March 3, 2007

This post is for everyone except Beth, i.e. sane people

So, apparently, if you're a known liberal activist, the easiest way to instantly make someone go completely batshit insane is to go to a public area and ask a right-winger for a photo of the two of you together.

More explanation despite the fact this could not possibly interest almost everyone on earth: Mike Stark was a guy who tried to videotape George Allen during the 2006 elections, guerilla-filmmaker style. He was famously attacked by Allen staffers, an event which likely contributed to Allen's loss. This weekend, Stark went to CPAC, where Michelle Malkin was signing books, and went up to her and asked for a photo. As a result, Hot Air immediately declared it was having a very slow news day.

No, seriously. Read it again. In fact, it would help if you actually make up extra sentences, perhaps with flying dragons or unicorns or something that might even remotely turn it interesting. I wrote this post and I don't even care about it. I mean, wow. Really? Being liberal and getting photographed with a right-winger in an open public area after asking for a photo is stalking? Apparently, I'm stalking Pat Buchanan. Who knew?

Honestly, the only thing even slightly interesting about this entire "event" is how hilariously insane this Beth person got. God help us if she loses her car keys someday; they'll have to re-write the dictionary.

Next week: tune in as Beth "stalks" Eddie Murphy by attending a screening of Norbit.

More at Sadly, No!

Update: Okay, speaking of stalking, anyone else creeped out by how many comments at Hot Air are volunteering to "be Michelle's bodyguard" and basically offer to beat the shit out of people in her name? They do this a lot for Coulter too. "Look, Michelle, I can do lots of pushups, wanna see! Wanna see how many pushups I can do? Where you goin' after Calc today?" Jesus, fellas, at least Stark got close to Michelle Malkin without ejaculating, which is likely one up on you all.

Posted by August J. Pollak at 5:06 PM

March 2, 2007

But remember, left-wing bloggers use dirty words

CPAC highlight of the day: Ann Coulter, sharing the day (and in one case the same stage) with Republican candidates for president, calls John Edwards a faggot.

Seriously. When you read my previous post you thought I was just exaggerating, didn't you?

Posted by August J. Pollak at 11:28 PM

Giant furry eagle costumes

If there was a list of the most enjoyable parts of my time spent at Campus Progress, near the top would have to be our intrepid coverage of the annual Conservative Political Action Conference. Well, it's that most wonderful time of year again.

If you haven't read about it before, basically CPAC is an annual conference right-wingers hold in Washington where they spend an entire weekend proving that every unfair stereotype made about them by left-wing bloggers is actually true. The conference is a cavalcade of racists, misogynists, and chickenhawks, sharing their vile rants and just letting it all hang loose in regard to what they really feel about liberals, women, and of course Muslims. They are not, shall we say, big fans of Muslims.

The GOP National Convention is every four years and is so monitored by the media and the non-lunatic majority of America that folks like Michelle Malkin and Ann Coulter- who are the star attractions every year (Coulter made her famous "ragheads" rant last year here) will never be seen. Here, though, pundits like Malkin and Dinesh D'Souza- this year's prom queen and king of conservative racism- can be even more unhinged and unedited than the people with "editor" on their paycheck merely as a formality would allow.

CPAC is the right-wing's very own furry convention: this one special, private moment where they know it's all safe and supportive to be exactly who you are and comfortable in your own skin full-body fur suit, and say and do anything you want. And maybe, if you're really lucky, get some from a fellow convention-goer whose beliefs are as twisted and perverted as yours.

Posted by August J. Pollak at 7:37 AM

March 1, 2007

Sketch dump!

It's been eons since I scanned in some pages from the sketchbook. So why not.

Some random poses. When I come up with an idea for a character I like I then have to see if I can actually make him/her/it have expressions, mannerisms, etc.

Understandably, the hardest part of a new character to draw is the face. Some faces are based on actual people, others are just whatever I come up with naturally. I'm still a long way from being able to sit down and do a long-term comic project like I'd like to, but I enjoy the fact that I'm getting better at a different style. I think I'm going for something a little more proportionally realistic than the character designs seen in my weekly cartoons.

I drew this one very quickly and then a few days later realized it looked like my high school math teacher.

I absolutely love this one. If I made a character in a story based on me, I'd probably draw him close to this. The hair, coat, and general slouch are accurate. The rest, I dunno.

