Submitted by Bill St. Clair on Sun, 30 Sep 2018 19:42:11 GMT  <== Quote ==> 

"The Gettysburg speech was at once the shortest and the most famous oration in American history... the highest emotion reduced to a few poetical phrases. Lincoln himself never even remotely approached it. It is genuinely stupendous. But let us not forget that it is poetry, not logic; beauty, not sense. Think of the argument in it. Put it into the cold words of everyday. The doctrine is simply this: that the Union soldiers who died at Gettysburg sacrificed their lives to the cause of self-determination -- that government of the people, by the people, for the people, should not perish from the earth. It is difficult to imagine anything more untrue. The Union soldiers in the battle actually fought against self-determination; it was the Confederates who fought for the right of their people to govern themselves."

-- H.L. Mencken

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The New York Times is Hiring Techies

Submitted by Bill St. Clair on Fri, 07 Sep 2018 14:28:28 GMT  <== Humor ==> 

Found this hidden ad at the top of the HTML source for this New York Times article:

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      NYTimes.com: All the code that's fit to printf()
      We're hiring: https://nytimes.wd5.myworkdayjobs.com/Tech

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Submitted by Bill St. Clair on Sun, 02 Sep 2018 06:50:57 GMT  <== Quote ==> 

"Once you leave the matrix, once you realize that taxation and registration/licensing fees are theft, that arrest for drug 'crimes' is kidnapping, that the state is a giant, criminal extortion and counterfeiting racket, there's no going back. Take the red pill today." -- Bill St. Clair

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Submitted by Bill St. Clair on Fri, 31 Aug 2018 11:58:07 GMT  <== Politics ==> 

A blog reader clued me in to a chapter of Mike Vanderboegh's book, Absolved, that I had missed, since it wasn't in Codrea's index. I added it, and named it Chapter X: Wolverines.

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MamaLiberty, RIP

Submitted by Bill St. Clair on Wed, 18 Jul 2018 13:56:05 GMT  <== Personal ==> 

I heard yesterday, on Gab, from a Wyoming neighbor of MamaLiberty, that she passed, succumbing to the cancer that she told us was quickly progressing.

I wept. Then I went out for a walk, to breathe. When I passed the local flower shop, I knew what to do. I plan to press those flowers when they start to fade, and frame them as a reminder of an old lady who I never met in person, but who I love more than I knew.

Mama Liberty walked her talk.

Rest in Peace, sister.

Posts at ClaireWolfe.com, TMM, Claire's Cabal (members only). I expect Nathan Barton to post at The Price of Liberty very soon now.

MamaLiberty, RIP

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GOV 2018 Vermont Candidate Report

Submitted by Bill St. Clair on Sun, 15 Jul 2018 13:37:10 GMT  <== Politics ==> 

Gun Owners of Vermont has published their 2018 Vermont Candidate Report, rating each candidate running for election in November on their stance on guns. For us one-issue voters, it makes the choices very simple.

I saved a copy here.

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Thank You Jacob at Wideners

Submitted by Bill St. Clair on Wed, 06 Jun 2018 19:57:12 GMT  <== Webmaster stuff ==> 

I received an email reporting on a broken link on this site. I get these fairly often. They're mostly nonsense about some ancient blog post, which I keep broken for historical accuracy. But this one was about a link in the sidebar of every page, with the John Lott quote. So I fixed it.

Thanks to Jacob from Widener's Reloading & Shooting Supply.

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thementalmilitia.com server upgrade

Submitted by Bill St. Clair on Sun, 29 Apr 2018 14:54:17 GMT  <== Webmaster stuff ==> 

I upgraded the Ubuntu on https://secure.thementalmilitia.com to 16.04, and it all went off without a hitch, but the forums showed a blank page.

This was due to SMF using a deprecated and as of PHP 7.0 defunct PHP API for MySql databases. I found a compatibility patch, and that fixed the problem.

The forums are now working under Ubuntu 16.04.

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Server Updated to Ubuntu 16.04LTS

Submitted by Bill St. Clair on Fri, 27 Apr 2018 12:52:26 GMT  <== Webmaster stuff ==> 

With the release of Ubuntu 18.04LTS, I have upgraded the server for this web site to Ubuntu 16.04LTS. I feel no need to follow the bleeding edge for a stable operating system, but 14.04 will only be supported for another year, so it was time to go to 16.04.

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Submitted by Bill St. Clair on Mon, 02 Apr 2018 18:58:14 GMT  <== Humor ==> 

"I'm a decimated comic. With a real comic, every pun hits the mark. With me, only one pun in ten did." -- Bill St. Clair

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