Cornell Grad Used Gay Porn in Political Attack Ad

So this is terrible: according to BuzzFeed, Cornell grad Matthew Ricchiazzi ’08 tried to unseat a  New York state politician with gay pornography:

Buffalo-area bloggers and writers have been commenting about the anti-Grisanti machinations of “The Committee to Save the Eric County Republican Party” for a few months now, with multiple people connecting the “committee” to Matthew Ricchiazzi, a Cornell University graduate who ran a failed campaign for Buffalo mayor. One post refers to his “bizarro politics” while another in August mentioned “the pornographic mailer” he was preparing.

The ads, which were printed but not mailed (rather, they’ve been “circulating over email”), suggest Senator Mark Grisanti accepted money—and, it seems, sexual favors—in exchange for his support of marriage equality. They also imply something about Grisanti having sex with voters’ sons? And their creator is bisexual, too? The ads are as puzzling as they are insulting.

Supposedly, Ricchiazzi was aggrieved over a February incident (which: crazy!) involving an intoxicated Senator Grisanti. The ads, after the jump: Read the rest of this entry »

Are Obama’s College Transcripts the Latest Birther Obsession?

In early May, a conservative blogger placed a $10,000 bounty on copies of Obama’s college transcripts from his years at Occidental, Columbia, and Harvard Law School. Ten thousand dollars! On Monday, the reward grew to $20,000:

We therefore offer in reward $10,000 $20,000 to anyone who provides the college transcripts of President Barack Obama. Occidental, Harvard, Columbia…any would represent more intellectual curiosity about the leader of the free world than the media has demonstrated since Obama won the Democrat primary.

This just a new form of birtherism, right? Actually, no. Not entirely. Read the rest of this entry »

“Rent is Too Damn High” Guy Teams with Yale’s CoCo Pannell for Inexplicable Mitch Daniels Ad

OK, this is just getting ridiculous. Remember when we told you two weeks ago about Yale PiPhi CoCo Pannell and her dogged quest to elect Mitch Daniels president in 2012? (She even had a Super Bowl ad!) Well, she and the other young libertarians at Students for Daniels are pulling out all stops, it seems. They made another ad, this one featuring none other than noted insane person Jimmy McMillan, otherwise known as “The Rent is Too Damn High” guy.

I could be wrong, but isn’t someone who’s famous for being balls deep in crazy probably a poor choice for political mascot? It looks like Governor Daniels agrees, since he went on a radio show and made it very clear that he has no earthly idea who those damn kids are. He softened the blow by saying he was glad that young people care about the deficit, or whatever. Except we really don’t. All we care about are kitschy internet memes we can send to our friends on Facebook. (Exhibit A below.)

Anyway, CoCo doesn’t really do all that much here, just spouts one terrible slogan then nods agreeably the rest of the time. McMillan is the clear star of this production, and he makes the most of it — mainly by being nigh unintelligible throughout.

RagTime: Election Bad Hangover Edition

  • Columbia: CU Dems reflect on their campaign trip to Pennsylvania this past weekend.
  • Harvard: Blame the election returns on our genes.
  • Yale: Sociology professor writes a book about Obama.
  • Penn: Hopes to pass the DREAM Act.
  • Dartmouth: Reflects on uninformed voters.

RagTime: Ivy Alumni Pride Edition

  • Yale: Can’t stopping stop talking about how Blumenthal won.
  • Cornell: Boasts about their seven alumni winning congressional seats.
  • Dartmouth: Doesn’t even try to count all their alumni participating in congressional races.
  • Harvard: Massachusetts Governor wins re-election, receiving large numbers of votes from Cambridge and Boston.
  • Princeton: Don’t tell Serena, from GG, that professors are off limits, chiefly because her dreamy love-interest went to Princeton.

