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2 Men Arrested for 'Destroying Property' by Doing Donuts in D.A. Candidate's Illegal Rap Video

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Regulation run amok? Prosecutors in Columbus, Georgia, say doing donuts in a city parking lot without a permit is a multiple-felony offense. And they're using this to arrest people who appeared in a video for a district attorney candidate who wants to decriminalize marijuana.

On Friday, Columbus cops arrested and jailed 23-year-old Christopher Mandel Black and 24-year-old Erik Deangelo Whittington for allegedly "destroy[ing] government property."

Their offense? Appearing in a music video in support of Mark Jones, who is running for district attorney of the Chattahoochee Judicial Circuit and challenging incumbent Julia Slater.

The video ad, titled "Get Out and Vote!" features rapper JawGa Boi and includes lyrics like "Freedom and legalize weed, the people's D.A. who we need." The video also includes aerial shots of a car driving circles around the parking lot of the Columbus Civic Center.

"Nobody had been notified with the city," Columbus Mayor Skip Henderson told the Ledger-Enquirer. "What they did was destroy government property."

Destroy is a bit strong, though the donuts done by the car in the video do appear to leave some skid marks.

Ana Cecilia Grimmett, Black's girlfriend, told the Ledger-Enquirer that Jones had paid Black $100 to be photographed next to the car and told them not to worry about the legality of doing donuts in the parking lot because the campaign had it covered.

Rather than simply take this up with Jones himself, however, Columbus cops went after two of the young people paid to appear in Jones' campaign ad—and the cops said more arrests (plural) are coming.

Not only that, but cops seem to have thrown as many charges as they could at the two men, all while a local judge attempted to keep them locked up in jail for days during a pandemic.

Black and Whittington now face two felony charges (interfering with government property and first-degree criminal damage to property) as well as three misdemeanor charges (reckless conduct, reckless driving, and laying drag). On Saturday, a judge ordered them held in jail without bond and set bond for the other charges at more than $200,000.

"The chief Recorder's Court judge, Julius Hunter, reviewed the bonds later Saturday and reduced them so both suspects could be released," reports the Ledger-Enquirer. "Otherwise they could have remained jailed over Memorial Day weekend, until Hunter returned to work Tuesday. Each suspect's felony bonds were cut to $20,000 for criminal damage and $10,000 for interference with government property."

On Facebook, Jones posted that "these charges obviously need to be dropped against Chris Black and Erik Whittington."

"The police and DA are coming after me because this campaign is shining a light on things they want hidden from the public," he said in a Saturday statement. "I will defend in court or pay the legal fees for anyone being maliciously prosecuted by the Government."


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A church in California is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to intervene after Gov. Gavin Newsom declared via executive order that in-person church services must cease during the stay-at-home mandate. Last Friday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit rejected their request for emergency relief.

"Challenges to Covid-19-related emergency edicts have met with mixed results in federal courts," notes Politico. "The New Orleans-based Fifth Circuit and the Cincinnati-based Sixth Circuit have granted churches emergency relief from state orders, while the Chicago based 7th Circuit joined the San Francisco-based 9th in declining to step in."


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In lieu of continued enhanced unemployment benefits, a new Republican proposal in Congress would award temporary $450 per week back-to-work bonuses. "Republicans are concerned that the current $600 a week unemployment payment—on top of state unemployment benefits—is so generous that it is discouraging people from going back to work and damping the economy's reopening amid the coronavirus pandemic," notes the Wall Street Journal. More:

A return-to-work bonus stands as an alternative to a measure being pushed by Senate Democrats, who are rallying behind a plan led by Sens. Mark Warner (D., Va.), Bernie Sanders (I., Vt.), Richard Blumenthal (D., Conn.) and Doug Jones (D., Ala.). The Democratic plan relies on a wage subsidy—the employee tax credit—to keep people on payrolls. It would cover 100% of wages and benefits, up to $90,000. Some Democrats say they might be open to ending the $600 in extra jobless benefits if Republicans rallied behind a wage subsidy.

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  1. Prosecutors in Columbus, Georgia, say doing donuts in a city parking lot without a permit is a multiple-felony offense.

    Felony rubber laying and attempted baddassery.

    1. Hello.

      The mass stupidity of incompetent and arrogant leaders is an order of magnitude atrocity onto itself.

      I remain appalled that mentally retarded hams like Newsom and Whitmore are INSISTING on lockdowns.

      Speaking of that twat….

      https://nypost.com/2020/05/25/michigan-gov-gretchen-whitmer-in-hot-water-over-husbands-boat-request/

    2. Hey, if crony politicians can’t use the power of the state to ensure their tenure, let alone grant political favors, why even bother getting elected?

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    4. “Prosecutors in Columbus, Georgia, say doing donuts in a city parking lot without a permit is a multiple-felony offense.”

      What we need is a 120-hour certification course.

    5. “What they did was destroy government property.”

      It’s true, unfortunately, the parking lot has been destroyed. The only thing left to do is tear it out and plant some weed.

