The Belmont Clubbed
I got an email from someone at the Department of the Interior, who confirms that the Belmont Club and certain other sites are being blocked by that agency. His email, sans any identifying information is reproduced verbatim below. The person has asked not to be identified. (Also, see Baron's full length investigative piece at Pajamas Media.)
Hello Wretchard, wise and great hearted
The Department of the Interior (DOI) has implemented a new internet filter policy to prevent access to "sexual content, on-line gambling and other inappropriate uses." It seems The Belmont Club is "inappropriate" for federal employees.
The policy has been in force in our agency for two days. The first site to go down was Michelle Malkin, then Chris Muir's Day by Day, then NRO's The Corner (columns are available). Today, The Belmont Club and Instapundit.
Oddly, the Daily Kos is still fully accessible, headlines, diaries and comments ... (I'm not brave enough to hazard Democratic Underground ... ;)
One way to think about it is that sites like Michelle Malkin, Instapundit, Day by Day, NRO, etc are so riveting that they can compete with the porn sites as sources of employee distraction and therefore have to be banned. On the other hand, maybe the Daily Kos is so infernally dull that nobody will read them at all. A comforting thought, but somehow I don't think that's the reason.