Monday Morning Tabs

For your consideration.

While I know that people sometimes take politics into account when they move, the main variables are work and family. And while it is perfectly fine for federalism to mean some local variations in policies, rights for American citizens should not be determined by the state in which one lives.

The expanded quote: “I do trust women enough to control when they allow a man to ejaculate inside of them and to control that intake of semen,” – Rep. Karianne Lisonbee (R).

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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. Mu Yixiao says:

    The expanded quote: “I do trust women enough to control when they allow a man to ejaculate inside of them and to control that intake of semen,” – Rep. Karianne Lisonbee (R).

    That sounds like a blurb from pornhub.

    So… Rep Lisonbee is in favor of bukakke? Or just more blowjobs and buggery? Can someone in the press contact her and get a quote? 🙂

  2. Chip Daniels says:

    @Mu Yixiao: @Mu Yixiao:

    I know you were kidding, but its been my experience that people who take such deep interest and alarm over other people’s sex lives tend to have very messed up attitudes towards sex in general.

  3. CSK says:

    @Chip Daniels:
    I noted this yesterday in the open forum, and I’m still trying to figure out what “control that intake of semen” means. That the guy should wear a condom?

  4. gVOR08 says:

    That NYT piece on the Court is a pretty good takedown of Alito’s decision overturning Roe. The author, Linda Greenhouse, notes a detail from the 70s I had been unaware of. In his concurrence Thomas is inviting activists to bring certain cases to the Court, signaling an openness to them. Under rules then in place, the 70s Court was required to hear Roe. Far from activist. The piece is also an antidote to the Murc’s Law idea that Dems are responsible for Dobbs because they didn’t write the original Roe decision well enough. Didn’t matter, Alito and the other Federalist Catholics were going to do what they did, whatever the obstacles.

    LGM this morning has a post on Ben Franklin publishing instructions for an herbal method of abortion. A bit of history Alito seems to have omitted in his haste to find a witch hunter who agreed with him.

  5. Jax says:

    @CSK: It’s code for “The dirty sluts need to keep their legs closed.”

  6. Beth says:

    The expanded quote: “I do trust women enough to control when they allow a man to ejaculate inside of them and to control that intake of semen,” – Rep. Karianne Lisonbee (R).

    When I saw that, the first thing I thought of was the Weird Al classic movie, “UHF”.

    “Who wants to drink from the firehose!!!”

    I’ll go sit in my timeout now.

  7. Kathy says:

    I read the piece about Google search over the weekend.

    I do get too many irrelevant results now that I didn’t used to. And I get fewer results I do want.

    A good example is the weight of products. The other day a customer wanted tuna in cans of 135 gr. net, 105 gr. drained. The usual is 140/100, or 130/90. Not only did Google not find it, but it kept showing me purchasing options for 140 or 130. Not long ago, it would show links to companies that produce canned tuna, where you could look for further info.

  8. CSK says:

    Even married dirty sluts??????

  9. Scott F. says:

    Steven, I suspect you know this but to be really clear for anyone else, Senator Hawley isn’t advocating for “some local variation in policies” via federalism. He’s arguing for greater power for the GOP at the federal level via the Electoral College. As he says, further political sorting is “very good news” for the authoritarian party.

    “I would predict that the effect is going to be that more and more red states are going to become more red, purple states are going to become red and the blue states are going to get a lot bluer,” Hawley said. “And I would look for Republicans as a result of this to extend their strength in the Electoral College. And that’s very good news.”

  10. Jax says:

    @CSK: I suspect it’s anybody who dares to enjoy it. As somebody upthread mentioned, some uptight Mormon’s can have very strange ideas about sex. It’s not meant to be enjoyed, it’s meant for procreation.

  11. Just nutha ignint cracker says:

    @CSK: Married women don’t need to get abortions. [facepalm emoji here]

    (Yes, I’ve heard women I know say that. 🙁 )

  12. drj says:

    I do trust women enough to control when they allow a man to ejaculate inside of them and to control that intake of semen

    A long time ago when I and my (now) wife were young (barely/not yet out of our teens), we experienced a condom malfunction and had to get Plan B – something that plenty of GOP zealots classify as an abortifacient.

    I’m pretty sure that if that accident had resulted in a child, three lives would have been needlessly ruined.

    Lisonbee is worse than a fool. “Callous, sanctimonious bicth” would be a more apt description.

  13. Jax says:

    @CSK: I didn’t have an edit button to add this to my previous comment, but….magic underwear and all that. 😛

  14. Flat Earth Luddite says:

    The reactionary, sociopathic Luddite in me hears her comment, adds the recent gun control ruling, and comes up with the obvious solution: the woman now has free reign to cap the MF who’s trying to ejaculate in her. See, doesn’t it all make sense now?

    Excuse me, everyone. I’ll be over in my corner, chewing on my bile and muttering vile imprecations.

  15. gVOR08 says:

    It’s often hard to discern just what George Will’s point is. Apparently it’s that Thomas and his homies should have worried more about public safety. But being George, he identified and italicized for emphasis a key point and then ignored it. He highlighted that the 2A says bear arms. Then he failed to note that in the late 1700s, as now, “bear” arms connotes military usage. One might also note that a Glock with an oversized magazine could raise more of a concern for safety than a muzzle loading pocket pistol.

    Have the recent gun and abortion decisions established a new format for opinions? A decision with argument followed by a list of rationalization claiming the decision didn’t open the huge can of worms it obviously opened?

  16. CSK says:

    @Flat Earth Luddite:
    You can join Beth in time out.

  17. Flat Earth Luddite says:

    Thanks, we may not have cookies, but I’ve got a nice G&T in my hand … and it’s only 0830. Gonna be 90 again today, and that reminds me way too much of haying season.

  18. Kathy says:


    I’m guessing is’t something like What our dear Dr. Taylor would call “The Green Lantern Theory of Human Conception.”

    A few years back there was a similar pronouncement, sort of like a woman can choose not to get pregnant from rape.

    Fact is, of course, that a woman can’t control a man’s ejaculation whether it is the result of consensual sex or rape. And then what happens is very independent of the woman’s wishes. that’s why there is contraception and abortion.

    It’s a bit like saying that you can choose not to get fat from eating Twinkies and cheeseburgers.

  19. CSK says:

    Ah, yes, that was the late Todd Akin, who claimed that a woman’s reproductive system shut down when she was being raped.

  20. Beth says:

    @Flat Earth Luddite:

    Uh, no G&T for me… I partied a little to hard this weekend.

  21. Scott says:

    I suspect this idiot would also deny that there is anything like marital rape or that a married women has no right to deny her husband his marital rights.

  22. Flat Earth Luddite says:

    That’s ok, I’ll cover for you.

  23. Jen says:

    @CSK: Yes, and a surprising number of people seem to believe this, likely an intentional misread about the effects of chronic, ongoing stress on fertilization rates. I vaguely remember reading a scientific journal article that said actually, the opposite is true: that cases of extreme stress (such as an assault) are more likely to result in a pregnancy but I cannot remember the mechanism as to why that would be the case.

  24. Just nutha says:

    @Flat Earth Luddite: Care for a drink Dex? After all, it’s bound to be 9 a.m. somewhere, right?

  25. Just nutha says:

    @Flat Earth Luddite: And plain tonic is good for a hangover (not implying anything, you understand).

  26. Flat Earth Luddite says:

    @Just nutha:
    As my stepfather used to say, if you don’t sober up, you don’t get a hangover. (Snark snark)

    Nah, too hot to drink outside on the deck today. Seegar self ignited, think I’m going inside to look at cat videos. And BAT auctions.