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Campus Chatter – May 26, 2012

May 26, 2012

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Campus Chatter – May 26, 2012

Today in history, greetings, and social banter here. (More)

William of Ockham sneaked out of Avignon today (1328). Also, North Stratford, Connecticut celebrated the end of fighting in the American Revolution with A Great Jubilee Day (1783), President Andrew Jackson signed the Indian Removal Act (1830), President Andrew Johnson was acquitted in his impeachment trial (1868), the first Dow Jones Industrial Average was published (1896), as was Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1897), London’s Vauxhall Bridge opened (1906), oil was discovered in Masjed Soleyman, Iran (1908), the House Un-American Activities Committee began its first session (1938), Congress established the Civil Air Patrol (1948), Guyana gained her independence (1966), the U.S. and Soviet Union signed the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty (1972), and the European Community adopted the European Flag (1986). And the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that most of Ellis Island is in New Jersey (1998).

Good morning! ::hugggggs::

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  • NCrissieB

    Yesterday on Campus

    Morning FeatureThe EU and Greece, Part II: What It Is
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    Today on Campus

    Morning FeatureThe EU and Greece, Part III: What Won’t Help, and What Will (Non-Cynical Saturday)
    Noontime News at noon
    Campus Question at 6pm ET

  • winterbanyan

    Good morning, everyone. :)

    The rain that has been dancing elusively through our forecast has moved away yet again. It’s 94 – 96 degrees every day, but I’m going to be trite and say the humidity is the real problem. A big problem. When you step outside and perspiration doesn’t evaporate, you can’t cool down. Instead you wind up looking bedraggled and wet. Been having problems with minor dehydration if I’m out too much. I don’t go anywhere without water.

    But enough complaining. It’s summertime. ;) You will not find me, however, indulging in an outdoors barbecue this weekend. This state is heavily populated only because of central air conditioning.

    Hugggs to all!

    • Gardener

      Rain doesn’t even dance elusively hereabouts. We’ve been stood up! :smile:

    • NCrissieB

      They say in Florida it’s not the heat that gets you, it’s the stupidity. Or maybe that was just a joke…. ;-)

      Good morning! ::hugggggs::

      • winterbanyan

        It may have been meant as a joke, but it’s funny only because it’s true. ;)

        • Gardener

          ;-) ;-) ;-)

    • addisnana

      Well I have 50% chance of rain again today. :shock: Memorial Day weekend in Minnesota generally has “let’s not have a picnic” weather.

  • winterbanyan

    It amazes me the HUAC lasted so long. OTOH, it left scars well past its expiration. People were afraid for a very long time about things they might say or do.

    Equally interesting to me is that a court had to determine who owned how much of Ellis Island as late as 1998. It seems this argument started over 24 acres of landfill that expanded the island. The fill, it was claimed, came from New Jersey and thus made that part of the island New Jersey. In any event, SCOTUS settled the dispute. I was unable to learn if any of this resulted in any significant change in revenue for either state. And it remains that the island is pretty much run by the National Park Service anyway.

    I guess it was all about bragging rights. ;)

  • LI Mike

    Good Morning,

    Seems like the Tampa area will be cool compared to Indianapolis, Winter. Just saw that the Indy 500 will be run with temps reaching 97 at some point this weekend. Talk about burning rubber.

    Clouds and rain continue here.

    • Gardener

      Ah the 500…….!

      Was lucky enough to see a few laps in ’67 before it was rained out. Nobody wanted to sleep in the car, there were 4 of us…… Was the year Andy Granitelli’s (sp?) turbine car nearly ran away with the whole show. The following year, they’s restricted the size of the intake on the turbines, so as to keep them slower.

      A person can only wonder at the future of automotive power, had the turbines been allowed to run and develop. No more piston engines by now? I am not qualified to say….. I guess you can make the case that they could’ve been developed anyway, if they were better…..

    • NCrissieB

      One of the funniest conversations among the regulars at O.J.’s Bar & Grill – in Donald E. Westlake’s John Dortmunder comedies – concerned why the Indy 500 is called the Indy 500. The conversation happens in Don’t Ask, and the regulars’ opinions range from the race being run on Independence Day to the 500 being the number of years the race has been run…. ;-)

      Good morning! ::hugggggs::

  • http://cendax.wordpress.com Norbrook

    Good morning. It’s a (surprisingly) nice morning here in the Adirondacks. The thunderstorms and rain that were predicted looked threatening yesterday, but failed to materialize here. It’s currently 56 and now the rain prediction is for “tomorrow.”

    The nice thing about being in the woods is that I’m going to miss the “Great Adirondack Yard Sale.” Besides the Memorial Day crush, every community in the area, from Old Forge to Long Lake (60+ miles) is having a yard sale. Yes, it’s planned. Great for the local communities (and businesses), but not as much fun if you’re going to and from somewhere. ;-)

    • winterbanyan

      Glad you’re having a nice day. I guess that means the roads will be very busy.

      Just heard we’re facing Tropical Storm Beryl down here. Guess I need to check it out.

