Boos and Bravos: June 20

Boo to terrorists. The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, an al-Qaida splinter group, has gained control of two Iraqi cities including Tikrit and its second-largest city, Mosul. It is also believed that the militant group will try to take over Baghdad, which is roughly 100 miles south of Tikrit.

Bravo to President Barack Obama for signing an executive order banning workplace discrimination at federal contractors. While some say Obama is using this move to drive fundraising from LGBTQ donors, we applaud this as a step forward for human and queer rights in the U.S.

Boo to Slingshot, an app released Tuesday by Facebook’s incubator, Creative Labs. The app is similar to Snapchat, though there’s one rule that doesn’t apply to Snapchat’s Wild West. In order to open a “sling,” one must first send a picture in reply. We have two words for Facebook’s new app: Snapchat forever!

Bravo to the season finale of “Game of Thrones.” The series’ murderous streak kept up with its bloody prior episodes and thrilled fans everywhere — including a record number who decided to pirate the episode.

Boo to the Starbucks and Einstein Bros. Bagels in the Memorial Union closing for the summer because they’re switching locations. Where will summer students get their conveniently located coffee, cake pops and bagel sandwiches now?

Bravo to the U.S. 2-1 win over Ghana in the World Cup. Ghana has defeated the U.S. in the previous two world cups, and revenge is sweet.

Bravo to former President George H.W. Bush, who celebrated his 90th birthday last Thursday by skydiving. Bush, who has skydived eight times now, landed with a red, white and blue parachute. Now that is the definition of ‘Merica.

Boo to the deaths of Casey Kasem and Tony Gwynn. Kasem hosted radio countdown shows and voiced Raggy …er, Shaggy, in the Scooby-Doo franchise, while baseball Hall of Famer Gwynn played 20 seasons with the San Diego Padres. Both will be missed.

Bravo to President Barack Obama for caring about the ocean and its inhabitants. Obama announced his intentions on Tuesday to create the world’s largest marine sanctuary in the south-central Pacific Ocean, The New York Times reported. Obama is following in the footsteps of former presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, who both used executive power for the sake of protecting the ocean.

Boo to the 20th anniversary of O.J. Simpson’s trial and the media frenzy that followed. As the Washington Post reminded us last week, it’s because of that trial that we have the Kardashians. Thanks a lot, O.J.

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