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Tuesday Margaret and Helen Blogging

It's always an event when the blogosphere's most lovably cranky 80-somethings take a break from the racquetball court to say what needs to be said:

Margaret and Helen blog photo
I see they've upgraded to
18-inch guns. Excellent.
In 2008, a hell of a lot of people voted for the candidate who campaigned on overhauling healthcare – something the nation had been debating for decades. You young ones might remember back in the 90′s how the Republicans cut Clinton off at the knees over this. But I remember Truman’s efforts back in the 40′s and 50′s. Of course, back then the Republicans screamed Communism rather than Socialism. Although, I’m pretty sure no one asked for Truman’s birth certificate. He was white after all. But the point is that Republicans claiming we haven’t had a debate is… well… like I said, that dog just don’t hunt. …

Michele Bachmann and friends can pose in front of a war memorial all they want pretending they're not the ones who closed it. Clearly, they take us for fools. Well as the wife of a WWII veteran, I’d like to introduce my rather large foot to their sorry asses. I can promise you my late husband is rolling over in his grave knowing that affordable healthcare for 40 million people has shut down the very government he fought to defend. And shame on me for making fun of the way someone looks, but just what the hell is going on with that woman’s hair? It looks like it caught fire and someone put it out with a brick.

The problem as I see it is that the Republicans have lots of excuses but no real ideas. Well excuses are like backsides. Everybody’s got one and they usually stink. And unless you’re a dog, sniffing around backsides gets old real quick.

Read the whole thing here. Then help yourself to some of their rusty nail pie.

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

Cheers and Jeers for Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Note: Today is the start of Rub Your Shoes On The Carpet And Then Touch Your Cat's Nose With Your Finger season.  Or as emergency rooms call it: finger reattachment season.  (Now covered by Obamacare!)


Maine Brewers Festival logo
18 days!!!
By the Numbers:
Days 'til we hit the debt ceiling: 2
Days 'til the Maine Brewers Festival in Portland: 18
Share of new U.S. entrepreneurs in 1996 aged 55-64: 14.3%
Share of new U.S. entrepreneurs aged 55-64 in 2012: 23.4%
(Source: AP)
Amount of revenue from visitors to national parks that was lost in the first 1 das of the government shutdown: $750 million
(Source: The Portland Press Herald)
Drop in gold prices since peaking in August of 2011: 31%
(Source: via USA Today)
Percent of beer sales that were craft beers in 2011 and 2012, respectively: 7.5%, 8.5%
(Source: Technomic)

MLB Championship Playoffs
Boston Red Sox tied with the Detroit Tigers 1 game to 1
St. Louis Cardinals lead the L.A. Dodgers 2 games to 1


Tuesday Words of Wisdom from the Right-wing Blogosphere:

Thoughts while shaving: Are clear-thinking Americans finally realizing just who Obama is, and who he is not? Obama is an avowed communist, dedicated Muslim. Obama is not a natural born U.S. citizen Constitutionally eligible be president of United States! Sum of the matter? Impeach Obama! Defund Obamacare! Period! End Report!
---Commenter Rambndon at World Net Daily
All together now: 1…2…3…  Awwww---baby's first shave.


Puppy Pic of the Day:  Puppy's new paw


JEERS to another effing day of "this."  I've completely lost the shutdown/debt ceiling hostage crisis narrative.  So these days I'm just keeping in mind the basic premise: the Republican party did to Congress what Guy Fawkes failed to do to Parliament, for no good reason, and they would like Democrats to now please suddenly develop a bad case of amnesia.  Once I have that infuriating reminder firmly in place, I move on to better topics, like things recently heard in the White House for the first time:

President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, and their daughter Malia meet with Malala Yousafzai, the young Pakistani schoolgirl who was shot in the head by the Taliban a year ago, in the Oval Office, Oct. 11, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
"Malia…Malala.  Malala…Malia"
I hope those two rule the world one day.

CHEERS to fun with numbers.  I freely admit, however, that I'm having fun watching the life leak out of the Republican brand like helium from a balloon.  How low can they go?  In a word…lower:

Ted cruz and Sarah palin at the October 13, 2013 rally in Washington DC.
74 percent of Americans disapprove of the way the Republicans in Congress are handling Washington’s budget crisis, up significantly in the past two weeks and far exceeding disapproval of both President Obama and congressional Democrats on the issue.

