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COVID-Era Abortion Bans Blocked in 3 States—For Now

Plus: "Netflix for 3-D guns," viral authoritarianism, COVID-19 behind bars, and more…

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As more states move to temporarily ban surgical abortions using COVID-19 as an excuse, federal judges have begun to block them. In three separate rulings yesterday, federal judges told state leaders that categorizing abortion as a non-essential medical procedure and forcing abortion clinic closures was not OK.

The rulings came in response to lawsuits filed after authorities in Ohio, Texas, and elsewhere started declaring that temporary surgical abortion bans were necessary to free up resources for fighting the new coronavirus.

The Texas ruling, from U.S. District Court Judge Lee Yeakel, temporarily suspends the state's order through April 13. In the interim, the court will consider whether to block the order for good (something the judge seems poised to do, going by what he wrote in this current ruling). "Regarding a woman's right to a pre-fetal-viability abortion, the Supreme Court has spoken clearly. There can be no outright ban on such a procedure," the decision states.

"This court will not speculate on whether the Supreme Court included a silent 'except-in-a-national-emergency clause' in its previous writings on the issue," writes Yeakel. "Only the Supreme Court may restrict the breadth of its rulings."

Ohio's ban has also been blocked for at least two weeks, per a Monday ruling from U.S. District Court Judge Michael Barrett. The judge wrote that the state hadn't made a compelling case that stopping surgical abortions would "result in any beneficial amount of net saving of PPE (personal protective equipment) in Ohio such that the net saving of PPE outweighs the harm of eliminating abortion."

And a surgical abortion ban in Alabama has been suspended until at least April 6, when U.S. District Court Judge Myron Thompson is scheduled to hear arguments.

(More on the constitutionality considerations, from Eugene Volokh, here.)

Authorities in Alabama, Ohio, and Texas aren't the only ones attempting to use a public health crisis to clamp down on reproductive freedom. Iowa, Mississippi, and Oklahoma have seen similar orders outlawing surgical abortion procedures.

Groups are already suing over the bans in Oklahoma and Iowa. "The state's singling out of abortion in this manner during the public health crisis is profoundly harmful to Iowa women, and can't be justified from a public health perspective," Rita Bettis Austen, the legal director of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Iowa, said in a statement.

Meanwhile, leaders of more liberal states have been calling on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to allow remote prescribing of abortion pills.


FREE MARKETS

"Netflix for 3-D guns." Home-printed gun blueprint distributor Cody Wilson is again putting his plans online.

This is the "third time he has released such files, but the first time he has abided by U.S. foreign export controls online, using what he said are digital verification tools to ensure legal file downloads," notes the Wall Street Journal. "Mr. Wilson said he believed his release of the files would be 'impervious' to legal challenge and would help normalize the distribution of such material for easy download in the future. Mr. Wilson is offering access to the files for an annual fee of $50, characterizing his service as 'Netflix for 3-D guns.'"

More here.


FREE MINDS

Authoritarianism goes viral. In response to COVID-19, Hungry is suspending elections and instituting a host of other draconian measures for an indefinite amount of time.

It's not the only one.


COVID-19 in the States

Arizona, Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia all got new or expanded stay-at-home orders on Monday.

  • Virginia's order is effective until June 10.
  • Arizona's measure only lasts, for now, until April 30.
  • D.C.and Maryland officials both announced potential fines and jail time for those who violate the order, though enforcement of such seems iffy.

Violating the D.C. order could lead to 90 days in jail and a $5,000 fine, Mayor Muriel Bowser said yesterday. Violating Maryland's order could carry a penalty of up to one year in jail and a $5,000 fine.


COVID-19 Behind Bars

  • Texas prisoners are suing over unsanitary conditions:

  • New York City prosecutors are fighting to keep nonviolent offenders in what are rapidly becoming massive death traps:

  • The ACLU of D.C. is suing for better treatment of vulnerable jail populations in the district.

QUICK HITS

  • Albuquerque, New Mexico, police were called to a man's house for a welfare check and instead murdered him.
  • "Had the Chinese authorities been open even three weeks sooner, a study by U.K's University of Southampton assessed, the number of coronavirus cases could have been reduced by 95 percent and the world may well have been spared a pandemic," notes Reason's Shikha Dalmia.
  • Wired is launching a new series of oral histories of coronavirus patients and health care providers in their own words; first installment here.
  • A much-hyped strike of Amazon warehouse workers only yielded around 15 to 50 participants.
  • COVID-19 relief payments from the federal government will be going out in three weeks, the IRS said.
  • Los Angeles won't close gun shops, after all.
  • From New York Democratic Rep. Nydia Velazquez:

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  1. Netflix for 3-D guns.

