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George W. Bush--April 20, 2004:  "Any time you hear the United States government talking about wiretap, it requires---a wiretap requires a court order.  Nothing has changed, by the way.  When we're talking about chasing down terrorists, we're talking about getting a court order before we do so."


George W. Bush, July 14, 2004:  "A couple of things that are very important for you to understand about the Patriot Act.  First of all, any action that takes place by law enforcement requires a court order.   In other words, the government can't move on wiretaps or roving wiretaps without getting a court order."

As the spying-on-our-own-citizens scandal unfolds, the favorite talking point of the right-wing pundits has been, "The president had to bypass the FISA law, because there simply wasn't enough time to get a warrant!"  Fortunately, people like Miami Herald columnist Leonard Pitts are part of the reality-based community:

We know now what he knew then: This was a lie.

Want to guess how long it takes to get a warrant to eavesdrop? ... In extraordinary circumstances, investigators can listen in for up to 72 hours without a warrant.   You know how many warrant requests were submitted to the Foreign Intelligence Court last year?  According to The [New York] Times, 1,754.  How many were rejected?  None.

And yet a sizable chunk of Americans sincerely but naively are willing to give up their freedom because they think "the president is just trying to protect us."  For them a couple reminders are in order.  The first by columnist Bob Herbert from yesterday's New York Times:

For a president---any president---to O.K. eavesdropping on U.S. citizens on American soil without a warrant is an abomination.  First, it's illegal---and for very good reasons.  Spying on the populace is a giant step toward totalitarianism.  In the worst case scenario, it's the nightmare of Soviet-style surveillance.

Related to that is the all-important matter of the separation of powers, which is the absolutely crucial cornerstone of our form of government---our bulwark against tyranny. ... Get rid of the checks and balances and you've gotten rid of the United States as we've known it.

The second comes from Mr. Pitts:

...It's not hard to understand the urge to look the other way.  Because with all due respect to the threat terrorists pose, Franklin Roosevelt was right.  Fear itself is still the first enemy.  When people are scared, they don't think, they don't reason and they want nothing so desperately as to just stop being scared.  So often, they'll go along with anything that holds out that promise.  Even if it means allowing the rights our forebears won from Britain's King George III to be denuded by America's King George I.

Still, we should be ashamed.

Freedom deserves a better epitaph than fear.

The ultimate irony?  Even after four years of Bush's secret spying shenanigans and public pledges to "protect the homeland," the 9/11 commission says we're still not any safer.  Now that's something to be afraid of.

Cheers and Jeers cowers under the bed in There's Moreville... [Swoosh!!]  RIGHTNOW!  [Gong!!]

Cheers and Jeers for Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Note:  I shall now read today's C&J---out loud, mind you---while drinking this glass of water...


By the Numbers:
Days `til Spring: 69
Days `til the Musher's Bowl Winter Carnival in Bridgton, Maine: 31
Minutes President Bush spent hearing the Iraq-related views from 13 former secretaries of state and defense last Thursday: 5-10
(Source: Think Progress)
Seconds of talk-time per Secretary, if the meeting lasted the whole 10 minutes: 46
Iceland's rank among the least-corrupt countries in the world: 1
America's rank: 17
Chad & Bangladesh's rank: Tied for 158th
(Source: Transparency International's 2005 report)


Your Puppy Pic of the Day:  Meet the snarkiest cocker spaniels in the country.  And each one comes with a free lock for your liquor cabinet.  (Cheers to C&J'er Polisigh for the link.)


DOUBLE MEGA CHEERS to the lipstick falling off the pig.  How much fun is this??  Tom DeLay formally announced Saturday that his days as House majority leader are over...and now the Texas court of appeals says he's got to stand trial like a common criminal.  I really want to send a heartfelt condolence card, but I haven't found one with the word 'asshole' in it yet.

EH, WHATEVER to Day 1.  The Senate judiciary committee's confirmation hearings of Samuel Alito began yesterday.  Round 1 summary:

"Let's see.  I'm an Aries.  I love puppies, snowflakes, female subjugation, folk music, an imperial presidency and slumber parties.  I think Nick is a creep and Jessica should make him pay!  Does my Scooby Doo tank top make me look fat...?"

Maybe tomorrow Senator Coburn will shut up and let the nominee speak.

CHEERS to false alarms.  Dick Cheney went to the hospital early Monday with shortness of scowl.  Doctors detected formation of a small conscience polyp, which was quickly removed.  Crisis averted.

JEERS to the first overused phrase of 2006.  Ta daaa!  "Tip of the iceberg" is the term being bandied about to describe what we currently know about the Abramoff scandal.  C'mon, journalists, call it what it is---the crown of the crapheap.

CHEERS to outrageously brilliant ideas.  Memo to the New York Times, which decided to start charging people to read their columnists: Hey, why not go to a system like's, where we have the option of watching a commercial to gain a free "day pass?"  Sponsors would beat your doors down for the exposure.  Mr. Publisher: Tear...down...this...wall!

JEERS to lung cancer.  Now it's claimed the life of Lou Rawls.  Enough already.

JEERS to the defense secretary you have, not the defense secretary you wish to have.  Turns out that, had our troops been properly "supported" by Donald Rumsfeld with the proper body armor, hundreds of our troops would still be alive today.  And now Hillary wants to get to the bottom of it.  If you scheduled your hearings around Rummy's squash game, ma'am, would he be obliged?  Gosh, yes.

JEERS to reform at the speed of tortoise.  On January 10, 1878, a constitutional amendment was introduced in the Senate that would give women the right to vote.  The amendment was so slow to catch on that it wasn't signed into law for another 42 years.  Who says men are insecure?

CHEERS to Maine: the Straight-A state.  We get the highest marks possible for our stop-smoking efforts by the American Lung Association:

The state set aside more than $15.3 million for tobacco prevention and control this past fiscal year--36 percent more than the minimum recommended by the Centers for Disease Prevention. Tobacco products can be purchased only through a clerk and with a photo ID; the state conducts regular checks. Smoking is banned in restaurants and bars and restricted in public and private workplaces. And lawmakers just doubled the tax to $2 a pack--$1.08 more than the national average.

Our only quibble: cigarette butts on sidewalks are piled waist-deep.

JEERS to not paying attention.  On January 10, 2001, President-(not)elect Bush and his "national security" team (Condi Rice and two street mimes) received a top-secret Pentagon briefing on military challenges around the world.  We suspect they tuned out somewhere around, "Now listen carefully, this is important..."

CHEERS to defying expectations.  C&J thought Brokeback Mountain would fizzle as it went national.  Wrong!  It had the highest per-theatre average last weekend:

"Brokeback Mountain" seems to be dashing speculation that its subject matter -- a homosexual romance between two old sheepherding pals -- would turn off audiences outside of urban markets.

"We're very squarely in middle America, all the way to Duluth, Minn., Portland, Maine, El Paso, Tulsa, Wichita. We're in the heartland," said Jack Foley, head of distribution for Focus Features. "I think that's no longer the real issue. The real issue is how much the film is being seen by people all over the country."

And as punishment for being so wrong, I must be sentenced to 6 months in a pup tent with Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal.

CHEERS to the bloggers' wrath.  Online residents of was bought by Rupert Murdoch and News Corp---promised they wouldn't interfere with the freedom of the site.  Surprise, surprise...they were full of shit, and now they're hearing about it from angry bloggers:

The intervention by News Corp in the traditionally open-access world of the web---in particular the alteration of personal user profiles---provoked a storm of angry posts in online "blogs".

"This is soooo like Fox and News Corp to try and secretly seal our mouths with duct tape," wrote "Alex" to Blog Herald.

Friendster, anyone?

JEERS to getting picked on.  This morning C&J gets extraordinarily-renditioned to the dentist to get stabbed in the gums with metal spears.  They have TVs installed on the ceiling so patients can have something to watch besides the hygienist's nose hairs.  I always turn on Fox News.  It makes even the messiest root canal seem like a deluxe facial.

CHEERS to serving your country.  Prince William followed in his little brother's footsteps Sunday by joining military school at the Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst.  The Bush twins, meanwhile, are still trying to find West Point on a map.

CHEERS to the latest excuses for home vegetation.  Out on DVD today: The Constant Gardner, Hustle & Flow, and the 20th anniversary (yet sadly commentary-free) edition of Ferris Bueller's Day Off.  Still Ben Stein's finest moment...especially compared to his political ones.


One Year Ago in C&J: January 10, 2005...

CHEERS to Joe Scarborough.  His berating of payola-taker Armstrong Williams is really something everybody should see.  And why do we suspect this is just the tip of a White House money-for-propaganda iceberg? [1/10/06 update: Oops.]  Bless whoever came up with the Freedom of Information Act.

CHEERS and JEERS to good news and bad news.  The good news: more companies are accommodating gay couples with children by offering flexible work schedules and benefits.  The bad news: While some states disagree, the federal government still says it's A-OK to fire someone for being gay.  Cart...Horse.


And just one more...

CHEERS to my homo town hero.  January 10, 1982 was a dark day for Mt. Vernon, Ohio.  Its most famous son, Paul "Center Square" Lynde, was found dead in his Beverly Hills home, the victim of a sudden death heart attack.  The jokes the barely-closeted queen tossed out on Hollywood Squares were armed with delayed-reaction fuses, and often took a beat or two before their true meaning kicked in.  Take it away, Paul...

Peter Marshall: According to the French Chef, Julia Child, how much is a pinch?
Paul Lynde: Just enough to turn her on...!  

Peter Marshall: We've all heard the old phrase "A pig in a poke." What is a poke?
Paul Lynde: It's when you're not really in love.

Peter Marshall: Paul, is there such a thing as a female rooster?
Paul Lynde: Yeah, they're the ones who just go "a doodle doo..."

And there's an amazing web site with lots of Lynde clips here.  Enjoy.

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


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  •  Cheers to Tuesdays, at least it s not Monday. (3.92)
    Jeers to Mondays.
    Cheers to Howard Dean...Wolf wolf...
    Cheers to David Letterman, 60% is about 35% low though.
    Jeers to lying reporters who keep saying Abramoff gave Dems money.
    Jeers to the repugs for paying all those reporters to lie.
    Cheers to Jack Murtha.
    Jeers to Rush Limbaugh... 3 x wives Rush? And yet still you pontificate?
    Cheers to DailyKos, a light in the darkness.
    Cheers to Cindy Sheehan, Bill O'Reilly should be ashamed of himself (loofah boy)
    Jeers to Bill O'Reilly, I mean you are loofah boy, but still you bloviate?
    Jeers to the Religious Right Wingers, clean your own house, you have plenty of work to do there.
    Jeers to Bush for destroying the hopes and dreams of so many families both here and in Iraq with his politically and profit motivated war and occupation of Iraq.
    Jeers to Bush's apologists who don't seem to feel any remorse or pangs of conscience
    when they hear that 30,000+ people are dead.
    Jeers to all their conscience's, what are you on strike? Get back to work!
    Cheers to people who's conscience works just fine.

    Cheers to USA Today for this article that completely slays Bush on Abramoff!  Controversial lobbyist had close contact with Bush team

    Cheers to Bush for being so transparent in his dirtyness.

    Cheers to how great the Abramoff story is, and it gets better every day...

    Marianas = Bush, Delay and Abramoff all working together and succeeding.
    Bush, Delay and Abramoff = sweat shops and slave labor, made in America.
    Cheers to the end being near for the corrupt republican majority!

  •  Oh my goodness (4.00)
    happy tuesday, everyone!!!

    The Global Struggle against Violent Extremism begins at home!

    by JLongs on Tue Jan 10, 2006 at 04:54:17 AM PST

  •  Kanuckistani Korner (4.00)

    Greetings & Special Electoral Elocutions
    of Elucidated Euphony from the Great Red North!

    Jeers to the fact that it now looks more and more like a Conservative Minority government in the next Parliament.

    Steven Harper and a Blue Meanie. Can you spot the difference?
    Some thoughts that I use to console me in this long cold winter...

    • Harper was ahead by pretty much the same margin at this point in the last campaign, and - in true Tory tradition - he still managed to pull defeat from the jaws of victory.
    • Whereas I don't trust Stevie to be able to restrain the socially conservative wingnut base in his own party (let alone his own neocon reflexes) for long past the election, he will be in a minority government situation, subject to daily question period where he will be torn to shreds.
    Does anyone doubt that Stockwell Day, and Garry "Not-So" Breitkreuz will be able to keep from shooting themselves in their shitkickers?.
    (Please click on links for enlightenment!)
    • In the next parliament we will have three left-wing parties, representing the thinking of the majority of the populace, facing off against this right wing rump. If we can't restrain these guys, let alone totally demolish them, then the left in Canada deserves to be out of power for much longer than I envision.
    • A loss to the Cons means that Paul Martin will have to step down as leader of the Grits. Which means we may stand a chance of getting a leader who is actually (gasp!) Liberal.
    • We haven't elected a "social conservative" since... ever... I have complete faith in the good sense of the Canadian voter. A short Tory admin should successfully (and relatively painlessly) innoculate us against this American disease.
    • It could be worse. It could be Mike Harris in charge of the Conservatives

    Jeers and Howls of Derisive Laughter to what we'll likely be seeing in the government benches in the next Parliament.

    The aforementioned Stockwell Day, who championed American style government by vox populii referendums, until some comedians suggested that we have a poll to force him to change his name to Doris.. Here are a few quotes that illustrate what a treat Stockwell will be.

    "In the past day or so, we have learned that Stockwell Day apparently believes that the world is 6,000 years old, Adam and Eve were real people and - my personal favourite - humans walked the earth with dinosaurs. I just want to remind Mr. Day that The Flintstones was not a documentary. And this is the only dinosaur that recently co-existed with humans. [Holds up stuffed Barney dinosaur]"
    - Liberal activist Warren Kinsella on CTV's Canada AM, 2000

    "Homosexuality is a choice, in my view."
    - Stockwell Day on a Vancouver radio talk show, July 2000.

    "Women who become pregnant through rape or incest should not qualify for government-funded abortions unless their pregnancy is life-threatening."
    - Stockwell Day, 1995, at an Alberta Conservative party convention.

    "Homosexuality is a mental disorder that can be cured through counselling."
    - Stockwell Day, February of 1992, quoted in Alberta Report

    "Most Canadians profess to be of the Christian faith and I think we need to be sensitive to the fact it bothers Christians when the name of Jesus Christ is used in a blasphemous way."
    - Conservative Foreign Affairs critic Stockwell Day on the need to ban or censor Of Mice and Men in public schools, Red Deer Advocate, March 24, 1994. This happened in the middle of National Freedom to Read Week

    "God's law is clear: standards of education are not set by government, but by God, the Bible, the home and the school."
    - Stockwell Day, the Conservative Party's Foreign Affairs critic, in Alberta Report magazine, 1984.

    Mr.Stockwell Day is likely to be our Minister for Foreign Affairs. We Canadians truly believe in spreading our gift for comedy with the rest of the world!

    Other Shining Lights to look for...
    Inky Mark (yes, that's his real name) showing the time honoured Tory regard for civil and human right and the supremacy of the constitution...

    "Foreign nationals without status should not be under the protection of the Canadian charter."
    - Conservative MP Inky Mark, Hansard, February 26, 2001.

