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Biden Issues At Least 15 Executive Orders and Actions on Day One

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Since being inaugurated as president late yesterday morning, Joe Biden has been busy dismantling Donald Trump's executive orders. So far, the Biden administration has already undone several Trump-era immigration policies (including Trump's moratorium on immigrants from certain African and/or predominantly Muslim countries), Trump's 1776 Commission, and his ban on diversity training.

Goodbye Travel Bans and Census Changes

In one executive order issued yesterday, Biden revoked Trump's March 2017, September 2017, April 2018, and January 2020 immigration and travel orders and instructed the secretary of state to tell all embassies and consulates "to resume visa processing in a manner consistent with the revocation of the Executive Order and Proclamations specified."

"There is no real doubt that Biden has the power to reverse the travel bans by executive action alone," writes Volokh Conspiracy blogger Ilya Somin. "If you buy the Trump Administration's position on their legal status, they were decisions entirely left to the discretion of the president, which means a new president can repeal them any time he wants to, and for almost any reason….If you believe, as I and other critics do, that the travel bans were unconstitutional, it is even more clear Biden has the authority to repeal them. Indeed, in that event, he would have a legal duty to do so."

In another order, Biden revoked Trump's July 2019 order requiring census takers to collect citizenship info and Trump's July 2020 order excluding undocumented immigrants from congressional apportionment counts based on census data.

'Remain in Mexico' and more policies suspended by DHS

Notice of more immigration policy changes came via the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). In a Wednesday memo, Acting DHS Secretary David Pekoske instructed Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services to "conduct a review of policies and practices concerning immigration enforcement" and also announced new interim policies, "including a 100-day pause on certain removals."

DHS will still focus on apprehending and deporting people crossing the border illegally and anyone deemed to be a potential threat to national security or public safety, the memo stresses. The 100-day pause on deportations does not apply to immigrants "engaged in [or] suspected of terrorism or espionage, or [who] otherwise poses a danger to the national security," people who were "not physically present in the United States before November 1, 2020," immigrants who "voluntarily agreed to waive any rights to remain in the United States," or anyone else the acting director of ICE determines can be removed.

DHS also announced on Wednesday that it would suspend Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP) program enrollments. "The Trump administration's controversial 'remain in Mexico' policy requir[ed] asylum seekers trying to enter the U.S. from the southern border to wait in Mexico for American court hearings," notes NPR. "The program has led to roughly 60,000 migrants getting sent back across the border since MPP was first implemented in January 2019."

As of January 21, DHS "will cease adding individuals into the program," the department said in a short statement. "However, current COVID-19 non-essential travel restrictions, both at the border and in the region, remain in place at this time. All current MPP participants should remain where they are, pending further official information from U.S. government officials."

Other Orders Revoked

Reversing these Trump immigration restrictions is all great. Biden also issued a memorandum telling Homeland Security to take action "to preserve and fortify" the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

Some of Biden's actions simply undo executive overreach by the Trump administration and can be applauded. In one such order, Biden disbanded Trump's "1776 Commission" on "patriotic education."

Other new Biden orders and memorandums are murkier. In an "Executive Order On Advancing Racial Equity and Support for Underserved Communities Through the Federal Government," Biden revoked Trump's September 2020 order (titled "Combating Race and Sex Stereotyping") banning certain types of diversity training for government employees, contractors, or grant recipientsthen added a new diversity working groups, commissions, and protocols that maybe feel like social justice and keeps government bureaucrats busy but fails to produce meaningful or tangible results.

I haven't had time yet to go through all of Biden's new actions (which you can find here). But it's clear, as Reason's Christian Britschgi commented yesterday, that "if you were hoping President Joe Biden might break from former President Donald Trump's broad view of executive authority," you shouldn't hold your breath.


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Civil rights groups say no to a new war on terror. The American Civil Liberties Union, Amnesty International USA, Freedom Network USA, Human Rights Watch, the National Women's Law Center, the Presbyterian Church, The Human Trafficking Legal Center, The Sentencing Project, and 127 other groups are asking Biden and congressional Democrats not to expand domestic terror laws. "We are concerned that a new federal domestic terrorism statute or list would adversely impact civil rights and — as our nation's long and disturbing history of targeting Black Activists, Muslims, Arabs, and movements for social and racial justice has shown — this new authority could be used to expand racial profiling or be wielded to surveil and investigate communities of color and political opponents in the name of national security," they write.

The letter also points out that "The Justice Department (DOJ), including the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), has over 50 terrorism-related statutes it can use to investigate and prosecute criminal conduct, including white supremacist violence, as well as dozens of other federal statutes relating to hate crimes, organized crime, and violent crimes. The failure to confront and hold accountable white nationalist violence is not a question of not having appropriate tools to employ, but a failure to use those on hand."

"The letter is necessary because Biden and his administration came into the White House already planning to focus on domestic terrorism, and one possibility the transition team was mulling over is the Confronting Threats of Domestic Terrorism Act, H.R. 4192, which was introduced in 2019 by Rep. Adam Schiff (D–Calif.)," writes Reason's Scott Shackford.


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  1. It’s starting. We’re redefining a “covid case” to make Biden look like he did something. Wonder if Ron will cover this.

    The WHO Finally Updates COVID-19 Testing After Biden https://pjmedia.com/columns/stacey-lennox/2021/01/20/the-who-finally-updates-its-covid-19-testing-policy-1-hour-after-bidens-inauguration-n1398857

    Today, within an hour of Joe Biden being inaugurated and signing an executive order mandating masks on all federal property, the WHO sent out a notice to lab professionals using the PCR test. It said:
    WHO guidance Diagnostic testing for SARS-CoV-2 states that careful interpretation of weak positive results is needed (1). The cycle threshold (Ct) needed to detect virus is inversely proportional to the patient’s viral load. Where test results do not correspond with the clinical presentation, a new specimen should be taken and retested using the same or different NAT technology.
    The WHO went on, stating:
    Most PCR assays are indicated as an aid for diagnosis, therefore, health care providers must consider any result in combination with timing of sampling, specimen type, assay specifics, clinical observations, patient history, confirmed status of any contacts, and epidemiological information.
    In short, a positive PCR test in the absence of symptoms means nothing at a Ct of higher than 30, according to the experts interviewed by the New York Times and according to Jaafar et al. Yet positive tests is the number CNN loves flashing on the screen. If the percentage found by the Times in August holds, there have been approximately 2.43 million actual cases to date, not 24.3 million. There is also no way to calculate the deaths from COVID-19 rather than deaths with some dead viral debris in the nostrils.
    What I have referred to as the “casedemic” since September will be magically solved just in time for Joe Biden to look like a hero.

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      1. 8/29/2020, NY Times. Laying the groundwork…….

        Your Coronavirus Test Is Positive. Maybe It Shouldn’t Be.
        The usual diagnostic tests may simply be too sensitive and too slow to contain the spread of the virus.
        https://www.nytimes.com/2020/08/29/health/coronavirus-testing.html

        1. Exactly how we said it would happen.

          Now they will stop testing healthy people and start counting “of covid” instead of “with covid”.

          1. Trump could have coordinated with the WHO, instead of undermining our country’s relationship with them. He could have worked toward revising the PCR test guidelines in coordination with the CDC, the WHO, or the Trump administration COVID-19 task force.

