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[Washes hands obsessively for an uncomfortable period of time]

Oh, Hi!

Back in December, Markos gave me two secret boxes marked `A' and `B.'  I chose B.  As it turns out, box `A' was a million dollars in cash. Box `B' was permission to post Cheers and Jeers on the front page. I really wanted the cash.

So we flipped a coin.  Then we played "Rock, Paper, Scissors" and "Rock, Paper, Scissors, Dynamite." We even resorted to: "Rock, Paper, Scissors, Dynamite, Star Wars Missile Defense Shield, Exploding Donkey Cart." To no avail. It always came up `B.'

So yesterday Markos gave me the keys to Daily Kos, the Millennium Falcon of blogs.  And aren't you thrilled.

Look. If you don't "get" the popularity of Cheers and Jeers, take a number. I don't either. All I know is, if I don't laugh at the world I might as well pull my Bacardi feeding tube and go bye bye. I'm not quite ready for that yet.

So here we go. Cheers and Jeers starts on the front porch... [Swoosh!]  RIGHTNOW!  [Gong!]

Cheers and Jeers for Tuesday, April 5, 2005...

NOTE: Past performance does not guarantee future results.  We've lost a lot of people a lot of money, let me tell you.  In fact, we recommend you find another with a license that isn't working out of his car.  But...the free discount coupons to Hooters are totally legit.

By the Numbers:
Days `til taxes are due: 10
Days `til Mothers Day: 33
Average expected tax refund this year: $2,259
(Source: IRS projection via The Week magazine)
North Carolina 75  Illinois 70
Amount spent last year on personalized ring tones and other cell phone accessories: $1.2 Billion
(Source: Time magazine)
Grams of fat in the new Burger King Enormous Omelet sandwich: 47
Number of calories in the damn thing: 730
Percent chance that it will be a huge seller in America: 92%

Your Puppy Pic of the Day   "We met in Düsseldorf on the Konigs Allee.  She had me at 'Schniffen sie zis, mein Schatzee'."

CHEERS to rays of sunshine.  Then: Tom Delay is unstoppable and will crush us all.  Now: Tom Delay is quite stoppable and will get crushed by us all.  Pay attention kids---this is a great way to view the natural survival instincts of the cockroach.  (Careful, though. He will bite).

JEERS to the Crasher-in-Chief.  George W. Bush says he will attend the funerals of the Popes on Friday.  Which means the entire Catholic hierarchy will have to get tickets in advance and sign a loyalty oath.  And don't get wise with your T-shirts and bumper stickers, Monsignors, or you'll end up in the parking lot.

JEERS to the coming whitewash.  Certain provisions of the Patriot Act are set to expire in December, and Congress is reviewing them this week.  By "reviewing," we mean using them as coasters for their martinis.  So keep ratting on your neighbors, kids---it's the American way.

CHEERS to the perfect length.  Tony Blair has asked the Queen for permission to dissolve Parliament, paving the way for new elections.  Instead of our never-ending campaign cycle, the Brits will go to the polls exactly one month from today.  Those poor blokes at "Thames Barge Veterans for Truth" won't have time to get their smear campaign out of the starting gate.

JEERS to domestic terrorism.  Senator John "Dick" Cornyn---another unstable isotope from Texas--- says violence against judges is perrrfectly understandable.  Kudos to lefty blogs for uniformly piling on this nutcase (and I suspect the judges thank ya, too).  Now...will the mainstream media sleep through yet another GOP outrage?  Only if the world is round.

CHEERS to reclaiming your soul.  As a Marine recruiter, James Massey says "I lied, I cheated, I begged, I borrowed and I stole.  I did anything to find my quota, to get bodies in the Marine Corps."  Now, as an anti-war activist, Massey says he's getting his soul back by speaking up.  With the way things are going, he'll have a lot more company on the lecture circuit.  Soon.

CHEERS to big mojo for the little guy.  The Pulitzer Prizes were announced yesterday.  The  (yawn) Wall Street Journal and Los Angeles Times won two each.  But we're most impressed by the recognition of Nigel Jaquiss at the alternative paper Willamette Week in Portland, Oregon, for reporting on the sexual misdeeds of a former governor.  C&J got recognition, too---our restraining order was renewed for another 6 months.  Aww...we blush.

CHEERS to home entertainment with a kick.  Out on DVD today: the hard-hitting and critically-praised documentary 'The Corporation', and the Oscar-winning wine epic `Sideways' (the commentary by stars Paul Giamatti and Thomas Hayden Church is reported to be funnier than the movie itself).  Small suggestion for optimal enjoyment: Clean your's filthy.

JEERS to grandpas on the left.  Don't ya hate slowpokes who get in the passing lane and stay there?  Well, in Colorado they're mad as hell and they're clamping down with a new No-Dawdle law.  Memo to the Democrats in Washington: Hammer this into a bill that applies to all our nation's highways and you'll score major points...even in the red states.  But do it now before the GOP gets wise and passes ya on the right.

CHEERS to the freedom on the march.  Sunni days are here again as the Iraqi parliament "overwhelmingly" chooses Hajem al-Hassani as their speaker.  Tomorrow they'll pick a president, two vice presidents and a prime minister.  But if the insurgents get their way, they'll have to do it all again next week.

CHEERS to tyranny by the numbers.  Morbo at the Carpetbagger Report (via Bob's Newswire) shows how anyone---yes, even you---can run the country like George W. Bush in 10 Easy Steps.  But you should know that two crucial "pre-step" steps are missing.  1) Scramble the curiosity lobe in your brain, and 2) Sell your soul.  Now go on, li'l nipper, and make us proud.

CHEERS to Great Moments in Medicine.  On April 5, 1933, the first operation to remove a lung was performed at Barnes Hospital in St. Louis, MO.  Unfortunately the guy was just there to visit his grandmother, but the point is: Progress!

C&J Flashback: April 5, 2004...

CHEERS to free speech.  Kos finds himself in hot water over comments about mercenary (excuse me..."contractor") deaths in Iraq.  C&J is neutral about whether he's right or not.  But this much we know: his argument was thoughtfully explained, heartfelt, and fueled by horrifying personal experience: Click here to see the fireworks.  Shall we hang him now...or wait for our Ron Popeil Showtime Human Rotisserie to arrive?

And just one more...

CHEERS to the mojo wars.  We understand some folks believe C&J'ers toss around 4's with reckless abandon.  Well, when you can trade `em in for stuff like this, can you blame us?  Seriously, we'll tone it soon as we take delivery of our yacht.

C&J sends Meteor Blades and his family our heartfelt wishes for speedy recoveries and happy days ahead.  Floor's open.  What are you cheering and jeering about today?

Originally posted to Daily Kos on Tue Apr 05, 2005 at 07:46 AM PDT.


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  •  I'm first (2.05)
    Yaahhhhh! Cheers for being first!

    Come the rapture, can we have the White House?

    by MagentaMN on Tue Apr 05, 2005 at 07:45:27 AM PDT

  •  Welcome. Hi. Hola. (4.00)
    I hear that today this maybe on the front page.  If that is true, then I welcome all of the Non-CNJers who may be reading this for the first time.   This is not high school.  We are not a clique.  You are more than welcome to rant and cheer with us every day.   The insane mojo fest that has been described to you all by some will not occur here, especially if you are a newcomer.  You have to earn the mojo.  Also, if you come in here looking for trouble, you will be destroyed faster than George W. Bush can use religion to his political gain.  

    So welcome, but I wanna see some good Cheers and Jeers or no 4s.    

    Jeers to bad news.   My prayers and best wishes continue to go out to Meteor Blades, his wife, his sister in law, and those who may have died in the other car.   Life, and God, has a way of doing this to you when you least expect it.  Does anyone have any news?
    Cheers to Delawarean Spring.  Coming soon.   Please.  Dear God.   I want 70 degrees and green leafs and I want it now!!!!

    Cheers to North Carolina winning the title.   Good game.
    Jeers to the New York Yankees winning their first game.   The evil returns.....
    Cheers to the Philadelphia Phillies and the Baltimore Orioles being undefeated!
    Cheers to Kossacks who email me in the real world to resolve online disputes.   KD Texan has a lot of class.    
    Jeers to Delaware Dem for making it necessary for KD Texan to email me in the first place.  Must learn not to call people assholes, even during a flame war.  
    Jeers to Senator Coryn.
    Cheers to Senator Byrd.
    Jeers to the Ghost of Princess Diana. Look sweetheart, get over yourself.  Go haunt someone else, like Dick Cheney.  You and Charles divorced years ago, and even you were about to become engaged to Dodi Fayed before you died.   Stop fooling with Charles and Camilla's wedding.  Let them be happy.  
    Jeers to Million Dollar Baby playing out in real life.  Does the Culture of Life forbid Boxing?  
    Jeers to President Bush.  He awarded the first Medal of Honor in the Iraq war yesterday (what took him so long?).   But he referred to the award as the first Medal of Honor in the entire War on Terror.  There are two things wrong with that.  One, Iraq is not a fucking front in the War on Terror.  Two, it has taken you four years to recognize our brave military and their fallen?   What kind of President are you?  

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

    by Delaware Dem on Tue Apr 05, 2005 at 07:45:34 AM PDT

    •  DD... (4.00)
      I won't hold your Yankees jeer against you...


      "terror reigns, drenching, quenching the thirst of the power dons..."

      by the holy handgrenade on Tue Apr 05, 2005 at 07:47:31 AM PDT

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    •  Get the Mariners in there too! (4.00)
      They beat the Twins 5-1. Jamie Moyer was looking like his old self (it's a pun, he is 42 after all) and it was the Richie Sexson show as he got all 5 RBI on two home runs in his first two at-bats. Oh, and Ichiro is 73 hits away from having 1000 in the majors. At this clip he should pass Pete Rose by 2013.

      And the Mariners will still probably not be able to get out of the ALCS.

      CHEERS to baseball! The worst day of baseball beats the best day working. And CHEERS to Hall of Fame second baseman Rogers Hornsby who, when he was asked what he did all winter, said, "I'll tell you what I do all winter. I sit by the window and wait for spring."

    •  CUBS BABY! (4.00)
      16 runs and only two dingers?!  This is OUR year!!!!

      Can't we all agree that shrub and the bug man are on the permanent "Jeers" list?

      •  yeah! (4.00)
        Go, Cubs, Go.  Manufacturing runs, aggressive baserunning, a pitcher who can hit--that's how you do it.
        Unfortunately, it took all my fan mojo to get the Cubbies their win, and my beloved Illini paid the price.  Don't blame the behemoth Sean May, blame me, and blame the refs who called a foul on anyone within 6 inches of him. They were calling contact fouls, non-contact fouls, staring with intent to foul-fouls. Apparently the refs favor the preemptive strike.
        Oh, and, NC fans, remember, you almost lost to a team that shot a pathetic 27% in the first half.

        Cheers anyway, to my Illini, for making it a hell of a game and a season to be proud of.  It's not every day you get to say you're proud to be from Illinois.

        Let me know when the buck stops.

        by krilink on Tue Apr 05, 2005 at 08:25:50 AM PDT

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        •  Hear, hear! (4.00)
          I dispersed my fan mojo by washing the dishes. The Illini had a great run, and I learned this tournament to greatly admire them.

          "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 Tue Apr 05, 2005 at 02:01:33 PM PDT

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    •  DD, in Boston, we say: (4.00)
      "Yankees Suck" and vice versa.  "Yankees Suck" carries with it all kinds of karma, and should be used exclusively when dissing the modern day millionaire missionaires of steinbrenner.  This does not apply to the pre-steinbrenner yanks, who were great, steroid free heroes.

      What do you mean? An African or European swallow?

      by Sargent Pepper on Tue Apr 05, 2005 at 09:00:20 AM PDT

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      •  Saw that (4.00)
        We had an office in Andover for a couple of years (I live in Georgia), and they sent me up there once or twice a year to schmooze with the engineers & the writers I was helping out.

        So anyway, we went to lunch one day, and I swear I did a double-take when I saw a "Yankees Suck" bumper sticker. My next act was to check the plate & wonder why a Massachusetts resident would display such a Dixie-esque sentiment?

        Then I realized, it's baseball. And I agreed with the sentiment.

        Hatred is murder (1 John 3:15)

        by dirtroad on Tue Apr 05, 2005 at 09:16:20 AM PDT

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        •  that's so funny! (4.00)
          an interesting point of view.  we don't think of ourselves as yankees, necessarily, at least not like southerners do! The Yankees are the old timers, generally, or natives.

          What do you mean? An African or European swallow?

          by Sargent Pepper on Tue Apr 05, 2005 at 09:41:14 AM PDT

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        •  JEERS to misplaced famly value-based crusades (4.00)
          A couple years ago some people got told to cover up their T-shirts at Safeco Field or risk being ejected. The reason? The T-shirts, which were being hawked across the street from the ballpark, said YANKEES SUCK in big bold letters.

          There was a big flap about it and eventually management relented. And yes, providing a "family-friendly" atmosphere at the ballpark was the reason cited.

          There are some fine players on the Yankees. I liked Jason Giambi even when he was pounding the daylights out of my Mariners, and I liked Tino Martinez when he was with the Mariners. Good stand-up guys. But I'd pretty much rather have teeth pulled than root for the Yankees.

          •  Reply to those ushers: (4.00)
            "We're just saying the Yankees like to drink milkshakes with a straw..." :)

            "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 Tue Apr 05, 2005 at 04:57:31 PM PDT

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      •  No! (4.00)
        The Yankees have always been evil! If it was not true that the Yankees as an entity are evil, we could respect them for having Joe Torre and Derek Jeter! But such is assur!

        "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 Tue Apr 05, 2005 at 02:03:11 PM PDT

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    •  aoeu (4.00)
      Cheers to young people from across a red state (Virginia) coming together to support a blue cause (Tim Kaine and other statewide candidates) at the Virginia Young Democrats Convention this weekend.

      Jeers to the balance sheets not adding up quite yet.  We need to sell some more banquet tickets!  If any C&Jers are from Virginia and want to schmooze with some Young Democrats and some VA statewide candidates and hear our awesome keynote speaker, Barney Day (columnist for many Virginia newspapers), let me know via .  Banquet tickets are still available!

    •  When it is time for Camilla to give up the (4.00)
      ghost, will she haunt hyppodromes?

      Their privileged existence of wealthy debauchery had not prepared them for the next few moments. Carnacki

      by sersan on Tue Apr 05, 2005 at 04:03:32 PM PDT

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  •  Cheers and Jeers - The Old Fashioned Way... (4.00)
    Personal Cheers to making it to day 30. They say the first 30 days are the hardest...well, I sure as hell hope so...

    Cheers to those friends who have been there for me over the last 30 days. What an amazing group of people. Even if we are just silly, mojo-whoring goofballs....

    Cheers to blogging naked. Well, not entirely naked...I am wearing my Viking helmet today...

    .Jeers to dying young. On this date in 1994, Kurt Cobain died from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. His body was found three days later, on Arpil 8th,1994. Cobain was a talented musician and obviously a very disturbed, sensitive soul. Cobain's suicide has always stuck with me, as it came just a year before my own failed attempt...

    Jeers to executions. According to Amnesty International, 4,000 people were executed worldwide in 2004. China led by a great margin, accounting for approximately 3,400 of the executions. The US ranked 4th with 59 executions, a slight decrease from 2003. Somehow, the Bush administration will tout that as a major triumph, I'm sure...

    Cheers to cheering up the inmates. Prison officials in Japan are changing the colors of inmates clothing and bedding in an attempt to boost morale among the prisoner population. If Japan wants to increase moral, they should just remind the prisoners that they are not incarcerated in China, where they executed 3,400 people last year...

    Jeers to too much TV. A study shows that the more TV a 4 year old watches, the greater chance the have to become a bully later in life. My experience was actually the opposite. My massive amounts of TV watching at that age led me to spend most of my school time staring out the window and left me with a short attention ......ooh, cartoons are on....

    Did I mention that I'm naked? My co-workers don't seem to mind...

    Jeers to me for not having more for Bill's big front page debut. I'm having trouble coming up with dick and fart jokes this morning. My apologies...

    Jeers to feeling used. Listen, I'm sorry if you lost your TU status, but don't come here just to get your mojo back. Especially when you lost it for calling another Kossack an "ignorant slut". Cheers and Jeers is about far more than cheap fours, alright.

    Cheers to weightloss through dance. A West Virginia study is using the popular video game Dance Dance Revolution to help overweight children get increased amounts of exercise. Upon hearing the news, Richard Simmons threw a massive hissy fit and called his lawyer...

    Jeers to the news...I guess nothing else has happened other than the Pope's passing....

    And finally, here is your monkey pic of the day, as we trumpet Bill's ascension to the front page...

    "terror reigns, drenching, quenching the thirst of the power dons..."

    by the holy handgrenade on Tue Apr 05, 2005 at 07:46:09 AM PDT

    •  You're not naked (4.00)
      You said you were wearing a helmet.  

      CHEERS to BiPM for actually making it to the Front Page.  I confess, I thought it was an April Fool's joke.  After being maligned as a "mojo fest" (okay we are, but what's WRONG with that?), and the Irregulars being called "thugs" once upon a time by our Fearless Leader (I have the T-shirt) I seriously never thought I would see the day.  I stand corrected and astounded.

      CHEERS to HHG for 30 days.  If you were in AA, you'd get a chip.  Of course, I have discovered that they are worthless at the local supermarket, but that doesn't stop me from including them in my change. Clueless me?  Oh, yes.....

      TRIPLE JEERS to Senators who backhandedly incite violence against judges.  May you burn in eternal hell.  However, since I am a daughter of a judge, and a sister to another, let me tell you that you only make them more stubborn when you call them out.  Also, my bro has a Kevlar vest from when he was a defense lawyer.  Problem: He won't wear it.  Says it makes him look fat.

      CHEERS to Spring, and baseball, and sunshine, and new beginnings.  Wipe the slate clean, folks.

      Sending prayers and good thoughts to MB and his family.

      We do not rent rooms to Republicans.

      by Mary Julia on Tue Apr 05, 2005 at 08:03:26 AM PDT

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    •  Ahh ahh ahhhhhhhhhhhh ah! (4.00)
      THH, in honor of your Viking helmet I give you...

      Viking Kittens! An oldie but goodie.

    •  Naked C+J? (4.00)
      Nah HHG, you can't be naked. You're still wearing that cushion on your backside after the thwacking you received on Friday.

      We are all neutrons, looking for a nucleus to disrupt.

      by NeutralObserver on Tue Apr 05, 2005 at 08:11:56 AM PDT

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    •  Hey Holy... (4.00)
      Here's a headline for you: Mourning Pilgrims Pitch Tents in Rome Streets

      Can't take credit for that - cribbed it from Wonkette... but for some reason I thought of you when I read it.

    •  Tempted to say ... (4.00)
      again -- sometimes it's just 5 minutes at a time -- but now I think it's the nekkidness.

      Cheers: HHG's 30 days.

      Jeers: First 90 days are the hardest.

    •  HHG (4.00)
      CHEERS for failed suicide attempts. Mine was in 8th grade -- so sounds like we're both lucky to be here.

      My brother always said, "The Lord has angels for drunks and I've got double coverage." Maybe we both had a little help...

      I'll toast your first month of sobriety with a Sierra Mist...still looking for more free iTunes...

      "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 Tue Apr 05, 2005 at 09:05:45 AM PDT

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      •  I'll echo that statement (4.00)
        Mine was in tenth grade. Still got the nice little scar on my left wrist for posterity.

        CHEERS to unexpected I-need-a-drink trips downstairs by little brothers. And cheers to interrupted big brothers losing their nerve.

        "Don't call yourself religious, not with that blood on your hands"--Little Steven Van Zandt

        by ChurchofBruce on Tue Apr 05, 2005 at 09:37:25 AM PDT

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        •  Well, hell, as long as we're talking about it... (4.00)

          ...mine was in 1989.  And I kid you not...the volunteer at the Prevention hotline I called asked me if I would please hold the line while he went in the kitchen to do something (stir the strudel?).  Ah...priorities.
          •  1970 - age 14 with pills (4.00)
            Stomach pumping was the worst part...

            Thank heavens for therapists and love - never again.

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

            by SallyCat on Tue Apr 05, 2005 at 12:23:54 PM PDT

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        •  last year of HS,scars on left wrist (4.00)
          funny how you get used to things; by the time I thought everything looked great & stopped wearing long sleeves ...people freaked at the sight.

          Oh, well...

          •  Luckily, mine's tiny (none)
            My brother interrupted me early. I'd just started. What I have is almost completely covered up by my watch. Nobody notices unless I point it out.

            I know it's there, though...

            "Don't call yourself religious, not with that blood on your hands"--Little Steven Van Zandt

            by ChurchofBruce on Wed Apr 06, 2005 at 05:23:59 AM PDT

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        •  My sister did it at 12 (4.00)
          I was 7.

          I remember the family counseling at the local psychiatric hospital.

          I was tempted, did some other things, but not that.

          This Friday will be the one year anniversary of a dear friend's suicide.  A month ago was the one year anniversary of a coworker's suicide.

          It's a sad thing.

    •  Congrats on 30 days (4.00)
      I am rounding up on 691, so cheers to me (and I had to use a date calculator to figure that out...I'm not counting) and you both.

      I feel wonderful that I gave up drinking. Now if I could only give up eating. DAMN YOU ORAL FIXATION!!! (channeling Jon Stewart). (Gave up ciggies 13 years ago, fingernails 27 years ago.)

