September 1, 2006

Laboratorio Submarino 2021 - ¡Bizarro!

The "Bizarro" episode of Sealab 2021... in Portugese.

I love the internet. I love the internet so god damned much.

Posted by August J. Pollak at 10:07 PM

"Death" becomes them

A British television company is producing a mockumentary that fictionalizes the assassination of President Bush.

Right-wing bloggers like Michelle Malkin rushed to defend the movie, just as they did with the Prophet Mohammed cartoons several months earlier, noting that regardless of their political and personal viewpoints, artistic freedom trumped personal opinions about someone's artwork.

Some right-wingers also said that it would certainly be hypocritical for them to express outrage at a fictional depiction of murdering the President, given that none of them expressed concern or outrage over fellow right-wing pundit Ann Coulter, who yet again publicly called for the death of a political opponent.

It's understandable, though, that some right-wingers may be concerned, given their desire for the truth about major issues facing America. After all, conservatives have been expressing outrage about an upcoming docudrama to be broadcast on ABC that blames the Clinton administration for the 9/11 attacks.

Furthermore, monkeys just flew out of my butt.


(Cross-posted at CampusProgress.org)

Posted by August J. Pollak at 12:03 PM

August 30, 2006

Beyond Macaca

The right wing wants this man to be president. Think about that.

Posted by August J. Pollak at 1:37 PM

August 29, 2006

Katrina's other damage control

With the anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, Americans should begin bracing themselves for the onslaught of the next major repair initiative from conservatives: shifting as much blame for the post-Katrina nightmare away from President Bush as possible.

A handful of conservative blogs have begun floating the latest in this attempt at spin control, citing reports from the Army Corps of Engineers and other reports that the levees in New Orleans were in substandard condition and likely destined to break regardless of Katrina's downpour.

(And no, I have no intention of linking to these blogs, because I have no intention of helping them promote their thinly-veiled conspiracy theory. You're more than likely to come across it anyway, as you can expect the usual suspects to link to the article without actually endorsing it, perhaps with an "indeed" thrown in so as not to actually appear a legitimate sponsor of the argument.)

Of course, there is a valid argument in this general accusation. In fact, the ACOE has admitted the faulty condition of the levees and taken blame for the breaches following Katrina. However, the hypothetical possibility of the levees breaking naturally has now been spun by right-wing bloggers into the argument that Katrina was therefore not the overall cause of New Orleans' flooding.

A rational thinker, of course, would note the silliness of this argument in the context of President Bush's performance post-landfall: if the levees weren't as strong as believed, does that mean George W. Bush didn't play guitar with a Country singer while lots of poor people drowned? If it turned out Hillary Clinton bombed the levees open herself I fail to see how this changes the President's actions.

But that's the argument necessary for right-wing punditry: suggest that the devastation of New Orleans was an inevitabilty rather than a culmination of multiple parties partaking in breathtaking ineptness, including the President and his cronies. The point is to perpetuate the talking point that New Orleans was destined to be destroyed, be it the levees or being below sea level or any other excuse being floated this week. This is entirely about removing the obligation on Bush to do his (miserable failure of a) job and fix the mess by convincing people that it was their own fault for living there.

In the minds of the right-wing blogosphere, if there's nothing Bush could have done, it excuses Bush for having done nothing.

Posted by August J. Pollak at 9:23 AM

August 28, 2006

Latest comic - "Race-based initiative"

It's really funny to think about it, but The Daily Show- the one show out of these news programs that intends to be fake- debuted their first non-white correspondents this month, the same month they celebrated the tenth anniversary of the program. I was very happy to throw this little reminder in the punchline.

As for the main point, my major worry was that a majority of right-wingers actually would agree with me on this and not understand the silliness of racial profiling embossed upon their talking point stationery as of late.

I'd have more to say, but I'm very proud in that this one speaks for itself. Also, I have a cold, so I'm going to lie down now.

If you want, buy some crap. I know I'd thank you.

Posted by August J. Pollak at 12:06 AM