Wednesday, April 30, 2008

An assault on all that is decent and good, possibly

Glamocracy: Taste: Another Victim of the Ongoing Primary Season

Bloggers with nothing to write about and less motivation than is needed to find something smart often resort to stunts like this. I'm not proud, but I encourage you to read it anyway.

I Can Haz Subteckts?

Glamocracy: Condemnation, Superdelegates, Falsehoods and Poll Results: What You Need to Know Today

Jezebel: Crappy Hour

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Glamming up the afternoon

Glamocracy: McCain Realizes That Tax Cuts Don't Necessarily Cut It

I mean, I'm not glamorous or anything right now because I found out after I finished writing Crappy Hour that management cut off the hot water this morning to "facilitate" repairs without bothering to notify me, but something else I wrote is up on Glam.

Bad night's sleep

Glamocracy: Bad Choices, Wright, Taxes, North Carolina and Drop-Outs: What You Need to Know Today

Jezebel: Crappy Hour

Monday, April 28, 2008

And one more Glam piece...

A Guide For Candidates: Eat This!

I should really know better

So, at the People party on Friday, I ran into Patrick Gavin and foolishly didn't hide when he held up his camera. I blame the champagne. That's Emily Goodin at the left and her friend Suzanne in the middle.
Yes, much of what I own is in that color range. One time a couple of years ago, I showed my boyfriend at the time something I was really proud of having gotten which was in this blue-green range. He said, "Just tell me, have you ever seen something in that color and put it back on the rack?" I was forced to admit that I'd only done so if it was the wrong size.

Monday again already?

Glamocracy: Sometimes a Political Party Is Political, and Sometimes It's a Party: What You Need to Know Today

Jezebel: Crappy Hour

Cynics' Party: Crashing Other Parties
Cynics' Party: Dance, Bitches, Dance!

Sunday, April 27, 2008

Rolling my eyes

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote an article on Glamocracy about prominent male bloggers and why there weren't equally prominent female ones. I sent interview requests to 20 bloggers: male and female, Republican and Democratic, anonymous and eponymous and got about 7 responses. I used a variety of representative responses, since I am word-limited and edited at Glamocracy (if you can't tell by how short my stuff usually is and how few typos it normally contains). The question I asked was:
Why do you think there aren't as many female political bloggers?
In order to put forth information I couldn't contain in the longer piece, I linked to a really long list of women bloggers.

For my part, as indicated by the title of my article, I wasn't trying to talk sheer numbers or prominence on the Internet (though, notably, Technorati rankings of the top political bloggers are 90%+ men, but, you know, whatever), but overall prominence. For instance, can anyone really argue that the other bloggers at Kos are nearly as prominent as Kos?

Apparently Markos Moulitsas can, and did and continues to do so via his own blog and his own bloggers. One of the reasons I didn't include his quote in the piece is that I thought, coupled with, I dunno, 6 other people saying the exact opposite of him, it made him look like he thinks that the universe really is a meritocracy, there's no difference between how seriously women get taken and I didn't want to make him look badly. I thought that would have been, frankly, unfair and that Glam generally tries to be a little more friendly. I appreciated his perspective and, while I disagreed, I would've included it and discussed including it with my editors but thought it better to just thank him for his time rather than start a fight. Apparently, all it takes to start a fight with Markos is to ask him for a quote, thank him and not use is if the 1,500 word post by "Miss Laura" is any indication.

In our intial interaction Markos said in response to my question:
I disagree with that notion. The Daily Kos executive editor, a blogger, of course, is female. Digby is female. Jane Hamsher is female. There are other prominent women (including seven on Daily Kos) writing in group blogs.
I mean, that's fair, but is it insightful? Jane Hamsher is certainly a woman, but the fact that an anonymous person (who many people assume is a man) is a woman and there are a bunch of women on group blogs, including his own, many of whom are anonymous, doesn't exactly prove what he said. I mean, the only quote I could have generated out of that response is:
Markos Moulitsas of the DailyKos disagrees that the men of the political blogosphere are more prominent than the women, citing a number of bloggers on his site, the anonymous Digby and Jane Hamsher.
Looks great, right? That's why I didn't say it. When I emailed him to thank him, let him know the post was up and tell him that my editors axed certain things, he responded thusly:
I still don't understand how you can ignore Digby, Jane Hamsher, and the female bloggers at Daily Kos, all of whom get more traffic than Red State, Ezra Klein, and Matthew Yglesias.
And the women bloggers at Daily Kos get more readers than any of those other blogs combined.
Well, for one, I don't think it's a particularly fair criticism that I didn't mention every single female blogger -- I didn't mention all the men, either. There are plenty of other things to criticize about my piece, but the number of women who blog for him (or his traffic numbers) isn't the best argument. I also think it's not particularly well-done of him to release our email traffic to one of his bloggers in order to attack me, but, hey, it did release me, I think, from keeping my thoughts about his emails to myself.

