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Campus Chatter – March 7, 2012

March 7, 2012

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Campus Chatter – March 7, 2012

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Emperor Constantine I declared Sunday a day of rest today (321). Also, Senator Daniel Webster tried to avert a civil war with his “Seventh of March” speech (1850), Alexander Graham Bell patented his telephone (1876), German troops reoccupied the Rhineland (1936), 600 civil rights marchers were attacked by police in Selma, Alabama (1965), the U.S. Supreme Court held in Campbell v. Acuff-Rose Music that commercial parodies of copyrighted works generally qualify as fair use (1994), and the British House of Commons voted to make the House of Lords an entirely elected body (2007). And the Kepler Space Observatory, designed to detect earth-like planets around other stars, was launched (2009).

Good morning! ::hugggggs::

63 Responses to “Campus Chatter – March 7, 2012”

  1. NCrissieB Says:

    Today on Campus

    Morning Feature – Winning Progressive with Rick Santorum: Cafeteria Catholic
    Furthermore! – the Squirrel with Who Accepts Limbaugh’s Apology?
    Midday MatineeTuesday’s Tale: The Cat Book
    Campus QuestionDoes Mitt Romney understand the costs of college?
    Evening FocusSuper Tuesday (Live Blog)
    Our EarthClimate Modeling: Arctic Winter Life

    Today on Campus

    Morning Feature – Winning Progressive with The GOP Are at it Again on Disaster Relief
    Midday Matinee at 2pm ET – addisnana with If It Takes a Village…
    Campus Question at 6pm ET
    Our Earth at 8pm ET – The EPA is Working Hard

  2. winterbanyan Says:

    Good morning, everyone. :) What little I saw of the election returns last night (too much!) it was an interesting mix. I am getting awfully tired of the way the GOP lies, though. And the way the media report their lies without contradicting them.

    Other than that, all’s well. Hope it is with you, too!

    • Norbrook Says:

      Mitt’s slowly moving ahead, but Santorum took three states, and it makes you wonder about the Republicans. I think they’re doing an admirable job of destroying themselves, I just wish the media would start fact-checking more.

      • winterbanyan Says:

        Well, I have to admit that I said last night, “I’d almost wish I could live another fifty years so I could read what historians are going to say about the demise of the GOP in 2012.”

        They’re working their way toward it. Rapidly.

    • glendaw271 Says:

      Believe it or not, I actually heard a fairly long rant from Chris Matthews about how every time one of the Republican candidates talks about something that the President says, it turns out to be a lie. It was interesting, and nobody on MSNBC contradicted what he said, at least while I had that channel on.

  3. Norbrook Says:

    Good morning. It’s currently 22 degrees, and expected to rise to 50 today. Tomorrow will also be warm, but Friday and Saturday are expected to be chilly with some snow on Friday. :-(

    I’m on the road again today, going down to my aunt’s to try to get various things done fore her, and (again) see if she’s moving on getting into a new place. I’m hoping to be back tonight or tomorrow afternoon. I’d like to get back before the weather turns bad again. (sigh) The other thing I have to get through to my aunt is that I can do these trips now, but in another month my work schedule gets … tight. As in, free time starts being a wistful memory. The month after that it moves into the “why am I doing this job, and what is sleep?” category. :lol: I’m hoping that at least one of her daughters will have transportation available by that time. The problem is that my aunt lives about 2 hours away from any of us, so it’s not like we can do a routine “just stopping by to help” for her.

    • NCrissieB Says:

      I’m glad you’re helping get your aunt back on her feet, Norbrook. Please drive safely and get back home before the weather hits.

      Good morning! ::hugggggs::

    • Gardener Says:

      Good of you to help as you are able……..

    • winterbanyan Says:

      I hope you can get through to your aunt, Norbrook. It’s hard on you to want to help her out and have to drive so far to be able to do it. You’re right, that’s hardly “stopping by.”

      So your weather is going to turn bad again? How bad is bad? Well, clearly enough for you to want to get back quickly….

