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Can it really be eleven years ago that we were faced with the worst attack on the United States? I'm sure you remember where you were when you heard about the planes crashing into those towers.  I flashed to my first trip to New York City as a 12 year old--I saw those towers being built.

I was taking my Dad to his therapy after a massive stroke.  It was about a 50 minute drive to get him to the best facility to help him.  We heard the news of the first plane, then the second.  The therapists turned on a TV in one room--I looked in as often as I could--horrified to see the towers fall.

We would lose my sweet, darling Daddy the following March.  The only nightmares I ever had as a kid was about Daddy dying.

How do we get through the worst of days?

My answer has always been:laughter.

Bill in Portland Maine's Cheers and Jeers with his wonderfully snarky humor and fabulous off kilter view of the world has gotten me through many a dark day.  After ridiculous election results, after personal lows--Bill has always brought a smile and laughter.  Bill and his partner Michael have also become very very dear friends--Molly too!  Bill also introduced me to many other friends through Cheers and Jeers.

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Netroots For The Troops is a group which is very dear to my heart.  Many thoughts run through my mind as I sit here on a very dreary, rainy Tuesday.  As Mets102 reminds us in his posting, Thank A World War II Veteran Tomorrow, today is V-E Day.  My much beloved Daddy was serving in the Asian Theater at that time.  He was a Marine who would witness the Japanese surrender and bring home a samurai sword. I can imagine how lonely he must have felt as such a young man who had never traveled much beyond his home in Cleveland, Ohio.  He did have his family to support him--but what if he didn't have them? That's why I am here to help raise money for Netroots For The Troops--for those who have no one to support them as they find themselves in a very strange land, be it across the world, or in a hospital.  Please follow me over the purty squiggly thingy.....

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From the GREAT STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE (it is too great--shut up!)

Do you read Cheers and Jeers?  Do you enjoy good snark?  Are you one of those many lurkers in the kiddie pool?  Please help us keep paying Bill to write Cheers and Jeers!  

We did something incredible two years ago--as a community, we came together to pay Bill to write Cheers and Jeers--this was the first time a group of readers paid a blogger to write! (YAY us!)

Save Cheers and Jeers starts in There's Moreville... [Swoosh!!] RIGHTNOW! [Gong!!]

 

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Thu Mar 05, 2009 at 06:14 AM PST

Cheers and Jeers Substitute Thursday

by PoliSigh

From the GREAT STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE
Good Morning Irregulars!!!
Poli’s Adventures in Wingnutia—
Took Mom to get new glasses, the Optician’s shop was busy.  A fat guy leans back in his chair and says loudly "Obama does not meet THE ONLY REQUIREMENT TO BE PRESIDENT" (there are 3) "Obama was borm in Kenya!"  Mom starts to make comments....the guy gets LOUDER.  THE GOVERNOR OF HAWAII SEALED ALL THE PUBLIC RECORDS!  No one has seen his birth certificate! (the governor didn’t seal ANY public records,see what really happened.) Mom continues to make comments—I tell her to shut up.  She ignores me.  She tells him I have a Ph.D. and I know what I am talking about. I roll my eyes.  The guy leans over, face-to-face with my 82 year old, 4’ 9" Mother and it appeared he was getting ready to hit her. The Optician leaps to his feet, worried about Mom---then the guy, his breath labored,  snarls "I’ll show you MY Ph.D. if you show me yours." (ewww)  He turned and left. Mom says "I thought he was kidding."  

CHEERS AND JEERS starts in There's Moresville....(SWOOSH!)RIGHTNOW (GONG!!)

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Hey baby, what's your sign?

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Sat Dec 20, 2008 at 09:54 AM PST

The Teddy Bear Tree

by PoliSigh


A few weeks ago the word came down that a dear friend of mine was diagnosed with cancer.  At first they thought it was pancreatic cancer, then sarcoma--but it had metastisized.  

She had always been a golden girl--her hair had streaks of gold in it, she dressed beautifully, she was gorgeous.  She loved wine, coffee and always laughed easily and talked really fast! She and I became friends our first year at what then was the College.  We were both new faculty, both working on our Ph.D.s and teaching full time.  Neither of us was married and we had no family nearby.  We became fast friends.  That was twenty-five years ago.









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Thu Sep 11, 2008 at 08:12 AM PDT

Happy Birthday Kos!

by PoliSigh

We wish Markos a Happy Birthday and a successful, healthy and joyous year ahead.  We wish that all of his election hopes come true!  

