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I'm glad you asked! Later this week the elves at Netroots Nation---led by Joan McCarter, Linda Lee and Beth Becker---are hosting the 4th Annual Holiday Bazaar online auction, and time's running out to donate an item or two.

I love this auction because most of the items up for bid are handcrafted with a heaping helping of liberal love. If you're stuck for ideas on what to donate, here's some mental kindling:

Brownies for Netroots nation 2012 Holiday Auction
My opening bid for these
will be 1 million dollars. I
hope they'll take a check.
  • Photography and artwork
  • Holiday edibles, including cookies, fudge and fudge cookies
  • Jewelry
  • A gingerbread Romney mansion with car elevator made from "one of those chocolate goodies."
  • Crocheted, cross-stitch and knitted hats, gloves, scarves, Spanx, etc.
  • Home decorations/furnishings
  • Games/Puzzles/Chia Trump
  • Essential condiments, such as sauces or anything that might make Papa John's pizza seem edible
  • Chocolate in any form
  • Pet toys and accessories
  • Purity rings hand-forged in the fires of Mt. Chastity
  • And also too etcetera
Proceeds from the auction go to help fund Netroots Nation events, including the regional workshops and the annual convention (in San Jose next June).

The process for donating items is easy. Just click this hand-carved, hand-glittered magic linky and look for the "Donate Item" icon in the lefthand column. If you have questions about the auction, email Linda at Exhibits [at]

Bidding starts this Friday, November 30th and runs through Tuesday the 4th. Oh, and if you're knitting a Michigan tree cozy, make sure it's the right height.

Thanks in advance for helping to make the Netroots Nation holiday bazaar another $16 trillion success!

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Cheers and Jeers for Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Note: "If you break a Jesus ornament, you go straight to hell."  ---A message from your friends at the United Hair-Trigger Church of Christ

By the Numbers:
Days 'til the next full moon, during which you should look up and wink at Neil Armstrong: 1
Days 'til the Christmas Festival of the Port of Brookings Harbor, Oregon: 4
Percent of Latino women and men, respectively, who voted for Obama: 76%, 65%
Percent increase in tuition at public colleges since the 2000-2001 year: 80%
Percent increase in tuition at private colleges since the 2000-2001 year: 36%
(Source: College Board via USA Today)
Tons of chocolate stolen by thieves in Austria: 18
Percent chance that "stolen by thieves" is redundant: 100%


Tuesday Words of Wisdom from the Right-wing Blogosphere:

I thought, as did many of my brethren here on the Blaze, that Obama would assume dictatorial and prevent the 2012 election. I freely admit that I was wrong, although I still say he’ll declare Marshall Law and become absolute dictator in the near future, and fulfill the UN mandated Agenda Area 51 or whatever.  But that’s not my point. My point is that we can all come together, both the left and the right, as far as protecting ourselves from the coming apocalypse, be it a solar flair, Obama dictatorship or a virus that wipes out most of mankind.
---Commenter "SendMeteors" at Glenn Beck's The Blaze blog
All together now: 1…2…3… Classy!


Puppy Pic of the Day:  In the wake of last week's I-10 pileup in Texas…a happy ending.


CHEERS to the Revenge of the Moochers.  Remember the "47 percent speech" Mitt Romney gave to a roomful of donors that was secretly recorded by the help?  If for nothing else, Romney's run will be forever tarred with the "47%" label---a symbol of his arrogance and willingness to "punch down" at those without the good sense to be born on third base.  So thank the schadenfreude gods for making it official yesterday: rounded off, Romney has hit the sweet spot, winning 47 percent of the vote.  Adding insult to injury: Obama's 51 percent means Romney---the awesome business guy---was off in his "moocher count" by four points.  History, meet your new footnote.

CHEERS and JEERS to dollars and sense.  Now that the lame-duck congresscritters have returned to the hive on The Hill, all eyes are focused on our looming plunge off the FISCAL GENTLE SLOPE!!!  I hope you'll forgive me if I admit I'm already bored to tears by what will turn out to be a series of half-hearted GOP threats followed by a half-hearted compromise that'll be mostly good news for us and mostly firebreathing terrible news for the Michelle Malkin crowd (they're so not sexy when they're angry…or any other time).  But there's other economic news, too, and here's a quick look at recent headlines to get us up to post-Thanksgiving speed:

U.S. Penny
Money Fun Fact: As you can see,
Daniel Day-Lewis has replaced
Abraham Lincoln on the penny.
Real wages rebound only to 2005 level
Falling mortgage rates add a boost to economy
Black Friday lures more shoppers but they spend less than last year
Cyber Monday biggest online shopping day in history
More Americans say economy will improve now than at any time in past decade
Oil price drops 3 percent on hopeful news in Gaza
Euro officials reach deal to reduce Greek debt
Majority of companies not holding holiday parties
Secret of successful companies: women board members
Housing starts in October hit 51-month high…
…but rentals bare the drivers
More than 400k "Wii U" consoles sold in 1 week
And this: In a modern world, a violin bow maker keeps his craft alive.  Mostly these days by selling the tiniest ones to Democrats so we can play our tiny post-election violins under the Koch brothers' window at night.  Real scratchy-like.

