December 23, 2008

Merry Christmas from Some Guy With a Website

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Some Guy With a Website will return in January. Have a great holiday season and a happy new year!

Posted by August J. Pollak at 8:08 AM

December 22, 2008

And so here we are

Well, it's been an interesting year, hasn't it folks? The election took two years; the celebrations lasted two weeks; and the honeymoon was about two minutes. Obama's a go-getter which I guess explains how he's managed to disappoint all of us before he's even taken office. The Christmas comic's going up in a few and that'll address that a little more, but for now, the usual deal.

I want to thank all of you guys for reading the strip and putting up with the low frequency of posts over the last few months. Political stuff aside, it's been both an exciting and terrifying year for me with my move to Atlanta this summer. I hate the "how are you doing" question because there's a lot of ways I can say "great" and a lot of ways I can say "not so great" so let's just leave it at "there's still a lot to do." I have no idea where I'll be when I write this next year, and a year earlier I never would have thought I'd be where I am now writing this. So I guess we'll just see.

This is my last chance to get a major issue off my chest, though, and I think it bears addressing. We've ignored a lot of stuff this year because of our focus on the election, and there's a situation that has developed- one we see every day and just allow to happen on every street in every city of this nation- that no one wants to talk about. I've been very angry about this, and I don't think it's right to be silent anymore. And I hope that, if you can think of me and what I stand for via only one single comment written on this site for this entire year, it is this one.

To the marketing division of the McDonald's corporation: I am never going to call your fucking restaurants "Mickey D's." That's the stupidest goddamn thing I have ever heard in my life and you should all be ashamed of yourselves. For god's sakes, stop it. Stop it.

There. I feel cleansed. See you all next year.

Posted by August J. Pollak at 11:24 PM

Well that's a happy holiday pick-me-up

Given all my pre-holiday stress and a sort of detox period following the country's longest election season ever, I hadn't really been paying a lot of attention to the news as often as I had been a few months ago. One of the stories I completely skipped over was that of Bernie Madoff's massive $50 billion investement fraud. They say you don't really care about a complicated story until it involves someone you know. Well I found out last night that New Jersey State Senator Loretta Weinberg lost her entire life savings in Madoff's scam.

Weinberg was, for all intents and purposes, my first real boss. My first job out of college, and the one that really sparked the weird fusion of my cartooning and writing life into what would end up being five years in direct political work, was a short stint as a legislative aide in her office. While Weinberg is considered on of New Jersey's more liberal legislators, I certainly didn't agree with her on everything. But she was inarguably one of the thin slivers of decency and morality in the cesspool that is the New Jersey political machine.

I realize I'm writing this like she just died or something and that's clearly not the case. As a sign of the type of person she is, even Weinberg herself notes that a lot of people had it- and have it- a lot worse than her. But nevertheless this story sucks a whole lot more for me now. No one deserved this, most certainly not her.

Posted by August J. Pollak at 5:08 PM