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From the GREAT STATE OF MAINE...

Things We'd Like to See at the Kos Convention (http://www.dailykos.com/story/2005/3/13/1033/61797) June 9-11, 2006...in order of importance:

Cheap booze

Howard!  Howard!  Howard!

Markos's keynote address delivered "in the round."

"Pin the Tail on the Right-wing Wacko"

A decent workshop about framing

Prom Queen Barbara Boxer

Blogging vs. Traditional Media: Thoughts from Keith Olbermann

Lecture by Pastor Dan: What the Bible Really Says About...

Orange a la Duck

D.C. Insider reveals:  "What You Don't Know About How Washington Really Works"

A representative from this outfit: http://www.pajamasseenontv.com/nick---noras-flannel-pajamas.html

In the Zebra Lounge: Maryscott O'Connor-hosted screamaoke

Workshop: How to Make Gobs of Money Selling Junk to Gullible Republicans.  On second thought, put that at the top of the list.

Howzabout you?  Cheers and Jeers starts in the Extended Entry section... [Swoosh!!]  RIGHTNOW!  [Gong!!]

Cheers and Jeers for Monday, March 14, 2005...

By the Numbers:
Percent of March that's over: 45%
Days `til Spring: 6
Days `til taxes are due: 32
Days `til Yearly Kos convention: 463
2004 Revenue at Indian casinos in 2004: $18.5 billion
2004 revenue at non-Indian casinos: $9 billion
(Source: AP)
Percent of government farm subsidies that go to the top 8% of farm producers: 78%
(Source: U.S. Dept. of Agriculture)
Number of cell phone subscribers as of 2004: 180,500,000
(USA Today)
Percent of cell phone users who TALK REALLY LOUD ON THEM IN RESTAURANTS AND OTHER INAPPROPRIATE PLACES: 100%

Your Puppy Pic of the Day  "Vee vill invade Purina!  Und vee vill invade Iams!  Und vee vill invade Alpo!  Und zen...zuh Vuhrld!!!"  http://dogs.about.com/library/gallery/blphotopage3463.htm  "But first...vee go poopies!"

CHEERS to tobogganing.  According to the latest Washington Post/ABC News poll, public approval of Bush's Social Security-gutting scheme is racing downhill and headed for the briar patch: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A33028-2005Mar14.html.  We'd call an ambulance but, gosh darn it, our cell phone's in a dead spot.  Yours too?  Bummer.

JEERS to Old Man Winter.  He dumped another 13 inches on us over the weekend, the creep.  But that's only slightly worse, in our opinion, than the boneheads at the Weather Channel who identified our hometown as "Portland, MA."  NEVER!  NEVER!  NEVER!

CHEERS to Molly in stitches.  Ms. Ivins just found out that John "Screw the U.N." Bolton has just been appointed Ambassador to the U.N.---and the old gal can't stop laughing: http://www.creators.com/opinion_show.cfm?columnsName=miv.  For some crazy reason, I can.

CHEERS to king of the eggheads.  And happy 126th birthday, Albert Einstein!  His brain worked at a level we can't even imagine, but his sense of humor leads us to believe he would've been right at home amongst our fart jokes.  Right Al?  http://www.ifj.edu.pl/~stachnie/einstein.jpg

JEERS to bad advice.  17 million people will call the IRS for help this tax season.  According to the Cleveland Plain Dealer, one-in-five will be given the wrong answer by the IRS employee on the other end of the line.  Downside: nasty certified letters and late nights amending returns.  Upside: in times of emotional turmoil the Bacardi doth taste sweetest.

CHEERS to scrapping plans and taking stands.  C&J agrees with Paul Waldeman over at the Gadflyer, who says the key to winning elections hinges on hammering positions that the public can easily grasp and agree with...not policy-heavy position papers: http://gadflyer.com/flytrap/index.php?Week=200510#1590.  And all we need to make it happen...[sigh]...is a plan.

CHEERS to Pink Lungs, Fat Wallet.  An economist at Ohio State University has concluded that non-smokers have a net worth that is 50% higher than those of light smokers, and 100% higher than people who smoke more than a pack a day.  So keep on quittin', Kossacks...there's gold in them thar withdrawal symptoms.

JEERS to shameless pandering.  Time magazine's cover story goes cuckoo for Christianity...again.  This time they're saying Mary should be considered Jesus' first disciple because they were so down with each other: http://www.time.com/time/covers/1101050321/graphic/.  That's hogwash.  I don't care who you are, no boy wants his mom hanging around his treehouse when he's drinkin' with his friends.

P.S. to the above jeer:  Get ready for eBay wackos to put this issue up for bid because---gasp!---the cover looks just like the Virgin Mary!!

CHEERS to happy returns.  A rested and recuperated Randi Rhodes returns to Air America on Thursday, but not before the angriest man in showbiz---Lewis Black---guest hosts tomorrow: http://forums.airamericaradio.com/randirhodes/images/splash_randi_out.jpg.  You'll probably hear him whether your radio is on or not.

CHEERS to Senator Lincoln Chafee.  C&J saw him speak for the first time yesterday on Meet the Press, and we sure wish there were more respectable Republicans like him.  We also wish a unicorn would show up and take us to the lost city of Atlantis where we'd be crowned king and lavished with nachos.  But...you take what you can get.  Nacho?

JEERS to CNN.  Good catch at AmericaBlog: Prince William falls from his horse, dusts himself off, and continues his polo match unharmed.  But to the Crappy News Ninnies, it's a HEADLINE!!  http://americablog.blogspot.com/2005/03/who-says-cnn-no-longer-delivers.html.  Can't wait to see their non-stop coverage when Harry takes a leak and dribbles on his shoes.

CHEERS to "Q."  No, not James Bond's gadget guy, silly.  Quincy Jones turns 71 today.  Our favorite Q-tune is his junk-blues theme for `Sanford and Son.'  But for sheer mojo, no iPod should be devoid of Soul Bossa Nova.  Groovy, baby!

C&J Flashback: March 14, 2004...

JEERS to Bush blackmail.  The top Medicare actuary says he was threatened with termination (his job, we presume...) if he revealed the true cost of the new prescription drug plan to lawmakers.  Richard Foster calls the whole thing "nightmarish" and even some Republicans are pissed.  Is there an Office of Congressional Do-overs?  [3/14 Update: The cost turned out to be higher than even Foster thought---$700 Billion.  Pass the Oxycontin.]

And just one more:

JEERS to loony loopholes.  Thanks to our on-the-case Justice Department, terrorists have had to change their tactics.  Cartoonist Dwane Powell is on it: http://www.creators.com/editorial_show.cfm?comicname=dp.  But fair warning, C&J'ers: Flick one in-flight pea and you'll find yourself in a place that starts with G, ands with O, and rhymes with Ahntanamo.

Floor's open.  What are you cheering and jeering about today?

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Originally posted to Bill in Portland Maine on Mon Mar 14, 2005 at 08:17 AM PST.

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  •  Tip Jar (3.98)
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    Tip Jar:  "Any fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius---and a lot of courage---to cheer and jeer.

    ---Albert Einstein
    Born March 14, 1879

    http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/authors/a/albert_einstein.html

    •  Would NOT like to see at the KOS convention: (4.00)
      The Dancing Guckerts...

      Justice DeLay-ed is Justice Denied

      by wry twinger on Mon Mar 14, 2005 at 08:13:56 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

    •  Thank god you're here. (4.00)
      Maryscott's C & J, posted in haste before dropping off child at school.


      CHEERS to my husband, Adam Crocker - aka tymxposure. If you hadn't noticed, his inaugural diary, Diary of the Mate of a Mad Kossack Housewife went up last night, only to hit the Recommended Diaries list 10 minutes later. 30 minutes after that it was atop the damned list and I was bracing myself for a virtual landslide of bitchy asides about cliques and unfairness and WTFs.

      JEERS to bitchy asides. It was Sunday night, people. I think Daily Kos will survive. As to why it's still on the RD list... hey, maybe a lot of people with spousal units can relate and feel like chatting about it. At any rate, if you read his 3 or 4 paragraphs with your little fine toothed fucking COMBS, I think you may notice that he didn't ASK for fucking recommendations, and neither did I. IN fact, I had to be BERATED into recommending the damned diary myself, which I finally did, reluctantly, LONG after it was #1.

      CHEERS to getting a decent emergency room doc on Friday. Looked me in the eye, did an actual examination, prescribed appropriate remedy. (Or so he thought - not his fault it turned out that Percocet makes me vomit.)

      JEERS to crappy painkillers in this fucking country. Should I REALLY still be complaining about this? Or should we have created decent painkillers, oh, say, 50 fucking years ago??? Or, god for-fucking-bid, legalizes marijuana, since by ALL accounts it's the most effective painkiller in the universe? Oh, NO. That would be too fucking SIMPLE.

      CHEERS to Kossack friends and neighbours. Have I mentioned lately that some of the best people I know, some of my best FRIENDS... are Kossacks? You people ROCK. And you KNOW how I hate using that word as a verb.

      JEERS to the drug wars. And if you really want to get pissed off and depressed, check out Nephalim's ongoing diary series about it all: (the most recent of which was, deservedly, atop the RD list for quite a while yesterday): Nephalim's Diaries.

      CHEERS to the BoomanTribune, the most recent baby born of the Daily Kos phenomenon. Created by our own Booman23, Booman Tribune is a SCOOP blog, inspired by Markos's creation, but very much its own man, so to speak. Different colours, different options - separate recommended lists for Americans and non-Americans (because European issue4s so often get short shrift here - naturally, and no insult intended, we care more about our own stuff than theirs. Doesn't mean their issues ain't damned fricking important). Give it a visit, folks - and I won't even mention I'm a Front Page contributor there...  oops


      Rage, rage, against the lying of the Right.

      by Maryscott OConnor on Mon Mar 14, 2005 at 08:14:33 AM PST

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    •  What the Bible says about... (4.00)
      Orange a la Duck?

      Yum, though duck a la orange is generally considered better.

      Thank you, I'll be here all week, inshallah.

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

      by pastordan on Mon Mar 14, 2005 at 08:27:41 AM PST

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    •  Things I'm looking forward (4.00)
      to seeing at yKos --

      BiPM drinking rum and cokes and flicking frozen peas at passersby, all while regaling them with interesting factoids from history and current events.

      Maryscott O'Connor on "Fun with Profanity:  10,000 Political Uses for the Word Fuck".  I figure I can be the surprise guest lecturer on that one.  Also, MSOC on "Use of Really Bright Colors in Diaries and Comments."  No, Maryscott, it didn't give ma a migraine or make me throw up, but I did see weird shadows on everything for the rest of the day.  :-)

      Pastordan on "Why Right Wing Evangelicals Really Hate Jesus -- A Biblical Reinterpretation."

      Carnacki on "Vampires and Progressive Politics -- New Developments."

      That's a start for now -- I'm sure everyone can think of a few more.

      "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 14, 2005 at 08:31:56 AM PST

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    •  What we definitely need at YKos is (3.96)
      (a) A brewery, if we don't have an in-house supplier, what are we going to do when Bill has drunk all the Rum & Coke runs?

      (b) One of those fairground tanks of water, where you try to knock some dude off his perch into the water - suggested first target Armando!

      (c) Name badges with dKos names only, otherwise I won't know anybody!

      "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 14, 2005 at 08:51:11 AM PST

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      •  No.. (4.00)
        What we definitely need at YKos is Wi-Fi!

        Does anything else really matter???

                   </snark>

        Tom DeLay is so corrupt...HOW CORRUPT IS HE?...He's so corrupt that when he takes the Oath of Office, he puts his hand OUT instead of UP!

        by mlkisler on Mon Mar 14, 2005 at 09:05:55 AM PST

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    •  The thing I want to see at (4.00)
      DKos Convention?

      "Top Ten Ways to Infiltrate a Bush Rally"

      Depleted Uranium Sucks the Big One Edition

      Newsie's C&J for Friday (because everyday should be Friday, or as Eddie Haskell says, Bill gives us all a few moments of Friday for every workday!)

      BOOKMARK THIS LINK: http://www.stopfakenews.org/

      Republicans = Practitioners of Pinocchio Politics

      Cheers to Sen. Dorgan (D-ND): Dorgan, on the Democracy Corps. poll showing Americans say Dems "lack direction, conviction, values, advocacy, and so on": "Oh, I don't agree with that at all. Look, we appreciate their advice. I would suggest to James [Carville], go ahead and run for the Senate and join us here in the caucus. But we appreciate their advice, but the fact is I don't agree with it at all."

      On whether Americans think Dems have no solution: "What do you mean -- look, the solution here has always been coming from the Democrats. It is the Democrats that created Social Security and the Republicans resisted all along the way. ... And it will always be that way" ("IP," CNN, 3/8). Via The Hotline.

      I should say that I didn't necessarily disagree with much of Dem Corps' assessment, but I did think that going to the public instead of working behind the scenes leads to some of the stereotypes about Democrats that are hurtful during campaigns.  A SMALL group of Democrats should be leading the way. Everyone should be heard, but nothing ever comes about when it's a bunch of screamers pulling everyone in different directions.


      Cheers to Steve Clemons at The Washington Note who is fighting the John Bolton nomination as Ambassador to the UN. Join in the fight!

      Cheers to Bush administration for making us less safe. Physical infrastructure of the Iraqi WMD program has been looted and have possibly ended up in the wrong hands. In other news, the right wing thinks Bush has never made a mistake and is the best C-i-C ever, and blames Clinton for the mess.

      Jeers to all Congressional reps who carry at least $10,000 in credit card debt. Pretty evenly split between Dems and Rethugs. Norm Coleman is the only Senator who is in that much debt; perhaps it's from the cost of his dental work? Smile!

      Cheers to Richard Belzer! (Via NatJour) "That joke is over. It has been replaced by tragedy" -- "Running With Arnold" narrator Richard Belzer, on CA Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) becoming Gov "of a state he can't even pronounce" (New York Daily News). Gotta love Munch and L&O SVU.

      Cheers to Mr. Gold. Gold: Silent majority doesn't buy claims of media liberal bias

      "Tens of millions of U.S. Internet users trust the news they're getting from the mainstream media, and this silent majority simply doesn't buy the 'liberal bias' argument conservatives have been pushing for decades. Some might call these millions deluded or brainwashed, but if you believe in free markets, you believe consumers are smart enough to know the difference between a good product and a bad one."

      Cheers to Republicans who are off-message, via The Note.

      A Financial Times op-ed says: "Thanks to Karl Rove and his fellow disciplinarians, the number of Republicans willing to criticize President George W. Bush or his policies in public can usually be counted on one hand. But every now and then, someone breaks the code of omertà, thus qualifying for Observer's Profile in Courage award. The latest winner is John Whitehead, the former top Goldman Sachs banker, deputy secretary of state in the Reagan administration and currently chairman of the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation, which is responsible for rebuilding in New York after the September 11 attacks."

      "Whitehead was honoured on Wednesday at the New York Democracy Forum dinner, organized by the Foreign Policy Association and the National Endowment for Democracy." His speech was eloquent and gracious but the sting came in the tail. After lamenting the loss of respect for the US in the rest of the world in the first Bush term, Whitehead said he admired the president's inaugural speech promoting democracy and combating tyranny. He then turned to the nomination of John Bolton, the hard-boiled rightwinger, for US ambassador to the United Nations. Bolton, declared Whitehead, was not the right person for the job."

      Jeers to Santorum. He's always worth a jeer or two. Tisk tisk! Check for my reply regarding Santorum: Flip Flopper Extraordinaire.

      Jeers to Zig Zag Zell Miller. He appeared at a fundraiser for Speaker Hastert last week. (Via The Hotline)

      Jeers to NH Democratic Party chair Kathleen Sullivan for her plea of leniency on bhelaf of former NH Republican Party exec. director Chuck McGee over the NH 2002 phone jamming scandal.  Hey, heed Carville. GOP drowning? Send anvil (not life preserver)!

      Cheers to Pelosi. Via Hotline

      House Min. Leader Nancy Pelosi is "dismissive" of the GOP "attempt to cast" the Dems as the "Party of No," saying in an interview: "Nobody wants us to have a plan more than the Republicans. They're just taunting, taunting, taunting. ... The president doesn't even have a plan," she said. "He has an idea, which is privatization. We have an idea, which is solvency. The two are not compatible." More: "I believe in some way private accounts are a decoy, a fake, a classic Trojan horse. The terrible underbelly of that is the destruction of Social Security."

      Cheers to Kossacks with very simple explanations of what will happen if the value of the US dollar continues to drop...

      Jeers to MD Gov. Ehrlich (R) for conducting himself like an asshole. He initially claimed he had nothing to do with spreading false rumors about Martin O'Malley (Dem candidate for MD Gov in 06), but emails implies a closer link.

      Jeers to Karl Rove and Karen Hughes. Via Hotline.

      This week's National Journal excerpts the upcoming book by Carl Cannon about Bush strategist Karl Rove titled: "Boy Genius." During the final days of campaign '04, John Kerry's "top advisers were utterly confident" they were "going to win." But the Bush team "did not deceive themselves." One ex-Bush adviser: "This is the main thing to give Karl Rove Credit for. He is very cold-eyed about his chances. He never spun himself -- or his candidate -- about where they were. This was in such contrast to the Kerry people. The Kerry people couldn't help but think that by the end of the election cycle, the American people would recognize Bush for the worthless bastard they think he is. Look, Karen Hughes and Karl Rove really love Bush. They really love him. But they understand why others might not. They don't kid themselves, and they plan accordingly. It's the best kind of loyalty."
            While Hughes and Rove are "very different," they have "managed to work together" since '98 "without a single known example of friction ever rising." One "case in point" was Bush's acceptance speech at the convention. Where Rove "sees the electorate as a rich demographic mosaic to be conquered one voting bloc at a time," Hughes "is everywoman, whose simple faith in 'American Exceptionalism' leads her to grand phrases intended to resonate universally." One WH adviser: "Compare Bush's acceptance speech to Kerry's. Kerry's was about him -- Bush's was about the electorate. From a literary standpoint, it was a mess -- it didn't hang together at all, but there was a method to it. The first 30 minutes were very gentle -- that's Karen's target audience in mind -- and it gets tougher and tougher, and by the time you're done, he's talking to Karl's people."

      Cheers to Paul Newman. Via Hotline:

      "he says he is worried by the policies" of the Bush admin. Newman: "I wish I felt a little more comfortable about the direction that we're going. It does not seem to be of the people, by the people and for the people. It seems to be about something else completely different. I think part of it is the media's fault for not being more aggressive and persistent and nasty and I think it's the people's fault for not paying attention. That's not a good combination. It allows people in government to do pretty much what they want"

      Jeers to MD Gov. Ehrlich (R). (Hotline)

      A House cmte began considering a bill to make English the official language of state gov't 3/9. The bill has bipartisan support, and the GOP co-sponsors claim Comp./ex-Gov. William Donald Schaeffer (D) also supports it. He vetoed similar legislation in '95, but drew criticism when he complained 5/04 about the poor English of a fast-food restaurant employee and said immigrants "ought to adjust to us." His comments drew support from Gov. Robert Ehrlich (R), who at the time called multiculturalism "bunk" and "crap." Ehrlich spokesperson Henry Fawell would not say whether Ehrlich would sign the bill

      Jeers to Bush's stealth tax increase.

