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

Thursday, September 29, 2005

Take Back The Memorial

From the Washington Post.

Congratulations to everybody at Take Back The Memorial who fought so hard to stop this travesty. And in doing so, exposed the International Freedom Center for what it was: an attempt to put up yet another Blame America First monument, this time on the most hallowed ground this side of Pearl Harbor and the USS Arizona Memorial.

Update: Just noticed that I forgot to put in a link to Take Back The Memorial. Try this .

Thursday, September 22, 2005

Bill Clinton's Legacy

First the URL, since I'm still trying to figure out how to do links:

Newsmax Headline: "China Names Condom For Bill Clinton"

The Guangzhou Haokian Bio-science company "is honoring ex-president Bill Clinton by naming a new line of condoms after him - along with a companion line of condoms that will be named after his ex-girlfriend, Monica Lewinsky." Ah, Bill and Monica, together again at last.

A 12-pack of Clintons is expected to cost $5.00, with Lewinskys selling at a discounted price of just over $3.00. 12 packs?! Those Chinese must be living that old Mary Chapin Carpenter song: "I Feel Lucky Tonight." And Lewinskys (I'm not going there) being discounted to three bucks? Well, everybody said she was a cheap date. Who knew?

"The manufacturer's general manager, Liu Wenhua, told Sky News that naming his condoms for Clinton was perfectly legal, explaining that "trademarks of two foreign surnames and can't be seen as a violation of rights"" All I want to know is if they come in ribbed or unribbed varieties.

"Clinton is the only U.S. president to be honored with his own condom brand line." Gee, I wonder why.

"New York Sen. Hillary Clinton was unavailable to comment on her husband's latest achievement." Wanna bet?

Update: Where are my manners? h/t to Rightwingsparkle and Jill, one of her commenters. Don't know what blog Jill first read about it at. Sorry.

Wednesday, September 21, 2005

My Blog Ate My Homework

I was up late last night working on a humorous post about Bill Clinton's legacy. Now I'm not the fastest writer (or typist) in the world, so this was taking awhile. But I finally got it to where I wanted it, with all the copy & paste quotes and my sly little digs in place. I hit the "Publish Post" button--and got directed to sign in again. Apparently I had timed out or something. With a sinking feeling in my gut I signed back in, went back to "Create Post"...and nothing.


I don't know if I want to try and reconstruct the post (I'd be crying stale fish) or just forget it and move on (all that work down the tubes! [sob]).

Oh well. Nobody ever said being a bachelor-playboy-blogger was easy.

Tuesday, September 20, 2005

Fun and Games with Blogrolling II

Well, at least the right sidebar is straightened out. My enthralling profile (sans picture-I want to maintain my air of mystery) is back at the top where it belongs.

Soon, True Blue...very soon.Bwahahaha!

Monday, September 19, 2005

Fun and Games with Blogrolling

I'm in the middle of setting up my blogroll (with a lot of help). It may take a couple of days, so please be patient.

Saturday, September 17, 2005

Musings about fatmen

I recently had a friendly exchange with The Sasquatch (the guy behind the original "Fatman Chronicles"), who posted about it and some of the items he read in my profile.

Now I'm not complaining. Heck, he gets a post, I get some free publicity. It's a win-win. But it did get me to thinking about my profile and how I got to be that guy.

The religion-to-atheist part is easy. I was lazy. Too lazy to study my Catechism. Too lazy to get up at six o'clock in the morning for an eight o'clock Mass (I don't get up at six a.m. for anything). Too lazy to develop the kind of faith you need to really believe in what, to me, sounded like the rehashed myths and legends of every other religion I ever read about. (Mostly Norse; I loved Thor, the God of Thunder.)

The card-carrying union member to a healthy distrust of unions is a little more involved. Maybe it was the attitude that unions engendered, of doing the least amount of work necessary to keep your job. Seriously. If you came in as a new hire and immediately began doing as much work as you could every day to impress the bosses, one of your union "brothers" or "sisters" would take you aside within a month and tell you to knock it off. You're making everybody else look bad. The more you do, the more they'll expect you to do. And it wasn't like you were going to get more pay, benefits or your pick of the choicer jobs. Pay scales and benefits were set in the contract. And jobs within the bargaining unit were decided by seniority. Which meant that as the newby, you got the lowest pay and the crappiest jobs no matter what you did. The only way you advanced was if the people in front of you retired, quit or died.

