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Lawmakers Call Out Cuomo and Other Governors for Letting Prisoners Die of COVID-19

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Failing to "aggressively decarcerate and reduce the incarcerated population" is leading to masses of preventable deaths in prisons and jails and in the larger population, say Democratic lawmakers in a new letter calling on New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and governors of other states hardest hit by COVID-19 to take emergency action. "Each of you has the power to stop this preventable tragedy from being even more devastating."

"Prisons in your states have become incubators for COVID-19," write Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D–N.Y.), Ayanna Pressley (D–Mass.), Cory Booker (D–N.J.), and several others to the governors of California, Illinois, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and New York. They're asking governors to issue clemency or grant release to "adults age 50 and older, medically vulnerable populations with underlying conditions such as HIV/AIDS, diabetes, asthma, and heart disease, pregnant individuals, juveniles, and individuals with less than 1 year left on their sentence, irrespective of the offense," so long as these prisoners "don't pose a reasonable risk to public safety."

In the May 5 letter to Cuomo, California Gov. Gavin Newsom, New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy, Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker, Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker, and National Governors Association Chair Larry Hogan, governor of Maryland, the representatives note that prisoners and staff at federal, state, and local correctional facilities have seen 28,300 cases of COVID-19 so far and 273 deaths. And, according to a recent American Civil Liberties Union study, failure to take emergency steps to reduce incarcerated populations could lead to 100,000 additional COVID-19 deaths among people inside and outside lockup.

"The health of our nation depends on the health and safety of our most vulnerable communities, particularly those in congregate settings such as corrections facilities where physical distancing is all but impossible," states the letter, which was also signed by Democratic Reps. Karen Bass (Calif.), Barbara Lee (Calif.), Jan Schakowsky (Ill.), and Nydia M. Velázquez (N.Y.).

"We strongly urge you to use your clemency and emergency powers to reduce the incarcerated population and limit the spread of this virus. With the stroke of a pen, you could help save the lives of tens of thousands of juveniles, elderly and medically vulnerable people held in custody at the state and local level."


FREE MINDS

Privilege isn't binary. Phoebe Maltz Bovy at Arc Digital on "Karenology":

Is "Karen"—or the similar "Becky"—an anti-racist protest against white ladies who call the cops at the drop of a hat? Or is it sexism posing as progressivism?

Why not, as that other meme says, both? […]

It's impossible to pin down "Karen" because the term has multiple meanings, varying according to context. The reason "Karen" is meant to be objectionable depends who's having the conversation about her and why. With the internet collapsing context, it isn't always clear. If you don't know whether the avatar and handle before you belong to a black woman; a white man; or an especially eloquent bot, how are you meant to know whether an ugh-white-women is emphasizing the "white" part or the "women" one? Are you witnessing righteous fury at weaponized white female fragility—or simply at the tendency of white feminists to repeat the mantra of Straight White Men as the source of all evil, eliding their own complicity or what have you—or is it about stigmatizing the sort of (older, or not that young) woman who DGAF about people-pleasing and demands to speak to the manager.

The "Karen" question is really the problem with ambivalent spots on the privilege hierarchy. A demographic that has more than some but less than others presents a dilemma in social justice understandings. It's as if there needs to be an official answer: either the term is A Slur, or it's Actually Fine. Either "Karen" is privileged or she's oppressed.

More here.


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How popular clothing brands are coping with COVID-19. In short, not well. J. Crew even filed for bankruptcy earlier this week. Meanwhile, fashion merchandise on store shelves is rapidly declining in value as the outbreak carries on and people both stay at home and have less money to spend even if shopping online. The only sector surviving nicely is "off-price retailers and resale entities" like T.J. Maxx and Marshalls, reports The Fashion Law. "The T.J. Maxxes and Marshalls of the world and the growing number of digitally-native resale sites are being presented with what Credit Suisse analyst Michael Binetti has called 'the greatest buying environment for off-price in a decade.'"


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  1. Is “Karen”—or the similar “Becky”—an anti-racist protest against white ladies who call the cops at the drop of a hat? Or is it sexism posing as progressivism?

    Ok boomer.

    1. Will Universities offer courses in Karenology this fall?

      1. Apparently, they already have. How the hell else do you explain this horseshit?

        the problem with ambivalent spots on the privilege hierarchy

        1. The very existence of that linked article depresses me. Racism is racism regardless of whether you’re “punching” up or down. Stop “punching” on the basis of race. Oppression hierarchies are the dumbest mental construct imaginable – it just invites people to do nothing but place people into oppression categories and ignore everything actually relevant about them.

          1. Giving up the race card would require us to judge people on the content of their character. Who would ever advocate such a thing?

            1. Some day maybe we’ll be woke enough to treat people as individuals no matter what their characteristics!

          2. Racism is just a certain kind of bigotry. It’s bigotry on the basis of race. But the Left has forgotten about the bigotry part, to them it’s all about the power imbalance.

            But bigotry is still universally bad. We need to use it more. Instead of calling someone racism or sexist or homophobic, just call them bigot. Then you don’t have to worry about which way the power flows. Bigotry is bigotry regardless of who the bigot is.

          3. it just invites people to do nothing but place people into oppression categories and ignore everything actually relevant about them.

            I suspect that’s the whole point. When you only have to consider people’s worth based on where they fall in the “Progressive Stack” or their victim status you no longer have to deal with people as individuals with human rights but as “victims” or “oppressors.” I suspect that makes it much easier to de-humanize ones political opponents, especially if you see them as “evil oppressors” instead of fellow human beings with their own thoughts, feelings, experiences and most importantly the same inalienable rights as you.

        2. Uh, OK, now finish making my latte.

          1. That better be a curb side pickup latte.

    2. I was going to suggest that maybe “Karen” is just another social media buzzword fad… but that probably implies that I, myself, am either a “Karen” or an “anti-Karen”. We obviously need more think-pieces and studies so that I know the nature and degree of my shameful privilege… or maybe I’m a victim here… PLEASE TELL ME INTERNET!

