No Runny Eggs

The repository of one hard-boiled egg from the south suburbs of Milwaukee, Wisconsin (and the occassional guest-blogger). The ramblings within may or may not offend, shock and awe you, but they are what I (or my guest-bloggers) think.

Archive for April 28th, 2008

Blank feeds and WP 2.5, 2.5.1

by @ 19:52. Filed under The Blog.

There is a rather big problem for those that use the direct link to the feed-generating files in WordPress (i.e. wp-rss2.php, wp-rss.php, wp-rdf.php, wp-atom.php and wp-commentsrss2.php) on blogs that upgraded to WP2.5/2.5.1, either in their own feed readers or (in my case) as the feed FeedBurner reads. They don’t send anything out in many cases.

I found that out the hard way when my last 2 posts did not get sent out to the feed, and some comments made after the upgrade also didn’t make it out. Fortunately for you guys, the fix needed was entirely on my end as I switched FeedBurner to read the more-nebulous …/feed and …/comments/feed URLs (since I have Pretty Permalinks set up), and I have the FeedBurner FeedSmith plugin directing all of you to FeedBurner.

Unfortunately, those blogs I had my feed reader set to go to wp-rss2.php will have to be reset to read either the …/feed or …/?feed=rss2 URL, depending on whether they have Pretty Permalinks set up or not. That’s going to be a major pain in the ass.

Revisions/extensions (10:25 am 4/29/2008) – It is specific to WP 2.5.1. I haven’t seen any real mention of this in the WordPress forums, but as Peter has told me, the upgrade sure feels like going from Windows XP to Windows Vista.

R&E part 2 (10:34 am 5/3/2008) – Bringing up word of a patch from the comments. Thanks Nicolas.

Hi Steve,
There is a fix available at ; that should avoid your users migrating from wp-rss2.php to /feed/

Hope it helps,

Envirowhacko update – Cheddar edition

by @ 17:53. Filed under Envirowhackos.

I’ve got two of them for you from today’s Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

Item #1 – Older cars to now be exempt from emission testing

Where do I go with this puppy? Before I got my Subaru, I used to cringe every time one of those testers mistook my car for a race car at Road America, so I’m glad that portion of the testing will no longer be done. However, if the goal were to get the most-polluting cars off the road, wouldn’t it behoove the state to test the cars most-likely to be polluting (i.e. the older ones)?

Instead, they’re going halfway to a cost-savings by only testing the vehicles with OBD-II diagnostics by plugging in a code reader. Most cars pass this test with flying colors, at least if the operators remembered to tighten the gas cap all the way for 3 months prior to testing. Moreover, they’re going to start “testing” new heavy-duty and diesel vehicles, and spend boku bucks installing self-service “testing”. Why not just jettison the entire regimen?

Item #2 – Focus of water quality to shift from Milwaukee to farms

I guess the envirowhackos think that almost-somewhat-not-quite-deep-enough tunnel is deep enough now. Either that, or they don’t think they can get us in the burbs to pay for separating Milwaukee’s and Shorewood’s sewers.

Question; if we’re supposed to burn our food, and we’re going to need every available cropland acre just for that, just how is that compatible with the coming assault on farmers?

Upgrading to WP 2.5.1

by @ 15:32. Filed under The Blog.

I still don’t much like the posting interface, but the biggest bugs of 2.5 have been ironed out, and Shoebox says he’s ready to go. Hopefully I don’t crash the place.

Revisions/extensions (4:11 pm 4/28/2008) – It worked.

R&E part 2 (4:23 pm 4/28/2008) – The nicest thing about 2.5.x is I don’t have to mess around with downloading and uploading updates to my plugins. WordPress now can handle the uploading of those updated plugins automatically. Of course, I have to remember the customizations I do with them.

Down goes the legal impediment to voter ID requirements

by @ 14:24. Filed under Elections, Politics - National.

(Now, who do I give this H/T to; I could go with Brian Fraley or Matt Lewis, but Katie Favazza and Sister Toldjah have them easily beat in the looks department, I haven’t linked to them in a while, and ST has the link to the decision from SCOTUSblog)

The Supreme Court upheld Indiana’s voter-ID requirement 6-3. In a bit of an oddity, Mark Sherman, the AP reporter who wrote that piece, pointedly noted that the author of the opinion of the Court, Justice John Paul Stevens, was a dissenter in Bush v Gore in 2000.

A quick, non-lawyer review of Justice Stevens’ opinion of the court and Justice Scalia’s concurrence reveals the idiocy of opposing photo ID from both the liberal and conservative perspective. While I prefer Scalia’s reasoning, Stevens’ broad repudiation of the arguments against a photo ID requirement, specifically including the “partisan”, “undue burden” on the poor, and “undue burden” on the elderly arguments, ought to have Wisconsin’s Democratic Party reconsidering their staunch opposition to a voter ID requirement. Then again, I’m not hopeful that the ‘Rats will give up their permanent advantage of vote fraud made easier by the lack of a voter ID requirement.

Revisions/extensions (11:38 am 4/29/2008) – I would be remiss if I didn’t point you in the direction of a lawyer’s take, specifically Rick Esenberg’s take. He notes that, because it is Justice Stevens’ opinion that is the controlling one instead of Justice Scalia’s, the door is open ever-so-slightly for future challenges to voter ID requirements.

One Senate seat the Dems won’t get

by @ 12:17. Filed under Politics - National.

