Thursday, December 28, 2006

On Resignation

Someone I deeply respect sent me an email yesterday with the following definition:

res·ig·na·tion (rĕz'ĭg-nā'shən) n. The act of admitting defeat in a game like chess.

Perhaps the intention was to convince me that resigning my seat on the ASISU Student Senate was not the greatest of decisions, but I assure you, it is the greatest decision I have made with only myself and my well-being in mind in quite some time.

Long before the Reed Gym expansion issue came to a vote and long before I fought the hard fight over the compromised election and somewhat shady proposed constitution, I had thought seriously of resigning.

Several months ago I was sitting in a meeting with the Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences and I remember telling him that I felt that student government had quit representing the true needs of students quite some time ago. I told him I felt student leaders were in it for the money--the monthly stipend they receive for their service and for a chance at being a part of the most inclusive group on campus. I still believe that.

However, something changed with me. I started doing my job for the stipend alone. My heart used to be in it. I used to eat, sleep, think student government and I didn't care that I received a check for $325 a month. It's $325 and to me that sum of money doesn't matter. I've done more difficult jobs for less. The amount still doesn't matter to me, but in the last month or so the only reason I continued to be a senator and didn't resign was because my check for $325 was being donated to a good cause--Idaho Yesterdays.

The Monday night before the campus-wide referendum began at ISU, I assumed I was sitting in the last Senate meeting of my student leadership career. It was until Mark Bolinger, a fellow senator from the College of Arts & Sciences, asked me at the break if what we were doing with our new constitution was legal, that I realized my service wasn't yet complete. That following Thursday morning I filed two cases with the ASISU Supreme Court questioning the credibility of the election and openly criticizing the power-grab that both the executive and legislative branches of student government had participated in with the new constitution. I fought the good fight knowing my days on the Senate were numbered regardless of the outcome of either cases.

Sure, there were great victories; the most expensive Reed Gym expansion option failed, the proposed constitution will have to be revisited, and student government as a whole had to take a moment to reflect on its true purpose.

What did I learn from my time on the Senate? More than I probably realize. I learned that politics does ruin friendships no matter how hard you try to maintain those friendships. I learned that that on dissenting voice does matter. And I learned that I don't "fall in line" well. Conscience matters most to me.

What did I accomplish while a member of the Senate? Caucus is now an open meeting, I was a part of a movement that ended a $22 million gym expansion--a bill that would have been footed solely by students, and hopefully now student leaders will really attempt to define their roles. And it doesn't hurt anything that Idaho Yesterday received $1300.

My decision to resign is just that--mine. And I don't feel I need to justify it. But for what it's worth, my number priority right now is the Stallings Collection. In one year it will open for researchers and every last day of that time is needed to establish this collection as the wonderful source of Idaho history material that it is. Time is something I've been short of and leaving the Senate will afford me time to take a class I really have wanted to take and will allow me to concentrate on the Stallings papers.

Last January I was appointed to fill a vacancy on the Senate and then campaigned for the seat. My sincere hope is that my exit now will allow another student to have the same wonderful opportunity I have had.

I don't regret my decision to resign at all and my feeling on this particular resignation can best be illustrated by Ambrose Bierce from The Devil's Dictionary:

RESIGN, v. To renounce an honor for an advantage. To renounce an advantage for a greater advantage.

