From the GREAT STATE OF MAINE…
It's primary day here in Maine. Not a whole lot to shout about---the most interesting race is in the 2nd CD (the northern two-thirds of the state), where Dems and Tea Partiers will pick their candidates to run for the seat Rep. Mike Michaud is vacating so he can be our next governor. Down here in the 1st CD, Rep. Chellie Pingree is running unopposed.
train station (now an ugly strip mall) sits in
Congress Square---a ticking reminder that
history judges harshly those who demolish
public spaces willy-nilly.
Outraged Portlanders swarmed City Hall last fall to vent their spleens at the city council, but the sale was approved anyway because…well, because it would throw some coin in the city coffers and besides the square is, so we're told, beyond saving. That last part is what steams my chaps---I've seen all kinds of spaces improved and revitalized here. Our local architects could do something awesome and creative with it. The city's uncharacteristically defeatist attitude on this square has been bizarre, as is their rather nasty and aggressive campaign of distortion, disinformation and doublespeak as it tries to beat back the rabble. One could easily surmise that they're just pissed they got caught trying to ram this deal through.
Anyway, the folks opposed to the sale of Congress Square secured enough petition signatures to force a David vs. Goliath referendum vote that'll make it more difficult to sell public spaces, and the tension has reached a level not often felt here on local issues. I'll be voting "Youbetcher" on Question One today. Happily.
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Cheers and Jeers for Tuesday, June 10, 2014
Note: Now on sale in the C&J gift shop: the new limited-edition, hand-painted porcelain Tranquility Lighthouse rectal thermometer. Lights up and makes authentic ocean sounds! Upon insertion hear the lighthouse keeper yell, "Ahoy there!" Motion activated. Requires 4 size D batteries (not included). The perfect gift for all the assholes in your life.-
Days 'til primary elections in ME, ND, NV, SC and VA: 0!!!
Days 'til the La Kermesse Franco-Americain Festival in Biddeford, Maine: 16
Annual number of measles cases before the vaccine became available in 1963 and dropped cases to near zero: 500,000
Percent chance that my Ohio home county, Knox County, has the highest number of measles outbreaks (100) in the U.S. now: 100%
(Source: USA Today)
U.S. household net worth in the first quarter of 2014, up $1.5 trillion from the fourth quarter of 2013: $81.8 trillion
(Source: Federal Reserve)
Percent of Americans who self-identified as soccer fans in 1994 and today: 31%, 28%
(Source: Washington Post-ABC News poll)
Percent chance that John McCain (b. 1936) is older than Spam (b. 1937): 100%
San Antonio Spurs tied with Miami Heat 1 game to 1
Stanley Cup Finals:
Los Angeles Kings lead NY Rangers 3 games to 0
Tuesday Words of Wisdom from the Right-wing Blogosphere:
Words fail when trying to contrast Obama with Reagan, or any of the leaders and troops involved in D-Day. Obama is a child (or worse) compared to any of them.All together now: 1…2…3… Grenada!
---Commenter disqus at the Michelle Malkin blog
Puppy Pic of the Day: World Cup Dream Team
CHEERS to same-sex-cheesehead marriage. Last Friday, just in time for Milwaukee's Pride events, a federal judge struck down Wisconsin's ban on gay marriage. And, of course, that prompted a mad scramble to get marriage licenses at town halls before the inevitable stay was issued. But then the darndest thing happened….
marriage-equality states in blue.
[The] federal judge who struck down the state's ban on same-sex marriage Friday refused to put her decision on hold in a hearing [yester]day.Click on the link above for pics tweeted by The Nation's John Nichols of various happy couples, some of whom have waited decades for official recognition of their togetherness. But fair warning to all you nuptial newbies: at Wisconsin weddings, things happen a little differently: instead of throwing rice they throw slabs of medium cheddar. Wear a helmet.
Hundreds of same-sex couples have married in Wisconsin since U.S. District Court Judge Barbara Crabb's Friday ruling striking down the ban, reports the Associated Press. Crabb's ruling found that Wisconsin's 2006 voter-approved constitutional amendment prohibiting same-sex marriage violated the U.S. Constitution, but also asked the American Civil Liberties Union, which represented the eight same-sex couples filing suit, to clarify which parts of state law the ACLU wanted suspended. The judge gave the ACLU until June 16 to respond to that request for clarification.
You're attracting flies.
JEERS to those wacky Puritans. On June 10, 1692, the first Salem "witch"---Bridget Bishop---was hanged in the name of Our Lord. George Will says she had it coming---after all, she was wearing jeans and making eye contact with the menfolk. Trollop.
P.S. The Massachusetts General Court exonerated Bishop two hundred and sixty two years later. Gee, why the rush?
CHEERS to a life well-lived…and lived…and lived. The world's oldest man has died. Alexander Imich was a chemist and parapsychologist, and attributed his longevity to genetics, diet and exercise. After a thorough review, investigators listed the official cause of death as an acute and irreversible case of being 111.
Five years ago in C&J: June 10, 2009
JEERS to playing the world's smallest violin. Pity the poor, poor domestic terrorist. George Tiller's murderer, Scott Roeder, is complaining that his jail cell is too cold. And he needs his sleep apnea machine. And he's lost without his bunny slippers and stuffed Teddy blastocyst (he calls it "Cuddles"). And there was a little too much oregano in the beef stroganoff last night. And it's too drafty. And the blanket isn't hypoallergenic. And the toilet is just sitting there out in the open. And no basic cable! Hey, what can we say, Scott? Club Med was booked.
And just one more…
of a Tony is foil-wrapped chocolate.
Have a tolerable Tuesday. Floor's open...What are you cheering and jeering about today?
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