I’m being flooded by a MoveOn.Org Bot???

OK, this month the most common visitor to this site is Mailer.HipHopCaucus.net with almost 642 visits during the first 10 days. You’ve probably not heard of the Hip Hop Caucus, but even if you have, they seem to be totally unrelated to HipHopCaucus.net!

HipHopCaucus.org is a lobbying organization following along the lines of The Black Caucus.

It’s registered as follows:

Found WHOIS server for .org: whois.publicinterestregistry.net. Looking up.

Domain ID:D104906533-LROR
Domain Name:HIPHOPCAUCUS.ORG
Created On:19-Sep-2004 14:29:13 UTC
Last Updated On:27-Sep-2005 14:49:12 UTC
Expiration Date:19-Sep-2006 14:29:13 UTC
Sponsoring Registrar:Network Solutions LLC (R63-LROR)
Status:CLIENT TRANSFER PROHIBITED
Registrant ID:38425863-NSI
Registrant Name:Hip Hop Caucus
Registrant Organization:Hip Hop Caucus
Registrant Street1:888 16th St. NW
Registrant City:Washington DC
Registrant State/Province:DC
Registrant Postal Code:20006
Registrant Country:US
Registrant Phone:+1.2029748326
Registrant ********************@worldnic.com
Admin ID:38425863-NSI
Admin Name:Hip Hop Caucus
Admin Organization:Hip Hop Caucus
Admin Street1:888 16th St. NW
Admin City:Washington DC
Admin State/Province:DC
Admin Postal Code:20006
Admin Country:US
Admin Phone:+1.2029748326
Admin ********************@worldnic.com
Tech ID:38425863-NSI
Tech Name:Hip Hop Caucus
Tech Organization:Hip Hop Caucus
Tech Street1:888 16th St. NW
Tech City:Washington DC
Tech State/Province:DC
Tech Postal Code:20006
Tech Country:US
Tech Phone:+1.2029748326
Tech ********************@worldnic.com
Name Server:NS1.WEBCONTROLCENTER.COM
Name Server:NS2.WEBCONTROLCENTER.COM

Here’s HipHopCaucus.Nets information:

Registrar: SPOT DOMAIN LLC DBA DOMAINSITE.COM
Status: ACTIVE [the normal status for a domain when it is unlocked]
Dates: Created 05-mar-2006 Updated 05-mar-2006 Expires 05-mar-2007
DNS Servers: NS1.DOMAINSITE.COM NS2.DOMAINSITE.COM NS3.DOMAINSITE.COM NS4.DOMAINSITE.COM
Domain Name: hiphopcaucus.net
Registrar: Spot Domain LLC
Expiration Date: 2007-03-05 10:51:09
Creation Date: 2006-03-05 09:13:16
Name Servers:
ns1.domainsite.com
ns2.domainsite.com
ns3.domainsite.com
ns4.domainsite.com
REGISTRANT CONTACT INFO
James Rucker
James Rucker James Rucker
1214 York Street
1214 York Street
San Francisco
CA
94110
US
Phone: +.415-505-9048
Email Address: ***********@yahoo.com

ADMINISTRATIVE CONTACT INFO
James Rucker
James Rucker James Rucker
1214 York Street
1214 York Street
San Francisco
CA
94110
US
Phone: +.415-505-9048
Email Address: ***********@yahoo.com

TECHNICAL CONTACT INFO
James Rucker
James Rucker James Rucker
1214 York Street
1214 York Street
San Francisco
CA
94110
US
Phone: +.415-505-9048
Email Address: ***********@yahoo.com

BILLING CONTACT INFO
James Rucker James Rucker
1214 York Street
1214 York Street
San Francisco
CA
94110
US
Phone: +.415-505-9048
Email Address: ***********@yahoo.com

0.98768000 1147263644

And as you can see that is TOTALLY unrelated to hiphopcaucus.net which seems to be a site that is riding on the fame of the HipHopCaucus in order to quietly do who-knows-what. Whatever it is it seems to require an unannounced bot to cache websites.

