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"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

Sunday, July 30, 2006

Someone Stopped Taking Their Happy Pills, Updated

She's at it again.

The vile former adjunct psych professor Deborah Frisch has been leaving more of her sick thoughts in the comment sections at Ace of SpadesHQ, Patterico's Pontifications, and of course at Protein Wisdom. Patterico has screen shots of the comments below the fold in his post about it. And no, I'm not linking to it. If you really need to read them, find your own way.

As it stands, Jeff is shutting down PW until he's dealt with this. He's also having to shelve at least one paying gig. So, if you've got a few extra bucks, why don't you head over to Protein Wisdom and hit the tip jar? It's for a good cause, don'tcha think?

Update: I forgot to mention that Jeff is looking for IP addresses for any comments she may have left at other blogs. If you have a blog and she's commented at it, he'd really appreciate it if you'd send him her IP address. If you don't have a blog, but know of one where she's commented, how about asking that blog's administrator to pass along her IP address(es)?

Saturday, July 29, 2006

Goodbye Cruel World...

...At least that seems to be what Paul at Wizbang! is saying. A little background:

About a week ago, Ace at Ace of SpadesHQ and Patrick Frey at Patterico's Pontifications accused Glenn Greenwald at Unclaimed Territory of engaging in sock puppetry i.e. commenting under aliases at other blogs that criticized him. Kevin Aylward of Wizbang! weighed in with his doubts a) here and c) here, as did Paul b) here and d) here . Paul, as he is wont to do, rather snidely. (Best to read those posts in this order - a, b, c, and d - as they make more sense that way.) Heck, even I posted on it. Anyway, a kerfuffle between Paul and Ace ensued, with Ace promising Paul that he (Paul) was going to get smoked.

As it turned out, Ace was right.

Patrick Frey sat down and constructed a complete start-to-finish timeline for the Greenwald/notGreenwald comments and posts. It's longish but worth the read if you're into this sort of thing. That, however, didn't end it.

In conceding that Ace and Patterico were right and he was wrong, Paul couldn't resist the urge to get in a couple of digs, and that set Ace off. Again.

Now Paul says that the flame war with Ace was just the last straw. That there were other things. And considering what he's been through in the last year (he lives in New Orleans), I don't doubt it. And no question Ace was being a jerk. Which is probably why Ace isn't in my blogroll and isn't likely to get there anytime soon.

But Paul brings a lot of it on himself. He absolutely cannot handle disagreement or criticism of any kind. If he's in a good mood, he'll condescend to correct you. If you offend him, he'll insult you. If you really offend him, he'll delete your comment(s) or edit them to make you look like a fool. And he's been known to ban people. Some of whom may have actually deserved it.

Now I go to Wizbang! every day. I like Jay Tea's essays and Kevin's T&A pictures. I read everything that's posted there, including stuff by Paul. I've even linked to Wizbang! posts, including some of Paul's. And I occasionally comment. But not on Paul's threads. It just isn't worth the agravation of tip-toeing around on egg shells to make sure I don't say something to p*** him off.

Will I miss him if he actually does leave? (Somewhere in that linkfest a few paragraphs back is a comment offering the over and under on when he'll be back.) Not really. As I said, he's not the reason I go there. And while I'll readily admit that he's a thousand times the writer I am, he can be replaced. Everyone can.

Linked to: Wizbang!'s Carnival of the Trackbacks, The Bullwinkle Blog's Moosetracks Open Trackbacks and Rightwingsparkle.

Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Something I Learned While Looking Up Something Else

Earlier today, while I was writing the "Middle Of The Night Thoughts" post, I had cause to look up Winona Ryder , mostly to make sure I spelled her name right. And I discovered something odd.

Winona Ryder dyes her hair. Which admittedly isn't all that unusual. But how many natural blondes do you know who dye their hair black?

Puts a whole new perspective on that shoplifting episode, doesn't it?

If she'd said to the judge "Your Honor, I was just having a blonde moment", the judge probably would have tossed the charges. They understand these things in La-La Land.

Middle Of The Night Thoughts

For some reason I got to thinking about Andy Warhol.

You remember him.

The guy who coined the phrase "famous for fifteen minutes".

The artist who is best remembered for a lithograph of a Campbell soup can.

The film maker best remembered for a bunch of soft-core porn films.

The social doyen best remembered for drug-fueled, sex-drenched parties with a guest list that included both the cream of the crop of the Beautiful People and the dregs of society, one of the latter of whom shot him.

The flamboyant gadfly who, to my knowledge, never returned to Pittsburgh from the time he moved to New York City to the day he was buried in the Pittsburgh suburb of Bethel Park.

