Month: October 2010

Adding line breaks in WordPress, and stuff like that

Found a nice little plug-in today that gets rid of an annoyance in WordPress. Normally, if you try to add extra vertical space, either by hitting enter in the visual editor or by adding <br /> tags in the HTML editor, WordPress just strips them out, so you have to do some extra work to get them to stay in. What I just found out about is a plugin called TinyMCE Advanced; one of the options in it is to turn off that behavior, which it does by replacing your <br /> tags with <p><br /></p>. Sure beats doing it by hand! It also lets you add more buttons to your toolbars, for things like tables, non-breaking spaces, justification, etc. I’ll probably be coding a WordPress site for the charity that Brit does the website for in the next few weeks, so this should be a useful thing to throw in to make it easier for them to edit their own posts. Share on...

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Obamacare Trial Proceeds

For now, it seems, the lawsuit against the federal government over health care reform will move forward, after a ruling by a federal judge in Florida. The judge did not rule on the merits of the case, but decided that the plaintiffs can argue both the constitutionality of the individual mandate and that the expansion of Medicare infringes on state’s rights. Although the individual mandate clearly falls under the power of Congress to tax, I admit to not being completely sure what the Supreme Court will do once the lawsuit makes it way to them, since the justices in the right wing of the court have shown a disturbing tendency lately to rule based on political preferences rather than the Constitution, leading to flawed decisions such as Citizens United. In light of this, it seems likely that we’ll end up with another 5-4 vote, with Kennedy (as usual) deciding the case. I will say that his decision to involve Colorado in this stupidity was more than sufficient reason for me to vote against John Suthers in his re-election bid for Colorado Attorney General. Share on...

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Stopping Illegal Immigration

I’ve always said that if the government actually wanted to stop illegal immigration, the solution is obvious: simply impose hefty fines on any company that hires an illegal immigrant. We all know they come here for work: if we make it painful enough to hire them, the jobs will dry up, followed shortly by the immigration. Of course, I never expected that to actually happen; whatever they say about immigration, politicians aren’t going to do anything to tick off big business. Then I read that not only are deportations of illegal immigrants up significantly since Obama took office, but there have been more penalties levied on businesses that hire illegal immigrants since January of last year than during the entire eight years prior to that. Rather than raiding companies and scattering the people working there (who will be quickly replaced), companies are being audited and fined. Additionally, it has been announced that all states will be required to use Secure Communities to identify illegal aliens who have been arrested for whatever reason. It’s not an issue I base my vote on – there are a ton of more important things to worry about – but it’s still nice to see someone in office who’s actually doing something about illegal immigration rather than just using it to get votes. If only we could have more of that.. Share on...

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