From the GREAT STATE OF MAINE…
The Amazing Adventures of Super Barney
Compared to years past, the town hall spittle-slinging has been quiet this summer. Since nature abhors a vacuum, here's a classic moment from August of '09, when Massachusetts Congressman Barney Frank gave a Nazi-card playing Lyndon LaRouchebot something to cry in her strudel about when she framed health insurance reform this way:
Woman holding photo of Obama with a Hitler mustache: Why do you continue to support a Nazi policy, as Obama has expressly supported this policy? Why are you supporting it?Barney, it's all yours:
"When you ask me that question, I am going to revert to my ethnic heritage and answer your question with a question: on what planet do you spend most of your time?"Jon Stewart answered it best, I think: "Apparently a planet where a mixed-race president and a gay Jew qualify as Nazis."
Consider this your moment of zen.
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Cheers and Jeers for Wednesday, August 20, 2014
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Days 'til Festivus: 126
Days 'til the Imagine Music Festival in Atlanta: 10
Percent of U.S. adults who believe concerns about global warming are unwarranted: 13%
(Source: NBC News/WSJ poll)
Percent of blacks and whites, respectively, who say they're following the events in Ferguson, MO closely: 54%, 18%
(Source: Pew poll)
Amount New Jersey taxpayers owe to the law firm Governor Christie hired to exonerate him from any wrongdoing in the Bridgegate scandal: $6.5 million
Maine's rank nationally and out of the six New England states, respectively, in terms of supporting green businesses: #29, #6
(Source: Clean Tech Leadership Index)
Rank of Altoona, PA's Leap-the-Dips roller coaster among the oldest running in the U.S.: #1
Puppy Pic of the Day (hat tip to Thinking Fella): Water woozles!
CHEERS to the new Sheriff in town. Armed with a sword cane and a derringer in his boot, Attorney General Eric Holder rides into Ferguson, Missouri today to knock heads and assess the situation surrounding Michael Brown's murder at the hands of a trigger-happy cop last week. This is just my two bits, but I'd like to see him pound his fist on a lectern and say to the town:
But no matter what happens in Ferguson today, we do know this: tear gas canister company CEOs will have no problem making payments on their yachts and private jets this month."I just got done briefing all law enforcement officers. They have been informed of the following: if we catch any officer on duty without a name badge prominently displayed, they are SCREWED. If we catch any officer on duty pointing a weapon at an unarmed citizen, they are SCREWED. If we catch any officer on duty restricting the press from exercising their First Amendment rights freely, they are SCREWED. The military vehicles are to stay parked in the GARAGE. And for god's sake, if you absolutely must discharge your weapon, shoot 'em in the frigging LEG for once. Y'know…the little stick with a hinge in the middle and a foot on the end? LEG!!!""And I mean it, bub."
JEERS to the necessity of today's not-so-boring correction. The widespread right-wing claim that Affordable Care Act-related insurance premiums for the 2015 enrollment period will be skyrocketing and bankrupting Americans from sea to shining sea as the entire program collapses on itself is in error. The correct claim is:
"Premium increases for exchange plans have been modest in most places, based on public reports so far," Larry Levitt, vice president at the non-partisan Kaiser Family Foundation, told TPM in an email. "But even the increases we’ve heard about generally represent proposed rates that may not be the last word once state regulators finalize their reviews."We're sure the right-wingers don't regret the error, won’t post a correction, and will continue to hate themselves for actually liking Obamacare a lot. They're so cute when they're torn.
CHEERS to do-gooders of yore. As part of his 'War on Poverty,' President Lyndon Johnson signed the Economic Opportunity Act 50 years ago today. It included funds for vocational training, establishment of a domestic version of the Peace Corps, and community action programs. Or, as modern-day Republicans call them: Bleh, Feh and Ick.
CHEERS to crossing one more thing off my bucket list. #17 on my list says, "Post mug shot of Texas Governor Rick Perry upon his indictment." Why, with pleasure:
candidate Shenna Bellows.
JEERS to hot times in the land of ice. It's weird, the odd little memories we stash in the folds of our hippocampuses. I remember, for no good reason, a few years back when that Iceland volcano spewed so much ash across Europe that some leaders, including Obama, couldn't make it to the Polish president's funeral. Well, I hope Europe's leaders have their doctors on speed-dial, because it looks like Iceland's about to blow its top again:
Another plus: Bardabunga is expected to send far fewer people to the hospital with pronunciation-related injuries than Eyjafjallajokul.Iceland has issued its most severe volcanic eruption warning for two years because of earthquakes at the Bardarbunga volcano, which lies under a glacier in the centre of the country. Four years ago the eruption of the Eyjafjallajokull volcano in Iceland caused an ash cloud that grounded 107,000 flights over an eight-day period and affected 10 million passengers.Looks more like a Bardarbunghole.
The UK Civil Aviation Authority insisted today that huge advances in forecasting ash clouds, testing their density and determining safe ash levels for flying mean far fewer flights would have to be cancelled if Bardarbunga blows.
CHEERS to #23. Speaking of ice, Happy birthday to Benjamin Harrison, born on August 20, 1833 in North Bend, Ohio. As president from 1889 to 1893, he was the filling in the Grover Cleveland sandwich. And what a party animal! From Secret Lives of the U.S. Presidents by Cormac O'Brien:
So basically Mitch McConnell minus the charm.[I]n person the staunchly Presbyterian president was a virtual corpse. Chilly, frigid, frosty---words like these were routinely used to describe the unpleasant experience of meeting privately with the man. ... Senator Thomas Platt was the one who coined the moniker "White House Iceberg." As Platt explained, "Inside the Executive Mansion, in his reception of those who solicited official appointments, [Harrison] was as glacial as a Siberian stripped of his furs. During and after an interview, if one could secure it, one felt even in torrid weather like pulling on his winter flannels, galoshes, overcoat, mittens and earflaps." Even Harrison's handshake was a flop, likened to "a wilted petunia."The iceman presideth.
Five years ago in C&J: August 20, 2009
CHEERS and JEERS to Purple Finger Thursday. The Afghani people are bravely turning out to the polls today, and we hope they make it through without any boom-booms or bang-bangs. They'll either pick Hamid Karzai again to be their country's corrupt, greasy-palmed president for five years...or they'll pick someone else to be their corrupt, greasy-palmed president for five years. SPOILER ALERT: the winner is corrupt and greasy-palmed. (The suspense was killing me.)
And just one more…
Mike, the first gay couple to be
married in Maine on Dec. 29, 2012.
What a hoot, those two.
All those planning to have a nice Wednesday say "I do." Floor's open...What are you cheering and jeering about today?
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