June 9, 2005

These people have lost their minds

Shorter right-wing blogosphere: The fact that John Kerry's military records provide no incriminating evidence we can use against him proves he has not released all of them.

The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.
-Albert Einstein

Posted by August J. Pollak at 5:35 PM

Poor, poor pitiful me

First off, added trucker hats to the store as per requests. I'm good like that.

Other than that, you may have all noticed the relative quiet here, not to mention lackluster periods of non-activity. Not really sure how to fix that for the foreseeable future. The general response as of late to blogger burnout has seemed to be suddenly inviting eight other people to blog with you on your site, but since I already have an 8+ hour a day job maintaining group blogs the last thing I want to do is incorporate that into my own site. So xoverboard.com remains solo.

That's not to say things aren't going on, and that doesn't even include my job, which takes up most of the day. Right now I'm working on two big comic-related projects. One of them is a complete secret. I haven't told anyone about it, including family members, simply because it's not comfirmed yet and I have no desire to jinx it. When I'm am given notice that it's 100% safe to say I can talk about it, I will.

The other project is something that's at least seven years in the making, which is that I'm sketching out ideas for a new comic. I've wanted to do a full-form storyline since high school, and I've got years worth of ideas and sketches. I want to write it in a way that I can have it printed in book form, but due to the time-consuming one-man-show process I could keep an audience interested by running it online webcomic-style, a page every 3 days or so or something like that.

As you can imagine, this is both complicated and frightening. It's tough enough as it is to do the weekly political cartoon; this new project would require at least two strips' worth of new content on top of that, effectively tripling the amount of time at the drawing board. There's also the characters and storylines and themes. I know generally what the story's like, and most of the characters are based on real people, so that's not the hard part. But at this current juncture, the story incorporates politics, action, romance, guns, pirates, lawyers, religion, international conspiracies, frequent references to Warren Zevon, and giant robot cats. You can imagine this tends to make things a bit messy. And no, while I am often sarcastic, I'm not at all sarcastic in that list. Giant robot cats. I don't even have the time to consider the possibility the the comic might completely suck, which I'm not sure is a good thing or not.

I'm doing my best to motivate myself about this project, which is admittedly a long way off- right now my idea is to draw a full-length introductory story (say 24 pages or so) that I can print up, distribute online and at shows, and then launch a webcomic from there. Even if I started today (which I'm not) that would still take a few months. So this is probably something you'll only hear about sporadically. Hopefully I can have some sketches up sometime soon, though.

Posted by August J. Pollak at 2:32 PM

June 7, 2005

Your random thought of the day

Anyone else notice how none of the right-wing pundits who constantly whine about the media "not reporting all the good news coming out of Iraq" ever seem to have the time to write a book about all the triumphs of the Bush administration, but seem to have all the time in the world to pound out volume after volume of all their complaints about Bill and Hillary Clinton?

Posted by August J. Pollak at 10:54 PM

Oh come on

Look, I'm not even suggesting there's an argument that the Democratic Party hasn't done a better job reaching out to, and for that matter actually giving a damn about minorities, but this is just a stupid thing to say:

"They all behave the same. They all look the same. It's pretty much a white Christian party."

-Howard Dean, quoted by the San Francisco Chronicle, on the Republican party.

With all due respect to the former Governor of the Whitest State in the Universe, quick pop quiz for all of you. Without using Google, name a single non-white member of Congress whose name doesn't rhyme with "Bananarama."

This is like saying we're better on race because we've got only one former racist currently serving in the Senate. We're a political party, not a friggin' bar of Ivory. Pointing out that we're only 99.44% white isn't something to be proud of. Both parties need to start looking at black people as more than a quadrennial voting demographic.

Posted by August J. Pollak at 10:01 PM

Because they don't care. We've been through this

Kos and Atrios both link to the Boston Globe's announcement that John Kerry, after constant nagging and innuendo from the Right, signed a form 180 and had his full military service record released. As expected by most people who actually live on Planet Earth, the records not only dispell accusations made by the Swift Boat Liars that we did not deserve his commendations, but actually note the commendations he recieved from... that's right... members of the Swift Boat Liars.

So kos asks the gut-reaction question about Kerry's reluctance to release information that was unambiguously beneficial to Kerry's image. And in short, I present this FreeRepublic thread that instantly validates everything Kerry said in his May 20th statement.

As I told Atrios a few months ago, the Guys With Websites don't care. This shouldn't be a suprise. They declared Kerry a traitor and a bad soldier in the 2004 election; if he released his records then they wouldn't have shut up, they simply would have done what they've instantly resorted to doing now, which is now claim that Kerry tampered with them.

If Kerry bowed to right-wing pressure last year and given them the records because he actually felt he had something to prove to them, what would be next? Accepting their challenge to debate them in that god-awful Sinclair Media propoganda "Stolen Honor" event? Allowing them to examine his scars live on television the night before the election? Each ridiculous demand would top the next, and each would be backed by the warbloggers with the proud standby that "if he doesn't say yes, he's hiding something."

They just hated Kerry, guys. There was nothing Kerry could have done to prevent that. Giving in to their nonsense demands wouldn't have proven a thing to them or the media; it merely would have validated them as a legitimate interest group.

Posted by August J. Pollak at 10:58 AM

Don't want to be a part of it

Steve Gilliard's got the goods (check the main page too; he's done a lot of work on this) on the now-aborted abortion that was Mike Bloomberg's fantasy West Side stadium in Manhattan.

Steve is still a New Yorker, and was always one for much longer than I was, but even my short stint there would be enough to make me take one look at the West Side railyard, then imagine a multi-year stadium construction project, then look at the New York City budget, then projectile-shit blood. Was Bloomberg out of his friggin' mind?

I've got a couple of friends who live a block away from an empty pit down by the Financial District; you'd think if public money was going to go toward redevelopment, they'd sort of be focusing on that first, not some Quixotic belief that New York actually has even the slightest chance of getting the 2012 Olympics.

Posted by August J. Pollak at 10:30 AM

June 6, 2005

Newest comic - "iRaq"

Once again, Chris is responsible for providing the jump-starting tidbit of information that made this week's semi-comprehensible installment possible. Via his site, the rumor does in fact exist that the next iPod will have Tetris on it, thus continuing the Greater Tetris Theory of Consumption, which indicates that any item, once offered to the public with the ability to play Tetris on it, will become completely obligatory to acquire. That's just the way it goes. Consider your days in high school, a time where you enjoyed many a boring math class playing Tetris on your expensive Texas Instruments Speak-N-Spell disguised as a calculator, despite the liklihood of you using any of its functions being less than wondering how to make it go "The Cow says Moooooo." No, you merely waited for the wonderful moment in junior year in which you could justify having your parents shell out $125 for what would within a week become your Game Boy.

So in some sense, you should be thankful for Tetris, as were it not for spending all my time in math class playing Tetris, I might have actually learned something and gone onto something other than this crap. Oh, and staring at cheerleaders. I could have done less of that too. Yes, there were cheerleaders in AP Calculus. We raised them right in Teaneck. Or perhaps wrong. Or perhaps I was raised wrong. I have no idea where I'm going with this but I'm going to stop talking about high school now because it's becoming very clear via this developing paragraph that the only enjoyable memory of it was playing Tetris on my calculator.

Posted by August J. Pollak at 12:00 AM