Tuesday Forum

Another round of elections, although nothing Super.

James Joyner
About James Joyner
James Joyner is Professor and Department Head of Security Studies at Marine Corps University's Command and Staff College and a nonresident senior fellow at the Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security at the Atlantic Council. He's a former Army officer and Desert Storm vet. Views expressed here are his own. Follow James on Twitter @DrJJoyner.


  1. Scott says:

    While we are focus on COVID-19 threats at home, please don’t forget those still abroad and reflect.

    DOD Identifies Marine Casualties March 10, 2020 The Defense Department announced the death of two Marines who were supporting Operation Inherent Resolve.

    The Department of Defense announced today the death of two Marines who were supporting Operation Inherent Resolve.

    The following Marines died March 8, 2020 while supporting Iraqi Security Forces in north central Iraq. The incident is under investigation.

    Gunnery Sgt. Diego D. Pongo, 34, of Simi Valley, California.

    Capt. Moises A. Navas, 34, of Germantown, Maryland.

    Both Marines were assigned to 2nd Marine Raider Battalion, Marine Forces Special Operations Command, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.

  2. Scott says:

    Trump administration orders immigration courts to immediately remove coronavirus posters

    Immigration court staff nationwide have been ordered by the Trump administration to take down all coronavirus posters from courtrooms and waiting areas.

    The Executive Office for Immigration Review, which falls under the Department of Justice, told all judges and staff members in an email Monday that all coronavirus posters, which explain in English and Spanish how to prevent catching and spreading the virus, had to be removed immediately.

    “This is just a reminder that immigration judges do not have the authority to post, or ask you to post, signage for their individual courtrooms or the waiting areas,” wrote Christopher A. Santoro, the country’s acting chief immigration judge in a mass email to immigration court administrators nationwide.

  3. Tyrell says:

    Nuclear fusion breakthrough!
    “Fusion Startup Claims Breakthrough Will Provide “Unlimited” Energy” ( Futurism, Victor Tangerman, 2-21-20)
    This is what we’ve been waiting on.

    More news about the new Ford Mustang EV 2021! Not your Mustang Mach 1, but not bad. Sleek design. It does not have the great power that we have come to expect from Mustangs: 0-10 speed around 4-5 seconds, top speed 112 mph. I would expect they will beef this thing up in the next few years.
    Price: a cool $43,895, but an energy rebate of around $8500 is available.

  4. Neil Hudelson says:


    From the article: “No nuclear waste, no steam, zero chance of a nuclear meltdown. It almost sounds too good to be true — but the startup still has a lot to prove. McKenzie admitted himself he doesn’t know if or when the startup’s idea could be turned into a commercial reality.”

    It’s always best to take fusion news with a big grain of salt. If your skepticism is proved right, you aren’t disappointed. If your skepticism is proved wrong, yay! fusion!

  5. OzarkHillbilly says:

    @Tyrell: Fusion power is forever 2 decades away. Any such news should be treated with a healthy dollup of skepticism.

  6. Daryl and his brother Darryl says:

    Can anyone explain to me why we had a Nat’l emergency in order to build a Border Wall that Mexico was supposed to pay for…but the Covid-19 virus is not a Nat’l emergency?

  7. Kathy says:

    @Daryl and his brother Darryl:

    Because Congress, and even the Republicans, approve money willingly for the latter and not the former?

  8. Slugger says:

    @Daryl and his brother Darryl: Obviously we need the wall to keep out people whose first name is Diego or Moises as listed in the first comment in this posting.

  9. Kathy says:

    I’m down to my last half liter bottle of hand sanitizer. I wouldn’t even have this much, did I not use it frequently (I handle money from the petty cash box several times per day, and I use hand sanitizer instead of leaving my place to wash my hands every time).

    I read you can make your own with plain drugstore alcohol and aloe vera gel. No clue where to get the latter, and no clue whether it will keep the alcohol from evaporating.

    even alcohol wipes are getting hard to find. These you can substitute with plain alcohol and sterile cotton balls.

  10. Mister Bluster says:

    Found an eMail in my queue this a.m. that claimed to be from Netflix. “Sorry to end this way…” It said that they could not process my billing information. Since my account had just been successfully billed a week or so ago I was suspicious to say the least. I logged into dvd.netflix.com to check my account and there was no mention of my account being in trouble. I also called the toll free number and got a human in less than a minute who confirmed that my billing information was up to date and agreed with me that the eMail in question was bogus.
    Look Out Now! Be Cool! Stay in School!
    Don’t take medical advice from Witch Doctor Trump!

  11. Teve says:

    Trump can’t handle the truth

    K-thug reminds us that right-wingers denied the 2008 crisis too.

  12. MarkedMan says:

    If there was an actual breakthrough in fusion the story wouldn’t be limited to Futurism magazine…

  13. Kathy says:

    audible is having of their periodic 2-for-1 sales (meaning Audible credits), this is a themed one featuring “story tellers.” I skipped over the Malcolm Gladwell titles (yeah, I know), but I got two tomes: A People’s History of the United States by Howard Zinn, and But What If We’re Wrong? by Chuck Klosterman.

    The first is well-known and controversial. the second has an interesting premise: how will the future see us? I don’t expect much. after all, how can one tell? And what does “the future” mean? Next century, next millennium, further still? But it might prove interesting.

  14. CSK says:

    Harvard, Berkeley, Ohio State, Columbia, Barnard, Hofstra, Princeton, Stanford, USC, UCSD, Amherst College, and others are moving to remote classes as of March 23.

    Students are being told not to come back from spring break.