So, who is James Rucker and why is the mailer server so interested in this site? I don’t really know. But I have found that James Rucker and that phone number are associated elsewhere and that James Rucker has been labled a “Black Activist” and is associated with MoveOn.org and is a co-founder of ColorOfChange.org, a site where skin color is of upmost import and is used wonderful leverage for donations used for anti-Bush, anti-Repuplican propaganda. All in support of Black folk (Oh, and there were probably some poor old, white people that will be supported too. Yes, the emphasis was mine but the capilization was not.)

Here’s his bio:
James Rucker
James Rucker, 36, served as Director of Grassroots Mobilization for MoveOn.org Political Action and Moveon.org Civic Action from the fall of 2003 through the summer of 2005, and was instrumental in developing and executing on fundraising, technology, and campaign strategies. Prior to joining MoveOn, James worked in various roles in the software industry in Silicon Valley: co-founded and leading Imana, Inc., an enterprise software company, in San Francisco, as well as providing management coaching and technology consulting for other start-up ventures. James is also passionate about school reform and issues of equity, and serves on the boards of two area schools. James grew up in Seaside, California and has a BS in Symbolic Systems from Stanford University.

James has been involved in search engines for almost a decade. So it is not surpising that he might be into site crawling now. It’s funny. Looking at him and reading his description, he seems like he might be a nice guy…

BTW though there is no www.hiphopcaucus.net page, but there actually is a http://Mailer.HipHopCaucus.net, which is just a domain parking page… (oops its gone now. It was one of those Search engine sink hole sites.)

It all seems fishy to me. If you are a reader coming in through hiphopcaucus.net, please let me know that you are legit. Otherwise, I’ll probably save the bandwidth and block that referrer.

And on that “Color of Change” thing, don’t get me wrong. Katrina is (and that’s is NOT was) a horrendous tragedy. People are still living in tents and did so through the entire winter. Just look at the site my wife and I host: http://www.purlsofhope.com, for supporting Angela Cole, and you’ll see some of the devastating pictures from only a month or two ago. Those people are still suffering as America whines about gas and readies itself for summer vacation. And all of this has less to do with color than with power and other synonyms like jurisdiction, unionized groups, money, and local politics.

Now, if you visit the PerlingtonProject.org site, you can also read about how corrupt the political system really is in the south and judge for yourself, using your mind and not just greedy emotions, whether or not it is simply a matter of Bush not caring for Black folk and deliberately causing the complete disaster and devastation we are witnessing, or if there may be some story here beyond race…
http://www.pearlingtonproject.org/update1.htm
“On Tuesday, October 11th, another [tractor trailer truck full of supplies] arrived – this one from Rev. Richard Clay and members of his congregation from Newnan, GA. As had happened on Sunday, residents gathered in the yard of the Mount Zion AME Church to unload and sort the goods. Of course, I had the permission of the current pastor, Rev. Fred Fields, to have the trucks unload there. However, on Tuesday, what was seen as hopeful to some was seen as threatening to others. Rev. Fields angrily approached and informed me that I was to have no further goods delivered directly to the people of Pearlington. He stated that all future deliveries “must” go to the school and go through their distribution center. He further stated that if I persisted, the Hancock County Emergency Operations Center (EOC) would shut me down for not being an official distribution center and the goods would be taken to the school. I explained to Rev. Fields that it was my understanding that private citizens could indeed make private donations to other private citizens. It has been and is happening throughout the disaster zone with no repercussions. To be certain that I was hearing Rev. Fields clearly, I called-over some of the other church members and had him repeat his “warning” to them. Their reactions were strong and clear – as was their gratitude to the people of Newnan for their generosity. However, with a tacit understanding of how things still work in the far corners of the deep South, just before nightfall, four local women and I quietly lifted as many of the remaining cases of water and supplies that we could approximately 50′ over onto Mamma Sams’ private property, which borders the church yard. The goods were no longer on the property of the Mt. Zion AME Church; and, Rev. Fields, who is on the payroll of the distribution center, could go back and report that the goods were no longer on the property of his church.”

OK… I think I am off topic….

(I continued to be off topic here: http://www.thecodecave.com/article137)

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