Friday’s Forum

Steven L. Taylor
About Steven L. Taylor
Steven L. Taylor is a Professor of Political Science and a College of Arts and Sciences Dean. His main areas of expertise include parties, elections, and the institutional design of democracies. His most recent book is the co-authored A Different Democracy: American Government in a 31-Country Perspective. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Texas and his BA from the University of California, Irvine. He has been blogging since 2003 (originally at the now defunct Poliblog). Follow Steven on Twitter


  1. CSK says:

    Don’t be put off by the title:

  2. sam says:

    “Everything is gone”: Russian business hit hard by tech sanctions

    Russian companies have been plunged into a technological crisis by Western sanctions that have created severe bottlenecks in the supply of semiconductors, electrical equipment, and the hardware needed to power the nation’s data centers.

    Most of the world’s largest chip manufacturers, including Intel, Samsung, TSMC and Qualcomm, have halted business to Russia entirely after the US, UK, and Europe imposed export controls on products using chips made or designed in the US or Europe.

    This has created a shortfall in the type of larger, low-end chips that go into the production of cars, household appliances, and military equipment. Supplies of more advanced semiconductors, used in cutting-edge consumer electronics and IT hardware, have also been severely curtailed.

    And the country’s ability to import foreign tech and equipment containing these chips—including smartphones, networking equipment, and data servers—has been drastically stymied.

    “Entire supply routes for servers to computers to iPhones—everything—is gone,” said one Western chip executive.

    The unprecedented sweep of Western sanctions over President Vladimir Putin’s war in Ukraine are forcing Russia into what the central bank said would be a painful “structural transformation” of its economy.

    With the country unable to export much of its raw materials, import critical goods, or access global financial markets, economists expect Russia’s gross domestic product to contract by as much as 15 percent this year.

    More at the link. Vlad’s Folly deepens.

  3. OzarkHillbilly says:

    @CSK: I was put off by the basis of it. trump and his moronic children and their moronic words. I can hear their voices just thru the simple act of reading them.


  4. CSK says:

    Brian Hernandez, a 21-year-old Texan, was angry at his girlfriend, so he broke into the Dallas Museum of Art and did 5.2 million dollars worth of damage.

    The artifacts he destroyed, including an amphora and a pot dating from 450 B.C., were one-of-a-kind.

  5. CSK says:

    Trump’s Chumps.

  6. Kathy says:


    Must be nice to be able to spin political junk mail into an opinion column, without even adding an opinion.

  7. Sleeping Dog says:

    Great tale.

    It was barely recognizable as a watch when it first came to me. The case shape gave it away, but the dial and hands were hidden behind a rust-colored crystal. The caseback was deeply gouged with what looked like marks made by claws strong enough to scratch stainless steeI. You could tell it was a Rolex – its still bright gold bezel and crown, stamped “Rolex Oyster,” gave that much away, but that was about it. The truth is, it could have been made by anyone, and it wouldn’t have made any difference to its uncanny feel. With its heat-crazed crystal and dented case, the watch looked as if it had risen from the depths of hell – and as if it had come back from the afterlife with a story to tell.


    My initial reaction was that something felt off. Sifting through memoranda written by senior intelligence officials seemed like something I should not have been doing. It was all very Hollywood, the story unfolding in the same way that an artifact that turned up out of nowhere might have thrust Dan Brown’s protagonist, Robert Langdon, into a deep web of dark secrets and shady organizations in The Da Vinci Code. The reality is that there are very real secrets every country keeps, but the story surrounding the watch happened to have been declassified in 1998. Anyone could look it up, but few people ever had. The intelligence community is dark and spooky by design. It’s hard to know who to trust when a watch turns up on your desk and sends you down a rabbit hole into shadowy corners of American history.

  8. CSK says:

    I think it was intended as humor. And his opinion seemed pretty obvious.

  9. Sleeping Dog says:


    At least no one died…

  10. CSK says:

    @Sleeping Dog:
    I think a museum representative made the exact same observation.