Bobby


I have read several horrible reviews of Bobby and have wondered if I am just so engrossed in the Kennedys that I missed it and went into the film blind and came out blind to its faults and shortcomings, but after three viewings and a great deal of contemplation, I just can't put into words how highly I recommend this film.
The greatest films are made by men and women who have a deep interest in a particular subject, event, or tragedy. Never is this more true than with Emilio Estevez. As both writer and director he has created biopic worthy of notice.
Kennedy movies are either fantastic or mediocre. The key to creating a great Kennedy flick is to not overestimate, over dramatize, or aggrandize the Kennedy. There are limits to how far the Kennedy myth can be stretched. The greatest films have involved and centered on the talents of Martin Sheen or Kevin Costner--but those are JFK films, not RFK.
Bobby opens with real footage of Robert F. Kennedy. This element of the film in addition to numerous sections that have an audio overlay of a Bobby Kennedy's speeches lend to it's brilliance. I began with chills and when I left the theater I had chills.
The film follows several characters within the Ambassador Hotel the day and night Bobby Kennedy was assassinated. Each of the characters bring to the screen a broader picture of America in the 60s. Their stories are not irrelevant as some reviews have said, but illustrate the issues prevalent in 1968--Vietnam, civil rights, and women's rights. The characters are outstanding and the talent behind them deserves mentioning.
At the helm of a stellar ensemble cast, Sir Anthony Hopkins plays a minor role as a retired doorman who practically lives at the Ambassador and has greeted a laundry list of leaders and dignitaries. His sidekick, if you will, is played by Harry Belafonte. Casey and Nelson bring to the screen an element that is in itself a beautifully written friendship. And they play chess. Every minute of every day they are playing chess--that wonderful game that President Kennedy once compared politics to. Casey plays chess with several characters and one of my favorite quotes from the film came about during a philosophical discussion carried on during a match: "I think chess is a lot like life--it scares people, it intimidates them. That's why they invented chess...and you're still in checkmate."
Time does not allow an in-depth discussion of the entire cast as there are so many. I was particularly struck by the story line involving Lindsey Lohan and Elijah Wood. I've never liked Lohan until this film. She plays a young woman who agrees to marry a classmate in effort to keep him out of Vietnam. It is a truly heartbreaking storyline that brings to the surface the fear Vietnam instilled in young Americans.
Another very interesting aspect of the film revolves around the relationship of husbands and wives. Paul informing Miriam of how she should vote, Jack (Martin Sheen) discussing his depression with his wife Samantha (Helen Hunt), and Tim (Estevez) following around his drunk wife Virginia (Demi Moore) are all relationships within this film that illustrate the struggle of women in the 1960s. It wasn't until this film and Helen Hunt's performance that I truly understand the term "desperate housewife." She lacks confidence and is doing everything to please those around her with no respect for herself. It is another heartbreaking story that lends to the overall tone and theme of the film. All of the relationships in the film serve to bring out this theme of hope and faith in something that can save all Americans, a hope and faith symbolized by Bobby Kennedy.
There is so much anger in these characters. They're angry over the death of Martin Luther King. They're angry with the war. They're angry with these expectations that have been set for them. One of the greater scenes in the film involves Edward, Jose, and Miguel sitting around the kitchen talking about anger and the assassination of Dr. King. I'd give you the play-by-play, but I can't do it justice. The scenes that have the most power, speak the loudest, bring out the greater truths happen in that kitchen, the kitchen where Bobby Kennedy was killed.

My only criticism of the show, though time period appropriate, is a sub-storyline involving two campaign workers and a drug dealer in the hotel. The dealer is played by Ashton Kutcher who I just can't take seriously and placing him in this role didn't help. He is his usual silly, obnoxious self, and I didn't feel it added to the film. There is an entire scene that is basically an acid trip--with reference to LBJ and the youth of American on LSD. It bothered me. Not because it was a disgraceful act, a fairly typical action in the late 60s, but because it lacked the depth and seriousness that the other story lines contained.
I saw this film three times, not because I didn't want to miss anything, but because I was so deeply touched by the individual stories that added to the overall tragedy of losing Bobby Kennedy. In one film you realize what Bobby Kennedy was, what he represented, and what his death cost this nation. President Ford's passing and all the news coverage reflecting on the turmoil his administration faced has really brought this "cost" to light for me. Each time I saw the film I walked away with the same feeling of loss. Each of those characters looked to Bobby with the same amount of faith, hope, and complete trust. Each of those stories brought to the surface an emotional response in me, not the response of an individual that has studied the Kennedys for years, the response of a human being that feels right now similar to those individuals in the film that were looking to Bobby to pull them out of an unjustified war. American needs a Bobby now.
Ignore the reviews and go see this film. When it comes out on DVD, buy it.

Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Surreal

I have spent a year of my life getting up every morning, turning on the news, and checking the status of President Ford. It is unbelievably strange to me that I, a Democrat, respected President Ford more than any other man who has held that office.

