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.

Thursday, October 21, 2004

Teresa Heinz Kerry Comment About Laura Bush Not Having Worked/Job

Teresea Heinz Kerry's comment was NOT a big deal. Laura Bush quit her job and profession basically when George proposed to her and exchanged her teaching degree for an Mrs degree. She hasn't held a job in about 30 years! What kind of role model is she for young women? My mother and my grandmother and their generations fought hard for me and other young women to have the opportunity to be a law partner, CEO, business owner, doctor, accountant, etc, and not have to stay at home with the kids and not go to college simply to get an "Mrs degree." Staying home to raise kids is hard work, but it is not a "job." There are no clients, bosses, paychecks, deadlines, documents, lawsuits, board meetings, powerpoint presentations, billable hour requirements, competition from peers, etc!! By calling staying home a "job" it discredits the hard work that young women do to try to become equal to men in the business world. Women have to work even HARDER than men to prove they're not on "mommy t
rack" in law firms and companies or to prove they're not going to just quit as soon as a man proposes to them. Teresa Heinz Kerry has a job and has worked hard. Laura Bush has worked hard, but has not a job for thirty years.

Wednesday, October 20, 2004

The Bachelor TryOuts in Washington DC

The Bachelor held auditions yesterday in Washington DC yesterday at Ozios. I was there with one of my girlfriends. The crowd was mostly mid20s-late 30s women, with about 10-20% of the crowd being male, mostly African-American. The women selected to fill out a form and be on tape were ALL BLONDE! No kidding - not one brunette, redhead, Asian, or African-American the entire time I was there. The women were mostly late twenties looking, darkish blonde haired, with C cup breasts. Most were average looking, a few were attractive, but shockingly, the women picked weren't gorgeous or even the best looking at the bar. They all were the same type though.

One man asked me what I thought about not being selected. I told him the straight truth, when it comes to being blonde with big boobs I lose - BUT if The Bachelor, or whoever, is looking for an attractive, size 2, former cheerleader and promotional model, with fashion sense, who went to a top undergrad and graduated with honors, who's in a top graduate program, and making six figures - at my age and without even having graduated grad school yet!, and who did it all themselves (no family money, connections, etc) then I am the whole package. Unfortunately, or fortunately, shallow men looking for blondes with boobs are going to miss out.

Rest of US can get flu while young Congressional staffers get flu vaccines

While many Americans search in vain for flu shots, members and employees of Congress are able to obtain them quickly and at no charge from the Capitol's attending physician, who has urged all 535 lawmakers to get the vaccines even if they are young and healthy.

YET federal guidelines call for this season's limited supply to go mainly to the elderly, the very young, pregnant women, long-term-care patients and people with chronic illnesses.

I'm sorta okay with Members who are visiting elderly people getting flu shots. But staffers??? So staffers should get flu shots and the rest of us working in DC shouldn't? Like Congress will collapse if some 22 year old House receptionist has a runny nose? Please!

Congress makes one rule for the rest of the country and their own rules for themselves. They can pay interns less than minimum wage while arguing for an increase in the wage. They can raise their own salaries while the gap grows between rich and poor, etc.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A46325-2004Oct19.html

Tuesday, October 12, 2004

Payback on K Street

This is why being a democrat on K Street is such a problem! I'll never
be able to be a lobbyist or make millions on K Street as long as I am a
democrat. If the MPAA's Glickman, a former member of
Congress, can't do it, no democrat can! (Other than maybe the Clintons).

Payback on K Street

THE CORPORATE tax bill that Congress has sent to the White House
rewards just about every special interest that retains a lobbyist in
Washington. Makers of sonar fish finders stand to gain, as do importers
of Chinese ceiling fans, dog-track operators who cater to foreign
gamblers, and Native Alaskan whaling captains. But one lobby did not do
so well, and its identity is revealing. The Motion Picture Association
of America, Hollywood's trade group, had been hoping for $350 million a
year in subsidies, which were written into the Senate version of the
bill as partial compensation for the loss of a bigger export subsidy
that the bill repeals. But the Senate's largesse was cut back to around
$100 million in the final bill that emerged from the House-Senate
conference, leaving the movie industry as the biggest net loser from the
legislation.