    Randy White (yes, that's his real name) same as above.
    (Note to Americans - the "notwithstanding clause" was a compromise measure by our old PM Trudeau to get provincial approval for our Charter of Rights and Freedoms and Amending Formula. It can be used to overturn court decisions and protect laws that restrict civil rights in the interest of some "greater good". It is now seen by most thoughtful observers as somewhat akin to a thermo-nuclear device).
    White is here referring to a court finding that supported provincial extension of marriage rights to same-sex couples.

    "I think you'll see more uses for the Notwithstanding Clause in the future."
    - Conservative MP Randy White in the documentary film Let No One Put Asunder, May 19, 2004.

    Jason Kenny (yes, that is his real name), showing the grasp of logic and razor sharp wit and rhetoric that is the hallmark of the Conservative Party.

    "The fact is that homosexuals aren't barred from marrying under Canadian law... Marriage is open to everybody as long as they're a man and a woman."
    - Conservative MP Jason Kenney, Punjabi Editorial Board Interview, January 30, 2005.

    The aforementioned Garry "Not-at-all" Breitkreuz conflates and confuses the Conservative Party's domestic agenda with its position on Capital Punishment.

    "We should try to keep our mothers in the home and that's where the whole Reform platform hangs together."
    - Garry Breitkreuz, Conservative MP for Yorkton-Melville, in the Vancouver Province, October 11, 1993.

    Jay Hill unintentionally comes up with an all purpose, should-be-printed-up-on-tee-shirts, conservative policy statement.

    I want to assure the House and everyone watching today that if I did say something, and I am not saying I did, it certainly was not meant as a racist slur as the hon. member has accused. "
    - Conservative MP Jay Hill, October 28th 1999, apologizing to the House for heckling African-Canadian member of Parliament Gordon Earle with demeaning comments about slavery, including that Earle was "in chains."

    Geez, if this band of clowns can sneak past the Canadian people long enough to get elected, then they deserve a kick at the can, and we all could use a couple of months of good laughs until a motion of non-confidence gets us back to reality.

    Latest Poll Numbers show The Tories headed for a majority government.
    Ladies and Gentlemen of Canada, all bets are off.
    Prepare to be well and truly reamed with a chainsaw.

    Cheers to a cessation of fighting in the War on Xmas. It may be just a lull while the two (one?) sides take stock and rearm, but I live in hope.
    I recently came upon pictorial documented evidence of just why Generalissimo Bill takes the whole thing so hard...

    In his mind, it's personal.

    Cheers to my oldest daughter, and jeers to the pneumonia she is suffering from. She's taking it like a trouper, all bundled up with vap-o-rub and all...
    It makes you realize what is truly important.
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    As always, cheers to all here.
    Life is good.

    "Strange and beautiful are the stars tonight / That dance around your head"

    by deepfish on Tue Jan 10, 2006 at 04:54:47 AM PST

    •  A Question For You (4.00)
      As you may recall, I often listen to the CBC radio program "As It Happens."  The program seems to have a particular affinity for the NDP (which seems like a more rational version of the Green Party, although I think Canada has Greens, too).  Their leader never seems to have a good answer for why they trash the Liberals (who seem to be much more closely aligned with them on the substance of things) since the NDP would pull votes from the Liberals.

      Do I have something wrong?

      •  As another Kanuck, (4.00)
        Perhaps I can answer this for you.
        1. We do have a Green Party, but due to the nature of our electoral system (i.e., there is not proportional representation) it is difficult for them to get any seats, funding, etc.  Also, many see them as a single-issue party, although they have been working hard over the last few years to dispell this.
        2. The perception of Liberal = left is not particularly correct.  The best that is said of them in their current incarnation is that they are a party that has social issues left of centre, and economic issues right or centre.  Even the NDP is merely a socialist party, and not as far left as one might think.
        3. Most Canadians do vote along the perception that Conservative = right wing and Liberal = slightly left of centre.  This leaves the NDP as, very often, the "conscience" of the Liberal Party for social issues.  Strategic voting, much like in the 2000 Presidential elections, is the choice of giving up who you would really like to vote for in order to make sure that the right-wing nutsies don't actually get in.
        4. Finally, the Liberals are being trashed because they are plagued by ethical scandals, which gives most Canadians (i.e., traditional Liberal supporters) the choice of either forgiving them, voting for an evil death-robot, or voting for the commies.  

        Hope this helps a bit!

        It behooves the mind to be on guard against every deception and to strive for the sublime. Kataphigiota, Ch 19.

        by kropotkind on Tue Jan 10, 2006 at 09:08:49 AM PST

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      •  Kneedippers trash Grits for good reason... (4.00)
        The social safety net - everything from Old Age Security to Canada Pension Plan to Medicare to Abortion and "the state getting out of the bedrooms of the nation" (precursor to gay marriage) was stolen by the Liberals from the CCF/NDP.

        Liberal roots have always been small town bourgeois/business. The Liberals really did not grow a social conciousness until they were forced to by the exigency of minority governments back in the late 50's early 60's. The PC's (Progressive Conservatives) under Diefenbaker held the right wing to middle populist position, the only room to move and grow was from the centre to the left.

        NDP roots are old left, labour, and progressive farmer and evangelicals... the type of people that the small town/Upper Canadian WASP/banker/entrepreneur/Rotary Club Grit would turn up his nose at. There is a natural and deep rooted antipathy.

        Trudeau raided the NDP for policy, but, to be fair, he also was really and sincerely more of a NDP'er at heart... especially in his reactions to AMericans. The Liberals had historically been the party of free trade and close economic ties with the Yankees, while the PC's had been the Economic Nationalists. Trudeau (with later help from Mulroney) swung that around.

        We are in the strange position for a western democracy of having a right wing party that is not really nationalistic, and actually actively berates our nascent nationalism. The Lib's wrap themselves in the Maple Leaf and the totems of our social safety net, but it is the NDP that drove all those ideas.


        "Strange and beautiful are the stars tonight / That dance around your head"

        by deepfish on Tue Jan 10, 2006 at 12:13:16 PM PST

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    •  God help you and us alike (4.00)
      I've got some friends in the Great White North who keep insisting that Mrs. Max and I take the cats and ourselves to live up there.  Sounds like that may not be the best plan after all.

      Wonder how New Zealand's political infrastructure is holding up?

      •  Yes, but... (4.00)
        compared to the American wingnut RePUCKlicans, Canada's CONservative party is downright socialist...far less social darwinists than their southern partners-in-crime.

        Certainly I'm expecting change, but I'd be very surprised if it is radical, scary change.

        My biggest concern is how far he'll go in his stated desire to emasculate the federal government in favor of more provincial power.

        With huge federal tax cuts my fear is those living in less wealthy provinces (PEI) will fare much worse than those in the richer provinces (Alberta). Canada (through federal transfer payments) has a noble LIBERAL tradition of spreading/sharing the wealth so all Canadians, regardless of where they live, enjoy at least some level of a Canada-wide standard of living.

        A Liberal defeat, unfortunately, is deserved. In power much too long, they have grown conceited, arrogant, filled with a unhealthy sense of entitlement and tainted with corruption.

        The recently completed Gomery Report highlights millions of tax dollars funneled by Liberal party madarins to themselves and their friends.

        Canada will survive our CONservative win. I only wish I could say the same for our American cousins.

    •  Hope your daughter gets well fast (4.00)
      Babies shouldn't ever be sick, who can we talk to about that?
  •  cheers,,, (4.00)
    to CD for winning the bottom race from Friday with about 40 seconds to spare.

    Let no one ever say I am a sore loser.

    like performing cunnilingus on your grandma...the white trash poet

    by the white trash poet on Tue Jan 10, 2006 at 04:54:55 AM PST

  •  Your Pootie Pic Du Jour (4.00)

    Cheers, Everybody -- Missed You :)

    'All great change in America begins at the dinner table.' Reagan

    by PhillyGal on Tue Jan 10, 2006 at 04:56:27 AM PST

  •  just some black and white cats (4.00)
    Rizzo and Sophia snuggling:

    Sophia and Ava bookends:

    Cat teevee:

    Jack and Sophia:

  •  C&J (4.00)
    Jeers to not being able to sleep, and waking up an hour and a half before you intended.

    Jeers to having to go to my Russian class half asleep.

    Cheers to...I don't know... let's go with puppies.  Cheers to puppies.  And kittens.

  •  CHEERS OR A WTF (4.00)
    to my Gaydar.   While watching the hearings yesterday, my friend and I saw Alito take the oath, pour and drink his water and then open his mouth.  Whereupon we both screamed, "HE'S A QUEEN!!!!".   Now maybe our experience as Chelsea Gays has thrown us off...but hell we have more experience in that than Alito has on the bench.
    So I'd be interested in what the other Kossacks have to say ( esp. you, Bill).  Did anyone ele's gaydar go off when he spoke, or were we just having a nightmare?
  •  Snows of Yesteryear (4.00)
    Cheers to articles that really force us to think: It's the demography, stupid:
    Most people reading this have strong stomachs, so let me lay it out as baldly as I can: Much of what we loosely call the western world will not survive this century, and much of it will effectively disappear within our lifetimes, including many if not most western European countries.
    The design flaw of the secular social-democratic state is that it requires a religious-society birth rate to sustain it.
    A government big enough to give you everything you want still isn't big enough to get you to give anything back.

    Read it, and pass the aspirin.

    •  Why is the birth rate low? (4.00)
      Perhaps the problem is not in the fact that a society is secular, but in the fact thar our life has started to move at such a hectic pace that we wouldn't be able to spend any time with our children even if we had them. Then include the costs... it is extremely difficult to have even one child, let alone two or three. Maybe we should strive to leesen the pace of our lives first? Even a secular society can be laid back, after all.
      •  It isn't one thing. (4.00)
        At least, the one thing is a very large umbrella thing comprised of many similar, related phenomena.

        I suggest that people don't have babies because:

        a. babies are expensive
        b. babies are a lot of work
        c. babies thwart an individual's personal objectives
        d. babies can be avoided

        But there is not one reason why babies are expensive, or babies are a lot of work, or babies thwart an individual's personal objectives, or babies can be avoided. There is a complex of cultural factors involved in each of these.

        I disagree with almost everything that underlies Mark Steyn's article. Nonetheless he has put his finger on a very serious conundrum: In a wealthy culture, wise people are likely to have few children. Foolish people are likely to have many. (Before flaming me with some anecdotal wrath, focus on the word "likely".) The right-wingers desperately want to blame government for this fact: If only government weren't providing cradle-to-grave security for folks, they'd be obliged to produce children who could care for them in event of old age or infirmity.

        It would be wrong to say that this is nonsense, but it would also be wrong to say that it is true. All we know is that when women have the choice, socially and economically, they tend to have fewer kids. This is likely to be just as true in a culture that provides no safety net. In any modern capitalist society, money in the bank is better security than a passel of kids. Your best financial bet is certainly to marry early, have no kids, have two incomes, and save a lot of cash. With money, you can always pay someone to take care of you. Your children, however, may disappoint you. Assuming they haven't been slaughtered in some pointless imperial adventure.

        The most important understanding to take away from Steyn's article is that he is representing the latest meme in the right-wing pseudolibertarian attack on a secular, liberal society. His laundry list of suicidal government initiatives includes fully-funded government daycare. You will note that fully-funded government daycare works to ameliorate (a), (b) and (c) in my list of fundamental causes. Understanding that my guarantee is worth absolutely nothing, I promise you that if the government provided free daycare, the birth rate would rise. So, of course, would tax rates. Which is why Steyn objects to fully-funded government daycare. Tax people to solve a problem? Yes, yes, the future of the culture is at stake ... but let's not get hysterical about it.

        At this point, the only solution the right-wingers have is: Decrease individuals' security -- ie., make their lives worse -- until they are afraid not to have children. Then, outpopulate the anti-western lunatics. That's not much of a solution.

    •  I wonder if there might be a flaw (4.00)
      While going by simple birth rate there's not much room to argue with his conclusions.  I think the issue of conversion is glossed over.

      Consider a muslim family that comes to Europe or the America's.  They are going to start out with thier beliefs intact, but over time and generations, the women of those families are most likely going to enjoy thier freedoms.  The future men of the family are going to be faced with a culture of women who won't stand for being subjigated.  While many may still call themselves muslim, beliefs and ideologies will shift.  Much as today a far larger number of people call themselves christian, than actually practice the religon.

      While it's garunteed the birth rates are going to affect the ratio's of muslim/christian/athiest births.  It's far from garunteed to change the political structures.  And it does point out that simply practicing modern progressive liberal ideals is not enough.  By ourselves we will simply be outbred and pushed to a minority.  Wich means in order to insure our future, we must practice conversion.  We must have penetration of ideals and ideologies into the hearts of the muslim world.

      I wanted to end with a sexual revolution joke.  But honestly, we need a family revolution.  A community revolution.  A way to bring all of us closer together.

  •  jeers to having to go to work (4.00)
    damn, I'm really late...
  •  Cheers and Jeers in Chicago, Hawaii edition (4.00)
    Cheers Cheers Cheers to my wonderful parents, who decided that the best way to celebrate their 40th anniversary was to take the family to Hawaii for two weeks. Somehow, their marriage seems to have survived the lesbian couple that moved in two houses down the street.

    A few photos for a cold(ish) winter day (click on each one for larger versions and details of where they were taken):

    Cheers to tropical paradises:

    Cheers to Pele, goddess of fire:

    Cheers or perhaps Jeers to some of the hazards of the beach:

    More photos:

    And finally Jeers to flying the redeye back to Chicago, with a cold, arriving in freezing weather. Gah. Welcome home.

  •  Two sides of the same coin (4.00)
    Cheers to being valuable.  When your superiors are begging for you to stay and multiple offices are vying for your services, you know you've got some serious job security.  I really don't worry about showing up on time anymore.

    Jeers to being valuable.  After having my assignment extended to the end of 2005, then through March 2006, it looks like they're extending it again -- 'til July.  Good god, I just turned 29 and I can't get a date because I have no idea what I am, where I'll be, or where these strange creatures called "women" might be found after living in a wasteland of sararimen for so long.

    "There are four boxes to use in the defense of liberty: soap, ballot, jury, ammo. Use in that order." - Ed Howdershelt

    by Dragonchild on Tue Jan 10, 2006 at 05:04:33 AM PST

  •  C&J - The Free Fucking Speech Edition (4.00)
    CHEERS:  To pay radio.  Victory and freedom for Clear Channel pariahs Howard Stern and Bubba The Love Sponge.  Howard praised Keith Olbermann at his press conference yesterday, and then promptly accused him of "playing with himself in the corner".  Recently un-closeted homosexual George Takai called Mr. Olbermann "sexy".  Cool.

    JEERS:  Policing the Internets.  FUCK YOU, Big Brother,  YOU SACK OF SHIT!  Yeah, that's right, I said it fucker!  And my name isn't Sam Loomis you whiny bitch!  But it's ok cause I didn't intend to offend you.  Big Brother cas kiss my flour-white ass!

    CHEERS:  To turncoats.  The more these cowards issue their blind quotes and "snipes" at Jack Abramoff in the papers to distance themselves from him, the more he will want to SQUEAL LIKE A PIG!  

