Master of Querimonies

Self-goverment^H^H^ expression.

Posted in The upcoming Mayan general elections by Davis X. Machina on August 19, 2011

Because at the end of the day, politics really isn’t about policies. It’s about telling the world, and my friends, and the people I know how I feel about things. It’s a form of self-expression, by my choice of consumer products politics and politicians

Hell, If I could go down to town hall and register “Apple” or “Scion” instead of “Democrat” or “Republican”, I’d do it in a heartbeat.


Where’s my Doomsday, dammit?

Posted in The upcoming Mayan general elections by Davis X. Machina on August 3, 2011

I’ve seen any number of Guns of August references the last two weeks, and it got me thinking about August 2008, not August 1914.

I remember in August-September of ‘08 (When did Lehman Brothers blow up?) a considerable amount—not a lot, but enough to raise eyebrows—of loose talk at DKos about how letting it all blow up would be a good thing.

Because although there would be significant suffering—insert appropriate Dr. Strangelove quote here—we’d be purging the system of a lot of bad things, like bankers and consumerism and boy-bands, and in return we would be gaining a lot of good things, like more time with our families, liberation from the tyranny of stuff, and a better appreciation of what really matters—starting with subsistence agriculture.

WWI was supposed to purge a flabby and etiolated culture of its ills, instil manly virtue, tone up our jaded youth and such. And be over by Christmas. We know how that turned out. (The costs would largely be borne by the etiolated (coal-mining’ll do that to you), but definitely non-flabby mill-hands and peasant farmers anyways…)

Millennialism isn’t a right-wing only phenomenon…

Someone needs to remind these people that at the end of Quadrophenia the dude gets off the scooter

Category Error. There are three parties in Congress…

Posted in The upcoming Mayan general elections by Davis X. Machina on August 2, 2011

….but only two labels. People on the left seem to have confused the parties with the labels.

Democrats who are Democrats,
Democrats who are Republicans.
Republicans who are Republicans.

(There used to be quite a few Republicans who are Democrats when I was a lad, but they’re extinct.)

Welcome to the joys of coalition government. Coalition, or permanent minority, your call.

There’s always somthing cookin’ at Romney’s….

Posted in The upcoming Mayan general elections by Davis X. Machina on July 6, 2011

He’s white. He’s not Keynan. He’s not obviously from anywhere, really, certainly not the South, or a big city. He may be a Mormon, but at least he’s not a Muslim. And he’s definitely not a socialist. And to the naked eye he appears not to be barking mad.

This is America, and there’s nothing more American than the desire to not be disappointed. We’re the home of Olive Garden, and Chili’s, and Applebee’s. We don’t want food, so much as something that looks like what we think food should look like. And we don’t want politicians, so much as people who look like what we think politicians look like. [1]

Ladies and gentlemen, your 2012 GOP presidential candidate — A White Guy in a Suit/Something Else in a Suit, 2012!

[1] Sometimes we’ll go crazy and ethnic. Obama. P.F. Chang’s. But only sometimes…

Since the 2012 elections seem to have begun already….

Posted in The upcoming Mayan general elections by Davis X. Machina on December 25, 2010

…without having the common decency to let 2011 happen first, everyone’s calling the 2012 primary races, and I can’t handle the peer pressure. So….

The winner is Chris Christie, running as the fightin’ general American needs to manage its war on public employees.

I expect he’d do rather well. Crab-bucket syndrome (If I don’t have a job, then you don’t get to have one either) is bi-partisan—see discussions here on public-sector pensions—ostensibly race-neutral—but you know who those employees all are, wink, wink—and not closely identified with any particular area of the country. It’s not obviously part of the religious wars, either.

Ressentisment light—all the rage, without all the baggage.

GOP R&D may have finally developed the new product they needed, now that the patent on fighting nearly pointless wars in nearly unreachable places has expired, generics are available, and it’s in all the shops now, not just the GOP.