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San Francisco Residents Balk at Decision To Scrub Lincoln, Washington, Feinstein from School Names

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Changes to school names in San Francisco have gone too far for even some of the city's many progressive residents. The changes—which wiped out the names of historical leaders like George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, Paul Revere, and California Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D) from public school names—earned condemnation from San Francisco Mayor London Breed.

"This is an important conversation to have, and one that we should involve our communities, our families, and our students," said Breed in a Tuesday statement.

What I cannot understand is why the School Board is advancing a plan to have all these schools renamed by April, when there isn't a plan to have our kids back in the classroom by then.

Let's bring the same urgency and focus on getting our kids back in the classroom, and then we can have that longer conversation about the future of school names.

On Tuesday, the San Francisco Board of Education voted 6-1 in favor of the name changes, which affect 44 schools.

School board members said the names being removed from schools were figures who "engaged in the subjugation and enslavement of human beings; or who oppressed women, inhibiting societal progress; or whose actions led to genocide; or who otherwise significantly diminished the opportunities of those among us to the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness."

"This is a moral message. It's a message to our families, our students and our community. It's not just symbolic," school board member Mark Sanchez said.

A full list of figures removed from school names and the rationale behind those changes can be found here.

The New York Times collected comments from some San Franciso parents. "Liberals by definition believe that government can do good things. If we do laughable things then we make a mockery of the movement," pediatrician and parent Adam Davis, who describes himself as "a strong Elizabeth Warren liberal," told the paper. "I don't know anybody personally who doesn't think it's embarrassing. [It's] a caricature of what people think liberals in San Francisco do."

Noah Griffin told the Times he didn't object to Lincoln and Washington being excluded, but thinks Feinstein's name should be able to stay.

A petition to stop the changes has gained nearly 10,000 signatures.


FREE MINDS

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Indiana is suing the state's Jackson County over a man being banned from a public library over a pro-Trump poem. The man, Richard England, "says he was banned from the library in November after he wrote what his attorney called a 'short and unoffensive' poem about former President Donald Trump," WFYI explains.

England left the poem for a library employee with whom he was friends.

"When that individual was not there, he left it on a basket in the circulation desk," said attorney Gavin Rose.

"When he got home, he had a voicemail from an officer with the Seymour police department saying the library essentially trespassed him," Rose added.

The lawsuit, filed in Indiana's Southern District court, asks a judge to lift the ban.


FREE MARKETS

Smoking rates stop falling. "Before the pandemic, U.S. cigarette unit sales had been falling at an accelerating rate, hitting 5.5% in 2019, as smokers quit or switched to alternatives like e-cigarettes," reports The Wall Street Journal. "The pandemic put the brakes on that slide. In 2020, the U.S. cigarette industry's unit sales were flat compared to the previous year, according to data released Thursday by Marlboro maker Altria Group Inc."


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• More than 1,000 prostitution and loitering cases in Brooklyn will be dismissed, the Brooklyn District Attorney announced yesterday. "The news is a part of a formal announcement that Gonzalez's office now plans to decline to prosecute or dismiss cases on both charges," says Buzzfeed.

• In Connecticut, state Sen. Will Haskell (D–New Canaan) has "introduced a bill in the State Senate that would penalize you with a fine if you do not vote in an election."

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• South Carolina's Senate just voted in favor of outlawing almost all abortion in the state.

• In a new lawsuit backed by the National Rifle Association (NRA), plaintiffs are trying to get a Maryland handgun licensing law declared unconstitutional.

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  1. New legislation aims to end the sentencing disparity for crack and powder cocaine sentences.

    Undoing one of our current president’s legislative accomplishments? I guess the honeymoon is over.

    1. It makes them equally bad sentences.

      1. Which they were before our current President pushed to have one punished far more harshly.

        Now they’re overturning one of his signature legislative accomplishments.

        1. History is racist!

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          1. Hmm, that’s kind of a quandary. I suppose they have to wait until Kamala takes over as President before renaming Joseph Biden Middle School.

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  2. PERMANENT SECURITY FENCING coming to US Capitol.

    The manufactured freakout over the last of the riots against federal buildings has instilled our lawmakers with the belief they are precious.

    1. I thought walls don’t work.

      1. And it’s racist.

      2. Well, they only work on IMPORTANT things.

        Like our politicians comfort.

      3. Walls for me and not for thee…

      4. All walls are on welfare.

        1. Well after Ted Cruz nearly had AOC murdered, even a socialist might want a wall.

    2. the last of the riots

      As far as I know, the antifa attacks against the Portland courthouse are ongoing.

      1. Local story.

      2. Nice try. If that were the case journalists would be reporting it and I would see those headlines prominently displayed and cries for insurrection arrests would be ringing out from our betters.

        1. “It’s not ‘insurrection’ when we do it.”

        2. Insurrection arrests?
          Wouldn’t they be complaining that Biden is sending his federal troops to escalate a local issue with some oppressed citizens blowing off steam?

        3. https://ktvz.com/news/crime-courts/2021/01/20/protesters-gather-damage-democratic-headquarters-in-portland/

          It’s not ongoing, but the last protest/riot from Portland I can find reference to was anti-Biden and anti-democrat.

          Looks like the antifa = democrats, black and white worldview is wrong, again.

          1. 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.
            I want an apology and I’m going to continue making your time here completely fucking miserable until you do.

      3. And that is relevant how?

        1. New depths of stupidity.

          1. I’m starting to think the real Dee is gone and this is someone spoofing him. Or she’s gotten even dumber.

            1. Getting banned fully broke her.

            2. So, you have no answer.

              1. To why you’re such a moron? No.

      4. alt-right racist dog whistle rumor!
        Has it been proved in a court of law? No?
        Then it’s a lie.

    3. Good idea. Keep those Congresscritters away from us citizens. I’d support the alligator moat as well.

      1. How about giving the fence a, um, bug-zapping capability?

        Solar-powered, of course.

      2. Can we put lasers on the alligators?

        1. Couldn’t get you alligators, so we had to settle for iguanas.
          They are quite ill-tempered though.

    4. “riots against federal buildings”

      A police officer was killed by the rioters.

      1. A police officer was killed by the rioters. a protester.

        1. So, do you deny that officer Brian Sicknick was killed by a rioter who hit him in the head with a fire extinguisher?

          1. This is a change in rhetoric from last week when you said he was murdered by a horde of insurrectionists.

      2. A police officer died 2 days later from a stroke where the neither the family nor the doctors say the stroke was caused by any injury during the riots.

        fixed that for you buddy.

        1. Officer Brian Sicknick was hit in the head by a heavy, metal object thrown by one of the rioters. He died from burst blood vessels in his head.

          You are a disgusting person.

          1. You know what’s even more disgusting?
            Evil fucks who misrepresented his death as a deliberate murder by a mob, for the purposes of enabling authoritarian crackdowns.
            Evil fucks like you.

        1. Can you knock it off with the whataboutism for 2 seconds?

          1. Pointing out your blatant hypocrisy isn’t whataboutism. It is showing you as a hypocrite.

            It is funny how hypocrites really hate that.

          2. Can you actually get up off your fat ass and get some exercise so you don’t become another heart disease casualty?

        2. I’m sorry that they were shot. Now, can we stay on topic.

      3. This appears to be libel.

          1. Do you read what you post or just post random hyperbole as fact?

            Moments later, a rioter tosses the fire extinguisher toward a group of officers below, striking one on the helmet. It’s unclear if the cop who was plunked was Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick, 42. He died at a hospital Thursday after being hit in the head with a fire extinguisher during the melee, two law enforcement sources told the Associated Press.

            An investigation into Sicknick’s death is ongoing, the sources said

            1. Oh, so it’s at worst a video of a completely different attack. This isn’t helping the case that the crowd was peaceful.

              1. You’re using it to illustrate your point and calling it the video of the act. I asked if you bothered to read the article. I don’t read a claim of a peaceful crowd in my response.
                I watched the protest, watched it devolve into mob mentality, as I have seen many times before in similar protests through the years. Then I watched the media explode in hyperbolic outrage theater along with others, like you, who screamed (are still screaming)
                Sedition!!
                Insurrection!!
                Deadly Riot!
                Attack on the Constitution!!
                And other such nonsense. Then I had the pleasure to see our Capitol surrounded with an Army and fencing that will probably be there all summer because of idiotic hyperbole like yours and AOC’s claim that Ted Cruz planned to murder her.
                Nonsense

              2. Here’s how the protest would have been reported in my day.
                Think of the voice of Walter Conkite.

                Today a large crowd of American citizens gathered in protest at our nation’s capitol in support of President Trump to express their dissatisfaction with the validity of the elections. During the protest a small faction of the group pushed through the capitol barriers and clashed with the capitol police inside. A woman was shot and killed. The cause of the shooting is under investigation.
                Parts of the capitol were vandalized including broken windows and doorways. Speaker Pelosi’s chamber was broken into and a laptop stolen. The Senators and Congress people were escorted out of the building to ensure their safety.
                The conflict was quelled in a few hours. Some arrests were made, others will be forthcoming with further investigation. Unfortunately, 4 other lives were lost, 3 protestors and one of the Capitol Police officers. Sources say the officer was hit with a fire extinguisher, was taken away from the scene and died later. His cause of death is under investigation and his name will be release following notification of the family.
                There will be further details as the investigation continues.

