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Cops Clash with Protesters in America and Around the World

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In cities around the world, crackdowns on protesting can't seem to stop people from pouring out into the streets. Here in the U.S., federal agents just had an hourslong standoff with protestors in Portland after people tied star-shaped balloons with messages about immigration (such as "the U.S. locks up people seeking asylum") taped to them to the gate of a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement building.

Department of Homeland Security officers "advanced on demonstrators soon after they arrived Saturday night…setting off an hours-long, back-and-forth struggle between police and protesters," reports The Oregonian:

Federal officers then used smoke and impact munitions to break up the crowd for the next several hours. Protesters threw playground balls or rocks in response. Federal officers detained several people, although the exact number of arrestees remains unclear….

Saturday's demonstration started with a march from Willamette Park in South Portland. A flier for the event described it as a solidarity march against deportation. As marchers walked, they chanted messages such as "Black Lives Matter!" and "What's outrageous? Kids in cages." Many people carried silver and gold balloons shaped like stars. A fact about U.S. immigrations policy was taped to each balloon.

In Phoenix, "nearly every attendee of a Saturday protest against police in downtown Phoenix was arrested after police say the group marched in the road, knocked barricades into the road, and threw smoke bombs at officers," The Arizona Republic reports:

In total, 15 adults and three teens were arrested, according to Phoenix Police Department spokesperson Sgt. Ann Justus. They face charges including aggravated assault on an officer, riot, criminal damage, unlawful assembly, hindering prosecution, resisting arrest and obstructing a road….

"As officers began making arrests, another incendiary device was thrown at them. Due to the ongoing criminal activity and assault, the Phoenix Police deployed less lethal munitions in order to safely make arrests," Justus said.

Protest group The W.E. Rising Project posted on social media that police hit at least one protester in the face with a pepper ball.

In Seattle, police ordered protesters to disperse after someone allegedly set a small fire and some street signs were spray-painted. It does not seem they arrested the fire starter or the vandals, but they did book five demonstrators for "failure to disperse, pedestrian interference, obstruction and resisting arrest."

Meanwhile, across the Pacific Ocean, "Thai authorities shut down parts of Bangkok's commercial center and crippled public rail networks over the weekend in an effort to prevent young demonstrators from continuing their antigovernment protests," The New York Times informs us. "It didn't work."

Tens of thousands of members of the pro-democracy movement, which has been galvanized by a political awakening among social media savvy students, gathered in Thailand's capital and in about 20 provinces on Saturday and Sunday to call for fresh elections, a new Constitution and reforms to the monarchy's lofty position in Thai society.

In Belarus this weekend, the AP reports, "tens of thousands of people marched…demanding the ouster of the country's authoritarian leader who won his sixth term in office in an election widely seen as rigged."

In Nigeria, "thousands of people have been taking to the streets of Lagos over the past week to protest against police brutality," says Al Jazeera.

Mobilised through online platforms such as Twitter and Facebook, the youth-led protests that began on October 8 initially targeted the federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), a notorious police unit long accused of harassment, torture, extortion and extrajudicial killings.

After days of #EndSARS demonstrations across Nigeria and the diaspora, authorities on Sunday announced the dissolution of SARS and later ordered all personnel to report to the police headquarters in the capital, Abuja, for debriefing and psychological and medical examination. Meanwhile, the forming of a new Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) team was announced to replace SARS.

However, the announcements did not satisfy protesters, who viewed them as just another renaming exercise and pledged to stay on the streets until their demands are met.

These include the immediate release of all arrested protesters, justice for all deceased victims of brutality and appropriate compensation for their families, an independent body to oversee the investigation and persecution of all reports of police misconduct, psychological evaluation and retraining of all disbanded SARS officers before they can be redeployed, and an increase in police salary so they are adequately compensated for protecting the lives and property of the citizens.

And in South America…


ELECTION 2020

New York Post stands by Biden story as other news outlets question its claims. Two New York Post reporters allegedly declined to have their names attached to the story about Hunter Biden's emails that has become the subject of so much social media drama. "The New York Times, The Washington Post and The Wall Street Journal have reported that they could not independently verify the data in the Post article, which included hedging language, referring at one point to an email 'allegedly sent' to Hunter Biden," the Times reports. A New York Post statement said "the story was vetted and The Post stands by its reporting,"


FREE MARKETS

Pennsylvania restaurant wins lawsuit against lockdown. Lebanon County's Taste of Sicily, cited for violating state shutdown orders after fully reopening back in May, won a lawsuit against Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf over the emergency orders. "The restaurant is currently waiting for a hearing date against the Department of Agriculture," reports WHP-TV.


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• Two men were arrested and charged with trafficking a person for prostitution and engaging in organized criminal activity after telling a cop who pulled them over that they were going to meet an adult woman who police thought may be involved in prostitution.

• The NYPD is now the private party police.

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  1. Lebanon County’s Taste of Sicily, cited for violating state shutdown orders after fully reopening back in May, won a lawsuit against Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf over the emergency orders.

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    2. “”the U.S. locks up people seeking asylum””

      THEN WHY THE FUCK ARE YOU GOING THERE.

      1. America is fascist and racist and kills brown people but they keep on coming.

        I guess it’s a lot like during WWII when Jews from around the world were trying to sneak into Germany.

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  2. In cities around the world, crackdowns on protesting can’t seem to stop people from pouring out into the streets.

    They just want that natural COVID-19 immunity that comes from protesting.

    1. Plus, not much else to do when you don’t have a job.

    2. Some protests also include steep discounts on merchandise.

      1. Don’t forget the warmth of a nice toasty fire in both car and building sizes.

  3. Federal officers then used smoke and impact munitions to break up the crowd for the next several hours. Protesters threw playground balls or rocks in response.

    So we know for sure which side of these LARPers shot first?

  4. In Phoenix, “nearly every attendee of a Saturday protest against police in downtown Phoenix was arrested after police say the group marched in the road, knocked barricades into the road, and threw smoke bombs at officers…”

    Arizona’s newspaper seems to think their demonstrators fired the first salvos.

    1. .. nearly every attendee of a Saturday protest against police in downtown Phoenix was arrested .
      All 15 of them.

      1. That wasn’t a protest, it was a Biden rally – – – – – – – –

        1. More like 3 Biden rallies.

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  5. Exclusive — Peter Schweizer: Hunter Biden’s Flipped Business Partner Provided 26,000 Emails

    https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2020/10/18/exclusive-peter-schweizer-hunter-bidens-flipped-business-partner-provided-26000-emails/

    The business partner of Hunter Biden who flipped on the Biden family from prison provided access to 26,000 emails, Breitbart News senior contributor Peter Schweizer said in a Saturday morning radio appearance.

    1. Obama Aides Defend Bank’s Pay to Biden Son
      https://www.nytimes.com/2008/08/25/us/politics/25biden.html?_r=1&sq=MBNA%20biden&st=cse&oref=slogin&scp=1&pagewanted=all

      During the years that Senator Joseph R. Biden Jr. was helping the credit card industry win passage of a law making it harder for consumers to file for bankruptcy protection, his son had a consulting agreement that lasted five years with one of the largest companies pushing for the changes, aides to Senator Barack Obama’s presidential campaign acknowledged Sunday.

      Mr. Biden’s son, Hunter, received consulting fees from the MBNA Corporation from 2001 to 2005 for work on online banking issues. Aides to Mr. Obama, who chose Mr. Biden as his vice-presidential running mate on Saturday, would not say how much the younger Mr. Biden, who works as both a lawyer and lobbyist in Washington, had received, though a company official had once described him as having a $100,000 a year retainer. But Obama aides said he had never lobbied for MBNA and that there was nothing improper about the payments.

      Campaign officials acknowledged that the connection between the Bidens and MBNA, the enormous financial services company then based in their home state of Delaware, was one of the most sensitive issues they examined while vetting the senator for a spot on the ticket.

      1. Golly, it’s astonishing that the New York Times aren’t all over this in 2020 since the Ukraine hustle matches up with their old reporting.
        I wonder why? Too local maybe.

        1. It’s too local for unreason to cover the in depth story.

        2. NYT is too busy investigating ACBs adoptions.

          https://t.co/VzZxWlDQUb?amp=1

          1. The need Sarah Palin’s womb detective, Andrew Sullivan, on the case.

    2. Exclusive — ‘This is China, Inc.’: Emails Reveal Hunter Biden’s Associates Helped Communist-Aligned Chinese Elites Secure White House Meetings
      https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2020/10/16/exclusive-this-is-china-inc-emails-reveal-hunter-bidens-associates-helped-communist-aligned-chinese-elites-secure-white-house-meetings/

      Newly obtained emails from a Hunter Biden business partner lay out in detail how the Vice President’s son and his colleagues used their access to the Obama-Biden administration to arrange private meetings for potential foreign clients and investors at the highest levels in the White House. These never-before-revealed emails outline how a delegation of Chinese investors and Communist Party officials managed to secure a private, off-the-books meeting with then-Vice President Joe Biden.

