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Its Poll Time!

So for my University of Minnesota peeps I’m sure you’ve heard that the Board of Regents will be voting on the President’s Proposed FY 12 Provisional Operating Budget. I thought it might be interested to see what ya’ll thought about it.

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My struggles with academic writing (pt. 1)

Ok, so I am pretty sure that I am not the only one who’s had an issue with writing academically. I’m also positive that I am not the only graduate student who has had issues with writing their Masters paper, thesis, project or whatever you wanna call it.  But I feel like the problems I’m having come from a lack of confidence in what I’m writing about, which is a big surprise because my topic is on an issue that I’ve written about quite often. I shouldn’t be having this much of a problem, but trying to get the puzzle pieces to fit has put me in a place where I feel mentally exhausted and demoralized. To cap it all off I still haven’t come up with a title for this darn thing, is that bad? My adviser doesn’t seem to think so but she nearly put me into a panic when she asked if I had come up with one to describe what I was writing about.

Part of me regrets selecting this topic, but I’ve some how managed to push forward to produce a total of 7.5 pages (so far) of what I think is crap, but others seem to think its heading in the right direction (whatever that looks like).  I just hope that I can finish off this thing by the end of June so I can submit it to my committee for review and be done with this degree, so I can focus on my next one.

Stay tuned I’m sure there will be more to come as I work through this mess!

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Thank you Minnesota State Rep. Steve Simons!

Afternoon News Roundup

U.S. Senator Robert Byrd of West Virginia
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Senator Robert Byrd Dies at 92:  The Office of Senator Robert C. Byrd of West Virginia released a short notice today that the Senator passed away this morning at Inova Fairfax Hospital.   Senator Byrd was the longest serving U.S. Senator to date serving a total of 9 consecutive terms in the Senate (remember a Senate term is 6 years) meaning he has been in the Senate representing West Virginia for more than 54 years!  While his past isn’t free of scandal, Sen. Byrd was very accomplished not only in his long and distinguished record of service, but also in his passion for the institution in which he served.  For more information on Senator Byrd’s long career in the Senate you can go to his Office’s website which has several documents of interest including statements made by several of Senator Byrd’s colleagues

SCOTUS in the News: Today the released several contriversial decisions before it recessed for the Summer. Among these rulings comes two high interest cases, the first being the decision to uphold  UC Hasting’s right to deny formal recognition to the Schools Christian Legal Society because of its discriminatory membership practices.  According to the AP:

“The court on Monday turned away an appeal from the Christian Legal Society, which sued to get funding and recognition from the University of California’s Hastings College of the Law. The CLS requires that voting members sign a statement of faith and regards ‘unrepentant participation in or advocacy of a sexually immoral lifestyle’ as being inconsistent with that faith. But Hastings said no recognized campus groups may exclude people due to religious belief or sexual orientation. The court upheld the lower court rulings saying the Christian group’s First Amendment rights of association, free speech and free exercise were not violated by the college’s decision.” (via Towleroad)

The second controversial issue was the 5-4 ruling made on Chicago’s handgun ban, the Court voted to overturn this ban taking Justice Alito’s position that that the right to bear arms “applies equally to the federal government and the states” (via Vanity Fair). While this ruling nullifies the Chicago ban, gun control advocates say they see some glimmers of hope for reasonable gun control regulation.

Kagan Confirmation Hearings Underway: Watch hear on C-SPAN3

IL Gov. Signs Anti-Bully Legislation (via 365gay.com)

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Hate @ Duke U

If everyone thinks active homophobia on college campuses is a thing of the past, guess again… I have been following an on going story about homophobic incidents at Duke University all centered around a single student (Justin Robinette) a former Chair of his campus’s College Republicans, whats this kids back story you may ask? Well its relatively simple, he was elected Chair of his caucus, he came out, they ousted him and his cabinet… politics as usual? Nope… while the group is denying they impeached Justin because of his sexuality they have been implicated in several instance of harassing and homophobic behavior including graffiti that read:

“Lying F***ing Robinette, DCR=Righteous, get AIDS in hell.”

It seems as though the campus administration is very slow on the update to protect Mr. Robinette as he has also reported receiving harassing and threatening emails and phone calls from individuals he has identified as being with the Duke College Republicans.

This is completely unacceptable!

iOS 4 review…

so I dl’ed the new iOS 4 operating system for the iPhone… so far so good i don’t have all the features because I have a 2nd Gen iPhone not the G3s but I like the features I do have access to including the ability to create folders! and of course accessing iBooks is great too, just need money to start buying them.

The Butch Factor

so I just got done watching this awesome documentary on masculinity in the gay culture. Its called “The Butch Factor” and its available to view for free at logoonline.com . For your viewing pleasure I found the trailer on youtube take a look:

It really got me to think about how masculinity is idealized in the gay community and to some extent even fetishized (circa. Tom Finland). I will put up a more academic examination in a later post after I can fully process my thoughts, I just find this such a fascinating topic.

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Getting mY drink on

Oh Rep. Weiner, you kick ass!

He even shot down that dumbass Virginia Foxx from North Carolina.   LOVES IT!

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