      Jeers to American children living in poverty. 1 in 5 US kids live in poverty. On a related note, cheers to Sen. Kennedy for his remarks on this issue, and jeers to the Republicans and their "We've done enough for the poor" thought process.

      Cheers to MT Gov. Schweitzer (D). (Hotline)

      Then on 3/8, Schweitzer was confronted at a speaking engagement in Helena by Judy Rolfe, a supporter of '04 GOV nominee/ex-Sec/state Bob Brown (R). Rolfe stood up after Schweitzer's speech and accused him of threatening at least six potential Brown donors, then held up a copy of a newspaper story detailing the GOP charges from 3/7, and said: "Apparently you're using some of those same kind of management styles with some of our legislators." Schweitzer shot back: "(Y)ou go back to all six of those people and tell them to come to Helena and put their hand on a Bible and then swear that that happened because it never happened" (Johnson, Helena Independent Record, 3/9).

      Jeers to Republican family values. This Sprouse fellow is an asshole. Via The Hotline:

      WV Senate Min Leader Vic Sprouse (R) "says he isn't going to step down" from his post, even though his father-in-law, ex-WV House Min. Leader David McKinley (R), supports his ouster. Sprouse announced last week during a GOP caucus "that he was seeking a divorce from his third wife," who "is four months pregnant" with a son. McKinley, who is also the ex-WV GOP chair: "This is the third time he's caused anguish and ripped a family apart. It's shameful. I'll stand beside my daughter come hell or high water." Vic and Amy McKinley Sprouse married in 8/03 "and together own eight women's fitness centers." Sprouse, 36, "denied rumors that he had an affair" with a local TV reporter. He said 3/7: "I won't go into that. It is absolutely untrue." During his '04 campaign, a leaked deposition from his '02 divorce "contained salacious details" about an affair. Said McKinely: "He needs help, treatment" (Smith, Charleston Daily Mail, 3/8). In a letter posted on his Web site 3/7, Sprouse wrote: "Unfortunately, in some divorces, in-laws get too involved." He added: "If somehow during this process my performance wanes, then I would expect them to do their duty and replace me. But, they certainly will not do so simply because an ex-father-in law makes that request" (AP, 3/7).

      Jeers to biased panels. Critics Question Impartiality of Panel Studying Privacy Rights

      Jeers to campaign fund stealing. (Hotline)

      U.S. Dist Judge Kent Jordan on 3/10 sentenced Roger Blevins, 34, to 3 years and 1 month in prison for embezzling more than $412K from Sen. Joe Biden's (D-DE) campaign fund. Asst U.S. Atty April Byrd said Blevins, who was asst. campaign manager, spent Biden's money "to fund his own fantasy life." He "spent the money on three individuals he met" through a gay porn site, "where visitors could watch and interact with" the performers in FL. The site's then-slogan: "One house with five guys and 15 cameras." Court papers "say Blevins used most of the money to buy expensive cars, jewelry, trips" to Fl and a plasma TV "that he gave as a gift." Blevins atty Penny Marshall "said her client suffered from" schizoid personality disorder "and wasn't able to control himself." Blevins "said he never intended to harm Biden or his political career." Blevins: "I was trying to help individuals I thought needed help." Blevins "was caught after one of the individuals" in FL called authorities, "apparently after a fight with Blevins." At the time the thefts were discovered, Biden "was still considered a potential candidate" for the WH '04 Dem nod. Marshall, in Blevins' defense: "How sad is it that a person feels the need to go online and bid on someone to go out with?" Because he stole from Biden's election account (between 10/02-7/03), Jordan called it "a theft of the voice of the people" (O'Sullivan, New Castle News Journal, 3/11).

      Jeers to Tom DeLay. Gambling Interests Funded DeLay Trip. An Indian tribe and a gambling services company made donations to a Washington public policy group that covered most of the cost of a $70,000 trip to Britain by House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-Tex.), his wife, two aides and two lobbyists in mid-2000, two months before DeLay helped kill legislation opposed by the tribe and the company.

      Cheers to former Senator Sam Nunn (D-GA). I hope to see him as a prominent advisor on the Democratic Pres 08 campaign. (CongressDaily)

      Nunn Objects To Bush Plan For Nuclear 'Bunker Buster'
           Former Senate Armed Services Chairman Sam Nunn, D-Ga., objected Wednesday to the Bush administration's proposal to research a "bunker buster" nuclear weapon because of the impact it would have on efforts to limit proliferation of nuclear weapons.
           Although "you can make a theoretical case" for the robust earth penetration warhead, the former senator said "the price we'd pay for developing that kind of weapon would be disproportionate to the value" it would provide.
           "It's a mistake to talk about developing an earth-penetrating nuclear weapon." Nunn said. "The chances of using it are extremely remote and the downside is great."
           If the United States wants to stop other countries, such as Iran, from developing nuclear weapons, "we need to de-emphasize nuclear weapons," he said.
           Nunn, who retired from the Senate in 1996, made the comments at the end of a National Press Club luncheon in which he appealed for greater international efforts to keep weapons-grade nuclear materials out of the hands of terrorists.
           Nunn heads the Nuclear Threat Initiative, an organization dedicated to nuclear non-proliferation.

      Jeers to Dems who soil the party. State Sen. Vince Fumo. I do find it interesting that the feds have been focusing so much attention on local Dems. GOP going after them through these channels?

      Cheers to succinct explanation of reasons why drilling in ANWR is a bad idea. Thanks greatbasin2!

      Cheers to the Kossack that posted about this!

      Bill Gates Sr. - father of the co-founder of Microsoft who is the USA's richest man - is fighting to keep Bush from killing the estate tax that hits the super-rich but also some small-business owners and farmers.

      His son agrees with him, as do billionaires Warren Buffett, David Rockefeller Sr. and others.

      Why? Gates, 78, says the wealthy should pay the tax because they owe a special debt. Their riches, he says, would not be possible without a strong society supporting capitalism.

      "Most of the things that have generated the enormous advances in our economy are things that started on some campus or in some laboratory," Gates said in an exclusive interview last week. "And most of those are because the government financed it."

      Jeers to bad health. 51% of Gulf War veterans are now disabled. :-( The effects of depleted uranium.

      Jeers to Congress considering cutting food aid for the poor. Last I checked, people needed to eat to live.

      Cheers to life after death. Retired Teacher's Obituary Calls for Donations to "Impeach Bush," diary by Bob Johnson

      Cheers to MA bloggers and Frederick Clarkson for keeping the dkos community up to date on all things MA.

      Jeers to armed & dangerous cats. A man cooking in his kitchen was shot after one of his cats knocked his 9mm handgun onto the floor, discharging the weapon, Michigan State Police said.

      Time Out for Random Facts Janet Reno's favorite president is Eisenhower (Hotline). NM's official state fruit is the green chile, while the pinto bean is the state's official legume. On March 13, 1884, Standard Time was adopted throughout the US. On March 14, 1964, a jury in Dallas found Jack Ruby guilty of murdering Lee Harvey Oswald, the accused assassin of President Kennedy, the previous November.

      Jeers to really robbing the cradle. 50 year old Bruce Willis canoodles with 18 year old Lindsay Lohan. Differences in age aren't really a big deal, but 50 v. 18?! 18 = just out of HS, which is way different if it were some 22 year old...because at least that's just out of college. Oh, and what's wierder is that Willis's daughter Rumer was around, apparently. Rumer is 16.

      Cheers to gossip snark. From the same link as above:

      Now that Lindsay has hooked up with Bruce - or not - she has no reason to be peeved that ex-boyfriend Wilmer Valderrama is chummy with Ashlee Simpson. Ashlee, 20, follows in the teen-pop footsteps of Lindsay and Wilmer's original cradle squeeze, Mandy Moore.

      So not only are 25-year-old Wilmer's girls getting older, they're getting less talented.

      Always searching for relationship drama, the Star reports Wilmer and Ashlee are trying to keep it quiet because Ashlee fell for Wilmer when she tried to reunite him with Lindsay. You know, before home room, after algebra, outside the cafeteria.

      "Ashlee knew how much Lindsay still cared for Wilmer, so she volunteered to try to get them back together," says a source close enough to Ashlee to know, but not so close that she won't give her a shiv in the back. "But the plan backfired. And now Ashlee has the hots for Wilmer and Lindsay is freaking out that the woman she trusted is seeing him herself!"

      It's that kind of freaking out that leads teenage girls to grope with 50-year-old men in L.A. hotels.

      Cheers to that liberal Tony Bennett. He has sung for every president since Dwight Eisenhower -- excluding Richard Nixon, which was for no particular reason, he says. His favorite? " President Clinton," he says without a pause. "I love him. He's just the nicest one I've met." "I'm a Democrat. In fact, I'm liberal! I know it's a bad word these days, but it's very good being a liberal Democrat. I think it's healthy."

      Birthdays & This Day in History

      3/13 birthdays: Country singer Jan Howard is 75. Songwriter Mike Stoller is 72. Singer-songwriter Neil Sedaka is 66. Actor William H. Macy is 55. Actress Deborah Raffin is 52. Comedian Robin Duke is 51. Actress Dana Delany is 49. Rock musician Adam Clayton (U2) is 45. Jazz musician Terence Blanchard is 43. Actor Christopher Collet is 37. Actress Annabeth Gish is 34. Actress Tracy Wells is 34. Rapper Khujo (Goodie Mob, The Lumberjacks) is 33. Singer Glenn Lewis is 30. Actor Danny Masterson is 29. Actor Emile Hirsch is 20. Singers Natalie and Nicole Albino are 19.

      3/14 birthdays: Former astronaut Frank Borman is 77. Singer Phil Phillips is 74. Actor Michael Caine is 72. Composer-conductor Quincy Jones is 72. Former astronaut Eugene Cernan is 71. Movie director Wolfgang Petersen is 64. Country singer Michael Martin Murphey is 60. Rock musician Walt Parazaider (Chicago) is 60. Actor Steve Kanaly is 59. Comedian Billy Crystal is 57. Country singer Jann Browne is 51. Actor Adrian Zmed is 51. Prince Albert of Monaco is 47. Actress Tamara Tunie is 46. Actress Penny Johnson Jerald is 44. Producer-director-writer Kevin Williamson is 40. Actress Megan Follows is 37. Actress Elise Neal is 35. Rock musician Derrick (Jimmie's Chicken Shack) is 33. Actor Jake Fogelnest is 26. Actor Chris Klein is 26. Actress Kate Maberly is 23. Singer-musician Taylor Hanson (Hanson) is 22.

      Republicans = Practitioners of Pinocchio Politics

      Political Calendar Posted here: On the Docket: Newsie's Political Calendar for the Week

      Newsie's Diaries

      "Minimize our defensive posture, maximize our offensive posture."--Rep. Rahm Emanuel (D-IL)

      by Newsie8200 on Mon Mar 14, 2005 at 08:59:15 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

      •  Newsie, have you been hanging out with (4.00)
        Maryscott?

        To thine own self be true - W.S.

        by Agathena on Mon Mar 14, 2005 at 09:06:18 AM PST

        [ Parent ]

        •  Credit where it's due... (4.00)
          Newsie was making wonderful and creative use of HTML long before I even figured out you could changel the colours around the text boxes.

          And one of these days, Newsie, I WILL figure out how to read the source code on your Scrolly Thingy. Because THAT, my friend, is a Thing of Beauty.

          Rage, rage, against the lying of the Right.

          by Maryscott OConnor on Mon Mar 14, 2005 at 09:18:30 AM PST

          [ Parent ]

          •  Your hubby's diary is great (4.00)
            See my comment a couple of spaces below, wait til I start on Daniel with "Maryscott's husband can post, yaddah yaddah yaddah"....

            Your little boy is the cutest!!!

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

            by Revel on Mon Mar 14, 2005 at 09:21:50 AM PST

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          •  Secrets Revealed (4.00)
            You can do something like the scrolling box pretty easily.  Just add a <div> tag with a set width and height, then set the overflow to "scroll" or "auto."

            Like this:

            Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetuer adipiscing elit, sed diam nonummy nibh euismod tincidunt ut laoreet dolore magna aliquam erat volutpat. Ut wisi enim ad minim veniam, quis nostrud exerci tation ullamcorper suscipit lobortis nisl ut aliquip ex ea commodo consequat. Duis autem vel eum iriure dolor in hendrerit in vulputate velit esse molestie consequat, vel illum dolore eu feugiat nulla facilisis at vero eros et accumsan et iusto odio dignissim qui blandit praesent luptatum zzril delenit augue duis dolore te feugait nulla facilisi.

            Ut wisi enim ad minim veniam, quis nostrud exerci tation ullamcorper suscipit lobortis nisl ut aliquip ex ea commodo consequat. Duis autem vel eum iriure dolor in hendrerit in vulputate velit esse molestie consequat, vel illum dolore eu feugiat nulla facilisis at vero eros et accumsan et iusto odio dignissim qui blandit praesent luptatum zzril delenit augue duis dolore te feugait nulla facilisi. Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetuer adipiscing elit, sed diam nonummy nibh euismod tincidunt ut laoreet dolore magna aliquam erat volutpat.

            Duis autem vel eum iriure dolor in hendrerit in vulputate velit esse molestie consequat, vel illum dolore eu feugiat nulla facilisis at vero eros et accumsan et iusto odio dignissim qui blandit praesent luptatum zzril delenit augue duis dolore te feugait nulla facilisi. Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetuer adipiscing elit, sed diam nonummy nibh euismod tincidunt ut laoreet dolore magna aliquam erat volutpat. Ut wisi enim ad minim veniam, quis nostrud exerci tation ullamcorper suscipit lobortis nisl ut aliquip ex ea commodo consequat.

            Code for above:

            <div style="width: 320px; height: 240px; overflow: auto; border: solid 1px black;">
            ...
            </div>

            •  Makes sense (4.00)
              recalling my HTML classes many moons ago -- but where did you get the text of Bush's next Social Security speech???

              "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 14, 2005 at 02:16:12 PM PST

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        •  Stole the greenbox code (4.00)
          from Maryscott.

          The scrollbox came from elsewhere.

          Fun colors come from some colorwheel thingee online.

          Cheers to Maryscott and all others who use colorful html!

          "Minimize our defensive posture, maximize our offensive posture."--Rep. Rahm Emanuel (D-IL)

          by Newsie8200 on Mon Mar 14, 2005 at 09:25:03 AM PST

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    •  Pajama Day (4.00)
      At the DKos convention...and by the way, shouldn't it really be held in someone's basement since bloggers are all just slackers who can't get the facts straight, unlike "real" journalists.

      "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 14, 2005 at 09:01:24 AM PST

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      •  As long as the basement has a bar (4.00)
        And as long as you bring your Betty Crocker cookbook..we can set the spousal units up in a hours long discussion of politics while we yuk it up over the pictures (occasionally adding our sage thoughts on the topic of the hour..LOL)

        I have nothing regular prepared today.  I am envious that Maryscott's spouse has posted a (really great) diary, and I am still waiting for a certain someone to "have enough time" to post his political thoughts and make me proud yet again..(oh, he has a job, oh, he's neighborhood president..la la la..whatever...:-))

        Thanks Bramish for letting me add on here.  OH! I forgot...I think we FINALLY have the squirrels out! And I think we got them all out with out carnage! It was warm, they were outside, their was wire mesh, this stuff that smells like dried blood, and poison pellets involved (thats for any new violaters, cross your fingers there aren't any)  

        Lord, does that repellant stuff stink though.  Oh, and Cheers to bowling 175 Saturday night (forget about the 121, 125 and 112 games..LOL)

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

        by Revel on Mon Mar 14, 2005 at 09:18:51 AM PST

        [ Parent ]

        •  You're Welcome (4.00)
          And big JEERS to staff meetings that no one bothers to tell me about until they're starting. I had a very nice gardening tip prepared for today but no point posting it at 11 a.m. as comment #431 or whatever the total is today.

          And a very, very festive tip from Betty the day after, though it will need some Photoshopping so as not to blind everyone who looks at it.

          Now, which of the Betty crocker cookbooks am I supposed to bring to the convention?

          Cheers to no more squirrels. The previous owners of my previous house were idiots who failed to close the fireplace cap. Lo and behold, a couple of squirrels scampered right into the living room. Trapping them was oh so fun - NOT.

          Wow, I am way impressed at your bowling skill. Sometimes my scores are as high as 85 or 90.

          "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 14, 2005 at 09:29:18 AM PST

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          •  One of those rare nights (4.00)
            When the right amount of beer (3 bottles)met with the right bowling lane, ha...I usually average about 125, but it was wild to have only a couple of open frames..LOL

            We did price a couple of places to come exterminate, but it sounded an awful lot like the Iraqi operation, so we took a couple of the best tips and ran with it.

            You can bring whichever book, but I would love to see the one with the green-iced cake in it! (Every time I think of it, I really really want cake!)

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

            by Revel on Mon Mar 14, 2005 at 10:52:54 AM PST

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  •  Carnacki's Cheers & Jeers (4.00)

    Cheers to ratings fun

    Cheers to the Bug Man, Tom DeLay. His corruption will be a great help to Democrats in 2006. Thanks Tom, for being such a greedy bum that you disgrace your entire party. Too bad, so sad, you're bad, and a cad.

    Cheers to the Kossacks. Just because.

    Jeers to torturers.

    Will be back later.

    We can make the world a better place by laying them by the heels. -- Sherlock Holmes

    by Carnacki on Mon Mar 14, 2005 at 08:10:49 AM PST

  •  All Cheers Today (4.00)
    Cheers, first and foremost, to my wife getting the latest round of good test results regarding her thyroid cancer on Friday afternoon.

    Cheers to Paul Sarbanes.  Not the most exciting guy in the world, but a solid, smart, loyal Democrat for over thirty years.  How many politicians can say that?

    Cheers to the 2006 campaign in MD, which just went from being a snooze to an absolutely fascinating game of musical chairs.  Who's going to run for Senate?  Well, a bunch of Congressmen.  Who's going to run for those potentially open congressional seats?  Well, a bunch of state senators and representatives.  Who's going to be left without a chair?  Stay tuned.  Should get very, very, very interesting, very fast.

