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School Choice Spreads as Pandemic Public Education Falls Short

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Across the country, a flurry of new legislation aims to expand educational options during the pandemic and beyond. Iowa is on its way to passing a major school choice bill backed by Republican Gov. Kim Reynolds. Nebraska may bring opportunities for homeschooled students to play team sports and participate in public school extracurriculars. Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Missouri, New Hampshire, and Washington state are also considering some positive changes.

In celebration of National School Choice Week, here's a look at some of these reforms.

Iowa

A new proposal from Reynolds establishes school choice in Iowa by granting state scholarships to public school students who want to attend private schools. "We do not believe this is a private vs. public school debate. It is simply a school choice for the parents to choose," said Anne Rohling, president of St. Albert Catholic School and a strong supporter of the proposal. "Open enrollment in the public schools [has] allowed families the opportunity to seek out the best fit for their children. If this legislation will empower more families to have more choices, then we are in support of it."

But the bill also faces strong opposition, in and outside the Iowa statehouse. The President of the Iowa-Nebraska NAACP "says this could lead to segregation in some Iowa Schools," reports CBS 2 Iowa. "We agree that parents should have the choice to enroll their child in a private or religious school, but not with public taxpayer funds," said Council Bluffs Superintendent Vickie Murillo.

Larry Gray, director of the Council Bluffs Heartland Christian School, responded:

The concern we hear from parents has always been 'we live in the community, pay for and attend a Christian school, but our taxes still go to the public school system.' I would say that most—if not all—parents would simply appreciate their tax dollars going to the school of their choosing.

On Monday, the legislation (Senate Study Bill 1065) cleared the Iowa Senate Education Committee.

Washington

Washington state Rep. Vicki Kraft (R–Vancouver) is trying to establish a school choice voucher program in her state. Last week, Kraft introduced House Bill 1215, which "would establish the K-12 Education Scholarship Program in Washington state [to] award up to $7,000 per student each school year to be used for costs related to private school or homeschool instruction," according to Clark County Today.

"We've seen how students have been affected this past year from a lack of education choices. This year alone, more than 32,000 Washington families have pulled out of the public-school system as they find that traditional zip-code assigned schools are simply not working for their children," said Kraft in a statement. "This bill will allow parents to be able to provide the best learning environment for their child, no matter what the circumstance."

Nebraska

State Sen. Dave Murman (R–Glenvil) seeks to expand athletic and extracurricular activities for homeschooled students. Murman's bill (LB210) would let homeschooled kids participate in sports and other activities at local public schools. LB210 "would require school boards to set policies affording the same access to athletics, music, journalism and speech as public school students, without requiring home-school students to earn any credit at the school," reports the Lincoln Journal-Star. "Under current guidelines, students must enroll in at least 10 credit hours—or two classes per day—to participate in extracurricular activities."

Colorado

Legislation from state Sen. Tammy Story (D–Jefferson County) and Rep. Cathy Kipp (D–Fort Collins) would remove a requirement for public colleges and universities to get standardized test scores from all applicants. "We believe there are plenty of students out there who have great potential while they may not have great tests scores," said Story. "They should have all the same opportunities to go forward with higher education if they choose."

Georgia

A proposal from Rep. Kasey Carpenter (R–Dalton) would let the state's undocumented immigrants living legally in the U.S. under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program pay in-state tuition at Georgia's public colleges and universities. "If it becomes law, DACA recipients will pay the same rates as other Georgians, provided they are under 30, graduated from a Georgia high school, have been in Georgia for four years and have been living in the United States since they were at least 12," reports the Georgia Recorder.

Georgia is also considering a larger school choice bill:

House Bill 60 would put money into a state fund that would pay for private school tuition and learning materials for homeschooling, and pay state money directly to vendors providing it.

"I genuinely believe that everyone does better if we provide an option for that four or five percent of students who are not performing well in their traditional public school," said the bill's sponsor, state Rep. Wes Cantrell (R-22nd Dist., Woodstock).

Cantrell says public schools would keep the tax dollars funded by local property taxes but would lose the per-student portion funded by the state government. That state portion would fund home school supplies or private tuition.

Missouri

Missouri is on its way to expanding charter school options and vouchers for homeschooled and private school students. Senate Bill 55, from state Sen. Cindy O'Laughlin (R–Shelbina), "passed its first hearing Thursday, but not before the measure morphed into an even larger omnibus package making it the 2021 session's likely flagship education legislation," notes The Center Square. "Its next stop is the Senate floor for debate."

FLORIDA

Last week, Florida state Sen. Manny Diaz (R–Hialeah) introduced a bill to expand and consolidate school choice voucher programs.

Indiana

Indiana House Bill 1005 would expand the number of stipends available for students to use on private school education. "About 12,000 students who already attend participating private schools but don't currently qualify for state aid could become eligible," says the Indiana Business Journal. "In addition to expanding eligibility for state vouchers to more students from middle-income families, the bill would create a form of school choice—known as education savings accounts—that would give stipends to parents of children with special needs to spend on their education."

New Hampshire*

New Hampshire is considering a proposal to launch an "education freedom account program." HB 20 says "families whose children have left their local public school [can] redirect state aid to the educational program of that family's choice," reports New Hampshire Public Radio.

See also: How COVID-19 Made School Choice a Priority


FREE MINDS

The Supreme Court won't hear a case out of Nevada concerning state restrictions on religious services during the COVID-19 pandemic. "In a one-line order, the court said it would not hear an appeal from Calvary Chapel Dayton Valley, a church in western Nevada that has been battling pandemic restrictions imposed by Gov. Steve Sisolak," notes NBC News:

The rules originally allowed casinos, restaurants and other businesses to operate at 50 percent capacity while limiting churches to no more than 50 people, regardless of a facility's size.

The state has since imposed a 25 percent capacity limit on most public gathering places, including movie theaters, casinos, restaurants, bars and religious constitutions. It therefore is not engaged in religious discrimination, lawyers for the state told the Supreme Court.


FREE MARKETS

Pundits push advertisers and cable companies to cancel conservative networks. Flush with undeserved credit for reforming Pornhub, New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof is now calling for companies to "pressure on advertisers to withdraw from Fox News" as well as other right-leaning networks, including Fox Business, One America News Network, and Newsmax TV.

Meanwhile, Max Boot of The Washington Post wants the Biden administration to turn the Federal Communications Commission against Fox News and writes that if that doesn't happen, "large cable companies such as Comcast and Charter Spectrum, which carry Fox News and provide much of its revenue in the form of user fees, need to step in and kick Fox News off."

"All of these commentators should refamiliarize themselves with the First Amendment," suggest the editors at National Review, "and then follow up with a closer reading of the laws and Supreme Court decisions that have shaped the interpretation of that basic right, as well as the FCC's regulatory authority. They might also consider that their own jobs depend upon the social acceptance of free speech as a value. The tools of authority, once taken up on the left, will inevitably tempt a response from the right."


FOLLOWUP

Supreme Court vacates 5th Circuit's abortion access ruling. Toward the start of the pandemic, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, a Republican, declared all abortions (including non-surgical abortion) to be among the nonessential medical procedures which were off-limits. At first, "a federal judge in Texas declared the order too broad and lifted the ban. But the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans restored it," explains NBC News.

Abbott issued a new order a short time later that allowed abortions in Texas to resume, but the state asked the Supreme Court to keep the appeals court rulings on the books.… In a brief order, the Supreme Court dismissed the appeal and vacated the 5th Circuit's ruling.


QUICK HITS

  • Nine Houston police officers were indicted by a grand jury, one of them on a murder charge. The indictments stem from a 2019 drug raid in which officers killed 59-year-old Dennis Tuttle, his 58-year-old wife Rhogena Nicholas, and their dog.
  • D.C. is set to send home 6,000 National Guard troops…leaving 7,000 still in the city. Around 5,000 troops will be there through at least part of March, a Department of Defense spokesperson said yesterday.
  • California Gov. Gavin Newsom, a Democrat, lifted the state's stay-at-home orders.
  • "Josh Hawley believes disliking Josh Hawley is an act of censorship," writes Jonathan Chait.
  • Twitter unveils a new fact-checking feature, Birdwatch.

* CORRECTION: This piece originally stated that the "education freedom account program" (HB 20) was a Vermont legislative proposal, when the bill is actually being considered in New Hampshire.

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  1. <i.The rules originally allowed casinos, restaurants and other businesses to operate at 50 percent capacity while limiting churches to no more than 50 people, regardless of a facility's size.

    You’re gambling on redemption and eating the body of Christ.

    1. I’ve never understood why Christianity involved cannibalism.

      1. Effigial cannibalism.

        The church had members fast for a period before Holy Communion, thus ensuring the mind would associate the Body of Christ with nourishment. Psy-ops can’t all be badgering mothers, you know.

