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Cops Say Cindy McCain Didn't Catch Toddler Trafficker at Airport: Reason Roundup

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If you see something, maybe you should stop and think before you say something. Earlier this week, we published a story about the ways sex-trafficking myths and "See Something, Say Something" rhetoric are being deployed in a dangerous mix that doesn't stop crime but does lead to a lot of discriminatory harassment. It was awfully thoughtful of Cindy McCain to so nicely serve as a case in point. In a February 4 interview with Arizona radio station KTAR News, McCain—wife of the late Sen. John McCain—said that she was at the Phoenix airport last week when she spotted a mother who was "a different ethnicity" from her child. Apparently, that didn't sit right with McCain.

"Something didn't click with me," McCain told KTAR. "I went over the police and told them what I saw and they went over and questioned her and, by God, she was trafficking that kid. She was waiting for the guy who bought the child to get off an airplane."

McCain said the moral of the story is "If you see something, say something." That's the same thing Marriott's head said about its new anti-trafficking training program, and it's the motto of a Homeland Security program designed to get people to spy on each other and report suspicious behavior to the feds.

But what McCain saw isn't what she thought she saw. Police say they investigated her tip and found "no evidence of criminal conduct or child endangerment."

After police disputed McCain's radio claims, she tweeted: "At Phoenix Sky Harbor, I reported an incident that I thought was trafficking. I commend the police officers for their diligence. I apologize if anything else I have said on this matter distracts from 'if you see something, say something.'"

McCain has long been one of the worst perpetrators of paranoid, clueless, and unhelpful "awareness"-raising around issues of sexual exploitation. (She tells people she got involved after seeing children in the basement of a fabric shop in India—the shopkeeper said it was his family—and for some reason deciding they must be child sex slaves. Over time, the number of "sets of eyes" she supposedly saw gazing up at her has grown, and now stands at 100 pairs of eyes, up from 40 in 2014 and simply "more than a family" in some tellings.)

McCain made "anti–sex trafficking" efforts a main mission of the McCain Institute, and she is now co-chair of the Arizona Governor's Council on Human Trafficking.

FREE MINDS

"Culprits are sentenced to cultural erasure," laments Lionel Schriver, in an essay dissecting the impulse to not just prevent targets of outrage from finding future work but to hide all of their past contributions to art, entertainment, and the cultural lexicon:

For reasons that escape me, artists' misbehavior now contaminates the fruits of their labors, like the sins of the father being visited upon the sons. So it's not enough to punish transgressors merely by cutting off the source of their livelihoods, turning them into social outcasts, and truncating their professional futures. You have to destroy their pasts. Having discovered the worst about your fallen idols, you're duty-­bound to demolish the best about them as well.

Read the whole thing here.

FREE MARKETS

Stormy Daniels on strip-club labor laws. In a Los Angeles Times op-ed, Stormy Daniels argues against a recent Supreme Court of California decision that effectively says dancers at strip clubs must be counted as employees—not independent contractors, as is the norm around the country—unless they perform "work that is outside the usual course of the hiring entity's business."

The ruling addressed independent contractors generally, but it could have big implications for adult performers in Calfornia. "The work strippers do is clearly not outside the usual course of a strip club's business," writes Daniels. But mandating that they all be full employees and not independent contractors could ruin the flexibility, privacy, and other perks of the current system. "Strippers seeking strong workplace protections and good benefits are sincere and legitimate, but forcing all dancers to become employees is not the answer," Daniels concludes.

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  1. …and, by God, she was trafficking that kid.

    Well, they were at an airport. There’s bound to be traffic.

    1. ” She was waiting for the guy who bought the child to get off an airplane.”

      It would take more than a super hot kid to get me to fly to Arizona.

    2. Hello.

      I may soon be traveling with my daughter. I hope I don’t run into Cindy McCain.

      1. How much are you getting for her? Enough to reinvest into your business?

        1. I said daughter.

          Not my orphans.

          /kicks one in the ass.

          1. Can’t she be both?

            1. Hmmmm.

      2. Safe travels, Rufus.

        1. Save it for when and if.

          /wink.

    3. I remember once while flying into Sky Harbor I sat next to a lady and her “””son”””. She was having a hard time traveling alone (Probably just nervous at getting caught), so I helped her get her luggage and get to her “””””””car””””””” (child rape-mobile).

      Every day I think about the consequences of my actions. Every day I drink a little more.

      1. BUCS, just write a book already.

  2. Something didn’t click with me…

    Obviously.

    1. Her skull is a click-free zone.

  3. Can Nevada authorities regulate pre-fight trash talk?

    mount up

    1. This was just a dumb comment one of the commissioners said. There isn’t a serious effort to actually do this.

  4. I apologize if anything else I have said on this matter distracts from ‘if you see something, say something.

    And I’m sure that family accepts your apo- Wait, what?

