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With Pelosi Back in Power, Impasse Over Border Wall Drags On: Reason Roundup

Plus: Democrats divided on deficit-neutral spending and an autopsy of The Weekly Standard.


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"Does anyone have any doubt that we're not doing a wall?" Votes in the U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday cleared the way for Nancy Pelosi to resume her leadership role on Capitol Hill, for headscarves to be worn on the House floor, and for the creation of a select committee on climate change.

As expected, Nancy Pelosi (D–Calif.) was crowned speaker in the newly Democrat-controlled House. According to the White House, she and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D–N.Y.) will meet with President Donald Trump again today to plot an end to the partial shutdown of the federal government that's been going on for the past two weeks. But how any agreement will come about is unclear.

Trump reiterated yesterday that he won't approve any funding deal that doesn't include $5 billion for his border wall.

Pelosi, meanwhile, told reporters yesterday that "we're not doing a wall. Does anyone have any doubt that we're not doing a wall?"

The House yesterday did pass a temporary funding package. It "includes a bill to temporarily fund the Department of Homeland Security at current levels—with $1.3 billion for border security, far less than Trump has said he wants—through Feb. 8 as bipartisan talks would continue," reports Business Insider. It was approved along with a measure to continue funding the Agriculture, Interior, and Housing and Urban Development departments through September.

But not all Democrats dug the package—Reps. Ro Khanna (D–Calif.), Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, (D–N.Y.), and Tulsi Gabbard (D–Hawaii) all voted against it out of opposition to "PAYGO" rules requiring spending increases to be deficit-neutral. And the White House has promised to reject the agreement, while Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell refuses to put it up for a vote there.

Despite this delayed dealmaking, many Democrats rejoiced yesterday as new members of the 116th Congress were sworn in. This Congress features a record number of women lawmakers (127, including 25 in the Senate and 102 in the House), as well as an array of identity-category firsts. The House will see its first Native American female members—Deb Haaland (D–N.M.) and Sharice Davids (D–Kansas)—along with a new youngest member (Ocasio-Cortez) and the first Muslim women (Rashida Tlaib of Michigan and Ilhan Omar of Minnesota). Tlaib was sworn in yesterday on Thomas Jefferson's copy of the Quran.

Some are saying that Tlaib is also the first Palestinian member of Congress, but Michigan Republican Justin Amash points out that this isn't so:


What killed The Weekly Standard? Following last month's shuttering of the influential neocon magazine founded by Bill Kristol, The New Yorker offers an autopsy. "In the press, the magazine's demise was a media story, confined to the inside pages and told in a tone of half-sympathetic reminiscence," notes Benjamin Wallace-Wells. "But the death of the major intellectual journal of conservatism, at a time of profound transition for the right, is about more than the strategic calculations of a media holding company in Denver." More:

The decisive turn in conservatism during the half decade when the Standard shed subscribers and, eventually, its owners' faith, was toward Trumpism, an evolution that the Standard opposed so vociferously that for a long time it has been hard to separate Bill Kristol's public persona from the anti-Trump cause. (As the 2016 Republican Convention neared, Kristol had frantically tried to recruit a challenger to Trump, a somewhat quixotic effort in which he was turned down by James Mattis, Mitt Romney, and eventually a National Review columnist named David French.) The division over the President among conservative élites has been especially sharp of late, as Mattis and Nikki Haley, favorites among Washington conservatives, left the administration, and Romney published an op-ed attacking the President two days before assuming his Senate seat. The Standard's sources, friends, and sensibility were on one side of this divide. Many of its subscribers, fatally, were on the other….

A magazine like the Standard depends upon social currency of at least two kinds. One is inside Washington, a prestige that guarantees both its influence in Republican administrations and congressional offices and its access to important sources. The Standard never really lost this currency, despite its rift with the President. The final issue's cover story was a friendly interview with Haley, who seems as likely as anyone to lead the Republican Party after Trump. But, for the magazine to thrive, it required a broader brand, too. For years, to name-check the Standard was to project a certain image: that you were conservative without being brutish or anti-modern, that you had some ecumenicism and intellectual style. That kind of currency filtered back to Colorado, where some of Anschutz's executives at Clarity Media moved in Republican donor circles. "Whenever Mitt Romney or Paul Ryan or Cory Gardner would go through Colorado and have an event, they would say, 'Oh, you guys own the Standard! It's great,' and they liked being part of that," the senior Standard editor told me. The aura it cast was not unlike the one supplied by The Economist—name-drop it in a mundane setting and it suggested that you had access to a broader and more imaginative world.