I was up all night watching the coverage. Took extensive notes, even. This is something I knew was coming, yet I'm still a bit numb. America has lost a patriot.

There are so many things I would like to say, but I can't quite put them together. Soon. My head is muddled this morning as I grapple with a newspaper article I am writing to run on Sunday, a letter of resignation that needs to be submitted to the ASISU Senate today, and then of course the sleep deprivation adds to the haze.

Monday, December 25, 2006

Awkward Christmas Moment

My 14 year old brother (early this morning, after opening Guitar Hero for the Sony Playstation): "Do groupies have sex with the band?"

Friday, December 22, 2006

Not mine to claim, but that's certainly not stopping me from claiming it!


"Full-tilt-boogie"

This evening as I was catching up on the Idaho blogs, I smiled at Julie's "full-tilt-boogie" commentary here. Julie, I totally understand what you mean! This has been an unusually busy few months and it seems like when one project is over, it's full speed ahead on the next.

Case in point, I have been "processing" casework files from the Stallings Collection for the last 18 weeks. "Processing" is an all encompassing term I use that pretty much means sorting, sampling, separating, organizing, deciphering, and well, it's much like wrestling a grizzly bear. Yesterday I completed the processing of the Pocatello office casework. This is a HUGE accomplishment knowing that I spent 3 entire weeks on box 198 alone. With the Boise/Washington office casework done, the Idaho Falls casework done, and now the Pocatello office casework complete, a break? Never. Today I dove right into the Twin Falls casework. I need to get a life!

My schedule has been this crazy since the first part of August. It's ridiculous. It has come down to me heading off to the archives at 7:30 in the morning, working my guts out, going to class, going back to the archives, staying way too late, going home to sleep for a couple hours, and then starting all over again. I have a new found appreciation for my job. If I wasn't a houseparent and required to be at home from 10pm to 7am, I'd probably never come home, rarely sleep, and live forever in nerdville.

But man, I love the Stallings Collection.

I won't be going back to campus until Wednesday, quite possibly the longest break I have taken from campus in at least a year. Of course, I brought my work home--well sort of, I have some research to do on an EPA case that I find fascinating. Maybe the next few days can be mellow. At least I am no longer completely freaking out about Christmas; I was until about noon today. I'm sure by Sunday night I'll be again a little nervous, but for the moment, I'm good. I get to go watch fourteen of my closest friends open their Christmas presents, something they (and I) have been excited about all day and I think I'll go to bed early. How wild and crazy of me.

Does anyone know...

...where Ovid, Idaho is?

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

12/20/06 Non-political lyrics

**Editor's Note: Yeah, yeah...politics, I know. Soon. I promise.

I started to type out the lyrics of a song to post today and realized that I'm not particularly fond of any full song, as I have been listening to all sorts of music (mostly country, strangely enough), so I've decided to share my favorite lyrics of the week.

There's nothing we can do about
The things we have to do without
The only way to feel again
Is let love in
There's nothing we can do about
The things we have to live without
The only way to see again
Is let love in

From "Let Love In" performed by the Goo Goo Dolls; Written by Johnny Rzeznik, Glen Ballard, and Greg Wattenberg.

Call me close once again
Call me teacher call me friend
Just like the first time
Call my name
It echoes in the halls around this room
It's all you
I don't know if you hear me there
When it's darkest and no one cares
I will hear you
Forever
And I wanted you to be
Everything to me
And now I've got to learn to carry on
And I know I cannot hide
This emptiness inside
But nothing is the same since you're gone

From "Forever" written and performed by Vertical Horizon

Somewhere there's a stolen halo
I used to watch her wear it well
Every thing would shine wherever she would go
But looking at it now you'd never tell
Someone ran away with her innocence
A memory she can't get out of her head
I can only imagine what she's feeling when she's praying
Kneeling at the edge of her bed
When she says take me away
And take me Father
Surround me now
And hold, hold, hold me
Like holy water

She just needs a little help
To wash away the pain she has felt

From "Holy Water" by Big & Rich.

