Just a quickie rant here. I say hosting companies (plural) but this is for one particular hosting company. In fact, it is the hosting company that hosted Iowadawg.com until I moved it to a better host company (who I hope never messes me up and become yet another host company I hate…hhahahahahaha). So here is the scenario:
I have four (4) blogs still hosted at this company. Been with them for over a year. Minor problems here and there, but nothing like what happened this week. First it started off a week or two ago where my blogs would take longer and longer to come up. Where I would be posting and when I hit publish, just hang and then stop. This was an on and off problem. Seemed to happen mostly in the morning. Well, the other day, it was like I could not do any posting, my sites would take forever to come up. Email sent off (because their own site was hanging when I tried their ticket support). Answer came back that they were having problems with the server. And that it looked like they would have to replace the hard drive. So I asked how long will this take, how long will my sites by down. Reply was about 6 hours when they started the process. But they could move my blogs to a new server if I did not want the downtime or wait for them to replace the hard drive. Now this is where I screwed up royally! I did not make backups to my computer of my blogs!! I just said, move to new servers. They gave me new DNS, and got all the blogs set up with new DNS. Well, the process was okay. So I thought.
Later that evening, my sites were completely whacko! No admin side, no recent pictures showing, links not working right. I checked and saw that a lot of the folders and files were missing on two of the blogs. Email sent. Next morning, all right with the world again. So I thought! And again, I should have done the backups then. But did not. And here comes an email. Got the server hard drive in, all works great, do you want to go back to this server? I said no, leave me where I am. And blam…problems again! Somehow, and this is me thinking, in the move from one server to the other, some folders and files were either corrupted or not moved. But since everything was now on two different servers, the blogs would be okay, but actually drawing from either or server. So when they told me, okay, since you are on this server, we will delete your blogs from the other server. This was yesterday evening. And BAM! Blogs screwed up again, royally. Email sent and I said, I will see in the morning. Well, this morning, blogs are up but dammit, they are missing 3 days to 17 days of posts! Yes, each blog was either missing the past 4 days of posting or the entire month of February posts! So, email sent again. They are checking and checking. But I think the records they have are screwed up and they just plain lost all those posts in the move, then someone probably tried to move it back, and then this was deleted, etc.
So, at present? I can not view my blogs! Yet I can see the old version if I use a proxy site. I cleared history, cookies and the important cache. Nope, no blogs! Keep getting (just tried now) a ‘server not found’. Crap and double crap! Now, I made backups today, but they are the old records, meaning one blog has nothing for the past 4 days, two blogs have nothing from January 30th, and one blog is missing maybe a weeks posting. My thinking on this now? Iwill calm down and see what happens tomorrow and Sunday. I see nothing, or I get the blogs up but with all those missing posts? Then Sunday I will start the process to move them to a new host company! And start up those 4 blogs with a big gap between postings!
I freaking hate host companies, having to host blogs, and anything else when my blogs go down for no damn reason!
And how is your day coming along?
This must be stopped! The horrible practice of animal preservation in jars!
These glorious insults are from an era before the English language got boiled down to 4-letter words.
A member of Parliament to Disraeli: “Sir, you will either die on the gallows or of some unspeakable disease.”That depends, Sir,” said Disraeli, “whether I embrace your policies or your mistress.”
“He had delusions of adequacy.” – Walter Kerr
“He has all the virtues I dislike and none of the vices I admire.” – Winston Churchill
“I have never killed a man, but I have read many obituaries with great pleasure.” Clarence Darrow
“He has never been known to use a word that might send a reader to the dictionary.” – William Faulkner (about Ernest Hemingway).
“Thank you for sending me a copy of your book; I’ll waste no time reading it.” – Moses Hadas
“I didn’t attend the funeral, but I sent a nice letter saying I approved of it.” – Mark Twain
“He has no enemies, but is intensely disliked by his friends..” – Oscar Wilde
“I am enclosing two tickets to the first night of my new play; bring a friend, if you have one.” – George Bernard Shaw to Winston Churchill
“Cannot possibly attend first night, will attend second …. if there is one.” – Winston Churchill, in response.