    1. Finally a proper demonstration of “doubling down”.

  5. These issues aren’t only civil rights ? they’re also a matter of national security.

    :::does more polling::

    and a matter of health insurance and low unemployment!

    1. You’d think a sitting Senator openly revealing our Achilles’ Heel might be accused of giving aid and comfort to our enemies.

      1. It’s only wrong when the other team does it.

    2. She’s out to prove she can tweet even more idiotically than the president?

      She could be the new McCarthy, holding public show trials of anyone accused of wrongthink (in its modern formulation). After all, it’s about “national security.”

      Where do they find these people?!? I swear you could visit a safe injection site and find far better candidates.

  6. Jill Abramson, former executive editor of The New York Times, now faces plagiarism allegations over her new book. See more from Michael Moynihan.

    You don’t want to be staring down the barrel of a Moynihan tweet storm about your plagiarism.

    1. Is the Fifth Column still a thing?

      1. There are still people who comment here like it’s still a thing.

  7. Justice Department opens probe into Jeffrey Epstein’s plea deal
    But according to a civil lawsuit filed by other women who said they were among Epstein’s victims, one of the conditions of that deal was that a much larger federal investigation into Epstein and the people who helped him in his scheme would be dropped. Epstein, 66, served 13 months in jail and was allowed to leave almost every day through a work release program.

    Mueller’s FBI used Jeffrey Epstein as an Informant
    It seems Robert Mueller’s FBI was using pedophile Jeffrey Epstein as an informant in 2008.

    Jeffrey Epstein is a friend of the Clinton family, who ran the “Lolita Express” to his private island.

    Documents released by the FBI pertaining to Clinton-connected pedophile Jeffrey Epstein show that the known child predator had a professional relationship with then-FBI Director Robert S. Mueller.

    1. Flight logs show Bill Clinton flew on sex offender’s jet much more than previously known
      Former President Bill Clinton was a much more frequent flyer on a registered sex offender’s infamous jet than previously reported, with flight logs showing the former president taking at least 26 trips aboard the “Lolita Express” — even apparently ditching his Secret Service detail for at least five of the flights, according to records obtained by FoxNews.com.

      1. I’m glad we got back to this as if it’s relevant.

        1. Trump had a campaign promise to lock HER up.

          You don’t see the double envelopment here?

          Special prosecutors going after politicians and their political cronies is not to be disturbed by the Party of the target.

          When this powerful weapon gets turned on Bill Clinton, Hillary, Loretta Lynch, etc., the Democrats are politically bound to let it play out. Otherwise, the Democrats will be exposed for the hypocrites that they are because Trump let Mueller do his thing for over 2 years.

        2. I think a former President possibly participating in a child sex ring is pretty relevent and worth knowing about.

          1. Was the sex ring in a pizza shop?

            1. There were some cock rings in the pizza shop.

            2. NO it was on his island. You do know that Epstein went to prison for keeping underage sex slaves on his private island right?

              Try reading the news sometime.

              1. No, Epstein was convicted of a single charge of soliciting prostitution from an an underaged girl in the state of Florida.
                The numerous federal charges involving trafficking in underaged sex slaves were dropped as part of a plea agreement offered by the U.S. attorney for South Florida. Under that plea deal Epstein didn’t spend a day in prison, but did serve nights and Sundays only in the Palm Beach County Jail for just 13 months.
                The prosecutor who granted Epstein immunity from all federal criminal charges involving more than 40 children was none other than Alexander Acosta, Trump’s current Secretary of Labor.

          2. Well then you must find it extremely relevant that our current President was possibly participating in that same child sex ring, yet you didn’t bring that up.

            Why not.

            Were you just too ignorant to know about Trump’s strong friendship with Epstein and how the people who help Epstein escape true justice are part of, or have close ties to, the Trump administration?

      2. #StillWithHim
        #InternsToo
        $ChildrenToo

      3. Epstein’s little black book, “The Holy Grail” contained nearly 20 accurate contact numbers for Donald Trump as well as contact numbers for his “piece of 嚚” daughter, Ivanka.
        Back in 2009, Jeffrey’s brother, Mark Epstein, testified in 2009 that Donald Trump also flew on Epstein’s infamous “Lolita Express” and also visited Epstein’s sex island. Trump also was a frequent visitor to the convicted sex offender’s New York apartment.
        In 2010 Epstein himself testified about his personal relationship with Trump, admitting to socialized with Trump, but refused to deny that he and Trump ever “socialized” together with underage girls.

