9 April 2010

This is just a test of “quickpress.” I’m curious about that too….

Filed under:La Voz del Norte — la voz @ 18:49 pm

How funny. President Obama drops the hammer.

Filed under:La Voz del Norte — la voz @ 4:12 am
8 April 2010

It has been a struggle for sure, after 4 years of not posting much of anything here. I decided to do the update of the blog software. Big effing mistake. I was on version 3.10 and the current version seemed to be 5.04 or something. It took a very twisted upgrade path, and when I got near the top, it failed miserably. I think the hosting company is sending me hate mail from crashing the server over and over. Seriously. I think some poor tech was getting paged dozens of times the last few nights. So so sorry. It got to the point where I finally ditched the effort and loaded this nice crispy new WordPress 2.9.2. Sweet. It took a lot of configgerin, and a lot of css work (which I forgot how to do). I’m going to have to read up to see how outdated my code is.

Anyway, the site looks fair, and I’m being told by a good person that I should do this stuff again. I seem to agree. There are many many things to write about…so many things to vent about…so many things to be totally pissed about. There’s even a happy thing or two…but I don’t know if we will touch on that here. Hopefully I can keep this up for more than a few days this time. Fight the fight, and Fight On!

Filed under:La Voz del Norte — la voz @ 2:58 am

Story found on the web…

Joe gets up at 6 a.m. and fills his coffeepot with water to prepare his morning coffee. The water is clean and good because some tree-hugging liberal fought for minimum water-quality standards. With his first swallow of water, he takes his daily medication. His medications are safe to take because some stupid commie liberal fought to ensure their safety and that they work as advertised.

All but $10 of his medications are paid for by his employer’s medical plan because some liberal union workers fought their employers for paid medical insurance – now Joe gets it too.

He prepares his morning breakfast, bacon and eggs. Joe’s bacon is safe to eat because some girly-man liberal fought for laws to regulate the meat packing industry.

In the morning shower, Joe reaches for his shampoo. His bottle is properly labeled with each ingredient and its amount in the total contents because some crybaby liberal fought for his right to know what he was putting on his body and how much it contained.

Joe dresses, walks outside and takes a deep breath. The air he breathes is clean because some environmentalist wacko liberal fought for the laws to stop industries from polluting our air.

He walks on the government-provided sidewalk to subway station for his government-subsidized ride to work. It saves him considerable money in parking and transportation fees because some fancy-pants liberal fought for affordable public transportation, which gives everyone the opportunity to be a contributor.

Joe begins his work day. He has a good job with excellent pay, medical benefits, retirement, paid holidays and vacation because some lazy liberal union members fought and died for these working standards. Joe’s employer pays these standards because Joe’s employer doesn’t want his employees to call the union.

If Joe is hurt on the job or becomes unemployed, he’ll get a worker compensation or unemployment check because some stupid liberal didn’t think he should lose his home because of his temporary misfortune.

It is noontime and Joe needs to make a bank deposit so he can pay some bills. Joe’s deposit is federally insured by the FSLIC because some godless liberal wanted to protect Joe’s money from unscrupulous bankers who ruined the banking system before the Great Depression.

Joe has to pay his Fannie Mae-underwritten mortgage and his below-market federal student loan because some elitist liberal decided that Joe and the government would be better off if he was educated and earned more money over his lifetime. Joe also forgets that his in addition to his federally subsidized student loans, he attended a state funded university.

Joe is home from work. He plans to visit his father this evening at his farm home in the country. He gets in his car for the drive. His car is among the safest in the world because some America-hating liberal fought for car safety standards to go along with the tax-payer funded roads.

He arrives at his boyhood home. His was the third generation to live in the house financed by Farmers’ Home Administration because bankers didn’t want to make rural loans.

The house didn’t have electricity until some big-government liberal stuck his nose where it didn’t belong and demanded rural electrification.

He is happy to see his father, who is now retired. His father lives on Social Security and a union pension because some wine-drinking, cheese-eating liberal made sure he could take care of himself so Joe wouldn’t have to.

Joe gets back in his car for the ride home, and turns on a radio talk show. The radio host keeps saying that liberals are bad and conservatives are good. He doesn’t mention that the beloved Republicans have fought against every protection and benefit Joe enjoys throughout his day. Joe agrees: “We don’t need those big-government liberals ruining our lives! After all, I’m a self-made man who believes everyone should take care of themselves, just like I have.”

Filed under:La Voz del Norte — la voz @ 2:20 am
7 April 2010

Part I. The Big Store comes to your town. You see an ad in your local paper, “The Big Store officials to meet with city council to discuss new store in your town. Yippee!!” The BIg Store puts an ad in the paper, buys some radio time on the local station talking about all the new jobs and all the lower prices on merchandise and all the new sales taxes that will be collected!! Hooray!! Our Saviour cometh!!

Part II. The Big Store meets the city council again, only this time seriously. Yes we will build our store in your city…and you are going to help. You know those usage fees you normally charge businesses? Forget about that. We don’t pay. You know those property taxes you charge businesses of our size? Haha we don’t pay close to that amount. You know the new roads for our trucks? Haha we don’t pay for that either. You know the electrical costs normally charged for businesses and the corresponding taxes? Hahaha forget about it. Sales taxes? We’ll give you half of what you usually get. Payroll taxes? Haha not to your city. What?? Oh? You don’t like it? Our publicity staff will say that you are against new jobs in the area. Against The Big Store? Do the words “Recall Election” mean anything to you? We will replace you with someone who is more than willing to go along with this. A lockstepping republican, no doubt.

Part III. The Big Store comes. Everyone cheers. Lower prices everywhere. The mom and pop stores close. Jobs are lost. Businesses are lost. Tax revenue drops. The Big Store doesn’t pay their fair share like the mom and pop store did. By the time your city finishes paying off all the lost income…errrrr…makes up for the tax incentives doled out, things like emergency services and libraries have been cut. People wonder why. The person on the radio says it is the liberal’s fault. They want to tax away the businesses. “Damn those liberals,” hollers the OxyContin, Lorcet and hydrocodone addicted moral authority. Yes, those tax hungry liberals have done away with the libraries and the clinics and everything else a nice society has. I don’t see the republicans rushing to the rescue.

We may not have jobs or money anymore, or libraries or emergency rooms or free clinics or a conscience, but at least we have these new Big Stores.

Filed under:La Voz del Norte — la voz @ 22:19 pm

Testing 1.2.3.

Forgot about this little icon. I guess I shouldn’t care much about things missing. It isn’t like I used this much in the past few years.

Filed under:La Voz del Norte — la voz @ 21:43 pm

Testing. There has been a lot of css work going on…sheesh. Still don’t have this to my liking but there is time.

Thanks a bunch!

Filed under:Uncategorized — la voz @ 19:37 pm

Well my venture into MT5 was, in a word, annoying. For the time being I am going to try and get this software to work my way. It may take a little while to get things cleaned up and looking nice, but I’ll flail away at css and looks. Of course I wasn’t smart enough to keep a working backup…I might try and upload the old site somehow too. Who knows. The adventure continues…

Filed under:Uncategorized — la voz @ 7:57 am
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