Caturday Open Thread


The Oakland Raiders acquired Matt Schaub from the Houston Texans yesterday in exchange for a sixth round draft pick. He will be the Raiders’ 16th different starting QB in 10 years.


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17 Responses to Caturday Open Thread

  1. DeniseVB says:

    Michelle does speak out in China about … Free Speech ?

    Where did this come from ? Really? While her husband is constantly threatening the 1st Amendment and shutting up his critics and sticks his IRS on the tea party? What a joke. Well, this is a Catty-day thread 😉

    • piper says:

      mmmmmm-she read a speech from a tele-prompter that someone else wrote which was reported in the nyt. BFD but not impressed.

      • DeniseVB says:

        Sounds like damage control, she’s getting ripped in the media for this “soft diplomacy/cultural/educational” very expensive trip. So make her say something, like important ? Heh. Yeah, nyt’s on it of course.

      • Lulu says:

        This was the price she had to pay to be able to hole up in a western hotel in China and suck the bar and kitchen dry with her kids, mom and her buds. Aren’t we (taxpayers) lucky? I’m sure both kids said they really wanted to go to China on spring break with grandma. /s/

          • leslie says:

            Seriously. I’m certain they would. I kinda figured that MO told them this was their only chance to see China. Because they darn sure wouldn’t pay for the trip themselves once bronco leaves office. (Dear G-d, please make it happen.)

            Many people still don’t have the chance to travel on their spring break. They’re too busy working so they can pay their tuition or eat.

          • Lulu says:

            I think we are going to see a lot of “last chance” trips this year. If Repubs take over the Senate they will do audits on their travel and make it public. When these kinds of lux hotels find behavior gross then it is very bad. And the number of people going on taxpayer dime is outrageous. When you take a posse with you it is not for the kids.

  2. The Klown says:

    “Arab Spring”

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  4. 49erDweet says:

    Poor Matt Schaub. From obscurity to anonymity in less than a week!

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  6. The Klown says:


    For most professionals, negotiation is standard operating procedure: receive a job offer, respond with a counter-offer, and then engage in a little back-and-forth until the parties arrive at an outcome that satisfies them both.

    But sometimes negotiations go spectacularly awry. The higher-education blogosphere has been on fire this week since a young philosophy professor’s offer of a tenure-track job was rescinded after she started what she probably assumed would be a typical process.

    The academic, who was referred to as “W” in the original post on the blog Philosophy Smoker, asked in a brief email for five sweeteners, including a salary bump to $65,000 (it’s not clear what the original offer was), a pre-tenure sabbatical, and a semester of maternity leave.

    Her would-be employer, Nazareth College in Rochester, NY, responded by withdrawing its offer, noting that her requests indicated the philosopher would be happier at a larger and less “student centered” university.

    What went wrong?

    Many observers suggest that, even in the age of Lean In, sexism was at play, especially given the request for maternity leave. Indeed, if W were a man and had asked for all the same sweeteners, minus the maternity leave, would he have been so handily dismissed? We’ll never know in this specific case, though plenty of research suggests that women negotiate less, and are viewed as too aggressive when they do play the game.

    Obviously she was white, or they would have blamed racism.

    • 1539days says:

      What if she asked for a semester of maternity leave, but left out the pre-employment paid vacation? I used to go to school near that college. It’s not big enough to offer those kind of perks.

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