2022 Pets of Balloon Juice Calendars Are Ready to Order!

The 2022 Pets of Balloon Juice Calendars are ready to order!

Two beautiful, beloved pets.  Covers this year are dedicated to John Cole.  As beth said earlier today, none of us would be here without Cole.

Calendar A

Preview of 2022 Pets of Balloon Juice: Calendar A!

Calendar B

Final Preview of 2022 Pets of Balloon Juice: Calendar B! 1

All calendar proceeds  go directly to the pet rescue.

You can click this link to order or you can order by clicking Link to Order 2022 Calendars in the sidebar.

If you have pets in the calendars and have not yet reviewed the calendars, please do so before placing your order – spreadsheets that tell you which calendar your guys are in and previews of each month are in the sidebar.

If you find a problem, corrections can still be made.  But the calendar has to be changed BEFORE you place your order with Cafe Press.  The calendars are printed on demand by Cafe Press, and there’s no way to stop an order once you place it.

If you find an issue:

  1. Notify us in this post
  2. Wait for us to let you know that it has been fixed and that the calendar page has been updated
  3. Review the calendar again to verify all is good
  4. Then place your order.

Calendars are $25 each.  Cafe Press raised the base cost of calendars this year, and you guys swore a blood oath that raising the price by $2 would not affect your purchase, so we are counting on that.  Well, it looked like they were raising their prices, but they didn’t.  So we didn’t.

John Cole says: “Check the god-damn previews before you order.”  (Or he would say that if I asked him to.)

2022 Pets Calendars!

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Open Thread: Adam Schiff, Midnight In Washington, and Balloon Juice

Adam Schiff will be joining our Midnight In Washington book club for at least part of one meeting!

Interest in a Weekly Book Club to Read & Discuss Adam Schiff's Book Midnight In Washington?

I wrote this comment on the calendar thread last night:

In other good news, spoke with Adam Schiff’s chief of staff today, and I need to let him know when our Midnight in Washington book club will be meeting and Adam Schiff will drop in on one of our meetings for 15-30 minutes or so.

Possibly unannounced, and possibly announced beforehand.

He is more likely to drop in if we have a zoom than a post – easier for him to participate.

i am to get back to him when we have a plan.

I seem to be getting all the credit for this, but it all started with a tweet by one of our BJ peeps about the Jan 6 hearings. Here’s the story of how it happened.

BJ peep Betty replied to Laura Rozen re: the Jan 6 hearings.

Betty was excited because Adam Schiff “liked” that tweet, and immediately jumped on BJ to tell us about it.  I saw Betty’s BJ comment in real time and immediately replied that she should tweet back, telling him about our Midnight in Washington book club (starting in January) and inviting him to join us for a Q&A.

And she did!  Go Betty!

Long story short, I am to get back to the chief of staff when we have a firm plan with dates & times for the book club.

So you can expect another book club post soon.  If you haven’t signed up for the book club but you would like to join us, chime in below and let us know!

If you would like to participate but money for the book is an issue at the moment, several people have offered to buy the book for others.  Two people have the book in their hands already – the receivers are thrilled to have their books and the givers are really happy to be helping someone else get the book.  Win-win!

Send me an email if you want to join the club but this isn’t a good time for your to purchase the book. Let me know whether you want a paper book or a Kindle, etc.

Totally open thread.

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2022 Pet Calendars Are Ready to Order!

The 2022 Pets of Balloon Juice Calendars are ready to order!

Calendar A

Preview of 2022 Pets of Balloon Juice: Calendar A!

Calendar B

Final Preview of 2022 Pets of Balloon Juice: Calendar B! 1

Calendar proceeds  go directly to the pet rescue.

You can click this link to order or you can order by clicking Link to Order 2022 Calendars in the sidebar.

If you have pets in the calendars and have not yet reviewed the calendars, please do so before placing your order – spreadsheets that tell you which calendar your guys are in and previews of each month are in the sidebar.

If you find a problem, corrections can still be made.  But the calendar has to be changed BEFORE you place your order with Cafe Press.  The calendars are printed on demand by Cafe Press, and there’s no way to stop an order once you place it.

If you find an issue:

  1. Notify us in this post
  2. Wait for us to let you know that it has been fixed and that the calendar page has been updated
  3. Review the calendar again to verify all is good
  4. Then place your order.

Calendars are $25 each.  Cafe Press raised the base cost of calendars this year, and you guys swore a blood oath that raising the price by $2 would not affect your purchase, so we are counting on that.  Well, it looked like they were raising their prices, but they didn’t.  So we didn’t.

John Cole says: “Check the god-damn previews before you order.”  (Or he would say that if he knew we were this close to being able to order.)

