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first_imgPersonally, I prefer to drink mine.  Mainly because noshing on healthy food gives my liver a false sense of hope.–Ten years ago in C&J: November 11, 2010CHEERS to green shoots.  Are ya ready for some Good Newwwwwws???!!!  Okay, perhaps that build-up was a bit excessive but, hey, it’s kinda hope-inducing:The nation’s economic stress fell in September to a 16-month low, thanks to more hiring in New England, fewer foreclosures in the mid-Atlantic and declining bankruptcy filings in the Southeast, according to The Associated Press’ monthly analysis of conditions around the country.  Eighty percent of the nation’s 3,141 counties enjoyed some month-over-month easing of economic pain, the AP’s Economic Stress Index shows. Meanwhile, at the center of the universe, Goldman Sachs was fined $650,000 for assorted non-disclosure skullduggery, after they failed to convince the SEC of their innocence with the excuse “My dog ate my business ethics.”  As usual, the fine will be paid out of the petty cash drawer’s petty cash drawer.–And just one more…CHEERS to the playthings of our lives.  Lost in all the hubbub over the elections, the Covid vaccine news, and other assorted headline stealers is the biggest story of the month.  I’m speaking, of course, about the 2020 inductees into the National Toy Hall of Fame. The winners:Baby Nancy  In 1968, Shindana produced Baby Nancy, a baby doll with a dark complexion and textured hair. By Thanksgiving, she was the best-selling Black doll in Los Angeles, and before Christmas, she was selling nationwide. The following year, Shindana gave the baby doll an Afro, challenging white beauty norms and making her the first toy with authentic Black hair. The popularity of Baby Nancy exposed a long-standing demand for ethnically correct Black dolls that the mainstream market had failed to deliver previously.2020ToyHallofFameinductees.jpgSidewalk Chalk  Historians have every reason to believe that the earliest people played with chalk, and traces of Paleolithic cave art executed in chalk have been found throughout the world. Chalk that was used on early boards was made of gypsum, the dihydrate form of calcium sulfate. Great masterpieces, clever doodles, informational expressions, educational lessons, and games like tic-tac-toe, hopscotch, and four square all dance together on the tip of a piece of chalk, waiting to be freed by a child’s whim.Jenga Englishwoman Leslie Scott created Jenga based on wooden blocks from her childhood in Africa. The word jenga is the imperative form of kujenga, the Swahili verb “to build.” Curator Nicolas Ricketts says, “Fans say that much of Jenga’s success lies in its simplicity and ability to be played by almost anyone. It is one of the rare games that’s equally fun for two people or a bigger crowd.”Our downstairs neighbors have a homemade game of Jenga that shakes the whole house when the tower falls because they made it out of blocks of wood that weigh about two pounds each. Or, I should say, they used to. Best twenty bucks I ever spent on the local neighborhood unemployed termite guild.Have a happy humpday. Go play. Floor’s open…What are you cheering and jeering about today?–Today’s Shameless C&J Testimonial“As you can imagine, we’re very excited to be here in the Cheers and Jeers kiddie pool.”—Crew Dragon Commander Michael  Hopkins– More Vonnegut…✌  Being a Humanist means trying to behave decently without expectation of rewards or punishment after you are dead.✌  “Say what you will about the sweet miracle of unquestioning faith. I consider the capacity for it terrifying.”Author Kurt Vonnegut“So it goes…”✌  “A show of hands, please: How many of you have had a teacher at any stage of your education, from the first grade until this day in May, who made you happier to be alive, prouder to be alive, than you had previously believed possible? Good! Now say the name of that teacher to someone sitting or standing near you. All done? If this isn’t nice, what is?”✌  “As for preparing this country against an attack from anti-missile anti-missile anti-missiles by developing an anti-missile anti-missile anti-missile anti-missile, I may be in the minority, but I think the American people should spend the money on hospitals and housing and schools and Ferris wheels instead.”✌  “Simplicity of language is not only reputable, but perhaps even sacred. The Bible opens with a sentence well within the writing skills of a lively fourteen-year-old: In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.”