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Trump Administration Justifies Federal Police Surge With Fake News

Plus: "learning pods" are an unfair target, COVID-19 reinfections are unlikely, and more...

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"Operation Legend" will fight "classic crime," says Trump. With Portland protesters and militarized federal cops still clashing, the Trump administration announced on Thursday that it will be sending in a surge of federal agents to other U.S. cities and doling out $61 million for local police forces in these cities. Trump is calling this effort to occupy American downtowns "Operation Legend," and Attorney General Bill Barr justified it yesterday by touting the Justice Department's supposed success in Kansas City, Missouri.

"Just to give you an idea of what's possible," said Barr, "the FBI went in very strong into Kansas City and within two weeks we've had 200 arrests."

Barr's claim is, as the president likes to say, fake news. "Neither the U.S. attorney's office in Kansas City, nor the Department of Justice could immediately provide information to substantiate Barr's claim," noted The Kansas City Star yesterday. A spokesperson for the U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Missouri told the paper that "he was not aware of any additional arrests after his office announced an illegal firearm charge against a Kansas City man earlier this week."

A Justice Department official later offered a correction to Barr's arrest claim, noting that the "200 arrests" Barr mentioned dated back to last year and also included arrests made by state police.

The official said these arrests had been made since the administration's launch of "Operation Relentless Pursuit" in December 2019 and described "Operation Legend" as "essentially a continuation of that."

The New York Times has more on what this may entail, noting that the surge of federal law enforcement will include agents "reassigned from other tasks at Justice Department agencies like the F.B.I., the Drug Enforcement Administration, the United States Marshals Service, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, as will law enforcement officials from the Department of Homeland Security."

In addition to the extra feds, "the Department of Justice will provide more than $61 million in grants to hire hundreds of new police officers in cities that are the focus" of the operation, Trump said.

"Operation Legend" is supposedly geared at stopping general crime, unlike the force of federal agents sent to Portland, which were sent as part of Trump's executive order on dealing with threats to public monuments. ("The operations we are discussing today are very different — they are classic crime fighting," Trump said yesterday.) But both can be understood as efforts to distract from the president's poor handling of COVID-19 and boost his election-season credentials as someone who's tough on both crime and liberals.

(In a particularly bizarre choice, a new Trump 2020 campaign ad features footage of protests and mayhem currently happening in U.S. city streets and warning that what we're all getting right now under Trump is what you will get "in Joe Biden's America.")

Meanwhile, federal police action in Oregon has been named Operation Diligent Valor.

"On the morning of July 4th, the [Department of Homeland Security] Rapid Deployment Force implemented tactics intended to positively identify and arrest serious offenders for crimes such as assault, while protecting the rights of individuals engaged in protected free speech activity," Federal Protective Services (FPS) regional director Gabriel Russell wrote of the operation.

But under the guise of Operation Diligent Valor, federal agents have been arresting and attacking media, protesters, and even local officials. Last night, they tear-gassed Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler…right before local cops turned around and tear-gas protesters, too.

"There are currently 114 federal law enforcement officers in Portland to patrol federal buildings, including personnel from the FPS, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, U.S. Marshals Service and U.S. Customs and Border Protection," Reuters reports.


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Discord over the reopening of U.S. schools continues. The latest target of progressive anger on this front is the fact that some parents are banding together to teach their children themselves in small groups, or "learning pods."

"At face value, learning pods seem a necessary solution to the current crisis," writes a social and emotional learning specialist with Atlanta Public Schools, in The New York Times. "But in practice, they will exacerbate inequities, racial segregation, and the opportunity gap within schools. Children whose parents have the means to participate in learning pods will most likely return to school academically ahead, while many low-income children will struggle at home without computers or reliable internet for online learning."

So, to combat theoretical disparities in learning-pod access, U.S. parents should…what? Send their kids to potentially pandemic-plagued schools? Keep shouldering the burden of home-based education alone? Green doesn't actually say (her piece is all grand complaints and no practical solutions), nor does she offer anything other than conjecture for her claims that only rich kids' parents will pool their resources and form learning pods. Nonetheless—people are outraged! How dare families try to make the best of bad times!


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• "It is likely that greater than 10 times more [coronavirus] infections occurred than the number of reported COVID-19 cases," according to a new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study. Reason's Ron Bailey explores what this means.

• COVID-19 reinfections are very unlikely, despite anecdotes suggesting otherwise.

• Two-thirds of Americans now oppose qualified immunity, which keeps police officers from being sued over official abuse and misconduct. American voters know what's up, writes Billy Binion—but where is Congress?

• State lawmakers in Indiana say they'll look into allegations of abuse and unsanitary conditions at the Indiana Women's Prison.

• Mark and Patricia McCloskey, a St. Louis couple who pointed guns at protesters, have each been charged with one count of unlawful use of a weapon.

• New research suggests that many people find "morally good beliefs require less evidence to be justified, and that, in some circumstances, a morally good belief can be justified even in the absence of sufficient evidence."

• A precautionary tale of occupational licensing and social-media regulation run amok:


Correction: This piece initially stated that the $61 million in new federal funding would be for federal police. It is for police departments in cities participating in Operation Legend.

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  1. Last night, they tear-gassed Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler…right before local cops turned around and tear-gas protesters, too.

    Normally, I wouldn’t, but LOL.

    1. I just want to emphasize that Mayor Ted Wheeler was out here talking about how he was going to bravely hold the line when federal agents tear gassed the crowd, and then he left after a couple rounds of gas, and now HIS OWN POLICE FORCE is also threatening to gas the crowd?!

      Portland needs a strong leader like… DONALD TRUMP.

      1. What do we call it when we hate all the people on all sides?

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        1. Exasperation?

        2. Government

        3. Old age.
          Now get off my friggin lawn.

        4. Philadelphia Eagles

        5. Redskins’ fans.

      2. Problem with that plan is Trump is a poor leader who desperately wants to be perceived as strong.

        1. We will know he feels weak when he goes out and gets himself photographed shooting a gun.

      3. You are on a roll already

    2. There’s something to said for starting your day with an item about leftists being gassed.

      At least a quick scan of the article didn’t turn up the phrase “peaceful protestors”.

      1. The video of wheeler showed the protestors surround him and try to get close to him before his private security force rushed him into a building.

        Also great is the video of Mayor Wheeler talking about said peaceful protestors while a fire is in the background and fireworks being launched at the building.

        1. They were explosives of peace.

          1. Made in…China?

        2. You mean his SECRET POLICE

    3. Last night, they tear-gassed Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler…right before local cops turned around and tear-gas protesters, too.

      Ok, I just can’t let it go. How come we can’t have news like this everyday?

      1. I know it’s been nothing but grim nihilism for months on end. Finally, a little levity!

    4. Now if they’d only go a little further north and clean up the shithole that is Seattle…

      1. Nobody should clean up a goddamn thing. San Francisco apparently hasn’t been enough of a cautionary tail about what happens when progressives and socialist don’t face enough opposition. Let them have Portland and Seattle. Any and every policy they want – absolute carte blanche. I can’t imagine a better strategy for winning back the hearts and minds of the rest of the populace than seeing what this totalitarian ideology actually looks like in practice.

        Of course, you’ll still have have the ENB’s of the world that will absolutely refuse to believe their lying eyes, but you don’t have to win them all. Just the ones that are ever so slightly capable of reason.

        1. This would be the smart way for Trump to handle it. Look how embarrassing CHOP turned out for the left.

    5. Hello.

      I think this is a miscalculation by Trump…let the ‘tards eat each other….but man I gotta say it is rather amusing.

      1. I think part of the problem for Trump is he’s slipping in the polls because he’s doing nothing and the Press doesn’t want to hear about local control and responsibility when there is a chance to OrangeManBad the narrative. He’s gotta do something but not too much, either way the OrangeManBad narrative will be chosen but a measured response can at least be seen by the average person in the narrative.

        1. He’s slipping in the polls because he has badly mismanged the corona situation, and is increasing his use of purposeful divisiveness. Trump evidently thinks he needs to fire up his base more, rather than win over new or less enthusiastic supporters. Hence, Trump’s war on “liberal cities”. He is clearly trying to instigate confrontation. Just look at all the above comments cheering it on. And those are supposed libertarians.

        2. Trump is more popular than ever.

          The “polls” are lies created by the same Lefties trying to keep Trump from the landslide election they know is coming.

      2. Well, you cant very well let them burn down a Federal Courthouse, too much important stuff happens there

    6. Even I am smh.

    7. It’s also a complete load of shit. Wheeler had his security detail put him up by the fence surrounding the courthouse while the mob was trying to break into it. When the feds responded with the inevitable tear gas, Wheeler got his little dose right before the detail whisked him into his car while the rioters were banging on the vehicle as he drove off.

      The whole thing was a total LARP so Wheeler could get a photo-op to say, “See, I’m one of you guys and Trump just gassed me!” And of course, ENB fell for it hook, line, and sinker. Hilariously, before this all went down, they made him go through what was essentially a giant struggle session, accompanied by some black dude doing a hype about Trump to redirect some of the Two Minutes Hate from Wheeler’s weak ass.

      Pathetic.

      1. You mean his sEcReT pOlIcE. No uniforms, lettering,insignias, no badges or ID numbers. I thought I was in Nazi Germany

    8. Poor ENB. The 1st Amendment only protects peaceful assembly.

      Violent “protests” are not protected by the US Constitution.

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  2. The latest target of progressive anger on this front is the fact that some parents are banding together to teach their children themselves in small groups, or “learning pods.”

    Those parents better join the union.

    1. Or at least pay union dues and contribute to democrats.

      1. “Or at least pay union dues and contribute to democrats.”

