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From Alton, in the great state of Illinois.....

Photo credit: Madison Capitol-Journal

On, Wisconsin! On, Wisconsin!
Stand up, Badgers, sing!
"Forward" is our driving spirit,
Loyal voices ring.
On, Wisconsin! On, Wisconsin!
Raise her glowing flame
Stand, Fellows, let us now
Salute her name!

Madison Capitol-Journal:

Police said about 70,000 people showed up at the Capitol Square on Saturday, Feb. 26, the largest turnout yet.

Keep it going, Badgers--you're doing us all proud.

Doc's Cheers and Jeers begins below the fold, with news from around the nation, around the world, and up your alley! ("Up my alley?" Up yours!)

DISCLAIMER: AAbshier's Cheers and Jeers are not affiliated in any way, shape, or form, with Bill in Portland Maine's Cheers and Jeers.  The use of the words  JEERS  and  CHEERS , the swoosh/gong device, pie references, pootie pics, Snokat being perky, mattress references,  whomps, Snuggies, kvetching over DK4, the heartbreak of psoriasis, and flicked peas are all used with permission of Bill in Portland Maine and the members of the C&J Café community.  Any further resemblances to BiPM`s Cheers and Jeers are deliberately coincidental. So there.

NOTE:  The last time I hosted C&J I referred to Republicans as assholes, when I should have referred to them as heartless assholes.  I regret the error.

Your Moment of Witzelsucht For the Week:
(in the box so that you can avoid it and not miss anything else)

I decided to post this just for the halibut:

The Land o' Cheeseheads:

Cheers to the people of Wisconsin.  They have been cheered many times already, but they deserve one more, not just for the sheer size of the protest organized for Saturday, but for their decorum:

Madison police spokesman Joel DeSpain said early Saturday afternoon that the number of protesters — nearly all of whom opposed Walker's plan — was in excess of 70,000, the estimated number of protesters in attendance last Saturday.

"We've had no problems," DeSpain said, adding that officers were again committed to keeping the Square "safe for democracy."

Cheers to the end of a good run averted.  After over a week of live-in protests inside the Wisconsin capitol building, it was set to be cleared by 4 PM local on Sunday.  The official reason was "cleanup", this in spite of the fact that the live-ins had been taking charge of cleanup duties themselves during the week.  Although a few people did leave, most stayed, and the chief of the capitol police said they could stay the night.  WIN!

Jeers to the ever-hypocritical Scott Walker.  On the Guardian website (yep, I had to go to Old Blighty to find real news on the Governor), John Gardner writes:

Walker had candidly no interest in poverty, education, effectiveness or anything except state funds for his district. His district's largest share of the state budget came for a racial integration programme that bussed Milwaukee minority students into his suburb. Unpopular with his voters, it nevertheless subsidised his school district, thereby reducing constituents' property taxes. Simultaneously against spending and taxes, but for massive state subsidies for his district, Walker publicly opposed the programme, but – behind closed doors – made sure it continued.

This, while some in our national media burnish his Reagan-like credentials.  Ugh.

Cheers to the ultimate Scott Walker insult:

Behind the walls where he avoids all critics, Walker may see Ronald Reagan in the mirror. But many of us see a stubborn and incurious reflection of George W. Bush, with a touch less humanity.

Lower than Shrub.  That burns.

Cheers to union thugs.  She's too young for me.  Damnit.

And now, a word from our sponsor:

What do you call 10,000 lawyers on the bottom of the ocean?  A good start:

(these kind of lawyers, anyway--I know there are good ones who do right!)

Cheers on the birthday of one of our greatest writers, John Steinbeck.  His greatest novels, The Grapes of Wrath and Of Mice and Men, have become required reading in most high school classrooms, or at least were when I was in high school (who knows with these crazy wingnut school boards these days).  We've seen in the Wisconsin capital rotunda the playing out of Steinbeck's vision for the worker-run camp, where all took care of business and helped each other.  Pay your respects here.

Jeers to the Oscars show, which took too damn long as usual.  I went salsa dancing instead, but they had on the TV, sound off, over the dance floor.  

Jeers to missing the obvious.  A woman in Belleville, IL, lost her dog.  As this story in the Belleville News-Republican Democrat describes, there were all sorts of possibilities for getting the word out on a lost dog, and she went through a lot to get her pet back home.  While it did end well, Mr. (Dr.?) Veterinarian here asks, why wasn't the dog microchipped?  It would have been a lot easier to find the owner, and most likely a shorter process.  The story writer missed that too.  DUH!