      • Norbrook Says:

        It doesn’t look too bad. Rain starting Thursday afternoon, turning colder and into snow on Friday. The weekend looks chilly, but warms up next week.

        The problem for my aunt is that she lives at the far eastern point of the “triangle” where my family is located. I and a couple of other cousins are located on the northern point, and my sisters and a few other cousins are located on the western point. So we’re all about two to two-and-a-half hours away from her. If she was up here (which I don’t recommend) she’d have relatives around to help, and if she was farther west, she would. Where she is now, particularly out in the middle of nowhere, she’s pretty much stuck. Which is why we’re pushing hard for her to move into one of the nearby cities, so she at least has public transportation available.

        • Gardener Says:

          We cousins moved an aunt one time. Several of us mustered with P/U trucks, trailers, you know the drill……

          Loaded up all her stuff in the moving armada we had and headed east 30 miles. In the middle of the bridge over the Mississippi there was a flurry of white cloth activity on the trailer I was towing, but owing to the high-speed Interstate traffic, wind, and narrow lanes, I couldn’t pull over ’till a few miles later. All we found was an empty drawer!

          The rest of the move went OK, and auntie was as pleased as she could be except she said, “I never did figure out what happened to my underwear. It’s all disappeared!” :oops: :oops: :oops: We all just sort of looked at the floor…….. ;-)

    • addisnana Says:

      Safe driving and good luck with your Aunt. I hope one of your cousins gets wheels and can be ready by the time your busy season hits.

  4. Gardener Says:

    Good morning!

    The Doc visit went well. She’d prescribed Dinitrochlorobenzene for my planter wart cluster. This industrial chemical somehow stimulates the immune system to kill the planter warts. It also, however, caused redness, itching, swelling, blue streaks, and all manner of discomfort. She gave me a ‘scrip for a soothing ointment, pronounced the warts 70% gone, and trimmed off some dead skin. I am to resume the assault tonight. Doctor Pioneer Woman will be administering the chemical……..

    Still, with all that, managed to spread some compost nice and thick over about a 10 X 60 area out in garden. Then, while I was away at the Doc’s, it dried out so that was able to rototill it under upon my return and change back into gardening clothes. Also helped PW make a plywood board with an exact 90 degree corner for her stained glass class. Heh….. ;-)

    Nothing to be seen of the stuff planted the other week, BUT the spinach is looking robust and Neighbor Julie is on this end of her commuter marriage as of yesterday, so mebbe we’ll get a visit and send her home with some green goodness. I like spinach about this time of year for the blast of vitamins it’ll give you! There’s a Red Cross bloodletting tomorrow that I’ve been invited to attend, so the spinach will help my iron too. Popeye had it right!

    Best, Gardener

    • Gardener Says:

      BTW, we have 55 degrees and a brisk south wind again today.

      I was reflecting yesterday evening about how some of you had asked me to report in on the Doc visit, and how good it makes a body feel to know that there are people in the world who genuinely care about you. Thank you for that, you’re the best! :smile: :smile:

    • NCrissieB Says:

      I’m relieved to hear the doc thinks the ointment will settle the reaction, and I’ll be even more relieved when you’re able to say those plantar’s warts are all gone. Speaking from experience … those are miserable.

      Glad to hear that Neighbor Julie is back in town. You and Pioneer Woman really enjoy her company. I’d love to hear more about this:

      Also helped PW make a plywood board with an exact 90 degree corner for her stained glass class.

      Both the exactness of the cut and the stained glass intrigue me….

      Good morning! ::hugggggs::

      • trs Says:

        I don’t know, G – that looks like it might be 89.872 degrees from here ;-)

        • Gardener Says:

          The guy at the stained glass store sold her a plastic square for $5, some made in China, POS…… He said, “Oh, you can’t use a regular metal square for this, you have to use one of these plastic squares. I used a metal square one time and it didn’t work, my window was out of square.”

