Tuesday’s Forum

James Joyner
About James Joyner
James Joyner is Professor and Department Head of Security Studies at Marine Corps University's Command and Staff College. He's a former Army officer and Desert Storm veteran. Views expressed here are his own. Follow James on Twitter @DrJJoyner.


  1. Michael Reynolds says:

    This is what it takes to beat @Ozark to being first: I have to be in London.

    Aaaaand, nope, nothing to say.

  2. OzarkHillbilly says:

    @Michael Reynolds: Heh. I had no idea there was a competition. Not to worry, seems to be a really slow news day. Yesterday was, as usual, grandbabygirl day. So I was otherwise occupied.

  3. Bill Jempty says:

    The headline of the day….month…year…century?-

    Even Cookie Monster is complaining about the US economy now

  4. Kathy says:

    Replying today to @dazedandconfused :

    Thing is Douglas was acquired by McDonell in the late 60s. prior to that, it had produced many iconic commercial aircraft, like the DC-3, DC-6, DC-8, and DC-9. The first post merger plane was the DC-10.

    And that was the last new plane McDD would develop. Later models were upgrades of existing designs, such as the MD-80, MD-90, and MD-11.

    Sound familiar?

  5. Kathy says:

    I think I have the slow cooker goulash recipe down now. even though I had to use cornstarch slurry to thicken the sauce.

    Timing may still be an issue.

    The big problem is finding out how slow a slow cooker is. Yes, it’s explicitly in the name. What I didn’t expect is to be washing dishes and utensils past 7 pm when I began cooking at noon.

    Next I’ll try some kind of slow cooked chicken. I figure it should take less time.

  6. KM says:

    When I make things in a slow cooker, I do as much prep the day before as possible, up to and including assembling it and stuffing the stoneware in the fridge. Then you get up at the crack of dawn to put it on so the 6-8 hours of cooking time starts at 6AM and is done by noon, not the other way around. You can always go back to sleep or just have it at as an early day but as a rule, never toss something into a slow cooker after 11AM at the absolute latest if you plan on it for dinner or not having to do late night dishes.

  7. EddieInCA says:

    The Biden upwards trend is continuing…

    Morning Consult Presidential Race – Biden +1 Last week, it was Trump +2 . Two weeks ago, it was Trump +3

  8. Bob@Youngstown says:

    Trying to stop constantly being sent to moderation jail. How do I check on my registration status?

  9. Kathy says:


    I’ve heard of that. The prep for the goulash is slicing an onion, mincing some garlic, and browning the beef and sauteing the onion in the pot. I don’t see how that can be done the day before…

    I could conceivably do it at 6 am. I am up that early most Saturdays.

  10. CSK says:
  11. James Joyner says:

    @Kathy: @KM: @Kathy: I tend to do crockpot recipes early in the morning but, yes, you can do browning and such the day before and then cook the next day. The thing is, though, that it takes a long time for a slow cooker to get ice cold food up to temperature, so I only do that for 1) recipes that take a long time and 2) for days when I need to leave early. For recipes like goulash, if I for some reason can’t get to it until noon I’ll either 1) cook on High vice Low or 2) use a Dutch oven rather than a crockpot.

    The latest slow cooker I bought (actually, twice because occasionally we’ll have a lot of leftovers stored in a crock or otherwise need a second one) is this Ninja, that has multiple settings including the ability to braise and brown right in the device. It’s quite reasonably priced compared to other high feature models, including the Cuisinart it replaced. (It’s often on sale for just under $100.)

  12. Kathy says:

    @James Joyner:

    I do wonder how much browning the meat adds to the recipe. But the onions still need to be sauteed, so I may as well brown the beef…

    I’m looking up slow cooker chicken recipes. I’m not sure what I want to add for sauce yet, or whether I want bone in or boneless pieces.

  13. Kathy says:

    Remember the many crashes of crypto, one of which did in Bankman-Fried? And each of which has led many to declare the end of crypto?

    Well, it’s like the monster in a movie, or Rasputin, it keeps coming back from the declared dead

    I wonder how NFTs are doing.

    I still think crypto is essentially tulips or beanie babies, but it’s been really going on and on a long, long time. It may be more like railroad stocks in the XIX century, or dot-com stocks in the 90s. there’s real value, but people who don’t quite understand what it is keep pouring money on it.

