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New Jersey Mayor Bills Teen Protest Organizer for Police Overtime Pay

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Your speech is free; now here's the bill. The Black Lives Matter protest that Emily Gils organized last month in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, seemed to go well. Then Gils, 18, got the bill.

The city wanted Gils to pay $2,500.

This wasn't a fine for violating any criminal laws or civic codes. Gils had even "notified local officials about the protest" in June and "met with the police chief to iron out logistics," says WLNY.

The protest itself wasn't much—a small gathering of people in front of Gils' home for about an hour and a half, holding signs in support of Black Lives Matter and affordable housing—but Gil said she wanted to do something to show that people in her area cared about the issues. "I would say it went really well," Gil told WLNY. "We stood there with our signs and people were honking and showing support."

But the city apparently decided that this event required extra policing—and that Gils should have to pay for the service. The bill she received from city Mayor Mario Kranjac said the fee for was for police overtime pay required because of Gils' 90-minute front-yard protest.

"I was shocked when I read that I had to pay to exercise my First Amendment right," Gil told WLNY.

Mayor Kranjac told WLNY the bill was not politically motivated but normal protocol: Englewood Cliffs residents must effectively pay for the right to protest—even on private property—due to a law that requires all protests to receive special police attention and requires citizens to pay for this special protest "protection" and monitoring.

"We made sure that we fulfilled and satisfied our obligation to make sure that they can exercise their freedom of speech and to peaceably assemble," Kranjac told WLNY. "We always bill…the bicycle race or running race or any other event, where our police are used, including utility work, people pay for the overtime," he explained.

The city's (all too common) policy is especially galling when it comes to First Amendment–protected issues like protests. But it's more broadly ridiculous as well. If a police presence is really required for these normal community activities—and that's a big if—why isn't this considered simply part of the normal function of police?

It's another sad commentary on the state of U.S. policing in 2020. Sting operations of all sorts are considered baseline operations, but people are expected to pay extra for basic peace-keeping.

At least Gils won't have to pay. After WLNY reported on the bill sent to the teen organizer, the mayor said she wouldn't have to pay it. "I have researched the issue further with my own counsel and I am hereby rescinding the bill, subject to our Council's ratification of my action," he wrote. "I always want to make certain that everyone's Constitutional Rights are fully respected. We will have to adjust the Borough's ordinances accordingly."


FREE MINDS

Congress to vote on decriminalizing marijuana. A U.S. House of Representatives vote on marijuana decriminalization will take place in September, according to Rep. Jim Clyburn (D–S.C.).

The legislation, called the Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement (MORE) Act, would remove marijuana from the federal Controlled Substances Act, expunge some past drug convictions, and leave it up to the states how to regulate the substance—all of which would be hugely positive steps.

Alas, the bill would also set a 5 percent federal tax on marijuana sales in states that choose to legalize.


FREE MARKETS

Tech worker visas getting harder to come by. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services "continues to deny H-1B visas at high rates, including for high-skilled foreign nationals sponsored by many of the best companies in the world," notes Stuart Anderson at Forbes, pointing to a recent policy brief from the National Foundation for American Policy.

"All the top 25 employers of new H-1B professionals had higher denial rates for H-1B petitions for initial employment in FY 2020 (through the second quarter) than in FY 2015," the report states. And "20 of the 25 top companies had H-1B denial rates for initial employment at least 10 percentage points higher in FY 2020 (through the second quarter) than in FY 2015. That includes large technology companies such as Cisco and Google."


QUICK HITS

• Police PR departments are coming under well-deserved scrutiny.

• Colleges are cracking down on returning students who party without taking COVID-19 precautions. USA Today talks with experts who say it's a bad idea.

• Massachusetts parents are protesting public schools' new requirement that every student receive a flu vaccine.

• A man in Portland was fatally shot on Saturday night, after a caravan of Trump supporters showed up to protest Black Lives Matter protesters. The "man was wearing a hat bearing the insignia of Patriot Prayer, a right-wing group whose members have frequently clashed with protesters in Portland in the past," the Associated Press reports. A Portland Police Bureau statement says that "Portland Police officers heard sounds of gunfire from the area of Southeast 3rd Avenue and Southwest Alder Street. They responded and located a victim with a gunshot wound to the chest. Medical responded and determined that the victim was deceased."

• Three public housing tenants "were never told that their interviews would be edited into a two-minute video clip that would air prominently on Thursday night at the Republican National Convention," reports The New York Times.

• Polling data suggest "Biden's electoral prospects and the popularity of Black Lives Matter are not closely linked."

• California continues to be California:

• Just a Chicago Teachers Union local tweeting in support of guillotines:

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  1. Hello.

    Oh those peaceful protestors we’re at it again, eh?

    1. In my haste, I misspelled ‘were’.

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    3. With a mostly peaceful guillotine?

      1. They are basically harassing people in hopes of causing a reaction so they can commit violence off of self defense grounds. There is the video during the RNC of the older man walking through the streets. As soon as he moved a blowhard away from his ear he was sucker punched on grounds he attacked a protester.

        Democrats are so Gas lit at this point they believe the rioters.

      2. Teachers…those who develop the future leaders o0f America.

      3. Tasteless and divisive, and the teachers union’s praise was reprehensible. But they weren’t actually using it on anyone, so, yes, it was free speech and “mostly peaceful”.

        1. Lol. It’s like you have some sort of Tourette’s.

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  2. Police PR departments are coming under well-deserved scrutiny.

    People better stop resisting their PR efforts.

    1. Wonder if the “protester” PR firms are under the same scrutiny.

    2. maybe they should stop violently resisting the police.

  3. “But the city apparently decided that this event required extra policing—and that Gils should have to pay for the service. The bill she received from city Mayor Mario Kranjac said the fee for was for police overtime pay required because of Gils’ 90-minute front-yard protest”

    Weird how this never came up from you ENB the dozens of times it has been used by universities to shut down guests…

    1. Oh shit here comes the ENBhive how you did it.

      1. ENBhive…
        Nice.

        They’re sadder and more pathetic than beyonce fans

        1. chipper joined tony yesterday calling anybody who didn’t blame every covid related death on Trump a cultist. Was pretty pathetic.

          1. But very emo.

          2. Eunuch has always been desperate for leftist approval.
            Tony, psychotic as he is, is much more likeable

        2. ENB has fans? Where, over on Vox? Or is it Jacobin magazine?

          1. That’s your cue Mike.

            1. its a fun game to deride a reason editor and see which one of Reasons WKs jump in first.

              1. Don’t you guys go after Kmele, if he ever starts contributing here.

              2. Everyone needs a hobby, even if it’s truly pathetic.

                1. Why are you telling us why you post?

                  1. Offer still stands. If you all agree to start acting civil, I will, too.

                    1. That’s a no from me bitch.

                  1. It is the only thing he wins at in life.

                    1. Oh, so you admit I win. 🙂

    2. Yep, I agree the protestors/rioters should not be charged a bill for the increased security costs. It’s way too easy to abuse as a means of crushing speech someone doesn’t like, but every article about this happening should make sure to include that the precedent for this was based in shutting down speech the left hates. Make sure to remind people that they were warned and chose to ignore it.

      1. I suspect the reporting here is suspect. You dint need a pernit to stand in your own yard, for one.

        Two, other accounts of this mentioned that she was Unwilling to meet with city officials in person , due to COVID fears

    3. Yes, but you don’t understand, pickles, libertarian principles only matter if it’s the government shutting down peoples speech.
      If it’s street thugs or jackbooted university administrators then that’s totes okay because it’s their free speech right to silence others or something.

      1. too,too, too true mother”s

    4. Or when this city did it for something that wasn’t a BLM rally. #libertariansforunequaltreatmentunderlaw

    5. That’s usually Robby Soave’s beat, so technically I guess you are correct that ENB hasn’t written as much about campus free speech issues.

      1. “you are correct”

        So you’re saying you had no reason to even post.

        1. At one, very literal, level.

          On a deeper level I’m implying that pickles’ complaint, “Weird how this never came up from you ENB the dozens of times it has been used by universities to shut down guests…” is silly since the Reason writing staff all have “beats” that they cover, and college free speech isn’t ENB’s beat. It’s Robby Soave’s.

          1. “silly since the Reason writing staff all have “beats” ”

            Its silly because you made something up out of thin air?

            LOL

      2. you are correct

        Hell, now I think I must be wrong.

    6. I suspect the reporting here is suspect. You dint need a pernit to stand in your own yard, for one.

      Two, other accounts of this mentioned that she was Unwilling to meet with city officials in person , due to COVID fears

  4. What’s up, Peanuts?

    1. I don’t know. Got any Stormy Daniels news? Or maybe an update on the latest bombshell: Sister-Gate?

    2. ” 2″

      You got banned again I see.

      1. It’s not his fault, it’s all those damn sexy children.
        He can’t help it.

        1. She was asking for it dressed that way.

          1. if she didn’t want him to download her pics she should have gone through puberty.

            1. “She”
              I’m pretty sure Nuttplug is on the Michael Jackson side of the pedo spectrum.

              Guys like him are what create the world’s “Tonys”.

              1. Fortunately, I know little of the dark side.

        2. I see the QAnon crowd has arrived.

          IT’S A TRUMP RALLY IN HERE TODAY BOYS!

          1. You keep getting banned for posting child porn links. It has nothing to do with Qanon whatever that is. You are a fucking pederast. You are disgusting and everyone here hates you.

          2. No bro it’s a peaceful anti-pedophile protest.

          3. You posted child porn before QAnon was a thing.

  5. Colleges are cracking down on returning students who party without taking COVID-19 precautions.

    They’re partying like it’s a 0.1999% fatality rate.

    1. Less for college age kids.

    2. How many of those partying are in chemotherapy? Otherwise, it’s less.

      1. DO YOU PEOPLE NOT SEE WHAT I WAS GOING FOR? I am beginning to suspect my efforts are wasted here.

        1. Too subtle for this crowd.

        2. I caught. Last few days just have people worked up. Everyone’s spoiling for a fight, which makes humor harder to identify.

          1. Lighten up, Francis.
            All of ya

            1. I watched Deadpool 2 last night.
              Best superhero movie, hands down.
              But it was nice to laugh and put all the totalitarianism, bigotry, and political assassinations to the back of my mind for a bit

              1. >>Best superhero movie, hands down.

                1989 Batman … O.G.

                1. Nope got to go with the greatest black marvel super hero movie…
                  Nope not black panther, not blade, meteor man!

        3. Dont get delirious. This is what if sounds like when FOEs cries

        4. two-thousand-zero-zero posters missed the reference.

