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Campus Chatter – April 27, 2011

April 27, 2011

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Campus Chatter – April 27, 2011

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John Milton sold the copyright for Paradise Lost today (1667). Also, Handel’s Music for the Royal Fireworks premiered (1749), Beethoven composed the Für Elise (1810), construction began on the new Palace of Westminster (1840), the United Auto Workers split from the American Federation of Labor (1936), and Xerox PARC introduced the computer mouse (1981). And Betty Boothroyd became the first female Speaker of the House of Commons (1992).

Good morning! ::hugggggs::

  • JanF

    45 degrees in North Central Blogistan.

    Have fun the rest of the week and stay out of trouble!!

    Yesterday on Campus
    Morning Feature Ceding versus Seeding
    HEMMED In discusses the People’s Budget
    Campus Question on DOMA Demur

    • NCrissieB

      And apparently you’re not traveling yet after all…. ;-)

      Good morning! ::hugggggs::

    • NCrissieB

      Have a safe trip to that Undisclosed Location, Jan. :smile:

      Good morning! ::hugggggs::

      • JanF

        Not undisclosed. Actually Bean Town Blogistan. I hope irate hockey fans are not staying in my hotel … I need all my teeth.

        • addisnana

          Safe travels and as hassle free as possible Jan. Enjoy Beantown.

        • DWG

          Have a great trip. Spring is a great time to stroll down by the Charles.

          If you happen by Fenway Park, would you mind bringing me back one of those great Italian sausage sandwiches from the street vendors just outside the park?

          • NCrissieB

            You just made me homesick, DWG…. ::sigh::

            After one of those sandwiches, the next stop should be for a slice of pizza from a street vendor at Fanuel Hall. And then….

            Good morning! ::hugggggs::

            • DWG

              I am a sucker for fish and seafood chowders with a hunk of crusty bread. In addition to pizza, there is a burger place near Harvard that serves up concoctions that only be described as obscene in portion size but doggone good in flavor. If you ain’t rowing or running, it is dangerous going to the joint.

              • NCrissieB

                ::looks forlornly at her bacon sandwich::

                Ah well. I’m not rowing or running anymore, so….

                Good morning! ::hugggggs::

          • JanF

            No problem. Unlikely to get to Fenway but I am in the back bay and the Charles is not too far off. Now if the sun would come out.

    • winterbanyan

      Have fun in Beantown, Jan :) I’m envious. Great time of year to go.

      Hugggs for a safe trip!

      • LI Mike

        Yes, Jan, enjoy and safe trip.

    • Hoghead99

      Enjoy yourself, be safe!

      Best, HH99

  • LI Mike

    Morning All

    Today’s lesson is: How Not To Be A Candidate.

    Last summer one of the local civic leaders (Chair, Ctizens Advisory Council) came to us to say that he would like us to consider him for town board candidate. We were thrilled to have him approach us. He lives in an area of the Township that is usually 50/50 for us and low turnout. If we can win his area and build on that win we’d benefit for at least several elections.

    Last night our screening committee interviewed this potential candidate. I was the first one to respond after he left, I said: “I am stunned at how poor a grasp BB has of the issues. He’s known for 8 months that he wanted to be a candidate and this is what he brings to the table.”

    It was awful.

    • winterbanyan

      Um…wow…er… Gee, I’m so sorry, Mike. Any hope of educating him? Or do you have to start searching again.

      Hugggs and good morning!

    • addisnana

      I think some of the national celebrity politicians have lowered the bar to just getting your mug on TV and saying outrageous stuff as candidate ‘normal’. I think that by indulging them and reporting on the fantasy statements, the media has lowered the expectations beneath the level of absurdity.

      I am sorry that BB was so clueless about the issues, Mike. Is there any hope for him?

      • LI Mike

        Thanks for the sympathy Winter and Addisnana.

        We’re still going with him because he has the “everyman” thing working for him. We’ll work on edukatin him.

        • Hoghead99

          Say, “BB” used to be shorthand for Bridget Bardot. I guess it doesn’t anymore, right?

          • LI Mike

            Funny story about Bridget Bardot. When my brother and I were young we had a death in the family and my mom didn’t want us moping in the funeral home so she asked my father to take us to a movie. Just so happened he took us to one starring Bridget Bardot. My mom was less than pleased.

