Monday, May 18, 2009

Craigslist CEO Shopping for an Apology From McMaster

Posted by Greg Hambrick on Mon, May 18, 2009 at 11:53 AM

e484/1242661731-mcmaster_resized.jpgCraigslist CEO Jim Buckmaster spent his whole weekend fuming over S.C. Attorney General Henry McMaster's continued threats of criminal prosecution for adult services found on the website.

Buckmaster had agreed to concessions last week after lengthy negotiations with three other attorneys general, but McMaster (pictured) said it wasn't enough and continued to call on the popular classifieds site to remove all user-generated ads that offered sexual services.

Throughout the weekend, Buckmaster updated a post on a host of other web classified pages that host personal "entertainment" services, including the Post and Courier.

Today, he called on McMaster to apologize for targeting Craigslist, while suggesting that the attorney general shouldn't throw around words like "criminal," particularly in the run-up to a contentious gubernatorial campaign.

"Have you fully considered the implications of your accusations against Craigslist?" Buckmaster wrote. "What's a crime for Craigslistis clearly a crime for any company."

Of course, it's quite possible that all Buckmaster has succeeded in doing is making McMaster's job easier when he does, in fact, go after the state's larger personal ad providers.

Another interesting fact comes from a chart that Buckmaster posted on Sunday showing overall growth in Craigslist postings in South Carolina. What is interesting about the chart is the relatively modest growth in Charleston posts compared to Greenville, Myrtle Beach, and Columbia.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

New Survey: Sykes vs. Limbaugh, Mystery Web Redesign, and More

Posted by Greg Hambrick on Tue, May 12, 2009 at 10:51 AM


This week's survey is up and running.

We've got fun questions on Rush Limbaugh's terrorist cred, a mysterious web redesign, Sanford vs. Budget, and Charleston illiteracy.

Here's two survey questions, along with two of four possible answers. But go ahead and take the full survey.

1. Comedian Wanda Sykes was poking fun at Rush Limbaugh when she allegedly went too far with a joke about the talk radio king being a terrorist mastermind. It would have been funny if it weren’t:

A. True.

B. Totally implausible. Limbaugh can’t fit in a standard airport seat.

2. We know somebody who knows somebody who has been working on a new web design. What’s the first complaint our friend of a friend is sure to hear?

A. “But I liked sitting and waiting for the picture thingy to automatically change.”

C. “No matter what, it’s never going to be the same without the ink all over my hands.”

Take the full survey.

Photo by flickr user mandj98

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Thursday, May 7, 2009

The Round-Out: Statehouse Guards, West Coast Riverdogs, Far East Hotel Hell

Posted by Greg Hambrick on Thu, May 7, 2009 at 3:16 PM

The Round-Out is our irregular look at news about the Lowcountry from outside of the region.

• The (Columbia) Free Times reports this week on a dust-up between Gov. Mark Sanford and Senate leader Glenn McConnell (both Charleston Republicans) over the legislator's plans for a Statehouse police force.

“We had to do it,” McConnell says, “because of a failure on the part of [the governor] to maintain the security system at the State House.”

Oh, snap.

• The Charleston Riverdogs apparently have at least one fan in Palm Springs, Calif. The local paper gave some ink to tonight's 1K Beer Run.

• The Wall Street Journal had a story earlier this week about a group of tourists confined to a Hong Kong hotel for seven days over swine flu concerns. Pete Cannon, referred to as a Charleston developer, was staying at the hotel, but avoided the lockdown by being out when it started. He was escorted the next day to a government-run holiday camp until the quarantine expired.

"I feel like that guy in 'The Great Escape,' Steve McQueen," he said. "No matter where he goes, he's taken back to the camp."

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Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Sanford, Graham Clowning Around

Posted by Greg Hambrick on Wed, May 6, 2009 at 3:52 PM

Photos by Hebiclens / WMxdesign's photostream



Through the magic of face paint (er, photoshop), two of South Carolina's GOP leaders are getting a clown makeover, via Hebiclens / WMxdesign's photostream .

We're actually somewhat proud/disturbed that we were able to immediately recognize Sen. Lindsey Graham in the clown lineup. Sanford, however, took us a minute. More here, including Rush Limbaugh.

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Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Survey Spotlight: Smoking in the Car

Posted by Greg Hambrick on Tue, May 5, 2009 at 4:10 PM

3d4f/1241554202-_090225.cigarettes_resized.jpgThis week's survey is up, with questions on the swine flu slowdown, sweet tea vodka wannabes, and Star Trek's reboot.

Here's one of the questions and two of the four possible answers:

A bill that is making its way through that Statehouse would impose a small fine for parents or other adults who smoke in their car with children. What is the next step the state will take to protect young children?

A. Parents will not be allowed to listen to Flo Rida in the car.

B. Parents will not be allowed to Tweet about their love for Flo Rida in the car.

Go take the full survey.

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