        5. I got it, Fist. I got it.

          *stands there laughing in the purple rain*

        6. You truly are a prince among men, Fist. Or among commenters.

        7. You are the artist formerly known as Fist.

        8. I find it’s more effective if you say 99.81% survival rate.

    3. I got it and gave it the appropriate eye-roll. Now the stupid song is stuck in my head.

    4. >>taking COVID-19 precautions

      this week’s ecstasy is called Little Red Corvette

      1. All we’re missing is for our own darling Nikki to come back to Hit n Run.

        1. Erotic city, baby.

  6. Bad idea?

    It’s been one bad idea after another in 2020.

    Kids in masks. Child abuse.

    For example.

  7. Hangin’ is too good for ‘em.
    *builds guillotine for peace*

    1. We need some common sense guillotine control. There’s no reason for the average person to be building a guillotine. Especially not a black one with the thing that goes up.

      1. Looks like a military assault guillotine.

      2. Nobody needs one over 10 foot high.

  8. “Alas, the bill would also set a 5 percent federal tax on marijuana sales in states that choose to legalize.”

    Follow the money.

    1. What is worse, a marijuana charge, or a tax evasion charge?
      Ask Al Capone.

    2. and of course, we’ll see a commensurate reduction in the DEA budget no?

      Should I not hold my breath?

    3. Wasn’t failure to pay the federal tax the original way marijuana possession was charged before the Controlled Substance Act?

  9. “California continues to be California”

    Yes, and that’s a good thing.

    After all, the Koch / Reason open borders agenda is explicitly designed to turn the entire country into California — high degree of racial diversity, high degree of economic inequality, single-party Democrat control.

    #OpenBordersWillFixEverything

    1. +1 You can check out any time you like, but you can never leave.

      1. Well, you can leave, but your money stays here, mkay?

    2. I guess you didn’t see the news this was in reference to-right below banning flavored tobacco products. It’s true that this kind of idiocy tends to be favored by proggie Democrats who have no problem with flavored booze or weed, but all you saw was “California- blue state!” and started jacking off.

    3. California is so California that it is now charging people more if they use too little water. After years of claiming reduce usage they are charging for using too little. Pretty soon they will tax us for not dying soon enough and for dying too soon

    4. high degree of racial diversity, high degree of economic inequality, single-party Democrat control.

      Nicely done. 😀

  10. https://dailycaller.com/2020/08/30/police-grave-black-lives-matter-call-violence/

    BLM protester in DC shouts that he is “ready to put police in their fucking graves”.

    I am sure he meant it in a “mostly peaceful” way.

    1. We should call out what this actually is: sedition and insurrection.

      There is one political party supporting and promoting it: Democrat.

      1. They should yes. But I am pretty sure the country believes their lying eyes instead of what the media tells them.

      2. It’s a breakdown in law and order and an explicit rejection of the social compact. They don’t believe the rules apply to them. They ain’t gonna like it when the other side decides the rules don’t apply to them, either.

    2. And do you have the notarized, 2 witness statement and copy of an ID with a statement from his mother verifying he was in any way involved with BLM?

      1. And if you don’t have that, what do you have? Like, starting with what event is this a video of? Do you know?

        1. you can’t help but continuue to be made fun of.

          Do I need to remind you that these journalists are on the ground. They know who is who? They have videos. BLM isn’t even hiding it.

          Yet here you are again.

          1. You didn’t answer the question. What event is this a video of?

          2. If right-wing zealots like you and Nardz are making fun of me it’s a sign I’m on the right path.

            1. You fucking moron you stole that from pickles

            2. Replying to you you unoriginal fuck

              “pickles
              August.31.2020 at 10:40 am
              you are correct

              Hell, now I think I must be wrong”

        2. I guess it could have been a bunch of Trump supporters at a “Back the Blue” rally then. Who can be sure?

          1. So, you don’t have an answer either to basic questions such as what event this video was taken at, and who is speaking.

            1. Yeah i guess you’re right. That person probably had nothing to do with BLM or Antifa.

              I don’t know why anyone would think such a thing.

              1. “Something to do”. That’s a really low bar. Of course, they have “something to do” with BLM and antifa. “Something to do” is so vague it’s useless.

                1. So it’s just like your questions.

            2. Surrounded by people wearing Antifa costumes and BLM logos. I’m sure these listeners were just walking by a random crazy person with a bull horn yelling crazy shit about wanting to kill cops while on their way to a peaceful protest and thought “oh wow, man this guy is crazy, let’s stand here and listen for a minute. peacefully”

              Yeah that’s probably how it went.

              1. Just admit you cannot answer even basic questions like what the event in this video is, or who is speaking.

                1. Just admit you are a leftist running cover for antifa

    3. Reprehensible speech.

      Can you give more context of what event the video is from, and who is speaking?

      1. It was a BLM riot. Watch the video. And notice, the crowd cheers him. No one stood up and contradicted him or did anything but cheer. This is who BLM is. Stop fucking lying.

        1. Much like Communism, they’ve never really tried BLMing with the right people

        2. “a BLM riot”? Black Lives Matter organizes events like rallies and marches.

          But, then, this video isn’t showing rioting. It’s showing a bunch of people listening to someone speaking through a megaphone or over a P.A. So, who is speaking and what is the event? Seems like anyone posting videos should be able to answer basic questions like that.

          1. “You can’t see their membership cards so they’re not BLM!”

            1. If you have no idea who the people in a video are, maybe you shouldn’t try to make claims beyond “this is a video of a bunch of people somewhere, listening to some asshole who hates all police.”

              1. We do have an idea, they’re BLM.

      2. He did. There is an article explaining the Who, What, When, Where and everything.

        Do you really think that your question comes off as anything OTHER than passive aggressive bullshit?

        1. He’s a squawking bird.

          1. The guy, whoever he is, spouting all the anti-police hatred certainly is a squawking bird.

            1. So you recognize like.

        2. “A protestor”
          “An unnamed speaker”
          That’s exhaustive journalism.

          1. The White Knight
            August.31.2020 at 2:48 pm
            “A protestor”
            “An unnamed speaker”
            That’s exhaustive journalism

            That’s exhaustive trolling

        1. or antifa in this case.

          1. JesseAz, go back and look at every comment I’ve ever posted asking people how they know that the people in some video they are posting are affiliated with BLM. You will not find a single comment I’ve ever made where I have asked a similar question about how they know the people in the video are affiliated with antifa.

            The point I am making is specifically about Black Lives Matter, the organization. When you post a video or story and claim that “BLM rioter” did this or that, words should mean something. If you haven’t established the person’s affiliation with BLM, then just describe them as “rioter”. Leave the BLM part off — its use of guilt by association.

            1. Who the fuck are you to set up rules? White Knights Don’t Matter.

              1. He’s a squawking bird.

                1. A seagull, to be specific.

        2. “He was a f—ing Nazi! Our community held its own.”

          Antifa & BLM in Portland celebrate the homicide of a purported Trump supporter who was affiliated with Patriot Prayer, a Portland-area conservative group.

          Interesting times.

        3. It says right in the first line of the article you posted that the guy is antifa. It also implies that he is not affiliated with Black Lives Matter, other than being an ardent supporter:

          “The man being investigated by police in the fatal shooting of a Trump supporter in Portland identifies as Antifa and is an ardent Black Lives Matter supporter.”

          1. “It also implies ”

            Here you see him inject his own opinion by claiming it is “implied”

      3. It was the 7th inning stretch of the Cubs Giants game

    4. To keep saying it’s ‘peaceful’ is to be intellectually and morally stunted.

      1. Nobody is saying that this speaker, for example, is peaceful.

        What we are saying is there are peaceful and non-peaceful protests happening. So, don’t paint all protests and protestors as violent. It’s especially important because protest is a Constitutional right.

        1. Yes we agree you’re making a fool of yourself.

  11. Massachusetts parents are protesting public schools’ new requirement that every student receive a flu vaccine.

    Putting to the test my body my choice.

  12. “The city wanted Gils to pay $2,500.”
    “a small gathering of people in front of Gils’ home for about an hour and a half, holding signs in support of Black Lives Matter and affordable housing”

    So $1,667 per hour. For HOW many cops?

    1. Now be reasonable. 3 – 5 cops. And of course they had to travel out to this place. And meals, they needed meals. And gas money. Plus hookers and blow, of course. Union Contracts and all.

      1. It’s Jersey.
        I’m surprised they even bothered calling it “overtime” instead of simply going with “protection fee”

        1. “That’s a nice protest you’ve got there…”

  13. The city wanted Gils to pay $2,500.

    Freedom ain’t free.

    1. “why isn’t this considered simply part of the normal function of police?”
      Why can’t I consume as much of any resource out there for free?

      1. Did they request these “services”?

        1. Maybe:
          Gils had even “notified local officials about the protest” in June and “met with the police chief to iron out logistics”

      2. It’s the Blue New Deal.

        1. The logistics of “standing in her yard” -lulz at ENB’s “reporting”

  14. https://edition.cnn.com/videos/politics/2020/08/30/trump-tweet-portland-mayor-response-diamond-nr-vpx.cnn

    Ted Wheeler could not be a bigger oxygen thief. Unfortunately, there’s only one other name on the ballot. We might as well let Iannone win, and then we can just let the city burn down and get it over with.

    1. The riots continue and the mayor refuses to let the police put a stop to them or accept help from the President. Yet, somehow, reason and the rest of the media keep claiming these are “Trump’s riots”.

      1. Something about repeating a lie often enough?

        1. When Trump had federal agents arresting people for attacking the federal court house in Portland, reason claimed it was him using a “secret police”. Then they turn around two weeks later and say “the riots did happen on his watch”. Pathetic.

          1. the gaslighting at this point is unbelievable.

            1. Gaslighting is done in secret, and tries to remain hidden from the victim.
              This is called blatant lying.
              Goebbels would be so proud of our press.

      2. and the DA showed no interest in prosecuting anyone, so the Oregon state police left town as well.

    2. If Wheeler isn’t gone, one way or another, by the end of the year I’ll be stunned.

      At least the Antifa candidate is honest about her intentions; it’s always better when the enemy doesn’t bother hiding behind a false veneer of moderation, so you know how to engage them. Wheeler is a spineless fuck-weasel who probably thought the position would be a springboard to a Governor or Senator seat after he was done. Now, he’s going to be lucky to not get lynched, because everyone in the state seems to agree that they hate his guts.

      Don’t be surprised to see him and his wife end up in some prog resort town running a bed-and-breakfast after this year, assuming Antifa doesn’t string them both up before the election. His political career is done.

      1. Bye bye wheeler… by any means necessary

      2. Oregon Gov. Kate Brown refused deploy the National Guard. She too should be swinging from a lamppost. The D. A. makes three.

        1. The Portland DA is Antifa. The only thing that would change that situation is the 101st Airborne marching him out of his office and throwing him in Leavenworth for insurrection.

  15. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QAw5ykIPOBM&feature=youtu.be

    Reason bought the Trayvon hoax hook line and sinker. An actual Libertarian magazine would be covering the fact that the entire thing was a media created hoax.

