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Cheers and Jeers for Thursday, June 23, 2022

Note: A quick heads-up that, in our quest to be utterly horrible, there will be no C&J on Monday. We’ll return on Tuesday demanding that you take back what you said about us being utterly horrible or else we’ll take another day off. It’s up to you, people. It’s all up to you.  —Mgt. Team & $500/hr. Motivational Consultants

By the Numbers:


Days ’til Independence Day: 11

Days ’til the annual Cheese Curd Festival in Ellsworth, WI: 2

Number of consecutive months home sales have been down: 4

Chronological rank of Bears Ears becoming a national monument to be jointly managed by the U.S. government and Native American tribes, as announced Monday: #1

Number of federal wildland firefighters being given “a hefty raise” by President Biden: 16,000


Percent of this year’s wildfires that were caused by human activity: 96%

Percent caused by errant laser fire from an Orpglorpian cruiser in a dogfight with a Hfffhrrrrian destroyer in the Andromeda Galaxy: 1%

Stanley Cup Final Update

Colorado leads Tampa Bay 3 games to 1

Your Thursday Molly Ivins Moment:

I know we all like to figure out whom to blame when something awful happens, but it is not a particularly useful exercise. What we are trying to figure out is how to keep this from happening again.

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Whether the teen killers in Colorado were driven berserk by being taught evolutionary theory or were just Bad Seed, I submit to you, as a simple and self-evident proposition, that they could not have injured and killed so many people if they had not had guns. If they had come into Columbine High School, pointed their index fingers at the kids they didn’t like and said, “Bang, bang, you’re dead!” not much would have happened as a consequence.

To address a tedious point, it is quite true that no law can assure that guns will not get into the hands of criminals and lunatics. But laws can make it much less likely that they will. The Brady law alone has kept tens of thousands of people with criminal or mental records from buying guns in just a few years.

—June 1999

Puppy Pic of the Day: Must be a police dog…

CHEERS and JEERS to locking and loading. The Senate Judiciary Committee released the text of their gun-control bill, which they hope to fast-track even if the Trump cult throws a fit over it. How fast? This fast…


The vote to advance the bill was 64-35. Fourteen Republicans joined Democrats in support of the measure, and senators now expect its final passage later this week.

The bill includes funding to bolster mental health, enhanced background checks for people under 21, incentives for states to adopt “red flag” laws, and school security measures.


It would close the “boyfriend loophole,” a last-minute hang-up in the negotiations, by prohibiting romantic partners convicted of domestic violence who are not married to their victim from getting firearms. And it includes the first comprehensive federal criminal statute banning gun trafficking and straw purchasing.

This is historic. This is big. This leaves me slack-jawed, amazed, and astonished. The Senate actually let a bill go to the floor to be talked about and voted on? Looks like I picked the wrong day to sell my fainting couch on eBay.

CHEERS to Day 5. The House Jan. 6 Subcommittee hearings continue today, although a bit later than usual. The gavel will drop at 3pm ET, with today’s action focusing on how Donald Trump personally tried to pressure the Justice Department to help steal the 2020 election. And since the hearings are proving to be both more damning and more watched than anyone expected, there might be a sequel or two on the horizon:

Rep. Bennie Thompson, chair of the Jan. 6 select committee, said Wednesday that significant new streams of evidence have necessitated a change to the panel’s hearing schedule, including the potential for additional hearings. […]

Thompson(D-Miss.) cited newly received footage from documentarian Alex Holder, who had access to Trump and his family before and after Jan. 6; new documents from the National Archives; and a flood of new tips received during the committee’s first four public hearings.

Although panel leaders have only teased the possibility of two public hearings beyond Thursday’s, Thompson said they may add one or more hearings, depending on the evidence it collects in the coming weeks.

Like I’ve been saying all along: we’re gonna need a bigger tub of popcorn.

CHEERS to 1-900-CLARENCETHOMAS.  Who’s up for some SCOTUS hilarity?  On this date in 1989, the Supreme Court refused to shut down the dial-a-porn industry, saying that indecent speech isn’t the same thing as obscenity, and is therefore protected.  Interestingly, all the justices in the majority had one cauliflower ear.  Coincidence, I’m sure.


P.S. Clarence Thomas turns 74 today. I hope he enjoyed the little, um, “present” we left on his Coke can this morning. We all chipped in, sir.




CHEERS to Things That Go Clackety-Clack for $200, Alex.  On June 23, 1868, Christopher Latham Sholes received a patent for his “Type-writer,” the first to have the famous QWERTY sequence on its upper keys.  Today bloggers who can’t think of anything for their subject line typically go south for the edgier and more mysterious “asdf.”  And the day someone decides to drop down to “zxcv”?  Well, don’t tell anybody, but I believe that’s the day the nukes leave the silos.