    Who can afford the ammo for binging.

    1. And what about 3D gun neutrality?

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    2. Hello.

      Let’s keep in mind once all this settles it’s all China’s fault.

    3. Netflix for 3-D guns? Like I can just browse through a selection of guns and order the one I want? No thanks, I already subscribe to cheaperthandirt dot com.

      1. You can browse through a selection of 3D print schematics for guns and gun parts and download (and print) the one you want

        1. Can I thumbs down the bad ones?

  2. In response to COVID-19, Hungry is suspending elections and instituting a host of other draconian measures for an indefinite amount of time.

    Wait until their stomachs stop growling.

    1. They have all that cranberry sauce. Time to invade Turkey!

    2. Coming soon to a city near you!

    3. I can’t say that I’m familiar with Hungry. Is it in the same part of the globe as Ustria, Germny, and Russi?

      1. No that’s a different one. This Hungry is in the same part of the globe as Bacon, Peanut Butter, Oreos, and IceCream

        1. nice, you get a cookie

      2. The only country near Ustria is Poppa New Guyana.

  3. Violating the D.C. order could lead to 90 days in jail and a $5,000 fine, Mayor Muriel Bowser said yesterday. Violating Maryland’s order could carry a penalty of up to one year in jail and a $5,000 fine.

    …somehow.

    1. They will release rapists from jail but be sure you will be kept there for defying a direct governmental order.

      1. +10000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000

        1. I think you used one zero too many.

      2. Who the fuck is “they”?

          1. Not sure that’s a choice.

        1. The cops and prosecutors who work for DC and Maryland. Jesus Christ you authoritarians are stupid.

  4. Albuquerque, New Mexico, police were called to a man’s house for a welfare check and instead murdered him.

    His welfare has been quite definitely determined.

    1. Did they at least seize the welfare check?

      1. They seized the food stamps, sending them to Hungry.

        1. And then they learned that you can’t eat food stamps!

    2. He must not have had a dog.

      1. No, these are cops. They were probably trying to shoot his dog but missed and shot him instead.

  5. As more states move to temporarily ban surgical abortions using COVID-19 as an excuse, federal judges have begun to block them. In three separate rulings yesterday, federal judges told state leaders that categorizing abortion as a non-essential medical procedure and forcing abortion clinic closures was not OK.

    Over the weekend, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio warned that “synagogues” and “churches” that disobey his order to remain shut down may be closed permanently as punishment. One can’t help but notice that the good mayor conspicuously omitted one type of worship facility from this dire warning. But whether mosques are exempt or not, the bigger issue is that Bill de Blasio certainly does not have the authority to permanently close places of worship as a punitive measure for defying his commands. He has the word “mayor” in front of his name, not “sultan” or “king” or “supreme leader.” And the First Amendment still exists, even if he’d prefer to pretend otherwise.

    1. I would go with Extreme Dickhead.

      And the real test will be closing of any (Democratic) campaign facilities or events.

    2. One can’t help but notice that the good mayor conspicuously omitted one type of worship facility from this dire warning.

      You couldn’t help noticing it, and giving it importance. Because it’s one of your personal hobby horses.

      1. well, why didn’t DeBlasio mention mosques then?

      2. So why didn’t DeBlasio mention mosques?

        1. Probably the same reason he didn’t mention wiccan temples, Black Israelites’ congregations, or Jehovah’s Witnesses’ Halls.

          For brevity.

          1. Aside from the Jehovah Witnesses the other three groups are prime DNC constituencies.
            Occam’s Razor insinuates it’s because the DNC sees Xtianity as competition, and practicing Jews are an embarrassment to their secular sophisticate brethren within the party.

            1. You have no idea how to apply occam’s razor.

              Occam’s razor (also Ockham’s razor or Ocham’s razor: Latin: novacula Occami; or law of parsimony: Latin: lex parsimoniae) is the problem-solving principle that states that “Entities should not be multiplied without necessity.”[1][2] The idea is attributed to English Franciscan friar William of Ockham (c. 1287–1347), a scholastic philosopher and theologian who used a preference for simplicity to defend the idea of divine miracles. It is sometimes paraphrased by a statement like “the simplest solution is most likely the right one”. Occam’s razor says that when presented with competing hypotheses that make the same predictions, one should select the solution with the fewest assumptions,[3] and it is not meant to be a way of choosing between hypotheses that make different predictions.

