From the GREAT STATE OF MAINE…
Hey…Love Yer Sig
Kossack "signatures"---you can create your own in your profile page and it appears every time you post a comment---are a way to draw attention to a favorite quote, link or opinion. Every now and then we pop open random comment threads in search of sigs that amuse, provoke or, worst-case scenario, make us think. Here are some we spotted recently:
“Everyone is ignorant, only on different subjects.” ― Will Rogers (MugWumpBlues)And this round's winner from NM Ray:
"Gentlemen, let's get the thing straight, once and for all. The policeman isn't there to create disorder; the policeman is there to preserve disorder." --Richard J. Daley. (Publius2008)Support Thomas Lofgren, progressive candidate for Minnesota house of reps district 20A http://thomaslofgren.us/ (mollyd)
“Conservation… is a positive exercise of skill and insight, not merely a negative exercise of abstinence and caution…” --Aldo Leopold (ban nock)
Slow thinkers - keep right (Dave the Wave)
"Because inside every old person is a young person wondering what happened." --Terry Pratchett (revsue)
'A civilization flourishes when people plant trees under whose shade they will never sit' ---Greek Proverb (Janis b)
"If you're in a coalition and you're comfortable, you know it's not a broad enough coalition." --Dr. Bernice Johnson Reagon (Denise Oliver Velez)
No drill, no spill. (scorpiorising)
If Money is Speech, Speech isn't Free! I wonder what it is about that that Antonin Scalia cannot understand?My guess: the part that consists of logic.
As always, we bow to your superior sigging ability. Cheers and Jeers starts below the fold... [Swoosh!!] RIGHTNOW! [Gong!!]
Cheers and Jeers for Tuesday, August 26, 2014
New England Kossack Meetup Alert
Circle September 6 on your calendar (or press whatever ya gotta press on your smartphone calendar-circling app). That's the Saturday that Brillig and Mik are hosting our next Kossack potluck meetup. They're in the north-of-Boston area, and for details check out nhox42's post here. For more info and to RSVP, email him at nhox42 [at] gmail.com This part isn’t in stone yet, but I hear the black helicopters will be giving free rides if you're tall enough to grab the rope ladder.
Days 'til the midterm elections: 70
Days 'til the National Buffalo Wing Festival in, um, Buffalo: 4
Percent of the 30 million uninsured who won't have to pay a penalty under the Affordable Care Act because of the 14 exemptions that exist: 90%
(Source: The Week)
Percent of Americans who believe we're winning the "war on drugs": 3%
(Source: Rasmussen poll)
Percent of schoolkids who get less than 8 hours of sleep a night: 45%
Earliest time that the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends school should start, which only 15 percent of schools do now: 8:30am
(Source: USA Today)
Drop in sales of Jell-O over the past four years: 19%
Tuesday Words of Wisdom from the Right-wing Blogosphere:
It's called Maaaaaaaaaathhhaaaaaa's Vineyaaaaaaaaahhdd, you uncouth peasant! Them Baaaaaaaaassston idiots sure talk funny. At least I dig the way them Georgia Peaches talk. It melts ma heart, they way they call you "hon" and "sugah". Make me want to join the Confederacy.All together now: 1…2…3… Classy!
---ConservaHispanic at the Michelle Malkin Blog
Puppy Pic of the Day: Cool markings on Juneau, the Alaskan Klee Kai.
CHEERS to the sweetest 10 words in the English language for Tuesday, August 26, 2014: "The Daily Show and The Colbert Report are back tonight." All else is superfluous.
CHEERS to more LGBT history in the making. It seems like every circuit court but the Fighting Seventh has had their day to hear arguments fer and agin' marriage equality. Well, today that all changes. From the Human Rights Campaign:
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit will hear arguments in court cases from Indiana and Wisconsin in which federal district courts ruled against the states’ bans on marriage for same-sex couples. Baskin v. Bogan of Indiana---which was consolidated with Lee v. Pence and Midori Fujii v. State of Indiana---and Wisconsin's Walker v. Wolfare are slated to go before a three-judge panel of the Seventh Circuit at 9:30am (Central Time). [See the plaintriffs here.] In total there have been twenty federal court rulings against bans on marriage equality across the country---seventeen federal district court rulings and three circuit court rulings upholding district court rulings---all since the U.S. Supreme Court struck down key provisions of the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) in United States v. Windsor in June of last year.I'm sure it'll go fine for our team of lawyers. But I fear the judges may have the usual trouble with opposing counsel. They're ankle biters.
CHEERS to letting broads in the booth. Happy Women's Equality Day! On August 26, 1920, the 19th Amendment to the Constitution---giving women the right to vote---was certified by Secretary of State Bainbridge Colby. The female citizenry used their newfound powers to elect second-worst-president-ever Warren Harding. Ladies, will you ever live that down?
JEERS to today's act of war. Do we have any British readers of C&J with us this morning? Anyone? Yes…one, two, three, four…looks like we have four Brits in the room with us. And I'd just like to say: you're not getting outta here without a swirlie for this act of aggression from your government:
Commemorating the 200th anniversary of burning the White House. Only sparklers this time! pic.twitter.com/QIDBQTBmmL— British Embassy (@UKinUSA) August 24, 2014
Or just send us a cake as big as that one and we'll call it a draw.
JEERS to death sticks. On August 26, 1957, the Soviet Union announced it had successfully tested an intercontinental ballistic missile. It got a B in reading, an A in math, and oddly enough, a C- in rocket science.
not deserve an Emmy.
Five years ago in C&J: August 26, 2009
(Tentative) CHEERS to a softer cell. Yesterday the Obama administration announced the creation of a High-value Detainee Interrogation Group, which will---and this sounds crazy, I know---consist of a group of people who will interrogate high-value detainees. Among other things, they'll stick to methods recommended in the Army Field manual instead of power drills, water torture and mock executions. While skeptics roll their eyes, the group has already proven its worth, as noted by this transcript of a recent interrogation secretly obtained by C&J's investigative journalism unit (she'll fetch anything for a Milk Bone):
"Yes, please! I find them to be yummy."
"Game 'o chess?"
"I would enjoy proving my superior strategic skills over yours, yes. Let's---how you say---rumble."
"Scotch or bourbon?"
"Really? Um...bourbon. Rocks. Thanks."
"Location of Osama?"
"Kabul Burger King. Second shift. Doh!!!!"
And just one more…
Have an eraser-claptastic Tuesday. And if you live in Florida, Vermont or Arizona, don't forget that today is primary day. Do your civic duty and vote for freedom, liberty and pie. Floor's open...What are you cheering and jeering about today?
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New research from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology revealed that humans prefer having robots in control of Cheers and Jeers.