Even as you read, right now, this blog is under siege by vile spammers trying to register to post their putrid slime.
I now have logs that show me what’s going on.
I ratcheted up the drawbridge and released the gators into the moat. Oil is on the boil.
To comment here, you have to be registered and your registration must be approved. Registrations go into a queue, which I check when I can. I’m not always near my computer. Be patient.
You don’t have to register simply to lurk (i.e., read without posting comments).
If you register to comment, pay attention to that field where I ask information about you. You don’t have to provide a biography, address or blood type. Just write something that will show me that you aren’t either a bot or a nefarious ne’erdowell. Your confirmation name is a good one, favorite encyclical, a brief explanation of circumincession… that sort of thing… easy stuff.
NB: The defense software is set to DEFCON 2 (hint: high). Therefore, be careful how you log in. The log keeps track of the number of failed attempts. After 3 failed attempts, you are locked out for a few days. Also, if you log in from multiple devices, you might be mistaken for a vile spammer and you will be consigned to Lockout Limbo™.
Drop me a note if you get yourself locked out. I will try to fix it. SEND YOUR IP ADDRESS. Click HERE and then bookmark it or jot down my email and squirrel it away.
I am keeping an eye on the logs. I try to fix things for obviously innocent participants even before you write. But… I can’t be watching all the time.
Finally, ask whatever Guardian Angels assigned to help us out here.
I direct you once again to my Litany For The Conversion Of Internet Thugs (a wry work in progress):
It’s summer. Start thinking about ICED coffee.
Are you thinking about ICED coffee yet?
How about now?
Litany for the conversion of internet thugs (2.0)
(For private use only, when truly irritated, and when the alternative is foul language.)
Lord, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.
Christ, graciously hear us.
God, the Father of Heaven, have mercy on us.
God, the Son, Redeemer of the World, have mercy on us.
God, the Holy Ghost, have mercy on us.
Holy Trinity, one God, have mercy on us.
Lest internet thugs be eternally tormented by all the fiends of hell, convert them, O Lord.
Lest they pass eternity in utter despair, convert them, O Lord.
Lest they come to be damned for the harm they cause, convert them, O Lord.
Lest they roast forever in the deepest cinders of hell, convert them, O Lord.
Lest they suffer the unceasing pain of loss, convert them, O Lord.
Lest devils endlessly increase their physical agony, convert them, O Lord.
Lest devils twist their bowels and boil their blood in hell, convert them, O Lord.
Lest devils use them as toys and tools, convert them, O Lord.
Lest devils forever gnaw upon their skulls, convert them, O Lord.
Lest the innocent be harmed by the sins of thugs, convert them, O Lord.
Lest the innocent yield to thugs in weakness, convert them, O Lord.
Lest the innocent be drawn into thuggish traps, convert them, O Lord.
From faceless Facebook admin drones, spare us O Lord.
From tweeting Twitter idiots, spare us O Lord.
From loony Wikipedia liars, spare us O Lord.
From from heart-hardened spammers, spare us O Lord.
From liberal nut-case smear-blogging hacks, spare us O Lord.
From thread-dominating combox trolls, spare us, O Lord.
From sophomoric drive-by commentators, spare us, O Lord.
From server memory resource difficulties, spare us O Lord.
From rss feed problems, spare us O Lord.
From DOS attacks, spare us O Lord.
From power outages and surges, spare us O Lord.
From viruses, trojan horses, and all manner of snares, Lord save us.
From wasting our time, Lord save us.
From our own stupidity, Lord save us.
St. Michael, defend us.
St. Gabriel, defend us.
Holy Guardian Angels, defend us.
St. Isidore of Seville, defend us.
St. Francis de Sales, defend us.
St. Maximilian Kolbe, defend us.
All ye angels and saints….. GRRRRR.
Lamb of God, who takest away the sins of the world, spare us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, who takest away the sins of the world, graciously hear us, O Lord,
Lamb of God who takest away the sins of the world, have mercy on us.
V. Christ, Jesus who died for our sins.
R. Please return, and return swiftly.
Let us pray.
Almighty and merciful God, who according to Thy ineffable plan hast called us into existence to do Thy will amid the vicissitudes and contagion of this world grant, we beseech Thee, both protection for Thy servants who use the tools of this digital age and confusion for evil-doers who abuse their neighbors and Thy gifts.
Through Christ our Lord. Amen.