Friday’s Form

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. Mikey says:

    “Friday’s Form?” Man that POS HP laptop must really be messing with you…lol…Hopefully your MacBook is getting the repairs it needs.

  2. MarkedMan says:

    “Friday’s Form”? That would be slouched over in my chair, waiting for close of business today.

  3. Mu Yixiao says:

    Well… Missouri may soon be safe from Bill Gates’ evil machinations:

    Missouri House advances bill to limit nonexistent vaccine microchips—just in case

    In the latest efforts by Republican lawmakers to enshrine into law Americans’ right to freely spread deadly infectious diseases to each other, the Missouri House this week advanced a bill that would bar governments, schools, and employers from mandating certain vaccines—as well as things like vaccine microchips, which do not exist.

  4. EddieInCA says:

    Republicans will force a 10 year girl old to carry her rapist’s baby to term, let an 8 year old carry a gun, permit a 12 year old to work a full shift in a meat packing plant, and allow a grown-ass man to marry a 14 year old with a Judge’s consent, all while telling us that the reason they’re banning drag queens, gender affirming care and books about Rosa Parks is because they want to ‘protect our kids.’ (Author Unknown)

    They need to be called out. Repeatedly. Strongly. Mockingly.

  5. OzarkHillbilly says:

    @Mu Yixiao: The Misery Lege, always living down to the lowest standards.

  6. Sleeping Dog says:
  7. Kathy says:

    About the matter of DeSatanis stature, how about this:

    His soul is so dark and small, you need the light of a supernova and an electron microscope to see it.

  8. Mister Bluster says:

    I am unable to link to this page on my phone. Search for Morning Joe item reporting Trump quote “potential death and destruction” if he is charged.
    Also includes image of Trump threatening NY DA with baseball bat.
    Orange jumpsuit and cuffs? How about a straitjacket?

  9. Slugger says:

    Can one of you explain the issues surrounding TikTok to me? Isn’t it a website mostly featuring nineteen year olds dancing in front of a mirror? Does this somehow make China the hegemon of the world?

  10. OzarkHillbilly says:

    @Slugger: It has always sounded to me like much ado about nothing.

  11. CSK says:
  12. Michael Reynolds says:

    Do you not care that China could at any moment cut off our supply of dancing nineteen year olds?

  13. Sleeping Dog says:


    Like all social media sites Tik Tok collects copious amounts of info regrading users, there is a high level fear amongst the military and intelligence agencies that the China is harvesting this info. There was a recent incident where journalist info was compromised and revealed to Chinese intelligence.

    That’s the high level, but since China is now the enemy du jour and politicians are out doing themselves to appear tough.

  14. Sleeping Dog says:

    @Mister Bluster:

    Trump has put the prosecutors in the position where they can’t, not indict him.

  15. CSK says:

    @Sleeping Dog:

    If so, he’s doing a great job of inciting the MAGAs.

  16. Mu Yixiao says:


    The issues surrounding TikTok are that there’s elections coming up, and Congress Critters are in desperate need of soundbytes.

  17. OzarkHillbilly says:

    @Sleeping Dog: there is a high level fear amongst the military and intelligence agencies that the China is harvesting this info.

    Yep, just like Google, Facebook, and damn near everyone else on the internet.

  18. just nutha says:

    @Sleeping Dog: Having read most of the article, I feel confident in saying this parent is trolling the legislature, the district, and Utah Parents United, but I also have to admit that I wasn’t sure until I’d read it. It could have gone either way.

  19. CSK says:

    @just nutha:

    Satire becomes ever harder to distinguish from reality.

  20. Mister Bluster says:
  21. CSK says:

    @Mister Bluster:

    Works for me.

  22. Mu Yixiao says:

    Chinese entrepreneur invents “remote kissing machine”.

    The device has received mixed reviews, with some users saying it was intriguing whereas others said it made them feel uncomfortable. Among the top complaints was its lack of tongue.

  23. just nutha says:

    @CSK: Poe’s Law is alive and well. Getting stronger every day.

  24. just nutha says:

    @Mu Yixiao: Strikes me as a little creepy, but I’m most likely not in the target market segment.

  25. Sleeping Dog says:


    So be it, it is time to call his and their bluff and simply indict him and then deal with the consequences. Somehow I doubt that the NYPD, Atlanta PD and the DoJ will be as unprepared and unsupported as the poor Capitol police were.

  26. Kathy says:

    @Mu Yixiao:

    There was something like that shown in The Big Bang Theory years ago. It was back when Priya and Leonard were trying to maintain a long distance relationship. Granted, they were not hooked up to phones, but they had a tongue.

  27. Stormy Dragon says:

    Having difficulties raising campaign donations, Republicans are increasingly relying on candidates wealthy enough to self-fund their campaigns:

    Republicans are looking for Senate candidates who are filthy rich

    Of course as the last cycle showed, candidates unable to attract donor support are also likely to experience a similar difficulty attracting voter support in the general election.

  28. becca says:

    @Kathy: the characters Raj and Howard tried it out, with Bernadette cringing in the background.

  29. Kathy says:

    Avi Loeb is mounting an expedition to look for fragments of an interstellar meteor.

    I seriously have to ask why, after the meteor was identified to be interstellar in 2022, it takes until now to go looking for fragments, and the expedition hasn’t drawn huge grants from NASA, Defense, and just about every university with an astronomy department.

  30. Kathy says:


    It was Leonard in the background.

    Bernadette gets to cringe on a different oral interaction between these two.

  31. CSK says:

    @Sleeping Dog:
    I too think they will be prepared for trouble. Trump cannot be allowed to hold all of us hostage this way.

