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Birth Control Rules Halted by Judge Just Before Scheduled Start Today: Reason Roundup

Plus: Libertarians face resistance while picking up trash without a permit, and Trump imagines Sen. Warren at the Wounded Knee massacre.

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The fight kicked off by the Obamacare contraception mandate continues to rage in the White House and in federal court. In rules slated to take effect today, the Trump administration attempted to expand freedom-of-conscience exceptions for employers and others opposed to providing birth control options as part of employee health-insurance plans. But a federal judge just blocked the new rules from taking effect in 18 states and Washington, D.C., until the conclusion of their lawsuit against Trump's contraception-mandate update.

"The States have submitted voluminous and detailed evidence documenting how their female residents are predicted to lose access to contraceptive coverage because of the Final Rules—and how those women likely will turn to state programs to obtain no-cost contraceptives, at significant cost to the States," writes the judge.

The new decision stops the latest (2018) iteration of the Trump administration rules, which are an update on rules it issued in 2017. Those old rules were temporarily blocked soon thereafter and struck down entirely last month.

"In a similar case, Democratic attorneys general challenged the revised version of the rule on Thursday at the 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia. The court has not yet ruled on that request for an injunction but may do so by Monday," reports Politico.

Dear FDA: Please stop the madness and just make birth control pills available over the counter already…

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Trump imagines Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D–Mass.) at a massacre. Here's the president tweeting this morning:

As The Washington Post notes, "U.S. soldiers killed and maimed hundreds of Sioux men, women and children at the Wounded Knee massacre."

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283 responses to “Birth Control Rules Halted by Judge Just Before Scheduled Start Today: Reason Roundup

  1. The fight kicked off by the Obamacare contraception mandate continues to rage in the White House and in federal court.

    If it’s not about Trump we’re not interested anymore.

    1. Hello.

      “Donald J. Trump
      ?
      @realDonaldTrump
      If Elizabeth Warren, often referred to by me as Pocahontas, did this commercial from Bighorn or Wounded Knee instead of her kitchen, with her husband dressed in full Indian garb, it would have been a smash!”

      I hope one day his Tweets are sent to the Smithsonian or Library of Congress for ‘significant’ something.

      1. Tweets alone make him worth the vote.

    2. In rules slated to take effect today, the Trump administration…

      Phew.

  2. “U.S. soldiers killed and maimed hundreds of Sioux men, women and children at the Wounded Knee massacre.”

    TOO SOON

    1. Of course the Post neglects to mention that the Sioux did some killing and maiming, but mostly just killing, at (Little) Bighorn as well. Some days you’re the bug and some days you’re the windshield…?..

    2. List of Indian massacres

      In the history of the European colonization of the Americas, an atrocity termed “Indian massacre” is a specific incident wherein a group of people (military, mob or other) deliberately kill a significant number of unarmed, defenseless people

      Indian massacre of 1622

      For reasons, most of the white settler massacres of AmerIndians are historically recorded and used extensively for narratives.

      AmerIndian massacres of Whites were rarely recorded as our tribes rarely kept records and usually killed everyone including women and children. So no Whites survived to give an account.

      As to AmerIndians being “defenseless” that is a lie. Boys were taught to fight and women knew how to kill. Against modern firearms, it usually was a bloodbath.

      1. Custer died because the army in all its wisdom would only allow him single shot rifles while the Amerinidans had lever action rifles. not the bows and arrows shown in movies

        1. Custer died because the army in all its wisdom would only allow him single shot rifles while the Amerinidans had lever action rifles.

          While the Indians did have some lever-action rifles, they weren’t common enough to have any effect on the outcome of the battle. The main problem with the cavalry’s guns wasn’t their shot capacity, it was the fact that the barrels overheated after sustained firing, making unloading and reloading a pain in the ass as the ammo shells expanded from the heat and jammed in the breech. Additionally, Custer left his gatling guns back at the fort because he thought that trucking them around would slow them down.

          Custer died because 1) he honestly thought that his men could destroy any Indian village, no matter how large; 2) poor battlefield communications; and 3) Reno inexplicably halting his charge, which gave the Indians time to mount a coordinated counterattack instead of defending their families.

          Custer was trying to replicate the same tactics he used at Washita–a thrust by part of the cavalry into the village followed by a large-scale charge by his section to throw the village defense into chaos. If Benteen, a cold-blooded killer and legitimate badass who made Custer back down, had done the initial charge instead of Reno, it’s far more likely that the attack would have been successful. As it was, Benteen insured that the entire 7th wasn’t wiped out to a man when the Indians attacked him at the rear.

        2. american-myths-did-custers trooper-use-the-wrong-guns

          Battle of Little Bighorn: Were the Weapons the Deciding Factor

          Interesting Ron. Weapons certainly can mean the difference between winning and losing.

      2. The key thing to remember about interactions between Western colonials and indigenous peoples in the United States is; Nobody else did any better. Hell, the colonial powers were generally willing to talk to the locals. Pre-colonialism, the accepted custom was ‘surrender or die’.

        Treaties got broken by both sides because the authorities making the treaties usually has only the most tenuous control of the rank and file, and neither side much liked the other. So, Natives Americans would raid settlements, and settlers would expand settlements without notifying anybody, and soon you’d have another series of massacres.

        The British ended up doing somewhat better in India, but less so elsewhere. Everybody else was as bad or worse.

        1. That is true and important to remind people of.

          Even more important is that everyone who did bad things and suffered bad things being done to them back then is dead now. We aren’t our ancestors and we don’t owe anyone anything because of their actions.

  3. Alexandira Ocasio-Cortez is dominating Twitter and pushing Democrats to the left.

    That those two things are connected might be an even bigger political story than Trump.