Democrats were hopeful that the Senate seat of Norm Coleman from Minnesota, would be one that they could get in their attempt to get a 60 vote,  filibuster proof majority.   The Dems felt that by running Al Franken, a candidate with high name recognition and strong liberal politics they could turn the seat in a state that recently elected one of the most liberal members of the Senate Amy Klobuchar.   It’s not going to happen.

Last month SurveyUSA released this survey  showing that Coleman was up by 10% with momentum in his direction.   This poll was taken around the time that it was revealed that Al Franken hadn’t paid workers compensation insurance for his employees in New York.   At the time Franken’s team had numerous and changing reasons for why the payment of the insurance, was an “oversight” (including “he wasn’t home”) but in the end agreed to paying a fine.

Team Franken thought that paying the fine would let them get back to running for Senate but they were wrong.   A new issue was raised alleging that Franken hadn’t filed California state income taxes for a period of years.   Again Team Franken moved into spin mode  alleging that it was another “oversight” and that Franken’s California corporation was to have been terminated as he hadn’t done business in California during that time. Once again Team Franken thought they could get pass the issue by paying the back tax and penalty.

Case closed.

Um…..not quite.

McCain Salute

by @ 8:28. Filed under Miscellaneous.

Following up on my post below, here is the new McCain salute.

Feel free to copy the HTML for your use:

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The Morning Scramble – 4/28/2008

by @ 7:14. Filed under The Morning Scramble.

No offense from the Brew Crew leaves me in Heartbreak Hotel…


Mary Katharine Ham brings back the Peeps. PEEPS!!!!
Lawhawk notes the continuing lawfare going on at Club Gitmo. Since when is having 3 squares a day and world-class health care considered grounds for insanity? Oh, that’s right; we’re talking about the marriage of convenience between the Islamokazis and the Left Lawyers, both of whom want to go back to a time before the Industrial Revolution.
Uncle Jimbo wants to take the COIN that’s been working in Iraq global.
The gang at translated Ayman al-Zawahiri’s latest pronouncements, and to the surprise of nobody that’s actually paying attention, he called Iraq the “most important arena” in the Global War on Terror.
Jim Hoft is puzzled at Barack Obama’s continued call for an immediate unconditional surrender to the Islamokazis in Iraq.
He also catches Howard Dean uttering one of George Carlin’s famous seven words while describing the Algore/Pelosi plan to try to stop Operation Chaos. Fight on, HowDea.
Professor Stephen Banbridge hopes we don’t repeat 80-year-old economic history. Unfortunately, economics and history are no longer taught in public schools.
Jim Geraghty asks whether Obama is running for President or Supreme Court justice. Bonus question from Jim; what portions of the Constitution beyond the Second Amendment does Obama consider optional? Well, we know both Hillary Clinton and John McCain consider the First optional….
Dr. Melissa Clouthier explains why Operation Chaos has taken root. Note to self; take John Hawkins’ advice and add her regular blog to the feed reader of bloat.
Michelle Malkin popped some extra-butter popcorn while the Paul-Nuts “joined” with the McCainiacs to make a mockery of the Nevada GOP convention. If only I had a horse in that fight,….
Doubleplusundead notes McCain is playing with fire in the South. Once again, the vitriol leveled at his “own side” wasn’t leveled at his “opposition”. Once again, if only we weren’t reduced to having to take a meager pleasure in Operation Chaos,….
Purple Avenger asks how gubmint will tell the difference between a Pilatus Porter cargo plane and a Cessna Citation. Asian Badger, care to explain how they won’t be able to tell?
– Speaking of AB, he has some advice for Wesley Snipes. S. Weasel, you might want to consult him; he does have experience with earning an income overseas.
Chris has the Gorebal Warming Buster chart of the week. Yes, the Winter That Won’t Die™ isn’t dead yet up in northwest Wisconsin.
Kate asks, “Why Twitter?”
Owen answers, “It can help you get out of an Egyptian prison.”

“Disneyland” in Baghdad?

by @ 7:00. Filed under Miscellaneous.

I saw this story last week about a developer who wants to build an amusement park in Baghdad.   The understatement of the article was the opening paragraph:

Llewellyn Werner admits he is facing obstacles most amusement park developers never have to deal with – insurgent attacks and looting.

Ya think?

Disney’s parks typically make some adjustments so that the attractions reflect some of the local culture and aren’t 100% American. So I got to thinking….what kind of adjustments would be made to “Disneyland – Baghdad?”

  • Mahdis of Sadr City– In the  Baghdad version of Pirates of the Caribbean we would see the Mahdi Army ransacking and running roughshod throughout scenes of Sadr City.   Rather than Johnny Depp making cameo appearances, we would see Muqtada al-Sadr peaking out from barrels and from behind burqas to see if it was safe for him to come out of hiding.
  • The Closet of Presidents – well, they’ve only had one that’s actually been elected.   It seems like it will be quite awhile before they will need an entire hall!
  • Small World – rather than scenes of happy children representing harmony of the countries of the world, this attraction will be dedicated to the countries and factions that the insurgents in Iraq represent.   Rather than hearing the refrain of “It’s a small world after all,” over and over, we would hear a refrain of “Death to all the infidels,” in  those same, nauseating children’s voices.  
  • Buzz Lightyear – As you ride through this attraction you’ll help Buzz save Iraq by eliminating Iranian agents.   The ride will be kid friendly because as we’re assured regularly by Mahmoud Ahmadinejad Iranian agents in Iraq are as make believe as the evil agents of Zurg!

These are the attraction descriptions that have slipped out from the tightly guarded planning process.   If you hear of more, make sure to give us a heads up in the comments!


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