      1. I’m gonna need to know your race, gender, and sexual orientation before I can answer that.

      2. You probably think your comment was pithy and witty, but all it actually says was “I don’t know what I’m talking about”.

        1. Wanna speak to my manager about it?

    3. Hello.

      Karen is a smug, privileged woman – sometimes armed a women’s studies degree or the equivalent – who has too much time on her hands to invent notions of oppression that offend her snowflake sensibilities. Karen is more progressive than any other ideology and likes to drive in a vehicle that matches her inflated sense of worth and ego. Think Land Rover. Karen loves soccer not because it’s a great game (ironically played by the mass poor) but because it signals her alleged expansive world view about cultures.

      Karen is the one who will tell a chef in an Italian restaurant she’s never had ‘al dente pasta’ and always had it soft and that’s how she likes it. Karen is the one who will thoughtlessly take on any stupid feel good trend out there from women’s marches to banning plastic bags to demanding women get paid equally to men for its own sake. And she will always be willing to showcase and broadcast her abject illiberal ignorance for all to see.

      Maybe Karen is more millennial than Gen- X and may be the sort who likes to get a cleavage tattoo but more likely ‘discreet’ ones on their wrists with the names of their kids out of wedlock or pet racoon or ferret.

      Karen always asks to speak to the manager rarely considering if it’s an act worth keeping in their sack for really important things. If she ‘feels’ she’s been wronged she will speak to the manager. Um, the last time I was here the kale was much more crispier. I want compensation for my soft kale’.

      What’s so difficult? I just rattled this off in one shot.

      1. Basically, Karen is a bloody ‘nyeh, nyeh, nyeh’ and you’ll know her when you see her.

        On a positive note, Karen is a great reference for me on how not to raise my daughter.

      2. Karen is the professor shouting “can we get some muscle here?”
        because only her free speech rights should be recognized.

      3. “Karen is the one who will tell a chef in an Italian restaurant she’s never had ‘al dente pasta’ and always had it soft and that’s how she likes it.”

        I’ve experienced this several times, back when I worked at an Italian restaurant (college), and only once was it from a guy. Every other time it was a middle-aged or older woman.

        1. “Every other time it was a middle-aged or older woman.”

          Not that they ever tip more than 10 to 15 percent for all that extra drama. Assuming they tip at all.

          1. “Assuming they tip at all.”

            They’re Karen’s not black people.

            1. LOL.

              Most women, black or not, were shitty tippers IME. Unless they themselves worked in the service industry at some point.

      4. Karen is the one that won’t let anyone send their kids to school with a Peanut butter and jelly sandwich because one of the kids “might” have a peanut allergy.
        Karen is the one who berates you for having your dog off leash when they are not bothering anyone and you are in the middle of nowhere.

    4. What a bunch of incomprehensible gobbledygook. $5 the author is a huge Karen

  2. https://twitter.com/AlexBerenson/status/1257794199522607107

    Interesting that
    @cnn
    – last seen describing the President’s penis in exquisite detail – has turned so shy when it comes to the details of why
    @neil_ferguson
    resigned. Team Apocalypse does protect its own, doesn’t it?

    1. From the Instapundit comment section, re: Fergie’s resignation

      My wife spend the almost last 3 weeks of her life in the hospital, dying of cancer, and I wasn’t permitted to visit her because of the quarantine. By the time I got her into hospice, she was unresponsive, and never spoke another word to me.

      This clown decides that the rules don’t apply to him. He can F&(K off and die for all I care.

      1. Dude needs to be strung up and hung in the town square.

        1. Who? You obviously mean the chap who cursed the King’s Man.

          1. Neil Ferguson needs to be strung up and hung in the town square

        2. At the very least the guy who made that comment should be allowed 5 minutes in a room alone with Ferguson. And by “room” I mean The Thunderdome.

          Two men One man and one pasty noodle armed academic fraud enter, one man leaves.

          1. Pay-per-view please.

    2. That motherfucker should be arrested.

    3. This really should be a bigger scandal than it is. Ferguson has a complete hard-on for lockdowns–he recommended it for the swine flu and mad cow as well. The entire western world went into panic mode after he predicted that millions were going to pile up like cordwood if they didn’t shut everything down. And yet here he is, breaking his own model so he could go bang his married commie thot.

      Basically, every business that’s gone under or is on the brink of going under, every person who can’t pay their rent or bills, every domestic violence incident, every suicide, every addict who’s fallen off the wagon, every local government and cultural institution that’s seen its budgets go in the toilet, and every elderly person who’s died in isolation in the last month and a half has this asshole to thank for their predicament, and he goes and does this.

      What a fucking hero this Man of Science is. If he can’t even be bothered to follow his own model, what the fuck are we even doing? Open the economy now and tell the pants-shitters to stay inside, so their precious immune system can get suplexed into the ground when they get the coof in the next wave. Those of us that have built up antibodies will go on with our lives and laugh at them discovering how natural selection actually works.

      1. Every single GOD DAMN politician should feel shame and just open up.

        1. If they could feel shame, they wouldn’t be successful politicians in our society. You’re asking the blind to describe a rainbow.

          Doesn’t mean they can’t feel other emotions of course, Like fear.

          1. Examples need to be made.
            Hell, Daddy Gov does it all the time – Ruby Ridge and Waco being two of the more spectacular incidences.
            But unless some of these technocrats – politicians, media, NGO mandarins – are killed, they won’t feel any fear.
            They’ll only feel emboldened

            1. This is just a game to these people right now.
              Millions of lives ruined.
              Time to make it real for the perpetrators

      2. Scotland’s Chief Medical Officer Scold also violated the lockdown she pushed for the proles.

  3. Cuomo forcing infected patients into nursing homes is straight up criminal.

    1. I’m wondering when or if this becomes as big of a story as it deserves? Has Reason covered it?

      1. Someday very soon people are going to wonder why NYC was hammered while the rest of the country was basically fine.

        1. I live in Michigan, where we also have a higher rate than should be expected. I’ve heard rumors that Whitmer made the same orders but have not seen any evidence of it. I do know that a bunch of Detroit cops had some public event early on, and Detroit Metro had direct flights to China. But we’ve also had some of the most strict restrictions, so I’m really curious why we have so many cases here.

