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Kamala Harris Lies About Truancy Laws, Defends Criminalizing Parents Whose Kids Miss School

Plus: Police raid reporters' home in San Francisco, a crackdown on free market economists in China, and more....

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Maybe journalists are just confused. Maybe some are partisan hacks trying to rehabilitate Kamala Harris' image for her. Either way, there's been a rash of recent pieces suggesting that the Democratic senator from California and 2020 presidential candidate has revised her tough-on-crime tactics and stances. And almost every time they talk specifics, it turns out to be wrong.

First, the headlines told us that Harris wants to decriminalize prostitution. Pressed on CNN in April, Harris made clear that this wasn't so.

We were also told last month that Harris "regrets" the truancy laws she helped passfirst in San Francisco and then statewide in Californiato criminalize parents if their kids miss school. Headline after headline made it sound like she'd had a genuine change of heart. But all Harris actually said was that she stands by her efforts but regrets that some parents were arrested under the law, saying this "was not the intention."

Yet prosecution of parents was the express purpose of these laws. These arrests were no more an unintended consequence than arrests for breaking laws against burglary or sexual assault. Sure, it would be nice if no one committed these crimes and no arrests had to be made under the laws prohibiting them. But arrests are by no stretch of linguistics an unintended consequence in any case.

In any event, Harris explicitly defended her truancy crime lawsand lied about themin an interview with Jake Tapper that aired Sunday on CNN. Harris told Tapper, falsely, that "not one parent was sent to jail" because of her initiative:

TAPPER: Well, you pushed for a statewide law, right, a statewide truancy law.

HARRIS: And the state…

TAPPER: And people were thrown into jail under that law.

HARRIS: Not by me.

TAPPER: Not by you, but you supported the law.

Of course they weren't literally put in jail by Harris, who was attorney general of California when the truancy law was enacted and not an arresting officer. Yet no common understanding of "no one was sent to jail" means People were sent to jail, but they weren't personally put there by the attorney general. Again, we see Harris trying to rewrite her record and history.

Regardless, avoiding actual jail time doesn't make prosecution painless. Parents charged under the truancy law were still arrested and put through long and embarrassing ordeals, even when students had very legitimate reasons for missing school. You can read about one of these parents in this HuffPost piece, "The Human Costs of Kamala Harris' War on Truancy."

Harris admits in the CNN interview that she had a homeless mother of three who was working two jobs arrested when her kids missed schoolbut she insisted that this was for the woman's own good. (The idea that having to take time off work to meet with prosecutors and judges, pay court fees, and take mandatory parenting classes actually helped this overworked and indigent mother and her family is the kind of logic that only a cop or politician can love.) Arrest allowed them to get the homeless woman the services "that she needed and didn't know was available," argued Harris.

That's a refrain we often hear for why it's important to arrest homeless people, drug users, minors in the sex trade, adult sex workers, and members of many other groups whose "crimes" are not against others but against themselves or "society." And it's always bullshit. Incarceration, a criminal record, fines and fees, etc. don't help anyone, and they're regressive in that they hurt the hardest the poorer and more marginalized someone is.

There are always better ways to get people services they need. And when caging someone or threatening to is the only way to get them to accept your "help," it's probably a good time to rethink how helpful you're actually being.


FREE MINDS

San Francisco reporter Bryan Carmody woke up to police officers bashing in his door on Friday morning. A few weeks prior, Carmody had refused to give police the name of his source for a story on the death of San Francisco public defender Jeff Adachi. Now police were back with a warrant to search his home.

Carmody "wasn't about to give up his source on Friday either, despite the escalation—not to the police or two FBI agents in suits who questioned him about the case," The Washington Post reports:

"I'm smart enough not to talk to federal agents, ever," Carmody said. "I just kept saying 'lawyer, lawyer, lawyer.'"

So he stayed handcuffed for the next six hours, he says—a certificate of release from the police department that he distributed says he was in custody from 8:22 a.m. until 1:55 p.m.—as investigators searched his home, then his office, where they found the report in a safe. A search warrant filed in the case notes that it was issued as police investigated "stolen or embezzled property."

"There's only two people on this planet who know who leaked this report—me and the guy who leaked it," Carmody said.