    1. There’s something to the left of batshit crazy?

      1. You can find batshit crazy everywhere on the political spectrum.

    2. She might be the biggest twit in the Democrat party. Which is saying quite a bit.

      1. She’s Sarah Palin with fawning press coverage.

        1. Internet PWNed!!

      2. Meet Ritchie Torres:

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=frss9oGbeto

        Wtf Bronx and Queens?

        When I was growing up, Bronx was bad ass. When we visited cousins in NYC they were all like ‘you don’t go to Bronx without us’.

        Now? It’s fricken this twit and AOC representing them?

        The New Democrats: It’s all racism.

    3. So, is it OK to refer to AOC as a dominatrix?

      1. I bet she can really rock a leather corset.

    4. At times it’s hard to reconcile the number of journalos who describe Twitter as a nightmare swamp pit but are committed to elevating it as a national discourse driver.

      1. Can’t it be both?

    5. She was born in 1998. She has 5 years before she can be president.

      Women and their massive buildups to orgasm.

      1. Well I can tell you that roughly half the American electorate isn’t going to be able to stand for that much foreplay.

        1. I almost cant wait until election 2020 and all the dumb Lefties will be demanding that Miss Puerto Rico Bronx be included in the Democratic Primary for President.

          I wanna see the media publicly inform their supporters about the Constitutional qualification of age for president. It will be glorious!

      2. “Idiocracy” wasn’t meant to be a “how-to guide”.

      3. *1988
        I am not that bothered by the idea of someone around my age becoming president, but that person needs to be able to show knowledge and experience. She’s just a typical indoctrinated idiot like most millenials.

    6. Trump had the best response for her.

      “AOC called you a racist”
      “Who?”
      “AOC”
      “Who cares?”

      1. AOC!! You know An Other Commie.

  4. The Libertarian Party continues to organize members to clean up national parks.

    Sellouts. Those should be unaffiliated individuals stabbing at garbage.

    1. Libertarians for central planning!

    2. Libertarians helping government?

      This should infuriate the Anarchists hiding among us.

      1. It’s consistent with anarchism here. It’s people coming together by free choice to maintain public spaces.

        1. “public spaces”.

          That Anarchists dont think should be controlled by government.

          1. You are correct. Good to see we agree there is no contradiction here.

            1. We seem to agree that Anarchists think that but Libertarians dont.

              Many Libertarians would be fine with tiny and limited government having “public spaces”. Libertarians would likely defer to privately run public spaces but there is nothing fundamentally wrong with government owning land for public uses, like military bases.

              1. “We seem to agree that Anarchists think that but Libertarians don’t.”

                No, I’m sure Libertarians think too.

      2. Once the anarchists unite, we are all in big trouble!

        1. Nice one. Until then, we have Anarchists trying to wreck Libertarianism’s gain in popularity by saying that they are Libertarians and then publicly saying “Libertarians are for ____ ” and it not be something Libertarians support.

          1. But surely it doesn’t work the other way around, like Republicans saying they are Libertarians and publicly proclaiming that “Libertarians are for____,” like, say, the wall?

    3. I expected that LP volunteerism to draw the boiling wrath of the Looter Kleptocracy, and sho ?nuff…

  5. “Our [libertarian feminist] goals are to tear down state-sanctioned sexism where it still exists… and advocate for systems where sex and gender are irrelevant to how one is treated by agents of the state.” – @ENBrown https://t.co/MVZY6LT6Kl
    ? Libertarianism.org (@libertarianism) January 10, 2019

    I look forward to my mandated paid maternity leave and your Selective Service registration.

    1. Yep. And don’t forget your free birth control and masculine hygiene products.

      1. masculine hygiene products.

        I believe this is what you had in mind?

        1. It’s called Fresh Balls you fucking stinky-onioned caveman.

          1. You dare to fuck with The Jesus?

            1. Young boys do… and in Vatican-approved birth control mode. Republicans want men with guns to force girls into involuntary labor for Jesus and 1840s mercantilism plus prohibitionism. Then they act all surprised to suddenly find themselves surrounded by socialist lesbians, acidheads and gay couples eager to vote them out of office. The rest of us are lucky the Dems doubled down to make electricity as scarce and expensive as abortions in Venezuela or we’d all be back in 1873!

              1. “acidheads” from his personal experience, obv

              2. Obviously, you’re not a golfer.

    2. Men die on the job more often than women, but no one cares
      The Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that, in 2015, men dominated the 20 most dangerous occupations in the United States. Logging is the most dangerous job in the U.S., followed by fishing. Mining is the 20th most dangerous profession. More men than women occupied these jobs by anywhere from 85.4 to 99.9 percent.

      Worldwide, females earn $18 trillion, but spend $28 trillion.

      1. Those facts about “inequality” are not good for Lefty narrative, so two week news cycle on those facts.

      2. Men take all the cool jobs for themselves.

      3. Men die on the job more often than women, but no one cares

        Victims of violent crime in prison *way* more often as well but, apparently, the real reason that prison is hell is because women can’t tell the guards to fuck off whenever they please.

        1. We must address the self-sacrifice gap!

      4. I propose we make January 28th “Equality in Workplace Death Day” since more men on average are killed on the job between Jan 1 and Jan 28 then women killed on the job all year.

        We can have protests with 4000 fake gravestones showing how many more men are killed a year then women. Oh shit, never mind, I have to work that day.

      5. We must address the spending gap!

    3. Tens of thousands of inmates at sex-segregated penal institutions gave this tweet a thumbs-up. Well, maybe not thumbs per se.

    4. Based on the commenters on this blog, “state sanctioned” sexism isn’t our biggest problem. The enemy is among us.

  6. In rules slated to take effect today, the Trump administration attempted to expand freedom-of-conscience exceptions for employers and others opposed to providing birth control options as part of employee health-insurance plans

    Another plus for Trump.

    Forcing other to pay for women’s contraception is unLibertarian and unconstitutional.

    There is nothing in the US Constitution that authorizes government to force people to pay for things that they dont want to.

