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Students Fight to Free Contraception From Vending Machine Laws: Reason Roundup

Plus: Russian "spy" Maria Butina, Baton Rouge cops in blackface, good news for California sex workers, and a new FDA crackdown.

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Some states ban all over-the-counter drugs from vending machines. For a few years now, emergency contraception has been sold from vending machines at some colleges, providing students convenient access "without stigma," The Verge notes. Schools in California, New York, Pennsylvania, and Virginia now have medicine-dispensing machines created by Vengo Labs.

"In a space that's long been dominated by reproductive rights activists and public health advocates, it's strange to hear an emergency contraception vendor discuss the product as though it's no different from a candy bar or pack of dental floss," writes The Verge's Lux Alptraum. "Yet, it's somewhat refreshing, too."

Emergency contraception is basically a concentrated dose of normal hormonal birth control pills, taken after unprotected sex to prevent pregnancy. Offering it from campus vending machines is a great development and one that will hopefully catch on. But it also helps highlight the absurdity of still requiring a prescription to get non-emergency contraception.

Campus contraception vending machines are revealing other regulatory barriers, too. Yale University students pushing for one last year found that state law prohibits it. In Connecticut, all over-the-counter medications are banned from being sold via vending machine.

"Similar laws exist around the country and are currently being challenged," notes Alptraum. "This week, a bill was introduced in Maine at the request of students at the University of Southern Maine that would allow some over-the-counter medications—including emergency contraception—to be sold in vending machines."

Under the Maine bill, sponsored by state Rep. Maureen Terry (D-Gorham), vending machines could sell up to 10 different types of over-the-counter drugs.

FREE MINDS

Is Maria Butina really who federal prosecutors say she is? "On December 13, Butina pleaded guilty to conspiracy to act as an unregistered agent of the Russian Federation. She faces a possible five-year sentence in federal prison," notes The New Republic. More:

With anti-Russia fervor in the United States approaching levels directed at Muslims following the attacks of September 11, 2001, it was easy for prosecutors to sell the story of Butina as a spy to the public and the press. But is she really? Last February, Robert Mueller, the special counsel leading the Russia probe, indicted 13 Russian spies for interfering with the 2016 election. And in July, two days before Butina was arrested, Mueller charged twelve more Russians with hacking into email accounts and computer networks belonging to the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign. It is not inconceivable that Butina is among their ranks.

Yet a close examination of Butina's case suggests that it is not so. Butina is simply an idealistic young Russian, born in the last days of the Soviet Union, raised in the new world of capitalism, and hoping to contribute to a better understanding between two countries while pursuing a career in international relations. Fluent in English and interested in expanding gun rights in Russia, she met with Americans in Moscow and on frequent trips to the United States, forging ties with members of the National Rifle Association, important figures within the conservative movement, and aspiring politicians. "I thought it would be a good opportunity to do what I could, as an unpaid private citizen, not a government employee, to help bring our two countries together," she told me.

FREE MARKETS

The FDA is targeting supplement makers in its latest regulatory crackdown. "The Food and Drug Administration on Monday accused 17 nutritional-supplement makers of selling more than 58 products with improper claims that they can prevent, treat or cure serious diseases, including Alzheimer's," reports the Wall Street Journal.

U.S. FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said these enforcement efforts are part of a larger "plan for implementing one of the most significant modernizations of dietary supplement regulation and oversight in more than 25 years."

JUSTICE REFORM

California bill would decriminalize condoms, crime-reporting for sex workers. "Right now, we know there are sex workers who are victimized or witness crimes and are scared to come forward because they think they are going to be arrested," said California state Sen. Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco). "We want to create every incentive for sex workers to feel safe in reporting crimes."

A new bill introduced by Wiener would stop cops from using condoms as probable cause in prostitution arrests or charging sex workers who come forward to report crimes.

QUICK HITS

  • That time Baton Rouge cops thought they could fool drug buyers with blackface.
  • Sen. Rand Paul will vote against William Barr, Trump's nominee for attorney general. "He's been the chief advocate for warrantless surveillance of U.S. citizens," said the Kentucky Republican in a statement. "I think that the Fourth Amendment should protect your phone calls and your bank information. People shouldn't be allowed to look at it without a warrant."
  • U.S. border patrol agents just arrested 330 undocumented migrants around El Paso, most of them "Central American families and unaccompanied juveniles."
  • Looks like another agreement to keep funding the government beyond this Friday has been reached.
  • Trump's travel ban is back in court.

