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Uniteblue: More Than Meets the Eye?

Remember sins of commission vs sins of omission? Sometimes what we don’t tell people clearly says a lot about us. Take Zach Green, for instance.

Log into Uniteblue and go to the Blue Rank and you’ll see something like this:

BlueRankHomePage

Notice how some of the entries have an extra symbol on the righthand side, before the buttons to follow or reject someone? That’s the “verification symbol.”

UB VerifiedMember

You wouldn’t know what that symbol means if you haven’t read an entirely different page that explains the Blue Rank.

BlueRank

If you didn’t bother reading that other page, you might think people and groups in the Blue Ranks- people like Barack Obama and Joe Biden, groups like OFA, College Dems, Young Dems, and Netroots Nations- belonged to or endorsed Uniteblue.

They don’t.

A sin by omission.

And if on the home page, you saw the list of Uniteblue Trends, you might suppose these hashtags belonged to, or were somehow attributable to Uniteblue. Maybe not, but nothing would tell you they’d been created by many different people.

UniteBlueTrends

Zach Green says he will soon announce the paid options for Uniteblue. Perhaps one of them will be the ability to look at the website without having to figure out what things mean or don’t mean without any help from the founder. Perhaps.

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But if we judge from Green’s past behavior, it’s more likely that he’s just as happy when Uniteblue members accept things without trying to figure them out. Maybe even happier.

News Round-Up No. 3

UniteBlue and Zach Green’s Bad Day with Anonymous

In the category of entities whose bad side you don’t want to get on, the Anonymous collective would be neck-in-neck with sleeping tigers. But Zach Green’s big on rushing in where wise men fear to tread. The result, an intriguing Pastebin from an Anon, should be making the Greens a little less sanguine about their own actions.

If that weren’t enough to get the Unite Blue founders’ pulses racing, the revved-up Anons’ surveillance of that bad penny known as Bill Talley won’t be supplying the calm they must be craving. Certainly not when there’s also a brand-new Anon YouTube vid on Toxic Talley. Anyone got a Xanax?

@MiltShook’s Kiddie Porn Apologetics

Always eager to entertain Twitter with his commentary offered to no one listening. Mr. Milt— “I Only Tell The Truth”—Shook doesn’t seem to know what “guilty” means.

Shook had a delightful conversation with the now infamous former #Uniteblue advisory board member (and staunch defender), William Talley, aka @political_bill on Twitter. When confronted with Talley’s February guilty plea to possession of child pornography, Shook actually tried to deny it was real.

It’s not clear if Shook even bothered to read the widely published court documents that everyone else has seen that were hiding in plain site… all over the Internet… but whatever.

Of course, some of us remember Milt Shook from his riotously embarrassing Usenet days, so we are not a bit surprised by any of his latest judgment fail. 

We suspect Talley’s sentencing, now scheduled for the end of May, will force one of Shook’s amusing mea culpas. The ones he makes a lot of. He thinks they make him look great as he defers to his ultra-ethical nature which compels his almost unheard of ability to admit when he’s wrong.  (Which is fairly often.)  The last one of these found him apologizing for insisting that the Boston marathon bombers would prove to be right-wing extremists. Nailed it again, Milt!  

Milt should get a jump on Talley’s sentencing date and start making his excuses right now. Then he can move on from defending this pedophile creep and feel totally free to seek some new Twitter drama to glom onto for his daily fix of attention for himself and his several roommates.

Osborneink has the complete story:  Cancer Truthers Become Kiddie Porn Defenders

What Part of Pleading Guilty does @MiltShook Not Understand?

What part of pleading guilty does Milt Shook not understand?

In a blog post eloquently titled “In Praise of Evidence,” Milt Shook argued that his new BFF Bill Talley did not deserve to be called a pedophile because a “court log, showing him pleading guilty to a couple of charges of ‘sexual exploitation of a minor’” was unimportant due to the lack of details given out.

