Tuesday’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. Jax says:

    I have baby chickens in the mail and I am absolutely terrified for them. I haven’t had any shipped for two years due to the USPS slowdown, the last time I did about half of them were DOA. They sat for two whole days at the Salt Lake distribution center, our local post office lady finally called her supervisor and she went down in person to rescue them and a couple other orders of chicks. I hope we don’t have to do that again.

  2. Daryl and his brother Darryl says:

    I hope everyone spent time tanning their testicles yesterday.
    Tucker is very concerned about the manhood of American males.
    Meanwhile Malcolm Nance of MSNBC has joined the International Legion and is fighting in Ukraine.
    Enough said.

  3. Kathy says:

    I wonder what’s worse, to unethically lose games on purpose, or to try your best and end up 0-16.

  4. OzarkHillbilly says:

    @Jax: I get my birds from Cackle Hatchery in Lebanon, MO via USPS. I’m always paranoid that something will go wrong and I’ll end up with a box of carcasses. So far, that hasn’t happened. (knock on wood) The most serious problem I’ve had was one year the birds got routed to Union instead of Sullivan. The Sullivan postmaster called to tell me what happened and that he was going to go up and get them for me. Fortunately for him, I happened to be doing a small job in Union and just swung by to grab them on my way home.

  5. Jax says:

    @OzarkHillbilly: That’s where I get mine from, too. Never had problems at all until 2 years ago.

  6. Kathy says:


    You’d think by now, given advances in biology over the last three decades, someone would figure out how to preserve fertilized chicken eggs for hatching elsewhere weeks or months later.

  7. OzarkHillbilly says:

    @Jax: 2 years ago? Hmmmm, seems like something happened 2 years ago, I just can’t quite put my finger on it.

  8. CSK says:

    Move over, Qanon. Now we have DarkMAGA:

    They want Trump to be less kind and merciful upon his return in 2024.

  9. Jax says:

    @OzarkHillbilly: I know, right?! Same thing happened with plants I ordered last spring. They sat in the Salt Lake Distribution facility for a couple weeks. By the time they got here they were dried up little stalks.

  10. Daryl and his brother Darryl says:

    Take a few minutes from your day to watch this.
    Then pass it on.
    If anything should ever go viral, it’s this.

  11. JohnSF says:

    @Daryl and his brother Darryl:

    I hope everyone spent time tanning their testicles yesterday.


    I mean, it was nice sunny weather for an Easter long weekend, but I was busy transplanting an unhappy rhododenron, trying to weed the damn couch grass out from the iris, pruning the roses, and mowing the lawn (and getting the mower blade bent on a concealed bit of metal post, dammit).
    No time for, errr, testicle tanning.
    Though I suppose I could have combined it with drinking wine in the evening.

    Is this some American tradition I was previously unaware of? 🙂
    Sorta variation on the Easter egg hunt?

    (And what are persons of the female persuasion supposed to do instead. Umm. Forget I asked.)

  12. CSK says:

    Yesterday in the Open Forum I posted something about how Tucker Carlson interviewed an alleged fitness expert who claims that exposing one’s testicles to ultra-violet light increases testosterone.

  13. CSK says:

    @Daryl and his brother Darryl:
    Lana Theis, who perpetrated the slander/libel, bills herself as a “Christian, wife, mom, state senator,” in the order.

  14. JohnSF says:

    Eeek! 🙁
    Should I google this thing, or will I really regret doing so?

  15. CSK says:

    The mockery Carlson has received is fairly amusing.

  16. Kathy says:


    I find it hilarious that people think they can tan their internal organs.

    Maybe that was why Benito wanted to push UV light inside the body.

    BTW, mammalian testicles tend to exist outside the body’s core because they require a lower temperature than that found in the core in order to maintain good health and function.

  17. JohnSF says:

    Well, I went and googlified.
    What has been seen cannot be unseen.
    The Tucker Carlson pro-masculinity trailer has to be the most homoerotic thing since the Village People comeback tour.

    Also, testicle tanning definitely needs care and a timer; fall asleep at the wrong point and blazing red sunburned nuts may be your sorry fate. 🙁

  18. CSK says:

    You know, I’ve re-read that gibberish President Lardass* uttered about light and disinfectant several times, and I still can’t figure out what he was saying, or trying to say. It would help slightly if he could complete a sentence. Then again, maybe babble works for him the way it did for Sarah Palin. You can read anything into it you wish.

    *I’m aware that Professor Joyner has requested that we not refer to political/public figures by derogatory nicknames, and I’ve followed his request, but sometimes, in the case of Trump anyway, it’s impossible to do so.

  19. JohnSF says:

    Which has always brought to my mind Alfonso X of Castile’s comment:

    “Had I been present at the Creation, I would have given some useful hints for the better ordering of the universe.”

  20. CSK says:

    Indeed. One wonders if Carlson is aware of the homoerotic nature of that promo. Particularly the wrestling sequence.

