Sarah Palin called it “blood libel.” The Washington Times called it a “pogrom.” We call it a “persecution complex.” (More)

First we thank last week’s guest lecturer. Last Tuesday and Wednesday in Morning Feature, Professor of Topofclassclownistics JanF offered a two-day Digging Deeper, asking if $5 a Gallon Gas might force us to reduce our demand, and then whether that was The Wrong Question. It was an excellent discussion and is well worth reading if you missed it.

Starting tonight in Evening Focus, RevGerry will offer a three-part series on issues in and reactions from Tucson: the city’s history and culture, the battle over multicultural studies in Tucson public schools, and how Tucson residents are coping with last week’s tragedy.

Note: At present, we have no Morning Feature guest lectures scheduled for Tuesday or Wednesday (January 18th and 19th). Evening Focus is also open on Thursday and Friday (January 20th and 21st). And we have openings for our campus soapbox Furthermore!, our afternoon people-watching series Midday Matinee, and our evening environmental series Our Earth.

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This leaves the resident faculty and their plans for the week. They were “positively forlorn” – a contradiction in terms upon which they insisted – as they made their way from the wine cellar library where they spend the weekends drinking thinking on our motto of Magis vinum, magis verum (“More wine, more truth”) to the hot tub faculty lounge for their weekly game where the underwear goes flying planning conference.

Their insistence on that phrase convinced the staff it must be a clue. The BPI Squirrel tapped “positively forlorn” into his GaggleGiggleGoogle-capable Blewberry – we always wondered what “3G” stood for – and came up empty. Undismayed, the Squirrel then tried “contradiction in terms” … and up popped several screens of the most privileged among us invoking images of the Holocaust to describe their political plight.

From G. Gordon Liddy warning of “concentration camps,” to Glenn Beck’s “first they came for the bankers,” to banker Angus Grossart’s “shades of Kristallnacht,” to Sarah Palin’s charge of “blood libel,” to the Washington Times‘ claims of a “pogrom against conservative thinkers,” many of the privileged seem convinced they are like the Jews of Nazi Germany and old Russia.

Not everyone goes full Holocaust, but the persecution complex of the privileged is rampant. TheTrumpet‘s Steven Flurry said “white males have taken a beating” over Arizona’s draconian immigration law. Time‘s Mark Halperin said “white men need not apply” for the Supreme Court. Fox News’ Brit Hume complained “the two most controversial words you can ever utter in a public space are ‘Jesus Christ’” after he was criticized for opining that Tiger Woods should “turn to Christ.” Fox News’ John Gibson wrote The War On Christmas. A bank executive complained that “[President Obama] whipped everyone into a frenzy against us.”

It’s gotta be tough with only 43 of 44 U.S. Presidents, the overwhelming majority of the 112th Congress, and still five of nine Supreme Court Justices being white males. With only 76% of Americans being Christian, they must feel isolated. And a mere $2.8 million average annual pay is token comfort to bank executives if they’re no longer Masters of the Universe.

It’s enough to bring a lump to Pootie the Precious’ throat. Or maybe that was a hairball.

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Happy Monday!