The raid on Carmody's home and office drew wide First Amendment-related attention in the Bay Area over the weekend. And it added a new twist to the intrigue that surrounded the death of Adachi, who had built up a high profile as a public defender in the 16 years he had held the office.

The only elected public defender in California, Adachi was known as an watchdog on police misconduct. His death, on Feb. 22, at the age of 59, was attributed in early reports to a heart attack.

Then more information came to light.


FREE MARKETS

China is targeting free market economists. Researchers with the Unirule Institute of Economics have been harassed for months, reports Bloomberg:

Unirule is the brainchild of Mao Yushi, a respected 90-year-old economist who was among the first scholars to spread free-market ideas such as deregulation and privatization within China. Until recently, the think tank was one of the country's more influential nongovernmental organizations, benefiting from the relative liberty granted to economics since the rule of Deng Xiaoping, who once declared that he didn't care "if the cat is black or white, so long as it catches mice." So long as they stayed mostly clear of politics, scholars were free to discuss Western thinkers and how their ideas applied to China. The result was a vibrant intellectual community that interacted with government decision-makers, providing data-driven reality checks for officials with little experience outside the Communist Party.

That space has shrunk drastically under President Xi Jinping, who has forcefully reasserted the party's power and the state's economic role, and has attacked the civil society that emerged under his predecessors.


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  1. Resurfaced video shows Joe Biden pushing border fence, calling for employers who hired ‘illegals’ to be punished
    “Folks, I voted for a fence, I voted, and unlike most Democrats — and some of you won’t like it — I voted for 700 miles of fence,” he said, in the video unearthed by CNN.

    “But, let me tell you, we can build a fence 40 stories high — unless you change the dynamic in Mexico and — and you will not like this, and — punish American employers who knowingly violate the law when, in fact, they hire illegals. Unless you do those two things, all the rest is window dressing,” he added.

    1. The troubling reason why Biden is so soft on China
      Perhaps Biden’s insouciant attitude toward the Chinese government has to do with the fact that his family does not consider them competitors but business partners.

      In 2013, then-Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden flew aboard Air Force Two to China. Less than two weeks later, Hunter Biden’s firm inked a $1 billion private equity deal with a subsidiary of the Chinese government’s Bank of China. The deal was later expanded to $1.5 billion. In short, the Chinese government funded a business that it co-owned along with the son of a sitting vice president.

      1. Joe Biden’s 2020 Ukrainian nightmare: A closed probe is revived
        In his own words, with video cameras rolling, Biden described how he threatened Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko in March 2016 that the Obama administration would pull $1 billion in U.S. loan guarantees, sending the former Soviet republic toward insolvency, if it didn’t immediately fire Prosecutor General Viktor Shokin.
        …But Ukrainian officials tell me there was one crucial piece of information that Biden must have known but didn’t mention to his audience: The prosecutor he got fired was leading a wide-ranging corruption probe into the natural gas firm Burisma Holdings that employed Biden’s younger son, Hunter, as a board member.

        1. Yawn bro. You might want get that Biden Derangement Syndrome checked out.

          1. Ordinary Person, did you know that Joe Biden coined the term ‘Drug Czar’ after watching Reefer Madness?
            According to Biden, the movie set him on a path to have the government warn the nation’s youth about the dangerous marijuana plant.

            Biden is in constant contact with past and present Drug Czars, who say that the current marijuana is much more powerful than the hippie weed. So much so, that it’s now considered to be not only highly addictive, but a gateway drug to LSD.

            Unnamed sources say Biden was maneuvered to be Obama’s Vice President so Biden could keep an eye on president pot head. There was a feeling that Obama would start smoking marijuana again, even though he swore he was off the stuff. So Biden was placed there to make sure Obama behaved and did not reclassify marijuana.

            1. The Democrats support legalizing cannabis. If Biden wants to lead the ticket he’ll have to adopt that position.

              1. It was also the parties position to not take on any new stupid Middle Eastern wars. How did that work out for the base? Most Americans are not going to vote one way or another because of marijuana. So Joe could do a new MJ Stamp Tax deal that makes it all but impossible to legally bring weed to market while saying he is just making sure its properly regulated; for the kids.