• A preview of state abortion battles in 2019.

• Defeated drug warriors are getting desperate.

• What the new movie Vice gets wrong about Dick Cheney.

• If you legalize it, will they come? New York faces challenges prying weed sales out of the black market.

• New on Netflix and celebrated at the Golden Globes, Girl "sounds like a film that transgender moviegoers might rally around." And yet

• Ohio is raising its marriage age age for girls to the same age it is for boys.

Yikes: "The cost of living has risen faster in Seattle than in any other American city."

• What's in a white-sounding name?

• Power versus power:

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  1. “Does anyone have any doubt that we’re not doing a wall?

    Does anyone not doubt that we’re not doing no wall?

    1. Hello.

      “Conservatives and the left are increasingly polarizing around completely different notions of power, with conservatives attempting to lap up many outraged by hierarchies of cultural and social capital. “AOC can’t speak for the oppressed because she is POPULAR & PRETTY!1!”

      No Willy. Because she’s an illiterate, illiberal ignoramus that’s why.

      1. If the oppressed are short on anything its upper middle class virtue signalers promising them free stuff

        1. Story of socialists (Saint-Simon was a raging narcissistic control freak) and the progressive movement brah.

          This is where they can trace their lineage to.

          1. Ilhan Omar
            ? @IlhanMN
            ? 17h

            The #116thCongress has SO much to be proud of:

            ?1st Somali-American + Refugee
            ?1st Muslim women (@RashidaTlaib & I)
            ?1st Indigenous women
            ?1st Palestinian-American
            ?Youngest (28) @AOC
            ?Record 100+ women
            ?Largest ever Black (55), Hispanic (37), & Progressive (98) caucuses

            So progressive to be proud of judging people by the color of their skin rather than the content of their character. But then, I’m a straight white middle-class male so I have nothing to be proud of and everything to be ashamed of.

            1. “1st Indigenous women”

              What is Elizabeth Warren, chopped (buffalo) liver?

            2. Martin Luther wasn’t woke, and we just have to deal with that now.

            3. So progressive to be proud of judging people by the color of their skin rather than the content of their character. But then, I’m a straight white middle-class male so I have nothing to be proud of and everything to be ashamed of.

              Identity politics is everything presently, which is sad to me because America used to be proud of being a societal “melting pot.” Well, we used to say we were proud of it. Whether we actually meant it is up for debate. Even so, it is interesting how you’ve chosen to self-identify in your comment and set yourself apart from others, Jerry. We could argue what that says about *your* character.

              1. Whether we actually meant it is up for debate.

                No. It’s not.

                Notice how you see precious few ‘first black’ or ‘first African-American’ on lists like these?

                That’s because those firsts took place over a century ago, right after we’d beaten the Democrats feet off their necks.

                Americans, of all races, elected black people–some who were former slaves–to positions of power within mere years of them being freed.

                Unfortunately, we didn’t eradicate the Slaveocratic party when we were at it–they regained power and enforce ersatz bondage upon black people to this day.

      2. But partly because she makes such a big deal of being oppressed while parading around in expensive clothes and makeup and having such a non-oppressed family background.

        Hypocrisy brings out sneers in people. But since politicians know no life except hypocrisy, they can’t see it except in others.

        1. Like Beto who marries a wealthy heiress (Kerry 2?) and live streams himself doing laundry.

  2. My father is Palestinian, and I’ve been in Congress since 2011.
    ? Justin Amash (@justinamash) January 4, 2019



      I know, right!!?? This is, like, literally all of us now.

    2. Didn’t he get the memo? Only Democrats are “first” at anything.

  3. Trump needs to fight to make sure real changes happens despite her…

    1. Does he have a pen and a phone?

      1. A pint of vodka in a water bottle would work better dealing with Pelosi I suspect.

        1. Or a crucifix.

  4. What’s in a white-sounding name?


    1. Al Byno.

    2. Whitman Mayo?

    3. Whitey Bulger

    4. Blanche DuBois

  5. What the new movie Vice gets wrong about Dick Cheney.

    He wasn’t Gotham’s dark knight?

      1. Careful what you ask for.

    “Look, to be totally honest, if things are so bad as you say with the white working class, don’t you want to get new Americans in?” Kristol told author Charles Murray during an event hosted by the American Enterprise Institute titled “It Came Apart: What’s Next for a Fractured Culture.” Murray recently wrote a book, entitled “Coming Apart,” which focuses on the cultural separation between the wealthiest and most educated white Americans and the poorest and least educated white Americans.

