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:

    Over 1700 people have been arrested in Russia for protesting the invasion of Ukraine. The culture department has warned that “negative comments will be treated as treason.”

  2. OzarkHillbilly says:

    More than 80 Florida manatees are currently in rehab centers across the US as officials and conservations work to rescue a population that has been hit hard by starvation.

    The data, released by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and US Fish and Wildlife Service on Wednesday, underscores the peril facing the manatees, and comes amid a major conservation effort that includes a feeding program distributing 3,000lb of lettuce daily at a site by the Florida coast.

    Manatees are facing an uncertain future. Their preferred food, seagrass, has been depleted because of water pollution; since 2009, about 46,000 acres of natural seagrass has been destroyed.

    Last year saw a record 1,100 Florida manatee deaths , far exceeding the annual average and topping the previous record in 2013 of 830 deaths. The first two months of 2022 alone have already seen more than 300 deaths, and conservation groups have sued the federal government over the die off.
    Others have said that stopping seagrass depletion is fundamental to solving the problem. Florida state representative Randy Fine recently called out new legislation introduced by Tallahassee politicians that favors real estate developers over the starving manatee population, giving developers the option to pay and dredge up natural seagrass.

    For some people, too much is never enough.

  3. OzarkHillbilly says:

    ‘War criminal’ or ‘savvy strongman’? Putin invasion deepens GOP divide

    Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has exposed a schism in the Republican party between “hawks” who condemn Vladimir Putin and “America first” followers who express admiration for the strongman.

    But what has united the two wings so far is an opportunity to score political points by casting Joe Biden as weak and paying the price of failure in Afghanistan.

    The split was evident on Thursday as Republicans in Washington condemned Putin as a “war criminal” while many grassroots conservatives attending a conference in Florida agreed with former president Donald Trump that the Russian autocrat is “savvy”.

    Because of course they do, they have no soul.

  4. OzarkHillbilly says:

    On Monday the US supreme court will hear arguments in a group of cases that could have an immediate impact on the American government’s ability to respond to the climate emergency.

    The consequences could be even more substantial, however, reaching deep into the Biden administration’s authority to govern.

    The court will be considering the 2015 Clean Power Plan, a signature Obama program requiring states to lower greenhouse gas emissions from power plants. It was touted as critical to the achievement of the landmark Paris climate agreement, but its existence was short-lived: a coalition of states and energy groups sued to stop it, the supreme court blocked it and Donald Trump, self-professed lover of coal, repealed it when he took office.

    The Biden administration said it would not reinstate the Clean Power Plan, even after a federal court invalidated Trump’s repeal, because the goals of the plan had already been met through market forces, and because it was considering a new rule to replace it. So it came as a surprise when the supreme court announced it would review the lower court’s decision.

    Why is the court hearing a challenge to a plan that has never really been in effect, and never will be?

    Gee, I wonder. Whatever could the reason be?

  5. Mu Yixiao says:

    From NPR yesterday (the whole thing is worth a listen)

    KELLY: [Hanna] Hopko was one of the original leaders of the Euromaidan protests that toppled Ukraine’s government back in 2014. Then she served her country as a member of Parliament. When I met her, though, at a pizzeria in Kyiv a few weeks ago, what was top of mind was her 11-year-old daughter, who had been begging for a guinea pig. The question for Hopko was, if they had to evacuate, was she going to want a guinea pig in tow? We reached her again today to pick up the story.

    KELLY: Is your family safe?

    HOPKO: Also, my husband is with me. The guinea pig is with us.

    KELLY: And your daughter?

    HOPKO: Daughter is in western Ukraine. Every – almost every hour she’s calling me and asking, Mom, how is in Nafanyah (ph)? How is Nafanyah?

    KELLY: The guinea pig.

    HOPKO: […] yeah. The guinea pig.

    KELLY: Are you scared?

    HOPKO: No. I’m not scared because during my downtime, when – my colleagues, friends were kidnapped, tortured and even killed, so we already went through these painful times. It’s not time to be scared. Putin has to be scared because he is a little gangster with the heart full of fear. He’s afraid of transatlantic unity. He is afraid of our optimistic spirit, that we will win and he will never return us back to Russia’s sphere of influence.

