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Well shortly after we made our goal to cover the quote I was given to move the site and pay for a years hosting (thanks all) and authorized the folks who will be our new hots to start the wheels rolling on the move our site rather than just being a pain crashed and burned.

I was told by our current host that the site should be back up within 24 hours, that was 12 hours ago. I’ve been told by our new host who will be also looking to clean things up a bit that they have done nothing that should have brought the site down. IT people at work suspect a hack but I have no evidence to support that theory so I’ll see where things are tomorrow and go from there

Tomorrow I should know more but the are few things more depressing that to have two instalanches wasted on a site that’s down.

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The only thing crashing worse than my site right now are the Boston Red Sox who were unable to hold a lead against Kansas City on Wednesday. As I write the game is in the top of the 10th but it’s amazing how far the team has fallen in just a few months. But in fairness having lived through 40 years of the curse and having seen them win 4 World Series in 15 years I have a hard time going nuts over a bad season.

In fairness to the Red Sox I did advise them to stand pat. It was good advice as they weren’t going to win anything this year anyways.

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I’ve been spending a lot more time on twitter than I usually do lately and I got into an interesting debate yesterday. The Washington Post put up their piece about how it’s up to 2nd amendment supporters to solve the shoootings problem, my suggestion was brief

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What was really funny was I had been challenged on the idea that armed citizens could stop shootings. Apparently leftists had never heard of such a thing but an instapundit search for “good guy with a gun” produced so many results that I could have tweeted them to the fellow who objected all night.

The real story of course is he never heard of any of those stories because the national media doesn’t consider them newsworthy. See DaTechGuy’s 3rd law of media outrage for why.

(I still think it’s all because of the post Christian era as I said here)
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Speaking of stories the MSM doesn’t consider newsworthy the small scale cleanup in Baltimore was a great success that impressed residents and apparently pissed off the Editorial page of the Baltimore sun which seems to consider picking up trash in bad neighborhoods racist.

Of course if they really want all that trash gone fast the easiest way is to hold a Tea Party rally there. History tells us that Tea Party members always leave such places cleaner than when they got there.

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Finally as the main site is down here is a quick FYI as to what will happen that was about to go up there before everything died.

Assuming the main site goes back up tomorrow the plan is to do the move over the next several weeks and hopefully fix some site issues in the process. Primary posting will be done here and assuming the main site returns tomorrow there will be some text only posts going up there too. There were in fact 3 I was going to schedule when everything blew up.

Some of my writers will be posting here (like Christopher Harper) some at the other site (once it’s back up) and a few may take some time off, but I still have a lot to say so you’ll be seeing me daily hopefully at both sites but at least here till the move. Once the move is done this will again become the backup site until I can convert it into DaTechGuy’s home for retired bloggers.

Update: The site is back up (still with the problems it had before going down) and there is a lesson there about listening to your guardian angel.

At the main site I have a post up with a summery of the debate but I think it can be better explained in two tweets.

or as I put it.

 

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As I noted there are those like Joe Scarborough who are shocked, Shocked that the Democrats are arguing how bad the Obama years were on stage.

But consider, if the Obama years had been good, if they had been prosperous, if they had advanced the future of Americans everywhere, then Hillary Clinton would have won 35 to forty states without blinking an eye.

the truth is Barack Obama won re-election for two reasons.

1. The GOP ran the worst possible candidate against him in 2012 (Mitt Romney)

2. Black Americans turned out in droves because even they could not bear the thought of the 1st black president losing re-election because he sucked so bad.

Every single democrat on that stage knows this.

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I’m starting to figure out why Snoops is going after the Babylon Bee, I read my wife the two headlines from this post at Instapundit and asked her to guess which is the parody and which is the real one

HEH: Marianne Williamson Not Sure What She’s Doing Up Here With All These Crazy People.

Related: Marianne Williamson: I am not a ‘wacky new-age nutcase.’

She guessed wrong, and remember in my opinion she was, other than Donald Trump of course,  the biggest winner in the Debates this week.


 

Yesterday was Baseball’s trading deadline and there were a bunch of blockbuster trades made, particularly by Houston that bolstered an already impressive pitching staff.

The Red Sox on the other hand took my advice and did nothing.

While sports radio was screaming bloody murder they also quoted a stat that to me explained why any such deadline deal was stupid.  The Red Sox are 8-14 when their ace Chris Sale (5-10) starts,  9-11 when David Price (7-4) starts and 13-9 when Rick Porcello (9-8) starts this season.