ELECTION 2020

Sen. Amy Klobuchar and President Donald Trump traded a round of childish Twitter barbs about global warming and Trump's hair. (Isn't campaign season going to be fun?) Apparently, it's making sparks fly between Meghan McCain and other hosts of The View, with Joy Behar accusing McCain of having a "hissy fit." (OK, that's kind of fun.) Behar later told audiences "we were going to talk about more politics, but we changed our minds," so instead they talked about a sex dungeon in the basement of a suburban Philadelphia home for sale.

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192 responses to “Students Fight to Free Contraception From Vending Machine Laws: Reason Roundup

  1. Some states ban all over-the-counter drugs from vending machines.

    Japan adds panty vending machines while the United States removes drug vending machines. What’s the world coming to?

    1. Japan has panty vending machines and octopus porn. US is still somewhat puritanical.

      And yet, we have a lot more sex than they do!

      1. Don’t assume Japan is less puritannical. In most ways, they are far more so.

        Octopus porn is because it is still not a good thing to show a penis inserting into a vagina in Japanese porn.

        1. No shit – Japanese porn usually blocks out the actual penatration.

          1. And they still haven’t learned proper grooming habits.

      2. Japan has more vending machines per capita than perhaps any other country.

        Although porn is banned in China, about the only sex education young Chinese get, they get from Japanese porn.

        1. Is that why China’s space program is gearing up?

    2. Hello.

      “In a space that’s long been dominated by reproductive rights activists and public health advocates, it’s strange to hear an emergency contraception vendor discuss the product as though it’s no different from a candy bar or pack of dental floss,”

      I predict a revival in Edmund Burke soon.

      1. Why am I not surprised you have some kind of problem with contraception even when government subsidies aren’t involved.

        1. What the fuck is “emergency contraception”? Is this for women who go into heat and just can’t help it?

          1. Yes, and the men that are also in heat and willing to oblige.

          2. I’ve broken a condom before. If my gf wants to plan B just in case I’m not going to complain about it.

            1. Plan “B” for Butt?

              Well played sir!

              1. No, you use plan b when plan a (ass) didn’t work

          3. It is for the correction of a mistake, do you ever make mistakes?

          4. Some of us have powerful sperm, John, that can blast through a thin wall of latex. Just because your anemic gametes bump around and berate each other for any turns to the left, and end up swimming in a clockwise circle like confused ants, does not mean the rest of us have to play Russian rulette with our elephant guns.

            1. { Actual out-loud laughing }

            2. Try using two. And even if that doesn’t work, it is not that hard to just repaint the ceiling in your bedroom every couple of years.

              1. (applauding)

              2. Well played.

            3. lol.

        2. I predict that you don’t understand the difference between a prediction and an endorsement.

          1. Yeah, well, I endorse that I don’t understand the difference.

        3. Look who’s back.

          DON’T FEED THE ANGRY ELF!

          *It was tongue in cheek idiot.

          But I don’t hate Burke so you’re half right. I guess.

          1. “so you’re half right”

            For Cathy that’s considered a win.

  2. At this point it’d be more newsworthy to find groups Kamala Harris *didn’t* want to see jailed or deported during her time as a California prosecutor https://t.co/sIRfZ3nFCZ
    ? Elizabeth Nolan Brown (@ENBrown) February 12, 2019

    Let’s wait to litigate her past until we determine whether she’s a viable candidate.

    1. If Obama had a son, he’d look like Kamala.

      1. You guys are on fire today.

  3. Sen. Amy Klobuchar and President Donald Trump traded a round of childish Twitter barbs about global warming and Trump’s hair.

    Well, at least we know she can act presidential.

  4. Trump’s travel ban is back in court.

    For breaking probation.

  5. Isn’t campaign season going to be fun?

    Yes. Yes it is.

  6. The Martia Butina case is outragous. And the worst part of it is is that the mass media were nothing but stooges for dishonest prosecutors. The media helped a crooked US Attorney send an innocent woman to federal prison.

    Remember that the next time some Journolister is whinning about being laid off. These people are scum.

    1. I am so glad I am not the only one who feels this way. I read about her a few months ago, and this fucking bullshit.

      1. I thought it was bullshit from the first. But the media did make up for slandering her as a spy by claiming she is a whore. So there is that I guess. Journalists are worse than politicians.

        1. All because Trump.

        2. I love that they are now saying how America had an anti-Russia fervor when, outside of the far Left, most Americans didn’t give a shit then and don’t give a shit now.

          There was no American anti-Russia fervor, There was Left-wing anti-Russia fervor.

          1. Yes. But that will be gaslighted into American anti-Russian ferver. Give it a few months and they will be saying Trump tried to start World War III by stoking his crazed supporters into anti Russian ferver. You watch.

      2. Same here, Bear.

        When the feds set their sights on a victim, the victim has two choices: cop a plea or find a million dollars or so to mount a defense. Since most victims can’t lay their hands on funds sufficient to mount a defense, they cop a plea regardless of their guilt or innocence.

