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Milwaukee Cops Left 4-Year-Old in Freezing Car Overnight

Plus: Texas sends out Amber Alert for Chucky doll, people are fleeing California and the Northeast, and more.

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Milwaukee police officers left a 4-year-old girl in an impounded car overnight after arresting the girl's mother on suspicion of drunk driving. On Tuesday, lawyers for the family filed a lawsuit against the city and the police sergeant of Milwaukee, as well as five officers involved in the incident, which occurred in November 2018.

Police had responded to a call about a minivan pulled over on the side of the road and wound up taking the girl's mom into custody. The girl, identified by the initials F.K., was sleeping in the back of the van—and her aunt told police this, the suit against the city claims.

But police ordered the aunt (who had also been in the vehicle) to leave the car and did not bother checking for the child, according to the girl's lawyers. Instead, the officers—who did not have their body cameras turned on—let the vehicle be towed to a nearby impound lot, on a night where the temperature dropped below freezing.

The girl was discovered the next day when someone working in a nearby tow lot heard her "very upset and crying," said Jeff Polenske, a city engineer, at a press conference about the incident. She was taken to a local hospital emergency room.

Polenske added that city protocols for impounded vehicles were being reviewed. Not checking the car apparently went against city protocol, which says Milwaukee cops must "thoroughly" search a vehicle at the scene before it is towed and that the city tow lot operator should also inspect the vehicle.

The girl's mother was criminally prosecuted for child neglect and driving under the influence and sentenced to 10 months in prison. She was also ordered to have no contact with her children. Local news reports at the time portrayed the girl's abandonment in the vehicle overnight as the mother's fault.

Two Milwaukee police officers received suspensions over the incident. James Collins—one of five officers named as defendants in the lawsuit, along with Fabian Garcia, Antonio Dorsey, Emily Markert, and David Paszkiewicz—was suspended for 25 days, according to TMJ4 Milwaukee. Garcia was suspended for 10 days.

"Collins was the same officer involved in the controversial arrest of Sterling Brown, the former Milwaukee Bucks player," notes TMJ4. The city wound up paying $750,000 to Brown, who was tased by police responding to a report that Brown was parked illegally.


FREE MINDS

Texas police accidentally sent out an Amber Alert featuring a Chucky doll. Chucky was described as a 3'1″, 16-pound, 28-year-old male "wielding a huge kitchen knife" who was suspected of abducting a 5-year-old, 6-pound male named Glen—a character who in the Chucky universe is Chucky's son.

"While the alert appeared to be a mistake, it was sent out via email three separate times to subscribers of the Texas Alerts System Friday morning," noted San Antonio news station KENS5.

KENS 5 reached out to DPS, the agency that manages the alert system, for comment and received this response:

"This alert is a result of a test malfunction. We apologize for the confusion this may have caused and are diligently working to ensure this does not happen again."


FREE MARKETS

Remote working will outlast the pandemic, predicts Derek Thompson at The Atlantic, noting that constraints on remote work's popularity have long been more social or cultural than technological.

According to the economist David Autor, remote work suffered from a "telephone problem." Seven decades after the first telephone was patented in the 1860s, fewer than half of Americans owned one. Behavior dragged behind technology, because most families had no use for a telecom machine as long as none of their friends also owned one. In network theory, this is known as Metcalfe's Law: The value of a communications network rises exponentially with the number of its users.

The same has been true of remote work. In 2018, it was weird and rude to ask a boss to move a meeting to Skype, or to tell a business partner to fire up a Zoom link because you can't make lunch. The teleconference tech existed, but it was considered an ersatz substitute for the normal course of business.

"The most important outcome of the pandemic wasn't that it taught you how to use Zoom, but rather that it forced everybody else to use Zoom," Autor told me. "We all leapfrogged over the coordination problem at the exact same time." Meetings, business lunches, work trips—all these things will still happen in the after world. But nobody will forget the lesson we were all just forced to learn: Telecommunications doesn't have to be the perfect substitute for in-person meetings, as long as it's mostly good enough. For the most part, remote work just works.

All of this could have huge implications for not just where people choose to live but politics and the distribution of employment opportunities, too, which Thompson teases out in his piece. One particularly interesting tidbit:

According to U-Haul's annual review, California lost more people to out-migration than any other state in 2020, and the five largest states in the Northeast—New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Massachusetts, and Maryland—joined California in the top 10 losers. Rents have fallen fastest in "pricey coastal cities," including San Francisco, Seattle, Los Angeles, Boston, and New York City, according to Apartment List. Zillow data also show that home values in New York, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C., are growing below the national average.

States seeing the most one-way U-Haul truck rentals to them during the pandemic were Tennessee, Texas, Florida, Ohio, Arizona, Colorado, Missouri, Nevada, North Carolina, and Georgia.

"California ranks last by a wide margin, supplanting Illinois as the state with the greatest net loss of U-Haul trucks," the company reports. "California has ranked 48th or lower since 2016. Illinois has been 49th or 50th since 2015, when U-Haul began ranking states based on annual net gain."


QUICK HITS

• "Atomization and sentimentality exacerbate each other, after all: you break the bridges of connection across society, and then give each island a fairy tale about its uniqueness." The New Yorker looks at Joan Didion's newest collection of (old) essays, Let Me Tell You What I Mean.

• Santa Clara University law student and researcher Jess Miers explores "must carry" laws related to Section 230, including the new Protecting Constitutional Rights from Online Platform Censorship Act. "The overall point of these 'must-carry' reforms remains the same: websites must-carry any and all First Amendment protected speech. It sounds great in theory, especially for zealous speech advocates. But in practice, it's a boon for online trolls."

• "Transgression has been replaced by trauma as the cultural concept of the hour: making rules rather than breaking them has become the signature aesthetic move," writes feminist author Laura Kipnis in the new journal Liberties.

• A resolution introduced in the Rhode Island House of Representatives last week would create a study commission to study the criminalization of commercial sex.

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  1. Milwaukee police officers left a 4-year-old girl in an impounded car overnight after arresting the girl’s mother on suspicion of drunk driving.

