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Morning Feature – Gimme-Gimme-Gimme Y-E-S (Meta Monday)

December 10, 2012

Morning Feature

Morning Feature – Gimme-Gimme-Gimme Y-E-S (Meta Monday)

The resident faculty had the BPI cheerleaders perform outside the mail room this morning. As the staff didn’t know the campus had cheerleaders, we hope it was a clue. (More)

First our thanks to last week’s writers:

On Monday, you shared your stories of offline activism in Things We Did This Week, addisnana mused on Watching the Cat Play in Midday Matinee, and winterbanyan saw Vector-Borne Disease on the Rise in Our Earth.

On Tuesday, Winning Progressive shared Comments at the New York Times in Morning Feature, the Squirrel distinguished Bullying, Bluffing, and Negotiating in Furthermore!, readers helped tell Tuesday’s Tale: Deck the Halls in Midday Matinee, addisnana explored Catalunya’s Moves Toward Independence in Evening Focus, and winterbanyan asked Where Have Our Winters Gone? in Our Earth.

On Wednesday, Winning Progressive offered A Shout Out to the American People in Morning Feature, the Squirrel probed The Emanuel-Snowe War on Christmas in Furthermore!, addisnana shared On Wheelchairs and the ADA in Midday Matinee, and winterbanyan reported that Antarctic Microbes May Hint at E.T. in Our Earth.

On Thursday, we discussed Backlash, Redux: The War on Men in Morning Feature, addisnana offered The Party Grimm in Furthermore!, triciawyse brought us Fursdai Furries in Midday Matinee, and winterbanyan shared a Return to Doha Climate Talks in Our Earth.

On Friday, we mused on Fracture: The GOP, Budget Talks, and the Mayacalypse in Morning Feature and triciawyse offered Frieday Critters in Midday Matinee.

On the weekend, we pondered Hope, Fear, and Tea Leaves in Budget Talks and Marriage Equality in Saturday’s Morning Feature, Ms. Crissie was asked Yea-Nay? in Sunday’s Morning Feature, Winning Progressive brought us Weekend Reading in Furthermore!, we chuckled at Silly Sunday: Do You Have What I Have? in Evening Focus, and winterbanyan shared our weekly Eco News Roundup in Our Earth.

Note: Please share your stories of offline political activism in Things We Did This Week.

Thus we return to the cheerleaders outside the mail room as the resident faculty made their way from the wine cellar library where they spent the weekend drinking thinking on our motto of Magis vinum, magis verum (“More wine, more truth”) to the hot tub faculty lounge for their weekly game where the underwear goes flying planning conference.

As Blogistan Polytechnic Institute has no sports teams, and thus no cheerleaders, the staff weren’t sure exactly who was dancing in the corridor and chanting: “Gimme a Y! Gimme an E! Gimme an S! What does spell?”

Reluctantly, we opened the mail room door and peeked out, thereby confirming two facts. First, shaved legs are apparently optional for the BPI cheerleaders. Second, so are double chins.

We thanked Professor Plum and Ms. Scarlet and watched them hop and pom-pom-shake their way down the corridor and out toward the Squirrel’s tree. He scampered in moments later looking as if he’d just ducked out of a dinner party with a hawk.

“Please tell me I didn’t see what I think I just saw,” he texted on his Blewberry.

“Dey haz big sparklee ballz,” Pootie the Precious replied on her iHazPhone.

As if to demonstrate, she batted a spongee ball studded with blue mylar strips across the floor. The staff agreed that Pootie the Precious would be a far more interesting cheerleader, at least for thirty seconds, before she lay down to nap.

We also agreed that the nap was perhaps less appropriate cheerleader behavior, unless one were watching the South Blogistan Buccaneers, who also seemed to nap through the last three minutes of their game yesterday. Not that the staff are still stinging from watching the Bucs blow an 11-point fourth-quarter lead – and any hope of a playoff berth – and letting the Phillystan Eagles snap an eight-game losing streak with a final play touchdown. We’re over it. Dammit.

This is why BPI has no sports teams.

And also no cheerleaders, which returned our attention to the resident faculty’s weekly clue. It was easy enough to decipher, as the text of their cheer was, in effect, Getting to Yes. Thus the staff concluded that the resident faculty will revisit their discussion from last August, with a special focus on the ongoing budget discussions between President Obama and Speaker John Boehner.

Or else they plan to do the splits, in which case we’ll need to notify the campus health clinic….


Happy Monday!

  • Gardener

    Boehner is quite a piece of work. When is the election for Speaker?

    • NCrissieB

      According to Billy House at the National Journal the House will elect their new Speaker on January 3rd, 2013. With 234 Republicans and 200 Democrats in the House – one seat is vacant after the resignation of Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-IL) – Speaker Boehner needs at least 217 votes. House Democrats have already reelected Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) as their caucus leader and nominee for Speaker, and will presumably vote for her in the general House election on January 3rd.

      Conservative groups hope to peel off 17 House Republican votes, denying Speaker Boehner reelection on the first ballot and – they hope – forcing the election of a more hardline conservative to lead the House. But no House Republicans have yet said they’ll oppose Speaker Boehner, and I would be shocked if he’s not reelected on the first ballot.

      Good morning! ::hugggggs::

  • addisnana

    Has a negotiation ever had so many people watching and waiting for the results? Political pundits in the US, the head of the IMF, the European central bankers, American citizens writing and emailing to Congress….but hey, no pressure Speaker Boehner…no pressure at all.

    • The interesting thing is that all the pressure is on the Republicans. Reading through the series of analyses and often contradictory statements coming out of various Washington insiders, that is a theme that becomes clear. The President has the upper hand in this, and while he’d like to have a deal, he isn’t going to get blamed (except by Fox and Limbaugh) if one doesn’t happen on time.

      • NCrissieB

        I agree that the external, public pressure is on Speaker Boehner and House Republicans. That said, I think President Obama and Democrats feel some pressure to protect the hardworking families who would be hurt by the $500 billion ‘second stimulus’ of the December 2010 budget deal expiring, as well as by some of the sequestration cuts from the August 2011 debt ceiling deal. Polls show voters are more likely to blame Republicans for failing to make a deal, but a principled man like President Obama will still feel responsible to minimize and mitigate the suffering.

        Good morning! ::hugggggs::

    • NCrissieB

      Among intra-governmental economic negotiations, the August 2011 debt ceiling talks may have had as big a global audience, but I’m not sure. Beyond that, I’d guess that only pre-war and surrender negotiations draw as much attention.

      That creates a problem all its own, that kind of spotlight creates cross-motives that make it more difficult to reach a principled agreement. When ‘saving face’ becomes more important than solving the problem, it’s a good bet that you won’t get an optimal solution.

      Good morning! ::hugggggs::

  • winterbanyan

    Maybe we should e-mail a copy of “Getting to Yes” to everyone in the GOP. Except I doubt they would read it. They seem incapable of reading anything except their own press releases and things that agree with them.

    A timely discussion. Thanks!

    • NCrissieB

      I wish everyone in the GOP would read Getting to Yes. I also wish more grassroots progressive activists would read it, to better understand why and how President Obama and Democrats are negotiating. Too many people’s ideas of ‘negotiation’ are more about bullying and bluffing than establishing and negotiating principled agreements.

      Good morning! ::hugggggs::