Blog Profile / Balloon Juice


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Archived Since:March 4, 2008

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My Favorite Holiday

The national dog show. That turkey related thing is ok, too. I have a dozen people coming over- Tammy is stressed as hell but everything will be fine. Her husband and I are much more relaxed, but she is a perfectionist. Also, this annual tradition.

Still he knows who knows who and where and how

What are you most thankful for this year in the world of politics? For me, it’s the demise of Mark Halperin. This piece is a gem: After all, what did Trump respond to? Most of all, two things: the sense among Americans that the language of politics has become an incomprehensible jargon of the elite, […]

Thursday Morning Open Thread: Happy Thanksgiving!

'Avoiding politics' at Thanksgiving is how we got Trump. Put on juggalo war paint and politicize everything. Redistribute the bread rolls. Nationalize the Monopoly game. Unionize the flag football league. Incite a kids' table uprising. Make a guillotine for your table centerpiece — Zeddy (@ZeddRebel) November 22, 2017 A frank confession: I’m not thankful this […]

Sources and Methods: The Betrayal of an Intelligence Partner

Vanity Fair‘s Howard Blum has done an excellent, long form piece of journalism that finally shed’s light on exactly what the President did when he betrayed the Israelis and told Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov and Ambassador Kislyak about their anti-ISIS intelligence mission. The covert mission into the forbidden plains of northern Syria was a “blue […]

And While We’re Fucking At It

If any fucking Republican says shit to you about Al Franken, just point to this: Sexual misconduct by powerful men has all but taken over the news, with Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.), Rep. John Conyers Jr. (D-Mich.) and senatorial hopeful Roy Moore (R-Ala.) among the politicians on this growing list. Trump vociferously has taken aim […]

And Now, Unfortunately, We Have a Pattern

Not good: Two more women have told HuffPost that Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) touched their butts in separate incidents. These are the third and fourth such allegations against Franken in the past week. Leeann Tweeden, a radio host, wrote last week that Franken had kissed and groped her without her consent during a 2006 USO […]

Thanksgiving Files: Turkey, Turkey, Who Is Cooking The Turkey?

This is the only way I’ve been preparing turkey since my first attempt. The only thing I changed up from that first time I prepared it, I skip the metal rack and instead place the bird on a bed of carrots, celery and onion. With the shorter cooking time, the flavor needs the boost the roasting […]

Convert that Gravy Boat into a Battleship!

As is its wont, Fox News is ginning up outrage among the duct-taped naugahyde recliner set by highlighting godless liberals’ plans to persecute Trump supporters over turkey this year: GQ: It's Your 'Civic Duty' to Ruin Thanksgiving for Your Trump-Supporting Family Members https://t.co/GZF4eyRAmv — Fox News (@FoxNews) November 22, 2017 The suggestions for how to […]

Open Thread: Palm Beach Thanksgiving Social Notes

Should be noted: Just 80 minutes before Trump arrived at his golf club, the White House made the pool correct an earlier report that said Trump was having a “low-key day” to “the president will NOT have a low-key day and has a full schedule of meetings and phone calls”. — Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) November […]

Alabama Ass Whuppin’

Let’s win this thing in Alabama. With polls basically tied in AL, markets give Moore (R) about 60/40 chance to beat Jones (D). DEM really need to take this race to have legit shot at taking senate in 2018; winner of election stays in senate for 3 years, through 2020 election. — David Rothschild (@DavMicRot) […]

Thanksgiving Files: Blueberry Pie

This was my very first (!) pie attempt years ago I have to work today, but I thought I’d put together a couple of Thanksgiving recipe posts to give you guys a chance to share your favorite recipes.  I cancelled my big Thanksgiving plans and told the relatives I’d go out early December to see […]

Open Thread And Signs of Life

Folks, I just wanted to pop in and let people know that I’m OK. As an only child in a small family, I’ve had to take care of crazy amounts of detail to plan my mom’s funeral, etc., which will be next week. I’ll post her obit Friday.  I’m still wracked with grief, unable to […]

Wednesday Morning Open Thread: Compare & Contrast

NEWS: On Thanksgiving, Pope Francis will meet @RevDrBarber, who's leading a revival of MLK's Poor People's Campaign. Barber is among international grassroots leaders meeting @Pontifex that day. https://t.co/PsYcqqJd9x — Laurie Goodstein...Show More Summary

Late-Night Russiagate Open Thread: California’s Representative to Mother Russia

Russia regarded Representative Dana Rohrabacher as an intelligence source worthy of a Kremlin code name https://t.co/3BObvIIy4D — The New York Times (@nytimes) November 21, 2017 He’s the twinkly-eyed Zelig of the American Treason Party: For two decades, Representative Dana Rohrabacher has been of value to the Kremlin, so valuable in recent years that the F.B.I. […]

Sometimes a Headline Says It All

The entire story is amazing, but some choice quotes: Hughes’s ultimate goal is a subsequent launch that puts him miles above the Earth, where the 61-year-old limousine driver hopes to photograph proof of the disc we all live on. “It’ll shut the door on this ball earth,” Hughes said in a fundraising interview with a […]

Profits Uber Alles

There are so many reasons to not use Uber or Lyft, and here is another one: Hackers stole the personal data of 57 million customers and drivers from Uber Technologies Inc., a massive breach that the company concealed for more than a year. This week, the ride-hailing company ousted Joe Sullivan, chief security officer, and […]

Tuesday Evening Open Thread: THREE Turkeys at the White House

Trump looking at turkey: "Am I allowed to touch it?" Turkey people: "Absolutely"Trump: "I feel so good about myself" pic.twitter.com/S5kgqIqYzR — T.J. Ortenzi (@tjortenzi) November 21, 2017 Kudos to the reporter who yelled out “are you going to pardon any people” during that. — Rosie Gray (@RosieGray) November 21, 2017 Trump pardons Drumstick and Wishbone, […]

Ruthenium-106 over Europe

  In September, a cloud of ruthenium-106 spread over Europe. Ruthenium-106 is used in nuclear medicine, and it is extracted from used nuclear reactor fuel. The amounts were tiny – one of the things about radioactive materials is that they can be detected at very, very low concentrations. There are many atmospheric sampling stations around […]

Tuesday Afternoon Open Thread

Just cleaned out my fridge to make room for the Thanksgiving feast makings. The hens are the chief beneficiaries, being the wrong kind of poultry and the right kind of recipients of vegetable and fruit drawer flotsam. I am making the following for Thanksgiving: Turkey Gravy Mashed potatoes Dressing/stuffing Fried cabbage Corn casserole Candied sweet […]

Today’s Must Read- “The Nationalist’s Delusion”

This Adam Serwer piece on the economic anxiety myth should be a must read for everyone. It’s such a good piece that it is hard to figure out what to quote, so let’s just start from the top: THIRTY YEARS AGO, nearly half of Louisiana voted for a Klansman, and the media struggled to explain […]

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