In my silence I would love to forget
But restitution hasn't come quite yet
And with one accord I keep moving forth
I stretch my heart to heal some more

From "Forgiveness" performed by Collective Soul; Written by Ed Roland.

Children lose their youth too soon
Watching war made us immune
And I've got all the world to lose
But I just want to hold on to the
Easy silence that you make for me
It's okay when there's nothing more to say to me
And the peaceful quiet you create for me
And the way you keep the world at bay for me

From "Easy Silence" performed and written by the Dixie Chicks.

Thank God for those who make it,
Let them be the light
Here's to the strong; thanks to the brave
Don't give up hope: Some people change
Against all odds, Against the grain
Love finds a way: Some people change

From "Some People Change" by Montgomery Gentry.

Friday, December 15, 2006

My Least Favorite Day of the Year

I hate Christmas break. I hate it more than I hate just about anything. So, as you can imagine the Friday of finals week in the fall semester is my least favorite day of the year.

I finished finals yesterday so today was mostly used to tie up loose ends. I went to the bank. Returned a stack of library books. Started to clean my apartment, but gave up knowing I'd spend much of the break cleaning and re-cleaning anyway. Had a mighty fine nap. And tonight I've started a list of things I need to accomplish over the break.

What's on my list? Funny you should ask.

I am going to read A Time to Heal again as Gerald Ford has been on my mind quite a bit lately. I need to finish reading Cross, the latest installment in the Alex Cross series by James Patterson. I will of course clean my apartment and probably rearrange the furniture. I have a stack of newspaper clippings that need to be filed somewhere. My desk at home is a complete disaster and needs to be tackled. On the other hand, my desk at work needs to be a mess--I have a lot to accomplish where the Stallings Collection is concerned. And last, but certainly not least, I need to post on Bobby.

Almost a month. I have to entertain myself for almost a month. Ugh.

What do you all have planned for Christmas?

Thursday, December 14, 2006

Does anyone have a child I can borrow?

I would really like to go see the new Charlotte's Web, but I have a feeling I might look pretty ridiculous without a child in tow...

Sunday, December 10, 2006

The Passing of Ambassador Kirkpatrick

I just wanted to take a second to at the very least recognize the passing of someone I have greatly admired. Ambassador Kirkpatrick was the first woman to serve as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations and in addition to this tidbit, was a great admirer of Mr. Adlai Stevenson.

WASHINGTON (AP) - Jeane J. Kirkpatrick, a political science professor whose support for Ronald Reagan conversatism catapulted her into the post of U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, has died at 80. She was the first woman to hold the post.

Initially, a liberal Democrat, Kirkpatrick championed human rights, opposed Soviet Union communism and supported Israel.

"She defended the cause of freedom at a pivotal time in world history," President Bush said Friday. "Jeane's powerful intellect helped American win the Cold War."

Kirkpatrick's son, Stuart, said she died Thursday at her home in Bethesda, Md., where she was under hospice care.

I can't say I totally agree with President Bush (I'm assuming the AP was referring to the current Bush), but I can agree that she was instrumental in continuing a strong bond between the United States and the United Nations.

Saturday, December 9, 2006

Quote of the Day: From Another TR

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; because there is not effort without error and shortcomings; but who does actually strive to do the deed; who knows the great enthusiasm, the great devotion, who spends himself in a worthy cause, who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement and who at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly. So that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.” -- Theodore Roosevelt

Thursday, December 7, 2006

Election Compromises

Can anyone answer this question?
How is changing the wording on the ballots legal? That absentee voters and poll
voters voted different versions of the ballot indicates that the electoral
process in our state has been compromised.

Surely we can't answer the legality question here on the Idaho State University campus as to whether changing a ballot language is legal; why should be expect an answer from the Attorney General in regard to the Idaho general election?


Wednesday, December 6, 2006

Quote of the Day

"Politics, n. A strife of interests masquerading as a contest of principles.'' --Mr. Abrose Bierce from The Devil's Dictionary

Tuesday, December 5, 2006

Referendum Results Annulled

Tonight the ASISU Senate ruled the recent referendum results null and void. This is a huge victory for those of us who absolutely doubted the validity of the results based on the election being compromised and the ballot language being blatantly biased. Though I am highly disappointed in five senators who wanted to hide the Association's monumental mistake by certifying the election results, I think we are on track to have a serious discussion about our constitutional role as student leaders and are well on our way to fixing the problems that exist within ASISU. There is more to be said on the night, but I'm still recovering and know an ASISU Supreme Court case lies in my near future.

