Steven L. Taylor
Sunday, March 13, 2022
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).
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A Mississippi school district is really showing it’s ass by firing an assistant principal for reading “I need a New Butt” to 2nd graders on Read Across America Day.
Really? Protecting 7 year olds from fart jokes? Ever know a 7 yo who couldn’t tell a fart joke? Me neither.
Well, my principal rule for entertaining the under-ten set has always been: “When in doubt, drag out the booger and hiney jokes.” Works all the time.
An American journalist, Brent Renaud, was shot and killed by Russian troops outside Kyiv.
The Russians begin eating their own.
Not a surprise. Putin needs someone to blame.
Florida fails to pass condo safety measures following Surfside collapse
They had plenty of time to pass performative legislation like Don’t Say Gay, but none that could save Floridians’ lives,
The FSB was supposed to have leaked information about an assassination plot against Zelenskyy a week ago.
And Putin has fired eight of his generals, blaming them for the battlefield failures in Ukraine.
@Sleeping Dog: Shades of Texas, they had lots of time to deputize all their anti-abortion zealots, or take aim at the parents of trans kids, but fix their electrical grid? Hell no.
We all know that the blame wasn’t going to be laid at Vlad’s feet and he won’t hold his inner circle accountable, so…
Interesting. I read a piece last week from an analyst that basically said Putin’s only real internal threat came from the security agencies. Pro-active strike? Warning shot?
He’s probably having fantasies about his inner circle now, only the fantasies might not be paranoid.
At a rally in South Carolina, Trump urged his fans to “lay down their very lives” to fight against Critical Race Theory.
I’m sure he’ll be on the front line himself. S/off, if it’s really necessary.
President Obama has tested positive for Covid. Other than having a scratchy throat, he says he feels fine.
@OzarkHillbilly: Oh, come on. Deputizing anti-abortion zealots to do extra-governmental harassment and taking aim at the parents of trans kids costs a fraction of what fixing the electrical grid would. And they’ve already got the “it’s your own fault if you fell for our short-sighted option” protection of the utilities in place. Why would they need to fix the grid?
@Just nutha ignint cracker: Well, you know, doing something for the benefit of their constituents?
DOH! We’re talking about Texas, whatever was I thinking about?
Link goes to an article about a woman who was having a miscarriage but her providers were afraid to provide appropriate care due to the Texas abortion law. I am old enough to remember treating women ( I almost said people but this really is women) for septic abortions. From my old guy and maybe a bit sexist (but I dont have to care since i am old) I think the worst deaths are those of the younger mothers. Anyway, this woman lived but its just a matter of time until we have an avoidable death.
@steve: This could’ve been me. I had a miscarriage at 20 weeks, went to the ER when I started bleeding, they sent me home and told me to “wait for something to pass”, then go see my OB/GYN in the morning. I passed out in my OB’s office the next morning when something “passed” while providing a urine sample. Luckily their office was right next to a major hospital. All I remember is seeing the wheelchair I was in covered in blood, then I blacked out again. Woke up after a D&C, and my OB telling me it took two blood transfusions.
I can’t even imagine being in that situation again, and having the doctors be afraid to do what needed to be done to save my life.