        Cut out the middle-man, just pay it directly to the Ds.

        1. But then the union doesn’t get its cut. Double plus ungood!

    2. You gals who want to be free, just take a tip from me;
      Get you a man who’s a union man and join the ladies’ auxiliary.
      Married life ain’t hard when you got a union card,
      A union man has a happy life when he’s got a union wife.

      1. Wait, what? Are we trying to turn marriage into organized labor?

        1. I’m not. But now that you mention it, families tend to have 1 or 2 productive members while the rest just mooch off their hard work; sounds like a union to me.

      2. Hmm… from Woody Guthrie’s “The Union Maid,” I believe? Nice.

        1. Fcvkin Commie scum

        2. Yes Woody’s Union Maid, although I prefer the Old Crow version. And yes to Nash, Woody was a commie, but I don’t tend to agree politically with most of the artists I enjoy.

          1. That is exactly why I have a strict separate the artist from the art policy. There’s a grand total of 8 artists in any form worth paying attention to that have political opinions that are even remotely reasonable.

          2. Woody was a socialist on some issues when it suited him, for sure. But I really think he was smart enough not to swallow everything they were pushing, which is why he wrote columns for The Daily Worker, yet he never actually joined the party. He seemed mostly concerned with the plight of “workers,” Given the world in which he both lived and operated in, it’s pretty easy to see how that happened. In the end, however, I really don’t care about his politics — his music is what matters.

    3. They don’t like that you might teach you kids something they don’t approve of and they would not be able to monitor. They are also freaking out about WhatsApp because people might have private conversations and they would not be able to dox and cancel.

  3. Prior to coming to Reason, Brown worked for Bustle, Defy Media, AARP publications, and the Columbus, Ohio, Daily Reporter. She is a graduate of American University, where she received an MA in strategic communication, and Ohio University, where she received a BFA in theater.

    She currently lives in Washington, D.C.

    1. Always remember, ENB is completely unqualified to write here and her outrage is scripted and performative

      1. ENB is completely unqualified to write here
        and
        her outrage is scripted and performative

        Well, which is it?

        1. Both, like I said.

        2. Stupid attempt at an even more stupid joke.

          1. ENB, is that you?

            1. Come now, don’t insult the inanimate anal sex toy by comparing it’s intelligence to ENB.

      2. She is as qualified as every one of us, and the bots as well.
        The only qualification is internet access and an electronic device of some kind.

        1. You’re thinking of The Washington Post.

          1. That’s not true. The WP also requires that you be able to churn out uniformed op-eds that replace reason and evidence with sheer righteous anger and “moral clarity” on a daily basis. Not everyone can do that. Some people feel like they need to participate in honest, productive work.

    2. You guys should totally send in your application!

      1. Considering how many stories the staff seems to crib from links the commenters post, that’s already taken care of.

        1. Bailey is the only guy on the entire staff who ever looks at the comments.

          1. No, he’s the only one who ever responds to comments on a regular basis. There’s a difference.

            I’ve seen too many stories linked in the comment sections over the 9 years I’ve been here, later get blurbed by the Reason staff within 24 hours to think that they don’t ever read them.

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  4. But in practice, they will exacerbate inequities, racial segregation, and the opportunity gap within schools.

    During COVID is should be illegal to let the mask slip so far like this.

    1. Ooooh, that’s good!

      1. He’s on fire, like a Mostly Peaceful Protest

  5. I refuse to put my child in a “learning pod” unless it comes with a sandwich press attachment:

    https://mobile.twitter.com/eigenrobot/status/1275439818139262983

    1. Between the brickbat where the guy in juvie (a possible villan akin to Sergent hatred). And now learning pods, I’m pretty sure the world is turning into an episode of the venture Brothers.

      Go team venture

      1. Guy in juvie grew brests

        1. I didn’t realize they were putting that many hormones in the prison food!

          (Yes, I know, the kid in juvie for not doing her homework is female. Well, was described as female, I don’t know how xe “identifies”.)

          1. No, a fvckin hack Dr gave an ADD male estrogen, to “cure” his toxic masculinity. Another local story inconvenient to talk about in the age of SECRET POLICE! panic.

            They might as well start giving white kids melanin

  6. This is a big warning sign layoffs are growing again.

    Isn’t this what the COVID god demands? More sacrifice.

    1. Gotta throw somebody into the volcano.

      1. And if the old movies are right, its not gonna be the wrinkled old granny. Always the young hottie.

  7. Remember when the NFL refused the Dallas Cowboys’ request to honor murdered police officers? We do.
    https://www.lawenforcementtoday.com/remember-when-the-nfl-refused-the-dallas-cowboys-request-to-honor-murdered-police-officers-we-do/

    1. And who makes Steve Gutenberg a star?

      1. +1 rigged Oscar night

      2. I heard they also keep the metric system down.

    2. You’re certainly the enthusiastic, obedient little cop succor, Ra’s al Gore.

      That ‘open wider’ practice will come in handy beginning in late January, when you and the other clingers will begin swallowing the progress you hate like never before.

      1. The hicklib cries out in pain when he strikes you.

      2. Haha. Victory is always just around the corner, rev.

        Keep waiting.

    1. I sometimes wonder if a lot of these people secretly hate being black. If they secretly resent the fact that they obviously mostly look other than black but cannot pass as such with any kind of complete confidence. So they have a seething hatred of the society that rigidly makes them black, and react to that by defiantly being super black.

      1. It has nothing to do with race, it’s just plain old hatred and wickedness.

        1. True. I don’t know, maybe I just figured if Duty To Warn considers it appropriate and helpful to engage in armchair psychiatric diagnosis I might as well get in on the fun.

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    2. There are no words…other than the mom is utter trash as well. I hope the kid gets out of that home in one piece.

      1. Meh, I need more info before I get enraged. Parents having been taking shitty photos of their kids for years doesn’t mean they are monsters.

        1. Yeah, it’s super common for parents to let strangers kneel on their toddlers necks. How else are you supposed to demonstrate that you’re not racist?

          1. Not saying its common, not saying it wasn’t stupid; just not going to get outraged if you know no actual abuse happened other then a stupid staged photo. I got plenty of memories of my dad horsing around with me that if posted online today would result in a CPS visit and he was a great father.

            1. Staged photo? Wow. The toddler screaming and second man restraining him was so lifelike! I never would have guessed! The things they can do with photoshopping these days

              1. Also I guess kneeling on someone’s neck is only bad if they are a middle aged black man with underlying health issues. Do it to anyone else and its fine…newborns, grandma. Everyone did it to each other in the olden days.

                1. Also I guess kneeling on someone’s neck is only bad if they are a middle aged black man with underlying health issues.

                  And hopped up on a combination of fentanyl and meth.

                2. No hospitalization or death that we know of right? Do we know how much force was applied? Any bruising to the child? Then all I know is some guy acted like a jackass.

    3. Wait, a second. Writing “blm now mf” makes him a “Black Lives Matter activist”?

      1. We get it. There are no true scotsmen.

        1. Just yesterday John posted a “true Scotsman”. An actual speaker at an actual Black Lives Matter-organized event in England.

      2. You can see the membership card poking out of his pocket.

      3. You have to give it to him, there has never been a more apt username

        1. That is because all the commenters here who hate Reason, but inexplicably spend most of their day every day hanging out at Reason, named me.

          You are being a “white knight” was supposed to be an insult, just like “Yankee Doodle” was supposed to be an insult to American revolutionaries. It is way less insane to be spending time here “white knighting” for Reason when I am a fan of Reason than someone who spends all their free time here when they hate Reason.

  8. It is likely that greater than 10 times more [coronavirus] infections occurred than the number of reported COVID-19 cases…

    THE BIGGEST SINGLE DAY INCREASE.

    1. “It is likely that greater than 10 times more [coronavirus] infections occurred than the number of reported COVID-19 cases,”

      Doris, file this under No Shit, Sherlock.

    2. You didn’t say spike. You can’t induce panic unless you say spike.

  9. Broke:

    NYC’s C19 disaster was caused by urban density and not Cuomo, who is good and blameless and awesome.

    Woke:

    Joe Biden’s disastrous plans for America’s suburbs
    https://nypost.com/2020/07/21/joe-bidens-disastrous-plans-for-americas-suburbs/

    The ex-veep wants to ramp up an Obama-era social engineering scheme called Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing that mercifully barely got underway before President Trump took office, vowing to stop it.

    Biden’s plan is to force suburban towns with single-family homes and minimum lot sizes to build high-density affordable housing smack in the middle of their leafy neighborhoods — local preferences and local control be damned.

    1. ‘Bringing the ghetto to you…’

      Don’t worry though, the rich—like everyone posting here—will somehow find a way to ensure the favela doesn’t block the view from their walled compounds.

      1. Instead of high rises, maybe cute little cabins out near the gardens and pastures. And the new transplants can help with the yard work and chores every day.

      2. To heck with the view, the bigger issue is the crime they bring with them. Dallas tried this with their suburbs and the crime levels soared. In Houston this “experiment” was done with the oil boom of the late 70’s early 80’s, Alief was a middle to upper middle class neighborhood with good schools at the time. To accommodate all the influx of workers as the economy boomed massive numbers of, at the time nice family units, apartments were built. Ten years later Alief became a cesspool of crime and the schools are gang central for the city.

    2. He’s already got the limousine liberal vote. Who else is supposed to find that plan appealing?

    3. I guarantee Biden isn’t even aware this plan exists. This is his staff reviving their old social engineering schemes.

  10. COVID-19 reinfections are very unlikely, despite anecdotes suggesting otherwise.

    …now that Biden is sure to win.

