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Another day, another flurry of executive actions from new President Joe Biden. Yesterday's orders included one on "Tackling the Climate Crisis at Home and Abroad," a behemoth that features new bureaucracy creation and international summits interspersed with pledges to tackle everything from minority representation in certain business sectors to union job creation under the mantle of climate change.

Biden's climate change order rejoins the U.S. in the Paris Agreement (which, as Reason's Ron Bailey notes, former President Barack Obama signed in 2016 "as an executive agreement rather than a treaty requiring Senate approval").

It creates the Civilian Climate Corps Initiative, the Special Presidential Envoy for Climate, the White House Office of Domestic Climate Policy, the National Climate Task Force, a world leaders' climate summit, the Interagency Working Group on Coal and Power Plant Communities and Economic Revitalization, and the White House Environmental Justice Interagency Council.

It is flush with phrases like "multilateral and bilateral channels and institutions" and other language that drips with officialese but doesn't really tell us much, plus oodles of ordering various agencies and departments to prepare reports—on their own environmental impact, how they are considering climate change concerns in initiatives abroad, and so on.

As with many of former President Donald Trump's executive orders, it's a bit hard to tell whether the Biden climate order portends huge changes or is basically just something to keep bureaucrats busy and get the president good marks for speaking the language of his base.

It does make a few concrete changes right away. One of those is the order to "pause new oil and natural gas leases on public lands or in offshore waters pending completion of a comprehensive review and reconsideration of Federal oil and gas permitting and leasing practices." And it directs officials to ensure that "federal funding is not directly subsidizing fossil fuels."

But there is also a lot of rah-rah rhetoric around solving climate emergencies with teamwork and unity, and pledges to make all the good things happen through… federal agency recommendations, proclamations, reports, and consideration.

The order says officials must "publish recommendations on how certain Federal investments might be made toward a goal that 40 percent of the overall benefits flow to disadvantaged communities." It promises "more opportunities for women and people of color in occupations where they are underrepresented" and to "foster economic revitalization of and investment in [mining] communities, ensure the creation of good jobs that provide a choice to join a union, and secure the benefits that have been earned by workers."

"Climate considerations shall be an essential element of United States foreign policy and national security," it states. Climate change scenarios will be integrated into war games. The director of national intelligence will issue a report. The directors of myriad other agencies will issue reports. The treasury secretary will see that we're "engaged in relevant international fora and institutions that are working on the management of climate-related financial risks." And so on.

The climate change order comes on the heels of a Biden order halting construction of the Keystone XL pipeline and as a run-up to two executive orders related to Medicaid and the Affordable Care Act, which Biden is supposed to put out today.

Alas, this seems to be our new political normal, where Congress basically only exists to approve budgets and hold show hearings against disfavored industries, the president governs unilaterally through executive directives, and every few years a new administration will use its new executive pens and paper to undo everything the former one just did.

This isn't to say that Biden shouldn't have revoked any of Trump's executive orders, many of which were themselves beyond the scope of healthy presidential power.

But Biden has issued many more executive orders and actions of his own since taking office just over a week ago—at least 10 in the past three days, in addition to at least 27 executive actions issued last Wednesday through Friday.

Some people see this as a symptom of political polarization. They say that with Republicans and Democrats in Congress—and the constituencies they represent—so at odds, passing grand new initiatives is impossible and the president has no choice but to do Congress' job when it can't.

But executive overreach isn't the solution to political polarization. Executive overreach causes political polarization. Government overreach in general causes political polarization.

In a well-functioning democratic system, you know your side losing an election might mean some changes or bring some policies you don't like, but the stakes don't reach into every aspect of your life. The changes, when they come, will be well-fought-over and incremental (as using government force to make things happen in a pluralistic society must be). New administrations aren't coming in like some home makeover TV show host, ready to immediately tear down everything the previous occupant put up and then swiftly impose their own singular vision of what the country should look like.


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• "At least two journalists tested positive for coronavirus after witnessing the Trump administration's final three federal executions, but the Bureau of Prisons knowingly withheld the diagnoses from other media witnesses and did not perform any contact tracing," the Associated Press reports.

• "In July of 2016, Angela Calloway arrived at the Augusta Correctional Center in Craigsville, Virginia, to visit with an inmate" and was ordered to "remove her clothes and tampon so prison guards could inspect her vaginal and anal cavities for contraband." A federal court says the search was constitutional and upheld a lower court ruling that the guards involved couldn't be sued because of qualified immunity.

• "Cancel culture" is more aptly described as "snitch culture."

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  1. Fallout from Gamestop short thing:

    https://www.theverge.com/2021/1/27/22253251/discord-bans-the-r-wallstreetbets-server

    Discord has banned the r/WallStreetBets server, the company confirmed to The Verge. Reddit’s WallStreetBets subreddit is the driver of an unprecedented rally of GameStop stock, and has received a great deal of attention in the press as the stock continues to soar.

    Discord says it did not ban the server for financial fraud — rather, it was banned because it continued to allow “hateful and discriminatory content after repeated warnings.” The Verge gained access to the server and can confirm the claim that users of the channel were spamming hateful language, including racial slurs.

    1. Hot take: What’s the overlap between the Nazis trading GameStop stocks and the ones who stormed the Capitol?
      https://twitchy.com/brettt-3136/2021/01/27/hot-take-whats-the-overlap-between-the-nazis-trading-gamestop-stocks-and-the-ones-who-stormed-the-capitol/

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      2. If it’s something that I don’t like, the Nazis are at fault. Damn you goyim for enabling their anti-Semitic bigotry!

        1. What happened to “Jesus saves, Moses invests”?

          1. Replaced by, “Jesus saves…rebound to Ovechkin, he scores!”

    2. That is the thing I despise about discord. Their private servers discord. No one goes into them by accident. They have no legitimate reasons beyond be busy bodied assholes to moderate for anything that isn’t illegal to host.

      1. Except that the “private servers” are actually owned by Discord, the company. And they are entirely within their moral and legal rights to say “we don’t want this kind of content here”.

        If you don’t like the idea that the company you’re renting space from can evict you, then host your own space.

        1. You must have loved Citizens United.

        2. Finally, people are seeing the downside of “cloud based” computing. Never liked the idea and they are doing everything they can to prove me right. I am guessing right about now all the companies on the wrong side of the National Socialist…I mean Democratic party like energy and guns etc. are moving their data onto owned servers toot sweet. This is going to come back to bite them in the ass.

          1. If not they are dumb. It is similar to the corporate argument that all divisions should be on the corporate mainframe. It was just a way for the corporate office to control information and get divisional people to answer dumb questions. I worked at a division when some fishermen built a bonfire over where SNET buried their fiber optics cable near the Housatonic River in Connecticut. We lost communications for over a day. It affected both manufacturing and shipping in multi locations. But somehow it was the division’s fault.

            So, totally agree with you. Especially if the government doesn’t need a warrant to look at your information.

        3. Was that in their ToS?
          A “If you discuss perfectly legal shit we’ll turf you if it turns out to be inconvenient for our crooked billionaire pals” clause?
          This “BuiLd yoUr oWn inTernEt” argument is starting to become dishonest and retarded.

        4. But it is wrong to state “Well, the things you ALLOW to continue are things you do support”, though right?

          I mean, they have no qualms removing that which they do not like.

    3. I love how the aristocrats aren’t even trying to hid their disdain for peasants that don’t know their place.

      1. Why hide when you have every mainstream propagandist carrying your water? They can be open about their hatred of the people because a cabal of the nation’s most revered “journalists” will dutifully explain to the rabble why hatred is actually love and justice.

      2. But these hedge fund managers are the experts! How dare you question their status? Those yayhoos on Reddit don’t know a goddamn thing about how the stock market works, they don’t have business degrees and many long years of experience, they don’t rub elbows with the right people and get the right insider tips, they’re idiots. They have no business interfering with the work of the Smart Guys. If what Reddit is doing isn’t illegal, it sure should be.

        Which is interesting, because what the short sellers are doing certainly appears to be illegal in at least one case and, if not illegal in the other cases, certainly some shady-ass shit that probably should be illegal. They’re colluding to drive down stock prices, to drive companies out of business, just so they can make a few more bucks on the collapse. They don’t give a fuck about how many people might be hurt by their actions, it’s just business. When Reddit turns that around and colludes to drive stock prices up and allow those businesses to stay in business, suddenly it’s an outrage. What happened to “it’s just business”? You made a bet that the stock price would drop, it didn’t drop, you lost your bet. What’s the problem?

        The problem is that when they bet the stock price would drop, it really wasn’t a bet – they had things rigged where they knew damn well the stock price was going to drop because they were going to make it drop. And somebody figured out their game and put a stop to it and they lost their ass and now they’re whining that it’s not fair when a game they had rigged didn’t stay rigged.

        And here’s what really has their assholes so puckered – the rubes have figured out this game is rigged and they’re getting suspicious that maybe it’s not just this one little game at this one carnival that’s rigged, maybe it’s all the games at all the carnivals. Maybe it’s not just GameStop or all the shorted stocks, maybe it’s not just Wall Street – maybe all the financial markets worldwide, all the central banks, all the international currencies, all the governments, all of it – is a rigged game and it’s all a house of cards. All of modern society is built on trust and you’ve just betrayed that trust, you’ve cut the main beam on the whole structure. It’s all in danger of coming down.

        1. Well said.

        2. Bravo. Fucking nailed it.

        3. Well stated and when you ask if everything is rigged just ask Sorros about how he rigs international money to his benifit while the countries he toys with suffer.

          1. I still think the UK should have drone striked him for what he he did with the pound.

        4. And they ignore why they targeted Gamestop and AMC. Apparently, those stocks were HEAVILY shorted…like shorted beyond available shares in the market to buy.

          How is that illegal to find out that and then buy accordingly? Nothing inside about it. Just tedious research paying off.

          I’m becoming less and less of a “trust the market” guy because the market is manipulated regardless. Why should trust funds keep profits then demand we pay for their losses?

          1. I’d trust the market if certain regulations hadn’t allowed the aristocrats to fix shit.

        5. I find the entire situation to be hilarious.

          At one point the hedge fund managers were forced to cut their losses and buy back the stocks they had shorted, which had the effect of driving the stock price even higher.

          Karma’s a bitch.

        6. The problem is that when they bet the stock price would drop, it really wasn’t a bet – they had things rigged where they knew damn well the stock price was going to drop because they were going to make it drop.

          If short-sellers could ‘rig it’ to make any stock drop and kill the company, then they could sequentially drive every publicly-listed company out of business, one-after-another until there were none left while making a fortune themselves. So, given your theory — why don’t they? Why didn’t they do it a long time ago?

          1. If short-sellers could ‘rig it’ to make any stock drop and kill the company […]

            Because you slipped in a wrong assumption.

            That a group of colluding hedge fund mangers can manipulate the stock price of a struggling company to push it down faster and further then it would go absent manipulation does not imply that the same manipulation would work in all cases.

        7. Sounds like this is good news for bitcoin. 😉

    4. They can build their own stock market.

      Amazing watching the industries freak out over a hedge fund getting played. This is literally what these funds do, take positions and try to drive the market past those positions yet Bidens administration was saying yesterday they’d be looking into it and possibly trying to regulate non industry traders to stop this in the future.

      1. Yeah, it’s called a “hedge fund” for a reason, because they literally gamble on market trends. It’s just that, this time, they were too stupid to hide what they were doing, and the subreddit caught wind of it and decided to have some fun.

        The irony is that, 10 years ago, something like this would have been celebrated by the press and outrage would have ensued in the wake of them getting banned. It will be interesting to see if Matt Taibbi has anything to say about this, considering coverage of Wall Street’s shenanigans is his beat.

        1. Shit like this makes me wonder if OWS didn’t have a few good points!

          1. OWS had some good points. Just their solutions to the problems were worse than the actual problems themselves and they weren’t willing to entertain alternatives.

            Also, they were annoying AF and kind of gross, so they weren’t appealing to the mainstream.

          2. They were right about the problem, but terribly wrong about the solution.
            They were wanting to treat a cancer patient with a bullet.

            1. Exactly. They were the Bernie to our Ron Paul (tea party).

            2. True

          3. OWS, like the Tea Party, started from the same premise–that the banks defrauded the country and needed to suffer the consequences rather than get bailed out. The problem is that OWS got infiltrated and taken over rather quickly by the woke-left intersectionalists, which led to the subsequent rape camps and social shitshows that ensued.

            1. Again. True.

      2. Yeah the Republicans are the oligarchy, right?

    5. Discord says it did not ban the server for financial fraud — rather, it was banned because it continued to allow “hateful and discriminatory content after repeated warnings.”

      Yeah, just a total coincidence that it was banned for wrongthink, and not that these guys temporarily cornholed one of the lefties’ corporate allies.

      1. the wrongthink was there all along, and used to justify pulling the plug when the financial impact of the speculation got out of hand

    6. Hopefully Robinhood, TD Ameritrade, and a few other brokers get their dicks sued off for this. They have blatantly violated SEC rules on price manipulation by flat out disallowing buying and options writing, but allowing selling of the underlying stock and put option (but not call!) buying. I predict several class actions at least as the fall out.

      1. I was unable to log into TD from about 8:30 till after the opening bell, so I’m having Fidelity yank my fuckaround account away from them. I didn’t really have plans to do any trading this AM, but wanted to look to see how American Airlines was doing, as there had been some scuttlebutt about them getting the Gamestop treatment.

      2. That is highly optimistic, but we’ll see. These guys have direct lines to Congress and various lobbying firms that can ensure they don’t get more than a wrist-slap, at worst.

        No one of consequence got prosecuted for what took place during the housing bubble; some banks went under, but the survivors with the best connections got bailed out and became bigger than ever as they swallowed up smaller banks. Prior to the collapse, the SEC wasn’t doing shit about all the blatant securities fraud taking place.

        Similarly, the pandemic has resulted in the cratering of small businesses while global megacorps have seen their stock and capitol soar, with blatant manipulation of CARES Act funds that were supposed to keep those small businesses operational. The big-brained idea from the suburban, managerial-class neo-yuppies (who have never had to worry about losing their job or livelihood the last ten months) to stave off this decimation of small businesses was to “buy gift certificates!” Meanwhile, fraud in both CARES act funding and unemployment has been rampant.

        Shit like this is why you get populist backlashes–because the powers-that-be and their Inner Party supporters become so corrupt, self-serving, and socially blind, that people come to the conclusion the only solution is to tear the whole thing down just to maintain their own self-preservation.

      3. LOL. DoL goes in full defense of the establishment.

        1. Robinhood didn’t stop trading, only the stock markets did. Robinhood was inundated by new users going to the platform to buy stock.

