Saturday’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. MarkedMan says:

    Just read an article that mentioned that both Breyer and Scalia were also known to accept hundreds of luxury trips from people who had interests before the court. How common is this? Well, think about the frankly bizarre rulings the court has made that basically says no public official can be convicted of bribery unless the prosecutor can prove there was an explicit agreement to exchange money or gifts for specific official decisions or services. I’m thinking of Virginia Governor McDonnell, the New Jersey Bridgegate scandal, and at least two NY State convictions that I can’t think of right now.

  2. Kathy says:

    I’m going with an old classic today, Vivaldi’s Four Seasons

  3. OzarkHillbilly says:

    The Louisiana woman who has set the Guinness world record for the largest afro three different times in the last 13 years says she keeps breaking the mark to personally vouch for the beauty of natural hair.

    “I didn’t decide to grow an afro as much as I decided to go natural,” Aevin Dugas told Guinness World Records in an interview earlier this month. “It’s about pride in textured hair which leads to self-love.”

    I’m glad it makes her happy but mine drove me nuts. I think my max was maybe 24″ and it drove me nuts. 5′-5″? No effin way.

    She bettered that record in 2021 with nearly 5ft 2in (157cm) before setting the current mark of almost 5ft 5in (165cm) this past September.

    The record-setting afro – which is also more than 9in (25cm) tall and 10in (26cm) wide – requires “frequent trims and styling regimens” to maintain, according to Guinness. She also said she gets a wide array of reactions from the public whenever she lets her afro loose in public.The record-setting afro – which is also more than 9in (25cm) tall and 10in (26cm) wide – requires “frequent trims and styling regimens” to maintain, according to Guinness. She also said she gets a wide array of reactions from the public whenever she lets her afro loose in public.

    These days my hair takes a regimen of “Bzzzzzzz… bzzzzzzzzzzzzzz… bzzzzzzzzzzzzz” once every 2-3 months. Short, sweet, and simple. Well, 2 out of 3 ain’t bad.

  4. CSK says:


    Okay, I aveen’t had coffee yet, but how can her hair be 10″ by 9″ and 5’5″ inches simultaneously?

  5. Stormy Dragon says:


    If you use a 5.5″ string to draw a circle around a pushpin, how wide is the circle?

  6. Mister Bluster says:

    To continue the geography lesson I give you Monkey’s Eyebrow, Kentucky.

  7. CSK says:

    @Stormy Dragon:

    It can’t be the circumference. Her hair’s big, but it’s not that big.

  8. CSK says:

    @Mister Bluster:

    To jump the pond, there’s Shitterton in Dorset, England.

  9. OzarkHillbilly says:

    @CSK: It can easily be the circumferance. How tall are you? Hold your arms out in front of you and touch your fingers together. Whatever your height is, that is the circumference* of your arms. I’m 5′-9″, it’s a fair sized loop but not beyond the realm of possibility.

    * within a fraction more or less, there are always outliers but most folks are within an inch the same.

  10. Scott says:

    TikTok ban gets final approval by Montana’s GOP legislature

    Montana’s House gave final passage Friday to a bill banning the social media app TikTok from operating in the state, a move that’s bound to face legal challenges but also serve as a testing ground for the TikTok-free America many national lawmakers envision due to concerns over potential Chinese spying.

    I don’t use Tik Tok so my caring about this issue is way down on the list. But my question is this:

    Is this even technically feasible to enforce on an individual basis? Doesn’t seem possible to me but I’ll let people a lot smarter than me answer.

  11. Kingdaddy says:

    @CSK: One day, while virtually flying over the UK in Google Maps, I found several great names: Frinton-On-Sea, Shoeburyness, Ballards Gore, Foulness Island, Long Melford, Bishops Stortford, and Steeple Bumstead. And that was just in one corner of England. I’m sure I could have found many more.

  12. Michael Cain says:

    Yesterday the FAA issued the launch license for SpaceX’s Starship/Super Heavy test from Boca Chica, Texas. SpaceX plans the attempt for early Monday morning (succeed or fail, the launch should be spectacular). Assuming things all go to current schedule, SpaceX will be conducting the Starship launch, a Falcon Heavy launch, and a Falcon 9 launch in an eight-day period.

  13. DAllenABQ says:

    One of the best things to happen in Washington, DC is about to happen. Dan Snyder is selling the Commanders.