Cheers to a great sense of humor.  In Godfrey, just north of us in Alton, we have Josephine's Tea Room, which, as you might expect, expects an overwhelmingly female clientele.  A manly-men infiltration was held, with 11 men dressed in hunter's camouflage and Carhartt overalls came in for lunch.  They were received in good humor by all, and were even presented with a cake--if they sang for it (they did).  When I was married we dined there a few times, and I was the only man there, typically--I could have used the support!

Inky says, "Hit that reco button, or I'll burn you with my laser eyes!"

So, what's new in your world this week?

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  •  Official Happy Monday (33+ / 0-)

    Cheers to Pro-Wisconsin/Union rallies Saturday.  In Augusta we outnumbered the tea baggers 10 to 1.

    Jeers to learning the hard way that my cheap winter boots aren’t good for extended exposure to cold.  Feet hurt sooo bad, and worse as they warmed up so know I was close to the frostbite line.  But toes are ok and have almost forgiven me.  

    Daily Loki
    watching it snow

  •  Daily Kes (27+ / 0-)

    People call me rude. I wish we all were nude. I wish there was no black and white. I wish there were no rules.

    by kestrel9000 on Mon Feb 28, 2011 at 07:36:30 AM PST

  •  Truth in advertising (17+ / 0-)

    Those signs that state; "Walker is a weasel, not a badger", should know better.
    Badgers are a member of the weasel family.

    Wiki link

    Badgers are short-legged, heavy-set omnivores in the weasel family, Mustelidae

    Gives weasels a bad name too.

    PTSD, don't leave 'Nam without it.

    by BOHICA on Mon Feb 28, 2011 at 07:55:21 AM PST

  •  Moonday Cee and Jay (16+ / 0-)

    Cheers to Andy, Inky, and Bill and his Michael in absentia.

    Cheers to my Tiger, with whom I got to enjoy Volver last night. I like me some Almodovar, and Netflix helps me see a lot more of him.

    Cheers to getting through another 8-point measuring day. Lots of sticks. Ouch.

    Cheers to getting to be a control in an American Cancer Society longterm study.

    Cheers to getting to test out the wireless headset in a raid tonight.

    sig deleted before the great DK4 deluge. you all know what it says anyway.

    by khereva on Mon Feb 28, 2011 at 07:56:01 AM PST

  •  I was actually thinking (15+ / 0-)

    about the comparison of schrub and walker.  The most glaring difference I think, is that schrub was able to buy his way through school, walker couldn't.
    The complete indifference to the common man, however, pretty much the same.

    Ring the bells that still can ring Forget your perfect offering There's a crack in everything That's how the light gets in.~~Leonard Cohen

    by Im with Rosey on Mon Feb 28, 2011 at 07:59:07 AM PST

  •  Cheers etc. (25+ / 0-)

    from Baltimore where the weather is a see-saw - back and forth from the 60s to the 40s from day to day.  I guess this is "spring".

    Jeers to waiting for the CR to end to find out whether we suddenly stop getting paid, and/or how much money we'll lose with furloughs for the remainder of the year.  It's hard to come to work and be dedicated to the customer when they are the same people who apparently feel we are paid too much.  Grr.

    Cheers to Andy for a great sub C&J.  Regretting the error is a nice touch of authenticity!

    Cheers to the brave people in Wisconsin.

    Cheers (yes, indeed) to the price of gas going up.  I am very happy to think that people who drive Ford Excursions are going to be paying more.  Yeah I'm mean.

    Cheers to pooties, who keep on keepin' on.

    This is little Rosie, timid and sweet and nearly blind in one eye.  I hope she is too cute to be there long.

    This floofy young fellow is a big scared but quite handsome.

    This girl is TEN YEARS OLD.  How unfortunate to end up in PetSmart at that age.  She's quiet and shy and friendly, I hope she is not with us too long.

    This guy, Oscar, was a HUGE cat.  Not fat - I think he was a perfect width for his length, which was considerable.  He was definitely larger than your average small dog.  He wasn't much for other cats, but he loved company and attention.  A single cage was just too small for him, so he was in a double.  He would certainly keep you warm in cold weather!

    That is all....  Have a great day!

  •  A new group has been started: (16+ / 0-)

    TransActive is for transpeople, their families and friends ans supporters and allies.

    Fashion is what you adopt when you don’t know who you are.

    --Quentin Crisp target = blank>
    Catbird Seat
  •  Arenosa's Mooonnnday (15+ / 0-)

    Cheers for the one who looks after me in so many ways.

    Cheers for bright colors.

    Cheers for working with a client yesterday and finally finishing her project.

