From the GREAT STATE OF MAINE…
"This was no boating accident…"
Well, actually it was, and thank the Flying Spaghetti Monster everyone involved---including my congresswoman---is either unhurt or on the mend:
A water taxi carrying U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree collided with a 20-foot recreational boat Saturday night in Portland Harbor. Pingree escaped injury, but three others were hurt, including her husband, Portland financier S. Donald Sussman.One thing you learn real fast when you live on the coast is that the ocean doesn't give a shit about anyone, whether they're a few miles out or a few hundred yards from shore. It's why I never venture out of the house without a snorkel and water wings, even if I'm just picking up a pizza across the street. So feel free to breathe a sigh of relief that Maine's progressive champion in Congress is A-OK. But next time, Congresswoman, you really should use a jetpack.
Officials said they received a call from the water taxi around 10:14 p.m. reporting the collision near Fort Gorges. Crews aboard two of Portland’s fireboats responded and took about 20 minutes to locate the damaged boats, said Deputy Fire Chief Robert Wassick. They found all of the passengers were conscious, but two of the seven people on the water taxi and one of the two people on the pleasure boat were injured.
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Cheers and Jeers for Tuesday, September 10, 2013
Note: After consultation with our panel of experts, my committee recommends passing a strict voter butt-photo ID law. Please sign the petition and then have a seat on the copier.
Days 'til Yom Kippur: 4
Days 'til the Roots N Blues N BBQ Festival in Columbia, Missouri: 10
Number of surgeries in the U.S. aided by robots in 2012: 367,000
Growth in income since 1993 among the top 1 percent of earners: 58%
Growth in income since 1993 among the bottom 99 percent of earners: 6%
(Source: USA Today)
Average hourly wage of an employee in Portland, Maine in July of 2012 and July of 2013, respectively (under our tea party governor's leadership): $23.10 / $22.21
Number of states that have banned sales of e-cigarettes to minors: 20
Tuesday Words of Wisdom from the Right-wing Blogosphere:
Some are implying that the destruction of Damascus will occur at the end of a world war (i.e.: as part of Armageddon, or as its prelude). I don't see it that way. The War of Gog and Magog occurs well before the world war that ends in Armageddon. I think that the destruction of Damascus occurs either as the spark for the War of Gog and Magog, or during that war. Also, some are concluding that the destruction of Damascus "in a single hour" can only be the result of a major military strike. But, what about an asteroid event, such as that which leveled hundreds of square miles of forest near Tunguska, Siberia, more than 100 years ago? That would be "a God thing" that no one could deny (well, except for those that choose to hate God, regardless of the facts).All together now: 1…2…3… Classy!
---Commenter T. Kovakh at World Net Daily
Puppy Pic of the Day: Tonight on Animal Planet…
Syria. It's Boise.
CHEERS to picking a big cheese for the Big Apple. After tonight, we'll be mercifully free of any Anthony Weiner sightings for awhile, after he gets crushed by [insert candidate here] in the New York City mayoral primary. All signs (read: polls) suggest that an outright win for Bill de Blasio is a strong possibility. But if I was eligible to vote, I think I'd cast a rare ballot for a Republican---John Catsimatidis. He's the only one visionary enough to suggest "putting cops on tricycles to improve their mobility.". And for the fire department: shiny new Radio Flyer wagons!
1966 [F]or the first time in his life, Palmer’s plane is flown without him or his knowledge---pilot Darrell Brown flies it to Gettysburg to pick up President Dwight Eisenhower for a surprise visit. "I was oblivious to it all," Palmer says, "until I answered the door and found General Eisenhower standing there with an overnight bag. ‘Say, you wouldn’t have room to put up an old man for the night, would you?’ One of the nicest weekends of my life followed."Extra points for being one of a vanishing breed known as a "Country Club Republican." In today's GOP, that's just a notch below "bleeding-heart liberal."
out of our hole by 2014.
JEERS to a very bad bench warmer. Twenty-two years ago today, the Senate Judiciary Committee opened hearings on the nomination of Clarence Thomas to the Supreme Court. He was, of course, the first porn addict to be elevated to the nation's highest bench. That's what I love about this country---our devotion to diversity.
Five years ago in C&J: September 10, 2008
CHEERS to cool heads. Obama campaign manager David Plouffe says, "Chill":
"There’s a lot of hyperventilating about national polls," Plouffe said, which wasn't a surprise since both a CBS News poll and the Gallup daily tracking poll showed McCain taking the lead nationally in the presidential race. "When you look at battleground states, we feel very good about where we are."He's so sexy when he's confident.
JEERS to groundhog day. President Bush emerged from his hole yesterday, saw his shadow, and gave us all 6 more months of victory in Iraq. Thankfully, we only have four more months of him.
And just one more…
with an extra-long cord.
> Apple's next flagship phone will be called the iPhone 5SBest of all, the new iPhone 5S will give geeks something to play with while they stand in line waiting for the iPhone 6.
> The iPhone 5S will be available in more colours
> Apple will upgrade the camera in the iPhone 5S
> The iPhone 5S will have almost exactly the same design as the iPhone 5
> And maybe even a fingerprint reader
Have a nice Syria…er, dammit…Tuesday, Tuesday! Floor's open---what are you cheering and jeering about today?
Today's Shameless C&J Testimonial:-
Like the rest of us, Tom Brady must be patient with Bill in Portland Maine
---The Boston Globe