    1. “The Trayvon Hoax” is an excellent documentary.

      To prove this, try typing “The Trayvon Hoax” into the Youtube search bar. It will not show up for several pages.

    2. I’m pretty sure that Reason did cover it relatively unbiasedly back when it happened. If they’d do the same today, I highly doubt it.

  16. How appropriately named….MORE Act. More federal taxes, that is. Typical of Team D.

    1. He literally said he had mailmen on his payroll. He points out how nursing homes are a godsend. This too will be ignored.

    2. Could be the truth, could be a grifter looking to get people worked up. I wish people would stop writing articles based upon one person’s word. Stick to things with physical evidence.

      1. Except whether or not he is doesn’t really matter, since he describes the process exactly how it could/would be done

      2. Physical evidence….like Paterson NJ?

  17. I have to wonder about the Mayor staff. Why didn’t some staffer stop that bill from going out. Did they really think this wasn’t going to blow up in their faces?

    1. someone who isn’t paid enough to think or care probably just rubberstamped it. Or maybe they’ve modernized their system enough to be automated, in which case they didn’t realize they’d done goofed until they read about it in the news.

  18. “The protest itself wasn’t much—a small gathering of people in front of Gils’ home for about an hour and a half, holding signs in support of Black Lives Matter and affordable housing—but Gil said she wanted to do something to show that people in her area cared about the issues.”

    So, meaningless signaling?

    1. Her teacher gave her an “A” in drama, so it wasn’t meaningless.

    2. Isn’t that at least 90% of those who say they support BLM?

      “Like, I totes blacked out my Instagram profile pic for, like, 3 whole days. I’m totally fighting racism and you’re a white supremacist for questioning me.”

  19. For you Peanuts that missed it – Matt Welch has written the definitive summary on the lie of Trumpism:


    No, Donald Trump Did Not ‘Shrink’ Government
    Annual federal spending grew by $940 billion under his signature, even before the coronavirus.

    https://reason.com/2020/08/27/no-donald-trump-did-not-shrink-government/

    Read it. Learn. And stop with the lie that Trump is a libertarian of any kind.

    1. Sure he didn’t shrink government, as long as you don’t consider the CFR and the administrative state to be “government”. Welch is as big of a liar as you are. He just doesn’t have a child porn habit that we know of.

    2. Matt Welch? The guy who can’t even keep his kids safe or stand up for them?

      LOL

    3. And Welch addresses the “But Nancy tricked Trump into spending!” crowd:

      Ah, comes the inevitable rejoinder, but it’s Congress that has the power of the purse! Quite so. And that Congress was controlled by the president’s political party for 54 percent of his tenure, during which time Republicans jointly agreed through a series of continuing resolutions and must-pass, little-read “omnibus” packages to lift Obama-era spending caps, wave away the debt ceiling limit on federal borrowing, and fulfill Trump’s campaign pledge to “save,” rather than reform, old-age entitlement programs.

      Brutal. GOP = Big Government

      1. Just because Trump isn’t going to legalize child porn, doesn’t mean he didn’t shrink the scope of government. There is more to life than your preferred perversions.

      2. “but it’s Congress that has the power of the purse! Quite so”

        So he says it’s Nancy’s fault.

        1. ^^^^ Two Trump cultists in denial ^^^^

          1. Nah Welch isn’t in denial he just said it was Nancy’s fault.

          2. I like how facts are now proof of a culture.

      3. Do you even realize he blamed congress correctly there?

        Now ill ask again… did you ever read up on impoundment?

    4. The next hard hitting story from Welch discusses the origin of spending at the federal level and the restrictions on impoundment congress passed almost half a century ago

    5. “Read it. Learn.

      I read it .
      Matt engages in false equivalence and then lies his ass off.
      You lie your ass off too in the comments, later.

      And the only thing anyone is going to learn, is that Matt is auditioning for Vox and is perfectly willing to lie for the narrative.

    6. Joe Biden wants to raise my taxes.

      1. And then sniff your women.

  20. A man in Portland was fatally shot on Saturday night, after a caravan of Trump supporters showed up to protest Black Lives Matter protesters.

    Who protests the protesters? (None, if the protesters prime have their druthers?)

    1. The man was fatally shot. Some people did something. A counter protester was murdered by a Antifa thug. That is what happened.

      The double standards here are appalling. This is like saying “a woman was run over after a caravan of Antifa protesters showed up to protest the alt right protests going on in Charlottesville.” Why is it so hard for reason to just tell the fucking truth?

      1. I am 100% cool with Reason employees being murdered.
        They deserve it at this point

        1. How the fuck is ENB any different than Goebbels?
          She’s just not as high profile?
          I challenge anyone to argue how the two are fundamentally different in what they do

          1. That’s a trick question, right?

        2. The thing is, the only person who get shot is the one girl that actually went to the protests and reported on the reality. The people who like to pretend burning down a building isn’t a riot wouldn’t ever be near antifa in anything but a photo op situation.

          1. Yea, and Rommelman is the only one who doesn’t deserve it

      2. To be honest, I’m not all that worked up about it. Some balloonheads are trying to draw an equivalency between the crustpunk John Brown wannabe that did it, and Kyle Rittenhouse, but the two situations aren’t remotely the same.

        Regardless of how the situation went down, the fact is that Antifa and the Patriot Prayer/Proud Boys are essentially two rival gangs, have been street-fighting each other for years, and eventually someone was going to get killed. It was just a question of who would fire the first shot.

        1. In other countries they call those things death squads. You are right in that they are just rival gangs at this point. But I am riled up about it because I don’t want to live in a country that is infested by rival death squads. Yet, thanks the the Democrats refusing to enforce the law, that is where we are headed.

        2. Even ignoring that, there’s a hell of a difference between someone who is being chased by an armed group stopping and shooting, and then continuing to retreat, before shooting again, and a guy from one group just walking up to a guy from the other and shooting him.

          1. You’re right that there absolutely is a difference in the two situations. I think it’s important to keep in mind here that it’s a false comparison to begin with, kind of like that lame meme comparing Rittenhouse to Tamir Rice, and also to keep in mind that these two groups have been battling each other for a long time and eventually someone was going to get killed. It’s honestly best to not accept the left’s premises on this to begin with, since they never argue in good faith.

        3. I agree that it was just a matter of time, but I think the major difference would be how it is played in the media. That seems to be what gets a lot the right’s panties in a bunch. I really don’t blame them.

          Would the national media ever choose sides between the Bloods and the Crips and sway their coverage that way?

          1. No, they wouldn’t, but the media sees the conflict between the Bloods and Crips as just a bunch of dumb joggers killing each other.
            It provides no political leverage for the Democrats on a national level.

            If it’s not something they can blame on whitey, the media doesn’t give a shit.

            1. Agreed.

              Is anyone taking bets on retaliation?

      3. the new tactic when the mostly peaceful protestors commit murder or assault or other violent crimes is to blame President Trump for inciting violence.

        1. thats not new thats been their answer the whole time. Its Trump fault they are burning down their homes.

    2. He was shot in a peaceful manner.

      1. for most of the bullet’s life it was sedentary and peaceful.

        1. It was even peaceful for most of the distance between the gun and the target!

          1. Just out for some night air, and the guy got in the way.

  21. If looting is just like taxation, then isn’t taxation just like looting, i.e. theft?

    https://www.npr.org/sections/codeswitch/2020/08/27/906642178/one-authors-argument-in-defense-of-looting
    One Author’s Argument ‘In Defense Of Looting’

    When it comes to small business, family owned business or locally owned business, they are no more likely to provide worker protections. They are no more likely to have to provide good stuff for the community than big businesses. It’s actually a Republican myth that has, over the last 20 years, really crawled into even leftist discourse: that the small business owner must be respected, that the small business owner creates jobs and is part of the community. But that’s actually a right-wing myth.

    A business being attacked in the community is ultimately about attacking like modes of oppression that exist in the community. It is true and possible that there are instances historically when businesses have refused to reopen or to come back. But that is a part of the inequity of the society, that people live in places where there is only one place where they can get access to something [like food or medicine]. That question assumes well, what if you’re in a food desert? But the food desert is already an incredibly unjust situation. There’s this real tendency to try and blame people for fighting back, for revealing the inequity of the injustice that’s already been formed by the time that they’re fighting.

    1. Also, defund NPR.

      1. and NEA, NEH, CPB, …

    2. New NPR fundraising scheme: looting instead of soliciting donations. Put all those tote bags to good use.

    3. One Author’s Argument ‘In Defense Of Looting’

      *facepalm*

      To the author of this retardation: “At no point in your rambling, incoherent response were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought. Everyone in this room is now dumber for having listened to it. I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul.”

    4. Now that global megacorps are openly backing the Democrats’ agenda, suddenly they have no interest in preserving small businesses.

      1. Ding ding ding!

    5. LOL! NPR runs a ‘fuck the kulaks’ piece. It’s about time they dropped the thin veneer that they are anything but Marxists and that the goal of their revolution is the same as in 1917.

  22. Polling data suggest “Biden’s electoral prospects and the popularity of Black Lives Matter are not closely linked.”

    Pollsters might be surprised. Again.

  23. “Massachusetts parents are protesting public schools’ new requirement that every student receive a flu vaccine.”

    They want grandma AND little Suzy to die.

    1. Well, little Suzy is going to grow and change her name to Karen, so what’s the downside?

  24. Your Coronavirus Test Is Positive. Maybe It Shouldn’t Be.
    https://www.nytimes.com/2020/08/29/health/coronavirus-testing.html

    On Thursday, the United States recorded 45,604 new coronavirus cases, according to a database maintained by The Times. If the rates of contagiousness in Massachusetts and New York were to apply nationwide, then perhaps only 4,500 of those people may actually need to isolate and submit to contact tracing.

    One solution would be to adjust the cycle threshold used to decide that a patient is infected. Most tests set the limit at 40, a few at 37. This means that you are positive for the coronavirus if the test process required up to 40 cycles, or 37, to detect the virus.

    Tests with thresholds so high may detect not just live virus but also genetic fragments, leftovers from infection that pose no particular risk — akin to finding a hair in a room long after a person has left, Dr. Mina said.
    Any test with a cycle threshold above 35 is too sensitive, agreed Juliet Morrison, a virologist at the University of California, Riverside. “I’m shocked that people would think that 40 could represent a positive,” she said.

    1. This story will be completely ignored by most. I condemn the author of that NYT story for actually doing some research. Sad she was forced to still claim she wasn’t against testing in defense on Twitter, asking for more testing. But at this rate the centers are desperately seeking ways to increase current counts. Mostly for cdc money, but also for politics.

      1. commend* not condemn. Stupid autocorrect.

