TwitterFacebook

The Koch Brothers Are Building a Network of Libertarian Hackers, Coders and Designers

Shaping the next generation of hackers and Snowdens
Politics • Views: 9,276

Worried that IT experts seem to typically vote Democratic, the Koch Brothers have spearheaded hackathons to lure techies into the conservatarian sphere.

The gathering was the first inaugural conference put on by Lincoln Labs, a year-old club of politically-minded technologists started by three millennials with backgrounds in Republican politics: Garrett Johnson, a former aide to Florida Gov. Jeb Bush; Aaron Ginn, who worked on Mitt Romney’s digital team; and Chris Abrams, who runs digital operations for Vanity Fair magazine. The group — which adopts the label “conservatarian,” a popular buzzword for the ideological coalition between conservatives and libertarians — was born in 2013 in the aftermath of the failed Republican attempt to regain control of the White House, in which President Obama’s mastery of digital campaigning and data collection trounced Republican efforts to match it.

Over the past year, Lincoln Labs has grown to represent the epicenter of the right-wing tech scene as it struggles to make a dent in an industry traditionally dominated by the political left.

For most of Lincoln Lab’s existence, the group has relied upon financial backing and support from the orbit of activist groups that are part of Charles and David Koch’s donor network. Last weekend’s conference was sponsored by an array of groups from the Koch network: Generation Opportunity, its youth outreach group; the Libre Initiative, its Hispanic organization; Americans for Prosperity, its lead political advocacy arm; and i360, which collects data on behalf of the Koch network. Microsoft, Google, and Stampede, a political consulting firm that provides campaign services to conservative candidates, also served as sponsors for the event.

More: The Kochs’ Nonprofit Empire Is Building a Network of Libertarian Hackers, Coders and Designers - Yahoo News

Predictably, the icons of 21st century conservativism, politicians like Jeb Bush, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, made appearances to woo techies to the GOP side.

For Paul, a possible future Republican presidential candidate, the trip to Northern California was an opportunity to meet with tech entrepreneurs from both sides of the aisle, a group Paul hopes shares his antagonism for unbridled government spying and questionable data collecting practices.

“I come out here and people say, ‘Oh, I love President Obama. We’re all for President Obama, we’re from the tech community.’ Why?” Paul asked in his address at the conference. “Why would you be? He’s not for innovation. He’s not for freedom. He’s for the protectionism crowd.”

Paul went on to challenge the hackers to develop apps, “so the marketplace can figure what the idiots and trolls in Washington will never come up with.”

Makes you get kind of warm and fuzzy all over, doesn’t it?

Russian Ministry of Defense, Russia Today Use Debunked Internet Rumors to Lie About Ukraine

Means they don’t have much of a case.
Politics • Views: 19,868

Russia Today, the Goebbelsian Putinist propaganda channel well-known for its rank dishonesty, has published “10 questions” to Ukraine based on the recent Russian Ministry of Defense press conference.

Questions 8 and 9:

8. Where did the launcher - from the video circulated by Western media and showing a Buk system being moved allegedly from Ukraine to Russia - come from? As the video was made on the territory controlled by Kiev, where was the launcher being transported?
“I’d like to say that the information we have presented here is based on objective and reliable data from various technical systems - unlike the groundless accusations made against Russia,” said Kartopolov.

9. Where is it right now? Why are some of the missiles missing on the launcher? When was the last time a missile was launched from it?

These questions do indeed correspond to the claims made by the MoD officials during the press conference:

[Chief of Staff of the Main Operations Directorate - deputy chief of The General Staff Andrew Kartapolov:] To conclude it I would like to mention that all the concrete information is based on the objective and reliable dates of the different Russian equipment in contrast to the accusations of the US against us made without any evidence.The good example of such fact is that some mass media showed transportation of the Buk-M1 missile system from Ukrainian to Russian territory.We can clearly see that its frame-up.

These pictures were made in the city of Krasnoarmeisk that is confirmed by a banner situated close to the road. This banner has an address of the car shop situated at the Dnepropetrovskaya, 34.

Since May 11 the Krasnoarmeysk city is under control of the Ukrainian Armed Forces.

That is why we have some questions.

What kind of launching system is it? Where is it transported? Where is it now? Why is it unloaded completely? What was the last time it launched missiles?

To end my speech I would like to emphasize that the Russian Federation did not deliver to the militants any Buk-M1 missiles systems and other equipment.

There are 2 problems with this claim.

1. It’s not true.

2. It comes from an anonymous viral internet text, most probably distributed by the Kremlin trolls and bots.

Continue reading…

The Republican Party’s Frontrunners for 2016: A Parade of Bad Craziness

Ron Paul?
Politics • Views: 18,252

Ladies and gentlemen, say hello to the frontrunners for the GOP presidential ticket in 2016, courtesy of RNC chairman Reince Priebus:

The Chairman of the RNC Is Now Indistinguishable From Breitbart “News”

Your crazy Republican Party tweet of the day
Politics • Views: 20,213

Complete with scary black President shadow.

