If you thought “Fair and Balanced” was bad…

Via CalpunditIt seems Atrios, one of the more left leaning of the liberal bloggers is being sued by Donald “Let’s torment Paul Krugman and expose every mistake he makes” Luskin.
Why? Because of a post that the pseudonymous Atrios entitled “Diary of a Stalker”, and the comments that it engendered, discussing the way that Donald Luskin haunts Paul Krugman.
And that’s the motivation for the Libel suit. Seriously! It’s even more laughably egregious than the “fair and balanced” suit Fox pulled on Al Franken and his book.
ANY conservative who doesn’t think that Donald Luskin and this threatened legal action is absolutely beyond the pale should wash their mouths out with soap the next time they talk about “tort reform”.

Hogwarts Headaches

Kids hit with �Hogwarts headaches�
No, its not from a potion of Professor Snape, nor is it something you get if you neglect your Defense skills. Its basically just a name for that headache many of my readers here have gotten–from too much reading, in less than perfect conditions.
But I never blamed Tschai, Amber, or Videssos for mine own.
Still, in a perverse sense,I’d rather kids get eye strain from this than, from, say, marathon sessions of Playstation 2.

I don’t want Condi in my RPGs

Apropos the recent threads on “sticky” PCs…
Well, the President’s news conference has convinced me that I wouldn’t want Condi Rice as a roleplayer in one of my games? Why?
As quoted by Calpundit, Kevin Drum:
THE PRESIDENT: ….her job is also to deal interagency and to help unstick things that may get stuck, is the best way to put it. She’s an unsticker. And — is she listening? Okay, well, she’s doing a fine job.
Yes, its silly, I know. It’s also silly we have a President that invents more words than Calvin from Calvin and Hobbes.
Update: I found a transcript of the News Conference online. And Liz is right, he dodges the question just before the “unsticker” comment:
Thank you, Mr. President. You recently put Condoleezza Rice, your National Security Advisor, in charge of the management of the administration’s Iraq policy. What has effectively changed since she’s been in charge? And the second question, can you promise a year from now that you will have reduced the number of troops in Iraq?
THE PRESIDENT: The second question is a trick question, so I won’t answer it. The first question was Condoleezza Rice. Her job is to coordinate interagency. She’s doing a fine job of coordinating interagency. She’s doing — the role of the National Security Advisor is to not only provide good advice to the President, which she does on a regular basis — I value her judgment and her intelligence — but her job is also to deal interagency and to help unstick things that may get stuck, is the best way to put it. She’s an unsticker. And — is she listening? Okay, well, she’s doing a fine job.

Wildfires

You have no doubt heard and seen pictures of the fires in Southern California. And I am personally glad not to be there. But I can tell you what its like, mentally, to be in the cities, away from the fires, and having them dominate the news.
It’s a siege mentality. In my experience, Californians are blase about Earthquakes, but Wildfires scare the piss out of everyone. Worse, the air of Southern California, especially when the Santa Anas pick up, is conducive to bringing the burning smell for 40, 50 miles away from the fires. That is to say, straight into the downtown, urbanized areas.
I can imagine what the air must smell and taste like right now. For asthmatics and the like, So Cal is not the place to be, even far away from the fires.

Blog Impersonating

Via Atrios, apparently someone has been trying to impersonate the Riverbend Blog, one of the Blogs posted to by someone in Iraq. As you might expect, the political leanings of the fake “Riversbend” blog are a polar opposite to the original.
It reminds me of the days early in the claim-jumping of the WWW, when people would register domain names similar to and misspellings of popular sites. “Amazons.com” for example. But still, even then, those sites did not generally pretend to be their counterpart.
This business with the Blogs though…the basic look of the doppleganger is meant to confuse and befuddle. It’s pernicious. It’s (overused I know) Orwellian.
I’m just glad BJS is small enough that no one would ever think of trying this with me.
On the other hand, weirdly enough, Blogshares has two entries for me…using the url with and without the index.html. Odd.