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Kavanaugh Confirmation Comes Down to Four Senators: Reason Roundup

Plus: millennial men are more socialist than millennial women and changes to juvenile justice programs

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Kavanaugh vote scheduled for 10:30 a.m. The professional fate of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh is up for grabs today. Following a half-hearted FBI investigation into sexual claims against the judge—the bureau interviewed neither Kavanaugh nor his first accuser, Christine Blasey Ford—senators are scheduled for a first vote this morning on whether to advance the controversial nominee to the high Court bench.

In an op-ed published by The Wall Street Journal last night, Kavanaugh admitted to getting emotional during last week's testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee, but he said it was because he was there as a "son, husband, and dad." As a judge, Kavanaugh insists, he can turn off the quick temper and tears.

As of last night (and a week ago), most Democrats and Republicans in the Senate had made up their minds about how to vote on Kavanaugh. But a few still seemed conflicted.

Sens. Susan Collins (R–Maine), Jeff Flake (R–Ariz.), Joe Manchin (D–W.V.), and Lisa Murkowski (R–Alaska) have not yet said how they will vote.

Colorado Republican Sen. Cory Gardner's office told The Denver Post yesterday that Gardner "hasn't decided how he'll vote on Judge Brett Kavanaugh." But his office later put out a statement saying that "Gardner has been supportive of Judge Kavanaugh throughout the nomination. He had the opportunity to review the FBI report tonight. Nothing in the report changed his mind and he remains supportive of Judge Kavanaugh's nomination."

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Getting tougher on juvenile offenders? "The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP), a division of the Department of Justice (DOJ), has removed a number of webpages related to ongoing programs and policy guidance, and altered messaging on its website in ways that indicate a shift toward a more punitive approach to juvenile justice under the Trump administration," according to a new report from the Sunlight Foundation, a nonprofit focused on government transparency. It continues:

Information related to girls in the juvenile justice system and the use of solitary confinement among youthful offenders were among the materials removed from its website without notice. Changes have been made to the terminology used to describe juveniles that come into contact with the justice system and the types of programs and services OJJDP supports and provides. The Sunlight Foundation's Web Integrity Project documented those removals and significant language shifts, through an analysis of pages preserved by the Internet Archive's Wayback Machine, in a pair of reports released today.

The changes come as the office, which is a component of the Office of Justice Programs (OJP), has taken a distinct turn toward more punitive policies under the new administration, advocates and a former OJP official told WIP. The office has toughened its rhetoric as its current director has announced that she intends to "rebalance" its approach to direct more focus on victim's rights and community safety, and away from therapeutic interventions for youth.

More on the worrying shifts here.

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Millennial men more socialist than millennial women. A new poll from Buzzfeed looks at socialist leanings among young Americans. The poll—conducted in late September among folks 22 to 37 years old—found "millennial men were much more likely than women to call themselves a socialist or democratic socialist": 39 percent of all men surveyed, compared to just 22 percent of women. Overall, 31 percent of those surveyed said they considered themselves a socialist or a democratic socialist.

Poll questions and data here.

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  • Today's financial traders are "subject to 24-hour Big Brother-style surveillance that goes beyond the scrutiny of equity and bond desks."
  • So it begins: A woman is suing Facebook for allegedly enabling sex trafficking.
  • Passing laws turns voters off from political parties. Hmmm…
  • Thanks to our copyright regime in the U.S., we already know how aggressive content moderation works, write the folks at Techdirt. "And it's a disaster."
  • Thirty people, including actresses Amy Schumer and Emily Ratajkowski, were arrested Thursday in anti-Kavanaugh protests.

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  1. The professional fate of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh is up for grabs today.

    Grabassing in the Senate.

    1. Does this mean we can stop talking about high school year books on Monday?

      1. Only until the next nomination.

          1. This tactic didnt work, so the Lefties will tweek it and try again when Thomas retires and RBG chokes on a swig of whiskey.

