Friday, September 29, 2006

Big Pair of Shoes to Fill on the House Missing and Exploited Children's Caucus

Here's a screenshot of Rep. Mark Foley's official website, grabbed at 3:34 PT...

As I recall, words such as "trustworthy" and "visionary" floated up as each of the pictures appeared, along with a few other such high-minded platitudes that the Republican congressman from Florida wished to associate himself with. Now here's a screenshot taken 10 minutes later.

You know, sometimes it feels like nothing ever changes in Washington. And then sometimes all it takes is ten minutes.

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

I Know Somebody in China Who Can't Wait For an Alternative Fuel Breakthrough

Hate to be the one to tell Dong Changsheng of China's Jilin Province that with gas now below two bucks a gallon, there's probably no need for him to pull his car to work with his eyelids any more.

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Saturday, September 16, 2006

It's Sort of Freaking Me Out...

... and I'm pretty sure Rick Santorum wouldn't approve.

Thursday, September 14, 2006

Religion with a Bite

Spitzel, Zorroline and Rocky Horror Werner von Braun gathered in a garden in the Bavarian village of Hailing yesterday to model a Pope Benedict XVI, a cardinal and a bishop costume, all designed by German fashion designer Hildegard Bergbauer. Among the questions that the session raises are why Bergbauer felt it necessary to design a line of religious apparel for dogs and... well, that's pretty much it.

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Three and a Half Hours Later You Discover He's Taken All Your Cash

Either Hasbro Games was in Times Square today promoting the newest edition of Monopoly or this guy is the most conspicuous, least effective Three Card Monte-type scam artist to ever hit the sidewalks of New York City.

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Who Knew E-Ticket Stood For Elderly?

Visitors to Hong Kong Disneyland wore party hats today to celebrate the theme park's anniversary, officially marking one year as the The Oldest Place On Earth.

Political Football Season

Walt Handelsman's latest animation.

Friday, September 08, 2006

That's Progress

Actor Brad Pitt reveals in Esquire Magazine's October issue that he will consider marrying Angelina Jolie "when everyone else in the country who wants to be married is legally able." Pitt denied that this effectively meant he would never marry Jolie and that he'd actually become more comfortable with the concept of matrimony, noting that when asked a similar question last year, he said he'd marry the Academy Award-winning actress "when bats shoot out of my ass."

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Hog Wild in America

Some days you wake up and you think you live in the most advanced, most sophisticated country in the world. And then one day you come across a picture of a wild hog walking across the road leading to Pad 39B and the Space Shuttle Atlantis at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral and you realize... no you don't.

Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Fun With Numbers

According to a CNN poll released today, 76% of Americans describe themselves as "angry" about the way things are going in the country, while 54% of those polled said things in the U.S. are going either "pretty badly" or "very badly".

In an unrelated story, Condoleeza Rice told Essence Magazine that critics of the administration's Iraq policy were like "people who thought it was a mistake to fight the Civil War to its end and to insist that the emancipation of slaves would hold". She went on to say that she also felt sure "there were people who thought the Declaration of Independence was a mistake." This comes on the heels of Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld comparing Iraqi war critics to Nazi appeasers.

So let's see -- opposing the war in Iraq means you're a pro-slavery Nazi sympathizer who hates the Declaration of Independence.

Awesome charm offensive, guys. Seriously. That really ought to get those numbers up.

Sunday, September 03, 2006

You're Breaking Up

Lassi Etelaetalo tossed his cell phone 97 yards to win the World Mobile Phone Throwing Championship held in Savonlinna, Finland yesterday. Kudos to Mr. Etelaetalo but I'm happy to see they're giving youngsters a chance to compete, too. I didn't start throwing my cell phone until I was well into my adult years and while blinding rage will always be the foundation of any great cell phone toss, I certainly could have benefitted from a little technique, as well.

Pres. Bush's Heckuva Job Tour '06

The latest from Walt Handelsman.