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4 Key Republican Senators To Watch as Trump's Trial Rolls Into the Weekend

Plus: China takes campus free speech issues to a new level, Bloomberg wants to take away your vape, and more...

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It's Friday, but not for members of the U.S. Senate, who will remain in D.C. through the weekend (though they do get Sunday off) for President Donald Trump's impeachment trial. The House Democrats' impeachment managers will likely finish making their case against the president today, and Trump's attorneys will start their defense on Saturday.

As Reason's Peter Suderman wrote yesterday, there's really not much question about the facts of the case at this point. The first article of impeachment says Trump tried to get a foreign government to conduct an investigation of one of the president's chief political rivals—something that clearly happened, since Trump literally did it while standing in front of TV cameras on the White House driveway. As for the second article of impeachment—the one about obstructing Congress' investigation—Trump seemed to concede the gist of it while he was summing up how things have been going so far:

If the facts aren't really in dispute, then one of the few big remaining questions before the almost inevitable acquittal is whether the Senate will take testimony from new witnesses. Removing Trump from office would require a two-thirds majority, but a simple majority could approve additional witnesses—meaning that only four, rather than 20, Republicans would have to switch sides to allow it.

The Senate won't decide whether to have more witness testimony until after both sides finish their opening arguments, likely in the middle of next week. Already, three Republicans have expressed an interest in hearing from additional witnesses: Sens. Susan Collins (R–Maine), Lisa Murkowski (R–Alaska), and Mitt Romney (R–Utah). The key swing vote could end up being Sen. Lamar Alexander (R–Tenn.), who is retiring from politics at the end his current term and is therefore something of a wild card in the impeachment process. Alexander has opposed Trump's border wall and has been critical of the president's trade policies, The Wall Street Journal notes, so he isn't a typical Trump lackey.

Would additional testimony change the course of the impeachment trial? Probably not. But it might at least cause some senators to put down their crossword puzzles and fidget-spinners for a few minutes to pay attention. It would also drag the impeachment trial out for significantly longer—White House attorneys say it could add weeks or months to the process, according to Politico—which is probably the best reason to believe it won't happen.


FREE MINDS

The Chinese government took campus free speech issues to a whole new level this week by detaining Luo Daiqing, a University of Minnesota student, in his hometown of Wuhan. Luo has been sentenced to six months in prison, Axios reports, for the crime of "provocation." Specifically, he made social media posts "denigrating a national leader's image." More specifically, he shared memes comparing Chinese President Xi Jinping to Winnie the Pooh.

Here's the kicker: He posted those tweets while he was living in the United States, where Winnie the Pooh memes—like many other things—are protected speech.

Writing for the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, Sarah McLaughlin notes that, unfortunately, international students cannot enjoy the full benefits of the First Amendment because expression protected in the United States could be punished when they return home. "International students should not have to self-censor in the United States, an outcome that harms those students and academic communities that would benefit from a vocal and diverse student body," she says.


FREE MARKETS

But who will build the roads deliver the beer? The Democratic Republic of Congo has one of the world's most corrupt governments, has been embroiled in a decades-long civil war, and has virtually no national infrastructure. What it does have, as The Economist reports, is a population that loves drinking beer—a hangover from the brutally oppressive colonial rule of the Belgians.

Only four of the country's 26 provincial capitals are connected to the national capital by road, yet beer is everywhere in Congo. Thank a makeshift supply chain that involves weeks of travel on crocodile-infested waters, plus bartenders who literally go the extra mile:

After a week Mr. Barcat's barge reaches Bandundu. From here, as in Mbandaka, smaller vessels carry the beers to tiny villages on the banks of the river. At the port in Mbandaka, Christine, a 40-year-old bar owner, picks up 70 crates of beer from the Bracongo depot. She travels to the city twice a month on one of these smaller vessels to collect beers for her bar and to sell to other bartenders. The trips are tough: she has to sleep out on deck in the rain and the muggy heat. "We are exposed to all the elements," she sighs….

Christine's travails are passed on to her customers. Her beers cost a third more than those in Kinshasa, at $1.80. She has to factor in her $60 boat ticket and the money she pays a friend to run her bar when she is away. Her profits are slim. She does not make enough money to save, she says, but enough to survive.


ELECTION 2020

Is any candidate having more fun on the campaign trail than Andrew Yang?

And is there any candidate who wants to stop you from having fun more than former New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg?

Bloomberg isn't just a killjoy; he's wrong about the facts. A growing body of research shows that people can and do use e-cigarettes to help quit smoking. Unnecessary panic (and, worse, panicky public policy) that drives people away from vaping and back to cigarettes is not helping public health.

In other election news, Foreign Policy published a lengthy essay by Joe Biden yesterday. In it, the former vice president and current presidential candidate outlines his views on, well, foreign policy. Conspicuously absent: a single mention of Iraq or explanation for Biden's 2002 vote to take the United States to war there.

