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Update [2005-3-7 10:6:21 by Armando]: From the diaries by Armando. To express my appreciation for the great Maryscott. To stick my thumb in the eye of the Koufax winning BiPM. Cuz kos is coming back tonight and it's my last chance to do it.

From the GREAT STATE OF CALIFORNIA...



Go back to bed, America, your government has figured out how it all transpired. Go back to bed America. Your government is in control again.

Here, here's [Survivor], watch this, shut up, go back to bed America, here is [Survivor], here is 56 channels of it, watch these retards bang their fucking skulls together and congratulate yourselves on the living in the land of freedom.

Here you go America - you are free... to do as we tell you! You are free to do as we tell you!

I'm so sick of arming the world, then sending troops over to destroy the fucking arms, you know what I mean? We keep arming these little countries, then we go and blow the shit out of them...

The Late and VERY Great Bill Hicks


Another Poseur Cheers and Jeers Auteur does it her own way in the Extended Entry section...
[Tinkle tinkle tinkle...]  
Prepare ye the way of the Fjord...
[Thunk.]

Onomatopoeia's not my bag, baby.

CHEERS & JEERS for MONDAY, MARCH 7, 2005

By the Numbers:


  • Days `til April Fools' Day: 23
  • Percent of March that's over: 24.7%

  • Percent of people in America who are black: 10% (rough)
  • Percent of prisoners in U.S. who are black: 49% (rough)
(Population Percentage Source: www.census.gov)
(Prison Percentage Source: www.prisonpolicy.org)
  • Number of Google Search results for keywords "percentage black prisoners U.S.": 1,110,000

  • Number of Notable films opening in March: 10
  • Number of notable films opening in March starring John Travolta, Adrien Brody, Vin Diesel, Kevin Costner or Will Ferrell: 5
  • Number of notable films opening in March starring any actress famous for more than just being beautiful or fucking someone more famous: 0

  • Diet Coke® invented: 1982
  • Diet Cherry Coke® invented: 1986
  • Diet Coke w/Lemon® invented: 2001
  • Diet Vanilla Coke® invented: 2002
  • Diet Coke w/Lime® invented: 2004
  • Diet Vanilla Cherry Dr. Pepper® invented: 2004: Now, THAT, my friends, is evolution. If you're going to die of cancer from drinking diet soda, there's simply no better diet soda from which to catch cancer than Diet Cherry Vanilla Dr. Pepper®.

  • Number of GMAIL Accounts I have to give: 50: Drop me a line (maryscott.oconnor@gmail.com) and if you're among the 50 lucky ones, I'll respond with a Gmail invitation. These fuckers are like GOLD, I'm telling you. GOOOOOLD.

Alternate Adjectives Considered for Today's C&J Title:

Miscreant | Marginal | Misanthropic | Mercurial | Macabre | Masturbatory | Mellifluous | Monotone | Milquetoast | Melancholy | Moribund | Marvelous | Melodrama | Miraculous | Magnificent | Mediocre | Middling | Moderate | Mainstream

and, of course...

MOTHERFUCKING

In the interest of offending as few people as possible, I opted NOT to use the word "Motherfucking" in the title. This, despite the fact that I LOVE the word "motherfucking." Despite, also, the fact that almost anyone who has even a passing acquaintance with me or my prosaic patois knows I love the word "motherfucking." So, I must content myself with using the word "motherfucking" and all variants thereof as frequently as possible in the BODY of the motherfucking diary, instead of just using "motherfucking." in the motherfucking title, the way I really motherfucking wanted to.

Puppy Pic of the Day:
                                           

Kitten Kodachrome of the Day:
                                     

 C & J PROPER
CHEERS to GEARS -- as in, someone get them moving and invent an email-type option thingy on a C & J thread, wherein we only have to click the comment ratings of the ones we DON'T want to lavish with hot 4 monkey love... Hmm. That doesn't look right...

JEERS to FEARS ...like "taphephobia."

Hint: Edgar Allan Poe probably suffered from it. Oh, fine. FINE, I'll tell you.

"Taphephobia" is the fear of being buried alive.


CHEERS to BEERS "I'll take Ancient Egypt over modern Egypt anyday, Alex."


 ...Apparently the Egyptians did not have quite the same view of alcohol consumption as their Muslim descendants:

"Since beer, and to a lesser extent, wine, were a common  part of the diet of ancient Egyptians, they were of course  familiar with the aftereffects of these beverages. Losing  control through excessive drinking was discouraged, though  this disapproval was aimed more at the loss of control rather  than the state of intoxication itself. An excessive level of  intoxication, leading to a loss of control, was looked upon  with varying degrees of mild disapproval. The drunken person  was viewed mostly with amused contempt or slight alarm, while  efforts were made to warn the young against getting drunk too  much or too often. During the New  Kingdom, images of guests vomiting at banquets and parties  were depicted in scenes of the elite, particularly during the 18th  Dynasty."  (Getting Wasted in Ancient Egypt)

Maybe getting wasted was also the cure for taphephobia. Being as it wasn't an IRRATIONAL fear in them days...

JEERS to GONDOLIERS, on the endless, lazy river of tears that is the legacy of American torture. Approved if not outright ordered by Americans, carried out by Americans, covered up by Americans, denied by Americans, minimized by Americans, rationalized by Americans...

It seems there are a few Americans who might have thought the best way to deal with an uppity female Italian journalist who'd already exposed the war crimes of certain Americans before her kidnapping was... to assassinate her as she approached freedom? Too late, assholes.

The definitive article on torture by Giuliana Sgrena ran in a July issue of her paper, il Manifesto: Iraqi Woman Tortured at Abu Ghraib.

If this WAS an assassination attempt, I guess no one should be surprised it failed. Is there anything that anyone associated with this fucking Administration hasn't fucked up???

CHEERS to TEARS. Hard to believe there's anyone left out there in Kossackstan who hasn't read it, but in case you missed it: A Promise to My Grandfather: A Follow-Up, by amprather.

Warning: Even the hardest hearted, most cynical bastard on dKos will need a full box of Kleenex for this one. Go on, let it out, ya softies. You, too, Nyberg.

JEERS to ENGINEERS Let's be really clear about this:

Watergate was a fucking hotel. The Karl Roves of the Nixon's Administration (among them Roger Ailes, G. Gordon Liddy and... shocker... Karl Rove), sure they were impervious to such niggling little things like laws and consequences, hired them some maroons to break into the Democrats's headquarters at the Watergate Hotel.

ChoicePoint: The Watergate Hotel
Database Technonologies: Some fucking Maroons
Florida's voter registration records: Democratic National campaign headquarters

Want your horoscope? I'm getting something... some numbers... 2217 Ah. Yes. 2217 -- The year they finally admit what has been obvious since 2000:

The motherfuckers stole it in 2000. And then they stole it in 2004, `cause it just felt so goddamned good.

What's that, you say? Maybe this Guardian Article Does bring up some rather improbable coincidences, but even if it WERE proven they stole the election in 2000 by using one of their RNC Corporate Mutual Masturbators to mamipulate the vote in Florida, how can you possibly extrapolate from that htat they stole the election in 2004?


C'mere. No, closer, so I can take my tinfoil hat and shove it up your ASSSSSS. Remember your mother's advice? "If he cheats once, he'll cheat again." Or was it, "If he beats the shit out of you and then brings you flowers, he'll beat the shit out of you again."

Now go to your room and pick up every single piece of your shattered illusions, you bad, BAD American.


CHEERS to PIONEERS -- Bill Hicks, a brilliant comic and social commentator whose life was far too brief. get thee to Netflix and rent his stuff. Then drop by a Denis Leary fan site and announce you've discovered the source of his '90s material.

(This Cheer is dedicated to Daily Kos's favourite non-com in the War on the War on Drugs, Nephalim:  If you have not read his various AMAZING diaries on the subject, you are really missing out.)

...if I was going to have a drug be legal, it would not be alcohol, you know why? There's better drugs and better drugs for you. That's a fact, so you can stop your internal dialogue. "Wait a minute, Bill, alcohol is an accepted form of social interaction which for thousands of years has been the norm under which human beings have congregated in the form of social events and..." -- Shut the fuck up. Your denial is beneath you, and thanks to the use of hallucinogenic drugs, I see through you. Pot is a better drug than alcohol.

... I have never heard one reason that rang true why marijuana is against the law. That rang true, now, I'm not talking about the reasons the government tells us, because I hope you know this, I think you do, all governments are lying cocksuckers. I hope you know that. Good.

I mean, marijuana grows everywhere, it serves a thousand different functions, all of them positive. To make marijuana against the law is like saying God made a mistake, you know what I mean? It's like God, on the seventh day, looked down on his creation and said, "There it is. My creation. Perfect and holy in all ways. Now, I can rest... Oh my me. I left fucking pot everywhere. I should never have smoked that joint on the third day. Shit. If I leave pot everywhere, that's gonna give people the impression they're supposed to use it. Shit. Now I have to create Republicans."
...And God wept. I believe is the next verse. You know what I mean? I believe that God left certain drugs growing naturally upon our planet to help speed up and facilitate our evolution.

...The war on drugs to me is absolutely phony, it's so obviously phony, ok? It's a war against our civil rights, that's all it is. They're using it to make us afraid to go out at night, afraid of each other, so that we lock ourselves in our homes and they get suspending our rights one by one. And the fight against the war against drugs .

...Why is pot against the law? It wouldn't be because anyone can grow it and therefore you can't make a profit off it would it?
...Aaah, they lie about marijuana. Tell you pot-smoking makes you unmotivated. Liiiiiiie.

When you're high, you can do everything you normally do, just as well, You just realise, it's not worth the fucking effort. There is a difference.

"Sure I can get up at dawn, go to a job I hate, that does not inspire me creatively whatsoever, for the rest of my fucking life. Or I can wake up at noon and learn how to play the sitar!"

Pretty simple when it's spelled out in black and white isn't it?

JEERS to DEBEERS: In case there's a liberal out there who isn't aware of the evil that has been and  continues to be perpetrated in the pursuit of the diamond market, here are a few links to get you started.

The first word is "exploitation." The next word is "bullshit." Who decided diamonds were the best rock on the planet to possess? If you do an hour's worth of decent research on the history of the diamond mining industry in general or the DeBeers company in particular, I don't know how you can walk away ever being able to look at those stones the same way again.

Sure, they're pretty. So are cubic fucking zirconia. THEY'RE ROCKS! They're shiny, sparkly fucking ROCKS. Man. Human beings can be convinced of ANYTHING.

Look at that fuckstick in the White House. Don't tell ME people aren't stupid. <grumble grumble grumble>

Go read. Those fucking rocks are in worse shape than Lady Macbeth's hands.

http://www.guerrillafunk.com/thoughts/doc694.html
http://www.ewtn.com/library/BUSINESS/ANTDEBRS.HTM
http://www.cryfreetown.org/pre90s.html
http://www.africanfront.com/bloodgems.php

CHEERS to PEERS. We've had our disagreements (UNDERSTATEMENT ALERT), but in case there were ever any doubts as to whether the wacky and often moderately infuriating (pun most definitely intended) JIACINTO cares about the Democratic Party, This comment in the "Can the Dems Work with the DLC? Discussion ought to clear up any misapprehensions.

Jiacinto is fond of criticising those of us on the "extreme left" - and is not always wrong... But be honest, Jiacinto, baby - if there is such a thing as an "extreme middle," you could be its Chairman. Not that there's anything wrong with that...                                                                                    


JEERS to CAREERS... the ones that ought to have died quick and merciful deaths - and instead rise, phoenixian, to taunt us all for at least one more goddamned motherfucking season of macho mediocrity: Vin Diesel's low-brow comedy Box Office Junkie Alert opened in first place this weekend with a whopping $30 million.

Contrast that with the $23 million second place opening, John Travolta and a host of other ludicrously cool players in Be Cool, based on Elmore Leonard's ultra-hip novel. Find yourself a statistician, sit down with her and compare the box office differential between a Piece-of-Shit Vin Diesel "comedy" and a Pedigreed Travolta Comedy to the differential between the Official* Popular Vote in the last Presidential "Election."

Now you do the math. Let us know what YOU find out, because I took a quick peek and realized... There are more stupid people in this country than it can sustain.

Let me break this down for you, give you an idea of what transpired at the box office this weekend:

Be Cool
Director: F. Gary Gray. Previous Credits: The Italian Job, The Negotiator, Set It Off and Friday.
Writer: Elmore Leonard. Enough Said.
Stars: John Travolta, Uma Thurman, Danny DeVito, Cedric the Entertainer, Vince Vaughn, Harvey Keitel, James Woods... Enough Said.

The Pacifier
Director: Adam Shankman. Previous credits: The Wedding Planner, A Walk to Remember and Bringing Down the House.
Writers: Thomas Lennon and Ben Garant. Taxi. The movie. Not the television series.
Stars: Vin Diesel. Enough Said.


CHEERS to REAPPEARS: As in, the Encino 7 gathering last month was such a success that we, the Encino 7, decided to do it every month. You can read about it at the updated diary, titled, oddly enough, Kossacks Gone Wild: The Encino 7. Included in your detour will be: more fun text boxes, dancing gifs, a picture of the Encino 7 gathered around our table at Jerry's Deli, a brief synopsis of the gathering... and information on the upcoming March 2005 Gathering of the... uh, well, it's going to be in Woodland Hills and we don't know how many of you will be there, so, um - if you're in Los Angeles, drop by the diary and pick up the RSVP info...

C&J Flashback: November 3, 2004...

JEERS to little green footballs.  On November 3, 1952, Clarence Birdseye first marketed frozen peas.  We hate `em, hate `em, hate `em.  (But, coupled with a spoon, they make awesome catapult fodder at the dinner table.)
CHEERS to blogs.  Martin Luther King, Jr. said, "Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity."  C&J has earned the equivalent of a Masters in Political Science thanks to Kos, Atrios, MyDD, Josh Marshall, Steve Soto and the rest.  Over the next 4 years, we aim to get our Ph.D.  Blog on!

And just one more:

CHEERS to Bill Hicks, again:
It's great to be here. I thank you. Ah, I've been on the road doing comedy for ten years now, so bear with me while I plaster on a fake smile and plough through this shit one more time...

You gotta bear with me, I'm very tired, very tired of traveling, and very tired of doing comedy, and very tired of staring out at your vacant faces looking back at me, wanting me to fill your empty lives with humor you couldn't possibly think of yourselves. Good evening.


Always that same LSD story, you've all seen it. "Young man on acid, thought he could fly, jumped out of a building. What a tragedy."

What a dick, fuck him! He's an idiot. If he thought he could fly, why didn't he take off from the ground first? Check it out. You don't see ducks lining up to catch elevators to fly South. They fly from the ground, you moron.

How about a positive LSD story, that would be newsworthy. Don't you think? Anybody think that? Just once, to hear a positive LSD story.

"Today, a young man on acid, realised that all matter is merely energy condensed to a slow vibration. That we are all one consciousness experiencing itself subjectively, there is no such thing as death, life is only a dream, and we are the imagination of ourselves... here's Tom with the weather..."

By the way that thing I just did, about matter is energy condensed to a slow vibration, we are all one consciousness experiencing itself subjectively, and dadada, that thing I just did? ...Einstein proved that. It's called "quantum physics."


A lot of Christians wear crosses around their necks. You think when Jesus comes back he's gonna want to see a fucking cross, man? May be why he hasn't shown up yet. "Man, they're still wearing crosses. Fuck it, I'm not goin, dad. No, they totally missed the point. When they start wearing fishes I might show up again, but...

...People ask me where I stood politically you know. It's not that I disagree with Bush's economic policy or his foreign policy. But... I believe he is a child of Satan here to destroy the planet Earth. Yeah, I'm a little... a little to the left there.

The world is like a ride at an amusement park. It goes up and down and round and round. It has thrills and chills and it's very brightly coloured and it's very loud and it's fun, for a while.

Some people have been on the ride for a long time and they begin to question, is this real, or is this just a ride? And other people have remembered, and they come back to us, they say, "Hey - don't worry, don't be afraid, ever, because, this is just a ride..." And we... kill those people.

"Shut [them] up. We have a lot invested in this ride. Shut [them] up. Look at my furrows of worry. Look at my big bank account and my family. This just has to be real."

Just a ride. But we always kill those good guys who try and tell us that, you ever notice that? And let the demons run amok: Jesus -- murdered; Martin Luther King -- murdered; Malcolm X -- murdered; Gandhi -- murdered; John Lennon -- murdered; Reagan... wounded.

But it doesn't matter because: It's just a ride. And we can change it anytime we want. It's only a choice. No effort, no work, no job, no savings and money. A choice, right now, between fear and love.

 The eyes of fear want you to put bigger locks on your doors, buy guns, close yourself off.

The eyes of love, instead, see all of us as one.

Here's what we can do to change the world, right now, to a better ride. Take all that money that we spend on weapons and defences each year and instead spend it feeding and clothing and educating the poor of the world, which it would many times over, not one human being excluded, and we could explore space, together, both inner and outer, forever, in peace.


Oh, by the way? EASTER IS CANCELLED.


                         
                                 

                           

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  •  Meretricious Mojo (4.00)
    Pretty Easter Hued Boxes and the Encyclopaedia of Bill Hicks: What more could you ask?

    "I love being in New York, I love running the bum gauntlet down every street. God I hate those guys, man. The very idea they want me to give them the hard-earned Cheers and Jeers my folks send to me every week. Leech, get a job. My dad works eight hours a day for this mojo. I mean, the nerve..."

    Hicks on C&J

    Rage, rage, against the lying of the Right.

    by Maryscott OConnor on Mon Mar 07, 2005 at 06:52:30 AM PST

    •  (Mother) Fuckin' A (4.00)
      You are without peer. Peerless MSOC!

      Well done.

    •  Ok, this has my vote (4.00)
      For the best decorated guest C&J--how early did you get up to do all this?

      Great job!!!

      Westley: "Truly, you have a dizzying intellect." Vizzini: "Wait til I get going!"

      by Revel on Mon Mar 07, 2005 at 06:55:14 AM PST

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      •  Early?! (4.00)
        MSOC doesn't sleep!  While we were all selfishly sleeping Maryscott was hard at work researching, compiling, formatting, cutting, pasting and coloring  the boxes endlessly through the night.

        Maryscott, dear heart... they have medications these days...

        (GREAT C & J,  by the way)

      •  I did NOT hallucinate this (4.00)
        nor was I on acid at the time, but...

        There was one wee bright shining moment on Saturday when this C&J appeared on the diary list. Hysterical at the thought of seeing a C&J with zero comments, I, of course, jumped to be, um, you know. And, of course, by the time I hit "post," it was gone. sob.

        So even though she broke my heart with the biggest tease of all time, I can attest that MSOC was hard work all weekend on this gem.

        "I still think politics is about who's getting screwed and who's doing the screwing." -Molly Ivins

        by hono lulu on Mon Mar 07, 2005 at 02:53:18 PM PST

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    •  Woo Hoo! (4.00)
      Pretty colors w/ profanity!  Way to jump start my morning!  

      Plant the seed anyway. Even in the desert it will rain someday.

      by mrsdbrown1 on Mon Mar 07, 2005 at 06:55:19 AM PST

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    •  Oh, Are those Easter colors? (4.00)
      I thought a sorority girl had exploded.

      I knew Ted Hitler. Ted Hitler was a friend of mine. Ted Hitler ate my panda. You're no Ted Hitler.

      by nightsweat on Mon Mar 07, 2005 at 06:57:49 AM PST

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    •  Wow! (4.00)
      Well, this certainly is the best formatted and aesthetically-pleasing C&J I've ever seen!  Thanks for all the work involved, and I'll even forgive that horrible (but kinda funny, in a very black, ironic way) picture of the Easter bunny...

      Justice DeLay-ed is Justice Denied

      by wry twinger on Mon Mar 07, 2005 at 06:58:41 AM PST

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      •  Well,,,, (4.00)
        I'm just loving that bunny pic.  Hilarious.  Congrats MSOC on a truly FABULOUS C&J.

        Now, on to sadder topics:  Histo, now that you see what you have to follow, please know that we here at C&J have much love to go around, and will welcome your attempt to write this column with flair, comedy, profundity, and elan.  We realize it may be drabber, cleaner, and slightly more boring, but that's okay.  We like you, and we will lavish much love and praise on your effort, no matter how pitifully it may compare to the absolute color-fest that is MS.

        "But your flag decal won't get you into heaven anymore"--Prine Pay attention Georgie - 1500+ dead Americans, 100,000+ dead Iraqis, all on your head. WWJS?

        by Miss Blue on Mon Mar 07, 2005 at 07:32:38 AM PST

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        •  shit... (4.00)
          same goes for BIPM doesn't it :-)

          I support Soulforce - seeking Justice for God's GLBT children. Please join us.

          by its simple IF you ignore the complexity on Mon Mar 07, 2005 at 08:02:52 AM PST

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          •  oh come on.......... n/t (4.00)

            "The future is not a gift: it is an achievement." Robert F. Kennedy

            by PoliSigh on Mon Mar 07, 2005 at 09:08:03 AM PST

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            •  well (4.00)
              I'm sure Bill will find a way.  

              Downthread someone said this was the "Mother of all C&J's"

              I started to reply that I had thought Bill In Portland Maine was the mother of all C&J's...

               but then I got so very very confused......

               again....    

              I support Soulforce - seeking Justice for God's GLBT children. Please join us.

              by its simple IF you ignore the complexity on Mon Mar 07, 2005 at 10:33:47 AM PST

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              •  Bill IS C & J--it's his idea and he (4.00)
                kept at it even through all those times when there were very few comments!

                I have enjoyed ALL of the guest posters and I enjoyed doing one-BUT we are all just putting our stamp on what is essentially Bill's creation.  ONE time does not make any of us better than Bill who does it day-in and day-out.

                He's Mother and Father of Cheers and Jeers.

                I miss him and can't wait until he gets back.  I love the sweetness that Bill has created among us, the community he has inspired.  The sheer joy of the good snark--none of us do C & J better.

                "The future is not a gift: it is an achievement." Robert F. Kennedy

                by PoliSigh on Mon Mar 07, 2005 at 11:23:53 AM PST

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                •  Aaaaaaaaamen (4.00)
                  HOly mother of god, I would NEVER do this every day -- motherfucking text boxes or not.

                  It's not a natural thing.

                  It takes a certain kind of dedication, commitment -- FIDELITY, if you will -- that I just think most heterosexuals lack.

                  Rage, rage, against the lying of the Right.

                  by Maryscott OConnor on Mon Mar 07, 2005 at 12:12:09 PM PST

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                  •  Maryscott-- (4.00)
                    I'm sorry you are hurt--but please look at the 4s you got--157 as of 3:15 pm,  I only got 90 and I put my heart into mine as well.  MOST of the comments are very positive--some of the comments relate to unanticipated stuff--so, please--look at the good stuff--you stuck your neck out--most here have not.  You are the brave one!

                    "The future is not a gift: it is an achievement." Robert F. Kennedy

                    by PoliSigh on Mon Mar 07, 2005 at 12:21:46 PM PST

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                    •  I'm fooling around now. (4.00)
                      Was over it about 2 hours ago. But you can't get ALL of the Catholic out, no matter how hard you try.

                      I've been enjoying myself up here on the cross, bleeeeeeding all over everybody.

                      I will say this: I have eaten an entire box of Girl Scouts Thin Mints today.

                      I'm absolutely positive it's an emotional response to this whole experience.

                      I may sue.

                      Rage, rage, against the lying of the Right.

                      by Maryscott OConnor on Mon Mar 07, 2005 at 12:52:41 PM PST

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                  •  MaryBob says: (4.00)
                    "... FIDELITY, if you will -- that I just think most heterosexuals lack."

                    Ooh, baby ... busy later?

                    Come for the ass ... stay for the pie. The C&J Cafe.

                    by Baldwiny on Mon Mar 07, 2005 at 01:39:45 PM PST

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                •  Thank you for saying what I've been thinking.n/t (none)

                  And they will only make us stronger, if they should try to keep us still. And we will rise and take it all someday. We probably will.

                  by mentaldebris on Tue Mar 08, 2005 at 12:50:16 AM PST

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        •  Getting my best Sally Field impression ready now- (4.00)
          <sniffle>You like me, you really like me!<sob>

          When my lame-ass attempt at guest-hosting is over tomorrow, Jung at Heart better start running, cuz me going in the line-up right after MSOC needs to be declared inhumane by some court somewhere!

          I have NO FUCKING IDEA how to make things pretty colors, dammit!!!!!

          But, on the other hand, hearing "Pretty in Pink" as I read this tour de force was kinda weird, when placed in context with Maryscott.

          •  Just like Tonya Harding (4.00)
            Had to follow Nancy Kerrigan...not saying you should club Maryscott in the kneecap, no no no, we don't want to see you living in a trailer and joining the cast of the Surreal Life: The C&J Edition.

            Ok, are you laughing yet?

            You'll do fine (wink and a hug)

            Westley: "Truly, you have a dizzying intellect." Vizzini: "Wait til I get going!"

            by Revel on Mon Mar 07, 2005 at 09:02:57 AM PST

            [ Parent ]

          •  You'll do just fine Histo!!!!!! (4.00)
            Give it your special touch and we'll just love it.  

            You don't need to do colors (it makes Mad sick anyway)--just fling some peas--we'll be happy.

            Oh could you mention Pirates though?  I forgot the pirates in mine--thought I had it alllll covered--but nooooooooo pirates!  Damn!!!

            "The future is not a gift: it is an achievement." Robert F. Kennedy

            by PoliSigh on Mon Mar 07, 2005 at 09:07:31 AM PST

            [ Parent ]

          •  Save yourself the aggravation (4.00)
            I don't know how to do colours EITHER. Which is why it took me all weekend to do this fucking diary.

            And considering the unprecedented level of bitchery in a C&J diary over it, I REALLY wish I hadn't done it.

            ANY of it.

            I have PMS. Can you tell?

            Rage, rage, against the lying of the Right.

            by Maryscott OConnor on Mon Mar 07, 2005 at 09:11:27 AM PST

            [ Parent ]

            •  hey Maryscott---just tell us to go (4.00)
              fuck ourselves!!!!  You are an innovator--it was worth trying!

              "The future is not a gift: it is an achievement." Robert F. Kennedy

              by PoliSigh on Mon Mar 07, 2005 at 09:15:56 AM PST

              [ Parent ]

              •  PoliSigh (4.00)
                Before you commit us to fucking ourselves, have you really thought through the logistical implications...I mean for some of us, obviously, it's not a problem for me...

                (I am having such a fun Monday...LOL)

                Westley: "Truly, you have a dizzying intellect." Vizzini: "Wait til I get going!"

                by Revel on Mon Mar 07, 2005 at 09:58:31 AM PST

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            •  Maryscott (4.00)
              Screw the grumpuses. The sniping is seriously misplaced, and in very poor taste, whatever they thought of your colors.

              Let the great world spin for ever down the ringing grooves of change. - Tennyson

              by bumblebums on Mon Mar 07, 2005 at 09:31:20 AM PST

              [ Parent ]

            •  This should be fun. (4.00)
              2 straight days of PMSery? Eh- they get what they get. <shrug>. I scared away a member of the public the other day by yelling at them for not using their Constitutional rights enough, so tomorrow's version will be heavy on politics, for C & J.

              You did great and those heathers are just fucking jealous of your magnificence. Remember(Tuesday preview)- true snarkfartists are never appreciated until they're dead. Of course, if certain idiot people keep pumping up my blood pressure like last week, we'll find out just how big an artist I am real soon.

              CHEERS!!!

            •  You know what you need? (4.00)
              A smoke . . . I'm kidding I'm kidding.

              "Just say no to torture." -Semi-Anonymous Blogger.

              by Armando on Mon Mar 07, 2005 at 09:39:28 AM PST

              [ Parent ]

            •  Hey, still not as bad as this place: (4.00)
              fafblog

              Seriously, do not push the link if MSOC's post made you nauseous...this one will make you projectile vomit!  It finished up top in the Koufax awards for funniest blog, but the color scheme could send a perfectly healthy person into epileptic fits!

