Your Monday Random-Ass Roundup: Start Snitching.

As a blogger who lives so far outside the Beltway that I can see Cuba from my condo, there’s little chance that any e-mail I’ve sent on a super-secret listserve would garner much attention. Which is too bad for the rest of you because, wow, I’ve said some pretty awful things about Thembi.

However, Dave Weigel doesn’t have the luxury of such anonymity. As such, he’s been the talk of all the bloggers and pundits who already talk amongst each other on super-secret listserves for the past few days.

Above all, some of those people want to know who dimed out Weigel.

Normally I don’t believe in snitching unless it’s to my benefit. But if you’re looking for a possible suspect, you might wanna think about talking to Toure’s cousin.

Just saying.

Anyway, there’s lots of other random things going on around the globe. Might as well get into some of it:

1. Speaking of journolistGate, Weigel opens up his e-mail account and  “comes clean” on Andrew Breitbart’s Big Government Web site. In short, Weigel blames himself: “I was cocky, and I got worse. I treated the list like a dive bar, swaggering in and popping off about what was ‘really’ happening out there, and snarking at conservatives.” (Blackink)

2. Also, Paul Waldman has a great post at TAPPED about why conservatives care so much that Weigel wasn’t conservative: they don’t know whether they can believe him or should disregard everything he writes like they do for other liberals. (Monica)

3. As G.D. noted earlier today, Sen. Robert Byrd died at the age of 92. Other links about Byrd: Nate Silver delves into the political implications’; Michael Tomasky grapples with Byrd’s racist past; and Matt Yglesias ruminates on the value of bringing home the bacon.

4. At SCOTUSblog, they are live-blogging Elena Kagan’s confirmation hearings before the members of the Senate Judiciary Committee. So far, we know one thing for sure: Jeff Sessions will always be Jeff Sessions. (Blackink)

5. United Farmworkers are challenging you to take their jobs. (Shani-o)

6. Sen. Scott Brown is concerned about a tax in the financial regulation bill. Dean Baker describes just how small that tax is. If it’s passed on to consumers in the form of higher costs for services, it’ll be $6 a year. (Monica)

7. Via Alan Colmes, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal would seemingly rather bicker with the Obama administration than avail himself of all the resources needed to deal with the devastating oil spill. (Blackink)

8. In the Tampa Bay area, a pair of porn stars are accused of killing a tattoo parlor owner during a sex party. One – fetish model Amanda Logue – has been indicted on a charge of murder; the other suspect is on the lam. “Through texts and tweets, however, they left a trail of electronic bread crumbs that led deputies to Logue’s door.” (Blackink)

9. Geoff Dyer claims that journalism has come to overshadow fiction when it comes to “contemporary conflict.” (Belleisa)

10. As if California didn’t have enough problems: whooping cough is now officially an epidemic. (Blackink)

11. From The Chronicle of Higher Education, “a natural-historical look at our love-hate relationship with dead people.” (Belleisa)

12. In a discouraging bit of news, The Times in the UK discovered that “simply adding the registration barrier has cut traffic to the site almost in half.” For once, Rupert Murdoch’s pain resonates with me. (Blackink)

13. How to embrace being … wrong? (Belleisa)

14. Buzz Bissinger, a Pulitzer Prize-winner and author of “Friday Night Lights,” explains how and why he got hooked on Twitter. (Blackink)

15. A public records investigation by the LA Times found that dozens of children appearing on reality TV are doing so without legal safeguards “because of widespread uncertainty about how to classify the shows.” (Blackink)

16. YouTube marriage proposals provide a peek into the soul. “Despite the camera, the unvarnished spontaneity of these big moments is striking.” (Blackink)

17. Loosen up, if you haven’t already. Newsweek says everyday is becoming Casual Friday. (Blackink)

18. Weezy thanks you. Yes, you. (Shani-o)

19. In Creative Loafing Atlanta, Andre 3000, Big Boi and others revisit the making of “Aquemini.” (Blackink)

20. Chris Henry, the Cincinnati Bengals receiver who died after falling from the bed of a pickup truck during an argument with his girlfriend, was found by doctors to have suffered from brain trauma attributed to football. (G.D./Alisa)

21. And in the Washington Post, Theresa Vargas has a fantastic feature on a 17-year-old who once seemed headed for jail but is now fighting his way to a spot in the 2012 Olympics. (Blackink)

Call me crazy, but I think the WaPo is gonna figure out a way to make it. Weigel, too.

Anyway, you know how we do. If you talk, we’ll listen. Happy Monday.


Joel Anderson —blackink —  writes about sports, politics, crime, courts, and other issues far beyond his competence at BuzzFeed. He has worked at media outlets in Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana and Atlanta and contributed to a number of publications, including The Root and The American Prospect, among many others.