April 2, 2005

But who will clap the internet's erasers?

Okay, between the Dan Rather thing, the GOP "Let's score votes over a dead woman" talking points memo thing, and now this non-story, I've concluded that the guys who run Powerline apparently have a bizarre fascination with typos.

Hopefully it's just a run-of-the-mill case of the them looking as hard as they can for reasons to pretend Teh LeBRaLz are out to get them again, but the compulsive desire to address minute details is a warning sign of OCD. Either way, congratulations, Powerline, on your self-appointment as the blogosphere's copy editor.

Don't eat any more chalk.

Posted by August J. Pollak at 10:02 PM

Heeeeeeeey.

At the risk of sounding like one of those obnoxious movie pricks, Sin City really is a movie that's only for people who "get" film. If you're gonna go in to this expecting Oscar-worthy dialogue, you're not going to enjoy this movie. If you're expecting any sort of realism, you're not going to enjoy this movie.

If you've read the books (and I had- religiously) then you'll know that this is probably the first comic book movie that actually looks like the comic book. In simplest terms, this movie is like Dick Tracy, only good.

The dialogue in this movie- primarily the monologues of the main characters- are abysmal. After years of fanboys screaming for a perfect translation of comic to film, the directors finally showed us exactly why you don't do that- because 40's-era film noir dialogue in a live-action movie sounds ridiculous.

But what makes Sin City so great is that in the end, it's supposed to be completely ridiculous. It's the closest thing Hollywood has come to a live-action cartoon. Cars bounce as they fly off the ground down impossible roads and alleys. Limbs fall off and you giggle, half-expecting people to pick them up Daffy Duck-style and reattach them with sardonic grimmaces.

In some weird way, I think it's impossible for me to say whether or not Sin City is actually "good." There's so many arguments for and against that adjective. What I can say, though, is that I don't think I've ever had more fun watching a movie.

Oh, and on a side note, I lived in the same dorm freshman year as Alexis Bledel. So I've officially met one of the girls in the movie. So there.

Posted by August J. Pollak at 10:09 AM

March 31, 2005

Ruining the Morning in America

Ezra links pessimistically to a Democracy Corps poll indicating the public opinions on Democrats vs. Republicans on specific individual issues. There's too many of relevance to link to here, so just go check it out.

That said, I'm not really sure why we shouldn't be more optimistic about a lot of these results. Save for a few issues, there aren't many that Republicans overwhelmingly exceed Democrats on: the biggest disparity is in the public finding that Republicans "know what they stand for" by a 30-point margin. Frankly, that's not exactly a benefit. I'm a liberal, and I know damn well that Republicans know more about what they stand for than Democrats do... that doesn't address whether or not the things Republicans stand for are good. The public knows what Tom DeLay stands for right now more than what Hillary Clinton does... guess which one is still going to be in Congress in a year.

Republicans still win on the "shares America's moral values" stuff, and of course the practically-embedded "better at keeping America safe" issue. Republicans also lead in the "more optimistic" category, which seems almost irrelevant- is the minority party supposed to do anything other that point out what's wrong with who's in charge? But instead of trying to lower those numbers, Blue State strategists should be focused on all the things Democrats are slowly but surely winning on.

Democrats now match Republicans on the economy. Even more important is the tie on being "on your side." What does that indicate? Well, for one thing it shows that the "you're with us or against us" fearmongering isn't working. That's not a good indicator for the percieved-as-stronger GOP should- god forbid- America face a severe terror-related crisis. The signs are indicating that Americans aren't ready to "rally behind the President" anymore; by these numbers, it appears they're more likely to start blaming Bush for not doing his job.

And speaking of not doing his job, Americans trust Democrats more on opportunity, public interest, and personal liberties. And of course there's that 13-point lead over Republicans in concern for the middle class. The overall image that's starting to develop around Bush's GOP is that they do a great job of securing a country they don't give a crap about. I don't really see that as a net gain for the Red Staters, especially given the lackluster field they have in the dugout for 2008.