And Joe Rogan says he will probably vote for…Bernie?


QUICK HITS

    • China has locked down 12 cities populated by an estimated 35 million people, in an attempt to contain the spread of the deadly Coronavirus. Meanwhile, Texas A&M is monitoring an unidentified student who showed signs of the disease after returning from a trip to Wuhan, China, the city where the outbreak started. But don't panic, say world health officials.
    • When Pennsylvania State Police data showed that officers were far more likely to search cars driven by black or Hispanic drivers than when the driver was white, the state police stopped providing the relevant data to researchers. Problem solved!
    • Speaking of difficult booze logistics, here's the R Street Institute's Marc Hyden on a silly Georgia law that allows home delivery of wine but not any of other alcoholic beverages.
    • The Atlantic wonders whether America has too many bathrooms.
    • I don't know what sport this is, but I'll appreciate excellence in any human endeavor:
    • And in case you're wondering what usual Reason Roundup editor Elizabeth Nolan Brown is doing right now instead of writing this newsletter….

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  1. Meanwhile, Texas A&M is monitoring an unidentified student who showed signs of the disease after returning from a trip to Wuhan, China, the city where the outbreak started.

    Get China to lock down Texas.

    1. Hello.

      Sanders has been a consistent commie.

      Rogan is a complete and utter fool.

      It’s like he never heard a single word of heeding from Peterson.

      What a disappointment.

    2. >>Get China to lock down Texas.

      they *do* own three NBA teams down here.

      1. Tell that to Daryl Morey. Though I bet Tilman Fertitta still wishes that were true.

        Going to be awfully hard to recoup 2.2 billion dollars if the Chinese now aren’t going to let you build the Golden Nugget Macao.

    3. And Washington. We have a case here in Seattle.

      First!

  2. “China has locked down 12 cities populated by an estimated 35 million people, in an attempt to contain the spread of the deadly Coronavirus.”

    They need Trump to show them how to build a wall.

    1. It’s China.

      Those cities are locked down only to those who have no family connections to the party and can’t afford a bribe.

    2. China already has a Great Wall! 🙂

      Kidding aside, this 2019-nCoV RNA virus is a scary one. Very scary. Did the US evacuate diplomats for SARS? I do not recall that happening before = evacuation due to epidemic. With a 3% mortality rate (so far, based on questionable data), it is not time to break out the survival packs, but every American should be extremely concerned right now. Take commonsense precautions now.

      My gut tells me China is not being entirely honest and transparent about the number of people infected, or dead.

  3. When Pennsylvania State Police data showed that officers were far more likely to search cars driven by black or Hispanic drivers than when the driver was white, the state police stopped providing the relevant data to researchers. Problem solved!

    More like the Keystonewall state. Am I right, people?

  4. Most Americans are not watching the joke Impeachment of President Trump either.

    Stuck in Washington: Democratic senators trade campaign trail for impeachment trial

  5. …a silly Georgia law that allows home delivery of wine but not any of other alcoholic beverages.

    Wine is fine but liquor breaks the speed limit.

    1. Wine before liquor- never been sicker.

  6. How five members of Joe Biden’s family got rich through his connections

    No wonder Bernie Sanders might get the DNC nod. The Democrat leadership already know that he wont be President but at least he wont help implode the Democrat Party like Biden is.

    1. LOL

      NYPost is not a legitimate source. If that stuff was true you’d be reading about it in the NYTimes.

      #StopSmearingTheBidens

    2. If Hunter Biden is guilty, there is no “going after a political opponent” charge.

      What we have here is Dems having a moral obligation to investigate the GOP, but it being unethical for Repubs to investigate Dems.

  7. “The Democratic Republic of Congo has one of the world’s most corrupt governments, has been embroiled in a decades-long civil war, and has virtually no national infrastructure. What it does have, as The Economist reports, is a population that loves drinking beer…”

    Well the Koch / Reason solution is obvious — invite the country’s entire population to immigrate to the United States. I bet there are plenty of highly skilled doctors and engineers willing to work for a Koch-owned company.

    #OpenBorders
    #ImmigrationAboveAll

  8. Charlie Kirk: The 2020 presidential primary tells us a lot about the Democratic Party

    This seems like a joke conversation but if people are really talking like that, it’s not going to go well for the Democrat Party because its not Communist enough for people like these.

  9. The Atlantic wonders whether America has too many bathrooms.

    Last time I was at the beach taking a swim the Atlantic Ocean was probably wondering if America didn’t have enough bathrooms.

    1. You were swimming in the Atlantic Ocean? Fish shit in there, you know.

      1. It sounds like fish aren’t the only things shitting in there. I’ll bet Fist spawned a whole school of corn-eyed brown trout.

