.It seems many of the smarter wingnuts were too wary to bite on the supposed "hack" of John McCain's MySpace page, since there don't appear to be many outraged posts on the subject. A few from the lower-hanging fruit, but that's about it.What happened? Apparently McCain's web people set up his page using a free template created by one Mike Davidson. Davidson made the template freely available for download with two conditions: first, that he be given credit for the design on pages that used the template, and second, that the template's copyrighted images NOT be used.So McCain's people not only gave him zero credit, but actually linked to the images on his server. It was costing Davidson every time someone visited John McCain's MySpace page.As you might imagine, this didn't go over well with Davidson. Instead of getting mad, he replaced one of the images on his server with this:The text reads "Dear Supporters, Today I announce that I have reversed my position and come out in full support of gay marriage . . . particularly marriage between passionate females." It's signed "John" although not in McCain's handwriting.From the sound of things, it was up on McCain's page for at least a few hours - long enough to hit Wonkette and the Huffington Post** although the mainstream media seems to be treating it like they do most things that make Republicans look bad, i.e. ignoring it.Davidson has apparently pulled the page where he talks about this, probably hoping to avoid being Slash-dotted. All the attention must be driving his hosting bills through the roof.As for McCain, the design of his MySpace page has gone through a few changes today, winding up like this. I'd have to say Davidson got the last laugh, though. Sweet. Bet there are some sore, well-chewed asses in the McCain campaign tonight.
**(sorry, no link - their fucked-up search engine wouldn't work)
UPDATE: Check out the Slash-dot link above to enjoy all the self-styled libertarians essentially arguing that Davidson deserves to be punished because he embarassed a famous and powerful man. The fact that the famous and powerful man was ripping him off doesn't appear to figure into their reasoning.