      4. I’m going to withhold judgment until I see crystal clear video and a full investigation by an independent prosecutor.

    5. And soon after, powdered wigs and horse-drawn gilded carriages. For The Peoples’ Representatives.

    6. Keep in mind, they’ve had a fence around the White House since Jefferson.

      1. But Jefferson was a slave owner so shouldn’t the fences he put up be torn down?

    7. And not a damn one of them will stop to wonder what they could have done to piss so many people off.

      Joe Biden talks about unity, but he plunges headlong into issuing so many executive orders on divisive subjects because he sees no reason whatsoever that anybody could possibly believe these subjects are divisive. He’s absolutely right on everything, he knows everything, he has the knowledge and the power to create a Paradise here on Earth and anybody that disagrees with him must be stupid, insane or evil, there can be no other reason for refusing to acknowledge Joe Biden’s godhood.

      What an insane level of arrogance it must take to believe that you can simply legislate away the laws of economics, of physics, of Nature, of math and science. That you can control the climate, that you can order and administrate the lives of 8 billion people, that you can direct the course of human history. And not only that you can do it, but that you have the moral authority and the divine right to do it. My God! How fucking insane are these people?

      1. Pharaoh Obama II has spoken. Let it be written, let it be done.

      2. Joe Biden talks about unity, but he plunges headlong into issuing so many executive orders on divisive subjects because he sees no reason whatsoever that anybody could possibly believe these subjects are divisive.

        You really think Biden is cognizant of anything he’s actually signing or saying? This is a guy in the throes of dementia who doesn’t remember what he said just a few days earlier, and has to get lids on his activity before lunch so he doesn’t collapse from the strain.

        He’s not saying or signing anything that isn’t pre-drafted for him by the oligarchs, and I promise you that he’s barely aware of whatever he happens to be mouthing off about at any given moment. He’s literally a Potemkin President.

      3. They sat back and let Trump and the entire GOP spew a Big Lie for months and months, culminating in inciting a seditious riot? Yeah, fuck them for doing nothing!

        1. Big Lie. Capitalized. Your participation in the current marketing campaign is noted.

        2. Your outrage at the burning of the Reichstag is noted.

        3. The big lie is your characterization of opposition to electoral fraud as a “Big Lie”.

    8. How you can tell your country has become an empire and your leader an emperor: the imperial palace must be defended from the citizens.

    9. I’m pretty sure they already thought they were precious, hence the freakout. What’s somewhat amusing is the disdain they hold for the vast majority of the population. “Riots” are for the peasants. If the ruling class is disturbed, it’s an “insurrection”.

  3. https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/byron-yorks-daily-memo-the-revolution-devours-all-before-it

    The Board also voted to change the name of Roosevelt Middle School, even though no one was sure whether it was named after Theodore Roosevelt or Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Better safe than sorry. By the way, the Board does not have new names chosen for the schools. It just wants to get rid of the old ones.

    1. You filthy obstructionist Republican. If you’re going to abolish slavery, you need to come up with an alternative plan first.

    2. So which Roosevelt was the bad one?

      1. They were both white, so yeah.

      2. From the Google Doc:
        “The Richmond School was renamed in honor of Theodore Roosevelt at a school board meeting on February 10, 1910. Theodore Roosevelt – opposed civil rights and suffrage for Black folks

        FDR – refused to support anti-lynching bill (proposed by his wife) and other racist policies/views (including racial engineering and limiting migration dependent on race). Roosevelt ordered the forced relocation of more than 100,000 Japanese-Americans to concentration camps after Japan bombed Pearl Harbor. As Vox reports, “Japanese American internment is almost universally considered one of the most egregious things the United States has done to an entire ethnic group.” It took a Supreme Court ruling to release the detainees, most of whom could read, write, and speak English, and only a fraction of whom had spent much time in Japan”

        1. So can we cancel the rest of the FDR legacy?

          1. Since the armed forces were not integrated at the time, all history books which discuss WWII are racist and will replaced with proper materials from the upcoming “1948 Project.”

          2. I think you’re missing the point.
            The message they seem to be communicating is that no matter what good you’ve done, if you’ve done or said bad things, you’re going to be erased from history.
            Nearly every person named on this list is that way. Lincoln, Jefferson, Washington, Edison, Revere… doesn’t matter who you are. if you did something the current culture frowns upon, you don’t deserve any recognition.

            1. The irony is that these same people don’t realize that, in about 150 years, they’re going to be viewed with the same level of contempt that they harbor for the country they hate.

              1. Maybe they don’t think that they’ll be in line for the guillotine…
                But the inclusion of Feinstein, who was a progressive hero just 10 years ago, seems to indicate they’re putting everyone on notice.

                I expect they’ll treat Biden and Harris the same way… in 20 years.
                Will they do the same to Obama though? He has some black marks on his name.

                1. Will they do the same to Obama though? He has some black marks on his name.

                  Yes, because he is half white, and whitey is the devil.

                  1. The left are currently exploiting “anti-racism” and race baiting as a means of vote harvesting and obtaining power, however the progressive left from 1890-1940 were some of the most racist people imaginable.
                    They’ll go back to their old tricks as soon as anti-racism is no longer of any political value.

            2. No, we’re not missing the point.

              That’s why we’re laughing.

              1. The SF stupidity is even starting to embarrass their own supporters.

        2. Korematsu didn’t free the Japanese. Korematsu said it was A-okay to lock them all up.

      3. Eventually both, but for now the one that didn’t put thousands of Americans in internment camps for their ethnicity because they want to adopt the methodologies of the one that did.

      4. The one that didn’t set up concentration camps.

      5. So which Roosevelt was the bad one?

        This just exposes the naked partisanship of the whole affair, really.

        There in fact wasn’t much difference between the two Roosevelts. What changed between 1900 and 1932 was the two parties. The Republican Party of 1900 was a perfectly appropriate place for Teddy. By 1932 it wasn’t, but the Democrat Party was.

        By the same token, if Grover Cleveland had been of FDR’s generation he 100% would have been Republican.

        So, “So which Roosevelt was the bad one?”

        The one who was in the wrong Party. It really is that simple.

        1. What changed between 1900 and 1932 was the two parties. The Republican Party of 1900 was a perfectly appropriate place for Teddy. By 1932 it wasn’t, but the Democrat Party was.

          It’s pretty remarkable, when you look at the political landscape of the early 30s, how many New Deal Democrats actually started their careers as TR-type reformist Republicans.

          1. McKinley’s career arc is striking that way, in that when he was in Congress, he was very much an anti-business Progressive crusader in the mold of Sherman, attacking Cleveland for his laissez faire attitudes, and then in his run for President he was out-flanked on the left by actual-Socialist Bryan and became, to Bryan and his supports, a “pro-Business” establishment Capitalist.

            That’s long struck me as the pivotal moment right there – McKinley’s presidency and the implosion of the Republican Party in the wake of Teddy.

            1. I suspect Mark Hanna’s sponsorship of McKinley’s presidential campaigns had a lot to do with that.

            2. I should add, you’re also right about TR’s splitting of the Republican ticket in 2016. If he hadn’t done that, it’s actually quite possible that the Republicans would have continued along a more reformist bent rather than solidifying as a laissez-faire party in 1920 to counter Wilson’s activist administration.

              1. Oops, 1916.

                1. History rhyming again.

        2. New York took down a Theodore Roosevelt statue, not because he did anything particularly objectionable, but because it showed him leading people of color.

      6. Both Roosevelt’s were advocates of enlarged federal powers, so IMO both of them were “the bad one”.

    3. Numbers for schools oh wait numbers are racist also

      1. Cyrillic characters then

    4. No one is perfect (and you probably can’t name schools after Jesus anyway, because of the Establishment clause), so it’s foolhardy to name a school after any person. Even if they seem honest and upright and have accomplished great works, someone might someday find an insensitive tweet or text message they sent once.

      So safer to to just give the schools a number and be done with it.

      1. Maybe even privatize them.

    5. “…or who otherwise significantly diminished the opportunities of those among us to the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” Based on this part of their statement, I think we can cancel the San Francisco Board of Education given their indifference to the preferences of the majority of the citizens in their city. And also for the awkward “those among us” construction. Those who among us?

    6. It’s easier to teach New History when all of the references to history are gone.

  4. And the teachers’ unions are keeping schools closed because FYTW.

    https://twitter.com/ZacBissonnette/status/1354856823258492929

    Here’s Fauci explaining that the evidence shows that open schools actually seem more likely to reduce covid spread than if the schools were closed.

    So the learning loss and child abuse and pediatric suicides actually made covid worse.

    Oopsie daisy!

