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C&J calls in the second-stringers to grace the front page while we get a facial and a massage fight the evildoers abroad...

"In a disturbing development this week, Iran broke open the seal on three of its nuclear facilities...which means even if they don't like them they won't be able to return them."
---Amy Poehler


"Vice President Cheney is on an extended tour of the Middle East. They love him over there. He's known as Lawrence of Arrhythmia."
---David Letterman


"Osama bin Laden released his first new audiotaped message in over a year. While there is some new material in the message, insiders say it's mostly a Greatest Threats collection. A White House spokesman says they plan to check out the message in its entirety, but they're too busy listening to your phone calls."
---Tina Fey


"According to a study at the University of Colorado, researchers say morning grogginess can give you a feeling of being legally drunk and unable to think straight. They say this condition can last anywhere from a few minutes in some people to as long as two entire terms in office."
---Jay Leno


"A Texas paper is reporting that lobbyist Jack Abramoff charged a client $25,000 to have lunch with President Bush. Not surprisingly, this is the most anyone has ever paid for lunch at Chuck E. Cheese."
---Conan O'Brien

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

Cheers and Jeers for Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Note:  Beep Beep BEEP!  "The illegal Bush activity you have reached---Domestic...Spying...Program---has been changed.  The new program is: Terrorist...Surveillance...Program.  Please make a note of it."  Click


By the Numbers:
Days `til Bush's Disarray of the Union Speech: 6
Days `til Setsubun (Shinto celebration of the change of seasons): 9
Percent of January that's over: 80%
Percent of Americans who say winning the lottery is "the most practical" way to accumulate $200,000: 20%
(Source: Opinion Research Corp. via The Week magazine)
Number of songs by Enya in iTunes' new age Top Songs list: 7
Number of songs on The Essential Kenny G CD that are actually essential: 0


Your Puppy Pic of the Day: "Who you callin' fatass??  I'm big-boned."


CHEERS to Democratic unity.  Yesterday all 8 Dem Senators on the Judiciary Committee voted against the nomination of Samuel "I Can't Believe I'm Getting' Away With This" Alito.  And if those three Republicans hadn't jimmied the lock from inside the broom closet we woulda blocked the bastard.  (Who knew Tom Coburn wore bobby pins??)

JEERS to toy soldiers.  That's how the president, his gorilla VP and his autopen-loving defense secretary have treated our troops since day 1.  And now the "thin green line" is at the breaking point, according to a new study by---uh oh---the Pentagon itself.  Responding to the crisis, Senator Rick Santorum issued an urgent plea to Americans:

"What I'm asking all of you tonight is not to put on a uniform.  Put on a bumper sticker."

Why not just arm us all with atom bombs fer chrissakes.  Radical wingnut...

CHEERS to reality-based science (with a side of snark).  The YearlyKos Board announced the science panel for the June convention in Las Vegas yesterday:

Chris Mooney is the author of The Republican War on Science, Washington correspondent for Seed, and senior correspondent for The American Prospect.  He maintains a popular blog called  The Intersection.

Dr. PZ Myers is an associate professor of biology at the University of Minnesota. He runs the most popular science blog on the web, Pharyngula,  is a founding member of the popular blog The Panda's Thumb, and is a regular contributor to the American Street blog.

Wendy Northcutt is the author of the bestseller The Darwin Awards: Evolution in Action and founded one of the most popular humor pages on the web.

Be sure to bring your favorite mystery liquids and powders.  We're saving the last ten minutes to play a game of Hey! You Can't Mix Those Together...Can You?

CHEERS to Linda Bilmes and Joseph Stiglitz.  For gutting Bush's rush to war like a fish.  Their closing paragraphs say everything:

Thinking back to the months before the war, there were few reasons to invade quickly, and many to go slow. The Bush policy of threatened force had pressured Iraq into allowing the U.N. inspectors back into the country. The inspectors said they required a few months to complete their work. Several of our closest allies, including France and Germany, were urging the U.S. to await the outcome of the inspections. There were, as we now know, conflicting intelligence reports.

Had we waited, the value of the information we would have learned from the inspectors would arguably have saved the nation at least $1 trillion---enough money to fix Social Security for the next 75 years twice over.

Or...we could've saved Social Security for 75 years once, and used the other $500 billion to give every Maine adult half a million bucks.  Thanks, Bush...we were this close.

JEERS to the GOP's John Kerry.  Mitt Romney demonstrates a little deft flip floppery on the Bush spying scandal:

"The eavesdropping is a big matter on the coasts for people who are inclined to dislike the president," Mr. Romney said. "The great majority of Americans think it is the president's first responsibility to protect the lives of the American citizens in an urgent setting where there is a threat of terrorism."

But Mr. Romney called back a few moments later to make clear that he would have a different view if the program were found to be unlawful.

That's right.  He's for illegal surveillance until he's against it.  Is there something in the water in Massachusetts??

JEERS to the insanity of war.  Robert Altman's alternately hilarious and horrific `M*A*S*H' was released 36 years ago today.  Of course, when they start making movies about the Iraq debacle, the 1970 flick will look like an episode of Masterpiece Theatre.

CHEERS to voting day.  Hamas!  Fatah!  Hamas!  Fatah!  Sharpton! (Sharpton?)  Palestinians go to the polls today in the first election there in a decade.  Here in America, the traditional media are dukin' it out over their coverage.  The rules: 1) Whoever shows the most close-ups of ink-stained fingers in the next 24 hours...wins.  2) See Rule #1.

CHEERS to the new science of getting your husband off the couch.  In Croatia, a man in need of a kidney transplant got the needed organ from a woman donor.  The surgery was successful, but the man is suing health authorities because he claims the female organ is responsible for his sudden attraction to housecleaning.  Which explains why all the other Croatian husbands have suddenly started sleeping with one eye open.


One Year Ago in C&J: January 25, 2005

JEERS to John Ashcroft.  With crocodile tears in his eyes, he bids farewell to his minions.  For the record, C&J thinks history will judge you, sir, as a lousy AG with little regard for individual liberty and freedom.  But at least now Crisco can begin the arduous task of restoring its reputation.  

CHEERS to Yankee wisdom.  Maine Senator Olympia Snowe on CNN's `Inside Politics' Sunday:

"The existing [Social Security] program, as it has been developed in the last 70 years, provides a stable monthly income that has prevented seniors, almost 50 percent from falling into poverty.  I don't think we want to erode the principles of that system. I'm certainly not going to support diverting $2 trillion from Social Security into creating personal savings accounts."

Not even if you and I---wink, wink---split it 50-50?


And just one more...

CHEERS to Calvin Trillin.  The "Deadline Poet" at The Nation strikes again:

George W. Bush Explains The `Signing Statement' Issued When He Signed John McCain's Anti-Torture Amendment Into Law

Since I'm the one in charge in war,
I'll do what I have done before
If it's consistent with my duties.
Is that an out? You bet your booties.
The boss is boss; he can't be bossed.
I signed, but with my fingers crossed.

We do not torture, never will.
So why did we oppose John's bill?
Don't ask, unless you'd like this plan:
Rendition to Uzbekistan.
McCain won't win. We haven't lost.
I signed, but with my fingers crossed.

The guy was born with them crossed.

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


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Originally posted to Daily Kos on Wed Jan 25, 2006 at 05:25 AM PST.


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  •  Yikes, it's Hump day (3.98)
    Cheers signage. The Barrett-Jackson automobile auction is over here in North Scottsdale, but the memory of the freeway signs remain, "BJ, next exit."

    Jeers to Wednesday
    Tune in today for MBS Television's "ALL NEW WEDNESDAY"

    • ALL NEW lies from the White House
    • ALL NEW evasion and misdirection from ScottyBoy.
    • ALL NEW, PURE, UNADULTERATED bullshit from RNC.
    And that's just our Daytime schedule...
    MBS, Corporate media for you and yours! (MBS - Moron `Merica Broadcasting Network, Inc., General Counsel: Dewey, Cheatem and Howe)

    Cheers to one slice of cheesecake and seven forks. Dinner with friends is so special.

    Cheers to this community and to Bill. In a time of darkness you bring hope, you bring truth and you bring commitment.

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

    by Lahdee on Wed Jan 25, 2006 at 05:25:28 AM PST

    •  TGIHD (4.00)
      Thank goodness it's hump day....

      Cheers to a quiet day at work with the boss gone.

      Cheers to YearlyKos, which looks to be shaping up into a great event!

      Jeers to me not being able to come to yKos.  (Live too far away... it's the ocean that really makes it difficult!)

      Cheers to some exciting stuff that I'm researching right now for my grad school degree.  Learning can be so much fun.

    •  woo hoo! (4.00)
      Cheers to the Carribean - one tropical disturbance already and January's not even done? Wanna bet we get a purty storm soon?

      Jeers to Google for being compromising although  China's where the goodies lie for the next decade.

      Cheers to Improv Everywhere whose most recent mission was to enliven New York's subways by... forgetting their pants.

      Jeers to whoever turns out to have been sluggish and uncoordinated. Sound like anyone we know? Certain guy who falls off bikes a lot?

      /there are no rules except discovery /the only tradition is invention. -rachel pollack

      by joseph rainmound on Wed Jan 25, 2006 at 06:29:35 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

    •  OMG! Didn't know there was anyone else in (4.00)
      Scottsdale (especially North) who knew kos existed!

      Former soldier. Fighting every day for my country.

      by SilverWings on Wed Jan 25, 2006 at 07:32:45 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

      •  Oh yeah! (4.00)
        and I'm spreading the word.
        I've already gotten one friend here to give up "walmarting."
        I'm a refugee from Seattle.

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

        by Lahdee on Wed Jan 25, 2006 at 12:29:55 PM PST

        [ Parent ]

        •  Refugee from Berkeley here (about to cut my (none)
          throat.  Can't take no more...)  Really, it's beautiful, if it weren't for the damn people...  Is there a Scottsdale Meet-up, Drinking Liberally, or other event that you know of?

          Former soldier. Fighting every day for my country.

          by SilverWings on Wed Jan 25, 2006 at 11:56:08 PM PST

          [ Parent ]

  •  Quick Cheers! from a frantic Marc in KS (4.00)
    Just wanted to pop in and say cheers, everyone, and that I hope your day is considerably less hectic than mine (and it's still early!).

    Quick cheers, also, to my students.  Man, do they work hard.  I've never had the pleasure of teaching a group who would take whatever I dish out, and with a minimum of bitching.  I've always said I don't care how smart my students are, I just want them willing to work.  It's never happened before I got this job.

    And cheers to M*A*S*H.  That was an aswesome movie, and I saw it at a very impressionable time in my life.  I still have dreams about Sally Kellerman...

    Okay, now I really gotta go.  Good day to you all, and I'll be missing you...

    -9.25, -7.54

    Who's a guy got to deny having sex with to get impeached around here?

    by Marc in KS on Wed Jan 25, 2006 at 05:26:18 AM PST

  •  Your Pootie Pic Du Jour (4.00)

    Cheers, Everybody!

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

    by PhillyGal on Wed Jan 25, 2006 at 05:27:31 AM PST

    •  Well, (4.00)
      I know which of those two cats I'd want to hang out with.

      -9.25, -7.54

      Who's a guy got to deny having sex with to get impeached around here?

      by Marc in KS on Wed Jan 25, 2006 at 05:47:15 AM PST

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    •  The one in the toilet (4.00)
      reminds me of Tallulah, dear pootie of an ex-lover. She would head to the bathroom, look back and meow. If you didn't move, she'd walk back and meow then head toward the bathroom again. She'd do this until one of us would get up, go to the bathroom with her and flush the commode. She liked fresh water! She lived a good 18 years. RIP.

      vulgus vult decipi -- Phaedrus

      by fritzrth on Wed Jan 25, 2006 at 06:01:55 AM PST

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      •  the one in the sink (4.00)
        looks like my now-deceased cat 'montana'.  poor baby died of cancer two years ago.  but he loved drinking water out of the bathroom faucet.  come to think of it, he tried to get the toilet water too, but i was afraid he'd fall in, so i started closing the lid.
      •  Then gave you kisses with that nice fresh tongue? (4.00)
        Elvis did the same drinking-from-porcelain-water-supply thing, until I flushed it while he was supping.  Hated to do it, but he never did it again.
        Also turned on the dryer (for about 2 seconds) when he crawled in it - I was afraid he'd get himself in there, undetected, & go for a full cycle, on High.
        Turned on the burners, showed him where the hotspots were (from about 12" away), & have never had a problem with him jumping on the range, though he prowls all other countertops in the kitchen.
        (PETA, ALF: STFU.  I would NEVER hurt my child, but I do, with all consideration for his feelings, show him where the hazards are.)

        Former soldier. Fighting every day for my country.

        by SilverWings on Wed Jan 25, 2006 at 07:30:58 AM PST

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        •  Yup! We gotta take care of our furries :) (4.00)

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

          by PhillyGal on Wed Jan 25, 2006 at 07:57:26 AM PST

          [ Parent ]

        •  Smeagol likes the refrigerator (4.00)
          A little toooooooooo much.

          There's just enough room for him to sneak in while the door is open and tuck in and hope you shut the door.  (I think he wants to check to see if the light goes out)  

          The other night I was up late watching tv, and I hear a faint Meow, and I couldn't figure out where it was coming from.  You guessed it - the fridge!  He must have been in there about 2 hours!

          I open the door, out pops Smeagol, and a carton of cream, and the little bugger has cream all over his back. Not a happy cat.  But I figured, well, at least he won't try that again.

          But last night, not two weeks later, guess who I found trying to hide in the refrigerator again?


          "One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors." -Plato

          by Bcre8ve on Wed Jan 25, 2006 at 08:57:17 AM PST

          [ Parent ]

    •  Punny.... (4.00)
      Two old tomcats were bragging about their brave exploits.
      "Nice looking scars you've got their on your neck!" said one.
      "Thanks," said the other, "I made them from scratch."

      CHEERS!!! to my favorite punster, Dr. Stan Kegel, who's celebrating his 75th birthday today. Stan was the International Save the Pun's Punster of the Year for the year 2000, and he has been an e-buddy of mine for several years, as we have both been contributors to some of the same Humor Lists.

      Answer: Vitamin
      Question: What do you do when a friend comes to visit?

      Impasse: A playful dwarf's behind.

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

      by PBen on Wed Jan 25, 2006 at 07:05:09 AM PST

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    •  Hey Tom..... (4.00)
      this is a nice bar you brought me to, but where's all the pussies?

      Pennacchio for Pennsylvania

      by PAprogressive on Wed Jan 25, 2006 at 07:31:41 AM PST

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    •  I hope to get a Graycat-drinks-from-the-toity pic (4.00)
      He's big enough that he can stand on the floor, drape his front paws across the seat, and lean down in to drink. BIG boy.

      What a great shot, PhillyGal!

      •  Same here (4.00)
        Maybe we have puny toilets, but our < 10 pound cat can do that, too.  She really has to get on the tippy-toes to do it, though.  Maybe it's a gray cat talent?  Nah, her bigger, also-gray sister gets up on the seat....
    •  A certain grey pootie baby (4.00)
      whose initials are Annie, does the act on the left if you leave the seat up...drinks from the regular dish, just insists on trying anything that's a challenge. :-)

      "...I believe in the power of laughter to subvert authority and promote democracy."-Kate Clinton

      by Revel on Wed Jan 25, 2006 at 08:38:19 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

    •  I supposes you've heard this before.... (4.00)
      How To Clean Your Toilet
      1. Put both lids of the toilet up and add 1/8 cup of pet shampoo to the water in the bowl.

