Monday, February 14, 2005

Hello, my name is Emmett. I'm from Unexpected Quarters, Washington.

So, he's back. The phone number is still there on his domain name registration, but his PO Box in Shelton is gone.
Sorry for the extended sign off. Last week was really stressful with all sorts of computer-related difficulties and a few personal challenges from unexpected quarters. Comcast customer service helped me solve some of them. Friendly bloggers helped me solve others. My brilliant, tech-savvy brother helped me settle the rest. Thanks to all those who sent kind words and advice while OlyScoop was down. To the others, well, I'm counting on karma to get medieval on your ass at some point down the road.
Medieval on your ass... umm, hello Mr Wallace.

Tuesday, February 08, 2005

Another thing I've learned about Olyscoop: ask him who he is publically, he takes his site down.

If you're interested in Olyscoop, his January and February archives are still online. Hopefully he doesn't take these down as well.

UPDATE: And, now if Olyscoop takes down his archives too, you can view them here, at the official Olyscoop Archives.

Hm. Anyway, for the sake of complete truth in the face of, uhhmmm... something, here is the entire conversation (including stuff below) I've had with Olyscoop today and yesterday.

By the way Olyscoop, if you think I didn't put something in about our email conversation, you can post a comment.
Date: Mon, 7 Feb 2005 22:34:58 -0800
From: "OlyScoop OlyWA"
To: emmettoconnell@yahoo.com
Subject: It's not the entire conversation, Emmett

Why do you lie to your readers?

Date: Mon, 7 Feb 2005 17:19:48 -0800
From: "OlyScoop OlyWA" Add to Address BookAdd to Address Book
To: Send an Instant Message "Emmett O'Connell"
Subject: Re: Who are you?

I'm disappointed, Emmett. You sure seem like a really intelligent guy,
but you won't even address my questions to you. I would like to share
info. with you, but you won't even attempt a compromise.
Maybe when you have a moment you'll be able to tell me what you think
you accomplished with your impolitic manner and your refusal to admit
that you may have charged ahead too quickly -- qualities of the
current occupant of the White House.
No. That was not intended as a compliment.

On Mon, 7 Feb 2005 17:03:36 -0800 (PST), Emmett O'Connell emmettoconnell@yahoo.com> wrote:

I guess we're at an impasse.

Emmett

--- OlyScoop OlyWA wrote:

I'll confab when the post is down. Will you take itdown?


On Mon, 7 Feb 2005 16:53:15 -0800 (PST), Emmett
O'Connell
wrote:
Either way, why the number from the Governor's office?

That is all I want to know.

You don't work for the Governor, so why the number?

Emmett

Monday, February 07, 2005

What I now know about Olyscoop:

He isn't blogging from a state office, making it less likely that he's working from the governor's office. He's online from this IP: c-24-18-102-209.client.comcast.net

He doesn't like it that I posted what I posted below. We've exchange emails, and he's left a comment asking me to delete the previous post. Now, if there was any way to guarantee that I wouldn't delete the post, it would be to ask me to delete it. Just thought I'd point that out.

The only question I have now is: Why the number for the governor's press office?

And, that is about it. Below is the entire email discussion Olyscoop and I have had (in reverse chronology):

Date: Mon, 7 Feb 2005 15:52:31 -0800
From: "OlyScoop OlyWA"
To: "Emmett O'Connell"
Subject: Re: Who are you?

Whether or not you think it's harmful, I believe it is harmful to me. I have rent to pay and kids to feed. Olympia, I don't have to tell you, is a small town in a lot of ways.

You didn't bother to address why you did not e-mail until two days after you posted. It was inconsiderate, at least. For me, it was damaging. Again I say: I would not have done such a thing to you.

I don't want to close down OlyScoop, but if this is how I'm treated by friends, I'm not sure I have any other options.

Please take down the post and I'd be happy to chat with you via e-mail.


On Mon, 7 Feb 2005 15:41:12 -0800 (PST), Emmett O'Connell
wrote:
In all due respect, are you serious? Do you actually
expect me to remove that post?

I don't know what I wrote that might be construed as harmful, I'm just curious about who you are.

Anyway, why do you post anonymously, and why did you leave the Governor's press office phone number on your url registration? I'm getting the drift that you aren't actually with the press office, but I'm still curious about who you are.

Thanks,
Emmett O'Connell


--- OlyScoop OlyWA wrote:

Please take down your post about OlyScoop. I really wish you had e-mailed me first before you posted that. I wouldn't do that to you or your friends, I hope you know. I want you to be happy and successful.

I hope you want the same for people who are a lot like you, as I am.

I'll be happy to talk positively "olympia time" and add your blog to the roll on the OlyScoop page if you like.

Please take down that post. Then, if you want please e-mail again. I'd be happy to chat.

On Mon, 7 Feb 2005 10:18:25 -0800 (PST), Emmett O'Connell wrote:
http://olywa.blogspot.com/2005/02/is-olyscoop.html

Saturday, February 05, 2005

Is OlyScoop.com coming from the Governor's office? How does that make any sense?

For about a month now, I've been enjoying the musings over at Olyscoop.com, a blog that posts mostly on happenings up at the Capitol. What have I learned about Olyscoop?

Olyscoop doesn't like Republicans, at all or very much.

Olyscoops digs the current Gov.

So much so, Olyscoop sometimes makes fun of Republicans. I for one find Olyscoop funny, I'm a Democrat, and making fun of Republicans is a hobby of mine as well.

One thing I didn't find was any information on who Olyscoop actually is. Well, crap. Like minded people want to know each other. Anyhoo, for awhile I just assumed that Olyscoop was the worktime project of some unpaid Dem intern or session worker up at the Capitol.

Then I noticed today that Olyscoop.com is a registered domain name.

olyscoop
Huh, I can look this person up then. I didn't find a name, but I did find a post office box in Shelton, which I don't know how to look up. I also found a phone number too.

(360) 902-4136

It's the phone number to the Gov. Christine Gregoire's press office. It would make sense if the blog did come from there, it talks about the press, alot.

Here, Here, Here and just about everywhere.

Now, I doubt that Olyscoop is actually a project of the Gov's press office. If it is, they have got to be pretty stupid to actually put their work number on the domain registration. Why even register a domain anyway? It kicks you to the blogspot.com domain.

One more note, Olyscoop.com was registered a week before Gov. Gregoire was sworn in. Not sure what that means.