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Nap Time!!!

Friday, April 03, 2009
Stuff, part x

Spending lots of money you don't have only works if you have the Chinese to buy your debt and you can print more. The ASUC, not so much.
Student Action Senator Tu Tran, an ASUC executive vice presidential candidate, has spent more than all active senators, sponsoring 34 bills totaling $15,488. The next highest spender is CalSERVE Senator Mary June Flores, who has sponsored 14 bills worth $9,890.
I'm not sure how much sense this counting system makes. The Senate spent the money, and bills are routinely filled with people who become sponsors just because.
In light of the senate's financial situation, Flores said she intends to urge groups to seek more outside funding.

"I've started taking things more seriously," she said.
Well, awesome. You've started towards the end of your term.

Meanwhile, shit be goin' down in terms of Attorney General Sinanian. Some folks apparently want to "impeach" him, whatever that means. I hope they don't try to use "Senate Impeachment Procedures," which would require them to find him guilty of violating the obligations of the Judicial Council... which he isn't on.

They apparently want to remove him for delaying the results of the recall election, which he doesn't have the power to do. The Judicial Council, which does have that power, is responsible for that. I would suggest firing him for incompetence, since he has a really good record of being wrong, but firing him for asking the Judicial Council to make rulings is simple scapegoating. (The perjury charge makes more sense)

But listen to Sinanian:
"These reckless agitators know that their time is limited," he said in an e-mail. "They know that the truth will soon be revealed, and that I am the gatekeeper of that torrent of shame and disgrace that will fall upon them in the time of judgment."
Jesus Christ, dude. Please tell me that's an April Fool's joke taken too seriously. "The heavens will part, and a great fist of light shall shine upon the unworthy, as God's infinite grace burns the evil from the ASUC in a blinding flash of divine brilliance!"

I would normally doubt they have the votes to boot him, but I think he's succeeded in pissing everyone off at least once, so who knows. If he is removed, I don't think they'll bother replacing him.

posted by Beetle Aurora Drake 4/03/2009 12:53:00 AM #
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Sinanian continued...

"And I will strike down upon thee with great vengeance and furious anger those who attempt to poison and destroy my brothers. And you will know my name is the Lord when I lay my vengeance upon thee!"

/srsly, is this dude cracked?
Since we're on the subject of being "cracked" let's talk about Nathan Shaeffer and Christina Oatfield.

Their reasoning is as follows:

"You disagree with us. We are for 'justice' (define this concept as you will, I define theirs as retribution). You disagree with us. Therefore, leave Eshelman hall immediately."

So I do acknowledge Mr. Sinanian's quotation isn't great when you're trying to demonstrate professional competence.

But when the other side goes bezerk and tries to remove you from office on the basis that you called them out on their horse-shit lies, shouldn't we acknowledge this is scorched-earth politics and not about constitutional or bylaws knowledge?
Dear Beetle,

This is what I had left on the DailyCal online version of Zachary William's article. Hopefully this will clear up some inaccuracy and misconceptions.

"One "fact" that has been included on here by Mr. Williams is inaccurate. Mr. Williams did not have the right, updated numbers and budgets that the ASUC Finance Officer had provided the Senate this past Wednesday. As of Wednesday's Senate meeting, I would like to correct this article and make it known that the next highest "spender" is Student Action Senator Meghana Dhar, who had spent $10,121.83 on 24 bills.

Furthermore, the quote, "I've started taking things more seriously," was of course taken out of context. There is another part to that which was not included. I had mentioned I've started taking things more seriously since we, as a Senate, were made aware of the dire financial state of the ASUC several weeks ago, more so than other senators. I had mentioned proposing a straight 2-3% cut on upcoming finance bills, bearing in mind the financial state of the budget. Other senators have not been thrilled about cutting those finance bills because of looking bad to student organizations as the main sponsors, as well as some negative effects of what the cuts will have on student organizations' programming.

If you have further questions, comments, and inquiries, I do hold my Senate Office Hours, Mondays 11am-1pm at 249 Cesar Chavez. I would be more than willing to address any of them."

Senator Mary June Flores
"... a light will shine through that window, a beam of light will come down upon you, you will experience an epiphany ... and you will suddenly realize that you must go to the polls and vote for Obama" - Barack Obama Lebanon, New Hampshire.
January 7, 2008.

Now who is whacko? You voted for him right? Not me -- so what are you complaining for anyway?
Anonymous #4, there are multiple commenters here, and me. You should be more specific about who "you" is. I'm confident you're not dumb enough to have directed that comment at me.

Senator Flores, if you only started taking fiscal discipline seriously when someone mentioned that infinite spending has consequences, that isn't all that much better. You really should have known the fiscal situation of the body you have fiscal control over much earlier than "a few weeks ago."
Anonymous #4:

You have, of course, taken that Obama quote completely out of context, omitting the first part of Obama's sentence where he explains he is trying to convince people, and ignoring the tone he used when giving that speech, which could only be described as comical or light.

Second, you have to have a theoretical cult of personality to begin to talk about being the gatekeeper of shame, or whatever. Otherwise, you just sound like you're in a cult. Obama's got it - the ASUC AG doesn't. Obama was also speaking positively in an attempt of self-promotion, and Sinanian is trying to be the vengeful God, apparently.

It sounds to me like Sinanian the Gatekeeper needs a little bit of TLC from the keymaster, if you know what I mean.
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