Some DO response

March 3, 2006

Big DO day…check out the bar raid article and the Harvard column

Got a response (my first of the semester to a column from a reader…good times) to the column, an email from Jessica who wasn’t too happy with what I had to say:

I must say that when I heard what the president of Harvard said in January, it
infuriated me. But what angered me more was your article in the D.O. today. I
cannot believe that you would consider this man a victim, especially because he
resigned! By saying women lag behind men in math and science due to genetic
reasons is offensive, and he was wrong. As president of Harvard he should have
been more careful not to insult half of the population, especially because his
comment has no credability.”Is he wrong? Maybe. Is the suggestion idiotic? Yeah
maybe…” is not good enough for me. In my opinion, he IS wrong, and so is
defending him on the grounds that we have “fragile ears and egos”. Also, even
if it was just in Arts and Sciences, 62% of the PROFESSORS said they did not
have confidence in him. Not just the fragile youth. As a male college student,
you may not hear where I am coming from. All I ask is that you not offend half
the population again by defending someone who already has, and make him out to
be the victim.
I responded:

Jessica-

Thanks for your response. I don’t think Summers is actually the victim in this case, only that he is being unfairly forced out. I would hope there are people like yourself on the campus of Harvard to speak out against Summers, saying how offensive his suggestion is. I would hope there would be other individuals on the campus who would argue against that assertion, saying some studies seem to support what he said.
Basically what I mean is that this is a college campus – a learning environment. If people aren’t allowed to make comments perceived as politically incorrect and potentially wrong, where can they make them? It at the very least opens a dialogue on the topic.
Something I didn’t put in the article, because of space (but also because it doesn’t directly relate to the point) is that as head of the World Bank he made the comment that educating women in higher education was one of the most important goals of the World Bank, and because of that they gave millions of dollars to develop programs to do just that. This man was not sexist or misogynistic. He simply spoke his mind, and, obviously, opened himself up for critique.
Being a male has nothing to do with it – if you were to tell me that all men hate women and are potential batterers in relationships, I would disagree with you whole-heartedly. I’d be offended. I’d think you were 100% wrong. But I’d defend your right to say that 100% as well, and then I’d defend my right to counter your argument.
Glad you responded…one other final question is whether I can post your email on my website www.betweenthekraks.com, simply as another way of continuing the debate.
Thanks.
…she responded with a pretty favorable email. So I guess we’re on good terms now.
Speaking of political correctness, check out this crazy letter to the editor in the DO today against the fact that Ann Coulter is coming to speak on campus. Hey — Ann Coulter’s pretty crazy, but so is Michael Moore and there was no uproar from these people when he came to speak last year.
Well part two of Greta’s interview with Joran comes on at 10 PM. Great story. I’ve got a theory about it, and I think its starting to be confirmed a little as we see Joran as a pretty savvy guy, who certainly doesn’t sound too guilty. I’ll write out my theory at some point, but for now check out this excellent web site about all things Natalee.
Coming tomorrow/Saturday: the promising Real World cast, the probably fake Deal or No Deal and a Villanova-‘Cuse prediction.

Poor Dick Cheney

February 16, 2006

Dick Cheney finally spoke to the press today, granting interview numero uno after he turned into Elmer Fudd to his buddy Brit Hume at Fox News. Brit did a good job — Cheney was pretty honest. He asked all the easy questions (how did it happen, in what order) and some tough ones (were you drinking? why didn’t you go to the White House press pool?). Brit even got some questions in about Scooter and the PhoneTapGate.

I thought the best series of questions occurred surrounding whether this experience, which Cheney describes as “one of the worst days of his life,” would force Cheney to reconsider his pasttime of choice. He kind of denied it as a possibility, which didn’t make sense. Cheney could use this opportunity to really press the fact that it’s not particularly safe what he’s doing. I mean, he did shoot a 78-year-old guy in the face, instead of a bird.

Anyway, good interview. Check out the Fox site for the full video/transcript. I also like how CNN hates on Fox constantly. Check out what Kafferty from his dumbass files said this afternoon. The F-word? What a hateful bitch.

One final thing…first of all, if you actually read this at any point, and were waiting excitedly for my bar raid column tomorrow, don’t get your hopes up. There’s a much bigger story here than I can fit into a column, and a lot of angles and some sketchy happenings. It’ll be a front pager sometime in the next couple weeks written by yours truly. So get pumped.

Also, stay tuned to this site as I update some things, including polls and other links, as well as just write a ton more updates/posts in general. Hopefully.

 


Big Big Monday

February 14, 2006

Big Monday lived up to the hype tonight…wow…

 You know, I think I like Villanova about as much as I hate UConn. They’re just an exciting team to watch and they try so hard. Syracuse could really learn a lot from them…and hopefully they really DO learn a lot from them for when the Wildcats match up with the Orange at the Dome March 5.

So Slicky Dick wasn’t too smooth this weekend. Watching the press briefing this afternoon was yet another assault on poor Scott McClellan. That guy looks like the loser in middle school who always got the thousands of birthday punches, only this time its just a pounding of questions and scoffs instead of fists. It is a little strange though. McClellan just sounds like he’s lying…its almost like he’s just not good at what he does. Ari Fleischer was a pro. He would give as good as he got. And he sounded convincing, even if the amount of bullshit coming from the White House was the same then as it is now. Anyway it just seems fishy. Cheney shoots a guy in the face, and somehow no one really knows about it for almost 24 hours? Botched cover up maybe? Well just leave it to The Smoking Gun to solve anything…here’s the actual police report from the accident…The Smoking Gun is amazing…check the archives for the entire Kobe Bryant transcript from his interview with the police after his Denver creative rehab session.

Finally, working on Thursday’s column for the print edition of the DO about the bar raids back in action. Two weird stories coming out of it that I’m following up: 1)They not only raided Lucy’s, but The Shire on Erie Boulevard. And two SU students and one ESF student got their ID’s taken, along with another 25 or so written up for underage drinking. The Shire? Anyone ever heard of that place? Apparently it’s a hot spot…and 2)This whole “contaminated liquor” thing with Lucy’s. Apparently four bottles had maggots, etc. in it. Googling contaminated liquor though all I could find was hundreds of people dying in India of contaminated liquor last year. Sooo, death doesn’t really go well with Prada bags and Ugg boots, you know? Strange. Check out the column Thursday for the full details…