It’s an invitation across the nation, a chance for folks to meet

Let’s do the New York Balloon Juice meet-up Sunday afternoon at McGee’s on 240 West 55 Street
Between Broadway and 8th Avenues. That’s an eerily perfect location for me, and it worked well last time. Does that sound good?

Someone might try calling ahead to see if we can get our own special area or something, once we get an idea of what the turn-out might be like.

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  1. 1
    horatius says:

    On another note.

    From India with Love.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/....._1024w.jpg

  2. 2
    GregB says:

    RasputinRasmussen, the Dick Morris of polling firms.

    Can we start shoveling dirt on this well paid partisan Republican propaganda machine?

    Link to the ugly numbers at KOS.

  3. 3
    Surreal American says:

    Any moment now, Romney will regain his momentum. I can feel the vibrations already.

  4. 4
    jayackroyd says:

    I should be able to make it.

  5. 5
    Alex S. says:

    Is it true that Puerto Rico wants to join the Union? Hopefully Obama gets to add another state. That would be historic.

  6. 6
    Steeplejack says:

    @3M DougJ:

    Do you have a time for that?

  7. 7
    Surreal American says:

    Well gee whaddya know, that’s one more thing Dick was wrong about:

    http://youtu.be/6USrjmAlYHs

  8. 8
    EconWatcher says:

    @Alex S.:

    Let ’em in. We need the dues. (Two more Dem Senate seats.)

  9. 9
    lamh35 says:

    Dang, I can’t make it.

    But I’ve been reading my timeline on facebook and I’m seeing post after post from family and friends about co-workers and acquantances from the “other side” being sore losers and downright hostile moaning and groaning, so I posted the following to my FB page:

    Been reading my TL and seeing post from family and friends about co-workers and acquantances from the “other side” being sore losers and downright hostile moaning and groaning and I’m just happy I’m off today to give those people a chance to get over it. If ya really know me as my real friends and family do, they you know I have invested heart sweat, tears, money and time not just in getting Barack Obama elected the first time, but especially getting him re-elected. It was up, it was down and it was HARD FOUGHT. So yeah guess what, the supporters who stood by this President through the sweat, the tears, the name-calling, the disrespect, the fear-mongering and the downright ignorance of not just from random fools I don’t know on the conservative side, but from people who frankly should damn well know better and be more informed about the decisions made to move this country forward and who sure love to speak tolerance as they look me in the eye, but who traffic in bigotry, misinformation, and divisiveness through word or mouth, email, letters, or what have you when not looking you in the eye, are gonna be celebrating all day and until inauguration.
    So I’m telling ya now, if you have problem with my jubilance and my celebration for this POTUS, then you can unfriend me right now and I won’t bat an eye. You got 24hours, ‘Cause guess what my celebration ain’t stopping anytime soon and will continue on for the next 4 yerars.

  10. 10
    Metrosexual Manichean Monster DougJ says:

    @Steeplejack:

    I’m thinking maybe 2? I have to double check though.

  11. 11
    Capt. Seaweed says:

    I’ll be easy to spot. I’ll be riding this:

  12. 12
    Steeplejack says:

    @Metrosexual Manichean Monster DougJ:

    Cool. There’s a chance I might have to go to NYC sometime in the next month, and the timing if flexible.

  13. 13
    Mnemosyne says:

    Well, since other people are treating this as an open thread, I thought I should alert the pron-watchers among us that Measure B passed and the LA County Department of Health will start inspecting pron sets to make sure the actors are wearing condoms.

    I am highly amused by the grumblings of the industry that they’re going to go Galt and move production elsewhere. It was especially funny when they threatened to move to Nevada, where prostitution is legal and highly regulated, so they would actually have to follow even more rules than they will in California.

    Me, I support the law from a labor rights standpoint — your employer should not be allowed to endanger your life by denying you safety equipment or pressuring you not to use it, no matter what kind of work it is you do for that employer.

  14. 14
    Raven says:

    Anyone see any numbers on the military vote?