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            1. The girl’s mother was criminally prosecuted for child neglect and driving under the influence and sentenced to 10 months in prison. She was also ordered to have no contact with her children. Local news reports at the time portrayed the girl’s abandonment in the vehicle overnight as the mother’s fault.

              Ordering a parent have no contact with her children and her children no contact with their parents is gross governmental overreach and is unconstitutional on the basis of cruel and unusual punishment.

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      1. I would say so. There are lots of things that impair your driving just as much as being drunk. But only drunk driving has been made into a moral issue, even though being sleep deprived or having misbehaving children in the back seat can be far more dangerous to others than driving with .08% BAC.

      2. Because once laws are in place, they’re nearly impossible to remove.

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      3. Drunk driving is rather dangerous and (unlike driving tired or with children in the back seat) its something people _chose_ to do, but this arrest was for drunk NOT-driving: “Police had responded to a call about a minivan pulled over on the side of the road”. This arrest was not about safety, it was for revenue, and to show off their power to arbitrarily put citizens in cages.

        1. Drunk driving is rather dangerous and (unlike driving tired or with children in the back seat) its something people _chose_ to do…

          So people don’t chose to continue driving when tired? They don’t chose to keep driving when children become unruly in the backseat?

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  2. The girl’s mother was criminally prosecuted for child neglect and driving under the influence and sentenced to 10 months in prison. She was also ordered to have no contact with her children.

    Might want to expand all of that to others.

    1. “Polenske added that city protocols for impounded vehicles were being reviewed.”

      That should fix the problem.

  3. I hate zoom meetings.

    1. Most people do. I think they’re barking up the wrong tree on how popular working from home will be. Or how productive.

      1. I don’t mind them; my computer has tape over the camera lens.

        1. Don’t want to mistakenly have the camera running while doing other things at the computer?

        2. Or know that the camera might be turned on remotely.

      2. My company has found work from home to be such a win-win that I don’t think we’ll ever go back to regular office-based work. We’re actually even more productive than before, given that we all start work at about the same time that we’d be leaving our homes to start a commute to the office, and don’t quit until it would normally be time to leave the office and drive home…and often work later than that, since we usually have nowhere to go. Even counting the more frequent short breaks I take for things like letting the dogs in and out, I’m still getting more done. It also helps that everyone dislikes e-meetings, so we keep them shorter and less frequent. Also, my home PC equipment is far more capable than my office system.

    2. but they save a lot of money on unnecessary corporate travel.

      1. I still find it more productive to have 2 conference rooms fulll of people connected by teleconference than 10 people each on their own laptop.

    3. Agreed – the problem with remote work is now we’ve also lost the concept of a work day many times. What’s lunch to someone who’s zooming they can do it at any time, what’s after hours? It doesn’t matter to them they got to do their errands during the day so now I have to work schedules around them more so then ever. I think it eroded respect for others times. The “all in this together” crowed really is just do what is best for me which now includes when and how work is best for them your situation be damned. Btw like Sevo I do not turn on my cam.

    4. The problem is the web-cams. Just use audio (maybe after intros) and then put the meeting agenda/content on the screen. If it’s a meeting where everybody already knows each other, skip the cameras entirely. But also, people getting tired of zoom meetings might have the beneficial, productivity-enhancing effect of organizations having fewer meetings, and wouldn’t that be great? Use email/slack/IM/whatever (then the notes for the meeting you didn’t need are already taken) — and does anybody ever calculate the overall hourly cost of all these people sitting around in the (real or virtual) conference room (half of whom are bored silly and have no reason for being there much of the time)? Of course, the downside is that lots of managers will have to find other ways to structure and justify their daily existence, but I think we can all live with that, can’t we?

  4. Texas police accidentally sent out an Amber Alert featuring a Chucky doll.

    I swear, if this turns out to be viral marketing for the next movie…

    1. It would be awsome?

      1. But what if Chucky is…real?

        1. The story doesn’t say whether anyone found him.

          1. Have you checked under your bed?

  5. Remote working will outlast the pandemic…

    Telecommuting has been an unrealized promise almost as long as flying cars. Employers don’t use productivity so much as the appearance of productivity as their gauge of staff’s value. They want butts in the seat, even if it costs them more in office space.

    1. Absolutely: MBO has come to mean ‘management by observation’, not ‘management by objective’.
      My suspicion is that it is because managers “educated” in public schools and any college are incapable of understanding the concept of ‘objective’.

      1. How about “management by omnipresence”? My guess is that most low level managers fear obsolescence if they are not seen herding their staff around every day.

      2. Objectivity is a white supremist concept

        1. It’s the noun, not the adjective.

    2. I am far less productive working from home. I think the majority are also.

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      2. I’ve been full time remote since before COVID and I think productivity varies job to job. What I’ve found is that I’m exactly as productive when I have a project or task to focus on and almost exactly as non-productive when I don’t regardless of location.

        The notion of a 40 hour work week for non-task based work is incredibly archaic. I don’t have tasks, I have projects or initiatives with due dates – I either manage my time well enough to get them done within 40 hours or work extra. The main point is to meet my objectives within the time limit.

        1. I think your 40 hour point is a good point – I tell my folks get your tasks done and if you are done with a project you don’t have to pretend to look busy. The problem is do you switch everyone to salary because in a system of hourly you are going to be asked to keep them busy to pay for 40 hours of good work or bad.

      3. I certainly am. Fortunately I declared myself essential and kept going to work and no one complained. Unless I have some very specific thing to focus on, I have a real hard time working from home.

      4. I am far less productive working from home. I think the majority are also.

        That sounds like a lack self-discipline and work ethic. I and the rest of my co-workers have been at least as productive working from home as we were before.

    3. I don’t know about that. The company that I work for was looking at having to build more manufacturing space before COVID. The work from home bit has been so successful that they are going to keep it. We are converting office space to floor space. They are going to keep about 25 offices that can be reserved for people when they have to come in. The rest of the time it is work from home.

