Cheers and Jeers: Rum and 306 EVs FRIDAY!

first_imgLiberty Bell Independence Hall And now . . .— US Rep Brendan Boyle (@RepBrendanBoyle) November 12, 2020–“While it’ll be nice to see the Secret Service drag Trump out of office, the president is leaving behind a wave of white resentment and disinformation. Plus, out of spite, Trump is probably going to upperdeck all the toilets in the West Wing.”—Samantha Bee- Advertisement – Late Night Snark: We have A Winner EditionThe late-night hosts deserve kudos for stepping up their game as truthtellers and mockers of Trump and his evil band of incompetent control freaks. This week they were as relieved as the rest of us…“Ladies and gentlemen, Joe Biden did it! Finally, after four years, Americans can exhale—unless you’re near other people, then please don’t because of the pandemic. … [It’s] never a good sign when a majority of Americans react to you losing your job the way they did to us getting Bin Laden. It feels like America is—what’s the word?—great again.”—Stephen Colbert“I know it’s hard to believe, but after all this time it seems like reality has finally caught up with Donald Trump. … I bet as we speak he’s ripping out the copper wiring from the White House walls.”—Trevor Noah- Advertisement – Continued…“You can tell things are already getting back to normal. This morning on my way to work I saw two New Yorkers giving each other the finger and it had nothing to do with politics. Isn’t that great?”—Jimmy Fallon“Even Mother Nature got in on the fun. After the announcement there was actually a double rainbow over L.A. The Trump campaign is already trying to overturn at least one of those rainbows in court.”—James Corden“So NOW Trump wants to quarantine in the White House.”—Conan O’Brien These babies 👶😂— CCTV_IDIOTS (@cctv_idiots) November 13, 2020–END BRIEF SANITY BREAK–CHEERS to Mary Had A Little Lamb.  Back in the day, you could play that tune with the buttons on your touch-tone phone, which was invented on this date in 1963. It was almost as awesome as being able to spell out BOOBIES with your calculator by punching in 5318008 and turning it upside down.  Man, we were wild back then.  You kids have no idea.CHEERS to home vegetation. There’s one single leaf still hangin’ on for dear life in the backyard, and I refuse to start raking until it drops.  So until then, it’s weekend boob-tubage. Final round preview of this weekend’s Masters Tournament.As always, MSNBC is the place to go for details of any Friday night news dumps. There’s an interesting-looking episode of Undercover Boss tonight (9pm, CBS), in which Shreveport, Louisiana Mayor Adrian Perkins goes incognito and gets training from city officials in various departments.   The most popular home videos, new and old, are all reviewed here at Rotten Tomatoes. The NFL schedule is here. And if you thought you saw news about the Masters golf tournament this week, do not adjust your set—it’s going on now after being re-scheduled (coverage starts tomorrow at 1on CBS) from its usual April slot.Sunday on 60 Minutes, President Barack Obama gives his first post-election interview and, among other things, reacts to Trump’s bogus voter fraud claims.  Anchorman Kent Brockman questions his career on The Simpsons, and Peter’s arms are replaced with tiny hands on Family Guy. (If there’s not a Trump joke in it somewhere, I’m calling comedy malpractice.)  And, sadly, John Oliver takes off on a long vacation after airing the season finale of HBO’s Last Week Tonight Sunday at 11.Now here’s your Sunday morning lineup:Meet the Press: Joe Biden’s—‘scuse me—President-elect Joe Biden’s chief of staff Ron Klain; Michael Osterholm of Biden’s Covid-19 task force; Gov. Asa Hutchison (R-AR).Ron Klain says it plain Sunday morning on NBC.This Week: HHS’s Adm. Brett Giroir; President-elect Biden Covid-19 Advisory Board member Dr. Atul Gawande; John Bolton; U.S. Senate candidate from Georgia Jon Osoff; former Obama Homeland Security secretary Jeh Johnson.Face the Nation: Preempted by the Masters tournament.CNN’s State of the Union: U.S. Senate candidate from Georgia Rev. Raphael Warnock; Dr. Anthony Fauci; Gov. Mike DeWine (R-OH).Fox GOP Talking Points Sunday: Respected legal expert Lawrence Tribe; disgraced legal hack Ken Starr. Happy viewing!–Ten years ago in C&J: November 13, 2010CHEERS to the Traveler-in-Chief.  On day six of his Asian tour, President Obama is stumping in South Korea, seeing the sights and working on a trade deal.  He’s coming off of a mostly nostalgic and successful stop in Indonesia.  I say “mostly” because some conspiracy theorists there were skeptical, accusing him of being a secret Christian capitalist who was born in the United States.  Man, sometimes ya just can’t win.