        1. There’s a video out there of a guy snorkeling and he shits underwater. It’s gross.

    2. You know those resorts where they have swim up bars?

      Don’t swim in those.

  10. Liberals are working through the ethical advisory arm of the Judiciary to ban the use of the Federalist Society among lawyers.

    https://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2020/01/24/rule_change_would_ban_judges_federalist_society_membership_142230.html

    “The ethical advisory arm of the federal judiciary is quietly circulating a draft rule that would ban judges and their clerks from belonging to the Federalist Society, an organization aimed at fostering an originalist interpretation of the Constitution at law schools and through forums and debates across the country.”

    1. Once again, Liberals hate the First amendment.

      I’m shocked I say.

      1. You need shock therapy

        1. You don’t understand the 1st Amendment.

    2. that seems like it has some 1A violations. I mean, why stop there? Why not say that any members of the judiciary are not allowed to belong to political parties?

      1. The irony is that is the guise they are going under, claiming the federalist society is political. Yet they dont have a lobbying arm like the ABA does, yet the rules explicitly call the ABA a non political entity.

        1. Banning people with different political views from a profession will certainly end well. Absolutely no chance that knife cuts both ways. LOL at using legal ethics to justify it.

          Do they want the Right to rise up and try to bodily throw leftists out of the country? Because that will be messy.

          1. throw them out? Gray Jay, you should know that’s a waste of perfectly good fertilizer.

            And in all honesty, they probably think the right will just take it, because that’s what the Right does, up until it doesn’t.

            1. I want to be able to live in harmony with people I disagree with. That used to be possible. It used to be an American virtue, the right to be left the hell alone, so long as I’m not hurting you and you aren’t hurting me.

              I wasn’t thinking about instilling an anti-Communist purity test in order to practice law. It’s anti-American to condition the right to work on whether one holds the correct political views (absent things like government service vice treason). However, if I’m the only one who’s going to play by the rules, and the other person gets to do what s/he wants, then I’m going to stop thinking of the rules as mandatory.

              Turning the other cheek works if the other side is fundamentally decent, or you’re the Son of God. Otherwise…know anybody who speaks Carthaginian lately?

              1. my thoughts as well. Sir Arthur Harris said it best regarding Dresden in WWII, the parties and circumstances are different but the mentality is the same:

                “The Nazis entered this war under the rather childish delusion that they were going to bomb everyone else, and nobody was going to bomb them. At Rotterdam, London, Warsaw, and half a hundred other places, they put their rather naive theory into operation. They sowed the wind, and now they are going to reap the whirlwind.”

                Anything you do to your opponents is fair game to be thrown back at you.

                1. +1000

                  1. Lefties dont follow history much but roadblocks serve a very efficient means of blocking most of your enemy with as few personnel as possible.

                    Commifornia only has than 20 major roads in and out of that entire state. If Red California goes against Blue California, there are even fewer roads out of the Bay Area and Los Angeles.

              2. This is so true and I feel the same way = I want to be able to live in harmony with people I disagree with. That used to be possible. It used to be an American virtue, the right to be left the hell alone, so long as I’m not hurting you and you aren’t hurting me.

                Something happened. I think if we look back, the Kennedy assassination seems to be the break-point in time, IMO. Just as Boomers came of age and entered college. Right there in that decade, 63-73, we saw tremendous ideological change that has had profound impacts to the present day.

                I’d like to get back to a time where politics is just not that important.

  11. And in case you’re wondering what usual Reason Roundup editor Elizabeth Nolan Brown is doing right now instead of writing this newsletter….

    I think we all assumed it was nipple-related.

  12. Libyan man sentenced to 19 years in deadly Benghazi attack

    Uh, did anyone else not know anything about this guy? I mean its like we used him and the other guy convicted of theft as scapegoats for the Benghazi murders that Obama and Hillary allowed to happen.

    19 years for fucking looting!?! This seems excessively harsh for stealing and with the kidnap from their country and interrogate on US navy ships and all.

    The US jury found him and this other Libyan not guilty of murder, so give these guys time served and let them go.

  13. Warren had a bad week. She was caught on video realizing how dumb her college loan forgiveness program is.

    https://dailycaller.com/2020/01/23/dad-confronts-elizabeth-warren-student-debt/

    Laughs at dad, can’t explain why responsible people who save for college are being harmed.

    1. At least she had the wherewithall not to feel him up a la Jojo the Chimp.

      1. no, no, that video comes out NEXT week. It’ll be under the GILF section on Pornhub

  14. More bad economic news.

    Charles Koch current net worth: $61.5 billion

    Still stagnating in the $58,000,000,000 to $62,000,000,000 range because of Drumpf’s high-tariff / low-immigration policies.