  11. OzarkHillbilly says:

    From FBI sets sights on crypto economy with arrest of former OpenSea staffer, I read this:

    But until Chastain’s arrest this week, there was widespread debate over whether such practices were illegal, given the different norms and practices in the sector. For example the trade in so-called “shitcoins” – crypto assets created with no purpose other than to be bought and sold in a speculative market – is openly acknowledged to be full of practices that would be illegal in a regulated market.

    If you look around the poker table and you can’t spot the mark…

    According to pseudonymous “shitcoin influencer” Epitaph… “It’s no secret that everything we buy is a scam on some level. The question isn’t ‘is this token a scam,’ because they all are, the question is: ‘Is this scam done well enough to convince other people to buy?’”

    It’s you.

  12. gVOR08 says:

    WAPO has a column by an editor of Texas Monthly saying primary turnout is so low a Texas GOP can get nominated with the votes of 4% of the electorate. Which is why Abbott, Paxton, et al are what’s they are They’re playing to a far right fringe and no one else. Sounds like something Dr. T might say.

  13. gVOR08 says:

    @gVOR08: Whoops, NYT not WAPO.

  14. Kathy says:


    Eh, all paywalls look alike to me.

  15. @CSK: I thought it did a great job of underscoring what a grift all of this is for them.

    @gVOR08: Indeed.

  16. CSK says:

    @Steven L. Taylor:
    It did, didn’t it? I also found it funny.

  17. Liberal Capitalist says:

    Market and electorate manipulation.

    When the very rich decide they don’t like policies where they may need to pay more… we get to watch the stock market stagger like a drunk on Saturday night.

    OK. I get it. Class warfare. But if you displace the Dems… then what? The GOP that would be elected in are mad as hatters due to MAGA mythological adversary mindset. The Q stuff has become their reality.

    How can they govern if they think that they need to revolt against the government? Will they overthrow themselves?

    Or is all of this shit just a way to take focus off the upcoming Jan 6th public hearings?

    I could just spit.

  18. MarkedMan says:

    @Kathy: FWIW, the NYT and WaPo have a “share” or “gift” this article link. Now that I know this, when I provide a link to one of them I make sure I go through that. Here’s the article gVOR08 mentioned.

  19. Jen says:

    @Liberal Capitalist: Things are looking decidedly awful from a few perspectives, which might be playing into things. Top of the list are energy markets. There has been a stream of troubling news that could make this summer a literal hot mess. Several of the independent system operators are reporting that they won’t be able to meet peak demand this summer if temperatures get too high–drought is reducing power production from hydroelectric sources in the west, and in the Midwest, early retirement of coal plants before renewable projects have been brought online is leading to a potential shortage there. If there are power outages, this will reverberate across everything, from industrial production to food. Add in high gas prices, low savings rates, etc. and it’s a recipe for a recession. Now add in an active hurricane season. Then add in higher electric rates going through the end of the year and into next.

    I don’t feel comfortable at all that there’s a clear way out of this.

  20. Kathy says:



  21. CSK says:

    Matt Gaetz says that voters should carry firearms to polling places so they don’t have to fear intimidation.

  22. Flat Earth Luddite says:

    Le sigh

    Florida’s supreme court has declined to hear a request to rule on whether the state’s new congressional map was unconstitutional, a decision that means it will probably be more difficult for Black voters in north Florida to elect their preferred candidates to represent them.

    My thoughts on this one are unprintable, even here amongst (mostly) friends. Honest to horse-puckey, I don’t understand this need to toy with people who aren’t as blessed as you are, De Useless and company.

  23. Flat Earth Luddite says:

    Dammit, now you’ve made me choke on my coffee. What’s with these idjits?

  24. CSK says:

    @Flat Earth Luddite:
    More guns…the answer to everything.