              2. If Democrats supporting legalizing weed, they would remove weed from the Controlled Substances Act when they controlled all of Congress and Obama was President.

                Democrats are liars and just want the weed vote, to allow the drug police to transition to other roes rather than being fired because their role is not needed, and to tax the living shit out of drugs.

              3. Democrats are fine with people smoking weed but Democrats want to ban tobacco smoking and vaping.

                Democrats are liars and luckily on their way out of national political power.

          2. Its always so cute when idiots puff out their chests in pride of chosen ignorance.

      2. “In 2013, then-Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden flew aboard Air Force Two to China. Less than two weeks later, Hunter Biden’s firm inked a $1 billion private equity deal with a subsidiary of the Chinese government’s Bank of China. The deal was later expanded to $1.5 billion. In short, the Chinese government funded a business that it co-owned along with the son of a sitting vice president.”

        And this is the type of thing which has set up our trade relationship with China. Why libertarians are blind or uncaring (that the dynamic is a product of Chinese bribes of our politicians) puzzles me.

        1. Hunter Biden’s life reads like an indictment of typical government conflict of interest, nepotism, pay-to-play, and corruption.

    2. This is like Hillary Clinton going after Obama over his birth certificate. The socialists want Biden to lose. He’s too moderate.

      I won’t carry water for the socialists. I won’t carry water for Sanders. Fuck Sanders.

      Go Biden.

      1. Psychiatrist: Tell me what you see in the abstract picture Ken.

        Ken: I see socialism.

        1. Psychiatrist: Tell me what you see in social security?

          I see socialism.

        2. Over 160 million dead in the last century because of socialism. If you are not watching for it, you are an idiot.

          Go Ken Schultz.

    3. Hello.

      “Harris admits in the CNN interview that she had a homeless mother of three who was working two jobs arrested when her kids missed school—but she insisted that this was for the woman’s own good.”

      My Lord, this person has a black heart. Imagine with guns what she could do. Just an awful individual.

      1. But Trump is the nazi.

        1. If Trump believes the bs he speaks about Democrats being ‘baby killers” he’s well on the road to being something like a Nazi.

          1. Democrats support infanticide.

          2. Ordinary Person:

            Trump is ‘something like a nazi’ because he thinks people have the right to keep and bear arms so that they can protect themselves against a totalitarian state.

          3. Why are you holding it against Trump when he’s merely believing what the Democrats say, as they pass bills that permit babies to die when they survive the attempt to abort them?

    4. Biden is so easy to destroy because he has so much political baggage.

    5. I am having trouble posting on Reason. How do I make my own comment without having to reply to someone else?

      This is should be sufficient to kick anyone out of the Democratic Party but it is not to my surprise many so-called progressives do not have a problem with this.

      The man served 13 years for a crime he did not commit yet Kamala wanted to keep him in jail for life based on paperwork.

      Cops have very if not no feelings for anyone caught in their web of horseshit based solely on their own sense of power.

      Kamala was trying to keep this innocent man in jail based on a technicality, not based on decency.

      Sick bitch.

      Ms. Harris also fought to keep Daniel Larsen in prison on a 28-year-to-life sentence for possession of a concealed weapon even though his trial lawyer was incompetent and there was compelling evidence of his innocence. Relying on a technicality again, Ms. Harris argued that Mr. Larsen failed to raise his legal arguments in a timely fashion. (This time, she lost).

      1. Go to the very bottom of the comments.

  2. Maybe journalists are just confused. Maybe some are partisan hacks trying to rehabilitate Kamala Harris’ image for her.

    I think we know which. Either way, it doesn’t portend well for the Fourth Estate holding her administration accountable for much.

    1. Anything to eat the TDS

  3. San Francisco reporter Bryan Carmody woke up to police officers bashing in his door on Friday morning.

    Honestly, I can’t figure out the various motivations in this story.

  4. …the longer we’re involved in a tariff battle or a trade war, the better chance there is we could actually enter into a recession because of it.

    Sunday’s golf outing is going to be awkward.

  5. Arizona has legalized nunchucks.

    There is no excuse allowing those deadly weapons back on the street even if they can be successfully defended with a sofa cushion.

    1. Most people that have them end up hitting themselves on the head.

      1. Yes but if you film it hitting your lower head; you have the chance at 10 grand and getting to meet Bob Saget!

    2. 2A: A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.