      1. Source on alleged Hunter Biden email chain verifies message about Chinese investment firm
        Sources have told Fox News that ‘the big guy’ is a reference to the former vice president.
        https://www.foxnews.com/politics/hunter-biden-china-email-source-verifies

        1. Given his wealth, his lack of speaking engagements or books…there needs to be SOME explanation for Joe being rich as hell now.

          1. Quid Pro Joe is fucked. The emails are absolutely damning. Even more damning, the lack of denials regarding their authenticity.

            1. The press does not care. Like Reason doesn’t care that there is a good chance Biden will make CA’s loathsome AB 5 bill national law if he is elected

              1. Cite that Reason doesn’t care?

                  1. In all this silence you’ve been hearing, have you heard any of the numerous posts Reason has made arguing against AB 5?

    3. Huh, maybe this explains Twitter suddenly dropping the banner claiming Hunter taking bribes was debunked.

      1. BigTech’s been working overtime trying to throttle this thing. The best they and their media allies have been able to come up with is running the old “Russia disinformation!” play, but of course they have no proof of that other than some “CIA spies” supposedly claiming as such.

        These assholes can’t even put up the effort to lie convincingly anymore. Low energy!

        1. The mask has become a chin diaper.

          1. Appropriate for all the shit they’re talking.

        2. Joe calling a lid on his campaign thru THURSDAY certainly doesn’t seem remotely odd. Not at all.

          1. I don’t know. Most candidates like to take a break immediately before an election.

          2. Even if it isn’t related to his crackhead son’s misdeeds coming to light, again, why does he need 4 days to prepare for a debate?

            He’s auditioning for leader of the free world, does he think he’s going to get 4 uninterrupted days of prep time every time something significant happens that he needs to respond to?

            It’s a debate against Trump, he should be able to waltz in there after a day of campaigning and still ace it. Why so scared?

            1. To give his body time to respond to an altered sleep schedule so he won’t quite as incoherent after 9:00.

  6. …demanding the ouster of the country’s authoritarian leader who won his sixth term in office in an election widely seen as rigged.

    We know the feeling. AM I RIGHT, AMERICA?

    1. Russian influence.

  7. Joe Biden is corrupt AF. There are no two ways about it.

    He is going to lose the election. Deservedly so.

    1. Your first statement is true. Your second statement probably is not.

      1. The amount of ignorance regarding basic human psychology required to believe Biden will win is astounding

        1. There’s no certainty about the outcome one way or another, particularly considering how the media and BigTech have gone all-in on their partisanship for one political party.

          This is just the next step in what they’re planning as far as implementing a one-party, one-ideology society under the guise of “democracy.” They thought they were getting “40 more years” when Obama was elected and still can’t accept that they didn’t get it. So they’re going to go all-out on doing so, no matter how authoritarian they have to act.

          You have mainstream Democrats calling for a Ministry of Truth to be implemented now. They aren’t making any effort any more to moderate themselves and are now willing to use force people to go along, or else.

          1. They believe they’re at the two yard line and they’re pulling out the end zone playbook. Whatever it takes to achieve permanent one-party rule is on the table, and they’re making no effort to disguise it anymore. If Biden gets elected and they move for statehood for Puerto Rico or DC, expanding SCOTUS, abolishing the electoral college, or proportional representation in the Senate, well… then it becomes “When in the course of human events…”

        2. If Trump wins, it will only be because the amount of votes he receives far exceeds any potential margin of fraud, ballot harvesting, and partisan ‘get out the vote’ drives in the key swing states in addition to the full-court-4-year press against him by the establishment (left and right).

          I hope he does win, not because I like him per se, but because it would mean the American people are smarter than their betters think they are. Elitism in politics is inevitable, but they need a reminder every so often that it is only allowed because, in the process of padding their pockets and cutting deals with cronies, us little people get to benefit too.

          1. That much is true

      2. Yeah, the media and the political establishment were caught with their pants down in 2016, they’re not going to let it happen again.
        Even if Trump gets 70% of the actual vote, they’re not going to let him have a second term.

      3. We’ll see = Your second statement probably is not.

  8. New York Post stands by Biden story as other news outlets question its claims.

    BENGHAZI!! PIZZAGATE!!! BLOOP! PEDOFILES!!! LOCK HER UP!!!! AGENDA 21!!! SOROS!!! DERP!!!!!

    1. Pedofiles: Shrike’s nickname for his shoebox full of flash drives.

      1. lol

      2. Hes defending hunter because one of the things on the laptop is child porn apparently.

      3. If Buttplug ever suddenly disappears, we’ll know why.

        1. Out of context that is a very humorous statement.

    2. Man you ARE desperate.

    3. Yeah it is all fake. That is why the Biden Campaign hasn’t said so. No one with any actual knowledge of the situation has said that it is fake. Your idiotic position is that the Post has a fake hard drive provided by the evil Russians and Hunter Biden, the one person who would certainly know if the emails are legit, hasn’t gone to the media and said it isn’t his hard drive. Also, the Post says the harddrive was seized by the FBI. If the whole thing is fake, either the hard drive never existed and thus the FBI never took it or some hard drive did exist and the FBI has it and no doubt would know that it wasn’t genuine. Yet, the FBI hasn’t come out and said that they either never seized any hard drive or did and it is a fake that never belonged to Hunter Biden, because you know the FBI is totally friendly to Trump and would withhold such information.

      How about you just shut the fuck up. You have nothing to say. Biden is guilty as shit and the evidence is there for all the world to see.

    4. “SOROS”

      The Nazi?

  9. Meanwhile, the forming of a new Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) team was announced to replace SARS.

    Meet the new nightstick…

  10. New York Post stands by Biden story as other news outlets question its claims.

    I don’t think we’re allowed to discuss this.

    1. Calling the NYT and WaPost “news outlets” may constitute libel.

      1. False advertising at the very least.

  11. As democrats push the hunter laptop as Russian disinformation… hunters lawyer is claiming the property (despite abandonment contract) and bidens campaign continues not to deny it is Hunters.

    https://dailycaller.com/2020/10/18/hunter-biden-laptop-delaware-repair-shop/

    1. The business associate of hunter biden and Devon archer who was the apparenr fall guy has decided to release all his emails. His name appears in many of the emails on the laptop.

      https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2019/09/breaking-author-peter-schweizer-drops-biden-corruption-documents-shows-hunter-involved-in-sale-of-us-company-to-china-with-potential-military-applications/

    2. There is exactly zero evidence to believe that the laptop or the emails are fake. That is nothing but a fantasy on their part. Moreover, there is no credible explanation for why if the emails are fake, neither Joe nor Hunter Biden have come out and said so. There is also no explanation for why the FBI hasn’t either come forward and said they never seized any hard drive as alleged by the Post or if they did it isn’t genuine, which the FBI would certainly have figured out by now.

      It is fucking pathetic. Whatever else is on that hard drive that they are going drip out to the public over the next few days or weeks must be devastating to Biden. Otherwise, the Democrats wouldn’t be reduced to such a patently absurd and fantastic defense.

      1. What’s with Democrats leaving laptops full of child porn and corruption laying around?

        1. Part of the qanon Russian disinformation.

        2. What is it with Democrats and hard drives period? Democrats and hard drives are like feeding Gremlins after midnight or Kennedys and water.

          1. they get ideas from old West Wing scripts

        3. Well, Hunter did return a rental car with a crack pipe inside of it. He is not exactly a rocket scientist. Which is why I have to assume all of these large international companies want to work with him specifically.

      2. John, what part of “old, fake news” don’t you understand? Also, its Biden’s turn.

      3. after 4 years of fake accusations against the incumbent, they’re hoping we’ll think the accusations against the challenger are fake too.

    3. How long before state Democrat organizations push Biden off their ticket? Probably too late to get his name off the ballots, but they’ll announce that their electors will vote for somebody else TBA. They have a better chance of beating Trump with No Name than Biden now.

      1. That won’t happen at this point–it’s WAY too late in the process and the MSM/BigTech cabal now have the their talking points (Russia disinformation!) and suppression actions in place (banhammering anyone who mentions it, including the New York Post and House Judiciary accounts).

        Short of there being no-kidding, video evidence of Hunter snorting coke out of a Chinese teenage hooker’s asscrack, the Democrat/Tech/Media cabal will just go on pretending that the laptop doesn’t exist and that they weren’t using Hunter as a money bagman for peddling foreign influence.

        What really needs to be investigated here is just how deep the US’s tentacles are in the Ukrainian government and its business community, because it’s not like that country is any less corrupt than Russia.

        1. “Short of there being no-kidding, video evidence ”

          Not even then. Get ready for all those Deep Fake articles to rise to the surface again.