Posted by August J. Pollak at 11:01 PM

February 28, 2007

Pins & Needles

Everyone take a moment to think happy thoughts for Steve Gilliard, who is undergoing another round of heart surgery.

Posted by August J. Pollak at 9:46 PM

Whoopsie

Helpful advice to major Bush donors raising thousands of dollars for him in order to get cushy ambassador spots: it is good advice to not donate $50,000 to a smear group devoted to destroying the presidential campaign of the senator who now gets to prevent you from becoming an ambassador and then suck up to him in your confirmation hearing hoping he might, I don't know, forget about it or something.

Because, you know, it turns out he won't.

Posted by August J. Pollak at 5:51 PM

Ugh

The Children's Defense Fund (who I work for) launched a new campaign on Tuesday to raise awareness of the lack of health care for millions of children in America. If you think the lack of health care in America isn't a critical issue, then you don't read stories like this:

Twelve-year-old Deamonte Driver died of a toothache Sunday.

A routine, $80 tooth extraction might have saved him.

If his mother had been insured.

If his family had not lost its Medicaid.

If Medicaid dentists weren't so hard to find.

If his mother hadn't been focused on getting a dentist for his brother, who had six rotted teeth.

By the time Deamonte's own aching tooth got any attention, the bacteria from the abscess had spread to his brain, doctors said. After two operations and more than six weeks of hospital care, the Prince George's County boy died.

Dental health care coverage would have fixed Driver's teeth for less than a hundred bucks. If opponents of universal health care don't care at all for the agonizing death forced on a 12-year old boy because of this country's "best health care system in the world," then maybe they might be alterted to the additional fact that Driver's final days were spent exhausting almost $250,000 on emergency care.

Eighty dollars versus a quarter of a million and a dead child. Yeah, this is an important issue.

Posted by August J. Pollak at 9:18 AM

February 26, 2007

Shocking report reveals Al Gore uses electricity, says popular idiot

And what's up with doctors, huh? They look at people and tell them they're sick, but they're healthy! Hypocrites! Hey, Michael Moore is rich too M I RITE, PEOPLE?

I love South Park, but the one thing I'll eternally hate it for is how it helped established the mainstream idea that "stupid and wrong, but clever in a ha-ha gotcha way" is an acceptable counter to actual facts.

Oh, and because there's a microscopic chance a handful of you didn't see this coming, "The Tennessee Center for Policy Research, an independent, nonprofit and nonpartisan research organization committed to achieving a freer, more prosperous Tennessee through free market policy solutions" espoused by Drudge in his attack on Gore is an Exxon-funded project of a 26-year-old right-winger that's so fraudulent it's not even considered a real organization.

Update: For the aforementioned .001% of the breathing public who didn't expect this, the numbers cited by the "independent, nonprofit and nonpartisan research organization committed to achieving a freer, more prosperous Tennessee through free market policy solutions" are fradulent. They didn't even call the actual power company to ask for the real numbers.

Second Update: A reminder that Cheney racked up a $186,000 power bill in 2001 - before the post-9/11 energy hikes- and then demanded the Navy (translated: U.S. taxpayers) pay for it. Apparently Gore spending too much of his own money on power is a huge crisis, while Cheney billing Americans to waste power isn't.

Posted by August J. Pollak at 11:34 PM

"Wiki without true"

Latest comic - click here!

The internet decided to eat this entire post so forgive the short rewrite you see before you. In short form, yes. This site is totally real. It is not a parody, and it is delicious. I could honestly read it all day in some kind of bizarre amused fright at what is only describable as the intellectual equivalent of starting directly into the vortex of a black hole.

Crap. Some. Buy.

Posted by August J. Pollak at 12:10 AM

February 25, 2007

What the-?

They're all taking crazy pills in the Academy this year. I wasn't even sure if Morricone was definitely getting an award by the end of it.

Posted by August J. Pollak at 11:30 PM

A brief reminder

For all his faults, Mitt Romney, the Mormon, is ironically the only plausible Republican candidate for president who hasn't been married multiple times. Meanwhile, the current GOP front-runner was once married to his own cousin.

So while I'm not going to co-opt the right's "pretend advice for the people I want to see lose anyway" schtick, I'd still suggest that using the polygamy stuff against Romney may be, shall we say, really goddamn stupid.

Posted by August J. Pollak at 11:38 AM