Author: Crissie Brown

Campus Chatter – May 31, 2010

Please take time today to remember a someone who served our nation, in or out of uniform. I will remember Matthew Shepard, whose horrific murder in 1998 shocked Americans into recognizing that LGBTs are human beings. Millions of us are safer today because of his legacy. Greetings and social banter here. Good morning!...

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Furthermore! – “Well I never….”

My mother Hyperbole (not her real name) often said “Well I never…” when I was a child. Sometimes about my older brother Annoying (not his real name), or my younger sister Perfect (not her real name). But often it was about something I’d done, or not done … … “the like of which I’ve never seen before in all my born days.” For example, the current cleanliness of my room could always be summarized as “the worst pigsty I’ve ever seen.” I’m surprised P. Porcine, the Earl of Swinesty and BPI’s Villain Emeritus never sued for libel. Perhaps he was off talking to the Danes. But I digress…. Little was ever “medium” in the Dysfunctional (not our real name) family, unless I had just cleaned “the worst pigsty I’ve ever seen,” in which case it was never better than … well … “It’s better.” This from the same woman who, were I upset by some annoying (not a name) comment by Perfect (not her real name), would admonish me to “Keep it in perspective.” I thought I had. Perfect (not her real name) hadn’t praised me with shouted Hosannas, so obviously they were the cruelest words ever uttered. Ideal or Horrible were, it seemed to me, the only two perspectives in the Dysfunctional (not our real name) family worldview. One might almost say I was raised to be a...

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Morning Feature – Go USWCA? (Ask Ms. Crissie)

“USWCA! USWCA!” Thus did Professor Plum chidingly cheer when he poked his head and all six chins into the mail room. He said it meant “United States of White Christian America.” He did it to say he’d found the mail again. So much for hiding it in the ballroom, under the candlestick. (More) Apparently he had a date with Ms. Scarlett before the resident faculty retired to the wine cellar library to drink think on our motto of Magis vinum, magis verum (“More wine, more truth”). Fortunately he didn’t do that silly cheerleader jump, as the shock waves from those chins going in all directions might have tumbled the Professor of Astrology Janitor’s carefully-stacked Chip Mahal. Sadly, the Professor of Astrology Janitor tried to bluff Chef once too often, leaving him only Chiphenge, if he stood his chips on edge. Which he did, very carefully, while emitting the plaintive mewling that sent Chef to the kitchen to make Real American Omelets. This gave your lowly mail room clerk time to review the week’s correspondence…. +++++ Dear Ms. Crissie, Why are liberals so outraged that I said someone should blow up the proposed mosque to be built at Ground Zero in New York City? First, I wasn’t advocating real violence because there is no mosque to blow up yet. Second, Americans should be outraged that a mosque might replace the...

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Campus Chatter – May 30, 2010

Your campus needs you. We need contributors for Noontime News (a daily snapshot of our news feeds) and Furthermore! (our lighthearted campus soapbox). The About BPI page has content and scheduling details, and pre-formatted drafts make it easy to do. Be part of The BPI Experience! Greetings and social banter here. 🙂 Good morning!...

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Morning Feature: Whose Liberty, Part III – Four Freedoms (Non-Cynical Saturday)

Freedom of speech and expression. Freedom of worship. Freedom from want. Freedom from fear. As President Franklin Roosevelt said in his 1941 State of the Union address, those were and are not “visions of a distant millennium.” They instead are a vision of liberty that we progressives should embrace and advocate with pride. (More) Whose Liberty, Part III – Four Freedoms (Non-Cynical Saturday) This week Morning Feature examined libertarianism. It’s become a hot topic with the victory of Tea Party Republican Rand Paul in the Kentucky senate primary, but our focus was not on him. Thursday we talked about about whether libertarianism would offer as much “liberty” as it claims, and for whom. Yesterday we saw that its claims of “liberty and justice for all” are based on myths rather than facts, and that in Realworldia libertarianism works out to “more privilege for the privileged.” Today we offer a progressive concept of “liberty” that is as relevant today as when President Franklin Roosevelt spoke it in 1941. Some old new ideas. As we saw a few weeks ago in our discussion of availability cascades, we humans are prone to favor what seem like new ideas. That seems reasonable, as many of our problems have been around for a long time. It’s easy to conclude the old ideas haven’t worked and we should try something new. Except the “new idea”...

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