        2. John Ratcliffe (DNI) totally demolished the ‘Russian disinformation’ explanation.

          1. Sure, but that won’t matter to the Democrat bobbleheads. They had that brain worm implanted in 2016.

            When Pavlov was doing his behavioral experiments, a serious flood took place that washed out his facility, including several of the dogs. When they finally got everything cleaned up and started the experiments again, he found that all of the conditioning his team had accomplished was completely wiped out due to the intense trauma the dogs had suffered.

            That’s basically what it’s going to take to break that “MUIH RUSSHA!” narrative–an event so traumatic to the shitlibs that it breaks them completely.

            1. Who was Pavlov? The name rings a bell.

              1. Some Russian dude. Duh.

      2. Sorry, the Supreme Court took away the Constitutionally protected right of Electors to vote for whomever they want.

    4. The lawyer is pretty much SOL because Hunter, or whomever dropped off the laptop, signed a repair agreement that designated it as abandoned property if they didn’t pick it up after a certain amount of time following completion of the repairs. I believe the repair contract said three months, per whatever state law is in place on that.

      The shop waited a YEAR and attempted to contact Hunter multiple times, but he never came to pick up his shit. They then contacted the FBI after they went through the machine and found whatever it was that spooked the repair guy enough that the shop owner sent them the contents of the laptop. They also smartly made backup copies, because the FBI is notorious for blackmailing these types of people to act as informers on folks that might have stuff like CP on their computers–they’ve used Geek Squad techs as bounty hunters, for example.

      The fact that the FBI sat on this while a whole impeachment trial was going on over the exact issue discussed in some of these emails is just as scandalous as the potential pay-to-play/influence peddling going on.

    1. Kyle Clark is an Antifa-tied propagandist, so it’s not surprising. That disingenuous shithead single-handedly turned 9News into a joke.

      1. 9mmNews

  12. Two New York Post reporters allegedly declined to have their names attached to the story about Hunter Biden’s emails that has become the subject of so much social media drama.

    I wonder if the second part of that sentence has anything to do with the first.

    1. Or their lack of private security.

  13. Book excerpt: An FBI sex crimes investigator helped trigger 2016’s ‘October Surprise’
    https://www.washingtonpost.com/national-security/october-surprise-clinton-emails-fbi-/2020/09/17/518ef8a2-f2dc-11ea-b796-2dd09962649c_story.html

    When he got to Kramer’s office on Oct. 19, she asked him, “What’s up?” Sitting in a chair, Robertson exhaled deeply and began talking, his knee pumping much of the time. He had told his bosses about the Clinton emails weeks ago. Nothing had happened. Or rather, the only thing that had happened was his boss had instructed Robertson to erase his computer work station. Ostensibly, that was to ensure there was no classified material on it. But it also meant there was no record of what Robertson had done, or had not done, with the laptop information. He was starting to feel like he was going to be made a scapegoat, and he was freaking out. He had already talked to a lawyer.

    The prosecutors, Kramer and Lake, thought Robertson was getting paranoid. They also gave him a blunt warning: If Robertson decided to tell outsiders about the emails, he could be prosecuted. The legal rationale behind such a scenario is faulty at best — the fact of the emails’ existence on the laptop was not classified. If Robertson had decided to tell a lawmaker or a reporter about them, that could be a fireable offense, but probably not a criminal one.

  14. In cities around the world, crackdowns on protesting can’t seem to stop people from pouring out into the streets.”

    I’m betting if Biden wins ENB’s media pals won’t be so cool with protesting anymore.

    1. You know, protests against police brutality have been going on in Nigeria and Latin America for two decades now. Amusing that she tries to tie them in to the DNC-organized marches in Portland and Phoenix.
      And the Belarus march had little to do with police brutality.

  15. The Tulsi item misses the point. What did Google “do” and why should I be worried about them doing it to me? Whether or not it’s protected by 1A is largely beside the point. The TechDirt article is a ridiculous wall of text screed.

    1. TechDirt is a ridiculous enterprise. The Vox of ‘tech.’

      1. The ENB of VoxTech

        1. Oh, c’mon, they can’t be *that* bad.

          *reads the article*

          Oh my. I stand corrected.

  16. Biden’s ABC town hall questioners include former Obama speechwriter, wife of former Pennsylvania Dem candidate
    Former Obama-Biden administration speechwriter among questioners at ABC town hall
    https://www.foxnews.com/politics/biden-town-hall-questioners-former-obama-speechwriter-wife-pennsylvania-democrat

  17. What an odd tweet. It leaves out what happened to that lawsuit. You know, the one that got tossed (easily) on 1st Amendment grounds?

    What does that have to do with the claims she’s making?

    1. The TechDirt article is a wall of text, “well, actually”

      1. TechDirt is Vox. It is up to their standards.

  18. Twitter still holding The Post’s account hostage over Hunter Biden links
    https://nypost.com/2020/10/16/twitter-still-holding-the-posts-account-hostage-over-hunter-biden-links/

    1. FLASHBACK: Top Romney Advisor Served on Board of Burisma with Hunter Biden
      https://pjmedia.com/news-and-politics/matt-margolis/2020/02/05/flashback-top-romney-advisor-served-on-board-of-burisma-with-hunter-biden-n381190

      While Senator Mitt Romney’s decision to vote to convict President Trump on charges of abuse of power sparked Outrage amongst conservatives and supporters of the president, it is perhaps not all that surprising.

      Aside from Mitt Romney’s sour relationship with the president, the Utah senator has his own ties to the notoriously corrupt Burisma Holdings—where Hunter Biden served on the board making over $80,000 a month despite lacking experience and qualifications.

      Democrats argue that Trump inappropriately pressured Ukraine president Zelensky to investigate the Bidens because of Hunter’s position at Burisma and former Vice President Joe Biden’s pressuring of Ukrainian officials to fire the prosecutor investigating the company corruption.

      Romney’s vote to convict on the charge of abuse of power might very well be connected to his own links to the company via one of his top advisers. The Federalist reported back in September that “top Mitt Romney adviser Joseph Cofer Black, who publicly goes by ‘Cofer Black,’ joined Burisma’s board of directors while Hunter Biden was also serving on the board.”

      1. If Democrats (including Romney) could get rid of Trump their activities in Ukraine would have never been pursued.

        1. Yes. Romney is a first class crook.

      2. Being libertarian means being capable of believing both Democrats and Republican establishment politicians are corrupt as hell.

      3. The Federalist reported

        That den of white supremacist debauchery? I thought Google put the kibash on them.

    2. https://twitter.com/JoeConchaTV/status/1317818274915229696
      In a related story, Carlos Monje recently left Twitter as director of public policy to join Joe Biden’s transitional team.

      1. Transitions Home for the Aged.

  19. France marching due to racism. Scratch that… die to a teachers beheading for showing a cartoon depiction of Mohammed

    https://justthenews.com/world/europe/thousands-france-attend-rallies-sunday-following-decapitation-teacher-last-week

    1. Eh.

      They will march for a few days, import a couple million more fanatical jihadists, and then march again when the story repeats itself.

      The connection between beheadings and immigration policy is never made.

  20. • Another lawsuit alleges that hotels are legally liable for any crime that takes place within their rooms.

    Oh, I get it. Its like repealing Section 230 but for physical spaces.

    1. Well, enacting section 230 for physical spaces and *then* repealing section 230 for physical spaces.

  21. Two men were arrested and charged with trafficking a person for prostitution and engaging in organized criminal activity after telling a cop who pulled them over that they were going to meet an adult woman who police thought may be involved in prostitution.

    The stats padding will continue until all human vice is wiped out.

    1. FTA: Authorities searched the vehicle and found drugs inside.

      Never consent to a search of your vehicle. Make the cops get a warrant.

      1. “Probable cause” is such a low bar in a lot of places that I wouldn’t be surprised if admitting you might be on your way to see a prostitute was a good enough reason to search without consent.

        That’s why you never admit any wrongdoing to an officer. “Do you know why I pulled you over?” only has one right answer. Same with “Do you know how fast you were going?”. You do not have to tell them where you’re going or why.

        Being uncooperative might mean he tickets you for everything he can prove, but a few tickets are preferable to what those dudes are facing right now.

  22. https://www.city-journal.org/hunter-biden-china-engagement?utm_source=Twitter&utm_medium=Organic_Social

    Mainstream media have mostly ignored or dismissed as “old claims” the interim Senate report into Hunter Biden’s shady business dealings in Ukraine, but the most explosive content in the report may be his engagement with China. The report details how the Democratic presidential nominee’s son has “extensive connections to Chinese businesses and Chinese foreign nationals that are linked to the Communist government.”

    Consider, for example, the Bohai Harvest RST (BHR) investment fund, partly owned and directed by Hunter Biden and Chris Heinz, the stepson of former Secretary of State John Kerry, through their private equity fund, Rosemont Seneca Partners. Chinese companies, including some large state-owned enterprises such as the Bank of China (BOC), controlled and funded 80 percent of BHR, and Chinese government authorities approved the deal to establish the fund after Hunter Biden traveled to China with then-Vice President Joe Biden in 2013.

