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Where should I go next fall? / Re: American and Living in DC
« on: April 08, 2005, 03:10:58 AM »

Want to keep arguing?

No, because all your arguments are going to come straight from Bush's carefully crafted agenda.

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: American and Living in DC
« on: April 07, 2005, 11:11:03 PM »
thisthis, you're in over your head debating terrorism issues with me.  Trust me.  About the White House, I have no family connections.  I got it on my own through hard work and persistence--no brownnosing required either.

And to the person who is moving to CA, congrats, move where you wish.  I think that's great, but the partisan divide in this country results from people like you using hyperbole on everything (Republicans are fascist?). Give me a break.

By the way, you guys are all really cool for bashing someone else.  I substitute teach right now at a local middle school and your behavior is very close to theirs.

Sorry bub.  As CounterPoint has said, shuffling papers on cap hill and the Whitehouse doesn't make you an expert on terrorism.  Nor does whatever crap you were doing with the Dep't of Homeland security, which, it seems, is quite clueless about terrorism anyway.   I don't see how detaining American citizens indefinitley (on bogus charges, as it happens) as enemy combatants and denying them their right to due process protects our country.  Ditto on plastic wrap and duct tape.

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Denials / Re: Most Obnoxious Rejection Letter
« on: April 07, 2005, 08:03:32 PM »
I know it's not a law school rejection, but Harvard's PhD rejection says "We know you must be disappointed."  Pompous fu*ks!

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: American and Living in DC
« on: April 07, 2005, 07:56:42 PM »
Jeez, I agree with you thisis1984, but do you have to be so harsh?

By the way, what color are we at today?  I can't look outside because of all the plastic wrap and masking tape on my windows.

Sorry, I'm sick of wanna be Senators (on both sides of the partisan divide, but especially aspiring fascis... er, I mean Republicans) who come to DC when they're 18 or 21 and think it's soooooo cool that they get to wear a little intern badge and go through a metal detector to enter their employer's building.  That's why I'm heading out west, where I can soak up the rays and listen to the Grateful Dead in peace  :D

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: American and Living in DC
« on: April 07, 2005, 07:07:44 PM »
I had friends who did the unpaid, no brains required work.  McCain paid his interns (there were three of us).  We didn't have our own offices, but we had a good setup in the SROB (on the Hill...in McCain's office). 

Bottom line, there are a lot of undergrad internships that suck.  Mine, for the most part, did not.  Without that McCain campaign experience (where all I did was walk my neighborhood and raise money for him...$600 in two nights and make phone calls to New Hampshire and a couple other states), I wouldn't have gotten the McCain Senate internship (worked on defense and foreign policy issues for McCain).  Without that, I wouldn't have gotten the House Policy and House Homeland Security Committee internships.  And without those, I likely would not have gotten the White House internship.  And I've read online (Princeton Review article) that the "best thing a new graduate can have on his/her resume is a White House internship).

They add up. 

And about the McCain/Bush thing, I was bitter about it for a while.  I thought McCain got a raw deal.  But I'll tell you what, I have worked on a plethora of campaigns (US Senate, State Assembly, Presidential, ballot initiatives, etc) since then.  Politics, like it or not, is a dirty business.  I've seen much worse than the McCain/Bush thing (although it was unfair and wrong).

The reason I opposed Bush in the first place is because I didn't think he was ready for the big office.  While about half the population still thinks that (some for good reasons and some bad ones), I lived in DC on 9/11 and my dad worked at the Pentagon.  I saw the smoke from my dorm window.  I spent hours trying to find out if he was dead or alive.  I went to the Pentagon the next day and saw the wreckage.  I saw the armed hummers at every major intersection in DC for days and weeks afterward.  To ME, Bush proved himself on 9/11 and in the aftermath.  I got tested for anthrax because I got sick (ended up being a cold) while working on the Hill during the anthrax darn.  I don't agree with or like everything he's done since, but I got his back until he leaves office for how he handled that situation.

Whitehouse internship the best thing you can have on your resume?  give me a break!! All a whitehouse internship says is that you're most likely either a giant brown-nosing ladder-climber, and/or someone in your family has connections (usually a combination of both).  Maybe such experience would look good for some entry-level position with a republican congressperson, but playing the partisan game is a risky gamble.  Watch out -- in four years, you're not going to be a very attractive candidate for political jobs. 

Also, re: living in DC on 9/11: yeah, you and a couple other milion folks.  Get over it.  The Bush Admin  has hyped up threats and used scare tactics so little weenies like you go into cardiac arrest every time the threat level gets elevated to "orange."

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: American and Living in DC
« on: April 07, 2005, 04:17:51 AM »
For the record, I never got coffee for McCain's assistant while I worked there.

Still, how much of your time was spent doing something substantive?  And how many times did you actually TALK to McCain himself?  Capitol Hill interns are nothing more than unpaid secretaries.

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: American and Living in DC
« on: April 07, 2005, 03:23:30 AM »
I'm making the opposite trek - from DC to the Bay Area.  As far as cities go, I really like DC and the MD suburbs.  It's very clean (for a city), lots of green space, and plenty of activity.  The museums are great (free, too!), you've got beautiful foliage in the fall and cherry blossoms in the spring, some hip neighborhoods with great food and good bars, plenty of yuppie upscale areas if that's your thing, monuments, bookstores, etc.  If you love politics, you'll love DC -- plenty of political activism, speeches, news, discussion, etc.  It's very interesting but quite easy to get jaded by all the partisan sh.it that goes on.  Also, in my experience, there are a lot of "tools" around -- aspiring politicians and aspiring yuppies, interns who think they're THE sh*t because they get coffee for John McCain's assistant, bratty kids born with silver spoons in their mouths, etc.  Not a very laid back city.  That is, of course, unless you go to some of the edgier areas, which are far away from AU. 

I've been wanting to get out to the west coast for a lot of reasons, mainly weather.  As much as I love having spring and autumn, I HATE cold and I hate the winter.  I'm ready for a change of scenery.  I'm also a bit sick of the uptight, somewhat unfriendly attitude that seems to prevail around here, and am hoping that the Bay Area will loosen me up a bit. 

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I plan to get out of my job sometime at the end of June, give up my car for two months, eat lots of cheap things like beans, rice, bananas, and apples, and basically live like a hippie biking around the city, swimmming in only the free places, crispyfrying my skin into an incredible tan, attending free yoga classes at a local coffee house, and editing a novel I wrote just for the hell of it during my crappy job this year. (yes, crappy enough that we have enough free time to write novels. you can imagine how much it pays:P needless to say it makes the decision to quit relatively easy.)

Yeah. That's about it. I can't wait.

ding ding... we have a winner for the coolest sounding plans

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General Off-Topic Board / Re: for all springsteen fans...
« on: April 06, 2005, 11:04:15 PM »
it's so funny how quickly political discussions turn to mudslinging

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General Off-Topic Board / Re: for all springsteen fans...
« on: April 06, 2005, 08:19:25 PM »
I've lost my respect for Springsteen after his rabid support of Kerry.

Then you've probably lost your respect for most talented actors, artists and musicians (with the exception of some country artists).

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