      1. I’m not going to challenge either of you there, but I do find my productivity is decreased as I mentioned above I have to work around hoping you check your email, you answer your phone or aren’t just flexing your lunch to run an errand. When someone is in the office I at least can get an immediate answer from them. Now for me it’s like rolling the dice and hoping I hit 7.

        1. When I was still doing software contracting, I found that in order to be productive, I had to make sure I was treating it like a job. Get up at the same time, take a shower, eat breakfast, get dressed, go to my office space, shut the door, and so on. Just sitting in front of the computer in my pajamas was a recipe for getting fuck-all accomplished.

          1. When I was laid up with the ‘Rona, I was more productive at home than in the office. This may be an anomaly, but that people could not march into my office at two-minute intervals to demand my time but instead had to queue up their needs in email and messaging meant that I could focus on tasks one at a time and uninterrupted.

            But for some reason as soon as quarantine was up I was itching to get out of my house and back to this wretched place to work at my desk. There are pros and cons to everything I guess, and every situation is different.

            1. I did have to tell my wife to not just walk in every time she wanted something.

    4. Telecommuting has been an unrealized promise almost as long as flying cars.

      That’s because it was widely assumed/believed that it wouldn’t work. Once most companies that could implement it were more or less forced to do so, many (perhaps even most) are finding that those assumptions were not correct. My own company has already given up most of it’s office space because the intent is to make this permanent. The large locally headquartered company that both my daughter and son work for has found that the practice is working so well that it has already sold one of its two large campuses.

  6. Atomization and sentimentality exacerbate each other, after all: you break the bridges of connection across society, and then give each island a fairy tale about its uniqueness.

    This better not be about Cuba’s quaintness, because capitalism will destroy their ’57 Chevys!

    1. you keep your gentrifiers in Florida

  7. The overall point of these ‘must-carry’ reforms remains the same: websites must-carry any and all First Amendment protected speech.

    Aw, I got a boner thinking “must-carry” laws were going to be about the Second Amendment.

    1. “I got a boner thinking”

      If you weren’t so quick and careless to brandish your gun, maybe our rights wouldn’t be so vociferously under attack.

      1. Lol

    2. A Washington state legislature has introduced a bill that would make open carry a felony.

      1. Sorta.

        OLYMPIA, Wash. — Washington state lawmakers are not letting a mostly online legislative session prevent them from introducing controversial proposals.

        A bill to ban the open carry of firearms at all demonstrations and on the state Capitol campus in Olympia, known as Senate Bill 5038, passed out of committee last week.

        https://www.king5.com/article/news/politics/state-politics/washington-state-legislative-session-open-carry-police-use-of-force/281-6d35264d-bfa3-46e9-b1e3-5931558847b9

  8. Transgression has been replaced by trauma as the cultural concept of the hour…

    Ha, yeah, hour.

    I can’t imagine once all the transgressions have been solved what they’ll come up with next in the industry of victimhood.

    1. That well is deep. Everything is so terrible and unfair.

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  10. “California lost more people to out-migration… Rents have fallen fastest in “pricey coastal cities,””

    See, those leftist policies DO work.

    1. The disease is spreading.

      1. Yeah. I sometimes wonder if this “outmigration” is not the equivalent of China allowing outbound international flights when they were locked down internally due to a certain disease not to be named after it’s place of origin.

        1. That’s still a dog whistle, racist.

    2. Watch the blue states brag about net carbon reductions as they depopulate.

      1. worse than that, they’re going to enforce Work from Home on companies to save the climate

      2. Our governor already was as a result of lockdowns.

  11. “Local news reports at the time portrayed the girl’s abandonment in the vehicle overnight as the mother’s fault.”

    The local news may be liable for slander. You can make the case that none of this would have happened if the mother hadn’t been DUI–and therefore she was to some extent to blame for what happened. That’s for a jury to figure out.

    There is something interesting to note here in relation to Section 230. In other common law countries where they don’t have Section 230, these kinds of stories are often shut down for comments. People blaming a random mother, for instance, because her toddler accidentally drowned in the pool–even if she were at work or something–is a pretty common knee jerk reaction for commenters who don’t bother to read the article.

    The news organizations and other websites don’t want to be hassled with defamation lawsuits for what people write in comments. So, when Section 230 is repealed, which I fully expect to happen in Biden’s first 100 days in office, don’t expect to be able to comment on stories like this pretty much anywhere. It will just open the website up to liability, and in thread about a baby dying, as the thread grows longer, the chances of someone blaming the mother approaches one.

    1. This place is one of the few left that have a comments section.

      1. I don’t know about that. Some sites are nothing but comment sections.

        I will concede that the argument for free speech becomes far less compelling to conservatives when they’re systematically being purged from the public square.

        If their speech isn’t to be included in what we’re talking about when we’re talking about free speech, they’re far less likely to care about future incursions on speech rights when their speech isn’t protected anywhere.

        Because I’m neither a sex worker nor a customer of sex workers, their issues are only so compelling to me. Not being a woman of child bearing years may make me less interested in abortion rights than I would be if I were a woman of child bearing years. People who don’t gamble, probably aren’t as interested in the rights of gamblers.

        We shouldn’t expect any different from conservatives after their speech has been completely purged from the public square under the guise of hate speech, conspiracy theories, misinformation, and the violent threats. Once they’ve given up hope for their speech, whether other people can talk about how babies died online probably won’t matter to them much.

    2. And when the comments are gone, hate reading will go to. I’ve gone to more than one website to see the comments ripping the dumb journalist a new one. There is very little reason to go to a stupid person’s article otherwise.

      We’ll see another round of lay offs among journalists who can no longer draw eyeballs.

      1. Those layoffs are already in full swing.

        Journalism as a profession is imploding, and web media isn’t making up for print. Even big name papers like the New York Times and the Washington Post were only able to retain about 2% of their readers as subscribers once they went behind a paywall. One of the things the journalists are hoping is that once Google runs through the antitrust gauntlet, that the feds will make them start paying more for the news stories they link.