  25. OzarkHillbilly says:

    Al-Qaida has a haven in Afghanistan under the Taliban and “increased freedom of action” with the potential of launching new long-distance attacks in coming years, a UN report based on intelligence supplied by member states says. The assessment, by the UN committee charged with enforcing sanctions on the Taliban and others that may threaten the security of Afghanistan, will raise concerns that the country could once again become a base for international terrorist attacks after the withdrawal of US and Nato troops last year.

    Critics of the US president, Joe Biden, will point to the report’s description of a “close relationship” between al-Qaida and the Taliban as evidence that his decision to pull out all US forces was an error.

    How dare Joe Biden adhere to an agreement negotiated by his Republican predecessor!

    However, a feared influx of foreign extremists to Afghanistan has not materialised, with only a small number of arrivals detected.

    Though al-Qaida has been overshadowed by the violence of Islamic State in recent years, it remains a potential threat with a presence in parts of south Asia, the Middle East and the Sahel. Several dozen al-Qaida senior leaders are based in Afghanistan, as well as affiliated groups such as al-Qaida in the Indian Subcontinent.

    The Taliban have repeatedly said they are adhering to an agreement they signed with the US in 2020, before taking power, in which they promised to fight terrorists, and they have insisted Afghanistan will not be used as a launching pad for attacks against other countries.

    Make what you will out of this, personally it sounds a little too chicken little to me. In other words, something to keep an eye on but no more.

  26. OzarkHillbilly says:

    @CSK: That’s because Matt Gaetz is an easily intimidated pansy mf’er.

  27. Mu Yixiao says:

    I’m sorry to inform you of this, Kathy, but… you’re obscure.

    Michigan prisons are afraid of prisoners learning “obscure language[s]” … like Spanish. The Michigan Department of Corrections has banned both Spanish and Swahili dictionaries in the past year. “If certain prisoners all decided to learn a very obscure language, they would be able to then speak freely in front of staff and others about introducing contraband or assaulting staff or assaulting another prisoner,” prisons spokesperson Chris Gautz told NPR. “When it’s in a language that we don’t have the ability to read ourselves and understand exactly what it is that we’re looking for, we’re not able to allow it in.”

    [emphasis added]

  28. Beth says:

    Since I forgot a couple days ago:

    Happy Pride! Be Gay! Do Crime!

    Or at least allow me to Trans your gender…

    P.S. that’s not how it works.

  29. Kathy says:

    @Mu Yixiao:

    I ran across that yesterday.

    I do’t think it’s possible to learn a whole language with only a dictionary. I do think, know, it’s perfectly possible for two or more people to come up with a made up code, either using existing words or what may seem gibberish.

  30. Just nutha ignint cracker says:


    can get nominated with the votes of 4% of the electorate.

    But it’s so unfair that the “good” conservatives (and Democrats) have to show up for every election to keep these guys out. It should be easier than that. 🙁

  31. Just nutha ignint cracker says:

    @Flat Earth Luddite: It DeSantis and company don’t fuck (notice the change in verb) with “who aren’t as blessed,” they may not get elected to office.

  32. Sleeping Dog says:

    @Mu Yixiao:

    I guess that just leaves pig latin…

  33. Moosebreath says:


    “Dumb, impaired and a liar. Not a good combination.”

    True, but since this site doesn’t have a filter, we have to read your posts anyway. /s/

  34. Jax says:

    @Drew: From Putin’s lips to your ears, apparently.

  35. Kathy says:

    I wish the troll would stop describing trump. They add no new information.

  36. Jax says:

    Navarro’s been indicted by DOJ for Contempt of Congress. Here’s to hoping there’s more indictments coming down!

  37. gVOR08 says:

    @MarkedMan: Thanks. I never paid attention to the “gift” button. I’ll try it.

  38. grumpy realist says:

    @Drew: You DO know that Zerohedge is nothing more than the method by which Russian propaganda gets trickled into the brains of useful idiot Americans like you, don’t you?

    Drew Drew Drew….yes indeed, you ARE that gullible….

