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Joe Biden Taps Former Presidential Rival Pete Buttigieg for Transportation Secretary

Plus: Trump slashes showerhead regulations, Ross Ulbricht might get a pardon, Tom Cruise is the latest COVID scold, and more...

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President-elect Joe Biden is continuing his business-as-usual approach to filling out senior posts in his administration by selecting Pete Buttigieg—former mayor of South Bend, Indiana, and presidential contender—for his secretary of transportation.

As a former mayor of a midsized Midwestern town and a consultant before that, Buttigieg is hardly a career transportation wonk. His selection comes as a surprise to some observers who had expected or hoped Biden would pick either a public transportation veteran or a large city mayor well-versed in urban transportation issues.

Buttigieg's resume, however, isn't too out of step with past officials.

President Barak Obama's picks to lead the Department of Transportation (DOT) included a former mayor (Anthony Foxx) and a former state legislator (Ray LaHood). Elaine Chao, Trump's transportation secretary, is probably the most experienced of recent DOT heads, having served as a deputy secretary of transportation in the George H.W. Bush administration.

Obviously, politics is playing a role in Buttigieg's selection. The New York Times reports that Biden and Buttigieg bonded on the campaign trail and that Biden was set on finding some role for the former mayor in his administration.

As to his actual record, Buttigieg's transportation legacy seems to rest on his $25 million "Smart Streets" program that added bike lanes and trees to South Bend's downtown.

Streetsblog reports that Buttigieg's transportation plank for his 2020 presidential bid would massively boost spending on highways, public transportation, and intercity rail, none of which is great from a small government perspective.

On the positive side, he endorsed the idea of replacing the federal gas tax with a mileage tax, which would charge motorists for every mile they drive as opposed to how much gas they buy. That idea, which has been endorsed by Trump's Council of Economic Advisers, would shore up highway funding and get it closer to a user-fee model beloved by free marketers.

Josh Barro over at Business Insider suggests that Buttigieg's interest in foreign affairs might be valuable in his coming role as transportation secretary as he'll be able to ask other countries how they manage to complete transportation projects for way less money.

Elsewhere, Biden plans to nominate former Michigan Gov. Jennifer M. Granholm—who was apparently helpful in taking money from taxpayers and giving it to automakers—as his secretary of energy. She's since become an evangelist for renewable energy.

The New York Times reports that Biden's decision on who he'll pick to head the Environmental Protection Agency is being held up after "environmental justice" groups issued a letter condemning his initial choice—career environmental regulator Mary D. Nichols—over her record on "environmental racism." Biden is now reportedly searching for a more diverse candidate like Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti.


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Ongoing challenges to the results of the 2020 presidential election have not stopped outgoing President Donald Trump from adding to his deregulatory legacy. On Tuesday, Trump's Department of Energy issued a new rule that loosens restrictions on how much water showerheads can emit.

The Washington Examiner has the details:

The Energy Department's move doesn't change the level of the water conservation standards set back in 1992, but it alters a definition set by the Obama administration requiring the entire showerhead fixture to meet a limit of 2.5 gallons of water per minute. The Trump administration's definition will allow each showerhead nozzle, even if there are several in a single fixture, to meet the 2.5 gallons per minute standard.

Though this is just a small win, it's also a reminder of just how intrusive federal regulations have become over the years.


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Trump is reportedly weighing a pardon for Ross Ulbricht, who received two life sentences for his role in founding the Silk Road, an online drug marketplace.

Reports the Daily Beast:

According to three people familiar with the matter, the White House counsel's office has had documents related to Ulbricht's case under review, and Trump was recently made aware of the situation and the pleas of the Silk Road founder's allies. Two of these sources say the president has at times privately expressed some sympathy for Ulbricht's situation and has been considering his name, among others, for his next round of commutations and pardons before the Jan. 20 inauguration of his 2020 Democratic opponent.


QUICK HITS

  • The United Nations has issued a new report finding that people are the cause of most of the world's problems. Thanks, guys.
  • Trump is reportedly considering the appointment of a special prosecutor to investigate Hunter Biden's business dealings.
  • Showerheads aside, a new essay from the Cato Institute argues Trump will leave little lasting effect on federal regulatory policy.
  • Los Angeles is suing the operators of an underground night club for throwing some bitchin' parties during coronavirus times.
  • The latest COVID scold? Tom Cruise
  • Politicians in Washington, D.C., have passed a bill requiring bars and restaurants to offer to hire back the staff they were forced to let go because of lockdowns imposed by D.C. politicians.

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        1. He is too old to have seen Night Ranger in college. Maybe Blue Oyster Cult.

          1. My mistake. It must’ve been sometime around ’86. I was out celebrating after pushing through the crime bill that introduced the 100 to 1 sentencing disparity between crack and powder cocaine. You’ll have to excuse ol’ Joe, sometimes my noggin’ doesn’t work as good as used to. Say, did I ever tell about this guy I used to know called Corn Pop?

            1. Didn’t he name one of his hairy legs Corn & the other one Pop after getting ahold of some bad acid? At least that’s the word on the street.

          2. He is too old to have seen Night Ranger in college. Maybe Blue Oyster Cult Bing Crosby.

            FTFY

            1. He is too old to have seen Night Ranger in college. Maybe Blue Oyster Cult Bing Crosby Oscar Hammerstein.

      3. LOL, it really does!

      4. I’ll bet he doesn’t even have the GD courtesy to give him a reach-around!
        — R. Lee Ermey

        1. hey, old pete is reputed to be a generous lover…unless your suggesting that joe is the pitcher. r. lee ermey was a visionary

      5. Pete’s husband would be really mad if Joe “Big Guy” Biden sniffs and gropes his wife. He said transportation be damned. He will be the only guy taking Pete where he wants to go.

      1. So, you’re healing from your disappointment and moving on with your life. Good for you!

        1. Lazy quitters, right senpai?
          We never did even after four years.
          #RESISTANCE
          #notmypresident
          #IMPEACHMENT

          1. You forgot #NeverBiden

        2. Shut up cunt.

        3. poor unreason.

          I’m trying to lighten the mood for YOU. You will need it since Biden wont be President.

          1. Harris wont even resign her Senate position because she knows Biden wont be president.

      1. If the guy had kept his mask on, he would have lived.

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  2. Hey, life is risky business, Tom.

    Stop being a pussy.

    1. In Tom’s case at least he has a business (he has a production stake in MI7) that he is trying to keep running. His film is perpetually in danger of being shut down by healthcare regulators. So I can SORTA see the reason why he wants to ensure there is no COVID breakout on the set.

      It must be like working for Howard Hughes back in the day.

      But this is what happens to business owners in the complete wackadoodle overreaction to COVID.

      1. I’m going through it too. It’s making my director be someone she’s not.

        And let me tell you morale is low.

        So fuck every single one of these sons of bitches for what they’ve done during this hysteria.

        1. Rufus is in show biz? I have imagined him looking like Mr. Peanut, who is a Canadian 7 at best.

          1. Monocles might be the next hipster thing.

          2. I picture Rufus as the late, great Isaac Hayes with a hockey stick. And a monocle.

      2. wackadoodle overreaction to COVID.

        Hey remember yesterday when you were vociferously defending lockdowns and mask mandates hiding under your couch like the pathetic pussy bitch you are? Shove your play act opposition to the COVID meltdown up your ass you mendacious lying piece of shit festering cunt.

      3. As a Scientologist, Cruise is a level seven master in Wackadoodle.

      4. That’s the reaction of an Executive Producer staring in the face of a denied insurance claim for business interruption, because of failure by the insured to abide by employees’ PPE requirements. And/Or he’s just that much of a crazy control freak.

        Not unusual in Hollywood: remember Christian Bale going off on the crew during one of the Terminator movies?

        1. He responded poorly, but listening to the clip his motives were ok. He’s worried the psychotic tyrants of local gov will shut them down, costing thousands of people jobs.

    2. ICWYDT

    3. Follow-up question Tom, also would Maverick stay above the hard deck or would he invert and have Goose flip the MIG pilot the bird while rocking out to some Kenny Logans?

    4. Yeah, stopping COVID completely is a Mission Impossible. Even by being a Top Gun dickhead about everything.

    5. This is the same cunt who went on television and said that post-partum depression wasn’t real btw.

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      2. That’s Scientology-Speak – mental illness doesn’t exist. Meanwhile, it’s estimated that 1 in 100 Americans is a psychopath. When you belong to an organization that’s run by psychopaths it’s hard to pick out the forest for all the trees.

  3. The latest COVID scold? Tom Cruise

    The Thetans are on his side.

    1. “The Thetans are on his side.” – he says as he levitates around the room.

  4. The latest COVID scold? Tom Cruise
    A sure sign it’s all bullshit.

    1. Are you saying an actor Scientologist is living a lie?

      /gently puts hand over mouth coyly with playful grin.

  5. Trump is reportedly considering the appointment of a special prosecutor to investigate Hunter Biden’s business dealings.

    Simply bug Biden campaign offices.