Update (5/29/2013): Milt Shook is famous for deleting posts that later embarrass him, so we took the liberty of saving a copy of his magnificently absurd work in case folks like you might want to review it after Bill Talley was sentenced—which he just was.  Read the Tennessean’s reporting on the sentencing, and the horrific details discussed in court, and then check out Shook’s screed here.  (Try and contain your laughter. It won’t be easy.)

For some strange reason, Shook says we know nothing about any evidence. Which part of hundreds of child pornography photos does he consider non-evidentiary? Oh, right, those bothersome photos escape his mention.

Instead, he moans about the presumption of innocence until proven guilty, and cries that “there has been no trial, and all anyone has seen to date is the prosecution’s case.” While he does admit that Talley “agreed to a plea deal, which is sealed,” he does so as casually as if Talley had just agreed to buy the next round in a bar.

Is a plea bargain all that negligible? In a word, no. In a plea bargain, a prosecutor and someone facing trial for criminal charges reach a mutually agreeable solution to avoiding a trial. In Bill Talley’s case, that meant pleading guilty to one of four drug possession with intent and two of five sexual exploitation of a minor charges. Plea bargains save the courts time and money and allow a criminal the opportunity to plead guilty to lesser or partial charges for a shorter sentence.

Generally a judge will authorize a plea bargain if the defendant makes a knowing and voluntary waiver of his or her right to a trial, understands the possible maximum sentence that might be handed down after pleading guilty, and makes a voluntary confession, in court, to the alleged crime.

This is the fact Mr. Shook ignores: Mr. Talley obtained a plea bargain by pleading guilty to three out of nine charges and making a voluntary confession in court. He was not victimized by the prosecutor with whom he forged “a mutual agreement,” nor was he demanding a trial in which to establish his innocence.

Regardless of what Talley and Shook say on Twitter, Tally admitted guilt to sexual exploitation of a minor:

A person commits sexual exploitation of a minor by knowingly recording, filming, photographing, developing or duplicating any visual depiction in which a minor is engaged in exploitive exhibition or other sexual conduct; or by distributing, transporting, exhibiting, receiving, selling, purchasing, electronically transmitting, possessing or exchanging any visual depiction in which a minor is engaged in exploitive exhibition or other sexual conduct.

If any visual depiction of sexual exploitation of a minor is admitted into evidence, the court seals that evidence at the conclusion of the hearing or trial—so we will, none of us, learn details of that evidence now.

Shook concludes his article by shrugging off the plea with an absolutely absurd speculation, even for his blithely arrogant style of blogging: “One reason he probably pled guilty was because of the emotion surrounding the issue.”

So are we to imagine that prisons are full of gentle souls who copped pleas because of the emotion surrounding an issue rather than culpability and the wish to evade punishment for all of their crimes? Is it really only “a lynch mob” that would look at guilty pleas as an indication of, well, guilt?  Should thousands of pedophiles and rapists spare themselves all the inconvenience of a lengthy prison term and all that personal shame and humiliation by just agreeing to a plea bargain and then try to say “There, you see! I’m innocent!“?

We hope someone or some group is reimbursing Mr. Shook for his fervent support.  Shook would do well to learn how to research something before penning a blog that asks others to “Please cut the crap.“


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News Round-Up No. 1

Must Read!

Excellent new post from a blogger who says of Zach Green’s UniteBlue: “We are all just pawns in his business plan.”

Amusing Chart

Blue Moonie @Smith83K was aggressively tweeting this chart as evidence of UniteBlue’s super-awesome traction.  But what it actually showed was a massive drop-off recently in #Uniteblue mentions after a surge due to Uniteblue’s many auto-tweets and spam-bots, which aren’t as active now after critics pointed out how obvious they were.

Clearly, folks are starting to figure out that UniteBlue is an unnecessary idea, executed poorly, and managed and supported by some people with highly questionable credentials, judgment, and motives.