            Instead, for the past three months, he concentrated on ruminating on personal grievances and spreading conspiracy theories about the election results.

            1. You got banned again I see.

              1. Nope. Just keeping a promise that “The White Knight” would go away when Trump went away.

                1. That’s not how it works.

                  1. My promise. I can fudge it however I want.

                    Michael Jordan retired from basketball, several times.

                    1. https://reason.com/2021/01/12/antique-plate-fiestaware-school-evacuation/#comment-8695663

                      “The   ​ White    Knight
                      January.12.2021 at 1:37 pm
                      Actually, water would be “hydrogen di-oxide”, not monoxide. Guessing you didn’t ever actually take a chemistry class”

                      Looking in a text editor, one can see there are no Tulpa shenanigans. That’s you. Fucking up badly

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              2. Nope. Not banned.

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            2. The WHO that was pushing chinese propaganda? The one who said not to shut down travel, not to wear masks, that it wasn’t a pandemic?

            3. Yeah I’m sure that they would have totally done what he asked if only he was nice about it!

              After all, it’s not like thousands and thousands of people have been screaming about this for months.

        2. Your “laying the groundwork” article from 8/29/2020 undermines your attempt above to paint this as a change in media coverage because of a new administration that the mainstream media is sympathetic with.

          1. So what did you get banned for?

            1. Ha ha. Wasn’t banned. To be banned, Reason IT would have to actually do moderation, which they don’t do.

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            2. Nope. Not banned.

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          2. No, because the NYT doesn’t set policy. Biden didn’t have to explicitly coordinate anything. The ruling social class knows what it needs to do. Changing the test criteria to make it less sensitive to lower case count is a no-brainer. Its not 3D chess.

            1. Shades of the NYT article about overestimating the ‘ro.

              Swine Flu Cases Overestimated?
              https://www.cbsnews.com/news/swine-flu-cases-overestimated/

              If you’ve been diagnosed “probable” or “presumed” 2009 H1N1 or “swine flu” in recent months, you may be surprised to know this: odds are you didn’t have H1N1 flu.

              In fact, you probably didn’t have flu at all. That’s according to state-by-state test results obtained in a three-month-long CBS News investigation.

            2. As you yourself provided a cite for, they started talking about it in August, during the Trump admin.

              1. And now you post an article from 2009, further undermining your assertion that suddenly news coverage has changed because Biden is president. Quit while you are ahead.

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      2. Amazing that we have a new President, and he is undoing the destruction of our relationship with WHO, amazing that he is actually paying attention to what is going on with COVID-19.

        1. Hey man you got banned, respect it and leave

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    3. “Ra’s” wrote: “It’s starting. We’re redefining a “covid case” to make Biden look like he did something. Wonder if Ron will cover this.”

      Sooner or later, people will realize that anyone who was covid-19 positive who died of anything was counted as a “covid death” and this will be adjusted. Then Biden/Harris will have performed a miracle – they will have actually REDUCED the number of COVID Deaths!

    4. “Today, within an hour of Joe Biden being inaugurated and signing an executive order mandating masks on all federal property, the WHO sent out a notice to lab professionals using the PCR test.”

      So, was Biden supposed to coordinate with the WHO to send out an updated advisory to lab professionals before assuming office? It’s not like Trump paid any attention whatsoever post-November 3rd to what was going on with COVID-19.

      1. The White Knight Rises!

        Tadalafil?

      2. How do you even turn left or right with those blinders on?

        The WHO changing the specs has literally been predicted and presented for months here and you find it purely coincidental that the WHO implements that change an hour after the inauguration?

        Everyone always calls you a bird on the site. I have to envision you as one of those falcons with the head mask on just spitting at the wind.

        1. Maybe you missed it, but the Trump Administration severed ties with WHO.

          Maybe you missed it, but Ra’s posted two cites undermining his own thesis.

          1. What does your non sequiturs have to do with anything?

            Especially when the 2nd is wrong.

            1. This is getting embarrassing for Dee.

          2. So Trump severed the ties, which means the US not paying into their coffers, and the WHO waits until after the inauguration to release real numbers. Yup, nothing political there.
            Hmmm. Perhaps the WHO might be working to entice Mr. Biden to rejoin the WHO party? Or have something in the works.
            But further, neither of your points has anything to do with the fact that people have been predicting this WHO behaviour for months, along with the coincidental timing of it.
            Maybe we need to invoke ‘Brenford’s’ law with you again.

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  2. https://www.tabletmag.com/sections/news/articles/new-national-american-elite

    More and more Americans are figuring out that “wokeness” functions in the new, centralized American elite as a device to exclude working-class Americans of all races, along with backward remnants of the old regional elites. In effect, the new national oligarchy changes the codes and the passwords every six months or so, and notifies its members through the universities and the prestige media and Twitter. America’s working-class majority of all races pays far less attention than the elite to the media, and is highly unlikely to have a kid at Harvard or Yale to clue them in. And non-college-educated Americans spend very little time on Facebook and Twitter, the latter of which they are unlikely to be able to identify—which, among other things, proves the idiocy of the “Russiagate” theory that Vladimir Putin brainwashed white working-class Americans into voting for Trump by memes in social media which they are the least likely American voters to see.

    1. https://twitter.com/AbigailShrier/status/1352121732723666946

      On day 1, Biden unilaterally eviscerates women’s sports. Any educational institution that receives federal funding must admit biologically-male athletes to women’s teams, women’s scholarships, etc.

      A new glass ceiling was just placed over girls.

      1. My wife is pretty lefty, and feminist. This had her livid.

        If the GOP were smart, they would be highlighting this daily. They would certainly get thrown to the wolves on twitter, but in suburban districts, this is not going down well.

        1. If the GOP were smart

          They aren’t stupid – the people in charge of the GOP want to remain in charge of the GOP, and being the Washington Generals to the Dem’s Harlem Globetrotters is the best way for them to stay where they are.

          GOP leadership is effectively point shaving because they’re being paid off by gamblers. Losing is better for them than winning.

          If the next Trump can keep the coalition together and scare suburban white women with this, and the rules aren’t too rigged in the Dem’s favor, the TDS crowd may be longing for the days of Trump.

          If the rules are too far rigged, say hello to Pinochet.

          1. I never thought about that: betting against the Globetrotters with the spread. Think it goes on for real?

          2. Best scenario: Trump goes thru with the threat to form a Patriot Party, the Democrats (i.e. the media) abet it in an effort to split the GOP, they succeed and the Patriot Party, having captured much of the base of both the Republicans and Democrats, sweep Congress and 40 state legislatures.

            1. Meanwhile the Libertarian Party continues on, fecklessly. What the feck.

        2. Excuse me while I enjoy making your wife eat her own cooking.

        3. Like I said the other day, the funniest part of Bruce Jenner transitioning was the debate on Wikipedia over whether he should be considered the women’s record holder in the decathlon.

          1. Don’t want to be dead-statting xer.

        4. Yup, and instead of putting out rational arguments against the Democrat’s excessive wokeness, Trump worked hard to create an internal split of the GOP, which is now very likely to have handed over control of the country to the Democrats, possibly permanently.

          1. Goddamn, that TDS really did take over your brain.

            1. You can spout “TDS” all day long as a diversion, but tell us all how I am wrong about Trump’s destroying the GOP. Tell me how I am wrong about his effectively handing the Federal government over to the Democratic Party.