      2. Pick up the cat and soothe him while you carry him towards the bathroom.

      3. In one smooth movement, put the cat in the toilet and close both lids. You may need to stand on the lid.

      4. The cat will self agitate! and make ample suds. Never mind the noises that come from the toilet, the cat is actually enjoying this.

      5. Flush the toilet three or four times. This provides a "power-wash" and rinse".

      6. Have someone open the front door of your home. Be sure that there are no people between the bathroom and the front door.

      7. Stand behind the toilet as far as you can, and quickly lift both lids.

      8. The cat will rocket out of the toilet, streak through the bathroom, and run outside where he will dry himself off.

      9. Both the commode and the cat will be sparkling clean.

      The Dog! < /B>
  •  Cheers to Bill Nelson (D-FL) (4.00)
    for coming out against Alito!  Way to go Senator, we got your back now!  

    I am not your beast of burden: I will not be forced to carry your baggage.....Humanistic Property Manifesto (-5.13, -4.77)

    by panicbean on Wed Jan 25, 2006 at 05:28:37 AM PST

    •  C & J (Alito Edition) (4.00)
      Jeers to this "newsflash" from CNN:

      WASHINGTON (AP) -- As the Senate begins final debate on Samuel Alito's nomination to the Supreme Court, the conservative jurist already has won enough commitments from senators to become the nation's 110th justice and likely tilt the high court to the right.

      To the right?!? How about FURTHER to the right?!?

      Alito isn't a "tilt" he's a concrete block of fascism!

      Question: How many Supreme Court justices have been appointed by a Democratic president over the last 35 years?

      Answer: Two! (Both by President Clinton)

      Every two-term president in the last century,except President Clinton, has appointed at least three Supreme Court justices, while President Carter has been the only president in history to serve a full term without appointing a single justice.

      Heavy Sigh.

      Even when the Democrats actually occupy the Oval Office, we still can't catch a break!

      The MSM & the Republican Party are always carrying on about the so-called "liberal" Supreme Court. It's a LIE! And it's a lie that needs to be addressed during a filibuster.

      Speaking of which...

      Cheers to this BuzzFlash Editorial.

      Message to John Kerry: All You Have to do is Stand up to Take a Stand -- Filibuster Alito.

      Cheers to everyone here who has taken a stand, by calling, writing, emailing and faxing!

      Bush & the Republicans control the White House, the Senate, the House, AND SCOTUS...nominating Alito is Bush's way of writing that control in cement.

      •  JEERS TO SUSAN COLLINS... (4.00)
        while the country is focused on the alito hearings there is a senate committee holding another hearing...on lobby reform...chaired by Susan Collins....i give my Jeer to ms collins because she IS the chair and she allowed RIC-K(street) SANTORUM to be on the first panal and allowed him to BULLCHIT about his wonderful credits in ethics reform blah blah blah and not once did ms collins point out, while little rickie was waxing falsly on how he has worked hard to be bipartisan....that mr santorum was the the go between for the republicans in congress and the K STREET PROJECT..designed to cut democrats out of the lobby picture completely.

        the very fact that little rickie was on the first panal negates ms collins committee hearing and proves to those paying attention that the gop has absolutely no intention of allowing any REAL reform in this area....and the committee cochaired by susan and our own little JOE liberman is nothing but more FER SHOW political theater.

        RICK SANTOARUM is part of the problem..he cannot also be part of the solution.

        JEERS to susan collins....either hold REAL hearings or dont bother to hold hearings at all.

        "if all the world's a stage, who is sitting in the audience?"

        by KnotIookin on Wed Jan 25, 2006 at 08:06:08 AM PST

        [ Parent ]

  •  Jeers to folding to extremist religious pressure (4.00)
    Jeers to CBS for cancelling "Book of Daniel" because the AFA managed to once more rally their base of frothing moronic Christo-facist fundamentalist thugs.

    Jeers to the American Family Association and their base of frothing moronic Christo-facist fundamentalist thugs. Way to build the bridge to the 15th century, assholes.

    Because of your efforts, NBC cancels 'Book of Daniel'
    (jabba- actually, I wrote CBS telling them not to fold. Fucking pussies.)
    Dear John,

    Visit the new AFA Superstore today! NBC's anti-Christian program The Book of Daniel has been cancelled! Your efforts, (jabba- not really) combined with those of hundreds of thousands of other AFA Online supporters, had an impact. (jabba- I think we found the 30% that always agrees with Bush)

    NBC's decision to pull The Book of Daniel shows the power of the pocketbook. NBC didn't want to eat their economic losses. Had NBC not had to eat millions of dollars each time it aired, NBC would have kept The Book of Daniel on the air. Because of your efforts, the sponsors dropped the program. NBC then decided it didn't want to continue the fight.

    Even an impassioned plea by Daniel's producer Jack Kenny could not match your participation. (jabba- in other words, they're saying nyah nyah nyah we beat this poor bastard cause we're more righteous) "Ordinarily, I would never ask anyone to do this, but the AFA and bullies like them are hard at work to try and prevent you from seeing these beautiful shows, and that is censorship--pure and simple. And that is both un-Christian and un-American," Kenny wrote. His attitude is typical in today's society. Non-Christians telling Christians what is Christian.

    People like Kenny don't want people like you to have a voice. They want to deny you the right to get involved. You are supposed to sit back and take the trash. And when you do speak up they call you names.

    This shows us that we don't have to simply sit back and take the trash, but we can get involved and fight back with our pocketbooks. I want to thank the 678,394 individuals who sent emails to NBC and the thousands who called and emailed their local affiliates.

    Thanks for caring enough to get involved!

    Finally, if you think our work is deserving of support, would you please send a small donation to help us continue. Click here.



    Donald E. Wildmon, Founder and Chairman
    American Family Association

    Jeers to anyone who doesn't see these brainstems as a serious threat to our freedoms.

    Somebody really needs to tell the White House that "1984" is a cautionary tale, not a political guidebook.

    by jabbausaf on Wed Jan 25, 2006 at 05:29:02 AM PST

    •  Got news for Wildmon -- the show sucked... (4.00)
      Hee that's why it got canned -- that and the fact that nobody actually watched the show <eg>.  Doncha love those egomaniacs!
    •  Jeers to (4.00)
      AFA (Anal Freedom Assassins).

      I'll miss "Daniel" too.  Maybe he'll find a home on cable.

      "One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors." -Plato

      by Bcre8ve on Wed Jan 25, 2006 at 06:28:31 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

    •  Damn! (4.00)
      I liked the show, and so did my Catholic Nip/Tuck-loving coworker.  I loved seeing Episcopalians on tv, welcoming gays, women bishops, etc.  I think it would've helped show that not all Christians are bigots.

      Plus I found it entertaining.  Sure it was a bit over the top, but the best shows (Desperate Housewives, anyone?) usually are.

      I am fucking sick of those fundies taking stuff away from reproductive rights, for example.  

      get off my back...front...whatever!

      I thought nothing could be worse than the Reagan years. Boy was I wrong.

      by marjo on Wed Jan 25, 2006 at 08:29:29 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

    •  This happened in my town (4.00)
      About 15 years ago (I'm guessing) when NYPD Blue was just debuting on ABC, the locals Baptist churches in my medium sized city (200,000) went on a big petition gathering "mission" to keep the local affiliate from broadcasting the show. Someone at work asked me to sign the petition and I explained that in no way would I participate in censoring a show I'd never even seen. Anyway, they succeeded in their efforts so the local Fox affiliate picked up the show---for about 3 years. Then, I guess the ABC station was getting bombed in the ratings because they all of the sudden decided that it wasn't so bad after all. This same station also refused to carry the Nightline last year when they name the casualties of the war. I wrote them letters and made phone calls both times (with no response) and wrote to the local newspaper. Needless to say, I never watch ABC unless Jimmy Kimmel is going to have someone I really, really like as a guest (rarely watch network TV anyway.)
  •  Cheers (4.00)
    Cheers to Mario Lemieux, who retired due to illness yesterday. With Wayne Gretzky and Bobby Orr, he was one of the greatest players in NHL history.

    Jeers to MTweety Matthews and others who claim Osama bin Laden is a closet Democrat. On the contrary, bin Laden absolutely loves George and Dick and Rummy. They have provided the impetus for Al Qaeda recruitment. By destroying Iraq for false reasons and implementing such wonderful programs as detainee torture, the neocons have given terrorists more than they could ever have hoped for. Osama hearts Republicans.

    Canada - where a pack of smokes is ten bucks and a heart transplant is free.

    by dpc on Wed Jan 25, 2006 at 05:30:21 AM PST

    •  Don't forget (4.00)
      Gordy Howe....
      •  I Didn't (4.00)
        Howe was great, but I place him after the Big Three. Howe is in the next group, with Rocket Richard, Guy Lafleur, Marcel Dionne, Gilbert Perreault, Big Jean Beliveau. Howe is a definite Top 5, however.

        Canada - where a pack of smokes is ten bucks and a heart transplant is free.

        by dpc on Wed Jan 25, 2006 at 06:03:22 AM PST

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      •  'Gordie' (4.00)
        Gordie Howe played professional hockey until age 52. He finished by playing with his sons in the WHA and NHL. He won 6 MVP awards adn 6 scoring championships. He played a remarkable 33 seasons.During his career he was known simply as "Mr Hockey".  If anyone wants to call him the greatest I for one have no problem with that.

        •  Gordie Howe Hat Trick (4.00)
          A goal, an assist and a fight.

          Gotta love it!

          jeers to the Canucks who are sleeping through the current road trip.

          And by the by,

          a small cheers to the Columbus Blue Jackets last night for not giving up.

    •  A Modest Tribute (4.00)
      To Mario Lemieux.  I remember watching the Penguins playing the Washington Capitals and Lemieux carrrying three or four Caps on his back down the ice and scoring.

      Later in the game, Lemieux got under the skin of Doug Jarvis, a Caps defenseman.  Lemieux, then a rookie, dropped his gloves and said "Let's go."  Jarvis dropped his gloves and coldcocked Mario who learned, at that moment, that fighting was not his forte.

      •  Jarvis (4.00)
        He was not a defenseman. He was a very small defensive centre who is now an assistant coach in montreal. He is also a born-again Christian athlete, so I very much doubt if it was he who took a shot at Mario. It might have been Rod Langway.

        Canada - where a pack of smokes is ten bucks and a heart transplant is free.

        by dpc on Wed Jan 25, 2006 at 07:36:30 AM PST

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        •  No, It Was Dougie (4.00)
          Who was an ironman who played more consecutive games than anyone I know.

          Rod Langway (one of the last players in the NHL to play without a helmet) or Scott Stevens would have been better opponents for Mario, but Mario never got a hand up.  

          I believe this was very early during Mario's career, perhaps his rookie year--because I was very excited to see him play.  The game was definitely at the old Capitals Centre out in Landover, Maryland and it was while I was a season ticketholder.  

          •  Pre-season? (4.00)
            Jarvis was also one of the least penalized players in the league (typically 10-20 min a year) so that seems quite uncharacteristic.
            •  It Was Uncharacteristic (4.00)
              That's what makes it stick out in my mind.

              Jarvis was one of the best defensive players in hockey at the time (this would be around the time he won the Selke Trophy).  This was back in the days when the Capitals actually played defense.

              The whole thing that makes it stick out is (1)the youthful and extraordinarly gifted Mario fighting with (2) Doug Jarvis (who rarely fought, but was a tremendous defensive player).  It certainly would not be unlikely that Jarvis would be shadowing Lemieux.  In a way it was almost comical because Lemieux dropped his gloves first and said "Let's go."  The Caps player (and my recollection is it was Jarvis, although I could be wrong) had no recourse at that juncture. Despite having a decided edge in reach, weight and height, Mario fell like a piece of big timber

              One of the best hockey games I ever saw was at the old Montreal Forum where the Canadians and Capitols played to a 0-0 tie.  The fight was prior to that date.

        •  Oops! (4.00)
          Having gone back to research this (in lawyerly style), I once again remember why eye witness testimony is so overrated.

          I got most of the details right, but the Capitals player who coldcocked Mario was Bobby Gould in 1987.  Mario did drop his gloves and began pawing at the much smaller Gould.  Gould delivered a tremendous left that almost broke Mario's jaw, sent him to the hospital, and started a nine-year span during the regular season when Mario stopped fighting.

          As a rookie, Mario did pretty much lay out Bobby Carpenter.  Mario's next fight against a Washington Capital occurred in 1986 when he mauled Todd Krygier.

          I apologize to my more knowledgable friends from the North (although, as to Bobby Gould, I rest my case).

          •  A Blast From the Past (none)
            Bobby Gould - I had forgotten about him. I see a couple of the old Capitals here in Thunder Bay - Rick Bragnalo and Nelson Pyatt.

            Canada - where a pack of smokes is ten bucks and a heart transplant is free.

            by dpc on Wed Jan 25, 2006 at 08:41:41 PM PST

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            •  Bobby Gould (none)
              Was a little underrated (as were the Capitals during this time period--even though I think at one point they broke 100 points in the NHL--something they have not come close to since). He sent Mario to the hospital with a one-punch concussion.  It was like watching a tree fall.

              I am going to see Alexander the Great play in person pretty soon.  He is an exciting hockey player.

    •  Not in the same lofty category with the others (4.00)
      But about the first "Jesus saves" joke I can remember (you know, like "Jesus saves; Moses invests") was

      Jesus saves, and Esposito scores on the rebound

      •  Another One (none)
        A new arrival is getting a tour of heaven and asks whether thay have a hockey team. St. Peter take the new arrival to the practice rink where the team, decked out in white and gold uniforms, was going through its drills.

        The players were the most incredibly talented group of skaters ever seen, with the exception of the bearded Number 4, who didn't skate that well.

        "Who's that?", asked the New Arrival.

        "Oh", muttered St. Peter. "That's Jesus. He thinks he's Bobby Orr."

        Canada - where a pack of smokes is ten bucks and a heart transplant is free.

        by dpc on Wed Jan 25, 2006 at 08:46:04 PM PST

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  •  Oh goody my first C&J (4.00)
    Cheers to having a day.
    Jeers because I'm now 40.

    It's now the "Terrorist Surveillance Program"... Which means what? They know of all the terrorists in our country and only LISTEN?

    by RElland on Wed Jan 25, 2006 at 05:30:55 AM PST

  •  It may be the mid-winter blues, (4.00)
    the interminable January cold, the depressing news from Iraq and Washington, the fact that Bush even has the opportunity to prepare for another State of the Union address, or just all-around doldrums, but I so appreciated your Cheers section today. There was just a moment when light cracked the darkness...


  •  this poll could get ugly (4.00)
    - let's reverse it and make it a Schweitzer-Warner ticket.

    Kind of sounds like a German high performance engine or something that just kicks ass.

  •  "Joe-Mentum" on CNN... (4.00)
    Coming up....
  •  Chuck E. Cheese Rules! (4.00)
    Yes, you end up spending $20 for a rubber bug and a plastic slinky, but the stress-free kids-running-around-without-constant nagging is well worth it.  

