Monday’s Forum

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. OzarkHillbilly says:

    Three people were killed and two more were wounded in a shooting at a Missouri nightclub early Sunday, marking one of at least three mass shootings in the US this weekend.

    The killings at the Klymax Lounge in Kansas City, Missouri, and a separate shooting in Birmingham, Alabama, helped bring the number of mass shootings in the US so far this year to about 230, data from the Gun Violence Archive shows.

    About 230. They are happening so often we can’t even be sure of the number.

  2. CSK says:

    Sadly, Longwell is right.

  3. Flat Earth Luddite says:

    I am so fecking tired of fecking amateurs with fecking firearms thinking that…oh who knows what they’re thinking.

    Thoughts and prayers my ass.

  4. CSK says:
  5. Kathy says:

    Orchestra music a bit like cooking. You may not taste a particular ingredient or hear a particular instrument, but if you take it out, the dish tastes different or the music sounds different.

  6. Kathy says:

    It may be internal GQP attacks against Benito are coalescing into “El Cheeto is unelectable.

    I wonder if that will work. It seems a tad too abstract.

    We’re also approaching the point the Republiqan politicos have to run for president, or else no one will believe they are Republiqan.

  7. CSK says:

    Trump will be the keynote speaker at the Oakland County (Michigan) Lincoln Day Dinner on June 25. He will also receive their Man of the Decade Award.

    I may throw up.

  8. Mister Bluster says:

    For many years there was what in a large city might be called a bodega next to the laundromat that I use once a week. It was Han’s Market by the sign on the window. Ms. Han ran the place 8 hours a day, 6 days a week. I think at one time she was open Sundays for a few hours. Her son who is maybe pushing 30 was there now and then but not very often. On Facebook everyone loved Ms. Han and her Market.
    Her one job outside the store was to fill one of the laundromat’s vending machines with small bags of chips and soda and candy. The chips are 50¢. Every other machine where I have seen the same size and brand of chips they cost $1 to $1.25.
    One day over a year ago there was a closed sign on the door of Han’s Market that never came down. Weeks went by.
    At the laundromat I over heard someone ask about her.
    “Ms. Han has cancer.”
    “Damn.” I said to myself.
    Eventually the store was emptied out and there was a For Lease sign in the window. If I was doing the laundry at the right time I might see Ms. Han’s son refilling the vending machine.
    Today as the washer was spinning I looked up to see Ms. Han loading the vending machine!
    I went over to say hello.
    “Ms. Han?” She nodded.
    “How are you? I heard that you were not well!”
    She had a mask on and her English is broken so I’m not sure what she said.
    “It is good to see you.” I said.
    She gave me two thumbs up and I could tell by her eyes that she was smiling.
    It was a very good day at the laundromat today.

  9. Mister Bluster says:


    ETA: How is this happening? I have not registered yet however I just got the EDIT key?

  10. gVOR08 says:

    @Kathy: Sounds like a rerun of 2016, Trump and the twenty or thirty dwarves. I believe he got several states to change their rules to plurality winner takes all. If the dwarves split 90% of the vote equally and Trump gets 10%, he gets all the delegates.

    ETA I registered, got no email and am now two of three subsequent comments to moderation.

  11. OzarkHillbilly says:

    Numerous police officers lured to new jobs in Florida with cash from Governor Ron DeSantis’s flagship law enforcement relocation program have histories of excessive violence or have been arrested for crimes including kidnapping and murder since signing up, a study of state documents has found.

    DeSantis, who is expected to launch his campaign for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination this week, has spent more than $13.5m to date on the recruitment bonus program, which he touted in 2021 as an incentive to officers in other states frustrated by Covid-19 vaccination mandates.

    “This will go a long way to ensuring we can have the best and the brightest filling our law enforcement ranks,” Florida’s Republican attorney general, Ashley Moody, said in April last year as DeSantis announced one-time $5,000 bonuses for new recruits.

    However, among the almost 600 officers who moved to Florida and received the bonus – or were recruited in state – are a sizable number who either arrived with a range of complaints against them, or have since accrued criminal charges, the online media outlet Daily Dot has discovered.

    They include a former trainee deputy with the Escambia county sheriff’s office charged with murdering her husband; an officer with the Miramar police department fired for domestic battery and kidnapping; and a former member of the New York police department (NYPD) who was hired by the Palm Beach police department having once been accused of an improper sexual proposition.

    I applaud Florida’s efforts to take all the violent sociopaths and sexual predators off everybody else’s police department rolls.

  12. Kathy says:

    About the experiment of breading chicken milanesas with potato flakes, well, meh. Not worth the trouble. There is a difference in flavor and texture, but not enough to matter. See, potato flakes stick to egg like magnets to iron. I had to rinse my hands after each breading (seven total).

