Blog Backend issues

So, I haven’t posted for a while because I’ve been having issues with the blog backend. Basically, whenever I tried to log into the dashboard, I’d get a weird error message. I simply didn’t have time to mess with it to figure it out so I just left it alone for a while.

I finally got around to trying to figure it out. Luckily the first thing I tried fixed it. I had to manually turn off all the plugins by accessing the database directly and editing the database entry that activated them. Turning them all off allowed me to get to the dashboard so I can now use the normal interface again, which is nice.

Now I’m going back through and reactivating them one by one to see which one was causing the issue. If you notice anything wonky on the blog over the next couple of days, that’s what’s going on.

By the way…one of the plugins I had running was the one that allowed me to create and edit blog posts using the “classic” editor.

Like most technology, over time, the developers of the applications try to “stupid-proof” them by dumbing everything down to the level that anyone can use it. I understand this tendency, they want to make things accessible to people with no technical background to widen their customer base.

The problem is, this “dumbing down” process is very annoying to the people who have the technical chops to do things manually.

When they created the newest blog post editing function, they made it easier for people who don’t speak HTML, but harder for those of use who do, so I used the plugin to continue using the “classic” editor which is less user friendly to the tech-deficient, but I felt gave me more control over the nuts and bolts because I could directly edit the HTML.

Well, in shutting down all the plugins, I had to shut down the classic editor. I’m not a complete luddite so I think I’ll give the new “blocks” editor a chance. It shouldn’t affect the way anything looks on the front end, it just changes the way things look and feel to me on the backend. It may take me a while to get used to it so posting may continue to be slow for a while.

At any rate…that’s what’s going on at the moment.

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I have an excuse

OK, so my thought that Elon Musk’s bid to buy Twitter might be just a ploy to drive the stock price up long enough for him to dump his shares and make a profit was completely wrong.

It seems he’s serious about this and is making a tender offer directly to shareholders, bypassing the Board.

How is this possible? Well, that speaks to my excuse.

I didn’t think Musk’s intention to buy Twitter could be serious because who in their right mind would think the authoritarian leftists on the Twitter board would consent to selling their shares to someone diametrically opposed to their aims?

But that was based on the assumption that the Twitter board of directors were actually the people invested in the company. Silly me.

As Musk pointed out, the vast majority of the Twitter board’s ownership is in the hands of co-founder Jack Dorsey—some 2.4% of the company—versus about 2.6% owned by the entire board, including Dorsey.

Holy Cow…no wonder they’re willing to disregard the financial interests of shareholders in support of their political agenda…they have very little financial skin in the game. It’s not their financial interests they’re throwing under the bus, it’s other people’s.

But that’s just the leftist way, isn’t it? When conservatives see a need, they give their own money to try to solve it. When leftists see a need, they take other people’s money, skim some off the top, give most of the rest of it to their cronies and then whatever scraps are left are squandered on “solutions” that do nothing than make the original problem worse…which makes sense, because making the problem worse keeps the gravy train rolling. If you solve the problem, you don’t have an excuse to keep taking other people’s money, now do you?

At any rate, my mistake was assuming that the members of Twitter’s board actually owned a significant enough amount of twitter that they could prevent a Musk takeover by simply refusing to sell him their shares.

Not the case. If Musk can convince the actual shareholders (you know, the one’s who’s financial interests are being thrown under the bus by the board) to sell their shares to Musk, he can buy the company right out from under the board.

I’m not exactly a big fan of Elon Musk, but in this case, I’m rooting for him.

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BLM a scam? Say it ain’t so.

The only thing “shocking” to me about this story is that some people have been shocked to find out the whole BLM movement has been nothing more than a scam.

New York magazine reported this week that BLM “secretly bought a $6 million house” in southern California in October 2020 using funds donated to the Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation.

What a surprise. People who’s livelihoods and income rely exclusively on their placement in the victimhood olympics hierarchy are leveraging the fame and fortune they attained by exploiting the deaths of career criminals for their own personal gain. Who could have possibly predicted that?

Or predicted what form their defense would take?

Cullors claimed on Wednesday that “what’s happening to me and to our movement is both racist and sexist.”

