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In First Tie-Breaking Vote, Kamala Harris Helps Senate Dems Pass Budget Resolution

Plus: Pandemic housing prices are overvalued, U.S. will withdraw support for war in Yemen, and more...

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Budget resolution passage bodes well for Biden's $1.9 trillion stimulus package. Concluding a 15-hour voting spree that began Thursday afternoon, the U.S. Senate on Friday approved a budget resolution backed by Democrats and decried by Republicans. The vote was 50 to 50, necessitating that Vice President Kamala Harris cast her first tie-breaking vote to give the budget resolution the edge it needed to pass.

What does it all mean?

"With passage of this budget resolution, Dems can now pass a Covid relief bill with a simple majority, no GOP votes needed," points out Politico congressional reporter Andrew Desiderio.

"President Joe Biden's $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill is one step closer to becoming law," notes CNN.

The resolution that passed early this morning was not itself the COVID-19 package; it merely lays the groundwork for that by ensuring that Democrats can use the budget reconciliation process to get around needing any GOP votes. Politico called it "the first step Friday toward sidelining their Republican colleagues in the stimulus process."

Passage of the budget resolution came after senators spent the night voting on amendments to the budget resolution. While most Republican amendments were rejected, "the process also highlighted some bipartisan consensus," CNN reports:

One of the more significant amendments came from a bipartisan group of senators, led by Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Republican Sen. Susan Collins of Maine, that would prevent "upper income taxpayers" from being eligible to receive $1,400 Covid relief checks. While the amendment was adopted 99-1, it is not binding and does not mean that the eligibility requirements will be changed in the final Covid relief bill. But it expresses broad consensus to make the changes.

On one closely watched issue, Republican Sen. Joni Ernst of Iowa offered an amendment to prevent a hike in the minimum wage to $15 an hour during a pandemic. Democrats want to include a $15 minimum wage in the Covid relief bill, but her measure could have been complicated for centrist members—like Manchin, who has a different position than most of his caucus and supports a more modest increase in the minimum wage.

But before a roll call vote was called, Sen. Bernie Sanders, the Vermont Independent who is the chair of the Budget Committee and a champion of the $15 minimum wage, intervened and said his proposal would actually make the jump to $15 over five years, not right away as Ernst had formulated in her amendment. With that, her amendment was quickly adopted by unanimous consent.


FREE MINDS

Gender reassignment bill in Kansas unlikely to get a hearing. Kansas Republicans are pushing a bill that would make it a felony crime for a doctor, under any circumstances, to provide a "gender reassignment service"—including prescribing puberty blockers—to someone under 18 years old. Violators would face eight months in prison and lose their medical license. "Kansas is among at least eight states where lawmakers are considering such a measure," notes ABC News. But the bill is "unlikely to get a hearing, the head of the committee to which it has been assigned said Thursday."


FREE MARKETS

A pandemic housing bubble? Having lived through one previous recession, during which a housing market crash was central, it's still peculiar to me to see home sales and prices in the U.S. continue to climb during the pandemic and resulting nationwide economic woes. Of course, it makes sense, what with home—and the new requirements and possibilities for what that means—being a defining feature of the current crisis. But pressing demand for new housing may be driving a housing bubble. "Home prices are 5.5% overvalued nationally as of the fourth quarter of 2020," MarketWatch noted yesterday, reporting on a new analysis from Fitch Ratings. "Through November, home prices were up some 8.9% nationally since the start of the year."

Rapidly rising home prices are driving overvaluation, they say, and reflect more demand for housing than supply.

To some extent, this is a reflection of the fact that many homeowners are reluctant to list their homes for sale amid the pandemic. The imbalance between supply and demand is also the result of homebuilding activity remaining muted following the Great Recession and the preceding housing bubble.

Some housing markets are far more overvalued than others, the report noted. Fitch estimates that around 25% of metropolitan statistical areas (meaning major cities) around the U.S. are more than 10% overvalued.

Among the 20 largest metro areas nationwide, Las Vegas was the most overvalued, with Fitch estimating that home prices were overvalued by approximately 28%. Dallas–Fort Worth was next, with Fitch projecting that prices were overinflated between 20% and 24%.

Comparing states, the analysts found that Idaho had the most overvalued home prices. Other states with highly inflated home prices included Arizona, Texas, Kansas, and North Dakota. Just four states—Connecticut, Illinois, Michigan, and New Jersey—were judged to have an undervalued housing market, while 17 "were found to have housing markets where homes were sustainably priced," MarketWatch points out.


QUICK HITS

• In Yemen, "war has to end," said Biden on Thursday. "And to underscore our commitment, we're ending all American support for offensive operations in the war in Yemen, including relevant arm sales."

• New York has repealed a law against "loitering for the purpose of engaging in a prostitution offense," which many detractors referred to as the "walking while trans" law. The law allowed police to arrest people as suspected sex workers for merely being in public and doing anything a cop deemed to manifest an intent to sell sex.

• Rep. Bennie Thompson (D–Miss.), House Homeland Security Committee chair, tells tech companies to censor more content or else.

• Columbus, Ohio, police officer Adam Coy has been arrested and charged with felony murder, felonious assault, and dereliction of duty over the fatal shooting of Andre Hill. Coy shot Hill "four times after responding to a call about a suspicious vehicle. When he and another officer arrived at the scene, Mr. Coy found Mr. Hill in a garage and opened fire within seconds."

• A Minnesota lab "has run 20,000 flu tests—10 times as many as it processed the season before—and zero have come back positive," notes Katherine J. Wu at The Atlantic. "'It's absolutely remarkable,' [Matt] Binnicker, the Mayo Clinic's director of clinical virology, told me. 'I fully expected there to be a typical influenza season this year.'"

• Keith "Malik" Washington, chief editor of the San Francisco Bay View paper and an incarcerated resident of a GEO Group halfway house, "says when he told a colleague from the local news website 48 Hills about a COVID-19 outbreak in the center, the prison corporation retaliated," reports the San Francisco Examiner. Washington is suing the Federal Bureau of Prisons.

• It looks like they're basically planning to throw every bad, overly broad, federal criminal statute possible at the people who stormed the U.S. Capitol. The latest rumor is Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) charges.

• "Dennis A. White, the commissioner of the Boston Police Department, was put on leave Wednesday — just two days after he was sworn in — as allegations of past domestic abuse prompted the city to begin an investigation," reports The New York Times.

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  1. We Koch / Reason libertarians supported Biden largely because we prioritize #ImmigrationAboveAll. But we also knew his decades of foreign policy experience would be extremely useful.

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    5. The election is over, illegitimate president Biden has more flexibility now.

      1. Trump was the most libertarian president ever. But the fake libertarians at Reason went all in for Biden and Lock-them-up-for-minor-drug-offences Kamala.

        The budget resolution was to spend $1.7 trillion, but the $1 trillion in spending bill 6 mos ago hasn’t even been spent.

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    10. The Secret History of the Shadow Campaign That Saved the 2020 Election

      Lefties admitted to using unconstitutional election rule changes and election fraud to steal election 2020.

      Confirming that Trump was correct…again.

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        But you’ve always been a lying imbecile. The constitution was adopted in 1788, by the way.

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    1. We were robbed by people wearing masks.

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  4. Dennis A. White, the commissioner of the Boston Police Department, was put on leave Wednesday — just two days after he was sworn in — as allegations of past domestic abuse prompted the city to begin an investigation…

    I doubt Boston wants to open this can of worms for all its police.

    1. #BelieveWomen
      #(ExceptTaraReade)

      1. Harris believed Reade during the 2020 primaries. Funny how nobody asked her about that during the general election.

    2. But is he pension eligible?

  5. Another great day for Reason.com’s benefactor Charles Koch.

    Mr. Koch earned $283,000,000 yesterday.

    I wonder if some of the people Biden liberated from Drumpf’s concentration camps have already started jobs with Koch Industries. That would explain the increased productivity.

    #GetReadyForTheKochComeback

  6. It looks like they’re basically planning to throw every bad, overly broad, federal criminal statute possible at the people who stormed the U.S. Capitol.

    I wouldn’t have imagined the kind of performative overreaction the political and pajama class loudly engaged in would lead to something like this.

    1. They are just a basket of deplorables.

    2. I liked the Congressional Pity Olympics last night.

      It is becoming more and more apparent that we NEED to scare these prissy shits more than we do.

