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Rack & Roll Carnival

By Greg L | 20 February 2007 | Rack & Roll Scandal | 1 Comment

The Rack & Roll scandal has generated a burst of interest these days, and I’d like to give a shout out to all the other websites that have picked up the story and are weighing in, as well as give folks an opportunity to see what others, both local and nationwide, are saying on this.  Somehow the letter that the City of Manassas Park sent the other day really ended up doing something other than what they hoped it would.

First off is the formidable instapundit (Ranked the #1 website in the world according to TTLB) who generated much of yesterday’s heavy traffic after picking up Radley Balko’s commentary on The Agitator and Reason Magazine, where he wrote

“The behavior of city officials in this case is really infuriating, though not terribly surprising. After spending hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars in a relentless effort to shut down David Ruttenberg’s business, they’re now spending yet more taxpayer dollars to threaten a blogger for daring to tell anyone about it.”

Radley has been on this story as well, and for longer than I, and has a category devoted to the story.  I highly reccomend interested readers to check out his site.

National Journal’s Beltway Blogroll also picks up the story with “It looks like I’ve been missing out on a good local blog story near my home in Manassas, Va., and The Liberty Papers opines “I would say this is unbelievable, but it’s actually SOP for city officials caught in a compromising legal situation.”  Not Larry Sabato also links in with his question “Is BVBL getting sued again?“  Some of the big guns are clearly showing an interest in the story.

And then there’s a lot of folks out there I hadn’t known about before who lend their much-appreciated support.

Civil Gideon weighs in with “If they ever write a book about this, I’ll be looking for a first edition. It is certainly a tangled web. It proves that truth really is stranger than fiction. And this is beyond that. It also shows that any time a story is this “complicated” there is a lot of deceit behind it.” Left off colfax writes  “Normally, I’d try to write some ultra-verbose post about how small, petty, and utterly despicable the city of Manassas Park is being… But I’m too pissed off to try.”  I would have liked to see him give it a shot, though. The Meck Deck weighs in with “Anyone who thinks that only big media can fight corruption needs to check out what is going on in Manassas Park, a Virginia burb of DC.”

There’s also links from a lot of sites such as the Daily IrrelevantM Rebman and myspace users like Stewart who have picked up the story.  This story is moving into the public consciousness in a way that probably never would have happened if not for this threat.

I can only imagine what will happen if Manassas Park ever decides to file suit.  I better upgrade my server, pronto.



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  1. Batson D. Belfrey said on 21 Feb 2007 at 7:12 am:
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    And I can’t imagine what would happen if the MJM, WaPo, etc. would do what they are supposed to be doing, and report on this. Instead, the story will be “local blog told to C&D”, if the paper ever grows a spine and decides to do in-depth reporting. This is why local print media will die someday soon.

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