        • DWG

          If he does not have the passion to dive into the issues prior to the election and relies on others to get him up to speed, what kind of elected official is he likely to be if he wins? My own experience with town board candidates is that the weak ones become very deferential to others when elected rather than being willing to examine a broad range of pros and cons on issues.

          • Hoghead99

            DWG, that makes perfect sense, although I’ve no experience in these matters.

          • LI Mike

            Great point, DWG.

    • NCrissieB

      Hrmm. Is he curious about the issues, and teachable? If not, why does he want to run for office? If so, you can probably work with him … and it sounds as if you’ll need to.

      Good morning! ::hugggggs::

  • winterbanyan

    Good morning, everyone! All is well in South Blogistan. Well, in my tiny part of it. I won’t comment on the state. ;)

    I have been sleeping way too much, and am wondering if I need to start getting B12 shots again. Or whether an early afternoon coffee would keep me awake. This is getting to be a nuisance!

    Hugggs!

  • LI Mike

    Winter, can I get you to comment on this: Rachel was reporting last night that Fla Repubs want to change Fla election laws to make it harder to register new voters. Couldn’t get everything because I was on the phone about our candidate screening (see above) debacle.

    • winterbanyan
      • winterbanyan

        And while we’re on the subject, FL has been making in more difficult for registered voters as well in non-Republican precincts for some time: fewer voting machines, some of which don’t work, resulting in long lines, and cops hovering by the doors to scare off anyone (mainly AAs) who are afraid of getting hassled by cops.

        And as everyone knows, we purged voter rolls of people who had names that even resembled those of convicted felons without telling anyone they had been removed, and without verifying that these people did indeed have felony records.

        Hurrikaneagle wrote a piece on this here in Evening Focus, if I recall. I’ll see if I can find it.

    • NCrissieB

      The Florida House passed HB 1335 yesterday, Mike. A similar bill is moving through the Florida Senate, and will probably pass. The lowlights:

      – Registered voters who move to another county or change their names can no longer update registration data at the polling place on election day. Instead they must vote by provisional ballot. This will mostly affect college students who registered to vote at home and want to vote where they attend college, and women who marry or divorce. Both will need to update their registration data before election day.

      – Groups who run voter registration drives must register their workers with a state agency, must turn in voter registration cards within 48 hours after they are signed, and can be charged with a crime if they knowingly turn in a registration card that contains false information. The League of Women Voters says registering their workers opens them to harassment, that the 48-hour turnaround time will create logistical problems, and that federal law prohibits them from throwing away signed voter registration cards. (They already flag registration cards they suspect to be false.)

      – Voter-assistance volunteers can no longer approach and offer to help voters at the polls (ensure they have correct ID, advise them if they are challenged). The Florida Legislature has said that is “campaigning,” so voter-assistance volunteers must stay at least 100 feet from voting lines and may only help challenged voters if the challenged voter approaches them.

      – The period for early voting will be reduced from 15 to 7 days. The Florida Democratic Party made early voting a top priority for the last two cycles, and more Democrats than Republicans vote early.

      As a League of Women Voters spokesperson said, this is “an all-out attack on voter registration.”

      Good morning! ::hugggggs::

      • winterbanyan

        Thanks, Crissie. The news source I found was one day out of date, I guess. Nor was I able to type all that. ;)

      • Hoghead99

        Well it’s all about VOTER FRAUD, doncha know? Like 48 cases out of 270,000,000! Those R’s gotta fix the non-existant problems, or be faced with trying to repair the real problems they themselves have caused….

        • winterbanyan

          LOL, my friend. You nailed it.

          Hugggs and good morning!

        • NCrissieB

          Well, not quite, HH99. More than 48 people voted for Democrats in 2008 and 2010, and all of those other votes were fraud too…. ;-)

          Good morning! ::hugggggs::

      • LI Mike

        Wonder if any of that violates Voting Rights Act?

        • NCrissieB

          Probably, according to legal scholars who’ve reviewed it. Federal courts have overturned similar efforts before. It will depend on the details of how the statute is worded, though.

          Good morning! ::hugggggs::

          • Hoghead99

            See “Voter Fraud Peacocks” over @ teh Kos for more on this. BTW, I really like the term “Peacocks” as applied to the R’s on this one. It fits so well!