    JEERS:  To Whiners.  I think I have already ready four Dkos diaries this week about how we already "lost" the ScALito battles.  WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHhhhhhh!  Even though the hearings really just begin today.  I defend your right to free speech and to whine about being losers, but I also defend my right to call you the self-loathing, shoegazing pessimistic liberals you are.  Cheer up!  Suck it up, quit yer bitchin and get in the fight soldier!

    •  C&J - The 08 Democratic Center-Right Edition (4.00)
      CHEERS:  To Cornfield Country Senator Evan Bayh who was quoted as saying the military leaders refuse to give addtional armor to soldiers who request it should be thrown out of the military on their ass.

      CHEERS:  To Sen. Clinton for saying the same.

      •  C&J - The Flipside of that (4.00)
        JEERS:  To Sen. Clinton for keeping quiet most of the time to not damage her 08 prospects.  Anything she says gets a great amount of press, unlike most of our reps, but if you ask me, she needs to speak out a lot more, if only in this area of supporting our soldiers cause they really need a consistent voice like hers to back them up and she could be doing a LOT more talking about this.  And she knows that.
  •  Cheers to New Jersey... (4.00)
    ...suspending implementation of the death penalty, becoming the first state to pass such legislation since the last moratorium was overturned in 1976.  For all the Jersey jokes, just remember that we're way ahead of you on many things that count a lot.

    Cheers to intellectual gymnastics, also known as mental something-or-other.  I can't think of any reason right now why this information would really be important to anyone, but I'm sure it must be.

    Jeers to ugliness of Korean academic science culture.  Of course, the present administration would agree with the principle of doing what your told without question.

    Poem du Jour:

    Pencil and Wax
    (Click on picture for full-sized version)


    The words take control
    demand to be written
    I help guide them
    dress them up
    slim them down
    searching for
    clarity, brevity, emotion
    hopefully all three
    I'm not sure
    where they come from
    perhaps from the pains
    and joys of my life
    The words are the blood
    in the vessels of my mind
    just as feelings are
    the blood feeding my soul
    Is there any separation
    between me and the words?

    --Robyn Elaine Serven
    --January 10, 2006

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    by rserven on Tue Jan 10, 2006 at 05:08:41 AM PST

    •  From one word fanatic to another (4.00)
      Love today's poem, Robin. Especially the "dress them up, slim them down" part. Unfortunately, my writing has yet to meet Jenny Craig or Nutrisystem. But it prefers to be called "Rubenesque" rather than "verbose." :)

      "As a woman, I have no country. As a woman I want no country. As a woman my country is the whole world."

      by MissAnneThrope on Tue Jan 10, 2006 at 05:59:10 AM PST

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      •  Thank you! (4.00)
        I truly wish that I had more patience for doing rewrites.  Truth is I hate rewriting with a passion that I don't even notice until I decide once more to rewrite something and then start grumbling to myself for some "unknown" reason.  I'd much rather deal with the next idea.

        I also hate writing about myself, which is why I;ve spent too much time this break failing to work on my tenure application, which I'm going to force myself to do today.



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        by rserven on Tue Jan 10, 2006 at 06:27:45 AM PST

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        •  We could have a great symbiotic friendship (4.00)
          In that I'm so self-absorbed I write too much about myself, and you need some of that. ;) Also, you write good and post exquisite pictures and poems, and I need that. Alas, we'll need an editor for rewrites. No polishing and shining to perfection here, either. Too ADD.

          Good luck on your application. Hope you keep us posted on how it goes.

          "As a woman, I have no country. As a woman I want no country. As a woman my country is the whole world."

          by MissAnneThrope on Tue Jan 10, 2006 at 04:42:50 PM PST

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    •  Cheers to New Jersey! (4.00)
      I'll drink to that. It was my home for the first ten years of my life. The Garden State, with its urban industrial northeast, its sandy farmland in the south, and its long, marvelous seashore. At one time or another home of Bud Abbott, Lou Costello, Jerry Lewis, Mickey Spillane, Judy Blume, Stephen Crane, Albert Einstein, Thomas Edison, Frank Sinatra, Bruce Springstein, Jack Nicholson, and Paul Simon.

      One of my favorite stories about the women who had such dogged persistance in the face of reform at the speed of a tortoise comes from the Elizabeth (NJ) Daily Journal, November 3, 1920 with the headline "Pioneer Suffragist Casts G.O.P. Ballot," subhead: "Rev. Antoinette Brown Blackwell, 95, Votes in Fourth District of Tenth Ward."

      Among the votes cast by Elizabeth women yesterday none was more significant than that deposited at the polling place of the Fourth district of the Tenth ward by Rev. Antoinette Brown Blackwell, D.D. of El Mora avenue, co-worker with Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton and the other pioneers of the woman suffrage movement. Dr. Blackwell came from Montclair, where she has been visiting since the recent fire at the home of her daughter, Mrs. S. T. Jones.

      Dr. Blackwell went to the polls prepared to take her place in line and had made provision for a wait by carrying a camp stool in the auto, for this veteran suffrage worker, clergyman and author was 95 years old on May 20 last. Her hearing and sight are impaired, but there is no impairment of mind or spirit and Dr. Blackwell took keen interest in the opportunity afforded her after so many years of work and waiting. She voted about 1 P.M.

      There was no need for the camp stool for as soon as the long line of men and women realized that Dr. Blackwell was in the room the voters immediately gave way to her and insisted that she take first place.

      Cheers to living to see the change you worked so long and hard to bring about. So many of the suffragists didn't.

      "You have to accept whatever comes and the only important thing is that you meet it with courage and with the best you have to give." -- Eleanor Roosevelt

      by marylrgn on Tue Jan 10, 2006 at 07:45:37 AM PST

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      •  Thank you for the story... (4.00)
        ...not being a native of this fair state, I know far too little of its history.  But we're learning a little at a time.  We live only a couple of miles from Edison Labs (we're in Bloomfield, they're in West Orange) and have take all our out-of-state visitors there.  

        In the other direction is Martha Stewart's hometown of Nutley and I believe that Emeril Lagasse spent a portion of his childhood growing up in Little Falls to the north, on the other side of Montclair.  Of course, to the south is the site of the Newark Riots, which would be Newark, but things are improving there, I think.  At least we try.


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        by rserven on Tue Jan 10, 2006 at 08:20:35 AM PST

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        •  Newark (4.00)
          I can remember my grandmother taking me on the bus to a movie theater in Newark to see Peter Pan. Another time my mother took us to Newark to see The Robe. So in my memory, Newark was a fun place to go. :).

          "You have to accept whatever comes and the only important thing is that you meet it with courage and with the best you have to give." -- Eleanor Roosevelt

          by marylrgn on Tue Jan 10, 2006 at 08:47:30 AM PST

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  •  C&J GA (4.00)
    Cheers to the GOP's new logo

    Jeers to THIS bizarre man.

    It is not our job to seek peaceful coexistence with the Left. Our job is to remove them from power permanently. Jack Abramoff in 1983

    by Caldonia on Tue Jan 10, 2006 at 05:08:46 AM PST

  •  c-j (4.00)
    jeers to business pundits: west virginia mine disaster was a natural result of a capitalist society.  yes, i remember the 18th century
    perfectly. SOOooo,  this is the bush vision of a perfect capitalist society.  this is a perfect model for a pearl buck novel, where the hero can now get a job because he was the first to know of his neighbor's death.

    cheers to my theory of dumbass design of the universe.

    jeers to misnomer: right wing think tanks are really anti-think tanks and lobbyists -- or propaganda tanks.    

    jeers to whatever bush wants to fix this week.  you know it's a disaster about to happen.

    is god punishinfg dick cheney?????????????

    cheers to tulane, open.  i hope my cuz can get her job back.  

    jeers to mini-melike, bush, alito.

    "welcome to the monkey house" vonnegut

    by realheathen on Tue Jan 10, 2006 at 05:09:48 AM PST

    •  on Pearl Buck (4.00)
      The Pearl Buck homestead is a National Register listed property in WV.  Funny how that works out, isn't it?

      "Our attitude was- the revolution can't start until we find our hair gel." Joe Strummer

      by histopresto on Tue Jan 10, 2006 at 05:41:42 AM PST

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      •  Cheers to Pearl Buck! (4.00)
        My favorite quotes from Ms. Buck:

        "The young do not know enough to be prudent, and therefore they attempt the impossible, and achieve it, generation after generation."

        "I don't wait for moods. You accomplish nothing if you do that. Your mind must know it has got to get down to work."

        "Truth is always exciting. Speak it, then; life is dull without it. "

  •  Guessing Game (4.00)
    After reading this article

    from the WP about ASG, a lobbying firm with close ties to Delay, closing.  I got to wondering what other lobbying firms have close ties to Delay.  According to this list of top lobbying firms

    and thier clients, ASG is just small potatoes  

    Don't push me 'cause I'm close to the edge

    by Cat4everrr on Tue Jan 10, 2006 at 05:11:01 AM PST

  •  Jeers to Dick Cheney (4.00)

    But CHEERS to gout.

    It hurts like sin, I've heard.


    It is also aggravated  by consumption too many rich foods. Now for most people, this would mean too many cashews and too much port. For Biggus dickus, it probably means he'll have to cut down on his consumption of live babies.......

    The Perfect is the Enemy of the Better

    by dabize on Tue Jan 10, 2006 at 05:13:12 AM PST

    •  My apologies to those afflicted with gout (4.00)
      who aren't named Dick Cheney.

      My CHEER was reserved only for uric acid crystals that afflict the toes of baby-eating, oligarchic apostles of Evil

      The ghost of W. S. Gilbert, among many other gouty worthies, has reprimanded me, and I apologize

      The Perfect is the Enemy of the Better

      by dabize on Tue Jan 10, 2006 at 05:24:47 AM PST

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      •  The Washington Post (4.00)
        Said that Vice President Cheney does not have the classic symptoms of gout, including severe pain and increased levels of uric acid in his blood.

        The doctors put Vice President Cheney on diuretics to deal with the fluid retention.  Perhaps the frequent trips to the bathroom will prevent him from concentrating on torture.

        •  I prefer to believe Rachel (4.00)
          who noted that docs familiar with the case were discussing the likelihood of gout.

          The WaPo is not to be trusted on the veracity of such details, especially in the face of Cheney asking  them not to report it.

          I suppose that we can't really know, though.

          The Perfect is the Enemy of the Better

          by dabize on Tue Jan 10, 2006 at 06:46:04 AM PST

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        •  Don't give him any ideas (4.00)
          Next thing you know, all the prisoners at Guantanamo will be being fed massive portions of scallops, liver and diet sodas, all of which tend to worsen gout.

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

          by gsbadj on Tue Jan 10, 2006 at 12:08:45 PM PST

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      •  just an aside, (4.00)
        Mr. Seefleur had gout not once but twice (his doc blamed the low carb diet he was on at the time) - and from his experience, I sincerely hope that Cheney has gout.  It couldn't happen to a more deserving entity... Either that or Darth Cheney is in early stages of congestive heart failure, except that there has been no sign of his having a heart.  (I wonder if Bill Frist can diagnose that from the floor of the Senate?)

        Last night I stayed up late playing poker with Tarot cards. I got a full house and four people died --Steven Wright

        by seefleur on Tue Jan 10, 2006 at 08:06:31 AM PST

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  •  JEERS once again to NPR. (4.00)

    The first thing I hear from them on the radio last night about the Alito nomination is the opining of another legal scholar......from PEPPERDINE. The Alma Mater of Ken Starr. Nobody else, just him. This guy is extruding his tongue deep into Sam Alito's anus. Fuck you, NPR.


    I've decided that the reason I'm SO pissed at NPR is that they are going after me personally. They talk about the history of finance in Shanghai, they discuss the modern uses of pentobarbital - I find this somewhat interesting. But then they try to slip over the wingnut, flat-Earth viewpoint of the world in their politics.

    I REALLY resent that. And so I SCREAM at the radio until small cracks start to appear at the edges of the windshield.....

    The Perfect is the Enemy of the Better

    by dabize on Tue Jan 10, 2006 at 05:14:29 AM PST

  •  Cosmic C & J (4.00)
    Cheers to Bill, all the bobs and irregulars. Extra special cheers to Bobstuff and Bobina, just cause.

    Cheers to WTP for being a worthy opponent in the last bottom race and for being so gracious in accepting my win! It has taken me about a year to achieve this. I now retire on top! ; )

    Jeers to Big Brother reading our snail mail when sent from overseas. This retired professor found out that Homeland Security was watching and reading. This crap has to stop.

    Cheers to pie! Remember when two guys threw tofu cream pies at Annthrax Poultergeist at an appearance here in Tucson? Well, the second of the pie tossers has just pled guilty to the misdeameanor (not a heroic act?). The original more stringent charges against the pie-throwers were dropped when both the arresting officer and Coulter failed to show up to testify against them. Apparently the Pima County Attorney's Office failed to notify them of the date. Ooooops! Tee hee. Cheers to the Pima County Attorney's Office! : ) linky

    Cheers to more nutty albums from the past


    -76W-83S Artists to my mind are the real architects of change, not the political legislators who implement change after the fact- WS Burroughs

    by cosmic debris on Tue Jan 10, 2006 at 05:15:23 AM PST

    •  My brother had Knockers Up... (4.00)
      ...when we were in high school(He's two years older than me).  That's should definitely not be considered high praise for the quality of the comedy album.  The man also used to drink at a bar called the Rusty Duck.


      Teacher's Lounge opens each Saturday, sometime between 10am and 11am EST

      by rserven on Tue Jan 10, 2006 at 06:47:51 AM PST

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    •  I have a dim recollection (4.00)
      of my parents joking with their friends and using the phrase "knockers up!"  My dad was military (USAF), and I always thought it was a joke about calling WACS to attention.  It was always, "All right girls!  Knockers up!"

      I didn't realize it was an album...

      -9.25, -7.54

      Yikes. Good thing I don't have guns.

      by Marc in KS on Tue Jan 10, 2006 at 10:21:15 AM PST

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  •  Coffee Spit (4.00)
    "Let's see.  I'm an Aries.  I love puppies, snowflakes, female subjugation, folk music, an imperial presidency and slumber parties.  I think Nick is a creep and Jessica should make him pay!  Does my Scooby Doo tank top make me look fat...?"
  •  Sherm's Before Work (Wow) C & J... (4.00)
    Cheers to BiPM and Michael... nice to see you fellas back this week!

    Cheers to the Cafe crowd... an odd bunch you bobs are, but good eggs all the same!

    Cheers to a good and flexible new job.  I can access email, a call on my cell once in awhile is OK, my hours are kinda up to my own discretion (hence my morning post :) )... I know... priorities Sherm, priorities...

    Cheers to finally having a job, seriously.

    Cheers and best wishes at the dentist!  If you can even send wishes for that sort of thing...

    Jeers to my pants cuffs that continue to roll up on their own... sigh.

    Cheers that my Jeers are quite minimal.

    Jeers to that fucking bastard Alito.  I'm hoping, but I'm also cynical and I fear he's gonna get it.  Fucker.

    Cheers to meeting... soon...  That's a definite Cheers.

    Cheers everyone.  Have a good Tuesday.  Be well and have fun.  Hugs and Smooches.  :)

    Never say never... AND... I HATE being filled with this much hate and rage. I just want to love...

    by shermanesq on Tue Jan 10, 2006 at 05:17:26 AM PST

  •  C&J (4.00)
    Jeers to huge amounts of work suddenly showing up.

