29 entries from srah blah blah tagged with 'politics':


In which I get all boring and political and make fun of abbreviations

Three days ago, I sent a personalized form message through my professional association's website to my state senators asking them to support the Senator Paul Simon Study Abroad Foundation Act, which, to boil it down, would establish a foundation with the goal of increasing participation in (and funding for) study abroad and increasing diversity both in study abroad destinations and in the demographics of study abroad participants. This bill has been working its way through the system for a while and will expire if it is not passed by the Senate this year. This morning, I received a reply from...

srah - Tuesday, 13 May 2008 - 6:22 PM
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Srarold and Kumar Go to the Grocery Store

Kal Penn and some guy I've never heard of are travelling around Ohio universities this week, trying to convince young people to vote for Barack Obama. When I got the notification that he was coming to The University I Work At, my initial reaction was (direct quote from my Facebook profile): KAL PENN! KAL PENN IS COMING HERE! I think he's coming to meet me and marry me and this whole Obama thing is just a cover. KAL PENN! Then once I calmed down and thought about it, I was conflicted because I hate it when celebrities get political. I...

srah - Thursday, 21 February 2008 - 5:46 PM
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Wheeee! Politics just got easy!

Boing Boing posted a link this week to a chart of 2008 presidential candidates' stances on various issues. Bah. It is too early for that nonsense and chaaaaarts are so haaaaaard to reeeeeead. What's that? There's an online quiz? Well, why didn't you say so? My top 3, apparently: Kucinich - 28 pointsOnce again, Kucinich comes in at the top. He will never ever win, but he keeps trying. You go, little gnome! I voted for him in the Michigan Democratic primary three and a half years ago. Yes, it was a throwaway vote (If I remember correctly, Kucinich came...

srah - Thursday, 16 August 2007 - 5:54 PM
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Gaseous matters

Seen yesterday whilst pursuing my HIGHEST STEPCOUNT DAY EVER: Many people have suggested that lowering gas prices is a ploy by the GOP to entice people to vote Republican this November. I, myself, do not think Oh my, such good prices on gas! Thank you, Ken Blackwell! Clearly the price of this gas is thanks to YOU! Here is my vote!. Who does that? If that's actually the case, then I'm mostly just disgusted that the Republican party thinks so poorly of us. I will take my cheap gas, thank you, and drive to the polling location where I will...

srah - Thursday, 14 September 2006 - 12:14 PM
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O downtrodden minority!

It's Conservative Week at The University I Work At. Here, have a squirt gun to celebrate your right to bear arms. Yippee! In other news, it is Communist Party Week in China. Wait, every week is Communist Party Week in-- Oh....

srah - Thursday, 6 April 2006 - 6:16 PM
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Attention-seeking much?

It turns out that Sharon Stone, who followed us around Israel and stayed in two of the same hotels we did, was not doing so in order to stalk study abroad advisors, but because she wants to make out with everybody in the Middle East, and especially more women if ya got 'em. Dammit! I thought it was us. In other Sharon Stone-related news: AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH!...

srah - Wednesday, 29 March 2006 - 8:17 AM
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Someone told me nothing's happening at the zoo

I lived in Michigan for the first 26 years of my life and I went to Detroit for three things: hockey at Joe Louis Arenathe North American International Auto ShowDetroit Zoo When I came to Detroit for these events, my family and I often made a day of it, eating dinner in Greektown or somewhere else in the city. But if the idiotic Detroit City Council gets their way and closes the zoo, I will be 33% less likely to a) go to Detroit and b) spend money there. (Actually, I haven't been to a hockey game in years, so...

srah - Tuesday, 21 February 2006 - 4:56 PM
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60% of Michigan voters can bite me

Screw you, Michigan. And screw you, Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, Montana, Oklahoma, Ohio and Utah. In Michigan, this piece of shit says that "the union of one man and one woman in marriage shall be the only agreement recognized as a marriage or similar union for any purpose." (emphasis mine). Way to go, America. Who needs civil rights, anyway? I don't know how someone could justify voting for something that so blatantly discriminates. In other news, it looks like we're up for four more years of the rest of the world hating us and our president trying to convince us...

srah - Wednesday, 3 November 2004 - 7:35 AM
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Me so political!