The latest ABC News/Washington Post poll finds that criticism of the GOP’s handling of the budget dispute has grown by 11 percentage points since just before the partial government shutdown began…clearly leaving the party with the lion’s share of blame. Indeed 54 percent now “strongly” disapprove.

Said a spokesman for the National Limbo Association: "Impressive."

CHEERS to letters from the BiPM mailbag.  Just sent via Camel Express:

Dear Saudi Arabia,

Hello! How are you? I am fine. The leaves are falling like crazy here. I know you don’t have leaves over there so just picture it like a sandstorm where each grain of sand is the size of a leaf. Yeah---it's a pain Ha Ha!

I'm writing to comment about your recent suggestion that you might be open to allowing women to drive the "automobile" in your land. At first I was supportive of this. But after your prominent cleric Sheikh Saleh bin Saad al-Lohaidan texted to tell me that driving could damage women's ovaries, I've reconsidered my position.

At minimum, seat belts or airbags for their ovaries should be considered, much like we require transvaginal ultrasounds in our country for women before they can leave the house (regardless of which, if any, mode of transportation they choose).  Whatever you decide, we hope the "road" to your final decision doesn't "drive" you crazy.  Ha Ha!

Sincerely (Or should I say, "Honk Honk!" Ha Ha),

SINO (Sultan-in-Name-Only) Billy in Portland

Crisis averted.

JEERS to America's #1 pubic hair on soda products expert.  Twenty-two ago today, in 1991, Clarence Thomas was confirmed by the Senate to become the Supreme Court's first justice with a neatly-catalogued porn collection (#1 on his list: The Adventures of Bad Mama Jama).  Today he sits on his ass seething at liberals for exposing his X-rated lifestyle, cheating on his taxes, and quietly folding, spindling and mutilating the Constitution.  [Sigh]  But in the interest of fairness, I really should find something nice to say about him.  Like thanks for not being Robert Bork.

CHEERS to #14.  Ever since the Supreme Court's DOMA decision upholding federal recognition of same-sex marriages, a virtual fire hose of judicial action has opened up, and in some unlikely places.  Apparently tomorrow we'll find out if Michigan becomes the 14th state to roll out the white aisle runner:

Michigan with rainbow colors
U.S. District Judge Bernard Friedman is expected to issue a ruling, perhaps that afternoon, on whether Michigan’s 2004 ban on same-sex marriage violates the U.S. Constitution. He also may decide whether the state’s ban on same-sex adoption should be tossed. … Dozens, and perhaps hundreds, of same-sex couples are preparing to tie the knot Wednesday afternoon, according to organizers in the gay and lesbian communities.
That would provide some welcome midwest company for marriage-equality states Iowa and Minnesota.  Oh, and to make it even more memorable, Michigan, be sure to accept the religious right's surrender on the deck of a battleship.  Great optics.


Five years ago in C&J: October 15, 2008

JEERS to bailouts on steroids.  Just so I have this straight:  The Gub'ment bails out AIG with 85 billion of our tax dollars.  In record time---Poof!---$61 billion of it is gone.  So then the Fed pumps another $37.8 billion into the company.  And if they need more, hey, America's just one big ATM anyway, and all our streets are paved with gold.  Man, I gotta live in denial more often.  This is liberating.

JEERS to images that do not go well with breakfast.  A little blurb from yesterday's Portland Press Herald highlights the importance of choosing your verbs carefully:

A massive five-alarm fire that began just before 3am at Royal Flush, a portable-toilet service, was still steaming late Monday morning.

More sausage, anyone?


And just one more…

Abraham Lincoln with his new beard in 1860
One month after getting her
letter, Abe Lincoln turned Badass
CHEERS to good advice.  A hundred and fifty-three years ago today, on October 15, 1860, an eleven year-old girl named Grace Bedell put quill to parchment and suggested to candidate Abraham Lincoln that he might win the election more easily if he dropped the innocent boy-next-door look and whiskered up with a beard curtain:
I have yet got four brothers and part of them will vote for you any way and if you let your whiskers grow I will try and get the rest of them to vote for you you would look a great deal better for your face is so thin. All the ladies like whiskers and they would tease their husbands to vote for you and then you would be President. My father is going to vote for you and if I was a man I would vote for you to but I will try to get every one to vote for you that I can
As they say, the rest is history.  By the way, during his presidency---you can look it up---Lincoln went through exactly four score and seven beard combs.  Eerie.

P.S. Bedell's letter reminds me that not a single woman got to cast a vote for Lincoln...or any candidate until Harding.  Does...not...compute.

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


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