        The Butina case is not just about the injustice perpetrated by the misnamed Department of Justice. It is also about the pervasiveness of fake news in the Deep State Media.

    2. Mueller is an immoral piece of shit. Someone told me ‘but decorated war hero!’ as if that shields him from being a worthless political hack.

      It truly is disgusting and hope karma exists.

      1. As you get older, you realize you have to make your own karma.

      2. You know who else was a decorated war hero? Spoiler Alert!

        1. Crooked Hil?

    3. The case is absolutely bullshit. If she was truly a spy like Anna Chapman we would be trading her ass for political prisoners right now. Who the fuck is her lawyer? What charges have been filed against her? Did she overstay a visa?

      1. I imagine they overcharged the shit out of her and she pled guilty because she didn’t have the money to defend herself and trying to do so meant risking spending the rest of her life in prison. So, she pled to some BS charge that got the government off her back. This is how the feds operate.

    4. “Remember that the next time some Journolister is whinning about being laid off.”

      Let them eat code.

  7. But it also helps highlight the absurdity of still requiring a prescription to get non-emergency contraception.

    Do we really want young ladies to be losing their flower outside the bounds of matrimony and their childbearing duties without first getting guidance from the family doctor?

    1. I remember when you used to have to ask the pharmacist for condoms.

      Baby steps, my man, baby steps.

      1. Name this movie:
        “What will it be, son?”
        “I need some co..co..cotton balls!”

        1. Without googling, Ima guess Summer of ’44? (If that’s the right year.)

          1. Close enough. Summer of 42.

    2. The only pill women need is an aspirin…..

      that they hold up by keeping their legs closed! Amiright?

    3. Human trafficking… herp derp…. suspicious activity…. derka derka jihad…

      1. You should run for President

  8. With anti-Russia fervor in the United States approaching levels directed at Muslims following the attacks of September 11, 2001…

    The Islamists brought down physical towers while the Russians brought down a literally towering figure in American leadership.

    1. And there are ‘truthers’ for either event who don’t believe it could have happened by itself.

  9. “We want to create every incentive for sex workers to feel safe in reporting crimes.”

    AND THEN WE POUNCE!

    1. And that’s how you meme.

  10. A new bill introduced by Wiener would stop cops from using condoms as probable cause in prostitution arrests or charging sex workers who come forward to report crimes.
    “Officer, officer. This jerk just paid me to have sex with him!!”

    “Thanks ma’am. Alright buddy, you are under arrest!”

    1. “Did you think you would get away with this punk? Paying prostitutes for sex is our job!”

  11. More bad economic news.

    Best U.S. Job Numbers Ever? Not If You’re Out of Work for a Year

    Yet by one key measure, far from a boom, the labor market hasn’t even returned to a normal state. Over the past 12 months, the share of unemployed people out of work for 52 weeks or longer has averaged 13.2 percent — higher than at almost any point in data from 1976 to 2008.

    This economy is so bad that way too many people have been out of work for more than a year. Not only that, for the people who actually have jobs, many are working two jobs and 70 hours a week just to survive.

    #DrumpfRecession
    #UnbanPalinsButtplug

    PS ? We Koch / Reason libertarians know how to fix this: more immigration.

    1. People out of work for over a year are always the last to get hired. The fact that they represent a higher percentage of total unemployed means that the economy is hiring more people and eating through the supply of those who were out of work for a short time and get hired first.

      That is actually a sign of just how strong this economy is.

      1. If Palin’s Buttplug hadn’t been banned he’d tell you how totally wrong your analysis is.

        Maybe “moneyshot” will stop by and explain it to you. Seriously, this economy sucks.

        1. Maybe he will. But you don’t out of kindness I guess.

      2. Americans’ Confidence in Their Finances Keeps Growing

        69% expect their financial situation to improve over the next year
        Optimism about finances over the next year is almost at a record-high level
        50% say they are in better shape financially than a year ago

        Trump is gonna get even more than 304 Electoral College votes in 2020 to Hillary’s 227.

      3. I really dislike how much the unemployment rate hides. Did it ever revert back to it’s old definition after it was officially changed to not include large swaths of workers during the Obama administration?

        1. Its a bullshit measurement because, as you say, it hides some of the unemployed.

          IIRC, the quarterly employment numbers since Trump took office means that millions of people stopped looking for work. This means that Obama’s and ever other president’s unemployment numbers were skewed low by numerous percentage points.
          The official jobless rate, known as U3, only includes people who don’t have a job but have looked for one in the past month. The result is that millions of Americans who want to work are actually left out of the official figure, potentially making the labor market look healthier than it really is.

