There is nothing new under the sun.


Lord have mercy. I picked up this book, “Jerseyana,” at a thrift store here in Richmond the other week. Or maybe it was McKay’s, I’ve forgotten. Anyhow, it’s reprints of newspaper columns. The one that took me from “huh, look at this” to “BUYING THIS BOOK NOW, DO NOT TOUCH IT, YOU SHIFTY LADY 50 FEET AWAY FROM ME, I SEE YOU” was one of the last in the book, about a German nationalist camp. Obviously, in New Jersey. That was the first ping. In Sussex County. *ping. In Andover. *ping



So when you take that, and add what happened in Charlottesville this summer, and especially this little tidbit from the Herald article:

In the middle of the scrapbook, McCabe said there was a list of more than 200 car license plates, collected by deputies during a visit to the camp.

“There were also names and addresses of the car owners,” McCabe said. “There were just three from Sussex County.”

…anyone, and I mean anyone, who dares suggest to me that I’m exaggerating or being dramatic about what’s going on in this country can just go do the other thing out of my sight and hearing for now and for ever, amen.


Children giving Nazi salute

Tech Tuesday: Phishing

Phishing: what is it?
Briefly, phishing is any fraudulent communication designed to deceive you into revealing private information or exposing a vulnerability in your phone, computer, etc. The goal of the phisher is generally to use that information to their benefit and your detriment, by doing one of more of the following:

  • Selling your information to marketers acting in bad faith.
  • Installing malware on your machine.
  • Using your machine to infiltrate your company’s network.

Some red flags to look for:

  • Link manipulation. The portion of a URL after the last period is the domain extension. Hover the mouse cursor over a link to ensure that the URL’s domain extension matches that of the text. On an iOS device, tap (don’t press) and hold the hyperlink for a few seconds to display the URL target.
  • Malicious attachments. The extension after the last period reveals what kind of document an attachment is. For example, Business Plan.pdf.xslx is xlsx (Excel), not pdf (Adobe). Be wary of attachments you are not expecting.
  • Cloned email. Watch for substitutions like 0 for o, misspellings, odd domain extensions.
    Other warning signs:

  • Unfamiliar Reply-To or From address
  • Asks for password, other confidential information
  • Link redirects to unknown website
  • Generic greeting
  • Offer too good to be true
  • Creates a sense of urgency
  • Misspellings, bad grammar

Virginia Blue

My friend Christine, a teacher in Charlottesville, is on modified city-wide lockdown because of some deranged Trump/NRA fan. http://www.nbc29.com/story/36570188/charlottesville-city-schools-safety-incident

So angry I could spit. But that doesn’t help. So let’s focus on what can – there are 5 days left to register to vote. Talk to your friends, your family, your coworkers, your neighbors, people you meet dog walking. Let’s make Virginia bluer than blue.

Register to vote, update your registration, confirm your voting location, and see the candidates who will appear on your ballot:


• Monday, October 16 is the last day to register to vote or update your registration.
• If you plan to vote absentee, Tuesday, October 31 at 5:00 p.m. is the deadline to request an absentee ballot by mail.
• You may request an absentee ballot in person until 5:00pm on Saturday, November 4.

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2 stories

If you grew up in the Northeast and you didn’t know that Donald Trump was a shyster, I don’t understand you. I really just don’t. And I have to say, unlike a metric shit-ton of New York Times reporters and I don’t know who all else, I don’t actually want to. I want you to either open your eyes and ears, or to shut your mouth and crawl back under the rock you must have been under since the 80s or so. However. Since it gives me a certain grim satisfaction, I’m going to share two stories I think are superbly emblematic of our President’s absence of anything that could be described as integrity, character, self-awareness, or empathy.

Story the First. Just because he could, Trump stiffed a piano dealer out of 30% of the agreed-on, contracted amount for pianos delivered to the Taj Mahal casino in Atlantic City. There was nothing wrong with the pianos. They were delivered on time, in perfect condition. The Trump Corporation just decided, correctly, that J. Michael Diehl didn’t have the deep pockets to sue them for breach of contract. https://www.washingtonpost.com/posteverything/wp/2016/09/28/i-sold-trump-100000-worth-of-pianos-then-he-stiffed-me/?utm_term=.fab187bd5348 Trump then managed, in his ineptitude, to trash Atlantic City’s economy by pitting one of his casinos against the other, but that’s a story for another day.

Story the Second. Trump showed up at a ribbon-cutting ceremony for a nursery serving children with AIDS. He took the seat on the podium reserved for Steven Fisher, who had contributed generously to the effort. Fisher sat patiently in the audience as Trump mugged for the camera. Then Trump left without giving an explanation or a dime. https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/trump-boasts-of-his-philanthropy-but-his-giving-falls-short-of-his-words/2016/10/29/b3c03106-9ac7-11e6-a0ed-ab0774c1eaa5_story.html?utm_term=.275e3a44c67c This is exceedingly typical of Trump. He wants it to look like he’s a philanthropist, but not at his own expense, and not at his company’s expense any more than necessary.