          I used my big metal framing square from Pop, natch, and then when we had the 1 X 2 screwed to the plywood, checked it with both squares, and sure enough, was a perfect 90. I guess I ought to pay a visit to the stained glass store dude eh? Bet he’s a Republican, the way he lies…….

          • trs Says:

            I suspect he either had too small a square, or his framing square got out of square (it does happen if the square is mistreated enough – especially newer ones. The older squares are made of thicker material so they hold up better).

            • Gardener Says:

              Pop’s square appears to have been handed down from Noah, mebbe…. Very heavy steel…..

              Interestingly enough, I have a much smaller one that was given to me as a remembrance of the father of a friend of mine. The guy I sat next to in Kindergarten. I asked my friends brother, who was here, locally, cleaning out their fathers’ shop, for a small something-or-other as a remembrance. He cleaned up a little try square, I call it. Have it hanging on the shop wall and use it quite a bit for drawing squared lines on stock to be sawed. Small, handy, good for that. RIP Bill, I think of him every time I pick it up!

      • Gardener Says:

        It’s a working board, I guess. She can build her window on it and keep it square/plumb. Made of 1 X 2 and 1/2″ plywwod. Can solder on it……

        I don’t ask too many questions….. Just jump in and help as I am able to……

        • NCrissieB Says:

          For whom does Pioneer Woman make stained glass windows? And does she give a tinker’s dam? ;-)

          Good morning! ::hugggggs::

          • Gardener Says:

            For our kitchen….. There’s around 20′ of south-facing doublepane glass in there for both the view and passive solar gain. The stained glass window will hang there and be back-lit by the sun. The wall is timber frame, and there are several rectangles she could fill that way…..

    • trs Says:

      Nothing like a good bloodletting…

      Have fun storming the castle!

      • Gardener Says:

        Yeah, they like me up there. I’m one of the few who’ll let them hook me up to some sort of machine they have that sucks your blood, filters stuff out, then puts it back inside you….. Aw, they have a big long name for it…… :oops:

    • winterbanyan Says:

      An exact 90-degree corner? Hah! For me that would be a challenge. Good for you!

      Interesting about that wart chemical (no, I’m not going to try to retype it). Who would have thought it would cause such a reaction? The cure sounds almost as bad as the warts.

      I am so, so glad to know you’re improving.

      • Gardener Says:

        I’ve said that I am willing to go through a lot to be rid of those warts. Have been walking on them for 2 years now…….. Doc says if I’m lucky, the chemical will teach my immune system to recognize the planter wart virus, and keep me free of them for the rest of my days, but keep the medicine in cold storage just in case……

        • winterbanyan Says:

          2 years?!? Oh my. And that’s more interesting info about that chemical. I didn’t know they had stuff like that now. I hope it clears up completely, Gardener. Those plantar warts are awful.

          • Gardener Says:

            I Googled it, there’s lots to read.

            Is winterscion the mechanical, fix-it type? I may have a gift idea…….

            • winterbanyan Says:

              Considering he has three toolboxes here, and keeps adding more… he’s a good fixer. Seems to like working with his hands. I’m not sure I want to give him something he can’t carry to MN by air though.

              What did you have in mind?

              • Gardener Says:

                Sears Craftsman used to make an impact tool, heavy but compact. Good for removing stuck bolts and screws. Comes with several bits, Phillips, Slotted, different sizes. Essentially, you choose the bit and insert into the driver. Apply bit to stuck screw/bolt. Then turn the handle of the driver in the direction you want the stubborn screw to turn, and give it a good whack with a hammer!

                Used to be around $20. You only need one of these once or twice a year, BUT the day you need it, you can’t do without it…….

                I’d look under Sears Impact Driver.

                • winterbanyan Says:

                  Ooh, that’s a neat tool. I need one of those myself, so if he should happen to leave it here when he goes home…. ;)

    • addisnana Says:

      Good to hear that the Doc had creme for the symptoms, G and I hope that this will be your last experience with the plantar warts. If gardens could be jealous, I’d bet that some of the neighboring gardens are envious of the attention yours gets. I am just green with envy at your crops.