    1. Remember, a vote for Biden is a vote for whoever the sexist racist democrat party elite anoint as VP.
      Only announced qualifications:
      Identify as woman (officially announced)
      POC (not announced, but strongly indicated: good enough to print)

  11. The Third Amendment is finally getting love after D.C. kicks troops out of hotels
    https://www.dailydot.com/debug/third-amendment-trending/

    Since hotels are privately owned businesses, it’s conceivable that if the troops were housed there without consent it would run afoul of the Third Amendment. However, given that it is “common practice” for them to be housed in hotels, it’s likely they have consent.

    1. https://twitter.com/duty2warn/status/1268871705864306688
      The Third Amendment prohibits the government from quartering troops over objections. Hats off to DC mayor Bowser for kicking the Utah national gaurd out of town. It’s ironic that conservatives have long feared a military takeover now that they are leading one

      1. Duty to Warn is nothing if not consistent. They know their constitution like they know their professional ethics.

        1. I love the part about “over ‘objections'”, as if anyone objecting means the popo and/or military have to leave.

          Can I go to an army base and demand they all leave because I ‘object’?

          1. Maybe Bowser and her media boyars consider her the Grand Duchess of Columbia. Like the whole thing is ultimately her personal estate, so she can evoke the royal Third Amendment and expel the invaders from the Third Rome.

      2. That’s the same mayor mandating masks on 3 year olds.

    2. So now it is ok to kick someone out of a public accommodation for their affiliations? In the original meaning of what class of service a public accommodation is.

      I mean a hotel is not the same as a private home.

  12. American voters know what’s up, writes Billy Binion—but where is Congress?

    Congress, my dear child, knows that there is no single-issue voter bloc zeroing on this.

    1. Sounds like you’re mansplaining, Fisty.

      What’s next, are you going to tell her to make a sandwich?

      Bad Fisty.

      1. To be fair, the child in question was Binion. I mean, have you seen him? What is he? 12 years old?

  13. “the surge of federal law enforcement will include agents reassigned from other tasks at Justice Department agencies like the F.B.I., the Drug Enforcement Administration, the United States Marshals Service, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives”

    Hey a silver lining.

  14. Portland mayor
    @tedwheeler
    is escorted to safety by his security team. Angry protesters follow and try to assault him despite his support on the front lines of the riot. They try to go inside the building but is pushed back by Wheeler’s security.

    https://twitter.com/MrAndyNgo/status/1286201620120797185

    1. I presume the security were armed?

      1. Why would they need to be, Longtobefree? Surely social workers who emphasize deescalation, a posture of mutual respect and understanding, and empathy for the underprivileged, should be enough ‘security’s to communicate to the protesters that the Mayor is one of them?

        1. Ahem. Peaceful protesters.

          1. Peaceful shoving?

            1. Hey, they were just trying to start a court camp fire to sing Kumbaya around.

        2. The look of fear in his eyes when he realizes that his status does not protect him from these “peaceful protestors” is priceless. Also noticed the masks going down when they talk cause just having them around your neck stops the virus…right?

  15. https://twitter.com/AlexBerenson/status/1285990215920881670
    Hey, look, a “country level analysis” today in a crummy little journal called
    @thelancet
    says “full lockdowns and widespread testing were not associated with reduced COVID-19 mortality.” Whoopsie! Everybody makes mistakes.

    1. It was hardly a mistake. It has worked beyond the wildest dreams of the political elite that imposed it.
      It was never about health, it was/is about power. Period.

      1. Not yet dreamy, but a work in progress. Dictators can only hope…

  16. State lawmakers in Indiana say they’ll look into allegations of abuse and unsanitary conditions at the Indiana Women’s Prison.

    They should look into women’s college dorms, too. I remember in college it was appalling how the girls kept their rooms, somehow even worse slobs than the guys.

    1. Women’s bathrooms too! It’s become such a well known joke even airline-food comedians will hesitate to go there.

      1. I know, when I was in school in San Diego back in the 80’s at the NTC the females had so destroyed their head they had to be moved to another building and the plumbing had to be removed and rebuilt.

    2. They should look into women’s college dorms, too.

      Call it revenge of the nerds.

  17. Mark and Patricia McCloskey, a St. Louis couple who pointed guns at protesters, have each been charged with one count of unlawful use of a weapon.

    They tanked it already. Prosecutors made her previously non-functioning firearm operational so that they can charge her.

    1. It was handed over by the couple’s attorney. Not hard to argue that somewhere between the incident and surrendering the weapon into police custody, the pistol was reassembled into a nonfunctioning configuration. That the couple used the pistol as a prop in court, makes more sense about why they’d have such a jamomatic piece of shit like a Jennings or Jimenez. Further, if they did use it in court, there’s a paper trail of them submitting it to court personnel to determine that it actually was nonfunctioning. (Courts frown on people—counsel counts—taking firearms into the courthouse) Which will help the couple’s case.

      Ballsy to threaten a mob with a fake gun though.

      1. Not hard to argue but impossible to prove. Re-assembling it in a working configuration also makes that argument look shady AF.

        1. “Re-assembling it in a working configuration also makes that argument look shady AF.”

          My favorite incident in that vein, was BATFE monkeying with a guy’s AR and the ammunition it had, to produce an AR that could fire repeatedly with one pull of the trigger. Then nailing the guy for unlicensed manufacture of a machine gun. I think they pulled it off, IIRC.

          ‘Anyone can convict a guilty man. It takes real talent as a prosecutor to convict an innocent one.’


      2. Ballsy to threaten a mob with a fake gun though.

        If true, they’re even braver than I thought. Or about a million times dumber. It’s tough to tell the difference.

        Last I heard the firing pin was backwards, is that a common way to store a firearm in their state? If not mandated, I just can’t even.

        1. It was done to bring in to a court house for one of their cases.

          1. Fair enough I suppose, but to leave it that way afterwards? Just average every day laziness I suppose. But then, both guns? Maybe they just never go to the range.

            1. The rifle simply had no bullets in it.

              1. I haven’t paid that close of attention. Was the seated mag filled with ammo, or is he claiming it was empty too?

                1. Not sure the answer. But then the argument would be if an ejected clip made the gun readily operable as required by the law being used against them.

                  It is close to the DUI laws where a guy is sleeping in the back seat but because he had his keys he could have started it.

                  It is a terrible way to perform legal analysis and should be frowned upon.

        2. “…is that a common way to store a firearm in their state?”

          Nope. I’ve shot a Jennings before, but I’ve never field stripped one. If it’s anything like other pistols I’ve owned, getting to the firing pin spring is non-trivial. I don’t even like manual safeties on a defensive handgun. I’d find a requirement that the handgun be stored in the condition that their attorney surrendered it to the cops in, would be totally laughable.

          I imagine it was required by the court the attorneys were practicing before, in order for it to be allowed in their courtroom. Which implies a witness, probably a bailiff, who’s able to testify to same.

          Good thing the crowd didn’t rush her. Though I bet he had a loaded mag for that AR at hand. Whether he could seat it, and put the rifle into battery under stress…is another question entirely.

          1. Didn’t Heller or McDonald cover that? That you can’t require people to store a gun in a non-functioning state because that makes it useless for defensive purposes?

            I’d imagine it was just laziness on their part. They clearly aren’t gun people, and I’d wager they’ve never been to the range. If they did that to the gun to bring it to court, they just forgot or didn’t have the skills to fix the gun once they got home.

            And yeah, confronting that crowd with an AR-15 with no ammo and a non-functioning pistol is ballsy, too ballsy. If you’re going to pull a gun on someone you should consider the possibility that they choose “fight” instead of “flight”, and they might be armed when they make that choice.

        3. Those were likely the first two guns that couple had ever owned. If they did a field strip on it after buying it, I wouldn’t be surprised if they put it back together wrong.

          Seriously, for you first-time handgun buyers–if you must get a semi-auto, practice taking it apart and putting it back together several times right after you buy it so you get proficient at doing so. If you can’t be bothered to understand how your gun mechanism operates, then buy a damn revolver, which are dead-ass simple to use right out of the case.

      3. Not hard to argue that somewhere between the incident and surrendering the weapon into police custody

        Now prove it in a criminal sense.

        Also the gun was made that way for a prior case so the evidence required would be showing it operable between that case and the hand over to the d.a.

        1. “…so the evidence required would be showing it operable between that case and the hand over to the d.a.”

          OK. Call the firearms tech to the stand. Qualify them as an expert on that particular firearm. Have them testify eventually to the exact sequence of steps they went through to make the pistol operational. Detail the time it took, any special skills or tools needed, etc… Have them give their professional opinion that an ordinary user would be able to replicate the procedure.

          In opening statement, lay the groundwork for the jury to think she was scared for her life, and ‘the evidence will show that despite being scared for her life, she decided to try and use a fake gun to scare the crowd?’ At closing, remind the jury of the tech’s testimony of how easy it was to change whatever spring was wrongly installed, and let the jury put 2+2 together. Is it more likely she had an operating gun at the time, switched it up before surrendering it, and this lawyer is now lying her ass off about it being nonoperational… OR is it more likely that she decided to try and aggravate a mob with a fake gun? Argue that the latter situation isn’t a reasonable doubt.

          All academic, but I don’t think the ‘prove it’ part would be as tough for a prosecutor as you two seem to think. IANAL, but I do talk to them.

          1. It is a criminal trial. You need facts. Reasonable doubt abounds in your scenario.

        2. But the leftist state has already won.

          Look at us here, debating the wrong issue entirely.
          I don’t want them to win because the firearms were inoperable.
          That is a horrible precedent.

          They were completely justified in training their weapons on the threatening mob, more so if they were capable of shooting any attacker.
          That is the issue.

