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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:

    If you are having a bad week/month/year, look on the bright side: At least your name isn’t Mike Lindell.

  2. OzarkHillbilly says:

    An Ohio man was charged with murder after shooting a Black ride-share driver in an unprovoked attack, following the most recent string of cases of Black Americans being shot while doing mundane things.

    William Brock, 81, who is white, was arrested after he fatally shot Lo-Letha Hall, 61, outside his home in South Charleston, Ohio, about an hour outside Dayton, NBC News reported. Brock told police that he shot Hall because he believed she was working with scammers who had allegedly called Brock’s home that same morning.

    No doubt “standing his ground.”

  3. Tony W says:

    @OzarkHillbilly: People were asking “where’s the My Pillow Guy?” yesterday as Trump was dozing off in court. A crappy shredded foam pillow would have made Spanky far more comfortable.

  4. Kathy says:

    The bad news for the week: Star Trek Lower Decks will end after its fifth season.

  5. OzarkHillbilly says:
  6. Kathy says:

    On yesterday’s discussion about the difference between one million and one billion, consider this example I’ve posted before:

    If you were paid $5,000 every day, it would take you 200,000 days to get to $1 billion. That’s about 545 years. Whereas it would take you 200 days to reach one million, that’s under seven months.

    7 months < 545 years.

  7. Mikey says:

    Sickeningly similar to the killings of the WCK aid workers. We’re far beyond the point where these incidents can be chalked up to simple error or miscommunication.

    Palestinian paramedics said Israel gave them safe passage to save a 6-year-old girl in Gaza. They were all killed.

    For three-and-a-half long hours on Jan. 29, the cellphone in 6-year old Hind Rajab’s hands was the closest thing she had to a lifeline. Alone in the back seat of a car outside a Gaza City gas station, she was drifting in and out of consciousness, surrounded by bodies, as she told emergency dispatchers that Israeli tanks were rumbling closer.

    From the operations room of the Palestine Red Crescent Society (PRCS), roughly 50 miles away in the city of Ramallah, the team on duty had done their best to save the child. Paramedics were on their way, the dispatchers kept telling her: Hold on.

    The paramedics were driving to their deaths.

    Twelve days later, when a Palestinian civil defense crew finally reached the area, they found Hind’s body in a car riddled with bullets, according to her uncle, Samir Hamada, who also arrived at the scene early that morning. The ambulance lay charred roughly 50 meters away (about 164 feet) from the car, its destruction consistent with the use of a round fired by Israeli tanks, according to six munitions experts.

    The IDF, of course, denied they had any personnel or tanks operating in that area. But when pressed by the U. S. State Department, the Israelis admitted there actually had been IDF units in the area, but they said they didn’t fire on any cars or ambulances.

    A Washington Post investigation found that Israeli armored vehicles were present in the area in the afternoon, and that gunfire audible as Hind and her cousin Layan begged for help, as well as extensive damage caused to the ambulance, are consistent with Israeli weapons. The analysis is based on satellite imagery, contemporaneous dispatcher recordings, photos and videos of the aftermath, interviews with 13 dispatchers, family members and rescue workers, and more than a dozen military, satellite, munitions and audio experts who reviewed the evidence, as well as the IDF’s own statements.

    The link above is a gift link. The story has extensive graphics and a detailed timeline.

  8. Mr. Prosser says:

    “For the Colorado River headwaters, streamflow is forecast at 105% of median; the Yampa/White/ Little Snake is at 120% of median and the Gunnison River basin is at 104% of median. “From a water supply planning perspective, things are good, short term and locally” said Dave Kanzer, director of science and interstate matters with the Colorado River Water Conservation District. The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation forecast the most probable spring runoff inflow for Lake Powell at 78% of average. Lake Powell is currently about 33% full.”

    There won’t be any reassurances for the Lower Basin States this year, and if heat and dust on snow have an effect this year the runoff to Powell could be even less.

  9. CSK says:

    @Tony W:

    Awww, Trump didn’t doze off. He was just being anti-woke.

  10. Michael Reynolds says:

    If you bought Trump stock at its peak close, you have now lost 2/3 of your money. And if you bought the stock at yesterday’s close, you have already lost 14%.

    I love watching MAGAs go broke. Can it drop to $10? When bad things happen to bad people. I want to see pick-up trucks being repossessed.

  11. Mikey says:

    @Michael Reynolds: What, you mean a P/E ratio of 1500 wasn’t sustainable? Who could have known? LOL

    Can it drop to $10? Sure, but why stop there? I want to see it crater like the bad joke it is.

  12. MarkedMan says:

    @CSK: Oh my god, you win the internet for the day!

