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Happy Fourth of July!

By Josh Richman
Wednesday, July 4th, 2007 at 1:00 pm in Jerry McNerney, U.S. House.

And what could be more patriotic on our nation’s birthday than an item on our national pastime?

Cruising the Web site of the House Softball League, I noticed the wonderful team names.

Staffers from the office of Rep. Jerry McNerney, D-Pleasanton, comprise the “Dragon Slayers,” a riff on the name some pundits bestowed upon their boss when he unseated House Resources Committee Chairman Richard Pombo, D-Tracy, last year.

A U.S. Mint team is called “Cold Hard Cash.” The Louisiana delegation’s team is called “Louisiana: At Least It’s Not Arkansas.” The office of House Republican Whip Roy Blunt, R-Mo., fields a team paying homage to Devo: “Whip It Good.” Staffers from the offices of Chris Shays, R-Conn., and former Rep. Nancy Johnson, R-Conn., call themselves “Shays Lounge and the Swinging Johnsons.” (!!!)

But my nomination for best team name is the “Booze Your Daddy’s Wicked Kitten Militia,” made up of staffers from the offices of John Boozman, R-Ark., and Pete Sessions, R-Texas. How can you not root for THAT home team?!?

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