          1. This.

            The fact that we’ve gotten to the point where their guns were seized and they’re facing criminal charges means we already lost. It’s absurd.

            1. Viva Frei and Robert Barnes piece on this, the law as written is unconstitutional.
              https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SWW5DS5A2dc


  18. “But in practice, they will exacerbate inequities, racial segregation, and the opportunity gap within schools. Children whose parents have the means to participate in learning pods will most likely return to school academically ahead, while many low-income children will struggle at home without computers or reliable internet for online learning.”

    So, they blame parents for this and not the governor for keeping the schools closed. I mean, aren’t these ‘low income’ people also not allowed to go to work, so they have plenty of time to teach their kids before becoming homeless by order of the governor?

    Just…amazing. Replace ‘learning pod’ with ‘charter school’ and I can’t see a difference. Guess they were working from old talking points?

    1. The racism of low expectations is a real thing.

      1. Was “high expectations” on the Smithsonian White People Sins poster?

    2. even worse, replace ‘learning pod’ with any possible thing a parent can do for their child… some other parent might not be able to do that or is unwilling. This is UNFAIR.

      1. Everything is so terrible and unfair. Absolutely everything.

    3. As I commented above they don’t like that you might teach you kids something they don’t approve of and they would not be able to monitor what you teach them.

  19. Malaysia’s new government says you need to apply for a license to film video for personal social media accounts…

    A license would have saved this filmmaker some embarrassing hypocrisy come November.

    1. in other words you can get paid for porn on line but we want our cut

  20. https://twitter.com/willchamberlain/status/1285632480125607936
    Matt Borges – the former chair of the Ohio Republican Party – set up a #NeverTrump PAC to try and elect Joe Biden

    Today he was arrested in a $60 million bribery case

    1. How much is that in rubles?

    2. Interesting Stuff


      …he fought his way back to the chairmanship of the Ohio GOP in 2013, only to lose that when then-Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump cut ties with him.

      I imagine Trump got lucky here, but man way to give the impression that the #NeverTrump crowd aren’t the greatest Republicans around. I won’t lump them all together, but Ohio seems to have some GOP corruption problems going back at least 16 years.

      1. The DNC has bagged John Kasich to speak at their convention. Maybe he’ll give a shout out to his boy Borges.

    3. “Today he was arrested in a $60 million bribery case.”

      Biden is a good instructor, and he’s a fast learner.

  21. The day after calling trump the first racist president… biden says Americans cant tell the difference between koreans and chinese.

    https://townhall.com/tipsheet/mattvespa/2020/07/23/joe-biden-just-said-something-thats-pretty-racist-about-asians-n2572972

    1. Well, look, Biden is aiming to be the second racist President.

      Shh, don’t tell him about…you know…history.

    2. Maybe. Maybe not. Just be damned sure you don’t confuse Koreans for Japanese.

    3. Keep in mind, when Biden was growing up, there wasn’t that clear distinction between Chink and Gook that we know and love today.

    4. Remember when the racist POTUS, GW, let millions die in New Orleans because he hated black people?

    5. Call me racist, but if you had to ask me if a group of people was Korean or Chinese, I’d have no clue. I might be able to tell from the names, since Korean names are pretty distinctive.

      But if a Chinese person lies and tells me he’s Korean, I’m not going to be able to dispute him.

      Is that a big deal, though? I also can’t recognize the difference between, say, Russians and Poles.

      1. Isn’t the assumption behind being able to tell them apart that all of each group in some way look alike? And isn’t that pretty racist? I couldn’t tell a Chinese from a Korean unless I knew something about the two languages and could tell it by their accents.

  22. https://twitter.com/stillgray/status/1286143777610989570
    Black Lives Matter London:

    “There is one common enemy: the white man … we need to get rid of them”

    1. I’m sure they intend to rid the world of white people in the most peaceful way possible.

  23. “Just to give you an idea of what’s possible,” said Barr, “the FBI went in very strong into Kansas City and within two weeks we’ve had 200 arrests.”

    Barr’s claim is, as the president likes to say, fake news.”

    He said heroin addiction is dangerous because 200 people died of overdoses last week, but only 13 people died of heroin overdoses last week–so we should conclude that heroin isn’t dangerous?

    I think that’s an example of this one:

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

    Arresting violent protesters may be warranted regardless of whether Barr has his facts wrong. Actually, falling arrest numbers may suggest that calling in the feds was a good thing.

    If the number of arrests goes down after the feds move in, then we might conclude that their presence deters violence and makes the protesters behave more peacefully.

    1. Still too easy to hate them all.

      1. When I was younger, especially, there was something about the way I looked that made cops want to pull over and stop to hassle me. I guess I had like a defiant air about me.

        We’re not talking about our feelings though.

        Putting down lawlessness by calling in the feds is either effective or it isn’t or some mix of the two regardless of how we feel about it. I sometimes think the staff here uses their feelings as some kind of guide–as if the point were to make people feel libertarian.

    2. Arresting violent protesters may be warranted regardless of whether Barr has his facts wrong.

      It’s almost as if some journolists and “peaceful protesters” act and think like there should be no consequences for their actions and /or words.

      That isn’t reality.

      It reminds me of a movie, I think it was Lucky Number Slevin, where one of the bad guys invokes Lex Talionis:

      Lex talionis is a principle of retaliation, also sometimes referred to as an eye for an eye.

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lex_talionis_(disambiguation)

      Not a perfect analogy, but it gets the point across, I think. Thinking that their shouldn’t be consequences for personal choices in word or deed is delusional at best.

      Or maybe I just don’t understand extreme leftist politics.

      1. I absolutely agree that there need to be negative consequences for misbehavior, and not just on justice issues but also on economic issues. And using the government to try to help people avoid the negative consequences of their bad choices is the cause of so many problems.

        If I wanted to criticize what President Trump is doing here, I might even do it in those terms. In a way, President Trump is saving the city government of Portland from their own terrible choices, and he’s saving the voters of Portland from the negative consequences of voting for social justice warriors to run their government.

        If you want to avoid the negative consequences of voting for a city council that is devoted to defending social justice warriors no matter how silly or violent they get because of what they might do or say when protests erupt during times of economic distress, there’s an easy way to do that. You vote for more reasonable people to run your government–and people from other parties, as well. If you don’t do that, how will you learn your lesson if you don’t suffer the consequences of your bad choices?

        Good parenting doesn’t even depend on shielding your children from the negative consequences of their bad choices. Sometimes it’s about inflicting negative consequences on your children when they might escape the negative consequences of their bad choices if you didn’t intervene. That’s basically what Trump is doing here.

        The meanest thing he could do to Portland right now might be nothing, and if he did nothing, maybe they might learn something from the negative consequences of their choices.

    3. It’s not even that. There is a qualifier in there about not immediately confirming the statement. One problem is we have no clue who they called or when so they could have asked the receptionist for the office or they could have called at 5:30 pm and not gotten a response so of course it’s fake.

      But remember every anonymous source with familiarity of X’s thinking (generally) is to be immediately believed if it’s against Trump or Republicans in general.

  24. Trump Administration Justifies Federal Police Surge With Fake News

    Less fake than “peaceful protests.” Often said by reporters standing in front of buildings on fire. Portland Mayor was nearly surrounded and attacked by the “peaceful protestors” yesterday, having to be ushered inside by his security team.

    Also no mention of the 3 federal agents who were blinded by lasers from peaceful protestors and may have permanent eye damage. Or the dozens of injuries in Chicago.

    Is Fake News really the angle Reason is going with?

    1. They say ‘write what you know’ so…why not?

  25. By the end of every night in Portland, the remaining Antifa militants fight amongst themselves.
    https://twitter.com/stillgray/status/1286139380982145024

    1. you knocked the fuck out lol

      1. *got* (edit button)

    2. The lesson here, of course, is that if you’re not lifting, you’re going to put yourself at a disadvantage because Antifa typically have the numbers.

      Bench, curl, deadlift, and squat your way to a glorious future of vegetating Antifuckwads.

  26. So, to combat theoretical disparities in learning-pod access, U.S. parents should…what? Send their kids to potentially pandemic-plagued schools?

    I know Reason loves some New York Times fake news… but the study on school children they cited showed the opposite of what the NYT claimed. Children are not effective carriers or spreaders of covid.

    https://thefederalist.com/2020/07/22/new-york-times-hyped-korean-report-actually-shows-kids-are-not-spreading-coronavirus/

    1. “Pandemic-plagued schools..”

      Jeez, I’m embarrassed for the shitty publication.

      There is not a single Covid reason kids should not be in school.

    2. +1000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000

  27. Your party of ‘science’, which they fucking love:

    https://twitter.com/OrwellNGoode/status/1286006216892788739
    Those dastardly white people and their…

    concept of linear time

    1. Mañana time is much better.

  28. https://twitter.com/MattWalshBlog/status/1285601171672043521
    I just realized that part of allegation against Tucker Carlson is that he took off his jacket in front of a woman, who apparently was so traumatized that now she needs millions of dollars to heal her wounds. This is the most frivolous harassment claim I’ve ever seen in my life.

    1. She isn’t even claiming she was harassed or assaulted. She claims the “made sexual advances”, whatever that means. It is a complete load of bullshit and an insult to women who actually are harassed or assaulted.

      1. Pepe Le Pew hardest hit.

      2. But she was tied to the chair!
        And by “tied to the chair” she means that no PA had come over to remove her mic yet…

    2. It’s kind of Tucker’s fault. That lady is clearly batshit crazy retarded, and it was obvious from her first appearance. She kept getting invited back for just that reason. She was easy to ridicule and humiliate. No great accomplishment there.