  39. Jay L Gischer says:

    @Drew: There’s a left-wing version of the sort of propaganda you are presenting to us. I try to pay it no attention, because that stuff reduces the amount I know about the world. The right-wing propaganda machine tried to convince us that Barack Obama was the dumbest person ever to hold the Oval Office. This is laughable. You don’t get degrees with honors from Harvard via affirmative action. That’s not how it works.

    The LW people tried to convince us that GWB was dumb. He was not dumb. He had issues, but intelligence was not among them.

    I have been actively pushing back on this forum against the formulation that Putin was “dumb” or “irrational”. He made a mistake, for sure. Everyone makes mistakes. Everyone.

    Thus, no weight to this stuff you are presenting us with.

    Also, I have to wonder what your purpose is in posting it. Do you hope to convince us? Or is this some kind of monkey dance?

    Anyway, there’s a distinct possibility that if you showed up for real with real opinions based on facts, you’d get a different reception. We’ve seen it happen before. You may have burned that bridge here, though.

  40. Mikey says:


    Dumb, impaired and a liar. Not a good combination.

    Don’t be so hard on yourself.

  41. Mikey says:

    @Drew: Also, as has already been pointed out many times, Zerohedge is a verified Russian propaganda outlet.

    Every time you link to them, you are aiding an enemy of America. What’s the word for that, again? I think it starts with a “T…”

  42. dazedandconfused says:

    @Mu Yixiao:
    That reminded me of G Gordon Liddy’s comments on serving time, which his association with Nixon caused him to do. Paraphrased from memory:

    “What became immediately clear to me was the prevailing room-temperature IQ of the staff. Shouldn’t have been a surprise, like, what sort of person puts themselves in prison for 40 years? Yet the depth and breadth of it came as a shock. In no small way the prisoners run the place.”

  43. Neil Hudelson says:


    Do you also read The Farmer’s Almanac for weather reports?

  44. Flat Earth Luddite says:

    Well, no, not if people like me get them. Trust me on that one. Been there, done that, got the hat and t-shirt.

  45. Flat Earth Luddite says:

    @Just nutha ignint cracker:
    Well, yes. I was going for “charming understatement” when I should have used plain English. He’s effing with them poor *clang* in the same way that a cat toys with the moth it caught in the house, or lifers toy with the pedos who wander out of PC.

  46. Gustopher says:

    @Beth: Given that young men with guns are a problem, and that we aren’t going to do anything about the guns, maybe transing the gender of young men is a good idea.

  47. Flat Earth Luddite says:

    Unless things have changed dramatically in 45 years, yes, they do. The things that I witnessed and heard were monumentally, numbingly, stupid. On both sides of the line.

    The guards were, for the most part, uneducated, and almost all were failed law enforcement candidates. Many were brutal bullies, who took delight in setting up inmates for beatings or worse. Bribery and drug/weapon running were rampant. OTOH, most of my fellow inmates were hardly Mensa candidates.

    As I’ve noted repeatedly over the years, the REAL problem with being a criminal is the class of people you have to associate with.

    Liddy survived as well as he did because, frankly, he was a scary psychopath, and the monsters recognize each other. Professional courtesy, as it were.

  48. Mu Yixiao says:

    @Flat Earth Luddite:

    He’s effing with them poor *clang* in the same

    I wonder how long it is until “clang” becomes a racial epithet that we’re not allowed to speak? 🙂

    (I believe it was Niven who had “censored” as a swear word. e.g., “My censored car wouldn’t start this morning so I was late to work”.)

  49. Kathy says:

    @Mu Yixiao:

    (I believe it was Niven who had “censored” as a swear word. e.g., “My censored car wouldn’t start this morning so I was late to work”.)

    And bleeping, too.

  50. dazedandconfused says:

    @Flat Earth Luddite:

    That and he was a celebrity. He was aware the staff had sent out the word to the general pop: “Mess with this guy at peril of death” but as you suggest he didn’t think that was key, he found a lot of inmates who were genuinely friendly because he was viewed as having powerful friends on the outside, which he certainly did.