          1. Why are you always, always wrong?

        2. That’s not defense of the establishment, you utter moron.

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  2. Gates is going to save us, and by save us I mean give us all new tests that will be less sensitive, thus lowering case, hospitalization, and death counts.

    https://www.wired.com/story/bill-gates-on-covid-most-us-tests-are-completely-garbage/

    Well, that’s just stupidity. The majority of all US tests are completely garbage, wasted. If you don’t care how late the date is and you reimburse at the same level, of course they’re going to take every customer. Because they are making ridiculous money, and it’s mostly rich people that are getting access to that. You have to have the reimbursement system pay a little bit extra for 24 hours, pay the normal fee for 48 hours, and pay nothing [if it isn’t done by then]. And they will fix it overnight.

    1. https://quillette.com/2021/01/27/did-the-blm-protests-against-the-police-lead-to-the-2020-spike-in-homicides/

      Simultaneously, the WHO strongly suggested that those who administer the PCR test reduce the number of cycles through which samples are processed. Through 2020, most jurisdictions in America had run samples through 40 cycles. Running that many cycles radically increases the chances of a positive result. This not only inflated the number of “cases,” but it also attributed hospitalizations to COVID-19 rather than to other causes. It led to patients being treated as if they had COVID rather than for what really ailed them, and attributing deaths to COVID that in fact were not.

      The new guidance guarantees that, in the coming months, the number of “cases” will drop. The oligarchy will credit the reduction to its wise management. Loosening its grip gradually, it will claim benevolence and prudence. By thus dismounting the COVID tiger, it will try to validate the harm it did over the previous year.

      1. SleepyJoe is managing the hell out of the virus.

      2. Yeah, it was plainly obvious the numbers were being cooked because of the cycle rate being employed. People who were “asymptomatic” were likely just people who had been exposed and had dead virus cells present, and just never got sick.

        It’s not to say the numbers aren’t high, but the case/death numbers they’ve been claiming? Total, complete bullshit based on Science! rather than science.

  3. …Trump should play a ‘major role’ in the party, an increase of 9 percentage points since his supporters rioted at the U.S. Capitol.

    Why should Antifa and BLM be the only ones to reap the benefits of rioting?

    1. I predict that two years from now with COVID still on the rampage because of mutations and vaccines that can’t keep up, the economy still in the shitter because of this and energy prices, and Uncle Joe offering only more regulations and government programs, Trump won’t look so bad…

      1. Have him back Noem or Desantis instead, honestly.

      2. Seventy -three million of us already knew this.

      3. COVID-19 is going away this summer through population immunity. Most everyone will be exposed or vaccinated by then.

        COVID-21 and later variants won’t be played up to the same extent, and will start with less sensitive tests.

  4. At least two journalists tested positive for coronavirus after witnessing the Trump administration’s final three federal executions, but the Bureau of Prisons knowingly withheld the diagnoses from other media witnesses and did not perform any contact tracing…

    The Bureau of Prisons knows now that Biden is in, COVID is what was.

    1. “The Bureau of Prisons” is a person. What is xir name?

    2. At least two journalists tested positive for coronavirus after witnessing the Trump administration’s final three federal executions,
      That’s what they get for being ghouls.

      1. They’d been slated for execution since Obama was in office but Trump retroactively intervened so that he could throw the switch himself and you’re calling the journolists ghouls?

  5. https://threadreaderapp.com/thread/1354068197020938249.html

    Xi Jinping’s speech at Davos boiled down to: The world has no choice but to do business with China, and if you want to do business with China, you need to stop criticizing our tyranny and questioning our lies about the coronavirus.

    Xi’s address to the World Economic Forum will serve as well as any other moment for historians to mark the beginning of the Authoritarian Era. He said nothing new, but he restated the narratives and demands of Chinese fascism from a post-pandemic position of aggressive strength.

    For the first time, Xi spoke to a world that is beginning to accept the tenets of authoritarianism, thanks to the incredible political and economic damage from China’s coronavirus. China’s ideals have become as viral as Covid-19.

    Thanks to the pandemic, the political elites of the world now universally see their citizens as dangerous mobs that must be tightly controlled for their own good. Most of them always thought that way, but now they can say it openly and act aggressively on their prejudices.

    Xi clearly stated that China will not be contained, censured, or judged for its actions. He denounced Western ideals of human rights as “arrogance” and imperialism. After Covid and Biden’s inauguration, he sees no nation with the strength or will to thwart China’s ambitions.

    But the more sinister undercurrent of Xi’s speech was that Western nations are foolish to cling to their antiquated notions of human rights, including capitalism and political freedom. Chinese fascism is the logical alternative. The pandemic “proved” it.
    Xi was asserting – not unreasonably – that fascism is the key to aggressively promoting national interests while thriving in the age of so-called “globalism.” Only a fascist government can get away with spouting globalist cant while acting as ruthless nationalists.

    In one passage of his speech, Xi – the absolute dictator-for-life of the world’s most dangerous and aggressive power – denounced “bullying”… and then he filled the airspace around Taiwan with nuclear-capable bombers. It’s breathtakingly shameless.

    The point Xi made is that he, a fascist dictator, can burble garbage about climate change to globalist elites at their “world economic forum” while littering the Third World with dirty coal plants. He can threaten to attack his neighbors while cooing about “multilateralism.”

    But “free” nations can’t do those things. Their governments get torn to shreds by domestic political opponents, activists, and politicized media both at home and abroad if they try – in other words, the obstacles authoritarian leaders don’t have to worry about.

    Xi’s Davos address was a victory lap for authoritarianism as the heavyweight champion ideology of the globalist era, and he was speaking to an appreciative audience. After Covid, authoritarianism is THE hot product on the social, political, and economic marketplaces.

    And now that he speaks from a position of unchallenged strength, Xi wants to force the world to compromise its principles by accepting Chinese oppression. There may be a few theatrical grumbles, but no more tariffs or sanctions. No more disagreements in PRINCIPLE.

    What remaining nation or leader has both the strength and confidence to argue with the principles of Chinese fascism? If you’re banning free speech, nationalizing your economy, and criminalizing political dissent, you’re already walking Xi’s path. He’s just further ahead.

    1. https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/john-kerry-reveals-bidens-devotion-to-radical-great-reset-movement/ar-BB1bBu34

      “And yes, it [the Great Reset] will happen,” Kerry continued. “And I think it will happen with greater speed and with greater intensity than a lot of people might imagine. In effect, the citizens of the United States have just done a Great Reset. We’ve done a Great Reset. And it was a record level of voting.”

      Kerry later argued that the Great Reset is necessary to slow the “climate crisis” and that “I know Joe Biden believes … it’s not enough just to rejoin Paris [the Paris Climate Accords] for the United States. It’s not enough for us to just do the minimum of what Paris requires.”

      Kerry also said that because of the Great Reset movement, he believes “we’re at the dawn of an extremely exciting time” and that “the greatest opportunity we have” to address social and economic problems is “dealing with the climate crisis.”

      These and the other comments made by Kerry at the WEF event are made more important by the fact that Kerry’s role in a Biden administration would involve working with the very same international institutions that have already expressed their support for the Great Reset on climate change.

      1. John Kerry says out-of-work oil/gas workers should be grateful to Joe Biden for giving them ‘better choices’ like building solar panels [video]
        https://twitchy.com/sarahd-313035/2021/01/27/john-kerry-says-out-of-work-oil-gas-workers-should-be-grateful-to-joe-biden-for-giving-them-better-choices-like-building-solar-panels-video/

          1. And learn Mandarin, too.

            1. Around here, the hicks sell firewood to wealthy progtards. But don’t worry, I’m sure that will be next on their verboten list.

        1. Ban the sun, says the candle maker.

          1. Morning DOL, you piece of shit:

            De Oppresso Liber
            January.19.2021 at 8:07 pm

            R Mac, are you stupid? Or just disingenuous? Mother is on my do not reply list since she went full anti-Semite.

            When the hell have I ever said anything remotely racist or antisemitic, you lying fuck.

            I want an apology. If you don’t I’m going to continue making your time here completely fucking miserable.

        2. Yeah, solar panel production that will be outsourced to China, like everything else these assholes do.

          It’s infuriating how they tell blue-collar workers that they need to get training for “new industries” while simultaneously shipping those same jobs off overseas, or using H1Bs instead of domestic labor.

          It’s almost like they’re deliberately trying to provoke these people into a no-shit revolution so they can justify their bullshit “domestic terrorism” warnings.

          1. Mel Gibson had this to say on the subject back in the 80’s:
            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Mna0oLUYoQ&ab_channel=DaveLee

      2. Who could have predicted open authoritarians would act in this manner?

    2. Xi clearly stated that China will not be contained, censured, or judged for its actions. He denounced Western ideals of human rights as “arrogance” and imperialism. After Covid and Biden’s inauguration, he sees no nation with the strength or will to thwart China’s ambitions.

      This is the difference between a monoculture that doesn’t feel the need to apologize or feel guilty for whatever sins it might commit, and a “diverse” nation that’s in a state of constant guilt-mongering and self-criticism. Xi’s not wrong here that the world won’t have any other choice but to emulate China’s government infrastructure and swear economic fealty to it. Not because they couldn’t collectively tell the Chinks to fuck off and back India and/or Russia as Asian antagonists, but because their corporate donors are so heavily invested in China now, that opposing them would result in the stock market tanking due to these global megacorps losing business opportunities. And now these governments are starting to openly emulate Chinese/BigTech censorship policies, to boot.

      Yet people on this board still believe that doing business with China is ultimately beneficial to us and that they’ll liberalize their country, some day, despite several decades of evidence to the contrary, as long as we keep paying them tribute.

      Like I’ve said before, Watergate wasn’t Nixon’s biggest mistake–opening up relations with China was.

      1. Bomb the three gorges dam. That will solve alot of problems

      2. Nixon made lots of mistakes. He took the US off the gold standard and I instantly bought Kugerrands and made more money than any investment except buying wheat futures at the same time the Russians did. Nixon also ramped up big government with things like the EPA and a massive govt involvement in civil rights enforcement leading to Carter’s CRA. He was the most liberal prez in my life time.

        1. Yeah, ultimately the reason Nixon went down was because he and the press had a mutually antagonistic relationship going back to his campaign against comm-symp Helen Gahagan Douglas, one that hardened after he got their golden boy, Alger Hiss, convicted.

          There’s nothing Nixon didn’t do in office that Kennedy and Johnson hadn’t done before him.

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  7. Chicago Teachers’ Union refusing to let their membership go back and teach? Fine! Let the system collapse.

    The Dems are in power now. That system ain’t collapsing any time soon.

    1. The Democrats are in Federal power, for at least a couple of years. (Maybe longer because the destruction of the party of Lincoln may well be Trump’s biggest legacy.)

      There are plenty of more local levels where Republicans are firmly in control still, and education is still primarily run at a non-Federal level.

      Chicago ain’t one of those Republican-run places, though.

      1. Chicago ain’t one of those Republican-run places, though.
        Stunning insight.
        I would like to preorder your book.

        1. Admittedly not stunning insight, but I was pointing out that FoE’s “The Dems are in power now” was a vast oversimplification of the reality.

          1. Welcome to the past four years. I mean, Trump was SOLELY responsible for shutdowns causing economic hardship, right? He certainly got the blame for it.

            1. He wasn’t.

              But if we are libertarians here why would we be all butthurt over Democrat-Republican rhetorical games?

              1. You, personally, had no issue with it for the last several months.

        2. Dee is one of the smuggest idiots I know.

      2. Is this your attempt to not reap what you sow?

        This is the shit you advocated for because you disliked mean tweets.

        1. In Jesse’s world, jealously guarding your constitutional republic from would-be tyrants is exactly the same as uncritical support for teachers’ unions. Somehow. Ask him.

          1. Which is funny because on the few occasions when Trump fans here asked me if there was anything I liked about the Trump administration (instead of their usual habit of *telling* me what I think), my answer was that the #1 thing I think Trump got right was Betsy DeVos as Secretary of Education, and support for school choice.

            But JesseAz has never been interested in what I actually think. He regularly tells me what I think, whose sock puppet I am, what color state I live in (he got it wrong, by the way), …

            1. He calls me the king of straw men, yet that’s all he argues against.

              1. Citation needed for WK’s sake. I don’t call you the king of anything, I call you a useful idiot.

                1. Ask for citations in your own name.

                  1. Yes, White Knight only calls for citations if it thinks they’re too awkward to obtain.
                    Nothing wrecks its argument more than actually getting one.

            2. Have all you idiots taken this route, the entire “ignore what i said for a year and a half, I truly do dislike the liberals even though i still won’t call them out but will continue to call out anyone who didn’t despise trump every second.”

              This is utterly amazing to watch.

              1. You know who never asked what I thought of liberals and liberal policies? You.

                You have always been in the habit of telling me what I think, because apparently you are a mind reader.

                1. Same here. He routinely argues against things I never said, and calls me a liar when I point it out.

                  1. Then again, as I proved in a link, he could indeed be responding to what ‘ I’ said. Or someone imposting (yeah I just made up a word) you. Which, now that I’ve proven that there’s an imposter, doesn’t matter. Because….

                    1. fucking bold was supposed to end at I, and only underline the space. html fail. Try again.

                      what ‘ I’ said.

                    2. can’t bold a space, duh, underline it.

                      what ‘ I’ said.

                    3. Wow. Good thing I don’t work with computers for a living. This could be embarrassing.

          2. Hey dear, the would be tyrant, based on his own admissions last year, is the one who issued 40 EOs in the first 2 weeks. The one the article above is about.

            Why are you still defending the left? Even ENB is waivering.

          3. De Oppresso Liber
            January.19.2021 at 8:07 pm

            R Mac, are you stupid? Or just disingenuous? Mother is on my do not reply list since she went full anti-Semite.

            I have never said anything remotely antisemitic or racist, you lying fuck.

            You disgusting dishonest little turd. How fucking dare you make that slimebag accusation.
            I want an apology and I’m going to continue making your time here completely fucking miserable until you do..

        2. The only Presidential candidate I advocated for at all was Jo Jorgensen.

          1. The only candidate you ever attacked was Trump. You actually defended Biden as a centrist and defended the media’s defense of Biden’s policies such as his policies on Fracking.

            You lie to yourself it seems.

            1. “… defended the media’s defense of Biden’s policies such as his policies on Fracking.”

              I did? That would be super surprising, since I disagree with Biden’s policies on fracking.

              I’m going to have to ask you for a cite.

            2. He’s too stupid to realize that.

    2. Oh no Br’er Bear! Don’t let me fall onto those mounds of other peoples’ cash! Anything but that!

  8. Bill Kristol brings up a good point. How can the Republicans reform their party to be a centrist Democrat party when Trump still commands the loyalty of the average GOP voter? I fear that we will never have a return to the old neocon days of the Republican party. It is a shame that people don’t believe in tax cuts for those making more than $400k, free trade with China, unlimited migration from Latin America, and a robust military presence in the Middle East to protect our greatest ally, Israel.

