Crowned with laurels.

Reed College graduate Taliesin Myrddin Namkai-Meche ’16.

Click on his graduation photograph to see his laurels.

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May he live like some green laurel
Rooted in one dear perpetual place.

Drug Opera

The producers of the soap opera General Hospital have worked out a deal with a pharma company to give one of the show’s characters a rare disease only the company’s drug can treat.

UD admires this marketing as much as she did the toy blocks with the name of a powerful antipsychotic on them.

Another favorite sales tool that began to be distributed in the waiting rooms of [pediatricians] were Legos imprinted with a Risperdal logo.

It’s our country’s most amazing, most expanding, frontier: Already a huge number of ads that interrupt soap operas are for anti-depressants, etc. etc. Now the shows themselves push controlled substances.

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UD sees a new tv comedy set in a hapless but adorable oxycodone clinic. Lil’s Pill Mill is run by a brassy wisecracking distributor with a heart of gold and her tattooed boyfriend Scooter who powers into the West Virginia hollers on his Harley to make deliveries. The simple but desperate mountain folk are colorful and hilarious. Each week brings a new challenge as the LPM staff seeks to evade detection by government agents, or as Lil suspects Scooter’s got “special friends” who turn tricks for him in exchange for the oxy.

Another funny sentence.

Markle further infuses color into her space with books, which are stacked in neat color-coordinated piles, each topped with a succulent.

‘After trapeze artist-turned-poodle trainer Gerard Soules was stabbed to death in a Las Vegas trailer park in 1992, prosecutors charged his onetime fling, Fred Steese, with murder.’

SOS says: Good opening sentence.

‘If the NCAA chooses to not punish UNC for what to me are clear and nefarious attempts to maintain athletic eligibility through fraudulent means, then it needs to get out of any academic oversight in college sports completely.’

Who says the NCAA has been doing any oversight?

How to win in…

Montana.

Um, it’s not a novel.

VIOLATED: Exposing Rape at Baylor University amid College Football’s Sexual Assault Crisis by Paula Lavigne and Mark Schlabach is scheduled to hit the bookshelves August 22.

Center Street Books of Hachette Book Group announced Wednesday it will publish the novel

A person could be forgiven for assuming a story about an ostentatiously Christian university run by a six million dollar a year coach who looks the other way while his athletes brandish guns and gang rape would of course be fictional. It’s such a crudely conceived, over-the-top hypocrisy tale (including the last-minute desperate appointment of a female president) that most publishers would reject it as absurdly formulaic.

How Art Briles earned his six million dollar annual salary at Baylor University.

When a football player brandished a gun against a female student-athlete, the response again allegedly focused on the victim.

“What a fool—” [football coach Art] Briles texted an assistant coach, according to the court paperwork, “she reporting to authorities.”

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What a strange answer.

An interviewer poses a question to the head of Germany’s Central Council of Muslims.

The Austrian government banned full-face coverings in March this year. The Christian Social Union in Bavaria want to do the same. What is your opinion on such a ban?

This ban is unnecessary, and the legal decisions run the risk of being politically instrumentalized. In Germany there is not a single woman who wears the burqa, and most of the women who wear niqabs – we estimate there are not more than a hundred – are visitors from abroad. This debate gives fuel to the populists and serves the agitators.

A strange answer on many levels. The questioner did not use the term burqa, but rather the phrase “full-face coverings.” While I’m sure we can all appreciate the distinction between the generous niqab (you get an eye-slit) and the blinding burqa, I’m not sure any of us gives a shit – symbolically, humanely – about this distinction. The language of the various laws certainly doesn’t distinguish.

Nor am I sure where this guy gets his “not more than a hundred” figure, but anyway no one much cares about numbers either – something burqa/niqab defenders still don’t seem to understand, since, like this guy, they think that if they can only point to a problem in the hundreds rather than thousands we’ll be okay with it. How many cruelly constrained and erased women and little girls in my midst am I comfortable with in a democracy? Answer: None.

But hey they’re visitors!

Oh well in that case. That makes all the difference in the world.

When this man assures us the “ban is unnecessary,” and when he identifies a desire for a ban exclusively with populists and agitators, he reveals … a certain comfort with the current situation…

“It’s time for the immediate and permanent dismantling of Baylor football.”

Lordy.

And I do mean Lordy.

Here comes this CBS sports writer who dares make himself a national laughingstock by taking seriously the Christianity Baylor University craps on. Way he sees it, if you actually do ask what Jesus would do if he got caught running a rape factory instead of a university, the answer is he’d be so ashamed he’d shut the factory.

The latest lawsuit makes clear

what Baylor football unleashed on its campus and the unfortunate coeds whose lives are permanently damaged. All because an institution meant to teach, nurture and protect them allowed football to be valued over human decency and dignity.

Something about the following account from the suit seems to have disturbed the CBS guy.

According to the suit, the football team had a system of hazing freshman recruits by having them bring freshman females to parties to be drugged and gang-raped, “or in the words of the football players, ‘trains’ would be run on the girls.”

Considered a bonding experience by the players, according to the suit, the rapes also were photographed and videotaped, and the plaintiff confirmed that at least one 21-second videotape of two Baylor students being gang-raped by football players had circulated.

The guy has even thought through how Baylor can get rid of football.

You release every student from their [football] obligations but allow them to retain their scholarships if they want to stay. You help the coaching staff find new jobs and pay them until they do. You weather raging boosters who revolt and direct their money to meaningful causes. You have the courage of your convictions.

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What he hasn’t thought through is the got-nowhere-else-to-go problem. Without football, what is Baylor? Not much. That’s why they’re just as desperate right now as that Officer and a Gentleman guy.

University Students Get Raped and Battered, and Everyone Gets Rich.

The head of the NCAA, for instance, makes around two million dollars a year to “police… trifles.”

But of course he earns all that money not for policing trifles, but for lending his institution’s approval (after a few wrist-slaps) to criminal syndicates like Baylor University. He’s paid to legitimize universities that continue to bring to campus people who batter and rape their students.

That’s worth a lot.

Universities almost never take down these pages.

But what do you expect. It’s the University of Florida.

Striding Powerfully Forward While Wearing a Burqa

In the first lady’s own social media, she made note of the “great strides being made towards the empowerment of women” in Saudi Arabia, which seems like quite a stretch in a country where women cannot drive, guardianship laws are enforced and clothing serves as a form of patriarchal control. She, like the president, may not have come to Saudi Arabia to judge or to tell others how to live, but whitewashing social inequality in a tweet is another matter entirely. In that context, her black jumpsuit became a combination of passive approval and transactional acceptance of clothing as a form of imprisonment.

“Religious Defense Planned in Landmark Detroit Genital Mutilation Case”


Now I lay me down to sleep.
I pray the Lord my soul to keep.
If I should die before I wake,
I pray to God my clit to take.
For it would be a sin to be
Buried with that filth on me.

Father, unto thee I pray,
Guard me from all joy all day;
Safe I am while in thy sight,
Scraped clean let me sleep tonight.

Bless my surgeons, make them close
My labia to please my beaus.
Keep me ever in thy sight;
So to all I say good night.

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