            1. There are worse ways to die.

              1. I’m sure the pillow over Scalia was a pleasant death

          2. “The template has been set?”

            Momma always says, ‘tem plates ain’t gonna set temselves.

            1. [narrows gaze]

      2. No, every time there is a ruling that the Left doesn’t like, we’re going to hear about this. See also: Hill, Anita; Garland, Merrick

      3. Did he do bunny ears on someone for the class photo?

        1. Worst thing evah.

    2. Hello.

      “Millennial men more socialist than millennial women. A new poll from Buzzfeed looks at socialist leanings among young Americans. The poll?conducted in late September among folks 22 to 37 years old?found “millennial men were much more likely than women to call themselves a socialist or democratic socialist”: 39 percent of all men surveyed, compared to just 22 percent of women. Overall, 31 percent of those surveyed said they considered themselves a socialist or a democratic socialist.”

      Sounds like women will be taking care of their ‘men’ down the road.

      Society is gonna have to figure out how to provide for 30% of the population wallowing in their own stupidity and illiteracy. ‘But Bernie said I was going to be taken care of!’

      /wimply picks up axe suddenly realizing their flannel shirts and Paul Bunyan and Coureurs de bois beards were a lie.

      1. “But I’m a warrior! Look at my cool samurai-like man bun!”

        1. I think it all went downhill when you could only call someone a faggot if you were among your closest friends.

        2. I think it all went downhill when you could only call someone a faggot if you were among your closest friends.

          1. I’m not your friend, faggot.

            1. But I am, it would appear! Aw shucks; I am quite moved.

              1. You’re not a faggot, Diego.
                Faggot = stronger together; a closeted progressive, or, a progressive that couches their positions in “liberty” and collective freedom (see: chemjeff, Reason staff)
                For instance, Tony may be a faggot – but it has nothing to do with his sexuality.

            2. I’m not your faggot, buddy.

      2. Women never get enough credit for their superior rational decision making.

        Unfortunately the loudest ones wear pussy hats and request to be arrested while protesting things that never happened

        1. Women are more pragmatic. Men are more romantic.

      3. it makes sense that men would want more socialism so that they won’t have marry then divorce then pay for everything like they do now. they have learned form their parents what not to do.

        1. Yes, young men are very aware of the unfairness of public assistance and “child support” going almost entirely to women.

  2. Kavanaugh! KAVANAUGH! Kavanaugh!

    1. Shouldn’t you be paying attention to your high school teacher right about now?

      1. He’s probably a lefty. LC is owning him by posting on here.

      2. Why? Were you expecting him to be bragging after he got off that hildebeast you call a mom?

    2. /me drops whiskey stones in the cut crystal tumbler he expects to fill with sweet, sweet tears of despair … no matter which way the Kavanaugh votes goes.

      1. Are they bullet shaped?

  3. So it begins: A woman is suing Facebook for allegedly enabling sex trafficking.

    I hope it’s the mother whose child was “stalked” by a guy who, due to her vigilance, didn’t get to grab her kid and wanted to post the encounter to warn everyone that there are predators everywhere.

    1. No doubt.

      1. Don’t Speak.

        1. sorry, i’m not home right now.

    2. Nope. It’s a woman claiming she was trafficked as a minor by someone who friended her on Facebook using a false identity and that Facebook is responsible for her being trafficked because they didn’t detect the guy’s phony profile and prevent it.

  4. Thirty people, including actresses Amy Schemer and Emily Ratajkowski, were arrested Thursday in anti-Kavanaugh protests.

    Who?

    1. Amy Schemer — you know, Chuck Schemer’s daughter.

      1. Is Chuck that junior senator from nowhere?

      2. So that’s from where she gets those ample bosoms.

        1. and copious chocodiles.

    2. Emily Ratajkowski: hawt

      Amy Schumer: not so much, unless BBW is your thing.