    Why would China’s largest state-owned bank—whose mandate is to support the Chinese government’s strategic goals with capital—want to start a business with a relatively small and unknown American private equity fund? The obvious answer is to buy influence in the United States through the children of two of the most prominent officials in the Obama administration.

    Beijing’s investment in BHR soon paid off. In 2015, the fund played a key role in securing approval by the Obama administration and the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) for the sale of the Michigan-based Henniges Automotive to one of China’s main military aircraft makers, Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC). The approval of this deal surprised many. AVIC had previously been in the news for allegedly stealing “technologies related to the US F-35 stealth fighter,” technologies then used in China’s own new stealth fighter, the J-31.

  23. The NYPD is now the private party police.

    You know who else rounded up the Jews?

    1. Torquemada?

      1. “What a show!”

    2. Accounting firms?

        1. 0.5 rounds down when using the even rounding strategy

    3. Moses?

    4. The MC at a Mitzvah or Jewish wedding when it’s time for the Hora?

  24. Joe Biden Tells Mom He Supports Transgendering Eight-Year-Old Kids

    Of course the Party of slavery supports forcing doctors to conduct experiments on kids to see what happens and forcing America to accept these mentally damaged Transtesticals as ‘normal’.

    Switching gender based on delusions is NOT normal. Normal is being born a certain gender and sticking with for your entire life.

    1. Mommy, can I get my dick cut off!

      1. As soon as you finish your vegetables.

      2. How can you have any pudding, if you don’t cut off your meat?

        1. “Hold still, laddie!”

        2. careful with that axe, Eugene

          1. Nothing a little addadicktome can’t cure.

    2. Perhaps we could reassure people that they can behave differently without having surgical alterations.

      Transgenderism seems oddly “conformist” from my point of view.

      1. You’re absolutely right! Anatomy is so cis!!

    3. There’s going to be a shitload of lawsuits in fifteen years when little Bobby Bobbi escapes his mother’s munchausen-by-proxy and wants his dick and balls back.

      1. Better yet a shitload of matricides

        1. Norma Bates…

      2. The doctors performing these disfigurements should be forced to donate theirs.

    4. She was a DNC plant:

      “Haeck is also the wife of Ezra Nanes, a high-profile Democrat in Pennsylvania who in 2018 ran a campaign challenging Republican state Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman. Nanes is currently an at-large member of the Centre County Democratic Committee.”

      Biden’s ABC town hall questioners include former Obama speechwriter, wife of former Pennsylvania Dem candidate

    5. Normal is using the word “sex”, not “gender”, when sex is meant.

  25. The Biden Corruption Scandal Isn’t About Hunter, It’s About Joe

    Its also about corruption of the Democrat Party.

    1. Of course it is. Hunter Biden is a nobody. He has never held a position in government in his life. The only thing he had to sell was his father’s influence. If Joe Biden wasn’t providing something in return, no one would have given Hunter Biden a dime.

      1. Hunter is the money launderer. Joe can truthfully claim he never received anything of value.

        1. Getting the dead-beat kid off the family dole is payment enough.

  26. crackdowns on protesting riots protests. Potato potata. Protests don’t include hundreds of millions in damages to property

    1. the group marched in the road, knocked barricades into the road, and threw smoke bombs at officers,

      The horror. People arrested for breaking the law. Smoke bombs.. nothing like blinding agents before throwing rocks and ice at them.

      This is such an unserious take.

      1. Comparing the US to Belarus… l oh fucking l.

        1. Meanwhile antifa knocks the front teeth out of a black conservative marching for free speech.

          Go fuck yourself ENB.

          1. Front teeth = 2
            All teeth = 32
            Protest was 94% peaceful

    2. anyone else notice a free speech protest in San Fran was attacked by the usual blm/antifa groups

      1. If you believe that Antifa are anti-fascist, I have a bridge to sell you.

        1. They are anti any Fascists they don’t already control.

  27. ENB still pretending these are peaceful protests. Another episode of why libertarians can’t learn.

    1. “ENB”

      “libertarians”

      I fail to see the connection.

      1. One of these things is not like the others
        One of these things just doesn’t belong
        Can you tell which thing is not like the others
        By the time I finish my song?

    2. Americans protesting to suppress free speech and oppress anyone deemed colorless while in other countries people protesting for freedom. Hugly big difference

  28. The Biden campaign has called a lid until Thursday.
    6:12 AM · Oct 19, 2020
    https://twitter.com/JoeConchaTV/status/1318148044559351808

    1. https://twitter.com/jtLOL/status/1318031816222232576

      So
      @JoeBiden
      takes almost a week off. Two weeks before the election. Right after a
      @nypost
      story about possible corruption that all the pro-Biden media dismiss as a nothingburger.

      It must take a lot of mental effort to turn that into a coincidence.

      1. The DNC has to come up with a substitute presidential nominee now. It’s probably too late to get Biden’s name off ballots, but they can let it be known the Biden-Harris electors will be voting for someone else. It’s conceivable that “TBA” would be their best bet (no candidate baggage, but a pig in a poke), but probably better to have a fairly solid name. Considering voters probably assumed they were voting for Harris ultimately anyway, then their best shot might be a Harris-Sanders ticket.

        1. The DNC has to come up with a substitute presidential nominee now.

          Like I said above, that’s not going to happen. Democrats tend to do a lot of early voting, and removing him from the ticket now would nullify all those votes–because the vote is for the person, not the party.

          They are Ride Or Die with him now–especially because if Trump wins, he’s liable to burn BigTech and the FBI to ashes. Meanwhile, if Biden wins, BigTech will be fully empowered to turn their platforms into openly partisan propaganda mills for the DNC, which will have far worse implications in the long run.

          1. May they die with him = They are Ride Or Die with him now

    2. Biden got infected with Wuhanvirus is my guess.

      A few days ago, Biden was wearing two masks at the airport when reporters asked him about Hunter Biden.

      Photographs show Biden has worn double masks at other times on the campaign trail, including when he got off his plane in Fort Lauderdale Tuesday and when he boarded a plane to Michigan Friday.

      1. If masks worked you wouldn’t need 2.

        1. +10000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000

        2. In some cases, mask = muzzle

        3. One is the default one he always wears in public as a progressive

    3. Biden Campaign Urges TV Networks to Stop Booking Giuliani

      https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/29/us/politics/joe-biden-rudy-giuliani.html

  29. 2020 General Election Voters have cast a total of 28,439,347 ballots in the reporting states.

    ~128.7M votes were counted for 2016 election.

    That means that almost ~100M voters will be voting on election day in spite of Lefty scare tactics. As of today.

  30. Protesters threw playground balls or rocks in response.

    “Mostly peaceful projectiles”

  31. Just another in a long line of Leftist violence against the Right
    https://twitter.com/awstar11/status/1317950262758182912

    1. https://twitter.com/AGHamilton29/status/1317710847284809728

      So left-wing “protesters” attacked a young girl at the Women’s March in DC and a black man at a protest in San Francisco today.

      At what point do people realize political violence is out of control and being increasingly normalized by the silent reactions to this stuff?

    1. To the 4th Reich!

      1. He’s more like a 1/2 Reich.

    2. Elections have consequences.

  32. The real question: Will we see ENB in Hunter Biden’s “collection” of photos?

    1. Why? Hunter’s a crack head who likes strippers and widows of family members. That doesn’t mean he’d give ENB the time of day. Give him some credit.

      Unless of course, she had some Tina, and/or wanted to go skiing…

      I’m expecting Hunter to be found dead of an overdose really soon. “Driven back to addiction by the Trump campaign” or some similar tripe.

  33. Trump Welfare Watch – he wants it BIGGER than Nancy does

    Pres.Trump: I wanted a higher number than she wanted.

    Benson: What’s your number?

    Trump: I’d go higher than her number, who knows what her number is but if you said a trillion-eight, two trillion, if you said two trillion-two, so many numbers, I’m willing to go higher than that because it wasn’t the people’s fault.

    https://www.tmj4.com/news/local-news/stimulus-talks-id-go-higher-said-president-trump-in-tmj4-exclusive

    KING OF DEBT he calls himself!

    1. So are we believing everything he says today or is he still an inveterate liar?

    2. He caps his at 2 trillion while she asked for 4 and won’t go lower than 2.6.

      Youre a fucking idiot right?

      1. Fuck them both, you idiot Trump apologist!

        I am for NO welfare/handouts. You Trumptards who call yourself “libertarian” are a big a liar as he is.

        1. You just literally said “Trump Welfare Watch – he wants it BIGGER than Nancy”.
          Jesse points out that you’re lying and now it’s “Both Sides”. Fuck you’re an idiot.

          1. Jesse is the one lying with this “He caps his at 2 trillion”.

            Trump would go to $5 trillion if it would save his sorry losing ass in November.

            1. “Trump would go to $5 trillion if it would save his sorry losing ass in November.”

              turd, your fantasies interest you and the kiddy your diddling. No one else cares.
              Fuck off and die.

