August 1, 2007

Go away

It's been a slow week here, as I've spent the first half preparing and will now spend the latter half embarking on a long weekend break in fabulous Las Vegas, Nevada. A few of you wrote me asking if I was going to Yearly Kos, and I just wanted to say I really appreciate that level of interest in approaching that level physical proximity to me. Unfortunately, for the second year in a row a previously-planned trip has prevented me from coming, so I wish all of you who are going the best, especially with Bill O'Reilly on the brink of destroying you completely like oh so much Sauron.

Anyway, while I'm gone I do have a possible wekend activity for you that you could all help me out with: I've decided that with the Small Press Expo coming up in October, it might be a good time to get another book out. Other than some Xeroxed 'zines I haven't really put out anything from the last year or two, and I've never printed any of my better blog posts. So I think I'm going to do both. Here's where you come in: I've been blogging for six years now and I really can't remember everything I wrote. So if you have any personal favorite blog posts that you think truly deserve reprinting in a book, hit me up at and tell me. I already know without a doubt that two posts already making the cut are the infamous baby panda rant and (of course) the Dead Kitten Survey- in fact I plan on reprinting the entire thing, and the responses, in their entirety, but anything else that strikes your fancy let me know.

Finally, as compensation for abandoning the site for the remainder of the week, here's a home video of Christopher Walken cooking a chicken. Have a great weekend, folks.

Posted by August J. Pollak at 7:45 AM

Oliver's short bus riders have poopy accidents

I don't agree with Oliver in supporting Obama's rhetoric about being willing to attack Pakistan, in that regardless of Musharaff having far more blame for current terrorism than the Hussein regime in Iraq, unilateral U.S. action in the Middle East will always be disastrous. Obama's problem here is he hasn't yet established credibility as an alternative to the disaster that is Bush in order to cast aside the necessity of working with international diplomacy. Saying a year before the election that you're willing to send the troops in is as naive as actually entertaining Mike Gravel's nonsensical "promise you'll never use nukes no matter what or you're EVIL!!!" babbling.

That said, watching Oliver's trolls is amazing, in that they reflect the same desperate reaction from Michelle Malkin and her coven- for all the talk about how Democrats are "exploiting the troops" or "using the war for political reasons," right-wingers got really freaked out really quickly when a Democrat came along who not only said openly a Democrat could do a better job fighting a war, but proved it.

At a very minimum, it's good that a Democratic candidate is noticing well in advance that, yeah, sorry to break it to you all, but 2008 is going to be about the Iraq war too.

Posted by August J. Pollak at 4:53 AM

The Al Franken liquor binge

I'm pretty sure if Al Franken becomes a U.S. Senator, I might have to actually start watching The O'Reilly Factor, if only to see how hilarious O'Reilly is with a recently-developed alcohol problem.

Posted by August J. Pollak at 12:09 AM

July 30, 2007

"In loving memory of Ward Churchill"

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A recurring topic of interest from me is the way right-wingers seem to devote significant amounts of their time toward the most banal and in many cases non-existent problems facing society- as you can see, this fascination has plagued me even in the early, innocent years when I was an even crappier artist than I am today. Now, clearly the fact, now-revealed, that Ward Churchill was a plagiarizing lunatic was certainly a problem vis-a-vis his position as an educator, but as far as a problem vis-a-vis The Liberals versus The Conservatives, it served really no purpose beyond entertainment for right-wingers desperate to have something, anything they could declare a victory.

Or, in shorter terms, who the hell is Ward Churchill and why the hell should we care about him? Because you should. Look, a burning flag! Hey, some soldier said something bad about the war! Burn him! Also, Cindy Sheehan or something. Buy some crap and join the list.

Posted by August J. Pollak at 12:05 AM