DC Intern Diaries

I'm a female 24 year old DC permanent intern. You name it and I've probably interned it. I'm also a graduate student in DC.

Friday, August 20, 2004

Americans will believe anything Bush tells them....how sad

"More than half of Americans, 54 percent, continue to believe Iraq (news - web sites) had weapons of mass destruction or a program to develop them before the United States invaded last year, according to a poll released Friday. Evidence of such weapons has not been found. Half believe Iraq was either closely linked with al-Qaida before the war (35 percent) or was directly involved in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on this country (15 percent)."

Does anyone learn to question soundbites anymore?? So the president makes something up or alludes to things that aren't true (like linking Saddam and al-Qaida) and a large percentage of our country just suck it up without any thought. Like zombies. These numbers are disturbing. Although the first question is phrased so you only have to think they had a program to develop them, which probably can never be fully proved or disproved (especially depending on how you define "program," the Bush admin probably defines it as a "thought" which would mean they're right, since Saddam probably at least thought about WMD).

Joe Schmo sighting

I was so excited to find that my bartender last night at Adams Mill in AdMo was none other than Joe Schmo 2 star Tim! No one else on my kickball team really seemed to know who he was but I was so gushy when I spoke to him. I loved the show. And he was rude! And he took 20 minutes to get my female friend one pitcher of beer (while we all watched him pour several others)! I guess stardom goes to your head. Or maybe I'm just not 6 feet tall and blonde so he can't be nice to me. Whatever dude. If he was nice to girls in the bar maybe he could get a date. Now I'm not excited to see him next week.

a large reason why I dislike the Bush admin

The New York Times and The Washington Post analyzed President Bush's efforts to significantly reduce the federal government's regulatory influence over a wide range of issues of public concern. "Health rules, environmental regulation, energy initiatives, worker-safety standards and product-safety disclosure policies have been modified in ways that often please business and industry leaders while dismaying interest groups representing consumers, workers, drivers, medical patients, the elderly and many others," the Times said. The Times and Post cited a number of regulatory changes that have upset consumer and environmental activists including: barring the public release of auto safety data; weakening rules protecting coal miners from black-lung disease; rolling back environmental regulations limiting mountaintop blasting by coal mining companies; and dropping proposed rules that would have protected hospital workers from tuberculosis, which unions and public health official
s say is on the rise in 20 states.

In addition, the Post reported that the Administration has used the Data Quality Act, a measure it says was "written by an industry lobbyist and slipped into a giant appropriations bill . . . without congressional discussion or debate, to allow business to challenge government information justifying regulatory action on a variety of consumer and environmental issues. Many observers on both sides of the regulatory debate acknowledge that September 11 and the increased focus on national security has diverted public attention away from many of the regulatory changes that affect people's everyday lives. "Most people are busy just trying to make a living. And with all the focus on Iraq and bin Laden, it gives the administration an opportunity to take a lot of loot out the back door without anybody noticing," said Congressman David Obey (D-WI).

The article is at:
http://www.nytimes.com/2004/08/14/politics/14bush.html?ex=1093456365&ei=1&en=61a05fb4cff0f626


Thursday, August 19, 2004

Politico Sighting

Boston Market, Wilson Blvd, Arlington VA

Bush-Cheney 2004 campaign manager. Ordered a fruit salad and a healthy sandwhich. Why do I know it was the campaign manager? Because he was carrying a large blue binder that said "Bush-Cheney 2004" and below it "campaign manager" and his name. And the headquarters are probably somewhat close by. He seemed annoyed by the fact that my order was so long and taking a while, but I was ordering a large meal and not just a sandwhich.

Monday, August 16, 2004

More Apprentice News

So it seems that I won't be the first law student/lawyer that tries out for the apprentice. They've finally added a lawyer to their roster in this season. Unlike me, who would have fit it in the non-Ivy/no real business experience category, she is pitted in the opposite group - the Ivy educated, like Kwame. Which I suppose is actually a different group than the experienced group, like Amy and Bill. Or is Amy in the less experienced but street smart group because of her age? So I guess they're really pitting the lesser experienced, but street smart and savvy v. ivy educated v. lots of business experience.

Hoping for 'You're Hired', Brenda Sandburg, The Recorder
08-11-2004

Someone was sure to recognize Jennifer Massey in NBC's promo for the next season of "The Apprentice." After all, she had a role in a video her former firm, Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison, produced for an office Christmas party in 2000. In that flick -- a spoof of James Bond -- Massey played a blonde beauty opposite former Chairman Tower Snow Jr.'s Bond. Massey, now an associate at Clifford Chance, didn't return a phone call seeking comment. A firm spokesman confirmed that Massey is an associate at the firm but wouldn't say whether she's on the show.