  21. JohnSF says:


    “Joey, do you like movies about gladiators?”

  22. CSK says:

    “You ever seen a grown man naked?”

  23. MarkedMan says:


    The mockery Carlson has received is fairly amusing.

    I know. And he led with that. It was in the promo. Tucker Carlson is all kinds of bad in so many, many different ways, but he’s not an idiot. Anyone have any idea what the strategy was? Maybe the old “No publicity is bad publicity” thins?

  24. Jen says:

    @Daryl and his brother Darryl: Between her and the Missouri State Rep. OzarkHB posted the other day, I am impressed.

    I know that both of them are probably currently on the receiving end of some nasty emails and calls, but I hope the support they are getting far outweighs that nonsense.

    Thanks for sharing this.

  25. Gustopher says:

    @CSK: Why would you tell him it was Tucker Carlson? Why would you not explain that this is, in fact, how Americans celebrate Easter? With an egg hunt, in their groin, and lifting them to the sky for the sun’s rays and the Son’s blessings?

    He was ready to believe.

    This is not an opportunity that comes around often and you threw it away.

    I’m not angry, just disappointed.

  26. KM says:

    Gov. Ron DeSantis wants legislature to end Disney’s special status in called session

    DeSantis is playing with fire.

    Not only is he making it clear that the GOP will actively and vindictively use the law to destroy business for any business owner to see, Disney will bury him if he screws with their money. The Mouse does NOT let you touch the green and frankly, it would be cheaper to go after any GOP candidate then lose trademarks and half a century old legal rights. DeSantis is betting Disney won’t retaliate and lose cash but if they’re looking at huge losses anyways, they might just decide to screw him over hard to make a point. Can you imagine an SC that has to rule it’s OK for the government to strip legal rights from a business solely based on the passing political whim of a governor? Big Business would make it their goal to get rid of as many GOP officeholders as they could.

    DeSantis is trying to make his bones at their expenses. Too bad they’ve been in the racket for a lot longer…..

  27. Kathy says:

    Some years ago I had a bad idea for an airline, namely offering only premium economy seats and service in A321 jets, for travel between Mexico, Central America, and North America, to Europe. I figured 40-42″ pitch, good recline, foot/leg rests, seat back screens, free WiFi, and no ancillary fees at all.

    Aside the fact the regulatory environment is all wrong, many airlines have tried an all-business class setup and only one, as far as I know, has been successful*. My idea is just a slightly cheaper, less desirable version. I’d love to fly such an airline, but owning it would be disastrous.

    *That would be La Compagnie, which currently flies mostly between NYC and Paris and Nice. They even switched from B757s to A321s just before the trump pandemic hit.

  28. JohnSF says:

    The ancient rites of Sol Invictus.
    Or the rituals commemorated at Cerne Abbas?
    “I want to believe!”

    (Perhaps giving a whole new meaning to the May Balls?)

  29. CSK says:

    With an egg hunt, in their groin…

    I’m trying to figure out how one would hunt for Easter eggs within one’s groin.

  30. JohnSF says:

    Ah, but what sort of eggs, laid by what sort of wee beastie?
    Have you never heard of that other hopping creature, the Easter Louse?

  31. CSK says:

    Thank you so much for providing me with a enchanting visual just as I was about to enjoy an early pre-dinner drink.

  32. sam says:

    The emblem of the Medici was five red balls, and the Medici battle cry was, “Palle, Palle, Palle!”
    Always wondered what the other side thought of that.

  33. Just nutha ignint cracker says:

    @Daryl and his brother Darryl: Her mom was criticized by the parish priest for working in the soup kitchen on Sunday instead of going to mass? Sorry, but that makes perfect sense because it is a sin to do good on the Sabbath. It even says so in some of the Gospels. How can anyone argue with the Bible? /snark

  34. Daryl and his brother Darryl says:


    The Tucker Carlson pro-masculinity trailer has to be the most homoerotic thing since the Village People comeback tour.

    Or the volleyball scene in TopGun.

  35. Kathy says:


    Maybe it was genital smurfs.

  36. CSK says:

    Or genial smurfs.

  37. OzarkHillbilly says:

    @Jax: But don’t you appreciate the far more efficient no overtime postal service? Keeping your First Class junk mail 1 cent lower than it could be.

  38. OzarkHillbilly says:

    @Daryl and his brother Darryl: Damn. Just Damn. Thanx for that.

  39. Jax says:

    @OzarkHillbilly: Now it says estimated delivery is Friday instead of tomorrow. I could probably drive to Lebanon, Missouri and back faster than that. I bet at least half of them are dead by Friday.

    I like Cackle because they have a better selection of breeds and the chicks have always been healthier than what I can get at my local farm supply store. I’ve tried “special ordering” through our local store, and I wasn’t happy. I ended up with three different ages of chicks, which is an absolute PITA!