    Plus the kids love it.

    Oh, not as much as I love C&J, but still ...

    "If everyone is thinking alike, someone isn't thinking." -George S. Patton

    by vmibran on Wed Jan 25, 2006 at 05:33:14 AM PST

  •  Only 11 months 'til Christmas! (4.00)
    Cheers to whoever is leaking the photos of Bush & Jack, is it you Jack?

    Jeers to Ashcroft, has it only been 1 year since he left? Seems like a lifetime.

    Jeers to Texas Gov. Rick Perry and his photo-op in the middle east, those guys have a job to do.

  •  Cheers to snow (4.00)
    In this strangely warm January, it is actually chilly today and for about 3 minutes early this morning, we had a snow shower.  Boy do I miss winter.
    •  Warm? (4.00)
      I walked out the door the other morning... and noticed our peach tree's starting to bloom.

      Ok, it is San Diego, but still...

      "I desire what is good. Therefore, everyone who does not agree with me is a traitor." King George III

      by ogre on Wed Jan 25, 2006 at 08:43:44 AM PST

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      •  San Diego! (4.00)

        My peach tree has buds, but no full blooms yet. I am on the coast though so it is a little cooler.

        -5.75, -5.44 Last person on earth to finally create a blog

        by SanDiegoDem on Wed Jan 25, 2006 at 11:14:38 AM PST

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        •  Vista (4.00)
          Rumored to have nature's most perfect climate.

          I just went and looked--and stopped counting after getting to 50 blooms.

          (Truth in advertising: the tree is in a somewhat sheltered spot, next to the house and gets a clear shot of early morning sunshine to warm the wall behind it.  The peach down the hill in the back yard is only in bud)

          "I desire what is good. Therefore, everyone who does not agree with me is a traitor." King George III

          by ogre on Wed Jan 25, 2006 at 12:25:05 PM PST

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          •  Carmel Valley here (4.00)
            Just 2.5 miles from the water and the peach tree is unfortunately blocked from the sun due to neighbors overgrown trees until late morning. Which reminds me that I need to talk to her about trimming those things :->

            -5.75, -5.44 Last person on earth to finally create a blog

            by SanDiegoDem on Wed Jan 25, 2006 at 12:54:31 PM PST

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    •  Snow? So that's what it's called! (4.00)
      We finally have some of that white fluffy stuff falling from this sky this morning. I was at a loss as to what it was called. It's been too long since I last saw it.

      It will have to bring lots of friends if were going to have enough snowpack to avoid water shortages in the summer though!

      Democracy must be something more than two wolves and a sheep voting on what to have for dinner. --James Bovard

      by awnm on Wed Jan 25, 2006 at 10:29:07 AM PST

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  •  Jeers to being too busy to Jeer! (4.00)
    Jeers to being too busy this morning to Jeer, I want to Jeer! but I'm too busy.

    Cheers to everyone else out there Jeering, give it to um good!

  •  p.s. HAPPY HUMP DAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (4.00)

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

    by PhillyGal on Wed Jan 25, 2006 at 05:34:06 AM PST

  •  Sherm's Quickie C & J... (4.00)
    Cheers to BiPM and Michael, cuz I say so.

    Cheers to the denizens of the Cafe.

    Cheers to Bobathan... the mystery of the bottle of wine is solved!  Thank you.

    Cheers to three more days, and not even...

    Jeers to the state of the union address.  Thpbtttt...  I'm not gonna even capitalize it.  So there.  And I'm certainly not going to watch it.  I can't stand watching that fucking idiot.  He's not preempting '24', is he?  Jackass.

    Jeers to that fucking idiot Altio too, while I'm at it.

    Cheers to Cheese...  I'll capitalize that one.  Yum!

    Happy Hump Day all!  Enjoy it.  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 Wed Jan 25, 2006 at 05:34:07 AM PST

  •  Cheers to the Steelers! (4.00)
    Jerome Bettis & Co. bound for Superbowl!

    Cheers to Mario Lemieux!  You'll be missed on the ice!

    Cheers to C&J!  A bright spot in an otherwise snowy Wednesday morning.

    Jeers to George Bush, Dick Cheney, Karl Rove, Puffy McSpinmeister, Sam Alito, and the rest of the neocon Repubs soiling our country.

    Cheers to Harry Reid and other strong Dems who brook no nonsense!

    Cheers to dkos, and to pooties everywhere!

    "What does the Lord require of you but to do justice and to love kindness and to walk humbly with your God?"-- Micah 6:8

    by Mad Mom on Wed Jan 25, 2006 at 05:34:11 AM PST

  •  I love those quotes (4.00)
    Let me know your secret, do you watch TV with notepad in hand copying down those priceless quotes as they come out?! Phenomenal:)

    Cheers to making dinner at a friend's house. I had a lovely evening last night making a stir fry for a friend of mine. We laughed, chatted and drank, but not too much ;).

    Cheers to champagne at work. Best thing about working in the UK vs. US at an academic institution is being able to drink at work! Hugely frowned upon in the States (grounds for firing), UK viewed as an essential morale booster.

    Jeers to my brother. He still insists on the liberal bias in the media. I think he flipped out when I sent him the list of Chris Matthews' quotes. He had a very hard time dealing with that. Nice one Kos, makes my argument all the more infuriating.

    Jeers to cold tea. Woke up this morning, was brought a cup of tea, and well I dozed for a bit. Cold tea in the morning is just not the way to begin.

  •  Cheers to everyone here (4.00)
    Cheersto pootie and puppie pix Jeers to me for reading "floors open" as "fly's open".  Need another cuppa, quick.  Has anyone ever told Rick Santorum he's stoopid?  Inquiring minds want to know.
    •  I was reading quickly today, too (4.00)
      and on first skim, I thought Bill has said he was calling in the "second strippers' instead of the "second stringers."

      Come hear the voices crying in the wilderness at

      by mrsdbrown1 on Wed Jan 25, 2006 at 06:00:56 AM PST

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      •  I think it's state of mind (4.00)
        My sewing job for today is to fix two pairs of jeans worn by Himself.  The tears are in the crotch.  Maybe someone can help me here, why do men rip their jeans just below the fly? Pockets, that's a no-brainer, but jeeze!
        •  if you post (4.00)
           a pic of Himself, perhaps we'll gain some insight into that wear-and-tear issue... hmmm- you must be a very happy woman ;)  
          and Cheers to you for mending - a lost art for some. Not me - not only can I recognize a darning egg at 50 paces, I know how to use one!  

          Comfort the afflicted. Afflict the comfortable.

          by FindingMyVoice on Wed Jan 25, 2006 at 07:30:18 AM PST

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          •  Since t;his is a (4.00)
            "family-oriented" site I will refrain from posting pic of Himself (those I have to hide from the kids, anyway).  I'll see if I can do one of the jeans, though and you'll get an idea of what I'm up against (so to speak).  Maybe tomorrow, the camera's gone, damn those kids!
            •  the bar on pics is pretty low this week (4.00)
              I think Monday's offerings by MSOC and Wry pretty well shredded the 'family oriented' pretense, so no restraint is necessary ;)  

              BTW, what kind of machine do you use for jeans?? I need to replace my 32-yr old Singer & any recommedations would be great. due to arthritis and time constraints, I mainly do mending & hemming nowadays (the usual household stuff), but jeans are a big part of the mending pile. Thx!

              Comfort the afflicted. Afflict the comfortable.

              by FindingMyVoice on Wed Jan 25, 2006 at 10:35:39 AM PST

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              •  I have a (4.00)
                Husquavarna 185 model that's about 20 years old.  It's kinda dicey getting it over the flat-fel seams, but I do okay with it.  My other working machine is an old White which is the H 185's equal.  Holding the whole business up is my grandmother's Montgomery Ward, don't need no stinkin' electricity pumper.  I've had a much easier time since I've started paying more attention to my needles.  The heavier the needle, the easier it all is.

                Hope that helps.

                •  Thanks! I learned on my grandma's (4.00)
                  Singer treadle (sp?) machine- those are still wonderful for heavy-duty work.  I'll look at the Husquavarnas & Whites, and lay in a stock of needles. Thanks for the reminder!

                  Comfort the afflicted. Afflict the comfortable.

                  by FindingMyVoice on Wed Jan 25, 2006 at 01:53:50 PM PST

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        •  Why not have.... (4.00)
          the Mothers do it?

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

          by wry twinger on Wed Jan 25, 2006 at 07:37:51 AM PST

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          •  Jesus Christ I'm lame... (4.00)
            I meant to say, "Why not have 'the Moms' do it" which was supposed to be a snarky reference to "Infinite Jest" since the father is referred to as "Himself" and the mother "the Moms."

            Never mind, I'll just pop another Klonopin.

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

            by wry twinger on Wed Jan 25, 2006 at 09:43:08 AM PST

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  •  Cheers! (4.00)
    To the humpty-hump day!  A nice long weekend begins on Friday, & I resolve to do some chores for a change.  Wish me luck.

    Cheers!  to KPFA  They play the best music.  Reggae, Folk, Roots...stuff you just don't hear anywhere else.  If you wake up late one nite, crank 'em up.  It's a beautiful thing.  They also have Democracy Now! News you can use.  If you like all that, toss them some cash, they're on a shoestring budget.

    The future ain't what it used to be. Yogi Berra

    by x on Wed Jan 25, 2006 at 05:36:02 AM PST

  •  Cheers to Cats (4.00)
    Meet Simba:

    Cheers to the light snow that fell last night. Things are so pretty...

    Jeers to my diary writing ability - boy it takes me a long time to write the non C+J versions ... and they never say what I'm thinking

    Cheers to the great diary writers like Georgia10, DarkSyde, Kos, Armando, BiPM etc, etc, etc..

  •  because there's only one of him (4.00)
    Cheers to Rocketboom.

    maybe everyone has seen this already, but I just saw it today.

    Why is George Bush so awesome?

    although it's getting late, you still have plenty of time

    by maracuja on Wed Jan 25, 2006 at 05:36:14 AM PST

  •  JEERS (4.00)
    to this being the start of a period when I'll find it difficult to post on C&J. Teaching an 8:30 class on M, T, TH. JEERS to mojo droughts.

    CHEERS to nice looking snow with big flakes in the morning. At least PRETEND its winter for us snow weenies!

    The Perfect is the Enemy of the Better

    by dabize on Wed Jan 25, 2006 at 05:36:18 AM PST

    •  Me: (4.00)
      8:30 MWF, and 8:00 on TT.

      Sucks, and the students hate it even more than I do.

      -9.25, -7.54

      Who's a guy got to deny having sex with to get impeached around here?

      by Marc in KS on Wed Jan 25, 2006 at 05:52:40 AM PST

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      •  Ouch (4.00)
        I had to give myself an 8AM Monday class because it was the only time my Grad section could meet. The fact that we ALL hate it doesn't help.

        The Perfect is the Enemy of the Better

        by dabize on Wed Jan 25, 2006 at 06:02:00 AM PST

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        •  No, it doesn't. (4.00)
          But hating it as a group makes me feel wanted...

          Seriously, asking late-teens and early-20s to get up early and think is deranged.  They just can't do it.  It's a brain thing, and we know about it, and yet we persist.  This year they've started offering 7:30 classes.

          I do try to be witty and entertaining, but at 8 in the morning it doesn't always work.

          -9.25, -7.54

          Who's a guy got to deny having sex with to get impeached around here?

          by Marc in KS on Wed Jan 25, 2006 at 06:07:39 AM PST

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  •  Hump Day C&J (4.00)
    Cheers to sleeping in.

    Cheers to hubby who took out the dog this morning so I could sleep in.

    Jeers that the computer is acting a little flukey.

    Cheers that I figured out the math proof that is due next week and is done already!  Yeah for me for not procrastinating.  Now I just need to do the rest of it by next week.

    Cheers to Kerry and Gore and the rest of the Dem leadership for really stepping up to the plate and saying it like it is.

    Cheers to the students at Georgetown University Law School who demonstrated against Alberto Gonzalez, liar and criminal extraordinaire.

    Cheers for great pictures of the above making it onto mainline websites.

    Let's hope our Dem leaders can take a cue from this for the state of the union next Tuesday.

    And may this be a happy hump day for all.

    Life is a story problem.

    by Mlle L on Wed Jan 25, 2006 at 05:36:22 AM PST

  •  Cheers to the Georgetown Students (4.00)
    who turned their backs to Abu Gonzalez yesterday as he defended the illegal actions of the Bush administration yesterday.  This was a courageous public act, which will almost certainly put them on one of King George's "watch lists".

    "Nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition" - Monty Python

    by MadRuth on Wed Jan 25, 2006 at 05:36:45 AM PST

  •  Three cheers for C&J (4.00)
    and all bloggers who do not post for pay.
    Honesty is good, I say.
    Read and speak while we still may.

    -6.88/-5.64 * You know what's happening. Fight it.

    by John West on Wed Jan 25, 2006 at 05:38:36 AM PST

  •  CHEERS to Harry Reid (4.00)
    He had a GREAT rant yesterday which deserved a diary and didn't get it (see Rawstory).

    CHEERS to Dems showing some sense and voting NO on Alito in committee. Have to start somewhere.

    JEERS to Bushie coverups on Katrina, military preparedness, corrupt association with lobbyists, and generally EVERYTHING in the real world.

    JEERS to Bush and all he stands for, in fact.

    The Perfect is the Enemy of the Better

    by dabize on Wed Jan 25, 2006 at 05:40:45 AM PST

  •  Cheers to ex-spouses and brothers (4.00)
    CHEERS to the men in the periphery of my life. Who says leopards can't change their spots?

    My ex, a former Navy guy who, if you had to pinpoint him politically would've fallen in the Repub camp from ages 16-30, is now somewhere to the left of ACLU and ANSWER. We've not talked politics in ten years until this past weekend. He told me that ObL just wants us out of the Middle East, that we have no business in Iraq, the Patriot Act is a Big Brother sham and that we're a bankrupt nation in every sense of the word.

    Go him.

    Brother dear, who was a right-leaner during the 80s and 90s, said he's strongly against the Bush administration. Believes sex, abortion and drugs are nobody else's business.

    Apparently, Bush really is a uniter. Politically speaking, we three never really saw eye-to-eye before.  Now they sound just like me, only radical!

    Rove: the only real stones he has are in his kidneys.

    by MissAnneThrope on Wed Jan 25, 2006 at 05:41:15 AM PST

  •  CN'J on the run (4.00)
    Cheers to homework, I will get it done tonight.  Seriously.

    Cheers to all the writers, artists, and creators here, you're an inspiration.

    Cheers my Louisiana-strength cuppa coffee.  Whew!  Now I don't feel like this anymore:
    Image hosting by Photobucket

    As is said everyday here, JEERS to Dick & W, because they should be jeered everyday.  

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

    by btrflisoul on Wed Jan 25, 2006 at 05:41:34 AM PST

  •  Domestic Terrorists (4.00)
    Well if the Domestic Spying Program has become the Terrorist Surveillance Program, then I guess that makes it policy that the government is surveilling domestic terrorists rather than listening in on citizens' phone calls.


    I have little hope for this program, however, since the word Surveillance is so much harder to spell than Spying.

    After all, bureaucrats who can't read, can't spell, and they'll soon tire of typing hard words in their internal memos.