        1. I’m pretty sure she was roundly condemned for her reporting, it really wouldn’t matter if you piled on as well.

    2. Keep looking until you find what you want to see.

    3. https://twitter.com/boriquagato/status/1299748995372384257

      the key point is this:

      if you cannot culture live virus, you’re not infected or contagious.

      and this does not happen above 33-34 cycles of PCR amplification.

      (lower numbers of cycles to find virus imply higher viral load)

    4. One solution would be to adjust the cycle threshold used to decide that a patient is infected. Most tests set the limit at 40, a few at 37. This means that you are positive for the coronavirus if the test process required up to 40 cycles, or 37, to detect the virus.

      First, holy shit we’re arguing over PCR cycle numbers when it comes to diagnostic testing! Despite Ron Bailey’s best intentioned idiocy, this should’ve been fucking nailed down long before now. Any other diagnostic test would’ve been.

      Second, holy shit is 40 a lot of cycles! It’s been a while since I ran any PCR diagnostics but back in the day, even with some phenomenally designed primers, from a genomic sample you could get just about anything to test positive for anything in the 50-60 cycle range.

      1. Yeah, when I first heard this story, I holy shitted at the number of amplification cycles and then holy shitted, “holy shit, it really is a fucking hoax!”

    5. Any test with a cycle threshold above 35 is too sensitive, agreed Juliet Morrison, a virologist at the University of California, Riverside. “I’m shocked that people would think that 40 could represent a positive,” she said.

      I’m sure the I Fucking Love Science crowd will be thrilled to hear this. /sarc

    6. The most effective solution is to ignore everything published by the New York Times branded edition of the democratic party propaganda.

  25. “Newsom says he will sign Sen. Jerry Hill’s bill to ban the retail sales of flavored tobacco products.”

    I am confused. Does Newsom want to ban candy-flavored tobacco or tobacco-flavored candy?

    1. Someday all products will be flavorless.

    2. Let’s compromise: ban all tobacco and candy.

      1. No, all candy tastes like tobacco and the only cigarettes you can buy are candy cigarettes . That will stop the black market in its tracks!

        1. Candy cigarettes are a gateway to hard candy.

          1. First the candy cigarettes, then next thing you know your hooked on pop rocks and snorting lines of fun dip

    1. Huh. Never seen objective journalism. Okay, I’ve seen journalism that tried to be objective, and tried to be balanced, but it’s something that can’t be achieved by mere mortals. Not by White journalists, not by journalists of Other Colors.

      What a journalist can do is recognize their own biases and account for them, to strive for objectivity as a direction to keep moving towards, to see out a balance (which is not the same as equal time), etc.

      So this attack on objectivity is to simply no understand objectivity.

      1. I bet that sounded profound in your head

      2. Wait… you’re a journalist?

      3. What a journalist can do is recognize their own biases and account for them

        If they can’t achieve objectivity, the best they can do it *try* to recognize their biases. Similarly, accounting requires some sort of objectivity to have been achieved and cannot be done without it.

  26. “The city wanted Gils to pay $2,500”

    Virtue signaling is expensive, even when you’re a rich, privileged little Korean-American.

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    1. The killer’s name is Michael Reinoehl. He is Antifa.
      https://twitter.com/TaraLaRosa/status/1300161241990692865

      1. So did anyone catch it on camera? I’d like to know if the shooter has a self-defense argument or if it was a pretty crystal clear case of aggression.

        1. http://twitter.com/No_Filter_Cuban/status/1300158243558350849?s=19

          No great video, but here you can see guy in white shirt crosses street, pauses in front of victim, then shoots him.
          White shirt then leaves scene while an accomplice comes behind him to collect the shell casings.
          That last fact swings things hard in the 100% planned hit probability

          1. Oh shit, yeah, that’s insane. Also makes sense why ENB doesn’t have it in her links. Hard to spin that as a peacful protest. Guess a lot of people are really hoping this shooter was there for completely unrelated reasons.

            1. (Alleged) shooter is a prominent BLM-antifa activist who even has social media posts saying things like “I am 100% antifa”

              1. Do you have a copy of his signed membership card with the raised seal and the notarized certificate of authenticity?
                I didn’t think so.

        2. Better video, slowed down with enhanced audio:
          http://twitter.com/JackPosobiec/status/1300157576785604608?s=19

          “We got a [unclear]er over here…”

      2. https://twitter.com/MrAndyNgo/status/1300341533229473794

        The #antifa investigated for shooting the Portland Trump supporter is Michael Reinoehl. Last month he was arrested at another antifa riot for illegally carrying a loaded gun. He was let go. He then went on to allegedly kill Aaron Danielson.

        1. Apparently the dude and his idiot son got arrested in June for speeding, drunk driving, reckless endangerment of a child because his 9-year-old daughter was in the car with him at the time, and driving with a suspended license as well.

          Here’s the kicker–he was also charged with unlawful possession of a firearm.

          Will be interesting to see how Portland’s Soros-funded DA reacts to this, considering Reinhoehl was already staring in the face of those other charges.

          1. Another nonviolent offender bail reform success story.

            1. No, these dipshits actually live in Oregon.

      3. The real question is: did he have a gun? Was he looking for trouble? Should he have been there in the first place?

        You know: all the things people ask when cops shoot black men.

        1. You’re lat to the party. I already asked, and another poster already linked to the video. It’s that magic thing were people wait for evidence even when they really don’t like one of the people involved.

          1. Still not clear to me what happened. The video isn’t clear on what happened. Did Aaron Danielson have a weapon and draw, or was he just executed in cold blood? It is clear that there was no protracted fight going on.

            1. Having watched the video and the video testimonial of his buddy who saw him get shot- this seems to be an execution.

              In the case of that Austin shooter, and the kid in Kenosha, I have been saying that this is just the logical end point of a police vacuum- people settling their differences with gun fights in the street- much like the Wild Wild West.

              But if these facts stand, this is something completely different. It was a political execution, more akin to a bunch of South American descents into communism. The alleged shooter was caught with a loaded gun at riots earlier- he should have been put away then. But instead he was released.

              1. Look up “Bleeding Kansas”

        2. The real question is: did he have a gun? Was he looking for trouble? Should he have been there in the first place?

          You know: all the things people ask when cops shoot black men.

          Unlike Democrats, I don’t consider possession of a gun a capitol offense. We’ll start with that.

          1. It depends. If the cops are telling you to drop it, and you don’t, then it is.

            By itself, no, of course not.

    2. Has The Boogaloo started?

      1. don’t you scream about QAnon?

        1. The Boogaloo crowd was marching with Antifa. Nuttplug can’t keep his conspiracies straight.

          1. I wouldn’t be surprised at this point if the Boogs turn out to be feds that are doing intel-gathering on Antifa. They had no press attention at all until after all these riots started, because the media needed some kind of right-wing supremacist group to try and deflect attention from all the burning, looting, and murdering going on. That tends to be a pretty clear signal that their formation wasn’t exactly organic.

    3. these democrats are insane. I’m seeing people on my social media frothing at the mouth over Kyle the Kenosha Kid being a white supremacist nazi who went out to hunt blacks for sport and how anyone who supports trump is a fascist. We’ve passed the point where talking is going to work with these animals.

      1. And it’s not a fringe of the left – it’s the majority

        1. Yep. Any sane leftists have already abandoned ship, and are either floating around with the moderates or are voting Trump, not because they’re Republicans, but because it’s the only option that can win that doesn’t include mass murder.

          1. Remember that the peaceful protests song and dance isn’t about convincing anyone who isn’t a democrat. It’s about convincing the base that isn’t on board with burning down buildings that there is nothing to see here. There is a nice big bubble maintained for the moderate left, so they don’t ever have to see what the radical left is like unless they try. It’s only recently gotten bad enough long enough to pierce that bubble.

      2. There were multiple articles even this weekend saying the people shot in Wisc were black. I saw a few articles claim the murder of Blake.

        Journalists don’t even try for facts anymore.

        1. Yep. And the only reason they’re now trying to back peddle away from supporting the riots is because it’s showing up in the polls. Don Lemon is blatant that that’s the reason he thinks they shouldn’t be supporting them anymore

      3. Which is ironic, considering he’s a mixed-race kid who shot three Caspar-skinned German and Jewish guys.

    4. His name was Jay Bishop

      I’m getting confused. I see that his real name is Aaron Danielson and some people write it as Aaron “Jay” Danielson, and others put aka “Jay Bishop” after that, but others have said that Jay Bishop is a different person. ???

      1. Jay Bishop is a leader of that prayer movement, I guess. So the actual guy killed, Aaron “Jay” Danielson, is getting mixed up with Bishop.

      2. what Overt said. Guy’s real name is Aaron Danielson, he went by Jay, and people are mixing him up with Jay Bishop.

    5. Can anyone tell what is on Jay Bishop’s chest in first pic of him dead on the street? Looks like something under his shirt against his chest. Improvised body armor?

  28. So the Jeff Bezos protestors (the guillotine guys) are demanding a $30 minimum wage.

    Remember when the $15 minimum wage people were saying “don’t be ridiculous, all we want is just a $15 living wage”? Yeah, I remember that too. Give them $30 and next they’ll want $60. It won’t stop. These people have hit peak mooch.

    p.s. Also, I remember the days when Bezos was not a billionaire. Hell, I met him when he wasn’t even a millionaire. He took a struggling online bookstore barely making enough to remain open, into the vanguard of the digital online business. And none of Amazon’s areas are monopolies. Every area has heavy competition.

    Bezos isn’t doing this because he’s greedy. He continues to do what he does because he wants to make a difference. If it were just greed he would sell his shares and buy a large island and do what greedy people do. But he continues to work at the business he brought up from nothing. Good for him. He deserves ever cent.

    1. NPR gave a fawning interview to the lunatic who wrote the book claiming looting was justified and should be encouraged. Forget minimum wage, they are openly advocating mass theft and the end of all property rights.

      1. Gimme all that money you worked all your life to get.

        1. How else can people who don’t want to work have (your) money?

        2. and meanwhile we’ll burn down the store you invested it in, and steal all of your inventory

      2. you didn’t happen to get the address of that lunatic, did you? I mean, since they don’t believe in property rights, and I need a new tv, I think we could come to an “understanding”

        1. since they don’t believe in property rights, and I need a new tv, I think we could come to an “understanding”

          Reminds of the time in college when this literal communist was blathering on about how there’s no such thing as property rights so I got up, and helped myself to a soda and a bag of chips. When he asked me why I was drinking *his* soda and eating *his* chips I told him “I thought since you don’t believe in property rights these are the community’s soda and chips, and I was thirsty and hungry so I figured you wouldn’t mind if I helped myself.” We never really spoke after that.