Also, apparently, some in the right-wing blogosphere is all up in arms about it, too, but only one of them actually bothers to spell my name correctly (and since she did so, I'll bother linking to her). Her criticism is that I ignore a bunch of right-wing female bloggers. To point out, one of them is a colleague of mine at Glam and, thus, posted next to my column, another one, Em Zanotti, was briefly part of Wonkette and rather roundly criticized but has always been sweet to me and, prior to the ascendency of Layne, we talked about replacing my "Ask a Lobbyist" column with an "Ask a Conservative" one that I think would've been hilarious, but, though I like her, I wouldn't say she's of the same prominence as Kos. When she leads off with Malkin, I have trouble buying her argument that I missed prominent, respected, thoughtful women bloggers. Also, when she says she want to hit me, calls me a victim, refers to me as "honey," calls me thin-skinned and "insecure and idiotic," well, I think she loses me and the argument. She almost had a point, but attacking me was apparently more important than making a thoughtful argument about my thesis. Her colleagues-in-ideological-arms, though, by constantly misspelling my name while calling me stupid, well, that's not even worth linking to because it either proves that they are actually really stupid or just immature. On the other hand, I guess I should thank her for the link. My bosses appreciated the traffic.

Anyway, I'm going to go write some more stuff to piss people off now because my bosses are all excited about the traffic this post generated this month. Any suggestions on how to piss this many people off again?

Saturday, April 26, 2008

Someone reads my stuff

I mean, I know people read my stuff, but it's always weird when it's someone I meet out, as was the case last night when I was recognized by no less than a Washington Post reporter.

In addition to that reporter, Trudy Lieberman blogged about my Glamocracy health care piece for the freaking Columbia Journalism Review. Whoa.

Monday, April 21, 2008

I like the grumpy men

If you, intelligently, don't watch cable news all day, well, I guess that explains why you have a real job and I sit on my ass all day and write crap on the Internet. That said, I sort of miss the curmudgeonly Jack Cafferty on CNN in the morning. Personally, I think the combo of him, my beloved Soledad and dumb-little-brother Bill Hemmer were the combo I personally needed in the morning. But, bygones, whatever. Fuck you, Chetry.

Anyways, so, apparently Jack mentioned the fact that we have imported a lot of dangerous/deadly shit from China in the last year and exported a bunch of job there in exchange. It's not exactly Dobbs-level rhetoric, or, um, really all that inaccurate. But, apparently, coming in the wake of Tibetan protestors trying to steal the torch from a nice lady in a wheelchair, many people of Chinese ethnicity no longer like being the butt of our aging-hegemon ranting and they protested his ass. For Chrissakes, people. Lou Dobbs makes ten times the money of my friendly non-pervy Uncle Curmudgeon and he actually hates non-white people. But you're protesting Jack? Way to make him more popular! I miss you Jack! Come back and grump in the mornings!

Sunday, April 20, 2008

For Rob and Ed, among others

My friend Charlie has some advice of how to dress when you're coming to D.C. so as not to look like a total and complete tool of the recruiting office. Take it. Pass it along to others. Just because women like a man in uniform doesn't mean we like how he looks out of uniform. Also, she's right in general about braided belts, and that goes for the rest of you.

College revisited

It's pouring rain today, and the laundry room in my complex requires going outside with my dirty-and-then-clean laundry. I won't be able to do laundry this week, but am low on clean underwear and clean jeans. The solution? New jeans and new underwear.

Actually, I really went shopping to buy new shoes for the White House Correspondents Dinner next weekend, since I'll be covering it for Glamocracy, and to replace my black purse that broke a couple weeks ago. Failing in my quest to find shoes that would match both the dress I want to wear on Saturday and the one I have to wear for my sister's wedding in September, or to find a reasonably-priced black purse that I couldn't fit a weekend's worth of clothes in, I walked around some more. Goddamn consumeristic retail therapy.

Saturday, April 19, 2008

A bit of a format change

I did initially intend this to be more than just a link farm, so I'm making a New Year's resolution. Yes, I procrastinate a lot. Also, if I was dating the end of my old life, it's sort of an anniversary of sorts right now. I'm going to not just post stuff I'm publishing but whatever other crap floats through my head as I'm sitting online all day publishing elsewhere, too. I'm possibly crazy, but I'm learning to make my piece with that.

Also, I've been watching the NCIS marathon all afternoon on USA. Mark Harmon's still pretty damn hot, but that guy who was on Dark Angel plays smarmy so well I don't really like him anymore. I should have written something about Hillary or something, but I'm having difficulty focusing and I'm planning my Philly trip anyway.

Monday, April 7, 2008

The Day of The At-Least-It's-Not-A-Summer-Cold Cold

Glamocracy: A Shake Up, Guns, Bowling Redux and the Unacceptable Mitt

Jezebel: Crappy Hour

Cynics' Party: Can a Man with a ‘Stache Get Your Vote?

Also, last week, I did an interview with the Voice of America about the Presidential campaign(which will eventually be dubbed over in Kinyarwandan for broadcast in Rwanda). My good friend Robert, who conducted the interview, kindly got me the raw (undubbed) feed, and I made a video out of it with pictures of us for everyone's listening pleasure. Enjoy!