        Google isn’t the issue. People are disgusted with the quality and opinions of the news they read–and see on television. And as streaming continues to eat away at cable industry, more and more of those cable news channels will need to start competing for eyeballs, too–and not just those that are to the left of Elizabeth Warren either.

        1. Sports Illustrated just announced that they were going behind a hybrid paywall themselves. Everyone gets a certain amount of “free” articles a month to read, and then has to pay to see the rest, similar to what The Atlantic does.

      2. Yahoo News axed comments last year (mostly to prevent comments on election stories) and still hasn’t brought them back.

        I don’t bother to go there any more.

        1. Yep. You can’t ever trust an article/site that doesn’t allow comments.

        2. You’re not missing anything. The Yahoo comments section was among the worst I’ve seen. I’ve only been coming here for a year or two, but it’s a lot better than most. Some of the long timers around here lament the decay in quality, and they may be right, but most of them keep coming back.

        3. Same. Used to be some fun comment sections. Now Yahoo is just a shill for the Demo ideas. I go to get my mail, see the headlines, SMH and leave.
          Headline today – Gas is no longer good

        4. Same here. Usually the comments were better than the articles.

  12. Milwaukee police officers left a 4-year-old girl in an impounded car overnight

    Is this what the union says? Have to wait until we hear what the union says.

    1. “Polenske added that city protocols for impounded vehicles were being reviewed.”

      Welp, the brass is reviewing protocols.

  13. “it sounds great in theory but it’s really a boon for online trolls”

    Ahhh another I believe in free speech but scumbag. Do these idiots realize that when you start to add qualifiers to free speech you are not in favor of free speech?

    1. But hate speech isn’t free speech, dontcha know? That’s why it’s completely constitutional to ban hate speech. Not that the left cares about constitutional processes, but it helps smooth out some of the bumps in the road towards their utopia of reeducation camps for the bigots (which is another redefined term, but that’s for another comment).

    2. RACIST!

    3. noooo! Not online trolls!!!

    4. Why is this any more complicated than a user ignore function?

  14. So Sullom is still talking about Shampeachment II Electric Boogaloo, but nothing about a guy being charged by the FBI for 5 year old memes from a deactivated Twitter account?

    Fuck off, Reason.

    1. Too local, unlike a story about local cops doing dumb shit.

  15. https://twitter.com/AbigailShrier/status/1356856978463625216

    For anyone still living in denial, the White House just confirmed to
    @usatoday
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    This will apply to virtually every public high school (nearly all receive federal funding).

    1. While signing the EO he said it was an effort to make wemons sports watchable

      1. Nice one.

    2. “biological boys”

      Scientifically inaccurate terminology.

      Transgender females are, in fact, females in a biological and legal sense. They therefore deserve uninhibited access to all female-only spaces including, but not limited to, public restrooms, showering facilities, locker rooms, and prisons. And, of course, female athletic competitions.

      #ILoveScience
      #TransWomenAreWomen

      1. Poe’s Law again, OBL.

        1. Parody is *hard* these days. :-\

    3. So what? Everyone is at home for school and sports are canceled.

      1. Not in Montana. Although not sure how big a problem this will be except in class A schools in Montana.

        1. Should be fun to watch in the college towns, and maybe Billings, once the troons start smoking the girls in their own sports. Everywhere else, including the Indian reservations, people are going to ignore it like they do most shitlib nonsense.

        2. Looks like on this side of the divide even if they aren’t doing official sports they’ve start organizing and converting peoples property to sports venues. People are taking on themselves They did this with a volleyball tournament last weekend which got around whether the schools wanted to host it or not.

          1. Whoops sorry misread that. This was a general comment on how they were still having sports even if they were shutdown here.

    4. At least the WNBA might end up being somewhat watchable once they get some more explosive athletes in the mix.

      1. I can see it now: WNBA MVP LeBronna James, averaging 100 ppg, 35 rpg, 0 apg (because why should “she” bother passing the ball to another player).

        1. The hilarious thing is that college teams like UConn actually practice against male players because the coaches are well aware of how much better athletes the men are.

          These women get pushed around all afternoon by men in practice, and the games end up being relatively easy.

      2. Juwanna Mann is going to turn out to be another of those prophetic movies, like Terminator and The Running Man.

        1. Demolition Man was a prophecy, not a movie.

      3. Reminder… the best women’s soccer team of all time got killed by a hs boys team.

        1. Serena Williams also got beat buy a dude who was ranked something like #204 in the world at the time, and he said he wasn’t even trying that hard. His impression was that she wouldn’t have been able to hang with any man in the top 500.

          And that’s arguably the best women’s tennis player ever.

          1. I believe John McEnroe got berated in an interview for calling Serena the best women’s tennis player ever. Interviewer thought he should drop the “women’s” qualifier.

          2. Serena Williams also got beat buy a dude who was ranked something like #204 in the world at the time

            Karsten Braasch. He beat both Serena AND Venus in back-to-back sets (one at a time, besting Serena 6–1 and Venus 6–2). This was in 1998 during the Australian Open when he was 30 years old, and ranked 203rd in the world…after he had already played a round of golf and downed a couple of beers. The Williams sisters, who were challenged by Braasch because they claimed they could “beat any male player ranked outside the world’s top 200” were 17 and 16 years of age.

        2. Years ago, when Howard Stern was still on E network and Artie Lang was on it, Artie played 1 on 1 against an average women’s college player and beat her. An obese, old, alcoholic beat a women’s college player.

      4. I honestly hope it happens, a lot of the women over there need a reality check. Lots of them claim to be able to beat professional men in 1-on-1 basketball and don’t see why they’re paid so much less. I’d love for some D-leaguer to identify as a woman and show them exactly how wrong they are.

        1. The beauty of identifying as a woman is that the left’s own rules prohibit asking for proof or demanding they transition for real.

          LeBron could say he’s a woman, keep his hair the same length, and continue to wear men’s clothes and they (the left) couldn’t do anything about it.