While NBC hasn't released the names of the 18 "Apprentice" contestants, a former Brobeck lawyer confirmed that Massey is in the NBC ad featuring the players. "The Apprentice" follows a group of young men and women as they try to impress billionaire real estate magnate Donald Trump. Each week, Trump assigns them a business task, and at the end of the episode he calls them into his boardroom and tells one of them, "You're fired." The last one standing gets a job with Trump that pays a six-figure salary. The second season premieres Sept. 9. NBC says the candidates "come from all walks of life, including both Ivy League MBA graduates and street entrepreneurs with no college education." Massey is in the Ivy League camp. She received a law degree from Harvard Law School and an undergraduate degree from Princeton University. The odds of getting picked for the show were pretty stiff. NBC's ad says that hundreds of thousands of people have auditioned to be a candidate. But Massey isn't the first Brobeck lawyer to make it onto a reality show. Stacey Stillman was a Brobeck associate when she appeared on the first season of "The Survivor." One of 16 castaways, Stillman got booted off the island in the third episode. She later sued CBS, claiming that the producer had rigged her removal. NBC is presenting "The Apprentice" wannabes as a cutthroat bunch.

Says a male contestant in a promo: "The women in this show will eat their own young."

Monday, August 09, 2004

On Vacation

I'll be on vacation this week, so no posting : (

Summer Internship is Over!

So my summer internships is over. I hope I actually contributed something, but it's hard to tell sometimes. I guess I still expect to be treated like a piece of crap secretary, I mean project/legislative/grassroots/staff/etc assistant, like I was before law school, and do meaningless tedious work all the time while the interns get interesting assignments. I think my brain partially melted that year from lack of substance. At least I read a lot that year, and studied for LSATs, which kept my mind sane from lack of stimulation. Summer jobs just seem less substantive than school year jobs anyway, at least 20 hr/wk or more school year jobs. You do actually needed work then, in the summer sometimes I feel they need to make work for the interns, which makes more work for them! Anyway, this summer my bosses seem pretty cool and they're very smart so I'm gonna try to keep in touch. Fall job starts in a few weeks, so only a few weeks to chill and not be an intern. This year will be a first for me - my first PAID internship during the year since that 1.5 semester(s) my senior year in college! Last year was all pro bono and hurt the pocketbook, I mean my ebay purchasing power (I am soooo addicted!! Shoes, belts, flower pins, books you name it!!)


Sunday, August 08, 2004

The Simple Life Drinking Game

Drink every time Paris and Nicole:

*wear something inappropriate for the job
*cheat on their job
*change clothing
*jokingly sexually come on to truckers, farmers, ranchers, crawfish boaters, etc
*ask the son of the family their age and mention it's "legal" or "perfect" if the son is 18 and over

Double drink every time:

*either Paris or Nicole says "love it" or "that's hot"

Alcopops (Bacardi Silver, etc) and calorie count

Say it ain't so!! I always thought Bacarci "alcopops" had around the same calories as a beer, not double! They're not good enough for the amount of calories...I'd rather have 3 light beers or a Krispy Kreme...

Calories
(per 12 oz)

Smirnoff Ice
228
Bacardi Silver
225
Bacardi Silver Raz
225
Bacardi Silver O3
225
Bacardi Silver Limón
225
Skyy Blue
235
Henry's Hard Lemonade
315
Jack Daniel's Hard Cola
232
Mike's Hard Lemonade
220
Mike's Hard Cranberry Lemonade
222


Saturday night

Went to dinner at a really nice place downtown. It was Q's bday and there were like 20 people and he picked up the tab for a 3 course meal, cake, champagne, and drinks. One day...sigh...
We went to Air and sat in the VIP section. Some very hot women at Air. This is #2 on the list of places my bfriend is not allowed without me after 1223 (lots of beautiful women, several grinding on each other, which of course my bfriend finds hot). I don't get why Air doesn't have a VIP bathroom. It took forever to get to the bathroom and back, I would have been happy with a VIP porta potty. We saw a bunch of people jump the fence into the VIP section - I couldn't believe it with all the security. Bottle service has to be the biggest rip off. But being in the VIP section is fun. Still trying to figure out the deal with the couple next to us. The guy seemed to be with his girlfriend and a really attractive blonde girl, they all seemed to be on each other, but the fatter chick was definitely with the guy.

Friday, August 06, 2004

Quote of the Day

"Law school is for people who are boring and ugly and serious."
Legally Blonde (2001)

I actually thought this statement applied to politics, not law school. I think it was James Carville that once said that "politics is Hollywood for ugly people." Most political people I have met have also been boring and serious. At least the conservative Republicans.

Tuesday, August 03, 2004

Best Book I've Read This Summer...

...is Al Franken's book about Liars and the lying lies they tell...it is so fabulous...conservative pundits that ignore the facts and take things out of context and twist the facts piss me off...the idea that if you're a liberal you must hate america is just ridiculous. A person can criticize something without "hating" it. One can criticize Bush and the war in Iraq without "hating America" or committing treason or slander or whatever. Franken is fresh and funny and actually makes his case unlike the Fox News gang and Ann Coulter. I'm still waiting to be convinced by one of their books.