        2. No it hasn’t. You still have to look at it in context with the labor force participation rate. The good news is that that is going up as well. So, the decreases in unemployment represent actual improvement in the labor market.

        3. “I really dislike how much the unemployment rate hides.”

          The Labor force participation rate: https://goo.gl/hwfBKR

          Grumble, grumble squirrels….

    2. “higher than at almost any point in data from 1976 to 2008.”

      Hmm. Seem to be missing the Wonder Years.

      1. How else is Chocolate Jesus’ legacy supposed to survive?

    3. Hillary’s been out of work since 2016. I wonder is she collects unemployment insurance?

  12. Butina is simply an idealistic young Russian, born in the last days of the Soviet Union, raised in the new world of capitalism, and hoping to contribute to a better understanding between two countries while pursuing a career in international relations.

    Well, we know she was raised by Philip and not Elizabeth.

    1. Butina. In a But. Coincidence?

      1. They buttinsky to our elections!

  13. Klobuchar continues to impress.

    Klobuchar: We need to make sure the 2020 election is protected so that what happened to Hillary Clinton never happens again.

    We must never forget Drumpf is an illegitimate President. He didn’t win; he cheated. Or more accurately, Russia hacked the election on his behalf and he colluded.

    #TrumpRussia
    #StillWithHer

    1. ?RiotWomen10h10 hours ago
      More
      Replying to @MaddowBlog
      Finally, a candidate says it. Hillary Clinton & the country were cheated out of our votes.

      The country rejected Trump by millions.

      The Russian crimes with Trump and his own criminal fraud supressed the vote.

      My own brother didn’t vote. FB propaganda totally fooled him”

      Lol. Oh, the irony of her comment.

      There’s more where that came from.

      They walk among us.

      “More brains!”

    2. What is it with the female former prosecutors? I hope none of them make it to Super Tuesday, but my guess is Harris will probably still be there – Amy is too white.

    3. “so that what happened to Hillary Clinton never happens again”

      You mean where she showed her ass to the nation?

      1. DUDE! That’s gross!

    4. How come every picture I see of Klobuchar she’s sporting manface? Is she transitioning? and which direction?

  14. I read Klobuchar is as big a bitch as Hillary.

    What is it with Democrat women being bitches?

    1. She might be bigger. As bad as Hillary was people were willing to work for her at the right price. Klobuchar is appearently such a bitch to be around no one wants to work for her at any price.

      1. When Harry Reid has to take you aside and say “Fuck, you have to chill the shit out!”, then you might be a problem.

        Prog women tend to be very angry because they have to be with men they don’t like, want, or respect and have to deny that reality to themselves.

        1. Being known as the biggest asshole in Congress puts you in the top tier of being the biggest asshole in the world.

      2. She should call Cathy L. Sounds like they’re a good fit.

    2. Who is this Klobuchar you speak of?

      She could be a dragon. She is a nobody and does not have the magic skin tone and racial ancestry to be Democrat Presidential candidate for 2020.

      1. To be fair, she’s probably at least 1/1024… something that would qualify her.

  15. “I thought it would be a good opportunity to do what I could, as an unpaid private citizen, not a government employee, to help bring our two countries together,”

    I’ve seen enough James Bond movies to know that that’s exactly what a spy would say.

    1. Well yes. And clearly James Bond would free her and then bang her in the end.

  16. Trump’s travel ban is back in court.

    Can we just save a bunch of taxpayer time and money and send this case to the SCOTUS?

    There will definitely be a Circuit split, since the 9th Circuit is where you go for open borders and the rest of the Circuits follow the Constitution and affirm the Executive and Congressional power to regulate migrants (Article I, Sec 9), regulate Naturalization, and secure the national defense.

  17. With anti-Russia fervor in the United States approaching levels directed at Muslims following the attacks of September 11, 2001

    …by Progressives.

    Stop blaming “America” for the fact that your side, Progressives, are full of fucking idiots.

    …and note that Jews were more attacked than Muslims in 2001. And 2002.

    1. Yeah! It’s plain as day that Progressives aren’t real Americans. Preach it, brother.

      1. No. This is the usual left-wing nonsense. Democrats blame shit like Ji,m Crow on AMERICA when, in reality, it was done SOLELY by Democrats.

        Interning of Japanese is an “American” sin — but it was a SOLELY Democrat one. It wasn’t all Americans by any stretch.

        Slavery is “American” sin — yet it, also, was a purely Democrat one.

        Republican problems are specifically Republican ones (Watergate). Democrat problems are American problems.

        1. Preach it from the mountain, brother!

          Everyone knows that Progressives are nothing but a bunch of masked, America-hating, commie cucks and betas! Those soy boy pussies are gonna find themselves on the wrong side one too many times.