      So I figure I've saved $29,565 CDN...enough to buy a  mini-van. Do I have enough to buy a new mini-van? Hell no!

      Keep up the good work, I'm pulling for ya! Keep your stick on the ice!

    •  From someone who knows (4.00)
      don't dwell on the number of days - revel in:

      every morning that you wake without a hangover

      every event in your child's life that you attend sober - and remember the day after it happens

      every new person that you meet and become friends with, without having to find out if they're comfortable around someone who's had a few too many

      the improvement in your personal relationship with your spouse, your child, your parents and most of all, yourself

      I'm proud of you.  Really.  

      Bad bananas are easy to spot, those nasty rotten spots really stand out. Bad men are harder to identify by just looking at them.

      by Angie in WA State on Tue Apr 05, 2005 at 09:48:23 PM PDT

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  •  Tuesday C&J (3.98)
    Cheers to Bill in Portland Maine - Koufax award winner, snarkmaster extraordinaire and now front page denizen. Will dKos survive: do Democrats have a sense of humor, will the chicken cross the road, pigs fly, etc.? Stay tuned.

    Cheers to Pulitzer Prizes. In 1999 the Pulitzer Board sanctioned submission by newspapers of online presentations as supplements to print entries in the Public Service category. Can Blogs be far behind?  

    Jeers to House Judiciary Committee Chairman James Sensenbrenner. Not content with limiting himself to bad legislation he is branching out to the absurd. Meeting with entertainment executives Sensenbrenner said that there should be criminal prosecution for violatiors of federal broadcast decency standards. Will outing CIA agents still be okay Mr. Sensenbrenner?

    Cheers to National Women's Law Center who has issued a report outlining the erosion of women's right under the Bush administration. (PDF). Among the issues addressed:  weakening efforts to combat violence against women and the failure to support women in uniform.

    Jeers to rabble rousers. When asked to comment on BiPM's promotion to the DailyKos front page anti-mojo activist Andy Denow uttered a profanity and stomped off screaming, "Gimme a rum and coke, I need a rum and coke."

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

    by Lahdee on Tue Apr 05, 2005 at 07:46:11 AM PDT

  •  Great to see you where you belong :D (4.00)
    Cheers & Jeers is front-page material for sure :D
    •  P.S. (4.00)
      I'd love to see a Nigerian Pope, but we'll probably get an Italian on this go-around.
      •  why wasn't one of the choices either (4.00)
        a member of Bush's Whitehouse or Bush's family?
        •  Why? (4.00)
          Because the cardinals use paper ballots counted by hand. Bush family members don't stand a chance.

          Nobody lends money to a man with a sense of humor -- Peter Tork, "Head"

          by Field Marshall Stack on Tue Apr 05, 2005 at 08:10:47 AM PDT

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        •  I want a campaign (4.00)
          Pastor Dan for Pope!

          Sure, we'd have to have our marriage annulled and say it never existed, but hell, that's the price of power, baby!

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

          by Mrs Pastor on Tue Apr 05, 2005 at 10:22:03 AM PDT

          [ Parent ]

          •  Actually, no (4.00)
            Don't know about Pope, but if PD converted to Catholicism, he could become a priest after a year or so of study and still keep you around.

            Some of the more conservative Episcopal priests are converting in protest of the "liberal" turn the Church is taking, and they keep their families and all...and it's pissing off a lot of Catholic priests, I've heard.

            "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 Tue Apr 05, 2005 at 05:03:02 PM PDT

            [ Parent ]

            •  There's also married Catholic clergy (4.00)
              in the Eastern Rite Catholic churches.
              Had to google before trusting my memory.

              excerpt from above link:

              The Eastern Rite Churches are Eastern Christian churches consisting of five rites derived from ancient traditions of Christian churches in the East. They are now in communion with the Western church under the papacy. Distinct from both the Orthodox churches and the so-called Independent churches of the East, neither of which recognize papal primacy, the Eastern Rite churches are also sometimes known as Eastern Catholic, or Uniate, churches. Today more than 10 million Eastern Catholics are in the various rites.

              The five rites are the Byzantine, Alexandrian, Antiochene, Chaldean, and Armenian. Within these rites are further subdivisions according to national or ethnic origins. The largest single group of Eastern Catholics is the Ukrainian church (Byzantine rite); it has about 7 million members, with approximately 70 percent in Ukraine. In the United States there are about 250,000 Ukrainian Catholics.

              A rite signifies more than a liturgy; it denotes distinctive traditions across a broad front. Noteworthy among these for Eastern Catholics, in contrast with those of the Roman rite, is a married clergy. Distinctive sacramental practices are also found, such as the immediate admission of baptized infants to confirmation and the Eucharist. Rather than Latin, the liturgical languages of the Eastern Rite churches are either those spoken by the original missionary founders or the present-day vernacular. The Second Vatican Council, in its Decree on the Catholic Eastern Churches, confirmed the pledge to preserve the Eastern rites intact. Such a reassurance was welcome because of the repeated criticism by these churches that their traditions were gradually being eroded by their communion with Rome.

              emphasis mine.

      •  Not only Italian... (4.00)
        ...but an old Italian. That's what I put my money on.

        "Never vote for Republicans again -- we lie." --a senior Republican Senator

        by mecki on Tue Apr 05, 2005 at 08:28:20 AM PDT

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        •  Oh yeah (4.00)
          Cheers to the new Pope: Look for a nice old Italian Cardinal, with one foot in the grave, and one foot on a roller skate.  I don't think we'll be in for another 26 year reign for a while.

          Jeers to losing my T.U. status (I guess) in the new rating system. Oh well, I never used it anyway, still I was thinking of selling it on Ebay to buy some gasoline.

          Cheers to another beautiful day in Nash-Vegas! Love that sunshine, keep it coming!

          Cheers to the dKos community for the outpouring of love for Meteorblades and the tragedy to his family. You guys rock!

          and finally, Cheers to Bill for being front page material. You go guy!

          "If Stupidity got us into this mess, then why can't it get us out?" -- Will Rogers

          by Ten Buddhas on Tue Apr 05, 2005 at 08:53:12 AM PDT

          [ Parent ]

      •  I thought the Nigerian Card was the most (4.00)
        conservative of those under consideration?

        Midwest Center for American Values - Progressive ideas in an easy to swallow pill.

        by ETinKC on Tue Apr 05, 2005 at 08:31:29 AM PDT

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      •  Seeing all those bigotted (4.00)
        Irish and Italians venerating a black man....oooh, that would be just tooooo good!

        Justice DeLay-ed is Justice Denied

        by wry twinger on Tue Apr 05, 2005 at 09:01:15 AM PDT

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        •  what bigoted (4.00)
          irish and italians?

          .... tapping foot....

          hasn't anyone ever told you that generalizations are always wrong????



          (signed, with love, a slightly pissed off italian lady engaged to an irish/german guy.)

          No trees were harmed in the production of this comment; however, a small number of electrons were severely inconvenienced.

          by JLongs on Tue Apr 05, 2005 at 10:20:10 AM PDT

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      •  I'm not sure (4.00)
        if it's a C or a J, but seeing as how it's from newsmax it's bound to be absurd enough to be funny.

        Don't get your rapture ready quite yet, there are still two more Popes to go.

        "If it once became general, wealth would confer no distinction." George Orwell

        by justme on Tue Apr 05, 2005 at 10:01:38 AM PDT

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      •  lesbian pope! (4.00)
        that's what i'm rooting for!  
    •  Jeers to spending (4.00)
      the last 5 minutes looking for the damn "Recco" button...

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

      by wozzle on Tue Apr 05, 2005 at 08:01:15 AM PDT

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  •  Ha ha! Excellent! (4.00)
    MEGA BIG-ASS CHEERS to Bill bein' on the front page from now on!
    •  Oooooh dynamic DNA! (4.00)
      Ooooh make it stop! I'm getting dizzy!

      To the sunshine, Nellie.  After a very disappointing weekend of frozen slush and giant snowflake showers the sun decided to come back yesterday for a few days and warm up the place.

      To a forecast that predicts gloomy weather on the weekend.

      To the heartfelt response of so many to the sad events affecting Meteor Blades.  

      To it being necessary. Secondary jeers for those who use the diary to point out the apparent futility of directed positive energy/prayer.  Was that really necessary?

      To me to finally posting a diary of my own.  But the news was so great I couldn't resist.

      To me for diary whoring.  But hey!  It's not like I do it a lot.  Like never.  And it's not like a few of you don't owe me a few minutes of your eyeballs.  And mojo.  Don't forget mojo.

      To me burning the midnight oil and beyond writing a report I needed to get done.  The bitch who runs my office would have been seriously pissed if I hadn't done it.

      To a local power failure at 4am which not only shut down the computer, scared the life out of me that my report would be lost, and made it necessary for me to get up at 7:30 to start haranguing my sons to get up and off to school.  Without an alarm clock, because of the power failure.  So I woke up at 7:10 on my own and had to stay awake after a couple of hours of fitful sleep. Because I didn't have an alarm clock.  Because of the power failure.

      To my report being safe and sound in backup.

      There is still the same idiot running my place of work.

      To the commute. It's so easy.  Fifteen seconds max on a slow day.  And I can work in my pyjamas or even pull a Holy Handgrenade Day, if I choose.

      Support citizen journalism? Be part of the ePluribus Media fund drive.

      by Bionic on Tue Apr 05, 2005 at 09:14:50 AM PDT

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      •  Unsolicited advice... (4.00)
        Next alarm clock, get one with a battery backup...saving asses since its invention!  I have had occasion to be saved by mine several times since I got it about 2 years ago.  Best alarm clock idea since the snooze button (which knows no equal, IMO).

        Closed minds should come with closed mouths.

        by Pennsylvanian on Tue Apr 05, 2005 at 10:54:48 AM PDT

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  •  Cheers & Jeers - Independent Press Version (4.00)
    Cheers to independent press, as rare as it is these days.

    Cheers to the UK Independent.  Jeers to BushCoTM if even half of what they say in this commentary is true.  To summarize, it talks about how the US has worked against the Shia majority and discusses a new `third ploy' that is ridiculously insane if true.  Jeers that we will likely never know if this is true or not, because our lazy corporate owned press just doesn't give a rat's ass.

    A shout out and a Cheers to SusanHu, one of this site's best at keeping us updated on these types of stories.  I'm also a fan because she loves Deadwood as much or more than I do.  Swejin!

    Huge Cheers to Bill.  I don't have a clue how you manage to put together your excellent daily summaries and comments, given the time involved.  And a great big thanks for letting us come here and run rampant, roughshod, or even naked (c'mon HHG, some of us haven't even eaten breakfast yet!) all through your creation.  Cheers for letting us blow off some steam, and for helping to keep us a little less insane.

    Cheers to the commentary by Raybin.  Hearts out to Meteor Blades.

    Finally, Cheers to Pooties!  If PhillyGal posts here today, I found something I want to show her.  Feel free to have a look if she shows up.

    Have a great day, all!

  •  Tuesday (4.00)
    Cheers to Bill!  Congrats!

    Jeers to Cornryn.  Ass.

    Cheers to spring.  Yay!

    •  Double Jeers to Cornryn (4.00)
      Lets not forget that this is the man of the well-parodied "box turtle marraige" quote.

      Just for old times sake:

      "It does not affect your daily life very much if your neighbor marries a box turtle. But that does not mean it is right. . . . Now you must raise your children up in a world where that union of man and box turtle is on the same legal footing as man and wife."

      Pray that there's intelligent life somewhere up in space because there's bugger all down here on Earth.

      by bawbie on Tue Apr 05, 2005 at 08:44:30 AM PDT

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      •  Where's TealVeal? (4.00)
        We need to revive the Box Turtle Haikus!

        My box turtle friend
        Would never wish any harm
        Unlike ass Cornyn.

        "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 Tue Apr 05, 2005 at 09:25:17 AM PDT

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  •  Front Page C&J (4.00)
    Cheers to BiPM.  In my best Costanza, "Front Page Baby".

    Cheers to Kos.  To put the comics on the front page, they must be as big as grapefruits.  If they are as big as grapefruits, you may want to go to a doctor.

    Tears for Army Sgt. 1st Class Paul Ray Smith.  What ever you think of this war, this man deserves our respect.  Sgt. Smith, this old Marine salutes you.

    Cheers to Jesus Christ CPA.  If the IRS has questions, does he go with you to the audit???

    Cheers to family values.  If more parents practice this, the republican party will fade away.

    Jeers to Mr. Porn Stach John Stossel calls global warming a foolish media-hyped scare.  In a related item, a 1,200 square mile Iceberg is heading noth at 3.5 mph from Antartica. Silly Media.

    Jeers to Randolph "Duke" White  Oh goody,The father of a serial killer is selling DVDs of his son's videotaped account of how he lured women to his house and strangled them for only $39.95. No ups, no extras, cause I'm Earl Schieb.

    Quiz While looking at the covers of the periodicals in the train station, only 1 had a cover dealing with a news story other than the Pope, Terry Schiavo or Celebs.  The cover was on the Minnesota School Shooting. Which one?  Answer at the bottom.

    Cheers to Bobs & Bobbettes. Tucks Pad?

    For PhillyGal
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    The Internet King? I wonder if he could provide faster nudity... . Comic Book Guy:

    Answer National Enquirer.  Yep, that is what has become of the media.

  •'s roomier in here! (4.00)
    Cheers to turning off Popewatch and walking outside to enjoy 60+ degree weather.  There's a world outside my door I had forgotten about.

    If you can't support the veterans you have, don't make any new ones.

    by slackjawedlackey on Tue Apr 05, 2005 at 07:49:02 AM PDT

  •  Write-in for pope: Fr. Andrew Greeley (4.00)
    He wrote a scathing attack on John Paul II's papacy in today's Financial Times. Unfortunately, it's available to subscribers only, though you can see the first two paragraphs from the website:

    In politics, sometimes the jackasses are on your side.

    by Dump Terry McAuliffe on Tue Apr 05, 2005 at 07:49:22 AM PDT

    •  An even better write-in choice (4.00)
      is Garry Wills.  Excellent historian and author of PAPAL SIN--has dissected hypocrites and the power-mad from the Vatican to the White House.

      by KWeberLit on Tue Apr 05, 2005 at 08:09:51 AM PDT

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    •  Full article (4.00)
      John Paul's divisive drive for unity
      By Andrew Greeley

      Pope John Paul II determined early in his pastorate to restore order and discipline to the Roman Catholic Church in response to the destabilisation of Church structures after the Second Vatican Council. Faced with what he saw as widespread chaos in the Church, he moved to restore obedience to the Catholic tradition. He did not reject the council, but denounced what he considered the abuses that occurred in its name. He quashed the radical changes in the Church of the Netherlands, although many Dutch Catholics left as a result. Dissenting theologians were silenced or punished, including Hans Küng, the Swiss theologian, who lost his "licence" to teach Catholic theology. He tightened the control of the Roman Curia - the civil service of the Church - over bishops of the world.

      He dedicated himself to correcting the errors he saw many Catholics embracing, strongly condemning birth control, demands for the ordination of women, in vitro fertilisation, premarital sex, abortion and, more recently, homosexuality. He appointed bishops and cardinals who were faithful to his strategy and encouraged conservative organisations such as Opus Dei and Legionnaires of Christ. He tried to tighten control over seminary faculties and Catholic universities. The Roman Curia investigated and disciplined many priests against whom conservative Catholics (a vocal, if small, community in most countries) complained. More recently he directed Catholic politicians on how they should vote on matters such as homosexual marriage.

      His campaign to reorganise the Church was certainly successful in reshaping its internal structures. His extensive travel boosted his image and the impression of a man firmly in control. The government of the Church is now substantively similar to that of pre-Council days. Local bishops are now little more than functionaries in the service of the Curia.

      Few would deny that these were John Paul's central administrative goals. However, the question remains whether he successfully attained them. Did Catholics turn away from a style of being Catholic on their own terms? Did they abandon their approval of birth control, divorce, masturbation, a married clergy and other issues? An attempt to restore the power and credibility of the central Church must be judged finally by whether or not it worked. It is hard not to conclude that the Pope's project was unsuccessful.

      Surveys in many Catholic countries suggest the Pope's campaign against chaos may have increased the amount of chaos. Throughout Europe, North America and Australasia, the majority of Catholic populations stubbornly refused to change their minds on matters such as birth control, premarital sex, in vitro fertilisation and married clergy. Moreover, Catholic attitudes in the last quarter-century seem to have moved further from those on which the Pope insisted. With Catholic church attendance falling around the world, the Pope's strategy appears to have been counterproductive. In attempting to restore the Church's credibility as a teacher, he may have eroded it further. In his endeavour to use the authority of his office to unify the Church, he leaves it badly polarised.

      After the Vatican Council, there were hopes in some Catholic circles of a more open discussion in the Church, of reforms to the Curia and of participation by local bishops in Church governance. These hopes were largely frustrated. It is at least an open question whether such governance would have been more effective. It does not seem it could have been less effective.

      As The Tablet, a London-based Catholic periodical, remarked, the Pope aborted reform in the Church. A sociologist is tempted to say, he could at least have given it more of a chance. Between the French Revolution and the Second Vatican Council, the Catholic Church was governed by structures that emphasised order, discipline, fear of mortal sin and, most important, conviction that the Church cannot and will not change. At the Vatican Council it did change and destabilised the old structures. New wine was poured into old wineskins and the wineskins burst. Confusion and chaos emerged. Most Catholics continue to accept the core doctrines of their faith: God, Jesus, life after death, presence of God in the Sacrament and Jesus in the Eucharist. However, they also reserve the right to make up their own minds on issues of sex and gender. In a certain sense, Pope John Paul II fell back on the old structures to re-establish order, though these structures no longer exist.

      This failure to re-impose the old order on the laity and lower clergy is central to an evaluation of the papacy. No amount of spin can cover it up, though it does not negate the Pope's piety, his good intentions, his enormous public impact. Nevertheless, much of the positive effect of the Vatican Council eroded during his pontificate. However glorious John Paul's reign may have been in many respects, it is hard to interpret the empirical data any other way: his successor will inherit a polarised and fractured Church, but one made up of hundreds of millions of loyal Catholics who will not leave, even if the leadership tries to throw them out.

      The writer, a Catholic priest, sociologist and author, is adjunct professor of sociology at the University of Arizona

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

      by Jerome a Paris on Tue Apr 05, 2005 at 09:00:44 AM PDT

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    •  Write in for pope. (4.00)
      Dave Chappelle. I'm the Pope, bitch.

      "If it once became general, wealth would confer no distinction." George Orwell

      by justme on Tue Apr 05, 2005 at 10:05:20 AM PDT

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  •  Front Page C&J (4.00)
    Cheers for the love that is part of DailyKos community

    Cheers for prayers and blessings for Meteor Blades and his family

    Cheers to needing laughs when we want to cry

    At times like this it's hard to go forward with the laughs - but it's part of what makes the day easier to bear...

    Now on to your snark of the day

    Republican Parking Ordinances
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    For the Bobettes - now all we need to find the road to get to this exit!
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    This one is for the Irregulars - welcome to the front page - grab a ladder as needed!
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    A newspaper is a device for making the ignorant more ignorant and the crazy crazier. H.L. Mencken

    by SallyCat on Tue Apr 05, 2005 at 07:49:34 AM PDT

  •  Drive-by C&J (4.00)
    CHEERS to Mr. Romance.

    Why? Well for starters, it's the most laughably homoerotic show on TV:  a bunch of grown men run around all oiled up and half-naked, bitch-slapping each other, fighting over who will be the next Fabio (who does make an occasional appearance on camera, dispensing advice to the viewing audience, such as the gem: "Tony, when a woman pays you to go away, that is not romantic.")  Hilarious!

    But last night, it got that much better.  The special guest star was none other than world famous rethuglican pollster Frank Luntz!  Yes, he brought is magical twirly-knobs to a focus group of "real women," who gathered at the Romance Academy (I couldn't make this shit up if I tried) to rate the contestants as each man paraded around in Harlequin-approved costumes and displayed his raw animal magnetism (tee hee!)  

    So anyway, the next time Frankie releases another evil memo, or in 2006 when the RWCM trots him out and claims he is legitimate, non-partisan, and respected in his field, we should remember to pull out the video of him earnestly and seriously telling a pirate, a fisherman, and jungle-man that they just don't know what a woman wants to hear.  Though, I suppose it's a good thing that he's took a break from using his powers for evil.

    CHEERS to all of you - missed ya!

  •  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 Tue Apr 05, 2005 at 07:50:18 AM PDT

  •  Warm Weather C&J (4.00)
    1.  The Congo Park Rangers who protected a species of mountain gorilla during that countries civil wars.  I heard a piece on NPR today about them.  One was invited to speak to some UN diplomats and he pointed out that out of the 20 memembers of his graduating ranger class only three were left alive.

    2.  The Cubs for their excellent victory over Arizona yesterday.  And esp. to Ramirez for signing a new contract.

    3.  The fact that the weather has started to warm up here in DC.

    4.  The fact that I should soon have a job offer and be able to move back to Chicago.

    1.  Late winter/Early spring colds.

    2.  The Shrub.  Just in general.

    3.  Sen. John Cornyn (R) of Texas.  You know why.

    4.  Bars that replace pinball with Golden Tee.
    •  Mountain gorillas (4.00)
      My college roomie is presently studying mountain gorillas in Uganga.  I would love to get her to start a blog as she has the most amazing stories of rangers, trappers and the ecosystem out there.  I can't wait to link to NPR to hear that story.