    1. I know you are being flippant, but it is a horrible time to be a libertarian. The only counterpoint to the creeping authoritarian movement of the democrats is a populist movement.

      It is odd that libertarians like ENB still merely give a sideways glance to the liberty-infringing policies unleased in just 2 weeks of Biden’s presidency. For example, ENB says that the latest EOs “[drip] with officialese but doesn’t really tell us much, plus oodles of ordering various agencies and departments to prepare reports—on their own environmental impact, how they are considering climate change concerns in initiatives abroad, and so on.”

      It doesn’t tell you much? WTF? They have told us again and again what they want. They want us to stop consuming fossil fuels, and since we won’t choose to raise our energy costs by absurd amounts, they are going to force it on us with “officialese”-ridden Executive Orders.

      In the middle ages, peasants worked the land owned by their feudal lords for just enough staple carbs to live. They could not supplement that food with protein, because the forests were owned by the Lords, and forbidden. The new Ruling Class looks to do the same. We will be forbidden from consuming the resources of the land, and forced to subsist on the expensive Green Energy they provide for us on public works boondoggles. This, of course, will be no problem for them.

      1. You may be right, but it’s always been a horrible time for libertarians.

        And there are opportunities for the Libertarian Party, with more parents dissatisfied with public schools than ever, and lots of Republicans alienated from the current Trumpifiee version of the Republican Party. Not sure the LP can seize the opportunity, since it has a history of shooting itself in the foot.

        1. The libertarians ran a career academic who endorsed blm

          1. OMG, she did not _endorse_ Black Lives Matter. She attended a candlelight vigil and said they had some valid concerns about policing.

            1. The narrative is that if you’re involved at all in any protest, even as a spectator, then you’re a rioter who deserves to die.

              As opposed to all those innocent people who literally smeared shit all over the Capital.

              1. Forgot about the shit smearing.

                1. What do you think about the Capitol protests again?

                  1. Well, for one thing, smearing shit all over the halls is disgusting.

                    1. And juvenile. Proof that while growing old is mandatory, growing up is not.

                    2. Except you two dishonest retards are misrepresenting even what Schumer’s acolytes claimed.
                      https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9126409/MAGA-mob-rioters-smeared-POO-Capitol.html

                2. ” people who literally smeared shit all over the Capital”
                  “Forgot about the shit smearing”

                  According to Chuck Schumer’s aides who fed the story to the press and were the only ones to witness it (and there are unbelievably no photos or video), the shit was tracked on shoes from a washroom.

                  Where did you two dishonest retards get the idea that it was smeared everywhere?

                  Was it from here?
                  https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9126409/MAGA-mob-rioters-smeared-POO-Capitol.html

              2. Haha. Says the guy who whines that his detractors are always telling him what he thinks.

            2. She endorsed anti-racism you idiot. That is a BLM/CRT statement.

              1. OMG, this debate, again. Yes, there is an entire leftist theory of “anti-racism”. Obviously, the Libertarian candidate doesn’t support that agenda.

                However, “anti-racism” more general means being against racism, and I would hope every single person here supports “anti-racism” in that broader sense.

                1. Saying one “MUST” do something, as she clearly did, is about as far from libertarianism as anything can be.

                2. Haha. Yeah. White people are terrible.

                  Yay! I’m anti racist!

      2. You are aware that ENB isn’t a libritarian, right?

        1. She literally voted for Jo Jorgensen.

          Overt’s complaint seems to be that she is critiquing the Democrats in measure tones instead of the more histrionic tone he would prefer.

          1. You are such a good intern.
            Go get me some coffee.

            1. I would be proud to be a Reason intern.

              1. I’d do it except for the pay cut and the fact that I’m a little to incendiary for them to associate themselves with me intentionally.

              2. You’re intellectual heft is about that of an intern.

                1. What is that supposed to mean? There’s nothing inherently stupid about being an intern.

                  1. if you don’t start at the top then you’re a loser. Duh

                    1. If you’re an alcoholic wife-beater you’re a loser, sarc.

                  2. Most interns tend to be the spoiled spawn of uber rich gentry who can afford to have a job where they are unpaid or paid peanuts.

                    1. But the spawn of Fred Trump, there’s a man of the people!

                    2. Why is Trump such an obsession for you still?

          2. It is amazing watching people think that show votes prove someone is a Libertarian.

            1. Pretty much. It’s like the idiots why say “krugman is a libritarian! He like ayn rand” and then ignore the fact that he favored every bailout going back to bailing out Mexicos creditors

              1. What you wrote might make sense if Paul Krugman had ever been associated with libertarianism, ever.

            2. Voting Libertarian is a pretty strong indication that someone is a libertarian.

      3. The only counterpoint to the creeping authoritarian movement of the democrats is a populist movement.

        Since when is populism evil from even the most stringent libertarian standpoints? Isn’t a populist libertarian movement, whether through the Presidency and Congress or at the local level the goal?

        It’s funny how ‘but Gorsuch’ libertarians were labeled as contrarians by libertarians opposed to populism because populism.

        1. Populism has some serious drawbacks. The conudrum I’m facing though is the elites and people in charge of the institutions are so rotten and so bad that it doesn’t really matter to me at this point. These lockdowns have cost me nearly everything short of bankruptcy and that still is potentially in the cards for me. I just don’t care anymore.

        2. Because populism is not based on liberty or any other principle. It’s based on what’s popular at the moment. Populism and libertarianism aren’t always at odds, but a populist politician or party can shift quickly away from whatever made it appealing for libertarians as quickly as collective whims switch.

          1. ^ This

          2. No, populism is the result of highly corrupt/sclerotic governments becoming incapable of managing their increasingly complex societies without robbing them blind. Every populist movement going back to the Gracchi was a direct result of self-interested elites trying to maintain their sinecures, irrespective of how their actions affected the proles.

            1. Yeah, “populism sometimes opposes libertarianism” may be true but equally true is that the same statement says, “the people can’t be trusted to know what’s good for them”.

              Moreover, I’m not entirely sure the semantics aren’t being deliberately fudged. Used to be that (e.g.) anti-immigration populism was a thing (some) libertarians opposed, but now it’s just populism. Like the point of opposing the anti-liberty populist sentiment has been replaced with the deliberate message/intent of telling the rubes what’s good for them.

              1. That’s why I keep emphasizing that the old “liberal/conservative,” “big government/small government” labels aren’t going to apply anymore. These are constructs that emerged in the wake of the Great Depression and World War II, and solidified in the 1960s. We’re now going through a political realignment that is seeing populists and nationalists square off against globalists and corporatists. It’s just that the finally shakeout hasn’t finished yet.

            2. sclerotic

              New word for me, thanks. Are you saying populism is just a way of appeasing the masses so that the elites can continue being elite? Sounds about right.

          3. The two extreme defaults of society is populism or establishment. You tend to favor establishment as seen by every post. You will lean towards establishment over populism even when the populist answer is more libertarian.

          4. De Oppresso Liber
            January.19.2021 at 8:07 pm

            R Mac, are you stupid? Or just disingenuous? Mother is on my do not reply list since she went full anti-Semite.

            I have never said anything remotely antisemitic or racist, you lying fuck.

            You disgusting dishonest little turd. How fucking dare you make that slimebag accusation.
            I want an apology and I’m going to continue making your time here completely fucking miserable until you do.

        3. Populism is the whole point of democracy.

          The media narrative is to make the right wing populists seem like they are bent on destroying democracy, but the right wing populist movements around the world are a reaction to the anti-democratic actions of the left wing elites, pushing woke globalism that the majority of the citizens aren’t ready to accept.

        4. Since when? Since Maddox and Lillie decided to name the opposite quadrant from the libertarian one in their 1979 paper as “populist”. They had their reasons, which they explain therein, but they surely didn’t expect a glib take on that to be picked up by libertarian activists and thereby make “populist” known as way to say democratic authoritarian.

      4. It’s historically basically always been this way though overt, short of a couple “libertarian moments”.

    2. I believe in tax cuts for everyone who pays taxes.

      The rest of that list, not so much.

  9. I suspect the “Civilian Climate Corps Initiative,” et al, will produce enough hot air to significantly increase the global temperature.

    1. Plus, unemployed young men will be conscripted into labor pools like in the 1930’s.

  10. The cure to executive orders is Congressional Action. If Congress chose to address issues there would be less call for executive action. Please note that I am not suggesting actions one way or another simply that Congress take a stand on issues by voting.

    1. The cure has been lawsuits. But this is what you advocated for all last year. Despite many here highlighting Bidens open record. You called him a moderate. As usual you were wrong.

      1. Biden is a moderate and most of his EOs reflect that viewpoint. Climate change is a broadly shared concern. As are most of the EOs he has signed.

        As I have noted before, you are not the arbiter of political thought and you do not get to define what is moderate.

        1. But you do?
          Piss off.

        2. Again, the GND is not moderate. The Transgenderism position is not moderate. His abortion positions are not moderate (and wildly against the polling done on the positions). You are wrong.

          1. While many use the term “Green New Deal” to frighten people, most people are concerned about climate change. Most of the corporate world, you know the free market, is making adjustment to address climate change. Transgender right poll at greater than 50% as do reproductive rights. Hard medical statistics suggest that most peoples identifying as pro-life are soft in their feelings and would accept abortion in a number of circumstances.

            1. …AND WHERE is this authority to legislate the weather in the U.S. Constitution — YOU A*SWHIPES are destroying this country! Why don’t you MOVE your pathetic *ss to some other country!

              1. I seem to be much more comfortable with this country and the direction is taking. Why are you suggesting I move and not looking at your own options to leave.

                1. Where am I going to go for a *freedom* nation? You authoritarian *sswipes have destroyed all the other nations. You CAN’T have this one too! Why don’t you MOVE; ALL the other nations already has the authoritarian tyrannical governments you long for. Surely it must be easier to MOVE than spend your years DESTROYING the USA.

            2. Haha. I’d say that “transgender right(s)” supporters are much more “soft in their feelings” than pro lifers. They don’t really care what people do, but……

              They still think trannys are messed up in the head.

              1. You may well be correct in your final statement but does that really matter. There is a big difference between thinking people are messed up and wanting to take action against them. I think that large amounts of people have a live and let live philosophy. Is that not the real basis of Libertarianism? So if a tranny want to serve in the military, work in a job, or live in my neighborhood, I don’t care. My concern as it is with all my neighbors is that they mow the grass, pick up the dog droppings and pay their taxes.

        3. Biden is a marionette who play-acts at being a moderate.

      2. The cure has been lawsuits.

        The recent spate of regional sanctuaries has been (could be) a treatment, if not cure, as well.

        Congress is not. Federal leaders have been more beholden to party and tradition than to the people for quite a while.

  11. “Fine! Let the system collapse.”

    Kennedy gets it.

    Thanks ENB, for linking to that.

  12. Another day, another flurry of executive actions from new President Joe Biden.

    “Just sign here, Joe. Then you can nap.”

    1. When I watch Biden signing piles of EOs I’m reminded of the early seasons of M*A*S*H where Radar would bring a pile of papers to Lt. Col Blake to sign. Blake had no idea what he was signing. Generally at least one of the forms would be to further some scheme of Hawkeye’s; Blake would ask “what is this I’m signing” and Radar would give some argle-bargle explanation that only confused Blake more.
      I wonder who Biden’s “Radar” is.

      1. Kamala

      2. You sure that was MASH and not Bilko?

  13. If you don’t like it, create your own FBI.

    Social Media Influencer Charged with Election Interference Stemming from Voter Disinformation Campaign
    Defendant Unlawfully Used Social Media to Deprive Individuals of Their Right to Vote
    https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/social-media-influencer-charged-election-interference-stemming-voter-disinformation-campaign

    The complaint alleges that in 2016, Mackey established an audience on Twitter with approximately 58,000 followers. A February 2016 analysis by the MIT Media Lab ranked Mackey as the 107th most important influencer of the then-upcoming Election, ranking his account above outlets and individuals such as NBC News (#114), Stephen Colbert (#119) and Newt Gingrich (#141).

    As alleged in the complaint, between September 2016 and November 2016, in the lead up to the Nov. 8, 2016, U.S. Presidential Election, Mackey conspired with others to use social media platforms, including Twitter, to disseminate fraudulent messages designed to encourage supporters of one of the presidential candidates (the “Candidate”) to “vote” via text message or social media, a legally invalid method of voting.

    For example, on Nov. 1, 2016, Mackey allegedly tweeted an image that featured an African American woman standing in front of an “African Americans for [the Candidate]” sign. The image included the following text: “Avoid the Line. Vote from Home. Text ‘[Candidate’s first name]’ to 59925[.] Vote for [the Candidate] and be a part of history.” The fine print at the bottom of the image stated: “Must be 18 or older to vote. One vote per person. Must be a legal citizen of the United States. Voting by text not available in Guam, Puerto Rico, Alaska or Hawaii. Paid for by [Candidate] for President 2016.”

    The tweet included the typed hashtags “#Go [Candidate]” and another slogan frequently used by the Candidate. On or about and before Election Day 2016, at least 4,900 unique telephone numbers texted “[Candidate’s first name]” or some derivative to the 59925 text number, which was used in multiple deceptive campaign images tweeted by the defendant and his co-conspirators.

    The charges in the complaint are allegations, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

    Assistant U.S. Attorneys Erik Paulsen and Nathan Reilly of the Eastern District of New York, and Trial Attorney James Mann of the Criminal Division’s Public Integrity Section are prosecuting the case.

      1. Democrats have only controlled the government for a week and pro-Trump online trolls are already being indicted for criminal “conspiracies” involving the posting of memes on Twitter in 2016
        https://twitter.com/mtracey/status/1354498485912010754

    1. Did Reason cancel the 1A?
      You’d think even a neo-libertarian website would cover the DoJ arresting and charging a citizen for merely posting a humorous meme.

      1. Local story. Orange man bad.

      2. It’s absolutely horrifying.

      3. Its 9:50 am and Reason hasn’t blogged about X, therefore they are in league with The Democrats!

        1. Gotta wait for the print magazine to come out, right?

          1. Reason never ran a story on Trump pardoning Bannon after Bannon ran a con on Trump’s own supporters. Therefor, Reason is in league with Republicans!

            “Bannon’s pardon was especially notable given that the prosecution was still in its early stages and any trial was months away. Whereas pardon recipients are conventionally thought of as defendants who have faced justice, often by having served at least some prison time, the pardon nullifies the prosecution and effectively eliminates any prospect for punishment.

            Bannon was charged in August with duping thousands of donors who believed their money would be used to fulfill Trump’s chief campaign promise to build a wall along the southern border. Instead, he allegedly diverted over a million dollars, paying a salary to one campaign official and personal expenses for himself. His co-defendants were not pardoned.”

            https://apnews.com/article/steve-bannon-trump-pardons-broidy-66c82f25134735e742b2501c118723bb

            1. It is amazing how you, WK, and Sarcasmic are of no original thought and do whatever you can to show fealty to Reason’s stances. It is sad and pathetic really.

