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James Joyner
About James Joyner
James Joyner is Professor and Department Head of Security Studies at Marine Corps University's Command and Staff College. He's a former Army officer and Desert Storm veteran. Views expressed here are his own. Follow James on Twitter @DrJJoyner.


  1. CSK says:

    Reporting from surgical rehab: Breakfast has arrived. It’s barely edible.

  2. Joe says:

    Glad you are on the rehab side of the procedure.

  3. CSK says:


    Thank you. The operation was a bigger deal than I initially realized.

  4. Sleeping Dog says:


    Glad to hear that you are well enough to complain about the food, a leading indicator of a successful recovery.

  5. Tony W says:

    @CSK: An amusing anecdote about hospital food, to hopefully cheer you up….

    Back in the early 1980s I worked for a major hospital system in Southern California. At one point Mrs. Julia Child came in for a surgical procedure and was given one of our VIP rooms, of course, for some privacy.

    About three days into her stay, she summoned the “head chef”, if you like, of the cafeteria downstairs to her room for a discussion. He nervously complied, as you do if Julia Child summons you. It’s not hard to imagine that he was nervous cooking for her in the first place – I certainly would be.

    She proceeded to compliment him on the outstanding fare she had enjoyed during her stay – pointing out that it is a most difficult situation in a hospital with multiple nutritional requirements to consider for different patients, and a desire to make the food at least palatable after sitting on a tray in a cart for some period of time between cooking and eating.

    She went on and on about how professional and competent and great he was, and about the excellence of the food she had been served during her stay.

    You can imagine how happy the man was to get this sort of feedback from a person like her – particularly given her specialty.

    Anyway, she goes down in my book as one of the kindest souls I met in that job.

    Carry on healing!

  6. CSK says:

    @Sleeping Dog:

    I had to pick something off the plate and examine it closely to determine it was a piece of alleged toast.

    @Tony W:

    Great story.

  7. Michael Reynolds says:

    Did you at least get a fistful of fentanyl?

    My brief incursion into hospital land I was offered one meal, so utterly inedible it was like they were doing self parody. Seriously, this is what you feed people? This?

  8. CSK says:

    @Michael Reynolds:

    No fentanyl. The hospital food was haute cuisine in comparison to the provender in rehab.

  9. Kathy says:

    I had a rather ok experience with hospital food two years ago.

    It might help I cook without adding salt about 99% of the time, though I use plenty of other spices. Hospital cuisine is notorious for using little to no salt, even for non-special diets. If you’re used to salt for seasoning, you may find food bland without it.

  10. CSK says:

    This is unusually pathetic, even for Trump:

  11. Kathy says:


    Oh, it’s normal for toddlers to throw tantrums like that.

    It’s not normal for toddlers in their late 70s not to have outgrown such behavior. But given Benito evidently hasn’t, then it is normal for him to act his mental age.

  12. CSK says:


    Why does he even want to be on the Forbes list if it’s for losers?

  13. Mr. prosser says:

    Going through a great mental rehab here in western Colorado. Warm days with a sky so blue it can break your heart and aspen leaves gold and red in contrast. Birding this time of year is what heaven must be.

  14. dazedandconfused says:

    @Tony W:

    Childs was clearly a kind soul, but I would like to see the meds she was on at the time, and if I can get some of it….

  15. Kathy says:


    Doublethink starts at the top.

  16. CSK says:


    He’s in New Hampshire comparing himself to Al Capone.

    I wonder if he has syphilis?

  17. Kathy says:

    On other things, I missed the announcement earlier this year that Boeing does not plan to develop any new designs until 2035.

    I had trouble understanding why.

    The more public info suggests Boeing will await development of new engines, a new wing truss idea it’s working on with NASA, and other developments. Informed speculation from other sources, si that Airbus would beat them on any new design by years.

    Airbus is hardly a nimble, engineering-focused company. Their last big idea, the A380, can at best be called a fizzle. And the A340, though successful, was outmoded when it came out. Had they not developed it in tandem with the A330, they would have had to develop something like the A330 shortly afterwards.

    IMO, Boeing hasn’t recovered from the MAX fiasco, and they just don’t have the funds or the human engineering capital to develop anything new right now. Still, fi they wait 12 more years to start designing something, they’ll lose more market share to Airbus.

  18. CSK says:

    Trump’s probably upset because Israel is grabbing all the headlines.

