For those of you who purchase domain names on the Internet or design websites, this news will probably make you laugh. For everyone else, this is exactly why hosting companies encourage you to buy .org, .info, .biz, etc.
The host committee for the Democratic National Committee's upcoming convention probably fielded the same decision. They could have bought Charlottein2012.org, but they didn't. Larry Bumgarner did. So, while Charlottein2012.com is the DNC's cheerleader site, Bumgarner's .org site is, ummm ... definitely not.
Bumgarner, by the way, also runs CharlotteLightRail.com, MintHill.org (which redirects from LarryBumgarner.com) ... and who knows what else. He classifies himself as an unaffiliated independent voter and he recently lost a bid for county council.
And, apparently, he's none too thrilled about the DNC coming to town.
At Charlottein2012.org (where the tag line is "Charlotte, the remnants of a fine place to live."), there are pages like "The NAACP doesn't want you," "Light Rail Facts" and even a place where you can "make arrangements to join others for your protests here and book early."
You can check out the rest for yourself.
Now, has everyone learned their lesson about buying domain names?
Rhiannon Fionn-Bowman is an independent journalist who contributes commentary on Creative Loafing's CLog blog four days a week in addition to writing for several other local media organizations. To learn more, click the links or follow Rhi on Twitter.