Women: a new trend, via POLITICO. [Just, no.]

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  1. Jeebus. Slow news day at politico. I did arms control for ACDA, and then State, for about 9 years before I took another job in State in 2007. I’m a woman. And my boss at the Arms Control and Disarmament Agency, the General Counsel, was a woman. Still is a woman, in fact. She retired in the early 00’s.

    Rose Gottemoeller has been around arms control forever. Her predecessor, the Assistant Secretary of State in charge of Verification, Compliance, and Implementation (of arms control agreements) even in the Bush Administration, was Paula DeSutter, another woman. One of her Deputies was a woman who’s been in arms control since the 80s.

    Bonnie Jenkins was with me in ACDA/GC, in the 1990s. She’s also been around forever.

    There aren’t as many women as men, but there have been enough women over the years, in influential places, to make this a very silly non-story.

  2. Now the Russians, on the other hand — that’s another story. Hugely chauvinistic neanderthals. Hardly ever saw a woman on their delegations. THAT’s a story, especially given their supposed status as the worker’s paradise where everybody is equal, except when they’re not.

    Or maybe that ended when history ended, I dunno.

  3. Arms Control: Strong Enough for a man, but made for a woman.

    Truth is, women are always ruining our fun. Can’t we just blow some shit up without the mommies getting in the way?

  4. There will always be some women who don’t know that you are supposed to worship at the alter of the deadly phallus, rather than attempt to control it. These are the bitches you need to choke when they forget the safe word.

  5. [re=475470]AnnieGetYourFun[/re]: Deadly phallus. Heh. There’s a reason missiles are shaped the way they are. You can bet if penises were dodecahedral, we’d figure out a way to fuck people up with them.

  6. [re=475515]Lascauxcaveman[/re]: Oh, I dunno. I thought calling the Russians “chauvinistic neanderthals” was kind of snarky, in a Buck Turgidson-Jack Ripper-Bat Guano sort of way.

  7. [re=475554]Gumboz1953[/re]: You know, I think the “Show us your tits” strategy might just work with the chauvinistic neanderthals next time the negotiations reach a sticky issue.

  8. [re=475564]Gopherit[/re]: We tried something similar. We told them to change their position or we would taunt them some more, and fart in their general direction, also. In reply, they mumbled something in broken English about having to “kill moose and squirrel.” It must have been some folksy Russian saying, but we had no clue.

    Things deteriorated from there.

  9. [re=475575]Gumboz1953[/re]: You’re smart and obviously sober. How do you reconcile those two things these days, anyway? Also, welcome aboard, unless you’ve been here for years and I’ve just been too drunk to notice or something.

  10. But what’s stopping these little ladies from just cold BLEEDING all over the place all the time? What if they were in the middle of a peace conference when WHOOPS! I got blood all over my CLEAN WHITE PANTS! BOMB EVERYONE!

    That’s what politico should be investigating. The blood from the Place of Evil.

  11. Help me out here:

    Is “arms control” some kinda new slang for woman-on/in-woman fisting? Because if so, those two appear to be engaged in very deep negotiations at the moment.

  12. Is this Jim VandeHei’s way of signaling that he would consider (only) a(n ugly) female for a Pulitzer prize?

    Don’t do it, Jim! Keep it within the club!

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