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

Monday, August 28, 2006

Learning From Hezbollah... least that's what realpolitik, posting this at Democrat(ic) Underground, thinks we should do.

In 2001, the Democratic Party was subjected to a terrorist attack by an as of yet uncaught terrorist, though evidence points to someone with access to military strains of Anthrax.

Assuming that no one in al Qaeda is working at fort dix, let us say that it is more likely that someone affiliated with the Neocons was responsible. If that can be proven true, it far outweighs the reichstag fire as an illegitamizing act of war on the part of the neocons, abrogating them to the status of a terrorist state...

There's a couple of flaws in the reasoning here. First, if the "neo-cons" (read Joooooos) had been attempting to set up the modern day equivalent of the Reichstag fire, they wouldn't have sent the anthrax to a liberal Democrat like Daschle. They would have sent it to a conservative, with the idea being to convince everyone that the terrorists were so afraid of the conservatives in our government that they'd try to assassinate them. Second, as realpolitik noted, no one has ever been arrested for the anthrax mailings. If this were a neo-con plot, you can bet your last dollar that some "progressive" scapegoat would have been found.

After some boiler plate about how Hezbollah came to dominate southern Lebanon, realpolitik gets to the meat of it:

...In light of the unilateral, extralegal, state terrorist actors in all three branches of government, what can we as Democrats do?We can learn from the sucessful insurgents.

So what can we learn from the Hezbullah.

Oh this oughta be good.

First-- We need to become direct actors among the people. We need to push for organized labor, universal health care and education. Like the Jackson County Democratic Party in the late 19th century, we need to be seen as being four-square for the interests of the working person, and we need to support their aspirations for their childern, and their hope for a secure later life. We need to fill the gaps left by the criminal Rethuglican mis-administration any way we can. And we need to stamp the powdered milk carton-- this life saving food is a gift of the Democratic Party. This bus pass so that you can get to work this week is provided by the Democratic Party of (insert state name here). And any business that contributes gets to stuff a flyer in the package, as it were.

Just who's going to pay for this? They can't rely on private donations to pay for everything and local Republicans sure aren't going to go along with this. And Jackson County, Missouri was home to the Pendergast Democratic Party machine, as crooked as anything you could find at Tammany Hall in New York City or in Cook County (Chicago), Illinois.

Sexond--Like the Hezbullah worked with Syria, we need to find our natural allies in the EU, Russia, China, and work multilaterally toward restoring human values and human dignity to government world wide. Canada would surely help us fight the good fight. And that brings us to the actual fight. I am not advocating assasination or terror, but I do think the time has come for individuals to defect from our corporatist terror state. You don't create Democracy at the point of a gun. You create democracies elsewhere by doing it right here. They don't hate us for our freedom, they hate us because we are free to prevent corporations from subverting their governments, and we do not. The Hezbullah shell the Israelis as a deliberate provocation. Then, when the Israelis roll accross the border again, they cannot repel them, but they can wear them down. And boy, Lebanon was the mother of all debacles, it may have even slowed the invasion of Iran by a week or two.

More importantly, they force the Israeli government to show itself for the terror state that the Hezbullah claims it to be.

So we just subvert our sovereignty to Canada, Europe, Russia and China. In exchange for foreign aid from them, they get to carve up the U.S. like a Christmas goose.

The non aligned world knows the difference between a truck full of Kate rockets, and the full force of the United States war machines in the hands of an amoral proxy. Was the Hezbullah right to attack Israel? No. Was the Hezbullah highly successful. Yes. Was doing the right thing better than winning? Here is the question. Who was the victim here in the eyes of the world? Our NeoCon oppressors know no restraint. They do not regard the nicities of legal institutions and they find the Constitution quaint. What, I ask is beyond the pale in stopping them? It is not up to the UN to stop the NeoCon/corporatism, it is up to us, the putative owner/operators of our government.

In other words, the ends justifies the means. And just what means does realpolitik have in mind?

The Rethuglikans will have to mount the GOTV effort of all time to get the election within stealing distance. They showed us how vulnerable these are last cycle. They need far fewer voting machines and much longer lines in republican districts. I predict a high failure rate in vehicles carrying red district voting machines. Many of these failures may result in spontainious combustion.

Mega-church busses will, in particular, experience multi systems failure, and lots of photo shopped photos of local pastors engaging in biblical behavior will show up around the web. A large number of jump drives with database tables will enter voting booths.

Vandalism, arson, extortion and vote fraud. Just what we need to bring the U.S. into the world of enlightenment and sweet reason.

Posters of Repug benefactors in bed with Jack Abramoff will appear in targeted districts.

