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Posted by: mcq on Tuesday, February 05, 2008

Today is surgery blogging as the significant other has some foot surgery. I'm sitting in the waiting room on the hospital's WiFi network blogging for QandO - ain't technology grand?

In between my nursing duties tonight (no, not that kind of nursing, wise guy) I'll be live-blogging the Super Tuesday results as I can.

On a completely different topic, as you all know we get comment spam, which I take as a personal affront and against which I wage a lonely one-man war. Dale has kindly given us the ability to close comments which allows me to prevent further comment spam in a thread. FYI, the spammers can't automate their spamming, but instead have to do each comment individually. So this allows me to cut them off at the pass, so to speak, before they can inundate a particular blog post with spam. I tell you all that to let you know if you suddenly see a comment section closed, its most likely because the spammers have struck.

Also, starting Wednesday, I'll be doing a little guest blogging at Right Wing News as John Hawkins goes to CPAC and gets to listen to John McCain try to make nice-nice with the conservative wing of the party. It might end up being the most important speech of his political career.
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I hope they tell McCain to go suck a big fat one when he gets on stage...
Written By: Scott Jacobs
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I salute your battle against comment spam. I make a modest effort, removing spam from my own threads when I see it, but it’s like trying to sweep back the ocean.

I saw a site the other day - I forget which one - and noticed that it had a counter touting a cumulative 20,000+ legitimate comments. A bit further down was a blurb claiming that Akismet had blocked 280,000 spam comments from the site. Incredible.
Written By: Billy Hollis
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And if, for whatever reason, Senator McCain has no idea what they’re talking about, they can always reference him to his good friends The Clintons.
Written By: Joel C.
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Well, it’s clear you’re not on Wordpress, Bruce.
(Yeah, I know, just kvetching)

(Curses and tribulations be upon the developer of the “WP Auto Content Generator”, who is herewith declared a sub-human species, one not deserving to use any more air. May the fleas of 1000 rabid camels infest his armpits.)

I’m currently killing off several spams per day, myself, at my place. (Chuckle) I suppose you’ve arrived when they think enough of your readership to spam you.

But I wonder about the ones you say aren’t automated. I assume you’re thinking that since this software is custom in the extreme, that not many will have a plug and play ready spammer, such as the WP plugin I mention. Still, though, scripting isn’t out of the question, if you’re getting that many.

As for McCain at CPAC, Daniel had more luck with the lions than McCain will have there, I think.
What can he say now, that anyone there will trust, given his long-established history?
Written By: Bithead
What can he say now, that anyone there will trust, given his long-established history?
Yeah, a lifetime 82.5 from the ACU, an 80 as recently as 2005...while Romney’s record in Massachusetts was rather liberal. Oh wait, that’s not what the ’narrative’ is now being sold on talk radio. Romney’s past is irrelevant, if he says what Rush and the gang tell him to say. McCain’s called a ’liberal’ and ’leftist’ despite his long record. You have your story. Reality is irrelevant. Repeat it over and over and it will become true. All is spin.

That’s what is wrong with American politics. But hey, we’ve had a week of essentially hours long vicious attack ads against McCain by talk radio...if that can’t bring him down, I don’t know what can.
Written By: Scott Erb
Why does Erb not surprise me.

The fact that he even attempts to defend McCain is reason enough to go for Romney (which I already did).

McCain at CPAC last hear Snubbed the entire even, and then when he saw how negative the reaction was he showed up, got a hotel room, and said people should come to him.

I wish I could have attended CPAC this year. I have some choice words for Senator McCain.

Words along the line of "F*ck you, liar..."
Written By: Scott Jacobs
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The fact that he even attempts to defend McCain is reason enough to go for Romney (which I already did).
You are one of very few, it seems. Even if Romney wins California, I think his inability to perform better given all the money he’s spent — and the way Huckabee refuses to die — Romney really doesn’t have a chance. If he doesn’t win California, he might think twice about spending his fortune on a losing cause.
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