        1. Not us crazy Catholics, that is the literal body and blood of Christ we are consuming unlike all the rest of you heretics whose souls will burn in eternal damnation (or something like that, I always tuned out Monsignor Sourwine when he went on one of his damnation rants).

          1. If you were an altar boy like this commenter then you saw behind the curtain.

        2. Why would anyone be part of a religion where you don’t drink tat church?

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      2. Really only catholics and a few protestants actually believe in Transubstantiation.

      3. If I want to join a religion where we imagine eating the deity, I would rather follow the Flying Spaghetti Monster. Or something with bacon.

        1. Pastafarians are worse than the suburban white Rastafarians. At least the fakin’ Jamaicans just want to smoke dope and listen to Marley (normally just “Legend” on repeat).

          Pastas are just loud, insufferable, pink pussyhat wearing, self important clowns who should be boiled along with their Host. Then thrown against the wall to make sure they’re cooked properly.

          1. Pastafarians are the vegans of mock religion.

            1. Precise, concise, and accurate.

            2. That must be why their sense of humor is so boring.

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                A: THAT’S NOT FUNNY!

      4. Most Protestants believe it’s a symbolic linking of you to Jesus through a shared meal.
        Roman Catholics however believe the after digestion and absorption it literally becomes Christ blood and flesh which becomes part of you.

        Transubstantiation and Immaculate Conception are two of the biggest differences between Catholics and Fundamentalists, who don’t believe in either. Also, Sacred tradition, the authority of the Church Magisterium, Ex cathedra, and the veneration of Mary…
        Some of the biggest differences I guess.

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        Unless the ceremony where a disciplined practitioner mixes their spit with jellyfish blood and the essence of deep sea vents (boiled 30-45 times) turns a color undetectable to the human eye. Then they should practice self-isolation for between 72 hrs. and a fortnight, whether they were injected with sanctified chicken embryos or not.

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  2. Nine Houston police officers were indicted by a grand jury, one of them on a murder charge.

    The chief, last I read, retains his job.

    1. It’s about time. That said, it doesn’t appear at first glance, and not having read the indictments, that most of these charges have anything to do with the raid. Gallegos’s murder charge aside.

      FTA:

      The other officers indicted Monday face first- and second-degree charges of engaging in organized criminal activity, theft by a public servant and tampering with governmental records.

      It looks like an attempt pour encourager les autres about overtime fraud, more than anything having to do with criminally slipshod controls on issuing, executing, and auditing narcotics search warrants. Shocking, I know.

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  3. D.C. is set to send home 6,000 National Guard troops

    Surely they can see we need a surge and not to cut and run.

    1. All the seditious folk had jobs to go back to.

    2. Withdrawing these troops is irresponsible and will lead to long-term instability in the region.

  4. Can’t do anything without a flurry of legislation.

    1. What do you want? Furry legislation instead?

      1. Furry legislators.

        1. Senator Sinema would probably be down.

      2. “What do you want? Furry legislation instead?”

        Yes. My cats, and millions of other cats, have been demanding the right to vote for decades. It’s about time they got it.

        1. lol you’re in for a fun lesson today

          1. Lol. Well evidently pornhub has been reformed so he should start there.

          2. “lol you’re in for a fun lesson today”

            Hey, everyday is a learning experience.

            1. oops — meant to reply to Bardock, obviously.

        2. You should get tested for toxoplasmosis.

    2. Dream on. We’re heading into a government by executive fiat that’ll make Obama’s “pen and phone” look trifling.

      1. Surely, the judiciary is our only hope.

  5. California Gov. Gavin Newsom, a Democrat, lifted the state’s stay-at-home orders.

    He waited as long as he dared after the election.

    1. Perhaps he’ll be recalled anyway, like the 6,000 National Guard troops.

  6. In the end, this Covid business might actually be a positive thing. Kids will no longer be indoctrinated by the pinkos and wokers. Perhaps a return to to the nuclear family. And actually learning ABC’s and 123’s.

    1. “If it might help educate just one life, ….”

    2. Your handle fits your comment.

      1. Agreed…In 2021 its a crazy idea. I suppose I’m just a mad man.

    3. Yes, they will instead be indoctrinated by fascist Bible-Beating mullahs.

      1. Tell us about anti-racist math.

          1. Now you’re being racist, transphobic, and colonialist, 2+2 can equal whatever it wants to. Doesn’t even have to be a number.

            1. 2 is a binary number and we don’t know if it identifies as a different number

          2. Math is a tool of The Patriarchy™ to oppress the innumerate.

      2. Tell us again how biological sex is merely assigned by society, why GMO foods are poison and how healing chakras work.

  7. Josh Hawley believes disliking Josh Hawley is an act of censorship…

    Suddenly we’re no longer judging politicians on a curve.

  8. 5,000 troops will be there through at least part of March

    That’s a long time to be sleeping on a garage floor.

    1. How many troops are in Afghanistan again?
      Maybe Afghanis can come and liberate occupied DC.

      1. And Americans can subsequently immigrate to Afghanistan as refugees after the Afghanis blow up our country and proceed to occupy it for 20 years.

  9. I thought everything was going to back to normal by now.

    1. The NEW normal, DUH!

      1. Now with MORE MASKING!

    2. Can’t be normal until 2T is spent again. And that’s been pushed to March.

  10. “All of these commentators should refamiliarize themselves with the First Amendment,”

    No need to do that, since all their newly-elected leaders have sworn to defend and protect the Constitution.

    1. Consti-what?

      1. Sounds racist and problematic whatever it is.

      2. Biden thought they said defeat and reject the Constitution.

  11. Sometimes the news is generally so awful, people interpret bad news as good news for not being as awful as expected. That’s what we’re looking at in regards to the Senate power sharing agreement.

    [Mitch McConnell] said his concerns about the filibuster rule, which requires 60 votes for most legislation to advance, had been assuaged by comments from Democratic Sens. Kyrsten Sinema and Joe Manchin reaffirming their opposition to its elimination. Their statements earlier in the day signaled that Democrats don’t have the votes needed to kill the filibuster unilaterally, since that would require all 50 of them, plus Vice President Kamala Harris, to vote as a bloc.

    President Biden, who served 36 years in the Senate, said during his presidential campaign that he would prefer to preserve the filibuster, unless GOP resistance to his legislative agenda made eliminating it necessary. Asked Friday whether Mr. Biden still opposes eliminating the filibuster, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said: “The president’s position hasn’t changed.”

    https://www.wsj.com/articles/senate-power-sharing-deal-moves-ahead-11611630763?

    The Democrats have decided to leave the filibuster intact–just so long as Senate Republicans don’t block Medicaid for All, coming after our gun rights, the Green New Deal, or packing the Supreme Court.

    Isn’t that great news?!

    The correct answer is “no”.

    1. I don’t know why we call them representatives anymore.

      1. They do represent shit, just not what most people think.

        1. They should have left the Buffalo Hat guy in charge.

    2. You read it exactly the same way I did, Ken. A filibuster you never ever use, is worthless.

      1. Or, more precisely, a filibuster that isn’t used against the radical left’s, er, Biden’s pet projects.

    3. We won’t need to break the filibuster as long as the Republicans remain unifiers and decide to do whatever we tell them to do. If they ever decide to be obstructionists and not do as they’re told, all bets are off.

      1. Four words:Romney, Muksowski, Sassed and Collins.

  12. “COLORADO
    Legislation from state Sen. Tammy Story (D–Jefferson County) and Rep. Cathy Kipp (D–Fort Collins) would remove a requirement for public colleges and universities to get standardized test scores from all applicants. “We believe there are plenty of students out there who have great potential while they may not have great tests scores,” said Story. “They should have all the same opportunities to go forward with higher education if they choose.””

    Are you sure this is about school choice Elizabeth? Because it looks a lot more about equity of outcomes to me.

    1. There are quite a few major universities which no longer bother with standardized test scores, and their number is growing. Students still have to “cut the mustard” once they get there, so it can be couched as an “equity of opportunities” rather than “outcomes.” Time will tell, I guess.

      1. I’m not even against getting rid of these tests. But to present this as a win for school choice is dishonest.

      2. And the schools let the failures continue for up to 4 semesters, still have to make money.

      3. Replacing standardized tests with if the student has the right connections isn’t a good thing. It’s a win of power politics over merit.

        1. Why not heavily weight GPA instead?

          “High school GPAs were found to be five times stronger than ACT scores at predicting graduation rates, and that the effect of GPAs was consistent across schools, unlike ACT scores.”

          https://www.forbes.com/sites/nickmorrison/2020/01/29/its-gpas-not-standardized-tests-that-predict-college-success/?sh=41ddd7b932bd

          1. I have a couple of thoughts below, but fundamentally the methods of that paper really don’t seem applicable to colleges, since there are so many control factors. It isn’t just “What is your GPA” but rather, “What is your GPA compared to your socio-economic background, High school course load, and the type of school you come from”.

