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On royalty…

April 28th, 2011 No comments

Ah, royal wedding time. The House of Windsor continues its campaign to de-ugly the family and fans of excessive pomp and archaic uniforms get to squee about the Secret Dress. Thanks to the miracle of DVR this can be done without actually experiencing the vagaries of Zulu time.

But this, in connection with the recent budget related joust have reminded of something I realized, well, in 1995. It sure would be nice if we had something to check the worst abuses of electoral politics. Namely, a King. Not the visible appendix that UK has evolved, but a hereditary head of state and government. NOW JUST HOLD ON! Don’t close the window. I know this isn’t going to happen, but just as an exercise, think about this.

What do we really gain by having an elected President? I mean, really?

I’ll start with the obvious, and the one that induces the most hand wringing, the national focus of political partisanship. Every four years half of this country gets really pissed off at the other half and this contributes what to the nation? Apart from stalled legislation, appointments and, oh, yeah, government shutdowns. Anyone remember 1995, or, y’know, a few months ago? There’s a word that applies here, it’s “prorogue.” That’s when a monarch tells legislators to GTFO, kind of like a government shutdown except in the modern era it triggers new elections. It’s not “I’m taking my ball and going home” as much as it is “All you assholes are fired!” You think Gingrich and Boehner would have played their stupid brinksmanship games with prorogation hanging over their heads? It’s possible matters wouldn’t have gone that far with a disinterested party signing the budgets. But who am I kidding, this is America! Our politicians will always find ways to drag their parties into the business of governing.

The second problem I can think of with Presdential elections is the political inconstancy I mentioned in Your Constitutional Argument Fails to Move Me. A monarch would add some much needed stability to the government. Four years really isn’t all that long and changes in Presidents sometimes trigger really dramatic changes in national policy, like this Tea Party nonsense we’re having. Of course the converse is true as well, when something politically unpopular needed to be done quickly. Social Security wouldn’t be the third rail of American politics if a Queen could lock up a joint session of Congress until they did something to piss AARP off. Then the gutless politicians could go home and blame it on someone who could afford to ignore opinion polls.

Then there’s the nature of the office. Take a look at a picture of any President from one Inauguration Day to the next. With that kind of pressure in the big chair I somehow doubt we’d see sixty year reigns. Both Obama and Bush faced questions about now prepared they were for the job but what can possibly prepare someone to be chief executive of a global superpower? Maybe being readied for it since puberty?

I know what you’re thinking, what about tyranny? That was kind of a thing in the Revolutionary War. What about Mubarak and Saleh? First, have you been paying attention since 9/11? Ever hear of McCarthy? Robber barons? Anyone? America has always had tryants. If the Washington Dynasty had ascended in 1783, Franklin and Jefferson would still have been on the scene and something pretty similar to the Constitution with its checks and balances would have resulted with just a few changes. I could go count the parts relating to the Presidency but this is just an exercise.

Sigh.

GPOYW: Drankin’!!!

April 27th, 2011 No comments


GPOYW: Drankin’!!!, originally uploaded by JW Doom.

First boozahol of a much needed three day weekend!!

ps. That’s me watching TV, not an orgasmic eyeroll.

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Oh, my silly subconcious

April 24th, 2011 No comments

My alarm just woke me up from a dream about starting a new job, a job that replaced my current one. I can’t recall exactly what the job was, I think it was driving some kind of walker (like the loader in Aliens). I was looking through my new hire paperwork, including incredibly detailed, very small pay chits and releases regarding the use of salt in the employee cafeteria.

I suppose it beats chronic nightmares but still, even I have to wonder what is wrong with my brain that this is the stuff it dredges up when I sleep.

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GPOYW: Exhausted

April 20th, 2011 No comments


GPOYW: Exhausted, originally uploaded by JW Doom.

One more of these six day weeks to go.

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A ha! It’s not just me!!

April 14th, 2011 No comments

Housekeeping calls a while ago to say there’s something wrong in a room. They call back later saying a guest is waiting on said room “… not to rush you or anything.”*

Boss responds: “Well, that’s rushing me isn’t it?”

1. Dick move, right?
2. Is he trying to be funny?

* Yes that’s a lame expression. I’d say “sorry to rush you.” which is a far less wishy washy phrase. Still, dick move.

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GPOYW: Amused

April 13th, 2011 No comments


GPOYW: Amused, originally uploaded by JW Doom.

Listening to Chuck Klosterman on WTF, hoping I don’t look at crazy as I know I do.

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GPOYW: Hail

April 6th, 2011 No comments


GPOYW: Hail, originally uploaded by JW Doom.

Despite the expression, loving the weather.

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Unhappy times are unhappy

April 5th, 2011 No comments

With Coworker on vacation the big problem is his 12 hour Saturday shift.

Yeah. Twelve hours.

Normally with two people left behind and one day to cover it’s pretty easy, just alternate. But neither Boss nor I want to work 12 fucking hours. So we’re splitting the days in half. Boss works morning, I work evening. Cool.

Except that means I have one day weekends for three weeks in a row. Actually, four because I picked up some of Coworker’s shift this past Saturday. Which is why instead of feeling excited that my humpday is past I moaning why isn’t it Thursday yet??? Fuck.

Plus, corporate changed the way we do Room PMs (which is what most of my job is). Instead of actually doing them and taking 5-6 hours per room, we’re only supposed to take 1.5 hours per room. Which means they don’t want us to actually maintain anything. Which, whatever, they’re not my rooms. But it means I’m gonna hafta pester Reservations for 2-3 rooms a day instead of 1. Fuck.

I’m going drinking.

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Full flop: Go see Sucker Punch

April 3rd, 2011 No comments

I stand by my earlier Tweet. Snyder is not a good director and/or writer. SP is paced like it’s two different movies, the dialogue can be pretty overwrought (not as bad as Sin City, thankfully) and it’s at times unintentionally funny.

However, I AM recommending it and I will probably see it again.

First, because I can NOT stop thinking about it. This movie has depth, like Inception type depth. I saw the trailer and thought “hot chicks with machine guns, sold.” but there’s so much more than that. For reference I point you to these links (heavy spoiler warning)…

The Story That No One is Talking About.

Women, Weapons and Self-sacrifice.

…where a self-styled “feminist brown person” raves about the movie and says:

What did I see? Not only an effective telling of a harsh story through fantastical, stylized means, but a movie in which women aren’t given agency, but take it. A movie I wish had been around when I was a teenager. A movie that made me think that girls and young women today are really lucky.

And I agree with her (on this stuff, I made the mistake of looking at her blog and, wow, what horseshit. Anyhoo.). I dunno how much of the analysis is her reading in vs Snyder’s intention but it can’t all be accidental.

Second, the action scenes are incredible. Your HD wide screen isn’t enough. The action goes from “that’s exactly how you clear a room” to video game absurdity effortlessly. Rocket drops her H&K UMP when it’s empty and pulls a flintlock pistol. Sweetpea reloads an M-4 as dexterously as Chris Shihirlis does his CAR-15 in Heat. Babydoll kills a Vulcan cannon wielding giant samurai mech/demon with a Colt 45 that has some kind of Hello Kitty baubles dangling from the lanyard ring! Chutzpah for days and it all works, even if it’s so over the top you have to laugh.

Third. Hot chicks. They’re wearing dance gear for most of the movie. Hell yes.

Fourth, well, this. Why Sucker Punch paid the price for starring kick-ass women.

Support chicks kicking ads. Shell out the bucks for Sucker Punch.

Lastly, it’s a poetic treatise on the nobility of self sacrifice. I can say no more but read the analyses linked above if you’ve seen it or fear no spoilers.