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The late-night crew hammers away at President Bush.  Can't imagine why...

"Bush is keeping track of Hurricane Rita as it hits his home state of Texas.  That's Bush's worst nightmare: an electric chair with no power."
--Jay Leno


"Hurricane Rita is supposed to make landfall in Texas, which is good for Barbara Bush because she can insult survivors closer to home."
--Bill Maher


"Yesterday President Bush made his fifth visit to the area that received the most damage from Hurricane Katrina.  In other words, the White House."
--Conan O'Brien


"The president believes the government should be limited not in size, Jon, but in effectiveness.  In terms of effectiveness, this is the most limited government we've ever had."
--Daily Show correspondent Rob Corddry


"Now here's some sad information coming out of Washington.  According to reports, President Bush may be drinking again.  And I thought, `Well, why not? He's got everybody else drinking.'"
--David Letterman


Bottoms up.  Cheers and Jeers starts in There's Moreville... [Swoosh!!]  RIGHTNOW!  [Gong!!]

Cheers and Jeers for Tuesday, September 27, 2005

Note: Are you Bianca?


By the Numbers:
Days `til Halloween: 34
Days `til the Senate vote on John Roberts: 2
Number of men who played organized football as kids: 1 in 2
Number of men who played high school football: 5 in 9
(Source: Men's Health)
Number of troops currently in Iraq: Approx. 147,000
(Source: Washington Post)
Number of professional mimes serving in the Green Zone: 0


Your Puppy Pic of the Day  Rusty: "Don't bullshit me...I know it's not safe to come out yet.


CHEERS to shouts and shoe leather.  By all accounts (even the---gasp!---media's), the march on Washington was a big success.  It was the largest peace rally since the Vietnam era (over 100,000 patriotic Americans took part, including a Kos contingent), and protestors around the world followed our lead.  The pro-war crowd had their own rally Sunday, where they highlighted all the weapons of mass destruction that've been found.  They were back home in time for breakfast.

CHEERS to not living up to our expectations.  Okay, Chertoff, Bush and Cheney, now you can say it: with Rita damage lighter than expected, we "dodged a bullet."  As usual, the parking meters survived unscathed.  They always do.

CHEERS to quick thinking (via the Weather Channel).  Around 5am Saturday, the owner of the Holiday Inn in Sulphur, Louisiana noticed that the hurricane-force winds had shifted, threatening the untouched back windows of the hotel.  He quickly alerted the guests to put their mattress up against the windows to keep them from shattering.  Result: only 3 windows were lost.  The guy also has a sense of humor: when told by a Weather Channel reporter that it was a shame his big sign had been blown down, he casually responded, "Yeah, but we needed to change it anyway."  That's the spirit.

JEERS to burning the horseman at the stake.  Former FEMA fuckup Michael Brown will have his buttocks removed today when he testifies before a House committee on the response to Hurricane Katrina.  Once his incompetence is formally entered into the record, he'll accept a new a consultant for FEMA.  No, you cannot make this stuff up.

CHEERS to flat-lining.  After viewing the grainy VHS of recent news accounts, we believe Bill Frist's political career is in a persistent vegetative state with little chance of recovery.  Anyone know where we should send the flowers?

P.S.  Once again, Billmon conjures the perfect visual exclamation point.  You mind if Senator Lott shares your porch, Doc?

CHEERS to emptying out the Vatican.  Pope Ratzinger the Creepy wants to root out homosexuality in the priesthood, eh?  Then perhaps we should start by outing all of his gay cardinals and bishops.  Step 1: Look under their mattresses.

CHEERS to Pastor Dan & Co.  They're furiously cleaning house next door in anticipation of new visitors.  From this week's Newsweek (their Blogwatch section):, one of the leading lefty blogs, recently launched, billed as "an exploration of religion and values from the perspective of the Left."

By the way, don't get cute in the comments.  Yesterday Jesus started an open thread with "First? Frist??" and was promptly banned.

JEERS to 1-to-28 kill ratios.  The Defense Department (motto: "At Least We're Not FEMA") says al Qaeda's #2 guy in Iraq was blasted to bits by U.S. troops Sunday.  Unfortunately, if you keep reading this CNN account, you'll also see that 9 Iraqi police recruits, 6 Iraqi teachers, 10 Iraqi civilians and---in the 26th paragraph---3 U.S. soldiers were also killed.  Not exactly what I'd call a fair trade.

CHEERS to the revolutionary dissenters.  Happy birthday, Sam Adams---born 283 years ago today.  Among his pearls of wisdom: "It does not require a majority to prevail, but rather an irate, tireless minority keen to set brush fires in people's minds" and "Mankind are governed more by their feelings than by reason."  Pay your respects here.  Then toast him with `bout a Sam Adams?

JEERS to packin' up the Union Jack.  Britain's message to Iraq and its American occupiers: "Yes, well, it's been jolly good fun I can tell you.  But, you see, the thing to put this politely...we're sort of getting sick and tired of dealing with rebellious chaps who would rather cut our balls off than sit down for a spot of tea and kippers.  Most uncivilized, of course, but there it is.  So have fun, Yanks, we're getting the hell out of here.  Ta Ta!"

CHEERS to the Neuter-in-Chief.  According to the Washington Post, Laura Bush is telling King George to be a little more metrosexual by laying off the swagger.  Steve Soto has the smackdown:

Hell, the press is making Bush out to be a cartoon character who needs to go to a military base to regain his image, while top Republicans are openly blaming Laura Bush for neutering her husband.  To top it off, and as we have been saying for awhile now, this same top Republican says that team around Bush was never really that good to begin with; they only appeared good because the Democrats were so worthless.


And now it's happened. It must be fun around the house now, with a top Republican saying openly that Laura's got Bush's balls in her pocket. If Skippy wasn't drinking before, he is now.

Yeah, we've heard.

JEERS to The Nazi reference of the week (via Atrios).  Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee has a special message for his young daughter: Democrats = the Nazis who exterminated millions of Jews during World War II.  Naturally our side took what he said out of context.  What he meant was, Democrats = the Nazis who exterminated the Jews during World War II.  Big difference.  

JEERS to hanging up the shoe phone.  Three-time Emmy winner Donald James Yarmy, aka Don Adams, aka Maxwell Smart, aka Agent 86 from Get Smart, has died at 82.  To prevent classified information from reaching the ears of KAOS agents, his eulogy will be delivered under the Cone of Silence.  When the DVDs come out next year, we'll be first in line.

CHEERS to Stalag 13.  Today is Christmas for C&J as Season 2 of Hogan's Heroes arrives on DVD loaded with extras.  If that's not your bowl of strudel, you can dive into the See-ment pond with season one of The Beverly Hillbillies.  Or you can settle down with the animated Robots.  We understand it's a Focus on the Family training film.


One Year Ago in C&J: September 27, 2004...

JEERS to the same old same old.  Porter Goss takes the oath as new CIA director.  By his own admission, "I am not qualified.  I don't have the language skills.  I, you know, my language skills were romance languages and stuff.  We're looking for Arabists today.  I don't have the cultural background probably. And I certainly don't have the technical skills."  Wow...looks like this'll be a seamless transition from Tenet.

CHEERS to walking the walk.  Britain's Prince Harry has been accepted at the Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst as an officer cadet.  He could see action in Iraq in less than a year.  Your move, Bush twins.


And just one more...

CHEERS to doffing your duds for world peace.  Baring Witness is a global partnership of men and women who create words of peace with their bodies.  At the next D.C. rally, C&J'ers will stretch out on the Mall like this.  Won't we?

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


Today's Shameless Testimonial:

"Cheers and Jeers may be a sign of personal virtue, but it is not a sufficient basis for a sound, comprehensive energy policy."

--Dick Cheney
May 1, 2001

Originally posted to Daily Kos on Tue Sep 27, 2005 at 06:18 AM PDT.


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  •  March C&J (3.97)
    Cheers to everyone that came out to DC last weekend to protest the war, in spite of the very real possibility of being called a traitor, unpatriotic, or worse, in spite of having to listen to idiotic speeches about the paradise that Cuba and North Korea are. Special cheers to those I met: MLK, ColdFusion, Cedwyn, RenaRF, SuzQ, Pastor Dan, Mrs. Pastor, WIds, MSOC and many more whose names escape me.

    Jeers to injections. Poor mecki jr had four jabs on Friday afternoon. He's now inoculated against everything except voting Republican (which mrs. mecki and I are working hard at) It also meant that he was under the weather on Saturday and unable to attend his first protest. Well, there's sure to be a next time, given this administration. And that'll give me a chance to get the 'My daddy is against this president' t-shirt.

    Cheers to weddings. A friend was married on Sunday, and I had a chance to catch up with some old friends there. We even managed to stay until they cut the cake...but then it was time to get home, yawning all the way.

    Jeers to the increasing dilbertisation of the gov't. Now Mike Brown gets re-hired as a consultant. Probably at twice the pay. This did indeed happen to Dilbert once: his colleague Wally was fired, then rehired as a consultant 'Don't be embarrassed to ask me for help with the difficult stuff' says Wally. I wonder if this is a subtle wink to the Bush admin's cronies, that the crony/graft-fest that's been rolling for the last 5 years is in no way going to stop now. 'Sure, we'll fire a couple of people if the outrage gets too great,' they're saying. 'But there's no way that there will be any real investigation of what's going on. Keep on looting, keep on pillaging.'

    Cheers to driving less It looks as if gas prices are making people drive just a little bit less (or, as in my case, a little more slowly. Still getting around 60mpg on my commute)

    "If anyone says, 'I love God,' yet hates his brother, he is a liar" --1 John 4:20 (NIV)

    by mecki on Tue Sep 27, 2005 at 06:18:05 AM PDT

  •  C&J (4.00)
    Cheers to BiPM

    Cheers to late night comedians

    Jeers to people who say liberals have no ideas

    Cheers to Liberal Ideas: Social Security, environmental protections, Medicare, the peace corps, head start, the GI bill, food stamps, overtime pay, unemployment insurance, pensions, workers compensation, work safety regulations, abolished child labor, civil rights, collective bargaining, warning labels, family and medical leave act, disabilties act, national health care, and the minimum wage.  

    Jeers to the Republicans who have morphed into the party of incompetance, corruption, and record deficits.

    Jeers to Democrats if they cant gain seats running against incompetance, corruption, and record deficits.

    Bush investigating Katrina is like Clinton investigating Monica

    •  And (4.00)
      Jeers to Dems if they can't see  the vote  T-r-a-p   they're walking into this week in the Senate.
      •  Not 100% so sure... (4.00)
        When you've got guys like Chafee and Brownback already stating that even a candidate in line with Roberts' philosophies would be fiercely debated, I am not so sure there's such a trap.

        If we're hearing comments like this already, it seems to me that the next candidate will be heavily debated no matter what -- and no posturing akin to "you voted for this guy before you voted against him" is going to be too effective.

        And then there is always the gang of fourteen wildcard.  You never know what kind of backroom deal was set up to make sure that coalition holds together.

        Although the masters make the rules / For the wise men and the fools / I got nothing, Ma, to live up to. (Dylan)

        by teedz on Tue Sep 27, 2005 at 10:23:36 AM PDT

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    •  Cheers to the Peace Corps (4.00)
      Submitted the application a little over a week ago and I hear the package arrived at my house yesterday. I wonder where they want to send me?
      •  Cheers To The Power of Blogs! (4.00)

        In matters of conscience, the Law of Majority has no place. -- Mahatma Gandhi

        by Ranting Roland on Tue Sep 27, 2005 at 09:35:24 AM PDT

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        •  Tom Burka (4.00)
          Opinions You Should Have

          Mike Brown To Take Charge Of Congressional Investigation of FEMA

          Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert today appointed Michael Brown, the former director of FEMA, to direct the House's investigation into the failure of FEMA to function adequately when handling the recent disaster in New Orleans.

          "We're very serious about really uncovering the problems with FEMA. That's why we've appointed Mike Brown," said Hastert. "Who better to investigate FEMA than the former head of FEMA?" Although Brown has no previous investigatory experience of any kind, Hastert had confidence in him because "he's a longtime college friend of Joseph Allbaugh, one of the President's major fundraisers," Hastert said.

          Investigators under Mr. Brown's leadership were raring to go "full speed ahead." Unfortunately, the investigation has been held up by the delay in getting "critical office supplies" to the investigators, in what some are calling poor planning and others plain incompetence.

          "We're drowning here," said an investigator who wanted to remain anonymous because he has a huge wart on his nose. "The paperwork is overwhelming. We need help."


          GOP: Invading personal privacy ©¿©¬ and proud of it!

          by PBen on Tue Sep 27, 2005 at 11:18:34 AM PDT

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  •  C&J -- two days worth! (4.00)
    Atlanta Animal Services Adoptable Animal pic of the day:


    Click here to enlarge

    My name is SIMONE.
    I am a female, tan labrador retr mix.
    The shelter thinks I am about 2 years and 1 month old.
    My ID number is A360823
    I am in kennel A04 and I am available for adoption.

    Classical Comment:


    Text: E. E. Cummings
    Music: Eric Whitacre (second song from "Three Songs of Faith")

    Cheers to the C&J community and, of course, to BiPM - This cheer's for you!
    Cheers to tying the knot.  Good luck Demi and Ashton, Lord knows you'll need it.
    Cheers and again I say CHEERS to peace.  Breaking News on CNN was that the "IRA has `put beyond use' what is believed to be its entire arsenal, chief disarmament monitor says.  Details soon."
    Jeers to ever more war.  "Nope, no bin Laden here, go about your business, nothing to see here."
    Jeers to the so-called fiscal conservatives supposedly running our country.  Toto pulls the curtain back on the wizard as Greenspan throws up his hands in disgust at out budget deficit.  Lovely.

    Cheers/Jeers to killing the second-in-command's second-in-command.  Cheers that he's gone, jeers that it isn't Zarqawi or bin Laden that they got.  And if you think this will leave us with a moment of respite in Iraq....probably not.  Al Qaeda is like a cockroach - cut off its head and it can keep running around for weeks.
    Cheers to clear-headed analysis of Hurricane Katrina.  I love the op-eds at the `em.

    and when you've got nothing else...
    Cheers to having more cheers than jeers.

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

    What's better than a pootie? Why, two pooties of course!

    Cheers, Everybody! Missed you :)

    'No Matter How Much Cats Fight, There Always Seem to be Plenty of Kittens'... Abraham Lincoln

    by PhillyGal on Tue Sep 27, 2005 at 06:21:04 AM PDT

  •  tuesday blues (4.00)

    i'm sleepy.

    and i have no pictures to post.


    anyway, happy tuesday bill and all the irregulars-here's to another short week of long days and lots of civil disobedience.

    and a good nights sleep for me soon, please??

    The Global Struggle against Violent Extremism begins at home!

    by JLongs on Tue Sep 27, 2005 at 06:22:22 AM PDT

  •  my cheers and jeers... (4.00)
    Cheers to Bill, Michael, all the Bobs and Bobettes and all the Irregulars, both old and new.

    Cheers to a gratuitous shot of Becca and Me:

    Cheers to Maggie at the keys. Now to get the piano tuned, for the first time in twenty years...

    Jeers to a broken toilet that will require a visit from the plumber. I have a terrible track record for plumbing repair and will leave this one in the hands of a capable professional.

