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The Republicans continue to ride the line between making me laugh and making me cry.

From The Politico:

Rep. Mike Conaway (R-Texas), a certified public accountant, had pushed for months for an internal audit of the National Republican Congressional Committee, according to GOP members, but the committee’s treasurer at the time was reluctant.

Finally, at a recent meeting, the now former NRCC treasurer, Christopher J. Ward, relented, giving Conaway what was supposed to be an official internal audit from 2006. That document was a fake, the GOP members said. Even the letterhead on which it was sent was a forgery.

Revelations about the falsified document touched off an unfolding scandal that has rocked the NRCC and spurred a criminal investigation by the FBI into the committee’s accounting procedures.

Fearing the fallout from the discovery, the NRCC informed its principal lender, Wachovia, of potential accounting problems. Wachovia, which declined comment Thursday, had lent the committee $9 million in 2006, according to Federal Election Commission records.

Knowing the bank was required by law to notify federal investigators of any “suspicious activity,” the NRCC also alerted the FBI, Republican insiders confirmed.
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The Republicans continue to ride the line between making me laugh and making me cry.

From The Politico:

Rep. Mike Conaway (R-Texas), a certified public accountant, had pushed for months for an internal audit of the National Republican Congressional Committee, according to GOP members, but the committee’s treasurer at the time was reluctant.

Finally, at a recent meeting, the now former NRCC treasurer, Christopher J. Ward, relented, giving Conaway what was supposed to be an official internal audit from 2006. That document was a fake, the GOP members said. Even the letterhead on which it was sent was a forgery.

Revelations about the falsified document touched off an unfolding scandal that has rocked the NRCC and spurred a criminal investigation by the FBI into the committee’s accounting procedures.

Fearing the fallout from the discovery, the NRCC informed its principal lender, Wachovia, of potential accounting problems. Wachovia, which declined comment Thursday, had lent the committee $9 million in 2006, according to Federal Election Commission records.

Knowing the bank was required by law to notify federal investigators of any “suspicious activity,” the NRCC also alerted the FBI, Republican insiders confirmed.
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I just read that Putin has suspended Russia's participation in the Conventional Forces in Europe treaty. Most of you have probably never even heard of that one, but I spent the summer after my junior year monitoring the negotiations. I know a lot more about what makes something a tank than your average suburban housewife.

That was a very different time, both for me and the world. The other part of my job that summer was organizing a conference for members of the US and Soviet (remember the Soviet Union?) military-industrial complexes on how to convert to a peacetime economy. I was living in a house of twenty-five brilliant, sexy, fun, nutty and so-very-young adults. Grunge had yet to make its way out of Seattle--although Nirvana had played a dorm party I was at a few months earlier--and rap music still couldn't get much play on the radio. My relationship with my parents was pretty distant. Bush pere was in office, but we had yet to send any troops to the Sandbox.

Funny how nostalgic one can be for a treaty.
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I just read that Putin has suspended Russia's participation in the Conventional Forces in Europe treaty. Most of you have probably never even heard of that one, but I spent the summer after my junior year monitoring the negotiations. I know a lot more about what makes something a tank than your average suburban housewife.

That was a very different time, both for me and the world. The other part of my job that summer was organizing a conference for members of the US and Soviet (remember the Soviet Union?) military-industrial complexes on how to convert to a peacetime economy. I was living in a house of twenty-five brilliant, sexy, fun, nutty and so-very-young adults. Grunge had yet to make its way out of Seattle--although Nirvana had played a dorm party I was at a few months earlier--and rap music still couldn't get much play on the radio. My relationship with my parents was pretty distant. Bush pere was in office, but we had yet to send any troops to the Sandbox.

Funny how nostalgic one can be for a treaty.
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http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/northern_ireland/6921702.stm

At midnight tonight, the British Army's "emergency operation" in Northern Ireland comes to an end after thirty-eight years.
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http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/northern_ireland/6921702.stm

At midnight tonight, the British Army's "emergency operation" in Northern Ireland comes to an end after thirty-eight years.
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This story about the incident during Friday's performance of Mike Daisey's monologue Invincible Summer really struck me when I read about it in [livejournal.com profile] dpolicar's journal. In brief, a Christian choral group from Norco High School in Norco, CA attended the performance, after being told that it included profanity and adult themes. The staff were so offended by the language that all 87 members of the group walked out in the middle of the performance and one member of the group paused to pour Mike's glass of water over the handwritten outline he works from during his monologue. You can see a video of the incident here. There's a blog post by Mike Daisey and an interview with him, if you want to look into it more closely.