      4. Trump used to brag about how Jeffrey Epstein was a regular visitor to Mar-a-Lago, while Trump was a frequent guest at Epstein’s Manhattan Mansion, his Palm Beach estate as well as a passenger on the “Lolita Express” down to Orgy Island.
        At least one of the child sex slaves on the “Lolita Express” testified that she “was recruited…for Epstein while working as a $9-per-hour locker room attendant at Mar-A-Lago.”
        Trump couldn’t contain his admiration for Epstein, telling New York Magazine’s Ladon Thomas that Epstein, was “… a lot of fun to be with. It is even said that he likes beautiful women as much as I do, and many of them are on the younger side. No doubt about it — Jeffrey enjoys his social life.

      5. Despite all those flights and visits to Epstein’s Island, not a single person has accused Clinton of engaging sex with underage girls, but Trump has actually been accused of raping at least two of Epstein’s child sex slaves.

        Trump was hanging out with the pedophile Epstein years before anyone outside of Arkansas had heard of Bill Clinton. Trump, unlike Clinton, has actually been accused of raping at least two of Epstein’s child sex slaves, and despite evidence supporting federal charges that Epstein had trafficked more than 30 children

      6. Despite all those flights and visits to Epstein’s Island, not a single person has accused Clinton of engaging sex with underage girls, but Trump has actually been accused of raping at least two of Epstein’s child sex slaves.

        Trump was hanging out with the pedophile Epstein years before anyone outside of Arkansas had heard of Bill Clinton. Trump, unlike Clinton, has actually been accused of raping at least two of Epstein’s child sex slaves, and despite evidence supporting federal charges that Epstein had trafficked more than 30 children, the federal prosecutor assigned to the case says Epstein’s attorneys, including Trump supporter Alan Dershowitz and former U.S. Solicitor General (and DJT’s SCOTUS pick, Brett Kavanaugh’s old boss ) Kenneth Starr, convinced him to ignore his own staff’s recommendation and enter into a non-prosecution deal allowing the man Trump says was ” “… a lot of fun to be with” to plead to state charges and serve only nights and weekends during his year in county jail.
        That prosecutor is now Trump’s Secretary of Labor, Alexander Acosta.

    2. There doesn’t seem to be a single FBI scandal that is not connected to Muehler in some way. He might be the dirtiest cop in history

      1. You’re just getting nervous because you know if he’s been investigating #TrumpRussia this long, it means he’s found something truly earth-shattering.

        #ItsMuellerTime

        1. The longer he investigates, the more stuff he finds.

          But he holds off reporting because that would be the end of the investigations.

          *Zeno, Private Detective.

          1. That’s about the best summation I’ve seen.

        2. #StillWithHim
          #InternsToo
          $ChildrenToo

      2. When the FBI admitted in 2015 that they overstated forensic matches in hair analysis from the “elite” FBI crime lab in ways that favored prosecutors in more than 95 percent of the 268 trials reviewed, I though heads were going to fucking roll. Nothing happened.

        1. Just because defendants were convicted on junk science, is no reason to fire federal workers or release defendants who never got a fair trial.

          The FBI should have been cleaned up decades ago. Its a shitshow of corruption.

          1. If federal workers are misrepresenting evidence, they very much deserve to be fired.

      3. I have been suspecting that Trump wants to destroy the Democratic Party forever.

        Using an IG investigation to get rid of Mueller is genius since Trump cannot be blamed for “firing” Mueller. Trump has been clearing out the DOJ of Lefties for 2 years. Trump using the DOJ to re-investigate Hillary for the mishandling of Classified information and the Clinton ties to Jeffrey Epstein, would likely turn up all sorts of criminal activity. The Democrats wouldn’t be able to politically stop the new Special Prosecutor, since they didn’t want anyone stopping Mueller’s investigation.

        Tied in with all the other stuff Trump does to own the Democrats- Own Democrat talking points (American jobs, prison reform, empower women, etc), turn the SJWs on Democrats, nominating 2+ SCOTUS justices, removing Democrat legacy policies (NAFTA), immigration reform, convince Black Americans to leave the Party of slavery….

        The Democratic Party is doomed.

        1. The Democratic Party is doomed.

          Yeah. They might never recover from November’s “Red Wave.”

          LOL

        2. ” Trump using the DOJ to re-investigate Hillary for the mishandling of Classified information and the Clinton ties to Jeffrey Epstein, would likely turn up all sorts of criminal activity.”

          And why would this criminal activity be any different than the criminal activity they got away with last time? Time and time again, the Obama administration has shown to be a corrupt, criminal organization, but when were they ever prosecuted, and why do you think this time around will be different?