      1. That is a good point. His act has always been to invite crazy, retarded leftists on his show and then proceed to make fools of them for his audience. There are risks that come with that and this is one of them.

        1. Just how many leftists in prominent positions in today’s climate can you find that are not crazy or retarded? There are a few but they’re not the ones making the claims that are dominating the news cycle or even agree with the claims enough to make the points offered.

  29. IF the feds are not arresting anyone, then what is the bitch about them being there? If the 200 arrest claim is fake news, then ENB really doesn’t have a bitch about the feds being in these cities. The whole bitch is that they are secret police rounding people up. But now it is “they don’t really do anything”. Which is it?

    Meanwhile, local authorities continue to allow lawlessness and murder and neither ENB nor anyone at reason gives a flying fuck about it. Freedom and rights only matter if it is to hire an illegal alien or get an abortion. The right to own property without a leftist mob destroying it or to move in public without being in danger of the mob murdering you not so much.

    1. Just to make it funnier, leftists are howling that America’s gun owners should be springing to their defense since a core reason for having a gun is fighting government tyranny.

      The problem I have with that is that they’re not fighting for liberty from an authoritarian government. They’re fighting to establish an authoritarian government that they control and will use against us. I’m not going to fight for that.

      1. That’s the funny and ironic part. They’re not about liberty and they’re condoning destruction of property and murder.

        Fuck ’em. You don’t get to be pro-gun control and beg for help when the 2A suits you.

        The second they’re saved they’d go right back to voting or screaming against the 2A because they reason like a child.

        1. They’re throwing a temper tantrum because they don’t have a leftist totalitarian government to kill all the unbelievers

      2. So, shorter version, having disarmed themselves they now regret not having weapons to fight what they perceive to be a victimizing government and they want the conservatives to use theirs on behalf of the left.

        Boy, I think we’re all pretty surprised.

      3. After spending years ridiculing us, taunting us, and doing everything they can to take away our rights; they want us to go get into a gunfight with the Feds on their behalf?

        I might actually die from laughter.

      4. The problem I have with that is that they’re not fighting for liberty from an authoritarian government.

        Not to mention that, per John’s assessment, had you leapt to their defense guns blazing, you would’ve mowed down a bunch of federal officers armed with paintball guns who weren’t arresting anyone. It’s like they can’t fathom gun owners as humans who think not just before they pull the trigger but before they put their hand on the gun.

    2. That’s basically what I was trying to say upthread. if the violence and lawlessness evaporated to the point that the number of arrests went down after the feds arrived, then that suggests that sending in the feds restored the peace.

      I suspect the idea that sending in the feds only makes things more violent is a legacy specific to the Iraq War. Maybe it needs to be said explicitly, if sending troops into Iraq made things more violent, that doesn’t necessarily mean that sending federal agents into Kansas City or Portland will make those places more violent.

      I was in Los Angeles during the Rodney King riots, and I can tell you from experience that sending in the National Guard did not created more violence. It restored order.

      I have no illusions that is always the case or always will be the case, but the assumption that sending federal agents in to put down violence and lawlessness can only make things worse is an assumption that invited scrutiny.

      1. The idea that sending law enforcement in and arresting people creates more disorder than allowing the state and locals to sit and do nothing is insane. Is the reason staff that stupid or just that willing to lie to support the media narrative no matter how stupid it is?

        1. To expand on the LA riots, the first day or so, the riots weren’t particularly widespread. Things didn’t really take off until the news started showing people looting stores in front of the police and the police doing nothing. Once it became clear that Daryl Gates must have ordered the LAPD to stand down unless the police were attacked directly, the looting and lawlessness spread like wildfire.

          Regardless of whether sending in the feds creates more violence in any particular situation, there needs to be negative consequences for lawlessness in all situations.

          I really think they believe that stuff about, you know, the Iraq War bringing hell on earth where things were relatively peaceful before and the Drug War being the ultimate cause of the rise and militarization of street gangs.

          I suspect this thinking has become instinctive for some of them, and before you know it, they’re effectively arguing that the police are the cause of burglaries,–so they shouldn’t come to your house if an intruder breaks into your home and we definitely shouldn’t prosecute burglaries.

          1. They are arguing that the police/feds are starting fires in Portland… because their presence makes the “protesters” start fires

            1. And if that isn’t peak retard it is as close to peak retard as you can get.

              1. Now there’s a challenge I think the left is up to taking head on.

              2. Applying the principle to situations where it doesn’t apply shows that they don’t really understand the principle.

                Gravity makes everything fall at the same rate of acceleration, 9.81 meters per second squared. This means that two objects that are the same shape and same size will hit the ground at the exact same time–even if one weighs much more than the other.

                That does not mean they will hit the ground with the same amount of force!

                One good reason to oppose the drug war is because when you inflict a law that people are unwilling to abide by on an unwilling population, the amount of police presence and the severity of laws necessary to keep the peace rises dramatically.

                The lesson to learn from that is not that increasing the number of police won’t reduce the amount of lawlessness.

                It’s just like with F = ma. Increasing the number of police per capita will reduce the lawlessness, even if people are starving to death like in Venezuela or North Korea. Libertarians generally have a qualitative preference for not using police to make us do things against our will, but that’s no reason to pretend that increasing the police presence isn’t effective.

                The reason Somalia isn’t a libertarian paradise is because the purpose of government there isn’t to protect people’s rights. It’s like they imagine that Portland would be a libertarian paradise if only President Trump weren’t trying to protect our rights from vandals and arsonists. I posted the statistics yesterday–arson in Portland was up 280% in June 2020 compared to a year ago. The solution to that problem is not President Trump pulling out of Portland. President Trump wasn’t in Portland when the arson rate jumped 280%.

        2. Is the reason staff that stupid or just that willing to lie to support the media narrative no matter how stupid it is?

          Yes.

        3. I can see where it causes more disorder in the short term as the rioters finally face some pushback and any escalation will be blamed on the Feds rather than be looked at for actual instigating party (why not riot more if you’re not to blame). Longer term as you say the arrests and enforced boundaries on acceptable behavior will restore order.

      2. If the number of arrests goes down after the feds move in, then we might conclude that their presence deters violence and makes the protesters behave more peacefully.

        The idea that a police presence promotes peace is baked into the whole idea of political legitimacy. The rule of thumb for political legitimacy used to be the number of police per capita required to maintain order.

        That supposition may no longer be politically correct, but the fact remains that the less political legitimacy we have in our society, the more effort the government needs to put in to maintain order.

        If Iraq under Saddam Hussein or Libya under Qaddafi required an army of police and/or the army itself to maintain order, then those governments are relatively illegitimate compared to say Switzerland, where the police per capita number of fairly low.

        The government in Los Angeles lost its legitimacy in the wake of the Rodney King verdict, and do in order to restore order, President George H. W. Bush had to increase the number of police per capita by bringing in the National Guard. That’s basically what President Trump is doing.

        To deny that increasing the number of police per capita restores order is to deny everything we used to know about the police presence and keeping the peace. It’s one thing to suggest that an illegitimate law like the drug war requires an enormous policing apparatus to maintain order. Quite another for them to cling to the delusional belief that increasing the police presence itself actually increases the disorder.

        1. Americans for the most part police themselves.

          Even if there were zero cops, most Americans would not steal or hurt others.

          1. I wish that were true.

          2. I was in LA during the riots.

            I’ve seen what people do when the cops aren’t there.

            If the police disappeared tomorrow, no one would have anything to fear from you 1789, I’m sure that’s the case.

            I wish more of my fellow Americans were like you.

    3. Apparently they went after some Jewish pot shop in Seattle last night called Uncle Ike’s that they were pissed off at because he wouldn’t give them free pot for their “stress,” whatever that means.

      1. Today “witnesses are saying” that uncle Ike is somehow related to a cop who did something somewhere.

  30. https://twitter.com/robbystarbuck/status/1285776351027494912
    June 23rd Shaun King told his 1.1 million followers to attack churches that have statues or stained glass windows where Jesus is depicted as white. Since those tweets churches all over the US have been burned and/or vandalized. Twitter has taken no action against Shaun.

    1. Of course not. And when people pointed to those tweets as evidence the left was going to start destroying churches, they were called paranoid and informed that no one really likes or pays any attention to King. Now that the left mobs have gone after churches, the people who claimed that are totally silent. It must be evil right wingers doing it.

      1. Potemkin churches?

    2. Nor have the churches dared to suggest that all the nice young men are anything but justifiably outraged about that fellow in Minnesota and 10,000 years of black oppression. Until they have the balls to call it a hate crime, maybe it’s appropriate that no one else in society pays it much mind.

      That said, for real, no one should stop pointing this out about Twitter.

      1. If you don’t take your own views seriously, and a lot of people who run churches do not, you can’t blame people for not taking them seriously either.

        1. L. Ron Hubbard is just the latest in a long line of fraudsters, generally speaking.

    3. “People were inside preparing for Mass when a man crashed his van through the front doors of the church . . . He then backed out of the foyer and exited the vehicle, according to a law enforcement review of the church’s security video.

      A man wearing a white T-shirt, jeans and a baseball cap is shown on the video entering the building and carrying large red gas cans, according to the Sheriff’s Office. The man pours gasoline on the floor, but then slips and falls. He’s seen throwing something into the room (it turned out to be a shoe) and igniting a large fire.

      https://www.ocala.com/news/20200711/arrest-made-in-fire-at-queen-of-peace-catholic-church-in-ocala

      He tried to burn a church down with people in it.

      I understand he’s been caught and charged with attempted murder in addition to the arson.