Posted by August J. Pollak at 2:10 PM

Arrrrrrgh.

Mitch Hedberg is reported to have died today from a drug overdose.

Dammit dammit dammit dammit.

Posted by August J. Pollak at 1:27 PM

And then I'm done

You know what, I'm not suprised at all that the final attempt from the Schindlers to piss on their (I guess finally former, now, right?) son-in-law would be to bitch that he (gasp!) might want to be alone with Terri in her final moments and not have to share the moment with a group of hateful, psychotic lunatics who over the past few weeks have organized an anti-choice terrorist, a handful of religious fanatics, and half of Congress to publicly villify him, and in many cases slander him with baseless charges of murder and abuse. My god, it's almost as if Michael might be upset with them or something.

Posted by August J. Pollak at 11:28 AM

March 30, 2005

Monkeys flinging poo, redux

I really have nothing to add to Powerline's latest attempt to pretend that anything casting a negative light on conservative political strategy must be TEH f0rGeRY OMGWTF!!!1!! except: been there, done that.

Posted by August J. Pollak at 2:27 PM

So is pomegranate juice, I'm told

When I was heading to the Metro stop around Mt. Vernon Square last night I saw the following graffiti on a street corner utility box:

BORF IS GOOD FOR YOUR LIVER

I swear to god, that's what it said. I couldn't stop laughing at this.

Turns out, Borf is not a thing, but a person. Strangely enough, I wasn't too surprised when I found this information. When I was at NYU, I was familiar with two "celebrity" tag artists in the Village, De La Vega and some guy who only went by "Neck Face." So now I'm on Borf's turf. I guess that's a good thing.

Posted by August J. Pollak at 2:20 PM

March 29, 2005

My god why must it be so good

Any reason you would not be reading VG Cats must be related to complete cognitive dysfunction. There is truly no other excuse.

Posted by August J. Pollak at 3:00 PM

Don't you get it? She's more important than you

Amanda links to a few other bloggers pointing out that the protesters outside Terri Schiavo's hospice are possibly endangering the Department of Children & Families by jamming phone lines reserved for reporting, you know, actual abuse.

However, I can't even get depressed/angry about that because I'm still holding this story from over the weekend as the ultimate in disgusting side effects of the Schindler Manson Family's weekend picnic:

Jennifer Johnson, barefoot and in her pajamas, ran to her grandfather�s bedside once a hospice worker said his death was moments away.

She got there - one minute too late.

Johnson said the chaos outside the hospice where Terri Schiavo is dying kept her from saying goodbye. When Johnson arrived, a police officer demanded identification; she had none. And after a hospice employee cleared her, another officer halted her for a search with a metal detector.

The delays lasted three to four minutes - the last of her grandfather�s life.

I'm going to repeat that, to make sure no one's mistaken on what it just said. A woman whose grandfather was another patient in the hospice was unable to be with him in the final minutes of his life, because too many people were outside pretending that Terri Schiavo was any of their business. Because of their pathetic, psychotic attempts to fantasize themselves as someone who Terri actually knew or cared about, a real family was separated in their last moments on earth.

I really hope the Schindlers, and Tom Delay, and Jeb Bush, and Randall Terry, and all the other lunatics down there know that. And I hope they think about it. Christ, I hope it keeps them up at night screaming for the rest of their lives.

Posted by August J. Pollak at 2:19 PM

Schindler's list

If you thought the blog link below was tasteless and disgusting, get ready for something that's not even meant for parody! Turns out the Parents of the Year have decided that Terri would be best honored by selling the names of everyone protesting outside to right-wing marketing firms. World O'Crap has the details on the multiple layers of sleaze involved in the deal.

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March 28, 2005

Freakin' AWESOME

It is now completely, totally, undeniably official: The Venture Bros. will have a second season.

Jesus. First quarter 2006? God, get me a cryo-tube.

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