Cheers and Jeers for Friday, February 2, 2007
Note: Because of various commitments, C&J will not appear on Tuesday. We'll return on Wednesday the 7th. With sparklers.
By the Numbers:
Days ‘til Super Bowl Sunday:
Days 'til Maine Maple Sunday:
Number of people worldwide who died of measles in 2005, down 60% from 1999:
Cost of a measles vaccine:
U.S. Cities that have more binge drinkers than Chicago:
(Source: Chicago Sun Times via The Week)
Number of registered Kossacks as of this morning:
And from the Department of Hopeless Security:
Days the color-coded federal terror alert system has been in place:
Days spent at terror alert level Blue or Green:
Your Puppy Pic of the Day: Honk!
CHEERS to an early spring. At Gobblers Knob, Punxsutawney Phil did not see his shadow this morning. Good news for water skiers.
JEERS to an early spring. At Gobblers Knob, Punxsutawney Phil did not see his shadow this morning. Bad news for downhill skiers.
P.S. Next week (and maybe beyond) Arctic cold will plunge into Maine again. In the crockpot tonight: groundhog stew.
CHEERS to declawing the deceivers. Senators Chuck Schumer and clean, articulate African American Barack Obama have introduced a bill that would levy stiff penalties for the jerks who try to bamboozle voters at election time:
Since 2000, civil rights groups have documented cases of voters receiving calls and fliers with false information about the location of polling places and endorsements, or that warned their voting could result in imprisonment of immigrants.
The unnumbered legislation would punish deceptive practices, including knowingly communicating false information about the time and place of an election or about voter eligibility rules, with criminal penalties of up to $100,000 in fines and/or five years’ imprisonment.
C&J's amendment: "...in a cell with Duke Cunningham and his all-you-can-eat beans & broccoli buffet cart."
JEERS to a hazy, hot and humid truth. In a new report, the "world's leading climate scientists" confirm what we already know: global warming is caused by humans. Specifically, seven year-olds. You are grounded.
CHEERS to Chris Dodd. At the DNC's winter meeting, the Connecticut senator and '08 prez candidate earned a gold star in my book while talking with Joe from Americablog:
Dodd...says he supports civil unions for gay couples, and he supports amending the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) to permit couples in civil unions to receive the over 1,400 federal benefits that go to married couples, such as social security partner benefits. Currently, DOMA bans couples, even in civil unions, from receiving any of the federal benefits that accrue to married couples. Dodd also talked about the gay issue in terms of his children, and the world he wants for his kids if they are gay.
Meanwhile, on the other side, Sam Brownback promises to introduce legislation blaming gays for global warming. Tough choice.
JEERS to the return of the Puritans. In an effort to save poor helpless women from themselves, South Dakota "legislators" are trying to pass a new anti-abortion law, despite having lost the last battle by popular vote. This time they're making it easier for victims of rape or incest to get one. Says Ms. Magazine (via Think Progress):
"An abortion may be obtained in cases of rape or incest, but the victim must report the rape to the police within 50 days, the physician must obtain a copy of the report record, and the victim must provide either the name and last known address or a description of the alleged rapist to law enforcement. Furthermore, the physician would be required to take blood samples from the woman and the fetus to be submitted to law enforcement." In the case of incest, a doctor "would have to get the woman’s consent to report the crime along with the identity of the alleged perpetrator before an abortion could be performed. Blood samples from fetuses would have to be provided to police in incest cases too."
Gee, fellas, when you put it like that everyone's gonna want one.
Gong! Gong!! BuddaBuddaBudda... GONG!!!
This is another edition of the One-word Answer Man.
CBS News asks: Joe Biden: Brilliant Tactician?
Now back to Cheers and Jeers...
Gong! Gong!! BuddaBuddaBudda... GONG!!!
CHEERS to Iran. A new survey suggests that the ordinary "folks" there have much in common with you and me:
American and Iranian concerns about the threat of terrorism are comparable in intensity. ... Both Iranians and Americans have strongly negative views of Osama bin Laden and al Qaeda. ... Iranians, like Americans, perceive al Qaeda and Islamist militant groups as threats, though less strongly.
And, we would add, a majority of Americans and Iranians think their president is batshit crazy. Group hug.
JEERS to "dealing from the bottom of the deck." Those words from Keith Olbermann last night on Countdown to describe how the White House conveniently "forgot" to tell us that an escalation of 21,500 combat troops would require up to an extra 48,000 troops to support them. Oh fer cryin' out loud...let's all 300 million of us head over there and finish this damn thing off already (Canada, you'll housesit while we're gone---help yourself to the fridge). See ya dockside at 7am. Sharp.
CHEERS to Super Bowl XIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII. After analyzing all possible scenarios using sophisticated technology, I'm giving the Budweiser commercials a slight advantage over the Taco Bell commercials. And a gentle reminder to half-time entertainer Prince "Prince" Prince: Leave your nipples at home.
One Year Ago in C&J: February 2, 2006...
JEERS to the day after. Reaction to Bush's Dissaray of the Union speech was mixed. The right compared him to Churchill while the left compared him to a monkey in a dress. C&J takes the middle ground: he looked like a monkey in Churchill's wife's dress.
CHEERS to missing the mark. In Florida, representatives of the knuckledragger wing of the Republican party have failed to get enough signatures for a referendum to ban marriage equality in the state constitution. Now the group Florida-4-Marriage (clever!) can go back to what they were doing before. Bitching about their spouses.
And just one more...
CHEERS to the next greatest generation (via Kossack Wee Mama). In today's
must-watch, a four-year-old liberal elitist thug goes ballistic against the president in a blistering interview. Tap that kid's Playskool FunFone™---she's out of control.
Floor's open...What are you cheering and jeering about today?
Source : http://www.dailykos.com/story/2007/02/03/297743/-Cheers-and-Jeers-Rum-and-Coke-FRIDAY