A Minority of One

Often I have refrained from commenting on student politics at Idaho State University in this medium, but now that I have taken the heat for an article that appeared Sunday in the Idaho State Journal, I don't see an ill in voicing my concerns here.

Prior to being appointed to the ASISU Senate, I had an interview with then ASISU Vice President Will Sharp and two members of the student senate. Among other questions, I was asked what I felt was the significance of the dissenting minority. Fresh in my mind from the night before was an example from the Pocatello City Council of one councilman voting alone, but surely with his conscience. I explained to those in the room when I interviewed that the dissenting voice is essential for a wise majority--my point being that without the dissenting voice, many things would easily pass governing bodies and those who voted yes would never have taken a second to think about and consider why they were voting in favor.

Following that interview I was appointed the Senate and began my campaign for election within the month. I was successfully elected to the ASISU Senate from the College of Arts & Sciences and have now served a total of twelve months. In eleven months I had never encountered a situation where I truly understood the significance of the dissenting minority. It has been this month of service that has opened my eyes to the importance of the dissenting voice.

Eight members of the ASISU Senate voted no on a proposition to expand student recreational facilities here on campus. The proposal to expand Reed Gym came with a price tag of $22 million. The price of this expansion would have been placed solely on the backs of students, increasing their student fees by a minimum of $74 per semester ($74 is generous). Eight senators stepped up and said no. Eight senators were unwilling to waiver in their belief that this project would not increase enrollment at ISU and would not be of benefit to students who would foot the cost. With a vote of 12-8, the Reed Gym expansion was sent to the students as a referendum for their approval. The referendum itself gave very little power to students--meaning it was much the same as the advisory vote Idaho voters had placed in front of them regarding the Idaho Legislature's Special Session and the resulting changes made to property taxes, but unlike the advisory vote, the collective opinion of ASISU has changed regarding the $22 million project as they have seen that the student body (or at least the 14.7% of it that voted) does not support a fee increase of this size for this project. Those eight senators, myself included, were able to expand their dissenting voice and the student's solidly rejected the fee increase.

In contrast, opposition to another ballot measure has a far different history. Included on the referendum was a proposal to ratify and adopt a new constitution for the student association, thereby rejecting and throwing out the document ASISU has been governed by since 1977. When the constitution came to the student senate for a vote of approval, the senators voted heavily in favor of adopting the new constitution and placing it on the ballot for student approval. The vote on this issue was 18-1, with one abstention.

With this issue I found the better illustration of the importance of minority dissent. Perhaps because like the vote on Reed Gym I found myself in the minority, though in this case, I was the only person in the minority. From early summer when the hope of revising the constitution was brought to my attention by the student body president, I was a little hesitant to jump on board with the idea. I never felt as if it were legitimate or ethical to allow the executive branch to author the new document and felt even less comfortable with the senate's consent of this action, but I was the only one. Never in any of the constitutional debates (and I say "debate" loosely, the discussions of the constitution were limited to short periods of senate meetings, individual and casual conversations among members of the Association, and round table discussions with the student body president held on Friday afternoons) did the question come forth regarding the legality of throwing out an entire constitution in favor of a new one--the major problem with this being the referendum, election, or whatever we chose to call the vote, would not be governed by our current, standing constitution. Again, I was the only person who was at all concerned with this.

The question arises as to my role as a representative of the students. Was I elected to represent their interests? If so, none of them were expressing an interest in this constitutional matter. Was I elected to represent my own opinion? I surely hope not and I also hope none of the 155 students who voted for me did so hoping I would represent my own opinion all of the time. Regardless, what do I do if I am not supported in my concerns by any members of the senate or by my own constituents? What do I do about my conscience that is eating me up?