As for liberal to conservative-libertarian, it's not that I've moved that far to the right in the last thirty-five years, though I have moved some. It's that liberals have moved that far left. People like Joe Lieberman, Al From and (gag) Bill Clinton would have comprised the center-left wing of the Democratic Party in the sixties. Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, Ted Kennedy, Howard Dean and the like would have been consigned to the lunatic fringe or, more likely, the Socialist Workers Party. Even John F. Kennedy, an icon of the "progressive" movement, was heard to explain that lowering the top marginal tax rates was a good idea, since it would stimulate the economy and actually increase tax revenues to the government (supply side, anyone?).

There are other things as well. My opposition to abortion, for one. My opposition to most of the left's attempts at gun control, for another. My firm belief that the only way to truly control drugs (and here I part company with nearly everybody except Willam F. Buckley) is to legalize them and regulate them. Heavily.

But those are discussions for another day.

Friday, September 16, 2005

Time to Get Serious

As you may have noticed, I haven't been blogging much. There are a lot of reasons for this, both technical and personal, that I won't bore you with. But I've decided that if I'm going to do this, it's time to do it, rather than sit around dithering about it. But while I'm putting everything together, including my own blogroll, I was wondering if I could solicit some opinions.

1) On the subject of blogroll netiquette, if I want to add somebody to my blogroll, should I ask their permission first? My instincts say yes, and it's not like anybody's likely to notice any traffic coming their way from me. I just don't want to seem like I'm trying to hit up big sites to blogroll me.

2) Again, netiquette. I've noticed, to my chagrin, that the oh-so-clever title to my blog is already being used by someone else. Should I change the title (which will probably mean abandoning this site and starting all over) ? Should I ask him if he minds and then doing something about if he does? I wouldn't feel right just ignoring the question and hoping it goes away.

3) Technical this time. I'm using Internet Browser and Internet Explorer and on both of them the right sidebar is screwed up, with my profile, recent posts, etc. displaying at the bottom instead of at the top. If anyone not using Browser or IE comes calling, could you let me know how it looks to you?

4) Speaking of Browser, I've been having issues with it lately, and not for the first time. I'm seriously considering un-installing it and going with something else. Anyone have an alternative to suggest?

I can visualize you all rolling your eyes and muttering "rookies." I know, because I've done the same thing. But any feedback or help would really be appreciated.

Update: Check out the new title. And Google says nobody else is using it. Problem solved. (That one anyway.)

Update: I exchanged comments with The Sasquatch, who runs the other "The Fatman Chronicles." He said he didn't have a problem with me using the name, so I switched it back. And as he pointed out, if someone starts ranting about something we said, we can always blame the other guy. Heh.

Sunday, September 11, 2005

In Memory Of...

Four years ago today, three thousand people died when a band of religious fanatics did the unthinkable, all in the name of their "God." That it hasn't happened again (at least on our soil) is a testament to either our skill or our luck.

I don't care which it was; I just hope it holds. I wouldn't wish a sight like that--of the Towers and the Pentagon burning, of the crash site at Shanksville, PA--on my worst enemy. Unless, of course, it was the sight of Mecca and Medina burning the same way. That would be poetic justice.

Friday, September 09, 2005

Enough Already!

You know, I'm getting really, really tired of this. Every time something goes wrong in this country, it must be George Bush's fault.

9/11 attacks? Bush ignored the intelligence.
Never mind that it was Jamie Gorelick, a Clinton appointee at DoD and later at the Justice Department who made it impossible for the military to share intelligence with the FBI.

No W.M.D. in Iraq? Bush doctored the intelligence so that he could get cheap oil and give Haliburton a bunch of no-bid contracts.
Never mind that it was George Tenant, the Clinton-appointed CIA director, who said W.M.D. in Iraq were a "slam dunk."