        2. Democrats blame shit like Ji,m Crow on AMERICA when, in reality, it was done SOLELY by Democrats.

          No you’re totally right. Only Democrats believed blacks were inferior to whites.

            1. Bobby Rush told people when Obama primaried him that he wasn’t black enough

          1. Wait…SNOPES?

            AHAHAHAHAHA

            HE WENT TO SNOPES!!!

            I’D BE MORE INCLINED TO BELIEVE TONY!

          2. No you’re totally right. Only Democrats believed blacks were inferior to whites.

            The Republicans passing laws forbidding businesses from serving blacks were…who? I do not give a shit what you think or feel. If your beliefs do not impact me, then have them. Go nuts.

            REPUBLICANS did not pass Jim Crow. REPUBLICANS did not own slaves. REPUBLICANS didn’t intern the Japanese.

          3. Yes, Democrats WERE responsible for Jim Crow (what was actually in the post). It is not America’s sin.

            And you should read your snopes cite–particularly the line about ‘taking things out of context to decry the racism of Lincoln’.

            That quote needs the context of the entire debate to make sense. When you’ve read it, you might understand that Lincoln was engaging in some sarcastic hyperbole.

            But it’s you, Jeff, so probably not.

            Likewise internment is a Democrat sin–despite your odd cite with it’s reference free chart. The people can say anything they want–it was the President and Democrats that put Americans in concentration camps.

        3. Interning of Japanese is an “American” sin — but it was a SOLELY Democrat one. It wasn’t all Americans by any stretch.

          Huh. Who knew that the country was 93% Democrat back in 1942.

          1. So it was Republicans who were finding Russians under their beds for the last two years Jeff?

            And since you are all about America as a whole being to blame for all its sins, I guess we can stop blaming the Right for McCarthyism.

            Do you ever get tired of stepping on your own dick Jeff? Just a little?

            1. I didn’t say anything about the Russians or McCarthyism, John.
              Please, take your meds and chill.

              1. So, you conced the point that it was the “left” not the country at large that was responsible for the “anti Russian ferver” referred to here. Thanks. If you are going to conded they argument, why are you wasting everyone’s time?

              2. “I didn’t say anything about the Russians or McCarthyism”

                Ok, if that’s how you’re rolling….

                “No you’re totally right. Only Democrats believed blacks were inferior to whites.”

                No one said that either you hypocritical clown.

          2. Poor Chemjeff and the guilt Lefties have being racists to Black, having to blame others for that racism, and putting Americans of Japanese descent in Internment Camps.

          3. Huh. Who knew that the country was 93% Democrat back in 1942.

            WHO DID THE INTERNING?

            Hint: A Democrat icon to this day.

            I love excusing away Democrat ACTIONS based on the THOUGHTS of their opponents.

    2. IF the Nation is now decided to bemoan “anti Russian ferver” and try to blame it all on Republicans, that tells me that Muehller is about to wrap up with absolutely nothing on Trump and The Nation is starting to prepare the faithful with the appropriate talking points.

  18. This is Beto O’Rourke crowd – Mexican flags and American Burka

    Mexican flags were waving at the rally of failed Senate candidate Robert “Beto” O’Rourke tonight as he denounced the effort to build a wall to protect America.

  19. So many fantastic Democratic Presidential hopefuls!

    Beto O’Rourke: “We know that walls do not save lives, walls end lives.”

    Walls. End. Lives.

    Anybody who supports Drumpf’s wall is not only a racist alt-right white nationalist, but also a murderer.

    #OpenBorders
    #NoBanNoWall
    #LibertariansForBeto

    1. What the fuck does that even mean? Is the wall on the border around El Paso armed or something? Have a will of its own? How does a wall kill someone?

      1. Walls kill people by denying them their fundamental human right to move into the US for any reason and at any time. Simple stuff, really. Perhaps your born-in-the-US privilege prevents you from understanding.

        1. Yeah but saying Demcorats are for open borders is just a rightwing meme.

          1. Maybe you didn’t get the memo. OBL is a parody.

            1. I know he is. I wasn’t really arguing with him more commenting on how stupid Beto’s statement was.

      2. Don’t forget the wall that ended Humpty Dumpty’s life. Brutal.

    2. I miss Beto’s diary Twitter.

    3. Beto lives in an open-sided tent so his neighbors can wander in and out of his place at their leisure.

  20. The agreement contains only a fraction of the money President Donald Trump wants for his promised border wall and does not mention a concrete barrier.

    Details have yet to be released but aides familiar with the negotiations say it includes $1.375bn in funding for 55 miles (88km) of new fencing at the border, a small part of the more than 2,000 miles promised by the president.

