From the GREAT STATE OF MAINE…
Oh! More Things I Know:
>> Senator Elizabeth Warren. Senator Tammy Baldwin. Senator Mazie Hirono. Senator Shelley Berkley. Senator Cynthia Dill. Senator Heidi Heitkamp. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand. Senator Dianne Feinstein. Senator Barbara Mikulski. Senator Claire McCaskill. Senator Barbara Boxer. Senator Debbie Stabenow. Senator Patty Murray. Senator Amy Klobuchar. Senator Maria Cantwell. Now that's a binder.Cheers and Jeers starts below the fold... [Swoosh!!] RIGHTNOW! [Gong!!]
>> There should be a fourth debate where Obama and Romney discuss the issues while skydiving from space.
>> I spent a few hours last night barging in on our neighbors and washing their clean dishes. I found their underappreciation disappointing.
>> Joe Lieberman serves his last day in the United States Senate in 77 days. Netroots Nation 2013 in San Jose starts in 245 days. The former will be celebrated at the latter.
>> Prediction: To revive his political career for 2016, Jeb Bush will change his last name to McGillicutty.
>> When my parents saw my ultrasound, they didn't nickname me "Bean." They called me Dirk Effing Diggler.
>> When Democrats lose a round they reassess the situation and learn from their mistakes. When Republicans lose a round they scream, pound the table, cry victim, make up even crazier shit and claim victory.
>> For obvious reasons, news outlets don’t invite white supremacists on the air to discuss their reasons why black people are inferior and undeserving of equal rights. Those outlets need to start shunning heterosexual supremacists for equally obvious reasons.
>> Isn’t it creepy how politicians always talk in questions? Do they really need to do that? Would a constitutional amendment help stop it? It is, they don't and it wouldn’t.
>> CAUTION: The CDC has confirmed that the new James Bond theme song is, in fact, an earworm. Gaaaahhhhhhh!!!
Cheers and Jeers for Thursday, October 18, 2012
Note: If you have a cold, leave a cold. If you need a cold, take a cold, starting with mine.
By the Numbers:
Days 'til Thanksgiving: 35
Days 'til the next public tours of the White House Gardens: 1
Percent chance that George Will believes Tuesday night's presidential debate was the best he's seen going back to the Kennedy-Nixon debates in 1960, and that Obama won it: 100%
(Source: Real Clear Politics)
Number of myths Mitt Romney told in 41 minutes at the debate: 31
(Source: Think Progress)
Increase in Atlanta's residential water bills since 2000: 233%
Increase in San Francisco's: 211%
(Source: USA Today)
Rank of Illinois, Ohio and Michigan among the nation's top pumpkin growers: #1, #2, #3
(Source: USA Today)
Your Thursday Molly Ivins Moment:
Look, Medicare is being cut, Pell grants are way down, food stamps are being cut---every day we get news from Washington that some new measure hurting the poor or the middle class has been put in place. At the same time, the country is running up a monstrous debt that will be passed to our children.-
This is ruinous folly. This is not about class envy, it is about ridiculous, unfair and harmful public policy.
Puppy Pic of the Day: Here's an oldie but a "Boo!"-die
CHEERS to greener, shootier green shoots. While conservative corporatists like the Koch brothers threaten their employees with termination if they vote for Obama under the argument that he'll wreck the economy during his second term, the economy appears to be flipping the billionaires the bird:
U.S. unemployment, as measured by Gallup without seasonal adjustment, is 7.3% in mid-October, down considerably from 7.9% at the end of September and at a new low since Gallup began collecting employment data in January 2010. Gallup's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate is 7.7%, also down from September. October's adjusted mid-month measure is also more than a percentage point lower than October 2011.Those aren't official government numbers, but they ain't exactly chopped liver, either. And here's more early-breaking news: housing starts are the best since 2008. Oh, tut tut, reality---your liberal bias is showing again.
CHEERS to law enforcement, lawfully enforced. NABBED!!! COLLARED!!! BUSTED!!! Federal agents utterly decimated a terrorist plot to blow up the Federal Reserve's New York branch in Manhattan…
...with what he believed was a 1,000-pound bomb, officials said. Quazi Mohammad Rezwanul Ahsan Nafis was detained Wednesday after an alleged attempt to detonate the device, which was inert and part of an elaborate investigation by federal authorities and NYPD detectives.Nice try, evildoers! Once again, you've been out-witted, out-smarted and out-thunked by the FBI under the auspices of the Justice Department under the auspices of the Barack Hussein Obama administration. For someone accused of wanting to destroy America, he sure has a funny way of going about it.
Prosecutors say Nafis was apparently motivated by al Qaeda and traveled to the United States in January under the pretext of attending college in Missouri in order carry out "a terrorist attack on U.S. soil" and to recruit members to form a terrorist cell. … Nafis faces charges of "attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction and attempting to provide material support to al Qaeda."
CHEERS to girls with grenades. Fifteen years ago today, the Women In Military Service Memorial was dedicated:
The history of women in the armed forces began more than 220 years ago with the women who served during the American Revolution and continues through the present day. The Women's Memorial honors all the women who have served courageously, selflessly and with dedication in times of conflict and in times of peace---women whose achievements have for too long been unrecognized or ignored.Times of peace? Really? We have those?
Gong! Gong!! BuddaBuddaBudda… GONG!!!
This is another edition of The One
Word Snort Answer Man. Daily Kos Assistant Viceroy Jed Lewison asks: Remember when Romneyland said Obama couldn't win the second debate because he wasn't smart enough
Now back to Cheers and Jeers.
Gong! Gong!! BuddaBuddaBudda… GONG!!!
CHEERS to news from across The Pond. [BeepBeepBeepBeep…B'Beep!] "We interrupt this broadcast to bring you a breaking news bulletin, old chap: today marks the 90th anniversary of the BBC, which is properly pronounced, of course, 'Behbehseh.' Since our founding we've maintained a reputation for being cool, calm, impartial, and accurate. So of course you Americans have no idea what to make of us. (Plus you don’t understand our proper accent.) Now stay tuned for The Goon Show, followed by Educating Archie and assorted ramblings from Her Majesty the Queen." [Beepity Beeeep!]
Five years ago in C&J: October 18, 2007
CHEERS to holding Hans. Well bless my Obama campaign buttons! The Illinois senator had the audacity to put a hold on a nominee---Hans von Spakovsky---who would no doubt turn out to be to the Federal Election Commission what John Bolton was to the U.N. (hint: an ass). Good work, sir...you're back in my Top 3 list of favorite candidates. (Sorry, Mike Gravel. Nothing personal.) [10/18/12 Update: Five years later, Von Spakovsky is a Heritage Foundation hack tasked with whipping up phony voter fraud hysteria. Like a bad penny….]
JEERS to the ickiest feeling in the world. Barack Obama woke to the news this week that he and Dick Cheney are cousins. I can't prove anything yet, but my money says Strom Thurmond was somehow involved. ("The pecker knows no bigotry!" ---Al Franken)
And just one more…
CHEERS to today's required legalese:
at the office...
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