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This Week Confirmed That Control of the Supreme Court Will Be a Critical Part of Trump's Reelection Strategy

Plus: Seattle labor coalition gives cops the boot, supermarkets are a miracle of modern markets, Klobuchar is the last person to realize she won't be Biden's VP, and more...

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After a couple of close losses at the Supreme Court this week, President Donald Trump went on a Twitter tirade demanding "NEW JUSTICES" and joined other conservatives in demanding that the court be even more politicized than it already is.

This venting followed two major rulings announced this week. On Monday, the Supreme Court held that employers cannot fire workers for being gay or transgender. Trump didn't seem to disagree at first, but later changed his tune. And yesterday, the court upheld the Obama-era Deferred Action Against Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy, which protects some illegal immigrants who entered the country as children from being deported; Trump has tried to scrap it.

But this Twitter rant is more than that. Trump is also outlining what could be a central campaign issue as he heads into re-election. Four years ago, the promise that he would appoint a conservative to replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia was one of the main reasons that Trump was able to hold the conservative coalition together despite his obvious shortcomings. It may have been the main reason, to judge from my own conversations with conservatives who were less than enamored with Trump but voted for him anyway.

The stakes were more well-defined in 2016 because there was a vacant seat on the bench. But with the economy in a coronavirus-induced snooze and Trump losing ground in national polls, the president seems eager again to make the Supreme Court a major part of the argument for his re-election.

The idea is re-energize turned-off conservatives: "Vote Trump, or everything you love and value will be gone!"

On the other hand, some conservatives may be less likely to back Trump because Justice Neil Gorsuch, a Trump appointee, authored the majority opinion in the workplace discrimination case. It's not hard to imagine Trump scaring them back into line with the threat of what a Democratic presidency would do to the court. But it is also not necessarily wise for an incumbent to campaign against his own appointees.

Turning every presidential election into a referendum about the future of the federal judiciary—which is supposed to be a mechanism for settling disputes, not a means for owning the libs—seems imprudent, but both major parties have all but abandoned any pretense of seeing the court as neutral or apolitical. Probably the best we could hope for is exactly what the nine justices displayed this week: a willingness to rule with independence from the gale-force political winds constantly whipping around them.


FREE MINDS

A labor council in Seattle that represents 150 unions and more than 100,000 workers voted to expel the Seattle Police Officers Guild. Getting booted from the county-wide labor council means the police union will no longer benefit from typical union solidarity as it heads into its next contract negotiation with the city, The Seattle Times notes. The apparent aim is to weaken police unions' political power, as nationwide protests bring new attention to these unions' role in protecting bad cops.


FREE MARKETS

The modern supermarket is a miracle—one that we might more fully appreciate after the past few months, writes Bianca Bosker for The Atlantic:

Yet in recent months, the supermarket has assumed a new centrality in Americans' lives. Cashiers, stockers, distributors, wholesalers, packers, pickers, and truck drivers have, even in the absence of adequate health safeguards, continued working to ensure that shelves stay stocked. Foodtowns, Nugget Markets, and Piggly Wigglys have emerged as crucial lifelines, spawning a broad reappreciation for one of the most distinctly American institutions. Grocery shopping is no longer one in a long list of mundane errands. For many people, it's the errand—the only one—and it now seems not inevitable, but somewhat amazing to be able to do at all.

The evolution of small-town grocers and city markets into the 50,000-square-foot behemoths of today is an innovation that could only have happened in America, Bosker argues. And what you see on the shelves is the product of massive supply chains, obsessive commitment to efficiency, and careful scrutiny of shoppers' psychology. Bookmark this one for your Saturday morning coffee.


ELECTION UPDATE

She may be the last person to realize it, but Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D–Minn.) announced that she will not be Joe Biden's running mate:

Klobuchar was reportedly on Biden's shortlist for the veep slot, but her time as a prosecutor in Minneapolis has become a major red flag in recent weeks: She declined to prosecute cops involved in a fatal shooting in 2007, even though she'd garnered a reputation for ramping up prosecutions across the board.

Meanwhile, the Trump campaign is asking for more presidential debates this fall. Three are currently scheduled: September 29 at the University of Notre Dame, October 15 at the University of Michigan, and October 22 at Belmont University.


QUICK HITS

Happy Juneteenth!

• Australia was hit by a massive cyberattack.

• AMC Theaters, the world's largest theater chain, is hoping to re-open some locations by July 15, just in time for the planned releases of Disney's live-action Mulan and Christopher Nolan's Tenet.

• Remember when social distancing mattered?

• When the National Basketball Association resumes playing next month, players will wear smart rings to track their locations monitor for COVID-19 symptoms.

The color of money.