    The wardens know what a celebrity getting messed on thier watch brings from the press. I suspect the only exceptions are guys like Jeff Dahmer.

  51. Kathy says:

    I wonder whether if a dangerous pandemic hits years from now, some people will say things like “Oh, they said the same about COVID, and nothing happened!”

    You’d think millions dead would be hard to ignore, but the flu pandemic early last century may have happened in some inner page of a small newspaper for all the histories of the time say about it. And that one killed tens of millions of people.

    You’d think, too, many millions more who dealt with COVID, including everything from mild cases, to days on a ventilator, and losing loved ones as well, would be even harder to ignore. But see the paragraph above.

    What about long COVID? Some physicians say it does not exist, because they can’t find anything specifically wrong with patients and therefore can’t treat them. There are other such “contested conditions,” though none as widespread. Still, an insistence that there is no physical cause for it, will tend to drive it down the memory hole.

  52. SC_Birdflyte says:

    @Kathy: Yeah, Pig Latin would be just as incomprehensible.

  53. Jen says:

    This is why we can’t have nice things (like even moderate, common-sense gun legislation).

    N.Y. Republican Drops Re-Election Bid After Bucking His Party on Guns
    In the wake of deadly mass shootings in Buffalo and Uvalde, Texas, Representative Chris Jacobs of New York, a soft-spoken congressman serving his first full term in the House, stunned fellow Republicans by embracing a federal assault weapons ban and limits on high-capacity magazines.

    Speaking from his suburban Buffalo district a week ago, about 10 miles from the grocery store where 10 Black residents were slaughtered, Mr. Jacobs framed his risky break from bedrock Republican orthodoxy as bigger than politics: “I can’t in good conscience sit back and say I didn’t try to do something,” he said.

    It took only seven days for political forces to catch up with him.

  54. OzarkHillbilly says:

    @Jay L Gischer: Also, I have to wonder what your purpose is in posting it. Do you hope to convince us? Or is this some kind of monkey dance?

    His purpose in posting it is to once and for all prove how superior his intellect is to all of us lieberal proles, but it always turns into a monkey dance as he gets repeatedly dunked on with the most basic google search. Than he returns to his basement to seethe and plot his revenge.

  55. OzarkHillbilly says:

    @Mikey: Nah, not a “T” but a “U” as in “Useful Idiot”.

  56. Matt says:

    @Jen: Growing up in a very rural area on a farm I was steeped in gun culture. I have many friends who are also gun owners. I’ve engaged in many activities with them from hunting to 3 gun practice. I know left leaning gun owners and I know right leaning gun owners. I also know some REALLY hard right gun owners but those are the minority for me. I’m left leaning with a hard belief in life liberty and the pursuit of happiness. So the hardcore righties get fed up with me fact checking their bullshit.

    If you talked to the people I mentioned above most of them would be fine with licensing and insurance requirements as part of gun ownership. That’s why generically named “common sense” gun laws generally poll quite well. The problem is when theory meets reality. Who watches the watchers and all that stuff. Which is really important to gun owners as we’re already dealing with an ATF that can be quite hostile to gun owners. Right or wrong a lot of the stuff that the GOP has done to hamper/ban gun ownership is blamed on the Democratic party. Which is easy to do when you’ve got people like Beto yelling about “coming for your guns” and people like Micheal who see licensing as a first step to confiscation. A significant portion of the democratic party is seen as eager to use “common sense” laws to begin banning and confiscating. Remember the Assault Weapons Ban? Yeah it straight up banned some pump shotguns and other traditional hunting long guns. Oh BTW notice how the AWB expiration had no noticeable effect on crime including murder? Meanwhile you’re talking about “high capacity” magazine bans when you’re actually talking about banning normal capacity magazines. You call hunting rifles “assault weapons” and then wonder why gun owners don’t take you seriously. From the gun owner’s perspective you can’t even be bothered to learn the proper terms or anything about guns beyond simple buzz words and talking points. Giving you the power to ban any gun would be a fools errand in their view. After all you don’t appoint someone who has no understanding of transportation of any type to lead the department of transportation..