Why did the movie studios, which usually lobby with the best of them,
lose out? Perhaps because three months ago they had the temerity to
choose Dan Glickman, a Democrat, to head their trade association. The
congressional Republican leadership, which had the final say on the tax
bill, made no secret of its fury that a plum lobbying job had not gone
to a Republican: Grover Norquist, a close ally of House Republicans,
called Mr. Glickman's appointment "a studied insult," adding that the
movie industry's "ability to work with the House and Senate is greatly
reduced." Commenting on the movie moguls' comeuppance last week, Rep.
Jim McCrery (R-La.) told Brody Mullins of Roll Call that "it's a good
idea to have someone who can communicate with those who are in power,"
and that "[i]t's a consideration that any organization hiring a lobbyist
should take into account."

This suggests that Congress is corrupt not only in the manner in which
it awards prizes to favorite lobbyists, but also in the manner in which
it denies such prizes. By punishing the movie industry for giving its
plushest Washington job to the opposite party, the Republicans are
saying that they want such jobs reserved for their own side, partly so
that they can vacuum up the campaign donations that trade associations
make and partly so that members of their own party can spin through the
revolving door into millionaire nirvana. A few years ago, congressional
Republicans claimed to stand for free-market principles -- for the idea
that government should get out of the way and allow the economy to
reward the innovators and entrepreneurs who fuel progress. But power has
corrupted the party. Now that they are the incumbents, they skew the
economic playing field so as to reward their friends and fill their
campaign treasuries.

The bill that Congress has produced is monstrous in just about every
way. Designed to close a $5 billion-a-year export subsidy that violated
international trade law, it ended by spraying out $140 billion in
business breaks over 10 years. It absurdly rewards tobacco farmers, and
absentee tobacco landlords, without imposing even the minimal regulation
on tobacco that the nation's biggest cigarette maker had agreed to. In
Friday's debate, President Bush said he would discipline Congress in
order to reduce the budget deficit. If Mr. Bush cannot bring himself
to veto this terrible bill, it will be hard to take him seriously.




Oh the Guilt

The point of this article is that basically women should just stay home and raise kids - if they choose to have them AND want them to be normal. If you try to be a successful professional woman and have kids, as teenagers they will be lost and you will never bond with them and they will be like strangers to you. Yeah. I read this stuff and I ALREADY feel guilty for the imaginary children I don't have whom I won't see while I am working as a fulltime professional - b/c there's no way I am quittting my profession and the position I worked so hard for to stay home just so I can drive my whiny brats to soccer practice, ballet lessons, SAT tutoring, the mall, etc all day. According to articles like these, as a full time working woman, I am already a failure as a mother of teenagers!! I just thought the guilt would be about their first few years and sending them to daycare - now it includes their teen years as well!!



Washington Post: A Time to Come Home - Some Parents Quit Working to Be Around More -- When Their Kids Are Teens, Not Toddlers. That May Be Good Timing, Experts Say

When Pat Kloehn, 49, a Silver Spring mother of two, quit a job she enjoyed at CNN to stay at home with her children, the lifestyle change had a certain familiarity. It was the second time Kloehn had stepped off the career path to become an at-home mom.

Kloehn, whose children are 13 and 17, says, "The first time, I did it because I felt I wasn't having any quality time with my daughter. I didn't spend enough time with her to even know her likes and dislikes. I wanted to have another child, but I wanted to be the one to raise them, not a virtual stranger."

After several contented years at home, Kloehn returned to work when the kids reached school age. But a year ago, she decided it was time to come home again.

"With two wars, September 11, a sniper and a hurricane, my husband [also a CNN employee] and I were working 24-7," Kloehn says. "My son came home to an empty house every day."

Though it is generally regarded as acceptable to leave children home alone at age 12, Kloehn's son felt lost. "He was lonesome all the time," Kloehn said. "When he talks about that period of his life, he calls it, the 'deep blue' days."