  4. West Virginia resident Elizabeth Jo Shirley was arrested after fleeing to Mexico and charged with keeping classified National Security Agency (NSA) documents for decades.

    Hillary Clinton thinks Sandy Berger got off easy.

    1. Notice she was charged with “willful retention of national defense information.” They let Hillary Clinton off the hook because they claimed she didn’t intend to break any laws. That little word “willful” sure does a lot of heavy lifting.

      1. No reasonable prosecutor………

        1. She didn’t intend to retain the documents. She was just extremely careless.

    2. Who doesn’t accidentally stuff classified down their pants?

  5. I am deceased. This could not be any worse for biden.
    https://twitter.com/CalebJHull/status/1257748397450199041

    1. 76th out of a class of 85. And here I was humiliated that I graduated in the third quintile of my medical school class (I was solidly average in every way). Of course, I was the only one of my classmates to have three kids, but I didn’t consider that a good enough excuse.

    2. Wow!
      How the hell is the media going to be able to smother that?

      1. Same way that Hillary “I landed under anti-aircraft fire” Clinton managed to win the popular vote.

        1. sniper fire

  6. The New York attorney general’s office is looking into sexual harassment at NBC News.

    NBC News would have looked into it but they generally defer stories about powerful men chasing their underlings.

    1. NBC is busy editing the footage.

  7. Is “Karen”—or the similar “Becky”—an anti-racist protest against white ladies who call the cops at the drop of a hat? Or is it sexism posing as progressivism?

    The ‘Karen’ memes and jokes aren’t sexist or racist. Let a Karen explain.

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2020/04/28/karen-memes-jokes-arent-sexist-or-racist-let-karen-explain/?arc404=true

  8. http://ace.mu.nu/archives/387129.php

    A Dallas hair salon owner in a contempt hearing for re-opening her business under lockdown told the judge that “feeding my kids is not selfish.” Her comments came after the judge offered her the opportunity to avoid jail time by apologizing and admitting she her actions were wrong…

    [Salon owner Shelly] Luther told the judge, “I have hairstylists that are going hungry because they’d rather feed their kids. So, sir, if you think the law is more important than kids getting fed then please go ahead with your decision but I am not going to shut the salon…”

    Prior to her statement, Judge [Eric] Moye said she must see the errors of her ways and “understand that the society cannot function where one’s own belief in a concept of liberty permits you to flaunt your disdain for the rulings of duly elected officials.”

    “That you owe an apology to the elected officials who you disrespected by flagrantly ignoring, and in one case defiling, their orders you now know obviously apply to you,” Moye lectured…

    Lucia reported that the judge ordered her jailed for seven days and fined $500 for every day the salon remains open. So far, the fine stands at $3,500…

    The Wisconsin Supreme Court heard oral argument via video in the case brought by the Wisconsin legislature contesting the authority of state officials to impose a lockdown order…
    [Justice Rebecca Bradley] “Where in the Constitution did the people of Wisconsin confer authority on a single, un-elected cabinet secretary to compel almost 6 million people to stay at home, close their businesses and face imprisonment if they don’t comply… Isn’t it the very definition of tyranny?…”

    1. https://twitter.com/JesseKellyDC/status/1257715664774664192

      @JesseKellyDC
      Know what bothers me? The eunuch-class of pundits on the Right acting outraged about this when they were cheering lockdowns just a few weeks ago.

      Where exactly did you think that was gonna end? You’re not dumb. You just lack the balls to do anything but swim with the tide.

      @JuYeonKimTV

      Ector County Sheriff’s SWAT team raiding a peaceful protest at Big Daddy Zane’s in West Odessa. The bar opened this afternoon despite Abbott’s latest orders, saying “all businesses are essential.”

    2. That you owe an apology to the elected officials who you disrespected by flagrantly ignoring, and in one case defiling, their orders

      Defiling their orders? Unless that word has a legal meaning I am not aware of, this judge is an idiot. It could be a mistake of the stenographer, but ‘flagrantly ignoring’ and ‘defying’ is redundant anyway, so I will stick with idiot.

      Tyrants all the way down.

      1. Well, tyrant-nanny-tyrant-nanny-tyrant-nanny-tyrant-nanny-etc.

    3. the Judge is essentially saying bow down before the elected and kiss their feet.
      Judge can judge but this judge is blindly towing the state line. How depressing

    4. Prior to her statement, Judge [Eric] Moye said she must see the errors of her ways and “understand that the society cannot function where one’s own belief in a concept of liberty permits you to flaunt your disdain for the rulings of duly elected officials.”

      “That you owe an apology to the elected officials who you disrespected by flagrantly ignoring, and in one case defiling, their orders you now know obviously apply to you,” Moye lectured…

      “Fall to your knees, kiss the royal emblem on my sleeve and beg for mercy, and you shall have it.”

    5. “Understand that the society cannot function where one’s own belief in a concept of liberty permits you to flaunt your disdain for the rulings of duly elected officials.”

      What in the actual fuck? I have no words…

    6. >> Judge [Eric] Moye

      runs his courtroom like a tyrant. totally believe he’d throw a chick in jail for cutting hair

      1. Looks like an abuse of the judge’s discretion to me, but I’m not the one that’ll be asked.

        1. everyone fears him and he feeds off it. seriously if anyone in Texas would throw a chick in jail for a week for this it is totally this guy.

  9. Is “Karen”—or the similar “Becky”

    They’re only similar if you don’t know what they mean. Two entirely different things.

    1. Becky’s the one with the good hair.

    2. White prog women hate Becky because they are jealous of her and hate the fact that she won’t participate in their social neurosis.

      White prog women hate Karen because they are Karen too, and they don’t like competition.

