Memorial Day 2016

Tomb of the Unknowns, Arlington National Cemetery. Photo by Department of Defense

Tomb of the Unknowns, Arlington National Cemetery. Photo by Department of Defense

Remember those that gave all.

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Cartoon of the Day – Asses

20160524MichaelPRamirez
[Michael P. Ramirez – The Facebook]

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More More More


[The YouTube]

More more more features.

Well, one more.

We’ve rolled out another feature that we hope will help ease the transition to the updated Website look and feel. And we really think you’ll like it.

You can now edit your comment for up to five minutes after you submit it.

Now, because we aren’t requiring you log in to make comments, there is the chance it won’t work for you. But, in most circumstances, it should allow you to edit the comment even though you didn’t log in.

You know how sometimes things happen and you don’t see the problem until after you post your comment? What? That never happened to you? Yeah, right. We know better. But now, you can go back and fix it.

We don’t want you looking any sillier than you already look. That’s our job.

We hope you like this new feature.

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Cartoon of the Day – Wait

Line
[Mike Lester – GoComics]

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Bacon v Tofu: Thumbs of Justice

baconvtofuOne of the features we added to IMAO as part of the update is the ability to rate comments. We have the old tried and true Thumbs Up and Thumbs Down ratings. We can do all kind of things with that.

For example, when there’s a Straight Line of the Day post, or another post that asks for user input, you can register your vote. And, you vote with … Bacon!

Actually, that was the suggestion of Bob in Feenicks to vote with Bacon and Tofu instead of Thumbs Up and Thumbs Down. We like that idea, so we’re doing that. Sort of. We will show the Thumbs Up and Thumbs Down images on comments, but when you click Thumbs Up, it will display “Bacon!”

We think doing it that way will be helpful for newer visitors and commenters to the Website. We were all new here once, so we can understand that there might be a little learning curve on certain things. This will help the newer people to understand just how serious we take our bacon around here.

So, if you find a comment you like, you can express your approval … with Bacon! And your disapproval with Tofu.

We hope you like and approve of this little addition.

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Cartoon of the Day – Economy

20160524AFBranco
[A.F. Branco – Comically Incorrect]

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Ch Ch Changes


[David Bowie Official – The YouTube]

Some of you noticed. Well, probably all of you noticed. And some of you didn’t like it. Well, maybe none of you liked it. But, yes, we made some changes. But, it might not be a bad thing.

IMAO looks, well, a little different. There’s still the Nuke The Moon banner at the top. There are two black sidebars. There is still the red outline. But, it’s still a little different. So, why the changes in the look of IMAO? Well, we wanted to do a couple of things. One was to add some functionality that we really think could be useful to you. The other was to improve overall responsiveness of the Website.

WordPress added some functionality in the nearly eight years since our last major update. Some is useful to the visitors to the Website — that’s you — and some is very useful to the behind the scenes operation. The customized theme that we were using didn’t allow for any of that. So, we changed to a different, but similar, theme. We still had to customize it a little, but these customizations were in a way that didn’t limit the functionality. Anyway, this new theme allows for these new features, which we think you’ll find useful.

Reply to comments

You know how when someone left a comment and you wanted to reply to that person, if there were other comments in-between, it was sometimes problematic? You know, you’d perhaps get the number of the comment so they’d know who you were talking to…

#7: Have you tried turning it off and on again?

But then some comment that got improperly caught by the spam filter changed the numbering? Or you’d have to write who you were talking to?

@Bridgekeeper: Do you mean an African swallow or a European swallow?

You remember, right? Well, now you can simply reply directly to a comment, if you like. Or, as always, simply comment on the post in general. And, if you do reply to a comment, they are nested, so you can reply to a reply and so on for up to 10 levels. If 10 levels isn’t enough, you need to take it outside.

Sharing buttons

We’ve implemented better sharing functionality into the Website. The code we had previously was rather troublesome on the browser. The new Theme allows inserting of official plugins and better, cleaner integration of social and sharing of content.

Mobile integration

The old mobile theme, the one you got when you opened the Website on your phone, worked, but you had to open each post to see the content. More clicks for us, sure, but not very helpful for you. Well, the new Theme has a built-in Mobile design. Actually, there are two we now have access to. Both allow you to see content when you go to the Website on your phone without having to click on each post. (Edit: More about this in the comments.)

Subscribe to comments

While we’ve had a form of this for some time, the new Theme supports the standard version, and should be easier to use.

Sign in to comment

We now support Facebook, Twitter, Google, and WordPress sign-ins when commenting. It’s not a requirement, but it’s an option. Some people prefer that. If that’s your preference, it’s now available.

Summary

In addition to those items listed above, the Website should be more responsive. We really do want to make things easier to use. We know that change for the sake of change is not a good thing. But, we think the overall changes will make for a better, easier to use Website.

Let us know if we met your expectations.

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Cartoon of the Day – Lifted

20160524JerryHolbert
[Jerry Holbert – GoComics]

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Cartoon of the Day – Chicago

20160520MichaelRamirez
[Michael P. Ramirez – MichaelPRamirez.com]

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Cartoon of the Day – Smell

20160518AFBranco
[A.F. Branco – Comically Incorrect]

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Cartoon of the Day – Not

20160518MichaelRamirez
[Michael P. Ramirez – MichaelPRamirez.com]

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Cartoon of the Day – Safe

201605GlennMcCoy
[Glenn McCoy – GoComics]

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Cartoon of the Day – Official

20160513MichaelRamirez
[Michael Ramirez – GoComics]

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Cartoon of the Day – Facebook

20160513GaryVarvel
[Gary Varvel – GoComics]

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Party Time

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My car

Well I finally did it. For the first time in my life, I actually joined a political party.

I’m a conservative (lower case, indicating a philosophy, not upper case to indicate a proper noun, as the name of a group or party). But now, I’m also a Libertarian (upper case, as in the Libertarian Party and as in the Libertarian Party of Georgia). Let me explain why I joined the party.

In recent years, I’ve increased contributions to some candidates running for office. I’ve not always been happy with the candidate I was financially supporting. Or the party, quite honestly.

The Republican Party has shown time and again it’s unwillingness to hold to conservative principles. And I’ve had enough. I’m done giving money to them. I’m cutting them off. Writing them out of my will. Moving on. Looking ahead. Kinda like a divorce. Some of you know what I mean.

I don’t have piles of money lying around just begging to be given away. But, I do occasionally send money to help in election years. This year, I’ve given to two candidates, and I’m all out of candidates. Republican ones, that is.

Anyway, I sat down one day recently and went over my options.

Democrats? I have no use for them. I have refused to vote for local Democrats, who were otherwise good people, because all that does is strengthen the Democrat Party. And anyone who strengthens the Democrat Party nationally needs to be beat with a stick. Several sticks.

Republicans? Well, they talk good. They act bad. During elections, they’ve taken two approaches. One approach is to assume the conservative base is there and run to the left. That pisses off the conservative base. The other approach is to campaign to the right, and then govern to the left. That pisses off the conservative base.

As a pissed off conservative, I’ve had enough. I’m looking elsewhere. Or was. I found the Libertarian Party.

I’ve read the national Libertarian Party Platform. I don’t agree with all of it. A lot of it, sure. But not all. However, looking at what the three major parties say and do — don’t forget about what they actually do — the Libertarian Party is closest to me.

So, I’m still a conservative. That hasn’t changed. And I’m now associating with a national (and state) political party that is closest to my beliefs and values.

I’m not urging you to join the Libertarian Party. I’m not asking you to vote Libertarian in November. I just want you to know that if you are fed up with how the Republican Party has treated you, there are options. This is the one I chose.

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