–And just one more…CHEERS to Gandalf the Grey of Blogger Land. Happy anniversary to one of the longest-running blogs on the internet: Josh Marshall’s Polk Award-winning Talking Points Memo, which turns 20 today.Happy #20 blogiversary, Josh & crew!You can re-live the birth of this progressive supernova in his early posts during the Florida 2000 recount, although it might cause your blood pressure to spike, especially given how Republicans are still trying to steal elections.  Josh provided the blueprint for how to do political blogging. His now-supersized crew and expanded site continue providing no-frills original reporting with just enough analysis and snark to help us make sense of politics, and nothing the righty blogs offer comes close to TPM’s objectivity, accuracy and speed. During election seasons TPM is a daily must-click destination, and it’s been great seeing the site buck the “blogging is just a fad” naysayers for 20 trips around the sun.  Of course, they’re no Great Orange Satan…but then again, no one’s perfect.Have a great weekend. Floor’s open…What are you cheering and jeering about today?– –Cheers and Jeers for Friday, November 13, 2020Note: Today is Friday the 13th.  If you suddenly get the sense this evening that your life is in danger, just press the cloaking device on the latest version of the Apple Watch, which will be available for download next Wednesday. —Mgt.–By the Numbers:4 days!!!Days ’til Volume 1 of Barack Obama’s memoir A Promised Land comes out: 4Percent, so far, of eligible voting-age Americans who cast a ballot in the 2020 elections, an increase of 0.4% over 2008: 62%Percent of Americans polled by Gallup who say they understand that the coronavirus pandemic is getting worse: 61%Minimum number of environmental protections the Trump administration worked to get rid of so the wall could be built, according to the Southern Environmental Law Center: 100Number of the 16 Medals of Freedom President Trump has awarded during his presidency that went to men: 15Amount that the one female recipient, along with her husband, donated to Trump’s 2016 and 2020 presidential campaigns with money they made off of gambling addicts: $100 millionAge of the hole-puncher as of today: 134–Puppy Pic of the Day: Coming soon to an executive mansion near you…–CHEERS to cool science. Back in April, Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley became the first astronauts since 2011 to launch their hineys into space from American soil. That flight was technically a test run. Six months later, the gravity-defiance professionals at NASA and SpaceX will send four more—Americans Shannon Walker, Victor Glover, and Mike Hopkins, along with Japan’s Soichi Noguchi—up yonder on an official NASA-certified regular trip to deliver freshly-baked cookies and good cheer to the International Space Station. Thankfully Hurricane Eta is long gone and the green light is lit, though a bit later than originally planned:A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket and Crew Dragon capsule were slated to launch the astronauts to the International Space Station on Saturday (Nov. 14) from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. That mission, called Crew 1, will no launch no earlier than Sunday at 7:27 p.m. EST due to unacceptable weather for rocket recovery operations, despite a 70% chance of good launch weather.The Crew-1 Dragon capsule comes with DVD player and cup holders standard. “For the next 15 months, we will fly seven crew and cargo Dragon missions for NASA. That means that, starting with Crew-1, there will be a continuous presence of SpaceX Dragons on orbit,” Benji Reed, senior director of human spaceflight at SpaceX, said in the post-FRR news conference. “We are honored to be the nation’s launch provider for crew missions and take seriously the responsibility that NASA has entrusted to us to carry American astronauts to and from the space station.”You can check out some of the experiments they’ll be conducting during their six-month stay here. If you need me Sunday evening you’ll find me in my usual pre-launch spot: under the covers in my customized Space Shuttle bed clutching my lucky John Glenn bobblehead and holding my breath.JEERS to the nattering nabobs of Nazism. Speaking of weekend events: tomorrow a gaggle of brainwashed cultists—aka “Oath Keepers, Three Percenters, Infowars fanatics, Groypers, Proud Boys, white nationalists, neo-Nazis and the people who would simply call themselves die-hard MAGA”—are planning to camo-up and take their wacky cosplay antics to Washington D.C. for a permit-less event called “The Million MAGA March,” aka “Stop the Steal,” aka “March for Trump.”Have fun, MAGA marchers. Don’t forget to hydrate.In their minds a million patriots will show up and change history by making Joe Biden quake in his boots so hard that he flees the country after agreeing to give Trump his second term.The reality will be slightly different: a thousand bedraggled goofballs will show up, mill around and be harmlessly obnoxious, and then go home. If you’re interested, you can watch live coverage on the Watching Paint Dry Channel.JEERS to stupid damn wars. On this date in 1982, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial—a vee shape which points at the State Department—was dedicated.  