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It seemed like a good idea at the time

People who use microblogging sites like Twitter are used to URL-shortening services like,, and But apparently those sites are not “conservative” enough, so the Republican party launched their own URL-shortening service on Monday called, but with an annoying twist. When someone clicks on a shortened URL, it displays the original page, but with a GOP toolbar across the top and bottom of the page (this toolbar doesn’t go away, even if you click on a link to go to a new page). It also has an animated Michael Steele, who walks around the bottom right of your browser window and even talks, as if he is showing off the web page.

So, what do you suppose happened next?

Michael Steele with Bondage

Those damn liberals took advantage of this service to point to hundreds of sex sites. The best part was that Steele was saying “Notice something different?” on this page.

But wait, there’s more! As a funny followup fail, the GOP took the service down on Tuesday in order to clean out the pornographic URLs, and when they brought it back up it had a warning “If you use for spamming, illegal purposes or to promote lude content, your GOP.AM URL will be disabled.” They probably meant to use the word “lewd” not “lude” but then maybe they have been laying on the drugs a little too heavily lately.



  1. starluna wrote:

    Thank you for my early afternoon funny. That is just awesome!

    Wednesday, December 16, 2009 at 11:49 am | Permalink
  2. Agreed, what an excellent find. 🙂

    Wednesday, December 16, 2009 at 5:56 pm | Permalink
  3. Chris wrote:

    Apparently they’ve blocked, which is a shame, because it seems the most appropriate use of this new service. So I did the next best thing and made a tiny conservative link to the Wikipedia article:

    Wednesday, December 16, 2009 at 8:32 pm | Permalink