  15. 15
    Mnemosyne says:

    @horatius:

    I find that picture simultaneously amusing and horrifying.

  16. 16
    Roger Moore says:

    @Alex S.:
    Puerto Rico did vote to favor statehood, but with enough confusion that there’s plenty of room to spin. They voted with a small majority that they don’t like their current US Commonwealth status, and with a larger majority that their preferred alternative is statehood rather than full independence or a looser association. But there were enough blank ballots for the alternative to Commonwealth status that proponents of the status quo can spin it as more popular in reality than any of the alternatives. And, of course, there isn’t a chance in Hell that the Republicans will vote for an overwhelmingly brown, Spanish-speaking, Democratic-leaning state.

    And while we’re at it, can we arrange a Los Angeles area get together? I know there are a bunch of us around here, including at least one of our front-pagers, so we should have our own get together.

  17. 17
    Roger Moore says:

    @Mnemosyne:

    Me, I support the law from a labor rights standpoint—your employer should not be allowed to endanger your life by denying you safety equipment or pressuring you not to use it, no matter what kind of work it is you do for that employer.

    That was exactly my take on it. If you see it as a workplace safety issue, which it is, then the choice is obvious; the government has a legitimate, long-standing interest and power to enforce rules to protect employees. I’m glad a majority of voters here had the sense to see things that way.

  18. 18
    Alex S. says:

    @EconWatcher:

    Now there’s an interesting idea to stuff the Senate with new senators… Let’s welcome the new Senators from the Virgin Islands.

    @Roger Moore:

    Interesting, thanks. I really wonder if the Republicans would vote against that.

  19. 19
    PurpleGirl says:

    McGee’s sounds good and it’s easy to get to. Looking forward to the meet-up.

  20. 20
    Egypt Steve says:

    Hey, what are the odds for filibuster reform this time? Or do the old men chicken out again? That’s my bet.

  21. 21
    KG says:

    Puerto Rico’s governor is a Republican, the non-voting delegate in the House is a Democrat. Not sure which at it would lean, but I’d like to see them as a state, if that’s what the vote showed they wanted. Of course then Nate Silver would have to change rhe name of his blog to 541 or some such, depending on how many seats in the House they create… As a side note, any thoughts on expanding the size of the House? 435 is an arbitrary number based on the population around 1910 or so

  22. 22
    Arclite says:

    When is DougJ going to come out to Honolulu so we can have a BJ Honolulu meet up?

  23. 23
    KG says:

    @Egypt Steve: King in Maine actually ran on it. I’d bet there’s some sort of reform

  24. 24
    Roger Moore says:

    @Alex S.:

    I really wonder if the Republicans would vote against that.

    When in the past 20 years have Republicans let the good of the country take priority over partisan advantage? They aren’t going to vote for PR statehood unless they think they well gain from it as a party.

  25. 25
    chopper says:

    i may be able to make it.

  26. 26
    Roger Moore says:

    @KG:

    As a side note, any thoughts on expanding the size of the House?

    The small states would hate it because it would dilute their power in the electoral college. The very small states would despise it because it would dilute their power in the House of Representatives.

  27. 27
    Mayur says:

    Goddammit I wish you could schedule for when I’m not making drinks for people! Oh well…

  28. 28
    Nicole says:

    Yay! Looking forward to seeing everyone! I may have the toddler in tow. If so, I’m hopeful he’ll do his party trick, which is that he identifies both Obama and Romney by their picture. We did not teach him either one; my husband and I just watch WAY too much MSNBC.

  29. 29
    Corner Stone says:

    New York Balloon Juice meet-up Sunday afternoon at McGee’s on 240 West 55 Street
    Between Broadway and 8th Avenues

    Sounds good, see you then.

  30. 30
    Scamp Dog says:

    I saw a number of Juicers from Denver whenever the discussion was about grass roots campaigning, so how about a get-together for us?

  31. 31
    MattR says:

    Am supposed to be flying down to Charlotte to watch our modern gladiators in person, but that may not happen with this weather. If that falls through, I will try and make it to McGee’s (depending on where I am staying/if power has been restored to my condo).