  10. Just give prisoners masks. All will be well I’m told.

    1. Most of them wore masks when they did what got them there.

  11. https://www.mediaite.com/politics/martin-tolchin-i-dont-want-an-investigation-into-tara-reade-allegation-i-want-a-coronation-of-joe-biden/

    Martin Tolchin, a veteran journalist who worked for the New York Times before departing to help found The Hill, rejected an investigation into Tara Reade’s sexual assault allegation against 2020 Democratic presidential nominee and former Vice President Joe Biden, Monday, in case it results in Biden being found guilty and losing the election.

    In a letter to the New York Times, which was written in response to an editorial board article titled, “Investigate Tara Reade’s Allegations,” Tolchin wrote, “I totally disagree with this editorial.”

    “I don’t want an investigation. I want a coronation of Joe Biden,” he declared. “Would he make a great president? Unlikely. Would he make a good president? Good enough. Would he make a better president than the present occupant? Absolutely.”

    “I don’t want justice, whatever that may be. I want a win, the removal of Donald Trump from office, and Mr. Biden is our best chance,” Tolchin added, concluding, “Suppose an investigation reveals damaging information concerning his relationship with Tara Reade or something else, and Mr. Biden loses the nomination to Senator Bernie Sanders or someone else with a minimal chance of defeating Mr. Trump. Should we really risk the possibility?”

    1. He knows what’s best for everyone.

    2. One of the founders of The Hill and Politico, what a surprise. Can there really be any more doubt that those two organizations are anything other than party organs for the DNC?

      Also, that he’s willing to publicly admit he doesn’t give a shit about democracy or sexual assault because orangemanbad, demonstrates that TDS is a real psychosis.

      1. I want a coronation of Joe Biden

        That’s all we need to know about the progressive mindset. And we’re supposed to treat them as sober, fellow citizens?

        People like this deserve to live the rest of their lives in fear of getting a bullet in the skull, not walking around and taking advantage of the free society they like to piss on.

  12. Too long to properly quote:

    Who Invited The World To Infect America?
    Hate the Chinese government if you wish, but hold your own government responsible for hollowing America out like a husk.
    https://amgreatness.com/2020/05/02/who-invited-the-world-to-infect-america/

    1. https://nypost.com/2018/03/17/how-mcconnell-and-chao-used-political-power-to-make-their-family-rich/
      In 2004, current Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and his wife, current US Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, had an average net worth of $3.1 million. Ten years later, that number had increased to somewhere between $9.2 million and $36.5 million.

      One source of the windfall, according to a new book from Peter Schweizer, was a 2008 gift from Chao’s father, James Chao, for somewhere between $5 million and $25 million. But this gift could be seen as more than just a gift. It may have been acquired, according to Schweizer, thanks to the couple’s fealty to China, the source of the Chao family fortune. And that fealty may have occurred at the expense of the nation they had pledged to serve.

      1. Impressive. Now do Pelosi. Including paying a spy for decades.

        1. I did Biden. Not skipping Pelosi.

          According to her 2011 financial disclosure statement, Pelosi received between $1 million and $5 million in partnership income from Matthews International Capital Management LLC, a group, which brags about its “singular focus on investing in Asia.” Paul Pelosi was listed as one of the Directors of Matthews International Capital when it was formed in 2010. Funds managed by the company include the Asian Growth and Income Fund, the China Dividend Fund, the Pacific Tiger Fund, and the China Fund.

          The description of the Matthews China Fund reads in part, “Under normal market conditions, the Matthews China Fund seeks to achieve its investment objective by investing at least 80% of its net assets, which include borrowings for investment purposes, in the common and preferred stocks of companies located in China.” The most recent SEC report for Matthews International shows huge stock holdings in Chinese companies like BiliBili, China Mobile, Huazhu Grou, Weibo and Yum China Holdings. Matthews has $24 billion in investments under management.

          Paul Pelosi’s longtime business partner is San Francisco investment banker

        2. And then Fauci, especially what signatures or knowledge he had about US NIH grants going to that lab in Wuhan and its research groups.

    2. https://nypost.com/2019/05/11/the-troubling-reason-why-biden-is-so-soft-on-china/
      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. https://twitter.com/wretchardthecat/status/1257838967027728386

        China’s secret is they have fewer Marxists in their elite than America.

        “We aren’t facing drunken, corrupt Soviet bureaucrats, but a Mandarin elite cherry-picked from the brightest university graduates of the world’s largest country.”

        The secret to being a successful Communist is not to believe in it and instead sell the ‘greasy kid stuff’ to Westerners.

        The CCP leaders are all billionaires laughing all the way to the bank amazed at how all those Western intellectuals bought the garbage ideology none of them have believed for years.

        1. https://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/chinas-long-tentacles-extend-deep-into-american-media/

          China’s Long Tentacles Extend Deep Into American Media
          The companies that own our major networks all do business in China. And that’s just the beginning.

          1. China’s Long Tentacles Extend Deep Into American Media

            Isn’t that a Japanese fetish?

        2. “sell the ‘greasy kid stuff’ to Westerners… amazed at how all those Western intellectuals bought the garbage ideology none of them have believed for years.”

          Yeah.
          There’s a good reason why mainland China uses Baizuo (白左, White left) as a term of mockery.

          1. “Baizuo” really is the best thing China has ever produced

  13. https://pjmedia.com/columns/stephen-kruiser/2020/05/06/the-morning-briefing-twitter-makes-big-move-into-thought-policing-n388434

    So how is Twitter not exercising editorial control over the content that goes on its platform? All of the social media platforms are declaring what is “true” and what is “fake” and kicking whatever they think is “fake” off their platforms for the common good as they see it. That is of course their right. But with that right comes the corresponding responsibility for that content. They can’t have or shouldn’t be able to have it both ways. If they want section 230 immunity, then they should have no ability to control what goes on their platform beyond deleting illegal material. If they want to exercise editorial control and decide what is real and what is fake, then they should lose their section 230 immunity and be treated like any other publisher.

