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Ilhan Omar's Israel Remarks Prompt Politicians to Bicker Over Who the Real Bigots Are: Reason Roundup

Plus: outrage over water bottles, and Cory Booker introduces the "next step" on criminal justice reform

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The House voted 407–23 yesterday for a resolution to condemn bigotry in all its forms, including Islamophobia, racism, and anti-Semitism. But the whole affair was a bit more complicated than that.

The resolution itself was prompted by some comments that freshman Rep. Ilhan Omar (D–Minn.) made last week about the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), a pro-Israel lobbying organization. "I want to talk about the political influence in this country that says it's OK for people to push for allegiance to a foreign country," said Omar, a Muslim, referring to Israel. "I want to ask why is it OK for me to talk about the influence of the NRA, of fossil fuel industries or Big Pharma, and not talk about a powerful lobbying group that is influencing policies?"

Many people viewed those remarks as anti-Semitic. The representatives who originally drafted the House legislation—Eliot L. Engel (D–N.Y.) and Ted Deutch (D–Fla.)—wanted to specifically condemn Omar's remarks and anti-Semitic rhetoric in general, according to The Washington Post. It quickly evolved into a resolution that condemned anti-Semitism but not Omar. In the end, it criticized various forms of bigotry, not just anti-Semitism, and specifically mentioned "false and vicious attacks on and threats to Muslim-Americans for alleged association with terrorism."

The resolution's shifting scope led 23 House Republicans, upset that it didn't go condemn Omar, to vote against it. The bill "became so generic that it lost its meaning or significance," read a statement from Rep. Louie Gohmert (R–Texas), who claimed that Democrats had "rationalized" Omar's allegedly anti-Semitic comments.

Those comments, meanwhile, sparked a firestorm of debate over who the real bigots are. To many conservatives, Omar is at fault for her remarks and House Democrats for not standing up to her.

The resolution was "a sham put forward by Democrats to avoid condemning one of their own and denouncing vile anti-Semitism," declared Rep. Liz Cheney (R–Wyo.) yesterday. Omar "deserves to be rebuked, by name, and removed from the House Foreign Affairs Committee," Cheney added.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D–N.Y.), meanwhile, called attention to the Republicans who voted no on the resolution:

This wasn't just about Republicans criticizing Democrats. It was also about internal divisions amongst Democrats. Jonathan Allen of NBC News writes that "the entire episode dramatically exposed the ideological, religious, generational and racial divides within the Democrats' caucus at a time when they are desperate to demonstrate to the country that they are using their newfound majority to govern."

Naturally, the discussion made it into the 2020 presidential race. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D–N.Y.) who's running for president, lightly criticized Omar but also slammed the "hypocrisy of the Republican Party." Omar's GOP critics "said little or nothing when President Trump defended white supremacists at Charlottesville," according to Gillibrand. Sens. Bernie Sanders (I–Vt.), Elizabeth Warren (D–Mass.), and Kamala Harris (D–Ca.) weighed in too.

FREE MARKETS

Controversy over a 40-ounce…water bottle? Some Brooklyn residents are upset that a company called Ounce Water, founded by Sons of Anarchy actor Theo Rossi and his wife Meghan McDermott, is selling water bottles in the shape of malt liquor containers. The goal is to "take something that once was part of poisoning people (malt liquor) and instead fill your bottle with health and life," McDermott tells Yahoo! The company wants people to drink 80 ounces of water a day, so consuming one bottle would represent half of that.

The Brooklyn-based activists claim the company is trying to sell the water to black communities. The organization Breukelen Rise invokes the "traumatic history of malt liquor in the black community."

"That history is of high alcohol content, cheap liquors that were sold and heavily promoted through rap music and all kinds of marketing and entertainment," community member Christine Gilliam tells Yahoo! The thinking, I guess, is that while children may drink water from a 40-ounce water bottle at first, they'll eventually want the real thing: malt liquor.

FREE MINDS

Booker introduces the "next step" on criminal justice reform. Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey introduced the "Next Step Act" yesterday, saying on Twitter that he's trying to "push for bolder, more progressive criminal justice reform":

The legislation comes less than three months after Congress passed the FIRST STEP Act, which, as Reason's C.J. Ciaramella notes in in the April issue, "is intended as a stepping stone to larger reforms." So what does the Next Step Act do? According to CBS News, the legislation pushes

reforms like eliminating the disparity between crack and powder cocaine sentences, reducing mandatory minimum sentences for non-violent drug offenses, and reinstating the right to vote in federal elections for the formerly incarcerated.

It would also include legislation Booker reintroduced last week that would end federal prohibition of marijuana and expunge federal convictions for use and possession.