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              2. Suddenly the liberaltarian is worried about Democratic control of the government.

                  1. 2 days ago?!?!? You showed him!

                    1. Damnit 20 days ago (I know, 15, but showing the temporal aspect of of it).

                  2. Wow, the liberaltarian citing an article talking about Democrats possibly doing the same thing Republicans have done for the last 40 years.

              3. Trump didn’t destroy the GOP, he gave them 4 years of relevance they wouldn’t have had otherwise. The GOP has been terrible as long as I can remember.

            2. Don could have released documents from the Obama / Biden era surrounding domestic spying and illegal drone strikes on civilians but instead he decided to refuse defeat and split the GOP between the Q-Anon conspiracy theorists and everyone else who doesn’t want higher taxes / more federal regulation.

      2. Chicks with dix.

      3. “Biden unilaterally eviscerates women’s sports”

        Didn’t expected Biden to be this based. Can wait for these equal pay athletes to whine when biological males come to dominate their sport.

    2. The media the other day used the term multi racial whiteness. Basically what CRT and the media do is now attribute everything bad to being white. So anytime something bad happens it is whiteness. No difference than the religious blaming Satan or the nazis blaming Jews

      1. Zimmerman was a “white hispanic” – no left wing stupidity is new.

        And no, I’m not capitalizing hispanic, spellcheck. Fuck you.

      2. As I keep pointing out, I don’t mind that white liberals are so self-loathing about their skin color that they’re the only ethno-political demographic with a negative in-group bias–all other races across every other political spectrum, moderate/liberal/conservative, strongly favors their own.

        I just wish they didn’t work so hard to make every moderate and conservative white person hate themselves that much. If you’re white and you really think being white is original sin, do the world a favor and kill yourself so the stain of your skin color doesn’t pollute the rest of humanity. Let the rest of the white people exercise positive self-affirmation like every other race does.

        1. To me, the big problem is the blatant…not hypocrisy but double standard. These are the Weinsteins and Epsteins who talk a big game about liberal values. But inside the castles that their leadership has built for them, they engage in exactly the perverted victimization they ascribe to their worst villains.

          1. Like I said a couple days ago, “it’s okay when we do it” is the cornerstone of dominant societies; however, the caveat is that the people you’re trying to subjugate will always operate by their own principles, allowing you to weaponize those principles against them.

            The right over the last 25 years or so, probably even going back to Reagan, allowed the left to use their principles against them, while the latter were exercising blatant double standards to gain power within cathedral institutions. If the right had been even 1/1000 as ruthless as the left claims, we wouldn’t need to be concerned as to whether Juwanna Mann became the WNBA MVP or not.

        2. Blacks will favor their own, but think more highly of every other race.

      3. So, instead of whining and playing the victim, go out there and put out calm, rational arguments of what is wrong with progressive thinking.

        1. Pointing out left-wing self-loathing isn’t whining, White Excrement.

          1. Re-read what I wrote. I didn’t say it was.

            I said that INSTEAD of whining, spend your time pointing out what is wrong with left-wing self-loathing.

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            2. White Excrement argues that white left-wing self-loathing is okay.

            3. Oh sure, great idea! And then you’re a nazi. Or at least a white supremicist.

              The left has set the rules of engagement this way to maximize division. Good fucking job, assholes.

        2. So, instead of whining and playing the victim

          So, was Biden supposed to coordinate with the WHO to send out an updated advisory to lab professionals before assuming office? It’s not like Trump paid any attention whatsoever post-November 3rd to what was going on with COVID-19.

          Lol!

          1. I’ll take your “Lol!” as a concession you don’t have any response of substance.

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  3. EXC: Biden Just Picked A CIA Director With A 7-Year-Long Relationship With Chinese Communist Party Fronts
    https://thenationalpulse.com/exclusive/biden-cia-director-ccp/

    Bill Burns – Joe Biden’s pick to lead the Central Intelligence Agency – serves as the President of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace which has over a decade-long relationship with the China-United States Exchange Foundation and other Chinese Communist Party-linked groups.

    1. No widespread corruption.

      1. No ‘significant’ ties to China

        1. Corrupt within “normal parameters”

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    3. Keep in mind that DOL was poo-pooing things like this–how there’s an incestuous relationship between these foundations/lobbying groups, the media, and the Democrats (and the Republicans, particularly in extractive industries), and how they rotate in and out of these positions like the Roman elites did in the Senate during the last years of the Republic.

      1. DOL is a dishonest piece of shit.

  4. “Reversing these Trump immigration restrictions is all great.”

    Of course it is. And it’s exactly what I predicted Biden would do based on the Democratic Party’s total embrace of Charles Koch’s open borders agenda.

    #OpenBorders
    #(EspeciallyDuringAPandemic)

    1. The Ds do not advocate open borders and you know it.

      1. The borders are effectively open if you use the magic word (i.e. asylum).

        1. No. An 8 year pathway to citizenship for those already here after decades of tough immigration policy is not in any way open borders. Open borders is not being discussed, but it should be, it would be a major boom for our economy. Most pro-business act Congress can do.

          1. Gee, molly, take a drive up highway 99 in immigrant haven Cali and tell me how many homeless encampments you see. A lot.

            Yup, we need more low skilled, low educated people flooding the borders. It’s the pathway to prosperity for all!

            You’re an idiot.

  5. https://twitter.com/Vermeullarmine/status/1352010114996252676

    Somewhere, can’t remember where, is an account of the reign of Julian the Apostate: although paganism seemed to be back in control, it was now an artificial creation, brittle, anxious, ideological and repressive — one that couldn’t last. The old world could no longer be restored

    1. https://twitter.com/CurtisHouck/status/1352008834626297858

      Ben Rhodes calls for there to be “years” of a firm and brutal “detox” of “lies” and “hate” from the entire right side of the aisle in America and that it must be done through the use of “national security” and “Homeland Security” officials.

      1. Let the TSA ideological groping begin!

    2. The good news is that the rotten, corrupt edifice that’s propping these snakes up in their sinecures will eventually fall and break apart because it won’t be able to sustain itself any longer. The bad news is that it will result in several centuries of ethno-sectarian conflict.

  6. https://twitter.com/tomselliott/status/1352007118392582148

    .
    @JohnBrennan
    : Biden intel community “are moving in laser-like fashion to try to uncover as much as they can about” the pro-Trump “insurgency” that harbors “religious extremists, authoritarians, fascists, bigots, racists, nativists, even libertarians”

    1. Mean tweets are out, terror is in!

      1. Someone needs to see the business end of a woodchipper.

        1. ENB is snitching on you as we speak.

          1. She’s just providing “substantial assistance to law enforcement” to avoid prosecution for advocating human child sex trafficking.

          2. Did he ask her for a sandwich or something?

        2. Really makes you wonder what might have happened if L’Affaire Woodchipper had taken place now instead of 2015, when wrongthink and harsh criticism of the elites was still considered a bridge too far.

          A little under six years later, all the woke Millennial college students from the 2000s and 2010s are writing articles in mainstream media and infiltrated corporate America to the point that they are now setting the foundation for the next American civil war.

  7. Alright! We were short on Muslims around here.

    1. Seems like a libertarian would want to treat Muslims, the vast majority of whom are peaceful, good people, with the same respect for their freedom to travel and immigrate as any other demographic group.