              1. We are all hanging out daily at Reason, reading their articles and commenting on them. I happen to like and support Reason, which is way less sad and pathetic than spending all your time at a website you don’t like.

              2. You mean libertarians agree with a libertarian-leaning magazine? The horror!!!!

            2. De Oppresso Liber
              January.19.2021 at 8:07 pm

              R Mac, are you stupid? Or just disingenuous? Mother is on my do not reply list since she went full anti-Semite.

              I have never said anything remotely antisemitic or racist, you lying fuck.

              You disgusting dishonest little turd. How fucking dare you make that slimebag accusation.
              I want an apology and I’m going to continue making your time here completely fucking miserable until you do.

          2. Nope. More like Reason is a relatively tiny organization with limited staff, and Reason is not a newspaper.

            1. No shit Reason’s not a newspaper. They aren’t even a very good Twitter aggregator. AFAICT nearly all the best parts of Reason were unpaid and left during the exodus.

              1. You do realize that this blog isn’t one of Reason’s main outputs, don’t you? Even though we all spend a lot of time here, it’s somewhat of a sideline for them.

    2. Thank god we’ve returned to normal.

      1. So much decency.

    3. Is it too late to “like” Mackey?

    4. This prosecution over a meme is insane when democrats have similar videos listed as parody that do the same in 2020.

      Democrat AGs are now making memes illegal. That’s what this case is. He did not direct or target any segment of voters. He posted a picture to the internet.

      1. No they are making non progressive approved memes illegal

        1. Yeah, that’s essentially what it is.

          I remember those memes, and some of them were fucking hilarious in their satire, particularly the ones that promoted sending women into combat for Hillary’s foreign wars. That guy didn’t end up on WaPo’s Top 100 Influencer list for no reason.

          Like I said last night when Jesse posted this in the Chicago teachers’ union thread, it’s rather ironic that he’s being prosecuted for predicting the Democrats’ 2020 campaign strategy.

        2. It is of upmost importance for communist that everyone adhere to the message of the party. Deviation is not allowed.

        3. Comedy is hate speech. Sarcasm is disavowed. Memes are disinformation for the masses. Mocking is too nuanced as to be understood to not be truth. We must be protected from the influence of funny, hit piece memes.

          1. “Mocking is too nuanced as to be understood….”

            Uh oh.

      2. He did not direct or target any segment of voters. He posted a picture to the internet.

        Unless Google or Twitter targeted those ads at specific segments of voters. In which case they would be resp… BWAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

        *wipes tear*
        Sorry, I couldn’t do it.

    5. If this case isn’t quietly dropped before, I’ll be shocked if it survives a motion to dismiss.

    6. it is amazingly stupid to make such wild claims and note they are going after him for “fraud” from when Hillary lost. they are still looking for ways to make her a legitimate president so as to erase Trump from history. Its also alarming that they are looking for such minor implausible voter fraud from 2016 but refuse to look at voter fraud from 2020. but as Tucker Carlson said last night they are now going after wrong think and thats all this is.

  14. oodles of ordering various agencies and departments to prepare reports

    So, President Biden has decided that the benefit of those jobs outweighs the cost of the carbon footprint of those reports.

    1. All printed on paper.

      1. Sleepy doesn’t like to read directly from the interwebs.

      2. at least they don’t need carbon paper any more.

    2. Trump was the last president the USA will have for awhile. El presidente biden is the token in charge of the banana republic until civil war 2.0 gets sorted out.

  15. It does make a few concrete changes right away. One of those is the order to “pause new oil and natural gas leases on public lands or in offshore waters pending completion of a comprehensive review and reconsideration of Federal oil and gas permitting and leasing practices.”

    Good thing increased heating costs don’t affect Biden or anyone in his income bracket.

    1. It went along great with his order to stop all old and existing contracts too

    2. comprehensive review and reconsideration”
      in government speak this means
      “how much will you pay for the permit$$$$$.”

    3. Sounds like good news for coal producers.

  16. With the congress fully occupied with the historical first trial of a private citizen, it regrettably is necessary, for a short time, for the emperor to rule by decree.
    As soon as the senate agrees to the predetermined verdict, the nation can return to normal processes of one party rule.

    1. No one worked harder to decimate the other major party than said private citizen.

      1. Is that why he is on trial?

        1. He’s on trial for attempting to thwart the constitution.

          1. Agreed

            1. …by having people breach the Capitol WHILE he was still speaking and with him making precisely zero requests for anything outside of patriotic protests?

              Again, these same Dems did not give the first iota of a damn when cities burnt all summer. They get a bit scared and it’s “drag out the machine gun nests”!

              Make Politicians Afraid Again.

              1. No by failing to follow his oath to uphold the Constitution and exercise a peaceful transfer of power. He had every right to ask for recounts and to make court challenges, but when he lost those his oath required him to step back an accept a peaceful transfer of power.

                1. I agree with that, but the article of impeachment is for inciting (which he didn’t do) an insurrection (which it wasn’t).

                  1. If he did not incite the insurrection then he sailed right up to inciting it. I say judgment call here.
                    What happened on January 6th was more than a riot. I understand that the term insurrection is loaded, but what happened was more than a riot, which is usually just uncontrolled destruction.
                    I would hope you would agree that at those involved should be charged with trespassing, destruction of property and bodily harm that included the lose of life.

                    1. If it is a judgement call them it is protected by the 1A per juris prudence. It has to be a clear cut call with intent to commit a crime before it loses 1A protections.

                2. He should’ve led his intel committee to lie to courts to spy on the upcoming admin?

                  You keep forgetting that Trump sure as shit did not get a peaceful transfer and Biden personally was behind it.

          2. De Oppresso Liber
            January.19.2021 at 8:07 pm

            R Mac, are you stupid? Or just disingenuous? Mother is on my do not reply list since she went full anti-Semite.

            I have never said anything remotely antisemitic or racist, you lying fuck.

            You disgusting dishonest little turd. How fucking dare you make that slimebag accusation.
            I want an apology and I’m going to continue making your time here completely fucking miserable until you do.

        2. He’s on trial because:
          a) Congress members don’t take kindly to having their workplace invaded by a violent mob. Who would.
          b) The Democrats want to score political points.

          1. But the liquor store owner has no recourse when the mob burns it down.

            1. I suppose that is supposed to call me out for my support of left-wing riots. The problem there is that I don’t support left-wing riots.

              1. You supposed wrong.

    2. Check your history Trump is not the first private citizen impeached.

      1. Not saying I disbelieve you, but do you have a cite? More details?

        1. Secretary of War William Belknap (1876)

          1. He resigned. His term didn’t end.

            1. No but he was tried in the Senate as a private citizen, which is what the original comment mentioned.
              Also Belknap was both impeached and tried as a private citizen, while President Trump was in office when he was impeached. Like Belknap he will be a private citizen at the time of impeachment.

              Because the original drafter and signers of the Constitution required removal of office, before imposing a limit on ever running again, it seems they must have envisioned this scenario.

              1. Who cares. Democrats dont follow the law and started civil war 2.0

                The more fantasy impeachments democrats make up just shows how great Trump was as the last president this republic had. Its a banana republic now.

      2. Any impeachments have a juror presiding over it as well?

        I mean, they aren’t even following the known procedure for doing an impeachment…

        1. It’s debatable. Justice Roberts is clearly required for the impeachment of a sitting President, but the Democrat’s argument is that Trump is no longer President.

          1. …so just make up the rules?

            Sounds totes legit.

          2. Roberts refused to preside so the Democrats had to admit this is not a legitimate impeachment.

        2. In the first impeachment last year Senator Ron Johnson (WI) was a potential witness and yet he was allowed to vote for acquittal.
          Also note that while Chief Justice presided in the first trial, he powers were very limited. The rules of a Senate trial are set by the Senate and not the presiding officer. If you watch the proceeding keep an eye on the Senate Parliamentarian as they will be instructing the presiding officer on what to say and do throughout.

      3. Because something previously happened doesn’t mean it is constitutional. Check your legal theory.

        1. You just shifted the goal posts, but whatever. Longtobefree asserted it was a first, and nobody made an assertion about constitutionality.

          1. They weren’t his goal posts.

  17. “Cancel culture” is more aptly described as “snitch culture.”

    Where’s my sammich, bitch?

    1. Reason pretends she didn’t do someone over a comment.

      1. “RT to help ensure (redacted)’s prospective employers know this when they search for (redacted)’s name”

  18. OMG! Yesterday was absolutely disastrous for Reason.com’s benefactor Charles Koch and the other richest people on the planet.

    28 of the top 30 wealthiest people lost money yesterday.

    Fortunately we once again have a President who’s on the same side as billionaires, Wall Street, and multinational corporations. Biden will punish the alt-right GamerGate reddit trolls who orchestrated this financial crime, and make sure it never happens again.

    #InDefenseOfBillionaires

    1. It’s the SleepyJoe economy.

      1. Despite this terrifying attack on our financial system, I guarantee Mr. Koch and other billionaires will prosper under President Biden to a far greater extent than they did under Orange Hitler.

        #GetReadyForTheKochComeback

        1. Billionaires gotta Billionaire.

  19. But executive overreach isn’t the solution to political polarization. Executive overreach causes political polarization. Government overreach in general causes political polarization.

    In a well-functioning democratic system, you know your side losing an election might mean some changes or bring some policies you don’t like, but the stakes don’t reach into every aspect of your life. The changes, when they come, will be well-fought-over and incremental (as using government force to make things happen in a pluralistic society must be). New administrations aren’t coming in like some home makeover TV show host, ready to immediately tear down everything the previous occupant put up and then swiftly impose their own singular vision of what the country should look like.

    No no no. Government does this, whether quicker by executive orders or slower by legislation. The bigger government gets, the more it intrudes into daily life, and the more it pays for people to mind other people’s business than their own. Better to sic government on other people before they sic government on you.

    This is zero sum. If the others are pushing you down the field, your are not pushing back hard enough. The only possible compromise is stalemate. Think USSR. People pretended to work and government pretended to pay.

    Bernie will be right at home, waiting for tasty bread to be delivered to his door, because he is one of the elite who only enjoy seeing bread lines, not waiting in them.

    1. But at least they were able to explain how trump getting rid of regulations wasn’t that great in articles earlier this year.

      1. What, specifically, are you referring to?

        1. Their articles dismissing deregulation as not that great.

          Are you truly an idiot?

          https://reason.com/2017/01/30/trumps-executive-order-on-regulations-is/

        2. Now your next new comment will be “They said Trump did deregulate better than other presidents” yet you’ll dismiss the tone of the articles, especially the last one.

          1. The tone of that last article was pretty matter of fact. Not one screed or snide aside or throwing shade in the whole thing.

            You may be a tad over-sensitive to criticisms of Trump.

            1. And so might you, in just the opposite direction.

  20. “Another day, another flurry of executive actions from new President Joe Biden. Yesterday’s orders included one on “Tackling the Climate Crisis at Home and Abroad,” a behemoth that features new bureaucracy creation and international summits interspersed with pledges to tackle everything from minority representation in certain business sectors to union job creation under the mantle of climate change.”

    But no mean tweets!

    1. It’s not about the mean tweets. Just look at the reactions to the GME short selling scandal. That’s how deeply in bed the aristocrats are with each other, and Reason writers are either in the orgy or (more likely) aspiring to it. Orange man is bad because he threatened the profits of some billionaires and the administrative power of some bureaucrats. Mean tweets are just an excuse.

      1. Reason writers are just peeking in the window while touching themselves.

        1. They’re mandarins.
          They can’t be powerful, but they can aspire to vicarious thrill by serving the powerful.

          1. Scrubbing the King’s balls comes with the added privilege of also being granted permission to suck the King’s balls.

            You eat what you kill, and there is nothing more free market than that.

  21. “Cancel culture” is a terrible term seeking to describe two distinct problems.

    Snitch culture: never before have so many people on the right and left felt comfortable trying to get people in trouble with their bosses.

    An employer-side confusion about the meaning and power of social media outrage that leads them to fire people because of bullshit.

    ENBrown is an example of “on the right”

    1. Snitch culture: never before have so many people on the right and left felt comfortable trying to get people in trouble with their bosses.

      Well, sure they have. It’s a standard feature of authoritarian regimes.

      I mean, really–can anyone honestly take a look at the last 20 years and NOT come to the conclusion that this is what we’ve become now? What’s the point in complaining that “the republic is done” when it may not even be worth preserving in its current form as it is? At the rate we’re going, I’ll be shocked if this country makes it out of the 20s still intact.

      Tom Hanks and his wife getting Greek passports was the “firebell in the night”–when the elites start making preparations to bug the fuck out, that’s a pretty good sign that they know a collapse is imminent.

  22. It has been amazing watching democrat after democrat defend jobs killed in energy production with such dismissiveness.

    Inslee:
    “Listen, the other side wants to shackle people to a past of an area of declining jobs. This is a reality. We do not want to shackle our children to the dead weight of jobs that aren’t going to exist 30 years from now. We want to give our kids the jobs that are growing, and this is — the number one job creation engine is clean energy. And I couldn’t be more tickled. Look, this is a hallelujah moment from my view. We have crossed the desert of denial and deception about climate change and we have a president who understands how to create jobs and he’s doing that big-time today.”

    This is after Kerry and Biden saying they had to kill jobs to create jobs. This is after the ex governor of Michigan was promoted to bidens cabinet for green job management even though her own policies resulted in under 5% of state job grants actually not going to bankrupt companies in Michigan, leading to no jobs created.

    This is the shit that reason would rather have than mean tweets. Congratulations.

    1. John kerry:

      “The president of the United States has expressed in every comment he has made about climate the need to grow the new jobs that pay better, that are cleaner,” Kerry responded, emphasizing that Biden intends to “do what needs to be done to deal with this crisis.”

      “What President Biden wants to do is make sure those folks have better choices, that they have alternatives, that they can be the people to go to work to make the solar panels,” Kerry said.

      1. Plus, they get to work with hazardous materials!

      2. These assholes believe that middle class workers are identical and interchangeable.

        Like Biden said on the campaign trail (paraphrasing here) – “If your back is strong enough to mine coal, you can program a computer”.

        They actually believe this shit.

        1. how many programmers are needed. far fewer than needed to mine and build a nation

          1. And as AI becomes more advanced, the demand for programmers will wane.

      3. Lulz. So, he wants them to be Chinese.

    2. Learn to code solar panels, bitch.

      1. I wonder if these politicians know how dirty and energy-intensive solar panel manufacturing is.

        Strip mining quartz (silica), coal (to get the oxides out of the silica),
        and rare earth metals (with mildly radioactive waste products).

        Then there’s the induction furnaces to strip the oxides (by-product – lots of CO2), and the distillation columns to further purify the silica.