Like Howard Dean, Harry Reid, Carl Levin, Debby Stabenow, Bob Casey, Jr...My bad. Those are all Democrats.

The jobless will be hired and fed to put them up on telephone poles all over. The Democratic Party Free Health Clinics will work they butts off. And voters will be registered, documented, and supported.

The unemployment rate, the last I heard, was 4.6%. Most of those currently unemployed are either unable to work (like me) or have done well enough in our capitalist economic system that they don't have to work, at least for the time being. The ones who don't fall into one of those two categories usually have serious mental health and/or drug problems, so getting a full days' work out of them may be problematic. Of course the real reason the Democrats keep losing elections may be because there simply aren't enough of them.

That my friends is what the Hezbullah knows that is really dangerous to the Barons of this new gilded age. They support the people, and they fight back. And guess what? They learned it from F.D.R., Harry Truman, and Tom Pendergast.

They support the people by usurping the powers of the Lebanese government and starting a war with Israel, then hiding among the civilians when Israel fights back, ensuring plenty of civilian casualties. But of course that's all the fault of the Joooooos, for fighting back when the Islamofascists start shooting rockets at them. How dare they!

It is time we do our part. Keep a wooden shoe packed in your backpack or briefcase, for an opportune moment.

What, so they can clunk a conservative over the head with it?

In fairness, there weren't very many comments and what few there were were mostly negative. Still, you've got to wonder if maybe there's something in the water over there in Blue America.

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Stealing From The Best

I'm starting something new. Whenever someone leaves a comment that I have to delete, I'm going to replace the text of the comment with


Why? Well, Jay Tea over at Wizbang! posted a link to this story at Clayton Cramer's BLOG. As Jay says, it's almost certainly Urban Legend, but ever since then, it's become the phrase of choice for anyone suggesting that a comment needs to be deleted or a commenter banned or for Jay when he takes such actions. And since I like it, I'm stealing it. Kind of like when I stole "Ted Kennedy (D-Chivas)" from him. Of course he stole that from Boston talk show host Howie Carr, but we won't talk about that. ;)

Update:Here's a link to the House Rules, including what I will and won't tolerate language - wise.

The Road To Hell..., as my grandpappy used to say, paved with good intentions.

Michelle Malkin has started a blogburst to counter what she thinks is a paucity of reporting on the kidnappings of Fox News reporter Steve Centanni and cameraman Olaf Wiig.

While I think Michelle's motives are laudable, I'm not sure it's such a good idea. Fox originally told its on-air people not to talk about the kidnappings. The idea presumably is that if the kidnappers don't get any publicity from this, they'll be more inclined to let Centanni and Wiig go. And not do it again to other journalists.

Now you may say that I'm a hypocrite for criticizing Michelle and the other bloggers who are participating. Maybe I am. But I can't not write about it. I am not, however, linking to Michelle's post about it, joining the blogburst or including Centanni's and/or Wiig's name in the title. I'm also not sinking as low as Bob Laurence, TV critic for the San Diego Union-Tribune, who's quoted at Poynter Online as follows:

...Fox has deliberately set itself apart from other news media. Starting at the top with Roger Ailes, the Fox sales pitch has been to deride other media, to declare itself the one source of the real truth, the sole source of 'fair and accurate' news reporting. As a result, there's not a reservoir of kinship or good will with Fox on the part of the rest of the news media. You can't keep insulting people and then expect friendship when you need it.They've made it a policy to keep a distance between themselves and the rest of the media, far beyond the usual competitive spirit, so that's where they are: at a distance.

Another reason that I'm glad that I don't live in San Diego.

h/t to: Lorie Byrd at Wizbang!

Another Vote For Giuliani

The Anchoress, writing in response to Nate Nelson of the blog Catholic? Rudy Watch, defends her continued support of Rudy Giuliani for President, in spite of his continued support of abortion and civil unions. It's a very civil debate, and well written too, neither of which you see too often these days. Both debate from a Catholic point of view, which I can sort of understand, being a recovering Catholic (that's like being a recovering alcoholic, only we don't spend the next day trying to remember what we did the night before).

As for me, I'm undecided, but leaning towards the "Just say no to Rudy" camp. Now I don't care about Giuliani's support of civil unions. But abortion (particularly partial-birth abortions) and gun control are two of my hot buttons and Giuliani pushes them both. In fact, the only two things he's got going for him, other than his obvious leadership abilities (which I must admit count for a lot) is that he's not John McCain or Hillary Clinton.

Oh well. Ask me again in two years.

h/t to: Lorie Byrd at Wizbang!

Thursday, August 17, 2006

The More Things Change...

...the more they remain the same.