  32. OzarkHillbilly says:


    I hope @Nike
    stands up and supplies her with shoes for the rest of her life. Rhea Bullos (age 11) couldn’t afford running shoes to compete at a local inter-school athletics meet.

    She covered her feet with tape and drew a Nike symbol on them. She went on to win three gold medals

  33. Kathy says:


    If Nike hesitates, or has no clue, it would be a golden opportunity for Adidas or any other sports shoe maker to get involved.

  34. gVOR08 says:

    @Stormy Dragon: That article, saying Rs are so short on money they need self funding millionaire candidates, was some of the best news I’ve seen in years. It’s a data point supporting a view that GOPs are fighting a doomed rear guard action. But there is so much dark money sloshing around in so many places I never entirely trust information on funding.

  35. just nutha says:

    @OzarkHillbilly: You’d think that a company that has run ad campaigns with the adage “just do it” would be able to do the math on this…


  36. becca says:

    @Kathy: I stand corrected! I should have known better as we subscribe to HBO max just to watch the BBT and I have watched that episode a bazillion times. My very trumpian neighbor also watches it and it helped us bond a bit. Can’t be all bad if you’re a BBT fan!

  37. Gustopher says:

    @CSK: On a regular basis a friend forwards things to me that I am not sure are real.

    Like this, a convention to “Make Women Great Again” hosted by men.

    It’s either satire that hits too close to reality, or reality that hits too close to satire. They’re definitely aware satire exists, but I entirely believe that the Manosphere will “ironically” use the term “mansplaining”. The convention fees seem high enough that I’m leaning towards satire, but I really don’t know.

    It’s all too horrible to exist, but so many things that are too horrible to exist do exist.

  38. OzarkHillbilly says:

    @Kathy: @just nutha: If she and her family are smart, when they inevitably come calling they will just tell them, “Show. me. the. MONEY!” because an ad campaign centered on her ought to be worth at least 6 figures.

  39. OzarkHillbilly says:

    The Recount

    State Sen. Megan Hunt (D), speaking directly to Republicans, reaffirms vow to filibuster all legislation if #NEleg anti-trans bill passes:

    “No one in the world holds a grudge like me. And no one in the world cares less about being petty than me. I don’t care. I don’t like you.”

    2:33 of FAFO.

  40. Thomm says:

    @Gustopher: Oh…they are dead serious. Not satire at all. Very American Fash adjacent. If you can stomach it, look up the trad-wife and trad-life movement.

  41. Mister Bluster says:

    Better Call Saul!!!
    UPDATE: Bob Odenkirk visit to SIU-C moved to Banterra Center
    This event was originally scheduled as a free show at the Shryock Auditorium capacity 1200. Where I once saw Leon Russel for free.
    The Banterra center, where I once saw Frank Zappa, seats 8000+.
    Odenkirk attended school here in the ’80s.

  42. just nutha says:

    @Gustopher: I was at school when I clicked on the link, so I was a little surprised that I got connected to the website–especially after the page turned from making women great to making them virgins again.

    But, meh, I guess I’ll go with spoof.

  43. Thomm says:

    @just nutha: If you look up the head organizer for this event, you will see that it is not a spoof at all. These people are serious and actually have a small set of women that back them up.

  44. Gustopher says:

    @Thomm: I’m aware of Trad-wives and Trad-life.

    The thing about this particular conference is that if you tell me it is real, I will find lots of things to point to it being satire (it definitely co-opts a lot of satirical elements), but if you tell me it’s satire I will find things pointing to it being real (or they are really committed to the bit).

    The people behind it should be sent to Gitmo and be waterboarded, just to make sure.

  45. Thomm says:

    @Gustopher: Just look up the organizer. He is well known in those movements and makes no bones about how serious he is. Clips from his podcasts are posted to meme sites like 9Gag and such that have a decent incel population. The ones with the pick-me women get a lot of upvotes.

  46. DrDaveT says:

    @OzarkHillbilly: So, that was more than three years ago. You’d think the opportunity has passed…

  47. just nutha says:

    @Thomm: I don’t care enough about it to bother disputing with you and am also familiar with Trad-life, having grown up in a similar milieu. If it is real, the “Make Women Virgins Again” theme for 2023 seems to have some real serious deconstruction theory and cognitive dissonances potential. But then again, I’ve been around Born Again Marriages theory, so I know what whack jobs can believe.

  48. al Ameda says:


    They need to be called out. Repeatedly. Strongly. Mockingly.

    This … times 1,000.

    Republicans have their people out there 24/7 pimping their talking points, they’re always all on message. They’re busy defining Democrats and what is the Democrats’ response? Close to nothing. Republicans know how to do this and have fun while they’re doing it. Democrats need to have their people and their proxies out there countering the Republican efforts and defining their Republican adversaries.

    Also, as Michele Obama should have said, ‘they go low, we go as low as it takes.’

  49. just nutha says:

    @Thomm: Can you explain/link me to who Socrates is? I wasn’t able to find a contemporary person speech/appearance marketing by that name.

  50. just nutha says:

    @al Ameda: I’m okay with a more Malcolm-esque “They go low; we put ’em in the cemetery” vibe, but that probably more about why I’m not ideal as a civil rights spokesperson.

  51. Thomm says:

    @just nutha: that guy, I am not 100% on. But I have seen him in some of the stuff posted to those meme sites. Probably somewhat known in the incel community, but since that ain’t how I roll, I have no idea beyond that.

  52. CSK says:

    Alvin Bragg received a threatening letter with white powder in it today.

    “Alvin–I’m gonna kill you.”

    The Trumpkins are calling this a false flag. Certainly no MAGA would do such a thing.

  53. Kathy says:


    I’ve been streaming it daily for the past two weeks. It’s nice because I can either pay attention or not, as the mood strikes me. It makes for good background noise while I do other things on the web.