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Headlines You Won't Read Today
Police shout obscenities, point guns at angry tea party protestersCheers and Jeers starts below the fold... [Swoosh!!] RIGHTNOW! [Gong!!]
Ferguson police release incident report on Michael Brown death
Bundy ranch militia members arrested for pointing weapons at policeRick Perry presidential prospects brightenA headline we did read 54 years ago.
George W. Bush sees irony in crying out in agony as water dumped on head, threatening ability to breathe
Caligraphist runs out of room while listing Eric Cantor's achievements as House majority leader on grain of rice
More Democrats than Republicans booked on Sunday morning shows
ISIS leaders smarter than a fifth grader
Cows admit role in global warming, form climate task force
Saturday Night Live expected to be the same without Don Pardo
Majority of Americans agree: summer going by too slowly
Cheers and Jeers for Thursday, August 21, 2014
Note: Old-fashioned light bulbs making a comeback? Filament at 11.-
Days 'til Rosh Hashanah: 35
Days 'til Maine's Camden Windjammer Festival: 8
Average American's net worth before and after the Great Bush Recession, respectively: $88k, $56k
Growth in net worth in the 95th percentile during the same period: 14%
Increase in home construction in July, an eight-month high: 15.7%
Percent of home mortgage holders at least two months late on their payments between April and May, the lowest level since early 2008: 3.46%
Estimated amount a family with children will spend on back to school-related stuff: $670
(Source: National Retail Federation)
Length of the fossilized mammoth tusk Andrew Harrelson found in Alaska last week, 22 years after his mom found one in the same spot: 12 feet
Your Thursday Molly Ivins Moment:
-Seems like every year at the end of summer there's this sense of coming back from somewhere, whether we've gone anywhere or not. Whatever the summer pattern is---a swim, the kids, a stroll---it's as though we sort of blink and there's the world again, still there. Very much still there.
Puppy Pic of the Day: Sleeplicking
JEERS to belated bleating. I'm putting this Fox News story in the time capsule for future reference in case, as I suspect, it turns out to be total bullshit. Apparently a "source close to the department's top brass" now says---ten days after the fact---that slain Ferguson teen Michael Brown pummeled cop Darren Wilson (with a terrorist fist jab, perhaps?) in his squad car, tried to run away and, when ordered to stop, charged toward Wilson giving him no choice but to blow the kid away in wild a spray of bullets. Curious, though, that Ferguson police continue to stonewall on public information about this supposedly open-and-shut case of self-defense. Curious also that eyewitnesses not hiding behind anonymity have offered accounts that contradict Fox News's anonymous "well-placed source." I have a feeling we'll be calling on Fox News to issue a mea culpa when this story turns out to be a red herring designed to be part of the "Michael Brown was an out of control pot-smoking thug thief" narrative. I also have a feeling we'll have to explain to Fox News what a mea culpa is.
really strange country.
wine, and later maybe a few more in the tub.
CHEERS to not smoking 'em if ya got 'em. Big anniversary yesterday for Kossack Vacationland---ten years smoke-free:
help ya kick the habit.
When you quit smoking, you change the way other people experience you as a person. I have a niece entering high school in a few weeks...she doesn't even remember me as a smoker, which is great. I have friends who have never known me as a smoker, someone who has to take a bunch of smoke breaks or always smells suspiciously of mints & Febreze, with hints of ashtray. I don't have to deal with the negative first impression that some people get when introduced to someone who smokes, or cope with unsolicited advice about my tobacco use from family, friends, or total strangers "who just mean well." It's a relief.She also saved enough money to put a down payment on a freakin' house. Congrats, Vacationland. And anyone reading this who wants/needs to see their death sticks from now on only in the rear-view mirror, you'll find unfiltered support in the Daily Kos GUS (Gave Up/Giving Up Smoking) community. If I'm not mistaken, I believe Thursday is Hoist the Middle Finger at Philip Morris Day.
CHEERS to a pleasant discussion---if by pleasant you mean, "Don’t you guys ever shut up???" On August 21, 1858, the first of the famous debates between Abraham Lincoln and Stephen Douglas took place. They were going toe-to-toe in Ottawa, Illinois in a battle for a U.S. senate seat:
and this happened.
It was dry and dusty, between 10,000 and 12,000 people were in attendance when the debate began at 2:00 p.m. There were no seats or bleachers. Douglas charged Lincoln with trying to "abolitionize" the Whig and Democratic Parties. He also charged Lincoln had been present when a very radical "abolitionist" type platform had been written by the Republican Party in 1854. Douglas accused Lincoln of taking the side of the common enemy in the Mexican War.In other words, Douglas accused Lincoln of appeasing the enemy and palling around with terrorists. Gee, where have I heard that before?
Five years ago in C&J: August 21, 2009
JEERS to cramped tin cans in the sky. I hate flying I hate flying I hate flying...(Feel free to join in, now that you know the words)...I hate flying I hate flying I hate flying I hate flying...
...because they never let me have any fun. Next time I'm takin' the nudie train."I turned around and there was this enormous guy, he was just enormous," said one passenger. He was up in the aisle, he had no clothes on, he was boisterous, a little belligerent, I guess he hit somebody.""Tell that idiot blogger to put his
clothes on. He's scaring...everybody."
"The flight attendant was like, sir, you have to sit down. And, he had no clothes on. He had his baseball hat and socks," said a passenger. The flight attendants did manage to get him under control, though he refused to put any clothes back on.
And just one more…
JEERS to the little man in the big codpiece. Just a quick reminder of the day eight years ago today when the Big Lie was exposed by the liar himself:
President Bush: The terrorists attacked us and killed 3,000 of our citizens before we started the freedom agenda in the Middle East.Now that we've cleared that up for the eighth year in a row, we now return you to our regularly scheduled GOP terror porn:
Reporter: What did Iraq have to do with that?
President Bush: What did Iraq have to do with what?
Reporter: The attack on the World Trade Center.
President Bush: Nothing!!!
Have a panic-free Thursday. Floor's open...What are you cheering and jeering about today?
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