  2. Appearing in a music video in support of Mark Jones, who is running for district attorney of the Chattahoochee Judicial Circuit and challenging incumbent Julia Slater.

    Ha, that doesn’t look shady at all.

    1. How dare you?

      1. Greta?

  3. https://time.com/5107984/hospitals-handling-burden-flu-patients/

    The … epidemic is sending people to hospitals and urgent-care centers in every state, and medical centers are responding with extraordinary measures: asking staff to work overtime, setting up triage tents, restricting friends and family visits and canceling elective surgeries, to name a few.

    “We are pretty much at capacity, and the volume is certainly different from previous flu seasons,” says Dr. Alfred Tallia, professor and chair of family medicine at the Robert Wood Johnson Medical Center in New Brunswick, New Jersey. “I’ve been in practice for 30 years, and it’s been a good 15 or 20 years since I’ve seen a … illness scenario like we’ve had this year.”

    Tallia says his hospital is “managing, but just barely,” at keeping up with the increased number of sick patients in the last three weeks. The hospital’s urgent-care centers have also been inundated, and its outpatient clinics have no appointments available.

    SEE!?!? SEE!?!? We told you ChiCom Lung Aids would be a medical disaster. Oh, wait, that article was from the 2017-18 flu season.

    1. Quick! Lock down that memory!

    2. Come on. Citing history with most Americans works as well as citing history with squirrels.

      1. Don’t squirrels store nuts? That requires some sort of historical memory.

        1. They randomly bury them, forget where after about 3 days, and then randomly dig holes all over your lawn in the spring. Sometimes they find something, sometimes they don’t. Sometimes you get a new tree.

          1. OK, I just betrayed my ignorance of elementary natural history.

          2. So squirrels are better at saving than many people?

        2. Some squirrels ARE nuts.

  4. Suicides on the rise amid stay-at-home order, Bay Area medical professionals say

    https://abc7news.com/suicide-covid-19-coronavirus-rates-during-pandemic-death-by/6201962/

    1. Bay area suicides have had a massive spike?

      These are progressives that are actually doing something to make the world a better place… Mainly removing progressives

      1. Abortion also removes likely progressive voters.

  5. Challenges to Covid-19-related emergency edicts have met with mixed results in federal courts…

    If you’re going to try to enjoy your First Amendment rights, pick your locality carefully. Those aren’t nationwide.

    1. I must’ve missed the “unless China AIDS kills up all” exception in the Constitution. Thankfully, we have judges who can read into things far better than mere mortals can.

      1. Winnie the Flu trumps the Bill of Rights. Its right there with ‘penumbras’.

  6. A church in California is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to intervene after Gov. Gavin Newsom declared via executive order that in-person church services must cease during the stay-at-home mandate.

    And if SCOTUS rules against them, there’s always “We answer to a higher authority!”

    1. As has been said many times before, without the 2nd Amendment, the 1st Amendment is irrelevant.

  7. This is what I promised over the weekend. Only one bit of this is new, but I haven’t see it all assembled like this. Bad disease models don’t save lives by scaring people into doing what is right. Bad models kill:

    81% of Minnesota’s COVID deaths were in nursing homes. Governors are/were sending the sick back to nursing homes. Why? Triage, due to ‘models’ that said we’re all going to die and hospitals will be overwhelmed. Send sick old people to be cared for in nursing homes to free up beds for all the otherwise healthy people who, the models said, were going to get sick. Failed models killed people.

    These two grad students have blood on their hands, and will never feel any responsibility for it, ever.

    https://www.sph.umn.edu/news/modeling-covid-19-for-minnesota/

    On March 25, Minnesota Governor Tim Walz presented two scenarios describing the state’s future outlook related to the COVID-19 outbreak. One projection showed that cases would peak around April 26 in Minnesota if there were no mitigating steps to slow the virus. The death toll in this scenario could reach 74,000. The other scenario showed a time frame with significant and staged mitigations in place that pushed the peak to about June 29 and projected deaths in the 50,000–55,000 range. …

    Before Friday, March 20, Marina Kirkeide, who graduated from the University of Minnesota College of Science and Engineering in 2019, was a School of Public Health part-time research assistant working on HPV transmission for Kulasingam. On a gap year before starting Medical School at the University in fall 2020, Kirkeide also had a second job as a lab tech at St. Paul’s Regions Hospital. That Friday, Kulasingam called her and two other research assistants and asked if anyone was available to “work through the day and night” to get a COVID-19 model to Governor Walz the following Monday. They all jumped at the chance.

    “I don’t think a lot of researchers get to work on something over the weekend and have public figures talk about it and make decisions based on it three days later,” says Kirkeide, who had to leave her hospital job to focus solely on modeling. She feels the responsibility of such a big project, too. “[In this situation] you don’t have the time to validate as much as you normally would. You want to get it right the first time. And your work has to be really, really quick.”