    Before delving into his theory about replacing the white working class, Kristol said that he hopes “this thing isn’t being videotaped or ever shown anywhere. Whatever tiny, pathetic future I have is going to totally collapse.”

    1. Levin: Here’s just how little influence ‘we the people’ have had on immigration policy
      “Congress never approved of illegal aliens getting free health care in emergency rooms. Congress never approved of illegal aliens having access to public education,” Levin pointed out. “All of these things were done by the Supreme Court. All of them.”

      1. Congress never approved of illegal aliens getting free health care in emergency rooms.

        Umm, EMTALA ?

    2. I guess now’s not the time point out Trump voters are wealthier than your average American?

      1. That cannot possibly be true.

        I’ve read so many Palin’s Buttplug posts in which he informed me that the wealthier people are, the more likely they are to vote Democrat. And I’ve read so many Rev. Kirkland posts in which he insists Drumpf voters are all poor losers, bitter at their own failure to compete with more successful Clinton voters. There’s no way my left-libertarian allies have been misleading me this whole time.


    3. how does someone be Lazy and working at the same time?

  7. “AOC can’t speak for the oppressed because she is POPULAR & PRETTY!1!”

    this doesnt seem like purely conservative phenomenon

    1. But we expect better of them.

  8. Tell Nancy “Jokerface” Pelosi that she and her government friends can eat shit Mr. President, and that this time they’re not going to get any back pay either!

  9. 127, including 25 in the Senate and 102 in the House

    If you’re going to list the complete breakdown, you don’t need the word ‘including’.

    1. If you’re going to list “$park?” you don’t need “the Misanthrope”.

      1. Redundancy for clarity is a thing, you know.

        1. Do as I say, not as I do, is also a thing.

          1. Monkey see, monkey do is also a thing.

        2. Yeah but then you should have a comma after SparkY: “SparkY, The Misanthrope”

          Like “Ray McKigney, The Onanist”

  10. New on Netflix and celebrated at the Golden Globes, Girl “sounds like a film that transgender moviegoers might rally around.”

    At some point filmmakers are going to stop bothering.

    1. That is one hell of a niche audience.

    2. And then the trans activists will yell because they aren’t doing it wrong for them to yell about any more.

      Man, I should buy stock in Ricola. These yahoos have to get sore throats eventually with all the yelling.

    3. Just as I avid establishments which brag about their fish association, or their gay association, or their military background, or their political association, or their education achievements (adding “PhD” to your signature impresses me in ways you do not want), or any other attribute beyond what the establishment purports to sell, so do I avoid movies which brag about things unrelated to entertainment. I watch movies which entertain me, or educate me, not which preach to me.

      It’s especially bizarre that the very ones they want to reach with their preaching are the ones they insult with their preaching.

    1. If the whale even manages to notice.

      1. Now there’s a niche audience.

        1. There really is no kink, no matter how strange, that someone is not into.

    2. I hope he runs again. I want it so damn bad.

  11. Ohio is raising its marriage age age for girls to the same age it is for boys.

    I knew that whole thing about girl’s maturing faster was bull-oney.

    (Also, bad link.)

    1. Excuse me, New York did inspire the greatest dance video of all time.

      1. What’s happening here? Why are you telling me this?

        1. I’m telling you because I love you.


  12. Tlaib was sworn in yesterday on Thomas Jefferson’s copy of the Quran.

    Thomas Jefferson Akbar! Thomas Jefferson Akbar!

    1. I wonder how atheists are sworn into Congress? Agnostics?

      1. Wasn’t someone recently sworn in on the Constitution?

        1. Kyrsten Sinema did.

  13. “My father is Palestinian, and I’ve been in Congress since 2011.”

    Nice try Justin. You’re a white male as far as they identify ideologues are concerned.

    I do find it interesting he never used that as if it’s a badge of honor. It’s crazy how Democrats spend so much energy on such things.

    1. Its like de-intersectional politics.

  14. “The cost of living has risen faster in Seattle than in any other American city.”

    Can Amazon actually make NYC even worse?

    1. We can only hope.

      1. NYC will figure out how to do it themselves.

    1. Do they do polygamy in Syria?

    2. Not likely. Those boys have had too much fun, drinking, eating bacon, and seeing women’s hair.

  15. Defeated drug warriors are getting desperate.

    They just need another hit. Just to get by.