“I feel so miserable without you; it’s almost like having you here.” – Stephen Bishop
“He is a self-made man and worships his creator.” – John Bright
“I’ve just learned about his illness. Let’s hope it’s nothing trivial.” – Irvin S. Cobb
“He is not only dull himself; he is the cause of dullness in others.” – Samuel Johnson
“He is simply a shiver looking for a spine to run up.” – Paul Keating
“In order to avoid being called a flirt, she always yielded easily.” – Charles, Count Talleyrand
“He loves nature in spite of what it did to him.” – Forrest Tucker
“Why do you sit there looking like an envelope without any address on it?” – Mark Twain
“His mother should have thrown him away and kept the stork.” – Mae West
“Some cause happiness wherever they go; others, whenever they go.” – Oscar Wilde
“He uses statistics as a drunken man uses lamp-posts… for support rather than illumination.” – Andrew Lang (1844-1912)
“He has Van Gogh’s ear for music.” – Billy Wilder
“I’ve had a perfectly wonderful evening. But I’m afraid this wasn’t it.” – Groucho Marx
Lin-sanity has broken out all over the world. The kid nobody in the NBA wanted, from an ethnic group about as associated with the NBA as bullfighters are with People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, had just broken Shaquille O’Neal’s league record for the most points in his first five games as a starter. Adoring fans are holding up signs saying “To Lin-finity and beyond.” The Lin-ternet has broken under the strain of millions of tweets, many of them featuring even worse puns than “Lin-ternet.” Sports Illustrated put him on its cover.
And, of course, Asian-Americans are going wild.
I’m one of them. As a half-Japanese, half-white ex-jock, I’ve always followed and rooted for that tiny number of Asian-Americans who make it in any of my three favorite sports, the all-American Big Three of football, basketball and baseball. (There are lots of Asian baseball players, but not many Asian-Americans.) Half-Japanese players get even more points. The triumphs of Olympic speed skater Apolo Ohno had me feeling my half-breed oats. And when former Giants’ hurler Atlee Hammaker, a hapa like me, melted down in the 1987 playoffs, my inner mulatto got a lot more tragic.
There’s no great mystery why I root for Asian-American jocks. It’s the same reason any member of a minority group pulls for one of their own: racial pride and solidarity. There are so damn few of “us” in the big leagues (I’m an “us” with an asterisk) that when one makes it, it’s cause for celebration.
In Julian Assange’s exclusive interview with RT he discusses everything from the uprisings in MENA, to his extradition fight, the Guantanamo and US Cable files, his relationship with The Guardian and The New York Times, global political youth movements, the current state of mainstream media and Bradley Manning.
He famously warns that social media and in particularly Facebook, Google, Yahoo are among the greatest spy machines ever invented. Once again Mr. Assange demonstrates his intelligence, authenticity and consciousness.
The man behind WikiLeaks says his website’s revelations are just the tip of the iceberg. It is only a matter of time before more damaging information becomes known.
“It’s not a matter of serving a subpoena, they have an interface they have developed for US Intelligence to use. Now, is the case that Facebook is run by US Intelligence? No, it’s not like that. It’s simply that US Intelligence is able to bring to bear legal and political pressure to them.”
Read about this guy with half a head:
In a future California, firearm control is taken to a new level by the nanny state government. Although the homeowner owns a gun, he is helpless to protect himself and protect his family from an armed intruder.
The scary thing about this video is that I have friends who think this system would be a great idea. [Coiled Snake]
(Reuters) – Catholic bishops, energized by a battle over contraception funding, are planning an aggressive campaign to rally Americans against a long list of government measures which they say intrude on religious liberty.
The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops plans to work with other religious groups, including evangelical Christians, on an election-year public relations campaign that may include TV and radio ads, social media marketing and a push for pastors and priests to raise the subject from the pulpit.
“We want to make it something that will get peoples’ attention,” said Bishop William Lori of Bridgeport, Conn.
The bishops spent the past few weeks pressing President Barack Obama to exempt religious employers from a federal mandate that all health insurance plans offer free birth control.
Along with the Southern Baptist Convention, the National Association of Evangelicals stands ready to contribute money and manpower to the bishops’ campaign, said Galen Carey, an association vice president.
The group is also considering the unprecedented step of asking pastors of every evangelical denomination across the country to read their congregations an open letter protesting the contraception mandate as an assault on religious liberty.
(about time the church got totally political!)
Having swept into majorities in Egypt’s parliament, a Muslim Brotherhood spokesman is making it clear the group has ambitions far beyond Cairo.
“Concerning the Islamic caliphate, this is our dream, and we hope to achieve it, even after centuries,” Brotherhood spokesman Mahmoud Ghuzlan told Egypt’s Ahram news outlet in an interview Sunday. “It is the right of the Brotherhood that this is one of the pillars of its strategy. We are not concerned about the renaissance of the group only. Rather our first goal is the renaissance of Egypt, then the Arab world and then the Islamic world. This will come gradually.”