    1. Good idea as it sets a precedent for special prosecutors investigating Presidents and Ex-Presidents children. After Hunter the special prosecutor can move on to Ivanka, Don Jr. and Eric.

      1. That precedent was already set lefty dumbass.

        1. Really when?

      2. Democrats already threatened to go after Trump’s kids after Trump leaves office in 2025.

      3. You might have that reversed.

      4. “After Hunter the special prosecutor can move on to Ivanka, Don Jr. and Eric.”

        Oh? What for?
        What criminal activities are you accusing them of, or are you just “implying” again like the fucking withered old weasel you are?

  6. Zinnia, adult demon female
    @ZJemptv
    If children can’t consent to puberty blockers which pause any permanent changes even with the relevant professional evaluation, how can they consent to the permanent and irreversible changes that come with their own puberty with no professional evaluation whatsoever?

    The insanity will continue and will be applauded under Biden.

    https://pjmedia.com/news-and-politics/matt-margolis/2020/12/15/heres-more-proof-that-the-transgender-movement-is-insane-and-extremely-dangerous-n1213044

    1. …how can they consent to the permanent and irreversible changes that come with their own puberty getting older with no professional evaluation whatsoever?

    2. We’re living through both a Dark Age and hysteria.

    3. It is an indication of the mindset that natural biological development and processes are an imposition to correct with self-damage rather than something to learn to live with.

      1. The fact that they cannot be Peter Pan is a violation of their rights

    4. They didn’t consent to being born. How dare you?

    5. So murder them all without their consent as long as a professional says so. End the tyranny of their biology.

  7. The United Nations has issued a new report finding that people are the cause of most of the world’s problems.

    EVEN TRANS PEOPLE?

    1. If the UN stopped hiring rapists, and praising China, they wouldn’t have to conciders themselves the cause of most problems

  8. How texas fought changes to elections not brought on by the Legislative branches (holding to the electors clause), while Ga ignored the electors clause.

    https://justthenews.com/politics-policy/elections/tale-two-states-how-texas-counteracted-challenges-voting-law-while

    1. Wisconsin is beginning to admit their election laws give far too much uncertainty in application.

      https://justthenews.com/politics-policy/elections/top-wisconsin-election-official-lot-grey-areas-laws-related-election

      In reality, the laws were clear, just nobody chose to enforce them as written.

    2. All of what you posted here is good. States using this to clean up their shit.

      We need to get out of this place where the election loser throws a 4 year hissy fit.

      1. What convenience. After a month and a half of telling us we should never investigate any reports of voting irregularities because America has the safest, most secure voting system in the entire world and the 2020 election was the cleanest one ever conducted in the history of humanity, now we need to fix our election fraud issues after they were used to drive Trump out of office. And don’t think that stupid orange fucker won’t try to make hay out of it either!

  9. The United Nations has issued a new report finding that people are the cause of most of the world’s problems. Thanks, guys.
    I thought it was Trump.

    1. Trump and his followers may be people.

      1. 3/5ths at best.

        1. Now there’s a voting compromise that woke people can get behind!

  10. What to expect in regards to China under Biden.

    Basically the continued intentional ignorance of how China actually behaves.

    https://thefederalist.com/2020/12/16/6-experts-predict-the-worst-case-scenario-with-china-under-a-feeble-biden-foreign-policy/

    1. Now that they have Hong Kong firmly in their grip, on to Taiwan.

      1. Only black and brown people need more democracy.

        1. Progressives in the US have proven that Asians are not minorities.

      2. The Philippines. Taiwan will smoke the Three Gorges, rather than let their leadership get liquidated like the HK student leader cadre. 150 million dead Chinese is too high a price to pay for one recalcitrant province. Which doesn’t solve their demographic issues—they don’t have enough women—or their social and economic issues.

        And only after they’ve got their food issues dealt with first. Say, Fall 2021.

    2. Oh no!

      A doomsday prediction in an editorial in the federalist! We are doomed!!!

      Lol. and one of the “predictions” is that Biden is going to cause China to invade Taiwan. How, exactly, is not made clear.

      Biden hasn’t even said what his policies toward China will be, which is no praise, but doesn’t give much credence to “experts” predicting doom.

      1. Haha. Well, the planet only has like 12 years to live, so what difference, at this point, does it make?

  11. Politicians in Washington, D.C., have passed a bill requiring bars and restaurants to offer to hire back the staff they were forced to let go because of lockdowns imposed by D.C. politicians.

    See? Their tyranny can help you just as easily fuck your shit all the way up.

    1. Problem solved!

    2. layering new regulations on local employers could send the message that D.C. is unfriendly to business
      I don’t think anyone needed this bill to get the message.

      1. But to achieve “good and hard” level?

        1. Well, if you’re a business owner who “didn’t build that,” good and hard is what you deserve.

          Obviously.

  12. Transportation Secretary is a position for rewarding party hacks, er, loyal party members.

    “Joe Biden Taps Former Presidential Rival Pete Buttigieg…”
    Phrasing, people.

    1. As if ‘Joe Biden makes love to Presidential Rival Pete Buttigieg’ or ‘Joe Biden tries anal with Presidential Rival Pete Buttigieg’ would be any better? Grow up, if that’s even possible.

      1. Giggles

      2. Don’t be such a priss, shitlib.

      3. Oh yes, we cannot make fun of our progressive overlords.

      4. 8 years of jokes about pubic hair under Bush but now we’re gonna make it classy, folks.

        1. You’re right, a more appropriate headline would have been ‘Joe Biden absolutely rapes President Trump in US election, as Trump nets hardly any votes, Biden officially declared winner and Trump total loser, which everyone knew already.’

          1. What in the world are you talking about?

            1. a more appropriate headline

              Try to keep up.

              1. I read your comments. I just don’t get what you’re trying to say because your words make no worldly sense to me.

                1. Biden (current president-elect)
                  rapes (abuses sexually for pleasure)
                  Trump (idiot)
                  in (article referring to where something takes place)
                  US (short for United States, a country in North America)
                  election (a process to determine elected officials)
                  Trump (idiot)
                  nets (verb meaning to acquire)
                  hardly (adverb meaning little or very few)
                  any (adjective used to indicate selection)
                  votes (a formal expression for a candidate for office)

                  I have no idea how to make this any clearer. Please let me know if you have any more questions and I can translate the last part if need be.

                  1. Ok. Fine dude.
                    It’s just that earlier you were making fun of a joke about the poor phrasing of the headline by inflating the supposed misunderstanding.

                    Then you made another exaggeration, except about something that absolutely isn’t true. I’m not sure what point you’re trying to make. So I suppose I should have said the sum of your words and not their individual meanings. That was my mistake.
                    Have a nice day!

    2. Transportation Secretary is a position for rewarding party hacks, er, loyal party members.

      Under Obama-Biden, sure. But every Secretary of Transportation nominated by someone other than Obama-Biden in the last quarter-century had both federal administrative and transportation policy experience.

  13. How the mainstream media (including Reason) chose narrative over facts with Hunter Biden pre-election.

    https://greenwald.substack.com/p/with-news-of-hunter-bidens-criminal-5e6

    1. How the quieting of Hunter bolsters the CCP professors claims to having high level people in all areas of Wall Street, Corporations, and Government in the US.

      https://greenwald.substack.com/p/the-hunter-biden-criminal-probe-bolsters

      This comes off of the release of a list of 2 million CPP loyalists that reason has ignored completely.

      The quietness at this site regarding this information is stunning.

      1. Reason is fine with a little communism, as long as it comes with a plethora of cheap junk

        1. Same with unreason’s endorsement of slavery as long as we get cheap shit.

        2. And invitations to inside cocktail parties (or Zoom meetings).

          1. *insider*

      2. That is not as important as McConnell waiting until after the Electoral College vote to say Biden won. Priorities, please.

      3. Almost like Koch Industries is in bed with China and doesn’t give the slightest hint of a fuck about anything other than advancing Chinese communism.

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  15. https://twitter.com/ggreenwald/status/1339199710150660100

    It’s been amazing watching the Party of Competence, Expertise and Science randomly dole out cabinet posts based on every factor imaginable except for qualification.
    Quote Tweet
    Dunkie Jones
    @erasmusNYT
    · Nov 30, 2019
    As Mayor, Pete Buttigieg removed traffic lights from an intersection by a public bus stop that students used to get to their charter school. When a Black 11-year-old was killed at the intersection, Mayor Pete blamed the kid for darting across the street.

    1. I can just see the interview process:

      “First things first: you’re gay, right?”
      “Yes. Out and proud!”
      (Checks box) “Excellent! Now, do you like choo-choo trains?”
      “I LOVE choo-choo trains!”
      “Okily-Dokily! You’re perfect for the job!”

    2. He did not remove it himself, the removal was recommenced by an outside traffic expert as part of a larger plan and the city, under Buttigieg, accepted the plan.

      1. Nobody thought Pete got up on the ladder to take the light down with his bare hands.

        1. Me and Mr. Molly did, because we know that Mayor Pete is a take charge guy.

        2. Well to be fair, Obama donned night vision goggles and silenced M4 and personally shot Osama Bin Laden so it’s reasonable to expect the same of Mayor Buttplug.