        1. They don’t know, and if they know — they don’t care. All they know and care about for certain is that they have a lot of friends at the ready, prepared to start manufacturing solar panels with government subsidies (our money) and some really cushy stock options in their “green business” portfolios tied to the very same companies (all just a coincidence, I’m sure).

          This is Solyndra all over again, but on a much more massive scale.

        2. its really not about being green its about controlling energy usage and those in favored status get to use the private jets while the rest are limited to ground transport and limit where they can go.

    3. Yeah, who the fuck wants a high-paying job that lasts only 30 years?

      1. The CCP plans their economy a thousand years in advance, which is why Uncle Same needs to plan ten thousand years in advance just to stay competitive. If we’re not anticipating the job market in this country ten thousand years from now, why bother making any projections at all? That’s just not competitive. A mere thirty years on a geologic timescale is equivalent to the blink of an eye.

    4. If you’d ever worked in the energy industry especially pipelines you’d know how normal it is for jobs to come and go. And in this instance the trucking and rail industry would presumably pick up the business of transporting the oil. These industries don’t actually give two fucks about the jobs anyway. For these guys it’s always about the profit. If a robot could build a pipeline these oil companies would use the robot. But they’ll pretend like they actually care about jobs until that robot comes along.

      1. You’ve never actually talked to an employer.

        1. Too dangerous. He might get hired.

          1. LMAO. Not likely.

      2. And truck and rail is far worse for the environment, have a larger carbon footprint and far more spills. Good job there fuckhead.

        1. And increased costs which gets pushed into the consumer, hurting the lower middle class and the poor the most.

          1. He doesn’t care.

        2. Why are you calling him a “fuckhead”. He didn’t express any approval or disapproval of Biden’s policies. He just gave his insights into the energy industry.

          1. Yes, he did.

            1. Please quote the part of his comment where he said he approves of Biden’s oil pipeline policy.

              1. You don’t even care about actually arguing things anymore. You and sarcasmic jump into threads and immediately start just going after perceptions of how people on your side are treated. Strazzle, like you, has a long history here. There isn’t a reset function every night at midnight.

              2. “[Y]ou’d know how normal it is for jobs to come and go.”

                Oh, how nice. Doesn’t really matter if the government nukes your livelihood with the stroke of a pen because, you know, jobs come and go.

                Fuck off, retard.

                1. That was an insight into the impact the policy will have. It was not an endorsement.

                  1. It was dismissive of the impact the policy will have.

                    Hand-waving away the negative consequences of a policy is one way to support it, de facto.

                    1. No, it isn’t. His position could well be, “I don’t support it, but the impact won’t be as bad as some people say it will be.”

                      It’s called nuance.

                    2. Based upon his long posting history and total devotion to Democrats, I doubt it. I called him a fuckhead based upon my past experiences and his myopic statement above. A completed job is something you can plan for. Most have other jobs already lined up, totally different from this scenario. And he has celebrated the death of the oil industry in past posts, so taken with that knowledge and his partisan leanings, which have been well documented, I made an educated guess as to his intent.

      3. If you’d ever worked in the energy industry especially pipelines you’d know how normal it is for jobs to come and go.

        There’s a big difference between a job being completed and the government abruptly shutting it down.

        1. Yes, when a job is complete, you can move on to the next job. When the government cancels your job by executive fiat, in the time it takes to scribble a signature, chances are there’s probably no “next job” either.

      4. they already use robots in pipeline construction but it takes people to build them and program them and load them and repair them and watch them. My step dad used to tell me for every job replaced by a robot requires three more people to build/repair etc of the robot and the good thing about those jobs is they are often better and safer than the job that was replaced by a robot.

        1. No pipeline, no robots, no people to fix the robots.

      5. So you worked in the energy industry? Do you still? Are you now? You speak for an entire industry? Based on what? Spouting baseless crap is what I see here. Come on Man!!! Why waste the energy posting this? Go green, save the electrical energy and save us all from your stupid, made up, biased posts.

  23. And it directs officials to ensure that “federal funding is not directly subsidizing fossil fuels.”

    I guess those po people who rely on federally-funded programs to pay for home heating oil can burn Biden campaign signs instead. Or learn to code.

    1. Also, US military to switch to sail boats and hang gliders.

      1. Do they have anyone left that can operate those things?

        1. Bicycles. With armor.

      2. The Navy sailing ship USS Constitution is still on active duty.
        Unlike its namesake.

        1. Nice. Cool boat too.

  24. Alas, this seems to be our new political normal, where Congress basically only exists to approve budgets and hold show hearings against disfavored industries, the president governs unilaterally through executive directives,

    What Biden is doing is not normal ENB. He is unique. Nearly 40 EOs his first 2 weeks. Stop trying to claim the choices you and your other editors made is just a continuation. Biden was open about this shit and you ignored it.

    1. You truly are amazing in your ability to tell what people think and feel not by what they do, but by what they don’t do. You see inaction and are able to write an entire book about what the person means when they don’t do what you want them to do, or don’t say what you want them to say. There’s a word for that. Let me think. It starts with an s and ends with n. Drawing a blank here.

      1. Smart?

      2. Lol. And you prove my assertion from yesterday that more often than not you are the one who starts shit.

        Ask most of the posters here what their thoughts are. Youre just in desperation mode after being so one sided with your thread shitting hyperbolic strawman arguments against the gop the last 2 years that you are trying to save any semblance of your arguments as valid.

        Biden was open about this shit. The dnc was open about this shit. Aoc was open about this shit. The elites were open about this shit. But you focused your ignorant rage on the same people they did. Youre a part of them. Youre the useful idiot they need to gain power.

        There is no saving yourself. Your choices helped shape what is happening now. Deal with it.

        1. Did you bother to check that link where I supposedly outed myself? You highlight the sarcasmic, paste it into anything, and you’ll have ” sarcasmic” with a leading space.

          Now I know this contradicts your entire world view, so I doubt you will accept or believe it or even check, but that’s proof that an imposter (Tulpa most likely) pretends to be me and others.

          Being positive proof, I am now absolutely positive that you will not verify, because then you’d have to admit to being wrong.

          You’ll never do that. Ever.

          1. Here it is.

            https://reason.com/2020/11/16/i-won-the-election-tweets-trump-as-legal-losses-stack-up/#comment-8587318

            Highlight my name, paste it into notepad or whatever, and you’ll see a space. It isn’t me.

            1. C’mon, somebody verify this so I don’t look insane.

            2. Verified. Tulpa (or someone) used a leading space to spoof your name.

              Reason IT is never going to fix anything. Sigh.

              1. “spoof” is too kind of a word. People who I got along with hate me now because of things I never said. It sucks.

                1. It’s sad because the commentariat used to be a place for brilliant, often witty political conversation. And Reason could do a lot by making a few changes to the comment system, and a little more investment in moderation.

                  But they apparently don’t care. One of the high-level executives told me that they realize the comments section has turned into a shit hole, but they dealt with it by making the comments hidden by default.

                  1. We don’t give them money, so why should they care? Sad but true.

                    I’m about ready to drift away. Feel free to email me, I set up this account simply for Reason. sarcasmic966@gmail.com

                    I’ve eaten roasted meat and shot guns with folks I’ve met here, well, before it went to shit.

                    1. Understand if you feel like checking out of the commentariat. Will miss the intelligent conversation.

                    2. Don’t pretend Sarcasmic and WK that you haven’t fully contributed with your schticks, to what the comment section has become. You are as guilty as Jesse et al, if not more so. Not as guilty as Sqrsly but that takes a lot.

                    3. Nope, you really did not see the history of how things went down.

                  2. You cloned my name dummy.

                    You have never been witty, neither has sarcasmic.

                    You’ve also never been brilliant. You let the hatred of a politicians appearance outweigh any valid discussion on his actual actions. That is on you and the other lefty idiots here.

                  3. My local newspaper dealt with it by removing the online comments from its digital edition.

          2. It doesn’t fucking matter if you’re sqrsly or not. Just like it doesn’t matter if someone called Karen is actually named Karen.

            Youre a fucking tool who is ignorant to reality, is very very biased against one side, but then acts sanctimonious about your own behavior. Your a thread shitter just like sqrsly, you lost the same leftist narratives as sqrsly, so it doesn’t fucking matter if you truly are him or not.

            You have the exact same infantile arguments.

            And once again, you refuse to even address my posts above that have nothing the fuck to do with you. Just a few weeks ago you were decrying how emotional conservative posters are, yet look at you child.

            You openly attacked one side last year. You didn’t do the other side. That shows a preference whether you admit it or not. You called everyone you disliked a trump cultist for a year and continued with even calling red rocks a troll this week.

            Youre an ignorant sanctimonious useful idiot who only cosplays as a libertarian.

            Youre more outraged at me and my comments about Reasons behavior than what the DNC is doing to all Americans. That’s the sad part. But you’re too sanctimonious to get it.

            1. Do I owe you money for that psychoanalysis?

              1. Just pay it forward.

            2. That post of yours is pretty funny, actually. You’re saying that even if I can prove that an imposter is saying things in my name, that it doesn’t matter because I’m a poo-poo head.

              I can’t think of a single time you actually addressed something I said without making it a personal attack.

              Go back to high school. You’ll fit in much better than in the real world where nobody likes you.

              1. “I can’t think ….”

                Agreed.

            3. Now if there was a single, honest bone in your body you’d follow that link and apologize, now that it has been proven that an imposter pretends to be me.

              But you won’t. Because you’re a despicable liar with no friends.

              You’ve got a chance to prove otherwise.

              1. You can shit on JesseAZ all you want about the pop psychoanalysis, but you really do fucking need it.

                You are constantly getting into these long, contentious, overly poetic struggles with strangers on the internet …. trying to prove your virtue, crying that your virtue isn’t being recognized, screaming that you actually have nothing to prove, demanding proof and apologies, etc.

                Pathological leftism compels to constantly seek approval. Not that watching you constantly breakdown isn’t fun … but shit.

                1. I take it you didn’t follow the link and check the username, because if you did it would confirm that I’m correct. Can’t have that.

                  1. See, you’re doing it. Again.

                    1. Yeah, trying to prove my innocence is an impossible endeavor when the accusers refuse to view the evidence.

                    2. Innocence? This is an anonymous internet forum, you fucking simp.

                    3. Tell you what GG. When some imposter starts spouting bullshit in your name, and people shower you with hate for things you never said, tell me how it doesn’t matter.

                    4. It doesn’t matter. Fucking child.

                    5. I suppose it doesn’t matter to you since you’re only here to be a dick. Which says more about you than me.

                    6. LOL. you think your innocence on a board matters. That is pathetic. Why not stop crying about your fake sanctimony and begin discussions on actual things that matter like the current actions being taken by government. Something you haven’t done in almost 2 years.

                    7. You say I’m full of shit when I claim I’ve been hacked, and now that I prove it it doesn’t matter because [insert personal attack here].

                      To any observer you’re a piece of shit, JesseAz. I hope you know that.

                2. Translation: You interjected a contrary opinion into the daily conservative/Trump fan opinion bubble/echo chamber/bitchfest/group therapy sesssion/circle jerk. HOW DARE YOU!

                  1. Only person that mentioned Trump was you, leftist shitbag.

                3. He responded to my comment 3 times. Must have really hit home that time.

            4. It doesn’t fucking matter if you’re sqrsly or not.

              Yup and this sums up Jesse right here. He doesn’t argue against actual distinct people with different viewpoints, he argues against a stereotype in his head that he projects onto everyone he dislikes. So it *literally* doesn’t matter if he is responding to Sqrsly or sarcasmic or me or White Knight or Tony or Buttplug or anyone else he disagrees with. His response is the same, because the opponent he is arguing against is the same – the stereotype in his head. We are not human beings to him, we are simply blank canvases for him to project his dishonesty on to.

      3. Fuck off, leftist shitbag.

      4. I mean God damn alcoholic, you can’t even denounce the two quotes I posted. You instead become completely defensive of any attack on democrats or the people who basically hand waived away their open desires such as Reason.

        Youre such a flawed ignorant person.

        1. I don’t denounce on cue like a seal with a beach ball. I ain’t your puppet. Fuck off.

          1. Motherfucker. We all read your bullshit here. You are a puppet, but because your leftist shitbag handlers let you stick your hand up your own ass, you start to think you have some agency.

            You are broken. Forever.

        2. I’m just pointing out that your “They didn’t say anything about what I feel to be important, and their silence means [insert strawman here]” routine is getting really fucking old.

      5. Still waiting for Jesse to denounce raping nuns with pineapples. Haven’t ever seen him do that. He must be in favor of it!

        1. If he denounces it now he’s just backpedding away from his obvious support of raping nuns with pineapples. He owns it. He’s a pineapple rapist.

          1. OMG, if I had a dollar for every time I have said something critical about Democrats and JesseAz has chimed in and said, “You’re lying.”

            1. He’s not honest. It’s that simple.

            2. If you had a dollar for every negative comment about the DNC you’d have maybe 2 dollars. You only do it when backed into a corner.

              Here’s the thing dummies…

              I denounced Trump’s actions I disagreed with in the very thread those topics came up in. You don’t. You wait until you’re backed into a corner.

        2. A) I denounce it.

          B) I have denounced it in every thread in which it was a topic.

          C) You can not denounce BLM violence in threads about BLM violence.

          What don’t you idiots get?

          1. A) I denounce it.

            But what about raping nuns with broomsticks? Have you denounced that? I think not! How evil!

  25. It’s comeback time (sigh):

    Even after your entire article where you realize what the democeats are doing as bad, you’re more emotional about Hawley? Lol. God damn.

    1. So a partisan group donates their own money to help a partisan against other partisans witch hunts? What are we supposed to be upset about again?

  26. “New administrations aren’t coming in like some home makeover TV show host, ready to immediately tear down everything the previous occupant put up and then swiftly impose their own singular vision of what the country should look like.”

    Oh, ENB, you are so regressive. And naive.

    The essence of activism is drastic immediate change, imposed on not just those who oppose new policies but also the apathetic. And as we have redefined politics–and the role of government–in the US, a complete make-over is exactly what the mob demands.

  27. Alas, this seems to be our new political normal, where Congress basically only exists to approve budgets and hold show hearings against disfavored industries, the president governs unilaterally through executive directives, and every few years a new administration will use its new executive pens and paper to undo everything the former one just did.

    Welcome to the “Ceaserism” phase of our Republic. Where the executive holds all the real power but keeps the legislature around so that people still have some thin veneer of democracy and so that there’s someone else for the executive to blame when shit goes wrong.

    1. Next comes the party boat and a horse being appointed to the Senate.

        1. Are these the witty comments WK mentioned above?

          1. It’s me offering a cool song to cool people. So obviously it wasn’t meant for you.

  28. https://twitter.com/MattWalshBlog/status/1354641040758763521
    Anyone still pretending that cancel culture isn’t real might want to consider this case. A baby sleep training expert has been boycotted and attacked ruthlessly after someone [a business competitor] dug through FEC records and found out she donated to Trump. They even posted her address online.