    Jeers, by the way to ANYONE who would blow $1 trillion dollars and

    Cheers to ANYONE who blows the whistle on the money-blowers!

  •  New Day Dawing C&J (4.00)
    Well, I was in the office until 2 this morning finishing up a brief for an appeal.  So I'm tired, and let's just say I'm not getting any younger.  But I feel pretty good.  Why?

    Cheers to insurgent political campaigns.  This morning at 10, I am pleased to say that I will be at the announcement of a truly progressive State Senate campaign here in Maryland.  Law professor Jamie Raskin is running against incumbent Ida Ruben for the Democratic nomination for the District 20 State Senate seat.  District 20 is the most progressive area of Maryland, and we deserve progressive leadership.  Check out the newly revamped website at

    Cheers to what seems to be a reawakened media.  The Washington Post this morning is FULL of good stuff.  Read the Abramoff editorial (Fred Hiatt's steamed milk got spiked with Red Bull, as Atrios so eloquently put it last night); Ruth Marcus has a great op-ed on some MSHA officials who actually got up and walked out of a Senate hearing; and Harold Meyerson is his usually eloquent self.

    So I feel good.  I may need a nap this afternoon, but I'm feelin' good right now.  So cheers to that.

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

    by jsmdlawyer on Wed Jan 25, 2006 at 05:41:55 AM PST

  •  JEERS (but maybe not so much) (4.00)
    To the Today show for having a Republican on to talk about the Warrantless Eavesdropping Program for the third morning in a row.
    However, since I haven't seen a Democratic official on any news program at all since Sheila (I'll dance around earmarks til my feet hurt)Jackson-Lee on Tweety Monday night, I'm not so sure that when Karl says 'terrorism' our elected officials don't run and hide.
    I see this morning that Louise Slaughter wants us to continue to keep tweety honest.
    Well here's an idea.  How about YOU GO ON THE PROGRAM and let him have it with both barrels.  

    In other words (damn I have sooo been waiting to use this), SING OUT LOUISE!!!!

    •  Today had a WH stooge on that was hilarious. (4.00)
      Katie Couric put on her little glasses and stuck to her guns by reading all her questions right off the paper.  Maybe they were supposed to take the camera off her while she did that.  It seemed to undercut everything she said,but she didn't back down, bless her soul.

      Stooge just kept smiling and lying.  Katie kept on picking away.

      Matt Lauer is so much better at picking away- he seems to memorize his script.

      Then Matt had on O'Reilly- really calmed down from the last month visit on Christmas where he sounded just like a lunatic.  But the Camera guy/director kept laughing out loud.  Hmmm- could that be the same camera guy/director who kept showing the split screen of Katie having to read her questions?

      I swear, I have given up all TV news and then I backslide.

      You shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you mad. Aldous Huxley

      by murrayewv on Wed Jan 25, 2006 at 05:59:59 AM PST

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    •  Be fair (4.00)
      you can't go on a program if you aren't asked.

      "Nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition" - Monty Python

      by MadRuth on Wed Jan 25, 2006 at 06:33:27 AM PST

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  •  Central Pennsyltucky C&J (4.00)
    Yes I said Pennsyltucky. Why? PA is the latest state with an assbackward hate amendment on the table EVEN THOUGH PENNSYLVANIA LAW ALREADY DEFINES WHAT MARRIAGE IS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! That's todays jeer.

    Cheers though, it has a lot of hurdles ahead of it before it even gets to the electorate.

  •  CHEERS (4.00)
    to the idea of promoting plug-in hybrid cars. Heard it on the radio this AM (could it have been on NPR? Do I owe them a Cheer? - forgetfulness saves me from having to admit this)

    The technology is there, people are already DOING it and it's EVERY BIT as good as hydrogen (which is a joke, IMHO).

    Whats more, its a CHOICE and gives FLEXIBILITY!

    Adam Smith would love it.

    So JEERS to Detroit, who say it costs too much and would REDUCE choice. Greedy Orwellian bastards......

    The Perfect is the Enemy of the Better

    by dabize on Wed Jan 25, 2006 at 05:46:03 AM PST

    •  Cheers to Iceland (4.00)
      for the push to be gasoline free by the middle of the century.

      From ABC:

      Iceland has energy to spare, and the small country has found a cutting-edge way to reduce its oil dependency. Volcanoes formed the island nation out of ash and lava, and molten rock heats huge underground lakes to the boiling point.

      The hot water -- energy sizzling beneath the surface -- is piped into cities and stored in giant tanks, providing heat for homes, businesses and even swimming pools.

      Iceland wants to make a full conversion and plans to modify its cars, buses and trucks to run on renewable energy -- with no dependence on oil.

      Iceland has already started by turning water into fuel -- hydrogen fuel.

      Here's how it works: Electrodes split the water into hydrogen and oxygen molecules. Hydrogen electrons pass through a conductor that creates the current to power an electric engine.

      Hydrogen fuel now costs two to three times as much as gasoline, but gets up to three times the mileage of gas, making the overall cost about the same.

      As an added benefit, there are no carbon emissions -- only water vapor.

      In the capital, Reykjavik, they are already testing three hydrogen-powered electric buses. The drivers are impressed.

      "I like these buses better because with hydrogen you get no pollution," said bus driver Rognvaldur Jonatanlson.

      By the middle of this century, all Icelanders will be required to run their cars only on hydrogen fuel, meaning no more gasoline.

      "If we make hydrogen and use that as a fuel for transportation then we can run the whole society on our own local renewable energy sources," said Marie Maack of the Hydrogen Research Project.

      Icelanders say they're committed to showing the world that by making fuel from water, it is possible to kick the oil habit.

      Cheers to renewable energy and countries that see the light!

      "One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors." -Plato

      by Bcre8ve on Wed Jan 25, 2006 at 08:18:42 AM PST

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  •  The Shinto Holiday is... (4.00)
    The Shinto holiday you have refered to is called Setsubun, not Setsebun. It takes place just before Spring by the Japanese Lunar calender and is meant to ward off demons and other bad spirits prior to the growing season. Keep up the good work with 'Cheers and Jeers'
  •  Wednesday's Humpable Cheers & Jeers (4.00)
    Cheery Jeery Humpin' on January 25th

    Okay, Line 'Em Up.... Who's Next?

    Today's Thought:
    Time is your enemy. Thyme, however, is surely impartial.

    Should auld acquaintance be forgot....
    CHEERS! to poet Robert Burns, born on this date in 1759 in Alloway, Scotland.

    "The Confession of Augsburg, The Declaration of Independence, the French Rights of Man, and the 'Marseillaise' are not more weighty documents in the history of freedom than the songs of Burns."
               - Ralph Waldo Emerson, 1859
                  Centenary dinner in Boston

    With only 16 days until the XXth Olympic Winter Games, let's give big CHEERS! to the first Winter Olympic games, which opened on January 25th, 1924 in Chamonix, France.

    CHEERS! to a time when news media mattered.... on this date in 1961, President John F. Kennedy presented the first live presidential news conference from Washington, D.C., carried on radio and television.
    In celebration of the event, Walt Disney released "101 Dalmations" on the same day.... wonder which had more viewers?

    CHEERS! to Stanislav Petrov, the man who averted nuclear war....

    CHEERS! to a time when news media mattered.... on this date in 1988, VP George H.W. "Poppy" Bush and newsman Dan Rather clashed on CBS Evening News, as Rather attempted to question Bush about his role in the Iran-Contra affair. Took 'em a long time, but oh, yeah, they paid back that meddling nosey newsie summbitch....

    JEERS! to computer viruses.... on January 25, 2003, a new computer virus hit computer servers worldwide by attacking Microsoft Server software (SURPRISE!!!). It was given the name of Slammer, Sapphire, or SQ Hell.


    This virus works on the honor system.

    Please delete all the files on your hard disk, then forward this message to everyone you know.

    Thank you for your cooperation.

    Psychic Jeanne Dixon died of a heart attack on this date in 1997 (age 79).... wonder if she saw THAT coming?

    "....We Value The Constitution."

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

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

    by PBen on Wed Jan 25, 2006 at 05:46:37 AM PST

  •  Cosmic C & J (4.00)
    Cheers to Bill and the bobs and irregulars.

    Jeers to just about everyone and everything else. I'm having a hard time thinking of cheers today, so I'm going to move right along to the humping thing.

    Birds do it!

    Slugs do it!
    (why yes Virginia, that really IS a slug organ)

    Monkeys in the trees do it!

    Everybody do it! Happity Humpity hump hump day!!!

    And now for something completely different....


    -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 Wed Jan 25, 2006 at 05:47:11 AM PST

  •  You just can't make this stuff up: (4.00)
    When it comes to bats, size matters.  
    A research team led by Syracuse University biologist Scott Pitnick found that in bat species where the females are promiscuous, the males boasting the largest testicles also had the smallest brains. Conversely, where the females were faithful, the males had smaller testes and larger brains.

    So okay, after my partner and I nearly died after reading that article, we contined on to further science news at CNN.

    NASA official joins search for extraterrestrial life
    G. Scott Hubbard, who has led a NASA research center since 2002 and investigated the space shuttle Columbia tragedy, is stepping down to accept a position with an organization that studies the possibility of life beyond Earth, he said Monday...
    All together everyone:  Is G. Scott any relation to L. Ron?  By then, we were so exhausted from laughing that we went to bed.

    Jeers to the administration being so totally devoid of humane people.  I mean, there must be some, you would think.  Where are they?

    Another graphic from the past.  If I make it any smaller (width/height), stripes appear.  I could fix that by saving the file as a high-quality jpg, but then the file size would be over 100 KB and someone would give me a 2 again.

    Poem du Jour:

    (Click on image for full size version)

    He was
    I am and will be
    It took a sharp blade to divide us
    He carried me through tough times
    and brought me to where I could be
    but it was unbearable
    too utterly suffocating
    and bitterly ravaging
    that he lived while I hid
    wasting away
    slowly rotting
    the years away
    a life mislived
    It was him
    or both of us
    There was only one vessel
    One had to die
    I chose
    I chose him
    I do not regret that he lived
    I am who he wished he could be
    but could not manage
    to be
    Not to be
    was the alternative
    so I chose

    --Robyn Serven
    --January 25, 2006

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

    by rserven on Wed Jan 25, 2006 at 05:47:44 AM PST

    •  But I'm much better now... (4.00) quote Tom Poston, I think, on one of the Newhart shows.


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

      by rserven on Wed Jan 25, 2006 at 06:23:00 AM PST

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      •  John Astin (4.00)
        as Buddy on Night Court. One of my favorites...

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

        by dougymi on Wed Jan 25, 2006 at 07:12:20 AM PST

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      •  Monty Python & The Holy Grail (4.00)
        The Dead Collector: Bring out yer dead.
              [a man puts a body on the cart]
        Large Man with Dead Body: Here's one.
        The Dead Collector: That'll be ninepence.
        The Dead Body That Claims It Isn't: I'm not dead.
        The Dead Collector: What?
        Large Man with Dead Body: Nothing. There's your ninepence.
        The Dead Body That Claims It Isn't: I'm not dead.
        The Dead Collector: 'Ere, he says he's not dead.
        Large Man with Dead Body: Yes he is.
        The Dead Body That Claims It Isn't: I'm not.
        The Dead Collector: He isn't.
        Large Man with Dead Body: Well, he will be soon, he's very ill.
        The Dead Body That Claims It Isn't: I'm getting better.
        Large Man with Dead Body: No you're not, you'll be stone dead in a moment.
        The Dead Collector: Well, I can't take him like that. It's against regulations.
        The Dead Body That Claims It Isn't: I don't want to go on the cart.
        Large Man with Dead Body: Oh, don't be such a baby.
        The Dead Collector: I can't take him.
        The Dead Body That Claims It Isn't: I feel fine.
        Large Man with Dead Body: Oh, do me a favor.
        The Dead Collector: I can't.
        Large Man with Dead Body: Well, can you hang around for a couple of minutes? He won't be long.
        The Dead Collector: I promised I'd be at the Robinsons'. They've lost nine today.
        Large Man with Dead Body: Well, when's your next round?
        The Dead Collector: Thursday.
        The Dead Body That Claims It Isn't: I think I'll go for a walk.
        Large Man with Dead Body: You're not fooling anyone, you know. Isn't there anything you could do?
        The Dead Body That Claims It Isn't: I feel happy. I feel happy.
              [the Dead Collector glances up and down the street
               furtively, then silences the Body with a whack of his club]

        Large Man with Dead Body: Ah, thank you very much.
        The Dead Collector: Not at all. See you on Thursday.
        Large Man with Dead Body: Right.

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

        by PBen on Wed Jan 25, 2006 at 10:10:58 AM PST

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    •  Wonderful graphics (4.00)
      rserven, I've been meaning for some time to tell you that your wonderful graphics are so great to look at, and would actually make wonderful art quilts, as well.  Just beautiful!
      •  Thank you :-) (4.00)
        I'm waiting for someone to ask if they can use my art to produce something that will make us both mucho bucks so I can retire early.  Alas, I lack the skill, time and motivation to do anything like that if left to my own devices. :-)


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

        by rserven on Wed Jan 25, 2006 at 11:28:34 AM PST

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  •  Cheers and Jeers (4.00)
    to the first day of the semester after a nice Interterm.  Although it means craziness for the next few months, I like the energy of the first few days.  It's good to see everyone and we are somewhat energetic.

    Cheers to showing a film the first day of class.  Since my students haven't spoken French for a month and half now, it takes the pressure off of them,  allows them to re-immerse themselves in the language a bit, and merde, it's easy on me!

    Once again, jeers to everything happening in the government that I don't like.  Now, that's laziness for you!

    Cheers to everyone out there in Kos land!

  •  Cheers to.... (4.00)
    WV State Legislature for passing three bills on Monday for improving reponse to mine disasters- mine operators must tell government within 15 minutes of learning of the disaster or face a fine, there must be improved personal location devices and there must be an increase in the number of "self-rescue" locations within mines.


    Jeers to David G. Dye, the Acting assistant secretary of labor in charge of MSHA.  On Monday, "about midway through the two-hour hearing, Mr. Dye said he had other matters to attend to and had to leave."

    Cheers to Senator Arlen Specter who:

    responded with frustration: "I can understand your pressing other business. It may well be that some of the senators here have pressing matters, too. We don't think we are imposing too much to keep you here for another hour."

    After Mr. Specter added, "That's the committee's request, but you're not under subpoena," Mr. Dye got up and walked out.

    "I can't recollect it ever happening before," Mr. Specter said of the departure. "We'll find a way to take appropriate note of it."

    Maybe we can help Senator Specter get his wish to make appropriate note of it?

    You shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you mad. Aldous Huxley

    by murrayewv on Wed Jan 25, 2006 at 05:51:16 AM PST

    •  Cheers to Senator Byrd (4.00)
      There is the link
      Byrd said Dye's departure was a "gross error" and a "very arrogant thing for him to do," especially after subcommittee chairman Sen. Arlen Specter, R-Pa., specifically asked him not to leave.

      "They don't want to answer questions -- that's why this man left the hearing," Byrd said. "That's at the bottom of the problem.

      "If this is how MSHA and the other executive agencies that have jurisdiction over mine safety act toward members of Congress, how do they treat coal miners?"

