Author: Crissie Brown

Campus Chatter – May 31, 2011

Today in history, greetings, and social banter here. (More) Rameses the Great became pharaoh today (1279 BCE). Also, President George Washington signed the Copyright Act (1790), France abolished civil death for felony convictions (1854), Mickey Mouse talked for the first time in “The Karnival Kid” (1929), and the Trans-Alaska Pipeline System was finished (1977). And Vanity Fair revealed that former FBI Deputy Director Mark Felt was Bob Woodward’s “Deep Throat” (2005). Good morning!...

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Morning Feature: No Sharing Allowed? (Meta Monday)

The resident faculty petitioned the NHL to let the Tampa Bay Lightning and Boston Bruins share the Eastern Conference berth in the Stanley Cup Finals. That had to be a clue. (More) First our thanks to last week’s guest writers. On Monday, the BPI Squirrel chittered about Tough Decisions in Furthermore! and addisnana asked What Is This For? in Midday Matinee. On Tuesday, JanF encouraged us to Recall, Repeal, and Rebuild in HEMMED In and winterbanyan described being The Frog in Boiling Water in Midday Matinee. On Wednesday, the BPI Squirrel talked about Victory Laps in Furthermore! and addisnana took us In the Outhouse in Midday Matinee. On Friday, JanF said Now It Is Personal in HEMMED In, winterbanyan asked What Is Real? in Midday Matinee, and JanF offered our news Week in Review in Evening Focus. JanF offered Saturday Videos in HEMMED In and Da Troof and Nuttin But Da Troof in a Silly Saturday Evening Focus. On Sunday, winterbanyan shared Fred Whispers to Me in Furthermore!, and JanF brought our weekly Eco News Roundup in Our Earth. All are worth reading if you missed them. We also have a busy week ahead. Today, HurrikanEagle will offer perspectives on race in movies in Furthermore!, addisnana will rant about ravens in Midday Matinee, and Lake Toba will bring us Water Security, Part 4 in Evening Focus. Tomorrow, LI Mike...

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Campus Chatter – May 30, 2011

Today in history, greetings, and social banter here. (More) Hernando de Soto landed in Tampa Bay in search of gold today (1539). Also, La Gazette debuted in France (1631), London’s Big Ben rang for the first time (1859), the Paris Commune fell (1871), Madison Square Garden opened to the public (1879), the first Indianapolis 500 was run (1911), and the Lincoln Memorial was dedicated (1922). And Surveyor 1 (1966) and Mariner 9 (1971) were launched. Good morning!...

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Morning Feature: No Pain, No Gain? (Ask Ms. Crissie)

Professor Plum winced as Ms. Scarlet trimmed the hangnail that interrupted his workout. She apologized, then added: “No pain, no gain.” (More) Professor Plum is taking his new fitness regimen seriously. He measured a quarter-mile lap around the Student Union, and jog-walks it every morning for 20 minutes. Until today, when a hangnail disrupted his rhythm. After putting his shoe back on, he headed out to complete his circuit before joining the resident faculty in the wine cellar library to spend the weekend drinking thinking on our motto of Magis vinum, magis verum (“More wine, more truth”). The Professor of Astrology Janitor doubted Ms. Scarlet’s reasoning. If that were true, he said, shouldn’t his poker game show improvement? As if to prove the point, he tried to bluff Chef off an Ace-high flop with only a pair of Sixes. His bluff might have worked if Chef weren’t holding a pair of Aces. Alas, she was. He began his plaintive mewling, and Chef scurried to the kitchen to make Spinach and Cheese Omelets. That left your lowly mail room clerk to review the week’s correspondence…. +++++ Dear Ms. Crissie, Why did liberals call me mean this week? Our hearts are with the victims of the Joplin tornado tragedy, but supplemental funding for disaster relief will require budget cuts somewhere else. House Republicans are ready to help and have found offsets...

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