    But what I’m really afraid of – Ukrainians who already killed and who will be killed. It’s not like in Russia, when they don’t care about people. We care about people. We care about guinea pigs, about everybody.

    [Emphasis added]

    I desperately want to see protest signs that say “For Nafanya!”

  6. CSK says:

    Well, as the legends on their t-shirts read, I’D RATHER BE RUSSIAN THAN A DEMOCRAT.

    And there’s this:

  7. Scott says:

    Just some data on relative strength of Russian and Ukrainian forces. In graphical form so I couldn’t cut and paste.

    A graphical comparison of Russian and Ukrainian military forces

  8. Scott says:

    One Ukrainian story:

    Ukrainian woman says Russian troops should carry seeds so flowers grow where they die

    As Russian troops continue to invade Ukraine in what President Vladimir Putin has called a “special military operation,” accounts of what is going on on the ground are beginning to surface.

    With wailing air-raid sirens, families in Kharkiv sheltering in train stations, and lines forming at gas stations, the scene being painted is growing increasingly grim.

    But one badass Ukrainian woman isn’t backing down, according to Ukraine World, a news organization run by Internews Ukraine.

    According to a recording the news site obtained and shared to Twitter, the unidentified woman reportedly confronted Russian troops, asked why they were there, and suggested they place sunflower seeds in their pockets so that flowers may bloom where they fall on the soil of her country.

  9. OzarkHillbilly says:

    @CSK: They are welcome to move there. I’m sure Vlad would welcome them with open cell doors.

  10. CSK says:

    Russian television is broadcasting Trump’s praise of Putin to justify invading Ukraine.

    Well, of course they are.

  11. Jen says:

    Remarkable. Sounds like something from a movie, TBH:

    As the Russian military pounded targets across Ukraine with an array of bombs and missiles, a small team of Ukrainian border guards on a rocky, desolate island received an ominous message: Give up or be attacked.

    “I am a Russian warship,” a voice from the invaders said, according to a recording of the communications. “I ask you to lay down your arms and surrender to avoid bloodshed and unnecessary deaths. Otherwise, you will be bombed.”

    The Ukrainians responded boldly.

    “Russian warship,” came the reply, “go f— yourself.”

    The Russians opened fire, eventually killing the 13 border guards.

    Via WaPo

  12. SC_Birdflyte says:

    I believe the suggestion has already been made here, but since Putin is intent on overturning the post-Cold War security order, I suggest a total land, sea, and air blockade of Kaliningrad. After all, it was historically a German city.

  13. Stormy Dragon says:

    The way the people of Ukraine have collectively risen up to defend their nation has been really inspiring.

    It also makes me think of the collapse of Afghanistan and how much that was due to the people of Afghanistan being shockingly passive in the face of the Taliban

  14. Jen says:

    @Stormy Dragon: I was thinking of Afghanistan as well, but from a different time period.

    Who is the Charlie Wilson in the current Congress who will help get weapons to Ukraine?

  15. Kathy says:


    When it looked certain the Soviets would invade Finland, a joke circulated: The Soviets are so many and our country is so small. Where will we bury them all?

    The Soviets won, but suffered man more dead and wounded than the Fins. That may be the best Ukraine can hope for.

  16. Jen says:

    HarvardLaw92 must be pleased!

    Biden names Ketanji Brown Jackson, DC appeals court judge, to Supreme Court

  17. CSK says:

    Jackson’s husband is the twin brother of Paul Ryan’s brother-in-law.

  18. Daryl and his brother Darryl says:

    If you haven’t heard the story of Snake Island in the Black Sea…
    As Russians approached Snake Island a Russian officer says:

    “This is a military warship. This is a Russian military warship. I suggest you lay down your weapons and surrender to avoid bloodshed and needless casualties. Otherwise, you will be bombed.”

    A Ukrainian soldier responds:

    “Russian warship, go f*** yourself.”

    Those were the final known words heard from the island.
    All 13 Ukrainians were killed.
    In a world full of Donald Trumps and Tucker Carlsons…be more like the Snake Island 13.

  19. Daryl and his brother Darryl says:

    Darn it…saw this too late…

  20. Sleeping Dog says:

    @Stormy Dragon:

    All you need to know about the difference between Ukraine and Afghanistan is that Ashraf Ghani fled days before the collapse and Ukraine’s Volodymyr Zelenskyy is in Kiev as the Russians advance.