"With teenage children, missing out on quality time seemed much scarier" than when they were younger, Kloehn said. "Without direction, I felt my kids were at risk for some really dangerous behaviors that could affect their adult lives."

Takoma Park mom Diane Mac-Eachern, 52, worked when her children were young, building a 35-employee communications and advocacy firm. After 14 years, she said, she was drained from the constant demands on her time and feeling that she was never giving her best to her clients, her employees or her family. Three years ago, MacEachern sold her share of the business and is now an at-home mom to her children, ages 14 and 16.

"I think that the middle school and high school years are much more challenging for a child than preschool or elementary school," she said. "And it's harder for parents to stay in touch with their children during the teenage years. As I looked at the challenges, I really felt like this was the time to be there for them."

Kloehn and MacEachern have discovered what many parents of older children (including Bush campaign adviser Karen Hughes and Judith Steinberg Dean, wife of former Vermont governor and presidential candidate Howard Dean) have found: that being available for their children when they are older may be just as important as when they are very young.

According to the U.S. Census, workforce participation by mothers fell from a record high of 59 percent in 1998 to 55 percent in 2000. This was the first significant decline since the Census Bureau began monitoring such data in 1976. The figure remained unchanged in 2002. The four-percentage-point decline was mostly attributable to women with infants, but it also included moms who dropped out of the workforce when their kids were older.

Numerous studies have shown that the hours between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. are when kids are most likely to use drugs, engage in sex and get caught up in violence. The Partnership for a Drug-Free America encourages parents to monitor their children's activities during these hours, because "the rewards of monitoring are proven. Kids who are not regularly monitored are four times more likely to use drugs."

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A25162-2004Oct11.html


married Wilson Sonsini lawyer arrested for sex with 16 year old he paid

Silicon Valley lawyer arrested for having sex with underage girl

Associated Press

SUNNYVALE, Calif. - A Silicon Valley lawyer allegedly paid a 16-year-old girl hundreds of dollars for sex and propositioned her 17-year-old friend with graphic e-mails, according to court records.

Jason D. Borrevik, 32, of Sunnyvale, had sex at least three times with the 16-year-old San Francisco Bay area girl he met on the Internet, according to an affidavit filed Tuesday in Santa Clara County Superior Court. The girl told police he paid her between $140 and $200 for each encounter.

Borrevik, an attorney at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, one of Silicon Valley's most prestigious law firms, was arrested last month on charges of having sex with a minor. He's married and has an infant son.

Borrevik is on administrative leave from his job at the law firm, which represents high-profile clients such as Hewlett-Packard and Apple Computer.

Borrevik's attorney, John L. Williams, declined to comment on the case on Wednesday.

Borrevik allegedly e-mailed the 17-year-old girl graphic photographs to entice her, but instead of meeting with him, she reported the incident to Milpitas police in August.

In a sting operation, a Palo Alto police detective pretended to be the older girl during an online chat with Borrevik, who allegedly admitted to having sex with the 16-year-old.

A clerk at the Palo Alto Townhouse, where Borrevik allegedly met with the 16-year-old at least once, said Borrevik had rented a room there more than 40 times in the past four years and had arrived with an "underage-looking" girl in the weeks before his arrest, according to the police affidavit.

Friday, October 08, 2004

Bush's motto: If it sounds good, say it

When you spend so much time torturing the truth, it's hard to keep your story straight -- or even remember what you just said.

The most remarkable moment in Tuesday's debate between Vice President Cheney and Sen. John Edwards came when Cheney issued a blanket denial of the obvious.

Edwards, who proved both his value and his loyalty to Democratic nominee John Kerry, declared that "there is no connection between Saddam Hussein and the attacks of September 11th. Period. The 9/11 Commission has said that's true. Colin Powell has said it's true. But the vice president keeps suggesting that there is."

What Cheney said next was, literally, incredible: "I have not suggested there's a connection between Iraq and 9/11."

This is the same Cheney who, just minutes before, in the very same debate, had defended the attack on Iraq by declaring flatly that Saddam Hussein "had an established relationship with al Qaeda." Hello? If that is not a "suggestion" of a connection, what is?