  7. A Minnesota lab “has run 20,000 flu tests—10 times as many as it processed the season before—and zero have come back positive…

    Uh-huh.

    1. The flu is dead, long live the flu!

    2. Lock downs forever!

      1. Lock downs forever!

        Influenza has probably killed billions of people. If social distancing and masks are this successful in the prevention of its transmission, no one ever need die of influenza ever again. We have a duty as members of the human race to protect the health of our fellow beings by never coming in contact with them ever again.

        Birth to the grave without a single touch is the goal here. Top Science! persons are working in on it right now.

        1. Shut the fuck up Chuck you fascist goddamn traitor! You will only speak when spoken to you America hating, fat, trash waste of life.

          I don’t agree with lockdowns, but there wouldn’t be as many restrictions from the government if there were less stupid people like you Chuck. You have to go to your evil church to plan forcing your nonsense lifestyle down everyone’s throats. You end up spreading the virus by attending your evil church.

          You deserve death Chuck. Plain and simple. Since you Mormons refuse to stop trying to destroy MY COUNTRY you must be exterminated.

          1. Flag. Refresh.

            1. Kill Mormons. Refresh.

              Why do you Mormons hate freedom and America Chuck?

              Shut the fuck up traitor. Double traitor. You’re an anti-American traitor for belonging to a church that is trying to destroy America. You’re also a traitor for supporting insurrection.

              Please tell me if your fat cunt wife, your pussy ass fascist sons, or you visit.

              1. Please tell me if your fat cunt wife, your pussy ass fascist sons, or you visit.

                The hicklib faggot now admits he’s a pedophile.

          2. Cum stains like this fuck nut end up eating their own dicks in a padded room smeared with shit …

            1. He probably already did. He’s one of the people that got out after mental health reform, and now spends his days shuffling between the psych hospital and adult group homes.

              1. It’s comforting that you far right whack jobs think I’m crazy.

                I’m not the one who believes in non existent voter fraud just because the Orange cult leader insists. Hopefully no one on this site is donating to his election defense fun or whatever because it’s a scam.

                I don’t repeat debunked claims over and over. Chuck claimed George Floyd died of an overdose. Someone overdosing on Fentanyl wouldn’t be yelling or obviously in pain.

                Chuck also wears “magic underwear.” Thinks a proven fraud(Pearl of Great Price) is the word of God, and thinks a Wendy’s being vandalized is more serious than the riot at the capitol.

                But I’m the crazy one… Because I don’t worship at the altar of Trump and call Mormons out on their evil bullshit.

                I’m sure someone will claim I “love Biden” or something because to all the inbred,right wing loons on this site not supporting Trump means you support Biden, Democrats, and Antifa.

                Thank you for saying I’m crazy.

                1. Thank you for saying I’m crazy.

                  At least you’re acknowledging it now, you hicklib faggot.

            2. What’s funny about your comment is Chuck is the delusional one. He believes in a discredited religion that’s goddamn nonsense.

              If all the far right Mormon defending bigots on this site are hating on me I must be doing something right.

    3. A Minnesota lab “has run 20,000 flu tests—10 times as many as it processed the season before—and zero have come back positive,” notes Katherine J. Wu at The Atlantic.

      Insert “Wu Flu” joke here.

      1. Logic would tell you that result is wrong.

        1. Logic = tool of White Supremacy.

        2. Or, even if it is right, you shouldn’t just assume it to be indicative of anything. A fair coin comes up heads 10,000 times. If you somehow independently determine the coin to be fair, then on 10,001, the odds are still 50:50.

          Data is not knowledge.

          1. I remember that being proved to me in the beginning of my advanced stats class, but after learning poissons it seem(ed)s like both cant be correct.

  8. Columbus, Ohio, police officer Adam Coy has been arrested and charged with felony murder, felonious assault, and dereliction of duty over the fatal shooting of Andre Hill.

    He might get one out of those three. (And guess which one.)

  9. Rep. Bennie Thompson (D–Miss.), House Homeland Security Committee chair, tells tech companies to censor more content or else.

    At least it’s not Republicans doing it.

    1. The lack of outraged columns over this is duly noted.

    2. I think Ken mentioned that even though private companies can censor its clear that they are censoring for fear of retaliation from the government and the government only wants censorship of certain peoples they disagree with not because of anything they did wrong. this is a prime example of government forcing influence without creating laws it knows are illegal

      1. Yes, these companies are behaving as state actors.

        We really need a lawsuit.

    3. Gee. Wonder who he wants censored.

      (no I don’t)

  10. CCP Biden claimed during a presidential debate in 2007 that he was shot at in Baghdad’s “Green Zone.”

    CCP Biden later walked back his claim and said, “I was near where a shot landed.”

    CCP Biden on Thursday revived his old, dubious claim he was “shot at” overseas during a foreign policy speech at the State Department.

    I feel sorry for this clown. READ More

    1. Was cornpop with him?

    2. Hey that’s pretty good for a bot, but aren’t you confusing him with Hilda von Broomstick?

  11. The law allowed police to arrest people as suspected sex workers for merely being in public and doing anything a cop deemed to manifest an intent to sell sex.

    Facilitating unconstitutional arrests is constitutional as long as they’re easy arrests.

  12. Oh no!

    52,000 civilians killed in Ethiopia’s Tigray region, opposition claims

    Just terrible. But on the plus side, this provides us Koch / Reason libertarians with the opportunity to show how much we care about Black bodies: we should invite Ethiopia’s entire population to immigrate to the US.

    #Libertarianism101

  13. “And to underscore our commitment, we’re ending all American support for offensive operations in the war in Yemen, including relevant arm sales.”

    Biden’s people have a new buyer.

    1. Nah. Just want US back doing the killing of dark skinned folks.

      1. For all of Trump’s “America first” rhetoric he still allowed the violence to get outsourced. Biden is here to correct that.

    2. Yeah.

      America, in its new War on Terror II: Domestic Boogaloo.

  14. Trump’s new book is coming out: “My Presidency of Grifting the FKups” Detail

    1. Trump never claimed to be a grifter. He’s a professor of gritting.

      1. Grifting. This is what I get for trying to comment from my phone.

  15. A WaPo Editor Floats U.N.-Sponsored ‘Disarmament’ for American Racists
    https://www.nationalreview.com/2021/02/a-wapo-editor-floats-u-n-sponsored-disarmament-for-american-racists/

    The other day, Karen Attiah, Global Opinions editor at the Washington Post, one of the largest and most prestigious newspapers in the world, reasoned that “if America were another country, we would be talking about how post-Civil War America is still in desperate need of a U.N.-sponsored Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration (DDR) program for white supremacists and segregationists.”

    Well, perhaps “reasoned” is an overstatement. The idea, of course, is as preposterous as it is juvenile, but more seriously, it betrays a corrosive illiberalism and warped understanding of American life that’s infected so much of the Left these days.

    It’s alarming, to say the least, to see left-wing punditry obsessed with limiting free expression — sometimes the speech of those with genuinely reprehensible views, but often the speech of their political foes, rationalized through collective guilt. Progressives have convinced themselves, or pretend they have, that far-right extremism is rampant among ordinary Americans. So much so, that if we weren’t weighed down by pesky constitutional protections, we could use some international intervention to straighten things out.

    1. Not today, Karen!

    2. This from the same people who cheered on and raised millions of dollars for the white mobs that destroyed black neighborhoods and burned black children alive in their own homes.

      1. And later raised bail money for the multicultural mobs that burned and looted Black businesses in the name of fighting White supremacy.

    3. “Progressives have convinced themselves, or pretend they have, that far-right extremism is rampant among ordinary Americans.”

      They are striving to bring about that exact thing, as justification for steamrolling their “enemies” [those who do not share their narrative and hope and dreams for this country].

      I expect, sooner than later, they will succeed, but it may turn out as they hope.

      1. The way they define right wing extremism is so incredibly loose as to be completely meaningless. If you look at the designations, the KKK were right wing extremists, even though their ideology was planted firmly on the left. Since most of the extremism has been hate based (rather than political), it gets labeled “right wing” even if a confirmed communist or Democrat (but I repeat myself) did it.

    4. I hope they wear those snazzy blue helmets, makes em easy to spot.

    5. Just for the record;
      the Washington Post is not a prestigious newspaper.
      It is a propaganda arm for Communist China and the democratic party.