    1. Fauci also seems to be on board with race based vaccinations, so him supporting something might be proof that it is a stupid idea…

      1. What some refuse to admit is that Fauci, like every administrator, rose to his high position not by competence in his field, but rather by playing the bureaucrat game better than his coworkers. He knows whose ass to kiss and when, how to claim credit for others’ success, and how to blame others for his failures. We all know the type from our own experience on the job.
        The media believe in expertise because if we all must march in the same direction into the new dawn, someone must lead the way. They need a leader and picked Fauci, who wanted to get picked.
        By the way, as an opposite sort of observation, Biden only wanted to be President so they would play “Hail to the Chief” when he walks into a room. He has no more plan than that, so will do anything his staff tells him, as long as he gets the trappings. Not a moderate, not a progressive, not a socialist – just an empty vessel.

        1. Fauci has actually been rather incompentent in his time at the CDC. He was completely incompetent during the AIDS epidemic which led to such things as schools turning off water fountains and was also one of the key people involved in the peanut allergy explosion based on guidance to not ever expose children to peanuts.

        2. Progressives believe meritocracy works when it comes to government (Top Men) but fails in every other area of life due to systemic inequality based on race and/or class.

          Conservatives believe meritocracy works in every other area of life, but fails when it comes to government due to the Deep State.

          I’m beginning to think they are both half right.

  5. Requiring proof of sex reassignment surgery before someone can change their driver’s license gender is unconstitutional…

    They sure do love to make a big deal out of driver’s licenses, essentially another of the state’s moneymaking schemes with a touch of security theater added to spice things up.

    1. security theater

      Without government protection there would be untold waves of old people accidentally driving their cars into banks, post offices, and grocery stores. Why do you want old people to die?

      1. Because they tend to vote Republican?

    2. Hey, if voter ID is too oppressive, aren’t driver’s licenses too? Shouldn’t people just be allowed to drive, and only hassled by authorities if they do it dangerously?

  6. Facebook Says No More Ads For Movement To Recall Gavin Newsom
    https://redstate.com/scotthounsell/2021/01/28/facebook-says-no-more-ads-for-movement-to-recall-gavin-newsom-n318271

    Now, in a *shocking* ( and by “shocking” I mean completely predictable) turn of events, the Fascbook Ad Nazis have said to the movement to recall the oh-incompetent-one, Gavin Newsom, “No ads for you!”

    According to Carl DeMaio, the chairman for Reform California, a group currently circulating petitions to recall Newsom, Facebook notified them that they will no longer accept the placement of ads to recall Mr. French Laundry.

    1. https://twitter.com/Breaking911/status/1354946024285097995

      Facebook has taken down popular Wall Street discussion group Robinhood Stock Traders amid GameStop frenzy – Reuters

        1. That’s okay because mUh pRivAtE c0mpaNy.
          Sure it’s immoral and misrepresentation but negative company reviews are dangerous treason or something and must be purged.

          Remember when Google’s motto was “don’t be evil”, and then they decided to be evil.

          1. So can we go after false advertising?

            1. No. If you support 230 you have to be okay with false advertisement, anti-market collusion, and unconscionable contract enforcement.

        2. I wonder if this counts as market manipulation?

            1. Then I can expect to see Google getting investigated with the same enthusiasm and rigor that is normally reserved for a few clowns on the internet?

        3. What kills me is that everyone knows they’re lying, and they’re perfectly aware everyone knows they’re lying. Yet they baldly lie right in our faces anyway. Not just the tech companies, but the media and our politicians as well. How sick is that? Oceana has always been at war with Eurasia.

          1. Because what are we gonna do about it?
            Nothing, serf.

      1. Facebook sure likes stopping discussion in its discussion groups.

        1. So if they chase away half their users, do they understand that their ad rates will fall by half, and their stock price by more than that?

          1. it won’t be half their users. Probably more like 10 or 20 percent. The other will blithely continue to use Facebook.

    2. Well of course they would try to quell this Danger to Their Democracy. Facebook doesn’t want voters overturning the results of an election.

    3. Now is the time to do as you are told!

    4. It’s a clear violation of their TOS and general policy against viol… uh… political insur… uh… wait… it’s here somewhere… uh…

  7. “introduced a bill in the State Senate that would penalize you with a fine if you do not vote in an election.”

    Democrats will just vote that ballot for you if you like.

    1. And even if you don’t.

    2. IIRC Australia has mandatory voting. It results in a lot of pictures of dicks getting drawn on ballots and then submitted as a “vote”.

  8. …state Sen. Will Haskell (D–New Canaan) has “introduced a bill in the State Senate that would penalize you with a fine if you do not vote in an election.”

    How about a bill that would penalize anyone not taking his constitutional oath seriously.

    1. And by “penalize”, do you mean removal from office, loss of pension, and a lifetime ban on “civil servitude”?

      1. Or an increase in wood chipper manufacturing and sales. That’d be one good way to increase jobs.

  9. https://twitter.com/JackPosobiec/status/1355013086537768960

    Peter Strzok’s Wife Named Acting Director of the Division of Enforcement for the SEC

    Reportedly investigating Redditors for ‘market manipulation’

    1. She should investigate her marriage security first, she kept letting others into her bed.

  10. “San Francisco Residents Balk at Decision To Scrub Lincoln, Washington…”

    Holy shit… the right wing extremists have even infiltrated San Francisco now. Antifa Unite!

    1. Notice they werent really against it, they are against the publicity surrounding the timIng

  11. Hint, cases went down

    https://twitter.com/SteveBigpond/status/1353471546807881729

    So on January 7 Kansas reduces PCR cycles from 42 to 35. A 128-fold reduction in the amplification of the test. Guess what happens 2 weeks later.

    1. SleepyJoe for the win!

    2. And even THAT is still too high. A conservative cycle count is 29!

  12. Changes to school names in San Francisco have gone too far for even some of the city’s many progressive residents.

    But Feinstein is a gun owner!

    1. Yesterday’s, your grandmothers, liberal.

  13. https://twitter.com/JunkScience/status/1355154181775126532

    Pinocchio-winner
    @JohnKerry
    says the 80,000 oil/gas workers whose jobs were killed by
    @JoeBiden
    (so far) can get wind/solar jobs.

    But there aren’t many of them — e.g., only 1,300 solar jobs per year. Even fewer wind jobs.

    And solar and wind jobs pay less. 2/2

    1. Even Wapo’s Fact Checker busted Kerry for this. Maybe there is a God.

    2. “But there aren’t many of them — e.g., only 1,300”

      uNiveRSal baSic inCoMe

    3. Maybe he confused wind jobs with blow jobs?

      1. It’s Mega-maid! She went from suck to blow!

    4. “John Kerry is asked what his message would be to oil and gas workers who “see an end to their livelihoods”:
      “What President Biden wants to do is make sure that those folks have better choices… That they can be the people to go to work to make the solar panels.””

      It will remain an unresolved mystery how a populist anti-establishment candidate could ever win the presidency.

      1. “Let them eat cake!”

  14. What I cannot understand is why the School Board is advancing a plan to have all these schools renamed by April, when there isn’t a plan to have our kids back in the classroom by then.

    Priorities, motherfucker.

  15. Covid testing in the rear:

    https://twitter.com/disclosetv/status/1355151269095223298

    NEW – China demonstrates how to perform an #COVID19 anal swab sample collection. Passengers on a flight to Beijing were taken to a hotel where they were subjected to anal swabs.

    1. Do I have to wear an ass mask now?

      1. Stop giving them ideas!

      2. You mean an assk? Yes. I’d suggest getting in on the assk market now before it goes hot, but that would be illegal neo nazi market manipulation attack on our unity democratic economy.

      3. Classic quote from the NYTimes piece: “[It’s] a caricature of what people think liberals in San Francisco do.”

        Perhaps not so much of a caricature, huh?

        It’s amusing and sad that they removed Willie Brown and DiFi’s names as well. They were two of the most beloved political figures 15 years ago in San Francisco. Eventually everyone will get caught in the maw of this beast.

      4. Buttplug 2 hardest hit…

      5. You don’t already wear underwear?

    2. We can agree that we’er definitively being played by the Chinse when they follow up with recommendations around the ‘fact’ that using a smaller sampling device like a simple cotton swab or a q-tip might lead to false negatives, right?

  16. U.S. intelligence officials say Chinese government is collecting Americans’ DNA
    https://www.cbsnews.com/news/china-us-biodata-60-minutes-2021-01-28/

    The largest biotech firm in the world wasted no time in offering to build and run COVID testing labs in Washington, contacting its governor right after the first major COVID outbreak in the U.S. occurred there. The Chinese company, the BGI Group, made the same offer to at least five other states, including New York and California, 60 Minutes has learned.

    This, along with other COVID testing offers by BGI, so worried Bill Evanina, then the country’s top counterintelligence officer, that he authorized a rare public warning. “Foreign powers can collect, store and exploit biometric information from COVID tests” declared the notice. Evanina believes the Chinese are trying to collect Americans’ DNA to win a race to control the world’s biodata.