            Best, HH99

  • LI Mike

    Beethoven composed the Für Elise (1810)

    My favorite is one of his earlier works, the 6th or Pastoral Symphony. The opening allegro ma non troppo is exquisite. (What fun googling can be.)

  • glendaw271

    Ah, but for a piano player, Fur Elise is one of those songs that you never forget how to play. I got a keyboard a few Christmases ago, but the problem is that it isn’t a full keyboard, so I can’t really play the whole thing as it is meant to be played.

    I want my piano back. Alas, it is still in Deltona, FL while I am back in Iowa. I didn’t realize at the time that I let my family talk me out of moving it again how much I would miss it. I hope that the family that we gave it to is putting it to good use.

    • winterbanyan

      I’m sorry you had to give up your piano, glenda. That hurts, as I know from when my guitar was stolen. I have a keyboard now, a great one, but arthritis prevents me from playing it much. I suppose I should sell it or give it to someone who can use a top-of-the-line Yamaha with MIDI capability….

    • NCrissieB

      Aww, I’m sorry to hear that, Glenda. I’ve moved a bunch of times, and in many of those moves I lost or had to leave behind stuff I later missed. :sad:

      Good morning! ::hugggggs::

  • addisnana

    Good morning blogistanis.

    I admit to having a case of winger fatigue. Why on earth are people talking to Franklin Graham about the role God played in the Japanese earthquake? Who gives a flying fig? Some of the wingers being interviewed represent the fringe on the end of the fringe. I am most disappointed in the media who pursue this crapola as if it was a serious part of a national discussion and not a circus. I have started emails to the MSM asking them, not what they were thinking but if they were thinking at all.

    We have some serious issues that deserve serious reporting. They could start with more in depth coverage of the “People’s budget.” It’s as if many in the media have decided that their role is to entertain or be the barker in the circus. It is so very sad.

    To copy a Jan phrase- end o rant. Ha!

    • winterbanyan

      I can’t even watch anymore, addisnana. :( I spend my time reading online from sources that do in-depth reporting. There are some good ones. I skip over the Entertainment stuff, and things that look like so much BS, such as the one you mention above.

      There was an earthquake because we exist on a living planet. If our planet weren’t living, didn’t have earthquakes and volcanoes, etc, it would be uninhabitable. So while we pay a price for that life, it allows us to have life.

      Ask any geologist.

      If we could just get it through our heads that this is a living planet, maybe we’d take better care of it.

    • NCrissieB

      I have the same winger fatigue, addisnana. I’m considering an MF series on media bias, and did some preliminary research this morning. Believe it or not, some of the sources I reviewed label it “liberal bias” when the media ignore folks like Graham.

      I’m still debating whether to do the series. None of the sources I found – even the progressive ones – explored bias in a way I thought especially useful.

      Good morning! ::hugggggs::

      • addisnana

        Lately I think the question of bias is between facts and opinions. Any opinion is newsworthy even if the facts have long since rendered it false. I wish there was a bias toward factual reporting. For my money some of the winger causes get more recycling than they deserve. I’d love to see them out in the ocean with all the unrecycled plastic.

        • NCrissieB

          I agree. I found bias studies that rely on reporters’ party registration, others that count how many minutes or words are devoted to competing candidates or ideas, others that count positive and negative stories about candidates or ideas, others that compare how often media stories and elected officials cite various think tanks …

          … and not a single study that counted how often media stories were later found to be factually inaccurate, and which way initially inaccurate stories usually lean.

          That last one is the model that would actually be useful, to me.

          Good morning! ::hugggggs::

          • addisnana

            I think the President just channeled his inner blogistani. Nice short press conference!

            • NCrissieB

              It was, addisnana. It was Shepherd-esque…. :smile:

              Good morning! ::hugggggs::

  • winterbanyan

    For those of you considering changing wireless services, let me recommend AT&T. Why? Because they are the ONLY unionized wireless service provider.

    • addisnana

      I might consider that as a criteria once they have coverage in the boondocks, winter. For the rural areas I inhabit only Verizon gets much of a signal at all. The big debate in the North woods is that AT&T wants to build a 450 or 600′ tower so much of the BWCA would have cell service. The wilderness purists don’t want the red blinking light visible in the wild. The locals want the same broad band amenities available to urban dwellers. It is a passionate debate and the idea of two 200′ towers seems too reasonable to be considered even though it might provide almost as much coverage.