    TLDR : Significant amount of gun owners want registration/training and insurance requirements among other things. The problem from their view is that the Democratic party is full of people who rarely use the proper names/terms in relations to guns while a very vocal chunk of the party advocates outright banning/confiscation.

    The irony here is that the GOP has done more for banning/regulating guns then the Democratic party…

  57. Sleeping Dog says:

    A new Latino media group is buying up — and shaking up — Spanish-language radio

    Finally, a group on the progressive side has finally stopped wringing their hands about the conservative media complex and is investing in the space.

    Univision is selling many of its Spanish-language radio stations — including Miami’s ultraconservative Radio Mambí — to a group led by Democrats.

  58. Flat Earth Luddite says:


    Dahlmer? Guys like that usually die in the showers before 30 days in. The fact that he lasted 10 months was a tribute to the security in the protective custody unit, and, IMO, a sure sign that the fix was in, and that he was meant to suffer.

    One of the more memorable deaths during my time was a smart-mouthed young rapist who really, really liked prepubescent children. He threw himself off the 4th tier in A Block to his death when the cells opened in the morning for the kitchen staff to go to work. Problem is, he was assigned a cell in D Block. No way would he be in A. No way he’d have been there overnight. His body was found to have multiple shallow cuts along his arms and legs, rope burns on his wrists, ligature marks on his neck. Also, the cell he came out of was a 2-man cell occupied by (IIRC) the president and sgt-at-arms of the lifer’s club. Lockdown for “inquest” lasted less than 1/2 hour and was ruled a suicide.

    Of course, at that time, our warden was suffering from terminal cancer, and was known to use inmates to control the population. They finally calmed the place down by bringing in a busload of lifers from Walla Walla, who sat everyone down and explained that they liked a “quiet house” and if the punks didn’t settle down, they’d be settled down.

  59. wr says:

    @Matt: “From the gun owner’s perspective you can’t even be bothered to learn the proper terms or anything about guns beyond simple buzz words and talking points.”

    Yes, only people who have mastered the vocabulary of gun lovers are allowed to have opinions on the mass slaughter of children. We all know this song.

  60. wr says:

    @Matt: “After all you don’t appoint someone who has no understanding of transportation of any type to lead the department of transportation..”

    Did you have a nice nap from 2017-2021?

  61. Just nutha ignint cracker says:

    @Flat Earth Luddite: My apologies. I’ve been to too many 9th and 10th grader classes this year and was working from a jaundiced perception of the audience.

  62. Mister Bluster says:

    McCormick concedes in Pennsylvania GOP Senate primary
    Former hedge fund CEO David McCormick bowed out of Pennsylvania’s Senate Republican primary after failing to close a nearly 1,000-vote gap with celebrity doctor Mehmet Oz.

  63. Just nutha ignint cracker says:

    @Kathy: I think part of the mystique is the whole one “death [particularly mine or that of a loved one] is a tragedy whereas a million deaths is a statistic” thing. No one is ever particularly horrified at the death counts from the War Between the States, WWI, WWII, Viet Nam, the Plague–lots of different mega death events. It’s one of the arguments I hear kids make about not needing to study history because “it’s all a bunch of factoids.” They may have a point.

  64. Mister Bluster says:

    The two gas stations on the south side of town that held their price at $4.999/gal. for 48 hours as five others went to $5.099/gal. have leapfrogged to $5.299/gal. This is getting ugly.

  65. Just nutha ignint cracker says:

    @Flat Earth Luddite: Once again, the lesson seems to be that violence IS a tool that CAN be used to solve SOME societal problems. I find my reaction to this realization mixed. Maybe I AM getting healthier mentally.