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

      by Mrs Pastor on Tue Apr 05, 2005 at 10:27:39 AM PDT

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  •  I heard C&J was a regular mojo fest... (3.60)
    Any truth to that rumor???

    If a Dem wants to be "good friends" with that hate-mongering liar, Sean Hannity, well, he deserves a primary.

    by DeanFan84 on Tue Apr 05, 2005 at 07:50:48 AM PDT

  •  The Weather Edition (4.00)
    Cheers to finally having a beeyootiful day in NYC!

    Cheers to Mr. Xray for building our new computer. It kicks some serious butt.

    Cheers to Fedora Core 3 for working so damned well. Go Linux!

    Hugs to MB and his family.

    Cheers to our kitties, Monty the Nose and Fat Ethel. It's official, we have 33 pounds of cat in our house. Now we have to reduce "Fat" Ethel to "Merely Festively Plump" Ethel. Meow!

    Ask Copernicus about pushing limits.

    by Xray the Enforcer on Tue Apr 05, 2005 at 07:50:48 AM PDT

    •  Monty "the Nose" (4.00)
      Hey how ya dooin? Lissen, me and th boys heard about this "cat reduction" thing, and we thought we'd, you know, reach out a little, seein's how ya been such a good sport about the furniture an all. But ya might wanna kinda think it over some more... makes us look bad, y'knowwhatI'msayin?

      Oh, yeah, you were a little late last week with the tuna. Ya got such nice kneecaps, I wouldn't wanna see anything happen to em. Fugeddaboudit!

      •  you talkin' ta me? (4.00)
        The Nose sez: "Don't you worry about my cat credentials. I woke those two primates up at 4:30 this morning, pacing back and forth across their full bladders and demanding food. They're well aware of how strong the we kitty mafiosi are."

        Ask Copernicus about pushing limits.

        by Xray the Enforcer on Tue Apr 05, 2005 at 09:17:04 AM PDT

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  •  Congrats! (4.00)
    Cheers to C&J being frontpaged!

    I am a regular reader although I don't post often.

    It always gives me a smile.

    Politics is like driving. To go backward, put it in R. To go forward, put it in D.

    by TrueBlueMajority on Tue Apr 05, 2005 at 07:51:22 AM PDT

  •  My first time in C&J... (4.00)
    Cheers for my birthday in 9 days.

    Jeers for turning 25 and having a quarter-life crisis

    Jeers to daylight savings time.  I want my hour of sleep back.

    Cheers to springtime in Minnesota.  High of 70 today and glorious thunderstorms tonight!

    So, how'd I do?

    The country we carry in our hearts is waiting. - Bruce Springsteen

    by kaelamantis on Tue Apr 05, 2005 at 07:51:35 AM PDT

    •  Hmph! (4.00)
      Jeers to anyone who claims a crisis at turning 25.  Sigh.  Happy birthday.

      Jeers to my right meniscus (any doctors/spelling police out there?) that, in recognition of a real midlife crisis, has curled up and locked my leg in a bent position.  I've cajolled, messaged, threatened to no avail.  It won't let my leg straighten out unless BinPM is appointed Pope and/or gets the pulitzer/macarthur genius ward/nobel prize.

      Cheers to Spring and Daylight Savings Time and renewed hope.

    •  C&J's also from MN (4.00)
      Cheers to Spring tra-la-tra-la and the coming rains to wash down the dirt, replenish the soil, and invigorate the greening.

      Jeers to the wind from yesterday, the 15 minute garden escape was miserable.

      Cheers to being able to get older and all it's coming joys:

      "Morris, an 82 year-old man, went to the doctor to get a physical. A few days later the doctor saw Morris walking down the street with a gorgeous young woman on his arm.

      A couple of days later the doctor spoke to Morris and said, "You're really doing great, aren't you?"

       Morris replied, "Just doing what you said, Doc: 'Get a hot mamma and be cheerful.'

      The doctor said, "I didn't say that. I said, 'You've got a heart murmur. Be careful'"

      ePluribusMedia Support citizen journalism!

      by kfred on Tue Apr 05, 2005 at 08:18:17 AM PDT

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    •  I'm sorry... (4.00)
      Did you just say "quarter life crisis"...I am gonna give you nice mojo, but don't ever say that..seriously...

      (walks away, shaking head, searches for ibuprofen bottle...)

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

      by Revel on Tue Apr 05, 2005 at 08:26:09 AM PDT

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    •  Not bad, kid (4.00)
      Next time, don't forget to throw in a kitty pic.

      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 Tue Apr 05, 2005 at 08:28:59 AM PDT

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    •  Quarter-life crisis? (4.00)
      Cheers: I am happier at 65 then I was at 25.

      Jeers: I forgot.

      Long live the short form of the Serenity Prayer: Fuck it!

      I can't remember the long form.

  •  The pope died? (4.00)
    Jeers to the sad state of journalism and the either sadder state of kids paying attention. I'm meeting with a bunch of high school kids today. I asked them if they followed the news. Yes. They said. One student offered that the two stories in the news were that "the pope had died and that lady had her feeding tube removed."
    Other kid: "The pope died?"
    My response: "Well yes. Those are the two big stories in the news, but today, for example, Congress is holding hearings about the Patriot Act."
    Students: "What's that?"

    Yes. It was a teaching moment. But oh my. These kids are cannon fodder and they don't know. 16-year old naifs who will be going off to war.

    Jeers to whoever said ignorance is bliss.

    •  To be fair (4.00)
      The full quote is:

      To each his suff'rings; all are men,
        Condemn'd alike to groan,--
      The tender for another's pain,
        Th' unfeeling for his own.
      Yet ah! why should they know their fate,
      Since sorrow never comes too late,
        And happiness too swiftly flies?
        Thought would destroy their paradise.
      No more; where ignorance is bliss,
        'T is folly to be wise
      •  okay (4.00)
        you got me.

        But I'm still shaking my head in absolute sadness over these kids who know NOTHING about what's going on in the world. I get spoiled by living with two kids who are totally aware--and that's not my doing. That's their natural curiousity.

        •  Agreed (4.00)
          I didn't mean to detract from your point at all.  That little quote just happens to be one of my pet peeves.  The other big one (quote wise at least) being:

          Power tends to corrupt; absolute power corrupts absolutely.

          It just really annoys me when people shorten it and drop the 'tends' part.

          But as I said, I agree wholeheartedly with your point.

          •  It's interesting... (4.00)
            that "tends" gets dropped when we get to absolute power.

            Acid tends to corrode (though one can find things that are impervious to a given acid); the universal solvent corrodes everything.

            A damned good reason to be wary of giving even good people more power. You may unwittingly give a decent person the thing that will undo them.  (Cf PATRIOT Act.  Not that I think that our current lot needed anything stronger than lemonade to corrupt them beyond the reach of Mephistopheles)

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

            by ogre on Tue Apr 05, 2005 at 09:28:57 AM PDT

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          •  Republican version: (4.00)
            "Power corrupts, but absolute power is actually pretty neat!"

            "I love mankind; it's people I can't stand." --Linus/Peanuts

            by homogenius on Tue Apr 05, 2005 at 05:14:16 PM PDT

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    •  what's cannon fodder? (4.00)

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

      by willyr on Tue Apr 05, 2005 at 08:26:23 AM PDT

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    •  Argh! Then do what I do (4.00)
      Live 45 minutes from the nearest anything...keeps the morning and evening drives with now socially conscious 13-year old all about newspapers and Morning Edition/All Things Considered.

      Not quite the force feeding that it sounds like, but osmosis over time, lots of conversation and then a real desire to be engaged in the world they are in and will inherit responsibility for.

      Love'em, show'em some respect and they'll take ownership when it's time.

      •  i live with the same kinds of kids (4.00)
        Who are surrounded by friends who are also paying attention. What was so difficult this morning was the reminder, once again, that my daughters and their friends may be the exception, and not the rule. I hope not. For their sakes, I hope not.
  •  I did it again (4.00)
    Here I was wandering down the back alleys and side streets of Daily Kos looking for the door marked "Cheers and Jeers" when suddenly I come out on the esplenade and there it is.

    I like the way you've redesigned the place for the front page, Bill. The zebra skin cushions on the lime green couch carry a hint of tacky, yet overstated. Just the way I like 'em.

    Cheers to everyone from the upper left hand corner of the map! And of course, prayers for Meteor Blades and his family.

  •  Drive-By Cheers from Carolina today! (4.00)
    Cheers to family from afar:  my grandparents, uncle, and cousin are all driving in from Kentucky for a visit and to meet little TJ (my sister's new baby) for the first time.

    Jeers to me for being so addicted to C&J that even though over a dozen people are going to walk through my door in about 15 minutes for a gathering & lunch, I still had to peek in to see Bill on the front page!

    Cheers to poetic justice:  anyone who saw my C&J yesterday saw me boasting in the riot of spring flowers & color that is gracing our great state of Carolina:  well, last night, the first mosquitoes of the season also came out to play. <pauses to slap and scratch>

    Cheers to you all today, my friends!

    Being a Christian doesn't mean giving orders---it means reporting for duty.

    by mrsdbrown1 on Tue Apr 05, 2005 at 07:53:13 AM PDT

  •  Billy's C&J (4.00)
    Cheers to C&J being so popular that it is now on the freaking front page!  Excellent.  Don't know why?  Just go with it.  

    Cheers to The Daily Show returning this week, even if it was a little weak last night (I understand, slow news fortnight...)

    Jeers to GOP "lawmakers" Cornyn, DeLay, et al. for inciting terrorism against our only functioning branch of government

    Jeers to NE Arkansas.  Why?  Two words: dry county.  

    Cheers to Spring.  Fuck you, Winter.  


    "Are you a Mod or a Rocker?"

    "No, I'm a Mocker."

    by Billy Shears on Tue Apr 05, 2005 at 07:54:34 AM PDT

    •  Awesome sig (4.00)
      Great quote from "A Hard Day's Night."  

      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 Tue Apr 05, 2005 at 08:15:23 AM PDT

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      •  Thanks (4.00)
        I personally believe "A Hard Day's Night" to be one of the finest cinematic accomplishments of all time.  Ground-breaking and trend-setting in many ways, it defined the "rock-stars-making-movies" genre.  "HELP!" was straining the concept a bit, IMO, but forgivable since they were under enormous pressure to repeat the commercial success of "A.H.D.N."  As far as Beatles' movies go, "A.H.D.N." is second only to "A Magical Mystery Tour": 50 min of bizarre LSD-induced silliness.  "The Yellow Submarine" cartoon movie doesn't count as a Beatles' movie IMO.  

        "Are you a Mod or a Rocker?"

        "No, I'm a Mocker."

        by Billy Shears on Tue Apr 05, 2005 at 09:23:56 AM PDT

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        •  Amen (4.00)
          We own "Hard Day's Night," "Help," and "Magical Mystery Tour" on DVD (we own "Yellow Submarine" on VHS).  I cannot sit through MMT because it's such a bad movie and so painful to see what was wasted on Macca's vision.

          I agree that Yellow Submarine isn't a Beatles' movie since they only showed up at the end and contributed the music.  I've met Ron Campbell who who animated Yellow Submarine (and the ABC television series The Saturday Morning Beatles) and he said they were real pains. Ron is a fabulous animator--we own 4 of his works.

          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 Tue Apr 05, 2005 at 09:40:45 AM PDT

          [ Parent ]

          •  How to watch MMT (4.00)
            It helps if you watch with a pair of 13-year-old girls (daughter + daughter's best friend)dancing around and singing I am the Eggman at the tops of their lungs. It still makes me laugh whenever I think of it.
            •  Sounds like a plan (4.00)
              I'll have to remember that when The Heir hits 13 in 4 years.

              Every Sunday there's a DC radio show called "Breakfast with the Beatles" and one day they played a gawd-awful cover of "I Am the Eggman" by Jim Carrey.  It was truly wretched.

              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 Tue Apr 05, 2005 at 10:00:53 AM PDT

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              •  I loved "Breakfast with the Beatles" (4.00)
                when I lived in the DC area... ah, good times.  I would actually wake up early just to hear it.  

                It started to get rather lame, however, when they decided that any cover of any Beatles song deserved air-time.  

                Jim Carrey singing "I Am the Walrus"?  Blasphemy.

                Goo goo ga-joob.  

                "Are you a Mod or a Rocker?"

                "No, I'm a Mocker."

                by Billy Shears on Tue Apr 05, 2005 at 11:38:40 AM PDT

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                •  It still has good moments (4.00)
                  When were you in the DC area?

                  The program began going downhill IMO when Weasel stopped hosting.  That guy is just an encyclopedia of knowledge and he always had something interesting to add.  The current DJ who's hosting isn't as good.

                  Yes, Jim Carrey singing "I Am The Walrus."  It is heinous and could be considered torture under the Geneva Convention.

                  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 Tue Apr 05, 2005 at 12:18:26 PM PDT

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          •  Another way to watch MMT (4.00)
            is with the aid of mood-altering chemicals.  

            However, this is NOT recommended for 13 year-olds.  

            Smoke 'em if you got 'em.  

            "Are you a Mod or a Rocker?"

            "No, I'm a Mocker."

            by Billy Shears on Tue Apr 05, 2005 at 11:35:18 AM PDT

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  •  Carnacki's Cheers & Jeers (4.00)
    Where's the recommend box?

    Cheers to all those who offered prayers and best wishes, including those at The-Book-of-Thoth, for Meteor Blades and his family and all those in need.

    Cheers to online communities. Families come in many shapes and sizes and digital bits.

    Jeers to the storms that lead us to gather together to get through.

    Cheers to people who rally around in the times of need.

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

    by Carnacki on Tue Apr 05, 2005 at 07:54:50 AM PDT

    •  Exactly (4.00)
      Normal routine all screwed up.  Read through Bill's post, hit recommend, make sure the tip jar is there, and then post.  I did not know what to do today...

      Good post, Carnacki.  Have a '17 1/2'...

    •  Oh thank goodness (4.00)
      I'm not the only one all discombobulated. Not only have I been looking for the Recommend button, I've been wondering why Bill didn't post a tip jar!

      CHEERS to C&J for providing much-needed laughs this morning.

      CHEERS to MB and his family, and to all of us in the electronic family, holding one another close in cyberhugs.

      JEERS to internal editors. I'm taking part in a writers' loop exercise to try to write a book-in-a-month The object is to write without self-editing, see if you can get 50,000 words in a month -- which means far less dKos time. So far, I've written less than 5,000 and have had a knock-down, deag-out fight with my Internal Editor, who sits on my shoulder and snipes. Not even nice snark, mind you.

      JEERS to John Cornyn. I can't even dignify the man with the honorific "Senator." Disgusting.

      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 Tue Apr 05, 2005 at 09:08:11 AM PDT

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  •  That photo (4.00) horrifying. And what about the poor guy still in the water?

    Cheers to C&J's new front page status.

  •  Today (4.00)
    Cheers to HHG (way to go, day 30!)
    Cheers to it being a sunny day in NE PA!
    Jeers to all loyalist social conservative Republicans who continue to coalesce behind Senator Corywn's agenda driven remarks on judicial terrorism.  Your support for his comments are pathetic and bad politics. But hey, on the flip side, your making it easier for our side to kick your butt in 2006!
  •  Cosmic C & J (4.00)
    Cheers to Bill and very happy congratulations to him for recognition well deserved. Cheers also to the C & J irregulars, who come here and post everyday. What follows below is my tribute or love song to this wonderful group of people who inhabit this remarkable place.

    This space, provided to us by Bill in Portland Maine, has been the very best kiddie pool I've ever played in, a virtual Octopus's Garden in the Shade. In this garden I have found puppies, doggies, pooties, birdies and froggies. There are dreaded margin busters, bottom racers and flickers of peas. There are even highly entertaining spankers, wankers and perverts. There is the most greatly revered Homer, and a ghosthunter famed for heroic deeds. There are rowdy pirates, lusty wenches, cartoonists and dedicated news and sports fans. There are fairies, singers and dancers, and lovely goddesses in complete disarray. There are fans of the Beatles, look a like celebrities, and TV characters - all of them of great wit, but sometimes of questionable good taste! Last but not least there are the wonderful British folk, who grace our shores from across the seas.

    These are but some of the many costumes and masks we Irregulars wear to play upon this fine and wonderful stage. I myself have been known to play quite the lusty wench, with a variety of interesting costumes, though other parts I have played.

    But here is the thing. Like all good comics and satirists, we know drama and tragedy all too well. We all know it personally and we see it clearly in the world around us. This knowledge of sadness and despair makes our satire all the more pointed. Here we call it snark, but satire it remains. So we have come together here as players, and as in a true theater we have become a loving family. Sometimes we will leave our characters to reach out to one another when times are troubling, or when one of us is in pain. This is the thing that I hope new visitors will recognize and remember, whether you choose to leave us or stay and play.

    And know this as well, that when we Irregulars, the players, remove our costumes and masks, we are hard working, intelligent liberal minded people, who want to see compassion, decency and common sense lead the way. We too are activists, educators, artists, writers and thinkers. We are social workers, computer specialists, lawyers, business people and accountants. We are children, brothers and sisters, parents and grandparents. We are also all Kossacks at the end of the day.

    We are altogether on the same bus here. We are altogether on the same stage.

    A Final Note My hopes extend again today to Meteor Blades and his family. I want to again express my greatest wishes that all will be well. MB is like our touchstone here. When he is hurting all of us feel his pain.

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

    by cosmic debris on Tue Apr 05, 2005 at 07:55:40 AM PDT

  •  Jeers to creepy Texas Senators (4.00)
    who speak of real violence agaisnt real judges as being, somehow, the logical extention of those judges just doing their jobs.

    Shame on you, Mr. Senator. Shame on you.

    Jeers to the cable media Techno-Theocons that are still trying to wring another day of Pope John Paul the II out of thin air so they don't have to cover this nightmarish gaffe as if it isn't the most shocking political scandal to hit the airwaves in ages.

    Cheers to the blogosphere... for its sense of outrage and for being the digital coconut telegraph of a generation living in a barren age of engineered outrage supplanting real outrage.  

  •  Redundant Redundancy Revelry (4.00)
    I have decided to no longer refer to Cable News as Cable News. I will now refer to it as Cable Showcase.  Because if we were to go by CNN,MSBNC, and of course the ridiculous Faux, there is on any given day only one news story.  Sometimes, things are so slow, there's only one news story for a week or even a month.

    I mean no disrespect whatsoever to the passing of the Pontiff, but an alien landing on earth (who happened to speak English and be familiar with working a TV remote) would thing we were not only
    a very sad place, but also fairly boring, unless you were one of the billion Catholics on the planet.  The news our alien would see:
    8:00 a.m.  The pope has died.
    8:30 a.m.  The pope is lying in state.
    9:00 a.m   The pope, still dead, continues to lie in state.
    (Repeat hourly until the viewers are catatonic.)

    That said, I sadly issue my first Jeers to Countdown.  I fully expectedan appropriate segment on John Paul to headline the hour.  I was very disappointed it was the full hour.  Here, have another Jeers.  

    OK, rant over.  Again, no disrespect to my friends of the Catholic persuasion!

    Cheers to the North Carolina Tarheels, for a win that meant I won the March Madness pool!  I, who pay no attention to basketball 11 months out of the year, have won the office pool two years in a row.   Tee hee.  Cheers to my friend,
    Sheer-Dum Luck.

    Cheers to the Illinois Illini, scoring just the right amount of points to insure I won. (Oh, and Cheers to a helluva run at'll get em next time!)

    Cheers to beautiful sunny spring days, and Cheers to the rain that's coming. Cheers to timely seeding of our yard by the Mad Planter.  Jeers that we have to do it each year until we bring in some new soil.  Retroactive Jeers to the builders of our subdivision for scraping off all the good top soil and leaving us a thin layer over gravel.  

    Cheers to voting in the General Election, for Blue Springs city council.  Cheers to the lady who was there to greet me outside the polling place, asking for my vote for "her guy". Cheers I did, cuz he lives down the street and is really nice, and seems to care a great  deal for the community.

    Not ready to Cheer or Jeer Kansas yet, voting on the Gay Marriage Amendment,but knowing Kansas....yeah, I know...Jeers.  But Cheers to the vocal voices in Kansas, straight and gay alike, urging people to vote down the gay marriage ban.  Special Cheers to 96.5 The Buzz, you guys are crazy, unhinged, and off the wall, and you have good hearts.

    Jeers to intolerance and ignorance, just because.

    Jeers to elevated cholesterol, I must "discuss with the doctor our best approach." (grrrrrrrr)
    Cheers to spouses who work in the phone message from the doctor's office while we are correcting a stupid problem with my email...."Oh, by the way...." Thanks honey.  I don't understand how it can be elevated, couldn't possibly be STRESS related...yuk yuk.

    Comforting Cheers to Meteor Blades and his family, for the accident that has injured his  
    wife and sister-in-law, I am sure everyone has seen this on the front page.  We are thinking
    of you and your family at this difficult time.

