Sunday’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. Kylopod says:

    India about to move into the 21st century at the same time as the other Ind- country moves a century back.

  2. OzarkHillbilly says:

    @Kylopod: It took me a while but I finally guessed the 2nd Ind country was Indonesia. I got stuck on Indiana.

  3. Franklin says:

    @Kylopod: Took me a second, but I got it. Thanks for the morning challenge 🙂

    But I have relatives to this day that would agree with those mores …

  4. OzarkHillbilly says:

    ‘Our mission is crucial’: meet the warrior librarians of Ukraine

    The morning that Russian bombs started falling on Kyiv, Oksana Bruy woke up worried about her laptop. Bruy is president of the Ukrainian Library Association and, the night before, she hadn’t quite finished a presentation on the new plans for the Kyiv Polytechnic Library, so she had left her computer open at work. That morning, the street outside her house filled with the gunfire of Ukrainian militias executing Russian agents. Missile strikes drove her into an underground car park with her daughter, Anna, and her cat, Tom. A few days, later she crept back into the huge empty library, 15,000sqft once filled with the quiet murmurings of readers. As she grabbed her laptop, the air raid siren sounded and she rushed to her car.

    Thanks to that computer, Bruy could work. She didn’t return to her office; instead, she fled west to Lviv. “In all that time, from the first day of the full-scale war, I did not stop working,” she says. The library’s IT specialist lived in the neighbourhood. He kept the servers running and the employees connected. “So there was not a single day’s break in the work of the Kyiv Polytechnical Library, all this time, from 24 February.” The Russians have not shut her down. Oksana Bruy is winning her battle in the Ukrainian war. The libraries are open.

    Over the years I have had the pleasure of getting to know a few librarians. They were all special people imbued with a desire to help others, whether it was finding the right book to flesh out a term paper, or finding a case that backs up a legal filing, or just picking out a book for a first time reader.

  5. BugManDan says:


    Donald J. Trump


    So, with the revelation of MASSIVE & WIDESPREAD FRAUD & DECEPTION in working closely with Big Tech Companies, the DNC, & the Democrat Party, do you throw the Presidential Election Results of 2020 OUT and declare the RIGHTFUL WINNER, or do you have a NEW ELECTION? A Massive Fraud of this type and magnitude allows for the termination of all rules, regulations, and articles, even those found in the Constitution. Our great “Founders” did not want, and would not condone, False & Fraudulent Elections!

    Truth Social

  6. OzarkHillbilly says:


    Our great “Founders” did not want, and would not condone, False & Fraudulent president!

    And neither did the 2020 voters.

  7. Kathy says:

    In the good, old days(TM), conspiracy theories were built upon elaborate, false, misleading, deceptive, misunderstood, and invented claims.

    Today they are merely asserted.

  8. Sleeping Dog says:

    Protest-hit Iran, abolishes morality police

    A victory in rolling back the theocracy. Republicans, take notice.

  9. Stormy Dragon says:

    Domestic terrorist group in North Carolina decided to stop a drag show by destroying the area’s electrical substations, knocking out power to nearly 40,000 people:

    Vandalism suspected in outage that left thousands without power in Moore County

  10. Michael Reynolds says:

    @Sleeping Dog:
    I was just going to post that. If This takes effect it’s a staggering win for the demonstrators, mostly women.

  11. gVOR08 says:

    A small grammar police note. I have a habit of putting quotes around some words in some cases, like “conservative” or FOX “News”. I usually do it for one of two reasons. One is that I’m using the word in an ironic sense, as in FOX “News”. Two is that I’m using the word in a way not in accord with it’s dictionary definition, as in political “conservative”.

    What is TFG trying to do with “”Founders””?

  12. gVOR08 says:

    @Michael Reynolds: I always saw Obama’s nuke deal with Iran as a way to ease them into both the world community and the 21st century. The demonstrations show how much pressure there is inside Iran for normalization. The nuke deal was a huge opportunity, squandered by Trump.

  13. CSK says:


    I wondered the exact same thing myself.

  14. BugManDan says:

    @gVOR08: I’m sure “you” have a better idea of what ‘he’ means better than he does.

  15. Flat Earth Luddite says:

    @Stormy Dragon:
    Omelette? Eggs? Well, peoples gotta suffer if I’ma gonna prove my point.

  16. Kathy says:

    Back in January i set a goal of reading 36 books in 2022 (ok, audiobooks). When I got way ahead, I amended the number in the Goodreads reading challenge where I kept track.

    Now, I know I’ll fall short, but I like how it looks 🙂

  17. Mikey says:

    Got my bivalent COVID booster yesterday afternoon (Moderna this go-round) and man, I feel like hot garbage right now.

    I’ve had three Pfizer and two Moderna. For whatever reasons, the Moderna shots hit me harder. Ugh. Beats the risk of severe COVID though.

  18. Jax says:

    @Mikey: I think I read a while back that the Moderna shot from the beginning had a higher dosage, that might be why. Both of my kids got Pfizer, and I got Moderna, when we all got Covid, my kids were definitely hit harder than I was.