              Brevity is a much simpler, and therefor more likely explanation than “DNC sees Xtianity as competition, and practicing Jews are an embarrassment to their secular sophisticate brethren within the party.”

              1. So, listing three is more onerous then listing two? Is that really going to be your defense?

              2. It’s one assumption, that white liberal political ideology has a sacral and religious function in the DNC.

                Nice copypaste from the wiki article though. Not many people have research skills of that caliber.

          2. Yeah, 300 mosques in NYC is much more like the 20 Kingdom Halls or 1 Wiccan Temple than it’s like the 900 synagogues.

  6. “Had the Chinese authorities been open even three weeks sooner, a study by U.K’s University of Southampton assessed, the number of coronavirus cases could have been reduced by 95 percent and the world may well have been spared a pandemic,” notes Reason‘s Shikha Dalmia.

    I guess the Chinese don’t own Reason or Dalmia.

    Yet.

    1. Huh? How would unrestricted immigration into Wuhan have made things better?

      1. If they had been “open” about giving information about what was going on.

    2. This has just got to be killing Shikha right now.
      The exact opposite of open borders is now de rigueur. Her fantasies of being a globalist bon vivant, and jet setting from Davos to New York without having to stand in customs with the poors, are in ashes.

  7. http://ace.mu.nu/archives/386599.php#386599

    Woman Who Gave Deadly Dose of Fish Tank Cleaner to Husband — and Then Blamed it on Trump — Is Prolific Donor to Democrats and Liberal “Pro-Science” Causes

    It would be premature and irresponsible to call this a premeditated murder but on the other hand this is definitely a premeditated murder.

    This woman despised the Bad Orange Man but decided to take his advice and dose her husband? And then go on a Media Tour denouncing OrangeManBad as being a Bad Orange Man?

    How much you wanna bet that a little bit of investigation would disclose the couple fought a lot?

    1. Too bad more Lefties are not willing to die for their stupid cause.

      1. The only thing better than a disease that kills mostly old and terminally sick people is a disease that kills mostly very stupid people.

        1. So… obesity?

      2. Yeah, because this pandemic is all about Left vs. Right. That’s the most important thing, right loveconstitution1789?

        1. Feeling ignored again Sqrsly?

        2. The pandemic does t really care. But the response to it is pretty clearly divided by authoritarians panicking morons and rational people.

          1. Who are the rational people in this? The $2.3T spending bill was almost unanimously passed.

            1. So what congress does defines what people do?

              1. The subject is left vs right. I’m curious, who are the rational people?

                1. They’re all quite rational: politicians care about their personal wealth and their personal power; they quite rationally don’t care about the well-being of you, their constituents, or the rest of the country.

    2. I know I took all sorts of health advice from Obama.

      1. Why not, you didn’t like your doctor. Obama said so.

    3. They fucking loved science!

    4. The big twist comes when we find out that the guy voted republican in the last election…

  8. Wired is launching a new series of oral histories of coronavirus patients and health care providers in their own words…

    Anecdotes are pretty much all we have to rely on at this point.

    1. In Twitter form.

    2. And, of course, only the “interesting” anecdotes will be deemed worthy of recording, so they will be presumed to be common, despite being outliers.

      1. this guy gets it

      2. Come on. We all used to think that life was like what we saw on TV. Now we can think life is like what we see online.

        1. You’d think people would have learned by now to not trust anything that comes from a single source, at all. Not on TV. Not on the phone. Not on the internet. Not on a street corner. Not at the dinner table.

      3. The news always mentions the person in perfect health who died of the coronavirus. Statistically speaking, there’s bound to be some fat, chain-smoking alcoholic out there who caught the virus, coughed once, and was over it. Where’s HIS story?

        1. Once upon a time I lived happily ever after. The End. Oh and a genie gave me three wishes.

        2. Or where’s the profile of the perfectly healthy person who got the virus and stayed perfectly healthy or maybe coughed a bit for a few days? That’s the most common outcome for this virus, so that should be the most common story we hear, right?

  9. A much-hyped strike of Amazon warehouse workers only yielded around 15 to 50 participants.

    Arrest them for gathering more than 5 people.