QUICK HITS

  • Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort was sentenced yesterday to 47 months—less than four years—behind bars following his conviction on tax and bank fraud charges. Manafort "has lived an otherwise blameless life," declared Judge T.S. Ellis III of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. The short sentence left many observers upset. "It's atrociously low," Michigan University law professor Barbara McQuade, a former U.S. attorney, tells The New York Times. While admitting that "many judges do sentence leniently in white-collar cases," she claimed "dropping all the way from 19 years to four years is absurd." Manafort is still awaiting sentencing from a different judge on his convictions for witness tampering and conspiracy.
  • Suspended Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel has filed suit against Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, claiming DeSantis "engineered a political power play that interferes with the right of the public to determine their elected official." Israel, of course, served as sheriff during last year's Parkland shooting. As Reason's Robby Soave noted when Israel was suspended, his "tenure was marked by incompetence, corruption, and gross mismanagement."
  • Former White House Chief of Staff John Kelly thinks building a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border would be a "waste of money." Join the club.
  • Pennsylvania state Rep. Russ Diamond (R–102) says he'll introduce legislation to end daylight savings time in the state. Good! For more on why daylight savings time should be a thing of the past, read Reason's Zuri Davis.
  • "Raccoon climbs into nest of eagles Liberty and Justice, eats nonviable eggs," writes WJLA:

    I'm sure there's a strained metaphor about freedom there. I'm just not sure what it is.

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191 responses to “Ilhan Omar's Israel Remarks Prompt Politicians to Bicker Over Who the Real Bigots Are: Reason Roundup

  1. Raccoon climbs into nest of eagles Liberty and Justice, eats nonviable eggs…

    Somehow I feel this is a metaphor for America.

    1. Just don’t mention coons.

      1. “Coons? When raccoons tried to get on our back porch Mama just chased em off with a broom.”

        1. I once catapulted an opossum over a fence with a shovel.

    2. The eggs should have names too, right? Delusional and Control-Freak.

    3. The raccoons represent the Democrats as little masked thieves always trying to steal your offspring’s heart and mind?

      1. Why did you put your offspring’s heart and mind in the trash? Raccoons gonna eat ’em if you put ’em in there.

  2. Pennsylvania state Rep. Russ Diamond (R?102) says he’ll introduce legislation to end daylight savings time in the state.

    [Insert Michael Scott The Office animated “No!” gif here]

  3. Former White House Chief of Staff John Kelly thinks building a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border would be a “waste of money.”

    1. But, hey, it’s Mexico’s money. (Are we still able to do that joke?)

      1. Once the wall is up, the money we save by not paying for illegals will be more than the wall cost and that means Mexico paid for the wall. Or something.

        Anyway, it’s no joke you proggie lefty shill hack.

      2. Of course, you can try that.

        Illegal Mexicans pay more in US taxes than they receive and taxes are being sued to build the border wall.

        Thanks Mexicans.

        1. “Illegal Mexicans pay more in US taxes than they receive”

          I doubt that’s true especially if they have kids that are enrolled in the public schools.

  4. Suspended Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel has filed suit against Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, claiming DeSantis “engineered a political power play that interferes with the right of the public to determine their elected official.”

    If the people of Broward County want an incompetent, badged politician to head their law enforcement agency, that’s their right.

  5. More bad economic news.

    Barnes & Noble stock priced less than kid’s paperback

    Businesses simply cannot thrive in this terrible Drumpf economy.

    #DrumpfRecession
    #UnbanPalinsButtplug

    1. B biggest problem is that it’s mainly just a clearinghouse now for mass market media and toys. There’s not a whole lot of diversity in their book selection other than the latest releases or long-time printings.

      I’ve found a better selection of books in local used bookstores than I’ve ever found in B&N, and Amazon kicks their ass in finding obscure titles because of the deals they have with small, independent distributors.

    2. You left out how the buggy whip folks are in serious trouble, ’cause Trump!!!!!!!

      1. Makers of dot-matrix printers have been struggling for years. And don’t get me started on how bad things things are for cathode-ray tube manufacturers.

        Why does the Orange Man hate 1980s technology? Make America Dial-Up Again.

        1. I only have dial up. Gotta make sure there’s no wifi reception in the basement.

  6. Naturally, the discussion made it into the 2020 presidential race. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D?N.Y.) who’s running for president..

    She still thinks she has a chance at the nomination… that is so cute!

    1. All the polls show mediocre old men Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders more or less crushing the gaggle of even more mediocre old women.

      Which of course shows just how virulently misogynistic America still is… or something.

      1. Yes, be and go see Captain Marvel this weekend, it you’re a pig. Bring plenty Captain Morgan tho, I hear it’s not pretty.

        1. Soft-cheese Larsson would be so welcome at my dinner table.

  7. Your virtue has been signaled. You may return to your designated programming now.

  8. I’m enjoying the infighting among the democrat/progressive/socialist/communists over who is more pure: Stalin or Mao?

  9. The organization Breukelen Rise invokes the “traumatic history of malt liquor in the black community.”

    What traumatic history? Billy Dee Williams is still doing fine.

    1. But will there be a menthol water to be a gateway drink to Cool Colt?

      1. Only Mountain Dew or crab juice.

  10. “It’s atrociously low,” Michigan University law professor Barbara McQuade, a former U.S. attorney, tells The New York Times. While admitting that “many judges do sentence leniently in white-collar cases,” she claimed “dropping all the way from 19 years to four years is absurd.”