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

    by Revel on Tue Apr 05, 2005 at 07:57:33 AM PDT

    •  Hey Revel-- (4.00)
      Have you heard?  The Pope is still dead.  (ducks and runs)

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

      by PoliSigh on Tue Apr 05, 2005 at 08:24:28 AM PDT

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    •  Hi Revel!! (4.00)
      Just wanted to say hi to someone I know and love (in a C&J camerad--camarad--comradley way--oh, good, now I sound like a communist without a dictionary) because it's so darn crowded in here and I can't get through every single comment! I leave for 45 minutes and there's a freakin' gazillion of them!

      So I'm just going to cheer and jeer right here in the middle of the damn thread.

      Cheers to almost-eleven-year-old cats acting like kittens on a beautiful spring morning...

      Cheers to that spring morning.....

      Cheers to C & J on the front page. I really thought it was a joke.

      Inevitably, jeers to C & J on the front page.

      Oh, and Revel, have you heard? The Pope died. I guess I'll have to agree with you about Countdown--surely there was some oddball news associated with the Roman Circus going on right now.

      "Humankind cannot bear very much reality"--T.S. Eliot

      by bdizz on Tue Apr 05, 2005 at 08:54:07 AM PDT

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    •  So I didn't miss much (4.00)
      I forgot to turn on Countdown till the last few minutes, so I guess I didn't miss much.

      Except for Keith, looking handsomely resplendent in his dark suit. sigh Oh well, had the opportunity to drool over the guys on "In A Fix" instead. (The spouse and I have an agreement -- we can "window shop" as much as we want...just no fondling the merchandise...)

      "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 Tue Apr 05, 2005 at 09:43:33 AM PDT

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    •  I keep waiting for Chevy Chase (4.00)
      "And, this just in, Generalissimo Fransisco Franco is still dead. And so is the Pope."

      "Don't call yourself religious, not with that blood on your hands"--Little Steven Van Zandt

      by ChurchofBruce on Tue Apr 05, 2005 at 09:51:58 AM PDT

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  •  Wasn't (4.00)
    Godfrey Daneels a WC Fields character.  That's right, Godfrey Daniels.

    Nothing is more real than nothing. Beckett

    by rx scabin on Tue Apr 05, 2005 at 07:57:42 AM PDT

  •  THX -- BUT -- (4.00)
    for some reason now, my screen view of Daily Kos is too wide ... and I can't see the right column for diaries without scrolling right (very annoying and hard to do). Usually an image that's too wide does that, but I can't spot the problem this morning. IT just happened in the last few minutes. Sorry to be a grumbler, but it makes it just about impossible for me to be here (poor eyesight, need 600x800 screen, difficult to scroll horizontally)

    Susan in Port Angeles (my cat)

    by SusanHu on Tue Apr 05, 2005 at 07:57:42 AM PDT

    •  Welcome to cheers and jeers (4.00)
      Some kids on here like to do the margin race  every day, but usually not until late afternoon after the teacher (Bill in Portland Maine)isn't looking anymore.

      Remember, this is the kiddie table where we like to flick peas....

      When I'm not in my right mind, my left mind gets pretty crowded. ~ Steven Wright

      by mad ramblings of a sane woman on Tue Apr 05, 2005 at 08:04:24 AM PDT

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      •  And sometimes, after a (4.00)
        particularly pootiful day, we have to pick fleas...

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

        by wozzle on Tue Apr 05, 2005 at 08:13:50 AM PDT

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        •  I think you've created a tongue twister! (4.00)
          After pootie pic posting and pea flicking picking fleas is plentiful...

          Justice DeLay-ed is Justice Denied

          by wry twinger on Tue Apr 05, 2005 at 08:27:25 AM PDT

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        •  It's a Pootiful Day....I really like that!..... (4.00)
          I've got that U2/Bono 'It's a Beautiful Day' melody in my head now:  

          It's a Pootiful Day
          Don't let it get away
          It's a Pootiful Day

          My heart is filling w/very warm feelings for all you lovely people......

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

          by PhillyGal on Tue Apr 05, 2005 at 08:43:59 AM PDT

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          •  Yes, thank you, I'm infected too now! (4.00)
            I'm glad it's a song I like.

            Here's to stretching that margin just a little further....(ducks shower of peas)...

            "Humankind cannot bear very much reality"--T.S. Eliot

            by bdizz on Tue Apr 05, 2005 at 08:58:47 AM PDT

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    •  This is what I was afraid of... (4.00)
      On please accept my apologies on behalf of all the irregulars.  See my comment below.

      I'm not expert enough to know why the overall site CSS cannot place a hard and fast margin/width restriction on every diary and post.  Other sites do that.  Maybe the Big Revision will take care of it.  

      •  Thank you, Eddie! (4.00)
        I am grateful for your UNDERSTANDING of the problem, and call for a SOLUTION. I'm more upset about this than I let on. It's madness-making. I'll check back later today to see if whatever caused this has been fixed. Bye-bye.

        Susan in Port Angeles (my cat)

        by SusanHu on Tue Apr 05, 2005 at 08:37:58 AM PDT

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        •  Sorry if I broke the margins Susan (4.00)
          I tried to reduce the size substantially - but I guess I broke it...I'm so sorry

          Bill - can you help?

          Cowers in the corner....

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

          by SallyCat on Tue Apr 05, 2005 at 08:54:17 AM PDT

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          •  Sallycat (4.00)
            I think resizing your original image helped.  Thanks!

            There isn't much Bill (or any diarist) can do about anything in the comments. One of those odd and quirky rules around here: you can edit your diary all you like, but nobody gets to edit comments.  Admins can delete them, but that requires special dispensation from the Pope so even that option is hidden behind a column of dark smoke for now.

      •  Big Revision. (4.00)
        From your post to the programmer's keyboard. Amen.

        Whoever controls the media, controls the mind. - Jim Morrison

        by mentaldebris on Tue Apr 05, 2005 at 09:21:36 AM PDT

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    •  I'm here a lot, Susan (4.00)
      and truthfully, it makes me a little crazi(er) too, but I've gotten used to it.  Just pick your position on the scroll bar and then just pretend no one can finish a sentence here...:-)

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

      by Revel on Tue Apr 05, 2005 at 08:38:09 AM PDT

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    •  I fixed the shark picture Susan (4.00)
      Sorry about the looked okay on 15" monitor at home...

      Cheers to for an easy to use site

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

      by SallyCat on Tue Apr 05, 2005 at 09:07:42 AM PDT

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    •  Margins. (4.00)
      Under the master diary you have the options of page view. "Nested" is the default. Choose "Dynamic Threaded" and click "set". This will break down the comments below the parent comments so just the subject header shows. Whatever caused the blowout will likely be closed too.

      Anyway, that's how I'm reading it with my tiny laptop screen. No tennis match back and forth reading.

      What's nice about Dynamic Threaded is that you can open and close comments one at a time, or using the double down arrow, all that fall under the parent comment. And what's REALLY nice about Dynamic Threaded is that any comment you rate are rated immediately-none of that "rate-all" nonsense and losing ratings.

      Hope this helps.

      mentaldebris, who should change her name to "Dynamic Threaded Booster"

      Whoever controls the media, controls the mind. - Jim Morrison

      by mentaldebris on Tue Apr 05, 2005 at 09:17:35 AM PDT

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      •  I prefer my solution (4.00)
        Get a new computer with bigger monitor -- I'm lusting after the 20" iMac later this year...

        Who says size doesn't matter? ;)

        "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 Tue Apr 05, 2005 at 09:46:54 AM PDT

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  •  First timer (4.00)
    Cheers to Tom Delay: hoping he gets booted out of Texas but that the Repugs brush him off and run him in 08 for Pres.
    <Jeers> to the mainstream media. Disgusting. Disappointng and unAmerican.
    Cheers to teenagers. I am a librarian at a Conservative Catholic High School. A group of students approached me yesterday to be the moderator of the Young Democrats Club.. should be TonS of fun :) Can you see the "The Christian RIght is Neither" posters all over campus? Cna you see me getting hauled in to the principals office? lol
    Cheers to Howard Dean. The only real hope we have. Go man go.

    The Christian Right is neither.

    by librarianman on Tue Apr 05, 2005 at 07:57:44 AM PDT

  •  C&J (4.00)
    Cheers to BIPM's front page status.
    Jeers to Abu Gonzales on C-SPAN this morning.  "I'll have to get back to you on that."  Sound familiar?  
  •  Wow!!! (4.00)
    Many congradulations. Well done. Great achievement.!!!

    Yeah all of that but I'm not going to let the front page things destroy the ethos of Cheers and Jeers. Least of all how the congradulations are expressed. So:

    CHEERS Bill on the font paging

    JEERS Bill that we don't get to recommend you any more.

    And of course, mojo to everyone!! Lots and lots of mojo. Non stop mojo. Mojo until it pours out of our motherboards.

    And love from Shottle and Sally the Psycho Dog to the chocolate one.

  •  Rambling's C & J (4.00)
    Cheers to the National Election Reform Convention this weekend in Nashville. Double Cheers to Bernie Ellis for his passion and dedication to this cause.

    Jeers to the Southern Baptist Convention in Nashville in June. Love The Nashville Scene's heading for the paragraph "God Help Us":

    Southern Baptists are planning to evangelize the hell out of Nashville--literally--with a major soul-saving effort this June. Bobby Welch, Southern Baptist Convention president, has big plans for us: "What if there's gridlock?" he asked a group of pastors on a recent visit to Nashville. "What if people just empty their office buildings? What if you have to get out there street preaching and witnessing in these parking lots? What if people are on their knees praying?... What if [Nashville] became the epicenter for the next Great Awakening--how many of you would be for that? I'm tellin' you boys, it could happen. We're overdue." It's like an R.E.M. video, only much scarier.

    Cheers to Radio Free Nashville finally on the air. Of course all the major corporate radio stations in Nashville lobbied against WRFN, so you can only hear it in certain areas...but, it's a start! Davidson County Democrats have their own show on WRFN once a week.

    Cheers to beautiful weather in Middle TN for 3 days now. Now I know, I should have washed the car on Sunday...

    Cheers to all the mating and nest building in our yard, we are now up to 6 new birds nests. I actually saw ladybugs mating yesterday. <insert Lou Rawls> Love is in the air...everywhere you look around.... Tee-hee! Now that song will be in your head for the rest of the day!

    Jeers to my gallbaldder. Too much Easter chocolate has set mine off again:( How is a girl supposed to walk past those Dove chocolate eggs all day? I don't have THAT much willpower....

    Jeers that I didn't know today was C & J's Front Page day. I was going to get all dressed up, but alas I am unshowered and in really ugly sweats...shhhh, don't tell anyone.

    When I'm not in my right mind, my left mind gets pretty crowded. ~ Steven Wright

    by mad ramblings of a sane woman on Tue Apr 05, 2005 at 08:00:48 AM PDT

    •  I LOVE that song! (4.00)
      Thank you...I think it may knock the non-stop playing of "My Love" out of my head.  Oh, it did!!!

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

      by Revel on Tue Apr 05, 2005 at 08:41:06 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  MadBob (4.00)
      I did not want to have to bring this out on day one of the front page; but you have left me no choice.

      Afternoon Delight
      ( Starland Vocal Band )

      Gonna find my baby, gonna hold her tight
      Gonna grab some afternoon delight
      My motto's always been 'when it's right, it's right'
      Why wait until the middle of a cold dark night?
      When everything's a little clearer in the light of day
      And we know the night is always gonna be there any way

      Thinkin' of you's workin' up my appetite
      Looking forward to a little afternoon delight
      Rubbin' sticks and stones together makes the sparks ingite
      And the thought of lovin' you is getting so exciting
      Sky rockets in flight
      Afternoon delight
      Afternoon delight
      Afternoon delight

      Started out this morning feeling so polite
      I always though a fish could not be caught who wouldn't bite
      But you've got some bait a waitin' and I think I might try nibbling
      A little afternoon delight
      Sky rockets in flight
      Afternoon delight
      Afternoon delight
      Afternoon delight

      Please be waiting for me, baby, when I come around
      We could make a lot of lovin' 'for the sun goes down

      Thinkin' of you's workin' up my appetite
      Looking forward to a little afternoon delight
      Rubbin' sticks and stones together makes the sparks ingite
      And the thought of lovin' you is getting so exciting
      Sky rockets in flight
      Afternoon delight
      Afternoon delight
      Afternoon delight

      Afternoon delight!

      I am now off for a brain douche

      •  My version.... (4.00)
        Gonna find some peas, gonna flick them right
        Gonna grab my C n J delight
        My mojos always been 'when it's 4, it's right'
        Why wait for a yahoo chat in a cold dark night?
        When everything's a little clearer in snarky way
        And we know Bill in Portland Maine is gonna be there any way.....

        When I'm not in my right mind, my left mind gets pretty crowded. ~ Steven Wright

        by mad ramblings of a sane woman on Tue Apr 05, 2005 at 09:56:15 AM PDT

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      •  Damn you, Jdog (4.00)
        now I'll have that piece of ** song in my head for the rest of the day.  

        That was just mean

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

        by Sasha Bear on Tue Apr 05, 2005 at 10:19:06 AM PDT

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    •  OMG... (4.00)
      that brings back waaaay too many I've got to see if I can find that song on iTunes...

      "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 Tue Apr 05, 2005 at 09:49:47 AM PDT

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  •  Cheers! (4.00)
    To C & J on the front page!

    Cheers to not having to click one extra time to get to C & J!

    Life is too precious to be fighting wars each day, war can't give life it can only take it away. -Barret Strong

    by cincylibrul on Tue Apr 05, 2005 at 08:02:26 AM PDT

  •  Today is my Birthday (4.00)
    and I only have one wish, for MB family, and all those working through there own personal tragadies, to ge all the support they need an deserve.

    Oh, and a pony.

    Midwest Center for American Values - Progressive ideas in an easy to swallow pill.

    by ETinKC on Tue Apr 05, 2005 at 08:02:38 AM PDT

  •  Now with more cowbell! (4.00)
    Cheers to the promote to the front page! BIPM, don't let it go it your head and ruin your special sitting-at-the-kiddie-table vibe.

    And mega-Cheers to the Kos community...over the weekend I'd posted on Armando's "How're we doing?" thread with some frustations/concerns/belly-achings about our beloved community in the light of some of the Pope postings. But the overwhelming outpouring of support and caring on the Meteor Blades diary has me feeling the love again. Yall rock.

  •  Cheers Tue Us! (4.00)
    Sad, best wishes to Meteor Blades and his family.  We all say that.  Because we all mean it.  Cheers to Raybin.  That's what I would have said if I could say it like that.

    Cheers to April in Paris. . . Missouri!  (We also have a Versailles, Glasgow, Frankfort, etc. etc.)  April in Missouri means mostly:

    More On Morels

    Cheers to paranoia.  Sarge is convinced that putting Cheers and Jeers on the front page is a plot to rid the place of the likes of us for once and for all.  Will the kids behave if they have to sit at the big table? Reasonable question or far fetched conspiracy theory?

    Cheers to pope jokes.  But not this week.  Not even from me, and I'm the guy who does the "Christ biting his nails" bit every Easter.

    Cheers to meta C&J. This is for those of us who post occasional pictures and/or mess around with interesting html boxes and the like. If all you ever post is plain text/typing, you need not read further.  For the rest of us:

    Let's try to keep the margins here within reason for at least the first day or two on the front page.  Anyone think this is a bad idea?  Here's the scoop.  Some people, gasp, still have old fashioned 800 x 600 screen resolutions.  Most of us use at least 1024 x 768, and some (like you lucky folks with the latest widescreen cinemascope Todd A/O Macintoshes) can go as wide as a football field.  But most cannot, and even us 1024 people often keep our browsers in partial-window mode, so we don't see the whole thing all the time.  So, 800 pixels remains the total realistic width limit for many dKos viewers.  Now Markos uses about 45% of that with the left hand and right hand columns.  That leaves 55% of 800 pixels for viewing diaries and comments in the middle.  Doing Arithmetic (churn, smolder, bzzzz) and it comes to . . . 430 pixels.   You can cheat this to about 500px but that will push the right hand column for the 800px people a bit to the right. At 600px they have to use the scroll bar to see the whole center portion. Keep it under 500px, please?

    Now remember where your comment is starting.  If you are flush left (first comment in a thread) you can use the full amount.  Subtract about 10px for each reply comment.  So if you are the third comment in and post something 600px wide... kablooey!  More on pics posting here (it's the same primer as before) and sele's more accurate marginal calculations here.

    Markos has announced a new look and feel for his site, coming soon.  Reading between the lines in his diary about it, it sounds like he may solve some of this (keep us from blowing things up in spite of ourselves).  But until then...please be nice.  Thanks!

    Cheers to the front page thing, Bill!  You deserve every accolade.  May the Irregulars remain regular forever!  Eat your oatmeal, kids!

    •  Eddie from Missouri (4.00)
      (pronounced misery??)  I have verified reports of morel sightings.  Yum - can't wait!  Get yer boots on, we goin' in the woods!
      •  Yes, I think they will be early this year (4.00)
        You may say Mizz-ur-uh or Mizz-ur-ee.  If you say Misery, you will earn a spot pulling ticks off my dogs, come May.

        Earliest morels for me ever was April 7 in 1991. So far in my woods I've found some beautiful wildflowers (Johnny jump ups, blue eyed Marys, etc) and some early trillium.  The bloodwort bloomed this weekend in spectacular fashion.  But no morels yet.  You have confirmed reports of morels in MO?  Which county?  We are mid-state, almost dead center, here.

        •  Ew -hate ticks (4.00)
          So I promise to say it right!  I prefer Mizzuree.  My dog has a thing for toads.  He licks them and gets, well, stoned.  He is completely junked up on the toad.

          Reports confirmed in southern MO near Cape and Sikeston, but they are early morels not the big meaty variety.  I live in Illinois just across the river from St. Charles County and it is just a tad early for us here.  Unfortunately, I will probably pay the $15 a pound instead of hunting myself.

          My dad used to tell me to be quiet when looking for them, the noise makes them go back in the ground.  Funny guy.

        •  Mom said "Misery" (4.00)
          but only when Dad's relatives wrote and said they were coming for a visit...while they were enroute.

          "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 Tue Apr 05, 2005 at 05:46:54 PM PDT

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      •  Cheers to hunting a new morel majority n/t (4.00)
    •  I'm not paranoid, Eddie (4.00)
      I just don't trust the sharks and don't want to be bothered by trying to figure out who is in here just trying to  up their mojo.

      If I was paranoid, I would say something like this:

      Markos, in a deal with the "internets security" division of Homeland Security, gives up C & J to the Feds in return for not being taken out by them.

      So, all you irregulars out there, if you start getting funny emails or big guys in dark suits and sunglasses showing up at your door and making you pledge your soul to chimphuck, you'll know we were the sacrificial pooties.

      See, I'm not paranoid!  Dkos loves us! We are so respectful of "authority."

      What do you mean? An African or European swallow?

      by Sargent Pepper on Tue Apr 05, 2005 at 08:51:29 AM PDT

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    •  Viger! (4.00)
      If I'm an irregular how can I be regular? I was already an irregular irregular.. if I eat oatmeal.. does that make me irregularly regular or regularly irregular?

      Viger.. Viger.. kiruk kiruk.. does not compute.. does not compute   KAPOW head blows up..

      btw Eddie.. I absolutely love morels soaked in wine.. yummy stuff.

      'Fear can only prevail when victims are ignorant of the facts' -- Thomas Jefferson

      by Flagrrl on Tue Apr 05, 2005 at 09:24:24 AM PDT

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    •  Yum, morels (4.00)
      I've never had much luck finding 'em around Georgia, though. Back in Michigan, though, it's prime time.

      Dang. What I'd give for a steaming plate of morels right now. Split down the middle, washed, doused in flour, fried in butter.

      Main course? Who freeking cares?

      Hatred is murder (1 John 3:15)

      by dirtroad on Tue Apr 05, 2005 at 09:47:57 AM PDT

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  •  C & J NH Edition (4.00)
    CHEERS and hearty congratulations to Bill, our Guru of farts and snark, being on the front page where he belongs!!!  Yeah Bill!

    CHEERS to Michael, Does Bill's head still fit through the door?

    CHEERS to Molly and Vegas from my fur kids.

    JEERS to Cronyn--are these people for real?

    JEERS to attempts to get rid of the filibuster  How stupid, venal, parochial, and shortsighted--think you are always going to stay in the majority?

    CHEERS to sunshine!  Now that I am just about done here, I can now go and shovel some real shit--dog yard has melted leaving behind unknown treasures.

    CHEERS to all the irregulars, all the Bobs and Bobettes--love you guys. Good job Raybin!

    STOP IT!!! We're on the FRONT PAGE!

    Image hosted by

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

    by PoliSigh on Tue Apr 05, 2005 at 08:03:35 AM PDT

  •  Cheers to outer space! (4.00)
    Here it is, your (front page!) space pic of the day:

    I Zwicky 18: Young Galaxy

    Aww! How Cute!  I Zwicky 18 is the youngest known galaxy - a mere 500 million years old (compared to our own Milky Way at 12 billion years old.)Even our Sun is older (pushing 4.5 billion years). Scattered, much older background galaxies are seen as small red blobs, and a companion galaxy lies just beyond the upper right corner of the picture. Astronomers want to understand how such a young galaxy can be only 45 million light-years away - surrounded by mature galaxies in an aging Universe.

    Dammit!  If I'd have known about this earlier, my  user ID would have been I Zwicky instead of super ju!  Quick - one of you lurkers, register now and snag this cute yet intellectually valid name!