              Justice DeLay-ed is Justice Denied

              by wry twinger on Mon Mar 07, 2005 at 09:41:48 AM PST

              [ Parent ]

          •  HP re: tomorrow (3.88)
            All you need tomorrow is just you!

            You don't need colors and boxes in boxes with pretty pics to make C&J. I know how to do all that but my pinch hit C&J was formatted to look more like the one Bill does every day, as a tribute to him.  Others have injected their own formatting preferences and some of them looked pretty cool.  But there's nothing like a "classic" C&J to start the day.  You will have a ball, I promise.  Relax and bring us a little more of the Histopresto we've come to look forward to every day.

            •  Big smooches back at you Eddie! (4.00)
              And for that, you will get a cameo appearance tomorrow morning!
            •  Eddie just tripped over my secret (4.00)
              Make enough pretty boxes and they won't notice you have NO BUSINESS doing a C & J.

              I simply haven't the knack for accumlating all that lovely minitiae and wrapping it in the intricate ropes of snark and brilliance that BiPM does. SO I figured I wouldln't bother trying to deliver a pallid imitation -- just went a whole other way with it.

              Which, I think, is a perfectly fine approach. I know I wouldn't want to read a poor substitue for the real thing. Fortunately for all of us, almost all the subs were GREAT at doing it in BiPM's voice -- or at making it their own.

              Hopefully I'm in the latter category, 'cause I know I'm not in the former...

              Rage, rage, against the lying of the Right.

              by Maryscott OConnor on Mon Mar 07, 2005 at 01:37:49 PM PST

              [ Parent ]

              •  I thought ya did a (4.00)
                great job.  Those bright and yet mellow boxes made a serious M o n d a y get better.

                I am suprised, however, that nobody mentioned that this entry passed with flying colors.......

                Is the holy symbol of Solipsism a banana peel?

                by nargel on Mon Mar 07, 2005 at 07:23:45 PM PST

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    •  Batter up! (4.00)
      ...Fartoids. When you absolutely positively need to gas up.

      <music for station ID> W C & J dkooos.

      Smee: Well we're back and what an amazing game!  Pastordan has added another homer. Score is 7-O. And these Irregulars just keep smacking them in. Bottom of the eighth. No one on. No outs. Next batter up is Maryscott OConner. What stats do you have on this C&J Rookie, Skipper?

      Skipper: I don't want to be called "Skipper" anymore.

      Smee: What?

      Skipper: I want to be called "The Dread Pirate Roberts".

      Smee: Okaaaaay, Dread. <rolls eyes>

      Dread: Well Smee, Maryscott is another diary veteran with a large fan following. You can hear them cheering for her now.

      Smee: Quite a following. But doesn't she also have her detractors?

      Dread: Well, yes she does.  I believe it's because of her perfecting the line drive to the heart and guts of the matter.  Too many rookie pitchers underestimate this no-nonsense player on the fields of dKos and she has sent many of them packing.

      Smee: Maryscott is at the plate. The pitcher winds up. It's away.

      Dread: Whoa! He brushes her back. That pitch almost took her nose off!

      Smee: That looked deliberate to me, Dread.

      Dread: It sure did, Smee. Uh-oh, Maryscott is heading for the mound.  She's got the bat poised for some serious business. The rest of the team is heading out to the field to intercept her. Wait. She's pointing the bat at the pitcher and saying something.  Can we get some on-field audio?

      ...fuck you, you fucking fucker fuck, what the fucking fuck is your...

      Smee: Cut it! Cut it! Whoops. Hope the FCC didn't hear that.

      Dread: Little slow on the delay button there, Smee. She's back at the plate. Taking her stance and...Holy crap! She's pointing to the bleachers! She's pointing to the bleachers!

      Smee: The crowd is going wild. Listen to them. They're singing "Wild Thing". This is just incredible! The pitcher is shaking his head like he can't believe it.

      Dread: Big mistake on his part, Smee.  She's determined to hit that muther out of here. Here we go. Here's the pitch. It's a humdinger! Straight down the line. Maryscott swings and...

      We interrupt this broadcast for an important weather statement.  

      Cat and puppie pics are currently raining down in the C&J broadcast area. This storm will intensify during rush hour. We urge all our listeners to stock up on catnip and Milk Bones to prepare for the deluge. We now return you back to your regular scheduled programming.

      Dread: My GOD! It's pure pandemonium here! I don't believe it! I've never seen anything like it on all my minutes of broadcasting!  Maryscott OConnor knocked that sucker right out of the ball park and took out the pitcher too! Unfuckingbelievable! I've never been so excited in my life!

      Smee:  You're excited? Feel these nipples!

      <FCC cuts broadcast for use of word "nipple".>

      And they will only make us stronger, if they should try to keep us still. And we will rise and take it all someday. We probably will.

      by mentaldebris on Mon Mar 07, 2005 at 07:03:48 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

      •  Ohhhhh, mental (4.00)
        between you and the exquisite Maryscott. . .I can't quit laughing.  So much brillance so early in the morning out here in the Left-West. . .A pause to wipe the tears of laughter from my eyes.  

        Dkos is the best, just simple the best. . .and why do I hear Tina Turner belting it out in the back ground?

        Thanks, thanks, thanks. . .that's why I come here!

        CHEERS Everyone!

        If not now. . .When?

        by shirlstars on Mon Mar 07, 2005 at 08:23:09 AM PST

        [ Parent ]

        •  This comment and the next completely (none)
          made my day. I'm glad you enjoyed it. I had fun writing it. Tune in tomorrow for more Dread & Smee commentary.

          And they will only make us stronger, if they should try to keep us still. And we will rise and take it all someday. We probably will.

          by mentaldebris on Tue Mar 08, 2005 at 12:59:44 AM PST

          [ Parent ]

      •  Best Long Comment -- Series (4.00)
        I have come to look forward to this Comment Series almost as much as the C&J diary itself.

        You, my friend, kick ASSSSS.

        Rage, rage, against the lying of the Right.

        by Maryscott OConnor on Mon Mar 07, 2005 at 09:33:08 AM PST

        [ Parent ]

        •  And coming from a ass-whupper (none)
          in a league of her own, I take that as the highest form of praise. Much thanks, my friend. Your diary is a beautiful work of art.  

          And they will only make us stronger, if they should try to keep us still. And we will rise and take it all someday. We probably will.

          by mentaldebris on Tue Mar 08, 2005 at 01:05:50 AM PST

          [ Parent ]

      •  But who's on first? (4.00)
        Oh nevermind.

        "Pedro offers you his protection."

        by Ten Buddhas on Mon Mar 07, 2005 at 09:54:09 AM PST

        [ Parent ]

    •  gotta vote for NYC (4.00)
      my new home in about 4 months when I start at Cornell.  Can't wait to be among the other heathens.

      and great C & J, the Easter bunny pic might get me fired if I keep looking at it...

    •  Everybody Wants To Rule The World (4.00)
      Rename Cheers and Jeers . . . now Tears for Fears.

      "Just say no to torture." -Semi-Anonymous Blogger.

      by Armando on Mon Mar 07, 2005 at 07:09:41 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

      •  For fuck's sake, Armando. (4.00)
        Promoting this to the front page when I'm not wearing my Monday best? Ahh well, at least I'm not wearing the paint covered jeans and the pizza-stained ripped t-shirt.

        And they will only make us stronger, if they should try to keep us still. And we will rise and take it all someday. We probably will.

        by mentaldebris on Mon Mar 07, 2005 at 07:49:34 AM PST

        [ Parent ]

    •  Excellent Job, Maryscott... (4.00)
      all those pretty colors and a dead easter bunny to boot...

      but, no jokes about god farting...

      "Maybe, just once, someone will call me 'sir' without adding, 'you're making a scene.'" - Homer

      by the holy handgrenade on Mon Mar 07, 2005 at 07:13:02 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

    •  The bunny (4.00)
      suits my mood today. Then you have to go and fucking ruin it with those pretty colors, bah!

      "One of the biggest changes in politics in my lifetime is that the delusional is no longer marginal." Bill Moyers

      by Lahdee on Mon Mar 07, 2005 at 07:20:23 AM PST

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    •  Motherfucking Brilliant (4.00)
      Maryscott O'Connor you are motherfucking brilliant and I love your choice of colors as well. I've said it before and I'll say it again. Your expression of what is in your head is better than a fucking triple expresso straight up, black and potent!

      Dubya, yer momma may think yer cute, but I sure don't

      by cosmic debris on Mon Mar 07, 2005 at 07:22:45 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

      •  Actually, the two go well (4.00)
        together.   What the hell, I'll sleep on wednesday.
        •  Sleep on Wednesday???!?! (4.00)
          What and miss BIPM's reaction to the wreck we've left the place in, the pea stains all around, and the cheap washtub homebrew from Jamaica...    Queens that wry twinger and Revel hauled in to try and cover up the massive Bacardi deficit.

          Oh what a week+ it's been...

          but at least the Gong's working again...

          I support Soulforce - seeking Justice for God's GLBT children. Please join us.

          by its simple IF you ignore the complexity on Mon Mar 07, 2005 at 08:08:01 AM PST

          [ Parent ]

          •  Is it? Are we sure? (4.00)
            <reaches over and taps the gong..gets a thunk>

            We might want to get facilities maintenance on this one, stat!

            "The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy." - MLK

            by amayernx on Mon Mar 07, 2005 at 10:24:39 AM PST

            [ Parent ]

            •  Nope, I tested it--it's fine!!! (4.00)
              As are you amayernx!

              "The future is not a gift: it is an achievement." Robert F. Kennedy

              by PoliSigh on Mon Mar 07, 2005 at 11:00:21 AM PST

              [ Parent ]

              •  I'd like to thank the academy.. (4.00)
                Thanks, PoliSigh..I'm not really sure what else to say..just don't let my girlfriend hear you..

                Oh, any familiarity with Portland State University's PoliSci program?

                Oh, speaking of Bicardi, and this is for the non-alcohol consuming crowd, did we hire a cleaning crew? We're doomed otherwise. Nothing short of a miracle is going to get that grape juice stain out of the carpet in the living room..

                "The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy." - MLK

                by amayernx on Mon Mar 07, 2005 at 11:08:25 AM PST

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                •  Nope, sorry, Off-hand I don't know (4.00)
                  anything about the PSU program--except they have the same initials as my U!!!!  email me their website--I'll look at their offerings if you'd like.

                  My Daddy was a Marine, so I have a softspot for all of you!!!! Yes JDog--of course you!

                  "The future is not a gift: it is an achievement." Robert F. Kennedy

                  by PoliSigh on Mon Mar 07, 2005 at 11:29:18 AM PST

                  [ Parent ]

                •  Vinegar and water (4.00)
                  White vinegar and water, 1:3 ratio. It works on wine in a white carpet, I can only imagine it would work with grape juice.

                  Plane Crazy
                  Amazed by MaryscottMotherfuckingO'Conner's job today. And feeling rather homebodyish as well with the baby on its way.

                  "It is hard to fight anger, for a man will buy revenge with his soul." Heracleitus, 500 BCE

                  by PlaneCrazy on Mon Mar 07, 2005 at 11:54:45 AM PST

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                •  Ummm.... (4.00)
                  I don't think that's a grape juice stain...and dontcha think it's time we moved the body of the troll out of Bill's bedroom?

                  We do not rent rooms to Republicans.

                  by Mary Julia on Mon Mar 07, 2005 at 02:07:57 PM PST

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                  •  If it's not grape juice..what is it? (4.00)
                    Hmm, should we move the body? Yeah, probably..but where..the living room?

                    "The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy." - MLK

                    by amayernx on Mon Mar 07, 2005 at 02:23:16 PM PST

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                    •  Genius! (4.00)
                      Move the troll on top of the grape juice stain, then blame it all on..uhm..Bob! Bob killed a troll!

                      "The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy." - MLK

                      by amayernx on Mon Mar 07, 2005 at 02:24:55 PM PST

                      [ Parent ]

    •  Awesome - Just Awesome! (4.00)
      Way to go MSOC! The girl side is definitely rockin' and rollin' in the pinch hitter category!

      A newspaper is a device for making the ignorant more ignorant and the crazy crazier. H.L. Mencken

      by SallyCat on Mon Mar 07, 2005 at 07:32:52 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

    •  The first frontpaged C+J (4.00)
      and the first to carry a government health warning -   this diary can seriously damage you're eyes before!

      "It is a look I know well - if he had been a subordinate commander in battle I would have immediately relieved him of his command" General Sir Michael Rose

      by NeutralObserver on Mon Mar 07, 2005 at 07:33:03 AM PST

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    •  I-I-I..I don't...uh (gulp) (4.00)
      uh, somebody help me here.  

      Lost for words on this C&J.

      But, the bunny, the poor dead bunny!

      Gutta cavat lapidem

      by SneakySnu on Mon Mar 07, 2005 at 07:37:00 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

      •  poor bunny..........sniff. n/t (4.00)

        "The future is not a gift: it is an achievement." Robert F. Kennedy

        by PoliSigh on Mon Mar 07, 2005 at 08:28:03 AM PST

        [ Parent ]

        •  In Defense of MSOC (4.00)
          At least she's not this sick.  Here's what I really tell people who ask what I'm doing for Easter:

          "Oh, same as every Easter, it's a family tradition.  On Good Friday we build a little crucifix, go get a bunny from the pet store, and nail him up.  If's dead by Easter afternoon, he's dinner.  If not, we worship him..."

          I hung out with Bill Hicks in a green room once.  I blame him...

    •  amazing mco (4.00)
      once again you've raised the damn bar. i tip my hat to ya grrrrl. were we lucky on that day when your ship slammed into dkos or what?

      The best lack all conviction, while the worst are full of passionate intensity. --Yeats

      by JaneKnowles on Mon Mar 07, 2005 at 08:12:33 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

    •  The boxes (4.00)
      Sorry, but I'm definitely jeering those boxes.  I always say, friends don't let friends abuse HTML.  

      Smoke the holy chalice, got my own religion...

      by fabooj on Mon Mar 07, 2005 at 08:26:15 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

    •  You Make Me Feel (4.00)
      inadequate.  and inspired.  maybe i'll top you.

      p.s. i see what you're doing.  you're going after that 'righteous indignation' dollar.  good market there.  the 'anger' dollar.  big market.  you're smart to do this.

      •  Yesssssssss (4.00)
        You get me! You really get me!

        It was damned hard to pare down the wealth of Hicks material. I know I still went overboard -- but what's in the final draft of the diary is what I simply could NOT do without...

        Rage, rage, against the lying of the Right.

        by Maryscott OConnor on Mon Mar 07, 2005 at 09:36:32 AM PST

        [ Parent ]

    •  Oooh!!! Why, I oughta--- (4.00)
      You just had to do it, didn't you? You hit this one so far out of the park that cars are getting dinged in fucking Albequerque!!! Boy, it's not enough you've got the cutest damn kid in the world and a hot-looking husband, no, you've got to go for the Major League C & J all-around title to boot.

      Fine! See if I care. Humpff!!!

      Ultimate guest C & J will occur tomorrow.
      (And by ultimate, I just mean the last one before Bill gets back- dammit!)

    •  huh-huh-huh-huh (3.93)
      She said "meretricious."
    •  I made SURE I chose '4' (4.00)
      Excellent guest hosting Maryscott!! Way to represent the women and the great state of California.

      No finger slipping in the tip jar this time! Oh, and I fixed my last near-fatal error :->

      Can blindly continued fear-induced, regurgitated, life denying traditions be overcome? - Alanis Morissette

      by SanDiegoDem on Mon Mar 07, 2005 at 09:30:30 AM PST

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    •  Well, the colors appear to be controversial - (4.00)
      but I like them, Maryscott.

      My opinion does appear to be close to worthless, however.  Otherwise how to explain the current political landscape.

      Oh yeah - almost forgot what thread this was - JEERS - to the current political landscape.

      Apparently I have made the unbelievably naive error of overestimating the intelligence of the American people.

      by Citizen Clark on Mon Mar 07, 2005 at 10:12:25 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

    •  I am glad to have seen this first (4.00)
      Maryscott, you really are getting addicted to boxes. Complementary colors would help.
      This is a C&J such as there never was before and likely never will be again, and that is a positive thing.
      <retread from "Word for the Week">
      I read my comment of Friday to my husband (he did ask me why I exclaimed, "Holy crap!!" again on seeing my ratings) and was strongly encouraged to issue the following apology. Anyone who can give any time for organized religion, visit aish.com
      to prove that this organization is not a cult. As I said in pastordan's diary, the Israeli government gave Aish the last piece of property facing the Western Wall. It is known to non-Aish people as doing kiruv(outreach) through appeals to reason. (There are lots of things in Parshas Noach you can talk about without having to prove it). Now, Chabad, don't get me started (Laugh, people!) Not to mention the Kabbalah Center out your way, Maryscott.
      <retread>
      I repeat: in the last interview that La Repubblica
      transcribed as Sgrena giving, she herself thinks that she was shot because the Americans don't approve of hostage negotiations. Over to Gilgamesh's next.
      CHEERS to Rabbi Yosef and Shiffi Landa and Rabbi Hershey Novack and his wife, who do Chabad in St. Louis and are total mensches IMHO.
      CHEERS to Naomi Chana of Baraita for getting engaged.
      CHEERS to Rabbi Naftali Elzas for his usual outstanding job as scholar in residence this last weekend.
      CHEERS to the three people who gave Rabbi Elzas 4s on pastordan's thread.
      CHEERS to Gershon Schwadron for coming up with a mouthwatering "Salute to Ratner's" on March 28 at Schmeers. (Yes, St. Louis C&Jers, this means you! Delmar at 170, a few storefronts over from Mai Lee. Get reservation before it sells out.)
      CHEERS to Giuliana Sgrena for being an intrepid reporter and living to tell about it.
      CHEERS to the guest frontpage bloggers for reliably stirring up outrage. (I know it's not hard...)
      CHEERS to Yale, who in the course of some self-indulgent wankery was found to have as sane a general education program on paper as you can have without a core, and who has educated two of my acquaintances outstandingly well, despite the "dorm brothel" situation. (Chabad got one of them...) (NOTICE: Yale does not have any "diversity" requirements that I know of. It has balance requirements. If you have sufficiently diverse students who have always been high achievers, then encouraging them just to explore outside the thing that probably got them into Yale is a higher priority.)    

      "If I am not for myself, who will be for me? If I am only for myself, who am I? And if not now, when?" (Hillel was a liberal)

      by 4jkb4ia on Mon Mar 07, 2005 at 10:54:16 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

      •  And... (4.00)
        CHEERS to the 6 people who gave Michael Lerner 4s in pastordan's other thread.

        "If I am not for myself, who will be for me? If I am only for myself, who am I? And if not now, when?" (Hillel was a liberal)

        by 4jkb4ia on Mon Mar 07, 2005 at 11:03:13 AM PST

        [ Parent ]

    •  It has come to my attention (4.00)
      that while MSOC has reaped unheard of C&J mojo in the tip jar, not enough love is being spread elsewhere in the diary.

      Come on, y'all, we can do better!  Sprinkle sprinkle sprinkle

      Gutta cavat lapidem

      by SneakySnu on Mon Mar 07, 2005 at 11:20:30 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

    •  Memo To: BiPM (4.00)
      From: Wozzle

      Subject:  Cheers and Jeers

      Remember that plan you had a while back to hijack dKos, and how it woulda gone OK if the catering service you hired screwed up the plan?  Well, be careful, cause I think Maryscott hired the right catering service.

      "Never mind the trick, what the hell's the point?" Joseph Heller, Catch-22

      by wozzle on Mon Mar 07, 2005 at 11:58:28 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

    •  Tip Jar (4.00)
      I am a new Kossack and I would love it if someone could explain the "tip jar" concept to me.  Does the author get money, or just ratings?  Are there any other benefits in the tip jar?

      Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has. Margaret Mead

      by jenhoward on Mon Mar 07, 2005 at 12:41:41 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

      •  Nah... (4.00)
        Since you can't rate a diary itself, the author puts up a "Tip Jar," wherein people place the rating they would have given the diary, were it possible.

        The more "mojo" (high ratings) you have, the further inti Trusted User status you venture -- but you never get anything for it besdies the ability to rate posts with a "Super Troll" zero -- and to see comments which have been hidden by accumulating zero ratings from other trusted users.

        Money? Oh, honey. DO I WISH.

        Rage, rage, against the lying of the Right.

        by Maryscott OConnor on Mon Mar 07, 2005 at 01:14:35 PM PST

        [ Parent ]

        •  Oops! (4.00)
          Scooped by not one, but two Kossacks. And the first the esteemed Maryscott herself.

          "You don't lead by pointing and telling people some place to go. You lead by going to that place and making a case." - Ken Kesey

          by Glinda on Mon Mar 07, 2005 at 01:33:27 PM PST

          [ Parent ]

      •  Completely artificial (4.00)
        which is why we all love it.
      •  I can handle this Q ... (4.00)
        There is no way to give mojo for diaries ... or at least the hard earned dKos mojo of 4's and the whole world that a large number of 4's can open up for you: like being able to see hidden comments and to supertroll rate and neat stuff like that.

        All that time and hard work making pretty colors and brilliant references and witty asides, and only the commenters ... those wise-asses who only spend 60 seconds on their posts and get ten 4's ... get all the credit.

        So, there is a custom for the poster to put up a "tip jar" comment for mojo purposes. And the fans can drop their "coins". (It's the currency of admiration!) And if a newbie isn't savvy wnough to put up a tip jar, the first comment he/she makes becomes the tip jar.

        Capisce?

        Of course, some people might say that having your diary reach the top of the recommended list and then be promoted to the front page by the very picky Armando would be mojo enough. But <cough, cough> I wouldn't be one of those people.

        "You don't lead by pointing and telling people some place to go. You lead by going to that place and making a case." - Ken Kesey

        by Glinda on Mon Mar 07, 2005 at 01:23:12 PM PST

        [ Parent ]

    •  LA Metal (4.00)
      Every time I read your writing, I get the same song running in my head:

      Live Wire by Motley Crue

      It is no accident that Liberty and Liberal are the same word.

      by Sorceress Sarah on Mon Mar 07, 2005 at 01:41:17 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

    •  Colored box makes it hard to read articles on PDA (none)
      I enjoy reading the daily KOS site numerous times daily on my Pocket PC phone while I am traveling on business.  Usually I don't have any problems reading the articles.  I think the width of your box changed that so now the articles stretch beyond the width of my screen causing me to have to use the scroll bar to move back and forth each time I want to read a sentence.  I hope you will change this.  Thanks
  •  Cheers to MSO (4.00)
    And to merit-based mojo!

    Now go back to bed, silly!

    The UCC: to believe is to care, to care is to do. Also, they have cookies.

    by pastordan on Mon Mar 07, 2005 at 06:55:42 AM PST

    •  PD (4.00)
      A mea cupla from me initiating the Margin Steaks in your Friday C+J.

      The burros, turtle, goat and other racers did have a  a lot of fun - but in the end we declared SneakySnu the winner and left for the Cafe for a celebration.

      Then some latercomers, but they don't count cos they weren't mounted.

      "It is a look I know well - if he had been a subordinate commander in battle I would have immediately relieved him of his command" General Sir Michael Rose

      by NeutralObserver on Mon Mar 07, 2005 at 08:14:45 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

      •  There are 2 facts you should know (4.00)
        1.  Never get engaged in a land war in Asia
        and a slightly less known fact is
        Never go up against Sneaky Snu when margins are on the line!

        HAHAHAHA  HAHAHAHA HAHAHA!!!

        Smoke the holy chalice, got my own religion...

        by fabooj on Mon Mar 07, 2005 at 09:10:21 AM PST

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        •  Bonus 4's for the Princess Bride tie in! (4.00)
          You KNOW that's like freakin CATNIP for me...now I am bouncing off the walls!

          Westley: "Truly, you have a dizzying intellect." Vizzini: "Wait til I get going!"

          by Revel on Mon Mar 07, 2005 at 11:29:12 AM PST

          [ Parent ]

      •  Hey, just because I can run.. (4.00)
        ..why don't I count?

        That's okay, I'll find my horse for the next one..trying to remember which stable he's at..

        "The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy." - MLK

        by amayernx on Mon Mar 07, 2005 at 11:11:08 AM PST

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    •  Damn, girl ... (4.00)
      That was some kinda wake-up call.

      Now my brain feels like this:

      Image hosted by Photobucket.com

      Thanks.

      Pastordan. Tell me what happens when you try to get in the cafe. Let's find an expert on your software configuration to get you hooked up.

      Come for the ass ... stay for the pie. The C&J Cafe.

      by Baldwiny on Mon Mar 07, 2005 at 08:22:29 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

      •  Is he using Norton Internet Security???? n/t (4.00)

        "The future is not a gift: it is an achievement." Robert F. Kennedy

        by PoliSigh on Mon Mar 07, 2005 at 08:28:52 AM PST

        [ Parent ]

        •  I'd rename it Norton Insecurity.. (4.00)
          Seems no one has any luck with this software. For the low, low price of dinner and gas, I'll come on site to fix anyone's computer problems..provided they live within 8 hours of Palm Springs. And they have cookies.

          "The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy." - MLK

          by amayernx on Mon Mar 07, 2005 at 10:29:02 AM PST

          [ Parent ]

          •  Just asking because it causes problems with (4.00)
            GAIM which I know how to fix!  Just ask JungBob.

            "The future is not a gift: it is an achievement." Robert F. Kennedy

            by PoliSigh on Mon Mar 07, 2005 at 11:02:11 AM PST

            [ Parent ]

            •  I use Adium..and I have a Mac mini.. (4.00)
              Plus I have a firewall equipped router that runs Linux camping out on the DSL connection, so I'm safe from anything..except snark..

              But I'm willing to help Windows people convert..

              CONVERT, I SAY!

              "The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy." - MLK

              by amayernx on Mon Mar 07, 2005 at 11:12:45 AM PST

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  •  You had me until that last shot! (4.00)
    Wow thats motherf***ing gross!
  •  Cheers to me... (3.97)
    ...for clocking 1,600 comments (and counting) over the week-end...

    in the long run, we're all dead (Keynes)

    by Jerome a Paris on Mon Mar 07, 2005 at 06:56:52 AM PST

  •  Profanity Monday (4.00)
    You've been warned.

    JEERS to SuperGlue, CrazyGlue and any other kind of glue that dries up and it unusable within months of buying it. Fucking glue hell. I had to fix a pair of sunglasses and ended up throwing out three (!) dried up useless versions of this glue.  One was in the fucking tube in the fucking package fucking unopened and fucking dried up. Put a damn motherfucking expiration date on the packages, you fuckwits. And that goes for fucking Gorilla Glue too.  $9 a pop for a solid mass six freaking months later. Bullshit, that's what it is.

    JEERS to political marketing.  If your idea sucks don't despair. Why not market it to a gullible public? You know, like those twits that lay down $$$ for Enzyte in the hopes they can have a frozen botox grin like that zombie in the commercial. Trust me, unless he's hung like a bear, he ain't getting any no matter how much powdered sheep ass he's ingesting.  

    Ahnold has now joined the Republicans in this filthy propaganda game.

    SACRAMENTO -- Using taxpayer money, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's administration has sent television stations statewide a mock news story extolling a proposal that would benefit political boosters in the business community by ending mandatory lunch breaks for many hourly workers.

    The tape looks like a news report and is narrated by a former television reporter who now works for the state. But unlike an actual news report, it does not provide views critical of the proposed changes. Democrats have denounced it as propaganda. Snippets aired on as many as 18 stations earlier this month, the administration said.

    If the idea has merit, push it on that. If it doesn't have merit, come up with a better idea. Stop trying to pretty it up and sell it as news.  And stop using my fucking tax dollars for this bullshit. All this political propaganda spinning around as news begs the question: What is this, Nazi America?  

    It's a shame truth in advertising doesn't apply to our government officials and RWCM whores.  Otherwise I'd be suing their asses for falsely advertising the costs of the Medicare drug benefit, the minimal costs of the Iraqi War, the lack of clear skies in Clear Skies Act, the children left behind in No Child Left Behind Act, the "fixing" of Social Security, etc.etc.etc. If I had a dime for every time one of their promises turn into lies, every time another media shill pushes those lies without question, I could be a rich woman and move the hell out of this nightmare. And into another one, no doubt, but that's beside the point. Make that a quarter for every lie. I want a nice house in my new nightmare.