  16. Harris-Backed Bail Fund Freed Rioter Twice. He’s Now Charged With 3 New Felonies
    https://dailycaller.com/2021/02/02/minnesota-freedom-fund-bailed-thomas-moseley-three-felony-charges-gun-investigation/

    A Minneapolis man who was twice bailed out by a fund once supported by Vice President Kamala Harris has been arrested again and is facing three new felony charges while under investigation for a possible gun crime, Minnesota prosecutors said.

    Thomas Moseley, 29, had previously been arrested and released for cases that involved damaging a police precinct in August as well as rioting in December, according to the Hennepin County’s Attorney Office.

    Due to an incident that transpired after his most recent release, Moseley is now under investigation for allegedly attempting to purchase semi-automatic weapons from a gun store on both Jan. 7 and 12 using straw buyers, according to the press release. Moseley was allegedly in possession of marijuana, cocaine and psilocyn mushrooms.

    1. https://twitter.com/ElijahSchaffer/status/1356695649157275650

      Remember when BLM & Antifa sieged the White House last year, injured 60 secret service officers, and set the historic St. John’s church on fire

      Then Trump had them cleared out w/ tear gas & Democrat politicians/pundits defended the violent terrorists as “peaceful protesters”?

      1. That’s different because shut up.

      2. Nope. Never happened.

    2. Never forget that while roving bands of mostly white thugs went to black neighborhoods and destroyed black businesses and burned black children alive in their own homes, Democrats were cheering them on and raising millions of dollars for their legal defense.

      They really haven’t changed much in the last 100 years.

    3. Moseley was allegedly in possession of marijuana, cocaine and psilocyn mushrooms.

      All the cops have to do is arrest him while he’s overdosing, and he’ll get buried in a gold coffin as a reward.

    4. A bad look for Harris, but a libertarian might point out that buying a weapon or some plant products should not be crimes.

    5. ONE ILLEGAL THING AT A TIME, PEOPLE!

  17. Free minds, free markets, fuck you, Reason.

    NY Times faces backlash for report urging Biden admin to appoint ‘reality czar’ to combat ‘disinformation’
    https://www.foxnews.com/media/new-york-times-biden-reality-czar

    1. Minitru coming soon?

    2. Dude the Ministry of Truth has always protected us from online misinformation.

  18. Communications guy at Twitter, who formerly worked for Kamala Harris, happy to report there is no anti-conservative bias on Twitter.
    https://twitter.com/RubinReport/status/1356398493779206144

    1. Facebook Bans Second Amendment Group Without Explanation
      The Virginia Citizens Defense League says it’s gotten no accounting of move from tech giant
      https://freebeacon.com/guns/facebook-bans-second-amendment-group-without-explanation/

      1. Like they need to explain.

      2. This is fine because I’m pretty sure liking constitutional amendments is a violation of Facebook’s TOS, and they can do whatever they want regardless of the blatant misrepresentation because mUh pRivAtE coMpaNIes.

      3. They once referred to a gun as a she when he clearly identified as male.

        1. “This is my rifle, this is my gun”

          1. This one’s for fighting, this one’s for fun!

    2. They cited the report funded by turbo-shitlib tech CEO Craig Newmark, founder of Craigslist.

  19. Milwaukee police officers left a 4-year-old girl in an impounded car overnight after arresting the girl’s mother on suspicion of drunk driving.

    How am I supposed to know how to feel about this story if you don’t tell me the race of the child or of the police officers? Is this an example of white privilege that they allowed the child to stay in the van or an example of systemic racism that they didn’t give a shit about the child they didn’t know was there or just an example of All Cops Are Bastards? Help me out here.

    1. The union says it’s an example of FYTW, you judgmental bastard. Now get back in your hole.

    2. C’mon, the rules are easy:

      1) If it’s race on race crime, no race reported.
      2) If it’s a white victim of the State, no race reported.
      3) If it’s non-white on white victim crime, no race reported.
      4) If the victim has non-white identifiable melanin, it’s SYSTEMIC RACISM and IT’S TRUMP’S FAULT.

  20. https://threadreaderapp.com/thread/1356606664284246020.html

    The thing that really broke up the conservative movement was the surrender on social issues – the “fiscally conservative but socially liberal” intellectual fad – followed by the utter and total collapse of fiscal discipline in U.S. government.

    It sounds like a simple, almost tautological diagnosis in retrospect – our thought leaders gave up on half of their ideology, then gave up on the other half – but it wasn’t obvious to those thought leaders at the time, and the order in which the surrenders occurred was important.

    Throwing in the towel on social issues stripped the conservative movement of populist energy. Politicians and pundits threw away the ability to speak passionately about subjects of elemental importance to normal people. They gave up red-blooded debate to talk about red ink.

    That decision left the Right unable to resist the radical expansion of government, completely unmoored from its income stream. Many of its leading politicians meekly signed off on that expansion, which was demanded in populist terms by the Left, citing its social issues.

    In retrospect, it’s amazing how quickly the “fiscal conservative/social liberal” dodge was followed by confident assertions from all the Smart People that nobody wanted to talk about fiscal issues. Only insurgents and outsiders even tried: Perot, the Tea Party.

    The thing about giving in to the deficit-fueled expansion of the State is that you’re abandoning all the moral arguments in favor of liberty, tradition, and civil society. You’re down to merely arguing about what the Leviathan State should do, not whether it should exist.

    And as we’ve all seen with painful clarity during the Trump years, the Leviathan State can very effectively resist efforts to reform it, trim it down to size, or bend its vast powers towards conservative ends. It cannot be used the way “Big Government Conservatives” hoped.

    That’s why so much of establishment conservatism is bloodless and bitchy, mostly concerned with conducting purity crusades against others on the Right, while criticizing those with real power on the Left with eloquent impotence.

    That old effort at a “fiscally conservative, socially liberal” libertarian compromise had an unpleasant side effect that’s been bubbling through conservatism for decades now: many of its leaders just plain dislike the culture they agreed to abandon to the Left.

    They certainly don’t feel any fire in the belly to fight for those people. Why would they? They long ago decided conservative cultural issues are icky, which means the people who live by those traditions are icky, unworthy of the attentions of top conservative intellectuals.

