant Managing Editor Bob Woodward testified under oath Monday in the CIA leak case that a senior administration official told him about CIA operative Valerie Plame and her position at the agency nearly a month before her identity was disclosed.

In a more than two-hour deposition, Woodward told Special Counsel Patrick J. Fitzgerald that the official casually told him in mid-June 2003 that Plame worked as a CIA analyst on weapons of mass destruction, and that he did not believe the information to be classified or sensitive, according to a statement Woodward released yesterday.

Fitzgerald interviewed Woodward about the previously undisclosed conversation after the official alerted the prosecutor to it on Nov. 3 — one week after Vice President Cheney’s chief of staff, I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby, was indicted in the investigation.

1:44PM – In the context of the Federal journalist shield law proposed by Rep. Mike Pence, Ms. Miller laid out her Five Commandments for Mainstream Blogging (MSB) Reporting:

1 – Be honest about who you are, who’s writing your blog and where’s your funding comes from.

2 – Try to reach the subject of your story for comment before publishing a story about that person or persons.

3 – If subject of article denies the story, and if that subject has corroboration for denial — say so! It might actually be true.

4 – If you are wrong, acknowledge it.

5 – If you are wrong, be determined to get it right.

I can’t say I disagree. I do not think that the Mainstream Media is living up to all or most of these commandments on a daily basis.
-Bruce (GayPatriot)

Back to the OSM Launch

Posted by Bruce Carroll at 12:09 pm - November 16, 2005.
Filed under: Blogging

Okay, the Barron departure was an interesting tidbit, eh? I guess you can’t be gay without being pro-abortion anymore? Ah, the America As They Want It (TM) as dictated by the GayBorg. But I digress.

(Open Source Media launch meeting live audio link)

The political panel is very interesting, but I think they should have had some non-star types to comment. I feel like I’m being lectured by the same types of people that the blogosphere is supposed to challenge. It would have been a better group if a smaller blogger, with some edge, had been on the panel. But it was a good discussion nonetheless.

There has been a lot of discussion about the falling cost of distribution and how that allows bloggers to reach the same “level” as the New York Times. Like cable TV channels became equal to the old primary network channels in the 1980s.

12:14 PM – As the political panel is winding up before lunch, I wanted to mention that at the breakfast gathering, I had the opportunity to also meet Chad (Cake Or Death?), BoiFromTroy, Syn… our frequent GP commenter (who I love already), PubliusPundit, the BadHairBlogger (who is an ardent GayPatriot fan!), and Asher who helps out at IraqTheModel.

-Bruce (GayPatriot)


Posted by Bruce Carroll at 11:52 am - November 16, 2005.
Filed under: Log Cabin Republicans

Hot off the presses!

For Immediate Release
November 16, 2005

Log Cabin Announces Departure of Political Director
Barron to Lead Republican Outreach Efforts for Planned Parenthood

(Washington, DC) – “Log Cabin Republicans thank Chris Barron for his loyal and professional service to this organization. He has been a huge asset to Log Cabin and we wish him the best in his new position. Chris has helped us achieve important progress in making the conservative case for gay and lesbian equality,” said Log Cabin President Patrick Guerriero.

Chris Barron joined Log Cabin as Political Director in February of 2004. He coordinated Log Cabin’s lobbying efforts to defeat the anti-family Federal Marriage Amendment. Barron also implemented a GOP lobby strategy for HIV/AIDS funding, hate crimes legislation, federal employment non-discrimination legislation, and legislation repealing the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy. Early next month, Barron will join the Planned Parenthood Federation of America as the head of Republican outreach efforts.

“Over the past 2 years, Chris Barron was on the front lines fighting for an inclusive GOP, fueling Log Cabin’s unprecedented growth across America, and fighting to defend our families from attacks by the voices of intolerance,” said Guerriero.

“It has been an honor to serve as Log Cabin’s Political Director during one of the most important moments for our organization and for our community. I thank Patrick and the Board for their leadership during my time at Log Cabin,” said Chris Barron. “I look forward to continuing being a part of the Log Cabin family, and continuing to support this organization in its fight for basic fairness for our families.”

-Bruce (GayPatriot)

Blogging the Launch of Open Source Media

Posted by Bruce Carroll at 11:19 am - November 16, 2005.
Filed under: Blogging

I’m sure I’m not the one to break the news…. but “Pajamas Media” has been officially re-launched as Open Source Media. The launch conference has begun at the 65th Floor of 30 Rockefeller Center in the famous Rainbow Room. The day-long conference is being streamed live via audio at the OSM site. (LIVE STREAM AUDIO LINK)

I’ll be liveblogging throughout the day by expanding this post so as to keep the OSM link with audio at the top.

10:25 AM Roger L. Simon was introduced by Andrew Breitbart and is now giving the opening remarks and highlights of the new OSM.

During the breakfast reception, I was able to meet some of the big names of the blogosphere including the King himself, Glenn Reynolds. I thanked Glenn for his support of our blog from the very first week. He is a very nice and approachable guy and I was thrilled to have met him first thing.

10:37 AM – Here are the first pictures from the OSM Launch meeting.

Charles Johnson of LittleGreenFootballs gives a site review
of the new OSM website for the assembled group.


2005 Weblog Awards — Nominations Are On!

Posted by Bruce Carroll at 1:00 am - November 16, 2005.
Filed under: Blogging

I’m thrilled and honored to have been nominated already in the LGBT Category of the 2005 Weblog Awards. You may remember that WE (GP correction!) placed 2nd behind BoiFromTroy last year… and it was a very very tight vote!

So let’s make sure we win this year!!

-Bruce (GayPatriot)

UPDATE (from GPW): Um, Bruce, we placed 2nd last year. 🙂