Sunday’s Forum

James Joyner
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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:

    A high school senior in Louisiana was stripped of her student government president title and scholarship opportunities after a video circulating on social media showed the 17-year-old girl dancing with friends at a party last week.

    Kaylee Timonet, a senior at Walker high school, was seen dancing at a private homecoming afterparty on 30 September, behind a friend who was twerking. Earlier this week, the school principal said he would revoke her leadership role and assistance in scholarship applications.

    “They basically told me that I should be ashamed of myself,” Timonet told a local news outlet. “That I wasn’t basically following God’s ideals, which made me cry even more.”

    This is a public school. I hope they take him for every penny. If he has any dreams I hope they take them too. I’m too pissed to say anything more.

  2. CSK says:


    Oh, ffs. This is beyond ludicrous.

  3. CSK says:

    I hope Jax is coping okay, and has people with her if she needs them.

  4. CSK says:


    Is everyone else still asleep?

  5. OzarkHillbilly says:

    @CSK: Partied a little too hardy last night, I’d guess.

  6. just nutha says:

    @CSK: Maybe. I just woke up now myself.

  7. OzarkHillbilly says:

    : Lost ‘holy grail’ film of life in Brazil’s Amazon 100 years ago resurfaces

    A long-lost Amazon documentary described as “the holy grail of Brazilian silent cinema” has been rediscovered nearly a century after it went missing.

    Amazonas, Maior Rio do Mundo (Amazon: Longest River in the World)was stolen from the original director, Silvino Santos, shortly after it was made in 1918. Just over a decade later, it had completely disappeared. The film resurfaced earlier this year in a Czech archive and was identified by specialists in Italy and Brazil.

    “It’s basically a miracle,” said Sávio Stoco, the Brazilian expert on Santos who confirmed the discovery. “We didn’t have the slightest hope that this work would one day be found.”

    A Portuguese-born cinematographer who spent most of his life in the Amazon, Santos was one of the main non-fiction film-makers of early 20th century Brazilian cinema. He is best remembered for his 1922 documentary No Paiz das Amazonas (In the Country of the Amazons), which experts read as an attempted remake of his lost production.

    The 1918 film is considered a rare gem of Brazilian cinematography for its length, subject matter, and quality of composition. Featuring fascinating footage of the Amazon forest’s diverse landscapes and inhabitants – including some of the earliest known moving images of the Indigenous Witoto people – the feature-length film “mixes different dimensions of the documentary genre into a very enjoyable narrative for the viewer”, explains Stoco, a professor of visual arts at the federal university of Pará in Belém.

    However, a negative copy of an older, now disintegrated nitrate print of the film survived at the Národní filmový archiv, in Prague, where it had been miscatalogued as a US production from around 1925. Doubting its labelling, a curator sent a copy earlier this year to Jay Weissberg, a specialist in silent cinema.

    “Within seconds, I knew it was not 1925, it was much earlier, and it certainly had nothing to do with anything anyone in the US might have made,” says Weissberg, who is director of Italy’s Pordenone silent film festival where the documentary will be screened this week.

    Stoco then confirmed Weissberg’s hunch that the Amazon footage was “the holy grail of Brazilian [silent] documentaries”.

    I won’t say it’s a miracle but it is quite miraculous.

  8. CSK says:


    I’ll say.

    @just nutha:


  9. Flat Earth Luddite says:

    Slept in until 7. Nothing planned except SWMBO’d plans and tasks for the day. Maybe I’ll go look for her list. Maybe not.

  10. just nutha says:

    @Flat Earth Luddite: Shelf day is over already?

  11. just nutha says:

    @CSK: I was really quite surprised. I usually wake up at 4 am and don’t go back to sleep until about 7 or 8. Going back to sleep right away and sleeping 4 more hours straight was a pleasant surprise.

  12. CSK says:

    During his Iowa rally yesterday, Trump:

    1, Rambled on about Ivanka’s sexual desirability.
    2. Confided to the attendees that Melania doesn’t like the way he boogies on stage.
    3. Boasted he could beat up Joe Biden.

  13. CSK says:

    @just nutha:
    I’m with you. Last time I slept through the night was 10 years ago.

