Monday’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. OzarkHillbilly says:

    Richard Signorelli

    These awards are NOT dischargeable in a personal bankruptcy bc they are based on intentional tortious conduct. Jones will be hounded for the rest of his days for payment and any efforts at hiding income/assets could be met with contempt sanctions including imprisonment.

    Kyle Griffin
    Oct 12
    Between the Texas and Connecticut verdicts, Alex Jones owes more than $1,000,000,000 in damages.

    May he never know a moment’s peace again.

  2. Scott says:

    Just in time for Halloween.

    A Texas high school football stadium was built on a graveyard in 1935. Bones are still turning up.

    From time to time, after heavy rains, bones still appear at the high school football field in a small Texas city about two hours northwest of Austin.

    In 1935, a cemetery that had fallen into disrepair was moved to make room for a stadium in San Saba, which is known as the Pecan Capital of the World. However, not all of the bodies were moved, and over the years, both tombstones and remains have been found under the playing surface, according to multiple reports that also say as much as 50 bodies may still buried under the field.

    The land was donated to the school district by the J.D. Rogan family, whom the field is now named after. The property was a cemetery from 1858 to 1934, and it is believed that about 200 bodies, including many Civil War soldiers, were buried there before it was no longer allowed to be used.

    The city passed an ordinance in 1878 that required burials to take place only at a new city cemetery at the edge of town.

    Families were invited to move their own loved ones after the land was donated, but some chose not to do so. The remaining gravestones were removed to make way for the football field.

  3. Jen says:

    Whelp. That’s…interesting.

    Kanye West Agrees to Buy Parler, Company Says

  4. Bob@Youngstown says:

    Comment on political “debates” :
    Candidates say they want to discuss the issues, however seem to spend most of their allotted time to disparage their opponents.
    Traditional debate rules would not tolerate this behavior if the intention is to debate an issue under discussion.
    Alas, today’s political “debate” is merely an extension of political negative advertising that most voters dislike.
    IMO, Hobbes is justified in rejecting a debate with Lake. Lake reminds me of Kelly Ann Conway, fast talking interrupter who won’t stay on topic in favor of spewing nonsense.

  5. Kathy says:

    I wonder what the market is for a satire book called King Donnie, in which everything His Majesty touches turns to pig excrement.

    Salient bit:

    Trump had already been given 90% of the company’s shares in exchange for the use of his name and some minor involvement.

    To quote Adam Savage, “There’s your problem!”

    You’d think if Benito had a gold mine, he’d sell gilded lead instead and claim everyonedoesit. And he has the best gold, manypeoplesaythat.

  6. Scott says:

    Working for Putin seems to be a hazardous job.

    Putin’s head of Ukraine mobilisation campaign found dead in ‘suspicious circumstances’

    The head of Vladimir Putin’s disastrous Ukraine mobilisation campaign has been found dead in “suspicious” circumstances.

    Military commissar Lt-Col Roman Malyk, 49, a, was discovered near a fence at his home in a village in the Primorsky region of Russia.

    Some reports claimed he died from hanging.

    Russian police have opened a murder probe but have not ruled out suicide.

  7. CSK says:

    The DOJ is recommending that Steve Bannon get 6 months in prison and a $200,000 fine for contempt of Congress.

  8. Kathy says:
  9. Mu Yixiao says:
  10. CSK says:

    Of course Trump charged the Secret Service exorbitant rates to stay at his properties. What else would you expect him to do? Let them stay for free?

  11. just nutha says:

    @Bob@Youngstown: While Hobbes may well be justified in refusing to debate, because conventional wisdom is that the “debates” serve a useful electoral function, ducking the debate (because that’s what it looks like) is mostly a negative. Hobbes’ team isn’t big enough to shake off the negative effect on “independent” voters.

  12. Sleeping Dog says:

    @Mu Yixiao:

    Hey, it’s Manhattan. Think of it as the NYC version of sending a Christmas pic of your family holding assault rifles.

  13. dazedandconfused says:


    For an example of how to handle that kind of debating tactic, sometimes referred to as the gish-gallop, see Joe Biden debating Ryan. Interrupt right back and laugh at the silly parts.

  14. Bob@Youngstown says:

    @just nutha:

    because conventional wisdom is that the “debates” serve a useful electoral function,

    My issue is with that “useful electoral function”.
    Think about NASCAR races, how many attend to see a contest between Ford and Chevy (or driver A and B) and those that attend to hopefully witness a spectacular crash.*
    Political debates have become a performance, not an educational and informational event.