  21. Neil Hudelson says:

    The largest public power utility in Indiana–AES–just announced they will be retiring all coal-powered plants by 2025, which, if my math is correct, is in 34 months and one week.

    Summer of last year, the third largest public utility–NIPSCO, northern Indiana around Chicago–announced a complete switch to renewables by 2030.

    This in a state that had 100,000+ coal mining jobs at the end of last century, and whose state legislature has tried repeatedly in recent years to mandate new coal plants.

    Indiana is just a couple of tiers below West Virginia as a coal producing state, or was. The era of coal is officially over.

  22. Jay L Gischer says:

    I’ve really been enjoying this tune. It’s not just that it’s a good song, and a good arrangement of it with some high quality performers. It’s that at 2:05 we see a performer named “Hutch Hutchison” who makes me think @Michael Reynolds has a secret life as a bass player in Hawaii. Michael, your photo in your avatar here is small, but man that gives me the right vibe.

  23. Mister Bluster says:

    When I worked for the United Telephone Company of Indiana in the northern part of the state in 1980 I would run into employees of Northern Indiana Public Service Company at jobsites common to both utilities. There was mixed sentiment among those workers about NIPSCO’s abandonment of the Bailly Nuclear Power Plant that was in planning since 1967 and started started construction in 1971.
    Looks like NIPSCO management was prescient at the time.
    Don’t know if there is any way to calculate how much less coal would have been burned if that plant was completed. Don’t know if there is any way to calculate how much damage would have occurred to the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore and Lake Michigan by Bailly.
    “The Dunes” was a favorite summer road trip when I lived in the South ‘Burbs of Chicago. (1964-’68)

  24. just nutha says:

    @CSK: @CSK: I don’t know, but if he intends for his work to be approved by the Senate, he probably needs to be a Republican.

  25. just nutha says:

    I don’t know why, but when I replied to Jen in my last comment, it linked to CSK 3 or 4 stops downline.

  26. Sleeping Dog says:

    Zelensky to EU leaders: “This might be the last time you see me alive”

    Imagine how fast one Donald J. Trump would have skedaddled if he were in that position.

  27. CSK says:

    @just nutha:
    It’s my magnetic appeal.

  28. CSK says:

    @Sleeping Dog:
    Cadet Bonespurs has never been known for his courage.

  29. Sleeping Dog says:

    Why Israel is having trouble picking sides in Russia’s war on Ukraine

    Gratitude for favorable treatment while ignoring abuses like the full-scale invasion of a peaceful neighbor is a mark of the “Court Jew,” said Sharansky, and is not becoming of a Jewish state.

    “We are at a stage of history where we have a state — cannot afford for our state to become a ‘Court state,’” Sharansky said. “This leader is challenging all the principles of the free world. All those values that the Jewish state is built on. And we cannot simply be silent and say ‘thank you for what you’re doing’ without damage.”

    Sharansky is a former political prisoner of the Soviet Union. “Court Jew” comes directly from numerous Anti-Semitic tropes and coming from a Jew who has a life history that Sharansky has, can be seen as a extreme attack on his partners in the Israeli government.

  30. Daryl and his brother Darryl says:

    @Neil Hudelson:
    This cannot possibly be true.
    I distinctly remember TFG saying he was going to save the coal industry.

    “We’re going to put our miners back to work.”

  31. Mu Yixiao says:

    @Daryl and his brother Darryl:

    “We’re going to put our miners back to work.”

    You misheard. It was actually “We’re going to put our minors back to work”

  32. Michael Reynolds says:

    @Jay L Gischer:
    Hutch Hutchinson is so much better than my other doppelgänger. Someone sent me a link to a porn video featuring a guy who looks disturbingly like me. So like me I had to squint to see differences.

  33. Monala says:

    @OzarkHillbilly: Eric Boehlert in his Press Run newsletter commented about this article today:

    The Beltway press treats this as if it were nothing more than an inter-party squabble over taxes or immigration policy, not portions of the party tacitly supporting the largest land invasion in Europe since World War II, a possibly brutal blitzkrieg that could leave thousands of civilians dead. And spearheaded, ironically, by the former Soviet Union, which for decades served as the epicenter of right wing suspicion and hostility; the proverbial Evil Empire.