    4. “MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, Fla. – A statue of Jesus Christ was violently vandalized inside a South Florida church, leaving police and parishioners to ponder who would commit such a crime.

      The Good Shepherd Catholic Church in West Kendall was hit with hate and destruction.

      A Jesus statue was found decapitated on Wednesday.

      Deacon Edivaldo da Saliva found the monument at the church baring his name headless and toppled off its pedestal Wednesday morning.

      “This morning I found it on the ground, and we presume that it is vandalism,” said da Saliva.

      Deacon da Saliva points to what the Catholic Church has said is a growing number of holy places hit with vandalism, from Florida to California.

      “We have seen this happening all over the country,” he said.

      https://www.local10.com/news/local/2020/07/16/church-members-searching-for-answers-after-status-of-jesus-christ-is-decapitated/

      1. Wonder what Tony, Jeff, Kirkland and Nuttplug have been up to this week.

        1. Tony’s not a suspect. He and his laptop are still hiding under his bed. KungFlu’s everywhere, dontcha know?

      2. I’ll bet deacon de saliva is just spitting mad!

        Ok, seriously tho……

    5. It was only a matter of time until depictions of Jesus became an issue.

      They’re going after various historic missions in California for being instruments of oppression to indigenous peoples, as well.

      When I lived in Mexico, the amount of Christian iconography everywhere was really amazing to the American eye, and I’m not just talking about people painting the Virgin of Guadalupe on the hood of their custom El Camino. I saw lawyer’s office and doctor’s offices with shrines build into their living rooms–or facing the front window of their homes . . .

      Point being, they’re probably not making any friends in the Latino community by going after statues of Jesus. Eventually, these social justice warriors will go too far. It’s one thing to go after Confederate iconography on the basis that racists are anti-Latino. Quite another to start beheading Jesus for looking too Spanish.

      1. Christianity has been a perennial bugbear for the radical left since the War in the Vendee.
        From Marx and Engels, to the Society of the Godless, to Plutarco Calles, to BLM, it stands in the way of their aspirations of personal divinity.

    6. Notice how all the liberaltarians get assmad about a few white trust fund brats getting party-vanned, but go radio silent on things like this.

      1. I don’t think it’s even on their radar.

        1. Their bias is such that it’s not that they know about it and are avoiding the topic. It’s that they’re not even aware this is happening.

  31. https://twitter.com/tomselliott/status/1286013478319382528
    .
    @JoeBiden
    : “I had nurses at Walter Reed hospital who would bend down and whisper in my ear, go home and get me pillows. They would … actually breathe in my nostrils to make me move, to get me moving.”

    1. The first response to that Tweet says

      In 1988, Biden suffered two brain aneurysms, one on the right side and one on the left. Each required surgery with high risk of long-term impact on brain functionality.

      Is that true?

      1. Well, it’s true on his Wikipedia page…

    2. LMAO–that is just fucking surreal. And this is the guy that the DNC rigged the nominating process to run against the Bad Orange Man.

  32. “So, to combat theoretical disparities in learning-pod access, U.S. parents should…what?”

    Like every thing else to be sacrificed on the cruel altar of equality, these “privileged” kids must be discouraged from learning. Even better, they should be treated in ways that degrade their knowledge and intellect, and perhaps their basic mental health.

    Only then can we all be free.

    1. Equity. Because they explicitly denounce equality.

      1. My salary was once sacrificed on the cruel altar of equity when I allowed my boss to pay me in it. Great life lesson for a kid I have to admit.

    2. You mean, consume mainstream media?

  33. New York Times fired an editor for publishing a US senator and now prints COVID propaganda from a Chinese Communist Party employee
    https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/nyt-fired-its-an-editor-for-publishing-a-us-senator-now-prints-covid-propaganda-from-a-chinese-communist-party-employee

  34. https://victorygirlsblog.com/back-the-blue-rally-attacked-denver-cops-stand-down-media-ignores/

    Regardless of how you personally feel about Michelle Malkin and any of her political stands, the First Amendment is not canceled because you disagree with the speaker. It isn’t canceled because the Marxist-coddling Chief of Police of the Denver believes a legally-permitted rally (the 6th annual, I may add) may hurt the feelz of his new Marxist buds.

    Were the rank-and-file LEOs of Denver assigned to this rally just too intimidated by Chief Paul Pazen’s new cozy relationship with violent thugs to oppose them, or were they ordered to stand down to teach Malkin and organizers of the Back The Blue rally a lesson?

    Consider, too, that media coverage is almost non-existent on the BLM’s organized assault – those collapsible batons didn’t just magically appear – and what coverage there is, is written as if this was just a tit-for-tat schoolyard scuffle.

    1. “those collapsible batons didn’t just magically appear – and what coverage there is, is written as if this was just a tit-for-tat schoolyard scuffle.”

      Isn’t it frightening how occurrences like this are being deliberately ignored?
      Even at ostensibly libertarian magazines like Reason and by ostensibly libertarian politicians like Jorgensen.

    2. Nothing to see here, just peaceful protesters being peaceful against violent right-wing terrorists.

  35. In good news from law enforcement and 2a rights…

    Virginia sheriff will start deputizing gun owners if the Va government keeps restricting the 2a.

    https://americanmilitarynews.com/2019/12/va-sheriff-says-hed-deputize-thousands-of-citizens-to-exclude-them-from-state-gun-bans/

    1. Heh. I’ll bet the leftists insist federal LEOs use force to stop that.

    2. So, if we wanted to confiscate those people’s guns just look at the deputy register? Not sure that’s the smartest way to go about doing that.

      1. There are like 9 things wrong with your hypothetical.

        1. So the assumption is that they won’t be writing down who is and is not a ‘deputy’…?

          Not saying I want their guns, but this seems to have at least the potential to become a stand-in for a gun registry.


          “In addition, if necessary, I plan to properly screen and deputize thousands of our law-abiding citizens to protect their constitutional right to own firearms.”

          Ah, I see it now. The Sheriff plans on determining who gets to exercise their rights not the legislature. Sounds like, well, every Sheriff I’ve ever known.

        2. It sounds pretty believable to me. If the state came in, they could just go down the list of everyone who was deputized. Why isn’t that possible?

          1. Don’t worry, the list will be under Double Secret Probation.

            1. Its weird how both of you assumed I meant there wouldn’t be a list when I never said nor suggested that at all.

              But let’s stupidly assume a list you have access to that identifies the deputies is created (2 very stupid assumptions already) now you have the problem of taking the guns not of regular schmucks but actual deputies who can legally intervene in illegal activities like gun confiscation.

              All your assumptions are predicsted on the behavior of regular people, not Sherrif’s deputies. No one is walking up to one of these people and confiscating their guns.

              1. Fair point. But, that is not an insurmountable problem. You could just say that it is illegal for deputies to have anything but government issued firearms. That is harder than just taking guns but not impossible. I think it is arguable you are better off with the government not knowing you have any guns at all.

                1. Sure you can go to war with them. Which is one of the 9 problems I originally had with the hypothetical that involved simply confiscating their guns.

                  1. If I have a gun, why does the government need to know about it? I suppose if I ever actually shoot someone with it, that would be a problem. But, dealing with an illegal gun charge is better than being dead at the hands of a criminal. And there is always a good chance the threat of the gun runs the criminal off making it so I don’t have to shoot him or get the government involved at all.

              2. So, no one knows who is a deputy or not? No paper trail to follow? Seems like a liability issue but ok.

                As for being a deputy meaning that you can’t have your gun confiscated by state police, one might notice the current trend of stripping law enforcement of those specific protections. State police generally supersede county officials even without that going on.

                Not that it matters, since the Sheriff has stated themselves that they’ll be giving away these special status waivers to people they like, not everyone who owns a gun. Hardly a great workaround by any measure, nor is it terribly consistent with the 2nd.

                1. So, no one knows who is a deputy or not? No paper trail to follow? Seems like a liability issue but ok.

                  You encode it and limit access to the Sheriff. This is trivial.

                  As for being a deputy meaning that you can’t have your gun confiscated by state police,

                  No one said that.

                  1. Sure, I totally trust a local sheriff to understand not only encryption but also to remain in office forever and never have any gun grabbing sheriff elected and have access to said list. I also understand that subpoena’s don’t exist, and even if they do law enforcement is totally immune to them.

                    It’s fine. Everything’s fine here.

                    1. What you trust is neither here nor there, the Sheriff wouldn’t be doing the encryption (lol), why would the old Sheriff hand it over, and subpoena’s can find gun owners NOW.

                    2. Can they subpoena every gun owner in the state just as easily as they can one Sheriff, who you apparently expect to disobey the legislature by keeping the only keys to said list in his pocket, to be destroyed should he lose office? That seems delusional to me.

                      I mean, in fairness he is saying he’s going to disobey the legislature but in the same breath he plans to replace their choosing of who gets a gun with his own choosing of who gets a gun. So, better or worse if the only way to own a gun is to become an agent of the state?

              3. The reason I assumed that they must not be writing it down is because if they write it down, they have a list that the state will have access to one way or another. And it’s a list of gun owners.

                So, therefore, they must not be making a list. Because if they make a list, they can use that list for whatever purpose they so choose. That purpose could be protecting the rights of a minority of people who own guns, or that purpose could be disarming that minority of vetted gun owners.

                It doesn’t matter one iota if it happens to be a deputy, or Joe Schmoe off the street. Notice that beat cops in Britain don’t carry guns? The State can allow or disallow this or that to the agents under their command even more directly than they can the average individual.

                Making gun owners technically part of the state just puts them even more under it’s thumb.