    Cheers to the Democrats on the House ethics committee.  Their timing was impeccable - there was a story on the front page of the Washington Post every day last week about Tom DeLay, and yes, another one today.  I have only one thing to say:

        DeLay, DeLay, DeLay, DeLay, DeLay, DeLay, DeLay, DeLay, DeLay, DeLay, DeLay, DeLay, DeLay, DeLay, DeLay, DeLay, DeLay, DeLay, DeLay, DeLay, DeLay, DeLay, DeLay, DeLay, DeLay, DeLay, DeLay, DeLay, DeLay, DeLay, DeLay, DeLay, DeLay, DeLay, DeLay, DeLay, DeLay, DeLay, DeLay, DeLay, DeLay, DeLay, DeLay, DeLay, DeLay, DeLay, DeLay, DeLay, DeLay, DeLay, DeLay, DeLay, DeLay, DeLay, DeLay, DeLay, DeLay, DeLay, DeLay, DeLay, DeLay, DeLay, DeLay, DeLay, DeLay, DeLay, DeLay, DeLay, DeLay, DeLay, DeLay, DeLay, DeLay, DeLay, DeLay, DeLay, DeLay, DeLay, DeLay, DeLay, DeLay, DeLay, DeLay, DeLay, DeLay, DeLay, DeLay, DeLay, DeLay, DeLay, DeLay, DeLay, DeLay, DeLay, DeLay, DeLay, DeLay, DeLay, DeLay.

    Well, shit, let's make an even 100.  DeLay.  As we've learned from the last few years, "one thing" repeated 100 times makes the media pay attention.  Seems to be working.

    Cheers to yet another fine installment of the Carnacki "Happy Stories" Friday night diary.

    Cheers to standing firm on Social Security.  Where the fuck did this idea that if the other side makes a stupid proposal, you have to make a less stupid one to be credible?  Did the House Republicans in 1994 have an alternative health care plan?  No - their goal was explicitly and completely negative, and nobody said they had to have a plan.

    All right, then, maybe not all cheers.  One jeer - to Carville and Greenberg for distracting away from what has otherwise been an extremely successful couple of months for Congressional Democrats.

    "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 14, 2005 at 08:11:39 AM PST

    •  jsmdlawyer (4.00)
      Cheers to your wife's good test results.

      Jeers to us still trying to find a baby sitter so we can firm up a date for us getting together for dinner.

      Cheers to  a future gathering of kossacks in Harpers Ferry. Trying to figure out a date is like herding cats.

      We can make the world a better place by laying them by the heels. -- Sherlock Holmes

      by Carnacki on Mon Mar 14, 2005 at 08:41:06 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

      •  If you can (4.00)
        give me a call today, I'm in all day, and we can compare calendars and see what's up.  BTW, if you can't get a babysitter, bring the kids with you.  Not a problem.

        My two good weekends are 3/26 and 4/23.  DCDemocrat nixed 3/26 (Easter!  jeez, I mean really, is that such an important holiday for you goyim?), so that leaves 4/23 or something later.  Let's talk and set something up.

        "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 14, 2005 at 08:45:53 AM PST

        [ Parent ]

        •  True fundy nature revealed (4.00)
          April 23 is the first Seder.
          April 24 is the second Seder.
          I did blog this, didn't I?

          "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 14, 2005 at 02:28:09 PM PST

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    •  God, I almost forgot (4.00)
      Happy Birthday to my Mom!  67 years old today.

      She was diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer a little over a year ago (after losing her husband to the same cancer in 2002), she underwent major surgery, a grueling round of chemotherapy, and now the tumor markers are lower than they've ever been and her health is good.  So this is a big deal, making it to 67.  Here's to 68.

      "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 14, 2005 at 08:56:07 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

      •  This is actually Ms. Carnacki ... (4.00)
        Happy birthday to your mom! My youngest sister had a baby this morning and it's nice to know little Wade shares a birthday with not only Einstein and Quincy Jones, but also a good Kossack's momma. That's worth a cheer!

        We can make the world a better place by laying them by the heels. -- Sherlock Holmes

        by Carnacki on Mon Mar 14, 2005 at 11:07:57 AM PST

        [ Parent ]

        •  Congratulations to your sister (4.00)
          does this mean we get to call you Auntie Carnacki?

          Looking forward to meeting you.  Tell your husband I'm still waiting for that call. . . . .

          "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 14, 2005 at 11:44:41 AM PST

          [ Parent ]

  •  Fourth! (4.00)
    Woo hoo~!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    "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 14, 2005 at 08:12:24 AM PST

    •  But seriously folks. (4.00)
      Cheers to Uncle Albert.  My hero.  A civil servant who reinvented the way we see space, time, and the world. He rocked.

      Cheers to the ongoing appreciation of the book diary series.  It's neat to hear from so many book lovers and readers, and also a great resource if you're looking for recommendations.  Check it out!

      Jeers to Monday.  Ugh.

      Jeers to car accidents.  She is unhurt, but my 21-year-old daughter had her first accident last night.  The phone call I'd been dreading for a year, I'm just thankful it wasn't worse.  Her insurance is going to skyrocket, and she's going to take a hell of a financial hit on her deductible.  All part of growing up, I guess.

      Cheers to Bill for an uncommonly astute C n J this morning!

      "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 14, 2005 at 08:21:17 AM PST

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  •  Cheers and Jeers... (4.00)
    Cheers to making it through the weekend...onward to day 8...

    Cheers to the C&J café...as if I weren't addicted enough to C&J...now this comes along...I guess I don't really need to sleep...

    Cheers to important discoveries. On March 13, 1781, William Hershel discovered Uranus. This led to 200+ years of Uranus jokes...insert your Uranus joke here...

    Cheers to great minds. On this date in 1879, Albert Einstein was born. Einstein's theories changed the way man looked at physics and the universe. Oh and he had fucked up hair...which is what those of us who attended public school remember...

    Cheers to protecting the manholes. In China, where manhole cover theft is almost epidemic, they are developing a new, non-metal manhole cover to prevent theft for scrap. The theft in 2004 have led to unprecedented levels of manhole penetration....

    Cheers to Sin City. Saw the trailer for the first time last night. I haven't seen a comic book movie that captures the feel of the book quite like this one. Can't wait `til 4/1....

    Jeers to Philly's Fox affiliate, who will take any opportunity to make a Dem look bad. During their story about Kennedy snubbing Gerry Adams, they chose footage of Kennedy fumbling with the mic set-up on a podium from some random stock footage, unrelated to the story. So subconsciously, most viewers will think of Kennedy in a negative light. So fucking typical.....

    And some gratuitous Petey photos (as requested in the café)...

    And here is your monkey pic of the day...

    And finally...

    The Holy Handgrenade proves that NOBODY busts the robot quite like he does

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

    by the holy handgrenade on Mon Mar 14, 2005 at 08:12:35 AM PST

  •  Your Pootie Pic Du Jour..... (4.00)

    Cheers, Everybody!

    ...Don't sweat the petty things, and don't pet the sweaty things....

    by PhillyGal on Mon Mar 14, 2005 at 08:12:47 AM PST

  •  Cheers! (4.00)
    But first, a little frivolity!

    Clocks in Heaven

    A man died and went to heaven. As he stood in front of St. Peter at the Pearly Gates, he saw a huge wall of clocks behind him.

    He asked, "What are all those clocks?" St. Peter answered, "Those are Lie-Clocks. Everyone on Earth has a Lie-Clock. Every time you lie the hands on your clock will move."

    "Oh," said the man, "whose clock is that?"

    "That's Mother Teresa's. The hands have never moved, indicating that she never told a lie."  

    "Incredible," said the man. "And whose clock is that one?"

    St. Peter responded, "That's Abraham Lincoln's clock. The hands have moved twice, telling us that Abe told only two lies in his entire life."

    "Where's President Bush's clock?" asked the man.

    "Bush's clock is in Jesus' office. He's using it as a ceiling fan."

    Cheers to the UNM Lobos (men's and women's teams)!  Start the music! We're dancin' baby!!

    Cheers to my cousin's high school basketball team. They didn't win the championship, but they played hard and gave it their all!

    Jeers to the weather. Saturday it was 70+ and beautiful. Today it's snowing. Make up your mind!!!

    Jeers to the "Screw the Future Revival Show", coming soon to New Mexico. Fortunately, fewer people seem to be buying the social security snake oil that Bush is selling.

    Jeers to the NM Repubs. They walked out of a committee discussing an election-reform matter, leaving the committee without a quorom. They claim it was not an orchestrated walk-out. Yeah. Right. They'll do anything to avoid election reform.

    Have a great day!

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

    by awnm on Mon Mar 14, 2005 at 08:13:12 AM PST

  •  Monday Jeer (4.00)
    This is all I have time for this morning, but it's really the uppermost topic on my mind these days.

    Jeers to the MSM. Check out this diary. So tell me folks - WHERE can I get my news these days? All of the papers appear to be biased one way or the other and providing us a rather high proportion of propoganda. We all know how useless TV "news" is. I don't want bias. Not even left leaning. Because any information that I find in a biased paper can be easily debunked and would be worthless in discussions with right leaning friends and family. I am so frustrated!!!

    So tell me - has any of you found anything out there that isn't a pile of shittle?

    (Cmon Cafe dwellers, you knew I had to find a way to work that one in today!)

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

    by SanDiegoDem on Mon Mar 14, 2005 at 08:14:35 AM PST

    •  Google + Web (4.00)
      We get to be our own journalists now; we've got to be our own journalists now. It's not exactly rocket science, after all -- taking a little trouble to check out sources and applying a bit of critical thinking.

      Somehow, in the era of mass production, we got used to the idea that accurate, relevant information and analysis would just be dropped in our laps by professional specialists.

      It also gave us the idea that they are somehow certified to do so, and that we're not. Horsepucky!

      Clearly, the specialists have fallen down on the job. It's up to us to do it for ourselves.

    •  You give me an idea (4.00)
      If there isn't a list of alternative media outlets on dKospedia, there ought to be. And by "alternative" I don't mean necessarily Alternet and indyMedia, I mean places where you can go to get real news. Or at least news that's a little less toxic and saccharine than what we get spoon fed by the Right-Wing Conservative Media.

      My own area of expertise is national broadcasters outside the US, and I think I'll mosey on over to put up a list.

  •  CHEERS (4.00)
    to Bill, and all the Bobs in Bobland.

    CHEERS to today's flash game thingy, the Paper Airplane Simulator. Choose elevation of wings, and angle and thrust of throw.

    CHEERS to puppies:

    CHEERS to funnies:

    And finally:

    Female Ninja Muslims, or "Femninjlims," during a training exercise in Tehran.

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

    by Baldwiny on Mon Mar 14, 2005 at 08:16:05 AM PST

  •  shiny happy Monday C&J (4.00)
    CHEERS to today- the temperature is supposed to go into the 40s, it is sunny, and most importantly it is NOT SNOWING. Repeat- not snowing.  Let's keep it that way, oh Mother Nature.

    CHEERS to Kossacks who convince their partners to join in the fun, and double CHEERS to multiple computers at home. If only we could both rate comments from home... only one registers.  Oh honey- don't worry, I'm not going to blow your cover and out you as Mr Brillig. Post away :-)

    CHEERS to split-second, lucky timing and scoring U2 tickets online this Saturday!  Not that the concert's til October, but I'm excited anyway!

    JEERS to the cost of concert tickets. Mr. Brillig said my U2 ipod christmas present cost less than our tickets.

    JEERS to parents that hold money more dear than family. WWJSay?

    CHEERS, big giant CHEERS, to YearlyKos and everyone who's working to make it a reality! Mark your calendars now, people- and don't forget the rum, coke and peas (are we allowed to bring peas in our carry-on luggage?)

    JEERS to CNN.  An article on political blogs and the only two you can cite are wonkette and Freeperville?? sheesh...

    and lastly,

    CHEERS to daily anagrams.  Today, Tom Delay:
    MOLDY TEA   evokes proper images, eh?
    ELM TOADY   or anyone's, as long as they can pay
    TEAM OLDY   like the rest of the Rethugs.  
    MALTY ODE   written after he's had one beer too many
    MA TOLD YE  "don't lie, Tommy. What did I tell you about lying?"

    I AM focusing on the family!

    by brillig on Mon Mar 14, 2005 at 08:16:09 AM PST

    •  Another anagram (4.00)
      MELT YODA - Tom delay is the dark side of the force.

      9/11 was a Faith-Based Initiative - Bill Maher

      by glazeone on Mon Mar 14, 2005 at 08:48:40 AM PST

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    •  Re:Diane's C&J-R'n'R Hall of Fame Edition (4.00)
      I got U2 tickets this morning--two singles, one for 10/8 and one for 10/14 at Madison Square Garden. I also got one on Saturday for Philadelphia on 10/16, but I'm willing to give that one up. I didn't realize how complicated it is to get to the Wachovia Center from the Amtrak station, and hotels are higher than I'd expected too.

      But CHEERS TO brillig, me and all the other happy U2 fans who are going to see them in concert!

      And CHEERS to Bono, The Edge, Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen Jr. for entering the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame tonight. Bruce Springsteen is making the induction speech. How I wish I could be at the ceremony, but VH1 will show the highlights on Saturday.

      CHEERS to Cheers & Jeers, as always. I haven't posted since Bill & Michael returned to Portland, so--welcome back!!!

      JEERS to snow. Enough already!!!

      But CHEERS to having my Saturday shift at the library cut in half due to a delayed opening thanks to an early morning snow.

      JEERS To W, and people like the woman I saw today with a "W The President" sticker. Moron. Why broadcast your lack of intelligence for the world to see with a car sticker like that?

      I'm not sure whether to CHEER or JEER the fact that Justin Timberlake is making the induction speech for the O'Jays at the Hall of Fame ceremony tonight. I'm mad at him for his part in the "wardrobe malfunction" that shocked the red states silly, but his solo album actually wasn't too bad. And you've got to CHEER the O'Jays.

  •  MUSICAL CHEERS (4.00)
    CHEERS to Wilco.
    The band has recently announced plans to extend its global trek through late-May by adding some US dates. Supporting their 5th album, 2004's A Ghost Is Born, the tour has been rolling steadily along since late last year, and is set to include stops at a handful of festivals (including Coachella) before drawing to a close.

    CHEERS to Motown.
    The new six-disc box set The Complete Motown Singles, Vol. 1 1959-1961 - is incredible. Every A-Side, B-Side, and replacement side from every single released on Gordy's Tamla, Motown, and Miracle labels from 1959-61 amounts to more than 150 tracks and almost seven hours of music, and it's supremely rewarding to explore it as it's presented here, in strict chronological order.  It includes Smokey Robinson, Brian and Eddie Holland (two thirds of Holland/Dozier/Holland), James Jamerson, Benny Benjamin, the Temptations, the Supremes (née the Primes and Primettes), Norman Whitfield, Barrett Strong, Marvin Gaye, and more.

    CHEERS to The Shins.
    We gave cheers to these guys last week and as luck would have it, they've just revealed US tour plans.  The Shins also recorded an appearence for the acclaimed PBS program Austin City Limits last fall, which is set to air this month. Check local listings. They split an hour with The Flaming Lips.  Unfortunately, there are no set plans for the band to re-enter a studio and record the follow-up to Chutes Too Narrow, but we'll keep our ear to the ground on that one.

         
    )  ) ) )))MUSICAL CHEERS((( ( (  (

    •  Cheers to excellent musical taste! (4.00)
      Cheers to the start of lacrosse season!

      Semi-jeers to hanging out in the cold watching the guys practice.  Where's the warm sun?

      Cheers to only 6 more days of winter.  Again, where's the warm sun?

      Jeers to needing a new hot water heater today, but cheers to the plumber who came to fix it a half hour after I called!

  •  MONDAY (4.00)
    Jeers to Monday... just not my favorite day

    Cheers to joint wedding shower with my soon to be sister in law in Indiana this weekend.  It was a complete whirlwind and I am SOME kind of exhausted, but it was wonderful, as is my fiance's family.  Cheers to all the Marshalls

    Jeers again to Monday because once isn't enough

    Jeers to feeling out of the loop after this weekend.  I've got another whirlwind this morning but hope to catch up this afternoon... anything pressing I really need to know about??

    "Revolutionary change does not come as one cataclysmic moment...but as an endless succession of surprises, moving zigzag toward a more decent society."

    by saint on Mon Mar 14, 2005 at 08:17:08 AM PST

  •  Mad March Madness Monday! (4.00)
    Cheers the Missouri Valley getting 3 bids
    Jeers to Conference USA getting 4. (Valley had a higher RPI damnit...  okay, so c-usa is huge... - what do they have, 3 divisions....)  but still....  UAB?   c'mon...

    Cheers to my beloved Shocks hosting an NIT game - days until we beat Houston - 2
     Jeers to the late season collapse that cost us a bid in the big dance.  
    Jeers especially to blowing a lead, on senior night no less, and letting UNI come back an beat us on our own floor in the last regular season game.   UNI is in the dance, we're not.   It all comes down to that buzzer shot.  

    Cheers to getting another shot at sending our Seniors out right in their last game at the roundhouse...

    Cheers to teams that take care of business.  Congrats UNI.  Make a run and make the Valley proud.  Congrats to SIU and Creighton as well.  You all earned this.  We didn't.
    Cheers to NIT bids for SMS and WSU.  5 Valley teams still playing - I believe that's a conference record.  Movin' on up, baby.  Gotta earn some respect on the court now.

    Cheers to an otherwise great weekend.... Friday I wrote....

    Once I get through the scout meeting tonight (I'm Cubmaster), and the basketball tourney my eldest is in, and the training for the food distribution program we're going to start helping UM Urban Ministries with at church and then both boys have parties Sat. afternoon then I facilitate Sunday School, then serve as lectionary reader, then we have committee meetings....(I'm Chair of Trustees)....   goodness I guess my busy week's not over yet...

    Whew!  I made it - good scout meeting, son had fun at tourney and played well (no wins, but that's not the point really)  Food distribition is all set to start next month, GREAT sunday school discussion (Chapter 5 of God's Politics was the launching point). the rather non-traditional Lectionary prayer I put together was well received (posted it in PastorDan's Brothers and Sisters diary yesterday if you're interested ) in my "heretical" approach :-)  (quotes from a physicist during prayer, oh my!), productive committee meetings.
    Weekends don't get a whole lot better unless it involves vacation time and a good baseball game.  (well... or sleep :-)

    Cheers to doing all that (except sleep) and still making time for "mere frivolity" in the cafe.   Hi Bobs!

    Jeers to certain, er, unchanged items.... and "dollops"   ewwww  Could I have a moist towelette please?

    Cheers to new cafe visitors, - come back again folks!

    Cheers to Yearly Kos.  (They are going to hold it in my backyard, right?   right?  Ahem - right?   Hello?          shucks....)

    Cheers to BIPM's very reasonable demands.  I think we need to let the karate monkeys play pin the tail on the right wing wacko.
    Finally -

    Cheers to Tikkun's first diary - a must read for anyone interested in religion and politics - mainline denominations are very much at risk  from what he calls "termites" and what I refer to as "tapeworms attacking a missing cross" (based on the IRD logo...)

