REPOST: Boston Labor Day Weekend Meet Up?

Adam was kind enough to post this last week. I’m not going to be able to make it myself, but who else in the Boston area is up for a get together this weekend?

Mostly lurker, occasional commenter, Big R will be in Boston over Labor Day weekend for the American Political Science Association Annual Meeting – doing business as the largest cattle call of polisci geeks in the known universe (trust me, it’s a cattle call!!!) – and would like to meet up with the Balloon Juice greater Boston area cadre. Here’s the details he sent along:

My schedule is fairly light; I have a teaching mini-conference on 8/29, I present on 9/2, and I have a few interviews lined up here and there. If BJ readers wanted to get together for a meal and/or a drink, I would be delighted to join them. If nobody wants to meet my lurker tuchos, then my feelings won’t be hurt.

Anyone from the greater Boston area cadre interested, please sound off in the comments. And I’m sure Big R would be greatly appreciative of recommendations about where to hold the meet up. I personally stopped going to APSA years ago for personal reasons, but the last time they held it in Boston and I was in attendance (early 00s), they held the meeting at the convention center and all the conference hotels were in close proximity. So unless Big R says otherwise in the comments, that’s where he’ll be most of the time.



Vice President Biden’s Eulogy for Senator McCain

Here’s the live feed of Senator McCain’s funeral service in Arizona before his body is flown to Washington, DC to lie in state in the Capitol and a second funeral service on Saturday at the National Cathedral and his final, private funeral service and interment on Sunday at the Naval cemetery at the US Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD.

I’ve got the live feed set to start with Vice President Biden’s eulogy, but feel free to go back or forward. Larry Fitzgerald’s eulogy, given just before VP Biden’s, was very, very nice.

Open thread!



Boston Labor Day Weekend Meet Up Part II: The Meet Upening!

Mostly lurker, occasional commenter, Big R will be in Boston over Labor Day weekend for the American Political Science Association Annual Meeting – doing business as the largest cattle call of polisci geeks in the known universe (trust me, it’s a cattle call!!!) – and would like to meet up with the Balloon Juice greater Boston area cadre. Here’s the details he sent along:

My schedule is fairly light; I have a teaching mini-conference on 8/29, I present on 9/2, and I have a few interviews lined up here and there. If BJ readers wanted to get together for a meal and/or a drink, I would be delighted to join them. If nobody wants to meet my lurker tuchos, then my feelings won’t be hurt.

Anyone from the greater Boston area cadre interested, please sound off in the comments. And I’m sure Big R would be greatly appreciative of recommendations about where to hold the meet up. I personally stopped going to APSA years ago for personal reasons, but the last time they held it in Boston and I was in attendance (early 00s), they held the meeting at the convention center and all the conference hotels were in close proximity. So unless Big R says otherwise in the comments, that’s where he’ll be most of the time.

Open thread!








Boston Labor Day Weekend Meet Up and Primary Election Eve Open Thread

We can probably use a new election eve open thread, and since I’ve been waiting till we got within three weeks or so to post this Boston Meet Up request, consider this an open thread to comment about either or neither or, as usual, anything else that strikes your fancy.

So primary returns are coming in. Balderson is currently barely ahead in OH12 with 100% of the precincts reporting by 1,766 votes. There are 3,435 provisional ballots outstanding that still have to be verified and counted. And the rules in Ohio is that provisional cannot be counted until 10 days after the election. Right now the margin is at .9 for Balderson. Ohio law requires an automatic recount if the margin is .5 or less. So the provisionals have the potential to push this to a recount. This one won’t be finalized and certified for a while. And once it is, because this is a special election, Balderson and O’Connor will be running against themselves for this seat in the regular midterm in November. Regardless, this was a huge swing in this district from Republican to Democrat, which is, itself, a positive indicator of the mood of the electorate.

In Kansas, Krish Kobach is currently trailing the incumbent Kansas governor with 57% of precincts reporting. I know a lot of folks want him to win so that the Democratic candidate can run against him as an extremist. Personally, I just want him out of office. And since, because of his legal issues and the fiasco that was the President’s special committee to investigate non-existent voter fraud, which will make it almost impossible for him to get a Federal appointment. So if Kobach loses this primary, he’s out of government, back in private practice, and a senior fellow at some anti-immigrant institute. He’ll still be able to cause trouble and be a nuisance, but he won’t be able to directly negatively impact people’s lives.

As to the Boston Meet Up. Here’s the details from mostly lurker Big R:

I’ll be in Boston for the American Political Science Association over the Labor Day weekend. My schedule is fairly light; I have a teaching mini-conference on 8/29, I present on 9/2, and I have a few interviews lined up here and there. If BJ readers wanted to get together for a meal and/or a drink, I would be delighted to join them.

So those of you in the greater Boston area, if you’re interested, please chime in in the comments about availability for a meet up over the Labor Day weekend. I’ll run this again on Sunday and next week to make sure we get some good feedback.

Open thread!



New York City Meet Up Update: The Updating!!!

NotMax asked me to put up a reminder for the upcoming New York City Meet Up.

The date: Sunday, July 29
The place: Tír na Nóg
The address:  254 W. 31st St. (near 8th Av.)
The time: 5 p.m. – ??

If people would be happier with an earlier start time, please do speak
up. (Tough for me to get into the city before maybe 2 p.m., YMMV.)
When making reservations shall be requesting a co-listing under the
name Balloon Juice.

Be there or be talked about! :)

P.S.: If someone cares to volunteer to bring green balloon(s), thanks
in advance. Not inclined to run around during vacation seeking those
out.

You all know what to do in the comments!

Open thread.








Thai Cave Rescue Live Feed

They’ve gotten the 8th boy out and have now stopped for the night. Here’s a live stream of the ongoing coverage from near the site:

For those wondering what this type of rescue entails, here’s a former certified cave and rescue diver from central Florida:

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New York City Meetup for 29 July

NotMax sent me the following:

Following up about a potential NYC area meet-up.

Commenter satby, who will be in town, suggested July 29th. Sunday
works for me (don’t have to go to work on Monday) but maybe not for
others? If a Sunday, maybe set an afternoon start time? Say, 4-ish or
5-ish.

As for locale, wide open to suggestions. As people expressed a
definite preference for a place close to mass transit, will mention
one possibility.

Tír na Nóg, at 31st and 8th, practically spitting distance to Penn Station.

Their site: http://www.tirnanognyc.com/

Yours in jackalry,

NotMax

You all in the metro NY City area know what to do in the comments.

Open thread!