    Ask for $5.7B and get $1.375B. Art of the Deal!

    1. Reason staff hardest hit!

    2. He got $1.375 Billion from Congress and he can still declare an emergency and build the rest using DOD funds. Yes, the Democrats can sue and try to tie that up in court, but in the mean time he can build away with the $1.375 billon he has and when he wins in court, and he will, he will be able to pick up with the DOD funds right about the time these funds run out.

      Regardless, he will now have 55 miles of wall to campaign on. And the Democrats can campaign on how walls are evil and immoral, which might be the worst campaign slogan in history.

      1. Yup.

        I would never have thought Trump had the energy to own Democrats like he has.

    3. A shitty deal is what he wanted all along! Winning!

      1. Poor SparkY. Lost on this issue too.

        1. Eleventy-nine dimensional chess wizard!

          1. You would be bad at that 11-9 D chess too.

            MAGA!

      2. The deal is better than nothing. And when you put it with his emergency powers, it means the wall likely gets built and the most important parts of it certainly do.

        1. Its also super symbolic that Trump won.

          The media can say all they want about why Trump gave a 3 week reprieve from the 35 days federal shutdown. In the end, Trump got money for the border fence from Pelosi who said that she would never do that.

          Trump got hand!

          1. I think both sides can celebrate a little more wasteful government spending on pointless stuff. Go STATE!

      3. Do none of you understand how to bargain?

        You ask for the most, the person buying replies with the least, you lower your price, they up what they’ll pay and on until you come to a deal.

        The Dems started at ‘zero’, trump started at 5 billion. The dems went up over a billion times what they started with, Trump lost 4/5 times what he started at.

    4. You’re really intent on proving Trump right, aren’t you?

      I could stand in the middle of 5th Avenue and shoot somebody and I wouldn’t lose voters.

  21. “With anti-Russia fervor in the United States approaching levels directed at Muslims following the attacks of September 11, 2001,”

    Both near zero.

  22. “A new bill introduced by Wiener would stop cops from using condoms as probable cause in prostitution arrests”

    Dogs still be sniffin’ tho.

  23. Sen. Amy Klobuchar and President Donald Trump traded a round of childish Twitter barbs

    Its only childish when Trump does it.

    When Democrats post stupid Twatter messages, its news!

  24. ‘You didn’t build that’ from one more brain-dead lefty:

    “Tech wealthy have a responsibility to the state that made them”
    […]
    “…Most millionaires in the state remember that California was a land of opportunity when they were young and starting out, and it is still a good deal now that they are paying the millionaire tax. They don’t regret becoming successful and paying the top-tax rate….”

    https://www.sfchronicle.com/opinion/
    openforum/article/Tech-wealthy-have
    -a-responsibility-to-the-state-13608560.php

    1. Last week they were claiming the Strabucks’ guy wasn’t self made and didn’t “build that” because he grew up in public housing.

      1. ‘The sins of the father…’

    2. “Tech wealthy have a responsibility to the state that made them”

      I almost feel bad for people in CA, but at this point they’re the ones choosing to still live there.

  25. “U.S. border patrol agents just arrested 330 undocumented migrants around El Paso, most of them “Central American families and unaccompanied juveniles.”

    Well, at least we’ve gotten rid of all the illegal aliens.

    1. Well, we certainly can’t put those unaccompanied juveniles in cages can we? Let’s just sprinkle them around with the older men so everyone can eat, play and shower together nicely.

  26. “With anti-Russia fervor in the United States approaching levels directed at Muslims following the attacks of September 11, 2001 . . .

    Is it April Fool’s Day?

  27. You stupid human SOB’s. Here you have a means to rectify a “Mistake” of the night before of unprotected sex, and you make laws against it because of the “Instant of Concievement” foolishness. Fight like banshees on this law, but allow babies who are 1 day shy of full term to be butchered will you? What are you, sadists?

    1. I don’t believe that abortions are legal anywhere in the US for such a late term.

  28. Offering it from campus vending machines is a great development and one that will hopefully catch on. But it also helps highlight the absurdity of still requiring a prescription to get non-emergency contraception.

    So you’re in favor of allowing immature children incapable of giving informed consent to buy drugs? I’m all in favor of allowing OTC sales to adults, but to little children who throw a temper tantrum and retreat to the comfort and security of their safe spaces with coloring books and teddy bears if they hear an opinion they don’t like? Maybe if you put a picture of the Big Scary Bad Orange Man on each package to scare away the kiddies and ensure that only grown-ups would be buying them, then I’d be okay with this.

    1. Trump condoms, they’re YUUUGE!

      1. Selling Trump condoms would be a liscense to print money.

        1. Evidently many young people don’t use condoms.

          Millennials aren’t wearing condoms anymore

          Its why they needed free medical care to cover all the STDs.