    CHEERS to Eddie Haskell's Format Guard ™.  Don't post without it. And don't forget to pick up a copy of Eddie Haskell's Famous Image Primer ©. Yeah, it didn't make the New York Times Best Sellers list, but it should have.

    CHEERS to a nuclear comic solution. I swear I'm really tempted to throw this into a comment below the next posted 600 pix plus image:

    Image hosted by Photobucket.com

    Please pull over. You have exceeded the 600 pix limit for images. This has altered the entire format of this diary and all the comments in it.  Either slow down (go to your hosting site and reduce the size of the image) or stop (delete image from hosting site and try again using a smaller image) or I shall fart in your general direction.  If you hot-linked the image...well, just spend the day praying that the individual whose bandwidth you're stealing doesn't get pissed off enough to substitute a nasty offensive picture to take the place of the one you put up. It has been known to happen.

    And finally:

    Image hosted by Photobucket.com

    But I won't. Even so, it felt damn good for a moment there.

    Please note that no "m" words were used or abused in this comment.

    CHEERS to the ability to say "Fuck it all." every once in a while. It's liberating.

    JEERS that it means getting in touch with my inner Republican in order to do so. Not surprisingly, my inner Republican is a real prick.

    CHEERS to the new laugh out loud trailer for "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy". The site loads automatically with the first trailer. Sorry, that's the way they set it up. But what you want is the new trailer. If you have the bandwidth going with the Quicktime extra large screen is the best method. Download takes a while but IMHO it's worth it.

    One slight Jeer though.  The use of "MIB" music at the end of the trailer.  I love Elfman as much as the next person (actually probably lots more, come to think of it) but I associate that piece with MIB and it cheapens HGG in my opinion.  Spring for some new music.  Get Crystal Method or Overseer to do it.  Just stop the sci-fi music recycle cycle. Please.

    CHEERS that Simon Jones, the original Arthur Dent in the TV series and the voice of Arthur Dent in the BBC radio series has a bit in the new movie as a Magrathean Announcer.

    CHEERS to Alan Rickman voicing Marvin - perfect bored depressed voice casting.

    A joke:

    A guy was driving a Yugo on the interstate when it broke down. A short while later a Porsche stopped and the driver offered to give the Yugo a tow. "If I go too fast," said the Porsche driver, "just honk your horn."

    So the Porsche set off with the Yugo in tow.  A few miles down the road, a Corvette pulled alongside the Porsche.

    The Corvette driver called out, "I bet I can outrace you with that thing in tow behind you."

    The Porsche driver was up to the challenge and the two drivers sped off side by side down the highway. Two State Troopers watched in disbelief as the cars flew by.

    "Did you see that Porsche and Corvette racing neck to neck?" said one.

    "Yeah," said the other, "but what about that little Yugo flying along behind them, honking his horn, and trying to pass?"

    Yugo Art.

    This comment is protected with Eddie Haskell's Format Guard ™ - 800 pix size.

    And they will only make us stronger, if they should try to keep us still. And we will rise and take it all someday. We probably will.

    by mentaldebris on Mon Mar 07, 2005 at 06:58:20 AM PST

    •  Fucking excellent (4.00)
      Now go away before I taunt you a second time!

      I'm looking forward to the Hitchiker's movie, if only to hear Alan Rickman's voice.  :-)

      Liberal: "I still think it's a respectable word. Its root is "liber," the Latin word for "free," and isn't that what we are all about?"--Mary McGrory

      by mini mum on Mon Mar 07, 2005 at 07:12:19 AM PST

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    •  Cheers to profanity (4.00)
      Eric Idle of Monty Python fame has a song dedicated to the FCC. You might have heard it already but I don't get out much, even via Internet and I just heard it the other day.

      SPOILER: Wear your headphones if you're at work!

      http://www.pythonline.com/plugs/idle/

    •  From Me, Cheers to Super Glue (3.96)
      My craft business depends on it. Furthermore, it's a terrific fix for the paper cuts I get every day.

      First item in my google search of "+superglue +vietnam"

      Superglue was used by trauma surgeons in Vietnam to glue the edges
      of lacerated livers together (ever try to SEW liver?).  Works great.
      It also works perfectly fine in normal skin wounds, and is non-toxic.
      The only reason it hasn't been approved by the FDA for this purpose is
      that the studies would cost millions, and who's going to pay them?
      Superglue has long since passed off-patent.

      --Steve Harris, M.D.

      We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy....--ML King, "Beyond Vietnam"

      by Gooserock on Mon Mar 07, 2005 at 07:35:40 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

      •  I love the glue. Wonderful stuff. (4.00)
        I jeer the shelf-life and the fact that manufacturers don't put expiration dates on it.  Seriously, I had a tube still in the blister pack, sealed, no holes anywhere and it was completely useless. I reckon I bought it roughly five months ago. That just ain't right.

        And they will only make us stronger, if they should try to keep us still. And we will rise and take it all someday. We probably will.

        by mentaldebris on Mon Mar 07, 2005 at 07:58:54 AM PST

        [ Parent ]

    •  11:34 EST (3.93)
      and the margins on this diary are already way busted.

      mwahahahahahahahaHA.

      or to quote Baldwinny: H@@@@@@@@@@@@@@

      I din' do it.

      Gutta cavat lapidem

      by SneakySnu on Mon Mar 07, 2005 at 08:28:51 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

    •  Keep your super glue... (4.00)
      ...in the freezer. Greatly extends the life, although you do need to let it warm up before using.

      "What is wanted is not the will to believe, but the wish to find out, which is the exact opposite." - Bertrand Russell

      by Mad Dog Rackham on Mon Mar 07, 2005 at 08:38:53 AM PST

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      •  A four for you. (4.00)
        I will definitely try this. Bit hard going through life with only Elmer's to rely on.

        May a thousand sweet flowers surround you in blooms. Ah..unless you have allergies. Then may a thousand..um, well, how 'bout you pick a thousand of something you like to do something you like and consider it my thanks for the tip.

        Yeah, I just can't say something simple like:

        Thanks for the tip!

        And they will only make us stronger, if they should try to keep us still. And we will rise and take it all someday. We probably will.

        by mentaldebris on Mon Mar 07, 2005 at 08:52:08 AM PST

        [ Parent ]

    •  I will miss hearing Simon Jones utter... (4.00)
      ... the following line:

      [after hearing Ford Prefect say "Arthur! You're safe!"]
      "I am? You must be operating under some new definition of the word safe I wasn't previously aware of.

      Lemme see how that comes out!

      ========
      -highacidity-

      by highacidity on Mon Mar 07, 2005 at 11:07:23 AM PST

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    •  CHEERS to Hitchhiker's Guide (4.00)
      Mmm, Alan Rickman...especially his voice... was looking forward to Hitchhiker anyway but now with more, um, excitement than previously...

      "Our struggle is not with some monarch named George who inherited the crown. Although it often seems that way."

      by erinya on Mon Mar 07, 2005 at 02:33:53 PM PST

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  •  Decorative Monday Morning Revelry (4.00)
    Cheers to the bi-partisan senate support of pay parity raises for federal employees and the military.  Big shocker...Chimpy McDumbf--k wants to put the screws to the civilian employees.  This, my friends, is because he sucks like toxic waste.
    Pay Parity

    Cheers and tears to remembrance:
    Selma 40th Anniversary March"

    Cheers to the Great Roulette Wheel that is Missouri Weather.  70 and sunny (but WINDY!) yesterday, Snow-Showers expected Thursday.  Never a dull moment!

    Jeers to our continued gawd-awful handling of the death of Nicola Calipari, the agent who was guarding Italian reporter Giuliana Sgrena.  Just when you think Shrubby's Administration can't get any uglier, along comes this awful tragedy.
    Calipari Funeral

    Cheers to Maryscott's Technicolor Orgasma Extravaganza guest hosting of Cheers and Jeers.
    Damn, where are my sunglasses?

    Happy  Monday Karma to All!

    Westley: "Truly, you have a dizzying intellect." Vizzini: "Wait til I get going!"

    by Revel on Mon Mar 07, 2005 at 06:59:30 AM PST

  •  The OTHER Easter is cancelled joke. (4.00)
    Did you hear Easter is cancelled?  Yeah, they found the body...

    I knew Ted Hitler. Ted Hitler was a friend of mine. Ted Hitler ate my panda. You're no Ted Hitler.

    by nightsweat on Mon Mar 07, 2005 at 06:59:35 AM PST

    •  Wow. That is sacrilicious. n/t (4.00)

      To find his equal, an Irishman is forced to talk to God.

      by Delaware Dem on Mon Mar 07, 2005 at 07:08:33 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

    •  More sacreligion, easter edition (4.00)
      Q:What kind of shoes does Jesus wear?
      A:Cross trainers.

      and, the beginnings of an Easter Carol I've been working on:
      (sung to the tune of Jolly Old Saint Nicholas)
      Up on a crosstop,
      Ouch, ouch, ouch,
      Cut that guy down
      And get him to a couch.

    •  OK-you get bonus fours (4.00)
      For a seriously funny joke...LOL

      Westley: "Truly, you have a dizzying intellect." Vizzini: "Wait til I get going!"

      by Revel on Mon Mar 07, 2005 at 11:32:15 AM PST

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    •  It took me 2 or 3 comments to get it (4.00)
      Here is the Neil Gaiman um, page, also relevant:

      <quote starts now. Am researching colored boxes>
      Easter put her slim hand on the back of Wednesday's square gray hand. "I tell you", she said, "I'm doing fine. On my festival days they still feast on eggs and on rabbits, on candy and on flesh, to represent rebirth and copulation. [Matzah: symbol of rebirth? Thought] They wear flowers in their bonnets and they give each other flowers. They do it in my name. More and more of them every year. In my name, old wolf."...

      "Certainly I would agree that millions upon millions of them give each other tokens in your name, and that they still practice all the rites of your festival, even down to hunting for hidden eggs. But how many of them know who you are? Eh? Excuse me, miss?" This to their waitress.

      She said, "You need another espresso?"

      "No, my dear. I was just wondering if you could solve a little argument we were having over here.  My friend and I were disagreeing over what the word "Easter" means. Would you happen to know?"

      The girl stared at him as if green toads had begun to push their way between his lips. Then she said, "I don't know about any of that Christian stuff. I'm a pagan."

      The woman behind the counter said, "I think it's the Latin or something for "Christ has risen", maybe."

      "Really?" said Wednesday.

      "Yeah, sure." said the woman. "Easter. Just like the sun rises in the east, you know."...Wednesday looked up at their waitress. "I think I shall have another espresso, if you don't mind. And tell me, as a pagan, who do you worship?"....

      Her lips described several shapes without saying anything before she said, "The female principle. It's an empowerment thing. You know?"

      "Indeed. And this female principle of yours. Does she have a name?"

      "She's the goddess within us all." said the girl with the eyebrow ring, color rising to her cheek.
      "She doesn't need a name."

      "Ah," said Wednesday, with a wide monkey grin, "so do you have mighty bacchanals in her honor? Do you drink blood wine under the full moon while scarlet candles burn in silver candleholders? Do you step naked into the seafoam, chanting ecstatically to your nameless goddess while the waves lick at your legs, lapping your thighs like the tongues of a thousand leopards?"

      "You're making fun of me." she said. "We don't do any of that stuff you were saying."
      <quote ends now>
      American Gods, about p. 310 in the mass-market paperback. Coraline also marvelous. Deserved every pound of that Hugo.

      Passover is April 23!! Anyone idiotic enough to rely on me to know when it is now has the correct date.  
      Once we figure out that we are still really in Egypt and getting drunk and high on all kinds of exotic drugs (including the ktoret hasamaim, spice incense. I am sorry, Hashem. No more Sanctuary jokes), it may be cancelled. (IMHO, (thanks to the tzaddik Michael Lerner), the Exodus has spiritually happened many times in history. This is not to say, in the satiric words of Allegra Goodman, that "Passover is about civil rights". This is to say that we should recognize ourselves in struggles against tyranny, absolutely including the ones of ordinary Iraqis, ordinary Palestinians, individuals in the former Soviet Union (Tajikistan recently) who vote in outrageously rigged elections, and our political allies who may not even type on this blog, but know that Bush is wrong on many levels.)

      Let us hope that Purim is never cancelled.  

      "If I am not for myself, who will be for me? If I am only for myself, who am I? And if not now, when?" (Hillel was a liberal)

      by 4jkb4ia on Mon Mar 07, 2005 at 12:13:33 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

      •  Literature with 4jkb4ia (4.00)
        I bow before the genius of Philip Roth ("American Pastoral", p.397. Even though we here at Kos have people such as Meteor Blades who keep up the best of what the 1960s were about, Bruce Springsteen endorsed this trilogy. Did not even buy "Plot Against America" yet. Note to self) (For context purposes: this scene is in about the early 1950s)
        <quote starts NOW!>
        EASTER. SHE WANTS EASTER, SEYMOUR. TO ME YOU KNOW WHAT EASTER IS, DAWN DEAR? EASTER IS A HUGE TARGET FOR DELIVERIES. HUGE, HUGE PRESSURE TO GET GLOVES IN STOCK FOR PEOPLE TO BUY THEIR EASTER OUTFITS. I'LL TELL YOU A STORY. EVERY NEW YEAR'S EVE, IN THE AFTERNOON, WE'D CLEAN UP ALL THE ORDERS FOR THE YEAR, SEND EVERYBODY HOME, AND WITH MY FORELADY AND MY FOREMAN I'D POP A BOTTLE OF CHAMPAGNE, AND BEFORE WE'D FINISHED TAKING THE FIRST SIP WE WOULD GET A CALL FROM A STORE DOWN IN WILMINGTON, IN DELAWARE, A CALL FROM THE BUYER THERE FOR A HUNDRED DOZEN LITTLE WHITE SHORT LEATHER GLOVES. FOR TWENTY YEARS OR MORE WE KNEW THAT CALL WAS GOING TO COME FOR THE HUNDRED DOZEN AS WE WERE TOASTING IN THE NEW YEAR, AND THOSE WERE GLOVES THAT WERE FOR EASTER.
        That was your tradition.
        IT WAS, YOUNG LADY. NOW TELL ME, WHAT IS EASTER ANYWAY?
        He rises.
        WHO?
        Jesus. Jesus rises.
        MISS, YOU MAKE IT AWFULLY HARD FOR ME. I THOUGHT THAT'S WHEN YOU HAVE THE PARADE. [Shades of other Phillip Roth remark on Irving Berlin...]
        We do have the parade.
        WELL, ALL RIGHT, I'LL GIVE YOU THE PARADE. HOW'S THAT?
        We have ham on Easter.
        YOU WANT A HAM ON EASTER, YOU CAN HAVE A HAM ON EASTER. WHAT ELSE?
        We go to church in an Easter bonnet.
        AND IN A PAIR OF GOOD WHITE GLOVES, I HOPE.
        Yes.
        YOU WANT TO GO TO CHURCH ON EASTER AND TAKE MY GRANDCHILD WITH YOU?
        Yes. We'll be what my mother calls once-a-year Catholics.
        <end of quote>
        I am proud to actually have posted something funny on C&J.
        Actual life: I dated a Catholic once for years. My parents were willing to have the wedding, but not in a church.

        "If I am not for myself, who will be for me? If I am only for myself, who am I? And if not now, when?" (Hillel was a liberal)

        by 4jkb4ia on Mon Mar 07, 2005 at 12:54:35 PM PST

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      •  excellent quote. (4.00)
        ..."Then you do not have the faith, and you will not have the fun."

        Or some such Wednesday-ish utterance.  Quoting from memory here.

        American Gods is one of my all-time favorite novels, ever, and Gaiman is one of my idols.  I'm in the middle of Neverwhere right now.  Haven't gotten to Coraline yet, though.

        "Our struggle is not with some monarch named George who inherited the crown. Although it often seems that way."

        by erinya on Mon Mar 07, 2005 at 02:01:37 PM PST

        [ Parent ]

        •  Correct finish (4.00)
          Thank you.
          OK, for everyone who didn't get it already (I respect people who thought it was too long):
          In American Gods gods are mortal. They can die if no one believes in them.

          What "Easter" means, for real

          I was once offended when my sister called Xmas a pagan holiday.

          "If I am not for myself, who will be for me? If I am only for myself, who am I? And if not now, when?" (Hillel was a liberal)

          by 4jkb4ia on Mon Mar 07, 2005 at 02:12:35 PM PST

          [ Parent ]

      •  Love Neil n/t (4.00)
  •  Cheers to (4.00)
    Spring break. A week off from classes. Just work this week. How nice is that?

    Cheers to Troll Recipes (yes, I'm pimping.)

    Jeers to a week from now, when classes are back in session.

    Jeers to the projects I still have to work on over break.

    Cheers to the lovely weather we're having here today. Finally actually feels like spring.

    Insert witty and snide remarks here.

    by Stand Strong on Mon Mar 07, 2005 at 06:59:48 AM PST

  •  Today's C & J Household Hint (4.00)
    Specially for HHG, though sadly about a week too late.

    This fine medical advice from my Household Receipts book, published circa 1897 by a real, actual PhD and MD.

    How to cure nightmare

    Cause - Nightmares are probably the result of
    indigeston, late suppers, too much excitement or hard thinking, cold feet, costiveness, flatlence, etc.

    Home Treatment--Avoid the causes and eat light
    suppers. Sleep with another person. A litte cayenne pepper or baking soda, taken just before retiring, will be found efficacious.

    "A working class person who votes Republican is like a chicken who votes for Colonel Sanders."
    --T. M., working class Democrat

    by bramish on Mon Mar 07, 2005 at 06:59:50 AM PST

    •  The worst nightmares (4.00)
      I ever had were when I slept with another person.  That's why I stopped doing it. I now sleep with the dog.  SUCH a bedhog.

      Triple CHEERS to Maryscott for such a fabulous C&J.  The colors made me dizzy.  The dead bunny made me queasy.  Just what a good C&J is SUPPOSED to do.

      JEERS to Pfizer for wanting to bundle a miracle cardiac drug with Lipitor, a statin.  I have to take a statin because my cholesterol is somewhere around the Gross National Product.  Lipitor gives me the runs.  I now take Crestor, which the renegade doc at the FDA has serious concerns about, but my doc says is OK.  I told my doc he better be right, what with a gazillion lawyers and judges in my family.  Cause if you're wrong, don't come to the funeral....They'll either have you arrested or my US Attorney brother-in-law will send you to Gitmo (He's always threatening me with Gitmo - thank God for little nephews who LOVE their Aunt Mary!).

      TRIPLE JEERS to Joe Biden for the bankruptcy bill - yeah, I'm holding him personally responsible because he wants to run for Prez in 2008, and he pretends to be SUCH a good guy on the talk shows.  If you want to see why this bill is SO bad, read the law professors letter.

      TRIPLE CHEERS to me.  I embedded a link!  WOW!  Woohoo! No guarantee it actually works, but I DID it!  I'm getting out now, while the getting is good!

      We do not rent rooms to Republicans.

      by Mary Julia on Mon Mar 07, 2005 at 08:02:49 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

      •  OK, the link's wrong. (4.00)
        I'm doing this till I get it right, people.  I'm Irish, I'm stubborn.

        the professors letter

        We do not rent rooms to Republicans.

        by Mary Julia on Mon Mar 07, 2005 at 08:07:47 AM PST

        [ Parent ]

      •  Okay, this should do it (Gun to head) (4.00)

        We do not rent rooms to Republicans.

        by Mary Julia on Mon Mar 07, 2005 at 08:16:19 AM PST

        [ Parent ]

        •  THANK GOD! (Putting gun down) (4.00)
          It works!  Hey, why don't you brilliant people put in the FAQ that for us idiots trying this for the very first time we should cut and paste the link first and then put the doodads around it?  When first trying to tie shoes, I had to have "shoe" explained to me, then "shoelace".  I need "DKos for Dummies"!

          I am now totally exhausted.  How do people do diaries full of these things without alcohol, drugs or a revolver with one bullet?

          We do not rent rooms to Republicans.

          by Mary Julia on Mon Mar 07, 2005 at 08:23:27 AM PST

          [ Parent ]

          •  Cheers and a four (4.00)
            your persistence.  Your link worked!  (Not that I read the letter, or anything crazy like that.  I mean, I SKIMMED it... the first paragraph anyway, glanced at the last page to see if anyone I knew signed it.   Oh God!  My computer!   LEGAL forms are downloading!   Spyware from the American Bar Association!!  Lawyers are climbing out of my computer screen!  Jacobi and Meyers have taken control of my desktop...  "I was drunk off my ass when I crashed my motorcycle and caused that schoolbus full of children to go off the road... But Jacobi and Meyers still got ME one  million dollars
            in damages... Thank you, Jacobi and Meyers.")

            Okay, I'm done now.

          •  Diaries (4.00)
            You mean someone's doing diaries WITHOUT alcohol, drugs or handguns??    

            Who'd want to read that!?

    •  I had a dream the other night . . . (4.00)
      . . . where I was in a place that resembled a church, and a whole big group of us was singing a hymn. Gradually, people dropped out of the singing because they didn't know the words, until only  me and a few other people were singing till the end of the hymn.

      The guy next to me didn't know the words and nervously asked me to explain what was going on. Damned if it wasn't George H. W. Bush, you know, Chimpy's pop.

      I explained that only a few members of a select and exclusive group knew all the verses to that hymn, so I guess he was outside looking in. He got flustered and started acting in a very ingratiating manner, trying to get buddy-buddy with me.

      I just listened for a minute with polite condescension and then walked away.

      Not really a nightmare, and one of the few memorable dreams I've had lately.

  •  Jeers (4.00)
    Just . . . jeers.

    "Just say no to torture." -Semi-Anonymous Blogger.

    by Armando on Mon Mar 07, 2005 at 07:00:25 AM PST

  •  Oh No!!! FRONT PAGE!!! (4.00)
    Now the entire Daily Kos population will go color blind!    

    Indeed, it would appear that the coup de' etat (sp?) is complete.  Bill in Portland Maine has finally succeeded in getting on the front page, except that he isn't.   His creation is!!!

    The horror.

    Let the civil war begin!!!

    To find his equal, an Irishman is forced to talk to God.

    by Delaware Dem on Mon Mar 07, 2005 at 07:02:08 AM PST

    •  I couldn't resist (4.00)
      the irony.

      "Just say no to torture." -Semi-Anonymous Blogger.

      by Armando on Mon Mar 07, 2005 at 07:05:39 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

    •  Performance anxiety (4.00)
      Jeers to having a life outside of C&J today...just driving by and rubbernecking this morning...I'll be back later w/ fours and see if I have anything pithy to add besides a shout out to our guest host-- poetry, baby, poetry!

      Jeers to front-page status!  With Bill gone, and the subs in charge, it's been a par-tay!  Now it feels like the principal's been called in to observe class-- hey Eddie, sit up straight and Sarge, hide the spitwads! Revel, lose the headphones! Cosmic & Mental, clean up that debris! Fabooj, put away those naked pics of the hot guys! Jungatheart, MaryJulia, Angelama, 42, SallyCat and all the ladies-- quit passing notes! (we'll all meet out back later on when no one's looking, m'kay?!)

      Plant the seed anyway. Even in the desert it will rain someday.

      by mrsdbrown1 on Mon Mar 07, 2005 at 07:14:20 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

      •  We can still flick peas at the (4.00)
        principal when he turns his back, right??

        Where are we going and what are we doing in this hand basket?

        by awnm on Mon Mar 07, 2005 at 08:54:07 AM PST

        [ Parent ]

      •  Yes Ma'am! (4.00)
        [sits up straight]

        How did you know I spent last night in the tree taking pics of my new neighbor?  Damn! I gotta find the webcam in the courtyard.

        Smoke the holy chalice, got my own religion...

        by fabooj on Mon Mar 07, 2005 at 09:20:45 AM PST

        [ Parent ]

        •  And Hey! You in the back! (4.00)
          Just because we didn't see you sneaking in late to class doesn't let you off the hook now that we're being watched by the front page.

          Baldwiny, that means you!  And Spyrl, Gina, Flagrrl,Lil, Del & SD Dem, Amayernex, McJoan, Lahdee, Mr.Boma.... shit, now I feel bad if I didn't mention someone!  Okay, I'll play like that creepy Romper Room lady at the end of the show who'd look through her "magic" looking glass and call out random names, and if she didn't call your name, she always said at the end:  "And I see you!"

          Kind of a stalker, now that I think about it.  :-)

          Plant the seed anyway. Even in the desert it will rain someday.

          by mrsdbrown1 on Mon Mar 07, 2005 at 11:02:47 AM PST

          [ Parent ]

          •  Note to self: (4.00)
            Spend more time at pistol range.

            Oh, and restock OC spray.

            Yeah, that should do it.

            "The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy." - MLK

            by amayernx on Mon Mar 07, 2005 at 11:21:33 AM PST

            [ Parent ]

      •  Damn (4.00)
        And brought Pat Benatar cuz I'm in a retro mood today.....

        Westley: "Truly, you have a dizzying intellect." Vizzini: "Wait til I get going!"

        by Revel on Mon Mar 07, 2005 at 09:54:05 AM PST

        [ Parent ]

        •  Oh, well-- exceptions are always made (4.00)
          for excellent music!  (But I now I feel old, 'cause Pat is "retro"-- we used to rock out to all her stuff in college.)  Revel, you 'n I have got to compare music collections sometime-- between theater soundtracks and 80's CDs, I'll bet we have a lot of crossover!  (How do you feel about Indigo Girls and Heart?  Or the white Evita album?)

          Everyone else can relax a bit now-- we've scrolled down the front page a bit.  Whew!  But PoliSigh, Sersan, Phillygal, and Wry-- y'all still better not put your heads back down to sleep on the desk!  And who has a good excuse for not having their homework done? It'sSimple, MadRamblings, Bdizz, Shirls.,HHG, VBot, Neutral, S.Snu, Jane, MiniMum,--better get creative!  HistoP., you're excused 'cause we know you're working on a big project due tomorow.  Oh, and course Pastordan has his on time.  (suck up!) ;-)
          And all our other Irregular friends can spend detention giving out 4's to the whole thread--show the front page how it's done!

          Plant the seed anyway. Even in the desert it will rain someday.

          by mrsdbrown1 on Mon Mar 07, 2005 at 10:12:04 AM PST

          [ Parent ]

          •  How I feel about those artists (4.00)
            Heart: Goddesses without peer.  IMHO one of the best Rock bands in history.

            Indigo Girls: I should own more of their CDs than I do (unfortunately, I only have one...and no, off the top of my head I can't recall which, but it's good)

            The White Evita album I am not familiar with, but knowing my luck, it has tracks the black one is missing, am I right?

            Yes, we would have a heyday with the music stuff (and by the way, I had the cassette of this PB CD (In the Heat of the Night) when it was first released-I ain't that far behind you..grin...(I was in high school, I believe, or just out of it)

            Westley: "Truly, you have a dizzying intellect." Vizzini: "Wait til I get going!"

            by Revel on Mon Mar 07, 2005 at 10:42:51 AM PST

            [ Parent ]

            •  I am now adopting you. (4.00)
              You are my official C&J little bro, separated by keyboards!

              (Oh!  And the "White" Evita album was a London Studio version circa 1979 with Julie Covington as Evita and Colm Wilkinson-- then C.T. Wilkinson--maybe he got snooty after his Les Miz success! A friend came back from London with a bootleg of "Don't Cry for Me Argentina" on cassette, taped directly from a British radio station, and I drove our local record store/head shop people crazy, making them track down the song and special-order the album for me!)

              Plant the seed anyway. Even in the desert it will rain someday.

              by mrsdbrown1 on Mon Mar 07, 2005 at 10:56:16 AM PST

              [ Parent ]

              •  Its a deal! (4.00)
                Ironically, I am familiar with a lot more musical theatre stuff than I own, I only have handful of CDs that are actually soundtracks...but between Daniel  and I we have an extremely eclectic collection ranging from 60's girl group music to new stuff my nephew and future niece in law introduce me to..I have an ever expanding musical universe and that's how I like it.