      • Gardener Says:

        Aw shucks…..

        Built a compost pile up at the nearest neighbors place last October. The Farm, I call it. Used his manure spreader to shred up the stuff. Really worked well, I’d say, I think he’s converted, at least for the gardening. :smile:

  5. NCrissieB Says:

    There weren’t many Super Tuesday surprises last night. The highlights:

    Ohio – Mitt Romney won, barely, over Rick Santorum. The margin of victory was just 1%.

    Tennessee – Santorum won convincingly, with a 9% margin.

    Oklahoma – Santorum won by 5.7%, not as wide as expected.

    North Dakota – Santorum won by 11.6% over Ron Paul. Romney third.

    Idaho – Romney won with almost 67%. Paul distant second.

    Georgia – Newt Gingrich romped, as expected, in his home state.

    Massachusetts, Vermont, Virginia – As expected, Romney won all three. Santorum finished third in Vermont, behind Paul. Paul also received 40.5% of the vote in Virginia, although some of those were Not-Romney votes as Paul was the only Not-Romney on the ballot.

    My Take – The Republican nomination will probably be decided by party leaders – a few hundred of whom are “uncommitted” delegates – as the math does not work for Romney to reach 1144 without them. That assumes Gingrich stays in the race. If Gingrich drops out, Santorum might win enough of the winner-take-all states to reach 1144 on his own. I doubt Gingrich could get there if Santorum drops out. If both Santorum and Gingrich stay in the race, neither can gain more delegates than Romney … and the party leaders will put Romney over the top.

    Good morning! ::hugggggs::

    • Norbrook Says:

      My personal guess is that the uncommitted will swing to Romney, and before the convention, they’ll push Santorum to accept the VP nomination instead. I think they’ll try to have a smooth convention, but given that Paul and Gingrich are still around, I’m sure that there will be fireworks at some point.

      • NCrissieB Says:

        I think the “uncommitted” party leaders – equivalent to Democrats’ “super delegates” – will be reluctant to swing the nomination against a candidate who won a plurality of caucus/primary delegates. If both Gingrich and Santorum stay in through the rest of the primary season, Romney will get that plurality, but not a majority of 1144. And yes, the party leaders will demand something in return: Santorum or another cultural conservative on the ticket.

        The most intriguing scenario is what happens if Gingrich drops out. Santorum might get to 1144 on his own, but with so many states’ delegates already split, he might well end up with a plurality yet not a majority. That would leave the party leaders able to put either Romney or Santorum over the top.

        Party leaders who want Romney – but don’t want to go against the plurality delegate winner – need Gingrich to stay in the race so he and Santorum will continue to split the cultural conservative base.

        Good morning! ::hugggggs::

      • Gardener Says:

        We don’t want to see a Santorun surge, I know that much……. ;-)

      • addisnana Says:

        Romney and Santorum as a ticket seems like a shaky proposition given the race so far. I am thinking that Santorum, if he doesn’t get the top spot will sit it out and try for 2016.

        The Republicans don’t have a party leader. Can anyone see George W. Bush as the referee for these two? I can’t but then there’s a lot about the Republicans I have trouble “seeing.”

    • winterbanyan Says:

      “The only Not-Romney on the ballot.” That is the funniest view of this debacle I’ve heard yet.

      And since the candidates have been slicing and dicing each other with negative ads and statements (not to mention their own flubs), I’m wondering how they’re going to put this genie back in the bottle once the primary is decided. They’ve put enough ammunition out there to sink a flotilla.

      • NCrissieB Says:

        The candidates and their Super PACs have indeed given President Obama and Democrats plenty of material for campaign ads. I’m not sure the GOP can mend their rifts after the primary season. This is not like 2008, where Obama and Clinton were running on almost identical platforms and the choice came down to personality and which of two historical landmarks would be reached. Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum represent different privilege factions within the Republican Party – wealth privilege vs. identity privilege – and the campaign has driven a wedge between those groups.

