The continuing saga of gremlins that has bugged Capitol Hill Blue recently struck this weekend when our web site began consuming massive amounts of server resources and causing the system to crash.

We tried moving the site to another server and tweaking various configuration files but that did little to resolve the problems.

Finally, we traced the issue to a resource problem with the page templates we were using as part of our site redesign. The pages made too many javascript and database calls and quick ate up system memory and CPU capability.

Because of that we have reverted to an older design. It’s not as fancy but it appears to work and that’s what we need.

Thank you for bearing with us. We’ll keep working on the problem.

Doug Thompson published his first story and photo at age 11 -- a newspaper article about racism and the Klan in Prince Edward County, VA, in 1958. From that point on, he decided to become a newspaperman and did just that -- reporting news and taking photos full-time at his hometown paper, becoming the youngest full-time reporter at The Roanoke Times in Virginia in 1965 and spent most of the past 55+ years covering news around the country and the globe. After a short sabbatical as a political operative in Washington in the 1980s, he returned to the news profession in 1992. Today, he is a contract reporter/photojournalist for BHMedia and owns Capitol Hill Blue and other news websites.


  1. Hi Doug,

    What’s with the blacked out “reply block” to certain posts. Possibly some are inflammatory, maybe not. It seems to be a form of queued censorship concerning who’s comments are eligible for a worthy reply or not?

    Even Rob Kezelis’s reply block is being shaded out for seemingly innocuous replies to his own thread?

    Carl Nemo **==

    Carl Nemo **==

  2. Those who deal death, deal with it.
    It happens to be a private condition. called hunt and peck.
    Some days one goes anywhere hell isn’t with one thought in mind,
    only to be.

    You created the monster, I swear no Quirts.

  3. Dear Editor,

    I’ve a seventh semblance of restraint to find we are ever changing a timeliness at rates of zero.

    The Wars rage and my page is turned.

    Sir , I promise not to comment if you will please reinstate the Quote factor.

    Otherwise known as golb.

    Without , we whither speech.
    Too many viable contributors to mention.

  4. Hi Doug,

    I love your comments. But as a veteran of 40 years as a software developer, I highly recommend the KISS (keep it simple, stupid) principle.

    Forget about making your web site more glorious. Just make it work.

    Take care,


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