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Worst White Supremacists Ever

Jon Stewart:

“In terms of the design of it, it was designed with this idea that it was a hierarchy, that white Anglo-Saxon men were the top of it, Jews, Italians, Irish, were kind of in that middle zone that could be promoted depending on the need, and Brown and Black people, it was purposefully designed to keep them within that status, right?”

The system was designed specifically to keep blacks and hispanics at the bottom?

Lest we forget: under this system designed specifically to keep black and brown people down, a black man was elected President twice, we currently have a black woman Vice President, there are currently a black man and a hispanic woman on the highest court in the land, and the Senate is on the verge of confirming a black woman to that court.

White Americans apparently suck at designing systems to keep people of other races down.

Worst.White.Supremacists.Ever.

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Blown Up Sir!

(You have the say the title of the post in your best impersonation of Bill Murray’s voice to get the full effect)

In a follow up to this post, there’s more news about the Army’s “one size fits all” fitness testing.

Following a three-year review, the Army has scrapped plans to use the same physical fitness test for all soldiers, choosing instead to have some reduced standards to allow women and older soldiers to pass, the service announced Wednesday.

It took a three year review, not to mention untold years of planning and preparation and designing the standards and preliminary testing and pilot programs and untold millions (or billions) of dollars for the Army to discover that boys and girls are different.

They should have asked me. I could have saved them some trouble.

The interesting thing is that with the new acceptance of “transgender” troops, now when a man with low scores wants to improve his chances of promotion, all he has to do is identify as famale. Viola! Dramatically increased fitness scores with no additional effort required…a la Will Thomas who couldn’t compete at the top levels of men’s competition so just decided to dominate the women.

Hat tip to The Gun Free Zone

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Another mass shooting that won’t make national news

From the Western Journal:

A charity event in southeastern Arkansas devolved into a shooting gallery Saturday night.

When the bullets stopped flying, one person was dead and 24 others were wounded,

“Multiple gunmen just started shooting,” said Keith Finch, chief of police in the town of Dumas, according to KARK-TV in Little Rock.

25 people shot by multiple gunmen at a charity event. Sounds like ready made national news to me doesn’t it?

Not so fast…exactly what kind of charity event are we talking about here?

Wallace McGhee of the Delta Neighborhood Empowerment Youth Organization said the group had been holding the Hood-Nic event for 16 years without any trouble

Hm…an event named “hood-nic” Sounds like a charity event that’s going to be chock full of boy scouts, SPCA volunteers and Sunday school teachers doesn’t it?

Can’t imagine (cough [gang]) who the perpetrators (cough [bangers]) might be or who they (cough [rival]) were targeting (cough [gang]) in their (cough [bangers]) horrific attack. Darn spring allergies.

If you do see this story in the leftist national media, I’d be willing to bet that these minor details, along with the demographic data about both the shooters and shootees and only if they exploit the tragedy to tout some gun control scheme or another.

Because those evil mind controlling guns are out there, controlling minds – and turning unsuspecting innocent choirboys of color into violent criminals every day.

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Aaaaarmy Training Sir!

1,000 internet points to the first person to tell me the movie reference from the title of this post.

They call the Army’s new fitness standards “controversial” but I don’t really understand why.

Internal Army figures from April show 44% of women failed the ACFT, compared to 7% of men since Oct. 1. “Female soldiers continue to lag male soldier scores in all events,” according to a United States Army Forces Command briefing obtained by Military.com.

The story linked above is actually old, but it was brought back to my attention by an article about a recent “scandal” wherein someone leaked a date that the Army was going to fully implement the new standards and start using them for promotion evaluations and performance reviews…which the Army promptly denied.

But what I don’t understand is why this is controversial. Feminists on the left claim that gender roles are a social construct and that women can do anything that men can do, so they should be all for using the same standards for everyone right?

As far as I’m concerned, I don’t really care what race, creed, color, gender, sex, or species a military member is, as long as they are capable of performing the job. The job doesn’t change depending on those listed attributes, so from my perspective, the fitness standards SHOULD be the same for everyone who claims they can do the job.