    Jeers for an old friend from high school who defriended me on Facebook mostly over my politics. Oh well.

    Cheers for getting still more front-end projects at work.

    Jeers for the usual suspects.

    Cheers for the public employees of Wisconsin, keeping up the fight.

    Cheers for all of you!

    Cheers for friendship, without which so many things would be so much harder.

    "The most perfect political community is one in which the middle class is in control, and outnumbers both of the other classes." -Aristotle

    by Arenosa on Mon Feb 28, 2011 at 08:08:03 AM PST

  •  Good morning compadres! (15+ / 0-)

    Squirrel Proof Feeder
    This is supposed to be a squirrel-proof bird feeder, but it didn't out-smart one particularly crafty critter, which squeezed its body through the protective wiring. The sight was captured by Sandra Carter in her garden in Gosport, near Portsmouth, Hants. She said the grey squirrel had become a regular visitor in recent months, so she and her husband invested in the £19.95 [$31.56] Gardman squirrel-proof feeders. She said: "We've tried so many things to stop him. Once we tried hanging bird feeders on wires out of his reach but he managed to get to them by tight-rope walking."
    Picture: Sandra Carter/solent

    Cheers y'all! [she scurries off]

  •  C&J (12+ / 0-)

    Cheers to beginning the week in our new house. Despite the boxes, it already feels comfortable and that's all good, right?

    Harumph to tornado warnings that sent us scurrying to our new basement last night. But cheers for the basement as a refuge. It was cozy despite the boxes and can only get better.

    Jeers to family drama. That is all.

    Mega-cheers to Wisconsin tenacity!

    There's a reason Democrats won massively the last two cycles, and it wasn't because people were desperate for "bipartisanship". --kos

    by Debby on Mon Feb 28, 2011 at 08:17:31 AM PST

  •  Steinbeck Center (8+ / 0-)

    If you're in the San Francisco Bay Area, you can enjoy John Steinbeck at the source.

    Forget the tourism of Cannery Row in Monterey, hop over the mountains to the National Steinbeck Center in Salinas.

    It's a wonderful museum, not only offering information about Steinbeck and placing his works in context, but also offering history of the area regarding the agriculture, people, and other things that went into Steinbecks' writings.

  •  CHEERS to Unions & Union Supporters (13+ / 0-)

    I may do that every day for a while....  It feels good.

    Dad (carpenter) was in a union and was a foreman on the last job he had where they built a school - it's still standing, too; my bro was in a communications union, I was in a state employees union (different state, when I was young and worked there).  Ya, I send moral support even though physically I can't do much now (and face more surgery in the not-too-distant future).

    CHEERS to The King's Speech for four Academy Awards.  I was super disappointed that Geoffrey Rush didn't get Best Supporting Actor for his role in The King's Speech.  The man is one of the most versatile and talented people working in films.  I have tapes of both Shakespeare in Love where he played Henslowe, and, although the same period, Elizabeth, where he portrayed Sir Francis Walsingham, and one never knew if he was good or evil.  Good for protecting Elizabeth I, certainly, but utterly ruthless with people who were trying to harm her.

    JEERS to Losers who were "Winners."  I had never heard of Christian Bale until the Academy Awards, then I saw the clip of him with the boxing.  Jeez.  How much "talent" does it take to play a brute who hits people for a living?  Not much.  Then there was the Best Supporting Actress who was so tacky with the ad, tacky in her acceptance speech and dropping the f-bomb, and she was in the same boxing film.  Classless, totally tasteless and tacky, both of them.  The pretty 14-year-old girl with the age-appropriate dress and hair-do would have been the better choice for Best Supporting Actress.

    CHEERS to all of you and your furry and feathery family and friends.  Have a great day!

    I'm sick of attempts to steer this nation from principles evolved in The Age of Reason to hallucinations derived from illiterate herdsmen. ~ Crashing Vor

    by NonnyO on Mon Feb 28, 2011 at 08:24:03 AM PST

    •  IMO... (7+ / 0-)

      Geoffrey Rush was more deserving of an Oscar for "The King's Speech" than was Colin Firth, as good as he was. (Generally, I did not love the movie as much as most people appear to have.)

      But I thought Bale and Leo were both pretty great in "The Fighter"and I'm glad they won. Their acceptance speeches were by no means decent, but then, the entire show was an overall epic disaster. Worst ever, maybe.

      In that regard, much has and will be said about the performances of the hosts...