2022 Pets Calendars!

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Guest Post: The Thin Black Duke – The Rittenhouse Acquittal Normalizes Vigilantes

The Thin Black Duke published another smart, thoughtful piece on Medium this week.  Once again, I asked him if I could share it here, and he graciously agreed. ~WaterGirl

The Rittenhouse Acquittal Normalizes Vigilantes: An armed society is a society held hostage by sociopaths

by The Thin Black Duke, aka Darryl R. Scott

The moment Kyle Rittenhouse blubbered in court I knew right then there that he’d get away with murder because in White America only a white man’s tears matter.

CHICAGO (AP) — For many Black Americans, Kyle Rittenhouse’s acquittal on all charges by a Wisconsin jury on Friday confirmed their belief in two justice systems: one for white people and another for Black people.

Rittenhouse, the two men he killed and the man he wounded were all white, but the case has been linked from the start to issues of race and the criminal justice system.

Activists have previously pointed to differences in how police handled Rittenhouse’s case and that of Jacob Blake, the Black man who was shot by a white Kenosha police officer in August 2020, sparking protests in the city that became destructive and violent.

Of course it gets worse. Besides getting to goose-step out of the courthouse a free man, Rittenhouse was offered a job as an intern by U.S. Representative Matt Gaetz (R-FL), and Tucker Carlston interviewed him as a guest on his TV show (“a sweet kid”). Trump says Rittenhouse visited him at Mar-a-Lago. It’s not just a slap on the wrist, it’s a collective pat on the back by his fellow white supremacists. Kyle, you’re doing a heck of a job!

Forget it, Jake. It’s America.

I guess the two men who died must have shot themselves, huh? By the way, their names were Joseph Rosenbaum, 36, and Anthony Huber, 26. They’re not faceless statistics to their heartbroken families who have to live with this ugly miscarriage of justice:

Guest Post: The Thin Black Duke – The Rittenhouse Acquittal Normalizes Vigilantes
Parents of Rittenhouse victim react to not guilty verdict, photograph courtesy of nbc.com

“Today’s verdict means there is no accountability for the person who murdered our son. It sends the unacceptable message that armed civilians can show up in any town, incite violence, and then use the danger they have created to justify shooting people in the street.”

In Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight, there’s a scene where Bruce Wayne and his butler, Alfred Pennyworth, are investigating the violent crime spree of the Joker and Bruce is trying to make sense of the Joker’s lunacy. This is what Alfred says to Bruce:

Alfred Pennyworth: Well, because he thought it was good sport. Because some men aren’t looking for anything logical, like money. They can’t be bought, bullied reasoned, or negotiated with. Some men just want to watch the world burn.

Angry white men in this country have been burning things down for quite a while now, while the apolitical “non-racist” white people who work in the fire department pretend nothing is happening and decide to look the other way.

Pay no attention to the arsonists behind the curtain.

A democratic society only works when its citizens fully understands what their responsibilities and obligations are and make the commitment into looking out for each other and their communities. That’s what “We, the People” is supposed to mean.
But the Rittenhouses in this country, fueled by their fear and hatred of the Other, are taking away the checks and balances, fail-safes, and all the other legal guardrails that keep a civilized nation from degenerating into barbarism.

Make no mistake, what these angry white men are doing is barbaric. Some men just want to watch the world burn. And their relentless hammering away at the crumbling bedrock of America’s democratic institutions is accelerating.

Dollar Store Rambos carrying AR-15s are strolling down the supermarket aisles. Teachers are either being harassed or terminated for educating their students about “CRT”, the latest boogeyman that’s scaring the hell out of right-wing zealots. Planed Parenthood clinics are vandalized. In spite of three viable vaccines available to everyone, COVID-19 is still killing people every day because Anti-Vaxxers refuse to get vaccinated. The insurrection on 1/6. Some men just want to watch the world burn.

Freedom of Speech isn’t guaranteed by the Constitution anymore. It’s dictated by how many guns you have. Coincidentally, it’s a sacred privilege that only white men get to enjoy (Second Amendment, fuck yeah!) and as Kyle Rittenhouse proved, he and all the other vigilantes in White America have been given the permission to shoot at any problem that they can’t figure out after fifteen minutes of googling.

This isn’t substainable, of course. And bad things always happen when a democracy is taken by a bloodthirsty mob to the back of the woodshed and shot.I found an online documentary called After Prison in which ex-convicts talk about their experiences, and there was one interview in particular that got stuck in my head and won’t go away:

“Every day is something different, but the one thing that remains constant in prison is violence. Violence is always there. It’s always there, and that’s what controls everything.

“When you look at Society, it’s the same way but people just don’t look at it like that. But you wouldn’t listen to a cop if he didn’t have a gun. You wouldn’t listen to the Army if they didn’t have tanks. You listen to them because they’re using violence and they’re using force and sometimes they don’t have to use it, but the threat is there. In prison you know violence is there so people respect that if they don’t respect you.