    In 1939, with the Nuremberg Laws and Kristallnacht matters of public record, the Dachau and Buchenwald concentration camps in operation, and German Jews disenfranchised and dispossessed of their properties, The New York Times Magazine published a detailed piece about Adolf Hitler.

    “Hitler sometimes takes a nap,” it explained.

    But rest assured, the newspaper dug deeper: “Hitler can be a good listener.” “Hitler is able to talk well as host.” “Hitler likes an after-breakfast stroll on his mountain.” “Hitler frequently has tea up here.” “The Fuehrer does not always take his meals in company.” “He likes well-cooked dishes,” he “makes no secret of being fond of chocolate,” he “walks little, but vigorously,” and he “is fond of his climb above the clouds.”

    1. I’ll bet he never played golf, which depending on your views on golf, is either better or worse than the dude in the White House. So, no, not “literally Hitler.”

    1. Your link seems unrelated.

  17. What killed The Weekly Standard?

    The terrifying transition of the GOP away from the control of the patriotic, respectable neoconservatives. That’s what killed The Weekly Standard. People like David Frum, Bill Kristol, and Max Boot are clearly preferable to the alt-right white nationalist Handmaid’s Tale faction that has taken over the Republican Party.


  18. Ohio marriage age 404 Page Not Found

  19. A preview of state abortion battles in 2019.

    Call me old fashioned, but I don’t think we should be sending fetuses into combat. Not between states.

    1. Says the guy that’s obviously never been hit in the head by one in battle. They’re messy as ordnance, but effective.

      1. Yeah, but the body count is horrendous.

        1. The dead baby jokes will practically write themselves.

          1. Well they would have been able to write themselves… If only, you know, they were allowed to live and obtain the necessary training in language and writing skills.

            1. You’re taking a radical stance and I will not have it.

            2. I don’t know, give it time.

              After all, writing dead baby jokes as an art form is still in its infancy.

    1. Oh, but his mother draws the line at caffeine. Good to know she has some limits…

      1. Lol.

    2. When I was a boy we only performed to female audiences at Chippendale’s and that’s the way we liked it.

    3. I wonder how NBC would react if an 11 year old girl danced at a mens club? Rhetorical of course since I’m sure they would shut the place down in seconds

  20. Trump reiterated yesterday that he won’t approve any funding deal that doesn’t include $5 billion for his border wall.

    Pelosi, meanwhile, told reporters yesterday that “we’re not doing a wall. Does anyone have any doubt that we’re not doing a wall?”


    1. I don’t think Trump has much incentive to abandon his campaign promise to build a wall until either a) we’d miss an interest payment on our debt or b) he’s reelected in 2020.

      1. Just declare the border a national monument and put a fence around it.

    2. Trump will cave when he realizes the agency that he is keeping closed is also the one responsible for e-Verify checks for new hires.

  21. “The decisive turn in conservatism during the half decade when the Standard shed subscribers and, eventually, its owners’ faith, was toward Trumpism”

    The neocons hardly enjoyed any recognition or support before 9/11. After 9/11, they were seen as the leading reaction to terrorism. As the country’s obsession with terrorism faded, so did support for neoconservatives.

    Average conservatives now talk about Iraq as a mistake. That isn’t because of Trump. That’s because 15 years later, the country is still a mess. The neoconservatives were wrong about pretty much everything.

    That isn’t about Trump. That isn’t about Trumpism, whatever “Trumpism” means. That’s about neoconservative failures in foreign policy. Blaming Trump for the failure of neoconservatism is like blaming Yeltsin for the failures of central planning.

  22. If anybody is confused about the way white supremacy continues to oppress POC, this story provides a terrifying illustration.

    Nat Geo Pulls Neil deGrasse Tyson’s ‘StarTalk’ Amid Misconduct Allegations

    NDT is possibly the greatest living scientist, and white supremacists cannot stand that fact. So they orchestrated a smear campaign built around the otherwise quite valid #MeToo movement in order to ruin his career. Absolutely disgusting.


    1. You ate your own. Deal with it.

  23. If you’re an immigrant then go ahead and use the hyphen, but unless Justin Amash was born in Palestine, he’s an unhyphenated American.

    1. He is also a right-wing warmonger.

      1. At this point I’d prefer a right-wing warmonger over a President who recklessly announces plans to withdraw troops from other countries because Putin wants him to.


