Monday, 13 August 2012

My Monday

For the first time in thirty-five years....I called in sick today....but to be honest....I wasn't really sick.  Call it a wellness day or just a off-day.....but I took the day off.  I spent the morning and afternoon watching two movies: The Campaign, and Dark Knight Rises.

So a movie review on The Campaign.  It's a comic piece going for about ninety minutes.  The first forty-five minutes are pretty interesting and worth watching....almost every dynamic of southern politics is actually played out.....Jesus, NASCAR and hunting.  The last fifteen minutes?  I'd give it one-star.  If you have nothing much to do on an afternoon....with no high expectations....go watch The Campaign.  Oh, and I should tell you....the Republican guy wins.

Next to the Batman movie.....Dark Knight Rises.  It's around 160 minutes, so you'd best hit the bathroom on the way in....because once it starts, you really don't want to leave for three minutes.  It is that kind of movie, with twists and turns.

There are three observations I will make about Dark Knight Rises.  First....you come to realize the bad guys really do seem to try to explain they aren't bad, and that they really are working for the interests of the "people".  It's never clear what people, but you keep getting this hints that the people at the bottom of the classes really need some level playing field.

Second, by the end of the movie, you come to realize that the people at the bottom of the classes....were simply pawns in a bigger game.  They were used, over and over.  When it was time.....this evil Brain character just tossed everyone under the bus, with no real hurt feelings over that.

Third, there is this scene where Gotham City has been taken over by Bain's revolution, and all the houses of the rich folks have been absorbed by the regular people of the city.  So this gal makes a comment: “This was once somebody’s house, but now it’s everyone's house!”  The house is trashed and completely gutted of anything livable.  No one will ever live in that house again.  It was a lesson in Soviet Marxism.....on a scale of one to ten.....a pure ten.

Worth watching?  Yeah, by one thousand percent.  You don't want to skip out of the last twenty minutes of the movie.  Oh, and that Robin character.....well....there's this slight hint of him in the next feature....if they do one.

Stuff That Doesn't Matter

Not that it really matters, but the homicide death toll in Chicago....as of a week ago....was at 311 for this year.  They are on track to beat the 2011 homicide number of 411 people killed in Chicago...by at least one hundred. One would think that CBS would end each evening news episode....with a update and a mention of the guy or gal who got whacked today.  But they haven't started that.

The JFK Story

If you've ever flown out of JFK Airport.....in New York City....you'd realize that part of the airport is connected to the local river and bay.  Ever since 9-11, the JFK security folks have put millions into securing up the airport.  So they felt pretty comfortable things until a couple of days ago.

It seems that some guy was on a jet ski out in the bay.....with his buddies....when the jet ski stalled.  No one saw him lagging behind.  He sat there for a while, and then started swimming toward the only land that he was close to.  This happened to be JFK Airport.

So he swims up....gets onto dry land but there's nothing much there except the lights of the airport.  He starts walking.

There's this eight-foot security fence, which he climbs over.  There's this intrusion system which is supposed to pick up on movement, but never does.  The guy walks on....crossing two runways....which never cause any attention.  Finally, he gets up to one of the terminals, and enters the building.

Naturally, this comes to the attention of security finally, and they get pretty upset.  How dare some guy just beat a $100 million dollar security system?

The thing is....he'll actually face some kind of charges, maybe even federal.....but he's demonstrated that it doesn't even take a smart guy to defeat all of their security.

Plan "B"?  Well....they might electrify the fence, I'm sure that would produce some shocking results.  They might turn loose fifty cobra snakes out in the area near the fence.  They could go out and spend $300 million more on fancy upgraded security.  They might even hire roving guards, who only sleep seven hours of the eight on-duty hours.

The guy who beat all their security?  For a few brief weeks, he'll be on the TV talk-show circuit....referred to as the New York City "James Bond", and probably get some invitations to fancy parties with Lady GaGa in attendance.

The thing is.....this would be a perfect script for a Steinfeld show.  Cosmo Kramer would have done the same thing.  My script?  Kramer lands and crosses over into JFK.  He evades various security details, crosses the runway....sips coffee with six different security guys.....helps load some luggage for the Delta  crew.....puts on a pilot's outfit and spends an entire afternoon drinking free cocktails at the bar in the airport, and finally rescues some French nuns from a burning terminal.  He shows back at Jerry's place and just barely mentions that he ran out of gas with his jet ski, and just falls asleep after that.

The Fakeness of Life

So, this is what we know.....Auburn's freshman Jovon Robinson, who is bound and determined to be it's best freshman running back in the history of the school.....is in trouble.  He can't come out with the team or practice until this little problem is solved.  The issue?  Well....there appears to be a fake high school transcript....which some high school counselor has confessed to making.

Naturally, the NCAA will need at least two months to complete this, and you can figure that Jovon will not play a single game for the school.

It's hard to figure out how Jovon might fix this....maybe by dropping out of college and going back to the high school....to repeat the last year?  He'd still be eligible to play for his old high school team yet again, and likely lead them to a state championship.  Well....maybe.

This fake transcript business?  This is an interesting topic.  Just about anyone can make a fake high school transcript and a fake college transcript.  You could fail all the way through college "A" on the first year, transfer out to some second college, and show a faked-up transcript....to enter the new college.  When you screwed up after a year or two at college two.....you fake up that transcript, and head off to college three.

You want a master's degree from a fancy college.....just fake up a bad grade situation and you go onto Harvard or Yale for another degree.

The odds of them catching you?  Unless you really don't put much effort into this.....I'd be thinking it's a ninety-percent chance of getting accepted.

So I'm looking at Jovon.  It's a sad woeful tale.  The kid probably isn't rocket scientist material, but for four brief years....he could marginally get by at Auburn, and maybe get signed by the Detroit Lions to play two or three seasons, and just be happy that the good Lord gave him that brief period of luck.  As for the education involved?  Well.....we've had a bunch of idiots graduate from college, and it didn't really matter....some went onto being CEO's of failed banks and companies.....and some went onto being President or some CNN news analyst.  Life is about as fair and fake as you can get.