President Obama Will Listen to the Ivy League, Damn It

Progressives in D.C. might have been hosting a Rally to Restore Sanity this weekend, but apparently sanity didn’t get the memo about Obama’s rally in Bridgeport, Conn. A group of about 30 protesters from Yale and Harvard interrupted the president in the first five minutes of his speech to remind him, with posters and loud chanting, that he’d been shirking his campaign promise to fund global initiatives against AIDS.

The demonstrators piped down after Obama addressed them directly—which of course would be bound to work, because there are few things more sobering than the President of the United States telling you, in front of 10,000 people, that you’re making a fool of yourself. And presumably sobriety was also missing here, so thanks to our president for restoring that.

Let’s be clear: AIDS is serious. AIDS is very bad. Shame on Obama for not being more aggressive and/or showy about his campaign to fight it. But even barring the fact that the economy continues to stagnate like a fat dachshund,  and that China’s brand-new übercomputer probably won’t be used to upload Care Bears episodes to YouTube, the poor man clearly has a lot on his mind. Isn’t the proper protocol in these situations to wait until the cocktail reception or something, or slip a note to the friendliest-looking bodyguard?

At the very least, wait until the 23rd minute, when everyone’s getting kind of bored anyway. Anyone who’s ever given a speech knows that the first five minutes are when you put in all the clever jokes you came up with while you were sitting on the toilet. Throwing off the POTUS’s  groove while he’s warming up his act hurts us just as much as it hurts him.

Also, let’s talk about the protesters’ slogan for a second. My guess is that “fund global AIDS funds” was a little too clumsy to use as a domain name and/or iron onto T-shirts, but “fund global AIDS” doesn’t quite get the message across. I don’t think these guys really want Obama to donate $1 billion a year to an incurable fatal disease, so much as to an attempt to fight said incurable fatal disease. Semantics matter, guys. Did your remedial freshman English seminar teach you nothing?

RagTime: Fear is in the Air Edition

  • Brown: Brown has a Halloween tradition – the Midnight Halloween Organ Recital.
  • Columbia: Students spread fear and/or sanity at the rallies in DC.
  • Penn: Pennsylvania’s congressional races are pretty close, and Penn students make expected endorsements.
  • Harvard: Harvard’s Adams residents celebrate Halloween in drag.
  • Dartmouth: Apparently Hanover trick-or-treaters now think that pajamas constitute a Halloween costume.

Now my political-junkie freak side is telling me to get preachy, so here it is. There is a lot of fear involved in political races across the country this midterm election year. Please go out and VOTE tomorrow. Seriously, in some races a few votes carry a lot of weight.  Make me proud! Please don’t forget to vote tomorrow, or I might have to rely on incessant West Wing references in my posts later in the week to console myself. You’ve been forewarned.

Lose an Arm and a Leg with Meg

As summer is ending, the only thing most of us can do is put our hands in empty pockets and gripe about our lives as slaves interns. While most of us were forced to supplicate to depths Odysseus  could never fathom for petty stipends for travel, one lucky d-bag is being compensated pretty well for what I am sure must be very “challenging” work.  Ladies and Gentleman, meet Brandon P. Watson, nephew of Chevron’s CEO John S. Watson. While sporting his gelled hair at parties in Atherton, Woodside, or Menlo Park, California with hopes to become the Posh Spice of Jersey Shore (he is the one on the far right), Brandon spends the daylight hours of his gap year making bank with his work for Meg Whitman, the Republican candidate for California governor. According to Brandon’s linked-in account, his official title is Staff Assistant. What are the perplexing responsibilities to the ambiguous title of staff assistant? 