    1. Hell, technically, they’re insisting we pay for drugs to stop the body from working properly.

      Say what you will, but pregnancy is, technically, the body working PROPERLY in regards to sex. Cum in pussy = pregnancy possibility.

      Which is why there is a difference in covering ED meds (which allow the penis to function properly) and birth control (which does the opposite for the pussy and assorted bits of the reproductive system)

      1. I get your position of meds covering life-saving meds but this narrative that taxpayers HAVE to pay for women’s birth control or everyone hates women is bullshit.

        Women need to pay for their own birth control just like men do.

        Let rich benefactors set up charities to pay for birth control for low income women.

        1. If only there was a silicon valley magnate rich enough to fund birth control for the whole damn world forever – – – –

        2. And, men need to pay for their own children, just like women do.

          1. And, men need to pay for their own children, just like women do.

            ” A woman needs a man like a fish needs a bicycle–until the child support and alimony checks are due.”

          2. Except for the women that don’t pay.

            And except for the men that do pay.

            Lefty position on birth control for women: All taxpayers must pay because I am an irresponsible women who gets “accidentally” pregnant and because I’m a slut, the guy is flaky about paying for his kid.

            This position cracks me up because it is utterly ridiculous.

      2. Pretty sure your dick breaking down is also part of the body working properly — that is, aging and dying.

        Not sure the “no coverage of medicine that interferes with natural processes” policy will be that popular.

        1. “Pretty sure your dick breaking down is also part of the body working properly — that is, aging and dying”

          God damn you’re fucking stupid and cry a lot about shit like this despite obviously knowing very little about biology or medicine.

          You’re wrong. Cry more about it now, in your sad attempt to draw equivalence where it doesn’t exist.

        2. Pretty sure your dick breaking down is also part of the body working properly — that is, aging and dying.

          So’s cancer.

          Meanwhile, fucking without the risk of pregnancy, while lovely, isn’t part of the body’s proper functioning.

          Want birth control? Pay for it or make the guy who has access to the pussy pay for it. If I don’t have a chance to fuck it, why in the hell should I pay for it?

          1. +100

          2. I totally agree! And you should pay for your own hip replacement, your own hearing aids, your own dental fillings, and your own cholesterol meds. Because I don’t think anyone should be forced to pay for anyone else’s healthcare or that people should use medical insurance for routine expenses.

            1. You just support the arguments of people who do believe force should be used by taking up their claims and amplifyng them, regardless of their accuracy or veracity.

              1. You forgot to change the link in your handle.

            2. I totally agree! And you should pay for your own hip replacement

              Agreed.

              your own hearing aids

              Sounds good so far

              your own dental fillings

              It’s like we’re the same person here.

              and your own cholesterol meds

              No argument at all.

              Because I don’t think anyone should be forced to pay for anyone else’s healthcare or that people should use medical insurance for routine expenses.

              No argument at all.

              Next?

        3. Is dick medicine covered by insurance?

          I dont need any of that yet but I always assumed it was NOT covered.

          One thing is for sure, it is not mandatory that all taxpayers pay for it…so go fuck yourself Cathy the troll.

      3. So what? Contraception saves a lot more money than it costs. What do you suppose pregnancy and childbirth cost?

    2. True facts. Christian Scientists don’t want funding for the Center for Disease Control. And every libertarian’s top priority ought to be exposure to ebola and bubonic plague. Once Dengue and Chikungunya are on an even playing field with military biological weapons, then we can all rest easy with Socialized Medicine coercing us for other, more important things, like gummint subsidized Viagra.

  7. >>>Alexandira Ocasio-Cortez is dominating Twitter and pushing Democrats to the left.

    if nobody knows what’s fake/real on twitter how does anyone know who’s dominating? also, so what?

    1. I know.
      It is all fake.

    1. its not like that never happend before the shutdown.

      1. TSA Agent: You know, I’m working without pay!
        Everybody: So you’re getting paid your worth…

  8. We were told we weren’t volunteers and we had to stop cleaning up the park.

    “Get back to trashing the place in order to help the shutdown narrative!”

    1. Take only whatever isn’t secured, leave only trash.

  9. If Elizabeth Warren, often referred to by me as Pocahontas, did this commercial from Bighorn or Wounded Knee instead of her kitchen, with her husband dressed in full Indian garb, it would have been a smash! pic.twitter.com/D5KWr8EPan
    ? Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 14, 2019

    Why is he giving away to the enemy all his secrets?

    1. Smoke signals are not limited to 280 characters?

  10. Her mastery of social media has allowed her to connect with audiences who might otherwise be alienated from Washington.

    this is a good thing, now?

    1. That’s normal. They do it about every 20 years.

      1. I know, huh? Wasn’t the last time with the Brochovich arbitration thing?

    2. California lawmakers traveled to Hawaii with utility executives as wildfires raged

      By the time all the dust settles, Trump 8 years as President will have time to show the American public how corrupt politicians (Democrats and Republicans) are.

      Trump will hopefully get more and more Americans on the side of draining the swamps.

  11. Get woke, go broke:

    Starbucks to install needle-disposal boxes in some bathrooms
    Starbucks is outfitting some of its restaurant bathrooms with needle-disposal boxes after workers complained about the potential health risk of cleaning up discarded drug paraphernalia.

    The company is taking steps to address health worries that include HIV and hepatitis, both of which can be spread by used needles, Starbucks told CBS News in an email. “These societal issues affect us all and can sometimes place our partners (employees) in scary situations,” a Starbucks spokesperson said.

    The disposal boxes being added would let people get rid of needles, syringes and other sharp objects that could cut through a plastic trash bag and potentially cut someone.

    Nearly 3,800 workers signed a Coworker.org petition calling on Starbucks to take precautionary measures in high-risk bathrooms, with concerns fueled by the opioid epidemic in the U.S.