    But what else is left, now that the towel has also been thrown in on fiscal conservatism and the expansion of the State? The result is a conservative movement that talks endlessly about grand strategy but cannot be bothered with tactics.

    Its “principles” are swords kept forever clean and shiny inside their sealed display cases, their edges never dulled or bloodied by effective use on the political battlefield. They talk about what color of drapes to hang on the Overton Window, not how to move it.

    1. https://threadreaderapp.com/thread/1332313396260331520.html

      Privileged elites always want to assert their status by indulging in pleasures denied to the lower classes. This often leads them into immoral, deranged, and even criminal behavior. They’re desperate to flaunt their power by doing what lesser folk are forbidden to do.

      This is one of the reasons for the wave of sexual harassment, sexual assault, and pedophilia among the richest and most powerful. They indulge increasingly depraved appetites to savor the sweet, sweet high of doing what ordinary people cannot, feasting on the food of the gods.

      It’s also one of the reasons high-living elites are drawn to puritanical secular pseudo-religions, like the Church of Global Warming and now the Church of Covid. They have a deep appetite for making aspects of modern life forbidden to the Little People, but not to themselves.

      You’ll notice that high acolytes of the Church of Global Warming have absolutely no intention of compromising THEIR extravagant lifestyles. They jet set, they have yachts and huge cars, they buy beachfront mansions on property they claim to believe will be underwater soon.

      But they have a deep desire to make planes, cars, and accoutrements of the First World lifestyle forbidden to the proletariat. They love how their ideology elevates them into a superior overclass, reaffirming their importance by asserting they “need” or “deserve” so much more.

      These elite appetites are useful to the Left because they fold neatly into its endless war against the hated middle class. The perversions of the elite inspire them to attack the morality that would otherwise help lower and middle class people improve their station in life.

      Meanwhile, the fanatical puritan and luddite ideologies of the elite inspire them to restrict the resources and technologies that improve middle-class life and help people become more productive, which helps them earn more money and amass more capital.

      Thus we have a culture that teaches young people to reject time-tested moral codes that would help them build better lives, instead making clumsy efforts to imitate the debauchery of the elites in ways that lead them to misery and ruin.

      1. They have a deep appetite for making aspects of modern life forbidden to the Little People, but not to themselves”

        This has always been true, and sumptuary laws are an excellent example of this.
        They’re not going to forbid the plebs from wearing silk or purple this time around, but plane travel for vacations and owning private cars in urban areas will get the heave-ho.

        1. As if on Cue – John Kerry

          Kerry Defended Taking Private Jet to Iceland for Environmental Award: ‘the Only Choice for Somebody Like Me’
          Traveling the world to win the battle against GCC

      2. This is one of the reasons for the wave of sexual harassment, sexual assault, and pedophilia among the richest and most powerful. They indulge increasingly depraved appetites to savor the sweet, sweet high of doing what ordinary people cannot, feasting on the food of the gods.

        Jordan Belfort actually mentioned this in the book version of The Wolf of Wall Street. He and the Stratton Oakmont upper circle ended up chasing after increasingly depraved acts of debauchery because they were adrenaline junkies that got off on the thrill. Hollywood elites and the incestuous circle of media pundits, politicians, and board executives are no different.

        1. Belfort termed it as “climbing higher and higher cliffs to jump into increasingly shallow pools.”

    2. The thing that really broke up the conservative movement was the surrender on social issues – the “fiscally conservative but socially liberal” intellectual fad – followed by the utter and total collapse of fiscal discipline in U.S. government.

      It wasn’t what broke it up, but it certainly set the stage. The Contract With America was almost entirely focused on fiscal issues, and only brought up social ones in relation to Clinton being unable to stop horn-dogging women.

      You can’t win a war by continually ceding ground to the enemy, and there’s been a constant battle between the Beltway/northeastern wing of the Republicans versus the flyover Republicans for control of the party in that respect.

      1. True, but sometimes it is rational to cede ground. I don’t want government to be particularly concerned about social issues, either in the left-wing way or the right-wing way. But the point about losing the populist fervor behind the conservative movement seems valid. Unfortunately fiscal issues don’t seem to get the same traction. Which seems odd to me. Why worry more about someone you don’t know getting an abortion than about having large parts of your income confiscated and spent stupidly?

        1. Abortion might not be the best example here, since the people who oppose abortion generally view it as murder. Caring about people you don’t know getting murdered is valid.

          I get your point though, for a lot of issues people should care a lot more about the taxation than whatever the social issue du jure is. I disagree with plastic straw bans, but if you tell me you’ll cut my taxes as part of the ban I might get onboard since having more more money makes a bigger impact on my life than having plastic straws does.

          1. Yeah, maybe I should have used gay marriage or something instead.

        2. I don’t want government to be particularly concerned about social issues, either in the left-wing way or the right-wing way.

          That is basically why men are able to compete in women’s sports now. At some point, you have to figure out where the line is.

          A party that’s autistically devoted to fiscal issues and shrugs its shoulders at social ones will find itself marginalized in short order in both areas.

          1. And I’ll add, the reason conservatives didn’t give a shit about Trump’s gross carnality is precisely because the party establishment stopped caring about such things in the political arena years ago.

  21. Now that Biden is president. Journals can admit HcQ had some effect against covid.

    https://principia-scientific.com/the-american-journal-of-medicine-now-recommends-hcq-for-covid19/

    1. Yep, the great oops we lied can begin.

      1. More like ‘we lied. so what? shut up.’

    2. Isn’t it astonishing at how truly depraved the NeverTrumpers were. They actually tried (with some success) to prevent the use of an effective medicine because Trump thought it was good.

      This is Khmer Rouge tier insanity.

    3. Yea saw another article about that on another site yesterday they will be pouring in with NEW proof of efficacy now.

    4. If they admitted HCQ worked, the vaccines would have never been given emergency authorization.

  22. Maybe ENB can finally think Twitter is censoring people now that they are going after sex workers.

    https://www.dailywire.com/news/sex-workers-claim-twitter-deleting-their-accounts-twitter-denies

    1. That’s different because reasons.

  23. “Local news reports at the time portrayed the girl’s abandonment in the vehicle overnight as the mother’s fault.”