    1. Want me to back up “old people were removed from hospitals and sent away to die to save beds”?

      OK.

      https://www.nny360.com/news/publicservicenews/new-york-coronavirus-deaths-dip-below-100-for-24-hour-period/article_a17eaceb-f2ce-594a-bbcb-4bd46cce5b23.html

      “The policy the Department of Health put out was in line directly with the March 13 directive put out by the CDC,” Secretary to the Governor Melissa DeRosa said Saturday. “I know there’s been lot of discussion on this topic. There are over a dozen states that did the exact same thing — many of whom were concerned about hospital capacity. …It’s been a national and international tragedy that everybody has had to grapple with, and it is something that we’re trying to learn from everyday and move forward.”

      1. Notice how that greasy dago fuck Cuomo and his whore secretary tried to pass the buck to the CDC, but never produced the actual document that said, “Put COVID-infected patients in nursing homes.”

        1. There is one from the CDC, but it is filled with bureaucratic CYA “only do it if you meet all of these many, many criteria”.

        2. He really should have called it the dago virus when he tried his cheeky “turnabout”. China isnt a race, and europe didnt spread the shit to the US.

    2. “I don’t think a lot of researchers get to work on something over the weekend and have public figures talk about it and make decisions based on it three days later,”

      Sends chills up one’s spine, doesn’t it?

      1. Wanna-be policy whore’s wet dream.

      2. Yeah because that’s terrible terrible science.

  8. They knew. Dr Levine didn’t move her mother out of the nursing home because she was innocently following CDC guidelines. They knew. Like Bloomberg said, once you’re old enough, just die and get out of the way. Governors put the elderly at risk to free up beds.

    Pennsylvania health official moved mother from nursing home as deaths skyrocketed
    https://nypost.com/2020/05/13/pennsylvania-health-official-moved-mother-from-nursing-home/

  9. <i.Some Democrats say they might be open to ending the $600 in extra jobless benefits if Republicans rallied behind a wage subsidy.

    IN THAT CASE I WON’T KNOW WHICH PARTY JUST BOUGHT MY VOTE.

    1. FINALLY! A REASON TO VOTE LIBERTARIAN!

  10. Pundit Ann Coulter calls Trump ‘complete moron,’ says Tuberville ’another Roy Moore catastrophe’
    Posted May 25, 2020

    Pundit Ann Coulter is blasting President Donald Trump for his support of Alabama U.S. Senate candidate Tommy Tuberville, calling the president a “moron” and “blithering idiot.”

    In a series of scathing tweets, Coulter said Tuberville’s opponent, former Trump Attorney General Jeff Sessions, is the “one person in the Trump administration who did anything about immigration.”

    https://www.al.com/news/2020/05/pundit-ann-coulter-calls-trump-complete-moron-says-tuberville-another-roy-moore-catastrophe.html

    The Con Man is losing support among the GOP skank demo!

    1. The only one-trick pony with less tricks than Ann is Shikha.

      1. +1000 illegal immigrants.

    2. “The Con Man is losing support among the GOP skank demo!”

      No one cares about your relationship issues.

      1. Ask turd about his daddy.

  11. IL Gov. Pritzker says it’s not safe yet to hold indoor church services, but it’s totally OK that construction workers travel to his Wisconsin horse farm to build his new house
    https://twitchy.com/gregp-3534/2020/05/22/il-gov-pritzker-says-its-not-safe-yet-to-hold-indoor-church-services-but-its-totally-ok-that-construction-workers-travel-to-his-wisconsin-horse-farm-to-build-his-new-house/

    1. “Guys, hold off doing the roof so we can call this an outdoor service.”

    1. Karen calls the Sherrif on an “illegal” rural gathering. Is so satisfied with herself she calls the TV news for publicity:

      https://www.thedenverchannel.com/news/coronavirus/large-horse-race-crowd-in-weld-county-raises-questions-about-safer-at-home-enforcement

      Words fail me. My hope is that the horse enthusiasts know where this Stasi-informer wannabe lives…

    2. and someone like my brother (an avid birder) politely asks her to put her dog on the leash.

      Sounds like 2 Karens to me.

      1. Yeah, he’s a bit of a Karen. But she’s a racist animal abuser that made a false police report.

        1. I was going to say, she seems more like a racist and a snowflake than a Karen.

          1. Is it wrong that I’m more upset about the animal cruelty than the racism?

    3. And of course, the bitch is strangling the fucking dog while she berates the dude. Double lulz for the fact that he’s black and the racial angle got played up in the national news this morning.

  12. Anarchist Spike Cohen was voted in as the party’s vice presidential nominee.

    In case you were afraid the ticket wouldn’t have something to turn off everyone.

  13. Finally some decent economic news.

    American billionaires got $434 billion richer during the pandemic

    Since the primary objective of Koch / Reason libertarianism is to increase the net worths of billionaires, this is a welcome development indeed. However there are two major problems:

    1. Some of the billionaire “gains” were simply recovering wealth they had lost earlier this year.
    2. Reason.com’s benefactor Charles Koch is not mentioned in the article.