      1. The DNC Newsletter.

  16. The election was rigged, and they’re already bragging about it

    https://time.com/5936036/secret-2020-election-campaign/

    Trump was a threat to democracy so we killed it before he could

    1. It’s the highest form of patriotism!

      Or was six months ago. Now it’s treason.

    2. The tone deafness is astounding. It’s like the episode of Mythbusters where they try to bust the myth that the moon landing was faked and start off the episode by saying that the only way they could prove it wasn’t faked was with the help of NASA.

      1. This article is really incredible, for a multitude of reasons:
        –This is one of the ruling class’s propaganda organs blatantly admitting that they rigged the election, and providing the outline of how they did it.
        –It puts a lot of other actions by these people into sharp relief. Why they’ve deemed “right-wingers” and “libertarians” as insurrectionists and terrorists. Why Austin announced a DoD-wide struggle session in the next 60 days. Why conservatives are being steadily shut out of social media. Why BoA is going through their entire account portfolio and reporting everyone who was in DC on January 6th to the FBI for investigation. It’s because they knew that admitting this would likely be enough to cause about half the country, including a not-insignificant number of the military, to realize that they are living in a profoundly corrupt state, and just might come to the conclusion that such a system needs to be overthrown because of that very corruption. So they set the framework for hurting anyone who might protest this bullshit in place before revealing what they did.
        –It shows why the Gamestop stock buy is being condemned rather than celebrated, and investigated with a fine-tooth comb. Not because what these buyers did was wrong or illegal, but because it hurt the select members of the ruling class. If this had happened to some random hedge fund, instead of one with direct connections to the former Fed chair and current Secretary of the Treasury, this would have been treated as nothing more than an amusing sidelight.

        After something like this, I really don’t want to hear a fucking peep from anyone about “traitors.” People making that argument are nothing but simps for a corrupt, authoritarian ruling class that doesn’t brook anyone getting in the way of their sinecures, just like Cato the Younger, Metellus Scipio, and Marcus Brutus before them. Supposed “principled” people who uttered not a word about the corruption of the Optimates, and even acted as apologists for it, while screeching like banshees about the Populares and their leaders not knowing their place. Or even worse, fence-hopping “moderates” like Cicero who tried to play both sides against the middle and ended up getting his hands nailed to the door of the Senate anyway.

        They’ve blatantly laid it out now that it’s “us against you.”

        1. +1000

  17. https://twitter.com/kylenabecker/status/1355599519325548549

    Flashback: Hillary Clinton disputed validity of 2016 election, called Trump”illegitimate president” & told Biden not to concede “under any circumstances.” Dems also objected to 2016 Electoral College. This is the same thing U.S. media is losing their minds about “because Trump.”

    1. Obama also got elected to the Illinois senate by getting ballots of his opponents thrown out for unmatched signitures

  18. Some housing markets are far more overvalued than others…

    Selective bubbles bursting wouldn’t necessarily be a bad thing.

    1. I admit, the thought of watching these city liberals moving to flyover country during the pandemic go underwater with these new home loans sounds juicy.

  19. In Yemen, “war has to end,” said Biden on Thursday. “And to underscore our commitment, we’re ending all American support for offensive operations in the war in Yemen, including relevant arm sales.”

    Saudi Arabia must be punished for their hostility toward Iran.

  20. Strange that the marketwatch/Fitch story said nothing about how they determined homes to be overvalued. In my experience when they tell you nothing about their analytical methods it’s not a great sign.

    1. It means the author can’t afford the McMansion he wanted.

    2. Prices are up because mortgage rates are at record lows, duh.
      When the national debt tsunami causes interest rates to blast off, housing prices are going to crash worse than last time.

  21. Enjoy your government/corporate fusion, aka fascism. Sullom?

    https://time.com/5936036/secret-2020-election-campaign/

    There was a conspiracy unfolding behind the scenes, one that both curtailed the protests and coordinated the resistance from CEOs. Both surprises were the result of an informal alliance between left-wing activists and business titans. The pact was formalized in a terse, little-noticed joint statement of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and AFL-CIO published on Election Day. Both sides would come to see it as a sort of implicit bargain–inspired by the summer’s massive, sometimes destructive racial-justice protests–in which the forces of labor came together with the forces of capital to keep the peace and oppose Trump’s assault on democracy.

    The handshake between business and labor was just one component of a vast, cross-partisan campaign to protect the election–an extraordinary shadow effort dedicated not to winning the vote but to ensuring it would be free and fair, credible and uncorrupted. For more than a year, a loosely organized coalition of operatives scrambled to shore up America’s institutions as they came under simultaneous attack from a remorseless pandemic and an autocratically inclined President. Though much of this activity took place on the left, it was separate from the Biden campaign and crossed ideological lines, with crucial contributions by nonpartisan and conservative actors. The scenario the shadow campaigners were desperate to stop was not a Trump victory. It was an election so calamitous that no result could be discerned at all, a failure of the central act of democratic self-governance that has been a hallmark of America since its founding.

    …That’s why the participants want the secret history of the 2020 election told, even though it sounds like a paranoid fever dream–a well-funded cabal of powerful people, ranging across industries and ideologies, working together behind the scenes to influence perceptions, change rules and laws, steer media coverage and control the flow of information. They were not rigging the election; they were fortifying it. And they believe the public needs to understand the system’s fragility in order to ensure that democracy in America endures.

    1. Start your own bank.

      Bank of America is working with the FBI to hunt down Trump supporters
      https://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2021/02/bank_of_america_is_working_with_the_fbi_to_hunt_down_trump_supporters.html

      And that gets me to Tucker Carlson’s report on Thursday night. It turns out that Bank of America voluntarily got on the computer and searched its databases – that means, it searched your private financial records – to learn whether you traveled to D.C., stayed anywhere within a vast radius of D.C., bought anything at a weapons store in D.C. (whether ammo or a can opener), and bought airline tickets to anywhere.

      1. https://twitter.com/Doc_0/status/1357685733583187968

        China’s social credit system is here. You were never given a chance to vote against it. You were not told it was under construction. You might have resisted if you knew what your Big Business and Big Government overlords were building.

        1. This is the consequence for bailing out the big banks for their overt fraud during the housing bubble, instead of telling them “fuck you, you’re on your own AND your executives are going to be sent to ‘pound me in the ass prison’ to boot,” and breaking them up in the aftermath.

        2. “Make your own social score if you want a credit card”

    2. “They were not rigging the election; they were fortifying it.”

      I guess we’ve found out what the spin is going to be.

    3. The “autocratically inclined” President who failed by leaving COVID-19 policy up to the states?

  22. “The resolution that passed early this morning was not itself the COVID-19 package; it merely lays the groundwork for that by ensuring that Democrats can use the budget reconciliation process to get around needing any GOP votes. Politico called it “the first step Friday toward sidelining their Republican colleagues in the stimulus process.”

    Budget reconciliation is a means around the filibuster, and we should be explicit about that. They’ll do the same thing with Biden’s Green New Deal sometime over the next 90 days.

    It’s important for the Republicans to stay as unified as possible in opposition–to everything. Come 2022, it will be better for Biden’s awful policies to be 100% owned by the Democrats like ObamaCare rather than feature shared ownership like TARP.

    Coming to terms with the powerlessness of libertarians and capitalists to resist the authoritarian and socialist policies of Biden and the Democrats over the next 90 days will be difficult, but if we’re powerless to stop them until 2022, then that’s what we are.

    Just, please, for goodness’ sake, come to terms with the fact that the only way to end this authoritarian and socialist nightmare two years from now will be to vote for Republicans. If we stop them, it will only be because Democrats lose seats and Republicans win them.

    Our powerless is a result of the Democrats controlling the White House and both chambers of Congress. It isn’t because some Republicans believe in fires started by satellites. It isn’t because of the Capitol riot. It isn’t because some Republicans are insufficiently principled.

    Libertarians and capitalists are powerless to stop the Democrats from instituting authoritarian and socialist policies because the Democrats have control of all the levers of government. Our powerlessness to stop them won’t go away until they no longer control the government. We simply must break their control by voting in Republicans.

    1. LOL

      Yea, voting in 2022 will totes work.
      Not false hope at all – totalitarianism can totes be voted out!