      1. You mean cancel them for hating gays?

        1. I personally know Muslims who do not hate gays. That’s like saying all Christians hate gays.

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  8. Thanks to the bits of the inauguration I was forced to watch, I can see what state TV looks like in N. Korea. Media went down on Biden like Harris did on Willie Brown.

    1. Worse. The media and Hollywood seem to truly love fellating the Big Guy.

      1. He won’t respect them in the morning.

      2. If they won’t suck it willingly he will rape them

  9. Biden’s Presidency is less than 24 hours old and it’s already paying off for his billionaire supporters.

    Reason.com’s benefactor Charles Koch earned $210,000,000 yesterday.

    Just look at all that beautiful green in the daily change column. This will be the pattern as long as billionaire-approved, Wall-Street-friendly Democrats like Biden (and Harris) are in charge.

    #InDefenseOfBillionaires

  10. I agree with Carl Hart that the decision to use drugs is a personal one. Just as most people use alcohol without real negative effects, there are alcoholics, some of whom can continue with a reduced quality of life and some of whom are living under a bridge.
    What I do not agree with is that a taxpayer has any responsibility to aid those who choose to use drugs and then destroy their lives. If one has the freedom to make choices, then one also has the responsibility to live with the consequences.
    I give money to the Salvation Army, who help many addicts – but the SA are really tough people who don’t play games.

    1. All substances should be legal, and perhaps even free–at approved remote sites.

    2. Drug abuse thrives among the idle children of the rich. Politicians listen when those rich donors say, “there outta be a law.” So it has been for the last 65 years. So it will continue.

      1. It must suck belonging to a church that doesn’t let you drink or do drugs? It must suck even more being dumber than all the stoners, drunks, and junkies because even they know the LDS Church is a crock of shit.

        Please tell me if you visit!

        1. Flag. Refresh. A fart in a hurricane.

    3. But without free drugs, how can we keep the masses entertained after we’ve banned all the books?

  11. “New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo finally released the full details of his marijuana legalization plan.

    People would still be criminalized for growing their own cannabis, and delivery services would not be allowed.”

    I don’t think that word means what he thinks it means.

    1. “New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo finally released the full details of his marijuana legalization government approved dispensary and taxation plan.

      There, that fixes it.

      1. I know you big government social conservative mormons hate that drugs are slowly being decriminalized. If mormons had there way alcohol would be illegal too. They want to force their lifestyle on everyone. They want to force everyone to worship their pedo god.

        That’s why they must be eliminated.

    2. It means exactly what he thinks it means; “here’s something else I can use to control individuals”.

      1. And funnel money to a favored few.

      2. Notice that the police mandate stays the same. The black guy selling “loosies” is still a target.

        The most amazing thing about ‘Progressives’ is that they never change.

        1. If mormons had their way all drugs would carry life sentences and alcohol would be illegal.

          I’ve nn around enough to know how those stupid assholes think. They’d think “people may be a little angry at first, but thank us in the long run because they don’t need that stuff!”

          Anyone who worships a pedo con artist and believes disproven scriptures shouldn’t be telling others what to do.

          Kill every mormon on earth

  12. I haven’t had time yet to go through all of Biden’s new actions (which you can find here).

    “Reinstating Deferred Enforced Departure for Liberians”

    It’s nice that Biden wants to keep Libertarians around. Or maybe Librarians.

  13. CNN starts gasliglhting to cover for future biden failures day one.

    CNN
    @CNN
    Newly sworn in President Joe Biden and his advisers are inheriting no coronavirus vaccine distribution plan to speak of from the Trump administration, sources tell CNN, posing a significant challenge for the new White House.

    1. That must be why Obamacare was such a mess, too. Bush didn’t do it for him.

    2. So you didn’t have a plan in place Joe? Why not? You expected Trump to have one? This is your version of “leadership”?

      1. The millions of doses already distributed happened by random forces in the universe.

        1. But more white people have gotten vaccinated than POC! This racist horror must stop!

      2. What good is someone else’s plan if you can’t plagiarize it and call it your own?

        1. Ahhh I see you are a follower of the 1000 talents program the CCP runs

        2. Joe would never plagiarize!

      3. I’m pretty sure Joe was elected specifically to have a plan, so no plan looks pretty feeble.

      4. As was covered in the news, the Trump administration stonewalled the incoming Biden administration on what was going on with their COVID-19 plan. (Probably because they didn’t have one.)

        1. But…that was the entire reason Biden was elected. To handle that.

          1. And looks like he is.

            1. AHAHAHAHAH YOU STOLE TULPAS TRICK TO PRETEND YOU WERENT BANNED AHAHAHAHAH

            2. And looks like he is.

              By complaining that Trump didn’t make a plan for him?

              1. Yes. That is bold action from sleepy joe. Get used to more of it!

        2. Joe has so many plans, he couldn’t find it in the stack.

    3. https://twitter.com/AGHamilton29/status/1352249253675069440

      This is indisputably false. We are currently doing about 1M vaccinations per day. Biden and his team have promised 100M in 100 days. In other words, just to keep the current pace of what allegedly represents “no plan”.

      1. https://twitter.com/AGHamilton29/status/1352245276942233605

        This is so transparently false, and a huge insult to thousands of people that have been working 24/7 to make the vaccine and current distribution happen.

        There have been almost 36 million doses distributed to the states. Over 17 million shots administered by the states.

        1. Yeah but no plan. Gotta have a plan.

          1. Bidens plan to make a plan by plagiarizing trumps non plan is the real plan.

          2. How long is the plan? Is this a five-year plan? I hear those are the best kinds of plan.

            1. Better. A 93 year plan.

            2. Don’t a lot of the fundamentalist mormons live a communal lifestyle? A “United Order” or something?

              Don’t they get that from the book of Mormon?

              Shut the fuck up you Mormon commie!

              1. Flag. Refresh. Scream into the void.

                1. We all know the reason you “flag refresh” is because you can’t defend your moronic beliefs.
                  That’s one of your Mormon tricks. When someone points out how absurd your beliefs are you cry bigotry!

                  You’re free to believe whatever bullsht you want. I’m free to point out how wrong it is.
                  When you send your kids door to door to lie and trick dumb people to join your bigoted church and pass laws based on your stupid religion that’s when you’re infringing on my rights. Since you wont stop because you’re too fucking stupid to realize what a cancer you are to society you leave us no choice but to make you stop.

                  Cowardly bitch ass Mormon. You’re a stupid pussy Chuck like all Mormons.

                  Please tell me if you visit!

              2. The Mormons have a plan.

            3. They are planning on a plan for the plan’s duration. Once the plan on the planned timeline is completely planned, work will begin on the planning stages of the initial plan that was planned. Then when the planning is done on the initial planning, a planning commission will be devised to make sure it is planning compliant with the plan on the planning timeline plan. Planners are currently planning these plans and plan on meeting at the next planning meeting.

      2. Yeah, but it’s mostly the red states that don’t give a shit about intersectionality and whether certain favored groups get the vaccine first that are having the most success with it. Blue states are mostly a dumpster fire of failure and losing doses to expiration by the thousands, like that dumb greasy dago running the state of New York.

        1. Somebody here said it brilliantly the other day — People from North Dakota are just too uneducated to know they can’t just start vaccinating whoever wants it.