          1. haha, nice. It’s aways someone else’s property that’s getting taken, not theirs. Saw reports of similar stuff happening in the CHAZ as well, where some soyboy would leave his laptop and stuff in a tent, and when he got back, it was gone, and the group would tell him tough shit, it’s part of the community’s stuff now

      3. You heard that too? No surprise when I found out the degenerate who wrote that is a M-to-F tranny. For some reason, they seem to be on a far higher plane of mental illness than the F-to-M ones.

    2.  Bezos isn’t doing this because he’s greedy. He continues to do what he does because he wants to make a difference

      And his waste smells of roses!

      1. Like Obama/Trump? (pick one)

        1. Mediocre.

    3. there is no such thing as peak mooch, peak derp, or peak TDS

    4. These people have hit peak mooch.

      Dude, they’re not even close. The peak state of living for these people is to have their ass glued to a couch watching streaming videos while some maid comes and cleans their house and brushes the cookie crumbs off their torso for most days, with occasional breaks to fly to exotic global destinations to take selfies.

      These are the kind of people who post shit on social media that makes it look like they’re living this amazing life, and one day they write this pages-long effort-post on how they’ve been battling drug or alcohol addiction and depression, and have been going to counseling or are entering rehab because they thought about killing themselves. They think someone else paying them to sit on their ass all day and CONSOOOOOOOOOOOOME media like a fucking zombie is going to finally provide them with the bliss they need to fill their spiritually and emotionally bankrupt lives.

      1. Saved. It’s an excellent look at that mindset, IMHO.

    5. The shutdowns are what’s making Bezos and Amazon richer, so…

      1. I’m sure it’s just a coincidence that businesses have been shut down for 5+ months here in WA while everybody’s stuck ordering from Amazon.

  29. https://twitter.com/JonesyLaird/status/1299872894990913538

    Imagine being repeatedly sexually assaulted, threatened and abused over the course of 8 years. Somehow you manage to gather strength and courage to report your abuser and get a restraining order, a warrant is issued but he doesn’t go to jail. One day you’re sitting at home and he shows up, has a knife on him, takes your keys, he’s doing what he has done over and over. You’re scared so you call the police, they show up and your rapist gets shot while resisting arrest but now everybody is talking about how an honorable man he is, he gets over a million dollars in donations so you sit there thinking why did you even report him? Maybe it’s your fault he got shot. You should’ve just kept being a victim and he’d be ok. Everybody thinks he’s a good guy so what he did was normal, it must’ve been. You must’ve exaggerated and reported him for nothing. Next time someone abuses maybe you won’t report them, why for? The last time you did that the guy became a millionaire. The next girl being abused might be thinking the same.
    Are people thinking about the rape victim? Short answer: No.

    I think the shooting in Wisconsin marks the official end to the “me too” movement.

    1. Yep. I am watching TEACHERS support both Blake and the dead antifa asshole who also had a sexual assault with a minor conviction. Do we really want these people to have any access to kids?

      1. Teachers are bullies now.

        What they’re doing to the kids is deplorable.

        Fucken pussies. Especially male teachers who are scared of the virus.

        1. they’re females around the late 20s/early 30s mark.

      2. Yep. I am watching TEACHERS support both Blake and the dead antifa asshole who also had a sexual assault with a minor conviction.

        White Knight was pathetically trying to gaslight on Rosenbaum last week. “Well, can we verify that he actually was a sexual predator? I need more proof than something from Stormfront”, despite the fact that his most recent mugshot and entry in the sexual predator database was all over the web.

        1. Here’s what I actually wrote:

          https://reason.com/2020/08/28/trump-warns-america-bidens-america-will-look-like-trumps-america/#comment-8430435

          “Let’s assume it is true that Joseph Rosenbaum was a convicted child molester, which I am having trouble confirming other than claims on sites like storefront.org. Are you saying that it’s OK that Rittenhouse was out there being a vigilante and doing street justice.”

          Which means that I conceded, for the sake of argument that Rosenbaum was a child molestor, and asked the bigger question of whether that makes it OK that Rittenhouse shot him.

          But spin away.

          1. There wasn’t “an assumption” to be made–it was a documented fact. You didn’t actually concede anything and tried to obfuscate and deflect, as is your habit.

            1. People these day are really loose with their “documented facts”: a screenshot or shaky video they saw on Twitter, their pet theory, what they want to or don’t want to believe.

              When I search for confirmation and I find stormfront, I would like a little more confirmation.

              Doesn’t matter. Whether or not he has a record, he didn’t deserve to be gunned down by a vigilante.

    2. I think the shooting in Wisconsin marks the official end to the “me too” movement.

      You wish. Never underestimate people’s ability to ignore cognitive dissonance.

    3. The lie is that I have to 100% support the police or 100% the guy who was shot. Like most things, it’s part support, part opposition. The guy wasn’t threatening the police when the police used deadly force. The guy should also be tried for any crimes he committed. But, and here’s the thing, it’s not up to the police to determine guilt and punish people. That’s reserved for the court & jury system. Cheering the police & violating due process is antithetical to the jury system.

      tldr? I can choose to not support someone for some actions and support them for others. It’s not all or nothing.

      1. Which guy, Billy? The one who had a knife in his hand when the cops tried to arrest him? There’s video of the cops wrestling with Blake, and then springing away from him like they were jack in the boxes. Then pointing guns at him.

        Those are the actions of cops trying to stop a guy with a knife in his hand without shooting him or wrestling with him further.

        1. Exactly. No other explanation for them wrestling with him, then suddenly ALL jumping back and pulling guns makes sense. So now you have a guy with a knife walking back to a car with kids in it. What are you supposed to do? The tazer is no longer an option.

          1. Honestly, they should have shot him the second the knife came out. I understand why cops are ‘gunshy’ in this environment though. Reaching into the car, or threatening to drive away with a couple of kids, finally got one of the cops to overcome his inertia, and stop the fleeing felon.

            It’s too damn bad one of those seven bullet didn’t connect with the back of that thug’s head though.

  30. U.S. Marshals say they found 39 missing children in Georgia during two-week operation
    https://www.cbsnews.com/news/us-marshals-find-39-missing-children-georgia-operation-not-forgotten/

    1. Does this story confirm or contradict an ENB narrative? That’s how you know if it’s just a local story or not.

    2. but they forget to mention how old the human trafficking victims are, or if they trafficked themselves

    3. found 39 missing children in Georgia during two-week operation

      Just how many children are missing in Georgia? There is so much wrong with this story that makes it unbelievable. Was this two weeks start to finish or did they know about the kids for a coupla months and finally got around to collecting them?

      It’s just like how they collected Ghisele miraculously after monitoring her in that chateau in Sander’s backyard for 10 years.

      Wut the hell?

  31. Three public housing tenants “were never told that their interviews would be edited into a two-minute video clip that would air prominently on Thursday night at the Republican National Convention…”

    They got Daily Showed.

    1. But it is different when they do it.

      1. They aren’t real news…like Reason…

  32. Confessions of a voter fraud: I was a master at fixing mail-in ballots
    https://nypost.com/2020/08/29/political-insider-explains-voter-fraud-with-mail-in-ballots/

    He would have his operatives fan out, going house to house, convincing voters to let them mail completed ballots on their behalf as a public service. The fraudster and his minions would then take the sealed envelopes home and hold them over boiling water.

    “You have to steam it to loosen the glue,” said the insider.

    He then would remove the real ballot, place the counterfeit ballot inside the signed certificate, and reseal the envelope.

    “Five minutes per ballot tops,” said the insider.

    The insider said he took care not to stuff the fake ballots into just a few public mailboxes, but sprinkle them around town. That way he avoided the attention that foiled a sloppy voter-fraud operation in a Paterson, NJ, city council race this year, where 900 ballots were found in just three mailboxes.

    “If they had spread them in all different mailboxes, nothing would have happened,” the insider said.

    Inside jobs

    The tipster said sometimes postal employees are in on the scam.

    “You have a postman who is a rabid anti-Trump guy and he’s working in Bedminster or some Republican stronghold … He can take those [filled-out] ballots, and knowing 95% are going to a Republican, he can just throw those in the garbage.”

    1. Yeah, we all know its going to happen and does happen.

    2. Trump needs to give this guy a pardon in exchange for coming out and naming names. Expose the entire corrupt system.

      1. The media and the civil service would just ignore it though

        1. wouldn’t manner when the FBI came and cuffed the guilty. Hell, if he has good enough info, it could start a RICO case, although I doubt anything will come of this. Too many skeletons on both sides to allow the politicians to even consider cleaning themselves up

    3. Now imagine if you had the support of one quasi-illegitimate political organization pushing a race-based socialist message and one wholly illegitimate socialist anarchist political organization, both of which are known to be moving and distributing operatives across the country.

      November is going to be an absolute shitshow.

    4. He would have his operatives fan out, going house to house, convincing voters to let them mail completed ballots on their behalf as a public service.

      If someone shows up to your house offering to mail in your ballot for you, tell them to go fuck themselves.

      1. No.
        Beat their ass, drag them inside, and start extracting information

        1. start extracting information

          “I have a particular set of skills, skills that make me a nightmare for people like you…”

        2. I don’t think you’d want to attract the attention of the people directing the front line voter fraud operations.

            1. There are some nice things about living on a cul-de-sac

              1. I admire your fighting spirit

      2. Yeah, but that doesn’t necessarily stop the TDS-afflicted mailman from segregating the ballots and giving them to his Antifa contact to be verified as Democratic votes or not.

    5. This feels like a ‘too good to be true’ story’ just like all those hate crime hoaxes that play into the Liberal worldview.

      1. This. It’s really on the nose.

        That said, the fraud should be monumental this election.

    6. I can’t give any value to an anonymous source, but the process he shares is interesting. He gives multiple examples of how it can be done.

  33. https://twitter.com/ajzeigler/status/1300410148125540352

    Might we think for a moment about the message we’re sending victims of sexual assault when they call the police for help upon their attackers return & within a week the attacker’s name is emblazoned on football helmets?

    1. https://twitter.com/JonesyLaird/status/1299872894990913538

      Imagine being repeatedly sexually assaulted, threatened and abused over the course of 8 years. Somehow you manage to gather strength and courage to report your abuser and get a restraining order, a warrant is issued but he doesn’t go to jail. One day you’re sitting at home and he

      shows up, has a knife on him, takes your keys, he’s doing what he has done over and over. You’re scared so you call the police, they show up and your rapist gets shot while resisting arrest but now everybody is talking about how an honourable man he is, he gets over a million

      dollars in donations so you sit there thinking why did you even report him? Maybe it’s your fault he got shot. You should’ve just kept being a victim and he’d be ok. Everybody thinks he’s a good guy so what he did was normal, it must’ve been. You must’ve exaggerated and reported

      him for nothing. Next time someone abuses maybe you won’t report them, why for? The last time you did that the guy became a millionaire. The next girl being abused might be thinking the same.
      Are people thinking about the rape victim? Short answer: No.