    1. “Starbucks Removes Toilets After Needle Clogging”

    2. Starbucks to install needle-disposal boxes in some bathrooms

      So, a “family friendly” business. Finally!

    3. Yes, junkies are often quite good at not throwing used needles all hither and yon.

      I bet paying customers LOVE sharing bathrooms with junkies shooting up and not spending any money there.

      I’m glad I hate coffee.

      1. +100

      2. starbucks barely serves coffee

    4. “Starbucks Opens 10,000 ‘Shooting Galleries’; Addicts applaud

  12. >>>Feminism does not demand collectivism.

    agreed. good luck with that.

    1. My thought too.

      “Our [libertarian feminist] goals are to tear down state-sanctioned sexism where it still exists… and advocate for systems where sex and gender are irrelevant to how one is treated by agents of the state.” –

      Admittedly I didn’t read the article but that lead didn’t hook me in.

      1. nope that’s as far as I got too.

      2. “We put a vagina in the name of our ism because we want sex and gender to be irrelevant”

  13. Los Angeles Teachers Are Moving Forward With A Strike

    So kids will get a better education with teachers NOT available?

    1. It’s a civics lesson!

    2. “So kids will get a better education with teachers NOT available?”

      These are public schools that teach the religions of global warming and US history as a story of white supremacism, so Yes.

  14. Imagine the response of a GOP billionaire pulled a stunt like this:

    Former Obama Tech Guy Was Behind 2018 Midterm Disinformation Campaign on Facebook
    American Engagement Technologies (AET), which was founded by former Obama administration official Mikey Dickerson, bought ads for two Facebook pages, “The Daily Real” and “Today’s Nation,” encouraging Republican voters to stay home in the midterm elections, Facebook’s ad archives show.

    Both pages appear to be designed to give the impression that they were operated by frustrated conservatives rather than by Democratic operatives.

    1. Oh, if a conservative did it, we’d have civil rights investigations by the truckload.

      1. Conservatives just can’t buy a break these days.

    2. Did the character limit keep you from telling how their accounts were permanently deleted?

    3. Sounds like, what did they call it, “disinformation”? Who was it that coined that word again?

    1. Instead of a wall, Pelosi wants to repair roads in border region to ‘facilitate immigration’
      “Repair the roads that facilitate immigration and trade in those regions,” Pelosi continued. “The positive, should we say almost technological, wall that can be built is what we should be doing.”

      1. “Instead of a wall, Pelosi wants to repair roads…”

        Not in Commifornia though. Seriously CA roads are horrible.

    2. But if you call Ana a leftie, she gets quite pissy. In spite of being unable to name a single conservative policy.

  15. “The States have submitted voluminous and detailed evidence documenting how their female residents are predicted to lose access to contraceptive coverage because of the Final Rules?and how those women likely will turn to state programs to obtain no-cost contraceptives, at significant cost to the States,”

    That’s what she said!

  16. John Bailey is with CJ Moriarty and 5 others.
    16 hrs ?

    Shiloh Park Ranger turning back the Libertarian Party of Tennessee Delta Region.

    We were told we weren’t volunteers and we had to stop cleaning up the park.
    #NotAVolunteer

    The shutdown is meaningless if journalists show up to the parks expecting trash everywhere and find none.

    1. +100

    2. If they aren’t being paid by the government to do the work of the government…how are they NOT volunteers?

      1. Volunteering requires careful vetting and registration with the state to pick up trash.

        1. There are numerous standards for such work. You can’t let just anybody do it.

          1. Trump’s policies are not the only policies allowing for job creation.

            Lefties plan to create jobs deciding the licensing requirements for “waste management volunteers”.

        2. I mean it is the Volunteer State after all.

          I feel sorry for the men in Oregon, though. Just imagine all the red tape.

  17. Why are all Fox News girls blonde?

    1. Because Univision has the market for brunettes cornered?

      1. But where do the red heads go then?

        1. hopefully my house.

        2. Up and down?

    2. They push the brunettes off to Fox Business because Lou Dobbs likes it that way.

    3. Makes the cum in their hair harder to see on camera?

    1. Socialists. Its always death death death with them.

    2. Mayoress? That’s an odd term.

    3. Just don’t leave the toilet seat up, Mr. Mayor. You wouldn’t like her when she’s angry.

  18. 30 Democrats in Puerto Rico with 109 lobbyists for weekend despite shutdown

    Yeah, our government does not have a problem with being bought and paid for.

    1. 3 lobbyists per Democrat. That sounds about right,

      1. Ever since Epstein’s Lolita Express got shut down, Democrats have been looking for another way to soil their royal oats

    2. Memndez is asking the chick on the beach about the availability of her daughters

      1. Bob: Are they alive? OK, I’m not that picky, honestly. Are they stiff? Do they smell funny?

        1. as long as they’re not 16 yet, Bob is in.

          1. Unless they don’t want it…oh hell, that won’t slow him down.

  19. Stacey Abrams ‘Wouldn’t Oppose’ Non-Citizens, Minors Voting in Local Elections- Washington Free Beacon

    Keep pretending democrats care about the fundamental principles of this country. Will it be as fun and trendy to be a progressive-libertarian when you’re standing in the bread line?

    1. … this is probably why I’ll take Trump’s shitshow of do-nothing super clowns over a Cheney?or some old-fashioned early Aughts bipartisanship?any day. There’s nothing more dangerous in DC than a consensus and the veneer of respectability

      She would take a Hillary over Trump any day.

      1. Only you could come to that conclusion.

        1. And ENB

    2. What are the two sides? The Democrats are the neocon party and neocons still have sway over the majority of the Republican Party. What’s the other side? Surely, not the party of Bill Weld?