    1. https://pjmedia.com/news-and-politics/megan-fox/2021/01/26/press-secretary-dodges-on-why-biden-revoked-rule-protecting-u-s-power-grid-from-china-n1411169

      Considering our adversarial relationship with China, a country that recently brought us the COVID-19 pandemic when China did not alert the rest of the world to the magnitude of the problem they were facing in Wuhan earlier in 2019, it’s head-scratching why any president (Democrat or Republican) would want to give China more access to U.S. infrastructure.

      Trump’s order protected our power grid from Chinese technology that might have embedded back-door capability to infiltrate our systems. The Biden team did not offer any official explanation for this change. In fact, the Biden administration has no answer for why the president* decided to rescind the protections. Don’t you find that strange?

    2. If you want to see a complete scare failure, read this story about Philly using a 22 year old, near college drop out, to award them a huge covid vaccination contract. They started training college students with no prior medical training to administer the vaccines.

      https://www.dailywire.com/news/philadelphia-enlisted-start-up-group-of-college-kids-without-medical-training-to-administer-vaccines-it-was-a-disaster

    3. Washington, New York, California.
      Looks like they just want to clone brain dead socialists; maybe to let then out every couple of years to vote?

  17. “School board members said the names being removed from schools were figures who “engaged in the subjugation and enslavement of human beings; or who oppressed women, inhibiting societal progress; or whose actions led to genocide; or who otherwise significantly diminished the opportunities of those among us to the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”

    They’re 21st century prudes, and they should be ridiculed.

    Oh, and they’re completely unaccountable. The chances of the locals voting for Republicans is zero, and if you willfully subject yourself to a one party government, you deserve what you get.

    They’re lucky the city council doesn’t pass a resolution prohibiting people in the bay area of naming their children “George”, “Thomas”, “Abraham”, “Paul”, or “Dianne”.

    1. I wonder which of those things Dianne Feinstein did?

      1. It could have been for involvement with Jim Jones. It could have been for rubber stamping and gaslighting in regards to Bush Jr.’s anti-terrorism policies. If either of those are the reasons she’s being snubbed, she deserves it.

        1. “It could have been for involvement with Jim Jones…”

          You’ll find that no SF politico ever heard of the guy. Mention his name to Willie Brown, and Brown suddenly needs to talk to someone across the room.

      2. She had a chinese driver for 2 decades… probably enslavement. Although since he was a spy, it was willful.

      3. I was curious too.
        From the Google Doc:
        Manilatown, shes responsible for the eviction of a whole Pilipino neighboorhood, and the police brutaility, allowed police dogs to atack filipino veteran elders. She repeatly protected and flew the confederate flag in front of sf city hall. https://sfbayview.com/2019/04/its-true-as-san-francisco-mayor-dianne-feinstein-did-repeatedly-fly-a-confederate-flag-in-front-of-city-hall/. Even though this flag was hung before her when a Black activist, Richard Bradley took it down, she called for his prosecution, and put the confederate flag back up instead of leaving it down. Dianne Fienstien was also agian same sex partnership and advocated agianst same sex partnership/marriage. Feinstein’s veto of domestic partnership law is recorded

        1. Aren’t flips white now though?

          1. No – Spanish surnames.

          2. These ones must have been poor.

        2. She repeatly protected and flew the confederate flag in front of sf city hall.

          My understanding is that this is the main thing.

          1. That’s what I’ve heard. I’ve also heard that in the world of San Francisco politics, Feinstein is basically the conservative option.

            1. Yes – in SF political culture, Feinstein, Pelosi, and Newsom tend to get called “Downtown Democrats” (Brown, too – when he was mayor of Oakland, he was often referred to as “Downtown Jerry Brown,” and was accused of ignoring, and even cracking down on, the nastier parts of East and West Oakland while pumping up downtown property values).

              “Downtown Democrat” being shorthand for “fake Progressive playing beard for local capitalists,” often accompanied by “may as well be Republican.”

    2. The chances of the locals voting for Republicans is zero, and if you willfully subject yourself to a one party government, you deserve what you get.

      As demonstrated repeatedly with the State of California, the problem is that we get what they deserve.

      1. It’s our fault for not opening their eyes.

        1. Shit, nigga, don’t put that on me. It’s not my fault they chose to create a real-life Calhoun rat experiment out of one of the greatest states in the Union.

    3. Someone mentioned in the main article that they should just go by numbers like NYC, because even the people who end up taking their place are going to have sins, too.

      Cultural Maoism is a cancer that needs to be irradiated.

      1. But using numbers is math, and therefore racist by definition.

        1. Just use random words and change the names of the schools on a daily basis. Jesus, do I have to think of everything?

          1. I’m sure letters are racist too, we just haven’t educated ourselves enough to realize it.

    4. Well we know what Lincoln did, but I wonder what actions or words SF school board members object to?

      1. Lincoln freed the slaves. Progressives want to enslave everyone to the government.

  18. Tacoma police, guns drawn, dressed in black, battered open the door of a wrong apartment, terrorizing a nurse while she slept: https://t.co/sbmtq912j2

    Turns out, an officer skipped steps that could have alerted him to the mistake. Why did he skip them?

    Because maybe general lack of accountability lead law enforcement to not take seriously the potential lethality of their jobs?

    1. Too tired from dealing with the riots that the news doesn’t think are happening?

      1. The decision linked to is from the second-level appeals court. It takes years to get that far through the courts, so this case started long before the 2020 riots.

    1. IMG knows that brown-nosing political power is an important task for any corporation in today’s corporatist world.

    2. Michelle Obama is proof positive.

      1. There are a lot of men who think Michelle Obama is quite attractive. They’re gay men, but still….

    3. Well I for one think she’s very beautiful, in a sort of ironic-totally-sarcastic way.

      1. What the fuck is THAT thing?

        1. A beneficiary of the same system that demanded we call Lena Dunham an intellectual?

    4. Not to mention that the outfit she was being praised for made her look like she just got done churning butter or serving soup to homeless people. Amish/Convent chic.

    5. Presumably she is not the sort of person I would want to associate with. But if she were likeable and pleasant, you could do a lot worse. I’d say more plain than ugly.

    6. typical teen she fits the profile of todays kids. i have no problem with it

      1. She’s a hell of a lot thinner than most of today’s kids. Which helps if you want to do the couture model thing. Looks a lot like a dude. Which also helps, these days.

        It’s about at this point in the proceedings where the elite start playing at peasantry pursuits, with things like herding a flock of toy sheep, right?

        1. It’s about at this point in the proceedings where the elite start playing at peasantry pursuits, with things like herding a flock of toy sheep, right?

          Poorly-executed hand-made clothes and graffiti art – it’s all right there in the pictures.

          Have you ever seen the store Anthropologie? For the low-low price of $1k you, too, can look like a crazy bag lady.

          1. The funny thing is that Anthropologie is really a knock-off store for type of fashion. I guess for semi-professional older 20 and younger 30 somethings who can neither afford going to a place selling, e.g, Neil Barrett, nor want to go climbing through bins thrifting like they did in college or grad school. I actually didn’t mind the coat she wore at the Inauguration, though Miu Miu makes a lot more stereotypically ‘girly’ stuff than that.

            A lot of our peasants don’t know how to make their own clothes. Not anymore. I wonder what will be our guillotine, in the eyes of some future observer, 100 years from now, looking back on this era? Assuming anyone left alive here then will know how to read.

            1. I didn’t know Anthropologie was a knock-off store – I only know it as the place my dad and his wife always do their Christmas shopping for us, because they think we’re hippies. I thought it was stupid enough as is, but if that’s the over-the-counter version of something even more expensively designed – I just don’t even know what to say to that.

              A lot of our peasants don’t know how to make their own clothes.

              Which is symptomatic of the fact that no matter how hard they try, the rich will never fully resemble the poor, only their idea of what the poor look like. Real poor people wear branded T-shirts, often of tool companies (if they’re “working poor”) or sports teams.

              I’ve had a running theory for a long time that once the ruling class stopped being literal warriors who dominated through brute force, their inheritors have indulged in various pretenses that they serve an important social function, but generally going no deeper than fashion choices.

              The first wave you see is plate mail made for ‘leaders’ who were so obese that they obviously would never actually engage in battle.

              The next era they tried to look like capitalists – dressing like sailors in the seventeenth-eighteenth centuries, dressing in suits like office executives in the nineteenth and twentieth.

              Now they try like hell to look like struggling artists and intellectuals, and impoverished ethnic minorities if they can possibly pull it off.

              I find it a . . . fascinating transition.

  19. In a new lawsuit backed by the National Rifle Association (NRA), plaintiffs are trying to get a Maryland handgun licensing law declared unconstitutional.

    Turns out the Heller ruling is applicable nowhere.

    1. I haven’t bought a handgun since the law went into effect. Too much of a pain in the ass.

      1. I’ve never bought a gun in my life. And if I did, I lost them all in a tragic boating accident. As a matter of fact, I don’t even know which end of a gun you put the calibers in. Nope, don’t know a damn thing about guns.

