Sunday’s Forum

Steven L. Taylor
About Steven L. Taylor
Steven L. Taylor is a Professor of Political Science and a College of Arts and Sciences Dean. His main areas of expertise include parties, elections, and the institutional design of democracies. His most recent book is the co-authored A Different Democracy: American Government in a 31-Country Perspective. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Texas and his BA from the University of California, Irvine. He has been blogging since 2003 (originally at the now defunct Poliblog). Follow Steven on Twitter


  1. OzarkHillbilly says:

    St. Louis Followers@STLfollowers
    Well damn! #STL

    Pole Lives Matter!

  2. Kathy says:

    I went and looked for more music played with wine glasses. There’s a lot of it on Youtube.

    I found that a little goes a long way. It’s different from conventional instruments, but it begins to sound too much alike.

    In most videos, the setup is called a glass harp. The sound is more reminiscent, to me, of an organ. Certainly it sounds nothing like a harp. I suppose it looks more like a harp and that’s how the name came to be.

    I found an interpretation of Ravel’s Bolero on glass. IMO, the charm of that piece is the many different instruments playing the same melody one after the other, then keeping time in the background as new instruments come up. Playing it all in the same instrument, though, does begin to feel too repetitive. I’ve read Ravel intended the piece to sound mechanical. The glass harp gets far closer to that.

    Also, I found the percussion to be quite creative. Though I suspect the man’s fingers must hurt by the time it’s over.

    I’ll go look for glass har played alongside other instruments.

  3. Mikey says:

    So this is why Trump keeps harping on what he calls a “perfect phone call.” He wants to distract from this. Also, obligatory “every Trump accusation is a confession.”

    Exclusive: Georgia prosecutors have messages showing Trump’s team is behind voting system breach

    Atlanta-area prosecutors investigating efforts to overturn the 2020 election results in Georgia are in possession of text messages and emails directly connecting members of Donald Trump’s legal team to the early January 2021 voting system breach in Coffee County, sources tell CNN.


    Investigators in the Georgia criminal probe have long suspected the breach was not an organic effort sprung from sympathetic Trump supporters in rural and heavily Republican Coffee County – a county Trump won by nearly 70% of the vote. They have gathered evidence indicating it was a top-down push by Trump’s team to access sensitive voting software, according to people familiar with the situation.

  4. CSK says:



    What am I missing?

  5. Mimai says:

    Some commenters have asked about Hawai’i residents. My closest family live on O’ahu and have dear friends on Maui who have been displaced. They suggest the following organizations for those looking to donate.

    Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement

    Hawai’i Community Foundation

    Public Schools of Hawai’i Foundation

  6. OzarkHillbilly says:

    @CSK: The short video at the link? The cop ran over a light pole. I suspect he was looking at the other cops banging Ueys in his side view mirror and not where he was going. He could have just stopped and waited for them to pass but drove straight into it.

  7. Jax says:

    @Mimai: Thanks for posting. I hope your loved ones remain safe!

  8. just nutha says:

    @CSK: I thought it was the synthesis of a cop joke and a “pole”-ish joke, but I DO go a little bigoted in my interpretation. ☹️

  9. OzarkHillbilly says:

    Now you sea me: maritime art made of beach rubbish – in pictures

    When life gives you lemons… I like his art.

  10. Just nutha ignint cracker says:

    @just nutha: There’s also the all too common “I don’t need to watch where I’m going, other people need to” attitude that I occasionally hear from drivers of Suburban Assault Vehicles and big pickups combined with a touch of ACAB arrogance on the part of the driver of the waaayyy-too-large-(obviously)-for-the-situation police unit.

    (Guess somebody woke up on the wrong side of the bed this morning. And with a “high-temperatures” alert for the next four days, too. Hmmmm…)

  11. Scott says:

    Perfect article for a Sunday.

    My Prediction: In 10 years, there will be a online cult worshiping a deity created and propped up by AI. Also pretty sure there already is a science/speculative fiction novel written predicting this.

    A new AI app lets users ‘text’ with Jesus. Some call it blasphemy.

    Text With Jesus, launched in July, was created by Catloaf Software, an app-development company in Los Angeles. The app replicates an instant messaging platform, with biblical figures impersonated by the artificial intelligence program ChatGPT.

    Characters available on the app include the Holy Family, the apostles, the prophets, Ruth, Job and Abraham’s nephew, Lot.