          My prediction: The Mueller investigation will go on until the 2020 election gets heated, at which point dubious charges against Trump that have never been prosecuted before (but now are SUPER important) will spread like wildfire through mainstream media and social media. All of this will be in support of a milquetoast democrat spouting intersectional nonsense and socialism.

          Sound familiar?

          1. Somethings have changed since 2016.

            More and more Americans seem skeptical of the government. More and more Americans seem less likely to believe Democrat bullshit.

            Its not a giant step but its something. Reinstituting Rule of Law over elite political and bureaucrat types will reap rewards that last generations.

            1. I hope you’re right, but history hasn’t shown to punish anyone in the military industrial complex. Punishment only goes one way, which is why Trump will have a target on his back all 8 years.

              1. Trump is only one person and the corruption that we have is pretty massive.

                I am fine with Trump tackling what he has and will continue to. Changing the game from corruption being acceptable to being unacceptable would hopefully circle the microscope on the MIC. Technically, the Military Industrial Complex can be gutted with some general government cuts of 25%+.

                Outing these traitors in the bureaucracy takes more targeted effort.

                Trump has handled multiple targets on his back for 2 years with aplomb.

            2. “More and more Americans seem skeptical of the government. More and more Americans seem less likely to believe Democrat bullshit.”

              I think you might perceive this because the internet is serving you information that reinforces your world view. People are skeptical of Democrats, sure, but many people on the margin are starting to loath the Republicans. Not saying its right, but I don’t think the Democrats are going away any time soon. In fact, I think they will hold all 3 branches of the federal government again soon.

              1. hmmm.. since you have no idea what I look at on the internet, you must be correct.

                As a Libertarian, I always search out bias confirming media to make me feel better. /s

          2. Since the original FBI report called it gross negligence and FBI agent Strzok changed it to extremely careless on his own for the sole purpose of protecting Hillary from an indictment, why not just add the gross negligence back to the report and refer it out?

            1. Great question… why haven’t they? Why don’t these crooks ever get punished? And why should I expect them to in the future?

              The investigation can’t end until they can nail Trump, at least enough to ruin his re-election. If the investigation ends and he’s still in charge, he can clean house.

              1. I was hoping that he would use this next shutdown to push a bunch of the bureaucrat traitors out but they likely wont leave because they are getting paid even they are not at work.

                They are the mercy of the criminal system if they quit. If they stay, they can sabotage investigations, etc.

          3. Strzok also lied to Congress about it. I thought that was a crime?

            1. Or Clinton, or Clapper, or Rice, or Comey…

              I’m starting to see a pattern…

  8. But mandating that they all be full employees and not independent contractors could ruin the flexibility, privacy, and other perks of the current system.

    There are a couple jokes to be mined there. Let’s see if you people are up to the task.

    1. Man-dating. I’ve got nothin’.

      1. Have you tried growing a nice beard?

        1. Clashes with my blue jacket and yellow boots.

          Hey dol, Merry dol, Ring a dong dildo!

    2. Strippers need to be flexible.

      That’s all I got right now. It’s early here.

    3. Contractors. Contractions. Like if they get pregnant…. No, that’s not it.

      Perky. Like perky tits. Hmm, maybe. Work on that later.

      Privacy. VIP room. Nah, cliche.

      1. He’s close, man. Real close.

      2. To further protect their privacy all clubs will become topless only.

  9. Russian sex trafficking racist homophobic gangs are the root of all problems. Not politicians. Yep.

    1. Not politicians either. It’s the coercive government which cannot go out of business from market competition which is the root of this evil.

  10. That Kamala Harris tweet is absolutely brilliant. She has been my top choice for President for months, and she just keeps hitting all the right notes.

    As a member of the LGBTQ+ community (I’m non-binary) I know all too well that transphobia is a matter of national security. People misgender me as “sir” all the time just because I have hair on my face. Not only is this deeply upsetting, it also literally plays into the hands of the hostile foreign power that hacked our election.

    #LibertariansForHarris

    1. Non-binaries have trouble learning to code.

      1. Binary code is so transphobic, I can’t even.

        1. Why do you think quantum computing is such a big deal? A qubit can be many different things at once!

          1. That’s lgbtqubit to you, dear sir, I mean dear xir.

          2. i loved QBert.

    2. +1 very good

  11. CBS New York obtained a cease and desist letter that it claims was sent by the NYPD to Google in [which] the law enforcement agency insists the Waze app is creating a dangerous situation by alerting users of nearby checkpoints.

    The world’s “seventh largest standing army” against the company that knows everything about you.

    1. Also can be cast as “a local David against a worldwide Goliath”.
      Which will be more effective; guns and regulators, or a huge legal staff with tons of money?