      1. The use of “neocon” has become so detached from its roots it has become utterly meaningless except as a bogeyman.

        1. I like when people say things like that, because it makes no sense. Are we all pretending like Bill Kristol and Max Boot are not neocons now? Pretty sure both of them are rising stars on the pages of the Washington Post and MSNBC

          1. When you apply a descriptor so broadly as to include groups which are largely oppositional, it is no longer very good as a descriptor. The Democrats may gave effectively similar policies to actual neocons, but they arrive at them from different assumptions and reasonings. Applying the same term to both obscures rather than reveals.

            1. Bunch of damned fascists! Dems, neocons, progressives, conservatives, libertarians, communists – all of ’em!

          2. Democrats tend to be interventionists because of the Wilsonian impulses to their foreign policy. If anything, neocons are interventionists because they are still beholden to the Wilsonian philosophy on foreign policy matters even after they migrated out of the Left.

            1. …but have they?

              Is there really much conservatism in Boot or Kristol?

              “Kill dark skinned folks” ain’t a conservative policy and it’s the only one they seem to hold dear.

      2. I love that you are actually going to pretend there isn’t a pro-Trump and an anti-Trump side currently, just so you can be a douche to ENB.

        1. Crusty is likely ENB’s douche.

        2. Man, that’s a stupid take.

          She is suggesting that we have more of a distinction now than we did under the Bush administration, which is completely backwards since in 2006 there were still anti-war Democrats and Libertarians for that matter

          1. The anti-Trump side is increasingly the pro-war side and the pro-Trump side is the “whatever Trump wants is fine by me” side. The Bush years at least produced a useful opposition.

          2. since in 2006 there were still

            Lol. Way to cherry-pick a date from the Bush administration, and interesting use of “still.” In 2001, exactly one person voted against the AUMF. That’s the “early-oughts bipartisanship” than which nothing is more dangerous.

            But sure, the bitterly divided political culture we have now is more unified than post-9/11.

            1. Man, the stupid takes keep coming with you. Bush was president from 2000-2008. In 2006, a slate of anti-war Democrats were elected. In 2018 a barrage of former CIA analysts ran and defeated less interventionist Republican representatives. Sounds like the alternative has gotten profoundly shittier.

              1. What should I expect, though, from Boofing-truther Cathy. Maybe you want to peddle some more Russia fever dreams or discuss how in theory you support a Syria withdrawal, but not now and not how it’s being done.

                Social issue libertarians like you are pathetic

                1. Boofing-truther Cathy

                  You can quote me on that or stop lying

                  how in theory you support a Syria withdrawal, but not now and not how it’s being done

                  This too.

                  1. “You can quote me on that or stop lying”

                    Do you really want to rehash your moronic takes on how Kavanaugh most definitely ran a gang rape ring? Because I can pull up your first comments when that story was pushed out here by ENB and you labeled everyone who questioned how dubious the accusations were as “Trumpists”.

                    “ENB specifically mentioned “early-oughts” (as I quoted and linked)”

                    No. She said early Bush years, which is not definitive. Regardless, If you think a vibrant opposition party is one that is more militaristic than the sitting president and that has an awful lot of former CIA analysts within its ranks that defeated the small rump of less militaristic Republican representatives all because the pro-war party believes in queer theory, I think that speaks to how dedicated to “liberty” you are.

                    1. Do you really want to rehash your moronic takes on how Kavanaugh most definitely ran a gang rape ring?

                      Haha oh my god YES please do this, I would love to see what you come up with!

                      No. She said early Bush years, which is not definitive.

                      I linked to the place where she said “early Aughts” (I misspelled it at first — see how easy it is to admit a mistake!).

                    2. All Bill Kirstol has to do to appease social issue libertarians is announce his support for government mandated unisex bathrooms along with free abortions and transgender surgeries. Then they can bomb as many countries as they want. The alternative that wasn’t.

                  2. I remember it. “Boofing-truther” is accurate.

                    1. https://www.reason.com/blog/2018/10/01…..rd#comment

                      Cathy has some good comments in this one. First article I checked.

                    2. Cathy has some good comments in this one.

                      And you didn’t quote them because?

                      (Spoiler: because 8/9 of them were me arguing with some nuked Tulpa comments and the ninth didn’t fit your narrative either.)

                    3. Maybe you should re-read the comments where you are defending the position that “Devil’s Triangle” and “boofing” do not mean what Kavanaugh says that they mean. That sounds like being a “boofing truther”, otherwise known as “the respectable man’s QAnon”.

              2. ENB specifically mentioned “early-oughts” (as I quoted and linked). And is Trump like, not president in the world of your comments?

    3. It is hard to overestimate how overwrought the millennial sense of hardship is.

        1. I hate mailing stuff it gives me anxiety wtf?

        2. Thanks man.

          We are so fucked if Millennials and Gen Zers don’t pull their Snowflake heads out of their snowflake asses.

    4. Christ, if there was ever a statement that defines Millennial solipsism, it’s that one.

    5. not so much 9000 years old but kinda stupid (traumatic?) … no offense (traumatic?)

    6. ENB on Twitter: At risk of sounding 9,000 years old, I think it’s hard to overestimate how traumatic the early Bush years were to come of age in. At least now there are ostensibly two sides

      Tom Keller @timrinaldo Jan 9

      Try actually going to Nam for 13 months…

      ROFLMAO!

      1. Thanks. Jesus I love Vietnam Vets now that they have no problem using their shitty experiences in country to shut whiners up.

  20. Alexandira Ocasio-Cortez is dominating Twitter and pushing Democrats to the left.

    just like the tea party did for republicans with long-lasting success.

    1. The TEA party started out as a grass-roots movement focused on financial issues (badly understood by Welch and Moynihan on the recent Fifth Column podcast), that was great until several high profile people jumped out in front of it (Sarah Palin etc), and perverted to a social reactionary movement. Most people only remember the later embodiment, sadly.