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

    by its simple IF you ignore the complexity on Mon Mar 14, 2005 at 08:17:37 AM PST

  •  Massachusetts (4.00)
    owned Maine for a good 150 years or so, didn't they?
    Or maybe it was a bad 150 years.

    But I've felt your pain, when someone refers to the biggest state in the union as "Arkansas".

    The less a man knows about how sausages and laws are made, the easier it is to steal his vote and give him botulism.

    by SensibleShoes on Mon Mar 14, 2005 at 08:18:03 AM PST

  •  Monday Cheers & Jeers (4.00)
    Cheers to sunshine. It's sunny here in Boston and expected to be in the 40's all week. I realize this sounds silly to all of you on the West Coast who have been enjoying record-breaking heat waves. But after the winter we've been having, this weather seems like a heat wave here! Bill said there are 6 more days til Spring. Did you hear that up there?!

    Jeers to big fat liars (I am so mature). While Bush and his croneys have been whipping their hysteria machine into full gear by telling everyone that al Qaida is about to nuke us all to kingdom come, intelligence agents, politicians and a top U.S. general in Pakistan and Afghanistan have been telling a much different story. The Associated Press quotes a number of sources (link here to SFGate.com coverage of the story) as saying that due to military crackdown, arrests of top al Qaida figures, and the disabling of their communications, al Qaida has effectively been weakened. Pakistani intelligence says it has been months since they've heard any chatter. And Pakistan's optimism seems to be backed up by senior U.S. military:

    Maj. Gen. Eric Olson, the No. 2 American commander in Afghanistan, said he had seen nothing to indicate that al-Qaida was attempting to get its hands on nuclear or biological weapons.

    There is "no evidence that they're trying to acquire a terrorist weapon of that type and, frankly, I don't believe that they are regrouping," he told AP in a Feb. 25 interview.

    "I think the pressure on them here, the pressure on them in Pakistan, the pressure on them in Iraq, is pretty great and it makes very difficult for them to operate," Olson added.

    Of course the White House has its new Homeland Security shill making announcements that Osama bin Laden was enlisting his top operative in Iraq, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, to plan potential attacks on the United States. That's interesting, since everyone anywhere near where bin Laden is believed to be says that no one has heard a peep from him in a very long time. I don't suppose this has anything to do with the fact that President Bush is pushing Congress to approve a $419 billion defense budget for 2006? I guess they figure they fool enough of the people enough of the time to get away with what they want using whichever excuse they choose.

    Cheers to Maccabee's diary Don't They Have Google at NYT? It's a good expose on the fake news group SITE. But my favorite part is this comment from Ben Goshi:

    AP:"Onion Renamed 'New York Times'"

    AP (March 14, 2005):  A popular satire and spoof-laden newspaper and website, 'The Onion', announced today that it was changing its name to 'The New York Times'.  'The Onion' Editor-in-Chief Carol Kold said, "Our paper was losing some of its 'edge', some of its humor was getting upstaged by the howlers being printed in the ('New York) Times', so we decided to give our paper a name that would be synonomous with humor and whackyness, and, hopefully, entice our readers to come back home and, of course, entice new readers who only know about the 'Times' as the 'go-to' paper for self-referential parody."

    In response, 'The New York Times' spokesperson Jack 'Happy' LeReaux said, "We are considering all options, including legal action, to address this blatant infringement on our newpaper's venerable name and preeminent place in the world of 'fake' and chuckle-making reporting."  "When Americans want to laugh during these troubled times, there is only one 'Times' it turns to, and this upstart's attempt to infringe on our role as America's favorite laugh-maker is no laughing matter," said LaReaux, who spoke to reporters at  'The New York Times' office, wearing a clown nose and punctuating his words by occasionally spraying  reporters with a seltzer bottle he held in his right hand...

    Hahahahahahahahahahahahahaha!

    Cheers to a great episode of Carnivale last night! Boy is this story getting good! Justin is Sofie's father! Scudder is dead and now Justin is the Usher! Ben and Jonesy have arrived at New Canaan! Lodz has promised to come back! And something is simmering at the Carnivale! Wow! And only two episodes left!

    And Cheers to the Bobs and a lively Café yesterday. Good times.

    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 14, 2005 at 08:18:26 AM PST

    •  darn....I thought about logging in yesterday (4.00)
      but assumed everyone else had lives and better things to do than chat in the cafe'......I guess it's getting to be a 24/7 operation!  Have we hired round-the-clock bartenders and towel-boys yet?  

      If there are no dogs in heaven, then when I die I want to go where they went ---Will Rogers

      by Sasha Bear on Mon Mar 14, 2005 at 08:37:37 AM PST

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    •  Onion = NYT (4.00)
      Oh that's good!

      I missed that post from Ben Goshi, must have read it B4 he posted.  

      Ben - if you're out there, that one should make it into the Onion...

      Stranger

      I hereby dub thee 'StrangeBob Landpants' - Baldwiny

      by Stranger in a strange land on Mon Mar 14, 2005 at 09:14:17 AM PST

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  •  Aureas' C&J (4.00)
    Cheers to BiPM for being an awesome journalist and bringing this delectable daily dish to our palate's with such awesome regularity.
    Cheers to SneakySnu, who commented as I felt about the weekend edition: was it sponsored or not?  Hmmm....
    Cheers to the failure of Bush's environmental destruction policty this one time...I write a bit about envir issues in my own diary here (I know...it's whoring, and related only in the environmental theming...but I'm getting relatively shellacked so some friendly faces disagreeing with me would feel pretty nice right now...and I don't mind being disagreed with :0 ...just missing the snarky confines of C&J)
    Jeers to Lieberman...just get it over with...you are a Republican...just admit it.

    Thanks guys...have a good day....

    "Only real reform will pry government from the grasp of the special interests who have made a mockery of reform and progress for far too long." Howard Dean

    by aureas on Mon Mar 14, 2005 at 08:18:43 AM PST

  •  Polka Dot kids from Sunday C&J (4.00)
    Cheers / Jeers to me for mojo whoring - slight variation from Weekend C&J

    Cheers and Jeers to grandson with Chicken Pox

    Cheers to spending the day with grandkids since we've had the pox

    Cheers to C&J Café advisors - oatmeal bath and lotion works great on Chicken Pox.

    Jeers to cancelling Saturday at the coast with kids cuz one is sick

    Cheers to playing junior scrabble with with kids by grandparent rules let them win without knowing that you let them!

    Giggles 5 yr old grandson has chicken pox and 8 yr old sister is jealous

    Cheers to chilly but spring weather in Northern California

    Jeers to busy week of meetings and work.

    Double Jeers to dead batteries in mouse on Monday morning at work and having to track them down!

    Snark at lunch

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

    by SallyCat on Mon Mar 14, 2005 at 08:19:09 AM PST

    •  Mice have batteries?? (4.00)
      Oh, you mean the computer mouse.

      The computer mouse has batteries?!?

    •  I know what you mean.... (4.00)
      "5 yr old grandson has chicken pox and 8 yr old sister is jealous"

      My five year old got a bad case of cast envy when her older sister broke her arm and came home with a fancy blue designer cast with....(gasp!) sparkles all over.

      So Jeers to the brainless marketing associate who dreamed that one up.

      But Cheers to my eldest who talked the doc into letting her keep it after her arm healed so that the youngest could play with it!

      Maybe your grandson could paint chickenpox on his sister with the leftover Hallow'een make-up?  

      When my country, into which I had just set my foot, was set on fire about my ears, it was time to stir. It was time for every man to stir. -- Thomas Paine

      by original practice on Mon Mar 14, 2005 at 10:11:03 AM PST

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  •  Cheers on Monday! (4.00)
    Not Cheers FOR or TO Monday, of course...

    Cheers to the C&J Cafe!  Bobwiny's dream is realized at last.  The place is so busy you can hardly get an edge in wordwise!  That's not true, of course, there are plenty of opportunities to inject real-time snark most every evening.  See what the fuss is about.  You must be 18.  Wait...that's not true.  That could be too old.  You should be between 8 and 80 but able to laugh at old 8th grade locker room jokes.  Okay, you don't have to laugh, but you have to at least tell a few.  

    Cheers to Peter Smith!  Who the heck is that you ask?  Peter wrote the Firefox extension BBCode (dKos mod).  Last week I lamented here that a couple of things in it stopped working after I upgraded to version 1.0.1 of Firefox.  No more!  Peter looked into it, figured it out and fixed it!  Download your copy today.  If you use Firefox and post more than one dKos comment a day -- or any diaries -- you want this tool, I promise.

    Cheers to Diary whoring:  Can we fix NPR?   You bet we can.  Flick a couple peas and let's see what happens!  Any recommends and comments are appreciated.

  •  happy (?) monday (4.00)
    cheers to the Baseball as History exhibit at the Missouri History Museum in St. Louis.  It's a traveling exhibit and well worth the $8.  Beautifully laid out, filled with lots of little touches, fun interactive stuff, a letter from JFK to Jackie Robinson, the Honus Wagner card...If you like baseball or history, great time.  Very interesting and honest look at segregation.  Oh, and the guy who took our tickets told us not to take pictures, administer steroids or cork our bats.  I asked about pine tar--OK with him.

    cheers to getting it.  I don't know whom to credit with this, but the American people are not buying the "crisis" hooey about SS.  Bush is paying the price for eroding his own credibility, methinks.

    Let me know when the buck stops.

    by krilink on Mon Mar 14, 2005 at 08:19:22 AM PST

    •  dorky (4.00)
      replying to my own post, but I need to add:

      CHEERS to my Illini. Even if the "experts" think you won't make it past the second round, it's darn hard to quibble with 29-1.  
      side note: I got my master's at U of I and HATED almost every minute of it, but still managed to love the campus and campustown.

      All right, people, I say:
      I-L-L

      You say:
      I-N-I

      It's more impressive in a stadium, I guess.
       

      Let me know when the buck stops.

      by krilink on Mon Mar 14, 2005 at 08:27:57 AM PST

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  •  Jeers (4.00)
    to Clemson University wingnuts who organize anti-war rallies so to mock participants

    Cheers to the administrators who answered my email

    Cheers and Jeers for Diary Whoring! Huzzah!

    Big Media is hated by the GOP because they sometimes tell the truth. We should hate Big Media for the other 97 percent of the time when they don't.

    by Ugluks Flea on Mon Mar 14, 2005 at 08:21:17 AM PST

  •  'Portland, MA' (4.00)
    Yup.
    Until the Misouri Compromise of 1820.
    One side effect is that ME is the only state other MA that celebrates Patriots' Day.

    Guess the weatherperson must be very well preserved.

  •  Carnacki and Codetalker sent me. (4.00)
    being new to dkos, i never read below Bill's excellent diary to the comments. i had no clue as to what this was all about.
    cheers to the precious pet photos
    cheers to the jokes
    cheers to my husband who doesn't have a uid or a diary here but reads dkos a couple times a week and asks me everyday "what's new in the blogosphere?"
    •  I just signed up to volunteer for Morrison '06 (4.00)
      CHEERS they contacted me right away.
      we live in an adjacent district and can help him with house parties here and in district 22, fundraising and grassroots support.
      CHEERS TO dKOS and KOSSACKS for my revived activism.
  •  Dykes to Watch out for presents - Doublethink (4.00)
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    Dyker to Watch out For

    •  CHEERS (4.00)
      to you for posting the comic & link -- love DTWOF since the spouse & I discovered it in the SF Bay Times.

      JEERS to the spouse for leaning on the back of the chair to read it over my shoulder -- I told him I'd email the link so he can read it himself later...

      "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 14, 2005 at 02:46:01 PM PST

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  •  Cheers! to getting in early! (4.00)
    Cheers! to blogging from work on a quiet Monday morning. Oh, hello dear...

    Cheers! to everyone who participated in the Word For the Week and Prayer threads yesterday. The depth and breadth of compassion around here is staggering sometimes.

    Jeers! to idiots who shoot up churches, courtrooms, houses, etc. And they say we don't need tighter gun regulations in this country. Oh, hello, Page!

    Jeers! to not having a longer list of C&Js ready to go.

    Cheers! to a lack of sleep, which is apparently causing my happy Monday-morning mood. Oh, hello, Maryscott!

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

    by pastordan on Mon Mar 14, 2005 at 08:23:49 AM PST

    •  Do you have a job now? (4.00)
      I'm all confused.

      The less a man knows about how sausages and laws are made, the easier it is to steal his vote and give him botulism.

      by SensibleShoes on Mon Mar 14, 2005 at 08:34:50 AM PST

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    •  Cheers to hi-jacking! (3.97)
      I feel like we can't have separate Cheers and Jeers, you know.

      CHEERS to today.  So what if I had to start my day by sending a staff person home and then had a really long, boring meeting.  It WILL be a good day.  It WILL.

      CHEERS to 3-day weekends.  I am tan, rested and ready.  The house is tidy, PD has clean underwear again and I used that big thing in the kitchen that has fire come out of it.

      Life is good.  The sun is shining and the snow has melted.  The bulbs are coming up and I think spring may be on its way.

      "It's not like I never want to bite people...I just know it's wrong." Satchel Pooch

      by Mrs Pastor on Mon Mar 14, 2005 at 08:39:37 AM PST

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  •  Cosmic C & J (4.00)
    Cheers to a mission yet to be accomplished. This mission has none of the nobility of a Shottle quest or even a shuttle drive home by a nice Mom. It is however, a mission, and it is mine. My mission is to get this frozen substance you see here from the hot desert of Arizona into the hands of ItsBob (aka Its simple if...) who lives many states away somewhere in the middle of the country. The trick will be to get it there in either its primordial goo state or more perfectly in its frozen slushy state. This mission will be undertaken today, and I will report on its success or failure at a later time.

    Cheers to taking time to smell the saguaros

    Jeers to lies, intimidation, propaganda, misallocation of responsibility, funds and accountability in our government, seemingly at every level of the twisted matrix. Latest example? Ridge apparently tried to suppress the truth in reports submitted by its own inspector general. Watchdog The Freedom of Information Act seems to be one of the only effective tools we citizens have left. We better keep an eye on it and make sure it continues to exist and function.

    Cheers to a noble raptor of the desert sky: The Prairie Falcon

    And a final Cheers to losing my mojo virginity to Armando last night. That's right I gave him the first "3" I've ever given anyone. Armando... I hope it was as good for you as it was for me. :  ) and....just for good measure ... (flick)
    . o O

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

    by cosmic debris on Mon Mar 14, 2005 at 08:24:18 AM PST

    •  Thanks Cosmic (3.95)
      for the mission - it's already a success as we've had fun and are finding possibilities - that nobody would have looked if not for you're kind offer.   People are no damn good... my ass....

      C&Jers are the best.  Why - I'd rather be with you people than with the finest people in the world!

      er..... that didn't come out right....  :-)

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

      by its simple IF you ignore the complexity on Mon Mar 14, 2005 at 08:47:54 AM PST

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      •  Mission update (4.00)
        I made my way on foot to the nearby Eegees, battling road construction, irate drivers and a sudden swirling dust storm. I felt like Lawrence of Arabia trudging through the Sinai in quest of Aqaba...and there it was the green and yellow sign. Eegees.

        I got to the counter and promptly ordered a large strawberry Eegees and asked the guy if I could buy the goo. You know that look that teenagers give their mothers when they are told to clean their room? That look of garage doors closing over their consciousness? That is precisely the look the Eegees guy gave me.

        So I trudged back through the swirling stinging dust and called the management. I was told I may not buy the goo. The good news though is that you can indeed order them from their website...in 6 oz servings. Not as good as the 44 oz. bucket of brain freeze, but it's all we can do.

        So I tried dear ItsBob. Mission was a near failure...but there is hope. A little work and bucks on your part and you too can be sipping one of them frozen concoctions. It is fucking killing my temporary crowns by the way.

        Cheers! Cosmic

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

        by cosmic debris on Mon Mar 14, 2005 at 12:05:58 PM PST

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        •  Cheers! (4.00)
          To Lawrence of Tucson's heroic quest for the holy grail of frozen confections.

          Cheers to a humorous and very C&J worthy description of said quest.

          I shall order from the web site.   I can't recall who found the direct link in the cafe - but thanks to both of you.  I merely whined and the crack C&J detectives jumped into action revealing undreampt of possibilities.

          I'll post pictures when I get them :-)
          and we shall share a mighty cheer!  (well, once the brain freeze wears off anyway :-)

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

          by its simple IF you ignore the complexity on Mon Mar 14, 2005 at 01:19:29 PM PST

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    •  Stunning! (4.00)
      Cosmic, did you go back and read Carnacki's Happy Story diary from Friday night?

      Just wondering. Gorgeous falcon :-)

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

      by SanDiegoDem on Mon Mar 14, 2005 at 09:05:39 AM PST

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  •  Jeers (4.00)
    to needing a C&J Scorecard.

    Apparently one is in order.

    Who are the AUTHORIZED Substitute C&J'ers? When? Where? How? What?bWho do we Jeer and who do we Cheer?

    Also, Jeers to the lack of Jacko coverage on C&J. What's up with that? It's always British royalty with C&J. What about Pop Royalty?

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

    by Armando on Mon Mar 14, 2005 at 08:24:21 AM PST

  •  Monday all over again (4.00)
    Cheers to BiPM.

    Jeers to Monday.  Didn't I do this last week?  Why are there so many?

    Cheers to mildly entertaining movies.  Took the Heir and the Spare to see "Robots" yesterday, which they loved.  Robin Williams is the best part of the movie, without a doubt.  And it was educational, too: I explained to the Heir what a tuchus is.  There's plenty of fart humor, if you're into that sort of thing.

    Cheers to the Mate of the Mad Kossack Housefrau who came to his senses and joined the Kos fishbowl.  MSOC, what the fuck took him so long?  And your kid is gorgeous.  I can just hear the giggling phone calls now.

    Jeers to Little Caesar.  Apparently, now he's telling jokes as part of the Bamboozlepalooza Tour.

    Cheers to common sense.  Barely 1/3 of Americans support Bamboozlepalooza and a majority say that the more they hear about Little Caesar's plan, the less they like it.

    Jeers to Fox News, which still pretends to aspire to live up to "we report, you decide."  Now the Project for Excellence in Journalism gives us the numbers to back it up: In covering the Iraq war last year, 73 percent of the stories on Fox News included the opinions of the anchors and journalists reporting them, the project says in a new report.

    Cheers to the return of PastorDan over the weekend.  Let's hope Mrs. Pastor considers blogging as "other duties as assigned."

    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 14, 2005 at 08:26:09 AM PST

  •  Jeers (4.00)
    And some cheers.

    Jeers to the Brookfield, Wis. hotel shootings, just 3 miles from where I sit, and the nut who did them. He's not the crazy guy I thought he was (Mrs. Pastor, if you're reading), but an entirely different crazy guy. I did recognize him when I finally saw his picture, and he has patronized our fine establishment. But I can't say I noticed anything unusual about him. Additional jeers to the local news stations, which continue to report from outside the hotel. It's over folks! Everybody please move along....