  19. Mister Bluster says:

    I was driving to the Panera today on the right hand lane of the 3 lane one way eastbound city street that is a major thoroughfare and always busy during the weekday. I first noticed a car ahead of me that had gone to their right out of the driving lane and come to a stop perpendicular to traffic in the middle of an intersection with a north-south street. I did not want to slam on my brakes. As I kept moving I then noticed another car jumping the curb to their right all the way across the grass strip and on to the sidewalk. I then noticed another car in front of it weaving erratically back and forth across all three traffic lanes and headed forward. Suddenly there were two or three cars stopped. The drivers jumped out and were chasing the weaving car on foot. I pulled over behind one of the vacated cars that had stopped against the right hand curb and turned on my flashers as traffic was coming up behind me at a pretty good clip. The weaving car had gone completely off the left side of the street across from where I was stopped and I saw it run into a line of bushes and come to a stop. By then three or four people were trying to open the car doors and yelling for anyone to call 911 as the driver was having a seizure. By the time I called and gave out the address which I could see prominently displayed on the building next to all the commotion the 911 operator told me that help was on the way. I heard sirens and as I looked back I saw a police car approaching. As I stuck my arm out of my car window pointing across the street the cop was about to drive right by the accident scene when he slammed on his brakes, jumped the curb, got out of his car and ran over to help. I don’t know how the victim was removed from their car but a fire truck arrived and an ambulance came on the scene. I did see the EMT’s as they pulled the stretcher away from the errant vehicle. There wasn’t anything I could do except get out of the way as I was blocking the right traffic lane.
    I finally made to Panera.
    Enough excitement for one day.
    Time for a cup of mud.

  20. CSK says:

    @Mister Bluster:

    More like time for a stiff drink.

  21. Mister Bluster says:

    @CSK:..More like time for a stiff drink

    I appreciate the sentiment.
    However my drinking days are way behind me.
    I gave up the swill years ago.
    The Dark Roast at Panera suits me well being retired and on a budget.
    All I can drink for $11.99/month.

  22. Kathy says:


    I wonder if he has syphilis?

    So many possibilities….

    I’ll go with this one: It’s more like syphilis has him. Poor syphilis.

  23. Jen says:

    @CSK: The event in NH was completely full–in the community where Mitt Romney owns a vacation home. People lined up for hours beforehand.

    I honestly will never, ever, ever get the appeal.

  24. CSK says:
  25. CSK says:


    Wolfeboro, wasn’t it?

  26. CSK says:

    Trump called Biden a “motherfucker” at his Iowa rally.

    I guess anything goes now.

  27. Kathy says:


    I saw it this morning. Too long, and too many reports on the movements of Benito’s loose facial sphincter.

  28. Just nutha ignint cracker says:

    @CSK: Never’ve had to go to rehab, but the last time I was hospitalized the restrictions included low carb, low sodium, low cholesterol despite the fact that my total cholesterol was below 130 (no one had ever changed dietary recommendation from 15 years prior on my charts), low fat, restrictions related to glycemic indexes of specific items, and food allergies. After the dietician rejected my third menu request, I just told them to let the dietary department select whatever was available that checked all the boxes.

    We did the same Maypole dance three more times because “it’s important for patients to be able to select what they want to eat.”

  29. Just nutha ignint cracker says:

    @Jen: Yeah, but you’re probably not a NASCAR fan, either. The carnage is the attraction in both, I think.

  30. Kathy says:

    Apparently the Taliban in Louisiana had a change of mind.

    I’m still baffled by the whole affair. If it were some nutso fundie private school, well, such things do exist. But this was a public school. I hope the student sues.

  31. OzarkHillbilly says:

    When it comes to hospital food, and I hate to admit it but I have a fair amount of experience eating it, I never found it all that bad. I mean nothing that a little salt and pepper, or ketchup and mustard couldn’t make edible.

    As far as trump getting kicked off the Fortune 400, is anyone surprised by his reaction?

    As far as the LA principle’s change of heart, is anyone really surprised? I mean after the inevitable reaction surely he/the school board consulted a lawyer and came to the obvious realization that they had really screwed the pooch and now they are just trying to hold onto the dream of retirement and we’ll figure out how many days he/they will spend as a WalMart door greeter/s later.

  32. Just nutha ignint cracker says:

    @Kathy: Say what you will,

    “Finally, during my conversation with [the student] regarding the dance party, the subject of religious beliefs was broached by [the student] and myself,” St Pierre wrote. “While that conversation was meant with the best intentions, I do understand it is not my responsibility to determine what students’ or others’ religious beliefs may be – that should be the responsibility of the individual.”

    and “Walker High School principal Jason St Pierre has requested to take leave for the remainder of the 2023 to 2024 school year,” said Livingston Parish Public School’s superintendent Joe Murphy” is a pretty significant turn around. As for suing him, don’t care either way, but I do understand the secular mindset about giving religious people what for, so go and do what you must.

  33. Just nutha ignint cracker says:


    … is anyone really surprised?

    Having watched school administrators double down and move goalposts to avoid taking the action he took and making the admission he made, I have to say yes, I am surprised. Pleasantly in this case. It’s almost as if he considered WWJD (what would Jesus do?) and decided to turn away from his former position.

    You don’t have to share my opinion, though (and in fact, I can see that you don’t and have a good position from which to doubt). I can see your point; clearly, in fact. Still, I doubt that the lawyers came up with the statement even though they probably suggested the plan to step down for the year.

    Still, I hope that his suspension, voluntary as it is, will be an unpaid leave of absence. To continue to pay him would blunt the impact of his (presumed) repentance. Sin needs to have wages (or in this case, the absence of them).