    If we want billionaires to truly prosper, we need a Biden Presidency.

    #BillionairesKnowBest

    1. So how much richer has your benefactor gotten this year?

  14. https://twitter.com/CNN/status/1264980497849036801

    The novel coronavirus seems to be more deadly for men. But in many other ways, women are bearing the brunt of this pandemic.

    For instance, the majority of health workers are women, yet they get paid 28% less on average than men, according to the WHO.

    1. But women live longer, so lifetime earnings even out.

      1. A man may work from sun to sun, but a woman’s work is never done.

        It they’d finish something, maybe they’d get paid more!

    2. “yet they get paid 28% less on average than men,”

      Uhh, Ladies’ Night?

      1. How about ladies of the night? Do female hookers make more than male hookers?

        1. Yes, they make considerably more in all but the lowest brackets.

  15. [The response to] Covid-19 is undoing years of progress in curbing global poverty
    https://www.economist.com/international/2020/05/23/covid-19-is-undoing-years-of-progress-in-curbing-global-poverty

    1. Progs need more constituents to fool.

  16. “The downstream health effects” of COVID-19–related lockdowns “are being massively under-estimated and under-reported…”

    Oh, we’re too far down this particular rabbit hole to start reevaluating our choices.

  17. Public Release of Newest Imperial College Report for the UK Delayed By ‘Politicized Nature’ of Lockdown Debate
    https://news.slashdot.org/story/20/05/23/1736258/public-release-of-newest-imperial-college-report-for-the-uk-delayed-by-politicized-nature-of-lockdown-debate

        1. Fucking criminal.

  18. “We’ve reached kind of an inflection point in the privacy debate,”

    I’m assuming Wyden is using the word “inflection” in the linguistic sense rather than the mathematical – there’s no change in the debate other than how derisively and dismissively they’re saying “FYTW”.

  19. What’s up, Peanuts? How many of you are geeked up on the “Trump cocktail” ? That would be Droxy plus Adderall if you don’t follow The Dotard’s tweets.

    1. Did you know Drumpf only promotes those phony cures because he has a financial stake in the companies making them? I think Robert Mueller — fresh off his success proving Russian collusion — should investigate.

      1. Why should I care what his motive is? It’s probably a good high for a morbidly obese old fat-ass like Trump. Look at all the energy he has.

        1. A disgusting Ron Jeremy lookalike like you calling someone else morbidly obese is about the funniest thing ever! I mean, look at you:

          https://dailycaller.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/Screen-Shot-2019-01-28-at-1.07.10-PM.png

          1. Oh shit! That’s Buttplug? Hilarious!

            That little pedo-stache, the ill-fitting jacket, the red-flushed, swollen jowls… I like the shirt though.

            Your hands look like you have edema though, Buttplug. You should visit a cardiologist.

            1. Buttplug??

              More like hole in the Titanic plug!!

      2. Top form ,OBL.

    2. I’m sorry your genetically inferior immune system can’t handle a little Chinese coof.

    3. It’s kinda creepy for a pedophile to call people “peanut”.

      1. It’s the lisp. Have some compassion.

  20. Nancy Pelosi hardest hit:

    https://www.politico.com/news/2020/05/26/2020-election-democrats-281470

    Instead, he believes, the way to think about the current economic drop-off, at least in the first two phases, is more like what happens to a thriving economy during and after a natural disaster: a quick and steep decline in economic activity followed by a quick and steep rebound.

    The Covid-19 recession started with a sudden shuttering of many businesses, a nationwide decline in consumption, and massive increase in unemployment. But starting around April 15, when economic reopening started to spread but the overall numbers still looked grim, Furman noticed some data that pointed to the kind of recovery that economists often see after a hurricane or industry-wide catastrophe like the Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

    1. But where are the broken windows?

  21. As Americans emerge from their homes and try to return to some semblance of normal life, we have a small window of time to remove regulations that are nuisances in the best of times and deeply damaging in the worst.

    The vultures come out to strip bureaucrats of their God-given rights.

    1. The king is always a representative of heaven. Good for morale. Or something.

    2. Vultures feed on the dead. I think we can do better than that.

  22. Great piece from Foreign Policy. Drumpf has been so disastrous for domestic affairs that it’s easy to forget how terrible he’s been in other areas.

    President Trump has upended four decades of successful U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East, Hal Brands, Steven A. Cook, and Kenneth M. Pollack write.

    Of course Drumpf supporters will reply with some generic anti-neocon talking points. But I’d gladly take the early 2000s neocons over the alt-right white nationalists running things now.

    1. Four decades of successful Middle East policy? We’re talking about the 19th century here right?

      1. The shores of Tripoli.

  23. When Max Baucus calls Trump Hitler, we should remember who’s paying Max Baucus
    https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/when-max-baucus-calls-trump-hitler-we-should-remember-whos-paying-max-baucus

    “Former ambassador Max Baucus has given at least four different interviews to Chinese propaganda outlets in the last two weeks,” Yuichiro Kakutani at the Washington Free Beacon reported, “repeatedly comparing the U.S. rhetoric about China to both the McCarthy era and Nazi Germany.”