I was really moved by what a nightmare that must have been for Mike Daisey and what a good job he did at handling it. I decided to send email to the principal of Norco High School at john_johnson@cnusd.k12.ca.us, expressing my dismay and my hope that this individual will be disciplined in some way, that the school will find a positive way to engage with Mike Daisey, and that future school groups will be better ambassadors for their community.

EDIT: There is now an update on Mike Daisey's site. He spoke with the man who poured the water and achieved some resolution.
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This story about the incident during Friday's performance of Mike Daisey's monologue Invincible Summer really struck me when I read about it in [livejournal.com profile] dpolicar's journal. In brief, a Christian choral group from Norco High School in Norco, CA attended the performance, after being told that it included profanity and adult themes. The staff were so offended by the language that all 87 members of the group walked out in the middle of the performance and one member of the group paused to pour Mike's glass of water over the handwritten outline he works from during his monologue. You can see a video of the incident here. There's a blog post by Mike Daisey and an interview with him, if you want to look into it more closely.

I was really moved by what a nightmare that must have been for Mike Daisey and what a good job he did at handling it. I decided to send email to the principal of Norco High School at john_johnson@cnusd.k12.ca.us, expressing my dismay and my hope that this individual will be disciplined in some way, that the school will find a positive way to engage with Mike Daisey, and that future school groups will be better ambassadors for their community.

EDIT: There is now an update on Mike Daisey's site. He spoke with the man who poured the water and achieved some resolution.
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Salon has an article about soldiers with significant physical problems having their medical profiles re-written on the fly so as to make them deployable and keep up their brigade's numbers in order to satisfy the demands of the "surge". In the article, commanding officers deny these allegations.
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Salon has an article about soldiers with significant physical problems having their medical profiles re-written on the fly so as to make them deployable and keep up their brigade's numbers in order to satisfy the demands of the "surge". In the article, commanding officers deny these allegations.
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J. and I are frequently bemused by people choosing to stick on their cars bumper stickers that become obsolete within a few months. We have a running list of bumper stickers that would never become obsolete, which includes "People for the Separation of Us and Them" and "If you're not outraged, you're not paying attention," because there is always something in the daily news to outrage and appall.

This morning's entries:

Homeland Security raids a New Bedford garment factory, deporting a couple hundred illegal Latina seamstresses without ensuring that their children had adequate care, resulting in the hospitalization of two breastfed infants and various other idiocies, while the moms are in detention centers in Texas and New Mexico. State DSS reps are flying out there to try to straighten things out and figure out how many kids are on their own this week. Meanwhile, the owner of the factory is out on bail and working to find replacement workers to fulfill the $83 million contract to make backpacks for the US govt. Details here and here. Another for the list of recent incidents involving complete lack of communication between various government agencies. "Tonight I strike! The right hand will never know what hit it!"

In other news, Newt Gingrich has admitted that he was having an affair with a congressional aide during the time he was doing his best to pin Clinton to the wall over the Lewinsky thing. But he's decided that he's not really a hypocrite. And yet, "Gingrich remains wildly popular among many conservatives" who I suppose aren't hypocrites either. Apparently he's still considering whether or not to make a run for the presidency.
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J. and I are frequently bemused by people choosing to stick on their cars bumper stickers that become obsolete within a few months. We have a running list of bumper stickers that would never become obsolete, which includes "People for the Separation of Us and Them" and "If you're not outraged, you're not paying attention," because there is always something in the daily news to outrage and appall.