    Cheers to rabble rousing religious radicals! Last night I attended a fantastic event at Riverside Church in NY, featuring a host of religious and civic leaders speaking out against the Iraq war, on the anniversary of MLK Jr.'s speach against the vietnam war in that same pulpit, 48 years ago.

    Jeers to Rev. Dr. King being killed exactly one year later.  We still have so far to go, and we could use his voice now more than ever.

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

    by super ju on Tue Apr 05, 2005 at 08:03:55 AM PDT

  •  Computer Cartoons (4.00)
    CHEERS to Magical Trevor, because everybody loves him.

    JEERS to Salad Fingers, because my two-and-a-half year old loves it, and that really creeps me out.  

    CHEERS to soccer playing badgers. You've got to love "sheep and dirt" and "Guinness and fighting."

    JEERS to Salad Fingers (2) getting creepier with each installment.


    CHEERS to having something you can send back to people that send you to Annoying cartoon websites.

    Follow the money. It leads to the truth.

    by dhonig on Tue Apr 05, 2005 at 08:04:49 AM PDT

  •  Ticker Tape C&J Parade (4.00)
    Cheers to BiPM for getting the key to the front door.  

    Cheers to Kossacks who are just discovering the oasis of snark called C&J.  Welcome--it's BYOB, though.

    Jeers to Unca Karl who stamps his tiny foot and DEMANDS that Social Security have private accounts.

    Jeers to John Cornyn, who thinks that violence against judges is ok.

    Cheers to spring.  It's going to hover around 70 today and tomorrow here in the Metro DC area.  

    Jeers to Little Caesar 1) for exploiting the presentation of a posthumous Medal of Honor to an 11 year old's father and 2) lying with a straight face to Victor Yushchenko when he said he understood Yushchenko's promise to withdraw Ukranian troops from Iraq.

    Jeers to C. Boyden Gray who was caught in the act of--gasp!--lying when he misappropriated "liberal" law professors to support the nukular option regarding Senate filibusters.

    Cheers to Howard Dean, who continues to keep America safe for Democracy.  On April 8 he will be the keynote speaker at the Association of State Democratic Chairs luncheon in Arkansas and on April 13, he's showing up in Seattle.

    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 Tue Apr 05, 2005 at 08:05:09 AM PDT

  •  All seventeen popes! (4.00)
    "JEERS to the Crasher-in-Chief.  George W. Bush says he will attend the funerals of the Popes on Friday."

    He will attend the funeral*s* of the Pope*s*?  Does that include Pope Dweezel the Second and Pope Dopey the Stupid?

    In any case, it would be nice if he could take some time to attend the funerals of some of the American soliders who died in his stupid war, as long as he is attending so many funeral*s* of so many Pope*s*.


  •  Delay, Frist, etc... (4.00)

    Insert witty and snide remarks here.

    by Stand Strong on Tue Apr 05, 2005 at 08:06:27 AM PDT

  •  JEERS to AAR's Wayne Gelman (4.00)
    For his increasingly elongated and self-aggrandizing "signature":
    For . Air! .. America! ... Radio! .... News! ..... I'm! ...... Wayne! ....... Gelman!

    Hey! get! your! own! show!

    He has oil. He tried to kill my daddy.

    by kensa on Tue Apr 05, 2005 at 08:06:32 AM PDT

  •  Today (4.00)
    is a funny DKos day for me. For while my heart burst with song to see Bill's C&Js FINALLY make it to the front page, it is against a backdrop of sadness for another one of DKos's most beloved poster's, Meteor Blades. More than just a great writer, is there anyone out there who HASN'T felt Meteor's warmth and deceny leap from the pages with each of his posts? Today I dedicate my post to Meteor and his family. My thoughts are with them. May recovery and healing come quickly to all and may the spirits be watching over them with great kindness and empathy in their hearts.
  •  Front Page! (4.00)
    Bill has hit the big time.

    Jeers to knowing how much fat is in a BK omelet.

    Cheers to McGriddle breakfast sandwiches, they're like pure CRACK, I tell you.

  •  Yippee (4.00)
    CHEERS to Bill for getting the key to the frontpage. We'll try to keep it from attracting the porn police.

    CHEERS to this community for the response to Meteor Blades.  We are all sending positive thoughts.

    CHEERS to all the folks who are calling out Delay and Cronyn.  

    CHEERS that the electricity has been on for hours at one stretch.  Monkeys in the control room do not make for consistent electricity supply.

    JEERS to Wal-Mart's meeting to try to change the perception of the company without changing the company.

    CHEERS to the cafe, funny people.

    "Lord what fools these mortals be." Shakespeare

    by outlanddish on Tue Apr 05, 2005 at 08:09:56 AM PDT

  •  C&J (4.00)
    Cheer to BIPM being where he belongs.

    Cheers to the Yankees!!!

    Cheers to HHG I will support you anyway I can, even if it is just with a towel. ;P

    Jeers to not knowing how to spell, being the princess of typos

    Cheers to the sun and at last hope of spring finally arriving

    Jeers to pain, Meteor Blade know my good thoughts are with you and those you love

    See you in the cafe. I will do a drive by fouring later.


  •  Right on, brother, right on..... (4.00)

    Insert witty and snide remarks here.

    by Stand Strong on Tue Apr 05, 2005 at 08:10:28 AM PDT

  •  Jeers (4.00)
    Jeers to the "watch list," which apparently prevents someone from getting on a plane, but does not prevent them from buying a gun.  
  •  Awriiiiiiiiight, Bill! (4.00)
    Front page -- w00t!

    (The April 1st announcement was making me wary...)

  •  spyral's sparkling C & J (4.00)
    CHEERS to Bill for his front-page promotion!  

    CHEERS to kos!  I have a feeling he must have thought, "If you can't beat 'em, join 'em." before handing the keys over to Bill.  
    (kos:  You did make him promise not to make any copies of those keys, right?)

    CHEERS to me for being an old-timer here at C & J.  Not to toot my own horn (too late), but I am a true fan.  C & J is right up there with The Daily Show when it comes to saving my sense of humor from total cynicism & bile overload.  CHEERS to the recognition that C & J truly deserves.  Don't get what all the hub-bub is about?  Just put your tongue firmly in cheek and read...and then keep reading.    

    CHEERS to diary pimping!  What Can T Rex Tell Us About Creationism and Science? Part II by DarkSyde  Science vs "Intelligent" Design  Who are you betting on?  (Ok, ok, and I also like that he replaced the 'i' in his name with a 'y'.  Great minds...)

    CHEERS to Current TV:  

    Promising a slate of programming that's smart, fun and fearless (as a truly independent network), Current seeks to cater to the Internet generation's need for choice and control. Reflective of its name, it will serve up the most current information on the people, places and happenings of interest to viewers 18-34, a demographic that no longer relates to traditional news.
     Good luck, Al.  I'll be calling my cable provider to request it.  (And I watched the Air America documentary -  May your first weeks go more smoothly than theirs!)

    CHEERS to my new pet turtle!
    Image hosted by
    No name for him yet.  (I suggested Michelangelo becuase he's a painted turtle...and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.  Unfortunately, Kevin thinks it's back to the drawing board.)

    "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 Tue Apr 05, 2005 at 08:13:25 AM PDT

    •  How about Zwicky? (4.00)
      See the space picture of the day...

      I'm just dying to name something Zwicky, and since my cat already has a name and would think me foolish if I renamed him...of course, he thinks I'm foolish most of the time already...

      "I do not shout to change them. I shout so they cannot change me."

      by super ju on Tue Apr 05, 2005 at 08:20:54 AM PDT

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      •  I like it! :) (4.00)
        It flows out of my mouth so much easier than Michelangelo.  Even if Kevin (the name-veto man) doesn't like it, I'll use Zwicky as turtle's nickname

        "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 Tue Apr 05, 2005 at 08:29:51 AM PDT

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        •  There's always a "name-veto man", (4.00)
          isn't there?  Is it the same person who never knows where to go for dinner?  "No, I don't feel like thai.  Hmmm.  No, no mexican either.   Something light.  Oh, I don't know, you pick. But not that."


          Zwicky the turtle.  Yeehaw!

          "I do not shout to change them. I shout so they cannot change me."

          by super ju on Tue Apr 05, 2005 at 09:04:56 AM PDT

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    •  Thanks, Spyral... (4.00)

      "You are the wellspring from which I flow..."

      *---James Earl Jones (aka Thulsa Doom)
      'Conan the Barbarian'

      •  aww, shucks :) (4.00)
        [singing] I'm picking out a Thermos for you. Not an ordinary Thermos for you. But the extra best Thermos that you can buy, with vinyl and stripes and a cup built right in.
        ~Steve Martin (aka Navin Johnson)
        The Jerk

        "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 Tue Apr 05, 2005 at 09:05:09 AM PDT

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    •  How do you know he's a he? (4.00)
      I had a pet turtle named Myrtle. I took her out to play. I was very young and Myrtle quickly went for the currant bushes. The thorns were scratchy so I called my mother. It was too late, Myrtle got away. Let that be a lesson to you.

      A society of sheep must beget in time a government of wolves. Bertrand de Jouvenel

      by Little Red Hen on Tue Apr 05, 2005 at 08:32:27 AM PDT

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      •  Duly noted, Little Red Hen (4.00)
        I am not sure if he is, in fact, a he...but for now, he is.  (And with a name like Zwicky, he could be a she and still be cool!)

        "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 Tue Apr 05, 2005 at 09:08:13 AM PDT

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    •  Spyral the only fitting name for a turtle is (4.00)
      the Great A'Tuin, or in this one's case A'Tuin the Painted.

      We are all neutrons, looking for a nucleus to disrupt.

      by NeutralObserver on Tue Apr 05, 2005 at 08:48:21 AM PDT

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      •  Did you find a Turtle Name Generator? (4.00)
        We want our turtle names!

        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 Tue Apr 05, 2005 at 08:58:04 AM PDT

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        •  To quote... (4.00)
          Against the wash of stars a nebula hangs, vast and black, one red giant gleaming like the madness of the gods...

          And then the gleam is seen as the glint in a giant eye and it is eclipsed by the blink of an eyelid and the darkness moves a flipper and Great A'Tuin, star turtle, swims onward through the void.

          On its back, four giant elephants. On their shoulders, rimmed with water, glittering under its tiny orbiting sunlet, spinning majestically around the mountains at its frozen Hub, lies the Discworld, world and mirror of worlds

          Nearly unreal.

          Moving Pictures, Terry Pratchett

          We are all neutrons, looking for a nucleus to disrupt.

          by NeutralObserver on Tue Apr 05, 2005 at 09:10:10 AM PDT

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          •  Beautiful. (4.00)
            I was just wondering where that name came from.

   far turtle's name is:  Great Zwicky A'Tuin  

            I am very pleased. :)

            "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 Tue Apr 05, 2005 at 09:19:43 AM PDT

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      •  Cheers to learning (4.00)
        Little Red Hen's experience of turtles on the loose, and NeutralObserver's naming expertise means the moral of the story is: (deep groan and sigh) "Don't buy a turtle unless you can carry A'Tuin"????
      •  Speaking of names (4.00)
        One of my cats is Little A'Tuin, or just Atuin for short.  When she walked into my house one cold December night, my sister told me she was a tortoise-shell, so I had to give her an appropriately turtle name.
      •  I was going to suggest that too (4.00)
        A'Tuin has to be his name!

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

        by fabooj on Tue Apr 05, 2005 at 06:53:01 PM PDT

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    •  It's kinda hard to tell (4.00)
      from the photo, but from here it LOOKS like your turtle is a female. I've had a bunch of red-eared sliders (or whatever their called in your neck of the woods), and I've been told that you can sex them by the length of their front nails. Females have short nails, while the males' are long and luxorious (they use them during a mating dance, in which they face the female and sort of wave away the water in front of her face). Though if your turtle is still a lil babe, it may be too soon to say.
      •  Thanks for the info (4.00)
        I actually am not sure of Zwicky's sex, but I will be keeping an eye on him/her over the next months & years.  S/He's just a baby right now :)

        "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 Tue Apr 05, 2005 at 09:11:19 AM PDT

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  •  It finally feels like Spring! (4.00)
    Cheers to the sunny weather this morning.  I hear it may reach 50 degrees outside!

    Jeers to Wal-Mart.  Wal-Mart's 48-hour press junket starts today, with more spin than an all-day laundromat.  DKos regular JR Monsterfodder wants volunteers for counter-propaganda diaries, so help out if you can!

    And, most importantly, CHEERS to fellow Maine-iac Bill in Portland Maine for his fancy new front-page status.  Y'know, I'm finally reading Vonnegut's Breakfast of Champions for the first time, and the mention of an alien that communicates by tap-dancing and farting made me think of you, Bill.  Congrats!

    Did you hear that the NHL and Players' Union called in a new negotiator?

    Alternate title:  Dubya tries to figure out how to placate those Canadians calling for his head.

    If Rush digs prescription drugs, what's Hannity's excuse?

    by fivesideagon on Tue Apr 05, 2005 at 08:15:49 AM PDT

    •  That (4.00)
      That is still the closest thing I've seen to hockey since the end of the World Cup in August.  At least we get worlds in a couple months, with all the best players!  Who won't, like, be rusty or anything. - member of the Democratic Signal Machine

      by Mikey on Tue Apr 05, 2005 at 08:24:56 AM PDT

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      •  Oh man, did you miss out... (4.00)
        ESPN2 had the best hockey night in recent memory not long ago:  the Beanpot tourney final followed by the AHL All-Star game.

        The first game went to overtime, and Chris "School Is Hard I'd Rather Play Hockey Like My Dad" Bourque scored the game-winner for Boston University.  His dad was a pretty popular guy at the TDS BankNorthFleetGardenCenter for years, so it's somewhat fitting he netted the GWG.

        The ASG went to overtime, too, but that was no help -- the goalies were just that good.  It gets better, though.  The AHL instituted a shootout as one of its many rule changes this season, so that's how this one was decided.  It was a lot of fun and made for great television.  Certainly a much-needed fix for this junkie considering the state of the NHL.

        If you've got an AHL or other minor-league team nearby, you should watch a game before the season is over.  It's a lot of fun at the fraction of the price.

        If Rush digs prescription drugs, what's Hannity's excuse?

        by fivesideagon on Tue Apr 05, 2005 at 09:18:40 AM PDT

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    •  Hey, look at the hockey puck . . . (4.00)
      . . . and the little black thing at the foot of that flyboy.

      ~~Don Rickles

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

      by GOTV on Tue Apr 05, 2005 at 08:27:08 AM PDT

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    •  See I told ya! (4.00)
      Slapshot a dog hard enough and you have left is the poop!

      We are all neutrons, looking for a nucleus to disrupt.

      by NeutralObserver on Tue Apr 05, 2005 at 09:18:00 AM PDT

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  •  C&J from red and green VA (4.00)
    Jeers to being too busy today again to dwell long.  Fours to all!

    Cheers to NC--my husband won my office pool-woo hoo! Pure unadulterated luck, but I ain't complaining!

    Democrats give you the Bill of Rights; Republicans sell you a bill of goods!

    by barbwires on Tue Apr 05, 2005 at 08:16:08 AM PDT

  •  So,... (4.00)
    "...Daily Kos, the Millennium Falcon of blogs..."

    This is the blog that made the Kessel run in less than 12 parsecs? Cool.

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

    by RonV on Tue Apr 05, 2005 at 08:18:11 AM PDT

  •  What the Fuck C&J (4.00)
    Yes, I'm back from my all too brief vacation.  Sigh.  Jeers to that.

    Jeers of the most depressing kind to the news about Meteor Blades' family.  I can't even write about it without getting upset.

    And now for the WTF part of today's post.  I log on, freshly back from a victory in court, and up pops . . . not Markos' latest screed . . . . or an Open Thread . . . . but Cheers & Jeers?  Surely, there must be an occasion.  Surely, Markos promoted this particular day's edition to the front page.  What, no "from the diaries"?  The man, the myth, the daily dose of sunshine and snark, has his very own keys to the car?  Like the title says, What the fuck?  Bill, as always, you da man, but this, this is huge.  This is worth at least a big wet sloppy kiss or something.  Congratulations.  Keep up the fine snark.  Cheers of the best sort to you, my friend.

    Just one bit of political talk today:  Cornyn.  I mean, really, need I say more?  WTF? (again) Jeers, jeers, jeers.  This assault on the judicial branch of government must stop, and it must stop NOW.

    Finally, cheers to the Washington Nationals.  Yeah, they lost (to my Phillies, 8-4) but Washington has a baseball team!!!!!  Woo hoo!

    A day may come when the courage of men fails, when we forsake our friends and break all bonds of fellowship. But it is not this day -- this day we fight

    by jsmdlawyer on Tue Apr 05, 2005 at 08:19:39 AM PDT

  •  Today's C & J Household Hint (4.00)
    What?!? The front page C & J wasn't an April Fool's joke?

    Good heavens, I'm not ready for new guests! The test kitchen breakfast dishes aren't washed and the new scanner hasn't come and my apron has spots on it!

    Goodness gracious, how embarassing (runs away with head hidden in apron).

    Uh here, just have a gay recipe. But darned if I'm making it from scratch with all these new guests waiting for dessert:

    Strawberry Flamingo
    A big old container of tapioca from the deli
    A big bag of frozen strawberries
    A bunch of whipped cream

    Blend half the strawberries and mix them with the tapioca, coloring it a pleasing pink. Put the rest of the berries on top, followed by whipping cream.

    The important point is to serve it in cunning little dessert dishes with swan-shaped stems.

    Now where is the tracking slip for that scanner?

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

    by bramish on Tue Apr 05, 2005 at 08:20:46 AM PDT

    •  And serve on a freshly-scrubbed... (4.00)

      ...washboard stomach.
    •  No self-respecting gay man (4.00)
      would use frozen strawberries!!!  Only the freshest fruits will pass my lips...

      er... that didn't come out right...

      CHEERS to BiPM and C&J on the front page

      JEERS to my not getting to see it until there are over 300 posts.  Takes me forever.

      CHEERS to those 300 posts being so darned FUN!

      •  Pshaw (4.00)
        I just stayed with two gay men for two months. They considered themselves oh so stylish in the decorating department (though I do think the track lighting is passe these days).

        But what did they eat? Spaghetti sauce out of a jar and (shudder, shudder) Cool Whip.

        I showed the dear boys how to at least sautee a bunch of fresh garlic, onion, bell pepper etc. to add to the atrocious canned sauce while the pasta water was boiling.

        But even though I demonstrated how quick 'n easy it is to whip up real cream, there was still a tub of Cool Whip in the freezer when I left.

        For shame, for shame!

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

        by bramish on Tue Apr 05, 2005 at 11:20:52 AM PDT

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  •  Nobel Prize Nominated C&J's (4.00)
    JEERS to the KS hate amendment.  We're at the polls today - on the up side, that means an end to the inscessant paid for by out of state funds radio ads by fudies Fox and Wright that have blanketed local airwaves...

    CHEERS to making progress.
    when the legislature first passed this - SurveyUSA polled and came up 70% in favor.  Two weeks ago we had that down to 54%

    JEERS to turnout - yesterday they released a final poll - based on their "likely voter model" they predict the amendment will pass with 62% in favor.   We cannot defend our liberties if we don't turn out folks.  To many moderates sitting on their hands...

    Lot of people working hard - maybe we can hold it under 60%...  

    Sad Sad day - but we are making progress and stranger things have happened.  We'll know tomorrow - and the lawsuits are already being prepared...  this thing is flatly unconstitutional and will be challenged.  Be a good test case to see if we still have a Constitution under Bushco...  I'm not holding my breath.

    CHEERS to community and joy even in the face of persecution.  Spent last night at a concert called "Diversity Speaks" that was put together as a reaction to the amendment process.  One stunning, joyous, hopeful performance after another by a wide range of local theater, music, and arts folks - gay and straight, religious and secular.  it was beautiful.   Interspersed with readings from many great leaders.   WE SHALL OVERCOME.

    CHEERS AND JEERS to the uncertainty of life.  My thoughts and prayers are with MB's family - and all those who are injured.  Life is both precious and often tragic - but the song's right - coulda missed the pain, but you'd have to miss the dance.  

    Everybody tell somebody what they mean to you today - in honor of MB.

    CHEERS to the C&J cafe folks.  You nuts.

    One final thought - the 1st time Interracial marriage was approved of by a plurality of Americans was 1991.  48%
    LGBT rights have come a long way fast - Civil Unions already has majority support.   We're losing the current battles - but eyes are being opened, hearts are being changed.

    Illegitmus Non Carborundum.

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

    by its simple IF you ignore the complexity on Tue Apr 05, 2005 at 08:21:37 AM PDT

  •  Yay! (4.00)
    Cheers to BiPM for his front page promotion

    Cheers to my 1 year anniversary as a registered user (UID 9610)

    Jeers to my two dogs and two cats waking me up at 3:00am for no apparent reason.

    Jeers to James Dobson for his attempt to coerce the Senate into voting to end the filibuster.

  •  Personal Cheers & Jeers (4.00)
    JEERS to UNC for ruining an othwise great year to be from the great state of Illinois.

    CHEERS to the Illini for playing their hearts out giving us all something to hope for. (No, I don't live in IL, but I was born there and lived there for some time, so nyaaah.)

    JEERS to idiot attorneys who are too stupid to litigate their way out of a paper bag. "Motion to tear the bag open is denied."