      • winterbanyan

        Nobody wants cell towers but everyone wants cell coverage. We see the arguments here all the time. Make up your minds, people. If you want the coverage, you have to live with the towers. Or buy a satellite phone.

        I can sympathize with both sides of the issue, but it galls me when folks who want to use cell phones object to the towers. You can’t have it both ways.

        If two towers would work, then the only reason for wanting one bigger one is cost… or knocking Verizon off the map. Hmmm.

      • winterbanyan

        I should add here I was talking about my area, which has been pretty much turned into shopping centers and subdivisions. Hard place to find nature anymore, so the argument seems ridiculous.

        Your area is different. You have the BWCA which a lot of people had tried hard to protect. Their issues are different.

    • JanF

      This is one of those sad cases where need has to outweigh doing the right thing for liberal causes. AT&T has bad coverage in the areas that I travel in and dropped calls are not just an annoyance they are lost business.

      I just found out another place (Boston) where my current cellular provider roams and I have to pay for long distance and data. I will probably switch to Verizon. Their customer service stinks but their product is reliable and covers the most area.

  • Hoghead99

    Water water everywhere and all the boards did shrink,
    water water everywhere, the weatherman’s a fink.

    Good soggy morning, and squishy hugggs to those who can stand ‘em! More rain in the Midwest, not that we need it right now….. 55 degrees and clouds, wonder if it will, naw……

    Removed the plastic from our cold frame yesterday, figuring no more frost. Found about 6″ of water in floor area. My wife, the unstoppable Pioneer Woman donned her knee boots and attempted to unclog drain outlet, reporting it clogged with mud. How did that happen? Reamed it a bit, all to no avail it would seem. Maybe will pump it out and do some exploratory digging myself later on, soon as it decides it it’ll rain or not.

    Neighbor reports corn planting well delayed, and farmers getting nervous….. I imagine that’s true through the entire Midwestern region. It’s been rain, rain, and more rain.

    Hope all is well with you!

    Best, Hoghead99

    • winterbanyan

      These rains could kill the corn crops for the season if something doesn’t change soon. My sympathies to the farmers.

      Sympathy to you, too, for the clogged drain. My yard has that problem. We installed drains because we’re at the bottom of a hill and our yard stays soggy. Now they’re clogged and we’re still trying to find both ends of the dang things…

      • Hoghead99

        From now on, all plastic drain pipe laid by me will also have some wire with it so it can be found with a metal detector. Like the old Dutchman said: Too soon old, too late schmart!

    • addisnana

      “My wife, the unstoppable Pioneer Woman” is such a cool description. It made me smile. :smile: I hope the weather gives farmers and gardeners a break soon. I am looking forward to more photos from the “garden of envy.”

    • NCrissieB

      Sorry about all that rain, HH99. Like much of life, weather is lumpy … and pretty much for the same reason. Rain tends to be one of those things where we either get too much or not enough….

      And I agree with addisnana that this …

      My wife, the unstoppable Pioneer Woman[....]

      … is an absolutely wonderful description that made me smile! :grin:

      Good morning! ::hugggggs::

      • Hoghead99

        Hee, I started calling her Pioneer Woman when I arrived home late on a snowy night to find the road and driveway plowed…..

        Sez I: I wonder who plowed the road?

        PW: It was me.

        Sez I: But the blade wasn’t on the tractor!

        PW: Oh, I put it on there, then I plowed the road.

        Sez I: I dub thee Pioneer Woman!

        ;-)

        • NCrissieB

          What a wonderful and very romantic (yes!) story…. :lol:

          We don’t have an emoticon for twitterpated … which is what I felt when I read that.

          Good morning! ::hugggggs::

          • Hoghead99

            Good morning to you sister, all over the crud?

            • NCrissieB

              Pretty much, HH99. Still achy and tired, but the doc said that’s an ordinary side-effect of being on so many antibiotics. The infection is gone but I need to finish the meds anyway. Will be done this weekend.

              Good morning! ::hugggggs::

    • glendaw271

      It’s not just the amount of rain delaying the corn, at least around here. The soil temperature has to be above 50°, and preferably a little higher for the seeds to properly germinate. We haven’t had enough warm weather to get the soil temperature high enough.