            2. He did cap it at 1.9. It was even reported here.
              Why are you deliberately lying to me?

              1. Because he’s trolling.

            3. Citation? Your quote puts it at 2 million. Why are you lying?

              1. with a tr. Not m.

        2. Except you only ever fuck one of them you communist sympathizer. See how that works? I’ve already said I’m against the covid spending dumbfuck, since March.

        3. When one side wants twice as much as the other, it is not “both sides”. The child porn really does rot what little brain you had in the first place.

        4. So, the Repub version is 1.8 or smaller. He signs nothing. 4d chess, baby!

  34. https://twitter.com/michaelbd/status/1318006009219219456

    And the gap is likely understated as the US is doing more tests per capita.
    Quote Tweet

    Bruno Maçães
    @MacaesBruno
    · 18h
    Almost double the daily cases in the EU compared to US

    1. But the virused correctly! They did all the things!

      Turns out virus gonna virus.

  35. The Hunter is now the hunted.

    “I’m the hunted one, Mike!” The Turk Sollozzo to Michael Corleone.

  36. More bad economic news.

    Charles Koch current net worth: $56.8 billion

    Like many of his Reason.com employees, Mr. Koch is undoubtedly counting down the days until Joe Biden is in the White House. Then, and only then, will our benefactor have access to the highly-skilled labor that Orange Hitler has locked away in literal concentration camps.

    #VoteBidenToHelpCharlesKoch
    #50BillionIsntEnough

    1. It is so bad, Hunter Biden just passed Koch….

      #JoeBidenIsCorruptAF!

      1. Even worse. Hunter joined the Board of Directors.

        #BidenSupportsMostlyOpenBorders
        #Hopethisgigcomeswithalaptop

  37. DHS, protesters face off near ICE building in Portland

    MSM has scaled back reporting of violent riots. Even here the local Lefty news calls them “protesters”.

    unpeaceful rioting is not protected by the 1st Amendment.

    1. If you are trying to burn down a building, you are not a protester. You are a rioter. Fuck reason for pretending otherwise.

  38. Things are so askew and astray with all these protests and angst, I’d walk around with Boom Box blaring and dancing to George Benson’s ‘Turn you love around’.

    1. And every day I think the Good Lord Lou Reed is still with us.

      1. Hey white boy, what you doin’ uptown?

      2. because you believe it’s 2012 or your A key is near the I key in Canadia?

    2. George Benson’s ‘Turn you love around’.

      hell yeeeaa

  39. Buttigieg claims Amy Coney Barrett confirmation puts his marriage in danger

    Buttgeig’s buttlove in jeopardy

    I totally forgot about gay people marrying and the forced acceptance.

    Another reason to make sure Barrett is confirmed. End government’s involvement in marriage permits.

    1. If the state doesn’t say he is married, he isn’t. Says a lot about how much the little creep values his relationship doesn’t it?

    2. “Another reason to make sure Barrett is confirmed. End government’s involvement in marriage permits.”

      Non-Sequitur of the Day

    3. Obergefell (sp?) will never be overturned.

      1. Unthinkable to super-precedent in less than 5 yrs. in the most homophobic nation in the Western World. Almost like some part of the narrative wasn’t true and some of the participants were just carrying water…

    1. What kind of fence is it? Picket?

    2. Silly Greeks. Walls don’t work.

  40. https://www.economist.com/international/2020/10/17/the-pandemic-has-eroded-democracy-and-respect-for-human-rights

    The pandemic has been terrible not only for the human body but also for the body politic. Freedom House, a think-tank in Washington, counts 80 countries where the quality of democracy and respect for human rights have deteriorated since the pandemic began. The list includes both dictatorships that have grown nastier and democracies where standards have slipped. Only one country, Malawi, has improved (see map). Covid-19 “has fuelled a crisis for democracy around the world,” argue Sarah Repucci and Amy Slipowitz of Freedom House. Global freedom has been declining since just before the financial crisis of 2007-08, by their reckoning. Covid-19 has accelerated this pre-existing trend in several ways.

    1. When Malawi is the standard…damn….

    2. CA hardest hit.

  41. https://twitter.com/RBReich/status/1317614803704115200

    Robert Reich
    @RBReich
    When this nightmare is over, we need a Truth and Reconciliation Commission. It would erase Trump’s lies, comfort those who have been harmed by his hatefulness, and name every official, politician, executive, and media mogul whose greed and cowardice enabled this catastrophe.

    1. This is just disgusting. And the fact that some of the editors here are tacitly condoning the democrats pushing this shit because orange man bad is a disgrace.

    2. Remember how everyone thought the “lock her up” chant was the worst crime ever?

      1. And that was for something that would’ve legitimately gotten a normal person locked up.

    3. I wonder if he has a “final solution” for the problem of Trump voters.

      1. Of course, who are you kidding. They’ll call it remedial education camp.

    4. This is a parody right? It has to be. It’s just too on the nose dystopian and referencing terms normally considered Mcarthian.

      1. its fairly typical now Keith Olberman said the same thing last week but he also wanted them charged as terrorist and executed

        1. Huh, guess the Dems really have gone full cultural revolution.

    5. This must be the new galaxy-brained idea from the left-wing intelligentsia, considering Chris Hayes brought it up, too.

      1. They are not exactly hiding their intentions for what they plan to do with the power they plan to seize

        1. I think it is more akin to lighting a back fire in front of a forest fire.

          They ‘suggest’ it, it gets criticized, which then insulates their blatant wrongdoings from the house cleanings and indictments coming should Trump win.

          Projection is their strongest suit.

  42. https://twitter.com/ElijahSchaffer/status/1318106416834629633

    BOSTON: anti-Trump protesters burn a flag and then eat a bloodied heart symbolizing they president

    These people are not just mentally ill, but they are increasingly mirroring the occult

    1. They’ve been sacrificing kids to Moloch since 1973. Perhaps they’re now possessed?
      Time to hire Egon Spengler to hose the crowd down with his proton pack.

  43. Republican Sen. Ben Sasse criticized President Donald Trump earlier this week during a phone call with constituents, saying a number of unflattering things about the President, including that he’s “flirted with White supremacists” and “kisses dictators’ butts,” his office confirmed to CNN.

    “The way he kisses dictators’ butts. I mean, the way he ignores that the Uyghurs are in literal concentration camps in Xinjiang right now. He hasn’t lifted a finger on behalf of the Hong Kongers,” Sasse said in response to a constituent’s question about his relationship with Trump and his past criticisms of the President.
    “The United States now regularly sells out our allies under his leadership. The way he treats women and spends like a drunken sailor. The ways I criticized President (Barack) Obama for that kind of spending I’ve criticized President Trump for as well. He mocks evangelicals behind closed doors. His family has treated the presidency like a business opportunity. He’s flirted with White supremacists,” the Nebraska Republican said.

    Ben Sasse (R) US Senator

    1. Holy shit. This is the end. No conservative has ever talked badly of trump. We should get all these people together, form a pac, maybe name it after Lincoln.

    2. Who cares what someone from a flyover state has to say, amiright?

    3. Because he knows Trump is a lame duck. And he knows that sucking up to him at this point in history is the kiss of death.

      Also, it’s Nebraska. White bread and farms and the occasional glimmer of intelligent thought. Must be the water in the Platte. Sasse is not one of my heros, but to see a senator stand up for his stated principles is refreshing. Maybe he’s a closet Mormon?

      1. Thats a lot of direct knowledge youre implying there.

      2. You are totally one of those pox on both sides centrist Libertarians. You just keep having wish fantasies about how certain Trump is to lose because you are independent that way.

        1. Ah, but you forgot his slavish devotion to critical race theory as well

      3. White bread and farms and the occasional glimmer of intelligent thought

        No, not pretentious or elitist at all.

      4. Nice parody. Nebraska is going full-on Trump in two weeks.

    4. Poor RINOs that had to leave the GOP because Trump won in 2016 and will win reelection in 2020.

    5. “The way he kisses dictators’ butts. I mean, the way he ignores that the Uyghurs are in literal concentration camps in Xinjiang right now.”

      If Ben Sasse cares more about the people of Xinjiang than he does about the benefits of trade to American consumers, then maybe he should go run for office in China.

      Is he saying that President Trump should have been tougher on China? I don’t think any U.S. president has been as tough as Trump on China since before Nixon.

      Meanwhile, Ben Sasse is running for reelection in the Senate, and given the stakes and what may happen if Republicans lose control of the Senate, if he needs to criticize the First Amendment, the Second Amendment, capitalism, and President Trump to get himself reelected, I hope he does so.

      1. Sasse doesn’t care about the country or the GOP or anything other than his own personal aggrandizement. He is just an asshole and a particularly boring and dimwitted one at that.

        1. We better hope he wins in 2020 anyway.

          P.S. If Collins manages to survive in Maine (which seems unlikely at this point), I’m not sure we should count on her to remain Republican. The Democrats will put tremendous pressure on her to switch parties.