Our suggestion for the shape of the future Iraq War Memorial: a “W” on a spindle that points accusingly in the direction of wherever George W. Bush is at any given moment.–BRIEF SANITY BREAKDedicated tonight to 306-232 loser Donald Trump – “Defense Secretary Mark Esper was fired yesterday by President Trump, which is 75-million fewer people than Trump was fired by.”—Seth Meyers“Trump’s run for president began on a golden escalator and ended in an alley next to a dildo store. … Please don’t hang [Trump’s] portrait in the White House. Just smash a mango on the wall instead and put his name under it.”—Jimmy KimmelAnd now, our feature presentation…- Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img read more

Wisconsin cruises to two victories at Big Ten/ACC Challenge

first_imgThere is no better way to start a new season than strong.  And that is exactly what the UW volleyball team did Friday night at the Big Ten/ACC Challenge in Minneapolis.  After stunning the country as one of the final two contenders for the national championship title last December, the Badgers (1-0 overall) carried their momentum into the new year by sweeping Louisville (25-16, 25-22, 25-17) during their first match.The new starting libero, Taylor Morey, tallied 16 digs total proving for a solid defense against Louisville’s 34 kills.  Louisville to a .217 hitting percentage.“I thought T did a really good job,” head coach Kelly Sheffield said about Morey’s play. “I would actually like her to cover a bit more ground, be a little more unselfish back there.  When she got her arms on the ball, she had a really good match.”On the offensive side of things, UW was swinging well all night, tallying 46 kills and ending the match with a .305 hitting percentage.  Ellen Chapman led the team with 11 kills, followed closely by Courtney Thomas with 10.At the net, the team was not too aggressive.  They finished with only 3 blocks.  But sophomore, Haleigh Nelson, contributed 2 blocks of her own to the team’s total.During the first set, sophomore setter, Lauren Carlini rallied 2 aces, which staked the Badgers to a 5-1 lead early on.  Nelson’s two kills put the team up 14-7 and the Cardinals never overcame more than a 5 point deficit the rest of the game.The other block contributed to UW’s grand total belonged to Chapman during the match’s most intense game.  Throughout the second set the Cardinals pulled themselves out from seven points behind to tie the game at 12 a piece.  It was due to Chapman’s two kills and her block that helped spur the Badgers forward to victory.Besides Morey in the back row, Wisconsin also had several other new faces play key roles in the first match of the season-opening win, including freshman Kelli Bates. Bates’ kill in the third set sent the team on a run which gave them a lead of 11-7.  Just a few points later, she walloped an ace, putting UW up 14-9.“She’s a dynamic athlete and it’s going to take her a little time to get her where we need her to go.  She adds an element to this team that we really like,” Sheffield said.Badgers drop Fighting Irish to improve to 2-0A day later, Wisconsin looked no worse for wear, as it dominated Notre Dame from start to finish in a three-set win.UW (2-0) coasted to the win without much of a fight from the Fighting Irish behind set wins of 25-16, 25-15 and 25-16.Once again Ellen Chapman led both teams in kills with her 12, twice as many as Notre Dame’s leading hitter Nicole Smith, who finished with six. Chapman also committed only had one error out of her 25 attempts, a very efficient game for the outside hitter. Kelli Bates reared her head again as she added eight kills of her own to the team’s total.  It was the second night in a row in which Bates, the only freshman, was a key asset in the Badgers’ climb towards victory.“She’s working hard and trying not to be a freshman,” Sheffield said about Bates’ youth. “Everyday she’s getting a little bit better and getting more comfortable. She had a nice day and she should feel good about it. It was a good match for her.”Wisconsin ruled over Notre Dame defensively with seven total team blocks, compared to 6.5 for the Irish. Taylor Morey, who recorded 15 of the Badgers’ 35 digs, played another big role defensively for Wisconsin as she had done the night before. Due to her strong play, Notre Dame ended with a .100 hitting percentage with only 24 kills against Wisconsin’s 41.The Badgers dominated nearly every offensive statistic, as they also outscored their opponents in aces (8-2) throughout the match.