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Comment Author Area with Ignore, Highlight Commenter, Highlight Comment, Comments This Thread, and Commenter Archive Buttons

Tis a frequent though by no means widely indulged ask from commenters, especially when a request to ban or at least warn some annoying other-commenter has been rejected. Why can’t we have an “ignore” button? Usually, the answer is, “We can’t because we can’t: Putting someone on ignore is an old-fashioned chat-room or forum thing, or maybe a Twitter blocking or muting thing – we’re just a blog!”

Yet it occurred to me the other day or week that it wouldn’t be hard to create a jQuery-enabled ignore button, and it wouldn’t be too hard to add cookies to make the ignoring persistent, and it wouldn’t be too hard to un-ignore, too. While I was at it, and feeling that enabling ignore was kind of negative, how about making it possible to highlight commenters using about the same methods used to ignore them, or particular comments, so they’re easy to pick out in a thread?

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Operation American Greatness

After 9/11, As Hal Brands observes in his study of post-World War II American grand strategy1, the “general presumption” took hold in the Bush Administration and beyond “that action— even dramatic and potentially disruptive action— was now less dangerous than inaction.”

Among the generally unobserved, minor ironies of the election campaign is the manner in which Trump apologists, especially certain types of “American Conservative” paleo-cons, self-styled “republican constitutionalists,” and diverse fellow travelers all the way extending to everyday “Deplorables” have adopted the same idea – in other words, a primary if not the primary strategic rationale of the despised Neocons and Globalists. Read more ›

Notes:

  1. What Good Is Grand Strategy?: Power and Purpose in American Statecraft from Harry S. Truman to George W. Bush (p. 164). Cornell University Press. Kindle Edition. []
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Sign of the Sign

Bridget O’Neil directs us to this signature, from a letter written in 2007 to the LA Times by this year’s Republican Party nominee for the Presidency of the United States of America:

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I alone have solved (the question of 2016)

The more seriously we take Trump, the less seriously we find ourselves having to take Trump, and the less seriously we take Trump, the more seriously we have to take him.

The nature of Trump’s “threat” hasn’t altered in character since the first moment we found ourselves forced to take him seriously. The more seriously we are or have been forced to take him, the greater the threat, and it works the other way as well. Yet at the same time, or following as a result, the more seriously “we” take the threat, producing a decreased apparent likelihood of his victory, the less seriously “we” need to take the threat, or the less real the actual threat, so the less serious the threat itself.

In other words, the more seriously we take Trump, the less seriously we find ourselves having to take Trump, and the less seriously we take Trump, the more seriously we have to take him. Got it?

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Re: @dscotto10’s GOPocalypse, Part 2: The Upstart – Ordinary Times

Rubio, of course, could have slammed the door in Chris Christie’s face with an ad-libbed answer about the number of canned lines and repeated themes that Christie used (did you know that Chris Christie was a federal prosecutor?), but instead, he tried to “take the high road” and avoid attacking Christie. In other contexts, Rubio proved that he’s actually pretty good on his feet, but in the New Hampshire debate, he slavishly adhered to an overly-cautious strategy that utterly destroyed him.(Here, it is important not to blame Christie; his attacks should have been anticipated and should have been parried.)

A stronger performance at that debate might have meant a vastly different outcome.

Why should the Daddy Party settle for “the Bubble Boy” when they could have “Daddy” himself? All else was secondary, this time around.

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On a Tweet-Drizzle on Trump’s Honest Dishonesty

I suspect many poll respondents do not separate “appearance of emotional authenticity” from “verbal approximation of factual truth” in polls such as the one Mr. Bouie finds “bewildering,” in which “45% see [Trump] as honest and trustworthy, but it goes lower, to 36%, for Clinton.” Setting aside, as we must in order to comment on the political campaigns, the encompassing inanity of the terms of discussion, we can further observe that the answer “he is more honest” replicates the same pattern: The answer itself may be an “honest” as in “honestly dishonest” answer in the minds of such respondents, meaning they can both “honestly” and “dishonestly-honestly” judge Trump “honestly a liar,” a liar true to himself as a liar, while Clinton remains for them a “dishonest truthteller.”1

Bouie is hardly alone in his mystification. In an essay from May2, David Frum predicted that the reaction to Trump’s dishonesty, or his honest dishonesty, would be “the hardest [part of this story] to explain after it’s all over”: Read more ›

Notes:

  1. My own drizzle of tweets replying to Bouie and Digby, on which this post expands, can be found here. []
  2. Donald Trump and the Seven Broken Guardrails of Democracy – The Atlantic []
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Drilling a Hole in the Universe with WP_Query in a Shortcode

To condense a long prologue into a thesis statement, it is quite possible to output the results of a WordPress “query loop” via Shortcode, but doing so risks drilling a hole in spacetime: Placing a post whose content would include a version of the post itself (containing a version of the post itself, and so on) produces an overload and site crash.1

I first encountered this danger by accident, and initially wondered if the problem had something to do with specific query “arguments” or with shortcodes or the WordPress main “Loop” as such. In short, it’s just another example of the usual “infinite” regress error. I’ve also realized that under prior versions of the plug-in I’ve been working on, an inadvertent site-crash via infinite-looping was always a danger, presuming the right wrong move by some user.

To solve this problem or avoid this possible danger in the future, I’ve added a short sub-routine that excludes any offending post, or any offending post content, from whatever loop-within-a-loop the plug-in happens to output. Read more ›

Notes:

  1. ERR_CONNECTION_RESET []
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The Wheel Has Turned – “Fear” by @WardSutton

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“Fear” by Ward Sutton, debuted on Twitter 31 August 2016, on the occasion of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s speech on immigration in Phoenix, Arizona

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Scrap It 2

Further to the prior post, problems at OT were discussed exhaustively over the course of more than a year – first among the members of a “development group” and then among the Senior Editors. I was a participant in both groups. In late March of this year, the other editors turned down a proposal for putting the enterprise as a whole on a firmer foundation, and voted instead for what I saw as more of the same – or, to be more precise, for more of the same minus two major contributors. 

Since then, the decline of the site, climaxing in the latest admitted “failure,” or set of failures, has continued, while opportunities afforded by interest in the 2016 elections have mostly been squandered. The background details and the ways in which recent events and discussion expose underlying problems might be of interest to anyone trying to understand what happened to “the blogosphere” and what might come next, but I am reluctant to say more at this time, in part because my observations might be taken as personal and unkind by one or more of those involved, and perhaps as violation of confidence.

A salvage of residual value might still be possible, and a rescue or turnaround remains conceivable even now, but I would not be surprised if by this time next year there is no “Ordinary Times.”

Posted in Developing Ordinary Times

Scrap It and Start Over

A failure presents a limited range of options: scrap, salvage, or repair. Though it feels like we’ve done this before, let’s try “repair” one more time.

Why?

The site makes no sense as an enterprise – decreasingly as any kind of proposition for anyone involved.

The editors voted against “repair” last March, and “salvage” will continue to appear decreasingly rewarding, increasingly difficult. Without major changes, and possibly even with them, the only remaining questions are when and how to “scrap,” and whether anyone will care or even notice.

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