    Jeers to the Phillies. I stayed up until after midnight to watch them blow that game and their chances to get into the playoffs, and I am not happy about it this morning.

    Cheers to Street Prophets getting props in Newsweek. Way to go, PD. I hope you're prepared for the increased traffic....and trolls.

    Cheers to those who took to the streets on Saturday to protest the war in Iraq, especially those who came back and blogged the event with outstanding photo essays on the major left blogs.

    Which brings me to my last one for today....

    Jeers to something that has been bothering me since yesterday. I was wondering what would have happened had one of the bigger right wing blogs elicited donations to send one of their writers to DC to cover the protest and said blogger didn't write a single word about the event. Somehow, I suspect it would be all over the left wing blogs, probably making the front page of Daily Kos.

    Well, that very thing happened with a prominent left wing blogger. MSOC posted on Daily Kos, Booman and her own site requesting readers help send her to DC to blog the protest (which I thought was kind of tacky in the first place), which they did. Well, here we are on Tuesday morning and nothing yet. Well, there was one post on Saturday saying how tired she was and the she would post later, but nothing since. I'm sorry, if you take people's money to cover an event of this nature, you find a way to provide the coverage you promised, regardless of how tired you are.

    That's all I got today.


    Do you like poetry? Then you might want to avoid the the white trash poet

    by the white trash poet on Tue Sep 27, 2005 at 06:22:42 AM PDT

    •  She did post a quick mea culpa... (4.00)
      ...on the 24th, promising to write up the event.  I'm sure it will be forthcoming.  But yeah, live blogging, had it been possible, would have been great, especially from the inimitable MSOC.  I look forward to her posts when they appear.
      •  I picked up MSOC (4.00)
        and Adam yesterday to take them to the DC Metro.  Her diary is coming - she indicated to me that she had a LOT of thoughts and ideas and was letting it all "settle".

        HEY - why haven't you visited my blog?

        by RenaRF on Tue Sep 27, 2005 at 07:09:55 AM PDT

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      •  I did see that, Bill... (4.00)
        and referenced it in my post. At first I thought, "at least she posted about being there", but the more I thought about it, the more it seemed to me that if she could have posted her "mea culpa", she could have posted some substantial thougths on the days events.

        She took it upon herself to be an on the scene voice for her readers, at their expense, and by waiting days to post, it appears that she doesn't have the level of respect for their contributions that they deserve.

        For the record, I am not pointing this out solely because it is MSOC. I know that many are aware of the confrontations that Maryscott and I have had on dKos, but in all reality, I do think she is a valuable voice for our side. I just think the situation stinks regardless of who is responsible and that was part of my original point, that it seems as though she is getting a free pass because of who she is.

        Do you like poetry? Then you might want to avoid the the white trash poet

        by the white trash poet on Tue Sep 27, 2005 at 07:43:41 AM PDT

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    •  Love that picture! (4.00)
      She's already learning how to stick her tongue out - was that for Bush or her Daddy?  

      And, man, we gotta have that cup of coffee soon.  PD and I may have to make a special trip.

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

      by Mrs Pastor on Tue Sep 27, 2005 at 08:02:22 AM PDT

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    •  Now I really wish you had run this by me (4.00)
      last night.

      1. MSOC could not live blog at the event as there were no live hotspots along the march route.

      2. On Sunday, My Left Wing was having server problems.

      3. You probably missed her Kos-published diary on Sunday, "Looking for My Left Wing?"

      MSOC attended the march, participated fully and made sure that all Kossacks, Booman folks, My Left Wingers felt part of a blog community.

      Many folks have varied and strong opinions about Maryscott.  She's impatient, opinionated, LOUD, obnoxious at times, constantly entertaining... but she wears her heart and her opinions on her sleeve.  One of the beliefs she holds dear is that all progressives should let their voices be heard.  

      As for the matter of contribution, I'm sure that other people were offended by her request and may have confronted her directly.  But Maryscott didn't force anyone to contribute to her trip to Washington.  

      A contribution was not a prerequisite to being able to post to MLW nor was it necessary to be in her "inner circle."  She never once asked any of us if we contributed before she would talk to us.

      Another thing to consider.  I know I was EXHAUSTED after the march.  And I could go home to my own bed afterwards.  She and her husband were in a strange town.  Spent Saturday evening at the home of a fellow Kossack/MLW-er and returned late to their hotel.  She has physical problems that I do not have, so I can only imagine that she was exhausted the next day.  She spent the morning making calls about her server.

      She had planned to attend the protest in Lafayette Park yesterday.

      She returned to California late last night, I believe.  So I'm sure she's still extremely tired.

      Finally, she agonized over not being able to live blog for the very reason you mentioned.  Direct quote, "I'm letting my readers down.  They sent me here and I promised them coverage."  She was nearly in tears when she said this.

      We can have legitimate discomforts with her style and manner.  But I just wanted to set the record straight on the efforts she made in DC.

    •  hey there TWTP (4.00)
      your girls are just beautiful, Darrell.

      I too stayed up to watch...what is it about the lousy Mets that make the Phils go Little League on us?  Oh well, at least J-Rol kept his streak going....and who knows, 5 more games left and the Astros do have to play the Cards at Busch Stadium and them come to face the Cubbies (Maddox is pitching one of those games and he is going for some record - so many wins over so many years...)  I am always hopeful...

      •  SuzieM (4.00)
        Girl, I gave you a four for mentioning my fave baseball player of all time, Greg Maddux.  He is going for an extension to his own record, and I'd much rather see the Phillies in the playoffs than the Astros, so I'll channel some Astro-whammy your way!

        The Bush Administration - Innovative leaders in reaching new depths as they drain a little more out of the pool of humanity with each day in office

        by KellyB on Tue Sep 27, 2005 at 02:28:12 PM PDT

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    •  Cheers (4.00)
      to PIANOS... There's one at my parents house that I used to play, but whenever I visit, there seems to be no time to play again... Sigh.

      Hans has a full-size electronic keyboard, and is SO GOOD at it... I so wish I had one and could practice again... YAY for pianos!!!

      •  sorry (4.00)
        I missed you last night! I actually stepped away from the keyboard for a whole hour or so to eat dinner like a semi-civilized person.

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

        by hono lulu on Tue Sep 27, 2005 at 11:32:18 AM PDT

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        •  WHAT??? (4.00)
          Is THAT what you were doing??  Jeez, I talked to both my sister and then my mom while eating my dinner... And please, if you could for me, define 'civilized'... I haven't heard of that before...


          Hi HonoBob!!!  Smooches!!

    •  Be forwarned, Darrell... (4.00)
      I intend to show those pix to my two little boys.  I can't be held responsible for the consequences about 11-12 years from now.


  •  My first C&J...please be gentle :) (4.00)
    Cheers to finally ceasing to be only a reader and beginning to actually post diaries.

    Jeers to trying to start dialogues only to see the diary vanish off the recent list too fast.

    Cheers for the patience to slowly build an audience.

    Jeers to is Convocation at Bloomfield College and I have to sit in a hot robe in a too-crowded theater and be bored to tears.

    Cheers to anyone who might want to volunteer:
    an invitation


    •  Thanks for stopping by. (4.00)

      Being a spectator is sooo September 26...
    •  Hey! (4.00)
      We're nothing if not gentle. ;)

      Welcome to the peanut gallery!

    •  I read your first diary (4.00)
      and thought it was terrific.  I hope it helped open some eyes.  Thanks for C&Jing!  

      Don't worry about losing diaries to the scroll, that happens to everyone.  

      "In the beginning the universe was created. This has been widely criticized and generally regarded as a bad move." -- Douglas Adams

      by LithiumCola on Tue Sep 27, 2005 at 07:13:08 AM PDT

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    •  I'd be happy to help with a write-up on (4.00)
      Langston Hughes.  He's one of my all-time favorite poets.  An amazing man, full of heart and intellect.

      Can I contact you through your profile?

      •  Certainly can! (4.00)
        <back from class>

        I appreciate all the help I can get.

        And for anyone else out there who is wondering, no, you don't have to be G, L, B, or T to participate.  If a GLBT person has affected your life in a positive way, I'm sure our students would love to hear about it.  Coming from non-queer people is sometimes even more effective.


        •  Good. Cuz I'm none of those! (4.00)
          I am a big fan, however.  Competancy in any endeavor should have nothing to do with your sexuality.
        •  Highly Recommend Louie Crew's work (4.00)
          if you're not familiar with him yet.  "Growing up Gay in Dixie" and "Two Grooms" are good places to start. He's one of the most intelligent, humble, funny, and truely christian people on the face of this earth.  
           Louies Home Page

          Growing up Gay in Dixie

          "What do I want? Absence of mood swings and some stability in my life" -L. Simpson

          by FindingMyVoice on Tue Sep 27, 2005 at 12:56:13 PM PDT

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          •  Thank you for the link... (4.00)
            ...but in this case I'm looking for people who would like to write about a GLBT person or ally who has had a positive impact on them, written as it says, "From the Heart," (our theme title), for a series of items to be linked to from this college's homepage, in the interest of raising the consciousness of our students.  This would start at the beginning of October and run up to National Coming Out Day (October 11, I believe).  Similar "web presences" have been done at other places and in other years.

            Our students are primarily urban, largely very inner-city, and mostly black and latino, with other large contingents including immigrants or their children: europeans(mostly eastern Europe and Russia), asians (mostly Chinese and Indian), africans (from all over Africa), carribeans (Haiti, Puerto Rico and Jamaica, mostly) and a smaller group of central and south americans.  

            The religious background of most of these students when they start school here is often anti-gay.  On the other hand, this college may have as high a percentage of GLBT faculty as any in the country.  I myself am secretary of the faculty and the faculty president is a gay man.  Out of about 60 full-time faculty, maybe 10 are GLBT (perhaps's not like I go around asking people their sexual preference, etc).  It makes for an interesting mix.

  •  Write-In, Bill: Secret Agent Pootie! lol (4.00)

    'No Matter How Much Cats Fight, There Always Seem to be Plenty of Kittens'... Abraham Lincoln

    by PhillyGal on Tue Sep 27, 2005 at 06:27:09 AM PDT

  •  Check it out (4.00)
    The Legendary K.O. sings, George Bush Doesn't Care about Black People.  The main refrain is, "George Bush don't like Black people."

    George W. Bush: The Disaster President

    by DCDemocrat on Tue Sep 27, 2005 at 06:28:02 AM PDT

  •  lip balm (4.00)
    Cheers to Charter for getting my broadband back on yesterday.  I know, cheering a cable company? blech!  But still, on it came around noon and the rep I talked to was even nice about it.

    Cheers to my kitties for their organized response to the hurricane when it blew through: they slept in unison.  I knew then I had nothing to worry about.

    Jeers to emergency managers who didn't care upon hearing their own employees were sleeping on the floor due to a lack of cots and bedding at the substations.  No, this isn't a news story - it happened with my folks.  So I'll be buying a certain parent his very own cot for future emergencies later this week.

    Finally, cheers to Burt's Bee's strawberry lip gloss.  No particular reason, I just dig the stuff.

  •  Jeers to putting out fires with gasoline (4.00)
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  •  to Hurricanes (4.00)
    JEERS to New Orleans Hurricanes and

    CHEERS to New Orleans Hurricanes:

    I had my own blog for a while, but I decided to go back to just pointless, incessant barking. --Cartoon Dog, The New Yorker

    by markymarx on Tue Sep 27, 2005 at 06:29:39 AM PDT

  •  Kanadian Korner (4.00)
    Cheers to a few quotes at random.

    This is what happens when voters choose a president because he seems like someone who'd be fun at a barbecue or a ballgame.

    and this...

    We imagined that Iraqis would benefit from cleaner water, more reliable electricity and better education. But America, the land of plenty, has failed to supply creature comforts to Iraqis, just as America, the superpower, has failed to keep them safe.

    Cheers to Viggo! He really spoke well on Charlie Rose's show. This is how a leader speaks, after all.

    Sons and Daughters of Cheers and Jeers! Of DKos! My brothers and sisters. I see in your eyes the same fear that would take the heart of me. A day may come when true democracy fails, when we forsake our friends and break all bonds of fellowship, but it is not this day. An hour of wolves and shattered shields when the Age of America comes crashing down, but it is not this day! This day we fight! By all that you hold dear on this good earth, I bid you stand, Kossacks!

    Cheers to hiring the handicapped. Brownie has a new / old job.

    Here's another example of how far down this kind of affirmative action has to reach.

    "I thought it (the report) was a great place to start," said Dr. Jeffrey Runge, the department's new medical officer who started his job after Katrina. "Most people in the medical community who are concerned about readiness, preparedness, disaster medicine and so forth felt pretty much the same way."

    But the report's author, St. Louis transplant surgeon Jeffrey Lowell, told AP he doesn't believe DHS has implemented enough changes yet, and that the current system of volunteer disaster medical teams was "pretty much shot" when called upon to respond to a second disaster after Katrina.

    Lowell also said he was startled when then-Federal Emergency Management Agency chief Mike Brown strongly rejected the ideas Lowell had proposed earlier this year. "He rejected the methodology, the message, the conclusion and the recommendations," Lowell said. "He disagreed with every single everything."

    Brown, who resigned from FEMA earlier this month amid blistering criticism of his stewardship of the government's response to Katrina, did not return repeated phone calls to his cell phone seeking comment

    Probably too busy getting is shoes shined for his first day on the new job.

    The report, entitled "Medical Readiness Responsibilities and Capabilities: A Strategy for Realigning and Strengthening the Federal Medical Response," concluded:

    _National Disaster Medical System teams often are deployed without full preparation for the disasters they are handling. "Recent deployments to Florida following the 2004 hurricanes confirmed critical shortfalls in doctrine, training, logistics support and coordination."

    _It was "imperative" that the department realign its resources and create the job of an assistant secretary of medical readiness.

    _Conflicts in legislation, a presidential directive and the National Response Plan must be reconciled to eliminate overlapping responsibilities and authorities - and questions about who takes charge. "Politically adversarial turf wars between (Homeland Security) and (Health and Human Services) and similar battles between organizational units within DHS threaten DHS' ability to lead effective medical response in the event of a national medical event."

    _There is "significant concern" that the government lacks a single coordination point for local emergency medical services in communities.

    _The nation lacks a "systemwide strategy" for handling a massive surge of patients. "The ability to provide care to large numbers of casualties following a major incident remains one of the greater challenges and vulnerabilities," it said.

    Elin Gursky, a public health and biodefense specialist at the Arlington, Va.-based think tank, ANSER, said the nation is "quite conclusively" not prepared to protect people from harm and mitigate disasters.

    "We still don't know who's in charge, and until we do, people will hesitate to act. The assumption is that someone else is in charge," she said.

    Elin Elin Elin! Don't you know? NO ONE  is in charge!

    "My thoughts are, we're going to get somebody who knows what they're talking about when it comes to rebuilding cities." George W. Bush, on rebuilding New Orleans, Biloxi, Miss., Sept. 2, 2005

    Ah - that would explain Halliburton's involvement.

    Jeers to the Empty-Suit-in-Chief. This is how a drunken patsy, fuckup and frontman talks, after all.

    The best place for the facts to be done is by somebody who's spending time investigating it." George W. Bush, on the probe into how CIA agent Valerie Plame's identity was leaked, Washington D.C., July 18, 2005

    Well that clears that up

    But, when all is said and done...

    Life is good.