      Dye told senators the hearing had "diverted" him and other MSHA officials. He said they needed to leave in order to, in part, deal with a mine fire in Colorado.

      Apparently, Dye was referring to a fire at Arch Coal Inc.'s West Elk Mine. That fire has been burning since November. The mine is temporarily closed, and there were no reports this week of any emergency situations there.

      You shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you mad. Aldous Huxley

      by murrayewv on Wed Jan 25, 2006 at 06:08:09 AM PST

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  •  Jeers to the Karimov regime (4.00)
    Fur-lined underwear has been banned in Uzbekistan after authorities deemed it too sexy.
    So... you won't give people heat when it is snowing, and then you ban something to keep them warm?

    And since when did the government get Muslim and proper all of a sudden? Did the vodka finally run out?

  •  Wednesday C&J (4.00)
    Cheers to getting to C&J before a 100 comments. It's a rare day now that I'm a stay-at-home Dad.

    Cheers to possibily having a job soon - one that I can do at home, in between taking care of mecki jr. Cross your fingers!

    Cheers to the tide of sludge bearing down on the REPs. Get out your shovels, DEMs, and make sure it hits the right people.

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

    by mecki on Wed Jan 25, 2006 at 05:52:37 AM PST

  •  Jeers to me (4.00)
    for not getting my lazy ass up on the roof while the weather was good. Now I have to go up and clean my chimney. Wish me luck. I'm trying to get the bucket truck guy, but no joy so far.
    Cheers to funny stuff, but Jeers to not crediting sources.
    Jeers to Parvo. A friend's new puppy is infected.

    Cheers to youins'is.

  •  Carolina "I Met-Elizabeth-Edwards"Cheers (4.00)
    Cheers to hearing Elizabeth Edwards give a barn-buster speech last night at a local Dem meeting. (and the speech was actually in a "barn"--I'll explain later!)  She's sharp, plain-spoken, warm & witty and did I say, sharp?

    I got to shake her hand and say hello and get pics to prove I was there & all.  She remarked that she does read Dkos, so maybe she'll chime in herself!

    Jeers to procrastination: I'm supposed to be geting my notes in order rightnow so I can get a diary up about the event.  But I just had to stop for C&J, you see...

    (oh, and Bill, for your poll, I think Elizabeth Edwards needs to be in national public office.  Sure, John is cute, but this woman is savvy.  We may have nominated the wrong Edwards in '04!)

    Happy Hump Day, all you out there in Bobland!

    Come hear the voices crying in the wilderness at

    by mrsdbrown1 on Wed Jan 25, 2006 at 05:54:10 AM PST

    •  Looking forward to your diary, MrsD :) (4.00)

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

      by PhillyGal on Wed Jan 25, 2006 at 05:58:18 AM PST

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      •  What's this? (4.00)
        A Debbob diary on the menu?

        Yes please! Make mine with ice cream, mint chocolate chip if you have it...

        •  At this rate, it will be (4.00)
          on tomorrow's menu!  :-)

          Typing up notes is hard work.  It's much easier to just write the stuff that spews out of my own head, but trying to accurately reflect what happened & what Elizabeth Edwards said-- from reading my own shorthand-- is taking forever!

          There was also a great--and long-- Q & A session, which I'm  writing up.

          It's 11:00 am here, and I'm about half way done.  Vegas odds would look for a finished product by tomorrow's C&J--especially since car-pool and a guinea pig check up at the vets will suck up my afternoon.

          (I know, I know, how dare I put child & pet care ahead of my blogging!!!) ;-)

          Come hear the voices crying in the wilderness at

          by mrsdbrown1 on Wed Jan 25, 2006 at 08:28:19 AM PST

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  •  C&J Cranky Edition (4.00)
    JEERS to Chris Matthews. I mean, really: He  had John Yoo on his show last week and he spoke to him as if he were just some normal legal scholar from one of our leading Universities instead of the nutcase that he is.

    JEERS TO John Yoo.

    JEERS to anyone who listens to John Yoo.

    JEERS to me for telling my houseguests that one of the leading causes of emergency room visits on Sundays is cuts to the hand by breakfasters slicing bagels. I then proceeded to cut my hand while slicing a bagel.

    CHEERS to the Georgetown Law students who gave AG Gonzales a reverse standing ovation.

    "My own mind is my own church." Tom Paine

    by Snoutboy on Wed Jan 25, 2006 at 05:55:49 AM PST

  •  Jeers on my spastic mouse finger (4.00)
    that gave a troll a 4 just before he was dumped in the bucket where I couldn't take it back. I am not happy.

    -6.88/-5.64 * You know what's happening. Fight it.

    by John West on Wed Jan 25, 2006 at 05:55:55 AM PST

  •  C&J: Reservoir Cheers (4.00)
    Cheers to new titles. Imma gonna stick with "Cobra commander, but "Bush the Incompetent" works for me too.

    Cheers/Jeers to trickle-away economics. What happened to all that oil in Iraq? How will the country sustain itself? Why does Cobra Commander suddenly have hundred-dollar bills exploding from his pockets?

    Jeers to bad cheerleading. "Rah, rah; sis-boom-bah! Yaaaaaaaaaaaay spying"! At least the media hasn't completely fallen for the "TSP" moniker (What's that mean again? "Totally Shitty Program?")

    Cheers to yard sales. How else to pay for the legal bills you're accumulating from your crooked schemes than to sell some valuable photos? You're doing a heckuva job, Jackie!

    Cheers to Bill and the C&J Bullcrap Elimination Squad. Let's go to work.  

  •  CHEERS to making media mouthpieces suck it up! (4.00)
    I'm talking about you, Deborah Howell, and you, Tweetie, and all the rest of your icky ilk. SUCK IT UP! We're tired of taking, it's our turn to give, and every bowlful you've fed us is coming back your way with a No Sale tag! (Don't worry, Scottie; for you we're backing up the truck and hose.)
  •  jeers jeers and more jeers (4.00)
    to coming home from Hawaii and going back to work.

    Thank goodness I had enough sense to request today as a last vacation day from work.

    Jeers to the 200 emails I got while I was out.
    Jeers to reading and answering all of them.
    So, so many jeers

    But cheers to my cats and to my bed. I missed them.

    If you don't visit my website, you are aiding the terrorists. Why do you hate America?

    by OrangeClouds115 on Wed Jan 25, 2006 at 06:00:23 AM PST

  •  De-meming the Newspeak (4.00)
    On the "Suspected Terrorist Surveillance" in my diary from yesterday, if ya interested.
    I guess its redundant to give a major JEER to chris matthews but i am doing it anyway....and its because of what i heard last night on his show.....

    no matter what was said, what was shown in clips and what is the truth Matthews refuses to accept any reason for democrats to oppose alito other then ROE

    in fact he belittled the speech's given by democrats regarding the worry that alito is a stealth nominee put up for conformation in order to make sure the unitary executive theory becomes reality in our once great representative democracy....

    he said   'the democrats try to pretend this isnt ALL about abortion but i know its all about abortion for the democrats"

    how does matthews know this??????  ans:  he doesnt....but being ignorant has never stopped chris matthews from running his mouth off.

    so today i think i will send a few dozen email,s to asking if Matthews keeps lying about democrats because his brother needs the gop's $$$$$$$$$$ to get elected in PA.

    I hope many of you here on DK send that message to chris matthews too.

    "if all the world's a stage, who is sitting in the audience?"

    by KnotIookin on Wed Jan 25, 2006 at 06:02:11 AM PST

  •  Why "other" (4.00)
    I voted other because it's a science...choosing a winning ticket...and it's too soon to know. Jeers to lacking the imagination to dream about potential tickets today.

    Cheers to Citizen Action.
    Jeers to not getting a fax machine to answer in Senators offices early this morning.

    Cheers to  Rachel Maddow for promoting this item:
    "Today (1/25) is National PATRIOT Act Call-In Day!
    Please phone both your Senators and your Representative. Ask your members of Congress to work for a PATRIOT Act reauthorization bill that truly preserves free speech and privacy, and that restores checks and balances, including judicial review and much greater congressional oversight."

    Jeers to not having finished STOP ALITO effort yet and suddenly it's National PATRIOT Act Call-In Day.

    Cheers to Daily Kos
    Jeers to the fact that there isn't a quick-and-easy digest of Daily Kos.

    Jeers to mid-winter blahs/blues but WHOO-HOO CHEERS to the British researcher who identified this past Monday as the most depressing day of the year.

  •  C&J Wednesday (4.00)
    Cheers to Wednesdays, because I don't have to come back to work after my classes (not that I don't have plenty of work to do at home, too).

    Cheers to Wednesdays, because that's when Project Runway is on (I'm an addict!)

    Jeers to hectic weeks like this one.  Visiting scholars to meet and greet, a wedding, two big presentations, a journal deadline...eek!

    Jeers to having to run off to class right now!

  •  A quickie C & J (4.00)
    JEERS to the military jury who issued a REPRIMAND to Chief Warrant Officer Lewis E. Welshofer Jr. after he KILLED an Iraqi general in the course of interrogating him. Yes, this is a much lighter sentence than those imposed on the low level porno privates involved in the Abu Ghraib mess. No, this is not the way to win "hearts and minds".

    CHEERS to Pope Benedict XVI for encouraging charity and love in his first encyclical document:

    "Those who practice charity in the church's name will never seek to impose the church's faith upon others. They realize that a pure and generous love is the best witness to the God in whom we believe and by whom we are driven to love.''

    But JEERS to the Pope for his new policy of Straight Men Only in the priesthood.

    CHEERS to finally making it back to yoga class. JEERS to it cutting into my C&J time. Happy Hump Day, everybody!

    Ah yes! Conservatives. Some of the finest minds of the 12th Century.  -  Paul Begala

  •  C & J NH Edition (4.00)
    Greetings from the great north country!!

    CHEERS to David's birthday--this was my Dad's birthday too.

    JEERS to Republicans--'nuf said

    Point of Order--why do so many of you love Wes Clark?  Just wondering--I don't get it--convince me.

    CHEERS to Bill and Michael, Molly and Vegas!  Even when I don't comment, I am reading!!!

    Just some photos for today---

    Zanzibar and big bunny:

    and some cute pooties:

    Get out there and dance like you mean it!!!
    Smoochies to all!

    I love a dog. He does nothing for political reasons. ~Will Rogers

    by PoliSigh on Wed Jan 25, 2006 at 06:06:48 AM PST

  •  The Odd Couple (4.00)
    Ted Kennedy and Orrin Hatch are referred to as the Senate's Odd Couple Hilarious anecdoates.
    Ted Kennedy was three sheets to the wind and Orrin Hatch needed a favor, as Hatch recalls it.
       A former staffer wanted the conservative Utah senator and Kennedy, the liberal lion of Massachusetts, to speak to a group of Mormon missionaries in Boston. Late one night, Hatch approached Kennedy, who had been tipping the bottle with Sen. Chris Dodd of Connecticut.
       "How are ya doin'?" Kennedy said, patting Hatch on the back.
       "Fine, fine," Hatch replied, then made his pitch for the missionary event.
       "Done," Kennedy said, with an expansive swoop of his hand.
       And would he help get famed Faneuil Hall for the event? "Done," Kennedy said.
       The next day, Hatch presented a letter to the Massachusetts senator confirming the conversation.
       "Orrin," said a worried Kennedy, "what else did I agree to?"
       "This is just letter No. 1," Hatch responded.


    The pair does come together often, though. In the past five Congresses and the first session of the 109th, Hatch and Kennedy have co-sponsored 410 bills and resolutions. Hatch and Sen. Bob Bennett, his Utah Republican colleague, have co-sponsored 475 in that time, and Hatch and Majority Leader Bill Frist have come together on 332 bills and resolutions.


    Kennedy's nephew, William Kennedy Smith, had been charged with raping a woman he met at a nightclub with his uncle. The elder Kennedy was taking heat for inviting his nephews out to a bar that night, and he came to Hatch asking for help.
       Hatch agreed to defend Kennedy to reporters, but first he wanted to chat.
       "I thought, you know, 'He's really vulnerable.' " Hatch said on CBS' "60 Minutes" in 1998. "That's when I said, 'Now, Ted, it's time for you to grow up and quit acting like a teenager.' I said, 'You know what you've got to do, don't you?' I said, 'You've got to quit drinking.' And I have to say he . . . looked very stunned, and he said, 'I know.' "
       Kennedy has since said he has maybe a glass of wine with dinner and considers himself a social drinker.
       Neither much likes to talk about that subject, but both agree their personal lives have been impacted by their friendship.
       Kennedy went to Hatch's mother's funeral, and Hatch to Kennedy's mother's services. Hatch has been to Kennedy's McLean, Va., home on several occasions.
       When Kennedy's son Patrick had an operation in 1988, Hatch sent him flowers. And, recently, the two sang together for a fundraiser for the Robert F. Kennedy Foundation.
       "Orrin was good enough to come," Kennedy says, launching into the parody song he and his wife, Victoria, wrote for the occasion: WHEREVER I GO / I KNOW TED GOES / WHEREVER I GO / I KNOW ORRIN GOES / NO FITS, NO FIGHTS, NO FEUDS, NO EGOS / AMIGOS / TOGETHER

    Visit my blog Penndit. Media, politics, campaigns, and political communications.

    by Newsie8200 on Wed Jan 25, 2006 at 06:07:12 AM PST

  •  Cheers to.. (4.00)
    More Tina Fey and Amy P.!

    Cheers to feingold for opposing his first SCOTUS nominee.

    Jeers to CT weather for being 45 during the day and 20 at night - Its impossible to be comfortable ever!

    In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act. ---George Orwell -6.63; -6.51

    by TheKickingDonkey on Wed Jan 25, 2006 at 06:07:53 AM PST

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

    Jeers to heading back to the dentist for another round of work for the root canal - this time to deal with the infection that resulted from the original work. I should have listened to mom when she told me not to put things in my mouth...

    Jeers to being generally grumpy this morning. I drove in with Rage Against the Machine blasting, which only helped to focus the anger I have been feeling lately. Anyone else ready to go take back our government?

    Cheers to the words still flowing. What follows is my poem from last night. It is a bit rough and may not suit all tastes, but such is life.


    the streets run thick with it,
    the sheppard gently fondles
    a weeping sheep, tears
    run down his swollen cheeks,
    like dog shit smeared on
    a holy bible,
    pawed by greasy, desperate
    the congressman, his lips
    firmly wrapped around
    the cock shaft of some
    oily lobbyist,
    swallowing the demon cum
    of global corporate interests,
    the starched shirt police
    officer, night stick sodomizing
    a brown skinned man,
    with a pocket full of crooked
    the young, silky thighed doe
    cruising the streets for man
    to shred, taking bites of flesh
    and mind and soul,
    before spitting him back
    onto the streets for
    another silky thighed doe
    to take her turn on him,
    the poet writing fake verse,
    recycling well worn ideas,
    passing them as his own,
    the streets run thick with it,
    a play ground for the

    Darrell J. Gahm
    January 24, 2006

    That is about all I have today.


    Poems and stories from the mind of Darrell Gahm...the American nightmare

    by the white trash poet on Wed Jan 25, 2006 at 06:08:27 AM PST

  •  Popping in to say good morning (4.00)

    Cheers to C&J and morning laughs

    Cheers to BiPM

    Jeers to cold and rainy returning

    Cheers to planning short weekend fun trips....not just waiting for a big vacation

    Jeers to the infestation of trolls lately

    Cheers that we are doing something to make rethugs nervous and bring the trolls out from under the bridges!