        1. I am sorry for your loss.

          I live in Maryland. Years ago, an acquaintance applied to the state of Maryland for a concealed carry permit. He shot expert in the Army, and was an NRA certified instructor in both rifles and handguns. His application was denied because, get ready, he had typed it instead of hand writing it. That’s Bureaucratese for FYTW.

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  21. Re: Gamestop

    It took less than a day for big tech, big government and the corporate media to spring into action and begin colluding to protect their hedge fund buddies on Wall Street. This is what a rigged system looks like.

    They have used government to rig everything; they silenced dissent with tech censorship and financial deplatforming, rigged the economy with insider trading, rigged democracy with lobbying and illegal immigration, and even rigged the election…
    but they’ll tell you with a straight face that racist rednecks are the problem.

    1. Rigging democracy? So we’re just like the founding fathers. Thanks for the compliment.

      1. If you think “rigging” is another way of saying “arranged”, I may have found the reason you are what you are.

      2. So we’re just like the founding fathers.

        So the goal wasn’t to avoid acting like white paternalistic oppressors, just the more intelligent, less murderous ones.

      1. Lol, an $800,000 conflict of interest but Janet Yellen and Sleepy Joe don’t care. Zero fucks given.

        Remember too when senators got coronavirus briefings before the public and sold off millions of dollars in stocks before the crash last year, and faced no consequences and no regulation?

        Then reddit made one stock into a meme and they’re talking about restructuring the whole market.

        1. Market manipulation is totally fine if it’s done by a few but criminal if done by the masses. Can someone let me know if I’m missing something?

  22. No time for Vaughn, but we can expect more impeachment cheerleading from Reason. Fuck off, Reason

    https://twitter.com/MattWalshBlog/status/1354822056525787140

    Here is a leftist telling Trump supporters to vote a day late. This person has not been arrested by the FBI. Don’t tell me Ricky Vaughn’s arrest was anything but political retribution.

    1. Voting a day late is now ok.

      1. Only if you vote the right way.

    2. Remember when Bush ran the first time the dems put up posters in black neighborhoods claiming the day to vote was moved and then tried to blame the republicans and the media was all over it until they found out it was the dem’s who did it then silence befell the land. good times, good times

  23. Bidens pick for doj civil rights attorney wasn’t just a racist in college but also continuously lied about blm and Breanna Taylor the last year on social media.

    https://www.dailywire.com/news/bidens-doj-nominee-repeatedly-posted-misinformation-about-breonna-taylors-death-on-social-media

  24. Yelled made almost 1 million from one of the hedge funds involved with the game stop surge. When asked if she would step aside for any actions or investigation Psaki continued to simply say Yellen was the first woman chair in a non answer, multiple times.

    https://dailycaller.com/2021/01/28/janet-yellen-gamestop-citadel/

    This is after Pelosi bought 1 million in stock in Tesla a day before biden signed an EO demanding all government agencies buy electric.

    Democrats are the party of Wall Street. Glad everyone preferred them to mean tweets.

    1. “after Pelosi bought 1 million in stock in Tesla a day before biden signed an EO demanding all government agencies buy electric”

      They’re really not giving a shit anymore, and aren’t even bothering to keep up pretenses. They know that they’re untouchable now and that the rules only apply to you.

      1. The bid fence helps.

          1. First one worked, too.

      2. Imagine if one of Trump’s companies or Kushner had done that.

        1. The Dems went ape shit when Trump owned a mutual fund that owned a small percentage of the drug company that makes Hydroxychloroquine. Claimed he was enriching himself.

  25. The pandemic put the brakes on that slide.

    Ironic as, to my recollection, early on they said smokers’ lungs were better to withstand the ‘Rona.

    1. Hard to get leather infected.

    2. I wonder if banning flavored e-cigs contributed as well?

  26. Review of Twitter in face of mounting crackdowns on violence shows many democrat calls for violence untouched.

    https://justthenews.com/nation/technology/twitter-cracks-down-violent-content-posts-encouraging-celebrating-leftist

  27. “… a man being banned from a public library over a pro-Trump poem.”

    Would this here below poem be OK with the pubic library?

    Trumpty Dumpty, He’s quite off-the-wall,
    Trumpty Dumpty won’t stay in His toilet stall
    He just goes ahead and takes His shits,
    Totally regardless of whereever He sits
    Whenever He simply, no way, can sleep,
    He Twits us His thoughts, they’re all SOOO deep!
    He simply must, He MUST, Twit us His bird,
    No matter the words, however absurd!
    He sits and snorts His coke with a spoon,
    Then He brazenly shoots us His moon!
    They say He’ll be impeached by June,
    Man, oh man, June cannot come too soon!
    So He sits and jiggles His balls,
    Then He Twitters upon the walls
    “Some come here to sit and think,
    Some come here to shit and stink
    But I come here to scratch my balls,
    And read the writings on the walls
    Here I sit, My cheeks a-flexin’
    Giving birth to another Texan!
    Here I sit, on the pooper,
    Giving birth to another state trooper!
    He who writes these lines of wit,
    Wraps His Trump in little balls,
    He who reads these lines of wit,
    Eats those loser’s balls of shit!”

    1. I never read most of the above spam, but I did notice for the last lines you actually plagiarized some somewhat famous public washroom doggerel.
      As expected of your level of intellect.

      1. He also once again wrote about eating shit.

      2. Shame you don’t read it. It was fairly good.

        1. Fuck off, evil shill.

          If White Knight thinks that it was good, then it was probably about eating babies or raping kittens.
          I spamflagged it, so now I’ll never have to know.

          1. Spaz is the only commenter here who, automatically, gets flagged. Reading his shit is difficult, much like Hihn’s was, and then you realize what you’ve read is a steaming pile of shit.
            May spaz join Hihn in fucking off and dying.

            1. Reading his shit is difficult… For semi-literate morons!

    2. I should have known you would beat me to writing a Trump poem. That’s OK, there’s no good rhyme for “orange”, anyway.

    3. Your meter sucks. And, of course, the bad poetry ends with poop consumption.

      You can do better, young man.

  28. A new study suggesting COVID-19 can diminish male fertility is raising alarms.

    Putting men out of work – AND MORE IMPORTANTLY COVERING UP FACIAL HAIR – is emasculating.

  29. Maricopa County is one of the few counties responding to the high incidence of belief in fraud of the elections, will allow outside auditors to examine machines and procedures.

    https://justthenews.com/politics-policy/elections/board-has-had-nothing-hide-maricopa-county-will-audit-election-results

    1. Spent the last 2 months covering everything up…..

      1. Well… there is that.

      2. Spent the last 2 months writing the results of the investigation they’re going to do.

    2. Yet both Pro V&V (Dominion-Test-Outfit) and SLI Compliance (USHHS) are but ‘commissions’ of the SAME U.S. “Officials say” Authority. They certainly wouldn’t DARE use an independent company for an audit.

      These so called ‘audits’ are just CANCEL Culture Justice. I will be highly surprised if any of them comes forth with an ounce of HONESTY.

  30. Mr. Haskell may point to foreign governments, such as Australia, which has passed laws making it mandatory to vote. But in the United States, such a requirement would violate the basic constitutional right enjoyed by us all – the right to be left alone by the government.

    Emphasis added. “Show me where in the Constitution ….”

  31. “Thailand is legalizing early-term abortion”

    When these politicians die, I hope the aborted kids stacking rocks on the banks of the Sanzu get a few punches in before they’re dragged off to meet King Yama.

    1. I don’t mean to get too progressive, but the limit is 12-weeks. Pummelling by millions of tiny hand stubs is hardly a damnation befitting King Yama.

      1. Death by a million tiny hand stubs is kind of catchy in all fairness.

        1. Still, Public Enemy was right in going with the other album title instead.

  32. Oh, and condemning Thomas Jefferson for being a slave owner without qualification really misses an extremely important contribution of African-Americans to what it means to be American. I’ve read it well-argued that our conception of liberty emerged in our culture as the antithesis of slavery.

    “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

    —-Declaration of Independence

    That statement is what it means to be an American, and if what it means to be free only crystalized in the western mind in contrast to slavery, then blaming Jefferson for being a slave owner really misses the point. What it meant to be free must have been really clear to someone like Jefferson, who stared slavery in the face every day–and, yes, who even owned his own children as slaves.

    Denigrating Thomas Jefferson’s contribution to American history and American culture because he was a slaveowner is to denigrate the contribution of African-Americans to the most essential aspects of our history and culture–starting with the day our country declared independence on July 4, 1776.

    The left is erasing its own contributions to our culture when it erases Jefferson from the culture.

    1. Correction — The left is erasing the rights contributions to our “Individual Freedom” culture when it erases Jefferson from the culture.

      Exactly the same way they’re using Gov-God Powers to STEAL and redistribute human labor products. (i.e. Slavery). Jefferson and Madison saw the error of salvery while Andrew Jackson pushed for it’s survival.