GOP Will Sue Obama for Not Imposing His Nightmare Socialist Scheme Quickly Enough

It’s facepalm time again
Politics • Views: 29,343

Just when you think it’s impossible for the Republican Party’s obstructionism to get any more absurd and ridiculous, John Boehner releases the details of his plan to sue President Obama.

The GOP have spent the last couple of years demonizing the Affordable Care Act as the most nightmarish socialist scheme ever imposed on America. So now they’re going to sue Obama for not imposing it quickly enough.

You can’t make this stuff up; no one would believe it.

House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) on Thursday revealed that he plans to sue President Barack Obama for his unilateral delay of the Obamacare employer mandate.

The Speaker unveiled a two-page bill that he plans to advance through the House, declaring a right of action to sue the president for exceeding his authority.

“Today we’re releasing a draft resolution that will authorize the House to file suit over the way President Obama unilaterally changed the employer mandate,” Boehner said in a statement. “In 2013, the president changed the health care law without a vote of Congress, effectively creating his own law by literally waiving the employer mandate and the penalties for failing to comply with it. That’s not the way our system of government was designed to work. No president should have the power to make laws on his or her own.”

Good grief.

Video: President Obama Speaks at the Paramount Theater in Austin

“It’s great to play at the Paramount.”
Politics • Views: 23,197

YouTube

Right Wing Reactionary Defeats Even More Reactionary Right Winger in Mississippi

Tea Party hangover imminent
Politics • Views: 22,341

There is no joy in the Tea Party tonight: Thad Cochran Wins GOP Senate Nod in Mississippi.

WASHINGTON — Just when the Tea Party showed signs of life, six-term GOP Sen. Thad Cochran found a way to stifle the insurgent conservatives.

Cochran on Tuesday night narrowly defeated rival Chris McDaniel in Mississippi’s closely watched Republican runoff by making a last-minute appeal to blacks and Democrats. The veteran senator is now the favorite to win a seventh term in November against Democrat Travis Childers, a former congressman.

(That tweet is a joke with a serious point, in case it wasn’t obvious.)

In Mississippi Runoff Election, Tea Party Nutjobs Plan to “Monitor” for Voting Fraud

Obsessed with a crime that does not exist
Politics • Views: 20,787

You know how Republicans are always raving about “vote fraud,” even though it essentially does not exist? Well, in Mississippi’s runoff election, Tea Party loons are taking this bogus concern to the next level, vowing to send in their own “election monitors” to make sure nobody tries to commit this nonexistent crime — but Mississippi officials are not amused.

The Mississippi Secretary of State’s Office and the Mississippi Attorney General’s office said observers from both offices will be present in Mississippi counties on election day Tuesday.

“Observers from both the Secretary of State’s Office and the Attorney General’s Office will be in Mississippi counties on Election Day,” the offices said Monday in a joint statement providing guidance on election day.

The statement also said that “there is no authority in state law for a PAC or other outside group to place ‘election observers’ in Mississippi polling places.”

Voter fraud may not exist, but voter intimidation definitely does — and that’s the true purpose of this moronic Tea Party plan. They’re really not fooling anyone but themselves.

Wisconsin Prosecutors Say Scott Walker Ran a “Criminal Scheme”

Dirty
Politics • Views: 23,928

In Wisconsin, a “John Doe” probe into the recall election has apparently uncovered evidence that Gov. Scott Walker ran “a criminal scheme” to bypass state election laws, by illegally coordinating the efforts of 12 conservative groups. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports:

Madison — Prosecutors allege that Gov. Scott Walker was at the center of an effort to illegally coordinate fundraising among conservative groups to help his campaign and those of Republican senators fend off recall elections during 2011 and ‘12, according to documents unsealed Thursday.

In the documents, prosecutors lay out what they call a “criminal scheme” to bypass state election laws by Walker, his campaign and two top deputies — R.J. Johnson and Deborah Jordahl.

The governor and his close confidants helped raise money and control spending through 12 conservative groups during the recall elections, according to the prosecutors’ filings.

And look who else was involved in this alleged scheme:

The documents include an email in which Walker tells Karl Rove, former top adviser to President George W. Bush, that Johnson would lead the coordination campaign. Johnson is also chief adviser to Wisconsin Club for Growth, a conservative group active in the recall elections.

^ back to top ^

TwitterFacebook

Turn off all ads for a full year by subscribing!
For about 33 cents a day (per month) or 22 cents a day (per year), our subscription option turns off all advertisements at LGF!
Read more...

► LGF Headlines

  • Loading...

► Tweeted Articles

  • Loading...

► Tweeted Pages

  • Loading...