I have had many things in my life outside of my control and many responsibilities extending far beyond my responsibilities as either a student or student leader, all of which have limited the time and energy I can spend on governance issues, so I will freely admit to being largely absent from campus this semester. Time constraints and lack of support largely stifled my concerns and I was not able to facilitate a healthy debate on this issue. Though I may not have been the most vocal in my opposition to the constitution, I was consistent in my votes. I voted against both Reed Gym and the constitutiton. I voted against sending either measure to the students through a referedum. I voted against the dates for which to hold the referendum. I voted against changes to our current by-laws in regard to how elections are handled. I voted against the language presented to the senate for our approval before it was placed on the ballot. I truly feel my voting record speaks volumes to my disappointment with this entire process.

Despite my votes and concerns, both issues were placed on the ballot and went to the students for approval. The only action within my means and rights was to take the issue up with the ASISU Supreme Court. Last week I filed two cases with the Court and now am facing scrutiny from every direction within ASISU. When I look at this I don't see it as a poor timing on my part. I suppose I hoped that senators would come around and realize that it is not within our constitutional duty to pass language for a ballot if it has not been written by a neutral party, namely a member of the Court. I suppose I hoped that senators would see the flaws in the argument of how we could legally ignore our current constitution in effort to pass a new one. I suppose I placed far more hope and faith in the senate as a whole than I should have.

There is a lot to be said for an organization whose most vocal opponent is from within that organization, but there is also a lot to be said for the person who can step up and say, 'hey, this isn't right.' I haven't slept in two nights, am living on Alkaseltzer, and don't know that I have more than three friends left within student government, but I now understand the importance of the dissenting minority. Historically without a dissenting voice many injustices may have been carried out against the American people. In this particular situation, without a dissenting voice there would be no limit to the injustices that can be enacted against a student body through complete ignorance toward the ASISU Constitution.

A Note on Television

The least agonizing post I could think to write for the day is a commentary on television. You'll have to forgive my lack of commentary on ISU politics and the ever put off movie review of Bobby.

Sunday night I was watching ABC's Brothers & Sisters. It was a re-run, but like all good shows I caught on late to the brilliance of the writing and just started watching (9 or so episodes in). While I was watching, I couldn't help but marvel at Sally Field. This woman is one of the greatest actresses around. She can play a stable mom just as effectively as she can play an unstable mom (i.e. Abby's mom on ER). Her range of emotions are present on the small screen always and she has remained true to herself, picking even small roles, and her talents.

The entire cast of Brothers & Sisters is stunning. Calista Flockhart returns as the highly conservative sister who has begun to question her own politics post-9/11. I watched Ally McBeal every now and then as it for awhile ran in front of The X-Files, but never really got into it and this had nothing to do with Calista. In addition to Sally and Calista as strong female roles, Rachael Griffith (of Six Feet Under fame) joins them as the stressed out executive, the sister who took over her father's business. The father was originally played by Tom Skerritt, a throwback to Steel Magnolias.

In addition to strong female roles, the brothers and uncle add a nice touch. The openly gay brother who at times presents the "holier than thou" attitude is a riot to watch. And Justin, oh Justin. If every show has to meet a quota of sex appeal here is where ABC struck it rich. His character is remarkable as well. After a recent return from Iraq, Justin is the messenger delivering the horrible news of his father's infidelity to his siblings. With a drug problem in tote, Justin is not free of baggage.

If you haven't watched a single episode of this great drama, I would recommend watching the upcoming episode (airs on the 10th of December). Rob Lowe is joing the cast!! I despised Rob Lowe for a very long time--that is until Sam Seaborn walked on the screen with the rest of the amazing ensemble cast of The West Wing. And the segway...

The writers of The West Wing never really left television. They transitioned beautifully into writing Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip. The original TWW writer, Aaron Sorkin, is back. Sorkin had disappeared for several seasons of TWW leaving a few of those seasons barely watchable. His wit, intelligence, and creativeness had been the greatest aspect of TWW. Now, with Thomas Schlamme, they have written a wonderful show with great characters. This, too, I didn't catch right away. I'm of the mindset that all spin-offs bomb, but I guess this isn't really a spin off. It's about two television producers and their executive (played by Matthew Perry, Bradley Whitford, and Amanda Peet) trying to keep a studio afloat. NBS, the fictional National Broadcast System, is not without turmoil and each week a new facet of the turmoil comes to light.

