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Tomorrow Submissions are due for panel, workshop and/or film screenings at the 9th annual Netroots Nation convention in Detroit. For more info and a submission form, click here. Spelling and punctuation count, but fountain pen smudges won't be held against you.

Woman with string tied around finger
Either this lady's' reminding
herself of a deadline or
she just gored Tinkerbell.
Thursday Kossack Frankenoid is celebrating the ninth blogiversary of the popular Saturday Morning Garden Blogging this weekend with a fundraiser for progressive candidates submitted by you:
What we need:

• Candidate name and position sought for a municipal, county or state office.
• Some background on the candidate and why you support them (and/or a statement from the candidate);
• Link to website for donations;
• Embed information for any graphic or photo you want included;
• Submission of information by Thursday, February 20, 2014

So pick a candidate you'd like to draw attention to (and raise some coin for), and send the info to Frankenoid here via the Garden Blogging kosmail link.

Next Monday: The Netroots Nation "Grab A Booth" contest entry period ends. Six plots of exhibition hall booth space are up for grabs, three via online voting and three via a panel of NN14 judges. It's open to non-profit c3 and c4 organizations and qualified small businesses who haven't exhibited at Netroots Nation yet. Click here for more information and the entry form. If you have questions, email Linda Lee at exhibits [at]

Must I remind you people of everything? Now go comb your hair, you're late for school.

Cheers and Jeers starts below the fold... [Swoosh!!] RIGHTNOW! [Gong!!]

Cheers and Jeers for Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Note: If you have a rattlesnake, leave a rattlesnake.  If you need a rattlesnake, take a rattlesnake.  Also: watch out for rattlesnakes.
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10 days!!!
By the Numbers:
Days 'til the Ides of March: 25
Days 'til the North Texas Irish Festival in Dallas: 10
Estimated diameter of the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System in the Mojave Desert, which formally opened last Thursday: 5 miles
Number of homes it can power, via its 400 megawatts: 140,000
(Source: AP)
Deaths from avalanches in the U.S. this winter so far: 14
(Source: NBC News)
Estimated size of California's wine grape harvest last year, a record: 4.23 million tons
(Source: AP)

Current U.S. Olympic Medal Count
Gold: 5  Silver: 4  Bronze: 10


Tuesday Words of Wisdom from the Right-wing Blogosphere:

The “finished” business of the Left for the 21st century is unchecked dominance over Christians. Make no mistake. The “marriage” issue, although vital, is just a pretext. This is being sought as the ultimate spring board for much, much more homo-oppression. And in case your mind doesn’t want to go there, yes, they WILL outlaw the Bible and imprison biblical Christians when they have enough political power.
---Commenter lloather at Free Republic
All together now: 1…2…3… Classy!


Puppy Pic of the Day:  Taffy and Bear---joined in muttrimony by participating in the proper puptuals.


CHEERS to Big Bad John!  As Bill Nye the Science Guy was flicking peas at Tennessee Congresswoman and climate-change denier Marsha Blackburn on Meet the Press, Secretary of State John Kerry issued  a dire warning to all the Marsha Blackburns of the world: wise up

Senator John Kerry
"I'm comin' to stick my finger
in your spigot, Big oil!"
In a speech to Indonesian students, civic leaders and government officials, Kerry tore into climate change skeptics. … "We should not allow a tiny minority of shoddy scientists and science and extreme ideologues to compete with scientific facts…nor should we allow any room for those who think that the costs associated with doing the right thing outweigh the benefits. … [T]hose who refuse to believe it are simply burying their heads in the sand," Kerry said. "We don't have time for a meeting anywhere of the Flat Earth Society."
No, but we do, said Fox News.

JEERS to too-close close shaves.  Last night while you were fixated on The Bachelor, an asteroid approximately one thousand times the size of Hitler's testicle (Source: Nazipedia) whizzed by our heads to the delight of astronomers.  One Nebraska man was injured when he panicked, pushed the HYPERSPACE button, and ended up embedded in a redwood tree in California.  The asteroid's top speed, by the way, was 27,000 miles per hour, which was good enough for a silver in the Olympic bobsled run.

CHEERS to great discoveries.  Speaking of outer space and whatnot, on this date in 1930, astronomer Clyde Tombaugh discovered a new "dwarf planet" in our solar system.  He called it Pluto.  Republicans called it Home.

JEERS to borderline psychosis.  If you're just tuning in to the immigration-reform discussion, here's the way it's worked out so far:

Tea party sign against immigration reform.
The tea party is a GOP night-
mare of its own making.
1. Republicans hold a position on immigration that the public hates, which is contributing to the death of their party.
2. To gain more public support, Republicans move slightly to the center on immigration.
3. After being notified of this shift, President Obama greets the news favorably.
4. Because President Obama greets the news favorably, Republicans run back to their original position on immigration because Obama must fail.
5. They blame Obama for forcing them to make him fail.
6. The public goes back to hating the Republican position on immigration, which continues contributing to the death of their party.
If you read the above while sucking on laughing gas it makes sense.

Vladimir Luxuria
Clearly dangerous to society.
JEERS to Putin hospitality.  Russia's "gay propaganda law" was put on display over the weekend in Sochi when a transgender former member of the Italian parliament was caught---gasp!!!---wearing rainbow colors and having the audacity to say that "Gay is OK."  She was hauled off to a remote spot by goons with no identification and abandoned in the middle of nowhere.  Or as we call it here in the United States: a free speech zone.

CHEERS to stalling for America's future.  173 years ago, on February 18, 1841, the first continuous filibuster in the U.S. Senate began.  It lasted until March 11.  One thing we'll never have to worry about---a politician running out of words.

JEERS and CHEERS and JEERS and CHEERS to today's edition of Bad News/Good News/Bad News/Good News.  The bad news: in Allegan County, Michigan, a pipe burst and caused a spill "of otherworldly proportions."  The good news: it's not tar sands oil.  The bad news: it's manure.  The good news: I'm writing this in Maine.


Five years ago in C&J: February 18, 2009

GULP!!! to Man on Wire (with no net).  As Robert Livingston said to George Washington after administering the oath of office in 1789: "It is done."  President Obama signed the massive Economic Hair On Fire Bill yesterday, saying it marked "the beginning of the end."  Journalist Ron Brownstein, who was really on a tear Sunday on Meet the Press, best describes the significance of that presidential signature:

Photo by Pete Souza, the White House President Obama signs the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act
Obama signs the ARRA.
"This bill was a presidency in a box.  He achieved more of his aims in this single legislation than many presidents will achieve in an entire term.  I mean, there is more new net public investment here on things the Democrats consider essential for long-term growth---like education, scientific research, alternative energy---than Bill Clinton was able to achieve in two terms."

Lest we forget, it bears repeating: the party who fostered the conditions that made this bill absolutely necessary is the same party that voted in lockstep against it.  Will we ever trust the Greens again?


And just one more…

CHEERS to opposites attracting.  What do you get when you cross Happy Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) with Grumpy Cat?  This:

Grumpy Cat with Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ)
After the photo was taken, Booker gave Grumpy a Get Out of Tree Free card.  (We hear Louie Gohmert has used his six times already.)

Have a nice Tuesday.  Floor's open...What are you cheering and jeering about today?


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The dim light coming from Cheers and Jeers may not be enough for plant photosynthesis like on Earth.
---The Verge


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