► Top 10 Comments

  • Loading...

► Bottom Comments

  • Loading...

► Recent Comments

  • Loading...

► Tools/Info

► Tag Cloud

► Contact

You must have Javascript enabled to use the contact form.
Your email:

Subject:

Message:


Messages may be published unless you request otherwise.
Tech Note:
Using the Contact Form
LGF Pages

This button leads to the main index of LGF Pages, our user-submitted articles. You can post your own LGF Pages simply by registering a free account with us.

Create a Page

This is the LGF Pages posting bookmarklet. To use it, drag this button to your browser's bookmark bar, and title it 'LGF Pages' (or whatever you like). Then browse to a site you want to post, select some text on the page to use for a quote, click the bookmarklet, and the Pages posting window will appear with the title, text, and any embedded video or audio files already filled in, ready to go.

Or... you can just click this button to open the Pages posting window right away.

Last updated: 2014-03-07 2:19 pm PST

LGF User's Guide
Recent Pages
CriticalDragon1177
Billy Johnson, NRA Spokesmen Promotes “Gun Socialism”
Check out the NRA's latest anti control proposal. In a Think Progress Video, I originally saw over at Wonkette ( where we had a lot of fun making fun of it ), Billy Johnson, proposed for lack of a better ...

45 minutes ago
Views: 56 • Comments: 0
Tweets: 0 • Rating: 0
Randall Gross
Corporations Are People. So What if People Were Corporations?
"Checked the tax code," wrote a friend who's engaged to a woman from a low-tax country. "Unfortunately, marrying [my fiancee] does not entitle me to a tax inversion like the big US companies are getting. Thanks for nothing IRS." ...

2 hours, 34 minutes ago
Views: 142 • Comments: 3
Tweets: 2 • Rating: 2
FemNaziBitch
Safer Era Tests Wisdom of ‘Broken Windows’ Focus on Minor Crime
While the apparent chokehold fueled much of the initial public outcry, community leaders have begun asking whether focusing police officers so intently on such petty offenses makes sense in a city that is far different and far safer than ...

5 hours, 20 minutes ago
Views: 83 • Comments: 0
Tweets: 0 • Rating: 0
Mentis Fugit
Frisson
Over at the quirky Riddled blog, I encountered this music video link. I have the album, but I had last listened long ago, and I had forgotten the lyrics. The lengthy, moody intro slowly drew me back thirty five years, ...

2 days, 15 hours ago
Views: 164 • Comments: 0
Tweets: 0 • Rating: 0
BadExampleMan
The painful futility of war
This makes me furious. These men pledged their loyalty to their country and their country betrayed them. It treated them as disposable, throwing their lives away in a war that was premised on lies, that was chosen gleefully, and that ...

4 days, 7 hours ago
Views: 333 • Comments: 0
Tweets: 1 • Rating: 1
MichaelJ
Mick Fanning Wins J-Bay Open 2014
More: MICK FANNING WINS J-BAY OPEN Finals day for the contest was run in perfect Supertubes conditions. Too bad Kelly Slater and Jordy Smith were eliminated in lesser quality surf - it would have been amazing to have both of ...

4 days, 16 hours ago
Views: 263 • Comments: 0
Tweets: 0 • Rating: 2
Rightwingconspirator
ISIS Threatens Iraqi Christians in Mosul
Baghdad, Iraq (CNN) -- Extremists occupying large swaths of Iraq and Syria have issued a threat to Iraqi Christians in the city of Mosul: accept Islam, pay extra taxes to Islamic Sharia courts or face "death by the sword." ...

6 days, 18 hours ago
Views: 691 • Comments: 9
Tweets: 20 • Rating: 3
Thrazidun
Paris: Jews Fight Back Against Islamist Mob - Jewish World - News - Arutz Sheva
More: Paris: Jews Fight Back Against Islamist Mob - Jewish World - News - Arutz Sheva

1 week ago
Views: 800 • Comments: 5
Tweets: 0 • Rating: 1
GlutenFreeJesus
Gotta love Chicago
Admittedly, I only started following these guys in the past year or two. They have been in the Chicago scene for awhile. And I kick myself after every show for not following them sooner. For any fans of Led Zeppelin, ...

1 week ago
Views: 361 • Comments: 0
Tweets: 0 • Rating: 2
wheat-dogghazi
Rachel Aviv: A Middle-School Cheating Scandal Raises Questions About No Child Left Behind
Writing for The New Yorker, Rachel Aviv profiles some of the teachers and principals caught up in Atlanta's standardized cheating scandal. Focusing on Parks Middle School, which is located in a "rough" section of the city, her article portrays a ...

1 week ago
Views: 562 • Comments: 2
Tweets: 8 • Rating: 2
 Frank says:

Get smart and I'll f*ck you over, sayeth The Lord.