            1. You know what else burns like fire?

        1. You keep this up and you’ll be in Tatiana McGrath territory soon.

  24. AOC is not the youngest House member ever. She’s the youngest woman House member ever.

    1. She’s also a fine dancer and had a very perky chest.

      1. Leave it to Crusty to objectify a powerful woman.

        I shudder to think what goes through his mind when he looks at Hillary or Nancy Pelosi.

  25. I clicked on Amash’s response.

    Turns out Sununu is Palestinian too.

    1. They are walking among us!

    2. “Today, we are *all* Palestinian!”

    3. Sununu and Amash are Christian Palestinians, they are 2nd class and do not really count.

      1. Ah! We found a loophole!

  26. As legalization spreads, more Americans are becoming heavy users of cannabis, despite its links to violence

    Did Willie Nelson kill somebody?

    1. Read my Willie Nelson/Terminator fanfiction to find out (yes).

    2. How is pot linked to violence? Alcohol linked to violence? Sure. But pot? Stupidity and apathy maybe but not violence.

      1. The closest it get to violence is if the pizza delivery guy gets lost and the chips run out – – – – –

        Donovan even enshrined it in song;
        “a violent hash smoker shook a chocolate machine,
        involved in an eating scene”

  27. Reason should get an interview with “CryptoMom”.

    “Hester Peirce, a Republican member of the Securities and Exchange Commission with libertarian leanings, has made waves with a number of contrarian positions since joining the agency last January. She has drawn attention for frequent votes against enforcement actions.

    . . . .

    Ms. Peirce, who doesn’t have children, has embraced her new nickname and recently told a group in San Francisco that she would be a “free-range mother,” while the SEC was a “helicopter mom” trying to protect the population from investments that look too exotic or risky.

    . . . .

    Behind closed doors, Ms. Peirce has sometimes questioned the SEC’s enforcement attorneys so aggressively that she later apologized for remarks that could be seen as denigrating their work

    . . . .

    Ms. Peirce, 48 years old, grew up in Cleveland Heights, Ohio, where her father was an economics professor at Case Western Reserve University. He ran unsuccessfully for governor of Ohio on the libertarian ticket in 2006.…..546606801?

    References to “free-range mother” even suggest she might be a Reason reader already.

    1. A friend of a friend did a year in federal prison for insider trading. She was a secretary at some law firm in New York and bought less than $10,000 stock based on inside information. The big bad SEC is out there protecting us from secretaries making a few thousand dollars trading stocks. And insider trading is such a heinous crime, Congress is exempt from the prohibition against it. Kill the entire agency with fire.

  28. As legalization spreads, more Americans are becoming heavy users of cannabis, despite its links to violence and mental illness

    IOW: As legalization spreads, more violent and mentally-ill Americans are becoming heavy users of cannabis.

  29. The Greatest-Ever Act of Tax Avoidance?
    Jeanne Calment’s apparent longevity turned her into a global celebrity before she died at the age of 122 years and 164 days in 1997. However, that age is being challenged? Yuri Deigin, a genealogist, claims that Mrs Calment actually died in 1934 and that her daughter, Yvonne, usurped her identity? The genealogist said that Mrs Calment, born in 1875, and Fernand, her husband, were the joint owners of a department store in Arles, in Provence. If Mrs Calment’s death had been registered, Mr Calment would have had to pay inheritance tax of up to 38 per cent on his wife’s half of the business. ?Mr Deigin said that Mr Calment avoided the bill by telling officials that it was his daughter who had died. The daughter then passed herself off as her mother for the rest of her life.

    1. Excellent!

      But a clear example of why we need national identity cards with infallible bio-metric features. Each citizen should have to present themselves in person to a tax collector once each year to confirm they are alive. As a plus the cards could serve as both voter id cards and concealed carry permits.

    2. I hope she left a statement along the lines of:
      ‘Fuck you, tax collector. I shorted you out of some real money!’

    3. Even if she wasn’t 122, she was still somewhere around 100, so old af.

  30. This David Brooks article is fantastic, and the comments from all the moron lefties are even better.

    “The Morality of Selfism”

    1. I can just imagine.

  31. Ya know, that Trump just shoots off his mouth!

    “New Democratic congresswoman says “impeach the motherfucker” in video: Rep. Rashida Tlaib, a Michigan Democrat who just began her first term, has generated headlines after a video showed her using an expletive as she pledged to impeach President Donald Trump.”

  32. Race and the Contamination of Freedom

    Do libertarians have a duty to be actively anti-racist?

