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Critiquing Israel Policy Worse Than White Nationalism, Says GOP Leader: Reason Roundup

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New members of Congress clash with GOP leader over Israel. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy is calling for Democrats to sanction two freshmen members for their sass on Israel. McCarthy told Democrats they must "take action" against Reps. Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib, both elected last fall and the first two Muslim women in Congress. If Democrats don't do something, said McCarthy, "I think you'll see action from myself"—though it's not clear what he could actually do.

McCarthy is mad over (separate) comments Omar and Tlaib have made about Israel. He said their comments were more offensive than Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) sticking up for white nationalism.

Omar accused Republican policy on Israel of being driven by funding from lobbyist groups like the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC). As John Bresnahan explains at Politico, AIPAC "is a non-profit that doesn't donate directly to candidates. AIPAC, however, does relentlessly push a pro-Israeli message on Capitol Hill and inside the executive branch, and its members donate to pro-Israel lawmakers and candidates while seeking to defeat those it considers a threat to U.S.-Israeli relations."

In January, Tlaib came under fire for saying some members of Congress "forgot what country they represent" after they voted for a bill targeting boycotts of Israel. Tlaib was accused of dog whistling the old "two loyalties" accusation that was once frequently deployed about Jews and Israel (or Catholics and the Pope). She was roundly accused of anti-Semitism by many conservatives, including the bill's sponsor, Florida Republican Sen. Marco Rubio. In response, Tlaib tweeted "Sen. Rubio, it's clear my earlier tweet was critical of U.S. Senators like yourself, who are seeking to strip Americans of their Constitutional right to free speech."

Journalist Glenn Greenwald called it "obscene" to compare these comments from Tlaib and Omar with defenses of white nationalism. "In the US, we're allowed to criticize our own government: certainly foreign governments. The GOP House Leader's priorities are warped," Greenwald tweeted. He continued:

Sorry, but you're not going to turn the two first Muslim women to serve in the US Congress into overnight Jew-haters because of their criticisms of Israel. What's actually anti-Semitic is conflating the Government of Israel with Jews, so those of you doing that should stop.

Rep. Omar in turn retweeted this with the comment "It's all about the Benjamins baby" and a music-notes emoji—prompting more cries of bigotry. Alyssa Farah, Mike Pence's press secretary, called it "textbook antisemitism" and an "astonishing statement from a sitting member of Congress."

A lot of mentions of money and Israel tend to get shut down in this manner. Activist Imraan Siddiqi questioned why it's "perfectly fine to talk about paid trips, influence peddling and money in DC" when it comes from Saudi Arabia, Turkey, or the United Arab Emirates. But Israel "is off limits?"

As with Democrats seeing white supremacy in every "OK" hand gesture and racist dog whistles everywhere, a lot of people on the right are determined to see coded anti-Semitism in any criticism of Israel or its U.S. supporters.

ELECTION 2020

Both Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) announced their 2020 presidential campaigns over the weekend. With each new Democratic Party contender—a group that also includes Sens. Kamala Harris, Cory Booker, and Rep. Tulsi Gabbard—criticism of the candidates is often met with swift appeals to consider: Aren't they better than Trump on this regard? But even for those who think the two-party system should get their votes regardless, now surely isn't the time to gloss over candidate flaws and resort to reflexive whataboutism. Now is precisely the time to air as much as we can about who these candidates are and how they fare in the national spotlight.

With Klobuchar, whose alleged mistreatment of staff became an issue last week, "it's not clear that this news alone will sink Klobuchar. It's still early, and she wouldn't be the first intense boss to become president," writes David Byler yesterday in the The Washington Post. "But this kind of story, and the primary campaign as a whole, can be bruising. That's the entire point of the process—or at least, before the Trump era, it was supposed to be."

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  1. “Females had a younger brain age relative to males” in a new study of brain metabolism as we age.

    This is why there are no teenage female libertarians?

    1. Hello.

    2. Yes. If by this you mean the Reason comments section.

  2. It looks like Westworld won’t return for season three until 2020.

    just in time to get blamed for causing whoever loses to trump to lose.

  3. “Females had a younger brain age relative to males” in a new study of brain metabolism as we age.

    women be metabolizing

  4. It looks like Westworld won’t return for season three until 2020.

    Retooling for the #MeToo era.

  5. Cathy Young tackles Candace Owens…

    …for leaving lawn clippings too close to the property line.

  6. Owens suggested last week that Hitler would’ve been OK if he didn’t have such a globalist streak.

    You know who else would be OK if he wasn’t a globalist?

    1. Magellan?

    2. Poles?

    3. Alexander the Great?

    4. Columbus?

    5. Atlas?

  7. Boiling Water Challenge: Burns Warning Over Viral Stunt

    School districts demand more money yet refuse to teach kids basic science.

    1. What does basic science have to do with knowing to not throw water into the wind?

      1. NEWS FLASH: SparkY burned after boiling water throw into the air does not instantly freeze like Twitter said and 100F + water land on skin.

        1. 100F? You mean, like a hot tub? Nice try, there.

          1. 100F + but whatever you want to see.

            I could do 150-212F water. Depending on multiple things including altitude.

        2. Did you read the article? The people got burned because they threw the water into the wind and it blew back onto them before freezing? So I’ll repeat my question: What does basic science have to do with knowing to not throw water into the wind?

          1. Just shut up retard.

            I even explained it as if to a 5 year old and you still cannot get it.

            1. I love the sheer enthusiasm you have for being an idiot.

            2. Poor troll.

              I replied against my better judgment.

            3. No, you didn’t explain anything, but went immediately to name-calling.

              1. Poor Zeb. Defending trolls again.

                Maybe someday Zeb will have interesting things to say.

          2. You guys can turn literally anything into an argument.

            1. Cannot!

      2. Here’s a fine example of kids not knowing basic science–

        What does basic science have to do with knowing to not throw water into the wind?

        The Wind. Will. Blow. The. Boiling. Water .Back .In. Your. Face.

        That’s science, too. The kind you learn in grade school. When you learn about wind power. It’s what we call ‘basic science’. The kind little kids learn.

    2. School districts demand more money yet refuse to teach kids basic science.

      Also, You don’t mess around with Jim.

      1. Nice reference. But I thought we were supposed to be worried about Slim nowadays?

    3. These “challenges” are made up by the media. Even a large amount of the tide pod stuff was accidental while joking about a media story.

  8. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) has retracted a “draft” of the Green New Deal that was she said wasn’t meant to be uploaded to her website.

    She’s running.

    1. I had friends who said their greatest fear for A?C was that she’d weaken on her positions once she got to DC. Now we see their fears were justified.

      1. Already a lying politician. That was quick.

      2. What ‘positions’? On how to be an illiterate retard?

        She’s a socialist idiot and you have to keep hammering at that.