          1. And to be even fairer, Barry had to do something after wearing mom jeans if he ever wanted to get laid again.

            1. That was good.

        3. Molly would make a killing as a dishonest fact checker.

          1. My posts are 100x more factual then most of the slop on this site. I do try to be accurate. When people think I am not, it is because they are wrong (mostly).

      2. Pete made the choice.

        He was the final say.

        It is exclusively his fault unless it was removed over his objections.

      3. WTF goofy reasoning is that? He DID remove it himself WHEN HE ACCEPTED THE PLAN.

        Was the outside traffic expert the mayor or was Buttigieg? Typical liberal, never taking responsibility.

        1. You see, nothing a politician approves is ever their fault. They have recommendation from outside “experts” to fall back on and they know they can always count on feckless cunts to excuse anything bad that happens on their watch, thereby ensuring that they’ll never be held accountable for anything.

          1. You see, nothing a politician approves is ever their fault.

            Except for Trump, who is responsible for slavery, the Holocaust, apartheid, Iran-Contra, the Iraq war, the 2008 financial crisis, inflation, unemployment, and Suderman’s hemorrhoids.

      4. So you’re saying yes he was responsible for removing the light that directly led to the death of a child.

      5. He didn’t un-build that

      6. So it was “the science”?

      7. So what specifically are the criteria for the head executive of a government getting blamed for everything, vs getting blamed for nothing? Is it based on the size of the government, with the executive being more to blame with a bigger bureaucracy, or is it based on the letter after the executive’s name? Or is it solely based on the level of orangeness of the executive?

    3. Biden still hasn’t picked a transperson for his cabinet yet has he? Or an albino, a midget, a conjoined twin or an Eskimo kickboxer. He’s got a long way to go to get all those boxes checked.

      1. a midget … in a bikini

        1. Ahem: small person.

          1. Ahem ahem: a vertically challenged person

            🙂

        2. Bridget the midget. Not a joke she is actually a stripper in Indiana. And is really good too

          1. Once you go midget…

      2. also has he denounced white supremacy yet?

    4. Buttigieg was clearly offered some kind of favor for jobbing as quickly as he did after Clyburn endorsed Biden, and the DNC fix was officially set.

      He had performed better than Biden in the primaries, so there was no real incentive for him to drop out other than having his palm greased or his hair sniffed. The Iowa caucus debacle showed that he also has some rather shady connections to Democrat dark money orgs, which explains why he was given as much attention by the media as he got.

      1. Secretary of transportation seems a rather small prize on first glance, so I have to assume the opportunity for graft it provides is rather significant.

        1. Who do you think gets all those quarters from the tool road booths?

    5. Elaine Chao, Trump’s transportation secretary, is probably the most experienced of recent DOT heads, having served as a deputy secretary of transportation in the George H.W. Bush administration.

      Mr. Sullum and Boehm and Ms. Brown have all assured me that Drumpf was a racist clown who only appointed ignoramuses, so I cannot believe this.

  16. https://twitter.com/mtaibbi/status/1338921772293513218

    There was a lot of this in the last years, the expert analysis presented as a fact check of a Trumpian rant, which is fine, so long as you do it again when your experts turn out to be wrong.
    Quote Tweet
    Glenn Greenwald
    @ggreenwald
    · Dec 15
    In May — after Trump said there’d be a COVID vaccine by year’s end — MSNBC put on its medical expert, @IrwinRedlenerMD, to assure viewers that it was *impossible* — not unlikely, but “impossible” — for there to be a safe and effective vaccine ready before 2021.

    1. Every fact check or “list of lies” I’ve ever read has been full of that. They turned every prognostication, wish and asperation into a statement of fact and then tore it apart because it hadn’t already happened.

      The gaslighting was so bloody obvious I was forced to come to the conclusion that their readers didn’t actually care.
      They just wanted their biases and hatreds reconfirmed so that they could feel smug and superior and be imbued with righteous indignation.

      A good example of this is Tony.

  17. Is this really the type of nothing article to expect as Biden fills his cabinet with politicians, tech insiders, and Wall Street? This is the biggest disparagement this site could offer? No discussions on his security council being filled with the same people under Obama who started 3 wars? The same people w ho entered and pretended the Paris Climate Pact was sacrosanct while avoiding Congress? The founders of the Iranian deal that emboldened Iran’s terrorism in the ME?

    1. Let’s remind our readers that Trump’s cabinet picks were atrocious. An Energy Secretary who did not know what the Department even did, a SoS who was an oil executive, a SoE who was opposed to the concept of pubic education, a HUD Secretary who was a medical doctor. I am not thrilled about Biden’s picks at all, but they are still better then Trump.
      And the JCPOA was good and Trump was a monumental idiot for scrapping it.

      1. Amazingly enough, Molly is actually stupid enough to believe what it wrote.

      2. …an oil executive
        *Screams!* Oh no!

        1. For SoS I mean. He was unqualified for that. Commerce secretary or Energy maybe, but not State.
          On the other had, I wanted extreme cabinet choices, but the dead opposite of Trumps. I wanted a civil rights attorney as AG, a tree hugger for Interior and EPA, a career diplomat for State, and so on.

          1. Prepare for disappointment.

            “Know what we need to fix up the problems of education? Somebody totally on board with the education establishment”

          2. Let’s get some real hard core statists in office!

            1. t0p mEn! – t. Jeff

          3. Those are retarded ideas. You want activists to have the most amount of power? Spoiler alert that is the fastest way to a distopia

          4. Yeah, oil executives have no idea what is going on around the world, and no knowledge of anything that effects geopolitics. Their businesses mostly function inside our borders. Basically just a glorified gas station attendant.

      3. An Energy Secretary who did not know what the Department even did

        Feature, not a bug.

        a SoE who was opposed to the concept of pubic education,

        Why would this make her a bad pick? I consider it a strong qualification.

        1. I understand people that don’t agree with shrinking federal bureaucracy commenting on a “libertarian” page. But this nitwit doesn’t even understand that it’s a concept.

          Either that, or Molly is the longest running successful parody account, which is what I’m starting to believe. Nobody this fucking stupid that can use a computer and type coherent sentences.

          1. You say this but sqrlsy comments on the regular… O wait you said coherent…

        2. Energy does critical (pun intended) work to build and maintain our nuclear stockpile. A Secretary who does not even know that the DoE did nuclear weapons work is horrible idea.

      4. Did you know you’re commenting on a libertarian website?
        Many of the writers, not to mention the readers and commenters would be in favor of completely eliminating those departments (except State).

        Having people like Devos in the cabinet was one of the best things about the Trump presidency. Are you saying Biden’s picks are any better?

    2. The Koch machine loves them a good war.

  18. In May — after Trump said there’d be a COVID vaccine by year’s end — MSNBC put on its medical expert,
    @IrwinRedlenerMD
    , to assure viewers that it was *impossible* — not unlikely, but “impossible” — for there to be a safe and effective vaccine ready before 2021.

    So both MSNBC and CNN analysts spread extreme mistrust about the impossibility of the COVID vaccine that has now arrived — purely for their own selfish ends. They spent 4 years saying *anything*, without regard if it was true, just to feed anti-Trump fanatics what they wanted.
    Glenn Greenwald
    @ggreenwald
    ·
    Dec 15
    Now with the election over, MSNBC’s
    @IrwinRedlenerMD
    is pronouncing the vaccine safe & encouraging everyone to take it: what he said six months ago was *impossible*. Is
    @JessicaHuseman
    going to take this vaccine?

    1. It’s funny how Glenn Greenwald went from libertarian hero to goat over the course of the Trump presidency.

      1. I’ve always loved him. He saw through Russiagate, at least. More than those around here.

  19. Yea, where was all the Russian meddling that made 2016 a fraud?

    https://twitter.com/mtaibbi/status/1338992513655451648
    So, dastardly Russians were all set to defraud the walk-in voting system, but were stymied by mail-in ballots? Also, wasn’t the theory last time that they interfered on the level of propaganda? They should have been able to influence votes of all types, no?

    1. Tony and Chipper scared them off by vigilantly finding their Russian Bots everywhere.

  20. Now is the time to build back better through modern and sustainable infrastructure that creates millions of good-paying union jobs, revitalizes communities, and empowers all Americans to thrive.
    Such innovative, fresh new thinking! Why has nobody ever thought of this kind of thing before?

    1. The key word being “union” jobs. That’s the truly innovative part that I’ve *never* seen democrats push before.

      1. Actually, that’s “good-paying union jobs”.

    2. As I have told many union workers “I would love to pay you what your worth, but minimum wage laws prevent me from doing that”

  21. https://twitter.com/mtaibbi/status/1338942917382172674

    They think they are. Getting stuff wrong in pursuit of getting rid of Trump may have a short-term result that will seem politically favorable to some, but in the long term, you’ve mostly just undermined confidence in the news media and dulled our ability to warn about things.
    Quote Tweet
    Joshua Oster-Morris
    @craftyc0der
    · 18h
    Replying to @mtaibbi
    Experts who are wrong about Trump face no consequences because they are on the right side of history.

