January 6, 2005

I'm Rick James, bitch!

Republicans claim debate on Ohio votes is "politically driven:"

"I think the American people expect members of Congress to work together and move forward on the real priorities facing this country, instead of engaging in conspiracy theories and rehashing issues that were settled long ago," [Scott] McClellan said.
Except, of course, when the Republican loses, in which case we need to have another election:

A top Republican, House Minority Leader Bruce Chandler, said the Legislature should delay ratifying the results of the election until more questions are answered. He disagreed with Brown's contention that the recount process followed the rules.

"The people of this state clearly have lost confidence in the election process," Chandler said Tuesday. "The truth of the matter is, we don't know who won this election and we never will." He and Brown spoke at The Associated Press Legislative Preview on Tuesday.

I never messed up his couch... sure I messed up his couch. Cocaine's a hell of a drug.

Posted by August J. Pollak at 11:09 AM

January 5, 2005

Values on Parade

From today's Progress Report:

The nominal theme of President Bush's upcoming inauguration is "Celebrating Freedom and Honoring Service," though the scheduled events suggest otherwise. At the height of WWII, President Franklin D. Roosevelt honored the service of soldiers in the field with a "simple and austere" inauguration, "with no fanfare or formal celebration following the event." President Bush's festivities, on the other hand, "will not be marked by any noticeable restraint and will cost more than any other in history." The "Bush twins' inaugural youth concert" will "celebrate the freedom" of musical star Kid Rock, whose repertoire includes values classics like "F*** U Blind," "Killin' Brain Cells," and "Early Mornin' Stoned Pimp." Also, Kelsey Grammer, who last year told FoxNews he would like to run for public office as a Republican, and who has been arrested multiple times for drunk driving and cocaine possession, will be the "M.C. at a kickoff inaugural gala honoring the military." Asked how American soldiers would benefit from the lavish ball (and its eight counterparts), the chairwoman for President Bush's inaugural committee at least admitted, "I'm not sure that they do benefit from them."
I'm sure Bill O'Reilly will get right to demanding a boycott of the inagural because of such indecent music, right after monkeys fly out of my butt.

Posted by August J. Pollak at 12:32 PM

You have got to be kidding me

From the details of the January 20 inaugural ceremony:

Sen. Trent Lott, R-Miss., chairman of the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies, announced details of the event Wednesday, including the musical performers at the Capitol and who will administer the oath.

The inaugural ceremony will include performances by the U.S. Naval Academy Glee Club, the U.S. Marine Band and mezzo soprano Denyce Graves.

Guy Hovis, a vocalist from Tupelo, Miss., who performed on the Lawrence Welk show, will sing, "Let the Eagles Soar," a song written by Attorney General John Ashcroft.

Thomas Basile, a spokesman for the committee, said the song is a favorite of Lott's. When Ashcroft served as senator from Missouri, he and Lott were members of the singing senators' quartet.

Am I really going to have to be working within a three-block radius of this?

Posted by August J. Pollak at 12:00 PM

"You know it's bad when Halliburton is #7"

Reader Alex Johannson alerted me to Guerilla News' list of the Top Ten War Profiteers of 2004.

Not sure if there was a 2003 list, even more depressed that it looks like we'll be making a 2005 one.

Posted by August J. Pollak at 7:26 AM

January 4, 2005

Ugh

Will Eisner has passed away.

Just gonna go be sad now for a while.

Posted by August J. Pollak at 10:57 AM

Almost heroes

Oliver's right and wrong in his assesment of the GOP's turnaround this morning on ethics issues. As Josh Marshall points out, House Democrats were readying themselves to publicly flog this. It's very likely that the Republicans saw this coming and decided to just make themselves look good.

That said, while a bad example of the limpness of the Dems in Congress, Oliver is correct that we're in serious trouble if the Democrats don't stop acting like Republicans and start... well... acting like Republicans, by that I mean actually being an opposition party can can successfully- and more important, vocally- oppose things once in a while.