  10. “- Spreading fake news + rumors: up to 5 yrs in prison ”

    So, no more social media?
    Will they go after the rich bosses?
    US “news” reports are now out the window, no doubt.

    1. Now EVERYBODY is guilty.

    2. As Boehm has written four articles in three weeks based on and repeating flat-out lies, ENB’s Roundups are gossipy Tweets and out-of-context misquotes, Shikha will worm an “open borders” article out of a pandemic and Suderman thinks Trump has the abilities of a yaldabaoth, were looking at serious jail time for the Reasonistas.

      I wonder if they serve Csirkepaprikas in prison there.

  11. I’m getting the popcorn for the first Presidential debate, should they happen, when VeggieBiden has to defend bringing the world to the US and paying for their healthcare a few months after a pandemic had everyone scared the hospitals would be overwhelmed by people already here.

    https://townhall.com/tipsheet/mattvespa/2019/06/29/fiasco-ny-post-cover-captures-the-first-democratic-debates-with-one-solid-headli-n2549170

    Oh, and a large swath of these clowns want to give illegal aliens health insurance benefits. It’s a total crazytown. It was really a massive in-kind contribution to the Donald Trump 2020 campaign. All it did was show Democrats are a) full-blown socialists, b) out of touch, c) insane, and d) once again giving the middle finger to Independent, moderate, and blue-collar voters. The whole circus was a free stuff buffet; free college, free health care—and plans on how to pay for it. No real plans to pay for the trillions of dollars that all of this will cost. We’re going to foot this huge bill, even for those who came here illegally? This will not sit well with independent voters.

    1. Brown people, causing all the country’s problems, amiright?

      1. Yea, post-pandemic deciding to care if someone crossing the border has a communicable disease is nothing but racism. Gotcha, fam.

      2. In this case it was yellow people.

      3. Hahahahaha. Fuck you’re stupid.

      4. Oh look, Jeff is calling open borders opposition “racist”. Is it still February?
        Maybe it’s time to bring out the Hug a Chinese campaign again, huh.

  12. https://twitter.com/tomselliott/status/1244367217912881160

    Pelosi, touring San Fran’s Chinatown Feb. 24: “We do want to say to people, come to Chinatown, here we are … come join us”

    1. Try the bat soup!

      1. She would probably pass on that, it might be a relative

        1. Somehow I don’t think she’s really all that opposed to cannibalism, other than it being still a little boho.

      2. Isn’t San Francisco under a stay at home order? How can people come and visit Chinatown?

    2. “Please hug the Chinamen to wash your racist sins away.”

  13. Violating the D.C. order could lead to 90 days in jail and a $5,000 fine, Mayor Muriel Bowser said yesterday.

    It’s fascinating to watch all of the one-upmanship about who can be the bigger Strongman. Hooray for Dictatorships!

    I’m sure there will be no negative consequences to such drastic authoritarian measures.

    1. Bullets toward cops will be flying soon when they keep up this tyrannical bullshit.

      1. I suspect a lot of cops will join in.

    2. Another day of martial law in state-controlled Soviet America, another day of JSlave lauding authoritarianism and pretending that he’s the world’s foremost epidemiologist.

    3. To be fair, this stuff is de rigeur in DC, they just have a different excuse this time.

  14. COVID-19 relief payments from the federal government will be going out in three weeks, the IRS said.

    The feds and Boeing are hoping there will be fewer people alive by then to take any share of the pie.

    1. Did you see where a lot of the major cruise lines might not be eligible for relief since they aren’t incorporated in America?

      1. “Retired Boomers hardest hit.”

        1. my heart bleeds.

        2. First, my retirement portfolio (that was inexplicably 100% in stocks), and now my home away from home? What next? Are they going get their government hands on my Medicare!?

  15. After bungling multiple attempts at live streaming Deep Thoughts with Creepy Uncle Joe, Joe decides he was made for podcasts.

    https://twitchy.com/brettt-3136/2020/03/30/listen-fat-tech-maven-joe-biden-launches-new-podcast-called-heres-the-deal-to-be-voice-of-clarity/

    1. I dub his podcast Veggie Tales.

    2. It’s hilariously surreal that the DNC continued with its plan to anoint this guy, in spite of all the evidence that he’s in no physical or mental condition to even be dogcatcher, much less President. These people should be charged with elder abuse.