    Have a great day everyone

    Make the most of yourself, for that is all there is of you..... Ralph Waldo Emerson

    by SallyCat on Wed Jan 25, 2006 at 06:10:50 AM PST

  •  Jeers to Bird Flu (4.00)
    From the WHO:
    The case occurred in a 29-year-old woman from Chengdu City in the south-central province of Sichuan. She developed fever on 12 January and was hospitalized with symptoms of pneumonia. Authorities say her condition deteriorated rapidly, and she died on 23 January.

    Of the ten cases confirmed in China, seven have been fatal. The cases have occurred in 7 provinces and regions: Anhui, Guangxi, Liaoning, Jiangxi, Fujian, Hunan, and Sichuan. No poultry outbreaks have been officially reported in two of these provinces.

    This is some really scary stuff.  
  •  Hump Day C&J (4.00)
    Jeers! to the incomparable asshat Rick Santorum.  No, don't go sign up for the military - there are still plenty of inner city kids we can send to Iraq first.  Just put one of those sanctimonious stickers on your gas-guzzling SUV.  That's the best way to show your patriotism.  That man is a waste of oxygen...

    Jeers! to Steve Inskeep this morning on NPR for allowing a White House advisor to blather on about how Americans want Dumbya to protect them more than they want their Constitutional rights upheld.  I guess it's time to bite the bullet and get XM so I can listen to Bob Edwards again.

    Cheers! to Democrats showing a united front against BorkAlito, and Jeers! to the Republican Senator who decried the party-line vote as unprecedented.  As if the Democrats are required to throw one or two votes their way.

    And finally, Cheers! as always to BiPM, Michael and all the regular 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 Wed Jan 25, 2006 at 06:14:43 AM PST

    •  Make NPR Accountable! (4.00)
      Go to this diary to find out how to help Media Matters monitor NPR's All Things Considered and/or Morning Edition for conservative misinformation.

      "One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors." -Plato

      by Bcre8ve on Wed Jan 25, 2006 at 06:59:04 AM PST

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  •  Jeers to 'lil Ricky (4.00)
    Listen to Santorum's "call to serve" - by joining the military? Nope, by putting one of his bumpewr stickers on your car! Disgusting.

    Cheers to Santorum Exposed!

  •  Cheers to Rolling Stone (3.94)
    who had another great article this month.

    The Deficit Lie tells how Cheney raced back to sign in the "Deficit Reduction Act" that actually increased the deficit by $50 billion!  

    And of the $90 billion in tax cuts that are to be offset by $40 billion cut from programs that benefitted the middle class and working poor, almost half of those tax cuts will go to those who make more than $1 million a year!

    I'm sure that most of you have heard about this latest POS dropped on us by the GOP, but I was even surprised by some of the items detailed in this article from Bush's "family friendly, compassionate conservative" administration.

    The Working Poor - Under tough new rules created by the bill, families on welfare will have to work longer hours to qualify for federal assistance. In two-parent families, both the mother and father must now find full-time jobs or job training. Meeting the requirement could cost states $8 billion -- but the bill provides no new funds, only fines as high as $100 million a year for states that fail to meet the new standard. To avoid the penalties, many states are expected to stop offering welfare to two-parent families -- providing a perverse incentive for working parents to split up to preserve their benefits. Even more troubling, the GOP budget slashes $11 billion in federal support for child care. By 2010, as many as 255,000 kids could be booted out of day care, forcing poor parents to choose between working or caring for their children.


    Foster Parents - So much for family values -- the bill not only cuts $343 million from foster care, it specifically overturns a federal ruling that granted foster-care funds to low-income grandparents who take in their own grandchildren rather than sloughing them off on strangers. The cuts convinced Sen. Mike DeWine, a Republican from Ohio, to vote against the measure. "I felt that the bill hurt Ohioans who most need our assistance," he says, "whether it is poor children and seniors affected by cuts to Medicaid or families hurt by cuts in foster care."

    But of course it leaves intact the slush-fund for insurance companies, and got rid of the price controls for the drugs Medicaid buys that was in the Senate version, which would have saved $20.5 billion - making many of the cuts unneccessary.

    Two of the Democrats that voted againt this unconscienable bill summed it up well:

    Sen. Kent Conrad, the ranking Democrat on the Senate Budget Committee, decried the dearth of public scrutiny for a bill "written behind closed doors, filed in the dead of night and voted on at the crack of dawn." But Rep. Dave Obey, ranking Democrat of the House Appropriations Committee, isn't angry with his Republican colleagues for operating in the dark. "I don't blame them," he says. "If I put together a bill like this, I'd do it with the lights out too."

    Why does Bush hate families?  Or more precisely, why does he love millionaires so much?

    Worst.  President.  Ever.

    "One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors." -Plato

    by Bcre8ve on Wed Jan 25, 2006 at 06:18:34 AM PST

  •  c&j (4.00)
    Cheers: to the Judiciary Comm. Dems showing some backbone and voting against 'Sc'Alito. Now... if the Dems in the Senate show the same backbone, we could have an interesting fight on our hands.

    Jeers: to me getting ranked a '3' yesterday for my C&J comment... and having absolutely no idea why.

    Cheers: to the memory of Chris Penn who was found dead in his apartment yesterday, cause of death still unknown. While he was in many movies, to me he will always be Nice Guy Eddie Cabot.

    Jeers: to President Bush. Do we really need a reason?

    Cheers: to this community for giving us an outlet for our frustration with the current administration.

    All I got. Good Wednesday everyone.

    Check out my blog

    by KMuniz on Wed Jan 25, 2006 at 06:20:17 AM PST

  •  Pittsburgh's Wednesday Cheers and Jeers (4.00)
    Cheers and "Thanks" to Mario Lemieux. He made a hockey fan out of me. Well, him and the fine young players of my alma mater between 1991 and 1995.
    Jeers to the postal service. Why is it that a watch can make it from Hong Kong to my doorstep in 5 days, but the 2 hockey cards I purchased off of eBay from Canada are two weeks and counting?
    Jeers to Mitt Romney. I'm not concerned about eavesdropping because I dislike the President. I'm concerned about eavesdropping because it is illegal, immoral and preventing me from getting my hockey cards.
    Jeers to leaky shoes.
    Jeers that the Lucy cat decided it would be fun to play with my toes at 6am this morning. So much for grabbing an extra hour of sleep.
    Cheers that my 10 year old Lucy still acts like a kitten.
    Cheers to my husband, because he loves me.

    watch out for cube dwelling trolls. They hide underneath mice and keyboards... they like to add or delete keystrokes from your copy...

    by BigRedCat on Wed Jan 25, 2006 at 06:23:24 AM PST

  •  Cheers to The Onion (4.00)
    The A-V Club has an interview with Stephen Colbert:

    AVC: Jon Stewart recently said he sees The Colbert Report as sort of a 30-minute Daily Show segment. Do you see it as an extension of The Daily Show?

    SC: I sort of see The Daily Show as a 30-minute preamble. It's like an appetizer before you get to the main course.

    •  adsf (4.00)
      Was about to post about this interview myself. What a great read; required reading not just for Colbert fans, but for any media watchdog group. The way he describes set design for his show was unbelievable.


      by PanzerMensch on Wed Jan 25, 2006 at 12:10:34 PM PST

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  •  Bush Sppech at NSA Met with Protest (4.00)

    Dudehisattva... <div style="color: #0000a0;">"Generosity, Ethics, Patience, Effort, Concentration, and Wisdom"&l

    by Dood Abides on Wed Jan 25, 2006 at 06:25:12 AM PST

  •  No kitty... (4.00)
    Just diary whoring for support for Yearly Kos...

    Please check out and recommend: Science Friday Sneak Preview: Kosmos, the book


  •  Bumf*ckegypt Cs & Js (4.00)
    Cheers BiPM and the universe he creates for us nearly every day, and Cheers to you for showing up whenever you can.

    Cheers to country bumpkins on trains. My sister and I rode the Downeaster to Boston and the Metroliner to NYC Monday and back Tuesday. We usually drive. What a difference. It's expensive, but as long as the effing U.S. government won't subsidize train travel, I'm considering the premium part of my charitable donations.

    Jeers to Boston's failure to connect North and South Stations. What the hell was the Big Dig for anyway? A perfectly smooth trip suffers a hiccup as Maine and New Hampshire riders must catch the T, the Orange Line, to find a southbound Amtrak line again. No problem for two zippy women traveling light, but really a pain for anyone with kids or actual luggage. Alas, no Red Caps on the T.

    Cheers to great newspapers on actual paper. I picked up the Guardian at the local newsstand in NYC. Digital black and white photography, beautifully laid out, fascinating stories well written, and the obituaries, simply the best.

    Jeers to the Blair-Bush alliance. It appears the wiretapping, surveillance craze is happening in the U.K., too.

    Cheers to Central Park, dogs, The Ramble and designer Frederick Law Olmsted. My sister and I ritually cross the park in the upper 70s and it always makes me feel good about civilization.

    Jeers to urban poverty and the need for so many to beg. We're there every year and I don't remember seeing so many sad and destitute people since I lived there in the late Reagan 80s.

    Cheers to fantasizing about a Eurailpass. That's what riding trains can do for you.

    Cheers to synchronicity. Steve Soderbergh was shooting his film about Che Guevara, variously called Che or Guerilla, on 77th between 5th and Madison. The street was filled with 50s era cars and fedoras. Ah, New York.  Then, on the radio driving home from Portland, Terry Gross interviewed Soderbergh about his new film Bubble. It made us country girls feel a teeny bit plugged in. I love that he's releasing the film to theaters and cable and selling dvds simultaneously. We in the hinterlands might actually join some cultural conversation with the rest of the country.

    Cheers to M*A*S*H author Richard Hooker (Hornberger) who practiced medicine in Waterville, Maine for decades. He wrote a sequel M*A*S*H Goes to Maine, the only "Goes to..." book without a co-author and supposedly as funny as the original. He died here in 1997.

    One more, Cheers to Mozart. Happy 250th birthday week you demigod musical freak.

    In the practice of tolerance, one's enemy is the best teacher. Dalai Lama

    by leolabeth on Wed Jan 25, 2006 at 06:26:46 AM PST

  •  Cheers to Virginia Woolf (4.00)
    who, according to My Left Wing, was born on this day in 1882.

    Possibly when the professor insisted a little too emphatically upon the inferiority of women, he was concerned not with their inferiority, but with his own superiority. That was what he was protecting rather hot-headedly and with too much emphasis, because it was a jewel to him of the rarest price. Life for both sexes--and I looked at them, shouldering their way along the pavement--is arduous, difficult, a perpetual struggle. It calls for gigantic courage and strength. More than anything, perhaps, creatures of illusion as we are, it calls for confidence in oneself. Without self-confidence we are as babes in the cradle. And how can we generate this imponderable quality, which is yet so invaluable, most quickly? By thinking that other people are inferior to one self. By feeling that one has some innate superiority--it may be wealth, or rank, a straight nose, or the portrait of a grandfather by Romney--for there is no end to the pathetic devices of the human imagination--over other people. Hence the enormous importance to a patriarch who has to conquer, who has to rule, of feeling that great numbers of people, half the human race indeed, are by nature inferior to himself.
    -- Virginia Woolf
      A Room of One's Own


    "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 Wed Jan 25, 2006 at 06:27:32 AM PST

  •  George Galloway: Cheer? Jeer? Who knows? (4.00)

    George Galloway, as many will know, has been participting in the British "reality" TV program Big Brother. According this report from the BBC, Galloway is the favorite for eviction. Dennis Rodman also has been nominated for eviction.

    George Galloway is heavily tipped to leave Channel 4's Celebrity Big Brother after a furious row with his fellow housemates.

    Galloway faces a public vote with ex-basketball player Dennis Rodman and non-celebrity Chantelle Houghton.

    Two housemates will be evicted from the surveillance gameshow, which comes to a close on Friday.

    Bookmaker Ladbrokes said it was offering odds of 1/20 on the Respect party MP being evicted first.

    From the BBC report, it appears that Galloway is taking the contest (?) much too seriously:

    'Lying plutocrat'

    Galloway has launched a series of bitter attacks on his fellow housemates since discovering they had nominated him for the viewers' vote.

    "We'll see what the viewers thought of your double standards and the aplomb with which you become a lying plutocrat in your gentleman's club." George Galloway to Samuel Preston.

               * * *

    He also turned on former gameshow host Michael Barrymore: "I was close to you, Dennis was close to you, and you stabbed both of us over your mania for hoarding cigarettes. You're a real cigarette addict and you ought to address the fact that you've no loyalty to anybody."

    "You care about no-one except yourself. You're the most selfish, self-obsessed person I've ever met."

    Their argument went on for 20 minutes, with Galloway claiming: "I cared a lot about you. You stabbed me in the back."

    Galloway's adventure with reality TV has occasioned considerable political criticism within the U.K.

    The MP, who has donned a red catsuit and imitated a cat as part of his stint in the show, has also attracted criticism from his political opponents. They say he should be representing his seat of Bethnal Green and Bow, east London, instead of appearing on the show.

    But Galloway has said his decision to be a contestant is good for politics and will widen young people's interest in current affairs.

    After Wednesday's double eviction, six celebrities will remain in the house.

    The remaining contestants include rapper Maggot from hip-hop act Goldie Lookin' Chain, ex-Baywatch star Traci Bingham, and pop star Pete Burns.

    I don't know about the U.K., but I'd sure like to see Karl Rove and, say, Ozzie Osbourne on the show.

    f/k/a one of the people "`Our country, right or wrong!' . . . when right to be kept right; when wrong to be put right." (Sen. Carl Schurz)

    by another American on Wed Jan 25, 2006 at 06:27:33 AM PST

    •  Next - Galloway's Book (4.00)
      "How I Hit Rock-Bottom and Ended Up On Big Brother"

      subtitled something like "Before I Found (insert here: God; AA; True Love; Anti-Depressants; Scientology)"

      I really cheered for the guy when he told the Senate to shove it in the oil-for-food thing, but I don't know about him lately.

      George Galloway is a big ? at this time.

      "One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors." -Plato

      by Bcre8ve on Wed Jan 25, 2006 at 07:22:25 AM PST

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  •  I forgot to CHEER the Georgetown law students (4.00)
    who turned their backs on Abu Gonzales. YOU ROCK! (or whatever it is that young people do these days ... rave? polka? watusi?) AG-the-unAG can pretend you weren't there, but we saw you!
  •  Jeers to DADT (4.00)
    The military is bleeding away its health care professionals due to DADT:

    WASHINGTON - Hundreds of officers and health care professionals have been discharged in the past 10 years under the Pentagon's policy on gays, a loss that while relatively small in numbers involves troops who are expensive for the military to educate and train.

  •  TGIcoughHumpcoughDay C&Jcough (4.00)
    JEERS to coughs, colds, and the viruses that cause them.  Mr Brillig and I took a rare let's-fight-over-the-couch double sick day yesterday.  Of course, he ended up spending 4 hours working, but at least it was in sweatpants.

    JEERS to folks who don't cover their mouths and noses when they sneeze or cough, or who cover them with their hand and then go freakin' touching stuff with that hand without washing it first!  Icky gross, people!