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  1. Trump didn’t seem to disagree at first, but later changed his tune.

    Find out who the last person was he talked to before that change of heart.

    1. Hello.

      Wow. Lots to unpack.

      -How magnanimous of Klobuchar. Patronizing identity politics at its finest.

      -1 million to protest in NY, eh? But will Trump rallies lead to a spike in Covid?

      -App rings for NBA players. Bunch of China bowing wusses that league. Maybe they should have the 1 million protesters get one too?

    2. but no link to his tune change

        1. America was great before Trump and it will begin to be great again after Trump!

          1. Hope so. 2020 is a shitty year, but so was 1968.

            Hmm, except 1968 had way better music. Shit, 2020 does suck.

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    3. Nah, give it a few days to see which principles he settles on.

  2. On the other hand, some conservatives may be less likely to back Trump because Justice Neil Gorsuch, a Trump appointee, authored the majority opinion in the workplace discrimination case.

    Gorsuch is, of course, Trump’s greatest accomplishment. While the case in question is likely a net negative for libertarians, I can’t believe in 2020 that conservatives are hanging their hats on such a stupid wedge issue when they have much more pressing culture wars to fight.

    1. Trump has built up quite an impressive list of people he used to praise, but now trashes.

  3. Happy Juneteenth!

    Hallmark holiday.

    1. At least for their Mahogany division.

    2. Never heard of it before.

      1. It doesn’t seem to have been very well known outside of Texas. However, your ignorance of something suddenly starting two weeks ago everyone has know all their lives pegs you as racist.

        1. I am rotten to the core.

          1. Are you chillin’ like a villain.

            (Only people with pre-teen daughters will get that one.)

        2. nobody in Texas knew either.

          1. Except THOSE people.

            1. Galvestonians.

        3. Confession: It was only, like, two years ago I finally remembered to stop checking the mailbox on MLK day.

      2. It’s the day Aunt Jemima and Uncle Ben were emancipated.

        1. I actually bought a bottle of Aunt Jemima yesterday for posterity…

          1. Gonna put it on your what?!?

    3. Found out from a relative that works at Starbucks corporate that it is now an official company holiday.

    4. It along with Confederate Heros Day are skeleton crew required holidays for Texas state employees.

    5. By calling it Juneteenth I guess this sets us up for a 3-day weekend when they turn it into a national holiday as long as the chosen day each year lands on a ‘teenth’. After all, 3-day weekends are much more important than slavery. Now, if we could just get Fat Tuesday moved to Monday and turn that into a national holiday we’d be made in the shade.

  4. Interesting – I posted an article from Instapundit about Mr McArdle being on the email list of Google’s lobbyist re: The Federalist as one of the 100 ‘influencers’ Google reaches out to.

    Reason won’t post the comment.

    1. In an oped by former FTC technologist Neil Chilson, the pseudo-rightist insists Americans should be grateful to Big Tech, even when being censored, because: “You can thank innovation for The Mandalorian and for the many ways we can stay in touch: Zoom video chats, Snapchat messages and Houseparty games. Because of American tech, we can connect even while social distancing.”

      Chilson made no mention of Zoom’s links to the Chinese Communist Party, Snapchat’s airing of an interview with Dr. Fauci where he encouraging casual hook-ups in the middle of the pandemic, nor Mandalorian creator Disney’s “woke” politics.

      Chilson works for the Charles Koch institute, though fashions himself as a representative of “Stand Together”, which itself appears to be a external operation of the Koch network.

      A full list of Google lobbyist Max Pappas’s “go to” influencers appears below. The National Pulse asked both Google and Pappas if the list represents grantees of Google, but neither responded after almost a full day:

      Name Known Affiliation/Employer
      Julian Sanchez CATO Institute
      Peter Suderman Reason Foundation

        1. exclusive-googles-conservative-lobbyists-influencer-list

          1. Let’s see if the instapundit link goes through

            https://pjmedia.com/instapundit/381205/

    2. They are also stripping links to breitbart (used for tucker Carlson quote below about Rolfes step mother.

      1. I posted a Brietbart link below.

  5. Report: German Officials Placed Children with Known Paedophiles For 30 Years
    https://www.breitbart.com/europe/2020/06/18/report-german-officials-placed-children-with-paedophiles-for-30-years/

    A former Chancellor of West Germany, Berlin senators, bureaucrats, and members of the educational establishment have all been implicated in a network “in which paedophile positions were accepted, supported, and defended”, according to a report into the placement of homeless children with known paedophile foster parents by the German government.