    Jeers to server problems, and those who are at the root of them all. I'm thinking of a particular person here. By here, I mean here. At work.

    Cheers to Brett Favre, and another season with the Packers...if only the rest of the team would stop leaving.

    And here's today cute kitty picture. If it ruins the margins I promise to resize it immediately.

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    •  Oh so brave - black cat and (4.00)
      white bedspread. Beautiful kitty!

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

      by SallyCat on Mon Mar 14, 2005 at 08:32:28 AM PST

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    •  dizz... (4.00)
      So am I glad that you didn't know the guy or that he was a different guy you knew?  I guess it doesn't matter, it's a tragedy nonetheless.  Double Jeers to church shootings and the shooters that shoot there.

      "It's not like I never want to bite people...I just know it's wrong." Satchel Pooch

      by Mrs Pastor on Mon Mar 14, 2005 at 08:35:58 AM PST

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    •  what a sweet baby (4.00)
      My bad boy is at the vet today - we're still resolving the pee thing. They just called to say they are going to gas him to get a little of the liquid gold out of him.

      Wish us luck!

      •  You mean they have to anesthetize the cat (4.00)
        before ramming a catheter tube up its urethra into its bladder?  I would think most cats would sit still for that! (Wry has had a catheter tube rammed up his urethra into his bladder on more than one occassion, and I was close to clawing the urologist myself!)

        Justice DeLay-ed is Justice Denied

        by wry twinger on Mon Mar 14, 2005 at 08:53:22 AM PST

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      •  Aw, good luck... (4.00)
        Dizzy (the lovely lady above), has had her pee problems. Not peeing outside the box, just bladder infections and spasms, poor thing. She's gotten them much less frequently as the years pass.

        I hope you get your problem resolved soon. You, in the past they've been able to get samples from Miss D with a needle--cystocentesis, I believe it's called. But I'm sure different vets have different procedures.

        •  well, (4.00)
          I'm a little miffed - the vet seeing him now seems to think he should have been on antibiotics since the fall. If it turns out to be that easy I'll be miffed.

          At least it doesn't seem to be an urgency problem if he is holding it in all this morning.

          Gosh - I really can tell you guys everything.

          •  My Smitty just got over a bladder thing where (3.90)
            he was running to the box every 2 seconds thinking he had to go, but he really didn't have to.  My vet put him on antibiotics and an antispasmotic "as needed" -- this stuff is really just kitty Valium, I think -- and after just 10 days he's all better!

            No thanks to him, though.  He got very adept at pretending to swallow his pill and spitting it out when I wasn't looking. Damned cat.

            Bloomberg blows. Let's declare "Dinkins Days" zones!

            by E Vill Judy on Mon Mar 14, 2005 at 11:23:01 AM PST

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          •  Of course you can (4.00)
            Tell us everything here in the kit kat korner of C & J!

            I hope his problem clears up with the antibiotics. These bladder problems can be so much more dangerous with male cats because of their short urethras. They can get blocked.

            There, I said "urethra"! But Wry said it first.

  •  Quick Carolina Cheers (4.00)
    Jeers to no time to play until later: Must run this morning to take one adorable baby nephew to mall for pictures with the Easter bunny (sure to induce "awwwwww" factor in grandma's everywhere.)

    Cheers to my alma mater, Syracuse University, on their Big East Championship.  (Jeers to the finals being rather anti-climatctic to their win over U.Conn on Friday.)

    Cheers to me and my church choir for not mangling the Brahms or any of the other music at our worship service where we were the guest choir at Duke University on Sunday. Jeers to the link to the webcast not working yet.  C'mon, Duke tech folks, what, do you take off Sundays or something?!

    Cheers to a wonderful progressive preacher who managed to mention:

    1. world famine
    2. environmental issues
    3. the Sudan crisis
    4. Honodurans who were "dissapeared" after protesting
    5. a Muslim student prayer group
    6)Americans who prefer the head-in-the sand approach to life, by watching sports scores on ESPN while Iraq news becomes just so much dross.

    Cheers to soaring cathedrals and glorious music.  It's so good to be reminded from time to time of the awe-inspring creative power of humanity, vs the mind-numbing stoo-pidity of our current monkey-leaders.  This, too, shall pass.  Dear God in heaven , let it be soon!

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

    by mrsdbrown1 on Mon Mar 14, 2005 at 08:28:33 AM PST

    •  Can you post a link (4.00)
      to where the webcast will be? I'd love to hear it!!

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

      by awnm on Mon Mar 14, 2005 at 08:59:50 AM PST

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      •  Here you go: (4.00)
        I thought they were making a liar out of me---I clicked on the link to copy it for you and it worked!  Until I realized oh sure, it SAYS it's the link to the 11:00am Sunday worship service, but it really gets you the Thursday night vespers.  Sigh.

        Tell y'all what:  when they fix it, I'll post and even give you the mile markers for the choir anthems so you don't have to wade through forty thousand verses of some Methodist hymn or other.  I love our hymnal, but we tend to sing every.single.verse.

        Until then:
        Duke Chapel Webcasts

        Gotta run-- I'm late for lunch.  You all are sooooo addictive, but my sister will deny me baby privileges if I leave her waiting with a screaming infant in a mall food court--a lesser circle of hell if ever there were one!  Back later!

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

        by mrsdbrown1 on Mon Mar 14, 2005 at 09:20:47 AM PST

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        •  So I'm lying! (4.00)
          Oops-- the title page on the webcast is incorrect, but it's our service after all.

          Duke Webcasts Click on the Sun. March 13th link.

          Here are your mile markers:

          1. at 7:51 min. in, we start singing a contemporary piece we all hated. Oh Come Let Us Sing Unto the Lord  Skip it and go on to:

          2. 13:39 and 16:20, where you can catch 2 of my favorites from Handel's Messiah:  Surely He Has Borne Our Griefs  and Since By Man Came Death

          3. the dreaded Brahms is at 55:45

          4. the offeratory was Ave Verum Corpus and you can hear it at 1:13:43. Props to Paula Juras, our lovely soloist on that one.

          I'm the indistinguishable blonde blob on the front row, 2nd from the left.  Mr. Brown is the indistinguishable tall handsome guy on the back row  2nd from the right with the tenors.  

          (And jeers to our biggest-voiced diva soprano with the huge vibrato ending up positioned right under the microphone.  Yuck to that recorded sound-- I promise we're more balanced in person!)

          Oh!  And check this out:  The sermon gets very liberal, very progressive right at:  43:38.

           Enjoy!

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

          by mrsdbrown1 on Mon Mar 14, 2005 at 09:52:30 AM PST

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          •  Wow! Your group sounds wonderful! (4.00)
            That was great! Thanks!  

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

            by awnm on Mon Mar 14, 2005 at 10:31:33 AM PST

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            •  Thank you (4.00)
              (and not that I can't accept a compliment!) but I shuddered at that recorded sound-- there was one microphone, hanging over this one woman near the middle, and when I listened to the whole service, that's all I could hear!  Ah well, I'm sure I'm a harsher critic than most of y'all.  It sounded much better in person, with all the acoustical echoing.  They should have mic-ed us from the front of the sanctuary, but hey, it was a great time singing in that big, booming space!

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

              by mrsdbrown1 on Mon Mar 14, 2005 at 03:34:46 PM PST

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    •  I thought of you Mrs (4.00)
      as I was screaming my lungs out Friday night at our guys decimating those damn Huskies.  After that humiliation just days before, rumor was that McNamara told the team "Don't worry, we'll see those guys in NYC."  Well, they DID, didn't they?  Revenge is oh so sweet.  I thought Calhoun was going to bust a gut, especially when Guy fouled McNamara in the last seconds of the game.  You foul ANYBODY but Gerry.  Ah, freshman...

      Let's see how they do in the NCAA.  If they keep playing like they did in the Big East....

      We do not rent rooms to Republicans.

      by Mary Julia on Mon Mar 14, 2005 at 09:08:19 AM PST

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  •  Cheers to snow (4.00)
    I went sliding this morning -the first time in years, went down the slope 6 times-wicked fun! not bad for a 53 and 57 yr elders... But we will pay for it any minute now...
    •  OH CRAP! (4.00)
      Where's that bottle of Celebrex?!?    :o)

      I feel your pain....   :o(

      Tom DeLay is so corrupt...HOW CORRUPT IS HE?...He's so corrupt that when he takes the Oath of Office, he puts his hand OUT instead of UP!

      by mlkisler on Mon Mar 14, 2005 at 08:39:25 AM PST

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  •  Poison Ivy Edition (4.00)
    BIG FAT JEER to poison ivy. On my arms. I've been researching remedies, but sadly cutting them off with a cleaver isn't among the ones suggested.  Calamine lotion it is, then.

    CHEERS to spring break. Hooray! No chemistry class for a whole week!

    JEERS to the college's spring break not coinciding with the public school system's spring break - I get next week off, but - alas - it's back to class.

    Oh dear god my arms itch scratch scratch scratch please stop itching please please

    CHEERS to starting your own business. One of my girlfriends has started her own consulting business, and I am starting a web hosting business. We intend to rule the world together.

    JEERS to disagreements with my boyfriend over the domain name for the new web hosting business. He's worried we won't be taken seriously with "a name like that." Oh, really? Was Google taken seriously in the beginning? What about Apple? Yeh, that's what I thought, now go sit over there and look pretty. And keep your checkbook handy, we have to pay for storefront development.

    JEERS to running out of cat food. And then, running out of canned tuna. Breakfast this morning for my bionic kitties? 4 eggs scrambled. My boyfriend's complaint: "You'll get up to make scrambled eggs for your cats, but not for me." Well, they didn't make fun of my cooking technique the last time I cooked eggs.

    oh I would scratch but it huurrrtss so bad but it itches MOTHERFUCKER it itches! the itch it driving me FUCKING INSANE!!!!

    CHEERS to seeing clearly. Boyfriend got new glasses this weekend for the first time in... well, never. One of his first comments: "Wow, I can see all the little details now. Like the little bits of debris on your carpet." Good, then you can see yourself right over to the vacuum cleaner to get them up.

    JEERS to intense sunburns on both my shoulders. Yes, in addition to the mild irritation of poison ivy (mild? did I just call it fucking mild?) I got one helluva sunburn on my arms and shoulders doing yardwork yesterday. CHEERS to my boyfriend for helping me with the yard, and being cheerful about it the whole time, and for slathering cetaphil creme on my shoulders all night. I think I can forgive him for that debris comment.

    •  Oatmeal was the recommend (4.00)
      for Chicken Pox on Friday night. Aveeno Oatmeal bath and Oatmeal lotion. Worked great on the scratchy kid...

      Don't know if it will work for poison oak - but same premise.

      I'm sending a virtual hug your way - sorry no closer don't want the itch or to hurt your sunburn. <<Big Virtual Hug>>

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

      by SallyCat on Mon Mar 14, 2005 at 08:35:26 AM PST

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    •  Cheers to Aveeno! (4.00)
      "BIG FAT JEER to poison ivy. On my arms. I've been researching remedies, but sadly cutting them off with a cleaver isn't among the ones suggested.  Calamine lotion it is, then."

      There Oatmeal Baths help dry up the sores. AND they make a Calamine lotion with Oatmeal in it.

                  <Ask your pharmacist for details!>

      Tom DeLay is so corrupt...HOW CORRUPT IS HE?...He's so corrupt that when he takes the Oath of Office, he puts his hand OUT instead of UP!

      by mlkisler on Mon Mar 14, 2005 at 08:37:30 AM PST

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    •  best PI remedy... (4.00)
      Have loads of the nasty stuff in my yard.  Zanfel, available for an astounding 40-odd bucks for a 1-ounce tube at most chain pharmacies, is THE BEST.  Though steep, it's cheaper than arm removal by far.

      (And a jeer to you for warm enough weather to get into the stuff...my leaves-of-three patch is all buried under a couple feet of snow!)

      how long before my soul gets it right?

      by vrexford on Mon Mar 14, 2005 at 09:16:19 AM PST

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  •  BREAKING CHEERS: Tom Lehrer Still Alive! (4.00)
    Alright, most of you probably already knew that, right?   I grew up listening to my parents Tom Lehrer LPs, and can still sing lots of them from memory,  something I haven't done since that whole unpleasant restraining order business.    But  Tom is still out there occasionally granting             interviews.  
          According  to the legend, Tom gave up doing satire after Henry Kissinger was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1973.  "It was at that moment that satire died," says Lehrer, "There was nothing more to say after that."    Actually, he had already given up satire a few years before and was teaching mathematics at UC Santa Cruz.     He's still funny and we still need him but he's apparently happily retired ("I don't want to satirize George Bush and his puppet masters, I want to vaporize them.").    Ah well.    If you don't know his recordings, check 'em out.  They're still available.

    Meanwhile enjoy  this   After playing this animation for my wife I got the definative "that's nice, dear" type of reaction, but after watching it 5 or 6 more times I stand by my original evaluation.  Nerds unite!

    Further information at this site  and lyrics.      

    •  And we (4.00)
      will all go together when we go
      Every Hottentot and every Eskimo
      No one will have endurance
      To collect on their insurance
      Lloyd's of London will be loaded when they go ...

      (from memory. I grew up on them, too.)

      It's amazing how up-to-date and current his lyrics are, all these years later.

      I once met Tom Lehrer at a private party -- a garden party, no less. So I smiled sweetly and said, "You aren't going to want to hear this, but you were an important part of my childhood!"

      He cracked up.

      There's a nice-ninny priest/at tea in everyone,/all cozy and chatty as auntie,/but a saint comes/and throws rocks through the window. -- John Ciardi

      by Mnemosyne on Mon Mar 14, 2005 at 08:51:42 AM PST

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      •  I am MORE than (4.00)
        impressed, Mnem.    Cracking up Tom Lehrer...  I got a LOL from Baldwiny once...
        •  No so impressive (4.00)
          I've shaken hands with Mikhail Baryshnikov, too, and a number of other "names."

          That and a token, as they used to say in NYC, will get you on the subway.

          I guarantee you that none of those "names" would remember me, or you, years later.

          There's a nice-ninny priest/at tea in everyone,/all cozy and chatty as auntie,/but a saint comes/and throws rocks through the window. -- John Ciardi

          by Mnemosyne on Mon Mar 14, 2005 at 10:29:29 AM PST

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          •  All true, yet (4.00)
            it's decidedly cool to have been close to greatness.  
            (Unless, of course, greatness makes a drunken ass of itself or makes disgusting suggestions.)  
               I recall  a lingering rumor that Lehrer spent time in and out of mental asylums.  Apparently that was just part of the legend.   Also that Werner Von Braun successfully sued him and took his royalties.  
            •  The aura of power (4.00)
              You have a good point there.

              it's decidedly cool to have been close to greatness

              There is an aura around very powerful or famous or rich people, which I think helps explain why so many who meet them, as in Bush's fake town hall gatherings, are willing to give them a pass.

              I've never figured out what the so-called aura is, but suspect it's a combination of self-awareness and money. And in the case of people who are performers, knowing how to project to an audience. For politicians, it's frequently the presence of armed security guards.

              The most interesting, to me, of all the famous people I've ever met are the ones who take it the least seriously.

              There's a nice-ninny priest/at tea in everyone,/all cozy and chatty as auntie,/but a saint comes/and throws rocks through the window. -- John Ciardi

              by Mnemosyne on Mon Mar 14, 2005 at 03:01:05 PM PST

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      •  national brotherhood week (4.00)
        poisoning pigeons in the park...  the maschocism tango...  the vatican rag.... who's next... send the marines...   so long mom

        good stuff Tom :-)

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

        by its simple IF you ignore the complexity on Mon Mar 14, 2005 at 09:31:34 AM PST

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    •  MAH-velous, dahlink... (4.00)
      Sent that link to the spouse -- I'm tired of him leaning on the back of my chair.

      Time for me to dig out the Tom Lehrer CDs and add several tunes to my MP3 folder...

      "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 14, 2005 at 02:57:10 PM PST

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  •  Cheers to Brandon30721 (4.00)
    Happy 18th Dude!

    TRY to be good...if you can't be good, then at least be CAREFUL!   :o)

        <TROJANS--A Matter Of Condom Sense!>

    Tom DeLay is so corrupt...HOW CORRUPT IS HE?...He's so corrupt that when he takes the Oath of Office, he puts his hand OUT instead of UP!

    by mlkisler on Mon Mar 14, 2005 at 08:31:15 AM PST

  •  Cheers to PI Day. . . (4.00)
    You are all entitled to eat copious amounts of pi all day.  

    What do you mean pi has an "e" in it?  Not on March 14, it doesn't!  Excuse me while I go make my dinner quiche.  :D

    •  Reminds me... (4.00)
      of what someone once told me about Carnegie Mellon University here in the Burgh.  Apparently, one year on Pi day, someone took chalk and wrote out a very large number of the numbers down the sidewalks around campus.

      At one point, someone circled a sequence of numbers and wrote under it "This is wrong".

      Gotta love nerds.

      "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 14, 2005 at 08:57:20 AM PST

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  •  CHEERS to having a weekend off and (3.97)
    my Sweetie FINALLY back here for the next 2 months. Even if he'll be working (earning money-good) we can spend mornings, evenings, and weekends together. Morning coffee, reading, book store browsing, movie watching, new restaurant discovery just seems better now that he's here.

    CHEERS to next year's Kos Convention. I think we should have a "Whack the Mole" game, but instead of moles use the heads of Bush and his administration. Think how much pent up frustration could be released by slamming a mallet into the head of Rummy, Cheney, Rice, Rove, and of course, the ASSHAT!  Sign me up-and hand me that hammer!

    Most Americans are a lot dumber than we give them credit for- George Carlin 2004

    by maggiemae on Mon Mar 14, 2005 at 08:33:36 AM PST

  •  Jeers to Henry Hyde (4.00)
    Just because.....

    Tom DeLay is so corrupt...HOW CORRUPT IS HE?...He's so corrupt that when he takes the Oath of Office, he puts his hand OUT instead of UP!

    by mlkisler on Mon Mar 14, 2005 at 08:33:49 AM PST

  •  CHEERS to TOLL-FREE PORN (4.00)
    Hah! No, not that kind.

    This kind: 1-888-8-WILDAK (1-888-894-5325)

    You can call Congress Toll-Free this week to tell your Senators to vote against oil-drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. The vote is expected on Wednesday, and will likely come down to a one or two vote margin.

    Call today! 1-888-8-WILDAK (1-888-894-5325)

    For detailed info on what you can do see Alaska Wilderness League

    Resist much, obey little. ~~Edward Abbey, via Walt Whitman

    by willyr on Mon Mar 14, 2005 at 08:36:02 AM PST

    •  tread lightly (4.00)
      Any personal info you give while using that service is taken down and stored by the AWL. They aren't evil or anything, so no worries about that, but for those more concerned about their privacy, be wary.