      1. Wait. The cops are supposed to be the “David” underdogs here? Really?

  12. Russia was able to influence our election because they figured out that racism, sexism, anti-Semitism, homophobia, and transphobia are America’s Achilles heel. These issues aren’t only civil rights ? they’re also a matter of national security. We have to deal with that.

    ? Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) February 6, 2019

    This doesn’t even make sense. At all.

    1. Her political opponents are national security threats and thus Enemies of The People. Your safety demands they be liquidated.

      1. There’s one smoking a joint
        And another with spots!
        If I had my own way,
        I’d have all of them shot!

        1. This fills me with the urge to DEFECATE!

      2. and thus Enemies of The People

        Like CNN?

    2. Nth D chess man.

      1. “n”th D checkers indeed!

    3. “This doesn’t even make sense. At all”

      Bro, it ain’t easy weaving a steaming pile of trigger words into a nice salad.

    4. she’s a bad MichelleO impression

      1. People laugh that Trump was a self fulfilling prophecy from a Simpsons parody, but the biggest head-scratcher is how that nutbag Harris is taken seriously by anyone.

    5. Is she aware of how homosexuals and transsexuals are treated in Russia? On the other hand, Russia is well known for its racial inclusion and equality between the sexes *eyeroll*.

    6. If you could tell me what words, exactly, you’re having trouble understanding, maybe I can help.

  13. “”wife of the late Sen. John McCain?said that she was at the Phoenix airport last week when she spotted a mother who was “a different ethnicity” from her child. Apparently, that didn’t sit right with McCain.””

    Oh my. Shall we call her Airport Annie?

  14. Is Harris retarded? Did all those dicks give her a concussion?

    1. Only the one that hit her brain cell.
      Took a lot of tries to find it.

  15. Russia was able to influence our election because they figured out that racism, sexism, anti-Semitism, homophobia, and transphobia are America’s Achilles heel.

    LOL – what a fucking idiot

    1. I always find it funny when people think that stuff is an American thing.

    2. Wonder why they haven’t taken over the entire Middle East and Africa by now.

  16. Has Stormy Daniels paid her court judgement to Trump yet?

    1. Trump hasn’t said anything about her in a while. Maybe she paid him to keep quite.

      1. Quite quiet?

        1. Ha! Yes.

    1. Then SIV came for Foghorn Leghorn.

      1. *on*

  17. No one has ever explained to me why the same people who have a problem with the Russians influencing our elections but okay with the media influencing our elections.

    1. Figure it out.

      1. Because one hurt the Anointed One??.

    2. Worse, no one has ever explained to me why the same people who have a problem with the Russians influencing our elections are OK with the US influencing other nation’s elections. Seems a bit hypocritical. Let’s ask Hillary what she thinks about it:

      Regarding the election, in which Hamas beat Fatah by 74 to 45 seats, Clinton said “I do not think we should have pushed for an election in the Palestinian territories. I think that was a big mistake. And if we were going to push for an election, then we should have made sure that we did something to determine who was going to win.”

      1. Holy crap. America dodged a major bullet.

        You’ll never convince me otherwise.

    3. Because this is homegrown, born in the U S of A media, not some dirty foreign filth.

      1. Not exactly true since the media was using a dossier produced by a foreigner and contained information from Russian contacts.

        1. But it was Americans using that dossier. They’d be equally upset if they had just gone around them with that Dossier and unleashed it on Twitter (possibly Russian company?).

    4. On that note, if the Russians were brainwashing people on social media how come the media was unaffected. Especially considering journalists make up like 99% of twitter accounts?

  18. Josh Rogin of WaPo and CNN explains why Tulsi Gabbard is such a terrible candidate.

    Being Hindu, Hawaiian or a veteran is no excuse for whitewashing the worst systematic mass atrocities since the Holocaust, which are still ongoing now in Assad’s dungeons. It’s not about labels. It’s about @TulsiGabbard lacking the moral clarity to represent America.

    She’s by far the worst Democrat among the 2020 contenders. Her history of homophobia is bad enough. But her so-called “anti-war” stance is really about weakening America’s standing and appeasing tyrants. It’s no surprise Russia likes her almost as much as they like Drumpf.

    1. The worst systematic genocide since the Holocaust? I guess Josh has never heard of the Cultural Revolution, the Khmer Rough, or Rwanda. Good to know that Josh Rogin is another 20 something liberal arts major who literally knows nothing. At least he can fit in with the other journalists in coding class.

      1. That guy is accusing others of straw man logic.

        That was rich reading his stuff.

        Wtf?

        1. The best one is this

          That’s just not how I feel. There’s a middle ground between invasion and turning away in the face of mass atrocities. That’s what I’m for. What are you for?