  22. Ongoing challenges to the results of the 2020 presidential election have not stopped outgoing President Donald Trump from adding to his deregulatory legacy. On Tuesday, Trump’s Department of Energy issued a new rule that loosens restrictions on how much water showerheads can emit.

    What??? I never knew about this legacy prior to today. Reason never mentioned it before. Good thing Biden hasn’t promised to increase the regulatory state and roll back much of this deregulation.

    1. Showerheads aside, a new essay from the Cato Institute argues Trump will leave little lasting effect on federal regulatory policy.

      Almost like his political appointments were hampered by various judges throwing nationwide injunctions, active #resistance inside the deep state, etc.

    2. Massive deregulation was just one of a myriad of important libertarian stories that Reason deliberately skipped, because they would reflect well on Trump and poorly on the Democrats.

  23. Los Angeles is suing the operators of an underground night club for throwing some bitchin’ parties during coronavirus times.

    The Volstead Act.

  24. Trump is reportedly weighing a pardon for Ross Ulbricht…

    I’ll see it when I believe it but it would be an epic fuck you to a group that richly deserves one.

    1. DO IT Mr President.

    2. Democrats went after Ulbricht when Democrats were against drugs.
      Democrats went after Snowden when he made Obama look bad.

      But now Democrats are the nice guys…. HAHA

  25. RESIST!
    Not my president
    #NeverBiden
    Impeach!

  26. “On the positive side, he endorsed the idea of replacing the federal gas tax with a mileage tax, which would charge motorists for every mile they drive as opposed to how much gas they buy.”

    And, of course, they’ll need trackers in every car, just to see how far you drive. What could possibly go wrong?

    1. Download the app!

    2. They will need GPS trackers so they only charge you for driving on public roads.

      1. Depends on how they write the law. They will justify tax for driving on private property by noting the environmental impact and the SCOTUS will allow it under interstate commerce for some equally absurd reason.

        1. I was looking more for a rationalization for requiring GPS trackers in every car.

          1. I am familiar with the current International Fuel Tax Agreement that we use to allocate gas taxes between states for commercial vehicles, but it since is impossible to implement such a scheme for 100s of millions of individual drivers, the GPS tracker is literally the only way to implement it. The question is, how would they get people to pay the tax? Annually with your tax returns? That seems like a vicious way to insure that poor people get into tax debt.

            1. “That seems like a vicious way to insure that poor people get into tax debt.”

              And therefore more dependent and controlled by the state. So what’s the problem?

              1. If I wasn’t clear enough, I figure they see enslaving people with tax debt as a feature, not a bug. This allows them to decriminalize MJ without losing the ability to arbitrarily stop and arrest poor people on the highways.

        2. You vcould also say they’d allow it because Roberts is a useless fuckwit.

        3. Is the environmental impact equal regardless of the MPG of the vehicle? Would they remove the gas tax? How would they tax heavy machinery, lawnmowers, and weed whackers?

    3. Sort of defeats some of the purpose of electric cars, but then Democrats have never seen a thing they didn’t want to tax out of existence.

      1. The purpose of electric cars? You mean the vehicle (get it?) for righteous rich people to virtue signal, while getting regressive tax breaks?

  27. “Ongoing challenges to the results of the 2020 presidential election have not stopped outgoing President Donald Trump from adding to his deregulatory legacy. On Tuesday, Trump’s Department of Energy issued a new rule that loosens restrictions on how much water showerheads can emit.

    The Washington Examiner has the details:

    The Energy Department’s move doesn’t change the level of the water conservation standards set back in 1992, but it alters a definition set by the Obama administration requiring the entire showerhead fixture to meet a limit of 2.5 gallons of water per minute. The Trump administration’s definition will allow each showerhead nozzle, even if there are several in a single fixture, to meet the 2.5 gallons per minute standard.

    Though this is just a small win, it’s also a reminder of just how intrusive federal regulations have become over the years.”

    This is the tiniest win ever. It only applies to the special type of showers that have the ‘rain’ style head up top in addition to the regular one, and / or any side splash nozzles.

    The big deal here was that previous to the Obama admin’s tweak to the rules, most new showerheads were sold with a removable restrictor gasket / washer that lowered the flow. Now, it has to be integral to the mechanism, and can’t be removed.

    If they really wanted to conserve water, they could tax its use in areas where water conservation is important. They could target it such that you’re only penalized over a certain amount of domestic water use per household or apartment unit. People would be able to choose whether to take a shorter shower, buy a low-flow shower head, water the lawn less, etc. Depending on what is important to them. It would make more sense than toilets that don’t flush or showerheads that barely spit at you.

    I live at the confluence of the two largest freshwater rivers in North America. There’s no drought or water crisis here. I have no need for water restricted shower heads. We don’t have to wait until every other Tuesday to water the lawn, either.

    1. It would make more sense than toilets that don’t flush or showerheads that barely spit at you.

      Low flow toilets are the Devil’s greatest ever invention. Guaranteed to wreck more marriages than even internet porn.

    2. The big deal here was that previous to the Obama admin’s tweak to the rules, most new showerheads were sold with a removable restrictor gasket / washer that lowered the flow. Now, it has to be integral to the mechanism, and can’t be removed.

      No access to a drill press, eh, girly-man?
      [/joke – kinda. Now you know why all the new houses have multiple shower heads in the master bathrooms.]

      1. “But all the time I’m thinking of my little Dremel Lite…”

        1. “Me little,” stupid autocorrect.

          1. If you configure autocorrect to default to Irish folk music instead of dictionary English it would probably be pretty funny.

      2. “can’t be removed”

        Challenge accepted.

    3. Yeah, I live in Michigan, in a township where 3 rivers begin. Ponds and wetlands everywhere. I have a well and septic, and a pond in my yard. There is no reason whatsoever for my water use to be restricted.

      1. Fairness!

        Also anti-racism.

      2. It’s not right to treat people located adjacent to some of the largest sources of fresh water on the planet any differently than the people who choose to live in Phoenix or LA.

        I’m not sure how any water conservation on your end helps them out whatsoever, but it’s all about fairness and feels, anyway.

  28. … Trump’s Department of Energy issued a new rule that loosens restrictions on how much water showerheads can emit.

    Biden has a new Day One priority.

  29. “Politicians in Washington, D.C., have passed a bill requiring bars and restaurants to offer to hire back the staff they were forced to let go because of lockdowns imposed by D.C. politicians.”

    Get used to it.

    1. In an unrelated story, DC politicians are complaining there are fewer restaurants open where they can meet lobbyists for under the table cash.

  30. On the positive side, he endorsed the idea of replacing the federal gas tax with a mileage tax, which would charge motorists for every mile they drive as opposed to how much gas they buy.

    Yeah, that’s positive. Because there’s no way they would just add the mileage tax to the gas tax and make us pay both.

    1. You seem like someone with a bright future in politics.

  31. “he endorsed the idea of replacing the federal gas tax with a mileage tax” — $10 bucks says if this happens, we will get a mileage tax on top of a gas tax. Although, they might let it be gone for a few months, and then restart it as, hrmm, maybe an “environmental transit impact fee” …

  32. On the positive side, he endorsed the idea of replacing the federal gas tax with a mileage tax, which would charge motorists for every mile they drive as opposed to how much gas they buy.

    How exactly is putting some kind of GPS tracker on everyone’s cars that tracks where you go and how many miles you drive “on the positive side?” Also, they’re only doing this for two reasons: the aforementioned tracking, and because it will make it much easier to ban gasoline powered cars in the future if the feds aren’t reliant on gas taxes.

    Josh Barro over at Business Insider suggests that Buttigieg’s interest in foreign affairs might be valuable in his coming role as transportation secretary as he’ll be able to ask other countries how they manage to complete transportation projects for way less money.

    Really? Why would anyone need to ask? It’s called no minimum wage and no Davis-Bacon act requiring the feds to pay prevailing union wages. And since neither one of those are going anywhere, especially in Democratic administration, why even bother to ask? Oh wait, because it will allow him to rub elbows with the power elites from other countries, which is it’s own reward for these shitheads.

    1. Buttigieg’s interest in foreign affairs might be valuable in his coming role as transportation secretary as he’ll be able to ask other countries how they manage to complete transportation projects for way less money.

      My god. I’m speechless

      1. I’m interested in foreign affairs too. Does that mean I should have a cabinet position?

        It’s not like he’s going to make some great discovery that we’ve never considered before.

  33. Elsewhere, Biden plans to nominate former Michigan Gov. Jennifer M. Granholm—who was apparently helpful in taking money from taxpayers and giving it to automakers—as his secretary of energy. She’s since become an evangelist for renewable energy.

    IOW, now she wants to take money from taxpayers and give it to solar panel and windmill manufacturers. Once a cronyist, always a cronyist.