    4. I thought these people were going to “listen to the Scientists!” and be ready to go from day one.

      Maybe that tranny assistant Health secretary will come up with something in between hormone shots.

      1. Puberty blockers for children as part of the vaccination process is xer plan

    5. Cite to details of the Trump administration’s recent coronavirus vaccine distribution plans?

      1. Looks like “whataboutism” is de rigeur with the liberaltarians again!

        1. That wasn’t a whatabout. That was a dig at Trump sitting around and whining about the election for the last three months instead of doing his job.

          1. AHAHAHAHAH OMFG YOU STOLE TULPAS TRICK TO PRETEND YOU WERENT BANNED AHAHAHAHAH

          2. It was exactly a whatabout, considering the states that actually had their shit together and weren’t concerned about intersectional stupidity were already doing well in distributing vaccines.

            1. Way to miss the point, which was that in the last month or so, Trump (and Pence) checked out of any involvement in making sure vaccine distribution is going well.

              1. Your point was a whataboutism, which you loved to indulge in whenever your lefty boos got criticized.

      2. It’s fun to watch you become what you hate

  14. Nothing on work being stopped in the Keystone pipeline, in anticipation of having their permit revoked?

    1. Even Canada is upset at that one. And Trudeau isn’t close to being libertarian.

    2. WE NEED MOAR EXECUTIVE ORDERS!

      1. Patience, my son.
        Old guys get writer’s cramp very easily. He will start afresh tomorrow.

    3. The Feds will probably try to return destroyed property instead of paying just compensation. Then fine them for the environmental cleanup of the site.

    4. Well, liberals like trains. (In the absence of pipelines, crude moves mostly by tank cars.)

      1. Warren Buffett approves this message.

  15. Biden features prominent slave owners in white house redecorating: George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and Alexander Hamilton. Jefferson so bad the democrats renamed an event named after him.

    Also, includes bust of Cesar Chavez. Union boss who was notorious for using the term Wetback got illegal immkgrants, assaulting illegal immigrants, and being for massive border controls to stop deflating wages of citizens.

    1. Finally, I can get that NCAA athletic scholarship!

      1. I have one year of eligibility left and I kinda want to stunt.

    2. Being a woman is not an objective state of being, it only depends on how you feel.

      1. Yep, gender is an arbitrary social construct. Just like gravity.

        Science!

    3. Will the pussy hats return to protest this war on women?

      1. There is a term: TERFS, trans exclusionary radical feminists. Courtesy of Douglas Murray’s “The Madness of Crowds”

    4. Finally! True equality for women.
      You asked for it, you got it.
      Now deal with it.

      I remember in the early seventies a co-worker commenting on the first wave of feminism by asking “Where will this end? Will women back up to the urinals, or will they make men squat to pee?”

    5. Can’t wait for the next wave, where all colleges have to award scholarships based on someone’s proclaimed race.

  16. Did Biden go through all of the correct legal processes to revoke the trump executive order or is that something we don’t care about

    1. Forget that. Just remember, no more mean tweets!

    2. Of course he did.
      You think he is senile or something?

      1. That article doesn’t answer his question chum… p

        1. Yes, it does. In some cases, at least, Biden has issued Executive Orders where he himself admits he doesn’t have the authority to do so. That means he couldn’t possibly have gone “through all of the correct legal processes”.

  17. Most open and transparent president ever is already turning off YouTube comments.

    https://www.dailywire.com/news/comments-turned-off-on-biden-white-house-youtube-video

    It was also nice to see Jen Pakistan deflect from the only 2 questions of any substance yesterday. When asked about the hyde amendment her answer was Joe is a catholic who goes to church.

    1. …and gives the finger to the Church’s teaching.

      1. Like all good Catholics.

    2. Autocorrecg changes Psaki to Pakistan.

      I’ll allow it.

      1. The major tech firms know what is best.

      2. This is no accident.

  18. reason contributor Will Wilkinson:

    If Biden really wanted unity, he’d lynch Mike Pence.

    — Will Wilkinson ???? (@willwilkinson) January 21, 2021

    1. Free minds, free markets, and political violence.

      Fuck you, Reason.

      1. You could go away and stop hanging out at Reason, since you don’t like the place. And, hilariously, apparently work hard to dig up offenses from loosely-affiliated writers’ tweets.

        1. Thanks for the feedback, Will.

        2. No one is making you read his criticism

        3. Says the guy who actually got banned from Reason, which is impressive because you have to be a truly loathsome person to get banned from here.

          1. Wait, did he actually get banned? When the fuck did that happen?

            Because as far as I know, WK is not shriek, Hihn (who’s dead), or Mary Stack.

    2. Disgusting.

    3. Did you read his post-hoc justification for it? Sounds like the same sophistic tripe that White Excrement indulges in.

  19. “f you believe, as I and other critics do, that the travel bans were unconstitutional, it is even more clear Biden has the authority to repeal them.”

    Yet Trump did not have the authority to repeal the unconstitutionally implemented EO by Obama implementing DACA. For the reasons given why he could not, it seems unlikely that Biden’s EOs have gone through the supposedly required byreaucratic vetting. Trump’s EOs were attacked in the courts regularly. It is almost as if there are different sets of standards regarding EOs depending on which letter is behind the president’s name.

    1. Its all based on the Oppression Score, as determined by a neutral panel (reps from BLM, Gender Studies, and Vox).

  20. …and his ban on diversity training.

    Now we’re going to see what our first woke president can do.

    1. Hey I welcome the new teachings of critical race theory, now when I say the niggers are a simple hive mind people that don’t show up on time or do quality work, and don’t care about what they do, that’s not racist that’s critical race

      1. You know, people are going to give you shit because they’re still naively gripping their antiquated kumbayah color-blind bullshit.

      2. Critical race theory? Does that mean that some races are more critical than others?

        1. No, you are now free to criticize races. But only the white ones.

  21. WHO waited a full hour to advise countries to lower their testing cycle rates for covid.

    https://pjmedia.com/columns/stacey-lennox/2021/01/20/the-who-finally-updates-its-covid-19-testing-policy-1-hour-after-bidens-inauguration-n1398857

    In August of last year, The New York Times published an article stating that as many as 90% of COVID-19 tests in three states were not indicative of active illness. In other words, they were picking up viral debris incapable of causing infection or being transmitted because the cycle threshold (Ct) of the PCR testing amplified the sample too many times.

    Labs in the United States were using a Ct of 37-40. Epidemiologists interviewed at the time said a Ct of around 30 was probably more appropriate.

    Covid is now cured!

  22. https://twitter.com/FreeBeacon/status/1352088470869729282

    President
    @JoeBiden
    fired an independent federal labor regulator within hours of taking office on Wednesday in an unprecedented move that was cheered by labor unions.

    1. I love this move. Now to automate more union jobs out of existance

      1. More likely they will automate signing up all workers for a union regardless of old-fashioned ‘personal preference’.

  23. “If you buy the Trump Administration’s position on their legal status, they were decisions entirely left to the discretion of the president, which means a new president can repeal them any time he wants to, and for almost any reason

    Thats not what federal judges said about Obama EOs like DACA.

  24. Other new Biden orders and memorandums are murkier.

    Thank God, a return to nuance in presidential reporting.

    1. We can be assured we won’t get tweets telling us what Biden is ‘thinking’; all hale a less transparent POTUS!

      1. It was so special being privy to every random thought pinging around in Trump’s head at 3 am while he’s sitting on the toilet with his mobile phone.