        1. That I do not know. I don’t bother to engage with the A?Conversations. What’s the point?

          1. She’s illiberalism personified.

            Keep an eye on that one. She’s the profile of someone who once in control of the purses and knows where the guns are, is going to raid and pillage the treasury and siphon it off to some bank account in a third world shit hole.

            Eternal vigilance.

            1. AOC seems like a true believer. She seems like the type that would cheer on a repeal the 2nd amendment without realizing the insane amount of violence that would occur as a result of its repeal.

              1. Doesn’t know and won’t care. ‘Talk to the hand!’

    2. So, what, she doesn’t want to completely wreck the economy in 10 short years? She wants to do it in 15, instead?

    3. The green new deal was too green to harvest.

    1. Governor Coonman is taking fresh heat for putting his foot in his mouth and calling slaves “indentured servants” on one of the talking-head shows.

      1. “Virginia needs someone that can heal,” he told King. “There’s no better person to do that than a doctor.”

        “Virginia needs someone that can soothe. There’s no better person to do that than a massage therapist.”

        “Virginia needs someone that can release tension. There’s no better person to do that than a hooker.”

      2. The irony is that Northam mainly just got his history confused. Those first Africans were indeed slaves because they were on a Spanish slave ship that had been captured (their fate after arrival isn’t known), but most, if not all, of Virginia’s first black residents were in fact indentured servants and even bought their own lands after their term of service ended. To the extent that slavery became institutionalized, this didn’t take place until the mid-late 1600s.

        1. Something I missed but this is a good point:

          Why the hell is Northem trying to make HIS racial issue a problem for ALL of Virginia?

          “It’s obvious from what happened this week that we still have a lot of work to do. There are still some very deep wounds in Virginia, and especially in the area of equity,” he said. “There are ongoing inequities to access to things like education, health care, mortgages, capital, entre?pre?neur?ship. And so this has been a real, I think, an awakening for Virginia. It has really raised the level of awareness for racial issues in Virginia. And so we’re ready to learn from our mistakes.”

          The word “we/our” is used 4 times. “I/me”? Not once.

          What the fuck do you mean “WE”, governor? You and the AG ONLY? I’m betting not, but the Left has spent a lot of time making THEIR faults the faults of America.

      3. Is that the Governor’s name: Coonman? Really?

        Sounds problematic.

    2. It isn’t unprincipled if your principle is power.

    3. Principles are such fluid things.

      It’ll be endlessly amusing if the ONLY person to lose office over all of this nonsense is the black guy.

      1. Well, he is the only one who should even be under consideration for losing his job, if there’s a shred of evidence he did any of the things his accusers say.

      2. Just like on Star Trek!

    4. Beyer is in the safest of safe seats. The only way he can get himself in trouble is by angering party leadership. Does he not realize that?

  9. A quarter of all kindergartners in Washington aren’t immunized. Now there’s a measles crisis

    All that work by doctors and scientists to get essentially get rid of a horrible disease in the USA and Lefties use their Party of Science logic to allow the virus to gain a foothold again.

    1. It seems odd that conservatives’ disdain for science that has little predictive value and is highly reliant on sketchy computer models of things we don’t remotely grasp is evidence of being “anti-science”, but denying easily proven scientific information by the Left is not.

      1. Anyone know if there is a study that shows antivaxxing is left or right? I feel like this is more a crosscutting concern for rich housewives than anything too political, but my inkling ain’t a survey so I’d be curious to know.

        1. My personal experience is that anti vax stupidity does not fall along party lines but I’d love to see a study as well.

        2. short-url

          On the topic of childhood vaccines, older adults (especially those ages 50 and older) are more likely than younger adults to see childhood vaccines such as the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine as safe and as something that should be required of all children.

          I remember seeing something but cannot find it. Conservatives tend to be okay with the old basic vaccination regime and might want new vaccines spread out or not given. The MMR regime was found to be largely super safe and worth the risk because those diseases were horrible.

          Young people and Lefties tend to avoid even the basic vaccines.

          I noticed that some surveys don’t address this difference between left-right.

          1. I remember seeing something but cannot find it. Conservatives tend to be okay with the old basic vaccination regime and might want new vaccines spread out or not given. The MMR regime was found to be largely super safe and worth the risk because those diseases were horrible.

            ^This^

            The various aspects of ‘anti-vaxxing’ combined with a lack of investigation/correlation with political alignment would make it complicated to disentangle (and upset some convenient political narratives). Conservatives who sat through getting their upper arm effectively mutilated to avoid polio would probably make their kids do it. But their also the sort of people who would skip out on the flu vaccine absent other confounding conditions. Not to mention that everybody left, right, and maybe even center can recognize that vaccinating just girls to prevent HPV is a pretty blatant and unethical sham.

            1. The upper arm mutilation was the vaccine against small pox, not polio.

              Taking the the small pox vaccine, 15 jabs with a bifurcated needle, and then suffering for a month with a festering sore at the inoculation site is absolutely worth it. Small pox is a dreadful disease.

          2. I think avoiding proven vaccines for deadly, debilitating,disfiguring, dangerous diseases is crazy.

            Skepticism of new, unproven vaccines for low-risk uncommon or mild diseases is understandable.

            1. Nope. Its all or nothing with these people.

              1. That is what discredits the anti-vaxxer movement.

          3. Young people and Lefties tend to avoid even the basic vaccines.

            Not sure how you can justify that claim when a majority of both young people and lefties are in fact vaccinated.

            1. Poor Zeb’s citation fell off.

        3. I was going to say the same. It feels like it should align with the over-parenting cult, which doesn’t seem to align with any particular politics. I wouldn’t be surprised if anti-vaxxers were primarily single issue voters that don’t care about much else.

        4. It tends to be hyper-religious types (I’m talking about the “anything produced by the world is sinful”) or far-left radicals who think they’re supporting Big Pharma.

          What they have in common is that the most visible ones are women. Like the “my 2-year-old is transgender” crowd, it’s driven by a lot of Munchausen-by-proxy, attention-seeking behaviors.

          1. I have some experience with the end-times version of antivaxer. They think they are remaining pure and holy creatures, ready for some form of YHWH to save them from death.

            1. Nothing more “pure” than dying from respiratory distress complications.

              In 1980, 2.6 million people died of it, and in 1990, 545,000 died; by 2014, global vaccination programs had reduced the number of deaths from measles to 73,000

              Use the brain that GOD gave you.

              1. I’ve been informed by true believers that all declines in infectious disease are due to hand washing. No shit.

                1. Remember when the Lefties went after anti-bacterial soap a few years back?

                  Soap was the problem and the solution!