Ghuzlan’s statement echoes comments Brotherhood Supreme Guide Mohammed Badie made during a speech in late December. In it, Badie explained Brotherhood founder Hassan al-Banna’s original agenda remains intact. “It begins with the reform of the individual and then to start building the family and society, then the government; then the rightly guided caliphate, then instructing the world; instructing guidance, wisdom, truth and justice.”
Neither Badie’s comments nor Ghuzlan’s interview have been picked up by American news media.
(notice, this is really, truly, what the islamic world wants! TOTAL domination of the world!)
(LA Times) — The Fox News commentator who said Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Los Angeles) should “step away from the crack pipe” referring to remarks she made about House Republican leaders said his comments were a joke. But the Los Angeles County Democratic Party didn’t find it very funny.
Rep. Waters, a Democrat representing parts of Los Angeles, was a topic of conversation on Thursday’s edition of the Fox News morning newscast “Fox and Friends,” because of a speech in which she called House Republic leadership “demons.”
That riled up commentator Eric Bolling. “Congresswoman, you saw what happened to Whitney Houston,” he said. “Step away from the crack pipe, step away from the Xanax, step away from the Lorazepam, because it’s going to get you in trouble.”
The show’s hosts were caught by surprise and gasped. After the show returned from a commercial break, Bolling said it was a joke. “I just want to say I was kidding about the crack pipe,” he said. “Just kidding.”
Eric C. Bauman, chairman of the L.A. County Democratic Party, called for the network to remove Bolling, condemning his remarks as, at best, “insensitive and inappropriate” and a “horribly offensive characterization of a longtime member of Congress.”
“At worst,” he said in a statement, “Bolling’s comment oozes racism, which serves to discredit a strong African American woman by perpetrating racial stereotypes. Regardless of whether this remark was deliberate or offhand — it was irresponsible, despicable and reprehensible.”
(again with the damn race card! funny, the liberals can do this to conservatives, yet they scream when it is reversed!)
People who are looking for the perfect match, both men and women, go online seeking a certain kind of arrangement.
A “sugar baby” is typically younger and eager for adventure. A “sugar daddy” is usually an older, financially established provider. A website called www.seekingarrangement.com helps the two meet.
CBS4?s Jorge Estevez found a 22-year old who is looking for her first sugar daddy. She is a Miami student looking for someone to help her pay for her higher education and all the related expenses.
A self-proclaimed, cute blonde who is looking for fun in Fort Lauderdale admits to being a college student looking for some help.
Read it all HERE.
(probably another reason for men to get rich)
ATLANTA (AP) — Former President Jimmy Carter said on Wednesday that Occupy organizers have created a “relatively successful” movement because they focused national discussion on wealth disparity despite lacking leadership and a unifying set of goals.
The Georgia Democrat said at an event in Atlanta that Occupy organizers have succeeded in forcing the media and Congress to realize the “chasm is getting greater than leaps and bounds” between the rich and the poor.
“It’s been relatively successful even acknowledging there’s no leadership, there’s no coherence and there’s no single list of issues they want to succeed,” the former president said of the movement started late last year in lower Manhattan to decry corporate influence in government and wealth inequality.
“That issue was basically ignored by the Congress and the news media a year ago,” he said. “I believe they’ve achieved putting that back on the agenda.”
(so, he judges a movement that rapes, murders, steals, burns USA flags, arson and crapping all over the place as successful? Hope he chokes big time next time he sucks on a peanut)
Freshman Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.) on Wednesday evening praised the Republican Party for consistently fighting for individual freedom over the last 150 years, and criticized Democrats for pursuing “handouts” to the less fortunate that he said are a modern form of slavery.
“Our party firmly believes in the safety net,” West said in a late Wednesday floor speech. “We reject the idea of the safety net becoming a hammock.
“For this reason, the Republican value of minimizing government dependence is particularly beneficial to the poorest among us,” he continued. “Conversely, the Democratic appetite for ever-increasing redistributionary handouts is in fact the most insidious form of slavery remaining in the world today, and it does not promote economic freedom.”
Sebelius Admits ObamaCare Exchanges Aren’t Happening, Then Disqualifies Herself from Office.
Politico Pro has published a short but remarkable article [$] stemming from an interview with HHS secretary Kathleen Sebelius. It offers a couple of illuminating items, and one very glaring one.
First, Sebelius undermines the White House’s claim that “28 States and the District of Columbia are on their way toward establishing their own Affordable Insurance Exchange” when she says:
We don’t know if we’re going to be running an exchange for 15 states, or 30 states…
So it turns out that maybe as few as 20 states are on their way toward establishing this “essential component of the law.” Or maybe fewer.
