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From the GREAT STATE OF MAINE

Let's see…

They support responsible gun ownership laws, including universal background checks, limits on clip/magazine capacity, and restrictions on semi-automatic weapons.

They think "Drill Here, Drill Now" is crap and that “environmental regulations protect our health and our families by lowering toxic levels of mercury, arsenic, carbon dioxide and other life-threatening pollution in our air and water.”

They are as concerned about jobs and health care as they are immigration reform.

They are going to college in record numbers

They support gay marriage by their widest margin ever.

They support Democrats two-to-one over Republicans.

And I expect they agree that Jason Richwine's assertions about their alleged inassimilableness into American society is a big pile of mierda.

My conclusion: We should all be as smart as our Hispanic fellow human beings. Now give me my f***g Ph.D., Harvard.

Cheers and Jeers starts below the fold... [Swoosh!!] RIGHTNOW! [Gong!!]

Cheers and Jeers for Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Note: Fiddleheads are neither fiddles nor heads.  Discuss.

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By the Numbers:
Days 'til the start of the Memorial Day weekend: 10!!!
Days 'til Houston Food Truck Fest: 4
Parents of 18-29 year-olds who say they have a "mostly positive" relationship with their kids: 73%
(Source: Clark University survey)
Percent of those eligible for Social Security who start taking it at age 62: 41.4%
(Source: Social Security Administration)
Rank of Maine in a national survey by the non-profit Leapfrog group of 26 measures of hospital safety: #1
Number of Maine's 20 hospitals that got an A in the report: 16
(Source: The Portland Press Herald)
Number of people who use the photo-sharing site Pinterest: 25 million

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Tuesday Words of Wisdom from the Right-wing Blogosphere:

OBAMA IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THESE MURDERS AND HE LIED TO ALL OF US ABOUT EVERY LAST DETAIL IN REGARDS TO BENGHAZI, LIBYA.  THE OTHER THING ABOUT OBAMA IS THAT THIS IDIOT IS NOT ELIGIBLE TO BE OUR PRESIDENT BECAUSE HE IS NOT A NATURAL BORN CITIZEN. MY CONCLUSIONS IS BASED ON THE BOOK I AM READING THAT WAS WRITTEN BY JEROME R. CORSI, " WERE IS THE BIRTH CERTIFICATE". THIS BOOK IS A GREAT READ AND HAS MULTITUDES OF DOCUMENTATIONS TO BACK UP HIS FINDINGS AND IT ONLY GOES TO FURTHER PROVE THAT OBAMA HAS GONE TO GREAT LENGTHS TO HIDE HIS BIRTH PLACE.
---Commenter MarkW at WorldNetDaily
All together now: 1…2…3… CLASSY!!!!

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Puppy Pic of the Day (via Kossack PoliSigh): Congratulations, Colorado!  Your governor, John Hickenlooper---at the behest of your state's school children---just designated "any dog or cat that has been adopted from a rescue shelter" as its official domestic animal.

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CHEERS to askin' and tellin'.  Keep your eyes on the "recent diaries" list tonight.  In the tradition of the new "Ask Me Anything" series (Barb did one last Friday), the elves at Top Comments, led by brillig, will open up the floor for your questions and toss off dazzling answers with the dexterity of a seasoned Vegas poker dealer.  Top Comments is one of the most enduring regular features at Daily Kos, so poke your head in tonight at 10 ET and say "Hey!" except more like, "Hey?"  That oughtta stump 'em.

JEERS to unfortunate typos.  Yesterday morning at the NBC News web site (you can move your cursor over the URL to see it), I noticed this too-hastily-written headline: Agent Orange liked with aggressive prostate cancer.  They changed it to "linked," but not before the one person in America who actually likes Agent Orange with his aggressive prostate cancer quietly felt validated.

CHEERS to state #12.  Leave it to the gay rights movement to provide the one ray of sunshine in yesterday's clusterfuck of a news cycle.  After several passionate speeches, a brief hush fell over a midwestern state capital as the voting commenced.  And then…

Minnesota State Senate tote board sowing votes for and against marriage equality bill May 13, 2013
May 13, 2013---hardly an unlucky day in Minnesota.
With deafening cheers and overwhelming emotion, the Minnesota Senate voted 37-30 to legalize same-sex marriage.  "Today, love wins,” said Sen. Tony Lourey, DFL-Kerrick.

The vote, on the heels of a vote last week in the House, brings to a close a decade of debate over marriage that has echoed through the Capitol, bringing thousands of friends and foes of gay marriage to its marbled dome to express their deeply held feelings.