                And yes, my goddess pantheon includes many, Ann and Nancy, Stevie (my adoration for her is very deep), Linda, who was my first very serious musical crush (and longstanding love to this day-Hell, I own "Frenesi" and only understand a fraction of it...LOL) Pat, Tori, many more...(Tori is my favorite artist to cite as "I really don't understand but about half of what she is trying to convey...but it doesn't matter.."

                :-)

                Westley: "Truly, you have a dizzying intellect." Vizzini: "Wait til I get going!"

                by Revel on Mon Mar 07, 2005 at 11:12:38 AM PST

                [ Parent ]

                •  Ok, I love (4.00)
                  all of those rock goddesses!  Although I don't own (yet!) any of the Tori Amos stuff, I love listening when she get gets airplay from time to time--there was a Boston radio station that frequently played her, but here in NC, not so much. One of my students several years back actually introduced me to Tori by bringing in one of her cd's to show how the cover art illustrated the concept of "phallic symbols."

                   And dear god don't ask me now why I was discussing phallic symbols with my high school class, because I can't remember how we ever got to that topic-- must have been something w/ Shakespeare, probably.  

                  Plant the seed anyway. Even in the desert it will rain someday.

                  by mrsdbrown1 on Mon Mar 07, 2005 at 11:27:03 AM PST

                  [ Parent ]

                  •  Yes, without even googling (4.00)
                    I can tell you that was "Little Earthquakes" and early ('91 or '92) effort that kept me company many a lonely night (pre-Daniel, of course..:-))
                    I can hear "Winter" which I have heard dozens of times, and every time that song will make me cry with the sheer poignancy of it.

                    Her songs are very personal, and different people will "get" different songs for different reasons.  Plus she has a wonderful voice, so even the stuff you don't quite understand (for me..Beauty Queen/Horses from "Boys for Pele" cool sounding song, have read the lyrics, still don't get it...LOL)

                    Westley: "Truly, you have a dizzying intellect." Vizzini: "Wait til I get going!"

                    by Revel on Mon Mar 07, 2005 at 12:17:59 PM PST

                    [ Parent ]

                    •  I read an interview (4.00)
                      of her recently in which she said her husband doesn't understand most of her lyrics- she purposely writes in code it seems.

                      Lots of references to her religious upbringing.  Also, any mention of Neil refers to the above-mentioned Neil Gaiman.  She actually wrote the intro for one of his graphic novels.

                      Anyway, without rambling anymore, I will do to you what my Calculus professor did to me:  You like Tori?  Ever listened to Ani DiFranco?

                      •  The same student (none)
                        who turned me on to Tori Amos also brought in an Ani Difranco cd for me to borrow! I thought is was genius--- Little Plastic Castle was my first introduction:

                        people talk about my image
                        like i come in two dimensions
                        like lipstick is a sign of my declining mind
                        like what i happen to be wearing the day
                        that someone takes my picture
                        is my new statement for all of womankind

                        Plant the seed anyway. Even in the desert it will rain someday.

                        by mrsdbrown1 on Mon Mar 07, 2005 at 08:35:07 PM PST

                        [ Parent ]

                •  I love the same goddesses you do, (4.00)
                  especially Linda, who I hope no one is throwing an ashtray to.
                  •  And Melissa! (4.00)
                    How could we leave out Melissa Etheridge!

                    Funny story:  Mr. Brown does not share many of my musical tastes, so although he's a good sport, in 1994 when Melissa Etheridge was playing a concert in Syracuse, I went w/ my sister, who is also a real fan.  I was about 7 months pregnant at the time, and at least 3 lesbian couples who were there assumed my sister & I were also a couple, and kept starting conversations about sperm donors and being gay parents.  (No wonder my daughter is so cool!  She was taught good music and respect for other people in utero.)

                    Plant the seed anyway. Even in the desert it will rain someday.

                    by mrsdbrown1 on Mon Mar 07, 2005 at 12:49:04 PM PST

                    [ Parent ]

                    •  Oh Mrs B, I bow my head in shame (4.00)
                      Oh Melissa, can you forgive me????

                      She consistently puts out music that I connect with almost immediately (and it's about more than the gay thing, which savvy as you my friends are, you already know.)

                      I rock out to "Lucky" in my car at least once a week. It contains what I call "The Trifecta" (and they also play one after the other in the song order)starting out quiet with "Meet Me in the Dark", buidling with "Tuesday Morning", then fiercely defiant in "Giant".

                      She is completely, utterly, awesome.

                      Westley: "Truly, you have a dizzying intellect." Vizzini: "Wait til I get going!"

                      by Revel on Mon Mar 07, 2005 at 01:27:25 PM PST

                      [ Parent ]

                      •  Her Grammy perfomance in 1989 (4.00)
                        when she was nominated for Best Female Rock Performance and sang "Bring Me Some Water" is to this day one of the best things --even through a TV screen--I have ever seen on a stage.  

                        (I missed this year's Grammy's but I heard her tribute to Janis Joplin was spectacular.)

                        Plant the seed anyway. Even in the desert it will rain someday.

                        by mrsdbrown1 on Mon Mar 07, 2005 at 01:51:08 PM PST

                        [ Parent ]

          •  I was going to deliver homework, (4.00)
            when a burro called Bob and his burritas in their merry frolick, jumped over me and destroyed the homework, not before SneakySnu had sneakily won the Margin race

            So

            Hit me with your best shot

            I've realized that

            Love is a battlefield

            and

            We belong

    •  Wow...Front page stuff... (4.00)
      DKos is at a very exciting stage!

      Westley: "Truly, you have a dizzying intellect." Vizzini: "Wait til I get going!"

      by Revel on Mon Mar 07, 2005 at 07:20:55 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  You did it realllllllllllll good-- (4.00)
    Congratualations!!!

    CHEERS to chatBobs

    JEERS to I have to leave

    CHEERS though to teaching!!

    CHEERS to Bill and Michael!

    CHEERS to Histopresto tomorrow!!!

    "The future is not a gift: it is an achievement." Robert F. Kennedy

    by PoliSigh on Mon Mar 07, 2005 at 07:02:10 AM PST

  •  Jeers to all-Martha all-the-time (4.00)
    I do not care what kind of coffee she is drinking, or if she gets her freakin' cappucino or not...

    I do not care to see her frollicking with her horses, or her children, or her publicists...

    I would rather know what the hell is going on in Iraq and in the tsunami-devastated countries, thank you...

    And by the way, isn't Martha's home detention kind of a joke?  For one thing, she can leave 48 hours a week, allowing her to work.  Hell, I don't think I'm out of my apartment much more than 48 hours a week myself...and being confined to your home when your home is in effect a 5-star resort kind of takes away the meaning of punishment...

    Justice DeLay-ed is Justice Denied

    by wry twinger on Mon Mar 07, 2005 at 07:02:22 AM PST

    •  Considering what she was actually convicted of... (4.00)
      ...which is "stock manipulation" that occurred not because she sold her ImClone but because she proclaimed her innocence of insider trading, (which charges were never successfully brought or proven by the government), it's pretty harsh.

      I mean, if you're going to accuse someone of lying about participating in an illegal activity shouldn't you have to actually prove they participated in an illegal activity first?

      You may not like the victim, but this is more abuse of gov't power.

      I knew Ted Hitler. Ted Hitler was a friend of mine. Ted Hitler ate my panda. You're no Ted Hitler.

      by nightsweat on Mon Mar 07, 2005 at 07:16:54 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

      •  I'm much more concerned about g'vt abuse (4.00)
        of power relating to MSOC's stat on America's 10% black population serving as 49% of the prison population.

        Okay, so the government was only able to convict her of lying about insider trading so maybe the sentence was harsh, but I find it hard to have sympathy for someone rich and well-connected getting insider information which allows them to fob off a soon-to-be worthless stock on someone else who doesn't have the insider connection...such as myself.

        Justice DeLay-ed is Justice Denied

        by wry twinger on Mon Mar 07, 2005 at 07:48:48 AM PST

        [ Parent ]

        •  No disagreement (4.00)
          I just like the laws to be applied fairly at all levels. As you point out based on prison population census, that's not what's happening now.

          I knew Ted Hitler. Ted Hitler was a friend of mine. Ted Hitler ate my panda. You're no Ted Hitler.

          by nightsweat on Mon Mar 07, 2005 at 08:02:21 AM PST

          [ Parent ]

        •  Yes we need to be concerned about that-- (4.00)
          but, Martha Stewart was taken down because she is an uppity bitch.  They were going to get her--I mean--how dare she make all that money and be successful all on her own?

          As an uppity bitch, it concerns me.  Why aren't all those Executives--Ken Lay, Dennis Kozlowski or ho wever you spell it--in jail.... sheesh--they are BOYS--that's why.

          I have encountered several men in my career who would have loved to ruin all I had worked for--just because they don't like women in professional positions--they just don't like uppity bitches.

          Uppity Bitches do need to look out for that still!

          "The future is not a gift: it is an achievement." Robert F. Kennedy

          by PoliSigh on Mon Mar 07, 2005 at 11:09:39 AM PST

          [ Parent ]

      •  For The Last Time (4.00)
        Martha Stewart was not convicted of stock manipulation.  She was convicted of lying to the government investigators and obstruction of justice.  The insider trading charges were dismissed.
    •  I have a confession to make. (4.00)
      This is probably going to ruin my reputation (?) with many irregulars here.  It certainly is going to push me back to the center of the political compass.

      I am a longtime subscriber to both Martha Stewart Living and Everyday Food magazines.  I have even had a recipe published (Everyday Food, Jan/Feb 2004, Tuna and Chickpea Salad).  

      I can't help it.  Her recipes are great, and she promotes organic gardening and making things from scratch and scrounging at yard sales and flea markets...

      I am one of those who is happy to see her out of jail.  She shouldn't have been there in the first place.  

      But the media coverage is disgusting.

      Gutta cavat lapidem

      by SneakySnu on Mon Mar 07, 2005 at 11:00:36 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

      •  We should've known! (4.00)
        I bet you have doilies in your kitchen too, don't you!  And you have vases of wildflowers adorning your the various nooks and crannies of your abode!  Oh, Snu....So disappointed!

        Actually, I have nothing against Martha personally, although, as I said, insider trading is akin to fraud or theft and should be punished...was her sentence too tough?  I don't know...seems like Martha is a very polarizing figure, even here in happy-go-lucky C&J land!

        Justice DeLay-ed is Justice Denied

        by wry twinger on Mon Mar 07, 2005 at 11:09:32 AM PST

        [ Parent ]

        •  Wry, why do you hate flowers? (4.00)
          I might have a doily in the house...one made by my mother-in-law.  

          Well, I figured as long as I'm here, I might as well empty the skeletons from my politico-cultural closet.

          Gutta cavat lapidem

          by SneakySnu on Mon Mar 07, 2005 at 11:40:23 AM PST

          [ Parent ]

      •  She contributes to Democrats too! (none)
        That right there is a good thing.
  •  Brilliant... (3.97)
    As usual. Thanks for the Bill Hicks quotes. The one about God leaving marijuana growing all over the place is one of my favorites.

    The Easter bunny is cute. That reminds me, the War Toys in Easter Baskets are back. I noticed them in Kmart the other day. I don't know if they're in the Wal version of marts 'cause I don't go in there much.

    A small correction, you mentioned "amprather's" diary twice. I know them there fancy text boxes are rationed during wartime, so you might want to re-cycle that extra one.

    "I was so easy to defeat, I was so easy to control, I didn't even know there was a war."

    by RonV on Mon Mar 07, 2005 at 07:03:22 AM PST

    •  Thanks (4.00)
      I had to post and run because my husband was nagging at me to let him check his email before work.

      So he sat down and promptly started playing a fucking computer game for an hour.

      Diary edited.

      Rage, rage, against the lying of the Right.

      by Maryscott OConnor on Mon Mar 07, 2005 at 08:12:43 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

      •  Talk about a demand for... (4.00)
        some attention....

        "Too many policemen, no liberty; Too many soldiers, no peace; Too many lawyers, no justice." Lin Yutang (1895-1976)

        by ogre on Mon Mar 07, 2005 at 08:17:07 AM PST

        [ Parent ]

      •  Those... (4.00)
        "...fucking computer game(s)..."! I thought Joe Lieberman had those outlawed. Or was it Mother-Fucking computer games? Or, Unwed-Mother-Fucking Computer games? I'm so confused.

        "I was so easy to defeat, I was so easy to control, I didn't even know there was a war."

        by RonV on Mon Mar 07, 2005 at 08:43:45 AM PST

        [ Parent ]

      •  Same here (4.00)
        I sat down the galactic-hued C&J and my husband had to check his email to see if he had a hearing today.  I walk out and come back in to see he's on his RC sites.  Men.

        Smoke the holy chalice, got my own religion...

        by fabooj on Mon Mar 07, 2005 at 09:23:11 AM PST

        [ Parent ]

  •  Oh, fuck! (3.96)
    It's easter already!?  Well, fuck it, man, Jeers!  Total jeers to the disappearance of this year!

    Doing it right is what fascism is all about. -- Lynda Barry

    by pedant on Mon Mar 07, 2005 at 07:04:06 AM PST

  •  Monday all over again C&J (3.97)
    Cheers to MSOC, who has definitely raised the bar for C&J guest posters.  I had to rub my eyes Saturday when I saw you post C&J--and then it disappeared.

    Cheers to Bill Hicks.  He was a genius.

    Jeers to Little Caesar (crisis, crisis) who continues to on his Bamboozlepalooza tour.  

    Cheers to WETA FM.  Yes, I know they abandonded their classical music format in favor of all-talk, all the time but I see one benefit: No more "From the Top" with the insufferable Christopher O'Reilly.  Another benefit: I can hear "This American Life" without switching the station to WAMU.

    I'd like to Cheer Howard Dean today but I don't even know where the hell he is.  Somewhere in America, wading through red states, I'm sure.  

    Cheers to my friends who took custody of their new adopted 9-month old daughter in Russia on Wednesday. They'll be home soon and then we can fuss over her!

    Liberal: "I still think it's a respectable word. Its root is "liber," the Latin word for "free," and isn't that what we are all about?"--Mary McGrory

    by mini mum on Mon Mar 07, 2005 at 07:05:32 AM PST

  •  jeers to diet vanilla coke (4.00)
    that's gotta be some of the most distasteful fluids on the planet.  yuck.

    great job on the formatting!

  •  Cheers (4.00)
    to even more Gmail invites. I've got another 50 up for grabs at somerville.girl@gmail.com, so let me know if you want one!  
    •  More Gmail Invites (4.00)
      I have 50 to give away too.
      maxwellpalmer@gmail.com if you want one
    •  Gmail invites - I got 'em too (4.00)
      If my email doesn't come up in the profile, squawk here. I have invites too.

      Hatred is murder (1 John 3:15)

      by dirtroad on Mon Mar 07, 2005 at 10:33:15 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

    •  I'll share the wealth.. (4.00)
      50 here as well..leave a snarky comment and I'll think about it..

      "The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy." - MLK

      by amayernx on Mon Mar 07, 2005 at 10:34:39 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

    •  me, too (4.00)
      If there's a Kossack who doesn't have a gmail account after all the other irregulars offered theirs up, I've got a bunch too at kthome_at_gmail_dot_com.  Yes, I'm paranoid about email harvesters.  Why do you ask?

      I gotta wonder... is it really so exclusive if everybody around these parts has one? :-)

      I AM focusing on the family!

      by brillig on Mon Mar 07, 2005 at 11:15:47 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

      •  Definitely Not Exclusive (4.00)
        anymore.

        Anyone have an inside scoop?

        I love my gmail, but y'know how they strongly recommend a backup account?  That scares me.

        And if you don't have gmail yet, take these folks up on their offers.  I particularly like it for an online group I belong to.  I have all the new messages sent to my inbox and it's just like having the whole group in my email- it sorts the threads, displays all the graphics, borders, and links, and keeps such good track of the goings on.  The other members got all excited because I was participating so much more- I don't think they believed that it was all because of gmail.

        Ok, commercial over.

  •  Had to go with "Other" on the poll: (4.00)
    y'all come to Lancaster! Now that the Aryan Nations have moved to Kansas City Florida, all we have to worry about is the Constitution Party.

    Oh, and Maryscott? As long as they're making Peeps, Easter is still on!

    The UCC: to believe is to care, to care is to do. Also, they have cookies.

    by pastordan on Mon Mar 07, 2005 at 07:07:39 AM PST

    •  I Love Peeps (4.00)
      In all their technicolor glory.  Easter is not complete without Peeps and Reese's Peanut Butter Eggs.

      Liberal: "I still think it's a respectable word. Its root is "liber," the Latin word for "free," and isn't that what we are all about?"--Mary McGrory

      by mini mum on Mon Mar 07, 2005 at 07:16:19 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

      •  Peeps must be treated like fine wine (4.00)
        You MUST open the box of Peeps and let them breath.  Like for a week.  Once they have that slightly stale feel to them they are OUTSTANDING!

        I knew Ted Hitler. Ted Hitler was a friend of mine. Ted Hitler ate my panda. You're no Ted Hitler.

        by nightsweat on Mon Mar 07, 2005 at 08:10:03 AM PST

        [ Parent ]

        •  Peeps (4.00)
          Only stale on the outside.   They still have to be squishy on the inside.  

          These things are very important.

          And all the peeps in the world are made in the lovely Lehigh Valley of PA,   right close to Lancaster for PD, just a hop skip and a jump from the Liberty Bell and Constitution Center.   Now there's  a good combination for the Kos Convention!

        •  Ever put a peep in the microwave? (4.00)
          They get HUGE.

          Easter-time fun for the kiddies.  

          Gutta cavat lapidem

          by SneakySnu on Mon Mar 07, 2005 at 12:57:51 PM PST

          [ Parent ]

    •  Mmmmm peeps (4.00)
      I'm Jewish, so the only good parts of the Easter season are peeps and the budding flowers.

      We fight on. We fight for ourselves and the people who do not have a voice.

      by mlk on Mon Mar 07, 2005 at 07:17:34 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

      •  ah (4.00)
        jelly beans...just as long as the food follows proper dietary laws.

        Evan Bayh 2008
        Miller for KY Governor 2007
        http://kydem.blogspot.com

        by dsolzman on Mon Mar 07, 2005 at 07:21:50 AM PST

        [ Parent ]

      •  I know this'll deserve a caning, but... (4.00)
        Jordan Almonds for me.  I can only eat them around Easter, though.  If I find out a couple is having Jordan almonds at their wedding, I take $50 off the gift price.  Factor in what price I put our friendship, they can easily wind up with a spatula from the 99cent Store.

        Smoke the holy chalice, got my own religion...

        by fabooj on Mon Mar 07, 2005 at 09:26:41 AM PST

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        •  Diet Cherry Vanilla Dr. Pepper® (4.00)
          ...out my frickin' nose on that one.

          Rage, rage, against the lying of the Right.

          by Maryscott OConnor on Mon Mar 07, 2005 at 09:55:43 AM PST

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          •  Sorry about that... (4.00)
            I could only imagine how that burned.  

            Now, my aunt wishes to have a word with you.  I don't know why she refuses to get an account, but she emailed me on Friday, Sat. and today about you.  

            First off, she told me to stop whining about the colors.  I don't think I was whining, but she's 70 and I defer to her.  

            Secondly, on Fri. she emailed me laughing about how all your posts/diaries are on the same things she emailed or phoned me about.  To that end, she's a fan.  And she says "Good job on the C&J, today."  

            I think she secretly wishes you were her neice, instead of me.  

            [sticking my tongue out at my aunt]
            Happy now?  Get your own account you old bat!

            Smoke the holy chalice, got my own religion...

            by fabooj on Mon Mar 07, 2005 at 12:52:06 PM PST

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    •  Cheers to Easter candy! (4.00)
      I give up chocolate every year for Lent(and replace it with bitching about how much I miss chocolate). I give up all forms, too -- no hot cocoa, no mocha lattes, no dark chocolate, no milk chocolate, and no white chocolate even though it's technically not chocolate.

      The payoff however, is that Easter is one of the best chocolate holidays so I give up my family's traditional lamb dinner and head straight for the easter baskets (I make one for myself as well as for my kids).

    •  My Grandfather (4.00)
      insisted that for a Peep to be truly enjoyable it must be stale.  
      So he'd poke holes in the wrapping and let them sit.

      Much chewier that way.   mmmmmm peeps!

      I support Soulforce - seeking Justice for God's GLBT children. Please join us.

      by its simple IF you ignore the complexity on Mon Mar 07, 2005 at 07:31:35 AM PST

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    •  It's official-- (4.00)
      Peeping PastorDan.

      I think that's it.  Not another peep from me.

      Really.  Jeers to me, and deadlines, and procrastination: I got this whole motherfucking fundraising brochure to write--deadline today--for a building project.

      I have a few vague notes, and a couple ideas.

      Pray for me.

      (Will work under pressure.  Until then, I procrastinate.  Worst of all, people keep telling me how much they like what squirts out of my head and onto the page when I'm under extreme pressure.... That's an eyeball... that's... I think that's my parietal lobe...)

      "Too many policemen, no liberty; Too many soldiers, no peace; Too many lawyers, no justice." Lin Yutang (1895-1976)

      by ogre on Mon Mar 07, 2005 at 08:15:18 AM PST

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  •  Jeer (4.00)
    Martha and Michael on EVERY SINGLE FRONT PAGE OR COVER.

    who cares?  I mean, really, who stinking cares?  They either molested someone or did insider trading.  those were crimes last i checked and the media has more people reporting on that than jeff gannon?

    Thank G-d for Jon Stewart!!

    http://kydem.blogspot.com

    Evan Bayh 2008
    Miller for KY Governor 2007
    http://kydem.blogspot.com

    by dsolzman on Mon Mar 07, 2005 at 07:07:46 AM PST

  •  Jesus (4.00)
    WTF?

    Natural gas is hemispheric. I like to call it hemispheric in nature because it is a product that we can find in our neighborhoods. -- George W. Bush

    by Page van der Linden on Mon Mar 07, 2005 at 07:09:23 AM PST

  •  Bill Hicks (4.00)
    was funny as hell.

    I used one of his quotes to begin a paper in law school -- I got an A.  I attribute that grade entirely to Hicks.

    The human race needs to think about killing. -- Robert McNamara

    by bonddad on Mon Mar 07, 2005 at 07:09:27 AM PST

  •  This for the Cheers and Jeers Bulletin Board: (4.00)
    If you tried to IM me from C&J Cafe last night, that WASN'T ME, but the good Dr. Ray, computer guru, installing Linux on my computer.

    His words, "Someone IM'd you from that C&J Cafe thing...but I had about a hundred different things opened (this reminded me for some absurd reason of my computer splayed open on the operating table with innards everywhere...)and I didn't really have time to tell them that I wasn't you."

    So, to paraphrase TLC "No Snubs".<G>

    Westley: "Truly, you have a dizzying intellect." Vizzini: "Wait til I get going!"

    by Revel on Mon Mar 07, 2005 at 07:09:43 AM PST

  •  Monday's C'sn'J's (4.00)
    You motherf--ked up, there are two Cheers for Tears.  (Unless I'm seeing double, which is possible).

    Cheers to a veritable Easter Parade of colors this a.m.

    Jeers to the lack of color outside - brown and gray drab.

    Cheers to a leaisurely grocery shopping trip this afternoon.  No weekend crowds, no kids, almost hassle-free.

    Jeers to having to gas uup the vehicle.  I'm afriad the look of wince will become permanent.

    Cheers to a hot cup of coffee, a good bowl of cereal and no phone calls before 9.  Actually had a shot at being coherent!

    My mother's menu consisted of two choices: Take it or leave it. - Buddy Hackett

    by kfred on Mon Mar 07, 2005 at 07:10:21 AM PST

  •  Give me some "Hot 4 Monkey Love" (4.00)
    woo hoo!  Fabulous MSO , and pink to boot!  Although I might need therapy now with the Easter bunny pic.
  •  Cheers & Jeers (4.00)
    Cheers to:  www.markfiore.com   (some fun in animation)

    Jeers:  to business as usual, or should that be, Bushiness as usual.   (I need a good Jamaican cigar)  

    "who is gonna make it..we'll find out in the long run" (eagles)

    by infidelpig on Mon Mar 07, 2005 at 07:12:40 AM PST

  •  CHEERS AND JEERS (4.00)
    JEERS to...wait, make that a big, resounding JEERS to having to write two midterm exam papers in less than forty-eight hours, one of them due by 5pm today, and the other due tomorrow by 10:30am. Can I regain my sanity? Hmm?

    CHEERS to staying up all night, save for a two hour nap in which I found myself pressing the snooze button six times when the alarm went off after one hour.

    JEERS to the incompetency of the Bush administration as per usual.

    CHEERS to blueberry muffins and bad cafeteria coffee. Oh, when will I be home to make my own coffee?

    JEERS to anxiety about the job anxiety search, which I've barely started at. I forsee being a bum at my mother's place for four months after graduation. Sorry, mom.

    CHEERS to spring break in four days. Four days, man....four days.....four days......four days......can I make it to then?

    What's madness but nobility of the soul at odds with circumstance?

    by slinkerwink on Mon Mar 07, 2005 at 07:14:55 AM PST

  •  Philadelphia (4.00)
    The first National dKos convention should be held in Philadelphia. We're highly democratic, would probably get loads of support and possibly volunteers from the West/Southwest areas.

    There's still Kerry signs and bumper stickers abound. There's still NO WAR sheets hanging from people's houses. You've heard of skulls and crossbones? How about Guns and gas pump handles crossed? Yes, these too can be found spraypainted on some of the corners of intersections in West Philly.

    We supported Dean when he came here, we supported Bush when he came here, and we sure as FUCK protested Bush every single one of the 20 or 30-something times he came here.

    Bring it to Philly! NOW!

    Insert witty and snide remarks here.

    by Stand Strong on Mon Mar 07, 2005 at 07:15:00 AM PST

    •  OOOOOPS! (4.00)
      LOL!
      *We supported Dean when he came here, we supported Kerry, and we sure as FUCK protested Bush every single one of the 20 or 30-something times he came here.

      Insert witty and snide remarks here.

      by Stand Strong on Mon Mar 07, 2005 at 07:16:26 AM PST

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    •  Forgot to add (4.00)
      If you actually want the help of those good people in West/Southwest Philadephia, you better put up flyers cause I really do't know how many Philadelphians are dKos readers.

      I pimp this site as often as I can. Got a couple co-workers on it. Always pushing for more.

      That's me - the dKos pusher. Whatcha need? It'll make ya feeeeeeeeeeeeeeel goooooooooooood!

      ;p

      Insert witty and snide remarks here.

      by Stand Strong on Mon Mar 07, 2005 at 07:20:29 AM PST

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  •  A cute animal photo (4.00)

    To counteract the "Easter Bunny Roadkill" photo

    Justice DeLay-ed is Justice Denied

    by wry twinger on Mon Mar 07, 2005 at 07:15:10 AM PST

  •  Be Cool (4.00)
    OK. they changed certain things between the book and the movie.  What's new, eh?  What made me sad though is that the band in the Leonard book was based on my friends The Stone Coyotes,  there are no more deserving ones than Barbara, DOug and John, and it is a shame that they lose out on the chance for the big time that this movie could have offered them.  Jeers to Hollywood taking the easy commercial choice of Christina Milian over Barbara keith.
  •  Cheers to outer space! (4.00)
    Here it is, your space pic of the day:

    Tycho and Copernicus: Lunar Ray Craters

    This detailed close-up of our very own Moon features two prominent craters, Copernicus (upper left, 93 kilometers wide) and Tycho (lower right, 85 kilometers wide), each with extensive ray systems of light colored debris blasted out by the crater-forming impacts.

    Today is a detailed close-up of our very own Maryscott, featuring prominent Cheers and Jeers blasted out across the surface of our minds!  

    In the midst of winter I discovered there was in me an invincible summer - Camus

    by super ju on Mon Mar 07, 2005 at 07:16:21 AM PST

  •  WWBHD? (4.00)
    What would Bill Hicks do?

    Would he help me pamphlet the story of the girl from Tal Afar? We all have high resolution color printes don't we?

    This story was not covered, and is very similar to the shooting of the Italian journalist. Is it time for us to take up where the Corporate-Owned media has left off?