      Yes, even nunchucks.

      And you hit the target where the cushion is not. One hit to the head of the target with wooden nunchucks can kill someone.

    3. I don’t know whether I should be embarrassed or proud of how many friends I had who were apparently nunchuck outlaws in Tucson.

      1. Fun fact: tabak-toyok (nunchaku) were used by Filipino rebels during the occupation of the Philippines by the Japanese during WWII. They initially could be concealed in plain sight as rice beating tools. The Japanese caught on, of course, but the Allies had begun to import firearms for rebels soon thereafter.

  6. SUSPECTED COLORADO SCHOOL SHOOTER’S DAD WAS DEPORTED TWICE: REPORT
    Quintana and McKinney were in a long-term relationship when they had Alec McKinney in 2003, Daily Mail reported. The couple had two more children before getting married in 2009, the same year Morgan McKinney gained permanent custody over the kids.

    Maya McKinney was born as a female, but prefers to be called by her male name Alec.

    1. FBI DISCOVERS HOMEGROWN ISLAMIC TERROR COMPOUND IN ALABAMA
      The FBI has uncovered a homegrown, jihadist compound in Macon County, Alabama.

      The FBI‘s search warrant described the property as a “makeshift military-style obstacle course” in a story first reported by Sinclair Broadcast Group. The land where the group gathered reportedly looked like an “abandoned dump,” and was led by Siraj Wahhaj, who allegedly trained children to commit school shootings in a similar terrorist breeding ground in New Mexico last year.

      1. This is the same person who had another training camp in New Mexico with another dead child but our government let him go and the news ignored it. will the same happen again here. And people wonder why conspiracy theories are so easy to come by

    2. I would like to see how Reason can account for the fact that if the CO shooter’s father was successfully deported, Maya “Alec” McKinney would have never been born in the USA, never a US citizen by birth, and therefore never attended US school.

      …Making a murder spree in the USA a lot less likely.

    3. The taco apparently didn’t fall too far from the food truck.

      1. The Dad evidently had more domestic violence charges to simply brush off as a lover’s spat.

        Refusing to deport violent illegals paved the path for where we are now with illegal immigration blowback.

    1. The Party of Science strikes again.

  7. Kamala Harris is a fucking cunt.

    1. Wood not.

      1. I might.

  8. <a href="https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-05-12/california-may-go-dark-this-summer-and-most-aren-t-ready"California May Go Dark This Summer, and Most Aren't Ready
    A plan by California’s biggest utility to cut power on high-wind days during the onrushing wildfire season could plunge millions of residents into darkness. And the vast majority isn’t ready.

    The plan by PG&E Corp. comes after the bankrupt utility said a transmission line that snapped in windy weather probably started last year’s Camp Fire, the deadliest in state history. While the plan may end one problem, it creates another as Californians seek ways to deal with what some fear could be days and days of blackouts.

    1. Good thing those state run utilities are properly managed by government regulators.

    2. Good thing they have all that nice weather.

    3. Well, the reality of the situation is, IF PGE had actually cut power during the high winds of Nov 8 of last year, as they told me they were going to do the previous afternoon (in two emails and two robo-calls), the fire which cost me and my wife our home, killed several of our animals, and, oh yeah, eighty-six neighbors, would never have happened. Don’t worry, Californians, PGE doesn’t care enough about your lives to actually cut your power.

      1. PG&E- Wiki

        Any other company that had this much negligence happen would have been bankrupted and sold to the highest bidder.

        PG&E runs numerous nuclear power plants in Taxifornia, which should scare the shit out of everyone in that state.

        1. PGE is a utility, therefore, its operation, including its safety policies, are overseen (supposedly), by the State. Good job, guys.

  9. More and more Democrats are calling for federal action to break up Facebook.

    Eventually they’ll get to breaking up groups who think it’s okay to vote against Hillary.

    1. The sad thing is, in his world it probably is totally normal. The rest of us just never knew about it before.

      1. Nixon didn’t do anything LBJ didn’t do.

        1. Nixon never stole a Texas election “fair and square”.

    2. Why has this not been seized upon? Is this really true? It is almost unimaginable that it is in fact true…. can you fathom a GW Bush administration FBI sending “undercover agents” into the Obama campaign? Can you imagine that happening and the entire world remaining ignorant of that fact?