    1. Nm, yours went through. Weird. Maybe a server issue.

      1. Or they’re censoring specific articles.

        1. I’ve tried posting just a link to the article and it didn’t go through

          1. Create a new account and try again. You might prove something we all suspect.

            1. What do you suspect?

    2. Maybe it’s because it’s a German-language newspaper? https://www.berliner-zeitung.de/mensch-metropole/paedophile-missbrauch-berlin-pflegekinder-li.87610

      Let’s see what happens…

    3. Didn’t this story come out a year or so ago? It was a progressive experiment to make pedophiles more domestic minded. The thought was that if they had their own children, they wouldn’t be going after other people’s, and they would develop loving relationships rather than sexy ones.

  6. Economic disaster!

    On the list of the richest people on the planet, Reason.com’s benefactor Charles Koch is in danger of falling out of the top 20!!!!!

    Because Drumpf refuses to let him import highly skilled labor from abroad, Mr. Koch is currently only #18. And just look at some of the names above him. MacKenzie Bezos? The Waltons? They didn’t earn their fortunes the way Mr. Koch earned his!

    #OpenTheBordersToHelpCharlesKoch

  7. The woke mob is now going after family members of those they hate.

    “Until today, [Rolfe’s stepmother] — her name is Melissa Rolfe — was the H.R. director at a place called Equity Prime Mortgage in Atlanta, Georgia, but today she was let go and she is no longer in that role” Carlson stated. “Apparently, she was fired and her only crime was being Officer Rolfe’s stepmother.”

    1. “The rotten apple doesn’t fall far from the tree!”

      1. That’s step-tree – – – – –

    2. This is the result of about 50 years of hippie Maoism in the universities finally going mainstream. Every conservative and libertarian going “oh, it’s just a few crazies, everyone else just wants to go finish their degree and get out of there” willfully blinded themselves to the will to power that these freaks have.

      I’ve for warned several years now that the shit being pushed in the nation’s universities was going to eventually come home to roost, because all those psycho prog students being indoctrinated by their psycho prog professors were going to eventually graduate and move up the social ladder to a point where they could actually influence social policy. They’re now actively seeking out people to ruin who’s only sin was being related to someone that is the current target for Two Minutes Hate. We are about as close to a combination of “1984” and “Brave New World” as I’ve ever seen.

      This country basically has no hope right now of surviving because the schools, the media, every major corporation, and the nation’s power structures are all pushing this bullshit religious cult narrative. They and their acolytes have declared war on you, the only question is how you’re going to engage with that declaration.

      My advice? Get completely off social media; let the blue cities burn to the ground; find communities of like-minded individuals and gatekeep the hell out of it to keep McIntosh Disease from spreading its infection–and yes, that will likely necessitate violence, because these maggots have demonstrated that they will not leave you alone until you literally bend the knee. Their entire ideology rests on violating the NAP as a core principle, so your asses better be ready when they come for you. Because anyone thinking they’re not going to be a target in this environment is delusional.

      1. One more thing–limit your contact with left-wing friends and family members as much as possible (getting off social media is the most effective way to do this). You don’t have to cut them off, but don’t go out of your way to share everything with them either–because they’ll be the first ones to sell you out to the mob.

      2. It isnt just thebuniveraities, but the first 12 years of schooling as well. My city is under constant attack from the left to recognize Mexican American studies as general course credits against state requirements. These classes teach leftist protest and activism as their primary topic.

        1. The irony is that the Apaches spent quite a bit of time raiding into Mexico from Arizona and killing Mexicans.

      3. If their victory is inevitable, wouldn’t the best advice be to get on the winning side? If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em, right? If you’re not with the one you love, love the one you’re with, huh?

  8. While Morrison declined to say who may be behind the attacks, the scale and timing led many political observers to immediately point the finger at China. Asked by journalists Friday about whether Beijing was responsible, Morrison said he “couldn’t control speculation.”

    “At least speculation in Australian organizations across a range of sectors, including all levels of government, industry, political organizations, education, health, essential service providers and operators of other critical infrastructure.

  9. Australia was hit by a massive cyberattack.

    He just smiled and gave me a vegebyte sandwich

    1. Their computers had a head full of zombie.

      Tell us General, is it party time?

      1. Who can it be now?

        1. Be Good Johnny.

    1. Look, half of them are such retards that they really don’t see the irony, half are so far gone in their righteous ideology that there is no such thing as irony, and half just hate Trump.

  10. AMC Theaters, the world’s largest theater chain, is hoping to re-open some locations by July 15, just in time for the planned releases of Disney’s live-action Mulan…

    We all suspected Disney wanted to kill our grandmas, and now we know.

    1. …and Christopher Nolan’s Tenet.

      Well at least everyone will be sitting in silence.

