I was planning to cover an event in Newburyport MA today da plan was to get there at 11 to cover till 2 until I got word via Freedom Connector that Congressman Allen West (Fl-22) was coming to Lexington green for 11 a.m.

I decided on a new plan, I’d cover the Allen West event, make my call into WROL Boston for my weekly bot on Out With Joe after I left on the road to Newburyport and then cover the event getting there a little late.

So after Mass still wearing a suit I headed for Lexington. Although I’ve been to Concord Bridge many times I had only driven by Lexington green on rare occasions and never stopped. So I parked the car at the green at about 9:50 and took a few shots

I noted the oldest monument, dated 1799, seemed to be on a mound.

I was surprised to find out those who died in the battle were re-burried there more than a half century after the fact.

and even more surprised to find the monument to the ships named Lexington behind the Tavern

Slowly people started showing up, as it got nearly to 11 I was surprised how few, until I was told that the time had been changed to 12:00

So I waited
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That’s some high quality H²o

The Waterboy 1998

If you are a blogger spam is an occupational hazard. Every morning when I get up there are usually several hundred spam comments in my filter (I like to take a quick peek in the off chance there is a false positive dropped in there) that are cleaned out. On a rare occasion the odd spam e-mail will be missed by my filter.

Most of the spam looks something like this (I’ve removed the links that were contained in them) The Generic complement:

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the Have I got a deal for you

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On Tuesday morning I woke to an inordinate amount of comments in queue, I figured a post might have been ‘lanched until I looked a little closer at the comments:

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Notice the style, if this spam is blasted to 100,000 blogs the filters for quite a few political ones might see this one and let it through as mine did. A similar systems would work with a pop blog and this comment that my filter did manage to flag:

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I’ve met a guy who makes this spam for a living, the idea is to plant links and generate hits for their customer in any way possible, their contract is based on hits so whatever generates them is fair game. It’s no different than inserting a phrase like: “Kristen Stewart naked pics” with the knowledge it will draw at least several hits a day every day for a long time.

You might think: “Hey it’s a single spam comment, what’s the difference if one makes it through?” Well if you like may others have your comments to automatically allow comments from people who have previously commented before that one authentic looking comment will lead to hundreds of spam links all over your site and in your history in just a few days. And once the spammers establish the hits are coming from you, you will be targeted.

Even worse, in an environment where people comments on a blog are used against the writer this can be used to plant nasty comments in your queue, or to allow the spoof attacks we’ve seen against bloggers like the Lonely Conservative.

What should you do? Here are some hints:

1. Set your blog to automatically close comments after a few days. (That will prevent spam from being planted in older posts.

2. Don’t automatically approve comments not even from previous commentators. Your blog is your reputation don’t just let things in.

3. Look at the IP addresses. If you have a regular commentator and there is suddenly an atypical comment from them compare the ip addresses, if it doesn’t match the vast majority of their comments drop them an e-mail and ask if the comment was from them.

4. Remember comments aren’t life and death: Yes a lively conversation on the blog means more hits, but if a comment waits in the queue for an hour the sun will still rise the next day. Haste means mistakes and mistakes are trouble.

You can tweak this advice for your own blogging needs but a little prevention will save a headache later

You’re wrong, Sergeant Benton. That is the oldest trick in the book!

The Master: Dr. Who The Time Monster 1972

In this weeks Under the Fedora column I referenced a post up at Beliefnet concerning the Episcopal church and its disintegrating membership.

It wasn’t a big surprise and I just filed it away until Thursday when I read it to a friend of mine and something jumped out at me.

it’s the type of thing that a person even slightly versed in Scripture might have caught as Paul put it:

for although they knew God they did not accord him glory as God or give him thanks. Instead, they became vain in their reasoning, and their senseless minds were darkened. While claiming to be wise, they became fools Romans 1:21-22

How foolish. let me show you. Here is a quote from the piece on the sermon from Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori at the annual US convention

“Jefferts Schori then proclaims that she has the answer for this. We all need the ‘act of crossing boundaries’ to become God after which our hands become a ‘sacrament of mission.’ (emphasis mine)

So the presiding of Bishop of the Episcopalians advises people to “become God” where have I heard this before?

Now the serpent was the most cunning of all the animals that the LORD God had made. The serpent asked the woman, “Did God really tell you not to eat from any of the trees in the garden?” The woman answered the serpent: “We may eat of the fruit of the trees in the garden; it is only about the fruit of the tree in the middle of the garden that God said, ‘You shall not eat it or even touch it, lest you die.'” But the serpent said to the woman: “You certainly will not die! No, God knows well that the moment you eat of it your eyes will be opened and you will be like gods who know what is good and what is bad.” The woman saw that the tree was good for food, pleasing to the eyes, and desirable for gaining wisdom. So she took some of its fruit and ate it; and she also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it. Genesis 3:1-6

The very first temptation causing the very first sin ever as listed in the first book of the Bible.

How foolish is the Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal annual conference, she is so foolish she literally fell for the oldest trick in THE book.

You don’t get much worse than that.

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The DaTechGuy fundraiser continues and I got a look at an acceptable car that I might get for a bit less that I expected. This could shave quite a few dollars off the needed: “get a car” goal.

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…and the old lady wasn’t even wearing a fedora:

In a normal world this would be on every newscast and every late night comedian would be playing that clip with the Benny Hill theme behind it, but as it is the single best argument I’ve ever seen for the 2nd Amendment it will get little play outside of Powerline & Glenn Reynolds who get the hat tip here..

And if the 2nd amendment nature of this video didn’t keep it off the charts of national producers national air the preponderance of hoodies among said fleeing robbers would.

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DaTechGuy fundraiser continues as the quest for da Car goes on. Any help is appreciated

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