    BREAKING NEWS: Former Prosecutor Empathizes With Federal Prosecutors Who Didn’t Get Resume-Padding Blood They Wanted

    1. Next up: Ambulance chaser criticizes $1 million slip-and-fall verdict against WalMart as “atrociously low.”

    2. The problem for the judge is that he based his decision on the false belief that Manafort had led an otherwise stellar life.

      1. Please pass the pepper along with the salt.

      2. When you have lost Lefties at their support for judges, you have lost the war.

        1. Just the Reagan appointees who’ve never heard of Mr. Google.

          1. You are really gonna be upset when Trump pardons Manafort before he leaves office in 2025.

            1. I expect to enjoy watching Paul Manafort be sentenced to a long term of incarceration by at least one state judge.

              I would observe that Mr. Manafort may not draw a Republican-appointed judge who falls for a remorseless request for leniency (including the obligatory shout-out to sweet eight-pound six-ounce infant Jesus) in state court, but it turns out he is to be sentenced soon by someone who was not appointed by Pres. Reagan and has not expressed curious sympathy for Mr. Manafort.

              The smart money is still on ‘dies in prison.’

              1. You expect a lot of things, nearly all of which are delusional. You should work on that.

      3. You’re right, the court should assume guilt instead of innocence. Write your local Congressperson and encourage them to repeal the Bill of Rights.

  11. the bmj|BMJ 2019;364:l542 | doi: 10.1136/bmj.l5421RESEARCHState gun laws, gun ownership, and mass shootings in the US: cross sectional time series

    New ‘study’ out about guns.

    One of their premises is false as they don’t even know how many guns people have in these states.

    1. Gun ownership was estimated annually as the
      percentage of suicides committed with firearms in
      each state.

      WTF? What lazy hack decided that that statistic should represent gun ownership?

      When you game the data, any claim can be shown to be statistically significant.

      1. Oh, and I notice MA is a the bottom of their list. This clearly proves that when denied guns, mass killers switch to bombs, right? RIGHT?

    2. WTF is that? I only skimmed, but the whole thing looks like bullshit. The way they are interpreting the data is just ridiculous applied to events as rare and unpredictable as mass shootings (and I wonder what definition they use for
      “mass shooting”. Looking at the charts, it seems like a big stretch to correlate mass shootings and gun ownership rates at all. Many of the highest gun owning states are at or near zero on the mass shootings scale.

      1. It almost appears that ‘researchers’ are trying to drum up support for more money to go to fellow ‘researchers’ for various gun studies.

        As in all these ‘researchers’ got scared when the federal gov shutdown and their cash cows were threatened. They want to get some research grants locked in before the FY2020 federal budget showdown happens around Oct 2019.

  12. Still think male privilege isn’t real?

    Private Equity Has Trillions. Women Get Little of It

    Investors’ subconscious biases can prevent female-run businesses from securing funding. That can create a damaging cycle.

    We need to dismantle the patriarchy. The best way to do that is to vote Democrat.

    #LibertarianFeminism

    1. Because if the 2000s taught us anything, it’s that people should get funding regardless of whether they’re a good investment.

    2. I wonder what percentage of women are investors in private equity firms, and where is the concern at putting their money at risk to satisfy bean counting?

    3. Showtime has an interesting documentary about this. Women need to disguise themselves as men to get funding, and then it only comes from Russian mobsters

    4. If there were some suppressed repository of female businesses that were being denied capital for no other reason than being female, then SJW investors would be poised to make a killing by funding them. When that never materializes, all of this evidence they are piling up just makes it demonstrably evident that most women suck at negotiation.

  13. Adults won’t take climate change seriously. So we, the youth, are forced to strike.

    Stupid kids posting a stupid article that illustrates how stupid they are.

    Upcoming school strike.

    I don’t normally post to these places, but I did for this. Its moderated so my comment will never be okayed for posting..

    1. They just want their kids to get into Harvard, like what’s-his-name, the teenage gun-control loudmouth.

    2. Stupid kids lack perspective.

      This time some low-risk activism is sure to change everyone’s minds.

    3. Now they just need little red books…

  14. Paul Manafort sentenced to 47 months in prison on bank and tax fraud charges

    Lefties freaking out that Manafort’s sentence is such that he could be out before trump leaves office in 2025.

    1. LOL ? Captain “Red Wave” is still making bold predictions!

    2. OBL, the troll never posts his predictions that failed.

      1. My 2018 election prediction was more accurate than yours. You’ll see my 2020 prediction is better than yours as well, because a Democrat will definitely win the next Presidential election.

        1. What was your 2018 election prediction again?

          I don’t think you were anything but a baby troll yet for the 2016 election.

          1. I encourage wingnuts to huddle together for warm and stop bickering among themselves.

            Right-wingers are going to continue to lose the culture war either way, but the debates will be more fun while conservatives are still somewhat relevant.