  11. Are the polls fraud, or whipping up a coup when Trump ‘surprisingly’ wins?

    https://pjmedia.com/columns/stephen-kruiser/2020/06/19/the-morning-briefing-polls-are-getting-worse-for-trump-which-probably-means-he-wins-in-a-landslide-n551877
    The Morning Briefing: Polls Are Getting Worse for Trump, Which Probably Means He Wins in a Landslide

    1. I love how these outfits have under sampled conservatives by almost 10 points consistently. They all admit enthusiasm seems to be on the gop side, yet their polls are constantly GOP-10 dems +5 based on 2016 election distribution.

      1. It’s either cover for massive fraud, “See!!! Biden is absolutely legitimate. Look at this history of polling…” Or it’s meant to dishearten swing voters. Why not both?

    2. Trump supporters do not talk to pollsters.

      1. Especially now. Suuuuure, my name and answers on this poll will be kept anonymous and confidential.

      2. Not a Trump supporter (although I did vote for him in 2016) but if a pollster called me right now I would lie my ass off on whatever question they ask.

  12. For being the party of the KKK ypu would think Democrats knew the difference between a rope and a noose. Yet here we are.

    https://pjmedia.com/culture/tyler-o-neil/2020/06/19/black-man-puts-up-exercise-ropes-in-oakland-mayor-condemns-nooses-as-hate-crimes-n551996

    When every rope is a noose…

    1. Oakland, Calif., Mayor Libby Schaaf [said] “We have to start with the assumption that these are hate crimes.”

      Then I’ll start with the assumption that Libby’s utterances are hate crimes.

    2. Take a close look at the statues being torn down, and most cases include the use of a noose.

  13. Charges dropped in new mexico from self defense shooting where 3 protestors attacked a guy, one with an apparent knife.

    https://bearingarms.com/cam-e/2020/06/18/shooting-charges-dropped-in-albuquerque-protest-fight/

    1. The shooter’s still getting charged for a couple of other things, IIRC. CCW w/o a license, pepper spraying one of the female protesters. May be other charges too.

      1. Well they obviously have to make an example. The skateboard mid seemed to have a knife in a still. I cant find a single article about charges for assault from him.

        1. Me neither. It’s really not good when the cops are picking only one side to arrest and meaningfully punish in these demonstrations.

          Did bike lock prof end up getting any serious punishment at all for trying to sucker punch and brain people? But if someone had shot his ass during one of those attacks, the shooter would have been buried under the jail.

      2. Watching that Antifa-tard drop like a ton of bricks when he got plugged is one of the few satisfying moments of the past few months of shitshows.

  14. When the National Basketball Association resumes playing next month, players will wear smart rings to track their locations monitor for COVID-19 symptoms.

    ELEVATED TEMPERATURE, MID COURT

    1. In order to increase scoring and attempt to bring in mor fans, defence will have to remain 6 feet from the offence at all times

    2. The George Carlin suggestion from years ago, a 10 foot gasoline fire at midcourt.

  15. “I think this is a moment to put a woman of color on that ticket.”

    Someone not so obviously on the wrong side of our current iteration of history.

    1. Weird how nobody wants to be VP for Biden’s sure win and inability to finish his term.

      1. It’ll be a dark horse.

        1. Rim shot.

          Minus points for shitty katy Perry song stuck in head now.

          1. there is good Katy Perry song?

      2. I can only imagine after Floyd she was told she’s out. But it does seem the odds are in favor that his VP will be elevated, so hopefully he doesn’t pick too large a turd.

        1. As it’ll likely be Abrams (Any other black or hispanic older female likely candidates besides her?), that’s about as big of a turd as it gets. She has to be right up there with Hillary for sheer unlikeability.

          I just can’t see them being that stupid, yet here we are.

          1. They’re so stupid, it worries me they know something we don’t.

          2. The Twitter idiots all seemed to think Klobuchar’s exit meant it would be Kamala

            1. No way a former cop gets the nom. It’ll be the fat, (probably) lesbian, black former state legislator (with minimal government baggage)–cum–BLM supporter. Ticks almost all the right boxes (note to commentators: WE ARE *NOT* DOING PHRASING).

            2. Harris has put more black men in chains than the Confederacy. ROFL, if Biden picks her. Besides, CA’s in the bag no matter who he picks.

              If the people running Biden think that a running mate’s job is to help bring in their state, then it’ll likely be a swing state official. Abrams counts, though I don’t think Georgia’s really up for grabs this time around. Even if they are trying to be Hollywood East.

              Baldwin would work. Any black female pols from NC, MI, or AZ?

              1. Though, obviously Baldwin isn’t of color. Definitely of Karen though, judging by the hair.

    2. Proper headline:
      “Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D–Minn.) proudly displays the open racism of the democratic party by using only skin color as a disqualifying factor for Vice President, as does Presidential nominee Joe Biden”.

