On The Road


We’re trying a new feature here, so let’s see how it goes for the next week or so before it’s fully automated.

This post is for Balloon Juicers who are on the road, travelling, etc. and wish to share notes, links, pictures, stories, etc. from their escapades. As the US mainland begins the end of the Earth day as we measure it, many of us rise to read about our friends and their transient locales.

So, please, speak up and share some of your adventures, observations, and sights as you explore, no matter where you are.

Have at ’em, and have a safe day of travels!

Under Cover of Darkness Open Thread: CPAC, Milo, and the Limits of Cleek’s Law (Part the Second)

Cleek’s Law: Today’s conservatism is the opposite of what liberals want today, updated daily.

Roy Edroso, at Alicublog:

I see Milo Yiannopoulos’ friends have turned on him. Just kidding — they were never his friends; just a bunch of conservatives and libertarians who took him up because, one, he hated things they also hated (liberals, women, the transgendered, et alia); two, he celebrated things they also celebrated, primarily the vicious, spiteful treatment of anyone weaker than themselves; and three, because he was ostentatiously gay — indeed an old-fashioned caricature of homosexuality straight out of the Liberace playbook — and allowed himself to be associated with them, which gave conservatives and libertarians two things they thought would advantage them in the dreary Culture Wars they’re always pursuing: glamour and victim status…

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Post-Midnight Open Thread: Russophilic Nesting Dolts

Adam will no doubt keep explaining these spy-vs-spy shenanigans far more cogently, but I couldn’t resist the chance to re-up the last video clip here…

The Times reported that the meeting was called to discuss a peace plan being pushed by a Ukrainian lawmaker, Andrey Artemenko, who is associated with a former Ukrainian leader backed by Russian president Vladimir Putin and advised by Paul Manafort, Trump’s former campaign chairman.

Manafort is the subject of an FBI inquiry over his Ukraine dealings, and the FBI is also investigating whether any Trump associates colluded with the Russian campaign to interfere in the U.S. presidential election.

In an interview with NBC News Monday, Michael Cohen confirmed that Felix Sater, a former Trump associate with a criminal past, asked him to come to a meeting in New York last month, and brought along Artemenko.

“I acknowledge that the brief meeting took place, but emphatically deny discussing this topic or delivering any documents to the White House and/or General Flynn,” Cohen said. “I didn’t see Gen. Flynn while I was at the White House, and I didn’t spend two seconds talking about this, not even one second.”

The Times told NBC News that it stood by its story, saying Cohen told the newspaper he did take a sealed envelope to Flynn’s office….


Late Evening Open Thread: Time to Rethink the Whole Top of the Food Chain Thing…

Video at this link!

Real or photoshopped?

That might be your reaction when you see a photo of a bobcat dragging a 4-foot-shark from the water.

YouReporter John Bailey sent the picture to us which he said he took at Sebastian Inlet State Park.

He claims the cat leaped into the water, caught the shark, and dragged it to shore.

The photographer thinks he ended up getting too close and may have caused the cat to drop the shark and run off into the forest.

Wildlife experts say it’s not uncommon for bobcats to be wandering Florida beaches.

They say it’s possible the cat is a female and might have been trying to catch food for its babies.

“My first reaction was amazement that somebody actually took that picture  because bobcats are generally very, very reclusive. You don’t really see them out and about too often,” said Busch Wildlife Sanctuary Animal Care Director Amy Kight.

Bobcats are normally not considered aggressive.

Tuesday Evening Open Thread: Ya Think?

Liberal organizers, actually (for the distinction between activists & organizers, see Al Giordano’s twitter feed), who are doing very much what the Tea Party Talibangelicals did in 2009, only without the generous support of the Kochs or the Mercers. More power to them (us)!

Apart from pissing off the Mango Menace, what’s on the agenda for the evening?

Today In Be Careful What You Wish For: Not So Strange Bedfellows Edition II

Shortly after the election the American Jewish Congress and the Islamic Society of North America formally entered into a civil rights protection and promotion and civil society defense agreement. Today, in response to yesterday’s violence and vandalism at St. Louis’s Chesed Shel Emeth Cemetery, Linda Sarsour and Tarik El-Messidi have started a fundraising campaign to help repair the damage done.

You may remember Linda Sarsour, the Executive Director of the Arab American Association of New York, as one of the co-chairs for the Women’s March. Tarik El-Messidi is the founder of Celebrate Mercy, an educational outreach program intended to inform both Muslims and non-Muslims about Islam and the life of Prophet Muhammed.

So well done currently unknown dickheads and domestic terrorists – your stupidity has just drawn Muslim and Jewish Americans closer together. Give yourselves a round of applause for achieving exactly the opposite of what you intended to achieve: to scare Americans of different faiths and ethnicities in order to drive them apart and make them easier to prey upon in the future. Morons!



Saw this on the WaPo front page first thing this morning, and it’s been bugging me all day (but I was too busy to complain about it here until now):

Moore made a fortune picking through the ruins of the Rust Belt, which makes sense because manufacturing decline decimated his hometown. The Rust Belt killed Democrats’ hopes this year, and according to the “I Told You So” caucus, which occasionally includes Moore, it was because Democrats forgot the white working class. So it’s not surprising Moore would see the dawn of the Trumpocalypse as his Big Moment.

But the spontaneous resistance that rose up after Trump’s election was led mostly by women and non-white people. I’m not saying white men aren’t a part of it and have no place in it. They are, and they definitely do. But the groups that are flooding town halls and crowding meetings are local people who are worried about losing their rights and healthcare, not laid off factory workers or coal miners. (Maybe they’re still waiting for Trump and his cabinet of plutocrats to reverse green energy trends or enact tariffs that don’t backfire.)

I don’t mean to slag on Moore — his films, especially his early stuff, IMO, were groundbreaking and necessary. Like me, he was an idiot Naderite in 2000, but he also learned his lesson. He was a Bernie guy last year, but he came out strongly for Clinton after the primaries ended and did his best to bring hold-outs into the tent before the voting started. Good for him.

But the resistance movement needs participants, not celebrity leadership, and especially not the leadership of celebrities who’ve made a decades-long career out of being professional leftists. That’s no knock on celebrity activists or famous professional leftists — if they’re with us, I for one am happy to have them. But behind the crowd, please. Not in front. What do y’all think?