    Here’s his bio from the Chamber of Commerce website:

    “Ambassador Baucus currently lives in Bozeman, Montana, where he and his wife, Melodee Hanes, have formed a consulting firm, Baucus Group LLC. Ambassador Baucus provides consulting services to American and Chinese businesses and serves on the Board of Directors of Ingram Micro and the Board of Advisors to Alibaba Group.”

    1. “While the world focuses on Beijing’s latest attempts to destroy what remains of Hong Kong’s independence, China has launched another assault on one of its neighbours, effectively invading portions of what India says is its undisputed territory.”
      https://twitter.com/pwafork/status/1264691687269347329

      1. People suffering from dementia often have a certain distinct walk

        This is what it looks like:
        https://twitter.com/TrumpJew/status/1264962900709556228

        1. The comments are pure gold!

    2. Never heard of him.

    3. I see a contract coming from the NBA.

    4. Board of Advisors to Alibaba Group

      7 figures at least!

    5. “Ambassador Baucus currently lives in Bozeman, Montana, where he and his wife, Melodee Hanes, have joined a consulting firm, 五毛党 LLC”

      Fixed.

  24. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s “best estimate” for the death rate among Americans with symptoms of COVID-19 is 0.4 percent.⁠

    Pull out the nursing home residents and the numbers will shock you!

    1. “Better go with the model projections.”

    2. For standard healthy person, I put it at 1/10,000

      This pandemic is 99.9% psychosis.

    3. Someone should plot their estimate vs time. Hyperbola?

  25. When you lose Scopes:

    In the 1970s, then-Sen. Joe Biden was a vocal opponent of busing as a means for desegregating public schools. And that record haunts him in his bid to secure the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination.

    https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/biden-racial-jungle-quote/
    In early March 2020, readers asked Snopes to verify a quote in 1977 in which Biden, then a U.S. senator representing Delaware, allegedly expressed fear that desegregation, if not done in an “orderly” way, could result in his children growing up in “a racial jungle with tensions having built so high that it is going to explode at some point.”

    1. Let’s focus on Biden being a retard who used “jungle” in a racial context and ignore the fact that busing was in fact a bad and racist policy.

      1. The full quote:

        Unless we do something about this, my children are going to grow up in a jungle, the jungle being a racial jungle with tensions having built so high that it is going to explode at some point. We have got to make some move on this.

        It DOES NOT mention busing specifically. It does mention A RACIAL JUNGLE.

        1. It’s a pretty dumb metaphor to use in this case, but I definitely don’t think this particular statement conveys racism – he’s expressing concern that the policy is going to exacerbate racial tensions (which, y’know, it did).

          It’s waaaaay easier to pin him on the racism of his actually racist statements – how about “you ain’t black” for one?

  26. Our benevolent leader granting favors to the peasants:

    “Coronavirus live updates: Newsom says churches in California can open with 25% of capacity”
    https://www.sfchronicle.com/bayarea/article/Coronavirus-live-updates-news-bay-area-15237940.php?cmpid=gsa-sfgate-result

    All it took was a warning from the DOJ…

    1. What a horrible website!

      1. It’s every bit as bad in paper, but that soaks up coffee much better.

    2. Like they were full anyway.

  27. I guess there’s been some emergency treatments in the hopes he keeps his other foot out of his mouth?

    “Biden makes first public appearance since March ”
    […]
    “The last time Biden was seen publicly outside his home was on March 15, at the final Democratic primary debate against Bernie Sanders at CNN’s studios in Washington. Prior to that, his last in-person campaign event was at the DuPont Hotel in Wilmington on March 12, where he gave a lengthy speech on the coronavirus.”
    https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/biden-emerges-makes-first-public-appearance-since-march/ar-BB14zDb7https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/biden-emerges-makes-first-public-appearance-since-march/ar-BB14zDb7

    Two and a half months since he’s been out of the house?! Some of us are more ‘weenie’ than others.

    1. I think this is a significant factor in Democrats’ support for lockdowns.

  28. Someone’s gonna get popped:

    Staten Islanders with masks drive out non-mask wearing person in grocery store
    https://twitter.com/McauleyHolmes/status/1264721468761481216

    1. Every time I read a Twitter link, a little something inside me dies.

      1. Something about resistance and futility…

    2. The store allowed her in though, right? And all that shouting spreads droplets like crazy.

    3. If someone nuked the Five Boroughs, would they really be missed?

      1. It would be worth it for no other reason than to prank the astronauts going up on the SpaceX rocket when they get back.

      2. It would be interesting to imagine the rest of America’s reaction if the September 11th attacks were to happen for the first time, today, and compare it to how the nation reacted nearly 20 years ago.

        I think we are far more divided now, than then. I don’t think people would out and out cheer, but maybe a lot more shrugging from people not in NYC, and wondering how this was going to end up affecting them.

        Holy shit, the ‘thoughts and prayers’ contingent on social media would be astronomical though.