      Personally, I adore Movie and Daytime Drama Actor/ Conceptual Artist/ Fiction Writer/ Future-Incarnation Soul Mate James Franco, mmkay... That said, my poor dear thing unfortunately did struggle throughout the night with a doomed and edgy affect like that of a recidivist newly on parole.  (Anne Hathaway fared slightly better, IMO, having given it a desperate try.)

      I'd lay the blame for this Titanic-sized shipwreck off on its writing team (assuming there was one) for wholly slapdash, sophomoric bits that would have sunk the confidence of absolutely anyone, let alone two actors with limited live performance experience.

      For me, the production's lowlight was Gweneth Paltrow singing her sweet Country ballad "Coming Home" standing inexplicably amid a sparkling backdrop of The Cosmos. Like an extraterrestrial! What was that about!?! Just pathetic.

      Just Sad and Awful.


      •  :-) Well, you're ahead of me... (3+ / 0-)
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        I've never heard of James Franco before ads for Oscar night either.  I agree with you; he was really lame.  A few of the "Very Important" people who do post-Oscar commentary have wondered if he maybe smoked a funny cigarette since he was just too-too mellow.

        My quibble with the boxing movie is that I don't like boxing.  It's an ugly sport and I don't find anything dramatic or funny or heroic about battering or being battered.  It rattles the brain (Mohammed Ali's current condition may be from being hit in the head too many times - or it certainly contributed to it).

        I didn't like Gweneth Paltrow's singing either..., but then I also do not like C&W music.  The list of what I do not have in my media library is shorter than what I do have.  The only forms of music I do NOT have in my media library (collected in different mediums over 52 years - I turned 65 last week) is C&W, gospel/religious, rap, heavy metal and later "music" that isn't music.  (A young teen referred me to "screamo music" last week; I checked YouTube, about fainted to discover there is such a thing - clicked on a multi-song collection, listened for about five minutes, and said "That's not music; that's angry noise."  Songs were screamed, not sung, and the "lyrics" were drowned out by heavy metal screeching guitar sounds and pounding drums; I never did understand any actual words.)  Otherwise, my musical tastes cover many genres, different centuries, many countries.

        Colin Firth was also in Shakespeare in Love, played the role of Lord Wessex.  It was a bit part, but he was quite good.  I suspect it was quite difficult for him to play the role of a stutterer (my cousin's eldest son was a stutterer and it was agonizing for him).  That took talent, and I have to admire Firth for making King George VI look good when he overcame the problem.  When it comes out on DVD, I plan on buying The King's Speech since I know the quality of the acting already.  Firth and Rush are two of my favorite actors simply because they are so versatile and talented.

        Yes, I admit, I love the classical plot structure of beginning, middle, and end.  I have to have a plot structure to enjoy a film or a play.

        Special effects?  Not a fan, except for the Harry Potter movies.  Special effects only work in those movies because they follow the events in the books, most of which I read (except for the last two, I think, which came out after I read all that were out to the time that I took a couple of weeks to read them).  Car crashes in slo-mo and explosions in slo-mo are time wasters and fillers for lack of plot structure.  Like I said: Not a fan of most special effects.

        As I've gotten older, I've completely lost interest in 98.5% of the movies (way too many special effects, really have to search for a classical plot structure and if I find something good I purchase the DVD), and I can't stand to look at movie stars who sport the grunge look and bedhead hair.  Ugly, ugly, ugly.  For the men:  Either grow out that stubble, trim it neatly, and style the hair, or shave the stubble off so you don't look like a bum coming off a three-day drunk.  Ick.  Consult a wardrobe department for some classically tailored clothing and shoes.  For the women:  Style that long greasy hair!  Put on some decent clothes!  Why else do you have access to hair, make-up, and clothing stylists?  Sheesh.

        I'm sick of attempts to steer this nation from principles evolved in The Age of Reason to hallucinations derived from illiterate herdsmen. ~ Crashing Vor

        by NonnyO on Mon Feb 28, 2011 at 10:22:38 AM PST

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        •  Well! (4+ / 0-)
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          Congrats on your 65-ness! Way to go!

          And I also think that movies are no longer intended for our demographic. Still, I saw 9 out of 10 of the nominees. (I don't do Pixar, and skipped Toy Story 3...) Indeed, of the top ten grossing films of the year, every one was animated or live action with animation or heavy visual effects.

          There were some good movies last year, with some terrific elements- but nary a great one. I liked Winter's Bone okay, but even that one drifted off implausibly into Stephen King territory for a bit.

          The Fighter wasn't so brutal as you might expect and was more a dysfunctional family saga, but you probably wouldn't like it for the reasons you mentioned.

          I think real life is so fantastical these days, maybe seeking diversion and escape in movies is a waste of time for us any more... More about the adrenaline rush...Oh well...