      Biden’s always been a gaffe machine, but at least he was lucid and the gaffes were part of his goofy charm. The decline in the last four years is painfully obvious. I actually feel bad for the guy and how they’re propping him up like this.

      1. My dad is going through what Biden is now (they’re the same age), and it’s painful to watch. The impulsivity and the forgetfulness make for some very awkward encounters in public.

  16. AGE DEATH RATE (all cases)
    80+ years old 14.8%
    70-79 years old 8.0%
    60-69 years old 3.6%
    50-59 years old 1.3%
    40-49 years old 0.4%
    30-39 years old 0.2%
    20-29 years old 0.2%
    10-19 years old 0.2%
    0-9 years old no fatalities

    Johns Hopkins ABX Guide Coronavirus COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2)

    Let’s see the “Party of science” argue against these numbers.

    1. They found one case where a young person died. Time for panic.

    2. Compare that against non-KungFlu mortality tables

    3. Why would they argue against them? They would happily put these numbers up as evidence that we need lockdowns, quarantines and health care rationing.

  17. Media seems to have 2 functions. Blame trump for every action he takes, even if they asked him to do it…. and self promotion.

    https://pjmedia.com/trending/lets-remember-the-real-victims-of-the-coronavirus-mildly-inconvenienced-journalists/

    1. The main function of journalism is to advance the interests of Democratic Party. The more strenuously you do so, the better you are at journalism and the more awards you get.

  18. Los Angeles won’t close gun shops, after all.

    They’ll backdoor their way out of the 2A yet.

  19. https://humanevents.com/2020/03/30/seize-the-endowments/

    A number of elite American universities are finding themselves in hot water for their miserly behavior in response to the coronavirus. Harvard University is taking well-deserved heat for laying off its food service workers while sitting on a $40 billion endowment. Yale University, too, has been twisting in the wind; when New Haven mayor Justin Elicker asked the university to provide temporary housing to the city’s firefighters and police officers, the university initially refused. Then, after taking a public relations and social media beating, Yale relented, grudgingly agreeing to allow city officials to stay in the university’s vacant dormitory housing. That seems like the least a university with a $30 billion endowment could do.

    If universities feel no obligation to care about the economic health of the broader community, it’s time for the broader community—and for conservatives in particular—to stop caring about the fiscal condition of the universities. College tuition has skyrocketed in recent years, immiserating massive numbers of young people with enormous student debt. Meanwhile, the universities themselves grow more and more hostile to conservatives every year.

    It’s time to hit the universities where it hurts.

    “Seize the Endowments” is a clarion call, a statement of intent. It dishonors the university system: our government “seizes” assets that were fraudulently acquired to compensate the victims of that fraud. And it places the blame for the student debt crisis where it ultimately belongs: on the universities that are exploiting young people and immiserating them in debt while paying nothing in taxes and bloating their administrative incomes.

    “Seize the Endowments” also indicates that we are not normal conservatives, who leave bad actors alone, hoping the free market will work things out. Instead, we are willing to dramatically reshape these institutions and wield government power aggressively against them. We will not passively watch as they defraud our children while attacking our voters.

    1. Instead of seize the endowment, how about we drop their bogus “non-profit” (and all non-profit tax statuses) designation and treat them as the for profit company they are

      1. The suggestion that companies who don’t distribute profits in the form of dividends should have their dividends taxed anyway is painfully obtuse.

        What are you going to do after that, tax the incomes of people who don’t have any income?

        Because you want other people’s money doesn’t justify stealing it. Why don’t you just get a job instead?

        If you can’t do anything of sufficient value to make other people pay you to do it willingly, then find some charitable soul to help you–or do society a favor and just starve to death.

        1. Ken, to the extent that he is advocating the taxation of his beloved Ivies, give him some credit.

          1. That’s not the asshole bigot.

            1. Okay, but if he made his name out to be like the asshole bigot, he shouldn’t take offense at being mistaken for the asshole bigot.

              And isn’t the case that’s being made something like the case the real Kirkland would make?

              Harvard’s political biases and elitism should be flushed down the toilet with the rest of society’s shit, but I’ll stand up for their property rights like they’re mine–because they’re mine, too.

              Harvard is a private institution, and like all private parties, their property rights should be respected–regardless of whether we hate them or their own progeny covet their money.