                  1. Dude, it’s not always “lefties”. Overuse of antibiotics is a real concern. Regular old soap is just fine.

                    1. Zeb’s citation fell off on this comment too!

                      It must be Reason’s fault.

                    2. Yes.

                      And hand washing is an effective method of avoiding many infectious agents.

        5. My impression (which could be totally wrong) is that the anti-vax thing is more a left thing than a right thing. But it certainly isn’t a typical or predominant left-wing or right wing view.

          I think more than anything it’s a phenomenon among relatively wealthy helicopter parent types

        6. Anyone know if there is a study that shows antivaxxing is left or right? I feel like this is more a crosscutting concern for rich housewives than anything too political, but my inkling ain’t a survey so I’d be curious to know.

          It can run both ways. In Washington, antivaxxing is largely left, and most of it occurs in one hippie enclave.

    2. Maybe leftism is a self-correcting disease that eventually succumbs to anti-vaxxing trends. They kill their young inadvertently this way. Unfortunately, this has a side effect of killing many other people too, since vaccinations depend on herd immunity.

      1. Lefties are pro-abortion, anti-vax, and pro-war.

        It would almost seem like they want their young to die.

      2. They need a marketer. No one wants to be part of a herd, sheparded around at the point of a syringe. Call it ‘community immunity’ or something like that. Then the antivaxxers get ostracized.

      3. I doubt it. Anti-vax people are a minority among the left and don’t seem to be particularly politically motivated in their odd beliefs.

        1. I’m just joking… but given some of the other comments I see here I can’t blame you for thinking I was serious.

    3. I think I’m going to start a line of Kiddie Koffins for sale over on the left coast.

      We’ll make them shaped like Transformers, and Wonder Woman, and maybe Muppets, and of course, Barbie–why, we might even do a tie-in with Mattel for Barbie’s Dream Crypt, complete with a full line of Barbie’s Funerary Makeup.

      Because it’s so clear that the leftoids want nothing more than piles of dead kids.

  10. Klobuchar, an ardent Drug Warrior, also brought felony charges for quality-of-life offenses and child support nonpayment and helped lead a drive to make drunk driving a felony. Minnesota’s prison population soared. https://t.co/Env4iZHjSV
    ? Walter Olson (@walterolson) February 11, 2019

    Well, you can’t say the party is running to the left. (Come to think of it, what’s more leftist than wherever possible increasing reasons for the enforcement arm of your policies to have contact with those who need to follow those policies?)

  11. Sexual Abuse of Nuns: Longstanding Church Scandal Emerges From Shadows
    ROME ? The sexual abuse of nuns and religious women by Catholic priests and bishops ? and the abortions that have sometimes resulted ? has for years been overshadowed by other scandals in the Roman Catholic Church.

    Abuse of Faith
    20 years, 700 victims: Southern Baptist sexual abuse spreads as leaders resist reforms

  12. There’s no evidence that Muslim immigrants are responsible for most of London’s knife attacks

    The Party of Science and its “fact checkers” cannot find any connection as to why violence on Garbage Island has gone up at an alarming rate.

    1. Are you becoming a champion for grievance mongering?

    2. Nice band name.

    3. Trump is going to win in a landslide

      “Abolish cow farts and the Jews”

      – Democrats 2020

      1. And airplanes. Don’t forget about airplanes!

      2. “Trump is going to win in a landslide”

        Making America Great Again!

        1. Oh no! There’s going to be another “Red Wave” in 2020?

          LOL

          1. I remember when they laughed at the Republicans in 2016. That was so funny.

        2. Poor OBL. Living his Blue Wave dream.

  13. …criticism of the candidates is often met with swift appeals to consider: aren’t they better than Trump on this regard?

    If only the party could meld them all into a single, monstrous candidate that could clear the better-than-Trump bar.

    1. single, monstrous candidate that could clear the better-than-Trump bar.

      So… Biden?

        1. Even better. It allows the Obamas to trump the Clintons in every way. I love it.

          1. I can’t wait for Hillary to go all Tonya Harding on Michelle’s ass!

            1. LOL. That would be epic.

        2. DNC has a new strategy, let the wookie win.

  14. More terrible economic news. This is especially troubling since it’s coming from the greatest living economist.

    Krugman Sees Possible U.S. Recession With Little Fed Wiggle Room

    It wasn’t just immigration and foreign policy and the Supreme Court that motivated me to vote for Clinton in 2016. I knew she’d continue the amazing Obama economy. But Russia hacked the election and installed Drumpf, who has virtually destroyed the economy in just two years. Now things are so bad that even a low unemployment rate is a bad sign. (It means everyone needs two jobs just to survive.)

    #DrumpfRecession
    #UnbanPalinsButtplug

    1. We’re way over due for a recession. Predicting one now is like predicting summer will follow spring.

      1. Winter is coming.

    2. Maybe the Fed shouldn’t have kept interest rates so low for so long. Now when the next recession hits, they’re basically painted into a corner.

      1. +100

      2. *we’re* basically painted into a corner.

        We’re going down with them — actually, we’re going down for them. Rich people will be okay during the upcoming recession. Its little people like us that are going to get shafted.

        1. You would think that rich people weather depressions better than poor people but the Great Depression showed us that rich people have farther to fall and can have massive assets tied up in business that require profit to cover that overhead.

          Poor farmers having to grown more of their food is not as bad as rich people having to learn to grown their own food to survive.

          1. Maybe I should re-phrase that. The people that run the Fed, they aren’t gonna be eating their pets during the next depression.

            1. I agree with you 100% on that!

              Those fucking crooked banker bureaucrats siphon their cut right off the top.

      3. The overnight rate is back to the low end of normal – it’s at 2.5% now after a steady set of hikes over the last 2 years. This + regulatory uncertainty over tariffs were the reason that 2018 was shit for stocks despite strong fundamentals.

    3. This is especially troubling since it’s coming from the greatest living economist

      Nice.

  15. Virginia lawmaker backs off fast track for impeachment bill

    The Democratic Party the Party of slavery.

    Now the Party of Black Face and the Party of sexual assault?

    1. Do you care not for the due process of the Lt. Governor?

      Should not GOP types be screaming that “these are only allegations… allegations without a shred of evidence to support them?”

      1. One set of rules for everyone.

        1. Hence, my questions.

          1. The Dems decided the rules during Kavanaugh’s confirmation. Now they pay.

            1. So, are you now a supporter of such rules?

              1. I am until they are removed for everyone. No changing the rules back and forth as the Dems need politically.

                1. Then know that you are a part of our race to the bottom.

                  1. OK – I prefer being part of a race to the bottom to unilateral surrender to the socialists who run the Democratic Party.

                    1. It’s not what’s happening though. There is always shitty politics happening. One can also show ones better side and navigate to a better place. One way to do that is by being consistent in your beliefs. That both sides are viewed as entirely hypocritical does nothing to move things forward.