    So, cops are dicks and reporters are cunts. Sounds like a good match.

  24. It’s so refreshing to have a President who represents the interests of billionaires.

    Reason.com’s benefactor Charles Koch earned $350,000,000 yesterday.

    In fact the top 20 richest people all saw their wealth increase yesterday. That’s because the Biden Administration will not tolerate the financial terrorism those alt-right GamerGate reddit trolls tried to get away with.

    #GetReadyForTheKochComeback
    #InDefenseOfBillionaires

  25. Lin Wood told Georgians not to vote because the vote was rigged. Lin Wood told people the vote was rigged. Lin Wood isn’t in any legal trouble for inciting violence by saying the vote was rigged.

    Get it?

    https://twitter.com/bradheath/status/1356775031884439562

    Georgia officials are investigating whether Lin Wood, an attorney who pushed unsubstantiated conspiracy theories about widespread illegal 2020 voting, himself voted illegally.

    (He claimed he had been “domiciled in South Carolina for several months.”)

    1. Lin Wood is also not in any legal trouble for suppressing the vote by telling the ‘lie’ that the vote was rigged.

      Get it?

  26. https://twitter.com/GordonJohnson19/status/1356987308050960385

    Oh… it ABSOLUTELY will. In fact, Yellen, who said she would recuse herself because she too $800K in “speaking fees” from Citadel, is overseeing the hearings. It’s her policies that allowed much of this to happen. It’s like the “hamburgerler” overseeing burger theft at McDonalds

    1. https://twitter.com/IsicaLynn/status/1354894529208348673

      Janet Yellen accepted $810,000 in speaking fees from Citadel, owner of Robinhood.

      Reporter: Are there any plans to recuse herself from advising the President on GameStop and Robinhood situation?

      Psaki: ‘No and she’s an expert and deserves that money.’

      1. Prior actions: see “speaking fees” paid to both Clintons by Russia, and “Introduction fees” paid to various and sundry Bidens”.

      2. Pelosi bought 1 million in stock in Tesla a day before biden signed an EO demanding all government agencies buy electric, so she can’t criticize.

        Trump got in the way of all this grift, which is why they hated him. Now they’re free again to indulge.

        Who would have imagined that a crass blowhard of a real-estate baron, who made most of his fortune screwing over banks, would be the one to try a clean up Washington.

  27. The must carry laws are stupid. We’ve already seen trolls of a political bent shut down knitting sites. Giving trolls protected status to post whatever they want on any site they want is blinkered thinking. It’s like telling a newspaper that they must publish each and every letter to the editor.

    Forums with rules to stay on topic will now be illegal. Just because Josh Hawley had tears in his eyes. Gutting 230 won’t result in more free speech, it will result in less as sites shut off their comment sections and forums.

    Gutting 230 is what Facebook and Twitter WANT, because they are the giants who have the technology to moderate each and every post. It’s the little guys who get screwed in the Baptists and Bootleggers orgy. It’s Section 230 that lets me post my about Josh Hawley and rusty woodchippers in the same sentence.

    1. Non “right thinking” progressives are constantly being censored. Why should we care if it become universal censorship. The default result is non progressives cant speek, asking someone to defend someone else’s right while they can’t engage in that right is a really shitty thing to do.

    2. Getting rid of the Good Samaritan clause would solve all the problems with 230.

      1. Defending Congress’s protection of good samaritans is a defense of whatever Congress identifies as a good samaritan.

        Just repeal the whole damn thing. If you aren’t protecting good samaritans, then whom are you protecting?

        Section 230 has been so thoroughly retconned that it has even devout libertarians saying, “We should keep this law that runs directly counter to the 1A on the books, just in case.” like, without section 230, Congress and the Presidency would be completely powerless.

      2. please explain

    3. Gutting 230 won’t result in more free speech, it will result in less as sites shut off their comment sections and forums.

      Must carry laws don’t gut section 230. They are the explicit intent. It was written so that Congress could decide what good faith moderation is. The authors felt and feel Cubby v. Compuserve was wrongly decided and that Congress has an obligation to make service providers/platforms moderate. It’s all right there in the law and in the history books if you cared to read it.

    4. I thought newspapers weren’t covered by 230 and acted as publishers, that’s why they are free to pick and choose the letters to the editor?

  28. On Tuesday, lawyers for the family filed a lawsuit against the city and the police sergeant of Milwaukee, as well as five officers involved in the incident

    “Something something… qualified immunity… mumble mumble… suck it proles.”

  29. “In recounting of Capitol riots, Ocasio-Cortez reveals she is a sexual assault survivor”
    https://www.cbsnews.com/news/alexandria-ocasio-cortez-sexual-assault-survivor/

    AOC now claims (no evidence) to have been sexually assaulted, and therefore orange man bad!
    CBS “news” gives her a platform for that steaming pile of shit.

    1. She claims she has dated the same guy from college. He is a grifting Democrat. I’d investigate him.

    2. Telling people to move on is a tactic of abusers? WTF? So abuse victims are supposed to keep focusing on their trauma and not get on with life?
      If she was really assualted, that sucks. But nothing bad happened to any congress critters in all the excitement. Yes, it’s appropriate to say “get over it and move on”.

      1. If she were really assaulted then so what? She advocates for assaulting people all the time, and actively works to establish re-education camps. There is nothing that can be done to her that she doesn’t deserve

        1. No one deserves to be gratuitously assaulted.

  30. Politicians, foremost, have a responsibility to the states that they were elected to represent, and not to an administration that is using them as fodder for party-wide platitudes. Democrat or Republican is incidental to the fact that certain states would suffer profound economic consequences should they foster and support many of these changes. Slowly but surely, state autonomy is being stripped away. This should alarm any reasonable person. Read More.

  31. “it’s a boon for online trolls”

    Well, hell, let’s deny those fuckers their rights then.