    Strange and beautiful are the stars tonight, that dance around your head.

    by deepfish on Tue Sep 27, 2005 at 06:31:54 AM PDT

  •  VA C&J Makes a Short Comeback! (4.00)
    CHEERS to this editorial, forwarded to me by my parents and published in their very conservative local newspaper:

    Not fair: Kayne West said that President Bush doesn't care about black people. I think this was an incredibly insensitive statement. It was especially hurtful to the hundreds of millions of other people the president doesn't care about.


    CHEERS to finally learning about the presence of all the green tote bags at the protest march in DC on Saturday.  It seems that First Lady Laura Bush was hosting a book festival on the DC Mall the same day as the protest.  It appears the protestors made their way over there and got themselves some green tote bags in which to store their anti-Bush protest signs and rally flyers.  Haaa!!  I don't know why that's funny but it is.

    JEERS to every stinking member of the MSM who is NOT currently working on an expose as to who is profiting from the Katrina and Rita disasters.  We know Michael "Brownie" Brown is... He is still a a paid "consultant" to FEMA.  From personal experience I know that the consultants make MUCH more than graded employees.

    CHEERS to this cartoon in today's Washington Post:

    Let's not forget the cost in LIVES of this administration and this President's ineptitude.  He should have every body thrown to rot and fester on the White House lawn so that he is reminded that there is a COST to sucking at one's job when one is the President of the United States (real or appointed).

    HEY - why haven't you visited my blog?

    by RenaRF on Tue Sep 27, 2005 at 06:32:07 AM PDT

    •  Jeers to ALL those fired from Bushco (4.00)
      who have not yet or are not now writing exposes!  Where's Powell's expose, for example?  If they screwed you, screw them back.  Write the damn books!  I want to read them NOW.

      "Every act of becoming conscious is an unnatural act." - Adrienne Rich

      by marjo on Tue Sep 27, 2005 at 07:33:35 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  What's amazing as well (4.00)
      was that so many of the authors were liberals.

      Some chosen refused, however.  There was a poet who sent her regrets rather pointedly...someone diaried it.

      I said to someone on Saturday--you got authors and readers on one end of the Mall, war protesters on the other.  Most right wingnuts must have felt a strong need to get the hell out of town this weekend.

    •  well.... (4.00)
      I am not so sure, but I googled for "millions of other people the president doesn't care about" and found several references, some of which pointed to as the originator.

      Of course, this would make sense, if it were a conservative news paper and had a conservative readership -- when's the last time conservatives have been known to have original thoughts?

      Although the masters make the rules / For the wise men and the fools / I got nothing, Ma, to live up to. (Dylan)

      by teedz on Tue Sep 27, 2005 at 10:30:18 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  James Bond, of course (4.00)
    then maybe I'll get "lucky"

    So long and thanks for the fish!

    by arkylib on Tue Sep 27, 2005 at 06:32:34 AM PDT

  •  Cheers to the music makers (4.00)
    The first episode of Scorcese's Dylan documentary covered the folk scene of the fifties and early sixties, and reminded me how much joy and inspiration the people who have spent their lives in music bring us.

    So cheers to:

    • Pete Seeger
    • Ronnie Gilbert, Fred Hellerman, and the late Lee Hayes
    • Mike Seeger and the New Lost City Ramblers
    • Liam Clancy
    • Tommy Makem

    Cheers and remembrance to:
    • Dave van Ronk
    • Phil Ochs
    • John Herald and Ralph Rinzler of the Greenbrier Boys
    • John Hammond, who discovered rather than made the music

    And cheers to Bob, Joanie, and all the other minstrels.

    I've got blisters on my fingers!

    by Elwood Dowd on Tue Sep 27, 2005 at 06:33:27 AM PDT

  •  Two Tue Cheers (4.00)
    Cheers to DMI Pool Data.  I have no idea what it is, but every time my pc boots up the CMOS tells me that it verifies my DMI Pool Data so I assume unverified DMI Pool Data would be a bad thing.  <aybe someone geekier than I can explain what that is.  Meanwhile, it's so nice to be verified.<br>
    Cheers to cool, foggy mornings.  55 degrees!  

    The most un-American thing you can say is, "You can't say that." -G. Keillor

    by Eddie Haskell on Tue Sep 27, 2005 at 06:33:59 AM PDT

  •  Norquist quotemania (4.00)
    From Is Bush weak or strong? He's both

    "The No. 1 desire of the pro-family movement is to overturn Roe v. Wade, The No. 1 fear is legalization of same-sex marriage. There is no wiggle room."

    And on Alberto Gonzalez:

    "For whatever reason, people who care about judges don't think he is a Scalia or Thomas, You've got a half-dozen people who the movement thinks would be perfect and would be comfortable with. Is it possible that Gonzales is Scalia? I suppose. It's also possible that he is (moderate Justice David) Souter. So because the stakes are so high and the appointment is forever, the standard of proof is higher. And it's not as if you went with a guy who is 10 percent less conservative you would have 10 percent less opposition."

    "Our country right or wrong. When right, to be kept right; when wrong, to be put right" - Carl Schurz

    by RBH on Tue Sep 27, 2005 at 06:34:31 AM PDT

    •  "Pro-Family" (4.00)
      according to Grover Norquist, are those people who believe the most important thing is to protect the potential to grow your family and not to maintain the survival of your family?

      I'm real glad Grover is not my dad.

  •  Cone of Silence C&J (4.00)
    What was that, Chief!?


    JEERS to not being able to get home back to Beaumont.

    If I may, to revert to Mexican Spanish, as I did a few days ago. JEERS, you pinche cabrones in FEMA!! Let the Jefferson County officials take the god-damned generators!! Fuck your bureaucracy. It's as if Michael Brown were consulting with you or something.

    What? He wha'? Oh.

    ETERNAL JEERS to GWB. Oh, goody. He's coming to Beaumont. And here I am in North Texas. I'd probably be pulling a Dr. Ben Marble anyway if I was anywhere near the Shrub. It would not be good for my career.

    CHEERS to having a place to stay with family.

    I'm all out.

    We want to go home. :(

    Ari Mistral

    "George W. Bush: a disastrous President for disastrous times."

    by Ari Mistral on Tue Sep 27, 2005 at 06:36:24 AM PDT

    •  I'm sorry you were in the path of the hurricane (4.00)
      Have you been able to find out the condition of your house and when y'all will be able to return?

      Oh and Cheers to Maine: great seafood, stunning views (especially at Acadia National Park), temps that never got above 80 (as compared to the 104 high we had here in Austin yesterday), salt air, lighthouses, seal sightings, Round Top ice cream...I loved every minute of it!

      Jeers to the post-vacation blues.

      Jeers to Laura Bush deciding to go on "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" (or whatever it's called) in Biloxi. If you're going to help out, why not just volunteer quietly like thousands of others have done, instead of parading your charity on national TV?

      Jeers to no-bid contracts for the re-building of the Gulf Coast.

      •  And sorry (4.00)
        you are in the path of Bush.

        "Every act of becoming conscious is an unnatural act." - Adrienne Rich

        by marjo on Tue Sep 27, 2005 at 07:35:12 AM PDT

        [ Parent ]

        •  It's all good there. (4.00)
          I would definitely be pulling a Marble if I saw that son of a bitch who calls himself President.

          As far as going back, we don't know yet. They whole fucking city would probably be blocked off because Chimpus Minimus is going to be there for his close-up.

          Ari Mistral

          "George W. Bush: a disastrous President for disastrous times."

          by Ari Mistral on Tue Sep 27, 2005 at 07:40:04 AM PDT

          [ Parent ]

      •  I went to Acadia Nat'l Park once (4.00)
        but it was closed. WTF? They close Acadia for the winter? Not even Denali closes for the winter. Sheesh.

        What chance does Gotham have when the good people do nothing? -Batman Begins

        by pucklady on Tue Sep 27, 2005 at 07:56:29 AM PDT

        [ Parent ]

      •  And the problem with Extreme Makeover (4.00)
        is that all of the "gifts" are taxable.
      •  Amen Orchid314 (4.00)
        And I'm glad you're a fellow Austinite.

        About Laura parading her charity:  I volunteered at the Austin Convention Center and personally witnessed Sandra Bullock bringing four friends and volunteering for "any duty, just give us anything to do" and saying they were available for the whole week.  No cameras, not even a still camera, not a photo taken that I ever saw, just volunteerism.

        Cheers to a deserving Kos getting a lovely trip to Maine.  But next time, stop by my house and take me with you!

        Karen in Austin

        Don't blame me; I didn't appoint the Supreme Court that appointed Bush.

        by Wife of Bath on Tue Sep 27, 2005 at 09:29:18 AM PDT

        [ Parent ]

      •  More Jeers! to Laura Bush (4.00)
        Apparently the reason she decided to go on "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" was because of its "conservative values", such as the private sector helping people in need instead of the government.  Of course, we wouldn't want to politicize this disaster...

        And another round of Jeers! to FEMA.  They decided that the string of tornadoes (one of which was F3) that raked Wisconsin last month weren't bad enough to warrant federal assistance.  Perhaps Mike Brown can explain that one too when he gets done investigating his own ineptitude over Katrina...

        The American people love the Home Shopping Network because it's commercial-free. -- Will Durst

        by John H on Tue Sep 27, 2005 at 10:07:40 AM PDT

        [ Parent ]

        •  More jeers to laura Bush (4.00)
          when George screws up, she flies to the rescue(understandable, wife & such), but to let the
          recent failures and low approval ratings of this
          administration be laid at HER feet:

          WaPo article on how Bush is off his game, one
          main reason being Laura told him to loose his
          swagger (according to WH insider) after the

          Now I've heard everything.  The miserable mismanagement, new laws tilting resources in
          favor of mega-rich, the bumbling cronies failing at their jobs, the failure to realize mistakes let alone take responsibility, on and on and on...  IT'S ALL LAURA'S FAULT.  To even suggest this by anyone associated with this administration just shows how LOW they they can go.

    •  Pocho grammar check? (4.00)
       "pinches cabrones"?
      Dammit, if you Mexican speakers are going to pronounce those final "s"s, then get with the program.

      Hoping you get home soon.

      If Jesus came back today, He would be born in the Superdome.

      by sayitaintso on Tue Sep 27, 2005 at 06:58:20 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  C & J NH Edition--on the run (4.00)
    CHEERS to Street Prophets! stop by if you get a chance!

    CHEERS to playing Ty Pennington--been buying stuff for a friend to help her get her B & B off the ground--towels, photos for the walls, clock radios for the rooms--ALL kinds of things!!!  With help from a whole group of us

    CHEERS to Knights Errant returning home

    JEERS to FEMA, Bushes all, Republicans in general....

    CHEERS to Bill, Michael, Molly and Vegas

    CHEERS to the Bobbies and irregulars

    Everybody get out there and enjoy the dance!

    All that we love, deeply becomes a part of us. Walter Rinder

    by PoliSigh on Tue Sep 27, 2005 at 06:37:38 AM PDT

  •  CAN YOU HEAR ME?? (4.00)
    My internet connection has been fading in and out...needed my fix of C&J so I'm pulling the laptop around in a wagon searching for my neighbor's unencrypted wireless. Is that illegal?

    You crack me up Bill, it's worth arrest.

    Just a big megacheers to the protest/and protesters. Thank you all so much for going and extra thanks for the posters providing updates and pictures.

    "If you're going through hell, keep going". -Winston Churchill

    by One bite at a time on Tue Sep 27, 2005 at 06:39:07 AM PDT

  •  Cheers (4.00)
    to spontaneously combusting Republicans!

    Stop using Jesus as an excuse for being a narrow-minded bigoted asshole.

    by joeesha on Tue Sep 27, 2005 at 06:40:18 AM PDT

  •  Cheers (4.00)
    For this great bit from last night's Arrested Development.

    George, Sr.: A group of British builders operating outside the O.C...

    Michael: Don't call it that.

    George, Sr.: ...contacted me for a partnership to build homes overseas. I did not know they meant Iraq.

    Michael: We've got a picture of you with Saddam Hussein.

    (Shows photo of George Sr shaking hands with Saddam,  who is wearing an apron that has the slogan "You'll Take It The Way I Make It.")

    George, Sr.: I thought that was the guy who played the Soup Nazi.

    Michael: Come on.

    George, Sr.: I told him how much I liked his work. Anyway, the Brits used that picture to blackmail me.

    George, Sr.: A picture like that, Michael, can end your career.

    Michael: Not in every case.

    (Switch to photo of Rumsfeld and Saddam shaking hands)

  •  CHEERS AND JEERS (4.00)
    CHEERS to the season premiere of Lost, to the new episode coming up this week! Nothing like this show to indulge in escapism away from this bizzaro reality. I'd rather be stranded on an island facing the mysterious than to be here in America.

    JEERS to the cliffhanger ending of Prison Break. I hate it when shows do that!

    CHEERS to Coretta King being able to go home after spending a month in the hospital.

    JEERS to FEMA rehiring Michael Brown. What THE FUCK?!?!?!?

    CHEERS to cute puppies and kittens.

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

    by slinkerwink on Tue Sep 27, 2005 at 06:41:13 AM PDT

    •  Prison Break (4.00)
      I am shocked at how much I like that show.  It is absolutely compelling.  The hour goes so fast and I am dying to see how it all unfolds.

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

      by Mrs Pastor on Tue Sep 27, 2005 at 08:06:45 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  First time (4.00)
    Jeers to not knowing how to post a picture on this site.

    Cheers to links please look at this poster from the Soviet Union propaganda for a familiar face.

    Cheers to whoever can post that picture of this poster for me.

    Sorry for not really knowing how to do this.

  •  James Bond Polling 40% Is A Sad Commentary (4.00)
    Like Chimpy, he belongs in the low 20s at best, going up against Maxwell Smart.

    Get Smart was  priceless.

    And Men's Health must be run by Republicans. More men played high school football than played organized football as kids?  More than half the guys in your average high school?

    Would you believe, more than a third?

    Would you believe, more than played chess?

  •  Toast Sam! (4.00)
    A few weeks ago, some Aussie relations came to visit my wife and I in Boston, where amoung other things, Sam Adams is buried right across from the Beantown Pub.

    Now, every time I had shown folks around my city before we had stopped in the Beantown Pub and toasted Mr. Adams with a Sam Adams lager from across the street.

    But this time was different.  The five of us snuck a six pack of bottles into The Granary cemetary, and toasted Sam in person.  We left the sixth bottle, unopened, for Mr. Adams himself.  I'm sure he enjoyed it that afternoon.

  •  Bush has got everyone else drinking? (4.00)
    Actually Bush has made me stop drinking.  I'm good for an occasional drink, maybe a couple beers or a glass of wine a week.  But I realized that I am now wound so tight that a beer doesn't give me that warm relaxed feeling anymore.  So I'm giving up the alcohol.  It'll save me a few bucks which will come in handy when the winter heating bills hit.

    I was thinking about how I'd like to celebrate when we get this gang of crooks, cronies and incompetents out of office.   I tried imagining how a drink would feel - and couldn't.  Instead I recalled the junker that would be used as a fundraiser at our high school homecoming football game.  We'd paint it up in the colors of our archrival and sell chances to bash it with a sledghammer.  That's what I want - a life sized elephant pinata and an assortment of destructive implements.  

    What should we fill it with?

