Monday’s Forum

James Joyner
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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:

    Kaiser Permanente strike off after deal between unions and healthcare giant

    An alliance of unions representing 50,000 Kaiser Permanente workers in California, Oregon and six other states called off strike set for Monday, after reaching a tentative labor deal with the healthcare network.

    The Alliance of Health Care Unions and Kaiser Permanente jointly announced the agreement, staving off a potentially crippling strike in which 32,000 employees, most of them in southern California, threatened to walk off the job to protest understaffing and wage cuts for new hires.

    Additional members of the alliance, comprised of 21 local unions, authorized a one-day “sympathy strike” on 18 November.

    Agreement on the four-year contract includes annual wage increases, while maintaining health benefits for employees, and new staffing language to continue to protect employees and patients, the statement said.

    “This agreement will mean patients will continue to receive the best care and Alliance members will have the best jobs,” said Hal Ruddick, executive director of the alliance.

    “This contract protects our patients, provides safe staffing, and guarantees fair wages and benefits for every Alliance member.”

    Christian Meisner, chief human resources officer at Kaiser Permanente, said the agreement “underscores our unwavering commitment to our employees by maintaining industry-leading wages and benefits”.

    It would appear that everybody decided dancing was much more appealing than boxing.

  2. Just nutha ignint cracker says:

    Christian Meisner, chief human resources officer at Kaiser Permanente, said the agreement “underscores our unwavering commitment to our employees by maintaining industry-leading wages and benefits”.

    Or maybe it only shows that KP was forced to commit to industry-leading wages and benefits at the threat of an effective shut down. “One of these things is [probably] not like the other.” Still, congratulations to the workers on managing to keep their place in line economically and to Christian for finding a workable PR spin for the shareholders.

  3. Jax says:

    While I’m glad to see SOMEBODY is challenging Abbott in Texas, I don’t think this run is going to end any better for Beto.

  4. Kylopod says:


    While I’m glad to see SOMEBODY is challenging Abbott in Texas, I don’t think this run is going to end any better for Beto.

    I basically agree. He did come close to winning the Senate seat in 2018, and it’s important not to be dismissive of this feat. First of all, contrary to popular belief Cruz was not unpopular in Texas: the Morning Consult poll just before the election showed him with +14 approval. And while Abbott is also relatively popular, his approval ratings have worsened recently.

    Beto’s 2.6-point defeat was the best Democratic performance in a Senate race in Texas since Lloyd Bentsen’s final reelection in 1988. And it wasn’t all in vain: there’s evidence it led to downballot pickups by Democrats in the state.

    I mention all this because I’ve encountered too many Dems who say stuff like “the fact he couldn’t defeat the hated, unpopular Cruz in a Democratic wave year proves he was a crap candidate.” This is a flawed analysis, for the reasons stated above.

    All that said, I’m not optimistic about his chances now. Next year isn’t likely to be a favorable cycle for Dems. Joe Biden will be a lightning rod that will help nationalize the race. And Beto’s politically dumb remark about guns (which he made after 2018) is going to figure heavily in ads against him.

    Additionally, despite my defense of Beto’s near-win in 2018, I recognize there are many Dems who don’t appreciate it and whose enthusiasm for him was damaged by the simple fact that he didn’t win. You don’t get two chances to make a first impression.

  5. Sleeping Dog says:


    It will likely end worse. Beto’s hail mary, I’m going to take your guns, statement during his presidential run, has likely doomed him in Texas, even among Dems.

  6. Daryl and his brother Darryl says:

    Alex Jones found liable, by default, in the Sandy Hook case.

  7. Jax says:

    @Sleeping Dog: Yeah. Talk about a “defining moment” in a race. They’ll just run that on a loop.

  8. CSK says:

    If you have access, you can read the column in the WaPo, but here is Raw Story’s version:

    Somehow, I’m not surprised that Trump wanted to turn the military into his “own personal goon squad.”

  9. CSK says:

    It’s being reported by Jonathan Karl that Mitch McConnell and some of his Republican colleagues wanted to disinvite Trump from Biden’s inauguration for fear he’d make a scene there.

  10. Scott says:

    @CSK: This is one of those stories that make me wonder about the people who support Trump. Because he has always fundamentally been a coward in all ways, including physically. I just don’t understand why people can’t see that.

    Ex-chief of staff John Kelly said if Trump was a ‘real man’ he would’ve gone to the Capitol on January 6 to stop the rioters: book

    John Kelly, Donald Trump’s former White House chief of staff, did not mince words about his ex-boss as rioters violently stormed the Capitol on January 6, according to a new book.

    “If he was a real man, he would go down to the Capitol and tell them to stop,” Kelly said of Trump to ABC News correspondent Jonathan Karl during a phone call as the insurrection was taking place.

    The conversation comes in Karl’s forthcoming book, “Betrayal: The Final Act of the Trump Show,” which will be published Tuesday. Insider obtained an early copy of the book.

  11. Scott says:

    This is one of those cases where I could look fondly backward in time on the use of stocks.

    Trump ally Steve Bannon released from custody pending trial on contempt of Congress charges

    Steve Bannon won’t be detained before trial on charges of contempt of Congress after he failed to comply with subpoenas from the House committee investigating January 6.

    Prosecutors did not seek to detain Bannon before trial. Under conditions approved by the judge, Bannon agreed to weekly check-ins, to surrender his passport, provide notice of any travel outside the district and seek court approval for travel outside the continental United States.

  12. CSK says:

    I don’t get it, either. When I look at, and see people raving about how courageous Trump is, and what a fighter he is, and how he’s the champion of the little people, I want to ask them what universe they’re residing in now.

    I suspect a lot of them adore him precisely because he’s a boob and churl, but it sounds better if they say they love him because he’s brave.

    I suspect Trump didn’t want to go to the Capitol not so much out of cowardice, but because he was thrilled by the rioting and destruction. The insurrectionists were doing it for him! What an ego boost.

  13. flat earth luddite says:

    Simply put, they didn’t want to risk putting him in with the general pop inmates. Hard core criminals got standards, donchaknow?

  14. Kathy says:

    One more reason, not that anyone needs it here, to get the COVID vaccine and booster: How COVID Might Sow Chaos in the Brain.

    Quick Benito joke of the day:

    A young Benito the Cheeto says of his classmates: “I hate them! Just because I’m stupider than all of them, they think they’re smarter than me!”

    (shamelessly stolen from Futurama)