“You might not respect the guard but you do what he tells you to do because besides having the authority, he has that violence behind him. And when you’re in prison you have to deal with this every day.”

So when law and order goes away, all that’s left behind are killers like Kyle Rittenhouse, and they’re not afraid to use violence to get what they want. The day Rittenhouse didn’t go to prison was the day that everybody else in America who isn’t a crazy, gun-slinging white man got locked up in a cell instead. We’re in prison and the violence is everywhere.

And the bars are getting closer every day.

 

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Preview of 2022 Pets of Balloon Juice: Calendar A!

Preview of Beth’s design for 2022 Pets of Balloon Juice Calendar A.

Please check the links in the sidebar to see which calendar and which month(s) your pets are in.

The preview is below!

Please check for your pets and make sure that all your pets are there, that the names are right, that we have the right name with the right pet, and that there’s a heart if there should be one, and no heart if there shouldn’t be one.

Right click on each image to open in a new tab, and then use Ctrl+ to enlarge so you can read everything.  Then close that tab and go back to the post.

YOU DEFINITELY WANT TO CHECK BEFORE YOU BUY, BECAUSE ONCE YOU HAVE PLACED THE ORDER, WE CAN’T FIX ANY ISSUES YOU FIND LATER.  Well, we can fix them even then, but then you’d have to buy another calendar in order to get the fixed version.

These are really low-resolution for posting on the blog, but the calendar itself is very high resolution.

Cover: Sweet Lily!

Preview of 2022 Pets of Balloon Juice: Calendar A!

January:

February:

March:

April:

May:

June:

July:

August:

September:

October;

November:

December:

All feedback on the calendar is welcome!

We aimed for *December 1 as the first date to order calendars, but we didn’t quite make it.

 

 

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On The Road – Steve from Mendocino – French Vineyards and Wineries 1 of 2

Steve from Mendocino

My interest in good wine began in 1968, when I bought a bottle of Inglenook special reserve cabernet sauvignon to celebrate my later to be wife’s birthday. It got our attention, and I began exploring with books and tasting. In 1970 I formed a tasting group that I called “Lest Compagnons de Bordeaux.” Wine prices were moderate enough that we could taste the best wines in the world for very little. I budgeted a bottle per person and charged people my cost. Our first tasting was both a horizontal tasting of 1966 Pauillacs and a vertical tasting of Chateau Pichon Logueville Baron from 1953, 1955, 1959, 1962, 1966, and 1967. The 1966 wines were Chateau Lafite Rothschild, Chateau Latour, Chateau Pichon Longueville Comptesse de Lalande, and Château Lynch Bages. It cost each taster $12 including bread and cheese.

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A Thin Legal Pretext to Veneer Over Their Personal Religious and Political Desires?

Immanentize linked to this article yesterday as a good explainer for the Supreme Court abortion arguments we could expect to hear.   Even thought it’s mostly written in English, I could use some help understanding what each of the 7 points means, and I suspect I may not be alone in that.

So… I have given a heads up to a few of our BJ attorneys in the hopes that they can help get the explanations going, and this is an invitation to all BJ attorneys to jump in and help translate for the rest of us.

Dobbs in Seven Steps

by Jack M. Balkin
Tuesday, November 30, 2021

Tomorrow the Supreme Court will hear argument in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization. Many observers have offered predictions about how the case will turn out. My guess is that the Court majority will uphold the Mississippi law (which bans most abortions after 15 weeks) in seven steps:

1. Mississippi asks us to overrule our holding in Roe, as affirmed in Casey, that the Constitution protects the right of a pregnant woman to terminate her pregnancy. It is not necessary today to revisit that holding. Even assuming—as we do in this case–that the Constitution does protect a right to abort a fetus, the Mississippi law before us is valid.

2. We adhere to Casey’s undue burden framework.

3. While the joint opinion in Casey took the position that before viability the state may not ban abortion, that approach was error, and, if followed, it would elevate the right to abortion (which for purposes of this case we assume is protected by the Constitution) above all other constitutional rights, the exercise of which can be prohibited in at least some circumstances. Thus, abortion bans, like all abortion regulations, should be subject to the undue burden test.

4. We note that in the period since Casey several significant developments have occurred. Pregnancy tests are now cheap and reliable. New forms of cheap and reliable contraception have also become available. Indeed, access to contraception is guaranteed to most employees without cost under the Affordable Care Act. In addition, since Casey, new safe and effective oral abortifacients have become available to women.

5. Applying Casey, a state law that bans abortion prior to viability does not impose an undue burden so long as the law gives the pregnant woman a reasonable opportunity to obtain an abortion.

