It’s been more than a year since I bothered to post anything here, so I’m going to retire this site.
Now that I’ve escaped The Mothership, I feel more comfortable writing about a variety of non-work things over at JoshDrescher.com, which is where I’ll be exclusively posting new stuff from now on. I’d basically reserved this site for political stuff in recent years, but with the advent of Twitter and such, the age of Long, Rambling Political Blogging seems to have come to an end.
Anywho, I’ll leave this page up as an archive, but point any RSS readers towards JoshDrescher.com from now on. You can find up to date links to Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, etc. from there as well.
Anything work-related usually gets dumped on my “professional” site and Twitter has all but killed any will I have to blog about everything else. I’m sure I’ll still write things from time to time, but for day to day coverage, you should just follow my Twitter feed:
The Democrats now have a filibuster-proof majority (or they will once Franken is finally seated). There is so much on the line now that it’s hard to really fathom the potential consequences. Everything they’ve complained about for the past thirty years or so is now up for correction. National healthcare, corporate reform, labor reform, education reform, welfare reform, tax reform, gay rights, restoring the separation of church and state, the right to choose. The list goes on and on.
This is on top of the economy teetering on the brink of collapse, two wars, the potential of a nuclear Iran and North Korea, etc. Time is short - they won’t maintain this sort of majority outside of this election cycle - but the potential and stakes are unprecedented.
They have the chance - right now - to send us down a path that seemed unimaginable just 10 years ago. They have the chance to do great things. They also have the chance to fail to capitalize on this rarest of opportunities - to squander the only chance we’ve had in my lifetime to REALLY go after some of these issues. I’m hopeful that they’ll manage to rise to the occasion, but experience tells me that disappointment is far more likely.
Our network TV and radio companies have been decisively shown to have put aside partisan rancor in order to report - clearly and with a single voice - on important news of the day.
They did it by actively participating in a massive disinformation campaign aimed at presenting “retired military experts” as neutral commentators when said “experts” were actually working directly for the previous Administration with the explicit goal of controlling public opinion of things like the war in Iraq. When caught by the NY Times, they simply ignored the issue (one of the benefits of controlling the airwaves is… well… controlling what’s ON the airwaves). When said NYT investigation won a Pulitzer Prize yesterday, they simply reported on ALL OF THE OTHER WINNERS.
I can’t provide details just yet, but I’m pretty sure it’s going to be awesome (we spent half an hour adding unnecessary profanity to the contract language). I’m pleased to say that Duff is EXACTLY what you want him to be like - funny, kind and rambunctious without a hint of ego. In fact, EVERYONE from his shop is basically what you see on the show, thus providing another reason why Baltimore is my Favorite City Ever.
Speaking of which, for fellow former (and current) Baltimoreans, Charm City Cakes is like 500 feet from Paper Moon, which pleased me to no end because it gave me a chance to force The Entourage to have dinner there after our meeting. It’s been 10 years since I was last there and nothing has changed. Which is a good thing.
The final episode of Battlestar Galactica has come and gone and - I must say - I was disturbingly close to the mark with some of my predictions (please note: I assume you’ve seen the episode, so expect spoilers).
Overall, I give it a 6 out of 10 (which is about what I’d give the last two seasons of the show on the whole as well).
North Korea, which is preparing to test its longest-range missile, said on Thursday it could not guarantee the safety of the South’s commercial flights off the east coast of the peninsula where the missile base is located.
It linked the warning to next week’s joint U.S.-South Korea military drills which it regularly criticizes as a prelude to war.
I’m SOOOO excited to be flying back into Seoul on Monday!
- Teach men to fish (so that they may eat).
- Teach men to fly (so that they may… uh… fly).
- Become invisible to save the planet.
- Become an Angel to fight Republicans in Hell.
- Prove to be very popular with Korean gamers:
With three episodes to go, I feel it’s safe for me to let you all in on the BIG SECRETS left to be unveiled as the series wraps up. How do I know these things? Well, I am an Entertainment Industry Insider, with access to all manner of curious things.