    2. Jefferson owned slaves. Same same.

    1. Could there be a more pro Trump article than one pointing out the Bushes and Romney want nothing to do with him?

      1. I imagine that’s why its not a big talking point. Trump pissed off the Republican establishment won’t make anyone not vote for him.

        1. Trump pissing off the Republican establishment is what caused a shitload of people to vote for him. The Republican establishment brought us McCain and Romney and told us we had to hold our nose and vote for these RINO’s. And yet when it came time for them to hold their nose and vote for Trump, they retreated to their fainting couches and refused to do so. The fact that these people voted for Hillary and are now urging you to vote for Biden tells you all you need to know about their loyalties.

          Remember when Boris Johnson had that Brexit vote and some members of his party didn’t vote the right way and he kicked them the fuck out of the party? Why is the GOP still allowing Romney and Collins and Murkowski to call themselves Republicans?

          1. To be fair, Murkowski technically isn’t a Republican anymore, she’s listed as an independent. Collins is probably the last of the Northeast-based Rockefeller Republicans, and Romney only ran as a Republican because Utah outside of Salt Lake City and Park City is dark red.

            Anyway, like I’ve said before, this is what happens when a political realignment takes place. All the neocons are migrating back to their natural home with the Democrats, now that they’ve essentially been told by the party base to go fuck themselves.

      2. One which also mentions that McCain’s parasite widow also spoke at the DNC?

        1. You have the parasite-host relationship reversed. McCain would be a minor war hero without Cindy’s family’s giant fortune for underwriting John’s political aspirations. More symbiotic than parasitic, I think, especially after John became a Senator.

      3. I thought exactly the same thing. POTUS Trump wears their ‘boycott’ as a merit badge, and something to celebrate. I don’t blame him.

    2. “He has no interest in the wise council of Kristol or Boot. He didn’t hire campaign consultants like Rick Wilson or Steve Schmidt”

      They thought that that they were masters of the universe, with their little magazines and affected mid-Atlantic accents that made them sound like Frasier Crane’s gay uncle, perpetually explaining the subtle parallels between George W. Bush and Seneca.

      Now they whine from DNC pulpits, all the while imagining that the leftists actually give a shit about their ideas, and don’t secretly despise them too.

      1. He has no interest in the wise council of Kristol or Boot. He didn’t hire campaign consultants like Rick Wilson or Steve Schmidt”
        And he still won against the most qualified candidate ever. On the first try. With less money spent. And the media against him.

        1. Kristol and Boot should be in prison.

    3. Trump’s presidency may’ve disrupted not one but *two* political dynasties? I’ll have to go buy some pearls to clutch.

      1. I always love pointing that 2 dynasties defeated out

        1. You can make an argument that the Romney dynasty got short circuited too.

          George P. Bush still keeps getting elected to things in Texas, so the Bush dynasty may be merely down, not out.

  34. We are completely frightened by, completely impressed by and completely in support of wherever this is headed.

    Teachers union short on history teachers.

    1. Oh they have history teachers, but their history teachers don’t know any actual history.

  35. Wow! Florida Democrat suggests it’s ‘open season’ on killing Republicans and President – shares hit list? (Op-ed)
    https://www.lawenforcementtoday.com/florida-democrat-suggests-its-open-season-on-killing-republicans/

    “GOP: Yeah he’s dead. But it’s not a big deal because he was a “bad guy.” Is that REALLY the new rule they want? Killing is OK if it’s a “bad guy?” Is it now open season on: Flynn, Manafort, Stone, Gates, Cohen, Trump, Barr, Kavanaugh, Lewandowski, Bolton, Pompeo, Papadopolous, Parscale.”

    1. they reallllly don’t want to start that train. Because there will be no brakes and no mercy

      1. They live in a world where rules and standards don’t apply to them, and consequences are only for the other side.
        It’s long past time to disabuse them of such notions

        1. That’s been the biggest thing I’ve noticed, these people don’t believe in personal responsibility, as long as it applies to them.

          1. Personal responsibility is a systemically racist concept

    2. It’ll be fun watching him try and play the victim when the secret service shows up at his door to investigate him for threatening to assassinate the president and others.

      *pops popcorn*

    3. Obviously that’s well within Twitter’s rules. The hit list was all Republicans.

      1. Sayin that the Kenosha Kid did nothing wrong however… that’s a censoring.

    4. Pam Keith. Running against 2-term incumbent Brian Mast, in a +9 R district. That also went +9 for Trump, and +4 for Romney.

      She’s going nowhere. But it is telling that someone with this lack of self-control is a major party candidate for Congress. And that I have to hear about it at ‘law enforcement daily’, and not at a major news outlet’s site.

      Per John’s ‘death squads’ comment above, we are not at the death squad point, IMHO.
      (More the start of the Spartakis/SA clashes.) When people like her, start either disappearing off the streets or start getting murdered in their homes, along with anyone near them, we’ll be there.

  36. But the city apparently decided that this event required extra policing—and that Gils should have to pay for the service.

    Like Trump was going to get Mexico to pay for the wall, she was going to get the police to pay for their own defunding.

    THIS A JOKE AND NOT TO BE TAKEN SERIOUSLY. Unlike all my other comments.

  37. HERE► Brilliant article. I had wondered how future generations would view the mind boggling hysteria that is currently gripping the whole world, especially Europe and the USA. We look back at past centurhysteria can be – like a stampede. Thought the writer was a historian, his analysis is so sharpies and wonder how they could have been so stupid. I guess it shows how powerful mass . He has seen through the Emperor’s new clothes!Click here.

  38. https://twitter.com/asymmetricinfo/status/1299818271835906052

    What’s particularly appalling is that so much of this discourse is being driven by children of the professional class who clearly have no grasp of what it means to pour years, decades, or even generations into building up some unglamorous small business that’s rooted to one spot

    1. “But daddy was mean to me.”

      Translation: “He gave me the regular BMW, not the one I wanted.”

  39. Congress to vote on decriminalizing marijuana.

    Trump could undercut them with his pen and phone if he wasn’t so stupid on this.

    1. No. I know it can be done by changing the schedule 3 list, but I don’t think that is the way to do it. Legalizing pot is a big deal and should not be done by bureaucratic fiat. Congress should step up and do their jobs and change the law or refuse to do so and take some responsibility for once.

      1. Like immigration? And abortion? And war powers? And budgeting?

        1. None of that was good either. Some things like the number of immigrants we let into the country on a HB1 VISA are less offensive to the separation of powers than completely legalizing something as controversial as pot.

      2. But didn’t the Controlled Substances Act leave it up to the executive to make the list?

        1. It did. I just don’t agree with that.

          1. They can always amend the Act with a subsequent bill if Congress is that pissed off about it. It’s not like the Executive is claiming the power for themselves, and daring Congress or the Courts to do anything about it. The Act explicitly states that discretion rests with the Executive.

            I agree with you though that, politically, it’s the kind of major step that prudently should only be done as an act by the majority.

            1. Personally, I think politically it’s a winner for Trump. Trump people might be put off by it but I doubt enough to not be still energized to vote against Biden and it might just get some voters to take a second look at the Dem ticket. I could be wrong.

              1. I don’t know, just guessing, that the majority of Republicans that still support marijuana being illegal are dead or never-Trumper neo-cons.

      3. Totally agree = Congress should step up and do their jobs and change the law or refuse to do so and take some responsibility for once

      4. In the meantime, victims of the federal government’s unconstitutional persecution of marijuana will continue to suffer. That’s a terrible idea especially when as you say, it CAN be done with executive stroke via the schedule 3 list.

        Why on earth would you want the federal government to continue causing such pain and anguish in people’s lives?

        Jo Jorgenson , right on her website, says she will pardon ALL federal prisoners who are in for non-violent victimless crimes. I don’t believe this gets talked about enough. This is a correct and proper use of executive authority as well.

    2. I think he’ll do it as an October surprise. He has so much to gain and almost nothing to lose by doing it, and he’s never been known to leave something like that sitting on the table.

      1. I don’t think Trump is a giant fan of intoxicating drugs—he’s a famous teetotaler—nor the people that take them. His reticence to reschedule marijuana might be a personal view.

        I do think it’s one he should do though. Just don’t expect it to change anything substantial, as far as criminal justice goes.

        1. As I understand it, Trump’s opinion has been that marijuana should be legalized for years now.

          Considering how his administration started, it’s easy to believe that it wasn’t a priority early on, and at some point it became better to wait for October for maximum election benefit.

          1. Fantastic. I hope you’re right.

    3. It would be so fun to watch libs try to challenge it in court.

  40. Tech worker visas getting harder to come by.

    The work-from-home mandates are the new normal.

    1. “sponsored by many of the best companies in the world”
      but not by the best companies in America. Hire and train the locals

  41. The city wanted Gils to pay $2,500.

    The bill she received from city Mayor Mario Kranjac said the fee for was for police overtime pay required because of Gils’ 90-minute front-yard protest.

    $2,500 for 90 minutes of overtime? Jesus fucking Christ.

    “I have researched the issue further with my own counsel and I am hereby rescinding the bill, subject to our Council’s ratification of my action,” he wrote. “I always want to make certain that everyone’s Constitutional Rights are fully respected. We will have to adjust the Borough’s ordinances accordingly.”

    Translation: “We got caught with our hands in the cookie jar and our city’s attorneys have notified me that this leaves us in a very actionable position.”

    1. Mayor Kranjac told WLNY the bill was not politically motivated but normal protocol

      And I believe that 100%. This had nothing to do with this being a BLM protest, it’s just the normal protection racket run by the government. They need money, you got some, hand it over.

      1. welcome to NJ, please bend over for your mandatory government assfucking

      2. “That’s a nice little protest you got here. Be a shame if something were to happen to it.”

    2. We will have to adjust the Borough’s ordinances accordingly.

      Still a shockingly baldfaced admission.

  42. https://twitter.com/StarTribune/status/1300246175061291009

    Dozens of owners whose Twin Cities properties were severely damaged in the May riots have been stunned to discover that the money they would collect from their insurance company for demolition won’t come close to the actual costs of doing the job.

    1. Well no shit, businesses are expensive as fuck. No insurance that could cover the full costs would have a premium that any business could actually afford.

      1. BLM has made hundreds of millions, and not a dime has gone to the people whose lives they’ve destroyed

        1. I’ve been assured by WK that BLM was only protesting. All the damage was done by people NOT in BLM.

          1. So let’s go ahead and accept that (idiotic) premise.
            Lots, if not most, of these businesses were black owned and staffed by black people.
            Not one fucking cent has been sent to them.
            Fuck BLM-antifa

        2. Do any of these businesses have a case for suing BLM or local governments who let it happen?

    2. Dozens of owners newly minted Trump voters whose Twin Cities properties were severely damaged

      That’s more accurate now.