  29. https://twitter.com/MattWalshBlog/status/1354594480725307401

    Porn Hub profits off of rape and child porn for years and the feds do nothing about it. But a shitposter tweets some Taylor Swift memes and they want to put him in federal prison for a decade. The enforcement of law in this country is based on nothing but the whims of the elites.

  30. https://twitter.com/JackPosobiec/status/1354784999585804293

    Appears
    @RobinhoodApp
    has suspended trading on GameStop, AMC, NOK, and others

    Going the
    @TDAmeritrade
    route

    They got Yellen’s message…

    1. It’s just horrible that the proles caused a hedge fund to lose money.
      And by horrible I mean funny.

    2. Surely this counts as market manipulation, right?

      1. Dave Portnoy will be praising Belichick from prison now

    3. Remember when the Left claimed to dislike hedge fund dicks who manipulate the market and use that to fuck people over royally?

      I remember.

      1. Pepperidge Farms remembers.

  31. https://twitter.com/JackPosobiec/status/1354780405078093825

    Biden’s UN Ambassador Nominee Defends Past Praise of China

  32. New York Times Op Ed Writer On Iranian Issues Arrested For Being an Iranian Agent

    Poor Commie Times. They employed an Iranian agent to push their Iranian propaganda.

    How many agents against America does unreason employ?

  33. Federal Judge in Texas Issues Injunctive Relief Blocking Biden Administration’s Move to Halt Deportations

    Poor Lefties and el presidente Biden. Its not fun now that federal district judges can issue nationwide injunctions and the federal appellate courts are controlled by RINOs.

  34. While the Elite Are Trying to Come Down on Redditors, Maybe People Should Be Looking at What Pelosi Just Did

    According to a financial disclosure form that Pelosi filed, Nancy Pelosi and/or her husband purchased 25 call options on Tesla Inc. at a stake price of $500, with an expiration of March 18, 2022, paying between $500,000 and $1,000,000 for the options.

    They’ve gone up from $640.34 over this time to $890 as of today, which means they’re worth $1.12 million, according to Money Control.

    So here’s where that’s a problem. Remember what a stink Democrats raised over the alleged insider trading of Sen. Kelly Loeffler (R-GA) and Sen. David Perdue (R-GA)?

    Pelosi/her husband made this stock move last month. Now listen to what Biden pledged yesterday.

    President Biden on Monday pledged to transition the U.S. Government vehicle fleet with electric vehicles as part of his “Buy American” executive order aimed at refocusing federal procurement on domestic-made products.

    “The federal government also owns an enormous fleet of vehicles, which we’re going to replace with clean, electric vehicles made right here in America by American workers, creating millions of jobs — a million autoworker jobs in clean energy — and vehicles that are net-zero emissions,” Biden said during a speech announcing the initiative.

    Shares of electric-vehicle makers Workhorse and Lordstown were up as much as 10 percent in early pre-market trading Tuesday, Tesla was also higher.

    But yeah, our tyrannical “leaders” are not stealing from taxpayers.

    1. .. electric vehicles made right here in America by American workers,..
      And the tell is it doesn’t say union workers.

      1. Do these idiots not realize that our electrical grid will fail miserably if electric cars really take off?

        1. Yes

        2. The democrats knew what shutting businesses would do to the US economy too.

          The commies trying to run this banana republic are trying to destroy america so force is the order of the day.

    2. Hey, swanky new electric SUVs all around. Courtesy of Joe Taxpayer.

      But look at the jobs we helped keep by buying stuff for ourselves with your dough.

  35. 100 days after Biden’s inauguration is the seasonal low for the ‘ro.

    https://twitter.com/OBusybody/status/1354635041649909760

    Recently,
    @Hold2LLC
    made a great chart showing the historical seasonality of coronaviruses (based on Hope-Simpson) & how well Cv19 follows that pattern

    I’ve reproduced that chart with an important date added

    Remember this when people claim lockdowns, masks, & policies saved us

    1. SleepyJoe is managing the hell out of the virus.

  36. https://twitter.com/Humble_Analysis/status/1354575860540424193

    California has had more Covide deaths per million than Florida for both seniors and those under 65 – it is just Florida’s higher elderly population which makes their overall number appear worse.

    What, exactly, did California gain from their months of hysteria?

    1. If we’re lucky, we’ll get rid of Newsom.

  37. Opinion: For Conservatives, Our Republican “Allies” Are Far More Dangerous Than Our Leftist Enemies

    A whole bunch of RINOs and LINOs outed themselves for the Commies or Commie sympathizers that they are during Trump’s Administration.

    Poor unreason staff, Mitt Romney, G.W. Bush…

  38. https://twitter.com/Wordsmithery_me/status/1354721690081755136

    I couldn’t have made this up

    On Holocaust Remembrance Day, UK Government announced Covid Camps into which apparently healthy British citizens will be interned. No end date for this practice was announced.

    I am terrified of this Government.

    1. We are all in Covid camp.

    2. It’s funny to see the debate over the condition of the hotel rooms like the government buying hotel rooms and deciding who stays there bears no resemblence to fascism.

  39. https://twitter.com/AlexBerenson/status/1354800758328332290

    Lost in the desperate public health push for the vaccines is the reality that the ro is once again not cooperating. The third wave in the US clearly peaked weeks ago. Positive tests are down 40% and hospitalizations almost 20%…

  40. Tom Cotton Blasts Dems for Maintaining Troops at the Capitol Despite There Being No Credible Threat

    No way the Party of slavery and RINOs give up this massive police power strength. Add in endless America pussies being scared of a virus less deadly than Influenza and we are in a state of war with Lefties.

    1. Midwest burned down? No biggie
      Congresspeople scared? Break out machine gun nests!

      1. People against guns and walls surround themselves with guns and walls.

        Guns and walls for me not for thee

  41. Is it odd that a President with his party in control of both Houses is setting records for executive order usage which he labelled as what a dictator does during the campaign?

    1. el presidente Biden is the right kind of Hitler.

      Trump was the wrong kind of “Hitler”.

      1. Look, it’s loveconstitution1789 showing his face!

        https://reason.com/2020/12/29/texas-congressmans-lawsuit-says-mike-pence-has-the-unilateral-authority-to-keep-trump-in-office/#comment-8665746

        “Poor lefties. Jan 6 joint session is gonna be fun to witness trumps second term as president.”

        1. Such astute arguments from someone crying above about personal attacks. LOL.

          1. I didn’t make an argument. It was pure taunting.

            1. Taunting. Haha. Poor commies at unreason.

              Poor el presidente biden cant get no legitimacy.

        2. Ive been here the whole time unreason commies.

          Who would have thought democrat and RINO corruption and treason was so pervasive that election fraud would be accepted and courts would bow out of enforcing constitutional rules.

          Oh yeah me.

          Trump was the last US president. Were a banana republic now. See how this civil war 2.0 pans out for democrats who started both civil wars.

  42. Biden Sends Message to Black Voters: Get To The Back Of The Bus And Wait Your Turn

    What!?! The Party of slavery tricked Black Americans into voting for them and get nothing in return? Party of slavery wanted Black bureaucrats to use election fraud to steal an election and get nothing in return? Say it aint so.

  43. As bad as Biden’s prep work for the Green New Deal was yesterday, the following story also indicates something awful:

    “Biden administration pauses UAE, Saudi arms sales amid broader review”

    https://thehill.com/policy/defense/536172-biden-administration-pauses-uae-saudi-arms-sales-amid-review

    Just as Biden and the Democrats use climate change as a pretense for socialism, they’ll also use cancel culture like objections in foreign policy as an excuse to engage in warmongering.

    Make no mistake about this: Biden kicking the chair out from under those arms sales has nothing to do with punishing the behavior of these governments towards their journalists–or anyone else.

    The purpose of those arm sales was so that Saudi Arabia and the UAE could guarantee their own security against Iranian aggression–so that the United States doesn’t need to guarantee their security anymore.

    The Biden administration’s ultimate objective in stopping these arms sales is to keep the United States as the guarantor of security in the Middle East. If those countries are fully able to defend themselves, in collaboration with Israel and without the USA anymore, the future for foreign adventures in the region would have been bleak.

    Donald Trump losing reelection was an absolute travesty for libertarianism. There were libertarians who wanted him to lose because they didn’t understand what the consequences would be. It’s one thing to make a mistake and learn from it. I’ve made mistakes like that!

    I voted for George W. Bush in 2000 because, from a libertarian perspective, I wanted to repudiate the corruption of the Clinton administration and because George W. Bush had some great libertarian ideas about replacing the socialist welfare state with private charity. I spent most of the next eight years denouncing Bush daily for his socialism, total disregard for Constitution, and his stupidity. What a mistake that was to help contribute to his legitimacy with my vote!

    Being wrong about such things is far, far better than being so stupid or dishonest to believe that the bad choices we made were actually good ones–despite the terrible, terrible consequences. We are quickly coming to a point, where the only libertarians left who remain glad Trump lost are doing so because they’re ignorant, because they’re stupid, because they’re delusional, or because they’re dishonest.

    Trump losing is the biggest political disaster for libertarian capitalists since–certainly since FDR. And before Biden’s terms is over, he may outdo FDR with his awfulness.

    1. SleepyJoe will get us back in the shooting game.

    2. The purpose of those arms sales was so the Saudis could continue to starve and murder Yemenis.

      I voted for George W. Bush in 2000 because, from a libertarian perspective, I wanted to repudiate the corruption of the Clinton administration and because George W. Bush had some great libertarian ideas about replacing the socialist welfare state with private charity.

      LOL you have got to be kidding me. George W. Bush was the guy who coined the term “compassionate conservatism”, which just means using the welfare state towards conservative ends, not replacing it or tearing it down. He was the guy who created the Office of Faith-Based Initiatives *in the White House* to mix government with religious charity on an even deeper level. W had no interest in tearing down the welfare state or replacing it with private charity. He wanted the two to merge. You are an idiot if you voted for W on that basis. ESPECIALLY when there was this guy named Harry Browne running in that same year who was far better than either Idiot W or Lockbox Algore.

      1. If Joe Biden cares so much about the Yemenis, maybe he should have campaigned to be the president of Yemen.

        1. If the Saudis want to murder Yemenis, maybe they can do so on their own dime buying weapons somewhere else.

          1. Just to be clear, you’re saying that if the alternative to the U.S. being the guarantor of security in the Middle East is private defense contractors selling arms to the Saudis, you’d rather have the U.S. be the guarantor of security in the Middle East.

            Were you opposed to the Iraq War?

            1. Why should the US be the guarantor of security in the Middle East, or anywhere other than the US?

              I understand that the Canadian government is eager to sell weapons to the Saudis. Maybe the Saudis can starve and murder Yemenis with Canadian weapons instead.

              1. “Why should the US be the guarantor of security in the Middle East, or anywhere other than the US?

                —-ChemJeff

                ChemJeff is so dumb, he doesn’t understand 1) that selling arms to the UAE and the Saudis is the alternative to the U.S. being the guarantor of security in the Middle East and 2) that I’m clearly against the U.S. being the guarantor of security in the Middle East.

                In addition to all that stupidity, ChemJeff is apparently completely ignorant of what Trump did and didn’t do in the Middle East during the course of this term–and he apparently imagines that defending Trump is defending our role as the guarantors of Middle Eastern security!

                When the Iranians seized our allies’ oil tankers in the Persian Gulf, Trump did nothing. When the Iranians attacked Saudi oil production facilities in Saudi Arabia, Trump did nothing. When the Turks invaded Syria to go after our Kurdish allies, Trump withdrew our troops from harm’s way rather than defend them. The only time Trump retaliated against Iran was when Soleimani ordered an attack on Americans.

                Bahrain, the Saudis, Sudan, the UAE, and pretty much everyone else in the world concluded that Trump was refusing to act as the guarantor of security in the Middle East anymore–which is both why they came together and were normalizing relations with Israel (Iran’s other enemy) and why the Trump admiration approved all those arms sales.

                If ChemJeff knew any of this, it didn’t change anything about what he “thinks”. Because he’s an idiot. Even if he knows something happened, he doesn’t know what it means. It could mean anything! And in ChemJeff’s empty head, selling the UAE and the Saudis arms so they can defend themselves means we’re guaranteeing their security–like when we kicked Saddam Hussein out of Kuwait?

                We’re dealing with an idiot.

                1. Now he will join WK and Sarcasmic in pretending they dislike both sides even though they constantly defend one side and attack the other.

                  It is amazing to watch. All sophists are the same.

                2. 1) that selling arms to the UAE and the Saudis is the alternative to the U.S. being the guarantor of security in the Middle East

                  Selling arms to the UAE and the Saudis is the US being the guarantor of security in the Middle East BY WHO THE US CHOOSES TO SELL WEAPONS TO. We’re picking sides just the same as if we had decided to invade countries ourselves. God dammit Ken you can’t really be this dumb, can you? You don’t really think that the US is being some neutral arms salesman here, do you?

                  The US needs to GET OUT of the Middle East. Let them buy weapons somewhere else. Let them kill each other with their own swords.

                  and 2) that I’m clearly against the U.S. being the guarantor of security in the Middle East.

                  No – AS USUAL, of late, you are just shilling for whatever Trump’s policy was. YOU were the one who brought up Trump, not me. Why can’t you stand on principle, like you at least pretended to do in the past, and leave Trump out of it, and simply say what is right or wrong regardless of who is doing what?

                  You are objecting to Biden’s review of arms sales only because Trump supported the arms sales. That’s it. There is no principle at all involved in your analysis, only rationalizations.

                  1. His points are completely going over your head, and that says more about you than Ken.

        2. It is one thing to believe in sovereignty and non-interventionism. National governments unfortunately have the authority to act like complete assholes. It is quite another to abet and enable other national governments from acting like assholes.

          1. WTF are you talking about?

            Did you just read up a wiki on “Nationalism” or something?

      2. “The purpose of those arms sales was so the Saudis could continue to starve and murder Yemenis.”

        Your cite went missing.
        You.
        Are.
        Full.
        Of.
        Shit.

        1. Love Sevo’s so so intelligent debating skills.

          1. Every bit as intelligent as TDS-addled lefty shits like you and Jeff deserve.
            Want a more intelligent response? Try posting something something which wouldn’t embarrass a 6th grade kid,

        2. I doubt he even realizes he’s regurgitating neocon bullshit.

          1. Who is the one here arguing that the US should remain perpetually mired in the affairs of the Middle East? It certainly isn’t me.

            1. When did you give up on learning to read?
              “…The purpose of those arm sales was so that Saudi Arabia and the UAE could guarantee their own security against Iranian aggression–so that the United States doesn’t need to guarantee their security anymore…”

              1. Remember how we keep saying that he simply doesn’t understand what he reads?

                1. LOL if someone disagrees with the Great Ken Shultz, it’s because they’re illiterate!

                  Remember how you use bad-faith accusations against your opponents in order to avoid discussing the substance of their objections? Like you are doing right now?