  10. What’s the deal with every news outlet reporting on every Game of Thrones episode now?

    1. They’re trying to find a replacement for Mueller Madness.

      1. They finally realized the horse they were flogging was dead?

    1. Wherever you work, don’t ever let them put you in charge or writing the policy manual. Most people probably shouldn’t want their boss to know they were looking at that. If I were defending a sexual harasser, during jury selection, I might show them that link and keep everyone who thinks it’s safe for work.

      1. The NY Post not safe for work? What is this world coming to?

        1. The one where girl’s squatting, wearing a bikini in high heels, and saluting you while wearing a captain’s hat–when the wrinkled battle axe in Human Resources holds it up and asks you to explain why that’s appropriate for work, what do you say?

          1. Ray: “She’s a very nice person, she cares about animals, and I have a lot of respect for her on a professional level.”

            Battle Axe: “Her tongue is hanging out of her mouth”.

            1. “Would you believe, I’m learning about e-marketing campaigns?”

      2. Tell us where you work Ken, so we can make sure never to work at a place so prudish that a basic newspaper is NSFW.

        1. I would recommend that the article isn’t safe for work for a different reason: you’ll have to explain to your boss why you have to duct tape your head back together, and clean up the 10-foot-radius mess surrounding your workspace, after your head exploded, when you learn that people were choosing colleges — and bribing people to get into those colleges — based on how “Instagrammable” they were.

    1. Nothing that a lifetime of therapy can’t fix.

    2. “Three-year-old changes gender,” as opposed to a Munchausen-by-proxy couple looking for SJW points.

    3. these people are sick

  11. “Kamala Harris Lies”

    Yes.

    1. Democrats lie.

      Yes.

      1. Politicians lie

        1. True Cyto. Some politicians just lie more and about more things that hurt you in more ways.

  12. Of course they weren’t literally put in jail by Harris, who was attorney general of California when the truancy law was enacted and not an arresting officer.

    So you’re saying that she’s being disingenuous.

    1. So I guess Trump isn’t separating kids from their families.

      1. And his wires were not literally tapped.

        1. And Clinton did not have sexual relations with that woman, Ms. Lewinsky.

          1. “I am not a crook.”

            1. You know who else maintained implausible deniability?

              1. Sgt. Schultz.

              2. Sgt. O’Rourke

          2. I’m late, but technically this is true, because the Starr team had defined “sexual relations” as penis-in-vagina sex. Oops.

  13. “Banning immigrants’ languages can backfire. Just ask Ohio and Indiana,” says The Washington Post.

    Did Reason even read the article? The Germans kids “denied their language” were less likely to volunteer to fight in WW2.

    Libertarians promoting global wars to own the immigration restrictionists.

    1. That’s some quality gaslighting right there.
      Way to miss the entire point of the article.

  14. If any of you Trump-Tard peanuts actually believe that the Con Man will out-negotiate the Chinese on his tariffs you are stupider than I thought.

    That dumb fuck has not won a single negotiation yet,

    “It’s easier to fool people than to convince them that they have been fooled.”

    ― Mark Twain on Trump-Tards

    1. If you stayed up all night trying to think of new and better ways to make Trump look good, you’d have a hard time coming up with something better than calling yourself “Palin’s Buttplug”, linking to kiddie pr0n, and then putting Trump down as if your insults were worth something.

      What do you see when you look in the mirror?

      1. What makes you think there is an image in that mirror?

    2. Why do I get the distinct sense you long to be Mayor Pete’s Buttplug?

  15. Market data suggest what’s really going on with Facebook, social media, etc. Check this out:

    Change in non-sports viewership since 2014 by network:

    NBC: -10.7%
    CBS: -21.2%
    ABC: -25.2%
    FOX: -27.6%

    https://www.wsj.com/articles/a-new-look-tv-industry-descends-on-madison-avenue-11557669600?

    Seeing those declines in viewership, it’s no wonder that advertisers are cutting back their spending on broadcast network advertising–except for one thing: They haven’t really cut back their spending on broadcast network advertising for new shows.