      1. Big Bitchy Women?

    3. Why does ENB feel it is important to name only two of the thirty people? Is it because that’s what lots of other loser news agencies did? Super non-conforming libertarian.

  5. Thirty people, including actresses Amy Schemer and Emily Ratajkowski, were arrested Thursday in anti-Kavanaugh protests.

    Hollywood cred: ESTABLISHED

    1. Prisoners: Now we just have to sit, wait and become martyrs!

      Schumer; Eww. Fuck that, Chucky is bailing me out.

    2. So can we accuse Schumer & Co. for flaunting their white privilege since they weren’t shot or brutally beaten by the police?

      I’m still trying too figure out how the grievance hierarchy works.

      1. The whole MeToo thing is conspicuously white.

        1. can’t let #metoo intersect the NBA or NFL the universe will implode.

          1. It’s too late. The conflict over sexual behavior between Black men and white women is already boiling. It’s one of the most underreported social stories today. Talking about is too fraught with PC violations. Remember how that YouTube video of a white woman being catcalled and followed by Black and Hispanic men while walking in New York got denounced a couple of years ago?

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b1XGPvbWn0A

            1. trouble.

    3. brawl for who searched Emily.

  6. Millennial men more socialist than millennial women.

    A shot from ENB at Soave from out of nowhere.

    1. If Soave gets angry enough, he will release the hounds.

      1. Soave like, literally can’t even right now

        I bet he’s reading his previous 4 articles on Kavanaugh and thinking… “I can’t believe I couldn’t gaslight my readers like NYT and Wapo did, how did they know there was no massive gang rape conspiracy?”

      2. Or the bees? Or the dogs who have bees in their mouths and when they bark, they shoot bees at you?

  7. Millennial men more socialist than millennial women.

    More cannon fodder for the Lefty overlords.

    1. Translation: Tiime for women to start pulling the wagon for a while.

    2. I took this as a reflection on women these days being better read and generally more studious than men.

      Back before my time, it was usually boys who were encouraged to develop their brains, while girls just needed to look good and be charming. If that is increasingly reversed, it makes sense that more young women develop a modicum of critical thinking skills while many young men are easily fooled by promises of something for nothing.

      1. Can’t wait for the gender pay gap to invert.

        1. Oh man, I can almost feel my free Californian board of directors seat now.

          1. What are you going to do when your the token male on the Apple board?

        2. They’ll never admit that has happened. They’ll just start claiming that hotel maids and day care workers should make as much as engineers and lawyers.

      2. A large proportion of young men have grown up in households headed by women who spent at least a portion of their lives living on public assistance and/or “child support” payments. They see it as unfair that men don’t have that option.

  8. A woman is suing Facebook for allegedly enabling sex trafficking.

    Hey, lady — don’t neglect to sue some car manufacturers while you’re at it!

    1. Tesla? Tesla.

      1. Autonomous pimps

    2. While she’s at it, She should also sure her internet service provider for enabling this to occur.

      1. Why stop there? Sue her hubby or BF for impregnating her and causing her to have a traffic-prone child. Also sue the obstetrician who delivered the pimp-target she is now saddled with.

        1. The claim is that she was trafficked as a minor (15) by someone she met on Facebook. The article on the suit makes no mention of pregnancy or a child resulting from the trafficking.

  9. New filing in Democratic National Committee v. Russian Federation, @WikiLeaks et al.

    The DNC is NOT going to like the Russian Counterclaim: Novichok

  10. It’s gonna be a bloodbath for Democrats this November election.

    1. I guarantee Democrats will win the House and Senate. Weeks ago I was only confident they’d win the House, but the progressive – libertarian alliance is more energized than ever because of Drumpf’s attempted Supreme Court takeover.

      #BlueTsunami

      1. Since pretty much everyone in your parody is actually the opposite of reality, this is a good thing.

      2. Of course, I know OBL is a parody, but he just made me think of 2016 Cytotoxic. Poof, he disappeared. Never has a human been so vociferously wrong for so long.