                      Intellectual consistency is not surrender.

                    2. Intellectual consistency is not surrender.

                      Are you French? Because that sounds like something a French person would say.

                    3. Intellectual consistency is not surrender.

                      I generally oppose punching people in the face. If someone punches you in the face, I won’t object if you hit back. Totally consistent.

                      I’m done with “be better than them” while they drag us down the road to Venezuela.

                  2. Then know that you are a part of our race to the bottom.

                    No.

                    You are.

                    Suspend the rules when the Dems run afoul of them, enforce the rules when the GOP runs afoul of them

                    Excoriate the GOP when they say that the rules must be applied to all or not at all. Pretend the Dems, in calling for rules to be applied, are holding a moral ground.

                    You are part of the gaggle of useful idiots they rely on to drag us all down.

              2. You can be a non-supporter and still laugh as the Lefty political machine chews up its own.

                Lefties count on American indifference in politics to push Socialist policies. Some of Americans are just indifferent to the Democratic Party imploding.

                When the Democratic Party is effectively gone, the Libertarians can step in to fight the GOP for the fiscal fate of the United States of America.

                1. “When the Democratic Party is effectively gone, the Libertarians can step in to fight the GOP for the fiscal fate of the United States of America.”

                  Hahahahaha – that’s hilarious!

                  1. No more hilarious than the fiscal cliff the USA is heading towards.

                2. Democrats aren’t going anywhere. They will probably get ass-whooped again and shift back towards the center. That’s how the two party thing works.

                  1. True. The Democrats are not going anywhere. They aren’t going to the Senate. They aren’t going to the White House. The Democrats aren’t going to keep House seats after the 2020 Census.

                    The Libertarians will just pass them by to catch the Republicans in majority power around the USA.

              3. I oppose civil forfeiture but if Jeff Sessions committed a crime and had to deal with that, I wouldn’t bat an eye.

              4. “So, are you now a supporter of such rules?”

                Are you still fellating your dog?

                I don’t support the rules. The rules were forced upon me. I didn’t ask for them, but I’m not going to argue for changing them based upon whose ox is getting gored.

                Go fuck yourself, you mendacious twat.

      2. Impeachments don’t need Due Process per se. They are political removals of government officials from office, not criminal courts.

        With that being said, I don’t think allegations should be the sole reason for removing people from government or we would spend all our time alleging people out of office instead of voting people out of office.

        Lefties started this #MeToo nonsense, so I am really only willing to protect non-Lefties at this point. Let the Lefties cannibalize themselves.

        1. Indeed. If somebody bombs a dam, I’m not going to rush to protect their home first.

        2. I’m not laboring under the delusion that I’m in a position to protect any lefties or non-lefties, so I’ll just stick with suggesting that maybe it would be better if everyone did the right thing and behaved a little better.

          And letting this stuff go just further entrenches the idea that political careers can and should be toppled by any vague accusation of racial insensitivity or sexual misconduct. That’s not good.

          1. No, it is not good.

            Worse would be “Only REPUBLICAN political careers can and should be toppled by any vague accusation of racial insensitivity or sexual misconduct”

            1. Zeb is admitting that he cannot change anything to protect people but wants other people to do something.

              Zeb is a leader, you see.

      3. I can support that. His is the only case that deserves an investigation. He shouldn’t resign unless they find something more than hesaid/shesaid. If anything, the invocation of a Duke basketball player should remind everyone of the Duke Lacrosse case and what happens when the media jumps to conclusions.

        1. The Duke players were charged with criminal offenses.

          Impeachment would be simply removing him from office.

          BIG difference as far as consequences go.

  16. What If There Were 42 Million at the Border?
    Gallup asked the whole population of Latin America. There are 33 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean. Roughly 450 million adults live in the region. Gallup asked them, “Would you like to move to another country permanently if you could?”

    A whopping 27% said “yes.”

    So this means roughly 120 million would like to migrate somewhere.

    The next question Gallup asked was, “Where would you like to move?”

    Of those who want to leave their Latin American country permanently, 35% said they want to go to the United States.

    The Gallup analytics estimate is that 42 million want to come to the U.S.

    1. The Gallup analytics estimate is that 42 million want to come to the U.S.

      That’s great news. Reason and Cato studies prove over and over that immigration is a good thing. Logically, it follows that more immigration is even better than a small amount of immigration.

      Once the alt-right white nationalists have been defeated, the progressive / libertarian open borders alliance will invite those 42 million into the country and grant them immediate citizenship and voting rights.

    2. So Gallup took the time to poll 450 million Latin Americans? That must have been one long ass study.

      1. And they had to learn two languages too. I hope that Gallup kid gets an A on his senior thesis.

    3. So you’re saying that less than 10% of all LA’s want to come to the USA? Maybe we really do need to #MAGA harder?

    4. Only 35% want to come to the US? I think I’m a little insulted.

      1. America is pretty racist.

    1. Gallup should ask her if she’d like to move to the US.

    2. Sorry we are not currently accepting comments on this article.

      Shocker.

      1. Can’t have people voicing their opinions… someone might get arrested.

    3. ‘I was then detained for seven hours in a cell with no sanitary products (which I said I needed’

      ‘, unlike that bloke on Twitter)’

    4. “which she says is hampering her studies for a Masters in forensic psychology.”

      she’ll need that it seems.

    5. Funny enough, the “party of science” would be pissy if she demanded a genetic test to determine if what she said was factually accurate.

      …though, in Europe, FACTS aren’t a defense in this. Which is retarded.

  17. Journalist Glenn Greenwald called it “obscene” to compare these comments from Tlaib and Omar with defenses of white nationalism.

    Greenwald is already persona non grata on the left for not being lockstep, so he needs to save his twitter breath.

    1. Greenwald is either on Russia’s payroll, or behaves as if he is. His #TrumpRussia denialism is notorious. His Twitter is full of indefensible comments ? maybe Clinton lost because she was a terrible candidate, maybe Tulsi Gabbard says things worth hearing, etc. Complete nonsense.

      Libertarians are better off allying with conservatives like David Frum and Jennifer Rubin than with phony “progressives” like Greenwald and Michael Tracey.

  18. Don’t you just love it when a plan comes together?

    1. If you have a problem… if no one else can help… and if you can find them… maybe you can hire… The A-Team.

  19. Omar accused Republican policy on Israel of being driven by funding from lobbyist groups like the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC).

    The problem is policy driven by lobbyists or by the wrong lobbyists?

  20. “He said their comments were more offensive than Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) sticking up for white nationalism.”

    The story ENB linked to doesn’t appear to say what ENB says it says.