      Jackson’s supporters founded the Democratic Party. Jackson purchased a property later known as The Hermitage, and became a wealthy, slaveowning planter.

      Abolitionism, or the abolitionist movement, was the movement to end slavery.
      Jackson fiercely disliked the abolitionists, whom he believed were, by instituting sectional jealousies, attempting to destroy the Union.

  33. One of the schools to be renamed is “Willie L. Brown Jr. Middle School”, with the rationale “Responsible for much of gentrification in SF while he was mayor”.

    One logically supposes there can never be a school named after Harris.

    1. Willie Brown’s infamous parade of “girlfriends” should have been enough to get him kicked off the list in the era of #MeToo, but I’ll always remember them for being neck deep with Jim Jones and his People’s Temple.

      Every major political figure from Northern California was neck deep in-bed with Jim Jones–and both Willie Brown and Feinstein were among them.

      1. The weird thing about the People’s Temple is that most of them were highly educated, many with doctorates, and were agnostics or atheists.

        The Japanese Aum Shinrikyo cult that carried out the sarin gas attacks on the Tokyo subway, was similarly composed.

        1. The desire for religious belief is grounded in the fabric of our neocortex. Religion is a function of a physical adaptation, and our hunger for it doesn’t diminish because we learn things or are rational.

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

          I maintain that environmentalism and progressivism have important religious aspects to them–for intellectuals especially. They want to believe in an apocalypse, that it can be avoided with shared sacrifice, that there’s a utopian paradise awaiting the faithful, and that the reason we’re not already there is because of the evil unbelievers. They want to believe in a higher purpose!

          Even in philosophy, the general consensus, even among atheists, is probably not physicalism. Whatever other variations there are, the general consensus seems to be that there is something like a soul.

          We want to believe even if we don’t.

          1. Whatever other variations there are, the general consensus seems to be that there is something like a soul.

            Believing that there is such a thing as “trans” gender requires it, really, since one has to believe there is something present to be gendered other than the body.

    2. I’d like to hear their rationale for canceling John Muir.

      1. I’m going to go out on a limb and speculate that he said something racist.

    3. We used to call gentrification “urban renewal”.
      Who wants their city to remain a blighted dump?

  34. The San Francisco school-name spreadsheet is gold. Thanks Liz.

    1. Yep. It’ll probably serve as a model for much more “correction”.

    2. They stripped the name of the first Christian White male to reach the Pacific Ocean from the New World just because he fed 40 drag queens to his dogs.

      1. The sequins did make the poop easier to find, admittedly.

  35. San Francisco Residents Balk at Decision To Scrub Lincoln, Washington, Feinstein from School Names

    Does it matter? Does the government of San Fransisco care what their tax-producers think or feel? They are to work to pay taxes and then go back into their pens for the night.

  36. “What I cannot understand is why the School Board is advancing a plan to have all these schools renamed by April, when there isn’t a plan to have our kids back in the classroom by then.”

    Because, Mr. Mayor, ideological devotion developed in a one-party state is a runaway train. You assholes cut the brakes and convinced every passenger on board that careening of a cliff in a ball of fire is progress.

    Eat a dick, Mr. Mayor.

    1. London Breed’s a chick, not a dude, but the sentiment still applies.

      1. “London Breed’s a chick, not a dude”

        Fair point.

  37. Edison’s legacy can’t escape condemnation for the Westinghousing of Topsy.

    1. It’s shocking, really.

    2. They had to mention that Topsy was popular and well liked.
      He wasn’t one of those asshole elephants.

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  39. “Liberals by definition believe that government can do good things.”

    Let me rephrase that just a bit:

    A government of your choosing can make others do what you want them to. That is what used to be liberalism, now progressivism, means.

    1. Or in poster form; “power corrupts. absolute power is awesome”.

  40. School board members said the names being removed from schools were figures who “engaged in the subjugation and enslavement of human beings; or who oppressed women, inhibiting societal progress; or whose actions led to genocide; or who otherwise significantly diminished the opportunities of those among us to the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”

    So literally anybody who was born before January 20, 2021.

    Until next year, when they too will be banned for wrongthink.

    That’s the beauty of political correctness, it’s a constantly evolving standard so that anybody at any time can be denounced to the mob and torn to pieces, so you’d better watch what you say.

  41. Robert Louis Stevenson is being cancelled for this poem, which even Sheldon Cooper would recognize as sarcasm/irony:

    https://www.poemhunter.com/poem/foreign-children/

    1. Again, they defaced the statue of Don Quixote. I wouldn’t presume there isn’t a greater summit to be attained, but that’s pretty peak stupidity as far as I’m concerned. A local maximum if you will.

      1. I wonder if, in about 300 years, there will be a satire written about the ideologies of Current Year radicals where some redneck hayseed is mocking a louse-ridden SJW pedophile for tilting at statues.

    2. Nuance. Another thing lost in our Brave New World.

  42. What I cannot understand is why the School Board is advancing a plan to have all these schools renamed by April, when there isn’t a plan to have our kids back in the classroom by then.

    Is London Breed really this stupid?

  43. >[It’s] a caricature of what people think liberals in San Francisco do.

    No, it actually what liberals in San Francisco do.

    The full list of school names makes it clear they only wanted to remove White names. It wasn’t about slavery or racism or sexism or any-ism, it was about White names. Paul Revere was not a slaveholder. Dianne Feinstein, as awful as she is, was not a slaveholder. Removing White names from schools is not a caricature of SF liberals. It’s actually what SF liberals do.

    1. Yeah, being generous, I think self-beclowning is the appropriate term. In more civil times (before Twitter), one of their colleagues would’ve pulled them aside and said they were embarassing themselves.

      Caricature is a cartoonish exaggeration of a real person or persons and a satirical depiction of their actions. There is no embellishment or satire associated with this list. It’s real people behaving like cartoon characters.

      1. I hate their use of the term “liberal”. They are not liberal they are progressive. Liberals may be problematic, but liberals are still at their heart individualists. Liberals come from the same classic liberal tradition that both conservatives and libertarians come from. The operative word for the brand of leftism that has infected the Democratic party is “progressive”. And even that is being rapidly replaced by “woke-ness”, something that doesn’t even have a proper name yet.

        SF are renaming these schools just because they don’t match up with the currently accepted identity matrices. This is not liberalism, it’s identiarian wokeism.

        1. This is not liberalism, it’s identiarian wokeism.

          As I wrote above, “Cultural Maoism” is probably the most accurate description. It’s literally the modern Red Guard trying to replicate the original’s battles against the “four olds”–old ideas, old customs, old habits and old culture–right down to attacking cultural monuments and statues.

          Keep in mind that the Tiananmen Square Massacre likely took place because Deng remembered what happened to him the last time a bunch of uppity college students decided they should be in charge of the country.

          1. And like Maoist China, many otherwise sane people condone the acts of the red guards in hopes they won’t get targeted. See it here daily.

        2. And even “progressive” is a misnomer. What they are advocating for isn’t progress, it would set humanity back by several centuries.

  44. “Are rent control laws unconstitutional?”

    Silly question. Rent is racist, sexist, and classist, and will soon be illegal.

  45. Remember that silence is violence and if you don’t speak out against something then you’re condoning it. And the silence by the Democratic Party on the subjects of ritual human sacrifice, cannibalism, and anal probing by space aliens is deafening.

    1. I’ve yet to hear any serious condemnation from the Republicans for the Cretaceous-Paleogene extinction event.

      Maybe Adam Schiff was right and Trump really was responsible for the death of the dinosaurs.

      1. Collusion with the oil companies for future deposits.

        1. That was the Late Devonian extinction, but Trump probably caused that too.

  46. Facebook may be getting nervous about all the conservatives bailing on their platform(s)

    “Facebook said it plans to test a solution that will let an advertiser select a topic that it wants to steer clear of, which will determine where and how their ads show up on Facebook, including in the news feed.

    . . . .

    Last July, more than 1,100 advertisers paused their advertising with Facebook following calls from civil-rights groups to boycott the platform over its handling of hate speech and misinformation. “

    —-WSJ

    https://www.wsj.com/articles/facebook-to-test-news-feed-controls-for-advertisers-11611928801?

    This is a proper solution–rather than regulation, antitrust, politicians, rent-seeking, and excluding half your audience for being conservative.

    When Steve Jobs was forced out at Apple, Apple was in serious trouble–largely because of Steve Jobs’ management. The guy that came back to run Apple, came back to a different market for computing devices and was a different guy than the guy that was pushed out the first time.

    Warren Buffet once said something to the effect that you should only invest in companies that are in such good businesses that even an idiot could run it–because sooner or later, one will. I think we may be looking at that issue with Zuckerberg. Now they’re getting around to addressing this in software?

    The guys who found the company and have the huge ideas often aren’t the guys you want running a multinational trillion dollar company. Part of the problem with Facebook is that Zuckerberg owns a controlling percentage of the voting shares. He doesn’t need to compromise, and there’s no one there to tell him “no”.

