MoDo Speculates: Am I Going To Be Outsourced?


I wondered how long it would be before some guy in Bangalore was writing my column about President Obama. . . . A penny for your thoughts? Now I knew my days were numbered.

She can always create a blog. More likely, HuffPo will hire her - they do need someone to provide even more Clinton Hate.

This is an Open Thread.

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    she's plagiarizing franken (5.00 / 1) (#1)
    by Salo on Sun Nov 30, 2008 at 09:48:34 AM EST
    she's stolen the joke from lying liars....she should suffer the barnacle treatment.

    But (none / 0) (#18)
    by squeaky on Sun Nov 30, 2008 at 12:05:43 PM EST
    Where did he steal it from?

    You mean she should be forced to draw (none / 0) (#19)
    by ThatOneVoter on Sun Nov 30, 2008 at 12:44:13 PM EST

    A penny? (5.00 / 1) (#3)
    by lentinel on Sun Nov 30, 2008 at 09:51:12 AM EST
    I would rather spend my penny some other way.

    Some pharmacy must still have (none / 0) (#5)
    by andgarden on Sun Nov 30, 2008 at 09:51:46 AM EST
    a penny gumball machine. . .

    No such thing. (5.00 / 1) (#7)
    by Fabian on Sun Nov 30, 2008 at 10:16:38 AM EST
    For some of this year our grocery store had mechanical ponies you could get 30 seconds on for a penny.  The kids loved it.  One penny, a little reward for surviving the chore of shopping.

    When I was growing up (5.00 / 2) (#8)
    by andgarden on Sun Nov 30, 2008 at 10:17:45 AM EST
    there was a hardware store that did have such a gumball machine. No doubt they lost money on it, but it shut up the kids.

    I'm rooting for the Gators in the (5.00 / 1) (#6)
    by jeffinalabama on Sun Nov 30, 2008 at 10:03:03 AM EST
    SEC championship game, BTD. I won't or can't root for the Tide. It's like rooting for the Republicans.

    Should be a hell of a game (5.00 / 1) (#9)
    by Big Tent Democrat on Sun Nov 30, 2008 at 10:20:21 AM EST
    Auburn will be back.

    Probably next year.


    Pfft Huf Po doesn't need her (5.00 / 1) (#22)
    by Faust on Sun Nov 30, 2008 at 01:29:16 PM EST
    after Arianna's recent mind bogglingly stupid article on the Clinton SOS appointment I would regard a MoDo hire on HufPo being the height of redundancy.

    what makes you so certain (5.00 / 1) (#25)
    by cpinva on Sun Nov 30, 2008 at 04:39:46 PM EST
    that huffington and dowd aren't twins? they both suffer serious mental problems, they kinda (sorta) look alike, and they both hear voices (not sure if they're the same voices). have you seen their individual birth certificates?

    heh! (none / 0) (#29)
    by Faust on Mon Dec 01, 2008 at 11:01:47 AM EST
    Clinton Hate (none / 0) (#2)
    by 21787432 on Sun Nov 30, 2008 at 09:49:43 AM EST
    Why is concern about outsourcing Clinton hate?

    Very difficult to outsource CDS. (5.00 / 6) (#11)
    by oldpro on Sun Nov 30, 2008 at 10:29:08 AM EST
    First, you have to find a country where Bill Clinton is despised...good luck with that one.

    Try Serbia (5.00 / 1) (#13)
    by Randinho on Sun Nov 30, 2008 at 10:45:27 AM EST
    He's not too popular there.

    Yea it's a tough deal (5.00 / 2) (#15)
    by Jjc2008 on Sun Nov 30, 2008 at 11:13:51 AM EST
    trying to stop genocide.  One side is going to hate you.

    Nah, just some simple training (5.00 / 2) (#14)
    by andgarden on Sun Nov 30, 2008 at 10:49:37 AM EST
    A verb, a noun, and Vince Foster!

    That only works in (5.00 / 1) (#23)
    by oldpro on Sun Nov 30, 2008 at 02:36:35 PM EST
    English-speaking countries, most of whom never heard of Vince Foster.  Hell, 98% of the people in THIS country couldn't identify him today.

    Poor Vince.  Never should have come to Washington.  Wonder how his widow/family are doing...


    Try prison nation... (none / 0) (#30)
    by kdog on Mon Dec 01, 2008 at 02:49:50 PM EST
    if Bill isn't despised in federal pens across the country, he should be.  He sure as hell helped keep them filled to the brim.

    It's not (none / 0) (#4)
    by andgarden on Sun Nov 30, 2008 at 09:51:20 AM EST
    It's the column she writes every six months for variety.

    Repulsive (none / 0) (#10)
    by daring grace on Sun Nov 30, 2008 at 10:28:47 AM EST
    Reading Dowd's piece---beyond the element about her--I found the description of this Pasadena publication's outsourcing of local coverage disgusting.

