I'm starting to regret my political ignorance; that's what I get for leaving my insular liberal arts school. The latest "news" (from 2004 ) to come out of my introductory politics class, is that the Senate did not ratify (as far as I know they didn't even vote on) the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women. We have enough petty rants in this forum so here's an issue that deserves our attention. According to Human Rights Watch: Who would you expect not to ratify this? Was one of the countries the U.S.? wtf?! Is this due to national social pathology or cutthroat practicality? Do we stand to lose economic gain or what? People often feel uncomfortable around this topic, but it merits acknowledgement at least.