          1. I could definitely see her switching to Independent, at least, if she does win. At the same time, she’s 67 years old and I wouldn’t be surprised if she retired after this next term regardless.

        2. I honestly think Senator Sasse would retract those comments, if he could figure out a face-saving way to do so. They were ill-considered.

  44. Wolf Blitzer had the audacity to question Nancy Pelosi about whether average Americans should be held hostage by her partisan posturing on the stimulus bill. He kept on her about why, despite members of her own party saying that average Americans can’t wait for the next Congress for help, she refuses to take President Trump up on his offer to meet her halfway on the stimulus bill.

    Pelosi went ballistic. She outright said that she wasn’t willing to pass a bill to send Americans a check with Donald Trump’s name on it, and then she accused Wolf Blitzer (and his collegaues at CNN) of being apologists for the Republicans–and by extension the Trump campaign. She claimed to know more about the suffering of average Americans than anyone else because she was elected by them, etc., etc.

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

    I hope the stimulus isn’t passed now or ever, but I wish everyone would take a look at that video before they vote for Joe Biden. It isn’t just that Pelosi is awful; it’s also that she’s what passes for a moderate in the Democratic party these days. And moderation for the Democrats these days seems to be all about the level of contempt they hold for average Americans.

    The radical half of the Democratic party is contemptuous of average Americans for being fundamentally racist, homophobic, misogynistic, and xenophobic, but the other half–epitomized by Pelosi–is also contemptuous of average Americans and our problems, just in standard elitist terms. She knows what’s best for suffering Americans, and it’s to let them twist in the wind until the Democrats control the Senate and the White House and can pass a stimulus bill come February?!

    Elections are won by people who can appeal to the other party’s marginal voters, and if you’re someone who thinks stimulus, spending, and paycheck guarantees are a legitimate function of government in tough times like these, why would you vote for the Democrats after seeing Pelosi’s interview with Wolf Blitzer? They want to spend stimulus money alright (to bail out the outrageous pension benefits of the state employee unions that support the Democratic party), but they don’t want to send you any checks–certainly not if President Trump can claim credit for them.

    1. Ken, I believe the electorate is about to deliver a monster middle-finger to the Democrat Party. We endured eight years of their bullshit during Obama’s presidency, and 4 years of their seditious behavior. They need to be decisively and utterly defeated at the ballot box.

      1. If Biden can keep his pie-hole shut until November he has this won. People hate Trump (except rednecks who still like him).

        1. Biden has the pedophile vote sown up. You certainly are an expert on that. But not being a pedophile doesn’t mean you are a redneck.

          Biden is also dropping like a rock in even the media push polls that had him ahead by absurd margins since the Hunter Biden bribery emails came out. And it is only going to get worse for him from here. I am quite sure they are saving the best for last on those emails.

          1. And no way is Biden gonna be allowed to respond.

          2. Steve Bannon has been quite forthcoming regarding this disclosure by The NY Post. He has unequivocally stated more will be coming out….daily.

            Can you believe a four-day lid with just two weeks to go. A fucking joke. The fact that there is no denial from either Biden (sleepy Joe or his crackhead son) is absolutely damning.

      2. I want to believe.

        It isn’t about the policies at this point.

        When people are pissed off, they blame whomever is in charge.

        I returned, and saw under the sun, that the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, neither yet bread to the wise, nor yet riches to men of understanding, nor yet favour to men of skill; but time and chance happeneth to them all.

        For man also knoweth not his time: as the fishes that are taken in an evil net, and as the birds that are caught in the snare; so are the sons of men snared in an evil time, when it falleth suddenly upon them.

        —-Ecclesiastes 9:11-12

        I want to be wrong, but that’s what I see happening here.

        It’s like ObamaCare. Here at Reason, we all knew what would happen and why. Many of us thought there was no way our politicians would shoot themselves in the foot like that, but shoot themselves in the foot they did.

        It was like this with the occupation of Iraq. How many times did we say, “Gee, I hope I’m wrong about this”? I hoped that democracy and liberal values would spring to life and grow like an oasis in the desert–just the way the neocons said it would.

        This time it’s the American people.

        I saw a study from the Hoover Foundation that predicted Joe Biden’s agenda from the Green New Deal on down, would take $6,000 off of America’s GDP per capita–that’s our standard of living! I can’t believe the American people are giving that up because Trump’s tweets are obnoxious and the virus and the lockdowns suck, but I think that’s what they’re doing.

        Hindsight isn’t even 20/20. People look back and think our history was always inevitable. The future wasn’t inevitable in the past. If we hadn’t enacted ObamaCare, we wouldn’t be suffering the negative consequences of it still today. If we hadn’t occupies Iraq, the negative consequences of it wouldn’t have happened. And if we don’t elect Biden, we won’t suffer the negative consequences of bailing out the states, the Green New Deal, and a new war on guns.

        I hope I’m wrong about everything. I hope Trump wins, and if he loses, I hope the Supreme Court isn’t packed; I hope the Green New Deal is never passed; the states aren’t bailed out of their pensions, and the new war on guns never materializes. If all of those things happen, I hope they turn out to be wonderful ideas! I hope I’m wrong about everything!

        Given the facts and some logic, I think we’re in trouble.

        1. P.S. The reason I hope I’m wrong about everything and everything goes great is because I’m a patriotic American. I love my country and the American people, and I’d rather be wrong than see the the American people suffer.

          1. everything will be fine.

        2. Geez, Ken, what a buzzkill.

          1. …but the quote is a damn good one.

    2. And they dare call themselves “public servants.“

    3. “and then she accused Wolf Blitzer (and his collegaues at CNN) of being apologists for the Republicans”

      So Hiden’ Biden is not the only one going senile – – – – – – – –

  45. Meanwhile Twitter and their criminal executives continue to ban some news while allowing all left wing violent marxist and jihadist crap to continue in their version of the internet sewer. Why does this pathetic garbage have a license to continue? Because it serves the interests of the globalist cabal to stir up unrest.

  46. Let’s do a quick review of Brain-Damaged Biden’s problems, with 15 days to go until the election.

    One, Sleepy Joe really is brain damaged (from brain surgery).
    Two, Hunter Biden, crackhead son of Sleepy Joe, is busted.
    Three, those emails do not lie, and have now been confirmed.
    Four, Brain-Damaged Biden is going to be destroyed at the debate.
    Five, early mail returns are not helping Quid Pro Joe.

    The tide is turning. The race is narrowing, and more disclosures are coming this week. Remember the steady drip-drip-drip of emails and disclosures about Crooked Hillary back in 2016. Well friends, we are about to see a 2020 repeat with Quid Pro Joe and his crackhead son Hunter. Joe Biden is corrupt AF and he is going to lose the election.

    There are times when schadenfreude is appropriate. Now is one.

    1. “That’s not true”
      “That’s been debunked”

      (Citations somehow missing)

    2. Joe really is brain damaged, crackhead son of Sleepy Joe, is busted, emails do not lie, and have now been confirmed, destroyed at the debate.”

      Nobody will know because the media won’t tell them. Modern journalism is all about deciding which facts the public shouldn’t know because they might reflect badly on Democrats.

    3. They’ve also called a lid until THURSDAY. But nobody’s covering it.

      1. A fucking lid for four days, within 2 weeks of an election?

        Nah, Quid Pro Joe has this locked up. LMFAO.

        1. Serious Joementum

  47. New York Post stands by Biden story as other news outlets question its claims…The New York Times, The Washington Post and The Wall Street Journal have reported that they could not independently verify the data in the Post article, which included hedging language

    Is this seriously your take ENB ? You are an unattractive partisan hack and poison to the cause of liberty. But you already know that, because I’ve told you so many times. And when I say you’re unatractive, it’s not all about looks babe, it’s your energy and attitude and disposition. You are bad vibes all around.

    Stop. Associating. With. Libertarianism.

    1. The Hunter Biden “lost” hard drive is just more Republican rat-fucking and everyone knows it. James O’Keefe probably dropped it off after Russia Fed-Exed it to him.

      1. Except for the people confirming it. And Hunters old associate releasing his emails too.

      2. Yes, that sounds plausible. /s

      3. “The Hunter Biden “lost” hard drive is just more Republican rat-fucking and everyone knows it…”

        Yeah, Joe’s and Hunter’s denunciations are deafening, right?

      4. Remember when that fat greasy idiot Weigel got run out on a rail?

        https://www.memeorandum.com/100625/p55#a100625p55

        God he was fucking disgusting. He exuded anti-charisma.

      5. Refreshingly obnoxious straight-up trolling right there.

  48. “Pennsylvania restaurant wins lawsuit against lockdown. Lebanon County’s Taste of Sicily, cited for violating state shutdown orders after fully reopening back in May, won a lawsuit against Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf over the emergency orders…”

    Got the phone number of those lawyers? CA needs them.