  •  Cheery Jeery Toozdy (4.00)
    Cheers & Jeers on September 27th

    Cheers to one of my favorite beers, and a revolutionary rabble rouser to boot: Samuel Adams, born on this date in 1722.

    Cheers to political cartoonist Thomas Nast, born on Sept. 27, 1840. He is credited with bringing the Republican elephant and the Democrat donkey into prominence.

    Cheers to Baseball on September 27th:
    In 1881, the Chicago Cubs beat the Troy Trojans 10-8 before a record "crowd" of 12.
    In 1923, hall-of-famer Lou Gehrig of the New York Yankees hit the first home run of his career (and his only one that first season), at Fenway Park in an 8-3 win over the Boston Red Sox.
    In 1952, during the Boston Braves' final home win before they moved to Milwaukee (better beer?), Eddie Mathews became the first rookie in major league history to hit three home runs in a game.

    Cheers to actor Wilford Brimley, born on September 27, 1934 in Salt Lake City Utah. Without Wilford Brimley, we wouldn't have the BTKWB limit - "The absolute lower limit of Bush approval, past which no force in the universe can lower it, even if the President pre-empts Monday Night Football to Bind, Torture, and Kill Wilford Brimley, live, for sexual gratification."
    <pssst, Wilford, I think somebody B-O-L-T-O-N at the UN stole your 'stache....>

    Cheers to the answering machine, first tested by AT&T in 1950 by the Ohio Bell system (went into widespread use the following year).The inventor of the Peatrophone could not be reached for comment, he was busy at the moment.

    You're dazed, bewildered, trapped in a world without time, where sound collides with color and shadows explode. You see a signpost up ahead--this is no ordinary telephone answering device... You have reached, "The Twilight Phone."

    Cheers to the census clock, which recorded the U.S. population at 190,000,000 on September 27th, 1963 at 10:59 am. If you laid them all end to end..... boy, THAT'D be a heluva party, wouldn't it?!?

    Cheers to Nolo Contendere.... on this date in 1973, Vice President Spiro T. Agnew declared he would NOT resign after he pleaded "no contest" to a charge of tax evasion. That lasted about 2 weeks: Oct. 10th, he took his balls and went home.
    (DISCLOSURE: I confess.... I was a performer at an Innaugural Ball for Agnew in 1973, as a member of a military band; the meal was Pressed Duck)

    Cheers to President George H.W. Bush, who eliminated all land-based tactical nuclear arms and removed all short-range nuclear arms from ships and submarines around the world on this date in 1991, then called on the Soviet Union to do the same. But today, the Radical Right claims Bill Clinton's actions decimated our defenses.

    "Would you believe ... ?" I think Maxwell Smart must have left his shoe phone off the hook, I keep getting a busy signal. "Sorry about that, Chief...."

    Jeers to Dick "Dick" Cheney....
    Because he should be jeered every freakin' day!

    GOP: Invading personal privacy ©¿©¬ and proud of it!

    by PBen on Tue Sep 27, 2005 at 06:43:02 AM PDT

  •  Too Tuesday C&J's (4.00)
    Cheers to trees that weren't knocked down in the big storm we had up in the Twin Cities last week.

    Jeers to the fact that my neighbors all lost gorgeous 20+ year old spruces, pines, oaks and maples.

    Cheers to only one death as a result, it could have been much worse.

    Jeers to the fact that two other disasters in the forms of hurricanes occupying FEMA's interest resulted in the Gov. of Wisconsin being turned down when he requested tornado recovery help from them.  Might he be a Democrat?

    Cheers to cable being back up and running.

    Jeers to the entire Washington Administration, fie on you, you are full of it!

  •  tuesday morning before coffee (4.00)
    jeers to tim ryan (d-oh) for his lackluster defense of the packard museum on cnbc's squawk box this morning. i'm not familiar enough with the on the ground economic situation in his home district to say if this is a good idea or not (anyone?) but the [decidedly right wing] squawk box crew painted him as a typical [tax & spend] democrat & he let them. based on this one performance -- & yes, i realize i'm not being fair here -- i'm really glad that hackett's running for senate there.

    cheers to the citizens of bozeman(?), montana, who, also according to squawk box, are circulating a petition to reject the park that their congression reps & senators have allocated money for -- they want the money to be used to rebuild nola.

    cheers to squawk box for doing their let's challenge the congressmen on the pork thing (though make sure that, right wing shills that you are, that you don't focus on democrats like i'm sure jack welch is telling you to). jeers to squawk box for being so blind though: face it guys, the two 900 pound elephants in the room are iraq & the tax cuts. i could also do without mark haynes' editorializing.

    cheers to rita. thanks for slowing down & veering off, babe. :-) you were bad but not as bad as you could've been & for that we're thankful.

    jeers to the preznit. while the military does have a role to play in helping out with disasters, it should not be in charge of it. this is not negotiable.

    cheers to coffee finally being done. :-)

    the best lack all conviction while the worst are full of passionate intensity --w.b.yeats the second coming

    by synth on Tue Sep 27, 2005 at 06:44:27 AM PDT

  •  Long time, no see C&J (3.96)
    Cheers to BiPM.  I just wanted to make sure I could still type "BiPM" :-)

    Cheers to the memories of Don Adams.  On the way to pick up the Heir & the Spare, Mr. Mum & I dredged up every memory we could of "Get Smart."  And what girl didn't want to be Agent 99?  (Bill, you can put your hand down now.)

    Cheers to memories of departed friends.  I learned yesterday that over the weekend, a coworker and friend passed away from pneumonia he contracted as he was recovering from Guillain-Barre Syndrome  (Robert Goulet Syndrome, as he referred to it.)  He died surrounded by family & friends.  I'll miss him.

    Jeers to Democracy for America.  (Thought you'd never see me type those words, did you?)  DFA can't have its cake and eat it too--either you're a top-down or a bottom-up organization.  Get off the fence.  And look into a class on communication skills, willya?

    Jeers to business as usual.  FEMA hires Brownie back as a consultant.  Yeah, right.

    Jeers to this headline in today's NYTimes: Hurricane Victims Face Tighter Limits on Bankruptcy

    Double Jeers to Rep. Senselessbrenner for saying the bankruptcy bill "already included provisions that would ensure that people left down and out by the storm would still be able to shed most of their debts. Lawmakers who lost the long fight over the law, he said, "ought to get over it."  Yeah, I hope he gets over losing his next election.

    Cheers for cooler weather.  I'm liking it.

    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 Sep 27, 2005 at 06:44:32 AM PDT

    •  Bankruptcy vs. Taxes (4.00)
      My work days generally begin with a daily tax reporter.  Every day for the past month the daily tax reporter contains tax relief measures aimed at victims of Hurricane Katrina, including extensions of time to file, increased tax deductions, and a variety of other goodies.  It's incredible that a little flexibility on the bankruptcy front is not in order.

      And, BTW, apparently a whole truckload of estimated tax payments made between September 1 through 11 was accidentally destroyed on its way to or from San Francisco.  This includes payments not only from the Western states, like California, Oregon, and Washington, but also from Virginia.

  •  C&J for today (4.00)
    Cheers to Bill in Portland Maine, for supplying the scheduled silver lining and bringing the funny.

    Jeers to Ken Mehlman (sic) for apparently skipping his Daily Show appointment. Nobody stands-up Jon Stewart.

    Cheers to all the people who went out and marched on Saturday, regardless of their differences in opinion.  Now take the euphoria and sense of empowerment and build on it!

    Jeers to those who dissed the march as "not having accomplished anything."  It's hard not to be morose, disenfranchised and disempowered in BushLand. Any act that counters those feelings is worthwhile.

    Cheers to clean carpets devoid of kitty hurl spots and dog fur.

    Jeers to Ace Hardware's sadistic carpet cleaning machine and not being able to afford Stanley Steamer.

    Cheers to the return of Keith Olbermann on our tv screens!

    "Bush should've hired Fed-Ex. They know when it has to be there overnight."

    by MissAnneThrope on Tue Sep 27, 2005 at 06:45:18 AM PDT

  •  Silly Me Cheers (4.00)
    Last week I was having the vapors about my 4-year-old niece in Houston as the hurricane approached.

    Well, I dunno know nuthin'.

    Here's what actually happened, from the 4-year-old perspective: adults talk and talk about this HUGE storm that's coming with lots of wind and rain and lightning. THEN you get stuffed in grandma's car for 12 HOURS going very, very slow. Bo-ring! And there's not even one drop of rain at grandma's other house. What a letdown.

    Dang, I gotta get some perspective.

    "This president believes government should be limited not in size but in effectiveness."
    --The Daily Show

    by bramish on Tue Sep 27, 2005 at 06:47:47 AM PDT

  •  Cheers to "Get Smart!" (4.00)
    Man from U.N.C.L.E. Laugh-In, The Smothers Brothers,and all those shows from my adolescent years!

    "Sorry about that Chief" is the catch phrase from that show that I still use and recall, but I know there were lots of others!!

    Cheers to the Patriots and the Red Sox, two gutsy and determined teams.

    Cheers to Cindy Sheehan, amazing how the Truth is such a powerful force, even Rove can't spin it when it comes from her lips.

    Jeers to W.  He calls for energy conservation, then needlessly flies off to observe hurricane damage, wasting thousands of gallons of jet fuel, helicopter fuel, and gas for his fleet of SUVs.  Do as I say, not as I do.  The Worst President in American History.

    Does the word justice mean anything to you? Are the features of a lie beginning to come through?-Jackson Browne

    by Sargent Pepper on Tue Sep 27, 2005 at 06:49:35 AM PDT

    •  MSNBC this AM juxtaposition (4.00)
      Short "headline" blurb on the hour.

      Randy Myers Audio:  Bush is visiting the storm zone today
      Visual:  Same
      Headline/Caption:  Traveler-in-Chief

      Keeping the same visual and caption -

      Audio continues:  The President has called for everyone to reduce unnecessary travel

      Was it a slip or a slap?  Delivery was completely deadpan.

    •  Plus, Bush doesn't... (4.00)

      ...make a call to the energy companies to tell 'em to knock off the price gouging.

      Da gas prices...dey go up fast, but dey come down sloooow.

    •  More 50's and 60's TV favorites (4.00)
      77 Sunset Strip - "Kookie, lend me your comb."

      Perry Mason - "Your witness."

      You Bet Your Life - (Groucho) "Say the secret word and win a hundred dollars."

      Love That Bob - "Hold it, I think you're gonna' like this picture!"

      The Smothers Brothers - "Mom liked you best!"

      Laugh In - "You bet your sweet bippy."

      I Spy - "Nice backhand."

      and of course, I can't neglect:

      Leave It To Beaver - "Helloooo Mrs. Cleaver.  My you look lovely today in that tight v-neck pastel mohair sweater.  What do you say you dump that chump Ward and meet me down behind the pool hall?"

      Well, okay, I admit to projecting a little on that last one.

      The most un-American thing you can say is, "You can't say that." -G. Keillor

      by Eddie Haskell on Tue Sep 27, 2005 at 08:15:44 AM PDT

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    •  catch phrase (4.00)
      "Sorry about that Chief" is the catch phrase from that show that I still use and recall, but I know there were lots of others!!

      Yeah, another one is:
            ".... and, loving it!"

      (pic from The Secret Files of Maxwell Smart)

      GOP: Invading personal privacy ©¿©¬ and proud of it!

      by PBen on Tue Sep 27, 2005 at 12:41:49 PM PDT

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  •  My C & J (4.00)
    Jeers to finding a lump on my beagle Racer's back.  Having him checked out today, and hoping for the best!

    Cheers to the MSU Spartans, as they look to go 5 and 0 by opening a can of whoop ass on mighty Michigan this weekend!

    Jeers to shorter days.

    Cheers to cooler nights!

    Jeers to parents of 7 year-olds who think we are playing in the Super Bowl.  Get some perspective!

    Cheers for the kids who pay no attention to-or are embarrased by their parents poor behavior.    

    •  You Could At Least (4.00)
      Thank the Wisconsin Badgers for demoralizing Michigan a bit.
      •  Never thought I'd see the day (4.00)
        when we would say that Badgers had demoralized the Wolverines.  

        I was at the UW back in what - 93? - when they pulled off the big win over Michigan.  It was such a shock that the students all stampeded the field and there was quite a crush and lots of injuries.  Very scary.  

        ElizabethD was kind enough to bring a Madison edition of the paper to us this weekend - I saw the best ad: "Ann Arbor is a whore and we're gonna have our way with her all day Saturday".  I may not care too much for Barry Alvarez, but damn, he built one hell of a destiny.

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

        by Mrs Pastor on Tue Sep 27, 2005 at 08:10:44 AM PDT

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        •  You Are So Young (4.00)
          The Badger football team was so bad when I was there (I'm class of 1976) that attendance at the games simply was another reason to have a good time (although we occasionally would win a game).  We did have a really good hockey team, though!

          My sister and I are going to get to Madison some time soon for a football game, a trip to the Farmers Market, and a bratwurst--not necessarily in that order.

          •  I'll rub it in (4.00)
            I was at the UW from 90-95.

            Hockey remained strong while I was there - got to travel to see them play in an NCAA Final Four while I was there.  Most of my best school experiences revolve around sports.  Go Red!

            Enjoy that brat for me.  

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

            by Mrs Pastor on Tue Sep 27, 2005 at 01:14:44 PM PDT

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          •  At least (4.00)
            you had Northwestern to kick around!
            (Wildcats Class of '77)

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

            by hono lulu on Tue Sep 27, 2005 at 02:01:53 PM PDT

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    •  lumpy mutts (4.00)
      Many dogs I've known and owned accumulated multiple lumps and bumps as they entered old age, all effectively benign. Fingers crossed for your little one, just in case.
  •  Texas CNJ's (4.00)
    Cheers to American heroine Cindy Sheehan, you go girl!

    Jeers to hot dry weather.  Prayers for expected cool weather on Wednesday.

    Jeers to front yard cleanup this evening, have put it off for too long.

    Jeers to the Republican led government, who want to cut your services to pay for the rebuilding of the Gulf coast, instead of revoking those tax cuts for the wealthy.  The Repubs have no shame, they are greedy bastards!

    Finally cheers to me for feeling better after being sick for nearly a week.

    Goose story continues, love the big feet!

    Defeat Kay Bailey Hutchinson in 2006

    by txbirdman on Tue Sep 27, 2005 at 06:52:03 AM PDT

  •  Better late than never (4.00)
    Cheers to C-Span caller, on now.  "I voted for George Bush.  Twice.  I wish I could rip my arm off for it now."
  •  Cosmic C & J (4.00)

    Cheers to Bill and all the usual suspects!

    Cheers to starting my day out right. Just got back from watching the sun rise on top of an ancient Indian temple ruin, seeing all four mountain ranges around me turning purple, magenta and golden. Sent and received much good energy from the East. Ahhhhhh.

    Jeers to BushCo. and especially Frist this morning. What a sleezy dickwit. I wish he would fry over the insider trading. One can only hope.

