…of a sort.

A couple of months have passed since my “Fatcow sucks dead bunnies through a straw” post, and I can finally say (I think) that I’ve managed the move to a better hosting service.

BlueHost seems to be pretty darned good. I needed help with a few issues (like getting the sql file(s) imported, since the exported files were… a tad large *heh* causing myPhpAdmin to “pharte” and hicough no end) and the guys at BlueHost were right on it.

Nice. Seems the “service economy” has some life in it yet.


[Note: this is x-posted from THE third world county, as it may be quite some few until I find other hosting. *sigh*]

As a few folks have commented while commiserating with me via email about the crappy service I’ve been experiencing with my hosting service recently (the hosting service shall go unnamed, but its initials are F-a-t-c-o-w) to the effect that, as one person put it, “Seems there’s no such thing as ‘customer service’ in any realm, anymore.”

Well, duh.


What my hosting-service-that-shall-not-be-named substitutes for customer service is front end “warm voices” that can effect no substantive changes themselves but are merely “cover” allowing crappy service to continue on the back end.

See my post here for the scant info I had up earlier today at a WordPress.com blog where I had to redirect my domain because of stupid, irresponsible, dumbass actions taken by the hosting-service-that-shall-not-be-named (with the initials, “F-a-t-c-o-w”).

All along, I’ve been able to talk to warm personalities who promise to “do all I can” to rectify the situation (but who, when pressed, admit they can do nothing). Meanwhile, I get emails from people claiming to be “Technical Specialists” indicating

a. They have not read the trouble ticket
b. They have not read my email answers to their queries/emails
c. They are idiots simply playing CYA games.

And the backend problems caused by the hosting-service-that-shall-not-be-named (with the initials, “F-a-t-c-o-w”) continue.

Back last January, I switched this blog from a hosting account generously provided by a benefactor to the hosting account I’m using now. The old hosting account was on Fatcow, so methought, “Hmm, should be easiest to just get my own hosting account with the same service and switch it over.”

Wrong. Those of y’all who were around then may recall that it took a week for the backend guys to stop screwing around.


Let’s see if this posts. If it does, maybe I’ll continue to be hosted on hosting-service-that-shall-not-be-named (with the initials, “F-a-t-c-o-w”)…  for about a week or so more.

When things settle down, I’ll get back to regular curmudgeonry.

Oh! The latest offer from hosting-service-that-shall-not-be-named (with the initials, “F-a-t-c-o-w”) was to restore the data NUKED by some idiot techie–material destroyed from Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday.

Of course, when (IF) they actually do that, they’ll destroy everything (you can bet on it!) that’s come in since that conversation… and more.

Note: I was right. They “restored” data, nuking everything that’d bee done since they screwed it up to begin with. Of course. Idiots. Cretins. Irresponsible boobs.)

Bet on it.


Please join me in spreading the word: avoid the hosting-service-that-shall-not-be-named (whose initials are, “F-a-t-c-o-w”). If already using the hosting-service-that-shall-not-be-named (whose initials are, “F-a-t-c-o-w”), seek other service, quickly.

[pre-posting update: I had just finished this post and was ready to CLICK “Publish” at twc when… yep. “Error establishing a database connection”. Yep, the hosting-service-that-shall-not-be-named (with the initials, “F-a-t-c-o-w”) has still not done anything useful to correct the problems caused by its server “upgrades”. Took a 30 minute wait, with multiple tries reloading, to get back this far. WTG, hosting-service-that-shall-not-be-named (with the initials, “F-a-t-c-o-w”)!]

OTOH, there are a few companies left that combine at least minimal competence and customer service. One of my broadband company’s nodes went down, affecting my service yesterday. I called. Was told, “We’re working on it,” and… they were. Back in service within 30 minutes. There are a few companies like that. A few.


Regular visitors may notice that this page looks strange. That’s because my hosting

“service” has screwed up royally.

After “upgrading” servers, suddenly! my index.php file that’s worked well for nearly two years is “overloading our CGI performance”.

Of course it is! Worked fine for nearly two years, so of course it’s “overloading” Fat(headed)Cow’s CGI performance as soon as  Fat(headed)Cow’s “Tech” crew “upgrades” servers! Of course!

Stupid, incompetent, dumbasses.

So, until I get some action, this is all there is. This is NOT thirdworldcounty.us but a different, older, “tryout” WordPress blog @ WordPress.com that I’ve had to redirect the thirdworldcunty.us domain to, for now.

Do keep this in mind: if you aconsidering hosting with Fatcow–DON’T. If you are currently hosted with Fatcow, just wait. They’ll screw your site up, too, no doubt (as they have with others, right, Diane?)

Just sayin’.

…to talk among yourselves.

The topic is:

Pournelle’s Iron Law of Bureaucracy.

…in any bureaucratic organization there will be two kinds of people: those who work to further the actual goals of the organization, and those who work for the organization itself. Examples in education would be teachers who work and sacrifice to teach children, vs. union representative who work to protect any teacher including the most incompetent. The Iron Law states that in all cases, the second type of person will always gain control of the organization, and will always write the rules under which the organization functions.

Also stated as,

Pournelle’s Iron Law of Bureaucracy is that in any bureaucracy, the people devoted to the benefit of the bureaucracy itself always get in control, so that those dedicated to the goals the bureaucracy is supposed to accomplish have less and less influence, and sometimes are eliminated entirely.