  13. EddieInCA says:

    @Michael Reynolds:

    The book value of the company is about $1.69 per share right now, given the amout of outstanding shares. When they release the additional shares, the book value of the company will be about $1.09 per share. But that’s only because of their cash on hand. They’re burning through that. They announced yesterday they’re going to start a streaming channel. They won’t have the cash available to do such a project.

    This stock is going to zero. Like you, I am enjoying watching MAGA assholes lose their savings. But a reckoning is coming. Some of these idiots are just “buying the dip”, and will onlylose more.

    Idiots. The lot of them.

    As of right now, it’s at 22.61. It could break $22 to the downside before the close.

  14. CSK says:


    Thank you. 😀 It seems to be catching on already.

  15. DrDaveT says:

    Former VA Procurement Supervisor Sentenced to Seven Years in Prison for Pocketing Kickbacks
    4/16/2024 2:30 PM EDT

    Thomas E. Duncan, of Chicago, Illinois, was sentenced to seven years in federal prison and ordered to pay $1,709,344 in restitution after pleading guilty last year to wire fraud. While serving as a supervisor at the Jesse Brown VA Medical Center’s central supply department, Duncan received thousands of dollars in kickbacks from the president of a medical supply company in Dolton, Illinois. In exchange for the payments, Duncan fraudulently initiated and approved purchases of products from the company, knowing that many of the products would not be delivered to the VA. The fraud scheme began in 2012 and continued until 2019. The VA OIG investigated this case.

  16. CSK says:

    I can’t take credit for these gems:

    Don Snoreleone

    The Nodfather

  17. Beth says:


    With the caveat that absolutely none of this makes any objective sense, have you seen or have any idea of why they would release additional shares, especially in light of the fact that 1. Trump and the cronies can’t sell, and 2. the price is falling like a meteor. The only reason I can think is to dilute someone’s shares cause they pissed Trump off.

    Or is it just as simple as they are all huffing the cheapest paint they can find.


    If he can keep himself out of jail until like July; SCOTUS will over turn his conviction when they rule that bribery is legal.

  18. CSK says:

    Judge Merchan just chastised Trump for “muttering” at a female juror.

  19. EddieInCA says:


    This stock is the biggest pump and dump of all time. My guess is that the “board” will agree to ditch the 6 month lock up term, and allow insiders to sell. If you have 100,000,000 shares, even if you sell at $4, that’s $400,000,000. There are alot of insiders who want to get out before it goes to zero. So more shares equals more cash, literally. This company has no viable business. It’s all, literally, a project to put more money into the pockets of Donald Trump at the expense of his most loyal followers.

    My big surprise is that the SEC allowed it. You can get there will be shareholder lawsuits starting any day now.

  20. CSK says:


    It closed at $22.84.

  21. Kathy says:

    A Boeing whistle blower is urging all 787s be grounded.

    As far as I know, no 787 has ever been in an accident. But given this warning, if one suffers an accident soon, it would be a major disaster for Boeing. Even if the plane is not the cause, say if one were shot down accidentally, or blown up by terrorists, or was just waiting in a taxi way when another plane chooses that spot to land.

    Whole fleets have been grounded before, but never before an accident. The Comet in the 50s, the MAX in 2020, the MAX 9 briefly a few weeks ago. So I can’t see regulators grounding the 787. Unless some are inspected and major flaws are found.

    Meantime, next time I fly I may just choose an Airbus jet instead.

  22. Mister Bluster says:

    Whitey Herzog 92
    St. Louis Cardinal Manager

  23. Beth says:


    Ahhhhhhh, thank you. lol, I was foiled by the very simple math. Nothing like a scam so simple that event Trump can get it.

  24. Michael Reynolds says:

    Hey, Kathy, if you were invited to a lit festival in either Guadalajara or Monterrey, which would attract you more.

  25. Kathy says:

    @Michael Reynolds:

    Both have decent food and both are bound to be too hot these days, unless it’s in late Fall. You may find artisanal tequila in Guadalajara, and there are more touristy things there, like ceramics in Tlaquepaque, and Chapala lake (if it hasn’t dried up).

  26. Michael Reynolds says:

    Thanks, we’re leaning that way. It’d be November, so weather shouldn’t be too bad. Shorter flights from Vegas, too.

  27. DrDaveT says:

    @Mister Bluster:

    Whitey Herzog 92
    St. Louis Cardinal Manager

    The White Rat was the Cardinals’ manager during the period when they were good and I was rooting for them, roughly 1980 – 1986. He also managed the Royals, and was a genius (along with Earl Weaver) at making the most of platoon players and pitchers. His teams were fabulously entertaining to watch, with an emphasis on stolen bases and great defense, but he also knew the value of walks and HR. RIP, Whitey.