    “Republican leader in House says statements by the congresswomen are equal to ones by Steve King” . . . . Statements by freshmen Democrats Rashida Tlaib of Michigan and Ilhan Omar of Minnesota were equal to King’s and “more so”, McCarthy said.”

    http://www.haaretz.com/world-n…..-1.6917751

    The story goes on to say that McCarthy, “has recently taken action to isolate Steve King of Iowa”. It appears that what McCarthy is saying is that he’s taking the same steps with the people who have said bad things about Israel that he took against King for saying good things about “white supremacy”.

    Oh, and ENB should probably be careful about defending whatever it was these Democrats said. The story she linked to says, “Omar has in recent days apologized multiple times for that tweet.” I mean, why would ENB defend a statement that the Democrat in question has herself apologized for?

    My first guess is because of laziness and bias, but someone else who were lazy and biased might accuse her of sticking up for antisemitism. Two wrongs don’t make a right, but that’s more or less the same logic ENB is using against McCarthy.

    1. Your post ignores the pack of pachyderm in the parlor:

      Even contemplating legislation that condemns and punishes freedom of association is abhorrent in a free society – even if that freedom of association is directed against a foreign nation. That the foreign nation is the Jewish state does not thereby alter the principle.

      1. Your point is what it is regardless of whether ENB misrepresented what’s being said and what’s happening. I guess she imagines we can just make shit up if and when doing so serves the greater good? I don’t know. But you know noting about what I think of divestment of Israel by me pointing out that someone has the facts wrong . . . for whatever reason.

        1. P.S. My initial take on divestment is that the people promoting it are doing so out of ignorance of the likely consequences. To the extent that China abides by international norms, it is not because we don’t trade with them. Trade with the United States gives us more influence than we’d have otherwise. Pinochet held a referendum on his own rule and respected the results because of Chile’s relationship with the U.S.–not because he didn’t have one. When the Egyptian military made Mubarak step down, it wasn’t because they had no relationship with the U.S. It was because they wanted to preserve it. The reason the South Koreans haven’t retaliated against North Korean provocations is not because they haven’t been provoked. It’s because of our connection and our influence.

          Regardless of whether you think the U.S. should have influence over foreign countries, the fact is that it does. Divestment people seem to imagine that terminating our trade with Israel will make Israel open to negotiations and bring in a new era of peaceful coexistence. If the U.S. withdrew all its support from Israel, the more likely outcome would be that Israel would drive every man, woman, and child from Gaza and into the sea. Anyone who thinks divestment will bring about better conditions for the Palestinians needs to defend that basic assumption. It looks to me like wishful thinking based on their own biases. If you want more influence, you initiate more trade. You don’t terminate it.

          1. Ken, you have a good point about US influence around the World.

            I am fine with the USA keeping the peace via influence. I do have a problem with giving millions/billions to Israel and then the Israeli military murder US sailors onboard the USS Liberty in 1967.

            1. I don’t suppose you can know anything about my position on Israel just by my initial critique of the divestment movement either.

              I see Israel much like the way I saw Pinochet, Stalin in World War II, or the British and the French during World War II. My primary interests are those of the United States.

              IF IF IF it’s in the best interests of the United States to make an ally of Stalin, then that’s what we should do. No, I’m not comparing Israel to the Soviet Union–I’m comparing the logic of an alliance.

              The question isn’t whether the subject of an alliance is pure and noble and good. The question is whether the alliance is in the best interests of the United States. My support for the alliance with Stalin, France, the U.K., New Zealand, South Africa, and Israel is contingent on the best interests of the U.S.

              It’s entirely possible to condemn South Africa’s domestic polices and support selling them weapons to fight the Cubans in Angola. In fact, reality and good policy often require complicated positions like that.

              1. I was just adding my 2 cents to your good comments, Ken.

                I agree with you on most of your points and especially about allying with people like Stalin, etc. if it suits American interests.

                My main beef with American foreign policy is getting too entangled in foreign affairs rather than just trying to influence nations toward peace and/or American interests.

                I personally could care less if the USA never gave 1 penny to Israel and the Muslims slaughtered every last Israeli. Israelis would not go down without a fight this time. They should have done that with Hitler.

          2. I’ve always found it funny how many anti-Israel sites use PHP and frameworks based on it.

          3. First and foremost, what matters more is the commitment of Americans, particularly those in the ruling classes such as GOP and Donkey lawmakers, are willing to make to First Principles, including freedom of association. That commitment, I submit, necessarily includes a refusal to entertain any legislation which seeks to undermine the right of any person, natural or otherwise, to trade as he or she sees fit.

            Second, the right to engage in trade encompasses the right to not engage in such trade. Thus, the right of an individual or a business or a non-profit to refuse to do business with Israel should not be prohibited upon any basis, whether the justification be that doom and gloom will follow or that those who insist upon refusing to do business with Israel are ignorant or that to do so is anti-semetic and is harmful to the Jewish state.

            The important issue is the outrageous legislation – not the flawed ratiocination of some of the BDS supporters.

            1. “The important issue is the outrageous legislation – not the flawed ratiocination of some of the BDS supporters.”

              They’re both important.

              Before China joined the WTO, we used to have regular arguments in Congress about whether to extend MFN trade status to China despite their crimes against humanity.

              There are still horrific crimes against humanity perpetrated by the CCP, from millions of Muslims in reeducation camps to God awful reports over the weekend I read of organ harvesting perpetrated against prisoners of conscience on a massive scale.

              The question isn’t only whether trading with China makes those abuses more or less likely, it’s also weather trade with China benefits the United States in other ways. I happen to believe that trade with China has been enormously beneficial to the American people and their standard of living, and if we’d sacrificed that opportunity in an attempt to help political prisoners–who might actually be better off because of our influence? That’s a serious consideration not only for Chinese political prisoners but also for Americans and their standard of living.

              Of course the principle of interfering with people’s property rights and their right to choose with whom to exchange goods is also important, but so is our standard of living. And if sacrificing our standard of living is actually making us lose out on influence we’d have otherwise, then that’s also an important consideration.

              1. You are essentially contending that using violence to forbid free trade should be on the table. That is indeed what you would appear to support by framing the issue as you do. Rather Trumpian, wouldn’t you say?

                A’s exercise of his freedom of association by refusing to do business with a foreign nation is a bed-rock abecedarian First Principle. The exercise of such a right does not hinge upon the speculative effects the same may have upon a “collective” standard of living. Of course, the proposition that a refusal to do business with Israel by a tiny minority of the businesses in the country would result in a lowering of our collective standard of living is shakier than Lizzy Warren’s claim of Cherokee heritage.

                Note, I do not argue that Americans should be barred from doing business with Israel or China or Venezuela or Russia or the apartheid state of South Africa. Rather, we have no business making it unlawful for people to boycott the purchase of products from, or investing with, Israel.

                You do see the difference?