      All matter is energy condensed to a slow vibration, we are all one consciousness experiencing itself subjectively... - Bill Hicks

      by Another Ex Kerry Staffer on Mon Mar 14, 2005 at 08:44:47 AM PST

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      •  You don't have to give ANY personal info (4.00)
        to use this number. Using only your zip code, they will connect you directly to your representative's office. You can also choose to have a fax sent in your name, in which case, of course, you have to provide that info.

        The Alaska Wilderness League, the Alaska Coalition, and their allies are not only not evil, but they are at the forefront of fighting for OUR public land. I know some of these folks pretty well. They deserve our support for what they do.

        We should all be concerned about our privacy, but it's not the environmental groups that are invading it. It's corporate America and its allies in the government.

        Thanks for your word of caution, though.

        End of rant.

        Resist much, obey little. ~~Edward Abbey, via Walt Whitman

        by willyr on Mon Mar 14, 2005 at 09:10:29 AM PST

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        •  asdf (4.00)
          I should have been more clear, because I really meant to say what you did. The org that I work for does a lot of work with the AWL, and I know that this concern has been raised before, and that's all it was meant to be, just raising concern, not trying to steer people away from the service.

          All matter is energy condensed to a slow vibration, we are all one consciousness experiencing itself subjectively... - Bill Hicks

          by Another Ex Kerry Staffer on Mon Mar 14, 2005 at 09:13:15 AM PST

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  •  Cheers and jeers (4.00)
    Jeers to Harvard's president. Here is a link to a book review of Lawrence Summers' presidency at Harvard

    Interestingly, Cornel West, who is mentioned in the article, has a small role in the Matrix movies

    Jeers to the British tories, who want to restrict abortions, claiming they're too easy

    Cheers to peacocks:

    Jeers to Rethuglican hypocrisy:

  •  Cheers to outer space! (3.97)
    Here it is, your space pic of the day:

    The Fox Fur Nebula

    This nebula (surrounding bright star S Mon) is filled with dark dust and glowing gas. The strange shapes originate from fine interstellar dust reacting in complex ways with the energetic light and hot gas being expelled by the young stars.

    Fine C&Jer's (often in strange shapes) react in complex ways to hot gas too! Especially when the word "Fox" is mentioned.  Ok, so maybe sticking your tongue out and flicking peas is not so complex.  But dammit, it's energetic!

    Jeers to coming in this morning to find a virus-infected computer!  Good God! What was going on here over the weekend, people?!  Who was using my computer?! How much ass will be kicked when I find the culprit?!

    2.5 hours and counting, and still not fixed.

    Cheers to said virus only infecting my email, and not my internet connection, allowing a brief break for C&J!

    Jeers to not being able to stick around for mojo love until I get this thing fixed.

    Cheers to jello wrestling "fundraisers" at which you unexpectedly find yourself on Sunday night, when you thought you were just going out to throw a few darts.  

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

    by super ju on Mon Mar 14, 2005 at 08:40:40 AM PST

  •  I got distracted (4.00)
    from offering a Cheer or a Jeer by this item:
    2004 Revenue at Indian casinos in 2004: $18.5 billion

    Is that figure before or after DeLay's take?

    OK, Here's a Cheer for a non-stop Cheer&Jeerathon at the YearlyKosCon. Such an event deserves an open bar, so....

    Here's a Cheer for open bars

  •  Texas CNJ's (4.00)
    Cuppa Joe anyone?
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    Cheers to 87 degrees on Saturday.  Got the leaves raked up in the yard.  Then 62 Degrees on Sunday.  That's Texas weather.

    Cheers to the fact that Condi Rice is not running for President. Don't want another liar in the White House.

    Todays puppy and kitty pic  

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    Blue guy in a red state.

    by txbirdman on Mon Mar 14, 2005 at 08:43:05 AM PST

  •  C & J NH Edition (4.00)
    JEERS to it being Monday and not finding a decent parking place--I'm parked at a friend's house fer gawds sake...frickin' parking Nazi's around here......

    CHEERS to Senator Paul Sarbanes--you will be missed.

    CHEERS to the Cafe--exceot I'm not getting much of anything else done! But I love you guys!

    CHEERS to sunshine--wow.....what is that yellow ball in the sky?

    CHEERS to all the irregulars.

    CHEERS as always to Bill and to Michael, Molly and Vegas

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

    by PoliSigh on Mon Mar 14, 2005 at 08:44:17 AM PST

  •  Scheiße, Ich hasse Montag (4.00)
    Cheers to a crazy weekend, not much sleep due to all the noise made by the Mad Bobbers over at the C+J Cafe coming and going through the Yahoo Wormhole.

    I wish they'd use a quieter mode of transportation.

    Nothing else except a little quiz for you Americans

    Who wrote

    The younger generation can't spell and its English is "slipshod". Today's youth are selfish, discourteous, lazy, and self-indulgent. Lacking respect for their elders or for common decency, the young are hedonistic, "shallow, amusement-seeking creatures".
    The boys are feeble, flippant, and "soft" intellectually, spiritually, and physically. Even worse are the girls, who are brash, loud, and promiscuous with young men

    "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 14, 2005 at 08:44:17 AM PST

  •  Bill, what gives? (4.00)
    You're like an hour late!  We sat here, patiently, just drinking leftover rum from Friday, eating licorice...and now my refresh button hurts.  I'm gonna have to get it checked out.  You will cover my medical expenses, right?

    Jeers to scamming of the worst kind.  No snark here, folks.

    Jeers to bitter ends.  Paul Sarbanes is retiring in 2006.  But he goes out as clean a Democrat as he came in, and we are thankful for that.  Hear that, Marvin Mandel?  You too, Ehrlich (even though he's not a Democrat).

    Cheers to YearlyKos!  Jeers to no free socks.

    Cheers to not cleaning my sock drawer out in anticipation of free socks.  For some reason, I didn't think Kos would drop $40k to make our feet warm.

    Now Bill, about my refresh button...

  •  Dissento's Cs and Js (4.00)
    Jeers to poor planning.  I'm going to VT with the lovely wife on Thursday and Friday to stay in a quaint B&B and to 'get away from it all.'  However, when I booked the damn thing, I didn't realize that 'it all' included the first round of the NCAA tournamenmt.  D'oh!

    Jeers to Bill Maher for swallowing the GOP talking point about federal employees already using "private accounts."  As the estimable Barney Frank explained to him slowly, that plan is in ADDITION to, not INSTEAD of, the Social Security system.  It's not that hard, people.

    A tentative Cheers to the news that Alan Moore's freakin'-brilliant V is for Vendetta is going to be adapted for the big screen.  Let's just hope they handle it better than The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. Shudder.

  •  C&J (4.00)
    Cheers to Sen. Kent Conrad of North Dekota, on C-SPAN2 live and his presentation to the Budget Committee.
    Jeers that his presentation is so incredible that I totally forgot about C&J until a moment ago.  Highlights:  "Tax cuts more important than veterns, education."  "A budget that cuts and runs." "We're not borrowing from ourselves anymore.  We're borrowing from other countries." "The shortfall in Medicare is worse than it is in SS."  
  •  GrandmaJ's C&J (4.00)
    Cheers to my daughter who just recently turned 34, who is celebrating her 12th wedding anniversay with their first mini-honeymoon (3 days in San Diego where he is going to a business meeting).  A Honeymoon just wasn't a real priority to them.  

       She and her husband recently found themselves in a financial hole and both of them just strapped their working boots tighter, and each is now working at least 2 jobs, and doing it with great humor, I might add.  They are committed to overcoming this current shortfall and coming out even stronger.  And to do it, they are working together.  

    Cheers to my 3 children who are handling life's up and down with profound courage.  

    Cheers to my son who is finally getting married this summer (at 31) to the only girl who can tolerate his bad jokes.  And we all love her for it.  And with whom he owns a house and has lived with for 6 years.  

    Jeers to that same son who kept saying he didn't need marriage to love someone.  Finally, with my future daughter-in-law, his sister, and myself egging him on, he "agreed" to get married.  Actually he wanted to elope all along but she wanted the whole "big deal" wedding.  Finally, he has agreed.  

    Cheers to grandkids.  Their arms around my neck and big smooches are the best and can cure just about any heartache.  and how their faces brighten the instant I come through the door makes my heart soar.  I speak from experience.

    •  Sounds like the spouse (4.00)
      He dropped a hint early on in our relationship that he thought we'd get married someday...and that was the end of peace and quiet for him. Finally, 3 years later, I told him I had to get married before my oldest niece or I'd die of embarassment -- he "popped the question" while we were riding one of the Golden Gate ferries. (Actually, it wasn't really "popping the question"; it was my asking, "So when are we getting married?" and him saying, "Okay, let's set a date." If I hadn't been sitting down, I would've fallen overboard...)

      "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 14, 2005 at 03:04:34 PM PST

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  •  Monday C&J (4.00)
    Cheers to the inimitable BIPM.  I'm headed out of Charlotte Douglas today--I'll be sure to stop by your favorite Fox cafe and think of you.

    Cheers to the conference I'm going to.  It'll be heavy on research.  You know, those facts the R's like to ignore?  Yeah, they'll be there.

    Jeers to global warming.  But cheers to Jerome a Paris for keeping us up-to-date.  

    Cheers to my dog.  Cheers to my cats.  Jeers to them always fighting.  Cheers to a week away from the constance chasing and hissing.  Cheers to the girl who's taking care of them for me.

    I'm very, very self-involved today.  Sorry.

    Hey, early cheers to me.  I'll be 29 tomorrow.

  •  C & J, Florida Suncoast Edition (4.00)
    From Sarasota, Florida, part-time home of Dick Vitale (March Madness, baby!)......

    CHEERS to the Oklahoma State University (OSU, not to be confused with The OSU) men's basketball team for their second seed in their region in the NCAA Tournament.  This OSU grad (DVM `98) remembers how much fun the 1995 Final Four was!

    JEERS to OSU being in the same regional as the University of Illinois.  The road to St. Louis leads (figuratively) through Champaign, and as good as those guys have been playing, it will be  a hard road indeed.  

    CHEERS --I think--to intrarelationship rivalry.  I'm for OSU, but my girlfriend, who lived in Champaign for many years, is for U of I.  That should make for an interesting evening if the two teams meet!

    JEERS  to KOKH-TV in Tampa, for running a 3-minute story on the Terri Schiavo case this morning, but only giving about 10 seconds of it to the husband's view that Ms. Schiavo's wishes were to not be maintained on life support.  The rest of the story was coverage of a rally where a number of fundies spoke--including a reading of a statement from Mel "Jesus Chainsaw Massacre" Gibson.  Did I mention that KOKH is a Fox affiliate?  Or did you guess that?

    CHEERS to a boffo diary debut by Maryscott's husband.  We already know Mr. MSOC is a fine man, to have won the heart of such a woman--but who knew he was such a fine writer in his own right?  Anyway, welcome to the insane asylum Daily Kos, Mr. MSOC!

    CHEERS to Mr. & Ms. MSOC for bringing such a beautiful boy into the world, and fighting to make that world a better place for him and all of us.  (pic of the little guy is in Mr. MSOC's diary, linked above)

    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 14, 2005 at 08:49:42 AM PST

  •  A Second Cheer for Chafee, Snowe, Collins (4.00)
    and any Republican who will stand up for the environment.

    Special CHEERS to Scott in NAZ for his regular Good News on the Environment diary featuring Chafee's vote, among many other important issues.

    And yes, I'm pimping his diary. Go read it.

    Resist much, obey little. ~~Edward Abbey, via Walt Whitman

    by willyr on Mon Mar 14, 2005 at 08:50:27 AM PST

  •  I want my 2nd term scandal NOW! (4.00)
    Cheers to those who are keeping their lamps lit. I have been utterly apolitical lately. So I have this question for you all - how do you keep going? I've been really disgusted by the lack of MSM attention on the Gannon thing, for example. When do we get justice - or even just a little sweet revenge?

    Are people seeing a turning of the tide?  Is this vigilance paying off?  Are we living in an echo chamber?

    chamber?

    chamber?

    •  Ask, and ye shall receive (4.00)
      I've been really disgusted by the lack of MSM attention on the Gannon thing

      Doonesbury (required reading for all Kossacks) starts a story line each Monday. This week's concerns the new Secretary of Toady Affairs who is wondering what to do about providing a ringer in the WH press corps that Bush can call on "when things get snarky."

      Can't use an inside stooge like Gannon anymore, he says to himself ....

      Read the rest here.

      OK, the comics aren't major policy proclamations, but they're read by millions who will never look at more stubstantive stuff. And the fact that it's now in the comics says it's going mainstream, that it's getting out to people who are going to read about this over breakfast, and perhaps think, "Hmmmm." And maybe it will open their eyes a bit about the fraud being perpetrated on them by the current occupiers of the People's House.

      There's a nice-ninny priest/at tea in everyone,/all cozy and chatty as auntie,/but a saint comes/and throws rocks through the window. -- John Ciardi

      by Mnemosyne on Mon Mar 14, 2005 at 09:10:00 AM PST

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  •  o/t (4.00)
    Who's hosting the weekend Cs & Js? Thanks!

    And, don't give me mojo for this question, you mojo doling freaks!! :)

    "I have lived with several Zen masters -- all of them cats." - Eckhart Tolle

    by catnip on Mon Mar 14, 2005 at 08:51:28 AM PST

  •  Cheers to Horace Greeley (4.00)
    "Go West Young Man (and Woman)!" How about the yKos Convention in Bozeman? We get our new hero Schweitzer, we take day trips to Yellowstone, we hang out at one of the best independent booksellers in the west, The Country Bookshelf. I guarantee a good time by all.

    More Cheers to Seattle Kossacks, who met up once more to fete our favorite honorary Seattlites, Plutonium Page and Frank. Look for photos sometime.

  •  cheers, jeers (4.00)
    cheers to Kweisi Mfume for running for the US senate from maryland!

    jeers to shrinking glaciers. i'll keep them the way they are, thank you very much.

    cheers to keeping things in perspective:

    my poor puppy dog has a bum foot. poor booger is all doped up too.

    Left Is Port, Right Is Starboard.

    by lipris on Mon Mar 14, 2005 at 08:56:49 AM PST

  •  Jane's Cheers & Jeers (4.00)
    CHEERS to Malik, who, since he was 8, has been like a second son to me. This dear kid has basically raised himself for the past four years and given all that he's up against, he's done a stellar job. Recently he was accepted to a college in Virginia, where he will major in sculpture. So JEERS to his mom (who was deported four years ago), who told him the other day that he'd better pick a major that he can make some money from. I know your heads in the right place, ma, but this kid has more sense in him that people twice his age, so trust and believe in him. It would mean a lot to him.

    CHEERS to an excellent mp3, handy in heated debates as a more creative alternative to the overused and frequently troll-rated "fuck you asshole!"

    CHEERS to Edie Sedgwick. What can I say? I just love this chick. After all, it was the book about her that convinced me that my next move had to be NYC (as opposed to Chicago). And on that note CHEERS to the days before PhotoShop. I missed the day's when you could actually see a person warts and all (check out Edie's bruised up legs).

    Image hosted by Photobucket.com

    and JEERS to strangely obsessive Web sites, like this one, where I pulled Edie's picture) that details the smoking habits of celebrities. Here's one (of many!) entries on Laura Bush:

    "Despite claims that she quit smoking in 1992, in truth Laura would, in times of stress, bum cigarettes off friends and sometimes even from reporters so long as no photographers were around to snap a shot of her with a cigarette in her mouth. During the 2000 presidential campaign, whenever she was satisfied there were no members of the press around, Laura bummed a cigarette off the nearest smoker and appeared to savor every drag."--Washington Post, Oct. 29, '02

    CHEERS to me (again). After many long hours spent researching bars this past weekend (drinking beer is hard work!), I do believe I've found the perfect NYC Dkos meet-up spot--details this evening! (I actually came across and visited on bar called "Kos," but it was too chi-chi, not to mention the fact that beers were ten bucks a pop!)

    First NYC Kossack Meet-up: March 30 @ 7pm. Email me for details!

    by JaneKnowles on Mon Mar 14, 2005 at 09:00:16 AM PST

    •  it's a minor point but (4.00)
      i meant CHEERS to obsessive web sites. long live the strange and the weird!

      First NYC Kossack Meet-up: March 30 @ 7pm. Email me for details!

      by JaneKnowles on Mon Mar 14, 2005 at 09:04:31 AM PST

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    •  i've been to "Kos" (4.00)
      that bar blows. can't wait to get the details on the perfect meet-up spot though!

      Left Is Port, Right Is Starboard.

      by lipris on Mon Mar 14, 2005 at 09:10:52 AM PST

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      •  the dj (4.00)
        was pretty good, but it pissed me off that i HAD to check my coat (which there was a charge for of course) when we sat down. don't try and tie me down like that man! and then too, my friend's even-more-expensive mixed drink was all watery. real lame. if you're gonna charge those crazy new york club prices, then at least serve up a stiff drink.

        First NYC Kossack Meet-up: March 30 @ 7pm. Email me for details!

        by JaneKnowles on Mon Mar 14, 2005 at 09:22:01 AM PST

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    •  Does anyone know (4.00)
      if George still smokes? I've seen a number of stories that Laura does, making a lie of her supposedly quitting.

      And there have been plenty of pictures of the trailer-trash twins with cigarettes.

      But George is such an addictive personality and is surrounded by enablers, so I wonder about that .... (because I don't have enough to worry about, trying to save the world, and all.)

      There's a nice-ninny priest/at tea in everyone,/all cozy and chatty as auntie,/but a saint comes/and throws rocks through the window. -- John Ciardi

      by Mnemosyne on Mon Mar 14, 2005 at 09:16:09 AM PST

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    •  Jacqueline Kennedy was a smoker ---- (4.00)
      allegedly there's only one pic of her smoking, though --- on their sailboat -- quite a feat for the (then) World's most photographed woman!

      ...Don't sweat the petty things, and don't pet the sweaty things....

      by PhillyGal on Mon Mar 14, 2005 at 09:23:08 AM PST

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      •  more than one photo! (4.00)
        Image hosted by Photobucket.com

        and according to that site, there's a bunch of pics of her smoking. this one is the only one that's linked on line (and mind you, they've taken advantage to the hilt--this pic of the late-great jackie is squished between some super raunchy photos of women smoking whilst doing, uhh, other stuff. and to all you c & j pervs: find the link yourself!)

