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James Joyner
About James Joyner
James Joyner is Professor and Department Head of Security Studies at Marine Corps University's Command and Staff College and a nonresident senior fellow at the Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security at the Atlantic Council. He's a former Army officer and Desert Storm vet. Views expressed here are his own. Follow James on Twitter @DrJJoyner.


  1. Jax says:

    Welllllll, this doesn’t sound good. Big 3….probably Norton, Avast and McAfee?

  2. CSK says:

    Trump has gone from claiming that the Mueller report reveals “no obstruction” to “essentially no obstruction.”

  3. OzarkHillbilly says:

    @CSK: You sound like another nitpicking pedant, probably going to make a big deal out of a single misplaced word. //

  4. Mikey says:

    Former FBI General Counsel Jim Baker has written one of the more interesting, and thought-provoking, pieces I’ve seen lately.

    Why I Do Not Hate Donald Trump

    …I do not and will not respond to Donald Trump with hatred. To the contrary, I have come to believe that the best approach for me regarding President Trump—the only approach—is love. I will try to love him.

    I will try to love him as a human being. I will try to love his family. And most importantly, I will try to love his supporters—all of them. Loving Donald Trump and loving his supporters is the best way for me to love America and to honor those who sacrificed so much for my freedom.

  5. Kathy says:

    About a year ago in a small message board discussion about flat-Earth beliefs, I mentioned I was surprised these people hadn’t been shown proof the Earth is round by their teachers in elementary school.

    I was then stunned when several people in the thread wanted to know what such proofs were. I assumed these were commonly shown in school, as they are very basic and very easy.

    What gives? I knew science education is not exactly a priority or of high quality, but one would expect the basics to be taught, even if without the accompanying proofs (which I did get in junior high school).

  6. grumpy realist says:

    ….looks like the whole FundMe project about building a wall is (surprise surprise) was nothing more than Yet Another Republican Grifter Scam. (Yeah, I’ll donate a lot of money to someone with a history of running scams and be shocked when, in spite of all of his promises….it happens again.)

    Remember what I was saying about Trump’s gullible chumps who would come back over and over again to be fleeced? Here’s another example….

  7. Franklin says:

    @Mikey: That link doesn’t work for me. Presumably this is better.

  8. It’s May and I will have to turn the heat on again this weekend since temperatures aren’t supposed to get out of the 40s Sunday and Mondy.

    I don’t think I’ve had to do this in a very long time, if ever.

    Anyway that’s my random comment of the day.

  9. Mikey says:

    @Franklin: Thanks. I got hit with some insomnia last night and am running on about three hours of sleep…

  10. grumpy realist says:

    ….exactly WHY Jacob Wohl got himself permanently banned from trading options. Looks like not only is Jacob a total idiot, but so is his father. Is it something genetic?

    (P.S. for those of you who don’t remember, Jacob Wohl is one of the two clowns who tried to fake up a rape accusation against Mueller. I really wish the FBI would throw both clowns behind bars, but I guess they’re so impeachable that no one’s going to bother worrying about their activities.)

  11. just nutha says:

    @Jax: I would like to be the first to predict that in 10 years time, everyone will be using Chromebooks because they are so full of proprietary malware that there’s no room for anyone else’s.

  12. Kylopod says:

    @Kathy: I did not know until very recently that “flat earth” was even a thing. I mean, I knew there were a few fringe lunatics out there making this claim, but it seems to be enjoying something of a resurgence in popular culture in the past few years.

    I truly think the main reason proofs for evolution are still taught is because there are so many people who don’t believe in it. If creationism were as fringe-y as flat-earth, schools wouldn’t see the need to teach why scientists accept evolution; it would just be taken for granted, like round-earth largely is.

  13. Gustopher says:

    @grumpy realist: Jacob Wohl followed up his fake rape accusation attempt on Mueller, with an identical fake rape accusation attempt against Pete Buttigieg.

  14. Kathy says:


    In junior high school, physics, chemistry, and biology included one period of lab per week (maybe two? it was a long time ago). The purpose of lab most of the time was to demonstrate what we learned in class. For instance, in chemistry we would split water with electricity, then test the resulting gasses to see that they were, in fact, hydrogen and oxygen.

  15. CSK says:

    @OzarkHillbilly: That’s me: a nitpicking pedant.