    JEERS to the impending train wreck for the country that is the Alito confirmation. No difference between Bush & Gore, eh? I cough in your general direction.

    JEERS to not-so Friendly's. The restaurant chain cut benefits for 454 of its workers from comprehensive to "limited-benefit". In other words:

    ...The lowest-priced plan pays a maximum annual benefit for outpatient care of $1,000, and the highest pays a maximum of $2,000. The most expensive plan pays $600 a year toward prescription drugs, but that amount counts toward the $2,000 limit.

    Both the lowest- and highest-priced tiers offer some coverage for hospital stays, but it is severely restricted... The most expensive option pays up to $50,000 a year for hospital care, but payments are limited to $500 per day

    When have you spent time in a hospital for <$500/day? Of course, this change doesn't affect everyone:
    Another longtime Friendly's employee, who also asked not to be identified, said her health insurance premiums will decrease from about $36 a week to $22.30. But she's not happy. ''Is it cheaper? Yes, but that's because they don't cover anything. I will be paying much more out of pocket," she said.

    The employee said her manager told her the new plan was ''comparable" to the comprehensive plan that was terminated in October. Employees at the assistant-manager level and higher can still choose comprehensive coverage, employees said.

    This is Kid Brillig's first choice every time we ask "do you want to eat out tonight?" We're going to have to tip the waitress much, much more!

    JEERS to me, for having nothing to CHEER about today.  I can't remember the last time that happened. Oh wait...

    CHEERS to C&Jers and to BiPM and everyone who makes it happen.  You're more reliable than the trains, funnier than the comic strips, and smarter than most everyone I know in real life.

    Have you added yourself to the map?

    by brillig on Wed Jan 25, 2006 at 06:31:26 AM PST

  •  Central PA C&J (4.00)
    Cheers to the release of the report predicting Katrina's effect and highlighting Bush's lies.

    Jeers to Scottie Boy McClellan for continuing to maintain the lie that newspapers headlined that New Orleans dodged the bullet.  Produce those newspapers or admit you lied Scottie Boy.

    Jeers to the Bush Administration for stonewalling on Congressional investigations into Katrina.  Is stonewalling on every investigation becoming a habit for this Administration?

    Jeers to Pennsylvania State Representative Scott Boyd (R-Lancaster) who introduced a bill amending the state constitution defining marriage as one man and one woman instead of two persons.  Let's prevent the institutionaliztion of sexual apartheid.

    Jeers to homophobic Commissioners who rail against artists they perceive as glorifying homosexuality.  Berks County Commissioner Mark C. Scott yesterday blocked the display of late artist Keith Haring's (who was a native of the county) mural of the statue of liberty, done in collaboration with 900 children, from hanging from the side of the County Services Center.

    Cheers to the Coalition for Voting Integrity for filing suit to prevent the purchase of unsecure electronic voting machines in Pennsylvania.  You can contribute to their legal effort at the group's website:

    Jeers to Senator Rick Santorum who is now actively  urging young Pennsylvanians to NOT enlist.  This counter-recruiting effort is spearheaded by his urging young people to fight terror by putting Santorum campaign bumper stickers on their cars rather than joining the Army and fighting in Iraq.

    Pennacchio for Pennsylvania

    by PAprogressive on Wed Jan 25, 2006 at 06:33:32 AM PST

  •  Another First Time C&Jer here.. (4.00)
    JEERS to this headline from the AP:
    Enough Senators to Back Alito Confirmation

    So much for that filibuster.  The MSM never seems to sink ever-lower

    And, to that end...

    CHEERS to Sirius.  At least I can pick something DIFFERENT to listen to in the morning rather than NPR or the local shills on our AM dial.

    (Whew!  That wasn't that hard, was it...)

  •  Jeers to Diebold (4.00)

    From the Anchorages Daily News:

    The state Division of Elections has refused to turn over its electronic voting files to the Democrats, arguing that the data format belongs to a private company and can't be made public.
    In a Jan. 6 e-mail, Diebold's lawyer, Charles R. Owen, told Brewster that "the structure of the database file ... is proprietary information."

    Perhaps, but it's not secret. Anyone can examine Diebold's format on a Web site set up by activists who have been raising questions about the company, the Alaska Democrats said
    "The results from the 2004 election in Alaska just plain look squirrelly," March said.

    For instance, district-by-district vote totals add up to 292,267 votes for President Bush, but his official total was only 190,889.
    Democrats also contend more than 2,000 Alaskans cast valid absentee ballots that weren't counted in official totals.

    Unless they get the entire file, they won't be able to understand what caused the "bizarre and inaccurate reports" from Alaska's 2004 election, they say.

    "These votes belong to us," Brown said. "These are all public record. It's wrong that a contractor like Diebold can keep us from seeing the record."

    Cheers to activists!

    and Jeers to those that don't value the sacred, inalienable right of voting in this country.

    "One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors." -Plato

    by Bcre8ve on Wed Jan 25, 2006 at 06:40:14 AM PST

  •  As to Rick Santorum's comment, bumper stickers (3.94)
    Keep in mind that alllll of those Support the Troops yellow ribbons, flag ribbons, etc, if you look closely at the corner, in tiny, tiny letter, you'll see three words.


    Says it all, doesn't it.

    "When fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying the cross" - Sinclair Lewis

    by Loboguara on Wed Jan 25, 2006 at 06:41:02 AM PST

  •  Jeers to Google (4.00)
    for conceding to China's demand to censor its search engine's results in its new domain:

    Google to Censor Search Results in China

    The company agrees to omit Web content that Beijing objects to in a new version of its service for the country.

    From Associated Press

    SAN FRANCISCO -- Online search engine leader Google Inc. has agreed to censor its results in China, adhering to the country's free-speech restrictions in return for better access to the Internet's fastest-growing market.

    The Mountain View, Calif.-based company planned to roll out a version of its search engine bearing China's Web suffix, .cn, today. A Chinese-language version of Google's search engine has previously been available through the company's dot-com address in the United States.

  •  Stop it, you guys (4.00)
    No pooties, 'til the kids are out of the house.  Repeat after me:  NO pooties, 'til the kids are out of the house!  (True for puppies, too!)  THEN maybe one (or two. . . .)
  •  Water in Massachusetts (4.00)
    Yes Bill, there is something in the water in MA.

    We installed a whole house filter to keep our pipes from corroding. So this morning the filter itself corroded, flooding the basement with water from the main and the water in the household pipes draining down and out as well.
    Jeers to the mess.
    Cheers that it didn't happen in the middle of the night and that I discovered it within 10 minutes.

    (The plumber said he'd be here by this evening.)

    "Beware the words 'internal security', for they are the eternal cry of the oppressor." -Voltaire

    by 42 on Wed Jan 25, 2006 at 07:05:51 AM PST

  •  Dire Radiant's Ugly, Jeery Wednesday (4.00)
    Jeers to the Bush administration for taking its eye off the ball long enough for North Korea and Iran to come thisclose to acquiring nuclear weapons.

    Jeers to beating the drums for invading Iran next. A somewhat sober analysis is laid out in The Case for Invading Iran, by someone named Thomas Holsinger. No idea what his credentials are for bloviating, but at least the rightwingers are trying to think it through:

    All the reasons for invading Iraq apply doubly to Iran, and with far greater urgency. Iran right now poses the imminent threat to America which Iraq did not in 2003. [snip]...

    This would, however, make absolute hash of the Bush administration's quite fictitious future budget estimates, which are the reason why it refused to significantly expand our ground forces after 9/11 though such was obviously necessary. Those phony budget estimates are arguably the biggest obstacle to our invasion of Iran this year. Iran's mullahs might even have counted on this in timing their breakout to public nuclear weapons possession.

    And if we don't invade this year, it won't matter much after that. We'll be in the worst case scenario. And President Bush will be reviled as America's worst President - the one who through inaction cost us our freedom.

    Not to worry, come what may in Iran, Bush has already secured his place in history as the Worst President Ever. Passing over the various other disasters that have happened on Bush's watch, so far, such as 9/11; New Orleans; the Plame leak; the Republican deficit and continuing war on the poor and middle class; et freakin' cetera... if Holsinger is right, then Bush will also go down in history as the President who unnecessarily invaded Iraq, blowing a trillion dollars along the way, in order to accomplish... nothing. Except to get us into an invasion and occupation of Iran. There goes the second trillion.

    By the way, where is Osama bin Laden? Just asking.

    Parenthetically, many of Holsinger's assumptions are quite dubious, such as the one that the Bush administration would wait to curtail individual rights under the Constitution until after another terrorist attack, and that such unconstitutional deprivations would be necessary, or even sufficient, to prevent such an attack. He also makes some deus ex machina leaps over the well-know obstacles to a ground invasion of Iran, essentially saying, yes, it will be painful, especially for the first year, but so what. And of course, he assumes it will be handled with the existing all-volunteer military, because they knew what they were signing up for. The article is interesting, however, because it pinpoints not only the Bush administration's trademark incompetence and ideological blind spots, but also attempts to think through the likely consequences.

    So thanks for the Holsinger link and a big fat Jeer to Glenn Reynolds, who speaking of invading Iran remarks, "Conveniently enough, we have troops in countries on three sides, already." Actually, Glenn, it may not be so convenient, what with the Pentagon reporting that Bush has worn down our military to a thin green line and all.

    Jeers to the Bush administration's marketing campaign, renaming their "Domestic Spying Program" to be the New Coke "Terrorist Surveillance Program." Shades of the Global War on Terror Global Struggle Against Violent Extremism.  

    Jeers to AG Alberto Gonzales for defending the indefensible.

    Jeers to the Republican legislation signed by Bush that allowed Ford to slash thousands of jobs while benefiting from tax breaks for job creation.

    It's almost enough to make you laugh--bitterly, of course. Here was Ford Motor Co. announcing yesterday that it had cut 10,000 jobs last year and that it will cut up to 30,000 more. But shedding jobs at muscle-car acceleration rates didn't stop Ford from pocketing hundreds of millions of dollars courtesy of the American Jobs Creation Act.

    Jeers to me for having nothing but Jeers today and also for not being funny. Bleah.

    Except one: Cheers to friends planning a Superbowl party.  

    I'm torn between voting for Edwards or Feingold. Hypothetically, of course.

    The sleep of reason produces monsters. Francisco Goya

    by Dire Radiant on Wed Jan 25, 2006 at 07:16:51 AM PST

  •  Sunrise over the Mountains C&J (4.00)
    Cheers to Jon Stewart, who last night asked Ford the rhetorical question "What were you thinking?" about having focused production and marketing on gas guzzling trucks and SUVs, rather than coming up with good fuel-efficient vehicles.  Then announcing an upcoming model which will be fueled in large part "by the children of laid off Ford workers".

    Cheers and/or Jeers - (it's up to you to decide as appropriate) for vital statistics on the famous and infamous:

    • 1741 - Benedict Arnold, famous traitor of the American Revolution, born.
    • 1759 - Robert Burns, poet credited with (amongst other things) the lyrics to Auld Lang Syne born in Alloway, Scotland.
    • 1851 - First rights conference for black women convened.  Less famous than the July, 1848, women's rights conference at Seneca Falls, NY, this one also featured a speech from Sojourner Truth.
    • 1882 - Virginia Woolf, feminist progenitor, born in London.
    • 1890 - United Mine Workers of America formed.  It's high time they got back to their militant roots.  Working conditions in mines are - as we can see from recent headlines - sorely in need of improvement.
    • 1924 - First Winter Olympiad opens at Chamonix, France.
    • 1947 - Al Capone dies in Palm Island, FL at age 48, of syphillis.
    • 1949 - First Emmy Awards presentations. Outstanding Television Personality was won by Shirley Dinsdale & her puppet Judy Splinters.  Don't think they award for that category any more.  I might root for Jon Stewart, or perhaps Keith Olbermann in that category.
    • 1951 - Steve Prefontaine, long distance runner born in Coos Bay, OR.  Despite his reputation as a maverick, he was one of the earliest proponent of gourmet shoes and the rise of Oregon's show giant Nike.  So we can thank him (in part) for today's $100+ sneakers.
    • 1956 - At Kilauea Plantation, Hawaii, 38" of rain fell on January 25.  So before you start complaining about the weather, please keep this in mind.
    • 1961 - First live broadcast of Presidential news conference by JFK.  You can bet that one wasn't scripted!  How much things have changed since then...
    • 1974 - Christian Barnard performs first heart transplant in apartheid South Africa.  There was speculation at the time as to just how dead the black donor was, and how willing to make the donation.
    1970 - One of film's real gems, Robert Altman's deliciously snarky M*A*S*H, premieres.  Cheers to Robert Altman.  Putting this in a box, I know, is a bit odd, but it was the only way I could think of to get the asterisks to display.
  •  why do i need a stinkin' subject? (4.00)
    Cheers to the sunshine today.
    Jeers to my roommates, as always.
    Cheers to my best friend in Australia.
    Jeers to Google for censorship in China.
    Jeers to shrub and his administration and everyone that agrees and goes along with him.
    Jeers that I haven't heard from the boy in awhile. I should have known.
    Okay that's it for today. Have a good day, everyone.

    Not all who wander are lost.

    by petal on Wed Jan 25, 2006 at 07:21:42 AM PST

  •  hump day in PA (4.00)
    CHEERS to a little bit of snowfall & temps returning to winter. My daffodils were beginning to come up & while I love the idea of spring, it's just not time yet.

    CHEERS to feeding the birds this morning & seeing the pair of cardinals I watched all summer.

    CHEERS to the oldest pootie in the house eating this morning. At this point, I'd love nothing more than seeing her be a fat old pootie.

    JEERS to gal in the SUV I saw yesterday with her "RICK" bumper sticker. More than a few people will vote for Santorum.

    JEERS to having to keep reminding myself of that.

  •  Musical C&J (4.00)
    Cheers to Peter Brotzman in general and to his amazing piece of aggro-jazz Machine Gun.

    To quote reviewer Joslyn Layne:

    This historic free jazz album is a heavy-impact sonic assault so aggressive it still knocks listeners back on their heels decades later. Recorded in May 1968, Machine Gun captures some top European improvisers at the beginning of their influential careers, and is regarded by some as the first European -- not just German or British -- jazz recording. Originally self-released by Peter Brötzmann, the album eventually came out on the FMP label, and set a new high-water mark for free jazz and "energy music" that few have approached since.

    It ain't for everybody, but when the anger and frustration overcome you, it's good to have something to reach for.

    "He not busy being born is busy dying" - It's Alright, Ma (I'm Only Bleeding)

    by chicagochamp on Wed Jan 25, 2006 at 07:32:57 AM PST

  •  A well stuffed C&J (4.00)
    Cheers to it being Australia Day. Happy Bday dear country of birth, cheers to public holidays, sleep ins, beers and barbecued meats of unknown origin in the sunshine.

    Cheers to a country that's perfectly fine with eating the animals on its coat of arms. Skippy-kebab anyone?

    Jeers to now having a Buddha-belly.

    Jeers to the plethora of little pins they put in news shirts. Why do I always get jabbed by the one I miss?

    Jeers to pointless button pushing. If I'm standing in an elevator, the little light behind the ground floor button is doing its little light thing - then it's safe to assume I've pushed it. Really. I've mastered buttons. No need to push it again to be sure. Same goes for you traffic light pedestrian crossing people. If I got there first, then the button pushing is in hand - have a little faith.