      1. “Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D–Minn.) proudly displays the open racism of the democratic party by using only skin color as a disqualifying factor for Vice President, as does Presidential nominee Joe Biden”

        You left out the sexism; if she pitches left-handedness, she’ll have a hat-trick.

        1. Well, the sexism part was already done by handsy Joe, so I gave her a pass.

    3. But I thought racial profiling was bad?

  16. No wonder democrats are so hung how about destroying the past. Pelosi orders removal of 4 past speakers from capital who joined the confederacy, all democrats. Pesky pesky history.

    https://townhall.com/tipsheet/bronsonstocking/2020/06/18/pelosi-orders-portraits-of-confederatetied-speakers-removed-from-capitol-building-n2570931

    1. “Gung ho”

  17. Getting booted from the county-wide labor council means the police union will no longer benefit from typical union solidarity as it heads into its next contract negotiation with the city…

    Can’t imagine they’d really need it, but I wonder how often that solidarity went both ways.

    1. In other news, Seattle police announce five new investigations into corruption on the labor council.

  18. Corporations donating to campaigns is terrible. Corporations enriching Democrats through book was and buying shitting documentaries is a okay.

    https://hotair.com/archives/karen-townsend/2020/06/18/stacey-abrams-cashes-amazon-buys-voting-rights-documentary/

    1. See also Obama and Netfix.

      1. It is amazing how rich Democrats get from corporate speeches, books, and docs. Mark Kelly is running in arizona, his net worth is over 20 million after working as a public servant for 25 years.

        One of his election members texted me and I responded asking him how Kelly became worth 27 million. He replied (direct quote) “It seems you will not be voting for Mr. Kelly, have a good day.”

        1. Astronauts make decent coin when they got out, I thought. They’re popular candidates for this and that corporate board. But not nearly 800k a year decent.

          1. The best I could find was over a million a year from corporations and a book deal. This was after he started his gun control push with his wife Giffords.

            Some pilots and astronauts can make bank, but you hardly see above 10 million if you look at common net worths. This is even for the first female fighter pilot who has the womens empowerment movement for all the corporations.

  19. .Religious Liberty, among many other things, are OVER and GONE!

    Thus Spake The Dotard.

    Hey, why can’t we force prayer on kids in public schools? Where is the liberty people?

    What’s up Peanuts?

    Happy JuneTeenth!

    1. Of course you know that isnt the argument being made. But you leftists dont know anything but lies.

      1. The argument seem to be that my right to treat people meanly, to look upon some people as less than me, is paramount. That I should be able to deny services and employment to others I look down upon. That I should be able to deport undocumented people at will. Even those who have grown up in my country and in some cases have served my country. Is that the argument we are discussing?

        1. Need some help with that strawman? I mean that’s a HEAVY pile of shit you’re carrying there.

        2. Again, you seem too stupid to understand the actual argument.

          You worry about Christians wanting Christians to work in their Christian school…. I’ll worry about people losing their jobs for not publicly supporting leftist causes.

          Because it is really the Christians that are the big meanies.

          1. Are you saying that treating people fairly, as Justice Gorsuch wrote, is leftist? In the age of Trump maybe kindness is leftist? I don’t think being mean is associated with any religion. A majority of Catholics favor gay marriage, Pope Francis has sad he would not judge, many secs allow gay marriage and gay ministers. I think meanness is associated with a person.

        3. You just quoted TwitGoogYouFace’s terms of service.

        4. Funny, it’s not Christians right now who are getting people fired from their jobs for the crime of being related to a cop being accused of first-degree murder. It’s your allies doing that shit.

          1. Pretty sure Moderation4Ever has stated he is a libertarian, so those would not be his allies.

      2. Actually, I’ve seen the why can’t we force prayer on kids in public schools question posted by my own conservative relatives on Facebook. So, it is an argument being made.

    2. Yeah. You just want to institute preying in public schools.

  20. The evolution of small-town grocers and city markets into the 50,000-square-foot behemoths of today is an innovation that could only have happened in America…

    FUCK YEAH. Cleanup on Aisle Awesome.

  21. “Turning every presidential election into a referendum about the future of the federal judiciary—which is supposed to be a mechanism for settling disputes, not a means for owning the libs—seems imprudent, but both major parties have all but abandoned any pretense of seeing the court as neutral or apolitical.”

    Yeah, here’s the problem with that theory: It is political and the Democrats made it that way.