  66. Jen says:

    @Matt: I live in a rural area right now, in fact I spent a fair amount of the afternoon being serenaded by the neighbor’s target practice. It’s a large gun, my husband’s best guess is that it’s using 40 caliber ammunition. I lived in a red state for a while, and have plenty of friends, Democrats and Republicans, who own guns.

    I’d like to see the slaughter stop.

    It’s disingenuous to say “Oh BTW notice how the AWB expiration had no noticeable effect on crime including murder?” when what is concerning to most people is the possibility of going out for groceries and ending up dead. What DID increase after the AWB expired were MASS SHOOTINGS. This is unarguable. They did. There’s plenty of evidence of this.

    An 18 year old shouldn’t be able to walk in and buy a high-powered weapon with no evidence of training, no real background check, and no insurance. We don’t let 16 year-old kids drive semis as soon as they get their licenses–you have to pass a CDL for that. It’s not too much to ask that there be a waiting period, so that a post-op person in pain doesn’t put a permanent end to his surgeon.

    And no, people don’t need to learn a specialized lexicon to have an opinion on weapons. Just no.

  67. Flat Earth Luddite says:

    @Mister Bluster:
    5.89 for diesel down the street. IIRC, every drop of petroleum product in WA & OR comes from the refinery complex up Anacortes way. Yet somehow everyone blames Biden, and not the owners (or even their own usage habits). But for sure, the ugly has started.

  68. CSK says:

    @Mister Bluster:
    In California, it’s $6.29.

  69. Mister Bluster says:


    That’s the price per GasBuddy in Phelan CA where my brother lives.
    I see a Price of $6.999/gal. in Altadena.

  70. DK says:


    Oh BTW notice how the AWB expiration had no noticeable effect on crime including murder?

    Mass shootings fell and rose in direct correlation to the AWB.

    From the gun owner’s perspective you can’t even be bothered to learn the proper terms or anything about guns beyond simple buzz words and talking points

    From the perspective of someone with morals and ethics, saving lives is more important than gun terminology gotcha games. I don’t need to know esoteric medical jargon to support universal healthcare, and I don’t need to know super special ammosexual lingo to support reforms that will prevent crazies from using schoolkids as target practice.

    A significant portion of the democratic party is seen as eager to use “common sense” laws to begin banning and confiscating.

    The usual conservative fearmongering BS.

    – Republicans lied when insisting gay marriage would end civilization.
    – Republicans lied when promising gays serving openly would destroy the military.
    – Republicans lied when declaring Obamacare would lead to death panels and communism.
    – Republicans lied when howling that COVID vaccines would kill people.

    Republicans are lying when they claim gun reform will prompt mass gun confiscation.

    Today’s Republicans are amoral, selfish, full of crap corporate gun lobby slaves who want mass shootings to continue. Americans must ignore right wing fearmongering.

  71. Flat Earth Luddite says:

    So of course, I was up and out of the house at 4 am this am to get to my preferred spot 20 minutes from the house. Gear, both cameras, tripod, etc. 5.30 sunrise. Ten minutes from the house, rain started.

    It’s a standing joke in this part of the world that if there’s a once in a lifetime event in the sky, you won’t be able to see it because of the rain, clouds, or smoke from the from the forest fires

  72. Sleeping Dog says:

    @Flat Earth Luddite:

    Got excited about getting up to see that as well, then I looked at the weather forecast and decided to sleep in.

  73. Just nutha ignint cracker says:

    It’s not too much to ask that there be a waiting period, so that a post-op person in pain doesn’t put a permanent end to his surgeon.

    Unfortunately, yes. That’s too much to ask. Especially considering that it’s only a trap to trick us into enabling the confiscation of all guns–as an earlier comment pointed out.

  74. Just nutha ignint cracker says:

    @Flat Earth Luddite: “It’s a standing joke in this part of the world that if there’s a once in a lifetime event in the sky, you won’t be able to see it because of the rain, clouds, or smoke from the from the forest fires.”

    I know that’s been MY experience. 🙁