      3. Progressive-libertarian alliance?

        1. Think “the Reason staff circa 2018”

          1. Oh, please.

    2. #LibertarianTsunami

    1. Nope. The USA needs to buy cheap Chinese crap at all costs.

      Nevermind that the Chinese are gearing up for war.

    2. It should be noted that all of those companies have denied the claim.

      1. According to current theory, that’s how you can tell they are lying.

        1. Well played.

        2. Somebody needs to “demand” an FBI investigation.

      2. Unsupported claims are all the rage these days.

    3. The Russians put the Chinese up to it

      1. The Tibetans are the real masterminds.

    4. The hardware hack may or not be true. But, probably is, and is such a clever hack, I wish I had thought of it first.

      That Chinese viruses have been dumping terabytes of US gov’t data to the PLA specialists for years, now, is pretty much old news. I imagine, half their problem is having enough technical advanced English speakers to interpret it all.

  11. Passing laws turns voters off from political parties. Hmmm…

    If only there were a party supporting fewer laws and regulations.

    1. The Keg Party?

      1. The wild party!

    2. I used to visit a website that advocated smaller government, fewer laws and regulations, free market, and more property rights.

      1. I think you misread the Infowars mission statement.

        1. We’re on Infowars right now?

          1. Sometimes it’s hard to tell based on the comments section alone.

            1. You could clean that up if you’d leave.

              1. Never change Tulpa.

                1. Why would Tulpa. He got some action from ENB.

    3. MiniAnarchy Partie.

    4. None of the Above?

  12. “Following a half-hearted FBI investigation into sexual claims against the judge?the bureau interviewed neither Kavanaugh nor his first accuser, Christine Blasey Ford”

    Why would they? Both gave sworn testimony in the hearing. Kavanaugh said he didn’t do it. Ford said all she remembers is that Kavanaugh did it and nothing else except for one beer. If anything, they spared Ford the embarrassment of finding out she is a liar.

    Seems like Reason and ENB wants to follow the Democrats talking points.

    1. “Seems like Reason and ENB wants to follow the Democrats talking points.”

      So what’s new?
      Seems to be their standard operating procedure

    2. They just follow the status quo narrative. This is a conservative publication, in the true sense of the word.

      1. You can’t lump all the writers for Reason into one ideological bin.

        1. That’s true.

          1. Yes, some are even worse.

      2. I would call it an “establishment publication”.

    3. “Well, why didn’t they waterboard Kavanaugh and make him confess?”

    4. Don’t get me started on that sham bigfoot investigation.

    5. Don’t get me started on that sham bigfoot investigation.

    6. Because extensive interviews by special agents are exactly the same as 5 minute questions by politicians.

      1. Several hours worth of questions where each Individual question takes 5 minutes to ask. 🙂

  13. New filing in Democratic National Committee v. Russian Federation, @WikiLeaks et al.: Amended Complaint

    I’m proud of the Democrats for acting exactly how a responsible, patriotic party should be acting after being cheated out of the presidency by a hostile foreign power.

    #TrumpRussia
    #LibertariansAgainstWikileaks

    1. They were cheated out of the presidency by a hostile domestic power names Hilary Clinton.

          1. Ha. That too.

      1. Hillary Clinton was the most qualified candidate ever. She selflessly devoted her entire life to fighting for the less fortunate, especially women and children. And how was she treated? The media relentlessly attacked her (the e-mail non-story, the minor fainting incident, etc.), Russia sabotaged her, and the Comey letter probably cost her the election.

        But she still won by 3 million votes!

        #StillWithHer
        #AbolishTheElectoralCollege

        1. Ha. Hillary…selfless…that’s a good one!

        2. And she almost got Haiti back on track if it wasn’t for those meddling kids!

        3. Frau Hilda von Pantsuit, jah!

        4. But look at what her loss did for sales of butt-hurt salve. Profits must be through the roof.

        5. IT WAS HER TURN!

        6. And don’t forget, she is a fine public servant.

        7. Hillary ‘Landing Under Sniper Fire’ Clinton.

  14. a half-hearted FBI investigation into sexual claims against the judge?the bureau interviewed neither Kavanaugh nor his first accuser, Christine Blasey Ford

    nor Ford’s parents.

