From the GREAT STATE OF MAINE…
Energize An Ally Tuesday
You know about the Kremlin Annex, right? It’s Lafayette Park in front of the White House where, every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday from 7:30 ’til 9, “thought leaders, activists, artists, celebrities, and other patriots assemble outside our White House of the United States so that the Traitor-in-Chief knows we won’t stand for his dangerous policies and behavior, and ongoing assault on our government and fellow citizens.” They’ve been making a joyful angry noise since July of last year, and today they’re adapting to the times:
Beginning on Tuesday, October 8 the Kremlin Annex will provide free whistles to all protesters moving forward. By chipping in here you will ensure we have the resources to make the most noise outside of Donald Trump’s bedroom each night. We will have the back of the first whistle blower and each one that comes forward.
Let’s make sure we have an endless supply of grassroots whistle blowers outside the Kremlin Annex!
Here’s a sneak peek via, appropriately, a tweeeeeet:
If you are in the DC area on Tuesday please be sure to join us at 7:30 PM. Reach out to anyone you know in the area and ask them to come out and help make noise. pic.twitter.com/13BQ9WCzMc
Ã¢Â€Â” Kremlin Annex (@KremlinAnnex) October 6, 2019
If you’d like to toss in a few bucks and help the Kremlin Annex “whistle defense fund” provide whistles (and earplugs) for the protesters, you can chip in here via their ActBlue page. They’ll love you for it. Even better, Trump will hate you for it.
Cheers and Jeers starts below the fold… [Swoosh!!] RIGHTNOW! [Gong!!]
Cheers and Jeers for Tuesday, October 8, 2019
Note: If you need a moat alligator, take a moat alligator. If you have a moat alligator, leave a moat alligator.
By the Numbers:
Days ’til the next Democratic candidates debate: 7
Days ’til the 41st annual Tulsa Oktoberfest: 9
Coal mining jobs in 2009 and 2019, respectively: 79,400 / 53,500
Percent of Americans who believe Trump has made the swamp worse, according to a Suffolk University poll: 57%
Percent of women who want a new president, according to a Monmouth University poll: 67%
Weight of the record-setting pumpkin at the Topsfield Fair in Massachusetts: 2,294
Number of states (HI, ME, SD, AK, VT, NM, FL) that don’t observe Columbus Day: 7
Puppy Pic of the Day: Obama-era White House guard dog honored honored in Great Britain…
JEERS to the projection infection. Whenever the Republicans accuse anyone of doing something underhanded, you can bet your fleshy derriere that they’re the ones up to no good. And so it came to pass Sunday night—thanks to some decent digging by the AP—that the loudest voices condemning the Bidens for something something something in Ukraine were the ones doing the something-ing:
As Rudy Giuliani was pushing Ukrainian officials last spring to investigate one of Donald Trump’s main political rivals, a group of individuals with ties to the president and his personal lawyer were also active in the former Soviet republic. […]
These guys make this guy look like an angel.
This circle of businessmen and Republican donors touted connections to Giuliani and Trump while trying to install new management at the top of Ukraine’s massive state gas company. Their plan was to then steer lucrative contracts to companies controlled by Trump allies, according to two people with knowledge of their plans.
[T]he affair shows how those with ties to Trump and his administration were pursuing business deals in Ukraine that went far beyond advancing the president’s personal political interests. It also raises questions about whether Trump allies were mixing business and politics just as Republicans were calling for a probe of Biden and his son Hunter.
In the immortal words of—[checks notes]—Donald Trump last Friday: “Let me tell you, I’m only interested in corruption.” You don’t say.
CHEERS to the green energy revolution: Maine edition. Now that our fossil-fuel-worshipping teabag governor Paul LePage and his legacy are rotting in a compost pile out back, the race is on to ramp up Maine’s solar power capacity. There’s serious sunny money to be made here, and The Portland Press Herald did a nice deep-dive into the competition underway to convince land owners with wide-open pastures and proximity to power grids to let solar farms put down some roots:
A recent law encouraging large solar projects, combined with the aggressive clean-energy goals of Gov. Janet Mills (D), have energy companies and developers from across the country trying to lock down prime sites for dozens of multi-million dollar community solar farms. The most appealing sites are on flat ground, with a southern exposure near high-voltage power lines and substations. […]
Coming soon to a state of Maine near you.
Suddenly, Maine is on the radar of the national solar industry. It’s joining other states like Massachusetts, which has had policies encouraging community solar since 2008.
And like an old-time gold rush, prospectors are staking their claims, studying circuit maps and property tax records to zero in on the most promising sites. The projects that actually get built will have to overcome many obstacles, including potential resistance from neighbors and pending guidelines aimed at protecting Maine’s valuable crop and pastureland.