  14. CSK says:


    Oh, there’s a bumper crop of them in England: Upton Snodsbury, Giggleswick, Sluts Hold Lane, Bitchfield…

  15. gVOR08 says:

    @CSK: My PBS classical station occasionally plays something by the Grimethorpe Colliery Band.

  16. CSK says:

    Not much action here at OTB today, is there?

  17. OzarkHillbilly says:

    @CSK: Zzzzzzzzzz snort hack… Huh? Somebody say something?

  18. SC_Birdflyte says:

    @Kingdaddy: My father’s bomb group in WW2 was based at Grafton Underwood (known unaffectionately as “Grafton Undermud”).

  19. CSK says:


    Doubtless nearby Boggy Bottom.

  20. Kingdaddy says:

    It’s funny how these names are weirdly evocative…For example, Shoeburyness. Is that the state of having your shoes buried?

    Watching Shetland, which has a few giggleworthy place names, such as Fladdabister. Plus, I think binge watching the show might lead to Unintentional Scottish Accent Syndrome. I cannae say for sure.

  21. Mister Bluster says:

    Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump at the National Rifle Association leadershp summit in Indianapolis commenting on recent mass shootings: “This is not a gun problem, this is a mental health problem, this is a social problem, this is a cultural problem, and this a spiritual problem,”

    OK. How about all current gun owners give up their firearms on the condition that they must pass a mental health evaluation before their weapons are returned.

    At the same gun gathering former Vice President Mike Pence said:
    “I’m tired of the senseless violence and loss of life that could be prevented if our leaders would support law enforcement, protect our schools, institutionalize the obviously mentally ill, and enact legislation that would ensure that anyone who engages in these heinous acts of mass violence meets their fate in months, not years,..”

    The shooter at Uvalde,Texas “met his fate” when he was killed by law enforcement (finally) on site. That did not deter the killer at the Nashville Methodist School who’s fate was meted out by police
    in a classroom. Neither of these police killings of shooters on site stopped the murderer at the Louisville bank from killing innocent citizens.
    I wonder how Pence is going to convince 23 State legislatures to reimpose the death penalty and then have all the states eliminate appeals so convicted murderers will “meet their fate in months, not years”

  22. CSK says:

    @Mister Bluster:

    It’s moot about Pence; he’s never going to get near the nomination, let alone the presidency. Pence got booed at the NRA convention; Trump got cheered.

  23. Senyordave says:

    Here’s Kristi Noem speaking at the NRA convention (she’s talking about her grandchildren):
    The governor added, “Little Miss Addie and Branch have brought us so much joy. And Miss Addie, who is almost 2 years old, already has both a shotgun and a rifle! Welcome to South Dakota.”
    She must be one twisted person. How about buying her granddaughter a bottle of Jack Daniels? Or maybe get her a switchblade, one specially made for the small hand of a child.

  24. Beth says:

    While driving* in the UK our merry band of miscreant law students came across a sign that simply said “Roadhead” and pointed in a direction. We all giggled and took pictures with the sign.

    *mind you I was sober, but before those jerks took the keys away from me I drove down a sidewalk and through a hedge. I simply cannot drive on that side of the street.

  25. dazedandconfused says:
  26. CSK says:


    Maybe when Addie’s five, her grandma can introduce her to the joys of carjacking and armed robbery.

  27. steve says:

    One of the earliest South Park episodes is when the boys are taken hunting by Jimbo and Ned. They are given a gun, a beer and a pack of cigarettes. The boys rough around in the back of the car with their guns and are warned to stop it lest they spill the beer.


  28. Just nutha ignint cracker says:

    @dazedandconfused: What’s next? Are you going to tell me that Hooterville is a real place, too?

  29. DrDaveT says:

    @Stormy Dragon:

    If you use a 5.5″ string to draw a circle around a pushpin, how wide is the circle?

    The article didn’t say 5.5 inches — it said “five feet five inches”. I too was trying to figure out what exactly is five feet long (or wide, or big around, or whatever) in an afro that stands up 9 inches and out 10 inches.

    So yes, a circle with a radius of 10 inches has a circumference of about 63, or five feet three inches. The article wasn’t clear, but apparently Guinness is measuring by circumference.

    (I want to know what product she uses to keep it all from just sagging groundward — epoxy?)