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Yahoo Bans Flickr User for Criticizing Obama


Don’t store your photos on Flickr. You could lose everything just like Shephard Johnson did. Via Truthdig, Johnson’s paid Flickr-Pro account and more than 1,000 of his photos suddenly disappeared after he posted critical comments about Obama’s support for a bill to prevent release of torture photos. According to Gawker,

Johnson was browsing the official White House photostream one night when he decided to post a politically-charged comment. Then another, then another. Soon, without warning, Yahoo’s photo-sharing service deleted his account, complete with 1,200 pictures.

An unrepentant Yahoo won’t say what, exactly, Johnson did wrong. His comments were about Barack Obama’s support of a bill allowing the government to suppress torture photos. They were attached to seemingly relevant images from the president’s recent trip to Cairo to ring in a new era of U.S.-Middle Eastern relations.

“I thought, this is an opportunity I can use to let the administration know how I feel about some of its policies,” Johnson told us in a phone interview.

WTF?! Is this part of the Obama administration’s new “cybersecurity” program? Or does Yahoo think Dear Leader’s popularity is so soft that it can’t survive a little public protest from one guy on Flickr?

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70 Responses

  1. Remind me again–what exactly is the difference between the GOP and the Dems these days?

  2. One is pronounced “goop” and the other pronounced “dim”.

  3. Remember last year when google bloggers that opposed Obama had their blogs suspended?

    How come none of this stuff ever seems to happen to Failbots?

    • Google and Yahoo have complex kool-aid detection algorithms that can detect a failbot from 100 yards. If you’re not a failbot alarms go off. The chaos at Google is so intense when they detect a non failbot that they even trample the goats at the Google campus. It’s a sight to behold.

  4. In other news, The Dems collected the big payback from Wall Street in the first three months of Obama’s term. Repubs not so much.


  5. My answer would be B.

  6. I suppose he should be grateful he wasn’t “preventively detained” and waterboarded.

  7. Palin blasts Letterman:

    “Laughter incited by sexually-perverted comments made by a 62-year-old male celebrity aimed at a 14-year-old girl is not only disgusting, but it reminds us some Hollywood/NY entertainers have a long way to go in understanding what the rest of America understands — that acceptance of inappropriate sexual comments about an underage girl, who could be anyone’s daughter, contributes to the atrociously high rate of sexual exploitation of minors by older men who use and abuse others.”

    • Brava Sarah!

    • Anyone who considers themselves to be a feminist, a liberal or a progressive should stand behind Palin’s comments. This has nothing to do with her policies, personal beliefs, or political party affiliation. NOW should have this on their website! No one, Republican or Democrat, deserves to have their teenage daughter talked about in this manner. Disgusting!

      • I will say this. I disagree that this is not about her belief set

        This is about two sets of belief systems.

        One set believes that it is not only perfectly acceptable to joke about a 14 year olds rape, but that it is somehow funny.

        The other set believes that rape is an atrocious act and making comments about raping a child is especially heinious. They condemn Letterman and his crude and disgusting behavior. It isn’t funny. It’s sick.

        I know which belief system Sarah and I have.

    • I love her. She has no fear. No one’s going to have the stones to call it out, well by god she can handle it herself.

    • but but but wait isn’t she supposed to be stupid?/snark

      The people who are truly stupid are the ones who thought making jokes about a 14 year old being raped was appropriate or funny.

      • Liberal, progressive, feminist—how about just plain, ordinary, decent human being.

    • I am so glad she spoke out on this with so much detail. The specifics really frame the problem well.

      Go Sarah!

    • I am glad she is speaking up and defending her minor children. Good for her.

    • Couldn’t have said it better. CBS should have this on their evening news with Katie. Wait … then almost no one would see it.

    • http://videoguide.msn.com/play/movies/?g=772beb71-f9e9-4176-83d8-bbc8cac6792f

      If you haven’t seen the hideous interview Contessa Brewer conducted with the Radio personality who did the Palin interview on air, click on the link. Contessa pretended Palin had no reason to take offense to Letterman’s comments, and threatened to end the interview after MSNBC was accused of being the Obama network. He really unnerved her.