    #DrumpfRecession

  15. NYT apparently killed a story about issues with hunter Biden and Burisma because the story was being worked the same week Biden announced his candidacy.

    https://pjmedia.com/trending/bombshell-nyt-killed-story-revealing-obama-wh-meeting-with-whistleblower-about-bidens-and-burisma/

    1. “All the news that’s fit to print.”

    2. Too local is the excuse that unreason gives.

  16. He’s basically been saying the same thing, been for the same thing his whole life.

    The country needs a president who doesn’t bend to reality.

  17. FISA court finally admits Page warrants were invalid. Still nobody has been charged, fired, or held to task for the deception.

    https://pjmedia.com/trending/breaking-fisa-court-admits-spy-warrants-against-carter-page-not-valid/

  18. The key swing vote could end up being Sen. Lamar Alexander

    Holy shit – that guy is still alive??

    1. to vote he knocks from inside his coffin

      1. +1000

    2. His frozen head communicates by electrical impulses. Oh, and it’s spelled Lamar!.

  19. Her profits are slim. She does not make enough money to save, she says, but enough to survive.

    Soak those drunks.

  20. “We’re doing very well. I got to watch enough. I thought our team did a very good job. But, honestly, we have all the material; they don’t have the material.”

    President Trump brags about obstructing Congress, which is the second article of impeachment.

    ===

    I guess Reason didn’t get shamed enough in Suderman’s piece? This is the dumbest thing I’ve ever read, and Amash has been pretty dumb the last 2 years. Trump is obviously talking about Executive privilege, which is not obstruction.

    I just don’t get the thought process here. Suderman did such a bang up job yesterday we have to double down?

    1. “As Reason’s Peter Suderman wrote yesterday, there’s really not much question about the facts of the case at this point.”

      Again, this was pointed out by all but a few dumb commenters yesterday, this is pure conjecture and frankly a lie.

      There have been no facts. The entire House investigation is based on hearsay and conjecture.

      1. Don’t lie – it’s a fact that all their evidence is hearsay and conjecture.

        1. Opinion. Their witnesses said they read about the phone call in the NY Times and their opinion is that it was illegal behavior.

    2. Is it possible to shame an organization enough to make them stop clickbaiting, or will Reason just have to learn the hard way? There’s no spots left in woke media, they’ll have to clean it up or learn to code.

      At some point even Koch and Soros money will go elsewhere. There’s only a small window in which people believe the clickbait woke journos.

  21. Harry Dunn: Anne Sacoolas extradition request rejected by US

    Yet this chick gets off with vehicular manslaughter? I do find it suspicious that I could find no details on how this wasnt a tragic vehicle and moped accident.

    Diplomatic immunity is there to prevent other countries from grabbing your diplomats on bullshit charges to force some agenda.

    Japanese diplomats were still in Washington DC when Pearl Harbor was attacked and we let them go back to Japan.

    1. It’s there to prevent other countries from grabbing your diplomats, period.

      You probably don’t want to see what nastiness all of the foreign diplomats in NY and DC get up to. They and their families get up to a lot more than blowing off parking tickets. They’re immune too. PNG them if they won’t behave.

      If the Brits make a big enough stink, State can waive and the woman can be extradited. Absent that, she keeps walking.

      1. Yeah, I was going to link a foreign diplomat crime story that happened in the USA but unreason and their single link rule to make sure the clickbait ads run as glitchy as they do.


  22. Hundreds of thousands gather in Baghdad demanding US forces leave

    Get those drones and unreason Propaganda articles cued up.

    1. I’m cool with letting them handle the next Sunni uprising themselves.

      1. same. Fuck it, bring the troops back and the foreign aid with them. Let the Iraqis slaughter each other if they’re so keen to do so.

      2. We should support the next Sunni uprising and put the Ba’athists back in charge before we leave.

      3. Same thoughts. Plus Iran taking over Iraq and that insurgency will keep Iran pretty busy for decades.

  23. Dem impeachment witness Vindman unloads on Blackburn as Dems wrap 3rd day of Trump’s trial

    There is a military rule against engaging in politics in uniform. Just saying.

    Clearly Vindman thinks being a Lefty stooge is worth more than his military retirement pension.

  24. Mexican security forces detain 800 Central American migrants

    The best President in US History (Donald Trump) made this happen.

    MAGA!
    Making Mexico Guapo Again!

  25. “International students should not have to self-censor in the United States, an outcome that harms those students and academic communities that would benefit from a vocal and diverse student body,” she says.

    No matter the subject, the Great God Diversity shall not be ignored.

  26. I think some relevant conditions were left off of your description of impeachment article 1 and accepting Suderman’s madly uncharitable interpretation of that Trump quote as given is good reason not to take you seriously today.

  27. Love these comments! Keep it up!

  28. Goldman to Refuse IPOs If All Directors Are White, Straight Men

    But I am sure that a corporate board with Directors that are all Black, Gay Women is 100% okay.