According to this websiteStaff Assistant Brandon Watson mans the reception area of the campaign headquarters of Republican gubernatorial Meg Whitman, located in Cupertiono, California.  Just for answering the phone, Brandon received $8,478.20 as his salary and travel compensation for a period of four months.  All the recent expenditures, that are available to the public, for Brandon are listed below:

 

 

03/17/2010 WATSON, BRANDON P. STAFF/SPOUSE TRAVEL, LODGING AND MEALS   $314.40
04/12/2010 WATSON, BRANDON P. STAFF/SPOUSE TRAVEL, LODGING AND MEALS   $412.47
04/13/2010 WATSON, BRANDON P. STAFF/SPOUSE TRAVEL, LODGING AND MEALS   $16.50
04/20/2010 WATSON, BRANDON P. STAFF/SPOUSE TRAVEL, LODGING AND MEALS   $173.23
04/27/2010 WATSON, BRANDON P. MEETINGS AND APPEARANCES   $49.50
04/30/2010 WATSON, BRANDON P. CAMPAIGN WORKERS SALARIES   $980.88
05/04/2010 WATSON, BRANDON P. CAMPAIGN WORKERS SALARIES   $363.97
05/14/2010 WATSON, BRANDON P. CAMPAIGN WORKERS SALARIES   $1,375.00
05/14/2010 WATSON, BRANDON P. CAMPAIGN WORKERS SALARIES   $30.15
05/22/2010 WATSON, BRANDON P. STAFF/SPOUSE TRAVEL, LODGING AND MEAL   $18.26
05/26/2010 WATSON, BRANDON P. OFFICE EXPENSES   $45.00
05/28/2010 WATSON, BRANDON P. CAMPAIGN WORKERS SALARIES   $1,375.00
06/04/2010 WATSON, BRANDON P. STAFF/SPOUSE TRAVEL, LODGING AND MEALS   $149.97
06/07/2010 WATSON, BRANDON P. STAFF/SPOUSE TRAVEL, LODGING AND MEALS   $221.90
06/15/2010 WATSON, BRANDON P. CAMPAIGN WORKERS SALARIES   $1,375.00
06/15/2010 WATSON, BRANDON P. STAFF/SPOUSE TRAVEL, LODGING AND MEALS   $168.97
06/30/2010 WATSON, BRANDON P. CAMPAIGN WORKERS SALARIES   $1,375.00
06/30/2010 WATSON, BRANDON P. STAFF/SPOUSE TRAVEL, LODGING AND MEALS   $33.00

Meg Whitman, as we have watched you ever so-conveniently bequeath $ 30 million to Princeton before your son  applied, secure a job for Griff through the help of your contributors, and now pay a kid with only a high-school diploma $2,750 a month, what can we possibly expect from you as governor if you are elected? I hope throwing money at anything and everyone is not part of your plan for job creation; even you cannot afford to spoil the 12.2% of unemployed Californians as you did this kid.

Freaky Friday – Harvard

On Friday the 13th, Harvard’s Managing Company filed its holdings for the 2nd quarter

(ended 6/30/10) to the SEC (Securities Exchange Commission), not to be confused with the Southeastern Conference of college football. A copy of the submitted 13F-HR form can be seen here.  When one compares its most recent filings to those reported on May 14, 2010 for the 1st financial quarter, a trend emerges – the five companies below have been sold.

  • 489,490 shares –  Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. (Nasdaq: TEVA; TASE: TEVA), sold for $30.5 million
  • 52,360 shares – NICE Systems Ltd. (Nasdaq: NICE; TASE: NICE), sold for $1.67 million
  • 102,940 shares – Check Point Software Technologies Ltd. (Nasdaq: CHKP, sold for $3.6 million
  • 32,400 shares  –  Cellcom Israel Ltd. (NYSE:CEL; TASE:CEL) for $1.1 million
  • 80,000 shares – Partner Communications Ltd. (Nasdaq: PTNR; TASE: PTNR), sold for $1.8 million.

 Why is this important?  Find out after the jump…
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How Will Princeton Grad Meg Whitman Explain Her Princeton Failure Sons in Her California Governor Election?