    The publisher paints it as a natural evolutionary stage of the digital age and paperless publishing on the internet, but I find it actually a distortion of that:

    One of the BIG blessings of the internet and our exploding individual interconnectedness is (as evidenced on sites like this) the chance to read (and to be) commenter/observers 'reporting' from all over the world. We need more on the scene information/views not fewer.

    It seems ironic that at a time when there's more emphasis on 'eating/buying local' some travesty like this might be on the horizon.

    Oh by the way... (none / 0) (#12)
    by rghojai on Sun Nov 30, 2008 at 10:37:45 AM EST
    ...this is really old news.

    I lose track of when this started, but it was at least several months ago. Okay, I'm bored. Net search reveals references to this in May, 2007. Putting aside a lot of things about Dowd, writing about something 18 months old is weak. Also seems weak that nobody in the editorial process rejected it for that reason.

    why should that be a surprise? (none / 0) (#16)
    by cpinva on Sun Nov 30, 2008 at 11:37:05 AM EST
    Also seems weak that nobody in the editorial process rejected it for that reason.

    with (very) rare exception, most of ms. dowd's columns for the past almost 20 years should never have made it past the editor's blue pencil. and yet, they have.

    clearly, ms. dowd's editor at they nyt's is even more insane than she is.


    nah...Irish Catholic HCDS lives on..... (none / 0) (#17)
    by jedimom on Sun Nov 30, 2008 at 12:01:09 PM EST
    as the child of an irish Catholic mother from the East Coast, I can assure MoDo, there will always be room for her column as sooo many on the EC seem to love the CDS filled rants of her and her fellow 'people'

    think of Matthews, Barnacle, MoDo, Cafferty, im sure there are many others, there seems to be some sort of HillaryCDS, bred into the Irish Catholics from the EC..luckily in my case it either skipped a gen or my Italian half killed it in my DNA..I love Hill and the Big Dawg..

    I think Tom Friedman's columns should (none / 0) (#20)
    by ThatOneVoter on Sun Nov 30, 2008 at 12:45:24 PM EST
    be written by Elizabeth Hasselbeck. She believes in the literal flat earth.. or at least she isn't sure if it's round.. she would be perfect!

    Looking for help (none / 0) (#21)
    by Fabian on Sun Nov 30, 2008 at 01:11:04 PM EST
    Short story: My niece is the victim of a serial abuser.  You've all heard her kind of story before.  She is now broke, has no car, no self esteem and does have a newborn child.  She's also a mess mentally.

    We'd like to keep her away from him.  He has a history, complete with at least one run in with the law (is there any other way to get a probation officer?) and at least one outstanding warrant.

    What's the best way to look up prior convictions, outstanding warrants and if he is still under probation?  (I'm doing this remotely as she is in another state.)


    Hire an attorney (none / 0) (#24)
    by gyrfalcon on Sun Nov 30, 2008 at 03:33:12 PM EST
    in her state, maybe one who specializes in family law issues.  She really needs expert advice.

    She needs to stay the h_ll (none / 0) (#26)
    by Fabian on Sun Nov 30, 2008 at 05:58:08 PM EST
    away from him.

    If he has arrest warrants out or has violated probation, a little law enforcement could put him out of circulation long enough to get her head screwed on straight.  She was just in the county mental ward for a suicide attempt.  He apparently has children by at least four different women, including her.  His own mother won't let him in her house.  With this guy, there's not just red flags, there's flashing lights and sirens.

    And she's still calling him.  Guy threatened her with a gun in front of her kids and she's still calling him.

    I'm all for domestic abuse charges and restraining orders but they take time.  (And the cooperation of the victim.)  If law enforcement already has a reason to arrest him, all that needs to be done is to arrange a rendez vous.  This is a rural area.  


    She sure does, but (none / 0) (#27)
    by gyrfalcon on Sun Nov 30, 2008 at 06:28:18 PM EST
    if she doesn't get that, there's not much you can do about her until she does get it.

    I suggest an attorney because an attorney will know how to get the information quickly and where the pressure points are to get him picked up, if it's possible.

    I think this is urgent enough that it's no time for laypeople to be trying to make sense of the labyrinthine system.  Hire an expert.


    Got some help (5.00 / 1) (#28)
    by Fabian on Sun Nov 30, 2008 at 07:32:11 PM EST
    to find the right gov websites to search on.

    Mom paid for some online information as well.  Guy is still under probation for a receiving stolen property conviction.  He has a tidy rap sheet of lesser charges like driving without a license.  

    Doing stuff long distance isn't ideal, but it's what we are stuck with.  I'll pass on the recommendation for the investigator/lawyer but I'm not sure what they can afford.

    Thanks for the advice.  It is appreciated.


    My two cents.... (none / 0) (#31)
    by kdog on Mon Dec 01, 2008 at 02:53:32 PM EST
    help your niece without involving the state Fabian...the state often just complicates matters more, preventing a clean break.  Not to mention having the cops sicked on you can make a man angry.

    Can somebody in the family take her and her baby in until she gets back on track?