From the GREAT STATE OF MAINE…
Nine Weeks 'til Netroots Nation!
The biggest yearly loony lefty convention in America is only a couple months off, so here's a handy to-do list:
• Sign up to be a volunteer. My partner Michael and I do this every year for one selfish, ego-infested reason: it's a blast. The tasks (filling swag bags, helping at the registration booth, assembling name tags, etc.) are easy, you get to see how the nuts and bolts of a major convention go together, and there's no better way to meet new people and catch up with old friends. Volunteer coordinator Eric Thut adds:
We cannot do this without you. There are only 5 full-time staff dedicated to the conference and this only is possible through our fantastic volunteers. And trust me---it is fun too. If you are interested drop us an email at: volunteers[at]netrootsnation.org.• Sign up to join us at the now-legendary Daily Kos/Cheers & Jeers eat 'n greet on Wednesday evening (July 16) at Vicente's Cuban Cuisine. We gotta get a head count as soon as possible, so if you want to put your name on the list, let Navajo know via kosmail by clicking here.
• If you're a quilter or crafter, consider joining the Daily Kos Quilt Guild's VA Hospital nursing home support project that will deliver hand-made quilts, hats and scarves. Drop a kosmail to either Winifred3 or SaraR.
• Check out the just-announced panels and take note of the ones you want to attend.
• Follow NN14 via Twitter here.
• And last but not least, hose out your steamer trunks and add new potpourri satchels. As my grandma always told me right before she'd go off on one of her bank-robbing sprees: fresh-smelling luggage is happy luggage. Can't argue with that.
Cheers and Jeers starts below the fold... [Swoosh!!] RIGHTNOW! [Gong!!]
Cheers and Jeers for Thursday, May 15, 2014
Note: If you failed to look up at the full moon and wink at Neil Armstrong last night, we'll give you one more chance to do it tonight. Fail again and we start shooting spitwads at your house from the space station. ---Hugs, NASA-
Days 'til summer: 37
Days 'til the 8th annual Dance Parade and Festival in New York City: 2
Percent increase in the size of the big Wall Street banks since 2008: 38%
(Source: Sen. Elizabeth Warren)
Number of men for every 100 women in America: 97.6
Percent of Congress represented by men and women, respectively: 81%, 19%
(Source: ERA Action)
Percent of flights that were canceled between January and March (for mostly weather-related reasons), the highest since records started being kept 20 years ago: 4.6%
(Source: Dept. of Transportation)
Percent of Americans who believe that space aliens, time travelers or beings from another dimension took Malaysian Airlines flight MH370: 9%
(Source: CNN poll)
Your Thursday Molly Ivins Moment:
The conservatives have been preaching this Me First stuff as though life were a race to the finish and the only object is to pick up as much money as you can. It doesn't work---not even if you wind up with a lot of toys. As another noted economist said, we are becoming a nation of private opulence and public squalor.-
Look, we all do better when we all do better. You raise the minimum wage, it works for everyone.
Puppy Pic of the Day: No sight? No problem.
CHEERS to closure. Yeah, I hate that word, but it seems appropriate today. With Osama bin Laden dead and most of his lieutenants either dead or jailed, the shiny new World Trade Center building rising 1,776 feet like a middle finger salute to al Qaeda, and the "footprints" of the twin towers a lovely outdoor memorial, today the final task in the wake of the tragedy will be completed: the dedication by President Obama of the National September 11th Memorial Museum:
The Museum’s 110,000 square feet of exhibition space is located within the archaeological heart of the World Trade Center site---telling the story of 9/11 through multimedia displays, archives, narratives and a collection of monumental and authentic artifacts. The lives of every victim of the 2001 and 1993 attacks will be commemorated as visitors have the opportunity to learn about the men, women, and children who died.You can see more pics of some of the artifacts in it here. It opens to the public next Wednesday. It was a bumpy ride to get it finished, but it looks like they did a thoughtful and respectful job. Also today: Rush Limbaugh does an unthoughtful and disrespectful job exploiting the event by blaming 9/11 on Democrats. Unfortunately, closure doesn't extend to his yap.
The monumental artifacts of the Museum provide a link to the events of 9/11, while presenting intimate stories of loss, compassion, reckoning, and recovery that are central to telling the story of the attacks and the aftermath.
CHEERS to Jay Carney. Yes this is, I believe, the first time I've mentioned the former boy wonder of ABC News who will go down as one of the most bland (by design, I presume) press secretaries ever. But he did manage to fire off a pithy zinger at a Fox News stenographer during a press gaggle this week, regarding Karl Rove's insult of Hillary Clinton's cognitive abilities:
CHEERS to special deliveries. On May 15, 1918, the first airmail route got started in the U.S. It ran between Washington, Philadelphia and New York. They had to retool the operation when it became apparent that dangling a mailman from a rope was a really bad idea. Especially in Briarpatch County.
will make a good Maine governor.
Five years ago in C&J: May 15, 2009
JEERS to the death penalty. Because---say it with me, for the thousandth time---it's NOT fool-proof:
A former death row inmate in Tennessee has been cleared of murder, three years after the Supreme Court raised repeated questions about his conviction. ... [Paul] House's appeal was championed by the Innocence Project, affiliated with the Cardozo School of Law in New York. "In the three years since the U.S. Supreme Court stepped into this case and sent it back to the trial court, substantial additional DNA testing and further investigation have shown that he is innocent," said Peter Neufeld, the group's co-director.
The guy had been in prison for 22 years. The state issued a brief note to Mr. House: "We extend our sincerest 'Oopsie.'" Tossing in a few Denny's coupons was a nice touch.
And just one more…
CHEERS to announcing your true intentions. The RNC, bless their hearts, put up a new graphic on twitter that was supposed to say something inspirational to their base. But thanks to the new twitter format, the left and right part got cut off, so now all it says is "RNC Ate Your American Dream." For your amusement, a screen shot:
Have a great Thursday. Floor's open...What are you cheering and jeering about today?