Wednesday 4/15/09

Now you can enjoy your teabagging parties throughout the day, as a ridiculous negative greeting has delayed our release date until tonight or tomorrow at the latest.

 

 

IF THIS IS THE BEST THEY CAN DO, WE’RE FORTUNATE…

The rules of negative greeting are that if your karma is good, they can’t STOP you from doing something… but they certainly can create agonizing delays in the process.

Our long-awaited release of Wanderer Awakening is still going to happen, but probably not until tonight or maybe even tomorrow, depending on factors outside our control. 

Two things — first of all, if you have visited the site yesterday or today you’ll see, in big flaming red letters, that our site is still secure despite the SSL notification you would get if you tried to place an order.


Note from Webmaster at 4:20PM CDT:

The SSL certificate is now installed and store is back online.

“Wanderer Awakening” is currently being mastered and upload to the server will happen immediately afterwards.


Negative greeting struck yesterday, the 14th, because people were trying to order our products, only to get this big warning message from the browser (they make it VERY terrifying-looking) that our site was not secure. In order to do online commerce you must have a Secure Socket Layer, or SSL, certification. Ours is from Verisign. 

Verisign completely neglected to inform us that our certificate was about to expire — not even a single reminder email was received. Had we known, we would have obviously paid the 100 bucks and kept it up. This is just an outside company that reviews our site and certifies that we have a secure server so your credit information is safe.

It was a natural expiration — one year since the last time we re-upped it. The site is just as secure as always. The certificate has nothing to do with the actual security system itself — it’s just a pat on the back from an authority figure who says, "Yeah, they’re good. Let ’em in."

We had no idea this problem would strike the day before our biggest release ever! It definitely was a strong case of "bad timing", intended to embarrass us and make us look unprofessional if you believe in such a thing as negative greeting (we certainly do) but now we’re waiting to hear back from Verisign. As soon as we do, we should be back up and running without any problems.

Larry and I have worked feverishly to get everything done in time for this release, and it was only late last night that Larry finished all the last-minute additions, tweakings and mixes to the songs on the record. Today he is mastering, which is the last step before we convert the files to MP3s and publish them here on the site.

The chances are that the mastering will take most of the day. I will publish my new article at the same time that we get the release in order — so it probably won’t be until late tonight. Unless we have a further problem with Verisign delaying, everything should be good to go by tomorrow.

 

TEABAGGING UPDATE 

Writing about teabagging parties can be a mouthful, but we’ve decided to surge ahead and extend ourselves as deeply as possible into the dark, yawning cavern of this investigation.

There is now an entire website dedicated to exposing how the Neocons have completely bought, paid for and promoted this desperate attempt at a revolution, where so many people can get together and have fun hanging out.

The new "Save the Rich" website has all the details, including shocking audio of the same types of ‘robocalls’ that were used to try to teabag the election and spoon-feed us more of the same nutty stuff that we’d all grown so tired of having shoved in our faces:

Save the Rich: The Truth About the Fox News Tea Parties

http://www.savetherich.com/

Naturally, the old guard had no idea they would be exposed so quickly. They are used to doing their teabagging under the cover of night, and had no idea that the jaws of the alternative media would close around them in their most sensitive and personal places.

Thankfully, they’ve come out with a long and well-endowed puff piece to reassure us all is well, and there are no truths to the nasty rumors of morally or ethically sketchy activities in their teabagging.

Everything is perfectly straightforward, long and strong as the streets fill to the brim with red-faced teabaggers, eagerly shouting various ejaculations of delight. There’s nothing dirty about it, and how dare we judge or criticize them for their lifestyle choices?

It might be hard to swallow, but I’m pretty sure you can take it all in (emphasis added):

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB123975867505519363.html

Today American taxpayers in more than 300 locations in all 50 states will hold rallies — dubbed "tea parties" — to protest higher taxes and out-of-control government spending. There is no political party behind these rallies, no grand right-wing conspiracy, not even a 501(c) group like MoveOn.org.

So who’s behind the Tax Day tea parties? Ordinary folks who are using the power of the Internet to organize…

The movement grew so fast that some bloggers at the Playboy Web site — apparently unaware that we’ve entered the 21st century — suggested that some secret organization must be behind all of this. But, in fact, today’s technology means you don’t need an organization, secret or otherwise, to get organized. After considerable ridicule, the claim was withdrawn, but that hasn’t stopped other media outlets from echoing it…

This influx of new energy and new talent is likely to inject new life into small-government politics around the nation. The mainstream Republican Party still seems limp and disorganized.

This grassroots effort may revitalize it.

 

And now, for a few farewell messages to help firm up support for these in-depth, probing explorations of personal liberty — and the right to bare arms — that are filling the waiting mouths of so many angry Americans with the overwhelmingly sweet taste of revenge:

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