From the GREAT STATE OF MAINE…
Premieres at the Tribeca Film Festival this Sunday...
Compared to What: The Improbable Journey of Barney Frank is a rare and intimate peek into the life of Barney Frank, the quick-witted, cantankerous, and first openly gay Congressman in the United States. On the verge of his retirement, Frank reflects on his 40 years in office and the role his own homosexuality played in his campaigns for social justice. This documentary reveals Frank as one of the most sharp-tongued, entertaining, and lionhearted politicians of our time.The executive producer is Alec Baldwin. Variety talks to Barney about the movie and life after Congress here. I'm preemptively giving it 20 stars out of five. Just to piss off the haters.
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Cheers and Jeers for Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Note: Whew, what an Earth Day! I'm still drunk on earthiness.-
Days 'til the start of the Memorial Day weekend: 30
Days 'til the Out! Raleigh in North Carolina: 10
Number of changes to the U.S. Constitution that former Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens wants to make: 6
(Source: John Paul Stevens)
Regions of the country that have more "green colleges" than the Maine-NH-VT region: 0
(Source: Princeton Review guide to green colleges)
Russia's average rate of economic growth over the last decade and last year, respectively: 7%, 1.3%
Expected rate of economic growth in Russia this year: 0%
(Source: The Portland Daily Sun)
Number of rivets in the Eiffel Tower: 2.5 million
Puppy Pic of the Day: Humans, please build friendlier walls. ---The Dawgs
CHEERS to a good start. Having personally supervised the socialist re-distribution of a dairy product stolen from the pantries of the job creators (aka the White House Easter Egg Roll), President Obama hit the road yesterday, stopping in Oso, Washington, the site of that horrible landslide:
Obama said the “strength in adversity” demonstrated by the community “should be an inspiration to all of us.” “The whole country is thinking about you,” the president said. Before his remarks at the fire station, President Obama spent nearly an hour and fifteen minutes with relatives of those who perished in last month’s mudslide. […]Today he's in Asia, where he'll spend a few days hobnobbing with our allies and squinting all steely-eyed in North Korea's direction. If you'll be following his various events over there, please keep in mind there's a big time difference. If my calculations are correct, since he's traveling east to west, the current time over there is 8:17 in 1998.
Arlington Mayor Barbara Tolbert earlier praised the president for his quick approval of a federal disaster declaration, authorizing the expenditure of federal funds to help those hurt by the slide. We understand this was one of the fastest tracks that’s ever been done on,” she said.
CHEERS to the miracle workers the boss can't live without. Today is Administrative Professionals Day. It's been around, by different names, for a long time. You might say it's evolved…
Here at C&J, we have one administrative professional, and we couldn’t maintain our sanity without her. Later this morning we'll show our appreciation by presenting her with a fresh bone and squeaky toy. Or else.The first National Secretaries Week was organized in 1952 in conjunction with the United States Department of Commerce and various office supply and equipment manufacturers. The Wednesday of that week became known as National Secretaries Day. As the organization gained international recognition, the events became known as Professional Secretaries Week and Professional Secretaries Day. In 2000, IAAP announced that names of the week and the day were changed to Administrative Professionals Week and Administrative Professionals Day to keep pace with changing job titles and expanding responsibilities of the modern administrative workforce.
JEERS to all that freezing for nothing. I was hoping---as were all Mainers---that our frigid winter might've helped kill off some of the ticks that have infested the state in recent years. But those little fuckers might as well have been living in a tropical paradise:
The 2013 incidence of Lyme disease, transmitted by deer ticks, was the highest ever recorded by the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention, with 1,349 cases across Maine.By the way, there's an easy way to distinguish a tick from our state's tea party governor. One is a greedy little ankle biter with a pea brain whose perfectly willing to suck the blood out of ordinary Mainers. And the other is the exact same except he wears pants.
The hardy arachnids lie dormant in the snow, and it takes a long period of bitterly cold weather without snow to even have a chance of knocking back the ticks, experts say. “The snow acts as a nice insulating blanket for the ticks,” Lubelczyk said. “They survive quite well under the snow.”
invented the fauxhawk.
• United States Minister to the United KingdomWe're getting the 15th POTUS our usual gift: an "I Diddled While the Country Teetered on the Brink of Civil War and All I Got Was This Lousy T-Shirt" t-shirt.
• 17th United States Secretary of State
• United States Senator from Pennsylvania
• United States Minister to Russia
• Member of the U.S. House of Representatives (PA-04: 4 terms)
• Member of the U.S. House of Representatives (PA-03: 1 term)
• Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee
CHEERS to Li'l Bubba or Bubbette. Congratulations to Chelsea Clinton and her husband on the kidlet they're going to welcome into the world this fall. Here's how the media reacted to what will be the first grandchild of #42 and #45:
CNN: No one has actually seen the baby, so you have to assume it's missing and wonder if maybe there isn’t an alien abduction aspect to this story.Oh somehow I don’t think you will, Dancing Dave.
FOX: What does that fetus know about Benghazi? The answer might shock you.
MSNBC: Subpoenad documents reveal a memo by Chris Christie assistant Bridgett Kelly that reads: "Time for some traffic problems in Chelsea's birth canal?"
CNBC: If they're smart they'll skip the silver spoon and go with an investment-quality baby utensil from Goldline.
HLN: I'm Nancy Grace and this pregnancy is an…OUTRAGE!!! I don’t know why yet, but I'll think of SOMETHING!
Rush Limbaugh: Mark my words, this is an implanted baby Vince Foster!
Meet the Press: Some say the baby was produced for politcal reasons. Others disagree. And we're out of time so we'll have to leave it there.
Five years ago in C&J: April 23, 2009
JEERS to the Coalition of the Cowardly. If you're wondering whether Rush Limbaugh still rules the butt-picking wing of the Republican party, um...yeah, he does. How absolutely perfect: as long as he flaps his gums, he's the de facto leader of the GOP. 81 percent of Americans find the de facto leader of the GOP repulsive. But the 19 percent who form the GOP base think he walks on water. It's quite a conundrum. Thankfully not ours.
And just one more…
10 years and counting.
Have a nice Wednesday. Floor's open...What are you cheering and jeering about today?
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