        1. See shit like this is what got you banned

          1. Nope. Not banned.

            1. It’s so brave of you to expose your sock.

            2. AHAHAHAHAH YOU STOLE TULPAS TRICK TO PRETEND YOU WERENT BANNED AHAHAHAHAH

    2. They aren’t bad… just bad optics or something.

  25. John Brennan warns that the Trump “insurgency” is made up of “religious authoritarians, fascists, bigots, racists, nativists, even libertarians.

    reason has spent years preparing an airtight case for the defense

    1. John Brennan is a liar and a fabulist who was forced to admit that his “proof” that Trump was colluding with the Russians was merely his belief based on what he had been told by other liars. John Brennan also voted for the Socialist candidate for President so how the hell he ever got to be head of the CIA is a mystery to me.

    2. sounds like he thinks libertarians are the worst of the lot.

    3. I guess democrats or republicans couldn’t be found anywhere in any numbers.

  26. “If you believe, as I and other critics do, that the travel bans were unconstitutional, it is even more clear Biden has the authority to repeal them”

    Regardless of whether you like the outcome, I’m not sure the president has the authority to arbitrarily declare something unconstitutional and block it by executive order. If he wants to veto legislation for any reason the president deems it appropriate to do so, that’s one thing. And if one president has the authority to do something by executive order, another president should have the same authority to undo that executive order. But claiming that the president has special powers (or especially powerful powers) to rewrite laws or block executive orders because he deems them unconstitutional may be to give him powers that aren’t in the Constitution anywhere.

    P.S. DACA was clearly unconstitutional, even Shika Dalmia conceded that, and even if it wasn’t, Trump had the same authority to cancel DACA that Obama had to write the order in the first place. If things are only unconstitutional when you don’t like the outcome, then “constitutionality” has no meaning.

    1. ..then “constitutionality” has no meaning.
      That has already happened.

      1. For some people!

        They can’t pretend that Obama had the presidential power of rewriting the rules of naturalization, out of one side of their mouths, and then claim that reinstating other rules are unconstitutional because the president doesn’t have the power to write the rules of naturalization.

        And we should be really clear about what happened with DACA:

        “In 2013, language allowing dreamers to stay in this country and work or attend school was included in a broader immigration package that passed the Senate with 68 votes — then failed in the House.

        Frustrated after years of failings, President Barack Obama signed DACA as a temporary order in the hope that Congress would eventually pass the Dream Act and broader immigration changes. But with Republicans in control of both chambers of Congress, the Dream Act stalled once again.”

        —-New York Times

        https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/05/us/politics/dream-act-daca-trump-congress-dreamers.html

        It should be noted that DACA is almost certainly why the caravans and the crisis on the border started. At the worst of the crisis, 80% of the caravans were made up of children traveling alone or families with children traveling together. It should only be surprising to stupid people that when Obama promised that he wouldn’t kick you out of the country if you came as a child, that people would start sending their children here en masse.

        Anyway, DACA was entirely unconstitutional. Obama was trying to buy time for the Dreamers, to get some legislation through before the Supreme Court had the time to declare it unconstitutional.

        The problem with a partial fix like that is that it makes a compete fix unnecessary. Few representatives from swing districts or swing states want to take a stand on either side of that issue if they don’t have to–and as long as DACA is both keeping these people from getting deported and not giving them amnesty, a representative from a swing state doesn’t need to vote on the issue. They don’t want to enrage either side! So, it doesn’t even come to a vote.

        The Supreme Court blew it when they punted and asked the Trump administration for more of an explanation. If they’d declared DACA unconstitutional, Pelosi’s House would have had a bill for the Dreamers ready that day, and Trump would have pushed hard for a compromise. Even now, until DACA is gone, there are people in the Senate who will be reluctant to vote for the Dreamers–who would vote to save them from deportation if that were a real concern.

  27. In an “Executive Order On Advancing Racial Equity and Support for Underserved Communities Through the Federal Government,” Biden revoked Trump’s September 2020 order (titled “Combating Race and Sex Stereotyping”) banning certain types of diversity training for government employees, contractors, or grant recipients—then added a new diversity working groups, commissions, and protocols that maybe feel like social justice and keeps government bureaucrats busy but fails to produce meaningful or tangible results.

    No comment on the word equity? Straight out of marxism? Implying outcome instead of opportunity.

  28. Civil rights groups say no to a new war on terror.

    And they always get their way.

  29. “Trump’s 1776 Commission, and his ban on diversity training.”

    Trump did not ban “diversity training”, he banned Critical Race Theory training which is a crackpot racially deterministic social theory that breaks a number of antidiscrimination laws for people who are required to sit through that drivel.

    ENB is being negligently lazy with passing it off as mere “diversity training” or she is deliberately lying about what that EO is explicitly about.

    1. It’s ENB se is a retarded lying cunt.

      1. “se”? Is that another new gender thing I have to learn?

    2. ^This.

      Fucking lying liars in the media never stop.

  30. John Brennan warns that the Trump “insurgency” is made up of “religious authoritarians, fascists, bigots, racists, nativists, even libertarians.”

    Remember when Bill Maher was a libertarian? It’s a big tent.

  31. The Chron has Biden keen on ‘reuniting America’; the job would be a lot easier if he and the rest of the Ds hadn’t spent the last four years tearing it apart.

    1. I earn over $ 15,000 by doing simple work online at home in my spare time only. I am a full time student and, just doing this job 3 hours a day, I earned $ 17,568 from this job in the first month. Very good work and making money is great. Anyone can get this job and start making money just by following the information provided here Detail Of Work

    2. This unifying America deal is about stomping out all the competition.

      They’re selling it as marginalizing the mainstream to the extreme, but what they’re really doing is mainstreaming extremism. Mainstream Republicans are moving further and further to the right every day.

    3. Well, they probably mean uniting the country in the same way Pol Pot united Cambodia.

      1. Lots of housing stock opened up!

      2. [Insert joke about the Michigan Governor now mandating the planting of seeds here.]

    4. Yup, Trump and his nationalist, populist cronies had no role in driving disunity in America in the past four years.

      1. WHATABOUT TRUMP!!!

        1. It’s all about Trump, 24/7.

  32. A vending machine selling COVID-19 tests is slated to go up in Manhattan next week.

    No one tell Cuomo.

    1. But if they put it in public you will get arrested for going outside. This is a dastardly wiley E cyote like trap

  33. “We are concerned that a new federal domestic terrorism statute or list would adversely impact civil rights and — as our nation’s long and disturbing history of targeting Black Activists, Muslims, Arabs, and movements for social and racial justice has shown — this new authority could be used to expand racial profiling or be wielded to surveil and investigate communities of color and political opponents in the name of national security,”

    But round up those white deplorables ASAP.

    1. SleepyJoe gonna put you back in chains.

  34. However, NBC reports, “the public is increasingly pushing back against such policies, she said.”

    Fundal pressure.

  35. Three Georgia cities are suing to make Netflix and Hulu pay cable-style franchise fees.

    They either need money or have an interest in local cable operations.