    • NCrissieB

      Ahh, yard sales … otherwise known as exchanging Stuff We No Longer Use, or at least that’s the idea. Alas, most other peoples’ Stuff We No Longer Use is also stuff no one else would use either.

      Good morning! ::hugggggs::

  • LI Mike

    I had a two-fer on Thursday. A letter to ed in both the Southampton Press and LI Newsday.

    SP letter was in response to Cong Bishop opponent who released his tax cutting plan for small businesses. I responded by saying that your small business plan is inadequate compared to the Obama-Bishop small business plan and ticked off 15 tax cutting proposals that the Pres and Cong Democrats have enacted or proposed. The google is good.

    2nd letter was a rebuttal to a columnist who wrote that the deficit will only get worse because we have one party unwilling to raise revenue and one party unwilling to make spending cuts. Excuse me Mr. Columnist, but you write untruths. I mentioned Grover Norquists tax pledge but mentioned that Democrats have put cuts on the table, we just want to preserve the integrity of Soc Sec, ‘care and ‘caid.

    • Gardener

      Good fer you, Mike!

      I always marvel that the press and the citizenry alike allow the R’s to “forget” that they opposed all 3, not to mention the FMLA, from the get-go…….

      Norquist isn’t their first manipulative Scrooge.

      I feel better already, knowing you are firing off those letters. Keep it up!

      Regards, G

    • http://cendax.wordpress.com Norbrook

      Outstanding! I always loathe “pundits” who don’t have what we, the public, call “a functioning memory.” Most of the “budget battles” right now, particular from the Republican side, are about the cuts that the Democrats are making, which just happen to hit their “pet programs.” :roll:

    • winterbanyan

      Great job, Mike! Thanks for speaking out, and congrats on hitting two papers. :)

    • NCrissieB

      Thank you for your activism, Mike. You actually had a three-fer … as Hofstra outlasted USF last night to win Game 1 of their best-of-three Super Regional softball series. It was the prototypical pitcher’s duel, and Hofstra won 2-1 in 11 innings. I stopped watching after 10….

      Good morning! ::hugggggs::

    • addisnana

      At least the readers in SH & LI will get a fair dose of the truth! I wish the Republican Party would renege on their Norquist pledges and tell him to “run for office already if you think you know so much.”

  • Gardener

    Good morning!

    Another hot one ahead. Can’t tarry…… Harley Rich is coming over to help work on the food conveyor modifications. He’s threatened to arrive as early as 0800, so better get my cereal. We’ve invited Rich to stay for the noon meal, of course, and invited his wife to come over, Kenny-Wenny and his wife, also Neighbor Julie. The K-Ws and Mr. & Mrs Harley Rich are not yet aquainted, so will be a good chance for them to meet. Since they both ride road bikes, I figger they are a natural foursome…. Also, and this is BIG, Mrs. Rich is a Slingblade fan, which makes her very dear to the rest of us, uh-huh…..

    Regards, Karl Childers

    • winterbanyan

      Sounds like a great day, G. Have a lot of fun and no headaches. :)

    • NCrissieB

      Sounds like a busy day ahead, Gardener. It sounds like everyone will fit well. :)

      Good morning! ::hugggggs::

  • addisnana

    Good morning. I’m sorry that the rest of you are needing the rain that it appears we are hoarding up here. A stretch of highway 1 is closed for construction and the detour (25 miles) is the New Tomahawk Road. The Tomahawk is gravel and is now a washed out mess of potholes and basically down to some sort of slippery clay. It has been shut down off and on. My firewood comes from south of the detour and I am north. The local communities don’t have enough tow trucks to get all the stuck vehicles out in a timely fashion.

    With fires and floods, if the grasshoppers appear people will start to talk about Biblical predictions.

    • NCrissieB

      I’d send you an umbrella, but I don’t know if umbrellas work for frogs and locusts…. ;-)

      Good morning! ::hugggggs::

  • Gardener

    I’d better wash up my dishes and get outside. Have a decent day and remember:

    The early worm gets the bird!

    Best, G

  • glendaw271

    A very late good morning, as we ended up talking as a family once the boys got in last night. We talked until 1:30 – great for the family, bad if you want to wake up early.

    We flirted with rain the entire day yesterday, and I’d be surprised if we saw .1 inches throughout the entire day. The Older W’s car is finally running as it should, and the good news is that it cost $800 less than the estimate. We’re still trying to figure that one out, but right now we’re happy about it. And the best news is that all four of us are finally able to sit down and talk as a family again! Of course, that ends tomorrow when the Older W has to leave for KC, but I’ll take it whenever we can have it.

    I hope everyone has a great day! Now, I’m off to get my hair dyed back to it’s natural brown color, then get ready for Mom and the family to celebrate the Younger W’s graduation. Yippee!

    • NCrissieB

      Have a great time at the hairdresser, Glenda. I should probably do that sometime soon….

      Please convey our congratulations to Younger W! :grin:

      Good morning! ::hugggggs::