    Jeers to the cost of having trees taken down.

    Jeers to the smell in my office.

    Cheers to me for continuing my after work walks.  

    Jeers to people being mad at me because I can't do something.  Damnit people I'm new, I haven't been given access to everything here!

    Jeers to how hard it is to accumulate vacation leave.

    Cheers I was able to get over half of my holiday decorations down on Sunday.  And that was with interuptions galore.


    Home is where the cat is

    by HK on Tue Jan 10, 2006 at 05:18:27 AM PST

  •  IRAQ = #137 Least Corrupt Country (4.00)
    Way to go USA (and coallition of the willing ( but mostly USA))

    Your Tax dollars at work!

    "Who made america leader of the free world? I voted for Belgium" Eddie Izzard

    by ewan husarmee on Tue Jan 10, 2006 at 05:19:12 AM PST

  •  Conflicted Cheers Tuesday (4.00)
    Cheers to BiPM because he's BiPM.

    Jeers to Rick Santorum because he's Rick Santorum.

    Cheers/Jeers to Ben Stein.  How can so much conflict rage within one mind?  His recent commentaries on "CBS Sunday Morning" have been great, but where does all that other stuff come from?

    Jeers to spending nearly $100 at the grocery last night for just me (and my bunnies).  How did that happen?!?  Cheer-within-a-Jeer for getting a free poster of the Indianapolis Colts because I spent more than $50.  Because I am mindful of the feelings of my Patriot-loving C&J pals, I will withhold any Super Bowl predictions.  ;)

    Jeers to having a meeting this morning -- gotta run!

    Hugs to all -- have a fabulous day!

    "Is this the fun part? Are we having fun yet? -- Carol Burnett in "The Four Seasons"

    by Hoosier Dem Femme on Tue Jan 10, 2006 at 05:19:41 AM PST

  •  Cheers to animated poots (3.96)
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  •  Jeers to Lung Cancer. Cheers to quitting cigs. (4.00)
    I'm doing my part to thwart lung cancer. Yesterday was my first day of not smoking. (Cheers to me!) It was fucking hard. You guys should've heard me blabbering on like a crazy person.

    So far, this morning, I don't feel nearly as nutty, but we'll see how the day goes. Wish me luck.


    •  Go you. (4.00)
      Giving it up is so hard - I managed it and you can too.


      Find something else to do with your hands (puzzles, stress reliever toys etc)

      Getting drunk just makes you want to smoke (I still have that, 4 years on)

      And if you crack and have one, that does not mean that you have failed.

      C'est l'histoire d'un homme en chute libre, qui se dit, "Jusqu'ici tout va bien...jusqu'ici tout va bien...jusqu'ici tout va bien..."

      by eco on Tue Jan 10, 2006 at 05:53:48 AM PST

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    •  Fags (4.00)
      Good Luck and Mighty Strength of Character to YOU.

      It's even better than Happy Birthday

      Malcolm in the UK

      Men are from Mars, Women from Venus and Bush from Ur-anus!!

      by malc19ken on Tue Jan 10, 2006 at 05:59:15 AM PST

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    •  Wow! This is day two for me, as well. (4.00)
      Let's make it happen, mrHD.  I agree, today's a LOT better than yesterday.
    •  Just look at it this way.............. (3.93)
         you're saving money not buying the little cancer sticks.

      Your clothes, your house, your car, and your breath won't stink anymore.

      And last but not least.........your health will improve, you'll feel better,'ll live longer!

      Best wishes to you in giving up that nasty habit!

      If the people lead, the leaders will follow.

      by Mz Kleen on Tue Jan 10, 2006 at 06:34:20 AM PST

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      •  My house... (4.00)
        ... I never smoked inside or around my kids. FYI. Always outside and mostly where they couldn't see me. I tried not to set a bad example.


        •  Unsolicted advice from an ex-smoker (4.00)
          I didn't smoke inside my house either. When the cravings got bad during my final quit (I had several practice runs), I'd go outside to my usual smoking spot and just take several deep breaths until the craving passed. So much of the smoking addiction is the routine so keeping half that routine helped a lot. Didn't matter that I'd find myself on the porch, shivering in below freezing temps, dodging raindrops and huffing and puffing like someone who'd stumbled by accident into their first Pilates class. But I soon began to feel downright smug because I was pulling fresh air into my lungs instead of poison.

          Find whatever works for you and stick to it, no matter how silly it seems to anyone else.

          Hang in there and remember: YOU CAN DO IT.

          •  I couldn't agree more: (4.00)
            Find whatever works for you and stick to it, no matter how silly it seems to anyone else.

            Yeah, I pretty much gave myself permission to do ANYTHING BUT smoke. Anything. What-EVer. Dig?

            For me - it was crocheting (something for my hands to do) and chewing on licorice root (something for my mouth to do).

            Actually - the licorice root helped a lot. It may seem silly, but rumor has it there is something to it:

            And no - I hardly know how to crochet at all. I just kept going back and forth and back and forth until I made the ugliest 10 foot scarf in the history of the universe.

            Oh well - when folded up, it makes a decent Pootie Napping Pad!

    •  Excellent (4.00)
      This is good news.  Follow everyone's suggestions above.
    •  Congratulations! (4.00)
      We're all rooting for your success.  

      "Is this the fun part? Are we having fun yet? -- Carol Burnett in "The Four Seasons"

      by Hoosier Dem Femme on Tue Jan 10, 2006 at 07:28:38 AM PST

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    •  I smoked for (4.00)
      over forty years. I am in my sixth week without them.Somwhere I read the following:

      There is no point in giving in to the urge to smoke just one more, because another urge will soon follow it.

      I don't know why, but that really did it for me.

      I went on the patch for a couple of weeks, then switched to gum. I'm down to two pieces of gum a day, but I think I will have to stop using it because something is really hurting my stomach (an old ulcer is showing signs of life), and I fear it's the nicotine I'm swallowing.

      It is very difficult, even now. The urges are less frequent but some of them are very strong. The simple impulse to reach for the pack, and the lighter--that whole ceremony thing that quiets your nerves-- has all but left me.

      Still, I'm home free for I know I won't light another cigarette.

      If you give in to the urge for just one more, another urge will follow.

      •  eureka (4.00)
        The simple impulse to reach for the pack, and the lighter--that whole ceremony thing that quiets your nerves-- has all but left me.

        This is where I keep failing.  The ritual of smoking.  I'm glad to know that it does leave and six weeks isn't really that long...

        The Global Struggle against Violent Extremism begins at home!

        by JLongs on Tue Jan 10, 2006 at 08:18:11 AM PST

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      •  suggestion fwiw (4.00)
        as you get off the nictonie gum, switch to regular (or sugarless) gum - yes, a substitute substitute.
        •  Thanks. (4.00)
          I have been using the sugar free gum, alternating with the nicotine gum. I'm using one piece of nicotine gum today, actually cut one in half (desperate situations call for desperate measures), and it is helpful

          Also, keeping a bottle of water handy is helpful

          First couple of days, I found a short, lightweight ball point pen and took to fiddling with it, carrying it about....okay,
          I know this begins to sound nutty, but it helped.

          Also, crossword puzzles, crochet, needlepoint. And guys, remember Rosie Grier, the football player. He did needplepoint. Anything repetitive is good, as it relaxes you, and can be a form of meditation.

          And if all else fails, I go for a walk. If I were younger I would run.

          Keep your hands busy. Have someone spend the day with you on that first day. That was huge for me.

          The point is to use anything and everything that helps.

    •  Another Unsolicited Bit of Advice (4.00)
      First, congratulations -- I actually found the third day to be the hardest, but once past that it was usually much easier.

      May I simply put forth a nugget of Taoist perspective?  Many people approach the issue of quitting smoking as an exercise in willpower.  However, it is not possible to apply willpower to the cessation of activity.  Instead, you might reflect on the fact that it is actually easiest to not smoke -- you don't have to buy them, unwrap them, find a place to smoke them, remember a lighter, remember the smokes themselves, etc.  Once I was able to realise that not smoking was actually the path of least resistance, my natural laziness allowed me to quit.

      Best of luck!

      It behooves the mind to be on guard against every deception and to strive for the sublime. Kataphigiota, Ch 19.

      by kropotkind on Tue Jan 10, 2006 at 09:16:39 AM PST

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    •  CHEERS to you! (4.00)
      CHEERS, CHEERS and MORE CHEERS to you, for doing the hardest thing you'll probably ever do. Adding you to my mental heroes list, started when HHG-now-WTP gave up alcohol.

      Have you added yourself to the map?

      by brillig on Tue Jan 10, 2006 at 12:12:10 PM PST

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  •  C&J slithy tove style (4.00)
    JEERS to gears slipping and the clutch repair I've been dreading coming due.
    CHEERS to the service department taking my car and fixing it same-day.
    JEERS to the technician finding an early oil leak, but CHEERS to finding it when the engine was already in pieces, thus saving on labor charges.
    CHEERS to having a spiffy all-fixed car, but JEERS to being out $1500 now.  PB&J anyone?

    CHEERS to Beatlejuice, playing this weekend in Somerville, MA. Maybe they'll dedicate Sgt. Pepper's to petal and angelama on Friday night? (probably not, but we'll know they meant to...)

    JEERS that work keeps me from playing here much these days. I miss you all!

    Have you added yourself to the map?

    by brillig on Tue Jan 10, 2006 at 05:23:41 AM PST

  •  Cheers and Jeers (4.00)
    CHEERS to Karl Marx and Noam Chomsky; ever since a few of us read their works, some of over more conservative teachers have become extremely annoyed at the fact that every single right-wing comment they utter gets messily refuted with proven data, quotes and tough-as-nails logic.

    CHEERS to theatre - playing in it, that is. It is great fun to slip into someone else's skin, but it's also kind of scary sometimes, when plays intrude upon your ''normal'' life.

    CHEERS to America waking up. Maybe those of us in Europe can hope again that there is some sanity left in the world.

    JEERS to the fact that Cheney and Bush aren't behind bars yet. Send them to the Hague. We'll be nice to them, we promise. We'll even give them a shared cell so they may enjoy each other's company for the rest of their lives.

    Finally, CHEERS and CHEERS to the beautifully white silk of horrifyingly cold winter. Who says beauty isn't worth suffering for?

    •  New here (4.00)
      Also, CHEERS to finally deciding to create an account here after following the diaries for quite some time.
      •  Welcome, Dauphin (4.00)
        and as one theater person to another, I say:

        All Daily Kos is a stage!

        So come and perform here often.  You've already chosen your character, so tell us a bit more about your work -- if you wish.

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

        by original practice on Tue Jan 10, 2006 at 09:48:00 AM PST

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  •  Rep. John T. Doolittle (4.00)
    Originally posted in this diary. Jeers to the Culture of Corruption®

    "The gang that couldn't bribe straight": LA Times scoop!!!

    WASHINGTON -- In a case that echoes the Jack Abramoff influence-peddling scandal, two northern California Republican congressmen used their official positions to try to stop a federal investigation of a wealthy Texas businessman who provided them with political contributions.

    The congressmen, John T. Doolittle and Richard W. Pombo, joined forces with former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay of Texas to oppose an investigation by federal banking regulators into the affairs of Houston millionaire Charles E. Hurwitz, documents recently obtained by the Los Angeles Times show. The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation was seeking $300 million from Hurwitz for his role in the collapse of a Texas savings and loan that ultimately cost taxpayers $1.6 billion.

    The investigation was ultimately dropped.

    Republican Representatives spoke to reporters about recent action by the House Ethics Committee. The committee exonerated Majority Leader Delay of charges that he illegally solicited contributions, laundered money, and misused his office. The speakers referred to the charges as "sordid, unethical, and base." Following their remarks, the Representatives responded to questions from members of the press.

    Social conservative Roy Blunt fills in for indicted majority leader Tom DeLay. John T. "Wacky" Doolittle looks on with DeLay.

  •  Officially Cheering (and barely Jeering) (4.00)
    Cheers and Jeers on January 10th, 2006

    JEERS! that I'm now officially old....
    CHEERS!/JEERS! that you can call me GRAMPA.

    Meet Jacob William Weir....
        (pictures taken when less than one hour old)
    Born Friday, January 6th, 2006 at 8:24 p.m.
    7 lb, 3 oz
    20" long

    ...son of Bill & Sarah Rose

    Jake and Sarah with Grampa...

    Next day: Auntie Amy checked out all his parts were in working order.

    CHEERS! that when I finally got to the computer Sunday night to send out notice and pictures (basically, what you see above) after a very busy weekend, the first email I opened was from a friend living in Florida for over 20 years (he was one of my best friends as a teenager, and we were roommates in the Army for nearly 2 years) whose son had become a father less than 24 hours before my daughter gave birth - and neither of us knew about the other. Congrats, Paisan!

    "If you want a friend in Washington, get a dog." (Harry S. Truman)

    by PBen on Tue Jan 10, 2006 at 05:24:58 AM PST

  •  Lorax Quickie C&J (4.00)
    Cheers to BiPM

    Jeers to ScAlito

    Cheers to the cafe, bobs, and bobettes

    Jeers to work

    Cheers to having something to do from 8-5

    "Infinite love is the only truth. Everything else is illusion." - David Icke
    Heathbar's Crunch

    by Dr Seuss on Tue Jan 10, 2006 at 05:28:18 AM PST

  •  CHEERS to KO. (4.00)
    Loved that segment where he reads off all of the failed FOX shows at the commercial break, and is still reading them afterwards. Dunno why, just liked it.

    And CHEERS to Jon Stewart. GREAT show last night.

    Great skit on Biggus Dickus in particular

    The Perfect is the Enemy of the Better

    by dabize on Tue Jan 10, 2006 at 05:28:36 AM PST

  •  Tuesday Cheers (4.00)
    Cheers to starting class again.  I am taking Abstract Algebra this winter.  I tried taking it by correspondence course last summer/fall, but that failed miserably.  The classroom setting with easy access to a professor and other students to bounce ideas off of is easier.  

    Cheers that the girl who is sitting behind me has already taken this class once and is retaking it to up her GPA.  That could be major help if I'm at a loss.

    Cheers for my niece's new cat, Dumbledore who was picked up from the humane society last week.  This is a replacement cat for one who died last fall.  Their other cat is really her mom's cat because she doesn't really interact with my niece or brother, so Dumbledore is their cat.  The two cats also play well with each other.

    Cheers for irony.  The wallpaper on my computer is a poster from and is Limitations, Until you spread your wings, you'll have no idea how far you can walk.

    Cheers for hubby who made dinner and washed dishes afterward.  I am very blessed.

    America works best in spreading democracy when people over the world see something they want to emulate. Richard

    by Mlle L on Tue Jan 10, 2006 at 05:28:47 AM PST

    •  One Jeer (4.00)
      Jeers to the bug that is going around afflicting the kids in our neighborhood.  The two year old next door is miserable (as is his mom at this point) because of a bad case of diarrhea along with vomiting.  Not a good vision.  Lots of changed sheets and an emergency call for us to run out on Sunday and get some gatoraid because he won't drink pedialite.