“If you ask me who I am, my first response is I am my mother’s daughter”

These are the words of Meg Whitman straight from her campaign video. Meg is running for Governor of California. She just won the GOP primary and will be facing Jerry Brown, the California Attorney General who is running a campaign based on his frugal ways (in comparison to Meg’s prodigal spending). Meg’s campaign is based on her leadership skills, years of being a powerful executive, and “cleaning up the mess those politicians have made in Sacramento.” Family is also important for Meg, which is why her two sons must be such a disappointment to her. On her campaign site, Meg mentions her Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum sons Will and Griff:

Meg has committed her energy, her trademark optimism and her belief in fiscal restraint to the challenge of rebuilding California. She has done so with the full support of her family, which is her greatest source of pride. Meg and her husband, Griff, a neurosurgeon at Stanford Hospital, have been married for nearly 30 years. Their two sons are now young adults. Meg and her family are ardent outdoor enthusiasts who love hiking, skiing, fly fishing and enjoying all of California’s natural treasures. “If we let California fail, we all fail,” she says. “And we love California too much to let it fail. We have to work together to make it the place of our dreams again.”

Cute! Her family is going to help her save California from failing! If only her sons could have figured out how not to fail Princeton, get kicked out of boarding schools, and shroud momma’s campaign in the kind of wealthy entitlement we all love to hate. First there was son Griff Harsh V. With such a pretentious, hoity-toity name, can Griffy really be blamed for this alleged quote which Gawker picked up after Griff got suspended from Princeton for a year?

Overheard at Charter [eating club]

Griff Harsh (Meg Whitman’s son) throws beer in Guy’s face.
Guy: You can’t do that to people.
Griff Harsh (points at himself): Billionaire.

Then there’s Will Harsh I. Gawker, ever the Ivy-obsessives, found this out from a tip:

Griff’s non-refundable membership to Cottage [eating club] was paid in full when he got suspended. So some of the officers would let Will attend some meals and formals events in his brother’s place until Will got banned from there.

The story goes that Will yelled “what are all these niggers doing here” one night when all the members of the Black Arts Company where there to celebrate a show they had performed. Cottage is know as one of the whiter clubs on campus so I assume that he was shocked to see so many black people there in a night. He was already on notice with Cottage officers because of an altercation he started with a bouncer early in the year.

Guest-of-a-guest got this equally rumor-based tip about Will:

“He’s just a tool. He was banned from at least one eating club for calling a girl a racial slur. He would pride himself on having several ‘girlfriends’ at one time, and tried unsuccessfully to be a player. He was actually independent (not in an eating club) which I always assumed was because no one wanted him or he was banned. OH and I almost forgot about the time he refused to introduce a girlfriend to his family because she was Jewish, and didn’t meet his standards of intellect. He may have thrown in fat, too. I can’t remember. Really classy.”

Okay. These seem like pretty gossipy rumors, but these stories seem all too indicative of what kind of people Meg Whitman’s sons are. And then, pardon our frequent Gawker references, there’s this possibility that Meg (who is the fourth richest woman in California) is actually getting campaign donors to pay Tweedle Dee (Griff)’s allowance through a mysterious payment to Solamere, a private equity firm that Whitman’s campaign has paid close to $96,000 in the past four months. Interesting. Because Griff used to ‘work’ at Solamere as an ‘analyst’ according to an old Linkedin profile:

Would it really be that out of character for former eBay CEO, current billionare Meg? Well, there was the time she donated $30 million in her name to help build the new Whitman residential college. Of course, according to Meg, it was all for her love of Princeton and excitement to be able to expand the school by 500 students. Or maybe it was just so she could convince Princeton to admit one student: Griff would be applying to Princeton just two years after donation, just in time to live in freshly built Whitman College. Griff had supposedly been kicked out of boarding schools before getting to Princeton, so a little $30 million nudge from Princeton board member mom probably couldn’t have hurt his application.

How will Meg hide her boys from yelling racial slurs or pointing out the obvious fact that they’re richer than most people out there on the campaign trail? Whitman’s already getting criticized for unnecessary spending on the campaign trail, but maybe paying them off or buying them a job would do the trick.

If you know anything further about Will or Griff Harsh (who have pretty amazing internet hiding skills) please send an email to the tip line!