From the GREAT STATE OF MAINE…
Oh! More Things I Know:
> The annual Netroots Nation Fall Online Auction ends at 10 O'clock ET tonight.Cheers and Jeers starts below the fold... [Swoosh!!] RIGHTNOW! [Gong!!]
> As unlikely as it seems, the book of "Romneyisms" will end up being thicker than the book of "Bushisms."
> Joe Lieberman leaves the United States Senate for good in 110 days.
> We're at the part of election season where GOP campaign advisors start smashing their cellphones against the wall in disgust.
> If you need some white noise to help you fall asleep, turn on your DVR and cue up a rerun of the GOP convention.
> The dumbest people on the planet are the ones who think an awesome night of entertainment is paying $50,000 for a plate o' vittles and a speech by Mitt Romney.
> What the new senatorial "Gang of Six" means for America is mostly that we're about to get fucked again.
> Collective bargaining is the devil's tool unless it involves NFL referees in which case it's God's greatest gift to humanity.
> If Mitt Romney was president, he would've already solved the crisis in Libya by declaring war on Iran.
> 100 percent of economists agree that jobs are a fairly reliable cure for high unemployment. We should test their theory.
> Democrats feel your pain. Republicans inflict it.
Cheers and Jeers for Thursday, September 27, 2012
Note: Just a heads-up that there will be no C&J on Monday, as we'll be attending a $50,000 a plate fundraiser that will be secretly taped and get me in a heap 'o trouble. Back Tuesday with a really long but perfectly implausible explanation.
By the Numbers:
Days 'til the first, second and third presidential debates: 6, 19, 24
Days 'til the Apple Pumpkin Festival in Livermore Falls, Maine: 2
Obama-Romney matchup among likely voters in Ohio: 53-43
Obama-Romney matchup among likely voters in Florida: 53-44
(Source: CBS News-Quinnipiac-NYT poll)
Index of Consumer Confidence in, respectively, August and September: 61.3 / 70.3
Months since the index has been this high: 7
(Source: Conference Board via AP)
Years by which President Clinton (66) is older than President Obama (51): 15
Your Thursday Molly Ivins Moment:
Oh dear. I'm sure he didn't mean it. In Illinois' 6th Congressional District, long represented by Henry Hyde, Republican candidate Peter Roskam accused his Democratic opponent Tammy Duckworth of planning to "cut and run" on Iraq.-
Duckworth is a former Army major and chopper pilot, who lost both legs in Iraq after her helicopter got hit by an RPG. "I just could not believe he would say that to me," said Duckworth, who walks on artificial legs and uses a cane. Every election cycle produces some wincers, but how do you apologize for that one?
Puppy Pic of the Day: Truth in songvertising
soul encased in carbonite
next year's auction. Smart thinking!
CHEERS to awkward moments for union haters. Scott Walker, Paul Ryan, and all the Republican runners-for-office who tried to score cheap points by calling for an IMMEDIATE end to this TERRIBLE NFL referee lockout by ANY MEANS NECESSARY actually got their wish last night:
As it turned out, the NFL's nightmare scenario -- a team losing a game it should have won---was all it took for the league and the NFL Referees' Association to get back to the bargaining table and wrap up a new deal. … [T]he two sides have agreed to the details of a multi-year collective bargaining agreement that will bring the real officials back from their lockout and on the field for Thursday night's game between the Baltimore Ravens and Cleveland Browns.And this morning all the Republican labor haters agree: collective bargaining is awesome! And now that that's settled, collective bargaining sucks again.
They don't have a prayer.
Gong! Gong!! BuddaBuddaBudda… GONG!!!
This is another edition of The One Word Answer Man. Kossack Patience John asks: What if I told you a Democrrat is gonna win Ron Paul's seat?
Now back to Cheers and Jeers.
Gong! Gong!! BuddaBuddaBudda… GONG!!!
CHEERS to the Founding Rabble Rouser. Happy birthday to scrappy Samuel Adams---second cousin to fellow hothead John---born 290 years ago today. His message in a nutshell: "Tyranny bad! Freedom good!" And also this:
“Beer and chocolate are two pleasures that should be enjoyed and savored."Pay your respects here. Then toast him with...I dunno, how about a Sam Adams? (Or, as he calls it, "a Mini Me!")
GOP's feelings about Mitt Romney.
Five years ago in C&J: September 27, 2007
There's an old saying that goes: "As one door closes on your fingers, another one opens and breaks your nose." I believe there's a lot of truth to that. I'm sure I'll bounce back, and if I don’t I can always think of a way to drag all you elite liberal employment lovers down with me out of spite. But for now, I think I'll start on my business plan for a...um...a door making company! Funny how ideas just pop into your head when you're free to ponder such things. [9/27/12 Update: Mere days later, y'all scooped me up and made me your personal lap dancer at Daily Kos. As always, my apologies if the Ben-Gay vapors sting your eyes.]
And just one more…
CHEERS to getting me off the dime. In 40 days Mainers will be asked at the voting booth to approve marriage rights for same-sex couples…a repeat, essentially, of the referendum that failed three years ago. My biggest beef with the 2009 campaign was that the pro-equality forces never let gay people speak in any of their ads, and in fact barely showed any gay Mainers at all. It's like we were invisible. I thought it was a big mistake to hide us in the shadows, and vowed that I wouldn’t donate any money to this year's campaign until they gave us a voice. I'm happy to say that I donated $25 this week to Mainers United For Marriage after seeing this ad:
Pretty hard to deny equal rights to someone who might end up saving your home, let alone your life, one day. It's a super ad well done. If hardscrabble firefighters say it's time to let gay people get married…it's time.
Have a super Thursday! Floor's open...What are you cheering and jeering about today?
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