Tuesday Tab Clearing

Some of these have been open for a while...

And a couple of tweets (because I don’t know what else to call them). The first is kind of amusing, while the second is nauseating.

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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. Stormy Dragon says:

    And a couple of tweets (because I don’t know what else to call them).

    Best suggestion I’ve heard is Xpletives

  2. Rick DeMent says:

    I have often wondered why state that still have the death penalty don’t simply bleed the convict to death. I mean other then the poke in the arm, you would simply fall unconscious, like falling asleep, and then slip comfortably off the mortal coil. Bonus if the blood is donated to the local blood bank.

    Having said that I think the death penalty is barbaric in any circumstance and it is amusing to me how most death penalty states are the most “pro-life”.

  3. OzarkHillbilly says:

    @Stormy Dragon: I prefer Xits (pronounced… oh hell, you know how) .

    @Rick DeMent: As the back of my truck says, “Pro-Life my ass.”

  4. OzarkHillbilly says:

    From the politico piece:

    After publication of this story, CPAC posted on social media a video of Gerow speaking on stage at a 2022 conference and complimenting Schlapp’s leadership of the organization. “We took Mr. Gerow’s public comments as being truthful, and we have no reason to doubt them now,” the organization, in an unsigned statement, said of Gerow’s past praise. The organization also said the board had not planned to grant Gerow an additional term.

    “CPAC remains committed to compliance,” the statement said, adding that they need “a board that is unified toward the goal of defeating the left and winning on important issues.”

    Translation, they are all in on the scam.

  5. Tony W says:

    On the weird pro-slavery thing, they talk (erroneously) about how skills could be applied after slavery ended – black codes aside, they neglect the fact that for millions of Americans slavery never ended – they died as slaves.

    Perhaps they are implying that blacksmithing was once useful in the afterlife?

  6. Slugger says:

    I love the Trump shoots a 67 bit. It perfectly characterizes him. His supporters should start wearing “67” gear. I might get some T-shirts printed up and sell them.

  7. just nutha says:

    To be fair, a 13 handicap at almost 80 sounds pretty good, but I’m not a golfer so please feel free to tell me how little I know.

  8. CSK says:

    @just nutha:

    With respect to “hanky/lanky,” Trump seems to hear different words from the rest of us. Or it’s just out of pure ignorance, or some combination of the two. He started calling Elizabeth Warren “Pocahontas” because clearly he didn’t understand the meaning of “Fauxcahontas,” and thus heard it as “Pocahontas,” because that was a name with which he was vaguely familiar.

  9. just nutha says:

    @CSK: So like the Elton John lyric

    Hold me closer, Tony Danza


    ETA: And I never knew the background for the Pocahontas slur, either. Still don’t care about that, tho.

  10. EddieInCA says:

    My current golf handicap is 6.0. I’ve been as low as a 3.2. That was years ago when living in Florida. Currently, I play at least three times per week. While I’ve never played Bedminster, I’ve played most of the great courses of the world, including the Old Course multiple times, Carnoustie, Congressional, TPC Sawgrass, Bay Hill, Firestone, Bandon Dunes, Olympia, Riviera, Pebble, Cypress, Bethpage Black, Torrey Pines North, Kapalua, East Lake, and too many others to list. I’ve played with PGA tour pros, and some very good celebrity golfers. Justin Timberlake is a legitimate 4 handicap. I’ve seen Trump play on television several times recently at LIV events. NO way he shoots a legitimate 67 anywhere. Ever. Never ever.

    The only way Trump shot a 67 is if it was a NET score of 67, not gross. In most non-pro tournaments, your final (net) score is calculated by your gross score (actual strokes) minus your handicap. So if I shoot an 80, my net score would be 74. BUT…. the problem with this is that Trump claims a handicap of 2.5 (also complete bullshit), so to shoot a 67 net he’d have to shoot a 70 gross. That didn’t happen. Trump cannot shoot 70 on any course, anywhere. Any real golfer knows this.

    Lastly, to put Trump’s claim into perspective, Cam Smith, currently a top-10 player in the world, shot a 68 two weeks ago on the same course Trump claimed to shoot a 67. If Cam Smith and Phil Mickleyson, and Brooks Keopka, and Bryson DeChambeau can’t shoot 67 at Bedminster, over multipledays, neither did Trump.

    Trump’s a lying sack of shit, but most people know that too.

    /end rant.

  11. Flat Earth Luddite says:


    Thanks for the clarification and explanation. I’m deeply jealous of all of you, as my golf game has been judged an international war crime. The last time I was on a course the black helicopters swooped in and the next thing I knew I was at the Hague.

  12. MarkedMan says:

    @EddieInCA: Trump’s claims remind me a little of the very famous TV Evangelist who claimed to bench press some incredible amount of weight (800 lbs? Maybe more) in his 60’s or 70’s and actually had a video out that showed him doing it. Even assuming the weights were real, he had young strong bodybuilders “stabilizing” the bar as he lifted it, for “safety” reasons. The thing is, he was incredibly fit for his age, and he would have been justifiably proud of that. But he just had to make his success into a world record for his age. My google foo fails me at the moment so perhaps someone else will remember who I was talking about.

    Trump is an out of shape, overweight old man who as I understand it golfs quite well for his age and physique. His constant need to Kim-Jong-Un his record shows a serious mental issue, IMHO.

  13. Slugger says:

    I went to a custom t-shirt site.
    Got a couple of:

    67 is easy
    When you’re 6’3” 215 lbs
    with American flags arranged around.

    I think I have a commercial product. How can I copyright this?

  14. Jay L Gischer says:

    I dunno, I think the Guilfoyle thing is overblown. I understand the point she’s making. And it’s not like the MTG thing, or the campaign ad of Meg Whitmans where she praised what California was like – when Jerry Brown was governor.

    Granted, it’s kind of dumb, using a dumb metric. But I’m sure it goes over well with some people, which is the point.

  15. gVOR10 says:

    He says it’s their fault for creating a “racialized culture in this country in the last several years.”

    Everything would be fine if only liberals hadn’t encouraged those people to wet-back across the Atlantic and demand cushy jobs chopping cotton.

  16. dazedandconfused says:

    @Rick DeMent:
    Going under from O2 deprivation is exactly like going to sleep. You get stupid and don’t even know it…then you conk out. The need to gasp for breath is triggered only by a buildup of CO2. Not a bad way to go.

    Every time I look at a picture of Vivek I think of a Pez dispenser with his head on it. I keep trying to stop that image but it won’t go away. Anyone else?

  17. Flat Earth Luddite says:

    @just nutha:

    Dammit! Now that image is stuck in my head, with “hold me closer Tony Danza ” playing on background music.

  18. Just nutha ignint cracker says:

    @Flat Earth Luddite: Now that you mention it, Ramaswami does look a little like a young Elton John without the rhinestone glasses. 😀 😛

  19. Matt says:

    @dazedandconfused: Nitrogen kills more people a year in the USA than any other industrial gas. No smell no indication you’re in trouble just boom dead. When companies started adding regular air to helium containers some people switched to nitrogen for exit bags. Nitrogen is used as a shielding gas in wielding so it’s fairly easy to get.

  20. Ol' Nat says:

    Nitrogen kills more people a year in the USA than any other industrial gas. No smell no indication you’re in trouble just boom dead.

    I’ve wondered why we don’t use simple and painless ways to kills people (after wondering why we need to kill people in the first place, of course). Is there a pride thing? A legal thing? A response to a convoluted legal process?