      1. The effort to voting is so minuscule and the consequences so much more pleasant, I hate to just throw it out while there exists anyone who still thinks voting works. Maybe if we got ever larger turnouts that forced the Dems to break their algorithms again, we could expose them to more people.

        I just don’t see anything more than us languishing under tyranny while the pontificators continue to malign us in print that serves to divide us and make us easier to control.

    2. Our best days are behind us.

    3. The only real solution, apart from open war, is nullification. That is, the refusal of states to comply with federal mandates. The federal government can readily deal with protests, riots, and outbreaks of violence. It cannot effectively deal with mass nullification.

      1. or exercise the basic human right of self government and walk away

        1. True, and I think that is the inevitable consequence of mass nullification.

    4. But there will be simps like Cheney and Murkowski who will want to exercise their inner John McCain and protect idiotic policies to hurt the rubes who vote for them.

    5. “It’s important for the Republicans to stay as unified as possible…”

      Good luck with staying unified, Republican Party. Not much chance of that. Donald J. Trump managed to drive the Party of Lincoln into civil war on his way out the door.

      1. Concern troll is concerning.

        Pretty sure your Lincoln Project is falling apart now that founder John Weaver was just caught trying to diddle boys, and co-founder Rick Wilson is suspected of pocketing donations.

        1. Because I mentioned Abraham Lincoln, “The Lincoln Project” is *my* “Lincoln Project”? Yeah, whatever.

          1. You dishonest little worm. The Lincoln Project are those “ethical” NeverTrump “conservatives” you’re always fluffing for.

            1. I have never mentioned “The Lincoln Project”, ever.

      2. “…Donald J. Trump managed to drive the Party of Lincoln into civil war on his way out the door.”

        To TDS-addled lefty shits, that protest was “civil war”.
        Is there any reason to credit any of the bullshit this twit posts?

      3. One would hope that there is a non-zero number of Democrats in Congress who would be concerned about adding 1.9 trillion dollars to the national debt. Apparently not though.

        1. Why is this a reply to my comment? What’s the train of though here?

    6. “Our powerless is a result of the Democrats controlling the White House and both chambers of Congress.”

      And who worked the hardest to ensure that the Republicans would lose the Senate. Why it was Donald Trump and his buddies, Lin Wood and Sidney Powell.

      1. You don’t have to oppose anything and everything Donald Trump, Lin Wood, and Sidney Powell says. You could think for yourself. Millions of people do. It’s all up to you. Because Donald Trump, Lin Wood, and Sidney Powell say something doesn’t mean you need to think or do anything either way. Are you not aware that you’re free to make choices for yourself?

        1. He’s a fifty-center. He’s here to shitpost and break up conversation. The only free choice he’s making is which argument to apply where from his talking-points pdf.

        2. Opposing whatever Lin Wood or Sidney Powell says is a pretty safe bet. It’s not my fault that EVERYTHING they have said has been wrong.

          But it didn’t matter what I thought about their crazy utterings, as I don’t live in Georgia. What mattered was how they influenced the Georgia runoffs.

      2. “And who worked the hardest to ensure that the Republicans would lose the Senate.”

        TDS-addled lefty shits like you.

        1. That’s odd, because I was hoping Republicans would win in the Georgia runoff so we would have some gridlock in Congress. But Trump and his dream team fucked with that.

          1. If you really thought Republicans would win tight senate races in a state that is one step away from accepting a candidate’s name scribbled on an index card with a sharpie as a valid ballot, you have not been paying attention.

            1. Exaggerate much?

              1. Not at all.

                What do you call a ballot mailed with no postmark, no signature verification, and no traceable chain of custody? Legalized fraud.

                1. And how many instances of that happening were there?

                  1. Millions.

    7. FFS, what are the quorum requirements to hold a vote? Republicans are going to need another strategy for dealing with this.

  23. The vote was 50 to 50, necessitating that Vice President Kamala Harris cast her first tie-breaking vote to give the budget resolution the edge it needed to pass.

    It means Republicans will totally own it somehow.

    1. Remember when Reason said the Republicans had to have an alternative to Obamacare to end it?

      Glad that rule was not in place for slavery.

      1. thats a hilariously good point

      2. Glad that rule was not in place for slavery.

        *narrows gaze*

    1. Fuck off, insurrectionist asshole.

      1. Fuck off, fascist mouthpiece.

      2. Fuck off, TDS-addled lefty shit.

      3. Are you going to apologize for claiming that an officer was beaten to death with a fire extinguisher?

        1. Why would I? It is you who should apologize for denying that it happened.

        2. And so strange that you would identify so strongly with the mob that broke into the Capitol that you would demand an “apology” as if I had personally slighted you.

      4. Fuck off yourself, whore for the ruling class.

  24. https://twitter.com/Doc_0/status/1357689145372639233

    When you see a group of politicians as frantic to criminalize all challenges to their legitimacy as the Biden Democrats, you can bet they’re planning to massively abuse their power. You don’t equate dissent with sedition unless you’re expecting a LOT of dissent.

    …The Democrats have been openly challenging the legitimacy of Republican presidents for decades. It reached its apex under Trump, who was treated as semi-legit at best (Russia collusion!) and told he could not exercise even the clearest powers of his office.

    …So when you see the Dems frantically criminalizing every challenge to THEIR legitimacy, every question about the election, every reservation about Biden’s imperial executive orders, you know they’re planning to abuse their office to the same degree they sought to limit Trump’s.

    The new model of government taking shape in America and much of the Western world – “managed democracy,” or limited authoritarianism – needs a new rationale for the legitimacy of power, because its core tenet is that you DON’T get to vote against certain people or policies.

    That silly old chestnut of “democracies can’t be tyrannical” no longer applies, not even as a thin pretense. After the Great Reset, you explicitly will NOT be allowed to vote against certain “consensus” elements of government. You won’t even be allowed to talk about them.

    In truth, a huge amount of government power and money has been placed beyond the reach of voters since the Great Society, but there was always at least the polite fiction that you could theoretically vote to change the system. That pretense is ending.

    …The pandemic dramatically accelerated the rollout. From every corner of power, the message is now clear: your “consent” is no longer relevant. You’re too foolish, shortsighted, racist, greedy, sexist, close-minded, and reactionary to be allowed to withdraw your consent.

    …And let’s be honest: if you’re no longer allowed to say “no” to certain things, what’s the point of wasting the valuable time of your ruling class on some silly charade to persuade you to say “yes?” Consent of the governed is a silly fiction when the governed cannot refuse.

  25. https://areomagazine.com/2021/02/01/critical-race-theory-is-coming-for-the-dogs-katja-guenthers-the-lives-and-deaths-of-shelter-animals/

    Yet, in her recent book The Lives and Deaths of Shelter Animals, Katja Guenther claims that dogs are being killed because of “capitalism, anthroparchy, white supremacy and patriarchy.” She argues that allowing dogs to sleep inside is a privilege reserved for the white and wealthy and that policies against keeping dogs chained up in backyards are intended to oppress people of color by imposing “middle-class norms of animal keeping in which companion animals are considered family and treated accordingly,” which ignore the fact that people of color “are themselves trapped in poverty, may have few options for legitimate income generation and possibly rely on their dogs for … status.”

    Unfortunately Guenther’s misguided book is gaining traction. Shelter director Kristen Hassen opines that Guenther “gets it right” in concluding that “racism, classism and the caste system are at the heart of the broken animal sheltering institution.” Arguing that laws to prevent mistreatment of dogs discriminate against “anyone in the US other than white, middle class and upper-class individuals,” Sloane Hawes, Tess Hupe and Kevin Morris of the University of Denver Institute for Human-Animal Connection cite the book in their proposal to relax enforcement of animal protection laws—a proposal that threatens to reverse decades of hard-won progress.

    1. They know that things are going to get so bad we will be eating dogs.

      1. When it becomes necessary to raid the zoos for food, dibs on a panda bear.

        1. You haven’t eaten until you have zebra.

    2. “capitalism, anthroparchy, white supremacy and patriarchy.”

      It’s like Thomas Sowell’s description of racism being like ketchup; “liberal put it on every thing.”

      At what point do we jointly say, “ok, jokes over?” Seems they are following the Bernays/ Goebbels plan for repeating the lie so big and so often that enough people just accept it.

