March 17, 2006





Posted by August J. Pollak at 4:59 PM

Free time + totally insane = awesome

Georgina Bush: a web-based Choose Your Own Adventure starring starring George W. Bush as a transvestite.

Via Chris, who wins at the the internet this week for finding this.

Posted by August J. Pollak at 7:28 AM

March 16, 2006

Gangsta governments and yoga

An amazing interview between Russell Simmons and Center for American Progress founder John Podesta. Enjoy.

Posted by August J. Pollak at 12:57 PM

Like Napster, only it killed a few thousand people

The Guardian is reporting an increased crackdown on war deserters... not from the current Iraq war, but from Vietnam.

A man was being held in a US military prison yesterday for deserting from the marines 38 years ago after being caught on the American-Canadian border amid a new drive to track down Vietnam-era deserters.

Mr Abney is not the only ex-marine to have been tracked down for desertion recently. Since he took over the marine corps Absentee Collection Centre in 2004, chief warrant officer James Averhart has reopened cold cases and claims to have tracked down 33 deserters. "I have a different leadership style than the guys who have had this job. My job is to catch deserters. And that's what I do," he told Florida's St Petersburg Times.

The army, navy and air force are less determined, shelving cold cases after an initial inquiry. Last year, a 65-year-old man from Florida, Jerry Texiero, was arrested for desertion 40 years earlier. But instead of being prosecuted, he was released with an "other than honourable discharge", after being held in jail for five months.

Legal observers said the new drive to hunt down Vietnam deserters is designed as a deterrent for soldiers being sent to Iraq.

This is exactly the same thing the RIAA and MPAA are doing with downloaders: finding arbitrary and usually defenseless litigants to assault on a devestating scale in order to instill some kind of fear in the younger generation to follow the straight and narrow.

There's obviously a debate about the morality and legality of war desertion, both in this generation and the one of Vietnam. But there's no reason to suddenly decide it's time to put 60-year-olds in jail except to scare the hell out of 25-year olds who are approaching the same moral conflicts. And just like the entertainment industry, the idea of discussing the quality of the product never enters the conversation.

Posted by August J. Pollak at 10:51 AM

March 15, 2006

To spend more time making coats out of puppies

This is spectacular. The rumor is that not only is Katherine Harris not going to bow out of the Florida Senate race, she's going to resign her Congressional seat now, and then waste all her own money self-financing a loss to Bill Nelson.

It may have taken longer than expected, but it appears very likely Harris will finally get the correct epilogue- broke, out of politics, and a complete and utter embarassment.

Posted by August J. Pollak at 10:31 PM

Why the hell is Joe Lieberman still a United States Senator, pt. 6,432

New Haven Register, via Jane Hamsher:

Lieberman said he believes hospitals that refuse to give contraceptives to rape victims for "principled reasons" shouldn't be forced to do so. "In Connecticut, it shouldn't take more than a short ride to get to another hospital," he said.
Now that, kids, is an asshat.

Posted by August J. Pollak at 11:14 AM

The brilliant, cerebral wit of Jim Davis

I thought that site with the randomized Garfield panels was funny, but this is downright brilliant: a blogger put up a series of Garfield cartoons with only one small edit: he removed all instances of Garfield's "thought" balloons, leaving only a series of panels of owner Jon apparently having psychotic one-sides conversations with his cat.

Enjoy, before the CnD letter arrives.

Update: The original link was to a blog that, apparently, deleted the link to spite all the people from BoingBoing who visited his site. Weird. Anyway, the link has been changed to BoingBoing now, which has a lot more of them anyway.

Posted by August J. Pollak at 12:03 AM

March 14, 2006

How to ruin a movie in the most hilarious way possible

The Gogo fight scene from Kill Bill... using sounds from Super Mario Bros.

I will never be able to watch this scene without hearing that now.

Posted by August J. Pollak at 7:43 AM

Evil Twin. Really.

This is just bizarre.

Posted by August J. Pollak at 7:28 AM

March 13, 2006

Newest comic - "The grasshopper, the ants, and the blogger"

Comics like these are my favorite, because they appeal to both the casual reader and those "in the know" who can peg exactly the specific subject I'm addressing here. You don't actually need to know that I'm talking about Andrew Sullivan here, and how unfathomable an asshole he is, to enjoy the comic's message in general. I mean, there are just so many self-righteous bloggers out there who are mentally incapable of admitting they're wrong that you don't need to pick out anyone specific.

Posted by August J. Pollak at 12:00 AM