    CHEERS to getting 15% more in final settlement than was refused at the initial offer. Idiots. "Hello, this is common sense calling. We'd like to leave a message."

    That's enough cheering and jeering for now. "Back to work!" * crack *

  •  Sunny front page C&J (4.00)
    Cheers to the first front page Cheers and Jeers by Bill in Portland Maine!  I've only been waiting for, like, ever.

    Cheers to sun, shine, and 68 degree temps.  It actually feels good to be outside for the first time in weeks.

    Cheers to Meteor Blades.  I have no relationship whatsoever, but may things turn out for the better with him.

    Jeers to school which keeps me inside.  I won't be able to spend time with the frollicking creatures of nature: the squirrels, the birds, and one lazy ten-year-old husky who sleeps like a cat and eats everything in sight.

    Jeers to the guy who read a comment of mine in this diary yesterday, and made the assumption that I was a Nazi.  I admit I have trouble articulating my speech when I type, but seriously, a Nazi?  Jeebus.

    Jeers to CNN, with nothing yesterday but "continuing coverage" of the Pope.  The man is dead, so how much more coverage can there be?

    Cheers to not having to do an assignment while Cheering and Jeering.

    And Cheers to all newcomers!  I was a newbie once, too, and was well recieved by the crowd.  Just watch out for indiscriminate fart jokes.

  •  added JEER (4.00)
    JEER to lung cancer.  Peter Jennings is reported (on the Drudge Report, so no link from me) to have it.  No snark here; that sucks.

    "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 Tue Apr 05, 2005 at 08:23:13 AM PDT

  •  Cheers to getting frontpaged (4.00)
    Jeers to the Bush Administration taking too much to heart the art of illusion:

    Cheers to having found a photograph of Carnacki's childhood:

    Jeers to first posts. When BiPM posted a first post, the 0's flew, I won't hold them in reserve when the same happens here!

    Finally, jeers to MB's tragedy. I hope our thoughts and prayers can help a bit in these trying moments. I hope for strength.

    Their privileged existence of wealthy debauchery had not prepared them for the next few moments. Carnacki

    by sersan on Tue Apr 05, 2005 at 08:25:46 AM PDT

  •  Cheers to my Cubbies (4.00)
    for whomping all over the Diamondbacks 16-6. Looks like not ALL of our offense packed up and headed to Baltimore (good riddance!).
  •  cheers to opening (4.00)
    day of baseball season - I spent a great day at Camden Yards yesterday and the Orioles actually won!
  •  Cheers! (4.00)
    But first, a little frivolity!

    Bush the Post Turtle

    A 70-year-old Texas Rancher got his hand caught in a gate while working cattle. He wrapped the hand in his bandana and drove his pickup to the doctor. While suturing the laceration, the doctor asked the old man about George W. Bush being in the White House.

    The old Texan said, "Well, ya know, Bush is a 'Post Turtle.'"

    Not knowing what the old man meant, the doctor asked what a Post Turtle was.

    The old man looked at him and drawled, "When you're driving down a country road and you come across a fence post with a turtle balanced on top, that's a Post Turtle."

    The old man saw a puzzled look on the doctor's face, so he continued to explain:

    "You know he didn't get there by himself, he doesn't belong there, he can't get anything done while he's up there, and you just want to help the poor dumb bastard get down."

    Cheers to getting my work caught up that I can come play for a bit!

    Cheers to the front page! If I had known y'all were coming, I'da baked a cake!

    Cheers to the Colorado Rockies for their opening day win! Hopefully, they'll get the idea and win many more!

    Jeers to activist congressmen and their calls for violence.

    Cheers to getting my taxes in. Between the state and the feds, I'm getting back $6. I'll try not so spend it all in one place.

    Prayers to MeteorBlades and family.

    Have a great day!

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

    by awnm on Tue Apr 05, 2005 at 08:27:39 AM PDT

  •  Good morning (4.00)
    I hope.  Nothing but cheer today.  So far.  It is, after all, only 8:25am.  

    Cheers to me for starting my new job yesterday.  (They were orienting me all day, I couldn't log in.)

    So I'm spreading the cheer while I have it.  It shouldn't last long...this is, after a law firm....

  •  Cheers! (4.00)
    Cheers to Delay using his exterminating skills to rid Democracy's garden of Republican weeds. (The season for gardening is coming)

    Jeers to Satan attending the Pope's funeral dressed just like George Bush.  

  •  Cheers (3.90)
    Cheers for the (apparent) end of winter in Chicago!
    I say "apparent" because this IS Chicago. If you don't like the weather, wait five minutes.....

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

    by mlkisler on Tue Apr 05, 2005 at 08:30:56 AM PDT

  •  Texas CNJ's (4.00)
    Cheers to BiPM.

    Jeers to Senator John Cornyn R-Tx. Why don't you resign? You are an embarrassment to the people of Texas.  A slimeball. Go crawl back under the rock where you came from.

    Jeers to the first week of day light savings time.

    Cheers to beautiful spring weather here in Texas.

    Harley Chicks

    Fluffy Kitty

    Blue guy in a red state.

    by txbirdman on Tue Apr 05, 2005 at 08:33:05 AM PDT

  •  Dang! (4.00)
    Cheers to ya'll. I feel as if I'd opened a cabinet and found a ballroom.
    Jeers to the ethnocentricity of the Popewatch. Anyone know when the head of the Orthodox church, Latter Day Saints, Mahayana Buddhists, Anglican Church, Hindus, etc. etc. passed on?
    Cheers to me for turning 57 Sunday and still being a Bleeding Liberal.

    "These cans are defective!"

    by dazedagain on Tue Apr 05, 2005 at 08:33:12 AM PDT

  •  Ok, I'm not out for mojo (4.00)
    or to kiss up. So give it up if you want but I'm not asking for it--you people are fantastic, and I couldn't think of hundreds of people with whom I'd be happier to associate. Some of you are major assholes (well, not many C&Jers). I don't know how some of you can call yourselves Democrats with the kind of positions you hold on social issues. Some of you probably wouldn't be a whole lot of fun to be stuck in an elevator with, so you're a lot like family.

    But despite all our differences, there's a lot more bringing us together. So cheers to all of you, and the biggest cheer of all to Meteor Blades.

    (P.S.--Lovely to see you on the front page, BIPM.)

    •  But we love you mcJoan so here's some (4.00)
      kiss up mojo from us.

      Oh yeah - I'm giving out prime numbers these days - so far all of your other diaries I've read - here's 101!

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

      by SallyCat on Tue Apr 05, 2005 at 10:05:03 AM PDT

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  •  Juls C and J (3.97)
    cheers to being a cheers and jeers fan back when getting on the reco list was not guaranteed

    cheers to watching it evolve where i would purposely delay the timing of my reco so it would stay up longer

    cheers to it getting to the point where my reco wasnt needed in the least

    cheers to no reco ever being needed.  thanks kos, its about goddamn time!

    cheers to this place and its sense of community, it never ceases to amaze, inspire and bring me to tears

    jeers to my office being fricken cold.

    cheers to google merging the search function of a satellite imaging company they bought out with their maps site.  now you can click between sat. images and driving maps.  so fricken cool.  just toggle the satellite button on the far right at anytime in your zooming.

    cheers to yummy sushi and sharing random facts.

    cheers to picking out my soon to be new mobile phone

    jeers to having to wait until my contract is up in mid-July.  i dont wanna, but i dont wanna waste $175 just because i am so damn impatient.

    Yeah the revolution starts now..So what you doin' standin' around? -Steve Earle

    by juls on Tue Apr 05, 2005 at 08:35:16 AM PDT

  •  3 Cheers and a Jeer! (4.00)
    Cheers to Bill for washing his hands ;.)...oh and getting the 50-yard-line spot on Kos!

    Cheers to my newly engaged daughter--fun wedding plans on the horizon--parteee!!

    Cheers to (Rep)Louise Slaughter for really working hard for us. (Not to be confused by Bush's "it's hard work". We know that lying is never as hard as all that.)

    Jeers to this guy who joins the ranks of professional scoundrels whose lies and greed have undermined women's healthcare.

    I *gladly* donated to ePluribus Media. Support citizen journalism!

    by nancelot on Tue Apr 05, 2005 at 08:36:16 AM PDT

  •  Inland N.W. C&J (4.00)
    Cheers: The high pressure system that held up all winter and has our snowpack at 25% of normal has finally broken down. We're up to 32%!

    Jeers: For head-up-the-ass local electeds who find the task of preventing sprawl to be "anti-property-rights."

    Cheers: Two cups of strong coffee.

    Jeers: Spending the night in the recliner, creating a pile of nasty kleenex on the side table. (schnoorrrff,, hack hack.)

    Cheers: Volunteer citizens who willingly put themselves in the line of fire on Planning Commissions.

    Jeers: Willful ignorance of any sort.

    Good men through the ages, tryin' to find the sun, still I wonder, still I wonder, who'll stop the rain? -J. Fogarty

    by RichRandal on Tue Apr 05, 2005 at 08:36:57 AM PDT

  •  Front Page C&J? (4.00)
    You've finally jumped the snark.


  •  Scoop? (4.00)
    Anyone knows what KOS was wearing for opening day? What food did he get at the ball park? I CANNOT WAIT!!!!!!

    Rapture: We believe in the sanctity of dark chocolate.

    by oratorio on Tue Apr 05, 2005 at 08:40:08 AM PDT

  •  Howdy visitors! C&J (4.00)
    So there I was yesterday, in freshly laundered jammies, waiting for the front-page C&J.  But noooo, it got postponed until today.  So here I am in yesterday's jammies (but clean underwear, just like Mom always said), with flicked-pea stains on the back and something that smells like rum on the front.  But at least I've got my jammies on... hey HHG, you gonna cover up with a towel or at least put your helmet in your lap?  You're scaring the visitors...

    CHEERS to googling old friends and finding them! (what, like you don't plug in your friend from 10th grade to see if they show up?  Then I'll bet you don't even google yourself!)

    JEERS to googling a college friend, now a Catholic priest, and finding them to have been the subject of an extremely vicious freeper thread last year.  The problem... he did a charity ride to benefit the LGBT Community Center of NY. It's bad enough reading the stuff there when I don't know the person they're attacking.  But when it's someone you know it's even worse.

    JEERS to automobile accidents.

    CHEERS to community.  And Kossacks. And the Kossack Community.

    I got nothing political today, sorry.  Will atone tomorrow, and even wear clean(er) jammies.

    I AM focusing on the family!

    by brillig on Tue Apr 05, 2005 at 08:40:16 AM PDT

    •  brillig... (4.00)
      the helmet will remain firmly planted on my head, thank you very much....

      we are..."highly entertaining spankers, wankers and perverts." - Cosmic Debris

      by the holy handgrenade on Tue Apr 05, 2005 at 09:04:32 AM PDT

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      •  well... (4.00)
        OK, since it is your helmet, after all and the visitors are just gonna have to get used to us! I won't pitch a towel your way, 'K?

        Now I have a question... what's with all the spanking at the Cafe?  Mr Brillig won't let me visit there... something about "spending quality time together" and all that. Oh yeah- and sleep, dishes, laundry, Kid Brillig...

        I AM focusing on the family!

        by brillig on Tue Apr 05, 2005 at 09:35:36 AM PDT

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  •  Cheers & Jeers from Nürnberg (4.00)
    Cheers to BiPM for getting on the frontpage. Did you have to change your underwear, Markos does like bright, shiny, clean-cut, well groomed frontpagers, though he might allow well-cut instead of clean-cut given the Rum + Coke consumption.

    Cheers for Tony Bliar for putting us all out of our misery at last and calling the election. I just wish that Liz Windsor would get snarky one time when a PM asks if she will dissolve Parliament.

    Liz: Prime Minister, could you please advise us over the matter of disolving Parliament.
    Tony: Certainly Ma'am
    Liz: Should we use Fuming Nitric or Hydrofluouric Acid this time?

    Cheers to Peter Snow and the BBC Election Team, all wound up and ready to go. Don't forget to polish the Swingometer Pete. BBC Election News

    Cheers to the Milwaukee Brewers 9-2 over Pittsburgh. I know we Brits always cheer the underdog, but as it happens they are the only team I've watched live, during the 82 and 83 seasons. Ah those were the days Pauli, Rockin Robin,  Ceeecil, Mr Fingers et al.

    Cheers to all those coming to C+J for the first time. Cosmic Debris said it all up thread. Just remember this is the kiddies pool, but most of the regulars are of mature years. Welcome to the Madhouse!

    We are all neutrons, looking for a nucleus to disrupt.

    by NeutralObserver on Tue Apr 05, 2005 at 08:40:24 AM PDT

  •  Sunny, Beautiful MI C&J (4.00)
    Been a while since I've done this...bear with me as I work out the kinks.

    Cheers to HHG. Naked AND sober? Deadly combination, my friend. You rock.

    Cheers to BiPM's ascension to the DKos pantheon. I bow at your feet, High Priest of Snark.

    Speakin' of priests...

    Jeers again to the Pope-a-thon. Work was fun on Saturday because everyone would yell "Pope check!" every ten minutes and then someone would go on to see if he was dead. Now when we yell "Pope check!" we know what the answer is...he's STILL dead.

    Jeers to Senator Take your ball and go home, dude. We don't like your kind (bloodthirsty Republican wackos) here.

    Jeers to UNC's basketball team. C'mon, guys...I thought we had a deal. You were supposed to lose to MSU in the Final Four so that we didn't have a riot in East Lansing. You know how those Spartans get when they mix alcohol with defeat.

    Cheers to Joanne McCallie and her Spartan women. It's over, Baylor. Go home.

    DOUBLE JEERS to car accidents. Still thinking happy thoughts for MB's family...

    And finally, DOUBLE CHEERS to it being 61 degrees at 11:30 AM here in the frozen tundra. Squee!

    •  East Lansing (4.00)
      I used to live in Cedar Village back in the day (so long ago, in fact, that there was a Bush in the White House and we had troops in Iraq).  All these years later, it's nice to see the students have kept alive our hallowed traditions, like setting furniture on fire.

      When I came to work yesterday everyone was like, "Sorry your team lost, tough break, etc."  My response was, "What are you talking about?  We're playing for the national championship Tuesday night!"

    •  One more thing... (4.00) get off my chest.

      Jeers to Kossian doublespeak. We spend most of our days railing about class warfare, but then there's two kinds of serious class warfare going on right here in our little online society:

      1. The UserID thing persists to this day. Apparently DKos was an exclusive club open to only 10,000 members, and if your ID is 10,001 or up, you're irrelevant.

      2. The persistent "first/frist" smackdowns and anti-newbieism (say that ten times fast), especially here at C&J. If y'all are going to institute rules for the pool and then brutally enforce them, they need to be posted.

      This is just symptomatic of the sort of C&J private club mentality here. I don't know what one has to do to be come a member (run the spanking gauntlet? take an exam?), but Kos and Bill opening the doors to the masses is an empty gesture if newbies are going to be scared away by the Kosa Nostra and their mojo swords.

      < end rant>

      Back to happy thoughts.

      •  Maybe it's 30,000? (4.00)
        Rather than 10,000? 'Cause I don't get that vibe.

        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 Tue Apr 05, 2005 at 09:25:11 AM PDT

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      •  if this weren't C&J (4.00)
        I'd "unproductive" your ass.

        But since it IS mojorwhoreclusterfuck C&J, I merely say, "welcome"

        and GROW THE FUCK UP

      •  Chill (4.00)
        I don't recall the last community I joined that didn't look at newcomers as... well... new.  Green.  Tenderfeet.

        Grow some callous, ignore it, and pretty soon you'll find that so many new folk have joined that your shiny new UID has a charming patina.  And that nobody really gives a tinkers dam about it, anyway.

        "First" posts are noxious weeds, and community custom here is that they're treated as such.  Or like the appearance of DeLay.  "Frist" posts are treated the same way because the joke was cute--precisely once.  Then it was old, stale and needed to be lost.

        I've cheerfully Zeroed the Sainted BIPM for committing a First, and will happily do it for anyone else, too.  A community's got to have some standards... and we don't have that many.  Don't be an asshole (or, if you must be, be a truly lovable asshole like Armando) is one.  Don't First is another.  And never, never, never emulate a Freeper.  That may be it.

        Oh, and no frozen pea flicking.

        Stop pointing out the fact that you picked up your UID rather recently, and just jump in. You'll be treated like one of the rest of us the sooner that people start to "hear" from you and recognize your "voice".  You're not going to get a hail and well met just for stepping out of lurkerhood.  What were you thinking?

        Anti-newbie-ism?  Get real.  The door's open.

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

        by ogre on Tue Apr 05, 2005 at 09:58:09 AM PDT

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        •  Agreed (4.00)
          Oh wise and noble USER ID 4039.  For an ugly old ogre, you're actually pretty smart.

          Respectfully yours,

          USER ID 45126.

          •  That's ugly, old, flu-ridden ogre, to you, bub. (4.00)
            I drifted over here on some link from The Agonist (which I quite recommend), and fell into orbit.  I think it's the gravitational attraction of C&J that keeps most people from escaping.

            I couldn't remember my UID when I pounded that out, earlier.  Under  9000, maybe, I thought.  Who cares?

            There's no aristocracy of noble UID here.  We raise up our princes and princesses from the hoi polloi... and remain ready to flick peas at them.  MaryScott, Armando, BIPM, Meteor Blades... all of them.

            Me, I'm going back to the swamp.  Just as soon as I get all the snot flushed out.  God, I hate flu.

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

            by ogre on Tue Apr 05, 2005 at 10:44:25 AM PDT

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            •  Hate flu too! (4.00)
              I'm at home today with it also.  SUCKS!

              I agree - I don't see any sign of aristocracy or nobility around here.  It's one of the key reasons I've become so addicted!  Jump in, and you too can be called an asshole in 10 minutes or less...

              Get well soon.  Have fun in the swamp!

      •  Perfectstormer... (4.00)
        Can we ask that you excuse our aggression towards newbies for a moment. Many of the irregulars were a bit unsettled by the idea of front paging C&J (previous times have been strange to say the least). We look at C&J as a place to vent, laugh and in some cases, make a connection.

        The aggression many newbies may be feeling stems from the blasting C&J took over the weekend regarding mojo and our apparent abuse of it. Because of this, we may be a little leary of newbies who appear to be here to get cheap mojo and not contribute in a meaningful or interesting way. Someone who has contributed to this beast for months can feel used by that mentality.

        By the way, I liked your main post and look forward to seeing more fom you in C&J.

        so please bear with us...we're not used to being out in the sun quite yet.... :)

        we are..."highly entertaining spankers, wankers and perverts." - Cosmic Debris

        by the holy handgrenade on Tue Apr 05, 2005 at 10:32:18 AM PDT

        [ Parent ]

      •  From the C&J Tender Bottom Dept. (4.00)
        Getting smacked for posting the dreaded "First!  Frist?" comment is a rite of passage that will be savored for years to come.

        I got nailed...what, just a couple months ago?...because I finally clicked on one of Kos's posts as soon as he posted it.

        I was a Troll that day, let me tell you, bub.  Oh, I got it good.  Here, look:

        NOTE: The following section is rated PG-13.

        [Pulls down pants]

        See these blisters? They've just started to seal up.  I've gone through enough buckets of aloe that the makers of it sent me an honorary plaque to thank me.

        [Pulls pants back up]

        NOTE: The rest of this is rated G.

        If you survive a 'First Flap,' you're in.  Oh, you're in like Flint.  In fact, the National Online Firsters Association really is an exclusive and very small club.  We get together every now and again to swap stories and...well, the rest is private.

        ---The Mgt.

    •  MSU (4.00)
      Win or lose, there was going to be a riot in East Lansing either way.
  •  Cheers to Bill! (4.00)
    for making it to the front page and for giving us such a great outlet for snark and fun.

    Cheers to the Irregulars. You know who you are.

    Cheers to the newbies who get it.

    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 Tue Apr 05, 2005 at 08:41:59 AM PDT

  •  Cheers to C&J (4.00)
    and cheers to Bill (and Michael, Molly & Vegas)...thank you so much for your creative genious behind C&J - love the snark, love the little factoids, love the cutesie animal pics and love knowing there are others out there who think, feel and act (well, that may be too much) the same way I do.  

    Jeers to 4 more friggin' years of this admin - perhaps they'll self implode.

    cheers to being a regular reader (since September '04), but an irregular poster; so thank all the regulars and irregulars who help me get through the days, weeks, months...what is the count now, how many more days until there is NO MORE W in the WH?????  

    oh and a big fat cheers to the Phillies - winning an opening day game (haven't done that since 1980...the year they won it all - do I see a correlation,'s just that hope springs eternal in April)

  •  Congratulations Bill! Well Deserved! (4.00)
    (Suddenly the jeers don't seem all that important.)


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

    by Titian on Tue Apr 05, 2005 at 08:44:50 AM PDT

  •  Congrats Bill =D (4.00)
    Your column hooked me when I first came to DK. I always wondered why you weren't on the front page; guess I don't have to wonder any more =P Congrats, man!


  •  Opening Day C&J (4.00)
    Cheers: For the Phillies winning their home opener, 8-4.

    Jeers: For MLB scheduling the Phillies to open on the road every year from 1997-2004.

    Cheers: To Kenny Lofton opening the season with a bang.

    Cheers: To finally having a real steroid policy.