  49. Are we really not supposed to care that the dumped emails in 2016 were, you know, real? Amazing how many members of the press currently spend their time worrying about preventing the public from accessing true information.
    https://twitter.com/mtaibbi/status/1317609987041075200

    1. https://twitter.com/tomselliott/status/1318140169049022464

      We’ve gone from baselessly speculating the story is “Russia disinformation” to calling it “obviously bogus” without a single piece of evidence undercutting anything the Post’s reported
      Quote Tweet

      David Frum
      @davidfrum
      · 15h
      The people on far right and far left who publicized the obviously bogus @nypost story were not dupes. They were accomplices. The story could not have been more obviously fake if it had been wearing dollar-store spectacles and attached plastic mustache.

      1. It is obviously bogus. Why Frum can’t explain but he knows it is bogus.

        These people are desperate.

        1. Frum is just a moron but he is a grifter who needs the money.

          Man, seriously, fuck G.W Bush for those assholes he unleashed on this country.

    2. The replies to Taibbi are hilarious, head in sand type shit.

    3. “Ye shall know the truth, and the Truth shall make you free”

  50. https://twitter.com/Cernovich/status/1317917140616323073

    What comes after Trump is the person the media pretended Trump was.
    Quote Tweet

    Jesse Kelly
    @JesseKellyDC
    · 22h
    Trump isn’t Caesar. He’s the pre-Caeser. Probably more a Gaius Marias.

    Caesar will be the tyrant we all turn to to fight the Left in the future. Trump is a cuddly teddy bear compared to what’s coming

    1. https://twitter.com/brianalmon/status/1317865033712300033

      I have often said that Trump is our Sulla, the last attempt to restore the old ways before the inevitable transformation into Empire.

      Somewhere in Gen Z, Caesar and Octavian are getting an education in political reality.

      1. https://twitter.com/JesseKellyDC/status/1317864450528055300

        Trump isn’t Caesar. He’s the pre-Caeser. Probably more a Gaius Marias.

        Caesar will be the tyrant we all turn to to fight the Left in the future. Trump is a cuddly teddy bear compared to what’s coming.
        Quote Tweet

        Gentleman Jon Flag of United States
        @GentlemanJonD
        · 22h
        Replying to @JesseKellyDC and @davereaboi
        Late stage Republic. Trump as Caeser. Who’s Octavian?

        1. We haven’t seen Octavian yet, but he’s out there getting ready

    2. Holy Shit, I’ve been saying this for the last 4 years here on Reason.

    3. What comes after Trump is the person the media pretended Trump was.

      This is what I keep telling all my friends. Harris is the “what’s worse than an idiot blowhard populist”.

  51. https://twitter.com/seanmdav/status/1317287500625420288

    After corruptly blocking readers from accessing the New York Post’s expose on Hunter and Joe Biden, Twitter is now throttling circulation of a Fox News story detailing Biden’s business ties in communist China.
    Quote Tweet

  52. In Phoenix, “nearly every attendee of a Saturday protest against police in downtown Phoenix was arrested after police say the group marched in the road, knocked barricades into the road, and threw smoke bombs at officers,”

    Looks like some local governments are finally allowing police to do their jobs. Had any Trump supporter committed the same crimes in any city during the past 6 months, they’d have been arrested immediately.

    Seems like ENB supports left wing rioters and vandals, the thieves who have looted hundreds of stores, and those who falsely claim the US and all police are racist.

  53. “Here in the U.S., federal agents just had an hourslong standoff with protestors in Portland after people tied star-shaped balloons with messages about immigration (such as “the U.S. locks up people seeking asylum”) taped to them to the gate of a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement building.”

    Was that before or after the “protestors” tried to light the building on fire?

  54. hedging language, referring at one point to an email ‘allegedly sent’

    Isn’t this standard practice?

  55. http://twitter.com/RealMattCouch/status/1318186227284250629?s=19

    BREAKING: Joe Biden’s campaign has hired two Executives from Twitter & Facebook for their transition team..

    Nothing to see here America..

  56. For three days, Joe Biden refused to say a word about The Post’s exclusive stories last week linking him to his son Hunter’s business deals in the Ukraine and China.
    It wasn’t till 7:45 p.m. Friday, at the Detroit airport that the former vice president briefly stopped for questions and CBS reporter Bo Erickson asked about the damning e-mails found on Hunter’s laptop, which was abandoned last April at a Mac repair shop.

    “I have no response,” snapped Joe. “Another smear campaign. Right up your alley.”

    A video of Joe’s remarks on Erickson’s Twitter account has been viewed 6 million times.

    But for some in the media, Erickson was at fault for asking the question.

    “Bo, this is your News Director,” replied Steve Holzer, a UCLA journalism instructor and news director who has worked at CBS in the past, but not currently, according to his LinkedIn profile. “The right question is, what do you think of the report that Rudy Giuliani used Russian disinformation to try to smear your family 19 days before an election?”

  57. http://twitter.com/RealCandaceO/status/1317999530219110400?s=19

    I don’t know who needs to hear this but… if you find yourself agreeing with the mainstream media, the millionaire celebrities, and the billionaire tech owners— you are not a part of the “resistance”.

    You’re a programmed sheep.

  58. https://amgreatness.com/2020/10/18/biden-campaign-surrogate-on-hunter-biden-emails-nobody-is-saying-they-are-inauthentic/

    A Biden campaign surrogate on Sunday did not deny the authenticity of the alleged Hunter Biden emails and texts that were published in the New York Post last week.

    “I don’t think anybody is saying they are inauthentic,” Biden campaigner Jenna Arnold admitted on Fox News after repeatedly trying to steer the conversation to other topics.

    Arnold is a national organizer for the Women’s March on Washington, and author of the book, Raising Our Hands, which calls for white women to be “more engaged as citizens.”

  59. Facebook ‘Content Regulation Manager’ Anna Makanju Advised Joe Biden on Ukraine
    https://www.breitbart.com/tech/2020/10/18/facebook-content-regulation-manager-anna-makanju-advised-joe-biden-on-ukraine/

    Facebook’s global policy manager for content regulation, Anna Makanju, advised Joe Biden on Ukraine policy during his time as Vice President. She also defended Biden from charges of wrongdoing with regards to Ukraine in a comment to the Washington Post last year.

    Her position as a senior employee at Facebook handling content regulation may have given her an opportunity to influence the social network’s decision to suppress a New York Post story revealing that Joe Biden’s son Hunter, then on a lucrative contract with the Ukrainian energy giant Burisma, introduced the then-Vice President to an executive at the company.

    This occurred less than a year before the then-VP pressured the Ukrainian government into firing a prosecutor who was investigating the company.

    Makanju is also a fellow at the Atlantic Council, which partnered with Facebook in 2018 to promote “election integrity” around the world.

    Her profile at the Atlantic Council covers Mananju’s ties to Biden:

    Anna Makanju is a nonresident senior fellow with the Transatlantic Security Initiative. She is a public policy and legal expert working at Facebook, where she leads efforts to ensure election integrity on the platform. Previously, she was the special policy adviser for Europe and Eurasia to former US Vice President Joe Biden, senior policy adviser to Ambassador Samantha Power at the United States Mission to the United Nations, director for Russia at the National Security Council, and the chief of staff for European and NATO Policy in the Office of the Secretary of Defense.

    A 2019 article in the Washington Post notes that Makanju — now in an influential position allowing her to steer Facebook’s content moderation — also specifically defended Biden, her former employer, from allegations of wrongdoing with regards to Ukraine.

  60. http://twitter.com/realchrisrufo/status/1318002756012056576?s=19

    SCOOP: Three Seattle-area government agencies are now holding racially-segregated diversity training programs.

    I’ve obtained exclusive whistleblower documents that expose this shocking new policy, which could be described as “segregation for social justice.”

    Let’s dig in.

    1. No federal funds for Seattle?

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  62. http://twitter.com/aaronjmate/status/1318178631701712897?s=19

    Whenever you hear Adam Schiff, intel officials, or cable news pundits declare that something or someone is a part of a “Russian disinformation campaign”, you can guarantee that they’re saying so as part of a Russiagate disinformation campaign.

  63. Food Trucks

    Muslim Beheads Man on French Street, and Here We Go Again
    https://www.frontpagemag.com/fpm/2020/10/muslim-beheads-man-french-street-and-here-we-go-robert-spencer/

    It happened again on Friday: a Muslim migrant from Chechnya, screaming “Allahu akbar,” beheaded a schoolteacher, Samuel Paty, on a street in a Paris suburb for the crime of showing cartoons of Muhammad to his students. The response to this gruesome jihad murder has been as predictable, and dreary, and drearily predictable, as one might expect.