          •  :-D Oy... (2+ / 0-)
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            Dysfunctional family sagas (with or without drugs - Winter's Bone is reputedly with drugs???) is one genre that bores me senseless if it's set in modern-day America.  For that, I can tune in to soap operas or listen to 15 "news" and "infotainment" shows or read gossip columns online or see videos online or on TV.  Ick.  Does not "lift the human spirit" as some might say.

            You want dysfunctional families?  Try Elizabeth or Elizabeth: The Golden Years.  Tudor England - altho with the fact that Elizabeth was never alone, I very much doubt she ever consummated her relationship with Robert Dudley, as the first movie implies; I have read more about her, her father, his six wives ("only" two were beheaded; they were first cousins), and her half-siblings than any other monarchy - I accidentally memorized their short genealogy.

            Try A Man For All Seasons (won six Academy Awards)

            Try The Lion in Winter.  Henry II & Eleanor of Aquitaine.  (If one web site could be believed, Henry II is my ancestor twice over; once via a son with Eleanor of Aquitaine and once via the son he had with his mistress, Rosamond Clifford - too bad the web site is notorious for pedigrees with repeated errors ad infinitum.)  Katharine Hepburn won an Academy Award for her role as Eleanor.

            Katharine Hepburn: The Lion in Winter ("It's 1183") Monologue

            I thought of this monologue when Dumbya suggested illegally and unconstitutionally invading Iraq.

            Try Becket, the first movie where Peter O'Toole played Henry II.

            Mostly, when I want to be entertained out of reality or anything close to reality, I go for musicals. or for comedies or some combination thereof, if possible.

            If something is set in modern-day America and deals with "reality," it's just too depressing and can put me in a mood to curl into a fetal position and let depression overwhelm me while I hide under the covers.

            Have you ever seen The Taming of the Shrew with Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor?  I didn't know Taylor could do Shakespeare, but when I rented this film years ago she surprised me by being quite good in this film.  I suspect Burton coached her a lot what with his background in English theatre.  The play itself is hysterically funny, as are all of Shakespeare's comedies.  (I don't like updated costumes and locations; I like Shakespearean plays to be in period costumes and sets.)

            :-D  Yes, I could go on and on and on..., but I think you understand where I'm coming from when I say I like classical plot structure: a beginning, a middle, and an end (resolution).  When something is based on historical events, I know what the ending is, thanks to the reading I've done, mostly historical.  There's a certain comfort in knowing the end in advance - well, in movies and plays, that is.


            I'm sick of attempts to steer this nation from principles evolved in The Age of Reason to hallucinations derived from illiterate herdsmen. ~ Crashing Vor

            by NonnyO on Mon Feb 28, 2011 at 02:16:24 PM PST

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    •  Actually, I would consider Bale (5+ / 0-)
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      to be a very talented actor. I have not seen any of those films that were nominated this year, so I don't know how he did in that film, but I've seen about a dozen of his older films and I can vouch that he's a genuinely gifted actor. You can pass judgment on his character all you like based on what little information you have on him, but I don't think seeing a mere clip on an awards show is enough to judge the talent of an actor with 24 years of experience in films (perhaps you recall him in is his critically acclaimed debut as a child actor in Spielberg's Empire of the Sun?).

      As for the other actor is the film who won for Supporting Actress, I don't think"being tacky in public" nor being in a film about a topic you find distasteful is grounds for not deserving an Oscar, Likewise I really don't think being a pretty teenager who behaves the way older people thinks she ought means she was more deserving. And as a woman, I kind of find all of this borderline sexist. Are only demure little girls who behave,  dress and look pretty as they "ought" the only ones who are "talented" enough to be honored for good work? Are we still judging a woman's value in society not on want she actively contributes based on her talent, skills and intellect, but on how she passively appears to others through dress, manners and physical beauty?

      •  Heard about, did not see... (3+ / 0-)
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        psfinla, mjbleo, Ana Thema

        ... Empire of the Sun.  I remember it got good reviews.
        I only did one quick read-through of the Wiki article, but I can't see anything else worth my time to go see on topics in which I'd be interested.  The most interesting thing about the character he won the Academy Award for playing is the fictitious surname.  It's Swedish.

        I had to look up the name of the actress who was in the same movie.
        What turned me off of her was hearing (before even seeing her) that she had taken out ads to lobby for her fellow actors to vote for her.  That's tacky, as one of the reviewers said.