CHEERS to today’s edition of Oh, So That’s What Impeachment and Conviction Looks Like. Let’s see…a sitting U.S. president trying to blackmail a foreign country to help him steal his re-election isn’t enough to get a conviction. The same sitting U.S. president orchestrating a deadly coup attempt to steal his re-election isn’t enough to get a conviction. Golly, Beav’, what is worth impeachment and removal from office? Apparently something far, far less worse…


South Dakota Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg has been convicted in impeachment charges and removed from office over the aftermath following a fatal car crash in 2020 he was involved in. Ravnsborg,46, faced the state’s first impeachment trial for his conduct surrounding the traffic accident, in which he struck and killed a pedestrian with his 2011 Ford Taurus.

FILE - In this June 23, 2018 file photo, Jason Ravnsborg, the Republican candidate for South Dakota attorney general, gets his photo taken at the GOP state convention in Pierre, S.D. Ravnsborg, a winner in the midterm election, is one of the key players when the state Legislature opens session Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2019. (AP Photo/James Nord File)
But you can now just call him “the disgraced Mr. Ravsnbooger.”

Ravnsborg initially thought he hit a deer but discovered Boever’s body when he returned to the scene the next day, he told authorities.

This has been today’s edition of Oh, So That’s What Impeachment and Conviction Looks Like.

Ten years ago in C&J: June 23, 2012

JEERS to muzzling progress. And now, here to say a few words about the improving Florida economy is Governor Rick Scott:

“Mmmph!! Mmmmmph Mmmhhrgllmph!!!”

Gee, does he always make statements while tied up in a broom closet with a Romney campaign bumper sticker taped over his mouth??? I dunno, but…kinky!

And just one more…

CHEERS and JEERS to the weather. Here’s…the weather:


And that’s…the weather.

Have a nice Thursday. Floor’s open…What are you cheering and jeering about today?

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Exclusive: Recession Talk Surges in Washington –




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“From Wall Street to Washington, whispers about a coming economic slump have risen to nearly a roar as the Federal Reserve ramps up its battle against the highest inflation in four decades,” Politico reports.

“Price spikes and the Fed’s aggressive interest rate hikes sent the benchmark S&P 500 stock index tumbling to its worst performance in the first half of the year since 1970. Consumer confidence has sunk to record lows. And economists are increasingly worried that a downturn will not only happen but happen soon — a danger underscored by one widely watched Fed growth tracker.”

“Fed Chair Jerome Powell has begun saying the quiet part out loud: The central bank is willing to tolerate a recession if it means getting inflation under control.”

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Exclusive: MUST SEE: Hot Dog Eating Champ Joey Chestnut Takes Down Animal Rights Protester in a Choke Hold With Mouth Full of Weiner Before Winning Contest (VIDEO) –




MUST SEE: Hot Dog Eating Champ Joey Chestnut Takes Down Animal Rights Protester in a Choke Hold With Mouth Full of Weiner Before Winning Contest (VIDEO)

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National Hot Dog Eating Champion Joey Chestnut won the 2022 Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest on the 4th of July today but not before he took down a protester.

The annual hot dog swallowing event is held on Coney Island every year on Independence Day.

Joey is currently ranked No. 1 in the world by Major League Eating.

Chestnut won his first Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest in 2007 defeating Taer “Tsunami” Kobayashi.

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On Monday, during the middle of the competition, an animal rights protester ran up on stage next to Joey Chestnut carrying a sign reading, “Expose Smithfield Deathstar.”

When the protester jumped on stage next to him Chestnut wrapped his arm around the protester’s neck and took him down to the ground.

This all took place while Joey was chewing on hot dog.

He went on to win the competition.

Here’s the video.

Joey Chestnut obliterated the far left protester with a mouth stuffed full with hot dogs and buns.

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Exclusive: In praise of the great outdoors, wherever that may be for you –




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I’m truly lucky to live in one of the most beautiful places on the planet.

Sometimes I think the only thing keeping me alive in the face of an ongoing pandemic, intensifying climate crisis, and many, many more issues worsening with a swiftness is the outdoors. I’m not saying I’m holding onto this mortal coil for dear life, but instead that I see meaning in the life I’m living thanks to my surroundings. I can think of so many moments when clearing my head meant a walk to the river, a run on the Lafitte Greenway, or getting away even farther and exploring more of the place I love and call home. Once I’ve hit the road and I’m walking through the swamps of the Barataria Preserve, it’s like the chaos of the world cannot reach me. Mosquitos can, which isn’t great since they inexplicably love me, but my worries are just as small as they are when I’m out in nature. Quite literally taking a hike is the only way I can imagine celebrating this 4th of July.

Exploring nature is something I’ve only recently come around to in my adult life, and that may be because often the folks we assume are hitting the trails are their own stereotype. Typically, the most visible people heading outdoors are white, cis, able-bodied, and have enough money to afford the luxury of time and equipment for all sorts of terrain. But a whole host of grassroots and more formal organizations are making it possible for people from a diversity of backgrounds to feel more comfortable when they head out into nature. Field Magazine has a great resource for BIPOC groups blazing a trial—I’m personally obsessed with Latino Outdoors. The publication also offers great resources for LGBTQ+ hikers. And disability advocates can take comfort in the amazing work Disabled Hikers is doing, though certainly more can be done so that all are welcome to this space.

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