          That and young adults are more into anal sex. They should ask Tony what happens to blown-out asses in later life.

          1. I guess they haven’t gotten the memo about drug resistent STDs.

            1. I find it interesting that Boomers have Hepatitis C and AIDs at levels higher than Generations X and Z and Millennials have STDs are levels highers that Gen X and Z.

              1. This sounds like a word problem I had in Junior High Math.

              2. Z also has higher rates of Measels then any of the above.

                That said, the upper-age of Z is still early twenties. Most of ’em are in high school or earlier. Everyone should have more STDs then Z.

  29. http://thehill.com/homenews/ca…..peculation

    Bill deBlasio headed to New Hampshire amid 2020 Presidential speculation. DeBlasio is hated in New York City. Yeah, I am sure he will do real well with the rest of the country. How can someone be this delussional?

    1. Too bad New Hampshire’s state motto was not “Live free or Woodchip”

  30. “it’s strange to hear an emergency contraception vendor discuss the product as though it’s no different from a candy bar or pack of dental floss,” writes The Verge’s Lux Alptraum. “Yet, it’s somewhat refreshing, too.”

    In some ways, emergency contraception is much more refreshing than dental floss.

  31. That time Baton Rouge cops thought they could fool drug buyers with blackface.

    Don’t forget: John Howard Griffin fooled his shoe shiner.

    1. Am I the only person who isn’t offended by blackface?

      1. I am not offended by Black faces. So there’s that.

        1. Black feces used to bother me; then I realized it was just the Pepto.

  32. The immigration deal is apparently centered on more money for border security (less than the $5 billion Trump wanted for the wall, but the Democrats want to limit the number of beds ICE can maintain for deportees. In other words, ICE would only be able to deport x number of people at any given time–forcing the Trump administration to prioritize criminals and illegal aliens with criminal convictions and let the others go.

    I havne’t read anything about Dreamers. Maybe that’s still in the deal somewhere, but you’d think someone would have mentioned it. I maintain that the Democrats’ primary concern about Dreamers is as a marketing tool. I haven’t seen the Democrats offer them anything. The last time the Dreamers were mentioned in the context of negotiations over avoiding a shutdown was when Trump offered to give the Dreamers a three year reprieve–and Nancy Pelosi didn’t give a shit.

    1. This raises and interesting point that these ICE facilities were built before Trump. Some other Congress and President was okay with trying to enforce immigration law.

      I wonder who they might be?

    2. The Democrats didn’t want to give him anything. They clearly gave him something. So, what did they get in return? I have yet to see anything.

      1. They got to keep bureaucrats in federal government…for now.

        I saw multiple articles about federal bureaucrats who are seriously considering leaving government jobs because that 35 day shutdown rattled them to the core. Even with back pay and pay for work that some did not do. The free ride is over.

        I think another shutdown of a paycheck or two would have cause many federal workers to quit.

        1. Bleah. It would cause the motivated ones to quit, maybe. Too many government workers are not fit for any job in the outside world.

      2. Limiting the number of people the Trump administration can deport at any given time limits their ability to round up illegal aliens–if they have nowhere to put them. That’s something substantial.

        I maintain that immigration from Mexico is a good thing, so long as we can keep out the criminals, etc., and I maintain that Congress is the right place to set immigration policy and that the American people’s support for more legal immigration is predicated on a secure border.

        Making progress on both objectives is a good thing far as I’m concerned, and Trump seems to have turned the corner on legal immigration, as well. I wish Trump had made more progress on border security, but we may need a Republican House to achieve that.

    3. To Democrats, DREAMers are marketing tools.
      To Republicans, DREAMers are potential hostages.

      To Libertarians, DREAMers are individuals.

      1. Poor Chemjeff doesn’t even know what Libertarians stand for.

        Hint: Rule of Law is one thing.

        1. “Rule of Law” invariably means “I care more about process then justice”.

    4. $4T Federal Budget and they’re arguing about beds.

  33. Notice Reason did not have 5 articles prepped that Trump would get some money for border fences?

    1. When I say “who’s the masta” you say “Don Trump”!
      Now, who the masta?

      1. Don Trump.

        I ain’t leavin’ you hangin’ bro.

    2. I’m just relieved that things are on track for the government to remain open whether a budget gets passed or not. Just the way Reason wanted.

      It’s like Mad Magazine around here. You fold the back page to reveal the gag and the headline reads “Government continues operating without budget.” with Nick, Welch, ENB, KMW, Suderman, etc., standing there shrugging their shoulders with smugnorant gap-toothed “What, me worry?” grins on their faces.