    An incident similar to the jornalist shooting was recorded on film and I wish with all my might I could get it more widely distributed. Pass it on if you deem it worthy.

    Photos here:
    http://tinyurl.com/6ocye

    Story here:
    http://tinyurl.com/4dc6m

  •  Argh! (4.00)
    I just spent a half hour being entertained when I should have been working -- thanks a lot MSO!  ;-)

    "The mind of a bigot is like the pupil of the eye. The more light you shine on it, the more it will contract." Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

    by pontificator on Mon Mar 07, 2005 at 07:18:28 AM PST

  •  Cosmic C & J (4.00)
    Cheers  to week two of Substitute C & J leaders. I'd say we survived the first week of Bill's vacation in great form. And now we have this amazing Technicolor fuckblast to kick off a Monday right, and on the front page. Hot Boogity Wow....

    Jeers  to getting "dooced", which means getting fired from your job because of blogging activity. Dooced

    Cheers  to the imminent return of Markos and his fighting spirit. I hope he gets all of us all riled up and directed to action to fight the dirty bastards who are taking this country down.
    Jeers  to the beaching and death of dolphins in the Florida Keys as a possible result of Sonar tests by Navy Subs. Dolphins

    Jeers  to the ongoing thrashing of our economy, our government, our press, our liberty, our rights, our constitution and whatever dignity this nation might still have by the horrible horrible people in the Bush administration. My outrage is reaching insane proportions. Things need to change course and they need to change course fast.

    Cheers  to the Bobs and their Bobstories and Bobimages. Cheers to all the C & J irregulars and regulars and semi-regulars and Kossacks in general. Just Cheers.

    Dubya, yer momma may think yer cute, but I sure don't

    by cosmic debris on Mon Mar 07, 2005 at 07:18:31 AM PST

    •  Hey CosmicBob (4.00)
      You never gave me a "Bob" name.  I'm feeling slighted over here!

      Smoke the holy chalice, got my own religion...

      by fabooj on Mon Mar 07, 2005 at 09:29:45 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

      •  I did, I did!!! (4.00)
        On Friday I called you FaBob! But to officially receive your Bob name, it must be bestowed by the all powerful and Magnificent Bobwiny aka Baldwiny aka F'ing Stud God! : )

        Dubya, yer momma may think yer cute, but I sure don't

        by cosmic debris on Mon Mar 07, 2005 at 10:04:42 AM PST

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        •  Somebody call? (4.00)
          Fabooj! Please kneel ...

          and while you're down there, um ... oh ... nevermind ... <<cough>>

          By the power vested in me by Bob the First, and The Holy College of Snarkology, your new bob name is ... Faboob.

          OK, that doesn't really exactly fit the usual format, but it was too good to pass up.

          I HAVE SPOKEN!

          Geez Bobwiny ... power going to your head?

          Come for the ass ... stay for the pie. The C&J Cafe.

          by Baldwiny on Mon Mar 07, 2005 at 10:37:46 AM PST

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          •  On my honor (4.00)
            I shall uphold the name Faboob with a nice bra of lace and ribbons.  I swear on the book of Corset that I will be the keeper of the light and protector of the word of Bob.  

            Can I get up now?  My knees are killing me and I need to gargle.

            Smoke the holy chalice, got my own religion...

            by fabooj on Mon Mar 07, 2005 at 10:51:44 AM PST

            [ Parent ]

            •  Oh dear (4.00)
              I have managed with great self control to NOT laugh out loud here at work while reading today's C&J. But Faboob, that one make me lose composure.

              Bobina

              Can blindly continued fear-induced, regurgitated, life denying traditions be overcome? - Alanis Morissette

              by SanDiegoDem on Mon Mar 07, 2005 at 11:43:06 AM PST

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          •  Hey! (4.00)
            I don't have a name yet.  I'm feeling VERY left out.  And you know what that means . . . . . a locust-like plague of profanity is about to rain down on you.  Don't make me break out the "motherfuckers"!

            "Every normal man must be tempted at times to spit upon his hands, hoist the black flag, and begin slitting throats." Mencken "This is one of those times." Me

            by jsmdlawyer on Mon Mar 07, 2005 at 12:03:21 PM PST

            [ Parent ]

          •  I like Marybob and all... (4.00)
            and I'm not complaining...

            but don't you think this has a nice ring to it:

            Maryscott O'Bobber.

            THINK of the punnish possibilities.

            Rage, rage, against the lying of the Right.

            by Maryscott OConnor on Mon Mar 07, 2005 at 04:12:26 PM PST

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  •  Rats! (4.00)
    Cheers to Maryscott for keeping up the standard of snark, you're motherfucking gorgeous.

    Jeers for having to find my prescription sun-glasses in order to read it!

    Cheers to the only C+J requiring SPF 30 to view - bringing some rays to this dull, gray, snowy winter's day.

    Cheers to Jerome a Paris for his diary series over the weekend.

    Jeers to whoever is stealing thw works of Edvard Munch. First The Scream, now three more works have been stolen from a hotel restaurant in Norway. Art theft is heritage theft!

    (Click on the pic for the BBC article)

    "It is a look I know well - if he had been a subordinate commander in battle I would have immediately relieved him of his command" General Sir Michael Rose

    by NeutralObserver on Mon Mar 07, 2005 at 07:21:59 AM PST

  •  Cheers to praeterition-- (4.00)
    The rhetorical device of pretending to pass over an idea while in fact bringing it up.  Often used to insult a target while sort of avoiding getting off the high road, e.g., "There are rumors that you're a motherfucking dumbshit, Mr. President, but I'd rather stick to the issues..."  Praeterition can also be used to humorous effect; see the paragraph above containing multiple instances of motherfucking.

    Thank you, Maryscott, for one hell of a C&J.

    The Republicans need a divided country. But we don't. --Big Dog

    by froggywomp on Mon Mar 07, 2005 at 07:22:22 AM PST

  •  Troll me if you must but (3.97)
    Jeers Love ya MSOC and your rants but I find this edition of C & J VERY irritating to read. Couldn't read most of it. The colors and boxes are enough to trigger a major migraine for me, literally.

    Jeers to lying in a dark quiet room injecting overpriced Imitrex, which is made in England by the way, into my system.  

    Jeers to my upcoming red state, republican relative tour. Will need duct tape for my mouth and lots of imitrex.

    "An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind." ~ Gandhi

    by mad ramblings of a sane woman on Mon Mar 07, 2005 at 07:22:24 AM PST

    •  No troll rating! (3.96)
      SAME HERE!

      Headache time.  JEERS TO ARMANDO  for fucking promoting this eyesore/seizure-inducing thing to hte front page of dKos.

      WTF?

      Hey, I should just post a gigantic .gif of a rotating molecule or something.  I mean, this thing is taking a while to load ANYWAY, and I'm on a fast connection!

      Natural gas is hemispheric. I like to call it hemispheric in nature because it is a product that we can find in our neighborhoods. -- George W. Bush

      by Page van der Linden on Mon Mar 07, 2005 at 07:25:44 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

    •  No troll rating for you, Mad-R (4.00)
      Colors and lighting effects can do that to some people.  You have my sympathy.  :-(

      Westley: "Truly, you have a dizzying intellect." Vizzini: "Wait til I get going!"

      by Revel on Mon Mar 07, 2005 at 07:27:35 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

      •  And jeers to the both of you... (4.00)
        Jeers to party-poopers. I don't see any of you stepping up to be C&J Irregulars. And since Armando has been anointed heir apparent to the Kossian throne (disclaimer: I rarely agree with Armando and his front page choices), he can do whatever the fuck he wants.

        "All this time spent trying to stop people from having sex. Now I know how the Catholic Church feels." --Stewie Griffin

        by PerfectStormer on Mon Mar 07, 2005 at 07:52:53 AM PST

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        •  OK (4.00)
          One-I am not pooping on anyone's party, I like MSOC's rendition and have already said so. Just empathizing with Mad-R is all.

          and B-just for FYI
          Flashback to Last Tuesday

          and, thank you, I understand Armando can do whatever the fuck he wants.  But your timely reminder is appreciated.

          Westley: "Truly, you have a dizzying intellect." Vizzini: "Wait til I get going!"

          by Revel on Mon Mar 07, 2005 at 08:01:53 AM PST

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        •  Yo stormer....you need some educatin' (4.00)
          40-50% of migraines are triggered by visual stimuli such as bright colors and flashing lights. (Handheld games come with warnings to those with epilepsy and migraines not to use the devices.)

          http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/3534065.stm

          "It is thought that around 40% to 50% of migraine sufferers have visual triggers," says Dr Alex Shepherd, who is leading the study funded by Action Medical Research and the Migraine Action Association.

          "There are some very potent patterns for nerve cells in the visual system. For example, there are cells in the visual cortex - a part of the brain that processes vision - that like stripes.

          "Different cells like different widths of stripes, some cells like different orientations and others like motion."

          In migraine sufferers, Dr Shepherd says, the stimulation of these cells somehow upsets the balance.

          "If you look at a certain pattern - such as vertical stripes - you'll be giving those cells that respond to vertical stripes exactly what they like.

          "They will respond to the pattern and your visual cortex will 'light up' with activity as the neurons do their job.

          "But this intense activity is unnatural - it upsets the normal balance and tends to result in vivid visual illusions."


          May you get migraines several times a week for the rest of your life and be unable to work!

          May you sleep in the bathroom and lay on the tile floor because it hurts too much to get up out of bed and walk to the bathroom to puke your guts out.

          May you be on daily anti-seizure medication to prevent migraines but the only thing it prevents, is you driving.

          May you be on daily chronic pain medication which doesn't work for your pain, but your insurance co insists you must take or it won't pay for the amount of Imitrex ($110 for 6 tablets) you need every month.

          "An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind." ~ Gandhi

          by mad ramblings of a sane woman on Mon Mar 07, 2005 at 08:42:20 AM PST

          [ Parent ]

          •  wow MadBob (4.00)
            Sorry to hear that you are so affected by migraines--yikes.

            sending hugs and more hugs to you!  Sorry something so fun has been harmful to you my friend!

            Hope you feel well enough to Chat again soon!!!

            "The future is not a gift: it is an achievement." Robert F. Kennedy

            by PoliSigh on Mon Mar 07, 2005 at 09:03:20 AM PST

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            •   It's not just me but 23 million Americans (4.00)
              have migraines, including:
              Fred Couples
              Liz Taylor
              Terrell Davis
              Marquez Pope
              Lisa Kudrow
              James Cromwell
              Elle MacPhearson
              Loretta Lynn
              Carly Simon
              Whoopi Goldberg

              Late migraine sufferers:
              Elvis Presley
              Vincent van Gogh
              Lewis Carroll
              Thomas Jefferson
              Virgina Wofle
              Mary Todd Lincoln
              Sigmund Freud  

              "An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind." ~ Gandhi

              by mad ramblings of a sane woman on Mon Mar 07, 2005 at 09:28:52 AM PST

              [ Parent ]

          •  I empathize with you... (4.00)
            ...because I know that migraines are no day at the beach (understatement of the year, I know).

            However, I think those of you who jumped all over MSOC for spiffing up the usual black and white C&J were out of line. And anyway, she used pink and green and blue and yellow. It wasn't like there were flashing red beacons all over the page.

            Anyway, I hereby retract my use of the F-Word, and apologies to those of you who took personal offense to what I said. However, that being said, I will continue to eat peanuts on the plane. If you have allergies to peanuts, wear a gas mask or pick a different airline...if you get my drift.

            "All this time spent trying to stop people from having sex. Now I know how the Catholic Church feels." --Stewie Griffin

            by PerfectStormer on Mon Mar 07, 2005 at 09:03:34 AM PST

            [ Parent ]

            •  some of us were actually (4.00)
              sitting here before you entered the plane.

              Look, this is supposed to be a fun time--if it makes someone sick, I feel badly.  

              You really are getting even snottier--so eat your peanuts, yeah I get your drift.

              "The future is not a gift: it is an achievement." Robert F. Kennedy

              by PoliSigh on Mon Mar 07, 2005 at 09:13:10 AM PST

              [ Parent ]

              •  Omigod (4.00)
                Did he/she (perfectstormer) actually use "peanuts" on a plane as an example?  (Oww, my eyes are REALLY far back in my head....)
                I wonder if this person has ever seen someone have an allergic reaction to peanuts...

                Yeah, so freakin funny.

                It just shows to go ya, ya never know with some people.

                Oh well, I want to add another thank you to Maryscott for a lively day.  I expected nothing less.

                Westley: "Truly, you have a dizzying intellect." Vizzini: "Wait til I get going!"

                by Revel on Mon Mar 07, 2005 at 02:10:30 PM PST

                [ Parent ]

            •  Ironically my daughter has the deathly (4.00)
              peanut allergy and there is NO airline that is peanut free. We fly Southwest all the time, she doesn't eat the peanuts, and I carry an Epi-pen with me all the times.

              I have never felt more helpless than when I watched my 2 year old daughter being wheeled away in an ambulance gasping to breathe as she slips into anaphylatic shock.

              "An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind." ~ Gandhi

              by mad ramblings of a sane woman on Mon Mar 07, 2005 at 09:38:10 AM PST

              [ Parent ]

            •  Lame (4.00)
              That is so not the same.  Peanuts.  WTFE.  Perhaps you don't understand how jarring it is to have all those pastels on top of each other AND yes they move, because you have to scroll down.  

              I think you're just being oversensitive.  MSOC can take care of herself, if she feels put on and I haven't read one post of anyone "jumping all over" her for the bad color choices.  

              Smoke the holy chalice, got my own religion...

              by fabooj on Mon Mar 07, 2005 at 09:39:42 AM PST

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          •  Thank you (4.00)
            I'm glad that someone else here understands what's going on.  I'm lucky that I've figured out some combos that will help me not have to sit in a dark room for the next day and a half.  For this round, I put on my glasses, drank half a gallon of water and I have adjust the monitor brightness.  Along with the Advil, it should help, thought my head does feel like it's expanding at the moment.

            Smoke the holy chalice, got my own religion...

            by fabooj on Mon Mar 07, 2005 at 09:50:34 AM PST

            [ Parent ]

            •  Is it only because I have a Mac. (4.00)
              ... that I have the option of clicking a button on my prefernces and converting the entire screen to black and white?

              Don't PCs have that option?

              Rage, rage, against the lying of the Right.

              by Maryscott OConnor on Mon Mar 07, 2005 at 10:09:10 AM PST

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              •  Please (4.00)
                We pathetic PCusers know that Macs are way advanced. ;)  If there's an option I don't know about it.  I'm sure my toddler could get on here and fix it.  I'm just really sensitve to color on my screens, something I hadn't noticed until a couple of years ago when my husband pointed out how I refuse to visit certain sites.  For that reason, I always keep notepad open to copy/paste text into it and read that way.  For the most part, I manage to keep my migraines at bay, but today, with the scrolling colors and lack of coffee, it didn't help.  

                Smoke the holy chalice, got my own religion...

                by fabooj on Mon Mar 07, 2005 at 10:32:25 AM PST

                [ Parent ]

              •  I heart that option.. (4.00)
                I also heart my ability to pick my computer up with my index finger and thumb, without worrying about breaking anything..

                TAKE THAT, you heathens with mid-tower cases!

                "The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy." - MLK

                by amayernx on Mon Mar 07, 2005 at 11:27:03 AM PST

                [ Parent ]

            •  Brad blog and Buzzflash also (none)
              drive me 'color sensitive' crazy and send my head in a tizzy.  Never thought about copying the html and then trying to read it.  

              "An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind." ~ Gandhi

              by mad ramblings of a sane woman on Tue Mar 08, 2005 at 05:08:22 AM PST

              [ Parent ]

          •  not that I do not (4.00)
            feel for you Mad, I feel for anyone who suffers migraines.. but I DO get migraines more than once a week. Have been for about 10 years now. And oh by the way.. I'm NOT a candidate for Imitrex.. so I'm told I just have to wait them out.

            ANYWAY.. my point, and I DO have one, is..I've had no problem with the colors.. just as an fyi..

            'Fear can only prevail when victims are ignorant of the facts' -- Thomas Jefferson

            by Flagrrl on Mon Mar 07, 2005 at 10:08:06 AM PST

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    •  Notepad (4.00)
      I just highlighted and copied everything into notepad.  I started scrolling down and my husband and neighbors who were here were like, "Whoa, who went crazy with the HTML?"  

      Scrolling down and popping some Advil.

      Smoke the holy chalice, got my own religion...

      by fabooj on Mon Mar 07, 2005 at 09:33:07 AM PST

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  •  Cheers (3.96)
    MSO, you totally rock...and I'm still giggling over the last few pieces of your C&J!
  •  Damn! I forgot one.... (3.96)
    Cheers to an OUTSTANDING Carnivale episode last night.  3 episodes left..it's been a long time since I have palpitated in anticipation over a TV show..and I think that says it all.

    Westley: "Truly, you have a dizzying intellect." Vizzini: "Wait til I get going!"

    by Revel on Mon Mar 07, 2005 at 07:24:59 AM PST

    •  Oh goodie (4.00)
      Mr. Brillig and I Replay (a/k/a the Other Tivo) Carnivale and watch it on Monday nights because we are Old and Can't Stay Up That Late :-).  I love the show and can't wait to find out what happens next!

      CHEERS to palpitating in anticipation!

      I AM focusing on the family!

      by brillig on Mon Mar 07, 2005 at 07:44:49 AM PST

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    •  I'll second that! (4.00)
      It really was great. Revel, I was wishing I had your number so I could call you up to ooh and aah. And I need Daniel to tell me what the Omega is! Do you think that Sofie is not Ben's sister after all, but is going to be pregnant with his child, which would be the next Usher? Or maybe she becomes pregnant with Justin's child, which would be the next Whatever-Ben-Is?

      And I gotta just tell you, when they do that black-eyed thing with Justin, it creeps me out something fierce!

      And what did you think of the ending? Iris plotting against Justin? Let that be a lesson to all of you guys - belittle the role of the women in your life at your own peril!

      Those who deny freedom to others, deserve it not for themselves; and, under a just God, can not long retain it. - Abraham Lincoln

      by angelama on Mon Mar 07, 2005 at 11:15:51 AM PST

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      •  I asked him while we were watching (4.00)
        What the omega was, and he said (not meaning to be a smartass) that it was the end, like opposite of alpha...LOL...I told him I knew the term "omega" but wondered what it meant in this context...near as we can figure,  Sophie will some how bring about the end of the whole drama, just not sure what yet.

        And I agree on Iris, but Daniel came back with "I wouldn't trust her just yet"...I am not sure..if she was plotting against Justin, she could of just sent that old lady away instead of killing her..but then Iris acts in extremes...

        Three more episodes..we are wondering if this is it for the series, I think so, I don't know how much longer they could stretch it out.  Which is also cool, cuz I already have season 1 on DVD! Yeah!

        Westley: "Truly, you have a dizzying intellect." Vizzini: "Wait til I get going!"

        by Revel on Mon Mar 07, 2005 at 12:26:48 PM PST

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      •  Oh, and the black eye thing (4.00)
        Creeps me out too, but it's because it reminds me of the slime stuff from Xfiles...

        Westley: "Truly, you have a dizzying intellect." Vizzini: "Wait til I get going!"

        by Revel on Mon Mar 07, 2005 at 12:31:25 PM PST

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  •  Cheers to Armando (4.00)
    For finally putting C&J in the middle column where it belongs.
  •  I'm so pissed off (4.00)
    that I have to work and can't play in this sandbox.  

    So cheers AND jeers to you MSOC for being brilliant and loving the word motherfucker (cuz it's an action word and I love action) and putting this out in the morning instead of the evening when I could play too.  

  •  Brillig's mf'ing C&Js (3.97)
    JEERS to me for being able to think the word, and say the word, but not WRITE the motherfucking word. Oh.  That wasn't so hard. Look out, world...

    CHEERS to MSOC and the rest of the Irregulars for living up to our high...erm, low?...um, move right along, nothing to see but one Kossack flailing... ahem... standards here at C&J.  You done us proud. BiPM will be proud, too, once he cleans up the multicolored mess :-)

    CHEERS to the internets and the power of dKos.  They brought amprather and BettyG together. MSOC's right- you will need tissues.

    CHEERS to Bill Sinkford, President of the Unitarian Universalist Association, for being named as one of America's most influential black spiritual leaders by Beliefnet.

    JEERS to Steve Inskeep at NPR, who during a softball interview with Ari Fleischer referred to Gannon/Guckert as "an internet blogger who...".  In what motherfucking world was he a blogger first and a porn star second...actually, that wasn't mentioned.  Does Freeperville actually count as a blog?

    JEERS to friendly fire (what a STUPID term!).  Yo, US military- you're supposed to shoot at the motherfucking insurgents, not at the Italians or Bulgarians or anybody else on your side.  There aren't that many of them.

    CHEERS to the thought of Bono heading up the World Bank. Yes, I know it will end up being a motherfucking American, but thinking about it is a nice break from reality :-)

    CHEERS to Kos coming back "in a fighting mood." Sweeter words have never been heard!

    and lastly, CHEERS to daily anagrams.  Today, Alan Greenspan.  Go ahead, find the good ones that I didn't see...
      ENG. NAP ARSENAL   Alan's speeches also useful as sleep-inducing reads
      PAGAN NEAR LENS    Look, a distraction!
      ALAS, PENN ANGER   And Mass., and Wash., and Colo., and...
      GENERAL ANN SAP    like the rest of the right
      ANAL ANGER PENS    now where do I get me one of those...
      A PLAN: SNEER, NAG   is that the Rethug plan for everything?

    I AM focusing on the family!

    by brillig on Mon Mar 07, 2005 at 07:30:15 AM PST

  •  holy fucking cow (4.00)
    the mother of all C&Js!

    I am in awe, and I have nothing to add..

    though I did twinge a bit at the diss at Vin (not as cute as The Rock, but still pretty cute), and at the dead bunny...

  •  Cheers (4.00)
    to Profanity Mondays.

    Just Wow.

    "Too many policemen, no liberty; Too many soldiers, no peace; Too many lawyers, no justice." Lin Yutang (1895-1976)

    by ogre on Mon Mar 07, 2005 at 07:31:15 AM PST

  •  Sweet Lord (4.00)
    Maryscott on the front page of Kos.

    I wonder who that terrifies more.. wingnuts.. or the democratic establishment.

    (and i like the purple thing so bite us collectively hehe)

    The Democratic party needs to adopt its own moral and values principles (clawed)

    by cdreid on Mon Mar 07, 2005 at 07:31:27 AM PST

  •  Colonoscopy (4.00)
    I had a colonoscopy this morning--my first time.

    Cheers to not having to do it again for five years!

  •  "...Pick up the gun..." (4.00)
    •  ...I don't wanna, mister, you'll shoot me. (4.00)
      Now I'm going to have to listen to Bill Hicks all day.  Maybe I'll make it our hold music until someone complains.

      "We live in a dangerous world" says George Bush. Yeah, thanks to you, you fucker. "Iraq has incredible weapons" How do you know? "Well, er.....we looked at the receipt"

      Who needs facts when you have faith?

      by fivesideagon on Mon Mar 07, 2005 at 07:49:58 AM PST

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  •  Cheers to Occasional Irregularity (4.00)
    Cheers to MSOC, for this brightly hued C&J, and for her beautifully researched bankruptcy rant.

    Cheers to all of the irregulars and a long bout of irregularity.

    Cheers to Bill for C&J. Enjoy any sun you can, because it's wicked snowy in New England.

    Cheers to me for doing my homework and posting my first comment, ever.

    Jeers to me for waiting so long and in case I make some terrible formatting error.

    •  Welcome to C&J (4.00)
      I'd say welcome to the kiddie pool but we've been moved to adult swim today. <Ducks and hides!>

      Mrsbrown has us meeting out back later. Hide the peashooters and notes until later when we drop down the front page!  :^D

      A newspaper is a device for making the ignorant more ignorant and the crazy crazier. H.L. Mencken

      by SallyCat on Mon Mar 07, 2005 at 07:58:42 AM PST

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    •  You did great. (4.00)
      Welcome to the sandbox. Mind the kitty droppings.

      And they will only make us stronger, if they should try to keep us still. And we will rise and take it all someday. We probably will.

      by mentaldebris on Mon Mar 07, 2005 at 08:09:51 AM PST

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    •  Well it's about time you did your homework.... (4.00)
      That was due LAST Thursday!  1/3 of a grade deduction per day!

      "The future is not a gift: it is an achievement." Robert F. Kennedy

      by PoliSigh on Mon Mar 07, 2005 at 12:03:40 PM PST

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  •  Sorry. (4.00)
    Jeers to gratuitous use of "motherfucking."  Using offensive (really, really offensive) language just 'cause you can doesn't make for great reading.  

    Of course you have the right to use it all you want.  And I have the right to jeer it.  

    Bring on the troll ratings ...

    There is nothing wrong with America that cannot be cured with what is right with America. -- Bill Clinton

    by ThirstyGator on Mon Mar 07, 2005 at 07:33:38 AM PST

    •  "motherfucking" (3.68)
      I've been reading a fantastic series of detective novels by Michael Connelly.  He used to write the police beat stuff for the LA Times, so he knows the cop culture/world really well.

      Anyway, the worst possible insult a cop can give someone is to call them a "motherfucker".  "motherfuckers" are cop killers, and cops who rat on other cops are also called "motherfuckers".

      This whole edition of Cheers & Jeers is, well, of questionable value, IMHO.

      Troll rate away.

      Natural gas is hemispheric. I like to call it hemispheric in nature because it is a product that we can find in our neighborhoods. -- George W. Bush

      by Page van der Linden on Mon Mar 07, 2005 at 07:43:22 AM PST

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      •  You've made your point. Repeatedly. (4.00)
        And I think I'm going to be really honest for a second, here.

        My feelings are beyond hurt by these comments. I worked my ass off to do this thing, and I truly didn't realize that it would hurt people's eyes.

        But apparently the unspoken tradition of not bithcing at people directly in C&J threads has been abandoned in favour of brutal honesty. Perhaps a social experiment to see how many people will actually still give it a 4?

        I don't know. I'm just hurt as hell. I was really looking forward to coming back and reading snark and jokes and Way To GO's... and instead I've got big fat globs of green sputum all over the screen.

        I'm very sorry to have offended your eyes and sensibilities. Unfortunately, as Armando has Front Paged this, it is beyond my reach to EDIT it any longer.

        SO take it up with him

        Have a nice motherfucking day.

        Rage, rage, against the lying of the Right.

        by Maryscott OConnor on Mon Mar 07, 2005 at 08:29:40 AM PST

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        •  Geez, I was afraid of this ---- (4.00)
          Maryscott is a sensitive soul under that blustering bravado, and who of us wouldn't be hurt here?  She put many hours, I venture days, into putting this C&J together, and to read these pooh-pooh comments  - the colors, a word - so what? Discretion would've been the better part of valor here, folks.

          Maryscott, for what it's worth, just flick some frozen peas at the naysayers and move on to the folks who think you rock, and I venture, those are in the majority!

          ...Don't sweat the petty things, and don't pet the sweaty things....

          by PhillyGal on Mon Mar 07, 2005 at 08:48:47 AM PST

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          •  Yeah..kill the infidels! (4.00)
            Kidding. Killing people doesn't solve anything. So I'm with PhillyGal, flick peas!

            You rock, Maryscott!

            "The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy." - MLK

            by amayernx on Mon Mar 07, 2005 at 09:10:47 AM PST

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        •  Maryscott (4.00)
          The vast majority of the comments here about this C&J are that it's terrific.  It's absolutely clear that it was a tremendous amount of work.  As for the use of profanity, you didn't put it in the title, and you had no way of knowing Armando was going to promote it and put it on the front page (Who the hell would have expected THAT?)  So don't let the bitching get you down.  If they don't like the colors and the profanity, they don't need to be in the diary.  It's like TV - that's what the "off" button is for.  

          Fuck them if they can't take a joke.  REALLY.

          We do not rent rooms to Republicans.

          by Mary Julia on Mon Mar 07, 2005 at 09:07:45 AM PST

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        •  It's all Cheers and Jeers ,really (3.94)
          Maryscott, you write too well to react wrongly when something does not come off as hoped in the eyes of some readers.