            1. “…but the debates will be more fun while conservatives are still somewhat relevant.”

              No one ‘debates’ with assholes like you.

            2. Where were you yesterday, gecko? Reason had an article all about you and you were nowhere to be found!

            3. You know the heads in a jar they have on the show Futurama

              Kirkland is like that, except that he is a jar full of the gall bladders of failed dictators that has somehow gained sentience.

            4. It’s not a debate when one side colludes with the media to push a certain candidate cause they’d “be more likely to beat in the general” then colludes some more to get all the questions before hand.

  15. In Venezuela, massive blackout continues as Maduro blames U.S. for outages

    Of course, it is Trump’s fault.

    It is never Socialism’s fault.

    1. This outcome was not only foreseeable. It was also foreseen.

      1. The article is by the WaPo. “Democracy Dies in Darkness”.

        hehe… the irony… hahahahaha… I can’t… (snort!)… get up… heh heh heh…off the floor… heeee… ouch!

    2. LaGuardia Airport was the trial run. We had to practice for the real target.

      Dyslexics of the world untie!

  16. Pennsylvania state Rep. Russ Diamond (R?102) says he’ll introduce legislation to end daylight savings time in the state.

    This guy gets it. Fuck that shit.

    1. “Pennsylvania state Rep. Russ Diamond (R?102) says he’ll introduce legislation to end daylight savings time in the state.”

      A state rep in CA just began legislation to keep DST all year cause ‘people want more sunlight in the afternoon’ (CA legislators aren’t the sharpest of knives).
      I don’t care which one, but pick one and cut the crap of changing clocks twice a year.

      1. I wonder if he is aware that in the northern part of the country people don’t want to drive to work in the dark in the middle of winter?

        1. Anyone who thinks ‘we’re getting more sunlight by changing clocks’ isn’t someone I’d ask about that

          1. Kind of like MMT?

          2. I would like someone so provincial to not try to make rules for thy he entire country as if it were geographically like California.

        2. like Alaska? How much daylight saving do they need to do in late December?

        3. States can decide their own time stuff if they want. So it could just be California. Arizona has their weirdo no-daylight-savings-time thing.

          And for those of us in northern climes, it’s going to be dark for one part of your commute, standard or daylight time. I’d almost rather stick with DST all year where I live. But I’m far east in the time zone, so it gets dark early.

        4. A company could decide that the workday will be 9 am to 3 pm from November through February and 9 am to 6 pm from March through October. It’s the same number of hours in a year, but no nighttime commuting. Workers could use the extra downtime in the winter to take an online course that keeps their skills updated. There’s no need to legislate day light savings.

    2. I saw something on a local morning show about making daylight savings time year round.

  17. The House voted 407?23 yesterday for a resolution to condemn bigotry in all its forms, including Islamophobia, racism, and anti-Semitism.

    How exactly is this bullshit any different than “all lives matter”?

    1. Even better:

      Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D?N.Y.), meanwhile, called attention to the Republicans who voted no on the resolution

      “Who said this, Cortez or a 12-year-old?”

      1. A great game-show question that will never be asked on NPR’s “Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me.”

    2. How exactly is this bullshit any different than “all lives matter”?

      The skin color of the bigot who prompted the response.

  18. I supported the First Step Act – a historic criminal justice bill recently signed into law ? but that’s just the beginning.

    Today I’m introducing a new bill ? the Next Step Act ? to push for bolder, more progressive criminal justice reform. Here’s what we’re fighting for: pic.twitter.com/98PDv3De5J
    ? Sen. Cory Booker (@SenBooker) March 7, 2019

    I know this is a campaign ploy, but it’s also been one of his things since the beginning, so good luck, Spartacus.

    1. I am Spark-up-cus?

  19. The Brooklyn-based activists claim the company is trying to sell the water to black communities. The organization Breukelen Rise invokes the “traumatic history of malt liquor in the black community.”

    With apologies to Falwell, I can’t tell who the racists are here.

    1. When TBone goin be free?

    2. Water. The gateway to malt liquor.

      1. Malt liquor contains water, so getting consumers used to water is just grooming them to be malt-liquor drinkers.

        1. By the way, if your water bottle looks like a malt liquor bottle, wouldn’t that give police an excuse to stop you on suspicion of public drinking?

  20. Omar’s GOP critics “said little or nothing when President Trump defended white supremacists at Charlottesville,” according to Gillibrand.

    Except he didn’t.

    You, on the other hand Senator, are doing so with Omar.

    The House voted 407?23 yesterday for a resolution to condemn bigotry in all its forms, including Islamophobia, racism, and anti-Semitism

    Ironically, they did this to avoid condemning one former incestuous bride of blatant anti-Semitism.