  34. The New York Times reports that Biden’s decision on who he’ll pick to head the Environmental Protection Agency is being held up after “environmental justice” groups issued a letter condemning his initial choice—career environmental regulator Mary D. Nichols—over her record on “environmental racism.” Biden is now reportedly searching for a more diverse candidate like Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti.

    That may be the most 2020 paragraph I’ve ever read and everything about it just pisses me right the fuck off. What the fuck is “environmental racism?” And what the fuck does the color of one’s skin have to do with their ability to head a department that probably shouldn’t even exist in the first place? Fuck this shit, I don’t want to live on this planet anymore.

    1. I keep waiting for the tipping point but it never comes.

      Try and tell me Trump wasn’t more sane.

    2. .What the fuck is “environmental racism?”
      We have so much to learn from our betters.

      1. Nuclear power is racist because the Feds got the tribes who owned the land to mine uranium back in the 40s. You can imagine the outcome for the miners.

        This was a comment from an Environmental Science professor on a paper on nuclear power I turned in back in 2002. It was the initial trigger that made me question environmental science as a science. That and finding out that the Kyoto protocol was a not even thinly veiled excuse to transfer pollution control technology to the China and SE Asia for free.

        1. Solar rare metals mostly come from China and their slave labor…so

          Lefties are full of shit and use propaganda to manipulate markets.

    3. I don’t know what it is either. But I’m sure she’ll tell you how it’s your fault.

    4. “What the fuck is “environmental racism?”

      Everything is racist, even the environment.

    5. I honestly have no idea what their beef with her is, other than her possibly not wanting to impose a race-based transporation tax on California’s white population. Everything in her resume is bog-standard Democratic corporatist tree-hugging.

      1. Most old growth trees in commifornia are long gone. Burned or harvested and forests were not really replanted like in other states.

        The Giant Sequoias are awe inspiring but they wont live forever either. Taxifornia is so crowded with Communists that there is no interest in growing new Sequoia forests and sell the wood to pay for the projects.

    6. Environmental racism is where minority communities get the butt end of environmental policies. For example, polluting energy sources could be built near minority areas, or a new waste dump. Or they would be on the bottom of the list for environmental clean up funding. Those are all real issues and do lead to an increase in chronic health problems for minority communities.

      1. more often than not the communities were built around the polluting sources so they wouldn’t have to travel so far to work and it was cheaper land

        1. There are many factors influencing how minority communities originally had these sources near them. The question is what is to be done about it now.

          1. Top men need to find an important government solution, right? Probably by investing billions of dollars in those minority communities?

          2. I volunteer you to be thrown into the volcano, so that Gaia might share these secrets with us. It’s for the greater. You’re not a racist, are you?

      2. Ah yes. The conflation of low SES status with racism.

        Honestly, thanks for your comment. I had forgotten what this term meant.

      3. Replace the code word “minority” with the more accurate and complete “poor”, and we might be able to start a conversation.

        You have heard of Appalachia, right? And early industrial zones (aka the Rust Belt)? Or was that before Poles and Italians were white?

  35. “none of which is great from a small government perspective.”

    Oh, no bitching about that now, Reason. You put all your chips on Biden for a while now. You reap what you sow.

    1. That is why unreason Commies are going all in to attack what it coming Jan 6. Even the NYT admitted it will happen but hopes that Biden will weather the challenges.

      unreason just spouts Commie propaganda that any constitutional challenges or using Constitutional EC procedure is out of this World talk.

      I was not here in 2000 but I wonder if Reason Magazine covered the Bush v Gore election challenges this way.

  36. charge motorists for every mile they drive as opposed to how much gas they buy. That idea, which has been endorsed by Trump’s Council of Economic Advisers, would shore up highway funding and get it closer to a user-fee model beloved by free marketers.

    Only two ways this can happen: 1) It is implemented like the current IFTA program and every registered vehicle owner has to file a quarterly report of mileage by state and pay taxes on the mileage. 2) Every vehicle registration includes a tracking device that logs your location and is accessible to the government.

    The first is impossible to implement for the 100s of millions of drivers in the US. The second may be free market, but is the death knell of personal freedom. May as well start implanting microchips.

    1. Eh, my tracker keeps failing for some reason.

      1. Mine is in place, but I drive up and down my driveway a lot.

    2. It seems like it would just be easier to rid ourselves of the pretense that these are “free” roads, get rid of the gas tax entirely, and all the road fees that we pay on our registrations in favor of a one-time, upfront license payment, and implement a nationwide toll system with a radio sticker in the window that docks you every time you pass a toll marker.

      We have this for the E-470 toll highway in Colorado, and its not only convenient, that highway is probably the only one in the state that isn’t a pock-marked piece of shit.

      1. You get the toll sticker with your license plate, and if you don’t put it in your window, you get your license suspended until you do.

        1. But this is the same lack of freedom caused by having the gps tracker in your vehicle. Although, really, it’s not – it only tracks you on major roads. They can’t put scanners in every neighborhood. And it doesn’t track you to the level of houses and stores. And, really, people – you don’t think the cameras on any major interstate can’t be used to track you anytime the fuzz are interested?

          Reasonable plan, then.

          1. Of course, a simpler, less costly plan, would just be to have people self-report the mileage on their cars every year. If they cheat, then they just backload the costs until they sell/trash the vehicle. Have the tag guy check the mileage when vehicles are sold (already done in FL) and you get probably 98% of the taxes collected with 1% of the cost of a tag-scanning network.

            1. It’ll be a version of Griffin’s plan. Have each State collect mileage driven as a condition of annual vehicle registration, and have them collect a Federal surcharge at that time, as part of registration fees.

              RR’s plan leads to de facto vehicle tracking, along with providing .Gov an easy means of keeping the serfs on the manor. For one, jacking the tolls into the stratosphere, a la “congestion pricing” like in London and other cities.

              The sad thing is that the stated purpose of these taxes on passenger vehicle drivers—to maintain the roads—is total bullshit. Cars are a rounding error when it comes to road wear and depletion. It’s large trucks that do the damage, and, not coincidentally, they’re heavily regulated now with eLogs, GPS tracking, and the like.

              1. There will be a bunch of busted odometers and hack software to change mileage.

                1. Pretty hefty fraud already on the books to combat things like that, LC. My guess the surcharge will be much less than the (percent risk my odometer fraud gets caught * penalties for getting caught), so it’s not that likely to happen.

                  Cultural practices change though, and as the US continues to devolve to a Third World culture, petty corruption like that may become more acceptable. I don’t know.

                  1. Its not fraud unless you sell you vehicle trying to hide the real mileage.

                    IIRC, original sellers of vehicles have some requirement to document mileage. Georgia allows for seller estimating mileage on the vehicle title as long as the buyer agrees.

              2. Just for the record, rounding is a mathematical operation that yields a consistent result. There is no error involved.

                1. I bet you are fun at parties.

                  1. “On a scale of, ‘Rocks gently when talked to’ to ‘Wears full NHL goalie uniform,’ about how bad would you say your autism is?”

                    1. I DON’T TALK TO PEOPLE!

              3. They’re already tracking you through your phone so I’m not sure what your beef is.

                1. I can leave my phone at home. I can bag it/remove the battery. Difficult to do with my car, when I’m relying on said car for an illusion of freedom.

                  The mileage reporting method I mentioned is already done in many states. It’d take very little to adapt it to a mileage tax. Versus the civil liberties implications of the track the car everywhere method—which government doesn’t care about—and the cost to set up networked RFID readers everywhere, about which they do care.

                  We can always say, “fuck it,” and line up for our implanted biological passport/locater/ID chip.

                  1. How are we even talking about the most acceptable way for them to track us???

                    1. 2020 libertarianism. The kind you get when you know that the totalitarians have already won, and you’re wondering how hard you’re going to get it.

                    2. ENB thinks it’s a good idea, and therefore we comment on it.

                    3. Rhetorical question

                  2. You can leave the phone at home, but how often do you actually do that? All they have to do to throw a kink in your tax avoidance plan is require the DMV clerk to physically check your mileage.

      2. Since all the federal funds are fungible, get rid of these fake ‘earmarked’ tax schemes they are just another way to bleed the working class dry.

        1. 2020 wS the start of genocidal total war on the middle and working classes

    3. Every vehicle registration includes a tracking device that logs your location and is accessible to the government.

      Oh but they’ll pinky swear that they won’t make the data available to law enforcement without a warrant, or to intelligence agencies. You believe them, right?

      1. Just a quick aside–Buttigieg has connections with the intel community during his time as a Reserve officer, and Democrats notably pushed about half of their political candidates in the mid-terms from former spooks.

    4. And that is why the gas tax is better. Heavier, more fuel inefficient vehicles, and ones that are driven more pay more. Seems to be working ok as it is, but the tax is too low as it has not kept up with inflation and our roads are getting worse.

      1. And…the government does not keep track of any of your individual driving habits with a gas tax.

      2. But what about electric vehicles?
        Given that only the elites can afford the overpriced things, it makes the gas tax regressive and racist.