  32. 32
    Nicole says:

    @Mnemosyne:

    Well, since other people are treating this as an open thread, I thought I should alert the pron-watchers among us that Measure B passed and the LA County Department of Health will start inspecting pron sets to make sure the actors are wearing condoms.

    That’s really funny. I auditioned for an audiobook narration company this summer, and to prep I listened to audiobooks from a library, including romance novels, because they are a big market. In the midst of a very graphic sex scene, the author described the man putting on a condom. So even in the purely imaginary, there are artists concerned about the health of their creations.

    I feel that the only real difference between men and women on porn consumption is that men watch it and women read it. ;)

  33. 33
    Valdivia says:

    Have we decided on a time yet? I’m taking the train in so trying to figure out how early to leave here.

  34. 34
    Valdivia says:

    @Steeplejack:

    Oh cool! We get to meet in NYC even if we live in the same city :)

  35. 35
    Amir Khalid says:

    @Mnemosyne:
    Will the porn producers be required to provide the condoms, or must the performer buy them for himself?

  36. 36
    Mnemosyne says:

    @Nicole:

    I think you’re right, and I think it’s partly because if you actually watch a movie, women start to get distracted thinking, “Ow, that looks uncomfortable. Who can bend that way?” Whereas if you just read it, your mind skims right over that part. :-)

    @Amir Khalid:

    In California, it’s the employer’s responsibility to provide state-mandated safety equipment to their employees, so the producers are on the hook.

  37. 37
    Will says:

    Let’s do the New York Balloon Juice meet-up Sunday afternoon at McGee’s on 240 West 55 Street
    Between Broadway and 8th Avenues.

    I’ll be there. So much to celebrate!

  38. 38
    FormerSwingVoter says:

    @Roger Moore: The whole Puerto-Rico-as-state thing reminds me of something my grandfather told me a couple years ago: that Hawaii’s statehood was delayed for years and years until Alaska was looking at statehood, that way both could be brought in at almost the same time and even things out electorally.

    No idea if it’s true or not, but it made me feel better about our broken political system. Partisan hackery isn’t new, it’s just worse.

  39. 39
    Rafer Janders says:

    Um, what time Sunday afternoon?

  40. 40
    Roger Moore says:

    @FormerSwingVoter:
    Admitting states in pairs to avoid upsetting existing partisan balance has a very long history. Before the Missouri Compromise, there were attempts to make sure that slave and free states were admitted in pairs to avoid upsetting that political balance.

  41. 41
    jayackroyd says:

    @KG: I don’t count 51 Dem Senators who would support the attendant accountability. Do you? They hide behind the filibuster.

  42. 42
    celiadexter says:

    I’m in for Sunday, assuming the snowstorm doesn’t do something untoward.

  43. 43
    Metrosexual Manichean Monster DougJ says:

    @Valdivia:

    I think 2, but let me double check.

  44. 44
    Thlayli says:

    @celiadexter:

    You’d never know it by looking out the window right now, but the forecast for Sunday is 60 and sunny.

  45. 45
    Rich C. says:

    I’ll try to show. I’d love to meet Doug.

  46. 46
    Rich C. says:

    I’ll try to show. I’d love to meet Doug.

  47. 47
    Rich C. says:

    I’ll try to show. I’d love to meet Doug.

  48. 48

    Unless and until we have a Los Angeles meet-up, I will have a sad.

  49. 49
    amcoco says:

    This sounds like fun. I’m mostly a lurker hereabouts but have met far too few “real” people since moving to NY. No time like the present!

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    Rita R. says:

    Hoping to be able to make it! Had a great time at the last one.

  51. 51
    Suffern ACE says:

    If I am able to get into the city, I will come.

  52. 52
    Literalreddy says:

    I should be able to make it.

  53. 53
    Teejay says:

    With 52 to choose from, was there a particular one you had in mind?

  54. 54
    Ivan X says:

    I’ll be there. I missed the previous ones. I’m not missing this one!

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