"A Washington Post analysis of 11 swing states found no less than 33 different combinations that would result in a 269-269 Electoral College tie. Under the 12th amendment to the US constitution, in case of a tie, the House of Representatives chooses the president. Because Republicans will probably control the House, President Bush would be likely to win. But the Senate chooses the vice-president, making it theoretically possible that Mr Bush could be saddled with John Edwards as his second-in-command." - BBC News - Q&A: What if there is no clear winner? Ha! Vive la cohabitation, suckahs!...

srah - Tuesday, 2 November 2004 - 1:11 PM
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'T'es pour Bush, toi? Non, c'est un gros connard, lui!'

November is setting itself up to be quite a month of negativity as I find myself voting against things instead of for anything. I hate having to do that. I wish I liked Kerry at all....

srah - Monday, 12 July 2004 - 10:16 AM
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Special skills? I ain't got no stinkin' special skills

Agency initiates steps for selective draft Uh... hockey is good. Mounties are neat. I hear they have excellent maple syrup in Canada. Too bad I don't like maple syrup. Or cold. Or curling. Mightn't one draft-dodge just as well in France? [via niobeweeps]...

srah - Monday, 15 March 2004 - 8:21 PM
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Ah, William Hung. You are a household name.

... in our household anyway. (During a discussion of the Democratic candidates) me: The thing about Wes Clark is, he has no political experience. Dad: Yeah, and he has no professional training of singing....

srah - Monday, 9 February 2004 - 8:41 PM
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I am tempted to vote for the CWDHFNFLN...

Voting stresses me out. At the insistence of a friend, I applied to vote in the Michigan Democratic Caucus. So I've spent the past week (well, mostly this morning) trying to figure out who I'm going to vote for. The letter I received along with my ballot asks for contributions to the Michigan Democratic Party and informs me that by requesting this ballot, I have "taken the first step to defeat George W. Bush!" While I'm all about getting that wang out of office, I wish there were a way to rephrase that so that it wouldn't be so negative....

srah - Saturday, 7 February 2004 - 12:44 PM
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The full extent of my political involvement

I hereby vow to donate $5 to Dubya's campaign fund if the State of the Union address begins: "My fellow Americans, the state of the union is... it sux0rs." And he has to pronounce it "sucksors" or it's a no-go. Update (21:12): Sucks to be you, Georgie! Them five bucks is gettin' spent on bubble tea!...

srah - Tuesday, 20 January 2004 - 9:08 PM
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'They don't have anything. They come from the MOON!'

"A national mission to a far-away place where glory awaits and no rebel movement lurks will help Americans forget about the continuing problems in Iraq and portray the president as a peaceful visionary." - "World press pans US Mars shot" I am constantly amazed by the numbers of people who don't realize that Bush has made a laughingstock of our country and driven our already arrogant and ignorant reputation further into the ground. The sad thing is, you can't just tell them this. You can't just inform them of what he's done, because they don't care. These are the same...

srah - Saturday, 17 January 2004 - 9:43 AM
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It's notta tumah

I don't know anything about California. I've never lived in California. All I know is, when I hear Governor Schwartzenegger*'s voice on the radio, it makes me giggle. How can anyone take him seriously? I can't get past the voice enough to actually listen to what he's saying. Mummy says I shouldn't take him less seriously because of his accent. Am I one to take people less seriously because of accents? I don't think so. My grandma and ex-boyfriend and loads of my friends from Albion have accents. I like accents. Sometimes I think I might be more likely to...

srah - Wednesday, 8 October 2003 - 12:27 PM
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Deedle dee dee dee dee dee dee dee

You can't tell, but I'm singing the banjo song from Deliverance. I quite like this video, although I'll warn you that it's over ten minutes long. [sort of indirectly via RoboRanch]...

srah - Friday, 29 August 2003 - 2:10 PM
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Just stop trying to talk politics, you ignorant slut

If the US can decide that the UN is no longer effective and can ignore it, why can't Iraq ignore the Geneva Convention? We don't want to let them sink to our go-it-alone cowboy level? Is that it? I don't want anyone to suffer or die, but it seems to me we are setting a bad precedent and playing do-as-I-say-not-as-I-do....

srah - Friday, 28 March 2003 - 2:05 PM
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Buy French

"I'm buying this because it's French." I would do so myself to make a point, but I don't think it would make much of an impact, given the circumstances. So instead I have to encourage you, the reader. Ignore all this ridiculous boycott nonsense and go out and try some Nutella, Cantal, Côtes du Rhone, or Evian, eat some Dannon yogurt or put some Michelin tires on your car. Tell them srah sent you and stand back and watch as they are... unimpressed....

srah - Sunday, 16 March 2003 - 10:12 AM
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Have a crush or want to crush?