        1. Sounds like Electric vehicles needs a special tax, but there is no reason to change what works for everyone else.

          1. Sounds like Electric vehicles needs a special tax, ..
            No grasshopper, they do not.

      3. Why not tax bike riders who use the roads and contribute nothing to them at all?

        A 100% surcharge on all bikes is a start.

        1. Because….

          1. Bikers use the roads and contribute nothing.

    5. start? there are chips in crap tons of things now. the ENTIRE Internet of Things is so preposterously retarded that it defines our modern inability to think. WHO THE FUCK NEEDS A FRIDGE WITH A CAMERA or a bluetooth “enabled” garage door opener. we larded thgis surveillance upon ourselves and at our own expense. we’re fucking dopes

  37. Buttigieg’s resume, however, isn’t too out of step with past officials.

    It’s true Obama twice nominated completely unqualified people as his Secretaries of Transportation, yes. On the other hand . . .

    Trump put in a former Deputy Secretary of Transportation who also was a previous Secretary of Labor, combining both experience in the policy area with Cabinet-level administrative experience.

    George W. Bush’s second appointment was the Administrator of the Federal Highway Administration, who had before that job worked sixteen years in the Arizona Department of Transportation.

    George W. Bush first appointed a Secretary of Commerce who had previously been the chairman of the National Civil Aviation Review Commission, and who before that had been Chairman of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.

    Clinton’s second Secretary of Transportation was a Director of the Federal Highway Administration who had previously spent six years on the Arkansas State Highway Commission.

    So, yeah. If you compare him to the incompetents who were running things when the Feds backed California’s Train to Nowhere, his resume isn’t “too out of step”. If you compare him to anyone appointed in the last quarter-century by a President not named “Obama”, he’s drastically under-qualified.

    1. If you compare him to anyone appointed in the last quarter-century by a President not named “Obama”, he’s drastically under-qualified.

      Yeah but those presidents were all EVUL old white men and therefore don’t count. History began in 2008, don’t you know. That’s Year Zero in the progtard calendar.

  38. The ATF raided a Polymer80 last week, which is a company that makes 80% guns. Basically, you have a right to make your own gun at home, and there are people who will sell you a kit, the material components of which are a chunk of unfinished metal or polymer, which you then finish off yourself at home, using your own tools or a mill you buy with the kit. There are no serial numbers on these guns or you make a serial number of your own. This is all perfectly legal in jurisdictions where they don’t make you register your gun. You generally aren’t required to register with the government in order to exercise your First Amendment rights to go to church or voice your opinion either!

    The media and activists are referring to these guns as “ghost guns” because the guns are supposedly untraceable (and because “ghost gun” sounds scary like “assault weapon” and “identity theft”.)

    Anyway, in order to ensure that the kits they’re selling are not finished to the extent that they should be considered a gun, the companies that sell these kits typically submit them to the ATF for approval before sale. It is unclear to me whether this is required by law or simply a prudent move by the 80% kit manufacturers. The ATF is alleging that one of 80Polymer’s kits wasn’t approved by the ATF before sale and may, in fact, qualify as a fully finished gun being sold as a hunk of metal or polymer. Goodness knows, this wouldn’t be the first time the ATF went off half-cocked.

    1. That isn’t the only interesting bit of news in the 80% world.

      “LOS ANGELES (AP) — Families of those killed and wounded in a rural California shooting rampage three years ago are suing manufacturers and sellers of “ghost gun” kits that provide easy-to-assemble firearm parts that make it difficult to track or regulate owners.

      A pair of wrongful death lawsuits filed last month in separate state courts accuse 13 defendants of negligence, public nuisance and violation of business codes. The cases were brought by Brady United, the national nonprofit that advocates against gun violence, which said Monday that the suits are the first of their kind in the nation.

      —-Associated Press, December 8, 2020

      https://apnews.com/article/shootings-lawsuits-violence-crime-california-8621c15ee72858fd5afd61ecf50b6761

      The reason this is interesting is because it appears to be a circumvention of the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act (2005), which protects gun manufacturers from liability for the crimes committed by third parties with their guns. However, the argument in this case appears to be that because the 80% kits are not technically guns at the time they’re sold, they aren’t really protected by the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act. If this logic holds up in court, it will almost certainly end up bankrupting the 80% kit companies. No way the tiny number of kit sales can finance the liability insurance for the next school shooting.

      It should be noted that there probably isn’t any gun company big enough to survive massive liability for selling fully manufactured, serial number included, AR-15s through normal channels and having that gun used in a mass shooting, which is probably why Joe Biden has promised to repeal the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act on his campaign website. Repealing the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act is meant to force the gun manufacturers to stop manufacturing AR-15s and such, just as the Democrats want to repeal Section 230 to force the social media companies to start censoring social media with even more enthusiasm. Any libertarian who opposes repealing Section 230 should also oppose repealing the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act for more or less the same reasons.

      1. “In 2005, then-Senator Biden voted against the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act, but gun manufacturers successfully lobbied Congress to secure its passage. This law protects these manufacturers from being held civilly liable for their products – a protection granted to no other industry. Biden will prioritize repealing this protection.”

        —-Joe Biden

        https://joebiden.com/gunsafety/

    2. Betcha they no knock raided the place and busted down an unlocked door pointing guns at everyone.

      1. Haven’t you ever heard the phrase “Good guys with guns”? Or are you some sort of subversive?

    3. Won’t be the first time the ATF did a little modification of their own in order to manufacture a winning case, either.

    4. You generally aren’t required to register with the government in order to exercise your First Amendment rights to go to church or voice your opinion either!

      Don’t worry, they’ll close that “loophole” soon enough.

      1. Well, they are certainly trying to close the churches – – – – – – – – –

      2. Try going to church now you can’t no loophole needed

        1. I have gone to church every Sunday this year.
          Even when the building where we meet was closed, we met outdoors.

    5. Those damn Biden liberals going after guns!!! Oh wait, I am being told that Trump is still in charge of the ATF. So how can I get mad at a strong defender of the 2A?

      1. I don’t remember President Trump promising to let 80% kit manufacturers sell guns to people anonymously without a background check, which is illegal and exactly what the ATF is alleging Polymer80 was doing if the 80% kit in question was overly finished to the extent that it should be considered a gun. If you can’t tell the difference between being supportive of gun rights and being an anarchist fanatic, that’s about what’s going on in your head rather than anyone else’s.

        Meanwhile, Joe Biden is promising on his campaign website to treat all gun manufacturers the way 80% kit manufacturers are being treated by Brady United, and if we had reelected President Trump, that wouldn’t be an issue. Do you or don’t you support Biden’s promise to see that gun manufacturers are held liable for the crimes that are committed with their guns? Can you answer that question without making some bullshit equivalency about how Trump is supposed to be pro-gun–even if the kit manufacturer in question was breaking the law?

        1. If it can’t fire a bullet, is ain’t a gun.
          That is the actual science of the deal.
          So follow the science!

        2. I do not support holding gun manufactures liable for crimes committed by their guns as long as they are selling their guns legally.

          1. Given that they do not sell to the public directly, how would gun manufacturers be selling them “illegally”?

            1. Hey, she said something that half makes sense. Let’s not push the issue.

          2. 2nd Amendment prohibits any gun control measures.

      2. Most of the bureaucracy is run by Democrats. We know that from political contribution tracking.

        1. Which is why I fervently support bringing back the spoils system.

    6. IMHO, they’re not so concerned with 80% kits, per se, though the new management no doubt appreciates any chilling effect on this type of firearms manufacturing.

      This was done to get the customer lists. If a few of them can be induced into a perjury trap upon interview by BATFE, so much the better.

      It will get worse. Ken’s done great work beating the drum on this, as well as the GND, the bailouts, and the US’s likely return to the War Business. (My guess, it’ll be Ethiopia. Watch.)

      1. My guess, it’ll be Ethiopia.

        Well, tonight, thank God it’s them instead of you.

        1. That line is absolutely hilarious. I couldn’t believe Bono said it, when I first heard it. “He said What!? What the hell???”

          That it’s true, is probably why I thought it so funny…

    7. I should mention that I find the idea of making my own 1911 extremely appealing for the same reason I’d love to build my own cabin.

      The Winchester 1894 and the Colt 1911 are perfect examples of American ingenuity, and their simplicity and the ability to easily repair and adjust them is a big part of that.

      125 years after the 1894 was designed, if you’re deer hunting in a heavily wooded area, a Winchester 1894 might still be your best choice. If I needed a guide gun because I was accompanying deer hunters into grizzly country, a 7 lb. lever action chambered in 45-70 might still be my first pick.

      People still shoot and carry 1911s–and they love them. Wouldn’t be my first choice unless I were literally to make my own. I find the idea of making my own extremely attractive.

      Some people like craft brewing. It isn’t because they want to become bootleggers. It’s because they like doing it for themselves the way they like it.

      I make my own pizza dough. I hope the FDA doesn’t come crashing through the door. Making my own pizza dough? I must be up to no good!

      1. Have you made a 1911 before, Ken? It’s not like putting an AR or Glock together. There’s a considerable bit of hand fitting, if you want it to run well.