    1. Your point raises questions I would like to see answered, specifically about what constitutes editorial control.

      1. I would like those questions answered as well. The law is way behind reality in this case. I get it that exercising some control at the macro level doesn’t make you a publisher. If I run a platform that talks about cars and I kick anyone off who wants to talk about politics or some other topic, I don’t think I am exercising “editorial control” in the way I am talking about above. But the big social media platforms go beyond that and exercise what I would call “micro control” and are actively engaging in policing not just subject but the truth and falsity of the content. That makes them publishers. If the law doesn’t currently recognize that distinction, it needs to.

      2. What is illegal content?

        1. Child pornography, or schematics to make weapons which are prohibited from export under (I think?) the Arms Export Control Act.

        2. I misread this as “illegal consent” at first glance.

          1. Coming soon to a college campus near you!

    2. Orange Man Bad, John, ORANGE MAN BAD.

  14. Cuomo’s handling of the #TrumpVirus has been nothing short of heroic. Now, of course he cannot be rewarded by being named Biden’s running mate, since we already know it must be a woman. But Cuomo totally deserves an important role in the Biden Administration. Secretary of State, maybe.

    #LibertariansForCuomo

    1. Now, now, we know that science tells us that gender is fluid. Cuomo could easily realize he’s a little bitch, making him the perfect woman for the vice president role.

      Very upset to see you assuming the gender of another just because he looks like a white man. I guess even the best of us struggle against the teachings of the white cis patriarchy.

      1. Even OBL has internalized gender identity bias bigotry

        1. That’s how deep the corruption runs!

  15. Failing to “aggressively decarcerate and reduce the incarcerated population” is leading to masses of preventable deaths in prisons and jails and in the larger population…

    Letting prisoners die or letting them out, either way it’s bad for business. Of course, releasing prisoners still likely requires some kind of continued contact, so that segment of the criminal justice industrial complex would have their job security continue. On the other hand, there are always new laws to be passed and new regulations to be strictly enforced to refill any prisons whose population is wiped out by death. (Prison workers are, apparently, expendable.)

    Not locking everyone up in the first place is, of course, not on the table, as we’ve seen with strict enforcement of mitigation policies.

    1. On the other hand, there are always new laws to be passed and new regulations to be strictly enforced to refill any prisons

      It would be really ironic if they started to let people out of prisons only to end with most of them being arrested for violating “stay at home” orders within a week or two of getting out.

  16. So the prisons are a virus incubator and they’re considering letting people from those incubators out into the population?

    They’ll all be tested before being released, right?

    1. Yes, with Chinese sourced equipment.

  17. https://www.commentarymagazine.com/noah-rothman/the-progressives-lament/?utm_source=ActiveCampaign&utm_medium=email&utm_content=The+Progressive+s+Lament&utm_campaign=Daily+newsletter+05%2F04%2F20

    The sense that this once-in-a-century nightmare is really one big missed opportunity is pervasive among progressives in Washington, too. For those on the farthest end of the liberal spectrum in Congress, the pandemic has provided them with “a sense of hope,” according to Politico. “They see a federal government finally willing to spend massive sums on long-neglected health and social programs, and say it’s time to push for policies that would otherwise never stand a chance of a floor vote,” the report read.

    A pandemic that could have possibly and still may for all we know kill 100s of thousands or even millions of Americans provided Progressives “with a sense of hope”. But leftism isn’t a death cult or anything and they would never murder us if they had the ability and doing so would give them what they want or anything. No, they just find hope in the thought of the deaths of millions of innocent people because they love the people that much or something.

    1. Hence the “C19 has a new way to kill” (when a kid dies of something rare within 20 miles of a covid patient) or “there is a killer new strain of it” articles when the lockdowns are ending.

      Government currently has its boot on the throat of Capitalism. The left, in and out of the media, want it kept there until Capitalism is dead. They don’t care who suffers, this is an ideology that killed 100 million in the past century.

      1. Why else would you put a hairdresser in jail?

        1. Bad color job?

        1. Zerohedge, a collection of wierdos, channers and conspiracy theorists doing the job the news media should be doing if it wasn’t in the pockets of the ChiComs and the DNC.

    2. “Hope” is the thing with feathers –
      That perches in the soul –
      And sings the tune without the words –
      And never stops – at all –

      And sweetest – in the Gale – is heard –
      And sore must be the storm –
      That could abash the little Bird
      That kept so many warm –

      I’ve heard it in the chillest land –
      And on the strangest Sea –
      Yet – never – in Extremity,
      It asked a crumb – of me.

      1. No mention of Nantucket? Fail.

    3. according to Politico

      You do know that Martin Tolchin co-founded Politico, right? Marty Tolchin being the long-time NYT “journalist” and founder of The Hill referenced by Ra’s above, the one who wrote the Letter To The Editor in the NYT taking the paper to task for even mentioning the Tara Reade story on the grounds that “we” can’t afford to have anything potentially damaging to Biden get in the way of defeating Trump and therefore the media has a duty to shut their goddamn whore mouths on any criticism of Biden.

      1. Would not following his advice violate campaign finance laws?

    4. Screw that Five-Year plan. Too long.

      Don’t make this pandemic go to waste!

  18. The health of our nation depends on the health and safety of our most vulnerable communities, particularly those in congregate settings such as corrections facilities where physical distancing is all but impossible…

    JFC, you could advocate for prison staff. That tack might be more persuasive to governors and more palatable to the soccer moms who vote these dipshits into office.

    1. I totally agree that there are a lot of people in prison that shouldn’t be there. We need to stop putting them in there for stupid reasons. However, how have we arrived to the point where we think the health of our nation depends on the health and safety of prisoners and criminals?

      That doesn’t make any sense. That quote is just bullshit feelings.

      (Not directed at you FoE, just piggybacking on that quote.)

      1. Charitably: They are alluding somewhat to the Dostoevsky quote, about judging a nation by its prisons.

        Cynically: They want these prisoners to be sacrificed on the alter of progressivism. Better they die then be released because they get martyrs and no blow-back from recidivist criminals.

        My opinion: They’re just idiots.

