From the GREAT STATE OF MAINE…
Wait…where have I heard that before?
“I wish we lived in the days where you could challenge a person to a duel.”
“If dueling were legal in Kentucky, if they keep it up, you know, it would be a duel challenge.”Holy rat turd on a popsicle stick. Rand Paul can't even make a death threat without stealing someone's act.
Time for the traditional media to stop asking him "if" he's a serial plagiarizer and start asking him "why" he's a serial plagiarizer.
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Cheers and Jeers for Tuesday, November 5, 2013
Days 'til election day: 0!!!!!
Days 'til the America's Hometown Thanksgiving Celebration in Plymouth, Massachusetts: 17
The last time federal spending on infrastructure, education and research was as low as it is today under President Obama and his out-of-control spending ways: 1947
Number of presidents who have spent proportionately more than out-of-control big-spender Obama since 1947: 11
(Source: Financial Times via Think Progress)
Percent of all the spices imported to America that are contaminated with whole insects, insect parts, and/or rodent hairs: 12%
(Source: The New York Times)
Approximate number of pizza slices Americans will eat by the time you finish reading this sentence: 1,750
(Source: Nielsen research)
Amount you could get today for an old Schwinn Sting-Ray bike with banana seat: $1,000
(Source: AARP Magazine. Not my copy, my partner Michael's cuz he's the one who's 50, not me, okay? Are we clear on that?)
Twofer! Tuesday Words of Wisdom from the Right-wing Blogosphere:
Obama - Angle of Death -- Panels and ObamaCare; America soon to follow as he morphs into the Grim Reaper!All together now: 1…2…3… Classy!
--Commenter Mary Alice at Powerline
Obamacare is enslavement and death everywhere period.
---Commenter Arlie Ray at Powerline
Puppy Pic of the Day: Elvis lives and he's going on tour…
free game of Pac Man!
CHEERS to Maine's most eligible bachelor. Well knock me down and slap my hiney---Maine Congressman Mike Michaud came out of the closet yesterday, shouting in an op-ed published in several newspapers: "I'm here, I'm queer, vote me in as governor next year!" I thought the best reaction came from openly-gay Congressman and card-carrying Kossack Jared Polis (D-CO):
Polis stopped by Daily Kos yesterday to add a bit to that:
I am happy that my colleague Mike Michaud can now live his life honestly and openly. He will now be an even more effective leader, and I wish him well and look forward to congratulating him in person soon.Two signs that Michaud's announcement, while done for reasons long-calculated, will be a net positive: 1) The reaction has been universally positive, and 2) Maine retailers set a one-day sales record for gift-wrapped toaster ovens.
He becomes the 7th openly LGBT Congressperson in the current Congress, a record!
CHEERS to dastardly deeds definitively denied. Happy Guy Fawkes Day! It commemorates the time when some British thug organized a bunch of other thugs to weasel their way into the government and try to blow it up. Or as we call it over here these days: a day ending in "y" in the House of Representatives.
JEERS to that whole rebranding thing. Let's see how old RNC chairman Reince Priebus's grand plan to make his party appeal to more mainstream Americans is going:
• GOP-written voter suppression laws spreading like wildfire? Check!So far it gets a big "Thumbs Up!" Mostly from Democrats running for Congress next year.
• Republican obstruction of immigration bill? Check!
• Nix gun laws that have 90+ percent backing by the public? Check!
• Shut down the government for no valid reason at a cost of $24 billion? Check!Soon the GOP will fulfill its
#1 goal of turning into oil.
• Continue imposing severe restrictions on women's reproductive health choices: Check!
• Deliberately sabotage Americans' ability to get health insurance through the Affordable Care Act? Check!
• Hack billions from the food stamp program? Check!
• Threaten the security of Social Security? Check!
• And, most recently: refuse to bring a bill prohibiting job discrimination against LGBT Americans to the House floor after passing the Senate: Check!
CHEERS to the jewel in the Gem State's crown. On November 5, 1889 Idaho's constitution was ratified by voters with 12,398 votin' fer it and 1,773 votin' agin' it. To this day it remains the only state document that guarantees to each citizen life, liberty, and the pursuit of the perfect Russet potato.
CHEERS and JEERS to moolah matters. I know what you're saying. You're saying, "Hey! Billy starts with a B, and Business starts with a B, so Billy must be an expert at business!" Ummm...no. So here's a quick roundup of business headlines we've collected over the last few days by them's who knows. As usual, there are some green shoots, some brown weeds, and plenty of champagne for Big Bidness:
brothers' petty cash box.
> Demand drives up auto sales in the U.S.Also: the predicted wine shortage was a myth, so there's enough to go around. I call dibs on the cabernet, you can have the fu**ing merlot.
> Factory output keeps on growing
> Kellogg's cuts jobs as breakfast cereal sales crumble
> Price of crude oil reaches lowest level in 4 months
> No October jinx for stock market
> Fed keeps economic stimulus in place
> Government shutdown slowed weak job market
> Consumer prices rose only slightly last month
> GM's solid quarter sparks talk of dividend payment
the trend, Susan B.
Anthony got her own buck.
Five years ago in C&J---November 5, 2008: The Day After Obama Wins
CHEERS to The new President-elect of the United States:
JEERS to Proposition 8. Even in the face of iron-clad proof that gay marriages won’t do diddly to straight marriages, enough Californians proved last night that they could be persuaded to hit themselves over the head with the dumbstick and make inequality and discrimination constitutional. Think about that: many of the same voters who chose to tear down the ultimate barrier (the presidency) for one minority voted to create a barrier against another. Gee, thanks for the whiplash. If there is any silver lining it is this: civil unions will continue to be approved at the state level across the country, and the federal government now has the muscle to pass some gay-friendly bills (and repeal Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell). Oh, and it's worth reminding ourselves, no matter how bitter we feel this morning: civil rights struggles are always a marathon, not a sprint. [11/5/13 Update: Five years, one trial and three appeals later, Prop. 8 is now sitting in the dustbin of history and California is now a marriage-equality state...with a gold medal for winning a marathon, no less.]
and he's a helluva senator.
And just one more…
Have a nice Tuesday. Off-year or not, get to your polling place and vote. I hear there might be doughnuts. Floor's open...What are you cheering and jeering about today?
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