        I do like the sentiment though, and the Staccato line of 2011s are nifty, if you’ve got a house payment lying around.

        1. Oh, and I hope your 7 lb 45-70 has a brake on it. Or one hell of a recoil pad. Powerful cartridge though, that’s for damned sure. Especially with a Garrett Hammerhead loading.

          1. have a 45-70 lever action not a real problem to shoot at least not more than a few times the big bore kicks less than a smaller faster bullet

          2. Yeah, but if you’re hiking through 35 miles of Alaskan back country for three days, you want something that’s both light to carry and will take down a charging grizzly at less than 50 feet.

            This will work:

            https://www.henryusa.com/rifles/all-weather-lever-action-side-gate/

            It only holds four rounds, but you may only get one shot at a charging grizzly at less than 50 feet–two at most. It’s 7 lbs for carrying and reliable as anything! That’s practically the definition of a guide gun. You’re not using it for plunking.

            For that use, I’m not sure there’s a better choice.

            1. .44 magnum with wad cuter bullets. The bear wont have a chance, especially a head shot.

              Plus, easier to carry.

              I shot a wolverine with a .44 magnum and it picked that animal up off its feet and about 5 feet back.

              1. “Pistols are pistols,” LC, and “Rifles are rifles.” I’d far prefer my chances with the lever action Ken mentioned, (or my other choice, along with Alaska DNR guys: 12 gauge with slugs. Brenneke Black Magic, IIRC.) over a pistol. Even one as powerful as .44 Magnum.

                Easier to shoot accurately, rapidly, easier to aim, more destructive when it hits. That said, last I looked, it was something like 9mm was effective in a bunch of bear defense instances, and 10mm Glock 20s are supposedly popular for that role. Proper bullet selection helps, of course.

                1. We carried Remington pumps with slugs when doing field work in Alaska. I never had to fire at a real bear, but the annual training sure left me with a sore shoulder.

              2. I want to hear more. Was it charging at you? How close was it?

              3. Grizzly bears are different from wolverines or black bears. If you don’t hit a grizzly bear in the head, you might as well just play dead. You can’t stop a charging grizzly from mauling you by shooting it in its internal organs. Even if you pierce its heart, a grizzly my have ten seconds of rage to maul you with. Count ten seconds and imagine how many slashes at you with its paws and jaws it will take at you before it finally bleeds out. By the end of those ten seconds your life will never be the same.

                You shoot a grizzly in the skull right between the eyes. If you don’t have a tag for grizzly, you better not shoot at all if it isn’t within 50 feet of you and enraged. If it’s coming at you within 50 feet, the good news is that it’s coming face first. You want all the power you can get to pierce that skull, and that means you want a flat nose on the end of that round. You also want that round to come out of a 16″ barrel or longer to make sure it getting that full velocity.

                Yeah, my second vote would be for a shotgun and a slug, but that won’t be as accurate.

                Black bears are different. You don’t need to hit a black bear in the forehead to stop it. You shoot a black bear anywhere, and it will run. I might prefer to face a grizzly than a wolverine, wolverines are so damn vicious, but just because you can take down a wolverine with a .44 magnum doesn’t mean that’s the best choice for defending yourself from an enraged, charging grizzly bear.

                And I hope my larger point isn’t getting lost, which is that the Winchester 1894 is an amazing piece of American genius–not only because of its simple elegance, reliability, etc. but also because of its utility. 125 years after it was designed it is still among the best options (if not the best option) for a number of applications.

                We’ve been talking about its use as a guide gun in self-defense against grizzlies in grizzly country, but the other application that still rings true is deer hunting in areas where the trees are thick. If you’re deer hunting in an area with thick trees, you’re not taking a shot that’s more than 100 yards out anyway. People have been shooing deer in thick forest with 1894s chambered in .30-30 since forever for good reason, and that might still be my first choice for that situation. What’s lighter, more accurate out to 100 yards, more reliable, and carries an adequate punch to take a deer down in one shot? It’s a great choice.

                I’ll even say the 1894, chambered in, say, .38/.357 magnum is a good self-defense weapon in certain situations. I spend a lot of time every year in the deserts of the southwest–way off road in the remote wilderness. Sometimes I don’t see people for days. Sometimes the people I see, I don’t like. Sometimes it’s hard to tell if you don’t go up and introduce yourself. When you introduce yourself with an 1894 on your back (instead of an AR-15 or a giant handgun, it isn’t that intimidating. And you don’t always want to be intimidating, especially when you’re walking around by yourself and a game warden or Forest Service law enforcement stops to check you out.

                Still a great choice for all kinds of applications after 125 years and quintessentially American. American as cowboys. American as Indians. American as deer hunting. American as self-reliance and rugged individualism.

  39. “sustainable infrastructure”

    That means nothing but trains…trains to no where…trains where there are people…trains where there are not any people…it doesn’t matter. When it comes to transportation, liberals have a weird fetish for train porn.

    1. They can only get off watching film of a train going into a tunnel?

        1. Cripes!

          1. More, like OMFG!

    2. Ironic that the passenger rail industry hasn’t been sustainable in decades.

      1. You realize “sustainable” and “union jobs” are synonymous, right?

    3. Trains show us where obedient people should go.

  40. POTUS-elect Biden will now have the same rules, standards and norms applied to him and his nominees that POTUS Trump and his nominees had to contend with. The nominations will require a thorough vetting that could require months. The hearings? Well, any Biden nominee had better be prepared for the anonymously sourced stories, and the prolonged grilling. They will be browbeaten and humiliated. After all, turnabout is fair play. Team D set the standard….so now it will be applied to them and they’ll have to live with the result. Of course, every Biden nominee will require a cloture vote. It could be Hanukah 2021 before a Cabinet is seated.

    Judicial nominees? There will be no blue slips returned to the Judiciary committee from any Team R Senator. Team D made that a standard, so now it will be applied to them and they can live with the result. After all, turnabout is fair play. District court confirmations will be few and far between.

    Next, I really hope that POTUS-elect Biden has to contend with not one, but two Special Counsels. There will be document requests. Many document requests. There will be anonymously sourced news stories. Many of them. There will undoubtedly be leaks. Many of them. In short, POTUS-elect Biden will be hobbled from the start, and any legislative agenda will grind to a halt.

    Last, I fully anticipate Team R taking the House in 2023. Assuming Biden is even alive, he will be impeached. If he is not around, VP Kamala Harris will be impeached. The rationale is irrelevant. Team D set the standard, so now that standard will be applied to them, and they can live with it. After all, turnabout is fair play.

    I am fine with four years of gridlock until Harris can be voted out. POTUS-elect Biden will not be around by 2024. In the meantime, I will enjoy watching Team D having to contend with living under their own standards, rules and norms.

    As for Un-Reason, one hopes they can actually start writing libertarian articles again. They lost their way.

    1. Biden will probably not make the mistake Trump did of leaving any political appointees from the previous administration, no matter how lowly, in place. I consider that Trump’s biggest mistake.

      1. POTUS Trump could fire them all on his way out the door.

    2. “POTUS-elect Biden will now have the same rules, standards and norms applied to him and his nominees that POTUS Trump and his nominees had to contend with.”

      You’re kidding, right? Did you not hear McConnell threatening consequences to any GOP Senator who might think of holding up Congress’s recognition of the Electors? Moreover, a large part of those standards and norms came top-down, from the Media’s coverage of Trump’s appointments. Do you think that, e.g., CNN will give anyone like Blasey-Ford coming forward, the time of day?

      I think you also are discounting the likelihood of one or more GOP Senators—assuming they win one of the GA seats, and McConnell is Majority Leader to begin with—crossing the aisle ‘in a spirit of bipartisanship reconciliation’ and giving Biden whatever he wants. Or flat-out switching parties.

      No, I don’t think it will be as difficult for Biden to appoint people; nor do I think those appointees will face the legal and social obstacles to implementing their desired policies.

      1. We can agree to disagree. Pre-Trump, I would agree with you. Now that we had four long years of Team D treating POTUS Trump and his team the way they have…bipartisanship is dead. It is truly dead.

        Every time a Team R Senator is tempted to be magnanimous, they will be loudly and angrily reminded about Kavenaugh.

        It is scorched earth.

        1. I would agree with you, if I felt the GOP at large had learned a lesson from Trump’s serving a neglected market. But if they did, I think they would have been more public in condemning the outright fraud perpetrated this Election. They would have fought. Did you see any evidence they did?

          My inference then is they are content to see Trump gone, and content to go back to grifting as a plucky underdog, rather than continuing to fight for the segment of society Trump courted. They will fight for their donors. Whose interests often dovetail with the new management’s. More often than they did with Trump’s, anyway.

          For all of the ire that Kavanaugh should have had at his treatment, he certainly rolled over on the Texas suit, didn’t he? It would have cost him nothing to sign onto Thomas’s statement with Alito, and he couldn’t even do that.

          There will be no scorched earth from the Republican Party. Sorry.