      Unfortunately, neigborette heard that this takes about six days to run its course.  I hope Connor feels better soon, poor guy.

      America works best in spreading democracy when people over the world see something they want to emulate. Richard

      by Mlle L on Tue Jan 10, 2006 at 05:44:52 AM PST

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      •  sorry to hear this- poor baby (4.00)
        Did they try freezing the pedilyte and/or gatorade? - my kid would take the pedilyte when it was frozen or slushy, but wouldn't touch it straight.  Might be worth a try. Funny thing with kid's taste buds - freezing (or sometimes heating) certain foods made all the difference in 'acceptability' (or maybe my kid was weird - hmmm. it must run in the family ).
        Persistant diarrhea is scary/serious in small children - they dehydrate so quickly.  Good luck.

        Comfort the afflicted. Afflict the comfortable.

        by FindingMyVoice on Tue Jan 10, 2006 at 10:26:59 AM PST

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    •  I love (4.00)  hilarious stuff.  i've often considered replacing the "motivational posters" here at work with those.  wonder how long it'd take anyone to notice...

      The Global Struggle against Violent Extremism begins at home!

      by JLongs on Tue Jan 10, 2006 at 06:36:30 AM PST

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  •  Cartoon C&J (4.00)
    CHEERS to Republicans for making a cartoonist's job easy:


    I'll start in on Alito later, but for now I refuse to buy into the distraction from the Abramoff affair.

  •  The King Sticks His Tongue Out (4.00)
    Go ahead, Congress, pass some new laws;
    I'll sign them, including their flaws.
    But I'll issue a decree
    That says they don't apply to me.
    Why do I do it?  Just because!

    Jeers to the unitary Bush.  Would you agree that Clinton should have had this power?

    Double jeers to our illustrious Senators and Congresspeople.  You've been letting him get away with this?  Tell me again why we need you...

    lime rick Don't let the perfect become the enemy of the good. -Voltaire (tx Cartoon Peril!)

    by mspicata on Tue Jan 10, 2006 at 05:30:00 AM PST

  •  Cheers to C & J (4.00)
    Cheers to having a moment to post on C & J.. it's been a loooooong time.

    Cheers to having a bit of "free time" before the semester starts.  And by free time, I mean the ability to clean enough dishes to eat and enough office space to work before classes start.

    Jeers to me for not posting so long.  Small update:  for those of you who read how nervous I was about meeting my love's family, know that it went amazingly well, I took your advice and played with babies, saw childhood pictures, and was on my extreme best behavior.  I got the thumbs up!  Woohoo!

    Cheers to everyone at DKos and the reality based community.  Just when I think the news couldn't possibly get worse, I realize there are people out there who want to know what's actually going on, and who aren't swayed by the boogie men.

    Cheers everyone!

    "Yes, reason has been a part of organized religion, ever since two nudists took dietary advice from a talking snake." - Jon Stewart

    by ThaliaR on Tue Jan 10, 2006 at 05:31:29 AM PST

  •  And a bit more (4.00)
    CHEERS to John Yoo, the intellectual beard for Bush's foreign and domestic adventures, for dropping his pants in an article obviously submitted before he knew the wiretapping scandal would become public- John Yoo says surveilance illegal.  This is actually a big one, and one you'll want to save for when his name comes up again as an 'intellectually honest academic conservative.'  The guy is a damned fraud, so read this one with your irony meter tamped down.  Otherwise, it might explode.
  •  Jeers, Jeers & More Jeers (4.00)
    Jeers to the lowlifes who stole my wife's wallet in downtown DC at about 1 yesterday afternoon, and by 3 had spent almost $2,000 in suburban Prince George's County, including $804 in groceries and $500 at the Gap.

    Jeers to the merchants who shrug their shoulders and say it's not their problem when asked why they don't request identification when extraordinarily large purchases are made.  Makes you wonder just how good an idea the whole "fraud protection" thing is -- if everybody gets reimbursed by the credit card company, what's the point of paying attention?  In the meantime, organized gangs of credit card thieves make out quite well, thank you very much.

    Jeers to Alito.  If, as he says, judges can't have preconceived notions on issues, then, well, why are we having these hearings?  You're outta there, pal -- pick up your parting gifts on the way out and thanks for playing.

    Jeers to the continuing "but Democrats took money from Abramoff too" nonsense.  Not true, aka "a lie."  CNN continues to talk it, newspapers continue to print it (including LTEs) and of course, it will soon be "conventional wisdom."  Only by defining the victims as the perpetrators can you find any "Democratic money," and even then, no one has been able to link Abramoff to any specific donations.  What a crock.

    Jeers to Tom DeLay's prospects for ultimate survival.  The conspiracy against him now includes the 9 Republican members of the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, which unanimously denied his request to dismiss the charges against him or for an immediate trial.  Glad to see they got the memo from the DNC on this one.

    Jeers to MSNBC for that balanced coverage.  Gillespie, Frist and Buchanan.  The only world in which that constitutes balance is inside Tom DeLay's head, and we don't want to go there -- it's a scary place.

    Well, as the lady once said, tomorrow is another day.  And it's tomorrow now.  Can't help but be better than yesterday.  So cheers to that.

    I don't have no use for what you loosely call the truth -- Tina Turner

    by jsmdlawyer on Tue Jan 10, 2006 at 05:34:50 AM PST

    •  $804 in Groceries?!?!? (4.00)
      At one place?  And no one asked for id or other verification?  That's nuts, unless you're buying for some kind of group home or long houseboat fishing trip in Canada.

      Good lord.....

    •  I think there's a diary there (4.00)
      waiting to have the story be told.

      Tell everyone you know the name of the grocery store and have people get in their face about it.  Write some LTE's and write a letter to GAP telling them they suck.  

      Not their problem my ass!  The merchants can help prevent this kind of fraud from happening.  Asshats!

      If the people lead, the leaders will follow.

      by Mz Kleen on Tue Jan 10, 2006 at 06:46:52 AM PST

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    •  I'm So Sorry (4.00)
      I hope your wife is OK and that no harm came or was threatened to her.  
      •  She;s fine (4.00)
        her wallet was taken out of her purse while eating lunch.  The purse was sitting on the floor next to her.  This is how brazen and skilled these thieves are -- they can take your wallet right out of your purse, and she didn't even know it until the credit card company called her at work to ask if she had made $500 in purchases at the Gap.

        BTW, this exact same thing happened to a friend of ours a few months ago.  We were all having lunch on a Saturday when a couple of guys came in, one grabbed the friend's wallet out of her purse, and within ten minutes, they had spent over $1,000.  In that case, the whole thing was caught on security camera, and within a few more minutes, we knew that the thieves had bought movie tickets a block away.  Despite having a physical description, and knowing the thieves were in the movie theater, the police refused to do anything.  Now if it had been one of my clients . . . . . . .

        I don't have no use for what you loosely call the truth -- Tina Turner

        by jsmdlawyer on Tue Jan 10, 2006 at 06:56:46 AM PST

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        •  The "Not Doing Anything" (4.00)
          Is what bothers me.  Hopefully, there are some security photos from the stores where your wife's credit cards were used.

          My husband was mugged while out walking (much like the New York Times reporter).  He willingly gave up the $40 he had with him, but the muggers beat him up and when he tried to get back to his feet, came back and kicked him until he stayed down.  The police came and my husband rode around with them for a while, but that was the extent of the investigation.  He spent thousands of dollars getting his teeth fixed.

    •  Please forgive me this morning (4.00)
      as I have not had adequate levels of caffeine in my system yet.

      I feel like an insensitive toad after seeing eafredel's post.

      I too hope that no harm came to your wife when her wallet was stolen.

      If the people lead, the leaders will follow.

      by Mz Kleen on Tue Jan 10, 2006 at 07:08:18 AM PST

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    •  Sorry about the theft (4.00)
      I've not had my wallet stolen, but have experienced theft via electronic use of my credit card and bank account numbers three times.  It's true that these types of crimes are expanding, and the thieves often feel they are "victimless" crimes because the card holder is usually reimbursed.  There really has to be a better way to handle security for financial transactions.

      Glad to know your wife is OK!

  •  Cheers (4.00)
    to this CBS poll: which shows that Americans are beginning to get the idea that the Abramoff scandal is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Republican Party and that Republicans are more corrupt than Democrats.

    Jeers to the fact that 62% still think both parties are equally involved. Thanks to all the talking heads who have muddied the water on this issue.

    "Nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition" - Monty Python

    by MadRuth on Tue Jan 10, 2006 at 05:34:56 AM PST

    •  We've got to go on the offensive (4.00)
      and have an organized media blitz putting out the talking points expressed in the same fashion as the Good Doctor while on Woffie's show.  

      62% think both

      Don't push me 'cause I'm close to the edge

      by Cat4everrr on Tue Jan 10, 2006 at 05:56:28 AM PST

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  •  Just-back-from-vacation C & J (4.00)
    I've been gone for over three weeks on vacation and got nothing but big fat jeers for Bushco.

    Bushco, putting the mock in democracy.

    by Southern Bell on Tue Jan 10, 2006 at 05:35:23 AM PST

  •  Jeers to bird flu in Trinidad?? (4.00)
    The only western paper carrying this so far is the Edmonton Sun:

    CUMUTO, Trinidad -- The health minister of Trinidad promised an investigation yesterday after 2,000 chickens died at several farms in eastern Trinidad, but said he doubts the cause was bird flu.

    The birds have been dying since last Thursday on a half-dozen large farms 40 km east of the capital Port-of-Spain, said a farmer who did not want to be identified.

    If you Google this, the only other sources right now are Chinese...

    Fringe is the new black. - Me

    by chillindame on Tue Jan 10, 2006 at 05:37:58 AM PST

  •  whaddya think, you';re patrickfitzgerald? (4.00)
    CHEERS to Patrick Fitzgerald.  I don't usually get all teary-eyed while reading the blogs, but Jane of Firedoglake has put up some advance quotes from the forthcoming Vanity Fair profile of the Fitz, and they're killer.  A few choice tidbits:

    In 1993 he handled his first big case, of Mob bigwigs John and Joseph Gambino, associates of John Gotti's, charged with murder, racketeering, and narcotics trafficking. After a four-month trial -- during which Mob turncoat Salvatore "Sammy the Bull" Gravano testified -- a lone holdout hung the jury. So devastating was the outcome that Fitzgerald went into a deep funk and considered changing careers. (To avoid a re-trial, the two mobsters eventually pleaded guilty to lesser charges.)

    By this point, Fitzgerald's mother had died and his father had Alzheimer's disease; still, when then attorney general Janet Reno gave Fitzgerald an award for his work on the Gambino case, he brought his father, then only intermittently lucid, with him to Washington and posed with him by the bust of one of the elder Fitzgerald's heroes, Robert Kennedy, in the Justice Department's courtyard. It was a moment that few there could forget. Invariably bringing his office work with him, Fitzgerald took terms with his siblings caring for his father at his home in Brooklyn until his death.

    What a guy.

    The case he eventually put together, against four defendants, went to trial in early 2001. It was complicated legally and logistically, what with bringing witnesses, victims -- nearly 5,000 people were injured in the two blasts -- and their families from Africa to New York. And bin Laden's world was still terra incognita to the west: at one point Judge Leonard Sand, who presided, had to ask Fitzgerald how to pronounce "al-Qaeda." Working from memory, availing himself of what Kenneth Karas -- a colleague of Fitzgerald's who went to Africa with him and is now a Federal District Court Judge in Manhattan -- calls his "mainframe-computer brain," Fitzgerald laid out what he had. In late May he got his convictions, failing only to get the death penalties he sought for two defendants. After the verdict, when he walked into the room filled with people whose lives were scarred by the bombings, the group saluted him with a tribal chant of praise.

    That is just SO cool.

    This is hilarious:

    By recess of his first day of sixth grade at Our Lady Help of Christians School, in Brooklyn, his classmates were already touting him as the smartest kid there, though he insisted on playing sports so as not to be considered an egghead.

    "Patrick Fitzgerald was the benchmark for what you had to be," says Martin Snow, who went to grade school and high school with him. "It was one word: 'patrickfitzgerald.' People would say, 'What do you think, you're patrickfitzgerald?'"

    I'm not so sure about this one, however:

    ...he is apparently as single as ever. "When you meet him, you can see that he isn't going to cancel any plans to see you or make it to a party you've been invited to," says one woman who dated him for a time. "He keeps waiting for the next assignment to be over so he can see his family, get married, get a life, but he just never gets there."

    Well, I dunno, lady, maybe he just had a feeling that you were the type who would kiss-and-tell!

    JEERS to me for being a jealous catty bitch!

    and a semi-JEERS to Fitz for being too shy and retiring to let Annie Leibovitz take the portrait you know she should.  Or maybe he did lift his media blackout for this occasion (but I doubt it).

    CHEERS to Jane H. for providing this preview to us Fitz groupies.

    And finally, CHEERS for billinportlandmaine - the benchmark for what all Kossacks should be - who has reminded me of one of my faves, Paul Lynde.  Here's a Paul Lynde story: while doing his standup act in a nightclub one evening, Lynde was harassed by a drunk woman who kept bawling "I don't get it!" after every joke.  Finally the bouncers came to haul her away.  Lynde, with his trademark smirk, leaned into the microphone and said "NOW you're gonna get it!!"

    Here's hoping that Fitz says something similar to Karl Rove et al. very soon.

    Perhaps some mighty victory is growing in you now. - Mike Finley

    by hrh on Tue Jan 10, 2006 at 05:38:32 AM PST

  •  Free Domain, Blog and Traffic (4.00)
    I'm giving away my blog, the domain (PR 6 on Google) and all my content to a lucky person.  More info on this is in my diary.  

    Essentially, I've blogged at Patridiot Watch for two years and need to do other things now.  However, there's a lot of content there that gets a lot of traffic from Google and Yahoo! and other links and I don't want to see the archive die.

    So I am giving it all away to some lucky person who wants to start a national political blog.  They'll have a big lead with readership and traffic and placement in the search engines.

    And I am doing it for nothing more than archiving my content.

    I have three folks interested so far, and are looking for others.  Final decision will be made on January 15, 2006.

    Patridiot Watch
    The best blog ever written by Poppy McCool.

    by poppymccool on Tue Jan 10, 2006 at 05:39:19 AM PST

  •  Cheers to rodents! (4.00)
    FORT SUMNER, New Mexico (AP) -- A mouse got its revenge against a homeowner who tried to dispose of it in a pile of burning leaves. The blazing creature ran back to the man's house and set it on fire.
    Luciano Mares, 81, of Fort Sumner said he caught the mouse inside his house and wanted to get rid of it.
    "I had some leaves burning outside, so I threw it in the fire, and the mouse was on fire and ran back at the house," Mares said from a motel room Saturday.
    Village Fire Chief Juan Chavez said the burning mouse ran to just beneath a window, and the flames spread up from there and throughout the house.
    No was hurt inside, but the home and everything in it was destroyed.

    "Our attitude was- the revolution can't start until we find our hair gel." Joe Strummer

    by histopresto on Tue Jan 10, 2006 at 05:43:41 AM PST

  •  yay! (4.00)
    Let's all climb in Histo's box!!

    like performing cunnilingus on your grandma...the white trash poet

    by the white trash poet on Tue Jan 10, 2006 at 06:14:19 AM PST

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  •  Trapped in a box (4.00)
    sounds fun.