      At least we didn’t bear the paralyzing brunt of another shutdown.

  34. ENB’s newly favorite representatives can’t seem to stop apologizing for ENB’s newly favorite tweets.

    “A Minnesota congresswoman apologized Monday for using language that was criticized as anti-Semitic after both Democratic and Republican leaders condemned her suggestion that lawmakers’ support for Israel was driven by money from a pro-Israel group.

    “Anti-Semitism is real and I am grateful for Jewish allies and colleagues who are educating me on the painful history of anti-Semitic tropes,” freshman Rep. Ilhan Omar (D., Minn.) said on Twitter.

    She added: “I unequivocally apologize.”

    http://www.wsj.com/articles/de…..549906458?

    Like I said about the one who apologized for claiming that Israel had hypnotized the world, if there were any legitimate reason to defend those statements, they died the moment the people who made them apologized for making them.

    I wonder how the esteemed Representative feels about “sex work”.

    1. Gee Ken, do you mean allowing large numbers of immigrants from societies that are virilently anti-Semetic might make our society more anti-Semetic and give us politicians who are as well because politicians being politicians will compete for said ant-Semites’ votes? Who could have seen that coming?

      1. Don’t think you were here yesterday, but ENB took McCarthy to task for suggesting that Kevin McCarthy was wrong to suggest that these comments should be treated like Steve King’s comments about white supremacy.

        https://reason.com/blog/2019/02/11/roundup

        Actually, ENB’s headline stated that McCarthy thought criticizing Israeli policy was worse than white nationalism–something McCarthy never said. For people who are already apt to call out horseshit, that was an awful lot of horseshit to ignore.

      2. do you mean allowing large numbers of immigrants from societies that are virilently anti-Semetic might make our society more anti-Semetic

        Are you arguing that we need to be anti-Muslim so that we don’t become anti-Semetic? I’m really confused by what you’re trying to say here.

        1. I am not arguing anything. I am pointing out a fact. Muslims are very anti Semetic. If you let more Muslims into the country, the country will be more anti Semetic. That is the way it works.

          So, what do you value more, letting more Muslims in or having less antisemitism? You can’t have both. So, pick one.

    2. It isn’t entirely clear to me that Representative Omar is referring to her own tweet (or its contents) as an “anti-Semitic trope”, so I don’t think it’s fair to say that ENB defended anti-Semitic tropes yesterday.

      Yeah, that’s being a whole lot kinder to ENB than she was to Kevin McCarthy, but there’s this thing called “tu quoque”. Turnabout may be fair play, but it’s also extremely vulnerable to charges of irrationality.

    3. Forget sex work. I want to hear her honest opinion of homosexuality. At some point the mask is going to come off and Muslims are going to demand the Progressive movement throw the gays over the side, or under a wall so to speak. When that happens it is going to be very entertaining.

      1. I want to hear her honest opinion of homosexuality

        She’s definitely 100% in favor of it!

        1. She says. I don’t think many of her fellow Muslims agree.

          1. According to Pew, 45% of American Muslims say gays should be accepted, compared to 47% who say should be discouraged, with a combined 8% that say “neither/both equally” or “don’t know”.

            So sure, it’s not a majority or plurality, but it’s pretty close to halfsies.

            Also more then Evangelical Protestants (36% “should be accepted”), Jehovah’s Witnesses (16% “should be accepted”) or Mormons (36% “should be accepted”).

            Y’all over-state the views of American Muslims. Our home-grown religious sects are more hostile to gay folk.

            1. Selection bias, aisle 2!

              American Muslims are all of the people who are religiously Muslim or culturally Muslim. When someone considers themselves an Evangelical Protestant, they are making a statement that they are very religious. My guess is for Mormons, it is similar, but there are a few non-religious Mormons who still self-identify that way.

              I think if you polled all Americans who come from some sort of culturally Christian background, you would find the numbers of acceptance higher than 50%.

  35. U.S. border patrol agents just arrested 330 undocumented migrants around El Paso

    No, they didn’t.

    Look, yes, it was in the area the Border Patrol calls the “El Paso sector”, sure. But by actual miles of distance, an arrest that happened in Antelope Hills only happened “around El Paso” in the same sense that a burial in Arlington National Cemetery happened “around Philadelphia”.

    1. Everything is bigger in Texas

      1. But Antelope Wells isn’t in Texas. It’s in New Mexico, and is much closer to Arizona (30 miles) than it is to Texas (120 miles).

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  37. It’s time to just legalize prostitution so that there are fewer miscommunications. Yesterday, I found a $10 bill on the floor. Long story short: I have to get my car bumper repaired, which is a shame, because the guy was hot.

    1. We have already established what you are. Now we are just haggling over the price!

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