  14. Jax says:

    @CSK: I’m ok as long as I stay busy. Remembering to eat has been difficult. The evenings are the worst, when my list is complete and my phone starts ringing off the hook with people checking on me. My brother got here Thursday night, he’s been a big help stacking bales and helping me with the small random things Dad and I had on the agenda to fix. We’re hoping to get Mom home from Arizona the 13th, and hold his service the 21st. There’s some doubt as to whether any of the facilities in town are large enough to accomodate the amount of people, but we’re gonna keep it short and sweet. He always hated “planting parties”, as he called them. The Army is sending the Honor Guard to present Mom with his flag.

  15. Flat Earth Luddite says:

    Apparently Rep. Lawler is calling on Repugs to reinstate the former Speaker-Whom–I-Shall-Not-Name. How are they going to make him take the gavel back. Why would he grab that sh##y end of the stick again?

  16. CSK says:


    We’re all with you in spirit.

  17. steve says:

    Slept late after dinner party we held last night. Wife loves doing those, meaning she decorates the table and I do most of the cooking. 5 courses. Nice bunch of friends I have known for years. The couple from Haiti and Puerto Rico have taken up camping in a big way so of course we ended talking about cooking over an open fire. I noticed the couple from Kenya were quiet and I asked why. The husband said that growing up until he left Kenya his whole life was “camping” ie cooking over an open fire, dining your own latrine, fetching water in buckets to wash yourself and your clothes. (The wife left Kenya very young and doesnt remember that.) He left Kenya so he didnt have to camp anymore.

    I have always had immense respect for that guy since I knew he left Kenya and earned money driving a truck to go to nursing school, then worked a lot of OT to help pay for his AP degree. It never occurred to me that he had to learn English as a second language and do well enough in school to get accepted to a school here, all while “camping”.


  18. Jay L Gischer says:

    @Jax: If my words don’t work for you, feel free to ignore me. It’s hard to judge what to say over a forum like this. That said:

    For the longest time after my own father died, I choked up when trying to talk about him. I got heavy in the chest. I found it hard to talk. I talked about him anyway. I don’t regret it. I don’t regret the tears, or the heaviness in my chest. He was worth it.

    And, a situation like yours calls for sadness, for grief. There’s nothing inappropriate about it. Just don’t run from it. If you have stuff to do, then ok, get the stuff done. Just don’t get stuck in it. It doesn’t sound like you are, but sometimes folks can get stuck if they run. It’s kind of a paradox.

  19. charontwo says:
  20. Flat Earth Luddite says:

    @just nutha:
    Oh hell no. Just sitting here at the ER waiting for Joe’s release. Return of the log infection, part VIII

  21. OzarkHillbilly says:

    @Jax: Stay strong, you and yours are in our thoughts.

  22. CSK says:

    Everybody but us here must still be recovering from last night’s debauchery.

  23. MarkedMan says:

    Sitting in a very local sports bar in Montrealmwith my wife watching our Orioles in game 2 of the division championship. Just went down by 1 (2-3). Still, we are playing postseason ball!

  24. Just nutha ignint cracker says:

    @Flat Earth Luddite: Yuck! Here’s hoping that Joe finally figures out what to do to contain that problem. Chronic conditions are no fun at all, though. Especially when treatment consists mostly of hoping the wish hand will fill first. 🙁

  25. Kathy says:

    A little light-hearted humor for this terrible week: what happens when you order The Odyssey.

  26. DrDaveT says:

    @charontwo: Wow, interesting. The only one that really startles me is the strong GOP leaning of the United Methodist Church. I would not have guessed that, at all. (Presbyterian Church USA is closer than I’d have guessed, but not wildly so.)

  27. Matt says:

    @Jax: I just caught up with what happened and I’ve been trying really hard for the last 17 minutes to type something meaningful and pithy but I just suck at this. So I’ll just have to join the chorus of condolences here. I truly wish you the best at working through this and the inevitable painful moments in the future.

    Tomorrow it’ll hurt less just keep working on those tomorrows.

  28. Jax says:

    @Matt: Thank you. Our local Vermeer dealer came and got that damn baler out of my yard. It helps not having to look at it. And we got a plane chartered for my Mom, she’ll be home either late Thursday or on Friday, depending on the weather. I can’t wait to hug her.

  29. Matt says:

    @Jax: I was wondering what happened to the baler as I wouldn’t even be able to look at it without feeling intense emotions. SO that’s good.

    Hug tight to everyone while you can. In my experience when everyone leaves it gets tougher for a bit.