                1. I should say, at least, that such an action could theoretically be the best solution in a pretty shitty situation but I don’t see it as much of an improvement when they both seem to end up in the same place: owning a gun is only legal if you work for the state. That one of those state-only gun scenarios is at the whim of a Sheriff vs. a legislature isn’t a huge difference for me personally.

                2. In the wake of Snowden’s revelations about the NSA, does anyone still believe that the FBI isn’t keeping a list of people for whom they do background checks? Just from a CYA maneuver standpoint, . . .

                  Every time there’s a mass shooting, it seems that the answer to the question of whether the gun was bought legally is answered quickly.

                  Even if there were a law that says the government can’t keep such a list or share it with other law enforcement agencies for whatever reason, I don’t believe that list doesn’t exist and isn’t being shared.

                  You don’t ask for permission to cover your ass. You CYA first and ask for permission later.

  36. Did Alabama DAs have the same power during the 1950s?

    Philadelphia’s Top Prosecutor Is Prepared to Arrest Federal Agents
    https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-07-22/philly-d-a-threatens-to-arrest-federal-agents

    1. Well, Cuomo said he would “sue” if SCOTUS overturned Roe v. Wade. I’m not kidding.

      Since the Left is rarely as stupid as their adversaries, when I see shit like this my instinct is to think they must be scheming some angle behind the apparent deranged gibberish.

      1. The value system that ostensibly bind a nation is completely fractured in not just the USA but Canada as well.

        Not sure how this mends.

        1. I don’t think it can. Not here in Canada anyway.

    2. I’d thought the Philly DA said he was “going to charge” Federal officers. Not arrest. Has that changed? Because the thought of Philadelphia PD trying to take, say, CBP BORTAC officers into custody on those charges, is mildly amusing.

  37. Interesting Case Study In The Volatility Of Ammunition Supply In America
    https://www.captainsjournal.com/2020/07/21/interesting-case-study-in-the-volatility-of-ammunition-supply-in-america/

    This means that for this one distributor located via Ammoseek.com, for one caliber, for one brand, 200,000 more pistol rounds are in the hands of ordinary Americans within about two weeks.

    Range ammo or PD, it makes no difference. That tells you something about what’s happening in America, more than you can learn from any MSM outlet even on a good day.

    1. and California is trying to outlaw all lead ammo and it use anywhere in California. those of us who keep a steady supply won’t be able to even practice with it. I wonder if killing a person in self defense with lead ammo will have a greater penalty than actual murder.

      1. Well if I can’t put lead in there, I guess steel is the best available option.

    2. Reload ammo yourself.

      Gun owners know that ammo supplies in stores are almost nonexistent.

  38. Is Reason pretending there are not violent riots happening in Portland?

    1. You mean the peaceful protests?

      1. Words are the real violence, a brick through a window is democracy in action.

    2. Yes, they are. Mobs aren’t violating anyone’s rights to ass sex and pot, so they’re OK.

      1. What about open borders? Where’s OBL?

        1. Shikha took him dancing.

  39. Wheeler got off light. He should be locked up in chains for his abominable performance as mayor and police chief. Glad to see some action from the feds and hope they keep up the pressure on the leftist marxist rioters.

    1. The feds should RICo his ass for aiding in a criminal enterprise and prosecute him outside Oregon.

  40. https://twitter.com/AGHamilton29/status/1286086452598669312
    In case you’re wondering why the far-left is so supportive of intolerant mobs against political opponents…

    The only group where a majority does not fear any consequences for expressing unpopular opinions. That the political environment these mobs have created.

  41. “Malaysia’s new government says you need to apply for a license to film video for personal social media accounts”

    Nobody films video.

  42. https://twitter.com/IMAO_/status/1285614569604481026

    To give you an idea of how much that is, if he were able to liquidate his entire net worth (which he can’t — not at that value), that would be enough to keep the federal government running for about two and half weeks.
    Quote Tweet

    New York Post
    @nypost
    · Jul 21
    Bezos, 56, is now worth $189.3 billion.

  43. Unfortunately, he doesn’t mean bringing all the troops home and cutting spending.

    Bernie Sanders Secures Support from Half of Senate Democrats In Bid to Defund the Pentagon
    https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2020/07/22/sanders-secures-half-senate-democrats-defunding-pentagon/

  44. Alexander
    @alexanderrusso
    The upper middle-class fuckery described here is outrageous. Why aren’t we seeing more news coverage of this bullshit?

    Says the – I’m assuming – upper middle class (if not upper class) blue check-marked virtue signaling cunt who apparently has enough free time on his hands to express his faux outrage on Twitter instead of doing something useful with his life.

    1. Careful…that’s hitting a little too close to home.

    1. Except for one dude, they all throw like girls

      1. We should be thankful none of their fathers loved them enough to play catch with them once in a while.

  45. 1. Obama ordered the FBI to spy on political opponents.
    Crickets from the American media.

    2. One million religious minority members are slaughtered for their beliefs over the last five years in the Middle East and North Africa.
    Crickets from the American media.

    3. In a shocking parallel to the Holocaust, Chicoms are herding millions of Uighur into slave labor camps and harvesting their organs for sale.
    Active ignoring by the American media (thank God for the BBC and the Swedes).

    4. Barr reads “200 arrests” off his cheat sheet.
    Media goes nuts screaming “fake news!” and “liar!” over this and other inconsequential, petty, shit.

    The only logical conclusion is that American journalism exists nowadays solely to provide cover to the ChiComs and the DNC.
    And journos still wonder why people say “Learn to code” when they finally get fired.

    1. Well, who signs their paychecks?

    2. Yes, they do. The media reason included are propaganda agents of the Chinese Communist Party.

      Remember how reason lost it’s shit over Russia jailing some punk band because they trespassed and made a scene in a church? That was worthy of attention but the Chinese genocide of it’s Muslim minority hasn’t warranted a single word. Reason talks about Hong Kong but only to advocate that western nations take all of the dissidents creating a system where China can deport anyone it doesn’t like and be rewarded for doing so. Reason always and forever objects to any measures that would actually harm the Chinese government for it’s actions.

      1. Reason talks about Hong Kong but only to advocate that western nations take all of the dissidents creating a system where China can deport anyone it doesn’t like and be rewarded for doing so.

        This fucking thing. This is when the Reasonistas quit being ignorant and started advocating evil.

        It’s not like the ChiComs are even paying the clowns, Reasonistas aren’t exactly working for the WaPo or ABC/Disney here. Why the silence on the Uighur holocaust and the mealy-mouthed dismissals on Hong Kong?

        1. Because it doesn’t appear on their Twitter feeds

          Ah, right. Nevermind…

        2. Look, slave labor is just part and parcel of free trade. It’s ok though, as long as we aren’t directly enslaving people and just provide demand for the goods they create we are blameless. The Civil War taught us that a long time ago. Now we’re all the North, lamenting slavery while wearing shirts made using their labor.

          Remind me again, wasn’t the existence of Hong Kong reason to think enriching China would make them more democratic? Guess we need to find a new narrative. Hey, aren’t there still special economic zones? I’m sure they will be the ticket to a more democratic China, even though if that’s true it cuts the balls off their economic advantage.

          The modern hipster shirt reads ‘Fuck Tibet’.

          By all means, continue to buy their shit. That’s fine. Just don’t lecture me about the state of minorities in the U.S. while wearing your Nike shoes.

          1. Super woke NBA coach Steve Kerr explaining how he couldn’t talk about Chinese oppression of Hong Kong or genocide of the Uighur population because it was just “really complicated” and too complicated to talk about and he was going to have to learn more has to be the tragic comic episode of the decade.

            Yeah Steve, it is “complicated” unlike things like race relations and law enforcement in the United States which are simple and thus allow you to shoot your mouth off every single day.

            1. It is complicated: if they talk about it they’ll probably be fired and they like having high paying jobs, playing a game, that makes them famous.

              1. Which I could understand and even respect a little bit if they then didn’t lecture everyone on American politics and pretend they actually gave a fuck. They don’t.

                1. Have you seen the MSM freak out and protect the commies when Trump was told about the Chinese spy ring operating out of Houston and ordered the ChiComm embassy closed? The chinese started a huge fire to burn all their documents.

    3. >>herding millions of Uighur into slave labor camps

      buy Nike!

      1. Just do it! (cracks whip)

    4. “ Obama ordered the FBI to spy on political opponents.”

      Evidence that he did this? That the FBI didn’t just do this on their own?

      1. turn out the lights when you leave dude.

        1. So, you got nothin’.

          1. what I got is you’re the last believer lol.

        1. It’s behind a paywall, so I can’t read it, other than about the first paragraph. It starts out with “The Obama administration misled the U.S. Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court and wiretapped an American who supported the presidential campaign of the party out of power.”

          I knew that already. The specific question I asked is evidence that Obama himself ordered it. That was the first assertion Mother’s lament made above.

          1. Well it’s in the article and I can’t help if it’s paywalled for you.
            Anyway, why don’t you google it yourself, you dishonest fuck. You’re really not earning your fifty cents with these half-assed inferences.

  46. How many times do we have to tell idiots like Totenberg Green that Harrison Bergeron was a cautionary tale, not a playbook.

    1. Diana Moon Glampers was the princess she always aspired to be.

  47. >>With Portland protesters

    you wreck your credibility 3 words in

  48. I am guessing that “Operation Diligent Valor” might be as about as successful as “Operation Iraqi Freedom.” Didn’t we used to reserve such monikers for use against “foreign enemies?

    1. Making up operation names is fun, and you are a spoilsport.

  49. some parents are banding together to teach their children themselves in small groups, or “learning pods.”

    There are at least 2 Donald Sutherland jokes in that sentence.

    1. in an hour you’ll be one of us.

