May 26, 2005

That's it, I'm outta here

The last two weeks have actually been some of the best for the site in terms of consistent traffic. So I'm celebrating by abandoning the site for almost a whole week and betraying you, my wonderful new audience. I'm a bad, bad person.

Okay, dramatics aside, I'm taking off for the Memorial Day weekend. Posting likely be non-existent until Monday evening or Tuesday morning at the earliest. The comic takes a vacation with me, but I'll put up something next week to make it up to you.

Posted by August J. Pollak at 3:12 PM

It's hard work

A few lines from the advance copy of Harry Reid's speech to be delivered at noon today:

We need a common sense reform agenda for the common good. And that starts with defending our nation and making it more secure. As of this month, more time has passed since 9-11 than the time between Pearl Harbor and the defeat of Japan. During those three years and eight months � sixty years ago � we invaded North Africa and Normandy. We freed people from the Philippines to France. Hitler lay dead and Tojo was in chains. We had defeated fascism around the world and had begun to build the new United Nations.

But today Osama bin Laden is still on the loose, our homeland is still not secure, we�re still not energy independent, and � in many ways � Americans are less safe than we were before 9-11.

America saved the world in the time it took Bush to get 1,700 Americans killed for no reason.

And to think, We didn't even need the god-like power of conservative webloggers.

Posted by August J. Pollak at 11:47 AM

May 25, 2005

Oh, wait. That's not good

Amidst all this celebration over Bill Frist being made to look like a complete asswipe who has no control over his own party dominated by right-wing religious fundamentalist extremists, most people left-of-moderate haven't really noted that the sudden success of the "moderate" John McCain is, you know, a really bad thing.

Despite the rhetoric the hard-right Republicans give him, McCain is, honestly, the GOP's Bill Clinton- charismatic, an absolute media darling, and completely unchained from public perception of any negative aspects of his record.

Unfortunately, McCain also shares the aspect with Bill Clinton of being much further to the right than most people have led themselves to believe. Legislatively, he's one of the most conservative Senators in Washington. With the exception of the stem cell issue, he's across-the-board anti-choice. He voted for all of Reagan's tax cuts, and considering his connections to Charles Keating, that's the least of his fiscal-related problems. He voted against the MLK holiday. He opposes much of Affirmative Action and supports putting the Ten Commandments in schools and the Confederate flag.

McCain is religious, but not politically fundamentalist. The Right despises McCain because he's not in the pocket of James Dobson, not because he's anti-god or anti-"moral values." The GOP immolated McCain in 2000 with the liberal label because, well, that's pretty much what they do to everyone. But the truth is that McCain is (George W. Bush + brain - mentioning Jesus every fifteen minutes.)

There's a continual observation that right-wingers won't let McCain take the GOP nomination. That's true. The problem is that moderates and even a large portion of Democrats seem to be more than willing to fill in that gap. If McCain becomes the GOP nominee, he will win the White House in a landslide. Liberals need to stop speculating about how McCain could win the nomination in 2008 and start, well, actually worrying about the fact that he can win the nomination in 2008.

This all doesn't mean that McCain wouldn't still be a better President than Rick Santorum, Bill Frist, Mitt Romney, or George Allen. It just means that people never seem to add that a large number of Democrats would still be better than all of them. If that last bit keeps failing to be added onto the message, it's President McCain and a conservative agenda for another four years.

Posted by August J. Pollak at 3:47 PM

May 24, 2005

Viva la Revolution

Apparently, the new Nintendo console will have built-in emulation that makes it completely backwards compatible. That is to say, it will be able to play every single game from every previous Nintendo console. There is a slight chance I might now have to wet my pants.

(via Chris)

Posted by August J. Pollak at 11:03 PM

Selective political memory is teh r0x0rZ

24 hours ago:

As a Senate showdown looms, President Bush is renewing his call for lawmakers to give his judicial nominees an up-and-down vote.

Speaking at the White House today, Bush said he expects the Senate to give the nominees a "fair hearing" -- saying the American people expect the same thing.

24 minutes ago:

Bush called the bill a mistake and said he would veto it. The House approved it by a 238-194 vote, far short of the two-thirds majority that would be needed to override a veto.
Obviously, this isn't the same thing, rules-wise. There's no argument over what the Constitution intended in Congress, and Bush has the inarguable right to veto whatever bills he wants and require a 2/3 majority. Still, interesting how that value of majority opinion of elected representatives only matter when you think you can say the rules intended for you to feel that way.

Posted by August J. Pollak at 10:02 PM

May 23, 2005

I have nothing new to add to the filibuster discussion

So I walk in the door and turn on the TV to check out the "all-nighter" session the Senate declared and to see if Bill Frist was wearing the Spongebob pajamas James Dobson bought him and instead get the most fearsome of images in the form of Joe Lieberman trying to smile. I apparently already missed the speeches from Mike DeWine explaining that his name was Mike DeWine and he was actually a United States Senator, and Robert Byrd telling a story about how he knew Ben Franklin.

Several Senators make flowing speeches about the unity and harmony of the Senate. Lots of praise from John McCain, who already has that Luke Skywalker mental issue going on, so, great, now he actually believes he has brought balance to the Force. Silly McCain, you can only be the chosen one if your father was a goatherd.

Immediately following statements of unity and compromise in the Senate, Harry Reid gives a statement explaining how the forces of all that is righteous have conquered the Republican Party. Apparently, Harry was not informed of this new sense of unity among "moderate Democrats" and "RINOs" who are united by their respective parties hating all of them. Free Republic now has an official list of 23 Republican Senators who should not be re-elected. In an even weirder turn of events, they were all endorsed by NARAL this afternoon.

That said, a deal. Sort of. From what I'm reading, and by that I mean from what I'm reading on other weblogs, Democrats agree not to filibuster as long as Republicans agree not to stop them from filibustering, unless the Democrats do, which they won't, unless it's really important, but not if fingers were crossed, and something about no backsies. Also, everyone gets a free cot. The entire premise works on a sense of mutual respect and cooperation between both sides of the aisle on judicial nominations, which would be a great strategy if the Senate wasn't currently under the heaviest tension since the Black Panthers were inside carrying M-16s.

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May 22, 2005

Mysteries of Jedi vs. Sith revealed

So finally, we understand the origin of the hatred. Darth Vader likes Burger King, which of course has an exclusive contract with Coca-Cola. Yoda is clearly a Diet Pepsi guy. It's that simple.

Oh, also, FOR THE LOVE OF GOD STOP WITH THE TIE-INS. LUCAS, YOU ARE DEVOURING MY VERY SOUL.

Posted by August J. Pollak at 9:18 PM

Fanning the flames

I would be neglecting if I didn't acknowledge the seven or eight zillion of you who wrote in defending my post about having absolutely no interest whatsoever in Firefly a few weeks back. After reading many of your e-mails, here's the general defense most of you have given me: I would like the show and understand how great it is if I just watched seven or eight episodes of it, in a specific order.

All-righty then.

Posted by August J. Pollak at 9:06 PM