      1. Minnesota was close to going for Trump in ’16. It’s going to him this time around. Go look at all of the solid blue Iron Range town mayors that turned around and recently endorsed him. DFL since the foundation of their party, and they’re advocating for Trump.

  43. Peace is bad

    https://twitter.com/ggreenwald/status/1300423428789415937
    Congrats to Israel and AIPAC on formalizing what had already been a close and loving relationship with an abusive, plutocratic, despotic Gulf State tyranny. Inspiring history being made.

      1. But Glenn Greenwald, leftist that he his, isn’t a sufferer of TDS. Which makes that take even more strange.

    1. The UAE is abusive, plutocratic, and despotic. Show me the Gulf state that isn’t. But they also used to be formally anti-Israel’s right to exist. And now, for the first time in forever, they’re not.

      It’s a big deal. If Greenwald wants to wait until a secular Arab democracy professes peace with Israel, he’s going to wait awhile.

    2. Greenwald’s not wrong about the UAE, but peace is still a far, far better state of affairs.

  44. Alas, the bill would also set a 5 percent federal tax on marijuana sales in states that choose to legalize.

    Sing it with me now: “Freedom isn’t free! Yeah there’s a hefty fuckin’ fee! Freedom costs a buck-oh-five!”

  45. https://twitter.com/Boomieleaks/status/1300125546081214464

    “Look what you made me do” is how an abuser rationalizes his behavior, and it’s what liberals are doing when they claim Trump “incited” the looting, arson and violence.

    1. This needs to be trumpeted every single time reason or anyone else tries to blame anyone on the right for the riots. No one made the fuckers burn down a building.

      1. The right has 30+ million AR-15s or whatever the number is.

        If the right, as a whole, were interested in violence you wouldn’t need CNN to tell you about it. You’d know.

  46. https://twitter.com/EthicalSkeptic/status/1300184443479642112

    Put another way

    Novel Covid Deaths 45,223
    Would Have Died Later in Year 118,773
    Died Because we Panicked 47,415

    This is why class & human rights litigation must be pursued. More people died from the lockdown, than did solely from Covid.

    1. It is amazing how any audit of these numbers deems 10-30% of covid deaths are verifiable deaths from other non covid related things

      https://www.wpri.com/target-12/died-for-other-reasons-10-of-ri-coronavirus-deaths-not-caused-by-covid-19/

      Every God damn audit. And they are looking only for things clearly not related to covid like car accidents.

    2. There’s no question politicians must be held to account.

      And here’s another thing. The vaccines are unnecessary. Not only will this stupid virus’s numbers move towards the flu, it may just very well become a 5th variant of the common cold.

      But the stupid fucken assholes in government and pharma bet billions on the vaccine horse when it should have gone into TREATMENTS. The same people who started two world wars, created the food groups, and panicked into a lockdown now force masks.

      It’s a marvel people even listen.

      https://www.virology.ws/2020/08/13/the-future-trajectory-of-sars-cov-2/

      1. Spending billions means they’re gonna want an ROI on that investment but the virus is not cooperating.

        Take France for example. They’ve seen spikes and the highest number of cases among the EU. Roughly 5000-6000 a day. But look at the deaths. Low single digits. They’re probably sending the vast majority home.

        Sweden, meanwhile, haven’t reported cases in a week and announced they will be back to normal in October. We’ll get there too except it will take longer because we’re idiots.

        We’re busy dicking around with arrows, plexiglass and masks.

        1. But Americans love a show. Especially emotional reality shows with dysfunctional people. And even better than watching a show is being in a show.

          So all those things, plus a vaccine, are essential props.

          1. From the link:

            “…How long it will take before SARS-CoV-2 changes sufficiently to become common cold CoV #5 is unknown. It depends in part on how well the experimental vaccines currently under development work. I suspect that none of these vaccines will completely block viral reproduction, although they may mitigate disease. Consequently SARS-CoV-2 will continue to circulate and the mutations that will eventually reduce its virulence will arise. I do think that at one day in the future we will no longer need any of the SARS-CoV-2 vaccines that are currently in development, because the virus will no longer cause serious disease. For this reason we do not have vaccines against the four common cold CoVs – there is no medical need for them.

            To put this another way, here we have a pandemic virus whose emergence could have been stopped had we invested a few billion dollars in development of pan-CoV antiviral drugs. Instead, many companies and governments are spending billions of dollars to develop vaccines that will one day be obsolete. This lack of vision should infuriate every human on Earth.”

            Oh believe me. I’m infuriated all right.

            Then you get Birx saying stupid bull shit about masks regaining people’s freedoms. It’s Orwellian gibberish.

            I have NO confidence in public officials. None.

            Pandemic viruses will continue to emerge from animal reservoirs in the coming years. Will we be ready for them? I doubt it.

            1. Pandemic viruses will continue to emerge from animal reservoirs in the coming years. Will we be ready for them?
              Well hell yeah we will! We got lots of masks and plexiglass!

  47. https://twitter.com/Toibin1/status/1300000452927520769

    Data collection on suicides by Irish hospitals were suspended as a result of the lockdown, meaning there are no current figures on suicide and self-harm rates, according to the National Self-Harm Registry.

    1. you only get to count the lives saved, not the net change in lives.

      unless you’re counting “excess deaths”. then those all get blamed on COVID-19 and not on the lockdowns.

  48. $2500 for 90 minutes — that’s $1667/hr. Even at time-and-a-half that works out to $1111 of regular hourly wages.

    According to https://www.ziprecruiter.com/Salaries/How-Much-Does-a-Police-Officer-Make-a-Year-in-Englewood-Cliffs,NJ they average $24/hr.

    HTF did it take 46 cops to watch a teenager’s yard? They only have 79 on staff!

    1. HTF did it take 46 cops to watch a teenager’s yard? It didn’t. The city just pulled that number out of thin air.

      Which should be the real story here – not that the city was trying to charge for the security, but that they were fraudulently charging for the security. It’s just a protection racket.

      1. The city just pulled that number out of thin air.

        The fact that it was nice round number is a dead giveaway. $2500, on the nose? Bullshit.

    2. Those pensions aren’t going to fund themselves

    3. When you defund the police it turns into a pay as you go model.

  49. Biden and Wheeler blaming Trump for the riots and violence.

    Lol these people have no shame.

    I thought it was peaceful!?

    1. Narcissists do not feel shame.

    2. Biden said: “He may believe tweeting about law and order makes him strong — but his failure to call on his supporters to stop seeking conflict shows just how weak he is.”
      WTF? Only Trump supporters are seeking conflict? C’mon man!

  50. “Democrats accuse Trump of ‘rooting for more violence’”
    https://www.msn.com/en-gb/news/world/democrats-accuse-trump-of-rooting-for-more-violence/ar-BB18rjjz?MSCC=1598561274

    Reap what you’ve sown, and then gripe at the one pointing that out; always a winning plan.

    1. Democrats are so fucking dumb and lemming like they immediately started repeating the talking point.

      1. Yep. I’ve seen “This is Trump’s America” repeated SO OFTEN the last few days. Like that’s fooling anybody who’s been paying the slightest bit of attention.

        Wheeler just bragged about refusing federal aid, then complained he didn’t have enough officers on duty. Clearly Trump’s fault!

  51. Lots of people are quick to criticize “flag-waving”, but only Las Vegas is actually doing something about it.

    There’s a group in Las Vegas that protests against mask mandates that is upset about the Las Vegas Police Department telling them not to waive flags that are too large at their protests–because there’s an ordinance against it.

    https://www.reviewjournal.com/news/politics-and-government/clark-county/county-ordinance-limits-size-of-poles-but-doesnt-ban-flags-at-protests-2104798/

    The city is contending that waving American flags doesn’t violate the ordinance per se. They’re just regulating the size of the flagpoles themselves. When a large flag is being waved, it requires a flag pole that’s so large, it exceeds the size of flagpoles allowed by the ordinance.

    The intention of the ordinance, they say, is to protect the police. They don’t want people using large flag poles as a weapon against the police.

    Meanwhile, speaking of weapons, Nevada has a state preemption law, handguns do not need to be registered in Nevada, open carry is permitted, there is no assault weapon restriction, no effective caliber restriction, and no magazine capacity restriction, which, by my eye, suggests that Las Vegas regulates the caliber of flagpoles more heavily than they do firearms and ammunition.

    1. Hey, they gotta regulate SOMETHING. Besides, all those flags are a distraction from the casinos, which are completely regulated by the government.

      I remember when a company I worked for went on strike back in the seventies. The signs came with these thin little sticks. The union quickly replace them with more…. suitable… piece of lumber.

    2. we need common sense flag control laws.
      no one needs a flag that large.
      or one with that many tassels.
      or that dangerous looking eagle knob on the end.

    3. They’re just insecure about the size of their own flagpoles.

  52. Bad news: “California continues to be California:” approximately 2% of CA will go up in flames this year.

    Possible good news: if extrapolation is accurate, if this continues, California will cease to exist in fifty years.

    California’s response to the above: “ban vapes.”
    /sarc

  53. At least Gils won’t have to pay. After WLNY reported on the bill sent to the teen organizer, the mayor said she wouldn’t have to pay it. “I have researched the issue further with my own counsel and I am hereby rescinding the bill, subject to our Council’s ratification of my action,” he wrote. “I always want to make certain that everyone’s Constitutional Rights are fully respected. We will have to adjust the Borough’s ordinances accordingly.”

    He wants to make certain that everyone’s Constitutional Rights are protected when it gets media attention.

  54. the bicycle race or running race or any other event, where our police are used, including utility work, people pay for the overtime

    A key detail is that those are all revenue-generating events. It’s not unreasonable to bill them for the marginal cost of their activities. They far exceed the baseline case of policing per dollar of tax revenue.

    If a store wants or needs a cop on site, they are typically expected to pay the salary of that cop.

    1. Same for churches in my township. You want a cop directing traffic on Sunday, then you pay.

      1. Even if you don’t want it, you pay.

  55. “A man in Portland was fatally shot on Saturday night, after a caravan of Trump supporters showed up to protest Black Lives Matter protesters. The “man was wearing a hat bearing the insignia of Patriot Prayer, a right-wing group whose members have frequently clashed with protesters in Portland in the past,” the Associated Press reports.”

    I’ve felt it necessary to suggest to several progressives that maybe we shouldn’t blame the victim in regards to this story. No one should be murdered for wanting to protest, going to Portland, or wearing a hat, but listening to some people I’ve talked to, you might think any one of those things meant the victim was asking for it.

    1. And the hat seems to be an incredibly important focal point in the story. We can’t deny that he was, in fact, wearing a hat. And the hat said something on it, something we don’t understand but sounds extremely dangerous . . .

      We can’t just have prayer groups coming into Portland all willy-nilly and wearing their hats. For goodness’ sake, why doesn’t Trump say something publicly against these prayer groups? If Biden were president, he’d denounce the prayer groups immediately!