    The cat enjoyed it last night (well, she wasn't really trapped - and it was a bag and not a box).

    •  I'm a'livin' in a box (our 80s flashback) (4.00)
      Woke up this morning
      Closed in on all sides
      Nothing doing
      I feel resistance
      As I open my eyes
      Someone's fooling
      I've found a way to break
      Through this cellophane line
      Cause I know what's going on
      In my own mind

      I'm a'livin' in a box
      I'm a'livin' in a cardboard box
      I'm a'livin' in a box
      I'm a'livin' in a cardboard box
      I'm a'livin' in a box

      Life goes in circles
      Around and around circulation
      I sometimes wonder
      What's moving underground
      I'm escaping
      I've found a way ...
      I've found a way ...

      I'm a'livin'in a cardboard box

      I'm a'livin' in a box (living)
      I'm a'livin' in a cardboard box
      I'm a'livin' in a box (living)
      I'm a'livin' in a cardboard box
      I'm a'livin' in a box (living)
      I'm a'livin' in a cardboard box
      I'm a'livin' I'm a'livin' I'm a'livin'
      I'm a'livin' I'm a'livin' I'm a'livin'  

      (In a box)

      "Our attitude was- the revolution can't start until we find our hair gel." Joe Strummer

      by histopresto on Tue Jan 10, 2006 at 07:12:06 AM PST

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  •  Alice in Chains reference (4.00)
    'I'm the man in the box,
     Buried in my div
     Won't ... you ... come ... and
     Save me?
     Save me.'
  •  hooray (4.00)
    blockquote party!
    eww, who farted?

    The Global Struggle against Violent Extremism begins at home!

    by JLongs on Tue Jan 10, 2006 at 08:23:10 AM PST

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  •  ¡Viva la revolución! (4.00)
    ¡Vivan los ratones!  Or... well, one doesn't live, but... you get the picture.
  •  Pardon Me, 'Scuse Me (4.00)
    Is this space taken, or can just anyone squeeze in here?
    OUCH!!! Hey, watch the mmphpharghgh....

    "If you want a friend in Washington, get a dog." (Harry S. Truman)

    by PBen on Tue Jan 10, 2006 at 10:44:30 AM PST

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  •  Scuchelay! (4.00)
    Is it too late to join the party Histo??? I don't really wanna be inside your box as bad as the pervs here, but the blockquote party sure sounds fun!!!

    -76W-83S Artists to my mind are the real architects of change, not the political legislators who implement change after the fact- WS Burroughs

    by cosmic debris on Tue Jan 10, 2006 at 05:24:45 PM PST

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  •  Wow! (4.00)
    "Freedom deserves a better epitaph than fear."

    Just wow.

    You want a bumper sticker that carries no partisan message but that people will understand as it truly bashes the current-GOP style of governing?  That's it.

    Yes, I said "no partisan message" and "bashes the...GOP."  This message is American, not Democrat, not Republican (as we with a longer history understand it).  Bush and his minions are not American in the sense of representing any group outside of their own.  Bashing them is not bashing America, as we all know.

  •  C&J from Da Ville (4.00)
    Not feeling too Cheery today...

    Jeers to signing statements, whereby the Executive tells the Legislative "it doesn't matter what you say; we're just going to ignore it."

    Jeers to legislative bodies that let them get away with it. The will of the people is being pissed away in the crapbowl of lobbyists, money, and politics.

    Jeers to sheeple. Talking about this with co-workers or even family just brands me a nutcase or a crank. I feel like I'm in a pot full of the proverbial frogs over the heat, and I'm the only one yelping as it gets hotter and hotter.

    But ...

    Cheers to places like dailyKos, and the Kossacks, where we can both keep up with what's going on, and vent about it.

    Cheers to activists, who give time and money to make things better.

    Cheers to all of you, who let me rant. Venting the emotions here makes it possible to be focused elsewhere -- a valuable thing.

    And finally, Cheers to this grand old country, where we can still (for now) say what we think, act on our beliefs, and sometimes even make a difference. Not trying to be either pious or falsely patriotic -- I sincerely and deeply pray that God protect this nation, even from itself.

    Bruce in Louisville

    by bmaples on Tue Jan 10, 2006 at 05:46:07 AM PST

  •  Florida C&Js (4.00)
    In case anyone missed it yesterday, I'd like to give a scientific shout-out Cheers to the guys and gals at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) for their Stardust Project.  Two years ago, this spacecraft traveled to comet "Wild 2" and collected "space dust" from its halo.  JPL should recover its payload from the Utah desert on January 15th, when it lands at the U.S. Army's Dugway Proving Ground.  No "Andromeda Strain" flames, please - I like to think that the rocket scientists at JPL have this one covered.

    With that said, back to the Sunshine State:

    Cheers to baseball starting in less than two months, well, Spring Training anyway.  Full Grapefruit and Cactus league schedules can be found here.  Here's to having the Marlins remaining in Florida for the whole 2006 season!

    Cheers to the bald eagles in the Florida Keys returning to their nest sites after this past fall's hurricane season.  The famous Conch Republic resiliency to adversity isn't just for the people, the fish, and the coconut palms any more!  

    Cheers as well to the western Atlantic right whale population, which has been having a good wintertime calving season.  This whale species is endangered, in large part because of intense whaling activities in the 1800s, and the population comes down to Georgia and Florida waters annually to have their calves.  "'They're gaining something like 100 pounds a day,' said Tricia Naessig, team leader for the Georgia right whale survey for Wildlife Trust."  And I thought it was just me that did that during the holidays by overindulging on eggnog and spritz cookies.

    But, alas, there's also a serious Jeer to Florida's Big Sugar corporate farm industry, which results in billions of gallons of nutrient-laden farm run-off into Lake Okeechobee.  A civil trial on the issue began yesterday in Miami federal court, where environmental NGOs and the Miccosukee tribe will try to force the South Florida Water Management District to get federal pollution permits for its pumping of water into the lake.  Don't expect this one to be over any time soon.

    Of course, this is also south Florida, where "rocky, trash-strewn fields, lots crammed with melaleuca trees, even fledgling construction sites" count as farmland under a 1959 state law intended to preserve agriculture.  (The above link is to a three-part Miami Herald piece on the development of south Florida.)  For the life of me, I can't understand how or why developers would be interested in subverting this law, but then again, new home prices in the western suburbs - those former agricultural areas - are now over $1 million each (and growing).

    At the very least, we can give a Cheers to the weather: "Farmers -- and crops -- weather cold snap: Despite temperatures that dipped into the 30s Sunday morning, crops in Miami-Dade County fared well".  Temperatures are expected to rise today and tomorrow to the upper 70s.

    And finally, a big Cheers again to the Miami Herald and its regular feature entitled "Weird News."  This Sunday's column: Mouse thrown into fire sets home ablaze.  I can't make this stuff up!

    •  How's the fishing been? (4.00)
      I'm going down in a couple weeks to the Boca Grande- Englewood area to hopefully unwind and catch a few. Any news on the fishing front?

      "We ought never to do wrong when people are looking." Twain

      by dougymi on Tue Jan 10, 2006 at 07:51:28 AM PST

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      •  So-so... (4.00)
        Not to make this thread a fishing report, but it's been pretty spotty over there in central west coast Florida.  Sheepshead, the occasional redfish, that sort of thing.  Try cut-up shrimp or crab baits if you're staying inshore.

        If you're adventurous, the sailfish are slamming the east coast right now.  The West Palm Beach Fishing Club's Silver Sailfish Derby caught a record 258 sails on the first day!  Down off the Keys, the sails are still thick from Islamorada north, although they're also starting to work their way down towards Key West on the inshore side.

        Unless you've got a really good boat, or like abuse, winter's a good time to watch Guy Harvey DVDs at home.  If either of those applies, however, the swordfish bite off the Keys through the lower east coast is doing okay right now, too.

        Good luck!

  •  Cheers and Jeers (4.00)
    Sadly, mostly jeers on this bleak day...

    JEERS to some of my fellow citizens who post at the local Craigslist. From posts saying men should have "equal reproductive rights" over abortion to "the right to a public education is not constitutional, so be happy, pass that levy and drive your kid to school yourself" a whole lotta wingnuttery masquerading as sense is splashed across the page.

    CHEERS to those that counter it with sensible, fact based posts.

    CHEERS to getting your hair cut for the first time in a year. Drastic change is a good reminder that you are eternally who you are and the outside is just packaging.

    JEERS to those who would support Bush's spying. I mean, really. What the hell happened to this country between the Nixon and Bush eras; where is our sense? Why do we crumple like a 14-year-old's bra sans kleenex whenever it comes to choosing between liberty and "security" --- especially armed with the knowledge that the Bush administration provides neither?  If ignorance killed, we'd be long past worrying about terrorism.

    CHEERS or JEERS to whomever at the Washington Post who spent 30 minutes reading my blog. My bags are all packed for extraordinary rendition or that new Post job. Whichever comes first. ;)

    "As a woman, I have no country. As a woman I want no country. As a woman my country is the whole world."

    by MissAnneThrope on Tue Jan 10, 2006 at 05:49:56 AM PST

  •  Scalito Hearings (4.00)
    Aren't they in the nature of a job interview?   What's with bringing and introducing the whole family down to the cousins.  Seems a little unprofessional to me ... or am I just too conservative?

    by SMucci on Tue Jan 10, 2006 at 05:58:39 AM PST

    •  Playing into the Republican... (4.00) of "what a good family man!"  Why else?

      It is not our job to seek peaceful coexistence with the Left. Our job is to remove them from power permanently. Jack Abramoff in 1983

      by Caldonia on Tue Jan 10, 2006 at 06:51:36 AM PST

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  •  I'll second that Paul Lynde cheer! (3.94)
    To me he will always be the center square.  The man was the king (or should that be queen?) of snark!

    Jeers! to the ass-hat on NPR the other day who said Bob Ney is just a good guy caught up in a bad circumstance.  Yeah, well fuck you too asshole!  He's just another Recrooklican caught with his hand in the cookie jar, so good riddance!

    Cheers! to all the hammering lately on the Army for not supplying body armor to the troops.  My only question would be: what took you so fucking long?  We've known about this for two years!  But still, welcome to the bandwagon...

    And as always, Cheers! to BiPM and all the irregulars in C&J!

    Being called vindictive and partisan by Tom DeLay is like being called ugly by a frog. -- Ronnie Earle

    by John H on Tue Jan 10, 2006 at 06:02:39 AM PST

  •  Cheers to (4.00)
    putting your money where your mouth is. This diary is about doing something more than slapping a yellow magnet on your SUV and cheering on BushCo. It's not my diary, so I don't feel a bit icky about pimping it. Please recommend it, and send a package to a soldier to show that we libruls support the troops, too, and that when we do it, it means something!

    Jeers to late nights because of headaches. I'm sleepy. I'm gonna take a nap.

  •  Jeers to $9,000,000 war games (4.00)

    They've also hired hundreds of local Louisianans to play random Arab civilians, plus "dozens of scriptwriters" to come up with realistic scenarios for the war games.

    "The best way to describe what we're doing here," says one of the U.S. Army intelligence officers who plan the games, "is that we're producing a very complex movie with a huge number of plotlines and a very high budget.''

    How high is the budget?

    "The military spends an average of $9 million staging each 3 1/2-week mission rehearsal exercise," writes Wells Tower, author of this jaw-droppingly bizarre article. That works out to about $117 million a year, he writes.

    That doesn't include the $49 million spent constructing the state-of-the-art fake city of Suliyah, which contains 29 buildings, each one equipped with remote-controlled, smoke-making machines and an intercom system that pipes in "recordings of screaming women, crying babies, barking dogs and other sound effects throughout the whole city.''

    Plus there are 900 video cameras so the brass can watch the games in real time while sitting in high-back, black-leather chairs in Suliyah's control centre.

    Which is, alas, not unusual: Time after time, Tower reports, the fake insurgents massacred the American troops in these games.

    In the real war in Iraq, America is kicking insurgent butt, says President George W. Bush.

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

    Jeers to getting sick. I got hit with a heinous stomach thing late Sunday night and am just barely able to get into work today.

    Jeers the said stomach thing has me too wiped out to make the reading tonight. Ah well, there is another in two weeks and many others after that...

    Cheers to getting a little painting done this weekend. And I do mean little, it is a 9" by 12" oil on canvas.

    Cheers to great poets. Right now, I am listening to one of my favorite poems read by the writer on my iPod...

    A Supermarket in California
    by Allen Ginsberg

    What thoughts I have of you tonight, Walt Whitman, for I walked down the
    streets under the trees with a headache self-conscious looking at the full moon.

    In my hungry fatigue, and shopping for images, I went into the neon fruit
    supermarket, dreaming of your enumerations!
    What peaches and what penumbras! Whole families shopping at night! Aisles
    full of husbands! Wives in the avocados, babies in the tomatoes! --- and you,
    Garcia Lorca, what were you doing down by the watermelons?
    I saw you, Walt Whitman, childless, lonely old grubber, poking among the
    meats in the refrigerator and eyeing the grocery boys.
    I heard you asking questions of each: Who killed the pork chops? What price
    bananas? Are you my Angel?
    I wandered in and out of the brilliant stacks of cans following you, and
    followed in my imagination by the store detective.
    We strode down the open corridors together in our solitary fancy tasting
    artichokes, possessing every frozen delicacy, and never passing the cashier.
    Where are we going, Walt Whitman? The doors close in an hour. Which way does
    your beard point tonight?
    (I touch your book and dream of our odyssey in the supermarket and feel
    Will we walk all night through solitary streets? The trees add shade to
    shade, lights out in the houses, we'll both be lonely.
    Will we stroll dreaming of the lost America of love past blue automobiles in
    driveways, home to our silent cottage?
    Ah, dear father, graybeard, lonely old courage-teacher, what America did you
    have when Charon quit poling his ferry and you got out on a smoking bank and
    stood watching the boat disappear on the black waters of Lethe?

    That is about all I got today,


    like performing cunnilingus on your grandma...the white trash poet

    by the white trash poet on Tue Jan 10, 2006 at 06:06:55 AM PST

    •  I'll second those Ginsberg cheers (4.00)
      What a brilliant way with beautiful, terrible, caustic words!  We lost a giant when he passed on.

      Excerpt from 'Howl' (part 1)

      ah, Carl, while you are not safe I am not safe, and now you're really in the total animal soup of time--

      and who therefore ran through the icy streets obsessed with a sudden flash of the alchemy of the use of the ellipse the catalog the meter & the vibrating plane,

      who dreamt and made incarnate gaps in Time & Space through images juxtaposed, and trapped the archangel of the soul between 2 visual images and joined the elemental verbs and set the noun and dash of consciousness together jumping with sensation of Pater Omnipotens Aeterna Deus

      to recreate the syntax and measure of poor human prose and stand before you speechless and intelligent and shaking with shame, rejected yet confessing out the soul to conform to the rhythm of thought in his naked and endless head,

      the madman bum and angel beat in Time, unknown, yet putting down here what might be left to say in time come after death,

      and rose reincarnate in the ghostly clothes of jazz in the goldhorn shadow of the band and blew the suffering of America's naked mind for love into an eli eli lamma lamma sabacthani saxophone cry that shivered the cities down to the last radio

      with the absolute heart of the poem of life butchered out of their own bodies good to eat a thousand years.