    Cheers to Muddy Waters and a song that seems made for C & J

    I Got My Mojo Working

    Got my mojo working,
    but it just won't work on you
    Got my mojo working,
    but it just won't work on you
    I wanna love you so bad
    till I don't know what to do

    I'm going down to Louisiana
    to get me a mojo hand
    I'm going down to Louisiana
    to get me a mojo hand
    I'm gonna have all you women
    right here at my command

    Got my mojo working,
    but it just won't work on you
    Got my mojo working,
    but it just won't work on you
    I wanna love you so bad
    till I don't know what to do

    I got a gypsy woman
    givin' me advice
    I got a gypsy woman
    givin' me advice
    I got some red hot tips
    I got to keep on ice

    Got my mojo working
    Got my mojo working
    Got my mojo working


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

    by cosmic debris on Tue Sep 27, 2005 at 06:54:20 AM PDT

  •  C & J in Central PA (4.00)
    Cheers to all those who went to DC for the rally.
    Jeers to Bush and his half-hearted plea for energy conservation.  It looked like he was going to choke on those words.  
    Cheers to all people who are voluntarily conserving energy, or at least trying to.
    Jeers to the current energy policies of the US
    Cheers to the close to 2,000 people that turned up yesterday on the Harrisburg Capitol step to protest the legislator's middle-of-the-night pay hike.
    Jeers to the PA legislators that hid or weren't available for comments yesterday when constituents and reporters wanted to talk to them.
    Cheers to BiPM
    Cheers to all kossacks today.  Happy Tuesday!
  •  It's September WHAT?! already C&J (4.00)
    CHEERS to BiPM, C&Jers one and all, and especially those who went to DC this past weekend.  Thank you.

    JEERS to shifts in the time-space continuum that have sped up the passage of time.  It was just summer, and now it's time for Halloween decorations?

    CHEERS to some sort of justice.  My Mom died in 2001 of lung cancer.  She was diagnosed in 2000, but when she came to Boston for a second opinion at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute, the doctor matter-of-factly pointed out the nice spot in her lung on the X-ray he was holding... taken in 1996!  The malpractice trial was scheduled for yesterday, but a settlement was reached Friday (no one's independently wealthy now, as I told my boss when he asked "so, you gonna be here Monday? :-)).  We're not getting what we wanted, which is an apology (difficult, given the radiologist's dead), but at least the primary care physician has a malpractice settlement on his record, which may make a few patients wonder.

    CHEERS to my sister and I both deciding all money from the settlement should go either to Mom's grandchildren's educations or to charity.

    JEERS to BushCo. You pick why.

    That's it for today... off to do the work they pay me for. Back for mojo-dispensation at lunchtime, when there will be a bazillion comments to read.

    When they say "we did the best we could", I believe them. That scares me.

    by brillig on Tue Sep 27, 2005 at 07:00:48 AM PDT

  •  C&J (4.00)
    Jeers to transcribing.

    Cheers to birthdays.

    Cheers to Robinson Crusoe.

    Cheers to Voltaire.

    Jeers to papers.

    Cheers to Animal Crossing.

    Cheers to obtuse conciseness.

  •  C&J from an Apartment in Ohio (4.00)
    Jeers to Bill for saying "neuter" and "[snip]" in the same blockquote.  Ouch.  Now I'm gonna walk with a "swagger" (uh-huh) all day.

    Cheers to Bill in all other capacities, functions, town-hall-meetings, jokes, etc.  

    Cheers to antifa for my favorite diary of the week.  Hoo boy, now that's a cool rant!

    Jeers to evolution on trial, again.  Clear evidence that the Neanderthals, pissed about losing, want to take their ball and go home.

    Cheers to Metaphysics class.  When asked "What is there?"  Quine responed, "Everything."  The rest is history.

    Jeers to Prison Break for ending on such a disturbing note last night.  I'm all for suspense, guys, but sick is sick.

    Cheers to all C&Jer's and all Kosacks.  God bless your veins and your arteries.

    "In the beginning the universe was created. This has been widely criticized and generally regarded as a bad move." -- Douglas Adams

    by LithiumCola on Tue Sep 27, 2005 at 07:01:06 AM PDT

  •  C&J GA (4.00)
    Cheers to 86.  Thanks for the memories, Max.  You were one smart dude.

    Image hosted by

    Presidentin' is hard work. GWB

    by Caldonia on Tue Sep 27, 2005 at 07:01:24 AM PDT

    •  Too bad (4.00)
      We got 4 more years of a real idiot, rather than a guy who played one on TV. Wish Don had gone out at 86, that would have been more fitting.

      "Whatsoever you do to the least of my people, that you do unto me" - Jesus

      by SisTwo on Tue Sep 27, 2005 at 09:08:52 AM PDT

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  •  Bush sells Louisiana back to the French (4.00)
    It was only a matter of time

    BATON ROUGE, LA. - The White House announced today that President Bush has successfully sold the state of Louisiana back to the French at more than double its original selling price of $11,250,000.

    "This is a bold step forward for America," said Bush. "And America will be stronger and better as a result. I stand here today in unity with French Prime Minister Jack Sharaq, who was so kind to accept my offer of Louisiana in exchange for 25 million dollars cash."

    The state, ravaged by Hurricane Katrina, will cost hundreds of billions of dollars to rebuild.

    "Jack understands full well that this one's a 'fixer upper,'" said Bush. "He and the French people are quite prepared to pump out all that water, and make Louisiana a decent place to live again. And they've got a lot of work to do. But Jack's assured me, if it's not right, they're going to fix it."

    The move has been met with incredulity from the beleaguered residents of Louisiana.

    However, President Bush's decision has been widely lauded by Republicans.

    "This is an unexpected but brilliant move by the President," said Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist. "Instead of spending billions and billions, and billions of dollars rebuilding the state of Louisiana, we've just made 25 million dollars in pure profit."

    "This is indeed a smart move," commented Fox News analyst Brit Hume. "Not only have we stopped the flooding in our own budget, we've made money on the deal. Plus, when the god-awful French are done fixing it up, we can easily invade and take it back again."

    The money gained from 'T'he Louisiana Refund' is expected to be immediately pumped into the rebuilding of Iraq.

    "Pro-life" really means "pro-criminalization"

    by Radiowalla on Tue Sep 27, 2005 at 07:02:19 AM PDT

  •  The Sam Adams quote (4.00)
    Couldn't that quote been said today by Grover Norquist or Karl Rove?

    Our side needs to start a few more brush fires.  

  •  Mine, all mine (4.00)
    Cheers to Cindy Sheehan. She's putting it all on the line for us.
    Jeers to her detractors. They knock her for having the same personality traits that they claimed to love about Bush. Plain spoken. The occasional mispeak. Representative of the common man. It's true that the Civil Rights Movement had Dr. King. He was highly intelligent. Cindy is just an average woman. It would be nice if the anti-war movement had a more articulate person pick up the mantel. But that hasn't happened yet. Cindy is doing a great job. If you like the war, go fight it. You won't be missed.
    Jeers to the media. They under represented the size of the anti-war protest and over-estimated the size of the pro-war protest. As to the latter, I've seen bigger crowds waiting for a bus!
    •  The pro-war sponsors were hoping for 4,000 (4.00)
      They got about 200.

      I was quite amused by the local reporting on AM 1500 WTOP that was something to the effect of,

      "These people say they represent the silent majority of people who support the war but don't show up in polls or attend protests."

      So my question is...if your target group is silent, how do you know what their opinions are let alone have enough information to determine if they are a majority?

      Just askin'...

  •  Bond gets all the girls (4.00)
    Hangin' with Smart, at least I have a shot with Agent 99.  
  •  Repost. (4.00)
    Here's Bush:

    Here's Bush's dog:

    I posted this late on Friday. It got a good response and since a great many C&Jers or morning persons, I'm reposting it. Hope you don't mind!

  •  Cheers to Cheering and Jeering! (4.00)
    Cheers to this set up... "It does not require a majority to prevail, but rather an irate, tireless minority keen to set brush fires in people's minds"  Why do you think Georgie keeps so busy clearing brush?
    Jeers to the rabid anti-environmentalist asshats.
    It won't be long now Kiddies, if they can slipH.R. 3824. through quietly.
    They're down to the Bedrock, baby. Action!!!!
    Cheers to the rain yesterday. We needed that.
    Cheers to the last of the 'mater samwiches.

    I'ts too wet to work. Let's buy a DVD.

    by emmasnacker on Tue Sep 27, 2005 at 07:16:08 AM PDT

  •  AD's C&J (4.00)
    Cheers for Agent 86. May he R.I.P. Always loved the show, always loved "Inspector Gadget."

    Cheers for a quiet work week, after billing 90 hours last week.

    Cheers for moving into my cool new neighborhood, smack dab in the middle of Cleveland Park in D.C. Great restaruants, grocers, the coolest movie theater in town and TWO Irish pubs! You'll know where to find me....

    Blog this! Visit me at K Street Blues. It will change your life. (Actual life-changing not a guarantee.)

    by AggieDemocrat on Tue Sep 27, 2005 at 07:18:45 AM PDT

  •  Jeers and Cheers for me (4.00)
    Jeers, for writing this sensational opus about super storms in the Atlantic before it was quite ready for general publication.

    Cheers, for responding to abundant critical peer review with this revision. :)

    Cheers for Independents!

    For, based on the latest Rasmussenreports data, they're steadily coming into accord with Dems -- Indie approval down to 34%.

    Cheers for Democrats!

    Approval of Brownie/Bush down to 19%.

    Jeers for Republicans

    Same data -- they're rallying around the Brownie President. Bush approval up to 80%.

    Cheers for Excel Solver!

    For making this breakout of strong/weak (dis)approval by party possible:

    Tuesday 9/27/05               
        StApp.....    WkApp.....    WkDis.....    StDis.....
    Reps......    56.5%.....    27.5%.....    11.4%.....    04.6%.....
    Inds......    11.7%.....    21.4%.....    12.6%.....    54.3%.....
    Dems......    03.8%.....    14.0%.....    21.0%.....    61.1%.....

    Tuesday 9/20/05               
        StApp.....    WkApp.....    WkDis.....    StDis.....
    Reps......    54.8%.....    23.8%.....    10.5%.....    10.9%.....
    Inds......    13.0%.....    21.9%.....    15.1%.....    50.0%.....
    Dems......    04.2%.....    14.3%.....    25.5%.....    56.0%.....

    Cheers to Cheers and Jeers

    For giving me the best possible corner from which to pimp. :)

    It's only Nero-esque if the city is burning. :)

    by cskendrick on Tue Sep 27, 2005 at 07:20:33 AM PDT

  •  Four all 'round (3.96)
    today.  Anti-war protesters, pootie-pic posters (tryto say that fast five times), newbies (love the Soviet poster) and everybody in general.  Jeers to Bush who can't let go of anyone.  Sick fuck, isn't he?  Maybe just sad.

    Cheers to Honorable Number One Daughter for looking like she's going to ace this semester at school (she's taking nothing but math and science courses, which are all she has to finish her degree).  Last year just sucked (36 hour bus ride to Mississippi during one of the hurricanes.  Truly an experience.)  To Honorable Number Two Daughter, who as a joke is running for Homecoming Queen.  This is the girl who fixed the toilet, replacing all parts, and is seriously eyeing '84 Mustang in garage.  ("It has a Hemi, doesn't it?") The bed, first, babe.  To Honorable Number One Son for buying a book on paradoxes at Borders because he has a sense of humor.  To Honorable Number Two Son who has not been asked to play a guitar version of "Star Spangled Banner" at his Boy Scout meetings because they're all afraid he'll do a Hendrix.

    •  I think White Trash Poet (4.00)
      could use the services of Honorable #2 Daughter, as he is having toilet plumbing problems.

      I take it that there is no pun intended in having Honorable #2 Daughter fix the toilet.

      I successfully replaced a flapper once!

  •  How many #2 guys (4.00)
    have we killed so far?  One thing you gotta say for al Qaeda: they've got an efficient promotion structure.

    Question: If Prince Harry "could see action in Iraq," except that England is withdrawing...does that mean, if Jenna enlists, we'll be out of Iraq before basic training ends?

    In that picture of Bush at, Bush either looks about to burp, has already burped, looks about to barf, or about to pass out.  WTF?  Could he look WORSE?  Is he in a walking death contest with Chertoff?  I think it's a draw.

    Cheers to  Now I only have to hang out with you heathens half as often.  (Kidding!  I like heathens.)

    "Every act of becoming conscious is an unnatural act." - Adrienne Rich

    by marjo on Tue Sep 27, 2005 at 07:21:57 AM PDT

    •  I think the way the admin figures it... (4.00)
      Al Qaeda in Iraq is the ultimate in flat organizations, with as many as 5000 guys tied for 2nd.  The promotional opportunities for #5002 guy suck, but the life expectancy seems to be considerably better.

      "In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock." --Thomas Jefferson

      by frisco on Tue Sep 27, 2005 at 08:30:56 AM PDT

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    •  Second "Cheers to Harry" ... (4.00)
      He still merits multiple "Jeers" for his strutting in a Nazi costume, but he has recently spoken with the press (saw an article ... believe W Post ...) where he emphasized that he has every intent to go where the 'troops' go and that he has not intention of sitting back in a safe job while his counterparts and his soldiers are sent on dangerous missions.  
  •  happy tuesday (4.00)
    Jeers to bumbling boob preznits. George's environmental policy (a day late and dollar short of course), "uh...maybe if they don't have to drive on an unnecessary trip...uh, that'd be good..."
    WOW, so decisive, so committal, such an amazing plan for being "good conservers." At least he didn't say "good preservers" I guess.

    Cheers to all the volunteers on the ground helping with post hurricane efforts. Thank you.

    Cheers to Mr. Broussard because he deserves 10,000 cheers at least. Jeers to Tim Russert for proving me right - I thought he was insensitive and condescending to Mr. Broussard the first time and his repeat rude performance was confirmation.

    Cheers to C&J - I look forward to it every morning - better than a bowl of Wheaties.

    George Bush is an unnatural disaster.

    by michele2 on Tue Sep 27, 2005 at 07:25:01 AM PDT

  •  Cheers to CBS' Andy Rooney (4.00)
    His 60 Minutes tribute has probably been mentioned before but so what?

    +/- "If ABC really wanted to honor the memory of Peter Jennings, they'd run a full hour of news every evening, without commercials, and call it the Jennings News Hour."

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

    by Gooserock on Tue Sep 27, 2005 at 07:28:51 AM PDT

    •  Jeers to Dan Rather (4.00)
      for being a weenie, complaining that wah, CBS doesn't want him to do the AWOL story, and wah, those damn wingnut bloggers were just too smart for him (WTF?), and wah Powerline has too much integrity (double WTF), and wah, the MSM is just too unfair, wah wah wah

      (link via Salon Daou Report)

      I thought Dan Dumbass Rather was "retired."  What kind of contract does he still have with CBS and isn't it time he went rogue on their asses?  If he cares to have any "legacy" left, he better start emulating Bill Moyers and start making some NOISE!

      Jeers to Tom Brokaw, while I'm at it.  The more you talk about the Greatest Generation, the more your own (and my own) generation looks like it SUCKS.  Get moving, people, you're old enough (and rich enough) to take some fucking risks!

      "Every act of becoming conscious is an unnatural act." - Adrienne Rich

      by marjo on Tue Sep 27, 2005 at 07:54:11 AM PDT

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  •  5 in 9 High School Football? (4.00)
    That's gibberish.
  •  Liver transplants for sale (4.00)
    Jeers to St. Vincent Medical Center for selling out to the highest bidder, and giving a liver transplant to a Saudi national who was 52nd on the waiting list, receiving 30% more for the operation than is normally paid.   []
  •  Cheers (4.00)
    This joke has been making the email rounds today...