  19. More bad economic news.

    Charles Koch current net worth: $48.4 billion

    Recall that Reason.com’s benefactor was unhappy a few months ago when he was hovering around $60 billion. It’s downright tragic to witness such a hardworking man fall below the $50 billion threshold. I blame Drumpf’s high-tariff / low-immigration policies.

    #HowLongMustCharlesKochSuffer?

  20. “Each of you has the power to stop this preventable tragedy from being even more devastating.”

    Wait. What are we talking about?

    1. Muscular dystrophy.

  21. https://bearingarms.com/cam-e/2020/05/05/nz-govt-claims-it-has-the-authority-to-extinguish-property-rights-of-gun-owners/

    The Government did not need to compensate people for making them hand over ammunition after the Christchurch mosque attacks, a court has heard.

    A High Court justice is this week hearing an argument over gun reform in New Zealand, which not only led to the gun buyback, but also to certain types of ammunition being banned.

    The Government “extinguished all property rights of any kind” for gun owners when it brought in gun law reform last year, a court has heard.

    1. Control freaks in the US came in their pants.

      1. Tiny wet spots.

    2. the government is claiming the power to seize any property it wants, as long as they ban possession of that property first.

      But, if the government “seizes” property, don’t they “possess” it, which is a priori banned? Therefore this claimed power is absurd on the face of it.

      1. Everything works in reverse in the Southern Hemisphere (see flushed toilets)?

    3. Justin is cumming so hard in his pink pants wishing to copy NZ.

      1. More tiny wet spots.

  22. They’re asking governors to issue clemency or grant release to “adults age 50 and older, medically vulnerable populations with underlying conditions such as HIV/AIDS, diabetes, asthma, and heart disease, pregnant individuals, juveniles, and individuals with less than 1 year left on their sentence, irrespective of the offense,” so long as these prisoners “don’t pose a reasonable risk to public safety.”

    Some people might say prisoners who don’t pose a reasonable risk to public safety shouldn’t even have been prisoners in the first place. Stop creating and prosecuting victimless “crimes” and you wouldn’t have this problem in the first place.

    1. Gotta make room in jail for rogue hairdressers.

      1. And “Karen” hate-speechers.

    2. How many are in jail for victimless crimes because they took a plea deal down from a victim crime they may have committed?
      (J)umbo (B)utt Pritzker (D IL) released murderers.
      Almost 4,000 inmates released from Illinois prisons, 64 convicted of murder

      1. Shhhhh! You’re going to kill their buzz.

        WAn state damned near let out the Green River Killer over idiotic initiatives like these. What, you guys need the prison room now for throwing business closure order protesters?

        A prison is a restricted environment. It’s the place that ridiculous, Orwellian word “lockdown” came from. The one Blue state residents are supposed to be following. If prisoners aren’t safe from the virus there, how can it be possibly argued they’ll be safer on the streets?

        1. Don’t you even color revolution, bro?

  23. The “Karen” question is really the problem with ambivalent spots on the privilege hierarchy. A demographic that has more than some but less than others presents a dilemma in social justice understandings.

    A lotta guys might say there are no such “understandings”.

    1. And a lotta guys might say “What the hell are you babbling about? What’s a privilege hierarchy? Is this some sort of horseshit you just made up? Go away.”

  24. https://twitter.com/codeofvets/status/1257458513128947713?s=21

    Our brother in arms committed suicide May 1st. His PTSD, social distancing, COVID pandemic, being out of his normal routine, not seeing friends, not going out doing public events, keeping him in isolation was too much.

  25. #3 will shock you!

    1. Order everyone to stay home.
    2. Find people not driving much
    3. “Report: State could lose $1.3 billion in gas tax revenue during coronavirus shutdown”
    https://www.sfchronicle.com/bayarea/article/Report-State-could-lose-1-3-billion-in-gas-tax-15248971.php?cmpid=gsa-sfgate-result

    1. So much for the mileage tax, too. Time to goose registration fees *way* up.

      1. But it’ll only be a temporary increase, right?

  26. https://twitter.com/dcexaminer/status/1258019956123295744

    “There is a primordial American tradition going back to the Founders of being freedom obsessed – even though we are country founded on slavery and genocide.”


    @AnandWrites

    1. I see someone’s been lapping up the NYT’s 1619 Project horseshit.

  27. Karen is just another flare up of white women being pushed out of the victim class. The only real question is if Social Justice will be able to survive there before more oppressors than victims.

    1. Karen studies is just another example of pampered people with too much on their hands trying to reinvent the wheel. Like the FAKEdemic. We outsmarted ourselves. We know so much we tried to reinvent how to handle these things when it seems more and more a more classical approach of moving to isolate and protect the vulnerable would have been just as effective.

      But noooooo, we had to pretend we were smarter (and more humane) than that. We had to cut the bike in half and shut down the economy. It’ll go down in history as one of the most retarded things we’ve ever down. And we have the gall to laugh at alchemists? I THINK NOT!

      All these busy body guilt-riders who shame people for not wearing masks or not social distancing. I’d like for them to produce EMPIRICAL EVIDENCE as to whether these things actually do make a difference in any meaningful way. I’m sure they do to some degree but what’s the trade-off exactly?

      If you’re going to force a ‘new norma’ and change habits, can you at least for once do it with the full backing of science instead of just listening to what medical bureaucrats *think* is the best way to go?

      Fuck you. I’m not wearing a mask, I’m not going to social distance, nor will I let these fuckers fuck up my immune system and I’m still going to use plastic bags.

      The best you’ll get out of me is if I wear a paper bag over my had like the Unknown Comic.

    2. “The only real question is if Social Justice will be able to survive there before more oppressors than victims.”

      That is not a real question.

  28. Hmm, any other reason our rulers want to empty the prisons? Maybe preparing for the not-quite-ever-post-pandemic socialist re-education camps?

