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Cheers and Jeers for Thanksgiving 2022

Note: As for the rest of the C&J posting week, nothing formal tomorrow, although we’ll post a “Who won the week” poll—the greatest ever—in the diaries around 7pm ET.  Off Monday. Back Tuesday.  Have a great holiday and may your end of the wishbone be the long one, even if you have to concoct a scheme so devious that it puts you on the radar of the House Intelligence and/or Judiciary Committee.

December 18th!!!

Days ’til Christmas: 31

Days ’til the National Menorah lighting in D.C.: 24

Date of Lincoln‘s Thanksgiving proclamation: 10/3/1863

Number of NFL games today: 3

Population of Turkey, Texas (hometown of Bob Wills): 326

Percent of Parade readers who believe calories don’t exist on Thanksgiving: 69%

Number of Thanksgivings during which Eric Trump has gotten his head stuck in a can of cranberry sauce: 8

Number of Americans who intend to eat human brains for Thanksgiving dinner, up from 6,039 last year and spreading rapidly from northwest to southeast (stay tuned to your short-wave radios for updates and lock your doors): 6,114

Your Thursday Molly Ivins Moment:

The Progress Report has come up with some dandy things to be thankful for, starting with American troops. It also lists:

  • Rep. Jack Murtha, D-Pa., for showing it’s patriotic to speak your mind.
  • The 90 senators who stood up to Cheney to say that torture is not an American value.
  • The 79 senators who demanded the Bush administration detail a plan for Iraq.
  • That Sen. Bill Frist is not our physician.
Molly Ivins

Consider these additional delights: Tom Delay is under indictment, Heckuva Job Brownie is no longer on the public payroll, and for some inexplicable reason, the administration found a Republican prosecutor in the Plame affair who seems to care more about the law than politics. […]

There’s music in poor bleeding New Orleans again, Ted Koppel and his hair put in a commendable 25 years, some terrific new films are out, my puppy has not eaten a shoe for an entire month now, and the Mountain West is moving from red to purple. So let’s all loosen our belts and get right down to the all-American tradition of overeating on Thanksgiving. It’s still a great country, even if it is a little strange. I am grateful for all my fellow citizens—how would we know it was America if we didn’t hear regularly from the nincompoop faction? Happy turkey to you all.

Thanksgiving 2005

Puppy Pic of the Day: Suck it up, Buttercup…


And now my world-famous annual

Things For Which I Am Thankful: 2022 Edition

Our republic, which went another year without perishing from the earth

The Democrats who fought and won their 2022 races—a midterm election for the history books and the reason why many households will be adding conservative tears to their gravy boats this year

Grassroots Democratic organizers and voters, especially in red states and doubly-especially women of color

Young voters—we [heart] you!!!

Campaign volunteers, ride sharers, and polling place workers

Nancy Pelosi, without question in the pantheon of most positively-consequential Speakers of the House

New Democratic senators John Fetterman of Pennsylvania and Peter Welch of Vermont

Those BLUE legislatures in Minnesota and Michigan…and the BLUE state House in Pennsylvania.

All the Democrats in battleground states who won their elections for Secretary of State.

The bipartisan House Jan. 6 Select Committee—including Republicans Liz Cheney and Adam Kinzinger—for investigation the Trump coup with efficiency and stone-cold seriousness

Maine’s state government, for spending another year with Dem control of the state House and Senate, and Democratic Governor Janet Mills for CRUSHING MAGA candidate Paul “Mini Trump” LePage to cruise to reelection

Doctors, nurses, and hospital administrative workers

Dr. Fauci and the now fully-functional NIH and CDC

The vaccines and the mad scientists behind them

The first responders and relief organizers who went above and beyond in the wake of this year’s hurricanes, floods, and wildfires


All the indigenous people of North America

Rena Kawasaki of Japan, winner of Desmond Tutu’s 2022 International Children’s Peace Prize

The Nobel and Pulitzer winners

Employers who give their employees Thanksgiving off

Employees who don’t get the day off so they can keep vital services running while the rest of us do



Wind turbines and solar panels


The Biden cabinet, the most capable, diverse, motivated, and scandal-free in my memory

Samantha Bee, Stephen Colbert, John Oliver, Jimmy Kimmel, Seth Meyers, SNL, and the return of Jon Stewart, for continuing the renaissance in late-night political humor

Freedom of the press

Freedom of speech fuck Trump fuck Elon Musk fuck Kanye West

The diverse slate of Biden’s 84 federal judges confirmed by the Senate, with many more to come

Supreme Court Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson

The #5 thing on internet lists that actually SHOCK me

Ukraine’s humiliation of terrorist nation Russia

Ta-Nehisi Coates, Joy Reid, Bishop William Barber, Al Sharpton, Charlie Pierce, Charles Blow,  John Nichols, Howard Dean, E.J. Dionne, Eugene Robinson, David K. Johnston, Paul Krugman, Elie Mystal

Marc Elias at Democracy Docket, for winning so many court cases against MAGA lawyers trying to steal elections

The Kagro in the Morning radio show

Naomi Klein, Marcy Wheeler, Rachel Maddow, Chris Hayes, Daniel Dale, David Corn, Lawrence O’Donnell, Nicolle Wallace

Atrios, Digby, Charles M. Blow, Americablog, John Cole, Joe Jervis, Michelangelo Signorile, Dan Savage, Leonard Pitts, Lizz Winstead

Media Matters, The Hispanic Federation, The Southern Poverty Law Center, PFAW, PFLAG, 350.org, RAICES, March for Our Lives, Indivisible, Black Lives Matter, Run For Something, Planned Parenthood, NAACP, IAVA, ACLU, and the many other advocacy organizations that prevent the worst of the MAGA cult’s abuses, often in coordination with each other

Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter

Bill and Hillary Clinton

Barack and Michelle Obama

Joe and Jill Biden

My partner, Michael, for growing old with me

All of my bosses (if you’re reading this, you’re one of them) at Daily Kos

The front-pagers and diarists here, for explaining stuff I don’t know boo about, especially Kos, and Mark Sumner for their detailed Ukraine updates that have become nationally respected

My morning front-page blogger neighbors: the Abbreviated Pundit Roundup, morning cartoonists, and Elections Morning Digest

The rest of the progressive blogosphere, for having the wisdom to follow all of the orders issued by “Keyboard Kingpin” Markos “Mouse Tits” Moulitsas to…the…letter

Netroots Nation and its organizers, for executing another great convention in Pittsburgh

Those amazingly upbeat Good News Roundups

Dirty Fucking Hippies. We must breed more of them.

My doggie. My pootie.

My squirrels: Teddy, Gladys, Mama, Ivy, Pierre, Splooter, Pee-wee, Lookachu, Clefty, Chumley…and 2022 babies Taz, Ellie, and Secret Agent 003.





Teriyaki sauce

Mayochup yes I said mayochup!

Taco Tuesdays

Excedrin Migraine. Next to the epidural, God’s gift to pain relief.


Candy corn

Snow Snow Snow


Electric cars

High-speed rail




The Resistance

Maine’s proximity to safe haven Canada (just in case)

Peace. (Yeah, it’s a word. Really. I looked it up.)

That magic moment every day at 6am when the Bacardi 151 crosses the blood-brain barrier.

Microwave ovens, which are excellent for re-heating food that gets cold because some idiot on a blog spent three hours listing all the stuff he was thankful for.

My excellent memory

And, say it with me…


Stay safe. Stay healthy. Pass the taters ‘n gravy.

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