    I just happen to have a lot of Goldman Sachs stock. Time to drop a lawsuit. Then sell the stock.

    Haha. The stock just started to go down after that was announced by the Goldman Sachs Group CEO. Haha.

    1. What the ever loving fuck. Well, guess that’s one way to sink your company.

  29. Can someone explain to Rogan that consistency is a bad trait to have if you espouse a wrong/evil philosophy?

    1. The clever part about that screen cap is Joe is referring to the DNC primaries.

    2. I’ve listened to him a bit. He’s been pretty socialistic and expressed support for Bernie multiple times. I like the long form format and that he mostly just lets people express themselves, but Rogan is certainly no conservative or libertarian

  30. 4 Key Republican Senators To Watch as Trump’s Trial Rolls Into the Weekend

    Please make it stop. Unless the Senators to watch are the ones with machine guns, I really don’t give a shit any more.

    1. “and out of nowhere, here comes Ted Cruz with the STEEL CHAIR!!! And Schiff goes down!! Oh my god, that man had a family!”

      1. +1 near beating to death on the floor of the Senate.

        So what’ll be this version’s Fort Sumpter?

        1. Cadets from my college fired the first shots of the Civil War at the Star of the West. It’s a running joke there that we’ll fucking do it again.

          But in all honesty, I see 1 of 3 scenarios playing out: 1. Virginia boogaloo boys kicking things off with the governor bullshit they’re dealing with, 2. The libs start something after losing the impeachment, or 3. The libs starting something after losing the 2020 election, which at this point I think is a near certainty (both them losing it, and them starting something). I legitimately would be surprised if Cali doesn’t try some succession bullshit

          1. Which is a nonstarter, because the very first thing they’d do is invite the PRC into the new country, in a mutual assistance pact. Keeping the Communist Chinese military out of the CONUS is something actually worth going to war over.

            Over the past few years, the feeling keeps building that these people just absolutely hate our guts, don’t want to live in harmony, and will absolutely seek payback for whatever sins they imagine Flyover-Land has committed. It’s not a feeling that’s conducive to a respectful exchange of views.

            1. Nope.
              So fuck em.
              Progs aren’t people

            2. Which is a nonstarter, because the very first thing they’d do is invite the PRC into the new country,

              They don’t HAVE states. They can’t secede. They have cities. Cities full to the brim with hungry dependent voters. Cities surrounded by purple suburbs and deep red rural areas.

              Shut off their food and the leftist civil war is over almost as soon as it starts.

              1. +1000

              2. How much food does Singapore grow? Or did Venice in its day?
                They have money and people who can do things that other people will pay them lots of money for.

                Moreover, they have plenty of farmland, at least if we’re talking about CA. The Valley used to be very conservative, and that changed when they decided to import a peon class that wasn’t. Go look at which counties voted for Trump or the party that represents most of the Congressional districts in the ag areas. I know its a popular right wing trope that the cities will just starve if they get to ornery, but I’m not sure it’s accurate for California.

                I don’t see them going to war or seceding though. The long term demographic drivers are on their side—absent most of the new immigrants or their children discovering the joys of voting Republican, and even if they do, the Overton Window will have shifted enough that Republican will mean only getting taxed at 50%, and allowing people to use IC cars on weekends. You’d think the Left would realize it and keep on keeping on with the slow frog boil.

            3. That’s actually what I’m half worried about if a civil war breaks out. That China or the UN decides to get involved for “peacekeeping”. The other thing I worry about is the breakdown of logistics and supply lines in such a vertical society. Could easily see some mass starvation if a civil war lasts longer than a few months. And lets be honest, since when has ANY war gone according to a schedule?

              1. And they can only farm to the amount they need if they start prepping for it before any stuff breaks out. Which isn’t gonna happen.

            4. Which is a nonstarter, because the very first thing they’d do is invite the PRC into the new country, in a mutual assistance pact.

              Even if California tried to secede, the eastern half of the state would tell them to fuck off and things would get violent there real quick. The water wars alone could get extremely ugly; I guarantee the LA aqueduct from the Owens River valley wouldn’t last a year in that scenario.

              And then there’s the possibility of a Republican President treating the coast like a hostile neighbor and bombing the shit out of it.

        2. Plus, any ass whooping would be privileged from arrest but the Senators could be expelled with 2/3 vote.

          Article I, Section 6:
          […]They shall in all cases, except treason, felony and breach of the peace, be privileged from arrest during their attendance at the session of their respective Houses, and in going to and returning from the same; and for any speech or debate in either House, they shall not be questioned in any other place.