I wouldn’t have a problem with different standards for, say, supply clerks, than for infantrymen in the Army, but the army is the only service that this applies to because the other services have common denominators. In the Marines, everyone is a rifleman so the standards should be the same across the board (except for special forces, which should be, and are, higher). In the Navy you’re all on the same ship and everyone has a job during emergencies or General Quarters. If there’s a fire on the ship, I’d feel much better knowing that everyone on board is just as capable of fighting it as everyone else…so the Navy should have equal standards. Same for the Coast Guard. The Air Force should have equal standards but for the opposite reason…It’s a country club so their standards could easily be “can you get up off the couch once per day?…Pass”. Don’t know much about the Space Force but I’d guess it’s equivalent with the Air Force.

At any rate, my point is that it makes perfect sense to me (and I’ve always thought it should be so) that the standards should be…well…standard – for everyone. The job doesn’t change depending on whether you’ve got innie or outie genitals, so the fitness standards for holding that job should be the same as well.

The Army is implementing that, so what’s the problem?

Especially since the military is now going woke, so every weakling guy who shouldn’t be there in the first place could easily claim to identify as female in order to have lower standards applied.

I wonder if they’d let me in the Officer’s Club if I identify as an Admiral trapped in a Chief’s body?

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The State of the Navy

DDG-62 recently traveled through through the Straight of Singapore, giving a nautical photojournalist the chance to capture images of this representative of US Naval Might in all its glory.

There are 5 photos starting with the one linked above.

Here’s a sample:

USS Fitzgerald

What a fine display of American prowess at sea.

I’d be embarrassed to be a crew member of that ship. Everyone hated busting rust when I was in the canoe club, and it was often used as punishment for minor infractions, but we all recognized the job as necessary and we took pride in a clean, well maintained vessel.

Apparently these days, proper use of preferred pronouns and rooting out white supremacy are way more important than keeping ships…well…ship-shape.

I wonder if lack of rust is racist?

By the way…the Fitzgerald is one of the Navy boats that bounced off a civilian vessel in recent years. DDG-62’s “incident” was in 2017.

There are a few pictures of an Australian Frigate on the site linked above as well. While the Aussie boat isn’t pristine, the difference is striking.

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Mass shooting you won’t hear about

You won’t hear much about this story in the US Media:

Nine Phoenix police officers were shot and wounded at a home early Friday morning, including four injured by a barrage of gunfire after being lured into a trap while rescuing a baby during a five-hour armed standoff.

Wow, that sounds like exactly the type of story that would get clicks and reads and garner interest, but if you see it in the MSM at all, it will be on the back pages and won’t last long.

Why? Two reasons: The victims here are not an authorized victim group. Cops are the bad guys, remember? They can’t be cast as victims of a brutal sneak attack…especially not when they were risking their lives to save a baby. That makes them look WAY too good.

Secondly, the perpetrators also don’t fit the narrative.https://sailorcurt.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/02/image1-289x210.png

Doesn’t exactly scream “White Supremacist” now does it?https://sailorcurt.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/02/image2-290x210.png

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“Beto” O’Rourke and “Candor”

I happened to run across across a story today about Beto O’Rourke.

What drew my attention to it was that he was “backtracking” on his stance regarding gun bans.

I didn’t realize I was going to get a laugh out of it. The article cited one of his supporters as saying:

“I’ve just been so impressed with Beto,” said Gary Gross of Tyler. “I find his candor is amazing. Some people just seem like they’re always telling us the truth and some seem like they’re never telling us the truth.”

Hm…just a few years ago while running for the Democrat nomination for President, Beto said:

“Hell yes, we’re going to take your AR-15, your AK-47,”

And then doubled down on that statement several times.

Then, at the rally this supporter attended, when challenged about this statement he said:

“I’m not interested in taking anything from anyone. What I want to make sure that we do is defend the Second Amendment,”

I’m pretty sure “candor” is not defined as “say whatever your target audience wants to hear”.

Leftism is a religion more than a political stance. It requires faith even in the face of clear evidence to the contrary. My guess is it would cause too much cognitive dissonance to admit “He’s just a typical politician who tells us what we want to hear at any given time” so they ignore the obvious contradictory positions and have faith that the leftist they support is being honest and forthright…this time.

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