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Campus Chatter – September 17, 2010

September 17, 2010

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Campus Chatter – September 17, 2010

The battle of Thermopylae began today (480 B.C.E.). Also the city of Boston was founded (1630), the U.S. Constitution was signed (1787), and the NFL was organized (1920). And the Camp David Accords were signed (1978), ending the decades-long conflict between Israel and Egypt.

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Kossascopes below. (More)

The Janitor Professor of Astrology consulted no Spartans in bringing you this week’s Kossascopes:

Virgo – Actually the pass at Thermopylae was not a romantic overture.

Libra – Although you might think that from the movie The 300.

Scorpio – The Persian air force at Thermopylae did not use rugs. Sorry.

Sagittarius – There is no evidence that John McCain was at Thermopylae.

Capricorn – But that crashed Persian rug is very suspicious.

Aquarius – “Come back carrying your shield or on it” is a mistranslation.

Pisces – The Spartan women actually said “What a pita.”

Aries – The pass at Thermopylae was not thrown by Brett Favre.

Taurus – The 700 Thespians at Thermopylae were not all actors.

Gemini – The Persian king Xerxes was not named after a prescription drug.

Cancer – Neither was the Spartan king Mycoxadrupin. That wasn’t his name.

Leo – The Spartan women may have meant bread. Or maybe not.


Good morning! ::hugggggs::

  • JanF

    Technically, Bret Favre is now the “quarterback who played in Green Bay before Aaron Rodgers”. Ha!

    • NCrissieB

      Well, TQBWPIGBBAR also did not throw the pass at Thermopylae…. 😉

      Good morning! ::hugggggs::

  • JanF

    And because I can’t wait to chatter about this (it is in the Noontime News):

    President Barack Obama on Friday will appoint Harvard Law School professor Elizabeth Warren to oversee the creation of the new Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection, a decision that cheered consumer advocates and Democrats, while dismaying Republicans and business groups.

    Included with “Republicans and business groups” is Chris Dodd who insists on tainting his legacy by forever being known as “the jerk who tried to stop Elizabeth Warren from setting up the agency she designed because she is not sufficiently pro-business”. Er, Chris? It is the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau…not the Bankster Financial Protection Bureau. We already had the BFPB … it was called Congress during the late 90s.

    • NCrissieB

      I applaud President Obama’s decision … and agree about Sen. Dodd. He puts the “tire” in “retire,” because I’m tired of him….

      Good morning! ::hugggggs::

      • winterbanyan

        Dodd truly surprises me with this one. Don’t ask me why, but I am. I guess he didn’t meet my expectations… 😉

  • JanF

    More on Elizabeth Warren (from her White House blog):

    The President asked me, and I enthusiastically agreed, to serve as an Assistant to the President and Special Advisor to the Secretary of the Treasury on the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. He has also asked me to take on the job to get the new CFPB started—right now. The President and I are committed to the same vision on CFPB, and I am confident that I will have the tools I need to get the job done.

    President Obama understands the importance of leveling the playing field again for families and creating protections that work not just for the wealthy or connected, but for every American. The new consumer bureau is based on a pretty simple idea: people ought to be able to read their credit card and mortgage contracts and know the deal. They shouldn’t learn about an unfair rule or practice only when it bites them—way too late for them to do anything about it. The new law creates a chance to put a tough cop on the beat and provide real accountability and oversight of the consumer credit market. The time for hiding tricks and traps in the fine print is over. This new bureau is based on the simple idea that if the playing field is level and families can see what’s going on, they will have better tools to make better choices.
    If the CFPB can succeed at leveling the playing field, we can go a long way toward repairing a gaping hole in the budgets of millions of families. But nobody has ever thought or argued that the consumer bureau can fix everything. Lost jobs, stagnant incomes, rising costs for college, dwindling retirement savings—there’s a lot of work to be done.

    When she was 16, my grandmother, Hannie Reed, drove a wagon in the Oklahoma land rush. Her mother had died, so she was up front with her little brothers and sisters bouncing around in the back. When I was growing up, she talked about life on the prairie, about marrying my grandfather and making a living building one-room schoolhouses, about getting wiped out in the Great Depression. She was hit with hard challenges throughout her life, but the moral of her stories was always the same: she would solve her problems one at a time by pulling up her socks and getting to work.

    It’s time for all of us to pull up our socks and get to work.

  • bubbanomics

    To the Faculty of the Venerable Blogistan Polytechnic Institute:

    I am writing to gain admission to your fine institution. Allow me, please, to introduce myself.

    My handle is bubbanomics, and I have many personal qualities. Of all the students you have considered, I expect I will be one of them. In some courses, I have done well, while in others I have performed below my usual level; however, you will find that for every effort below my median performance, there is another compensating work that exceeds it. My professors in past studies have observed that good students are a dime a dozen, but I am clearly an exception. You will be fortunate indeed to get me to work for you.

    On a personal level, you will find that those who like me speak highly of me indeed, and that my fondest admirers are unanimous in their praise. You should waste no time in welcoming me to BPI.

    With most recent regards,

    • JanF

      Welcome Welcome Welcome Welcome Welcome Welcome Welcome Welcome Welcome Welcome Welcome Welcome Welcome Welcome Welcome

      Some of those Welcomes may have been wasted. For that I apologize.

    • NCrissieB

      From: Squirrel@BPI
      To: bubbanomics

      Re: Admissions letter

      Finally, someone who makes sense around here….


      Squirrel, BPI Roving Reporter
      (But I don’t break the news. It’s already broken.)

    • addisnana

      Bubbanomics: welcome to bpi. I will type highly of you until JanF gets that voice program up and running. If it was available I would speak highly of you. Plus anyone that’s good enough for the bpi squirrel is good enough for me.
      Looking forward to your contributions.

    • BadApple

      Excellent. Things are looking up around here. I may de-lurk more.

    • bpiwebmistress

      Mr. bubbanomics,
      Let me introduce myself. I am the BPIWebmistress. Here is my calling card.


      I’ve seen your shenanigans elsewhere (please bring them here!)

    • winterbanyan

      Great to see you here, bubbanomics. I still need to catch my breath after reading your admissions letter, but I quite agree that you have many personal qualities, including giving elder faculty heart attacks from laughter.

      Just don’t hog the wine cellar library. 😉