The measure next moves to Gov. Mark Dayton, who will welcome it with his signature in a celebratory ceremony at 5 p.m. Tuesday on the south steps of the Capitol.

Same-sex marriages start there August 1.  By the way, if you're an out-of-stater and you attend a Minnesota wedding, please remember that they do things a little differently.  Instead of throwing rice, they throw wild rice soup.  (To avoid injury, keep your knees springy.  Or bring a catapult.)

P.S. Once again, I find myself in the satisfying position of being able to say to the odious National Organization for Marriage (NOM): "You lose."

JEERS to not doing your homework.  Senator Marco Rubio makes a typical Republican mistake---namely, making shit up:

Marco Rubio reaches for water during the 2013 GOP SOTU response
Reminder: this guy ain't too bright.
Furthermore, it is clear the IRS cannot operate with even a shred of the American people’s confidence under the current leadership.  Therefore, I strongly urge that you and President Obama demand the IRS Commissioner’s resignation, effectively immediately.  No government agency that has behaved in such a manner can possibly instill any faith and respect from the American public.
There is no IRS commissioner at the moment.  Plus: the guy who was commissioner while TeaPartyGate happened was a George W. Bush appointee.  So the real question is: why did the Bushies pull strings within the IRS to have the tea party targeted for heightened scrutiny?  My guess: because the Bush wing of the GOP knows that the Cruz/Paul/Bachmann wing of the GOP is killing the sane, rational, warmongering, deficit-ballooning wing of the GOP.  Of course, I have no evidence of this, but this concerns me and I think we need immediate Senate hearings to investigate this alleged shadow Bush regime within our government.  This could be bigger than Watergate and force Bush to retroactively step down!  (Yes, it can happen---just ask ask Mitt Romney.)

CHEERS to the original Jedi Master.  Happy Birthday---and blessings on your scruffy-looking nerf herders---to George Lucas, who turns 69 today (435 in Yoda years).  Yes, I wish he hadn't messed around with the first three movies years later.  And, yes, I wish the second trilogy had been better.  But the Imperial Walkers in the Battle of Hoth are still the coolest things I've seen in any movie ever, and I want one for Christmas:

My gift to George: about half of my lifetime earnings in movie tickets, action figures, trading cards, DVDs and comic books since 1977.  His gift to us: turning directing duties for the new Star Wars movies---[Squeeeee!!!!!]---over to someone else.

CHEERS to getting outside in the fresh air (back when we had fresh air).  On May 14, 1804, Lewis and Clark set off from their camp in Illinois to go explore just what the hell kind of territory we'd acquired in the Louisiana Purchase.  Their first words when they got back: "Somebody needs to invent GPS, and somebody needs to invent GPS now."  Added the welcome committee: "And Right Guard."

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Five years ago in C&J: May 14, 2008

CHEERS to the smell of fresh Dem victories in the morning.  Scott Kleeb easily won his primary last night, so he's now our U.S. Senate candidate from the state of Nebraska for November (facing Republican Mike Johann).  Plus: we kicked ass in frigging Mississippi's First District as Republican Greg Davis went down in flames to Democrat Travis Childers, giving our team a 37-seat majority in the House.  After careful consideration of all the pros and cons, I've concluded that winning is fun.  We should do it again sometime.  Like, soon.

JEERS to dirty rotten scoundrels.  The guy John McCain picked to run the RNC convention in Minneapolis, Doug Goodyear, has resigned because his PR firm represented the conscienceless junta generals over in Myanmar.  Apparent there was concern that it might be a little embarrassing to employ a guy related to the company that came up with the campaign slogan: "A chicken in every pot and a car in every garage...if only you stinky peasants had pots or garages, now shaddap and give General Zod one of your chickens."  (The bumper stickers were two feet long.)

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And just one more…

CHEERS to making short work of space work.  The ammonia leak at the International Space Station was repaired over the weekend with no muss and no fuss, thanks to a dynamic duo of astronaut spacewalkers, one of whom is originally from Maine and on behalf of my entire state I say to the world: Maine accepts your gratitude towards us for raising such a fine young man.  However, I regret to say that our entire NASA team, even if stacked end to end with all the American Idol winners, wouldn't be as awesome as awesomest-singing-astronaut-ever Chris Hadfield from Canada for making a time-stopping version of David Bowie's Space Oddity, recorded on board the Space Station.  Yes, someone finally did it, and oh my god…

Hadfield arrived back on earth from the station yesterday.  Welcome home, sir.  Your Grammy is in the mail.

Have a nice Tuesday.  Floor's open...What are you cheering and jeering about today?

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