The internal debates about "where Kerry screwed up" is a huge problem for progressives- as I've said before, like it or not, Kerry was probably the most liberal candidate this party's going to have for the next twenty years. Within a few weeks of a decently pro-choice, pro-gay rights, pro-environment candidate receiving more votes than any member of their party in history, Democrats are now bending over backwards to create a Democratic Party image of Southern, anti-choice white people.

Though the most liberal candidate, Kerry was far from the most liberal politician in Washington today. Even so, Republicans spent an entire year pushing garbage about Kerry like "most liberal member of the Senate." And even when Americans believed that to be true- "liberal! Scary! Booga booga!", they gave him 49%.

Posted by August J. Pollak at 7:36 AM

January 3, 2005

RIP, ka-ching!

Michelle Malkin: master of tact.

Posted by August J. Pollak at 11:15 PM

Bring on the incompetency hearing

Count me in among the many who simply can't comprehend how unbelievably stupid this judge is.

A Spokane woman trying to divorce her estranged husband two years after he was jailed for beating her has been told by a judge she can't get out of the marriage while she's pregnant.

The case pits a first-year attorney who argues that state law allows any couple to divorce if neither spouse challenges it against a longtime family law judge who asserts that the rights of the unborn child in this type of case trump a woman's right to divorce.

"There's a lot of case law that says it is important in this state that children not be illegitamized," Spokane County Superior Court Judge Paul Bastine told The Spokesman-Review newspaper.

Hughes' husband, Carlos, was convicted in 2002 of beating her. She separated from him after the attack and filed for divorce last April. She later became pregnant by another man and is due in March.

Her husband never contested the divorce, and Court Commissioner Pro Tem Julia Pelc approved it in late October.

However, the approved divorce papers didn't note that Hughes was pregnant. Sloyer filed amended papers to correct the omission, and the next day, she spoke with Bastine by phone. Bastine said he planned to rescind the divorce and then did so following a Nov. 4 hearing.

"It's not the child's fault that mom got pregnant," Bastine said. "The answer is, you don't go around doing that when you're not divorced."

Read the whole thing; there's layers upon layers of judicial incompetence here. This woman, who is pregnant by another man, is not being allowed to divorce her current husband- who, mind you, is in jail for beating her- so she can marry the father of her baby... to, according to the judge, protect the legitimacy of the child. See, according to state law, a husband is declared the official father of any woman's child withing 300 days of divorce proceedings. It doesn't matter that the husband has been in jail for two years. Apparently the judge forgot to mention that when writing his ruling. Perhaps he ate the crayons before he was finished.

I'm sure the mother's lawyer is appealing, but I don't see why that should be the end. Conservatives talk all the time about how lawyers will be "scared" to push "frivolous" lawsuits if legislation was inacted that allows them to be fined for losing such suits. Wouldn't it be great if personal moral crusades such as this were adequate grounds to kick a judge off the bench for incompetence?

As soon as this case is over, I say the mother's lawyer should go for it. Don't just fight to get this ridiculous ruling overturned, fight to make sure someone as clearly dangerous to the legal system as this judge is removed from causing any further damage.

Posted by August J. Pollak at 11:09 PM

January 2, 2005

Pardon our mess during renovations

Well, it looks like the main HTML is up without any major problems. Stuff will be changing throughout the week. Right now, just the 2004 strips are up; the older archives as well as changed content should go up hopefully Monday night.

Feel free to let me know about any massive problems with any of the pages on the site; as always a redesign is a tedious process.

On last thing: a default template has been created for an RSS feed, but I haven't made any changes to it just yet. I need to do a lot of playing around with the XML because, to be honest, I have no idea how to work with it yet- this is my first time using an RSS feed, so bear with me and don't complain just yet that it's not working in your reader correctly. I don't even have a reader yet.

Update: The RSS feed can be accessed via the XML button on the left. Site content seems to read fine on Bloglines; I'll be doing more testing throughout the week.

I'll be fixing the archives into this weekend as well. I've been drawing the occasional single-panel cartoon, one of which was published on the Center for American Progress' site a few weeks back. Those will be posted in the comics section. Also, I've got some more odds and ends lying around that will go in the Miscellaneous section. Finally, as per the requests of some readers, I'll start working on some new merchandise and weeding out the non-selling items.

Posted by August J. Pollak at 11:43 PM