          You push boundaries; you reject safety. Great credit to you but you must only be prepared to do so if you are also willing for it to  fail at times for some.

          And yes, that failure will hurt like hell. That goes with the territory of writing the way that you do and the risks that you take.

          For it to hurt is not a wrong feeling. Nor having feelings of anger when someone says that it doesn't work for them. If you felt neither of these emtions, you would not care about what you posted for us. If there is one thing that comes across to everyone, it is that you do care and your writing is the better for it and why so many of us love it.

          Reacting wrongly would be if you wanted to take your ball home - or, if you wanted to stop testing those boundaries.

          One of my favourite theater critics was Kenneth Tynan. He was a man of exceptional talent, his writing was without parallel. Yet sometimes he just plain got it wrong. (Was Oh, Calcutta! a brilliant statement of sexual mores or a tawdry show arising from his own questionable imagination in such matters?). Each time, getting it wrong hurt him like hell and he would spin around angrily on those expressed dislike of what he was doing. Fortunately, he never stopped pushing those boundaries despite the adverse reactions that he sometime got. So keep going for it, Maryscott. Worry when you don't get a reaction.

          Today, I have a mixed reaction. I always think that part of the excitement of your writing is that for you the actual act of typing your diaries is part comment, part theater. This is way different and more stimulating than many of us who just plod out words as comment.

          Today, I thought your colours were part of that theatrical experience that you were creating for us. It was fun.

          The "motherfucker" aspect? I disliked it. On Friday I found your use of prophanity stimulating and an essential linguistic device because they were statements that helped you to properly express your emotions. Today, I felt you were just using these words without purpose or style. IMHO!

          I generally don't think swearing adds a great deal to people's posts because they can't deploy these words with effect like Maryscott. Some love it and see it as an essential part of their Maryscott.  To be denied it is to be let down and feel disappointment.

          Me? My Maryscott has a different sort of excellence in writing than just continual rants interspersed with oaths and I hope to hell she doesn't reduce the power of her use of prophanities by dissipating their strength by unnecessary over use.

          But then, Maryscott is neither mine nor theirs. The great thing about her is she is very much her own person.

          •  Yeah, BUT... (3.94)
            Man, this is CHEERS & JEERS.

            I can take ALL KINDS of criticism and abuse in a REAL diary or in comments. Ask Armando. : )

            But C&J?  Man, that was like turning a corner and walking into a fucking punch. This is the HAPPY PLACE. You know?

            I'm SO over it -- I just didn't want to leave it with my whiny complaint without over-explaining it, as usual...

            Rage, rage, against the lying of the Right.

            by Maryscott OConnor on Mon Mar 07, 2005 at 09:47:41 AM PST

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            •  Maryscott (4.00)
              don't let the bastards get you down.  They are way the fuck outnumbered.  If you need it, here's my response:  "If these motherfucking cocksuckers don't like it, they can fucking go and kiss my goddamn, motherfucking white ass."  That's as nice as I can make it.

              Needless to say, I'm a big motherfucking believer in well-chosen profanity.  Goddamn, that feels fucking good.

              Where did all this "moral values" shit suddenly come from?  I've seen three or four different laments on profanity today.  We're not evangelical Republicans, people -- we're fucking Democrats -- what we do is more important than what we say.  Remember the goddamn difference.

              "Every normal man must be tempted at times to spit upon his hands, hoist the black flag, and begin slitting throats." Mencken "This is one of those times." Me

              by jsmdlawyer on Mon Mar 07, 2005 at 10:04:42 AM PST

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            •  Think of it this way, MSOC (4.00)
              People are taking it as a "real" diary. There's got to be some sort of compliment there!
            •  Look at it this way (4.00)
              1. The vast majority of comments are highly complimentary, and note that this C&J is unlike anything anyone has seen.

              2. Yes it is bright. It will be remembered for being very bright.

              3. It has profanity.  Some people don't like profanity, some people (me included) can take it or leave it, when I use it, it tends to alarm people (:-)) only because I appear (ha) to be easy going..(ok, I am)

              4.Even in Cheers and Jeers, you are MaryScott, and extremes are going to happen, I have seen it as have many other people.  With those extremes come the good extremes as well-you will doubtless top 500 comments for a Monday C&J-that is something.  Your Poll may hit 280, which is more than mine (thbbpppp!!! grin) Your tip jar is cracking because it's overfull.

              What I am saying is, I understand if negative reactions may have got you down, but REALLY overall its got a great response.

              Ok, you're still pouting.  You're forcing me to use the gay man's favorite standby, the theatre analogy.

              "Cats" ran like Freakin Forever...every 25th person thought it sucked.

              (well, thereabouts)

              :-)

              Westley: "Truly, you have a dizzying intellect." Vizzini: "Wait til I get going!"

              by Revel on Mon Mar 07, 2005 at 12:50:50 PM PST

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        •  MSO - YOU FUCKING ROCK & (4.00)
          and please don't be offended or upset by a person or people, who to me, just seem to be  Jealous of you and your talent. This is the first time I have read "C&J's" and I did so because of you. So I say...

          Jeers- To the MOTHERFUCKING PEOPLE on this Thread who continued to complain about the word MOTHERFUCKER and the EASTER COLORS. What the Fuck do these people do for the entire month leading up to EASTER when these colors are all over the fucking Place? MSO worked her ass off on this Diary and probably planned it for days, if not weeks and it is FUCKING BRILLIANT.  I say to the small select few who have tried bitched and tried to bring her down.....GO FUCK YOURSELVES. If the colors bugged you so much..why the fuck did you continue to read it, and continue to come back for more.

          Cheers to Maryscott Oconnor- For living in the valley, always speaking her mind and doing an Awesome job stepping in for Bill on this beautiful Sun soaked Monday in LA and creating a Great C & J's Diary that I will never forget.

          Cheers to Armando- For promoting it to the Front Page where it deserves to be.

          educate 'em when they're young

          by Chamonix on Mon Mar 07, 2005 at 09:40:06 AM PST

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          •  Sorry Chamonix (4.00)
            In my view this comment helps no one.
            •  I think you are wrong.. (4.00)
              Maryscott is consistant in her writing and there is nothing wrong with that. I support her, her diary, her colors, and her freedom of speech. Who made you God to decide that my comment helps NO ONE? Speak for yourself not the community. I can see the hard work she put into this and it is petty for a few to try to bring her down in regards to the colors she chose (Easter is upon us, i find the colors creative) and her use of the word Motherfucker. Non consistant people that complain about things like Guckert diaries or Ohio Diaries, then continue to comment on them and recommend them and give out 4's to comments is inconsistent. Consistency wins out in my world.

              educate 'em when they're young

              by Chamonix on Mon Mar 07, 2005 at 10:17:05 AM PST

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              •  No problems.. (4.00)
                ... with your views on Maryscott's diaries. In fact, on the contrary.

                It was telling others (and in fairness, you aren't alone) that they are wrong by swearing at them is what I disliked. IMHO, to which we are are all entitled - without abuse.

              •  I would add (4.00)
                ..the words that began the sentence "In my view..." does not suggest that I need to be told "Who made you God to decide that my comment helps NO ONE? Speak for yourself not the community."

                As you told those who objected to aspects of Maryscott's diary you view that "they should fuck off", I am surely entitled to express my view politely that this is unhelpful? I did do because I felt it was an unecessary reaction to those who equally with Maryscott have feelings.

            •  Helped me. (4.00)

              Rage, rage, against the lying of the Right.

              by Maryscott OConnor on Mon Mar 07, 2005 at 10:29:29 AM PST

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          •  Touchy today, Chamonix? :) (4.00)
            •  not touchy..just pissed (4.00)
              that someone could do something and put so much time, energy and thought into it and still have people complain, bitch and moan when no harm was intended. Also tired about some people being passive/agressive about it and finish comments with..."Flame away". MSO should be praised for stepping in and kicking some ass instead of being kicked. It's like a leader making the speech of his life time and a select few complaining about the color of the suit he/she was wearing. Utter nonsense.  

              educate 'em when they're young

              by Chamonix on Mon Mar 07, 2005 at 10:23:37 AM PST

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              •  In my humble opinion (4.00)
                Maryscott has an excellent point about negative comments not being the general tone of C&J.

                Yet as a sort of family, I think we should be able to take some hits- especially someone as revered as MSOC.

                I think part of the problem is that quite a few people filled in for Bill and really it seems like MSOC tried to be the best one (In case you didn't notice, the key words are tried and seems).  I imagine some of the fill-ins are feeling a little stepped on.

                C&J is supposed to be a safe place.  C&J is about being equals and giving hugs and support.

                In that vein, it stinks that MSOC was criticized here but it also stinks that because MSOC is so loved on DKos that it leaves everyone else feeling a little inadequate.  Of course we know that it wasn't MSOC's intention but it doesn't make it feel any better.

                I also think someone up a ways had a point about people thinking MSOC wouldn't be bothered by a tiny criticism or two especially given the unprecedented amount of praise everywhere else.  After all, she's superhuman, right?

                Anyway, my opinion.

          •  Much as I appreciate... (4.00)
            My favourite Welshman's sane, rational and reasoned talk...

            I have to admit, your rant made me feel better.

            : )

            Rage, rage, against the lying of the Right.

            by Maryscott OConnor on Mon Mar 07, 2005 at 10:20:37 AM PST

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        •  MSOC (4.00)
          Don't you know that the comments here are computer generated and that a certain % will always come back as negative just to give the appearance of them being real.

          There aren't 45,000+ progressive/liberal/democrats actually commenting here. That'd be impossible in today's America.

          So don't take it personally, if you actually exist?

          Hmmmm...Maryscott OConnor...hmmmm, who would actually have a name like that....

          Hmmmm....Am I real? Hmmmm...

          JEERS: To my hung-over, allergy exploding head today.

          CHEERS: To the sunny 70° weather here in CA that's making all the damn flowers bloom. I'll tough it out.

        •  Please MSOC I love your posting (4.00)
          I thought the colors were beautiful and you did so much work I can tell. You didn't see me volunteering to write a C&J. So all those who trash it..try it for yourselves and then spew attitude.
      •  After reading all your comments (4.00)
        it strikes me that you might be jealous of the attention that MSOC receives.  So you get out a big ole pin and try to pop that balloon.

        I'm a Democrat because of my beliefs. Democrats believe in economic, social, and moral responsibility. Republicans take risks with our future.

        by Katydid on Mon Mar 07, 2005 at 10:52:14 AM PST

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        •  I doubt it. (4.00)
          I think she got strenuously annoyed at the graphics, mostly. I hope, anyway. Jealous? That would be ironic, indeed, considering how I envy HER talents...

          Rage, rage, against the lying of the Right.

          by Maryscott OConnor on Mon Mar 07, 2005 at 02:35:23 PM PST

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          •  i think your wrong.. (4.00)
            and the comment you are responding to is right. Graphics problems?? BS...you saying "Motherfucker" when this other persons comments and diaries are peppered with so many "Fucks" one could not begin to count them. again I say BS...yup..just the good ole Jealous gene. Takes a lot to really piss me off, inconsistant people seem to really get me going. My anger goes back to people bitching about Ohio diaries, and most recently Guckert ones. I am, however, over it and glad you are too. I got your back.

            educate 'em when they're young

            by Chamonix on Mon Mar 07, 2005 at 04:26:38 PM PST

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      •  Motherfucking is bad (4.00)
        But just plain fucking is ok, as you say?  I am one who loved the colors and found them a refreshing and fun change.  

        No, I don't get migraines, but I do have some empathy for those who do.  Yes, I do know about the bright light thing and raindrops on the windshield and and and... Bottom line is, it is not my affliction.  (though I have plenty of others).

        I think you're being a little bit ridiculous complaining that the colors in this diary are "seizure inducing".  Get a grip.  You have unfortunately hijacked this diary's spirit with your comments about color and have further dirtied it and distracted from it with blather about motherfuckers.  Surely in your big girl life you have learned how to deal with this multicolor phenomenon?  For crying out loud, what internet sites do you visit that are not in color -- with movement, no less?

        If I am not mistaken (and I am not), you have in the past complained about others putting big graphics in their diaries because some bloggers have dialup accounts and it takes a long time to load the page.  Ho hum.  However, in checking your last 12 diaries, you have utilized photographs, graphics, and even dancing multicolored molecules in 10 of them.  What gives?  Good for the goose, but not...?  And I don't even want to start to count your four letter words.  

        Have another beer, go to sleep and we'll still love you in the morning.  But tonite we all need to let this subject rest and enjoy the diary for what it is and for it's intent.  We must be gentle.  We're all we've got.  Muthafuck.  (and I am not a cop killer).

        •  RIGHT ON.. (none)
          I couldn't agree with you more...I am also tired of this behavior.."do as I say, not as I do"...the inconsistancy is what really drives me crazy. We have enought of it from the other side, we don't need it spread around here. You are also right about the highjack..good for you for speaking up my friend.

          educate 'em when they're young

          by Chamonix on Mon Mar 07, 2005 at 10:30:19 PM PST

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  •  Your weekly mojo. (4.00)
    C&J Mojo Weekly

    Dates: Last week, I don't feel like looking them up.

    Top mojo Cheers & Jeers and comment by day.  Please inform me of any mojo errors.

    Monday mojo:

    Oh, dear god. by Maryscott OConnor, (4.00 / 57)

    Thanks... by the holy handgrenade, (4.00 / 36)

    Downthread past the midpoint mojo

    Cheers to all! by Our Man In Redmond (4.00 / 38)

    For those mental health days by Lahdee, (4.00 / 25)

    Tuesday mojo:

    The Vicodin Warrior Princess... by mentaldebris (4.00 / 66)

    Excellent Job, Revel... by the holy handgrenade, (4.00 / 39)

    Downthread past the midpoint mojo

    Late Winter Blues C&J by jsmdlawyer (4.00 / 46)

    Put down the fork by jsmdlawyer, (4.00 / 27)

    Wednesday mojo:

    Cosmic C & J by cosmic debris (4.00 / 51)

    Cheers to Eddie for filling in by wry twinger, (4.00 / 38)

    Downthread past the midpoint mojo

    a Morning Cuppa by bumblebums (4.00 / 40)

    i think Jeff Gannon by Sargent Pepper, (4.00 / 22)

    Thursday mojo:

    Cheery & Jeery Carolina by mrsdbrown1 (4.00 / 53)

    SCORE!!! by histopresto, (4.00 / 41)

    Downthread past the midpoint mojo

    80 comments already?! by its simple IF you ignore the complexity (3.97 / 39)

    The dancing cats comment from Phillygal was right on the edge of the half-way point so I made a judgment call and included it with the tied comments from Thestral and wry. If I were using a slightly bigger screen it wouldn't be an issue, but they were all great images and/or comments.

    Poll? I voted: Who cares? Let's Dance :) by PhillyGal, (4.00 / 35)

    Snail & Turtle 2 by Thestral, (4.00 / 17)

    What's one more, indeed by wry twinger, (4.00 / 17)

    Friday mojo:

    Exhausted C & J by Maryscott OConnor (4.00 / 60)

    I know you mean.. by Maryscott OConnor, (4.00 / 43)

    Downthread past the midpoint mojo

    Cheers & Jeers from the Upper Left Hand Corner  by Our Man In Redmond (4.00 / 43)

    Everytime I see a moose by slackjawedlackey,(4.00 / 22)

    Number of comments:

    Mon - 296
    Tues - 359
    Wed - 404
    Thur - 393
    Fri - 551 (About 78 was for a boutique thread.)

    C&J History

    Number of comments for similar week last year: None. Bill was goofing off in Key West.

    And they will only make us stronger, if they should try to keep us still. And we will rise and take it all someday. We probably will.

    by mentaldebris on Mon Mar 07, 2005 at 07:33:47 AM PST

    •  Friday - comments (4.00)
      But you forgot the margin race - must have been good for another 30 comments!

      Cheers for keeping score...

      A newspaper is a device for making the ignorant more ignorant and the crazy crazier. H.L. Mencken

      by SallyCat on Mon Mar 07, 2005 at 08:00:37 AM PST

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      •  Uh-uh. (4.00)
        The m race was the "boutique" thread. Roughly 78 comments worth from start to wind down.  The finish was probably just before the halfway point (30 or so). I did so note it-you didn't think I wouldn't note, did you? :)

        And they will only make us stronger, if they should try to keep us still. And we will rise and take it all someday. We probably will.

        by mentaldebris on Mon Mar 07, 2005 at 08:23:49 AM PST

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    •  I never appear in this list (4.00)
      I intend to do something about it.
      •  You go, Welshman! (4.00)
        Tips:

        Post just after the tip jar. It gets you a jump start on the fresh hot mojo. Fridays are excellent, but any day will do.

        Never post just after Maryscott. Think of how you feel after reading one of her great posts. Satisfied. Exhausted. Mojoed out. Frustrated that you can't give her a ten.

        Mention dentists. For some reason, all my top C&Js have a mention of dentists in them.
        <whispers> I think think there may be some dental fetishists in here. Maybe from watching "Little Shop of Horrors" one too many times.

        [The masochistic patient meets the sadistic dentist]

        Arthur Denton: I think I need a root canal. I definitely need a long, slow root canal.

        Don't have a dental story? Two words - Dog Farts.

        Follow or completely ignore these tips and you should be well on your way to the list.

         

        And they will only make us stronger, if they should try to keep us still. And we will rise and take it all someday. We probably will.

        by mentaldebris on Mon Mar 07, 2005 at 10:07:32 AM PST

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      •  I was totally blown-away (4.00)
        when I saw I'd made Thursday's list (in a tie) ...and for the Turtle &Snail joke

        those silly little-kid jokes turn out to be good for something after all.

  •  CFR's post-sabbatical C&J (4.00)
    Cheers to me for getting back to C&J after a couple weeks of having to deal with the real world (Work and home have been insane lately).

    Jeers to work taking up so much time lately. Don't they know I have important things going on in C&J?

    Cheers/jeers to C&J being so addictive. I literally wouldn't even let myself look at C&J in the past couple of weeks because I knew I'd get sucked in and I couldn't afford the time. Damn.

    Cheers to my new favorite show -- Avatar, The Last Airbender. Yes it's an animated show on Nickolodeon, but it's very much Japanese-fashioned in that it's got a killer story that even parents will get into.

    Jeers to forgetting whether or not I shut the coffee pot off when I left this morning. I'm pretty sure I did, but then I have this nagging doubt.

    Cheers to Harry Reid. Just because. Give 'em hell, Harry.

    •  OMG (4.00)
      I thought I was the only one over the age of 12 who watched Avatar.  My kids love it, and I've tried to get the wife to watch it with me.  She looks at me like I'm nuts when I tell her how good the story lines are.  It really is good.

      "Every normal man must be tempted at times to spit upon his hands, hoist the black flag, and begin slitting throats." Mencken "This is one of those times." Me

      by jsmdlawyer on Mon Mar 07, 2005 at 10:12:09 AM PST

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      •  Avatar rocks (4.00)
        My husband and the kids and I all watched it together and I was actually sorry the episode was so short!

        I love that there are so many themes that will unfold, like the Fire-nation prince who was exiled by his father. Why was he exiled? What's his father like? There are so few shows that have such originality and thoughtfulness.

        And what's really hilarious is that "yip yip" has become a trademark phrase in our house. Like when I'm trying to get the kids to hurry up, I say "yip yip."

        •  Lowbrow humor (4.00)
          Yip yip! WHOOP WHOOP! Why you all in my ear, talking a whole bunch of shit that I ain't trying to hear?
          Get back! (GET BACK!) You don't know me like that!

          Catchiest Ludacris song ever.

          "If I am not for myself, who will be for me? If I am only for myself, who am I? And if not now, when?" (Hillel was a liberal)

          by 4jkb4ia on Mon Mar 07, 2005 at 01:32:31 PM PST

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  •  Holy Cow C n J (4.00)
    I had a feeling about this.  Maryscott has raised the bar to where nobody can jump over it.  

    Are we surprised?  Nah, just what I expected from the genius of rant, the enfant terrible of snark, the grand poobah of profanity.  So, Cheers to MSOC for a job extremely well done.

    And the boxes are pretty, too.

    But the margins are waaaaaaaay the hell over already which means I won't be able to read from home.

    Anyway, cheers also to all the C n Jers and other Kossacks who had such a good time on my Book Diary late Saturday night and on into Sunday.  It was a thrill seeing my name on the recommended list and even more of a thrill generating almost 300 comments-some still coming in-there were 12 new ones this morning yet.

    Informal Poll-should the Book Diary be a series?  And if so, how often?  Weekly?  Monthly?

    Jeers to the Shrubbery, despoiling our fair pittsBurgh and no doubt mucking up traffic dreadfully.  Leaving around five pm-gee thanks you asswipe.

    Happy Monday, Irregulars!  Love and Kisses from the Margin Nazi.

    "Our representative democracy is not working ... I believe the chief reason for this is that it is ruled by a small group of old men."-Shirley Chisolm

    by JLongs on Mon Mar 07, 2005 at 07:37:52 AM PST

    •  Weekly! (4.00)
      I read enough stuff that if I had to keep track for a month, I'd lose my everlovin' mind!

      "The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy." - MLK

      by amayernx on Mon Mar 07, 2005 at 08:06:26 AM PST

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    •  Weekly! (4.00)
      Then I can print it out to take to the library or store with me during the week.  I got so many great suggestions from Sat., 17 books in all!

      Smoke the holy chalice, got my own religion...

      by fabooj on Mon Mar 07, 2005 at 09:43:26 AM PST

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    •  Drool (4.00)
      book diary
      drool

      "If I am not for myself, who will be for me? If I am only for myself, who am I? And if not now, when?" (Hillel was a liberal)

      by 4jkb4ia on Mon Mar 07, 2005 at 01:35:05 PM PST

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      •  Return to articulateness (4.00)
        Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay did rock! Weekly book diaries desired.

        "If I am not for myself, who will be for me? If I am only for myself, who am I? And if not now, when?" (Hillel was a liberal)

        by 4jkb4ia on Mon Mar 07, 2005 at 01:37:53 PM PST

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  •  Cheers to you (4.00)
    and your motherfucking brilliant wit, Maryscott OConner!

    People vote for sunshine, not for gloom and doom!

    by missliberties on Mon Mar 07, 2005 at 07:39:35 AM PST

  •  C&J (4.00)
    Jeers to distributing mucho mojo, following a link, only to return and find that all mojo had disappeared.
    •  Right mouse click on the link (4.00)
      and then click on "open in new window" to follow links. This also works on "reply to this" so you can comment without losing the mojo you've given.

      Just make sure it's a smaller window so you don't get tangled up in the new window.

      A newspaper is a device for making the ignorant more ignorant and the crazy crazier. H.L. Mencken

      by SallyCat on Mon Mar 07, 2005 at 08:03:35 AM PST

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  •  JEERS to this motherfucking respiratory virus (4.00)
    I have just been called to admit my 4th patient with this fucker and the emergency room waiting room is full, I peeked.  All of Southern Ohio is hacking up a lung and half of them are in my ER.

    CHEERS to the fact that I had already made Saturday national SWEAR DAY so maybe we should just go ahead and make this National Swear Month. I think it's going to be a long'un.

    All the little chicks with the crimson lips goin' CLEVELAND ROCKS! CLEVELAND ROCKS!

    by BlueGoo on Mon Mar 07, 2005 at 07:42:25 AM PST

  •  I was gonna jeer Mondays (4.00)
    But this Maryscott C&J made me change my mind. ^_^
  •  Juls C and J (4.00)
    Jeers to sitting at my desk waiting for my boss to come and talk to me about my future here.  ive been here a week, and i am almost positive it is good news.  but goddamn it get up here and tell me all ready!

    Cheers to yummy vegitarian resteraunts and great conversations

    Cheers to watching a new episode of the L word with 8 other lesbians.  good times good times.

    Cheers to getting to see my little bro this week.  he is speaking at the Politics Online conference.

    Cheers to actually getting to go have rugby practice on a real field and not have the temperatures be in the 30s.

    Cheers to 80s parties where people show up wearing band uniforms, big hair, and blue eyeshadow.

    Yeah the revolution starts now..So what you doin' standin' around? -Steve Earle

    by juls on Mon Mar 07, 2005 at 07:43:55 AM PST

    •  80's parties - totally, for sure! (4.00)
      Did you just have one?
      My friends had one last year.  I don't remember much (thanks to alcohol), but I do remember that I was sporting some blue eyeshadow & a looong Talking Heads video was playing.  

      "So long as we have enough people in this country willing to fight for their rights, we'll be called a democracy." ~Roger Baldwin

      by spyral on Mon Mar 07, 2005 at 08:11:54 AM PST

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      •  yeah it was a fundraiser (4.00)
        got a back room at a bar/resteraunt, hired a DJ got Pilsner Urquell to give us a free keg or two.  we charged $10 a head (including 1st beer), sold 50/50 raffle tickets and had a contect to see who could match up the greatest number of teammates to their 80s picture.  and of course the most important part the theme was: Come as You Were.  sadly i did not have a onesie to show up in ;)

        Yeah the revolution starts now..So what you doin' standin' around? -Steve Earle

        by juls on Mon Mar 07, 2005 at 08:18:32 AM PST

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  •  Whooopppeee (4.00)
    CHEERS to MSOC.  Hard to find words vibrant enough to describe this contribution.

    CHEERS to Armando.  I keep saying we need Dems with balls.

    CHEERS to all those with the energy and courage to take up the struggle.

    JEERS to what they are doing to the US and its workers.

    "Lord what fools these mortals be." Shakespeare

    by outlanddish on Mon Mar 07, 2005 at 07:43:55 AM PST

  •  MOTHERFUCKING MARYSCOTT ROCKS!!!! (4.00)
    WOW. What a performance. Pug in the puppy pic. Bill Hicks. Dead bunnies.

    Maryscott you are the queen and we are your subjects.

    Cheers to this graphic:

    California Uber Alles

    by joeesha on Mon Mar 07, 2005 at 07:44:29 AM PST

  •  Maryscott O'Connor Fan Club C&J (4.00)
    You know, I was looking forward to this all last week.  And then over the weekend, I thought to myself, "Man, you are setting yourself up to be disappointed.  Your expectations are so high, there's no way that anyone on the face of the Earth could live up to them.  Think of highly anticipated movies -- they're never good enough to meet the insane expectations that are set for them.  So prepare to have your faith in humanity, not to mention your gonzo West Coast bipolar wordsmith friend, crushed like grapes."  Really, that's what I thought -- more or less.  It's more eloquent today, though.

    Oh, lawyer of little faith.  Some people can meet any expectation, exceed any limitation that your puny imagination can create.  And yes, Maryscott, you have way, way, way exceeded the expectations.  A truly great rant, with exquisite but limited use of the truly outstanding adjective "motherfucking" that only another connoisseur of profanity like me can appreciate.

    Fuckin' A, man, that was really fuckin' great.  Woke me up out of a weeklong funk, and now I'm ready for the week.  Grab a brick, grab a bat, we's gots work to do!

    I have nothing else to say.  Truly, truly, a superb effort, and my only jeer is to myself for doubting that you could exceed my pitiful expectations.

    "Every normal man must be tempted at times to spit upon his hands, hoist the black flag, and begin slitting throats." Mencken "This is one of those times." Me

    by jsmdlawyer on Mon Mar 07, 2005 at 07:44:49 AM PST

  •  Cheers, Maryscott! (4.00)
    CHEERS to Maryscott, who as the hip California kidz say these days -- or maybe 5 years ago -- is the motherfucking bomb.

    JEERS to Senator "Fecal Matter" Santorum, who sees the expression "rich get richer, poor get poorer," not as a criticism of modern society, but as a policy directive.  Motherfucker!

    CHEERS to Bill Hicks, whose commentary on 'shrooms are as hilarious as his commentary on LSD.  How 'bout that: a comedian who realizes his role is to satirize not toothpaste tubes, or overweight people, or escalators, or cheating husbands, but contemporary society (and POLITICS) as we know it.  Cheers again, to the late, great Hicks.