    “We stir the AI and tell it: You are Jesus, or you are Moses, or whoever, and knowing what you already have in your database, you respond to the questions based on their characters,” said Stéphane Peter, the app’s developer and the company’s CEO.

  12. Just nutha ignint cracker says:

    @Kathy: We studied glass harps/harmonicas and music written for them while I was in college studying music history. A set up like the one that guy is using is far more “noteworthy” than the other typical glass “organ” where the player is making the sound on mechanically spinning disks in that this guy has to be able to make his finger stroke do the work for each note individually. Getting several dozen individual glasses to “squeak/sing” repeatedly over a protracted period takes some level of talent that I never possessed to be sure.

    Still, the tone quality doesn’t vary–even among individual “instruments”–and the novelty wears off for all but a few die-hard souls. I suspect that’s why glass harp never became a serious medium for composers.

  13. Just nutha ignint cracker says:

    @Scott: In terms of literature already running that direction, we have A Canticle for Leibowitz with

    the Albertian Order of Leibowitz preserve the surviving remnants of man’s scientific knowledge until the world is again ready for it.

    But these guys are certainly running a directionally different satire. And yes, wherever there is stupidity available and bidness to be done from it, evangelicals will inevitably follow. Look for this software becoming a feature of somebody’s “ministry” by the end of 2024 at the latest.

  14. Kathy says:

    @Just nutha ignint cracker:

    It’s more of a novelty, agreed. We’ll see if i even remember it exists months from now.

    As to talent, I took piano lessons long ago. They didn’t take (maybe if I’d practiced ever…). I’m amazed anyone can play any instrument at all and produce actual music on it.

  15. CSK says:


    Thanks. My niece-in-law has already started on this.

  16. OzarkHillbilly says:
  17. CSK says:


    I didn’t realize they were cop cars.

  18. Scott says:

    @Just nutha ignint cracker: My junk drawer of memory wandered to Beneath the Planet of the Apes and the worship of the Alpha-Omega Bomb and to the Holy Hand Grenade.

    “And Saint Attila raised the hand grenade up on high, saying, ‘O Lord, bless this thy hand grenade, that with it thou mayst blow thine enemies to tiny bits, in thy mercy.’ And the Lord did grin. And the people did feast upon the lambs, and sloths, and carp, and anchovies, and orangutans, and breakfast cereals, and fruit bats, and large chulapas…

  19. OzarkHillbilly says:

    @CSK: The STL Metro Police at their finest!

  20. CSK says:

    Some outfit in Austin, Texas distributes what it calls the American Liberty Awards. The prize for “Most Trusted Print Media” went to The Gateway Pundit.

    Among the other nominees were Infowars, ZeroHedge, and Breitbart.

    I swear I did not make this up.

  21. Mr. Prosser says:

    @Scott: Ahh, Sunday begins with a Monty Python quote. It’s going to be a fine day.

  22. dazedandconfused says:


    You may have missed the Ken Burns Franklin, in which Ben did the obvious thing with musical glass. T’was a big hit, Mozart composed pieces for it.

  23. steve says:

    Not to be pedantic, sure you realize this, but I think the people using InfoWars, Breitbart etc as a news source really do trust them, part of our problem.


  24. OzarkHillbilly says:

    @CSK: I swear I did not make this up.

    You couldn’t make that up. If you submitted that as a script for a movie short you’d get laughed right out of the building!

  25. Mister Bluster says:

    @OzarkHillbilly:..pole lives
    I did that one time when I was driving a telephone company van. I was doing a three point turn around and barely tapped it with my bumper and it fell right across a traffic lane of a main drag in town. Fortunately I was able to get out of the van and move it up off the roadway before any vehicles came by. It was a fancy light fixture in the Historical District of town. It looked just like the one in this picture. No damage to the telco van. The phone company paid for the damage and I got a day off without pay.

  26. Mikey says:



    ZeroHedge is a verified Russian propaganda outlet.

  27. OzarkHillbilly says:

    @Mister Bluster: I once caught the side of a van on a fire hydrant while making a u-turn. Didn’t hurt the hydrant at all but it sure did wreak havoc on the van.

  28. CSK says:


    Oh, I know. The kind of people who hang out at trust them implicitly.


    I can barely believe it myself.


    That’s probably why they like it. They love Russia. ZH tells them what they want to read.