                1. “You are essentially contending that using violence to forbid free trade should be on the table.”

                  Actually, I’m pointing out reasons why people who don’t agree with us about various things should agree with us on this issue. That’s the way things get changed.

                  I’m against locking people in cages because they prefer certain intoxicants. If other don’t agree with that but want to legalize recreational marijuana because of racism, then I’ll be happy to point out that the drug war is objectively racist, too–if that’s what it is.

      2. P.P.S. The statement Omar apologized for was about Israel “hypnotizing” the world.

        If there were any good reason to defend Omar’s statement, surely it died just as soon as Omar apologized for it.

        1. If there were any good reason to defend Omar’s statement, surely it died just as soon as Omar apologized for it.

          I suspect Omar mainly apologized after getting a talking-to by Pelosi and the other senior Dem representatives, not because she was sincere about it. The tweet, apology or not, is more indicative of her general background as a refugee from a Muslim-majority nation, and it’s not like it should surprise anyone that she shares the same worldviews of those in her homeland.

    2. Not to mention also that ENB completely ignores the fact that prominent Jewish groups and members of Congress called her out on it as well.

      It wasn’t just those Dastardly Republicans pouncing on her statements.

  21. As with Democrats seeing white supremacy in every “OK” hand gesture

    Man I love 4Chan pranks.

    And, it should be noted. white nationalists are nothing. An irrelevant group of irrelevant people. Anti-Semites are already a huge chunk of the British Labour Party and are an ever-increasing part of the modern American Progressive movement.

    1. Yeah, Reason should tread carefully here because if they think Omar and Tlaib aren’t anti-semites. Then they’re very naive.

      1. I bet those Muslim chicks hate gays too.

        The radical Left teaming up with Muslims is just going to be fun to watch.

      2. ENB, like most of the Reason staff, has been heavily steeped in Beltway GroupThink. She simply can’t see the obvious Jew-Hate in those statements because it doesn’t fit her preconceived notions of antisemitism.

        Statements like those and others from Omar and Tlaib would have created a firestorm had they been uttered by David Duke or Richard Spencer.

        But because they were made by two Women of Color — one of whom is an immigrant, a group that is automatically beyond criticism in the Reason office — they are instantly classified as benign in ENB’s world.

        1. Democrats cannot hate Jews because some Jews are Democrats and contribute money to the DNC.

          Democrats cannot hate non-whites because some non-whites are Democrats and contribute money to the DNC

          This is how the Lefties think.

  22. In January, Tlaib came under fire for saying some members of Congress “forgot what country they represent” after they voted for a bill targeting boycotts of Israel.

    Tlaib would do well to remember the same thing.

  23. Sorry, but you’re not going to turn the two first Muslim women to serve in the US Congress into overnight Jew-haters

    “Overnight” is cute. We didn’t turn either into a Jew hater overnight. Just as we didn’t turn Omar into one who has engaged in incest overnight. Reality is reality.

    1. IfI were President, I’d ban politicians from using emojis.

      1. Yeah, they’re too erotic for politicians to be throwing them around.

      2. 🙂

    2. She didn’t engage in incest. She committed immigration fraud.

      1. It’s kind of sad that a marriage to her brother, best case, was immigration fraud, is it not?

      2. How are her clockmaking skills?

  24. I’m persuaded that the basic problem in Virginia with Fairfax is identity politics.

    They can’t get rid of Fairfax over #MeToo allegations because it isn’t clear whether they’ll also get rid of the governor and company over allegations of blackface racism.

    Imagine a future where a black man is removed from office over #MeToo allegations but two white men survive after having been confirmed to be in blackface. It’s a package deal.

    They have to get rid of the white men, too, or the shit pressure will go through the roof and turn into a shit hurricane that will leave the entire progressive eastern seaboard covered in shit.

    To cop a phrase from Thatcher, “The problem with social justice warriors is that they always run out of other people to hate”. Yeah, they’re gonna eat their own shit.

    1. +100

    2. Imagine a future where a black man is removed from office over #MeToo allegations but two white men survive after having been confirmed to be in blackface.

      “You know, come to think of it, blackface *is* a form of sexual assault!”

      1. Title IX is on the case.

    3. I mean it is tough to imagine, because that would be a rational society.

      Let’s be clear about this – raping multiple women is several orders of magnitude worse of a crime against humanity than dressing up as Michael Jackson on Halloween, and the fact that this has to be pointed out or that some people might disagree with it is absolutely, completely, totally, insane.

      1. No doubt. I’m not making any judgements about the merits here–just reporting the facts as I see them.

        In progressive world, racial insensitivity may be worse than actual discrimination, certainly if the racial insensitivity was perpetrated by a public figure. Projecting the unacceptability of racism seems to be more important to them than actual acts of racism, and these guys in power have committed that sin in public.

        How do you sell the idea that the world would be fair and we’d all be prosperous if only the people we elected weren’t racist and cared about people of all races–and then turn around and refuse to get rid of two politicians who are racially insensitive? If electing progressive snowflakes instead of racist Republicans is supposed to be the solution to our problems, then how can they keep blackface insensitivity in power?

        They don’t appear to have actually discriminated against anyone, but they’re defeating the narrative. And that narrative is really, really, really important to Democrats and progressives.

      2. Let’s be clear about this – raping multiple women is several orders of magnitude worse of a crime against humanity than dressing up as Michael Jackson on Halloween, and the fact that this has to be pointed out or that some people might disagree with it is absolutely, completely, totally, insane.

        Correct.

        But as I pointed out earlier, it’d be amusing if the ONLY person to actually get punished is the black guy. Lower black voting rates for Dems from 90%+ to 60% and they are uncompetitive in elections.

        1. But as I pointed out earlier, it’d be amusing if the ONLY person to actually get punished is the black guy.

          This is the exact type of comment I’m a little annoyed with seeing, though.

          It wouldn’t really be that amusing or ironic at all. The black guy did something that is 1000x worse than what the white guys did. He is more deserving of punishment. This would be the case regardless of his skin color, or the skin color of the other guys.

          Him being punished and them not is a fair and just outcome – period.

          1. “The black guy did something that is 1000x worse ”

            ALLEGEDLY. These are accusations, not convictions.

          2. I’m not the one who thinks intersectionality is more than an asinine idea. Democrat supporters think that.

            So, it’s time to let them learn what their beliefs lead to.

        2. Why? Why would this–

          But as I pointed out earlier, it’d be amusing if the ONLY person to actually get punished is the black guy be amusing?

          The only person who’s accused of a crime is the black guy.

          The only person who’s accused of anything that should be punished is the black guy.

      3. Let’s be clear about this – raping multiple women is several orders of magnitude worse of a crime against humanity than dressing up as Michael Jackson on Halloween, and the fact that this has to be pointed out or that some people might disagree with it is absolutely, completely, totally, insane.

