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Campus Chatter – October 20, 2010

October 20, 2010

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Campus Chatter – October 20, 2010

Joseph II issued the Patent of Toleration today (1781). Also the Louisiana Purchase was ratified (1803), the U.S.-Canadian border was designated (1818), the Long March ended (1935), the “Johnny Bright Incident” occurred (1951), and Roger Patterson filmed Bigfoot (1967). And President Nixon ordered the “Saturday Night Massacre” (1973).

Greetings and social banter here.

Good morning! ::hugggggs::

  • winterbanyan

    I guess I’m going to have to run to the Googles. :) I haven’t heard of most of this stuff although I vividly remember the “Saturday Night Massacre.” The headlines following that left most of us gasping, and in some quarters Elliot Richardson became a hero.

    The Louisiana Purchase was a smart move on our part. ;) It gave us the Mississippi, certainly the lifeblood of our commerce, and New Orleans. Love that town.

    • HurrikanEagle

      It’s funny cause we’re going over the U.S. v Nixon atm in ConLaw1.

      As far as the Louisiana Purchase; well it’s been determined that Thomas Jefferson had wanted that land and the Mississippi River for awhile. The purchase itself actually violated the Constitution at the time but he did it anyway.

      He is also the first President to go after Florida, New Orleans and Texas.

  • NCrissieB

    The Patent of Toleration offered a very limited form of religious freedom. Non-Catholic Christians and Jews were allowed to worship in private, but could not establish public churches or schools. In short: we’ll tolerate you … but only if we don’t have to see you.

    Sounds familiar.

    Good morning! ::hugggggs::

    • winterbanyan

      Sounds very familiar. The Duke of Wellington, who won at Waterloo and other places and was almost a national god, took a lot of flack for his campaigning (and voting) in Parliament to allow Catholics to vote. He also got into a lot of trouble for insisting, during the potato famine, that English landlords stop shipping all their wheat from Ireland to England and dispense it among the starving in Ireland.

      There has always been a certain percentage who think others should suffer and not have equal rights. Glad to say the Emancipation Act passed. However, the wheat continued to leave Ireland while millions starved and died of disease.

  • addisnana

    Just curious. Will Morning Feature be cross posted at DK? I have totm this morning and if the answer is no, I’m fine, just means I’ll quit clicking back and forth between screens.

    • winterbanyan

      Sorry for the delay, addisnana. :) I’m not used to the cross-posting thing. It’s up now.

    • winterbanyan

      I will leave MF up a little longer at DKos and then I’m going to yank it.

      Sorry addisnana. It was a great TotM, and as always your comments were great. :) I love your perspective.

    • winterbanyan

      P.S. I’m not going to post over there anymore either. Ever.

      • addisnana

        I can certainly understand your P.S. I would have been fine this am if you had not cross posted. I just find it hard to get into reading and thinking and then taking time out to bounce back and forth with my task for the day. If I get too many screens open, my computer gets sluggish.

        I loved your diary and had missed this story. Thank you.

        • winterbanyan

          Some of the comments you got at DK last week really chapped me. And now the uglies are happening again. We have much more informed and civilized discussion here, and we can get into greater depth without having to flea-hop so many comments.

          Frankly, I like it much better here, and my blood pressure has gone down. LOL So I will be yanking, because there’s a pie fight. Too bad because there’s some important info in the diary.

          • JanF

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            I think you should leave it up as a cautionary tale and as a reminder. There is discussion and there is posturing. A comment in a tip jar is posturing because it is there to gain attention … not to further the discussion.

            I am glad we do not have tip jars or rec lists here.

      • NCrissieB

        I won’t be back there either, winterbanyan. Apparently it’s not enough to be upset by a horrible 9th Circuit Court decision. At DailyKos they insist we must blame President Obama personally for that 9th Circuit Court decision.

        Good afternoon! ::hugggggs::

  • NCrissieB

    The “Johnny Bright Incident” was an on-field attack on Johnny Bright, the Drake University quarterback, during a game at Oklahoma A&M in Stillwater. Bright was a national star and a Heisman Trophy candidate, and had played without incident when Drake visited the Aggies two years earlier.

    But in 1951, the Aggies’ coach whipped his team into a fury with orders to “get that n*****r.” An Aggie defensive tackle, Wilbanks Smith, knocked Bright unconscious three times with elbow blows to the head. The third blow, delivered long after Bright had handed the ball to a running back, broke Bright’s jaw. Bright still completed a 61-yard touchdown pass a few plays later, before his injury forced him to leave the game.

    A series of photographs of the jaw-breaking blow earned cameramen John Robinson and Don Ultang the Pulitzer Prize in 1952. Oklahoma A&M took no disciplinary action against Smith, and both Drake and Bradley Universities withdrew from the Missouri Valley Conference in protest.

    Johnny Bright went on to a 12-year career in the Canadian Football League, and was inducted into the CFL Hall of Fame in 1970. Wilbanks Smith later took responsibility for the attack. In 2005, Oklahoma State University (formerly A&M) finally apologized in a letter from OSU President David Schmidly to Drake University President David Maxwell.

    Good morning! ::hugggggs::

    • winterbanyan

      44 years to give an apology? Wow. That was ugly, very ugly. I’m glad Johnny Bright was able to continue his career. Sounds like an amazing guy. After that kind of punishment I would have considered some much safer way to make a living.

      • NCrissieB

        The best-known outcome of the Johnny Bright Incident: football helmets now have face masks. That rule was a direct outcome of his injury.

        Good morning! ::hugggggs::

  • KVoimakas

    Guess I have another site to check on for reading. I’ve not been active in MF since I’ve been busy with work and RKBA (I’m just a professor here, I’m the head guy for that group.)

    Putting in bookmarks now…

    • JanF

      Howdy, KV. Long time between comments. BPI is a good place to read and learn. And comment, of course.

      • KVoimakas

        Yeah, I haven’t been on here in a while. I’ll be around a bit more now.

        My bike is fixed! yay!

  • JanF

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  • JanF

    The “Saturday Night Massacre” precipitated an incredible moment in government. A high ranking government official resigning rather than being party to something illegal, unethical or immoral.

    I can think of several people in Bush’s administration who should have taken that road and will now have to live with history’s judgement. I for one hope it is harsh.

    • HurrikanEagle

      I seem to remember several Generals and 1 Colin Powell did so leading up to Iraq.

      • JanF

        Ding ding ding. “Colin Powell”

        And one of those “generals” might have been a different kind of general: Attorney General John Ashcroft hiring one John Woo to decide what constituted torture: anything short of organ failure.