    Donald Rumsfeld is giving the president his daily briefing. He concludes
    by saying: "Yesterday, 3 Brazilian soldiers were killed in an accident."

    "OH NO!" the President exclaims. "That's terrible!"

    His staff sits stunned at this display of emotion, nervously watching as the president sits, head in hands Finally, the President looks up and asks..........

    How many is a Brazillion ??!"

  •  Odd coincidence (4.00)
    JEERS to 1-to-28 kill ratios.  The Defense Department (motto: "At Least We're Not FEMA") says al Qaeda's #2 guy in Iraq was blasted to bits by U.S. troops Sunday.  Unfortunately, if you keep reading this CNN account, you'll also see that 9 Iraqi police recruits, 6 Iraqi teachers, 10 Iraqi civilians and---in the 26th paragraph---3 U.S. soldiers were also killed.  Not exactly what I'd call a fair trade.

    Isn't it strange that every time there's bad news happening on the homefront (massive peace march followed by miniscule pro-war march, more attention on FEMA's short comings, bad approval ratings for the Chimp in Chief) they catch the "No. 2 Man in al Qaida in Iraq"?

    It's never the No. 3 man, the No. 5 man. It's ALWAYS the No. 2 man. How many times have they got him so far? Five? Six?

    Perhaps this is a capture and release program, sort of like bass fishing?

    Republicans are men of narrow vision, who are afraid of the future. -- Jimmy Carter

    by elsaf on Tue Sep 27, 2005 at 07:39:29 AM PDT

  •  Mike's Cheers & Jeers (4.00)
    CHEERS to Good Satire...Especially if it's at Dumbya's expense!

    CHEERS to Gypsy Rose, and all the good hearted people who helped save her.

    JEERS to Dumbya. He just doesn't get it. Even GREENSPAN is telling him to raise taxes! What an asshat!

    JEERS to cronyism. Michael (a/k/a Charlie) Brown is STILL on FEMA's payroll. Now he's a Consultant, who will determine "what went wrong" with the Katrina response. Um, Michael, here's a hint...IT WAS YOU!

    JEERS to "consultants" Definition of Consultant: A man who knows 150 different ways to make love, but doesn't know any women.

    See you all Saturday Afternoon at Bubba's Bar & Grill!

    Broussard For President!

    by mlkisler on Tue Sep 27, 2005 at 07:41:07 AM PDT

    •  Pimping... (4.00)
      your diary is ___ (fill in the blank).

      Cheers to you because it was good.
      Jeers to Bush be cause he is the President and not at Betty Ford as a permanent resident.

    •  OK, I give Up.... (4.00)
      I deleted the "Good Satire" Diary above, because someone else posted the same story as a comment here at C&J. Now someone else has REPOSTED it as a diary.

         A) The "Good Satire" Link above doesn't work.
         B) You can see the joke farther down as a Comment
         C) Or, you can use This Link instead.

      Confused? I sure as Hell am....SHEESH!

      Broussard For President!

      by mlkisler on Tue Sep 27, 2005 at 11:55:00 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  Thanks for the nod, Bill! (4.00)
    At last count, we had over 42,000 hits and 1662 registered users at Street Prophets.

    Oh, and a couple of fundamentalist whack-jobs. We're working on that.

    Street Prophets: where the cookies live now...

    by pastordan on Tue Sep 27, 2005 at 07:41:20 AM PDT

    •  yeah, those diaries are starting to pick up (4.00)
      It was nice to linger in the top 20 for awhile...

      Here comes the big diary slide-off!

      oh well, the price of success.

      "Every act of becoming conscious is an unnatural act." - Adrienne Rich

      by marjo on Tue Sep 27, 2005 at 07:45:57 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  C&J (4.00)
    Cheers to now working Monday-Friday 7a-3p.
    Cheers to the IRA putting weapons beyond use.
    Jeers to Ian Pasiley because he is a hatemongering buffoon.
    Cheers to Bushco's poll ratings and the sewer thay occupy.
    Cheers to pennant races
    Cheers to ElizabethD and RenaRF for great pictures
    Cheers and Whomps to the wonderful pervs of the Cafe.
  •  Simone you are georgeous! Good luck sweetheart! (4.00)
    Jeers to Sen McCain, your concern over steroids in baseball is impressive, your lack of concern for America is not.

    Jeers to the media for finally starting to report the truth about the Bush admin, a free press would have done its job long ago.

    Cheers to everyone who took part in the march in Wash DC on Sunday, you all rock and care.

    Cheers to all that are working and rescuing on the Gulf Coast for the human and ANIMAL victims.

    Jeers to the GOP, wingnuts, right, cons and all that are similar, you are not my brothers and sisters, you are the enemy.

    Jeers to hunters, you are cowards.


    •  Jeers (4.00)
      to people who seem not to understand that a lot of people HUNT FOR MEAT. You know, like you buy in the grocery store in the little packages on the styrafoam plates wrapped in plastic? Food. Take deer as an example.
      We shoot 'em, gut 'em, skin 'em, butcher 'em, wrap 'em. Then we freeze, and wait till the winter, then we EAT THEM.
      Kindly tell us what is cowardly about feeding ourselves and our families?

      I'ts too wet to work. Let's buy a DVD.

      by emmasnacker on Tue Sep 27, 2005 at 08:41:46 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  You're welcome to hunt for meat in my yard. (4.00)
        We've plenty of deer.  Unfortunately, were also in a populated area, so we'd prefer you use a cross bow or some other means.

        The deer have grown to be a nuisance in our area, in large part because their natural predators, fox mostly, have been driven off by development.  The deer (who can jump fences easily and find professional landscaping to be extremely tasty) can fare better than the foxes.  So they proliferate unabated and we end up getting hit by them as we drive down the street.

        Where you could have a controlled gun kill, people protest about "killing Bambi."  Drives me crazy.

        •  Thanks, but no thanks. (4.00)
          Have plenty pasture rats of my own. Particularly love it when I look out, and see twice as many deer as horses, eating my hard bought 3 buck a bale hay. And ass deep grass not a quarter mile away, on gum't  grazing areas.
          I know how you feel about the controlled hunts. Hunters Sharing the Harvest (those cowards!) are a great group for that, donating the meat to shelters.

          I'ts too wet to work. Let's buy a DVD.

          by emmasnacker on Tue Sep 27, 2005 at 10:20:52 AM PDT

          [ Parent ]

        •  What They Don't Understand Is...... (4.00)
          Hey, I'm not big on killing either...People OR animals. But what the "Bambi" crowd doesn't understand is that they're going to die anyway!

          The only option is HOW they die. Would they prefer a quick death, and have the meat given to homeless shelters/food pantries, or would they prefer that they SLOWLY STARVE TO DEATH due to overpopulation?

          And if they don't starve to death, they'll die of brain-wasting disease, which is a TRULY HORRIBLE way to die. It's like Cruetzfeldt-Jakob Disease. We're seeing an epidemic of it now in Wisconsin & Illinois, because the deer population exploded out of control.

          Furthermore, whether they die from disease or starvation, the meat CANNOT be used to feed hungry people...Such a waste! And no, "Catch And Release" is NOT an option for deer. They die from shock...If they don't break their legs first.

          Broussard For President!

          by mlkisler on Tue Sep 27, 2005 at 12:23:59 PM PDT

          [ Parent ]

          •  One other option - and number one in NJ (4.00)
            is death by automobile.
            Put me down in favor of a controlled hunt with meat going to those who need it.  Better than seeing road kill rotting in the ditches each and every day on the county roads & highways around here.

            "What do I want? Absence of mood swings and some stability in my life" -L. Simpson

            by FindingMyVoice on Tue Sep 27, 2005 at 01:17:10 PM PDT

            [ Parent ]

      •  Try This Recipe.... (4.00)
        And NO, I'm not calling you a "Troll". Lots more Venison and other) recipes HERE.



            * venison pot roast, about 3 pounds
            * flour
            * salt and pepper
            * 1 tbsp. vegetable oil or shortening
            * 1/2 cup chopped onion
            * 2 cups beef broth, hot
            * 1 can tomatoes
            * 2 tsp. oregano
            * 2 tsp. garlic powder
            * Salt and pepper to taste if needed

        Sprinkle roast with salt and pepper; dust with flour. Brown the venison roast in heated oil or shortening. Add onion and to skillet. Turn off the heat and add beef broth; transfer to slow cooker, scraping browned bits up. Add tomatoes to crockpot, along with the herbs and seasonings. Cover and cook on LOW for 9 to 12 hours, until pot roast is tender.
        Serves 6 to 8.

        Broussard For President!

        by mlkisler on Tue Sep 27, 2005 at 12:06:55 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

      •  I'm a vegan (2.25)
        so don't use that gutless argument on me.
        If the animals had a pea shooter cowards like you would be bringing lawsuits against them for hostile treatment, thats why you are cowards, shooting something that can't defend itself is cowardly but  that is probably way over your head to even comprehend.
        As they say in the NRA, if you can't get wood get a gun and shoot something, the manly mans creed.

        PS - Someone can tell you what a vegan is if you need help.

        •  Tenderloin of Bambi (4.00)
          Kill and process 1 yearling. Freeze or can all that you are not going to use at once.
          Take tenderloin, and slice crosswise into 3/8 inch rounds.
          Lightly flour with seasoned flour.
          Fry in garlic olive oil, or butter until rare.

          Head may be mounted, if desired.

          I'ts too wet to work. Let's buy a DVD.

          by emmasnacker on Tue Sep 27, 2005 at 01:46:32 PM PDT

          [ Parent ]

          •  Brilliant (none)
            Thats the best you can do, thats a right wing wingnuts response, I compare hunters like yourself to those who beat women and wives, macho but at the same time gutless cowards, they only take on individuals that can't fight back or are defenseless, consistent though.
            You and you defenders on this site would fit in well with the Bush admin, macho in talk but not walk, cowards all.
            Don't forget, when you feel impotent get your gun and shoot something, but make sure it can't shoot back, that will take all the phony macho fun out of the hunt and make you realize what a coward you really are, good hunting, wood man.
            PS - Have you figured what a vegan is yet, or are five letter words one letter too long for you, that would seem logical.
      •  Some but not most (4.00)
        My father hunted and I come from a long line of hunters in the South - but based on my experiences in Vermont and Minnesota, the hunters who do it because they need the meat are a tiny minority.  I'm glad you actually do use the meat you kill yourself, but I don't think the majority of hunters are like you.

        And there's precious little sport in hunting with advanced rifles and scopes against animals whose only defense is running away - I think that was the poster's point.  

  •  BobLorax's 'No-Look' C&J (4.00)
    Cheers to catching C&J before it hits 100 comments.

    Cheers to the cafe.  Meet me there before 9pm EST.

    Cheers to light shed on cockroaches (I'm talking about the GOP)

    Cheers to beating nature's nasties without anti-biotics.

    Jeers to G.W.Bu$h (Global Warming Bu$h) thanks kos user who's name I've forgot that I stole that from

    (ps: cheers to political compass dot org -- see my sig line)

    finally a Jeers to the no-look (for something really funny... check out the results

  •  C&J from OJS (4.00)
    CHEERS to those who came to the protest.  I couldn't stay that long (the speech many have quoted with the stuff about Palestine and all that really bugged me so I left) but it was a good scene anyways.  I don't know why the Answer coalition always seems to have the interminable rallies (really, people come to Washington to march.  If we wanted to hear these stupid friggin speeches, we'd sit at home and watch them on CSPAN).  

    JEERS to said ANSWER people.  I'm sorry, but I was not "standing in solidarity" with any of the terrorists "fighting for their freedom" in Iraq and Palestine.  I was there to demand the withdrawal of American troops from an unjust and illegal war.  If you're going to give a speech, don't use it as a platform to place your personal views on others.  I organized a protest once.  I didn't use it as a place to try and convince people of my views.  I asked people to come and was happy they did.

    CHEERS to Cindy Sheehan for getting arrested, giving a decent speech (with the ANSWER fucks trying to cut her off so they could continue their parade of poor union leaders speaking and their own people foaming at the mouth) and coming to visit our fair city of Washington.  Stay as long as you like.

    CHEERS to anyone who organizes a massive march on Washington that ISN'T being used as a vehicle for the World Workers Party, Socialist Party and Communist Party.  I'm sick and tired of the peace movement being marginalized by a collection of idiots too caught up in their own self-importance to realize that their radical groups make us ALL look crazy.

    whoring my blog like it's my job!

    by jjhare on Tue Sep 27, 2005 at 07:45:47 AM PDT

    •  I was stuck on 15th street (4.00)
      next to some communists who were offended that we started singing the National Anthem after we were jeered on the sidelines by pro-war counter protestors.

      I turned to them and invited them to sing "The Internationale."  They didn't know the words.

      Suck it up, Commies.  You can be a Commie but you're still and American too.  If you find that concept unpalatable, why the hell are you standing on 15th and Constitution protesting a war?  Go home and fight for workers revolution, which obviously seems so much more important to you.

      For those Commies who are also proudly American, saaaa-lute!  

  •  My cheer today (4.00)
    Cheers to my little No Where boy and girl.  They made me proud.

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    IOKIYAR! They believe markets and competition solve everything AND that the universe is centrally planned.

    by No One No Where on Tue Sep 27, 2005 at 07:47:25 AM PDT

  •  three Brazilians (4.00)
    Donald Rumsfeld is giving the president his daily briefing.
    He concludes by saying: "Yesterday, 3 Brazilian soldiers were killed."

    "OH NO!" the President exclaims. "That's terrible!"

    His staff sits stunned at this display of emotion, nervously watching
    as the President sits, head in hands.

    Finally, the President looks up and asks, "How many is a brazillion?"

    •  HA! (4.00)
      I'm sorry, I just this joke via email from a friend and I posted it downthread to share with everyone I scrolled up to enjoy the rest!

      Apologies for treading on your coattails below.

      Good joke!

      Cheers to making fun.

      •  no worries! (4.00)
        this is 'Cheers and Jeers', it's all good.  I don't see the need to maintain the usual carefulness before posting.  um... especially since I did the exact same thing ;)

        (keep looking up-thread and someone else did it with a nice blue box and everything, I didn't even notice it earlier.)


  •  C & J from just outside the Beltway (4.00)
    Jeers to Bill Frist, the vivisectionist. His latest news causes no grief for any of us, and many of us seem to agree he's reaping Karma for what he did to all those poor Pooties he said he was adopting.

    From Merriam-Webster:

    Main Entry: viv·i·sec·tion
    Pronunciation: "vi-v&-'sek-sh&n, 'vi-v&-"
    Function: noun
    Etymology: Latin vivus + English section
    1 : the cutting of or operation on a living animal usually for physiological or pathological investigation; broadly : animal experimentation especially if considered to cause distress to the subject
    2 : minute or pitiless examination or criticism

    • viv·i·sec·tion·al  "vi-v&-'sek-shn&l, -sh&-n&l adjective
    • viv·i·sec·tion·ist  -'sek-sh(&-)nist noun

    Cheers to rescued pets, and those who rescue them.

    Cheers to Karma, bitch that it is.

    Jeers to my project deadline being this Friday.

    "People seem not to see that their opinion of the world is also a confession of their character."--Ralph Waldo Emerson

    by rioduran on Tue Sep 27, 2005 at 07:53:34 AM PDT

  •  cheers to Bianca (4.00)
    whoever she may be, for messing with Dubya's head.

