Cheers and cheers for Thursday, August 18, 2022
Note: Due to a clerical error, you now owe me $14,000. But we’ll settle for half and forget it ever happened. –Mgt.
By the numbers:
Days until World Honey Bee Day: 3
until the day Maryland State Fair In Timonium: 7
Amount that Biden canceled in student loan debt this week: $3.9 billion
On which date portland, MainNew bike-share program—200 bicycles at 40 locations—launches: 8/15/22
The number of NBA games that will be played on Election Day, so fans are encouraged to vote instead: 0
Age of actress Gina Lollobrigida, who is running for the Senate in Italy: 95
Estimated year when humans began practicing dentistry: 7000 BC
Your Thursday Molly Ivins Moment:
In the recent Ku Klux Klan rally austin A cynical counter-demonstration arose.
When fifty classmen appeared (they were bussed in from Waco) in front of the state capital, they were greeted by five thousand locals who had turned out for a “Moon the Klan” rally.
Citizens left True alone and in groups, sometimes creating a spectacular ripple effect.
It was a swell.
Puppy Picture of the Day: Looks funny…
cheers To make a better return. Let’s not kid ourselves, it is original That is the name of the bill President Biden signed it into law on Tuesday. Health care improvements… key climate initiatives, including many green jobs… deficit reduction (e.g. Who cares about that, but whatever)…more taxes on the rich…IRS enforcement of rich people’s taxes…and maybe a little trace of inflation? Not bad, Joe. Not bad at all. One of the House members who voted for the Inflation Reduction Act was Rep. from District 1 in the great state of Maine. Chelly is Pingree. In an email dripping with rational enthusiasm, my congresswoman described what she thinks are the biggest BFDs in the newborn legislation (that, ironically, Republicans tried their best to abort):
» The ACA increases premium subsidies to keep the marketplace affordable Main the family
» Gives Medicare the right to directly negotiate drug prices, affecting about 350,000 beneficiaries in Maine.
» Caps Medicare patients’ out-of-pocket costs of $2,000 per year
» Invests in conservation programs to help farmers and ranchers deal with climate change
» Supports climate-smart forestry with $5 billion investment
» Invests $5 billion in climate pollution reduction grants to help Maine implement state planning and greenhouse gas reduction programs. Achieving its goal of carbon neutrality by 2045
» Provides a 10-year extension on user tax credits to make homes energy efficient and lower costs for heat pumps, rooftop solar, electric, and water heaters.
There’s a lot of stuff like that in the law, and now Democrats running for office in every state and every district have a boatload of kitchen-table stuff they can tout: jobs that pay better, cheaper and more. Universal health care, fixing potholes, cheap cars and, as a bonus, protecting democracy from an evil cult led by a man willing to sell nuclear secrets to the highest bidder and a Supreme Court majority inspired by The main source of is 13.th– Witch hunter of the century. Republicans, on the other hand, have, um-[checks notes]- Hunter’s laptop. choose wisely, America.
cheers Russkis to rope-a-doping. Mark Sumners (and Cos‘s) Vladimir Putin updates Waterloo Must read. It is fascinating to watch the mighty Russian military own Ukraine day by day, week by week, and now month by month. yesterday Mark summed up the current situation with an apt boxing analogy:
In both real life and film, there is a frequent pairing that makes for a classic confrontation. On one side is the dreaded slugger. The guy who throws a punch that can take down a bull and whose frowning face marks a brutal, straight-forward confidence that no one can stand against them.
In the opposite corner is a boxer who can “pinch and move,” but, more importantly, keeps his mind busy as well as his fists. A few rounds later, the bull cutter is really confused as to why this guy refuses to go down past him, and that other guy is getting ready to attack.
That seems to be where we are Ukraine. Russia Just throw the wild haymakers, while continuing to stagger forward Ukraine jabs, sidesteps, and looks for an opening.
I’d say it’s past time for Putin to throw in the towel, but thanks to economic sanctions Russia The towels are gone. Just this once, we’ll accept the potato.
cheers Grrrl to power. 102 years ago today, 18 August 192019th Amendment to the Constitution—gives women the right to vote—was confirmed. That’s right – you guys ratified the Constitution in 1788 and it only took you 132 years to get your asses off the couch and make this act of equality a reality. Now if you just pick up the trash and fix the kitchen sink, you might get some nooks and crannies.