    1. Here’s why the situation is so surreal–there’s nothing inherently wrong with questioning whether the US has an unequal relationship with Israel, and whether we’re actually getting anything substantive out of the alliance, other than the boomer-con need to support a nation for the Hebrews and pretensions about “the only true democracy in the Middle East.” It’s something we should be critically discussing in light of how fucked up the region is now, after close to 20 years of military occupation there, trillions of dollars spent, and thousands of lives lost on our side, and countless others in the region as a whole.

      At the same time, anyone thinking that Omar’s remarks aren’t coming from a place that’s any more complex than her upbringing as a Somali Muslim, or that she, Rashida Tlaib, and Ocasio-Cortez are saying these things out of a sincere interest in the well-being of the United States, as opposed to simply parroting bog-standard third-world Bandung shibboleths, are willfully delusional. Omar’s thought through these issues about as deeply as a KKK member.

      1. All she did was point out what Pat Buchanan pointed out-Congress is wholly owned Israeli territory. As for coming from a dark place, there is nothing darker than a religion that claims if you have part of your Johnson cut off, and proclaim there is one god called Yahweh, and Abraham is his prophet, you will have dominion over all the nations of the Earth ( and money to burn, too)

        1. She called all Jews traitors and said they run the world with their money. She is a piece of shit. And if you don’t like their religion too bad. Its a free country and last I looked Jews were not out killing people in this country.

        2. All she did was point out what Pat Buchanan pointed out-Congress is wholly owned Israeli territory.

          He was also condemned as a bigot. Just sayin’.

      2. It is funny as hell to listen to all of the Neocon Never Trump Jews like Jon Podheretz, David Hyrsani, and Brett Stephens now act shocked that the country and its politics are becoming more antisemitic after they have spent years advocating for open borders and calling anyone who objected a racist. Who do they think elected Omar and Tlaib? They wanted to import millions of Muslims in this country and called anyone who objected or worried about its effect a racist. And now they are shocked that the country has changed and is more antisemitic.

        1. John, I am actually shocked that Islam is winning the victim hierarchy Olympics over every other group. It is baffling.

          1. It really is. Especially considering how much they like bashing Christians. Every bad thing you can accuse Christians of, Muslims have done in much worse ways. If you are worried about colonialism and conquest, misogyny and disregard and disdain for different cultures and beliefs, Islam is pretty much the worst civilization ever. White people are supposed to feel bad about things that contemporaries of our great-great-great-grandparents did to black people, but Muslims don’t have to account for their history of violence and oppression. I don’t think anyone should be judged on what their forbears did. But the blind inconsistency is just bizarre here.

            1. They act as if the 18th and 19th Centuries were the normal state of affairs (with European states in ascendency) for most of world history, or at least that was when the most awful part of human history happened, which can never be lived down.

          2. The victim hierarchy Olympics has been based on body counts ever since the 1950’s. The group that kills more people is higher up, because progs need muscle to take other people’s wealth.

      3. So, you believe Omar’s criticism is valid, but Omar herself is still wrong, because she has the wrong identity.

        Is that what you are saying? Because that’s what it sounds like you are saying.

        1. That’s because you’re an idiot who intentionally mishears things.

        2. Perhaps your binary thought processes could use some tweaking.

        3. You just described Omar and this resolution.

        4. No, word choice matters. There’s a difference between saying we need to reconsider NAFTA or our alliance with Israel on the one hand and saying that Mexicans or Jews took over our country to pressure us into unfair relationships with foreign nations.

          1. Yes. I can say NAFTA was bad because it didn’t benefit the USA sufficiently. That’d be a fair criticism.

            If I said “Well, it helped spics/filthy Canucks too much”, then that’d be a lot less fair, no?

      4. Well said.

        1. This was for Red Rocks. Twice.

      5. Well said.

      6. I’ve noticed that few Americans complained when these White guys condemned Israel.

    2. We need more, not less, anti Semites in Congress.

  21. Where’s the outrage over the 23 GOP members who voted NO on a resolution condemning bigotry today?

    Oh, there’s none?

    Did they get called out, raked over, ambushed in halls and relentlessly asked why not?

    No? Okay. Got it.
    ? Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) March 8, 2019

    I imagine this is what it’s like listening to her on her cell phone.

    1. Her boyfriend is a flabby ginger beta.

      1. Yet you will continue to comply obsequiously with her preferences, and those of the entire liberal-libertarian mainstream, for the remainder of your disaffected, politically inconsequential life (losing the culture war sucked, and will continue to suck, for right-wingers).

        Carry on, clingers. As your betters permit, of course.

        Toe that line, Ray. And open wider — AOC and her colleagues have more progress to shove down your throat.

        1. Carry on, clingers.

          So sayeth the Reason Gecko.

    2. “OmaGOD! Gag with me a SPOON!”

    3. I really hope Cortez continues to make Pelosi eat shit, because eventually it’s going to come back to bite her in the ass hard. I wouldn’t be surprised if those FEC complaints against her are a back-door shot across the bow to warn her that she better kiss the ring or she’s going to get iced out.

      1. I bet you’re correct.

        The FEC seemed to attack rather quickly for a first term Congresswoman who is the Left’s pride and joy.

