As Regular Readers know full well, my website has been ill-treating comments (or attempts at commenting) like lions having a buffalo breakfast:
Net result is that nobody, least of all me, is happy about this.
So here’s what’s going to happen.
Over the next couple or so weeks, Tech Support II is going to rebuild this website and its functions on one of his own NSA-capacity servers. This will take place when he’s not fighting the forces of evil and ineptitude (i.e. his regular paying job) and can devote some of his valuable free time to the rebuild. When the time comes, we’ll all get a couple days’ warning, and then he’s going to flip a switch and migrate this whole back porch over to its new digs.
Some content — mostly, it should be said, all the comment-related toxicity — may disappear into the Intarwebz Black Hole never to be seen again. which means that there is a possibility that y’all may have to re-register, or maybe not, we’ll see.
Then all will be well: unicorns running wild in the streets, winning lottery tickets for everybody and a massive, collective and fatal heart attack will strike dead all governmental swamp denizens. (Hey, we can all dream, right?)
Either TSII or I will keep everybody posted as to progress as, if and when it occurs.
Update from TSII: No need to re-register for the folks. The worst case is a couple of hours of comments getting lost in the move.
From John Lott’s guys:
Murders occur overwhelmingly in dense urban areas, many with tough anti-gun restrictions, and far less in suburban and rural areas where firearm ownership is more common, according to a national study of killings.
“This research shows that murders in the U.S. are highly concentrated in tiny areas in the U.S. and that they are becoming even more concentrated in recent years,” said the report from John R. Lott’s Crime Prevention Research Center.
You don’t say. Next thing you’ll be hearing is that the socio-demographics of these concentrated areas are poor, overwhelmingly Black, and that the guns used to commit the murders have been stolen.
Nah, couldn’t be. Ask any big-city mayor.
The key to all of this is climate change / racism / white supremacy / thuggish police / all the above.
Except that we all know the truth.
I see with extreme regret that historian Paul Johnson has died. Shit.
There is a very good case that Johnson’s History Of The American People should be required source material for high school U.S. History classes.
And his History Of The Jews and History Of Christianity (along with Jacques Barzun’s From Dawn To Decadence) should be part of World History classes in both high school and university curricula.
Oh, for heaven’s sake: if you read all of Paul Johnson’s history books and absorb just a third of the material, you’ll still be one of the most educated people on the planet.
He will most definitely be missed.
So this is what we’ve come to:
Whatever happened to handshakes? Can tongue-fencing be far off? Can anyone imagine Churchill and De Gaulle greeting each other like this? Girlyboys, the lot of them.
I think my breakfast gin is going to be a double.
…is the (bowdlerized) title of this badly-edited video, wherein some mouthy Brit shouts about crap architecture in an annoying whine, but whose script could have been written by me except I would have inserted more swear words.
And there’s a genuinely-terrifying moment at about 3:25 which will make you want to commit murders.
Right after that horror, there’s an annoying advertorial (hey, the guy has to pay the bills somehow), but you can fast-forward a couple-three minutes if you want.
Here’s another example of the kind of thing he’s talking about, and that I hate with a passion.
Never an errant hijacked airliner when you need one.
Apparently, Massachusetts is going to allow topless sunbathing om Nantucket Island.
This would occasion no more than a yawn from me, ordinarily, but allow me to point out the kind of people who live on Nantucket (and other islands off the MA coast):
Not that we need any more reasons to never visit Massachusetts, mind you.
(And before anyone gets after me, let me tell you that I’ve been to Nantucket, Block and Martha’s Vineyard in summer — and if anything, the above pics are quite flattering.)