Brief prudence break
Eliminate brief prudence breaks
cheers For news worth shouting about. Here’s another addition to the list of wrongs that have been righted during the Biden administration: The FDA says it will No more hoop-jumping to be able to hear things like:
Adults with mild to moderate hearing loss will be able to purchase hearing aids from stores, pharmacies and online retailers as soon as mid-October – no prescription or doctor’s appointment required.
Thank you One final rule Released on Tuesday by the US Food and Drug Administration and set to take effect in two months, following years of campaigning by lawmakers and advocates. It creates a new category of over-the-counter hearing aids, which the Biden administration says will make the devices more accessible and affordable for millions of Americans.
This news is especially good for older couples who have been together a long time: the new F.D.A. The decision includes an invaluable setting device known as “selective hearing.”
JEERS To the party of job killers. Let’s see—by 2022 Republicans hate teachers, nurses, scientists, the police, the FBI, NATO, Ukraine, democracy and the rule of law. And now we can obviously add one more thing to their list: Jobs???
It is unusual for a US senator to publicly warn Americans not to apply for a job and threaten to terminate it.
But it was Senate Republican campaign chair Rick Scott, R-Fla. did this week, publishing an open letter encouraging job seekers not to pursue new IRS positions, promising that Republicans, who hope to take control of Congress next year, will soon ” Return the jobs.
After fulfilling his duty of being a total dick, Senator Scott returns to the Everglades to shrink and swallow an alligator.
Ten years ago in C&J: August 18, 2012
JEERS To Governor Paul LePage: International Idiot of Mystery. Yes, Maine’s Republican governor is at it again. At a meeting of Republicans — secretly taped, we learned about it — he indicated he intended to call a special session of the Legislature to make it happen. Do something possibly nefarious:
“I’m just trying to do what other Republican states have done this year and I’ll have to wait before I say too much about that, but what I’m telling you is this: If we get this done, So Maine will rule. Stay on track for the next 10 years,” LePage says on tape. Republicans will have to do it themselves, he said. “I think we can get it done in about a day and the Democrats, if you think they hate me now — wow,” he says.
His comments were so full of cuckoo-look that even Republicans are saying, “Wow, man… what’s up?” So everyone is in the dark and no one is even remotely looking forward to whatever strawman he is. Union exposed? Suppression of voters? Oil spills off our coast? We know for sure: the fool will burn. [8/18/22 Update: Whatever it was, no one knows what it was but we all agree it was stupid.]
And just one more…
cheers A big pain in Mega’s butt. Happy belated birthday rap Maxine Waters, Democrat from the great state with a fifth of the world’s economy! Our oldest black member of Congress and the chairwoman of the House Financial Services Committee turned 85 on Monday. Waters has never been shy about speaking his mind, and he saves his biggest barbs for Cadet Bone Spurs, and it’s a joy to watch him fire his rhetorical arrows with glee. Thweep! Thweep! Thweep! Right where it hurts the most: his ego…
“The saddest person I’ve ever met in my life.”
“Don’t forget, this patriotic president was unwilling to fight for his country, using deferrals and bones to dodge military service.”
“A bully, an arrogant lunatic, a liar and someone who didn’t need to be president.”
“He doesn’t care about anyone but himself. He’s making money on his golf clubs, hotels, and Trump Org deals and bilking Americans out of their money.”
“He claims to be bringing people together but make no mistake, he is a dangerous, unprincipled, divisive and shameful racist.” … “Trump has made it clear – it’s white supremacists now.” [White] home.”
“When I talk to Donald Trump, he wishes he had been impeached.”
For your daily moments of Maxine, Follow him on Twitter here. Happy belated birthday, Congresswoman. Remind me to never get on your bad side.
Have a nice Thursday. The floor is open…what are you kidding today?
Today’s Shameless C&J testimonial
Lindsey Graham Gives F*ck What He Thinks Under the Unfair Influence Bill in Portland Maine