January 20, 2007

With a bang and a whimper

It begins.

And my first reaction? Ugh. I don't dislike Hillary as a person or even as a candidate but as a campaigner, this is already painful to watch. Whether or not she really is genuine in her statements, the tone in the video rings so superficial; when she goes "isn't it time for a new tone, etc." you can practically see the cue card guy in front of her.

And I realize that's totally unfair; everything Obama and Edwards say are scripted as well. But if we're going to sit here and pretend that Clinton doesn't have a higher level of scrutiny to her every action because she's, well, Hillary Clinton, then she doesn't belong in a campaign in the first place.

It's annoying that Hillary could stutter and then be mocked for a week and a half while Obama could say "I love tacos!" one morning and have it become a t-shirt slogan by the end of the day, but that's just the way it is. Hillary needs some media trainers, and she needs them now. Because no matter what she believes, no one's going to believe her unless she sounds convincing.

Posted by August J. Pollak at 9:48 AM

January 18, 2007

The weirdest "Real World" ever

I'm not sure which of these is harder for me to deal with: the fact that Charles Schumer, Dick Durbin, George Miller, and Bill Delahunt all share the same apartment in D.C., or the fact that Schumer pays less rent for a room in D.C. than I do.

Posted by August J. Pollak at 2:30 PM

January 17, 2007

These people have no shame whatsoever

Shorter pro-war conservatives: At least we got every damn thing completely fucking wrong with style.

Posted by August J. Pollak at 10:34 AM

January 16, 2007

Words fail me

The College Republicans at George Washington University, in a scathing editorial about the lack of support for the war, have decided to put their money where their mouths are and actually do what they, as fervent war supporters of eligible age and physical condition, should do for what they believe.

They're going to go to Walter Reed and say hi to injured soldiers who actually signed up.

No, by all means. Go ahead and read that again a few times. If you figure out a way to pick your jaw up off the floor please let me know, as I've been trying for a good twenty minutes now.

Update: Strolling through the archives, I remembered this strip I did almost exactly a year ago. I find it unsettling that last year's plan was a rally demanding that the troops "finish the job," and now this year's plan is to go visit those troops at the hospital.

Posted by August J. Pollak at 11:43 PM

Klingons in the White House

This actually happened. This actually happened on the floor of the United States Congress.

Posted by August J. Pollak at 11:16 PM

Pandas: still stupid

Shakes has informed me of the latest great evolutionary leap for the giant panda: they can now get too fat to have sex with each other.

Consider this your daily reminder that pandas=teh dumb.

Posted by August J. Pollak at 9:20 PM

January 15, 2007

"Facts are inconvenient"

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A little over a year ago I did another strip called Confederate Victory Theory. It's one of my favorites, yet I'm sad to see that the meme has to be repeated courtesy of another parent's personal decision to make sure his kid is stupid.

For the record, I struggled with whether or not the final panel was some kind of suggestion that religious people are stupid. I don't think that; in fact (although this clearly isn't a proper defense) one of my closest friends is a devout Christian who, in the midst of her beliefs is also capable of accepting and supporting evolution: a concept that is agreed upon by, literally, every single credible authority on the planet.

So no, you're not stupid if you believe in a biblical version of creation. If, however, you're a parent who wants the educational curriculum altered because you, essentially, don't agree with facts, then yes- congratulations on being a moron.

Posted by August J. Pollak at 12:09 AM