. . . . of which the preeminent is to be mean for the sake of mean.

Arthur Conan Doyle:

Unwelcome truths are not popular.

It appears everything is working on my VPS. I just updated the DNS.

I haven’t minded a bit of a break from scouring the news.

I will take a rest from this for the rest of the day. In the meantime, I have nothing but good things to say about the quality of the tech support at my hosting provider. I could get cheaper hosting, but I’m willing to pay for value received.

Besides, it’s still a cheap hobby compared to golf or skiing.

In the meantime, my notes from the HTML updates I’ve been posting during this transition are below the fold.

Regular insanity returns tomorrow.

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Gloria Vanderbilt:

When a person can no longer laugh at himself, it is time for others to laugh at him.

It’s working.

31 January 2017 · Comments Off on Give Me Your Tired, Your Poor, Your Huddled Masses
Oh, Forget It, Reprise
· Categories: First Looks

Image of US Flag being hidden behing Donald Trump's wall.

Via Job’s Anger.

31 January 2017 · Comments Off on “Undermined from Within” · Categories: Political Theatre, Politics of Hate

I don’t know to what extent I buy this, but the truly scary thing is that it does not sound impossible.

You can find another take in the same vein here.

31 January 2017 · Comments Off on QOTD · Categories: QOTD

Nelson Mandela:

No one truly knows a nation until one has been inside its jails. A nation should not be judged by how it treats its highest citizens but its lowest ones.

30 January 2017 · Comments Off on Fantasy Alt-Football · Categories: Political Theatre, The Sporting Life

This is good for a snicker.

(You can stop listening at about the minute and a half mark; the rest is promo.)

30 January 2017 · Comments Off on “Five Signs of Totalitarianism” · Categories: Political Theatre, Politics of Hate

Christopher Lebron lists them at the Boston Review. Do any of them sound familiar?

      Sign 1: Leader Insists on Mass Public Adoration.
      Sign 2: Regime Controls the Truth.
      Sign 3: Regime Suppresses Knowledge Producers.
      Sign 4: Regime Invents Common Enemies.
      Sign 5: Leader Is Surrounded by Cronies and Sycophants.

Follow the link for a detailed discussion of each one.

30 January 2017 · Comments Off on The Voter Fraud Fraud, Bait-and-Switch Dept. · Categories: Republican Lies

At Psychology Today Blogs, Roy Eidelson exposes the con. A nugget:

In short, complaints of rampant voter fraud are really just an elaborate cover story, constructed to hide repugnant attempts to gain electoral advantage by disenfranchising Americans. Paul Weyrich, for decades a leading voice of the conservative movement, indirectly acknowledged as much almost fifty years ago. In a speech in Texas back in 1980, he explained, “I don’t want everybody to vote. …Our leverage in the elections, quite candidly, goes up as the voting populace goes down.” That master plan hasn’t changed in the intervening years.

Read the rest.

30 January 2017 · Comments Off on Lies and Lying Liars
(and the People Who Love Them)
· Categories: Political Theatre, Politics of Hate

Warning: Language.

30 January 2017 · Comments Off on Truth:Trump::Oil:Water · Categories: Political Theatre

In The Charlotte Observer, Frank Harris observes:

We have a president with no regard for the Constitution who swore on the Bible that he would uphold the Constitution. A president who eschews news and information that does not please him; who won’t release his tax returns while holding who-knows-what kind of financial deals with other countries. A president who wants everyone to fall in line and agree and never criticize him or his administration; who it seems would like nothing more than to lock journalists up.

It is the stuff of dictatorships and totalitarian regimes. Like oil and water, Trump and truth don’t mix.

More at the link.