              Oh, and the government has no business taxing the distribution of profits of for-profit or non-profit companies if they don’t distribute profits or have no profits to distribute. I wish all public universities would go private like Harvard. I see the same kind of thing with hospitals. Some 70% of privately owned community hospitals, in this country, were non-profit the last time I looked, which doesn’t mean they aren’t operated for the benefit of the profit-seeking doctors and their practices, to whom the people who administrate those hospitals answer to. If they were for-profit, they’d be more concerned about maximizing profits by cutting costs, but if they were owned and operated by the government, they wouldn’t even be concerned about breaking even.

              Taking all the publicly owned companies and making them non-profits and then taking all the non-profits and making them for-profit is the roadmap to Libertopia, and Harvard University’s ability to compile an endowment of $40 billion is a testament to that fact. UC Berkeley may not attract the kind of endowment Harvard has, but they could be just as self-sustaining as CalTech or Stanford if they were a private entity. Meanwhile, we already have the entire Cal State university system on top of the UC system?! I think some of the UC schools would go private much easier than others. UC Berkeley, UCLA, UC Davis, and UC San Diego should have no problem sustaining themselves as private institutions. Any that do should disappear, with the the Cal State system picking up the slack.

              P.S. It would be nice to think that the UC Santa Cruz would go the way of the Dodo bird if they had to go private, but they have enough of a cult following, I doubt they’d have any trouble continuing as a private entity at all.

              1. Ideally the income tax would be 0 for both person, corporate, Capitol gains, etc. But since we do have income tax and an odd system that has two entities “for profit” and “non profit” I would prefer a simpler tax code that doesn’t have this arbitrary distinction. The only differences are the forms you fill out, weather you spend your net on dividends vs renovated buildings, and media/progressive/socialists treating you like shit or a holy entity (provided you are the right* non profit)

                1. And I kind of find it funny when me and the fake Rev get confused. I call him the fake because I can out Rev him any day! Eg.

                  The clingers want to ban abortion any way they can. Us better should ram the culture war down their neck by implementing a mandatory abortion policy. Before starting a family every woman must have 1 abortion. Then everyone will be on morally equal grounds and the clingers will be forced to accept it

                2. One of the problems of eliminating private institutions who have no obligations to the government is that it eliminates private institutions that have no obligations to the government.

                  Meanwhile, asking whether everyone’s rights are being violated equally is not the answer to the question of whether it’s a just society. That question is answered by looking at how much of our society escapes the government’s injustice–and more of it is better.

                  If you want to treat everyone equally in a just society, I suggest you go after taxing the profits and their distribution of profitable companies differently. Those profits are already being taxed at the personal level. If taxation is theft, double taxation is double-theft.

              2. Yes, I conflated him with Rev. Kirkland. My bad.

                We have covered the ground upon which you write. Harvard is not really a private institution. A truly private collegiate institution would neither accept federal payola nor permit its students to use government grants and / or loans to subsidize tuition payments.

                Truly private institutions would not seek grants from the state. They would also not advocate for more government, including more pilfering of the property of truly private entities. Instead, they would zealously refuse to take any public money and they would fervidly shame any institution that had the audacity to call itself “private” while shilling for more gimmiedats.

                If you are wedded to the teat of government, you are not a private institution.

      2. “Instead of seize the endowment, how about we drop their bogus “non-profit” (and all non-profit tax statuses) designation and treat them as the for profit company they are”

        Instead of that, how about your STFU until you understand the issue you’re commenting on.

        1. check his name, that’s the troll version of Kirkland, not the idiotic real version.

          1. One might say, the better version…

            1. I thought that went without saying

          2. “check his name,..”

            I knew that when I posted; my comment stands.

    2. It’s called stealing. Not cool.

    3. Socialism for thee but not for me?

      1. Fuck the universities. They love them some state power, let them get it good and hard.

        Yea, I know, “but our principlez!!” “we have to sit back and take whatever the left dishes out!!” “Orange man fights back – orange man bad!!”

        1. Isn’t this an indictment of our educational institutions in general? I put it to you, Ra- isn’t this an indictment of our entire American society? Well, you can do whatever you want to us, but I for one am not going to stand here and listen to you badmouth the United States of America.

  20. Media accuses trump of attacking nurses and doctors for stealing masks and sanitizer, wondering how the hell he could be so cruel to accuse them of such. Even though they wrote stories on the incidents just a few weeks prior.

    https://www.breitbart.com/the-media/2020/03/30/reports-mask-theft-not-controversial-trump-brought-up/

    1. What’s interesting is a news article I saw this past weekend about Stefon Marbury (former NBA player) setting up a deal to get 10 million masks to NYC, presumably at cost, or close to it, AND Cuomo and his butt-buddy de Blasio are saying they don’t need any more.