    Cheers to Bill in Portland Maine for being the source of much merriment. The kitty with a ball of wool, dolphin with a beach ball, monkey with a ball of poop variety of merriment. Oh and for doing it so early and so consistently. Thanks.

    I'm tired of this back-slapping "Isn't humanity neat?" bullshit. We're a virus with shoes, okay? - Bill Hicks

    by robworldinc on Wed Jan 25, 2006 at 07:34:01 AM PST

  •  Cheers to Robert Altman (4.00)

    LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - U.S. director
    Robert Altman, whose feature films have spanned six decades and include "M*A*S*H" and "The Player," will receive an honorary Oscar this year, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences said on Wednesday.

    Altman, 80, has received five Oscar nominations for directing and two more for producing over his long career. But he has never won an Academy Award, considered the top honor in the U.S. film industry.

    In a statement, the Academy said it was giving Altman the Oscar to acknowledge "a career that has repeatedly reinvented the art form and inspired filmmakers and audiences alike."

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  •  George Clooney made Jack(Abram)off's daughter cry (4.00)
    Dad: Clooney Made Abramoff Daughter Cry

    Sun Jan 22, 9:30 PM ET

    PALM SPRINGS, Calif. - The father of disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff says
    George Clooney's off-color joke about his son's name during the
    Golden Globe Awards made the lobbyist's 12-year-old daughter cry.

    In a letter to Clooney posted Friday on the Web site of The Desert Sun newspaper in Palm Springs, Frank Abramoff said he was astonished by the actor's "glib and ridiculous attack" during Monday's televised program.

    "Your words were deeply hurtful to many innocent and decent people," Abramoff wrote. "One day the truth about my son will come out and there will be a lot of people in your industry and others lined up to apologize for their efforts to destroy him and our family."

    He said the lobbyist's daughter, who was watching the show, was in "a fit of tears" after hearing Clooney's remarks.

    "Are you proud of that?" Abramoff wrote. "Shame on you."

    Clooney's father, Nick Clooney, told the newspaper: "I understand what it is like to have one's son criticized in a very public way. It's very painful and it's very difficult."

    He added, "The difference here, and it must be said, is Mr. Abramoff's son, instead of pursuing some positive efforts to do what he hoped would change the climate of the American politics, has confessed and has been convicted by that confession of subverting the political process."

    Clooney's publicist, Stan Rosenfield, said Saturday the actor had no further comment.

    Clooney took a jab at Abramoff after accepting a supporting actor trophy for the thriller "Syriana."

    The lobbyist has pleaded guilty to three felony counts, acknowledging he provided lavish trips, golf outings, meals and more to public officials "in exchange for a series of official acts."

    •  Why does his 12 yr old daughter (4.00)
      get a  "jacking off" reference?  At 12 I had no idea what that meant.....  Must be those Republican family values.

      "Victory means exit strategy, and it's important for the President to explain to us what the exit strategy is." -Governor George W Bush (R-TX)

      by espresso on Wed Jan 25, 2006 at 09:06:10 AM PST

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      •  Full quote (4.00)

        Clooney: I want to thank Jack Abramoff, you know, just because-I--I'm the first one out- lets get this thing rolling. I don't know why. Who would name their kid Jack with the last words "off" at the end of your last name? No wonder that guy is screwed up. Ahh-alright I just got bleeped. Thank you very much...
    •  Yeah, it was George that did it (4.00)
      It wasn't the scum-sucking, weasel-humping, repug-bribing actions of her devoid-of-ethics-and-morals father over the course of a decade.  No, George Clooney is the real source of Jack-off's daughter's tears.

      What a phuqing joke.  Pardon me while I snort in savage derision.

      Oh and by the way, Mr. Jack-off's dad, way to raise your kid.  Reflects veeeerrrrryyyy well on you as a parent, doesn't it?

  •  Cheers and Jeers, my first time! (4.00)
    Cheers to all of you who post the kitty and doggie pics.  I LOVE 'EM.  I still miss my two cats who died last year at the age of 21 years.  SIGH!

    Jeers to not being able to keep those kitty gals forever!!!

    Cheers to being 60.   In just four months, if it is meant to be, I will have outlived three generations of females, grandmother, mother, and only sister.  

    Cheers to the show in the 80s that was a cautionary tale for the times, MAX HEADROOM, that showed a world where corporations controlled the media (and thus the government), where (scary and strange)  reality shows were the thing.

    JEERS to the show having a short run and a small audience, and seemingly, none of us got it.

    JEERS to Tweety Matthews and his brother who is running for LT GOV of PA.  I grew up in Montgomery County, PA and fear he will   get all the money and support he needs from the rich and greedy there who want to maintain the status quo.

    Cheers to the Daily Kos.  I LOVE this site.

    The modern conservative is engaged in one of man's oldest exercises in moral philosophy; that is, the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness.  ~John Kenneth Galbraith

  •  Snowe, Collins, Alito and BIPM (4.00)
    Bill -- knowing your extraordinary influence with your Senators, it's up to you to convince them to filibuster Alito.

    Seriously, It would be an historic act, a "profile in courage" for the two Maine Senators to defy their corrupt leadership and stand up for women and those who want to put the breaks on the grab for unprecedented Presidential power.

    They can make the point that the Alito nomination should not even be considered while the NSA matter has not been resolved because he could be the deciding vote on whether Bush broke the law in failing to follow FISA on warrantless searches.  At the very least it should be put off until that matter is resolved.

    Bush putting Alito on the Court is like a defendant appointing the Judge.

    Let all the poisons that lurk in the mud hatch out -- Emperor Claudius

    by Upper West on Wed Jan 25, 2006 at 07:59:11 AM PST

  •  Cheers to January getting gone (4.00)
    ...little by little.  Looking forward to the end of winter, little by little.  Have to say, winter hasn't been that bad yet... (uh-oh, I just jinxed it!)

    Cheers to Mitt Romney for bothering to clarify.  He didn't have to call back.  I think he should be lauded for that.  Jeers for bringing up John Kerry "flip-flopping."  Sorry, I'm just so sick of that meme.

    Jeers to too much homework given to an 8-year-old who already feels overwhelmed, and to a mom (me) who already feels overwhelmed, and to me trying to "teach" what he didn't understand in school -- it is so infuriating!  It's hard for me to keep my cool.  I come home tired from work, and immediately we have the homework struggle, and it is simply TOO MUCH.  He's a smart kid but has Asperger's and his school time is split bet. special ed and general ed.  Trying to keep up with the general ed assignments is debilitating, while the special ed assignments are too easy.  Sum total: frustration.

    Jeers to a staff meeting today.  You're looking at about three hours of extreme torture as boss dominates the proceedings, scolds, lectures, shames and otherwise makes our lives miserable.  Cheers to Xanax, the wonder drug!!!

    Jeers to Oprah giving cover to the liar James Frey.  Apparently his lies about rehab abuse could actually DETER people from seeking treatment.  Some inspiration!  And now it turns out Oprah's producers knew of the "truthiness" ahead of time!  There are enough honest people trying to get books published; why pad the pockets of someone who misrepresents himself?  Oprah, apologize.

    TDS was SWEET last night!  the piece about gay cowboys was great!  The interviewer actually conned a homophobic "real man" cowboy into saying some positive things about gay cowboys, and then going on to discuss some attractive men like Elvis!  Rich!  Jon Stewart was on target, too, and even the interview was good.  I couldn't stomach watching Fred Barnes the night before though.  Cheers to Attaturk, the General & company ratting Barnes' latest fellatio low on Amazon.  Cheers to a new way to freep!

    Cheers to all!

    I thought nothing could be worse than the Reagan years. Boy was I wrong.

    by marjo on Wed Jan 25, 2006 at 08:19:58 AM PST

  •  Cheers to road trips (4.00)
    Cheers to my first road trip with my new bumper sticker "ProLife and Pro War? I'm Anti-Hypocrite,Thanks"

    Jeers to the reality our country is so screwed up that it is even plausible to feel that way.

    Cheers to a road trip with my 20 yr old daughter and cheers to her getting her license back after being suspended for speeding tickets.

    Jeers to all the miles put on my car in the meantime.

    Cheers to all you great people ( Bill & Co.) who make my day with the pics and comments.

    Jeers to the days I am so busy most ofyou are all in bed at night before i read
    Cheers to the fact it is before noon and I am HERE!!

    REAL NEWS-"The news you and I need to keep our freedoms." Richard Reeves

    by Oke on Wed Jan 25, 2006 at 08:55:01 AM PST

  •  SoCal C&J 1/25/06 (4.00)
    Well, well, well.  I'm back after a brief C&J hiatus, mainly because i didn't have a lot to say.  Now, I have enough to make it worthwhile.

    Cheers, as BiPM said, to Dem unity on the Alito vote, and to extended debate, and to unified no vote (except for Ben Nelson, who can be forgiven, since he lives in Nebraska) on the floor.

    Cheers to Craig Ferguson.  CBS's Late Late host brings it, with classics such as this: "You all want to hear the truth. I'm not going to sit here and make it up, you know, like Fox News does."  My fiancee and I burst out laughing at that.

    Jeers to the moron who thought BiPM's testimonial was real, and wrote Kos complaining. Sheesh. Does no one understand humor?

    Cheers to Fighting Dems.  Tim Balz' story is atrocious.  They detained and questioned a command sergeant major from the Iraq war?  That's the highest enlisted post possible, let alone the temerity of anyone to question a veteran.  Good for him for standing up, and shame on the Service for kicking out his students because they had Kerry stickers.

    It's a beautiful day in the neighborhood, go out and play!

    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 Wed Jan 25, 2006 at 08:56:15 AM PST

    •  Actually, not so moronish. (4.00)

      Eliot and I exchanged some friendly emails, and he's a very nice guy.  For someone who comes into C&J and doesn't "get" it right away, it can be a little disconcerting to see your name attached to a quote that's been twisted.  But he understands now and actually encouraged me to "keep skewering."

      The lesson: people aren't always what they seem.  (Except the knuckledragger wing of the Republican Party. They're an open book.  More like a children's pop-up book.)

  •  Happy Hump Day! (4.00)
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    Cheers to having a day off.

    Cheers that it is a sunny one.

    Cheers to Bill, who can always be counted on for a good laugh.

  •  Cheers! (4.00)
    Cheers to the Magnificent One. Mario Lemieux retired from the Penguins yesterday. He was amazing to watch and he's done more for that franchise than any single person has done for any franchise. He will be missed.

    Cheers belatedly to the Super Bowl bound Steelers! I know they've got one more road win them.

    Cheers to the Seahawks. I hope they receive an appropriate welcome in their first Super Bowl.

    Cheers to beautiful days in South Carolina. It hasn't been this sunny in days. My morning walk was excellent.

    We also can realize the dream of a world without war, but only by stubborn persistence, only by a refusal to surrender that dream -Howard Zinn

    by Jawis on Wed Jan 25, 2006 at 09:03:45 AM PST

  •  Book of Daniel (4.00)
    Hey Wildmon----

    I'm a Christian and I loved the show. I also hate NBC for removing such a wonderful portrayal of true Christianity. Since you have now stated that boycotts are the way that one's voice is heard, I plan to avoid anything plugged on Fox News.

    You have been a pimple on the American conscience for almost 40 years. If you have your way, America will become bland conformity and creativity and imagination will be destroyed.

    Oh, wait, we are rapidly reaching your goal.

    I despise and defy you.

  •  Late C&J (4.00)
    Cheers for Democratic Unity
    Thanks Senators for voting no on Alito.

    Cheers for all the C&J gang

    Have a great day everyone

  •  cheers to pooties that want to be (4.00)
  •  Goose Thoughts from North Texas (4.00)
    My feelings are hurt today.  The goose crew was not waiting at
    the street for me this morning.  Evidently someone else may be
    feeding them, because there are days when they don't want to eat.
    They were in the river but climbed out once they saw me.  There are
    eight and I know they are African and Chinese geese.  The white
    geese are so beautiful and docile.  They are my favorite.  The African
    Geese are very aggressive and are always the ones wanting to fight the
    others.  Anyway I have my heart set on getting my own gaggle once I retire
    and have extra time to spend with them.  Cheers and peace to the DKos
    crew from North Texas.

    Defeat Kay Bailey Hutchinson in 2006

    by txbirdman on Wed Jan 25, 2006 at 10:19:38 AM PST

  •  the little things (4.00)
    Jeers to NBC for folding to the demands of religious types who wanted "The Book of Daniel" pulled off the air because it didn't reflect their ideal view of a clergyman interacting with his family and community, or conversations he might have with Jesus.

    In the C&J poll, I actually voted for Feingold over Clark. Funny how one little comment someone makes can change your perspective. A few days ago, I read a comment here on dKos [can't remember who said it or what thread it was in] that basically said that, on a White House ticket, you put the charismatic face on top, and the "policy wonk" in the Veep slot. This combination worked for Clinton/Gore, Reagan/Bush, Bush/Cheney. The Kerry/Edwards ticket had it backwards. So, based on that, I chose the wonkiest policy wonk on that list to run Veep with Warner, even moreso than Clark [who is still my top pick for Pres in 08].


    by PanzerMensch on Wed Jan 25, 2006 at 10:22:37 AM PST

    to NPR's Steve Inskeep for running the following "analysis" of NSA spying:

    Politics of Government Eavesdropping
     Click me

    Morning Edition, January 25, 2006 · The Bush administration is defending its wiretapping of phone calls without a warrant. Republican strategist Matthew Dowd says he thinks most Americans are willing to accept this procedure if it protects them from a terrorist attack. Steve Inskeep talks with Dowd."  I would say, that with this FAUX-like 'fair and balanced' interview that Inskeep has outed himself as the Judith Miller of NPR.  Good God, but this pissed me off!

    JEERS to Dick 'Dick' Cheney.  Because I hate Darth Vader, and I hate real live fascists EVEN MORE.

    CHEERS to BiPM for such diligent work, day after day.

    -7.88, -6.72. I AM paying attention, and I am so fucking outraged I can't see straight. TORTURE and ILLEGAL SPYING ON AMERICANS are not family values!

    by caseynm on Wed Jan 25, 2006 at 10:56:38 AM PST

  •  Birdies... Squirrels... Equivocators! (4.00)
    Behold the barking pointlessness of the Murph!!
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    What will survive of us is love

    by howth of murph on Wed Jan 25, 2006 at 11:27:03 AM PST

  •  Tomorrow is another day (4.00)
    I WILL post a pic of the jeans pre-patching, if I can find the fucking camera.  No, it's not in the bedroom.
  •  Bill - emailed you re: Franklin-Bush Flash (4.00)
    No sound, and no spectacular graphics, but a generally-OK cobbled-together version of the C&J "Great Franklin-Bush Debate".

    Email back if you have thoughts or suggestions to improve it.

    Never, never brave me, nor my fury tempt:
      Downy wings, but wroth they beat;
    Tempest even in reason's seat.

    by GreyHawk on Wed Jan 25, 2006 at 02:28:16 PM PST

  •  Bottom (4.00)
    I sinally get to comment and I can say is BOTTOM


    The war is not going as advertised.- John Murtha

    by Irish Patti on Wed Jan 25, 2006 at 06:41:19 PM PST

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