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I'd also like to again say thank you for this opportunity to talk to other people who believe what I believe.  It gives me courage to take pride in being a Democrat and a Progressive.  You have led me to meet some of the best friends I have ever had.  It is such a pleasure to hang out with bright, compassionate, loving and committed people (or is it people who aught to be committed?)

Let's join in wishing Markos a Happy Birthday!

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From the GREAT STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE

Good Morning Irregulars!

So, here we sit...we have been (cue the eerie music) LEFT BEHIND!  Alas, we must not be pure enough or good enough moonbats because we did not get Raptured Ruptured flown/bussed/trained/automobiled, like our friends, to the Progressive Heaven nirvana Vallhalla Netroots Nation in Austin, Texas. We will have to worship the Great Orange Satan from afar. So, put on your finest pout, draw a large "L" on your forehead, pour yourself a Rum and Coke or whatever sounds good and join me for some frolicking in the kiddie pool!




CHEERS AND JEERS starts in There's Moreville....(SWOOSH!)RIGHTNOW (GONG!!)

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Of the following, what is your favorite scent?

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From the GREAT STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE

Good Morning Irregulars!  I was able to wrest the keys to the kiddie pool away from Bill, so we're just about ready to open.  Management has asked me please to review pool rules with you.


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Kiddie Pool Rules

* No person may use the pool unless it is officially open.

* All instructions given by the lifeguards are to be followed.

* 3 whistles = everyone must clear the pool and get naked.

* No running allowed, but you may skip.

* Running, pushing, causing undue disturbance,is strongly encouraged.

* Children are forbidden.

* Flotation devices will be permitted, especially obscene ones.

* Proper swimming attire must not be worn.

* Improper public displays of affection and profanity are encouraged.

* Enjoy your day at the pool!


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Are you going to do any home improvement projects this summer?

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crossposted at Street Prophets


After the Reverend Wright controversy broke, Many people here at Big Orange rejoiced to watch this video of Father Michael Pfleger "pwn" a Fox reporter:

Although Fr. Pfleger is incredibly articulate and I agreed with him, I had one of those "icky" feelings...so I googled Fr. Pfleger.

More, if you dare--

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Thu Mar 06, 2008 at 05:00 AM PST

CHEERS and JEERS: Fill-in Thursday

by PoliSigh

From the GREAT STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE


Good Morning Irregulars!!!
How do you know you are a political junkie?  If you answer yes to a couple or more of these, you may be a political junkie:

  1. As a child, you named stuffed animals after Israeli Statesmen.  Yup—I had a stuffed elephant named after Abba Eban--Eban Abban (you have to admit that is really cute—hey, I was 3 years old)
  1. You begin to shake if you have not turned on cable news for a few hours
  1. You can explain the "Texas Two Step" and the Electoral College  
  1. You stay up to 4 am to hear election results
  1. You yell and scream at the cable news  
  1. You seek out candidate videos on You Tube
  1. You talk more about and to your on-line friends than your children or spouse.

These are a few of the indicators.  Warning: this is a dangerous condition with no known cure.


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Is it Spring where you are?

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Just to keep this going--as many of you know, we are trying to raise funds to have the first ever reader supported writer here at Daily Kos--Bill in Portland Maine.  Bill is not able to look for a job and continue the arduous task of writing CHEERS & JEERS, the wildly popular, award winning series he has gifted to us for the past two years.

You can read more about this effort in the first diary posted by Kos on Friday, You can save Cheers & Jeers or in Jerome a Paris' You can save Cheers & Jeers (follow up diary) from yesterday.

how to contribute below:

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Tue Feb 27, 2007 at 05:44 AM PST

Cheers and Jeers:Tuesday

by PoliSigh

From the GREAT STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE

Good Morning Irregulars!!!

As many of you know, I am a Professor. I love, love, love what I do, but some days are better than others.  A couple of the things that drive me CRAZY--

  1. Students who are absent from class, tell me they have been absent, then add "Did we do anything important?"--ummm nooo--we NEVER do anything important.  I just stood up in front of the class doing nothing for 50 minutes.
  1. Students who ask if they can be absent or leave class early for unacademic reasons--"Can I miss a 2 1/2 hour class to play intramural basketball?" "Is it ok for me to leave early so I can wash my hair?"  "Is it ok to miss the final because my Dad (Mom, Uncle, Dog) made my plane reservations for Cancun(Florida, some other warm destination) for our family reunion early?"  Oh by all means--and according to the Residential Life staff, you can learn anywhere--and all of college is a learning experience--so please--I beg you--go!

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My favorite Musical on film is:

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