The economic recovery from the bursting of the dot-com bubble and the 9/11 attacks? It's a jobless recovery because Bush cut taxes for all his rich friends.
Which I guess is why unemployment is down to five percent the last I heard.

The leevee failures in New Orleans? Bush cut funding to projects to strengthen the leevees.
No, Congress cut funding for a study on how to strengthen the leevees. A project that wouldn't have started for years or been done for decades. And if the Louisiana congressional delegation was so worried about those leevees, than why didn't they demand that some of the 1.9 billion dollars in pork that they secured for the Army Corp of Engineers since Bush become president (More than any other state over that time, and more than they got during the last five years of the Clinton Administration) be diverted to strengthening those leevees? Oh,wait. Some of it was. And those were the leeves that failed.

The slow response of the relief efforts? Bush didn't care about the people trapped in New Orleans because they were mostly poor and black and Bush is a racist who hates poor people.
If that's true, then why haven't we heard the same complaints from Mississipi? There are just as many poor and/or black people in Gulfport and Biloxi as there are in New Orleans and we aren't hearing about them being abandoned. Could it just be that Haley Barbour has his act together and Kathleen Blanco doesn't?

The Lindbergh baby kidnapping and the heartbreak of psoriasis? We don't know how yet, but they're Bush's fault too.

Now I've got my fair share of complaints with the Bush administration. The huge budget deficits. The less-than-stellar planning for the post-war pacification and rebuilding of Iraq. And especially the laissez-faire attitude toward securing our borders. But to hear the left tell it, everything that's wrong in Iraq, with the economy and with the response to Katrina is Bush's fault because he's either a) a dimwit puppet of of that eeeeevil mastermind, Darth Rove, or b) he's Chimpy McHitler Bushco Shrub (take your choice of epithets) and an eeeeeevil mastermind himself.

Maybe there's a grain of truth in the left's shrill rantings. I strongly doubt it, but all things are possible. But until the left at least decides whether Bush is the consumate, evil, mastermind politician or a moronic puppet, I do wish they'd ratchet down the rhetoric and tell us how they would do things differently and better. The only thing the rest of us are getting out of this "debate" is a headache.

Wednesday, September 07, 2005

Singing the Blues

I was strolling through the park one day,
in the merry, merry month of May...

Actually, it was sometime in August and I was scrolling through a thread at Wizbang when I came across a link provided by another commenter, True Blue. So, being open to new experiences, I clicked it.

is the home page for Blue Flypaper, run by the aforementioned True Blue, who has got to be the most clueless moonbat who ever breathed.

At first I couldn't believe what I was reading. I figured "This has to be satire." But the more I read, the more I realized that this dingbat is serious.

First of all, she's a woman (or womyn, as she would put it). I have never met a woman who was any good at satire (sarcasm doesn't count). Then there's her support for Rosie O'Donnell for SCOTUS, John Edwards to head up the New Orleans relief effort, Jesse Jackson for President in '08 and a since removed (or maybe archived; I forgot to check there) post pushing John Kerry as the new director of NASA. I mean, parody is one thing, but this is beyond the pale.

She's also a militant advocate of gun control (though she's willing to make an exception for Rosie). Heck, doesn't she realize that guns in the hands of law-abiding citizens are the only thing standing between us and the abyss?

And when I pointed out to her that a diet of raw vegetables and spring water is a good way to keep her friends upwind of her, she called me a smarta**. Me, a smarta**? Moi???

Finally, there's the Blue Flypaper Black List, her list of Euro-centric, conservative, male-operated web sites to boycott; Euro-centric, conservative, female-operated web sites need not apply (check out True Blue's response to Next to Last Samurai in the comments' thread for "Blue Flypaper Lambasts Mr. Minority" to see what I mean). Typical liberal; worried about the motes in our eyes while ignoring the two-by-four in her own.

Well, there's nothing else for it; I have to ask--nay, demand-- that all of my loyal readers (and you know who you are) boycott Blue Flypaper. As soon as I figure out how to do it, I'm starting my own little Black List. And she'll be the first one on it.

It's a shame it had to come to this. I'd much rather sit around the campfire, hold hands and sing "Kumbaya." But some people just leave you no choice.