      • Contessa’s a piece of work isn’t she. Most of what she says I like better in the original german. Oh snap.

        • She’s the epitome of what MSNBC, CNN, CNBC, and the networks have become. I don’t know how a free-thinking person can stand watching those stations. I caught that clip in a sidebar on some website (maybe the Seattle Times site).

          She proved she could lie with a straight face when she claimed she had experienced the same thing Palin got from Letterman.

    • Awesome quote!

      Never dis “flight attendants” as you may be receiving your hot coffee in an area located below the tray. (snark)

  8. I’m happily conversing with myself up here while everyone argues about Rev. Wright.

    Oooh! Nancy Pelosi got up the courage to go against Dear Leader on torture photos!


  9. Obama statement on museum shooting:

    “This outrageous act reminds us that we must remain vigilant against anti-Semitism and prejudice in all its forms.”

    (except woman hating….)

  10. I finally got the social links added — so please share this great post!

  11. He makes a statement about the museum shooting, which is right, but he has never made any statement against the gunning down of two American soldiers and death of one, at Little Rock. He has never even, to my knowledge, called the family of the one who died.

    • As much as he deceives, there are some things he just can’t bring himself to do….

  12. I thought flickr was above something like that?

    Strange times, no?

  13. I mean WTF?


  14. That change we were hoping for—that would be the Dems getting the big lobbyist $$$ instead of the Repubs?

    We would all know what was going on with our congress critters and the prez?

    Do you have your shares of GM yet? I checked my mail today—again. No shares. No BofA, C, AIG—-shucks. I bet Obama has the mail out in reverse alphabetical order and I am an A.

  15. Mike Lowell hits a home run and the Red Sox lead the Yankees 4-1!

  16. New Post up for those that enjoy the ‘art of the argument’

  17. Citi=C, ticker symbol.

    I wonder if Sarah Palin sometimes agonizes about how her children have been targeted and her political involvement. I think it is interesting that Todd Palin and the Palin’s son have not seemed to surface as targets—just the females.

    • I was thinking about that yesterday. What a coincidence, only the females are targets. Apparently, someone forgot to cancel the open season on women that was declared during the primary.

  18. This is insane. Sheese I better find another place to store my photos.

  19. Poor Willow. She is also the one who was with Sarah when those guys (and girl) were wearing the c**t shirts.

  20. Perhaps my own experience is related?

    I use a Yahoo webmail address. After I came out against Obama, all of my emails between December 31, 2006 and June 31, 2008 vanished from Yahoo’s servers.

    I was nowhere near the limit regarding storage space.

    Yahoo was unhelpful. This was their response to my complaint:

    “We have investigated your report and have checked every possibility that could have caused the disappearance of your messages in your Yahoo! Mail account. We have found that the account is functioning properly and that the Mail servers are running normally at this time.

    “We regret to hear that you have lost messages. Unfortunately, they are irretrievable.”

  21. From Steve Aquino (MJ)

    “It also grants the Secretary of Commerce “access to all relevant data…”
    “This means he or she can monitor or access *!any data!* on private or public networks without regard to privacy laws.”

    [my *!*]

    This is some scary Sh-t. Orwell was no dummy-

    side note:
    An interesting activist tactic might be for civil liberties groups to pool their money and send a copy of “1984” to each member of the White House cabinet and to congressional Demopublicans.

    every citizen should read that book. (“Brave New World” would be another recommendation on my popular culture anti- Manufacturing of Consent book list)

    Also,… George Luca’s early experimental film, “THX 1138” (1971) is a great Anti fascist/techno-homogenization/big brother movie. Robert Duvall is the protagonist.

    “THX 1138” is In the same vein as “Logan’s Run” but WAY better (IMHO), since the acting is better, more time is given to philosophical introspection, and there is less sentimental, sexy/lovey-dovey crap. 🙂

    A technically simple but effective film.

    sorry, that was (sort of) OT

    has the Cyberspying Act….OOPS….I mean Cybersecurity Act of 2009 passed yet?…or is it still being considered?

    Thanks for the Mother Jones article link! I book-marked it.

    BB, I hope you stay updated with this topic and post more information for us later. I haven’t seen much in MSM (go figure).

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