        And I would agree with your point if batshit insane hadn’t been a core part of the party platform for several decades.

        Well before Obergfell and the Masterpiece Cake Shop, we had municipalities effectively forcing employees to undergo not-even-alleged sexual harassment as part of their employment.

        The question is specifically proposed as “Is blackface worse than alleged assaults or is a racist governor worse than any single rape?” so that when we get the most nonsensical result of their intentional gaslighting of sloppy thinkers, it seems like progress has been made.

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  26. Questioning Israel policy = Legitimate free speech
    Questioning immigration/diversity policy = Pure, unmitigated, evil

    *thinking emoji*

    1. “The only way progress will be made is by allowing brown people free, unmitigated access to the prosperity of other nations. Also, brown immigrants can use violence and racism all they want, and if you speak up you’re racist.”

      Democrats 2020

    2. Flip your argument on its head to see it from the other side’s perspective:

      Questioning Israel policy = Anti-semitism
      Questioning immigration/diversity policy = America First

      *all partisans are idiots (is there an emoji for that?)*

  27. I eagerly await an AOC fact check.

    I’m literally holding my breath. Literally.

    1. I love Media Matters applauding her spokesperson outright lying to Tucker Carlson.

      You are supposed to be a media watchdog group, Brock et al? Not a lapdop group.

    2. FACT CHECK: If you held your breath this long, you would be dead.

      Rating: Pants on fire. Probably an alt-right Russian bot.

  28. It’s not about criticizing Israel policy, its about Omar’s accusation that Jewish money is what influences politicians’ views. AIPAC doesn’t pay politicians.

    1. She was baited into that response by Batya, who just admitted as much, and by McCarthy, who is a vile and vicious antisemite and islamophobe. It was a cynical setup of a naive newcomer to congress. She did nothing wrong. #istandwithilhan

      1. Had no clue Steyer or Bloomberg were Jewish, but I am quite aware they spent BILLIONS in the election.

        1. Roseanne didn’t realize Valerie Jarrett was Black

      2. “”She was baited into that response by Batya,”‘

        Does it really matter how you got to the response?

        Sacha Baron Cohen made a TV series where he baited people into some really dumb shit. The people baited and followers of those people complained about the baiting. Everyone else knows they were a dumbshits for allowing to be baited.

  29. Greenwald tweeted. … Rep. Omar in turn retweeted

    With all due respect, Elizabeth, shouldn’t you be reporting this stuff via *Twitter*?

    1. Lizzie and most of her fellow leftard JournoLists can’t help themselves, they’re seriously addicted.

      I’ve told her before here in the Roundup that she (and all the rest of them) really need to break that addiction because it’s making them all stupid and insane.

      1. I’ve told her before here in the Roundup…

        Surprisingly, she doesn’t listen to you of all people.

        1. Well they refused to post their feedback on twitter, so basically their feedback doesn’t exist.

      2. Astonishing that they didn’t take your advice.

        1. To be fair, it’s not bad advice.

          1. I can think of few lines less interesting in a piece than “On Twitter…”

  30. Watching the left attack Israel’s right to exist is quite amusing. The left gives zero fucks how many Jews would have to die so they can virtue signal about Palestinians. It’s also a great reminder that their arguments about allowing people from shitholes to immigrate to the US without restriction is a completely bad faith argument.

    1. I’m Jewish and have never once been threatened by the left. I have however been threatened and attacked by Zionists many times. To be a true Jewish state, Israel just needs free speech and equal rights. #proclaimliberty

      1. Do you live in Israel? Is that huge wall unjustified? Is Hamas real and defended by the left? I must be reading articles from an alternate universe

        1. I lived in Jerusalem a couple years ago. It’s a police state – not to protect us from Arabs, but from our fellow Jews.

          1. Is it true that Orthodox Jews will not fight to defend themselves if the Muslims swarm Israel?

            In other words, the Orthodox Jews depend on regular Israelis to protect them?

            1. No. There are basically 2 kinds of Orthodox Jews – modern and ultra. The modern Orthodox are generally Zionist. The ultra-Orthodox are mixed. Many often protest the IDF draft. When I lived in Jerusalem a couple years ago, we would stand in the street and shout at the police, “The law of the draft is the law of destruction!” (In Hebrew.) Both sides despised me but that didn’t stop me. As for the Muslims swarming Israel, that is a canard. Jews and Muslims once lived in peace in Israel. And we will again!

              1. Thanks for the info. I would love to talk for hours about that topic.

                I think America’s relationship with Israel is not well discussed in the American media.

              2. As for the Muslims swarming Israel, that is a canard. Jews and Muslims once lived in peace in Israel. And we will again!

                “Before Civil Rights made them all uppity, us white folks and them darker sinned folks all got along swimmingly” — segregationists.

          2. “Nazis drag away the children”

            This was one of the captions to a picture where Israelis are dragging away an Orthodox Jew.

            Jews calling other Jews Nazis! Fucking fascinating.

      2. I’m Jewish and have never once been threatened by the left

        This is a lie.

    2. Some American religious folks have this weird bond with protecting Israel because its the Holy Land or something.

      Israelis are not our friends and not our enemy. Giving them special treatment like England and Canada get, is a mistake. There are also people in America who cover for Israel as with the USS Liberty attack in international waters. The USA has whooped international ass for less.

      Israelis can fight their own battles. They refuse to go into the ovens this time without a fight. Good for them.

      1. They’re our only middle east ally. If they go down that whole shithole region gets much worse

        1. Who cares?

        2. assistance to the Palestinians since 1994 has totaled more than $5 billion, and has been a key part of U.S. policy to encourage an Israeli-Palestinian peace process

          Israel is strong. We just need to stop paying both sides to fight each other and call it a ‘peace process’.

        3. That’s an assumption and possibly refuted by historical evidence.

          After WWI and the British and French divided up regions into nations were people didn’t always get along, the Middle East got seemingly more violent. This is partly because of difficulty in travel before the 20th Century for Stone Age Muslims and partly because of large Empires controlling large swathes of the Middle East.

          Some of these beefs have been going back for thousands of years and having Israel around has not tempered those beefs.

          In fact, Muslims rally around the fact that the USA supports Israel and use that fact to have a beef with the USA.

          1. Muslims rally around the fact that the USA supports Israel and use that fact to have a beef with the USA.

            Muslims attacked the US when it was only a few years old. What fact were they using to have a beef then?

        4. They’re our only middle east ally. If they go down that whole shithole region gets much worse

          I hear this statement made a lot, but I don’t really buy it anymore.

          With that said, a lot of the anti-Zionism that’s prevalent on the left is really just a continuation of Third-World fetishism that’s existed since the Bandung conference in 1955.