And yet there is, just across the Seventh Street Bridge from Downtown Pittsburgh, a publicly-funded museum dedicated to the life and works of Andy Warhol.

I once heard a line in a movie trailer (I think it was Winona Ryder in Slackers) that went something like this:

"I may not be able to define irony, but I know it when I see it."

Sunday, July 23, 2006

If Baseball Stadiums Could Talk...

...PNC Park would probably be saying this.

From the Onion.

What To Do If Your Boyfriend Is A Sockpuppet

What is a sockpuppet? I'm glad you asked. I'm not an authority, but as near as I can tell, sock puppets come in two types.

Type #1 is someone who writes a post on his/her blog, then makes comments about the post under different names and/or handles, to make it seem as if a lot of people agree with him/her. And, secondarily, to make it seem that there's more traffic on the blog than there actually is.

Type #2 is someone who goes to somebody else's blog and leaves a comment, perhaps under his/her own name or handle, then later returns and leaves more comments under different names and/or handles, all supporting his/her original comment. So why does this matter enough for me to post about it? Enter Glenn Greenwald, alleged moderate activist.

Greenwald operates a blog called Unclaimed Territory, an example of why paying writers by the word is a really bad idea. He's also written a book called How Would A Patriot Act?, which, according to the New York Times is selling quite briskly. Never mind the fact that Greenwald these days is more an expatriate than patriot, spending much of his time with his boyfriend living in Brazil.

A number of conservative bloggers, most notably Ace at Ace of Spades HQ and Patterico have accused Greenwald of Type #2 sock puppetry, based on the fact that a number of comments were left at their blogs, both by Greenwald and by commenters using other names, that defended Greenwald from attacks by Ace and Patterico, with all of the comments coming from the same IP address - Greenwald's - in Brazil.

Now Greenwald doesn't deny that the comments were made from his IP address. He does deny making any comments that weren't posted under his name, saying that they must have been posted without his knowledge or approval by his boyfriend or a visitor to his house. Interestingly enough, two of bloggerdom's brighter and more conservative lights, Kevin Aylward and Paul, both at Wizbang!, have bought, or at least not discounted this explanation, saying it's impossible to prove or disprove. This is probably true, but it hasn't prevented a rather nasty kerfuffle between Ace and Paul. What I'd like to know is why.

So Greenwald is probably lying. Well, duh! Liberals lie all the time, to themselves if no one else. They have to. It's the only way they can buy the "progressive" line on such things as capitalism being the root of all evil, that it's better to negotiate with rather than defend yourself from fanatics who refuse to acknowledge your right to exist , and quasi-socialist government being the savior of the species. If they didn't lie, the cognitive dissonance would drive them insane. And that 's why I can't understand why everybody's getting so worked up about it.

Just report it and move on. Save your outrage and flame wars for when you catch him and the rest of the progessive movement in important lies. Believe me, it'll save you a lot of heartburn. And Tagamet isn't cheap.

Update: I edited the fifth paragraph to make it clearer that I was talking about Greenwald's IP address in that paragraph. I also added the phrase "rather than defend yourself from" to the seventh paragraph after the word "negotiate" to better explain what I think is the logical alternative. All changes are in bold script. Changes made @ 5:03 PM, 7-23-2006

Update #2: This is at Wuzzadem. h/t to: Patterico, via Ace.

Trackbacked at: Wizbang! and Decision '08.

Friday, July 21, 2006

A Piece Of Advice...

...for those times when you discover, whilst in the midst of a passionate encounter with the partner of your choice, that you don't have a condom handy.

Don't try substituting Saran Wrap. It doesn't work. Don't ask how I know. Just trust me on this.

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

"Rules" Of War

Update: I just thought of something that should have been included in the original post. So, like George Lucas, I'm going to go back and add it. The additions will be in italics.

A great many on the left complain that we aren't treating the prisoners that we're holding at Guantanomo Bay and elsewhere fairly or humanely. That we should abide by the Geneva Conventions in our treatment of them . Okay, let's look at that:

The "insurgents" frequentlly target civilians with their weapons (car bombs and the like), use civilians as human shields , and try to hide among civilians when they're not attacking Coalition troops (and civilians). In violation of the Geneva Conventions.

The "insurgents" torture, mutilate and murder most of those that they take prisoner, soldier and civilian alike. In violation of the Geneva Conventions.

The "insurgents" use schools, hospitals, mosques and private homes as hiding places, weapons and ammo storage depots and fire bases from which to attack Coalition troops and civilians. In violation of the Geneva Conventions.

The "insurgents" wear no uniforms which would identify them as combatants and belong to no standing army. In violation of the Geneva Conventions.