    Here’s Senator Whitehouse (D) threatening to increase the number of judges on the Supreme Court and packing it with Democrats under the guise of an amicus brief to the Supreme Court:

    “The Supreme Court is not well. And the people know it. Perhaps the Court can heal itself before the public demands it be “restructured in order to reduce the influence of politics.” Particularly on the urgent issue of gun control, a nation desperately needs it to heal.”

    https://www.whitehouse.senate.gov/imo/media/doc/New%20York%20Rifle%20&%20Pistol%20Association%20v.%20New%20York%20(Whitehouse%20amicus%20FINAL).pdf

    That amicus brief was signed by four other Democrats in the Senate, too.

    Voters should not only take who they want to make the next Supreme Court appointment into consideration when they vote for president but also whether the Democrats can be trusted not to stack the court if and when they take control of the Senate.

    1. We have dozens of examples of NYT, WAPO, and senators from the Dem side threatening the courts the last decade for not ruling in their preferred direction. I honestly dont remember Reason even commenting on those actions for the most part.

      1. This is the first time I’ve seen them explicitly make that threat in an amicus briefing to the Supreme Court itself.

        Campaign bluster is one thing.

        Sending a note saying to the Court that reads, “Do as I say or else” is another matter entirely.

        1. They’re high on their own supply. Anyone doubt the Democrats will go full retard once they retake the Presidency and both Houses? Retard enough that anyone to the right of Obama will never be elected again to President?

          1. You mean to the left of Obama?

            I think they’ve already gone full retard.

            Because the press and media have gone full retard on lock-downs, arson, looting, defunding the police, etc. doesn’t mean anyone else has. Their bubble wasn’t really burst in 2016, and they’re blowing it up bigger than ever now.

            The voters are in a bad mood because the economy is bad, and some of them always blame whomever is in charge for that, but does anyone doubt that the economy will be better four months from now than it is today?

            The more confident they get, the more absurd they become. They see themselves on television been portrayed well, and think that makes them popular. It’s sort of like the stars of Jersey Shore or Here Comes Honey Boo Boo: Because you’re famous and people watch you doesn’t mean they want to put you in charge of the government. In fact, they might be laughing at you rather than with you.

            1. No, Ken. I meant that if there were to be complete control by the Democratic Party of the three parts of federal elected government, no candidate to the right of Obama could ever be elected again. For either party. The Democrats would push through enough legislation to permanently alter the electorate. In addition to using nongovernmental means of silencing dissent from the Right that we’re just getting a taste of now.

              1. I suppose that is one possibility, although I’m not sure they could do that to the states over their objections.

                In California, however, they have made it so that we can’t vote for Republicans in the general election.

                In 2016, we could either vote for Loretta Sanchez (Democrat) or Kamala Harris (Democrat). The Republican didn’t make the ballot in the general election.

                I don’t believe they could alter the way states choose their representatives without a constitutional amendment, and I don’t believe they can get a majority large enough to enact that.

            2. What Democratic strategists know was that during the 2016 election, a huge, significant chunk of Trump voters only supported Trump in the sense that Roosevelt supported Stalin.

              So how to turn these “Roosevelts” reluctantly supporting “Stalin” into “Trumans” who vehemently oppose “Stalin”?

              These “Roosevelts” do not like Trump.

              A significant minority of them voting for Obama twice.

              They also do not like defunding the police, defacing or destroying statutes of Presidents and abolitionists. They also oppose arbitrarily labeling things as racist (Gadsden flag, Betsy Ross flag, OK symbol, Aunt Jemima).

          2. Fun fact; if the democrats do take the Senate and the Presidency, and keep the house, they can designate the DNC as the official group to designate when a president is no longer able to be president.
            The relevant portion of the 25th amendment:
            Section 4. Whenever the Vice President and a majority of either the principal officers of the executive departments or of such other body as Congress may by law provide,

            And of course, ol’ Joe will be looking at an article 25 declaration on his way down the steps from the inauguration. A vote for Joe Biden is a vote for whoever the appointed VP pick is. Chosen by the way, based on sex.

            1. They’ll pick an organization they control other than the DNC to give a fig leaf of objectivity.

              1. If they sweep, the time for fig leaves is over.

          3. They’re high on their own supply. Anyone doubt the Democrats will go full retard once they retake the Presidency and both Houses? Retard enough that anyone to the right of Obama will never be elected again to President?

            I have some doubt of that, but not as much as I once would have had.

    2. >>Perhaps the Court can heal itself before the public demands it be “restructured in order to reduce the influence of politics.”

      mafia tactics. nice court you gots here

    3. Doesn’t matter if the Democrats invented the game. Both sides now play it.

      1. Bothsideism is horseshit here.

        One side is waging a war against both the First and Second Amendments. The other side isn’t.

        One side is trying to intimidate the Supreme Court into ruling its way. The other side is saying you should vote for their candidate.

        Both sides are not equal.