    If Zuckerberg didn’t control the majority of voting shares, he probably would have been forced out by now–one of the two times advertising boycotts have hit the price of the stock to the tune of market cap losses in the hundreds of billions of dollars. Outside of his votes, he’s probably not the first pick of the other shareholders. He probably wouldn’t even be the fist pick of his own hand-picked board of directors.

    1. P.S. One of the reasons people are prone to buy into conspiracy theories is because they’re poorly informed by the news about what’s happening and why.

      More people should know about The Global Alliance for Responsible Media.

      “The Global Alliance for Responsible Media revealed early Wednesday morning that Facebook, Twitter and YouTube agreed to adopt a common set of definitions covering hate speech and other harmful content, as well as to work together in monitoring industry efforts.

      GARM is a cross-industry initiative founded and led by the World Federation of Advertisers and supported by other trade bodies including the 4A’s, the Association of National Advertisers and ISBA.

      —-AdWeek

      https://www.adweek.com/programmatic/facebook-twitter-youtube-make-commitments-to-the-global-alliance-for-responsible-media/

      Read what they do at that article.

      Does it sound like what they’ve done recently?

      Does it look like collusion?

      1. When they’re referring to the 1,100 advertisers in the first article, they’re talking about GARM.

    2. This is a proper solution–rather than regulation, antitrust, politicians, rent-seeking, and excluding half your audience for being conservative.

      It’s a better solution but it still doesn’t rectify the (unconstitutional and moral) discrepancy that bakers and billboard owners aren’t shielded from the ‘users’ of their speech ‘platform’ while Facebook, despite exerting more control over its users, is.

      Plainly obvious, ideologically consistent, but morally and legally/constitutionally-incorrect outcome: GOP voters over the age of 65 won’t be shown ads on how to get the vaccines that their tax dollars pay for. PP ads will/won’t be shown to ‘poor kids’, etc.

      1. it’s a better solution but

        It also ignores that Facebook is generating engineering solutions to a Congressionally-induced problem. Targeted advertising is not new. The core of the issue is that Congress hasn’t/can’t/shouln’t clarify what constitutes protected targeting/good-faith moderation.

        1. They should have started doing this a long time ago.

          I see it like the mistreatment of workers by management in the 19th century.

          That was bad management! The ultimate cost of treating your workers like shit is a lot higher than treating them well–especially when you factor in the costs of OSAH, the added incentive for unionization, etc.

          Point being, it shouldn’t take a consortium of the world’s 1,100 largest advertisers with civil rights groups and the government to get Mark Zuckerberg’s attention. Your workers banding together to oppose you is a good sign that you’re a bad manager, and your customers banding together to oppose you probably suggest you’re a shitty manager, too.

          Both the world and Facebook might be a better place if Zuckerberg followed Gates’ lead, stepped down, sold his voting shares on the open market, and became a philanthropist. Zuckerberg is a bad manager.

        2. And that section 230 is itself regulation

    3. Too late for many people. I deleted FB a month ago and don’t miss it.

    4. “Facebook said it plans to test a solution that will let an advertiser select a topic that it wants to steer clear of, which will determine where and how their ads show up on Facebook, including in the news feed.

      This is a fucking joke. I said this about all the mendacious lying fucks in Silicon Valley like five years ago. These powerpoint jockeys claim they can AI-detect “hate speech” and yet they can’t build an advertising model that targets (or avoids) particular youtubers. It’s a one-size-fits-all solution. If you say something icky that *some* advertisers *might* not like, you’re DEMONETIZED because ADVERTISERS!

      Now it’s 2021 and they’re just beginning to discuss this feature?

      These SV tech execs are either lying or profoundly incompetent. Very probably both.

      1. I vote for incompetent as the default assumption.

        Social media exploded in spite of management, not because of it. Facebook got some early things right, and after that, it was a gold mine that’s free to users.

        Other people blew it, like NewsCorp’s MySpace, but that doesn’t mean Facebook was managed well. It just means that they didn’t make the same mistakes as NewsCorp–sometimes because they couldn’t.

        MySpace added ridiculous features, made everything about hyping NewsCorp’s offerings, and made it all seem like spam and vaporware/broken features. Facebook didn’t offer all that crap–because they couldn’t. They didn’t have NewsCorp’s deep pockets, so they couldn’t add all those clunky features–and because they couldn’t add all those clunky features, they opened the platform up for outside developers, when MySpace didn’t.

        Facebook didn’t intercept the pass. MySpace threw an interception straight to the defender.

    5. Good news! There’s a writer opening at Reason. Ken, or anyone else here who regularly complains about how Reason writers aren’t libertarian enough or don’t cover “too local” topics, can apply — and see their “content” published by Reason:

      https://twitter.com/nickgillespie/status/1355253796021002240?s=21

      1. Do you really think that rich Uncle Charles is going to let them hire a libertarian?

  47. Are rent control laws unconstitutional?

    All price controls are unconsitutional.

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  49. Ironically; All the names on their list were Anti-Slavery Abolitionists.

    Democrats — ALWAYS has and will be the party of slavery in every way, shape and form no matter how projectively hypocritical they pretend to be.

    It all goes back to the fundamental foundation of believing the Power to Steal = Wealth instead of Individual Value to Society = Wealth.

  50. Adam Davis, who describes himself as “a strong Elizabeth Warren liberal,” told the paper. “I don’t know anybody personally who doesn’t think it’s embarrassing. [It’s] a caricature of what people think liberals in San Francisco do.”

    It is, however, exactly what fascists do.
    As a ‘strong Elizabeth (the culture appropriator) Warren liberal’, Adam Davis does in fact support the democratic party platform, and exactly the actions he pretends to criticize.

  51. Google has just demonetized The Epoch Times YouTube channel and affiliated channels. It won’t say why, just that it didn’t comply with “Community Guidelines”.

    The Epoch Times has been running a lot of negative stories on the Chinese Communist Party, Taiwan, the Uighurs and Hong Kong lately, so I can guess what “community’s” standards weren’t being complied with.

    https://clarion.causeaction.com/2021/01/28/youtube-demonetizes-epoch-times/

  52. Oh look. The insurrectionists are getting more insurrection-y.

    https://www.propublica.org/article/this-is-war-inside-the-secret-chat-where-far-right-extremists-devised-their-post-capitol-plans

    “It was the first battle of the Second American Revolution- make no mistakes,” Lang continued. “This is WAR.” He posted a code of conduct in the group, as well as a set of meme-like instructions for members to prepare for a national “blackout,” buying long-range walkie-talkies and stocking up on guns, ammo and food.

    By the way, has anyone seen Nardz lately?

      1. Just to get you on record…

        You are saying “Good.” to an insurrection against peaceful tallying of electoral college votes in the Federal legislature of your neighboring nation, the United States of America. Is this correct?

        1. There was no insurrection you fomenting demagogue. People who are trying to turn the unarmed protest on the sixth into some sort of insurrection, are doing the exact same thing as the Nazis did in ’34 with the Reichstag Fire.
          You’re lying about what happened in order to sieze additional powers and enact an authoritarian agenda.

          You’re such a disgusting fascist fuck, White Knight.

    1. chemtard loves his corrupt corporatist society.

      1. Jeff imagines he’s Robespierre or Fouquier-Tinville but he’s actually one of Elisabeth Vigée’s dogsbodys at best.

      2. Nope, just don’t think that insurrection is the way to make things better.

        1. Do you have a better plan of bringing back the USA as defined by the U.S. Constitution?

          1. So, the rioters were showing their reverence for the United States Constitution by interrupting the constitutionally-sanctioned tallying of Electoral College votes?

            1. There is no “Constitution-Sanction” to elections showing 90% favor in a swing state. AND more to the point pretending the ‘process’ outlined in the Constitution DESTROYS itself is really what you’re pushing to say. No different than those who pretend the cherry-picked words of the preamble “General Welfare” destroys the whole document within itself.

              Manipulation, deceit, manipulation, deceit —- Never ending.

              1. “There is no “Constitution-Sanction” to elections showing 90% favor in a swing state.”

                That’s your proof of a stolen election? Joe Biden got more votes than you think he should have. That’s hermetically-sealed, unassailable self-defining logic there.

                What are you talking about, by the way? What swing state (or non-swing state went 90%)?

                1. ALL Swing states had a 90% favor on Nov 4th around 3AM. President Trump gave a national broadcast of the findings (if it hasn’t been entirely CANCELLED yet).

                  No reasonable person thinks that’s just “more votes than one thinks should exit” — The entire PA committee laughed-out-load at the numbers yet it was all shoved under the rug by CANCEL media and improper judicial channels (not actually addressing the obvious fraud).

                  1. Unless you have been living under an alt-right rock, you know the explanation of why there was a turnaround in the vote count, and you know how Donald Trump created the very situation he spent the next two months bitching about.

                    Not going to argue this anymore. You had your chance to prove your conspiracy theories, and you failed.