      2. I’d put money on it.

  22. R. Kelly Sent Back to Jail Over Unpaid Child Support

    Wait. Isn’t this Illinois where Lefties are so concerned about rights?

    R. Kelly is charged for criminal conduct that supposedly occurred between 1998 to 2010. R. Kelly had his excessive bail paid by a fan in his criminal charges and then a judge throws R. Kelly in jail for failing to pay child support.

    Seems like R. Kelly might not be getting a fair shake.

    1. Nothing like America having debtor’s prisons.

  23. *UPDATE: Sen. Rand Paul (R?Ky.) on March 7 submitted the following response:

    How sad that a magazine that purports to extoll individual choice editorializes against choice in vaccines. I wonder if there is any point at which a patient should get to choose their treatment. Deciding whether or not to have a medical treatment injected into your body sounds like it might involve personal choice. The government now requires over 71 vaccines administered in 53 injections. Forty-eight of these vaccines are required before age 6.

    What if the government decides that ‘public health’ requires 241 vaccines in 170 injections? Would that be OK? Are libertarians really OK with letting the government dictate what diseases you must be vaccinated for and when? Really? To those who justify coercion in the name of public health, be forewarned that the security you think you get when you exchange your liberty often turns out not to be that secure, and the small amount of liberty you offer up is greedily gobbled up by government until your original offering of liberty becomes much greater than you intended.
    Rand Paul Fails Parents and Kids of Every Political Persuasion by Offering Weak Support for Vaccines
    Y’all see Rand Paul own Ron Bailey?

    1. Bailey got owned. Good on Rand for standing up to Bailey’s utter nonsense.

    2. what a fantastic response.

    3. Seems a Republican understands individual liberty better than a Libertarian. Thanks Rand. Very well said.

  24. Remember when Stormy Daniels was one of the most “important” stories in the news? Funny how when these ever so “important” issues die, hardly anyone notices:

    “Judge Otero said in his Thursday order he didn’t have the authority to rule on the issue of whether the $130,000 needed to be returned.

    He previously dismissed a defamation claim Ms. Clifford brought against Mr. Trump and ordered her to pay the president nearly $300,000 in legal fees.”

    “Judge Dismisses Stormy Daniels’s Suit Against Trump, Cohen”

    http://www.wsj.com/articles/ju…..552001964?

    So, because the NDA Stormy Daniels signed was already invalidated, Stormy Daniels can’t sue to have it invalidated. Because it was invalidated, as if the NDA never happened, she may well need to return the $130,000 she was paid to keep quiet–in addition to the $300,000 in legal fees she’s already been ordered to pay President Trump.

    Why is this story important?

    I don’t know.

    Why was it ever important?

    Ya got me!

    The end of the story isn’t important. The middle of the story wasn’t important. The beginning of the story wasn’t important.

    Knowing the difference between important and unimportant is important.

    1. Thanks Ken. I saw that last night and was wondering if Reason would do 100 articles on it because Stormy.

      Even Lefty judges wont dare invalidate solid NDAs because the higher appeals courts will slap their little hands with case reversals so fast it would make their head spin.

    2. He previously dismissed a defamation claim Ms. Clifford brought against Mr. Trump and ordered her to pay the president nearly $300,000 in legal fees.

      That’s a lot of lap dances!

    3. It’s not really important, other than the revelation that this is probably the first time in history that a prostitute has had to pay her john.

      1. The old saw being that you really paid a prostitute for going away at the end the evening. This is the most visible case I remember where that was treated as a valid contract.

    4. It’s so unimportant that here you are writing an essay on it.

    5. I don’t how you manage to speak so clearly with all that sand in your mouth.

  25. The various little racial and ethnic identity subgroups that make up the democratic party are at each other’s throats over their irreconcilable hatreds?

    There isn’t enough popcorn in the world to enjoy it.

    1. Once again my humble home is filled with joy and laughter.

    2. Once again my humble home is filled with joy and laughter.

  26. So, will the Mueller Report escape tonight?

    1. It mostly already has. Those indictments tell q story. Trump was secretly doing business with Putin. Trump’s family secretly met with Putin reps to discuss trading sanctions relief for dirt on Hillary. Trump hired a criminal who spent his professional life representing Russia’s interests to run his campaign. Trump’s campaign manager gave Putin polling information. When asked to name the people advising him on foreign policy, Trump named Carter Page, a nobody to Americans but someone very familiar to Russia. stooge. Trump told another foreign policy advisor ro cultivate ties to Russia for the purpose of getting dirt on Hillary. Bro, there’s more too. Y’all need to wake the fuck up.

      1. You write the best fan fiction.

      2. “Y’all need to wake the fuck up.”

        You sound like every crazy ranting shit-stinking bum I’ve ever avoided on the subway.

    1. Sounds like more free time for the same wage.

      1. Haha. This is how Lefties really think.

        When employees get fired because the company cannot afford to keep them on staff, the Lefties come up with similar bullshit.