    1. They’re going to fill them up with the people who don’t social distance or wear masks.

    2. Having a bunch of violent prisoners running around works wonders for keeping the proles in line.
      Daddy Gov: “You can take us, or the (other) psychotics and murderers will take over”
      Syria playbook

    3. Didn’t Hitler release prisoners to be his SS troops. Be prepared and buy ammo

      1. Castro released prisoners to dump them on the USA.

  29. “Karen” isn’t about the skin color of the Karen. Or her sex. It’s about a certain non-working class progressive mindset common in blue county suburbs. Karens tend to be white women, but they can also be Black women, Asian men, Latino transgender, etc.

    “Karen” is about being overly concerned with people who don’t behave like them. Who call the cops on people walking their dogs, that Black mayor who went and yelled at the kids playing in an empty lot, the gender-uncertain Carin who wrote a lengthy screed about how baking was a privilege, the gay man who comments on every facebook post containing a picture of someone without a mask, the dude yelling at his friends over Skype when he thinks they’re taking too many shopping trips outside their safe zone home, etc.

    They’re all Karen.

    1. Also, forgot to add. Karens must always have privilege of some sort. Someone who doesn’t have to work because her husband does, or does works from her kitchen table normally and doesn’t know why factory workers can’t just do the same, shops for everything online, and who thinks standing in line at Whole Foods to get a cup of non-GMO flour for her online cooking class is the height of oppression.

      I use the pronoun “her”, but Karen could just as easily be “he”, “zhe” or “zhey”. That Karens tend to be female is just the natural consequence of late wave feminism.

    2. I have a friend who was incredulous when I told him I wasn’t going to wear a mask (the usual I’m ‘selfish’ and ‘why do I want to get sick?’ and all that bull shit only a remedial could believe).

      Yet, when he and his wife went to get tested (because they’re being told by their company to be terrified), he told me they were at Wall-Mart shopping.

      I could but stare into the phone with a Scooby-Doo perplexed grunt.

      The lack of self-awareness and hypocrisy was pretty stark.

    3. Karen is an ethnicity found in Myanmar and Thailand. They are much like the Kashmiris or Palestinians, groups that got a raw deal after the breakup of the British empire circa 1945.

      Their situation is tragic and I’m saddened to see normally thoughtful posters like yourself obsessing over the trivial activities of privileged Americans while ignoring the original Karens who are much more deserving of your attention.

      1. “(you’re) obsessing… trivial… privileged Americans”
        mtrueman, a male scold.

        “while ignoring the original Karens who are much more deserving of your attention”
        Correction, a pretentious male scold.

        1. Sorry, this incessant whining about Facebook posts you object to is simply not pretentious enough for me.

          1. Right but you’re whining about it.

            1. “Right but you’re whining about it.”

              I wasn’t whining. I was expressing my sadness over Brandybuck, often a commenter worth reading, who has sunk to the level of following the rest of the idiots here, like yourself, who are squirming with rage over Facebook posts and other such trivial matters. I understand how the idiots let themselves be played, but I expected more from Brandybuck.

          2. Wait, you want to be more pretentious?

        2. “Correction, a pretentious male scold.”

          You left out “stupid” and “smug about it”.

      2. Karen On, Karen.

        1. Next week we’ll have another ridiculous outrage for you to glom onto.

          1. “mtrueman
            May.6.2020 at 1:38 pm
            Next week we’ll have another ridiculous outrage for you to glom onto.”

            “mtrueman
            May.6.2020 at 11:21 am
            Karen is an ethnicity found in Myanmar and Thailand. They are much like the Kashmiris or Palestinians, groups that got a raw deal after the breakup of the British empire circa 1945.

            Their situation is tragic and I’m saddened to see normally thoughtful posters like yourself obsessing over the trivial activities of privileged Americans while ignoring the original Karens who are much more deserving of your attention.”

            Lol, karen

          2. Next week we’ll have another ridiculous outrage for you to glom onto

            Next week? Surely you can Karen faster than that.

              1. Well yeah he’s not a Karen like you are.

                Duh.

                1. Give him credit. He’s doing his best.

  30. You know what? Fuck the damned prisoners. The bottom line is that they made a choice to commit crime. So my response to AOC and her mini-me’s: Don’t do the crime if you can’t do the time. Tough shit.

    1. Depends if being deliberately exposed to a potentially dangerous disease is part of the sentencing, I guess.

  31. Ok, this Karen thing is seriously getting out of hand. Clearly, these people have too much time on their hands. Maybe we can let the prisoners loose and stick the Karen’s in prison.

    1. Karen’s have always been with us.

      1. Karen writes the reason roundup.

        1. Reason doesn’t have anyone but Karens on their full time roster

          Hell, they make sure to officially distance/disown themselves from the occasional Stossel articles they publish

  32. so long as these prisoners “don’t pose a reasonable risk to public safety.”

    Well, by definition they pose a risk, or they wouldn’t be in prison. On the other hand, a parent providing for their child by working should definitely be put into a C19 incubator.

    AOC = BS

  33. “They’re asking governors to issue clemency or grant release to “adults age 50 and older, medically vulnerable populations with underlying conditions such as HIV/AIDS, diabetes, asthma, and heart disease, pregnant individuals, juveniles, and individuals with less than 1 year left on their sentence, irrespective of the offense,” so long as these prisoners “don’t pose a reasonable risk to public safety.”

    To be honest, I’m having a hard time getting past seeing AOC’s and Cory Booker’s names on that. Just because they want something doesn’t mean it’s wrong, but if I ever find myself accidentally agreeing them, I’ll be sure to double check I’m not just completely wrong.

    Incidentally, if you want to avoid being locked up in prison because you committed a violent felony, there’s an easy way to avoid that. Can you guess what it is?

    That’s right. If you don’t want to be locked up in prison because you committed a violent felony, don’t commit a violent felony.

    And the following is self-contradictory bullshit:

    “They’re asking governors to issue clemency or grant release . . . irrespective of the offense,” so long as these prisoners “don’t pose a reasonable risk to public safety.”

