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What's to be done about conservatives?

What's to be done about American conservatives and the Republican Party? For decades, they've stood for plutocracy and bigotry, and using the latter to achieve the former. Almost none of their policies help Americans as a whole; instead, their policies benefit a select few, most often those who are already rich and powerful. Conservatives and Republicans serve their donors, not the majority of their constituents. On the merits, their policies are awful, so they lie about them constantly. About their only true principle is acquiring more power and keeping it, by almost any means necessary – norms of governance, democratic representation and fair play be damned.

From Battochio on Hullabaloo. Read the whole thing.


Gatewood was my great uncle. When I was a teenage grom surfing at the surfing area down by the steel pier just North of Rudee, I would see him at times. I remember one day when I was 13 or 14 and I was hanging out with Reid, Jimbo, Johnny, and the crew, when someone said' "Here comes Gatewood." And, indeed, there he was, pulling up in his '61 Mercedes with his board on top.

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Real Voter Fraud

When a person accuses another of some illegality, unethical behavior, or some other transgression, it is common that that the accuser is projecting - accusing others of his own behavior. For the GOP, this seems to be an almost universal disorder - so much so that the Big Lie has become a tell.

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An End to the Phony free Trade System? (Don't hold your breath.)

I am not a Trump supporter, God no. The buffoon is an embarassment. But, neither could I support Clinton with her certain continuation of neoliberal economic policy and support of the phony "free trade" regime. After the collusion of the DNC with the Clinton cabal, Sander's candidacy was doomed. But, if I can say one thing for Trump, he at least talked the talk, if incoherently, of rolling back the various free trade agreements. I doubt he will because he too benefits from lowered wages, undocumented workers, and H1-B wage slaves. But, it's refreshing that others have begun to move to this position.

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Cash Against the Machine

Banks and payment processors are pushing for a cashless system, arguning that it's convenient. However, not so much.

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Summer food: Black Bean salad

It's hot and humid. Who want's to stay in the kitchen and then eat hot food. This time of year, Mrs. Nohair and I subsist on recipes we have collected over the last 4 decades in Texas and Florida. Salads, fruit, smoothies, and anything that can be cooked in a flash, like fresh seafood or stir fry.

Tonight, it's black bean salad, with rice, chiles, cilantro, etc.

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Rex Tillerson: pot, meet kettle

Our late Sec'y of State gave the commencement address at VMI and (at least according to the corporate media) obliquely criticized President Trump.

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Oliver North, Patriot

Today, class, our history lesson involves that demented fool Reagan and America's support of Iran and the Contra terrorists in Nicaragua, starring the new NRA president and convicted felon, Oliver North. For a nice review, see this piece in the Intercept.

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Using git to manage a static blog

I edit my blog using a desktop Mac, a Macbook, and an iPad. Now I use ssh and TextWrangler but if I'm not connected, I'm out of luck. In addition, I am actually editing the live site, which has the potential for disaster. I wanted to have the ability to edit and post to the site while offline and also to have some degree of version control to roll back mistakes as well as have backups if the webserver crashes or I screw up by deleting some file.

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Thank you for your honesty

Mike Mulvaney, prior leader of the House "freedeom" Caucus and long time native species of the swamp actually tells the truth

"We had a hierarchy in my office in Congress,” said Mulvaney, who was a leading conservative in the House until President Trump tapped him to be the White House budget director, a job he still holds. “If you were a lobbyist who never gave us money, I didn’t talk to you. If you were a lobbyist who gave us money, I might talk to you.”

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Posting and Editing a Static Blog on an iPad

I bought a new iPad Pro and Apple keyboard to use as a blogging platform. On my Macs, I use TextWrangler which has sftp capabilities to write and edit posts and manage files on my web server. I have tried several apps to do the same on the iPad.

My web server runs OpenBSD and I have the usual suite of Unix utilities including vim along with nano and screen installed. The simplest way is to use a terminal program which supports SSH and private key/public key authorization and then fire up vim or nano in a session. With screen, you can detach the session, log out, then come back later and pick up where you left off.

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