September 8, 2006

DATA! Oh god, my precious, precious electoral DATA!

Votemaster's back.

And the people rejoiced.

Posted by August J. Pollak at 8:52 AM

September 7, 2006

Startling revelation of the day

Prominent conservative pundits appear to take contrary positions when they would be unfavorable to fellow conservatives.

This has been the startling revelation of the day. Thank you.

Posted by August J. Pollak at 12:20 PM

September 6, 2006

OMG The Truth Squad will destroy us all

Are Lieberman´┐Żs people ahead of the curve or what? Did you guys have any idea you can go to this site www.blogger.com, and get your VERY OWN WEBLOG?

And get this... they realized that if you visit other blogs... you can leave comments at them. Perhaps even about Joe Lieberman. Who could have ever imagined there was that much political discourse available on the internet?

I swear, reading Joe Lieberman's website is like watching your grandmother trying to use a digital camera.

Posted by August J. Pollak at 10:59 AM

Inner sanctum

This has been bugging me for a while: how come every time Howard Dean does a remote interview it's from his mystical hidden study with a giant shelf of important-looking tomes stacked behind him? It's like he really, really wants to project a Masterpiece Theatre-ish "I'm calm and sophsisticated and not half-likely to eat your face" image. They're going to zoom out one time and he's going to be in a velvet robe on an armchair holding a snifter of brandy.

Also, while I'm here: Tom Cruise's baby looks like Derek Zoolander. There, I said it.

Posted by August J. Pollak at 10:37 AM

ABC propaganda update

ABC (or at least an affiliate) now flat-out lying to viewers.

In addition, Bush's own counter-terrorism official is denouncing the "docudrama" blaming Clinton for 9/11 as a total lie.

Posted by August J. Pollak at 10:15 AM

Americatastic!

I would tend to think that when Al-Qaeda signs a peace treaty with Pakistan that allows Bin Laden to live the rest of his life without facing prosecution for murdering thousands of people, all with the Bush administration's approval, that could be classified as "letting the terrorists win." But that's just me.

Posted by August J. Pollak at 9:30 AM

Big brother is poking you

For any of you crazy kids out there on The Facebook, their newest "upgrade" leans on the tad... creepy.

Posted by August J. Pollak at 9:15 AM

September 4, 2006

Latest comic!

"I will never be invited on Hannity & Colmes"

Well, I won't.

The beloved Mr. Hannity made the quote early last week, and I have been, as they say, sitting on it, so happy to have the opportunity to dump so much awesome into a strip about so much stupid thing to say.

As you enjoy your Labor Day, understand that Tuesday marks the start of what has become known as The Silly Season- sort of a reverse Lent, where instead of 40 days of abstaining from your greatest vice, the punditry instead spends the 60 days before the election deciding that they have absolutely no shame whatsoever. This is the period when Hannity and his merry cohorts make their very best bits of babble, such as how John Kerry eats babies and Howard Dean eats more babies than we know about. So the theme for this Silly Season is apparently that it is your patriotic duty to prevent Democrats from taking control of Congress. Because if they do, loads of Americans might be subjected to die for no reason... perhaps far more than, oh, let's say 2,647.

What Hannity means, of course, is that it's important for other people to die so that he can feel good about himself, which of course explains the last three years or so perfectly. And as always this was not challenged by his co-host at all, hence why he is depicted so lovingly as his proper spirit animal form of strained vegetables.

On a technical note, in some magical arbitrary merit system, getting the Soylent Green/Lieberman reference in there has got to worth, perhaps, 20 points, which I think means a lot. Recognize. And maybe buy some crap.

Posted by August J. Pollak at 11:47 PM

American History, Ex

A moment of silence for the National Museum of American History here in Washington, DC. I went for what could be the last time in a long time today, as they shut their doors this evening for a two-year renovation project.

The biggest exhibit at the Museum was of course the Star-Spangled Banner. For the unaware, I mean they have the actual flag that flew over Fort McHenry in 1812 that inspired Francis Scott Key to write the poem that would later become the American national anthem. It's shredded and faded and torn and utterly beautiful. I think a lot of readers might find that puzzling for a self-proclaimed liberal to say but far from just the American flag I have always understood and respected the overwhelming power of symbols. A lot of people seem to ignore how much banning flag-burning and other acts of protest truly desecrates the flag. Being able to see this, the most famous flag in America, frayed and struggling to stay together while a team of dedicated people however above it in clean suits trying to preserve what's left of it is actually a very moving thing. It's very representative of where we are in this country. A woman on a video screen at the exhibit noted how there is no effort to "repair" the flag, just an effort to "conserve it." She explained the difference is that repair means trying to restore something to its original form, which is impossible at this point for the Banner. But conservation means you're trying to slow down the process of decay and prevent it from being damaged as much as possible. The next time someone says flag-burning is what's hurting this country, ask them if their view of the Constitution is that it can be repaired, or merely conserved.

There are a few other treasures at the Museum that I am very sad will be hidden from people for the next two years. Their exhibit on World War II featured a wall of U.S. propaganda posters which you've likely never seen in their original form but seen doctored on the internet over and over. Posters like "When you ride alone, you ride with Hitler!" and "We're saving to support our troops" are slogans that fueled the conservation of resources in the war effort; sixty years later suggesting you conserve fuel makes you an America-hating commie.

At the Vietnam exhibit, there's a small glass display case in the corner, which holds a Congressional Medal of Honor and a four-page letter to Ronald Reagan. The letter is written by a former solder, who wanted to officialy return to medal in protest of Reagan's actions in South America.

Basically, I've lived in DC just long enough to know that not enough people have ben to this Museum, so it's sad that they won't be able to for at least two years. A couple of exhibits are being moved to other museums during the renovation, so if you're in DC you should check them out if you can. I hope sometime a few years from now I can come back and see the new display for the Star-Spangled Banner, in whatever state of the country that has managed to be conserved.

Posted by August J. Pollak at 10:50 PM

September 3, 2006

Your years-old offhand queries... answered!

A few readers have written in to let me know about this... as you might recall, I asked shortly after the capture of Saddam Hussein in 2003 if he had ever seen the South Park movie.

As it turns out, he has. In fact, apparently U.S. forces are showing it to him repeatedly as a low-level form of prisoner abuse.

To be honest, that kind of makes the entire concept a lot less funny. You'd think you could make one joke without it being turned into a real news story about torture three years later. Sigh.

Posted by August J. Pollak at 11:13 PM