    1. Seeing as Netflix was a huge pusher of net neutrality I would say they have it coming. If you cheer the Gov to economicly fuck people over I have no sympathy if you get fucked

    2. The dark side of tax breaks to attract film and television projects.

    3. It’s ridiculous when you consider Netflix and Hulu come via Internet service that’s already taxed by such franchise fees. This is like if a municipality put a tax on goods delivered by trucks whose fuel tax and registration was already paying for the roads they were delivered over.

      It’s even more ridiculous when you consider that Netflix and Hulu are sending just packets of data indistinguishable from e-mail and other Internet services.

  36. Biden’s executive orders include undoing much of Trump’s work on deregulation, and he rejoined the Paris climate treaty, which is entirely unconstitutional. As I wrote above, DACA was also clearly unconstitutional–Obama issued that order specifically because Congress refused to change naturalization law.

    Biden is already violating the Constitution left and right–just as he promised he would.

    Prepare yourself for a war on guns, the Green New Deal, and packing the Supreme Court–all within the next 100 days.

    Also, prepare yourself for Reason staff to apologize for every single piece of it. The government and the Democratic Party are now the same thing, and Reason will now be a mouthpiece for the rule of the Democratic Party and the government.

    1. They won’t apologize, they will rationalize.

      1. This was “apology” in the “make an argument sense of the word”.

        “2a: something that is said or written to defend something that other people criticize : DEFENSE”

        —-Merriam-Webster

        https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/apology

        There wasn’t much apologizing in Plato’s “Apology”, but it was about Socrates defending himself against charges.

        Reason staff’s apologies will be something like about how Medicaid for All is actually not that bad, and the Green New Deal isn’t so bad either. There are more important things than whether you can own a 30 round magazine, etc., etc. They’ll be defending the Biden administration every step of the authoritarian road we’re on, and when it’s over, they’ll be arguing against electing Republicans to save us from further abuse of our rights and liberties. That’s why I meant by “apologize”.

        1. Reason understands the score. Sycophancy, or bust. Wait until the Biden technocrats discover Reason’s comment section. There are a lot of people saying a lot of unsavory things on this website, often laced with profanity and irreverent sarcasm. Seditious exchanges abound. Reason will soon find itself getting the same treatment as the Federalist.

          And, without the comments, there is absolutely no purpose of visiting this site.

          I think Reason’s “journalists” will be fine, however. I am certain they have already lined up gigs at WaPo and the NYT.

          1. The things I see the government accusing people of saying on Parler are a lot like the things Preet Bahara went after people for saying here.

            “There’s a special hot place in hell for . . .”

            They call these violent threats. Martin Luther King used that idiom!

            Another small social media app for free speech called “Wimkin” was kicked off both Apple’s and Google’s app stores yesterday.

            “Last week, Google warned it might take similar action, highlighting in an email to Mr. Sheppard viewed by the Journal that “we don’t allow apps that contain false or misleading information,” . . .

            Mr. Sheppard said he is updating Wimkin’s policies and tools in an attempt to comply with Google and Apple standards. The site’s rules prohibit pornography and incitement to violence, he said in an interview last week, but its moderators don’t fact-check.

            —-Wall Street Journal

            https://www.wsj.com/articles/google-play-suspends-wimkin-citing-posts-calling-for-violence-11611108309

            They justified deplatoforming an app by stating that the users post inaccurate information?!

            That’s ridiculous.

            1. That is our new reality, and Reason helped (in their own small way) to bring it about.

            2. Everything is serious. No joking or story telling allowed without a permit.

              1. “And … well, would you look at that? Can you believe it? We’re all out of permits.”

    2. Prepare yourself for a war on guns

      I don’t think he’ll attack that head on. But look for a national “shoot them in the leg” policy.

      1. Apparently you haven’t read Biden’s campaign website.

        He’s promised to ban assault weapons, force everyone who already owns an assault weapons to register it with the federal government, take liability protections away from gun manufacturers for crimes that are committed with their guns, ban the sale of both weapons and ammunition online, and initiate a national program to relinquish [confiscate] guns in conjunction with local law enforcement.

        Read it for yourself:

        https://joebiden.com/gunsafety/

        I see no good reason to doubt him.

    3. You know who else violated the Constitution before Biden?

      1. The idea that violating the separation of powers, violating the Constitution, etc. is okay because it’s been done by others before is both stupid and pathetic.

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

        You know who’s supposed to oppose violating the Constitution regardless of which party is in charge?

        The correct answer is “libertarians”.

      2. Every elected official?

      3. “You know who else violated the Constitution before Biden?”

        Obama.
        Next question?

        1. I don’t even that mentality.

          We shouldn’t complain about the president violating the separation of powers or violating the Constitution–because others have violated the Constitution before?!

          From a libertarian perspective, how do you stop caring about the separation of powers? It’s one thing if you’re pushing for a policy you really want and the Constitution is in the way, but is that what’s happening here?

          Up yonder, I asked a rhetorical question about what libertarians and the right would do if the only way back to capitalism after the first 100 days of Biden’s presidency is a vicious dictator like Pinochet. People weren’t supposed to take that as a suggestion for how to make such a dictator necessary. A progressive president that no longer feels constrained by the separation of powers–why should libertarian capitalist get excited about that, like really?!

          If I had to choose between Chavez and Pinochet, I’d choose capitalism and then join the resistance against Pinochet–and the whole time, I’d be damning all the idiots who failed to call out earlier presidents’ violations of the separation of powers–and making such an outcome not only possible but inevitable.

    4. Reason staff is scared john Brennan is coming for them so they are sucking up as hard as they can but as with all authoritarins in the past those who support them are first to be removed. Reason better start looking over their shoulders

        1. yes it does

        1. more sucking up

          1. Ze is the intern. It’s zer job.

        1. you don’t read anything you link to do you

    5. Are you saying that Reason is…controlled opposition?!?!

    6. The Paris climate agreement is fully Constitutional because it has no legal binding force. It’s just a policy statement.

  37. President* Biden’s revocation of Trump’s EO’s are simply going to be symbolic in some cases – it’s not like anybody was obeying Trump’s orders in the first place. Now that it’s gross insubordination, if not treason, rather than the highest form of patriotism to refuse to obey a direct order, there will be no more #Resistance in the civil service. Not that the civil service is in any way biased and partisan and wear hammer and sickle underwear.

    1. “President* Biden’s revocation of Trump’s EO’s are simply going to be symbolic in some cases – it’s not like anybody was obeying Trump’s orders in the first place.”

      Bullshit.

      1. Well, it was a lawless hellscape the last 4 years.

  38. “If you buy the Trump Administration’s position”

    I didn’t realize the Trump Administration was in charge of that.

  39. Pffft! Trump issued more executive orders than that! Trump orders were bigger too! Trump Big, Trump Strong. Joe is sleepy and small and weak. All hail Trump!

    1. Holy shit you’re actually having Trump withdrawls!

      1. He out sarcasmic’d sarcasmic.

    2. Posting imbecilic shit like that is the reason you’re seen as an imbecilic lefty shit.

      1. Sevo, aka Mr. Vocabulary.

        1. at least he didn’t get banned

  40. The 100-day pause on deportations does not apply to immigrants “engaged in [or] suspected of terrorism or espionage, or [who] otherwise poses a danger to the national security,” people who were “not physically present in the United States before November 1, 2020,” immigrants who “voluntarily agreed to waive any rights to remain in the United States,” or anyone else the acting director of ICE determines can be removed.

    That’s not what Biden said. We’ll see what happens.