        Still, it will be a close general election contest and we’ll have to work hard to turn out our voters.

        Good morning! ::hugggggs::

    • Jim W Says:

      I’m watching Delegates.

      Romney 415

      Santorum 176

      Gingrich 105

      Paul 47

      Huntsman 2

      Proportionate and locality delegate assignments make mincemeat of the state winner narrative that the press loves.

      The question is who wins the 1541 remain delegates. If Romney doesn’t make it will other candidates release their delegates to Romney or Santorum or some one else?

      • Gardener Says:

        For my ironic $$$, the best candidate against BHO would be Huntsman….

      • NCrissieB Says:

        Worse, it’s hard to know exactly what the delegate counts are. Some of the states have announced their delegate allocations, while others states’ counts are based on media estimates of how the state’s rules will be applied. But as we saw in Michigan, those estimates don’t always match what happens. The Michigan GOP decided to give both at-large delegates to Romney, rather than the proportional split the rules implied. And some caucus states won’t officially allocate their delegates until their state conventions this summer … after the primary season is done.

        This really could go all the way to the convention in Tampa.

        Good morning! ::hugggggs::

        • Jim W Says:

          Even bigger problems. The Florida delegate allocation may not be decided before the convention. Any news from Florida?

          I doubt that candidates will be releasing their delegates before the first round ballots at the convention.

          Expect a lot of spinning between now and August.

  6. trs Says:

    Morning, everybody. 42 degrees here, with an expected high of 66 (.6?). Iriti took today off for her birthday, and we’re going on a walk later (not as long as the last one).

    Monday I went to the theatre to put the finishing touches on the lighting for the show. As one of those things, the set dresser wanted me to hang a kitchen table chandelier. I did so, after arguing with her that the light was going to cause all kinds of shadow problems. Yesterday afternoon I got a phone call from the director: would I please take the light down? It was causing shadow problems. So, while Kidlet was in her piano lesson, I went to the theatre and took the light fixture down. The way I had it rigged it only took five 7 minutes to do, and most of that time was getting the ladder out and putting it away. Such is life in live theatre…

    • winterbanyan Says:

      You must have really enjoyed taking that chandelier down after arguing against it. ;)

      Happy Birthday to iriti. It’s my eldest son’s birthday as well and I found out yesterday that he already has what I had intended as a gift. I have no idea what I’m going to do now…

    • Gardener Says:

      ;-) ;-)

    • NCrissieB Says:

      A grand chandelier may be worth the challenges of lighting around it, especially if it can be flown out of sight – and above the lighting angles – for other scenes. A kitchen table chandelier … not so much. :)

      Good morning! ::hugggggs::

    • addisnana Says:

      Happy Birthday to iriti! :smile: Enjoy the walk and I hope the new shoes help with your hip.

  7. Gardener Says:

    Say, didn’t you think it was fairly artful for BHO to call a press conference yesterday on Super Toozeday?

    Didn’t he look great? In command, in control, and calling those saber rattling Republicans out for what they are? I loved it!

    • NCrissieB Says:

      That press conference was both well-timed and also well-delivered. I was relieved to see the president call out Republicans’ warmongering. One of the commentators last night likened it to “The Speech” in Aaron Sorkin’s film The American President.

      Good morning! ::hugggggs::

      • Gardener Says:

        He was absolutely at ease, in his element. You can tell when somebody who’s really good at something hits his stride, and he was without a doubt, in a groove yesterday……

    • winterbanyan Says:

      I loved it, too. And mocking that Fox reporter for the question on gas prices. Delicious.

      • Gardener Says:

        Oh yes, LOL! “Is there anyone in this room who thinks the President wants to see a rise in gas prices in an election year?” TOO funny, That part had slipped my mind. Good catch winter!

  8. addisnana Says:

    A late Good Morning! It will be cooler today but still warm enough to keep melting the snow. I am enjoying the quiet here after the storm that is morning getting three little people dressed and off. Ahhhh!

  9. Gardener Says:

    I am off to the garden……

    Play nice……. ;-)