            More details:
            1) This would not help Home-schoolers, of course.
            2) From the actual paper, rather than the article: “We found students with the same HSGPA or the same ACT score graduate at very different rates based on which high school they attended.”
            3) In that paper, which only looked at Chicago Public Schools, they inserted a lot of controls. Students were compared with similar races, ethnicity, socio-economic background, high school wealth, course load, etc. When you insert all of these controls AND THEN break those sub-groups into groups by HSGPA or ACT Score, you are talking about very small populations- a few dozen.

            Overall, I think this is interesting data, but how practical is it going to be? Of course if you know a lot about a specific highschool (and continue tracking over time as its staff and population changes), GPA- which tends to rank students against others in their school- will tell you which ones will be more successful. But that also requires you to know a lot of stuff about their peers.

            Ultimately, I don’t understand the obsession with getting more kids into college. As near as I can tell, anyone who wants college can get it. It is called community college, and they are open to all without big subsidies required.

            1. “Ultimately, I don’t understand the obsession with getting more kids into college. As near as I can tell, anyone who wants college can get it. It is called community college, and they are open to all without big subsidies required.”

              I agree one hundred percent. And, as far as I know, CCs, as a rule, don’t even require a HS diploma, much less rely on test scores or GPA.

              1. And, as far as I know, CCs, as a rule, don’t even require a HS diploma, much less rely on test scores or GPA.

                I think that is wrong or at least not standard across all states. There was a case highlighted here about a farrier who couldn’t enroll a student in his blacksmith school due to a lack of a hs diploma; the IJ took up the case, not sure where it stands.

                1. A friend of mine had the same experience — in his case, it was getting funding for training as a farrier. He was eventually successful. I imagine the blacksmithing school your friend had was also privately-owned. And that does make a difference in a lot of States. And that is wrong. Some CCs also offer courses in blacksmithing and for farriers. I suspect the State doesn’t want the competition.

      4. This is an effort to get more kids into the universities so that they get a year of tuition from kids who haven’t the skills to actually make it in college. I wouldn’t have a problem for this, except that generally the tax-payer is on the hook for this. In Colorado, you receive a significant subsidy for the state colleges.

        There is no reason a person cannot go to a Community College for 2 years, at a total cost of around $7000 ($3600/yr). Compare that to a single year of in-state tuition at the cheapest Colorado Public University, Metro: $8,000 per year. (And note the in state subsidy: Metro charges out of state residents $21k per year in tuition!)

        1. I ran the numbers on a four-year education for a CC and State university in CA three years ago (just out of curiosity), and found that two years at a CC and two more at the University came out a tad over $10,000 for all tuition, fees, etc, excepting books (which can vary from pretty low to outrageous.)

          I don’t think it’s the cost of higher education ($2,500 per year) keeping folks out of college, at least in CA, but rather, the cost of living while one is attending full-time.

        2. Community college is the way to go. My kid got her AS from CC and tuition for U of Idaho is discounted because of the AS. In the end, we will have spent under $20K for her BS.

      5. No, they don’t. I teach at two public universities, and the standards and performance for graduation keep going down. Once students get admitted, we see lots of bureaucratic pressure to improve graduation stats. And lots of begging from students to be coddled–like they were in high school.

        1. Up here it’s “Credentialed but not educated. Let their employers teach them how they want the job done.”

          1. Or, as according to Bob Dylan: “Twenty years of schooling and they put you on the day shift.”

          2. To be fair in 25 years, I have never hired a fresh college graduate who didn’t require significant basic on the job training. Even computer engineers didn’t understand basic coding methodologies such as Continuous Delivery, and they were woefully un-knowledgeable of basic design patterns. Yeah, if you gave them an arduino and a make-shift soldering bench, they could build you a maze-learning robot after 5 months. And all of that effort would be completely reproducible, or package-able into a product. The trick with these kids is to find those that have internal motivation, and the sense of pride and self awareness that would result in them getting into position, realizing they were completely out of their depth, and then going through the effort of educating themselves.

            1. I attend to agree with you on that. One of the printing companies I worked with required everyone in their plants to have an engineering degree — literally, even those who started out as apprentice printers. And, on top of that, they paid for them to remain current by requiring refresher courses every four years. The secret here is that, for many occupations, “learning” starts AFTER one has completed college.

      6. the entire UC system has moved to this plan. no test scores!

        1. When I was in school, I think only UC Santa Cruz was doing that, though I might be wrong. It’s been a while since I was in college.

          1. Indeed.

            But price controls are not the answer. Deregulation is the answer. Price controls only make things worse, every time.

      7. There’s really no point, since a significant chunk of their student body enters college and still can’t even read or do 8th-grade level math. The university and these Dem reps are probably counting on the fact that Colorado’s colleges can make up a lack of state funding by charging students for remedial classes that they won’t even get credit for, just to ensure they can spell “cat” without having to be spotted the C and the T.

    2. “Are you sure this is about school choice Elizabeth? Because it looks a lot more about equity of outcomes to me.”

      I came here to say the same thing. Colorado is trying to push “Free College for Everyone”. And the first step in that effort is to make it so anyone can get into college.

      There is nothing “pro” or “anti” school choice about requiring kids to demonstrate their competence when applying for a university. It ensures that the kids know what is necessary to not flame out. A home-schooled kid can take standardized tests (like SAT/ACT) just as easily as a public-school kid. The idea that this helps one or the other is insanity. Indeed, the point is to help kids who flamed out of public high school get into college.

      1. -‘”I came here to say the same thing. Colorado is trying to push “Free College for Everyone”’

        I do not favor “free college for everyone.” Not in any universe. I am not opposed to subsidizing a percent of the costs of college to make it available to those who otherwise could not afford it.

        I am not categorically against requiring performance on standardized tests as a criteria for admission. I think it should be left up to the particular institution. Such “experimentation” is how industries evolve. I think the government, as much as possible, is best left out of it.

        1. “I am not opposed to subsidizing a percent of the costs of college to make it available to those who otherwise could not afford it”

          Sounds like a great charity for you to start then.

          1. And I might do that, too, if the government didn’t already steal a considerable portion of my income.

      2. And the next step is “free college degrees for everyone”. Which will finally kill the significance of a BA or BS, except from “unfair” universities that hate on students with strict performance criteria.

        It will make choosing doctors a bit more important in the future (assuming we get to choose our doctors).

        1. “And the next step is “free college degrees for everyone”.

          I see you have been reading Heinlein.

        2. Undergraduate is already 13th-16th grade; this will just further cement that status.

          Democratizing college is going to go down in the country’s history as one of the factors that eventually led to its collapse. It used to be that a bachelor’s degree indicated that you were truly part of the intellectual elite. You had to be highly literate and capable of performing at an upper level in several disciplines. Now, they’ll seriously accept you even if you can’t read the Harry Potter books without asking for help. That kind of degradation is one of the markers of the collapse of complex societies.

  13. “GEORGIA
    A proposal from Rep. Kasey Carpenter (R–Dalton) would let the state’s undocumented immigrants living legally in the U.S. under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program pay in-state tuition at Georgia’s public colleges and universities. “If it becomes law, DACA recipients will pay the same rates as other Georgians, provided they are under 30, graduated from a Georgia high school, have been in Georgia for four years and have been living in the United States since they were at least 12,” reports the Georgia Recorder.”

    Are you sure this is about school choice, Elizabeth?

    1. Ugh. Because it looks like it’s about immigration to me.

      1. Don’t let facts get in the way of the narrative.

    2. the state’s undocumented immigrants living legally in the U.S. under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program

      *Ahem* It was my understanding that there was some sort of dispute over whether or not the state’s undocumented immigrants were in fact living here legally under the DACA program, over whether or not the DACA program itself was legal. But you go ahead and steal that base.

      1. That is indeed a legitimate question, but the point stands it’s more about immigration than school choice. Especially considering it regards college education.

  14. The #BidenBoom continues!

    Reason.com’s benefactor Charles Koch earned $297,000,000 yesterday.

    The primary objective of Koch / Reason libertarianism is to make billionaires even richer. And the Biden Administration is already more successful by that metric in one week than Drumpf was in 4 years.

    #InDefenseOfBillionaires

    1. Yay!
      I bet he can double that when his shipments of Guatemalan slaves undocumented immigrants start coming in.

  15. Let’s see what Biden has to say about reopening schools and the strike from the Chicago’s teacher union…

    “It’s not so much about the idea of teachers aren’t going to work. The teachers I know, they want to work,” he said. “They just want to work in a safe environment and…as safe as we can rationally make it. And we can do that.”

    Doesn’t sound like he cares about reopening.

