Author: Crissie Brown

Campus Question – August 23, 2017

Tonight’s question, greetings, and banter here. (More) Today PolitiFact assessed the God-King’s tantrum in Phoenix and CNN’s Chris Cillizza spotlighted the 57 most outrageous spewings. The Washington Post’s Philip Bump reported that HUD Secretary Ben Carson may have violated the Hatch Act by being one of the warmup speakers and Jenna Johnson reports that many in the crowd left or began texting and chatting amongst themselves during the God-King’s 72-minute tirade, while former director of National Intelligence James Clapper called the rally “downright scary and disturbing” and asked “How much longer does the country have to, to borrow a...

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Bigger Better Bippies! 2017 BPI Awards, Part I: The Ads

Yet again we review the best in non-existence with the 2017 BPI Awards, and ads that total zero…. (More) Welcome to the 9th Annual BPI Awards, the curvaceous and coveted Bippies! Each year the resident faculty empty their minds – it doesn’t take long – and celebrate the very best in non-existence. As always, entertainment reporters remained blissfully unaware of our awards, and Zen Master Wi Dono didn’t send us a special blessing because he was busy meditating on dividing by infinity. Yet again, we are not at the opulent Kodiak Theatre, because the bears were having a visit...

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Campus Chatter – August 23, 2017

Today in history, greetings, and social banter here. (More) Mount Vesuvius began to rumble on the feast day of Vulcan, the Roman god of fire, today (79). Also, Germanic general Odoacer was proclaimed Rex Italiae, a date considered to mark the end of the Western Roman Empire (476), Jacques Cartier landed near Québec City in his third voyage to Canada (1541), Catherine de Medici and her son, Charles IX, ordered the St. Bartholomew’s Day Massacre of Huguenot leaders, igniting three months of mob violence that killed at least 5000 French Protestants (1572), English Colonel George Monck formed the regiment...

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Campus Question – August 22, 2017

Tonight’s question, greetings, and banter here. (More) Today actress Louise Linton, wife of Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, scathingly dismissed a complaint about her Instagram photo tagging her designer wardrobe during Sec. Mnuchin’s trip to Fort Knox, Kentucky. Linton later apologized for her “insensitive and very inappropriate” remarks, but Vox’s Ella Nilson notes that Linton’s comments fit a pattern of outrageous wealth privilege in the God-King’s pseudo-populist reign. Also, Fox News hosts were outraged that a dozen Cleveland Brown players knelt to pray for racial justice during the National Anthem, raising the question of whether conservatives now condemn public prayer...

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Campus Chatter – August 22, 2017

Today in history, greetings, and social banter here. (More) Columba reported seeing a monster in Loch Ness today (564). Also, the British East India Company founded Madras, now Chennai (1639), Charles I called the Parliament traitors, sparking the English Civil War (1642), Jacob Barsimson, the first known Jewish immigrant to America, arrived in New Amsterdam, now New York City (1654), James Cook landed on Possession Island (1770), the Haitian Slave Revolution began in Saint-Domingue (1791), the Second Federal Republic of Mexico was established (1846), the U.S. annexed New Mexico (1848), the yacht America won the first America’s Cup (1851),...

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