      2. If you weren’t laid off.

        1. But I see lc89 noted that.

          1. I’m sure this Lefty will come back with some stupid shit about how “Amazon can afford it” as if Amazon is not an exception to business and most small businesses are hit hard by forced minimum wage hikes.

      3. >>>more free time for the same wage.

        funny.

      4. All Whole Foods employees paid less than $15 an hour saw their wages increase to at least that, while all other team members received a $1 an hour wage increase and team leaders received a $2 an hour increase…”Just about every person on our team has complained about their hours being cut. Some have had to look for other jobs as they can’t make ends meet,” they added.

        If they were already making over $15 an hour, a $1-2 increment isn’t going to make up the difference, dumbass.

        1. ^^this^^

          This is the real evil in socialism. The whiners at the bottom steal from the next rung up, not from Jeff Bezos.

          Who is going to work hard to become a supervisor if that means you make $2 (13%) more than the shit stain who is one write up away from getting fired. And then that shit stain gets “hurt at work” or takes off under FMLA, keeping their job while you end up doing their work anyway.

          The only good thing about socialism is that eventually they start liquidating people, which means those that object won’t have to suffer for too long.

        2. NY Curbed reported that many newsstands in the subway system will be replaced by vending machines, because 40% of the current newsstands are unrented. A significant portion of Americans work in retail, and it is easy to automate their jobs. Construction and agriculture are a couple of industries that still have trouble finding workers. We need more housing in the exurbs where the jobs are.

    2. This proves that Amazon is full of money-grubbing, profit-seeking fat cats and New York was right to tell them to shove off.

    3. “Inconceivable!”

      Also, “Unexpected!”

  27. I don’t really see how Omar’s remarks are anti-Semitic.

    Welp, there I go. I will forever be tarred with the stain of anti-Semitism.

    1. They weren’t. I’m Jewish and I found her remarks refreshing. About time we broke some long-held taboos. The reason we Jews overreact is that as kids they showed us horrible shoah docs for hours, and then after they said, “Freedom of speech is great. But if we are to prevent this from happening again, we must restrict freedom.” Well we were completely traumatized and impressionable, so we believed it. It’s was right out of A Clockwork Orange. Which my brother actually told me when the movie came out a few years later, but I thought he was crazy!

      1. Yes! Read the http://www.unz.com for more wisdom from anti Zionist Jews.

      2. >>>The reason we Jews overreact is that as kids they showed us horrible shoah docs for hours

        maybe plus the 5000 years of everyone acting like assholes because Jews are?

      3. You think it is refreshing to hear someone claim Jews are a fifth collumn who use their money to get the US to put Israel’s interests over its own and to “hypnotize the world”? Really? Are you buying xeyklone B and railroad car stocks as well?

        1. Do you love the Jews, John? Or are you just exploiting the antisemitism hysteria to attack Muslims, and then you’ll come for us next?

          1. Why not both? It’s not like I have to feel bad about exploting Muslim stupidity.

    2. We can at least put it this way – in other circumstances it would meet the Democrats’ low threshold for calling someone a racist.

      1. At least.

        That’s why I’m loving it.

    3. I’ll just repeat what I said above:

      At the same time, anyone thinking that Omar’s remarks aren’t coming from a place that’s any more complex than her upbringing as a Somali Muslim, or that she, Rashida Tlaib, and Ocasio-Cortez are saying these things out of a sincere interest in the well-being of the United States, as opposed to simply parroting bog-standard third-world Bandung shibboleths, are willfully delusional. Omar’s thought through these issues about as deeply as a KKK member.

      1. Of course we should talk about the “political influence” of any powerful group of people. What is so special about a group made up of Jews and/or pro-Iraeli people?

        The history of the Jewish people is full of horrific persecution. But Israel is a State. Not a people. Not a religion. The United States should not have a special and uncriticizable relationship with any State.

        1. That’s a pretty fucking ignorant misstatement of reality.

          1. What is? The part about Israel being a State? The part about the Jews being the victims of persecution for centuries? The part about being able to discuss groups of people that are trying to influence government policies?

            I was only reacting to the small quote of Omar’s above. Of course she’s a brain dead insane progressive. But that’s a given.

        2. That sort of doesn’t apply because Israel is a theocracy. It’s not just any state. It’s the Jewish state and the only one at that. Opinions have changed with time due to leftist brainwashing and importation of Muslims, but America has staunchly supported Israel, recognizing its integral importance in a post-Holocaust world for global Jewry. Given the sorts of atrocities that still occur to all sorts of religious minorities throughout the world, it is patently clear that we need a plan B and that plan B is Israel. Anything that undermines the existence of Israel is a non-starter for America.

          1. Thanks for confirming my point.

        3. Of course we should talk about the “political influence” of any powerful group of people. What is so special about a group made up of Jews and/or pro-Iraeli people?