With those numbers anyone who thinks for one minute a last minute one sided deal to add a bullpen arm is going to allow those three guys to lead them to another title this year is delusional.  Much better to see if their incredible offense can carry them, put it down to a bad year for the pitchers (everyone has them occasionally) and shore up the bullpen in the off season where they can get much more bang for the buck without dismantling the team.

That’s what a GM who recognizes his job is to give his team their best shot to win each year does as opposed to keeping loud voices on the radio happy.


 

Finally here is an update on the blog situation.

You’ll notice that there IS some new posts going up on the old site, a few were scheduled posts but some are new.  I’ve found a work around that allows me to post there but I can’t put in any links, add images or even embed tweets, it’s plain text only.

So here is the plan.  While I price my alternatives (likely between $500-$1000 up front at least) to preserve the old blog at an alternate location without taking a week off from work to do it I’ll be posting at both sites. Anything that needs linkage I’ll put here.  If I can get away with just text then it will go there, and perhaps I’ll kill a photo or two from my gallery to free up some space for an image or two.

As I recently did a direct non-public fundraiser  (that fell far short of my goal but did pay for pintastic coverage and provide a cushion thanks all) I’m not really in a position to do it again just a few months later, but if anyone wants to kick in to help pay for this stuff.  Datipjar on both sites DOES work.

As for my writers they can either post there sans links and graphics or post here during the transition or if they want they can take a few days off and wait for everything to work again.  I’ll leave it entirely up to them..

On WEEI today all the talk was about who the Redsox should trade for at the deadline that’s coming up to bolster their bullpen.  I have a simple and concise answer.

Nobody.

if we were say two games away from the Yanks and had a chance to bypass the wildcard round then perhaps my answer might be different but for now the answer is “stand pat”.

Why really simple the cost benefit ratio.

Given the price of what is out there combined with the weakness of the Redsox farm system the price for any player who might make a different is prohibitive, in fact the price paid might be high enough to take us out of contention in 2020.

And since the reward of such a move would be a shot, a shot mind you at a single winner take all elimination game before even getting to the playoffs any price that hurt our chances in 2020 just isn’t worth it.

Right now we have an offensive team that is incredible and will all be under contract next year.  We have a starting rotation that is having a down season but there is no reason to believe that said down seasons will extend into next year.

Trading a Bradley JR will increase the team ERA as would a trade of Benintendi.  While I like Brock Holt without a solid man at 2nd I don’t think losing Chavez is wise.

So my advice to the Red Sox is keep a stiff upper lip and try to ride it out.  Pick up a closer in the off season when the price will be lower and just win what you can now, don’t jeopardize the future for an uncertain return.

FYI   The reason why I’m posting is yet another GoDaddy issue which makes it impossible for me to edit the body of any new or existing post (although already written and scheduled posts will go up as normal).  They will graciously fix for a $400 update, a migration to a new server and a 10 day wait (oh and I have to do the migration unless I want to pay an additional fee).

It seems that every time I ask for tech support the result is a large bill and a site down for a week or more.  Given the drop in traffic and tip jar hits and the displeasure I’ve had in dealing with them I’m not inclined to go along.  As this has all happened in the last 4 hours I’ve not had a night to sleep on it but here are my plans in order

Plan A:  check with a friend of mine who does hosting, if it can be done affordably and quickly move there.

Plan B:  Since I’m already here move to wordpress and update this blog existing moving the registration of datechguyblog.com here and see what the cost and timeframe will be to migrate my existing stuff over.

Plan C:  Just blog at the free site and do no frills blogging,

Plan D:  As the hits and the tipjar hits are way down chuck the whole thing and pay off my debts as best I can over time.

A & B would allow things to go on as they are, C  would likely mean the end of DaMagnificent seven and D would mean the end of everything.  Given the amount of choices out there and the drop in traffic I don’t know how many people would really miss us but I’d hate to close down with an election around the corner.  I may not be a big conservative voice but with so many of us being censored we can use every one we’ve got.

I’d like to know what you think.

 

 

 

Remember after today’s DaTechGuy on DaRadio (10 a.m. on WCRN 830 A.M.) at 1 p.m I’ll be at the Border Grille and Bar on Mill Street in Leominster having some lunch and talking politics with all who show up. I’ll be giving away tickets to tonight’s game vs the Bisons. Just put your name in the fedora and we’ll draw a winner from the people who attend.

So join us on the radio and at the Border and lets share some great talk and some great food together.

Oh and BTW just a reminder you really need to be at the new blog here.