    1. In Las Vegas, they’re rushing to re-open schools as the COVID lockdowns have led to a spike in suicides.

      https://townhall.com/tipsheet/mattvespa/2021/01/25/surge-in-student-suicides-forces-las-vegas-schools-to-reopen-n2583665

      1. Weird how it’s suddenly ok to talk about the costs of lockdown.

      2. Fortunately, the other 49 states are all about killing the young to protect the elderly.

        Boomers – most narcissistic generation ever.

        1. I wouldn’t even blame it on the Boomers, to be honest. The worst ones I’ve seen have been late-stage Gen-Xers and Millennials who Fucking Love Science! driving most of this hysteria–basically, the people in charge of the managerial class now.

          1. That’s because those are also the group in full on ‘protect the children’ mode since they have kids in K-12. If media promoted 12 year olds trying to kill themselves as much as they did the average Trump tweet, that group would swing around to ‘reopen the schools!’ real fast.

            Late stage Millenials don’t give a crap either way because they are young, single, and going to live forever.

  16. Emergency hart surgery and cancer treatment isn’t essential though

  17. Twitter unveils a new fact-checking feature, Birdwatch.

    Instead of crowdsourcing factchecking to a select number of progressives they’re going to open it up to a huge amount of progressives and the rightwingers who have the patience to engage in this new level of social media MAD.

  18. Don’t know if anybody posted this yesterday, but Rand Paul points out what is wrong with the media narrative of “the big lie”.

    “I don’t know whether it affected the election or not, but I have an open mind and if we actually examine this we find out it didn’t, that’s fine but it still should be fixed…I accepted the state certifications, but it doesn’t mean that I think that there wasn’t fraud, and that there weren’t problems that have to be investigated and it doesn’t mean that the law wasn’t broken,” Paul concluded.

    https://thefederalist.com/2021/01/24/watch-rand-paul-take-on-george-stephanopoulos-over-election-integrity-and-voter-fraud/

    Democrats and other apologists refuse to even investigate fraud as well as decline to acknowledge that changes were made to the election outside the authority of the elector’s clause.

    1. And as Paul stated in the interview, courts are currently ruling against these illegal changes.

      https://dailycaller.com/2021/01/25/virginia-late-ballots-postmark-illegal-court/

      1. You really don’t expect Jacob Sullum to remotely fair or honest about any of this, do you?

        He’s a tool.

        1. I honestly believe that Sullum is practicing Brown Envelope journalism regarding his election articles.

          That’s the only thing that can explain the sheer number of articles, the lack of research, the lack of any balance and their incredible dishonesty.
          Even if in Jacob was merely passionate about the the issue, he would at least try to persuade, but instead he just hurls invective.

          In every way it’s far worse than just extreme bias.

      2. Good timing. When did they gain standing?

        1. That one was held up prior to the election I believe, but these court lawsuits are ongoing as Paul pointed out in his interview with the DNC.

      3. I watched it yesterday. This was a great point from Paul.

        “George, George, George,” Paul interrupted. “Where you make a mistake is that people coming from the liberal side like you, you immediately say everything’s a lie instead of saying there are two sides to everything. Historically, what would happen is if I said that I thought there was fraud, you would interview someone else who said there wasn’t, but now you insert yourself in the middle and say the absolute fact is that everything I’m saying is a lie…you’re saying there was no fraud and it’s all been investigated. That’s just not true.”

        1. You would have to be an idiot to have missed the completely unsubtle change from ‘unsubstantiated claims’ to ‘lies’ in the MSM. It coincided with the rulings by the judiciary. As soon as they realized that judges were not reviewing the evidence, they lost all fear of reprisal for libel or slander. It had already been communicated by the Biden and Pelosi camps that there would be no investigations of fraud.

    2. Rand Paul’s take down of George “Clinton butt licker” Stephanopoulos was so enjoyable, and important.

    3. By Democrat apologists, you mean Reason, don’t you?

      1. And the cosplay libertarians here they have gone back to no fraud at all.

        1. Ah, the classic JesseAz misstatement of his opponents’ position. You do at least one of these intentional misstatements every day.

          Nobody has said there was no fraud at all. That would be a ridiculous position, since there is almost always some fraud.

          1. “Most secure election in American history” as the man said, at the exact same moment the SolarWinds hackers were stealing his pants.

            1. If you are referring to Chris Krebs, Trump fired him (by tweet, how classy) on November 17th. SolarWinds told the government about their screw-up on December 15th.

              1. Krebs already admitted it happened on his watch, you moron.

          2. Youre not my opponent. Youre nothing. You make no valid arguments.

        2. As all libritarian know the Gov never does anything illegal or improper that needs to be questioned

    4. They refuse to investigate fraud because they made it legal. Since fraud is legal it is no longer “fraud” in the sense that we all previously understood it to be. What is an investigation going to uncover? Mismatched signatures? Ballots with no chain of custody? “Corrected” ballots? Out of state voters? Unregistered voters?

      Who cares?

      All of it is now legal, and acceptable. Fraud is legal. There is nothing to investigate.

      1. And this just demonstrates the monumental fucking stupidity of the Republicans. The Democrats made no secret of what they were plotting, everyone saw it coming, but the Republicans didn’t plan any effective countermeasures whatsoever.

        “Oh look, Mr.(D) is bringing a Glock and a machete to our boxing match. Nothing to worry about because Marquess of Queensberry rules and all that.”

        America almost deserved to have its election stolen.

      2. So, the adult thing to do would be to stop whining and fix the problems for the next election.

        1. The adult thing to do would be to launch an investigation and prosecute everyone who broke the law.

          1. Several investigations happened. Someone even got prosecuted:

            https://www.businessinsider.com/voter-election-fraud-pennsylvania-charge-dead-mom-vote-trump-2020-12

            “Bruce Bartman has been charged with unlawful voting and perjury over allegations that he pretended to be his dead mother to cast a ballot in the November election for President Donald Trump in Pennsylvania.”

        2. So you admit there’s a problem? How would you go about fixing the fraud that you perceive in the system?

          1. First you start by ignoring all the problems in the 2020 election and declaring no wide spread fraud dispute no actual audits occurring. Then you do like WK does and point to 70 trials mostly decided on procedural issues as proof of no widespread fraud. Then you call anyone who points you no audit has occurred even on a minimal scale as being part of a big lie.

            WK does all 3 things.

          2. For one thing, I’m actually fine with the Republican idea of expanding ID requirements.

          3. Funny how much difference there was between what JesseAz said I would say, and what I actually said.

          4. Also, the few states that sent out ballots to everyone, with no application. They should make it illegal to do that again. They should at least require an application for mail-in voting.

          5. Also, I think it would be a very very good idea to use only open source software in voting machines. (I’ll not that chemjeff made the same suggestion, several times.)

    5. https://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2021/01/23/democrats_have_released_a_roadmap_to_one-party_rule_145102.html

      HR 1 would codify the very practices — many of them currently illegal in most states — that created widespread irregularities in the 2020 elections and contributed greatly to public mistrust of the electoral process. In 2020, state and local officials used the COVID-19 pandemic as justification to ignore or deliberately violate state election laws. If HR 1 is enacted, they won’t need any such excuse in 2022 because the states will have no choice but to implement policies such as legalized ballot harvesting, early voting, and universal mail-in voting, as well as repeal of voter ID laws, signature-matching laws, and other ballot security measures.

      1. This is the most frightening bill they bring up, and Pelosi has it as HR1 ever session.

      2. How can anyone on either side of the aisle pretend that this is about anything other than electoral fraud?

        1. They can pretend quite easily because they approve of the fraud. The fraud keeps them in power. A system of legalized fraud ensures that establishment cronies (GOP and Democrats, alike) and then their aides and corporate donors, and so on and so forth, are able to stay in perpetual power.

          Why do the voters put up with it? That is a bit more difficult to answer but the short answer is “free shit” and “voters are mostly dumb and disengaged.”

          Large segments of the population still believe the people they put in power will grant them favorable treatment and share the spoils of their conquests. However, the spoils are swiftly being revealed to be mere crumbs, and the voters who thought they were part of an indispensable, righteous coalition are finding themselves disillusioned — cursing the fact that they, yet again, trusted establishment politicians to their detriment.

          Ultimately, I think we are at a point of inflection and not — to be clear — because voters are maturing but because the established political class has grown so careless with their lies and propaganda that seeing through it no longer requires deep political acumen. The lies peddled in contemporary political discourse are so poorly constructed that the establishment now finds itself cornered and with no option but to rely on brute force and the suppression of free speech.

          Once legalized fraud is entrenched as precedent, and accepted as normal, the right to vote will itself be stripped from the people. Voting will be redundant, and pointless. I think we are probably about ten years or so away from the complete disintegration of the republic.

      3. HR 1 is DOA in the Senate, as long as the filibuster remains.

    6. Hey, true believers demonstrate their extra-devout level of faith by parroting every party line, and never, never, never raising even a tiny question about the divinity.