    *have attended plenty, and the crowd seems generally dissatisfied and disappointed then the crash trucks are not called out. But YMMV.

  15. Gustopher says:

    @Jen: we aren’t through the Muskrat-Twitter fiasco yet, there’s no reason to start trotting out the parodies.

    I eagerly await a KanyeKar though.

    Also, will no one buy Truth?

  16. inhumans99 says:


    They moved the tombstones but left the bodies.

    As anyone who has seen a certain classic horror film can attest to, that was mistake Numero Uno by the developers of the land.

  17. CSK says:

    That was the first thing that sprang to my mind.

  18. wr says:

    @Mu Yixiao: I just thank God it wasn’t Jerry Nadler.

    Not that this guy is exactly an Adonis…

  19. Beth says:


    Now where did I leave that jug of mind bleach….

  20. Jax says:

    I get my new teeth implant crowns and bridge tomorrow, I am soooo excited!!! It’s been the longest six months of my life, wearing that stupid little partial fake front teeth thing anytime I wanted to go anywhere, and not being able to eat in public unless I took it out….in public.

    There are so many things I want to eat! I think I’ll start with a nice, juicy patty melt. 😛 😛

  21. JohnSF says:

    Interesting little item re. Russian railways:
    Estimated total of Russian non-passenger rail cars/wagons of various sort c 1.2 million.
    Reports are that shortages of specialist bearing cassettes, formerly supplied by SKF of Sweden, and American firms Timken. and Amsted, have alrady laid up around 10,000 heavy duty wagons, and could lay up 200,000, almost 20% of the wagon fleet, and even more of the general goods tonnage capacity.

    All three companies left Russia after the start of the war. Components were brought from abroad, and only the final assembly was carried out at Russian enterprises. Now there is nothing to assemble them from and nothing to replace imports with. They need sealants and lubricants, which are produced neither in Russia nor the CIS.

    Question now is can Russia produce replacements at home, and if so, given Russian engineering standars, how long will be their mean time to failure?
    Or can imports be obtained from China or possibly India?

    Potentially a massive problem for Russian millitary supply, and industrial operations.

  22. Michael Reynolds says:

    A really fascinating first person account from a Russian conscript sent to the front lines within days and wounded.

  23. JohnSF says:

    Also in Russia, some may recall reports over the weekend of a mass shooting at a barracks that left 30 dead.

    First point: a lot of citizens from other countries work in Russia, especially in the construction trades and other semi-casual labour.
    Some have indeterminate citizenship status, or dual-citizenship, and in some cases should not be liable to Russian draft/mobilization, but are being virtually press-ganged.

    Some summary reports:
    – It started with a Dagestani, an Azeri & an Adyghe saying ‘this is not our war’
    – Lt. Lapin said “this is a holy war”
    – 3 Tajiks stated “Holy Wars are only between Muslims and infidels”
    – Lt. Lapin called Allah a coward
    – 1.5 hours later at the gun range, the three Tajiks used their automatic rifles to shoot Lt Lapin and all other ethnic Russian soldiers in the vicinity.

    As I’ve said before, it can be terminally unwise to sufficiently provoke a Daghestani or a Tajik.

  24. just nutha says:

    @Bob@Youngstown: I don’t think you’re wrong, just that because of the lie we tell ourselves about candidate debates, refusing to participate may be counterproductive.

  25. CSK says:

    Roger Stone is saying that he supported the second impeachment of Trump, and that if Trump runs in 2024, he’ll “get his fucking brains beat in.”

  26. just nutha says:

    @Jax: Congratulations! And enjoy your patty melt!

  27. Kathy says:


    I think he’s lying on the first count, and wrong in the second.

    I mean, what brains?

  28. CSK says:


    “Truthful hyperbole,” as Don himself would say.

  29. Jax says:

    @just nutha: Thanks! Then I’m gonna have a philly cheese steak sammich, and then….just every goddamn thing I haven’t been able to bite into for the last 6 months. Pizza. Doughnuts. Noodles in public (because I don’t have any front teeth to bite them off properly)….the list goes on and on.

    My Mom did the same thing, only she did all her teeth, and she’s still struggling with them. I hope it’s not like that for me.

  30. Just nutha ignint cracker says:

    @Jax: I never eat noodles in public. My tremor is too bad. I always end up with more soup/sauce on my shirt than in my mouth. :-(+

  31. Jax says:

    @Just nutha ignint cracker: Me neither, as far as noodles….but I can’t even eat noodles at home without my kids making fun of me. (eyeroll emoji) 😛