          1. Gosh I hope you are wrong, Gray_Jay. But you have a pretty good track record.

          2. McConnell all but threw the senate majority yesterday

      2. It’ll be straight up dictatorship.
        A lot of naive people here believe it’ll be business as usual.
        Nope.
        It’s a New Normal, Soviet style.

  41. Has Kamala Harris resigned her Senate seat yet? Isn’t there some sort of rule against holding two different offices and a member of the executive branch being simultaneously a member of the legislative branch? She holds the Office of Vice-President Elect, how can she also be a Senator? (And don’t tell me there’s no such office as Vice-President Elect, I’ve seen the seals.)

    1. Kamala Harris’ replacement in the Senate will be decided by Newsom, the governor of California.

      Don’t worry, it’ll be someone shitty.

      1. That might be why the push to recall Newsome is so urgent.

        Additionally, Pelosi is trying to seat Democrats in contested House elections with NY under Article I Constitutional authority. The US Senate can do the same thing. IIRC it requires a 2/3 majority.

        Harris doesnt want to give up her Senate seat because she knows that Biden wont be president.

  42. https://twitter.com/MichaelCoudrey/status/1338977383202783232?s=19

    This a SHOCKING admission from the Fulton County
    GA Elections Director.

    They adjudicated 94% of ballots. A voter panel then determines “voter intent”, meaning they can CHANGE the votes.

    Forensic analysis now shows there is NO audit trail for the adjudication process

    1. You lost. Get over it snowflake.

      1. You have to admit that if true, that is a troubling aspect of the election process in GA no? I’m sure that if Trump had won GA the ‘get over it’ crowd would be exactly 180′ from where they are now about this and other anomalies.

        1. If true?
          It’s the guy’s own words.
          106,000 out of 113,000

        2. Even when Abrams claimed election fraud in 2018, she went the route of screeching rather than investigate and provide evidence of election problems.

          Turns out, Georgia’s election fraud according to Abrams is checking signatures on absentee ballots and preventing illegal voters from having their illegal ballots counted.

        3. He doesn’t have to admit anything. He’s a disingenuous troll.

        4. This election had abnormal high rates of adjudicated ballots. The Antrim Audit said it was near 68% in that county. And the adjudication logs/records of ballots changed was not saved.

    2. As before the election, the more Lefties attack the “facts” the more you know the facts are in fact true.

  43. Oh no. He’s breaking tradition by not just giving the spot to a Senator’s wife. Someone competent? Oh my…

    1. Oh no. He’s breaking tradition by not just giving the spot to a Senator’s wife. Someone competent?

      Well, Buttigieg is certainly competent at cultivating dark money donations. Maybe that will close up the transportation money gap.

    2. Buttigieg is someone’s wife, or something like that.

      1. You spelled “bitch” wrong

    3. Someone competent?

      Buttigieg’s governing as S. Bend slid further into decline hardly cements him in the ‘competent’ category.

    4. Pete Buttigieg, someone competent?

      Drinking shots is for whiskey, not LSD, man.

  44. > Showerheads aside, a new essay from the Cato Institute argues Trump will leave little lasting effect on federal regulatory policy.

    True. While he did have two good appointments with Pai and DeVos, they and Trump have been operating under executive orders. Meaning any advance they can make can be overturned in seconds by the next administration. It’s a house of cards.

    What needs to be done, which Trump has refused to do, it attack the foundation of the problem itself: Legislation. To paraphrase Dick Cheney, executive orders are just pieces of paper. The real problem is the mass of legislation that both undergirds the regulations and empowers the executive orders. The orders onlyw work if you imagine you will be in power forever. That was Obama’s mistake. And it’s now Trump’s mistake. Which is why his base is so desperate to believe he won the election. Because everything he has done will come undone in one day.

    But Trump and the Republicans couldn’t even scrap and replace ObamaCare, the single biggest domestic issue they campaigned on. ObamaCare is still in place, just one tiny corner of it got some wainscoting. Full Republican control of the House, Senate, and President, and they still couldn’t do that.

    That’s the problem when all power is rendered unto the President, and Congress does jack shit. The Republican Congress did jack shit to geld this regulatory monster. No spending cuts either. Nothing. We got nothing out of this administration a conservative could be proud of.

    1. We got nothing out of this administration a conservative could be proud of.

      Who were the conservatives running in 2016? Johnson/Weld? Arguably, there haven’t been any conservatives running since before “Read my lips. No new taxes.”

      That we didn’t openly/actively import 3rd world immigrants onto welfare roles is the closest thing conservatives get to something to be proud of. That people don’t recognize that conservatives have no other choice than scraping the scum at the bottom of the barrel is baffling.

    2. The Republican congress did just enough jack shit to cause a Blue Wave in 2018 but not enough to get enough GOP voters to come out to vote in 2018. One wonders at what Trump and GOP could have wrought with continued House control in 2019-20? Probably not much, but at least the Impeachment nonsense wouldn’t have happened.

  45. Joe Biden Taps Former Presidential Rival Pete Buttigieg

    Are we not doing ‘phrasing’ anymore?

  46. “starting to spend some of his political capital even before he’s inaugurated.”In many battleground states, the vote was decided by less than 1%. With a reduction in congressional seats for the dems, Biden effectively enters with almost no political capital. It’ll be difficult for him to get anything done regarding his agenda………….
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  47. There shouldn’t even be a transportation secretary so who cares.

  48. Obviously, politics is playing a role in Buttigieg’s selection.

    This is the prize you dropped out for?

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  50. Biteme wants people he and Harris can control. More specifically his picks for transportation and energy are about throttling natural gas pipelines which are regulated by those two departments.

    In other words get ready for a green new deal up your ass and hard.

    1. Which ironically, for all of the American Left’s public bitching about Russian interference, is about the biggest gift you could give to Russia. Restricting US natural gas production takes the US out of the LNG exporting business, in all likelihood, and keeps the EU a captive market for Gazprom, et al.

      1. It also helps Iran, as they control the largest natural gas field in the world.

        Funny how Democrat policies serve the interest of globalists rather than their own country, isn’t it?

        1. Fracking has done more for world peace than any politician ever has, and they’re going to ban it.

          It’s almost like these people want endless wars or something.

    2. Biden and Harris won’t be controlling shit.
      They’re just masks.
      Look at whose loyalists are being selected…

      1. Just as Biden and Harris were selected.

  51. “environmental racism.”

    Like “assault rifle”, there ain’t no such thing.

    1. Of course there is. I HATE YOU GREEN PLANT!

      1. *Attempts to hang leafy lettuce by noose.

  52. “On the positive side, he endorsed the idea of replacing the federal gas tax with a mileage tax, which would charge motorists for every mile they drive as opposed to how much gas they buy. That idea, which has been endorsed by Trump’s Council of Economic Advisers, would shore up highway funding and get it closer to a user-fee model beloved by free marketers.”

    Until the Greens and Watermelons exempt electric cars.

    1. What’s a watermelon?

      1. Green on the outside, Red on the inside.

        1. Ah. Red as in Commie, not Republican? I see.

  53. Speaking for all the rats, rock pigeons, and cockroaches – we think people have been, on the whole, a great benefit.

  54. “The United Nations has issued a new report finding that people are the cause of most of the world’s problems. Thanks, guys.”

    Maybe there’s a tautology here, since only people can apply the concept of “problem”.

    Of course, people (at the UN) can then take this to another level, and explain problems as the fault of THOSE people.

    1. Do people cause all environmental problems, like dams breaking, earthquakes, hurricanes, tsunamis, floods, animals killing children, and volcano eruptions?
      If so, I guess there’s literally no other source of problems.

  55. Joe Biden Taps Former Presidential Rival Pete Buttigieg for Transportation Secretary

    I know I threw out the first Hershey Highway joke last night, but nobody else has chimed in? I’m very disappointed in you people.

    1. Pete shouldn’t be the butt of jokes.

      1. Well then he really oughtta get on top of these things.

        Or bottom, no judgement here.

      2. So he should be the joke of butts? When Joe tapped Pete all Pete could say was butt, butt, butt.

    2. Sorry…NOW THATS CHOCOLATE!

    3. Biden has trouble getting by the nuts.

    4. Sort of grabs you by the balls…. heh, heh

  56. Biden is simply checking off the boxes- women, gays, people of some color….
    It’s the most disgusting pandering in a long line of disgusting pandering.

  57. “President-elect Joe Biden on Wednesday mangled his rollout of Pete Buttigieg as the “first” gay cabinet nominee — using a female name for Buttigieg’s husband and omitting mention of President Trump having named the first gay cabinet-level official.”

    https://nypost.com/2020/12/16/biden-calls-buttigieg-husband-kirsten-snubs-gay-gop-cabinet-member/

  58. the lead photo is extra funny if you know petes a homo…uncle joe looks to be gettin’ ready fer some of that good old indiana butt chug

  59. Gee, I hope Joe got a receipt marked “Paid in Full.”

  60. Joe “Big Guy” Biden used to grope young girls. He must be getting really old to be tapping Pete. I wonder if Pete’s husband knows?

  61. And if Gropy Bidet doesn’t tap that, kameltoe will.

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