                  1. “LOL…”

                    Yep, not the mental ability to understand that there *is* an objective reality.

                    1. I mean, he obviously went off because he doesn’t understand what I wrote.

                      He still doesn’t understand what I wrote.

                      Because he can’t understand it.

                    2. I understand what you wrote, Ken. You are just wrong.

                      Disagreeing with you is not the same as not understanding you.

                      Are you really so arrogant to believe that every word that leaves your keyboard represents an unerring truth that all sentient mortals must subscribe to? That failure to agree with Ken Shultz means mental deficiency? Fuck off with your arrogant asshattery.

                      Why don’t you answer the question, Ken: Why should the US be the guarantor of security in the Middle East? Because that is the unstated assumption in your entire framing of the issue. Why don’t you address that? Because you know that if you did, honestly and forthrightly, it would undercut your entire false framing of your argument. You can’t have that so you resort to Tulpa-level insults.

                    3. I used to respect Ken.

                    4. The other day Ken described his comments as “content” that he contributes to Reason.

                    5. Considering the length of his posts, it doesn’t surprise me that he thinks he’s adding “content.”

                    6. “Why should the US be the guarantor of security in the Middle East, or anywhere other than the US?

                      —-ChemJeff

                      ChemJeff is so dumb, he thinks selling arms to the Saudis and the UAE, so they can defend themselves against Iran, is the U.S. guaranteeing their security.

                      ChemJeff is so dumb, he read what I wrote, and thought that I was in favor of the U.S. guaranteeing the security of the Middle East.

                      That, my friends, is some serious stupid.

                      “I understand what you wrote, Ken. You are just wrong.”

                      —-ChemJeff

                      No, you didn’t. If you still think you did, that just makes it worse.

                    7. Ken, I used to respect you. Your points are typically thought out. But now you’ve become one of those “If you disagree with me then the only explanation is a dearth of intelligence” assholes.

                      Fuck you Ken. Instead of skimming your arguments I will now ignore them.

                    8. “now you’ve become one of those “If you disagree with me then the only explanation is a dearth of intelligence”

                      Over dozens of threads over dozens of weeks, ChemJeff doesn’t understand what he’s reading.

                      He’s probably like 15 years old.

                      The reason I treat ChemJeff like an ignoramus who can’t understand what he reads is because he consistently acts like an ignoramus who can’t understand what he reads–day after day, month after month, thread after thread–always the same thing.

                      There are plenty of people who disagree with me on all sorts of issues for all sorts of reasons that I don’t treat that way–because they’re not ignoramuses who can’t understand what they read. When I say ChemJeff is consistent with that explanation, we’re talking about empirical research. How many times does he need to conform to that before I come to the obvious logical conclusion?

                    9. No, Ken, the reason why you treat me poorly is because I have correctly pointed out that you have lost your way, you are now a Team Red shill, and you can’t stand that. You’d like to pretend you’re standing on principle but all you are doing is standing on a bunch of MAGA hats.

              2. Selling them bombs is still getting involved in their affairs. It’s not as big as fighting their wars for them, but it’s still there. Maybe you should learn to read. Better yet, maybe you should take your nap.

                1. “Selling them bombs is still getting involved in their affairs…”

                  “…Maybe the reason they try to make us feel is because they’re incapable of making us think. It is beyond their capabilities…”

                  1. Do you actually have a logical argument? Or are you just going to spew your usual bullshit around here?

                    1. You’ve been presented with far more than you deserve; obviously, you are not equipped to recognize one.

                    2. No, Sevo, what I’ve done is objected to Ken Shultz’s framing of the issue, presented my arguments in favor, and all you have done is insult and offer nothing of substance.

                      You are an ill-tempered troll who is probably about 90 years old and time for your baby food and nap.

                    3. Ignore him. Sevo has never added anything of substance to any conversation, ever. Going back years all he’s got is “fuck you you lefty piece of shit” and that’s it. It’s like he’s got a thing against southpaws or something. Regardless he isn’t worth the effort.

                    4. “No, Sevo, what I’ve done is objected to Ken Shultz’s framing of the issue, presented my arguments in favor, and all you have done is insult and offer nothing of substance.”

                      Yes, jeff, you’ve presented your “arguments” and if you were capable of critical thought, you’d realize the bullshit you’ve offered has been shredded and jammed back in your face.
                      As Ken has made clear, you are too fucking idiotic to understand logical argument’

                      “You are an ill-tempered troll who is probably about 90 years old and time for your baby food and nap.”
                      And the best you offer in return is some lame reference to my age?
                      How………………
                      pathetic.
                      Fuck off and die; the world will thank your family and stomp on your grave.

                    5. “Ignore him. Sevo has never added anything of substance to any conversation, ever. Going back years all he’s got is “fuck you you lefty piece of shit” and that’s it. It’s like he’s got a thing against southpaws or something. Regardless he isn’t worth the effort.”

                      Yep, thinking is HARD for TDS-addled lefty shits.
                      Fuck off and die.

                    6. Thank you for confirming my point, Sevo. You couldn’t have done a better job.

            2. One time arms sales is perpetual engagement?

              Are you this dumb?

      3. The children are all out. WK, Sarcasmic, Jeff. All with the same vapid defense of anything biden does.

        1. It’s absurd.

          Now they’re neocons, and ChemJeff, at the very least, doesn’t even know it.

        2. They’re unbelievably stupid.

          I think the reason they’re arguing about this isn’t because of the part about foreign policy. It’s the part I wrote about people who wanted Trump to lose being driven by the negative consequences of him losing to either lie, be delusional, or willfully obtuse in regards to the consequences of him losing.

          You mean Trump leaving office is a return to the neoconservative policies of Bush Jr. and Obama–who knew?!

          Um . . . everybody who wasn’t a retard, that’s who.

          If and when Biden pulls the plug on Trump’s full withdrawal deal to get us out of Afghanistan, they’ll lie to themselves and everyone else about that, too–or be honest.

          They’ll tell us it was never a real deal to begin with–because Trump negotiated it or something.

          And it’s really important that we address this stuff–because if we invade and occupy Syria like we did Iraq, it’ll be because of delusional idiots, who thought policy wouldn’t change just because Trump was no longer in office. If we end up in Afghanistan forever, it will be because delusional idiots thought the outcome of the election didn’t matter as much as Trump’s tweets. These idiots need to be excoriated for their stupidity. Their stupidity is the reason these terrible things are happening.

    3. I am always glad to see America *not* selling arms to foreign governments.

      We have a terrible track record of mucking about in the Middle East. I get (falsely) accused of being a liberal, and believing in “top men”. Ken, when you support arms deals with UAE, how is this not you buying into “top men”?

      1. Because I’d rather the UAE and Saudi Arabia defended themselves against Iran and Assad–rather than the USA be the guarantor of security in the Middle East like we’ve been since before Kuwait–that means I believe in “top men”?

        You’re either ignorant, or you’ve lost your mind.

        1. Maybe Saudi Arabia can defend themselves using Canadian or European weapons instead.

          Why does the US have to be party to the Saudis murdering Yemenis?

          1. You seem to be really digging deep on that talking point.

            Remind me what your stance is on any trade sanctions on China even though they are committing genocide again.

          2. Is Toyota a party to all deaths caused by car accidents?

        2. Why should the US be the “guarantor of security in the Middle East”? Answer that question, you pompous fuckhead.

          1. “Why should the US be the “guarantor of security in the Middle East”? Answer that question, you pompous fuckhead.”

            You really should try reading at something more than the 3rd grade level.

            1. You didn’t answer the question, Sevo. Maybe it’s because you have no other tools in your tool kit other than lame insults.

              1. Selling someone something else isn’t guaranteeing them anything past the sale dummy.

                1. Yeah, repelling an Iraqi invasion of Kuwait, and running a no-flyover zone across the north is guaranteeing security in the region.

                  Invading Iraq and occupying it until there are no more insurgents, terrorists, or ISIS fundamentalists is guaranteeing security.

                  Building American ports and air bases all over Saudi Arabia, for American spec equipment, in case the Iranians invade, that’s guaranteeing their security.

                  Giving the Saudis the means to defend themselves so we don’t have to is the opposite of guaranteeing their security.

                  Incidentally, withdrawing our implied security guarantee without leaving them with the means to protect themselves is also the opposite of compassionate. That’s actually mean and nasty.

        3. Not only do you seem to know nothing about how and why we ended up in Kuwait, Iraq, and elsewhere in the Middle East, you seem to be completely ignorant of how we won the Cold War, too.

          Here’s a hint: Selling arms to the Saudis is the alternative to occupying Syria and Iran–like we occupied Vietnam and Iraq. If your hatred of Trump made you so loopy that you’d rather fight a neocon war in the Middle East than sell the Saudis the means to defend themselves (in conjunction with Israel), get some professional help.

          Are you really unaware that the UAE (and Saudi Arabia) reapproaching Israel as an ally is all about the necessity of defending themselves against a belligerent Iran–because Trump refused to defend them unless Americans were targeted?

          Biden is throwing all of that away–why?

          So we engage in more neocon adventurism in the Middle East. The intelligence services, the Pentagon, and the neocons in the Biden administration all agree–the Middle East should be America’s problem to solve militarily.

          Whose side are you on?

          1. “…Whose side are you on?”

            He’ll stand in a bonfire if he can somehow blame Trump for doing otherwise.
            I agree his mental capacity is sorely lacking, but what remains is narrowly focused on TRUMP!!!!!!

            1. Both of you are sad pathetic creatures who do nothing but reflexively defend Trump and blame Biden.

              1. And here it is. exactly what i talked about above with sarcasmic. The fake sanctimony. The only one in this conversation that is against something solely based on who did it is you. You don’t want SA to be sold arms because Trump did it. You disguise it as an issue about Yemeni, but in every China thread you have no problem if people deal with them despite the genocide going on. So your fake sanctimony and values is BS.

                1. When the United States is paying for something with my money, there are ethical considerations about using my money against my will to drop bombs on civilians and innocent bystanders.

                  Someone might point out that we’re not even talking about taxpayer money being used here.

                  If ChemJeff wants to send his money to the government and the Pentagon to help them pay for our wars, he’s free to do so.

                  When American defense contractors sell arms to the Saudis, it doesn’t cost American taxpayers a dime.

                2. You don’t want SA to be sold arms because Trump did it.

                  Bullshit. That is just you once again arguing against the stereotype in your head.

                  On the other hand, you really are a Trump shill, so the only reason you give a shit about Saudis or weapons is because Trump did something about it and you must reflexively defend it.

          2. Here’s a hint: Selling arms to the Saudis is the alternative to occupying Syria and Iran–like we occupied Vietnam and Iraq.

            No, the alternative to selling arms to the Saudis is not selling arms to the Saudis. You’re presenting a false choice as usual.

            How about: No US wars in the Middle East, and if Saudis want to murder their neighbors, they can do so with someone else’s weapons. Sound good to you Ken?

            YOU are the one who wants to keep the US mired into Middle Eastern affairs, not me. YOU are the one who is just reflexively defending Trump and opposing Biden because you’ve turned into a pompous Team Red shill. Well fuck that.

            1. You steaming pile of left shit, read directly below where your (and WKs) self righteousness runs into the realty which neither of you is equipped to understand.
              Besides that,a fuck off and die.

              1. He’s a laughing stock.

                And he doesn’t seem to realize it.

                I think this is like the level of thought around the house, and his 7th grade teacher told him he was really smart or something.

            2. You’re a fucking retard.

              It isn’t just about the arms. It’s about why we’re selling the arms.

              We were selling them arms because we were leaving.

              If Biden doesn’t want to sell them the arms, it isn’t because he’s leaving. It’s because he wants to take care of Iran himself.

              And you needing that explained to you means that you’re probably an ignorant idiot.

              1. If Biden doesn’t want to sell them the arms, it isn’t because he’s leaving. It’s because he wants to take care of Iran himself.

                Oh look, Ken is a mindreader now. This is the kind of crap that proves that you have just become a reflexive Trump booster and reflexive Biden hater.

                Maybe Biden doesn’t want to sell arms to Saudi Arabia because he doesn’t want US weapons used to murder Yemenis. Could that be it, Ken? Oh no, that can’t be it, because Democrats are evil! This is Jesse level of sophomoric reasoning from you, Ken.

                1. LOL… again… all the children with the same exact argument: Sarcasmic, WK, and Jeff.

          3. BTW, this does not auger well for Biden’s support of Trump’s full withdrawal deal from Afghanistan.

            When there’s a clear exit door with flashing lights around it to get us out of the middle of the conflict between Iran, Syria, and the rest of the Middle East, Biden blocks the door–presumably because he doesn’t want us to leave.

            That doesn’t not auger well for his desire to stand by the full withdrawal agreement Trump negotiated and signed with the Taliban. Why would Biden want to stick around in one quagmire and not the other? If you don’t want to get out of one quagmire, why would you want to get out of the other?

      2. “I am always glad to see America *not* selling arms to foreign governments…”
        It takes a certain lefty-shit naivete to assume that ‘arms’ will be developed and produced if there are no buyers for those goods.
        Naah, let’s be honest; it take a fucking lefty ignoramus.
        Now, the US could fund all of that, but then the same fucking lefty ignoramus would whine about the defense budget, right, TDS-addled fucking lefty ignoramus?

        “…Ken, when you support arms deals with UAE, how is this not you buying into “top men”?…”
        I rest my case.

  44. 2020 GDP just came in at NEGATIVE 3.5%.

    Add to the previous three years of 2.1, 2.9 and 2.5% and Trump’s four year economic record is 1.0% – WORST of any four year presidential term since the Great Depression.

    1. Do you mean GDP annual or quarterly growth? Can you cite your source?

    2. Democrats shutting down economies and killing their constituents to own Trump sure paid off well.

    3. Pick them cherries, turd.

      1. Worst economic record since the 1930’s.

        Eat that cherry, Trump-tard.

        1. How much is cherry-picking paying now? Did you get your $15M/W, TDS-addled lefty shit?

        2. Poor commies at unreason.

          Everyone knows that el presidente biden stole the election in nov 2020, so he owns the entire last 4 years of economic growth.

          1. Democrats tanked the economy in 1930s and tanked the economy in 2020.

            Red states are doing great.

            Georgia had no mask mandates and no lockdowns. One of the strongest state economies in the USA.

    4. and that counts the 3 trillion or so in “stimulus” spending and bailouts. the real number would be like negative 20 percent.

  45. Seems to me the real problem here isn’t the Executive Orders or the lack of Congressional action per se, but it is a weakening in the belief of pluralism itself. You know, the old-fashioned idea that elections aren’t the MOST IMPORTANT IN HISTORY and that even if your team doesn’t win, it’s not OMG THE END OF THE WORLD, simply a different team with different priorities that are perhaps not what you support, but defensible in their own way and, *broadly speaking*, there will still be some measure of progress.