        First NYC Kossack Meet-up: March 30 @ 7pm. Email me for details!

        by JaneKnowles on Mon Mar 14, 2005 at 10:29:08 AM PST

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  •  It's THE Ohio State University... (4.00)
    not Ohio State University.... they added the "THE" to set the buckeyes apart!.
  •  jeers (4.00)
    to quitting smoking being so damn hard. i want pink lungs, I do! anyone have any habit-replacers? I think the nicotine is easy enough to conquer, as I've killed the craving before, but after I eat, when i am drinking, and at so many other times during the day, the habit screams at me. Chewing gum is not satisfactory. any other insights?

    All matter is energy condensed to a slow vibration, we are all one consciousness experiencing itself subjectively... - Bill Hicks

    by Another Ex Kerry Staffer on Mon Mar 14, 2005 at 09:04:12 AM PST

    •  sunflower seeds (4.00)
      helped me at a certain point. they help keep your hands and mouth busy, which is something i missed when i quit. the good thing about sunflower seeds is that they're not at all addicting. now i'm over them too.

      First NYC Kossack Meet-up: March 30 @ 7pm. Email me for details!

      by JaneKnowles on Mon Mar 14, 2005 at 09:06:35 AM PST

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    •  but also cheers (3.93)
      because I just got my first TU status! now there is NO chance that I am doing any work today.

      All matter is energy condensed to a slow vibration, we are all one consciousness experiencing itself subjectively... - Bill Hicks

      by Another Ex Kerry Staffer on Mon Mar 14, 2005 at 09:07:01 AM PST

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    •  Red hots! (4.00)
      You know....those little cinnemon candies....

      Tell me how you spend your time and how you spend your money -- I'll tell you what your values are.

      by oldpro on Mon Mar 14, 2005 at 09:27:56 AM PST

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    •  Zyban (4.00)
      My husband was able to stop smoking completely after he took Zyban. This was after trying Nicorette, the patch, etc. All of those are not substitutes - they are just more nicotine. And they are owned by Big Tobacco. They don't want you to quit, so why should their "stop-smoking" products work? Zyban blocks the receptors in your brain to nicotine. So, you go through withdrawal even while you are still smoking. My husband has never desired cigarettes since. You need a prescription for it (is an anti-depressant), but it is well worth it.
      •  Zyban trivia (4.00)
        Do you remember the pitchman for Zyban from a few years back? Tall blonde guy with an impossibly deep voice?

        You don't? ... then read no farther.

        He co-starred with Desi Arnez Jr in the VERY short lived, VERY bad early 80's sci-fi series "Automan." He was the computer generated one in the silver suit who had a pet "cursor."

        I told you it was bad.

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

        by Baldwiny on Mon Mar 14, 2005 at 11:06:01 AM PST

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    •  Tea tree oil toothpicks (4.00)
      my sweetie has been battling the nic-monster for a while, and the only thing that he has endorsed are the toothpicks.  Available at your local health food/whole food store.

      And they make your breath nice and fresh.

      Keep it up!

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

      by super ju on Mon Mar 14, 2005 at 01:04:09 PM PST

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    •  Well then (4.00)
      CHEERS and JEERS to those who are reformed smokers.  Cheers for being able to do something I lack the willpower to do - jeers for making me think about them being able to do something I lack the willpower to do.  :-)

      The revolution is coming... and we ARE the revolution.

      by RenaRF on Mon Mar 14, 2005 at 02:27:58 PM PST

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  •  at the Kos convention (4.00)
    cheer
    Discussion on recent environmental protection victories.

    jeer
    It should not take very long.

    To thine own self be true - W.S.

    by Agathena on Mon Mar 14, 2005 at 09:05:10 AM PST

  •  OK, here are some words that (4.00)
    should make you smile, perhaps Maryscott could substitute some of these for her expletives:

    . Intaxication: Euphoria at getting a tax refund, which lasts until
    you realize it was your money to start with.

    1. Reintarnation: Coming back to life as a hillbilly

    2. Bozone (n.): The substance surrounding stupid people that stops
    bright ideas from penetrating. The bozone layer, unfortunately, shows
    little sign of breaking down in the near future.

    4. Foreploy: Any misrepresentation about yourself for the purpose of
    getting laid.

    5. Cashtration (n.): The act of buying a house, which renders the
    subject financially impotent for an indefinite period.

    1. Giraffiti: Vandalism spray-painted very, very high.

    2. Sarchasm: The gulf between the author of sarcastic wit and the
    person who doesn't get it.

    8. Inoculatte: To take coffee intravenously when you are running
    late.

    1. Hipatitis: Terminal coolness.

    2. Osteopornosis: A degenerate disease. (This one got extra credit.)

    3. Karmageddon: It's like, when everybody is sending off all these
    really bad vibes, right? And then, like, the Earth explodes and it's
    like, a serious bummer.

    12. Decafalon (n.): The grueling event of getting through the day
    consuming only things that are good for you.

    1. Glibido: All talk and no action.

    2. Dopeler effect: The tendency of stupid ideas to seem smarter when
    they come at you rapidly.

    15. Arachnoleptic fit (n.): The frantic dance performed just after
    you've accidentally walked through a spider web.

    16. Beelzebug (n.): Satan in the form of a mosquito, that gets into
    your bedroom at three in the morning and cannot be cast out.

    17. Caterpallor (n.): The color you turn after finding half a worm in
    the fruit you're eating.

    And the pick of the literature:

    18. Ignoranus: A person who's both stupid and an asshole.

    Plan to be spontaneous tomorrow-Steven Wright

    by Sargent Pepper on Mon Mar 14, 2005 at 09:15:58 AM PST

  •  Bill, It's so Great to Have You Back. (4.00)
    Usually I lurk but today I cheer:

    Cheers to Moving!
    Cheers to Kinkos and their free paper boxes - the perfect packing receptacle.  
    Jeers to another sunny day turned grey in Upstate NY.
    Cheers to my feline pets who love me bestest.
    Jeers to said felines meowing me awake in the wee small hours of a Monday morning.
    Cheers to Japanese anime, especially the excellent Samurai Champloo.
    Cheers to Lindt golden bunnies...Mmmm....Choc-cah-late.

    ---
    More dangerous are the functionaries ready to believe and to act without asking questions.

    by Titian on Mon Mar 14, 2005 at 09:15:58 AM PST

  •  Monday C&J (4.00)
    Jeers to the end of Spring break - dangit, now I have to work and such again.

    Cheers to the end of Spring break - campus is alive, my classes are good, and it's nice to have a reason to get up in the morning.

    Cheers to getting publicity: I was mentioned in this Slate blog/article.

    Jeers to stupid, slanted publicity: I was described with the nonsensical label "proletariat friendly" (I've got nothing against the proletariat, of course, but the name of my blog is intended to be a literary allusion to Orwell, not a declaration of communistic intent), and was cited for saying things that I was in fact blockquoting from my linked source (admittedly not a formal academic bibliography, but more that adequate sourcing by blog standards).

    Cheers to doing well on the midterm I got back today.  Hopefully the ones I get back tomorrow will be good as well.

    Cheers to Coltrane.  Just because.

    Cheers to getting some semi-decent weather, by Rochester standards at least.

  •  Jeers to Gail Norton (4.00)
    for so many reasons, not least of which:

    Jeers to Gail Norton for her purposeful distortions and lying about the impact of drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

    Will these people ever stop?????

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

    by Citizen Clark on Mon Mar 14, 2005 at 09:20:40 AM PST

    •  and jeers to Mary Landrieu (4.00)
      who is reportedly on the fence about the Cantwell amendment to take the Arctic out of the budget. It's not a difficult decision. Arctic drilling does NOT belong in the budget without at the very least a fair debate on the issue alone.

      All matter is energy condensed to a slow vibration, we are all one consciousness experiencing itself subjectively... - Bill Hicks

      by Another Ex Kerry Staffer on Mon Mar 14, 2005 at 09:25:35 AM PST

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    •  I read Norton's lies last night (4.00)
      For a solid rebuttal to what she wrote, especially the idea that the ice roads and ice pads can be manufactured with local water and that they themselves leave no environmental devastation, see this page and the links on it from Defenders of Wildlife.  It's quite illuminating.  

      On the road to broken promised land. ~M. Sexton

      by GOTV on Mon Mar 14, 2005 at 09:30:38 AM PST

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  •  Quick C&J (4.00)
    Cheers to the irregulars and the cafe.  Fun, funny, and great silly people all!

    Cheers / Jeers to a quick question on etiquette.  Should we post our C&J at the bottom of the page or is it OK to 'jump the queue' and post as a reply to Bill?  I'm assuming 'cause it's C&J, nobody really cares...

    Stranger

    I hereby dub thee 'StrangeBob Landpants' - Baldwiny

    by Stranger in a strange land on Mon Mar 14, 2005 at 09:22:22 AM PST

    •  Stranger... (4.00)
      In response to your etiquette question, I'm in the camp of post in the list, not on the tip jar, but, in the grand scheme of thigs, it doesn't really make a difference. Do I think less of Maryscott's post because it's on the tip jar, HELL NO, she still kicks ass and will get a four from me...

      I hope that clears things up...no...oh well I tried...

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

      by the holy handgrenade on Mon Mar 14, 2005 at 09:45:50 AM PST

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  •  Off to near LA tomorrow (4.00)
    CHEERS to anyone who can tell me where to find, without too much trouble, a couple of funky restaurants, a good used bookstore, some off-the-beaten-track places to visit, and a local folk club.

    In return, I'll offer my undying gratitude and Mojo 4s.  

    On the road to broken promised land. ~M. Sexton

    by GOTV on Mon Mar 14, 2005 at 09:24:25 AM PST

    •  Depends... (4.00)
      ... is LA Los Angeles or Louisiana?

      If you mean Los Angeles, the greatest used book store I've ever seen is in Downtown Long Beach: Acres of Books. The name is not a lie... it is a warehouse with ceiling high stacks throughout.

      "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 14, 2005 at 09:32:42 AM PST

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    •  Burgers and banana cream pies (4.00)
      at The Apple Pan (somewhere in Santa Monica)

      I know the line is long, but get a Pink's hotdog.  It's worth it (I think on LaBrea)

      Yummy fun cuban food at Versailles (two locations, south of Wilshire)

      Music - If you want a music-focused evening, I love Largo on Fairfax(near Beverly, across from Cantor's deli).  Call ahead - it can be hard to get into, depending on who is playing.

      And, if you like wierd postmodernism, you MUST go to the Museum of Jurrasic Technology (I believe on Olympic, but perhaps Pico)

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

      by super ju on Mon Mar 14, 2005 at 01:15:31 PM PST

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      •  Hey, how'd you know (4.00)
        about my love of banana cream pies?  Cuban sounds good, as well.  Oh, that I have but one 4 to give . . .    

        Thanks for the rest of it, too, but Largo, unfortunately, looks to be closed.

        On the road to broken promised land. ~M. Sexton

        by GOTV on Mon Mar 14, 2005 at 02:36:11 PM PST

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  •  Forgot a jeer (4.00)
    Jeers to Bruce Willis the actor.  Saw him on Biography Sunday and Bruce swallowed a big dose of the kool-aid.  He is one of those that thinks George W. Bush walks on water.  Well, Bruce baby, you used to be one of my favorite people, but no more.  Never thought you were slimy, but you learn something every day.

    Blue guy in a red state.

    by txbirdman on Mon Mar 14, 2005 at 09:28:04 AM PST

  •  I need your help (4.00)
    This is not the usual pimping of a diary. I have published one for European Kossacks on a parochial matter relating to the proposed European DKos Convention. It is not going to get recommended on merit or wide interest (an example of one that did is Eddie's brilliant NPR diary today. Cheers to a C & Jer showing the front-pagers how it is doen!).

    It does raise an important housekeeping issue that I would like EuroKossacks to consider. Could you keep it visible by a dozen of you recommending it?

    You will find it here

  •  White Day C & J (4.00)
    CHEERS: To White Day. In Japan, the girls give boys chocolate on Valentine's day, and then a month later the boys reciprocate. White Day is when the girls reap a chocolate windfall. Smart marketing ploy on the part of the chocolate companies.
    I made a special trip to get Godivas for Pussycat.

    JEERS: To me for not having the foresight to have chocolate waiting for her when she came over yesterday.

    JEERS: To Tom Delay, who seems to be the shit-list man-of-the-day. May history dimly remember him in obscure footnotes as an also-ran among sleazebags.

    CHEERS: To having work to do first thing Monday morning, and in fact all week. Ah, the vagaries of freelancing.

    CHEERS: To being able to listen to Keith Jarrett while I work. But Mr. Jarrett, must you caterwaul?

    Today's plastic surgery posterboy: Miles Kendall. Sorry, dude, you're too late to join Duran Duran.

  •  spyral's super-quick C & J (4.00)
    JEERS to a broken monitor (on the home computer).  
    Image hosted by Photobucket.com
    spyral:  Stupid monitor.  I bet I can get to the internet this way.

    CHEERS to Carnivale.  Good thing there are only a couple of episodes left - my nails are almost all gone.

    JEERS to work.  Busy, busy day today.  

    CHEERS to the irregulars!  

    "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 14, 2005 at 09:37:14 AM PST

    •  Double cheer for Carnivale (4.00)
      I think this season of Carnivale was even better than the last.
    •  Carnivale questions (4.00)
      So, do we now know who Sofie's father is (not giving anything away here, I hope)? Mr Brillig and I aren't sure whether that was a flashback or a metaphorical vision.  And, do you know whether there's a season 3 planned or do they have to wrap it all up in 2 weeks?

      I AM focusing on the family!

      by brillig on Mon Mar 14, 2005 at 10:21:57 AM PST

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      •  I took it to be a flashback (4.00)
        Which would make Sofie the next in line after Ben (what do we call him anyway?). My totally out-there guess for what happens:

        Lila kills Ben out of revenge in the season finale. Sofie becomes the next savior-type-person and spends all next season battling Justin.

        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 14, 2005 at 11:18:48 AM PST

        [ Parent ]

      •  I concur - flashback (4.00)
        Justin = Usher
        Sopie = Omega (The last Usher, maybe?)
        Ben = Prophet?

        I think this is the end of the line for Carnivale...I don't see where the plot could go after the confrontation.  (The building tension is killing me!)

        My (most recent) guess:  Sophie saw the vision of the man w/the tattoo (Justin) raping her mother...even though he didn't actually have his tattoo when it actually happened.  (Hey, it's a vision, not a video recording.  ;^P )  I think Sophie will see Justin's tattoo and freak out and kill him, making her the last Usher (Omega), and Ben will have to kill her...or (hopefully) he might not have to because she's not eeeeeevil like her father.

        "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 14, 2005 at 12:33:03 PM PST

        [ Parent ]

        •  One thing (4.00)
          Sofie, as the child of the Usher, would be the next Prophet. Remember, good begets evil - evil begets good. So in order for her to become the Prophet, the prophet before her would have to die - ie Ben.

          That's why I think that this season will end with Lila killing Ben (she was PISSED when she found out that Ben killed Lodz). And that would make Sofie the Prophet. And that would give at least another season's worth of material as Sofie battles Justin. No?

          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 14, 2005 at 01:34:20 PM PST

          [ Parent ]

          •  ooooh yeah (4.00)
            I like where you're going w/this, & I hope you're right! :)

            "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 14, 2005 at 02:50:22 PM PST

            [ Parent ]

  •  Sith (4.00)
    CHEERS to the Revenge of the Sith trailer available online.  It only took that galaxy 20 or so years to get rid of the evil infesting their government, hope it doesn't take that long for us.

    The 4th Estate is America's 5th Column.

    by voltayre on Mon Mar 14, 2005 at 09:44:33 AM PST

  •  Cheers to my wife (4.00)
    for her tolerance of DKos addiction. Of course, others might call it enabling...

    Jeers to the Kansas State Board of Education for playing politics with the teaching of evolution. You would think the Scopes trial would be a historical footnote by now. Non-scientists shouldn't be involved in determining the science curriculum. I may evangelize for my favorite computer operating system, but that doesn't mean I'm going to try and tell a computer science teacher what computer language he or she should be teaching.

    "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 14, 2005 at 09:45:47 AM PST

  •  oh, GOD, I MUST say this somewhere. (4.00)
    So, look. I've sort of taken a li'l Kossack, a promising kid, under my wing. Lots of love and positive reinforcement, with the occasionally well-deserved backhandslap.

    But nothing I say about one particular issue seems to get through.

    The WHINING must STOP!!!! Specifically, whining about not getting comments/recommendations/readership.

    Oh my god. I'm going to fucking LOSE it any minute and just go OFF on the kid, man. We're talking about really good diaries, really important stuff -- and s/he's just BURYING him/herself with this fucking bitching and moaning about what the right/wrong time to post diaries is to get maximum viewers, recommends, et cetera.

    DRIVING ME FUCKING BONKERS. I may have to stop READING the damned diaries.

    And look, kid, if you're reading this and your feelings are hurt -- man, I just don't know any other way to say it -- you're RUINING the beauty and brilliance of your work with this bullshit motherfucking whining. STOP IT STOP IT STOP IT.

    Here's the New Rule for you and every other diarist. You may say one thing about it, ONCE, and in only ONE place. Here's how you do it.


    Tip Jar

    Please recommend this if you think it ought to be widely read. If not, thanks for stopping by. More to come.

    Thank you

    -- The Diarist

    THat's IT. Finito. No subtle asides, no remarks in the BODY of the diaries, no individual thanks to people within the comments for their "support."

    It's smarmy, it's cringeworthy and it DILUTES THE POWER OF THE DIARIES.

    Stopppppppp.

    </hair-pulling rant>

    Rage, rage, against the lying of the Right.

    by Maryscott OConnor on Mon Mar 14, 2005 at 09:50:46 AM PST

    •  Hun (4.00)
      It could be that class is not something you can teach. Either they will get it or they won't.

      "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 14, 2005 at 10:03:38 AM PST

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    •  GODDAMN (4.00)
      am I glad I've never begged or whined.  I'd feel like shit if I had.  ;-)

      The revolution is coming... and we ARE the revolution.

      by RenaRF on Mon Mar 14, 2005 at 10:22:48 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

      •  It's not the begging, the whining, the moaning... (4.00)
        it's the FREQUENCY with which it occurs. As in, every motherfucking time.

        We're all entitled to beg for recommendations every once in a while. And what is a tip jar but a request for validation?

        But this kid is relentless, the whining is incessant.

        All right, I'm done.

        What do you want to bet I get at least THREE people emailing me to complain about what I said about them?  

        : ) Ah, the ego is a beautiful thing.

        Rage, rage, against the lying of the Right.

        by Maryscott OConnor on Mon Mar 14, 2005 at 10:33:15 AM PST

        [ Parent ]

        •  There's a risk (4.00)
          to bring it up, though.  I've always wondered, when I've authored some piece of which I'm ridiculously proud, at its lack of traffic... I just kind of shrug and figure it takes time to be recognized.  Either that or my entries are total shit and not worthy of recommendation.  I never wanted to ask for validation.