    “Spending commitments in the spring TV ad season will grow an estimated 2.4% to $21.25 billion this year”

    —Ibidem

    So, where are top line advertisers cutting back?

    Well, they aren’t cutting back their advertising on Netflix and Amazon Prime Video–since those services don’t offer advertising. I do keep reading stories about them cutting back their advertising on social media, however.

    Disney, et. al. is much better at not broadcasting anything on, say, ABC that upsets people than typical content creators on Facebook and YouTube, who are constantly broadcasting shit about Muslims, guns, gays, underage girls, abortion, blacks, Jews, illegal immigrants, fat chicks, and allegations of sexual assault. And that’s not to mention Birthers, Truthers, sheep shaggers, . . .

    I hear some jackass linked to kiddie pr0n in comments here, even?! Why would advertisers want to pay to have their brand associated with Palin’s Buttplug when they could have their brand associated with The Masked Singer, or whatever other lame ass shit the networks are pumping out these days?

    1. Trump endorsed a child predator for the US Senate. That actually happened. Do you actually believe PB posted child porn? It’s a joke right but it seems like actually believe it now. What proof do you have to believe PB posted child porn?

      1. “I hear some jackass linked to kiddie pr0n in comments here, even?!”

        I said I’ve heard it.

        So, you admit that you’ve heard it, too?

      2. Proof? Who needs proof?
        Believe the accuser!

        1. #yesallwomen

        2. I don’t know whether it’s true or not. The point was that the kind of content that’s created by commenters–much like what we find here–isn’t attractive to top tier advertisers, who don’t want their brands associated with that kind of content.

          The point remains valid. It was an example of something mainline advertisers would rather avoid. In fact, it’s a great example because it shows that it might not even matter whether the association with McDonalds and controversial content is valid. The content may not have been as controversial as advertised, but if social media goes bonkers claiming it was, McDonalds gets tainted all the same.

          Oh, and I wasn’t just pointing to what “Palin’s Buttplug” is accused of posting–but also the name “Palin’s Buttplug”. McDonalds doesn’t want to be associated with any content, kiddie pr0n or not, that’s created by someone who calls himself “Palin’s Buttplug”–and neither does anyone else.

          Who in their right mind calls themselves something like that and expects to be taken seriously?

          1. How do you know that “himself” is the proper pronoun? Aren’t you being presumptuous?

            What is the appropriate approbation when in doubt these days?

            Themself? Or if you go with they, would it be Themselves? Theyself?

            I dunno, but you better get that stuff straight, because people take that super-cereal these days. Or maybe you need to get it cis. I dunno… how’s that one work.

            You know what? Never mind. Maybe just don’t use any identifiers of any sort.

            1. Even in Indo-European languages with gendered nouns, I believe they defer to the masculine when the sex is unclear.

      3. Funny how we never hear anything more from Democrats about allegations against Roy Moore.

        Maybe we’ll hear more about during the 2020 Alabama US Senate election.

        1. Is that who Ordinary Person was talking about?

          Yeah, I don’t think McDonalds wants to use Roy Moore as a spokesperson either–whether he’s guilty of what he’s accused of or not.

          1. OP’s sock was all over that story during the 2017 Alabama Special US Senate election.

            1. If that was what you needed to get to a “no” on Roy Moore, then you really don’t need to be voting…..

      4. Man, that Mueller did really hit you hard

  16. Valerie Plane (covert CIA nuclear/Iran agent outed by the Bushpigs) set for US Senate run in New Mexico.

      1. Sorry, I am in a rush to get to work. I’d like to stay and chat with the SSDI loving H&R conservatives but I need to pay taxes.

        1. I didn’t realize people paid taxes on income from $20 hobo handjobs.

    1. Sarah Palin’s Buttplug outed for posting links to child porn.

      1. You lie, LovesTrumpsTinyMushroomDick1789.

        1. Poor child fucker Palin’s Buttplug will never live it down.

    2. Plame was NEVER covert CIA. She occupied a desk in DC. Her neighbors knew she worked for the CIA.

      Dems and media conspired to frame Scooter Libby for the leak, knowing all along it was Dick Armitage who worked for Colin Powell that leaked it (Powell knew the source, too but let the frame go on).

      The Libby frame up was proven.

