Thursday, May 27, 2010

Waste of time and money

California will hold another referendum on open/jungle primaries. Hasn't this been ruled un-Constitutional before, both here and in Louisiana? And how does it fix the manifold problems in our state? And why can't people just make peace with the idea that political parties exist and that they don't have to be evil? Frankly, we'd be better off with a system that permitted tighter party control like Britain's, so that it wouldn't be necessary for the parties to use the most heavy-handed and inefficient ways of enforcing discipline.

The Man, The Myth, The Bio

East Bay, California, United States
Problem: I have lots of opinions on politics and culture that I need to vent. If I do not do this I will wind up muttering to myself, and that's only like one or two steps away from being a hobo. Solution: I write two blogs. A political blog that has some evident sympathies (pro-Obama, mostly liberal though I dissent on some issues, like guns and trade) and a culture blog that does, well, cultural essays in a more long-form manner. My particular thing is taking overrated things (movies, mostly, but other things too) down a peg and putting underrated things up a peg. I'm sort of the court of last resort, and I tend to focus on more obscure cultural phenomena.