    1. Of course we do. That’s why I strongly support affirmative action. We white people must acknowledge our privilege and work to dismantle whiteness every day.


      1. No, OBL. I”m talking about being anti-racist.

    2. What does that linked article have to do with duty?

      1. Well I may have overstated the article’s premise. It is more about whether being actively anti-racist is something that libertarians ought to be.

        1. Does the term “ad hominem” not mean anything to you?

          How ’bout the terms “fallacy of composition”?

          Libertarians have a duty to be rational.

          Is racism rational or irrational?

          Or do you imagine that racism just means whatever you want it to mean?

          1. Ken, I did not accuse libertarians as a group of being racist, if that is what you are insinuating. That sprang entirely from your head.

            As to your second point, I agree that rationality is important, but I don’t think simply being rational is enough. Libertarians ought to take a moral stance when it comes to their core principles.

            1. I didn’t insinuate anything. Answered your question about whether libertarians have a duty to be anti-racist?

              The fact is that racism is irrational based just on those two simple fallacies.

              That fact is that libertarians have a duty to be rational.

              The conclusion is that libertarians have a duty not to be racist on the basis of their duty to be rational.

              What do you mean by “actively anti-racist”. Does that mean support for affirmative action? Does that mean support for hate speech laws? Does racism mean whatever you want it to mean?

              Or is racism a logical fallacy?

              1. Here’s where I’ll agree with Ken, I think. Nobody is making the demand for people to be anti-racist, a certain set of people is demanding people be explicitly racist. The demand is that every issue be specifically viewed through a lens of race and making decisions based on that view.

                Anti-racism would be eschewing the use of race-based identities completely. That is what would lead to a less fractured society. There is no need to be “actively” anti-racist in this scenario.

                1. Anti-racism would be eschewing the use of race-based identities completely.

                  Well not in the context of this article. What you describe would be just being neutral towards race. I think the article is more describing being actively hostile towards racism.

                  1. “What you describe would be just being neutral towards race. I think the article is more describing being actively hostile towards racism.”

                    Being irrational on race doesn’t appear to be what he means by racism–but that’s giving him the benefit of the doubt.

                    Another explanation would be that he thinks racism can be rational and so he believes the test of rationality is insufficiently antiracist.

                    I suppose it’s necessary to say around here that chemjeff seems to believe this shit regardless of whether he realizes it; i.e., they’re the most likely explanations for his rationalizations regardless of whether he realizes their implications.

                    1. Yes, Ken, I do think that there are some limited circumstances in which racism may be considered rational.

                      I also think, Ken, that simply being “rational” isn’t sufficient to define a libertarian. There is no requirement that libertarians have to be Vulcans. We are the ones who demand the right to do irrational things, like smoke pot all day!

                      I’m not even sure what your point is, other than just to attack me because you perceive me as an other.

                    2. “Yes, Ken, I do think that there are some limited circumstances in which racism may be considered rational.”

                      Yeah, ad hominem, fallacy of composition–haven’t figured those out yet. I knew it!

                      “I also think, Ken, that simply being “rational” isn’t sufficient to define a libertarian.”

                      I never said that, but it’s no surprise if you think I did–since you’re so fucking irrational.

                      “I’m not even sure what your point is”

                      For the third time, the point is that libertarians have a duty to be rational, and racism is irrational.

                    3. Here is the classic example. You are walking down the street and you see three black male teenage youths loitering on the sidewalk in front of you. Do you continue walking, or do you cross the street? One can make the perfectly rational argument that, based on statistical probabilities about crime victimization, it is better to cross the street than to keep walking. (Of course most people who do cross the street probably wouldn’t make this a priori calculation, they would cross the street and then use the statistical argument as a post-hoc rationalization.) That wouldn’t be a very libertarian thing to do, however, because that would be judging individuals by their skin color and group associations. “Rational” does not necessarily mean “correct”, it just means “based on logic”. And what I described above would be a logical approach to the situation, even though it is un-libertarian.

                      libertarians have a duty to be rational

                      I don’t agree at all. If that were the case, why would libertarians advocate for the right to smoke pot all day? Wouldn’t that be an irrational way to spend one’s day?

                    4. Libertarians don’t argue for pot because they think it’s rational to smoke pot all day. They do so because it’s irrational for government to decide such things.