    Cheers: To having real baseball games again.

  •  Left Coast C&J -- Quickie Edition (4.00)
    Have a lot of errands to run today so I'll make this quick:

    CHEERS to Meteor Blades and family; we're all pulling for you!

    JEERS to running errands when not feeling great; all I want to do is go back to bed...

    CHEERS to SF Chronicle photographer Deanne Fitzmaurice for winning a Pulitzer for Feature Photography, for her series of photos about an Iranian boy brought to the US for treatment after losing an eye and other body parts to a bomb. You can view the photos here -- but keep the tissues handy.

    CHEERS to my in-laws' friend Paula, who is fighting the presence of military recruiters in the high schools. She's not against military recruiters, though; she wants equal time for  organizations such as the Peace Corps, Habitat for Humanity, etc. If we're going to offer kids an option, let's offer them all options...

    CHEERS to my slow-cooker; by the time I'm home tonight, dinner will be ready 35 minutes later after I add the rice. :)

    And CHEERS to all you fine folks; let's all be careful out there...

    "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 Tue Apr 05, 2005 at 08:56:09 AM PDT

  •  JEERS to the law of... (4.00)

    ...unintended consequences.

    All morning long I've been clicking on the Daily Kos home page, and it keeps coming up Cheers and Jeers.

    2 hours later it finally dawns on me...that is the home page.

    This is weird, kids.  really weird.

  •  colorado's "no dawdle" law... (4.00) worthless.

    ever been behind someone who takes 10 miles to pass another vehicle??

    it's a law that's difficult to enforce on Colorado's busy interstates. a much more effective law would have been one prohibiting trucks from being in the left-hand lane between the hours of 7 am and 7 pm...

    ... there never was a revolution unless there were some oppressive and intolerable conditions against which to revolute. -- Twain

    by FemiNazi on Tue Apr 05, 2005 at 08:57:08 AM PDT

  •  I wish I really were on your front porch, (4.00)
    BIPM.  And drinking one of your famous rum and cokes.  Boy do we need it.  We have been working like dogs cleaning up our house to sell, and we're sweating bullets hoping that someone will buy it SOON as living with a bridge loan and two mortgages is complete insanity, and very bad for one's mental health.  Not to mention one's pocketbook, bank account, work life, appetite, and general mood.

    But I can't even say "jeers" to the situation, as we are so lucky to have not one, but two nice places to live, two roofs over our sorry heads, and two salaries.  We know we're lucky, and we appreciate it.  In between freak outs and spats and bouts of exhaustion.

    I am sending prayers to Meteor Blades's family.  I wish I knew more about what happened.  But I am praying for your wife and anyone else hurt in the accident, MB.  

    Here's my story about the power of prayer:  a student in one of my classes a few years ago was destroyed when her mother was in a horrible head-on collision.  Her mother was severely injured and needed several surgeries, and was in the hospital for several weeks.  She was unconscious for a long time, and it was touch and go several times.  I was so affected by how this devastated my student, and I told the student that I would pray for her mother.  And for the first time in my life, I prayed.  I prayed that her mother would get better.  It was very simple.  And it was very  powerful to me, very moving, to do that.  It didn't even feel strange or funny-- it was a very direct communication and longing, a strong talking to the universe and wishing for her mother to heal.  I felt as though some sort of energy were truly passing out of me and being sent outward.  Well this year the student is in another of my classes, and I asked her how her mother was doing.  She said that her mother, who had severe and extensive external and internal injuries, who nearly died several times, who had crushed limbs and broken bones from this accident--- her mother didn't need any physical therapy as she healed.  She was in the hospital for a long time, but then as she regained her strength, she healed remarkably fully, though she still is not able to return to the work she once did.  The family could not believe that the mother did not need physical intervention to regain her muscle tone, movements and agility.  My student said, "I'm sure it was everyone's prayers."  And when she said that, the rational part of me didn't step in to think "oh no, it could have been any number of physiological or environmental reasons."  Instead, an other part of me felt simply and deeply happy and grateful that I had helped pray for her mother's recovery.  I felt just simply happy that her mother had indeed recovered more easily than anticipated.  I was simply happy that my student was able to resume her studying and her dreams, and was now about to graduate, looking for a job, being a typical middle-class 20-something getting on with her life.... and I knew that seeing that would also be bringing her mother continued strength.  

    ---One account of the power of prayer, take it or leave it.

  •  Baseball Cheers and Jeers (4.00)
    Jeers to Brandon Looper and Trevor Hoffman -- for ruining the Mets and Padres' Opening Days by allowing walk off home runs to Joe Randa (Looper) and Clint Barnes (Hoffman)

    Cheers to Joe Randa and Clint Barnes for walk off game winning home runs (you knew this was coming).

    Jeers to the 38 minor leaguers who got suspended for Steroids -- here's a hint, no amount of juice will help you hit .300 kids.  Take Jeremy Giambi (Jason Giambi's brother) for example - he was juiced and sucked big-time.  

    Cheers to Mark Buerhle -- pitches a gem and gets the Win over the Indians (honorable Mention to Jake Westbrook of the Indians -- 1st complete game of the year, but gets the loss)

    Cheers to the Cubs who tied the opening day record for scoring by tagging Arizona for 16 runs

    Cheers to the Tigers for getting their 1st win of the season (Don't get used to it Tigers' fans).

    Jeers to Barry Bonds for his whining.

    Cheers to Dimitri Young for doing his best impression of a dominant power hitter -- he tagged  the Royals pitching staff for 3 homeruns on opening day. We know who's getting picked up off waivers in FBL leagues, don't we?

    And the biggest cheers go to the Washington Nationals, despite their loss, for their inaugurial season.  

    The photo is Brad Wilkerson getting the Nationals' first hit of the season.

    It was a blooper, sort of like the hit by fictional outfielder Willie Mays Hayes in the movie Major League.

    Reality is just... a point of view - Philip K. Dick; Beautiful thing, the destruction of words. (from Orwell's 1984)

    by LionelEHutz on Tue Apr 05, 2005 at 09:06:06 AM PDT

  •  Front Page Cheers and Jeers (4.00)
    If there was ever evidence that we Democrats are, as the Republicans say, out of ideas... having "Cheers and Jeers" on the front page of the Daily Kos proves it.

    What is it with us? First we put that deranged Howard Dean at the head of the Democrat party... and he's turning the whole darn party over the the local yokels rather than the experts in Washington!

    And now this... the kid's table gets a place at the front table? Next thing you know, the flicked pea will be dKos' logo.

    Actually, "The Flicked Peas" wouldn't be a bad name for a rock-and-roll band....

    Congratulations to Bill: front page status couldn't be more deserved. All your hard work is very, very much appreciated.

    Thanks for making a place for those of us who need the wit and wisdom of the Coalition of the Snarky to make it through these Orwellian times.

    I hope ever to see America among the foremost nations of justice and liberality. - George Washington

    by Malacandra on Tue Apr 05, 2005 at 09:07:05 AM PDT

  •  Cheers! (4.00)
    Cheers to Bill....we fans have been waiting for this for a long time.

    Cheers to my favorite catholics:

    California Uber Alles

    by joeesha on Tue Apr 05, 2005 at 09:07:07 AM PDT

  •  Partial Death Life Support - Bacardi feeding tube (4.00)
    CHEERS to the alternate life support feeding tube substance.
    JEERS to Partial Death Life Support that's forced on someone by a government.
  •  whooo hoooo (4.00)
    cheers to C&J on the front page.

    jeers to having to run back to court, meaning i can't stick around and enjoy all the C&J fun


    by tlaw on Tue Apr 05, 2005 at 09:12:25 AM PDT

  •  But...... you forgot one Pope possibility (4.00)

    Father Guido Sarducci!

    When I'm not in my right mind, my left mind gets pretty crowded. ~ Steven Wright

    by mad ramblings of a sane woman on Tue Apr 05, 2005 at 09:13:35 AM PDT

  •  Cheer anxiety (4.00)
    CHEERS to first time C&Jers they are the life blood of our republic.

    JEERS to fucking ill-considered first time cheers and jeers entries, how fucking embarassing, especially the ones with cursing. Motherfuckers.

    JEERS to bad things happening to good people. And vice versa.

    CHEERS to the Pope dying. He's finally gone to a better place. Now maybe he can actually get some shit done.

    JEERS to people crying at the Pope's funeral. You never even met the guy. Jesus Christ on a stick.

    CHEERS to Denzel for taking on Shakespeare. And at his age, imagine!

    CHEERS to Shakespeare for surviving no matter what Denzel manages to do with the part. Oh and Happy Shakespeare's Birthday a few weeks early.

    JEERS to Phill Kline and Steve Carter for fishing expeditions.

    CHEERS for Planned Parenthood. And for parenthood in general.

    JEERS to my agent, for only sending me out for two auditions this year, both of which I booked.

    CHEERS to my agent, for sticking with me, since apparently I'm box office poison.

    CHEERS to Law and Order/Trial by Jury, for fucking hiring me and sparing me the distinction of being the last fucking actor in NY who never worked the show.

    CHEERS to solipsistic navel gazing. Wait...I

    Shit this is harder than it looks.

    There is a certain providence in the fall of a sparrow

    by mrblifil on Tue Apr 05, 2005 at 09:13:44 AM PDT

  •  Cheers to Liberation Theology! (4.00)
    Let's get a Latin American pope with the soul* of Archbishop Romero. Yes!

    Cheers to the front page! I guess. It seems awfully... mainstream...

    Jeers to election days chosen by the commander in chief. Do you realize what would happen if we had those in the U.S.? We'd be stuck with W for the next 150 years**.

    *Soul in the sense of mojo. The late and much-lamented Archbishop can keep his own soul.

    **They'd find a way. Trust me. Sanctity of life and all that. And W can hardly be in any hurry to explain himself to his Maker.

    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 Tue Apr 05, 2005 at 09:15:29 AM PDT

    •  I have a hunch that the (none)
      next Pope might come from Latin America. I just hoper he is progressive.

      Their privileged existence of wealthy debauchery had not prepared them for the next few moments. Carnacki

      by sersan on Tue Apr 05, 2005 at 03:57:05 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  Archbishop Romero wasn't (4.00)
        progressive when he was chosen archbishop. Then he suddenly embraced liberation theology. In the Episcopal Church, where I spent my career as a Christian, bishops displayed a tendency to develop more liberal views after they became bishops.

        My priest said it was because "When you try to fool God, he tends to act like God."

        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 Tue Apr 05, 2005 at 04:49:09 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

  •  C&J from SF CA (4.00)
    CHEERS to BIPM for the front page coup. It was a long time coming and worth the wait to see C&J beaming out from the front page this morning. I hope the keys were passed peacefully.

    CHEERS to all the Kossaks for the outpouring of love and support for Meteor Blades and his family in their time of trial.

    CHEERS to spring. Here in San Francisco I hear tweety birds outside my office window right now, where they're as happy as I am that it's stopped raining, the sun is shining and the golden hills are all dressed in green with little flower polka dots all over.

    JEERS to having to work inside all day.

    JEERS to Ahnold, who's making headlines calling out union workers -- firefighters, teachers, and nurses -- as "special interests" after he took a record-breaking $26 million in six- and sevcen-figure donations, including $450,000 from a Fox News subsidiary.

    CHEERS to the union workers and everyone else planning to picket the Guv at the Ritz-Carlton tonight. Come on out and join us!

    CHEERS to Al Gore for spearheading a new cable network that will air videos submitted online by the public. They say it won't be Democratic or liberal, but heck at least there'll be some non-commercial content -- it's a start.

    CHEERS to the DKos HTML thingie. I don't miss having to type little angle brackets for every little bold italic or blockquote.

    And CHEERS to me for my C&J debut after months of lurking! I couldn't resist on this most magnificent of occasions.

  •  I'm so sorry ... (4.00)
    to hear about Meteor Blades family. Prayers and good thoughts to all of them.

    CHEERS to the Front Page. Yea Bill! I love what you've done with the place:

    I've already traded in my mojo chips for one of these:

    And now I'm saving up for a traveling companion:

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

    by Baldwiny on Tue Apr 05, 2005 at 09:17:54 AM PDT

  •  High Country C & J (4.00)
    Straight from 8150 feet above sea level give or take an inch deep in the heart of the fur coat closet capitol of the world(Where did that empty can of spray paint come from?)

    Cheers to 11 inches of fresh powder falling on the Beave last night.  Bears around the Valley forgot to set their clocks ahead one season and the elk are still playing golf in Scottsdale.

    Jeers to the Department of Interior which has set a management policy in the White River National Forest that relies on totally disregarding all evidence that the lynx reintroduction program has been successful as demonstrated by this article despite this picture that tracks the radio devices.

    Cheers to my good friends in Marseille and Cassis who were able to get together for some fantastic climbing along the Calanques and snowboarding in Val D'Isere.  It was nice getting their perspectives on our politics.  Maybe next time they can explain Jean Marie Le Pen to me.

    Cheers to Luke and Owen Wilson for their debut of "The Wendall Baker Story" at the Vail Film Festival this last weekend.  It was a pleasure to hear Luke Wilson talk about the project in person after the show.  He came across as a very gracious and unassuming person and I learned a lot about the film making process by his candid words.  

  •  google satellite maps (4.00)
    In case you missed it, props to Google for their incredibly freakin' cool satellite maps now available on Rolled out in the middle of the night, no less.

    I collected some nifty satellite image links at my blog, but I'm looking for more. Got any to share?

    The Americans will always do the right thing... after they've exhausted all the alternatives. - Sir Winston Churchill

    by drewthaler on Tue Apr 05, 2005 at 09:33:22 AM PDT

  •  Three Cheers! (4.00)
    To the Governator's al fresco Reception at the Ritz!

    "That's the skinny we've been hearing -- word is there are going to be a lot of folks out,'' said Deputy Police Chief Greg Suhr. "And it's not your usual First Amendment crowd. It's a lot of firefighters, teachers and nurses."

    "The idea," said California Nurses Association Executive Director Rose Ann DeMoro, "is to show Arnold's corporate face and his taking corporate money."

    Along those lines, a report coming out today from the Senior Action Network charts $10 million that the drug lobby contributed to the governor to help him pass a series of "reform" measures that he has proposed for a special election this fall.

    "We call it Pinocchio on steroids,'' said one union strategist.

    Har Har Har-dee-har-har!

    Yay! Nurses, Teachers & Firefighters!  et al...

    "Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler." Albert Einstein

    by x on Tue Apr 05, 2005 at 09:34:23 AM PDT

  •  Jorge Mario Bergoglio: Argentina (4.00)
    He's the Jesuit right?  Raised in a Fransican parish I always root for the underdog, and a Jesuit as a Pope is about as big an underdog as you can get!

    I'm intrigued by the support for Arinze is high as it is.

    Jeers to any Repug attempts to play buddy-buddy with the Church.  I'm a lapsed Catholic, for sure, but there were many stands taken by Pope John Paul II in the area of social justice and economic equality that were absolutely laudable.  The Papacy just doesn't easily fit into the left/right paradigm, though the Bushies want to jam it in there.  Perhaps I'm impacted by an event years ago and I'm outside with my friend getting ready to go in and do some quality time with the Commodore 64 when his father's friend feels the need to 'witness' to me right there and 'save' me (props to God for not strikin' me down on the spot, allowing me to humor the guy and get on to the C-64 that little bit quicker).  This sort of condescention to Catholics has always turned me off in a big time way and I see all that the R's dude as basically being patronizing and deceptively selective.


  •  Because I've always been a geek... (4.00)
    so, could DailyKos make the Kessel Run in less than 12 parsecs.

    Please shoot me.

    •  Sure it can (4.00)
      Powered by a bottle of Bacardi 151.

      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 Tue Apr 05, 2005 at 09:50:39 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  What I've never gotten about that line (4.00)
      "make the Kessel Run in less than 12 parsecs"

      A parsec is a measure of distance, not of time.  What the hell was George talking about, or did he just throw a "sciencey" word in to impress the rubes?

      •  That might have been a screenwriting error (4.00)
        In the novelization (written by Lucas), the line is "make the Kessel Run in less than 12 standard time units." Lucas may have handed the script off to someone for tweaking, and it got tweaked wrong.

        (Yeah, I know, total Star Wars geekette here...

        "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 Tue Apr 05, 2005 at 07:47:26 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

  •  C & J from Austin (4.00)
    Jeers to Senator Cornyn, for reinforcing all those awful stereotypes about Texans.  (Really, we aren't all such jerks.)

    Jeers to Senator Cornyn's web site, for being unable to handle the load of e-mails from outraged constituents like me.

    Cheers to the blogpile on Senator Cornyn, and the echoes from Air America Radio. We're all shouting together AT THE TOP OF OUR LUNGS this time!

    Cheers to BIPM and C & J, for being so gosh-darned fun to read.

    Jeers to BIPM and C & J, for attracting so many witty souls, and for tempting me to spend half the day enjoying their cheers and jeers!

    Cheers to Kos, for everything, and for front-paging the asylum!

    I donated to ePluribus Media. Support citizen journalism!

    by Sandia Blanca on Tue Apr 05, 2005 at 09:40:04 AM PDT

  •  mine (4.00)
    Cheers: To the University of North Carolina making
    former VP candidate John Edwards a happy alum. The Edwards family deserves to celebrate a win.
    Which brings me to:

    Cheers: To Elizabeth Edwards for her courage and strength handling her cancer and for keeping a positive and upbeat attitude throughout her chemotherapy and subsequent surgery.

    Jeers: The extremist religious right for always trying to hijack Christianity and perverting it.

    Jeers: Big Jeers to that Nut Case Randall Terry and Double Jeers to the Media for giving him air time and lending him crediblity.

    Cheers: To the American people for not buying all the crap that the Government should be involved in family matters.

    Jeers: George Bush for comparing himself to the Pope, now he has compared himself to every prominent leader who ever lived, the cycle is complete but he leaves out the obvious comparisons to Napoleon. ( but that might be an insult to Mr. Bonaparte)

    Cheers: to Fellow Kossacks for showing such kindness and sending thoughts and prayers to our members who are facing a crisis or an illness. I felt such pride in our Kossack family here last night with their heartfelt thoughts being send to MB.

    Meteor, our thoughts and prayers go with your family.

    We choose hope over despair; possibilities over problems, optimism over cynicism.-John Edwards

    by wishingwell on Tue Apr 05, 2005 at 09:43:32 AM PDT

  •  hey! where are the dogs? (4.00)
    JEERS to the whole stupid cat blogging thing.  
    C&J newcomers... DONT BE FOOLED!!!!
    as we know, dogs RULE!

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    cheers to pit bulls, most maligned of god's creatures  Have you met mine?

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  •  wow (4.00)
    Front page!  Way to Go BIPM!  And a hearty cheers and toast of Rum and Coke (with a lime) to all you C & J'ers out there!

    Happy Tuesday... just because it's not Monday!

    "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 Tue Apr 05, 2005 at 09:45:12 AM PDT

  •  Oh...........there are so many cheers and jeers... (4.00)
    Cheers to the Pope for checking out of this world with dignity. In other words, he didn't take Tom Delay and Bill Frist's offer to come save him from the culture of death that must be permeating the Vatican. No heroic measures for the Pope? Sorry Tom and Bill, not this time.

    "Suppression of a political opinion leads to it's violent expression".

    by JenD on Tue Apr 05, 2005 at 09:50:40 AM PDT

  •  Go Tar Heels! (4.00)
    Cheers to Roy Williams for getting off the schneide with his first National Championship!

    Cheers to Sean May for being a beast and carrying the Tar Heels to the title!

    Cheers to ME for winning the DKos Tourney Pool!

  •  Red Sox Nation Cheers (4.00)
    Cheers to the Red Sox today against the Evil Empire coming up now LIVE!

    Cheers to the game being on TV.

    Jeers to having to watch Yes TV, the Yankee network, rather than NESN, the Red Sox network.  

  •  Bottoms Up... (4.00)
    A big Cheers to BiPM for finally makin' it to where he deserves to be, the front page.

    Jeers to my stuffy nose.

  •  Cheers to Bill's Digital Living Will! (4.00)
    ...I might as well pull my Bacardi feeding tube and go bye bye. I'm not quite ready for that yet.

    May the alcoholics in congress and the one in the White House pass a special law just for you.  If only the drunks on capitol hill vote for it I'm sure it could pass 70-30 in the senate and 335-100 in the house.

  •  Ok, I don't know if I'm doing this right... but... (4.00)
    Cheers for being introduced to this bizarre and beautiful dkos subculture.

    Jeers for it having taken so long.

    (I feel all unvirgined now..)

  •  DR's Tuesday C&J (4.00)
    From the soon-to-be-carpeted Secret Progressive Bunker... deep in Red territory (but the carpet is kind of blue, or blue-green, or something... sue me, I'm straight and partially color-blind)...

    Cheers to HHG, sober for 30 days! (flicks a towel in HHG's general direction) I thought it was 30 today, thanks for the confirmation.

    Cheers and prayers for Meteor Blades, his wife, and sister-in-law. Strength for you all, mental and physical.

    Cheers to C&J hitting the front page! Remember, newcomers, we take our goofing-off seriously around here.

    Cheers to another nice day letting me ride the motorcycle once more time this week. Jeers to rain forecast the rest of the week. Jeers to me, forgetting to grab a TV dinner out of the freezer before heading out. Off to Toxic Smell momentarily....