        I expect actors who win awards to be totally unlike their characters when they get up before their peers and make an acceptance speech, and to be aware of their manners and the fact that they're on camera at all times (meaning they must not be potty mouths for such an auspicious occasion).  It's my understanding that in the movie she basically played a woman who was considered "trailer trash" (the little clip showed such a character).  If that's true, Leo's acceptance speech - complete with the f-bomb - was in character with the part she played.  I didn't expect that.

        Hailee Steinfeld, the teenager, impressed me because she was a total 180 from the role she played on screen when she was interviewed.  In the clips I saw she seemed to do an excellent job of "not being herself" on the screen.  I suspect one day she'll be a very good character actress.  In the limited amount I've seen her in interviews, she is, for her age, very poised, nice, and well-spoken with a maturity beyond her years.  Since I'm an older person (just turned 65), and we were taught manners at home as well as in grade school, I have a deep appreciation for manners and neat and clean appearances for formal occasions.  (At home one can slouch around in flannel pj's & slippers and unkempt hair 24/7, just as long as no one sees it.)  As indicated in my answer to mudslide, I have no appreciation for bedhead hair and rumpled and mis-matched clothing.

        On the red carpet, Steinfeld, who was very maturely poised and polite (not a giggly little girl persona which would have been horrid under the circumstances, and she didn't say 'like' every five minutes or less) told whoever was interviewing her that she helped design the dress she was wearing.  It was very flattering on her, as well as age-appropriate, and her hair was styled nicely (a behind-the-scenes commenter said something to the effect she 'might be a designer in the future').  That's what I appreciated about her off-screen persona.  Quite clearly, she was nothing like the girl she portrayed on the screen.
        (The second link also has a clip of when she was on Letterman.)

        My second choice for a Best Supporting Actress would have been Helena Bonham Carter, but that's only because I've seen her in other roles and she generally does a very good job of acting, even doing a very bizarre Ophelia in Hamlet (1990 film).
        Bonham Carter usually dresses like a tramp for the red carpet (it's her schtick; I don't know why), but on screen she's very good and always gets into character, whatever that character might be.

        I'm sick of attempts to steer this nation from principles evolved in The Age of Reason to hallucinations derived from illiterate herdsmen. ~ Crashing Vor

        by NonnyO on Mon Feb 28, 2011 at 11:44:44 AM PST

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  •  Cheers for birdathon donations! (6+ / 0-)

    Have you donated to my birdathon yet? If not, why not?

    I need your help to save birds, teach kids about nature, and provide funding for vital environmental activities.

    I’m participating in an annual fundraising “birdathon” on behalf of Santa Clara Valley Audubon Society, and I’m asking for your donations. SCVAS is one of the leading environmental groups in the San Jose area, and I’ve been an active member for about 10 years.

    A birdathon is real simple. In April I will be part of a team that will go out for half a day and count all the bird species we see, and I’d like you to donate to this cause. You can either give a set amount, or a specific amount per species seen.

    That is, you could give a flat fee of, say, $25, or you could give a dollar, or more, per species. Our group hopes to see more than 30 different species.

    And it’s real simple to sponsor my efforts. You can do it all online if you wish, and I’ll even “come out” of my Kos identity to tell you my real name! (Now, doesn’t that make it all worthwhile, right there?)

    To donate online, go to this SCVAS website.

    From there, use the pull-down in the middle of the page to select my name (Steve McHenry) and then select the “Donate Now” button. After you hit “Donate Now” you will be able to make a pledge on my behalf using either PayPal or a credit card.

    Paying online is a good solution, because it keeps me from handling checks, and you know that your donations will go to a great organization. You can be assured that I receive nothing from any donation; everything that you give goes directly to Santa Clara Valley Audubon.

    Please give any amount you can, but of course more is better. But surely everybody reading this today can donate $5, or $10, or $25, or maybe even $100 or more! Whatever you can spare will be very much appreciated. And of course, any donations are fully tax-deductible!

    We have an interesting day planned for the event. On April 17 I’ll be going out with the “Surf Scoters” for 4 hours on a tugboat at Alviso, which is on the southern part of San Francisco Bay. See here for details.

    This page gives more information about the birdathon itself.

    As online donors, I won’t be able to match your real names with your Kos handles, so if you’d like a personal response or information by email, please use the new Messages feature on my profile page to drop me a note.

    If you want to give me your email address, I will certainly keep that confidential.

    Do it for the birds!

    Note that this event has the lineatus seal of approval! See here.


    Senor Unoball

  •  Cheers to the tourists (12+ / 0-)

    in those double-decker tourist buses who cheered and waved at us at the MoveOn Solidarity rally at City Hall in Manhattan on Saturday.