      1. WTF is anthroparchy?

        I mean, I can parse the word but… WTF? It’s not like wild dogs, wolves, coyotes, mountain cats, etc. are going to treat domesticated pets nicer than we are. If I have houseplants am I ‘commmitting anthroparchy’?

        1. Patriarchy is rule by men. Matriarchy is rule by women. Anthroparchy is rule by man.

    3. Um, I was taught that childrens rights were championed by the SPCA in the 1800’s. It used to be that you could abuse your kids, but don’t you dare abuse your horse – that was illegal.

  26. New House rules include the majority party choosing who cab be on the committees for the minority party. Surely this won’t backfire on democrats ever.

    https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/marjorie-taylor-greene-stripped-from-committees

    1. Seditious Democrat Insurrection Succeeds! Democrats Overturn Legitimate Election In Successful Coup.

      1. Also, will Cortez be similarly stripped of her committee assignments for the crazy conspiracy theories she’s been vigorously promoting for the last several weeks?

    2. Surely this won’t backfire on democrats ever.

      Seems like there’s a decent and increasing chance that it won’t before the fall of the republic.

  27. 43,000+ Teacher Association Leader Is “Revolutionary Socialist” Following Mao’s Teachings, Weaponizing Schools Into ‘Revolutionary’ Hotbeds.
    https://thenationalpulse.com/culture/nc-teacher-association-tied-to-liberation-road/

    From Mao, the methods of the mass line and the united front — how to learn from the experiences and insights of workers and broad masses to formulate demands and build struggles that are as broad and inclusive as possible yet also really challenge the system; and the insight that the transitional relations of production under the socialist state generate new exploiters who must be prevented from restoring capitalism.

  28. The FBI actually argued that Page’s lawful exercise of his First Amendment rights — he was giving media interviews and considering writing a book — might be proof he was carrying out a Russian plot, according to a newly declassified version of the final FISA warrant reviewed by Just the News.

    https://justthenews.com/accountability/russia-and-ukraine-scandals/fri-fbis-desperate-justification-keep-spying-carter-page

  29. Mild flu season? Nope. There must be a conspiracy happening to hide the true numbers. Probably the same people who stole the election. Because, as we all know, all the efforts being used to stop the spread of COVID don’t do anything except encourage communism. They certainly won’t have an effect on cold of flu. Nope. It’s Deep State operatives in hospitals fudging the numbers. Has to be.

    1. But those efforts had little effect on the China virus, look at the pile of dead bodies!

      1. LOL

        Don’t spill water on his robot brain.

      2. Just like not all riots are the same… some respiratory diseases get a pass through masks.

    2. ching! $.50

      1. It’s funny that everyone on here calls me a bigot when I point out how stupid and evil mormons are. However, racist homophobes like Red rocks and Chuck are not called out at all on their bigotry or ignorance.

        Most are Trump cult members as well. Goddamn the looney far right just gets dumber and dumber each year. Goddamn fascists.

        I hope your fat cunt wife gets raped Chuck and you’re forced to watch. You evil piece of shit.

        1. Flag. Refresh.

        2. If this is parody, it’s bad. If it’s a real account, worse.

          1. Chuck’s not a parody. Mormons really do believe in golden plates no one saw, magic underwear, and a pervert con artist prophet.

            It’s scary that there are millions of these morons who won’t stop until everyone has joined their evil church and adopted their lifestyle.

            Mormons deserve death.

            1. So not a parody and not a fan of freedom of religion either. Got it.

    3. Rely on shit-for-brains here to NEVER argue against a fact; if it weren’t for strawmen, he’d never post.
      Fuck off and die, you pathetic TDS-addled lefty shit.

      1. Must have hit close to the mark to get your panties in such a twist.

        1. Rely on shit-for-brains here to NEVER argue against a fact; if it weren’t for strawmen, he’d never post.

            1. Rely on shit-for-brains here to NEVER argue against a fact; if it weren’t for strawmen, he’d never post.

      2. I’ve noticed if I say “Poor Sevo,” people think I’m WK or Sqrls or someone. It’s crazy that so many commenters on here just assume the non Trump cultists have multiple accounts. They are so isolated and out of touch they think there can’t be more than 5 accounts who don’t love Trump. They’re such losers they actually believe Trump won the election.

        In reality Biden won the popular vote by 7 million and won the EC similar to Trump’s “blowout” win in 2016.

        They have Biden Derangement Syndrome or something…

        Poor Sevo!

        Your BDS is making you cranky Sevo. I recommend having a beer and doing some lines! Maybe you felt “addled” when you tried blow because you’re crazy or something? Who knows!

        Why would a far right Fascist like you live in San Francisco Sevo? Maybe that’s why you’re angry all the time? It must sick to be a huge right winger and live in Frisco. Having to look at all the happy productive hippies, gays, and liberals. I suggest you move Sevo. You’d fit in much better in a backwards rural shithole.

        1. The hicklib faggot knows all about backwoods rural shitholes because that’s his place of origin.

    4. I’m sure someone will come along to post about how all cases in America where someone has the flu, or COVID-19 and flu, are being reported as COVID-19 cases — and they can prove it because of some Swedish statistics.

      (I hate to say it) but Sevo does have a point that we critics of the alt-right conspiracy pushers here should wait for them to actually push the conspiracies before shooting the conspiracies full of holes.

      1. You should stick to the strawman arguments you make. Like….

        someone will come along to post about how all cases in America where someone has the flu

        And instead focus on why one respiratory illness crashed while the other is unaffected.

        Influenza: Influenza virus particles have a size of 80–120 nm
        Covid: the viruses that have been identified and isolated can range in diameter size from 20 nm to as large as 500 nm.

        So despite them being about the same size scale (with covid actually being bigger), your inference is that masks magically help against one far more than the other.

        1. Meanwhile tests on common masks push the particle size to 300nm.

          With most guidance saying the standard cloth masks most people seem to be wearing still not being effective against small particles.

          https://www.cidrap.umn.edu/news-perspective/2020/04/commentary-masks-all-covid-19-not-based-sound-data

        2. I didn’t mention the word “mask” once. Talk about arguing against a strawman.

          1. Do I really need to go post your comments from other threads about the flu and masks? Or are you pretending you’ve never correlated the two together?

            1. I have never made past comments about flu and masks. This is another instance of your disingenuous practice of lumping together distinct individuals as all being sock puppets of each other.

              1. You are litereally doing it in the other thread you raging liar.

                1. Cite? I made a comment about the common Asian practice of wearing a mask when one has a cold.

                  https://reason.com/2021/02/05/jen-psaki-masks-social-distancing-essential-vaccination/#comment-8744371

                  You do know that colds and flu are different things, right?

          2. You have before. Don’t pretend like it’s the first time you’ve ever debated on this with Jesse.

            1. I have not.

              1. You’re so full of shit.

              2. Read the other thread you are in, lol.

                1. You are citing another thread where I talked about masks AFTER I made this comment:

                  https://reason.com/2021/02/05/in-first-tie-breaking-vote-kamala-harris-helps-senate-dems-pass-budget-resolution/#comment-8744278

                  And in that other thread I don’t talk about flu at all.

                  You are disingenuous … and nutso.

        3. Then again, actual scientists have already guess as to why flu numbers are actually down:

          Typically, school-aged children fuel the transmission of the flu in their communities.

          Kids are known to transmit more of the flu virus and to spread it for longer, according to Schaffner.

          “They’re the real engine. They spread it among themselves, and then they bring it home and give it to parents and relatives,” Schaffner said.

          Wait, it’s not the masks! We should just end schooling for children forever!

          https://www.healthline.com/health-news/covid19-is-surging-but-flu-cases-are-down#Flu-activity-is-scattered

          But I’m guessing you sought out other reasons than just masks as to why flu may be down… right?

          1. The number of school shootings is similarly down.

        4. Funny how you accuses him of strawman arguments and then launch into sophistry of your own.

          The purpose of masks is not to stop individual viruses, but to stop small droplets of water containing the virus.

          But if you want to move the goalposts, that’s fine. It’s not like anyone takes you seriously anyway.

          1. “It’s not like anyone takes you seriously anyway.”

            Lol.

          2. You keep repeating idiocy as if it is true. Why? Science by media?

            1. It’s the only way we science

    5. Suddenly, sarcasmic thinks people don’t respond to government subsidy incentives.

      1. That must be the explanation. Efforts to stop the spread of this virus couldn’t possibly result in, I dunno, the spread of other viruses.