          What is the middle ground other than fighting an endless half ass war that we never do enough to win or accomplish anything except making clowns like him feel better?

          I loath these assholes.

          1. I agree with him, there is middle ground there. The issue is he doesn’t say what that is. He posits two extremes, and then chooses to say we should do something else without bothering to say what that is.

            1. I don’t see a middle ground other than fighitng an endless and useless war. Either we are willing to go in and do what is necessary to stabilize Syria, which means overthrowing Assad and occupying the place like we did in Iraq or we stay out of it except to whack ISIS or the odd terrorist group that is a threat to us and sets up shop there. Any gradient in between will accomplish nothing except cost us lives and money for no purpose.

            2. He suggests placing American troops in the middle of the country!

            3. “I agree with him, there is middle ground there. The issue is he doesn’t say what that is. He posits two extremes, and then chooses to say we should do something else without bothering to say what that is.”

              Then, even worse, he goes on to berate people who have actual policy preferences. In other words, he’s a coward unwilling to take a position, and then proceeds to get upset at people who are brave enough to actually take a position. Fuck him.

      2. Those who forget history are doomed to broadcast to the rest of us what complete fucking idiots they are.

      3. His response to Michael Tracy was autism.txt.

      4. Haha, he is getting skewered. Goodwin-strawman-whataboutism, that’s great!

        1. His responses are unbelievable. He admits that he doesn’t want the US to overthrow Assad. But he still wants us to do something. What that something is, he can’t say. But it clearly involves other people dying so he can feel good.

      5. It depends on what you mean by systematic, I guess. The worst atrocities were random state-enacted or state-supported, but they didn’t have the engineered system that the Holocaust had. A stupid line to draw, though.

        Either way, I think the Muslim persecutions in China and Myanmar or ISIS during its heyday are/were worse than Syria and certainly more systematic.

      6. “The worst systematic genocide since the Holocaust?”


        Abortion!

        *ducks and runs*

        1. 1) Josh doesn’t use the word “genocide.”
          2) Abortion isn’t “genocide.”

      7. The worst systematic genocide” since the Holocaust?

        I guess it didn’t matter to you that the word “genocide” doesn’t appear in Josh’s quote.

      1. +100

  19. “House Democrats Outline Gun Control Agenda For 116th Congress”
    […]
    “Democrats who have been chomping at the bit for years to push their anti-gun agenda in the House have made it very clear your rights are fair game, and they have said they will not waste any time once they seize the reins of control.”
    https://dailycaller.com/2018/11/18/
    house-democrats-outline-gun-control
    -agenda-for-116th-congress/

    SCOTUS begs to differ.

    1. Safe to pass bills you know the president won’t sign.

      Same thing happens in California every few years when the Assembly passes some ludicrous single payer health care bill. Never has a chance to get signed. Now that they have a bona fide moron socialist as governor, I’m curious to see if these bonehead bills will have a harder time passing since the fool may actually sign them.

      1. Yes. This is the Democrats’ version of Republicans repealling Obamacare.

        1. Because it would be insane to go back to the hellscape that was 2009

  20. “Texting suicide manslaughter conviction upheld”
    […]
    “A young woman who as a teenager encouraged her boyfriend through dozens of text messages to kill himself is responsible for his suicide, Massachusetts highest court ruled Wednesday in upholding her involuntary manslaughter conviction.”
    https://www.detroitnews.com/story/news/
    nation/2019/02/06/high-court-upholds-texting
    -suicide-manslaughter-conviction/39015273/

    Pretty sure this is not over.

    1. Stupid all the way down.

    2. One of the central shifts over time has been the belief that an individual is not responsible for their own actions. I think that trend will continue, unfortunately.

      1. As a resident of Massachusetts, I’m quite distressed that I can no longer fully express myself on the Internet. Sure I can tell people to fuck off or eat shit, but I can no longer safely add the extremely important modifier ‘and die’. I’m afraid to even use “acronyms” like GDIAF.

        1. I got banned from Reddit for asking someone to “please exit humanity.”

          1. Ironic. You got exited from Reddit humanity.

    3. *amazed* that got prosecuted. i wouldn’t have.

    4. “I thought you wanted to do this. The time is right and you’re ready ? just do it babe,” Carter wrote in one message.

      “You’re finally going to be happy in heaven. No more pain. It’s okay to be scared and it’s normal. I mean, you’re about to die,” she wrote in another.

      Yeesh. No wonder the guy wanted out.

      1. Not saying she should go to prison/jail, but if incitement of people to commit violent acts is illegal (should it be?), than do these text messages amount to something similar?

        I don’t think this should be prosecuted at all, but I do think that this woman is an absolutely atrocious person.