Anti-war protests followed me around all day yesterday. I was invited by one of my students and I was going to go but then Renata and Jennifer went to the Puy de Dôme and I didn't want to go all alone and American. So I walked past and observed from the outside and tried to do some shopping downtown but whenever I exited a store, they seemed to have congregated right there. I think they reeeeeeally wanted me to join them but were too shy to tell me....

srah - Sunday, 16 March 2003 - 3:51 AM
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The Onion makes me laugh so hard I cry

I am not the most up-to-date on current events, but sometimes no one can say it quite like The Onion......

srah - Saturday, 18 January 2003 - 10:33 AM
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Ça craint

I went, yesterday afternoon, to see Bowling for Columbine all by myself. Renata and Jennifer had gone to the Gorge de Sioule or however you spell it, but I'd had a headache and research/blogging to do at the cybercafé so I stayed behind. I discovered that Bowling for Columbine was being shown in VO. I was thrilled and ready to go tell all of my students on Monday, and it occurred to me that before I went and recommended it, I should probably see it. So I went and bought a ticket. It could have had something to do with...

srah - Monday, 9 December 2002 - 10:28 AM
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The Lady and the (Little) Tramp

This afternoon, I went to see Le Dictateur, the French-dubbed version of Charlie Chaplin's talkie The Great Dictator. I had never seen one of Chaplin's films all the way through and was quite impressed, as were the two other spectators in the enormous screening room. Chaplin played Adenoid Hynkel, a dictator who was meant to resemble Adolf Hitler, and a Jewish barber with amnesia, who had just been released after 20 years in the hospital for an injury received during WWI. There was, as could be expected, a case of mistaken identity, so that the barber had the opportunity to...

srah - Thursday, 24 October 2002 - 12:33 PM
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Representative of my country

I'm not a Good American. I'm sorry. I'm not going to take the easy way out, and I'm not going to wave my little flag. I'm going to tell the truth, even when trying to explain, slowly and clearly, to my students. In the end, I sound negative and like I have nothing to do but complain about my country, but I think they should know the real me, and not the easier-to-explain version of the world. I don't like Señor Arbusto, I don't think we should go to war, I think the United States did not react in the...

srah - Monday, 7 October 2002 - 6:24 AM
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Disaster's in the air

It keeps coming and coming. We should attack Iraq. We should do it now. We shouldn't wait for support. Who cares if no one else agrees. We're America. We'll whup 'em like Daddy did and be out by Christmas. Etcetera etcetera etcetera. I think we're setting ourselves up for even bigger trouble. Instead of learning from September 11, we're making the same mistakes and worse ones on top of them. I'm glad I'll be out of the country, but I wish I could take the rest of you with me. Be safe while I'm gone, you guys....

srah - Wednesday, 28 August 2002 - 8:35 AM
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Freedonia's going to war

I fully support our president's idea to go to war with Iraq. I am behind him 100% on that. Go ahead, Señor Arbusto. It's a good idea. I'll make you a special jacket with a bullseye on the back. But don't get lonely, now, because what I don't support is you taking anyone with you. If you want to declare war, go ahead. But you'd better get Congress' permission before you declare that the United States are at war with Iraq. Otherwise, that's not how the United States works and we will have to overthrow your dictatorship. Bye....

srah - Tuesday, 27 August 2002 - 8:35 AM
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Extra! Extra! America Not Perfect

There are some "anti-American" elements to an upcoming French film about September 11. I thought the USA was a happy fairyland and never did anything wrong. What a shock. I must go lie down now....

srah - Wednesday, 21 August 2002 - 8:44 AM
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Another six Dingellful years

Michigan preliminary primary results are in. John Dingell is 76 years old. For heaven's sake. At least he has a comical name....

srah - Wednesday, 7 August 2002 - 11:10 AM
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Here is a really extensive...

Here is a really extensive parody of the White House website......

srah - Tuesday, 22 January 2002 - 9:44 AM
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