It is not only smart and funny, it is dramatic with political undertones. And in addition to the already mentioned members of the cast, D.L. Hughey, Timothy Busfield, Steven Weber, and a multitude of others round out this fine cast.

Like Brothers & Sisters, Studio 60 is brilliant and well-cast. You can catch Brothers & Sisters on ABC Sunday nights and Studio 60 Monday nights on NBC.

Saturday, December 2, 2006

Smorgasbord Saturday

Last night I had a dream I was at President Ford's funeral. But it couldn't have been President Ford's funeral because I was in Philly at Independence Hall and the person in charge was from the National Park Service. All in all it wasn't strange to me to be dreaming about Ford's funeral since every morning when I wake up the first thing I do is turn on the news to make sure Gerald Ford is still with us, but wow, what a strange funeral.

Hopefully in tomorrow's edition of the Idaho State Journal there will be a piece I wrote on the Articles of Confederation. Well, it isn't really on the Articles, but it talks about the Articles. The piece refers to an argument being made regarding the proposed Constititution for the Associated Students of Idaho State University. The article is only one piece of the puzzle--the puzzle that is ISU's student government at the current time.

On a related note, this week I filed two cases with the ASISU Supreme Court against the exectuive branch of student government. This should prove an interesting case study in separation of power. Government 101 here we come.

You know how they say people have theme songs? I don't know who these people are that came up with the idea, but I've heard the argument a time or two that each person has a theme song. I don't where they come up with such silly arguments nor do I know where people come up with the time to think all this out, but if these people are right, I think my theme song should be "Standing Outside the Fire" by Garth Brooks.

Yesterday I mentioned that I don't like Steny Hoyer--let me add to that statement--I have never liked Steny Hoyer since I knew who Steny Hoyer was, but it was during the Terri Schaivo debate that I decided I could never like Steny Hoyer. That experience made me loathe Bill Frist as well.

I know you're all wondering, okay maybe you're not, but I am wondering, when I will post on the movie Bobby. Soon my friends, soon. I've been swamped and that kind of post is going to take some serious thought. I can't just issue a blanket statement like the big papers do (i.e. "...a powerful, poignant movie..." the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, one of the kinder reviews of the film). I know the critics haven't been kind to this film, but there are many aspects of it to be appreciated and hopefully I can touch on those points soon.

Last, but certainly not least, I would like to throw in a This Day in History tidbit--it was on this day 50 years ago that Fidel Castro landed in Cuba to launch the Cuban Revolution. From what I'm hearing, Fidel was not present at today's parade (yes, they really do have parades for this sort of thing), but Ortega is in town...

Friday, December 1, 2006

My Minor Dislikes

I'm irritated with my schedule. Monday I didn't get home until 9, Tuesday about the same, Wednesday 9:30, Thursday 10, and tonight even though I planned on leaving campus at 5 and going straight home, I didn't walk in the door until just now. And every day this week I've been on campus by 8am.

I've decided I really don't like Paula Cole. There are certain artists I've just ignored. Tonight I realized that if there was anything I didn't like about Dawson's Creek it was the original theme song--I blame Paula Cole.

Steny Hoyer. I don't like him. I've tried to be happy about all aspects of the Democrats control of Congress, but this is just not something I can get on board with.

Have I ever mentioned that the last time I wore actual boots was the same period of time in which I was in love with Adam West? Yeah, I haven't worn boots since I was about six years old. I can't stand boots. Something about them just bothers me. I don't know if it is because I feel constrained or what my problem is. The reason this is bothering me is because it is freakin' cold in Pocatello, slick as hell, and I should get over my problem with boots. I can't.

You know that "Call Me When You're Sober" song by Evanesence? It bugs me. I really like the part where it mellows down, I guess it's the chorus, and Amy Lee is singing all by herself. The rest of the song just sucks. It's too bad, really. Amy Lee with Seether, now there's another story...