This morning's entries:

Homeland Security raids a New Bedford garment factory, deporting a couple hundred illegal Latina seamstresses without ensuring that their children had adequate care, resulting in the hospitalization of two breastfed infants and various other idiocies, while the moms are in detention centers in Texas and New Mexico. State DSS reps are flying out there to try to straighten things out and figure out how many kids are on their own this week. Meanwhile, the owner of the factory is out on bail and working to find replacement workers to fulfill the $83 million contract to make backpacks for the US govt. Details here and here. Another for the list of recent incidents involving complete lack of communication between various government agencies. "Tonight I strike! The right hand will never know what hit it!"

In other news, Newt Gingrich has admitted that he was having an affair with a congressional aide during the time he was doing his best to pin Clinton to the wall over the Lewinsky thing. But he's decided that he's not really a hypocrite. And yet, "Gingrich remains wildly popular among many conservatives" who I suppose aren't hypocrites either. Apparently he's still considering whether or not to make a run for the presidency.
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This article makes me pretty sad and angry. The City Manager of Largo, Florida is in the process of being removed from his position following an announcement that he plans to pursue a sex-change operation. This is apparently legal under the terms of his contract. The mayor and one commissioner voted against dismissing him, but that was not enough.

I doubt if it will do any good--there has apparently been significant supportive response from everyone except Largo voters themselves--but I've sent email to the City Commission at commission@largo.com. One could also call them at 727 587-6702, if one were so inclined.
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This article makes me pretty sad and angry. The City Manager of Largo, Florida is in the process of being removed from his position following an announcement that he plans to pursue a sex-change operation. This is apparently legal under the terms of his contract. The mayor and one commissioner voted against dismissing him, but that was not enough.

I doubt if it will do any good--there has apparently been significant supportive response from everyone except Largo voters themselves--but I've sent email to the City Commission at commission@largo.com. One could also call them at 727 587-6702, if one were so inclined.
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Here's the LA Times article that caught my eye this morning that suggests we may have done too good a job encouraging self-esteem in our children, to the point that narcissism is possibly a problem among college-aged youth.

Thoughts?
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Here's the LA Times article that caught my eye this morning that suggests we may have done too good a job encouraging self-esteem in our children, to the point that narcissism is possibly a problem among college-aged youth.

Thoughts?
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Here's the NY Times article that caught my attention this morning. The DePauw University chapter of Delta Zeta is being re-organized by their national, in such a way that all the non-white, non-skinny women have been asked to leave. I'm not a huge supporter of the Greek system, but I do know how important a person's house can be to them and some frustration with nationals screwing around with cool houses. This kind of garbage is exactly the reason why I'm generally down on sororities: the pressure to embody an image that promotes false stereotypes of what a woman should be.
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Here's the NY Times article that caught my attention this morning. The DePauw University chapter of Delta Zeta is being re-organized by their national, in such a way that all the non-white, non-skinny women have been asked to leave. I'm not a huge supporter of the Greek system, but I do know how important a person's house can be to them and some frustration with nationals screwing around with cool houses. This kind of garbage is exactly the reason why I'm generally down on sororities: the pressure to embody an image that promotes false stereotypes of what a woman should be.

Unhooked

Feb. 21st, 2007 09:27 am
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Last week there was an article in the Globe about the book Unhooked: How Young Women Pursue Sex, Delay Love and Lose at Both, which examines "hookup culture" among college-aged women.

A friend asked me what I thought of it and I said that it sounded like the latest "our teenagers are making bad choices!" hullaballoo and that my guess is that there's much more variety among people's experiences than books like this make out.

Today there's an article in Slate that gets at some of the issues I had with the Globe article (and what I can tell from these pieces about the book).

I'd be interested to hear from folks currently in that demographic, or working with same, about how prevalent this "culture" really is and what opinions you have of the phenomenon.

Unhooked

Feb. 21st, 2007 09:27 am
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Last week there was an article in the Globe about the book Unhooked: How Young Women Pursue Sex, Delay Love and Lose at Both, which examines "hookup culture" among college-aged women.

A friend asked me what I thought of it and I said that it sounded like the latest "our teenagers are making bad choices!" hullaballoo and that my guess is that there's much more variety among people's experiences than books like this make out.

Today there's an article in Slate that gets at some of the issues I had with the Globe article (and what I can tell from these pieces about the book).

I'd be interested to hear from folks currently in that demographic, or working with same, about how prevalent this "culture" really is and what opinions you have of the phenomenon.

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