    I can see him now, in the mental institution in a straitjacket, mumbling, "are you Bianca?  Where's Bianca?"  Screaming: "Bianca!  Why did you leave me?!"


    "Every act of becoming conscious is an unnatural act." - Adrienne Rich

    by marjo on Tue Sep 27, 2005 at 07:57:21 AM PDT

  •  cheers to everyone who came to DC 9/24 (4.00)
    amazing turnout. we owned that town.

    Do it GREEN, know what I mean?

    by SonofFunk on Tue Sep 27, 2005 at 07:57:34 AM PDT

  •  Puppies, Kitties and Geckos (4.00)
    Cheers-to all the animal rescue organizations that are saving thousands of cats, dogs, birds, etc., left behind because of Katrina.
    Cheers-to Habitat for Humanity for starting to build houses for folks in the Gulf states.
    Jeers-to the insurance companies that are telling folks that they weren't covered for Katrina damage because their homes were destroyed by flooding, not the hurricane.

    "Everything that rises must converge"

    by jpgod on Tue Sep 27, 2005 at 08:01:25 AM PDT

  •  C&J (4.00)
    Cheers- Rita wasn't as horrible as Katrina

    Cheers- all the Protestors in DC, LA, SF and other parts of the world

    Cheers- the diaries with photos of the events

    Cheers- Cindy Sheehan

    Jeers- BushieBoy trying to hide from Cindy again

    Jeers- Dr Corrupt Frist

    Americans Need Our Help. Contribute $ to a Relief Agency, Donate Blood, Volunteer to a Relief Agency.

    by Pam from Calif on Tue Sep 27, 2005 at 08:05:06 AM PDT

  •  Jeers to you, Bill, you SS dog, for ... (3.95)
    ...spreading of Musement's vicious attack on Mike Huckabee for his equation of Democrats with Nazis. If you weren't such a fan of the Gestapo, you'd be ashamed of yourself.

    Any comparison by you modern-day Himmlers of GOP policy with that of the Nazis - say, for condoning of and carrying out of torture, engaging in collective punishment, eternal detention of people without trial, et cetera - is out of bounds of civil discourse and deserves the most ferocious opprobrium.

    When a patriotic Republican makes such a comparison, however, it's just to protect our children. But, you just want our children to be sent to ovens, don't you?


    Thirty-one million new blogs are created each year. Try ours at The Next Hurrah.

    by Meteor Blades on Tue Sep 27, 2005 at 08:05:14 AM PDT

  •  asdf (4.00)
    It's my birthday today!
  •  Cheers and Jeers (4.00)
    Jeers to muggers. Never before have I felt more like uttering the-word-Armando-has-decreed-is-forbidden. Karma is chasing these people, and when she finds them, she is going to take their mobile phones and iPod. And hopefully knee them in the balls for good measure. Not that I'm vindictive or anything.

    Cheers to Bill, and all the cheerers and jeerers. A necessary light point in a pretty shitty couple of days.

    Cheers to this, which won a recent poll to find the funniest religious joke...

    I was walking across a bridge one day, and I saw a man standing on the edge, about to jump. I ran over and said: "Stop. Don't do it!"
    "Why shouldn't I?" he asked.
    "There's so much to live for. Are you religious?"
    He said: "Yes."
    I said: "Me too. Christian or Buddhist?"
    "Me too. Are you Catholic or Protestant?"
    "Me too. Episcopalian or Baptist?"
    "Wow, me too! Baptist Church of God or Baptist Church of the Lord?"
    "Baptist Church of God."
    "Me too! Original Baptist Church of God or Reformed Baptist Church of God?"
    "Reformed Baptist Church of God."
    "Me too! Are you Reformed Baptist Church of God, Reformation of 1879 or Reformed Baptist Church of God, Reformation of 1915?"
    He said: "Reformed Baptist Church of God, Reformation of 1915."
    I said: "Die, heretic scum," and pushed him off.

    -8.00, -7.74 "Everyone wants to love America. But how can an honest man forget what he sees in the daily give-and-take that's like a million little wars."

    by jgwd on Tue Sep 27, 2005 at 08:07:14 AM PDT

    •  Theological inaccuracies aside, I always liked... (4.00)
      A Jewish man was reading his newspaper and having his coffee one morning when his son came to him with a confession:
      "Dad, I've decided to move to Jerusalem...and become a Christian."

      Shocked, the man went to his best friend to seek advice, "Mordecai, my son just told me he want to move to Jerusalem and become a Christian! What should I do?"
      Mordecai answered, "Funny thing, my son just told me the same thing last week."
      After thinking about the situation for a while, the two men decided they would go ask the rabbi for advice.

      They went to the synagogue and found the rabbi, "Rabbi, our sons have told us that they want to move to Jerusalem and become Christians, what should we do?"
      "Funny thing," the rabbi said, "my son told me the same thing last month."
      "What did you do?" asked the two men.
      "I turned to G-d in prayer," said the rabbi.
      "And what did He say?"

      "He said, 'Funny thing...'"

  •  If this were a Star Trek episode (4.00)
    The number 2 al-Quaeda guys would be wearing the red uniforms.  They seem to get killed every week.

    IOKIYAR! They believe markets and competition solve everything AND that the universe is centrally planned.

    by No One No Where on Tue Sep 27, 2005 at 08:08:43 AM PDT

  •  BEND IT TILL IT BREAKS.... (4.00)
    America has become the Land of Free Trade and the Home of Neo-Trailer Trash...

    Between the mega-rich and the mega-stupid the Sun doesn't get much above the horizon anymore...

    Let's bend it till it breaks...because creative destruction is necessary in a Capitalist Economy...right?

    More Content, Less Chat.

    by BALTHAZAR on Tue Sep 27, 2005 at 08:20:47 AM PDT

  •  Cheers to President Jokes! (4.00)
    No jeers today, it's too nice out here in CT.

    Here's a President joke:

    Donald Rumsfeld is giving the president his daily briefing. He concludes by saying: "Yesterday, 3 Brazilian soldiers were killed."

    "OH NO!" the normally unconcerned President exclaims. "That's terrible!"

    His staff sits stunned at this display of emotion, nervously watching as the President sits, head in hands.

    Finally, the President looks up and asks, "How many is a brazillion?"

  •  Sherm's Woof Wake-Up Call C & J... (4.00)
    Cheers to BiPM and Michael... Gosh, how I miss not hearing from you guys five days a week... Still, kudos for what you BOTH do!!!  Smooches!

    Cheers to the Cafe crowd... Not been in lately, but I still so love to know you're all there!  Smooches!

    Cheers to my friend Hans... He ran a marathon yesterday, and he does that for fun, not competition.  Good for him! He ran a 100-mile one in July ~ yikes!  Anyway, we met up again after he ran, toodled around town together, then came back here to my 'home' cuz he wanted to see it.  We're having mucho fun getting re-aquainted as friends after a seven-year absence... He's a sweetie and quite important to me now...

    Cheers to all those who were in DC on Saturday... wish I was there!  But I was glued to C-SPAN for the initial speakers... And Cheers to all those who posted pics... So WONDERFUL to see...

    Cheers to all those southern folks who posted this weekend to let us know they were OK... Phew!

    Cheers to speaking with both my sister and my mom last nite.  My sister somehow has recently begun a habit of calling my cell while I'm in a public bathroom somewhere... Odd.  My mom, I spoke with very openly for the first time again in awhile... It was all good.

    Cheers to Seth, for letting me drop off Jasper a day earlier than planned. So I'll only miss one full day in Florida with my parents and my sister's family... Will be SO MUCH FUN!!!

    One Jeers to my unemployment meeting being earlier than I thought today... Will be scarce til later this afternoon.

    Cheers to the aroma of drying eucalyptus in Seth's house... I'm dogsitting ~ AGAIN ~ but very much enjoying it!

    OK, that's a long one for the Sherm... Happy Tuesday All!!  Hugs and Smooches!!  :)

    Oh, P.S. Cheers to Hans again... He said he'd love to jump out of an airplane with me and go skydiving... Hmmmm, no re-thinking an earlier dream... Never say never!

  •  Jeers to inconsiderate bastards (4.00)
    Q: What is Bush's position on Roe vs. Wade?

    A: He really doesn't care how people get out of New Orleans.

    "If fighting for a more equal and equitable distribution of the wealth of this country is socialistic, I stand guilty of being a socialist." Walter Reuther

    by fugwb on Tue Sep 27, 2005 at 08:37:37 AM PDT

  •  Goodbye Max Smart C&J (4.00)
    I think he's up in Heaven with the Chief, along with Gilligan and the Skipper, making people laugh. But maybe that's just me.
    CHEERS to cute animals -- I guess you'd call this a mental Pootie Pic.  My parents told me yesterday that my cat had been chasing, and caught, a chipmunk and brought it home in his mouth.  When Mom yelled at him, Tiger (my cat) opened his mouth to meow and the chipmunk (who was alive) ran into a corner.  According to Mom, the chipmunk actually hid under Tiger, who was sitting or crouching on the ground -- she saw the chipmunk's tail sticking out under Tiger.  Okay, who's dumber, Tiger or the chipmunk?
    BELATED JEERS to the Boston Red Sox, who were several games ahead of the New York Yankees, and somehow blew their lead, so they are now tied for the AL East title with a handful of games left.  Just because you were "idiots" last year doesn't mean you can be stupid this year.
    CHEERS to the return to Countdown of not only Keith Olbermann, but his fun features which haven't all been on the same show since Hurricane Katrina -- Oddball, Worst Person in the World, and Keeping Tabs -- which bring back some much needed snark.

    "You govern like Billy Joel drives." Bill Maher to George W. Bush

    by klamothe on Tue Sep 27, 2005 at 08:39:07 AM PDT

  •  A Make Good (4.00)
    Okay, I posted my joke above in haste (driving by due to housework and the exingicies of the day) and I say I double-posted the item.  Apologies to grasshopper.

    As a make-good and for cheers, here is a piece of a beautiful poem called Darlingby Naomi Shibab Nye.

    Our friend from Turkey says language is so delicate
    he likens it to a darling.

    We will take this word in our arms.
    It will be small and breathing.
    We will not wish to scare it.
    Pressing lips to the edge of each syllable.
    Nothing else will save us now.
    The word "together" wants to live in every house.

  •  A Hoosiers (post-protest) C&J (4.00)
    Cheers to 9/25/05.  W00t! L33t!  T3h Bu$h 0wn3d!
    Translation:  When your motivated opposition outnumbers your ho-hum supporters by 1000:1, it may be time to find a new line of work Mr. President.

    Cheers to Kossacks!  Glad I had the opportunity to meet many of you last Saturday.  Wish I could have marched with you (OK, actually jealous, wished I had marched with you guys.  You got to march with Cindy!), but I had an obligation to help the group that brought me.  And they really needed me.

    Cheers to RenaRF.  I tried so hard to avoid the media this weekend, but she caught me on camera.  Oh, the shame on my family, I've been a Agent of KAOS!  Hugz, kisses, and pics:

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    Cheers and Jeers to ANSWER.  Thanks for all the logistics work, but next time you want hostages for your speakers, go pick on the freepers.  MARCH!  MARCH! MARCH!

    Jeers to Protest Pie Fights.  I don't want our side to be lockstep sheep like the wingnuts, but enough "ANSWER sucks" posts or diaries. If I see one more, I'm going to punch someone, even if their user ID has TD in it.  I found it very demoralizing to hear our fellow Kossacks saying that we all wasted out time at the march because ANSWER ruined everything.  STFU, especially if you weren't there.  (slash rant)

    Jeers to Intelligent Design.  I got an idea, why don't we make an announcment in Physics classes that Gravity is just a theory.  Hopefully the IDers will jump off a building to disprove it.

    and finally:

    Mega-cheers to Cindy Sheehan.  You rock, lady!  Let's make the '60s look like the '50s.

    Hey,hey. Ho,ho!  George Bush has got to go!
    1,2,3,4 We don't want your fucking war!

    Have a great day!

    When I must guard my thoughts, feelings and words, lest I be unpatriotic...then my country is lost

    by crimsonscare on Tue Sep 27, 2005 at 08:45:39 AM PDT

  •  Frist's Seeing-Eye Trust (4.00)
    As the record clearly shows, Bill Frist lied twice:

    Terri Schiavo was blind. His blind trust was not.

    For more on Frist and the epidemic of GOP corruption, cronyism and patronage, see:

    "Banana Republicans."

    CHEERS to BiPM.  Thanks for a terrific venue to get us all together.

    JEERS to gas-guzzlers.  Nice of Washington to cave in to the auto companies and allow us to drive vehicles the size of tanks while still complying with fuel economy standards.  We should have been conserving since the 1970's but would any one listen?

    JEERS to having to cut this short and get back to work.

    CHEERS to all Cafe-dwellers.  I miss you.

    "I intend to live forever. So far, so good." Steven Wright

    by gsbadj on Tue Sep 27, 2005 at 08:51:51 AM PDT

  •  Posting photos (4.00)
    CHEERS to anyone who will post a simple (really simple!) step by step guide to posting a photo in a comment on Kos.  I haven't learned HTML (loaned the book to my dad) and for some reason can't get with the directions already given on site.

    Maybe my husband will bake you some cookies for the holiday season!

    CHEERS to finally reaching my girlfriend in Lake Charles.  She and her elderly mom will evacuate here to Austin to our house once she gets the rest of her files and equipment out of her law office, where the roof was bashed through by a large tree.  Computers probably don't continue to work if water has been dripping through them, right?  Right.

    Karen in Austin

    Don't blame me; I didn't appoint the Supreme Court that appointed Bush.

    by Wife of Bath on Tue Sep 27, 2005 at 08:53:12 AM PDT

    •  here ya go... (4.00)
      Write these steps into a formula on a piece of paper in a single string (if I show them as a string, the formula will produce a little box with a red "x").  Follow exactly, putting in the blank space where indicated, no spaces where not indicated.

      copy and paste the url for your photo

      to create a URL of a personal photo, open a free account at

      once the account is established, and from inside the photobucket site, click on "Add a picture BROWSE"

      Clicking on BROWSE in photobucket should take you to your desktop photo file, i.e., "My Documents, My Pictures"

      Select the name of the picture you want and double click it.

      In photobucket, click "SUBMIT" and it will load the photo in your photobucket file.  It should automatically re-size the photo to posting size.  (If not, you can re-size your photo within photobucket.)

      Photobucket CREATES a URL link to your photo (see selections in windows below your photo).  You can copy and paste the URLS over into the formula shown at the top of this message.

      Always preview your post before posting it, so you can make sure the size won't bust the margins at kos.

      Let me know if it works.


      George Bush never met a problem he couldn't throw money at to solve.

      by Joon on Tue Sep 27, 2005 at 09:16:37 AM PDT

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    •  MMMM Cookies! (4.00)
      how to post a photo:

      1. join a service like photobucket

      2. upload your photos there

      3. when you post your comment, copy in the middle tag in photobucket which appears under your photo--it begins with < img src........  >

      4. to make sure your photo is not too big, type in:width="300"  right before the final ">"  You can play with the size--just preview!!!

      Hope that helps--email me if it doesn't work.