      1. Am I assuming properly that the DC Statehood in Theory portion of this abortion, should it pass, would not be subject to judicial review?

    7. “…acknowledge that changes were made to the election outside the authority of the elector’s clause.”

      Cool! We can start with Kenneth Paxton acknowledging that Texas’ governor, Greg Abbott, issuing an executive order to close ballot drop-off locations.

      JesseAz, RMac, Mother’s Lament, Sevo, Nardz, Ken Schulz, and the rest of the gang, feel free to acknowledge Texas’ violation of the Elector’s Clause right here.

      1. ???
        I’m not sure what you’re trying to claim. I just did a Duckduckgo search and it came up to empty.

        Give me a link to read, because I’m feeling mean, and like to bully retarded posters.

          1. Namely:

            Texas law limits who can vote by mail, and the vast majority of mailed votes come from those who are 65 and older or have a disability.

            They changed the limits due to “but covid” requiring more drop off boxes. Paxton said no, only one box per district as had been done prior elections.

            1. Of course. What else would White Knight be doing other than misrepresenting everything.

              Honestly Jesse, I’ve had it with that idiot troll.
              It wouldn’t be so annoying if they were the least bit clever, but they keep pulling retarded shit like this, that a two-year-old would see through once they see the facts.

              1. Really, now? Where does the Texas legislature’s involvement pop up in this story?

                1. Did the legislature add additional sites?

            2. You know who is missing in your story of the Governor and the Texas courts — the Texas legislature.

        1. That’s hilarious. I should just tell you you are lazy for not finding your own link, but:

          https://gov.texas.gov/news/post/governor-abbott-issues-proclamation-enhancing-ballot-security

          1. So he ordered that they maintain the status quo which was always legal, and that’s you’re big gotcha? Are you that fucking retarded?

            So you just lied when you said “changes were made to the election outside the authority of the elector’s clause”, because the last four “whereas” show he clearly had the authority.

            You didn’t read the fucking proclamation linked at the bottom, did you? You just read something stupid on Twitter and ran here to post it.

            1. Nobody has to issue an order to maintain the status quo. JesseAz’s and Paxton’s interpretation of the Elector’s Clause would make it illegal for him to do so.

            2. “You didn’t read the fucking proclamation linked at the bottom, did you? You just read something stupid on Twitter and ran here to post it.”

              Oh, so like state legislatures can delegate authority in election matters now?

              1. That’s not even what the proclamation you linked to is even about, you fucking moron.

                “WHEREAS, in order to ensure that elections proceed efficiently and safely when Texans go to the polls to cast a vote in person during early voting or on election day for the November 3, 2020 elections, it is necessary to increase the number of days in which polling locations will be open during the early voting period, such that election officials can implement appropriate social distancing and safe hygiene practices;”

              2. Weird you brought up my name then didn’t answer my simple question.

            3. And it just amended the previous proclamation BY EXTENDING THE EARLY VOTING PERIOD!

              What the hell, retard! Do you have no reading comprehension whatsoever!

              Fucking look at what this retard wrote and then read the link people. This is Hydrogen dioxide all over again.

      2. When haven’t I acknowledged non electoral changes? God damn wk, at least attempt to fake honesty. You can find me bitching about judicial changes such as state courts changing electoral maps like in Ohio. I’ve been consistent on the electors clause for decades at this point.

        You really are an ignorant piece of lefty shit.

        1. Cite to any comment you posted about the Elector’s Clause prior to Paxton’s filing with the Supreme Court?

          1. Can you give a cite where he made a comment to the contrary? The onus is on you, fucktard.

      3. And we can also talk about the Texas’ governors order extending the early voting period and time voters have to deliver completed absentee ballots to county offices. That sure seems like a violation of the Elector’s Clause.

  19. Lips aims to be a social media platform open to sexual expression.

    Boob shots and dick pics will finally find a home on the internet.

    1. I’m sure that won’t end up being weird or gross at all.

      1. Just don’t tell the Sqrlsy One.

        1. It says nothing about fecal fetishes.

    2. I can guarantee you that the people most likely to be posting those pics are going to be the very same people you’d pay good money to avoid seeing naked – or even be forced to think about ever seeing naked.

    3. It’s been really hard to find naked people online up until now

  20. TDS: The belief that everything Trump did was bad. Such as…. lowering the price of EpiPens and insulin.

    https://thefederalist.com/2021/01/24/biden-freezes-trump-rule-aimed-at-lowering-insulin-epipen-prices/

    1. Yeah, getting the Federal government out of the game of drug price discrimination was a terrible idea…

      1. I’m sure it will be a consistent policy, and not just used for this single example, enacted by Trump.

      2. It was reducing federal regulations for the most part to lower the prices, especially of generics…

    2. except that was bad. As a libertarian, centralized powers issuing price controls is one of the worst things that can happen.

      1. The prices are increased due to the failure of the FDA to approve generics.

    3. Am curious if Biden reversed Trump’s price lowering policy for EpiPens (which are made by Mylan) to appease West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin, whose daughter runs Mylan (thanks to her daddy).

      1. We are back to the ‘no scandals’ narrative.

  21. “Meanwhile, Max Boot of The Washington Post wants the Biden administration to turn the Federal Communications Commission against Fox News”

    Posted un-ironically under “Free Markets”

    1. What a pathetic Quisling.

      1. At least Quisling got to be Minister President of Norway for a bit. Boot doesn’t even get his own street.

  22. D.C. is set to send home 6,000 National Guard troops …. leaving 7,000 still in the city. Around 5,000 troops will be there through at least part of March, a Department of Defense spokesperson said yesterday.

    For reference, there are about 3,000 troops in Afghanistan – – – – – – – –

    1. Washington D.C. is just over 64 square miles in area.
      Afghanistan is almost 252,000 square miles

      1. Yes, but there are a lot more Republicans in the U.S. than there are terrorists in Afghanistan, so Republicans are obviously the bigger threat.

        Did you know that 70% of them don’t believe the election was free and fair?

        https://thehill.com/homenews/news/525388-poll-70-percent-of-republicans-dont-believe-election-was-free-and-fair

        1. I know only 70% will admit to being concerned about election fraud.
          And there are very few Republicans in DC that aren’t elected representatives. So who are the Guard arrayed against?

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

          1. Let’s ask White Knight for the political commissar’s narrative…

            Hey, White Knight! Who are the Guard arrayed against?

            1. The possibility of more riots by MAGA supporters and other right-wing groups.

              1. By riots do you mean the over 90 summer days, where there was utter havoc in dozens of American cities? The Whitehouse was attacked. Downtowns were ravaged. Stores were looted. Arson was customary. More than 700 police were injured and spat upon. Where “mostly peaceful” protesters did billions of dollars in damage, leaving thousands of business owners bankrupt, and at least three-dozen people died.
                Is that what you’re talking about? Because that wasn’t MAGA.

                Or do you mean the 200 redditors who armed with deadly fire extinguishers and hats walked past 2000 armed policemen, and took selfies everywhere?

                If it’s the latter, do you honestly think that justifies what your coup-lords are up to? Do you honestly believe that the troops are justified because of the sixth? More so than all the far worse stuff last year?

                I’m asking because I want to remind you of whatever you post later. So remember, it’s for posterity.
                And don’t try to dissemble or change the subject, because I’m going to follow you around with this one.

                1. “Or do you mean the 200 redditors who armed with deadly fire extinguishers and hats walked past 2000 armed policemen, and took selfies everywhere?”

                  Cannot discuss this with someone who is so dishonest about what actually happened.

                  You can bring up all the rioting on the other side of the political spectrum, but two wrongs still don’t make a right.

                  1. You know who’s fucking dishonest about what happened?
                    You.

                    You’ve turned one of the smallest, least violent protests out of the 23 that happened on Capitol hill in the last four years, into an excuse to billet troops there. When I call this your Reichstag Fire, I’m not being facetious.

                    You’re utterly fucking disgusting, and an unrepentant fascist, in the real, literal sense of the word.
                    Fuck you and everything you stand for, you evil fucking clown.

          2. Republicans!

            They were organizing protests on Twitter, and obviously, we can’t just sit around and do nothing while these anti-democracy Republicans are running around all over the country!

            They might decide to protest in Washington DC at any time.

            Yes, the Democratic party and the government are now one in the same, and that means the Republicans are the enemy of the government.

            The National Guard is there to protect the government from Republicans–especially those who don’t think the election was free and fair and organize protests on social media. That’s not just why the National Guard is in Washington DC.

            That’s also why former President Trump was kicked off of social media and why Parler was banished from the internet–because Trump was inciting Republicans to riot, Parler was organizing these riots, and the National Guard is there to protect the Capitol from Republicans in case they try to protest against the Democrats.

            1. Yup, it might be overreach to still have the National Guard deployed, but you are glossing over who started it: President Trump.