    Also, I bake rather than fry my milanesas. I think the flakes would be better fried. For me, that’s too much fat in one dish, but I could make the attempt just to see how it turns out. I’ve fried milanesas with little oil a few times.

    the topping, though, was great. Sauteed sliced mushrooms, sliced onions, minced garlic, with a little pepper. I then added more sherry than I intended. When it reduced to half, I added about 1/3 cup of bean broth, and let the whole thing simmer for a while. Lots of liquid remained (too much of both), but it tastes great either alone or on the milanesas.

    Alluding to my post above, it didn’t taste of beans at all, but it was quite different from times I’ve made the same topping with sherry and a bit of chicken or beef broth.

  13. CSK says:

    E. Jean Carroll wants much more money from Trump in the aftermath of his CNN town hall:

    Good for her.

  14. JohnSF says:

    Incidentally, Russia seems to having a little local difficulty around Belgorod.
    Ukraine may promised not to to hit Russia with long range missiles, but what about “Russian rebels” with short range weapons, eh?
    Free Russian Legion units engages Russian forces in Belgorod oblast, Grayvoron district.

    Also, a caveat to the “long range weapons” use: US has agreed that strikes on targets in Crimea are not considered strikes on Russia.
    What the British and French view is re StormShadow and SCALP targeting remains artfully obscure.

  15. OzarkHillbilly says:

    A good obit (more of a profile) of Martin Amis.

    Of his instinct to shock, he observed: “Every novel worth reading is funny and serious. Anyone who’s any good is going to be funny. It’s the nature of life. Life is funny.” And it is clear from the irrepressible punchiness of his prose that he had a blast writing. “It seems to me a hilariously enjoyable way of spending one’s time,” he said. And so, at his daring comic best, he was great fun to read.

    I’d like to say I’ve read several of his books but tbh I suspect I only read some of his short stories, and the only reason I say that is because his name rang out to me. At any rate, I have some edumacatin’ to do.

    Recommendations welcome.

  16. Jax says:

    @Kathy: I made my first-ever successful bearnaise sauce from scratch the other night. It was absolutely perfect, I put it on my steamed and tender-but-not-soggy asparagus…..and walked away, leaving the bowl on top of the pan of hot water. When I came back for seconds, it was scrambled eggs and massive amounts of butter. 😐 😐

  17. CSK says:


    Money was his breakout novel in 1984.

  18. Thomm says:

    @Kathy: crushed chicharrones (sp?) are an interesting breading alternative as well. A bit of a bomb to the gut though

  19. Kathy says:


    I’ve had dishes go bad on me while I looked away. You cook, you learn.


    Doesn’t she also have a case pending as well?

    It would be great to expedite this latest one, too. In any case, Ms. Carroll already kicked the Orange Ass in court*. I’d love a repeat performance.

    * And kicked his ass, too

  20. OzarkHillbilly says:

    @CSK: You’ve read it? If so, I’ll get it. Really, I’m looking for personal recommendations, books you personally liked, maybe read more than once. I posted this up here because so many writers comment.

  21. Kathy says:


    Interesting. Would that be flour chicharrones (an imitation used as a snack that tastes nothing like real chicharrones, but it’s good), or actual pork chicharrones?

    Some years ago I used crushed fritos. It was ok, but nothing special. What I want to do next is get some black bread, dry it in the oven, and put it in the food processor to use as breading. I had good results using a multi-grain bread last year.

    Maybe the next time I make stuffed potatoes. The milanesas can cook in the hot oven while I stuff the potatoes before putting them back in the oven. It would be more energy efficient that way.

  22. CSK says:


    Carroll’s asking for a much bigger award than the 5 million she already got.

  23. CSK says:


    I’ve not read it yet, but it’s far and way considered to be one of his best books.

    His father was Kingsley Amis; I enjoyed his work.

  24. Kathy says:


    Seeing as it’s a second offense, after he got a very definitive verdict, this time Benito should be assessed punitive damages large enough to make him cry blood.

  25. CSK says:


    Carroll’s amended suit asks for 1o million in compensatory damages plus punitive damages yet to be determined.

  26. Thomm says:

    @Kathy: pork ones. I have used them instead of breadcrumbs in meatballs as well for a bit richer flavor. Yes, I am a fat bastard at times.

  27. Mister Bluster says:

    I just made a post on today’s Registration thread. I noticed that the last post before mine was over 4 hours ago. Tester123 17:04. Considering the flurry of activity all day I find this gap curious. I have not yet signed up for the new system. I can see more recent posts on this Forum thread. Is anyone out there?

  28. Scott O says:

    @Kathy: “ See, potato flakes stick to egg like magnets to iron. I had to rinse my hands after each breading (seven total).”

    Decades ago I worked in a restaurant and did a lot of breading. May I suggest using one hand for the dipping and the other for the breading? In other words. let one hand be your wet hand and the other the dry hand.

    I admire your dedication to cooking. For me nowadays I keep it simple at home. When I eat out I can get something that requires work.

  29. Kathy says:

    @Scott O:

    I console myself by saying I’m too smart to come up with such a good idea 😉

    I think I’ll try frying them next time.