6. The challenged Mississippi law provides a pregnant women with a full fifteen weeks to obtain an abortion. This period easily provides a reasonable opportunity for the pregnant woman to exercise her constitutional right (assumed to exist for purposed of this case) to terminate the pregnancy

7. The dissent argues that for many women fifteen weeks is an insufficient period to make the difficult choice of whether or not to proceed with a pregnancy. Many life decisions, however, are reached in shorter time periods. To adopt the dissent’s view would be to attribute to women an inability to think carefully about their own circumstances, weigh competing considerations, and settle on the best course of action.

Also, Brachiator suggested this in one of the morning threads:

Listen to a 28-minute discussion on AirTalk: Supreme Court Hears Arguments In Mississippi Abortion Case. What Are The Key Takeaways?

We already know what a bad ruling will do to the rights women and others, so maybe for this post we can focus on understanding the arguments from both sides and what legal ground there might be for those arguments.  Are there any legitimate justifications, no matter how thin, for letting this law stand?

Or if it stands, is it purely “a thin legal pretext to veneer over their personal religious and political desires”, as one of our BJ peeps John G. Cole described it yesterday?

h/t to the BJ peep who wrote that, whoever you are.  I didn’t think to write down the nym along with the phrase!  Out yourself, please!

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Final Preview of 2022 Pets of Balloon Juice: Calendar B!

Good afternoon!

This is the final preview of Beth’s design for 2022 Pets of Balloon Juice Calendar B.

Please check the links in the sidebar to see which calendar and which month(s) your pets are in, or just browse through the calendar.

Please check for your pets and make sure that all your pets are there, that the names are right, that we have the right name with the right pet, and that there’s a heart if there should be one, and no heart if there shouldn’t be one.

Right click on each image to open in a new tab, and then use Ctrl+ to enlarge so you can read everything.  Then close that tab and go back to the post.

YOU DEFINITELY WANT TO CHECK BEFORE YOU BUY, BECAUSE ONCE YOU HAVE PLACED THE ORDER, WE CAN’T FIX ANY ISSUES YOU FIND LATER.  Well, we can fix them even then, but then you’d have to buy another calendar in order to get the fixed version.

These are really low-resolution for posting on the blog, but the calendar itself is very high resolution.

Cover: (we haven’t decided on the Calendar B cover yet)

January:
Preview of 2022 Pets of Balloon Juice: Calendar B!

February:
Preview of 2022 Pets of Balloon Juice: Calendar B!

March:
Preview of 2022 Pets of Balloon Juice: Calendar B! 1

April:

May:

June:
Preview of 2022 Pets of Balloon Juice: Calendar B! 2

July:

August:

September:

October:

November:

December:

🐇

All feedback on the calendar is welcome!

We hope/plan to have Calendar A available for review tomorrow.

We didn’t quite meet our December 1 goal as the first date to order calendars.  :-(  But we’re close.

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On The Road – JanieM – The Barn, #4

JanieM

My maternal grandmother was born in a farming village in Ohio and lived there until she died. I loved visiting her in the country, but I lived in towns and cities until the day I walked up the porch steps of the old farmhouse in Maine that I intended to make my home. My feeling that I was walking into Grandma Rose’s movie was strengthened by the way the past seeps into the present in rural Maine, with old stone walls, faded clapboards, ramshackle barns, abandoned farm machinery, and even fall color contributing to the effect.

Not long after I moved here, National Geographic ran an article about mass extinctions. I remember gazing out my window and trying to take in the fact that no matter how eternal the pine forest seemed, it was the mere blink of an eye in geological terms, along with the entire span of human occupation of this landscape.

Meanwhile, the residents of a neighboring town were debating a proposed land use ordinance with strict requirements for how new construction had to look. One day I was at a soccer game at the high school, which was built on land that had once been part of the same dairy farm as my house and barn. The school serves four towns, including the one that was about to vote on land use, and while I was at the game I met the woman who was pushing hardest for the new ordinance.

I agreed with some of her goals, but I also sympathized with the people who didn’t want to be constrained by her architectural preferences. Her passionate assertiveness didn’t exactly help her cause, at least with me. She gave me a pep talk while I was trying to watch the game, ending with an exhortation. “We have to preserve our heritage for future generations!” she cried.

With thoughts ranging from the National Geographic article to my own barn simmering in the back of my mind, I blurted out, “Annie, our heritage is dairy farming.”

That was the end of that conversation.

This is the last post focusing on the barn as such. Next time we’ll venture out at least as far as the old pasture, and maybe even further afield.

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Open Thread

Looks like we could use an open thread.

I don’t see anyone working on a post and nothing is scheduled, so here you go.  I miss the old music threads.

I nearly titled this Late Night Open Thread but then I realized it’s only 8:30 pm in California, and that’s not late night at all.

Me, I’m headed for bed. What’s everybody else up to?

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