    1. Biden: Muslims Will Serve ‘At Every Level’ of His Administration
      https://pjmedia.com/news-and-politics/robert-spencer/2020/10/17/biden-muslims-will-serve-at-every-level-of-his-administration-n1066190

      Let’s see. Muslims make up around one percent of America’s population. So if the administration of President Biden (or President Harris, or President Pelosi) is actually going to “look like America,” it will feature one Muslim appointee for every ninety-nine non-Muslim appointees.

      Of course, the Democrats are unlikely to be that rigorous. Biden needs the support of the hard-Left, including not only Muslims such as Omar, Tlaib, Sarsour and their Muslim supporters, but their non-Muslim supporters as well, who are likely thrilled that Biden will be “inclusive” enough to place large numbers of Muslims in positions of power and influence. And in doing so, the Biden/Harris/Pelosi administration is unlikely to make any effort whatsoever to rule Sharia supremacists, Muslim Brotherhood operatives, and enemies of the freedom of speech out of consideration. Why, that would be “Islamophobic.”

      1. Imagine the pants shitting at the New York Times if Romney had said Mormons would serve ‘At Every Level’, or Trump had promised Evangelicals would serve ‘At Every Level’.

        1. Or Catholics at every level

          1. Or whites at every level for that matter.

      2. Muslim kids are just as inbred and crack-addicted as Biden’s kids!

      3. Gay people hardest hit.

        By the pavement after being thrown off the roof by Biden’s new staff.

    2. The religion of mostly peace.

      1. 95% peace.

  64. “Another lawsuit alleges that hotels are legally liable for any crime that takes place within their rooms.”

    If hotels don’t want to be held legally responsible for guests’ behavior, all they have to do is not have any rules at all that guests must follow

  65. Pakistan bans TikTok

    *Sad face*

    1. If only we could be more like Pakistan. /sarc

  66. https://twitter.com/gummibear737/status/1317950332870266882

    50% of population has zero trust in Covid policy because it is fabricated

    CDC 2017

    Very High Severity-Extreme Pandemic = 1918 Flu

    No recommendation of universal masks or business/church lockdowns

    C19 is not a very high severity virus

    Please explain

    Why should we trust?

  67. http://twitter.com/Phil4gop26/status/1317682515100958720?s=19

    15 – The number of FBI agents sent to investigate Bubba Wallace’s garage door handle

    25 – The number of FBI agents sent to arrest Roger Stone while sleeping in his pajamas

    0 – The number of FBI agents sent to see Joe or Hunter Biden after given a laptop showing Quid Pro Quo

    1. Is the FBI an independent agency?

    2. But no, there are not two standards of justice…..

      I will not be satisfied until I see people doing perp walks for their seditious actions of the last four years. I have also come to the conclusion that Wray has to be fired. Not allowed to resign, but to be fucking fired.

      1. The problem is that only one person can do that, and it is Trump. And you can be certain that they will impeach Trump again if he fires the FBI director for not investigating his political rival.

  68. It’s nice of Reason to reprint the latest NYT headlines literally every single day for those of us who have better things to do with our 50 cents.

  69. These include the immediate release of all arrested protesters, justice for all deceased victims of brutality and appropriate compensation for their families, an independent body to oversee the investigation and persecution of all reports of police misconduct, psychological evaluation and retraining of all disbanded SARS officers before they can be redeployed, and an increase in police salary so they are adequately compensated for protecting the lives and property of the citizens.

    No, no, no, that’ not how you do it. You’re supposed to riot, burn, and loot while demanding that police be defunded, not simply ask for fairly reasonable reforms like retraining, psych evaluations, and increased pay for cops. Sheesh, maybe we need to send some Antifa folks over there to teach the Nigerians how to go full retard.

  70. 80 Million Gallons of Oil, Larger Than Exxon Spill, Dangerously Close to Pouring into Caribbean
    https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/80-million-gallons-of-oil-larger-than-exxon-spill-dangerously-close-to-pouring-into-caribbean/ar-BB1a8XHc

    The Venezuelan-flagged Nabarima vessel has been sat idle off the Venezuelan coast since January 2019. Pictures recently emerged showing the FSO vessel floating at an incline, raising fears that it could spill its load into the gulf devastating the regional fishing industry and delicate ecosystems.

  71. Peak Covid? Self Isolating Students Advised to Wait In Their Rooms if they Hear a Fire Alarm

    https://wattsupwiththat.com/2020/10/17/peak-covid-self-isolating-students-advised-to-wait-in-their-rooms-if-they-hear-a-fire-alarm/

    1. Millions of people are exposed to fire without being killed by fire every year. Call me back when fire’s CFR approaches even regular influenza. /sarc

  72. Kristen Welker, the Next Debate Moderator, Got Busted Tipping Off Team Hillary in 2016
    https://www.westernjournal.com/kristen-welker-next-debate-moderator-got-busted-tipping-off-team-hillary-2016/

  73. T is worse than Belarus, Nigeria and Thailand lol

  74. Above, I referenced the Hoover Institution’s analysis of the consequences of Joe Biden’s policies on the American economy (it just came out over the weekend).

    Here’s the gist of it:

    “We conclude that, in the long run, Biden’s full agenda reduces fulltime equivalent employment per person by about 3 percent, the capital stock per person by about 15 percent, real GDP per capita by more than 8 percent, and real consumption per household by about 7 percent”.

    We estimate that the full Biden agenda will reduce long-run real GDP per capita by more than 8 percent as a result of reducing full-time equivalent employment (FTEs) per person by 3 percent, the capital stock per person by 15 percent and total factor productivity by 2 percent. Relative to the CBO’s 2030 projections, this suggests there will be 4.9 million fewer employed individuals, $2.6 trillion less GDP, and $1.5 trillion less consumption in that year alone. Median household income in 2030 would be $6,500 less.

    —-Hoover Institution at Stanford University

    (Bold added by yours truly.)

    https://www.hoover.org/sites/default/files/research/docs/president_bidens_economic_agenda_hassett.pdf

    GDP per capita is the rule of thumb measure of our standard of living. There are a number of ways to increase our standard of living; for instance, trade with countries that can manufacture consumer goods for less means American consumers can buy the same things for less money and have more left over to buy other or better things they couldn’t afford to buy before. On the other hand, if Joe Biden arbitrarily increases the cost of energy, now we’re making people pay more for the same things–and there are things we used to be able to afford that we can’t afford anymore. That makes the standard of living go down in real terms.

    In the USA, our GDP per capita was about $63,051 in 2020 (link below).

    I know it’s hard for progressives to feel like there is value when we don’t suffer the consequences of mistakes we choose to avoid, but the fact is that the economy will grow at one pace if things stay more or less the way they are now and at a much slower pace if Joe Biden inflicts higher corporate taxation on the economy and hits us with the Green New Deal he’s proposed, etc.

    That $6,500 won’t all come out of your paycheck. A lot of it will come out of your employer’s bottom line or places like the service industry–where jobs will either disappear or never materialize like they would have. The more unemployed people there are, who aren’t contributing anything of value to the economy, the lower the GDP per capita. That’s just one example.

    The progressives think you’ll never notice the home you never bought but would have bought if it hadn’t been for them. They think you’ll never notice the vacations you never took. They think you won’t miss the opportunities that never materialized–but would have been there for you if it wasn’t for them. But those things are probably the very best reason for average Americans to vote against them. The progressives want to take your hopes, dreams, and standard of living out back, march them up against a wall, and shoot them.

    1. I screwed up the italics.

      Oh well.

      Here the figure for our GDP per captia.

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_GDP_(PPP)_per_capita

    2. If you’re looking for the MSM to report this, forget it. They will cover for Brain-Damaged Biden until the cows come home.

      Not only is Joe Biden corrupt AF, his policies suck too.

  75. Defunding the police is like attempting to tame the beast by cutting off the arms. You need to go after the head.

  76. Wanna organize a riot on my media platform? No problem.

  77. “police say the group marched in the road, knocked barricades into the road, and threw smoke bombs at officers”

    Police say? If only there were organizations dedicated to verifying allegations like this, maybe by being present for the protests and taking videos?

  78. Minitrue is hard at work “updating” definitions. This time, it’s the term “86”:
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Talk:86_(term)#86_referring_to_killing_someone

  79. My county in California finally made it to Orange from Red (or Purple or Crimson or whatever the COVID panic level was.) So now people can have weddings or funerals. But not wedding receptions.

    No other gatherings are allowed. Except of course, political protests, which are exempt, since they don’t spread COVID.

  80. I remember when opposition to self-enrichment from government service was part of the Libertarian Platform. If it still is why does Reason ignore it?

  81. It’s universal.
    “The whole good cop/bad cop question can be disposed of much more decisively. We need not enumerate what proportion of cops appears to be good or listen to someone’s anecdote about his Uncle Charlie, an allegedly good cop. We need only consider the following: (1) a cop’s job is to enforce the laws, all of them; (2) many of the laws are manifestly unjust, and some are even cruel and wicked; (3) therefore every cop has agreed to act as an enforcer for laws that are manifestly unjust or even cruel and wicked. There are no good cops.” ~Robert Higgs

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