        I doubt you are capable of conceding something obvious like that because of politics.

        Which is really, really stupid by the way.

        1. *reducing* the spread of other viruses.

        2. Yes, if it’s one thing humanity has been wildly successful at, it’s stopping the spread of common cold viruses.

  30. https://twitter.com/60Minutes/status/1082068489597267968

    “There’s a lot of people more concerned about being precisely, factually, and semantically correct than about being morally right,”
    @AOC
    says in response to criticism that she’s made factual errors.

    1. She was raped with words. Can you imagine the horror?

    2. We choose Truth over facts, and completely totally perfectly legitamite Presidente Biden’s Truth Czar will make sure you do too.

  31. https://twitter.com/Doc_0/status/1357335826888228867

    “Don’t bug me about the facts because I’m MORALLY right!” is an interesting stance coming from the party that claims to love and revere SCIENCE! above all other things, but of course that’s how they view “science” too. Conclusion first, then find or create “data” to support it.

    Totalitarianism is the politicization of everything, including science AND morality. Political calculations are much more important than objective truth. Any standard or universal set of rules that would impede Correct Politics must be bent or discarded.

    Correct Politicians only want the best for everyone. They are dedicated to the Greater Good. Any rule or standard that would obstruct their pursuit of the Greater Good is, by definition, evil. That is explicitly how left-wing “scholars” view the Constitution.

    1. And it all descends from the ideal so neatly expressed by AOC: if you’re “morally right” – politically correct – then you don’t have to be “concerned” with being “factually” correct. Such concerns are unacceptable limits on the power of Good People to do the Right Thing

      1. We choose truth over facts!
        SleepyJoe

    2. Never forget: The “morally right” side is the one that supports the murderers that burned black children alive in their own homes last year.

      1. All hate crimes are right wing extremism. Does that make kamala a right wing extremist since she bailed them out?

  32. In Yemen, “war has to end,” said Biden on Thursday. “And to underscore our commitment, we’re ending all American support for offensive operations in the war in Yemen, including relevant arm sales.”

    This is an ask from the Iranian regime on Biden, nothing more. This basically stops US sales to SA. I’m sure Boehm will discuss this in a free trade rant later today. But this is the one area of the world where we don’t have boots on the ground, so why highlight thus talking point and not say blocking troops withdrawal from Germany or ramping up Syria?

    https://news.antiwar.com/2021/01/22/us-convoy-reported-moving-into-syria-from-iraq/

  33. Why California Is In Trouble – 340,000 Public Employees With $100,000+
    Paychecks Cost Taxpayers $45 Billion- Forbes May 19, 2020

    california thanks American taxpayers for covering failing schools, 50b unemployment fraud and illegal aliens, raises for everybody.

    1. Even worse is the number of former California public employees making 100K while doing nothing.

    2. A lot of the problems with California would be solved by simply breaking off the SF-SD corridor, and subsequently passing a 95% tariff on the entertainment industry for every dollar they get from China.

      1. Or by ejecting losers born in the lower 49 who, like feral hogs, threaten the native populace.

        1. Or by simply nuking California.

          1. Never. And even if the lower 49 were to attempt that we will shoot them down. Lockheed-Martin will see to that.

            1. Uh, you do realize where all the ICBMs are located, right?

              1. Georgia has some, don’t they? Their security is top notch out there.

    3. Thank god we still have freedom of travel between the states.

      I’m worried that will be put to an end before i get out of california.

      1. Get the fuck out now and your worries are over

  34. GOP challenger Bill Weld: Trump committed treason and ‘the penalty for treason … is death’
    https://www.cnn.com/2019/09/23/politics/gop-primary-bill-weld-mark-sanford-joe-walsh-trump/index.html

    Former Massachusetts governor and longshot candidate for the GOP nomination for president Bill Weld on Monday accused President Donald Trump of “treason” for pressing Ukraine’s President to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and stated bluntly “the penalty for treason under the US code is death.”

    “Talk about pressuring a foreign country to interfere with and control a US election, it couldn’t be clearer,” Weld said in an interview on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” “And that’s not just undermining democratic institutions, that is treason. It’s treason pure and simple.”

    “The penalty for treason under the US code is death. That’s the only penalty,” Weld added. “The penalty under the Constitution is removal from office and that might look like a pretty good alternative to the President if he could work out a plea deal.”

    1. This is totally not what a tinpot dictatorship looks like. The elections were completely free and fair and perfect in every way, and this is just further proof of that.

    2. Good job Libertarians. THIS guy was YOUR choice to be VP in 2016.

      1. And that’s why the Libertarian Party isn’t just a joke but a bad idea. Like all political parties it gets infiltrated by tyrants, but what makes that worse is that it still purports to be libertarian and deserving of libertarian support.

        Real libertarians should be pushing for libertarian values in all political parties no matter where they fall on the political spectrum.

    3. Asking a foreign government to help investigate potential wrongdoing by American politicians or their families there is treason now?
      So when do the treason indictments get handed down for the Russian stuff?

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  36. Baltimore’s spy planes will fly no more

    The program had planes constantly taking high-resolution pictures of the city
    https://www.theverge.com/2021/2/5/22267303/baltimore-maryland-shut-down-spy-plane-surveillance-program-vote

    Baltimore, Maryland city officials have unanimously voted to end the city police department’s spy plane surveillance program, according to The Baltimore Sun (via Vice). Sorry, wait, the Baltimore Police Department (BPD) had a spy plane program?

    Yes, and it was called AIR, which stands for Aerial Investigation Research. The program was run by a company called Persistent Surveillance Systems (super friendly name), and it used airplanes and high-resolution cameras to capture what was happening in a 32-mile square mile area of the city. It also started out as a secret, with the police department paying for it not with city funds, which would be subject to public scrutiny, but with funding from two Texas billionaires.

    1. “…funding from two Texas billionaires.”

      That’s your cue, OBL.

    2. So private business, and no need to invoke the silly calligraphy example for centuries ago?

  37. Please learn some basic economics and apply some basic common sense. Home prices are not “overvalued” in general; any object’s value is exactly what someone pays for it. Everything is overvalued by its seller and undervalued by its buyer up until they reach a deal and set the value.

    All that blather about overvalued homes is just blather.

    1. Life would be better if SleepyJoe set the price for everything.

    2. any object’s value is exactly what someone pays for it

      That is true of single objects, but not of the market for those objects.

      The market for homes can easily be overvalued by migration. Prices in ID are being driven by people fleeing CA who overpay because of the vast difference in price received for the home they are selling and the massive tax implications. But there are only so many people wanting to relocate to ID. Once all those buyers are satisfied, the market returns its previous level.

      1. Correct. Massive influxes of money into a previously lower-priced market, whether through cash or credit, can create mass distortions all by itself. Supply can play a role, but just ramping up leverage through the market can do this, too. That’s how the housing bubble was created, such as through credit instruments like interest-only ARM loans, with a rock-bottom teaser rate that was almost zero, to people who sometimes didn’t even have a job or assets to call on.

        Every time residents of high-cost blue states like California, New York City, or Chicago cash out the equity in their massive mortgages and migrate to a more affordable state like Idaho, Arizona, Nevada, or Colorado, they can leverage that to steadily inflate the selling price on homes that increasingly puts them out of reach of working-class people or younger residents who already live in the area. We’re starting to see this in Texas, and even parts of New Mexico, Montana, and Wyoming now, with low-scale homes going for 2 or 3 times what they did 5-10 years ago.

        1. Even high income millennials without homes are driving up prices in formerly cheap housing markets, since they can work remotely now.

        2. This has happened to me – moved to a medium-sized city in Montana from a remote town in the same state, but keep getting outbid by tens of thousands on pretty basic homes that would have sold for half the asking price not even two years ago. Realtors say the bidding wars are due to a major influx of west-coasters this year due to COVID.

          Thanks a lot, Left Coast assholes!

          1. Funny how these people are so effective at destroying social cohesion and economic stability, isn’t it?

      2. Prices in ID are being driven by people fleeing CA who overpay

        Then they are not overpaying. They are paying exactly the value they think it is worth.

        1. Language does have some limitations, which is where nuance and context comes in. I guess I should have said, “people fleeing CA who pay more than what a local would offer,” to satisfy the pedants.

