From the GREAT STATE OF MAINE…
I feel pretty and witty and...oh, what's the word?
Pearls of wisdom as we head into the last weekend of Pride Month 2014:
“I was born of heterosexual parents. I was taught by heterosexual teachers in a fiercely heterosexual society. Television ads and newspaper ads [were] fiercely heterosexual. A society that puts down homosexuality. And why am I a homosexual if I’m affected by role models? I should have been a heterosexual. And no offense meant, but if teachers are going to affect you as role models, there’d be a lot of nuns running around the streets today.”It's been a good month. Same time next year?
"Stonewall wasn’t really the beginning [of the LGBT rights movement], but it was a wonderful rebellion. Until then, people who wanted to march and protest did it very carefully in proper suits and ties, and the women dressed in dresses. You were asked to leave if you hadn’t come dressed properly. But, they existed. And they cared.”
---Edie Windsor, who won her case against DOMA one year ago yesterday
Rick Santorum still has a Google problem. And he always will. Because Santorum's problem ultimately isn't Google, or me, or my readers, or Frothy Mix. Rick Santorum's problem is Rick Santorum.
“Gay people are born into, and belong to, every society in the world. They are all ages, all races, all faiths. They are doctors and teachers, farmers and bankers, soldiers and athletes. And whether we know it or whether we acknowledge it, they are our family, our friends, and our neighbors. Being gay is not a Western invention. It is a human reality."
---Hillary Rodham Clinton"Well, gay people are evil, evil right down to their cold black hearts which pump not blood like yours or mine, but rather a thick, vomitous oil that oozes through their rotten veins and clots in their pea-sized brains which becomes the cause of their Nazi-esque patterns of violent behavior. Do you understand?"
---Mr. Garrison, South Park
"I was traveling in Tennessee and I saw a bumper sticker I'll never forget. It said, HOMOSEXUAL: Every Good Southern Family Has One."
---Former New Hampshire Bishop V. Gene Robinson
Your west coast-friendly edition of Cheers and Jeers starts below the fold... [Swoosh!!] RIGHTNOW! [Gong!!]
Cheers and Jeers for Friday, June 27, 2014
Note: Great news! This morning's lottery was a rousing success for the community. Our thanks to the late Tessie Hutchison and the townsfolk for upholding our motto: "Lottery in June, corn be heavy soon." (And don’t skimp on the butter, ha ha ha.)-
Days 'til the Netroots Nation convention in Detroit: 20
Days 'til the California Beer Festival in Novato: 1
Length of Massachusetts' now-unconstitutional abortion clinic buffer zone: 30 feet
Length of the Supreme Court's still-constitutional buffer zone: 300 feet
Average health insurance premium via the ACA in the USA and Maine, respectively: $82, $99
Percent chance that the break-in at the Virginia Governor's office by two goons from the General Assembly is "unacceptable": 100%
(Source: Gov. Terry McAuliffe)
Height achieved by the World View Voyager "space tourism" capsule during a recent test launch from Roswell, NM: 120,000 feet
World Cup Soccer
Freedom 3 Tyranny 1
Paper 2 Plastic 2
Pele 800 Baby in Stroller 6
Stephen Hawking's Brain 200 Trillion Sarah Palin's Brain 0
-NEW! Michele Bachmann Departure Countdown
Michele Bachmann and her googly eyes leave Congress in 190 days. Good thing, because when you've lost the fawning support of Neil Cavuto, you've overstayed your welcome.
Puppy Pic of the Day: Yes
CHEERS to presidential towel-snapping. Barack HUSSEIN o'BUMMER, his agenda hampered by the least-productive Legislative branch in history, is casting off his kid gloves and calling out Republicans in Congress for what they are---cowards:
In a speech to [the League of Conservation Voters], Obama suggested Republicans were playing dumb on climate change to avoid a backlash from ultra-conservative Tea Party elements. Republicans actually recognised climate change was real, Obama suggested, but were afraid to admit it in public.One group that's grateful, however, to know that Republicans in Congress are not scientists: scientists.
"They ducked the question and said, 'Hey I'm not a scientist,' which really translates into 'I accept that manmade climate change is real but if I say so I will be run out of town by a bunch of fringe elements…so I'm just going to pretend, like, 'I don't know…I can't read.'"
Court, you may do it from here.
CHEERS to promises revisited. Lest we forget, at 10:07am on this date two years ago the Supreme Court---including John Roberts, whom the right immediately branded a traitor---ruled that the Obamacare mandate was constitutional on "taxing authority" grounds, not Commerce Clause grounds. And that means it's time for our annual reminder that America's #1 blowhard is a little closer to being forced to make good on his blood oath:
Rush Limbaugh, March 2010: "I'll just tell you this: if this passes and it's five years from now and all that stuff gets implemented---I am leaving the country.Obamacare is being implemented, and more successfully than anyone imagined. And Limbaugh has nine months to build his ark. But we're keeping a rubber raft on standby, just in case.
I'll go to Costa Rica."
her: Jane Carole MOOCHER!
a national landmark.
"Vicious" Sun. night on PBS.
On Bill Moyers & Company, journalist Charles Lewis of the Center for Public Integrity on the sickening collusion between media and government when it comes to our lovely little wars. And here's your Sunday morning lineup. Let's count the number of guests they've booked who were hawks (disgraced) or doves (vindicated) in the early years of the Iraq war:
Face the Nation: Sens. Joe Manchin (D-WV) and hawk John Barrasso (R-WY); former U.S. Ambassador to Iraq James Jeffrey; roundtable with hawks Peggy Noonan and Michael Gerson, along with Dee Dee Myers, Michael Crowley (Time), Margaret Brennan (CBS), Clarissa Ward (CBS) and Todd Purdum (Politico). Hawk/Dove Index: 3/0Thirteen hawks, five doves. It's 2003 again, everybody! Happy sleeping in.
Meet the Press: The Bubba Strikes Back! Bill Clinton---a hawk on Iraq before he was a dove on Iraq, oy---delivers a strong left hook to Dick Cheney's jaw and demonstrates why he'll be kryptonite to Republicans if Hillary decides to run for president. Other than that, I'm not sure who's on because they haven't updated their website. Hawk/Dove Index: 1/1Bubba meets the press.
Bama meets George
This Week: Iraq dove President Obama wooooo!!! Hawk Rep. Peter King (R-NY); roundtable with hawks Bill Kristol and Matt Dowd, doves Donna Brazille and Katrina van den Heuvel, plus Terry Moran; filmmaker Stanley Nelson on his documentary "Freedom
Summer." Hawk/Dove Index: 3/3
CNN's State of the Union: This week it's Candy Crowley's turn to babysit hawk Rep. Mike Rogers (R-MI) while wife Kristi goes shopping; Hawk Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) wonders why all the slime he flings at Obama ends up on his own face; North Carolina congressional candidate Clay Aiken (D); roundtable with Neera Tanden, Stephanie Cutter, Mattie Duppler and Liz Mair. Hawk/Dove Index: 2/0
Fox GOP Talking Points Sunday: Hawk Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee and dove Rep. Xavier Becerra (D-CA), Chairman of the House Democratic Caucus; former CIA and NSA Director hawk Michael Hayden; roundtable with Julie Pace, Kirsten Powers and hawks Karl Rove and Brit Hume. Hawk/Dove Index: 4/1
And just one more…
Have a great weekend! Floor's open...What are you cheering and jeering about today?