May 4, 2007

Viva los locos

Umm... wow.

Utah County Republicans ended their convention on Saturday by debating Satan's influence on illegal immigrants.

The group was unable to take official action because not enough members stuck around long enough to vote, despite the pleadings of party officials. The convention was held at Canyon View Junior High School.

Don Larsen, chairman of legislative District 65 for the Utah County Republican Party, had submitted a resolution warning that Satan's minions want to eliminate national borders and do away with sovereignty.

In a speech at the convention, Larsen told those gathered that illegal immigrants "hate American people" and "are determined to destroy this country, and there is nothing they won't do."

Illegal aliens are in control of the media, and working in tandem with Democrats, are trying to "destroy Christian America" and replace it with "a godless new world order -- and that is not extremism, that is fact," Larsen said.

Remember, folks- it's not extremism. That is fact.

Aaaalllllllrighty then.

Posted by August J. Pollak at 6:03 PM


I'd like to agree with Atrios here, but I can't. Reagan isn't just a conservative icon that party faithful would like to idolize, he is literally the modern conservative movement's idol, and by idol I mean god.

Far be it from me to question Duncan's experiences as a teacher, but just from my point of view, I worked for over two years at a progressive organization dealing primarily with college students, and in that vein I had a great level of exposure to conservative college-goers of the same age level. It's not just Reagan, as I joked about in a strip a year ago. College conservatives have decided they have instant, expert knowledge of a vast range of world events that occured years before they were ever born. The reason is because, unlike college history books, their prior-generation sponsors do tell them all about the recent history of the presidency. And as you can imagine, it's not exactly as generous to Clinton or critical of Iran-Contra as your standard textbook would be.

The Young America's Foundation, which hosts and indoctrinates college right-wingers as early as laws can allow, brings them to annual conventions on the "Reagan ranch." We had interns attend young conservatives' annual conventions where they handed out yearly calendars of Ronald Reagan. Grover Norquist crusades to name things after him with the fervor of the guys carrying the giant Mao posters. I remain amazed they didn't try to have him embalmed for permanent display like Lenin.

And post-primary, as Kevin Drum already noted yesterday, for at least the forseeable future Reagan is the analogy of choice for conservative candidates is because Reagan is all they have. I'm sure it's a telling sign in itself that the GOP has one- literally, one- person in the two generations of the party's history that they can allude to as an example of a admirable conservative, but that's a different post altogether.

But that is basically the religious mantra of the modern-day GOP at this point: Saint Ronnie guides us all, Saint Ronnie will save the party, and one day, Saint Ronnie will be reborn and we will be able to elect him again. The general malaise seen in right-wingers for the 2008 cycle is that none of the candidates on stage last night proved themselves to be the Buddha. But until such time as he rises again, Reagan, and what right-wingers have fabricated as his legacy, will become "dated" to conservatives roughly around the same time Jesus Christ becomes "dated" to the Catholic church.

Posted by August J. Pollak at 10:56 AM

May 3, 2007

Science FTW

Via Mefi, the International Herald-Tribune has a gallery up of socially-responsible design projects like cheap biodegradable temporary housing units, ceramic cooling pots that require no electricity, and my personal favorite- a durable-plastic water jug that rolls so that a small child can lug over 75 liters of water. It's such an obvious design that it's almost painful to consider how no one thought of it until now.

Posted by August J. Pollak at 9:10 AM

May 2, 2007

Intarweb make go smart think!

Those of you with eyeballs may have noticed the new additions to the navigation menu up there. That should help with easy access to the RSS feed, as well as make it almost impossible for you to have any excuse not to link to my LiveJournal feed or MySpace page. A link to a full, non-feed LiveJournal page is coming once I work out the process to automate it.

The newest feature, however, is the mailing list! If you join, you will be added to a convenient list that will receive an e-mail every time there's a new comic, as well as any other special announcements.

The mailing list might still be a little buggy, so by all means let me know if you get any errors or stuff like that. Other than that, enjoy the Web 2.0 gooey goodness.

Posted by August J. Pollak at 11:14 PM

Maya the B

A fascinating cultural question, no doubt, but I actually think Ankush's first commenter has it right: if Saturday Night Live needs to start having someone play Barack Obama, and their only black actor on the show betrays Obama's trademark lankiness by over a hundred pounds, then they should see how well Maya Rudolph can handle the part. Even ignoring the issue of skin tone, she sort of is the current castmember who facially and physically looks the most like him.

SNL has had men playing females for years, of course almost always to make fun of an unattractive woman. The two most famous were of course Will Ferrell playing Janet Reno and John Goodman playing Linda Tripp. And as the article Ankush linked to noted, Daryll Hammond, one of the world's whitest human beings, slapped on some bronzer to play Jesse Jackson. There's no "believability" excuse to say a woman can't play a male role if she can, well, play the role. If anything, it would be Rudolph's job to find the aspects of Obama that she can make stand out beyond her gender. I believe, as an actress and a comedienne, that's kind of her job.

Update: Shakes reminded me just now that Cheri Oteri played Ross Perot on the show in the post-Carvey years. So Rudolph playing Obama would not be the first instance of a female performer playing a male candidate.

Posted by August J. Pollak at 12:01 PM

May 1, 2007


Hey, did you all know the war actually ended four years ago today?

Heckuva job, George.

Posted by August J. Pollak at 10:26 AM

April 30, 2007

"Resign experts"

Latest comic - click here!

I remember this as far back as the Clinton impeachment when everyone in the GOP actually gave Bob Livingston a standing ovation for his brave act of resigning after being caught having an affair in the middle of impeaching the president for having an affair. It's quite fascinating, but the kneejerk reaction from right-wingers about another Bush official resigning is that "at least they had the guts to admit it." As if, you know, they were doing us a favor or something. I'll leave the indignity of actually having to explain to them why they're insane to others; I feel my comic shall suffice.

In the "wow, I'm really, really stupid" department, I just noticed this weekend that for the four months the site's up since the last redesign, I haven't had a link to the site's RSS feed up. Well, there is one, and I'll have a prominent link back up to it soon. And while I was at it, there's now a LiveJournal feed for all of you LiveJournal folks out there. And within the next few weeks, I'm going to have a mailing list to automatically send announcements about the new comic.

How can you repay me? With money. Buy some crap.

Posted by August J. Pollak at 12:15 AM

April 29, 2007

College art

I did an illustration for Campus Progress this week; unfortunately they didn't post a larger version of the illustration anywhere so I figured why not show it off here. For context, the article's about the lack of access to colleges for lower and middle-class students.

Campus Progress Illustration
Posted by August J. Pollak at 11:05 PM