    1. Or me. They never asked me any questions. WTF?

      1. The true definition of half hearted.

      2. Are you Squee, Just Sayin’?

  15. I was apparently wrong to believe Kavanaugh was lying about devil triangle and broofing. I’m sorry about that.

    1. Among other things that you are wrong about.

    2. Nothing to apologize for. I thought “boof” was a character from Teen Wolf

      1. That’s funny.

        1. And true

      2. Not from Back To The Future?

        1. Do you even Michael J. Fox, brah?

      3. You’re thinking Boofy the Vampire slayer.

    3. Don’t apologize. No matter what we’ve learned over the past couple weeks, one thing is clear ? Kavanaugh lacks the temperament to be on the Supreme Court.

      #SaveRoe
      #SUPER-PRECEDENT

      1. Really? Because unless current Supreme Court advocacy involves the lawyers before it to accuse the Justices of sexual abuse, gang rape and drunkenness, I’m not seeing the relevance.

      2. More importantly, he also lacks the proper temperature.

        1. So does Scalia.

          1. the worms disagree.

        2. So does RBG.

    4. No, you got that right. I don’t know why he went that route when he could have simply said he was a teenager who wrote a bunch of immature brags in his yearbook.

    5. I am going to assume this is sarcasm since so many classmates are coming forward to say he was doing exactly that about both those words and the meaning of Renate Alumnus.

  16. Following a half-hearted FBI investigation into sexual claims against the judge?the bureau interviewed neither Kavanaugh nor his first accuser, Christine Blasey Ford…

    Did you see the testimonies? Those two people are extremely off-putting. No thank you.

    1. My guess is that the FBI doesn’t need to interview them because they don’t care enough to charge either one with lying to them. “Half-hearted” is one way of putting it. I’d call it a rare moment of impartiality.

      1. Well said. Ford should be counting her blessings everyone is going to quickly forget she ever existed.

      2. “Impartiality,” “Indifference,” same thing, really.

        1. In this specific case, yes, they are.

    2. Half-hearted investigation by the FBI? The same courageous, heroic, and brutally honest FBI that is protecting Our Democracy (TM) from the evil conspiracy between Putin and Trump to turn us into a fascist Russian protectorate? Aren’t we supposed to accept everything the FBI says as a 100% metaphysical certainty? If they say there is nothing to Ford’s allegations, it MUST be true! Just ask James Comey.

      1. “Russia Fever Dreams are different and a Thai prostitute holds the key to unraveling everything. But when the FBI contradicts the narrative then they’re baddies”

        – ENB

        1. When the special counsel wraps up and no evidence has still been provided about Russian interference or anything to validate the nonsense that totally not insane people have been pimping as true for the past two years, the beclowning will be epic.

          This beclowning is just an appetizer

  17. “A friend of Christine Blasey Ford told FBI investigators that she felt pressured by Dr. Ford’s allies to revisit her initial statement that she knew nothing about an alleged sexual assault by a teenage Brett Kavanaugh, which she later updated to say that she believed but couldn’t corroborate Dr. Ford’s account, according to people familiar with the matter.

    Leland Keyser, who Dr. Ford has said was present at the gathering where she was allegedly assaulted in the 1980s, told investigators that Monica McLean, a retired Federal Bureau of Investigation agent and a friend of Dr. Ford’s, had urged her to clarify her statement, the people said. ?

    On Thursday, a day after sending to the White House the report on its investigation into the allegations against Judge Kavanaugh, the FBI sent the White House and Senate an additional package of information that included text messages from Ms. McLean to Ms. Keyser, according to a person familiar with the matter.”