              1. People against guns and walls, who surround themselves with guns and walls.
                The protest was on the day of the electoral count. Unlike the other ‘protests’ across the nation, this one made its point and returned to their lives. Probably to the jobs they work.
                The Threat!!! was another hyperbolic reaction to stir up fear.

              2. That’s because I was mocking you with sarcasm, you sick fuck.

                You make fun of White Knight for treating average Americans like terrorists, and her only criticism is that you’re not going far enough.

                1. Notice she/he/it hasn’t been waving the “I’m a left libertarian” card anymore, since Tabbi and Greenwald condemned pretty much everything she/he/it has been advocating.

                  The day the word “fascism” becomes morally acceptable again, is the day White Knight will wear it with pride.

                  1. I’ve never said I’m a “left libertarian”. I am a libertarian.

                    1. You’re not even remotely libertarian, you fascist clown.

              3. you are glossing over who started it: President Trump

                And how did Trump start it? What was the statement that you feel was incitement?

                Was it this?

                “Now it is up to Congress to confront this egregious assault on our democracy. After this, we’re going to walk down and I’ll be there with you. We’re going to walk down. We’re going to walk down any one you want, but I think right here. We’re going walk down to the Capitol, and we’re going to cheer on our brave senators, and congressmen and women. We’re probably not going to be cheering so much for some of them because you’ll never take back our country with weakness. You have to show strength, and you have to be strong.”

                Or was it this?

                Our brightest days are before us, our greatest achievements still wait. I think one of our great achievements will be election security because nobody, until I came along, had any idea how corrupt our elections were. And again, most people would stand there at 9:00 in the evening and say, ‘I want to thank you very much,’ and they go off to some other life, but I said, ‘Something’s wrong here. Something’s really wrong. Can’t have happened.’ And we fight. We fight like Hell and if you don’t fight like Hell, you’re not going to have a country any more.

                Our exciting adventures and boldest endeavours have not yet begun. My fellow Americans for our movement, for our children and for our beloved country and I say this, despite all that’s happened, the best is yet to come.

                So we’re going to, we’re going to walk down Pennsylvania Avenue, I love Pennsylvania Avenue, and we’re going to the Capitol and we’re going to try and give … The Democrats are hopeless. They’re never voting for anything, not even one vote. But we’re going to try and give our Republicans, the weak ones, because the strong ones don’t need any of our help, we’re going to try and give them the kind of pride and boldness that they need to take back our country.

                So let’s walk down Pennsylvania Avenue. I want to thank you all. God bless you and God bless America. Thank you all for being here, this is incredible. Thank you very much. Thank you.

                You pick, White Knight. Here’s the entire speech:
                https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/1/11/full-transcript-donald-trump-january-6-incendiary-speech

                1. The retreat to extreme literal interpretation, when it’s convenient on your part.

                  1. Answer the question, fascist clown.

                  2. If only dogs hear dog whistles and you hear the dog whistle what does that make you? If you have to interpret it in nay other way than by the words used, you are the one who is being convenient.

  23. Across the country, a flurry of new legislation aims to expand educational options during the pandemic and beyond.

    The eventual return to normalcy will be mandatory.

    1. Not normalcy, the New normal.

  24. Biden’s first week in office.

    Destroyed the combined EOs from his last 3 predecessors with 30 EOs (more coming) almost tripling the 3 prior administrations combined.

    Called defeat on Covid by declaring there was nothing he could do to change the trajectory.

    Reinstated travel bans he once called xenophobic.

    Planned to put 100 million vaccines in place in 100 days which was already being accomplished by the plans Trump left him. Plans which Biden’s team claimed didn’t exist.

    Had Cuomo declare New York was out of vaccines to help push the story of no plan to distribute despite New York using less than 60% of what they have been given, in a stark contrast to West Virginia where some counties have used 106% of their vaccines.

    Angered Indian tribes and states like New Mexico by ending new fracking leases.

    Released 10-15k criminal illegal aliens with his no deportation order.

    Started migrant caravans in South America under the premise they have 100 days to get here for full amnesty.

    Encouraged China to start invading Taiwan airspace due to his “strategic patience” implementation of never going after China.

    Offered to restart the START treaty that put the US at a disadvantaged to Russia in creating tactical nukes under the agreement signed under Obama.

    https://pjmedia.com/news-and-politics/bryan-preston/2021/01/25/so-hows-bidens-first-week-going-a-side-by-side-look-at-what-he-promised-versus-what-hes-doing-n1409686

    Good first week.

    1. Mission accomplished.

    2. “in a stark contrast to West Virginia where some counties have used 106% of their vaccines.”

      This trick is supposed to be used in elections, not vaccines.

    3. Ah, so we are back to normal.

    4. “Called defeat on Covid by declaring there was nothing he could do to change the trajectory.”

      This is also in direct contradiction with the claim that the predecessor administration was especially incompetent in dealing with Covid. They cannot both be true.

      1. What part of Newspeak do you not understand?

        1. Joe Biden never once said he had a plan to defeat covid!

          He’s always been for herd immunity!

    5. “Destroyed the combined EOs from his last 3 predecessors with 30 EOs (more coming) almost tripling the 3 prior administrations combined”

      Totally not suspicious at all, and definitely not a coup. Most free and fair election ever.

      1. To be fair, many of those EOs were undoing things Trump had done, so it’s really Trump’s fault that Biden had to issue so many EOs.

        1. Orangehitler was so cruel to poor Joe.

    6. With zero Hawaii Judges to tell him he can’t do that.

      There aren’t a lot of good destinations left on this path.

      1. That’s my question, where are the Republican state AG’s? Every EO Trump issued was immediately challenged by Dem AG’s in front of Obama judges. Why aren’t Republican AG’s putting this in front of Trump judges…we need some more nationwide injunctions asap. What is good for the goose is good for the gander.

  25. Fuck Nicholas Kristof and Max Boot with a rusty softball bat. Two guys who have made their livelihood thanks to the 1st amendment advocating for other people to lose its protection. Hypocritical pricks with the self-awareness of turnips.

    1. You don’t understand. Their speech is free speech, your speech is hate speech.

      1. They hate your speech, so your speech must be hate speech, right? That’s how it works, isn’t it?

    2. Fuck you, asshole! I’m not going to just sit here and listen to you take unwarranted and baseless cheap shots at turnips.

  26. I am embarrassed by the sad state of the trolling on this site these days. The troll farm is no longer sending us their best! Just weak low energy trolls like SpartanMeat….. Read More

    1. White knight hardest hit.

  27. “All of these commentators should refamiliarize themselves with the First Amendment,” suggest the editors at National Review, “and then follow up with a closer reading of the laws and Supreme Court decisions that have shaped the interpretation of that basic right, as well as the FCC’s regulatory authority. They might also consider that their own jobs depend upon the social acceptance of free speech as a value. The tools of authority, once taken up on the left, will inevitably tempt a response from the right.”

    Strange inclusion to the Roundup when they have spent so much time defending social media companies and 230 as basically having carte blanche to ignore contract terms and disallow the same protections they are afforded to people who use their services.

    1. ENB never claimed to be good at self reflection.

      1. There’s a lot of that going around.

        1. Self reflection?

          You seem to have immunity.

          1. WK has a hard time seeing her reflection in a pool of HO2

    2. It is amusing to watch publications like National Review implode with articles about how none of them could have foreseen what a disaster Biden is turning out to be. After relentlessly stumping for Biden, and having half their team break off into a TDS induced mania (aka “The Dispatch”), nobody takes them seriously anymore when they, much like Reason, pump out an endless litany of “oh shit, we didn’t see this coming” articles.

      NR killed its credibility forever. Reason too.

      1. Yep. 2020 will probably go down as one of the worst years in our history in regards to personal liberty, and Reason spent most of the year Orange Man Badding and covering for left wing political violence, corporate censorship, and election fraud.

        1. Not like Reason was killing it from 2016-2019. It was all Russiagate, all the time.

        2. Yes, because undermining American democracy was a great win for liberty.

          1. I’m betting you’re being sincere.

          2. Does that include non constitutional impeachment to try to keep someone from running in future elections? Getting green party candidates thrown off ballots? Unsecure elections? Changes to voting laws outside the legislative branch?

            1. “non constitutional impeachment”

              Yes, today’s new right-wing talking point.

              1. We should call it what it really is – another congressional distraction of pettiness like the Russian collusion thing. Waste of time and resources for imperial theater and mock outrage.

                1. There is always some element of pettiness between the Democrats and Republicans, and it can also be argued that it is a tactical mistake for the Democrats to pursue this impeachment. BUT, Trump did incite an insurrection that threatened the lives of Congress members and got a police officer killed.

