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  •  (Echo) CHEERS to Minnesota (10+ / 0-)

    Must CHEER my home state (and I voted for MN in the poll).  I'll take the victories where I can find them since we, unfortunately, still have Guano Loco Bachmann.  I'd give a whole lot to "see" what's going on in her head since we now have marriage equality for everyone which means we can each choose to get married if we want (or not, as the case may be).  As long as the slop filling Guano Loco's brain doesn't splash out and I can just observe the lunacy, that's fine with me.

    CHEERS for "feel-good" stories and happy endings.

    This picture will give your allergy-watery-eyes a workout (if you haven't already seen it), and your cheek muscles will get sore because it will make you smile for hours and hours and hours.
    One photo that proves that dogs can feel gratitude

    Clever Cat Opens Five Doors!
    13 May 2013
    Some cats are really good at getting into things, but this kitty has super-feline skills for getting out! Check out his skills as he goes through not one, not two, but five doors in order to get a little fresh air. Now that is one smart cat!

    Firefighters rescue cop rescuing a cat
    14 May 2013

    Firefighters in New York City received an usual request: Rescue a cop stuck in a tree who'd been trying to rescue a cat.

    According to a hilarious account in the New York Post, New York’s finest spent about 30 minutes to right a rescue gone embarrassingly wrong.

    First, the New York Police Department responded to 911 phone calls from local residents in Queens who noticed a feline high up in a tree across from Public School 213, which was letting out.

    Veteran Police Officer Dane Natto and his partner arrived on the scene, and Natto tackled the tree, climbing up to get the cat. But the cat saw the cop coming and climbed higher, as did Natto. Finally, the officer admitted defeat. He then realized that he, too, was stuck in the tree—some 30 feet off the ground.

    A growing audience, including elementary schoolkids from PS 213, watched the fiasco unfold.

    Portland police officer stops car chase to help duck
    16 May 2013

    A Portland, Ore., police officer in pursuit of a speeding car, put the chase on hold to help a duck in distress.

    In a dash-cam video released by the Portland Police Bureau, viewers are treated to what looks like the beginning of an exciting high-speed chase. A car zooms past a hiding police cruiser, and then Officer Mark James begins the pursuit.

    But not long into the chase (the video above has been sped up), James sees a duck crossing the busy road. Rather than leave it to fend for itself, he pulls over and guides it to safety.

    James then resumes his pursuit, but by then the speeder had escaped. The upside: The officer's actions made plenty of people happy.

    CHEERS  I've been catching up on the Eurovision semi-finals I missed this week.  Finals are tomorrow, and if anyone chooses to watch the live webcast, you should probably go to the site now and download the ap necessary to run the video.

    Also, don't forget to calculate local Sweden time to whatever your time zone is if you do decide to watch the show live; it starts at 2100 hours (9:00 p.m. local Sweden time).  Malmö (on DST like we are) is GMT+1..., which means they're six hours ahead of Eastern, seven hours ahead of Central, eight hours ahead of Mountain, and nine hours ahead of Pacific time.  As I'm in the Central time zone, the live web broadcast starts at 2:00 p.m.

    Eurovision 2013 is at the  Malmö Arena in Malmö, Sweden.  If nothing else, anyone who has Swedish ancestors with ö as one of the letters in a name or location name can hear how the vowel is properly pronounced if you watch the show and listen to the hostess.  She does the intros in English and French.

    Anyone into computer graphics and/or butterflies (made with the colors of each country's national flag) will likely appreciate them throughout the intros and other info segments of the contest.  Some of the costumes and background dancers and choreography are far better than the songs.

    2013 Eurovision Song Contest (Semi-Final 1) | Web TV | Eurovision Song Contest - Malmö 2013
    The singer from Ukraine is very impressive with a lovely, strong voice, great backup orchestration.  She made it through the semi-final and is singing at #22 Saturday night.  In reviewing videos no one in particular stood out with the "it" factor, but in performance the Ukraine woman just might have it hidden somewhere.  Only time will tell.

    2013 Eurovision Song Contest (Semi-Final 2) | Web TV | Eurovision Song Contest - Malmö 2013
    The very first winner of Eurovision is briefly interviewed at intermission.
    Bulgaria's percussionists and the bagpiper (seventh act of the evening) are a novelty, and the bagpipes might be a surprise to anyone who thinks there are only the Scottish and Irish Uilleann styles of pipes.  (Bulgaria did not survive the semi-finals so won't be playing tomorrow night.)

    CHEERS - because.

    CHEERS to alla youz and yer furry & feathery fambly and friens!

    Special CHEERS to the gorgeous Haley with teh Dobby ears!  (I'm not the only one who thinks Dobby's oddly cute, am I?)  Give Haley DobbyEars and Fantom a smooch on each of their foreheads and scritches and gramma hugs from me!


    I'm sick of attempts to steer this nation from principles evolved in The Age of Reason to hallucinations derived from illiterate herdsmen. ~ Crashing Vor

    by NonnyO on Fri May 17, 2013 at 06:41:03 PM PDT

    •  You are not alone in your appreciation of the (5+ / 0-)

      Dobby 'Dorableness!  Haley has taken adorableness to a level even I never suspected! :-)

      I asked for a Dobby for Christmas, but all I got was a box of sangria.  And you know who made off with that, don'tcha.

      If that made no sense to're lucky.  If it did, welcome to the weirdness that cactusgal and I embrace. :-D


      We cannot call ourselves a civilised society if we refuse to protect the weakest among us.

      by The Marti on Fri May 17, 2013 at 07:36:24 PM PDT

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