                    1. The only pathetic excuse I’ve heard was Democrats all voted by mail. That non-sense pathetic excuse seems to dismiss the fact that 1/2 of them showed up in person and we know this because Trump didn’t have a 90% lead on in person from any county at any time.

                      Where you referring to some other pathetic excuse?

                    2. So, you know exactly what happened.

        2. And you’re historically ignorant as to why they take place.

        3. You are a boot licking little bitch, chemjeff.

    2. Hey retard… there is actually violence still happening nightly on the pacific north west.

      1. Yawn. A lame whataboutism in response. This is just too boring and predictable from you, Jesse.

        1. Whataboutism claims are Jeff’s redoubt from accusations of naked hypocrisy, and I imagine his “yawn” is one of these.

      2. Pop quiz, JesseAz: “Two wrongs make …”
        a) “a right!”
        b) “a wrong!”
        c) “Donald Trump the savior of the free world.”

        1. Why do you always imagine that your enemies think just like you?

    3. Although I’d hope for a more peaceful way; The land of the free (USA) only exists if the people can keep it. The the very reason the 2nd Amendment exists.

      It’s only an “insurrection” against the ever-growing Democratic National Socialism (pretend government) that already treasonous-Ly destroyed the USA by defying the U.S. Constitution in every imaginable way.

      Perhaps the Convention of States can save it peacefully.

  53. “…”Liberals by definition believe that government can do good things. If we do laughable things then we make a mockery of the movement,” pediatrician and parent Adam Davis, who describes himself as “a strong Elizabeth Warren liberal,” told the paper…”

    Natch, the NYT searches for the lowest common denominator.

  54. Oh look, crazy lady says crazy things. Except she’s not just some random crazy lady on Facebook, she actually has a vote in Congress.

    https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/opinion/gop-congresswoman-blamed-wildfires-on-secret-jewish-space-laser/ar-BB1dbzXg

    Greene’s views are just a bit more controversial. They include, but are no means limited to, the following:

    • The QAnon conspiracy theory, which holds that Donald Trump is secretly fighting a worldwide child-sex-slavery ring that was supposed to culminate in the mass arrest of his political opposition, is “worth listening to.”

    • Muslims don’t belong in government.

    • 9/11 was an inside job.

    • Shootings at Parkland, Sandy Hook, and Las Vegas were staged.

    • “Zionist supremacists” are secretly masterminding Muslim immigration to Europe in a scheme to outbreed white people.

    • Leading Democratic officials should be executed.

    The most recent Greene view to be unearthed comes via Eric Hananoki. Just over two years ago, Greene suggested in a Facebook post that wildfires in California were not natural. Forests don’t just catch fire, you know. Rather, the blazes had been started by PG&E, in conjunction with the Rothschilds, using a space laser, in order to clear room for a high-speed rail project.

    1. “Oh look, crazy lady says crazy things”

      I take your article and raise you with any post by Feinstein or AOC, Talib and The Squad. The Republicans have nothing on crazy compared to you guys.

      And if you want crooked then let’s talk Pelosi.

      1. Oh, and Hillary. Never forget you tried to make that self-serving kook, the queen.

      2. AOC nailed it on this one though. Stopped clock and all that:

        Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez @AOC
        Gotta admit it’s really something to see Wall Streeters with a long history of treating our economy as a casino complain about a message board of posters also treating the market as a casino

        1. Was that before or after she got the memo that the posters were Nazis?

      3. Cori bush is seeking to expel 100 members of the House. Maxine waters still thinks her supporters should get in people’s faces.

        1. And how exactly does that make Marjorie Taylor Greene any less crazy?

          1. It’s relative.
            Marjorie Taylor Greene
            vs.
            Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez
            Ayanna Pressley
            Maxine Waters
            Chris Murphy
            Ilhan Omar
            Eric Swalwell
            Rashida Tlaib
            Nancy Pelosi
            Mazie Hirono
            Kamala Harris
            Richard Blumenthal
            Etc., etc.

            Once you look at these nutbags statements, Marjorie Taylor Greene seems par for the course.

    2. And don’t forget, if you fail to condemn her, it means you support her.

      1. Of course! That is the Jesse Standard for Discourse.

        Also the Jesse Standard for Discourse: The most extreme and outlandish member of any group is taken to be representative of the whole group.

        So when AOC advocates for socialism, that means Democrats as a whole are socialists.

        And when Marjorie Taylor Greene advocates nutty conspiracy theories, that means Republicans as a whole are nutty conspiracy theorists.

        1. You made a miscalculation there. You assumed the “Jesse Standard” is applied uniformly to all political figures.

    3. Jeff is committing insurrection by seeking to kick put a duly elected member of congress.

      1. Lame. Totally lame.

      2. Funny, I don’t see where chemjeff called for kicking Greene out of Congress. He just linked to crazy-ass shit that she said.

        1. Well let’s ask him.

          Hey Jeff, do you want to see Marjorie Taylor Greene removed from Congress?

    4. lol… The [WE] Democratic National Socialists are running a “smear” campaign against a swing state Republican who just filed Hunter’s Ukraine scandal to file Impeachment on Biden.

      Using deception, lies, and manipulation in main-stream media. Stop slopping of pig-sh*t stained rags of the left.

      https://www.marjorietaylorgreene.com/

      “Save America, Stop Socialism”, to the left = Conspiracy Theorist.

  55. “Pelosi seeks more money to protect Congress”
    https://www.arkansasonline.com/news/2021/jan/29/pelosi-seeks-more-money-to-protect-congress/

    Pretty sure she’s looking for enough to put fainting couches in all the offices.

    1. First rule of Progressive Club: The people want what we want.

      Second rule of Progressive Club: If the people don’t want what we want, see the first rule.

      Third rule of Progressive Club: Fear the people?

    2. AOC needs a footlocker.

    3. Machine gun nests are expensive!

    4. But 90% of the voters wanted the Democratic National Socialist Congress —— Said the election…. So how much protection is needed for 10%?

  56. I say we change the name of every school to the same thing every 2 years, so that way no liberals or republicans can be butt hurt for very long. And the name is randomized. Nobody should care.

    Until that can happen, I don’t care that the names are changing. No one should care. It’s SO DUMB. If local politicians or federal politicians want to waste their time, go for it.

    1. Each school can be assigned a randomly-generated GUID.

  57. Smoking rates stop falling. “Before the pandemic, U.S. cigarette unit sales had been falling at an accelerating rate, hitting 5.5% in 2019, as smokers quit or switched to alternatives like e-cigarettes,” reports The Wall Street Journal. “The pandemic put the brakes on that slide. In 2020, the U.S. cigarette industry’s unit sales were flat compared to the previous year, according to data released Thursday by Marlboro maker Altria Group Inc.”

    The real reasons far less harmful nicotine vapor product sales plummeted and cigarette sales stopped declining in 2020 are:

    – The CDC, US SG, FDA and all state/local health agencies falsely claimed (since 2009 when FDA first banned e-cigarettes) that e-cigs were addicting teens, were gateways to cigarettes, didn’t help smokers quit, and may be more harmul than cigarettes.

    – The CDC urged Govenors/state/local health agencies to ban vaping in public places, and tax vapes the same as cigarettes.

    – In 2014 FDA imposed the Deeming Regulation that banned nicotine vapor companies from truthfully claiming vaping is far less harmful than cigarette smoking, banned the sale of any vapor product not approved by FDA (which still hasn’t approved any vapes, but hasn’t yet removed them from the market), and required vape companies to spend >$50 million to submit an application to FDA.

    – The CDC, US SG, FDA and all state/local health agencies falsely claimed (since 2016) the increase in teen vaping was due to nicotine vapes, when their own data repeatedly found that most of the increase was due to THC vapes (as teens began vaping THC instead of smoking pot).

    – A year ago, FDA banned the sale of many flavored nicotine vapor products by falsely claiming they were addicting children.

    In sum, cigarette smoking stopped declining because corrupt officials at CDC, FDA, US SG and state/local health agencies lied about and aggressively lobbied to ban sales and use of far less harmful vapor products.

    Big Pharma financed most of this lobbying campaign (to protect their sales of Nicorette, Nicoderm, Chantix and drugs used to treat sick and dying smokers) by giving hundreds of millions of dollars to the Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids, American Cancer Society, American Heart Association, American Lung Association and American Academy of Pediatrics.

    The worlds largest cigarette manufacturers (i.e. Altria, Philip Morris International, British American Tobacco, RJ Reynolds, Imperial Tobacco and Japan Tobacco International) all endorsed the false claims and anti vapor policies by Big Pharma, CDC, US SG and FDA because reducing vapor sales also boosted their cigarette sales.

    1. For the reasons state above, the CDC, FDA, US SG and state/local health agencies (and Big Pharma and Big Medicine) can NOT be trusted to tell the truth or to protect public health from Covid.

  58. The funniest comment was from the guy who said he had no problem scrubbing out Lincoln and Washington, but not Feinstein.

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    1. When your camps are up and running you won’t even need to discredit your opponents with weasely shit like ordering phony psychiatric evaluations.

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