TypePad Vista

The word from Typepad is that I need to help “train” their new spam filter, by which they mean using their new tool that allows me to surf through everything the filter flags as spam, selecting all of the legitimate comments and republishing them while confirming the spamminess of all the actual spam and deleting [Read More...]

Typepad Strikes Back

The Good News: Typepad has revamped it’s spam filters for comments. The Bad News: It’s now classifying lots of legitimate comments as spam — sort of the spam-filter equivalent of lupus. I’m trying to figure out what I can do to tweak this. They’ve changed the comment-editing interface (unannounced and without instructions), so I’ll see [Read More...]


Steve S. e-mails this nugget from Zev Chafets’ New York Times Magazine profile of former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee: The governor was especially happy that morning about an impending endorsement he expected (and received the following day) from Tim LaHaye, the author of the apocalyptic Left Behind series of novels. Left Behind is wildly popular [Read More...]

Hall of Shame

Todd Pratt, Paul LoDuca and Todd Hundley (no surprise), but not Mike Piazza. Roger Clemens, the guy who threw a broken bat at Piazza during the 2000 World Series, was one of the 80+ players named in Sen. George Mitchell’s report on “The Illegal Use of Steroids and Other Performance Enhancing Substances by Players in [Read More...]

Council of 1879

One more Romney-related post before moving on … I said, “Northern Conservative Fundamentalist Baptist Great Lakes Region? Or Northern Conservative Fundamentalist Baptist Eastern Region?” He said, “Northern Conservative Fundamentalist Baptist Great Lakes Region.” I said, “Me too! Northern Conservative Fundamentalist Baptist Great Lakes Region Council of 1879? Or Northern Conservative Fundamentalist Baptist Great Lakes Region [Read More...]

Mitt vs. atheists, martyrs

“Freedom requires religion just as religion requires freedom.” – Mitt Romney, Dec. 6, 2007 I’ll probably want to discuss Mitt Romney’s “Faith in America” speech at greater length later, but the quote above was the sound bite so let’s deal with that first. That’s a nice bit of parallelism. It pleases the ear even as [Read More...]

Democracy > elections

Shortly before an invading army replaced his regime with anarchy, Saddam Hussein was “re-elected” as the leader of Iraq. This transparent sham of an election was Saddam’s attempt to demonstrate to the rest of the world his legitimacy as a duly elected, democratic ruler. The Iraqi despot — whose surreal campaign featured as its theme [Read More...]

Thursday flamewar open thread

So Thomas Aquinas, Albert Camus and John Rawls walk into a bar … [Read more...]