          1. The myth of the noble savage has been polluting the intellectual discourse for a lot longer than that.

            Some people just have an irrational attachment to the primitive.

  31. Multiple sources are saying that it wasn’t Bezo the Bozo’s sidepiece herself that leaked his texts and photos to the enquirer but her brother.

    This woman shares her intimate texts and pictures with her freaking brother? Jesus Christ, she sounds like some kind of crazy, fucked-up bitch. Who knows though, maybe the whole affair was really just a setup to shake his ass down for a big pile of money.

    1. Women talk about their relationships, especially if they’re in a relationship they want to talk about like with the richest guy in the world. All he’d need to know is that she’s in a relationship with Bezos, and all she’d need to do is connect to his wireless while she as over at his place for Thanksgiving or something. Everything Bezos sent her while she was connected could be his that way. He may have just taken it off her laptop. Women do not keep secrets about being with a man, and keep a secret about being with the richest man in the world? No way that happens.

      He could have told the National Enquirer she was in a relationship with Bezos, and they might have helped him get the goods.

  32. Democrats getting racist and rapey in Virginia, yet staying in office
    Democrats going anti-Semitic on twitter
    Democrats killing babies for funsies
    Democrats pushing incoherent, communist policies via NGD

    I look forward to a week full of Reason shouting “both sides”

    1. The REAL threat is Trump making offensive tweets!

    2. That and Reason will drag conservatives into the mix.

      They cannot just blame the Lefties for being lunatics. Its always “both sides are at fault” blah blah blah.

  33. The reason many US politicians have the Israel policy they do is that many of the American people support that policy, as any number of opinion polls make utterly clear. Claims that it’s because of money are as ludicrous as claiming that many US politicians’ support for abortion is only because politicians are paid off by the Planned Parenthood Action Fund.

    So, then, the question is, why would someone say something as stupid as claiming position of US politicians on Israel is because of money? And, well, given that claims that Jews have used their money to buy government policy are, indeed, textbook anti-Semitism, the answer is either utterly oblivious stupidity or anti-Semitism. And if one expressed the sentiment using a slangy synecdoche for “money” that is also a common Jewish given name, well, that’s either deliberate clever anti-Semitic wordplay or an even greater indicator of oblivious stupidity.

    So, the question is, is Ilhan Omar an anti-Semite, or just so incredibly stupid that she shouldn’t be entrusted with even the responsibility of an assistant shift manager at a fast food franchise?

  34. Veronique de Rugy @veroderugy

    I am confused by this article.

    You might be having a stroke or recently fell down and hit your head if you’re genuinely confused by a pile of horseshit.

  35. Hey, nice Hitler flap!

    1. People seem to be particularly nasty when it comes to disagreeing with Candace Owens.

  36. VIDEO: Students all about Ocasio-Cortez’s ‘Green New Deal’…then find out what’s in it

    Might be some hope for these young adults after all.

    They do support Democrats but don’t support some of the Socialist programs. Interesting.

    1. Its the same thing as when people say they “hate congress” or are “fiscally conservative.”

      Turns out people don’t hate THEIR congress person. Turns out people can’t name a single government program they’d like to cut.

      1. Turns out people don’t hate THEIR congress person. Turns out people can’t name a single government program they’d like to cut.

        I think you just un-personed me. Thanks.

        1. We’re weird here at Reason.

      2. Pretty much. Their reaction boiled down to, “We need to take extreme measures unless this inconveniences me personally.”

        If they thought they weren’t going to have to put their own skin in the game, they’d be just fine with it.

    2. I’m very cautiously optimistic that Generation Z will rebel against Millenials’ SJW bullcrap.

  37. Maybe you should ask an Orthodox Christian about the power of the Papacy.
    But the Jewish Question has been around since ancient Egypt. Are the Greeks, Romans, Christian Kings, philosophers, theologians, artists, all bigots? Is Alaxander Solzhenitsyn a bigot for writing his history of the Jews in Russia?
    The Jewish Talmud is extremely anti Christian, while surprisingly neutral about Islam. The Shabazgoyim ( useful idiots for Israel) in Congress cannot stand the perspective of these new Muslims in Congress for exposing the double standard toward Israel.
    But the solution is certainly not laws targeting the Judaics. ( although the Romans had a Jewish Tax ). The solution for Libertarians is always to shrink the State, and to separate banking from the State. I heartily recommend http://www.unz.com for its outstanding commentary on this issue ( Ron Unz himself is a secular Jew, I.e. a “self hating Jew” to the Zionists.

  38. Apparently, someone told AOC that people might not like to know they were providing a guaranteed income for people who were unwilling to work.

    She had originally thought that the Treasury would just print some extra Benjamins for them.

    1. That actually is the plan to pay for everything.

      To be fair, aren’t we already doing that with all that “quantitative easing”?

  39. GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy threatens punishment for @IlhanMN and @RashidaTlaib over their criticisms of Israel.

    How is accusing US citizens of “dual loyalty” criticizing the Israeli Government? It seems Greenwald’s and Nolan’s defenses of anti-Semites aren’t driven by facts but a desire to protect anti-Semites.

  40. It’s anti-semitism, not actual criticism of Israel.

    How on Earth could Israel, a tiny country be able to outspend the combined oil rich nations of the middle east?

    She’s making a lazy anti-semitic trope based on ignorance and hatred, not a criticism.

  41. Radical left: It’s impossible to support Trump without being a white supremacist.

    Radical right: It’s impossible to oppose Zionism without being an antisemite.

  42. ‘ He said their comments were more offensive than Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) sticking up for white nationalism. ‘

    I’ll take things that never happened for $1000, Alex.

    This was the Swamp knee capping a Trump supporter.

  43. I wonder if ENB would welcome sass on the abortion lobby’s influence on Democrats.

  44. Been perusing the stream of comments and don’t recall seeing even one mention of Russians. I will confess that I am of the opinion that the whole Mueller investigation was too an extraordinary degree initiated by Democrat political misinformation and then propelled at every stage by the vehemently intense Democrat desire to overthrow the election result of 2016 that made Trump president.

    That said, there are elements in Russian government and society at present that certainly will probe our democratic system for weakness. They will seek information they can use for financial or international political advantage.

    Worst of all, there is an element in the Kremlin that is weapon-happy, and they have some extremely troubling new nuclear weapons systems which could be used to bully, to cow, to intimidate, and to nullify the balance of power that exists because the USA assumes that an American president would risk an escalating general nuclear war if an enemy used a tactical nuclear weapon against one specific American or allied target. A nuclear EMP strike might be such an instance. Either Russia or China might electronically disable a group of ships, but then destroy them with conventional weapons. Evidence of the nuclear air burst EMP part might be hard to absolutely verify, especially in conjunction with attacks that cause satellites to go dead.

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