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. OzarkHillbilly says:

    Dog rescued from collapsed Seattle home after six days

    The landslide on 7 January caused the house to slide off its foundation, leaving James Fritts trapped inside, while his wife Didi crawled to safety. Their other dog Lilly died in the collapse, the Seattle Times reported. Family members said they had returned daily to the house, hoping to hear the missing dog.

    Rescue workers heard the dog when they arrived, David Cuerpo, a spokesperson for the Seattle fire department, told the newspaper.

    They used chainsaws to cut through the home’s walls and flooring to get to the dog, working cautiously amid worries that the unstable home could suffer another collapse.
    “My baby. My baby,” said home owner Didi Fritts when a person emerged from the house Thursday carrying her alert black Labrador mix Sammy, KING-TV reported.

    Dog saves day as ‘real-life Lassie’ leads rescuers to injured men after accident
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    On Thursday, the fire department in Seattle said on Twitter that firefighters had responded to reports of a dog possibly trapped inside the wreckage of the house.

    Veterinarians at the scene examined the dog, who seemed alert and wagged her tail after seeing Fritts, video from the TV station showed. The fire department described Sammy’s condition as stable.

  2. Sleeping Dog says:

    You’re out there, failing miserably to appear hip to your kids who’s eyes roll end in a head shake of pity.

  3. Jen says:

    One of the town’s resident libertarians tried to zero out the library’s budget. What is wrong with these people?? Ugh.

  4. Mimai says:

    @Sleeping Dog:

    That is excellent! The last line of the Death Cab for Cutie entry hit my funny bone just right. Thanks.

  5. Sleeping Dog says:


    Well, when you can’t read…

  6. OzarkHillbilly says:

    In yesterday’s Open Forum @Kathy: talked about what her dealer wanted to fix vs what her local shop did.

    Been there, done that.

    I had to take my truck in for a recall and as a “courtesy” they “checked” the front end alignment. They “found” a “plethora” of problems up there. Everything from “bad” tie rod ends to “severely worn” ball joints and rotors.

    Sure. Right. I’ll get right on it.

    Told them I’ll fix it all myself. Then took it to the repair shop I’ve been using ever since I moved out here 20 yrs ago. (I used to do all my own repairs and maintenance but I really hate working on vehicles so these guys do 90% of it for me)

    One ball joint was a little worn and would need to be replaced in the next year or 2.

  7. OzarkHillbilly says:

    Also at the very end of yesterday’s OF @Jax: noted that

    You can apparently go to prison for lying on financial applications for longer than trying to overthrow the government.

    It’s the Golden Rule Jax: The man with the gold makes the rules.

  8. MarkedMan says:

    @Jen:it’s easier to understand libertarians if you think of them as thirteen year old boys who oscillate between angry, hyper enthusiastic and sullen.

  9. Other Other Other John says:

    @Sleeping Dog: The The War On Drugs entry made me a little mad for a second so it must be dead-on accurate. Pretty soon I’m going to go take that Saturday nap.

  10. OzarkHillbilly says:
  11. CSK says:

    Noted American history scholar retired Gen Michael Flynn claims that the majority of Washington, D. C. residents supported the British during the American Revolution. Funny, but I was always under the impression that the Revolution ended in 1783 and D.C. wasn’t founded until July 1790.

    But what do I know? I’m just a medievalist.

  12. OzarkHillbilly says:

    @CSK: I wonder how old the residents of DC are.

  13. Monala says:

    An Australian oncologist wrote an article in the Guardian about how upset she was when she was asked to give up an ICU bed occupied by one of her cancer patients to make room for an unvaccinated man with COVID.

    The overwhelming response on Twitter shows that the US is not alone in having tons of Covidiots. Most of the responders seem to be either British or Australian, based on how they talk about their healthcare systems, either by name (the NHS) or concept (“our tax dollars pay her salary!”).

    With a few exceptions, commenters were furious at the oncologist and had no sympathy for the stresses that healthcare workers are under, nor the difficult decisions they have to make.

    They also had no sympathy for the cancer patient, with comments like, “she was going to die anyway,” and, “unlike the COVID patient who made a one-time decision to preserve his bodily autonomy, she made a lifetime of bad decisions leading to her cancer”—even though they had no way of knowing that.

    There was also plenty of conspiracy thinking, with comments about the vaccines being poison, doctors lying about the ICUs being full, and about the Guardian being a “Gates/Soros rag.”

    American idiocrasy has become a worldwide phenomenon.

  14. Kathy says:


    For me it goes back to when the brake pads first needed to be replaced. I thought the price the dealership quoted was high, and I thought the car braked just fine. The dealer’s mechanic was very insistent about imminent failure, so I agreed.

    Later he calls again and says they replaced the front brakes, but were out of stock for the back ones. But, he added, it’s ok. The brakes will last months (until, you know, the next regular service).

    A mildly expensive but valuable lesson. I’ve never let the dealer do any repairs since then.

  15. gVOR08 says:

    @Monala: I posted a link to that story in a comment at TAC. They had a post about how sordid it was of lefties to exploit stories of poor, innocent anti-vaxxers dying. I had replied that if those stories bothered him so much he could do like his fellows and watch FOX, where he’d never see them. I later happened on this oncologist story and added it as another story they wouldn’t see on FOX. I was surprised that a couple days passed before any reply, but eventually someone did reply, an entirely predictable reply.

