April 7, 2007

And now, the kitty dressed as a bunny

Because if I didn't, my family would never forgive me. Everyone have a safe and happy Discounted Creme Egg Monday.

Posted by August J. Pollak at 10:15 AM

April 5, 2007

Freepers make a funny

Discussing the news that Mary Cheney's baby will be a boy, a FreeRepublic poster concedes:

I thank Mary for having the baby and not having an abortion. Kudos for her on that anyway.

Responds another poster:

Yes, it is good that more and more women who find themselves pregnant after undergoing the arduous process of artificial insemination are choosing to give birth rather than getting an abortion.

Credit where credit is due. That was hilarious.

Posted by August J. Pollak at 3:39 PM

April 4, 2007

Sole model

Knicks point guard Stephon Marbury deserves nothing but praise for this.

Waiting in a winding line for autographs from his favorite NBA player, 15-year-old Brian Cox lifted the lid of a shoebox to show off his synthetic leather high-top sneakers with black sides and blue-and-orange soles.

At a price his mother doesn't mind — $14.98 — he got his fourth pair of Starburys this week, a sneaker created by New York Knicks point guard Stephon Marbury. Joanne Cox brought her two teenage sons to Steve & Barry's University Sportswear after church Sunday for the launch of Marbury's spring line.

The NBA star "grew up in a poor neighborhood just like we did," said Cox, who is raising the boys on her own. She says it is not easy on the wages she earns as a city traffic officer, and she has spent thousands on her sons' shoes over the years. "Now that we got a price of $15, we're not going higher than that."

This is the world the 10-year NBA veteran is trying to change with his $15 shoes — a world where parents are pressured to shell out money for expensive sneakers while struggling to pay rent and buy groceries; a world where kids get robbed, shot and strangled over the latest styles. (In January, 10 Detroit middle school students were robbed of their Nike boots and Air Force One sneakers at gunpoint.)

Marbury knows it will take a while to pull off a Michael Jordan impact at a Wal-Mart price. So far, he says, he's willing to do it one sneaker-crazed teen at a time.

Marbury has not only waived endorsement fees and makes profit only off of actual sales of the shoes (meaning a personal investment in actual success of the product), he's worn them on the court for the entire 2006-2007 season.

As the article (tragically) notes, the downside is the fact that being a sneaker famous for being cheap isn't exactly a positive aspect in a status-needy school culture, and even young teenagers have had the idea that quality is inherent in price seared into their minds by Nike and Reebok. Marbury deserves nothing but praise for accepting that a shoe isn't "good" just because there's a $150 price tag on it, and for trying to shatter one of the most horrific fields of consumer culture.

Posted by August J. Pollak at 9:15 AM

April 3, 2007

Presented without comment

Keith Richards, upcoming Disney movie star:

"The strangest thing I've tried to snort? My father. I snorted my father," Richards was quoted as saying by British music magazine NME.

"He was cremated and I couldn't resist grinding him up with a little bit of blow. My dad wouldn't have cared," he said. "... It went down pretty well, and I'm still alive."

Richards' father, Bert, died in 2002, at 84.

Posted by August J. Pollak at 10:59 PM

Why is RedState still allowed near scissors unsupervised?

RedState's response to the completely fabricated Michael Ware story pushed out by Drudge is just... bizarre. Commenters in the thread are actually linking to the video proving the entire story was a lie and the members of the site (some of whom are moderators) are just spouting angered denial after angered denial. (My personal favorite is the suggestion that CNN isn't providing proof they demand because CNN- C N fricking N- couldn't handle the bandwith from a Drudge link)

This is a type of punditry I simply can't fathom. Drudge is a liar; fine. Malkin is a racist and a xenophobe; alrighty then. Selectively picking stories, or willingly fabricating ones for a political purpose is unethical and partisan, but at least it's understandable. What the nutjobs at RedState are doing here is beyond logic.

To answer RedState's original question: Michael Ware is at CNN because he's a reporter who reports news. RedState, on the other hand, is a weblog run by crazy people.

Update: John Cole gets the winning quote:

By now, you would think I would know that the more updates a Red State post has the more full of shit it is.

Heh. Indeed.

Posted by August J. Pollak at 9:25 AM


I... I just....

Words fail me.

Posted by August J. Pollak at 9:18 AM

April 2, 2007

"What they like about you"

Latest comic - click here!

Hey, it's Bob! I missed Bob. He's like the most boring recurring character ever.

I have this growing worry that both parties are going to find themselves completely incapable of being excited about their candidates. The Republicans are going bonkers to a degree that an actor who plays a relatively smart person on television is their best chance for a conservative, and the Democrats have spent so much time comparing Barack Obama to a god on earth and Hillary Clinton to a '74 Gremlin that if either of them becomes the nominee it's going to be this gigantic letdown when they don't heal people with their touch and/or crush their opponents literally by dropping all their campaign money on top of them like some bizarre snuff version of a Scrooge McDuck comic. I'm entering silly terriroy now and thus should end this post.

Buy some crap.

Posted by August J. Pollak at 12:00 AM