“We’re trying to be a team that serves tough for six rotations,” said Sheffield, “We did a good job and we kept pressure on them for the most part tonight.”In the first set, the team began the game with a substantial lead of 9-1, with the help of 3 aces, which ultimately led them to a 25-16 win.Just like the previous night, UW had to weather a slight storm in the beginning of set two.  It was not until the score was 19-13 that the Badgers started to pull away, due to two errors by Notre Dame as well as kills by Bates and Thompson.During the third set, more and more players came off the bench with 14 of 15 Badgers seeing action.  Once more, Wisconsin pulled away towards victory after Bates scored off of a kill to make the score 12-6.In a pair of marquee matchups to open the season, UW had very little difficulty dispatching either opponent on the way to two-straight set sweeps, a very strong first impression for a team eyeing a return trip to the National Championship game.last_img read more

GOtv Boxing Night: Real One, Joe Boy Clash again in…

first_imgWest African Boxing Union (WABU) lightweight champion, Rilwan “Real One” Oladosu, and his African Boxing Union (ABU) counterpart, Oto “Joe Boy” Joseph, almost came to blows in Lagos on Tuesday in continuation of their long-running boxing feud. Both boxers were present at the press conference to announce GOtv Boxing Night 19, at which they are both billed to feature against different opponents on 14 July at the Indoor Sports Hall of Lagos’ National Stadium.Sparks flew as boxers and their opponents were introduced by the organisers, but the event suddenly caught fire when it got to the turn of Real One and his next opponent, Hammed “Ese Hammed” Ganiyu. The latter boasted that he will defeat Real One, who responded by describing him as “chicken” and way below his grade in the sport. He followed it up, shouting loudly, with an open challenge to Joe Boy. The ABU champion leapt off his seat to meet his Real One and they had to be pulled apart.Real One yelled that he wants to dethrone Joe Boy, a wish he had twice previously expressed at the press conference to announce GOtv Boxing Night 18 and during the event in Ibadan, when he jumped on the ring to taunt Joe Boy as an expired boxer. Both boxers are rated as the best in the Nigeria’s lightweight division, a situation that has bred the wish among fans to see them take on each other. Sources close to the organisers of the event, Flykite Productions, disclosed that the much anticipated fight will hold in September at the 20th edition of the event, where Joe Boy may defend his ABU title against his bitter challenger.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more


first_imgA man has spoken of his frustration after having a day surgery operation cancelled for the second time on the day the procedure was due to take place.Letterkenny HospitalFull-time student Tony Mac Ruairi said he is now completely frustrated at the lack of communication between administration and medical staff at Letterkenny General Hospital.Mr Mac Ruairi, from Ranafast, was due to have the surgery yesterday, exactly a month after the planned operation was first cancelled. He spoke earlier in the day on the Barrscéalta programme on RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta about his bitter disappointment at the outcome of yet another wasted journey from his home in West Donegal.On February 4th, he was on a trolley ready to be taken to an operating theatre when the procedure was cancelled.He was told by a surgeon that the operation would go ahead yesterday.But Mr Mac Ruairi told Donegal Daily “When I arrived they claimed I had been informed ten days ago that my operation had been cancelled. I certainly didn’t receive any notification. “One person told me that he didn’t know why I had brought a bag with me as I certainly wouldn’t be seen.“It appears to me that our health system is going backwards instead of forwards. It appears that medical staff as well as administration staff appear to just accept the system is broke and we can’t fix it,” he said.Mr Mac Ruairi revealed that he had to make arrangements for his children to be left and collected to and from both national and secondary school.“I had to cancel social commitments in my community as well as to my family. It’s that side of things that isn’t taken into account when the system breaks down like this,” he said.Ironically Mr Mac Ruairi has been told his operation has been rescheduled for April 1st. “It’s certainly ironic that this is the date it has been rescheduled for. I’ll be making contact with the hospital a couple of weeks in advance. But who is to say it won’t be cancelled again,” he said.A spokeswoman for the HSE said they do not comment on individual cases.PATIENT FAILS TO SEE FUNNY SIDE OF TWICE-CANCELLED OPERATION was last modified: March 4th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:cancelleddonegalLetterkenny General HospitaloperationRanafastTony MacRuairilast_img read more