June 7, 2007

Beyond stupid

How in the world does it make sense to pad a bill improving global HIV programs with a $27 million increase in "abstinence-only" programs?

This shouldn't even be a religious issue. Abstinence-only "education" doesn't work. Counties in America with abstinence-only funding have some of the highest STD and pregnancy rates in the nation.

If Congress wants to spend $100, $200, hell, a billion dollars telling kids that abstinence is the only sure-fire way to avoid pregancy and STDs, that's fine, because it's accurate information. But to spend $140 million to pretend condoms don't exist is simply inhumane.

Posted by August J. Pollak at 2:26 PM

Oh for godsakes

Can we pass some kind of law that says Don "Bridge to Nowhere" Young just isn't allowed to spend money anymore?

Posted by August J. Pollak at 11:18 AM

June 6, 2007

Oh my sweet tap-dancing mercy YES

YES. OH GOD, YES.

I missed you, Alan. I missed you so damned much.

Is there a way we can have both Fred Thompson and Alan Keyes on the ticket? Because I think that would make me spontaneously have a baby.

Posted by August J. Pollak at 12:17 PM

June 5, 2007

Big Media Valenti

Well I'll be damned: Jessica Valenti will be appearing on The Colbert Report tonight.

Make sure to check it out tonight, as well as Ann Althouse's site tomorrow morning for the obligatory fashion review.

Posted by August J. Pollak at 10:49 AM

Thanks, Dick!

So apparently, the FCC got overturned on fining networks for "indecency" based party on examples of the President and Vice-President saying naughty words over public airwaves as well.

But the judges said vulgar words are just as often used out of frustration or excitement, and not to convey any broader obscene meaning. "In recent times even the top leaders of our government have used variants of these expletives in a manner that no reasonable person would believe referenced sexual or excretory organs or activities."

Adopting an argument made by lawyers for NBC, the judges then cited examples in which Mr. Bush and Mr. Cheney had used the same language that would be penalized under the policy. Mr. Bush was caught on videotape last July using a common vulgarity that the commission finds objectionable in a conversation with Prime Minister Tony Blair of Britain. Three years ago, Mr. Cheney was widely reported to have muttered an angry obscene version of "get lost" to Senator Patrick Leahy on the floor of the United States Senate.

"We find that the F.C.C.'s new policy regarding 'fleeting expletives' fails to provide a reasoned analysis justifying its departure from the agency's established practice," said the panel.

Emily A. Lawrimore, a White House spokeswoman, said Mr. Bush and Mr. Cheney had no comment about the ruling.

Oh, I'm sure they did.
 

Posted by August J. Pollak at 10:32 AM

June 4, 2007

Bit-too-farborough

I have absolutely no problem with making fun of Fred Thompson for getting married to a woman younger than his own daughter. I do have a problem with attacking said trophy wife when she hasn't done anything to deserve it.

Quips that are not acceptable regarding Fred Thompson and his wife: suggesting she's a stripper, calling her a prostitue, accusing Thompson of pedophilia.

Quips that are perfectly acceptable: anything involving Viagra, ironic notions about family values, suggesting Thompson has siphoned off Romney's base by marrying his daughter.

Posted by August J. Pollak at 10:43 PM

"Decision: Todd's basement"

Latest comic - click here!

So, seriously, exactly at what point were political candidates obligated to attend every debate that's called? In a way, I think of this week's strip as sort of a sequel/follow-up to a strip I did called Self-Martyr Magazine. I did that strip originally about the whining over "free speech" during the Mohammed cartoon controversy (an aside: boy, remember a whole twelve months ago when there was nothing- nothing- more important to right-wingers than slapping the cartoons on every website they could get their hands on? Moving on) because I got so frustrated at the idea that because a publication exists, a large number of people seem to think that said publication is obligated to print your shitty, racist, inciteful garbage.

Well that's sort of the same thing here. The Democrats aren't required to attend a Fox News debate just because Fox News called one. I could announce a Republican debate in my back yard to be held at 6:30 PM this evening; I wouldn't say Ron Paul was "hiding" from me if he refused to show up. Though, as noted in this week's installment, I feel like Ron Paul would.

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Posted by August J. Pollak at 12:00 AM