In 1786, Thomas Jefferson and John Adams, who were serving as America’s ambassadors to France and Britain respectively, met with Sidi Haji Abdul Rahman Adja, who was Tripoli’s ambassador to Britain. They were trying to negotiate a peace treaty with the Barbary states (modern day Morocco, Algiera, Tunisia and Libya) so as to end the attacks on US shipping by the pirates of the Barbary Coast.

During the negotiations Jefferson and Adams asked Adja why our shipping was coming under attack. His reply to them was

“… that it was founded on the Laws of their Prophet, that it was written in their Koran, that all nations who should not have acknowledged their authority were sinners, that it was their right and duty to make war upon them wherever they could be found, and to make slaves of all they could take as Prisoners, and that every Musselman who should be slain in Battle was sure to go to Paradise.” (Do I need to add that there wasn’t a Zionist in sight?)

That’s been the history of Islam ever since Muhammad founded it. First they conquer, either through military might, diplomatic chicanery or, as they’re doing in Europe now, by outbreeding the infidels. Then the conquered peoples have three choices: become a Muslim or become a dhimmi (and pay for the privilege of continuing to live) or become a corpse.

Cross-posted (as part of a comment) at Decision '08.

h/t to: Rightwingsparkle

Monday, August 14, 2006

A Question For Blake

Okay, my guys did their part. What happened to your guys, hmmm?

Monday, August 07, 2006

Filed Under "Things I'd Love To See"

An excerpt from a comment at Blame Bush. Originally posted at Barking Moonbat Early Warning System

"Perhaps Mel can be put into the same program asThe Tortured

In response to a letter to the White House complaining about the treatment of a captive taken during the Afghanistan war, the following response was sent:

The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue Washington, D.C. 20016

Dear Concerned Citizen:

Thank you for your recent letter roundly criticizing our treatment of the Taliban and Al Qaeda detainees, currently being held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. My administration takes these..."

Check it out. And while you're at it, you might want to check out other stuff as well. Blame Bush is pretty good and BMEWS looks promising.

Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Trade Winds

Dave Littlefield was busy Monday. Let's see just how much damage he did this time.

1B Sean Casey to the Detroit Tigers for RHP Brian Rogers

Not a bad trade, considering Casey's age (32), contract (I figure he's owed roughly three million dollars for the balance of the season), the fact that he'll be a free agent after the season and his history of injuries. Rogers probably isn't a blue chip prospect (he just turned 24 and he's still at Double-A), but he has good numbers. Still, Littlefield dealt from a team weakness (LH hitting) to improve what was already a team strength (RH relief pitching prospects).

RHP Roberto Hernandez and LHP Oliver Perez to the New York Mets for OF Xavier Nady

The more I look at this one, the less I like it. True, Hernandez was a forty-one year old one year rental, brought in to mentor closer hopeful Mike Gonzalez. And while I hated to see Perez go, I can't blame Littlefield for giving up on him. But Nady is a mediocre right-handed hitter with limited experience at 1B, the position he's going to play here. And I can't help getting the feeling that Littlefield did the same thing with Nady, whom he tried to get in 2003, that he did with Jeremy Burnitz; he got it into his head that he wanted the guy no matter what and just kept pursuing him until he finally got him. Never mind whether it was a good move or not.

There is one bit of irony in this trade; When the Pirates acquired Perez from San Diego for Brian Giles in '03, they also wanted Nady. But he was regarded as the Padres' top prospect and they wouldn't part with him. So the Pirates had to "settle" for Jason Bay.

RHP Kip Wells to the Texas Rangers for RHP Jesse Chavez

Let's see now; The Bucs have several good young RH relief pitching prospects and just acquired another one. They don't have much RH starting pitching. And with Perez banished to the minors before he was traded and Victor Santos moved to the bullpen, Wells was the only starter the Pirates had who had pitched on the major league level before last year, unless you count the three games Ian Snell got into in 2004. And after getting hammered in his first few starts after coming off the DL (where he'd been all season), he had pitched much better in his last three starts. So Littlefield traded him for Chavez, another RH relief pitcher, who just got promoted to Triple-A. *Sigh*

OF-1B-C Craig Wilson to the New York Yankees for RHP Shawn Chacon

This one really chaps my...butt. The Pirates trade Craig Wilson, who could have played 1B at least as well as Xavier Nady, for Chacon because they needed a veteran RH starter to replace Wells, who was traded for a RH relief pitcher, which gives the Bucs no less than four RH relief pitching prospects aged twenty-six years or younger. Not including twenty-three year old rookie Matt Capps, who's having a very good year. And Chacon's got an ERA of 7.00 after spending some time on the DL himself. *SIGH*

Anybody want to join me in starting a movement to bring major league baseball back to Pittsburgh?