  31. A rain-puddle in your backyard no longer qualifies your property as “wetlands”; watermelons hardest hit:

    “Trump administration rolls back protections for streams and wetlands”
    […]
    “The change will especially affect regulation of ephemeral streams and washes, which flow intermittently when it rains but otherwise sit dry much of the year.”
    https://www.azcentral.com/story/news/local/arizona-environment/2020/01/23/trump-epa-rolls-back-protections-streams-and-wetlands/4554278002/

  32. “As for the second article of impeachment—the one about obstructing Congress’ investigation—Trump seemed to concede the gist of it while he was summing up how things have been going so far…”

    Breaking news!
    Trump admitted to doing something which is not only not illegal, but pretty much expected of someone defending himself!

    1. Is that whataboutism? As in, what about him being innocent?

  33. It would also drag the impeachment trial out for significantly longer…

    How fresh does everyone want that acquittal come Election Day?

    1. Acquittal?

      Come Election Day, the Dems may be two impeachments further on.

      They don’t understand that they’ve already lost. That this REALLY isn’t working for them.

      1. Election day can’t come soon enough.

  34. The Atlantic wonders whether America has too many bathrooms.

    How dare they!

  35. “I think I’ll probably vote for Bernie… He’s been insanely consistent his entire life. He’s basically been saying the same thing, been for the same thing his whole life. And that in and of itself is a very powerful structure to operate from.”

    I guess great minds think alike – this is my exact reason for consistently voting for William Henry Harrison.

    1. You know who else was insanely consistent?

      1. Cal Ripken Jr?

      2. Neil Diamond?

        1. has taken breath consistently for 79 years as of today.

      3. Neil Peart?

      4. Michael Hihn?

        1. Robin Williams played Robin Williams in every movie he was ever in. Does that count?

          1. He was different in Insomnia. Neat movie.

            Never saw One Hour Photo, but I understand he was good, and not at all Robin Williams-like, in that movie.

            1. One Hour Photo is creepy as fuck.

      5. The Zodiac Killer?

      6. Mr. Insanely Consistent Sr?

  36. Giuliani threatens to go public with Biden corruption allegations

    “I’d love to … explain to everyone the corruption that I found in Ukraine, that far out-surpasses any that I’ve ever seen before, involving Joe Biden and a lot of other Democrats,” he said

    Hunter’s eventual testimony under oath is going to be, um, interesting.

  37. The Impeachment jumped the shark weeks ago. There really isn’t anything left to do with the series. The episodes are all repetitive, with the same characters saying the same lines, making the same jokes, and the jokes weren’t very good the first time around. Everyone is tuning out.

    Pelosi’s production company didn’t really want to make The Impeachment show in the first place. It’s just a vanity project for the finance people at the network. They don’t care about the ratings, but, for goodness’ sake, the network is even ready to cancel the show at this point. The only problem is that they don’t have anything better to run in The Impeachment’s time slot.

    The pilot for Bernie and the Okie did poorly with test audiences. He’s an angry old white man. She lies about everything. Together they fight crime. That one plays in Peoria even worse than The Impeachment. And Bidin’ Time with Joe, that guy just doesn’t have the star power necessary to beat the current ratings champ.

    What do they do in that time slot? At this point, the network is just dying for a distraction of some kind. If only there were a big one-time event–like a school shooting or something! Maybe this Coronavirus will get out of control. Aren’t the Olympics coming up soon? Is there something they can do with that? Maybe they could use cancel culture. You know, accuse the current ratings champ of sexually assaulting women, paying prostitutes to pee on him, or colluding with the Russians!

    Oh yeah, that’s what they’re already doing with the The Impeachment show, and it didn’t work. Oh well, there’s always the 2024 ratings season.

    1. I still think there’s going to be a surprise twist at the end that will have everyone talking about it for years.

    2. +1000

    3. This was hilarious….nice.

    1. “What is shocking, however, is how brazenly they cast ordinary Americans as vicious and stupid. To these journalists, Trump voters are either morally or rationally defective—probably both.”

      There isn’t anything new about snobbery and contempt for ordinary people just like there isn’t anything new about being a prude.

      Prude : a person who is excessively or priggishly attentive to propriety or decorum

      Snob: one who tends to rebuff, avoid, or ignore those regarded as inferior

      —-Merriam Webster

      This is what we’re talking about.

      People imagine that being a snob and a prude because of the homophobia, racism, sexism, and xenophobia of our supposed inferiors is new, but that’s baloney. All of those things have been the targets of prudes and snobs in earlier generations. Go watch Archie Bunker in the first season of All in the Family.

      I suppose every generation imagines that they’re the first to discover everything. The civil rights movement, the sexual revolution, etc. all happened before millennial were born, and when the civil rights movement and the sexual revolution happened, those were hardly the first times those issues had come to the forefront of society or that the elite had embraced those issues.

      The era we’re living in now is a lot like the prudish snobbery of the 1950s in that prudish snobbery has gained the upper hand in the culture and become a force for conformity. If things go as they have in the past, the Millennial’s kids will eat their grandparents alive.