                  2. I think the article is more describing being actively hostile towards racism.

                    Yes, I understand. The article isn’t pushing people to not be racist, it’s pushing people to go out of their way to let everyone else know exactly how not racist they are. In a truly civilized society, that wouldn’t even be necessary. The fact that this person is trying to get others to be more active about it is just further proof that people are incapable of understanding unless beat over the head regularly and repeatedly.

                    1. it’s pushing people to go out of their way to let everyone else know exactly how not racist they are.

                      I don’t read it that way. I don’t read it as the article’s author demanding that libertarians be pushy and irritating with their anti-racist virtue signaling. I see it instead as simply doing more than just being neutral on race. As the author writes, “A good world and a desirable world needs more than non-violence.”. And I happen to agree with that.

                    2. I see it instead as simply doing more than just being neutral on race

                      How do you do that to a sufficient degree that it matters to those who care about it?

                    3. One can only control what is in one’s power to control. In this case, it means choosing one’s associations wisely.

                    4. But that’s just being not racist which is apparently not good enough.

                    5. It is also about choosing not to associate with other racists.

          2. If this–

            Libertarians have a duty to be rational.

            Then this must be determined in a rational manner–

            Is racism rational or irrational?

            before a conclusion can be accurately stated.

            Because, if there is a ‘race’ that is ‘superior’, then thinking that a particular race is superior is rational.

            Which would, based on this formulation, mean that libertarians would have a duty to be racist.

        2. Normally, when we think about anti-racism, we think of the political Left because progressives and modern liberals have adopted anti-racism as a central idea in their worldview

          It’s a faulty premise to claim that a group of people focused on hammering every issue into a race issue is anti-racist.

          1. And it’s not like they’re “anti-racist”. They’re quite explicit about how much they hate white people.

    3. “Free Markets and Social Justice”


      1. Free markets ARE social justice. Everything else is in fact anti-justice by its very nature.

    4. Do libertarians have a duty to…

      Unless the following words are “respect the rights of others,” then the answer is no.

    5. duty to leave everyone alone to their thoughts, no?

  33. According to the Chron, putting returning that re-tread as speaker is ‘historic’. It might well be:

    “Confused Pelosi botches Speaker speech: ‘I think I skipped a couple of pages. I’m not sure.'”
    “At the conclusion of her first speech to Congress after becoming House Speaker again, Nancy Pelosi realized she “skipped a couple pages” of her remarks.
    “As we take the oath of office today,” Pelosi said, “we accept responsibility as daunting and demanding as any previous generations of leadership have faced.
    “Guided by the vision and values of our Founders, the sacrifice of our men and women in uniform,” she continued, “and the aspirations that we have for our children, let us meet that responsibility with wisdom, with courage, and with grace.”
    Concluding moments later: “God bless you all and God bless the United States of America.”
    Then she announced to herself, “I think I skipped a couple pages. I’m not sure,” on a hot mic.”

    Whoever was holding her upright with that stick up her ass needs the assistance of someone to read her lines for her.

    1. Where is Obama’s teleprompter when you need it?

      1. I read somewhere on the internet that it frequents bath houses in the Chicago area.

  34. Is anybody else out there using Qubes?

    I was getting ready to build myself a new dream machine–especially focused on privacy, but also allowing me to boot AutoCAD from Windows 7 on the same box. I kept putting it off and putting it off until after the holidays, when I’d have free time. Now I’m finding that my dream box may no longer be viable in the future–if present trends continue.

    Fedora wasn’t my first choice already, and now Red Hat is being bought by IBM. I don’t care what Fedora enthusiasts say, that acquisition is about cloud services, not maintaining a robust environment for workstations. Ubuntu 18.04 would have been my first choice, but Canonical complicates things with rules about installers–Qubes won’t take an 18.04 template without serious tweaking and after doing that, your system is . . . tweaked.

    1. Meanwhile, Amazon, Google, and Microsoft aren’t likely to be thrilled with using rival IBM’s Red Hat products for their own competing cloud services. Chances are they’re already kicking the tires to buy Ubuntu and SUSE. Where’s that leave Qubes–with Debian? Windows 7 support is disappearing in less than a year, and Microsoft hasn’t released the necessary requirements for Windows 10 (or 8.) to operate with Xen (Qubes).

      Moreover, where does that leave Linux? Where does that leave privacy for consumers if Fedora, Ubuntu, and SUSE are owned by the likes of Amazon, Microsoft, and Google?

      To quote The Subhumans, “A choice of three is not democracy, when they’re all parasites”.

