June 21, 2003

Not to be confused with a coffee house

Just a reminder that the MOCCA festival is tomorrow in NYC at the Puck Building in SoHo. Weather pending I'm gonna try to get off my butt and go there to get tremendous loads of things signed. With any luck, I'll have a reson to be exhibiting at one of these things next year instead of just paying admission to see other people.

Posted by August J. Pollak at 6:35 PM

June 20, 2003

Oh my dear holy god.

Showtime to air original docudrama about 9/11 attacks. Below you will find an excerpt from this news article, in which I wish to highlight some significant details:

The made-for-TV film, "D.C. 9/11," is the first to attempt to re-create the events that swirled around the White House in the hours and days immediately after the strikes on the Pentagon and the World Trade Center.

The quintessentially American story was shot primarily in Toronto, where drafts of the movie's dialogue were leaked to the Globe and Mail newspaper.

Sources here confirmed the generally heroic portrayal of the president and his aides, including the dramatic scene in which Bush is hopscotching the country in Air Force One as a security precaution. When a Secret Service agent questions the order to fly back to Washington by saying, "But Mr. President -- , " Bush replies firmly, "Try 'Commander in Chief.' Whose present command is: Take the president home!"

The two-hour film, to air around the second anniversary of Sept. 11, 2001, stars Timothy Bottoms as Bush, reprising a role Bottoms played for laughs on the short-lived Comedy Central series "That's My Bush!," which went off the air a week before the Sept. 11 attacks. Many of the movie's secondary roles, such as Vice President Cheney and Secretary of State Colin Powell, are played by obscure New York and Canadian actors. Among the familiar faces in the cast are Penny Johnson Jerald (she plays the president's ex-wife on the Fox series "24"), who appears as national security adviser Condoleezza Rice, and George Takei (Sulu on the original "Star Trek" series), who plays Transportation Secretary Norman Mineta.

I just looked at the clock on my desktop and realized I actually stared at this article without moving for 23 entire minutes.

Posted by August J. Pollak at 6:25 PM

Mmm... digitally remastered

As a test, I went back to an older XQUZYPHYR & Overboard strip a reader asked me to put back online to see if I could edit the text of the cartoon with a handwriting font I started using in January. Turns out it looks great, so it's up now. Hopefully over the next few weeks I'll have some spare time to add more of the older strips in this new, actually-readable format.

Posted by August J. Pollak at 12:21 AM

June 19, 2003

Why do the Americans hate freedom so much?

...[L]ast week, L. Paul Bremer III, the head of the American military occupation in Iraq, unilaterally canceled what American officials here said would have been the first such election in Iraq since the fall of Saddam Hussein. Overruling the local American military commander, Mr. Bremer decreed that conditions in Najaf were not appropriate for an election.

Several days later, American marines stormed the offices of an obscure local political party here, arrested four members and jailed them for four days. The offense, the Americans said, was a violation of a new edict by Mr. Bremer that makes it illegal to incite violence against forces occupying Iraq.

Mohammed Abdul Hadi, an official in the party, the Supreme Council for the Liberation of Iraq, accused the United States of a double standard.

"Why do you apply these constraints on us in Iraq," he said, "and they are not being applied by the American government on Americans?"

The events here exposed an uncomfortable truth of the American occupation. For now, American officials are barring direct elections in Iraq and limiting free speech, two of the very ideals the United States has promised to Iraqis. American officials have said it may take up to two years for an elected Iraqi government to take over the country.

Full article here, via O-Dub.

Posted by August J. Pollak at 9:11 AM

"Clevah gahl...."

John Kerry finds a loophole:

"He misled every one of us," Kerry said. "That's one reason why I'm running to be president of the United States."

Kerry said Bush made his case for war based on at least two pieces of U.S. intelligence that now appear to be wrong � that Iraq sought nuclear material from Africa and that Saddam's regime had aerial weapons capable of attacking the United States with biological material.

"I will not let him off the hook throughout this campaign with respect to America's credibility and credibility to me because if he lied he lied to me personally," he said.

In other words, it's Bush's fault that I voted to go to war in Iraq.

I'm somewhat of a fan of Kerry, but this is a play that, although clever, smacks of an aura of someone who's really trying to shrug off the pussied-out went-for-moderate coat (gosh, I have no coughHOWARDDEANcough idea why) only to throw it right back on the moment the primary's over.

Posted by August J. Pollak at 12:46 AM

June 17, 2003

Just in case you didn't think he was completely insane already

From reader Gary Biven:

The chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee said Tuesday he favors developing new technology to remotely destroy the computers of people who illegally download music from the Internet.

The surprise remarks by Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, during a hearing on copyright abuses represent a dramatic escalation in the frustrating battle by industry executives and lawmakers in Washington against illegal music downloads.

During a discussion on methods to frustrate computer users who illegally exchange music and movie files over the Internet, Hatch asked technology executives about ways to damage computers involved in such file trading. Legal experts have said any such attack would violate federal anti-hacking laws.

"No one is interested in destroying anyone's computer," replied Randy Saaf of MediaDefender Inc., a secretive Los Angeles company that builds technology to disrupt music downloads. One technique deliberately downloads pirated material very slowly so other users can't.

"I'm interested," Hatch interrupted. He said damaging someone's computer "may be the only way you can teach somebody about copyrights."

The full article here. And, just in case you all forgot the horrible, horrible burning sensation delivered to your ears the first time I linked to it, I'll remind you that Hatch himself gets some hefty royalties for his own choice original music.

Posted by August J. Pollak at 9:35 PM

Oh, yes. Please do note my overwhelming expression of suprise, Pt. 2

Ted Rall has officially called for George W. Bush's impeachment.

Folks, it's a great read, and I love Ted, and frankly, I agree with the article. But in the interest of fairness, you've got to admit that the odds of Ted writing this article were only slightly less than, let's say, the odds of the sun rising tomorrow morning.

Tomorrow: Michael Moore to suggest the president may have not won the election fairly. Earth stops moving.

Posted by August J. Pollak at 3:50 PM

June 16, 2003

Oh, yes. Please do note my overwhelming expression of suprise.

Halliburton's contract to restart Iraq's oil production has doubled in cost over the past month, and the no-bid work may last longer than expected, the Army says.

The expanded role awarded to Vice President Dick Cheney's former company cost taxpayers $184.7 million as of last week, up from $76.7 million a month ago, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers confirmed this week.

The Corps, which issues noncompetitive work orders under the contract, initially had estimated that a replacement contract would be awarded through competitive bidding by August. It now is backing off that estimate.

Posted by August J. Pollak at 2:43 PM

Oh my holy god.

The Collosal Colon might be coming to your town.

Posted by August J. Pollak at 2:38 PM