                  1. Trump did incite an insurrection that threatened the lives of Congress members

                    This is the hysteria and hyperbolic nonsense that leads to all of the fear based activity we have seen in the past year. It is as if the entire country has stopped believing anything they see and funnels all information through a narrow sieve of narrative until it is compressed into its most vitriolic essence. Wrap those elements up in a bundle of what ifs and the what ifs are now truth.
                    That is what sent 30,000 troops and DC fence contractors, at God knows what cost, to the Capitol for nothing. Nothing!!!
                    That, my dear, is outrage theater at its finest.

      2. “NR killed its credibility forever.”

        Personally, I felt they did this in 2012 when they went crazy in the tank for Mittens Romney.

    3. **They might also consider that their own jobs depend upon the social acceptance of free speech as a value.**

      This is such an important point, and one that is often missed. I read an exchange between two posters here and one (the leftist who pretends at Libertarianism, chemjack I think?) was extensively and vigorously arguing that these companies have a right to refuse service. And while this is true ( forgetting of course that because of the civil rights act, only conditionally so) one need not amplify the positions of censorious complanies nor take up for them. One could instead (as suggested by Overt I believe) simply openly and unabashedly criticize their behavior as unacceptable censorship.

      1. It was chemjeff and sarcasmic stating that private companies could do anything they want while not saying what they were doing as bad. Sarcasmic was especially precious with his refusal to denounce his own statements against the CRA also disallows private business to refuse service. It was amazing to watch him devolve into calling out Red Rocks as a troll for Red Rocks completely dismantling his argument yesterday.

    4. Nobody at Reason said that social media sites can ignore contact terms. Show one citation giving an example of Reason doing so.

      1. The social media sites ignored contact terms most people agreed to. They’ve changed them arbitrarily, massively and without user consent in the last decade.
        Reason ignored the fact and tacitly approved of their actions.

        Now take your citation request to Jesse, stick it up your ass and fuck off, troll.

        1. Oh, they “tacitly” approved. So not cites.

          1. tacitly blatantly and verbosely approved of their actions”

            Happy?
            They’re arbitrarily changing and violating their contact terms. You don’t need a citation, because billions of people who signed up before they ever mentioned vetting your political beliefs (including me), are witnesses.
            Even they aren’t denying it. They just say it doesn’t matter, because an incredibly loose interpretation of the Good Samaritan clause, let’s them.

            I don’t understand what you’re trying to prove by trying to pettifog. You’re not actually winning an argument by doing it, and just sound like an idiot. So why the fuck?

            1. I am trying to prove that JesseAz makes stuff up, all the time, including “Reason said this” or “Reason said that”.

              1. No you’re not.
                You’re proving that you don’t have a viable argument, so you try to pick on irrelevant minutia which you’ve usually misunderstood.

      2. Yes they have. They literally defended unconscionable clauses in the ToS in order to be able to kick parler off earlier than the 30 days agreed to.

        Stop being dishonest.

        Youre about half right, as they mostly ignore the contractual issue.

        1. Cite to where Reason defended specific clauses in the contract between AWS and Parler?

          I’ll help you out with your search for a cite: Reporting on it doesn’t count as defending it.

          1. Depends on the reporting.

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  31. “California Gov. Gavin Newsom, a Democrat, lifted the state’s stay-at-home orders.”

    For a day or two until he has that dinner out. Then, he’ll close everything down again.

    1. What’s the date that all the recall signatures need to be turned in?

      1. March I believe. It was extended. I’d really like it if a t least one person signs the recall petition as Gavin Newsom. Surely you can’t expect to want to see ID to confirm voters as that would be racist.

  32. “The tools of authority, once taken up on the left, will inevitably tempt a response from the right.”

    Or once taken up by the left will be turned on leftists who are insufficiently supportive of the latest radical party line. See Robespierre.

    1. That’ll come later, with just a few examples to be made now, as a warning for fellow travelers to stay in their lanes.

  33. We already have school choice for College education. You can use your FAFSA aid at a private university.

    K-12 also makes sense unless you’re protecting the teacher’s union. Which is not in the students best interest

    1. Eliminate government-run schools entirely. It’s the only way to be sure.

  34. Biden admits there aren’t enough Senate votes to convict Trump
    https://townhall.com/tipsheet/leahbarkoukis/2021/01/26/biden-bursts-dems-impeachment-bubble-n2583713

    If Schumer goes through with this unconstitutional kangaroo court show trial next week, Trump’s ratings (and influence within the GOP) will increase, while the influence and ratings of Biden, Schumer, Pelosi and Team Progressive will plummet.

    For those reason, I still believe Schumer will make up another lie, and cite it as a reason to cancel the trial (e.g. he wants to unify the nation).

    But I hope Schumer is stupid enough to move forward with the trial, and that Democrats will go so far over the top (condemning and lying about Trump, and attempting to generate news stories about themselves insulting Trump) that most Americans will be repulsed, which will make Trump even more popular and powerful.

    I think Trump will benefit the most if he simply refuses to participate in the unconstitutional trial (for that reason), his GOP Senate allies will move to halt the sham trial (for that same reason), and at least 47 Senators will vote for the motion, which will quickly sober up all Americans to realize that Trump will be acquitted by the Senate (if Schumer moves forward with it) and that the Biden/Schumer/Pelosi plan to impeach Trump was DOA for the past two weeks (and that left wing media propagandists have been aggressively lobbying Dems to impeach him again).

    1. I wouldn’t be so sure about an acquittal in the Senate. The GOP establishment hate Trump just as much, if not more, than the Democrats. McConnell has reportedly finalized the details on a power sharing agreement and I would not be surprised if the GOP is in line to vote to convict Trump in exchange for the Democrats agreeing not the nuke the filibuster.

      My prediction? Trump is convicted, and then the Democrats nuke the filibuster anyway. Sinema and Manchin will fall in line.

      1. 17 Republican Senators are NOT going to vote to convict Trump (unless perhaps Rudy Giuliani defends Trump at the trial, repeats the same claims he made on TV about massive voter fraud, but then fails to provide any evidence).

        If McConnell cut/s a deal with Schumer to try to convict Trump, McConnell will be immediately ousted as GOP Senate leader, and will likely be recalled in KY.

        1. First, there is no recall for the Senate.

          Second, the GOP despise Trump.

          Third, we shall see.

          1. McConnell can be recalled, but it would be done by an angry Trump supporter (not by a vote of Kentuckians).

            1. Seems like you are using the term “recalled” differently than is permitted by law.

      2. Polling yesterday showed 2/3rds of Republicans would rather go to Trump’s new party, if formed, than stay with the establishment GOP.

        1. Assuming the third party is formed and actually becomes relevant, my sense is that the remainder of the GOP establishment would formally change their party affiliation to Democrat.

          1. Switching allegiance would be a performative gesture for most of them, the main difference being that they’re no longer called upon to play the saboteur.

            1. That was my point.

        2. https://dailycaller.com/2021/01/26/trump-campaign-disavows-new-maga-patriot-party/

          Seems like the news stories (based upon anonymous sources) claiming Trump would create a third party were more left wing propaganda intending to divide the GOP.

          1. “more left wing propaganda”

            So of course Reason treated it like it was real.

      3. There aren’t 17 stupid enough to let their hate overcome their desire to keep getting reelected. If the trial goes through, I predict a few will vote to convict (that lets the dems have their ‘bipartisan’ narrative) but probably in the single digits and only those in the establishment with nothing to lose.

    2. You miss the point, Bill, the trial is just the dog and pony show to keep media ratings up and everyone else focused away from what Biden is *actually* doing.

    3. With the media running rampant on the ‘insurrection’, they are desperate to incite Republicans and Trump supporters to the point of additional violence. Their main problem with the Capitol march was that no one was shot despite the presence of weapons.

      They need gun violence by the right to justify increased domestic surveillance and sweeping use of those red flag laws they passed ‘just to keep guns out of the hands of the suicidal’. Much better if it is handled by ‘vetted’ Guard members under an emergency declaration than the local police who have shown they cannot be trusted, particularly the county sheriffs.

      Under a declaration of emergency, ‘we the people’ are reduced to serfs. Our association and travel restricted for the common good. Our property, employment, and health subject to the whims of bureaucrats. ‘Domestic terror cells’ will erupt across the nation. COVID-19 will mutate into COVID-20, COVID-21. Emergency is the new normal.

      1. You stupid goddamn mormons and your stupid goddamn conspiracy theories.

        Send Chuck, his fat cunt wife, and his magic underwear wearing sons to the gas chamber!

        1. Flag. Refresh.

          1. Just more Sqrlsy spam.

            1. I’m not one of those people who sniffs the dogshit they stepped in before wiping it off. I don’t even read it.

              His pant-shitter’s veto is only effective on those people who deign to sniff.

          2. Is it because your reading comprehension is shit or you gotta go to Wendy’s to stuff your fat Mormon face?
            Get heart disease and die you Mormon fuck!