      1. She’s running as a Democrat, so I already know that she is full of shit.

  17. “I’m smart enough not to talk to federal agents, ever,”

    But they will still find a way to screw you because authoritah.

    1. Lying to a federal agent is a crime. Anything you say can, and will, be twisted into a lie. So talking to one is a very bad idea. It’s the same with cops.

      1. +10000

        Never talk to the cops/FBI if they want to talk to you. NEVER.

  18. Society’s natural ruling class, due to their paper from the right institutions:

    Donors Endowed Coaching Posts; Children Subsequently Admitted
    The Boston Globe reported Sunday on a pattern in which donors to Yale University and other top colleges endow coaching positions. That’s a trend about which many colleges have been very open. But not known is what the Globe reported about the children of donors then applying to and being admitted to those colleges, and in many cases playing on the teams of the coaches whose positions have been endowed.

    The gifts aren’t small. It takes $2 million to endow a coaching position at Yale. The Globe story found cases of children of donors being admitted at a number of colleges, including other Ivy League institutions and Stanford University.

    1. But not known is what the Globe reported about the children of donors then applying to and being admitted to those colleges, and in many cases playing on the teams of the coaches whose positions have been endowed.

      Question for the Globe: In what sense was that ever “not known”?

      1. Probably that these legacy admissions were done via coaching positions rather than new buildings or scholarship foundations, as is the norm.

  19. https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trade-china/china-to-impose-tariffs-on-u-s-goods-despite-trump-warning-idUSKCN1SI0B8

    Haha. Americans are not able to import many products and services into China because of the protectionist nature of the Communist state.

    This is China’s reply to higher US tariffs on products that they NEED to import into the USA to keep their economy afloat.

  20. Exclusive: Amazon rolls out machines that pack orders and replace jobs

    Fucking morons, who demand more and more pay for jobs that can be replaced by robots.

  21. China is targeting free market economists. Researchers with the Unirule Institute of Economics have been harassed for months

    I am kindof surprised that there are any free market economists there in the first place.

    1. There is no free market anywhere on earth. The people whooping up free market theories are academics, donor-fed scribblers and think tank pets, the vast majority of whom never did anything of significance in the real commercial world.

      1. Yard sales are an example of free market.

        While you are correct about modern macro-economies, some micro-economies exist on free market transactions.

  22. Please stop linking to the Washington Post. You can’t read their stories without jumping through some browser hoops and it’s a PITA. Surely there are other sources for these stories.

    1. Reason staff all have paid subscriptions for WaPo, so they dont even think about how the rest of us dont want to pay that Lefty rag one cent.

    2. And, they’re literally the worst.

    3. Nope. Only WaPo can make up stories of the quality needed at Reason.

      1. That, and the New York Times.

  23. Interesting numbers about the nature of the relationship between Venezuela and Cuba. This story is about how Cuba is having to institute food rationing and why:

    “One reason is a sharp drop in oil shipments Venezuela sends to Cuba, which have fallen to about 47,000 barrels a day in March from a high of 105,000 in 2012 . . . . Venezuela’s contribution to Cuba’s economy had fallen to 8.5% in 2017 from 22% in 2013.”

    https://www.wsj.com/articles/cuba-plans-to-ration-sales-of-basic-food-items-11557696241?

    I’ve read that at the height of Chavez’s power, those 100,000 barrels of oil a day from Venezuela represented as much as 30% of Cuba’s GDP.

    Big Question: If the Venezuelan economy is bad off that average people are suffering from malnutrition, why does Maduro continue to send 47,000 barrels a day to Cuba when he could use that money to feed his own people and maybe alleviate some of the pressure against him?

    The Big Answer: Cuba reportedly has as many as 15,000 troops stationed in Cuba. They work primarily as not so secret police and as political officers inside every Venezuelan military unit. In other words, Maduro is beholden to Cuba to maintain his grip on power. If Maduro stopped sending oil to Cuba, Cuba might withdraw that support, and Maduro’s head might end up on a pike where it belongs.

    P.S. When Maduro falls from power, Cuba’s GDP will drop by 8.5%–and that is huge. That might be the end of the Cuban regime. That’s why Cuba is determined to keep Maduro in power.

