• State Department Demands I Remove Their Seal

    February 1, 2012

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    Posted in: Democracy, Embassy/State, Iran

    With war maybe on its way in Iran, problems in Syria and Iraq, never mind troubles everywhere else abroad, what does your Department of State have time to focus on? This blog apparently.

    Not to suggest State is overstaffed, but somehow in managing all those international thingies they also have time to demand that I remove the State Department Seal from a blog post. The post, linked here, used the Seal as part of a satirical/parody memo from Hillary to the media, instructing them on how the Department wants them to not tell the truth about events in Iraq. No sentient being could have confused that blog post with an actual State Department memo.

    If you want to see the offensive blog post, click here. If you want to see a real State Department memo, go troll through the 250,000 documents on Wikileaks. I shouldn’t post a link to Wikileaks on this blog, or I’ll get in trouble again with the nancy boys who run Diplomatic Security. Read’in is hard work, and they still are sorting out a “link” from a “leak.”

    If you’d like to read the State Department’s email to me demanding I remove the Seal from my blog, here it is.

    There is, as always, precedent. In 2005 the George W. Bush White House demanded that The Onion stop using George’s seal. So, um, right on State, you’re in lock step with the White House on this issue, albeit seven years late.

    Now of course the State Department hasn’t bothered to contact all the other people on the web using their Seal. They didn’t even bother to contact me when I last used that same Seal on this same blog a few months ago. Wonder why now?

    Timing is everything in life. Earlier this month I filed a complaint against the Department for retaliatory personnel practices with the Office of the Special Counsel. By coincidence, of course, State kicked its introspection of me and my blog into a higher gear that same week. For those keeping score, that is retaliation for complaining about earlier retaliation. More on this on a later blog post.

    Anyway, a lesser man would be angry, or bitter, over such pettiness, but me, I just want to be friends. Who can get mad over a cute, cuddly seal anyway? So be sure to check out my replacement seal.

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  • Recent Comments

    • MattieB said...


      LOL, give me strength.

      Once, in an unnamed consular section in a garden spot experiencing serious civil unrest, we wanted to add the seal to ACS messages with help and instructions for our Amcits. Nowhere in the chaotic, disorganized CA or state intranet websites could such a useful thing be found.

      We ended up cutting and pasting it from Google, in the performance of our consular duties.

      Please don’t try to be pettier than your State interlocutors. They truly stoop to conquer and have been doing it for a long, long time.

      02/1/12 4:25 PM | Comment Link

    • Administrator said...


      If you ever again need a Department of State Seal graphic, I have one I am not currently using to loan.

      02/1/12 4:53 PM | Comment Link

    • Mary said...


      thanks for the laugh

      02/1/12 5:00 PM | Comment Link

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