    For too long now both Team Red and Team Blue have profited off of the politics of fear, scaring people into voting for their team solely based on demonizing and hyperbolizing the threat that the other team portends. “If you vote for Trump, we will have Handmaid’s Tale in real life!” “If you vote for Biden, we will have gulags and death camps!” I mean it’s ridiculous and over the top, but with the media landscape being what it is – catering to people’s prejudices rather than to any desire to be fully informed – that is the only message that a lot of people here, and we shouldn’t be surprised that a lot of them actually believe it. But we should step back for a moment and realize that the Team Blue/Team Red strategy of using fear to drive votes is just a MARKETING strategy. It’s not reality. Trump was not Literal Hitler and neither is Biden. No one on either team is Literal Hitler and the only reason anyone makes those types of lazy analogies is to dishonestly profit at the expense of the other team. And I would argue that the only reason that Team Red/Team Blue have to resort to such shameful tactics in order to drive votes to their camps is because if they had to rely on their ideas alone, virtually no one would feel inspired to support them. Their ideas are largely backwards-looking and broken. Moreover, their ideas trample on liberty on a fundamental level, every day, all day.

    We should not support these horrible marketing tactics, weaponizing fear for the purposes of accruing power. That is why we should not support either Team Red or Team Blue.

    1. That’s why I don’t vote anymore. Got tired of voting against the other guy or some bond or some ballot issue. Give me someone or something I can vote for and I’ll sign back up.

      1. IMO it’s still important to vote, because by voting you’re sending the message that you want to send. If you don’t vote, then the lack of voting also sends a message, but it is less in your control how that message is received. Did sarcasmic not vote because he was fed up with Team Red and Team Blue? Or was it because he was lazy and forgot to vote? If you don’t vote, then you can’t control others from concluding it was the latter and not the former. Just my $.02.

        1. I stopped voting because when the choice is between Giant Douche and Turd Sandwich, I can’t bring myself to say yes to either.

        2. I saw someone on Twitter this morning calling for mandatory national voting, like Australia. I suppose if we do end up with one-party Democratic rule, they can push mandatory voting so that nobody has the option of expressing their discontent with the system by abstaining.

          1. Man, you three make a cute polyamorous trouple. A dumb one, but cute nonetheless.

      2. I did vote for Jo Jorgensen, but it’s not that different from your position since I knew there was no possibility of her winning. I live in a non-swing state so my vote didn’t matter, anyway.

        There is a lot of criticism of Biden in the commentariat lately, and it the criticisms are valid. But a lot of the time the comments are made with an unstated connotation that it is obvious we should have all voted for Trump, instead.

        Truth is we had two lousy choices presented to us by the two major parties.

        1. There is a lot of criticism of Biden in the commentariat lately,

          So, after 40 yrs. in Congress and 8 yrs. as VP now that he’s in power and the comments do less than they ever have, the dissent comes out?

          Sounds like false opposition if I ever heard it. Even ascribing the absolute best of intentions it’s too little, too late, and too stupid.

    2. Agreed. I refuse to participate in the two-party system, or buy into the culture war they are trying to suck us all into.

      However, there is something new going on. The Republican Party is fractured. At the Federal level at least, we may be looking at effectively one-party rule. How do you think this past dynamic plays out when the Democratic Party is in charge of everything and cannot direct blame at the Republicans?

      1. “Agreed. I refuse to participate in the two-party system, or buy into the culture war they are trying to suck us all into.
        However, there is something new going on. The Republican Party is fractured…”

        Can’t have any better admission of being a TDS-addled lefty shit than that.

        1. Huh? Are you saying you don’t think the Republic Party is currently dealing with a major internal division?

          1. Sevo has never contributed anything constructive to a conversation. Ever. All he does it say “you’re a leftist shitbag” and move on with some sense of smugness.

            1. For heaven’s sake, for a while Sevo was citing Lincoln Steffens as some right-wing hero. I guess that was the journalist he was following intently when Sevo was growing up.

              1. I don’t know or care. When I see Sevo it’s flag F5.

                1. A TDS-addled lefty shit couldn’t make me happier.

                  1. All his tears above are undone by his self admitted behavior here. it is hilarious.

      2. “when the Democratic Party is in charge of everything and cannot direct blame at the Republicans?”

        When have they ever let that stop them from blaming Republicans? They still try to foist Obamacare off on Mitt Romney even though not a single Republican voted for it. Everything bad that happened during the Obama years was a result of bad things he inherited from his Republican predecessor.

        It’s the Democratic party we’re talking about, reality doesn’t enter the equation and that’s by design.

        1. Of course, they will try to blame things that Republicans have done in the past. But there’s an expiration date on how long they can get away with that if they are the only party in power.

          1. “But there’s an expiration date on how long they can get away with that if they are the only party in power.”

            Citation needed. As I noted, they’re still doing it with Obamacare long after it passed without a single R vote and despite many, many opportunities to actually work with Republicans to reform it.

            Intelligent people can see through it, fortunately for the Democrats they don’t have to appeal to any of those types.

            1. As I noted, they’re still doing it with Obamacare long after it passed without a single R vote and despite many, many opportunities to actually work with Republicans to reform it.

              One notes that when Republicans had their big chance to repeal ObamaCare in 2017, they chose not to. So at THIS POINT, yes I think it’s fair to say that ObamaCare now enjoys bipartisan support.

              1. This is a pretty weak argument even by your standards.

                Democrats didn’t pass an assault weapons ban when they could, must be they love assault weapons.

          2. I’m inclined to agree with the druggie. There’s no expiration date on blame.

            1. I mean, you blamed Trump for the left’s authoritarianism just this week.

      3. I refuse to participate in the two-party system, or buy into the culture war they are trying to suck us all into.

        OK… bye.

  46. Do you mean GDP annual or quarterly growth? Can you cite your source?

  47. “Report: Israeli settler population surged during Trump era”
    […]
    “JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel’s West Bank settler population has grown at a far higher rate than the country as a whole over the last four years, a pro-settler group said Wednesday, a period that coincides with the Trump administration’s unprecedented acceptance of settlement activity…”
    https://news.yahoo.com/report-israeli-settler-population-surged-101759816.html

    Pretty sure he influenced the sun-spot count also; the guy’s amazing!

    1. The left ascribed him the powers of a gnostic Demiurge.

  48. https://twitter.com/primalpoly/status/1354809814707134476

    American elites seem much more freaked out by the GameStop thing than they ever were by the mass riots across the whole country last summer.
    I find that interesting.

    1. Because they were behind the first, but victims of the second.

  49. https://twitter.com/KurtSchlichter/status/1354813256213254145

    America will be defeated in a disastrous attack by 2024.

    But, even though your sons and daughters will be dead, you can take comfort in knowing that they had plenty of transsexual awareness training and were properly frightened of the real enemy, the weather.

    1. “And I never never ever
      Do a thing about the weather
      For the weather never ever
      Does a thing for me.” – Not the Democratic Party”

  50. Biden Debuts Massive New Climate Bureaucracy

    Green Leap Forward.

    1. Green Raw Deal.

      Old Man Bad.

  51. https://twitter.com/brianmrosenthal/status/1354808794677616646

    Whoa. New York state has been dramatically undercounting Covid-19 deaths in nursing homes, according to an investigation by the attorney general. The actual number of deaths may be 50% higher than Gov. Andrew Cuomo has told the public:

    1. We know they’re undercounting simply because if they get that half-dead body into the hospital before they die, they count as a hospital death not a nursing home death.

  52. I know I left it around here somewhere!

    “Lost Passwords Lock Millionaires Out of Their Bitcoin Fortunes”
    […]
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    Maybe writing stuff down is a good idea?

  53. Remind me again, what was Trump’s Big New Deal? Building a wall? Every President has to have a Big New Deal, some grandiose project to leave his mark on history. It’s not enough that you be a caretaker President, that you leave well enough alone. No, you have to have a monument to leave behind, something that tells future generations that you were here and your being here mattered. And old Sleepy Joe knows his days are numbered, he’s only got a very short time to make his mark.

    He’s got a lot of work to do to top Obamacare or the Patriot Act. It won’t be hard to top Clinton since, as Clinton himself lamented, he wasn’t smart enough to get us involved in any wars to augment his legacy. But Bush the First did little to build himself a legacy and look what happened to him. He only got one term because he didn’t have a signature Big New Deal, same as Trump. It’s a little unfair to expect him to compete with Reagan and the mythology of the collapse of the Soviet Union, but he’ll do the best he can. Probably by further retconning of the history and claiming Reagan had nothing to do with it.

    Yep, exciting times we’re living in, seeing just how audacious Biden’s hopes can get. Whoops, that was Obama’s thing wasn’t it? Oh, well, I’m sure it will soon enough be Biden’s thing, you know how he likes to borrow other people’s things.

    1. Trump would probably say the economy during his presidency was his biggest legacy.

      1. 1.0% GDP growth over four years?

        Some fucking shitty legacy that is.

        1. He sometimes adds a disclaimer that his economy was the best ever, and it isn’t his fault COVID-19 did its damage to the economy.

          1. Well, it certainly wasn’t his fault that Democratic governors decided to crater their economies.

            1. No, it wasn’t.

        2. Pretty impressive in light of Covid, retard.

    2. “” Clinton himself lamented, he wasn’t smart enough to get us involved in any wars to augment his legacy.””

      But yet he did.

      1. The Intervention in Haiti, Operation Infinite Reach and the Kosovo War would all like to argue with him.

    3. It won’t be hard to top Clinton since, as Clinton himself lamented, he wasn’t smart enough to get us involved in any wars to augment his legacy.

      Serbia would like a word with you.

  54. He’s Iranian, so Biden will fly $100 million to Iran in the dead of night to seed his legal defense fund.

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  56. Just reported on Varney and Company – NY Atty Gen reports that Cuomo underreported nursing home deaths by 50 PERCENT.

  57. US economy shrank 3.5% in 2020, deepest setback since 1946

    https://abc11.com/us-economy-shrank-gdp-2020-growth-markets/10093345/

    Trump = worst four year term regarding GDP growth since the Great Depression.

    1. Lol, everyone on the planet knows what happened in 2020. Who the hell do you think that you’re fooling.

      Even toddlers wouldn’t try to pull such obvious shit.

      1. Who the hell do you think that you’re fooling.

        Given how many folks ’round here that blame Obama for the 2008 recession, I’m gonna say “a large portion of the Reason commentariat”.

        1. Given how many folks ’round here that blame Obama for the 2008 recession

          Woof, that strawman you torched is burning so hot, missile warning satellites are picking up the heat signature.

        2. That’s never actually been said around here even once you lying douchebag.
          Why’d you just make that up right now?

        3. Escher, can you name a single person who did? Just one.

      2. The hicklib pederast took a break from jerking off to kiddie porn to jerk off to the Democratic-induced economic collapse in response to turbo-sniffles.

  58. NY AG report indicates Cuomo undercounted nursing home deaths by 50%, per the NYT

    1. NY AG report indicates Cuomo undercounted nursing home deaths by 50%, per the NYT

      Wonder how many of those were actually due to COVID, versus simply from depression because their relatives weren’t allowed to visit them.

  59. Climate bureaucracy.

    We all have the right to limitlessly increase our wealth but do we also have the right to limitlessly pollute the planet?

    Before any punishment for polluting can be fair, it must be measured.

    We should demand that a carbon footprint calculator be developed, where everyone enters everything they do that generates carbon.

    The resulting figure compared to a standard and overages punished commensurately.

    Wouldn’t you like to see oligarchs like Biden’s data?

    How many homes, staff, trips, food, fuel all for sleepy Joe amd his family’s standard of living?

    1. Yes, we must have punishments.

      1. All these “carbon neutral” schemes work by raising the prices of things we need.

        Thing is, the wealthy could care less if every price doubled tomorrow. They have many times more than they need. They consume and create carbon many times that of the rest of us. The only thing green about them is their pile of money.

        Yet to us a doubling of costs can significantly lower our standard of living.

        Doesn’t it make sense that a tax on pollution be commensurate with the amount of pollution?

        1. No. Taxes do not solve problems.

  60. “Biden Debuts Massive New Climate Bureaucracy”

    Wrong. By definition, the climate is impacted by worldwide carbon emissions (not just carbon emissions in the US).

    None of Biden’s Executive Orders attempt to reduce carbon emissions in China or India (and the Paris Climate Accord allows those countries to increase their carbon emissions until 2030, which will more than offset future declines in US carbon emission declines.

    The US has led the world in carbon emission declines during the past 15 years, primarily due to the rapid growth of natural gas fracking, which Obama did NOT support, and Joe Biden’s EO’s further restrict).

    While Biden’s left wing media propagandists are praising Biden’s EOs (and falsely calling them environmental actions to save the climate), they are disastrous for the US economy, but a huge boost for the governments and economies of China, India, Russia and Saudi Arabia (as the latter two countries will sell more oil at the expense of US companies).

    1. If John Kerry was even slightly interested in reducing carbon emissions, he would have junked his private jet, multiple mansions, and fleet of cars and a decade ago.

      During the past 20 years, Joe Biden, John Kerry, Kamala Harris, Barrack Obama, Al Gore, Hillary Clinton, Michael Bloomberg, Bernie Sanders, Tom Steyer, Jeff Bezos, Mark Zuckerberg, Bill Gates and many other prominent Democrats who claim to be “climate change advocates” have emitted (and continue to emit) more carbon than 99.9% of Americans.

      And of course, the lazy stupid news media refuses to reveal or acknowledge their gross hypocrisy about carbon emissions, and continues to deceitfully praise these frauds as “environmental advocates”.

    2. How does one calculate the punishment for fracking and poisoning the groundwater for others?

      1. How do you calculate the punishment for impoverishment of a huge swath of the population?

  61. Well of course Biden’s Green New Deal comes with a massive new governing bureaucracy. He said it would create jobs, didn’t he?

  62. I think the BBC headlined it as an ‘Existential Executive Order.’

    1. check the average temperature 4 years from now and see if it worked.
      either way, the money is already spent.

  63. Democrats — Making Big Revolutionary Plans to DESTROY/Change the USA. Just about all of you should be exported for treason. I’m getting so sick of this UN-Constitutional authoritarian stupid sh*t….

  64. Glad I got here late and missed the love-in. From what I scanned, there was a lot of WK, DoL, sarc and jeffy drooling all over each others knobs all day.

    Maybe I will skip tomorrow too.

  65. Biden’s admin pushing the climate change agenda. In a matter of days Raimondo said yes they will raise taxes to pay for it, Kerry says yes it will costs jobs and even if we cut our emissions to zero it will have little impact on climate.

    Need any more proof the policy has very little to do about climate?

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