  41. Antifa has served its purpose, off with you

    https://twitter.com/Julio_Rosas11/status/1352140520374497282
    Federal officers came out of the ICE facility in Portland to disperse the crowd that had assembled outside. After declaring it to be an unlawful assembly, police used tear gas and flashbangs.

    1. It’s not called poison gas anymore?

    2. So, nothing more than the same grab-assery that’s taken place through the last seven months?

  42. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo finally released the full details of his marijuana legalization plan.

    “Smoke ’em if you got ’em” or GTFO.

    1. Oh yeah, no smoking in New York.

  43. I wasn’t aware that North Korea was predominantly Muslim or in Africa.

  44. https://twitter.com/EthicalSkeptic/status/1352007326451044355

    PCR positive is no longer = Covid. You are not Covid now unless you get a second test to confirm it, and are presenting clinical symptoms. We shall see what the net impact of this indeed is.

    Released 20/21 Jan 2020

    1. Well, I suppose this is more rational, but the timing is awfully convenient.

      1. Obama admin shut down H1N1 testing, complicating Biden’s attacks on Trump’s coronavirus screening
        https://www.foxnews.com/politics/flashback-obama-admin-halted-state-h1n1-testing-complicating-bidens-attacks-on-white-house

        However, during the 2009 swine flu pandemic, the Obama administration suddenly told states to shut down their testing, without providing much in the way of explanation. And, Biden’s top advisor at the time has acknowledged that the Obama administration didn’t do “anything right” to combat that pandemic, before walking back those comments.

        1. Shades of the NYT article about overestimating the ‘ro.

          Swine Flu Cases Overestimated?
          https://www.cbsnews.com/news/swine-flu-cases-overestimated/

          If you’ve been diagnosed “probable” or “presumed” 2009 H1N1 or “swine flu” in recent months, you may be surprised to know this: odds are you didn’t have H1N1 flu.

          In fact, you probably didn’t have flu at all. That’s according to state-by-state test results obtained in a three-month-long CBS News investigation.

  45. Civil rights groups say no to a new war on terror.

    House Oversight Committee chair requests FBI probe of Parler, including its role in Capitol siege

    Well that didn’t take long.

    1. SleepyJoe loves him some probing.

    2. As I wrote yesterday, I suspect the FBI (or some other government agency) may already be neck deep in monitoring activity on Parler and other social media apps. The Justice Department may well have encouraged Apple and Google to drop them from their app stores.

      If Google didn’t check with the antitrust division of the Justice Department and the FTC before they kicked Parler off of their app store, that would be really surprising! Why would you kick someone off of your app store like that–when you’re under an antitrust investigation for using your app store to hurt the competition–without asking the prosecutors who are investigating your antitrust case for their approval first?

      That would be stupid.

      1. The state capital protests were such an obvious glow-op, it’s not a surprise that no one showed up to them.

  46. *POOF!!!*

    1. oh good you’re a homophobe too

      1. Huh? I wrote “*POOF!!*”.

        Not my fault you apparently turned that into some homophobic slur, like “poofter”, in your head.

        1. Well he’s not the only one because it got you banned

      2. Rule 1 no poofters
        Rule 2 I don’t want to catch anybody not drinking
        Rule 3 no poofters

    2. You think the chemical formula for water is HO2.

      1. Where did this meme come from by the way?

        Can you cite whatever the heck you are referring to?

        1. https://reason.com/2021/01/12/antique-plate-fiestaware-school-evacuation/#comment-8695663

          “The   ​ White    Knight
          January.12.2021 at 1:37 pm
          Actually, water would be “hydrogen di-oxide”, not monoxide. Guessing you didn’t ever actually take a chemistry class”

          Looking in a text editor, one can see there are no Tulpa shenanigans. That’s you. Fucking up badly.

          1. That won’t stop him from lying about it.

            1. https://reason.com/2021/01/12/antique-plate-fiestaware-school-evacuation/#comment-8695746

              “The   ​ White    Knight
              January.12.2021 at 1:57 pm
              It’s dihydrogen monoxide

              Actually, I think both technically work”

              His stupid ass (and once again, checked, not Tulpa) doubling down.

            2. That’s funny. I just admitted I fucked it up, as I always do when I get something wrong.

              https://reason.com/2021/01/21/biden-issues-at-least-15-executive-orders-and-actions-on-day-one/#comment-8716516

              1. AHAHAHAHAH YOU STOLE TULPAS TRICK TO PRETEND YOU WERENT BANNED AHAHAHAHAH

          2. Oh, thanks. I had no idea what people were referring to.

            Yeah, looks like I fucked that one up. I admit it.

            1. Shut the fuck up idiot you think water is HO2 AND

              AHAHAHAHAH YOU STOLE TULPAS TRICK TO PRETEND YOU WERENT BANNED AHAHAHAHAH

          3. LMAO!

  47. This will be the greatest administration ever for race grievance mongers. They’re going to have a field day.

    Very Important Gestures such as removing portraits of old presidents will happen daily.

    And racism will end!

  48. The American Civil Liberties Union, Amnesty International USA, Freedom Network USA, Human Rights Watch, the National Women’s Law Center, the Presbyterian Church, The Human Trafficking Legal Center, The Sentencing Project, and 127 other groups are asking Biden and congressional Democrats not to expand domestic terror laws.

    hahaha good luck. It’s like they have never heard of Joe Biden.

  49. attributing the cause of low birthrates to women

    Umm… what other cause would there be?

    1. Men not being able to bear children? I don’t think we can point that out because non-menstruating identifiers might feel bad about themselves as being less woman than they imagine they are.
      Because of the science.

  50. https://twitter.com/MelanieBen/status/1352065453443735553

    No more waking at 3 AM full of existential dread. Tonight we sleep like we used to when we were 5 & we fell asleep in the backseat of the car knowing that Dad was in charge & nothing bad could happen. Good night, America!

    1. OMG

    2. Goddamn–if you have that much actual free-floating anxiety over a four-year period of time that didn’t actually go pear-shaped until this past year, due to the terrorists and corrupt politicos in your own party, then an overdose of sleeping pills would probably do you more good than anything else.

    1. Wilkinson’s argument after the fact was basically, “I was only pretending to be retarded.”

    2. “former Koch acolytes” is tasty.

  51. Note there is a simple way to cut down or eliminate EOs. Get Congress to do its job and address the issues it is suppose to address.

    1. Except they don’t want any of that. They can set up the president as the main blame taker without having to do a damn thing.

      I’d say a good 70+% of them need thrown out on their asses.

      1. raspberrydinners, meanwhile, never pretends to be retarded. He really is that dumb.

  52. But it was unconstitutional when Trump used executive orders to undue Obama’s, so how can Biden do this?

  53. Buried in an otherwise good order on ethics commitments by executive branch employees is this whopper:

    I commit to conduct that upholds the independence of law enforcement and precludes improper interference with investigative or prosecutorial decisions of the Department of Justice.

    Bwahahahaha!

  54. The “Muslim ban” narrative has always been false. How was it a Muslim ban when the most countries with the most Muslims were not on the list? One can be critical yet remain factual. Proggies gonna prog, I guess.

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  55. “We are concerned that a new federal domestic terrorism statute or list would adversely impact civil rights and this new authority could be used to surveil and investigate political opponents in the name of national security,” they write.”

    Fixed that for you.

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