Well, this: On Sept. 14, 2003, Cheney said Iraq was at the heart of "the geographic base of the terrorists who have had us under assault now for many years, but most especially on 9/11."

If the Cheney-Edwards debate made nothing else clear, it is that the central issue in this presidential election is becoming the administration's lack of credibility and its tendency to say whatever is convenient to make whatever case it is trying to make.

Day by day, we learn more and more about how the administration led the nation into war by distorting intelligence and twisting facts. A president who once condemned a mentality that declared "if it feels good, do it" has now embraced a related principle: "If it sounds good, say it."

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A13425-2004Oct6.html?nav=most_emailed_emailfriend

Tuesday, October 05, 2004

The VP Debate: the 90% casualty figure

From WP: In a reprise of comments Kerry made in last week's debate, Edwards said the United States has paid 90 percent of the costs and suffered 90 percent of the casualties in the war in Iraq.

The figure is "dead wrong," Cheney replied, adding that the Iraqi security forces have suffered almost 50 percent of the casualties."

They're comparing apples and oranges. Kerry/Edwards is talking about 90% in reference to allies casualties. Compared to the Allies fighting in Iraq we've taken 90% of casualties. Cheney is talking total casualties, including American and Iraqi. Edwards wasn't talking about Iraqis deaths, he was talking about allies (ie traditional allies - Europe, Japan, Australia, etc) and the proportion of American deaths. The WP doesn't make it clear that Cheney's repetitive points are off the topic. I'm sure Edwards recognizes Iraqis deaths, that wasn't the point!



Does Edwards not vote in roll call votes like VP Cheney claimed tonight??

So I'm watching the VP debate and I hear Cheney say he never saw Senator Edwards before tonight because Sen. Edwards hasn't been to a roll call vote (while Cheney goes to all). I think, can this be true??

While Cheney is exagerating (Edwards at least showed up on June 23rd) and previously before that, according to my research. But the last time he voted in roll call vote - was JUNE 24, 2004!! There have been numerous votes in July and September since then and a couple in October.

According to C-Span, Edwards hasn't voted in any "key votes" in the past few months.

From a NC newspaper:
Edwards has the second-worst attendance record in the Senate, eclipsed only by Massachusetts senator and Democratic presidential hopeful John Kerry, according to official Senate records, available on www.senate.gov. Edwards was absent in 64 of the 119 roll-call votes from Jan. 20 through June 16, 2004 (a staggering 54 percent nonvoting record).

For other VP debate Reax see http://www.thenationaldebate.com/blog/archives/2004/10/veep_debate_rea.html#more



Votergasm

From The Hoya:

Calling all voting swingers!

Votergasm.com aims to encourage young people to exercise their voting rights with sexual incentives. Inspired by low voter turnout among the 18- to 25-year-old demographic in the 2000 election, the goal of the non-profit, nonpartisan organization is to register 100,000 first-time voters for this year’s election by having them to pledge to vote and hook up only with fellow voters.

Visitors to the site can pledge on three different levels.

“Citizens” are asked to vote and withhold sexual activity from non-voters during election week.

“Patriots” pledge the same, and, in addition, promise to hook up with a fellow voter on election night.

And an “American Hero” — the highest level and most drastic action for some voters — signs on to hook up with a voter on election night and withhold sex from non-voters for the next four years.

Various action pictorials on the site provide laughs while reminding voters of their rights. These real-life comics feature scantily clad models exploring their sexuality and their rights as Americans.

Like much of the site, the story lines of the pictorials are not to be taken too seriously.

In “How to Start an Issues Advocacy Group,” swingers worried about tides interrupting sex on the beach form a protest group when their attempts to contact Congress fail. Their protests are successful and, as they wished, Congress blows up the moon to stop the tides.

One can also find out how to vote in his or her home state in “How to Vote Absentee.” Readers follow a college sophomore as she discovers the joys of absentee voting.

No plans for election night after voting to your heart’s content?

Votergasm parties will spring up all around the country. Those interested in meeting and hooking up with fellow voters in their area can search for parties in their area.

