Thursday Morning Tabs
Steven L. Taylor
Thursday, December 22, 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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I know! In fact, I just wrote a post on that: https://www.outsidethebeltway.com/the-unintended-consequences-of-shrinking-newsrooms/
Ukraine is dealing a vast, humiliating blow to a hostile nation that claims to be a superpower, and they are paying the butcher’s bill.
The US is spending money.
This tells you what the priorities of the unhinged right are.
BTW, very little of the aid money will wind up in Ukraine. Most, especially the military aid, will be spent to pay weapons manufacturers to replenish depleted supplies. The amounts as compared to the US military budget should get the world to accept the Jake Grafton principle: It looks like we’ve priced ourselves out of the war business.
Ms. Sinema is like the rock group that demanded Porthault towels and a large bowl of M&Ms, the brown ones removed, in their dressing room.
Saw the Sinema staffing guide article and thought, political hit job and an effective one.
Carlson and Putin’s other useful idiots really need to be called out.
Oh please let the pillow salesman lead the RNC.
I’ve heard many times* that the instruction to remove a color of M&M was a test. That if they spent time uselessly removing a color of candy, then they did observe even the tiniest detail that made no sense at all, and the rock stars could be confident everything else had been taken care of.
1) it’s humiliating for the staff involved.
2) Giving attention to detail in one thing does not imply the same level of attention in all things.
Me, I’d refuse, citing the Homer Simpson Principle: Green M&M, blue M&M, they all wind up the same color in the end.
*I’ve heard it so many times in connection with different famous people, that I’m sure it’s an urban legend.
Possibly, but I recall Joan Rivers once saying that performers made these demands as revenge for being treated like garbage earlier in their careers.
The brown m&m thing started with Van Halen. Details here: https://www.thewrap.com/van-halen-brown-mms-remove-concert-rider/
Tl;Dr: it’s pretty much what Kathy said.