      It’s getting harder for me to ignore the antitrust concerns as I see my options dwindle.

      1. An alternative:
        Pencil and paper, paired with a Daytimer.
        Use a public library while wearing a disguise to fool the facial recognition.

  35. What’s up with that photo of the new improved House? Bring your proof of reproductive success to work day?

    1. It’s a photo op. A picture is worth a thousand words. And all one thousand of the words in that picture are about how the Democratic Party is all about women and how women should unite against Bubba Trump.

    2. Because nothing says ‘I’m a progressive beta-male’ like sporting a baby in a bjorn.

  36. The Labor Department’s Bureau of Labor Statistics said on Friday the economy added an impressivve 312,000 jobs in December, which was a month of strong retail sales; and the nation’s unemployment rate increased two-tenths of a point to 3.9 percent, which is still an 18-year low.

    And it gets better

    In another positive sign, the labor force participation rate increased two-tenths of a point to 63.1 percent, the highest it’s been since Trump took office.

    In December, the nation’s civilian noninstitutionalized population, consisting of all people age 16 or older who were not in the military or an institution, reached 258,888,000. Of those, 163,240,000 participated in the labor force by either holding a job or actively seeking one.

    The 163,240,000 who participated in the labor force equaled 63.1 percent of the 258,888,000 civilian noninstitutionalized population. The participation rate has showed little change since Trump took office. The highest it’s ever been is 67.3 percent in the year 2000.…..-trump-era

    That is great news for freedom.

    1. Yeah, the unemployment rate going up two-tenths of a point is about more people leaving the couch and looking for work–and wages are rising, too. It’s really good news, especially with China’s consumers doing so poorly as evidenced by iPhone sales.

      Trump needs some coaching on how to let people “save face” right about now. He needs to help Xi find a way to pretend he won. He needs to let Pelosi find a way to pretend she won. I’m not sure he’s got that bone in his body.

      He wants to spike the ball and dance in the end zone, but I’m not sure he’s going to get into the end zone unless he lets his opponents leave the field in a dignified way. Neither Pelosi nor Xi will ever admit they were wrong–certainly not in public.

      1. Trump has already indicated a willingness to negotiate multiple times; it’s Pelosi who is saying “my way or the highway”.

        Like I said before, I hope Trump sticks to his guns and tells her that if she won’t even negotiate, then she can go eatt a giant bag of shit along with all her government employee union friends.

        1. What does it mean to be willing to negotiate but he’s not willing to come off his $5 billion number?

          Surely, there’s something more than bragging rights Trump can give Pelosi for a measly $5 billion. Something she can dance in the end zone over. What is it?

          Dreamers was one possibility, but I’m not sure Trump is willing to trade on that.

          She needs some red meat to feed her base, or she’ll lose the Speaker’s chair. What’s he willing to negotiate. This would have been a good time to break out the gun stock ban.

  37. Now for the Hard Part: Getting Californians to Buy Legal Weed

    –why there outta be a law that says the weed is only legal if you buy it taxed and regulated by the government !!!

    1. The problem for legalized sellers of weed is that getting bad weed won’t kill you. If they ever legalize harder drugs, people will be willing to pay a lot extra in taxes to purchase them legally and have the assurance that they are what they claim to be and won’t kill you. But, the stakes for getting bad weed is a headache. And weed is a weed and can be grown by virtually anyone. So, buying it legally doesn’t provide much of a premium.

      1. We need a war on bootlegging!

        1. Poorly made moonshine can kill you too. Booze makers really do provide something worth paying the taxes for. But, I honestly can’t see what legal pot stores provide that would justify paying anything more than a nominal tax.

  38. The shutdown and lack of a wall / fence / barrier is entirely on Harry Reid. One ruling from him and the house passed bill goes through with 51 votes or more, and all is well.
    Nancy does not matter, Trump does not matter (other than being who he is), nothing else matters. One man stands in the way.

    1. Isn’t Harry Reid dead?

      1. He is appearently dying of cancer but like all of these people hanging on in some goulish half dead state.

        1. You know, I really don’t understand the desire to be in a perpetual state of dying. Seems like you’d want to get it over with as quickly and painlessly as possible.

  39. always school on Saturday w/Pelosi … “we’re not doing a wall”

  40. Sad the Left can’t see, nor even cares about Americans being impacted by illegals!

  41. I took Pelosi a single day ,..,. for Trump to go TOTALLY rogue stupid!
    (Well, and the blue wave of disgust)

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