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Over the past few months, AcaDems, our committee on education policy, has been working on a policy proposal for how to fully fund higher education. On Tuesday, they will head up to Lansing to show this proposal to our legislators and encourage them to stop the cuts to higher education.
The full report is now online (you can read it here). For more information about AcaDems, email co-chair Zach Martin (zamartin @ umich.edu) and Amanda Caldwell (ahcaldwe @ umich.edu).
Disclaimer: The opinions expressed herein reflect only the views of the
author and do not represent the opinions of the College Democrats at the
University of Michigan (UMCD), the Michigan Federation of College Democrats
(MFCD), the Michigan Democratic Party (MDP), or the Democratic National
+ BREAKING NEWS: Mary Sue Coleman actually lives in the house on South University.
+ Tired of waiting for a cab or bus after a night of partying? Well, Pedicab is the new vomit comet. Drunken freshman rejoice!
+ Crime Notes: A thief had the option of stealing a Toyota or textbooks. He picked the more valuable item–the textbooks.
+ The issue of repatriation has entered the alphabet soup phase. The CUHRC reported to SACUA about complying with NAGPRA. Oh bureaucracy, how I love you.
+ At the World Stem Cell Summit, Alfred Taubman will be honored for being a large sack of money. Luckily he donated his body to science.
+ Tyler Jones wants K-12 students to directly evaluate their teachers. I could say more but I will let his opinion be the joke.
Last night, the College Democrats elected its four officers for the coming year. Our new Chair is the esteemed Samuel Marvin (currently somewhere in China) and our new Vice Chair is robot-extraordinaire Tom Duvall. The organization also re-elected Kyra VandeBunte as Treasurer and me (Lindsay Miars) as Secretary. I’m speaking for the four of us when I say we’re really excited to get things going and make the coming year a great one.
3:03 PM – Welcome to my interpretation of University of Michigan College Democrats – erm, the College Democrats at the University of Michigan – Constitutional Congress 2009. I’d say that I want to make this rhyme, but my capacities cannot think of that many matches for the word “amendments”. Thus far we’ve accomplished the following:
1) Grammar (sort of) corrected
2) We’ve tabled the amendment discussion the procedure of holding open and closed meetings, their difference, etc.
3) Heated debate about whether or not we are going to “hold a meeting” “convene a meeting” “convene in a meeting” or completely abolishing the entire organization as a whole (not a whole group.)
3:05 – Crazy super unlikely situation amendment voted upon. Lindsay wants to practice voting. Is it something about her arthritis?
3:06 – Secretarial duties (not a la Maggie Gyllenhal) but we’re tabling it so we can talk about something else.
Down to Ohio we tread in order to fight for Wolverine honor!
Turns out Kathy Hilton (the woman who spawned Paris Hilton) does not find McCain’s recent attack ad particularly “hot.” In an article for Huffington Post she said:
I’ve been asked again and again for my response to the now infamous McCain celebrity ad. I actually have three responses. It is a complete waste of the money John McCain’s contributors have donated to his campaign. It is a complete waste of the country’s time and attention at the very moment when millions of people are losing their homes and their jobs. And it is a completely frivolous way to choose the next President of the United States.
On a more humorous note, the Borrowitz Report decided to go ahead and speak on behalf of both Ms. Spears and Ms. Hilton–you know, since one lipsyncs and the other sounds like a toddler.
In their anti-McCain spot, the two starlets fight fire with fire, comparing Sen. McCain to the Joker from the smash-hit film “The Dark Knight.”
“It’s perfectly fair,” Ms. Spears said of the ad.Â “They both have pasty white faces and totally creepy smiles.”
I know it’s satire, but for some reason it doesn’t really feel like a joke.
News Flash: John McCain had another senior moment. Well he wasn’t confusing the two main sects of the world’s fastest growing religion, nor was he avoiding answering a question about Viagra. Nope.
John McCain instead was attacking Barack Obama for his position on the Iranian Revolutionary Guard, those Photoshop whizzes who recently launched numerous Shahab missiles in bit of muscle flexing. While implying that Obama was unwilling to take a tough stance against the Moe Howard of the now Party of One ‘Axis of Evil,’ McCain touted his own record on the issue, saying,
“This is the same organization that I voted to condemn as a terrorist organization when an amendment was on the floor of the United States Senate. Senator Obama refused to vote.”
Oh really? Looks like someone forgot where they were on September 26, 2007 as the Kyl-Lieberman amendment was under consideration. Senator McCain was actually in New York attending either a campaign stop or fundraising event, I don’t remember or know which. But I don’t need to remember where he was and what he did, that’s his job.
Red Alert! As we Dems try and figure out this whole mess of a primary, the Pubbies are testing the waters with possible VPs for McCain. The LA Times talks about a poll showing a McCain-Rice ticket winning in New York against both Obama-Clinton and Clinton-Obama tickets.
…asked 576 New York voters about was a matchup between a McCain-Rice ticket and the alleged Democratic dream ticket which is, depending on your age, education and income, either Clinton-Obama or Obama-Clinton.
Holy Rezko! By St. Bosnia! The Republicans actually win that hypothetical matchup!
Turn things around on Howard Dean’s side and the Republican team still plays better in New York today:
Yeh, sure there’s all sorts of caveats. A margin of error of +/-4. Obama has ruled out the VP spot. Rice says Palo Alto looks real good after the West Bank and Gaza. McCain’s still drawing up his long VP list.
Rice would convince some Conservative holdouts that a McCain presidency wouldn’t be all moderate maverickism and the fact that she is both African-American and a woman just makes this all the more interesting.
Aside from superficial qualities (her Conservatism doesn’t mean jack if she doesn’t have any power and being black and a woman doesn’t mean she’ll represent those demographics’ interests) she does bring something the current presidency lacks: intelligence. She’s a smart cookie, aside from her Master’s and PhD she taught at Stanford for several years where she specialized on the Soviet Union. While the USSR may have gone the way of the Dodo (I think McCain was around for that) Rice has proven she can remain on top of her game.
That being said, I see her as one of the people that needs to be held responsible for the current state of the world. As one of the major architects of the Bush Doctrine, Rice waved the Neo-Con banner as we unilateraly invaded Iraq.