      3. Hey Chuck George Floyd didn’t die of an overdose. It’s not hard to find that out.

        I know you know nothing about drugs(which is usually a good thing,but you fascist mormons want to control what everyone puts in their bodies so it’s bad). Someone ODing on Fentanyl wouldn’t be screaming for help. Drug use may have contributed, but so could of an unhealthy diet/lifestyle (something you’re familiar with you fat fuck. Its how you Mormons want to control what food and drugs non Mormons consume, but many of you can’t stop stuffing your fat face!)

        You’re a racist bigot Chuck! Please die!

        I was a vegetarian for a lil bit(not anymore) and this 300 lb Mormon son of a bitch would constantly tell me how unhealthy my diet was. Goddamn he was a fucking fat fascist. Just like you Chuck!

        Please tell me if you visit! Id love to get together with you and your family!

        1. I didn’t say Floyd died of an overdose. I said he was overdosing when he died. That you refuse to acknowledge the difference is just another example of the infinite depths of your prejudice.

          Both autopsies confirmed the level of fentanyl in his system placed him in distress. You ca watch on tape that he squeezed out a car window, dropped on to the ground and crawled around saying he couldn’t breath before the officer knelt on him. I don’t know if Chauvin killed him or not and neither do you or anyone else who hasn’t seen all of the evidence.

          Just because some girl laughed when she saw your tiny baby dick and then went on to marry some 300 lb guy in the temple because he could actually satisfy her sexually is no reason to take it out on me. You really need to read the room, dude. Nobody responds to your schtick.

          1. Oh, and flag and refresh.

            1. Oh, and kill Mormons and refresh.

          2. Someone overdosing on Fentanyl wouldn’t be screaming and in pain like Floyd was.

            To be fair to you the autopsy said “fatal levels” of fentanyl. They shouldn’t say that because what’s fatal for most people could be nothing for an addict.

            That doesn’t mean he was overdosing.

            Maybe our definitions of “overdosing” differ.
            Someone overdosing on Fentanyl would be unconscious or struggling to talk and keep their eyes open.
            They would not be in obvious pain screaming.

            Not knowing anything about drugs isn’t a bad thing usually. Except the squares who don’t know shit but think they know and preach condescendingly about it. I’ve met many Mormons like that. They didn’t know what the fuck they were talking about.
            You don’t know what the fuck you’re talking about Chuck.

            “Just because some girl laughed when she saw your tiny baby dick and then went on to marry some 300 lb guy in the temple because he could actually satisfy her sexually is no reason to take it out on me. You really need to read the room, dude. Nobody responds to your schtick.”
            It’s funny the mormon thinks it’s being clever or funny. It’s not.
            Your family and your church are trying to force your nonsense beliefs on everyone. Your asshole sons went on missions and you give 10% of your income to your evil church. The biggest scam is it’s tax deductible. Supporting prop 8 in California and getting starving kids in Africa Books of Mormon(they can eat once they’ve got a temple recommend). You deserve much worse than being ridiculed on the internet.

            There’s nothing special about you. I’m treating you like every mormon should be treated.

            If there is a hell you’re going to burn you fat turd.

            1. The hicklib faggot just admitted he’s a drug addict.

              Take that soothing knee to the neck, you hicklib faggot!

      4. Yep, also not a surprise that the four states in the undervalued category are all in the top ten for outward migration. I imagine Cali didn’t make the list because of so much foreign immigration which is largely one of “the plane lands here first and what possible difference could it make?” Once they figure it out, they’ve been replaced by other newbs who don’t yet know better.

        I’d wager the same is true in NYC. If the vast majority of international travel wasn’t focused on just a handful of international airports like LAX, SFO, JFK, BOS, & IAD we’d see those areas even out right quick in terms of GSP, housing prices, and a host of other issues that people alternately crow or bitch over.

  38. This just proves their dedication to representative government is so pure they’d never even think of committing vote fraud

    https://twitter.com/amuse/status/1357670396225597442?s=19

    Congressional Democrats refuse to recite the pledge of allegiance because they claim it is symbol of white supremacy that reinforces racism.

    1. Ransacking black neighborhoods and burning black children alive in their own homes, on the other hand, is completely fine and not white supremacy at all.

    2. But don’t you DARE call them unAmerican.

    3. Don’t agree that it is a symbol of white supremacy, but the Pledge of Allegiance is creepy as shit, and the invention of an American socialist.

      1. Yeah, the white supremacy thing has clearly been excreted from the south end of a northbound bull. My gripe is that the allegiance is to a symbolic banner that can symbolize way too many things and, by and large, a patch of dirt. If it said “allegiance to the Constitution of the United States” on the other hand…

      2. Yeah, creepy to join in a pledge of unity under the umbrella of the Republic.

        One nation with liberty and justice for all. ewww.

    4. Don’t worry guys. A pledge of allegiance will soon be mandatory, albeit with different wording from the one that you’re used to.

      1. The smell of allegiance.

    5. I guess a pledge that promotes “one nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all” doesn’t fit within Clown World’s idea of “unity.”

      As I’ve mentioned before, “unity” to these traitors just means “our political ideology only.”

      1. Absolutely nothing the left says is done in good faith, other than “gibmedat.”

      2. oh, they like the “one nation, indivisible” part.
        just not the “liberty” part.
        they are signed up for “justice” being inflicted on conservatives though.

  39. https://twitter.com/mtracey/status/1357707495725297665

    AOC says here what she’s doing now is “telling that story as many times as possible” in order to “heal.” Jason Crow says “doubters” of any aspect of AOC’s account are “re-victimizing” her. Any affront to AOC is an affront to all “survivors” of “trauma”

    Of course there shouldn’t be any stigma if people suffering from genuine mental distress need to seek help — but that’s not what’s happening here. They are inserting the language of private psychotherapeutic evaluation into the public domain for expressly political purposes

    1. They’re re-victimizing her of a crime that she was never the victim of in the first place. Again, will Reason even bother to comment on Cortez’ fact-free assertions and dangerous conspiracy theories?

      1. “We choose truth over facts”

    2. The irony is that, by enabling her victimization complex, they’re revealing what a spoiled-ass, batshit insane lunatic she really is.

      1. Oh, and fuck that warmongering piece of shit Jason Crow. Go back to hiding under your desk from a bunch of plumbers and firefighters, you pussy.

        1. Should we be surprised that Democrats, yet again, support Jim Crow?

    3. Jason Crow says “doubters” of any aspect of AOC’s account are “re-victimizing” her.

      I’d say “I’ll be in my bunk.” but, really it’s a bigger turn on that I can sit in a room full of people doubt her.

  40. https://www.breitbart.com/2020-election/2020/10/18/zuckerberg-drops-additional-100-million-safe-elections-project-looks-like-democrat-gotv-effort/

    18 Oct 2020
    Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced on Tuesday that he and his wife have donated an additional $100 million to a “safe elections” project run by the non-profit Center for Technology and Civic Life (CTCL), bringing their total contributions to that project to $350 million since September 1.

    Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, also announced a separate $50 million personal contribution in September to another non-profit, the Center for Election Innovation and Research (CEIR), to “assist [state] election officials as they seek to inform voters about their voting options and any changes [due to the coronavirus pandemic], educate them about how they can successfully ensure their ballot is received and counted, and bolster transparency and legitimacy.”

    Critics say the CTCL project’s grants look a lot more like Democratic “Get-out-the-Vote” (GOTV) efforts in major cities around the country than good government efforts to protect the integrity of the electoral process of all Americans, regardless of their party affiliation.

    1. How did we ever get along without this brave hero?

    2. Big Tech is basically funding ACORN-type operations now.

    3. Safe elections? So some of that cash will go to setting up fool-proof voter ID and ballot/signature authentication systems?

  41. “Home prices are 5.5% overvalued nationally as of the fourth quarter of 2020,”

    Bozos claiming to ‘know’ the value of a good are to be ignored.

    1. SleepyJoe will fix this problem.

  42. “Voting technology company Smartmatic files $2.7 billion lawsuit against Fox News, Rudy Giuliani and Sidney Powell over ‘disinformation campaign’”

    https://www.cnn.com/2021/02/04/media/smartmatic-fox-news-giuliani-powell-lawsuit/index.html

    Looks like a SLAPP lawsuit to me.