    Railroads became big business, and many still are, and look at tech stocks now.

    I’ll paraphrase Socrates loosely and say: the only thing I know is that I don’t know what’s going on.

  14. Mister Bluster says:

    @Michael Reynolds:..I have to be in London.

    Damn. Sounds like a tough assignment.
    If you are having Tea with the King today you can remind him that the Boston Massacre was 254 years ago on this date.

  15. CSK says:

    Trump lawyer Ken Chesebro says that the person to blame for the mob chanting”Hang Mike Pence” on Jan. 6 is…Mike Pence.


  16. Mister Bluster says:

    Sinema announces she won’t run for reelection
    “Because I choose civility, understanding, listening, working together to get stuff done. I will leave the Senate at the end of this year,” Sinema said in a video message posted to social media on Tuesday.

  17. Mister Bluster says:

    And Trump is at fault for those who want to LOCK HIM UP!

  18. OzarkHillbilly says:

    @Mister Bluster: Translation: “I’m gonna lose.”

  19. CSK says:

    @Mister Bluster:

    Yeah. It’s like blaming the building because the arsonist burned it down.

  20. DK says:

    @Mister Bluster:

    “Because I choose civility, understanding, listening to my donors instead of my constituents, working together to get stuff done to make my donors richer instead of improving the lives of the middle and working classes, I am now unelectable in trending-blue Arizona. I will leave the Senate at the end of this year,” Sinema said in a video message posted to social media on Tuesday.

    Fixed it for her.

    Best of luck to her.

  21. Kathy says:

    @Mister Bluster:

    I’m not sorry to see her go, but I’m not angry at her at all. She did, after all, win a seat in a (hopefully) purple state, which enabled the Democrats to take control of the Senate.

    Let’s hope Lake is too extremist for her state. At least the democratic vote won’t be split.

  22. anjin-san says:

    Sinema really does deserve eternal contempt for her little thumbs down stunt during the minimum wage vote.

  23. Gustopher says:

    @Kathy: She ran as pretty far to the left, and then legislated at the right edge of the party. She deserves every bit of scorn.

    I have no ill-will towards Manchin being Manchin (except for when it’s clear he is being Manchin because he just doesn’t understand what he is doing*). He’s a pretty conservative Democrat in a very conservative state. The leftmost person we could ever hope to elect there.

    Sinema doesn’t have that defense. If she had been a fairly conservative Dem before her election to Senate, I would give her a lot more slack.

    *: Manchin wanted to add work requirements and verification to the Earned Income Tax Credit. Buddy, it’s right in the name, how do you get earned income without working? He’s dumb, I get it, but he should hire competent staff at least.

  24. CSK says:

    Trump is demanding a new trial in the E. Jean Carroll case.

  25. Kathy says:


    It’s amazing how much work one lardass can generate for the legal system, when he doesn’t have to pay his lawyers.

  26. gVOR10 says:

    @Kathy: As someone observed, our system ensures the defendant just as much due process as he can afford. Or get other people to pay for.

  27. OzarkHillbilly says:

    @CSK: Somehow or other, I don’t think, “We want a do over so we can avoid making all the stupid mistakes we made in the first trial and commit a whole new set of stupidities in a 2nd go round.” is a winning motion.

  28. CSK says:


    Delay, delay, delay.

  29. DrDaveT says:


    even though I had to use cornstarch slurry to thicken the sauce.

    Ack! No no no, for goulash use potato starch. Or (if you don’t have any) arrowroot or amaranth. Or even a flour roux. Cornstarch is tremendously useful, but it’s the wrong consistency for goulash. IMHO.

  30. DrDaveT says:


    I do wonder how much browning the meat adds to the recipe.

    Quite a bit — vive la Maillard! — but there are cheats that make it easier. I now coat the meat in a mix of fat, spices, and whatever flour I’m using, then bake on a rack on a sheet pan at high temp for 20 minutes. Nice browning, makes some drippings, and vastly easier than browning in batches in hot oil.

  31. Gustopher says:

    @OzarkHillbilly: I think that if he were to get his original lawyers to file an appeal on grounds of ineffective council, you would have to give it to him just to honor the chutzpah. Possibly under the requirement that he be ineffectively counciled by the same lawyers.