October 24, 2008

Posted by August J. Pollak at 12:41 AM

October 21, 2008

Your daily reminder that Barack Obama is an elitist celebrity

The McCain campaign has spent over $150,000 on fashion trips for Sarah Palin. That's an average of over two thousand dollars a day since McCain announced her as his running mate spent solely on clothes, hair, and makeup.

Posted by August J. Pollak at 11:45 PM

The more things change, the more Republicans stay pussies

Jen Sorensen did a great cartoon a while back called "Then & Now," that noted how as we progress as a country, Republicans become increasingly perturbed about how changes to society are harbingers of the apocalypse.

Case in point, this week's talking point that Barack Obama is going to be a "socialist" by restoring our tax policy to a level moderately close to that of the Bill Clinton administration. Because, as you recall, the fundamentals of a socialist state are a non-progressive tax structure for a rapidly increasing digital infastructure and a complete lack of any actual socialized services, most notably banks and financial firms that the government does not- note, not- have to take control of itself.

This is one of those shining examples of why it might have been a good idea after all for all the right-wing conservatives to refuse to personally serve in the military. They'd have surrendered to Saddam Hussein the first time a cricket jumped on their shoulder.

Posted by August J. Pollak at 8:50 AM

October 20, 2008

"Costume contest"

Latest comic - click here!

I moved to Washington, DC in mid-October of 2004. And four years down the line, it is still annoying how many people that Halloween decided that if there were two of them, and one of them was blonde, or in the case of the guys found a blonde wig, then, ta-da! That made them the Bush twins.

I mean, come on people. At the very least, but a cheap costume for $15 at a Target. I've got a black grim reaper cloak that can be repeatedly used. Consider it an investment.

I have heard, quite literally, from over a half-dozen people considering going as Sarah Palin for Halloween. It's understandable- she's a laughable figure and the costume is, like the Bush twins reference, easy to make. Just throw on a pair of glasses and find something similar to that red dress Tina Fey wore and you're done. If you want to be really creative you can carry a gun or a stuffed moose. My god, you're brilliant.

So I consider this a campaign for the public good. Please feel free to download a high-res, printable version of the poster and may we see them posted, and enforced, nationwide. Thank you.

Oh, I also have a new book. If you don't buy it you're a bastard.

Posted by August J. Pollak at 12:03 AM

October 19, 2008

Planet Obama, pt. 2

Back in march when the Obama campaign raised $55 million, I pointed out the dozen or so countries that, per month, had a smaller domestic product than that. Feels like this one's worth updating.

Rated to a monthly average, the following 46 countries have a Gross National Income of less than $150 million:

Libya, Somalia, Iraq, Sao Tome and Principe, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Palau, Tonga, Guinea-Bissau, Vanuatu, Comoros, Dominica, Solomon Islands, Samoa, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Vincent, Equatorial Guinea, Grenada, Gambia, Liberia, Bhutan, Seychelles, Maldives, Djibouti, Cape Verde, Saint Lucia, Antigua, Guyana, Eritrea, Burundi, Sierra Leone, Belize, Suriname, Mongolia, Central African Republic, Mauritania, Lesotho, Tajikistan, Togo, Kyrgyzstan, Swaziland, Moldova, Chad, Malawi, Fiji, and Nicaragua.

Of that list, the first seven had a GNI of less than $150 million for the entire year of 2007.

Posted by August J. Pollak at 9:07 AM