        1. If Trump’s executive order on social media wasn’t also war on the First Amendment, don’t know what is.

  22. BREAKING: Sen. Klobuchar announces she is withdrawing from consideration to be Joe Biden’s vice presidential choice: “I think this is a moment to put a woman of color on that ticket.”

    are there any non-crazy women of color that fit the bill?

    1. 1 Warren, she has to wonderful combination of wanting mor nationalism and more socialism (a winning combination) and is native american

      2 Harris. When you need to lock people away using faked evidence and confessions, she’s your go to. She wrote the book on it

    2. Of course, based on a recent SC ruling, Joe Biden is guilty of sex discrimination for saying he will only accept a woman VP. As is the conspirator, Ms. Klobuchar.

      1. I want to see a black male VP candidate go trans and try for the VP slot. The only drawback would be the popcorn shortages.

    3. Are there non crazy people in the Democrat Party?

  23. Tulsa mayor enforces curfew to send trump supporters already on line home. Does this under the guise other groups may start violence for the rally.

    https://www.foxnews.com/politics/tulsa-mayor-implements-federal-exclusion-zone-curfew-ahead-of-trumps-rally

    1. Weird. I thought the orthodoxy here was that punishing honest protesters for the problems of potential troublemakers in their ranks was wrong? Certainly heard a lot of that when it came to the Floyd protests.

      You’d think Reason would be all over this First Amendment violation by Tulsa city government.

      1. Tulsa mayor has appeared to clarify the curfew is only for counter protestors who offer up violence.

        1. So the curfew only applies to people who intend violence?

          Do they have telepaths to enforce it?

  24. “With the economy in a coronavirus-induced snooze and Trump losing ground in national polls”

    —-ENB

    President Trump has lost ground over the course of COVID-19 and the lock-downs, but he’s still polling near his average approval rating over the course of his term.

    https://news.gallup.com/poll/203198/presidential-approval-ratings-donald-trump.aspx

    Meanwhile, in case anyone’s forgotten, there’s this thing called the Electoral College, and if President Trump’s approval rating has dropped in California and New York, that doesn’t matter at all.

    P.S. Color me highly skeptical that looting, arson, and defunding the police plays well in Peoria.

    1. Just for the record, in was elected officials, not the Communist Chinese Virus, that tanked the economy.

      1. Yes, primarily those of the D persuasion.

        1. And people will keep pointing that out.

  25. YouTube removes video from ex Transgender woman discussing the negative parts of the Transvestiteife and transitions. Describes how it was mental health issues that drove him into that lifestyle.

    A truthful discussion of the issues was deemed harmful by google.

    https://thefederalist.com/2020/06/19/exclusive-man-tried-to-share-his-regrets-about-transgender-life-youtube-censored-it/

    1. The Federalist better keep a closer watch on what they publish if they want to keep that sweet sweet Google Ads. revenue stream flowing.

  26. The King has spoken!

    “California Gov. Newsom Makes Face Masks Mandatory Amid Rising Coronavirus Cases”
    […]
    “Californians are required to wear face coverings in high-risk settings as the state continues to reopen amid the coronavirus pandemic.
    Gov. Gavin Newsom issued the statewide order on Thursday. It follows new guidance from the California Department of Public Health that asymptomatic or presymptomatic people can still spread the disease…”
    https://www.npr.org/sections/coronavirus-live-updates/2020/06/18/880583357/california-gov-newsom-makes-face-masks-mandatory-amid-rising-coronavirus-cases

    Screw Newsom with the same rusty chain saw used on JFree.

    1. Fuck. Do I live in the only fucking state where this has been the case for 2 months?

      1. I wouldnt live in a state like that.

  27. “Sen. Klobuchar announces she is withdrawing from consideration to be Joe Biden’s vice presidential choice: “I think this is a moment to put a woman of color on that ticket.”

    —-MSNBC

    Sen. Klobuchar announces that no voter in their right mind would vote for the Biden-Klobuchar ticket because they want to be more like Minnesota right now–something we already knew.

    P.S. If Biden puts Kamala Harris on the ticket to show he’s in favor of police reform, he’s making a fool of himself.

    P.P.S. Why are we quoting MSNBC? Was the link to the Democratic Socialists of America website not working?

    1. I thought the full name was “National Socialist Workers’ Party”

  28. Democrats trying to pick a “woman of color” VP
    https://youtu.be/y39d1fQqIXo?t=49

    1. Klobuchar: “Thanks for thinking of me Joe but have you seen my veins? ‘Cause you can totally see my veins.”

  29. >>Trump went on a Twitter tirade demanding “NEW JUSTICES”

    Grisham keying up Pelican Brief Two.