    2. Just another part of the Conservative Media Two-Step:

      1. “Don’t listen to the mainstream media! They lie! They’re libruls! They are agents of the Democrat Party! They are the enemy of the people!”
      2. “Now that you’ve turned off the mainstream media, and we now have your undivided attention, let us tell you what the ‘real facts’ are. (And by ‘real facts’, what we really mean is, ‘narratives helpful to Team Red’.)”

      I mean, it’s just astounding. Over the holidays, I had several conversations with family members, all right-wingers, and the subject of impeachment of course came up, and their response was almost NPC-like:

      1. Biden Got The Ukraine Prosecutor Fired In Order To Protect His Son
      2. Trump Was Just Trying To Investigate This Corruption And That’s Why The Democrats Are Mad

      It was uniform and predictable. And they of course had no idea about the details behind what actually happened. And they CERTAINLY weren’t going to be persuaded by some article in the Washington Post! Nope, they had their narrative set in stone and nothing was going to change their minds.

      The really sad part is how people fall so easily for this trick.

      1. “…2. Trump Was Just Trying To Investigate This Corruption And That’s Why The Democrats Are Mad…”

        Nope.
        The Ds are pissed since Trump had the temerity to beat that miserable hag in an election.
        You and she lost; grow up and get over it.

        1. We all lost in 2016.

          1. We all lost in 2016.

            Nah. the day after the election my 401k went up…and has been going up nicely in the time since that day.

            #nevertiredofwinning
            #poorpeoplesuck

          2. Poor Little Jeffy. Nobody gives a shit what you have to say.

            1. A universal truth

            2. And yet here you are, responding to my comment.

              1. How’s your lover Mike Liarson doing?

          3. Remember, jeff isnt a leftist.

            1. He’s just a liar.

          4. “We all lost in 2016.”

            You and she lost; grow up and get over it.
            Oh, and fuck off.

          5. Thanks to people like you chemjeff, Trump is the best President in US History!

          6. Nah. A lot of us won.

            And are still winning.

            But Trump was wrong.

            We’re not getting sick of it. We love it more and more, every time you fuckers get your asses handed to you is like Christmas morning.

            Because you do the same thing, over and over again–and you really, truly, deeply BELIVE that THIS TIME it will work.

            I laugh so much these days.

            1. Little Jeffy doesn’t realize that people aren’t laughing with him, throughout his life.

      2. Hey Chem….how about responding to the main thesis of the article. Namely: What is shocking, however, is how brazenly they cast ordinary Americans as vicious and stupid. To these journalists, Trump voters are either morally or rationally defective—probably both.

        You and I might be in a different political camp, but this is a real problem.

    3. More and more Americans just tried to ignore Lefty MSM Propagandists but now the Lefties want violent control back.

      Lefties dont want to have discussion from dissenters, they want to violently shut us up and take our wealth.

      This is why Civil War 2.0 will allow so many Americans to side with Patriots without any moral qualms and banish the Lefties from the USA forever.

  38. “unfortunately, international students cannot enjoy the full benefits of the First Amendment because expression protected in the United States could be punished when they return home.”

    Vote Democrat and you won’t have it here either!

    Orange Man Bad 2020!

  39. Didn’t Nadler accuse GOP Senators of a cover up?

    Clowns.

    The whole thing is banana republic theatre.

    1. Nadler looks like he would gladly pay you Tuesday for a hamburger today.

      1. The younger version of him certainly did. Homeboy was faaaaaaaat back then. He actually lost quite a bit of weight as he’s gotten older.

  40. China has also been revealed to be threatening and bribing people on YouTube into posting propaganda. Where Mike Bloomberg will get his playbook.
    https://medium.com/swlh/how-china-is-influencing-youtubers-into-posting-state-propaganda-db72acf18dfa

    1. +10000

  41. Speaking of facts: 1.) The 1999 “Treaty with Ukraine on Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters” clearly authorizes the very questions Trump asked Zelenski…, regardless whether his intent was to personally benefit or not. There is no such qualifier in the treaty and his questions do not equate to abuse of power. Trump was actually following the Treaty requirements. And unless they violate a U.S. citizen’s rights, international treaties supersede and have greater effect than any U.S. Code. 2.) “Material” is a legal term in a trial. When Trump says we have the “material” he means it in terms of the legal definition, i.e., MATERIAL. adj. relevant and significant. In a lawsuit, “material evidence” is distinguished from totally irrelevant or of such minor importance that the court will either ignore it, rule it immaterial if objected to, or not allow lengthy testimony upon such a matter. Reason’s liberal squad might want to check facts first.

  42. Boomberg has a God complex.

    Grandpa Gulag holds ideas that lead to gulags. At least he’s consistent, eh?!!

    Warren is just a plain run of the mill disingenuous progressive hack who can’t find truth even if Socrates and Jesus walked her to it.