      And now we’re approaching the end of April, and the corn crop requires a longer growing season than the soy beans. Of course, soy beans can’t be planted yet either, for the same reasons. It may be a bleak year for the Midwest farmers.

  • JanF

    Breaking News Alert
    The New York Times
    Wed, April 27, 2011 — 9:24 AM ET
    —–

    White House Releases Long Form of President Obama’s Hawaii Birth Certificate

    President Obama posted a copy of his “long form” birth certificate, hoping to finally end a long-simmering conspiracy theory among some conservatives that he was not born in the United States and was not a legitimate president.

    The birth certificate, which is posted online at the White House website, shows conclusively that Mr. Obama was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, and is signed by state officials and his mother.

    I hate that he felt the need to do this. Polling must have shown it to be an issue.

    White House statement:

    The President believed the distraction over his birth certificate wasn’t good for the country. It may have been good politics and good TV, but it was bad for the American people and distracting from the many challenges we face as a country. Therefore, the President directed his counsel to review the legal authority for seeking access to the long form certificate and to request on that basis that the Hawaii State Department of Health make an exception to release a copy of his long form birth certificate. They granted that exception in part because of the tremendous volume of requests they had been getting.

    • winterbanyan

      And should anyone desire to see it without paying the NYT, here it is:
      http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/rss_viewer/birth-certificate-long-form.pdf

      • JanF

        My link was to the White House statement, not the New York Times.

        • winterbanyan

          Sorry, Jan. I had just viewed the pdf and posted the link before I read your comment.

          • JanF

            Actually I tricked you! Ha! I went back and edited my comment with the link. The link includes the White House statement and some of the backstory (what they had to do to get the document) as well as the long form.

            I am 100% sure it will not end the controversy.

    • winterbanyan

      I too am sorry he felt he needed to do this. But now maybe we can drop this stupid issue and get on to things that matter… like watching Trump wipe the egg off his face. ;)

    • NCrissieB

      Cue “It took two years to prepare this forgery?” in 3 … 2 …

      dammit, wait for the countdown!

      Good morning! ::hugggggs::

      • Hoghead99

        HA! And, BTW, it was only good Faux TV!

      • JanF

        LOL! They didn’t even wait for the countdown, did they?

        • Hoghead99

          Naw…… Reminds me of: I already know what I think, don’t confuse me with the facts…..

        • glendaw271

          And not just that this is fake, but for the slightly more sane among them, now they are asking for the school records.

          What happened to the George W. Bush method of just saying “You can’t ask me about that time of my life.”?

        • glendaw271

          And a sample of what is already being said:

          Indeed, birthers on rightwing forums, maintaining the significance of a meaningless distinction between a “certificate of live birth” (the term used by the state of Hawaii) and a birth certificate, have already dismissed the new copy as either a forgery or as evidence that Obama doesn’t satisfy the “natural born citizen” clause of the Constitution as part of the eligibility requirements for American presidents. A sample comment, from the user “sten” on FreeRepublic.com:

          so now we know his father was not an American citizen when 0bama was born

          on to the next issue.

          how could he be a natural born citizen… if both parents are not American citizens

          This muddled take on natural born citizenship is characteristic of the birther movement. As most Americans well know (and have recently expressed opposition to), citizenship is granted to anyone born in the U.S. While the term “natural born citizen” is not specifically defined in the original Constitution, the Fourteenth Amendment makes it clear that anyone born in the U.S. is a citizen.

  • NCrissieB

    In the White House Briefing Room, President Obama practically quoted the Andrew Shephard (Michael Douglas) speech from The American President.

    “We have serious problems to solve….” etc.

    He handled it really well.

    Good morning! ::hugggggs::

  • Hoghead99

    Off to the outdoors. Will check in later…..

    Best, HH99

  • glendaw271

    Tweet from Lawrence O’Donnell:

    NBC has created a monster and its name is Donald Trump.

    • addisnana

      Thank you for the LOL glenda…

  • Lake Toba

    And so the conspiracists are at it again.

    Now: “Did you know that the records people in Hawaii only keep records of changes to their database for slightly less than two years. So someone could have ordered a change to the database more than two years ago, and the evidence for that change is now lost. Isn’t it convenient that Obama waited two years to release his birth cirtificate?”

    *facepalm