  21. Stop obsessing over Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s health

    Lefties are freaking out over RBG’s poor health. Some Lefties want to switch tactics from making RBG a God-Queen.

    1. RBG is in excellent health. As a non-binary feminist, I’m tired of this idea that some powerful women might not be “healthy enough for the job.” We saw this same vile form of sexism in 2016 when people questioned Hillary Clinton’s physical fitness ? then endlessly replayed the video of her minor fainting incident. SO WHAT? I’m in my twenties and I fainted last week. Doesn’t mean I’m not healthy.

      1. >>>I’m in my twenties and I fainted last week.

        Fop flops.

      2. Weekend at Ruthie’s

    2. Someone doesn’t want to give her a bone.

  22. “If Elizabeth Warren, often referred to by me as Pocahontas, did this commercial from Bighorn or Wounded Knee instead of her kitchen, with her husband dressed in full Indian garb, it would have been a smash!”

    —-Donald Trump

    That’s freaking hilarious!

    LOL

    Trump could be a regular commenter here at Hit & Run!

    He might post something like:

    “You know else thought it was important if you were 1/64 Cherokee?!”

    1. He’s the most powerful troll in the free world.

      1. The first of many Kekistanis in the White House.

        #KekPower

    2. Not the guys who kept hiring Iron Eyes Cody, that’s for sure.

    1. I’m not sure I believe their conceit there. I’m not much of a consequentialist, but I don’t want to argue that side. I want to simply argue that the communists goals were largely not pure.

      1. “Our lies were cheeky and fun! His lies are cruel and tragic.”

        1. +1 shenanigan

    2. Martina Navratilova

      “I am the reference , kind of lived it and am living it now. Get a clue- references?”

      “Yeah I said it because it’s obvious. Let’s wait to see what Mueller says, ok? Because one doesn’t hire 17 lawyers for nothing? but I think it’s pointless for us to converse here anyway?”

      This is a prime example of why the USA should vet all ex-Commies, Some of them fled their country but not because they know Socialism was an utter disaster but because they just didnt want to experience the downsides of Socialism. Marina was too good to live under the jackboot but wants others too.

      Trump is so awesome because these people would be hiding their positions from public view if a Hillary was in office. Now its all out there to laugh and laugh at these useful idiots of the Left.

  23. “The States have submitted voluminous and detailed evidence documenting how their female residents are predicted to lose access to contraceptive coverage because of the Final Rules?and how those women likely will turn to state programs to obtain no-cost contraceptives, at significant cost to the States,” writes the judge.

    The government didn’t force employers to pay for contraception just to have the cost come right back at it!

    1. Oh, but if *Trump* had tweeted it ….

    2. Aaaaallrightie then.

  24. mandate update.

    “The States have submitted voluminous and detailed evidence documenting how their female residents are predicted to lose access to contraceptive coverage because of the Final Rules?and how those women likely will turn to state programs to obtain no-cost contraceptives, at significant cost to the States,” writes the judge.

    How is the state offering “free” birth control a problem for the Feds?

    Perhaps the states ALSO shouldn’t offer it?

    1. There seems to be some questionable unstated assumptions in that quote that beg the question of whether the federal government or governments in general should have that authority in the first place.

    2. This is a pretty malicious argument. Basically, companies should not be allowed to do things if the result puts some onerous on the State.

      The most common place I see this argument is with Walmart. That they should have to pay more wages, because many of their employees also receive some public aid. This is one of the more subtle means to take control and extend the power of the State. That is, if any aspect touches upon the State then they State has a right to assert authority over deal. This gets much worse in the current age when the State already touches everything.

      1. That they should have to pay more wages, because many of their employees also receive some public aid.

        It’s also odd as, literally, nobody at WalMart makes minimum wage. You make more the day you start there.

    3. This line of reasoning by the judge is astounding. Basically he’s saying that the States are harmed because the Federal government now refuses to help them bear the costs of State-initiated handouts. This type of self-inflicted “harm” is used by judges to give States standing to sue the Federal government when the Federal government wants to cut back on certain types of Federal spending.

      1. It is a line of argument that would effectively give the courts a veto over the federal government reining in any type of social spending and policy. The argument is as anti-liberty, anti-democratic and anti-reform

  25. The ratchet for entitlements like “no cost” birth control only works one way by the Democrats lights. A mandate almost entirely created by executive fiat cannot be allowed to be undone by a change in governing philosophy in the executive, is the theory of governing Democrats are advocating. One man, one vote, one time.

  26. More bad economic news.

    The World’s Biggest Economies Are Moving Deeper Into a Slowdown

    Even if Drumpf wasn’t a white nationalist Putin Puppet Handmaid’s Tale villain, everybody should have voted for Clinton in 2016 just to keep the amazing Obama economy rolling. Alas, Drumpf colluded with Russia to steal the election, and the result has been economic devastation exactly as Paul Krugman predicted.

    #DrumpfRecession
    #UnbanPalinsButtplug

    1. Pay your bet.

  27. “In rules slated to take effect today, the Trump administration attempted to expand freedom-of-conscience exceptions for employers and others opposed to providing birth control options as part of employee health-insurance plans.”

    Freedom of conscience is so not libertarian.

    1. Thank you, Gay Jay!

  28. Dear FDA: Please stop the madness and just make birth control pills available over the counter already…

    lol. Girls aren’t smart enough for otc birth control. lol

    1. No kidding. I had to spend literally hours to teach my girl how to put a condom on me with only her mouth. I learned how to do that almost immediately the first time I did it.

      1. Which begs the question: If you can put a condom on yourself with your mouth, why do you even need a girl?

        1. Bad back?

      2. Wait, you can put your own condom on with your mouth? Mad props, dude.

      3. Shit, BUCS, I didn’t know you finally turned 30 and summoned a succubus. Congrats! (But you’d think those demons would know how every utility of a condom. Perhaps it was a new one? Lucky!)