    We can raid their houses with no warrant. And then put ‘em in prison without wasting resources on a trial. Brilliant!!

    1. Or we can just drone them to death. The precedent is that that’s alright so long as it’s a Democrat in the White House.

    2. Look, if you let the trolls run the bridge, what’s next? A forest full of ogres and no billy goats, that’s what. In conclusion, we need section 230 to protect the billy goats.

      1. Bridge trolls do run the bridges, don’t they? More or less.

        1. Thus demonstrated why we need a section 230 for billy goats.

  32. “Milwaukee Cops Left 4-Year-Old in Freezing Car Overnight”

    Clearly Trump’s fault.

    1. I’m sure the mother is a Trump voter

    2. 95% biden votes. Bet the useful idiots would claim the cops are on the other 5%

  33. Milwaukee Cops Left 4-Year-Old in Freezing Car Overnight

    The cops sound like they would be right at home in Ireland;

    9,000 children died in Ireland’s brutal homes for unmarried mothers and babies run by the Catholic Church in the 20th century, damning report reveals
    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9138905/Damning-report-finds-thousands-unmarried-Irish-mothers-babies-suffered-refuge-homes.html

    1. Why does everything become an excuse to pick on the Irish?

      1. Because if you pick on the beaners, kikes, wops, niggers, or rag heads your racist

      2. Spending 800 years letting the English fuck with you sets a bad precedent.

    2. Not the Irish, but the Roman Catholic Church and the Irish Government that funded and supported that Church. These are the ultimate bullies against the Irish people.

      And they have bullied the Irish people to the sounds of silence and indifference by U.S. Irish and Catholic politicians and pundits both Left and Right.

      No one whom you’d think would speak for the victims in Ireland has spoken for them. Not Bill O’Reilly, Sean Hannity, Laura Ingraham, or William Donahue, not Nancy Pelosi, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, or Sleepy, Creepy, Crazy, Cranky, Tankie Corn Pop, Lunch Bucket, Shotgun Joe Biden!

      And Kamala “Knee Pads” Harris as a DA and Attorney General sat on evidence against molester priests when she could have nailed ’em to the wall!

      Victims question Kamala Harris’ Record on Clergy Abuse
      https://abcnews.go.com/Politics/wireStory/victims-question-kamala-harris-record-clergy-abuse-63963167

      Ireland’s deserve a do-over of Church and State…very bad!

  34. Remote working will outlast the pandemic”

    HAHAHAHAHAHA thats what you think. they are planning this to last forever and this morning they were discussing yearly vaccines F’m its bs. catch it once and be done with it.

  35. Remote working will outlast the pandemic, predicts Derek Thompson at The Atlantic, noting that constraints on remote work’s popularity have long been more social or cultural than technological.

    No one ever said the limits were technological.

    They have to do with people, laziness, etc.

    1. Yeah, this is laying the groundwork for (continued) Title II-ing of private networks and subsidizing in-home high speed internet.

      In 1984, no one went out and bought the TVs and monitoring equipment that Big Brother used to spy on everyone. It was just there in every home. Like it was part of the building code and/or utilities.

      1. “$15/hr. from home is not a living wage.”

    2. And by the way, I feel I should probably add that there are in fact technological limitations to remote work, but I’m going to give the author the benefit of the doubt that Derek is aware of those.

      But at this point, given the insular nature of people who write sniffy editorials, I wouldn’t be surprised if he didn’t recognize those limitations.

  36. Santa Clara University law student and researcher Jess Miers explores “must carry” laws related to Section 230, including the new Protecting Constitutional Rights from Online Platform Censorship Act. “The overall point of these ‘must-carry’ reforms remains the same: websites must-carry any and all First Amendment protected speech. It sounds great in theory, especially for zealous speech advocates. But in practice, it’s a boon for online trolls.”

    So, the worst possible argument in a discussion about Free Speech. As someone who absolutely hates the big tech companies with searing passion, I can think of reasons where must-carry laws could backfire (although I’m willing to entertain them), but saying that the problem with the First Amendment is it’s a “boon for online trolls” tells me everything I need to know about what this law student’s thoughts on freedom of speech are.

    1. Somebody on 4chan needs to float the idea that ‘trolls’ is a white supremacist encoded epithet for black people. Watch half the SJW community mutilate themselves for practicing racism and watch the other half justify their racism as long as the race in question is purely fictional.

    2. And by the way, I feel I should probably add that there are in fact technological limitations to remote work, but I’m going to give the author the benefit of the doubt that Derek is aware of those.

      But at this point, given the insular nature of people who write sniffy editorials, I wouldn’t be surprised if he didn’t recognize those limitations.

  37. Ding Dong The Witch Is Dead

    Pennsylvania Secretary of the Commonwealth Kathy Boockvar resigns due to her office pooching the procedure related to a proposed Amendment to the PA Constitution.

    https://thehill.com/homenews/state-watch/536902-top-election-official-resigning-in-pennsylvania-over-failure-to

    Yes, she’s the one who convinced the PA Supreme Court to ignore signature matching requirements on [unconstitutional] mail-in ballots, and to allow an extra three days for [unconstitutiona] mail-in ballots to be delivered to County Boards of Election.

    Not to worry, I’m sure she will be whisked into an Assistant Under Secretary supervising the Under Secretary Assistance Bureau in the Biden Administration.

    1. Mail-in ballots were 197,000% accurate. Any suggestion otherwise is racism.

  38. Cops are under no legal obligation to rescue kids from freezing cars, but at least they don’t actively put kids in that situation, like you don’t know a private security force wouldn’t do. Personally, I wouldn’t bet even one kids life on the magnanimity of mall cops.

    1. If they seized the vehicle, they should be responsible for everything inside the vehicle and should have took a look-see to verify if persons are inside. Same goes with the towing service used by the police

  39. The comments seem eminently reasonable today. The $.50 boys must all be at the same training seminar.

    1. Boo!

  40. “It sounds great in theory, especially for zealous speech advocates. But in practice, it’s a boon for online trolls.”

    Tulpa hit least hardest!

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