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Friday, October 28, 2005

Everyone's as frustrated as you

Dear Shotgun readers and bloggers,

I'm sure you've all noticed that this blog has been operating very poorly lately, and my apologies for that. The blog service that we use, Typepad, has been severely underperforming, causing many slow loads and down periods.

Over the last few days, we at the Western Standard have been evaluating possible alternatives to Typepad, and we have come up with some. But I just today received an advisory from Typepad's CEO (yes, THE Barak Berkowitz), assuring us that the firm is in the midst of rapid and significant infrastructure upgrades, and assuring us that the service will be operating at optimum levels by the end of next week (apparently it will require a bit of down time on Saturday night, so watch out for that).

So, let's give Barak the benefit of the doubt and watch for some considerable improvements in this blog's performance. Let's use this thread to report any progress or lack thereof. If we're not satisfied, we've got a back up plan. And please be patient and continue to bear with us here at the Shotgun.

Posted by Kevin Libin on October 28, 2005 | Permalink


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Recognizing there is a problem is the first step to recovery.

Let's go folks, it' the 21st century and blogs are growing up!

Posted by: Speller | 2005-10-28 10:08:06 PM

Data Center Move Goes Awry for TypePad

"Problems during a switchover between data centers have slowed TypePad, the popular blog hosting service. Typepad maxed out its data center space and all available power at Internap, and is in the process of moving to a new data center. The transition has not gone smoothly, causing the Typepad service to slow to a crawl amid very public complaints by its blogger customers. TypePad operator Six Apart promises things will improve soon."


Posted by: Vitruvius | 2005-10-29 4:04:16 AM

National Review: Did the CIA “Out” Valerie Plame? (REPEAT, REPEAT & REPEAT-THE MSM MAY NOTICE?)
NRO ^ | July 18, 2005 | Andrew C. McCarthy

Posted on 10/29/2005 8:32:19 AM PDT by fight_truth_decay

With each passing day, the manufactured "scandal" over the publication of Valerie Plame's relationship with the CIA establishes new depths of mainstream-media hypocrisy. A highly capable special prosecutor is probing the underlying facts, and it is appropriate to withhold legal judgments until he completes the investigation over which speculation runs so rampant. But it is not too early to assess the performance of the press. It's been appalling.

Is that hyperbole? You be the judge. Have you heard that the CIA is actually the source responsible for exposing Plame's covert status? Not Karl Rove, not Bob Novak, not the sinister administration cabal du jour of Fourth Estate fantasy, but the CIA itself? Had you heard that Plame's cover has actually been blown for a decade — i.e., since about seven years before Novak ever wrote a syllable about her? Had you heard not only that no crime was committed in the communication of information between Bush administration officials and Novak, but that no crime could have been committed because the governing law gives a person a complete defense if an agent's status has already been compromised by the government?

No, you say, you hadn't heard any of that. You heard that this was the crime of the century. A sort of Robert-Hanssen-meets-Watergate in which Rove is already cooked and we're all just waiting for the other shoe — or shoes — to drop on the den of corruption we know as the Bush administration. That, after all, is the inescapable impression from all the media coverage. So who is saying different?

The organized media, that's who. How come you haven't heard? Because they've decided not to tell you. Because they say one thing — one dark, transparently partisan thing — when they're talking to you in their news coverage, but they say something completely different when they think you're not listening.

You see, if you really want to know what the media think of the Plame case — if you want to discover what a comparative trifle they actually believe it to be — you need to close the paper and turn off the TV. You need, instead, to have a peek at what they write when they're talking to a court. It's a mind-bendingly different tale.

SPUN FROM THE START. >>>>>>> more

Posted by: maz2 | 2005-10-29 10:45:46 AM

Meanwhile, in Indonesia:

Three teenage Christian girls were beheaded and a fourth was seriously wounded in a savage attack on Saturday by unidentified assailants in the Indonesian province of Central Sulawesi (Jeez, now I wonder who that could be).

The girls were among a group of students from a private Christian high school who were ambushed while walking through a cocoa plantation in Poso Kota subdistrict on their way to class, police Major Riky Naldo said.

The area is close to the provincial capital of Poso, about 1000 kilometres northeast of Jakarta.

Naldo said the heads of the three dead victims were found several kilometres from their bodies.

In Jakarta, President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono ordered the police to begin a hunt for the killers.

"In the holy month of Ramadan, we are again shocked by a sadistic crime in Poso that claimed the lives of three school students," he told reporters at the airport as he prepared to fly to Sumatra island.

"I condemn this barbarous killing, whoever the perpetrators are (can we somehow pass this off on Dubya people?) and whatever their motives."

Sickening, absolutely sickening the depths that the Moslem terrorists and killers will sink to! The Religion of Peace, eh??? I hope all the leftie MSM and moonbat supporters of these murderers are proud of themselves today. Your Moslem buddies have sunk to new lows AGAIN today!

Warning: Do not click on the following link unless you are prepared for graphic photos of the victims...Dog Pundit is organizing a letter-writing campaign to protest the murders.


Posted by: Slim | 2005-10-29 1:58:52 PM

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