    If Glenn Beck passes, FOX will hardly be able to overlook it, but it will be a fine example of creative writing. Probably with a lede about those horrid hippies celebrating the death of a great patriot.

  16. Joe says:

    As I write, my older brother (just short of 63) is preparing to shuffle off his mortal coil and slip the bonds of earth after just over a decade of Alzheimer’s. His adult children, his wife and we, his siblings are all prepared for this and have been for years. We have all experienced extended declines in our immediate family members and his has been excruciating to watch as he went from active 50 year old, ever so incrementally, to quasi-catatonic for the last several years. We have all wondered what to pray for for years. So today, it appears he will be set free and we will all be grateful for that outcome.

  17. CSK says:

    DirecTV has dropped One America News Network, citing only “an internal review” as the reason for so doing.

    What will Trump and MAGAWorld do without OAN?

  18. gVOR08 says:

    @Joe: My best to you and your family.

  19. gVOR08 says:

    @CSK: Wait. Didn’t they hold the Abraham Lincoln – Frederick Douglass debate that inspired the Revolution in DC?

  20. Gromitt Gunn says:


    American idiocrasy has become a worldwide phenomenon.

    In fairness, Murdoch was using the Aussie and British public to perfect his strategy before he got here.

  21. CSK says:

    My deepest sympathies to you. Even though you’ll know he’ll be at peace, finally, it’s still very hard to lose someone that close. We’re approaching the end, I think, with my aunt, the last remaining member of the older generation. She had a good life, and a long one, but even so…

  22. Jax says:

    @Joe: My deepest sympathies. That sounds agonizing for your entire family.

  23. Monala says:

    @Joe: I’m so sorry. My condolences to you and your family.

  24. Gustopher says:

    @Sleeping Dog:

    The Mountain Goats
    You have received sensible health care. You drive Toyota cars and your dalliance with a used domestic pickup that had character did not end well. Your tolerance for people telling you a lot about building a computer ends at the nineteen-minute mark, at which point you politely excuse yourself. Without explanation, you decline the escape room team-building event at work.

    I never did the pickup truck, but I guess I have to start listening to the Mountain Goats. I decline every team-building event. Not sure I can do even 19 minutes of someone telling me about building a computer though.

    The REM entry seemed very off.

    On team building, I once suggested that the entire team go into isolation tanks at the same time. They couldn’t find enough isolation tanks, and this turned into a day of mindfulness and silent meditation. I left the company before it happened, and everyone spent their day silently contemplating that no one should ever listen to the team-building ideas of the guy who was leaving.

    My other suggestion was to give everyone a day off and a bottle off scotch.

  25. Sleeping Dog says:


    My condolences to you and your family.

  26. dazedandconfused says:

    Flynn may have blown too high a note on his dog whistle there. He’s probably imagines his audience will know he’s referring to black people.

  27. OzarkHillbilly says:

    @Joe: I went through that with my father. It’s a very difficult journey with lots of conflicting emotions. I am glad yours is almost over. Peace to your brother.

  28. CSK says:

    Trump will be holding a rally in Arizona this evening in order to lecture the attendees about the stolen election of 2020.

  29. Kurtz says:


    The REM entry seemed very off

    I dunno, dude.

    I can easily conjure an image of a heavily stubbled dad who refuses to listen to Green and Document in any format other than cassette while sitting in the Gremlin he kept since high school.

    Once he found Bombas, he realized he never has to put thought into any gift he gives for the rest of his life.

  30. Just nutha ignint cracker says:

    @OzarkHillbilly: I was wondering where she lived that the government is more important than money. (Maybe what country folks say about us city boys is true. Who knew?)

  31. Gustopher says:


    Can someone really know all this stuff about cucumbers? You are proof that someone can. You have more of a comment than a question. You are giving the Catholic Church another chance. High-top Chuck Taylors hurt. You remember what making out felt like when you were seventeen years old, and you’re writing it down so you always will. Your sister had friends named Connie and Tracy that your dad called “Bonnie and Stacy,” and everyone in the house got audibly mad at him about it. You have a favorite sock brand.

    REM is the one I listen to most, and sure, I know a lot about cucumbers (fine, Transformers), but the rest rings false.

    I’m not giving the Catholic Church another chance. I don’t write things down to remember them because I think the transient nature is part of what makes them beautiful. Also I’m just too lazy.

    Oh, bombas has fun socks in giant sizes? Um… maybe the new Pope isn’t so bad. And my feet do need more support than hi top chucks can give.

  32. Kathy says:

    Would it be rude if I sent the GQP majority on the Supreme Court some silver so they can make a bullet, and a quarter so they can buy a clue?

  33. Just nutha ignint cracker says:

    @Monala: Cancer is caused by the buildup of sinful acts. The Baptist denomination I grew up in believed/taught that. Until the day the president of the denomination was diagnosed with cancer. Then it became a random senseless event–except in that guy’s case, and hers , and maybe this guy over here’s, and…

  34. CSK says:

    @Just nutha ignint cracker:
    I wouldn’t think a toddler who dies of a brain tumor would have had the time, opportunity, nor, frankly, the inclination to commit many sinful acts.

  35. SC_Birdflyte says:

    @Joe: It will be a deliverance, but the pain will be very real for all those who loved him. May you all have peace.