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January 30, 2010

Ladies, meet your new gender diversity coordinator, Mr. Angry Penis

Stan Dai, one of the four Republican operatives arrested this week for allegedly plotting to tamper with Sen. Mary Landrieu's telephones, is a bit of a self-styled spook, at least in his own mind. His resume features some relatively junior administrative gigs with programs sponsored by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence and the Department of Defense. He also liked to publicly hold forth on terrorism, intelligence, and surveillance in videos and in before the Junior Statesmen of America.

You can rest easy, Laura Rozen was able to confirm that Dai never worked directly for a U.S. intelligence agency. Rather, he worked for programs supported by grants from these organizations. As far as we know, he never claimed otherwise. But he certainly got a lot of mileage out of his job titles including Assistant Director for the Intelligence Community Center for Academic Excellence at Trinity Washington University and Operations Officer for a DOD fellowship on irregular warfare. Dai's resume also lists him as having been an undergraduate fellow at the right wing Center for the Defense of Democracies. I called the Center to confirm this claim. A spokeswoman explained that the fellowship was a summer enrichment program for college students, which Dai completed in 2004. 

So, what is an Intelligence Community Center of Academic Excellence? Mark Hosenball of Newsweek reports that the ODNI gives grants to universities to attract more women and minority students to intelligence work. 

Stan Dai, as you will recall is the author of the Penis Monologues, a satire of the Vagina Monologues in which Dai's penis reacts with fury at being invited to a performance of the VM. (Quoth Dai: "MY PENIS IS ANGRY!!!!!!! You want to know what happened to my penis? Joan [the 5-foot-tall hairy vagina] happened to my penis!")

The irony is not lost on Marcy Wheeler: "As Hosenball points out, it’s ironic that a movement conservative like Dai was involved in what was basically a program to encourage diversity. But I’m a little more shocked that ODNI, under Mike McConnell, was funding Mr. Angry Penis to help recruit women into the field of intelligence."

Comments

Mr. Angry Penis had better change his attitude if he wants to have Ms. Sugarwalls haul his ashes.

I think people on Jane "Blackface" Hamsher's blog should be the last to ever say anything about diversity programs.

Yes, it was stupid and bigoted of her, so let's damn her in perpetuity and not allow her to speak, ever again. Oh, and extend the same behavior to anyone else who writes on her site, even the ones who weren't there in 2005. Never forgive anybody for anything. Never allow anyone to pay for their stupidity and ignorance, never allow them to help others. Just throw it in their face over and over. That's the way real progressives roll.

This is why we can't have nice things.

I'm pretty sure Wheeler was part of FDL in 2005.

And blackface is not the site's only indiscretion. Remember "a woman in congress"? Using racism and sexism to get ahead is part of the site's MO.

Hamsher and T-Rex never paid for anything. Their stupidity and ignorance has if anything rewarded them, by showing the base that they're serious about attacking the right. Nowadays, their favorite target is Hadassah Lieberman. Maybe they'll go after Michelle Obama next if Barack decides to keep going centrist.

Alon Levy -

Jane Hamsher "never paid for anything"?

How should she pay?

this is waaaaay to close to pentagon spying on political party using proxy.

I for one think there is more to this. smell watergate-ish.

Eric: for a start, Hamsher could express some sort of remorse ("sorry you were offended" doesn't cut it), and not engage in the same type of attack again. That includes making sure other people don't, which went out the window with T-Rex's thing about Tauscher. Alternatively, she should stop making herself into a progressive paragon, instead of a professional racist asshole who happens to vote Democratic.

And yes, this whole episode does sound Watergate-y. Makes you wonder which Democrats such operatives bugged without getting caught.

The irony is not lost on Marcy Wheeler: "As Hosenball points out, it’s ironic that a movement conservative like Dai was involved in what was basically a program to encourage diversity. But I’m a little more shocked that ODNI, under Mike McConnell, was funding Mr. Angry Penis to help recruit women into the field of intelligence."

The irony is not lost on me that Wheeler quotes someone named "Hosenball" on this issue. But I'm twelve.

Alon Levy -

What was "T-Rex's thing about Tauscher"?

Nice thread derail, Alon. Yes, sure, I agree the Hamsher blackface thing was bad. Now, can we get back on topic, please?

For example, I think the real reason Dai's penis is angry is that it hasn't seen a woman since he was born.

He took an issue or feeling and went a wrote a satire about it. At least that's a legitimate form of discourse that might, and I stress might, have some literary or cultural merit. Playing 007 has none.

Eric: here. I misremembered - it was Parachutec who wrote the post, not T-Rex (though T-Rex endorsed it, and so did Hamsher).

Jeff: okay... I honestly didn't expect this to derail the thread.

Back on topic: did Dai actually participate in a diversity program, or was he just affiliated with ODNI? I'm trying to understand if ODNI is just a diversity grant giver or a general program that also gives out diversity grants...

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