Sunlit Water

March 31, 2007

Dammit

Filed under: Personal — by teofilo @ 9:10 pm

I’m visiting with family for the weekend and was getting tons of work done today until the sun went down and I managed to pick up a wireless signal. Productivity: shot.

March 26, 2007

I Have A Blog?

Filed under: Personal — by teofilo @ 12:01 am

So yeah, I haven’t been posting much lately.  I’ve been really busy for the past couple weeks traveling all over the continent for various reasons.  It’s been a lot of fun, but I haven’t had time for blogging (or reading blogs, for that matter).  I’ll get back into it at some point, but I don’t know when.

March 19, 2007

Greetings

Filed under: Personal — by teofilo @ 12:31 am

So I made it home for Spring Break, despite the best efforts of the weather and the airline industry.  Things are okay at home; my dad’s awfully weak and tired all the time, but he seems to be doing all right otherwise.  This is going to be a bit of a whirlwind trip without a lot of time to relax, since I have a bunch of stuff to do and am leaving again on Thursday, but I’m still glad I came.

March 12, 2007

Conference: Accomplished

Filed under: Culture,Language — by teofilo @ 10:56 am

And what a conference it was.  One of the best experiences of my life so far.  I’m very tired, though.  More later.

March 7, 2007

The French Are Different

Filed under: Culture — by teofilo @ 2:35 am

I love how Baudrillard’s death was announced by his publisher.  I hadn’t known anything about him before, but he sounds like an interesting guy.  (Via LGM.)

March 5, 2007

Vindictive Much?

Filed under: Politics — by teofilo @ 11:21 pm

One thing about the US Attorney scandal as it applies to New Mexico is that it seems to be all about Heather Wilson.  Iglesias’s story is that she called him to pressure him to speed up an indictment of a Democratic State Senator to help her campaign at a time when she was lagging in the polls, and only after he declined did Domenici step in.  Most of the media attention seems to be focusing on Domenici so far, which makes sense since he’s a much more prominent guy, but Wilson’s really the center of this storm.  Domenici wasn’t even running in 2006.

Some people have expressed surprise that he would get involved in this, since it seems pretty far removed from his own political career and it seems odd that an esteemed six-term senator would stoop to this kind of dirty work, but it actually makes a great deal of sense.  Wilson owes her political career pretty much entirely to Domenici, who found her in Washington and brought her back to New Mexico to be Secretary of Children, Youth and Families when Gary Johnson was elected governor, then essentially hand-picked her for the First District Congressional seat when Steve Schiff resigned in 1998.  She’s always had trouble politically in the district, which is closely divided politically with a slight Democratic lean, and it’s only her connections and (admittedly prodigious) political talent that have allowed her to continue scraping out narrow victories, often by mere hundreds of votes.  Domenici, whose own popularity is through the roof, has been an indispensable ally for her in those elections, and it’s clear that he feels a strong loyalty to her and desire to keep her career afloat.  Hence his call to Iglesias, a call that may now have dire consequences for both his career and hers.

March 2, 2007

It Means “Churches,” You Know

Filed under: Politics — by teofilo @ 6:05 pm

Despite the skewed picture of the issue one might get from depending too much on the blogosphere for information, it’s actually David rather than Matt whose name is spelled according to modern Spanish orthographic conventions.  As for the electoral angle here, I suspect Domenici would just not run for a seventh term in 2008 if the scandal starts to damage his reputation.  Last I heard rumor had it he was intending to run again, but being plagued by scandal (assuming this takes hold, of course) would obviously change things for him.  Heather, I think, is in a much worse position.  She’s won every race she’s run by razor-thin margins against unimpressive opponents, and this could well be just enough to finally make her fall short.  Ironically, she had been considered the most likely GOP candidate for Domenici’s seat if he stepped down in 2008.  That doesn’t look too likely anymore.

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