✌  No matter how corrupt, greedy, and heartless our government, our corporations, our media, and our religious and charitable institutions may become, the music will still be wonderful. If I should ever die, God forbid, let this be my epitaph: The Only Proof He Needed For The Existence Of God Was Music.And, of course, my personal adopted motto:✌  I tell you, we are here on Earth to fart around, and don’t let anybody tell you different.- Advertisement – The front of the new $20 will feature the portrait of Harriet Tubman, whose life was dedicated to fighting for liberty. The reverse of the new $20 will depict the White House and an image of President Andrew Jackson. I’m not a fan of keeping “Genocide Jackson” on the twenty, but there’s a positive way to look at it: when the new 20s go into circulation, Trump’s favorite POTUS will forevermore be kissing Harriet’s ass.CHEERS and “Alki!” to the Evergreen State.  Washington was admitted as our 42nd state on November 11, 1889. It’s a very cool state—pot has been legal for a long time, the government is Big D, and Seattle is like the upper-left thumbtack that keeps our country’s map from curling down towards the red states in the middle.  To mark the occasion, some people might enjoy biting into a nice juicy Washington apple.  Here, help yourself…WashingtonApples.jpg Note: Due to the Veterans Day holiday, there is no bus service today.  However, volunteers from the American Legion will be available to fire you out of a cannon to within a hundred yards of your destination.  —Mgt.–By the Numbers:Generic graphic for open enrollment on the Healthcare.gov exchangeEnrollment ends in 34 days!!!- Advertisement – CHEERS to staring down tyranny right to its big stupid orange face. There’s been a lot of concern the last few days about a “slow-motion coup” being perpetrated by the impeached, twice-popular-vote-losing lame-duck one-term president. Senators aren’t congratulating Joe Biden! Bill Barr is telling U.S. Attorneys they can do investigations that they won’t end up doing! The GSA isn’t letting the incoming administration see how badly the current one fucked everything up! Auntie Em, Auntie Em, it’s a twister, it’s a twister!!! Relax, everybody. Breathe in…breathe out…and listen to guy-who-knows-stuff Ben Wittes of the Lawfare blog:Hold tight, people. Keep your hand on the plow. Don’t panic. Republican elected and appointed officials are behaving terribly. It is democratically corrosive. It is very bad. But here is what’s going to happen.trumpboat.pngIt is, as they say, over.States are going to finish counting their votes. Litigation challenges to their efforts to do so are going to fail. States will certify their results within the safe harbor deadline—making them dispositive for congressional purposes. Electors, having been elected, will vote and send their votes to Congress. Congress will count the votes, entitling Joe Biden to become president.A lot of bad and scary things will happen along the way, but don’t lose sight of that trajectory. … The electors are party activists and loyalists. There is no way—and I mean ZERO chance—that 20-35 of them will defect. There is a certain automaticity to the process once the votes are cast. Let that automaticity play itself out. The president actually has no control over the process from here.Here’s how I look at it. It’s like putting a gremlin in the microwave. Kinda gross and scary but intensely satisfying when the damn thing finally goes Pop. (Although, admittedly, with one big difference: the gremlin makes less of a mess.)CHEERS to Abrams’ Army. For the first time since 1992—Bill Clinton’s first time at bat—Georgia went blue in a presidential election. A slim but insurmountable lead that won’t change much in either direction during the inevitable recount. A huge amount of credit for the organizational skills that led to President-elect Biden’s victory goes to Stacey Abrams, and Reuters has a nice write-up on her efforts, which will now continue as the Senate leadership hangs in the balance:Years of get-out-the-vote efforts spearheaded by Abrams and a legal onslaught against voter suppression from legions of community groups and activists, are behind the Democratic shift, experts say. … “Stacey Abrams made it her business to go out and register people of color,” said Andra Gillespie, a professor of political science at Emory University. “She went out and registered thousands of people to vote and then created the tools to help remind them about the election process.” […]stacey-abrams-scaled.jpgLook