  16. grumpy realist says:

    Hardy har har. Uber’s big floatation extravaganza ended up with a limp slide of 7% in the stock price ($45) after issue. (They had already backed off from an original estimated price of $60).

    The usual suspects made out like bandits, however.

  17. Jax says:

    @Doug Mataconis: We had 6 inches of snow yesterday morning. Wasn’t too terribly cold, but it’s a shock to the system to see that much snow in May!

    @just nutha: ROFLMAO!!!

  18. Kathy says:

    @grumpy realist:

    I don’t get who wants to invest in a company that loses money on every ride, guaranteed 100%.

    Sure, companies like Amazon took years and years to turn a profit, but they weren’t losing money on every book or CD they shipped.

    So Uber will wind up selling user data, mark my words. It’s the most valuable thing they can sell.

  19. gVOR08 says:

    @grumpy realist: I loved the closing quote,

    “I knew Brian had some previous shady GoFundMe campaigns,” Greene emailed. “I felt more confident when he brought on other big names to work with him, I haven’t seen a tweet from ANY of them.”

    I knew the guy was a scammer, but I thought this time would be different?! WTF? Goes a long way to explain Trump and Republicans. What is wrong with these people?

  20. grumpy realist says:


    One of the comments over at Twitter on the whole BuildTheWall thing laid out the next obvious step to take:

    “It’s an INVISIBLE WALL! It has built-in stealth technology that hides it from leftists and immigrants; only true Trump supporters see it. But *you* see it, right? *You* are a true Trump supporter, aren’t you?”

    Moar popcorn!

  21. Kylopod says:

    @gVOR08: One of the classic ploys of con artists is letting you know they’re con artists, but making you think that you uniquely stand to benefit, unlike those other suckers. Trump is a master at this.

  22. James Pearce says:

    I’ll be getting that game 7 I wanted after all…

    The good news is that I’ll either get at least 4 more Nuggets games, or I’ll get my fingernails back.

  23. just nutha says:

    @James Pearce: Or maybe you can have BOTH. Repeat to your self

    It’s only a game. It’s not important enough for me to injure myself over.

    ETA: Should Denver go on and win the title, I sincerely hope that you don’t live in one of the neighborhoods that fans burn down when their team wins at bazzetbal.

  24. Stormy Dragon says:


    When I was in elementary school, one of our science labs was to redo Eratosthenes’s famous experiment to determine the circumference of the earth.

  25. Kit says:

    @Stormy Dragon:

    When I was in elementary school, one of our science labs was to redo Eratosthenes’s famous experiment to determine the circumference of the earth.

    I’ve long been doubtful of the value of aping such experiments. What’s being shown? Students blindly follow a recipe, the end result of which is bread, and supposedly they are now convinced of the truths of chemistry.

    A better approach would be to have students each work on a separate flawed experiment, and then force them to wrestle with why the conclusion is false. Science, like mathematics, should be an adventure for the mind. Too much of education takes what should be exciting, and turns it into drudgery.

  26. Mikey says:

    @Kit: The key is “elementary school.” Kids at that age aren’t stupid, but neither are most ready for what you’ve described.

  27. wr says:

    @Kit: “A better approach would be to have students each work on a separate flawed experiment, and then force them to wrestle with why the conclusion is false. Science, like mathematics, should be an adventure for the mind. Too much of education takes what should be exciting, and turns it into drudgery.”

    Because nothing says “exciting” to an elementary school kid like failure!

  28. Tyrell says:

    Good and interesting news that you did not see on the Trump News Networks this past week:
    Burger King: Whopper of a turnaround: Forbes

    Meditation apps that can calm you down: Popular Science

    19 year old crane operator lifts people from fire: Good News Network

    Seven Biblical plagues returning? Clouds of locust block sunlight in Arabia: Paul Begley

    Child calls police officer, asks him to be his friend because he is lonely: Sunny Skyz

  29. Gustopher says:

    @Stormy Dragon: When I was in college, one of the experiments was to measure the acceleration of gravity, by dropping metal balls from differing heights and timing it.

    The real point of the experiment was to show just how bad we were at measuring things. Some people were off by more than 100%. Or gravity fluctuated a lot over time in that lab.

    Everyone who massaged their data to get 9.8m/s2 failed that lab.