  •  Cheers to Not Monday (4.00)
    Any day that is not Monday is worth cheering, in my estimation.

    Cheers to puppies. I found a breeder of Wheaton Terriers in Missouri who has a momma-dog ready to give birth on February 4. I am on the waiting list and should have a puppy ready to come home by early May. I'm hoping for a little girl. I'm going to name her Maisie. A nice little doggie born in Dog Year! Here is a picture of the puppies' father, Bosley:

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    Jeers to bastard ex boyfriends.

    Cheers to friends who make you feel better. Thanks guys!

    Jeers to mysterious callers who hang up when you answer the phone. My curiosity can't stand it! Who the hell keeps calling me?!

    Cheers to sunny, Spring-like weather in Boston.

    Cheers to getting new running shoes today and Cheers again to using them!

    This isn't a cheer necessarily, but a quote I came across in a lovely book I was reading (The Mermaid Chair). I've been spending a lot of time thinking about love. It started after seeing Brokeback Mountain and my friend and I were discussing the idea of a grand amour. Then I read this book, and then, well with recent events in my own life I've been pondering love and its nature. I thought this was interesting:

    I felt amazed at the choosing one had to do, over and over, a million times daily - choosing love, then choosing it again, how loving and being in love could be so different.

    Cheers to choosing love. (I'm choosing not to jeer anyone for not making that choice because I'm trying to be optimistic today.)

    Happy Not Monday!

    •  Who the hell keeps calling me?! (4.00)
      Ex-boyfriend's new girlfriend?

      Just a guess.


      Teacher's Lounge opens each Saturday, sometime between 10am and 11am EST

      by rserven on Tue Jan 10, 2006 at 06:13:39 AM PST

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    •  puppies! (4.00)
      CHEERS to puppies!! With a daddy like that one, your pup will be a cutie!

      About the mysterious caller... can you do *69 or whatever it is to call back the previous caller?

      Have you added yourself to the map?

      by brillig on Tue Jan 10, 2006 at 06:35:17 AM PST

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    •  Cheers to Thunder and Raleigh's 5th Birthday (4.00)
      Today January 10, 2001 Thunder, Raleigh, their brother Oreo and sister whose name I can't remember were born to Shetland Sheepdogs Melissia and Boomer in Pinehurst, NC.

      WooHoo the guys will be competing in Berryville, VA at Keepstone Farm at the AHBA trial Saturday and Sunday -- Raleigh in Arena Herding Dog 1 class, Thunder in the Arena Herding Dog 2 class.

      Also the Sunday Source section of The Washington Post will have a story on sheepherding this weekend!

  •  CHEERS to todays C&J and to BiPM (4.00)
    He touched all of the most important points as usual.

    Esp the one about fear being a lousy epitaph for freedom.

    That line reminded me of Franklin's famous reply to being asked what form of Government the Continental Congress had churned out:

    "A Republic, madam........ if we can keep it"

    JEERS to the apparent fact that many americans (according to the polls) don't seem to give a damn........

    The Perfect is the Enemy of the Better

    by dabize on Tue Jan 10, 2006 at 06:08:46 AM PST

  •  Good lord, another jeer (4.00)
    And a huge one. John Yoo says Bush can torture a terrorist's child, if necessary.

    I saw this just a few minutes ago and I'm, uh, my mouth is still agape. What a bunch of bastards. Compassionate conservatives my fat white ass, bringing honor and dignity where?

  •  Cheers & Jeers from Carolina (4.00)
    Cheers  to the person who submitted this to the snark forum in my local newspaper: To all the self-righteous fundamentalists upset by the gay cowboy movie "Brokeback Mountain": Is homosexuality a result of evolution--or intelligent design? More Cheers to a recent poll which reveals that high school kids overwhelmingly support recognition of same sex relationships. And the children shall lead...

    Speaking of self-righteous fundies, er, well, speaking of totally insane fundies, Jeers to the ever-odious Fred Phelps for planning to load up his fellow crazies and protest at the memorial service for the Sago miners. Mountaineers are notoriously intolerant of outsiders sticking their noses where they don't belong and Phelps may crawl back to Kansas with his nose...out of joint.

    Jeers to Lindsay Graham for coaching Alito and also threatening to vote for the nuclear option if the Dems filibuster. Like anyone was really fooled by his previous efforts at bipartisanship.

    Cheers to Bill in Portland Maine. You bring new meaning to "laughing through the tears".

  •  Cheers to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals (4.00)
    Maybe this long national nightmare is finally over...

    SAN FRANCISCO - A former lover of President Clinton on Monday lost her effort to revive a defamation case against his wife, Sen. Hillary Clinton, and two of the former president's top aides.

    Former cabaret singer Gennifer Flowers came to public attention during the 1992 presidential campaign when she described a 12-year affair with Clinton, who later acknowledged a relationship with her.

  •  Sun Comes Up, It's Tuesday Morning... (3.95)
    Cheers to my job, and to being low enough on the totem pole that I don't hafta go to staff meetings.  At least they invite me to lunch now ;)

    Cheers to being able to listen to tunes on my new mp3 player (thanks, Santa!) while sitting out of said staff meeting.  This day keeps getting better.

    Jeers to being such a dork...I start dancing and singing along w/the music and don't even realize it until someone is lookin at me crosseyed.  Shit, I'm doing it now!!

    Cheers to pooties!  Meet Rosita:
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    Happy Tuesday all!

    "I said no deal; you can't sell this stuff to me" - Townes Van Zandt

    by btrflisoul on Tue Jan 10, 2006 at 06:27:09 AM PST

  •  Pez's Cheers and Jeers (4.00)
    JEERS to life upheaveals. I'm just starting my MBA program, and I suddenly find out that my job is being "relocated." So, I have the choice to make: Stay where I am and find a new line of work, or follow the job that I love and restart the MBA program somewhere else.

    CHEERS to that somewhere else! A move would take me back to my homeland, Wisconsin, where I could happily continue to vote for Russ Feingold, Herb Kohl, and Jim Doyle. Heck, I might even live in Slugslugbrenner's district so that I can vote against him.

    JEERS to having to make the above decision in only a few days.

    CHEERS to the Alito hearings. Even if we don't stop him, it's a great chance to get the principles of government in action, and point out that the Republicans are slowly turning this country into an oligarchy.

    JEERS to Republican doublespeak. They claim to want a fair hearing, and yet are willing to break Senate rules at the vote that follows if there's a filibuster.

    JEERS to the Anonymous Troll Prevention Act of 2006. As I mentioned on my (shameless plug) personal fountain of thoughts, Dissenters Will Now Be Punished Harshly. It's a stupid, stupid law written by stupid, stupid people who have never once been on the Internet.

    CHEERS to Something Awful,, and all the others that mercilessly bombed ebaum's World. It's about time his Internet theft stopped.

    CHEERS to random photographic memories:

  •  Jeers to Alito. (4.00)
    For a lot of reasons, but especially after hearing him recall his college days at Princeton in the late 60s and whining - yes, whining - about privileged students acting "irresponsibly."  WTF?  You mean they drank and partied and had sex?  Or, perhaps some of them protested an unjust war?  Or started to think about an unjust society?  Or started to question authority?

    I can agree that part of the college experience is about learning something about personal responsibility. But often the best lessons come from pushing those boundaries out a ways, taking some risks, and, yes, even occasionally being schtoopid.  

    I guess our potential-new justice misses the nuns rapping his knuckles, so he's had to internalize them.

    What a creepy thing to remember so many years later. And it explains a bit more about his theory of a unitary executive....


    •  and CHEERS to the ACLU (4.00)
      for coming out early AGAINST him (according to Rachel Maddow, who interviewed an ACLU honcho this AM)

      They almost NEVER do this.

      They see, correctly, that Alito is going to be a total disaster for civil liberties.

      The Perfect is the Enemy of the Better

      by dabize on Tue Jan 10, 2006 at 06:40:31 AM PST

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      •  Good for the ACLU. (4.00)
        I was googling for information on when Princeton became co-ed and ran across an entry on a Princeton "Class of 1971" website, From the Couch -- No potatoes in sight by Bill Zwecker '71.  

        That's what often happens with memories. What are the ones that strike you as being the most meaningful?

        Primarily, I guess I have to say how crucial a role Vietnam -- and the politics surrounding it -- played in shaping the entire Princeton experience for our Class. Unlike other campuses in the late 1960s, Princeton was relatively peaceful. But when I look back on those years, I can't help but first think about SDS demonstrations, the campus strike after the bombing of Cambodia in 1970, that incredible community-wide meeting about Vietnam in Jadwin gymnasium and protests against the University's Institute for Defense Analysis. Then there was Kent State, the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King and the seemingly impossible election of Richard Nixon. After all, it was during those years -- 1967 to 1971 -- when many of us first came to grips with the possibility of challenging authority. Some of us did it in more vocal, active and even militant ways. Others didn't. But many of us listened, absorbed, and wondered a lot about so many of the long-held beliefs we had had about our government, our country and how people all over the globe were affected by decisions made in Washington. Princeton taught us it was good to question. Good to listen to all points of view -- especially those most foreign to our thinking. "Being comfortable is the most dangerous disease to ever infect the mind of an educated person, particularly one who calls himself a scholar," English Professor Carlos Baker once told me. That was a concept that threaded its way through the teachings of many other Princeton educators as well.

        In what ways?

        Princeton in the late `60s was a university in transition. It was populated by a largely white, nearly all-made, upper-middle to upper class student body that maintained a reputation for being the most "social" of the top Ivy League schools. Nearly every professor I had loved playing Devil's advocate and enjoyed reminding students of the apparent contradiction between their party-hearty reputations and the serious crises in the world with which their generation would be called upon to deal. But students often rose to that challenge. I remember one particular precept my sophomore year -- precept is a Princeton thing, short for preceptorial: basically, a small class discussion group splintered off from a lecture course. Anyway, it was an early-morning class in Latin American history being run by Professor Stanley Stein, the Monday following a huge party weekend. One of the other students in the class -- there were less than 10 of us -- was a star football player who was clearly still hung over from the night before. He came to few classes and rarely spoke at the ones he did attend. On this particular morning, Stein asked him a tricky, involved question about U.S. military support of right-wing Latin American dictatorships, specifically based on material discussed the previous week, when the student had been absent. Slowly, the football player answered, succinctly and accurately outlined the issues raised and even came back with a more complicated question of his own that led to a highly stimulating discussion. Then, after class I walked out with him. As soon as we passed the first men's room, he excused himself, walked in and as I continued down the corridor I heard him -- as we say -- toss his cookies. Another great example of "Princeton in the Nation's Service."

        Nothing creepy about these recollections....  Mr. Zwecker is thoughtful, which is what I would expect from someone who can and did participate in his milieu.  

        More than ever I'm convinced that Alito is thoroughly rigid - personally, politically and jurisprudentially.


  •  Sunrise over the mountains C&J (4.00)
    Cheers to cold weather - down to single digits overnight - and to snow yesterday.  Yeah, I had to turn on the heat yesterday, but it's unnatural for January to be in the 50s.

    Cheers to passive solar.  Even though I had the heat on last evening, and it went down to 7 degrees, it only went down to 65 inside, so I don't really need to turn the heat on this morning.  Passive solar ROCKS!!

    Cheers to Don Imus.  He's a cranky old coot, and often focuses on stuff of no interest.  But he is also a master of off-the-cuff snark.  Yesterday, he ridiculed the clip of Dubya doing his stand-up with Samuel Alito.  Prelude to entering the hearing which I can barely stand to follow - my sense of dread is so visceral.  Imus's take on Dubya, between cackling giggles: He sounds like a drowning man looking for a dictionary.

    Cheers to Keith Olbermann, Steven Colbert, and Jon Stewart, who provide some of the best perspective on the news on TV, as well as much-needed snark and humor.  And to Bill Maher, if he ever comes back from his extended vacation.  (Nice work if you can get it...!!)

    Whoops!   Cheers to BiPM, who's funnier than the average bear, too.

    Am I right?  Is BiPM funnier than these bears (what I consider to be "average")?  Or not?  I advocate that he is funnier than these bears.  Better not slight our host.  He's usually good for a laugh or two.  So best not to sour his mood, if we want him to keep us laughing.

    Jeers to C-SPAN caller yesterday, who accused them of being "unfair" and "biased" because they had scheduled Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Ranking Member of the Judiciary Committee to appear on Washington Journal call-in show.  Apparently, the caller didn't think the Minority party has the right to say anything, for the public to hear from them.  (How quickly they forget their perennial harping when they weren't in control of things!)

    Cheers to the host (was it the mild-mannered Peter Slen?) who actually called that wingnut out. He was utterly astonished.  Paraphrase of his reply: Of course it's not biased.  We'll be having members of the Senate Judiciary Committee on all week.  Any of them who's willing to appear, we'll have `em.

    Jeers to Senate Republicans, who rely on the public to have no memory.  Up and down vote?  Not when Clinton was President and Orrin Hatch ran the Judiciary Committee.  And likely not when there's a another Democratic President.  Whaddya bet they forget about all that then?  Assuming they keep a majority in the Senate.  Whaddya bet the filibuster suddenly looks attractive to them if (no when) they lose that majority?

    Cheers to waking up to snow yesterday.  Only an inch, but we jokingly called it the Blizzard of ought-six.  The mountaintops, even above timberline, are still pretty much bare of snow.  A horrible state of affairs for mid-January.  So anything is cause for celebration.  This much snow would throw Albuquerque into a tizzy, shutting down schools and all.  It's finally cold out (back to single digits tonight, methinks), which is actually a relief after all this unseasonably warm weather.

    Cheers to finally having closed in the shed.  Just in time for the snow.  Been working on it since spring (drawing plans, getting owner building permit, everything).  Called in for final inspection.  For someone who's chronically late, that's pretty good for finishing up last year's New Year's Resolution.  Only went a few days longer than the 2005 Atlantic Hurricane season. Jeers for that again.  Thank goodness it's finally over.  Next one, even if it comes next week (and it is possible) will be Tropical Storm Alberto.  But probably it won't.

    Jeers to not seeing the snow coming.  No clouds on the horizon, no ring around the moon, no inclement weather in Los Angeles the last couple of days.  After working every daylight hour all weekend, I figured there'd be another warm dry day, and left stuff out, exposed to the elements.  Ran around early in the morning putting stuff away.  Deep in the throes of the Blizzard of ought-six.

    Cheers to Randi Rhodes.  Listening to Air America yesterday as I cleaned up the wreckage from the construction binge over the weekend.  I'm enjoying her running Dubya sound bites that make him look like an idiot.  Like the one about how he really doesn't give Osama bin Laden much thought.  Good to remind us of these things.

    Cheers to Roscoe the Rascal, the 6-month-old kitten.  On Saturday, I woke up to a dead mouse deposited by my head in bed. All Hail the Mighty Hunter!!!   Wanted a mouser.  Got a mouser.

    Cheers to Philly Gal, who cheered Roscoe the Rascal on Saturday with the following:

    Cheers to all.

  •  n/t (4.00)
    "And yet a sizable chunk of Americans sincerely but naively are willing to give up their freedom because they think 'the president is just trying to protect us.'"

