Wonkette picks up Bill Bennett dominatrix story
This is a big step forward in the Bill Bennett dominatrix story. Wonkette’s blog is read daily by a lot more people than my blog. A lot of her readers are in Washington and in the media. Even though Richard Leiby of the Washington Post says she’s a “foul mouthed vixen,” her blog is A-list, so her posts get attention. My blog is B-list at best.
I never informed Wonkette about the story, but the same source who has been emailing me has also been emailing Wonkette. The source also emailed her about my posts. Wonkette allowed me to scoop her on the story because she says “the Gawker Media Empire Legal Adviser (a.k.a. this guy in Denton's building who's watched a lot of 'Law and Order') told us we should probably lay off.”
Luckily for me, I’m unemployed and rent an apartment. Nothing here for Bill Bennett’s lawyers to get. There is also comfort in knowing about Batzel v. Cremers (9th Cir. 2003) which seems to give a lot of leeway to website operators like myself. And I went to law school, so I can represent myself if I were ever sued for libel—although I had little luck using my legal skills to fight a speeding ticket I received on I-395; I took it all the way to a jury trial in Arlington County Circuit Court and lost.
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Wonkette also seemed to find the story about how I named my blog to be amusing. She quoted the following that I wrote in my first post:
I will capture the attention of hundreds of people daily doing Google searches for calico cats. Some of them will see The Calico Cat come out on top of the search engine results and click on it. Instant visit. Will they stick around and read anything? I don't know, but if 10% find something interesting, I could quickly gather a pretty big readership.
That idea turned out to be a big failure. Sure, around a hundred people a day find my blog while searching for calico cats, but none of them stick around to become regular readers. They don’t buy anything either. I used to have some links to cat merchandise at Amazon.com, but there wasn’t a single sale. Cat people are cheap. That explains why I was able to buy this domain name from some guy in Canada for only US $400. And I was probably ripped off too. There’s no commercial value in cats.
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If you want to find out if President Bush, according to “Mistress Lee,” is dom or sub, keep visiting the Calico Cat.
I think this story is a hoax. Calico Cat scammed by the dominatrix.
posted Friday, June 04, 2004