November 22, 2003

Helpin' out the National Review

Lyle Menendez was married this week. Yes, the guy serving a life sentence along with his brother for killing their parents.

This news article notes that Menendez is currently serving his life term in prison, and even though he's now married he will not be allowed a congugal visit with his new bride. In other words, inmates can marry, and are still considered married despite not "consummating" their ceremony.

This is pretty much irrelevant to you and me, but I figured I should mention it since it apparently kept John Derbyshire up at night.

Posted by August J. Pollak at 1:14 PM

November 20, 2003

Pre-emptive strike

I'm working on a side project for the next two weeks or so that's somewhat time-consuming, even for an unemployed individual such as myself. It hasn't come down to it yet, but if and when time becomes an issue the project is going to take precedence over the weblog.

So hopefully it won't happen, but if it does accept my advance apologies for any appearances of laziness in posting over the next few weeks.

As for the project, I won't bring it up until I'm finished with it, but I'm sure more than a few of you can guess what it is already. For now your only hint is that you'll definitely know what is is in about two weeks, and I can guarantee it'll only take half a minute of your time.

Posted by August J. Pollak at 2:22 AM

For the record

Ted Rall responds to the "Why we Fight" fiasco.

As I've said to a few readers in e-mail responses, I agreed with Ted's points if not the somewhat-ineffective method in which he attempted to deliver them.

I think his response, tone aside, is very significant for those who support the Iraq war on the "liberating the people" angle. Ted makes a point I've made in private conversations: invading forces don't stay, and governments aren't overhauled in a year and a half. Germany was divided for six decades after World War II, South African nations still struggle for democracy, and Israel doesn't even have an internationally-recognized capital after over a half-century. And we think there's going to be a free, democratic Iraq next June?

One of two things is happening with Iraq: either we're pulling out before the election and leaving an undeveloped country the same way we've abandoned Afghanistan to the now-returning Taliban, or we're starting a new Vietnam with a long-term occupation for the paradoxial lost cause of democracy through military control.

In either case, our military "success" as dictated by "it was worth it to remove Saddam" crowd's reduction of government-sanctioned murder, rape, and torture for 2003 is going to be shadowed by the exponentially-high return of all these things following the total anarchy we've set Iraq up for. Those who supported invading Iraq because of WMDs can at least rest in the knowledge that they were simply wrong. Those who still thing the removal of Saddam was good for the people of Iraq in any timeline beyond the presidential term of George W. Bush are outright delusional, and frankly that's worse considering what their delusion means for countless Iraqis.

Posted by August J. Pollak at 2:16 AM

Random pondering of the day

Why is Kathy Griffin famous?

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November 19, 2003

New comic - "To the few decent, intelligent citizens of Alabama, accept my apologies"

Large Format - 800px, 100K

Small Format - 600px, 60K

Posted by August J. Pollak at 12:04 AM

November 18, 2003

This is sarcasm

Clearly it's a horrible thing that Massachusetts just announced that gay people are allowed to marry each other. New England has always been a state known for its morality and celebration of traditional heterosexual values.

My god, first gay men can marry... next they'll take the decent activity of burly men in spandex hugging each other and slapping ass and turn it all queer and shit. (via Mefi)

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November 17, 2003

"At some point, you've got to trust the system."

Republicans in the House are blocking HR 2239 IH, a bill which will require voting machines to produce a hard-copy report of results on paper.

As Kevin Drum notes, it's really, really hard to make an argument against this that doesn't sound like, well, pandering garbage.

Posted by August J. Pollak at 1:45 PM

For the parent who really wants their kid to be stupid

Via reader Shawn Struck:

Since we last saw Fugitive Hunter, a couple of additions have been made to the game -- instead of playing a plain-Jane bounty hunter, you are some kind of super-secret mega-bounty-hunter who was called in to Afghanistan in 1999 to investigate al Qaeda. That mission ended in failure, and you go back to the Western Hemisphere to track down drug barons and the like for a few years (this bit's unchanged from the original). The last level, set in the present, takes you back to that Afghan location, except there's a network of caves where bin Laden is hiding out within.

Once you make it to the leader, you do what you do against every fugitive in the game -- you fistfight him. I cannot overstate the impact of this. You are in a low-budget fighting-game fistfight with Osama bin Laden.

And here you were upset about GTA3.

Posted by August J. Pollak at 12:10 PM