    “Irrespective of offense–so long as they don’t pose a reasonable risk to public safety”? He may have shot someone in the face in an armed robbery–and bragged about it afterwards–but that was six years ago. He hasn’t shot anybody in six years now! Actually, whatever fundamental flaw makes someone shoot a liquor store cashier in the face doesn’t go away because you lock them up in prison. Yes, it’s the nature of their crime that tells us whether they’re a reasonable risk.

    Meanwhile, incapacitation may be a perfectly legitimate reason to hold convicted felons in prison, but it isn’t the only reason. There are still arguments like retribution, restitution, and deterrence. Sociopaths need for there to be negative consequences in order for them not to violate other people’s rights. “Retribution” only in this specific sense, may be a perfectly appropriate part of the justice system, for that reason, which is where deterrence comes into play, too. We know better than to argue that if the cost of perpetrating felonies goes down, OTBE the number will remain the same.

    If the government has any legitimate purpose at all, it is to protect our rights, and protecting our rights from violent criminals is essential to that. Calling on the government to release duly convicted violent criminals may be anarcho-capitalist but it isn’t small state libertarian. One of the best reasons to legalize cannabis is so that the government can concentrate their resources on convicting people for legitimate crimes and locking them up for longer periods of time.

    1. Very well said, Ken. Particularly the part about the multiple purposes of punishment in the criminal justice system.

  34. Either “Karen” is privileged or she’s oppressed.

    Either way, she’s a bitch.

  35. The only sector surviving nicely is “off-price retailers and resale entities” like T.J. Maxx and Marshalls

    I don’t see how. Here and in other states, they’re closed. Must be online sales then.

  36. “Ruth Bader Ginsburg hospitalized, expects to participate in oral arguments Wednesday”
    https://www.cbsnews.com/news/ruth-bader-ginsburg-hospitalized-supreme-court-oral-arguments/

    How will they know it’s not the nurse?

    1. Speaking of all this selfishness going around, pretty self-centred and selfish of her to not resign with honour. Holding that seat is not responsible.

      1. Compassionate Leftist Twitter is begging her to live until November.

        1. November 2024?

    2. She’s one of the most partisan of the justices. It’s her goal to survive the election so a Democrat can fill her vacancy.

      Trump’s appointment of Gorsuch is the single greatest thing he has accomplished as president and even though I will vote libertarian, I definitely hope he wins again so there can be a chance of Gorsuch 2.0. That alone will make Trump a truly great president.

      1. “She’s one of the most partisan of the justices. It’s her goal to survive the election so a Democrat can fill her vacancy…”

        With any luck, a Trump re-election will be the end of her.

    3. Back to the fruit cellar for Ruth, her son Norman will speak for her.

  37. “Lawmakers Call Out Cuomo and Other Governors for Letting Prisoners Die of COVID-19”

    Well, isn’t that precious? Has anybody mentioned Cuomo proactively murdered old people in nursing homes? Anybody?

    1. There’s footage of Cuomo applying pillow pressure on granny.

    2. I did.

  38. “The “Karen” question is really the problem with ambivalent spots on the privilege hierarchy. A demographic that has more than some but less than others presents a dilemma in social justice understandings. It’s as if there needs to be an official answer: either the term is A Slur, or it’s Actually Fine. Either “Karen” is privileged or she’s oppressed.”

    Is this person writing censorship guidelines for Facebook or something?

    Maybe she’s writing a manual so that social justice warriors will know why they’re policing other people’s speech–because she thinks that’s important?

    Here’s my middle finger. Take a good look. It’s just for you. Stuff like this is why punk rock bands used to write songs like “Code Blue”, “I Saw Your Mommy and Your Mommy’s Dead”, and “Last Caress”.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OpZJLjrb4vU

    Sometimes being deeply offensive is extremely important.

    1. lying face down in the sewer i looked closer and realized I knew her.

  39. Privilege isn’t binary. Phoebe Maltz Bovy at Arc Digital on “Karenology”:
    [giant wall of block-quoted text from article that I’ll spare everyone by not copy/ pasting here]

    Is it just me or was the quote from the Arc Digital article a whole lot of word salad to end up saying basically nothing at all?

    I’m guessing Phoebe was recently called “Karen” in an internet comment section somewhere and got her panties in a wad, so she decided to right a whole bunch of nothing about it. And of course she had to frame it in terms of “privilege,” “oppression,” and “the privilege hierarchy” because her Victimhood Studies degree doesn’t allow her to think about anything in any other terms.

  40. A real, honorable, respectful politician and human being finds a quiet exit plan to this lockdown hysteria and madness.

    The fact you have pyshco left-wingers like AOC wanting to save prisoners from corona while cops arrest people for not social distancing, shows you lost the plot.

    Look up the Judge in Texas (Eric Moye) who put a female salon owner in prison for not kissing the ass of the state calling her ‘selfish’ for wanting to feed her kids.

    He’s a Democrat.

    Oh, there’s a surprise.

    1. I read that article and now I’m wondering how it is a crime to not kiss up. If you are let off for apologizing that means not apologizing a crime since when is not apologizing a crime. to apologize or not should fall under first amendment rules and you can’t be prosecuted for that. that is until now anyway

      1. Where’s the ACLU in all this?

        Sounds like a case for Institute for Justice no?

        Go watch it on youtube. He called her ‘selfish’ and slapped a $3500 fine on her for not kissing his sorry ass.

        Now go read his bio.

        He’s a piece of shit. Change my mind.

        1. >>>Change my mind.

          watch him in person you’ll totally … change nothing.

    2. I would have demanded a jury trial.

  41. Yes, Reason, we get it. Prisoners are susceptible to the virus. Have to written ANYTHING on nursing homes?

  42. Phoebe Maltz Bovy pretending she is not Karen is cute.

  43. Much as I dislike Cuomo, he should tell AOC and the others to tend to their own knitting. And probably not in such polite terms. They need a sharp lesson in federalism.

  44. People should be more concerned about Cuomo’s Health Department (sic) forcing nursing homes to accept Covid-19 positive patients. New York nursing home death toll at 5000 and rising.

    1. “People should be more concerned about Cuomo…”

      Where have you been? There was a post on Facebook that made us angry.

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