      All that we love, deeply becomes a part of us. Walter Rinder

      by PoliSigh on Tue Sep 27, 2005 at 09:18:55 AM PDT

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  •  Greetings from Gnashville (4.00)
    CHEERS to finally being home after four weeks on the road!

    CHEERS to all the DC marchers, you ROCK!

    JEERS to all the gas station owners who gouged their patrons during the hurricanes, and CHEERS to them now being prosecuted.

    JEERS to Michael "Drownie" Brown still feeding at the FEMA public trough.  At last, Mr. Brown, have you no shame?

    And CHEERS to all the little doggies who put up with the perverse humor of their masters.

    I hope the house gets burgled tonight. And when it does, you know what? I'm not even going to bark, because FLOWERS can't bark!
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    Oy vey. If only Moses would have left in that 11th Commandment:  "Thou shall not desecrate one's pet."

    Very cute.  You come up with that yourself?

    If you wanted a freakin' bunny, why didn't you just buy one?


    George Bush never met a problem he couldn't throw money at to solve.

    by Joon on Tue Sep 27, 2005 at 08:56:56 AM PDT

  •  Cheers & Jeers alla Milanese (4.00)
    My business meeting is over and jet lag is just setting in but I had to get in some C&J.

    JEERS to rush-hour traffic in Milano on Monday morning a two-hour ride between the Malpensa and Linate airports to connect with my business partners.  Shitty traffic flows is not uniquely the property of big US cities.

    JEERS to the fact that along the way I saw more than 20 (!!!) pieces of graffitti on the buildings/walls that were anti-American, anti-Bush and/or pro-al Qaeda.  "Mission Accomplished," my ass!

    CHEERS to Pastor Dan for his audition as the DKOS orange-flag waving icon:

    Image hosted by

    ...and special-special CHEERS to Mrs. Pastor for her apparent and very direct review of the good Pastor's audition.  I think she was heard to rate it worthy of, "three little green footballs"!

    Image hosted by

    Deepest apologies to Mrs. Pastor.  I know - after all the cookies and WYFP hospitality and all!  But while I didn't mean for it to turn out this way, this picture just seemed too good to pass on.

    "In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock." --Thomas Jefferson

    by frisco on Tue Sep 27, 2005 at 09:00:24 AM PDT

  •  C&Js (4.00)
    Cheers to almost being done with my Chemistry lab write-up. It's not very good, but TAs will be grading it, so they're too lazy to actually read through it.

    Jeers to not being able to hear the professor in the back of the class.

    Cheers to having made a 94 on my Anatomy exam. The class average was 68, and there were 52 F's in the class. Yikes!

    Jeers to having to walk all the way from the Engineering Building on my campus to the Learning Resource center in 10 minutes. Who was the genius who told me to sign up for two consecutive classes that were on opposite ends of campus?

    Cheers to the girl who sits 6 rows in front of me in Chemistry. She's 26 and I'm 18, but she's pretty, and I think I love her.

    Jeers to having parents visit me every weekend. I knew I should have attended a college farther away from home. Oh, and by the way mom, you have two other sons -- I heard they miss you.

    Cheers to seeing the GOP in disarray.

    Jeers to seeing America in disarray.

    Cheers to having only one exam this week.

    Jeers to having that exam today.

    Russ Feingold for President!

    by Basil on Tue Sep 27, 2005 at 09:34:04 AM PDT

  •  You're Welcome (4.00)
    CHEERS to people who remember how to say
    "You're Welcome" when someone says "Thank you".
    JEERS to all the youngsters who think the correct response is "No Problem".

    Infidelity does not consist in believing, or in disbelieving: it consists in professing to believe what he does not believe.--Thomas Paine

    by peterborocanuck on Tue Sep 27, 2005 at 09:38:11 AM PDT

    •  Jeers... (4.00) adults who lecture us youngsters all the time on proper manners. :p

      Russ Feingold for President!

      by Basil on Tue Sep 27, 2005 at 09:38:59 AM PDT

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      •  You're welcome (3.87)
        No disrespect (or lecture) intended.  It's the generation gap, man.  No question, it's about me, not you.  If "no problem" is music to your ears, then it's all good.  

        Infidelity does not consist in believing, or in disbelieving: it consists in professing to believe what he does not believe.--Thomas Paine

        by peterborocanuck on Tue Sep 27, 2005 at 10:15:49 AM PDT

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    •  My pet peeve (4.00)
      is that when someone interviews someone on radio or television and the interviewer ends the interview by saying, "Thank you," it seems as though 95% of the time the inteviewee answers back, "Thank you!"

      When someone thanks you the correct response is "you're welcome" or "you're welcome, and thank you for having me on the show..." in the interview case.

      Your concepts are a stake to which a donkey can be tethered for 10 million years ~Zen saying

      by wry twinger on Tue Sep 27, 2005 at 10:36:54 AM PDT

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  •  Cheers! (4.00)
    Give a man fire, and keep him warm for a day.

    Light a man on fire, and keep him warm for the rest of his life.

    This is the Bushco's ideals in a nutshell.

  •  CHEERS! (4.00)
    A big CHEERS: To my boyfriend's brother. A self-proclaimed, gun-toting Republican ER doctor. He's putting his H1 Hummer up for sale. Now, for all those not "in the know", H1s are the BIG DADDY of Hummers. And they run on Diesel. About $75,000 worth of metal coming down the highway. He's now buying a Hybrid. I'd like to welcome my boyfriend's brother to the fold. I knew he was NEVER a Republican, only said so since he had guns. And we (my boyfriend and I), have guns (I have a new Sig) and are Dems. Next week: Expect a new "Cheers" from me. This will be about my boyfriend's brother's realization that he's really a Democrat. Heh.
  •  jeers... (4.00) BinPM for trickin me into lookin at that pic of gannon/guckert.

    Crime is contagious....if the government becomes a lawbreaker, it breeds contempt for the law. -- Justice Louis Brandeis

    by FemiNazi on Tue Sep 27, 2005 at 09:50:42 AM PDT

  •  How do I get in touch with MSNBC (4.00)
    I've been to their website and looked and can't find it.  It may be because I'm so mad, I can hardly control myself.

    Can someone take me by my hand and lead me to the place where I can email the "people" at MSNBC?

    I don't know if they're still doing it, but earlier they were showing over and over video of looters and violence in New Orleans while that dumb f.... was "testifying".  If they want to talk about looting, they need to talk about the looting going on by Halliburton etc.

    Brownie (actually an insult to the Brownie's of America) is so stupid he doesn't even know he screwed up ... did you notice his lips quiver that someone was accusing him of not doing his job???  did you see him when he said that in Florida everything worked like a charm???  Basically Jeb and company did HIS work for him so he doesn't understand (honestly) why Blanco didn't!  Incompetence on her part according to him!

  •  Jeers: Jeff Gannon at Pro-War Rally (4.00)

    "We must all hang together or assuredly we will all hang seperately." - Ben Franklin

    by RandyMI on Tue Sep 27, 2005 at 09:53:35 AM PDT

  •  Cheers to Lawnorder... (4.00)
    He linked my diary to his blog.  You can read it at  It is titled, The Great Sino Cybergag and Killer Diseases.  

    Fringe is the new black. - Me

    by chillindame on Tue Sep 27, 2005 at 09:55:32 AM PDT

  •  I was actually (4.00)
    surpised to see a clip on C-Span of John Edwards in Ohio (I think) at a fundraising thing & he was amazing. I think that we, as Democrats, may need to go in that direction, rather than Hillary (although I'm still hopding out for Howard Dean)...

    Cheers to it not being Monday

    Jeers to people deciding to forget about something for 3 weeks (me) then the branch manager coming over & saying I need that by Wednesday...

    Cheers to beautiful people who care

    Jeers to men who can't seem to understand NO

    Anyway, gang, hugssss to y'all...missing the fact that I can't be online like I used to be...

    The fault, dear Brutus, lies not within the stars, rather, it lies within ourselves.

    by triciawyse on Tue Sep 27, 2005 at 10:00:37 AM PDT

  •  Gen. Myers retirement (4.00)
    Jeers to you pal!  Get lost.
  •  It's not just that she sounds weird ... (4.00)
    it's that she sounds familiar.

    A noble spirit embiggens the smallest man. The C&J Cafe.

    by Baldwiny on Tue Sep 27, 2005 at 10:28:15 AM PDT

  •  Introductory Cheers and Jeers (4.00)
    Cheers to finally joining the Daily Kos!

    Jeers to not joining sooner. I'd been lurking for a long time.

    Cheers to dodging a bullet. My parents, who live in Houston, were afraid that they might have to leave. But Rita weakened and they're fine.

    Jeers to ... not dodging a bullet. How much punishment does New Orleans have to take??

    Jeers to our "leaders" in Washington. The only thing the Republicans can do well is smear and make propaganda. Of course, their friends are profiting, so maybe they think they are doing well...

    Cheers to living in Austin, an oasis of great music (ACL!) and flaming liberals.

    And finally...

    Cheers to astronomy for reminding me that this, too, shall pass (in 1/1000000000th of the life of the Sun and shrinking!).

  •  The only reason (4.00)
    I voted for James Bond is that I though Maxwell Smart would've spilled his and knocked mine over the bar on top of me.

    Bush has got to go. Keep surfin, keep rockin, Baja Margie alias Pargie

    by Pargie on Tue Sep 27, 2005 at 11:00:53 AM PDT

  •  I sent Huckabee a letter (4.00)
    As a Democrat and a Jew I was stunned to see you equate the Democratic Party to the Nazis in your Polk County Iowa speech.  In this time of trial after the Bush Republican Party's poor response to the least capable victoms of Katrina we need politicians who are reaching across the aisle.  NOT hyperbolic grandstanders comparing a political party in a democracy to the biggest villains of the last century.

    From someone else I would expect an apology but from a member of the Bush Republican Party I can expect "Don't Play the Blame Game" and "Don't wanna play gotcha" excuses.

    Thank you for eliminating any chance I might have considered at giving a Bush Republican a chance in 2008.

    Hey, you, get offa my cloud

    by randyhauser on Tue Sep 27, 2005 at 11:08:33 AM PDT

  •  Long Lost me...oh my (4.00)
    Cheers to getting my butt back to read C&J.  It's been a while since I got here to really cheer and jeer...with the wind and the rain and the Brown and the Bush and the news and the crap...OH CRAP!  I mean
    Jeers to everything Bush.  Bush league, Bus(c)h Lite Beer, and George Bush.  I'm about ready to pop some dramamine and head to Washington to personally question Brown..., "Are you a jackass?  You think you would know you are an ass because knowing horses so well got you this FEMA gig, right?  WRONG!"

    CONTINUING JEERS to my long-lost special needs former Senator, Norm "Naam" Coleman. turncoat liar (R-MN).  I miss his antics...I jsut hope the support I send to MN to defeat him works.

    Cheers to the bargain basement.  Always nice to find myself here hanging out in the dark, damp bottom corner of C&J with friends.  I'm certainly in good company, no matter what floor I'm on!

    Cheers to my dog.  Man I love having a day off where I can spend the day with her warming my feet as the Oregon fall rolls in with the cold and the clouds and the rain and the leaves changing this early.

    (My pup on this hot day found this shade to be more than a good break from the sun)

    Cheers to smiling.  Smiling should never be criticized, unless it is this smile:

    I bid you good day, and Cheers to y'all!

  •  LOLOL @ BILL MAHER!!! (4.00)
    Jesus, that's the best! I'm still amazed that more attention wasn't given to Barbara Bush's comments about how the hurricane victims "moved up in life".

    And all it took was a category 5 hurricane, the complete demolition of New Orleans and being displaced to a state that's not their own. If only they'd have thought of that sooner, Barbara.

    /end sarcasm

    Good on him!

    Between this and his comment that Laura Bush is like "Hitler's Dog," I falling in love with Maher all over again!

  •  I have one Cheer today (4.00)
    Cheers to tuna flavored Laxatone and my cat for at least an hour's worth of entertainment.

    Note to Misha: You really should have licked it off my finger rather than the alternative. But thanks a lot. Watching you spend an hour washing it off your paws was great fun. Maybe you'll try the first option the next time.

    "Computer. End holographic program...Computer? Computer?"

    by kredwyn on Tue Sep 27, 2005 at 01:37:29 PM PDT

    •  That stuff is evil (3.75)
      It dries hard like epoxy and when you try and scrape it off drywall from where it gets flicked, you leave big gouges. Current cats would rather jam their bodies into impossible places and pray for the cat-god to come smite the evil humans.  Previous cats would stand on back legs and beg like craven dogs for the stuff. There's no accounting for cat-taste.
      •  Shhh... (none)
        Don't give her any ideas. As it stands...she gets the stuff mushed into the backs of her paws. This forces her to sit and clean the paws til it's all gone.

        "Computer. End holographic program...Computer? Computer?"

        by kredwyn on Tue Sep 27, 2005 at 10:15:09 PM PDT

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  •  A very late Vol C&J! (4.00)
    Sorry to be so late with this, but I just finished all my chores, so now I get to read C&J!

    Cheers and Amazements to my hometown Tennessee Volunteers football team that spotted LSU about 24 points, then came back in the 4th quarter to tie it up, then won it in overtime. At LSU! At LSU's first home game of the year, because of the hurricane! Wow, what a game.

    Cheers to the other storyline in this game -- the re-re-reemergence of Rick Clausen, younger brother of Casey. For those who aren't either big college FB fans, or Big Orange fans, here's the scoop:

    • Casey was a big star for UT at QB, including beating Florida for the first time at The Swamp.
    • Rick enrolled at LSU, since Casey was at UT, and was hailed as their new QB star.
    • In Rick's first season, he played not-so-well and was benched, as well as vilified by (some of) the LSU fans.
    • Meanwhile, Casey is wrapping up a great career at UT.
    • Rick transfers to UT, in hopes of getting some playing time and following in Casey's footsteps.
    • But, in the meantime, UT recruits two amazing freshmen QBs, who both have more ATHLETIC ability than Rick. So, fall of 2004 finds the two freshmen sharing starting duties, with Rick at 3rd string. (!)
    • During the 2004 season, first one, then the other, freshman QBs are injured.
    • Rick comes in as the 3rd stringer and finishes the season in fine style, including a DRUBBING of Texas A&M in the Cotton Bowl. Everyone assumes Rick is the starter this fall.
    • Come fall 2005, and one of the frosh has transferred, and guess what? The coach splits QB between Rick and the frosh.
    • Rick plays sorta poorly at Florida, gets yanked, and the coach says the frosh is the starter from now on, no questions.
    • Rick thinks of leaving, but decides he's going to be both a good sport and a man about it, and tells the coach on Monday, "If you need me, I'm ready, and if you put me in, I'll get the job done."
    • Freshman gets the start, and proceeds to toss the game into the crapper, including a "what was he thinking?" desperation toss from his own end zone that is intercepted at the 3 and run in for a 21-0 LSU lead.
    • Rick is put in, and immediately the offense looks like a new unit. He leads the team on drive after drive, looking like the QB from last year's Cotton Bowl, wins the game in OT, then throws the ball into the LSU student section. (!)

    Yes, I know, this is way too long, but I wanted to post it as a Cheer, and figured by now no one will be reading anyway, so here it is! Go Vols!

    (And yes, I'm just as passionate about politics -- no, more passionate -- but it's nice occasionally to talk about red, blue, and other colors, and not be talking about states. <g>)

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