      FU NYC

      1. Marbury is a chucker

  21. …and urged the city to reassure the public that inmates would be adequately cared for. In this THREAD, Rikers Chief says he can’t do that, because it’s not true.

    The veracity of the claim is irrelevant to prosecutors. Now and forever.

  22. Some outlets openly admitting the go sentimental powers we are seeing is a trial run for climate change policy.

    https://www.nbcnews.com/think/opinion/coronavirus-climate-change-pandemic-fire-drill-our-planet-s-future-ncna1169991

    1. the go sentimental powers

      Nice band name.

      1. Have no idea how I ended up with that autocorrect.

        Current governmental*

    2. Never let a “crisis” or some shiny new martial laws go to waste.

  23. Hungarian Parliament passes bill that gives PM Orbán unlimited power…

    What idiot voted Parliament unlimited power?

    1. I am sure it involved Jar Jar Binx.

  24. Violating the D.C. order could lead to 90 days in jail and a $5,000 fine, Mayor Muriel Bowser said yesterday. Violating Maryland’s order could carry a penalty of up to one year in jail and a $5,000 fine.

    “Round up the usual suspects!”

  25. In the theme of how terrible the media is…

    Reporters mock my pillow for manufacturing 50k masks a day. Why? Because fuck trump that’s why.

    https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/media-pundits-mock-mypillow-ceo-after-announcement-on-companys-efforts-to-combat-coronavirus

    1. Trump mentioned him during his press conference yesterday and said good things about him. If Trump had said something nice about Florence Nightingale yesterday, the press would have denounced her as a racist, or something, today, I’m sure.

      ENB, meanwhile, might have struggled with whether to defend Nightingale, who campaigned against local laws prohibiting prostitution. ENB probably wouldn’t have defended Nightingale in the end, however, considering that 1) it might appear to be a defense of Trump, which is unconscionable, and 2) Nightingale supported laws to abolish the international sex trafficking of women.

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_Abolitionist_Federation

      Trump is undesirable and Nightingale opposed international sex trafficking, so whatever you want to say about either one of them is okay. I think that’s how it’s supposed to work, anyway, and everyone who doesn’t understand that is supposed to be an unsophisticated hick.

    2. The My Pillow guy managed to build his company while addicted to cocaine, and then recovered. What have these assholes accomplished?

      1. They’re still addicted?

        1. When they can afford it

    3. The guy mentioned Christ in his speech, which sets off these spergs’ “WARNING: RELIGIOUS RIGHT!” alarms.

      1. They spit out all that hate against the faith of the proles and act like they’re crimes against nature for being keen on Jesus, but then are baffled that they won’t vote for their party; “Why won’t they vote for their interests?”

  26. There’s an interesting tool that may act as like a proxy for tracking the spread of the coronavirus–and what it’s showing looks like good news.

    https://healthweather.us/

    They bill it as a flu like symptom weather map, so you can see if the flu, or whatever, is flaring up near you.

    The “Atypical” panel shows the cumulative number of people with flu like symptoms, and that doesn’t look good. The good news comes when you hit the “Trends” tab, which shows that the number of new people presenting with flu like symptoms has fallen over the last seven days–even in areas where there were big flare ups of the coronavirus like New York City.

    No doubt, false peaks are a real possibility, but if the rate of new people presenting with symptoms is falling (even as the number of confirmed infections is increasing), there may be a peak in the number of confirmed infections ahead.

    Even if it isn’t the peak, it could be–and that’s a good thing, especially if you’re thinking about furloughing your entire work force like some of the retailers are doing right now. From the perspective of the stock markets and the yield curve, it’s far better to have good reason to think we may be turning the curve on this thing than to have every reason to think that the rate of new infections is still increasing.

    1. You know, the lockdowns and quarantines will have a beneficial impact on the spread of colds and flu, so we should probably count that benefit in when we do the whole cost/benefit analysis of different policies.

      If your link is accurate, it’s a truly amazing effect. Of course, the economy is following the same trajectory…

      1. The reason we don’t do lock downs in the face of the cold and the flu is because it isn’t worth it. I don’t think that changes because of the coronavirus.