        1. >>>(should it be?)

          no. 1A.

  21. “Russia was able to influence our election because they figured out that racism, sexism, anti-Semitism, homophobia, and transphobia are America’s Achilles heel. These issues aren’t only civil rights ? they’re also a matter of national security. We have to deal with that.”

    Sounds like an open borders libertarian post. You really can’t tell parody from truth with these fools. What a bunch of nonsense this tweet is.

    I still can’t believe the democrats have managed to dig up someone worse than Hillary for front runner. Good grief. Say hello to Trump 2020

    1. Kamala Harris will easily beat Drumpf or any other Republican if she gets the nomination. Mark my words.

      1. You’re on fire today. Keep it up this is great.

    2. I think it just shows that the Dem “leadership” has realized they need to let these younguns blow off some steam, that none of the old standbys have a chance against Trump, and they’ve written off the 2020 elections entirely. Sort of like The Republicans let Dole run against Clinton’s second term because they knew nobody could beat him, so let Dole take the suicide charge. Or whomever the Dems ran against Reagan’s second term.

      1. All the Dems had to do is not be crazy nor corrupt.

        Is that too much to ask?

  22. And…
    “Democrats Launch New Probe of Trump’s Finances, Russia Ties”
    […]
    “The House intelligence committee will launch a broad new investigation looking at Russian interference in the 2016 election and President Donald Trump’s foreign financial interests, Chairman Adam Schiff announced Wednesday, moving ahead with the aggressive oversight that Democrats have promised now that they are in the majority.”
    https://www.usnews.com/news/politics/
    articles/2019-02-06/house-panel-expected
    -to-send-russia-transcripts-to-mueller

    Damn it! It was her TURN!

  23. A wave of bankruptcies is sweeping the U.S. Farm Belt as trade disputes add pain to the low commodity prices that have been grinding down American farmers for years.

    Throughout much of the Midwest, U.S. farmers are filing for chapter 12 bankruptcy protection at levels not seen for at least a decade, a Wall Street Journal review of federal data shows.

    Bankruptcies…

    MAGA!

    1. Moar subsidizing needed!

    2. Please continue updating us on the abysmal state of the economy. Palin’s Buttplug used to make posts exactly like this until Reason made the mistake of banning him. We remaining left-libertarians need to continue his important work.

      #DrumpfRecession
      #UnbanPalinsButtplug

  24. Why would any contractor perform “work that is outside the usual course of the hiring entity’s business”? Why would anyone hire a contractor to perform “work that is outside the usual course of the hiring entity’s business”?

    Any judge with any common sense ought to be able to write a one paragraph verdict throwing out this nonsense.

    1. I wouldn’t be so sure. Coercing employee status is very important to the state and the system. Judges are in on it don’t think they aren’t.

    2. You really are not able to think of an example?

      Are you suggesting a company celebrating 20 years in business would logically hire 20 new employees to cater the party on one night?

      1. The Supreme Court of California is making that argument, not me.

        1. Apologies. I did not catch that from the particular way you used quotation marks.

      2. Or a restaurant would hire a full time repair man when their walk in freezer breaks?

        1. It also explains why Jimmie didn’t have a sign on his lawn that said “dead nigger storage”. Coz storing dead niggers ain’t his fucking business, Jules.

          1. That is right. He had to hire a contractor who could come in and handle the dead nigger problem.

            1. +1 The Wolf.

        2. That is not how 1099s work. You are terrible at this

    3. Why would any contractor perform “work that is outside the usual course of the hiring entity’s business”?

      Because that is why you hire a contractor in the first place. I don’t normally do this work and don’t have the in house skills to do it. But, since I don’t normally do it, it makes no sense to hire a full time employee just for this one time job. So, I hire a contractor to do it.

      1. The Supreme Court of California made that argument, not me.

        1. Sorry I missed the sarcasm. The Court is not being unreasonable here. The labor laws are so honorous that businesses are getting around them by no longer having employees and just having contractors. Clearly, the answer is to make the laws less onerous. But, the Court can’t change the law. So, it is trying to enforce the law as best it can by telling businesses to stop calling their full time employees “contractors” to get out of complying with the law.

          1. A touring celebrity has to be a contractor. Some strippers, like Stormy Daniels, are touring celebrities. Some people, like Uber and Lyft drivers, want to be contractors so they can set their own hours; maybe 80 hours one week, none the next.

            This ruling exists only because the rulers dread letting individuals make their own choices. It has nothing to do with anything else. Any so-called compliance with the law is merely an excuse to not find the law unconstitutional so as to maintain the propaganda that individualism is bad.