    Biden looks like he’s ready for nice long days sitting on the front porch telling tales of back in his day.

    Nice choices.

  43. “And is there any candidate who wants to stop you from having fun more than former New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg?”

    Steyer claims he’s going to “save the planet”, and while he’s not offering a lot of details, I have a feeling there’s a whole pile of hair-shirts in there somewhere.

  44. I don’t know if this is communist propaganda (The English is a little odd, which may suggest it was translated quickly from Chinese), but it’s probably emblematic of the authoritarian communist approach to solving problems:

    They are building a huge hospital that will have enough space for 1,000 patients of the disease in the city of Wuhan. And they are going to do it in just 10 days.

    https://metro.co.uk/2020/01/24/china-is-building-1000-bed-hospital-in-10-days-for-coronavirus-patients-12114833/

    If they’re trying to make the Chinese government look responsible by showcasing that they’re building a hospital in Wuhan in ten days, it’s having the opposite effect on me.

    You see all those backhoes? There is no good reason to have that many backhoes working at the same time. They’re surely getting in each other’s way–especially when they’re trucking out what’s being excavated. You just wouldn’t build that way.

    It looks like the government sent a bunch of backhoes into a field and put them to work so they could distribute a photo showing that they were throwing everything they have at the problem.

    It is typical of government to care more about how their responses are perceived rather than whether their responses are effective. To be any more typical of autocratic government and their ham-fisted responses, a sink hole would develop beneath the hospital once it’s constructed swallowing the patients whole.

    1. “If they’re trying to make the Chinese government look responsible by showcasing that they’re building a hospital in Wuhan in ten days, it’s having the opposite effect on me.”

      As a woman manager once explained to a sales guy who was hoping for a miracle: “Nine women can’t have a kid in one month”.

    2. The map I saw of the site, made it look like it was on a peninsula on one of the big lakes adjacent to Wuhan. It doesn’t look to me like a hospital; it looks to me like where you’d put a hasty confinement zone.

      As to hospital space, the Chinese have to have military airfields, with the accompanying giant spaces between runways, taxiways, hardstands, and the like. Just set up tent structures on one or more of those. They should have logistics already for feeding and housing air base staff. Move out the staff, and move in the docs and patients. Plus, most air bases have fencing and access control.

      I dunno. The claim is that this isn’t even as bad as the flu. The Chinese are certainly going full retard about containment though. And if those video clips of alleged crowded Wuhan hospital corridors, where they’re just leaving the bagged dead to lay there right next to the sick…yikes.

    3. Or maybe the backhoes are really just digging mass graves.

      1. It was the first thing I thought of when I read Ken talking about all of the backhoes they had there.

        The infected numbers and mortality rate they claim, and the insane containment measures they’re trying, don’t jibe.

        1. Gray….Take precautions now. This RNA virus is a baddie. I commute to the Big Apple every week and I am stopping my commutes, effective immediately, until this blows over.

          You can bet your bippy that China is not being completely honest and transparent.

  45. And is there any candidate who wants to stop you from having fun more than former New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg?

    Bloomberg’s campaign slogan: “Be Well!”

    1. You left out “or else.”

      1. It’s implied.

  46. Trump conceded something that is impossible because it doesn’t exist?

    What exactly is the purpose of Reason these days?

    1. Propaganda.

      Some Libertarians and discussion oriented non-Lefties still show up to comment. One of the few positives.

  47. Trump was elected on the slim, outside chance he would stomp on the neck of corrupt swamp creatures like Joe and Hunter Biden.

  48. Jeebus you guys and your Amash-amour is like reading pudding … that asshole doesn’t even know what obstructing Congress is and you put him up like he’s Demosthenes

  49. Thanks for the bowling clip. It’s like bocce, but with a wider court and flatter balls. That might be one of the dozen most amazing sports moves I’ve ever seen. It ranks up with the catch the replacement player made on an opponent’s back during the strike on Monday Night Football in the ’80s.

  50. “When Pennsylvania State Police data showed that officers were far more likely to search cars driven by black or Hispanic drivers than when the driver was white, the state police stopped providing the relevant data to researchers. Problem solved!”

    Outside a couple of civilized oases, part of Pennsylvania is in Appalachia and the rest might as well be in Mississippi, Wyoming, or Kentucky.

    1. Outside a couple of civilized oases

      Carlisle and Gettysburg?

      Pennsylvania is in Appalachia

      Certainly explains Shitsburgh.

  51. “”As Reason’s Peter Suderman wrote yesterday, there’s really not much question about the facts of the case at this point.””

    Then go straight to the vote. You don’t need witnesses.

    The reality is guilt is irrelevant. If you don’t believe me you can ask the democrat senators that voted in the Clinton trial.

  52. I don’t know why Xi is so upset about the Winnie the Pooh thing. Everybody likes Winnie the Pooh which is more than you can say about Xi.

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