  50. Children whose parents have the means to participate in learning pods will most likely return to school academically ahead

    God damn these parents, acting in the best interest of their own children! I bet some of them even let their kids read in their spare time!!

    1. It takes a village to hold down a child…

    2. Letting your children read extra books in their spare time provides an unfair advantage over other kids who have parents who can’t afford books, duh.

  51. the article points out that the local police have done teh arresting and also mentions that the local police were backed by federal money and help so Barr was not lying since the number falls under the program they helped with. Get over your TDS

  52. I’d like to reiterate that I really don’t like the idea of Federal agents in Portland or cops smacking around and gassing peaceful protesters. I also don’t like people torching public property which is exactly what some of the protesters attempted to do. One gets a mention by Elizabeth Nolan Brown, the other doesn’t. Again.

    Is she a writer for the Official Antifa Newsletter or something?

  53. “But in practice, they will exacerbate inequities, racial segregation, and the opportunity gap within schools. Children whose parents have the means to participate in learning pods will most likely return to school academically ahead, while many low-income children will struggle at home without computers or reliable internet for online learning.”

    good god these people are the worst. This argument could apply to ANYTHING any parent does for their child.

    1. Suggested learning pod reading: Harrison Bergeron

      1. +1 brilliant

        Although, I worry that a lot of proggies today probably see it as an instruction manual instead of a warning.

        1. Because Vonnegut is so subtle in his writing. Sigh.

  54. Two-thirds of Americans now oppose qualified immunity, which keeps police officers from being sued over official abuse and misconduct. American voters know what’s up, writes Billy Binion—but where is Congress?

    in the pocket of Big Cop.

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  55. > “In a particularly bizarre choice, a new Trump 2020 campaign ad features footage of protests and mayhem currently happening in U.S. city streets and warning that what we’re all getting right now under Trump is what you will get “in Joe Biden’s America.””

    It really is bizarre. Such campaigns are understandable when you’re the outsider. “We can’t have another four years like this!”. But it makes literally no sense for the incumbent president to be pointing to mayhem occurring under his own watch. The lack of self awareness is telling.

    But then again, I don’t play five dimensional chess! Perhaps he’s pointing out that the mayhem is happening under Democrat run cities. Maybe. And maybe that will play to his base. But he can’t win the election without votes from the middle third of voters. His supporters are his safe votes, he’ll never get the Democrat votes, so he need to campaign to the in-betweens. And this message that stuff was shit during his watch is not a good way to do it.

    Because a vote for an incumbent is a vote for more of the same. And the more of the same that Trump is emphasizing is protests and mayhem.

    1. you’re like Bailey showing up for daily beatings.

    2. But it makes literally no sense for the incumbent president to be pointing to mayhem occurring under his own watch. The lack of self awareness is telling.

      No what is telling is that you are so stupid or dishonest you either don’t know or don’t understand that law enforcement is a state and local issue and the lawlessness is being allowed to happen by the Democrats. Moreover, the Democrats are objecting to Trump doing anything to step in and stop it and calling Trump a tyrant if he does.

      Yet, somehow, you think this happened on Trump’s watch, as if he is responsible for it. Worse still, you think Trump pointing out that the Democrats are now the party of chaos and disorder, when in fact Democrats are allowing such chaos to occur and doing everything they can to prevent Trump from stepping in to stop it, lacks self awareness.

      You really are a remarkably stupid person. I don’t think you are being dishonest here. I think you just lack the basic intelligence to understand what is going on and make deductive rational conclusions from it.

    3. It is indeed not well thought out. That’s kinda a hallmark of the Trump presidency.

      1. no, it’s genius. I say this as a generally pro-BLM supporter.

    4. “It is likely that greater than 10 times more [coronavirus] infections occurred than the number of reported COVID-19 cases,” according to a new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study. Reason’s Ron Bailey explores what this means.

      What a night. After the broadcast, as I tried to get back to the St. Regis where we were living, I was blocked by an impassioned crowd of news people looking for blood, and the disappointment when they found I wasn’t hemorrhaging. It wasn’t long after the initial shock that whatever public panic and outrage there was vanished. But, the newspapers for days continued to feign fury.

      — Orson Welles to friend and mentor Roger Hill, February 22, 1983[53]
      As it was late on a Sunday night in the Eastern Time Zone, where the broadcast originated, few reporters and other staff were present in newsrooms. Most newspaper coverage thus took the form of Associated Press stories, which were largely anecdotal aggregates of reporting from its various bureaus, giving the impression that panic had indeed been widespread. Many newspapers led with the Associated Press’s story the next day.[39]

      The Twin City Sentinel of Winston-Salem, North Carolina pointed out that the situation could have been even worse if most people had not been listening to Edgar Bergen’s show: “Charlie McCarthy last night saved the United States from a sudden and panicky death by hysteria.”[54]

      On November 2, 1938, the Australian newspaper The Age characterized the incident as “mass hysteria” and stated that “never in the history of the United States had such a wave of terror and panic swept the continent”. Unnamed observers quoted by The Age commented that “the panic could have only happened in America.”[55]

      Editorialists chastised the radio industry for allowing that to happen. The response may have reflected newspaper publishers’ fears that radio, to which they had lost some of the advertising revenue that was scarce enough during the Great Depression, would render them obsolete. In “The War of the Worlds,” they saw an opportunity to cast aspersions on the newer medium: “The nation as a whole continues to face the danger of incomplete, misunderstood news over a medium which has yet to prove that it is competent to perform the news job,” wrote Editor & Publisher, the newspaper industry’s trade journal.[2][56]

      William Randolph Hearst’s papers called on broadcasters to police themselves, lest the government step in, as Iowa Senator Clyde L. Herring proposed a bill that would have required all programming to be reviewed by the FCC prior to broadcast (he never actually introduced it). Others blamed the radio audience for its credulity. Noting that any intelligent listener would have realized the broadcast was fictional, the Chicago Tribune opined, “it would be more tactful to say that some members of the radio audience are a trifle retarded mentally, and that many a program is prepared for their consumption.” Other newspapers took pains to note that anxious listeners had called their offices to learn whether Martians were really attacking.[39]

      Few contemporary accounts exist outside newspaper coverage of the mass panic and hysteria supposedly induced by the broadcast. Justin Levine, a producer at KFI in Los Angeles, wrote in a 2000 history of the FCC’s response to hoax broadcasts that “the anecdotal nature of such reporting makes it difficult to objectively assess the true extent and intensity of the panic.[57] Bartholomew sees this as yet more evidence that the panic was predominantly a creation of the newspaper industry.[58]

    5. Wow, just wow. Brandybuck makes a comment talking about a current issue, completely polite and no personal attacks, and right away two personal attacks on him.

      1. personal attacks lol.

      2. Being polite and being a moron are not mutually exclusive.

      3. Meh, lots of personal attacks happen on here all the time. It’s easy to ignore it. If one doesn’t know that when making a comment, they are either new here or not paying attention.

        1. Or they miss a time when the commentariat was a cool place to hang out, before it was taken over by Trump fans with anger management issues.

          1. Unfortunately, that happens to a lot of commentariats on the internet, this is true.

          2. who’s angry? i have nothing but fun here

    6. Yes, because what will make things so much better is electing a guy actually aligned with the marxist rioters and the Governors & Mayors enabling their destruction of property and assaults and murder of the rest of the citizenry.

      Maybe I’d understand this from a “Trump has done nothing, elect Biden to restore order” perspective but as it stands Biden will hand the rioters everything they want and the rioters demands are never ending.

    7. I don’t think selling Trump as an outsider is a hard sell at all.

      If the 2016 election were a movie, it might be called, Drain the Swamp.

      The original title for the 2020 campaign was, Keep America Great when the economy was humming along, but now that the social justice warriors are running amok and Biden came out big for the Green New Deal it’s The Swamp Strikes Back.

      1. Election 2020 should be sold by Trump as the Return of the Swamp Drainer.

    8. Brandybuck’s response shows how tone-deaf and clueless the severe anti-Trumpers are.

      It’s brilliant to highlight this stuff in his campaign. yes it’s happening under his presidency but obviously that doesn’t matter. What matters is the country has split along support/opposition lines to this stuff, and he’s pandering to his base by presenting it.

      And he’s swaying those on the margins by presenting them pictures of chaos that his opposition appears to be supporting!

      It’s like you slept through 2016 or something.

    9. Perhaps he’s pointing out that the mayhem is happening under Democrat run cities. Maybe.

      I’m pretty sure that’s what he’s pointing out.

  56. Mark and Patricia McCloskey, a St. Louis couple who pointed guns at protesters, have each been charged with one count of unlawful use of a weapon.

    Not for the guns. They opened a pickle jar with a K-bar.

    1. Check out the federalist article on this topic. The state of missouri has asked the local prosecutor to drop the charges and the missouri governor will pardon them if they are convicted.

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  58. Georgia has been open for months. I see out of state plates from every US State.

    My state is literally solid evidence that being open is The right move.

  59. The DHS calls their thugs the Rapid Deployment Forces (RDF)? Why does that ring a bell?

    Oh yeah, the militia violently suppressing dissent in Sudan is the Rapid Support Forces (RSF). I guess the DHS wanted to name its free-speech suppression unit the RSF after the genocidal successors to the Janjaweed, but someone decided that would be just a bit too obvious and RDF seemed more subtle.

    1. And do you know who else had “Forces”? That’s right, THE NAZIS!!! That PROVES that the DHS = NAZIS!!!!!!!

      Alternative theory: You’re a concern-trolling idiot.

  60. So herd immunity si, qualified immunity no? Whatever it took to get the mayor of Portland, Ore. tear gassed was worth it.

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