Second, the article reports the Obama administration has reversed itself on whether it has enough money to create federal Exchanges in states that decline to create them. The administration has repeatedly claimed that the $1 billion ObamaCare appropriates would cover the federal government’s costs of implementing the law. And yet the president’s new budget proposal requests “another $1 billion” to cover what Sebelius calls “the one-time cost to build the infrastructure, the enrollment piece of [the federal exchange], the IT system that’s needed.”
In other words, as I blogged yesterday, the Obama administration does not have the money it needs to create federal Exchanges. Therefore, if states don’t create them, ObamaCare grinds to a halt. (Oh, and this billion dollars is the last billion the administration will request. Honest.)
Most important, however, is this:
Even if Congress does not grant the president’s request for more health reform funding, Sebelius said her department will find a solution. “We are going to get it done, yes,” she said.
An HHS staffer prevented the reporter from asking Sebelius what she had in mind.
This is a remarkable statement. Sebelius basically just copped to a double-subversion of the Constitution: Congress appropriates money for X, but not Y. Sebelius says, “I know better than Congress. I’m going to take money away from X to fund Y.” Sebelius has already shown contempt for the First Amendment, first by threatening insurance carriers with bankruptcy for engaging in non-fraudulent speech, and again by crafting a contraceptives mandate that violates religious freedom. Now, she has decided the whole separation of powers thing is for little people. What will Sebelius do the next time something gets in the way of her implementing ObamaCare?
I don’t see why a federal official should remain in office after showing so much contempt for the Constitution she swore to uphold.
The Rise of Jeremy Lin.
Avastin maker Genentech tells doctors to be on lookout for fake cancer drug
New FCC rules require telemarketers to obtain written consent prior to robocalls.
Iran successfully loads domestically made fuel rods into nuclear reactor.
(Fox News) — The top U.S. Catholic bishop vowed legislative and court challenges Tuesday to a compromise by President Barack Obama to his healthcare mandate that now exempts religiously affiliated institutions from paying directly for birth control for their workers, instead making insurance companies responsible.
Cardinal-designate Timothy Dolan, who heads the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, said in an interview with The Associated Press that he trusted Obama wasn’t anti-religious and intended to make good on his pledge to work with religious groups to fine-tune the mandate.
“I want to take him at his word,” Dolan said in Rome, where he will be made a cardinal Saturday. But he stressed: “I do have to say it’s getting harder and harder,” to believe Obama’s claim to prioritize religious freedom issues given the latest controversy.
“Does the federal government have the right to tell a religious individual or a religious entity how to define yourself?” Dolan asked. “This is what gives us greater chill.”
Initially, Dolan had termed Obama’s compromise as “a first step in the right direction” after hearing about it Friday morning. But later that day, Dolan’s USCCB issued a statement rejecting it, saying the arrangement was unacceptable and raised “serious moral concerns.”
Dolan, the archbishop of New York, said the main concern is that the so-called “choking mandates” remain. In addition many Catholic entities are self-insured. It remains unclear how they would get around the mandate to provide services that they consider morally illicit.
“Was what was intended to be a concession, and what gave us a glimmer of hope at the beginning … really just amount to a hill of beans? And it seems as if it does,” Dolan said.
(Ynet) — Iran has significantly increased its involvement in Syria over the past few days, Ynet learned Monday.
The presence of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards and Hezbollah operatives assisting Syrian President Bashar Assad’s in his brutal crackdown of protesters now number in the high hundreds; while the Arab League said that it will not supply the rebels with arms unless the bloodshed comes to a halt.
The majority of Iranian and Hezbollah operatives in Syria supply Assad’s army with intelligence and train the Damascus forces on weapons’ maintenance and reconnaissance. A smaller group of operatives is involved in the actual fighting.
Tehran has also increased the financial assistance it lends Damascus. It also maintains regular flights to the Syrian capital – a practice Arab League members have suspended due to the escalating violence.
Iran’s financial aid is one of Assad’s lifelines, as it keeps the middle class in Damascus and Halab (Aleppo) from rising against him as well.
The Islamic Republic’s decision to bolster ties with Syria at a time when Tehran has to deal with growing international sanctions, imposed on it over its refusal to suspend its nuclear program, indicates that the ayatollah’s regime believes Assad and his government can survive the uprising.
(hmmm…now this, I could probably agree with. see russia, china and iran back assad all the way? be a good way to tell obama ‘screw you asshole’)