    Today’s kind words for Putin would be like in 1990 after Saddam Hussein’s Iraq invaded Kuwait, if the Democratic Party had been “divided” over whether the deadly incursion was a good thing or a bad thing, and the D.C. press shrugging and treating it as normal political posturing. In truth, if a single elected Democratic official had even breathed a sentence of support for Hussein back then it would have been a huge story and created a maelstrom of media trouble for the party. Yet Republicans singing Putin’s praise in 2022 is treated as no big deal.

  34. Mike in Arlington says:

    @Jay L Gischer: That’s really great! I’ve heard a little from “The Marcus King Band” before. I should listen to a little more.

    Mavis Staples, Nick Lowe and Wilco sang The Weight released a version … Sweet jesus, 10 years ago. Time flies. Anyways, if you want to give it a listen:

  35. CSK says:

    Adam Johnson, the grinning dullard who waved to the camera when he was photographed strolling out of the Capitol with the Speaker’s podium on January 6, 2021, has been sentenced to 75 days in jail.

  36. Mike in Arlington says:

    @Mu Yixiao: that sounds more like Matt Gaetz, tbh.

  37. Monala says:

    I know I have an odd obsession with the SorryAntivaxxer website, but I have to admit, if I weren’t already pro-vaccine, I would certainly become so by reading it.

    When Omicron swept through my family in late December/early January, all of us had nothing more than cold symptoms, despite several members having numerous comorbidities including cancer, diabetes, asthma, and high blood pressure.

    A good friend of mine who is asthmatic and obese also had Covid, and one night had trouble breathing. She went to the ER, was given oxygen for a few hours, and was sent home. A few days later, her Covid symptoms were gone. She, like my family, is vaxxed and boosted.

    The trajectory is very different for the folks featured on the SAV website. After railing against vaccines and masks for months or a year or more, they come down with Covid (despite their ivermectin/hydroxychloriquine/vitamins C & D/zinc prophylactics). The first few days are like a cold, and they say, “Pfft! I knew this was no big deal!”

    But then it gets worse, with hacking coughs, high fevers and extreme fatigue. Then they have trouble breathing and head to the ER, where they are given oxygen. Unlike my friend, however, their breathing doesn’t get better after a few hours. After days on oxygen, they are switched to a BIPAP machine, and then eventually a ventilator.

    At this point, a relative usually takes over the person’s social media account. Most of these relatives give very detailed descriptions of the person’s health condition as they ask for ongoing prayers.

    After being on the ventilator and stuck in a hospital bed for a few weeks, the person begins to get blood clots. They are given blood thinners, but because they have so many things inserted into their body–the vent, IVs, other blood lines–they start bleeding out around all the incisions. So it becomes a dance where the doctors stop the blood thinners, then restart them when the clots reform, then have to stop them again.

    After about a month, other things happen. The person’s kidney’s fail, and they go on dialysis. Their lungs might collapse, or their liver might fail. They might have a stroke or heart attack due to inability to control the clots. They develop bed sores. Because the ventilator is no longer working well, they may be given a tracheotomy or placed on an ECMO machine.

    Many of these folks die soon after this stage, but some of them hang on for months and months of suffering. The rare ones who survive long enough to be sent home now have to relearn how to walk, talk, and pretty much do anything for themselves.

    After reading enough of these oh so similar stories, all I can think is, “Why? WHY??!! Why in the world would you want to go through all this when a vaccine could have prevented it?”

  38. Mimai says:

    @Mike in Arlington:
    @Jay L Gischer:

    Since we’re talking covers, here’s Marcus King and Billy Strings doing Summertime.

  39. Monala says:

    For the last 1.5 years, a number of Twitter leftists have been advocating for more extreme and long-lasting shutdowns to fight Covid, with payments for all Americans of $2000 a month. They have the incorrect perception that that’s what happened in other countries. During this time, they’ve gotten a lot of criticism for this view from Twitter mainstream Democrats, e.g., “who is going to produce your food if everything is shut down?”