    CHEERS to Puppy Pics.  May I suggest "Pocker Puppy Pics?"  Or is that too motherfucking onomatopeic? :-)

    CHEERS and JEERS (sort of; more like gentle CHIDING) to Frank rich, whose most recent column skewers contemporary journalism through the lens of Gonzo journalism, Hunter S. Thompson style. He makes the case that we've left behind the craven befuddlement of the early 70s coverage of the Nixon campaign to enter the era of craven journalistic corruption -- from Gonzo to Gannon.  However, he repeats uncritically the tired saw about bloggers being on Dean's campaign, which strikes me as an unfortunate bias towards the "more established" (more venal?) medium of the NY Times.  By lumping in (implicitly) sites like this with the likes of Gannon's "blog," he does us all a disservice.  Yay, but boo, Frank.  

    Nothing requires a greater effort of thought than arguments to justify the rule of nonthought. -- Milan Kundera

    by Dale on Mon Mar 07, 2005 at 07:46:19 AM PST

  •  C & J, Florida Suncoast comments edition (4.00)
    From Sarasota, Florida, etc.....

    Cheers to all the great readers who made my first Weekend Edition C & J </diary whore. an unexpected success! <p> Cheers to Maryscott, for her passion and her intelligence.  I bow to your vastly superior powers of writing and snark!

    Jeers to Florida State Senate President Tom Lee (R-Brandon).  The otherwise well-regarded Lee stated in this St. Pete Times article  (via the Florida News Blog) that Mr. Spock was very influential growing up:

    During those long afternoons alone, Lee got to know Star Trek's Mr. Spock, the pointy-eared, half-human offspring of Vulcan diplomat Sarek and human schoolteacher Amanda Grayson.

    Lee was fascinated by Spock's lifelong struggle to reconcile Vulcan logic with human emotion.

    "He was perfectly logical. There was no emotion in his thought process," Lee said.

    Fascinating.

    Cheers to Bono.  According to an AP article, he is actually being considered for the presidency of the World Bank, and was talked up by Treasury Secretary John Snow, of all people.

    Andy
    Sarasota

    The basis of all wisdom is first knowing that you know nothing--Socrates

    Hey, that's us!--Bill and Ted

    by AAbshier on Mon Mar 07, 2005 at 07:47:28 AM PST

    •  Jeers to me... (4.00)
      ...for not formatting worth a shit.  Again I bow to MSOC's superior knowledge.

      Andy

      The basis of all wisdom is first knowing that you know nothing--Socrates

      Hey, that's us!--Bill and Ted

      by AAbshier on Mon Mar 07, 2005 at 07:48:39 AM PST

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  •  a Morning Cuppa (4.00)
    Cheers to Maryscott for stepping up to the plate and workin' it, workin' it, as she does so brilliantly, to Armando for splashing Cheers & Jeers onto the front page!

    A still life for today: Duane Keiser

    Today's Ogden Nashery:

    The Ostrich

    The ostrich roams the great Sahara.
    Its mouth is wide, its neck is narra.
    It has such long and lofty legs,
    I'm glad it sits to lay its eggs.

    Cheers to the CBC, for putting online a stupendous collection of clips from the 60s in an exhibition called 1960s a GoGo. John and Yoko at their Montreal Bed-In, a young Leonard Cohen suffering a foolish interviewer, the birth of the Ski-Doo, and many more fusty 60s memories.

    Cheers to R. Crumb, speaking of the sixties. The Guardian stopped by his home in France to interview him, as he's now the subject of two retrospectives, a film season and a new biography.

    When I was four, I knew I was weird


    There is a tiny sign by the front door saying Crumb. It is handwritten in a familiar style. The door is unlocked. We walk in. It is dark and gloomy and not a little eerie. There are lights on but somehow they seem to emit darkness. We go up the first of a series of staircases, past guitar and banjo cases, and disturbing pictures of sexualised dolls and distressed cubist paintings. The room is also dark. Cabinet after cabinet is filled with pedantically labelled 78rpm records in brown cardboard sleeves. They look more like an installation than a record collection. Surrounding the latter are myriad other collections - bottle tops, toy cars, tiny musical instruments. In the corner of the room stands a man - tall and thin and slightly stooped - with his back to us. We are in Crumbland.

    Duke feels something move:

    Cheers to reinventing Who's on First?

    (A CUSTOMER steps up to a video-store counter with a stack of videos.)

    CASHIER: Hi. Did you find everything you wanted?

    CUSTOMER: (Handing over membership card.) Yes, thanks. (Pause.) When is this one due back?

    CASHIER: The day after tomorrow.

    CUSTOMER: Yeah, when's it due back?

    CASHIER: The day after tomorrow.

    CUSTOMER: Yes. The Day After Tomorrow.

    CASHIER: Right.

    CUSTOMER: Right. When's it due back?

    CASHIER: The day after tomorrow.

    CUSTOMER: I mean the movie. The Day After Tomorrow. When is it due?

    CASHIER: Oh! I get it. That's funny. You thought I meant--right, OK. It's due the day after tomorrow.

    CUSTOMER: The Day After Tomorrow is due the day after tomorrow?

    CASHIER: Exactly.

    CUSTOMER: And Before Sunset?

    more ...

    Cheers to baby fox doggies! Puppy foxes! 45 years of research has resulted in these adorable foxy pups who are domesticated to bark, wag their tails and generally behave like your best friend. I want one!

    Let the great world spin for ever down the ringing grooves of change. - Tennyson

    by bumblebums on Mon Mar 07, 2005 at 07:47:40 AM PST

  •  MUSICAL CHEERS ...& Jeers (4.00)
    CHEERS to SHELLAC.
    Steve Albini's ear-shattering rock outfit is hitting the road for a short tour: Do-Not-Miss!  Wait, "Albini" you say?  You might recognize his name from the liner notes of some of your all-time favorite albums (Nirvana, PJ Harvey, Pixies, Helmet, 1000s of others). Aside from being one of the most innovative guitarists in America, he also finds time to run Electrical Audio and is head engineer/producer there.  All in a day's work, Steve-o!

    CHEERS to Semaphore Recording.
    Speaking of recording studios, Semaphore is another Chicago gem.  Run by the trio of Jeremy Lemos, Elliot Dicks, and Scott Adamson, Semaphore is known around town for top of the line gear, friendly engineers, and low prices (exactly what my indie-rock friends look for in a studio; well, that and lots of free beer).

    JEERS to bad taste in music.
    Har har.

    CHEERS? JEERS? to silly band photos.
    Whichever... Have you seen those hilarious 8x10 glossy photos of the most god-aweful band you've ever heard?  No?  Well they're all here in The Hall of Douchebags.

    CHEERS to Coldplay.
    I guess someone's gotta be played on the radio, right?  New album, tourdates blah blah blah zzzzz.  Back to bed for me.

    •  Coldplay? (4.00)
      Never cheer for Coldplay.  

      Smoke the holy chalice, got my own religion...

      by fabooj on Mon Mar 07, 2005 at 09:45:25 AM PST

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    •  Seconded... (4.00)
      cheers to Shellac. "..at Action Park" is probably one of the finest musical works released during the 1990s. Do yourself a favor and check it out on vinyl. It's fantastic.

      Also check out some of Albini's other works including Big Black and their classic record "Songs about Fucking" and Rapeman's "Two Nuns and a Pack Mule". Awesome stuff indeed...

      "Maybe, just once, someone will call me 'sir' without adding, 'you're making a scene.'" - Homer

      by the holy handgrenade on Mon Mar 07, 2005 at 10:16:38 AM PST

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      •  re: rapeman (4.00)
        an interesting little factoid on them...
        they released just one album and an EP before trouble arose at the pressing plant, where workers refused to handle any product adorned with the group's name. The group fell apart after that - good thing i guess, albini then formed shellac.
        •  I may be... (4.00)
          remembering it wrong, but, didn't they get the name from a Japanese comic book character?

          "Maybe, just once, someone will call me 'sir' without adding, 'you're making a scene.'" - Homer

          by the holy handgrenade on Mon Mar 07, 2005 at 10:35:22 AM PST

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          •  ding ding ding - you are correct (4.00)
            from VH1.com:  "The name for the band came from a Japanese comic book that Washam and Albini were equally obsessed with because of the bizarre, adult nature of its subject matter; for whatever reason, the title character spent most of his time raping women. Puzzled by the fact that such a comic book was an accepted part of popular culture in Japan, Albini, already swathed in controversy from his days as frontman for Big Black, decided it would be a clever name for his new project. This decision was not without consequences though; on their first American tour, there were picket lines at several shows that were filled with women who found the group's name to be offensive, sometimes accompanied by news crews covering the sensation that the group occasionally generated. In England, a show at a university was nearly cancelled because of a proposed boycott by students and members of the community. The ensuing publicity, however, drove hundreds to the rented hall and the show sold out."
    •  Cheers to Shellac! (4.00)
      It's a great, old way of finishing furniture. It's non-toxic and easy to repair. It comes in great shades and can lead to an amazingly beautiful finish, especially when used in French Polish.

      Oh, I guess you're talking about something else.

      Sorry.

      Plane Crazy
      Always confusing everything else in the world with his hobby.

      "It is hard to fight anger, for a man will buy revenge with his soul." Heracleitus, 500 BCE

      by PlaneCrazy on Mon Mar 07, 2005 at 12:43:00 PM PST

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  •  CHEERS to MaryScott Monday. (4.00)
    Cheers to having a reason to look forward to a Monday!

    Jeers to the pink and purple spots I'm seeing.

    Jeers to Monday anyway.

    Cheers to Armando promoting this pink and purple absurdity - he says above that he thought he'd go out in a blaze of.... something...   I always knew Armando would go out in a blaze - but I didn't envision so much pink and purple.

    Godspeed to Roman Edemskoi(58877241) - a man who found the courage to speak out in conditions we can still only imagine - and then the will to live through it. Peace to his grandson and all the survivors families. Thank you for sharing the story.  We will never forget.  We will stop the madness this time before it comes to that.  We promise.  And if we somehow fail - may we all have his courage.

    Motherfucking Jeers to the motherfucking wingnuts who don't get this.

    Cheers to standing witness.  Rubdmc doesn't get much notice for the ongoingIraq War Greif Daily Wintess (photo) series, but much like PastorDan's great Word for the Week on BTK , this sort of witness of and acknowledgement of the dark side of humanity is necessary.  Thanks to both of you for taking on the shadows and letting in some light.

    Motherfucking Jeers to those who cause this kind of suffering - especially our administration. America should be better than this. One day we will reclaim our tattered ideals - Oh, Let America Be America Again.

    I support Soulforce - seeking Justice for God's GLBT children. Please join us.

    by its simple IF you ignore the complexity on Mon Mar 07, 2005 at 07:54:53 AM PST

  •  Cheers and Jeers..right? (4.00)
    Cheers? Jeers? MSOC pinch-hitting for Bill and it's on the front page? I don't know what to do! This is too much! It's bad enough that we have C&Js in the first place, because I can't not post when C&Js are up, but I really ought to do other stuff.

    Especially since we now have C&J: Weekend Edition. I'm telling you, we'll be looking at a baker's dozen of spin-offs here very shortly. Coming next: C&J: Late-Evening Edition!

    Cheers to breakfast cereal.

    Cheers to not working this evening.

    Cheers to having college homework done.

    Cheers to leave in a week and a half.

    Jeers to being unable to locate the girlfriend. Need to get her one of them new-fangled GPS thingys.

    Jeers to not having a Jamba Juice or the like around here. Someone in PDX wanna bring me some? I have cookies.

    Jeers to the weekend being over.

    I'm hungry now, time for breakfast!

    Oh, and MSOC, what would we do without your invective-laced commentary on the state of the world?

    "The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy." - MLK

    by amayernx on Mon Mar 07, 2005 at 08:03:16 AM PST

  •  Your Pootie Pic Du Jour..... (4.00)

    Purrfectly wonderful C&J, MaryScott :)

    ...Don't sweat the petty things, and don't pet the sweaty things....

    by PhillyGal on Mon Mar 07, 2005 at 08:04:37 AM PST

  •  C & J (4.00)
    CHEERS: To Maryscott and her psychedelic textboxes. Whoa, dude . . . listen to the colors! Awesome motherfucking C & J. Front motherfucking page! Fucking motherfucking fucking motherfuck!

    CHEERS: To being sent a huge freelance job the day before my birthday. Whoo-hoo! Income rocks!

    CHEERS: To my Birthday, International Women's Day! Horay, I'm finally 42 . . . oh, wait . . . oh, shit . . .

    CHEERS: To a guy who actually got stoned and learned to play the sitar full time for six years, then gained admission to an Ivy League university and graduated with honors . . . yours truly.

    CHEERS: To Chopin, great accompaniment to a good XO cognac.

    CHEERS: To Pussycat, who's taking me out on my birthday.

    Today's Pussycat pic:

      

    CHEERS: To having nothing to jeer about on your birthday.
    •  Happy Birthday! (4.00)
      Hope you have an International Woman kind of day.

      Smoke the holy chalice, got my own religion...

      by fabooj on Mon Mar 07, 2005 at 09:46:15 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

      •  Thanks! (4.00)
        Pussycat and I are going to dinner at Retoh [Japanese only, sorry] in the chic Omotesando district of Tokyo. And she's definitely an international woman, so it will certainly be an International Woman kind of day (Japanese edition).

        Oh, Fabooj, would you pass me that chalice? Bom Shankar! Oooh, yeah! Thanks.

    •  Happy B-Day, LTEW (4.00)
      So today is your birthday
      That is what I've been told
      What a wonderful birthday
      You are one more year old
      On a cake you'll have candles
      All lighted for you
      And the whole world will be singing
      Happy Birthday to you.

      May your wishes all come true!

      Our progress as a nation can be no swifter than our progress in education. The human mind is our fundamental resource. - John F. Kennedy

      by jung at heart on Mon Mar 07, 2005 at 06:45:17 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  Front page C&J! (4.00)
    Cheers to an excellent C&J, with rhymes and colors and profanity and humor and -- OH MY GOD, WHO KILLED THE BUNNY?!  Now I have to BUY my Cadbury Cream Eggs...

    Jeers to dumbasses.  No, this isn't about GW.  Harry Stonecipher, the CEO of Boeing has resigned after having an affair with a co-worker.  Let me get this straight; you preside over one of the largest companies on the planet, and you decide to screw it up by screwing another executive?  No Cadbury's for you.

    Extra Cheers for somewhere to sit!  We get a new couch and chair delivered to my house, and it will feel good to get rid of the old crap, and replace it with the new crap.  But neither of them are leather as the pictures show; they're a navy blue fabric.

    And my life isn't so bad...except for the morons in charge of America who are bent on total global domination and perpetual war.  Other than that, it's all good.

  •  CHEERS to Deadwood/HBO being back. (4.00)

    ...Don't sweat the petty things, and don't pet the sweaty things....

    by PhillyGal on Mon Mar 07, 2005 at 08:11:11 AM PST

    •  Interesting show... (4.00)
      Saw it for the first time over the weekend.

      Something about a girl being forced to be a a prostitute and her brother (???) trying to help her get out of it.

      So the girl stabs the pimp, the pimp beats the hell out of her. Then he shoots the brother, and the other prostitute shoots the girl.

      Mind you, the girl was like what, 15? If even?

      I'm sorry. The 'FUCK' man is hilarious, the graphic violence - that was nasty. The girl's head was all bludgeoned looking, her eyes were cross....my stomach was twinging looking at that.

      Insert witty and snide remarks here.

      by Stand Strong on Mon Mar 07, 2005 at 08:14:46 AM PST

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  •  HFS, Batman! Maryscott hits it outta the park! (4.00)
    Cheers to all the C&J substitute thugs:>)
    Cheers to Armando (hey, sometimes "because I can" is the best reason, even if one isn't a rethuglican)
    Cheers that Kos & Bill are coming home, even though it's been so much fun playing behind their backs!   (hey, how can I miss you if you won't go away? Maybe I should apologize, but I think I'll cheer that the caffeine must've finally kicked in)
    Cheers for caffeine, gift of the gods...yeah, hemp's up there, but caffeine's a staple:>) Hail Caffeina!

    Jeers for Mondays. (and the silicone chip inside my head switches in to overload...tell me why) Cheers for the Boomtown Rats, & other onehitwonders...

    Jeers that my demigoddess doesn't approve of frozen peas ...they're SO much better than canned peas! (Until I discovered curried peas, I figured there was no excuse for canned peas, other than torture -those nasty plasticy hulls with smush inside! Give me lima beans, please! anything but canned peas!)

    Cheers for my favorite TLAs, the list gets ever longer.

    Easter's cancelled?  Eastern or Western? Hey, I'm still taking Good Friday off, Easter or no Easter!

  •  Wow (4.00)
    Such pretty colors, MSO.  Reminds me of my baby sister's old bedroom.
  •  Meretricious (4.00)
    So this is the Cheers and Jeers that is like or relating to a prostitute? Or is there another definition of meretricious I don't know?

    Cheers to photoshop:

    Jeers to the never ending flow of SPAM that clogs my email every day.

    "The man of great wealth owes a peculiar obligation to the State, because he derives special advantages from the mere existence of government" - Teddy Roosevelt

    by mrboma on Mon Mar 07, 2005 at 08:14:22 AM PST

    •  Well, it also means drawing (4.00)
      attention to one's self in a vulgar manner...
      MS used it to describe 'Monday Edition'... our gal was clearly pimping herself for a Ph D in 'Cheers & Jeers' :-)

      which I think we can all agree she has earned!

      An unexamined life is not worth living - Socrates

      by crone on Mon Mar 07, 2005 at 08:50:33 AM PST

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  •  Sunny Monday's C&J (4.00)
    Fabooj's Fabulous Froggy Foto - No..it's so much more.  Remember we have Mother's Day, my anniversary and my birthday.  
    JEERS to putting politics in academics.  Tom Fuentes and the rest of the board will receive a beautifully, scathing letter from me.

    CHEERS to stating the obvious.  What will it take to let the American public know we've moved beyond the "what ifs" of Enemy of the State?

    CHEERS to gorgeous days.  After what seemed like 3 months of rain, it was beautiful outside yesterday and again today.  Hopefully, it'll keep up until, at least, Decemeber.

    Worried about your acceptance speech at next year's Oscars?  Have no fear, this speech generator will save your ass.

    CHEERS to playing dolls with the president"

    Kickass Happenings

    Over the weekend:
    *Saturday:
    Say Hi To Mom Day
    Multiple Personality Day
    Stop Bad Service Day

    *Sunday:
    Dentist's Day
    Independence Day in Ghana

     Today
    Cereal Day
    Monopoly Day
    In honor of Monopoly Day, I share this joke:

    Once upon a time there was a young man who wanted to become a great writer. "I want to write things the whole world will read," he declared. "Stuff that will elicit strong emotions from people in every walk of life. I want my writing to make them scream, cry, howl in pain and anger."

    He now lives happily ever after in Redmond, Washington, writing error messages for Microsoft.


    Professional Salesperson's Day

    Week-long Observances
    Procrastination Week or rather...
    Save Your Vision Week
    Chocolate Chip Cookie Week - I would leave it at that, but you see this.
    Pet Sitters Week

    Smoke the holy chalice, got my own religion...

    by fabooj on Mon Mar 07, 2005 at 08:16:45 AM PST

    •  I got more (4.00)
      CHEERS finally having a hot guy move into this building.  6 years and they were either ugly or gay and in some cases both.  Tall brotha-man about 6'4" with long dreads, and strong arms, hell the lesbians were even atwitter.  

      JEERS to being married AND having the old ball and chain rub my face in it.  No.  It is never cool to say to your wife:  "Ha ha!  You're mine bitch!"  I just may get my new boyfriend to beat him up.  

      JEERS to breaking the coffee pot.  That means Staryucks again.  Puke.

      JEERS to assholes.  Yeah, that means about 97% of the Los Angeles population.  TIP:  If you're in the wrong and are called on it, shouting "Fuck you!" only makes you look like a bigger asshole.  Suck it up and apologize.  This is to the white-haired gentleman, jaywalking against the green how got honked at.  

      CHEERS again to the weather.  Not only is it a blue-skied day, it's warm.  

      Smoke the holy chalice, got my own religion...

      by fabooj on Mon Mar 07, 2005 at 09:05:34 AM PST

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  •  C&J (4.00)
    Cheers to Maryscott for a brilliant riff today.

    Jeers to Harry Stonecipher the ex-CEO of Boeing. Harry got his butt fired because he was having an affair with a Boeing executive. Married with grandchildren Harry, and his lover, put their libido first and now Boeing suffers yet another embarrassment (not to mention the humiliation of the families).

    Cheers to the C&J gang.

    Cheers to Bill for giving us C&J in the first place.

    "One of the biggest changes in politics in my lifetime is that the delusional is no longer marginal." Bill Moyers

    by Lahdee on Mon Mar 07, 2005 at 08:19:48 AM PST

  •  Stiff Neck C&J (4.00)
    ow. ow. ow.  I spent something like 12 fuckin' hours on dKos this weekend with all of the news of Giuliana Sgrena.  Now I cannot move my head or shoulders.  

    CHEERS to Jérome a Paris and Gilgamesh for their excellent diaries regarding Sgrena and the theories related to her "accident" after being liberated in Baghdad.

    CHEERS to Giuliana Sgrena for her 2 years of work in Iraq to bring the truth of the war to the world.

    CHEERS and TEARS for the SISMI agent, Calipari, who died in the attack.  He was a good guy.  In addition to his work in liberating Sgrena and two Italian aid workers who had been taken hostage, Calipari had also worked in the past in dismantling the mafia family 'Ndrangheta.  (My friend Antonio Nicaso has written several books on the mafia, and we found out this weekend that Calipari furnished him with important information.)

    on a lighter, domestic note:

    CHEERS to the Tar Heels!  We beat Duke yesterday by 2 in men's basketball action yesterday!   For which I have to say <drum beat> duh duh duh duh duh, da da da da da da da da DAH. GO TAR HEELS!  (I'm one of those traiterous types who went to UNC as an undergrad and Duke for grad school.  My advisor tried to convert me to the Devils as a condition of my acceptance there, but nuthin' doin'!)

  •  creepy morbid but true-- taphephobia (4.00)
    just in case you didn't know, they used to bury a lot of folks alive, unintentionally-- because people didn't recognize the coma as a condition of the living. So, yes, they thought some folks were dead who weren't.

    Which is why, they say: some coffins have scratch marks on the underside of the lids; &, some graves had a bell with a rope that went right down into the ground... just in case...

    I know it's creepy, but you brought it up.

    Eeewwwww.

    "God help the political system in which a thoroughly addled sovereign is faced with a real crisis." Anatole Lieven, Carnegie Endowment for Peace

    by Tulip on Mon Mar 07, 2005 at 08:21:36 AM PST

    •  Hence the phrase (4.00)
      "saved by the bell." I kid you not. It was generally lead poisoning (IIRC) leading to the comatose state people were often buried in. Apparently one can recover from that kind of coma. The string was attached to their hand, so when they'd start their frantic scratching at the coffin lid, the bell would ring, and they'd be saved.
  •  MS, you know I love you (4.00)
    but those big colored boxes--just too much to face pre-coffee. Although my inherent laziness really appreciates not having to follow links to see the pretty pictures. I'm particularly fond of the bunny. On the whole, brilliant job filling in--you and all of the substitute BIPMs.
  •  Texas CNJ's (4.00)
    Cheers to my friends at TexasKos.  These guys have been ranting and raving about Joe Lieberman all morning.

    Jeers to Joe Lieberman, for kissing George W. and just being a bad Democrat in general.

    Jeers to Monday, just because.....

    Jeers to my neo-con boss who just had to plop her work in my lap. It got done!

    Cheers to Mary Scott, another great C&J, and the puppy and kitty pics made me laugh!  Thanks!!!!

    Blue guy in a red state.

    by txbirdman on Mon Mar 07, 2005 at 08:35:34 AM PST

  •  Cheers to (4.00)
    the word Motherfucking and it's variants. When used appropriately, no other word so eloquently conveys a seething and righteous rage.
  •  Beautiful Cheers & Jeers (4.00)
    Cheers for MSOC. I love your rants and the pretty spring colors.

    Cheers for Armando. Thanks for front-paging this.

    Cheers for spring temps and playing outside.

    Cheers for good Monday morning moods! No jeers today. They will still be around for another day!

  •  Right on! (4.00)
    Diet Cherry Vanilla Dr. Pepper is really a delicious and satisfying way to get cancer.

    It doesn't remotely taste like anything in nature. I have no idea which "natural flavors" they're using, because they're so well masked -- it's like a blue-ribbon science fair project on your tongue!

    I'm hoping that if I chug enough of the stuff I'll gain superpowers.

    We don't see things as they are, we see them as we are. - Anaïs Nin

    by Valentine on Mon Mar 07, 2005 at 08:41:55 AM PST

  •  MSO--you make my week! n/t (3.95)

    sign the petition at http://www.impeachbush.org

    by DrKate on Mon Mar 07, 2005 at 08:43:09 AM PST

  •  Cheers and Jeers (4.00)
    Cheers to MSOC and this colorful C&J.

    The Rethugs are so crazy, they might force SpongeBob out of show business and he will have to do this:

    Cheers to cleaning your house when you have visitors:

    Finally, click here to see a fantastic pair of boobies. Warning safe for work.

  •  Well, it's good to see, Maryscott, (4.00)
    that you're in a motherfucking better mood than the last motherfucking mood we saw you in (which is not to say that the motherfucking bad mood you were in last week wasn't warranted).  

    That last photo is, if I might say, a killer; you can bet that it will get sent out to a slew of good natured folks today.  Thanks, a bunch for the laugh.  Now, if only IS will spring for a new monitor.  Seems that I've ruined another one with coffee.

    Cheers.  Motherfucking Cheers.

    On the road to broken promised land. ~M. Sexton

    by GOTV on Mon Mar 07, 2005 at 09:01:20 AM PST

  •  Oh, and I suppose that Detroit is out? (4.00)
    Thought so.

    On the road to broken promised land. ~M. Sexton

    by GOTV on Mon Mar 07, 2005 at 09:03:18 AM PST

  •  Cheers! (4.00)
    But first, a little frivolity!

    A man had just finished reading his book "Man of the House."

    When he reached home, he stormed into the house and walked directly up to his wife.

    Pointing his finger at her, he said, "From now on, I want you to know I am the man of this house and my word is law. You are to have a gourmet meal ready for me when I get home from work. Tonight, when I am finished eating my meal, I expect a sumptuous dessert afterward. Then after dinner, you will draw my bath so I can relax. When I am finished with my bath, guess who will dress me and comb my hair?"

    His wife thought for a moment and responded, "The funeral director is my guess!!!"

    Cheers to MSOC for a bright and colorful C&J! I'm not sure if it's art or if the dye vats at the easter egg factory blew up, but it is stimulating!! :)

    Jeers to putting in all my mojo and then clicking the wrong thing and losing it all. I'll have to redo mojo later!

    Cheers to the UNM Lobos for wrapping up a great regular season and good luck in the MWC tournament!

    Cheers to March Madness. Bring it on! I'm ready!

    Jeers to Mondays. I gotta get back to work :(

    Where are we going and what are we doing in this hand basket?

    by awnm on Mon Mar 07, 2005 at 09:19:20 AM PST

  •  C&J - Favorite uses of fuck (4.00)
    Motherfucker is a classic of course - might have been applied to Shitstack McWeasel err..Preznit in the past.

    Oh my fucking gawd is another personal favorite. Uttered quite a bit during the debates when W spoke.

    Fuck me just seems to come out when W proposes anything.

    Clusterfuck - whenever more than one member of the Bush cabinet meets.

    But my new all-time personal favorite thanks to MSOC:
    Fuckety Doo Dah.
    That one just works for everything.

    Happy Monday everyone! No real C&J from me today. I've been meaning to share my favorite uses of this word and it just seemed that MSOC's guest appearance was the appropriate place for it!

    Oh, and to those who are scared that we were promoted to the front page: I aint scared at all! Let's  PLAY!! Fuckety Doo Dah!!

    flick

    Can blindly continued fear-induced, regurgitated, life denying traditions be overcome? - Alanis Morissette

    by SanDiegoDem on Mon Mar 07, 2005 at 09:26:03 AM PST

    •  Fuckety Do Dah Bobina! (4.00)
      Fuckety Doo Dah, Fuckety -ay
      My oh, my what a Fuckety Day
      Plenty of sunshine, heading our way
      Fuckety Doo Dah, Fuckety -ay

      And to prove that there is a website for just about everthing... Check this one out!