  30. Meanwhile, the Trump campaign is asking for more presidential debates this fall.
    Fuck I can’t wait for Trump to drive Ol’ Handsy Sniffer into a fetal position during extra debates.

    1. Will there be Life Alert buttons on the podiums?

      Disclosure: not my original idea.
      https://babylonbee.com/news/podiums-at-next-debate-to-be-equipped-with-life-alert-buttons

      1. Hahaha! Knowing what we know about Trump, I would think the network would have a cutaway plan for when Trump lambastes Biden into stammering for dear life.

  31. It’s not hard to imagine Trump scaring them back into line with the threat of what a Democratic presidency would do to the court. But it is also not necessarily wise for an incumbent to campaign against his own appointees.

    You are giving voters WAY too much credit here. The vast majority can hardly name the members of the supreme court much less which ones were recently appointed by their guy.

    1. Just because he is ‘campaigning against’ six or seven of the justices does not mean he is campaigning against his guys.

  32. Is it just me, or is putting “a woman of color” (what an obnoxious, condescending term that is) on the ticket likely to hurt Biden at the polls more than help him? Trump will go all in on the tactic of portraying Biden as a declining forward who’s not likely to make it through his first term. In light of the events of the past few months, does anyone outside the main urban centers want a Democratic president, let alone a president who’s a “woman of color,” let alone a president who’s an insufferable scold? I can’t see that playing well on Main Street.

    1. Why do Democrats seem to forget the fact that it takes a majority to win an election? You have to appeal to the majority to win on a national level. Blacks comprise only 13 percent of the population. Relying on the black vote for victory is about as smart as appealing to the youth vote.

      1. Pretty sure they’re planning on massive vote fraud

        1. Trumps approval among Africans is between 20 and 40% from many polls. That is frightening the shit out of Democrats.

          White liberals overtaking the BLM protests didnt helps democrats at all.

          1. The BLM protest I saw in Denver was chock-a-block full of lumpy white women.

          2. Most of the arsonists and looters were white.

      2. Because Democrats think all white people hate themselves as much as white Democrats hate themselves.

      3. They need to motivate their base. They need a majority of the people who will vote in enough states with electoral votes to win. They do not necessarily need to appeal to a majority of eligible voters. Blacks are the biggest demographic group that vote almost exclusively for Democrats. Clinton lost, in part, because fewer blacks were motivated to vote in 2016, than in 2008 and 2012.

    2. It’s actually patronizing and racist if you think of it.

      I can’t imagine the average black voter who isn’t poisoned by BLM buying into this cynicism.

      I’ve seen way too many smart black you tubers to suggest they ain’t interested in playing the Democrat plantation fool.

    3. At this point, will it really matter? Stacey Abrams could go on live TV right now, say “We’re putting you white people in chains to work in the fields,” and the media and corporations would fall over themselves begging to be the first ones to get shackled.

    4. Doesn’t matter. The Democrats can win over Trump if all they do is act somewhat moderate and sane, and let Trump crazy tweet himself out of being reelected.

      1. “The Democrats can win over Trump if all they do is act somewhat moderate and sane”

        lol, so they have no chance.

      2. The Democrats can win over Trump if all they do is act somewhat moderate and sane

        Let’s see if they’re willing to try that.

      3. That seems to require having the political instincts of Michael Dukakis or Gary Hart- let alone Bill Clinton.

        Democrats so far have failed to demonstrate that.

  33. Justin Amash giving Nassim Taleb weightlifting advice. Too local?

    https://twitter.com/justinamash/status/1274074068271140866?s=21

  34. It’s funny how all the conservatives come out screaming against Gorsuch on this Civil Rights Act ruling, accusing him of “legislating” from the bench. Now is when Rush Limbaugh tells his listeners how important the proper legal interpretation of original intent is (as if Rush knows anything about this) and how bad all the textualist are because they aren’t loyal to their commander in chief in the MAGA hat.

    Actually, strictly speaking Gorsuch is probably right in his opinion, but only in light of the Civil Rights Act by itself. I’m interested in what his opinion regarding the constitutionality of the act itself would be and disappointed he didn’t ask that question and strike it down as unconstitutional, which it certainly is.

  35. Anybody know any candidate who need a campaign manager?

  36. I’m of the opinion, that Obama had Brennan and Clapper dig up dirt on Roberts, they found some, and have been blackmailing Roberts since. After all, it’s a proven fact that Obama’s administration spied on Trump, on the Senate Intelligence Committee staffer computers, and on journalists, all illegally.

    Corrupt politicians look for corrupt government employees, and then blackmail them for power.

  37. Trump should keep his mouth shut because when he opened his mouth more and more people in USA will die because of Covid-19.. He is not an expert in medicine and yet he can recommend what medicine to take for Covid-19

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