Attention St. Louis Meet Uppers: Opiejeanne Is Coming To Town!

I have no idea if it is one if by land and two if by sea for a Balloon Juice meet up, but whatever it is: The Opiejeannes are coming! The Opiejeannes are coming!

Commenter Lapassionara has emailed asking if I would provide the details to the forthcoming Opiejeanne invasion:

Opiejeanne is coming to town, and we have decided to have a Jackal meet up this Thursday, June 27th, starting at 5 pm, at McGurks, in the Soulard area.

And since the only song I can think of with McGurk in it is the Irish Rover, here’s the Irish Rovers singing it.

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Tuesday Morning Open Thread: Catch the Fire

Speaking of setting fires, I for one am ready for Stacey-mentum:

Georgia Democrat Stacey Abrams said Thursday that she wants to make a decision this month about running for a U.S. Senate seat from her home state and thinks she could hold off on making a decision about running for president until this fall…

“My first responsibility is to decide whether a Senate run is right for me,” Abrams said during an appearance Thursday on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” adding that she is trying to determine if the Senate is “the right job that I need to hold.”

Abrams is being heavily courted by Senate Democratic leaders to challenge Sen. David Perdue (R-Ga.) next year.

If she forgoes the Senate race, Abrams said she thinks she could wait until September to enter the race for the White House…

I doubt she actually will wait that long, but it’s gotta be fun watching the Repubs who stole her last election running in circles worrying how hard she’ll make them work (how much money she’ll force them to spend) this time!








Musical Open Thread: Happy Birthday, Emmylou Harris

She was born in 1947. The phrase ‘forever young’ would seem like an insult to such an ageless lady, so I’ll just hope that we’ll be lucky enough to have her for many years yet!








Saturday Morning Quick Hits Open Thread

So many important / amazing stories that I want to share and don’t, because there’s never a good time in the rush of events. Here’s a few from this week:

Heather Heyer’s killer has spared the people who loved her some further portion of horror reliving the event. Per the Washington Post, “Neo-Nazi sympathizer pleads guilty to federal hate crimes for plowing car into protesters at Charlottesville rally”:

James Alex Fields Jr., 21, of Ohio admitted guilt to 29 of 30 counts in a federal indictment as part of a deal with prosecutors, who agreed they would not seek the death penalty in a case that has come to symbolize the violent resurgence of white supremacism in the United States. Fields is set to be sentenced July 3.

Late last year, Fields was convicted in state court of first-degree murder and other charges for killing Heather D. Heyer, 32, and injuring dozens at the chaotic Unite the Right rally on Aug. 12, 2017. The jury in that case recommended a life sentence, and a state judge is scheduled to formally impose it in mid-July…

Susan Bro, Heyer’s mother, said after the hearing she was satisfied with the result.

“There’s no point in killing him. It would not bring back Heather,” Bro said.

“It’s a relief to think we don’t have to go through another trial. It was exhausting the first time. I can get on with my life, and the other victims can, too.”…

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Jamelle Bouie is now working for the NYTimes. I second his thesis here — “Oliver North Showed Republicans the Way Out. Belligerence, shamelessness and partisanship can take you far.”:

The particular twists and turns of Iran-contra don’t mirror the Russia scandal’s. The politics, however, do. As with Trump and Russia, the White House itself was defiant. “Admiral Poindexter and Colonel North put their careers on the line to protect our country,” Pat Buchanan, then serving as White House communications director, said at a rally in Miami in December 1986. “If Colonel North broke any rules, he will stand up and take it as the Marine he is. But I say, if Colonel North ripped off the ayatollah and took some $30 million to give to the contras, God bless Colonel North.”
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You All Asked For It: 80s Music Open Thread

I’ve got nothing really to say right now about what happened in New Zealand earlier today (their time) that I haven’t said too many times before over the past 3 and 1/2 years. I may write something about it in a day or two, but I also may not.

But since you all have been arguing about 80s music in the comments to the previous thread, here’s a post with a bunch of it. Some one hit wonders. Some imported from across the pond. Some of it good. Some not so much.

You can argue over it in the comments. 1/2 the videos/songs after the jump.

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