      Moist Works

      Dubya, yer momma may think yer cute, but I sure don't

      by cosmic debris on Mon Mar 07, 2005 at 10:36:19 AM PST

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  •  spyral's C & J - It's Monday (4.00)
    CHEERS to Maryscott for her meretorious C & J!

    CHEERS & JEERS to not having that "me time" this weekend.  Kevin didn't go to his Moped Army thing; instead, he decided to stay home so he could go out with me & others for our friend's birthday.  We went to a place called The Firefly Club Saturday night.  We were lucky to see the "Leading Ladies of Jazz" show, featuring Ursula Walker & Judie Cochill and Betty somebody <smacks head for not writing it down> - all great, entertaining Detroit-based women.  CHEERS to having a great time & going back soon!

    JEERS to pushing the motherfucking buttons:  Bush chooses hard-liner
    as new envoy to U.N.
    .  That's just what we need - a hard-ass to go to try to repair our relationship with the UN.  Fucktard.

    "So long as we have enough people in this country willing to fight for their rights, we'll be called a democracy." ~Roger Baldwin

    by spyral on Mon Mar 07, 2005 at 09:48:36 AM PST

  •  cheers to the yearlykos crew (4.00)
    jeers to motherfuckers who take days to answer their email

    cheers The YearlyKos Website is ready to launch!

    jeers to having to wait until the above motherfuckers answer their emails.

    I mean "motherfuckers" most respectfully and affectionately. Its a complement in my culture.

    Proud Member of your friendly YearlyKos Convention Team!

    by gina on Mon Mar 07, 2005 at 09:53:25 AM PST

  •  One last word Maryscott (4.00)
    Those on the Leading Edge of Thought will always find detractors............ but the cheering crowds of we "ordinaries" couldn't make it without you.

    If not now. . .When?

    by shirlstars on Mon Mar 07, 2005 at 09:55:05 AM PST

  •  just my (4.00)
    motherfucking luck.. on the day Maryscott does C&J I have to spend the day sitting with my boss!

    I've got 10 mins here for lunch (isn't he generous?)

    MSOC -- this diary rocks!! But I expected no less from you.

    On the subject of the profanity (P.Page pull your head out of your ass please.. this is NOT a cop blog) One of the reasons I almost left Dkos way back at the beginning is that there was a diary where I got flamed for supporting the use of profanity as a form of free speech. IMHO - if profanity offends you to that point.. how are you living in this world? The SHIT happening out there is much worse that the use of a 'dirty' word.

    just my 2 cents..

    'Fear can only prevail when victims are ignorant of the facts' -- Thomas Jefferson

    by Flagrrl on Mon Mar 07, 2005 at 09:55:50 AM PST

  •  Procrastination Week!!! (4.00)
    Cheers to Procrastination week!!! Unknowingly I got an early start by taking a vacation day and sitting at my computer undressed.  I intend to adhere to strict observation of procrastination week.  I will also try to add some celebration of chocolate cookie week in.  Does eating cookies in bed count??
  •  Lil's Post-Employment CHEERS & JEERS (4.00)
    And a short one by necessity of stomach flu. The subsequent fart jokes were funny enough, but the punchline... uh, I think I won't go there. At all.

    But first, a Pogoism for the masses! And Maryscott! And much more! And mmmmmmmmph...!

    OK, all right, I'll cool it with the M-words... you medicated malcontented mendicant mmmmmmmmmmmph...!!!

    TODAY'S POGOISM
    Dedicated to that queasy feeling that started November 2000 last night....


    Albert: All of a sudden I is all come over queasy.

    Bat #1: That's 'cause you got a butterfly in your stomach.

    Albert: I /knows I got butterfiles in my stmoach--Whooie! I musta et somethin'.

    Bat #2: You swallied a whole, live, leapin' frog!

    Albert: Swallowed a frog?!

    Frog: Hello out there--things are prett dark down here--ah--here's a match--

    Bat #2: The voice of the butterfrog!

    Frog: [SKRITCH] (striking the matchhead)

    Albert: EE--HEE! DON'T scratch them on my backbone no more!

    Bat #2: Albert don't quite play the generous host, do he?

    Bat #1: How'd you like your interior walls all scratched up?

    ...No, no, I don't like the scratching-up one bit.

    CHEERS to the ACME License Generator:

    Image Hosted by ImageShack.us

    JEERS to the seeming longevity of the Party of Lincoln Larceny:

    Image Hosted by ImageShack.us

    CHEERS to the Tombstone Generator for letting me do that.

    Further CHEERS to del.icio.us for letting me share my links easier. JEERS to the time you'll spend looking at them all.

    CHEERS to one of my favorite hot sauces--Tiger Sauce! It's sweet and sour with a moderate kick and it's good on practically everything. Just tell me that their parent company, Reily Foods, don't donate to Republicans. PLEASE.

    CHEERS to having a phone interview at 1 PM--wish me luck!!!

    OK, I best lie down. You know the expression, "Shit flows downhill"? You understand. I'm sure of it. Later, all!

    New Fuel For Thought: Ethanol--can it help us get off oil? Read and discuss today!

    by lilithvf1998 on Mon Mar 07, 2005 at 10:04:26 AM PST

  •  April Fool's Day (4.00)
    is my Grandma's birthday, but she's no fool. About to turn 95, she's still a feisty, intelligent liberal.
  •  BOBS ... (4.00)

    I mean CHEERS to Maryscott. That was fucking great.

    Tired of your boring old human name? CHEERS to the Fluffy Kitten Name Generator.
    I am now "Mister Perrywinkle."

    CHEERS to science:

    Tiny hominid was smart:

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Tiny pre-humans who lived on an Indonesian island until about 12,000 years ago had brains so surprisingly sophisticated that the creatures may represent a previously unrecognized species of early humans, or hominids, scientists reported on Thursday.

    CAT scans of the inside of a skull -- among the bones of eight individuals found in a cave on the Indonesian island of Flores -- suggest brains that would have allowed advanced behavior such as toolmaking, the international team of researchers said.

    They had a highly evolved social structure and worked well with each other. This led paleoneurologist Dean Falk to comment "He was obviously far more intelligent than President Bush, and judging from what we know of their social behavior he was not a chickenshit little fuckwit either."

    Ok, I may have embellished a little on that one.

    CHEERS to funnies:

    And finally:

    "Golf, my ass!"


    Come for the ass ... stay for the pie. The C&J Cafe.

    by Baldwiny on Mon Mar 07, 2005 at 10:12:34 AM PST

  •  Mountain C & J (4.00)
    Cheers to MSOC for her efforts.

    Jeers, however, to the dead bunny pic. Still not funny after all these years.

    Cheers to diversity of opinion & full expression of same.

    Cheers to tolerance of same & civil dialogue when at all possible.

    Jeers to the cult of personality.

    Cheers to full sunshine & warmer weather here in the mountains. Jeers to yet another intense snowstorm wending its way here from the north.

    Cheers to the morning miracle of C & J.

  •  Chromatic cheers, olfactory jeers (4.00)
    Cheers to MSOC for the egg-cellent job on today's C&J.  And if you think these colors are hard on the eyes, don't open this!

    Cheers to March hares.  That Easter bunny ain't dead, it's just resting.

    The brown hares of England, whose behavior originally motivated the saying, are actually quite sane compared to the snowshoe hares of North America. Brown hares merely chase and box, while snowshoe hares chase, kick, bite, hiss, and urinate on each other. After the snowshoe male has fought off other males, the real madness of mating begins.

    Cheers to Aussie surfers hanging, um, 470 on Saturday, in a Guinness Book stunt raising funds for tsunami relief.   "I don't think anyone has had more fun on a wave like that since the dawn of time," said Nev Hyman, one of the riders and chief architect of the 40-foot board.  Video available here.

    Jeers?  Cheers?  Wrinkled noses and streaming tears?   To sniff-test standards in public libraries: Smelly Readers Banned From Calif. Library .

    A strict code of conduct, officials argue, is needed to ensure one patron's right to use a public library doesn't infringe on the rights of another.

    Yet the law can raise tough questions for librarians, said Irene Macias, Santa Barbara's library services manager.

    "What is bad odor?" Macias asked. "A woman who wears a strong perfume? A person who had a garlicky meal?"


    Answers are (1) Yes, and that guy doused in aftershave, too, and (2) Absolutely not!  P.S.:  Will they remove the scent-drenched inserts from the magazine section, too?  Please?

    Jeers to all the usual motherfucking assholes in D.C.  Now they're sending a rep to New York.   Bolton Tapped to Be Next U.N. Ambassador.  For an administration hell-bent on environmental destruction, BushCo sure recycles a lot of its trash.

  •  Cheers to fucking opinions (4.00)
    And cheers to being true to oneself. Great C&J, maryscott, and keep on pushing the envelope.

    I don't know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody.
    Bill Cosby

    Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has. Margaret Mead

    by slackjawedlackey on Mon Mar 07, 2005 at 10:52:00 AM PST

  •  Kos Konvention at Kos (4.00)
         The Kos Konvention should, of course, be held on the Greek island of Kos, see, e.g., http://www.csd.uch.gr/~vsiris/kos/ .

         Isn't it natural?

  •  What is the female equivalent (4.00)
    of a Stud-Hoss?

    Whatever it is, that is what Maryscott is.

    Coming attractions...Get ready for the great unveiling of the next great Scoop site: http://www.boomantribune.com

    by BooMan23 on Mon Mar 07, 2005 at 11:07:34 AM PST

  •  Movie, Music and Politics Edition (4.00)
    Political and Daily KOS centric:

  • JEERS to the Republicans and their war on everyone and anyone who makes less than 250K a year.  War without end, torture as standard operating procedure and stolen elections aren't enough for them - now they're "reforming" personal bankruptcy laws and overtime pay too.

    The second great depression is on track for 2011.

  • Even bigger JEERS to Bill Nelson, Tim Johnson, Tom Carper and Joe Biden.  You're worse than Lieberman you enabling, DINO fucks.

  • CHEERS to Maryscott OConnor for her theraputic diary entry on the aformentioned dino quartet.

  • JEERS to me for being dumb enough to read it after having most of a six pack of Sierra Nevadas on a Friday night - dwelling on the disintegration of one's country when drunk isn't the best way to unwind after a 50 hour work week.

  • CHEERS to Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer and his dog for calling out Bush Co. in the Boy King's own house. Along with former Oregon governor John Kitzhaber, the guy could be 1/2 of a Pacific Northwest dream ticket.

    Miscellaneous:

  • CHEERS to Everyday Music in Portland, Oregon for subcategorizing their electronica selection.  Now I don't need to waste time sorting through annoying two-step or house music when I'm looking for something that sounds like Funkstorung.

  • CHEERS to anyone reading this who knows who Funkstorung is, who's even been to Everyday Music, or who lives in Portland.

  • Tepid CHEERS to The Jacket for being smart but overly obtuse.  Bigger CHEERS to Kris Kristofferson for being as watchable as ever, and self conscious about it but still sexist CHEERS to Kiera Knightley for being, uhmmm, insanely freaking hot.

The Devil crept into Heaven, God slept on the 7th, the New World Order was born on September 11th - IT<

by tomaxxamot on Mon Mar 07, 2005 at 11:08:52 AM PST

  •  Jeers to being on the front page (4.00)
    First let me say a big hearty Cheers to Maryscott O'Connor and her great C&J pinch-hitting effort. Personally, I like the colors, but that's just my humble opinion (which, last time I checked, it was still okay to have!). At least she tried to do something fun. This is C&J, fer cryin out loud.

    Has anyone else noticed that a lot of the comments in here today are bordering on the downright nasty? If this is a product of being on the front page, then I'd be happier to have C&J stay safely in the diaries.

    Damn, people, C&J is supposed to be fun! A refuge from the shark tank.

    Just wait til Dad - er, Bill - gets back. You're going to be in big trouble!

    Those who deny freedom to others, deserve it not for themselves; and, under a just God, can not long retain it. - Abraham Lincoln

    by angelama on Mon Mar 07, 2005 at 11:10:27 AM PST

  •  DR's Monday Cheers (4.00)
    From the Secret Progressive Bunker, in territory so red it makes MSOC's quote-boxes look muted...

    No jeers today, in honor of C&J hitting the front page for the second time in history. (The first was when Kos front-paged the anniversary edition... c'mon, I can't believe y'all don't remember taht.)

    Cheers to my dad, stopping by for the day on his way back from a couple months in Florida. We watched Woods & Mickelson duke it out on the last few holes of Doral, jeered Bush-league and flicked virtual peas at the TV while my inexplicibly red daughter scowled in a nearby recliner.

    Cheers to homebrew. Bought a new kit Saturday morning, started a batch Saturday evening, and it was fermenting nicely by Sunday morning. Can't wait!

    Cheers to shopping around. My Civic needs suspension all around, took it to a place near home. They quoted $1200 for the install. I called another place near the office, they quoted $600. I advocate buying local when possible, but I don't tolerate gougers. I'll have to give that garage a drive-by pea-flicking some time....

    Cheers to bananas. A healthy snack in single-serving, bio-degradable packaging. What more do I need to say? (Cheers to Pat Brady, who pens the Rose is Rose comic strip, for the quote.)

    Cheers to Yahoo. I can access my Yahoo mail on my cellphone, and send messages if I'm patient enough to keypad them. Now Mrs. Road can spend all the time she wants shopping, I'll surf away in the van! More cheers for Geocities. I finally have a place to put my ice storm pictures. I posted a couple C&J a while back, now you can get the whole set. Click on the thumbnails to get a bigger picture with a little text

    Cheers to margin creep, MSOC for today's mofo, all the C&Jers for the mojo, Kos for the building, and BIPM for the playground!

    Hatred is murder (1 John 3:15)

    by dirtroad on Mon Mar 07, 2005 at 11:14:39 AM PST

  •  CHEERS to MC O'conner (4.00)
    who, like all the world's best badasses, wears her loverly heart on her sleeve. i thought the colors were wunnerful. (and thanks for introducing me to a comic i had never heard of before!)

    and might i just add, how frequently i am stunned and more than a little bit envious at the strength and clarity of your written voice. as a writer myself, i know that style can only be coached along so far, so for your words to stand out so clearly with little to no professional guidance (that i have heard you mention anyway) means that you were clearly born with quite a gift. i know i for one will be one of the first in line when you one day come out with the novel version of your life and times. (lol--that's if you and your editor don't murder each other in the process of getting it there!)

    The best lack all conviction, while the worst are full of passionate intensity. --Yeats

    by JaneKnowles on Mon Mar 07, 2005 at 11:55:30 AM PST

  •  Party Time, Maryscott (4.00)
    I found your entire C&J wonderful.  If you should wander into the Cafe this eve, please know that we'll be holding a celebration in your honor.

    Rock on!

  •  Jeers, (4.00)
    apparently, to being excited about being included in a recommend diaries diary, and posting my happiness about it. 2x.

    Insert witty and snide remarks here.

    by Stand Strong on Mon Mar 07, 2005 at 12:15:07 PM PST

  •  Better Living Through Chemistry (4.00)
    Cheers to psychedelics.  I swear the world would be a better place if everyone dosed once in a while. I highly recommend it although it's certainly not for everyone.  IMO, it helps me sanctify my relationship to my husband, family, the entire living planet, and "god".
    In case anyone doesn't get the reference to my handle it's from Tom Wolfe's "Electric Kool-aid Acid Test" and the Merry Pranksters' excellent adventures on their bus "Furthur". Metaphorically speaking, "You're either on the bus ... or off the bus." (MSO - thanks for the references to Bill Hicks.  I can't believe I've never heard of him before.  He's sooo right - God gave us these plants to take the next leap in our evolution.  The Neanderthal anti-drug warriors are holding us back because they're the ones that are really going to get "left behind")  

    Cheers to the União do Vegetal. The UDV is a relatively large religious organization whose members consume ayahuasca as psychoactive sacrament.  Last year the Tenth Circuit upheld a  preliminary injunction in favor of the UDV allowing them to continue using the substance in their religious practices (under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act).   Jeers - meanwhile, the Bush administration continues to fight the decision.  

    Cheers to more altered states.  Just wanted to plug this conference in San Francisco this May Mind States VI.  It's an amazing event devoted to the art and science of psychedelics, consciousness, and more.

    Jeers to bad nicknames. My name begins with "Mar" so I have been dubbed with all sorts of nicknames by family and friends, MarDog, Marinator, Marski, and lastly by my sister, Meretricious.  I never knew what that meant exactly til today.  Gee thanks sis, I ain't no ho.   (I wonder if she even knows what it means - I think she just likes the way it sounds.)  

    Jeers to sick kitties.  My poor baby Oslo just got back from the vet. He's got kidney failure and his health has been declining lately. He's been a real trooper about it but it breaks my heart to be the mean mommy with the pills and needles and visits to the doctor.  We can keep him going but I'm not sure about his quality of life.  Today they showed me how to force feed him with a syringe (yuck).    Right now I just appreciate him while he's here and take it a day at a time.      
    Here he is in better days.    

  •  You are awesome! (4.00)
    Love the Cheers & Jeers today, especially all the brightly colored boxes (I'm easily amused). Maryscott, I have a feeling that you're a Deadwood fan. If not, you should be. You'd get your fill of "motherfucker", not to mention "cocksucker". 'Tis truly a great show.

    I've always avoided the C & J, but read it today, because you wrote it. Love your writing. Keep doin' it!

    "I am your king!" "Well, I didn't vote for you." "You don't vote for kings." - Monty Python

    by Liberaljentaps on Mon Mar 07, 2005 at 12:24:39 PM PST

  •  thanks (4.00)
    cheers to MSO'C for the Bill Hicks AND for linking to my favorite conspiracy theorist rapper, Paris, at http://www.guerrillafunk.com (diamonds jeer).
  •  Late in the Day C&J (4.00)
    Jeers to losing power overnight in our first spring thunderstorm.  Trees fell on our lines and we just got power back on -- almost 14 hours later.

    Cheers to having electricity back!

    Cheers to being able to see ScottieBob's C&J at last -- I'm posting first and reading later... can't wait to see what all the fuss is about.  Something about being too "colorful" or something? ROTMFF, LMMFAO.

    Cheers to Key West and the daily Bill and Michael 24th parallel weather report. Finally, you get a break from the northerly winds (on your last day there, go figure!):

    Today...Considerable cloudiness. Highs in the mid 70s. Variable winds near 5 mph early...Becoming east to southeast 5 to 10 mph.

    Tonight...Considerable cloudiness. A slight chance of showers developing late. Lows 65 to 70. Southeast winds near 10 mph...Shifting to south and increasing to 10 to 15 mph by daybreak. Chance of rain 10 percent.

    Tuesday...Mostly cloudy with a chance of showers. Highs around 80. South winds 10 to 15 mph in the morning...Shifting to west and increasing to 15 mph and gusty late in the day. Chance of rain 40 percent.


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  •  I for one loved the colors (4.00)
    Very tasteful. But then again I think that motherfucker and, to be completely non-sexist, fatherfucker are completely within the realm of tasteful discourse.

    The only problem was reading the text in those colors. ;-)

    The pix were great.

    This was certainlu not your papa's C & J!

    "You don't lead by pointing and telling people some place to go. You lead by going to that place and making a case." - Ken Kesey

    by Glinda on Mon Mar 07, 2005 at 12:59:27 PM PST

  •  Abbreviated Version (4.00)
    First
    Cheers to MSOC who is my hero in snark. No one can rant like Maryscott.

    Cheers to profanity. Sometimes it just feels good, and no other words can match it. 'Sblood! Even Shakespeare used it at times.

    Jeers to there being so many, many replies today. It's like coming into your favorite bistro, the one where you could always get a table with no more than a 20-minute wait and the atmosphere was intimate and relaxing, only to find a busload of tourists from some big, loud, American city taking up all the tables, shouting to each other, some criticizing the food, some harassing the waitstaff... And all you want to do is go in, have your regular meal and relax. Sigh. Maybe tomorrow.

    Cheers to 60 minutes last night who had a good, if short, story on DeLay and the prosecutor in Texas who's circling in on him. At least Leslie Stahl got some of that story out to whoever still watches the show.

    Jeers to there not being any Desperate Housewives on last night. Oh, well. Maybe next week.

    Plane Crazy
    It's too crowded in here for good conversation, I'll just eat my appetizer and leave. I'll come back later. But good job Maryscott!!!!

    "It is hard to fight anger, for a man will buy revenge with his soul." Heracleitus, 500 BCE

    by PlaneCrazy on Mon Mar 07, 2005 at 01:00:07 PM PST

  •  msoc (4.00)
    cheers to the author.  not one to think myself a devotee, but in this case, i gladly accept the charges.

    jeers to those numbnut posters who continue to parrot back really old and cliche talking points from the right wing, and who expect that because they are writing it and not lyndon larouche that we will somehow be more receptive or appreciative.

    cheers to cali scribe for the post yesterday in a diary where s/he highlights the bulwer-lutton awards which is now accepting applications for consideration (i think).

    baby CHEERS to me for suggestin to host a more kos-friendly version of the blwc awards.  and so i am.  i guess i need to post this as a diary unto itself, but consider this a preliminary, "heads up" early bird announcement for the ......  

    the first 1st approximately semi-annual, nearly yearly potty mouth blwc contest for kossacks is about to acept entries.

    blwc?  check out the link (above) or again repeated here bulwer-lutton awards" for the basic underpinning.

    however, this is a kossack-appropriate type of contest, with a kossack-friendy twist -- potty mouth entries are encouraged.   rather than the traditional "it was a dark and stormy night" this version would prefer "while losing his balance, karl shouted "fuck you" to whomever puked on the anti-slip pads rendering them slippery."

    note:   simply rewriting my example above will be grounds for disqualification.  one entry per family, unlimited entries per genus, and infinite entries plus one per species.

    "let me get this straight -- no, i said that wrong -- let me begin again, ok? now what was it?" (my mom)

    by dadanation on Mon Mar 07, 2005 at 01:02:55 PM PST

  •  late pibble C&J (4.00)
    CHEERS to Spongebob fighting back!
    http://www.progressnow.org/weblog/archives3/permalink/004030.cfm

    CHEERS to Fishbowl getting into the WH pressbriefing  and JEERS to reality sucking
    http://www.mediabistro.com/fishbowlDC/west_wing_reportage/

    JEERS to inappropriately snarky C&J'ers whining about MSOC's choice of colors.  Hey!  this is a mojo fest!  get with the program!  FUCKING A

  •  Menopausal Monday (4.00)
    I know this is a  male tilted blog but...if you think you get a little wound up now just wait!    Also with the LSD stuff what about mushroom Monday? Great job Maryscott, where do you find the time?

    http://www.mucci.com

    by SMucci on Mon Mar 07, 2005 at 03:23:53 PM PST

  •  Wow! (4.00)
    I'm quite impressed. Nicely done, Maryscott!
  •  quick check in (4.00)
    rollicking dairy. Kick ass as always.

    One point of contention: Be Cool, not Leonard's top-shelf work. I mean it's not "Riding the Rap" bad sequel, just sort of a tired sequel, but a minor point really.

    If you ever read Leonard, here's one to pick up that's a bit different than most: Touch.

    Not that well known but YOU might enjoy it. Here's a the synopsis from amazon:

    Turned down as a marketing problem because it couldn't be "labeled" 10 years ago, this novel will almost certainly be another of Leonard's big hits. He writes in the sparse, word-perfect prose style that distinguishes Glitz, Bandits and all his bestsellers to tell a tender, funny, suspenseful story. The hero, Charlie Lawson, once served as Brother Juvenal in a Catholic order; now he cares for alcoholics in a Detroit hospice. Charlie/Juvenal cures those he touches through miracles manifested by the Stigmata, the wounds of Christ that appear on Charlie's body. The phenomenon lures a flashy promoter, Bill Hill, aiming to get rich by exploiting the reclusive, gentle man who is also the intended prey of rabid right-winger August Murray. Murray plans to get the healer on his side, fighting against the ecumenism of Vatican II rules, especially the ones forbidding the Mass being said in Latin. Both Hill and Murray are losers when smart, attractive Lynn Faulkner and Charlie fall in love, before the astonishing finale that makes one believe the couple will live happily ever after.

    If you aren't outraged, you're not paying attention.

    by bigskiphazzy on Mon Mar 07, 2005 at 04:33:12 PM PST

  •  Does the word FUCK bother you? (4.00)
    That was always one of my favorite bumperstickers.  Right up there with
    I KNOW Jack Shit!
              and
    Where are the
      flashbacks
    they promised us?

    By the Numbers:

    • Times the word "fuck" (and/or any of its derivatives) appears in the above Diary: 30.
    • Times the word "fuck" (and/or any of its derivatives) appears in the comments below this diary: 146.

    Note:the latter number is an approximation, I did not double check my counting work.

    Commenters win by 116.  Bludgers and goals about even; I guess we must've caught the snitch.

  •  If this is a regular Monday feature (4.00)
    I'm gonna have to stop hating Mondays! Thank you for this unexpected cool surprise! This is the best Motherfucking diary yet!

    Whatever it is, I'm against it! - Marx (Groucho)

  •  Late C&J (4.00)
    Cheers to me for being the first to offer to take Jung's Monday opening.

    Cheers to me for defering to MSOC when she suggested we arm wrestle for it.

    Cheers to me for not getting bitchy when MSOC cheered herself the day after volunteering and neglected to mention that I had also volunteered (and at 5PM before anyone else did- poor Jung had a cry for help left completely uncommented on when I checked in to C&J after work!).

    Cheers to me for allowing all these C&J records (front-page, unprecedented mojo, mucho comments, giant tip jar, unusual bickering) to occur by kindly stepping down for the Queen of kos.

  •  Late but OMG necessary cheer (4.00)
    Cheers to MSOC. Image Hosted by ImageShack.us

    Our progress as a nation can be no swifter than our progress in education. The human mind is our fundamental resource. - John F. Kennedy

    by jung at heart on Mon Mar 07, 2005 at 06:06:03 PM PST

  •  Carnacki's Cheers & Jeers (4.00)
    Cheers to Maryscott and all the substitute BillinPortlandMainers. You've all done a fine job.

    Cheers to Easter. I wouldn't give up one of my children for people as undeserving as us.

    Cheers to the C&J gang. Pushing the envelope and margins once again.

    The interplay of ideas and the oblique uses of knowledge are often of extraordinary interest. -- Sherlock Holmes

    by Carnacki on Mon Mar 07, 2005 at 06:36:33 PM PST

  •  Belated JEERS & JEERS -- Left Coast Edition (4.00)
    Not feeling too CHEERy today; hell, MSOC's got more CHEERS than I've got:

    JEERS to Mondays. Yeah, you read that right. Spouse is off on Mondays, so by the time I can get to the computer there's 500+ comments in C&J and I can't scroll through all of them. Which leads me to:

    JEERS to this stupid underpowered computer. I need a new one bad; I'll turn this one over to the spouse and he can swear at it for a change.

    JEERS to lack of sleep. Spouse was up till 4am Saturday night; last night was my turn.

    JEERS to general crankitude, caused by lack of sleep referenced above.

    JEERS to Keith Olbermann taking the day off, which makes Countdown slightly less enjoyable. (Though CHEERS to the fact that I won't have to stay up for the late showing and can maybe get to bed early...ah, who the &$@% am I kidding???)

    JEERS to MSOC for NOT using the "m-f" term in her title, thus causing me to lose my virtual bet with my split personality.

    Promise to be more CHEERful tomorrow, honest...

    "It's an unnerving thought that we may be the living universe's supreme achievement and its worst nightmare simultaneously." -- Bill Bryson

    by Cali Scribe on Mon Mar 07, 2005 at 08:26:38 PM PST

  •  take my tinfoil hat and shove it (none)
    ROFLMAO!

    Don't you wish you could do it to those people that refuse any inquiry on the grounds that they "don't believe in conspiracy theories"?

    The fact that you are paranoid doesn't mean that there isn't someone out to get you ;-)

    In the future people will wonder why most didn't challenge Bush's excesses
    The truth? Complacency was easier

    by lawnorder on Thu Mar 10, 2005 at 10:57:23 AM PST

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