Right now land owners and energy companies are still in early negotiations over installation of the solar arrays. You might say they’re having…
Look, I know you’re in a hurry for my brilliant punch line and I don’t blame you, but let’s just savor this quiet moment together on a lazy Tuesday morning, and take a second to give thanks for all the blessings upon us—like squirrels, for example—as we look forward to a day filled with wonder and infinite possibilities, because isn’t that why we’re here on this planet in the first place and okay that’s long enough here it comes:
Thank you so much. You’re too kind. Please, have a seat.
JEERS to dotard diplomacy. As the civilized world reacts with disgust at our so-called commander-in-chief’s betrayal of our Kurdish allies in northern Syria (even Pat Robertson is threatening to damn him to hell over it), Trump’s “beautiful, perfect, unprecedented in the history of our country” deal-making with North Korea is going about as well as you’d expect:
[D]iscussions between the two sides in Stockholm broke down within just hours following an eight-month stalemate.
“Yes, I can feel it. His wind-up key goes in here.”
The North Korean Foreign Ministry said the Trump administration was “misleading the public opinion by touting ‘good discussions,'” The Washington Post reported, and it simultaneously warned that if the US did not change its approach by the end of the year, then relations between the two countries “may immediately come to an end.”
“We have no intention to hold such sickening negotiations as what happened this time before the US takes a substantial step,” a North Korean Foreign Ministry representative was quoted as saying in a state news report cited by The Wall Street Journal.
Details are sketchy as to why the talks broke down so quickly, but one source suggests it may have had something to do with Trump’s people asking the North Korean delegation why their sake was taking so long and could they please see a menu.
JEERS to Bovines of Mass Destruction. On this date in 1871, the Great Chicago Fire broke out after Nancy Pelosi kicked over a lantern in Mrs. O’Leary’s barn to try and incinerate damning evidence proving that George Soros created the deep state to steal the 2018 midterm elections. Or, if you prefer the non-Breitbart News version: it was a cow. Despite the horrific damage and loss of life, there was a bright side: the T-bones were excellent that night.
CHEERS to bright medals for bright minds. It’s Nobel Prize Giving-Away Week—that most wonderful time of year when I can confirm that, relatively speaking, I’m one dumb-as-rocks man-child with a brain that resembles avocado dip past its sell-by date. The latest winner announced yesterday in the “Medicine, Physiology, or Dessert Topping” category hails from…USA! USA! USA! Actually, it’s three scientists (two Americans, one Brit) happily sharing the prize for their pioneering work in…well, let’s just say you’re gonna want to take a deep breath before you read this:
Animals need oxygen for the conversion of food into useful energy. The fundamental importance of oxygen has been understood for centuries, but how cells adapt to changes in levels of oxygen has long been unknown.
The one in the middle also plays the spoons.
William G. Kaelin Jr., Sir Peter J. Ratcliffe and Gregg L. Semenza discovered how cells can sense and adapt to changing oxygen availability. They identified molecular machinery that regulates the activity of genes in response to varying levels of oxygen.
The most common way cells adapt to a changing cell environment, according to the researchers: night classes.
CHEERS to civility. The “Complete Book of Etiquette” was first published 67 years ago, on October 8, 1952. Lesson #1: Be nice to everyone. Lesson #2: If you don’t feel like following Rule #1, aim for the shins. And have a nice day.
Ten years ago in C&J: October 8, 2009
CHEERS to Groundhog Day: Unwinnable War edition. Oy. President Obama is struggling mightily to figure out what to do about Afghanistan. It’s a decision that will have serious consequences for the military, the American people, the treasury and, last but least, the political landscape. What to do? What to DO??? Well, Punxsutawney Palin has spoken. Sarah the Seer briefly poked her head out on Facebook this week to insist that we must throw every troop we’ve got into the fight or else! Which can only mean one thing: the 100 percent correct solution—with a zero percent margin of error—is to get the hell out. America thanks you for your service, ma’am. [10/8/19 Update: We’re still there. Why?]
And just one more…
CHEERS to today’s edition of Man, That Guy is One Tough Sonuvabitch. Sunday in Nashville…
WATCH: Former President Carter, the oldest living former president in US history, helps lead a build of Habitat for Humanity homes in Nashville one day after falling at his home and receiving stitches above his eye.https://t.co/CB1TSLeaMh pic.twitter.com/oh0jiv4IXY
Ã¢Â€Â” NBC News (@NBCNews) October 7, 2019
This has been today’s edition of Man, That Guy is One Tough Sonuvabitch.
Have a tolerable Tuesday. Floor’s open…What are you cheering and jeering about today?
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“Don’t mention the name Bill in Portland Maine in front of me. That filthy piece of toe rag!”
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