Sunday, January 20, 2008

Blogger Silenced

Right here in America, blogger Foehammer of Foehammer's Anvil, one of the most outspoken critics of Islam, is having more problems keeping his site on the web. From this cached copy of the last post he made. The title is "Experiencing Difficulties Beyond My Control" (emphases mine):
As many of you are aware of by now, I am experiencing problems with the hosting at the Anvil. This has been continuing off and on for months and in recent weeks it has built up a full head of steam.

This may be the last blog entry I make here at the Anvil for many days, so just be prepared. I am being badgered by my hosts with nebulous emails, unexpected service denials, etc., all during a time in my life when I need them the least and am not able to make much sense of what they claim to be the “problem” with the Anvil. In other words, I’m out of patience and short on solutions.

All this being said, I am now convinced that my next logical step will be to find a new host for the Anvil. I do not know when I will make this move, but I will make it in order to keep the Anvil online. I will not give in to extortionists, terrorists, Islamists or even poorly managed Internet hosting companies.

What I really will need to find is a hosting company that has a staff that can take the hat of tech support away from me. I must be getting old, because I no longer have the time, energy or will to be not only a writer but also a web designer, graphic artist, editor, marketer AND technical guru. I’ve lost my way in the wilds of the blogosphere and I need to simplify things for myself if I’m ever going to find the fire to start typing op-ed pieces again.

It’s a shame that it has come to this, but I certainly can’t say that I am surprised. The cause of my “problems” could range from an inside mole to an outside hacker to a simply well-hidden script that is misbehaving. I simply do not know and that is a rare thing for me to admit.

Wish me luck. I already know I have your support and for that I am sincerely grateful.

It has been my privilege to share my views with so many of you for this long and to be received so kindly by the majority. I will do my best to keep keeping on but there may very well be a big bump in the road ahead. Hold on tight.

Foehammer, out.
One of the sites which I "secretly" have was hacked last year. I never could get back in to post, and neither could my partner. That particular site was particularly critical of Islam, much more critical than here at Always On Watch. And the problems I had with that other site of mine occurred almost a year after Blogger made its conversion, so that conversion was not the problem.

I see 2008, less than three weeks old, as The Year of Silencing Voices. Via litigation jihad, we have already seen that push in the direction of Mark Steyn, Michael Savage, and Joe Kaufman. Blogger Lionheart in the UK is also under a cloud of suspicion, having been served in absentia with a notice of pending arrest. I'm sure that readers here know of other similar cases, the details of which escape me at the moment, at this early hour of the day.

This is cyber war, fellow infidels! Gird your loins. We're in for a bumpy ride.

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posted by Always On Watch @ 1/20/2008 07:18:00 AM