Hoyas who pledge at Votergasm can check out and hook up at the election-night party in Adams Morgan or register their own party. Party planners are instructed to keep the parties sexy without being overly lewd or distasteful.

A featured item at Votergasm is “Ass or Trunk?” — billed as “an interactive stereotyping game.”

Set up like “Hot or Not,” viewers can judge contestants based on their pictures. Instead of rating attractiveness, viewers have to guess contestants’ political affiliation, left-wing ass, right-wing trunk and all that goes between.

Those interested in seeing what kind of political vibes they send out can upload a photo of themselves to be deemed an ass or a trunk.

Here’s a hint: A Polo shirt with a popped collar is bound to be a trunk and men posing in thongs are usually rated asses.

Like any good political Web site, Votergasm has forums for those who would like to express concerns of a political or sexual nature. Recent discussions have covered topics such as why one should vote and if women will follow through with their Votergasm pledges.

Votergasm is another fun waste of time for Hoyas. It humorously raises issues that many young people try to avoid without being overtly educational in the process.

But reserved individuals might want to stay away from this one, as this site is not for the prude of heart.

At Votergasm, those who have not yet registered to vote and desire to do so can, with the added bonus of refusing to hook up with naughty non-voters.

In the midst of the sex and silliness, Votergasm is raising awareness about the importance of voting to young people, which is commendable in itself.

And remember, if the voting booth is a-rockin’, don’t go a-knockin’.

But reserved individuals might want to stay away from this one, though, as this site is not for the prudishe at of heart.

At votergasmVotergasm.com, those who have not yet registered to vote and desire to do so can, with the added bonus of refusing to hook up with naughty non-voters.

In the midst of the sex and silliness, votergasmVotergasm.com is raising awareness about the importance of voting to young people, which is commendable in itself.

And remember, if the voting booth is a-rockin’, don’t go a-knockin’.


Shearman & Sterling summer associate fired

Funny story, from greedyassociates.com:

He showed up at a firm wide diversity lunch with a prepared speech that was misogynist, elitist, and racist (highlights: the intelligence failures that led to 9/11 were a result of diversity policies that put unqualified minorities from bad schools in important positions; the first female air force pilot crashed her f16 because she was incompetent and got her position through terrible diveristy policies; the law enforcement response to 9/11 was deficient and caused more deaths b/c of diversity policies). An invited guest, a major potential corporate client of the firm, was the keynote speaker and opened the floor to q&a. The summer got up and read his speech in an adversarial tone ("wouldn't you agree that... " "how do you respond to ..." ) as a "question."

The person in question also already had a reputation for being a loudmouthed jerk with poor judgement in the departments he rotated through and with his lawschool classmates. He had already made some strange comments at a summers-only diversity training as well. This was the straw that broke the camel's back, in other words.

He was offered the chance to apologize and retract his statements. He refused, insisting that he didn't do anything inappropriate and that he was right, etc. He wouldn't even acknowledge that it was the wrong forum to bring up such viewpoints. Even now he maintains that he was fired because of some insane left-wing conspiracy.

In other words, he is totally wacko and S&S did the right thing.

Davis Polk & Wardwell summer associate fired

At DPW a summer dropped the N-word several times into his conversation at a summer lunch at a public restaurant with summers and associates. The DPW summer ultimately wound up getting no offer (in fact was told that showing up for the exit interview was not compulsory and he might want to avoid embarrassment by skipping it). DPW always makes offers but this guy blew his chance at 125k. Idiot.


John Kerry up in ice cream poll

John Kerry has been up and down in the national polls, but he's showing a surge in the District, at least among ice cream consumers. The frozen confection wars began Sept. 1 at Jeff Tunks's three restaurants, where they are gauging who has earned the votes of Washingtonians. The contest: President Bush's favorite flavor, praline, vs. Kerry's white chocolate macadamia nut. The results: Kerry is crushing Bush at Ceiba with 188 to 61, outpacing him at D.C. Coast with 156 to 85 and edging him slightly at Ten Penh with 130 to 92, reports The Post's Juliet Eilperin. Numbers for Kerry improved after the first presidential debate, but Bush can still come back: The count ends Nov. 1.