      1. The prayer group means he’s a part of an organization or political orientation that might stage a fiasco like this. Not like purely virtuous individuals like Jussie.

      2. Appeasement doesn’t work.
        Wall Street Journal wrote an editorial yesterday saying that Trump should tell patriots to just stay out of cities because it creates conflict and takes focus off shitty progressive governments.
        Ok, legitimate point.
        But it’s still capitulation to collectivist totalitarians (you know, like that Hitler guy) and won’t solve anything – they will still blame the victim.

        What Americans should be doing is showing up with overwhelming force and armed to the teeth. If any “protester” starts shit, massacre the lot of them.
        And before yall start crying like bitches, there are no legitimate “protesters” left. They’ve joined the cause of collectivist totalitarians waging war against the rest of us, and really all of western civilization.
        Bullies don’t back down unless you punch them in the face.
        Is it yet time to punch BLM-antifa in the face?

        1. Is it yet time to punch BLM-antifa in the face?

          I don’t think so yet. November 5th might be spicy, though.

      3. From what I’ve heard of Patriot Prayer, their members are not the good guys. That doesn’t mean they should be shot merely for wearing their gang colors.

        What’s worse is going to be how this only spurs on the violence. Those right wing groups who claim they’re being hunted now have a complete justification for feeling that way. It would be different if police were out in force and desperately trying to maintain order, and things just got out of hand. This is a case where the city passive encouraged riots and violence by letting them continue with no consequences until someone was murdered.

        Now that the cap has come off, there’s no putting it back on.

        1. “From what I’ve heard of Patriot Prayer, their members are not the good guys”

          Oh? Why’s that?

  56. The legislation, called the Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement (MORE) Act

    Opportunity Reinvestment? What the hell does that even mean?

    I suggest we rename this act the Marijuana Opinion Reversal and Obsequious Nonsense (MORON) Act.

    1. “Opportunity Reinvestment? What the hell does that even mean?”

      Not sure here, maybe a way for the government to “reinvest” the tax monies it collects into more “useful” things, like, maybe enough drones to track, in real time, the activities and wanderings of every single person in the nation?

  57. Tech worker visas getting harder to come by.

    It’s a bitch when your inability to import cheap labor starts affecting your stock bonuses, isn’t it? That fucking Trump, putting America first, who does he think he is? Wall Street comes first, motherfucker.

  58. Protesters build a guillotine outside of Jeff Bezos’s house. Yesterday the Amazon billionaire was reported to become the first man worth $200 billion.

    Then they logged onto Amazon, ordered a new tablet, groceries, a Kindle book on white privilege, and streamed music on their Amazon Prime account.

    1. Trying to get the parental units’ library converted from Amazon’s proprietary book format to ePub and PDF took them through all five stages of grief.

      Denial – At fist they denied it was a problem that they couldn’t read their own books on the device they wanted.

      Anger – They got angry at me for suggesting they shouldn’t buy any more books from Amazon.

      Bargaining – They bargained when they bought a Kobo reader and started feeling like maybe using it was okay if they could convert some of their old books to ePub through Calibre.

      Depression – When that proved difficult, it made them feel depressed when they realized all the money and time they’d wasted.

      Acceptance – They finally accepted that they should never buy books from Amazon in their proprietary format again.

      Getting them to break away from the cable company was easier than getting them to break away from Amazon.

      I’d love to see somebody do an in-depth analysis about the benefits of an Amazon Prime membership relative to the costs. I don’t remember the last time I ordered something from Amazon, and it didn’t arrive in two to three days anyway–with free shipping–sans Amazon Prime. It’s probably more of a benefit for people who don’t live near major distribution hubs. If you live in Flagstaff, AZ or Fayetteville Arkansas, you probably get more benefit from free two day shipping than you do if you live within a 180 miles of Long Beach/Port of Los Angeles.

      1. “It’s probably more of a benefit for people who don’t live near major distribution hubs.”

        Living in a really small town on the Oregon coast, I simply can’t get a lot of stuff I need locally (hobby shops, art supplies, and music stores, given the small population here, are really poorly stocked, and can only afford to carry the most popular items –that is just the way it is. Note: on the stuff I need that I can get locally, 90% of the time the retailer’s price is competitive.

        As far as Prime, it usually cuts a couple of days off my shipping estimates, sometimes not, and again, I am not near a major distribution hub. Overall, it’s about 50-50 for me to use Prime.

        1. Same, with oddball metalworking supplies.

      2. I buy amazon books in their format only if it is a light reading book that I know I don’t want to keep. If it is something serious, I buy it in hardback.

      3. The music service is nice because it allows unlimited skips and has no ads. But it’s mildly irritating how often I want to listen to something only available on the upgraded plan. Sometimes I can find a different release of the same song (lol) or I just listen on youtube.

        The TV/video service is pretty good.

        The prime shipping is nice, but I have had it almost forever, so I don’t have a current frame of reference. IIRC the free shipping required $25 aggregate spend. I often get $3 items next day.

        Had the free shipping grandfathered into a family shared benefit FOR YEARs with no fee, until my wife signed up for a trial of the video service. Ooops. No way to get that back.

  59. Now I’m officially in the ‘Go Trump’ camp.

    Fuck all these degenerates.

    1. check your mailbox or whatever you call them up there. ballots abound.

  60. https://twitter.com/cnnbrk/status/1300099521427517440
    Two Chicago police officers pulled over a person suspected of having a gun, and all three ended up hospitalized with gunshot wounds, officials say

    1. While this is clearly bad, WHY did they pull over someone suspected of having a gun?

      Why are armed cops driving around pulling people over? It turns out in this case the man was actually dangerous (still not sure if pulling him over right now is productive) but.. the vast majority is just harassment of free citizens.

      Stories like this swing the pendulum towards the armed cops’ side of things but I’m still not convinced we need the police-state we have now.

      1. WHY did they pull over someone suspected of having a gun?

        Probably because he wasn’t supposed to have a gun, but they suspected him of having a gun.

        Why are armed cops driving around pulling people over?

        Because their employers told them to.

        I’m still not convinced we need the police-state we have now

        This is the fault of their bosses at city council. That’s who should be being protested.

  61. I was talking to a family member last night who is convinced that Putin is behind the shit shows in Portland and Kenosha in order to get Trump re-elected. He then told me I needed to give money to the Biden campaign to make sure this doesn’t happen. It reminded me of a religious freak who approached me some years back demanding money for his church so I wouldn’t burn in hell.

    1. He then told me I needed to give money to the Biden campaign to make sure this doesn’t happen. It reminded me of a religious freak who approached me some years back demanding money for his church so I wouldn’t burn in hell.

      “Nah, that’s OK, I don’t want to join your cult” is a perfectly acceptable response to these assclowns.

    2. I know these people are nuts. But, what do they say when you point out all of the things that Trump has done, like moving troops into Poland, forcing Europe to spend more on defense, increasing US oil production, selling natural gas to Europe and about the dozen other things Trump has done that are completely counter to Russia’s interests? I am amazed at how gaslighted these people are.

      1. If you want to have some real fun with them you can get into how Crimea became Russian territory. Direct access to the Black Sea is the most important gain they’ve made since the fall of the USSR. I wonder who was President when that happened?

    3. “Remember, friends, bringing you the Word of the Most High is expensive. A Gift of Love will enable us to continue bringing the Gospel of Progressiveism to your home. Praise Foucault.”

    4. Damn.

      I was going to link to antifa.com, but they took it down.

      It was brilliant

      1. Worked for me…

  62. “Alas, the bill would also set a 5 percent federal tax on marijuana sales in states that choose to legalize.”

    There’s a reason the bill is called “MORE”.

  63. All the revolutionaries are in favor of guillotines at the beginning, until the second purge starts.

  64. if everyone’s allowed and the feds take 5% off the top it’s less fun.

    1. If I were in Congress, I’d vote against it.

      1. seriously. only five percent wtf?!?!

  65. The legislation, called the Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement (MORE) Act, would remove marijuana from the federal Controlled Substances Act, expunge some past drug convictions

    So I get that the idea is that they don’t want to let people off the hook for violent crimes, but why not just expunge all of the marijuana charges / sentencing? That shouldn’t eliminate the punishments people are facing for violent crimes, right?

  66. Many cities and towns have cop overtime regs. I had to use an off duty cop to direct traffic around various construction operations in CT. My own flag man was not good enough although cheaper. I paid the town -town paid the cop overtime wages. Ignorance is rarely bliss in the end.

  67. New Jersey Mayor Bills Teen Protest Organizer for Police Overtime Pay

    Then Gils, 18, got the bill.

    Let’s stop calling 18 year olds ‘teens’, all right? They’re adults now. At this point the only relevance their being a ‘teen’ has is for creepy pornography.

  68. But the city apparently decided that this event required extra policing—and that Gils should have to pay for the service. The bill she received from city Mayor Mario Kranjac said the fee for was for police overtime pay required because of Gils’ 90-minute front-yard protest.

    Are we not libertarians? Do we not support the reduction of taxes and their replacement with ‘fee-for-service’?

    1. Did she request the service and agree to the charges?

      1. Of course – its part of the social contract!

  69. and that’s a big if—why isn’t this considered simply part of the normal function of police?

    But it is considered a normal function of the police. But when you want to do events like this, are you expecting the cops to take officers off of patrol? Otherwise how does the department stay within its manning and payroll budget?

    Or are we saying that you can do whatever you want and the city will just continue to raise taxes on other people to cover your behavior – externalities be damned?

  70. Three public housing tenants “were never told that their interviews would be edited into a two-minute video clip that would air prominently on Thursday night at the Republican National Convention,” reports The New York Times.

    Eh. You said what you said. To a camera. No one coerced you to do so.

    1. A government agent acting in their official capacity recorded an interview for a campaign video.

      That seems problematic.

      Unless it wasn’t a government agent. It was a political agent who suckered some people into revealing that Trump’s policies actually helped them.

      I’d have to watch the videos and read the release forms and otherwise spend way too much effort before I formed an opinion.

  71. Strangely enough, although it’s all over the national media, you can’t find anything about the guillotine in Jeff Bezos’ front yard in his Washington Post.

    Democracy Dies in Darkness, indeed

    1. They’re all Tom Parsons.
      Even while rotting in the the Ministry of Love they’ll be mumbling about the “good work” they can do in the hard labour camps.

  72. seems poetic that a local government in Jersey of all places would find a way to pass laws that amount to being an old-fashioned protection racket.

  73. Precedent is set for at least one Jersey town. Protests/rallies are free speech that should not require licensing/billing no matter the organizer’s age, reason or size of protest. Otherwise 1st Amendment Rights are being denied/discriminately handled. Can’t wait for the next 2000 person protest that cites this instance when the town starts talking $$$.

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