X-posted from third world county.us

N.B.—this post is an X-post from third world county.us, and all the stats mentioned in this post refer to that site.

Although stats are a concern running way toward the back of the pack, my “once-in-a-while” check of TTLB earlier this week has turned into a once-a-day thing because of the weird discrepancies displayed on its pages relating to twc. Since this is definitely not a general interest topic for readers of these pages (after all, most of y’all care deeply about google page rankings, TTLB and Technorati rankings and such… as deeply as I do, which is not much at all :-)), so if you’re at all interested… (more…)

I’ve avoided writing about the Haditha situation (Marines accused–mostly by the far left–of “atrocities” in Haditha last November in an incident that was under active investigation by the military long before any Mass Media Podpeople whistles blew). I’ve done so because others are doing a fine job of handling the situation. Michael Yon, though, has outdone the best of the blogosphere and responsible traditional media with Hijacking Haditha.

Just read it.

You might also read Rick’s post at The Real Ugly American pointing to and commenting on an American Thinker Piece. Given the facts presented there, one might almost think Dan Rather’s behind the Haditha massacre story… I’ll not link directly to the American Thinker piece, cos I’d rather you licked up the link from Rick and read his comments as well.

X-Posted from third world county.us

I was about to put fingers to keyboard and flesh out some thoughts I had last night about borders, sovereignty, a government’s responsibility to its citizens, etc., but then today’s mailbox revealed a post submitted for the blogburst by LomaAlta (Linknzona), with a forward by Heidi (Euphoric Reality). For those of y’all who’ve missed my comments about Linknzona before, let me repeat: THE must-read of the blogosphere on border issues. Read his article below, then visit the site and read ALL his posts on the issues surrounding control of our borders.

Foreword by Heidi at Euphoric Reality

From Spanish-speaking illegal workers, to angry tenured professors and arrogant politicians, we are hearing more and more tenets and demands from a movement called Reconquista. The movement, once dismissed as extreme racist rhetoric, has rapidly gained traction and momentum among millions of ill-educated illegal aliens and well-established Mexicans alike. Reconquista gives voice to the angry demands of present-day Mexicans who mistakenly think they have indigenous rights to the land of the Southwestern United States – which they claim was “stolen” by an imperialist American government. The centerpiece of their agenda is the mythical Aztlan

(Read the rest of Heidi’s foreword here

Clearing Up A Misconception About Reconquista
by Loma Alta


Spain conquered what was to become modern Mexico and part of the southwestern United States in 1521. Spanish rule lasted 300 years until 1821 when Mexico gained independence. Mexico ruled what is now part of the southwestern United States for a very, very short time. Mexico ruled Texas from 1821 until 1836, some 16 years. Mexico ruled California from 1821 until 1846, 26 years. Mexico ruled most of New Mexico from 1821 until 1848, 28 years, and the southern most portions of Arizona and New Mexico until purchased by the United States in 1853, 33 years. The United States began ownership of these territories in 1845 (Texas), 1846 (California), and 1848-1853 (New Mexico and Arizona). Thus the United States has owned this land since 1845-1853, 153-162 years.

The ownership has thus been: Spanish 1521-1821 or 300 years; Mexican 1821-36 to 1853 or 16 to 33 years; and American 1845-1853 or 154 to 162 years. Almost all development and modernization came under United States ownership. Please see Spain, Mexico, Texas, California, and New Mexico-Arizona for more details.

Comparison of Ownership Time and Development.

Spain owned the area for 300 years and operated it as a colony. The central area, and most developed part was around Mexico City with much of the current southwestern United States being the frontier, relatively undeveloped, and subject to Indian raids and predations. The situation was much the same in the very, very short period, 16-33 years, of Mexican ownership. With the United States ownership, 154 to 162 years, beginning as territories, exploration and development proceeded rapidly and modern civilization came with, or shortly after, statehood.

The Absurdity of Reconquista.

Whether by time of ownership or degree of development and civilization, Mexico had virtually no temporal or civil weight of authority in the southwestern United States. Mexico never really established military or civil control over the area and it was never really a normal part of Mexico, but was always the frontier with vast expanses of nearly unexplored and lightly inhabited regions far from Mexican rule and authority. So tenuous, unpopular, and corrupt was Mexico’s presence and claim to the areas, and the Mexican government so hated by American and Mexican pioneers alike, that it only lasted from 16 to 33 years.

Thus, Reconquista is another myth, promulgated for racist reasons (it is the spawn of Mexican supremacist groups such as La Raza – literally “the Race”) much as the Germans’ “Lebensraum”, or living space, was for the master race. And, Reconquista is equally racist and equally the deranged product of irrational hate groups.

Therefore, we can dismiss the concept of “Reconquista” as a racist, hate group concept that has no place in America, or in any other just and tolerant society or country. There is no need to give any credence whatsoever to the false and meritless claims of any moral attachment to territory by radical, racist groups. They are as phony as last year’s bird’s nest.

This has been a production of the Guard the Borders Blogburst. It is syndicated by Euphoric Reality, and serves to keep immigration issues in the forefront of our minds as we’re going about our daily lives and continuing to fight the war on terror. If you are concerned with the trend of illegal immigration in our country, join the Blogburst! Send an email with your blog name and url to euphoricrealitynet at gmail dot com.