  15. Scott says:

    University of Texas goes on Spring Break next week with possibility of taking classes online for the rest of the semester. I somehow doubt that we’ll be able to break a lease though.

  16. Daryl and his brother Darryl says:


    Trump administration orders immigration courts to immediately remove coronavirus posters

    WTF is the thought process behind this? Is this a plot by renowned white supremacist, and WH Sr Policy Advisor, Stephen Miller to kill immigrants?

  17. Daryl and his brother Darryl says:

    Alex Jones of Info-Wars was arrested for DUI.
    So that’s nice….

  18. 95 South says:

    @Daryl and his brother Darryl: As a rule, you can’t post unapproved messages in official locations. Makes sense especially in a courtroom in an immigration court where the reader could confuse recommendations for law.

  19. Mister Bluster says:

    @Scott:..@95 South…@Daryl and his brother Darryl:
    ..re: Immigration Court Postings…OTB UPDATE!

    Trump administration orders immigration courts to remove coronavirus posters– then takes it back
    However on Tuesday morning— just four hours after the Miami Herald published this story—a Department of Justice spokesman contacted the Herald to say that the “the signs shouldn’t have been removed. It’s now being rectified.”
    Officials declined to discuss why the email was sent in the first place, and who told the chief immigration judge to issue the directive.

  20. Daryl and his brother Darryl says:

    @95 South:
    Nice try…
    The Judges Union was trying to do the right thing.
    The Executive Office for Immigration Review, EOIR, part of the DOJ…told them to take them down.
    Then they reversed that order under pressure from Judges, Congress, and the Media.
    This administration is immoral, from top to bottom.
    And you do cartwheels to support them.

  21. Mister Bluster says:

    February 27, 2020…Witch Doctor Trump: “It’s going to disappear. One day it’s like a miracle, it will disappear,”

    Today: Witch Doctor Trump “It will go away. Just stay calm. It will go away,”

    USA: 800+ cases. 28 corpses.

  22. 95 South says:

    @Daryl and his brother Darryl: What I said is true. You can’t just post things without permission. Now they have it.

  23. KM says:

    @95 South:
    So instead of just granting permission when they found the posters being put up, they told them to take them down because……? Even if you adhere to literalism and “you can’t do that without permission”, the blatantly obvious response is to grant provisional permission until official documentation can be posted (if any is forthcoming, not that it would be). They are trying to do the right thing in the right way and since the Admin has given them nothing to work with, the least they can do is say “fine, post whatever you got”

    The name of the game here is pettiness. The Admin didn’t like someone being more competent then them and tried to rules lawyer it. Sucks to be them it just makes them look even *more* incompetent by enforcing an needless rule in an inappropriate manner. de facto needs take precedence over de jure nitpicking for most people so this was a self-own by the Admin in a time when they are increasingly proving to have no damn idea what they are doing.

  24. Teve says:

    @Mister Bluster: the shocking thing is 808 cases in the US have been confirmed out of probably fewer than 4,000 patients.

    The U.S. has tested more than 8,500 specimens for coronavirus. That doesn’t equal 8,500 patients.

  25. Kathy says:


    Oh, you know, it’s a Biblical injunction. Namely Matthew 7:5, to wit: Bother not with the beam in thine own eye when thou can make political capital by blowing out of all proportion the mote in thy brother’s eye.

  26. CSK says:

    Biden and Sanders have canceled their respective rallies tonight.

  27. Kari Q says:


    I wonder if they saw the thread yesterday where we collectively called on them to do so.

    Here’s a link from NBC on the cancelled rallies.

  28. DrDaveT says:


    The U.S. has tested more than 8,500 specimens for coronavirus.

    South Korea has tested nearly 200,000 people, or roughly 1 in 3600.

    The US has tested about 700 times fewer per capita, and shows no signs of getting its act together in this regard.

    Good thing we don’t got no socialized medicine.

  29. Scott says:

    @Teve: 971 as of 1640 CDT

  30. Teve says:

    @Scott: i’m following the Johns Hopkins site, which is a little slow with the numbers but a very good site.

  31. Jax says:

    Pretty sad that we have to get that kind of information from Johns Hopkins instead of, you know, the government-run CENTER FOR DISEASE CONTROL. Trump can’t handle anything that might ding his….tiny little ego.

  32. Scott says:


    I follow worldometers.info/coronavirus

  33. Kurtz says:


    You’ve not read any Klosterman?

  34. Kathy says:


    Prior to finding his book yesterday, I’d no idea he even existed.

  35. CSK says:

    @Mister Bluster:
    He can say what he likes. Even Cult45 may not believe him after a while. No one else does.

  36. CSK says:

    CNN projects Biden to win Mississippi, Missouri, and Michigan

  37. Mister Bluster says:

    @Daryl and his brother Darryl:..Alex Jones of Info-Wars was arrested for DUI.
    So that’s nice

    Jones tested at 0.076 and 0.079 and failed parts of the one-leg stand and walk and turn tests, according to the affidavit.

    Jones never did have a leg to stand on…

  38. Mister Bluster says:

    President Donald Trump endorsed former Auburn University football coach Tommy Tuberville for Senate in Alabama, backing Tuberville over his former attorney general, Jeff Sessions, in this month’s GOP primary runoff.

    Trump says he won’t campaign against Sessions in Senate run
    Poor Jeff…

  39. Kathy says:


    Joe, to put it in the vernacular, is kicking ass.

    As I see it, the worst result for Sanders today looks to be Washington being that close.

  40. grumpy realist says:

    @Kathy: By the time it gets around to my state (Illinois) we may have only one guy on the ballot. Shucks. And I did so much want to vote for Elizabeth Warren….