But it would be unfair for me to just come right out and TELL you exactly what’s going to happen, so - instead - I will tell you that ONE of the following endings is true:
- Hugh Jackman was good. He showcased his talents, he called out pictures that got snubbed, he managed to work Wolverine into a song and dance routine. He also disappeared for most of the show, making him seem more like an act than a host.
- No Nicholson? BOO.
- Having certain presenters do multiple awards was a good idea. It moved things along a bit more quickly than usual.
- Having the “join our club of Best [whatevers]” line up for the major awards was ponderous and terrible. Having the past winners read gibbering nonsense about how awesome each nominee is in lieu of showing clips from each performance also sucked. The “Seymour Philip Hoffman” flub helped to fully illustrate just how canned those “testimonials” were.
As for my predictions, I was 5 out of 11 on my personal preferences and 9 out of 11 on my predictions for the actual winners. Viola Davis getting snubbed made me a bit angry.
[EDIT] How sad is it that - because Penn won for Best Actor - we DIDN’T get to see something like THIS during the Oscars:
Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele says his party is going to launch an “off the hook” public relations campaign that will update the GOP’s image by translating it to “urban-suburban hip-hop settings.”
He added, jokingly, that “we need to uptick our image with everyone, including one-armed midgets.”
The following is pretty much spoiler-central, so stop reading now if you haven’t seen Doubt.
Let me just start with the following ABSOLUTE statement:
It is shameful that The Curious Case of Benjamin Button was nominated for Best Picture and Director this year while Doubt was not. While films like Milk and Slumdog Millionaire are certainly worthy, films like The Curious Case of Benjamin Button - comparatively - ARE NOT.
And let it be recorded that Obama’s first act as President was to correct Chief Justice John Roberts, who managed somehow to mangle the 35-word oath of office, misplacing the word faithfully, as in “faithfully execute the office of President …” Roberts then mangled it a second time, Obama raised an eyebrow, and Roberts moved on, a bumpy beginning and something of a metaphor: one of the new President’s functions will be to correct the mistakes of George W. Bush’s benighted tenure.
No one thought Al Gore would be a loveable president, but, after eight years in the White House, he has gotten truly tiresome. The droning voice, the purchase of an eco-friendly robot dog, the campaign for carbon-free diamonds - all these things were hard to take, and he has been way too smug about reversing global warming. I think we’ve gone too far in the opposite direction, especially in light of the glacier that recently crushed Wasilla.
Of course, the biggest disappointment was Gore’s failure to handle Hurricane Katrina properly. Not only did the massive evacuation of New Orleans prove a costly and time-consuming overreaction, since the levees - fortified in 2003 - held up fine. The emergency management agency also took over 24 hours to set up trailers for evacuees along the Gulf Coast, leaving them without government housing assistance for a full day. And Gore’s decision to single-handedly venture into a flattened house in Mississippi and free a trapped two-year-old showed him to be an irresponsible showboat. Sure, President Gore knows CPR, hears like a German shepherd, and has the strength of 10 men - but we didn’t need to see it.
Given that the apocalyptic state of the economy is essentially torpedoing most of his major domestic plans and that pragmatism has forced him into a defensive posture on things like Gitmo and time tables for pulling out of Iraq, this would be a very nice thing to see early from the Obama administration. His supporters can use a bit of reassurance at this point and this is the sort of marquee, basic human rights goodness that can help to soften the growing sense that MOST of the change that was coming is no longer affordable or practical.
It’s one thing to reach across the aisle, but it’s another thing entirely to have a nice dinner with the other side of the aisle’s psychopathic fringe. I’m going to be SO pissed off if - on Inauguration Day - Obama peels off his face, revealing that he is actually a neocon Lizard Man like Kristol underneath.
Tomorrow, I’m spending the day in our local recording studio with Blue Öyster Cult - as the kids say - “laying down a track”. Their lead singer is a fan of our game and wanted to come hang out, talk shop and make some music with our studio band, The Hamtouchers. So that’s what we’re doing.
This is yet another example of just how bizarre my life has become.