  24. https://theintercept.com/2017/09/28/pat-tillman-nfl-protest-death-army-disgrace/

    I know the story is a bit old but I just watched the Netflix show on Pat Tillman. The show has some balance to it but it is also very much from the family’s side (which is not what makes this story so compelling).

    This guy was used politically for his enlistment and his death, which turned out to be Fratricide. The family catches all the generals and Secretary Rumsfeld in a lie that they didnt know about his death resulting from friendly fire until weeks after Tillman was used as a Hero’s death.

    No reasonable explanation has ever been released for why a special forces unit killed one of their own in the manner that they did. Other team members also explained how they were almost murdered by their own.

    Special Forces are not known for spraying and praying like regular soldiers. One reason is that they typically carry less ammo to waste so much of it.

    1. So, what, Special Forces unit was ordered to kill Tillman so that Rumsfeld and generals would have a hero to pump up favorable war hysteria?

      1. Rumsfeld and brass were just taking advantage of what propagandists do. Enlarge and protect the state.

        Although, Donald Rumsfeld did send Tillman a letter of congratulations for enlisting. Not many people get those types of letters.

        Same type of traitors tried to coup Trump. So you be the judge.

    2. not the first time a unit had to slow down an over zealous warrior lest they all be killed

      1. I know and it wont be the last.

        Just saying that is bad that the brass still has no balls to do what is right and stand up for enlisted folks, even if it means that they need to retire with 2 stars instead of 3 stars.

  25. Sen. Rand Paul (R–Ky.) talks about Trump’s trade tactics on ABC’s The Week, saying that tariffs are negating the gains seen from recent tax cuts and “the longer we’re involved in a tariff battle or a trade war, the better chance there is we could actually enter into a recession because of it.”

    Someone is clearly not on the MAGA train. But kidding aside, I do hope Rand can get Trump’s ear on many issues.

  26. Biden-Harris 2020?

    We know Biden is on top because Harris prefers to be on her back.

  27. More and more Democrats are calling for federal action to break up Facebook.

    Really? I was under the impression that FB’s current structure served to benefit them.

    1. Cat’s out of the bag about Social Media being yet another propagandist’s tool, so the Lefties need to shift FB to the “evil corporashun” column and move to the next scheme.

  28. Hey Boehm, no stupid propaganda piece from you today about the DOW Jones going down?

    I mean… Americans are this [—] close to jumping out windows if Trump is not stopped.

  29. >>>Now police were back with a warrant to search his home.

    dear police it gets obvious once you start tossing journalists’ homes.

    1. Never pick a fight with a man who buys ink by the barrel.

      Luckily for the police, the media has largely been in bed with the Police State for decades and the propagandists only need electricity to operate.

  30. So the Harris bitch supported separating kids from their parents before Trump did.

    Who could have imagined?

    1. +100

  31. […] Kamala Harris was for it before she was against it! Truancy crime laws? Kamala Harris was for it before she was against […]

  32. It IS important to arrest “..homeless people, drug users, minors in the sex trade, adult sex workers, and members of many other groups whose “crimes” are not against others but against themselves or “society.” ”

    Just look at San Francisco, Seattle and LA if you don’t believe it.

  33. […] Kamala Harris Lies About Truancy Laws, Defends Criminalizing Parents Whose Kids Miss School: Reason … […]

  34. The only elected public defender in California, Adachi was known as an watchdog on police misconduct. His death, on Feb. 22, at the age of 59, was attributed in early reports to a heart attack.

    I thought that was just a Hackensack thing.

  35. Just when you thought Harris couldn’t get any more stupid…

  36. “The appropriate thing was to issue a subpoena, not a search warrant,” he said, noting the breadth of Carmody’s material they had control over in all of this devices and notebooks. He said he wants to know whether the judges who signed the warrants were aware that they were for a reporter’s home and office.

    Why would that matter?

  37. […] Even some mainstream journalists are seeing though this power-hungry sociopath’s lies: […]

  38. […] I don’t presume to know what Harris truly believes or who she really is behind the mask, which is why I think that her actions as a prosecutor and legislator are probably a better guide to how she would govern than anyone’s commentary. And that record bears little resemblance to the prosecutor that Harris has been conjuring on the campaign trail. […]

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