    Jeers to Bush-league, Rove, DeLay, and Cornyn. No need to elaborate.

    Cheers to baseball, that means it's spring! Cheers to the Tigers, puttin' a whompin' on KC yesterday. Cheers to the Braves, opening tonight against the Marlins.

    Cheers to Kos for being such a good sport & handing BIPM "the keys." And cheers to BIPM for giving us a place to relax & vent!

    Hatred is murder (1 John 3:15)

    by dirtroad on Tue Apr 05, 2005 at 10:19:27 AM PDT

  •  congrats (4.00)
    On your front page status.  Now you're easier to find.  :)

    Cheers to spring, the Anaheim Angels (take that arte moreno!) and the pending prospect of summer.

    Jeers to NPR - 45 minutes and all they covered was the NCAA and the Pope.  Surely more than that happened in the world yesterday.  (And cheers to Kossacks for keeping up with what the "real" media doesn't cover.)

    Jeers to Daylight savings time.  Are you kidding me?  I have to get up an HOUR  earlier?

    Cheers to coffee with real half and half.  Okay, maybe I'll get up that early.

  •  Weather's too nice to be seriously irritated. (4.00)
    Cheers to the UNC team who won the NCAA tournament. Ya'll did good.
    Cheers also to the Illinois team for playing a good game.

    An extra "Poor Baby" to James Augustine who fouled out of the tournament game in less than 19 minutes of play because he kept being out of position!  WTF?!   So jeers to the Illinois coaches. You'd think they would have noticed this tendency of his and fixed it before the tournament.

    Cheers to my sister, who gave birth to a pretty lil' girl with long legs. Cheers to my brother-in-law, who is being the man - a properly supportive dad and all that.
    Jeers to all the people who said she couldn't deliver a breech baby by natural childbirth! Nyah nyah nyah!   (To be fair, however, we were all a little nervous.)

    Cheers to all the enthusiastic congratulations--people who send books and quilts and flowers and clothes.
    Jeers to the people who can't keep themselves from making rude and negative comments in the middle of a happy time. She's getting up there, isn't she?  My grandson was prettier.
    Cheers to JoyODurham for not responding in kind. At least not out loud. <smiles sweetly>

    Cheers to my oak tree for being such a wonderful, uh, tree.  It's pretty and shady and graceful. Da boidies love it.
    Jeers to the oak tree for dropping dead branches every time a squirrel sneezes, thwacking either the powerline, taking down the cable line (fortunately strung loosely enough that I rarely loose internet access) or dinging my truck, AND this week, gobs of oak tree pollen.   AH-CHOOOOOO! <sniffff>  I'll be glad when oak pollen season is over and, uh, pine pollen season starts??

    Cheers to my husband who plants --yes--shrubberies whenever and wherever I ask.
    Jeers to invasive non-native honeysuckle which greens up early and takes over before the rest of the yard has barely woken up.   "Honey--what's under there? Isn't that the other cherry tree?"

    Cheers to Gore Vidal telling it like it is, and having a depth of historical perspective that goes past the last few election cycles and into the early part of American history and back to the Greeks & Romans.
    Cheers to my husband who talks me down out of existential angst after reading said articles.
    Jeers to the kids who think Reagan was the greatest president.

    Cheers to the spirit of community, which shows again and again under times of stress that it is nowhere near dead.  
    Jeers to my inability to get off this damn machine!!  It's nice outside and you got stuff to do, hon!  You know you spend way too much time online anyway.

    Wishing you all some sunshine.

    Nonpartisan: You're a moderator, get in there and do something. Wilco920: Epic. Freakin' epic. I love this place.

    by JOyODurham on Tue Apr 05, 2005 at 10:24:20 AM PDT

  •  Front page, above the fold? Can this be C&J? (4.00)
    Hell yes, it can!!!

    Cheers and cuba libres to BiPM for his front page debut.

    Jeers to having to hear about a horrifying subject on the radio during the morning commute: sphincter bleaching (convulsive, full-body shudder).  Apparently, it's all the rage with the porn-star set and those who want to look like them.  (And PhillyGal, if you have before-and-after photos of a sphincter bleaching client, I do NOT want to see them.)

    Jeers to the DVD of "Shrek2" having an un-skippable five minutes of movie trailers at the beginning.  My little boy got the movie for his 3rd birthday early last month and has to "watch da new Shweck" almost every single day.  I'm considering suing Dreamworks (j/k)

    Good karma and positive vibes to Meteor Blades and family during this rough time.

    On the way out:  Remember the early-80s sci-fi miniseries V?  Remember when that reptilian bitch unhinged her jaw and swallowed that guinea pig whole?  

    Is it just me, or Tom DeLay look vaguely ophidian and hungry for large rodents much of the time?

  •  Isn't "Cheers and Jeers" trademarked? (none)
  •  C&J, Florida Suncoast Very Late Edition (4.00)
    Jeers to DSL gone bad.  It took about 40 minutes of fighting with tech support to get the practice's DSL back on line.  Which is why I'm so freakin' late to the party.  Need me to pick up trash and dishes? Halle Berry is quite a dish </groucho>

    Cheers to going to the show.  How surprising it was when DSL finally came back here to see C&J on the front page!

    Cheers to the boss running Fox News in his office.  I didn't realize how therapeutic it was to verbally abuse Fox News personalities.

    Jeers to lack of creativity.  There was no Weekend Edition because I couldn't come up with anything good.  How DOES BiPM do it?


  •  oh, jesus christ... (3.60)
    C&J on the front page?

    Daily Kos has officially gone to shit!

    "I'm a big Doofus"...the holy handgrenade 2005

    by bakin4mymomma on Tue Apr 05, 2005 at 11:18:47 AM PDT

  •  Jeers (4.00)
    To letting this bastard on the Front Page.

    Only Maryscott editions please.


    Congrats Bill. Undeserved, but congrats anyway.


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

    by Armando on Tue Apr 05, 2005 at 11:21:49 AM PDT

  •  I'm Baaaaaack C&J (4.00)
    Cheers for Tuesdays, they're not Mondays!

    Jeers for kidney stones (the other calculus). Cheers that it was only another kidney stone. Jeers for the waste of a perfectly good sick day. Aren't the symptoms all supposed to disappear as soon as you've called in sick?

    Cheers for BiPM & C&J. Congrats on frontpage! I was so sure it was just an April Fools' Joke.

    Bill - will you teach us how to play "Rock, Paper, Scissors, Dynamite, Star Wars Missile Defense Shield, Exploding Donkey Cart." ? Pretty please with rum-flavored sugar on top?

    Another cheer for the 61st annual New England Folk Festival (aka NEFFA) this weekend in Natick, MA. See you there?

  •  Colorado's other looonacy (4.00)
    I was kind of hoping you'd pick on state Rep. Jim "homophobe" Welker and his pronouncement from last week on how allowing same-sex marriages would lead to bestiality.

    It's in my diary from yesterday, here.

  •  I am well, here (4.00)
    CHEERS to the big smile that I got when I saw C&J had really been frontpaged!
    CHEERS to the new commenters.
    CHEERS to the new avalanche of mojo for everyone.
    CHEERS to an avalanche of good wishes lifting up Meteor Blades and his family.
    CHEERS to St. Louis Cardinals opening day (6 pm vs. Houston)
    JEERS to a Hideki Matsui 2-run homer meaning the lead for the Yankees today.
    (Theological note: the Yankees are one of those entities that only exist to give us behira)
    CHEERS to Roy Williams for finally winning a national championship. We can all stop feeling sorry for him now. The simply happy expression on his face was something to see.
    CHEERS to Sean May for a great game. 4jkb4ia's comments during the game: "The next Shaq" and "I want him for the Knicks". This was later modified to "I want the whole team for the Knicks".
    CHEERS to an outstanding "One Shining Moment" which saved Bucknell and Vermont for the climax.
    CHEERS to Dov Bear for being moved by positive comments about the Pope and saying sincerely that he was trying to tell the truth about him.
    Things I forgot from yesterday:
    I did, actually, troll-rate WWWWOut on Sunday. But he deserved it! And I gave him a 0 for troll-rating me, so there! It felt good, too! My husband said, "Children, stop fighting." If he can manage a civil comment, I will give him a 4.
    CHEERS to gender equity. Baylor 68, LSU 57
    and Michigan State 68, Tennessee 64 Special CHEERS to Michigan State for a great comeback and for a new national champion. PERPLEXITY that parity took so long to come along in the women's tournament.
    UPDATE: Bottom of the 7th, Carl Pavano was taken out for Mike Stanton. Johnny Damon hit a single, making it 3-2. Then Trot Nixon hit into a double play to end the inning.

    "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 Tue Apr 05, 2005 at 12:27:00 PM PDT

  •  Silicon Valley C&J (4.00)
    Cheers to Front Page C&J!
    Cheers to BIPM for producing yet another great C&J, regardless of where he is.
    Cheers to Kos for recognizing the inevitable.

    Now, let's see what else is going on...

    Cheers to my SF Giants. Just Win, Baby! And, no pressure or anything, but winning today, day 1 of our season, against the hated Dodgers (Jeers to the Dodgers!) is critically important.

    Cheers to the oldest starting outfield in the Majors (once Bonds gets back.) I don't know if the Giants have one when they start Feliz.

    Jeers to Bonds' whining. As noted above.

    Cheers to Bonds' greatness, with or without steriods. As also noted above (isn't C&J great!), steroids don't help with hand-eye coordination. Bonds was a monster before he allegedly took steroids and he's still a monster.

    Cheers to SF Giants management. Each year, the Giants are in the race until the end.  The Giants have great owners and a great GM. To be able to compete even without the massive funds that the east coast teams, who shall remain nameless (shhhh... Jeers to both the Yankees and the Red Soz to being able to spend whatever the f--- they want to to get whomever the f--- they want.)

    Cheers to Pedro Feliz who is indisputably better than Edgardo Alfonso. :-)

    Which brings us to..
    Big F'ing JEERS to Baseball owners who can't see why consistently favoring teams that make tons of money in extra revenue isn't fair to the rest of the league. Ever hear of profit sharing?

    Cheers to Jason Schmidt. He is an unbelievable pitcher and is starting today. You go, you stud!

    Best Wishes to Meteor and his family. How tragic...

    Jeers to all the f'ing (man, I am cussing today!) about mojo. Get over yourself. This is not life and death. This is not anything serious. So, we have some retards who sneak in here to gain some mojo. Who the f*** cares and who gets hurt? Anyway, Cosmic already said it best, as usual. I'm just a very long time lurker ('myjlf') who has been lured out by the terrific people at C&J and the cafe.

    Oops. Gotta go! Time for Your San Francisco Giants!!!!!!

  •  AAAGH! (4.00)
    I forgot my special quotes for today!
    Of course, we have the Cheers theme song:
    Making your way in the world today
    Takes everything you've got
    Taking a break from all your worries
    Sure would help a lot
    Wouldn't you like to get away?
    Sometimes you want to go where everybody knows your name
    And they're always glad you came
    You want to go where people know
    Troubles are all the same
    You want to go where everybody knows your name
    [UPDATE: Top of the 8th, A-Rod walked, Sheffield flied out to center, and Myers is coming in to pitch to Matsui. Let us all hold our breath, now.]
    [UPDATE: You want to go where sports postings are appreciated every day. Sometimes, they even get 4s from the owner.]
    [Single for Matsui. On an 0-2 count.]
    [Aren't you lucky I got around to posting this late?]
    [Embree's in. Posada on deck.]
    Greil Marcus, from Ranters and Crowd Pleasers, as the book was called when I bought it:
    Liliput's songs are about women and the possibility of play and rant. But they are also about the sobriety of the voice that gets these things across. The voice says, Look, this is ordinary life, and you didn't think it was worth singing about; it's not sexy, you walk through it each day. But the voice bears down so insistently, with such a hard sense of bewilderment, fear, bemusement, or anger, that the ordinary becomes very interesting....The music works as a kind of fantasy of good public life, where the affairs of private life--and in postindustrial society, almost everything seems private--are given public significance simply by being presented as if they're puzzling, displacing, and most of all, held in common. Each day no longer quite seems like a natural fact.
    Well, this was not quite a description of C&J, except that the descriptions of ordinary life can break out into silliness at any time. But I think it is a fine description of HHG's, wry's, and PD's posts, and I thought it was a great "ideological" quote after having not seen it for years. Undoctrinaire economic populism?  
    Top of the 8th, no harm done.
    Manny Ramirez was having an epic at-bat here. Then he flew out. The Sox went down 1-2-3.
    The music was first of all fun: funny, with a buried edge of rage, an impulse that first shaped a song with "U" and roared to the surface with "Eisiger Wind". Kleenex/Liliput played with the possibilities of freedom; they practiced freedom as play...You can imagine that every time they went into the studio, they asked one question: If we can say anything, what do we want to say? How about "Whhhyyyrrr?" If not, then perhaps "Wheeep?" The songs were about autonomy and pleasure, verbal nonsense and emotional facts, comradeship and isolation, resentment and pleasure, avoiding rape and getting drunk, city streets and feminist pride: fragments of everyday life thrown together with determination and abandon.
    That was the quote! That was perfect! In 1986, the path for C&J had already been laid. CHEERS to kos for undoubtedly having read this before frontpaging. kos, Greil Marcus is a hero! You are missing a lot!

    "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 Tue Apr 05, 2005 at 01:10:12 PM PDT

    •  Important update (none)
      Varitek hit a home run off Rivera, and the score is now tied! Go Red Sox!

      "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 Tue Apr 05, 2005 at 01:12:39 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  Then, (none)
        Jeter hit a home run in the bottom of the 9th and the disgusting ending was complete.

        "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 Tue Apr 05, 2005 at 01:23:13 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

    •  BIPM didn't like my post! (4.00)
      Of course, it was not very coherent, the colors might have hurt some people's eyes, and jonathan94002's post was really outstanding, but who's counting?

      "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 Tue Apr 05, 2005 at 04:49:58 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  I took a look at the damn thing, (4.00)
        saw the colors, and said unconsciously to myself, "Nothing to see here, move on".

        "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 Tue Apr 05, 2005 at 05:05:13 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

      •  Is your post the flag of some (4.00)
        country? Looks like a flag.

        Their privileged existence of wealthy debauchery had not prepared them for the next few moments. Carnacki

        by sersan on Tue Apr 05, 2005 at 05:10:43 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

        •  Artistic decisions (4.00)
          I thought the first quote should be in something like pink, but the echoes of Maryscott were not what I wanted exactly. Then the light green went with lavender, and was bright. The clash with yellow was awful.

          "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 Tue Apr 05, 2005 at 07:27:22 PM PDT

          [ Parent ]

  •  Mine are a little out dated. (4.00)
    But I've never done C&J before, so I feel I'm justified. All of them have to do with recent Senate votes.

    Cheers: Chafee, Snowe, Collins, McCain, and Voinovich for breaking with their party and voting to reinstate the Pay as you go requirement.

    Jeers: Arlen Spector and any other republican claiming to be for fiscal responsibility that voted against Feingold's Amendment to the Budget resolution that would have fully reinstated the Pay as you go requirement. That vote was 50-50. It only would have taken one more vote to keep Cheney out of it.

    Jeers: Akaka and Landrieu for voting to allow drilling in the ANWR. Had they voted with their party, we would have won that battle.

  •  college (4.00)
    Cheers: I got into the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaigne!

    Jeers: Last quarter in high school! :(

    ... wait a minute, that's two cheers!

    •  Congratulations, Mystic! (4.00)

      I couldn't wait to get out of high school.  But college was 100% a blast.  I'd give up just about anything to re-live my junior and senior year, especially.

      When you're in it, time doesn't seem to move very fast---I mean, a lot of classes I took did suck---but once you're out, it seems like those 4 years went in the blink of an eye.

      So...Have a blast.  

    •  Congrats! (4.00)
      Enjoy your last quarter, and your summer - college will be a blast.  

      On my end...cheers because I got funding again for my second year of grad school.  Whee!

      Jeers to the fact that Indiana is seriously considering giving into the whole daylight savings time thing (the state house, I believe, has ok-ed making our time like the east coast).  Hate remembering that spring back stuff...

      "You know I don't spend a lot of time thinking about myself, about why I do things." - GW, June 4, 2003

      by weirdmusic657 on Tue Apr 05, 2005 at 03:21:54 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  Cheers! (4.00)
    Cheers to the newest Illini! :)  May they finish the job in the Final Four during your time there.
    You'll have a blast, it's a great time.
    Illinois '92 :)
  •  She c/should be a democrat (4.00)
    Cheers to M. Jody Rell, governor of CT (no, not the one in jail) for going to Brookfield High School last night to speak at a breast cancer rally. I was there volunteering and I got to meet her (first governor I've ever met). Really great experience. I thought that was great - seeing a governor go to a small high school event to speak about a cause that she really believed in. Just great.

    If everyone demanded peace instead of another television set, we'd have peace.-John Lennon

    by Of Human Events on Tue Apr 05, 2005 at 03:11:22 PM PDT

  •  Front Page! (4.00)
    This is terrifying!

    But my congrats to Bill.

    And a big I miss you to everyone else.

    I'll be in California for the rest of the week so I won't even be able to read DKos (I feel withdrawal coming on!).

    My commenting has been pathetic lately anyway, so I suppose that's no big deal, but anyway...I've missed you all and will continue to miss you.

    •  The Sierra Mountains rise up (4.00)
      As you float down into L.A.
      The Pacific roars hello
      It`s another surfing day

      Everyone out here is pretty
      Someone`s bound to
      Steal your heart away
      And you`ll find you want to stay

      In California, where the sun is warm
      Where the winds from Santa Anna
      Make you feel like you belong
      California, wherever you roam
      California keeps calling you home

      All the boulevards and backroads
      And the brights lights of Hollywood
      And the laidback way of living
      Makes you feel all kinds of good

      I could meet you at sunrise
      We could swim in the ocean blue
      And I might say to you
      Hey, it`s true, I love you

      So come on to California
      Where the sun is warm
      Where the winds from Santa Anna

      So come on to California
      Where the sun is warm
      Where the winds from Santa Anna
      Make you feel like you belong

      Hope you enjoy your trip a lot

      Their privileged existence of wealthy debauchery had not prepared them for the next few moments. Carnacki

      by sersan on Tue Apr 05, 2005 at 04:14:15 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  Late scoreboard (4.00)
    A 3-run home run by Jim Edmonds has put the Cardinals on top 3-0.
    Florida 9, Atlanta 0
    SF 4, LA 3

    "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 Tue Apr 05, 2005 at 04:15:23 PM PDT

    •  3-1, bottom of 3rd (4.00)
      Biggio has the RBI. Two outs, including a bunt by Oswalt, moved the runner, Willy Tavares, over to third.

      "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 Tue Apr 05, 2005 at 04:57:29 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  SF won 4-2! (4.00)
      2 lame runs against a rusty Schmidt. Then, the Giants held them scoreless for 7 innings and scored 4 to kick their butt. :-)
      •  JEERS to me (4.00)
        for being so busy running around doing errands that I forgot to turn on the game till it was over. :(

        CHEERS to the fact the Giants won. :)

        CHEERS to Barry for making a pre-game appearance and saying the Giants fans are the best in the world and, "I'll be back!" Best news I've had all freakin' year...

        JEERS to guilty until, screw it, just guilty; I wonder, what if Greg Anderson testifies in the BALCO case that he didn't tell Barry it was steroids that were in the "cream & clear"? Will there be mass apologies? Or will everyone say that Anderson is lying to protect Bonds? (Hey, I still believe in innocent until proven guilty...a dying breed in this country, I know...)

        "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 Tue Apr 05, 2005 at 08:18:22 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

        •  steroids (none)
          And, not only that scenario, Cal, but consider that McGuire was taking shots in the butt and others were taking serious steroids, and Bonds' only accusation against him is some cream?? I mean, really, wtf?
          That's no steroid. That's a moisturizer!
  •  Cheers (none)
    ... to you for making the front page!
  •  You can make me sit at the grownup's table, (4.00)
    but you can't make me behave!

    And Bill, to paraphrase the great Tennessee "Ernie" Ford:  Bless your little old pea-flickin' heart.

    News is what powerful people don't want you to hear. Everything else is publicity.-Bill Moyers

    by jazzmaniac on Tue Apr 05, 2005 at 08:12:15 PM PDT

  •  OMG!!! (4.00)
    Can it be?


    Oh it's tommorow already...nevermind...

  •  Neener Neener! I got the bottom at (none)
    11pm CA time.... ;^P

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

    by SallyCat on Tue Apr 05, 2005 at 10:55:11 PM PDT

    •  Good Morning Bill (none)
      I got bottom dibs!


      C&J - "highly entertaining spankers, wankers and perverts." - Cosmic Debris

      by SallyCat on Wed Apr 06, 2005 at 07:13:43 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  Sally + Satan?? (none)

        I noticed that your comment above was #666.

        I'm posting this comment to cleanse this bolg!

        Begone, Beezlebub!!

        •  Thanks Bill - and I've still got dibs on bottom (none)
          Hugs and smoochies this morning.

          Glad we got rid of that little problem on Wednesday's diary - 0 to oblivion was such a good thing.

          See you in chat later today - 10:30 meeting in 3 minutes...

          C&J - "highly entertaining spankers, wankers and perverts." - Cosmic Debris

          by SallyCat on Thu Apr 07, 2005 at 10:22:42 AM PDT

          [ Parent ]

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