      3. Not by me. What does NYC actually produce?

        1. Garbage barges, okay pizza, Jewish-American Princesses, Marijuana vans, WEIRD virtue signalers, Wall Street sociopaths, DNC party organ broadsheets, creepy street hustlers, mediocre architecture (Chrysler building excepted), congested airports, pestilent subways, crooked pols and arrogance.

          1. well stated mother. every time i hear someone suggest we eliminate the electoral college i groan at the thought that NY/SF/LA/CHI might elect any office holder. the city and state are in worse shape than ever and yet cannot seem to have any shame for being so.

      4. [Data may have changed since I pulled it down…]

        According to the data at https://usafacts.org/visualizations/coronavirus-covid-19-spread-map/ there are 3196 counties in the United States.

        Of those, 1541 (48%) have zero reported COVID deaths. I happen to live in one of these counties.

        A total of 1970 (61%) have zero or one reported COVID death.

        A total of 2458 (77%) have 5 or fewer reported COVID deaths.

        A total of 3075 (96%) have fewer than 100 reported COVID deaths.

        These 10 counties alone

        Essex County NJ
        Suffolk County NY
        Los Angeles County CA
        Nassau County NY
        Wayne County MI
        New York County NY
        Cook County IL
        Bronx County NY
        Queens County NY
        Kings County NY

        account for 35% of all COVID deaths in the US.

        We’ve shut down the entire US, basically for the “benefit” of NYC (and across-the-bridge-Jersey and Long Island and bedroom communities in Connecticut), Detroit, Chicago, LA, New Orleans, and Miami.

        P.S. Some 5400 or so COVID deaths in NY State are being attributed to Gov. Cuomos orders that mandated nursing homes (you know, the places filled with the people seemingly most vulnerable to respiratory ailments, like COVID) accept active COVID cases (to keep them out of the hospitals??). This move is widely believed to have lit the proverbial match in nursing homes in NY State and ultimately killing thousands of the very same people we were all sheltering-in-place to avoid infecting.

  29. More Ann Coulter on Trump:

    The most disloyal actual retard that has ever set foot in the Oval Office is trying to lose AND take the Senate with him. Another Roy Moore fiasco so he can blame someone else for his own mess.

    Sessions HAD to recuse himself, you complete blithering idiot. YOU did not have to go on Lester Holt’s show and announce you fired Comey over the Russian investigation. That’s what got you a Special Prosecutor.

    https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/1263970567838932993

    Damn. Don’t piss off that skank, Con Man

    1. Yeah. Because she’s never reversed herself to sell copy.

    2. Meh, woman scorned and all that.

      1. A living skeleton known for writing commentary and shifting in the wind.

        1. “A living skeleton”
          Yes, but I’d still like to something something her though. Imagine a foursome with her Ilhan Omar and Kayleigh McEnany.
          That’d be a memory.

          1. I prefer women who aren’t skeletal harpies that would suck the soul from your body. But if that’s your fetish, I’m not judging.

            1. Not so much my fetish as that my strike zone is so wide you couldn’t cover it with a 4-gauge loaded with birdshot.

              I’m a man of indiscriminate taste.

  30. Reason Roundup.

    Look at this list of dogshit stories.

    Meanwhile, the USA is still tits deep in a 4 year coup attempt.

    It is so painfully obvious from the ridiculous avoidance of this story that REASON is as dishonest (and worst, hypocritical) a rag as has ever existed.

    1. They bought into it and were desperately hoping it would work.

      Now, they can’t admit their Obamessiah is the Negro Nixon; the cognitive dissonance is simply too painful.

      1. Today I learned a guy did donuts in a parking lot in Georgia.

        Fuck you, Nick Gillespie.

        1. This story is a perfect example of why we need minimal government with minimal powers. It has nothing to do with doing donuts but you knew that.

          That said, it doesn’t mean you’re wrong about them ignoring the other issue but conversely, they can’t be doing Obama 24/7 either.

          But yes, the evil POS current DA using the their legal power and authority to punish their opponent and those who supported him is an appropriate Reason article.

          1. “But yes, the evil POS current DA using the their legal power and authority to punish their opponent and those who supported him is an appropriate Reason article.”

            But Roger Stone deserves what he got, and fuck Flynn too…

    2. go fuck your daddy, turd.

  31. “Gov. Gavin Newsom declared via executive order that in-person church services must cease during the stay-at-home mandate.”

    The Church of California Crystals and Drum Circles hardest hit.

    1. Does California really have a “stay-at-home-mandate”?

  32. As Americans emerge from their homes and try to return to some semblance of normal life

    Not around here.

  33. “The downstream health effects” of COVID-19–related lockdowns “are being massively under-estimated and under-reported,” states a letter signed by more than 600 U.S. doctors and sent last week to President Donald Trump. “This is an order of magnitude error.”

    There’s a surprise.