    Now those same Twitter leftists are saying that no one should be working right now due to the crisis in Ukraine. And now it’s not just mainstream Dems, but more authentic leftists, who are telling them to shut up, for two reasons:

    1) It’s pretty offensive to think that you’re suffering from the crisis in Ukraine here in the US. It’s the Ukrainian people who are suffering.

    2) One guy, an anti-wage theft activist, expressed it well. He said that while there are tons of issues in our economy–wage theft, exploitation of workers, financialization of markets, etc.–too many leftists act as if the economy isn’t real, that work and economic activity are merely capitalist concepts created to harm ordinary people so the wealthy can prosper. He tried to impress upon the “shut it all down” folks that the economy is real, goods and services are real, and most jobs are necessary. We can’t shut down most or all economic activity unless we want people to starve.

  40. Mike in Arlington says:

    @Mimai: Thanks! What a great way to slide into the weekend!

  41. Kathy says:


    After reading enough of these oh so similar stories, all I can think is, “Why? WHY??!! Why in the world would you want to go through all this when a vaccine could have prevented it?”

    I wonder the same thing.

    The easy answer is “Because they don’t believe COVID is that bad, while they do believe the vaccine is nefarious or deadly or both.” This just pushes the question to “why do they believe this?” And that’s a more complex answer, which would include exploring questions like “Why is there so much misinformation about COVID and vaccines?”

    Part of the latter question can be answered by trump’s initial response to the trump virus. he said it’s no big deal, therefore it’s no big deal.

    But then that begs the question “why are so many so eager to believe Benito and not the evidence all around them?”

    At this point I despair and conclude human stupidity is boundless.

  42. CSK says:

    Do any of these proponents of shut-it-all-down actually work for pay, or do they make a career of freeloading?

  43. Sleeping Dog says:


    Periodically I wander over to Naked Capitalism. Often the top line articles are good. The analysis is from a leftist perspective, but usually objective. The comment section is another matter entirely, the “economy isn’t real” attitude flows like a geyser. I often wonder what these people do and where do they think jobs come from? As the person you quoted notes, there are real issues, but the economy is real and necessary.

  44. Sleeping Dog says:


    Probably belong to the Thanks Dad class of trustfundtarians, doing esoteric post graduate, but non degree terminal studies.

  45. Stormy Dragon says:

    NATO activates a response force for the first time in the alliance’s history, moving 40,000 more troops into central Europe:

    NATO Response Force activated for first time

  46. OzarkHillbilly says:

    @Mike in Arlington: @Mimai: Thanx for both of those.

  47. JohnSF says:

    @Michael Reynolds:

    …I had to squint to see differences.

    Mr Modest.

  48. Mister Bluster says:

    Gas Buddy is showing that one of the two gas stations in town that jumped in price from $3.799/gal. to $3.999/gal. yesterday has dropped back to $3.799/gal. In the meantime 2 of the 7 other gas stations in town have held their price at $3.799/gal. and the 5 other outlets are still at $3.699/gal.

    Disclaimer: Most times Gas Buddy is accurate.

    Oil Prices Fall As Russia’s Energy Industry Avoids Sanctions

  49. Sleeping Dog says:

    @Mister Bluster:

    Noticed something similar when I went out last night. Obviously some profiteering going on.

  50. just nutha says:

    @Monala: “who’s going to produce your food…?”

    Wait… aren’t grocery stores stocked by robots and elves and the like?

  51. JohnSF says:

    Speaking of “gas” prices (yes, I know gas in US means petrol, ye heathen):
    UK natural gas prices.
    Person at work currently paying £180/month for gas bill.
    Checked last week latest renewal quote for 6 month fixed price (IIRC): £260
    Will probably rise still more in the near future.
    Petrol (LOL) now at 149p/litre ; I think that works out about $7.5 per gallon.
    And rising. Probably 160 by end of next week.

    Hard times ahead.

    Tax rises looming also; and there’s only going to more of those.

  52. CSK says:

    At CPAC today, Marjorie Taylor Greene claimed that she knows the 2020 election was stolen.

    But she doesn’t know how it was stolen.

  53. Sleeping Dog says:


    at least we drive on the right side of the road.

  54. JohnSF says:

    @Sleeping Dog:
    Anything to be different, eh?

  55. Flat Earth Luddite says:

    I’m betting it was by the elves and robots from the grocery store, moonlighting for extra $$$.