    1. “In the typical SLAPP [Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation], the plaintiff does not normally expect to win the lawsuit. The plaintiff’s goals are accomplished if the defendant succumbs to fear, intimidation, mounting legal costs, or simple exhaustion and abandons the criticism . . . . A SLAPP may also intimidate others from participating in the debate.”

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

      Seems to me that this is what’s happening with the pending lawsuits against Giuliani, the new case against Fox for what someone said on air, and other high profile targets sure to come–going after all of them for the things they said about how the election results were counted. It isn’t clear to me that any of these lawsuits are likely to prevail in court, but the primary intent of those lawsuits may be just to silence everyday critics.

      They’re afraid voters like you will criticize them and hurt the sale of their products, but voters expressing themselves about who they want to count their votes and how they want their votes counted is and should be entirely protected by the First Amendment.

      “Congress shall make no law” in the First Amendment means our defamation laws cannot abridge our right to freedom of speech or our right to petition the government for grievances. Companies that don’t wish to open themselves up to that sort of criticism by taking on a government contract, should avoid taking on government contracts.

      Oh, and anyone who thinks it’s absurd to sue Fox News for something Giuliani said on-air really needs to reevaluate their position on Section 230. The only thing worse are people who supported Section 230 right up until the moment Fox News became the defendant.

      1. Well said.
        These antics are what unstable dictatorships pull when first trying to consolidate power.

        1. For people who claim they have a mandate from the public and “democracy won,” they sure aren’t acting like it.

          1. And to protect democracy they want to ban your candidate from running for office next time, if the death penalty for treason for inciting insurrection doesn’t apply first.

  43. “It looks like they’re basically planning to throw every bad, overly broad, federal criminal statute possible at the people who stormed the U.S. Capitol. The latest rumor is Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) charges.”

    The establishment are absolutely terrified.
    They know they fixed the election. They know polls are saying essentially half the country believes that they stole power. And they’re terrified that as they institute the Great Reset to change America, they’ll end up like Mussolini or Ceausescu.

    That’s why there’s barbed wire and troops in the capitol.
    That’s why free speech is being blocked on public platforms.
    That’s why after five years of screaming about Russia, questioning election integrity is suddenly outside acceptable discourse.
    That’s why the military is having a purge “pause” to investigate “extremism” in its ranks.
    That’s why they are trying to permaban Trump from public life and punish everyone who associates with him.
    And that’s why the protesters are called insurrectionists when other DC protests that year were 100 times worse.

    They’re going to make an example of these guys because they’re scared of the people. They want to try and delay any reaction until they’ve consolidated permanent political (and physical) power.

    1. Why are Democrats so scared of Donald Trump when they just defeated him?
      “Donald Trump is washed up. A has-been. Everyone hates him, and he has no future. That’s what the press is constantly telling us. So why are the Democrats still afraid of him? . . .

      In a nation returning to ‘normalcy,’ does Congress cower behind armed troops and 12-foot fences? Does a party securely in control try to enlist tech firms and media to snuff out voices of opposition? In a normal America, does a defeated presidential incumbent pose such a threat to the party in power that he must be impeached after leaving office, to ensure he doesn’t win back the White House in four years?”

      https://nypost.com/2021/02/04/why-are-democrats-so-scared-of-trump-when-they-just-beat-him/

      1. If the Ds really thought Trump was a chump, they would be encouraging him to run in 2024, not trying to make it illegal.

        Actions speak louder than words.

        1. Guess what? They know the Senate won’t convict, so it is win-win for them because they won’t be preventing another Trump run, which would be a disaster for the GOP even with all President Harris’ baggage.

    2. The Establishment are not terrified, they are are intoxicated with the power they now hold. Corrupt absolutely is here.

    3. “They know they fixed the election.”

      First sentence of your second paragraph. Bullshit.

      1. Look Grima Wormtongue, the election was a bloody pantomime.
        I know it, you know it, which is why you’re trying so hard to shout down anyone who questions it.

        1. Here’s Time magazine gloating about the collusion surrounding how the election was stolen.
          Reading this will infuriate most of you and provide White Knight with both fap material and a rhetorical dilemma.

          The Secret History of the Shadow Campaign That Saved the 2020 Election

        2. “They know they fixed the election”, is not questioning. It is alt-right signaling to your fellow echo chamber members.

          1. It’s a statement of fact Wormtongue; and you believe it too which is why you’re so frightened and angry.

      2. Haha. ‘Member when some R said that their goal was to make Obama a 1 term prez, (the horrors!) and the left and the media freaked out? Seems quaint now, doesn’t it?

        Serious question WK: what is it about the dems and leftists behavior over the last four years that makes you think that they would not stoop so low as to steal an election? Do you believe that they would not, or that they didn’t have to, cuz trump. It’s an important distinction.

        I don’t know if that’s what happened, but everything they’ve done for 4 years would have to make a reasonable person wonder…..

  44. The Grift: What did Rick Wilson do with the $64,766 he raised for a film he never released?

    The Profits of Never Trump

  45. Elections have consequences. The D’s created Obama-care without a single R vote and paid for it in the midterm election.

    The voters have a short memory and they’ve once again given the D’s that level of power. Now they’re going to create a $15 national minimum wage without a single R vote. Time will tell how it impacts the next midterm election.

  46. From the Daily Fail: “COVID’s deadliest day: More than 5,000 died on Thursday as fatalities remain stubbornly high after holiday surge – but experts say they are baffled by 50% drop in new infections with just 8.7% of US vaccinated and NO herd immunity”

    This actually isn’t that hard–we’re coming up towards the end of flu season, the WHO changed its guidance on the cycle rate for COVID tests, saying the high-rate tests the US was using all of last year were far too likely to come up with a false positive; and hospitals have been identifying multiple deaths *with* COVID as deaths *from* COVID in order to get back some of the funding they lost due to other services being shut down.

    1. Lots of people have already had it, too. So herd immunity is starting to kick in.

    2. How many more people will be murdered by the Bidenvirus?

  47. OK, so the bill passed.

    WHERE’S MY CHECK!!???

  48. At least they wear masks now when they steal from our grandchildren.

  49. ‘In First Tie-Breaking Vote,…’

    I’ll bet she had an enormous orgasm when she did it. What more visceral way to bend somebody to your will than a great big singularly personal fuck you, followed by an afterglow of basking in their hatred. Raw power. She’s going to make a great president in a couple of months.

    1. I think she has the patience to wait the full two years and a day, so she can max out at 10 years total.

      1. As if Harris has any chance to win a national election. She got crushed in the Dem primaries.

        1. Only because of all the racists, though.

          1. Anytime anyone chooses not to vote for a woman it’s because of sexism.

            unless that woman is a republican then she’s just dumb.

          2. And Tulsi absolutely burying her. They won’t make the mistake of letting Tulsi anywhere near a microphone next time.

    2. She needs a little time to grow her sea legs, which is why it’s such a nice arrangement. Shadow Biden until he croaks, and hopefully have enough of his experience rubbed off on her shoulders to be effective.

  50. “…Sen. Bernie Sanders, the Vermont Independent who is the chair of the Budget Committee and a champion of the $15 minimum wage, intervened and said his proposal would actually make the jump to $15 over five years, not right away…”

    Cool. This way, when the minimum wage, added the effects of a huge federal debt, fully kicks in, lower-income folk can spend their time figuring out how to spend all their extra money… like paying $9.00 for a loaf of bread, or a Whopper.

  51. “Vice President Kamala Harris cast her first tie-breaking vote”
    Bloody hell that didn’t take long.

  52. it’s still peculiar to me to see home sales and prices in the U.S. continue to climb during the pandemic and resulting nationwide economic woes

    At least the DOW makes sense…

    1. Makes you wonder what fraud markers are blinking right now, doesn’t it?

  53. “I am the Senate.”

    – Senator Kamala Palpatine

  54. A multiracial black woman being the first vice president of any policymaking consequence in a long time is a nice cherry on top of the sundae of victory, and it will undoubtedly keep the Republicans beside themselves with impotent rage.

    Which is bad in the sense of all the terrorism it will create. But good in the long run. Apparently we can’t get anything done in this country without something failing massively and dying first.

    1. Yep, just waiting for humble instincts to help raise the Shudra to an equitable spot in the tier of life.

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