Thus, under the terms of the Geneva Conventions, Coalition troops would be perfectly within their rights to execute these "insurgents" whenever and wherever they capture them. Or simply not bother trying to take them prisoner in the first place.

Works for me.

There. All done!

Trackbacked to: Decision '08 and Wizbang!

Sunday, July 09, 2006

The Difference Between A Diet And A Hunger Strike

AcademicElephant details the difference here. And reminds me, once again, of why I envy people who actually have writing talent.

h/t to: Mark at Decision '08.

Someone Stopped Taking Their Happy Pills

Updated and bumped to the top.

So I was surfing various blogs and came across this in a thread at Protein Wisdom:

"...The USA is a sick, diseased, cancer, blight on the earth. This is a fact. You guys are in denial about it and hate the fact that I’ve got the chutzpah to hang here and tell it like it is..."

The woman who left this comment uses the handle southwestpaw and has a blog of the same name. Her real name is Deborah (or Debra) Frisch, I believe she has a PhD (in what I neither know nor care), she writes really bad poetry such as can be found here and here and in her spare time she likes to fisk the Declaration of Independence. She also apparently believes that the death of Minnesota Sen. Paul Wellstone (D) in a plane crash 11 days before the 2002 mid-term elections was an assasination (linked to in this post; scroll down and click on "Rethuglicans"). And that there's something fishy about the crash of American Airlines Flight 77 into the Pentagon on 9/11. In fact the only redeeming quality that she has (that I can find) is that she likes dogs.

Now I've got to admit, I'm not sure why I've written this post about her, or provided so many links to her blog. Nothing better to do maybe. A desire, perhaps, to see if exposure to sunlight will destroy her, like a vampire in a Hollywood flick. Or it could just be what I call Rubbernecker's Syndrome; the irresistible urge to slow down and look for blood and dead bodies as you're driving past a really bad automobile accident.

Maybe I'll go to her blog and ask her, if she truly believes the United States is "blight on the earth", why does she stay here? If I believed that, you couldn't get me to stay for love nor money. So why does she stay here? I'd really like to know.

Or not. Netflix just delivered Star Wars III.

Update: In the comments, Blake linked me to this at protein wisdom and the ensuing comments. This woman seriously needs help.

Update #2: Protein Wisdom is down because of a Denial of Service attack and has been for a couple of days. I doubt that "Dr." Frisch could do something like that herself. However one of her "admirers" might have (not necessarily at her request). We'll just have to wait and see.

Update #3: I still can't access Protein Wisdom with either Internet Explorer or Firefox. Other people say they can. Any suggestions? And don't bother telling me to clear my cache. That was one of the first things I tried.

Friday, July 07, 2006

Anybody Got A Rope?

From RealClearPolitics comes this by Ralph Peters, whose book "Never Quit the Fight" is due out July 10:

"Let's just hang those Marines accused in the Haditha incident. Get it over with. They don't need a court martial. They're guilty. The media already decided the case.

A few other Marines and soldiers are also accused of murder in Iraq. Save our tax dollars. Just hang them, too.

Forget the stresses of combat. Forget that war really is hell. Whatever you do, don't mention the atrocities committed by the terrorists or insurgents."


Read the rest of it.

h/t to: Right Equals Might, a far more prolific blogger, and a better man than I, who also posted this.

Update and another h/t to: Rightwingsparkle, one of my favorite bloggers, who started me on the link-fest that led me to Right Equals Might.

Saturday, July 01, 2006

Fore!

(Best to imagine the following being spoken in a thick, Irish brogue.)

Casey steps into the confessional, kneels, and says to Father Murphy "Bless me Father, for I have sinned. I have taken the Lord's name in vain while playing golf."

Father Murphy: "I understand, me boy. I play a little meself, so I know how frustrating it can be. Tell me what happened."

Casey: "On the very first hole, I hit my tee shot 300 yards straight down the fairway, pretty as you please. But when it landed, it hit a sprinkler head and ricocheted into the rough."

Father Murphy: "A true pity, me boy. Tell me, is that when you took the Lord's name in vain?"

Casey: "No, Father. On me second shot, I hit a 2 iron that was a thing of beauty. It was headed straight for the green when it struck a bird flying overhead and caromed into a bunker."

Father Murphy: "Terrible luck, me boy, just terrible. Was that when you took the Lord's name in vain?"

Casey: "No, Father. I took me sand wedge and I blasted that ball out of that bunker and onto the green and it rolled straight towards the hole and stopped two inches short of the cup."

Father Murphy: "I don't understand, Casey. It looks like your luck was turning for the better there. Was that when you took the Lord's name in vain?'

Casey: "No, Father. I_

Father Murphy: J**** H. C*****! Don't tell me you missed a G** D*** two inch putt!!!