    Jeers to not being able to find my 5' 2", middle-aged, mild-mannered wife, a public employee, one of those "UNION GOON" hats that Stephen Colbert wore last week.

    Cheers to Anne Hathaway, who has enough sense of old-style show-biz razzle-dazzle to help make the Oscars more bearable.

    Jeers to James Franco, who stole all of Hathaway's oxygen.

    Cheers to the Academy for picking "Inside Job" as best documentary, although "Gasland" would have been just as welcome.

    Jeers to the Academy for picking Melissa Leo's badly-accented showboating over Hailee Steinfeld's brave, nervy performance.

    Hige sceal þe heardra, heorte þe cenre, mod sceal þe mare, þe ure mægen lytlað

    by milkbone on Mon Feb 28, 2011 at 08:33:34 AM PST

    •  Ditto (4+ / 0-)
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      Jeers to the Academy for picking Melissa Leo's badly-accented showboating over Hailee Steinfeld's brave, nervy performance.

      I second that nomination....  Besides which, I just like Hailee's poise and maturity for her years, and how very different she is from the character she played (makes for a good character actress in the future, maybe).  I hope she continues studying and acting and goes a very long way in the biz, and I wish her every success.

      I liked Hathaway, too..., but the guy.... Uff da.  Not so much.  There's mellow..., and then there's nearly zonked out..., and he was the latter.  I felt sorry for Hathaway because she had to carry his lousy performance and do her own.

      I'm sick of attempts to steer this nation from principles evolved in The Age of Reason to hallucinations derived from illiterate herdsmen. ~ Crashing Vor

      by NonnyO on Mon Feb 28, 2011 at 12:06:13 PM PST

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  •  I hit the reco button, Inky, (11+ / 0-)

    ...though I have Laser-eye Noisy Puddin' to protect me.
    Laser-Eye Puddin'

    GOP Agenda: Repeal 20th Century.

    by NormAl1792 on Mon Feb 28, 2011 at 08:39:12 AM PST

  •  Cheers (11+ / 0-)
    NOTE: The last time I hosted C&J I referred to Republicans as assholes, when I should have referred to them as heartless assholes.  I regret the error.

    To Repsponsibility - Way to step up and admit your errors.

    Cheers To Winsconsion ... I think I'll have to put them in the Sweet 16 on my bracket, just because.

    Jeers To Gov. Walker ... again, just because

    You can ask the questions or provide the answers. If you are going to do both, I don't need to be in the conversation.

    by Edge PA on Mon Feb 28, 2011 at 08:53:26 AM PST

  •  Can i start off a rainy monday with a jeers? (10+ / 0-)

    Jeers to the Academy for making us sit thru another boring and overlong awards show. I have no problem seeing actor's being human when winning an award. I thought the network president trotting out and crowing about the fact the network is going to run the awards show forevah was way too much. I can understand wanting to sing over the memorial to discourage people from engaging in a "applause-o-meter" but, does it have to be Celine Dion?

    Finally, and one of the few brights spots, Cheers to "Inside Job" for winning best Documentary.

    "Such is the irresistible nature of truth that all it asks, and all it wants, is the liberty of appearing." - Thomas Paine

    by blueoregon on Mon Feb 28, 2011 at 08:55:42 AM PST

  •  I just fell in love with (8+ / 0-)

    Inky.♥   Cheers to this gorgeous cat!

    Inky, get thee to the pootie diaries, and bring the diarist along with you.:D

  •  Cheers to making it to the party! ... (6+ / 0-)

    Jeers that it is because my 9-yr old has strep, and we are home from school...

    Cheers for antibiotics to help make everything better!

    Cheers to all of you!

    Our country can survive war, disease, and poverty... what it cannot do without is justice.

    by mommyof3 on Mon Feb 28, 2011 at 09:22:55 AM PST

  •  Monday Cheers kiddies! (4+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
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    Cheers that I can post a comment in this c&j. For some reason I can't post in or recommend anyone's comments in Spedwybabs diary.

    Cheers for the comments in the Guardian article. At least a couple people got it right that public-employee pensions are 100% funded by the employee - they take less in their check now so they can have a retirement (some of them in other states pay into their pension in-lieu-of Soc. Sec. deductions).

    So a Jeer that Gov. Walker is trying to steal their pensions to fill his self-created budget gaps.

    Cheers to going to the Denver solidarity rally on Sat. We got there a bit late, but we could hear the crowd from a block away.
    The 1-2 teahadis left were surrounded by protesters talking (not shouting) facts to them until the cops moved them back down to their separate area. 12 cops defending a guy who thinks they're the greedy union freeloaders.

