Thursday’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:

    After my usual post dinner nap (woke up at 10:30) I never got another second of sleep. Started getting charlie horses in my calves and feet. Spent all night switching out ice packs until I finally said screw it and took a vicodin…. and it didn’t work either. Finally gave up at 4:30 and just got up.

    Now I can barely keep my eyes open, but something tells me that if I try again to sleep the CHes will just come back with a vengeance. My body hates me.

  2. Kathy says:


    That’s awful.

    When I get a bad cramp in the middle of the night, I tend to get scared of going back to sleep. Usually exhaustion wins out.

  3. charon says:


    Calcium deficiency can cause CH. I used to get them pretty often, but they stopped (mostly) after I got diagnosed with osteoporosis and started on calcium tablets.

    Note also that calcium is lost in perspiration.

  4. daryl and his brother darryl says:

    The SCOTUS is for sale.
    And there ain’t nothing anyone can do about it.

  5. MarkedMan says:

    @daryl and his brother darryl: This is just rank corruption. The fact that he didn’t disclose any of these gifts and lied about them in public (“I go on simple vacations to trailer parks”) is evidence of intent to deceive.

  6. OzarkHillbilly says:

    @charon: Thanx but I knew that. I’ve been suffering from them my entire life and tried every “solution” (in quotes because I’m pretty sure some of them were little more than quackery but desperate people do desperate things) there is and nothing works. It just sucks to be me sometimes.

  7. daryl and his brother darryl says:

    Idaho has now passed a law to restrict interstate travel for women seeking healthcare.
    And Kansas has passed a law requiring genital inspection of student athletes. Rumor has it that Gym Jordan is considering moving to Kansas.
    Republicans are all about freedumb.

  8. daryl and his brother darryl says:

    By all rights Thomas should be impeached and removed.
    Ha…I crack myself up….

  9. OzarkHillbilly says:

    @daryl and his brother darryl: 10,000 unemployed comedians and here you are giving it away for free.

  10. daryl and his brother darryl says:

    Fair market value…

  11. Jen says:

    Came here to post the WaPo story (gift link) on the Justice Thomas ongoing corruption issue. @daryl and his brother darryl beat me to it.

    What a piece of work Thomas is.

  12. OzarkHillbilly says:

    Rebekah Jones 13-Year-Old Son Has Been Arrested for Posting a Meme Critical of Police

    A week after we filed our lawsuit against the state, a kid claiming to be the cousin of one of my son’s classmates joined their snapchat group. They recorded their conversations, and anonymously reported my son to police for sharing a popular internet meme.

    They said they had to complete a threat assessment since they received an anon complaint, which both the local cops and the school signed off on as not being a threat. The kids were joking about cops and video games, which included this meme: [Dumb meme about a napping cop.]

    Two weeks later, bringing us to earlier today, an officer told me the state issued a warrant for my son’s arrest for “digital threats of terrorism.”
    I asked on whose orders. The officer said it was the state.
    They aren’t letting him come home tonight. They kidnapped my son.
    I had to get my husband and daughter out of here because CPS now interprets my home as dangerous because they’ve charged my 13 year old son with a felony for sharing a meme.
    Less than a week after filing the first lawsuit in America against a state’s Covid lies
    My family is not safe. My son has been taken on the gov’s orders, and I’ve had to send my husband and daughter out of state for their safety.
    THIS is the reality of living in DeSantis’ Florida.
    There is no freedom here. Only retaliatory rule by a fascist who wishes to be king

    Rebekah Jones if you don’t recall, “is the data scientist who worked for the state of Florida on the covid-19 database and claimed the state was hiding the actual numbers on covid.”

  13. Kathy says:

    Music for the long Easter weekend.

    This is the music for my favorite piece in both Fantasia movies: Rhapsody in blue by george Gershwin.

    Gershwin composed it for a jazz band, not an orchestra. You can contrast and compare here.

    And here’s the Fantasia 2000 version

  14. OzarkHillbilly says:

    Former mayor resigns from Missouri transportation board, citing appearance of conflict

    I read that headline and thought, “Must be a Democrat.”

    Treece was appointed to the commission by Gov. Mike Parson last August and sworn in just seven months ago, in September 2022. The six-member commission is split evenly between Republican and Democratic members. Treece is a Democrat.