        1. I was considered so pathetic I got mine at 29. She came out unprepared for everything that I was about to inflict upon her. If I could still feel sexual pity, I definitely would have felt it for her.

      4. should I be afraid I got this yoke?

    2. Supposedly they are not smart enough to pay for their own maintenance. That is what the Democrat’s argument is. Given that the.average rank and file Democrat has trouble breathing and walking around at the same time, this extrapolation on the part of Democrats is not surprising.

      1. As long as the Kleptocracy wants to treat them differently, why not exempt ALL women from the individual income tax starting right now? “We” already exempt fascist churches that do nothing but lobby for economic coercion and violations of individual rights.

        1. “Fascist churches” that is quite an oxymoronic phrase you have turned there.

  29. Have you guys been following the problems of PG&E?

    Their equipment has been found to have started the last batch of fires, and between all the homes that burned and the people that died, their liabilities gonna be way past their ability to cover them. They’re filing for bankruptcy.

    The question isn’t whether to rescue them but how. The state isn’t about to let its biggest supplier of electricity to California suddenly go dark. The obvious solution?

    The State of California will take over Pacific Gas and Electric.

    Not only would their debts then come from the taxpayers, but the state takeover solution would have the added benefit of facilitating the transition of the state’s power generation to renewable alternatives at taxpayer expense. It’s a win/win!

    Now, some of you may be thinking that government takeovers of the means of production reeks of socialism and these experiments invariably lead to failure, with Venezuela being an excellent example. Well, I think we address those concerns right off the bat. You see, for one thing, Venezuela was corrupt. Oh, and another way in which Sacramento isn’t like Venezuela, Sacramento is run by a diverse coalition of environmentalists, African-Americans, Latinos, feminists, and gay rights activists, so obviously, central planning and state ownership of the means of production won’t have the same problems Venezuela did.

    And if you don’t understand that, then you must be a stupid redneck.

    1. Who you calling stupid?

      1. Anybody who thinks that the problems of socialism in the past can’t be addressed by the diversity of the central planners!

    2. If you still live in Commifornia…you can’t expect anything less than your constant bailing out of crony capitalists and ever increasing taxation.

      I would say that you deserve what you get but you know this already.

      Even the smart Venezuelans fled that socialist shit-hole by now.

  30. It’s going to be hilarious in 2020 when Tulsi Gabbard, a Medicare for all Democrat, is the only small government candidate running for president. With Bill Weld as the inevitable LP nominee the party will be essentially the status quo big government, big war party, while Gabbard will be more non-interventionist and more anti-surveillance state than any other candidate.

    1. Bill Weld and Gay Jay comments from you in the same thread? Shocking.

      1. Tulsi Gabbard triggers people for all the right reasons

        1. The Democrats can do much better than Gabbard in 2020. I’ve seen #TrumpRussia denialist phony “progressives” like Michael Tracey say positive things about her, which is obviously a bad sign. We need a strong Commander in Chief who will reverse Drumpf’s cowardly Syria and Afghanistan policy. Not to mention get tough with Russia for hacking our election. Gabbard clearly isn’t that candidate.

          #LibertariansForStayingInSyria
          #LibertariansForGettingToughWithRussia

          1. Your getting Cathy excited.

              1. *Your

                – Michael Malice

    2. Voters seem to believe Bill Weld is 3.3 times as competent as anyone we’ve run lately… He delivers a hockey stick upside the head of both tentacles of the Kleptocracy. Works for me.

      1. He’s pro-big government and pro-war. Seems like your perfect candidate

        1. He’ll double down on more ass sex and Messicans and nobody will notice.

  31. Even more bad news.

    Research details the ‘rapid increase in homelessness’ in certain U.S. cities

    This is tragic, but what else can be expected under a Republican Presidency?

    #VoteDemocratToFixHomelessness

    1. Across some of the biggest U.S. cities, rent prices are continuing to rise for lower-income Americans.

      Jimmy McMillan 2020!

      1. Import demand for housing, and housing prices rise.

    2. Yes those big cities with homelessness problems have suffered far too long under Republican rule

      1. The problem is Republicans have too much power at the national level, holding the Presidency and Senate and (until the recent #BlueTsunami) House of Representatives. When the federal government is dominated by Democrats to the same extent that most major cities are now, then conditions will improve dramatically for poor people.

  32. >>voluminous and detailed evidence documenting how their female residents are predicted to lose access to contraceptive coverage

    typical – ladies can’t find their way to Walgreens

  33. It’s FAUXcahontas, get it right please Mr. President.

    Lieawatha is acceptable as well.

    1. word. cringey when the joke isn’t done right.

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  35. “Strong support from politicians and regulators is necessary to preserve the utility’s credit quality and to offset the considerable uncertainties facing the company,” S&P wrote after the downgrade.

    Moody’s Investors Service followed on Thursday, dropping PG&E credit ratings to below investment grade.

    “The company is increasingly reliant on extraordinary intervention by legislators and regulators, which may not occur soon enough or be of sufficient magnitude to address these adverse developments,” Moody’s analyst Jeff Cassella said in a statement.”

    http://www.wsj.com/articles/pg…..547465293?

    It’s not a question of whether the state will take on that $30 billion in liabilities. They’ve already agreed to securitize the liabilities from 2017. It’s a question of what Sacramento will want in return for 2018’s liabilities and beyond. And is it really hard to imagine what the environmentalists who run Sacramento will want in return? And what about the next set of fires caused by PG&E’s transmission equipment? Who’s going to cover that?

    I wouldn’t rush out and buy PG&E’s senior debt–even at a discount to its face value–just yet. If the state takes it over, their new debt will be priced based on the ability of California to tax its citizens, so the state may have little incentive not to default on PG&E’s senior debt–even if those obligations somehow survive the current round in bankruptcy court.