    – WSJ (10/5/18)

    1. So weird that there isn’t a link to this story in the roundup

      1. ENB only wants certain kind of webtraffic.

      2. “What difference, at this point, does it make?”

    2. What kind of “clarification” is that? I mean, other than clarifying that McLean is a witness-tamperer.

    3. ‘I had to pivot. These people are crazy! They threatened not only my family but everyone around me within a 3 mile radius plus all the homeless, white people, squirrels and racoons! Not even the Mafia does this!’

  18. Have you driven a Ford lately?

    Too soon?

    1. I don’t how you get around the fact she named Kavanaugh years ago.

      1. According to her therapist notes, which she refuses to provide to the Senate committee. There are a lot of curious parts of this story. None of them making the accusations “credible”

      2. huh?

        1. I think naming Kavanaugh years ago allows us to believe her sincerity if not her memory.

          1. Agreed. None of us know what her motivation is, so this should be the default position unless disproven

          2. I actually don’t believe a word she says.

            1. Nope.
              She has so many tells, believing in her sincerity is something only a fool, or someone being overly generous, would do.

      3. Sweet, you’ve got actual proof that the victim hasn’t provided yet. You should get that to the FBI pronto.

        1. There are 4 affidavits from people attesting to her having described a sexual assault in high school and she specifically named Kavanaugh to some of them years ago. Those are swore statements. If the FBI didn’t include that in their report that’s negligence but more probably evidence of a rigged investigation.

          1. Link? I read that she talked about a judge on the bench being the perp but not that she had actually named anyone except to her husband.

            1. The story keeps changing. When it first came out, she didn’t mention a name in the counseling session. Then she said it was a future judge. Then she gave a name. Who the fuck knows.

            2. Found it

              Christine did not mention the assault to me again until June 29, 2018, two days after Justice Anthony Kennedy announced his resignation from the Supreme Court of the United States,” he said.

              On that day, Koegler said Ford revealed to him in an email that the person who had assaulted her in high school was President Donald Trump’s “favorite for SCOTUS.”

              In his response email, Koegler wrote, “I remember you telling me about him, but I don’t remember his name. Do you mind telling me so I can read about him?”

              Ford’s emailed response: “Brett Kavanaugh.”

              So her husband and a guy she just told when his name came up this summer a couple of weeks before all this broke in an email. I’m sorry that’s not enough for me.

              1. I get believing her I really do I just think with the way this was handled, the timeline and the politics involved to me the evidence points toward it being more likely a hit job than not.

              2. It can mean they were carefully plotting.

          2. “Alexa, define heresay”

      4. coulda been wrong twice dude.

  19. Following a half-hearted FBI investigation into sexual claims against the judge

    Since the FBI is keeping their investigation a secret, the only other thing that “half-hearted” could refer to is the time frame. You could at least pretend not to be completely on the Democrat’s side on this issue.

    1. What you see as obviously partisan rhetoric, they see as mushy moderation that just always seems to align with progressive talking points. In actually, it’s just the typical response of a conservative (in the true sense of the word) publication fiercely defensive of institutions and always apt to abide by status quo talking points.

    2. Technically, the FBI isn’t keeping the investigation secret. They gave a full report to the Senate Judiciary Committee. It’s the committee that’s keeping the report secret, at the specific request of the senior Democratic member, Diane Finesteine.

  20. Not that it matters a fuck what I think of course; but I, Private Citizen Diego F. (D-N.Y.), who opposed Kavanaugh from the start, only to switch to supporting him when he came under slanderous attack, am hereby switching back to No now that details of that pansy-ass disgrace of a “bar fight” have come to light. I don’t care how young he was or how much time has passed; we don’t need that Real Housewives of New Haven shit on the Supreme Court. #StopKavanaugh

    1. True. I’m really disappointed that we never got to have a national conversation about Amy Barrett’s nasty catfight from college.