            1. Flag. Refresh.

              I even flag and refresh these ‘Flag. Refresh.’ comments. It comforts me just to know that the pants-shitter knows I don’t sniff the steaming piles he leaves.

      2. It’s like Cuba and North Korea, where America was always on the brink of invading and spies were everywhere, and that’s why you’re so poor and miserable.

  35. Meanwhile, Max Boot of The Washington Post wants the Biden administration to turn the Federal Communications Commission against Fox News and writes that if that doesn’t happen, “large cable companies such as Comcast and Charter Spectrum, which carry Fox News and provide much of its revenue in the form of user fees, need to step in and kick Fox News off.”

    Because attempting to silence opinions you don’t like has always worked out so well in the past.

    1. Well, allowing the right to speak hasn’t been working, so we’ll try the other thing.

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  37. After demonizing Trump and campaigning for Demented Joe and Doctor Jill Biden (who oppose school choice because they love teachers unions), ENB is now extolling some of the benefits of school choice (for students, parents, educational excellence and America).

    Might we soon read an article by Sullum acknowledging some of Trump’s many policy successes?

    1. Demented Joe

      Joe “Get on the bus” Biden… Joe “Poor kids are as smart as white kids” Biden… Joe “Hunter went to a private shool” Biden

  38. .@RepSwalwell: “I think that in the history of jury trials ever, there’s never been a case where the jurors, the senators, were witnesses, where the jurors, the senators, were victims, where their chamber is the scene of the crime.”

    Eric swalwell, apparently a lawyer, argues it is good to have the witnesses and victims be the jury.

    1. Witnesses, *legislators*, and victims.

      Nothing says liberty like courts ruling in favor of the legislature.

  39. https://twitter.com/JackPosobiec/status/1353937091151933450?s=19

    Dr Fauci was the highest paid federal employee at over $417,000 last year

    The lowest paid federal employee was Donald J. Trump.

    1. And Trump’s incompetent performance was worth every penny.

      1. Lol, you’re so mad.

    2. Apparently being a saint pays well.

    3. Looks like Fausti makes the cut for Sleepy’s new taxes.

  40. @charliekirk11
    8 Million Americans fell into poverty during the last six months of 2020 because of the lockdowns

    Meanwhile—the highest paid employee in the federal government, Anthony Fauci, made $417,608 in taxpayer-funded salary for supporting those lockdowns & “following the science”

  41. It’s incredibly entertaining that we’ve got hardcore leftists shouting “private companies can do what they want!”

    But they may want to think twice before going down the road of circumventing the 1st Amendment by getting their corporate buddies to do the dirty work for them. Their corporate buddies might turn out to be dangerous servants. And what are they gonna do when half the country simply ignores the state propaganda the “approved” outlets sell? Make it a law that everyone has to watch MSNBC at least two hours a day?

    1. Please don’t give them any ideas.

  42. A progressive friend of mine recently had a daughter.

    They named her after RBG.

    Parodies?

    1. The irony is they’re atheists, and RGB is named after a Judeo-Christian biblical figure.

      So they just named their atheist kid after a book in the Bible.

      1. You need new friends.

      2. “Left can’t meme,” taken to it’s dumb but logical conclusion.

      3. I suppose some atheists are that ridiculous, but how many common English names don’t come from the Bible?

        1. There are lots of woman names that aren’t in the Bible:

          Candy
          Cinnamon
          Summer
          Sky
          Dakota
          Ginger
          Misty
          Fawn
          Bambi
          Crystal
          Tiffany
          Cherry
          Amber

          I could go on and on.

          1. Yup, there are certainly a lot of stripper names that are not in the Bible.

        2. William, George, Edward, Henry, Richard, Charles…

    2. I hope she grows up with the same disadvantages of her namesake.

      1. And, of course, I would always introduce her as “Ruth, as in Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse.”

    3. Baby Ruth. Boom!

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  44. The Supreme Court won’t hear a case out of Nevada concerning state restrictions on religious services during the COVID-19 pandemic. “In a one-line order, the court said it would not hear an appeal from Calvary Chapel Dayton Valley, a church in western Nevada that has been battling pandemic restrictions imposed by Gov. Steve Sisolak,” notes NBC News:

    The rules originally allowed casinos, restaurants and other businesses to operate at 50 percent capacity while limiting churches to no more than 50 people, regardless of a facility’s size.

    The state has since imposed a 25 percent capacity limit on most public gathering places, including movie theaters, casinos, restaurants, bars and religious constitutions. It therefore is not engaged in religious discrimination, lawyers for the state told the Supreme Court.

    So you can get away with doing unconstitutional shit as long as you stop doing it before the case comes before the Court because then there’s nothing to sue over, the State has already stopped doing the shit they weren’t supposed to be doing in the first place and the Court isn’t going to agree to hear a moot case. That makes sense.

    Supreme Court vacates 5th Circuit’s abortion access ruling. Toward the start of the pandemic, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, a Republican, declared all abortions (including non-surgical abortion) to be among the nonessential medical procedures which were off-limits. At first, “a federal judge in Texas declared the order too broad and lifted the ban. But the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans restored it,” explains NBC News.

    Abbott issued a new order a short time later that allowed abortions in Texas to resume, but the state asked the Supreme Court to keep the appeals court rulings on the books.… In a brief order, the Supreme Court dismissed the appeal and vacated the 5th Circuit’s ruling.

    So you can’t get away with doing unconstitutional shit as long as you stop doing it before the case comes before the Court and claim that there’s nothing to sue over because the State has already stopped doing the shit they weren’t supposed to be doing in the first place. The Court is going to see through that pretense of mooting the case. That makes sense.

    1. Thought the same thing.

    2. Or, the larger lesson, SCOTUS makes bad decisions in the middle of a crisis.

      Proof? Korematsu still stands.

    3. I have long thought that some actual penalties for violating the bill of rights would help a lot. And anyone should have standing to sue an official for violating the constitution.

  45. Lips aims to be a social media platform open to sexual expression.

    Because, apparently, PornHub was too open to sexual expression.

  46. In the future, all news will be NPR.

    I think CNN will like the messaging, but not the payscale.

    1. They’ll flee the country and pick up the correspondents’ bounty for reporting favorably about China, Venezuela, etc. from a third world country.

      1. So only the location from where they submit their reports will change?

    2. But will everyone be famous for 15 minutes?

  47. California Gov. Gavin Newsom, a Democrat, lifted the state’s stay-at-home orders.

    Hooray for the Democrats! In the meantime, my Republican governor here in Georgia, the bastard, hasn’t said a goddamn word about lifting any state orders of any sort.

  48. So now school choice is being used as an excuse to give tax dollars to religious schools. I think I’d much rather be a secular country and not give any public funds to religious schools in any way, and tax churches too. If white trash can’t afford to send their children to private religious schools good, then they can learn about evolution and science in public schools.

    1. We get it, Mr. Buttplug. It was never about establishing a state religion and always about making sure kids learn the right things from the right people. We have always been at war with East Asia.

      1. For goddamn sure I don’t want any tax dollars going to a Mormon school that teaches bullshit Mormon lies.

        BYU(the Provo one, Rexburg, Hawaii, and Israel schools) need to be burned to the ground.

        Unfortunately there’s a lot of stupid people who can be tricked into believing Mormon bullshit. Even though it’s fucking absurd.

        Golden plates, yellow moons, magic underwear, urrm and thurrim(however the fuck it’s spelled), and green clovers.
        Joseph Smith must of been on acid.

        He wasn’t though because he would of been more realistic if he was.

        The Mormons must go! That means you fat fuck Chuck!

        1. Flag. Refresh.

          1. Kill Mormons. Repeat.

        2. Wherever will BYU and Utah get their huge linemen from if not from the islands?

        3. Spambots get spamflagged, Sqrlsy.

          1. People in bc get the NDP.

            Hahaha that must suck for a far righty like you?

            1. Spambots get spamflagged, Sqrlsy.

        4. And a lot of people don’t want their tax dollars going to public schools either.
          How about we give the money to the parents and let them decide. People can give other government money they receive to a church, why is this any different?
          I don’t expect a reasonable answer. So just say some more horrible shit about people you don’t know.

    2. Taxpayers money. The taxpayers can send their kids wherever they want, Fascist.

      Send your own kids to the atheist asshole school of your choice.

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  50. Don’t hold your breath in Washington State. The bill was introduced by a Republican and the Democrats, controlled by the NEA, will not let it see the light of day. At least if they follow past precedence.

    1. Was thinking something similar, don’t even know why they put it in the article. Might as well have said someone in Washington wrote a letter to the legislature asking for a voucher program for all the good it will do.

  51. The President of the Iowa-Nebraska NAACP “says this could lead to segregation in some Iowa Schools,”

    I suppose there’s a chance it could result in both black students in Iowa winding up at the same school.

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