    1. Given that this isn’t their first bankruptcy, you’d be a fool to buy their debt.

  36. How are conscience protections regarding contraception different from conscience protections regarding beer delivery?

    1. The beer delivery protections lost God’s Own Prohibitionists the elections of 1932, 1936, 1940, 1944 and 1948. In 1952 Republican books like The Dry Blockade were still urging repeal of the 21st Amendment and the return of the 18th, dry killers, crashes, Great Depression and all!

      1. The overlap between the temperance movement and the 1st wave feminists in the suffragette movement was quite impressive. Prohibition was a progressive policy.

  37. By the way, the U.S. Supreme Court is indeed open for business today, which officially makes this “sick day” number five for Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

    Despite the propaganda you might be hearing from some outlets like the New York Times, I’d recommend not expecting her back any time soon (meaning ever). In fact, almost nobody actually knows with certainty where she even is right now.

    1. STOP BEING SEXIST

      RBG IS PERFECTLY HEALTHY

      1. Is it wrong and sexist to fantasize about taking RBG on a saucy date only to find out she died in the car while on the return trip home, and then skinning her corpse so I can masquerade as a Justice to further my McAfee agenda?
        Please answer me, OBL; you’re my guiding light.

  38. Cluestick: Trump is NOT imagining Elizabeth Warren being massacred. He is not that subtle of a mind.

    He’s imagining her with her husband in full Indian garb at a famous Indian site, of which he only know two. He just wants to see her in redface. It’s boorish and puerile and racist, but he is not calling for her death.

    Lefties reading far too much into this. Probably projection.

    1. Trump is making fun of Elizabeth Warren’s racism.

      He’s making fun of her for claiming an ancestry and a cultural heritage that she does not posses.

      He isn’t saying he wants to see her in redface. He’s making fun of her for effectively dressing up in redface!

      Whether you agree with the president is one thing.

      Let’s not get confused about what he’s saying and why. Read it again!

      “If Elizabeth Warren, often referred to by me as Pocahontas, did this commercial from Bighorn or Wounded Knee instead of her kitchen, with her husband dressed in full Indian garb, it would have been a smash!”

      He’s accusing her of misappropriating Native American ancestry and culture.

  39. How much does this birth control actually cost? And maybe it would be good if they spent their own money on it instead of tinder pro and wine.

    1. Some kinds of birth control are expensive. But if you need the expensive versions for some reason, then you have a legit medical condition that would cover it.

      But birth control pills are not free. The solution is NOT to tax people not fucking to pay for those who are. The solution is to allow the sale of birth control pills over the counter without need for a prescription. Just like condoms. Still not free, but could be as cheap as Midol.

  40. How delightful to hear from ENB on God’s Own Prohibitionist efforts to bring back the Comstock laws. Forcing women into involuntary labor and the border fence are both in the platform for which The Don won both the audition and the election. So of course he is going to push for those (and maybe safe, legal electricity) as if they were the only constitutionally mandated duties of the Executive Branch. When Herbert Hoover was wrecking the economy, diaphragms and advice were still illegal. Just prior to Roe v Wade doctors were indicted for advising married couples on birth control options. The superstition of Race Suicide collectivists can only be nullified by seeing to it that they lose elections.

    1. The federal government not demanding to private companies that birth control be provided free of charge is the same as outlawing birth control. Riiiight.

    2. ITT, Hank discusses how the Feds not paying for something is identical to them banning it.

  41. >>>As The Washington Post notes, “U.S. soldiers killed and maimed hundreds of Sioux men, women and children at the Wounded Knee massacre.”

    did they note how whitey got his scalp handed to him @Little Bighorn? T mentioned both

    1. I for one don’t believe in doors. Instead, I have a sign outside all egress points that inform potential guests that I will have sex with their armpits, and that they will be exiting my residence with knee socks and elbow gloves (the knee socks of the arms). This is, of course, if they choose to enter my domicile.

    2. Rather, individual parts of the nation are owned by different people, while only some parts of it are owned collectively.

      When you advocate closed borders, you are not “protecting your or our house”. You are instead advocating that some people use violence and threats of violence to prohibit other people from using their property or associating with others in mutually agreeable ways.

      If it’s collectively owned then everyone gets a say in its use. You can’t say it’s collectively owned then claim that I’m trying to tell you how to use your property, for example.

      1. I do not agree with the author on the “collective ownership of the roads” premise. I think a better way to view public property as property that is owned by the state, which was stolen from a private owner, but under the agreement that the state would use that property to further its mission of defending and protecting liberty.

        But even if the author’s premise is accepted, then the collective ownership only extends to the public property, not to private property. Based on this premise, it would be fair for the collective to decide “an illegal immigrant may not drive on public roads” but it would not be fair or just for the collective to decide “an illegal immigrant may not enter your private residence”. Current immigration law prohibits both, not just the first.

        1. public property as property that is owned by the state, which was stolen from a private owner, but under the agreement that the state would use that property…

          From whom was it stolen?

        2. collective ownership only extends to the public property

          Like the border, for instance?

    3. Poor trolls got all sad with good links to news, so they started later in the day.

    1. I get wet from the butthurt this shutdown inflicts.

    2. Great question, and the answer is “no”, because shutting down these businesses is often their specific goal.

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  43. How a Fox News it girl is made.

    Whoever finds this attractive is a fag.
    YOU’RE GAY

    1. Hum, I thought conservatards would wank off to any horse-faced cunt with blonde hair and anorexia as long as she talked stupid enough to make them feel like they were keeping up.

      1. Tony loves him some FOX news.

  44. Trump’s brain: “Name Indian places.”

    Trump’s thumb: “Little Bighorn and Wounded Knee.”

    There’s no more intent or thought behind it than that. I’m surprised he didn’t say Trail of Tears.

    1. Wait, there’s a New Delhi?

      1. Best roast beef sandwiches.

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