  15. Jen says:
  16. becca says:

    @OzarkHillbilly: I have suffered with leg and abdominal cramps on and off for decades. Least bit of dehydration and they start. Almond milk in the evening helps. Lots and lots of liquids, no alcohol and only morning caffeine. The doctor in the emergency room gave me horse pills of potassium. Eh. Narcotics don’t touch them, but muscle relaxers are heavenly. Almond milk banana smoothies are delicious and easier to get than a script.
    Recently started applying aspercreme directly and it actually worked, to my surprise. Anyway, I feel ya, friend.

  17. dazedandconfused says:


    Gave me a yakety-sax ear worm.

  18. Gustopher says:

    @OzarkHillbilly: More information is coming to light that makes the arrest a bit less egregious. The kid was making specific threats that had to be checked out.

    “I want to shoot up the school.”

    If I get a gun I’m gonna shoot up hnms lol.”

    “I’m getting a wrath and natural selection shirt so maybe but I don’t think many ppl know what the columbine shooters look like.”

    “Okay so it’s been like 3-4 weeks since I got on my new antidepressants and they aren’t working but they’re suppose to by now so I have no hope in getting better so why not kill the losers at school.”

    The teenager told one of his friends that he planned to shoot up the school the Thursday before Spring Break but there were too many things going on so he postponed it until March 31

    Idiot kid shooting off his mouth, or idiot kid about to shoot up his school? With all the guns in America, we shouldn’t assume there’s no danger.

    Sometimes two things can be true: fascist DeSantis uses the state to punish his enemies, and the kid needs to be checked out.

  19. JohnSF says:


    Music for the long Easter weekend.

    Bruckner, 9th Symphony, BPO conducted by Daniel Barenboim.

    John Coltrane, A Love Supreme, MCA Records 1965.

    Two of the peaks of late 19th and mid 20th century music, IMUHO.

  20. charon says:

    Some trans news:


    Supreme Court won’t enforce West Virginia law banning trans athletes from girls’ teams

    The U.S. Supreme Court refused Thursday to intervene in an ongoing case involving West Virginia’s law banning transgender girls from participating in girls’ sports teams at school. Conservative Justices Samuel Alito and Clarence Thomas dissented.

    The court’s action came on its emergency docket, sometimes dubbed the shadow docket because decisions are made without full briefing or argument, and decided with little or no explanation.

    In this case, West Virginia’s law was challenged by a 12-year-old middle school transgender girl named Becky Pepper-Jackson, who has lived as a girl since fourth grade, according to court papers. Briefs in her case say she is now receiving “puberty-delaying treatment and estrogen hormone therapy,” so she “has not experienced and will not experience endogenous puberty.” That means she will not experience any of the physiological characteristics of puberty experienced by typical boys, and will instead develop “physiological characteristics consistent with hormonal puberty of typical girls.”

    According to her lawyers, she has been on the girls’ track and field teams for the past three, going on four, sports seasons, “harming no one.” Indeed, her lawyers say she was “welcomed by teammates and coaches” and “has not had any problems with children on other schools’ teams.”

    Becky’s lawyers brought what is called an “as applied” challenge to the West Virginia law as it affects her. So far, she is the only transgender girl identified by either side as wanting to play on a girls team. Nonetheless, Federal District Court Judge Joseph R. Goodwin, after initially blocking the law, allowed it to go into effect after full briefing in the case.

    “While some females may be able to outperform some males, it is generally accepted that, on average, males outperform females athletically because of inherent physical differences between the sexes,” he wrote. “This is not an overbroad generalization, but rather a general principle that realistically reflects the average physical differences between the sexes.”

    The ACLU, Lambda Legal, and private lawyers representing Becky and her mother, appealed the ruling and won a preliminary order from the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals that precludes the law being enforced while the appellate court considers her case.

  21. Jay L Gischer says:

    @charon: That’s interesting, but I can’t tell whether SCOTUS declined to intervene for now or for good. I mean, the 4th Circuit isn’t done with it, so they could review after the 4th is done. Bleh.

  22. Jay L Gischer says:

    @Gustopher: Yeah, those statements definitely have some red flags in them. I am generally in favor of engagement with people making statements of this nature, just as I am in favor of always, always taking suicide threats seriously.