  56. JohnSF says:

    @just nutha:
    @Sleeping Dog:
    Maybe I can dig up some Labour Party publications from the 1950’s to explain things in simple, but definitely Left, terms about the importance of materialist realism in economic policy, social welfare and workers rights.

    Or perhaps I can summon the spirits of Clement Attlee and Nye Bevan to just slap their silly heads.

  57. CSK says:

    @Flat Earth Luddite:
    I think you may well be right about that. By gum, it’s gotta be elves and robots.

  58. Jen says:

    Ukrainian leadership–this choked me up. These are brave, brave people.

    Between this and the soldiers on Snake Island–I’m impressed. These people have courage. I hope Putin gets his backside handed back to him.

  59. Jax says:

    @Jen: I keep hoping we’ll hear there’s a Russian coup and Putin gets the Gaddafi treatment.

  60. OzarkHillbilly says:

    @Jax: I keep hoping we’ll hear there’s a Russian coup and Putin gets the Putin treatment: Dropped out of a 10th floor window.

    “Ohhhh! What a tragic accident! How ever could that have happened????”

  61. Jax says:

    @OzarkHillbilly: 😛 😛

    Drastic times call for creative measures.

  62. OzarkHillbilly says:

    A Memphis judge ordered a new trial for Pamela Moses, a woman who was sentenced to six years in prison for trying to register to vote.

    The case attracted national attention in recent weeks, following a Guardian report, because of the severity of the sentence. Moses said she had no idea she was ineligible.

    Moses has been in prison since December, when her bond was revoked. On Thursday, the Guardian revealed new evidence in the case that had not been produced at the trial. Moses was being released from custody on Friday, according to Claiborne Ferguson, her attorney.

    “We are so excited that the motion for new trial was granted for Pamela Moses today and that she is able to return home to her family while she awaits trial. We hope that she receives justice and is found not guilty for the admitted mistakes of the state of Tennessee,” said Dawn Harrington, the executive director of Free Hearts, a criminal justice organization in Tennessee that supported Moses.

    ‘Bout damn time.

    The ruling was an abrupt reversal for Ward, who yelled at Moses’ lawyer during the sentencing hearing and said she tricked the probation officer.

    “This ruling is an extraordinary development. It is very rare for a judge to reverse himself like this, and it’s telling that he sentenced her so severely and summarily discounted her position before the case made national news,” said Josh Spickler, the executive director of Just City, a criminal justice non-profit. The district attorney’s office, he said, “has long had a reputation for failing to disclose material evidence that could benefit the accused. This is yet another shocking example of that”.

    I guess he didn’t appreciate being shown for the racist(?) piece of trash he is.

    Amy Weirich, the district attorney, defended her office’s handling of evidence in the case.

    Because of course, they would never make a mistake. I wonder how it is that it never occurs to these people that their insistence of never having made a mistake, means they did it on purpose.

  63. JohnSF says:

    May I just take a few moments of your time to shriek in pure rage?

    UK Home Office publication today explains why Ukrainian refugees are not eligible as they have passed through other “safe third countries” en route.

    I would say their shriveled bureaucratic bastard souls are condemned to the deepest pits of Dis, but I suspect Satan has higher sodding standards.

    The Home Office needs reorganizing with a fecking flamethrower!

    Shriek ends.
    Thank you for your time.

  64. JohnSF says:

    This is really, really damn serious shit:
    NATO Secretary General press conference at extraordinary virtual NATO Summit, 25 FEB 2022

    Stoltenberg says Russia’s objectives “are not limited to Ukraine,” and says the alliance is now deploying “elements” of the NATO Response Force “on land, at sea and in the air” to further strengthen its posture and “respond quickly to any contingency”

  65. CSK says:

    It is.

  66. Just nutha ignint cracker says:

    @JohnSF: As I noted to Luddite a few day ago about another similar ruling (this one about relief to students who borrowed to go to for-profit vocational schools that didn’t offer programs that qualify people for employment–it seems that only students who defauted qualify; students who stayed current are on the hook for the whole nut), we’re not even going to have enough entrails, let alone rope and lampposts/tree limbs.

    Yikes. It just keeps getting more absurd. (And Biden is still using FG’s policies and excuses at the border, too. 🙁 )