            1. Fundamentally, every person is an independant contractor

              1. Fundamentally, the government should just plain butt out of individual decisions which do not harm anybody else.

                1. I would vote several times (in the same election) for any politician who declares “Fuck off, Slaver”.

      2. No, as a 1099 Contractor for the last 19 years, you have no idea what you are talking about

        1. What the hell are you talking about?

  25. Over time, the number of “sets of eyes” she supposedly saw gazing up at her has grown, and now stands at 100 pairs of eyes, up from 40 in 2014

    20 Eyes

    1. At least she’s quoting even numbers. There’s nothing creepier than the gaze of a cyclops.

  26. >>>she spotted a mother who was “a different ethnicity” from her child

    stupid racists need the most attention.

    1. Cindy McCain is a different ethnicity that one of her children.

      I cannot believe this has not been pointed out.

      Remember all the so-called nasty phone calls before the 2000 SC Primary that supposedly were Karl Rove’s doing that no one has any evidence of? They were about their adopted Indian child (supposedly black)

      1. oh i remember…

  27. The In-Kind Party

    Something to consider if the LP’s candidate doesn’t quite work out in 2020

    1. I normally like Munger, but this weird tree obsession is putting me off. My area was mixed-grass prairie before settlement. We have 100,000 more (at least) trees than when nature was in charge and the city spends a lot of money on maintaining them. I’m not planting any more. Fuck trees.

    2. The In Kind Party is a new kind of political party that seeks to bring back a sense of collaboration and continuous improvement to the political process. We aim to unleash human potential by turning the political system into what it always should have been: a tool for teaching and motivating people to “think globally, and act locally.”

      No thanks

      1. And if you don’t want to be taught and motivated, you will be forced to. No thanks is right.

    3. That has to be the dumbest thing I have ever seen. Think globally, act idioicly, ought to be their slogan.

  28. On a national security front, it would be best to institutionalize discrimination. Our most dangerous non-state enemies hate us because we’re not discriminating against homosexuals and Jews and our state enemies don’t give a shit. If the US had absolutely excluded Soviet scientists Russia would be even more behind than they are now in weaponry.

    This is not a good way to address sectarianism in the US and it’s a really shitty argument.

  29. “CBS New York obtained a cease and desist letter that it claims was sent by the NYPD to Google in the law enforcement agency insists the Waze app is creating a dangerous situation by alerting users of nearby checkpoints. ”

    Quite the sentence, Engadget

  30. Army aims for more combat-ready troops with new fitness test

    Commanders have complained in recent years that the soldiers they get out of basic training aren’t fit enough. Nearly half of the commanders surveyed last year said new troops coming into their units could not meet the physical demands of combat. Officials also say about 12 percent of soldiers at any one time cannot deploy because of injuries.

    Pussies are out?

    1. The Commander in Chief will grab every one of them out of service. And when you’re their commander, they let you do it. You can do anything.

      1. ….alright.

        Are you drinking early today, Leo?

  31. “Culprits are sentenced to cultural erasure,” laments Lionel Schriver, in an essay dissecting the impulse to not just prevent targets of outrage from finding future work but to hide all of their past contributions to art, entertainment, and the cultural lexicon:

    If we don’t like your opinions, you can now be shut out of global transportation and payment networks. Good luck trying to open a bank account or catch a taxi. America has fully embraced the no-fly list, but for everything.

  32. Jill Abramson, former executive editor of The New York Times, now faces plagiarism allegations over her new book. See more from Michael Moynihan.

    Journalist catfight!

  33. The weirdest part about the Cindy McCain story is that she said she thought something wasn’t right because the adult was of a different ethnicity than the child, but she herself has an adopted daughter from Bangladesh who clearly isn’t her biological child. Puzzling that she of all people would make that assumption.

    1. Democrats are racists who use people of other races as tools.

      Cindy McCain just assumed someone else was doing that too.

  34. “Something didn’t click with me,” McCain told KTAR. “I went over the police and told them what I saw and they went over and questioned her and, by God, she was trafficking that kid.”

    After police disputed McCain’s radio claims, she tweeted:

    “Well, at least I wasn’t wearing fucking blackface.”

  35. Twitter Finally Gives Us an Idea of Just How Few People Actually Use Twitter Each Day

    Instead of reporting “daily active users” like many other services, Twitter is instead sharing what it calls mDAUs, or monetizable daily active users. This means Twitter is only going to report the number of users it can monetize (by and large, users it can show ads to) on a daily basis, excluding some daily users of third-party apps.

  36. “If you see something, maybe you should stop and think before you say something.”

    Won’t someone think of the children!

  37. “For reasons that escape me, artists’ misbehavior now contaminates the fruits of their labors,”

    Kulak art has got to be stamped out.

    It’s all identity politics from here to eternity.

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