    My signature tag says it all.

    "Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety."
    Benjamin Franklin

    by jdeliaNYC on Tue Jan 10, 2006 at 07:01:40 AM PST

  •  "I always wanted to bribe a Congressman" (4.00)
    A quote from Jack Abramoff in the new film, BushFellas

    (Click image to enlarge--lots of nice details to read)

  •  C & J in Central PA............. (4.00)
    Cheers to BiPM for yet another great diary.
    Cheers to this nice warm weather we are experiencing here in Central PA.  It will save us some money on the home heating bill.
    Jeers to Preznit Bush and the little known bill signing statement that he uses when he signs bills...."Unless I say otherwise."  WTF??
    Jeers to fast rising gasoline prices at the pump. What's that about?
    Cheers to having a day off from biz work, and being able to get work at home done that I had been too busy to get done over the holidays.
    Cheers to Brokeback Mountain being a huge success at the box office.
    Cheers to Queen Latifah. A very talented and successful woman.
    Cheers to The Stephanie Miller Show on Sirius radio.  Stephanie rocks!
    Jeers to a new study that says the "war" in Iraq could cost top $2 Trillion dollars.
    Cheers to all the fantastic C&J'ers out there today, and of course the bobos, bobbettes, irregulars, etc.

    Have a great day everybody!

    If the people lead, the leaders will follow.

    by Mz Kleen on Tue Jan 10, 2006 at 07:36:10 AM PST

  •  Jeers to big picture files (4.00)
    There's a lot of them today, and the whole of C&J takes a few minutes to reload after "rate all" or making a post, or refreshing.

    Jeers to me, because I'm one of the screwups.  The bears loaded fast on preview, so I didn't double check the file size.  Over 100k.   :-(

    Please, let's have mercy on those with slow dial-ups, there's a least a couple of MBs of pix today.  Let's all (myself included) remember to check file size of pictures and to keep them smaller (<50k, no?)  Thanks.

  •  ok my "Other" vote (4.00)
    ("Pffffft" to the voting rules, I MAKE THE RULES NOW because MY CRONIES ELECTED ME PRESIDENT AND I HAVE EXECUTIVE POWER) goes like this:

    "Would you be willing to watch an online commercial in order to get a free "day pass" to the New York Times columnists section?" is

    I don't pay attention to "Traditional Media" unless Armando tells me too.



  •  Ferris Bueller your my hero. (4.00)
    Cheers to my Ferris Bueller inspired high school truancy.  Now if i could only figure out how to get 40 days off work in 9 months :/
  •  Cheers to Fridays! (4.00)
    w-w-w-what? It's only Tuesday? Well at least it's not Monday <Thestral shudders!>.

    Cheers to Tuesday, it's not Monday!
    Cheers to BiPM, Michael, Cheering&Jeering, Bobularity, & all the C&J Irregulars.

    Jeers to me for feeling like I have to do things 'the right way'-- like today reading & rating all the cheers & jeers before doing any of my own? Hopefully that's not a new habit.
      (who, Thestral? OCD? not really - not yet at least!)

    Cheers to sunshine & a bit of warmer weather.

    Jeers to the local caffeine crisis - the company coffemaker is nonfunctioning.
    Cheers to the private Shrine to Caffeina in my cube which includes beans, grinder, filters & filterholder.
    Hail Caffeina- the Goddess in Her Liquid Aspect

    Off to perform my Javacrucian Rituals.
    Back later four-ya.

  •  JEERS to W: What a moran! (4.00)
    CHEERS to ScAlito for realizing that he had to say he believes in the rule of law.  (Is that all he thinks it takes to be one of the 8 back-up singers on the Supremes?)

    JEERS to ScAlito for being a bald-faced liar.

    DOUBLE JEERS to ScAlito for referring to war protesters at Princeton (in the late '60s)as "people acting irresponsibly".  What, " acting responsibly" means always agreeing with the warmongers and approving every strip search of any citizen over the age of 'fetus'?

    SUPER DOUBLE JEERS to National Public Fascist Radio for running a (roughly) 5 minute commentary by Newt (Loverboy) Gingrich yesterday in which he tried to pull EVERYONE in Congress into the Abramoff scandal.  Damnation.  Why can't the Republicans take credit when it's REALLY due?

    CHEERS to the Senate Dems on the Judiciary Committee who look like they might actually put up a real fight against ScAlito.

    CHEERS and many thanks to BiPM.

    Yet Another Shameless Testimonial:  "I just don't know how Bill in 'the other Portland' does it.  Four C & J's a week and every one of them shines like Duke Cunningham's new cars and yachts.  I wish I could be so articulate.  I resolved this year to be more like BiPM."  Dick 'Dick' Cheney

    I AM paying attention, and I am so fucking outraged I can't see straight. Besides, TORTURE and ILLEGAL SPYING ON AMERICANS are not family values!

    by caseynm on Tue Jan 10, 2006 at 08:14:35 AM PST

  •  SoCal C&J 1/10/06 (4.00)
    Cheers to the return of C&J, Jeers to its absence yesterday.

    Cheers to Dems uniting and getting tough on Alito, Jeers for the GOP blowjob he got yesterday (not that it was unexpected, but his unitary executive crap should piss off every Congressman.  I mean, he wants them to cease to exist).

    Jeers to waiting.  I'm not such a patient guy sometimes, and this whole waiting thing for whether I got my new job is killing me.  I want it SO BAD!

    Cheers to beautiful weather in SoCal.  I miss snow in Michigan, but after that first day, everyone messes it up and it has no appeal anymore, so it's not so bad, and it's cold enough in the morning and night to make winter real to me.

    Jeers to beginning 2006 without my 2005 TU status.  Maybe I should stop complaining, but reading troll-rated comments are fun, because it's hilarious to see what awful crap people wrote to start a flame war.

    Jeers to government censors.  Two years in jail!   This is seriously one of the most unconstitutional laws I've ever seen, and needs to be challenged immediately.  It was thrown into budget legislation, and once again shows the lengths the GOP will go to when dissent needs to be stifled.  How much you want to bet that Media Matters is indicted for "annoying" the RWNM?

    There is hardly a political question in the United States which does not sooner or later turn into a judicial one. -5.25, -4.67

    by wolverinethad on Tue Jan 10, 2006 at 08:28:59 AM PST

  •  TUESDAY'S C & J (4.00)
    CHEERS to BiPM.  Nice job with the glass of water.

    CHEERS to Jeanne, the fiancee.  We had a splendid 12th Night Party on Saturday and it went off without a hitch or a single anxiety attack.  Plenty of food, plenty of drinks and plenty of fun people.  And presents.  She's the best.

    CHEERS to my son for attending the party.  He had to drive from Ann Arbor to make it but all the old women at the party were ooing and ahing about what a nice guy he is.

    JEERS to W for lying about his spying program.  But do we expect any less?  This guy has never shown any regard for others, especially those who oppose him.  

    To me, the most outrageous lie ever to come from his lips was his slogan that he'd be a uniter, not a divider.  When exactly has he ever done anything to accomodate the views of those who oppose him?  The next time will be the first.

    CHEERS to all my compadres from the Cafe, all Bobs and Bobettes.  Enjoy the lovely cheerful day!

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

    by gsbadj on Tue Jan 10, 2006 at 08:57:19 AM PST

  •  Cheers to everyone here! (4.00)
    Cheers to it being Tuesday, Cheers to Ted Kennedy, pootie and puppie and baby pics and Jeers to me for making dinner (pizza) while blogging and getting bread flour all over the keyboard.  Any ideas about getting rid of it?  This I can't quite blame on the kids.

    I think blowing on it would make things worse.

    Did I say blowing?  My bad.

  •  JEERS to high cholesterol (4.00)
    My doctor tells me I need to bring it down.
    Eat more whole grains.
    Give up my daily grits and butter breakfast.

    I frickin HATE oatmeal!!!

    I can handle changes in lunch and dinner - but BREAKFAST!

    Can anyone out there suggest a healthy (whole grain)
    and easy (I can just BARELY boil water) alternative to my beloved,
    now forbidden Grits and Butter?

    •  Nonie, here's a couple of ideas (4.00)
      although I must admit I followed this diet when I was at risk for gestational diabetes, so I'm not sure if it's good for reducing high cholesterol as well -- check with your doc just to be sure.  

      1.  Microwave Grape Nuts with skim milk for breakfast -- it'll taste odd at first, but you'd be surprised at how quickly you'll get a craving for it.

      2.  Get a bread machine and make your own, delicious, high grain, home made bread.  The bread machine will pay for itself in a couple of years if you bake every other day.

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

      by original practice on Tue Jan 10, 2006 at 10:16:11 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

      •  Cool (4.00)
        Grape Nuts, huh?
        That's a good idea - thanks!

        I'm afraid I might be too incompetent to make bread.
        The only reason I even HAVE a kitchen is it came with the house.
        Oh - and it's a place to keep the coffee maker!

        •  If you can handle a coffee maker (4.00)
          you can handle a bread machine!

          Seriously, you just throw in the ingredients in the order listed in the recipes that come with the machine, add yeast last of all, hit the buttons, and voila!  The machine does everything else.  About 3 to 4 hours later, you have freshly baked bread.  You can even set it up the night before, and program it to have fresh bread ready for breakfast!

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

          by original practice on Tue Jan 10, 2006 at 01:01:50 PM PST

          [ Parent ]

        •  re: kitchen (4.00)
          "My only domestic quality is that I live in a house"

          --can't remember where we heard this first, but it's one of our family 'lines' now ;)

          Comfort the afflicted. Afflict the comfortable.

          by FindingMyVoice on Tue Jan 10, 2006 at 01:22:23 PM PST

          [ Parent ]

    •  Stick fruit in that devil oatmeal! (4.00)
      Raisins, dried cranberries, dried apricots, etc, with Brown sugar flavor splenda and Heartsmart/Olivio margarine. BTW- you could just do all this in grits...

      "Our attitude was- the revolution can't start until we find our hair gel." Joe Strummer

      by histopresto on Tue Jan 10, 2006 at 11:29:27 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

      •  Dude - (4.00)
        Those are some good ideas, but it's not the flavor of oatmeal, it's the consistency.
        Way to - um, slimy or something.
        Like - GRODY...

        I could try the Fruity Grits, though.
        It's not Whole Grain, but it's probably healthier than Buttered Grits.

        The International Spokesperson for Fruity Grits (TM):

        •  NON-slimy oatmeal: (none)
          for "smooth" oatmeal, you mix the oats into cold water & bring to boil...

          for "textured" oatmeal, you bring the water to a boil & then add the oats

          for really textured oatmeal (bordering on brown rice if you get the amount of water just right, which may not be quite the official amount:>)
          say to heck with "rolled" oats and get STEEL CUT OATS-which do take longer to cook, but are way more fun. Trader Joes carries them, as do various other places; wholefoods has 'em in bulk....

          since I'm not all that fussy about exactly how it comes out, I like to fix it the night before (heck, I'll start them while making supper:>)
          -just bring the water to a boil, stir in the steel cut oats (Thestral usually omits salt from such things), bring it back to a boil, immediately cover & remove from the heat ...voila, next morning there's cooked oatmeal to nuke --heck, often I eat it cold with milk on it:>)


  •  Okay, so I'm tracking down... (4.00)
    ...all my old C&J comments, because I may have misplaced a poem or two, and need to know the following information.

    During the week that Bill and Michael went to Montreal, I believe there were two guest hosts.  One was Eddie Haskell.  For ten points and a chance to move on to the bonus round, who hosted the other one?


    Teacher's Lounge opens each Saturday, sometime between 10am and 11am EST

    by rserven on Tue Jan 10, 2006 at 09:12:48 AM PST

  •  Helpful Contacts instead of C&J (4.00)
    To get impartial advice on Medicare D contact the following:

    Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
    (800) MEDICARE

    Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program
    (800) 434-4224


    Medicare Rights Center

  •  C&J from NYC (4.00)
    More Cheers for the gay cowboys of BBM  Yee-haw!  

    Cheers to Bill for the Paul Lynde clips link - that made my day.

    Jeers to ScAlito.  Jeers, I say!  PBBBBTHT!

    Jeers to the US health care system.  I am one of the fortunate few to have decent health insurance, but simple scheduling an appointment or getting a reimbursement can take weeks of frustrating calls.  I've half a mind to call in this guy.

    Cheers to pooties.  Being bookended by one purring pootie by each shoulder last night was a sensational stereophonic snuggle-a-thon.

    Jeers to prickly pootie politics.  When each pootie realized the other was so close, they both stormed off in a huff.  Hey, my shoulders are cold.  Can't we all just get along?

    Jeers to Big Blew It.  Everyone was predicting the Giants would win their first playoff game this weekend, but I was nervous considering their injuries and sloppy season.  Alas, the Panthers gave them a spanking.  What
    made people think Eli was ready for prime time?

    Jeers to discrimination against gender-questioning Barbie!  No, really.

    Cheers to the Unitarian Jihad.

    Jeers to the Blues in the Night, aka chronic insomnia and depression.  I may live in the city that never sleeps, but I'd sure like to.

    Jeers to the diabetes epidemic.  The NY Times reported that it's now estimated that 1 in 8 New Yorkers have it, and it's fifth on the list of causes of death in the U.S.

    Unfortunately, the NY Times also ran this delicious Cheers-worthy mac n' cheese recipe, which has been on the top referred e-mailed list for a days.  This is the kind of stuff that keeps me up at night.

    Jeers to domestic partner abuse, and the poverty and discrimination that contribute to it.  My partner works in prisoners' rights advocacy with some folks who've had very hard lives.  We offered a place to stay to one of my partner's co-workers for a few days after her s.o. relapsed on drugs and hit her.  Now she says they want to try to work it out.  What do you say in a situation like that?

    Cheers to my partner, just because she is her wonderful self.

    Cheers to Kossacks, just because!

    And a gigantic Cheers and happy birthday to Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
    Let us continue the struggle to make his dreams real.

  •  NY Times Select (4.00)
    Forgive me if this has been beaten to death already...

    CHEERS to BiPM for keeping the heat on the NYT.  Here's a letter I wrote to the editor of that venerable publication:

    Dear Editor,

    As an internet reader, I am sorry that the New York Times has decided, through Times Select, to restrict access to "some of the best known voices" in the Times News section by charging readers.  I will miss reading Krugman, Dowd, Rich, Brooks, Kristof, and the others.  I suppose this will give us web readers a chance to get better acquainted with some of the lesser known voices in news.

    Other leading newspapers around the nation do not charge me to read their opinions, so it is their opinions I will read.  I feel that because a reader can not or chooses not to pay for opinions, those who can and do become the kind of elite customer base that your opinion writers often decry in their columns.  Or perhaps they no longer do.  I don't know because I haven't read them in many, many weeks.  

    In my humble (but free) opinion, it's a shame that less prestigious news voices on the web and elsewhere might be getting more attention than those of the New York Times.

  •  Sorry Bill.... (4.00)
     but the following is biologically impossible:

    "Doctors detected formation of a small conscience polyp, which was quickly removed.  Crisis averted."

    Cheney would have to form a conscience on his polyp, not the other way around.

    Pennacchio for Pennsylvania

    by PAprogressive on Tue Jan 10, 2006 at 11:05:12 AM PST

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