          You’re missing the point. She hasn’t thought this through at all. She’s just reciting what her imams have told her over the years. And like I said, if you think she’s doing this out of a sincere desire to look out for the interests of the US, you’re delusional. She isn’t saying anything different that hasn’t been recited thousands of times by far-left third-world fetishists or the average Middle Eastern Arab/Muslim, and it doesn’t go any deeper than boring old ethnic/religious identitarianism.

          1. I know she’s a dumbfuck. But I’m analysing the statement quoted above, which in and of itself is not anti-Semitic.

            Statements are true or false based on the words in them, not whether or not the person was thinking of flying unicorns when she said it.

            1. She’s also tweeted about Jewish money and dual national loyalty. These are pretty old anti-Semitic tropes and shows that she’s not really trying to discuss policy, she’s just squawking unoriginal boilerplate that she hasn’t thought about at any level deeper than “Israel bad”.

              This isn’t her getting negative attention based on one tweet, it’s the fact that she’s a Somali Muslim with standard Somali Muslim views about Jews and Israel. That’s a problem in a party that features a lot of prominent Jews, and why Clyburn had to laughingly bring up her childhood in a refugee camp as a lame shield for her lack of awareness.

            2. Because America gives foreign aid to many different countries without the Americans from those homelands facing accusations of undue influence.

        4. Washington wanted us to have friendly relationships with all nations and no entangling alliances. Since then, the USA has developed a history with certain nations. Israel is one of those nations. So are the UK, Canada, Mexico, and South Korea.

          I bring your question back to you, FreeRadical. What other demographic group of Americans gets criticized for lobbying congress?

  28. “reforms like eliminating the disparity between crack and powder cocaine sentences, reducing mandatory minimum sentences for non-violent drug offenses, and reinstating the right to vote in federal elections for the formerly incarcerated.

    It would also include legislation Booker reintroduced last week that would end federal prohibition of marijuana and expunge federal convictions for use and possession”

    Man, I’m gonna have to vote for Booker wtf. Anyone who is actively putting an end to the drug war goes way up the list.

  29. >>>The House voted 407?23 yesterday for a resolution to condemn bigotry in all its forms

    23 are *for* bigotry in all its forms?

  30. >>>”traumatic history of malt liquor in the black community.”

    stank bref from da O.E.?

  31. Criminal justice reforms are great, but without corresponding reductions in funding, they will just find something else to criminalize (and if they don’t go after brown people, guess who’s next?). In fact I would vote for anyone who promised a reduction in funding – doesn’t matter what for. But they are afraid to do that because too many people are dependent on it. This must change.

  32. MOMO CHALLENGE

    It’s really real, everybody!

  33. ALL LIVES MATTER is racist and absolves the police for a handful of specific bad acts

    ALL BIGOTRY IS BAD is therefore – not racist, because of inevitable Muslim backlash (that might lead to Muslims getting shot while they are protecting protestors who are protesting Muslims or something)

  34. The fact that this entire process even became political instead of being a unified rejection of Omar proves that we’re already in a civil war. The real question is when the violence starts.

    1. Soon, I predict.

      I would almost put money on the violence starting from Lefties after Trump win reelection Nov 2020.

      Cash wont be worth anything when then happens, so no need to bet.

      Load up on gold and silver, boys and girls.

  35. So I assume there are also remarks from Ilhan Omar regarding CAIR? Or…is her primary problem with Jewish international lobby groups? Also, it would be nice if you bothered to go back in time and look at how she consistently hammers on Jewish organizations in particular. I would believe her if she had a fair record of criticizing like organizations, but it seems clear that she focuses on those run by, as Farrakhan would say, termites.

    You can obviously criticize Jewish organizations for all kinds of reasons, but it seems like their main problem with these organizations is that they are Jewish rather than any particular other reason.

    1. The main issue for the Dems is that Omar isn’t bright enough to see beyond her own solipsism. They’re basically indulging her at the moment because they’re too confused right now to figure out how to ‘tard wrangle her, Tlaib, and Cortez without turning the party against them. And they can’t really hit her at the local level because she represents a Somalian-dominant district that happens to be the terrorist recruiting capital of the US.

      So Omar is going to continue saying exactly what you’d expect a Somali Muslim to say, until it gets to a point where she becomes too great of a liability to indulge anymore.

      1. The future for the Democratic Party might be ethnic enclaves where they can elect congress reps reflecting the views of a few select districts. The Libertarian Party can recruit the Democrats who still believe in freedom and integration while the Democratic Party goes back to its early 20th Century positions.

    2. Joe, like krugtron the invincible, isn’t worried about anti-Semitism from the left. It’s not like the left has ever been good about getting the trains running on time. Oh, wait…

      1. Yeah, you’d need to have your head firmly planted in your own anus to pretend that this is somehow the first time she’s stuck her anti-Semite foot in her mouth. With Democrats being unable to distance themselves from guys like Farrakhan, not to mention members of the actual party itself, it’s truly amazing that they claim to be a party of tolerance. That, or to the party ‘tolerance’ means tolerating intolerance which is sort of self defeating to thinking individuals.

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