      1. Dead girls tell no tales.

        1. Props to Barrett for finishing what she starts

      2. The Amy Barrett show is currently in development hell, which is a shame because would.

    2. >>>now that details of that pansy-ass disgrace of a “bar fight” have come to light

      he wasn’t pussy enough crying in front of the world?

  21. Can I see an article about how stupid you all feel about believing the gang rape stuff?

    1. “The Russians hacked the FBI to trick them into attaining sworn testimony that contradicts the credible gang rape accusations. Further, the Russians blackmailed the credible gang rape accuser into changing her story multiple times. Louis Mensch shed light on this story last week.”

      – ENB in two days

      1. It’s all coming together now… and we know TRUMP is a RUSSIAN PUPPET!!!!!!

        I’m so glad we could come full circle and blame Trump for this.

        1. I’m just saying that “Kavanaugh” could be a Russian name, if we’re just throwing out wild accusations here, which seems to be the order of the day

          1. Not wild at all. I know nothing about the subject, so my stupidity makes it credible

          2. Kavanov?

          3. Bro, never heard of The Brothers Kavanaugh?

    2. That depends on how credible the meaning of credible is.

  22. Thirty people, including actresses Amy Schumer and Emily Ratajkowski, were arrested Thursday in anti-Kavanaugh protests.

    It must be nice to be able to get arrested without having to worry about the consequences.

    1. Do not mock their ordeal. They did it for you, American citizen.

      1. If they really cared about him, they would have made him another sandwich to enjoy.

    2. How stupid do you have to be allowing your emotions to get so out of control you get arrested protesting a potential judge who you think allowed his emotions to get out of control?

      1. Well, they know they won’t get beaten or shot by cops, ass-raped in prison, or suffer any professional or economic consequences for their actions, so sure, why not?

  23. Study: Brit government pulls numbers out of ass:

    “What’s Housework Worth? $1.6 Trillion a Year in U.K., Officials Calculate”
    […]
    “LONDON ? Household chores like washing dishes and taking care of children have long been undervalued, feminists and others argue. But an official study in Britain has put a price on such unpaid contributions to society: 1.2 trillion pounds a year, about $1.6 trillion. The findings, published on ?”
    https://flipboard.com/@newyorktimes/what%
    E2??s-housework-worth?-$1.6
    -trillion-a-year-in-u.k.,-officials-calculate/
    a-wMLiZjNvQ9WDlojofAychg:a:3195393
    -6115dcc0b3/nytimes.com

    1. “Study: Brit government pulls numbers out of ass:”

      Where would you expect them to pull it from?

        1. “Arse” just sounds so much more badarse.

          1. Not when you say it.

    2. So people who have kids to collect more welfare must be the best at parenting because they get paid so much for it!

    3. Wow, I’m going to start a dishwashing and child care business and become a trillionaire!

    4. A woman (or man) who stays home to rear children and tend to the home is providing an invaluable service. Which makes it hard to ascribe a price to it.

      1. You know who else liked to rear children?

        1. Roy Moore?

        2. Bill Cosby?

        3. Michael Jackson?

        4. Anthony Weiner?

      2. once you ascribe a price to it makes it easier to tax it.

      3. You’re supposed to get paid for providing a service to yourself? How much should I be paying myself for wanking?

  24. “Following a half-hearted FBI investigation”

    ENB is totally trolling us.

    1. Ford is lucky they didn’t go after her for perjury. They did her a favor by not interviewing her again.

    2. Ford is lucky they didn’t go after her for perjury. They did her a favor by not interviewing her again.

  25. …altered messaging on its website in ways that indicate a shift toward a more punitive approach to juvenile justice under the Trump administration…

    Super predators.

    1. Just shift them into the high speed sex traffic lane.

      1. So if you are driving with your sex robot in Houston, is it illegal to use the HOV lane now? I cannot keep up with these things.