          But if it works...?  Does it??  ;-)

          The revolution is coming... and we ARE the revolution.

          by RenaRF on Mon Mar 14, 2005 at 11:55:56 AM PST

          [ Parent ]

          •  No. (4.00)
            It works if you use it OCCASIONALLY. But constantly? Believe me, people get fucking sick of it in a HURRY.

            Rage, rage, against the lying of the Right.

            by Maryscott OConnor on Mon Mar 14, 2005 at 12:08:56 PM PST

            [ Parent ]

            •  All kidding aside (4.00)
              I agree with you entirely.  I've seen a few comments in people's diaries where the commenter has totally not referenced the diary itself but has rather bemoaned the fact the diary they are commenting in was posted at roughly the same time as a diary they posted yet the diary they are commenting in  is getting lots of comments and theirs isn't (ahem - then maybe they shouldn't be commenting in the overly-commented diary??!!).  Personally, I'd rather receive one or two quality comments in my diary than something totally unrelated that indicates the commenter hasn't even read my diary.  That I find insulting.

              The tip jar stuff I don't mind as much if the diary itself is merely informational - the daily top rated comments and weekly top rated diaries come to mind.  These don't evoke much comment (becuase it's not especially controversial) but the diarist can still get mojo for the post, which I always enjoy (don't know why, just do).

              I do agree, as I said, with your comment.  Nothing is more annoying than the friend we all have who constantly fishes for compliments.  It's a wonder that the begging diarists, who otherwise appear very bright, don't see how they diminish their own efforts.

              The revolution is coming... and we ARE the revolution.

              by RenaRF on Mon Mar 14, 2005 at 02:00:47 PM PST

              [ Parent ]

    •  Maryscott, (4.00)
      have you read my diaries? The most comments I ever got was 24. I really am grateful when people stop by, especially when they (usually) say nice things.
      An occasional "thank you" does not hurt if it includes the comment.

      "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 14, 2005 at 01:21:16 PM PST

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  •  Hrumph (4.00)
    Holly Golightly: "Nothing bad can ever happen to you at Tiffany's."
    Rina: "Get me the fuck out of here!!!"

    CHEERS to having a job, but JEERS to the job I have.  It's driving me batty.  I have an interview tomorrow and I've spent most of the morning trying to figure out how much I'd be willing to lower my salary if they offered me a position.  

    CHEERS to the union protest outside of the Plaza Hotel.  I have my window open so I can hear the voice of the people.  JEERS to the developers who want to rip the hotel apart and make it into shops and condos.  Where's Eloise supposed to live?  No one ever thinks of the children.

    CHEERS to the Bobs!

    Gotta go back to "work" now.  Blech.

    •  Plaza (4.00)
      I am currently indirectly employed by a subsidiary of said developer.  Although I am at home, I will keep my comments to myself since my uid and real name are a bit to easy to put together.  It's my understanding from a construction industry rag that the condos will be $3000/sf just for the AIR.  Only 150 hotel rooms left out (800 before) is the plan, and they might not touch the Oak Room and grand ballroom.  Has a more detailed plan been released recently?

      how long before my soul gets it right?

      by vrexford on Mon Mar 14, 2005 at 10:10:07 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  Cheers for Monday! (4.00)
    Try Santorum on spell check...

    "It's like they're asking you to bend over, put your head in the sand, and put a flag in your ass." Janeane Garofalo

    by bluestateofmind on Mon Mar 14, 2005 at 10:00:43 AM PST

  •  End of Spring Break C&JJJJJJJ (4.00)
    Big Jeers to the end of Spring Break.  For the past week, hubby and I have baked bread, graded papers, and watched multiple movies.  Now its back to loud, obnoxious students who yell greetings to friends across the library.
    Cheers to friends who bring you tasty cookies from the Korean grocery store, perking up your day.
    Jeers to students who don't observe any decorum when using the library.  They're talking (loudly!) on their goddamned cell phones when they browse the stacks!  Jesus!
    Jeers to students who bitch because there was no computer tutoring for spring break.  Follow the instructions, and don't expect me to teach the class when you can't be bothered to attend.  School takes work!  If you can't be bothered to work, then don't go!
    Additional Jeers to Community Colleges not realizing that being technologically proficient is a life skill.  We have developmental reading, writing, and math classes, why not technology?
    Jeers to not finding gainful employment for the summer.  Cross your Kossak fingers for me-

    Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy. B. Franklin

    by khowell on Mon Mar 14, 2005 at 10:02:38 AM PST

  •  Cheers to 69 (4.00)
    It was the best time to be alive in this country of ours.  I feel bad for those too young to have lived through it themselves.  This tune gives you a small glimpse of what it was like:

    I got my first real six-string
    Bought it at the five-and-dime
    Played 'til my fingers bled
    It was summer of '69

    Me and some guys from school
    Had a Band and we tried real hard
    Jimmy quit and Jody got married
    I shualda known we'd never get far

    Oh when I lock back now
    That was seemes to last forever
    And if I had the choice
    Ya - I'd always wanna be there
    Those were the best days of my life

    (CHORUS)

    Ain't no use in complainin'
    When you got a job to do
    Spent my evenin's down at the drive in
    And that's when I met you

    Standin on a mama's porch
    You told me that you'd wait forever
    Oh and when you held my hand
    I knew that it was no or never
    Those were the best days of my life

    (Chorus) Back in Summer of '69

    Man we were killin' time
    We were young and restless
    We needed to unwind
    I guess nothin' can last forever, no

    And now the times are changin'
    Look at everything that's come and gone
    Somethimes when I play that old six-string
    I think about ya wonder what went wrong

    Standin' on a mama's porch
    You told me it would last forever
    Oh the way you held my hand
    I knew that it was now or never
    Those were the best days of my life

    Bryan Adams, "Summer of 69"

    Plan to be spontaneous tomorrow-Steven Wright

    by Sargent Pepper on Mon Mar 14, 2005 at 10:14:04 AM PST

    •  Yeah, but Sarge (4.00)
      the author of the song is a Canuck!  So what's up with that?

      Gutta cavat lapidem

      by SneakySnu on Mon Mar 14, 2005 at 10:58:18 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

      •  pound for pound (4.00)
        the canadians have far more talent than we do down here, don't you think? neil young, joni mitchell, barenaked ladies, crash test dummies, fred eaglesmith, stan rogers, and all the actors and comedians, and that guy who wrote the letter to condi.

        there hasn't been a movie that fully portrays 1969 and what it meant, politically, socially, and artistically. it was like surfing down a lava flow. riding shotgun down the avalanche.

        Plan to be spontaneous tomorrow-Steven Wright

        by Sargent Pepper on Mon Mar 14, 2005 at 12:15:15 PM PST

        [ Parent ]

        •  that's what they think ;) (4.00)
          but I'm happy with American talent.  I'm not happy with the way American talent is promoted.  

          Tell us about '69, Sarge!  Diary diary diary!  I was born in the Summer of '70--vague infant memories of Kent State are my point of entry into the era (which is to say, from the end of the era).  

          I love hearing European stories about '68, which I get from my father-in-law.  What's your story?

          Gutta cavat lapidem

          by SneakySnu on Mon Mar 14, 2005 at 12:39:42 PM PST

          [ Parent ]

        •  I agree with Sneaky (4.00)
          Tell us stories of '69 Sarge! Tell us, Tell us!
          I was seven and living outside of San Francisco. I remember hippies, multi-colored dyed poodles that Poli would have creamed for, and the Zodiac killer. Most of all though, I remember the music. I still love it to this day.

          So take us back Sarge....They've been going in and out of style, But they're guaranteed to raise a smile...So may I introduce to you????

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

          by cosmic debris on Mon Mar 14, 2005 at 02:47:12 PM PST

          [ Parent ]

    •  I like the album (4.00)
      that contains this song, particularly "Heaven"
    •  oh, sp (4.00)
      I HATE that song. and now you have it stuck in my head.  thanks.

      Let me know when the buck stops.

      by krilink on Mon Mar 14, 2005 at 12:35:22 PM PST

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  •  My contributions (4.00)
    CHEERS to bibble, The New York Times, and Air America Radio for bringing to light and then really pushing the issue of Bush's use of the press.

    CHEERS to Bill Maher for making the decidedly unfunny John R. Bolton quite comical by showing a picture very similiar to this one

    and then making the point that our Ambassador to the UN should at least be smart enough to dye his moustache to match his toupee.

    JEERS to the Bush Administration for constantly taking credit for "spreading democracy" with CHEERS to Stephanic Miller of Air America Radio for pointing out the real reasons behind demonstrations throughout Iraq, in the Ukraine, and in Lebanon that had nothing to do with W.

    The revolution is coming... and we ARE the revolution.

    by RenaRF on Mon Mar 14, 2005 at 10:19:02 AM PST

    •  And you just know someone told him (4.00)
      "oh, your moustache makes you looks SO DISTINGUISHED" <<blech>>>

      :-)

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

      by Revel on Mon Mar 14, 2005 at 12:16:38 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

      •  Frankly, (4.00)
        to me, he looks like one of those guys in those old sixties and seventies soft porn movies - bad hair, cheesy moustache, boxer shorts and black socks.  

        The revolution is coming... and we ARE the revolution.

        by RenaRF on Mon Mar 14, 2005 at 02:04:24 PM PST

        [ Parent ]

  •  Cheers (4.00)
    to everyone who came over and became a member of Booman Tribune

    Jeers to CNN for playing an endless loop of the woman that survived the Atlanta shooting spree and turned the fuckwad in.

    The next great Scoop site: http://www.boomantribune.com is now open to the public

    by BooMan23 on Mon Mar 14, 2005 at 10:53:15 AM PST

  •  I sneak in, covered with embarrassment (4.00)
    But I must say:
    CHEERS to Armando for the March Madness thread and (cough) knowing how to introduce it. The trash talk was flowing.
    CHEERS to Dan and Melanie Winograd from my shul who got married yesterday.
    CHEERS to my wonderful, kind, and patient hubby who ate my last-minute Shabbos chicken and praised it for being thoroughly cooked.

    "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 14, 2005 at 11:17:40 AM PST

    •  What's Shabbos chicken? (4.00)

      ...Don't sweat the petty things, and don't pet the sweaty things....

      by PhillyGal on Mon Mar 14, 2005 at 11:35:32 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

      •  You missed it (4.00)
        On Friday afternoon I came in here to do a little rating, just a little, and ran out of reasonable time to chop the onions for the chicken with dates for the Sabbath (therefore, "Shabbos chicken")(Required: chopping one and a half large onions, which takes me longer than it should). I was so ashamed, I cannot tell you. I made chicken sofrito which has absolutely no prep time. There was also rice and snowpeas. My husband was very full.
        On Ashkenazic traditions: I made kugel for Shabbos once. It came out OK. I have made roasted chicken many times. Neither of us particularly cares if gefilte fish is on the table.  

        "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 14, 2005 at 01:37:33 PM PST

        [ Parent ]

        •  Recipes (4.00)
          I wish I could do animations to get the effect of a Sabbath candle.
          Chicken sofrito, from Claudia Roden's Book of Jewish Food:

          3 tablespoons sunflower oil
          Juice 1/2 lemon
          1/2 teaspoon turmeric
          2 or 3 cardamom pods, cracked
          1 chicken, quartered

          In a large pan or casserole put the oil, lemon juice, a cup of water, the turmeric and cardamom and bring to the boil. Then put in the chicken pieces. Cover and cook over very low heat, turning the chicken over frequently, and adding water if necessary, until the chicken is very tender. There should be a good amount of sauce.

          VARIATION

          Add two garlic cloves crushed in a press, and instead of turmeric and cardamom add 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger and 1/4 teaspoon saffron powder. (I did not see this one until this moment! Probably more flavorful)


          This absolutely is a Sabbath dish. It was one at Ms. Roden's parents' house.

          Roast Chicken with Orange, Lemon, and Ginger, aka Shabbos in Florida (from Joyce Goldstein, Cucina Ebraica. Only recipe from this book I have made regularly. Delicious citrus flavors)


          1 lemon
          1 roasting chicken, about 5 pounds
          Grated zest of 1 lemon, then lemon cut into quarters
          Grated zest of 1 orange, then orange cut into quarters (nothing wrong with the prefab lemon and orange peel)
          3 tablespoons peeled and grated fresh ginger root (and it says in the intro to this recipe that most Italians will use ground ginger)
          5 tablespoons olive oil
          4 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
          1/2 cup fresh orange juice
          3 tablespoons honey

          Cut the lemon into quarters. Rub the outside of the chicken with one of the lemon quarters, then discard. In a small bowl, stir together the lemon and orange zests and 1 tablespoon of the ground ginger. Rub this mixture evenly in the cavity. Put the lemon and orange quarters inside the bird. Place the chicken in a rack in a roasting pan. In the now-empty small bowl, combine the olive oil, lemon and orange juices, honey, and the remaining ginger. Mix well.

          Place the chicken in the oven and roast, basting with the citrus juice mixture at leat 4 times during cooking, until the juices run clear when the thigh is pierced with a knife, about 1 hour.
          Let rest 10 to 15 minutes on a serving platter.


          Blatant political statement: Eurokossacks can use Israeli citrus to make this :)  

          "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 14, 2005 at 01:57:02 PM PST

          [ Parent ]

  •  C&J in the afternoon: because it's ok (4.00)
    to be on the bottom.

    CHEERS to the top three recommended diaries as of 3:00 pm EST, by authors Eddie Haskell, Bill in Portland Maine, and Welshman!

    CHEERS to a good old-fashioned academic smackdown!  Get over to Michael Bérubé's blog, quick!  Michael takes on conservative historian KC Johnson, and Johnson replies.  I can't wait for the exchange this afternoon.  Go Michael!

    JEERS to the Canadian ex-airline JetsGo and the aftermath of its bankruptcy.  MoFo's decided to call it quits Thursday at midnight without telling anyone, leaving thousands stranded, and more thousands without recourse to getting their money back.  And now, the other two major airlines, Air Canada and WestJet are profiting by jacking up prices enormously.

    JEERS to me for not buying tickets to Vancouver last week, when a roundtrip would have only cost me $486 CAN.  Now it's up to $714.  Damnit.  

  •  Whoosh!...*hacking cough* (4.00)
    CHEERS to my first ever "Cheers and Jeers" and the easily obtainable mojo that comes with C&J. Just one question: Where's the exchange that allows us to sell "4" ratings like pollution credits?

    CHEERS to coffee and its appearant protective effect against liver cancer. Happy no drink no more but he's glad to know that those morning-after cups of java may have done something besides further dehydrating him and buying him time to plot his escape from the strange girl's apartment.

    JEERS to sad men About six million men suffer from depression each year, but the acutal number of depressed men is likely much higher, because men are less likely than women to seek diagnosis and treatment for their depression. The societal effects of male depression are also very severe, as men are more likely than women to commit suicide, abuse drugs and alcohol, and become violent. Extra Jeers to the Bush administration for proposing $64 million in cuts to community mental health.

    CHEERS to college professors who let their students out of class an hour early...on a Monday, no less. May your kindness be repayed ten-fold.

    JEERS to Tom Delay. It's easy to wonder if maybe he's the Devil, returned to the Earth to smite all that is good and decent, but I don't think Satan would be so obviously evil. My guess: A low-level demon or perhaps a mortal who struck himself a bargain.

    CHEERS to sex. I like it. It's fun. I know it's not surprising to anyone that a young man would like sex, but I figured now would be a good time to fill my quota of think ing about sex daily

  •  E=MC Hammer (4.00)
    Jeers: To dumbing down.  The powers that be have reduced Einstein to a cuddly, eccentric genius who happened to like Marilyn Monroe.
    Gues what gang.....the world's smartest human was a socialist!  Deal with it fuckers!

    News is what powerful people don't want you to hear. Everything else is publicity.-Bill Moyers

    by jazzmaniac on Mon Mar 14, 2005 at 12:04:41 PM PST

  •  Jeers to Bacardi (sorry Bill) (4.00)
    Seems they like to give Tom Delay grade A prime blow jobs, and maybe JimmyJeff approves of that sort of thing, but personally, I find it a little, oh, what's the Old Testament term..?  Abominable.


    Check it out.

  •  Cheers to SneakySnu (4.00)
    For her support of Bill, and for reminding us that it is OK to be on the bottom (see just above).

    I would only add that sometimes it is very good to be on the bottom....

    Stranger

    I hereby dub thee 'StrangeBob Landpants' - Baldwiny

    by Stranger in a strange land on Mon Mar 14, 2005 at 12:36:53 PM PST

    •  Awww, you're too kind StrangeBob! (4.00)
      And, as others have noted, Bill hardly needs defending.  And why am I getting all worked up about authorial property these days?  

      Talk about defending, I'm trying to get in on the smackdown action over at Bérubé's blog.  Hiiiiiiiyaaaaa!  Take that, old windbag conservative historical hacks!

      Gutta cavat lapidem

      by SneakySnu on Mon Mar 14, 2005 at 12:48:37 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  Kos Convention (4.00)
    Should have Jon Stewart there...and beer.
  •  Not Jeb Bush. (4.00)
    Can we just call Gov Bush something other than Jeb?  I know it's his name and all, but it seems so faux-folksy to me.

    What else can we call him?

  •  Left Coast C&J -- Belated Edition (4.00)
    CHEERS to the approach of April, when the spouse goes back to his Monday - Friday schedule and I can get back on a regular routine of reading all my favorite blogs before noon...

    CHEERS to judicial sanity. The California Superior Court has ruled that the state ban on same-sex marriages is unconstitutional. Yeah, Gavin's licenses are still invalid, but maybe he'll give the couples a discount if they come back to SF and do it all over again. Judge of the Year: Richard Kramer (okay, how many "Kramer vs. Kramer" jokes can we come up with?)...

    JEERS to weird tie-ins. One of the "Ads by Google" on the above referenced page was for "Camel Toe Blog Free Porn". (I refuse to click on that to post a link.) That's as bad as filthers blocking breast cancer info sites for mentioning the word "breast"...

    JEERS to unpredictable weather. Beautiful weather now, but expecting rain by the weekend...just in time for my niece's wedding. Hope she's got the wedding dress Scotchgarded...

    JEERS to a severe lack of inspiration right now for my C&J....

    "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 14, 2005 at 02:06:20 PM PST

  •  Need to add one (4.00)
    CHEERS to Ashley Smith, the young woman who turned in Brian Nichols.  I know the cable news shows have been beating her video to death on a loop - but cheers to her, the person that she is, that allowed her to care about the soul of Brian Nichols.  I've seen her interview and I sense nothing but sincerity about that young woman.  She speaks of God and miracles and faith in her retelling, mentioned only as she brought it up to Brian Nichols.  She means it, she lives it, it guides her, and it guided that young man to a peaceful surrender.  Ashely Smith has my respect.

    The revolution is coming... and we ARE the revolution.

    by RenaRF on Mon Mar 14, 2005 at 02:50:27 PM PST

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