The fatman chronicles--all hope renounce, ye lost, who enter here

"If the FEC makes rules that limit my First Amendment right to express my opinion on core political issues, I will not obey those rules."--Patterico's Pledge

Tuesday, August 30, 2005

This Should Be Interesting

I seem to have gotten into a flame war at another site called Rightwingsparkle. The commenter is going by the name anonymous (original, isn't it), though I think he/she said his/her name was Kim. She's one of the angriest, most bitter, most hate-filled and envious people I've ever run into.

Now, since I don't want to use up Sparkle's bandwith, I'm going to invite Kim/anonymous over here tonight if she shows up at Sparkle's place again. If she shows, and if she takes me up on my invitation, the fur will fly. And it won't be mine.

Update: No anonymous(Kim?). Oh well. I'll just have to try harder next time.

Monday, August 29, 2005

This Is Going To Get Ugly

I remember last September 17, when what was left of Hurricane Ivan hit Pittsburgh. The remnants of Hurricane Frances had rolled through town a little over a week before, dumping more rain in a twenty-four period than had ever been recorded before.

Ivan broke that record. Easily. And since the ground was already saturated, it resulted in the worst flooding this area's seen in over thirty years.

Now imagine, if you can, what it would have been like if Pittsburgh lay twenty-five feet below sea level with major-sized lakes on three sides, a river delta on the fourth, and a full-fledged hurricane hitting.

That's what it's going to be like in New Orleans in about five or six hours.

According to Paul, who blogs over at, if Katrina hits at just the wrong angle, as it now appears it will, the resulting storm surge, coupled with torrential rain, could put much of the city under ten to thirty feet of water, with nowhere for it to go. It could take anywhere from ten weeks to ten months to drain off or pump it out of the natural bowl that much of New Orleans lays in. But no one knows for certain; they've never done this before.
So if you've got a deity that you're on good terms with (I don't), I suggest you try hooking up with him/her/it and seeing what he/she/it can do. Those people are going to need all the help they can get. And as my (grand)Pappy would say, "It can't hurt."

Thursday, August 25, 2005

How The Heck Did This Happen?

I was just trying to comment over at Rightwingsparkle's and the next thing you know BAM!!! I've got a blog!

Oh well. I've got it now, I might as well do something with it. First a few rules:

1) If I post anything at all, it'll be about the things that interest me (politics, baseball, women dancing nude). If this doesn't interest you, fine. I don't have any burly security guards at the door preventing you from leaving.

2) In the unlikely event that anyone wants to comment, watch the language. Don't leave any comments that you wouldn't want your mother to read. Think George Carlin's "Seven words you can't say on television or radio." (Or at least use ******* asterisks to get across WTF you're trying to say.)

3) No personal insults. You want to attack what someone (including me) is saying, attack what they're saying, not them. You get one warning about this (and language, for that matter). Second time it happens, you're gone.

4) Finally, keep in mind that this is not a democracy. It is a one-man dictatorship and I am the Big Kahuna and it has gone to my head. If you have a problem with that, I refer you to Rule #1.

There will probably be a few more rules and clarifications in the future. After all, I am making this up as I go along.

UPDATE: Rule #5: No posting of copyrighted material. I'm not paying huge fines and maybe going to jail just because some twit can't think of something original to say. If I even think it's copyrighted, it's getting deleted and you're getting your one warning.

Update:Rule #6: No anonymous comments. It gets too confusing. Pick a name or a handle, I don't care which, but pick something. Anonymous comments will be deleted, even the ones saying I'm the greatest thing since sliced bread.