CHEERS to John Paul Stevens.  Not a lot of people know this, but the retired liberal-leaning Supreme Court Justice was nominated to take a seat on the bench by a Republican: Gerald Ford.  That was 37 years ago today.  And he's still going strong ("Tennis, anyone?") at 92.  But based on what he said at a recent sold-out appearance in Palm Beach, I'm getting a little worried about him:

Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens
Thank you, Justice John
Paul George Ringo, for
staying put until Obama
arrived on the scene.
Stevens said acrimony in the confirmation process has made things more adversarial over the years, pointing to the 1987 nomination of Robert Bork by President Ronald Reagan.

“I stated publicly that he was very well qualified and he should have been confirmed,” Stevens said.  “It really is unfortunate that particular proceeding developed in a much more adversarial issue than it should have been, because I think Judge Bork would have been an excellent Supreme Court justice.

Yes.  Much the same way that Mr. Burns throwing peasants to the hounds is "Eeeeeeexcellent."  A rare whiff from the wise one.

CHEERS to being a fly on the wall.  If you think things are tense between Israel and Gaza, wait'll you hear about who's meeting behind closed doors today on Capitol Hill: Senator John McCain and U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Susan Rice.  The smearer (who was vindictive, petty and WRONG on Benghazi) chatting about this and that with the smearee (who was competent and poised and RIGHT on Benghazi):

Asked about McCain's criticism last week, Rice said, "I do believe some of the statements he has made about me are unfounded, and I look forward at the appropriate time to have a chance to respond."
This item is sponsored by the word "awkward."

CHEERS to peace in our their time.  On November 27, 1943, Franklin Roosevelt, Winston Churchill and Josef Stalin met in Tehran to start talking about how to wrap up World War II and divvy up the spoils.  Today America's neocons dream about meeting in Tehran to talk about how to wrap up World War III and divvy up the spoils.  Please...once was enough.


Four years ago in C&J: November 27, 2008

CHEERS to the First Scandal.  Barack Obama announced more appointments yesterday and took a few questions from reporters.  The overall effect of his "new direction" isn't settling well, says Andy Borowitz (via Digby):

Cover of the book
After four years, the
book of "Obamaisms"
is up to half a page.
In the first two weeks after the election, President-elect Barack Obama has broken with a tradition established over the last eight years through his controversial use of complete sentences, political observers say.

Millions of Americans who watched Mr. Obama’s appearance on CBS’s "Sixty Minutes" last Sunday witnessed the president-elect’s unorthodox verbal tic, which had Mr. Obama employing grammatically correct sentences virtually every time he opened his mouth.

But Mr. Obama’s decision to use complete sentences in his public pronouncements carries with it certain risks, since after the last eight years many Americans may find his odd speaking style jarring.  According to presidential historian Davis Logsdon of the University of Minnesota, some Americans might find it "alienating" to have a president who speaks English as if it were his first language.

One thing we know for sure: the first book of "Obamaisms" will be a one-sided pamphlet.


And just one more…

JEERS to perilous playthings.  I probably should've mentioned this item last week before the entire country went shopping for toys over the Thanksgiving holiday.  (Oops!)  The Public Interest Research Group is out with their latest list of the most dangerous toys, and the good news is that there are fewer of them this year...and they're less poisonous YAY!!!  As usual, toys that are too loud or toys with parts that are too small topped the list along with "high-powered magnets in executive desktop toys" which can apparently result in acute cases of fatal attraction.  Meanwhile, the Cheers and Jeers Public Safety Commission and Unlicensed Liquor Institute has a few additions that the PIRG missed:

Russian 57E6 surface-to-air missile.
CAUTION! Choking hazard!
The Li'l Warrior Happy 57E6 Surface to Air Missile: Could pose a choking hazard to children 5 and under; may also be detrimental to flowerbeds.

Junior Billionaire's Buy Me A Presidential Campaign play set: May blow up in your face.  Sorry, no refunds.

Baby's First Papa John's Pizza Bake Set: Considered dangerous because the end product is Papa John's pizza.  [See also: Baby's First Godfather's Pizza Bake Set and Baby's First Dominos Pizza Bake Set]

House Investigations for Dummies by Darrell Issa: Chldren may get their arms and legs caught in the gaping holes in this book, plus it will also make them measurably dumber.

The Newt Gingrich Battle Axe: Will cause nightmares.  Oh, so many nightmares.

Ho Ho Ho!  You've been warned.

Have a nice Tuesday.  Turn the world on with a smile.  Floor's open...What are you cheering and jeering about today?


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