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Thursday, June 05, 2003
ps. I think it is disguisting that the a Senator is calling for the unedited tape of the Lynch rescue because he called the whole thing a staged event. He believes that our special forces went in with guns a blazing when they could have just walked in and picked her up. He also claims that the hospital tried to hand her over but the ambulance she was in was fired on by U.S. forces. It is sad that the democrats have nothing better to do but go on witch hunts and waste our money.

I heard on the radio this morning that the Washington POst is calling Hillary a liar. In her book, she states that the first time bill told her that the accussations was real was one morning when she woke up to find him pacing in front of the bed. Apparently, a legal team or lawyer told hillary two days before and that that event never happened. Bill didn't even have the balls to tell her himself, well he didn't really have the balls to be our president either. If anyone finds that article let me know.

Wednesday, June 04, 2003

Martha Stewart announced Wednesday she would step down from her role as chairman and chief executive of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia Inc. (MSO), hours after she was indicted on securities fraud, obstruction of justice and conspiracy charges by a federal grand jury for her role in the ImClone insider-trading scandal.
Stewart also faces charges of conspiracy and making false statements, while Peter Bacanovic, a former Merrill Lynch & Co. (MER) stock broker, was charged with perjury and obstruction of justice.

My Favorite Quote:
"I was dumbfounded, heartbroken and outraged that I'd believed him (Bill) at all."

I think many of us feel the same way

I can't think of many changes Bro made, but then again I wasn't paying much attention to these issues freshmen year. In his defense he did do much fundraising, and my understanding is that he was largely responsible for helping us meet that milestone that was marked by the unanounced fireworks display. I also heard that his health was very poor.

To be honest, I didn't really like Steph. I certainly thought he was respectable and very good hearted, but he really didn't do anything that I can attribute to him. I remember him giving that book to Dick Grasso, and I remember hearing him speak at graduation. Chris and I spoke to him at homecoming, but that's it. That ten-year plan is falling apart, and argueably there is more unrest on campus now than any other time I can recall (with the exception of the riot). Ofcourse that unrest is Steph's fault. I think more of it is the new conservatism revival spawned by nonsensical ravings of leftist administers (think words you can't say on campus). With that, I agree with Matt and must worry about who they will choose next. I have some fears that they may bring on board an anti-free-speech ramrod to wipe out some of the unrest.

On a happier note, Hillary Clinton's book is released soon. I've been hearing excerpts on the news this morning, and I can't wait. To tell you the truth, I have next to no interest. The book, of course, will be on the NYT top ten for some time. Luckily Anne Coulter has a book coming out also, so a little competition is in store for the junior senator from New York.

Finally on this rainy morning I'm going to leave you with a little something C-span had on this past weekend. No, not the O'Reily vs. Franken rumble, but the author of Dereliction of Duty. He was one of 5 military aides to the president, so in short was responsible for carrying the nuclear football that stays with the president at all times. He had first hand knowledge of the ways in which Clinton operated. The first story that he opened up with is Clinton refusing to take a call from Sandy Berger, NSA Director, dealing with the orders for weapons' release with planes flying in the air above Iraq. The strikes were to stop Saddam from killings the Kurds. Berger called three times. Each time Clinton said no to his military aide, and grew more and more agitated with every request. The reason he would not take the call, he was golfing.

As the author says, golf was a common theme in many of his stories. The second time we lost Bin Ladden, it was largely in part to golf. Intelligence had notified the White House that there was a two hour window in which we could get Bin Ladden. The first hour was just trying to get the President of the United States on the phone. He would not take the call because...he was golfing. After that first hour, he spent an hour debating it. You know the rest of the story. It starts on Septemeber 11, 2001.

There were many good stories this man had, and I'm going to buy the book on ebay as soon as I can. Speaking of ebay, keep you eye open for our nuclear release codes packet. The president always has on his person codes for the realease of nuclear weapons. Clinton lost his. Not only did his lose them, he didn't tell anyone about it. When the military aides and others began to suspect they pressured the president for an answer. He said he must have misplaced them, and had no idea how long they had been gone. Talk about irresponsible.

Good Luck!

Monday, June 02, 2003
One thing that Bro did do, and that Rogers did once (maybe twice) and not again, was have open forums where students could go and voice their opinons/concerns to him. And he did handle them well. Bro really was at BU to raise money and he did that well. He got rid of beer at tent party and lost a lot of his popularity with the students, but that was the year before we arrived, so we did not hear much about that. Now it is back this past year (that is beer at tent party), and people actually went this year, which is nice. (On a side note, student government gave Bro two going away gifts, a painting of BU and an orange and blue camping tent). I can not think of anything else that Bro did, but in his defense, I was still very proud of Bucknell during his years and no big problems appeared that made me want to vomit or punch him.

I would tend to agree with Dinkelmeyer (his second posting mind you. Fortunately I have no insight whatsoever into the subject matter of his first comment). Rogers was not very "presidential" in my opinion, and as ephemeral as that term is, I think it's true. He was not a strong leader, he did not affect any sort of change at Bucknell worth talking about or holding on to, and he certainly didn't listen or endear himself to the students (at least not to me). There is also the matter of our endowment dwindling to near nothing compared to what Bro Adams did for it while he was here. Granted, Adams seems like he is now bowing to the politically correct crowd at his new college, but while he was at Bucknell, didn't he do some good things? Chris, you would know more about this than any of us I think. Whatever the reason for the resignation, I would not expect the university to be very forthcoming on details. The school has certainly been going through a lot of changes lately, and Rogers hasn't been doing a very good job keeping up with them, or even addressing them responsibly. I for one, am not too sorry to see him go. I'm just worried about the quality of the next person they bring in to lead the school.

p.s. Good morning everyone, it's Monday.

Sunday, June 01, 2003
I talked to a couple students here at Villanova who went to Bucknell Undergrade, and there are also some here on my hall from Bucknell who are living here and interning for PWC in Philly. Anyway, they were saying that they think that Rogers resigned cause there have been many problems and issues arising throughout the last year and most staff/faculty see him as a week and ineffective leader.