        1. It’s ok if she is a corporation, that makes her a person.

          1. Good thing you said “she”. All corporations must be run by women.

  26. Is anybody else as creeped out about that mask in the picture as I am? Those eyes are going to be haunting me the next time I’m boofing.

  27. ‘Cloture’ is a stupid word.

    1. Should we use shuthefuckupture.

      1. Yes. Along with pissthefuckoffture.

    2. I vote for ShutYourFuckingMouthDemocrats

  28. Live video of cloture vote for those who are interested. McConnell speaking at the moment.

    1. Yes from Collins.

      1. Yes from Flake.

        1. No from Kamala Harris.

          1. Yes from Manchin and every Republican.

            1. Take that back. No from Murkowski!

              1. I heard commenters from a long time back say Murkowski was actually the real wildcard in general–that the more famously “liberal” Collins actually likes to make a lot of noise and then vote rather predictably.

        2. Oh man, I bet Welch is inconsolable right now.

          1. He’s not the only one at Reason.

    2. Just passed cloture. So when do they hold the floor vote?

      1. Supposedly Saturday morning.

  29. Good news, everyone, Ron Howard has thoughts in response to the low unemployment rate:

    Ron Howard
    ?
    Verified account

    @RealRonHoward

    Great news! But i remember when #Reagan #trickledown economics temporarily boosted the economy. It was exciting! … then it fell apart and millions suffered from policies that mostly benefit the wealthy & many never stopped suffering. Very similar. Think it thru & #Vote

    1. Hey, Fonz, can you at least teach Richie some basic economics?

      1. I still think of him as Opie.

        1. TMI

    2. Said the wealthy guy.

    3. Also interesting. The economy is doing its thing without zero % money and QE’s.

    4. You mean when Democrats promise reduced spending for tax increases, then renig(sp) on the spending cuts after the tax increases have been signed into law, it doesn’t help the economy? Imagine that.

      Fucking celebrities could at least pay someone to coach them into not sounding completely economically illiterate.

    5. If only we could go back to the good ol’ days of the Obama economy

      1. Actually, wait. Some Very Knowledgeable people on television keep telling me that the good economy is actually the result of Obama’s policies finally taking effect (apparently as soon as he leaves office, by some remarkable coincidence).

        These lefties need to get their excuses straight.

  30. Millennial age 22-39
    ” Overall, 31 percent of those surveyed said they considered themselves a socialist or a democratic socialist.”

    That’s actually pretty reassuring. Much lower than I would have guessed. I imagine that historically, that age cohort is usually around 30% socialist anyway.

    1. Well yeah, they don’t have real jobs yet, nor do they want one.

      1. “Well, Mom never had a job. Why should I have to?”

  31. Overall, 31 percent of those surveyed said they considered themselves a socialist or a democratic socialist.

    This is millennials? Damn, there goes my golden years down the drain.

    “It’s no fair you scrimped and saved your whole life for retirement, old man! Now it’s time for you to pay for our harebrained schemes!”

    1. Yeah, because political understanding never evolves as one ages. Doomed, we are.

  32. Gardner better vote for Kavanaugh if he wants to continue selling the devil’s lettuce in Colorado!

  33. Thirty people, including actresses Amy Schemer and Emily Ratajkowski, were arrested Thursday in anti-Kavanaugh protests.

    Huh. 30 people… [clicks link]

    300 people were arrested. That’s a bit of a typo, since you spelled it out ENB.

    1. It’s like Thermopylae!

  34. Is Ratajkowski trying to pay off karma to the sisterhood for appearing unclothed in the supposedly rapey “Blurred Lines” video?

    1. No, she’s one of those “I’m going to shake my bare ass and tease showing my tits, but you’re not allowed to think about me in a sexual way” types.

      1. She did not tease in that video.

  35. Rhode Island gubernatorial, attorney general candidates arrested with 48 pounds of marijuana: police

    The pair, who are leaders of a Christian sect ? The Healing Church ?

    I would vote for them because they are growing pot against the MAN, but these people are walking tragedies.

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