  34. Regulation run amok, my ass, doing donuts in a parking lot causes damage that is expensive to repair and repaint. But what would you expect from a person who has done nothing more than write their whole life and having never ventured outside of your cloistered hallowed halls of self indulgence. some people did that to a friends parking lot and it cost $10k in repairs

    1. And get off my lawn!

    2. Lol.

    3. 10k? Lol, this cop licker only hires the unionest union line painters.

    4. “…doing donuts in a parking lot causes damage that is expensive to repair and repaint…some people did that to a friends parking lot and it cost $10k in repairs”

      $10k? Were the people doing donuts driving an M1 Abrams?

  35. “The downstream health effects” of COVID-19–related lockdowns “are being massively under-estimated and under-reported,” states a letter signed by more than 600 U.S. doctors and sent last week to President Donald Trump. “This is an order of magnitude error.”

    Fuck them.
    /Gov Phil Murphy, (D-NJ)

    1. By the time the full downstream effects are known and understood, it will be after the next election. By the time of the next election cycle after that, most of the pinheads who voted for them in the first place will have forgotten all about how the government under their watch was responsible for thousands of deaths as a direct result of their policies.

      “Downstream effects” to a politician means “far enough into the future that I’ll never be held accountable.” That, and by the time the full scale is known the media will have already set the narrative that “the lockdowns were absolutely necessary to save millions of lives from The Plague 2.0 and the politicians who implemented them and the journalists who pushed for them are ‘Big Damn Heroes’ and Trump and other ReTHUGliKKKans who wanted to end them early are a bunch of meanies who wanted to kill grandma.”

      1. It was just reported that our benevolent master overseer governor, the asshole magnanimous Phil Murphy, is taking drastic steps to remove restrictions. Effective July 16th, schools will be allowed to have socially distant graduation cermeonies and pro sports teams can begin practicing under strict guidelines.

        We should all show this mother fucker Governor Murphy the contempt and disgust appreciation he so richly deserves.

      2. A year from now the Special Council appointed by AG Stacey Abrams will prove conclusively that Trump was responsible for not only every single Covid related and downstream death, but in fact every death that occurred during his tenure in office. Also trailer hitch injuries that happen when Americans try to walk around their cars. I’m pretty sure national heroes like Cuomo and Pritzger can rest easy.

    2. Phuck Phailing Phil Murphy!
      /Commenter_XY 🙂

      1. Did you see the article about the banner planes along the shore?

        Shore banner planes troll NJ and PA governors

        1. Good idea, but could’ve done better

  36. “This is an order of magnitude error.”

    The media does not understand what that means. The ‘public health experts’ do not care what that means. The Progressives get boners thinking about the decrease in the surplus population.

    1. The Progressives get boners thinking about the decrease in the surplus population.

      That and most of the people who will die from either drugs/ alcohol/ suicide are probably “the working poor” who, despite their claims to the contrary, they really don’t give a fuck about. The Progressive dream has always been to create a society of nothing but sophisticated, college educated urbane limousine liberals and no blue collar “deplorables.”

      1. They prefer their underclass serfs not speak English.
        No worries about being spoken to by their field hands that way

  37. “We’ve reached kind of an inflection point in the privacy debate,”

    WTF?

  38. Meanwhile democrats are actively plotting to undermine any economic recovery to help Biden win. But that must be ok when you’re afflicted with TDS.

    Instead we get articles about rappers doing donuts.

    1. the article is not about rappers doing donuts. It is about corrupt use of power, which is a wholly appropriate theme for a Reason article.

      1. Except when they cheer on the prior administration doing it on a much more massive scale

        1. I’m unfamiliar with that article but you’re right, that would not be germane to Reason’s purported theme.

  39. Karen alert:
    https://twitter.com/SherriSantosMSN/status/1264685911314444294

    Covid-19 isn’t just “you get better” or “you die”. My sister is in week 8. Four weeks of high fever, extreme body aches and crushing fatigue. Week 5 the fevers went away but she developed shortness of breath. Week 6 CT scan showed multiple pulmonary blood clots. Now

    …I can easily see us hitting over a million dead by next spring. I hope I am wrong. Please, respect yourself, your neighbors and your community enough to mask up and keep your distance. This simple act of kindness could prevent a death or the hell that my sister is experiencing.

    …She has had five negative tests. The tests are shit.

    1. We can’t reopen until everyone is tested daily, and the tests are inaccurate shit.

    2. ” My sister is in week 8.”
      “She has had five negative tests.”

      Maybe sister doesn’t have Chinky Fly.

      1. Karen needs her sister to have the News of the Day. If her sister has something obscure, then Karen is obscure. Karen needs to matter, and to have an excuse to control.

        1. Tell Karen to test her sister for Dengue Fever….. and cancer.

          1. Yeah, I suspect Karen’s sister has something else, but as Ra’s correctly pointed out, that won’t get Karen re-tweets and likes, and that’s all Karen really cares about. That and controlling other people.