        In fact, I don’t think the lockdowns are worth it despite the coronavirus, and that’s with or without seasonal colds and the flu. Remember, the people who are most likely to die from the virus don’t need to be forced to isolate themselves any more than the government needs to force people to vacate a burning building.

        Even in Wuhan, people started isolating themselves before the Chinese government would even admit there was a virus. The government instituted a crack down, initially, to make it look like they were doing something.

        In short, if you’re going to add in the benefit of preventing the spread of seasonal colds and the flu, subtract the benefit of forcing the most vulnerable to stay indoors–since they’d mostly be doing that anyway with or without the forced lock downs.

        1. Oh I agree it still isn’t worth it. But it was a consequence I had not considered that was clearly illustrated by your link.

          1. Just adding to my own thought here:

            Your link clearly illustrates why we tolerate “normal” flu/cold seasons as they are. It would take a massive and unsustainable disruption to our economic and social lives to do otherwise. And now we’re doing otherwise out of panic.

  27. So what’s the over-under on when a cop first kills someone for violating lockdown?

    1. “The shooting of the violator was justified, due to the social-distancing requirement prohibiting other means of restraint.”

    2. “He was reaching for his virus when I shot him!”

      1. “stop contaminating”

    3. End of the week.

      1. That is my prediction, based upon how long you have between passing red flag laws and some guy getting killed while police enforce them.

  28. “This court will not speculate on whether the Supreme Court included a silent ‘except-in-a-national-emergency clause’ in its previous writings on the issue,” writes Yeakel. “Only the Supreme Court may restrict the breadth of its rulings.”

    Why would you need to speculate on whether the Supreme Court included such a clause when the Constitution itself clearly includes an even broader “FYTW” clause?

    1. Can we understand that the “yelling fire in a crowded theater” exception to the free speech clause was a load of crap too?

  29. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo admitted that his state already has thousands of unused ventilators — even as he and the establishment media hammer President Donald Trump over a supposed shortage of the potentially life-saving medical devices in the Empire State.

    Speaking as his daily news briefing on Friday, the Democratic governor said his state has the unused ventilators in a “stockpile.”

    “Yes they’re in a stockpile because that’s where they’re supposed to be because we don’t need them yet,” Cuomo said, according to the New York Post. “We need them for the apex. The apex isn’t here

    1. I mean, he’s not wrong. He may be wrong about how many NY will need at the apex. But it’s certainly going to be more than they are using now. I’m sure Cuomo is vastly overestimating how many NY will need, but that’s what mayors do.

      1. And Trump’s administration is quite right to tell Cuomo to pound sand on tapping federal stockpiles before even coming close to the state’s reserves being put in play.

    2. last week he was clamoring for 180,000 hospital beds when there were only 3,000 hospitalized at the time.

  30. federal judges told state leaders that categorizing abortion as a non-essential medical procedure and forcing abortion clinic closures was not OK.

    SUPERPRECEDENT, Y’all.

    We can lose the right to peaceably assemble and worship, they can close the gun stores, but the baby dismembering shall not be infringed

    1. No right is absolute, don’t you know? You cannot have good government if the government can never restrictExcept the one the SCOTUS pulled out of Blackmun’s nether regions in 1973.

      The judiciary is almost broken beyond saving with how it has beclowned itself over its absolutist position on abortion compared to the rights explicitly named in the Constitution.

    2. Molech demands his supper. “The god of this world hath blinded the minds of them”.

    3. Some people must sacrifice their lives so that babies can be killed!

  31. Albuquerque, New Mexico, police were called to a man’s house for a welfare check and instead murdered him.

    Never. Call. The. Cops.

    1. No, always call the cops. That’s how you get rid of riff raff.

  32. June 10th! That’s a long fucking time.

  33. A much-hyped strike of Amazon warehouse workers only yielded around 15 to 50 participants.

    Ha. You can always find some wimp to air a grievance in an op-ed, but ask people to vote with their dollars and it turns out most adults want to earn a wage.

  34. >>forcing abortion clinic closures was not OK

    Boomers don’t have time to be grandparents right now.

    1. Keep in mind the abortion bans were in line with banning most other elective procedures which are not protected by the right to privacy, apparently.

      1. i don’t know how Chris Sale got his Tommy John surgery w/o riots in Boston.

    2. Molech forbid the baby abattoirs cool their incinerators for a bit.

  35. And don’t block breast implants ! We need to keep the supply of well sculpted mammories moving.

    Where is the aclu on this key issue ?

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