    Jeers that the Gadsen flag-waving, Ronald Reagan mask-carrying moron looked old enough to be on both Medicare & SS and he prob'ly thinks he deserves those entitlements.  Teh stupid - it burns...

    Cheers to what I saw of the Oscars (about 15min, Colin Firth). Christian Bale is hot AND a great actor, but I didn't think this was his best film - I don't like boxing, sue me. Lil miss Thang (Leo??), will have a short career, and the other girl will be the next Natalie Portman or something.

    Cheers to Andy and Spedwybabs for taking the helm while BiPM is gone. Much appreciated for both the linky-thingies and the humor.

    -7.75, -6.97 Education: that which reveals to the wise, and conceals from the stupid, the vast limits of their knowledge. -Mark Twain

    by Chirons apprentice on Mon Feb 28, 2011 at 10:05:00 AM PST

    •  Cheers Chirons apprentice! (4+ / 0-)

      No one can post in Spedwybabs C&J. It was posted on January 31, 2011.
      Dogs take part in the "Blocao" or Dog carnival parade during pre-carnival festivities along Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro February 27, 2011.  REUTERS/Sergio Moraes

      You know how I know? My comment was at the...


      •  and that's how I know it's Monday - D'Oh! (2+ / 0-)
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        DK4 does get me a bit turned around sometimes.  I need to remember to look at the dates......yeah, the dates.

        -7.75, -6.97 Education: that which reveals to the wise, and conceals from the stupid, the vast limits of their knowledge. -Mark Twain

        by Chirons apprentice on Mon Feb 28, 2011 at 10:26:23 AM PST

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        •  Are you kidding? I (re) read the whole diary, (5+ / 0-)

          which is how I roll, wondered why Spedwybabs was reposting the same diary, scrolled down to post---before I realized it. [giggle] You know my penchant for claiming the BOTTOM!
          Heaven on Earth, the street carnival parade over the weekend in the city of Rio de Janeiro, Santa Teresa opened today. The parade started around 9:30 am, with 3,000 revelers singing and dancing along the way. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. 26/02/2011
          Heaven on Earth, the street carnival parade over the weekend in the city of Rio de Janeiro, Santa Teresa opened today. The parade started around 9:30 am, with 3,000 revelers singing and dancing along the way. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. 26/02/2011

  •  Cheers from the frozen rainy Green Mountains! (5+ / 0-)

    Cheers to AAbshier  for stepping up to host C and J today.

    Jeers to freezing rain, which is tap dancing on my windows.  My driveway was almost clear.  Spring will come, eventually.

    Cheers to Arab/Israeli solidarity, via BlueJessamine and the Pink Clubhouse.  Check out the comments under the video on Youtube.

    Jeers to Hosni Walker.

    Cheers my fab furry felines, experts on energy conservation, and fab  felines everywhere.

    The Other Atheists: It's not a belief. It's a null hypothesis.

    by Ana Thema on Mon Feb 28, 2011 at 11:26:26 AM PST

  •  On, Wisconsin! (4+ / 0-)

    Cheers to AtheO, aka thesonTM, who did himself proud, finishing in the top 200 (out of 8400 official entries) in the American Birkebeiner from Cable to Hayward, Wisconsin, on Saturday. 51 kilometers on skis in 2:27 in zero-degree (F) temps.

    Cheers to all the nice, neat, and mannerly Union ThugsTM. Cheers to whoever it was at the Oscars who thanked their crew and pointed out that they were all Union.

    Cheers to 3 more days of work, then 2 weeks vacation in warm Costa Rica.

    Jeers to Cokie Roberts and Maura Laiason. They know why, every time I scream at the car radio.

    Jeers to the end of cross-country ski season, soon, here in New England.

    No, the waitress isn't flirting with you. It's her job to be nice to her customers.

    by DtheO on Mon Feb 28, 2011 at 12:26:05 PM PST

    •  Here's who backed the unions at the Oscars: (3+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      GreenDog, psfinla, mjbleo

      Copied from the front page:

      At the 83rd Academy Awards last night, two different winners took veiled shots at Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) and promoted the work of union crews on their films. Gary Rizzo, who won an Oscar for sound-mixing on “Inception,” thanked “all the hard working boom operators and utility sound people that worked on the production crew. Union, of course.” Wally Pfister, who won a cinematography Oscar for “Inception,” thanked his “fantastic union crew” during his acceptance speech.

      No, the waitress isn't flirting with you. It's her job to be nice to her customers.

      by DtheO on Mon Feb 28, 2011 at 12:51:04 PM PST

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