        2. Nobody gives a shit about chronic fatigue or fibromyalgia anymore. Needy Karen has to adjust somehow.

    3. Why do liberals have such weak immune systems? Is it the soy?

      1. Liberals and government are like addicts and heroin.
        Their dependency weakens the immune system.

    4. I can easily see us hitting over a million dead by next spring

      A million dead Karens would be nice.

      1. Unfortunately Karens don’t recognize their privilege. Because of their economic advantages from being good at applying makeup and having a sweet ass that gets them a wealthy husband, they get to hole themselves up for as long as it takes to never have to deal with the sniffles ever again. They will simultaneously demand that their access to a steady supply of health shakes not be infringed while calling the cops on anyone that goes to work manufacturing or delivering said shake. In other words, they get to live in a parallel universe where they get to have it both ways. They will most definitely not be the ones dying in droves.

      2. Naw, my sister is an uber-Karen and I still love her.
        They’re pig ignorant more than malevolent, and really only deserve the occasional slap rather than death.

    1. I don’t care who they voted for, those ballots identified as Democrat!

    2. But Sullum just wrote an article assuring us that this never happens.
      It must be a mistake.

  40. OK, so we finally found a type of donuts the cops don’t like.

    Seriously, such driving probably does harm to paved surfaces, though I entertain a suspicion that what angered the powers that be was that it was done at the direction of a political opponent.

    1. Walking hurts the pavement. Degree of harm matters in these cases, and I’d need to see serious evidence that donuts caused real noticeable damage to a public parking lot.

      1. Typically, any evidence you would see would be the fact that the parking lot did far more damage to the car tires rather than vice versa.

        Also, assuming you aren’t on the rims or using snow chains or something, donuts are generally less destructive as the specific idea is to break the tires loose and maintain reduced friction between the tires and the road.

    2. I can accept it being characterized as property destruction. Much like spray painting someone else’s building would be.

      Yes, it’s only cosmetic damage, but it will cost money to repair. From experience I can tell you that removing burn out residue is not effortless, wherever it intersect with paint lines those will need to be at least re-touched. Do enough damage and the dollar amounts can easily cross into felony territory.

      They key element in all this is: It was not their property, and the actual owners, or people responsible for maintaining the property get to decide what is and isn’t harm.

      1. “…Yes, it’s only cosmetic damage, but it will cost money to repair. From experience I can tell you that removing burn out residue is not effortless, wherever it intersect with paint lines those will need to be at least re-touched. Do enough damage and the dollar amounts can easily cross into felony territory…”

        Bullshit.
        In SF, punks will do several loops around an intersection, leaving several thousand miles of their tires wear on the pavement. A week or two later, it’s gone.
        We don’t get rain for a good bit of the year, nor does the city send out special ‘donut cleaners’.
        AFAICT, the normal traffic disperses the deposits.

        1. Similarly, if they did enough donuts to obfuscate the traffic or parking lines, there *might* be a civil or criminal case; but just as if someone accidentally flung or splashed mud that covered up a stop sign, unless it caused an accident and the mud could be knowingly shown to have cause it, then the mud just gets washed off in the next rainfall and nobody gets charged with anything.

  41. This is not regulation run amok. “Doing donuts” is not just a minor property-damage offense; it is also a threat to the life of anybody who wants to walk across or use that parking lot while it is happening. It *should* be banned always and forever.

    1. Sarc or stupidity?

    2. And the smoke! My God, the smoke!

    3. Because you can’t walk around?

  42. “Chinese scientists in recent days said they had ruled out both a laboratory and an animal market in the city of Wuhan as possible origins of the coronavirus pandemic, in their most detailed pushback to date against allegations from U.S. officials and others over what might have sparked it.”

    https://www.wsj.com/articles/china-rules-out-animal-market-and-lab-as-coronavirus-origin-11590517508?

    So, after a thorough investigation, the Chinese government has determined that the Chinese government is blameless.

    It’s science, and the science is settled.

    It’s almost like the former head of the FBI investigating the FBI and finding that the FBI was blameless.

    Incidentally, OJ Simpson’s investigation to find the real killers is ongoing, but after a thorough investigation, OJ Simpson found that OJ Simpson is blameless.

    So, it wasn’t that a Chinese government did a bad job containing a virus they were working with in a lab, and it isn’t that the Chinese government made an error in tolerating live markets for bats.

    It’s just something that happened. Stop playing the blame game. If you foreign devils need to blame something, blame the virus.

    P.S. Foreign devils.

    1. I am still trying to figure out how the NY Times (I know, I know) gets a boner for the Chinese government when it comes to the pandemic, but then wets it pants about the crackdown on Hong Kong protestors.

      1. Because the Times is a proud member of the 五毛党.

  43. amazing how rapidly the comments veered off the topic of donuts in a parking lot resulting in jailing and charges…to the standard comments shitpie

  44. I come to reason just for the comments.
    They could even get rid of the articles entirely.
    It would still be the best blog around

  45. Interesting – Columbus cops went after two of the young people paid to appear in Jones’ campaign ad—and the cops said more arrests (plural) are coming. midland electrical contracting

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