up “fearless freedom fighter” in the dictionary…She co-founded the New Georgia Project in 2014 [and] registered 500,000 Georgians to vote, a spokesperson said.After the 2018 election, she and former campaign manager Lauren Groh-Wargo also started Fair Fight, an anti-voter suppression group, and sued not just her opponent, but brought voter protection efforts to over a dozen U.S. states. Abrams’ team identified the need to tap into Georgia’s pool of Black voters, which make up 33% of all registered voters, the largest of any battleground state. But Democrats also need to reach out to about 1.7 million new voters, including young Georgians and those new to the state who are twice as likely to vote Democratic than Republican.Voter turnout in Georgia was more than 74%, Kemp’s office said this week, boosted by early voting by Black Georgians here, up 40% from 2016.Abrams is gearing up to seize this extraordinary moment in her state and win the two U.S. Senate seats that could tip the balance of power in our favor. You can donate to Fair Fight here. And while you’re at it, put a hex on the traitors carved into Stone Mountain and let’s turn them into a lovely bowl of peaches. Who knows? We’ve never tried it before.–BRIEF SANITY BREAK––END BRIEF SANITY BREAK–CHEERS to modernizing our money. Lest we forget, during the last year of President Obama’s two unimpeachable popular-vote-winning terms in office, his Treasury Department made some big modifications to our paper currency that were supposed to go into effect this year. The Trump administration put the brakes on the effort because they honor women and Black people. President-elect Biden will put the new designs back on the front burner, and soon enough these historic rectangular pieces of cotton-linen blend will be vexing America’s racists and misogynists to no end. From a 2016 Treasury Department release Steve Mnuchin has since deleted: The new $5 will honor historic events that occurred at the Lincoln Memorial in service of our democracy, and will feature Martin Luther King, Jr., Marian Anderson, and Eleanor Roosevelt. The front of the new $5 will retain the portrait of President Lincoln.The new $10 will celebrate the history of the women’s suffrage movement, and feature images of Lucretia Mott, Sojourner Truth, Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and Alice Paul, alongside the Treasury building. The front of the new $10 will retain the portrait of Alexander Hamilton.Tubman, $20 bill, $20, currencycenter_img Days ’til the end of the Obamacare signup period: 34Date the last taped episode of Jeopardy! with Alex Trebek will air: 12/25/20Percent of Americans who do not want the Affordable Care Act to be overturned, according to a Kaiser Family Foundation survey: 58%Number by which Joe Biden’s popular vote is expected to top Trump’s: 7 millionPercent of the vote that Trump got in D.C. on November 3rd: 5%Cumberland County, Maine (home of Bill in Portland Maine) vote tally for Biden and Trump, respectively: 129,000 / 59,500Number of steps on the stoop of 123  Sesame Street: 6–Mid-week Rapture Index: 181 (including 5 Marks of the Beast and several dozen demonic Ha-Ha-Ha’s for Jesus). Soul Protection Factor 24 lotion is recommended if you’ll be walking amongst the heathen today.–Puppy Pic of the Day: Good morning, everyone…–CHEERS to our men and women in uniform.  Today is Veterans Day. The memory of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the latter of which we’re still technically fighting, have burned into this country’s brain the fact that military service is a grueling, unpredictable and uncompromising challenge that often means paying a heavy and unexpected price in the pursuit of politician-selected goals that are not always noble or necessary. The military is where we go to become trained killers-of-bad-people and destroyer-of-bad-things in defense of our country, while at the same time serving as de facto U.S. ambassadors when we’re on foreign turf. And while we could go on and on about how our armed forces have been kicking ass for over 244 years—not to mention how we’re about to replace a Commander-in-Chief who referred to our military as “losers” and “suckers” with a new one who ends his speeches with “God bless our troops”—we’ll leave it, as always, at a simple…VeteransDaydogtagscartoon.jpg Happy Birthday, Kurt.  And now, our feature presentation…–Cheers and Jeers for Wednesday, November 11, 2020- Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img


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